Pumpkin Picking

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One of my favorite Fall activities is the classic pumpkin patches. A couple weekends ago my friends and I decided to make the trip and  make a morning of going through a corn maze and pick pumpkins.

When we arrived we instantly were taken back by all the fun activities. A large hay slide, zip line, kid train rides, duck races, play ground, and a hay jump pit! That probably are designed for kids under the age of 7. Yet, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be like kids for a couple of hours.

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We loaded up our car on the last beautiful Fall day. In the low 60’s with a slight wind- what more could you ask for? At this corn maze every year they make a new design. This year it was Frankenstein! I was so proud- we conquered it in less than 20 minutes! What!?

I have so many amazing memories as a kid- once October comes along go to a Pumpkin Patch and picking up a pumpkin, going through mazes, and picking apples! As well as my mom would allow my brother and I to pick up a sweet treat! I remember our favorite were honey sticks!

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After we went down the slide and rode across the zip line we decided to start going through the pumpkin patch. It’s amazing how much fun it is to go through patch after patch trying to find just the most  PERFECT pumpkin! I always think it brings ownership over something when you go out and pick it out. I mean grabbing one at your local supermarket will work but I don’t think it is as much fun as the experience of picking one up at the pumpkin patch is.

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Whether you pack up your car and head to the pumpkin patch or head to your local supermarket. Pick up your pumpkins and let’s get the festivities going!

Do you like to carve or paint your pumpkins?

 

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Season of Gratitude

“October is my favorite color”

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Something about this season brings out the best in people. A renewed sense of joy and a purpose in their daily life. Maybe with a change of season and seeing a fresh perspective in your daily life things change. Your attitude changes. Your mood changes. I know for me that is the case in my life. Once September 22nd comes every year- I know there is going to be something different coming. A new season. Something exciting.

Autumn it’s no surprise that it’s my favorite time of the year.  I get so excited that I don’t think my physical body can actually handle all my excitement. Everything about it. I love it! I love the smell of freshness in the air, the crunchy leaves, the warm colors, pumpkin everything, the chunky scarves… and my list could continue. Something changes in this season- yes, in the tradition of the sense something does change the nights get longer and the days get shorter. But the art of gratitude comes back. I don’t know if it’s because Christmas is right around the corner and people are trying their last ditch effort to get onto Santa’s nice list or if they are genuinely remind just how fast a year truly goes by.

During this season I want to slow down- I want to spend better quality time with my family and friends I want to bake pumpkin bars in my kitchen. I just want to spend that extra time with the people that I know are in my life for a deeper purpose. And the best way to say “thank you” is giving them my time, to let them know they are important to me that they matter. Yes, this should happen every season- but something about this season adds something different. People aren’t running every which direction aren’t always on the go or attending this or that. I find during this season people come together- around their dinner tables or loaded up in their cars chasing the peak of the perfect fall foliage.

We see the word “gratitude” or “thankful” a lot during this season.  And honestly I don’t think that’s a mistake. I do believe we need to carry those words as reminders all year long. Yet- I know it can be difficult to remember when it’s out of sight out of mind. And now is the perfect reminder.

As October is just beginning and the most magical time of the year is finally here. I start viewing things new and exciting. I am a home body by nature- I love being home. I love having that sense of security, calm, and relaxation. I have found that in a new season I have a sudden urge to de-clutter, renew, and update things. With the longer nights I tend to find more people become (seasonal) home body’s *don’t know if that’s a thing.. but just made it up.* the home becomes a hub of togetherness and warmth and a safety blanket.

Why not spruce it up a bit? Make it a place to wind down, entertain, and re-energize. I don’t think that’s why there is such a huge surplus for dinning sets and decorations this time of the year. I think that’s the case because this is what people are lacking.

It makes things new and exciting again. It’s like this time of a year is a jump start. More quiet nights at home cuddled under a blanket with a hot drink in hand deep in conversation or nestled around watching a movie. Or loading up the family in the car heading to the pumpkin patch.

Last week my friend Monica and I went on a quick little day trip to see the fall colors. Let me tell you- it’s amazing what you can find! It’s crazy what happens when you are a grown women but you see leaves on the ground you instantly want to kick or throw them up in the air.

Autumn is the season where changes are happening yet I am blindsided by the beauty around me that I almost forget that things are actually dying. Every year I reminded that Autumn is a season that reminds me that change can be beautiful. That it isn’t scary of the unknown. To slow down- enjoy the scenery.

