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In Beauty, Motherhood on
April 14, 2016

If I Had $100, What Would I Buy? (April 2016 Pregnancy Edition)

Last month I shared a fun post called the $100 Wishlist and thought I’d do an April edition now that everyone knows about my pregnancy.

So, what would I buy this second if I had $100 of fun money?

If you had $100 of mad money, what would you buy off of your wishlist?

  1. Flared skirts from Romwe: I recently discovered Romwe  and I am desperate to buy all of their flared and pleated skirts. I have a white pleated skirt that makes me feel really confident, so it would be great to have a few more to switch between when I want to feel chic. Most of them cost around $20.
  2. Snoogle side sleeper: Sleeping on my back or my stomach is impossible at this point, so I’ve been slowly adjusting to sleeping on my side so I’m not squishing little EJ. I wish I could get this pregnancy pillow to make it easier, but the $40 price makes it a little more of a splurge at this point.
  3. Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser: This used to be a skincare staple for me a few years ago, but I haven’t purchased a new bottle in ages. It’s time to pick it up at the drugstore or as an Amazon subscribe and save option because the pregnancy has made my skin so dry this past month. The small bottle is only $8.25, so this is likely the one thing I’m for sure to get out of this list.
  4. Moleskin weekly planner: I have been dying for a new personal planner (as my current to-do list notebook is almost complete) and this is a planner I really enjoyed in college. I have another blank notebook I can fill, so it isn’t a priority at the moment, but if I had a few extra bucks I’d spend the $11.53 to get it on Amazon.
  5. Rubbermaid containers: I’ve been bringing lunch to work every day and wish I had more container options so I can bring a larger variety of food. Amazon has a 42-piece Rubbermaid set for only $15.99 that would make packing my lunch so much easier.

There, that was fun! I love going through my ever growing wishlists to see what would be my priority to-buy items month to month. This list is drastically different from what my $100 March Wishlist held.

Last month I won a giveaway for the #Instaready Contour Stick and earned a giftcard from another website, so I used that money to buy the #Instaready Blush Stick and the Burt’s Bees BB Cream. I can’t wait to get them in the mail. That makes three purchases from last months five-item list. How fun!

What would you buy this second if you could? I’d love to know!

In Beauty on
March 23, 2016

If I Had $100, What Would I Buy? (March 2016 Edition)

I was thinking today of my ever growing wishlist and a lightbulb went off in my head. If I had $100 to use however I wanted, what would I buy this second?

And thus, a new blog series is born. I’m thinking of creating a new list every month so that then you can see what I’m currently lusting over depending on the season and what is going on in my life. Most months I won’t be able to buy more than maybe one item on the list, since I’m in extreme budgeting and saving mode at the moment, but this way you’ll get to see how trends float in my blogger mind.

Ready? Here’s the list.

The prettiest highlight ever is available now from Tarte.

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1. Tarte Cosmetics Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Highlighting Palette, $42

This highlighting palette is GORGEOUS. I’ve seen some demos on Tarte’s Instagram and it is just to-die-for. I’ve really been craving a highlight in my makeup lately and none of my current eyeshadows measure up. This is the most pricey item on my list, taking up almost all of my budget, so it may not be something I purchase right away.

On my wishlist, the Burt's Bees BB Cream

[Image: Burt’s Bees]

2. Burt’s Bees BB Cream, $14.52

I am more of a fan of BB creams than foundations, especially since I have dry and sensitive skin, so the dewy look is up my alley. If I ever have problem areas, I just add a high coverage concealer over those spots. Burt’s Bees is one of my favorite companies so I’m just ecstatic they are branching more into makeup products. Out of all of the products I am considering on this list, this may be the one item I get right away.

BB Instaready BB Stick Review

[Images: Physician’s Formula and Makeup and Beauty Blog]

3. Physician’s Formula #InstaReady Contour Trio BB Stick, in Blush and Bronze, $12.99 each

It may be a total splurge to want both of these contour sticks but honestly, I love the idea of these products. I love blush contours and would love a bronze contour in stick form, so both of these together are perfect for my everyday needs. I may not buy both, but I can definitely see me getting at least one of them when I have a drugstore coupon.

Beyond the Red by Ava Jae

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4. Beyond the Red by Ava Jae, $12.24

The only non-beauty item in the list this month, the first book launch from one of my favorite writing-centric bloggers. I am so happy for her first release and can’t wait to buy it as soon as I’m able.

Total: $94.74

Well, that was a lot of fun! I love putting lists together. If you have an upcoming splurge, I hope my current wishlist helps you chose what’s on that shopping list.

Want to save these items for later? Here is the Pinterest board with all of the info shared here.
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If you had $100, what would you buy this second?

