Thursday, May 28, 2020

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things | Amazon Finds

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. 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Clean With Me | Kitchen Edition

Believe it or not, I woke up to a clean kitchen. You can't tell that from the following photos, however, because I made a giant mess with a marathon of cooking and meal prepping! This morning I made air fryer bagels, cut up a watermelon, tried a new recipe for energy bites, and made a fresh batch of my laundry detergent. Needless to say, my kitchen was a wreck!

Looking on the bright side, it made for some pretty incredible before and after photos. Let's get to work!

Kitchen Cleaning Routine

Friday, May 22, 2020

Friday Five

Hi Friends and Happy Friday! Here are 5 things I want to tell you about:

One | Target Dress
I'm loving the tiered dress style! I picked this dress up on my last Target run. I might look a little frumpy, but I will totally get over it for how comfy this dress is! I can't find the exact dress to link, but Target has several similar styles right now. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Mercari V. Poshmark | Which resale app is the best?!

Mercair Versus Poshmark | Which resale platform is better? |

If you've been reading for any length of time, you know I have a passion for shopping used. I love the thrill of finding the perfect item for a fraction of the cost as new! Almost as much as I love that feeling, I also love making money from things we aren't using. Ebay has been really successful for me over the years, but I've also ventured into other apps/websites.

I mainly used Poshmark, but in the last few months Mercari also popped up on my radar. I was used to using Poshmark, and didn't really think that one app was better than the other. Then again, I wasn't really having huge success with Poshmark, so I decided to give Mercari a go. Spoiler alert-Mercari is now my preference. Let's talk about the differences and why I have a new favorite. (But, also why you might like Poshmark better!)

Monday, May 18, 2020

May Grove Collaborative Order

Because I'm really nosey, and I love to see what other people are buying-I thought maybe you guys are curious too. Grove Collaborative is something I talk about on the blog all the time, so you are probably already familiar with the company. In a nutshell, it's an online store for clean beauty and home items. It can be set up like a subscription and you can get all your favorites sent automatically. 

If you are a new to Grove you can get a free cleaning gift set with my link. (And don't forget to use Rakuten with your first purchase for cash back as well!)
Here's what I got:

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Currently Loving #17

ColorStreet Nails
My sister in law started selling ColorStreet Nail Strips, and she gave me a sample to try and it turned out so cute! It's a really easy process and it lasts a long time. Plus they are easy to remove. Perfect timing for not being able to get a manicure at a salon. I tried the color Tokyo Lights, and paired it with Essie's Bahama Mama.

Monday, May 11, 2020

I Tried Laundry Stripping & Here Is What Happened

You wouldn't believe how excited I was to write this post! It seems like while everyone has been stuck at home more, cleaning and cooking trends have gone viral. One of those viral cleaning hacks I've seen over and over again in the past few weeks is laundry stripping. I had never heard of laundry stripping before, but the before and after photos pulled me in right away!

How To: Laundry Stripping

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Recent Drugstore Beauty Faves

Drugstore Beauty Faves |

I've been a It Cosmetics concealer person for years, but lately I noticed it was settling under my eyes in a very unattractive way. (It's perfect for blemishes though!) I wanted to try something thinner, and this was the perfect choice. I love the colorstay foundation, and have been equally happy with this concealer. I got the shade light medium. 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Clean With Me | Bathroom Edition

Clean With Me | Master Bathroom |

Is there anything more satisfying than a clean house? Yes. Watching other people clean their houses and you didn't have to do any of the work. 😂 I hoping to supply a little before and after satisfaction for you today!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Homemade Ginger Ale

We've been using Instacart for over a year now, and it has been a lifesaver! Especially in the last few weeks. Since we've been using it, most of our shoppers have been excellent. I can really only remember once or twice when we were brought the wrong thing. Lately, Instacart has hired a bunch of new shoppers, and in the last few weeks I can tell we've had some newbies shopping for us. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Current Home Workout Routine | DIY Yoga Mat Spray Recipe

21 Day Fix |

I've been a home workout enthusiast for years now! Maybe it's because I'm pretty self motivated, but I actually prefer it over the gym. I know a lot of people are working out from home right now, even if it's against their choice. Here is a peak into my current home workout:

Monday, April 27, 2020

Recent Reads #7

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: Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against a backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included. When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad, she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving—the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she’s made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning. But a tiny baby abandoned on a front porch changes her plans…
What I Liked: I read this because my mom had watched the Netflix series and recommended it. It's very Hallmark movie and super easy to get into. FYI the show and the book are very different.
What I Didn't Like: I can't really remember anything specifically I didn't like about this, but I will say it's pretty cheesy.
Rating: 5 Stars

Friday, April 24, 2020

Life Lately #9

I took this photo at Lowes the other day, isn't it gorgeous?
Truthfully, not a lot. On the days when I watch a lot of tv, I don't end up feeling great about the way I spent the day. We have been watching a movie in the evenings though, even though I usually fall asleep. I finally watched Little Women, and it was good, just a little slow. And, we actually watched the newer Jumanji movie recently and we were dying laughing. Definitely missed that when it came out. If you haven't seen it yet, watch Yesterday. It's so cute and the music is awesome!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Recent Clothing Buys

This isn't a fashion blog, by any means, but I do love sharing my favorite things with you! At the start of the spring season I bought a few pieces, but since then I have really cut back on any extra spending. You'll have to let me know in the comments below what your online shopping has looked like lately! Are you doing a lot of online shopping, or are you being extra careful right now?

