Road Trip Adventure and New Additions to the Family

Hello friends!

Happy Saturday! I hope you are all enjoying a relaxing day.

This past week we took a little road trip. Sometimes you just need to climb in the car, roll the windows down, and cruise.

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Enjoying my #freesample of Red Bull Summer Edition Grapefruit from Smiley360.

It was a beautiful day, sun shining, blue skies, 80 degrees.

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We visited with family all day and came home with four beautiful plants.

Meet Francine.

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A spunky spider plant. She has four new starts growing, so once she has acclimated to her new home, I’ll be able to clip them and have new plants!

 

Meet Agnes.

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A peace lily. Just a gorgeous plant that has made her home on our dining room table.

 

Meet Ebenezer.

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I was humbled to receive Ebenezer. He is a Christmas Cactus that is right at home in our den, in front of our 1970’s world map.

And Tyrion… a 4 ft. Candelabra Cactus. You don’t get to meet him just yet. We need to re -pot him first.

And those are the newest members of our family.

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The Gorgeous Sunset

MegaVoxbox Reveal | Influenster

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*Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster. All opinions are my own*

 

Hello friends!

A few weeks ago I attended an Influenster Twitter party. It was a lot of fun and I brought a lot of sass. Well, it paid off! I won a MegaVoxbox! I was pretty excited!

*Side note: Influenster is a great website where you can discover new products, write honest reviews, create personalized lists of your favorite products or create wishlists, earn badges, participate in campaigns, and test out products for free! Anyone can join! Interested? Click my reference link to sign up and get started: http://www.influenster.com/r/1073568

I was pleasantly surprised on Wednesday when I discovered a box on my doorstep! My MegaVoxbox had arrived!

Today, I thought it would be fun to do a reveal of all the goodies that were inside! Let’s get started!

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Aussie Headstrong Volume Hairspray

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The first thing I saw when I opened the box was this hairspray. I love Aussie products, most of them smell like grapes! This has a max hold, plus volume (80’s Axle Rose, Welcome to the Jungle, eat your heart out hahaha. True story: 10 years ago we had an 80’s day at work and Axle’s hair in this video was my inspiration. Sorry, I don’t have any pictures to show you, but it was pretty epic.) This one has Australian Aloe, Jojoba Oil, and Sea Kelp in it. I’m pretty excited to use it and see if my curls last when my husband rolls all the windows down in the car. I’ll get back to you on that. 😉

 

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer

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I’ve already used this and I love it! You just put this on after your shower, pat dry, and you are good to go! It smells fantastic, like coconut, talk about beach vibes! It keeps my skin hydrated and soft all day! I will definitely be purchasing this product!

 

Sinful Shine with Gel Tech Step 1 – Rendevous

 

I’m a big fan of the Sinful Colors nail polish! It’s inexpensive and quality nail lacquer. This color is pretty and I always see ladies wearing it. It isn’t a color I would have chosen for myself, but I was excited to try it out. It’s very different from what I’m used to (If and when I paint my nails, I stick with reds and pinks normally.) and I love it! It’s perfect for summer.

I painted my nails Wednesday evening. I used two coats of this color, no top coat. My polish hasn’t chipped, yet. That’s pretty good.

 

Plackers Flossers Fruit Smoothie Swirl

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Flossers are a great invention! We love them in our house. We usually get the mint ones. These will be perfect for my son. And, truth be told, I’ll probably test one out, too.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water Sample

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I’m excited to test this out. I’ve seen many reviews and blog posts about the magic that is micellar water. I can’t wait to see how it works for me!

 

And that’s it! 🙂

See you guys soon!

-A

 

 

 

 

 

Waking Up to Negativity | Saturday Morning Coffee Chat

Hello Friends! Happy Saturday!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend thus far.

Last week, I woke up to some rude, mean comments on a few of my Instagram pictures. Now, this wasn’t the first time I’ve experienced this, nor will it probably be the last time I experience this.

It’s par for the course, right?

Admittedly, I was annoyed for about 5-10 minutes, mostly in trying to figure out who the person was and why he or she was commenting.

But the truth is you’ll never truly know why. And honestly, it doesn’t matter.

“People will love you. People will hate you. And none of it will have anything to do with you.”
-Abraham Hicks

The internet is a great resource and for the most part it’s a pretty great place. There are plenty of people who are kind, supportive, and encouraging. People who are friendly and helpful.

But there is that percentage of the population who feel emboldened and empowered with anonymity. Sitting behind their keyboard, they thrive on negativity,  taking every chance to tear others down.

Cowards.

Negativity is commonplace. It is easy and cheap to be mean. It takes little effort to type out a derogatory, rude comment.

But those words live on forever – both in cyberspace and in the minds of the people affected.

As children we were taught that words can’t hurt us.

But that was a lie.

Words are powerful.

“Words so innocent and powerless as they are standing in the dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”
-Nathaniel Hawthorne

Life is short. We only get so many trips around the sun.

