Saturday, August 29, 2015

Lipstick Queen's Frog Prince

Unless you've heard of this lipstick before, I'm going to take a guess that you're thinking: 'Man, I know this girl loves fairytales, but buying a green lipstick - she must have gone off her rocker!'  Not that there's anything wrong with green lipstick mind you, but for those of you that have been around here for a while, you know I have a tendency to play it safe, and wearing a green lipstick would most likely be in outer space when it comes to my comfort zone.


 This is different, though!  Rather than coming off as bright green, it actually *magically* turns a light, glossy pink before darkening into a rosy, your lips but better color!  Yes, I admit that it's slightly gimicky, but I honestly love this pink shade, and I really do love my fairytales. ;)


I've been wearing it a ton, recently, and I think every time I put it on I fall in love with it even more.  Yes, I totally bought it because it changes color, I'm not even going to pretend that wasn't the driving force behind this purchase, but I keep wearing it because I love the pink it gives my lips, and it feels incredibly hydrating when I'm applying it.  About the only negative thing I have to say about it is that when it does start to fade, your lips do tend to get a little darker towards the inside of your mouth compared to the rest of your lips, creating kind of an ombre effect that could be cool, but I'm not really  a fan.


The packaging is really pretty, and I love how the pink contrasts with the green, and sneakily shows what color the lipstick really is.  Seriously, compare the picture above with the lipstick tube below - they're essentially the same color.  I also thought the box it came in was absolutely gorgeous, and I'm showing it to you guys as much for your benefit as for mine - I'm not sure I could bear throwing it without at least a picture!  The castle and reclining frog - it's like they ripped a page out of a book!


As I've said, I've really been enjoying this lipstick, and don't be surprised if I pull it out for an upcoming makeup tutorial or something!  It's truly been my go-to, and has been so easy to use.  Not to mention, it's been so much fun to introduce other people to this lipstick, especially considering how much I like my neutrals!  I'm curious, though, what do you think of this lipstick?  Have you tried it before?  Let me know in the comment section below!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1

So, I know I've been talking a lot about downsizing in terms of the amount of "things" I have in my home, so a sneaky little eyeshadow purchase that I don't technically really need sounds a bit hypocritical.  I agree.  However, I am also going to justify it by saying that I've been feeling kind of bad about essentially only wearing my eyeshadows from the MAC Cinderella collection, and this palette caught my eye when I was out shopping recently.


L'Oreal has released two of these La Palettes, Nude 1 and Nude 2 (does anyone else think of Dr. Seuss when they read that sentence?), and they are very similar to Urban Decay's Naked 1 & 2.  Obviously, being a drugstore brand, this palette is much more affordable, retailing for about $15 at Target, but I don't really think the quality of the shadows is much different.  They are still fairly pigmented and glide on very nicely, though they maybe don't have as much staying power as the Urban Decay ones.  To their benefit, though, this palette has a lot more matte colors than the Urban Decay, which is a definite plus in my book.


Also, this may just be me, but I really like the packaging of this palette more than essentially every other dupe for the Naked palettes that I've seen.  I know, it's a silly reason to get excited about a product, but let's just be honest here: it's nice to have something you enjoy looking at sitting on your vanity as opposed to a palette that you aren't drawn to.  It's just nice and sleek, you can easily see what the colors are inside, there's a decent mirror - I'm really quite impressed!  It did also come with an eyeshadow brush, but I never really use those brushes, so I can't say much to that.  It does look better than a lot of the little stock brushes I've encountered, though.


I also appreciate the fact that on the back of the packaging, there are four makeup look ideas to try out.  I by no means consider myself a makeup artist - more of an enthusiast - so these guidelines are always incredibly appealing to me.  In fact, back when I was first getting into all of this, I almost exclusively purchased Too Faced eyeshadow palettes, for the sole reason that they told you how to apply the shadows.  Maybe that's just me, though! ;)


Speaking of liking to follow the guides, I did want to include a picture of one of the looks in this post so you can get an idea of what they look like on the eye itself!  The look below is the Sultry Angel look, and I did use my Elf Liquid Eyeliner and Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara to finish the eyes off.  I really like it, and I'll probably have to feature this palette in a video, soon, so make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven't already, and keep an eye out for that!


