Monday, February 17, 2020

Happy President's Day

We are still weekending and enjoying ourselves. I hope you are too. I will be back on Wednesday with a Show Me Your Books post.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Friday Favorites

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Happy Valentine's Day to you all! Do you have anything planned? This morning, we gave the girls their Valentine's Day gifts, so they could wear those cute heart leggings to school. They loved everything and I think I spent less than $12 on each basket. 

I feel like today shouldn't be anything special as you should celebrate your loved ones every single day. But I do like to give my girls a little something extra. I hope you all have a great day and weekend!

Onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. I have been shopping around for rugs in our house since we now have wood and tile floors in most of our house. The bedrooms are still carpeted (new). But since adding in the new floors, you can definitely feel the coolness of the tile and the wood. That is why I mentioned last week that I bought two new bath rugs/mats for my bathroom. Rory is still choosing what he wants in his bathroom

But I have been hunting new rugs for under our dining room table. I found one I really like, but I feel like I need to sit on it (not actually sit on it) before ordering. Buying a rug is a hard decision because you can't really tell what it is going to look like in a house. Here is a picture of my flooring (in the hallway) and here is the rug that I am thinking about. What do you think? Where did you purchase rugs for your house at?

Blue Faded Shadow Mystique Area Rug

TWO. On February 1st, I went to my cousin's baby shower. They have no idea what they are having, so we all took guesses. Her shower was bee themed and it was so cute. Plus the cookies we had were amazing and I plan on using the cookie girl in the future for a party. How cute was her shower?

 Not even close to half the gifts she received.

 The amazingly delicious cookies.

Part of my family that was at the shower.

THREE. So we are going to Mexico (again) in March and we are bringing the girls this time, plus my in-laws. The girls haven't been in a couple of years, and we are excited to take them. But we are also cautious. Where we go in Mexico is pretty safe, but they are beautiful little girls, so we are taking extra precautions and definitely being very watchful over the girls. 

The girls are super excited to swim everyday (we have a pool at the condo), eat all the yummy food, spend time in the sunshine and go on excursions with us.

But that also means that I need to kick my butt into gear for an early swimsuit season. Ha. I workout very consistently, but I definitely try a bit harder before vacation. Anyways, this also means that I have been looking at February. Who wants to do that? Not me. I hate the idea of going into a store and seeing myself in those dressing room mirrors. They are the worst and I hate the lighting. I prefer to buy online, ship it to my house and see myself in my natural light or at the least the lighting in my house. 

So send me your favorite swimsuit shops, or swimsuits. I used to buy mine at Victoria Secret, but now they only sale Pink swimsuits. 

FOUR. I know that it isn't time for my monthly Amazon prime purchases, but I had to share this little gem a blogger recommended to me. I have been wanting something to put all of my wrapping paper in. I wanted one around Christmas, but I didn't want to pay $30 to $40 for it. When the blogger posted about this on IG, I instantly bought one and now my wrapping paper has a home and it is easy to move around and store. This thing is amazing and cheap too. $8.06 is a steal.
Clear Zipper Gift Wrap Organizer

FIVE. Weekly funnies.

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

Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Roasted Brussels Sprouts - Recipe

When I was growing up, my mom would make brussels sprouts as a side dish for dinner and we hated them. But she would boil them and they were like little awful cabbages. The smell was the worst. Luckily, after we tried them once, she didn't make us eat them anymore.

Fast forward to my adult life and I never wanted to try them again....until I was in NYC for work. Someone ordered them roasted with garlic and after I tried one, I was hooked. Now I eat them pretty often. I love them saute'd, but they are even better roasted.

This is my go-to, easy recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts.


1 lb Brussels Sprouts
Salt (Pink Himalayan is the best)
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar


1. You need to prep your brussels sprouts first. I take off the first layer of leaves and then I chop off the bottom stem area. Then I cut my Brussels in half and sometimes in quarters depending on how large each sprout is. Make sure you wash your brussels sprouts.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

3. Place your brussels on a cookie sheet with raised sides. Drizzle olive oil all over your brussels. Freshly grind your salt and pepper over yourbBrussels sprouts.

4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until your brussels sprouts are browned. I stir them around half way through.

5. Take your Brussels Sprouts out of the oven and let them cool off for 5 minutes. Then I drizzle Balsamic Vinegar on my roasted brussels sprouts. You do not want to be heavy handed with the balsamic vinegar as you still want the brussels sprouts to have their own flavor.

