Wednesday, December 31, 2014

You Need: Hamilton Beach Salad Xpress


Well, hello to the best thing since sliced bread. Or sliced cucumbers. Or grated cheese more importantly. This is the 2nd infomercial purchase my husband and I have purchased (the first being the magic bullet- um ah-mazing!) after watching the infomercial over and over.

Let me introduce you to the Hamilton Beach Salad Xpress. Slice, grate, shred, or crinkle your vegetables for your salad, or in our case, shred that cheeeeeese.


They're adorable aren't they? Well, we only use the orange one- it's only the 2 of us, so slicing up veggies for a salad really isn't that much of a chore. But shredding cheese...that's a total pain in the rear end, am I right? I avoid buying pre-shredded cheese due to the preservatives and poor melting qualities, but it sure is convenient. Side note...if you want an appliance to make your life slightly easier and need a way to *encourage* your husband to get onboard? Have him do said chore...Tee hee hee-- the minute I showed him this infomercial he said BUY IT NOW.


The attachments can be stored on the front of the shredder, with a protective sleeve holding them together. It's really meant for hard cheese, but it will work on softer cheeses like mozzarella and Monterrey jack. They do recommend throwing it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes ahead of time. I use it for any type, sometimes I mix them and get real fancy:


Wait, it gets better.  It's dish washer safe:


Sold yet? It retailed at $49.99 when I first saw it, but it's down to $32 on amazon now. We picked ours up at Bed Bath and Beyond, where you can use an additional 20% coupon.

Tell me this isn't awesome?!!?

Side note...here's what I made with that cheeeeese:


Barbecue Chicken Pizza drizzled with ranch and sriracha. Holy balls my mouth is watering...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Shellac Hack: Jesse's Girl Wild Thing


I've been waiting awhile to try the "Shellac hack" for awhile now, and well boo. I don't know if it was the length of my nails or the fact that it just isn't Shellac. It lasted about 24 hours, less than regular nail polish and was chipping horribly. I am tempted to try it again with a higher quality polish, but I honestly don't know if that would make a difference.


These pictures are from this summer, when I attempted this, before D-Day and when everything was lusciously green outside.


You can pick up Jesse's Girl nail polish at Rite Aide, and retails under $5. I try not to use it frequently as it does contain formaldehyde and all the other bad chemicals the larger manufacturers like OPI, Zoya, etc. are trying to get away from. Unfortunately I've read that it's the formaldehyde that makes the colors so bright, so I guess it's a trade off.

The idea of the "shellac hack" is to alternate thin coats of Gelous (from Sally Beauty), Sally Hansen Hard As Nails, and your color of choice topped off with a top coat. You gradually apply the coats, thickening the polish on your nails.

The process is as follows:

1 Coat Hard As Wraps
1 Coat Gelous
1 Coat Polish
1 Coat Gelous
1 Coat Polish
1 Coat Top Coat

Trust me, less than 3 hours later I had this on my tips:



This is the same color, but it's extremely difficult to photograph accurately in daylight, let alone accurately inside! Again, maybe it's because I had a little bit of length on my nails that it chipped this fast? I honestly don't know...I wish I could tell you. But the Shellac Hack did NOT work for me.

You can find the original directions here, let me know if it works for you! My nails are quite long as I type this, which usually means a break is eminent. When that happens and I must return to nubs, I will try this again and update!

In the meantime, if this is something you try, let me know if it works for you!

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