Friday Favorites ( Feb 2nd )


 

These colors! So pretty. Aldi has some of the most delicious macaroons right now on sale for less than $5 for a pack of 12. Our whole family easily ate them up in one sitting. They rival any I’ve had from a bakery, and the price is way better.

 

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In case you haven’t figured it out yet (but I’m sure you have), belts are back. I have a similar belt to the one from Nordstrom above, but I’m going to order this in the tan color eventually.

 

 

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Okay, where has this app been my whole life? The Project Life app is digital scrapbooking at it’s easiest (and cutest). The best part: you can order the actual scrapbook at the end. I use this on vacations (via my iphone) and add in the pictures with captions as I go. Scrapbooking on the go means there’s a much better chance the book will contain all of the little things I might not think of after we’re home and back to the daily grind. Being able to access it from my phone makes it convenient enough that it’ll actually get done, haha. I’ve included a couple of pages from one of my scrapbooks to give you an idea of how it works. Give it a try!

 

 

XOXO,

Erika

 

 

 

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Friday Favorites (Jan 26th)

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MIRACLE WORKER. If you have kids, or you yourself can’t seem to eat without getting food on your shirt, you need this.

I never would have known to buy this stain removing spray if it hadn’t been for a friend showing it in action on her insta-stories. She had a spaghetti-stained shirt and used this to get rid of the mess, and after watching it easily annihilate the set in tomato sauce, I had to try it.

I figured 8 dollars was worth it if I could save the countless clothes assigned to the “play clothes/ lounge around home” category (that still doesn’t get worn).

I actually saved a pretty linen kitchen towel with ravioli stains just to test this stuff out when it arrived.

The directions say to wet the item, spray it with Miss Mouth’s messy eater stain treater, and then rinse and wash. I let it sit for 15 minutes after spraying, rubbed it in, and then rinsed. The stains were completely, 100% gone! I’m not sure how I’ve lived without this!

 

 

 

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We’ve gone through so many boxes of these since cold season came around, and they are the first thing Bella asks for when she’s not feeling well.

They are purely a comfort crutch and don’t actually relieve the fever, but the gel pad is cool and comforting and helps Bella get to sleep when she’s miserably sick. Anything that helps her feel better is a winner in my book. These are certainly worth giving a try if you have a little one that’s sick. We love them. 🙂

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XOXO,

Erika

 

 

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Friday Favorites (Jan 19th )

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I’ve had a lot of phone cases over the years, but this one is my absolute favorite. It’s not bulky, it’s pretty, it’s high quality, and now I have no idea how I lived without a loop on the back of my phone. It relieves the weight of the phone while scrolling through feeds, watching videos, texting, or taking pictures. Plus, it’s saved my phone countless times from be dropped. I like the way it secures the phone tightly against my hand without having to hold onto or balance it.

 

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The name of this eye gel says it all. After using needles no more, I’m a believer. Granted, I’ve never had anything done to my eyes, but I feel like I have after using this product. It’s just not long-lasting (lasts until you wash your face). You have to reapply daily, but the results are great, and without the needles and high cost. I’ll take all of this I can get. You can click here for the link to purchase or to read my complete review.

 

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I have this necklace from Anthropology in the letter “E” and also gifted an “A” to my sister for Christmas.

We’re both in love with it. It hangs at an angle, so it’s not your standard initial necklace. This one has an edge that makes it different. The brass has a brushed look that I like as well. Plus, it’s adjustable (16″L with 2″ extender chain) so it can be worn close to a choker length or longer, depending on the look you want.

 

 

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If I could live in only one thing, it would be these Spanx leggings. They’re high-waisted, thick enough to wear no matter what length your shirt is, hold everything in, and are so comfortable. I probably wear these at least 3 days a week. I’ve been looking for a great pair of leggings for years and finally found these on sale. They are definitely a one-pair-and-done legging. They hold up so well and are all you really need as far as basic black leggings go.

