Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I LOVE......

....a thick black eyeliner, a RED lip and BIG hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In my humble but amazing opinion, BRUNETTES pull this look off THE BEST!!!!!!

Look how sexy these gorgeous ladies are!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Friends Come and Go and that's Perfectly Okay and Natural

One of the biggest mistakes I have made in my life is allowing people to stay in my life far longer than they deserved to.
I am the opposite of a person that holds a grudge. I forgive much too easily, but never forget which can throw me back into the grudge category if I'm not careful. It's easy to hold a grudge, but it is far more difficult to forgive, try to forget and continue as it always was. I usually am the type of person who gets screwed and for the sake of skipping out on an annoying argument, I forget it and move on. I use that tech with my husband. Shhh. If a dear friend and I happen to roll into one of those "annoying" arguments and not talk for months, I can forgive so easily, laugh it off and let everything go out and in the open. But other situations can be a bit more complicated and difficult to address. When a dear friend wrongs you specifically and does not offer an apology as the incident was not recognized, then I have a problem. A serious problem. My forgiving nature ceases to exist at that point though I will still try and communicate as though nothing happened. My eyes are rolling on the other end of the phone, I'm telling my bestie EVERYTHING about it and ultimately let it invade my mind and life. How ridiculous is that?! This may be my greatest weakness because what I should do is be direct to the accused while remaining calm yet firm and discuss the actions or words on their behalf that I have found offensive, annoying, rude or just plain cruel. Instead I shut my mouth, talk A LOT of shit and bottle it up til the day I EXPLODE <-------It's not pretty!
To allow people such as the one presented in this last example to remain in my life creates a thick negative energy around me that I can't rid without ridding myself of the person entirely. 
Here are some life tips that I and other I know should really work on:
  • Be Loyal to those you love
  • Be true to yourself
  • Don't throw loved ones under the bus whilst searching for acceptance
  • Be kind
  • Be thoughtful
  • Really and truly try to understand others' perspectives and opinions
  • Don't put your loved ones down
  • Don't allow jealousy to overpower your words or actions
  • Be honest when confronted 
  • Sincerely apologize to the offended
  • Swallow your pride

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

playing favorites

One of my biggest pet peeves is friends and/or family who favor one of your children over the other. While my close friends know my particular situation with my children and are always quick to ask about both kids of mine, some friends and family members show extreme favoritism to one or the other. My situation is complicated and extremely difficult to discuss, but the whole "playing favorites" thing is hard for me to ignore as I am constantly faced with it. When your own mother or family member makes it incredibly apparent that they don't care about one of your children or a friend fails to recognize that you have TWO children, not one, it drives me up the fucking wall. Kids notice these things and it hurts them. I read an article today on the effects of favoritism and the ramifications can be extremely harmful to them in the present and especially in the future. I know it is hard for us parents to not have favorites at times such as when one is on the floor throwing a fit and the other is quietly painting away, but it is imperative that we try not to have favorites as it bashes their self esteem and causes emotional problems that can hold them back from successes later on in life. We all want our children to succeed and have a wonderful life, so please be fair, be kind and LOVE EVERYONE! 
Also, I would like to say we are all only human. We all make mistakes (I've made quite a few myself) or do things without realizing it. Sometimes it takes an article, a friend, movie or family member to point it out to you. But instead of getting defensive, just try and change it for the benefit of yourself and others! :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

i'm comin' out.....

Not literally...calm down ladies, I'm married! So... I have decided to free myself of some of my very own best kept secrets about myself. My close friends will most likely know these things about me, but the majority of people don't because...well...they are just plain, downright EMBARRASSING! But going along with my efforts in continuing to 'NOT GIVE A FUCK' for lack of a better phrase, I decided to let a few of them out for the world errr... the two people that regularly read my blog to see. So here we order from "omg I can't believe I'm revealing this" to "I'd rather die than admit this! Seriously, why am I doing this to myself!".........

FIVE: Fact or Teen Fiction...

I have a seriously sick obsession with teen fiction and fall in love with fictional characters on the regular. I never really saw a problem with this even though I am 26 years, until I had a conversation with my equally as embarrassing cousin, Ashley while she was browsing at B&N. We had recently read Twilight and became as obsessed as a sheltered emo 12 girl year old whose subscribes to Teen Bop and still believes that LOVE will solve all her problems. (You can't really blame her though because if a hot ass vampire decided to give YOU the best sex of your life, make every girl hate you out of jealousy and on top of that grant you immortality, you would think life was pretty perfect yourself!) Anyways, we were discussing how the next series we should read should be "Twilight Good" and finally gave in and decided to read Harry Potter. We had read ten or twelve books directly from the teen section that had SUCKED terribly.  Marked, L.A. Candy, If I Stay were just a few of the crappy teen books we tried to get that Twilight feeling from. All failures and the list of the embarrassing titles goes on and on... but I'm not going to get too into that as I still hope to have a shred of dignity left after this is posted. Anyways she was scouring through the teen section making comments like "my niece will love this one" and "buying a gift for teens these days is so hard" all the while looking desperately for The Sorcerer's Stone. She finally caved and had to ask a store associate who proceeded to walk her over to the CHILDREN'S SECTION and point out its location out next to "Harold the Duck". It was then that we realized this obsession should be forever hidden from the world and all purchases of books found in the teen or children's sections (yikes) should be made through Amazon. Haven't stepped foot in a bookstore since...well that's not entirely true, but I sure as hell haven't stepped foot in the teen section.

