weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

This is going to be a quick weekend shenanigans post today, as I am off to my nephew’s kindergarten graduation this morning!!! Six year olds in graduation gowns are the cutest thing I ever did see.

My weekend started off with a quick shopping trip to Target for buy one get one 50% off dresses! Did you take advantage of that deal? Also, as of yesterday if you use Cartwheel…the women’s clearance apparel is an additional 20% off. Holla!!!

After cleaning the house Saturday morning, Chris and I were off to Avondale for a late lunch. I wanted to take him to Rowe’s but they were changing from the lunch to dinner menu when we got there and the kitchen was closed…so we went across the street to Melt instead. Yum!!! I ordered the Mac n Cheese Melt. It always hits the spot. That’s right, a grilled cheese with Mac n Cheese inside. What more can you ask for in life?

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We then headed to Bargain Hunt where Chris scored an amazing deal on a 27 inch monitor for his new computer he is building. Then we did the adult thing and went to Home Depot for gardening supplies. We were walking back to the car and Chris was like ummmm we just bought a bag of rocks and dirt. Yes, yes we did.

Sunday morning I headed out to the store to go grocery shopping early so that I could get ready for my sister to come over and help me plant my tomatoes and peppers. Hence the rocks and dirt.

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I put the empty dog cage to good use in our backyard. I dont know why the previous owners had it and the fenced in yard? We let our dogs roam around free back there and the cage keeps anything else out. Cant wait to make homemade spaghetti sauce and salsa with these tomatoes!!!!

Sunday night finished off with a plate of homemade fettuccine alfredo and Scandal and Grey’s. Anyone else a little disappointed in some of the season finales this year? They just short of fall flat. And I hated the way Good Wife and Grandfathered ended. I am the kind of person who needs closure, you know?

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I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Linking up with Biana.

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favorites, friday favorites

Friday Favorites

Favorite Song: Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick singing True Colors. Have you ever really listened to the lyrics?

Favorite Moments:

Laura and I went to Rowe’s Service Station in Avondale for lunch yesterday. The weather was truly amazing and we enjoyed the patio to ourselves most of the time we were there. This patty melt? Awesome.

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Favorite Recipe: This!!!! Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells - Yummy twist on traditional stuffed shells recipe. Comfort food at its best!:

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Favorite Workout: Get those arms in shape for summer ladies! Here are the 12 best moves to blast arm fat.

Quick but intense workout that hits your shoulders, biceps and triceps.:

Favorite TV Show: I discovered a new Netflix show that I am really enjoying, Grace and Frankie! Here is the trailer…

Favorite Find: Target was offering 10% off their Pacifica products with Cartwheel. You guys, these things smell like a summer day on my face. Oh, they also remove make up and don’t leave me all red and dry which is a plus. And how cute is this packaging? I got the Coco Pure but there are a few other kinds/scents that as well. They average $6.99 for 30 wipes. These are Phthalate-free, labeled paraben-free, sodium lauryl sulfate-free, 100% vegan, and cruelty-free. That stuff is important to me more and more these days. I will say that they are heavily scented, so if scents aren’t your thing you might want to pass.

I also grabbed the EOS Delicate Petals lotion at Walgreens yesterday. It is also Paraben free. I like that it absorbs quickly and has a soft, feminine scent.

Favorite Lust: I found a new to me YouTuber that I really like and have been binging all her videos. Anyways, in one of her more recent ones she is wearing a limited edition pot liner from Tarte and the look is so so so so pretty! I have got to order this before it is gone forever. Tarte Clay Pot Liner in Fairy Wings. How gorgeous is that color???

Favorite Links:

–The difference between dogs and cats in picture. Dogs are obviously better.

–It’s not too late to get some container plants going! Here are 10 that do well in a container growing environment.

–I love looking at kitchens, here are some kitchen trends that are here to stay!

–Bath and Body Works is bringing back the OLD old school fragrances. Remember in middle school when we were obsessed with Sun Ripened Raspberries? And then in high school when we were all over the Cucumber Melon. Yup they are coming back!!! Sun Ripened Raspberry will be out May 27th and the rest will come out June 6th. Sign. Me. Up.

Favorite Funnies:

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This is so Mac…

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100 Beauty Memes That Will Make You LOL: Few things have the ability to brighten our day like a solid meme.:

When I get comfortable for the night…

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When a bug flies near me…

When my team decides to kick a field goal and it looks wack at first but they make it…

When anything exciting happens….

When someone asks me if I am still running…

Linking up with Amanda. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!!

Understand Exposure
book review, books

Understanding Exposure

A long time ago, Chris purchased a DSLR camera. To be honest, this fancy camera sits in a closet in our basement mostly unused. It gets packed for trips but we never end up taking it out of the car with us, as our iPhones seem to capture 99% of our pictures. A shame, really.