Something about Autumn…

 

 

 

Wildflower, Sage Brush, & Mountain Air

One of the many reasons why I love living in Wyoming is simply because summers here are the very best! There is no place like it- the fresh air, the abundant camp sites, and actually needing a campfire at night. There is something so peaceful laying out at night and looking up and seeing endless stars.

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There is something juvenile and freeing about spending a free Sunday- chasing waterfalls, smelling wildflowers, and exploring dirt roads. From the moment I can remember I’ve loved being in the mountains. I love camping. I love the feeling of being “lost” yet totally knowing where I am. Forgetting my to do lists and giving everything else a rest.

Last weekend I went up to the beautiful mountains for a 48 hour retreat of pure quiet and serenity. I’m a firm believer in what any person really needs is a little bit of mountain air to clear their mind.

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Now I don’t know about you- but the BEST part of the camping is the eating- s’mores, burgers, fresh coffee. I thought I would share with you my all time favorite meal while camping! I love it so much now that my parents know what’s my favorite it’s what I want while I’m out in the woods. Ha! I mean I’m sure you could make it at home on your grill- I have never personally done it but I’m sure it will be delicious either way!

Tin Foil Dinners 

This dinner is one of the easiest dinners you will ever prepare! It’s so easy your husband or your kids can do it. There is no wrong or right way to cook it!

 

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  1.  Prepare your work area- double up tin foil. This is where you are going to be assembling your dinner.
  2. Chop up any vegetables you want in your dinner I normally have carrots, cucumbers, green pepper, tomatoes, and avocado.
  3. Decide what meat you want- I had hamburger, steak, and bacon. You don’t have to precook the meat. When assembling your dinner- I normally put on the meat first and then moving onto veggies.
  4.  Add CHEESE! I normally use block cheese other than shredded cheese. I’ve used both cheddar and monterey jack cheese. Add spices- I use chives and dill.
  5.  Almost done! Add butter blocks or oil- both work well however; I rather use butter over oil. If you want to use oil I will say be careful with the oil. One time I added too much oil and having a stomach ache afterwards wasn’t the highlight of the trip! You don’t need a whole lot- it will help with it not being stuck to the tinfoil.
  6.  Drizzle lemon juice to enhance all the amazing flavors!
  7.  Roll up your dinner in your tin foil- make sure the coals are hot enough and then place the dinners onto the grill to cook. Normally I cook them for an hour. I will say while you ensemble your dinners don’t forget that everything will be grilled down. So if you think while you are creating your dinner if it’s too much you are probably on the right track.

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Once your dinner is fully cooked take off your dinner off the grill and carefully unfold your dinner. I normally dump my dinner onto a plate and stir it all up. And for extra seasoning add salt and pepper. And finally bon appetite!

What is your favorite Summer activity?

My Happy Place

I love gardens. Always have- probably always will. While I was on vacation in Arlington, Virginia five weeks ago. I got to go and explore historic mansions (I mean HELLO! Gorgeous) to accompany those beautiful homes the owners always accompanied it with beautiful and grand gardens.

I love stepping back into history in that kind of way- I’ve always felt like I was getting to walk where these people walked-right into their sanctuary. I think I’ve always had a love for being outside among the trees and flowers. I remember being a kid and playing under the shade of a beautiful tree and playing “hidden garden” in the lilac bushes.

I have no idea why rich people back in the day had big gardens and homes. But I find it amazing. My friend Marie and I were awestruck as we walked around the beautiful Dumbarton Oaks House and Garden in Georgetown, VA. As I was walking around them I instantly felt transported back into a simpler time. Felt like Jane Austen’s heroine- Elizabeth Bennett come to life! My heart was doing somersaults and there was a smile on my face for hours!

“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon

verdure is the most perfect refreshment” -Jane Austen

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I mean can we just talk about how amazing this building looks? Can you believe in years gone by that this was a private resident? That these walls have seen families and dance parties and that this was someone’s home away from home. After a long day they came home to this!? Marie and I were joking back and forth- you have the East wing I have the west wing- perfect! As I explored this place more and more- I completely forgot I was almost smacked in the city. Not even a couple hours away was the hustle and bustle of traffic and people going to and from work. Yet- I felt so hidden away and relaxed.

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Dumbarton Oaks was Robert and Mildred Bliss’s country home in the now historical Georgetown District. In 1920 it was a “old fashioned home” standing in a neglected area of town. Just itching to become Mildred’s paradise. The duo bought the fifty-three-acre property.