P.S. The Hunger Games is an AMAZING series.

P.S.S. Team Edward, baby!

FOUR: A Tit for a Tat..

I have two tattoos, both have been a bit of a problem for me for different reasons. The first tattoo is a fat sun with a dopey looking face that I got when I turned 18. The color and shading is beautiful, but the "artist" screwed up one of the eyes, so it's cross-eyed. This annoys the ever-living shit out of me because when people compliment me, I immediately feel the need to tell them it's cross-eyed which ruins the entire idea of having a piece of art to display on yourself because it just looks stupid.
So tattoo two is awesome. It's a phrase in Arabic that means a lot to me. What's the phrase you ask? Ask me on a good day and I may possibly be able to tell you. I love the damn thing and it looks awesome, but half the time I can't remember what it says which leads to some pretty embarrassing situations.... For the record it says "Avoid evil and it will avoid you". It was one of those "if I have to sit and wait for you to get tatted, I'm getting tatted too" spur of the moment kinda deals. In fact, it was so spur of the moment that I translated it for free on a English to Arabic site. That takes balls right there, actually it takes a stupid fuck to get permanently inked with a phrase that may or may not be correct.... I was at HEB about a year ago when a Lebanese old man came up to me and asked about my tattoo. Thankfully it was all spelled and phrased correctly because I sure as hell couldn't tell him what it said.

THREE: Read my Diary...I Dare You...

I lie in my diary. Not because I'm a crazy loon or anything, but because I am paranoid that someone will read it and find out about all my dirty little secrets. So when I die and my kids read my diary or it is sent to a museum to help explain life in the in the 21st century, just know it is ALL bullshit. So go ahead and read it.

TWO: I've been Diagnosed with OCOAPUSD! It sounds serious......oh and it is!

I have a serious case of Obsessive Compulsive Over Analytical Planning of Unimportant Shit Disorder. I plan everything that is unimportant. If I am in a stressful situation with a text from a crappy friend, I immediately call Ashley and make a plan to answer it perfectly. We also go over all the possible ending outcomes of situations or what could possibly happen so that we are prepared for every obstacle thrown our way, however, we are always wrong and there is always that one scenario that we left out that leaves our detailed plans burning in a huge pile of shit. So basically, if I am fighting with someone about some nonsensical shit, you are actually fighting against two minds. So I salute you if you win. Ashley and I have suffered losses before, but we are a force to be reckoned with because we are fucking insane. And by "insane" I mean like actually insane. Who does what we do?! Crazy people...that's who!

ONE: Wow, I'm a Nerd. LoL

Okay so here it is people... My number one best kept secret (excluding close friends and fam...I tell y'all's dumb asses way to much):

Drum roll please.......................................................................................................................

I, Kaitlin Crews, am a CLOSET GAMER. Too most of you this isn't any kind of news, but if you understood the nerd world a little bit better, you would understand WHY I carefully select friends and family to tell about my little... okay fucking HUGE obsession with....are you ready for this folks......WORLD OF WARCRAFT! World of Warcraft is so addicting it has ruined marriages, torn families apart, led to sleep deprivation, countless fights and super crazy hermit qualities. This is all very true. Read this and all the comments if ya need some proof! marriage is fine and everything because I hide my obsession well....well I did until now. Thankfully my husband can't stand reading my blogs. So I doubt I'll get any shit for dedicating a post to what a loser I am. LOL<------Speaking of LoL or as my fellow gamers call it League of Legends, I haven't played that one in a good two weeks, but let me tell you...that game is amazing....

P.S. I have a great marriage and family life, but life is always better with WOW! :)  Calm down...I'm joking people...well kinda ;)

Okay being this raw is harder than I thought, so I am just going to stop blogging now to avoid any further embarrassment. But FUCK I feel FREE! I will not be a slave to my embarrassment any longer! :)

Friday, September 30, 2011

the perfect pink

Sooooo... My sister-in-law Mel introduced me to the most amazing nail polish color EVER. It is the absolute perfect pink. We spent months fighting over it. She wanted to use my bottle to paint her nails for the wedding and I turned into a selfish, crazed greedy monster! But I let her have it and of course after begging, I got my baby back. OPI Chapel of Love is the polish I speak of ladies. It may not be in sale at stores anymore, but you can get your pretty little fingers on this bottle at Amazon for a discounted price of 3.99! Any of you ladies that are dying to find that perfect shade of pink, look no further. 
Go to Amazon today and STOCK up! Happy Polishing! I'd love to hear your thoughts on the shade if you decide to when you purchase it! <3

