Go Bags

Hello my friends!

I just wanted to stop in and say hellooooooo! Hello!!! I’m in the middle of a crazy busy month, but I wanted to share something with you that makes running out the door on hectic mornings just a little easier. I hate having things scattered on the bottom of my bags, so a while back I started shoving all my odds and ends into little pouches so I could just grab them and find what I wanted. Then I started actually adding things that would be helpful and organizing my little pouch. I call them “go bags” because they have all of the essentials that I need for the day and in case of little emergencies.

I have about 4 or 5 of these, and it makes it easier for me to be ready to go. I just grab my wallet, a little go bag, and stuff them in whatever bag I’m using for the day and I can be on my way.

Without further ado… one of my little go bags! This one is a bare essentials one.

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So you can see, it’s a small bag (I believe this is from a Clinique sample from a billion years ago) and it will fit in just about all my bags.

In this one I have:

  1. A pen
  2. Travel size Aleve
  3. Eye drops
  4. A sample of Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume
  5. Weleda Lotion
  6. Mickey Mouse Bandaids in assorted sizes
  7. Listerine Strips
  8. Purell
  9. Lip Balm
  10. Bobby Pins
  11. Hair ties
  12. Safety pins (not pictured)

I have a couple that include more things like: (1) a travel tooth brush and tooth paste, (2) scissors, (3) travel sewing kit, (4) antiseptic cream, (5) a spare pair of underwear, and (6) lady things like pads/tampons.  During the spring, when I have hay fever I also add allergy pills and tissues. One or two of my bags also includes waterproof eyeliner and a pink lipstick, but since I rarely wear makeup these items don’t make it into most go bags.

Do any of you guys do this too? What do you keep in your purse?

Baked Ginger Carrot Quinoa


Baked Ginger Carrot Quinoa (Imagined up while driving)

  • 1 cup of uncooked quinoa
  • 8 carrots shredded (should equal 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup of chopped broiled brussel sprouts (feel free to substitute with any cooked green)
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon of grainy mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin (feel free to scale back… my older sister tells me I’m heavy handed with cumin)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 4 eggs, whiskey
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil

Before we get started – I am going to suggest that you add the spices in increments. I really wanted a gingery-carrot flavor so I was heavy handed with my ginger, but for those of you who are less inclined towards ginger, cumin, and mustard, you should add in small increments so that you can season accordingly. The result I got was a mildly spicy quinoa cake with a crispy exterior and squishy inside… so if you want even MORE ginger, go for it!!!

  1. Thoroughly wash quinoa in a mesh sieve
  2. Bring quinoa to a boil in 2 cups of water. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, lower the heat to low/medium and cover. Cook for 20 minutes, or until the quinoa has cooked through. Fluff with a fork and let it cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the shredded carrot and brussel sprouts
  4. Add the quinoa and stir until well combined.
  5. Slowly add your spices until you get the flavor profile you like. Keep in mind that the ginger will mellow significantly as you cook.
  6. Mix in whisked eggs until well combined.
  7. Drizzle olive oil on a cooke sheet. I used a foil covered sheet, but still found that I got a little sticking, so I recommend using a non-stick surface and plenty of oil. I don’t think parchment paper will work since it will absorb the moisture, but perhaps a silicone baking sheet, or an enamel pan would work. Let me know in the comments if you end up finding a better solution than tin foil!
  8. Measure out 1/3 cup fulls of quinoa. Pat into circles and place evenly spaced on a cookie sheet
  9. Bake at 400F for about 30-40 minutes, or until the bottoms have browned and the insides are cooked through. I drizzled a little extra olive oil at the 1/2 point.
  10. Enjoy with salad!!!

I hope you guys enjoy this variation of quinoa patties. I felt like I needed to come up with one that didn’t require me hovering over sputtering oil, and this was just the ticket.





Seven Dollar Sunday

This morning, I went on a whirlwind trip to Boston for just a couple hours. I left this morning at 6:45 and I was back home at 6:00pm.

I met up with my cousin Jenny and we went on some retail therapy before indulging in some mimosas and brunch. Anyway… Jenny and I both bought these awesome eyeshadow palettes and eyeshadow brushes at Sephora for $7 each from the sale bin. I love the sale bins!! Jenny also got a hot pink lipstick for $3… such a steal! I also raided the Lord and Taylor Hosiery section and scored some lacy Givenchy tights. I paid $5 for each. I thought I’d share!

This eyeshadow palette has an awesome mirror and it’s weighty, so it feels really nice when you use it. The quad is called “ballroom romance.” I tried to find it online, but it looks like this might be something that’s been discontinued. Might want to try stores to see if your Sephora has a sale bin with it! The pumpkin colors glides on shimmery gold, and I’m in love with this color for fall. The two browns are perfect for a smokey eye combo… and of course the light color is great for highlight. The shadows are highly pigmented and beautiful. There were two other kinds, one that was purple toned and other with some brights… I wish I had gotten both. I might have to brave the hurricane tomorrow to see if my local Sephora has the other two.

These are the tights! They retail between $16-$18 a pair, but I snagged them both for $10. The dotty one is called “Swiss Dot Lace Back Seam” and the garter-esque is called “Garter Net Tight.” I can’t wait to wear these this winter. Nothing like pretty and lacy tights to spice up otherwise boring outfits!

I know this is a departure from my normal “thought” related posts or food posts… but with the impending winter and with my persistant unemployed status, I’ve been getting stir crazy. My shopping habits have been a bit out of control… so I’m trying to channel my nervous energy into blogging, sharing things, and making things.

Back tomorrow with some more projects I’ve been working on.