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I have to say when I wrote my favorite posts of 2019 last January, I never expected 2020 to turn out like it did. Of course no one did, but I can't help but reflect. 2020 was full of surprises!

Even though so much has gone wrong this year, I have to say, a lot has gone right! When we were forced to stay home, all of our priorities shone through. It re-centered our focus and helped us find happiness in the little things. I have not hated the slower pace! Honestly, I hope our schedule mimics 2020s more than 2019. 

My Favorite Posts of 2020

Monday, December 28, 2020

While not meaning to fall of the face of the blogosphere, I'm sort of glad I did! My last post was almost exactly one month ago. My blogging break was an accident, but honestly I think I need to do it more often. In short, my real job has been non-stop for months, we were in the processes of selling our house and moving, and I just got burned out. Sometimes you just need to refill your cup, ya know? So, that's what I've been concentrating on. Cooking yummy meals at home, going to bed earlier and trying to focus on what was absolutely necessary.  My future posts might still be irregular, but I wanted to pop in and say Hey! 

December Update

Monday, December 21, 2020

I don't know if it's our new place, but I've just been loving cooking dinner! It definitely helps knowing cleaning up isn't going to be as tedious now that we have a dishwasher. 😂 Meal planning is something I have come to love. Sticking to the plan takes all the pressure off during the week, and keeps us on budget! Sometimes it's hard to come up with new ideas, so I thought I'd share a few recent recipes in case you need some inspiration! 

One thing that has helped me tremendously is using the website Plan to Eat! It's a service that helps you store your recipes, plan the week's meals, and then creates a shopping list from your plan. It's so helpful and has made meal planning SO much easier. (If you'd like to sign up, you can use my link for a free 30 day trial! Plus, when you use that link, we are automatically friends and you can see all of my favorite recipes! I only keep the ones we love!) 
  Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat  

Day One | Avocado Salmon Salad

Recipe Here! SkinnyTaste recipes always blow me away. This recipe takes 10 minutes to make and is so full of flavor! 

Day Two | Shrimp and Gnocchi with cream sauce 

Recipe Here! Not so healthy, but OH so delicious! A true comfort meal. Our grocery store had jumbo shrimp on sale, so it was perfect timing to make this amazing dish. Pairs really well with Sister Schubert's yeast rolls. 😋 

Day Three | Seared Tuna Salad with creamy Ginger Dressing

Recipe Here! This is actually a WW (weight watchers!) recipe! Holy cow it's so good. Husband approved and diet friendly. 

Day Four | Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Recipe Here!  Another SkinnyTaste recipe! This could not be any easier, and perfect for a day when you need to use the crockpot. Love the flavors and the possibilities here. You can top these guys with just about anything! 

Day Five | Mushroom, Bacon, and Potato Chowder 

Recipe Here!  If it's a chilly evening, there is nothing better than a comforting chowder. This recipe is simple and yummy. The bacon is the best part and totally makes the whole soup. Hearty and delish! SkinnyTaste is my favorite recipe blog, but Damn Delicious is a close 2nd! More and more of her recipes are favorites. 

Day Six | Shrimp 'Salad'

Recipe Here! OH WOW. This pico is meant to be an appetizer, but Blake and I eat it as a meal frequently! Pairs amazing with chips, but you could easily add it to a tortilla. It's SO flavorful, and I could honestly eat it with a spoon.

Day Seven | Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad

I'm going to be annoying here and tell you I don't have a recipe for this! I just made it up. But, it's so simple, you can totally customize this to your tastes. I simply 'marinated' some chicken tenderloins in Crystal hot sauce and spray butter for about 30 minutes. They air fried them at 400* for about 15 minutes. The salad consisted of lettuce, carrots, celery, grape tomato, avocado, boiled egg, bacon pieces, red onion, and fresh herbs! Trust me, the fresh herbs took it over the top. I had parsley, basil and cilantro on hand, so I diced those up and it added so much flavor. 

Plan To Eat's Black Friday sale is starting this week, and you can get your membership for half price! It's the perfect time to sign up. Leave a comment below and tell me what you've been in the mood to cook! Are you a meal planner, or do you decide last minute? I'd love to know what's on your menu this week. 


