Friday, February 9, 2018

January 2018 Favorites


Happy Friday, Friends!!


It has been consistently in the 70's and 80's this week so I feel like Florida is back to normal. I will miss my jacket and long sleeve weather, but won't miss the chilly mornings! I have just a few favorites for you this Friday and can't wait for five o'clock so I can get the real weekend started.

Food, Bacon Cauliflower Fried Rice - I have made this twice now, mentioned it in my What’s New With Me post and it’s such a great substitute for takeout fried rice, but so much better for you.

Beauty, Since I don't see clients everyday I don't always wear makeup. When I would it was always full face, liquid foundation but I wanted something quicker I could just throw on and after buying the Tarte Airbrush full Coverage I have been seriously impressed. It's not as long wear as my LancĂ´me but it does exactly what it's supposed to do.

Skin Care, CeraVe Moisturizing Cleanser - I have been using CeraVe AM and PM moisturizers for a few years now and a friend of mine, PLUS a couple of Youtubers had mentioned the wash for dry skin. I picked it up and I have been LOVING it. Even though it’s not a sudsy cleanser, when I rinse it off I feel the squeaky clean skin when I run my fingers over my face.

Book, Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine - OMG I do not know who read and rec'd this, probably on the book link up but it was unputdownable. now I have to wait like 6 weeks for the second one at the library.

Accessory, Amazon Faux Leather Reversible Tote - I asked for this for Christmas AND bought one for my boss. It’s CHEAP at $25 compared to $48 Nordstrom SIMILAR, has held up so well and carries almost everything. multiple color options as well.

Song, Reckless Love - we sang this at a young adult Tuesday night I attended a couple weeks ago, and even though we’ve sung it at church I could not get it out of my head, just love it.

Some of my friends are doing putt-putt golf tonight, so looking forward to that.

What are you up to this weekend? Linking up with Amanda!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

January 2018 Recap - What's New With Me

What's New With You

Happy Thursday and February 1st, friends!!

February is here, we're one month closer to my birthday and one month closer to warmer weather!!! We had another 50 degree day in Florida this week and it's just brutal! It has given me the opportunity to wear my fuzzy loafer mules, but I'd put them away for sunshine all day and 70's.

January was a fairly quiet month, but I'll share some of the things I got up to.

We did a Disney day at Magic Kingdom. I finally got to try the bottomless milkshakes at The Plaza restaurant between Tomorrowland and Main Street. I could only stomach two, the peanut butter chocolate and chocolate. The PB chocolate was OMG sooo delicious!! I should have had another one of those instead of chocolate but I thought I'd try a different flavor and I am usually a chocolate girl.


We also got to really play Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. I had picked up cards the previous time, but not actually started a game or really knew much about it, but I feel like I have the hang of it now. It's a game that's played at kiosks throughout the park. These kiosks have been there for years and you've probably never noticed them, I didn't! At each kiosk you scan your magic band or AP card to start your turn. When you're a newbie you'll get a story about which villain you're trying to defeat and you'll hold up a playing card to battle the villain. Then you'll be told to go to another kiosk in the park, usually in the same land until you've defeated that specific villain.


We went back for another day for the UCF parade they had, it really was special being there to cheer on the team and see the band march through the park. They didn't play much where we were but I love watching it in Frontier Land so we can continue on with our day and not wait around for the parade to finally make it to Main Street.


I FINALLY started watching Stranger Things and loved it. Finished season two this past weekend and now I'm anxiously waiting for Fall 2018 so the next season can be released.


Made a few new recipes, but the one you MUST hear about was the Bacon Cauliflower Fried Rice I have now made twice and it was a hit both times, hello seconds!


A friend of mine works for Baycare and they had a special event at Busch Gardens so we got to enjoy an afternoon there where rode two roller coasters, Kumba and Sheikra. Sheikra terrified me with those 90 degree drops! Riding Kumba was cool because when I was a kid and we had annual passes, my dad would ride that roller coaster while we were in the kiddie area. That's just so cool that he used to ride it and I got to ride it too. I may be the only sentimental one like that. Here's me on one of my favorite leisure rides, the Skyride.


Mom had her birthday this last weekend and we had a fun time celebrating her. My sister fixed chicken alfredo and did a mock Olive Garden salad, buying the breadsticks from them since they're so good!


I'm continuing to go through my labels, currently focusing on the ones that only have one post in them. I am through "H" with a long way to go but slow and steady wins this race. As for the Fitgirls challenge I was participating in I didn't finish this one strong but that won't stop me from keeping on.

I did buy lunch a couple times this month, but I had extra freelance work come in I wasn't expecting so I had a little extra $$. I also saw THE CUTEST earrings on Bauble Bar that I HAD. TO. HAVE. for my Birthday weekend, so happy birthday to me early.

What have you been up to? What's new with you?!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

2017, 2018 and What's New With Me

2018 is here and chugging right along. I saw a funny pic that there should be sympathy cards for going back after the holidays, lol. Yes, please!

What's New With You

2017 was a pretty good year, I made some really good friends, got to catch up with some that had moved away and even had one move back that I got to spend a lot of time with. I still have half a year of Disney passes so I'll definitely be looking forward to spending more days there!


What's new with me is I'm planning all the things for 2018 and working on some self improvement goals. I've joined Fit Girls Guide and I'm determined to complete this first round. I've started countless times but never finished. You can follow along on Instagram @fitgirlhea if you'd like.

These are the things I already have on the books for 2018, but I'm just going to assume that more things will come along because they always do. I mean I didn't even know I was going to Costa Rica until after January 1, 2017.

Birthday Weekend Staycation - I stayed at Clearwater Beach with a friend last March, loved it and when the opportunity came up to do it cheaper again I booked it almost right away.

Seeing Reba at the Strawberry Festival. My parents saw her back at some Country festival when we lived in Texas in the eighties. Garth was her opener! This will be my first time and because it's at the Strawberry Festival my dad can't come. He's allergic to the pollen.

Rodger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella at Ruth Eckerd Hall. We got good seats at a great price for this and I'm excited to see a live Disney show, not at Disney!!

My sister turns 30!! Not sure what we're doing, but hello milestone Birthday.

Rock the Universe! While I've had Universal Orlando season tickets before, this isn't something I've ever been to. It's a 2 day Christian music festival and I purchased tickets to go with a friend this year but then Hurricane Irma happened so we didn't go and they cancelled part of it anyway.

I want to work on my 40 x 40 this year, finishing the list of things I want to do over the next seven years and crossing off some of the things on that list.

I went a little overboard with the credit card at the end of the year after paying it off, so I'm trying really hard not to spend a bunch of money in the first couple months of 2018. So far it's going ok, but we're not even one week into it, lol.

What's new with you?