In My Journal on
March 13, 2016

The Sunday Special

What I’ve been feeling this week, in blog form. Enjoy your relaxing Sunday, Kind Friends, and let me know if you’d like to see a post like this every week. I’ll be back next week to share with you more content. In the mean time, keep up with me on Facebook and Twitter.

Favorite Home Decor Day Dream:

Stunning home decor from Oh Joy

Dainty lights from Amazon, featured in this Oh Joy photo sharing her new dinnerware for Target.

My Sunday Jams:

jagged little pill by Alanis Morissette (Spotify Landmark Edition)

I totally miss 90s music! I feel like it’s a little harder for me to find music I connect to in this generation. What music are you loving recently?

Sunday TV Marathon:

Colony on the USA Network

Alien shows are my favorite and I love how this show keeps their influence on the community ambiguous.

What I’m looking forward to on Monday:

Who will Ben choose? I’m so excited, this is my first season of The Bachelor and it was drama city.

I hope you all had a wonderful week! This next one will hopefully be even better.

Comment below some of your favorite links, shows, products, and more from the past week or so. I’d love new suggestions!

In Happiness, My Journal on
September 11, 2015

70+ Amazing Things to Live For

Love the life you lead

Hi Kind Friends!

You may remember that a few years ago I completed a blog series called 100 Reasons to Be Happy. It was a very motivating experience. Last night I decided to turn to a fresh page in my notebook and mimic that experience by writing down as many things that I love as possible. The page ended up holding 74 amazing things to live for.

Some of them are particular to my life but many of them are general enough to apply to anyone. This list is not in any particular order, it just has things written down as I thought of them.

  1. Love
  2. My husband
  3. Children
  4. Family
  5. Cookies
  6. Writing
  7. Reading
  8. Characters
  9. Crispy chicken
  10. Self expression
  11. My blog
  12. Hot and sweet coffee
  13. Cold fresh water
  14. Yoga
  15. Hugs
  16. Small smiles
  17. Cat meows
  18. Dog cuddles
  19. Goal reaching
  20. Star gazing
  21. The feeling I get when Chris does little sweet things for me
  22. The high after a workout
  23. The drama of a good TV show
  24. Finally getting something I have been waiting a long time for
  25. Acceptance
  26. Indulgences
  27. Kindness
  28. Praise
  29. Sugar
  30. A clean home
  31. New discoveries
  32. A few buzzed nights
  33. Helpful massages
  34. Sensual massages
  35. The thrill of a bet paying off
  36. The happiness of seeing families grow
  37. Funny haikus
  38. Plants I can actually keep alive
  39. Thrilling conclusions to trilogies
  40. Anything Harry Potter
  41. Having people that care about my opinion
  42. The revival of The X-Files
  43. Alien life
  44. The fact that the truth is out there
  45. Pretty washi tape
  46. DIY projects that go well
  47. Learning from mistakes
  48. Good curly hair days
  49. Family heirlooms
  50. Cute viral videos of babies and pets
  51. Productive days
  52. Baby’s breath
  53. Happy memories
  54. Fresh notebooks
  55. Filled notebooks
  56. New technology
  57. Working from home
  58. Pretty patterned stationary
  59. Growing through dirt and becoming a flower
  60. Cuddling with Chris inside on a rainy day
  61. Dainty jewelry
  62. Lullabies
  63. Likes on Instagram
  64. Sweet scented candles
  65. Meeting a challenge
  66. Slow kisses
  67. Interesting dreams
  68. Mermaid suits
  69. Trees
  70. Salt lamps
  71. Natural skincare
  72. Family dinners
  73. Glitter
  74. Big sweaters

What do you love to live for? What makes your days fun or de-stresses you after a long day?

I’d love to read some of your responses in the comments.

In Happiness on
August 21, 2015

Pros and Cons of Rainbow Book Order

Rainbow book order pros and cons

Just in case you haven’t noticed, I’m here to tell you that I have been obsessed with reading this month. Reading turns Muggles into magic wielders, takes us on adventures, helps us escape tough situations, and brings dreams to life. I’m deep diving in books!

I’m going to actually be posting exclusive book videos on my YouTube channel that won’t be showing up on my blog so make sure you have subscribed there as well. Additionally, my book videos are being brought to you by the Audible affiliate program. Grab a free book on me using!

Since I’ve purchased some new books recently, I was running out of space. So I completely reorganized my book shelf to be a rainbow book order. If you’ve never seen this before, you basically organize your books by the color of their spine so that all together the spines of the books resemble a rainbow.

Having trouble remembering the rainbow? Remember Mr. Roy G. Biv

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet

Apparently I have a lot of brown and black books so I added those last. Alternatively you could also do a general ombre like blue to pink.


