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February, March & April Favorites

I haven’t written a favorites post since January, because I wasn’t trying many new products. Now, I’ve collected some new (& old) favorites in the months past, so I’m giving you more of a seasonal favorites list today.

Here’s a look at some goodies I was feeling in February, March, & April!

Beauty Faves

Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask from LUSH

As you may have noticed, I’m a fan of LUSH’s Fresh Face Masks. But, sometimes they stink. This babe is not only a fabulous cleansing mask, but it smells of warm, sweet honey. The ground almonds in this mask are fairly abrasive, but if your skin is tough, it makes for a great exfoliant.

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 from Nordstrom

I’ve used this lip balm on & off for like 7 years. It’s always been in my lip balm rotation. I bought a new tube a while back, and wasn’t as in love as I had been in the past. Currently, it’s the perfect formula for my lips. I think it’s important to try products at different times in the year, or in your life. Something you’re not happy with in fall, could be perfect for you in the spring. It’s all about second chances babes!

Fashion Faves

A-Line Top from H&M

Stripes are everything. A good section of my closet is black & white stripped. So, when I saw this a-line top at H&M, I knew I had to add it to my collection. It’s a lovely relaxed fit, with a generous short sleeve. I also love the higher crew collar. This top is a perfect wardrobe staple.

Coquette Slipper from Ugg

My family sent me these as a gift and I cannot believe I survived without them for 25 years. I’d been needing slippers for some time. I just kept wearing my boo’s, regardless of the fact that they’re like 5 sizes too big, so I’m sure he’s as happy about these Uggs as I am. They’re warm & cozy like my Ugg boots, but in the ease of a slip-on.

Food Faves

Mini York Peppermint Patties from Amazon

I am so into Peppermint Patties as of a few years ago. I never liked them much before, but now I’m hooked. So for Valentine’s Day, I bought a themed pack of Mini Peppermint Patties. They’re such a nice after dinner treat because it’s like having a mint, but they’re chocolates!

Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Red Berries Granola from Nature’s Path Organic

You babes know how I like my yogurt, and this new granola has taken my breakfast to new heights! This crunchy goodness is divine. If you’re a chocolate lover (of course you are) you’ve got to give this granola a try. It’s loaded with sweet cocoa flavor, dehydrated raspberries & strawberries, and little chunks of dark chocolate. I don’t even have to sweeten my plain greek yogurt when I add this stuff because it’s so rich and flavorful on its own.

Home Faves

Shades of Glass Waterlily & Aloe Soy Candle from Target

I purchased this candle as a birthday gift for a friend. I could not stop sniffing this bad boy while in the store, so I purchased myself a little votive in the same scent. Because the candle is soy, it doesn’t throw a huge amount of scent like a paraffin candle could. But, even when unlit, you can smell the sweet, fresh perfume from nearby.

Cup and Saucer from H&M

I feel like such a lady when I have my tea or coffee is this precious babe. When not in use, this cup & saucer lend themselves to my home decor by sitting perched on a stack of books in my bookshelf.

Personal Faves

“Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding on iTunes

I could not get enough of this song in February! (I’m still playing it). I love Ellie Goulding; her voice is that of an angle’s. I really like the whole Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, but this track is my fave.

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley from Amazon

As I’ve been reading the most famous book set in every state, I’ve noticed a trend. I’m most draw in by books about families, specifically families who live on farms. Smiley’s novel centers on the dynamics of three generations living and working on the family’s Iowa farm. As you read on, more of the family’s past is exposed and it gets juicier and juicier. It’s truly an engaging read.

 What are some of your recent favorites?

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Who’s Hungry | Alaskan Eats

On this day in 1867, Secretary of State William H. Seward spent 7.2 million dollars on the purchase of Alaska from Russia. At the time, some Americans criticized this purchase, calling it “Seward’s folly”. It wasn’t until major discoveries of gold were made in the 1890’s that Alaska was seen as a valuable acquisition. Today, we know it was the right move.

To celebrate this great land that I now call home, today’s Who’s Hungry is all Alaskan!

  1. Sourdough Bread from Grit
  2. Reindeer Hot Dogs from Travel and Leisure
  3. King Crab Eggs Benedict from Confections of a Foodie Bride
  4. Slammin’ Alaska Salmon Burgers with Garlic Dill Aioli from Allergy Free Alaska
  5. Tequila-Lime Halibut Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw from Use Real Butter
  6. Baked Alaska from Food Network

What are your favorite Alaskan eats?

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Capture | California

Foliage, flowers, food, & fun in the Golden State.

What subjects do you like to capture when on vacation?

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Valentine’s Day Goodies

Here’s a collection of sweet and savory treats sure to fill you (and your tummy) with love.

