You Won’t Believe It Until You’ve Been There

Destiny's AdventureLife. She definitely has a sense of humor. She holds universal truths that remain secret until you’ve experienced them for yourself. Generally these truths are foretold to you by your elders. I remember thinking to myself, “Oh that’s not true, you’re exaggerating. Sure, that’s how it was for you but it won’t be that way for me”. Almost everyone of these ideas were told to me by my parents, grandparents, or teachers and for some reason, I never believed them! As I grow up, life has revealed some of her truths to me one by one. Every time I experience another, I laugh and remember the time it was told to me long ago. Here are some of my favorites that are truer than true:

  1. Don’t rush to grow up, you’ll miss being a kid when you’re older.
  2. School is better than work. Enjoy school while you can. 
  3. Don’t eat too much cookie dough, it will give you a stomachache.
  4. Be nice to everyone, you never know when you will cross paths again. 
  5. Everything you’re stressed about now won’t matter years from now.
  6. You can’t eat pasta by the plate your whole life without getting fat. 
  7. Marriage takes work, it’s not as easy as you think. 
  8. Getting fired isn’t always a bad thing.
  9. Friends will disappoint you but don’t give up on them.
  10. Time goes by exponentially faster with age. 

Have any truths of your own you care to share? Spare me the experience. Please, do tell.

Lipsense or Nonsense?

It seems like everyday one of my friends has been posting about this magical lip gloss stuff that lasts forever. You’ve probably seen a Facebook post or two showing all the fun long lasting lip colors and wondered, “Does Lipsense work and really last all day?”. If you are like me, I had to try it myself to see if it was Lipsense or Nonsense. I messaged my friend Grace who sells Lipsense and got all the details. After talking with her I really wanted to try it on my own lips because I am a natural skeptic. So I took the plunge and ordered Praline Rose with the Glossy Gloss and the Oops Remover. 

The first time I put it on I was so scared I was gonna mess up! But after my three coats and one layer of gloss I was feeling it. I looked in the mirror, took a little selfie, and went on my way which included a 10 hour work day in 100 degree Las Vegas weather. I have to admit, I really didn’t think it would last through breakfast, lunch, and dinner but IT DID! The gloss lasted an hour or so but my color did not budge one bit!

  

So I put it to the test a second day with kitten kisses and all.  Pierre and I agree that the verdict is in…. Lipsense is NOT nonsense, it’s truly amazing! I can’t wait to try the matte gloss though because I am not a huge lipgloss person, so that is already on my wishlist! The Glossy Gloss is super moisturizing which is nice if you have dry lips. 

If you’ve been thinking about giving Lipsense a try I’ve partnered with my fabulous friend Grace to give you 10% off your first purchase! Just go to her Facebook Page Here and mention the code DESTINY10 to get 10% any color, but good luck choosing just one because they are all so gorgeous!

If you love Lipsense too, let me know what color I should try next in the comments below.

Kisses! – Destiny

 

Bonus Tip!!!! Before your three coats do a “liner coat” just like you would line your lips with a lip liner. Doing this beforehand gives you a very defined, more dramatic look that lasts all day. 

Disclaimer: I do not work for or sell Lipsense. I was given 10% off to write this post but I also get to give you the same discount for writing it so bonus for both of us. As always, my blog reflects my true, honest opinion of the products I write about. 