And while I am being honest, I will go ahead and tell you that I have no clue how to use the said fancy DSLR camera. Not even a little. Like I don’t even know if I know how to turn it on or snap a picture with it. The thing is, I want to. I want to start taking more pictures of our every day lives, and better quality pictures in general. That is why I got Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson.

Understand Exposure

Understanding Exposure is obviously about exposure, but so much more! You learn about exposure, white balance, finding creative exposure. There is a section on aperture, shutter speed, light and it’s importance, and all kinds of information about flash. There is even a section dedicated to special techniques that talks about polarizing filters and multiple exposures.

This book includes beautiful photography that demonstrates the skills that you are learning. There are comparison pictures to show you the difference in lighting, filters, motion, shutter speed, etc. The book explains how you can use all these skills together to create beautiful pictures.

One of the most interesting parts for me was the sections dedicated to starlight and light painting. The stars out here away from the city are so amazing at night and I never tire of looking at them. To be able to capture that on camera would be amazing!!! And who doesn’t like to have fun with light painting?!

There is so much to learn about photography. I am not trying to become a professional by any means, but I certainly feel more informed having read this book. I think there is something in it for everyone, whether you are just starting out like me…or if you are a little more advanced but have room for improvement.

You can learn more about the book here, and meet the author here. Add it to your TBR list with Goodreads here.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

confessions

Confessions

–I have a few things to do around the house and I keep putting them off because…..well because I don’t feel like it! LOL! I need to get my motivation back!!!

–Cereal and milk is a perfectly acceptable dinner.

–So is ice cream and a waffle cone bowl. Dairy and carbs, it’s legit.

–I research the shit out of nearly everything I buy anymore. Looking for a new face wash? I will spend days combing through blog posts, pinterest, reading reviews on websites, etc. And that is for a face wash. Imagine how bad I am on big items!

–Yesterday I pulled out a New York and Company dress circa 2005 and wore it because, why not? Remember when they used to be called Lerner? I honestly haven’t shopped in there in over a year because I just don’t find anything that fits right or that I like anymore but I used to love that store!

–Have you noticed that every house on Fixer Upper ends up with the same, super open floor plan? It has me questioning my priorities in the floor plan I want for our next house!

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I'm not fussy. I just want people to do shit the right way.:

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beauty, products, reviews

Bloom Vox Box

I was so excited to receive the Bloom Vox Box in the mail from Influenster!!! There were a few of my already favorite products, and a few new ones for me to try out so I call that a huge win.

Sunbelt Bakery

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I am always down to try a new granola bar, especially when the words chocolate chip are  involved! These are chewy and delicious!

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads

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Who can’t use these?? I haven’t actually used remover pads in a long time and I have got to say I am a renewed believer in them! They just make life so easy and I already have these on my list to restock! I was bad over the last two months, and I have just kept re-touching and re-touching my toes with the same polish. We are talking layers and layers you guys. With one Cutex Pad I had my toes back to perfect with just a swipe or two of each toe!! I was so amazed!!!

Not Your Mother’s Plum For Joy Thickening Hair Lifter

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It is no secret around here that my hair is super fine. And by super fine I mean thin, not cute fine. I was really excited to try out this thickening spray to see if it would make a difference. I just spray it a few times in the palm of my hand, rub together then scrunch in my hair. I then blow dry it and I have got to say, I can tell a difference. Not only does it have a little extra bounce, but my hair just looks better when I used this. Did I mention it smells good too?? Because it does!

NUXE Huile Prodidieusse Multi-Purpose Oil

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It seems like oils are all the rage these days and I was fascinated that this can be used for face, body and hair. While I can’t say that I have tried this on my face or hair yet….I have tried this on my skin a few times and the oil is a thin formula that sinks in quickly and makes your skin feel so soft. I cant quite place what the smell reminds me of, but it is a pleasant one. This has Vitamin E and six botanical oils: Borage, St. John’s Wort, Sweet Almond, Camellia, Hazelnut and Macadamia.

Secret Outlast in Complete Clean

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I have tried just about every deodorant on the market and Secret is one I keep coming back to. It just works! The scents are always appropriate, it goes on easy and dries quickly and it doesn’t leave residue behind when I am trying to get dressed. Plus it lasts all day and into the next morning work out for me. What more can you ask for?!

Sinful Colors

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I was no stranger to Sinful either. I mean, who doesn’t buy every color when they walk by the display? At those prices you can afford to! This shade is part of the limited edition collection Denim & Bling from Kylie Jenner! There are 20 matte denims, holographic glitters and angel shimmers. So pretty!

Of course, I received this box from Influenster for my honest review and opinions. I really did like everything in this box and I can see myself buying a few of these products soon when my samples run out! Have you tried any of these?