Organix Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo & Conditioner Review

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I really wanted to love this shampoo and conditioner set because I had heard so many great things about it. I was especially excited about the argan oil part. For the price I was paying ($7.99, which isn’t that bad, just it’s more expensive than most drugstore brands) I thought I’d be getting a little more for my money. I wanted my hair to be soft and silky, but I just didn’t get those results. (I have a new shampoo and conditioner and we’re much happier now, but that’s another story.) Organix promised me “lush softness,” but my hair felt almost grainy…? It’s hard to explain. Each hair felt individualized and I wanted them to feel as one.

Have you used this product? What did you think?

Pumpkin Scones

Now that it’s fall, it’s time for everything pumpkin. Pumpkin spice lattes (you’re probably sick of hearing about them), pumpkin cake, pumpkin pie…the list goes on. So of course I took advantage of my concussion (see my post about that here) to make these bad boys. I have now made these guys three times and I must say, they’re quite delicious. Find the recipe here.

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First some flour, sugar, and spices went into the food processor.
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After the dry ingredients were mixed, the butter was added. My favorite part about this recipe is the fact that you do almost everything in a food processor. It means you don’t have to mix anything with a spoon or your hands (well, until the end of the recipe) and it means there’s no need to use a pastry cutter to combine the butter with the dry ingredients. Basically, the food processor has changed my life.
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In a separate bowl, the pumpkin puree, egg, and cream were combined. Then the liquids and dry ingredients came together and made beautiful pumpkin scone dough!

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Yay! We’re finally putting the scones in the oven! In the recipe that I used, you’re to roll out the dough and then cut it into eight triangles, but I prefer to just shape my scones with my hands. Once the scones are all baked (I cooked them for 14 minutes, 10 in the middle, 4 on the top) put them on a wire rack to cool. After they cool it’s time to put not one, but TWO glazes on your beautiful scones. One is just a regular glaze and the other is a spiced glaze.
IMG_1160 IMG_1147 IMG_1165Aren’t they just beautiful? *Sigh* Mama’s so proud of her babies. (If you continue to read this blog, you’ll realize that I consider scones my thing.) A little tip for you: these are best served warm so I recommend popping one in the microwave for 15 seconds MAX before eating.

What pumpkin desserts are you making this fall?

Shiver Review

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This book has been on my TBR list for so long. However, I thought it was going to be one of those hyped up books that weren’t actually that good (Matched, I’m looking at you). Hey, but I gave in to the hype when I needed a book to read and this was in a friend’s library.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is about a girl who is in love with a wolf. The wolf (who turns into a human during the warmer months) is in love with the girl as well. The book follows their love story and the hardships they must overcome (TYPICAL). It’s romance with a little bit of supernatural (What book isn’t these days?).

I’m having mixed feelings about romance books lately, but I really liked this book. There was always something happening that made me want to read on (You would think this is a given for authors, but that’s not always the case). The romance can come off as a “typical” romance, but for some reason it just feels more real to me. I don’t know if it’s because of the head over heels infatuation or if it’s the little fights that never go any further, but I am in love with the love. Another great thing about this book is that I can imagine everything the author describes. It’s how books should be, but sometimes some books are more descriptive than others.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

5 Things You Can Do If You Have A Concussion

Some of you may have seen my tweet last week about how I have a concussion and therefore won’t be able to post regularly for a while. My symptoms still have not gone away (concussions take so long to heal) which means I still am not allowed to do homework or stare at screens (whoops). Also, I know many of you probably won’t care all that much to read such a post (I mean, you probably don’t all have concussions right?), but this is what I wanted to write today so this is what I wanted to write. Y’all do you and I’ll do me.

  1. Sleep – This is the best thing for you when you have a concussion. It’s the time where your brain gets to heal.
  2. Listen to Podcasts – I know sleep can get boring after a while, but watching TV or playing video games is really not good for you if you have a concussion. I recommend listening to Psychobabble or Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig.
  3. Bake – Um food? Yum. I made pumpkin scones and they were delicious! (Look for a post sometime next week!)
  4. Doodle – When I went back to school, I couldn’t really do anything in any of my classes so I just doodled. If you’re a good artist, you could actually work on making pretty pictures, but I just doodle.wpid-wp-1411145572254.jpeg
  5. Clean Your House – When I was at home, I cleaned my room, did the dishes, washed some laundry, and folded some clothes. You’ll ebb the boredom and you’ll have happy parents when they come home so it’s a win-win situation! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this post! It really was more of a life update than anything else… Have a good weekend everybody!

