Friday, April 27, 2018

Book Review - "Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely" by Lysa TerKeurst (#1 - 2018)

A Faith-based book dealing with rejection and feeling less than.  Lysa dives deep into her past to share personal stories about these issues.  Expanding on them using humor and Biblical examples to help us understand how these rejections can poison our relationships and how we can start to heal.  I really enjoyed this book and it really did help me.  I would totally recommend it!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Book Review - "A Wrinkle in Time: the Graphic Novel" (#7- 2017)

Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time: the Graphic Novel - adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson

A Wrinkle in Time was my favorite book growing up so when I saw this at the library I checked it out.  Since it's for the kiddos it was a super fast read and I loved the illustrations.  It certainly doesn't replace reading the original book (or seeing the really awful movie - sorry, not sorry it was no good).  However it is a well done, simplified version of the book, one that I would recommend reading after reading the actual novel.  However, please do read the original book, it's magical and just so, so good.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Review - Project Repat T-Shirt Quilt

If you are anything like me then you probably have quite a few t-shirts that you don't really wear anymore but are sentimental.  Shirts that commemorate occasions, sports teams, school events, places you've been, etc.  Now about 20 years ago I had a queen-sized t-shirt quilt made by a local quilting shop - t-shirts were mostly early 90's Chicago Bulls shirts.  It was a bit pricey, a bit basic and kind of delicate (the back and binding around the edges was just a white cotton jersey) but it did the trick.  Now that I have a daughter I've been keeping not only my sentimental tees but her tees as well.  And after we moved last Summer I wanted to have two quilts made, one for me and one for her.  I'd been hearing about Project Repat on social media and decided to check them out.  And I'm glad I did, it was a super easy process and very reasonably priced.  I ended up having enough shirts for 2 lap quilts (twin, full, queen and king sizes are also available and they tell you how many panels are on each).  Here is my quilt:
16 panels, I ended up having 3 shirts where I used the front and back graphics.  Make sure you watch Project Repat's video about how to handle shirts where you want to use both sides.  Very helpful!

The back of the quilts will be a really snuggly grey fleece (there are seven colors to choose from)!

It's Teddy approved!

In fact I was so impressed with the quilts I am now a Project Repat Ambassador! If you click here then you can sign up and receive discounts on your very own t-shirt quilt, and I earn a little bit towards another t-shirt quilt.  Win-win.  It's wonderful to have something useful out of something that would otherwise just sit in a drawer or closet.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Black Friday Sales Roundup!!!! *Updated*

Okay, it's time.  Are you ready?  Here are the Black Friday sales I've come across, I'll try and keep them up to date as best I can through the rest of the week.  As always some links are affiliates.  Happy shopping and happy Thanksgiving!

L.L. Bean - This is BIG!  L.L. Bean is running a promo, get 25% off Bean Boots!  Use code: FRIDAY25 Ends 11/24/2017.  See site for details.

Garnet HillTake 25% off full priced designs and free shipping now through 11/28/2017. See site for details.

J.Crew Factory - Take 50% off everything.  Prices as marked.  Ends 11/23/2017. See site for details. 

Brika - Get 20% off site wide, use code: YESPLEASE Ends 11/27/2017. See site for details. 

LOFT - Flash sale!  50% off everything, use code: THANKS Ends 11/23/2017  See site for details. 

Gap - 50% off everything - no exclusions!  Use code: BLKFRIDAY Ends 11/25/2017.  See site for details. 

EcoFlower - BOGO, buy one and get one free!  These make GREAT gifts.  See site for details.

Coach - Thanksgiving event, take 30% off select items. Use code: THANKS17 . Ends 11/26/2017. See site for details. 

Kendra Scott - Take 20% off everything. Use code: YELLOW20 Ends 11/27/2017.  See site for details. 

Bath and Body Works - Mix and match entire store buy 3 get 3 free!

Off 5th - Take an additional 50% off some clearance styles (that means a total savings of up to 90% off)!  Use code: YESYESYES See site for details. 

Nordstrom - Get an extra 20% off selected sale items.  See site for details. 

Sigma Beauty - Take 30% off everything and free shipping. Pick up some of their excellent brushes.  Use code: BF30 Ends 11/25/2017 at 9am CST.  See site for details. 

ClarisonicTake 30% off all devices and device holiday sets. I swear by my Mia 2, it's the single best beauty investment I've made.  Use code: BLACKFRI Ends 11/24/2017.  See site for details. 

Lulu and Georgia - Black Friday sale, take 25% off everything. Use code: GOGOGO  See site for details.

