Hello Friday

It’s that wonderful day again! Happy Friday! Is it just me or did this week fly by? I can’t believe October is over after tomorrow! Which means it’s Thanksgiving in a day and Christmas in like a week. Or at least that is what it’s going to feel like to me. Are you ready for it?! Here’s some of my favorite things from this flash of a week: One//Hello I finally heard what everyone is talking about and now I’m listening to this song on repeat. It has me missing people that I don’t even know. Two//Holding it together by remembering simple truths.  Three//Favorite Blog Posts How Do You Measure Success? on Bourbon, Lipstick and Stilettos This post really hit home with me. I find myself […]

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October Birchbox Review

I technically got two Birchboxes in October since I subscribed in late September and my September box didn’t come until the first week of October. My first box was pretty good but this one definitely topped it! Here are the products I got in my October Birchbox: Darphin STIMULSKIN PLUS Multi-Corrective Divine Cream – Dry Skin  -$295 Verdict: Will Not Buy This was a thick and creamy moisturizer that went on my skin like butter. It was a decent sample size and I’m happy that I got to try it. It made my skin feel hydrated and soft but there was nothing “divine” or magical about that would make me consider paying that price. It also has a sort of chemical-like smell that I didn’t like. Smashbox […]

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Currently I’m…

I love it when my favorite bloggers share “currently” posts every once in a while. I think it’s such a great insight into their personality and everyday life. I plan on sharing my current happenings from time to time and here’s the first! Currently I’m… EATING everything pumpkin flavored from Trader Joe’s. If there is something that can possibly be a pumpkin flavor, they have it! My favorites are the Organic Pumpkin Toaster Pastries and “This Pumpkin Walks Into A Bar” Cereal Bars. They are the perfect treats to pair with coffee in the afternoon! DRINKING water and O.J. I feel like there is a bunch of colds going around the office and I’ve been wearing myself down packing in so much each week. I was starting […]

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Recipe: Green Pumpkin Smoothie

I prefer to start my day with a smoothie for breakfast. I’m usually in a hurry in the mornings so it’s something I can take on the go and get in all my key nutrients. When Fall hits, I like to mix up my normal fruit flavors with some seasonal flavors like Pumpkin. This Green Pumpkin Smoothie makes for a great breakfast or snack or a healthy Halloween treat! Ingredients: 1/2 can (15 oz) of Organic Pumpkin – Trader Joe’s canned pumpkin is my favorite 1/2 banana, frozen 1/4 cup non-fat vanilla greek yogurt 1/3 cup spinach leaves 1 scoop protein powder – I always use plant based protein powder 1/3 cup almond milk   Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Add a few ice cubes […]

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Weekending: Toddler Parties and Tailgating

I know I say this every week, but how is it Monday already??? I had another eventful weekend, so at least I’m going into the work week with lots of happy vibes from all of the good times had! Friday night, I went to Chuck E. Cheese’s for this little man’s 3rd birthday.   I had a blast playing games with these kiddos that I absolutely love. My crazy cousin has four little ones and I go by Aunt Jackie. Let’s just say, I’m not a regular aunt, I’m a cool aunt 🙂        Saturday was the UCF Homecoming game and even though we are having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad season I was excited to tailgate because it’s the only game […]

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Five Friday Favorites

  What a busy week it has been! Almost every day has been jam packed, I’m pretty worn out…bring on the weekend! I’m looking forward to it because we have plans to tailgate on Saturday and on Sunday I am going to give myself a break and relax! Hallelujah! Here’s my favorites from this busy week:” One//Favorite Verse “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32 How wonderful is it that we are wholeheartedly forgiven for all of our sins, mistakes and slip ups in His eyes without any lingering anger or resentment? It is such a gift to receive this unconditional love. This week, I turned to this verse when I faced a situation […]

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21 Things Gilmore Girls Taught Me About Adulting

Gilmore Girls has to be one of my favorite shows of all time and if you haven’t heard the news Netflix is reviving the series! I’m ridiculously excited. Who doesn’t wish they could be a little bit of both Lorelei and Rory or live in Stars Hallow? Seriously, my life goals. I spent many hours watching that show (every single episode) and here’s what I learned: Sadly, Mondays are unavoidable. And coworkers can be the worst… But that’s what coffee is for! And you should never, ever stop drinking it. Junk food can be the best kind of therapy. And it’s okay to develop real feelings for your favorite TV shows. Sleep is also very important. Always appreciate your quirky best friend. They keep things […]

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Recipe: Gluten-Free Chicken Spinach Alfredo Pizza

I am obsessed with pizza. I could seriously eat it almost every day of the week. I’ve always been a huge fan of thin-crust pizza and I like to choose gluten free options as much as possible so when I came across this Quinoa Crust Recipe from The Wholesome Dish I was one happy camper! It’s perfect for Chicken, Spinach and Alfredo pizza! What You Need  For Crust: ½ cup quinoa 3 tsp. olive oil, divided 1 cup water 2 large eggs 1 ½ tsp. garlic salt ½ tsp. dried oregano leaves ½ tsp. dried basil leaves ½ tsp baking powder ¼ cup shredded Italian-blend cheese   For Pizza: 1/2 cup alfredo sauce (I use Trader’s Joe’s Organic Alfredo Sauce, it’s GF) 1/2 cup spinach 2 […]

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Weekending

How is it Monday already!? Time to get back to those “sponserberleries”…bring on the coffee! At least I had a fun weekend! Friday night, I headed to my parents to celebrate my stepdad’s birthday. It was a blast, we had a bunch of family over and stayed up way too late playing games and talking. There ended up being a giant, impromptu slumber party at my parents house. It was one of those nights that we’ll all remember forever. Saturday, I was super excited because we had plans to go play America’s Escape Game! These escape room attractions have been popping up all over and I love mysteries and solving clues (I played every Nancy Drew computer game I could get my hands on when I was […]

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Friday Faves

T. G. I. F. Even though this was was a short work week for me, I feel like a crammed 10 days of work into 3! Coming back from vacation time is always the extreme opposite of vacation: super busy and stressful. Not fun. Either way, I’m grateful for the days I had off and it was a good week. Here are my Favs: Favorite Verse “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” -1 […]

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