Why waste your time and energy making someone feel bad, when you could spend it lifting people up? It takes the same amount of effort to be decent, but has much better consequences.

There is enough negativity in the world.

Don’t be common.

Be kind.

Be remarkable.

Be a light.

Encourage. Support. Love.

And if you cannot be nice, it’s probably best to just be silent.

 

 

June 2017 Favorites

Hello Friends!

It’s time once again for a compilation of favored items and products. Here are a few things that I have been enjoying this month.

Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick

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“Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from ‘scrappy little nobody’ to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page-with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).”

After a long wait, I was finally able to sit down and read this book. I was instantly hooked. I first saw Anna in Twilight, but fell in love with her in Pitch Perfect – I’ve been a fan ever since. I loved the insight and peek into her life behind the scenes — spoiler alert: Anna is just like you and me– and there were plenty of laughs along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Haleys Re:Set Liquid Matte Foundation

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It has been a good ten years since I have used a liquid foundation. A friend of mine mentioned this company in a Facebook group, so I requested a sample of this foundation last month. I instantly fell in love with it. The make-up went on smoothly and with just the foundation on, I felt like I had a brand new face. I couldn’t believe the difference it made. The foundation covered everything, but didn’t feel heavy. I was hooked. I put my normal Bare Minerals make-up on top and felt like a million bucks.

I purchased a full-sized foundation online on Friday morning (June23). It was in my mailbox on Monday afternoon (June 26).

WHAT?!?

I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I received it, and how pretty the product was wrapped up inside the box. –That’s good business. That’s good customer service.

It speaks volumes about the company. I will definitely be looking into some of their other products.

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Wearing Haleys Re:Set Liquid Matte Foundation

Sinful Colors – Energetic Red – 1122

I love Sinful Colors nail polish. It’s inexpensive ($2 at Wal-Mart), they have a variety of shades to choose from, and it’s quality stuff.  This is my latest favorite – Energetic Red. It’s not red at all. It’s like a pink, coral hue, and it’s perfect for summer! You do need a top coat if you want your polish to last longer than a day. (I found that out the hard way. haha!)

Samsung Official TVC: Ostrich #DoWhatYouCant

This commercial is great.

#1 – Rocket Man – Elton John

#2 – Ostrich

#3 – It’s simply inspiring.

I love it.

Lake Erie – The First Day of Summer

Is it truly a ‘Favorites’ post without Lake Erie? #philosophicalquestions haha!

We spent the first day of summer enjoying the beautiful weather with family. We had a picnic up at East Harbor and it was wonderful. It’s definitely one of my favorite places in the state.

 

Red Bull

 

Once in awhile, I love a Red Bull. These were on sale at Kroger 2 for $5. I had one and my husband had one. It had been a good two years since we had Red Bull… you should have seen our faces when we took the first sip – haha! It was a little sour, but delicious! I had a lot of caffeine that day.. so I was feeling pretty good.

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Those were my favorites this month. What were yours? Leave a comment and let me know!

Focus : Reginald

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Many of you may remember Reginald, my mass cane plant. In April, he started to grow a stem and I was pleasantly surprised to find out he would flower. It took him a few weeks, but he produced an entire stem of beautiful, sweet-smelling white flowers. They opened up at night, and unfortunately, contributed to an ant problem.

Reginald participated in the “cinnamon challenge,” whereby I went absolutely crazy one evening, fed up with the pesky invaders, and sprinkled cinnamon all over the place. It worked!

The flowers lasted a good two to three weeks before dying off. It was a wonderful surprise!

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May 2017 Favorites

Hello Friends!

The end of May is here! Time for another round up of monthly favorites! Let’s jump right in!

 

 

I Am Pusheen The Cat – by: Claire Belton

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“Learn what makes her purr and find out why hundreds of thousands of people have fallen in love with this chubby, tubby kitty.”

This was such a cute book! I love Pusheen, and once we got home from the library, I plopped down on the couch and read this cover to cover. It is full of little guides that will have you smiling and laughing. Once I finished the book, my son saw it on the table, picked it up, sat down and began reading it. He loved it, too, and thought it was funny. We both recommend this book to everyone!

 

This Book Loves You – PewDiePie

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“This book is cleverer and better looking than you. This book will blow your mind. This book loves you.”

This is a fun book. Filled with inspirational quotes and the “wisdom of PewDiePie,” it’s essentially about not taking life too seriously. I thought it was pretty good.

 

The Boss

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“Melissa McCarthy stars as Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry who is sent to prison for insider trading. After doing her time, Michelle emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, but not everyone she steamrolled is so quick to forgive and forget. With nowhere to go and no one to scam, Michelle is forced to move in with former assistant Claire and her young daughter, Rachel. Now at her lowest point, Michelle wastes no time in devising a winner-take-all plan to rebuild her empire. Can she reclaim her status as the No. 1 screwer, or will the love of one family screw her for good?”