  1. A “Hearty” Breakfast from The Dating Divas
  2. Salad w/ XO Cheese from workmanfamily
  3. The Paloma from BS’ in the Kitchen
  4. Slice n’ Bake Valentine Heart Cookies from Lauren’s Latest
  5. Easy Mixed Grill from Better Homes and Gardens
  6. Valentine’s Popcorn from Gimmie Some Oven
  7. Roasted Heart Potatoes from Haniela’s
  8. Meringue Kisses from Bakerella
  9. Heart Shaped Caprese Salad from education.com
  10. Cheery Cheesecake Shooters from The Pioneer Woman
  11. Love You Potpies from Taste of Home
  12. Sugar-Free Valentine’s Snacks from Two Kids Cooking
  13. Mozzarella Cheese Filled Hearts from Hungry Happenings
  14. Chicken Soup with Heart-Shaped Carrots from Sophistimom
  15. Spiced Pomegranate Cocktail from Honestly Yum

What are you cooking up for Valentine’s Day?

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January Favorites

January sure did zip by in a flash! It feels like I just wrote up my December favorites.

Here’s a look at some goodies I was feelin’ this past month!

Beauty Faves

Moroccan Smooth Perfection Blow Out Cream from OGX

What I like most about this product is that you can use it on your damp hair before you blow out your locks, or you can add it in to dry hair for frizz relief. This cream smells really nice and floral, and it doesn’t leave you hair looking greasy. Plus, it’s also a heat protectant, so there’s no need for multiple styling products.

Nail Enamel in the color Seductive from Revlon

That photo really doesn’t do this color justice. It’s a deep, rich purple that looks fairly close to black. I wore it twice in January because it’s such an easy, wearable color (if you like to wear dark nail polish). It also pairs really nicely with a lighter purple glitter polish over top. For New Year’s Eve, I wore it with this glitter polish from Wet n Wild and it was very festive.

Fashion Faves

Women’s Color-Block Sneakers from Old Navy

I’ve been shopping around from some minimal style sneakers for casual wear, but I hadn’t been able to find anything I loved at a price I also loved. My babe, Bekah, needed some new work slacks, so we headed into Old Navy. I spotted some clearance shoes and found these gorgeous burgundy sneakers. They were such a great deal, (reduced to $6 a pair!!), so I bought a pair in both the red and black.

Classic Tasseled Solid Scarf from Forever 21

The name says it all. This scarf is a perfect, classic option. It’s a good size and very soft. This scarf really makes a great addition to any wardrobe since it’s available in 5 different, neutral colors.

Food Faves

Dark Chocolate Truffles from Godiva

My boo ate all the milk chocolate truffles in about a week when I bought them last, so I opted for the dark chocolate ones this time round in an attempt to deter him from scarfing them all down. It didn’t work. These truffles are luscious chocolate wonders, and they make a sneaky late night treat.

WafflePro Express Waffle Maker M840B from Chef’s Choice

I had been wanting a waffle iron for a bit, and my boo’s parents picked up on that fact and gifted me this waffle iron for Christmas. I’ve already made blueberry waffles, banana nut waffles, and lemon poppy seed waffles. I can’t get enough!

Home Faves

Assorted House Plants from Lowe’s

I needed to bring some greenery into the apartment to liven up my winter spirits. I potted the green babes in various recyclables and one actual planter. They really bring the space to life and help bring some color to the white winter surroundings.

Personal Faves

Diet Doodle Diary from Amazon

Trying to stay on track with eating healthy and staying active is made much more fun with this diary. The book has charts for weekly food and exercise logging as well as fun activities for reflection and motivation. The adorable illustrations add a casual and comfortable element to the diary that feels very personal. If you’re looking for a non-human “buddy” in your health/fitness journey, I suggest you pick up a copy of the Diet Doodle Diary.

 What are some of your January favorites?

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Who’s Hungry

Happy Monday Babes! I hope your week is off to a good and fresh start. I know mine sure is!

I’ve spent the morning making some exciting getaway plans with my BFFs. More on that when the time comes (if only it were March already)!

Looking to the nearer future, stay tuned this week for the second installment of Valentine’s Day themed posts.

For now, here’s what’s cookin’.

  1. Shortcut Lemon-Poppy Seed Pancakes (#34) from Food Network
  2. Eggplant Gratin with Herbs and Creme Fraiche from Farmhouse Delivery
  3. Baked Chicken with Onions, Potatoes, Garlic, and Thyme from Martha Stewart
  4. Anchovy + Shallot Vinaigrette from No Thyme To Waste

What are you making this week?

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Quick & Easy Breakfast

In an attempt to eat more fruit, I’ve started having yogurt for breakfast. I haven’t been a big fan of yogurt since I was a babe, and as you may know, I hadn’t been a big fan of blueberries either, but lately I’ve gotten really into this fresh combo.

Here’s how I enjoy this quick, easy, & healthy breakfast.

I add a few scoops of non fat plain greek yogurt to a bowl. Then I top the yogurt with fresh blueberries, sliced almonds, and honey. Sometimes I add other fruit and/or granola; here’s a good granola recipe if you’d like to DIY.

What’s so great about this “recipe” is that it’s totally customizable. Do you prefer vanilla yogurt? Use vanilla yogurt! Do the blackberries at the grocery store look super? Add blackberries! Are you crazy for macadamia nuts? Add the macadamias! It’s all up to you. Use what you have and what you like.

How do you serve up your yogurt?

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