Category Archives: Tricia Oakes

Tricia Oakes is a wanderlusting foodie, Anglophile, wife, and mama who loves travel, tasting and experience.
She offers tips on trips, meals and events big and small; then sprinkles in stories about raising two Wee Frat Boys in suburban Fort Mill, South Carolina and being married to funniest man in the state to taste. All are delivered in a pot of Southern accent with a side of sassy mouth. Before she began pretending she is the offspring of Rick Steves and Anthony Bourdain in way cuter shoes, Tricia was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, educated at the University of Georgia and the University of Texas at Austin, and peppered it with a Junior Year abroad at England’s University of Reading.
After graduating, she worked as a rehabilitation consultant and in marketing before she returned to her true love – writing. In addition to thebalancingact.com, Tricia’s work can be found at thesouthernspark.com, regularly in the Fort Mill Times, and on copy all over the web.
Visit Tricia’s website: www.thesouthernspark.com

“Mommy, you putting on your makeups?”

Heck yeah, I’m putting on my makeups, little dude. I’m in love with the Mica Eye Primer and Line Fix Gel Eyeliner so much that I have begun using it every time I wear eye makeup. The primer is genius because it helps keep the eyeliner and eye shadow in place. I personally am not a fan of the whole “eye makeup settling into the fine lines and under my eyes” look, so the primer makes me less worried about applying more shadow if I want (and I always want more eye shadow.)

The Mica Line Fix Gel Eyeliner, like most gel eyeliners, has a brush that allows for thinner or wider line application, depending on the look you are going for. I also love that the brush snaps into the top of the liner pot, keeping them together and the liner brush protected from the perils of my powdery makeup bag.

(Pro tip: shake out a bit of the powder into the lid to get the right amount without making a mess.)

I’m also a fan of the shimmer powder, which often ends up being used on my eyes and on cheekbones when I’m channeling my inner Ke$ha. It brightens up even the palest winter skin, and everyone needs a little shimmer while we’re waiting for spring’s sunshine.

Chicago Metallic Brownie Bowls and Surprise Pan

Around these parts, which is mostly my house, I’m famous for my cornbread. Thus, I decided that instead of making desserts in the Brownie Bowls and the Surprise Pan from Chicago Metallic by Davison, I’d cater to my rebellious side and bake cornbread bowls for soup and cornbread muffins with a goat cheese surprise inside.

After congratulating myself on my genius and my stealthy efforts to stick it to sweets everywhere, I got to work.

Even though I’m a hard-core cornbread anarchist, I have great respect for my kitchen accoutrements. As directed, I hand-washed and dried both sets of pans, and baked the Brownie Bowls for several minutes to burn off the factory coating. Then I placed the muffin liners into each well and coated the mess out of the Brownie Bowls with cooking spray. The cornbread bowls popped out perfectly once they were baked and cool, so don’t skip that step, even if your inner problem child suggests you should.

When I was filling the muffin liners, I put the batter in first, then placed a medallion of goat cheese on the posts, and then covered the cheese with more batter. That’s contrary to what the directions suggested, but since the cornbread batter is so dense, I was concerned that it would push the goat cheese to the bottom rather than staying in the middle. It wasn’t at all because I have a problem with authority. The muffins also lifted out easily and the pan required minimal clean up.

Later, I got very punk rock and filled my cornbread bowl with tomato soup and a dollop of goat cheese. When my belly was full I took the muffins to some friends who looked hungry. They were grateful but also intimidated by my thuggish demeanor, especially when I told them not to bite into the cornbread muffins while they were still hot, because the goat cheese might burn their tongues. It’s tough to be such a baking gangster, y’all.

Infinite Aloe Advanced Formula Original Scent Skin Care

When it comes to lotion, I’m picky. I don’t want it to have parabens, a heavy feel, or a scent that will turn me or my allergy-ridden kids into sneezing messes. I do want it to absorb quickly, especially when I need it the most – winter time. Because you see, I’m a prissy girl who is sensitive in many ways, and I do not like being forced to wait more than a minute or so for my parched winter skin to soak up a moisturizer. I’ve got Spanx and tights and other clothing to get on, and I have a limited time in which to do it. Surely there will be some boy child busting into my closet very soon, asking endless questions about my lack of clothing and leaving destruction in his wake. Wrestling myself into my undergarments too soon after applying lotion to my ashy self is not something I care to spend much of my time doing.

Thus, I was beyond happy when I tried the Infinite Aloe Advanced Formula Original Scent Moisturizer. My winter skin was soft for days, and the product absorbs in a flash, doesn’t irritate my uber-sensitive skin or sinuses, and within a minute of application lets those Spanx land right where they should. I’m a fan. A dewy, spandex-encased fan.

Disclosure: This product was provided to me by Infinite Aloe, but all opinions and content are my own.