6. Enjoy.

Now I know this is a very simple dish, but sometimes simple is the best. I have tried many different versions of brussels sprouts and this is my favorite.
Monday, February 10, 2020

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Women

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As I said last week, I am not sure who all celebrates Valentine's Day, but I thought I would throw out a few ideas out there. I am all about gift cards, bottles of wine or just a nice dinner at home. But if I were to receive something this year, I am not opposed to jewelry or a heated blanket. Hint Hint.
Women's Valentine Gift Guide

Make up Pink Diamond Organizer I have this make up organizer, but not in the pink and it is awesome. It holds most of my make up, allows you to see everything and you can take the top part of it off.

Kendra Scott Heart Necklace in Pink Drusy Someone else posted this necklace and I loved it. I really want to buy it for myself, but I decided against it and hope that I get it for Valentine's Day or just an everyday gift.

Corkcicle Diamond Wine Tumbler I have this tumbler in a different color. They are amazing and keep your wine cold.

Pink Jade Roller I have heard great things about the jade roller, but never tried one myself. I like this one in pink.

Tieks Ballet Flats Tieks are amazing shoes. I love their ballet flats. I have one in a light pink color and wear it all the time. It has held up for years. You can fold the shoe into itself for travel. These shoes are so comfortable and cute.

Lauren Knotted Headband I haven't gotten into the headband trend, but this one might be my first purchase. I love the look of it and I can wear it to work or just everyday.

Saranoni Ballet Pink Blanket Saranoni blankets are the best. We have one at home and we all fight over who gets to use it daily. I usually share it with the girls, but I know Rory would love one of his own. Or get me a new one and he can have our old one. These are the best and they hold up to everyday use, washing and pets.

Heated Blanket I want a heated blanket for my office. It has been so cold in our office and this would make me feel so much cozier. Or I can use it on my bed for when I first crawl in. I love a warm and cozy bed.

What do you want for Valentine's Day? Are you celebrating this year?
Friday, February 7, 2020

Friday Favorites

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Today I head into surgery, so please wish me luck and maybe send out a prayer or two. I will be reading blogs and answering comments from you all next week, but I won't be around that much. I do have some posts planned, so I hope you still read here next week.

Onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. Bri asked me if I was doing a kids gift guide for Valentine's Day this year and I hadn't even thought of doing that. So I decided to put some gift ideas on here for the little ones. I do get my girls a few things. Target dollar spot has some awesome items right now. I bought the girls the red heart pants below, the strawberry Burt's Bees chapstick, some candy, a puzzle from the dollar section and some Valentine socks and hair clips/ties. I found a Valentine bin in the dollar section to put everything above in it.

Here are some gift ideas for the little ones:
Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I always try to get the girls a book for every holiday. Ok, not every holiday, but Valentine's Day, Easter, Birthday, Christmas, Halloween, etc.

Light-Up Terrarium Kit

I bought this recently for a birthday party the girls are attending this weekend. I thought it was a very cool gift idea and the girls will be receiving one each for Easter.

Melissa and Doug Scratch Art Notes

A friend of mine purchased these for her kids for Christmas and they have been a huge hit. She writes them notes all the time and the kids use them to draw and play.


The girls love putting together puzzles and I got them a Frozen puzzle each as part of their gift.

Valentine's Love Socks

I also get the girls socks for most holidays and this holiday was no exception. Plus they love hearts, so these will be worn for way longer than Valentine's Day.

Burt's Bees Strawberry Chapstick

My girls love chapstick and they really love Burt's Bees, so I got them a strawberry flavored one for Valentine's Day.

Cat & Jack Heart Leggings

I am a sucker for anything hearts and I got these for the girls to wear on Valentine's Day. Plus they can wear them the rest of the year since they are not just Valentine's Day leggings.

I also include candy, bath products, card games, gardening items, etc for other fun gifts. 

We don't get each other many items for Valentine's Day, but I do want to shower the girls with a few things.

TWO. So this isn't a favorite, but more of an update. Walter took a turn for the worse on Sunday. He threw up and had diarrhea again. He didn't have blood in it until Sunday evening.

We had Super Bowl plans that we had to cancel since we couldn't leave Walter alone. He threw up twice and tried a few more times, but nothing would come up. And then he wouldn't stop going outside to go number 2. It got so bad it was just liquid coming out of him and we had to follow him each time to see if it had blood in it.

After cancelling our plans, I headed back to the Emergency vet to get him more of the food he was on for about a week and to grab more probiotics. Walter hadn't ate anything since the night before and we wanted to try to get him to eat. He didn't want the food until 7 pm. We gave him the prescription wet food with some probiotics and he finally ate. Though he continued to have diarrhea all evening with a little blood in it after we went to bed.

That night we had to get up with him when he went to the bathroom to check his poop and make sure he didn't have blood on his booty. This kept us up until around 1 am.

Monday morning, he ate his food and seemed better, so we headed to work. I called his regular vet to get a prescription of the food, but they wanted to see him. So Tuesday afternoon, we took Walter in. They gave him a check-up, gave him more antibiotics, a stress probiotic, asked us to get a fecal sample and prescribed him the food we requested plus some for stress.

