How I Quit Smoking Cigarettes [Part 2]

Monday, June 30, 2014

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It's been 6 days since my last cigarette and honestly, I'm doing quite well.  I've had a few bad moments, but I'll get to that later on.  Today I'm going to talk about my devices.  Getting started with vaping doesn't have to be expensive, and in the long run it's significantly cheaper [currently as I write this I have saved myself $48.00 since last Monday].  Yayy!  

Okay hooooold up, waiiiit!
If you are new to vaping && electronic cigarettes, you've probably heard all of the scare tactics from the news media.  Please, educate yourselves first.  I could go into this myself, but there's a lot of information out there that will much more eloquently give you the facts than I can.  For example, visit the CASAA.  Go ahead, it'll open in a new window.  I'll be here when you get back... 

Alright, now that you're all educated && know the facts, let's get started!

vape pens

I started vaping with an eGo vape pen style battery.  You can refer back to part 1 for the whole story.  I found it was definitely good enough to keep me from smoking cigarettes.  The delivery of the flavor was very adequate && I didn't have much cravings for the real thing at all.  

vape tanks

Mine came with a top coil clearomizer which I wasn't a huge fan of [first tank in the picture above].  I quickly updated it to a simple bottom coil Kanger Evod tank [second tank in the picture].  I was much happier with this tank.  I found the top coil clearomizer that came with my kit to be slightly difficult to fill, which caused leaking.  I also didn't get a great draw from it.  Now, keep in mind the Kanger Evod bottom coil tank that I purchased was less than $5 so "upgrading" to it was incredibly affordable.  In fact I now have at least 6 of these tanks that I keep in a dish on my coffee table with different juice flavors [I do not have small children in my home.  If you've got small children, please PLEASE be responsible with your nicotine juice!].  These are my grab && go tanks.  They're easy, small, and function well. Great for beginners.  The third tank in the picture above is a Kanger Mini Pro-Tank 3.  It's basically the same idea as the EVOD tank however, it's a pyrex tank.  Some juices are known to cause problems with plastic tanks.  The fourth picture in the picture will be discussed below... 


My current setup was sent to me for consideration from Mt Baker Vapor.  Boyyy am I ever grateful to them!  As satisfied as I was with eGo [and still am, it's usually what I take with me in the car], the beast that they sent me has been awesome!  The onlyy downfall of the eGo was that I only had 1.  The battery life isn't great on those for someone who is chain vaping in the initial quitting smoking phase.  I'd definitely recommend purchasing 2.  In fact most starter kits of this style will come with two.  This way you've always got one charged.  Or... you can skip ahead and get this guy.  

[check out my unboxing video I made for fun, ahah!]

Mt Baker Vapor sent me the Innokin iTaste MVP 2.0.  It came with an iClear 30 dual coil clearomizer tank.  Now... I mentioned above that I wasn't a huge fan of the top coil clearomizers.  This is a top coil.  However, I'm really enjoying it.  It has a rotatable mouthpiece which I enjoy.  I'm also a fan of how easy it is to fill with juice && it's very durable.  I've been exclusively using this tank for a week now.  This tank is a bit of a juice hog, but I'm pretty sure that's just a side effect of a dual coil tank.  The flavor boost from the dual coil tank is definitely worth it though.  I'm getting hints of flavors from my juices that I never noticed before.  

mvp 2.0

Let's talk about the MVP 2.0 for a minute.  This battery like I've mentioned is a legit beast.  I received my package from Mt Baker Vapor last monday.  It wasn't until Friday that the battery indicator hit yellow, and I charged it.  I didn't have to charge it at that point, but it was friday night && I work through the weekend and didn't want to have to worry about it.  Keep in mind this was with me heavily chain vaping since I wasn't smoking cigarettes anymore.  I'm veryyy impressed with this battery.  It is also a major reason for the improvement in the taste of my juice.  This battery has variable voltage && variable wattage, so you can adjust based on your tank's resistance for an optimal vaping experience.  I'm really loving this guy.  It's vastly changed my vaping experience.  

innokin mvp

The Innokin iTaste MVP 2.0 
$79.99  $59.99

This box-mod has a ton of great features and power to spare. It's built primarily for function, but thanks to Innokin's unique styling it's easy on the eyes as well. You can also charge other devices (such as a cellphone) with the included multi-charging cable provided.

