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Fall favorites

November 13
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The heat is finally starting to subside here in Florida and so I figured it was time to talk about some new favorites.

I kind of have a thing with houseplants. It is kind of a love hate relationship. I love them, they hate me. I have been keeping my eyes out  for a fiddle leaf fig and a split leaf philodendron for some time, but hadn’t run across any that worked for me. This month I ran into both of them at Home Depot and was super excited to take them home. I just love the way a houseplant can add life, greenery, and warmth to a room. (They also make a great place for the lizards that sneak into my house to live.) Also, since they are INSIDE my home they are a little easier to remember to water as I see them every day. I also have a majesty palm and a corn plant.

I have never been a big tea drinker, however this fall I have started to get into drinking tea in the evenings. My husband and I enjoy having a cocktail or beer to unwind in the evening, but I was starting to feel that the unneeded alcohol and calories were starting to catch up with me. I knew that I still wanted a nice treat for the evenings and tea seemed to fit the bill. I have been enjoying herbal tea both at home in the evenings as well as in the afternoons at work. Usually around 3pm I want a little something but don’t want coffee anymore. I have been drinking this english breakfast tea at work. It has a higher caffeine content, but still lower than coffee.  I have been enjoying this herbal tea variety pack at home.


So, if you haven’t heard, Stephen King is kind of in right now. “It was super popular in theaters and everything eighties is great. Although I never read his older titles, I have enjoyed King’s newer works. They are more on the thriller/suspense side instead of horror. Anyways, his newest title, Sleeping Beauties came out back in September and is a great read. If you’re looking for a book to get lost in over the holidays, this is your book

Lastly, I am in love with these loafers from DSW. I used to be all about ballet flats, but when loafers started being a thing again a few years ago I was all in. I bought them in black but am probably going to go back for the taupe. They are the perfect blend between a work and casual shoe and super comfy.

 

Ok, that is it for today, what are you crushing on right now?

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Early 2017 Faves

February 24
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Hey guys, I know I haven’t been doing regular favorites posts lately but I wanted to jump in and share some things I’ve been crushing on lately.

This is my version of the street tacos

 

If you know me, you know I love Mexican food and of course tacos.  Over the last few weeks I’ve been taking my taco making skills up to the next level with two AMAZING new recipes.  First I made these yummy Beef Street Tacos, and more recently I tried out these Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa.  Spoiler alert: They were both great and I can’t wait to work them into our meal rotation.

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In other news, I’ve been working on my dining room lately. One of the new items I have added is this great teal rug from Walmart. Yes, Walmart! I was in there picking something up the other day and saw it and it was only $80 which was great.  I love the bold color, but if I get sick of it in a few years I can just replace it as I didn’t spend a ton of money on it.  Now that I have that rug in there I am going to be working the rest of the room around those colors.

I know I’ve got valentines colors in here, I’m working on that.

 

Both January and February found me visiting Antique Extravaganza at the Rennigers Flea Market here in the Orlando area.  First of all, (as I am sure you are wondering) yes, it is big enough of an event to be called an extravaganza. Anyways, I picked up two new cute home decor pieces; a window and a dough bowl.  I know these are both trend items and the bowl is reproduction, but I think they are super cute and really work in my dining room. (Which, as you recall, I am working on.)

 


I think it must be the early nightfall or the cool air, but I have just been loving curling up on the sofa after work with a good book and reading until bed. When I get out of the  habit of reading physical books I don’t miss it, but once I start back up I swear they are as addictive as coffee and Publix cookies. (Oatmeal Raisin of course.)
Not a favorite yet, but I am considering trying Lipsense. Have you tried it? Do you like it? I am looking for an Orlando area consultant so I can try it before I buy it. Not sure what Lipsense is? It is a long wear lipstick that appears to really stay for 18 hours. It is only sold via direct sales so ask around in your area for a consultant.

 

Anyway, I hope you liked this collection of a few random things I am enjoying.  Loving anything awesome? Share it with me in the comments! Want to see more things I love? Follow me on Instagram!

