My 5 Minute Face Routine

5 minute face makeup products

Do you have a 5 minute face routine to get you put together and out of the house in a snap?

Admittedly, I didn’t have one for the longest time. The process of putting on makeup could be a long and drawn out process. I sometimes chalk this up to being in my early/mid-twenties, or maybe it was just because I didn’t have the right products in my arsenal at the time. Whatever the true reason may be, I now have a set of makeup products that I can apply in a snap for a quick 5 minute face.

5 minute face makeup

So: what are the products?

To start: Urban Decay’s Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion – $31. It gives my skin a matte finish and is not heavy at all. I apply a pea sized amount to my face before applying foundation, but you could also just mix a bit of it with moisturizer and apply if you don’t wish to wear foundation.

Next: foundation. I currently opt for L’Oreal’s Magic Nude Liquid Powder. It usually costs me around $11 at Target – if you check coupons in your newspaper there is usually a $2 off coupon circulating once a month that you can pick up. This foundation is incredibly thin: almost watery in consistency. For me this is perfect, as I typically am looking for a light coverage just to give myself an even skin tone. However, you can build thicker coverage with it if desired.

The third step: finishing powder. I currently use NYX Studio Finishing Powder in Translucent – $9.99. I am a big fan of loose powder applied with a fluffy powder brush to set everything in place. I used to use a tinted loose powder, but learned that in Florida with our humid weather, the color was more likely to “melt” off my face throughout the day. The translucent powder doesn’t do that since it’s clear! Again, it is something that allows me a natural look and doesn’t feel like I have a lot of makeup caked onto my face.

Finally – setting spray! I am obsessed with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray – $30. This little mister bottle is magic, I tell you! This amazing product sets your makeup in place and keeps it there without allowing it to settle into lines. I’ve been hooked on it for a few years now: just a quick little mist to set everything into place and I’m good to go!

So: there you have it! A few quick products that give me a 5 minute face. To be honest, 5 minutes might be on the generous side of timing, as I can probably apply the entire set in 2 or 3. If I have an extra minute or two on my hands, I swipe on a few brushes of mascara onto my lashes and fill in my eyebrows with powder and an angled brush (my personal favorite: Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Duo Brow Powder – $23. It has a lighter and a darker hue, so you can use the lighter color for daytime, darker for night).

Which products do you use for your 5 minute face routine?

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman! Do you ever wonder how time manages to fly by so quickly? I honestly have a hard time believing that a year ago (well, to be honest, it was on Sunday…so I’m a few days late) we added our newest family member into the fold.

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

We weren’t really planning on adopting a new dog, but once I laid my eyes on Sherman, I somehow knew he needed to come home with us. It’s kind of crazy to look back on photos from the day we adopted him and compare them to photos from present day. I keep seeing articles pop up with before and after photos of dogs who have been adopted, and I definitely think you can see the difference in Sherman from a year ago to now. He was a scared, quiet little guy who loved to snuggle up on anyone’s lap if given the opportunity.

Sherman mixed breed rescue dog

Today, the scared and quiet part is pretty much gone. A few weeks after being in our home, his personality burst through. His ears perked up: his first few days his ears were always pulled back/down…and we discovered that Sherman actually has quite perky ears, and one is always fully perked up, and the other flops over.

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

His eyes became brighter, and he started making his hilarious faces. After the first day in the house together, Sherman and Lucia became fast friends. They are buddies, and even though Lucia is about 3 times bigger than Sherman, she is so gentle when she plays with him.

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

But seriously – the faces. I can hardly handle them sometimes. I have never had a dog with such a funny personality like Sherman does. Lucia is our well mannered beauty; Sherman is the odd but spunky beast. It totally works. And I CANNOT HANDLE HIS UNDERBITE. By the way – Sherman has his own Instagram account – you can follow him at @callmesherman.

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

So – happy Gotcha Day, my little ray of sunshine! It’s been a fun year with you!

Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Spinach for #SundaySupper

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

I don’t know about you, but in my kitchen the best recipes always have a story behind them. And today’s recipe for Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Spinach has a pretty memorable one for me!

