Thursday, April 3, 2014

New site features!

I’d like to start off by thanking everyone for 7,000+ pageviewsI’m glad that somebody somewhere out there is enjoying my randomness and is coming back for more.  ♥  I’m happy to have you all!

In an effort to improve the visitor experience of my blog, I’ve added a few new features.




ü  global visitors can translate the content of my blog into their native languages
ü  pageview count is now visible to public
ü  post tags, with links for quick navigation
ü  new page: “Picture of the Week
ü  new page: “Quote of the Week
ü  chatbox

Yes siree, Resonant Song now has its very own chatbox.  I’m especially excited about this new feature and I hope that you all enjoy using it.  You have the option of logging in via Facebook, Twitter, and Blogger, or you may chat as a guest.  Please keep your discussions family-friendly.  I have the power to delete messages!  ;D

Again, thank you all for your support.  I will continue to do my best in providing interesting and entertaining content.  ^_^

…See ya ‘round!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

MARCH FAVORITES ♥

Spring has sprung!  I must say that I love winter, but I’m ready for some sunshine in my life.

To celebrate the turn-of-season, let me round up my favorites for this past month of MARCH.

Since we’re in the middle of Lent, I haven’t been listening to any new music, watching any movies, or playing any video games, and I’ve already mentioned what I’ve been reading in my last two posts, so I’ll skip all four of those categories this time around.



My makeup favorite for March is the e.l.f. Geometric 150 Eyeshadow Palette, which I received from mum as a surprise gift.  I am quite impressed with this palette!  I looked it up on the company website and it retails for a mere $15.  For this price, I was amazed at the pigmentation and blendability of these shadows.  I will say that the staying power isn’t the greatest, but just be sure to use an eyeshadow primer and you’ll be good to go.  :)  My favorite colors on this palette so far are the shimmery neutrals and the matte blues.





Now that my hair is finally almost two-feet in length, I’ve been looking into the proper care for my long, thick, very wavy tresses.  I’ve acquired a number of products to help combat dryness, breakage, and fallout, and for the overall health of my hair and scalp.  One product in particular has certainly made a big difference: Ogx (previously Organix) Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum.  I apply two pumps of this product to my hair after towel-drying, and it actually does keep my hair looking softer and shinier!  I’m in love this stuff; I will definitely be repurchasing it.







First place in the food category this month is ginger.  Ginger tea, ginger candy, slices of ginger in stir-fries.  It’s so spicy and yummy!  And good for you, too.  ^_^  Health benefits include, but are not limited to: digestive relief (ginger tea is good to drink if you have a tummy ache), anti-inflammatory, defense against some types of cancer, and it’s a good immune system boost.  I’ve also heard that it helps fight skin irritations.  Yay!


The next item on my list is something that I’ve wanted to purchase since New Year’s, but just never got around to it.  I consider myself to be a pretty organized person, I mean, my desk is nothing short of organized chaos, but I do like to keep a schedule of sorts on my phone, and I have a calendar on the wall near my desk for keeping track of important events.  Call me old-fashioned, nerdy, whatever—but I went ahead and bought an engagement planner from Peter Pauper Press.



Look at this little book.  Look at it.  It’s so beautiful!  The colors are vibrant with gold embossing, the pages are thick with a clean layout and simple design, and the 5” x 7” size is perfect to stick in my purse when I’m going out.  And here’s the best part: I paid about $6 for this high quality planner on Amazon (and since I have Prime, I paid no shipping fees).  Talk about a steal!  I couldn’t be happier about it.


…And that’s all, folks!  Hope you enjoyed reading this post.  ‘Til next month!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lenten Aspirations

Helloooo!  Now that Lent has begun and I’m now comfortable with the change of pace, I thought that I’d share with you some my resolutions for this year, including some ideas to keep Christ in this holy season.  At the end of this post, I’ll also share one of my favorite meatless dishes—Japanese tamagoyaki. ^_^



Resolutions



Sacrifices
·         Limited use of Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and recreational internet in general
·         No Twitter, Tumblr, or Google+
·         Limit listening to any music, except classical/instrumental
·         No movies, except with the family
·         No video games
·         No Starbucks drinks
·         Avoid desserts and treats, except on Sunday



Things to do
·         1 hour of spiritual reading and/or meditation per day
·         attend Mass as often as possible
·         visits to the Blessed Sacrament
·         Stations of the Cross on Fridays
·         3-decade rosary on Saturdays
·         observe traditional fasting rule as much as possible


You can never do too much for Jesus!


In addition to the three books I listed in my February Favorites blog post, I’ve added three more to my Lenten reading repertoire: On Loving God by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales, and The Ascent of Mt. Carmel by St. John of the Cross. 

Personally, I like to have several “open books” at once, that way I can choose one that suits my mood and/or situation at any particular moment.  I feel that this approach to spiritual reading benefits me most.

…And now, a recipe for you!



Tamagoyaki


This is a very traditional recipe.  You can swap out the vegetables for whatever you like: spinach, mushrooms, cheese—just make sure that it’s all chopped very finely.  (Photo courtesy of Pinterest).

 
3 eggs
1 ½ tblsp milk
1 tblsp minced onion
1 tblsp minced spring onion (green onion)
1 tblsp minced carrot
½ tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper
Canola oil for pan

Beat eggs and milk by hand until thoroughly combined.  Fold in vegetables and seasonings.

Heat a 10-inch nonstick pan to medium-low.  When the pan is hot, brush canola oil over the entire surface.

Instead of trying to explain using my writerly means how to shape this omelet roll, I’ll direct you to this short, very informational video on how to do so.

As shown at the end of the video, let the omelette roll cool before slicing into ¾-inch thick pieces.  Serve with sriracha as a condiment, if desired.


Enjoy~!

I hope you all have a holy and blessed Lenten season!