Friday Faves

July 27
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Happy Friday!

I’ve been busy with birthday stuff as well as some home projects around here, but I wanted to share a few things today for my Friday Faves.

Last week I posted a photo on Instagram of a bowl of avocados that I said I was going to freeze. Of course the internet froze over as that idea of freezing avocados is kind of interesting. Anyways, If you are interested in this process head over here for more info.

I got this book from the library just the other day and it is great if you’re into houseplants. The guide is easy to follow, has real photos, and give solutions to common problems for each plant. I’ve already seen improvement due to tips I learned.

Surprisingly, I made it through the Nordstrom sale, Amazon Prime day, and the L’ange sale without any purchases. I did however nab this cute dress at Madewell with my birthday gift card from them. (Read about my fave birthday freebies here.)

I hope you’ve had a great week!


Friday Faves- Birthday edition

July 20
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Happy Friday y’all. Today is my birthday and honestly, my favorite part of this is birthday freebies. I mean really, who doesn’t love free stuff? So today I’m going to share my favorites.


Everyone knows Starbucks gives you a free drink for your birthday. Make sure you have a registered card a month before your birthday for this deal. Mine expires the day after my birthday.

Dunkin’ Doughnuts also gives a free drink. Again, have an account ahead of time.


Firehouse subs will give you a free sub for your birthday. Make sure you sign up ahead of time and download the app to redeem.

Moe’s will give you a free burrito. Same deal, make sure you have the app and an account ahead of time.

Ruby Tuesday gives you a free burger for your birthday. They will send an email ahead of your birthday and you have a few weeks to redeem. This is one of my favorites and you will receive the coupon ahead of time which is helpful.

Cafe Rio gives you a $5 credit for your day. Find in in the app. Also, get $5 just for downloading the app. (I love this place.)


Ulta: if you have a free rewards account look out for an email with a freebie. I got a mini mascara.

Sephora: beauty insiders get free mini products once during their birth month. Redeem at checkout in store or online.

New to me this year is At the beginning of the month they sent me a $25 gift card to use by the end of the month. This is a great gift.

The best part about these is that they don’t have to take place on my birthday. I write down expiration dates in my planner and then I can use these whenever.

These are my favorites. Do you know any great birthday freebies? Let me know so I can add them to the list!

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Friday Faves- Nordstrom Anniversary sale

July 13
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Happy Friday!

Today I figured I’d share a few favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. Honestly, I don’t shop at Nordstrom very often. We don’t have one here in Central Florida, and let’s face it, I’m cheap and they are not. But, they do carry some brands that I like and if you ever want to try out their stuff now is the time.

The way the anniversary sale works in the first week (July 12-19 is just open to cardholders. Then, July 20-August 5th the sale is open to everyone else. You can buy online or in store, up to you.


So below are some of my favorites from the sale. Two lovely Kate Spade bags are on sale. The large one is $100 off and perfect to take to work. The other is a great travel back with a cross strap and zip closure. (see more on my travel bag tips here.)  Be sure to click the bags to see more color options.

A must for me will be the Zella leggings. I hear so many good things about these, better than Lululemon! They will sell out so act fast. The Spanx leggings are pretty popular as well. These are a faux leather and are super slimming. Both items rarely go on sale.

The other items are just cute things for fall. Check them out if you’re interested.

Well, that is about it! Have a great weekend!

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Travel Tuesdays- What I carry in my day bag

July 10
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Today for Travel Tuesdays I wanted to share what I carry with me when I am out and about while traveling. I know a ton has been written about the essentials you must carry, but I like to keep things really simple so today I am sharing the few items I consider necessities.

Before we go any further, let’s talk about bags. When overseas or in a more dangerous place I always carry a crossbody bag that has a zip closure. This way a pick pocket cannot just reach in and grab something nor can they grab it off my shoulder. Also, I hold the bag in front of me when on the train or in other congested areas. I carry something similar to this one by Kate Spade.  Although backpacks are in right now, I do not suggest a backpack purse as you cannot see your belongings and they are too easy to steal from. As you can see, I like to carry an actual purse instead of a backpack or messenger bag. I like to blend in as much as possible and I think carrying a regular bag helps. When we do need more storage my husband brings a small black Timbuk2 bag that blends in well most places.

Ok, back to the contents. Like I said, nice and simple.