 

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This No More Baggage is by far my favorite find this week. I’m not sure if I just walk around in a perpetual state of exhaustion, or if puffy under-eyes come with age, but they are a daily thing for me.

I saw a bunch of people posting about this product recently when it went on mega sale, and then the reviews came, and they were raving.

So, I decided to try it when it went on sale for 50% off. And now I’m raving.

You dab it under your eyes, and seconds later, you can literally feel the area tightening up. And, if you watch really closely, you can see the puffiness under your eyes shrink. I’m SOLD. Try it, you will be too.

Also, after using the No More Baggage, I’m dying to try this 3D filler mask.

 

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XOXO,

Erika

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XOXO,

Erika

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Must-See TV to Binge Watch in January 2018

 

Anyone else trying to escape the frigid temps and cold by snuggling on your sofa with snacks and binging on Netflix, Hulu & Amazon Prime?

Yea, me too.

There’s nothing better than starting a series or movie knowing it’s gonna be a good one. No wasted time (or snacks!).

I keep a running list in the notes section of my phone listing any recommendations I come across. That way I don’t waste precious time reading through the blurbs online, trying to find something good to watch, only to start it and realize it’s actually terrible.

So, to save that from happening to you, I’m sharing 5 absolutely binge-worthy movies and series you can add to your to-watch list now.

I won’t waste your time re-writing the info already included in the descriptions linked, but I will give you the lowdown on why these are must-sees.

  1. THE FOLLOWING (NETFLIX)

 

OMG. This is the most addictive, unpredictable and absolutely delicious series out there right now. Warning: there are plenty of graphic parts, but only when they are necessary to further the storyline. No unneeded goriness here. The actors are top-notch (hello, Kevin Bacon) and there are so many plot twists you’ll have to make yourself stop watching to eat and sleep, haha. Trust me on this one: put it at the very top of your list.

 

2. VICTORIA (AMAZON PRIME)


I’ve always been a sucker for British history. Period pieces are my favorite; to read and to watch. I didn’t know who Jenna Coleman was before I started watching this (where have I been?), but now I’m a forever fan. And the accents… love. Plus, it’s history so you can be completely guilt-free while you put off the piles of laundry you still need to do.

 

3. THE HANDMAIDEN’S TALE (HULU)

This is a heavy one, but so good. The Handmaiden’s Tale takes the world we know today, and realistically portrays a terrifying shift that is stunningly convincing. I mean, you’ll shudder at these people’s reality.

Elisabeth Moss plays Offred, the main character, and she is stellar in this role. You’ll be sucked into her world just to see her fight tooth and nail to climb out of it. Plus, even if this series wasn’t spellbinding, it would be well worth your time to see Alexis Bledel play Emily. Your mind will be blown. She nailed it in a way I didn’t think was possible. Go ahead and put this on your list pronto.

 

4. MANHUNT: UNABOMBER (NETFLIX)

Okay, I didn’t think I would like this one. Honestly, my husband picked it to watch and I was convinced I’d just have to grin and bear it. Boy was I wrong!!

It sucked me right in. This movie really gives you a look into why someone so twisted ended up that way. And, it’ll kinda freak you out how easily he blended into his community. Nobody suspected him at all.

The acting is great, and I love the way the plot alternates between past and present, giving you insight into the bomber’s motives.

 

5. THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (AMAZON PRIME)

I’d watch this one just for the 50’s wardrobe, but I don’t have to because watching “Midge” take a journey from picture-perfect housewife into stand up comedian is worthy all on it’s own. Unlike the heavy hitters above, this is the one to watch if you’re in the mood for  feel-good entertainment. It’s funny, dramatic and completely binge-worthy. Add it, you’ll be glad you did.

