Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday Favorites #86

Hey friends! I feel like the town crier keeping y'all informed about when things are happening. Last week I reminded you how close we were to Christmas. Today I'm wondering if you knew the first day of winter is next Thursday, which also means it's the shortest day of the year. The best news is, after that the days will start to get longer again. Yippee!

How's your holiday prep going? I hope you aren't feeling overwhelmed and you are finding yourself able to soak in all that comes with this season.

Being Friday and all that, it's time to check in and share my favorites for the week.

Well if you missed Monday's post, I shared our very exciting news that Benny asked Erin to marry him and she said YES!  There's nothing like seeing your kids grow up, fall in love and begin their very own story.

Having this gigantic goofball at home is definitely a favorite. It's fun to have my workout buddy, shopping buddy and all around favorite girl back home. Her dad is pretty happy about it too.

If you follow me on Instagram then maybe you saw this post earlier in the week. Raise your hand if you find yourself walking past your tree and tweaking things. I love having our tree up and how it adds just the perfect amount of light to room.

It took me long enough to buy a military vest, but I finally did and I'm so glad. It's the perfect layer to add on a day when it's not to cold and not too hot, but just right. Sound like a story we all know?πŸ˜‰
And on a side note, these jeans are so comfy and stretchy. They are made by Vigoss and I have a couple of other pairs I also love. They are made with just the right amount of stretch and don't bag out and they are on sale.

The youth group at our church does a fund raising project at Christmas. The money raised goes to a local foster care agency. You can hire them to "Elf" your friends yard with balloons and cute little Elf signs. We had our next door neighbors "Elfed". We thought the little girls would got a real kick out of it. Look how cute they are. 

Y'all know it's no secret that I'm a chocoholic. One of the sweet ladies in my bible study is a certified Chocolatier. How cool is that? She was so sweet and brought me this beautiful box of handmade chocolates yesterday and before you ask, yes I practiced kindness and shared with the goobers who live with me. I call them goobers because they are currently sitting right beside me picking on each other. #fatherdaughterlove

I can't thank you enough for continuing to stop by my little blog and read it. The friendships I've made through this space are one of my favorite things. You girls are simply the best and a bright spot in my day. If you happen to be new around here I'd love for you to follow me on Bloglovin'FacebookInstagram & Pinterest and subscribe for email updates whenever there's a new post. 

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OH! And before I go there are sales to be found and today is FREE shipping on most sites.

LOFT - 50% with code WRAPITUP
ANTHROPOLOGIE - 25% off EVERYTHING plus FREE shipping, NO minimum
MACY'S - FREE shipping, no minimum

Have the best weekend!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Stocking Stuffers For Her

Have you finished your shopping? I'd say I'm 90% done and feeling pretty good. I'd be feeling a whole lot better if it was all wrapped. HA! I wanted to wrap it all and have it ready for Christmas once we arrived at my parents since we aren't getting in until late on the 23rd. I don't want to spend Christmas Eve day wrapping presents, that's reserved for eating...LOL  I was saying how I planned to wrap everything and stick it in suitcases when a friend pointed out that TSA just might unwrap it to see what's in there. UGH...I hadn't really thought about that. Looks like this just might be the year of the gift bag.

Stocking stuffers are such fun things to buy and open. I think for most people stockings are one of their favorite parts of Christmas. I remember as a teen doing stockings for my parents. Of course back then I was on a limited budget and that meant all things mini. Mini toothpaste, mini deoderant, mini tissues. You get the picture, right? Where was the Dollar Spot in the mid 80's? 

I've gathered some what I consider to be great ideas for the girls in your life and things for her stocking. 

Here are few things for any "her", whether she's a cook, a beauty junkie, or a gadget gal.

Kitchen essentials - A good knife is a must. The Pioneer Woman Nakiri knife is a great alternative to the much pricier options. I have both and love them. Shhh...don't tell. Benny is getting one of these even though he's a himπŸ˜‰

Mini spatulas for reaching in the bottom of jars or sneaking a bite Nutella and peanut butter.