If you've tried this palette or the Nude 2, please let me know what you thought of them in the comment section below!  I was so tempted to get both, so I'd love your feedback.  Are there any Urban Decay dupes that you really like?  Tell me anything!  I'd love to chat with you guys.  Also, make sure to pop back on Saturday for a new post!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Our Lasagna Recipe

I think every time I put up a recipe I'll have to start out with this warning: I do not consider myself much of a cook!  However, every once in a while, we'll figure out how to make a meal that we really enjoy, and then I'll share it with you!  So, you can rest assured that as long as I don't get more confident in this department (it's highly unlikely), these recipes will be pretty easy.  This one actually goes back to when Joe and I first started dating, and we decided to try and make lasagna without any instructions - it actually turned out back then, and it still works, now so I thought I'd share!


Ingredients:
  • Uncooked lasagna noodles (I used about 12)
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 12 oz. Classico Tomato & Basil Spaghetti Sauce
  • 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • Mozzarella (about 3 handfulls)
  • Basil for garnish

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Boil the lasagna noodles until they are soft.


While the lasagna noodles are boiling, crumble and brown the beef.


Once the beef has completely browned, add in the spaghetti sauce.


Layer the lasagna in a pan by creating a layer of noodles, then adding a layer of ground beef, then add the ricotta cheese.  Repeat this layering pattern, finishing with a layer of noodles.  Then, cover the top with mozzarella cheese.  I never actually measure this out, but it usually works out to be about three handfulls.  I also sprinkled on some fresh Basil, then bake until the cheese has turned a golden brown - about 20 to 30 minutes.


Garnish with a bit more fresh Basil if you like that extra little bite (we love Basil in our house), and that's it!  


I love making meals like this, because not only does it taste amazing, you also have food for later in the week, as well!  It certainly makes my life easier when I get off work and get to just relax rather than start dinner right away!  If you guys enjoy these little recipe posts, please let me know by commenting down below, and also let me know what your favorite meals are!  I'd love to try out some new recipes. :)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Roma Kawa Coffee

I'm sure by now you know that I love to support businesses from Minnesota.  I'm not saying that everything I get is homegrown or anything, but I just get really excited when I get to talk about something from around here.  I also really like coffee.  So, when we found out about a coffee roaster nearby, Joe and I couldn't resist trying them out, and I think we may have found a new favorite!


The roaster is Roma Kawa from Bagley, Minnesota, and they are absolutely amazing!  To start with, let me share their mission statement with you:

"Our driving purpose and passion at Roma Kawa (kava) is the pursuit of a better cup of coffee.  Ours is the kind of coffee that you dream of right before bed.  The morning comes and you're ready for that wonderful aroma, flavor and those savory sips.  Or perhaps it's the afternoon and you need a special cup of coffee that actually makes you stop and relax.  To capture that special coffee experience and make it real, Roma Kawa starts with the best quality coffee beans from around the world.  Next we FRESH roast your coffee with great detail, precision, and care.  The roasting process really is a craft that we can manipulate to produce astounding coffee."


Doesn't that sound incredible on it's own?!?  But here's the thing I really want to hit home with you guys.  There is a reason that the word FRESH is capitalized the way it is in their statement.  We ordered this online, and Roma Kawa roasts it the day they get the order and sends it via Spee-Dee Delivery, so we got our coffee the next business day!  For ordering online, how much fresher can it get?


So, we've actually tried a couple of different coffees so far, and our favorite is the Columbian.  It just has such a nice, rich flavor that I thought was similar to the Original Caribou beans, but somehow better.  I think once our Caribou beans are gone, we may be switching to this one for a while.  Plus, there's an added bonus: a portion of proceeds from this coffee are donated to the Wildlife Conservation Society to help the endangered Spectacled Bear of Columbia.  Now, maybe I've been living under a rock, but I'd never heard of the spectacled bear, so I looked it up and if you don't know what it is, I would suggest doing the same.  They are the coolest looking animals!


Seriously, I'm not sure how much better this coffee could get: it tastes amazing, it's super fresh, roasted in Minnesota, and it helps out endangered wildlife.  If you haven't heard of this company before, I would highly recommend checking their site out.  It really is awesome.  Click here to be directed to their website!  By the way, I am by no means affiliated with this company.  I just think it's awesome.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Early Birthday Present!

So, my birthday is in just over a week (September 4th), and my sweet mother-in-law and her husband not only got me an absolutely wonderful gift that I wanted to share with you, but also gave it to me early so I could enjoy it immediately!  Now, I know you guys know that I'm a bit tea obsessed, but I would venture a guess that they know the full extent of that love of tea, since the whole gift revolved around it!


