January 2013 Favorites

It has been a while since I blogged about my monthly favorites but since I often asked what my favorite products/things are, I figured I would start my monthly posts again.

That being said, it’s the end of January and although I don’t have many things to talk about it because the cold and flu have gotten a hold of me since the beginning of the month, I still have some things that I enjoyed.

January 2013 Favorites

Skin Care

Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream
There is nothing worse than being sick during the winter. Not only is the weather working against you, but being sick sucks all the moisture out of your skin. This moisturizer has been a lifesaver during this time. It is extremely hydrating and smells like rose heaven.

Makeup

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
I have worked two out of four weeks and during that time, I didn’t wear much makeup, but when I did, the stand up product was this brush. Although I love my Real Techniques Buffing Brush & Expert Face Brush, I have to say that this brush is much denser therefore providing better coverage.

Movie

Pitch Perfect
Hands down, this movie takes this monthly favorite award. I watched it when it came out back in October and after watching it ten times later, it is just as funny. I am a singer so the awesome singing is just a bonus.

I also have been continually obsessed by any Audrey Hepburn movies, particularly the classic (aren’t they all) Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Funny Face.

Album

Ellie Goulding | Halcyon
I had Ellie’s first album (Lights) on repeat for months. Halcyon is just the same, if not better. I am in love with her voice and the musical arrangements. I listen to it when I’m getting ready in the morning, working, cleaning, driving, etc.

Pasta: My Kryptonite

If you know me, you know that I’m obsessed with pasta. It’s my absolute favorite food, whether in an italian dish, a soup or a salad, I just cannot get enough of it. Give me pasta ice cream or a pasta sandwich and I will probably eat it. Since it is the one food that I have issues with (every day), I thought that I should probably start looking for some substitutes and so on a search I went.

I have tried wheat pasta and absolutely hated it. I can’t even have one bite of it, that is how much I despise it, so I carried on with my search and during the process, I found out that cabbage is a great substitute for pasta.

Cabbage with Meat Sauce

Today, I tried making cabbage with meat sauce and I have to say, I really like it. I enjoy cabbage so that is a win but who would have thought that throwing some meat sauce on top would make it taste so yummy. I boiled about two cups of cabbage (I should have put a bit of salt), strained it and then added the sauce on top. It was great. No, it didn’t taste like pasta but it had a good taste and texture to it, and like every healthy meal, it made me feel like I had made the best decision of my life.

If you are a pasta lover like me, I encourage you to try cabbage as a substitute. You just might enjoy it.

Type Design: Romans 8:28

We have been trying something new at IHOPKC and that is to, every week, create a typographic design out of a verse or a quote. So far, I’ve come up with a few, I’m very proud of my latest one.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28 NKJV

If you are a type design expert and have any feedback, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. I’m really trying to learn and nothing would make me happier than some good constructive critisism.

All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:18

Keep on Keepin’ on

I must admit, I somewhat enjoy when certain heart issues surface up at random moments. It really allows me to learn more about myself but even better than that, I get to dialogue with God about the things that are happening in my heart. Not all the conversations are very inspirational, actually, some are downright cynical.

Example of Conversation between God & Gedy

Gedy: Seriously God? That is so unfair.
God: Yes, seriously. Though it might seem unfair, I know perfectly what I am doing in your heart and in your life.
Gedy: Can you work a little quicker? I’m getting a little angry.
God: I understand you are angry but if only you knew what I have in store for you. Just wait a little longer.
Gedy: Booohooohooo! *tears & snot everywhere* Okay, God. I will wait. 

As you can see, the conversation stops there (usually). At that moment, when my heart is broken in pieces, and as I begin to collect each and every one of them, trying to keep my heart free from offense, I realize that, deep inside, I believe His words. And so I begin to wait, again.

After almost five years of trying to start a family (with the means we have available to us), I have no other place to go but to Him. And every single time I think I am alone in the world and that I am the only one that knows such pain, I remember Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1–20). She had it rough and my goodness, did she cry! Hannah knew the pain and sorrow that lies deep inside the heart of a woman whose biggest desire is to one day become a mother.

Until that awesome day when I pee on a stick and it turns out pink, I just gotta keep on keepin’ on!