Wednesday, January 10, 2018

5 Things Lately

Happy Wednesday all. Hope your 2018 is starting off well, mine is except for the fact that it's freaking freezing. I think I've spent a total of half an hour outside in the last month. Too cold.We haven't had hardly any snow though, like dustings and that's it. I am okay with this. KC was off on Monday (snow day with no snow) so I made him drive me to work. I think the high today is supposed to be 59 and tomorrow 64. WTF.

Anyway. I wanted to share 5 things that I've either been loving or am excited about.

one. Clarisonic. I mentioned I've been having skin problems for the past 6 or so months and I bought a clarisonic around black Friday. I always thought they were a waste of money and they probably were for me when I didn't have the skin problems I have now. I don't want to jinx myself but I've been using it for like a week and I shit you not, already see a difference. Is this real life? Fingers crossed it keeps being amazing, I am in love with it. I got mine from Sephora, not an affiliate link, and mine came with kiehls products. I have not tried those yet because I am only introducing new products slowly and not several at once because that's what you have to do when your skin suddenly hates you.

two. Sausage rolls. If we are friends on instagram you know I spammed you with my making sausage rolls in America journey. I was very proud. A few people mentioned they'd like an actual recipe, I am not a recipe making/sharing person but in case you're interested this is an australian recipe (tomato sauce is ketchup) and instead of milk, I use egg because my mum uses egg. I also do not line a baking tray with paper, I just grease it. Also, I know you can google it but 220c is 425f and 300g is about 0.66lbs - the one my mum uses at home is 500g which is about 1lb, so I just eyeballed it. Because I used more beef, I upped everything else and used 2 packs of puff pastry (4 sheets). And they are expensive here, ouch. If anyone knows where to buy cheap puff pastry, let me know. Next up I am going to experiment with turkey or a vegetarian version.

Served it with tomato sauce - gosh I haven't called it that in years, happy sigh - and salad. Mum used to serve it with salad and chips (fries, leave me alone, I'm pretending I'm back home).

I know the name is confusing, to you sausage = pork, but nope. Beef. There are pork ones but I've never had them. Normally at sporting events or in the school tuckshop/cafeteria, they are bigger ones, but these are called party size and what my mum always made. I hate eating cold food that is meant to be hot, but I love cold sausage rolls.

Ok, trip down Kristen's childhood is done now.

three. Books! Show Us Your Books day always means I add a bunch of books to my TBR, here are a few of them (pictures are clickable to goodreads) I added yesterday:


four. New Books! Two of my favourite authors announced that they have books coming out in February and I am SO.EXCITED. Both of them are romances, so obviously skip if that's not your jam.

The first is Mariana Zapata's From Lukov with Love and I have no details other than the fact that it's coming out sometime in February, a few words and this gorgeous cover:

The second is The Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey and I signed up for news/possibly an ARC and yesterday they sent the cover reveal and OMG I CAN'T WAIT. This one comes out on February 1st and I am seriously considering taking a day off. If both books come out on the same day I absolutely will.


Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.
I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper worked best for stuffing bras.
That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.
A 24-year-old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base (both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.
Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.
Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t take his eyes off little ol’ me.
My old friend, Mr. Fortier.
But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.
When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.
Let’s hope he knows how to guard his.
Add THE BEAU & THE BELLE to your Goodreads list here!

THE BEAU & THE BELLE releases February 1st - you'll be able to preorder your copy for .99c starting January 29th!

Keep an eye on R.S. Grey's Facebook page for the link!

I have read several of R.S. Grey's books (The Fortunate Ones, The Allure series, Anything You Can Do, The Foxe and the Hound and my absolute favourite, The Duet) so to say I am excited for this one is a wee bit of an understatement. I follow her on Instagram and she is funny and her baby is adorable. So there's that.

Oh, and if you are interested in her books, they are all on kindle unlimited, but if you don't use kindle unlimited they are pretty cheap at like $2.99. But, if you're interested in this one, it will be available for pre-order at 99 cents and then it goes up.

I know this sounds sponsored, but... nope. I'm just really obsessed with her books. Are you surprised right now?

five. Clicklist. I do the bulk of our shopping at Kroger, with a few things here and there at Trader Joes and Costco. I like Aldi but it's 'far away' (in Louisville terms) and they don't have everything, so it's a pain in the butt to go over there when I then have to go to other stores. 

I'm really trying to focus on meal planning and staying under our budget this month (literally never happened before) and I find it really helps. Not just because I'm lazy, but it's so awesome to be able to put everything in, see the total, plan my meals, not pick up anything unnecessary. Also sometimes I can't find things and this way they have to find it for me. 