Before we leave I check my wallet and leave any unnecessary items at home. I keep a few credit cards, insurance info, my ID, and anything else I need. Other cards, especially work IDs and credit cards are left at home (unless traveling for work of course.)  I carry a small wallet, like this one when traveling as it holds the essentials without taking up too much valuable space.

During our trip to Europe, my husband carried both of our passports on his person. Although I did not have my passport on me I felt safe knowing I would not lose my passport if my bag was stolen. This worked for us, but if you need a passport decide for yourself the best way to carry it.

I like to carry a smaller  makeup bag with my personal essentials. I carry this at home too and just restock it for trips. This bag contains lipstick, eyeliner, tampons, medicine, (ibuprofen and Zyrtec), a pen, gum, a mini hair brush, and a hair tie. Having these items on me at all times helps to ensure a good trip. If I need an afternoon makeup refresh those two makeup items do it for me. You items could differ.

A reusable water bottle. Although I love my big fancy water bottles, when out for a long day or short on space I like to use a regular disposable water bottle as my container. They are lightweight, cheap, and disposable if needed. Refill whenever you see a safe water location. Don’t forget to stay hydrated!

Something to snack on. Sometimes things don’t go as planned and meal times change. Keep a small snack in your bag just in case. An apple, granola bar, or carrot sticks all work perfect. I usually carry enough for both of us.

If we have a heavy travel day I might toss in my Kindle Fire or headphones, but for just day to day exploring I leave those at the room.  Also, if I have a phone with a bad battery  I might bring a backup. Right now I have a new phone so the battery is great.

That is basically all that I carry. It is pretty similar to what I carry daily. If it works most of the time, why switch it up, right?

Do you carry anything unusual or different when you travel?

Travel Tuesday: Spirit Airlines tips

July 3
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Last week for our trip to Maryland we flew Sprit Airlines. We have used this airline in the past, but this time I did a little more research to ensure we got the most bang for our buck on the flight.

After searching the internet and reading other blogs, I found out that you can get the best deal on Sprit Airlines by booking at the ticket counter at the airport. You can save up to $20 a person a flight by using this method. For us, that meant saving $80 on our weekend flight. Totally worth a quick stop at the airport!

As an example, here is a round trip flight from Orlando to Baltimore for two. Both flights are non-stop.

usage charge

The total includes a “Passenger Usage Charge” or $79.96 which you can avoid by booking at the airport.  Spirit does request that you purchase during “Preferred Ticketing Hours,” but does not state that you can’t get a ticket at other times. See the times here. Our airport’s preferred hours are between noon and 4pm so we went on a Saturday around 2pm. We did have to wait for a few travelers to check bags, but it was a pretty easy process. I could have gone alone and parked, or to save $2 and some steps I could have had Charlie drop me off at the ticket counter and make a loop around the airport and come back. The timing would have been just about perfect. At the counter the clerk seemed familiar with customers buying at the gate and showed us the flights available. I had checked the flights at home beforehand and knew what flights we wanted but we looked with her as well. The total cost at the gate can differ a little bit from what you see at home, but it seemed much lower and we were not charged the passenger usage fee.

For this trip we did not book seats. On all three flights Spirt seated us together and unless it is a long haul flight I am fine with being stuck wherever. Because this was a long weekend trip we just took the free personal item and packed everything we needed in that. For short trips that is all we really need. Both of us had extra space in our bags both coming and going.  I’ll talk more in a few weeks on how to get the most out of that bag.

Unfortunately  the one area we did not plan ahead well in is food. We did take smoothies to go as we left the house, but were both hungry as we were boarding the plane. Charlie bought a sandwich for which I do not even want to know what he paid. I need to start planning out snacks and meals to take as it helps cut costs and gives you one more healthy meal before you get to your destination. If you have great plane meal tips, send them my way! We usually just take granola bars, but I’ve seen people on planes eating entire meals from home.

The one food item I do like to buy at the airport is a coffee. I usually grab an iced coffee after we go through security and then drink it while we wait. Before we board I rise it out and refill it with water to help keep us hydrated during the flight. If you’re local to Orlando I highly recommend Zaza’s Cuban Cafe if you’re flying from Terminal A. The coffee is great and a great price.

Do you have any great tips for Sprit Airlines? I’d love to hear them.

Budget tips for spirit airlines flights.Save money and time with spirit.