Almost everything is from the Spice & Tea Co. located in Stillwater, Minnesota.  They gave me a Guayusa Organic Spiced tea consisting of Amazon guayusa, cinnamon, and lemongrass that is supposed to essentially wake you up even more than your morning coffee and tastes amazing - like a citrus herbal tea.  They also gave me an Organic Apricot Ginger Peach with black tea, apricot, ginger, and peach pieces and an Organic Pomegranate with white tea, pomegranate fruit, safflowers, and pomegranate flavor!  I'll keep you updated on these two as I haven't tried them, yet - probably on Instagram or Twitter.


Also included was a package of Maple Sugar made from pure Wisconsin maple syrup that is supposed to be twice as sweet as cane sugar that has a taste of deep rich maple with undertones of brown sugar.  I haven't tried this yet, either, but it smells absolutely amazing, and I've been told it tastes really good on baked bananas, which makes my mouth water just thinking about it!


The last item may confuse some of you.  It's chaga tea that my mother-in-law and her husband (along with one of my sisters-in-law, I believe!) actually went out and found in the woods and had processed!  For those of you wondering, chaga is a parasitic fungus that is fairly common on birch trees, but can also be found on other trees, as well.  It looks like burnt charcoal, and is used as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and has a few other medicinal properties, as well.  You can read about it more here or you can do your own research, as well!


I absolutely love everything that they gave me, and can't wait to try it all out!  I hope you guys have enjoyed this post, but please let me know what you think in the comment section.  I don't usually share what people have given me, so I'm curious to see what your opinions are.  I'm certainly not trying to brag about what I've gotten, but I do have to brag about my family a little bit, and thought you tea-aholics might enjoy it, too!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Capsule Wardrobe Retirees

Back when I started my capsule wardrobe, I knew that I would wear items out.  Really, that's kind of the point of the whole thing - to get use out of the items you own.  But, sometimes it's still hard to let go of your favorite things.  So, to make it easier on myself, I decided to write this post as a kind of tribute to a couple of shoes that I've lived in so much that a normal fashion girl probably would have gotten rid of them ages ago.


The first is a pair of matte black Tieks that have been everywhere with me.  They saw me through my job change two years ago, they came with when Joe and I were looking at wedding venues, then again when we went to London on our honeymoon - they were my favorite pair of flats for the longest time.  But, I finally had to replace them with a pair of Minnetonka Moccasins when the toe on one shoe completely wore out.  Honestly, I love my moccasins so much, and I think they'll be perfect for fall and winter, but come next spring and summer, I'm not going to rule out a repurchase of these.


If you've been following me for some time, you may also recognize the next pair I'm going to talk about.  They're a pair of cheap riding boots from Target that I lived in during the fall and winter months, and tried to carry over into summer for my morning walks (those walks have since turned into runs...).  However, they did not make it very far into the summer before the sole of the boot started to fall off.


To be fair, they were just a cheap pair of boots from Target that weren't exactly made to last very long.  I have had a couple people recommend I take them to a cobbler to simply fix that one bit, but honestly, at the most these little guys were maybe $15.  Financially, it just wouldn't make sense.  I could fix them myself, and I have fixed other boots in the past, but much as I love them, it's just not worth it to me.  I'd rather find a nice pair of boots that are similar to these that will last longer so I don't even have to worry about it.


This is where you guys come in!  I would love recommendations on what boots I should get next, since I'm getting closer to starting to look for a pair with fall coming up right around the corner.  Please leave me your suggestions in the comment section below, and help me find a pair that I'll fall in love with!  I may try Steve Madden, since I had a pair that I really loved from there for a while, but I'm definitely open to trying just about anything!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Oakley Splash Sunglasses

So, I've been wanting a new pair on sunglasses for quite a while, but I just couldn't justify the purchase, particularly since I've been trying really hard to minimize the amount of things I own, and I had a perfectly fine pair.  However, a couple weeks ago, we went on a little weekend vacation, and I lost them.  I promise it wasn't an intentional thing!  There was a baby involved, and I was playing with it, and the sunglasses were just simply forgotten.  So, when I got home, I decided to order my very first pair of Oakley sunglasses!