An offset spatula for frosting and spreading. I have several of these and reach for them frequently

Sometimes your just too lazy to dirty a spoon so a mug that stirs for you is just the answer.

If you're not to lazy to stir you might prefer a cute initial mug.

For the fashion girl ball drop earrings or a cute beanie.

The beauty diva will love the All Nighter Spray, nail polish holder or Make Up Eraser.

For the newly engaged a Diamond Dazzle Stick...I wonder who will be getting one of these?πŸ˜‰

Sweet little books and trinket trays for any girl.

An Echo Dot to bring music to anywhere in the house or dorm.

A Mantra Band to remind her how special she is.

Burt's Bees lip balm is Katie's favorite and she asks for it every year.

And of course you can't go wrong with a Capri Blue Peppermint Candle or Popsocket for her phone.

Hopefully you'll be able to find something on here to help fill her stocking.
Happy Wednesday!
 12 days to go!!!πŸŽ…πŸ»

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I Love Free People

My love for Free People is no secret. Their clothes are fun and relaxed and have cute details. I hate going out somewhere and seeing the same shirt I have on walk by on someone else. Don't you? I mean how many times have you worried about showing up somewhere and finding your "twin" there. I don't usually have to worry about that with these. While I've only bought tops from this line, they do make all kinds of clothing and accessories. 

Free People does tend to be on the pricey side, but if you find a piece you like and watch you'll most likely be able to catch it on sale. That's what I did with this tunic. I'd been eyeing it for quite a while and finally got a great deal. Macy's and Nordstrom both carry this brand. Macy's runs coupons and Nordstrom price matches, so you just have to stay on your toes. 

The easy going style without being sloppy is what really appeals to me. They have a real Boho vibe and this top is fun and flirty and can be dressed up with black jeans like I've done or look equally as cute with a pair of distressed jeans. I added a black cami to it to keep it modest and age appropriate. 

When this top arrived I immediately loved it but the sleeves were so long they came down to my fingertips. That may have been the intended fit, but I felt like a little girl in her mommies shirt. I was able to alter it myself and take about two inches off the sleeves. (they aren't really uneven, it's just the way it's hanging😜)

I'm so happy I had this hanging in my closet. I was trying on things to wear Saturday for Kent's office party and nothing I had ordered was working for me. I threw this on and was good to go. I wore it with my favorite black jeans, booties (similar) and a black clutch.

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And here are some of my favorite Free People picks


Monday, December 11, 2017

The Best Weekend And Green Monday

 Happy Monday friends. I don't know how your weekend was, but I'm here to tell you our was one to remember. Saturday Kent and I went to his departmental Christmas party which was a lunch. It's been that way for the last couple years and is really nice. 

I've ordered all these things to try for Christmas and haven't found anything that really tickles my fancy so I wore this new top. It's the second time I've worn it and so far I've had people stop me and tell me how cute it is both times. #winner

While we were at the luncheon I got a FaceTime call from Benny. We knew this was coming and so I knew I'd better answer it. Kent and I excused ourselves and answered it to find out...

He'd asked Erin to marry him!!!!

We are over the moon excited to have her join our family. They are so precious and so happy, and it just thrills our hearts. (I wish I'd taken a screenshot of the call, but I guess living in the moment is really more important)

So it's looking like Memorial Day weekend we will add another Richardson to our little clan.

Y'all know what this means, right? Time to start shopping for a Mother of the Groom dress. Fasten your seat belts friends because we've got some serious shopping to do and y'all are going to need to help me decide on the perfect dress.

Now for Green Monday. Do you know what that is? Well apparently it's a thing.  I'm only slightly familiar with this one, but it sounds like it's picking up speed. Here's what I found:

  • Green Monday, which falls on December 11 this year, is the online version of Super Saturday. It's the day when everyone panics about getting their online purchases in time for Christmas.
  • That has made it the biggest online shopping event of December — and one of the biggest of the year.
  • Coined the ‘Cyber Monday of December,’ Green Monday is now the third largest online shopping holiday of the year.
So apparently Green Monday is another great excuse for a sale and for us to take advantage of yet even more bargains.

