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Homemade Turkey Chili

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Even though the temperatures in California still have not hopped on the Autumn train, I am boycotting the warmth and bringing on my favorite season anyway! I have laced up my boots, thrown on a sweater and put the dark lipstick on! I will continue to slap 72 degrees fahrenheit in the face until it’s cooler. I can’t tell you how excited I get when I see dark clouds outside, it gives me the automatic right to cook some homemade chili (which is exactly what I did).

I prefer to cook chili with ground turkey meat, kidney beans and pinto beans, but feel free to switch out per your preference! Chili is easy to put together and the leftovers are just as amazing. This recipe creates about 6 servings.

Mmmm, can you smell it?

Ingredients:
• 1 pound of ground turkey meat
• 1 8oz. can of tomato sauce
• 1 15oz. can of kidney beans
• 1 15oz. can of pinto beans
• Ground Chili Pepper
• Salt
• 1 Garlic clove, finely chopped
• Ground cumin
• Dried oregano
• Onion powder
• Ground paprika
• Ground cayenne
• 1/4 cup Corn masa flour
• 1/3 cup of water

First things first, break the turkey meat up into small pieces and cook in a large skillet over medium/high heat until cooked all the way through (it will turn white).

Pour the cooked meat into a large strainer and rinse with water to ensure the fat/grease is not invited to the chili show.

Pour the meat into a large pot, pour in the 8oz. can of tomato paste, then fill the same 8oz. can with water and toss that into the pot as well. Then you’re going to add your beans (I pour out about half of the canned bean juices and then pour the remaining half into the pot) and all of the spices! I did not include measurements because I just add as I go, taste, add some more if necessary. However, if you prefer a more mild chili, you may want to forfeit the cayenne.




Stir it all up and cook on high heat until you see it start to bubble. Lower the heat, cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes.

If you like a thicker chili, like I do, combine the corn masa flour and water. It will become a thick paste. Once you allow your chili to simmer and all the spices are exactly where you want them, pour in the corn masa flour mixture into the chili and let simmer for another 5 minutes or so.


Sprinkle some cheese on top, grab yourself some crackers and get down on some chili goodness. The leftovers can be refrigerated in tupperware for about 3-4 days.

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I Went to Iceland

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It has been decided for a while now that Chris and I were going to Iceland, it was just a matter of when. Well, the “when” was September 2014! First, I would like to answer the question that we heard non-stop before our trip, and that was “why Iceland?” I would like to philosophically reply with “why not?!” But seriously… why not? Has anyone seen photos of Iceland? Seen it in movies? Dreamed about the complete obscurity of it all? Well… we did! So, we decided to go for it. :-)

It was a stunning, yet peculiar place. The weather would change abruptly, one part of the island had unimaginable glaciers, while another had rocks engulfed in several feet of moss, and then you would drive a little further to see black sand beaches. Every few miles was basically driving to another planet.

The first two nights in Iceland, Chris and I stayed in a beautiful rooftop apartment in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Through the powers of Airbnb.com, we landed a great place with a gracious hostess. We spent a lot of time walking around the quaint city streets, enjoyed some coffee, amazing ice cream and enjoying the sights that the city had to offer. From there, we drove out to the middle of nowhere. Again, Airbnb.com did not disappoint as we landed a gorgeous house to stay for the remainder of our trip. The house was mostly windows, surrounded by nothing, but grass. It was perfect and exactly what we had in mind for our adventurous trip. It didn’t matter which direction we drove in our rental car, we found numerous locations to stop for photos and to explore.

There were some downsides, obviously the place wasn’t perfect! I would like to address the fact that the speed limit on these beautiful, wide open roads was 90kph, which is approximately 55mph. How is anyone supposed to get anywhere? We had a hard time staying below the speed limit. Everything is very expensive, especially alcohol. Chris and I ran calculations to figure out the U.S. dollar conversion of some of the items, a small bottle of Captain Morgan was approximately $60 usd. We couldn’t stop laughing over how crazy that was, but I guess their import cost is no joke! However, I highly recommend visiting Iceland to anyone that has slightly considered it. Even if you have not considered it… just give it a thought. We will never forget this trip and now it’s time for photo overload! Plenty more on my Instagram account: Cobo521!

















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Work Outfit of the Day – Classic White Button Up Shirt with Fun Pants

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This is probably one of my favorite outfits to wear to work. Anything that looks relatively stylish, yet is comfortable…? Sign me up!
The pants feel like pajama pants and the classic white button up is essential (in anyone’s closet). If I’m feeling particularly bleh and just want to be completely comfortable, I’ll wear this outfit but switch out the high gray heels for some gray flats. Yes, I know gray flats are not nearly as sexy/awesome, but I’m at work! Can’t impress everyone every day. :-P

Clothes – H&M Off White Button-Up Blouse; New York and Co. Dress Slacks; Gray Pumps (front a random cheap shoe store in the mall).
Jewelry – Silver rings, heirlooms from mother and one from Kohls; Leaf Bracelet from Charlotte Russe.
Makeup – Mac Studio Finish Concealer, NC15; NYX HD Studio Finish Powder; Nars Goulue Blush; Benefit Hoola Bronzer; Lorac Mauve Eyeshadow; Benefit They’re Real! Mascarca; Maybelline Clear Mascara for brows; Maybelline The Elixer Gloss in Petal Push.



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Lorac PRO Palette 2 And All Of Its Wonder

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The moment I found out that there was going to be a Lorac PRO Palette 2 I nearly cried with joy. The original Lorac PRO Palette is by far the best palette I have ever owned. I was late to hop on the bandwagon, but once I did, I was amazed. It’s the most perfect palette for every day wear, special occasions, evening looks, etc. It’s just ridic.