That being said, I'm not sure I want to keep paying for it ($4.95) when I'm done with the free ones (first 3 orders) and I don't like them picking some things like produce or eggs - they gave me dodgy spinach last time and broke my eggs. Rage. So is it worth it when I am still going in to buy my own things? 

I did it last week and I was home in 15 minutes, that includes driving (I live like 2 mins away), going into the store and buying the stuff I didn't trust them with. So maybe that is worth $4.95. I don't know.

If you have Clicklist, or something similar, do you like it? Or prefer to do your own shopping?


  1. I can totally see how buying in advance would assist with impulse buys! But I’m with you I have issues paying for that service. Amazon prime has ruined me forever with paying for shipping.

  2. I would spend way more than 4.95 going in the grocery & adding things to my list I wouldn't otherwise buy. I'm all about Clicklist.
    So you totally have me,intrigued by rs2 grey!!!

  3. Ehhh if they are giving you things you end up tossing, I would be hesitant to keep using it. Is there another location close by you can try?

    I have a new interest in skincare in the past few weeks. I never realized that moisturizing makes a difference (seriously, what is wrong with me?) and I want to try a cheap Clarisonic before committing to the real thing. And have you tried Aldi or Trader Joe's for puff pastry? I feel like they could come through for you.

  4. Those sausage rolls look so good! Glad you were able to find a suitable US version! I've never even heard of Clicklist but it sounds convenient! And hey...I think whenever the new Zapata book is released...that should be our book of the month. :)

  5. I love that you are considering taking a day off to read books because that is totally something I would do!

    I also love the idea of just showing up and having someone load my groceries into my vehicle for me but I'm suuuuper picky about produce and meat (and expiration dates!) so there's no way I could actually do it

  6. The whole time I have been thinking the sausage rolls you have been referring to are pork! Neat to hear all the differences and to go on your little trip down memory lane. :) The weather here is nuts, too. Below zero last week and we are with you in almost hitting the 60's today and tomorrow. What in the world?!

  7. Sausage rolls in the UK are pork. This is my recipe:

    I hate tomato sauce/ketchup though! And we always called it tomato sauce when we were kids.

  8. My biggest argument with other people or services doing my shopping is that I am incredibly picky about my produce and I cant even trust Chris to get what I am looking for lol. SO you wont see me signing up for any of those services.

    I am adding both of those books to my TBR! Yay! I have always wanted a clarisonic but have never wanted to shell out the cash for it. I am glad it is already working for you. Those sausage rolls look and sound delicious. Finding a little slice of home you can add to your life always makes things better.

  9. Glad the Clarisonic is working for you! I had a horrible experience with it years ago, so now I’m scared of it - lol. Thanks for the book recs as always!

  10. Still drooling over those sausage rolls since your Insta-Stories, and yay for your Clarisonic! I've been using mine for about 6 years now and it's still going strong <3
    Green Fashionista

  11. Are these sausage rolls smaller versions of a meat pie? I may need to try making these - only had meat pies at footy matches here and I remember they tasted good. Different, but good. I haven't tried ClickList yet - I like cruising the aisles looking for new items and deals, but then that's when I overspend and it might be easier to stick to a budget if someone else is pulling the items for me. :)

  12. Puff pastry is expensive. The cheapest way to buy it (or at least for me) is to typically buy it at Walmart or Target. Normally it's a bit cheaper than the grocery store. Actually most of their products (minus fresh vegetables and meats) are cheaper so I buy my eggs, butter, cheese and canned goods, etc at the big box stores. I don't have a Costo membership so it might be even cheaper there. Those sausage rolls do look quite yummy! I have never tried Clicklist. I try to always go to the store with a list and normally don't add anything extra. This is provided, of course, I don't go exploring at Target. Then all bets are off!

  13. I wish you would mail some sausage rolls. I don't like dealing in puff pastry.

    I have the same issue with Aldi - there are invariably 2-5 things I can't get from there, and it's not located conveniently for me to pop in there and then on to a regular store. What I save in groceries I am spending in time and gas.

  14. All I can think of when I see those sausage rolls is the chick fil'a minis (I'm guessing because of the buns, lol) and they make me so hungry! What you made sounds delicious too though and they look like such a good thing for a get-together! Yay for the Clarisonic, I haven't used one in a few years because my skin was getting too irritated, but on an unrelated note I started using that Kiehl's eye cream recently and have really liked it. Soo exciting when an author you love announces a new book!

  15. Your sausage rolls look delicious! I've used that store pick up thing at my grocery too. I really hate grocery shopping so it's worth it to me!