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A year later Mildred and landscape gardener- Beatrix Farrand went to work to design the garden- from where the benches should go to where the plots of different types of gardens should be planted every little detail was carefully handled by the duo.

”  At Dumbarton Oaks you have created something very beautiful, very special both in the garden and inside the house. It will remain a monument to your taste, knowledge and understanding—a delight to all who visit it and a great resource to those who are fortunate enough to work there.” Robert Bliss to Mildred Bliss, 1940

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Since then other architects have worked on the gardens to improve the different functions. For more history on the beautiful gardens here. For a moment in a day I got to forget about being a twenty three year old in the twenty first century surrounded by the modern conveniences. I got to take my time and stroll through the rose gardens and smell every single one- I got to sit by the Lover’s Lane Pool.

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Marie and I were saying over and over- how the heck was this someone’s house!? Could you imagine you come home from work trying to find where someone is!? I now understand why people needed slaves! I was telling Marie- I have no idea where in this garden would be “my” spot. You know the one spot you go to. To help distress- to unwind to relax- to have a cup of tea and cuddle up reading Pride and Prejudice for the hundredth time. I’m sure my family all thought I was nuts. I was like a little kid in a candy shop- smiling from ear to ear as we explored a whole other section- just as beautiful as the last. Marie even joked with my family that they lost me for a couple of hours.

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I couldn’t help it! I was and still am so obsessed! I already want to go back- can you even imagine how it would look like in bloom! Oh my goodness! I would highly recommend! I firmly believe we all have a little kid still in us who love getting lost in trees and smelling the flowers and chasing waterfalls. I don’t thinking loosing your imaginations is a good thing. I was so flabbergasted by the beauty that was surrounding me I was having a hard time processing just how amazing this moment of time was! I will say wear comfortable shoes and just have fun! Allow yourself to get lost in time gone by- and enjoy the fruit of their labor. I can’t wait to plan my next trip. But for now- I will go off in make believe land to Pemberley where I can be Elizabeth Bennett all over again.

Thanks Dumbarton Oaks- for SUCH a swell time! Thanks for becoming my new happy place! You will always hold a special moment in my heart.

 

What’s In My Carry-On Luggae

If you read last weeks post here I talked about how I packed my checked baggage and how I prepare to travel. I thought it would be fun this week to show you what I pack in my carry on luggage. I know different airlines are a little bit different they all have different guidelines so make sure you do your own research on the different airlines you are flying on.

For me I am all about the comfort and convenience- especially when I travel. What better way than have the things that bring you that the closes to you. I know this sounds rather contradictory- but I also try to be not so high maintenance either.

I don’t know about you- but I always have this idea in my head “what if?” I know you can’t be prepared for everything but sometimes you just need a little bit of reassurance.

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  1.  The Bag: I have seen online so many people have different opinions on what a “perfect” carry on bag is. Some like carry on’s that have wheels and just wheeling them along with you in the airport. Me I love having my hands “free” I guess you can say. I’m a fan of just having a medium sized backpack as my carry on. I bought this black backpack specifically for this trip. And I will tell you- I’m already loving it! Big enough to fit everything and enough space and feels secure on my back.
  2. Hand Sanitizer:  I always think this is a must! Especially if you are using the laboratory. Still always a good idea to have one on you especially in flight. Before you eat or after you slept. I always think clean hands are always a good idea. 😉
  3.  Gum:  Maybe it’s just me- but anytime I travel in a plane or in a car I always have to have gum. Maybe it’s because I have sensitive ears and they always have to pop when going through different elevations. I’ve recently started really liking this kind simply because then I don’t have a huge gum wrapper mess in my carry- on after.
  4. Car Keys:  For this particular trip we are actually taking my car to the airport. That means I will have to have my car keys on me. After parking my car and locking it up. I always put it in the pocket so I don’t have a freak out when I come back!
  5. Phone: This one seems kind of self explanatory. Always able to have it in your hand or tucked in the front pocket in my backpack. Pull it out to show boarding passes or tickets and better yet to listen to music.
  6. Headphones:  Once again one that doesn’t really need a definition. I always think headphones are a good idea. To help shut out the noise to help sleep to pass the time. Besides not everyone wants to listen to whatever you are listening to you.
  7. Eye Glasses:  I only need glasses to read or do work on my phone. Since I always plan on putting my nose into a book I need these little guys to help me see. Ha!
  8. Book:  As I’ve already mentioned I love reading especially when I’m traveling. This trip I decided to read a biography. I love reading biographies of people I look up to and admire. This trip I grabbed this one: Jane Austen a Life. A book that has been on my reading list for years! And why not start it?
  9. Notebook:  If you read last week you would know I don’t really go anywhere without my notebook. In this notebook I also have my list of to pack so I would always know what I brought so I can make sure I bring home the same stuff.
  10. Clothes:  I always like to bring a spare set of clothes just in case the inevitable happens and the airline looses my luggage (knocks on wood). I think packing an extra set in your carry on so you have that comfort that if that happens you are covered for a day.
  11. Spare PJ bottom: Going back to that comfort side of me I always think pajama bottoms are some of my favorite things ever and they give me so much comfort and happiness. I make sure I have one in my carry on so if that thing happens of lost luggage I can still feel comfortable.
  12. Bed Bag