Fun Things to Do In Nashville

Fun things to do In NashvilleTraveling to Nashville in fall is pure vacation bliss. The weather is idyllic and the people are pleasant.  We embarked on a journey down south to celebrate the marriage of a friend and decided to explore all of the fun things to do in Nashville in one weekend. Since we had never been to Nashville, Tennessee I took a leap of faith in the hands of the all knowing Google to plan our itinerary.
Coffee In NashvilleDining in locally notorious restaurants is a must on every vacation we go on, especially in the land of comfort food and fried goodies some like to call Nashville. Our first stop was a local coffee shop called Red Bicycle Coffee. Enjoy the hipster vibe while sipping on their Yelp renowned Cuban and a decadent breakfast crepe if your feeling indulgent.Pretzels in NashvilleI would say it was destiny that I stumbled upon a coupon for a free homemade pretzel while we were shopping in Downtown Nashville. Since I am a glutton for breads of all sorts and can’t say no to a serendipitous event we made our way into a local bar called Clyde’s on Church. There we savored a basket of sinfully good twisted pretzel bread with the local folk and one enjoyed of their many beers on draft. BBQ NashvilleThe ultimate foodie goal was finding an awesome BBQ place that didn’t involve waiting in line for too long. We discovered queuing more than 30 minutes is a typical experience for many of the restaurants with the best reviews. After a long debate involving a comparison of food photos, reading review quotes aloud, and challenging the easiest navigation route, we decided on Martin’s BBQ in downtown Nashville. I recommend going there for lunch because supplies are limited. To my chagrin, they were out of mac n’ cheese when we finally got to the register to order our supper. We dried our tears and down a rack of baby-back-ribs like ravenous carnivores after not-so-patiently waiting 35 minutes in line. The BBQ ribs and potato salad did not disappoint, but I would have given anything for a bowl of cheesy goodness. By the way, fried cornbread is not to my liking, very dry and not what I was expecting. I will stick to the traditional cornbread slathered in butter and honey and y’all can keep your flat pancake looking thing.Icecream Nashville TennesseeSince my sweet tooth guides me to find a treat wherever we go, choosing a dessert stop was a no-brainer. We embarked on a mission to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream over in East Nashville that was well worth the jaunt. They have numerous unique flavors like blueberry goat cheese, salted caramel, and my favorite Intelligentsia espresso. I happily sampled over 10 different flavors before I settled on the perfect combo.Parthenon NashvilleOk, if food isn’t fun to you…..we probably couldn’t be friends. Fun things to do in Nashville that do not involve eating or drinking are few and far between. So I won’t lie, everything we did in Nashville was planned around food, but after our appetites were appeased we ventured to the Parthenon Replica and Museum in Centennial Park as our first tourist stop. I begrudgingly entered the museum as my husband persuaded me to be a good sport, but after seeing the full scale 42-foot replica of Athena while listening to a live violinist, I was glad I indulged his love for history.Nashville Pedal TavernOne of the most memorable events we partook in was pedaling a wild ride on the Nashville Pedal Tavern. The 2 hour bicycle bar tour consisted of 12 strangers becoming well acquainted through uphill pedaling, drinking games, and singing boisterously while seeing the sites of downtown Nashville. If I were to recommend one fun thing to do in Nashville, it would be to climb aboard this unique bicycle contraption and bring your own adult beverages.Fun Things to Do In NashvilleShopping in the local artisan booths around the famous Antique Archaeology store in the Marathon Motors building downtown was a blast. The recycled building consists of all sorts of boutiques including handmade souvenirs and even locally designed clothing. My joy for supporting local businesses was satisfied as we took home a few cherished items to remind us of the fun we had in Nashville.Jack Daniels Tennessee Tour Jack Daniels Distillery Tour

Our last day was spent journeying to the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee which is approximately an 1.5 hour drive from downtown. We cruised through the rolling hills adorned with autumn trees with their best fall leaves. The tour was remarkable and I would highly recommend the tasting if you are going to make the trip to the distillery. Fun fact: over 98% off the materials used to make Jack’s famous sour mash (whiskey) are recycled and reused!Fall in Nashville TennesseeThere are plenty of fun things to do in Nashville, Tennessee and we still have a few things left to do on our list that went unaccomplished! All the more reason to visit again sometime soon.

Pesto Chicken Ciabatta Sandwhich

Pesto Chicken Sandwich

Pesto Chicken Ciabatta Sandwich Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast halved
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella
  • 1 handful fresh arugala
  • 1 sliced roma tomato
  • 4 tbl spoons homemade pesto sauce
  • 2 ciabatta rolls
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Season chicken with olive oil, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Grill chicken until fully cooked. Combine remaining ingredients between toasted ciabatta rolls and serve hot. Everyone loves a fresh pesto chicken ciabatta sandwich for lunch or even an on-the-go dinner!

As the Italians say, “Molto Bene”!

Earl Grey & Honey Macarons

I love macarons but I hate paying $2 for one cookie at Whole Foods! So I decided to try making these delicious little french cookies on my own. The first batch I tried using a recipe that required measuring each ingredient by the ounce….that was a big mistake! Then I watched a few YouTube videos that helped me figure out the measurements. So I’ve put together the best tips and tricks to make the perfect french cookie: Earl Grey Macarons with Honey Buttercream Filling.Earl Grey MacaronsSimple Earl Grey Macaron Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon earl grey tea leaves
  • 2 1/2 table spoons fine granulated sugar
  • 2 drops food coloring

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Sift the almond flour and powdered sugar into a large bowl and stir until thoroughly blended. Add the teaspoon of earl grey leaves and mix in.

Next is the fun part, making the meringue for the cookies! Start by whipping your egg whites for 3 minutes on speed 4 on your KitchenAid. Next kick the mixer up to speed 7 for another 3 minutes while you slowly add in the granulated sugar. The mixture should have soft peaks. Add two drops of food coloring of your choice and make sure you don’t add more than two or it will alter the mixture’s consistency. I made two separate batches with two different colors.

For the last 3 minutes kick it up to high all the way. The mixture should be like a marshmallow consistency and a little stiff.This next step is very specific, take the bowl of sifted flower-sugar mixture and stir 10 times with a spatula. Take another third and stir 15 more times. Add the last bit of meringue and stir 25 more times until the mixture is fully combined. Don’t over stir or under stir.Macaron ShellsPut the mixture into a pastry bag with a large round tip. Squeeze the mixture on onto a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet in 1 inch circles. Next drop the pan on the counter three times to get the air bubbles out. Let the cookies sit on the counter for 15 minutes until the shells hardens and doesn’t stick to your fingers. Bake for 15 minutes and let cool. The cookies should have little feet and hard to the touch.Finished Macaron ShellsHoney Buttercream Filling

  • 4 tablespoons or 1/2 stick softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Fill the cookies with frosting and refrigerate for 24 hours. Bon Appétit!