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Friday Faves

June 1
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Hooray for a short week being over, right? Things are finally starting to slow down around here and the summer and the rains are still in high gear. We were lucky to have a surprisingly nice Memorial Day and I even got a sunburn. Not great, but very surprising due to the fact that it was shady and windy most of the day. Anyhoo, my mother and I hung out in the pool and she brought over a great summer salad. I have been eating more and more salads lately, and I love how the blueberries in this one liven it up.

I avoided Memorial Day shopping just because I didn’t really need anything. However, I am looking for a new swimsuit. I am looking at either a two piece or a bikini, but I would like something that is a bikini bottom but actually covers my rear end. I am pretty sure I am past this “cheeky” stuff. If you have a favorite store for semi-modest swimwear let me know. I am still totally for  something cute, I just don’t want to fall out of it.

 

My garden is going pretty good. I can’t wait for these little lemon squash to be done. I have never had them before but I hear they are similar to other summer squash.

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I realized the other day that my work planner, an Agendio is almost finished.  I will be ordering a new one soon. I love they have a fully customizable planner builder on their site so you get exactly what you want. You can even have it start whenever you need it to. I will share more once I receive the new one.

 

Last week for work I did a mini presentation on one of my favorite apps, PicTapGo. Have you used it? It is perfect for image editing on the go. I use it all the time to edit images for the blog or just social media.

 

 

 

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Friday Faves

May 11
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Happy Friday everyone! I hope the end of the work-week is treating you well. I have family over this weekend so we will be out and about enjoying what we can in this semi-tolerable Florida weather. I will be having both my parents and my in-laws over for Mother’s Day and am super excited for the menu I have planned.

Now on to my faves!

Right before I cut my hair, I picked up a Curl Bar. This is a unique curling iron with a handle with a 90 degree angle. Although I haven’t used it much since the chop, I really liked it and felt that the ergonomic design really does make a difference. Anyways, if you are in the market for a new curling iron check it out.

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Remember “channel flipping?” Yeah, luckily we don’t have to do that anymore. However, while scrolling Hulu the other day I came across a new show on Fox, LA t0 Vegas. If you’re in the mood for a fun, feel-good sitcom this is your show. Perfect for before bed when you just want something light. Also, it is super bingeable as I totally watched 5 episodes in one day.
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Did you see what The Happy Planner released at the Go Wild Conference in Austin? They have a new kids line of planners! Happy Planner Kids are super cute mini planners for boys and girls. Perfect for teaching kids proper planning and how to prepare for the week. These would make a great gift idea. They will be available in the MAMBI Shop on May 15th.

 

I am about two-thirds through the way of Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer on audiobook. As I’ve mentioned before, audiobooks are my FAVORITE. Anyways, I guess this book was a movie recently, but I have not seen it.  I actually got this book because I found a later book in the trilogy on the shelf and thought it sounded so interesting. Of course I wasn’t going to start in the middle so I went back to the first book. If you’re looking for a good sci-fi to pull you in early and keep you intrigued this would be a great series for you. Bonus: All three books are already out so you don’t have to wait for them to be written or published. Want in on all three? Check out this single-volume hardcover edition.

Did you see my post about Old Navy? If you’re looking for some tips on how to dress professionally via their collection check it out. I found some great summer office pieces and the prices are amazing.

Anyways, that is all I have for today. As always, feel free to share awesome things in the comments. You know I am always on the hunt for new awesome.

 

 

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Things I’m loving for spring

February 24
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Depending on where you live you might feel like spring has already started or like it will never happen. Down here in Florida we are having that one week of perfect 80 degree days before summer starts in March. I generally don’t really have much of a spring wardrobe due to the fact that we don’t have that here, but I have been seeing the cutest stuff this season and I wanted to share some of my favorites. Or maybe this is just a way for me to group stuff I want to buy together for easier shopping later. 😉

First up: Mules. I think I asked over of Instastories if y’all were into mules and I don’t remember a positive response, but guess what? I like them anyways. I LOVE this pair from Madewell, they just seem perfect.  Looking for a budget option? This blush pink par from Target are adorable and affordable.  I am currently going through my closet finding what I could wear them with. Lastly, I have had this pair from American Eagle in my shopping basket just waiting for the next sale.

Next up: Shorts. Yes, shorts, I am a Florida girl and shorts are pretty much a year round thing. For the last several years I have been getting my shorts from American Eagle. Nice and simple and I always go for a dark wash, lightly distressed mid length cut off like these or these.  I wear these in the spring with a tank and a flannel long sleeve shirt or sometimes a cute long sleeve tee.

Have you seen this super cute top from Old Navy? It might be a sleep shirt, but it is perfect for lazy weekends.  All about the coffee.  I generally stay away from graphic tees as I don’t get much chance to wear them but I love to keep one or two in the closet for the weekends. I like this one and this one from Old Navy as well. I don’t like to spend a ton on that type of thing as they are more of a short term purchase. Bonus: While grabbing those links I saw Old Navy has a ton of local based tees. Check them out to spread some hometown love.

I am a sucker for a good pair of yoga pants and I love the Lululemon Align II pants. They came out with new colors and I am in love with this new color, So Merlot. It is the perfect blush color for spring. I haven’t purchased these because really, I don’t need them, but if I had a casual job or worked from home I would be all over these.

I love a good pair of dark wash denim. I have this pair by J Crew sitting in my stopping cart. A perfect 9 in. inseam and pockets that make your rear look good. I just love how dark denim can be worn with almost anything to any event, day or night.

Ok, Last item is also from J. Crew, this perfect boatneck tee. This is the kind of classic wardrobe staple that you want from a good retailer. Something that will not fade and will last for years. Classics, am I right?

I am going to go ahead and step away from the computer now before I spend my mortgage money. Are you eying anything that I should know about? Let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram, I’m @_amberdowns

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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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