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September Faves

October 3
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September was another crazy month for me. (It will die down soon, right?) The home we are selling was supposed to close at the end of August and we spent all of September extending and worrying about it. The sale ended up falling through but luckily we have already found another buyer.  With that and the stress of a new home I’ve been a little busy, but thats ok. Here are a few things I have been loving and some I’ve been crushing on.
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Apple Cinnamon Pork Loin
I don’t do very  many slow cooker recipes as I am gone for too long during the day. (Most recopies are for 8 hours, I am gone 11 hours.) But once in a while, particularly on weekends, I like to try them out. I was excited to find both apples and pork loin on sale at my local grocer so I did some internet searching and came up with the recipe. I loved that it was simple and contained regular ingredients that I already have. It took minutes to make and looks like something I spent all day on.  It tasted great! Flavorful, but not overpowering.  We served it with potatoes and carrots. Don’t forget to garnish with the cooked apples, these were delish.

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Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino
Every year as fall comes around basic girls flock to Starbucks for the famed PSL (Pumpkin Spiced Latte, for those of you living under a rock.) Sadly, I am not obsessed with pumpkin.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy pumpkin, I am just not in love with it.  Anyways, it appears Starbucks re-introduced this beverage this fall wit their other fall beverages and I have been enjoying it. I love a good mocha frap, but the salted caramel really makes this something fun and unique. Best part? It’s offered year-round.  Keep an eye out though, these are high in calories, even if you get it light.


Heidi Swapp Lightbox
If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a few photos if my Heidi Swapp Lightbox.  We purchased this at Michael’s a few months ago and it is just the coolest. Its like having your own personal marquee in your living room. In our new home we placed it in the foyer and change the message from time to time. It is a great way to keep things new and fun while also highlighting special events and holidays.  Get yours here.

Ok, on to a few things I am crushing on.
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This summer I have been in love with the Ray-Ban Clubmaster. I’ve always been a Ray-Ban girl and I currently have a wayfarer style as well as aviators. So really, I have no need for another pair, but they are just so cute!  Anyways, I live in Florida and wear sunglasses ALL THE TIME so I will eventually have to pick up a pair of these.

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I’ve also been very intrigued by the new Full Dry Volume Blast by Living Proof.  I’ve seen mixed reviews on the product so I haven’t tried it yet, but soon. I often feel like I am lacking in the volume department, especially on day two.  If this works like it says it would really go a long way in making my hair look awesome, but I will have to try it and see. Have you tried it? Please let me know what you thought!

 

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July Favorites

August 3
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Well everyone, its official.  JULY is OVER. Crazy, I know.  Anyways, here are a few of my favorite things from July.  I hope that you enjoy some of them.

March Favorites (4)

 

Infused water
If you follow me in Instagram you may have noticed that I have been drinking and posting TONS of infused waters. My husband actually got me started on them and I love how much water I’ve been drinking lately. It is really working.  (Check out next week for my post with infused water tips and tricks.

 

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Happy Endings
This is a super cute TV show that we stumbled upon earlier this month. Our favorite character? Coach from New Girl as Brad Williams. This is one of those perfect cute little sitcoms to watch when you need to get your brain off of the crazy stuff on Stranger Times.

 

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Librivox
As you know, I am a HUGE audiobook fan and of course, also cheap.  I get most of my audiobooks for free from my library with Overdrive, but of course not everything is available.  Recently I was introduced to Librivox which is a website and app that provides free public domain audiobooks.  These books are narrated by volunteers all over the internet and although all are not awesome, many are.  Anyways, download the app, download  a few books, give it a try, or at least keep it on your phone for a rainy day.

 

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Five Tribes

Now to get a little nerdy.  We love playing board games around here and this is our newest favorite. Its fun, but has a large learning curve.  If you love intense strategy board games than I suggest you check this one out, just watch some youtube videos to get a hang of the rules first.

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Pinterest
With the closing of our next home next month I have been spending way too much time on Pinterest exploring new ideas and DIY projects.  Need some inspiration? Follow me there. (While you are here, check out my post on my recent Pinterest faves for the new house.)