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Cook With Me! A Week's Worth Of Recipe Ideas

Monday, November 23, 2020

Happy Thursday Friends! Getting this post up a little late, but hey, it's still Thursday! 

One | Love Spell

After not wearing any perfume for years really, I felt like changing it up. Most fragrances give me a headache, but I still want to smell good, so it's kinda tricky. I wore Love Spell in High School, and got super nostalgic and bought a bottle. Isn't it just amazing how a scent can take you right back to a moment in time?! 

Thursday Three | 11-19-20

Thursday, November 19, 2020

2020 has been such a strange year, but thankfully sometimes something good can come out of something bad. I never thought the year I turned 30 would be the year I got comfortable with my makeup free face! Honestly, I think I just forgot what I looked like without makeup, and then suddenly I wasn't wearing any for days at a time. Funnily enough, now I feel weird when I do wear makeup! (I put red lipstick on the other day and thought I looked like a clown.)

60 Days Rodan + Fields of Lash Boost Results!

Sunday, November 15, 2020

This week we were supposed to be closing on the sale of our house, but looks like we are going to be a little bit delayed! Lots of hurry-up-and-waiting happening around here. We've been working like dogs to get the final repairs and touch ups done! Another headache was that my debit card was frozen due to fraudulent charges...then we both ended up with colds, so yeah it's been a week.

Thursday Three | 11-12-20

Thursday, November 12, 2020

After what felt like the longest reading drought ever, I'm finally back with some book recommendations! I picked up several books at the end of the summer/early fall that either I just couldn't get into or ended up being subjects that I did not expect and had to give up on.

My goal is to read 40 books this year and I'm at 32. I think I'd be much closer, but I seriously put down 5-6 books in the last few weeks. I'm going to try to kick it up a notch since we've got 2 months left! That's a book a week!  😮

Recent Reads #10

Monday, November 9, 2020

Getting this post up quite late on Thursday, but it still counts! What a weird week, and I think this random post reflects that well. Between selling our house, work, and all of the craziness in between I've decided to make a conscious effort to focus on the positive and the little things that are going well!

Thursday Three | 10-29-20

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Last week I had the extreme honor of being a guest speaker on a planner workshop! It was a workshop for beginners to see the value in paper planning. When I was asked to share something on the program, I was only drawing a blank. I mean, I've been paper planning for as long as I can remember, but to explain my ideas and systems to someone else was kind of daunting.

5 Tips for Paper Planning During A Pandemic

Monday, October 26, 2020

Hello everyone and happy Thursday! 

One | This water bottle!! I'm so excited about it. My sister in law asked me to make her a water bottle with the lines on it with water drinking goals. I have been on the hunt for months-but couldn't find the perfect water bottle. It needed to be big enough, but also translucent enough to see the liquid inside. But, also economical too. 

Thursday Three | 10-22-20

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Grove Collaborative is an online store where I order the majority of my cleaning products, and lots of my beauty products as well! Because we get an order just about every month, I like to share what we ordered here on the blog. 

This months Grove order was larger than normal! There are definitely my old faithfuls here, but I am also excited to try some new things too. Here's what we got:

October Grove Collaborative Order

Monday, October 19, 2020

This week it seemed like all of my packages arrived on the same day! Definitely got some exciting things, and I thought I'd use today's Thursday Three post to share. I'm going to try really hard to freeze extra spending for the next few months as we move, so the excitement of these deliveries is going to have to last me a while! 

Thursday Three | 10-15-20

Thursday, October 15, 2020

We've been in a strange limbo since going under contract on our house. Our engines are reving, but there are still some hoops to jump through to make sure the sale actually happens. It's made me very hesitant to pack because it's not over until the fat lady sings, ya know? Plus, our house looks it's best with our cute stuff in it, and I want it to look it's best for the appraiser, home inspector and potentially if we have to put it back on the market if something falls through. 

