Monthly Archives: January 2015

Shut up and take my money

Today, I found out about Poshmark.


Basically, it’s an online place where you can sell all the things from your closet you no longer what or use. While you’re there, you can also shop others’ items. There’s everything on there and every brand, and some of the items are new. There is a lot more to the website, but that’s the main idea. In the 12 hours I have known about it, I have already posted almost 30 items. It was liberating to purge my closet, and will probably be posting more in the next couple days. If you download their free app, it is even easier to maneuver Poshmark. It seriously takes less than 1 minute to create a post for the item you want to sell. You can create a profile which makes it easier for Poshmark to know what to show you. I have a feeling the money I make from my clothes will be spent buying others clothes, and I am so excited!


Since I am still new to Poshmark (username is carianngz), feel free to suggest awesome people to follow on there!


Namast’ay in bed


I know people always say they are working from home, but I know a majority of you snowday-ers were lazy. You stayed in pajamas most of the day and cleared out your DVR and Netflix lists. No judgment here! I would do the same thing. The Northeast had a snow day today, but we had Summer time in January! While you’re cooped up, now is a good time to purge your belongings or finally start all those pinterest crafts you pinned. You could also embrace your inner child and make smores! (I vote smores!)


In all seriousness, I hope everyone is safe and following the guidelines set up for them. I do have one thing to say though: You’re in Snowmageddon, I feel bad for you son. I’ve got 99 problems, but the snow ain’t one!


Candied Lemon Peels

lemon peels

My parents grow a ton of fruits and veggies, which means I get dibs on the extras….and there are always extras! The most recent haul was lemons, like 5 grocery sacks full of lemons. I am one of those people who can just sit there and eat lemons, but even this was too many for me. After giving some away to my neighbors, making lemonade, lemon sorbet, lemon ice cubes, I still had a lot lemons. I decided to try my hand at candied lemon peels. They are like a more natural lemon flavored fruit snack. P.S: I LOVE fruit snacks. I don’t care if they’re meant for kids. I snack like I’m 5, and I’m okay with it.  I don’t want the suspense to kill you, so I’ll just tell you they were amazing!


This recipe was pretty easy and has a low ingredient amount. Remember: the ingredients don’t need to be exact. You can just add more of everything as needed. It takes less than 1.5 hours to do everything.

-About 3 or 4 lemons

-Around 8 cups of water

-About 2 cups of sugar or sugar substitute


  1. Peel the lemons.
  2. Cut the peels into strips.
  3. In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a simmer.
  4. To blanch the lemon peel and rid it of most of the bitterness in the pith, add the peel to the simmering water in the saucepan, simmer for 2 minutes and drain into a colander.
  5. Repeat twice more, using fresh cold water each time.
  6. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water and slowly bring to a simmer.
  7. Add the blanched lemon peels to the sugar syrup and simmer gently for about 1 hour, until the peel is tender.
  8. When the peel is tender, remove from the heat.
  9. With a fork or small tongs, gently remove each piece of peel from the syrup and lay on a wire rack set on an edged baking sheet. Let cool and dry completely.
  10. A few pieces at a time, toss the peel in sugar to coat and set on a clean wire rack to dry.
  11. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for several days or in the refrigerator for several weeks.

Make-up Deal Monday

Seeing how I was not snowed in today, I took advantage of the good weather. I went to Ulta to take advantage of their buy 2 get 2 offer on the Ulta brand makeup. I snagged some plum eyeshadow, matte shade of lipstick, light pink lip stain called Romance, and some black liquid liner.


Here is what the “Romance” lip stain looks like on lips. I like it! It gets brighter with more applications, and it was easy to use. The tip of it is like a thin marker so you sort of just draw on your lips. Simple enough!

lip stain

Brrr…It’s Cold in Here


This kind of cold and windy weather makes me crave, as Sheldon would say, hot beverages. I have yet to find a hot tea flavor I won’t drink, which makes a choosing difficult sometimes. Now, I know some types are better for your body at certain times. This handy guide will be used plenty!


Craving more of a sweet hot beverage? Well, here are some ideas to liven up your hot chocolate game. Having not tried them all, my two personal faces are the peppermint and the nutella. Hope these help keep you warm in this chilly weather!



The WONUT. The people at Waffles Cafe in Chicago created these nuggets of fluffy deliciousness and I applaud them!


My inner fat kid is freaking out! That Jonah Hill pic at the bottom of the Wonut picture is the expression my inner fat kid would have if it had a face. Excuse any typos because the drool seeping onto the keyboard is making it hard to type. How long ’til this sweeps the nation like cronuts? If it was up to me, I would already have these in my mouth with sprinkles somehow smeared on my face. Let’s make it happen!

Cookie Time


That’s right boys and girls! Time to kiss that resolution goodbye because girl scout cookies are officially for sale! C is for cookie and also for Cariann! Coincidence, I think not! I know the recipes are online and you don’t have to wait for this time of year anymore, but I still like the old way of making a some kids’ days by buying cookies from them.  Our household favorites happen to be Samoas, peanut putter patties, and thin mints (duh!). It’s nice to see the scouts branching out with new cookies and even a gluten free option!

If you don’t recognize the reference in the above picture, it’s from the 1989 classic “Troop Beverly Hills”. You need to watch it. No questions asked. If you did recognize the reference, good luck not having the song stuck in your head for the evening. Well, I’m off to go dance the Freddy and chant “Beverly Hills, what a thrill”!

To save you some time, here’s a link to the entire song and dance sequence: Cookie Time