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Stuff that I’ve Lived with and LOVE!

Hi Friends!

Don’t you just love it when your friend gives you a great tip on a new product??  I DO!!  So I figured that I would share a few items with you that I have been using and (more importantly) loving for the last 4+ months.  These are all awesome, said with my hand over my heart… Pinky swear!

For the Home…

-The pan, I actually purchased at Costco, but it’s no longer available on their website.  It’s perfect for my family of 6 and I literally leave it on the stove because I use it for just about every meal.  I was sick of teensy pans that just weren’t large enough to cook a crap load of food in for my sons that have never-ending appetites. This one is fantastic!  It’s easy to clean, cheap and heats up really well.

-That iPhone case is not only super cool (my 14 year old cousin approves) but it’s like a pillow around your phone… that you can stare at for hours.

-If you’re wondering why I didn’t have one of these colanders, I thought the same thing once I started using one.  It’s so handy!  I nabbed mine at an estate sale for $4 brand new, but would totally pop for it from a store.  It makes washing salad and fruit stuff SO much easier.

-That mini humidifier was on my holiday list and I use it everyday.  I love it!  I put in a few drops of essential oil and plug it into my computer… it smells nice and adds a bit of moisture to my work area.

-Okay.  That ice machine is da bomb.  Ya, I just pulled out the 90’s lingo.  DA BOMB.  I bought it in 2016 and used it for parties, which was really helpful for drinks and keeping stuff cold.  Then about 8 months ago our freezer ice maker broke and we’ve been using this 24/7.  Like, we NEVER TURN IT OFF.  It’s still going strong.  It’s easy to clean and WORKS GREAT.

For the Body…

-Need the perfect jeans to wear with sneakers?  These are it!  They fit great, not too wide leg, not too skinny and they’re so cheap!!  Go!

-These Gap featherweight shirts are my FAVORITE layering shirts.  They’re fitted, but comfortable because they’re so, so, so soft.  I have almost all the colors and I still WANT MORE.

-About 2 years ago I got a Birchbox membership and this Beauty Protector Detangler was one of my first samples.  That was not an accident, people.  This stuff hooks you!  It’s better than any leave-in spray I’ve ever tried and even though I no longer get Birchbox, I still buy this and probably will, forever.

-This silk eye mask with copper was also on my holiday list.  I use it every night and it’s soft and very relaxing.  I don’t think it helps with wrinkles, but it does help me sleep better, so maybe?

-The best for last?!?!  OMG, I’m obsessed with this dermafoliant scrub.  In early December my girlfriends and I went to a fancy spa, and the tech told me to buy this asap… that it would change my skin.  I was skeptical, but wow, this stuff is incredible.  I now want everything made by Eminence.  It’s sold on Amazon, which is also so convenient.   If you buy any of my recommendations, make it this!!

1. Gap Featherweight Shirts, 2. Eminence Dermafoliant, 3. Small Humidifier, 4. iPhone Case, 5. Sleep Mask, 6. Beauty Protect & Detangle, 7. BR Bootcut Jeans, 8. Tramontina Large Pan, 9. Stainless Colander, 10. Ice Machine

Bubble Mask, Rosehip Oil

And since I’m imparting my wisdom, here’s one for all the sports fan moms out there!  Ok, not just moms, but anyone who spends a considerable amount of time near dirt and sun.  On an average weekend, I’m at the field about 5-6 hours a day between practices and games.  Last summer, I was going crazy trying to find a face wash that would get rid of the dust from the field, in a gentle way.  You guys, I was struggling with this… it’s like I always felt that there was dirt on my face.  The cleanser was either too rough and would rub the dirt in, or it was too watery and didn’t get rid of it.  THIS IS THE COMBO!  I use this mud as a cleanser.  It’s so soft and silky on your skin, the bubbles are fun AS HELL and best of all, it gets rid of the dust and dirt like nothing else!!  (I use a face wipe to take off some mud before rinsing so that process is even easier.)  Then I pat in this Rosehip oil.  I didn’t know this before, but just learned, that Rosehip heals the skin after sun exposure, so it’s literally the best thing to put on your skin after a day of sun.  Boom.  I’m a genius.

Try it and let me know what you think.  I’m predicting we will be besties after.

Anyhoo, just some fun stuff that you can feel zero guilt about buying.  I get nothing from referring you, so it’s just out of the goodness of my heart.  Wink!

Ho, Ho, Ho! Happy Gifting!

Happy Holidays to my cheerful peeps!

I have been shopping like a FIEND.  Like it’s my job, yo.  The good news, is that I LOVE giving presents… I love shopping, I love spending the dolla-dolla bills y’all!  I even love wrapping gifts with painstaking care, only to have them ripped apart like the animals my closest friends and family are.  LOVE. IT.

But, I also really love to GET gifts.  Maybe it’s because I never felt spoiled as a kid, but dang, I love me some presents.  These days, I pretty much spoil myself, because, well, it’s cheaper than therapy!!  I do try to hold back on the “wants” though, and focus on the needs.  Like I need  cute shoes to go with this dress vs. I want this dress I’ll never wear ’cause I don’t have a life.  See??

So to help my family out, I concoct these pretty pictures (that take hours, omg) so that I’m guaranteed a happy dance and they’re guaranteed an authentic performance!