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I don’t know if it’s because of my compulsively need to have things organized and “in” it’s place I always like to have things in that order. This is what I call my “bed bag” things I have by my bedside at home.

Phone Charger

Chap Stick

Lip Scrub

Vitamins

Salon Pas

Sleepy Time Lotion

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14. Makeup Bag

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L’Oreal Paris True Match Mineral Makeup in light ivory

Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer in all is calm

Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer in just bright

E.L.F eye primer

Neutrogena Skin Clearing blemish Concealer

Cover Girl Loose Powder in translucent

Benefit Dandelion

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi in rose

Revolution The Matte Blush Powder in beloved

Maybelline Brow Drama in soft brown

Cover Girl brow and eye makers in honey brown

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner in ultra black

L’Oreal Infalliable Eyeliner in black

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in black

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in black

Rimmel London Kate Lipstick in 45

Rimmel London Kate Lipstick in 17

Real Her Lip Liner in nude

Real Her Lip Gloss in nude

There you have it. All what I have in my carry on! Happy trails friends!

How I Pack My Suitcase

‘Tis the season. The weather is getting warmer and schools are coming to a close that means summer vacations are upon us! Although traveling can be stressful for everyone and nerve wrecking. I wouldn’t say I am an anxious traveler but, I like my comfort to help ease any anxious feelings or any unexpected fear. I love traveling, I love seeing new places, I love meeting new people, and traveling with people I love. That doesn’t mean that sometimes I feel anxious being away from my comfort zone. I’ve found if I take my time and be prepared I feel comfortable and confident in what I pack without a fear of thinking I forgot something or stepping too much out of my comfort zone.

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I’m probably an over analyst. I love schedules, and planners, and calendars. I always think my brain runs so crazy most days that I just can’t catch up. Most days I keep a notebook on me at all times. To write down- all my ideas, all the things I need to do, or even my grocery list!

When it comes to traveling that isn’t an exception. A couple weeks before departure date I write out all the things I need to finish before take off and then I write beside it a deadline or when I can finish that task. I feel actually writing it all out helps me get out of my mind and can actually visually see what I have to do. I always try to make sure I get everything taken care of before take off. You don’t want to be driving or sitting in a plane thinking of everything you have to do when you arrive back home or dreading your return. And then to help me stay organized I write out a list in different categories to pack. To help give myself a peace of mind.

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Tips and Tricks

While writing my list I write out the different categories or bags I’m bringing and where I’m going to pack them for an example: if I’m flying I would write out Checked Bag. As the main point and then I will work with the sub-point. So under the main point I would write out:

-Checked Bag- 

Travel outfit (x3) 

8 Outfits 

Undergarments 

P.j. 

Shoes 

Earrings 

Curling Iron/Straightner 

Blow Dryer 

– Bathroom Bag- 

Shampoo 

Conditioner 

Hair Oil

Leave in Conditioner 

Eye Makeup Remover 

Face Wash 

Cleanser 

Morning Cleanser 

Zit Cream 

Moisturizer

Soap

Toothpaste

Toothbrush

Floss

Cotton pads/Q-tips

 Floss 

Dry Shampoo 

Oil/Razor 

Hairspray 

Once I finish that I move on to the other bags I have such as: makeup bag, bed bag (which is a small makeup bag that I put in stuff I use before bed) and then carry on bag. Which I will speak more in detail about next week! 😉

Once I’m to the point of actually packing my bag I like to pack outfits that I feel like I am:

1. Comfortable 2. Confident

I think its a common thing for a girl to have certain things in her closet that makes her feel- beautiful, confident, comfortable that she feels like she can take on the world! And I don’t know about you- but packing clothes for a trip is always one of the most stressful parts for me. Maybe because I’m indecisive or never know exactly what I want. However; the last couple times I’ve packed to go somewhere. I always ask myself- how do I feel while wearing this? Do I feel confident? Do I love this? Maybe it’s the tendency to always pull something out of my closest that I know I love wearing that helps ease the packing progress. However; I think it’s the best place to start.