Kisses, Gwen

Favorite Blogs

Hey everyone! It’s Monday again. Yay… I’m still trying to get back into the swing of things with school and everything, so this is just going to be a quick little post so I can give some love to some people. If I seem a little rambly, forgive me. I’m feeling sick and a little cloudy.

Anyways, I wanted to share with you some of the people that I read religiously. I have a separate tab for them on Bloglovin’ and I read them before I read anyone else’s blog. So here we go:

Cliona Hill – She was one of the first people I followed. I just like the variety of stuff she posts and I feel like she and I have similar taste. Plus she shares my obsession with skincare so good things all around.

Willow Tea – Rachel was also one of the first people I followed. I think she writes so beautifully and no matter what she posts, I enjoy reading it.

Zoe Bold – I found Zoe relatively recently, but she is easily one of my favorite blogs to read. She’s just one of those people who I want to be like: “Can we be best friends please? Okay thanks. Bye.”

Well that was a very short post and very undescriptive (shame on the blogger), but I hoped you enjoyed and perhaps found a new blog to read. Let me know if you stopped by one of their blogs and if you love their blogs as much as I do!

Kisses, Gwen

What Whipped Cream Taught Me

So on Tuesday, I was making my younger sister pancakes for her first day of school (my first day was on Wednesday) and I found some heavy cream in the fridge.

“Great!” I thought. “I can make whipped cream for the pancakes!”

So I followed the directions on a recipe I found online. Unfortunately, I was told we didn’t currently have access to an electric whisk (a lot of our stuff is still in boxes since we just moved).

“Whatever.” I thought. “Everything is already in the bowl. I might as well try to make this whipped cream by hand.”

So I whipped and whipped and whipped, but to no avail. All I got was some frothy heavy cream.

“Why isn’t this whipping?” I cried.

My grandmother walked over to me. “Do you have an electric beater?”

“No.”

“Well, I know that they show that you can do it on cooking shows, but I don’t think you’ll be able to.”

She stated it as a fact, but I took it as a challenge. I whipped the heavy cream even harder. I kept whipping until my arm hurt and then I kept whipping even more! Finally, the heavy cream started to transform itself, and soon enough, I had whipped cream!

I know it’s kind of a silly little story, but it has a good lesson. Don’t ever give up. If you want something enough, you’ll make it happen.

Kisses, Gwen

Stylitics

I’ve wanted to do this post for a long time. I mentioned back in Tuesday’s post that one of my goals this school year was to wear a different outfit for every day I have school. I also mentioned a tool that would help me achieve this goal, so here we are!

“Plan and share outfits, get style advice, see what your friends are wearing, all from the smartest digital closet on the web. Don’t know what to wear? Stylitics will suggest items you haven’t worn in a while. You can also keep track of when you last wore an outfit, and see your own information, like average price per wear. Add and import past purchases and have all of your clothes in one place. It’s your style, smarter.” – Quoted from the Stylitics website

Basically, what you do is take pictures of all the items in your closet (you don’t have to do this all in one day, you can do it over time, as you wear the items of clothing), enter a little bit of information about them, and voila! Digital closet. Every day, you can check in what you were wearing and plan outfits for the rest of the week. If you click on an item of clothing you’ll be able to see how often you’ve worn that item, what outfits you’ve worn it with, and what items you wear it with the most.

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Another cool feature is that you can ask your friends what looks best with an outfit. For example, if I didn’t know what pair of shoes to wear with a dress I could ask my friends. I haven’t spent much time using this particular feature on Stylitics, but it’s cool to know it exists.

This is just the general outline of what Stylitics has to offer and I encourage you to go and check it out. Let me know if you do! Also let me know if you decide to try to wear a different outfit every day of the school year as well. Oh, and despite what you might think, this is not a sponsored post. I just really like this website. Make sure to check out the app as well!

Kisses, Gwen