Friday Favorites 3.17.17

Another week is over and what a doozy! Work has been crazy and I have made more moves to talk to real estate groups in the area to make sure I’m marketable once I get my license- I’m really excited to take back charge over my career and the sky is the limit! We leave for NYC tonight to see friends and eat amazing food and partake in the great culture of the city- I just wish it wasn’t going to be so cold and slushy! I dropped off my precious pup with the sitter this morning and she just breaks my heart- she literally whines like a dolphin’s squeak when I start washing out her water and food bowl. I brought down her carrier and she laid in it all morning next to her stuff while I got ready- it was so sad 😦 I already can’t wait to be reunited with her on Monday! Now onto my favorites:

Bota Box

Guys, don’t knock boxed wine. Just because we had exposure to Franzia in college doesn’t mean that all boxed wine tastes like super sweet fruit juice. Bota Box is my personal favorite- there are many different varietals, they taste really good, and it’s only $16-18 a box which is the equivalent of FOUR BOTTLES! It’s less wasteful and you don’t have to pick up a bottle every week. It stays fresher longer as well so you don’t have to feel pressured to finish a bottle once you open it.

Old Navy Workout Leggings

Lululemon is amazing. Truly. But my ass just cannot afford their clothes anymore. So one day I was in Old Navy, and I saw they had a sale on Activewear bottoms. I bought two pairs. And, guys, lemme tell you- they are the BEST. Their prints remind me of Lululemon and they fit tight to your body so you don’t have to worry about sagging or looseness but they also suck everything in to give you a great silhouette. They have crop styles, ones with mesh panels, ones with cut-outs, ones with reflective tape, hi-rise styles, super-pretty patterns and colors- god, I want to go run out and snatch up 5 more just talking about them! And the best part- none are over $30.

A Made Bed

I’m the worst at making beds. I never remember and I’m not very good when I do. But thanks to my OCD BF, I get to see a hotel-worthy bed every day and climb into one every night. How good are his skills??

 

And a not so favorite-

St. Patrick’s Day.

TBH, I’m a little wary about going out tonight in NYC. St Patty’s Day just brings to mind images of rowdy guys drinking green beer and taking Jagerbombs. No thank you. Like most holidays, the reason for the season has been lost and I’m kind of over it. I’d rather hunker down in a wine bar away from the “March Madness” if you will.

Friday Favorites 3.3.17

So there is so much more going on in my life than attempting to lose a few pounds and get back in shape. I’m on a pretty tight budget, especially as I prepare to make the real estate plunge, but I also love shopping (shoes, jewelry, shoes), organizing and crafting (easy things), putting our new home together, cooking & baking, playing around with make-up and hair, and I love learning random new tricks that DON’T have to do with weight-loss! So this is where I will share all of that with you guys on a weekly basis.

EBATES

Oh my goodness, where do I even start with my love for Ebates. It is FREE MONEY. Actually, even better, it is money you get PAID TO SHOP ONLINE. I always knew about Ebates but I would forget to log-in. Now they have this super handy tool bar add on so that whenever you are on a website that offers an Ebates rebate, it pops up to remind you and you can just enable it then and there. I currently have over $30 sitting in my account from doing online shopping that I would have done anyways. If you want to give it a try, just sign up here. I have gotten cash back from the most varied places-the expected places like Kohl’s and Macy’s but also the unexpected places like Etsy and Expedia. Even Groupon and Hilton offer cash back!

JEWELRY ORGANIZATION

I am a fairly visual person. So if something is out of sight, it’s also out of mind for me. That goes with men, clothes, jewelry, etc. So when we moved, all my jewelry ended up jumbled in boxes. It took me a while but I finally found some great pieces that go with any kind of decor (2% cash back at Michaels through Ebates) to display on my dresser so I am reminded about that certain necklace or get a nudge to wear my cocktail rings more. I finally feel like I’m getting wear out of some of these pieces that were once relegated to sitting around day after day!

FIXER UPPER INSPO

My first job in NYC was working under the umbrella that owned such networks such as Food Network, HGTV, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, and Travel Channel. I was obsessed with Food Network and recipes and felt meh towards the home sites. My, what a change that can happen in 5 years! Now, all we watch are HGTV shows (we still watch a healthy dose of Food Network as well, don’t get me wrong). Our favorite (yes, even my BF is obsessed) is Fixer Upper. While her farmhouse aesthetic isn’t 100% my style, there are definitely pieces I pick up on that I love and can build off of. One of those pieces is the white ceramic pitcher that you see in almost every one of their flips. Except it is rarely used as a pitcher- it is normally used as a vase or centerpiece. I happened to find an exact replica of one at Target (1% cash back through Ebates which adds up!) and now it is the center piece of our kitchen island. I put fake white hydrangeas in it because girl on a budget cannot pick up fresh flowers every Sunday, even the $10 Trader Joe’s bouquets.

PRO ICE PACK

The last time you needed an ice pack, what did you do? Did you fill up a Ziploc bag with ice cubes that never really molded to the area? Did you melt your frozen veggies? As someone who sprained her ankle 4 times in a 5 year span, this is a lifesaver. It’s super simple and you probably already have what you need in your house. Check out the blog post I discovered this amazing life hack here.

WINE COLORED PUMPS

Before it becomes officially spring, I need to give a shout-out to these shoes for several reasons. #1- the color is so perfect for fall/winter and it provides a small dose of color to what could be an otherwise blah or staid outfit and #2- they are Comfort Plus by Predictions from Payless (this should probably be my real “Favorite” thing but I digress). I have been a Comfort Plus fanatic since high school and let me tell you why- these shoes are under $30, they come in a wide range of styles and colors and they are so comfortable I can stand in them all day and possibly run a mile in them. God’s honest truth. I get so many compliments when I wear them (I have them in minimum 4 other styles) and I am quick to tell people where they can get them. Also, if you beat them up, step in a street grate, or get beer spilled on them (#college and #adulthood), they’re really not that bad to replace. Currently I own the pumps in a black round-toe matte, black patent pointy-toe, nude patent pointy-toe, red patent round-toe, white matte pointy-toe, cobalt blue suede pointy-toe, and now these wine suede pointy-toe ones. Snatch them up quick because the colored ones go with the seasons! Currently this pair is on sale so go, go, go!

THIS JOKE

Two drums and a cymbal fall off a cliff. Duh dum chh.