Tried it Thursday {Oatmeal + Honey Face Mask}

Hey everybody – it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a DIY post and I thought it was about time I get back in the game.

So today, I’m sharing a face mask recipe I tried from Somewhat Simple – Oatmeal and Honey Facial Mask

I decided on this recipe because it had ingredients I had at home and didn’t require anything too farfetched.


Ingredients needed:

  • 1/2 cup of uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (make sure it is pure honey, not containing any other sweeteners)

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How to:

Heat all four ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat for about 5 or 6 minutes. Make sure to stir frequently to prevent the bottom from sticking.

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Remove mixture from heat and allow to cool – I placed mine in the fridge to speed this up a bit.

Massage a thick layer of honey into your face. Apply mask. Use upward strokes, for better coverage.

Lie down for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Use warm water and a wash rag to remove!


After my own experience doing this face mask, I’m not too impressed. The oatmeal mixture was extremely runny – even when following the directions. This made it extremely difficult to apply.

This also claims to be great for moisturizing your skin. While this cannot always be measurable immediately, I wasn’t very impressed in this area either. My skin doesn’t feel much smoother, I’ve definitely tried other DIY recipes with better immediate results. But we’ll see if there are any further improvements for moisturizing.

I would love to hear your personal opinions of the face mask if you give it a try or ways to improve the recipe for better results!
XO Elisebeth

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Tried it Thursday {Cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken}

I think I’m finally starting to get the hang of sharing consistently with you all! The amount of recipes I have shared lately makes it seem like I cook all of the time – unfortunately that is definitely not true. I am extremely busy, so it’s hard to find time to cook.

Today I am sharing the first crockpot recipe I ever did in our awesome new crockpot. Crockpot meals are going to become a more regular occurrence in our home due to the throw it all together and leave it nature of them. So here you go, give this recipe a try!


Cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken (makes 6 servings, unless you’re really  hungry)

What you need:

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • 2 cans (10.5 oz each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10.5 oz) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • Chopped fresh parley (optional)
  • Hot cooked pasta or rice

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What to do:

  1. Place 3 chicken breasts into slow cooker. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Repeat with 3 remaining breasts.

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2. Combine soups in medium bowl. Make sure you scrape those cans well. I used our small Pampered Chef spatula, it’s perfect for that!

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3. Pour over chicken.

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It looks kind of gross….

4. Cover slow cooker; cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours or until chicken is tender. (Mine was done by 7 hours in.)

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5. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. (I didn’t…)

6. Serve over pasta or rice. (We chose rice, because we have a huge bag laying around in our cupboards.)

This is honestly one of my new favorite meals – I will definitely be making it again!
My hubby even described it as “scrumptious”!

Give it a try and let me know what you think of it in the comments!

XO Elisebeth

Tried it Thursday {Apple Chips}

Hey everyone,

I know I started these “Tried it Thursday” posts back this summer and have struggled to keep up with it, but I’m going to try to improve at that! As you can see, the blog has undergone a little transformation! Until I get A LOT of “Tried it Thursday” posts accomplished, I will just be posting them in their respective area. Eventually It’ll get its own spot in the header above.


Apple Chips

So I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest (who would have guessed). It is honestly the simplest recipe ever. Even if you’re not too great at cooking, you should give this a shot!

You may have seen a picture of the delicious finish product a few posts ago when I talked about fall break, so I’ll include that again at the bottom as some extra encouragement to give this recipe a try.

Step 1: Slice the apples – THIN!

Be very careful doing this – apples have a not so pleasant shape when it comes to slicing. Each slice needs to be super thin if you want your chips to be crispy + crunchy. They don’t taste bad if they’re on the thicker side, but they’re much better the thinner you can make them. The website (which I’ll link later) that I found this on suggested using a mandolin slicer. Unfortunately I do not have one, but I’d imagine that would do wonders for step 1.

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Step 2: Coat apple slices in cinnamon sugar goodness.

Mix up some cinnamon and sugar together and throw your apple slices in! The suggestion from the other site said to sprinkle, but I love the intense flavor when I coated them well.

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Step 3: Heat oven at 200F degrees (do this in advance if you don’t have a gas oven like me!!!).