One thing I've decided to focus on is preparing to pack. I don't mean just collecting boxes! If you've been following along here for some time, you know that I have been working on decluttering our house for years now! We went through a big declutter, and then more 'maintenance' declutterings since. Honestly, I didn't think I'd find much else!

Moving definitely helps you reassess! I noticed there are quite a few places in the home that tend to collect clutter and require multiple visits. I thought I'd share those today, and maybe inspire you to check your own junk drawer for things to part with.

One | Medicines

How do you store your medications? We store our collection in a skinny rubbermaid under the guest room sink. Because we rarely get sick, I wasn't even sure what was in there. Plenty! Take a look in your medicine stash, because you are likely to find things have expired or are unnecessary. 

Personally, I found several medications that were expired and I was able to organize our bin better. Who knew we had what seems like dozen different sizes of band-aids. 

(Pharmacies can help you dispose of prescriptions responsibly!) 

Two | Make Up

Did you know makeup has a shelf life? You'll find out what it is on the packaging or label. I guarantee you've had that blush for longer than 18 months.  I found a couple of items that were getting old, and several I decided I no longer used or wanted. 

There might be something in your collection that is almost new, but maybe for some reason you don't reach for it. Consider giving it to a friend or family member! No need for it to go to waste in your cabinet or bag. 

Three | Nail Polish 

Typically, I save professional manicures and pedicures for special occasions. So, I do my own nails! That means I've collected a pretty sizeable amount of nail polishes. This was actually an area I had already decluttered in the past, but I found several polishes that were well past their prime. I still liked the colors, but you can definitely tell the difference between a new nail polish and a thick, goopy old one. 

Four | Your Spice Cabinet 

If I'm being honest, I really thought I was good at keeping our spice cabinet minimal. We really don't buy those one off spices that a random recipe calls for. I either try to substitute it or go without if it's something unusual. While going through our kitchen, I decided to quickly cull our spices as well and ended up finding 8! spices that were out of date. 8 might not seem like a lot, but it is when I probably only had 15 spices on the shelf total! 

Five | Kitchen Items You Think You 'Should' Have

If you go back a couple of years here on the blog, you might remember our when I shared details about our kitchen transformation. While it doesn't look quite the same today, you can clearly see we have a small kitchen. The size has forced us to keep it simple when it comes to the gadgets and other things we keep. Unless we use it on a weekly basis, it's really taking up valuable real estate. 

Again, this was an area I thought I really had under control. The prospect of moving however, let me look at the kitchen with new eyes. I can't believe all the things I decided to part with after deciding to keep them before. 

A couple of things I put in the yard sale pile:
- A pie dish (I've never made a pie in my life.)
- Some attachments for our food processor (never used and never will.)
- Old dish towels 
- Bakeware (I went from a large variety of 12 baking pans to 6!)
- Food storage without matching lids
- Duplicate wine glasses (We received a great set of wine glasses as a wedding gift, but there were several sizes and we only ever used some of them. After 10 years, we know what we like and use!) 
- Canisters I always hated. (Ok, so I replaced these with something else, but why hold on to something you hate?!)
- Some cups (How do we end up with so many cups!?) 
- Ramekins (I bought these literally 10 years ago to make lava cake, and used them once.)

I know I have a long way to go, but getting started felt so nice! I can't say I'm looking forward to packing, but I am looking forward to our move! Mostly, I'm ready for it to be over. Maybe this post provided a little inspiration, and you can find something tucked away that you can say goodbye to. Sound off in the comments below and give me your suggestions! Let me know where you tend to collect clutter, or maybe some place that you think I should take a look at in our house. 

Other posts on this topic you might like: 

9 Ways to Simplify Your Life or My Favorite Decluttering Principles


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5 Things To Declutter Right Now

Monday, October 12, 2020

One | Snapscara 
I'm always hunting for great drugstore makeup! Allie recommended Snapscara, and I picked up a bottle on my last Walmart run. It was less than $6 and it's an excellent mascara! The wand is different from any other mascara I've used, but it works really well and lasts all day long with zero flakes. 

Thursday Three | 10-8-20

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Where to start? Well, surprise! Our house is under contract! We are selling! I can hardly believe it as I type those words. I feel like I have so much to catch you up on. 