Though there are a ton that look absolutely amazing, I did finally decide on the Splash sunglasses with brown gradient lenses and a polished black frame.  I know, basic, but that's what I love!  Plus, I really wanted something that would be fashionable for everyday wear but not too extravagant that I wouldn't be able to wear them while exercising (Yes, I am most definitely still on my fitness kick!).  So far, these have been perfect for me.  I feel like an Old Hollywood starlet when I wear them out and about (modern-day Holly Golightly, maybe?), but they're also so lightweight that I barely notice them while I'm running!


Honestly, I absolutely love them, and even though they were a bit more expensive, I definitely think they've been worth it so far.  However, if I had the track record I had back in high school with sunglasses, these would not have made sense.  I've since become much more responsible, and my last pair - which I have already admitted to losing - I'd had for over a year!  Not too bad, right?  Plus, I've really only recently started purging my things, which has made keeping track of everything much more manageable, so it'll just get keep getting easier to hold on to these bad boys, right?


Point being, I love them.  I think they've been an amazing replacement, and I'm still really excited to have them.  They're exactly what I was looking for, and hopefully I'll have them for quite a while!  As always, I'd love to hear from you guys!  What sunglasses have you been wearing/loving?  What is your track record with sunglasses?  Do you lose them?  Do you break them?  Are you responsible?  I'd love to know, so please leave your answers in the comment section below!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Toni & Guy Heat Protection Mist

Some of you may know that I like to read other reviews after I've tried a product before I actually come online and talk to you guys about it.  My reasoning behind it is quite simple: If there's something that hasn't occurred to me, or doesn't bother me, but it does impact other people, I want to be able to tell you about it!  Most of the time, when I do this, I find out more negative aspects of a product, but I have to tell you: not this time.


Honestly, had I not gone and looked at reviews, I probably wouldn't actually be talking about this product right now, because to me, a heat protectant is a heat protectant.  All I was focused on was whether or not my ends were staying together better than they had with others (I couldn't really tell a difference between this and the Got2Be Guardian Angel, by the way), and how frizzy my hair was.  Apparently I was so focused on these couple things, though, I didn't even notice the best part about this product!


It makes your hair crazy shiny.  In fact, if you caught my updated Hair Care Routine, I must have subliminally known this, because when my hair needs an extra little boost, I like to use the Organix Renewal Argan Oil of Morocco, but I even said in the video that I didn't think my hair needed it that day.  Apparently, that's because of this guy!  Now, when I'm doing my hair, I kind of like to use this both before and after I style my hair, since it works not only as a protectant, but also as a shine booster, and I have to say - I like my shine!


As always, I'd love to hear from you guys!  If you've tried this product, let me know what you thought!  Did you like it?  Did you hate it?  Were you 'meh' about it?  What are your favorite hair products of the moment?  Are there any products out there that you think I should be trying out?  Let me know in the comment section, or just take a moment to say hi!  I love hearing from you guys!  Also, make sure to come back on Saturday for another post!  I like to put up new posts every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, so make sure to follow this blog so you don't miss a thing.  I hope you're having an amazing day and I'll talk to you again soon!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Minnetonka Moccasins

I've been tempted by Minnetonka Mocassins for years, but not only because they're based out of Minnesota, and I'm sure you've noticed by now how much I like to support Minnesota businesses!  I've also heard a lot of good things about them, including that they're incredibly comfortable.  So, when the matte black Tieks I've been wearing for over a year wore out (and by wear out, I mean when I was wearing them, you could see my pedicure!), I thought I'd try these out.  


The ones I picked out are the Deerskin Beaded Mocs in Black, and I love how they look!  I was incredibly tempted to get them in white, but let's just be honest: I'm too clumsy for that.  So, I stuck with black, and that was a wonderful decision.  The black already goes with almost everything I wear, but then the gorgeous tawny gold beading on the toe pulls in just enough brown that I feel like I can wear them with pretty much anything.  Plus, with a $55.95 price tag, they're a tad bit more reasonable than my Tieks were, as well.


I love that all of these moccasins are also hand-crafted, because that honestly makes me appreciate how much detail is in this shoe even more.  From the beading, to the awesome toe seaming - seriously, I know this is small, but how cool does it look?! - even the decorative zig-zag on the sides.  All of it makes for a beautiful shoe that is perfect for a casual, everyday outfit.  I'll admit that maybe it wouldn't be appropriate for a dressier occasion, but my family and I are pretty laid back, so I don't need to worry about that.


