Friday, July 29, 2011

2 hour Whitening Disaster!

A few months I bought the Crest 3D White strips (2 hr express) ones. I had not one single problem the first time. And I figured it was time for round 2! BIG MISTAKE. While I had them on I was fine. I had no pain at all even after initially taking them off I had no problems except for a gummy residue on my teeth. So I just brushed my teeth. About an hour later OMG WORST PAIN OF MY LIFE! My teeth were sooo sensitive I couldn't even handle the AC on in my car or windows down so I was basically dying while driving around it was just awful! I was even sitting in my aunts room on her bed with my cousin and her talking and the fan was one, at one point I had to ask if she could turn the fan off because it was hurting my teeth. My family had a good laugh at that and it was deemed the quote of the night. I was at my friends house visiting her and her 1 wk old son and I was in sooo much pain she gave me an 800 mg Ibuprofen and you would've thought that would help, but NOPE!
So after several hours of pain I hit up my ever handy source GOOGLE and I found out many others had endured the same pain I was experiencing and they recommended Listerine Total Care & Sensodyne toothpaste to help with the pain. It was about midnight & storming, but I ran my butt to the nearest Walgreens and scooped up those goodies, to be met with major relief! THANK GOD! I'm so glad I finally turned to google because my teeth felt immediately better.



Bisous Bisous, The Rockin GerRoccan: Arkia

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Just so you know I'm not a vegetarian. I just don't like touching raw meat so most of what I cook is veggies :)

What you'll need: 
1. Spaghetti squash

2. Olive oil (tablespoon)

3. (1) onion chopped

4. (2) gloves of garlic

5. Basil

6. (2) plum tomatoes or (1) can of diced tomatoes---that's what I used

7. (1/2) cup cheese of your liking ( i like Colby-Jack)--grated or shredded

8. Chopped parsley

9. (1/2) cup Parmesan cheese

10. Salt & Pepper (to taste)

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Coat a baking dish & a baking pan w/nonstick cooking spray/butter/olive oil/whatever you want
3. Cut the squash in half, place face down and bake for 30 mins or until tender
4. Scrape out squash strands w/fork into a bowl
5. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
6. Add Basil, Onion, Garlic cook for 4 mins
7. Add tomatoes cook for 3 mins
8. Add the cheese, parsley, salt, pepper, and tomato mix into the bowl w/ squash..toss to coat
9. Put into the prepared baking dish
10. Sprinkle evenly w/Parmesan cheese
11. Bake for 30 mins or until hot & bubbly
12. EAT and ENJOY!

* I know there seems to be A LOT of steps, but I promise it's quick and delicious!

Bisous Bisous, The Rockin GerRoccan: Arkia

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Delicious Bean Salad

Since summer is sooo hot i really love eating salads....and this one just so happens to be one of my favorites!
What you'll need:
1. A mixing bowl

2. Cutting board.

3. A knife (my personal fave is a santuki knife)

4. Canned black beans (drained & rinsed)

5. Canned chick peas (drained & rinsed)

6. Canned kidney beans (drained & rinsed)

7. A bell pepper (chopped)

8. A few celery stalks (chopped)

9. An onion (chopped)

10. Olive Oil

11. Dijon Mustard (about a teaspoon)

12. Red Wine Vinegar

13. Salt & Pepper (to taste)

1. Add the dijon mustard, oil, & vinegar to the bowl..Whisk together
2. Add beans & veggies after you have rinsed & chopped them of course
3. Add salt & pepper to your liking
4. Mix together
5. EAT!!!!

It will look like the bean salad in the corner of the plate next to the zucchini & couscous

**OOPS!! I forgot about the olives!! Cut them in half and add them too**

Bisous Bisous, The Rockin GerRoccan: Arkia

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thank God! We're blessed :)

Just this past week I found out about Youssef E. aka FouseyTUBE on youtube. WOW. That's all I can say. This guy has been blessed with an awesome sense of humor and the ability to make thousands of people laugh. I have watched EVERY single one of his videos & I can relate to many of them as I'm of Arab descent. BUT this video about being thankful for what we're blessed with really touched my heart. He makes a good point and after seeing this video I want to reach out the homeless man I often pass by while I'm on going and doing things in my neighborhood.

Here's the video I'm talking about

Bisous Bisous, The Rockin GerRoccan: Arkia

Monday, July 25, 2011


Before I left for vacation I placed an order with ELF ( for their 7 year anniversary. I'm clearly trying to slowly own every item they sell..haha..I think I may be addicted!

I was a little disappointed in this order :( a few of the things I ordered weren't shipped because they were OUT of stock..if only the website had been accurate I would have ordered something else :/ and also a few of the lipsticks were broken (sad face). I've never had either of those problems before. So i guess I will let it slide.

Well I better get back to cleaning/organizing my shoe & make-up collections!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend. :)
I spent mine in Ohio at Cedar Point although it rained a lot of the weekend I still found time Friday night to enjoy some rides and Saturday to enjoy the water park :)

Bisous Bisous, The Rockin GerRoccan: Arkia

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Since I WAS in the BIG apple after all I made some BIG splurges while I was there.
Undergarments/Swimsuit @ Linda's in Murray Hill $560.00 
I'm obviously not going to post my undergarments hehe, but here is my lovely swimsuit!
Make-up @ Inglot Times Square...$9.80 for eyeliner & $33.75 for polish and eye shadow 

Polish shade #851 it's a gorgeous black w/gold flecks. 
Eyeliner Iridescent white #34 
Eye shadow palette in #465, #441, #501
Vintage Necklaces from Bleeker St.... $30.00
AC Gears Phosphor watch...$273.00

Ear Candling $50.00 w/tip can't remember the salon :/ it was well worth it! I can hear a lot better now and I finally got stubborn water out of my ear ;) 

60 min Shiatsu massage can't remember the name of that place either $110.00 w/tip

Yes, I may have splurged, but I only splurged on items I CANNOT find at home! Isn't that whole the whole point of going away?!? Learning, seeing, eating, buying things you can't get at home?? Well the last 2 splurges I could easily get at home, but I don't usually do those things for myself. I don't even really get mani/pedis at home since I can do those myself! 

Bisous Bisous, The Rockin GerRoccan: Arkia

big apple cont.

 Ice Box Cake from Magnolia..The one sweet I crave!! 
 Chrysler building 

 Crazy parking structure! Watch out on that one! 

 YUCK!! Aged steak?!? seems unsanitary 
 Spicy Veggie Ramen from Totto Ramen!! 
 Miso Ramen...My cousin DID NOT enjoy it at all..she shared mine :) 
 U.S Women's Soccer team

 Soccer team again 
 another player 

 This guy creates beautiful pieces of art by using spray paint 

Some crappy Irish pub not even worth remembering, the CHICKEN pot pie tasted like PEA pot pie :( yuckkkkkkk I HATE PEAS!!! 
 YAY!! Chicago in the distance from the sky!! 
Birds eye view of the City that holds my heart :) 

Bisous Bisous, The Rockin GerRoccan: Arkia