H&M - Take 20% off everything and free shipping. Use code: 1662 Ends 11/25/2017  See site for details.

Williams SonomaEnds tonight (11/23/2017)! Williams Sonoma take 20% off your order and free shipping. Use code: THANKS See site for details.

Lisa LeonardTake 25% off your entire order - her jewelry makes the best gifts! Use code: chooselove See site for details.

Tarte - Ends tonight (11/23/2017) Ends tonight!!! Now at Tarte it's the Black Friday pre-party. 25% off almost everything, use code: PREVIEW See site for details. Includes my favorites, Frxxxtion stick (the best exfoliating cleanser), Amazonian clay blush, Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara (pretty much the only mascara that doesn't irritate my eyes). 

Miansai - Take 20% off sitewide, use code: MIBLK20 See site for details.

The Container Store - Now through Sunday take 30% off any single item, some exclusions apply. See site for details.

FLOR - Get 20% off and free standard shipping. Ends 11/27/2017. These are GREAT, I've used them as rugs and as the carpet in my closet, easy to clean too! This is a great deal. See site for details.

Tory Burch - Take 30% off $250 or more. Use code: THANKS Some exclusions apply, ends 11/27/2017. See site for details.

Keds - Take 30% off full priced items and 10% off sale items. Use code: NOLINES Ends 11/26/2017 See site for details. 

Lo&Sons - 40% off best sellers, limited quantities. See site for details.

Vera Bradley - 50% off hundreds of styles. Prices as marked. See site for details.

Cardboard Safari - Save up to 50% use code: BLACKFRIDAY Ends 11/27/2017. See site for details.

MZ Wallace - Early access to MZ Wallace sale. Select items. See site for details.

My Subscription Addiction has posted Black Friday deals on a bunch of boxes!
More to come...

Friday, November 10, 2017

Book Review - "Against All Odds" by Danielle Steel (#6 - 2017)

Against All Odds by Danielle Steel

Kate Madison runs a successful upscale, resale shop in SoHo. She's been the sole supporter of her four kids since her husband's death.  Now her kids are grown and ready to forge their own paths in life.  Kate is a little upset at some of the choices they make, she wants them to play it safe but they choose to play against the odds.  The book follows each of the kids as their relationships play out (good and bad) and Kate's struggle to accept that she can't protect her kids from their own decisions.  This is an easy, enjoyable read, would be great for a vacation.  I recommend it!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Some Current Favorites - Beauty products

Okay, so I have had this post in my drafts for maybe a year.  No lie, I totally forgot about it. However, even though it's an old post, these are still the items I reach for time and time again. So maybe this post is more relevant since I've had almost a year of using and loving these products! So (finally) here are the beauty products I've been reaching for over and over the past few months year.

Clockwise from top:

L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur concealer - it just blends so well and gives good coverage without caking. I have used this as a foundation substitute in a pinch when I was travelling.

Tony & Guy Wave Memorising balm - I like the way this worked.  They've discontinued it or changed it or something and I can't find it anymore (the link is to the only version I can find). I'm still partial to this one (which is also becoming impossible to find - of course).

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum - this is a "holy grail" item for me, it's by far the easiest felt tip pen-type liquid eyeliner I've tried and it's long-lasting!  I've got it in the Black and Ultra-Black.  Not sure about the "lash boosting" aspect of this but that's not why I buy or use it.  The tip keeps it's shape too.

Here's an up close look at the tip.

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil - I'm so bad at doing my brows, but I don't feel like such a brow idiot when I use this.  The shape and formula make it so easy and natural looking.

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray - This stuff has changed my life.  Okay that's a bit dramatic, but it has totally helped with keeping my makeup in place throughout the day.  I've already used up the bottle in this picture and re-purchased. And to show how old this photo is, they've redesigned the packaging - lol!

ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow in "Bill" - The most beautiful matte mauve.  I've already hit pan on this and will repurchase for sure!

Here it is swatched on my hand.  It's a really lovely mauve.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Book Review - "Real Life Organizing" by Cassandra Aarssen (Book #5 - 2017)

I found out about Cassandra on YouTube, I watch her channel "ClutterBug" often.  I picked up her book, out of curiosity.  It's a solid, basic, starter book for someone who is interested in beginning their decluttering/organizing journey.  She starts out talking about her background and her own journey to becoming organized (she is very relatable).  Then there's a little quiz about what kind of "clutterbug" you are.  This was fun and fairly accurate for me.  Then she digs in with organizing systems and tips for different areas of the home.  There are lots of worksheets and such in the back of the book that are very helpful to kickstart your organizing.  I would definitely recommend this book!

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