You can purchase the MVP 2.0 HERE

e juice

Mt Baker Vapor also supplied me with 4 bottles of juice.  Your juice is custom mixed when you order it.  They use quality ingredients && DO NOT use diacetyl.  They've got a huge selection to choose from.  [I'm actually about to make a purchase for some more!]  This was my first experience with their juice and I was pleasantly surprised.  I'm loving my new favorite all day vape flavor, Pink Champagne.  It's incredible.  Jess [who has also taken this journey with me] was a previous menthol smoker, so she's been enjoying the Hawk Juice.  You absolutely must try Mt Baker Vapor juice.  Must.  Now. Do it! ahah

morning vape

Quality e juice starting at $4.99 for 15ml

I received the following juice:

  • Hawk Sauce: Blend of sweet && sour berries, with a hint of menthol
  • Pink Champagne: Strong notes of fresh strawberries && white wine with a subtle hint of red wine [my current all day vape]
  • Guava: a tastyyy light && full flavored tropical vape
  • Sticky buns: [my go to morning vape with my coffee!] Perfectly combining spicy cinnamon, sweet frosting, && delicious caramel

How I Quit Smoking Cigarettes

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I was sent product for review by Mt Baker Vapor.
Affiliate links are used below. All opinions are my own.

It's time to get real for a minute... I made a blog post in January about how I'm going to get healthy this year && the first task is to quit smoking.  I have since deleted that blog post.  I think I felt guilty when I fell off the wagon and started smoking cigarettes again...  It was a reminder of my failure, right there in my own words.  So, now I'm posting again because I believe putting the words back out there will help keep me accountable.  

Brief history:
I started smoking in 2005.  I was 23 years old.  I don't really have a good reason for it.  I mean I had a lot of stress in my life as 2005/2006 brought some major life changes for me [we'll save that topic for another day...], but I still don't think I can blame those changes on me starting to put a cigarette to my lips.  My best friend and I worked together at the same place.  We started smoking pretty much at the same time.  I don't think either of us can really tell you why... We both decided though, that it wouldn't be a permanent thing.  We'd just smoke for a little while.  Well here we are, both STILL smoking, many years later...

I started 2014 by purchasing an e-cig starter kit.  Very much like this one here from Mt Baker Vapor.  I purchased mine from a local vape shop along with some juice.  Everything went great for a couple of weeks.  Didn't have a ciggy once.  My taste buds were returning, my sense of smell was returning.  I could already tell a difference in my breathing.  Then it happened.  Just like that.  I purchased a pack of my beloved Camel Light 99s.  My excuse was that my battery on my e-cig had died, and I was on my way to work and forgot my charger for it.  Yeah, it was my fault.  Yes it's a lame excuse.  The first cigarette was absolutely DISGUSTING!  After vaping yummy cheesecake && blueberry for weeks, the taste of the cigarette was sooo gross.  So why did I continue to smoke?  Your guess is as good as mine...  After that pack, I went back to vaping for a few more weeks.  Then once again, I fell off the wagon.  My favorite local band was playing at my favorite local bar.  You can't drink without smoking right???  Yeah another lame excuse.... I think that's pretty much when the cigarettes re-entered my life for a long term.  My poor e-cig sitting in it's case untouched for many months.  I slowly started reintroducing myself to it, by bringing it to work with me.  It started getting hot outside, and who wants to stand out in the heat for a smoke break?  [My work allows us to vape inside at our desk]  Now it's nearly the end of June.  Half of the year is over, and I'm still smoking.  Well, I was...

As of 2 days ago, I have smoked my last cigarette.  Mt Baker Vapor was kind enough to send me several juices and this guy here:

I've been vaping exclusively with this setup, and I'm happy to say I've been cigarette free since Monday.  I haven't even had a craving for my [former] beloved Camel Light 99s.  Yayyy!  

I'm going to be doing a weekly check in throughout this journey.  The posts will be every Monday.  I've titled this post "How I quit smoking cigarettes", because I know I'm done with cigarettes this time.  My first post in the series will be talking about my previous vaping setup & my new vaping setup.  I can't wait to share this with you!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

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.chili dog casserole [full recipe]

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

chili dog

I've blogged about this meal before, but we had it last night for dinner so I decided to take pictures and make a full post about it.  Warning: This is NOT a healthy meal at all ahah!  I do what I can to make it a little bit healthier by using turkey hot dogs and I usually use homemade clean turkey chili I have on hand in the freezer if I have it [I did not last night].  This is my family's favorite meal.  We probably have it a little too often... but I like to keep them happy =]  

chili dog

Chili Dog Casserole Ingredients
  • Turkey Hot Dogs [we use the fit & active brand from Aldi]
  • 2 cans of chili, or your own homemade chili if you have some on hand
  • Fajita size flour tortilla shells
  • 8oz shredded cheese, we like sharp cheddar on it
  • Aluminum foil, to cover

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

1) Spread 1 can of chili on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.  Last night I used a smaller one because I already have stuff in my 9x13s [I'll show you that soon aha].  I definitely recommend using the 9x13.  The 7x11 I used last night was too small.  I had to reeeeally squish them in tight.  