It all started with a visit to one of our favorite restaurants. I was perusing the menu and my eyes landed on a gnocchi dish. Ordinarily I wouldn’t have ordered gnocchi, but for some reason I was drawn to the choice. It paid off in the end, as the plate filled with fluffy potato gnocchi, butternut squash, and spinach was absolutely wonderful. I had to restrain myself not to eat every single bite and lick the plate clean.

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

On subsequent trips to the restaurant, it became my go-to entree to order. Call me a victim of habit, call me someone who knows what she likes, but I just couldn’t stop requesting this dish for my meal. Then I found myself craving it in between trips to the restaurant, and I knew something had to be done. An at-home recreation was definitely an order!

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

So, my quest to make my own version in the kitchen began. Luckily, this gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach is a relatively simple dish in regard to components (and in my opinion, simple ingredients can create some of the best dishes – it doesn’t have to be complicated!). I gathered everything and began experimenting. I sauteed the butternut squash cubes in some butter, garlic, and salt for a few minutes on the stove top, then popped the pan in to my oven at 400 degrees F to finish them to a soft texture ready for mashing.

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

While the butternut squash was in the oven, I was sauteing the fresh spinach and boiling the gnocchi. It came time to remove the butternut squash from the oven, so I reached in with an oven mitt and removed the hot pan and set it on the stovetop. Justin walked into the kitchen at that point and offered to help me with some of the process. I mentioned he could help by mashing the butternut squash, but to be VERY careful because the handle of the pan would be extremely hot since it has just been in the oven. I then walked across the kitchen to grab something, and then returned to the stove. Somehow in the span of 10 seconds I completely forgot what I had JUST warned Justin about, and I absentmindedly reached my hand out to grab the handle of the pan. The scalding hot pan. I wrapped my left hand around the scorching hot handle and immediately felt a surge of pain shoot up my arm. One second was all it took. I quickly ran my hand under cool water and then wrapped it up with a cool damp rag. I soldiered on and finished the dinner – a burn to my hand was not going to stop me!

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

Oh, am I glad I didn’t throw in the towel after my kitchen accident. The dish turned out wonderfully, and Justin and I actually were left with ZERO leftovers. Justin immediately asked that I make it again, and I will definitely be honoring that request with pleasure! The fact that I can make my own at-home version of a restaurant favorite (and at a much cheaper price) is a total win in my book! But next time I am going to make sure I don’t burn my hand in the preparation process…

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

Of course, this meal wouldn’t be complete without a glass of wine to go with it! A glass of Gallo Family Vineyards Chardonnay would be a great choice. It is medium bodied with hints of vanilla and oak. The rich fruit and luscious texture is a great complement to the gnocchi with fresh vegetables and the herbs frizzled in butter. Delicious! If you’re looking for a red wine option, the Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot is one to look into. It is a medium bodied red that is smooth, approachable, and pairs well with many dishes!

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

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Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Spinach
This gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach is a recipe that's easy to put together but is sure to impress your family and friends!
Recipe type: Entree
  • 16 ounces potato gnocchi
  • 11 ounces butternut squash, cubed
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 7 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, cut in a chiffonade
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, cut in a chiffonade
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, to garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook potato gnocchi according to package instructions (boil for 2-3 minutes in salted water). Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat a pan over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter, minced garlic, the cubed butternut squash, and a pinch of salt. Saute for 5-6 minutes, then place the pan in the oven to finish roasting the squash until tender (about 10-12 minutes). When tender, remove the squash and mash until smooth.
  4. Meanwhile, heat another deep pan over medium high heat. Add the baby spinach with a pinch of salt and pepper, and saute until just wilted. Remove the spinach and allow to drain.
  5. In the same pan you cooked the spinach in, add the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter, over medium high heat. When the butter melts and begins to bubble, add the sage and basil and allow the herbs to fry for 2-3 minutes. Then, add the gnocchi in a single layer on the pan. Allow the gnocchi to saute and brown in the butter for 2-3 minutes before adding the butternut squash and spinach to the pan. Stir to combine, and allow the mixture to heat through, about 2-3 more minutes.
  6. Serve immediately with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


Today the Sunday Supper family is partnering with Gallo Family Vineyards to bring you an event replete with recipes that have a story. If you are looking for more inspiration, make sure you check out Gallo Family Vineyards’ Meals with Meaning blog post!

