Hot or Not: Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Palette

I am going to start a weekly post here on this little Blog of mine.  I wanted to do something that tied in with the reviews that I love to do on products.  I am going to be starting a Hot or Not series that will not only allow me to do my review of said products, but, give you the chance to see any new “hot” items on the market that you may or may not have been waffling over.  Let’s get into the first one of the series shall we?


When Maureen Kelly designed what is now one of my absolute favorite makeup brands 10 years ago, she really knew what she was doing.  The Tarte Pin Up Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Palette falls nothing short of amazing for me…well let’s face it, the entire Sweet Dreams Collection is pretty amazing (I’ll be reviewing it all).


Tarte Pin Up Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Palette ($42.00 for 0.79 oz.) – includes five shades of blush ranging from brown to peach to plum. Each blush is 0.158 oz. and a full-sized blush is 0.20 oz. for $26. The palette contains $102.70 worth of blush, and more subjectively, for less than the price of two full-sized blushes, you’ll get to try five shades. I love that there was a variety of finishes, and a decent spectrum of shades from beige/bronze-ish to plum to coral. The texture of a few of these are soft, and apply very well.  I have always been a fan of the high pigmentation of these amazing blushes, and the fact that a little goes a very long way.   There is an array of color options for any look, so I say all in all, this is a fantastic option as a gift or even for your little ‘ole self.  
The one and only thing I have to say that’s a bit of a downside for me on this palette is the packaging.  It’s pretty, but, it’s cheap.  The clasp is flimsy, and even though it comes with two hair pins, they aren’t pins that will be used regularly for me.  It’s definitely not something I would use as a clutch once the blushes had been removed.  Boo on that.  

Final Grade – B+

If you’ve been stalking this palette I say pull the trigger and get it.  The price is right, the product is right, and there’s no time like the present to add some amazing blushes into your life!

Sometimes it’s easier to just say EFF it!


Yea, well.  My weekend consisted of a helluva lot of lemons, and maybe a teaspoon of lemonade. 

If you read my post on purging last week, you know that I’m in the process of essentially gutting out pretty much all that I can get away with before my kids and Husband start noticing their things are missing.  Saturday went pretty well.  Three large garbage bags later and all of the not so great/non-functioning/old and cruddy toys were sifted through and gone.  After a few meltdowns, and feeling like the worlds worst parents, the kids finally forgave us for tossing out their limbless action figures when ice cream was the reward for being such little champs through the process.  Then Sunday happened.

Woke up early.
Got a wild hair and decided to make Cinnamon Streusel Muffins (which were a hit).
Watched some Ink Master with the Husband for a little while (loving that how right now).

Then Addison sneezes and comes out of the playroom whimpering.  My immediate thought was that she had a boogie that she needed tending to…well that’s Daddy’s job apparently since she didn’t want me to look.  

“Addison, blow your nose, baby.”
Still whimpering…
“Addy, let Mommy see please?”

Then I saw it.  Pink plastic inside her right nostril.

“Get the tweezers, babe!!”

Yea, that didn’t work.  She freaked out like no other and actually sucked it in further.  So Daddy scooped her up, and drove her straight to the Hospital while I stayed at home with Ryder trying to calm him down…bless his sweet little compassionate heart.  After the ER Doctor wasn’t able to extract the culprit, he says “I’ll be right back, we may have to sedate her to get it out.”
Luckily my Husband has EMT training and asked if he could do something to her prior to them sedating her.  They obliged and he layed her down, plugged her left nostril, and gave her 2 rescue breaths.  

That little bugger came flying out!!

Here’s the lesson to be learned folks….

  1. Never leave your Doc Mcstuffins Operation Game down where a 3 year old can pull a pink plastic rose out of it and stick it right inside her nose because they do not smell like real roses, and they cause more damage than good.
  2. Knowing how to do CPR is always a great thing, even if it doesn’t necessarily mean a life saving event.

There are certain events in life that ruin plans, and turn your entire day upside down.  That’s when it is sometimes easier to just say EFF it!!

The Purge

We live in a society where more is more.  We want what we can’t have.  We have to have the newest technology.  One style of shirt in every color they offer because it’s cute.  Countless shoes that we probably couldn’t even wear during a work week.  Socks upon socks upon socks because we all have little sock thieves that live in our dryers.  Piles and piles of kids toys that pretty much look like they’ve been thrown up by the toy box.  And we can’t forget all of the kitchen and house gadgets that we can totally live without, but had to have because Brookstone says so.

I unfortunately have fallen into this way of living.  I’ve been feeling a tad claustrophobic lately. It’s time to purge.


I’m definitely not going all minimalistic, but, close.  I’m tired of feeling bogged down by clutter and moving this, that, and the other thing just to find the item I truly need.  So, I’m doing something about it!  Over the next few weeks I will be going from room to room purging everything that is broken, missing parts, has holes and stains, and anything that hasn’t been used in the past 6 months.  You name it, if it’s not necessary, it’s gone!

I can’t wait to go through this process with you!  I will be showing you what I’m doing every step of the way, and any final organizational tips and tricks I’ve got up my sleeve during this adventure!

Have you ever purged before?