Don't forget to use Rakuten for cash back on all your online orders!

Without further ado, here are a few clothing items I've bought and loved recently! It's a bit of a variety...

I originally bought these two dresses because I had 3 events I needed dresses for, and since then they've been cancelled. Oh well! I am still thrilled with both patterns! Especially the snakeskin's very different than anything I own. And obviously, I love the navy. This dress is very light and comfortable. Very easy to wear, and I know I will get a lot of wear out of them in the future.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Day In The Life During A Pandemic

7am - Don't even need to set an alarm each night, but my body still wakes me up at 7 even when I can sleep in! The first thing I do, besides brush my teeth and go to the bathroom, is take the pugs out. They are always thrilled when I'm up for the day, because it means breakfast! I make them go outside to do their business first though. This morning, however I immediately freaked because in our side yard was an Opossum. Super common animal here, but not in the day time, and certainly not something I want Winston running after. 

Monday, April 13, 2020

Cricut Creations No. 3

With all of the extra time on my hands, you'd think I would be Cricut-ing up a storm! Honestly, I haven't had much drive to create so far. But, I have made a few things over the last few weeks I thought I'd share! 

First up, shirts for my niece and nephews! I had quite a surplus of glitter vinyl, so Gia totally hit the jackpot with some cute stuff. I want her baby yoda pjs so badly! 

Monday, April 6, 2020

My Current Skin Care Routine | Rooted Beauty Review

(This post is not sponsored, but Grove Collaborative did send me some of these items for free in exchange for reviews on their website)
Rooted Beauty Skin Care Review |

I shared my natural DIY skin care routine over 2 years ago! I loved that routine, and absolutely still stand by those recipes. After awhile, though, it's just nice to change things up! Grove Collaborative sent me a couple of their Rooted Beauty products when they launched the line last fall, and I fell in love with them! I ended up buying almost everything else in the product line up. I've been using this system since November, and I just love how my skin has been looking. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Scenes from Sedona & The Hoover Dam | Days Five and Six

At this point in our adventure, we were getting pretty tired. Sedona was the perfect way to break up all the hiking we'd be doing. When we arrived, we really enjoyed walking around the downtown area, popping in and out of shops. There are a lot of unique shops in Sedona! 

We really enjoyed this seperate artisan area. It felt like another country! We loved checking out a vintage record store, and enjoyed a whiskey tasting. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Horseback Riding in Monument Valley | Day Four

Looking at these pictures makes me feel sore all over again, haha! One of the things I really wanted to do on our trip was go horseback riding. Originally, we planned to do it in Zion National Park, but the company we were interested in wasn't open until the following week. So we decided to do it in Monument Valley! I can't think of a better way to see these amazing monuments! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Horseshoe Bend & Lower Antelope Canyon | Day Three

File Horseshoe Bend under totally unexpected! It's such a neat spot. I had imagined it'd be a quick place to pull over a snap a photo, but it ended up being much more than that. There is a fee to park, and limited facilities. The parking lot is actually about a half a mile 'hike' to the bend. There are fenced in portions, but there are also tons of places you can walk right up to the edge. (Another day of being nervous watching people risk their lives for Instagram shots.)

Monday, March 23, 2020

Scenes from the Grand Canyon | Day Two

In the second installment of our 10th anniversary trip (here is day 1), here are some scenes from the Grand Canyon! Neither of us had been before, and I was truly blown away. This is going to sound dumb, but the Grand Canyon is so much bigger than I ever thought. It's so vast, and incredible. 

As I mentioned in the Zion post, I am afraid of heights. I almost forgot I was afraid of heights until going on this trip! I stayed really far from the edge when possible, but it was other people that made me a ball of nerves this entire day. So many people were taking huge risks for photos! 

Monday, March 16, 2020

A Day In Zion National Park, Utah | Our 10 Year Anniversary Trip

Blake and I just got back from an epic 10 year anniversary trip! Choosing a destination was challenging at first, because we typically go for more tropical destinations, which isn't always practical in February. Blake mentioned that he had always wanted to do a big Grand Canyon trip-something that I had never considered.

Once the research began, though, I became really excited about it! He did most of the planning, so that made it really fun for me. Long story short we had an amazing time, and I have the travel bug more than ever! 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Guest Room Essentials

Guest Room Essentials | Nautical Guest Room |

Hospitality is truly a southern tradition that my parent's deeply ingrained in me growing up. We always had people over, and guests coming and going. My parents would roll out the red carpet for people, and it always made everyone feel so comfortable. I absolutely loved living in a home that no one wanted to leave!  