Surprise! We Sold Our House

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Normally, I don't have too much leisure TV time! Once we sit down for the evening, we usually watch one of our many, many movies on VUDU and I pretty much fall asleep within 15 minutes of getting comfy! That's why I'm surprised I have more than one recommendation for you! 

What to Watch

Monday, September 28, 2020

File this under something I didn't know I needed until I got them! Blake has some of these wireless earbuds and he loves them. Amazon ran a deal of the day on them and asked me if I wanted a pair for running. Funnily enough, I haven't worn them running yet, but I LOVE them for everyday use. They are great for wearing around the house and listening to audiobooks. I also love the fun case that they fit in for charging. 

Thursday Three | 9-24-20

Thursday, September 24, 2020

One | A Week Away
I cannot begin to express how much we needed a getaway! We, like most people, are not used to staying put. We normally have several trips planned throughout a year, and we are very grateful we got to take one last big trip before the world turned upside down. The last 6 months have taken it's toll though! We have loved being at home, but there are still stressors at home.  

Thursday Three | 9-17-20

Thursday, September 17, 2020

I've been sharing my monthly Grove orders for the past few months, but I didn't need anything in August so you didn't see a post this past month. Imagine how shocked I was to see a box on my porch! Grove sent me their new fall line to review! It's embarrassing how giddy I was opening this box! Everything in this collection is just stunning. I love the copper details and all the fall scents. Especially the Apple Crisp dish and hand soap. We might be a long way from fall temperatures here, but this definitely got me excited! 

Thursday Three | 9-3-20

Thursday, September 3, 2020

I've got a fun, impromptu clothing haul to show you today! Fall fashion is still a long ways away for us, but it hasn't stopped me from looking! 

Late Summer Clothing Haul

Monday, August 31, 2020

One | What an interesting week! 
It's been one for the books. We've been dealing with a little health situation and also trying to make plans for the future this week. There is nothing like your health that puts things into perspective! Everything will be fine and I'm not worried about things working out because they always do. 

Thursday Three | 8-27-20

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Is it just me, or does it seem like every girl from High School is selling essential oils these days? No hate here, as I am all about women working hard to support their family. And, I'm an essential oil fan! It's just that the big essential oil companies rub me the wrong way. I don't like the pressuring your friends and family to buy things aspect, but mostly, I'm just always on the hunt for a good deal. And hey, I get it, high quality products are going to cost more. 

Revive Essential Oil Review (Unsponsored) |

I first heard about Revive through a Facebook ad of all places. The amount of positive comments is what made me click. In short, Revive is a non MLM essential oil company that has like a hundred different oils and all excellent (3rd party tested) quality.

Always a skeptic, I waited a long time before ordering. I have been a big fan of NOW essential oils, and the oils I've gotten in my Grove Collaborative orders. NOW has a pretty big selection, but I have been delaying visiting my health food store because of the pandemic, and had run out of some of my favorite oils. And Grove has some nice oils I really like, but not very many to choose from. I was trying to use up what I had before ordering more, but I was really missing some of my favorites like Frankincense. 

After yet another Revive Facebook ad, I finally decided to give it a try! I was blown away at the selection. They had everything I had run out of and literally dozens of oils I had never even heard of. I ended up choosing 11 different oils for my first order, and wanted to share our experience, in case you are a budget essential oil person like me. 

What I Like:

Huge Selection

I didn't count, but it looks like there are hundreds of oils to choose from. Not to mention rollers, diffusers and carrier oils. 


These aren't the cheapest oils I've seen, but definitely the best quality for the price. It looks like most oils are between $8-$20, and some rarer ones upwards of $40-$50. 


The labels are nice and simple, which I think looks nice if you want to keep your oils out on display.


Obviously, I've only sampled less than a dozen of the oils, but so far everything has been excellent quality. I've noticed that you don't need as many drops the higher the quality oil, which means they last longer. 

Free Shipping

It's no secret that I believe shipping should always be free! I'm a huge fan that Revive offers free shipping on any order. 