2) Okay, after you spread the chili, you'll roll up a hot dog in a flour tortilla.  Place that on top of the chili, seam side down.  Continue until all the hot dogs are rolled up.

chili dog recipe

3) Now, you'll spread the second can of chili on top of the rolled up hot dogs, and add the cheese on top of that!

chili dog recipe

4) The next step is very important.  You need to cover the dish with foil.  You want to make sure you get it covered well, but try to pull the foil up in the center over the cheese.  You don't want all the cheese stuck to the foil when you take it out of the oven!
chili dog recipe

5) Bake covered, in 425 degree oven for about 30mins.  

chili dog recipe

Since mine were all squished in a smaller pan last night, I think I could have left it in the oven a little longer.  You can see the spots where the cheese wasn't fully melted.  It was still amazing as always though!

chili dog casserole recipe

Here it is plated up.  I always serve corn with it.  Corn seems to be the perfect companion to this casserole.  Jess and I will typically have a side salad as well, this is my son's plate though and he hates salad.  

Well there ya have it!  My family's favorite meal.  NOT in the least bit healthy, but it's a good comfort food dish.  It's a very quick meal to throw together, so it's great on busy nights.  Very affordable too.  I purchase all the ingredients at Aldi and it costs $6.00 to make the casserole.  Not too shabby! ;)  Now, most people will have leftovers of this casserole.  10 hot dogs with tortilla shells && chili is a lot of food!  However, I have a 16yo boy in the home.... That kid is as skinny as can be, but can eat like a horse!  This is why I like to find budget friendly meal options that make A LOT of food!

Let me know if you try it!  Have you made something similar?  Did you tweak the recipe?  Leave a comment below!  

.may favorites [2014]

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

makeup review

May flew by and we're already in the second week of June!  Whew!  Talk about being behind on a favorites post, woops!  aha!  May was a crazy month for me... lots of exciting things happened [hence the lack of posts in May, sorry 'bout that].  I'm sure I'll go into further detail later on about what May meant to me, but right now I'll just briefly fill you in.  I was adopted when I was 3 days old, and I recently found && met my biological sister, along with several other members of my biological family.  It was amazing and meant the world to me.  May was an emotional whirlwind!  

Okay lets get down to business with my favorites.  The above picture features my favorite beauty products of May 2014.  Here are the details:

makeup review

I recently got my hair cut to a very layered shorter style.  I've been using this Spray to achieve the texture && messy look that my style requires.  I'm quite fond of this product.  It's been around for awhile, but I'm just now getting my hands on it.  It smell ah-mazing!  You should definitely try it out!

makeup review

My favorite fragrance in the WORLD is Falling in Love by Philosophy.  This body spray is a cheap alternative to it.  Great dupe!  I love layering it with my actual Falling in Love fragrance, so that I'm using less of the Philosophy and making it last longer.  

makeup review

Urban Decay De-Slick

I'm a grease machine.  I will be the first to admit it.  GREASE MACHINE!  Urban Decay De-Slick is a MUST in my summer time arsenal.  Kansas has humid as hell heat in the summer, and it takes an act of God to keep my makeup from melting off.  This product does a FANTASTIC job.  I can't live without it.  

makeup review

I received this product in my Sample Society box last month or the month before.  I really like the formula.  It's kind of "gel" based, which is great for me during the summer time.  Even though it's only for my eye area, the more I can do to prevent the grease machine, the better.

makeup review

This is an eyeshadow trio I received in a Sample Society box several several months ago.  I finally dug it out and decided to play with it.  I know the colors may seem a little "warm" for summer, but it works.  You can use any colors any time of year, it just depends on how you apply it.  Blending is key!  These shades are very pigmented and very soft.  I'm quite impressed with the quality of the shadow. 

makeup review

This has become one of my favorite all over the lid base shadow.  It's such a beautiful neutral color, and when you layer anything over it, that shade will POP!  Such an affordable product, you have to give it a whirl.  Some people have had experience with creasing with these.  I have not, and [once again] my skin is a grease machine.  I love the color tattoo line by Maybelline!

