December 15, 2014

monday musings.

>> It's strange. I don't have a single picture on my phone from this past week and I haven't posted on Insta since last sunday. It's like the last week of my life just...didn't happen. In fact, just now, I had to look back at my calendar and remember what the heck was going on. I'm actually a little miffed that I don't have any pictures considering we actually did some fun things that I'd like to remember! 

>> Last week was pretty low key. I've been doing my best to wrap up the Christmas shopping and we picked up a few more this this weekend. 

>> Thursday we dined Chez Booth and it was a blast. At the end of the night, we had been laughing so hard that my cheeks were sore, actually sore. You know that's a sign of a good night. Thanks Booths!

>> C graded finals Friday night so I spent some quality time with my couch, Apple TV, and a giant bowl of party mix. Caught up on all my shows and really took advantage of the down time. 

>> Saturday I made these pancakes and they were awesome. When C says "best ever" you know you're onto something. After running a few Christmas errands (finding the right tights is HARD), we cleaned ourselves up and headed out to two holiday parties. Both were a blast and we have no photographic evidence of our holiday outfits.

>> Sunday started off with leftover pancakes (amazing again), a few episodes of Lost (we're almost done with the whole series!), and lots of lounging. I did a little crafting of Christmas gifts as well. Also really excited to share what I made! Coffee with a friend and dinner at my mom's rounded out the evening. 

>> Only 3 work days left in 2014 for me!! That's NUTS!! Feeling a little anxious about getting everything done and dusted before closing up shop. We have a lot of travel coming up (starting Thursday) and all the logistics are making be a bit weary. Hopefully, it all goes smoothly. 

>> Please recommend your favorite podcasts!! We have a lot of driving time coming up and I could use some fuel. We've saved up the last few episodes of Serial and I've heard good things about This American Life. Any others you love?

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December 10, 2014

what i'm loving lately.

I've been somewhat at a loss for blogging topics mostly because I'm trying to work on living in the moment and also because I've just been so busy. However, I recently discovered a whole bunch of fun things and felt the need to shout it to the world. Also, the below picture has absolutely nothing to do with that I'm going to talk's just that I love this season because, holidays, smells, lights. 

>> Evernote...for recipe cataloging! 
I'm a recipe hoarder. If you've ever taken stock of my Pinterest account, you'll notice the plethora of recipes. I'm horrible because I also don't keep track of which one's I've tried...maybe I should start a board for that. Anywho, I also tear recipes out or clip them from all over the world. I've been keeping them in an unorganized binder that I never search through. ever. C convinced me that Evernote was the way to go because I could scan the recipe with my phone, and tag it so it would be searchable in Evernote. Best part? It syncs with all my 1 million devices so if I have an impulse to try a recipe while AT the grocery store, I can do it! I'm obsessed and already spent quite a bit of time snapping away. You need this. In general you need Evernote.

I already told you about this in Monday Musings but you know what, it's so good that it deserves another mention. If I haven't convinced you already, just go get it. Major color impact. Major hydration. Major major. Price tag justified. (I have Fleur Bleue)

This. app. is. cool. I read about it in January's issue of Real Simple (mags are always so ahead!) and new I had to have it. It's a huge undertaking on the front end but I'm excited about the possibilities. Basically, you photograph each piece of clothing you own and then enter all kinds of details such as price, size, brand, season, etc. Then you can put together "looks" and log what you wore each day. Additionally, there is a packing list function so that you can virtually pack for a trip without hunting through drawers. Additionally, if you enter a price for an item, the app will track the cost per wear based on how frequently you wear it. There are a whole bunch of other stats you can get as well. My plan of attack is to photograph each outfit when I take it off at the end of the day and then catch any missing pieces when I do laundry. I think this will make it more manageable without taking out EVERYTHING at once. 

>> The smell of Christmas, brought to you by Scentsy
Iced Pine. Spiced Berry. Cinnamon Spice. Basically all the flavors. These bad boys are amazing and smell like heaven, look adorable, and are less dangerous than fire. 

Oh and one thing I'm not loving...super dry skin (so rare for me) and serious static electricity...all up in my hair. Ugh!

December 8, 2014

monday musings.

>> Between traveling for work and a busy week in general, I was really looking forward to the weekend, especially since it would be low key with not much planned. We spent Saturday doing a bit of Christmas shopping at the mall and stopped by a few holiday parties. Sunday I was SUPER productive (as you can see from the decorations above!). 