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

best advice for people pleasers

Hi, my name is Kaitlin and I am a people pleaser. I am the first to apologize for something that I didn't do or for things that definitely don't require the word "sorry". I once got into an accident and ran out of my car yelling apologies to the person who ran the red light and hit me. I say "sorry" more than I use the word "the". I am constantly saying yes to things I don't want to do and most of the time I find myself doing things I don't really want to do. I'm so concerned with how others view me and trying to force people to like me that I find myself constantly stressed out and worried over shit I cannot change. So the other day when I was venting to the hubs AGAIN about some insignificant person or problem, he told me this: "There will always be some people who just don't like you, no matter what you do or how hard you try." This simple statement blew me away for some reason. The first words out of my mouth were "How the HELL can someone not like ME?!" Then I realized I had a serious problem... I was sincerely appalled by my reaction to this statement and have since then decided I needed a change so I set some rules for myself.
  1. The term "sorry" will only be used when I need to apologize for something I have done wrong.
  2. If I do not want to do something, I will simply say no.
  3. If I have a problem or take offense to something someone says, I will be prompt, direct and kind when I confront them.
  4. I will not talk ugly about people behind their backs.
  5. I will not just agree with someone to avoid an argument. Instead, I will kindly disagree and LISTEN fully to what the other has to say.

Friday, September 16, 2011

a big ass batch of hatch

Ahhh yes.... Hatch season is upon us once again!!! I absolutely LOVE this time of year and to celebrate I will be hosting the 2nd Annual Chile Relleno FIESTA!  Everyone always wants to know how I make them so I thought it would be a good idea to post a step-by-step tutorial while I prepare this year's batch! So for starters, I make them "El Paso" or southwest style which means I use Hatch anaheim peppers and stuff them which cheese only! No poblanos stuffed with meat for me! *vomit* *GAG* *vomit*

Here's what you need:
  • 20 Hatch Anaheim peppers
  • 1 carton of extra large eggs
  • 1 pkg. depending on size of peppers of Mexican melting cheese
  • 1 medium size bottle of Canola Oil
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • 3 inch or more deep skillet
  • A hand held or table top mixer
  • baking sheet
  • 1 large paper bag

 STEP ONE: Roast 'em

Place peppers on the baking sheet. Turn on the broiler and stick them under it turning the peppers every few minutes. Once the peppers are blackened all over. Remove them immediately and put them in a large paper bag and close it up tightly and let them steam for about 15 or 20 minutes.

STEP TWO: Peel 'em

Carefully remove the peppers from the bag. Gently peel the skin off. If they were roasted correctly, the skin should just come right off. There is always going to be peppers that have a few bits and pieces of skin left on them so no need to be a super perfectionist about the peeling. Do not remove the stems of seeds!! The stem makes it easier to fry and the seeds are the best part! :)

STEP THREE: Stuff 'em

Cut strips of cheese sized to fit in the peppers. Make a slit with a knife on the top of the chile near the stem. Make sure the slit is large enough to stuff cheese in it. TIP: Cut a wedge on one end of the cheese to help guide the cheese in with out ripping the chile meat. Once all the chiles are stuffed, sprinkle powder all over them and set them aside.

STEP FOUR: Batter 'em

Separate the egg whites from the yolks. Place the yolks in a separate bowl and set them aside. Mix the bowl with the egg whites on high for about 2 minutes. Then add a tablespoon of the yolks, a tablespoon of flour and a pinch of salt. Continue mixing on high until the batter is stiff like a meringue. This will take about 6 or 7 minutes. TIP: While mixing the batter, be heating up your oil! Also, keep your mixture away from the heat as it will melt quickly. 

STEP FIVE: Fry 'em

Place a floured, stuffed chile in the batter and coat it gently. Lay it in the fryer. Add as many that can fit in the skillet without touching each other. When the bottom is golden brown, flip them on their other side. Use the stem to help keep them turned to one side with tongs. When that side is golden, take it out lay them on a paper towel and salt them up!

STEP SIX: Eat 'em

My family and I like to eat them wrapped up in my special fat girl refried beans and a tortilla. The beans are easy. I mix a few cans of refried beans together with one brick of cream cheese and a few splashes of whatever salsa I have in the fridge!! Don't forget to take the stem out and ENJOY!!!! :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

a little bit about myself and vita pulchra est....

The first thing you must know about me is that I am super, eccentric, crazy, passionate person. I have so many interests that I never can stick to one thing longer than a few months without pursuing something new and equally as crazy as the last. Most would see this as a flaw, but I happen to LOVE being a half-ass jack of all trades! So when I was thinking about starting a blog, I was of course thinking of doing it on one specific topic or flavor of the month, as my mother-in-law and I like to call it. The current flavor was "beauty product reviews".....BRILLIANT...right?!?!?! Yeah......not so much. Eventually, I would tear down this blog and replace it with a new flavor of the month blog that would eventually be torn down as well....and the cycle would go on and on and on.....SO vita pulchra est is my outlet for everything and anything I'd like to share with y'all. From product reviews, beauty tips, recipes, music, celebrities and all things entertainment to my personal life, inspirations, pet peeves, goals, and obsessions. VITA PULCHRA EST is my limitless outlet of all things Kaitlin! Enjoy!