Thursday, November 30, 2017

November 2017, So Thankful

Good morning, it's the end of a very thankful month for a lot of folks. You see friends and family start off on Facebook or some other platform sharing the things they're thankful for, every day.

Every Thursday Rebecca shares the things she has been thankful for the past week. I love reading her list(s) and while I would love to join in every week lets be realistic because even with this list sometimes 10 days went by and I had to look back at my schedule to see what I would have been thankful for.

Since today is the last Thursday of November I thought I'd share my entire month of thankfulness!

1. Bursts of energy. Dishes, dinner and breakfast prep made me feel really productive and then I conked out early to bed.

2. Church friends.

3. Work. Busy day, but that makes the day go faster.

4. Family. Having a great weekend with the family, even when we're working.

5. Worship in the new chapel, the violin playing and all the natural light coming in. Very serene.

6. Love when all the family is home for an evening dinner, even when it's just leftovers.

7. Last official young adult ladies group, so thankful for the new friends I've made.

8. Quiet time. A place and time to be almost by myself. Also for walks with the old Boom. We didn't go far but he loves his walks.

9. My parents.

10. Mexican food!!! Love trying new places in the Bay Area.

11. Lazy Saturdays.

12. Family adventures.

13. Let it go. Crazy busy at Disney on a Monday and our family really didn't let the rude people get to us.

14. Coffee on MY Monday lol.

15. Boomer. We left for our walk this evening and there were dogs on both sides of the walk we usually take so we went a different route and he was just loving all the new scents lol.

16. Sleep. I went to bed early since I got up early.

17. Anticipation. I leave for Charleston tomorrow with a friend and all the planning has me so excited!

18. Early mornings and easy road trips.

19. Exciting new touristy things and Pinterest. I wouldn't have found all of the places in Charleston without it, or it would have been harder.

20. Vacationing near the Holidays and getting to see special things that aren't up year round.

21. Scenic Routes and multiples ways to get home. We hit major traffic delays, but the map apps kept us moving!

22. Spending time with my little and really good, heartwarming movies.

23. Simple Thanksgiving with the family.

24. Black Friday shopping online and getting to see an old friend at an old haunt while she was in town. Also, gorgeous sunsets and celebrating UCF Football wins!

25. Trying new places with old friends while they're visiting.

26. New church groups and getting my bible back.

27. One more day of vacation before I have to go back to work and spending those days off with Mom.

28. Having an awesome back up at work so I don't come back to chaos!!

29. Coworkers that talk you off the ledge.

30. Smooth commutes and early start times that help avoid a large chunk of the traffic.

What are you thankful for this week, month, year or today?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Things I've Done...In My Sleep

I have been doing things in my sleep since I was in 5th grade. Sometimes it's little things like The stories I have aren't little things they're all pretty out there and apparently something had to happen again for me to share my stories.

Sorting my sleep.
This is the first incident I remember having someone tell me about. In the house we lived in at the time we used my parents bedroom for sorting our laundry. Imagine your child coming into your room in the middle of the night and sorting their laundry. You try to talk to them, no response. After a little time they leave and go back to bed. #weirdolaundrysorter

Answering the my sleep.
I was lucky enough to have my own phone and phone line (that I shared with the dial up internet connection) in middle school, before cell phones were mainstream. Anyway, I woke up one morning, I'm assuming it's the weekend and my "boyfriend" at the time was supposed to have called me but when I looked over ah the receiver my handset was missing.

I sat up, stretched and heard coughing below me?? There was my handset! I picked it up and hesitantly said "hello." It was my boyfriend!!!! Apparently he HAD called and I talked to him for maybe 5-10 minutes. He told me I stopped talking, assumed I had fallen asleep and he STAYED ON THE LINE. #ridiculousmiddleschoolers my sleep.
Yeah, so this is the only one I can remember having an out of body experience with. It was high school and the cheerleaders were changing up our practice schedule to accommodate those that wanted to go out for volleyball or something after school. Small school, some kids did it all!

At this point we were living in a rental that was only 1,000 SF all five of us and the bathroom was right next to and across from all the bedrooms but nobody heard me take a shower in the middle of the night. I remember getting in and all of a sudden my clothes feeling heavy. So, I forgot to take off my clothes. I don't remember if I washed anything or just drenched myself but I do remember getting out, hanging my clothes on the side of the tub and wearing my wet underwear back to bed. The next morning my mom asked about the wet clothes on the side of the tub and it all came back.