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Pure Barre: my journey so far

Pure Barre equipment

I am going to categorize this post in a list of “things I have been planning to write about but haven’t had time to yet.”  The reason why will present itself as this unfolds, so bear with me. Today I want to talk about Pure Barre. Specifically, how I found it, and why I love it!

Things have been relatively quiet here on the blog for the past two (ok, more like 3) months. I know this. That is because I’ve been a wee bit busy taking on a new adventure! If you asked me at the beginning of 2014 what I thought I’d be doing by this time in 2015, I never would have dreamed it up. So, let’s start from the beginning.

Pure Barre studio

How I found Pure Barre

I had a pretty strict gym routine. Justin and I would head to the gym on most weeknights (and some weekend mornings) to weight train and get in some cardio. All of a sudden in late April, disaster struck. I developed a painful case of tendonitis in my left thumb, which made it impossible for me to attempt gripping weights and putting any kind of stress on my wrist. What was I to do? I moped around for a few weeks in self pity, heading to the gym but just running like a hamster in a wheel on the treadmill. Fun fact: I hate running on the treadmill. I knew there had to be something else.

So, I took to the Internet and thought about trying something completely new for a change. It just so happened that I’d been hearing about Pure Barre classes from a few acquaintances, so I looked up where the nearest studio was located. I registered for my first class and headed there the next day. And the rest is history.

Pure Barre balls

The first class

I’m not going to lie – even if you are a physically fit individual, taking your first Pure Barre class is going to be a bit of a new experience (and a challenge). You’ll work muscles you didn’t know existed. You’ll be a little overwhelmed as you go through the routine. Paying attention to the teacher is important and confusing at first. You’ll have to learn the difference between a tuck and a pulse, and realize that making one inch movements is a LOT harder than you would think.

I went in thinking I was going to be good at it, and I quickly realized that it was going to take a few classes to understand the technique fully. It does, by the way – I would say you need to take at least 3-5 classes to fully understand what is happening and to get comfortable. On my very first class I experienced what it felt like to have my legs shake (which is a scary scenario when you first see it happening, but you learn to embrace it for how great it is). I honestly needed help getting up out of bed the day after my first class: I was so sore! But in a good way.

Pure Barre stretch

Getting hooked

After the first class, I knew I was hooked on Pure Barre. I found myself attending classes regularly, and getting excited to hop in my car to go to the studio. My flexibility increased SO dramatically, as well as my core strength. I went from being able to get about a third of the way into a splits position into almost fully sitting into the splits a few months later. Being able to physically see how much more flexible and strong my body was getting was definitely a huge hook. That, paired with the flow of class, the music, and the interaction and support I received during classes. It all added up.

Pure Barre sticky socks

The next step

About 6 months after taking my first Pure Barre class (late November 2014), an opportunity presented itself. A new Pure Barre studio is opening nearby, and at that time they were searching for teachers. I immediately jumped on the opportunity and got in touch. Despite my fear and nervousness, I auditioned. What did I have to lose, I thought? The next thing I knew, I was being booked on a flight to South Carolina to attend teacher training for four days the following week. What?!?!

Training was a whirlwind. Pure Barre from 8am to 4pm in the training facility, but really more like eating, sleeping, and breathing Pure Barre 24 hours a day. I was able to bond with my fellow teachers during that time – it felt like we were all college roommates as we sat in our hotel room eating pizza and studying into the wee hours of the night. Who would have thought that after meeting as complete strangers at the airport on a Wednesday night that we’d end up being fast friends by Sunday?

After returning home, it was crunch time. I spent the next few weeks practicing diligently so I could take my teacher test. There were days that I just wanted to throw in the towel and sit down on the floor and cry; it got a bit overwhelming to balance work, practicing, getting errands/chores done, and having some personal time to myself. But thankfully it was all worth it in the end, and now I am so excited to be able to help others to get the most out of their Pure Barre experience alongside me when the studio opens in a few short weeks! The journey continues…

Have you been to a barre class before?