Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Weight Watchers Recipe Revamp!

Converting Old Weight Watchers Recipe Points to the New Freestyle Points

Today's recipe conversion is a recipe from the Weight Watchers What To Eat Now cookbook.  The old recipe was six servings at 6 points per serving.  With the new Freestyle Points, it is now only 1 point per serving!  What a difference!!

Weight Watchers Chicken, Black Bean and Corn Chili 

Watch my YouTube video below to see how easy it is to make.


  • 2tspcanola oil
    3 Points
  • 16ozchicken breast, grilled, skinless, boneless, 1" pieces
    0 Points
  • 1largeuncooked onion(s), chopped
    0 Points
  • 1item(s), mediumuncooked bell pepper(s), diced
    0 Points
  • 2medium clove(s)garlic clove(s), minced
    0 Points
  • 1Tbspchili powder
    1 Points
  • 2tspground cumin
    0 Points
  • 15 12ozcanned black beans, rinsed and drained
    0 Points
  • 14 12ozKroger Tomatoes, Diced, with Green Chilies, Original
    0 Points
  • 8ozcanned tomato sauce
    0 Points
  • 34cup(s)cooked frozen yellow corn
    0 Points
  • 12cup(s)reduced sodium canned chicken broth
    0 Points


  • Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Add onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring often, until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, and cumin and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 30 seconds.
  • Stir in black beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until chili is slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Ladle into 6 bowls, sprinkle with cilantro and scallions if desired.

After making this a couple of times, I decided to shred the chicken after baking it in the oven.  I love this change, it makes the chicken be in almost every bite.  As you can see in the video, I made it more of a soup by adding all of the chicken broth.  It doesn't change the points value in the least!  I didn't have any cilantro or scallions, but they certainly would make this flavorful dish burst with even more flavor.

My favorite part is that this whole pot of goodness is just 6 Freestyle points!  So enjoy a bowl whenever you want, it is sure to bring you comfort when you are struggling with staying within your points range.  I'm glad to have a backup in the freezer!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Ipsy Makeup Subscription May 2017 ~ Initial Thoughts w/ Price Breakdown

My Ipsy bag arrived this week and I must say this service just gets better and better!  The first few bags that I received were hit and miss, but since I started faithfully reviewing my bags each month, they have improved so much.  Watch my video to hear more about my thoughts on this bag.  I am wearing one of the products in the video.

This month's bag is cute, but there are others that I have loved more.  However, I can see me using this plastic see-through bag in my beach bag or gym tote.  I do love the ice cream design, it definitely screams summer to me.  (See what I did there?)

My favorite item from this bag is the Luxie 660 Dreamcatcher Foundation Brush valued at $23.00.  I am a sucker for colorful handles on my makeup brushes and this lavender or periwinkle blue color is such a cheerful addition to my collection.  Luxie brushes are becoming my favorite brand and it is good to know that they are cruelty free.  The brush is soft and tapered, which I can see being great for foundation.  I love my paddle brush for foundation though, so I may wind up using this one for setting powder under my eyes.  You can find out more about this brush here:  http://go.magik.ly/ml/5138/  (affiliate link)

Lip balm is something I hoard, as I can't stand to be without any nearby.  I do tire of the drugstore options, so this one by KVoss in Macaroon is a very welcome addition.  It is chock full of coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil and macaroon essential oil.  My only disappointment is that it doesn't taste or smell like coconut as I thought it might, but that isn't a deal breaker for me.  It feels great on my lips and adds a soft sheen.  It looks to be full size and is on sale right now on the KVoss website for $12.99.  https://www.kvossnyc.com/products/macaroon-lip-balm

A new brand to me, the Mellow Matte Lipstick is perfect in the color nude.  It has a pink tone to it, which I really like.  I don't like matte lipsticks as they usually make my lips too dry and I can't stand it.  However, this one feels like there is nothing there.  It is described as being a long wearing lipstick, which I agree, but there is some transfer if that is a concern of yours.  This full size tube sells for $13.00.  http://www.mellowcosmetics.com/lips/creamy-matte-lipsticks/matte-lipstick-nude

Ipsy knows I love body lotion and I am glad to get another one to try.  Hempz is a new brand to me and I am impressed so far!  The Pomegranate Herbal lotion is not greasy or sticky .  It absorbs quickly, leaving my skin soft and moisturized.  The scent is subtle and fruity and while it's not the best thing I have ever smelled, it is pleasant to use. The size of the sample is 2.25 oz and is on Ulta's website for $7.30.  http://go.magik.ly/ml/513j/  (affiliate link)  The full size is 17 oz. and is listed at $23.00.  http://go.magik.ly/ml/513m/  (affiliate link)

Urban Decay is another brand that I have been wanting to try, so I was excited to see a sample of this highlighter in my bag.  I love highlighters anyway and this champagne gold with the name Sin is beautiful.  It sheered out nicely and was definitely buildable when more layers were added.  It was creamy and gave a nice golden glow, just perfect for summer.  This sample size was .08 oz. and valued at $9.04.   http://go.magik.ly/ml/5139/  (affiliate link)

The grand total of my Ipsy bag for May was $65.33, which is outstanding for a $10 subscription service!  I love everything that I received and even though this wasn't my favorite bag, I will definitely get some use out of it.  This is my 7th month with Ipsy and feel like the feedback I have given them has really helped with the curation of my bag.  I can't wait until the next one!  To subscribe to Ipsy and get your very own curated bag, go to www.ipsy.com.