Cozy Sweatpants, Funnel Sweatshirt, Vionic Slip-on Sneakers, Ember Mug, Elizabeth Arden Capsules, Copper Infused Sleep Mask, Over the door Mirror, Horne Tea Kettle, Spatula Set

Cozy sweats, yes please.  Every year the same thing, you say.  Hellz to the yes.  Personalized wooden spoons make my heart happy and a warming mug that is waaaaayyyy toooooooo expensive, is just the ultimate luxury for my coffee addicted soul.  The shoes, perfection.  I would wear those OUT.

Levi’s Sherpa Bomber, Betsy Johnson Belt Bag, Clinique Eyeshadow, Sculptural Flushmounts, Zak Waterbottle, Heart Earrings, Laser Hair Remover, Magnetic Eyelashes, Pizza Wheel, IPhone Case

I want those flush mounts in a bad way.  I think they’d be magic down the hallway, so Santa maybe sending those in the new year if they’re not under the tree.  Wink.  I find myself drinking more water with a cute bottle, the jacket is amaze and the fanny!  Sing my fanny song with me…”I’m bringing Fanny Pack!  YA!”  Yup, I rock a fanny pack and YOU CAN’T STOP ME.

MagnoGrip, Black Marble Bath Tub, Pixie Lip Butter, Loghan Sunglasses, Heat GunWarm Boot Socks, Velour Shirt & Pants,  Good Genes Serum, Tea Variety Set, Diffuser

A velour outfit that I could actually wear… it just looks cool for pick-ups.  I want that serum…. it’s marketed like magic in a bottle and my dry skin could use some magic.  A heat gun?!  It’s a gun that shoots heat, which is also like magic.  And everything else here would totally get used and loved.  I mean, who doesn’t want socks and lip gloss?

If you’ve look through these you’re probably wondering why I’m so darn boring!!  I like my comfort!  HA!  I’m obsessed with sweaters and tools, easy make-up and plants that won’t die.  A cheeky, retro t-shirt would totally be my jam!  I’m a simple girl.  What can I say?!?  (Said the girl who wants a marble bath tub.)

So, there ya have it!

What’s on your list?

Let’s Just Chat – 2

Hi!

So… I haven’t done much in the last few weeks.  I guess that I’ve been too busy loading up my Chairish shop to really sink my teeth into a new project.  I’ve gotten this goal into my head now, that I’d like to have 200 items in my little on-line shop.  Only 75 more to go!  Should be easy?!

Ha!

Anyway, I thought maybe we’d just chat a bit.  Or rather, I’ll talk and you read…

Just because I haven’t officially started anything new doesn’t mean my wheels haven’t been turning.  I recently ordered a sample from this shop of this Chinoiserie wallpaper.

I have always, ALWAYS loved Chinoiserie and Asian decor.  I’ve dreamt of hand-painted wallpaper since we purchased our home over 12 years ago… but it’s so dang expensive!  Luckily, today there seems to be a lot more options out there for a fanatic like me, who doesn’t want to spend a fortune.  This shop will adjust colors for you and makes the wallpaper custom to your room.  It’s still more expensive than regular wallpaper, but it’s not crazy town.

Have y’all ever shopped the Last Act on Macy’s?  Omg.  It’s SO much fun.  I figured I’d show you some of the things that are in my cart or that I’ve purchased.  Every piece of clothing that I picked here is under $20, and most are seriously less than $15.  Heck, I think the shirts are like $7 bucks or something crazy like that!  It’s insane.

Sanctuary Linen Shorts, Lucky Denim Shorts, Levi’s Palm Tree Romper, Style & Co. Layered Waffle,  Material Girl Jumpsuit, American Rag Flyaway Pants

Project 28 Flannel, Flirt Black Sweatshirt, Flirt Tunic PlaidLevi’s Ankle Snap Skinny, Flirt Cut Out Tee, Hippie Moto Legging

Rebel Boots – $29.33, Pony Sneakers – $20.98,  Ideology Mule Sneakers – $27.93, Baretraps Booties – $29.93

I actually bought the Baretrap shoes and Ideology mules about 2 weeks ago.  The mules are cozy on the feet but there’s not any arch support, so I’m still deciding on those.  The booties run a bit small, but they are so freaking cute!  Gah!  The ones I ordered are actually navy blue and I think would be so great with skinny jeans.  Baretraps for less than $30!!

You’re welcome.

I’ve also recently discovered skin care at TJMaxx… Am I just preaching to a shop savvy group?  Maybe you all already knew this, but they carry some AMAZING brands for waaaaayyy cheap.  I happen to be such a fan of Algenist serums, especially the Genius line.  I recently snagged this for $40, which retails for about $118!!

What I normally do is that when I drop off a package at UPS, I just stop into TJMaxx, check the skin aisle and then leave.  You can get so trapped there!!  The problem is, that you just don’t know when they’ll have what you want – but when they do, man it’s GOOOOOOD!  I’ve also enjoyed this color correcting primer for $10 and this luminizing stuff for $7.   I don’t use them everyday, but hey, for a few bucks you can treat yourself!

What else?!?

Oh ya!

I recently purchased this silk Fortuny Chandelier from an estate sale for $12!

I could NOT believe it when I saw it lying on a dirty old table, under a tree, covered in leaves.  Are you gasping?!  I WAS TOO!  So I snagged it, even though it has a stain on it that’s about 1″x2″.  I’ve really zoomed in on it here.

Any thoughts on how I might be able to get it out?  I contacted Fortuny directly and I have to tell you their customer service is awesome!  They got right back to me and said that there is nothing to be done.  They offered me 20% off a new lamp… which retails for over 2k, so thank you but no thank you!

I’d love to hear any secret silk cleaning tips you may have and I’ll let you know if I’m able to do anything with this gorgeous chandelier!