Orange Fanta Drop Biscuits

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Halloween is 11 days from now.  11 days!  I am so excited about this for SO many reasons, but, treats and sweets are definitely on the top of my list of favs.  This means making all kinds of Halloween snacks for pretty much anybody that comes across my path.  I thought about what I could do for a great breakfast option (or if you’re like me…an any time of day option) for my kids to enjoy before school.  I knew that I wanted it to be fun, festive, fast, and absolutely delicious.  Thus, Orange Fanta Drop Biscuits were born.


My kids don’t get to have soda on a regular basis, so this was a HUGE treat for them.  They had SO much fun helping me through the baking process, and obviously doing the infamous taste test.  The best part of these biscuits is the fact that they are super easy, and only contain 5 ingredients!  


  • Basic Biscuit Mix.  I love Bisquick, but, if you make your own then by all means use that.
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Orange Flavored Greek Yogurt
  • Orange Flavored Fanta
  • Orange Extract

….can you seen the pattern?  Orange is the name of the game.  It’s light, refreshing, and of course an iconic color of Halloween :).  And a big shoutout to Walmart for having everything I needed.  I love me a one stop shopping experience.  


Let’s go through the step by step process of how to make the light, fluffy, and delicious treat!

Place the Biscuit Mix and Greek Yogurt into a bowl.

Place the Biscuit Mix and Greek Yogurt into a bowl.

Pour the Orange Fanta in next.  Watch it bubble up all nice and pretty.

Pour the Orange Fanta in next. Watch it bubble up all nice and pretty.

Use the lid of the Orange Extract, fill it up, and pour that in.

Use the lid of the Orange Extract, fill it up, and pour that in.

Look at that beautiful orange!  Use a whisk and whip this baby until it's combined.

Look at that beautiful orange! Use a whisk and whip this baby until it’s combined.

Once all of the ingredients are combined, it should look like this.  It will be a very sticky dough, so no worries.

Once all of the ingredients are combined, it should look like this. It will be a very sticky dough, so no worries.

Using your favorite well seasoned cast-iron skillet, take big spoonfuls and drop those babies into it.  I made mine on the large side, so I got 6 out of the batch.

Using your favorite well seasoned cast-iron skillet, take big spoonfuls and drop those babies into it. I made mine on the large side, so I got 6 out of the batch.

Look at those golden-orange tasty treats.

Look at those golden-orange tasty treats.

These would be amazing so many ways...especially with glaze or even marmalade...but, I'm partial to basic butter.  That's how I roll.

These would be amazing so many ways…especially with glaze or even marmalade…but, I’m partial to basic butter. That’s how I roll.

Orange Fanta Drop Biscuits
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 2 C Biscuit Mix (boxed or homemade)
  2. 1 C Orange Flavored Fanta
  3. 1 Container of Orange Flavored Greek Yogurt
  4. 1 TSP Orange Extract
  5. 1/4 C Unsalted Butter
  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 425F.
  2. 2. Melt 1/4 C of butter and use that to grease a cast-iron skillet. If you prefer to bake your biscuits in a pan, or baking sheet, that's good too. Just be sure to grease the surface before you drop your biscuits.
  3. 3. Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl, and stir together until well combined.
  4. 4. Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the skillet (or baking dish of your choice) and place into the oven. Be sure the rack is in the center. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the top and edges are golden.
  5. 5. Serve with butter, marmalade, or slather it in vanilla icing...any way is the right way.
  1. These are freezer friendly, and perfect for any age!
the Wannabe Housewife
I love that these are freezer friendly, and perfect for on the go breakfasts or treats.  It’s not uncommon for us to be running behind during the week when Ryder has to go to school.  He’s not much of a breakfast easter, but, I can’t live with myself if he isn’t sent on his way with a full belly.  He has an Orange Fanta Drop Biscuit in one hand, and a bottle of Dasani in the other and is good to go until lunch time.

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How cute are those little Dasani bottles??  I love that they are the perfect size for smaller hands, and even better in lunch boxes!  I love to freeze these little bottles so it acts as double duty.  It keeps Ryder’s lunch cold, and gives him a refreshing and healthy option for his drink every day.  The best part?  All Dasani bottles are made from plant resin and is a special shape that won’t fall over in the fridge, or on any flat surface. The bottles are great for the environment and sturdy, unlike most “green” plastic water bottles.

You can find some great Halloween treat tips and tricks featuring Fanta, Oreos and Wheat Thins at a Walmart.  Checkout this document to find out if there is a store demoing near you. The demo is taking place on the weekend of the 25th, be there, or be scared!!


High Five for Friday

It’s been a little while since I’ve done the infamous High Five for Friday post, alas….here we go!


1.  Dear sweet daughter, please don’t ever grow up. 


2.  Same to you, Ryder!  Despite your cheesy face, and your super cool hair that you chose to have on your first school picture day, I love everything about you.


3.  Completely obsessing over my MAC shadows again lately.  It’s so very true, I love so many other brands.  That being said, MAC, you will be one of my forever favorites.


4.  Um.  Hello new favorite hair product!  I’m definitely doing a separate post about the TRESemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray because it’s that special.


5.  So I totally hopped on the timehop train and I have a love hate relationship with it.  I love that it brings back old memories, and I hate that it makes me miss simpler times, and when my babies were really babies.  What do you think of timehop?

I’m linking up with Lauren!

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