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While I’m packing I like to lay out what I want to wear. And then after that I put out the undergarments I’m going to wear with them, and then any jewelry, then any shoes. Once I’m finished with all that I pull out my suitcase and take all the underwear, bras, and socks off the outfit and put it in the zip pocket in the suitcase. And then I take the jewelry from the outfits and place them in a small make up bag. Following that I take the shoes and place them in the empty suitcase. And then finally I put in the clothes.

Then I place the bathroom bag and hot utensils on top of that. All done! I find using this method helps me in so many ways! I can be done packing and feel good with what I brought and I’m not stressing about what I’ve packed or when I arrive looking at my clothes and asking myself- “what to wear” I can grab an outfit and already know how I will feel. The best part too is that if you make a list in a notebook you can always go back and see what you needed before and rewrite what you need this trip. Staying organized and prepared leads to having a stress free and fun vacation that you deserve!

Okay girls! Enjoy your vacation! We all need a little getaway every now and then! 😉

 

 

Current Favorites

When did this year go by so fast? Wasn’t it just April 1st? Some of my favorite things to watch and read are people’s favorite things from the previous months or likewise. I always find it so interesting hearing or reading what other people are enjoying. I am always into trying something new or finding something exciting. And what better way to start a new month showing what I’ve been loving.

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 Makeup

  1. Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($29): Truthfully this one is an older favorite. I have been loving this bronzer for years. However; this past month I’ve been obsessed with using it for a new purpose. For using it on my eyes- paired with a little pit of eyeliner and mascara- something quick and easy to still get the definition of the eye and still keeping it simple and with a tanned and glowy look.
  2. Benefit Dandelion Powder ($15): This is a very new favorite. I’m already obsessed- and I haven’t even had it very long (only a couple hours) however; the reason this is in my list already. Is that I love the effect this powder gives. It gives that little effort to your checks that make you look a little rosy and healthy.
  3. Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealers ($8.99):  It’s at this time of year where in school you are getting minimum hours of sleep and the stress of finals are making you break out a lot more than normal. These concealers are meant to help conceal the extra redness in my face and to help brighten up my under eyes. I put this on after I moisturize my face and before I use my primer. And then after I use my regular concealer and instantly I feel my face looks so much more unified and more refreshed.

Hair

  1.  OGX Coconut Milk ($5.75):   Around this time last year I was noticing my hair was drying out and very brittle and taking forever to blow dry. I went to this hair dresser in Spearfish where I was living at the time- who recommend I use an oil like this to help with the split ends and the dryness in-between cuts. After using I can confirm- my hair feels so much healthier.  I squirt a dime size into the palm of my hands after showering and rub it into the ends of my hair.
  2. Rosarco Milk Leave in Conditioner ($20):  I finally decided to splurge a little on myself and signed up for the Fab Fit Fun box. And the first box I got was the Spring box- and let me tell you it’s awesome. This is one thing I got in the box. And I love it! I have never really used leave in conditioners before this one. I squirt this in after my shower and it helps with heat protection and leaving my hair feel nourished all day long.