 I'm sure by now you're all screaming at your computers, 'Yes, I get it, you think they're beautiful, but you mentioned that they were supposed to be comfortable - are they?!'.  Well, I was just getting to that.  Hold your horses.  Yes, they are!  When you're walking in these, it almost feels like you're wearing two puffy clouds on your feet, which I don't understand.  As I'm sure you can see from the picture below, they don't look puffy, and the material used is quite thin.  But, they really are incredibly comfortable, and I love them.


I have been told that you should order a size smaller than you usually wear, because they seem to have a tendency to get looser over time, but I can't really attest to that, since I've only worn them for about a week so far.  I did actually get the same size I usually do, which I think will be alright, especially I'm quite certain that the bows on these aren't just for decoration.  That particular string actually winds around the entire shoe, so I'd imagine that if they felt a bit loose, which they don't, I can just cinch them up a bit that way.

As always, I would love to hear your opinions!  Let me know what you think of these particular shoes, if you've tried Minnetonka Moccasins before, what your favorite shoe brands are - anything you want to tell me, let me know in the comment section below!  I hope you're having an amazing day, and I'll talk to you again, soon!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sparkling Vodka Lemonade with Mint

I love vodka lemonades.  But, I'm not sure if I've actually talked about them with you guys before.  I almost think it's been one of those things that is just so engrained into my summer life that I may hint at vodka lemonades, or say that I like making them, but I've never shared how I make them with you.  That all changes today, though, because I've been experimenting with my vodka lemonade recently, and have figured out how to make them absolutely incredible.  Obviously, you can follow the 'mix 1 shot vodka with a glass of lemonade' and have your basic drink, but if you want something a little fancier, read on.


For my vodka lemonades, I like to use just plain old powdered lemonade, though fresh does taste better, and it's better for you.  For my vodka, I'm honestly not that picky, but my husband does something kind of cool with the Grey Goose bottles that we'll be sharing with you at a later time.  Trust me, the more expensive vodka in this case is totally worth it.  I also like to have a bottle of carbonated water (I used our SodaStream), and some fresh mint (from our hydroponics garden) to spice my lemonades up.  If you really want to go all out, grab some maraschino cherries, too.  You'd be surprised how well they go with the rest of the ingredients!


Now that you know all the ingredients I use, you can probably figure out how to do all this yourself, but just for fun, I'm going to go through the process anyway.  So, in a drinking glass, pour 1 shot of vodka, then add 2 spoonfuls or lemonade, or to taste.  Fill the glass with cold, carbonated water (you can add ice if you'd like!) and stir to make a classic, sparkling vodka lemonade.


To spice things up a bit, though, bruise a few mint leaves and add those to the lemonade.  Bruising is a necessity to release the flavor.  If you skip this step, your lemonade won't have the same minty taste and the leaves will just float on the surface doing very little.  Finally, if you're brave, try garnishing with 1-2 maraschino cherries.  You'd be surprised how well everything goes together.


So, that's it.  That's all there is to making my favorite vodka lemonades.  I know it's not the most intense recipe you've ever come across, but they really are a summer staple of mine, and even more so since I've discovered how to jazz them up a little.  They really are a wonderfully refreshing drink!  I'd love to know what your favorite cocktails are for the summer, though, so please let me know in the comment section below!  Also, if you are interested in other cocktail recipes, check out the links below!

Rhubarb Mojito
Mulled Wine
Fizzy Dreamsicle Cocktail
Pink Elephant Cocktail
Spiced Apple Toddy

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Neutral Metallic Manicure

I have tried to get into nail art in the past, and it's just not my thing (if you're interested in legit nail art, check out my friend Sara's YouTube channel - she's amazing!).  However, I absolutely love nail polish, and every once in a while I'll do something pretty basic that I think is really pretty, and want to share it with you!  So, that's what's going on today.  I've been wearing a kind of fun, neutral nail look using some of my all time favorite nail polishes, and wanted to break it down for you.


So, I used three different colors.  Two from OPI and a third from Strange Beautiful.  Honestly, all three colors would have been from OPI, but the only gold color I have in my collection at the moment is the one from Strange Beautiful, which I received in a Boxycharm box a while ago.  I would have preferred to use OPI's Glitzerland, since that's my absolute favorite gold nail polish, but Cricket broke it, and this one's really pretty, too (I even wore it for my engagement pictures!).  I think this must have been kind of a Boxycharm exclusive, since that's the only place I've actually found where you can get this polish.  If you're interested in it, you can check the link here.  Anyway, I used this as an accent color on both ring fingers.


