Friday Favorites in Five

February 27, 2015

I've been a little MIA this week over here. This winter weather and snow and ice and work? No work? Who knows? Gets my schedule all messed up! Plus, with the upcoming changes, I've been out of my routine mentally.
 
But I'm coming back to share some favorite things I've come across this week.
 
1. This mug. I love the quote!

2. This post by Lauren Conrad. There is some good advice here.

3. This Spicy Whole Wheat Linguini pasta from Skinnytaste.com - made it. Delicious.

4. This room. It reminds me of the beach, which is where I'd like to be right now!

5. What makes everything better? Bacon. I'm adding this recipe to my list to try.

Any big plans this weekend? I'll probably hibernate and try to get my thoughts in order. My brain right now...all over the place! 

Life Lately: Monday Edition

February 23, 2015


Today starts my last week at my current job.

At the beginning of the month, I accepted a position that will take me back to my design roots! I am so excited to start this new journey and get my creative thinking cap back on! With that said, change is always a struggle, regardless of how happy you are about it, and it is a challenge.

Work becomes a HUGE part of your life. You spend the majority of your time there, and you build strong relationships with people. It's difficult to walk away from that. It's hard to say goodbye. You always say, "I'll be back and stay in touch!" but once you move on, that becomes harder to do. You build new relationships and grow close to a new community of people. That certainly doesn't mean you forget the others!

I've made a few career changes in my day - not all of them by choice, some by necessity, but each time it was for the better in one way or another. It was a step in the right direction. Each experience builds on the last, and each time I learn something new about myself and my capabilities. 

Here's to a new chapter, and a new experience ahead! This week will be tough, but I'll get through it. Prayers are appreciated. :)

Happy Monday!

Friday Favorites in Five

February 20, 2015

Is anyone else in shock at how quickly February is going by? It's a shorter month, but let's be honest, only by a couple days. It shouldn't be going this fast!!

This week really went by in a flash...of ice and snow...and darkness (aka, no power). All the sudden it's Friday! I'm not complainin'.

1. This weekend I really want to catch up on some You Tube. I know that's probably not on everyone's priority list, but I just want to curl up with a blanket and laugh at with Essie Button for a while.

2. I'm intrigued by this Juice Journey. I have never been a "juicer" (is that a real term?), but I'm curious.

3. My friend these last few days has been the Bloglovin' app. They recently updated a few things, and it's made it so simple to quickly go through my favorite blogs. Follow me here! *cough* 


4. Snow. I still love it.

5. I've never had cookie butter from Trader Joe's, but after seeing this I think I need to A) get some, or B) make it ASAP.

Right now the weather man is saying more possible snow this weekend and cold temps. Brrrr.

Stay warm!

Things You Learn...

February 19, 2015


Monday evening our power went out. Finally, it came back on last night around 9:30. There are things you learn when you have no power.

1. Light switches really don't work. At all. I wish I had a dollar for every time one of us went into a room and flipped the switch. Um, hello. It doesn't work. I'm sure you've all done this...I hope.

2. Having a fire place is a blessing. Frigid temps and no power don't equal warm and cozy. I've never been so thankful for a fire place!

3. No power and icy roads lead to a lot of self discovery...and patience.

4. Make sure you have bread and peanut butter. Milk and eggs don't really help a lot, because your refrigerator doesn't work to keep them cold. So that whole "everyone go to the store and buy milk, eggs, and bread" doesn't fly when your power is out.

5. At first it seems like a fun adventure, until  you have to go back to work, then it is really frustrating.

6. Your dog becomes your best cuddly friend.

7. Invest in big fuzzy socks. They're warm.

8. Invest in dry shampoo.

9. It's not cool to see how "low" your phone battery can go before actually dying...because it actually will die at 0%...so don't keep Pinterest-ing. It's not worth it. You might need the phone.

10. If someone close to you has power, and invites you to their home, take them up on it. See #5.

I hope you have all stayed warm and have lots and lots of electricity flowing through your household! :)

Winter Skin Routine

February 12, 2015

Winter takes a serious toll on my skin. When the weather gets harsh, and my skin starts to change, I begin a new routine full of oils and bring out the big gun moisturizers!


1. The Keratin Complex Infusion Therapy works to keep my hair shiny and replenishes some of the oils lost when washing. It takes a very small amount, so be conservative!

2. Oh goodness, the new love of my life. The Neutrogena Body Oil in the sesame formula is amazing (available at AmazonTarget, or Ulta). The smell is so light, but clean. It has become an essential to my shower routine. I apply before drying off, and it keeps my skin moisturized for several hours. I have also applied it to dry skin, and it soaks in so fast without a heavy residue that most oils leave behind.