Beauty

  1. Lush Tea Tree Water ($22.95): Once again an oldie but a goodie. By nature I have combination skin. In the mornings it tends to be more dry and I’m always a little sleepy and out of sorts so to speak. I’ve been using this for years. However; I would always use it morning and night. Recently I switched to only using it in the morning. And it has been doing wonders for my skin. Before I do my makeup in the morning I feel like my skin is more awake and refreshed- even if I don’t get my six hours of sleep. Bonus- my foundation goes on a little bit better!
  2. Lush D’Fluff Shaving Cream ($12.95):  Ever since I started shaving my legs- I have had sensitive skin (ironically only on my legs?) If I use any razor or shaving cream I find myself breaking out and my legs are covered in red blotchy (painful) rashes and burns. Which makes wearing anything other than jeans out of the question! And who wants to spend their spring/summer in blue jeans!? Other than knowing this shaving cream is made out of natural materials and isn’t irritating my skin it is very gentle and smells like a strawberry patch- BONUS!
  3. Bath and Beauty Works French Lavender Hand Soap ($6.50):  I know I know this seems pretty weird huh- but I love hand soaps! I love knowing that once I leave the bathroom my hands are clean and smelling good too- HECK YEA. I don’t know why I love these soaps so much- but  knowing my hands are clean and that they smell good. Win win?
  4. Lush Reusable Bunch of Carrots ($12.99) *Last Chance!:  I have said it before and I will say it again- Lush just gets it right. Different seasons- the scents go hand in hand. I’m a huge believer in bubble baths- even in the heat of summer. I think sometimes I just need to escape reality and there’s nothing more refreshing to jump into a bubble bath to help ease away the worries of yesterday. I’ve seen other beauty bloggers and Lush creators talk about this for months and I knew I HAD to pick myself up a “bunch” can we just talk about how ridiculously adorable they are!? I almost don’t want to use it- almost!

Wellness

I know this is kind of an interesting category- but bear with me. For as long as I can remember I have always had problems sleeping. My problem is the whole getting to sleep part- once I’m asleep I stay asleep. I always have blamed my insomnia problems on the fact that I have an over active imagination and that my brain is always going hundred miles per hour! However; I’ve made a vow to myself to help make sleep time important!

  1. Mystic Antidotes Calming Pillow Spray ($19.99):  While in Denver this past month I was walking around TJ Maxx and spotted this little gem! I had heard so many positive remarks on pillow sprays before. As I’ve read up on them and heard from others about it. I always thought yea that is nice for them but I highly doubt it would do anything for me. Oh boy was I wrong! I haven’t slept this hard and well for months! It doesn’t take me long to fall asleep anymore. I shake the bottle after pulling down my sheets and spray all over my bed and within the hour I’m fast asleep!
  2. Tranquil Essential Oil ($4.99): For Christmas my sister bought me an oil diffuser and I love it that I almost got a little sad that the sample Relaxation oil that came with it  ran out. In a effort to find another one similar to the one I loved so much I hit my local Walmart. And I found one probably just as good! Follow the instructions when purchased of putting in the water and then I normally squeeze four to five drops into the diffuser and allow it to do it’s magic!

Fashion 

  1.  Sunflower Hat ($12.00): I love hats. There I said it- yes sometimes it’s just easier to throw on a hat and walk out the door some mornings. I especially love them if I’m going to run some errands, go on a hike, camping, the list is endless. I found this one on a spur of a moment trip to Target and I just had to get it. Sunflower patterns just have that hold on me.
  2. Sunglasses ($12.00):  ‘Tis the season of sunshine! I love sunglasses! However; I’m horrible with sunglasses- I either break them, loose them, or misplace them. I try to buy the cheaper ones. I always pick- kind of the same ones- boring and mundane. Before I left to go to Denver I decided to pick up more unique ones. When I saw these at Walmart I knew I loved them! The dusty pink/rose gold accents- were different enough to pop any outfit I wear. And let’s be honest- I pretty much live in black anyway. 🙂

Random 

Any favorites aren’t completed without a random category!

  1. White Barn Lily of the Valley Candle ($24.50):  Just like  bubble baths- I think candles are good anytime of the year! I love candles I always think they make a room complete making the atmosphere whole. Switching out the cozy and “Christmas” ones and hello Spring! White Barn has some amazing ones in right now! I always think Spring floral scents always bring me back to my Grandma’s flower garden growing up. This one is hands down my favorite! Smells of my grandma and some of my favorite flowers. Perfect- not too overwhelming but just strong enough to make my whole room smell if I just had some cut flowers in the room.
  2. The Happiness Journal ($38.00): I’m a planner. Always have been probably always will be. I love journals and I love planning. I have a random obsession with planners and calendars lately. I bought this in January and I liked it but I thought somethings about it were a little far fetched and dare I say silly. I mean I know it’s good to reflect on the week and having weekly goals. The coming up with the weekly goals were the easiest! The problem was going back and reflecting and grading my week. But what I love is planning out my weeks and writing down goals and ideas for that week and accomplishing that. And besides it’s beautiful!

What about you- what are some of the things you have been loving lately?

And hello Spring. I’ve missed you- you are pretty awesome.