When I had a home of my own, I knew I wanted to have that same sense of hospitality. Our guest room definitely reflects that. You've gotten a glimpse in here before when we redecorated it a few years ago. The decor hasn't changed much since that post, but I wanted to share a few things with you today that I always make sure to do before our guests arrive! 

Monday, March 2, 2020

Life Lately # 10

Changing Things Up
As a recovering chronic redecorator, I am still thrilled by changing things up around the house. This time though, I've been moving a few things around and doing minor refreshing. SO in love with these pillowcases I picked up from Amazon. They are kinda farmhouse-y meets coastal-which is what our house aesthetic has kind of turned into. 

With dogs, I have to buy fabrics that can be washed. The best way for us to do throw pillows, is to stick to the ones with cases. I got these pillow from Ikea years ago, and they are such a good product for the price. It's super easy to replace the cases when the old ones wear out. 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Our 10th Anniversary Party

On February 27th, we celebrate 10 years married! Honestly, it's been 10 years of bliss. We've worked hard to have an amazing marriage, and I'm super proud of that. My sweet sweet sister threw us a little party to celebrate! 

It was truly the most fun party I've ever been to. There is something super special about having all the people you love in one room. (Well almost all!) We had a private room in one of our favorite breweries, and had so much fun visiting and having drinks with our friends and family. 

There were so many beautiful details, like copycat centerpieces that we had at our wedding! We also had a fantastic caterer who made a stunning grazing table. It was a work of art, and delicious! Note also the lovely dessert table, complete with pug cookies. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Recent Reads #6

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:Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South in the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."
What I Liked: This book is based on a real school for boys near my hometown of Tallahassee. It's been in the news a lot in the last few years because of the number of unmarked graves that have been found. It was absolutely fascinating/horrifying to read about something that took place so close to home. My grandparents lived in Tallahassee during this time period, and it was really neat to imagine the Tallahassee they knew and recognize places mentioned in this story. 
What I Didn't Like: Obviously, the subject matter on this one is really tough, and hard to read. 
Rating: 5 Stars

Monday, February 10, 2020

My First Half Marathon

After finding my (hilariously unachievable) 30 before 30 list, I realized one of the only things I might be able to attain in the next few months was doing a Half Marathon. I really wanted to do a Disney Half, but quickly dismissed that after seeing the price tag (we're talking hundreds.). My hometown was offering one at a more pleasant price of $30, and it was in the right time of year, so I signed up before I could change my mind. 

I was so grateful my mom and sister agreed to do it with me! My sister and I started training in late September, and we both agree this was one of the coolest things we've ever done. I don't think either of us has ever successfully seen a goal through like this. The progress we made training was so apparent, before we knew it we were running 8 or more miles on the weekend. (Run/Walking anyway.)

Monday, February 3, 2020

What I Wore In January

Monday, January 20, 2020

Life Lately #9

Ended 2019 in North Carolina 
We love visiting Blake's mom and dad in N.C.! The drive is pretty long, but it's always worth it. We got to spend time with his parents, and family friend's Bill & Connie, who are just the best. It was a lot of relaxing, movie watching, and eating good food.

I also got to go on a few runs in their neighborhood while we were there. It's so nice to run in new places. Changes in scenery really help keep it interesting! It was so cold in the mornings on my runs, but it warmed up to almost 70 degrees in the afternoons. Bummer, because I was really looking forward to wearing all my cold weather gear we never get to wear at home. 

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Time We Ended Up In The Back of A Cop Car

It's Story Time!
Sorry, for the clickbait title, but I just had to share something crazy that happened to us recently! We really did end up in the back of a police car. 

Last month, on a Saturday, Blake and I were running around trying to get ready for a congregation get-together that we were organizing. There was so much to do that morning that I wasn't able to get in the shower until about 11:30, and we were supposed to meet the group to set up at 1. Blake was so helpful, and he ran out to the grocery store while I got myself dressed. 

Story Time: Finding a lost girl |

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Switching to the Erin Condren Petite Planner System

Just about every year, I give an update on how I plan, and what planner I'm using. Obviously, I haven't been very content with my choices, because I've changed it up almost every single year! From a cheap TJ Maxx find, to a Lilly Pulitzer planner, I've tried Erin Condren weekly and a Simplified daily and weekly! 

Last year, I went with the Simplified (a brand I love) weekly addition. Honestly, it was the perfect planner. I LOVED it. However, in the 2020 version, they removed the [very important to me] meal planning box in the layout. At the risk of sounding dramatic, that was a complete no-go for me. That was a main reason that system worked for me and a huge part of what I plan each week. 

[I feel like I need to interject that these planners are like $50, so I'm not about to *make it work*. I want it to be perfect for that amount of money.]

Erin Condren Petite Planner Folio Review |