So Walter has been on that for a few days and he is getting back to normal. But we are pretty sure, he will be on this food from now on. And we are awaiting the test results from the fecal sample. 

THREE. I have been shopping for items for the house since our renovation is wrapping up. Last weekend, I bought two new bath mats/rugs for my bathroom. One is a memory foam mat that feels amazing on your feet when you step out of the shower and the other is a long one that spans the length of my vanity. Both are beautiful and feel nice on your feet.
Pottery Barn Organic Loop Bathroom Rug

Pottery Barn Memory Foam Bath Mat

I got the second bath mat on clearance at my local PB.

FOUR. Weekly funnies.

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

Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Him

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I am not sure if you celebrate Valentine's Day with your spouse, friend, boyfriend or even your parents, but I thought I would put together a little guide of gift ideas. Around our house, we go back and forth on celebrating it. Sometimes we get each other a gift, other times we just have a nice dinner at home. It just depends on what is going on in our life and what we have planned for the year. I am not sure what we are doing this year to be honest. I will be recovering from surgery and not sure what I will be up for.

Yeti Coffee Mug The Yeti coffee mug is always a winner. I have gotten this gift for several men and they always love it.

Bose Sports Ear Buds I love most Bose items because they put off such good sound. I don't own these personally, but I have heard good things about them. When I workout, I want the wire that goes behind my head for better support and if they come off during my workout, they just go around my neck.

Dunder Mifflin Dwight Stance Socks Who doesn't love The Office? I know around my house that we love it and have seen every episode multiple times. For The Office lover in your house, these are awesome. Plus Stance socks last a long time.

Ugg Ascot Slippers This is another gift that I have given multiple times and it is always a winner. I love Ugg slippers for myself and think they are the best around. Rory, my dad, my FIL and my BIL all love these slippers.

Opove Massage Gun Now this is something that is new to me. I have seen it in my chiropractor's office, but never used one. I would love the Theragun, but with a $600 price tag, that is just too much for me. This one gets amazing reviews and is only $199. Way better priced and probably just fine.

Mens Underwear Whether it is this brand or another brand, getting a guy underwear for Valentine's Day just works. Better to get it for Valentine's Day than Christmas.

Are you celebrating Valentine's Day? What did you get for your spouse? A women's gift guide is coming on Monday.
Monday, February 3, 2020

Amazon Prime Purchases - January

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I was a little better this last month when it came to Amazon. I still needed a few items that are basic restocks and a few gifts. But other than that, I didn't spend too much on Amazon.

Prime Purchases
linking up with Tanya

NeilMed Sinus Rinse

This stuff is amazing. I got it after my first nose surgery and I have used it pretty much every day since then. I use it twice a day and I find when I don't use it that I feel clogged up. It was time to replace the bottle (every 3 months) and I needed new packets. So this was a restock.

Shower Cap

I have been using shower caps that I get in hotels for the last several years and I felt that I should just buy a reusable one that is mold resistant and doesn't break. I looked on Amazon and found this one for $5. It has been great.


My cousin's baby shower was this last Saturday and she wanted this boppy. I loved having our double boppy, so I always try to gift one when I go to a baby shower. The one she picked is just so cute.

Felt Furniture Pads

Since we had to move our whole house around and into the garage, we wanted to make sure we had pads and cups for all of our furniture. We don't want to ruin our new floors with the metal furniture, so we bought these pads and the cups below.

Furniture Cups

Flappy the Elephant

It was my nieces birthday this month and we got her this singing elephant. Everyone raves about it and she LOVED it. She carries it around with her and plays peekaboo with it all day long.

Reflex 90 Degree Leggings
Reflex 90 Degree Leggings

I love a good pair of leggings and I usually wear leggings from VS Pink, Prana or Lululemon, but after so many people raved about these Reflex leggings, I decided to give them a try. The reviews said that you can't see through them, they are high waisted and suck everything in, the don't dig in, cause chaffing and are comfy. I thought since they were $27.99 per pair, I would try them out. Verdict: they are pretty amazing. 

Lego Ninja Boat

This was a gift to a little boys party that the girls attending a couple weekends ago.

Lego Birthday Card

Did you know you can get birthday cards on Amazon? I didn't, but I should have known that you could.

Everyone Kids 3-in-1 Soap

My kids needed new soap when we were about to move out of our house temporarily, so I bought this one on Amazon. We have used it many times before and this one came as a two pack.

Fitbit Versa 2

I wish this one was for me, but it wasn't. Rory's Fitbit Ionic broke after having it for two years, so he needed a new one before his trip to Japan. He asked me to order this one for him and I was wishing I had upgraded my Versa 1.

What did you buy on Amazon Prime this last month?