Comparable Blends 

One thing that NOW doesn't do is copy cat blends to the big EO brands. I LOVE that Revive has a whole chart to help you find your favorite Doterra or Young Living blends within their range. More about my favorites further down. 

Not A Subscription

In 2020 we don't need another subscription service. I love that Revive is not a subscription service and you do not need to buy monthly minimums to keep up your account. 

What I Don't Like:


The box that our oils arrived in needs some work. You can tell the oils were supposed to be safe in a cardboard carrier, but they were all popped out of it and rolling around in the mail. Fortunately none of our bottles were damaged and arrived just fine.

No Samples

So far I can't find a way to sample an oil. I know some of the MLMs have small sample packs which is great if you want to smell something before you buy. Additionally our health food store has a giant display of NOW oils that you can sample. For the most part, I know which oils I like just by the names, but it would be nice to sample the more expensive, or speciality oils before purchasing. 

10ml Bottles

I think most of the big EO companies do 10ml bottles, but I had really gotten used to the bigger bottles from NOW or Grove. So far I've noticed the good quality of these oils means you need less drops, which should lend itself to the smaller bottles.

Oils We Tried

All Time Favorites: Rosemary, Lavender, Lemongrass, and Frankincense

These are some oils we use all the time. I can't believe I let myself run out of lavender and frank! I was so excited to replenish these, and even happier that they are such good quality. 


This was my least favorite of what we purchased. Neither Blake or I drink coffee. We love it when we have company visiting, because it's so nice to have the coffee scent in the house in the mornings. We tried this out to see if we could get the same thing going. It's very potent, so I'm going to try mixing it with vanilla or something else to tone it down. 

Stress Easy

This is a copycat for Young Living's Stress Away. It's delightful, and fresh. I smell mostly lime and vanilla, but there are some other oils in the blend. It smells like a vacation to me.

Pumpkin Pie

Move over fall scented candles!!! This blend is so so good and it smells just like pumpkin pie.


This oil is actually brown! But who doesn't love vanilla? So yummy and comforting.


This was the oil that really pushed me to buy. I've heard such good things about Young Living's Valor, but it's so expensive that I never wanted to buy. This is the same blend, only at a much better price. Verdict it still out on it for me, because I'm not a huge floral scent person. I would really like to make it a roller and test it out longer. Scents tend to grow on me as well, so I can see how I will grow to love this one. (Frankincense used to stink to me, but now I can't get enough.)

Citrus Delight

A true delight! This is a dupe for Doterra's Citrus Bliss, and it's devine. One of my new favorites that I can see diffusing all the time. 

All in all, I have been very impressed with Revive and have already added more oils to my cart to order in the future. Like everybody, I love it when my house smells good, and I think this is a great way to do it. Especially with blends like Pumpkin Pie that totally replace candles all together. 

I do have a referral link with Revive, and if you use it on your first order you get a $10 gift certificate! That's at least one free oil! They also have pretty nicely priced kits and that $10 would be a great discount.

Let's chat in the comments below! What do you think about essential oils? Are you a fan? How do you feel about the MLMs that seem to be everywhere? What have you purchased from a Facebook ad?! 

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Unsponsored Revive Essential Oil Review

Monday, August 24, 2020

One | At Home Pedicures
I've been painting my own nails forever, but it's still nice to go and have a real pedicure. I was already saving pedicures for special occasions, but even more so now. But, my feet were begging for a pedicure! I picked up a few supplies at Walmart, and gave myself an at home pedicure. Complete with soaking my feet in warm soapy water. It was so relaxing and my feet honestly ended up just as soft and groomed as when I go to the salon. The only thing missing is the foot massage, but hey, this was still a simple, cheap treat. 

Thursday Three | 8-19-20

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Between working from home and barely going anywhere but Walmart, I haven't been too inspired in the fashion department lately. I've been day dreaming of fall (even though it's going to be several months before we see any kind of temperature dip!) because of the cute clothes!

I'm back to my half marathon training, which means most of my daily outfits have been based on running clothes. So much so that whenever I put on a 'real' outfit, I felt like it deserved documenting!!
Here are a few recent looks:

Maybe you can tell that dresses and shorts have been my MVPs! Summer here means high humidity and temperatures in the upper 90s. So, you can see what pants are not happening right now! 

