Friday, September 20, 2019

Friday Favorites

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First off, I want to say thank you to everyone who reached out to me after my Confessions post on Wednesday. It means a lot to me. Life has just been tough lately. Thankfully, only with me and not my kids or family.

I don't know what it was, but I just didn't have the time to blog this week. Also, a lot has been going on in my life, so I just put blogging to the side. Sometimes that just needs to happen. But I did get a post out today and I have posts planned for all next week. I already wrote them. Anyways, we don't have much planned this weekend and I am ok with it. I am hoping for good weather and maybe one last Tahoe day. Fingers crossed.

Onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. Lindsay (from Lindsay's Sweet World) did a Fall home tour this week on her blog and I saw the cutest little bats all over her fireplace (well above it) and I knew they would be the perfect decoration for my house. You get 72 bats in 4 different sizes and they seem like pretty good quality. Plus they are 3D and easy to apply to the wall. I can't wait to decorate this weekend!!
3D Bat Halloween Decorations

TWO. So we are taking our yearly family photos soon. We wanted to do them in the Summer time and get some at the lake, but time got away from us again, so we are doing them in the Fall again. I already started planning out outfits. Rory asked if we could do flannel and cowboy boots since the girls got new boots and wear them everyday.

I love a good flannel and LL Bean recently had sales on all of their flannels. All of our flannels are still on sale too. These are the flannels we got. We will pair them with jeans and cowboy boots.
LL Bean Women's Signature Flannel

LL Bean Men's Scotch Plaid Flannel

LL Bean Girl's Plaid Flannel

THREE. I have been shopping Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty deals and tomorrow is what I have been holding out for. My favorite concealer, Tarte's Shape Tape is on sale for 50% off. I have been scraping the inside of my tube to get me through the last week or so. But tomorrow I am picking it up. I get Light Neutral. This stuff covers up my dark circles under my eyes, covers my blemishes and goes on smoothly. This stuff is the real deal. It will be on sale for $13.50.

FOUR. I bought the cutest tee from Nordstrom recently and I love it. I love the cut on the neckline...square cut. I can wear it to work under a blazer or on the weekends. I got the purple which is sold out, but I am considering getting another color to wear with my skirts. And it is one sale for $21 right now. 
Halogen Square Neck Tee

FIVE. Funnies for the week.

I am linking up with AprilA Little Bit of EverythingMeet @ the Barre and Becky.

Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, September 18, 2019


I wasn't going to write anything this week since I have been feeling blah. Not sick, but just blah. I have a lot going on in my life and head that I just haven't felt like blogging. So that is probably my first confession.

And here's some more...

- I am scared of what my test results are going to show. I went to my family doctor for my yearly check-up and some of my numbers were off. Basically, we thought I might be anemic (again), but with how fatigued I am, he wanted to do more tests. So back I went and my IMG (a type of antibody) was really high. Like 3 times the normal. And my white blood cell count was really high as well. So he sent me back again and had my proteins and other stuff checked and now I am impatiently waiting those results. Just hoping whatever infection is in me since the C word.

- I am down on Instagram and blogging right now. Even if you put in a lot of work and effort in, the algorithms just kill your engagement.

- I didn't get the promotion I was going for and I got way too upset about it. And mad.

- I am scared about my nose surgery next week and being awake. The smells, sounds and them being all up in my face doesn't sound awesome.

- I have been drinking way too much coffee lately.

- Sour patch kids are my weakness and I walked to the gas station on my work break just to get a bag.

- I work my ass off at the gym just so I can have wine, pizza and all the yummy foods that I shouldn't eat (that much of). The health benefits are good too.

- I wish I could drop another 5 to 10 pounds, but I don't want to give up the things I mentioned above.

- I witnessed an accident last weekend by a drunk driver on a motorcycle. Luckily, she didn't hurt anyone but herself. She blew through a stop sign and almost hit my car, but ran into the curb and was ejected from her bike. She hit a fence, got up and was stumbling around. At first, I thought it was from flying off her bike, but then I heard her talk and knew she was drunk. After talking to a couple of people who saw it and were staying there, I had them call the cops and then headed off after I felt like there was enough people as witnesses for police statements. It was 8 pm on a Friday and she was very hammered. Why do people get like that and get on a motorcycle or in a car? Complete dumbass.

What are your confessions as of late?
Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday Favorites

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I wasn't really on it this week. I didn't get posts scheduled for Monday and I barely got one out on Wednesday. Things aren't crazy busy at the moment, but my trip to Las Vegas last Thursday threw a wrench in getting a post for Monday written. Oh well. Better than a crappy post being sloppily put together just to get one out.

I hope you all have had a great week. And Happy Friday the 13th!!

Onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. A couple weekends ago, I was at the mall looking for new undies for the girls. Carters has the best kids underwear (along with Gap) and the girls needed new ones. I scooped up this seven pack along with this three pack. I hate posting about underwear, especially kids underwear, but these are amazing.
Carters 7 Pack Girl Underwear

Carters 3 Pack Girl Underwear

TWO. Along with getting the girls underwear, we stopped in Levis to look for some jeans for Rory. But then I started trying on jackets and I found the cutest jacket. I got this jacket, but in black on black. I almost scooped this one up, but loved the black one even more. This is a women's jacket, not a kids. Don't be fooled by the color name.
Levis Women's Hybrid Jean Jacket

THREE. Do any of my friends have a local Evereve store near them? And can you see if this sweater in size s/m is in stock? If one of my dear friends has it local and can get it for me, I will paypal, venmo or send you money for it. I would totally appreciate it.
Allison Joy Nubby Pullover Sweater

FOUR. Speaking of sweaters, how cute is this cardigan? I saw it on a fellow blogger and really wanted it. They have it in a sweater form as well. And when I saw it, I immediately knew the person modeling it. I haven't watched The Bachelor/Bachelorette in a few seasons, but I did watch Bachelor in Paradise and recognized Hannah wearing the sweater. Too funny. And also weird. Not sure I was a big fan of hers. Anyways, this cardigan needs to be in my closet.
Confetti Cardigan

Funnies for the week.

I am linking up with AprilA Little Bit of EverythingMeet @ the Barre and Becky.

Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Recent Reads

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This month, I read three books. I made it half way through the fourth book before I had to return it to my digital library. I started it late in my rental, so I didn't get to finish it, but I requested it again and hope to have it in a few days, so I can finish it.

The Switch - Pamela Brown
The Switch - Pamela Brown

I saw The Switch on a must read list and it came up very back logged in my digital library, but once it became available, I quickly read it. This book intrigued and scared me since the premise of the book is about twins. Identical twins. And one of the twins is murdered. This book was good, weird and kept me wanting to know the ending. I would give this 4 1/2 stars.

Here is the synopsis:
Identical twins Melina and Gillian Lloyd haven't considered switching places since childhood. So when Melina proposes that Gillian take her place as a media escort to NASA astronaut Col. "Chief" Hart, she refuses . . . at first.

The following morning Melina receives terrible news: her sister has been brutally murdered -- and Chief, though innocent, is the prime suspect. He and Melina are determined to find the killer, a megalomaniac who's nearly unstoppable -- and out for blood.

Now, with targets on their backs, they must work together to learn the truth behind Gillian's death -- before they become the killer's next victims.

All Your Perfects - Colleen Hoover

You all know how much I love Colleen Hoover books, so I keep adding them to my to read list. This one spoke to me since it has a lot to do with infertility. We experienced infertility and it sucks. We didn't have it as bad as many others I have read, but we had a hard time getting pregnant. Anyways, this book wasn't really like other Colleen Hoover books. I don't know what it was, but it was different. I enjoyed reading it, but I kept thinking that Quinn just needed to open up and talk about it more. I often got frustrated with her and I hate feeling like that since I went through a sliver of what she did. I would give this 3 1/2 stars.

Here is the synopsis:
Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

The Marriage Lie - Kimberly Belle

I was very excited to read this book other than the fact that one of the main characters dies on a plane. That always scares me since Rory and I fly so much for work. Anyways, the book starts off with a couple who is very happily married. Will has to fly to Florida for a work conference, but then a plane goes down on its way to Seattle. Iris is relieved that Will isn't on that plane until she gets a phone call saying he was on the plane and has died. Iris then has to figure out what happened, why he was on the plane when he said he was going to Florida and how she will move on.

I found this book to be very good. At times, I was sure I knew what happened and why he was on that plane, but then I would be proved wrong. I guessed the ending before it happened, but it was literally right before it happened. I liked the very last paragraph of the book. I know some haven't, but it was the punch that the book needed. I give this book a 4 to 4 1/2 stars.

Here is the synopsis:
Everyone has secrets... 
Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris's happy world comes to an abrupt halt: another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers. 

Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to uncover what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she finds shock her to her very core.

What did you read this month?
Friday, September 6, 2019

Friday Favorites

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Dang this week went by really fast. I know it was due to the short holiday week, but I feel like I barely got anything done. I am in Las Vegas today and head home tonight. Just a whirlwind overnight trip. But I did manage to go shopping last night at my favorite outlets and scooped up a few great items.

Onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. I have an amazon gift card that is calling my name to be used. I have been wanting a new pair of booties and I have narrowed my choices down to two. I want a pair of Lucky Booties since I know how comfortable they are. Which ones do you like better?
Lucky Booties Fayth 
Lucky Booties Felixah

TWO. Last Friday was Nevada's first home game and first game of the season. We played Purdue and were expected to lose. BUT we won. We pulled off a win in the fourth quarter and it was a great win. Our freshman kicker who was a walk on, kicked an incredible 56 yard field goal! It is always nice to start the year off with a win. We don't have another home game until the 14th, but we do play Oregon this weekend. Ugh. That will be a tough one.