Rainbow order bookshelves pros and cons


  • Looking at the rainbow books makes me happy
  • It was a fun creative organization project


  • You have to memorize your books by color rather than searching by genre or alphabetical order
  • It takes up a lot of space since none of the books can be stacked horizontally

Well, that wasn’t as many pros and cons as I thought I would come up with! Oddly, remembering books by their cover color hasn’t been that difficult since I’m a visual learner.

I remember in open book tests in college I would look up an answer by visualizing how far down the page I read about that fact. Have you ever done anything like that?

Watch me reorganize my books in the time-lapse below:

Would you ever give rainbow order a chance? Or is it just too impractical for you?

If you missed the announcement above, Audible is now a sponsor of this blog. You can grab your own free audiobook by going to! Enjoy a book on me.

Let me know which one you choose in the comments below.

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In My Journal on
August 10, 2015

Why I Love Readathons

Readathons in 2015

Reading marathons, AKA readathons, are a heck of a lot of fun. Here are a few reasons why I love them and why you should check them out as well. Make sure to check below to also hear about how I did in the recent BookTubeAThon challenge and how you can find out about readathons you can participate in.

Readathons bring community to reading

In every big readathon there is usually a hashtag you can follow or a group discussion page on Goodreads so that you can interact and make friends with fellow readers. There is also even reading sprints guided on Twitter to help you reach your daily reading goals. It’s a great way to make reading, generally a solitary activity, into a big event where you feel connected to others in similar interest groups.

Readathons help motivate you to read more

By creating challenges for you to follow and setting a strict deadline, readathons encourage you to finally finish that book that has been sitting by your bedside table for ages. This is the same reason why I often set deadlines for my goals because telling yourself that something is due at a certain time is a big motivator.

Readathons help you learn about amazing books

If you participate in the community aspects of readathons, you not only make new friends but you also learn about some amazing books by following how everyone else is doing in the challenge.

And what is there not to love? Even if you “fail” at following the guidelines, you have taken a step towards reading more and that is amazing.

Recently I participated in the BookTubeAThon, a week-long event where there are seven challenges aimed at helping you read seven books.

Here are the two videos I created on my YouTube channel to go along with this event:

BookTubeAThon Days 1-4 Wrap Up

BookTubeAThon Days 5-7 Wrap Up

To find out more about readathons during certain times of year, check out this 2015 master readathon list from Little Book Owl. There is so many fun ones that I can’t wait to participate in.

I love reading because it takes me into a whole different world. What about you?

What are your recent reading favorites? Share them with me in the comments so I can check them out.


In Happiness, Tips on
May 14, 2015

5 Ways to Live More Minimally

How to Live Minimally

In 2011 I started working my butt off to obtain a more minimal beauty routine.  I was buying more beauty products than I was consuming and it just had to stop.

Now in 2015 I’m happy to finally be at a place where all of my beauty clutter is under control, I shop only when absolutely necessary rather than for fun, and when I do shop I buy used as often as possible. My wallet is happier and my clutter is significantly down.

Now I’m looking into other ways that I can live more minimally. Here are five tips I plan on trying out and I would love to encourage you to do the same.

5 Easy Ways to Live More Minimally and Sustainably:

  1. Use resusable napkins instead of disposable
    • Most people do a load of laundry a week. Why not add in a few napkins to the load? Reusable napkins can be found very inexpensively at places like the Goodwill. This saves you money and produces less waste.
  2. Plan out your meals
    • Meal planning is a sure-fire way to spend less at the grocery store, to be healthier, and to keep food you bought from expiring before you use it. On days that I haven’t planned out my food, I usually eat whatever is the quickest to make — which isn’t generally the healthier choice. Options like slow-cooker meals are also something I’d like to look into.
  3. Start working out daily
    • This may not seem like a more minimal living tip but it really is. Taking care of your body will lead to less medical expenses and less emotional stress. How is working out easy? Well, start by taking a walk around the block. Walking my dog every morning brings me great joy and since I’ve started doing that I’ve made much more of an effort to work throughout the day.
  4. Update your budget every morning
    • I’ve recently made changes to our family budget and that has kept spending done. However, I only update it every few days. Ideally I’d like to add updating the budget to my morning routine so that I always have an accurate picture of our finances — meaning I’ll be less likely to impulse buy.
  5. Make your own cleaning supplies
    • Recently I made my own multi-purpose cleaner and it has rocked my world. I plan on looking into more all-natural DIY household products I can save money on. This will yield to more money in my pocket and less chemicals in my home.

For more Learning to Live Minimally tips, stay tuned to this blog. I truly do believe that happiness comes from within and not from things. I’m really happy to be closer to a more minimal home.

Best wishes to you all. I hope your week has been going well.

What are some easy ways that you use to minimize your waste? Share your suggestions with me and others in the comments.