Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Little Something About My Weekend. Plus, Some Makeup Stuff

Why, hello there! I know, I'm sorry I abandoned you this weekend. I was busy working my tail off, I assure you! Super busy at work with some girl's softball tournament in town and terrifically terrible tippers (alliteration, hooray!). Just kidding, only some of them tipped poorly. Regardless, I have a cool story for you all!

So Friday was pretty much incredibly awful. I had two tables with large-ish bills that didn't tip me, and most everyone who DID tip me, did a pretty poor job of it (most of them were under 10%). Gag. Anyway, I had a table of two teenagers over dinner. Both ordered steaks, plus an appetizer to take home and sodas- grand total, around $50 (I know that may not seem like much, but considering I did about $640 in sales that day, that's around 8% of my sales). We had a great thing going, these two kids and I. They appreciated my sound effects and the fact that I made sure the kitchen was very careful with their steak (the young man had a sever food allergy). So when they left no tip on the table I was flabbergasted. And irritated. I KNOW I gave great service, we had a great rapport, they told me several times how great the food was, so what was the deal? Of course, I whined about it for the rest of the night and on into the early morning hours. Oh well, tough luck, it happens.

THE NEXT DAY. I come into work for my evening shift, ready to make this night better than the last. About an hour into my shift this is dropped off at the hostess stand for me...

Enclosed was a ten dollar bill. And I was completely blown away. I mean, people stiff servers tips all the time. Mostly because they don't care. But this guy did. He totally cared. He cared enough to apologize, and write this lovely note and drive it to our restaurant and throw some cash in for good measure. Who does things like that anymore?! I was more than a little touched and it certainly made my weekend. My faith in humanity is restored, at least temporarily. Until someone forgets to tip me again. Haha! Just kidding! Not really. Please tip your server. At least 15%. This is our paycheck. That is all.

And in other news! If you know me at all, you know that I am a makeup junkie! More specifically, a mascara junkie. I'm constantly buying mascara, just waiting to find that one tube of glorious black goop that will give me Kardashian-esque lashes without all that glue and falsies nonsense. So my internet trolling led me to Sephora.com. Where you can, in fact, purchase mini versions of certain products and give them a go! I figured this might be my opportunity to try something I've been wanting to try for quite some time (if only to see what all the hype is about).

Mmmm, mascara. Benefit They're Real! mascara has been on my must-try list for forever! I've read countless reviews and most of what I've read has been positive, but I just have to find out for myself. I ordered my happy little .14 oz version today (plus 3 free samples you get to pick when you check out- how cool is that?!), so sometime late this week I'll have my first makeup review! Eek! How exciting! :)

So what are you guys up to this week? I actually don't close this Saturday or Sunday, so hopefully I can get some stuff up for you guys on what I'm working on right now (hint: it's a gift, from myself, to myself). Ta ta for now! Happy Tuesday!

Much love always!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What I'm Obsessing Over This Week

Hey you guys! I've got a little obsession post here for ya! Maybe a little late, but better late than never, right?

  • This post on XO Vain. As we all know, I'm trying to decide what to do with my bangs, so I'm reading and re-reading this article by Alle. Definitely helpful if you're wondering what to do about your bangs!
  • Watching pretty much EVERY show on the History Channel. Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Ice Road Truckers. It seems like it's non-stop lately. In a good way. More or less.
  • Emily from The Freckled Fox and her hair tutorials! I kinda wanna try every. Single. One.
  • The Swell Read Trench from Modcloth. So pretty and ladylike and classy!
  • This recipe. I might have to bust this out soon and see if it's as good as the dish I had at Applebee's a few months  ago. Mmmm, so yummy.
I think I'm kind of all over the place this week, but it's been a while, so it seems to make sense. I think. AND I'm so so ready for  fall, you guys! I love summer and the heat and all, but summer up here in Wisconsin is NOT the same as summer down south. There's just no substitute. 

What about you lovelies! What's on your brains as this week draws to a close?

Much love always!

I Made Cookies. Be Jealous.

Hello there my darlings! I got out of work a wee bit early today, so guess what I got to do? Nap! And exercise! Woohoo! :) I feel so great when I get to work out, I should really be more consistent. Tips, anyone, for staying motivated?

Anywho, I know I promised a baking post today, so here ya go! Now no-bakes have been a staple in my family for a long time. My great grandmother made them for me when I was a kid, my grandmother made them every time I came to visit when I was young, my mom  made them because she looooves peanut butter (don't we all?), and I make them because they're probably my favorite cookie in the entire world! This recipe is big secret (I like to think it's a big secret) so be sure to write this down!

4 Cups white sugar
6 Tablespoons cocoa
1 Cup milk
11 Tablespoons butter
1/4 Teaspoon salt
4 Cups quick oats
3 Cups peanut butter
1 Teaspoon vanilla

Combine sugar, cocoa, milk, butter and salt in pan. Place over heat. Bring to a hard boil for THREE MINUTES. This part is important. Any longer and they won't set up properly, any less and they'll be dry and crumbly. Time it! Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until peanut butter is well combined. Add oats. Drop onto wax paper, or paper grocery bag. Let set until cool.

 Sugar mixture in pan


THAT is a hard boil, folks.

Settling cookies, I like mine big.

Mmmm! Look at that yummy goodness!

Don't you wish you were here? Well, if you're in town on Thursday you can buy some at the bake sale! Or just make your own at home. :) I only work the morning again tomorrow, so I might do some sewing, depending on how motivated I am. Send some positive energy my way and maybe I'll get there.

What are you guys up to on this hump day? Any fun and exciting projects?

Much love always!