Here are some tailgate pictures:

THREE. So I know that I talk about makeup a lot and the sales that are going on, but I just saw the sales each day for Ulta. Mark your calender's for Ulta's 21 days of beauty. I have my eyes on September 15th (Sunday) for my beloved Tarte In Bloom Eye Palette. It will be 50% off. And Saturday September 21st for Tarte's Shape Tape Concealer (I use Light Neutral). I am almost out, so I hope I can last until then. They have amazing deals each day, but I am trying to limit myself to things that I need right now and these two are running low.
Tarte In Bloom Palette
                                                                Tarte In Bloom Palette 

Tarte Double Duty Shape Tape

FOUR. Funnies for the week.

I am linking up with AprilA Little Bit of EverythingMeet @ the Barre and Becky.

Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Nose Surgery Update

I feel like I have written this post before, but with just a few different details. I hope this is my last post like this. Fingers crossed.

So about a week ago, I went into an Ear, Nose, Throat doctor for the next installment on my nose. I chose the best in my area and fortunately, he is covered by my insurance. Unfortunately, I had to wait a month and a half to get in to see him and that was with my previous doctor's recommendation and help.

I arrived at the appointment not knowing what I would find out. After an initial exam by the nurse, she said I needed a CT Scan. I thought this meant I wasn't going to get much info that day, but after my CT was done. Lucky for me, they had an in office CT machine. So we got my CT Scan done and waited for the doctor to come in. He had all the notes, pictures and hospital documents from my previous surgeries.

Once he came in and did an exam on my nose, throat, ears, eyes and sinuses, he took a look at the new CT Scan. He said that the hole in my nose was 5 mm by 4 mm. He said that my sinuses had fluid in them. He said that my turbinates were enlarged and I had excess tissue at the bottom right side of my nose. So basically four issues going on with me.

He then told me that I had four options:
1. Do nothing.
2. Use the steroid spray (again) and an antihistamine daily (forever)
3. Surgery in his office.
4. Surgery in the hospital.

Then he told me the difference between surgery in the office versus in a hospital. And here is what he said:

In Office:
He would give me pills to sedate me, but still be awake. I would take these at home, have someone drive me to his office and then start the local numbing. Once I was numb, he would cut the excess tissue on the right side of my nose. Then he would do a breathing test to make sure the blockage was gone. Once that was done, he would clean the area out (irrigation, drying, etc.). Then he would cut my turbinates down. Then he would do the breathing test again to make sure I can breathe better. He would do this until he found the optimal results. Then he would clean it again.

Next, he would stick a balloon into my sinus passages and inflate it. He would do this several times to get my sinuses to move and open up. Then he would clean it again after the breathing test. Finally, he would take a silicone button patch and put it into the hole inside my nose and secure it. Then he would clean everything out again.

He would then do a final breathing test and make sure I am feeling ok and can breathe better.

In the Hospital:
I would be given general anesthesia (which would be 3 times in a year). He would do the first two procedures the same but instead of using a balloon on the third procedure, he would cut a bone out of my sinus area. This would require packing (the straw like tubes with the fins on them) to be placed inside my nose for 5 days. It would require a week off of work and three weeks until I could lift my kids and work out. It is more evasive. The final procedure would be the same as in office. And he wouldn't be able to test my breathing out until after which leaves the possibility of another procedure.

I asked him which he would recommend and he said in office. It is less stress to my body, he can check my breathing with each procedure which means I would be less likely to have another procedure. He also said since I survived an emergency c-section being awake, that this wouldn't be that bad. I will feel some pain, tugging and smell the burning, but the results are a lot better this way. So I chose the in office procedure.

I am not excited about being awake for it, but I want the best results.

So that is where I am at on my next nose procedure. My surgery is set for Wednesday September 25th.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Prime Purchases from August

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I love these posts so much. Well not my post necessarily, but reading others. I am always looking for new fun things to buy on Amazon and this always gives me ideas. I am sure my husband hates these posts since I shop them all the time, but they give me so many ideas! 
So what did we buy on Amazon Prime in August? Not much. For the first time in a long time, I bought three items.

Prime Purchases
linking up with Tanya

First, I bought more Shea Moisture Detangler. Yep, I bought it again. But this time was for the girls dance class. I have to perfect their bun after they have been at preschool all day and this stuff helps me brush their hair and get it up with ease. 
Shea Moisture Kids Extra Moisture Detangler

Next, I bought some Thank You cards. I usually buy them at Target, but I wasn't going to Target that week, so I bought some on Amazon. I needed some Thank You notes to send to people for birthday gifts and these were cute, simple and well made. Plus I can use these for Thank You notes from the girls and Rory.
Thank You Cards in Silver Foil

I have a love and hate relationship with fake eyelashes. I had extensions for a long time and I LOVED them. What I didn't love was the upkeep and price of the upkeep. So since I stopped doing those a year ago, I was looking at other options. I had purchased a new pair and eye glue at Sephora many months ago and there were awful. The glue hurt my eyes and I couldn't wear them for more than a few minutes. It was painful. 

After seeing a few reviews of magnetic eyelashes, I thought I would give them a try. I have used these twice since getting them (birthday and anniversary dinners) and they are super easy to put on, look good and don't bother my eyes at all.

What did you buy this last month on Amazon?