3. If my body feels super dry, I apply the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. I've been using this lotion for a couple years, and it is by far the most moisturizing...ever. It is thick, so if that feeling bothers you this may not be your thing. Personally, I have grown accustomed to the thicker body lotions because anything else usually soaks in or wipes off within a couple hours and leaves me dry again. I don't have that issue with this lotion. I really like that it's fragrance free - most lotions are so heavily scented that it overpowers. 

4. When my face is in a dry phase, I use The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser every other night or so. I love how it makes my skin feel - it doesn't have a 'stripped' feeling that other cleansers can have. I do recommend using a facial cleansing wipe (such as these) or some type of makeup remover (or coconut oil) before the cleanser...it doesn't always get all of the eye makeup off! 

5. After cleansing my face, I moisturize. I've mentioned the Julep Night Shift before. It's still a favorite when I need an extra boost of moisture.

6. An alternative to the typical moisturizer is an oil. I recently purchased the Josie Maran Argan Oil. Holy moly! It feels incredible on the skin. I got the mini size, and I think it'll last quite a while! It only takes 2-3 drops.

7. Now, the lips. They get so dry it's ridiculous. I'm not good about habitually applying gloss or lipstick during the day so that doesn't help the situation. Lately I've been using the Vaseline Lip Therapy...which I'm pretty sure is regular Vaseline, they just put it in a mini container. My husband says that I'll buy anything miniature just because it's cute. Nailed it. That's me. Whatever. It's so much easier to get out than the large jar. Justified purchase. I can tell a huge improvement in the condition of my lips since using this nightly. It's still there in the morning, which is miraculous. I'm sold. Miniature or not.

Does your skin change in the winter? Do you change up your routine?

Trisha's Cookies

February 9, 2015

I title this "Trisha's Cookies" because that's exactly what they are. No substitutions, no tweaking, and they're super delicious. A chocolate chip cookie should be soft, gooey, and melt in your mouth good. These are perfection. Thank you, Trisha Yearwood. You rock my chocolate chip cookie world. For the original recipe, and the source of this goodness, click here.



The love that I have for chocolate chip cookies is big. They're probably my favorite, but I'm picky when it comes to a cookie. It has to have the right amount of gooey-ness to be good. And of course, the dough itself has to be equally delicious (or better, dough always needs to be better, because that's really the whole reason to make cookies...eat the dough). 

When I made these, I texted my mom and said "every time I make cookies and lick the beaters I think of you, and I'm thankful I never had a mom that told me not to eat raw egg. So many kids missed out!" That's the truth...


Trisha's Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies

Ingredients:
2/3 cup (1 1/3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup firmly-packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
One 6 oz. package semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Beat together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. With a 1-ounce ice cream scoop, drop the batter about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until slightly browned (8-10 minutes). Cool, and store in an airtight container.

Adapted from foodnetwork.com.

Linking up with Foodie FriDIY / Weekend re-Treat.

Friday Favorites in Five

February 6, 2015

It's Friday, and it's almost Valentine's Day, so I found some fun little treats to share today! If you're needing a couple ideas to impress your Valentine, or if you just want to eat them yourself to be festive (which is totally acceptable), then keep on reading...

1. These Honey Orange Mascarpones from Cupcake Project are so cute for a treat on Valentine's Day!

2. Seriously, who wouldn't love some Red Velvet Pancakes? Breakfast in bed, please.

3. This is such a creative way to spread some love.

4. Glitter. Donuts. What???? I've never seen such a thing, but I wouldn't mind if these showed up in my kitchen for Valentine's Day!

5. Leanne Bakes shared this sweet recipe for Chocolate Covered Pretzels, and I think the heart sprinkles make it. Quick and easy idea for a festive treat.

Do you have plans for Valentine's Day? Staying in, going out? I think we're going to have dinner (but I'm not sure where, we're usually pretty last minute with the decision), and we might go mattress shopping this weekend for our "gift" because ours has totally had it. Honestly, it's to the point that I can only get comfortable if I'm on my side. No bueno. I guess gifts on Valentine's have never been a huge thing for me. Get me a card, flowers, or dinner. Just make a point to be together. I'm good with that. I wouldn't complain if I got pancakes in the new bed though (see #2 above). :)

Have a good weekend y'all!

Happy Place

February 2, 2015


You know days where you need to find your "happy place" and move on? 

That's me today, but it's been a good day overall.

I have made some hard decisions over the last few weeks, have prayed a WHOLE lot about those decisions and where the Lord wants me to be. Remember my verse for the year? It kept me focused. 

So today, it all came together. I'll share more later in the month, but for now, all I can say is that the Lord truly does hear our prayers, and when He is ready, we'll get our answers! There were a few struggles today, and I kept searching for my "happy place" knowing that I'm in the right place.

Happy Monday!