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A Few Recent Outfits

Monday, August 17, 2020

Hi Friends, and happy Thursday once again! This makes my third week of Thursday Three posts, and I'm really excited about this new series. It's really easy to think of three things to share, and I hope you enjoy this little peek into my week.

Essential Oil Bracelet |

Thursday Three | 8-13-20

Thursday, August 13, 2020

My goal is to read 40 books in 2020, and I just hit number 27! Super excited about that. That number would be a lot higher if I hadn't quit several books this month. I don't know about you but if a book doesn't grab me pretty quickly I rarely stick with it. That's why I rely other's recommendations so much! Here's a couple from me:Recent Reads | 2020 Book Suggestions |

Recent Reads #9

Monday, August 10, 2020

Impulse buy? Definitely! When I saw this Chick Fil A Polynesian Sauce at Walmart I just had to get it. They were also selling their signature Chick Fil A Sauce on the same display. Not the most healthy condiment, but super fun to recreate take out at home. Amazon has this sauce available, but the price is much higher than what I found at Walmart in store. 

Thursday Three | 8-6-20

Thursday, August 6, 2020

While no expert, I have always been amazed at what the body can do when it's nourished! Because I'm not a doctor, I don't want you to take any of the following information as professional advice. I simply love learning about nutrition and thought I'd share the vitamins I take on a regular basis. 

Multivitamin - A good multivitamin can help you get a well rounded dose of vitamins and minerals. I have been enjoying the HONU women's multi. Pros: These are vegan, they come in a glass bottle, and tons of good stuff inside. Cons: The serving size is 2 tablets, and they are quite large. (Honestly, I just take 1.) Also, this is a vitamin that turns your pee neon. And, these aren't the cheapest. Vitamins aren't cheap in general though. 

What Vitamins and Supplements I Take

Monday, August 3, 2020

I've been having the strangest year with my hair! Everytime I'm out in the sun my hair gets lighter. That's kind of how it's always been, but in the last year my hair just wants to lighten to a very red-orange blonde color. I've dyed it a couple of time to get it back to a normal darker color. I decided to try using a purple shampoo meant to take out brassiness and it's been helping a lot! I don't mind it getting lighter, I just don't want that horrible brassy color! 

And this Loreal is a whopping $7, so totally worth a try! 

Thursday Three

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Seedling Tree Free TP - Such a great buy! It's not the plushest paper out there, but we love that it's sustainable and that's it's available to ship to our front door. They even had it in stock when everyone was hoarding TP earlier this year. 

Reusable Mop Pad - I bought the Grove mop last month, even though I don't think I included it in my June Grove post? Well, I should have! It's an excellent mop and I'm thrilled with it. It's telescopic, so it's very easy to store. It came with one washable mop pad, and so I grabbed another in this month's order. 

July Grove Order

Monday, July 27, 2020

Since quarantine began, I've been just about living in my athletic clothing! I get dressed up for our Zoom meetings, but that's been it. Plus it's July in Florida, so putting on jeans has not been at the top of my priority list! But, I decided to put on a real outfit so I could do some stuff for my Etsy instagram and thought I'd share this cute look with you guys! 

I was seriously debating on sending this top back when I got it in the mail. It's precious, but I think the smocking detail is best suited to someone with a smaller chest. A quick bra switch and that was just what it needed to stay in my closet. Jeans look awesome with it, but I know shorts will too-which is very important. 

I've done a few online orders lately, and I think it's a sign of the times when it has been 90% athleisure and the other order I did was for more masks! Leave a comment below and tell me what you've been buying online recently! 

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I Put On Jeans For the First Time In Weeks

Monday, July 20, 2020

I hesitated even writing this post, because I feel like it's not helpful or informative like I prefer my posts to be. But, I haven't posted in over a week, and I felt like I needed to pop in to say I'm alive! In fact, we are just doing what (most of) the rest of the world is doing and staying at home. 