Here are some I've scoped out for you:

BLOOMINGDALES - Extra 25% off select items with code FRIEND
EXPRESS  - Up to 50% off
 FOREVER 21 -  15% off $75 with code SAVE15, 20% off $100 with code SAVE20, $30 off $150 with code SAVE30
KIEHL'S - $20 off $65 with code JINGLE
LOFT - 40% off with code NEWNOW
MACY'S - 30% off Friends and Family with code FRIEND
MADEWELL - 20% off $100 / 30% off $200 with code OHWHATFUN
SHEIN - $5 off $59/ code REE5, $10 off $89/ code REE10, $30 off $169/ code REE30
WILLIAMS SONOMA - Free shipping with code FREESHIP
25% off cookware / 20% off gift crates / 20% off kitchen linens / 20% off bar even / 75% off select Cutlery

Rodan + Fields is offering a special Lash Boost bundle currently that includes 2 tubes of Lash Boost and 2 little cosmetic bags for 10% off. If you are a Preferred Customer you'll also receive your PC discount of 10% off. 

I'm going to "match up" some singles is you've been wanting to try Lash Boost but aren't ready to become a Preferred Customer and want to get in on this deal.  Email me and get the details. 
I'm going to place an order tomorrow to allow plenty of time for Christmas orders.

This is by far one of my favorite products. It's worked wonders for my lashes and so many other lash-poor people. I even had a couple of bald spots from chicken pox when I was in kindergarten that have filled back in. I have a friend who's eyelashes were really sparse and thin due to an extended illness and they've thickened up and filled in beautifully. This stuff is legit!

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You can also visit my website 
Let the next before and after be yours!

Time to get crackin' around here and start marking things off my list.
Have a great Monday!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Favorites #85

Fri-yay! Not to panic you, but did you realize Christmas Eve is two weeks from tomorrow? Not gonna' lie. I like legit didn't realize that until I just checked the calendar to figure out how long we had. TWO WEEKS people! I find this both exciting and mind numbing at the same time. It's time to make things happen and get er' done as our friend Mater says on Cars. I guess the first thing I can mark of my list for today is Friday Favorites. 

Yesterday when I was reading Kellyann's blog, she shared this sign. Well it just cracked me up and now I feel the need to find one. Wouldn't you know in all of her beautiful decor this is what really caught my warped eye? I found a cute one here on Etsy, but I think I could just make one with my Silhouette Cameo machine, which by the way would make a great Christmas gift if you have a crafter in your life. I'm able to do all kinds of fun stuff with this thing.

Shop Nutcrackers here

I'm kinda thinking I should have just copied and pasted Kellyann's blog on here today since she just gave me all sorts of inspiration this week for my favorites. She has the most awesome collection of Nutcrackers. Well here's my collection. All 2 of them.πŸ˜‚ But seriously, this little wooden man has a special place in my heart. Kent use to take the kids to Target (or for Katie the craft store) and let them get me a Christmas gift. Well, Benny kept me supplied with candles. He'd apparently go straight to the candles every year, grab one and be done. Typical little boy. HA! In 2003 he deviated and chose this Nutcracker and it will forever be one of my favorites. 

Did you take advantage of candle day at Bath and Body Works on Saturday? We did. I picked up quite a few of our favorite Fresh Balsam candles. If you haven't tried this one yet, you really need to. Your whole house will smell like Christmas. Love it! (I should have moved the little weight. Crazy how you just get use to something laying there)

My new Erin Condren planner arrived this week. I love getting a new planner every year.

Last year I did a personalized cover with pictures of our family, but this year I decided to try a simple design with just my name. It was described as rose gold, but is really more bronze. I love being able to choose how you want to do your organization. I choose a month at a glance type. I need to be able to see the whole thing instead of a week at a time. 

 I shared this dress on Instagram yesterday. Do you know what you're wearing on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day yet? There are so many great plaid options out there. I found shirts, vests, and scarves just to name a few. This dress would be so cute with tights and a fun pair of OTK boots or leggings and leopard flats.

Here are a bunch of ideas to add a little Christmas cheer to your wardrobe. Throw in a little green or red to make it festive. 

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