  16. i have Sing also on my TBR and hoping my library will get it together and send it to me before the year is over!

  17. I've learned that convenience overrides my OCD problems when it comes to picking out veggies that I get when I order my groceries. That said, I order from Walmart and it's free, so that helps. That said, I do buy meat in bulk from Sam's and then just freeze it. I select the meat myself so that way I know what I'm getting, but I don't have to buy meat every week, which is a nice trade off. I have been disappointed in some of the produce, but usually, it's decent quality stuff.

    I'm thankful that our Lidl (similar to Aldi) is just down the street from Walmart/grocery stores so if they don't have something, I can hit the store on my way home.

  18. The Clicklist thing sounds super interesting but we have nothing like that. Lol.
    I've been thinking about investing in a face brush for a while but I haven't taken the bait yet. I've heard good things, though. I'm glad it's working for you!
    All your damn book sales on IG stories have made me spend so much money! Hahaha! Every time you find something good I hope on my amazon app and go buy/download the book to my Kindle. Lol

  19. Clarisonic is awesome! I've had mine for a few years, and it really helps when my skin is acting up.

  20. I've used ClickList and Meijer Curbside pickup. Meijer is $7. Which I often feel guilty spending the money.... but the store is always crazy busy. Checkout lines are always 15-20 minutes. Plus walking all over the store trying to keep two kids in the cart and not buy more than what is on my list... no thank you! I get a handful of stuff at Aldi but going in there is easier for me with two kids because it's such a small store so I feel like I don't spend so much time walking down isles. Long story short, I think it's worth it. ;) I've always wanted a clarisonic! Glad to hear you're loving yours!

  21. A friend of mine does Clicklist and she loves it. I've never done it but I really want to. I kind of hate grocery shopping, and I DO want to meal plan/prep more this year and just generally do a better job with all of that.

    I love getting book ideas from blogs! I have Dear Martin, so I hope to read that soon, but the other ones that look good to me too are: Violent Ends, The Hazel Wood, and The Woman in the Window. Every time I see the cover for The Hazel Wood though, I think of this other book called The Wicker King. haha I recommend that one though!!


  22. I saw those sausage rols on 24 kitchen! I want to makecthem too! Pigs in a blanket!😂😂😂

  23. I really liked Wal-Mart's online ordering for a while and then they started substituting way too much and it wasn't worth it.

    What products are you using with the Clarisonic? I 100% believe it's about the products, even though that scrubbing action feels fantastic.

  24. This is the second mention of Clicklist I've seen today, and I'm so jealous because I don't have a Kroger in my area. Thanks so much for sharing the sausage roll recipe (and the US conversions)! I saw it on IG and it looks soooo good! But (possibly dumb question) what's beef mince? Is it like ground beef or something completely different? Also with the puff pastry, can't you just use crescent rolls? It looks similar. I may have to jump aboard the Clarisonic train as well- not sure if my skin is acting up because it's cold out or because I've been eating terribly lately.

  25. Personally I loved the sausage roll story, but it had some useful Aussie familiarisation information in it so thanks for that! I do love a good sausage roll but the gluten free ones are always disappointing. I bought some ready made gluten free puff pastry the other day and it was a) $$$$$ and b) not at all puffy. Very sad.

    I'm still excited by going to supermarkets here so haven't really investigated the online ordering thing. Plus they don't seem to like delivering to units here so I'm a bit like ??? Also I'm still shopping at Costco mostly and then Aldi a bit, and neither of whom do delivery anyway. Maybe convenience will win one day but I find them so much cheaper than Coles and Woolies that I'm prepared to take the time. Ehh, I feel like it's going to take a little while to settle into new food shopping habits here. All part of the adventure, right?!

  26. Yayyyy for your stroll down me to lane with your sausage rolls! I’ve only ever ordered groceries online. Handful of times because they always seem to get things wrong - or if I order produce they don’t pick the best things etc. maybe I’m just really fussy though??

  27. We have something similar with puff pastry that we call beef pies. Yum! No secret Im obsessed with my skin so I will try out the clarisonic!

  28. I'm so late on my blog comments even though I read this post last week! Wow that book by R.S. Grey looks awesome - I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for the 99c sale! You must be so excited :) Another new Mariana Zapata will be awesome too!! I'm glad to hear another good Clairsonic review...I have been on the fence about one for years now but I am thinking I will get one later this year. The reviews seem to be all positive!!!
    It is way colder up here in Canada, lol!! And we got TONS of snow this week. I like it though because it makes the roads and trees look a bit prettier ;)

  29. I've heard so many great things about Clarisonic! I haven't pulled the trigger + gotten one yet but I think it might happen soon!


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