Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Currently, December

I am here with Anne and Kellie for the monthly Currently link up.  Here is all I have been up to, one week into December.

Doing- Well it is Christmas time and that means I have been decorating for the most wonderful time of the year.  This year I decided not to pull out my ornaments and decided to go with a simple, ribbon wrapped tree with glittery plastic ornaments.  When you have dogs and people playing catch in the house, plastic is the way to go!

Enjoying- Honestly, I have been in the Christmas spirit since Halloween so I am enjoying the fact that everyone has caught up and is getting into the cheerful mood.  The only thing I am missing is a few cold snowy days, but that isn't likely.

Cooking- White Chili with chicken... Um, yum!  It is as good as it sounds and super easy.  I was actually surprised with the simplicity of the recipe I came up with based on recipes I had found.  I plan on sharing the recipe soon!

Wrapping- Christmas presents!!!  As of yesterday at noon, I was all done with my Christmas shopping.  Now I just need to await the arrival of those cardboard boxes.  

Playing-  Still listening to Christmas music over here as I have been since Halloween.  Have y'all heard Pentatonix's version of "Hallelujah"?  It is amazing and brought tears to my eyes.  

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Black Friday Recap

Every year Black Friday rolls around and brings the crazy with it.  In the last few years online shopping deals have become available on Black Friday in addition to Cyber Monday.  The trick of my sales is Ebates- I get cash back, I get the best available coupons, and the beauty of it all?  I can do it from iPhone.  If you don't have Ebates yet click here and sign up!

This year I bought six of Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles.  I received cash back and an extra 20% off...  Oh and did I mention they were buy three get three free?    Today they are $12.50 a piece which is basically 40% off also 1% cash back and any available coupons.

Old Navy was my next website.  I received 40% off with an additional 10% using the code Cyberdeal.  Also I received 8% cash back through Ebates.  If you follow me on snap, I highlighted this dress.  It is seriously versatile and perfect for work with boots and leggings, or a holiday party with tights and heels.  It runs true to size and purchased it in both black and the teal.

The Children's Place was another spot on my list.  They have a better sale today and cash back through Ebates.  Every year I get my niece and nephew Christmas Eve pajamas and I couldn't beat the deals at the Children's Place along with their adorable slippers!

I can't wait to see what is available for Cyber Monday deals. What did y'all get on Black Friday?  

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Super Stay 24 Color Review

Maybelline recently came out with Super Stay 24 Color.  I wouldn't have known about it, except the wonderful beauties over at Influenster let me know and challenged me to try it out.   I headed out to my local WalMart and picked up 045-Wear On Wildberry.  The color is a shimmer induced deep raspberry color.

To be completely honest, I know NOTHING of this lippie prior to picking it up.  To apply, you must apply the color which is a gloss carefully and allow it to dry completely.  After it is dry, the other end is a lip hydrater so your lips never look dry and cracked.  It took less than 2 minutes to apply and allow it to dry.

After several hours, I would use the hydrater and my lips would feel moisturized and smooth.  I was impressed how the color never left my lips through my morning coffee, endless glasses of water and my evening glass of wine.  The color didn't fade and wore well into the night.  I am highly impressed with this lip color and intend on purchasing some additional colors.  Many retailers carry the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color, both in store and online.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankful 2016

Every 365 days, sometimes 366 days if there is a leap year, we celebrate what we are thankful.  I typically tend to avoid the generic #blessed and #lucky moments in lieu of something deeper.

Each year that passes I find myself at a loss for words to describe how fortunate I am each and every single day.

This past year I have grown as a person, created deeper bonds, discovered what I am really looking for, I have laughed, I have cried, sometimes at the same time, I have traveled, I have wandered, but most of all I have loved.  If all this life holds for me are moments of love, I will be content for those are the moments that make memories.

Don't be thankful one day a year, but every day.  Be thankful for each breath you take, each moment that takes your breath away, for family and for friends, new adventures and comforting moments.  Live, breathe, and most of all, be blessed.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

What I Have Been Up To

Here is a quick recap on what I have been up to lately since I clearly haven't been around these parts as much I would like to be.

Yesterday the girls I coach in cheer took home 1st place in their division.  I didn't get a picture with them and the trophy, but let me tell you it is tall, pink and has a sharp end that may or may not cause bodily injury while posing for photos.  All joking aside, those girls worked their butts off and deserved 1st place.  I am so proud of them.

Thanksgiving plans aren't really anything we do in my house... In fact over the years, on this little blog, I have let y'all know my feelings.  I am not really a "Thanksgiving" person!  The four days off are what I am really excited about.

Christmas shopping is underway as is a great post about the amazing Christmas decor I have been purchasing.  Here is a hint- 99 Cent Stores and Target's Dollar Spot hooked it up so I have more money to spend on gifts.

Other than those things, my life will go back to semi quiet and slightly less scheduled come Monday... I am definitely going to miss cheer practice and those calories burned, but I have my treadmill so I foresee a few dates there!

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Look Forward

As I sit here trying to process what has occurred in the last 24 hours, I feel dread, but I also feel hope.  Talk about a double edged sword.  I woke up after a horrible night of tossing and turning and you know what?  I was still an American, living in America with a choice to look forward to a brighter future (however long that may take) or to be pissed off and angry.

I choose to look forward.

Here is the thing, we live in a country with a checks and balances system.  The future President cannot simply put things into effect and it is our duty as Americans, to be kind to one another, to be understanding of our difference, to be the difference we want to see in the world.

This man cannot solely control our reactions unless we allow ourselves to be guided in misdirection.  Don't buy into the evil.  Be kind,, be generous, be loving, be a true American.

I do feel like this was more of a battle of sexism than racism.  We elected a black man as President not once, but twice.  It tells me we need to teach our children girls are just as important as boys, just as strong, just as good, just as hardworking, honest, intelligent and they can be anyone they want to be.  Apparently, America was ready to bury racism more than sexism and as a woman that hurts.  That isn't to say racism is gone, it is very much still alive and it is our duty to make sure it is buried, much like sexism.

Here is to hoping we come back stronger than ever.

We are America.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Currently, November

How did October fly by faster than the Sanderson sisters kidnapping Danny in Hocus Pocus?  Time really doesn't slow down, sure there are days that drag, but the good ones fly by way too fast.  Anyways, I am here and linking up with Anne and Catherine to bring you what I am currently up to on this brisk November 2nd.

Discovering- Lately I have been on a bootie kick and not just any bootie will do.  I have taken to the internet to discover the most work appropriate bootie to go with my colored skinny slacks.  This is a difficult thing for me.  They can't be too tall, can't be too chunky, a wedge is preferred and how do we feel about lace ups?  I am most likely being over the top picky, but I want to find the perfect ones.

Celebrating- Small victories are worth celebrating...  I have been writing a lot lately.  No, not here on my little corner of the internet, but in a special document on my laptop.  I recently downloaded the page set up ap from Lulu.com which can only mean one thing... I may be a self published writer someday very soon.  This scares the heck out of me, but writing and being an author are things I have always loved doing and have wanted to aspire to be.

Starting- 'Tis the season to be jolly, fa lalalalala... Yes I have started listening to Christmas music already.  It actually started before Halloween. Don't judge, just let me be in my bubble.

Wearing- Blanket scarves!  I just love them.  I picked up a few from Simple Addiction and I get so many compliments.

Googling- It is time to put together my list of must buys for Black Friday so I am googling every store and not so patiently awaiting their deals to come out.  I always do Bath and Body Works, Ulta, The Body Shop, and Sephora.  If you have any suggestions on places to add, I am open ears.