Anywho, this post is about the second one, not the first one (which you should seriously have the first one too)! I’m on the email list for both Ulta and Lorac, so I got the updates from both. It was to be available online the Ulta website June 15, 2014. I literally woke up, rolled over to my phone and purchased it right away. I didn’t want to wait because those things sell out with out warning. I received this bad boy in the mail this past Saturday and I squealed at my mailbox… I anticipated making a blog post about it, so I took photos of it before I even got to play with it. It was a challenge, but I managed. Just as I suspected, it was glorious. Every color was like warm butta (butter)! So smooth, easy to blend, pigmented, just… ugh. I can’t. It’s just so good. I even swatched the colors on my neon white arm for you to see the awesomeness of these colors. You will also receive a deluxe sample size of Lorac’s incredible eyeshadow primer. Have a look!

*Epic Movie Music*

Open up and be dazzled.

From top left to bottom right: Buff, Lt. Brown, Cool Gray, Nectar, Plum, Navy, Charcoal, Black, (bottom row) Snow, Beige, Rose, Mocha, Chrome, Silver, Jade, Cocoa.

The packaging is exactly the same as the original, except the original is black and Lorac PRO 2 is light gray. Which I really like.

Old(left) and New(right), in comparison.

Swatches of the top/matte row, Buff, Lt. Brown, Cool Gray, Nectar, Plum, Navy, Charcoal, Black.

Swatches of the bottom/shimmery row, Snow, Beige, Rose, Mocha, Chrome, Silver, Jade, Cocoa. I apologize that the bottom row didn’t come out as well, the sun came out and I had to close the blinds in my house… this is what I got. Really bums me out, because the shimmery eyeshadows are STUNNING. I gasped when I swatched Beige, Rose and Chrome. No joke.

Luckily, I was going out the same night that I received the palette in the mail. I did a nice smokey eye, which of course, turned out amazing. The colors were so easy to blend! Even after hours of bar hopping and laughing it up, my eye shadow stayed on perfectly the entire night. I can’t wait to continue to discover new looks with these colors. Together, the Lorac PRO palettes shall take over the (make-up) world!!

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Josh & Paise

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My friend, Kristine is a talented sewing master and she has great online shop called Josh & Paise. She currently has beautiful pillows and quilts available for purchase, but from what I hear… she’ll be adding new goodies to her shop soon!

A perk to having friends that kick ass at handmade goods is getting said goods as gifts! Kristine was (way too) kind enough to give me this pillow set as a gift recently. I was ecstatic to put these beauties on my couch! Black, with grey polkadots on one side and a lovely grey with pleats on the other. Check out the love that went into the pillows and the packaging.





The pillows are a perfect addition to our living room. We used to have green and yellow pillows, with red/green blankets and then the blue rug you see in the photo. It was all just too much! Once we got the Josh & Paise pillows, the green pillows migrated elsewhere, the blankets were put away and now everything goes together a lot nicer. It’s amazing what a couple pretty pillows can do for your space.

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Work Outfit of the Day – Pencil Skirt and Black Wedges

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One of my favorite type of blog posts is a good ol’ “Outfit of the Day.” The only thing that I have noticed is that there aren’t many “Work Outfit of the Day” posts. As a working girl that has to stick to business casual attire, it’s nice to get ideas for work.

Somedays I put more effort into my appearance than others, but on this particular day… I didn’t feel like doing my hair or taking too much time to do my makeup. The best way for me to make up for the fact that my hair/makeup is less than impressive is to dress a bit nicer.

Clothes – Banana Republic black sweater; Merona black t-shirt; Kardashian Kollection pencil skirt; Jessica Simpson suede black wedges.
Jewelry – Necklace, made by my friend Mandey.; Gold rings, heirlooms from Grandma and Mom.
Makeup – Mac Studio Finish Concealer, NC15; Benefit Hoola Bronzer; Nars Deep Throat Blush; Benefit They’re Real Mascara; Maybelline Clear Mascara (for brows); Maybelline Touchable Taupe lipstick.


Every woman needs a pencil skirt, nothing will make you feel prettier. Plus, you can easily pair it with a t-shirt and the outfit will still look dressy!

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The OC and Me

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A blogger is born. She is ravishing, charming, witty, she is… my sister, Cera! Yep, my big sis has taken a step into the blogging world and is already off to a great start.

Before I get into this blog business, I would like to tell you a bit about my seester. Cera is actually 13 years older than me, yet we are as close as twin sisters. I was practically her shadow for my entire childhood, but you know she loved it…

She even held my hand when I had dirt all over my face.

Cera and I spend a lot of time quoting “Steel Magnolias”, “Friday” and “Airplane!”. We can’t get enough of watching bad 80s movies and/or romantic comedies, while drinking cherry rum and diet cokes.

We get along so well because we’re both a little weird… Cera is pretty much the funniest person I know. You may ask yourself, how could someone so beautiful, who spells their name Cera, when it should be “Sarah” be so funny and great. Well, it’s true. I grew up knowing how to truly laugh and be silly because of her influence. I don’t know many people that have no qualms about “embarrassing” themselves in public, just to make someone they love smile. Cera is that person.

Not only is Cera the peanut butter to my jelly, but she even birthed my other favorite person, my nephew Korbin. How can so much greatness come from one person?! Korbin is by far the most kind hearted, hilarious and inquisitive teenager I’ve ever met. I know for a fact it’s because of his amazing mother and badass auntie.

Basically, I know you will enjoy what Cera has to say as much as I do. Her blog focuses on the journey of becoming healthier, including healthy snacks, diabetic friendly meals and exercise options. Cera is ecstatic to share her thoughts and ideas with everyone and she is even more anxious to get feedback, so check her out! Her blog is still young, but a little love goes along way.

Without further ado, The OC and Me!