Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Recipe: Saltine Cracker Crack

Hey cupcakes! I decided to give up dessert for Lent this year, so you better believe I ate way too much sugar when I was home over spring break! 😜 Because I wanted to eat my favorite sweets, I made a batch of my favorite Saltine Cracker Crack (aka Christmas Crack aka Saltine Cracker Toffee). This stuff is amazing, so I thought I should share the recipe with you all today; let's get baking!

What You Need:
-Saltine crackers
-1 cup unsalted butter
-1 cup brown sugar
-A package of 5-6 Hershey chocolate bars (or a bag of chocolate chips)

What To Do:
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Line your baking sheet (it must have an edge!) with some aluminum foil. Spray with a tiny bit of non-stick baking spray.
3. Place your saltine crackers into a single layer so that they cover the whole pan.
4. When the oven is fully preheated, combine butter and sugar in a small pan on the stove. Let it boil and then constantly stir for about 2 minutes - be careful not to burn it!
5. Take off stove and immediately pour over the crackers. If need be, use a spoon to ensure that all crackers are covered.
6. Put tray into oven and bake for about 3-5 minutes. Make sure to take it out of the oven after the whole tray is bubbly (but before it burns!).
7. Place chocolate bar pieces/chips immediately onto the sugar mixture and, as they melt, spread evenly.
8. Let cool completely.
9. Break into pieces and enjoy!! 😍 This stuff is honestly so good - I could eat it for days!

What's your favorite dessert to indulge in? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Misconceptions About Living "Zero Waste"

Hey cupcakes! Even though my journey towards living a zero waste lifestyle started less than a year ago, I have heard so many misconceptions about being "zero waste" from friends, family, and strangers when I talk about my progress! While this isn't surprising (as many people aren't familiar with the concept of living without making waste), I thought it would be informative to share some of
the most common things I have heard to dispel some of the major rumors. 😀 Let's jump right into it!

1. Most "zero wasters" DO make trash - Being absolutely zero waste is quite the feat, so many people aim to be as zero waste as possible... But yes, this does mean trash is created! And no, this does not mean that people aren't real or good "zero wasters" if they create some waste. The whole point of the lifestyle is to limit your trash output as much as possible! 👍

2. The mason jar trash can is not ideal for everyone - I have seen so many articles about that one girl/guy in the inner city who is able to fit all their trash from the past twelve years in a mason jar... Good for them (because that is quite the feat!), but that is not the end goal for everyone who calls themselves "zero waste".

3. Being zero waste is "weird" or people will look at you differently - Again, maybe they will... But I have only been met with positive reactions when I ask for a drink without a straw or bring my own bag into a store. People are generally interested and even excited to learn about what lifestyle I am trying to live. If your friends judge your for trying to help the planet are they truly your friends?

4. You don't need to throw everything away and buy zero waste alternatives - That is actually quite the opposite of the lifestyle! Many Instagram photos romanticize the collections of zero waste products that a true zero waster should have, but the whole point is to make the belongings you have right now last until they NEED to be replaced. At that point you can then buy into products with the sustainable aesthetic.

Check out my Living a Lower Waste Lifestyle 101 or 10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Consumption for my top choices on sustainable products! 😊

5. It takes too much time to be zero waste - It takes time to do anything right? But as soon as you change your habits to be more sustainable, you spend the same amount of time doing the things you have always been doing (minus the endless hours spent retail shopping but that I personally haven't missed 😉)!

6. The zero waste lifestyle costs more money - I mean, it could be if you make it that way (I guess) but I have found the opposite! From shopping in bulk bins and thrift stores to reducing my spending on clutter in the home, I have saved a bunch of $$$ already.

7. One person being zero waste can't make a difference - WRONG. Because of my actions my family, friends, and even strangers are more likely to re-think their choices. I've seen those around me make small improvements to be more sustainable, and in my eyes, baby steps are still steps! ❤

What other misconceptions have you heard about the zero waste community? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Movie Review: Fighting with my Family

Release date: February 22nd, 2019

Rating: PG-13

Hey cupcakes! Over Spring Break, my parents wanted to go see Fighting with my Family because they heard that it was good. I hadn't really heard anything about it, so I thought it would be fun to see what it was about... Overall, I thought it was a pretty good film!