 

Alright, I feel confident you’ll find something on this list you’ll rave about. No wasted binge-time for you! Watch em, and tell me what you think 🙂

 

XOXO,

Erika


 

 

 

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Friday Favorites (Jan 12th)

 

Yes, these are so 90’s, but they are also the miracle of hair gems when it comes to keeping 2 day, or even 3 & 4 day curls alive.
Hear me out, I promise you’ll thank me after trying this (if you’re not already doing this). Right before bed, pull your hair into a ponytail on top of your head and wrap a Scunci Effortless Beauty Thermal Twisters, Assorted Colors around it twice to secure.

You’ll wake up with voluminous roots and nearly perfect curls. You can then use Large Tooth Detangle Comb Shampoo Wide Teeth Comb Hair Salon Shampoo Comb Unbreakable 9 1/2″ (Black & *Free Bonus Comb*) to comb through them without pulling the curls out.

 

 

Okay, now that you don’t have to waste time re-curling your hair, you can enjoy a nice cup of Twinings Herbal Tea, Winter Spice, 20 Counthot tea. It is so good. Me and my husband drink a cup pretty much every evening.

 

 

Add two of these La Perruche White Sugar Cubes, 1 Pound 10.5 Ounceand a drizzle of honey and you’ll be just as addicted to this tea as we are. It has the slightest hint of spices while still being smooth and not overpowering.

 

 

For some reason, I cannot find sugar cubes at the grocery stores near me, so I turned to amazon, and of course they delivered. These hold their shape in the box, taste divine and last forever. We’ve been using them pretty regularly since they arrived 4 months ago and we’re barely halfway through the box.

 

For more of my everyday favorites check back next Friday 🙂

 

XOXO,

Erika

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Shampoo & Conditioner


 

These two products are liquid gold if you have dry, processed hair (because what blonde-with-help doesn’t?). I have tried a wide variety of the shampoos and conditioners that Ulta has to offer, and none of them hold a candle to the Loreal expert line. Before Amazon, these could only be purchased from Loreal professionals (i.e. purchased from a salon). Now, anyone can order from Amazon at 1/3 of the price. The fact I don’t have to leave my house is an extra bonus. I order, and two days later, it’s on my doorstep. I have heard that it’s better to purchase these products from a reputable salon, but I’ve bought from both, and have found them equivalent, so far.

After just one use of this duo, I can see an immediate and drastic difference in my hair. The texture becomes super silky to the touch, there’s less frizz from humidity, and it’s shinier.

If your hair has a tendency to veer towards the oiler side, you may find this combination too hydrating. Luckily, the Loreal expert line offers a range of formulas for all hair types. I have found many of these on Amazon as well. Click the links below to shop the exact ones I use.

XOXO,

Erika

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A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living

 

By Emily Ley

 

I love this girl. If you don’t already follow her on Instagram, go do that now. You won’t regret it. Her posts are filled with life and organizational tips, product recommendations, and adorable (yet real life) pics of her kids. It’s an overall aesthetically pleasing feed that’ll brighten and enlighten your day.

 

Then, get this book.

There are so many great ideas to make your life more simplified and less hectic. My favorite, and one I’ve recently put into action, is to donate your current towels (all those mis-matched, stained up ones) and order inexpensive all-white towel sets from Walmart or Target. I ordered these when they were on sale, and got two sets for $25 including shipping. I wash them twice a week and add either bleach or oxyclean to the load to keep them fresh and clean. The best part: I never have a 4-foot high mound of stinky towels to wash. Plus, my linen closet looks so much neater and more organized now.

 

My other favorite tip from the book: wash a small load of clothes daily, no matter what the colors. She recommends adding a ColorCatcher sheet to the load to prevent color bleeding. I have to admit, I was leery of this, but I gave it a try (even including reds in the loads) and I’ve had no problems. This is now part of my daily routine and has really made laundry a little less overwhelming for me.

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Trust me. You need this book in your life.

 

Not a big reader? Order the audible version. I listened to this book while cooking and cleaning and really enjoyed it. The narration is good and it allows you to accomplish other things at the same time. Win-win.

 

XOXO,

Erika

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