makeup review

Let me start by saying that Butter London is my all time favorite Nail Polish brand.  I adore the formula && the shades.  Well I received this pencil in a Sample Society box, and it's beautiful!  I only use it on my bottom lash line with a bronzed or neutral smokey eye.  It adds a nice pop of fun color.  The pencil is long lasting, and glides on smooth as butter, ahah!  Very impressed!

makeup review

I've been struggling with my brows for awhile.  I'll save you the ridic details, but basically I found I was shaping them too low.  I was taking too much off the top, which was taking away my natural arch.  So I've been letting them grow back in, and it's been a roller coaster.  This product has done wonders for helping me fill in the bald areas [side 1], and the gel works well to keep the unruly hairs in line [side 2].  I'm proud to say that we're getting there!  Before too long, my eyebrows will be amazing!  [Okay maybe not amazing, who actually LOVES their eyebrows?]

My miscellaneous favorites:

I blew through season 1 & 2 in May on Netflix.  This is such an addictive show!  Very intense from the start.  I love it!  Huck is my favorite character, I just adore him.  You have to check out this show!

I'm really digging this album.  Iggy is pretty impressive.  There's some catchy tunes ["Fancy" anyone?] and some more real intense stuff.  It's definitely an explicit album, but that stuff doesn't bother me ;-)

What were your May favorites?  Do you love/hate anything in my list?  Let me know in the comments below!  I love talking to you guys!  

.adopt a shelter cat month [meet my girls]

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Three years ago we loaded up and headed to our local Humane Society to look into adopting a shelter cat.  We roamed around and played with the cats for several hours.  Then we came across a kennel that had kittens in it.  I fell in LOVE with one of them, and my family fell in LOVE with another.  We held them and snuggled and loved on them for quite some time.  Trying to decide which one to bring home.  I wasn't budging on my choice, and my family wasn't budging on their choice.  It was then that a shelter worker came over to us and explained to us that since it was National Adopt a Shelter Cat month, that we could adopt 2 cats for the fee of 1 adoption.   

adopt cat

We hadn't really set out to adopt 2 cats, but the two kitties were shelter mates and got along beautifully.  Decision made.

cute cat

Quorra is named after Olivia Wilde's character from Tron [yes we're a little nerdyyy around here].  Quorra was a little weakling when we brought her home, so I wanted her to have a strong badass name.  As a kitten Quorra was very shy, quiet, && timid.  This went along with her not feeling well and having health problems.  She was my babyyy [still is].  

She quickly got healthy and turned into miss alpha.  She's loud and bossy!  She will literally argue with you.  If she's doing something she's not supposed to, and I tell her "no" she mouths off back.  Every. Single. Time.  

Quorra is obsessed with fleece.  I made a fleece tie blanket this past winter and if it's out and on me, so is she.  Quorra and I enjoy daily naps when we can fit them in.  We curl up on the couch together and snuggle in the afternoon when it's just us home.  It's "our" time. 

cute cat

Little Miss Igloo here is the one my son && girlfriend loved.  She was a rowdy beast as a kitten!  Igloo was the craziest most energetic kitten I've ever seen.  She's mostly white so they decided to name her Igloo.  Igloo, bless her heart, isn't the brightest crayon in the box...  She may not be smart but she's very lovable and has a big personality.  As she's gotten older, she's mellowed out a lot.  Quorra takes care of Igloo now.  She'll groom Igloo, play with her, snuggle with her on cold nights, && looks after her.  Together they are the sweetest sisters one could ever hope for.  

cute cats

I've had some of the best 3 years of my life with these girls.  I'm home alone a lot!  They keep me company when my family is off with their busy schedules.  I don't regret adopting 2 instead of 1 at all.  In fact, I can't imagine either one of them without the other.  They're my companions && they're each other's companions as well.  

Please look into adopting a shelter cat.  There are so many around the world needing homes.  Visit this LINK to view cats needing homes in your local area!  Cats can be such a blessing.  They're also great for apartment life.  The nearest grass to us is several blocks away, so having a dog isn't conducive.  I also enjoy the independence of cats.  We can leave town for the day and not have to make arrangements like we would have to with a dog.  I'm not knocking dogs, I LOOOOVE dogs.  I've had both dogs && cats all myyy life!  It's just that the cat life suits us best right now.  

My girls are my kids.  I love them && they make me so happy.  Go get yourself some love && happiness!  <3  ADOPT!

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