Over all, I am perfectly content at home. I miss having friends over and I miss being able to make plans. Our trip to Ireland for the fall was officially cancelled by the airline, so that was a bummer, but expected. We are hoping to reschedule for the spring, but who knows what things will be like then. 

Enjoying Our Simple, Quiet Life

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

We are going to call this a camera roll diary! If you were scrolling through my phone pictures, this is what you'd find. (Minus a million Etsy shots...)

Monogrammed Masks
My sweet mom in law made Blake and I some reusable masks, and I'm so grateful! We kept mixing them up, so I threw a little monogram on each one. So very 2020!

Pictures from the last month!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Book Recommendations

1 Star = Hated It -  2 Stars = Didn't Like It - 3 Stars =Liked It -
 4 Stars = Really Liked It - 5 Stars = Loved it

Plot: From Goodreads: When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend's marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened.
What I Liked: Oh gosh, this book was so emotional! I was expecting a romance, and it was more of a story of friendship. How the dream plays out in reality is so well done and I enjoyed this book a lot!
What I Didn't Like: While the emotional roller coaster is well done, it's pretty intense. 
Rating: 5 Stars

Recent Reads #8

Monday, June 22, 2020

Love these bags! They last a long time, but it was time to add a few more to our collection. We use them for storing leftover foods mostly, but we have used them for traveling also. They wash well! 

I use washable cotton pads for my day to day skincare routine, but I don't want to use the washable pads for removing nail polish. So, I buy a bag of cotton rounds for that every once in a while. These will last forever. Organic cotton too, which is nice. 

June Grove Order

Thursday, June 18, 2020

This girl can't resist a good midi dress! I can't tell you how long this particular dress has been in my Amazon cart. I've been eyeing it for ages, but never could talk myself into actually buying. I'd even see other bloggers wearing it, and think "just buy the dress!".

If it's not apparent, I'm not a big spender. I rarely buy something without a good coupon, or a Fetch reward to cash in! Well, finally, I bought the dress! 

The Dress That Was In My Amazon Cart for Months

Monday, June 15, 2020

Salmon Avocado Salad
One of my favorite things to make in the summer are salads! This one is so light and delicious. Next time I will buy just one salmon fillet, and we can split it! This was a huge salad! 

Calories: 329kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 25.5g, Fat: 20.5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 62.5mg, Sodium: 287mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 2.5g

Salmon Avocado Salad

Three SkinnyTaste Recipes We've Made and Loved!

Monday, June 8, 2020

Vinyl Decal Etsy Shop

I started my Etsy shop in 2018 selling planning printables. There were a modest amount of listings, but it was nice to make passive income selling digital downloads. When I got my Cricut machine last year, I mainly used it for myself (and still do!), but I dabbled in listing a few designs in the shop. Mostly though, I was too nervous to put any effort into it! It was a very casual approach. I'd make a few bucks here and there, which was nice.

When 2020 was approaching, I decided I wanted it to be my year for Etsy! I spent extra time creating designs, listing new items and even doing a little advertising. January and February had a dramatic increase in sales. Very encouraging to see that a little effort paid off. 

How it's going with my Etsy shop!

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Favorite Running Gear |

There is a reason everyone loves these leggings! They are incredibly flattering, and functional. I love the pockets! It takes some effort to get them on, but once they are on, they aren't going anywhere. Which is very important on a run! If you aren't a member of Fabletics, you can use my link to sign up and usually new members get 2 leggings for $24. 

My Favorite Gear For Runners

Monday, June 1, 2020

Amazon Favorites |

Alba Botanica Sunscreen
I'm still on the hunt for a good mineral sunscreen that doesn't make me turn white as a ghost, but for now I'm really loving how this sunscreen smells and that it's free of a lot of gross ingredients! Maybe this is a Florida thing, but I have this on Subscribe and Save and get a fresh bottle each month. 

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things | Amazon Finds

Thursday, May 28, 2020


Hi friends! I'm Kristen, and this is the Life and Style of an early 30's Floridian living the Best Life Ever, with her husband and three pugs. Runner | Avid Reader | Small Shop Owner

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