>> I'm really excited about all the DIY projects I have going on right now. I'm not going to share what they are specifically since some of them are Christmas presents but I'm really dang excited. I will share the tutorial for how I made the burlap wreath above. It took all of 15 minutes and I think it looks awesome. 

>> We got a slow cooker for Christmas (delightfully early!) which I'm so pumped about. We made this soup last night and it was delicious, so easy. Love a good recipe where you throw everything in a let it cook away. Also, do you have any favorite slow cooker cookbooks or recipes? Send them my way! 

>> TJ Maxx has some GREAT holiday goods right now especially wrapping paper and adorable ribbon. I stocked up on some supplies on the cheap including the burlap for the wreath! I need to frequent these places more often!

>> Made my first batch of Party Mix of the season, it makes the whole house smell so amazing. I made one slight change and changed the pretzel shape, I know, such a rule breaker. It's always such a special holiday treat and I was thrilled to be able to share it with your friends who just had a new baby! (Also, I got the LAST boxes of wheat, corn, and rice chex in the store. A Christmas miracle!)

>> If you love lipstick but also crave hydration, this stuff is the answer. It's expensive but worth it. The color impact is great but also super moisturizing, best of both worlds. This color (fleur bleue) is exclusive to Sephora and it's perfection.

>> This is THE BEST cleanser ever. There, I said it. Go get it now.

November 29, 2014

so many sales, so little time.

I'm such a sucker for a good sale. There. I said it. I see those four little letters and I go nuts. I've been trying to curb my excitement and only indulge when necessary. Here's a few sales I'm deeming necessary: 

One Love Organics // Starting Sunday night at 8pm, everything is 25% off (so rare!) I'm ready to finally get my hands on this face wash from this beloved brand. Code: MERRY25

Birchbox // 25% off purchases over $35. I'm sure I'll get something off my "favorites" list. Code: FRIDAY25 through Sunday night. 

Tarte // 25% off through Sunday night. I love this line especially because it's really attainable, natural make up. Code: FRIDAY

W3ll People // 20% off on Cyber Monday - no code needed!

Dermstore // 20% off everything through Sunday! This online retailer is great for all kinds of beauty products, especially some of my all-natural faves. Code: HOLIDAY14

Dagne Dover // 20% off through 12/1. This is the first time I've seen them do a sale and they make an amazing bag and clutch. Code: SHOPDANGE

Other old standbys that will continue to have great sales...JCrew, Banana Republic, ASOS, etc. Also, this is a great time to get some of those craft supplies for all those DIY gifts you've been planning to make.  Places like Michael's and Joann's have tons of great coupons on their sites. 

November 24, 2014

monday musings.

>> After a busy but fun week, it was great to have an unscheduled weekend on the menu. I kicked it off a little early with dinner (consisting of wine and cheese) at August with a friend. C got back from DC late Friday night so we spent some quality time sleeping in and being lazy. 

>> We had a little date night at Painting with a Twist followed up by dinner at Post 154 (the old Westport post office!). Painting was so fun albeit a bit tough to just "let go". For two type A personalities, we are all about following directions. I think both paintings turned out great and it was a really fun experience. 

>> For whatever reason, grilled cheese sounded like the best thing in the world for Sunday night dinner. So we fried up some homemade sweet potato chips and toasted up these delicious grilled cheese sandwiches. Yum!

>> T25 has been kicking our butts. The workouts are every day for 5 days (with two on fridays!). They are HARD! We are legit struggling but it feels good to be moving and it's SUCH an easy workout to do at home. I always have time for it and I honestly don't mind doing it. I'm really curious to see what our results are like in 10 weeks. We'll be bringing the CDs with us to Baltimore! 

>> We're headed to Baltimore to be with C's family for Thanksgiving and it should be a really good trip. It's always such a treat to spend some time with C's family and friends. 

>> We almost have every inch of our Cali trip planned and booked - so excited! Typically, planning can be really stressful for me and I don't always enjoy it but for whatever reason, it's been so fun to plan this trip. Can. not. wait. Also, Caribbean in March. Yes. 

>> I'm dying to take this DSLR and Photoshop class. They make such amazing classes and this is an amazing value. I took one of their blogging classes and it was so so good. 
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