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Favorite department store products

April 30
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Favorite Department Store Beauty Products. My favorites for Ulta and Sephora.

 

I love finding great products at the drugstore, but sometimes its worth spending the cash and getting the high end item.  These are a few of my favorite department store products that are worth every penny.

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Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay 
I am sure you’ve heard about the amazing line of Urban Decay Naked products. They basically exploded a few years ago.  Well, in case you haven’t tried the shadows, they are amazing.  I know that $50 sounds like a lot for eye shadow but this palette will last a long time.  I’ve had mine for two years and it’s still going strong.  If you’re a eye shadow person this is worth the cost.  What makes it so great?  These shadows are perfectly pigmented to provide the perfect color application.  Not to heavy, not to light.  Also, the palette comes with enough colors to give you severals looks from a day at work to a night on the town.

 

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
Brows are in and with this product my brows stay on all day. I used to use a cheap brow gel and half way through the day my brows were gone.  With Anastasia they are “on point” until I take my makeup off.  This little tub was only $18 and has lasted me way over a year and I still have a ways to go.  I use it with a E.L.F. brush instead of the one they sell.

 

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Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush
I discovered these blushes through fellow blogger Kate at The Small Things Blog.  She raved and raved about them so I figured I’d try them out.  Turns out she is right.  These really are lovely blushes.  They are well pigmented and go on smooth.  They last all day for a great look.  I own blissful and Tipsy.  Look around and find the color that works best for you.

 

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I did my own makeup for my wedding.  One of the things I was concerned about was my foundation so went searching for a super strong all day foundation.  I wanted something that would cover any blemish, conceal redness and issues, and last 12+ hours.  I found this in the Kat Von D Lock-it foundation.  Now, I have to admit that was not a brand I had every really thought was worth it, but it is.  Her products stay all day, something very important to me.  I mix this with a little bb cream for everyday use to thin it out a little.  I get the best application with a stippling brush, but a beauty blender would be great too if you’re into that.

 

Interested in how you can save money on department store beauty products? Check out my post here.

Have you tried any of these products?  What do you think?  Of course everyone is different and what works wonders for me may or not be your cup of tea, but these are just some of my faves.  I have an order coming in next week from Tarte so you can look forward for my thoughts on those products as well.

 

 

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February Faves

March 23
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I haven’t done a favorites post in a few months, but I wanted to share a few things that I have been enjoying.

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Spin Pins
Have you seen these yet? I heard about this a little over a year ago and they are totally a game changer for us long haired girls.  If you’ve ever struggled with getting all of your hair into a bun then you will love these.  The claim is that one spin pin holds as much as 10 bobby pins.  Is this true? I don’t know, but I can put up all of my hair with just 2 Spin Pins.  (One if I am desperate.)  Grab a set and go for it.  TIP: You can find these for a a lot less around the internet, but just make sure they have the rounded tips or else they won’t glide into your hair as well.

Motivational water bottle
As part of my new years goals I’ve been focusing on drinking more water. I always thought that the water bottles with the times on it were gimmicky until I got this one and realized it awesome.  What better feeling than to be three hours ahead of yourself in drinking water! It really is great motivation, and its cute.  The bottle actually comes with a diffuser so if you don’t love water you can add fruit.  Personally, I prefer my water plain to I just took the middle part out.  What I really love though is that this is just a nice simple bottle. Its not fancy, it seals tight, and it is easy to drink from.  Overall, it can’t be beat for $9.

 

Wendaful.com planner inserts
Looking for free printable planner inserts? Check out Wendaful! My current favorite is their 2016 year at a glance. I have this in my personal planner and my a5 planner.

 

Mini Discs
If you’re a Happy Planner user then you might be aware of the new mini discs released by Me & My Big Ideas.  These little discs mean that you can turn anything into a small disc bound notebook.  Last week I shared a menu and recipe cards printable that I the used the mini discs to hold together.  These are great for mini planers, extension packs, and kids.

 

 

So those are a few of my current favorites.  What are yours?

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