I don't think I was the only one having a problem with the early morning practice so it didn't last long. #doesnthandlechangewell my sleep.
This one I'm not sure exactly what happened but here's the story. 11/16/17 SEVENTEEN years after the last known incident - I woke up for my early morning bathroom run, ugh! When I got back in bed I was tossing and turning but then I felt something crusty under my ankle. Was it dirt? A cookie? I wasn't sure but in the semi-dark I saw a spot on my sheet so I jumped up and ran over to the light. There was a large section of my ankle covered by crusty brown stuff. Poop? After grabbing a paper towel and getting it wet, I wiped off my ankle, smelled it and was thankful it was chocolate. Chocolate?! What the crap. There wasn't any wrapper or anything else other than brown chocolate spots on my ankle and at the foot of the bed on my fitted sheet!

When I retold the story to my coworker she said she has woken up with food in her hand and a taste in her mouth before. I'm hoping that's what I did, midnight chocolate snack and I didn't have some random piece of chocolate hanging out in my bed for who knows how long. #chocolatemakeseverythingbetter

I'm sure there are other instances but when I was retelling them for friends this week these are the only ones I could remember enough about to share.

Have you ever done something random in your sleep?

Friday, November 17, 2017

TGIF Favs 3

Good Morning and Happy last Friday before Thanksiving!!

Did you already buy your turkey? We have not, but our family goes over to a friends house and we bring sides so we don't need to get a turkey, nor do we have to clean up woohoo!

I thought I'd share my favorite things about Thanksgiving since I won't be posting next Friday.

1. Food! I love the homemade food everybody dishes out. Last year I started eating cranberry sauce with my stuffing (I never ate the sauce before) and it's a total game changer. We had a potluck at work this week with a lot of Thanksgiving foods and the bonus was the addition of spanish influence and it was probably one of the best potlucks I've been to.

What's your favorite potluck food to bring?

2. People. Being able to see people that I only see every so often, maybe only this once a year is always something to be thankful for.

3. Decorating for Christmas. We put our tree up the day after, usually after we've done some shopping. We also watch all the Christmas movies but Hallmark started early I feel this year so we're already watching those, lol.

4. Black Friday. All of the sales and now that I can buy most of my stuff on the internet and don't have to do the crowds is AMAZING!

5. The parade!! Cannot forget the parade. On my bucket list is to book a fancy vaca where I can stay on the parade route in NYC someday. Oh dreams.

What are your favorite things about Thanksgiving? Linking up with Amanda!

Friday, November 10, 2017

TGIF Favs 2

Happy Friday!!

I ALWAYS love Fridays, but I tend to love them more when the weekend is filled with all kinds of goodness to come!!

We're going to Disney!! Doing The Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, staying at the Polynesian, breakfast at Kona and then Magic Kingdom. Favorites this week won't ALL be Disney related, I promise.

1. I got our Disney Christmas ears, aren't they so awesome?! I cannot wait to wear them on Sunday!! Ulous has the cheapest ears but the quality doesn't look it and they're much more comfortable than the park ears that I've tried on that immediately squeeze my head.

2. The Sephora VIB Sale started today and I have so many things I want in my cart hopefully my budget is enough for it all!! I shared it late yesterday afternoon in case you missed it.

3. This Sangria was ahhhmazing. Seriously, perfectly light, Fall drink. I'm planning to make it for a party this weekend before we leave for Disney

4. Favorite Fall and maybe Winter decor. So simple and add a little fake snow or white chunky paint to look like snow for winter!

5. Always a funny and OMG this is soooo true!

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

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fall 2017 Sephora In My Cart

I love seeing what people have on their lists. From stuff they're restocking to new things they want to try for a bargain. I'm a list maker and when you combine lists with sales it's just one big party.

When the Sephora VIB sale comes around I see and hear it talked about everywhere. I want to be frugal, but some things I just HAVE to splurge on. Just in case you haven't made your purchases yet I thought I'd throw my list into the mix! FYI all of these are affiliate links, thanks for supporting me!


THIS!! If you only splurge on ONE lip product or ONE item, I would suggest this. Ride or die, holy grail, whatever you want to call it I LOVE this stuff!! It moisturizes really well, enhances your natural lip color and the cap is magnetic so it won't come off inside your purse. I have like an 1/8" left and it's the perfect timing! I'm also getting one for my mom as a Christmas gift.

If that's the lip stuff I love, Lancome Teint is my favorite full coverage foundation. I have acne scarring and serious Rosacea on my nose and chin that I have to cover up. I'm not a fan of concealer so this stuff works to cover without having to add concealer and looks fabulous even after a 10 hour work day.

This is a restock, but with a new color. I love eyeshadow sticks because I don't have to whip out a brush, palette, etc. and the Clinique Chubby Eyeshadow stick being "chubby" does a great job covering the whole eyelid without having to use my finger to smudge it around. Sephora only has two shades and I'm disappointed I can't get my old faithful Bountiful Beige but it's good to try something new once in a while, right?