I am a huge Melissa McCarthy fan. I have been since her days as Suki on Gilmore Girls. This movie is a Melissa McCarthy Classic – Absolutely hilarious!

 

 

Bad Moms

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In this outrageous comedy from the writers of The Hangover, Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, a beautiful home, and a career. However, she’s over-worked, over-committed, and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long-overdue freedom, fun and self indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.”

This movie was hilarious and had a great message. I loved it and I think every mom should see it!

 

Meijer AntiBacterial Foaming Hand Soap – Fresh Scent

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This hand soap turns the ordinary task of washing your hands into a fun time! I love a good foamy hand soap and this one does not disappoint! I was able to snag this for free with a one of those fun Meijer coupons – “Free with your next total purchase of $10 or more.” This cleans your hands and smells like grapefruit!

 

 

Godiva Masterpieces – Milk Chocolate Caramel Lion of Belgium

 

Godiva chocolate is one of my favorites when I want a luxurious treat. This bar is made with Belgium chocolate and has a smooth caramel filling. It was delicious!

 

 

Awake Caffeinated Chocolate Caramel Bar

 

Chocolate, caramel, and caffeine? Yes please! I love Awake chocolates! I used to buy the individually wrapped chocolates and have them as a treat/pick-me-up. They were delicious and helped me get through the 2:00 p.m slump without having to run out and buy a sugary Starbucks drink. I saw this bar at Meijer a few weeks ago in the check out lane, on sale 10 for $10. I couldn’t pass up the deal. (haha!) I had two squares when we got home and felt a little burst of energy that helped me get through the late afternoon/evening. A delicious pick-me-up!

 

Those were my favorites this month. What were yours? Let me know in the comments section! 🙂

Impromptu Picnic and Anniversary Celebration – Adventure to the Lake

What a beautiful, busy week!

Wednesday I got up early to fit in my workout and then we visited with family for the afternoon and evening, enjoying the gorgeous weather! It was a fun day! We were able to get outside, the kids played soccer and volleyball, and we enjoyed a frozen treat!

I woke up Thursday not feeling so great – I had sharp pain in my neck, down my shoulder, and into the middle back. It was not too fun and definitely put a damper on the morning. Some coffee, a movie, ibuprofen, and icy hot eventually took the edge off. While making lunch, my husband mentioned that a picnic would be perfect on a day like today. (It was sunny and warm with a high of 85 degrees.) Of course, I love the Lake, so despite my minor setback, I wanted to get out and enjoy the day. We gathered our supplies and headed north to East Harbor State Park.

Crossing the Thomas Edison bridge, the water was brown and choppy. It was very windy Wednesday and still quite breezy Thursday. Once we got to East Harbor, it was calm and the Lake was absolutely beautiful. The blue-green water set against the cerulean sky was breathtaking!

 

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We had a little friend that kept chirping at us…

 

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Our picnic was fantastic! We grilled hot dogs and enjoyed potato salad and Cole slaw.

 

A small storm was quickly approaching, so we had to eat quickly. Surprisingly, the rain only lasted a few minutes, so we were able to get back out of the car and enjoy the Lake.

 

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Up by the camp store, we spotted a little nest full of hungry baby birds.

 

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The drive home was absolutely beautiful. The sun and the clouds offered stunning views that I attempted to capture.

 

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This morning I woke up feeling slightly better. I think I may have simply slept wrong and my muscles cramped up… old age, I suppose. HaHaHa! We enjoyed a relaxing day and kept an eye on all of the thunderstorms that passed through. Thankfully, there wasn’t anything too severe. We also had some delicious cheesecake!

 

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The past few days have been wonderful and relaxing – an amazing celebration of life, love, and happiness.

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Wedding Anniversary Traditions

Anniversaries are special.

This month, my husband and I will be celebrating five years of marriage, though we’ve been together for over a decade. It’s always fun to take a look back, see how we’ve grown and changed, and appreciate how far we’ve come.

Every year gets better. ❤ Best friends and soul mates, we’re lucky to have each other. ❤

Around the time of our first anniversary, we thought it would be fun to follow the traditional anniversary gift themes. Browsing Pinterest, I found a cool idea on Bridal Guide to organize our wedding cards into a book. An afternoon of crafting later, I had a sweet memento of our special day that fit the paper theme.

 

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We’ve been loosely following the tradition ever since.

For a handy reference, I made this chart featuring both the Traditional and Modern Themes.

 

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About a month before, we discuss the theme and then try to come up with creative ideas. This year is wood and there are a few things I want to do.. sometimes the hardest part is deciding on which one! There have been one or two years where I’ve gone all out and made a bunch of things because I couldn’t decide on just one.

We keep the day, and evening, pretty low key. We usually cook a nice dinner at home and we always have cheesecake.

For us, it’s all about having a nice quiet evening, together. ❤

 

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For fun and creative anniversary ideas, check out my Pin Board: Anniversary Ideas.

Do you have any special traditions? Share them in the comments!