Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.101

by Gio

Hello everyone,

and welcome to another week of random ramblings. Let’s get started:

Cinnamon Rolls

cinnamon rolls

Don’t these cinnamon rolls look delicious? They tasted so took. My boyfriend made them a couple of weeks ago, using this recipe. He didn’t add a glaze because he thought it would’ve been a bit too much and I agree. These rolls were huge and we could only eat half each at a time. Despite that, they didn’t last long… 😉

What I’m Reading Now

the plantagenets dan jones

The Plantagenets by Dan Jones
This long book covers eight generations of Plantagenets. It starts with the struggle between the empress Matilda and her cousin Stephen for the throne of England, which ended with her son, Henry II, crowned King. Although not as famous as the Tudors, the Plantagents shaped their country in ways that still influence it today. Henry II created a vast empire that comprised England and most of France; his son Richard the Lionheart fought in the crusades; King John was forced to sign Magna Carta; Henry III’s reign saw the beginning of Parliament; Edward I ruthlessly conquered Wales and Scotland; Edward II abused his power and was deposed; Edward III reconquered French lands lost by his ancestors; while Richard II would become a paranoid tyrant and like Edward II, lose his throne. Unfortunately the book doesn’t follow the Lancastrian branch of the Plantagenets, which ruled for a little less than another century, but then it is already too long as it is. But it is also very interesting. And it is written in a clear, straightforward and entertaining style that is a pleasure to read. If you’re interested in the Plantagenets, give this one a read. You won’t regret it. Available at amazon.

The Links

What does it feel like to be airbrushed? – BBC News

The power of photoshop: how to turn a woman into a fembot –

Your skin as a protective barrier – Brightest Bulb In The Box

Blogger rants: the expectation of samples – London Beauty Review

Do skincare patches really work – The Skin Guru

Sunday Survey, Vol.179

1. One skill that took you a while to learn?
Driving. I’m still working on it actually.

2. Do you research before you buy a beauty product?
Usually yes. I like to read reviews before purchasing something. But if the price is really low, or a new product from a brand I love and trust has just come out, then I may impulse buy.

3. Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?
Nope. I’m usually one of those people who leaves it to the last minute, but I’m planning to get a few things online this year, so I better start ordering them next week, just to be sure they’ll get here in time.

4. Zebra stripes or leopard spots?
Neither, really. I’m not a big fan of animalier prints, but if I really have to choose, I’d go with leopard spots.

5. Do you like to watch cooking shows?
Not really. They’re usually competitions and I don’t care about those. I just want to know how to cook some tasty and simple dishes. But even when they show you how to cook, the recipe is either too complicated, or features ingredients that are either expensive or unavailable here, or is cooked by someone who’s not very good and makes a mess, which is fun but distracting…

It’s your turn now!
1. One skill that took you a while to learn?
2. Do you research before you buy a beauty product?
3. Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?
4. Zebra stripes or leopard spots?
5. Do you like to watch cooking shows?

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Tavia December 8, 2013 - 4:03 pm

1. One skill that took you a while to learn? Driving for me too…traffic in Bucharest is way too crazy. I haven’t seen anything like it in the entire Europe. 🙂
2. Do you research before you buy a beauty product? I actually do, and even more now since I’m a beauty blogger 🙂
3. Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Nope, not yet…I’m afraid I’ll receive my salary 2 or 3 days before X-mas
4. Zebra stripes or leopard spots? I’m no big fan of animal prints either but if I would have to choose I’d go with zebra cuz I’m so saturated with the leopard prints 🙂
5. Do you like to watch cooking shows? I don’t know how I manage to watch these shows only when I’m hungry and there’s nothing left in the fridge :))))

beautifulwithbrains December 8, 2013 - 7:46 pm

Tavia, traffic in Italy is pretty bad too, but at least I live in a small town. I don’t dare think what it must be like to drive in Bucharest or Rome… I wish more people took the bus (at least when it is possible) and followed all the road rules. It would make life easier for everyone.

Icaria December 8, 2013 - 5:41 pm

If I had more time I would love to read that book. I read a little about them when studying the Tapisserie de Bayeux and learned a little more in some of my art of the Middle Age classes.

1. I don’t think I have one in particular, being dyslexic kind of makes several skills harder to learn and others easier than for most people I would think, plus for a lot of things I’m ambidextrous so I don’t know. Driving was a breeze for me. 🙂
2. For skin care and expensive makeup I do. For quick drugstore purchases I don’t for they are usually for review purpose and I want to have a fresh take on them.
3. No and I only have 2 or 3 gifts to buy this year so it’s no biggie.
4. I’d have to go for leopard but own neither.
5. Not anymore, I no longer have the time.

beautifulwithbrains December 8, 2013 - 8:12 pm

Icaria, I sometimes buy cheap drugstore items without researching them first too. I figured, even if I don’t like it, it’s not a big waste of money. Plus, I can let my readers know to avoid it. But for skincare and expensive makeup, research is a must indeed.

MonicaP December 8, 2013 - 7:04 pm

1. One skill that took you a while to learn?
Knitting and well, I still can’t do it.

2. Do you research before you buy a beauty product?
Sometimes yes. Sometimes I buy something on a whim.

3. Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?
Sort of?

4. Zebra stripes or leopard spots?

5. Do you like to watch cooking shows?
I use to, but not so much anymore. I do like the show “Chopped”, but I don’t like “Cut throat Kitchen” .. I don’t like shows where you have to be down right mean to win.


beautifulwithbrains December 8, 2013 - 8:14 pm

Monica, my mom tried to teach how to knit when I little, but I never got the hang of it either. It’s a lot harder than it looks!


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