Want to try

I love the Sephora Favorite sets and this one looks to be a good one. I already love the setting spray and Laura Mercier setting powder, can't wait to try the primers. I like the Tarte primer but I keep trying others looking for the perfect one!

One of the youtube girls I like to watch for makeup just LOVES this stuff and I'm so bad about putting on lotion that I thought if I had something new to try I might actually use it? That's good logic right? Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum cream

She also mentioned this lip mask and while I still love my day/night stick I thought I'd try this out and see if I notice a difference.

Since I stopped wearing full face makeup to work I've been wanting to find a powder with good coverage to swipe on everyday if I want, just to cover up that dang red, ugh! I think I'm going to give Clinique and Tarte a try. I've loved other products from these brands and was a total Clinique snob at one time so I'm hoping one of these will become a fav!

What's on your Sephora VIB Sale shopping list?!

FYI if you're shopping online and you're NOT using ebates I highly suggest you check it out. It's $$$ for spending $$$ you are going to spend anyway so why not get paid to shop?! The only thing you have to do is make sure you click through ebates to get your shopping cart started. If you use my referral link I'll get $$ and you'll get $$ so it's a win win all around. You can get the ebates web plugin that will tell you when you're on a site and how much cashback % you'd get if you activate a shopping trip. If you have any questions at all, I'd be happy to help.

Friday, November 3, 2017

TGIF Favs 1

Happy Friday, friends!!

I'm exhausted this morning. Coming to the end of a sinus infection, thanks allergies and weather changes AND the Boom decided to get up at 4:25 this morning. I also could NOT fall asleep last night, finally had to take a Nyquil to quiet the thoughts.

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1. I know the insulated bottles and cups have been around for a while now, but I found the most amazing straw cap and now I can't live without it! When I went to Costa Rica I was looking for a cheaper, black s'well'ish bottle and found it in Iconiq. They also had the option of a straw cap and since 95% of my drinks I drink through a straw I was so on board. It's awesome and I hope they make it for the larger bottles soon!

2. I've been making my own oatmeal packets and loving it!! 1/2 C old fashion oats, 1 tsp chia seeds or more if I don't measure, 1 tsp brown sugar or coconut sugar or I've also been using a squirt of Agave, cinnamon to taste and 1 Tbsp Craisins or some fresh blueberries (put in on day of). Or add in sunflower seeds, sliced nuts. I put in just enough water to cover the dry stuff and microwave for 2 minutes. You can also do 1/3 C steel cut oats for 3 mins at 50% power.

3. I'm always struggling with my sunglasses case, the microfiber cloth and the amount of space I have in my small purse. When my friend pulled her glasses out in a case that also cleaned I was blown away and had to have one for myself AND to give to all my friends, lol.

4. In Florida, you can't really make it without your flip flops. Some people do but I am not one of them. I typically find a style or brand I like and continue with them from year to year. It used to be Nike but several years ago I discovered Roxy Flip Flops and now when my flip flops die that's the brand I start researching. I'm glad I found this Lola style that comes in black and tan after a major fail when I bought these. They were cute, but the weight of them hurt my feet if I wore them too long. Who knew flip flops could be too heavy.

5. Always a funny - Link to buy (not affiliate)

This weekend is very low key before next weekend. Sister is going to fix my fading color, we're having a ladies recipe night where I'm trying this recipe at recipe night. The theme is Thanksgiving foods!!

What are you up to this weekend?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

What's New With Me...June-October

What's New With You

Good morning!!

It's totally been feeling like "fall" in Florida for the last two weeks and while I love it, I kind of with it wouldn't be so drastic. 64 in the morning and 80's in the afternoon mean you're dressing for the morning and sweating if you're outside in the afternoon, lol. Does anybody else have drunk weather like this?

In other news... time flies. When months happen between posts I never know where to start and instead of juts jumping back in and writing I get out my planner, write down all of my ideas and schedule posts I'm "going to write" and then another month goes by hahahaha.

I've been doing a lot of Disney with friends and Family AND we're going back for "Christmas" next weekend and staying on property again. Can't wait!!

Boomer has been a regular character as he enters grumpy, old man territory.

I did fall things like food truck festivals, concerts, Halloween Horror Nights and corn mazes!!

We have been trying low carb high fat dishes like the fat head pizza crust. We've tried several since then because this one was a lot more work and we usually order pizza when we're tired or lazy.

I'm going to Charleston this month!! Any tips or suggestions you have would be fantastic. We're thinking of doing this evening tour the night we get there to get the layout of the town.

What have you been up to? Are you ready to decorate for Christmas or are you holding off until after Thanksgiving? We'll be doing Fall decor until Thanksgiving week.