Step 4: Lay apple slices on a cookie sheet.

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Step 5: Bake the apple slices for about 1 hour, flip over all of the slices, bake them for another 1 or more.

Step 6: Turn off oven – but leave in the apple chips for another hour! This helps your chips reach their maximum crunchy potential.

Step 7: ENJOY.

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To see the original website I used this recipe from, click HERE.

I would love to hear how your apple chips tasted as well as if you have any helpful hints or tricks to make them better!

XO Elisebeth

Tried it Thursday {Half Bun}

So if you’ve ever met me – you know I’m the laziest person ever when it comes to doing my hair. Most of the time my hair is just down in its natural state, which is generally wavy and a little freezy (I really don’t care tbh).

However, lately I’ve been trying to care a little more.

So my darling sister, Katherine was talking to me other day about how the half bun is in style. I jumped for joy! The half bun is my go to straightening my hair technique, ya know throw up the top half to straighten the bottom half then let it down. I used to think it looked silly, but it’s slowly grown on me. It’s all over Pinterest. This is a personal favorite straight from the glorious land of Pinterest:

I'm on the fence about half top knots...but there's something I really dig about them. Hmmm.


Anywho, so here’s the “Tried it” part……

Tuesday I realized I hadn’t washed my hair in a while, but I was running late to work (good job Elisebeth….) So I spritzed some dry shampoo in my hair and was about to run out the door. My  hair still looked awful so I found this tutorial on Pinterest: http://treasuresandtravelsblog.com/blog/2015/2/18/hair-tutorial-half-up-knot

This is honestly THE easiest hairstyle in the world. The best part about it is probably that you can do it at any height on your head, like it all looks good. I swear. Here’s what it looked like on me on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

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I’m in the plaid – this was taken by a friend of a client as I did a photoshoot!
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Front view
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Back View
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Side + Back View

As you can see, it looks quite nice. These two half buns I wore on Tuesday and Wednesday probably took me less than two minutes to do! If you’re running late and still have to do your hair, I highly recommend you try this hairstyle!

Tried it Thursday {Escort Cards}

I am currently in (what I deemed) the details phase of wedding planning. The big day is only 24 days away! So at this point I am solidifying previous ideas and making a lot of purchases at craft stores. In fact – earlier this week I was out buying materials for about 4 hours!

Last week I followed someone else’s DIY project and let you all know how it went. I was planning on doing that this week as well, but I am going to save that for next week, so instead you all get to read about my own DIY experience!


I got the idea to do jam jars with various flavors as my wedding favors from a wedding I went to last October. While I have yet to actually use the jam – I think the idea is perfect! My grandma is a jam expert and volunteered to make some for me. She asked me for what types Trevor and I wanted and all I told her was strawberry – so we’ll see if she sticks to that or decides to add more (sometimes she just does what she wants…).

Anyway. I was thinking about how I can make sure that each person takes a jam so there aren’t a hundred left over jams. Of course! Put their names on it! So I am using my jams as escort cards. Which brings us to today’s DIY: escort cards.

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been buying a lot of items from craft stores lately – this particular purchase came from Hobby Lobby. I bought three packs of large circle blank designer tags. Unfortunately they don’t appear to sell the exact ones I bought online, but here is a picture of one of my packages.

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I bought two packs of the craft paper kind and one pack of plain white. They were $1.99 each so the purchase was $5.97 + tax.

The great thing about this project is that is all you need! So one simple purchase at Hobby Lobby and you’re ready to go.

I first emptied out my three packets into piles. This was just because I prefer to be organized and get things done efficiently. Honestly you could have them all spread out if you want. Below is a picture of my set up. The lowest pile is my completed pile.

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I found my best “flowy” pen. I have been practicing “fake calligraphy” as of late. So basically just fancy cursive. This type of handwriting is how I addressed all of the wedding invitations, and I wanted to carry that through to the rest of the paper products. Here is a step by step look through pictures at writing out the escort tags.

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As you can see – it’s a very simple + easy process! I love how these are all turning out and cannot wait to see the finished products on the jam jars! I will post pictures of those once that happens.

Happy Crafting!
xo Elisebeth