Then, I grabbed out my Did You 'Ear About Van Gogh, which I think I've talked about before, but I'm not sure where.  It is honestly one of my favorite tan neutrals, and if I want something just nice and subtle, this is my go-to.  I will admit that I picked this up because I love VanGogh the painter, but the color is awesome, too.  I put this on my pointer finger and pinky.


Finally, I used OPI's Tickle My France-y, which I know I've talked about on this blog before, and put this on my thumb and middle finger just for a hint of color.  I say hint, because this is kind of a pinky-purple-greige sort of shade that's still a light enough shade to be mistaken for tan at first glance.  I absolutely love the versatility of this polish, and I imagine just the fact that this is my second bottle of this polish speaks volumes for how much I like it!


So, that's my current manicure!  It's incredibly subtle at first, but then as you look at it, it starts to have a bit more depth while still looking polished and put together.  Personally, I really like it, and I hope you do, too, even if it doesn't have all sorts of fun things going on!


If you've been rocking any fun manicures - even simple ones like this - I'd love to see them!  Make sure to send me pictures on Instagram or Twitter!  I love seeing and hearing from you guys. :)  Also, if you haven't already, make sure to follow this blog!  I put up new posts every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, so you won't want to miss a single one.  If you're interested, I also have a YouTube channel that I post to on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so you can hear from me pretty much every day!  Anyway, I hope you're having an amazing day, and I'll talk to you again, soon!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Trisha Yearwood Precious Metals Cookware

It's times like these where I can tell that I've crossed over into adulthood.  Joe and I recently got a new set of pots and pans, and I'm so incredibly excited about them!  Honestly, I'm not much of a cook, but I've really been enjoying it more now that I have something new to play with.  Plus, our old pots and pans have essentially been with us since the beginning of college - and were fairly inexpensive - so a lot of them had started warping and what not, making it much harder to cook.


So the set that we ended up getting was the Trisha Yearwood Precious Metals Cookware in Copper, and I found them on Amazon.  I wasn't super excited about having Trisha Yearwood's name on them, since it seems kind of gimmicky (for those of you who don't know, Trisha Yearwood is a country singer, probably best known for 'She's in Love with the Boy').  But, I knew I wanted a copper set, and this was the prettiest one I could find that wasn't $1,000+.  Like I said, we don't get extravagant in our cooking, so there's no reason for us to spend a crazy amount on them.


The set comes with a small and medium sized saucepan with lids, a small and medium frying pan, a soup pot with a lid, and a deep skillet pan with a lid, making it a 10-piece set, all of which are non-stick.  Speaking of which, I have to tell you just a quick little story about the first time I used one of these pans!  I was making the stir fry that you see in the photo above, and was cooking the chicken.  I went to stir it a little, having been used to my regular pans that stuck like crazy, so I gave it a little stronger of a nudge than I needed to, and the chicken almost flew out of the skillet, it was so slippery!  As I said, our old pans stuck a little, so I can't really say too much about the non-stick element of these, but they sure seem to do the trick for me!


They are technically dishwasher safe, but it is recommended that you hand wash them to help make them last longer, which is what I've been doing.  Because they're non-stick, though, it hasn't been too difficult to wash them by hand, and clean up is pretty quick.  I suppose there isn't a ton to say about pots and pans, or at least I can't say much, as I consider myself very much a novice, but they really do seem to work well, and I love how they look.  The 10-piece set is really all we need, which frees up space in our cabinets, and I must say the area we keep these is looking pretty snazzy.  My favorite of these is definitely the deep skillet, but that could be for two reasons: 1) I've never had one before and; 2) It's amazing for stir fry, which we have a lot.


All in all, I've really been enjoying these, and would love to use them a bit more, but we've actually not been home much recently for dinner.  Not that I'd trade what we were doing to play with these more - we've been spending a lot more time with my parents, Joe's parents, and our friends, which is always time well spent.  Anyway, I should probably get going, but I would love to know what your opinions are on this set, and if you have more knowledge about this than I do (it doesn't take much!), please let me know what pots and pans and such you like, and what kinds of things you look at when thinking about purchasing new cookware!