The movie tells the story of Paige, a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star. It goes through all of the events in her life that got her into the WWE, which was definitely an entertaining story. I went in not knowing that it was a true story, but it was captivating whether the story was real or not. 🥊 As someone who has never watched WWE wrestling, it was super interesting to see how wrestlers get into it, how they train, how they fight, etc!

Even with its documentary-like style, there were some pretty funny parts to the film. I am a huge fan of laughing when I go to the theater, so it was nice that the movie wasn't all serious. The actors did a great job of portraying their characters, and I thought it was super neat that they included home videos of Paige and her family during the credits. It added a nice personal touch. Also, the Rock made an appearance in this movie which is always a bonus to me (because I thought he was hilarious in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle). 😂

Overall, I would recommend checking this movie out if you are interested in documentary-style films and/or learning about the WWE! What did you think of Fighting with my Family? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Green Hair Accessories for St. Patty's Day! 🍀

Hey cupcakes! St. Patrick's Day is only 10 days away, so I wanted to share some green hair accessories with you all today. Instead of buying a shirt that you wear for only one day, accessories for your hair can be repurposed throughout the year! Plus, I think these are all super cute 😉 Let's jump right into it!

~Olive Boho Bandeau (Natural Life, $13): I've always been a fan of headbands, and these bandeaus can be used in so many ways for your hair (and also as an actual bandeau!). This olive green color does not scream "St. Fratty's Day" and could definitely look stylish all year long.

~Classic Green Bow (Forever21, $3.90): You honestly can't go wrong with a bow (just look at JoJo Siwa!)... I love how this one is attached to a hair tie so you can easily put it in your hair 👍

~Velvet Scrunchie (Amazon, $3): I don't know why, but I have been loving scrunchies recently. I think this color green is absolutely gorgeous, and the velvet gives off a lot of class.

~St. Patrick's Hair Ties (Etsy, $1.50): These are a bit more themed to the holiday, but they are adorable! I love this type of hair tie, and they would be such an easy way to wear green 🍀

~Rabbit Ear Headband (Walmart, $6): Rabbit ear headbands have been all the rage lately, and I love how they can spice up any casual outfit. I think green is a great color for the spring, so I would definitely wear this often!

What green hair accessories will you be wearing on St. Patrick's Day? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Review: Clean-Faced Cosmetics Foundation Powder

Hey cupcakes! I posted on my Instagram recently that I purchased the Clean-Faced Cosmetics Foundation Powder in the shade "Light". After using their zero waste mascara religiously (and featuring it in my How to Use Cake Mascara post), I thought that I should try out their powder and see how I like it to continue on my journey towards zero waste. After using it for a month or so, I wanted to share my thoughts with you all today 😃

~Keeps me matte almost all day: I was worried that a natural product wouldn't work like a "normal" powder, but this keeps my skin matte almost all day! 👍 It definitely does his job!
~Perfect amount of coverage: I don't like a lot of coverage, so this powder is the perfect one for me. If you are used to a lot of coverage I would suggest using a foundation as well, but it can definitely be used by itself. 
~Made with wayyyyy less ingredients/chemicals: This powder has three components (kaolin, tapioca starch, and cocoa powder) versus the 27 in the Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder (aka the old powder I used to use).
~Feels better on my skin: I don't know if it was the Neutrogena powder specifically, but my skin never felt that great when I was wearing powder. My pores felt suffocated, so I am so happy that this one feels so light on my face! 🎉
~Price: You literally cannot go wrong with a powder that is less than $10!!!
~Doesn't break me out: Maybe this goes back to the pores being suffocated, but this powder helps keep my skin clear (which I of course appreciate!). I have had sensitive skin my whole life, so it was super exciting that I found a powder that doesn't make me breakout.

~A bit tricky to use: The powder is loose and comes in a metal tin which makes it a bit difficult to use. However, after you figure out the way that works for you this isn't an issue at all. 😁
~Often lose product when you open the tin: Again, this goes back to how it is packaged... Especially if you travel and the powder gets moved around, you will lose a bit of powder when you open the tin. To counter this, I have found that hitting it on the counter a few times allows it to settle. 

Overall, I would definitely suggest you check out the Powder Foundation from Clean-Faced Cosmetics! I think it is an excellent powder in general AND you get to be sustainable while using it (truly a win win)!

^Laura, the Etsy shop owner
What powder do you use? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

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