Friday, February 26, 2021

February Favorites ~ 2021

 For such a short month, February was packed with lots of joy and happy times for our family. My heart was certainly full. 


Remember the candy heart-shaped box that was as big as my head?! Well, pretend I just snapped my fingers and walla! THIS is what happened! I used the bottom portion of the box, lined it with wax paper, and created one of my favorite charcuterie boards yet! Everyone loved how it turned out! Especially me.


Mid-month, we got yet another winter storm that included more snow. If you remember, we also had one in January, but with this one came very, very cold temperatures in the teens. The northern part of our state was pretty much closed for a week. Wayne didn't go to work all five days, which has never happened. Alise was on winter break, so unfortunately, she didn't get to hang out with her friends as much as she had planned. Me? I cooked and baked all week and we all gained ten pounds!! I feel like all I did was eat, sleep, and binge Netflix. I got a little work done, too. But having said all that, the snow was really beautiful. This week the temps have been in the 70's and Alise and I have started back walking in the afternoons. Spring is definitely right around the corner! 




Basketball season is officially over and I honestly don't know what to do with myself these days with all my "free" time. Alise has decided not to run track this year, which Wayne and I are disappointed about, but it's her decision. Right after BB season ended, an acquaintance of ours posted this on Facebook regarding Alise's team. Actually we were a little shocked. It is our impression that this person was referring to Alise since she plays the point guard position and we do not have a number 10 on our team. Her back up is a single number and we only have one team - a JV team (we have no seniors). Having said that, this was a proud parent moment for us. We love watching our Baby Girl play and do what she loves. 


Having said that, the team played at Wayne's alma mater AND my parent's old high school in back-to-back weeks. I wish my parents could have been able to attend. The team's last game was their best game of the season and they put over 50 points on the scoreboard. They beat the other team by over 30 points, which is a spread they haven't made all season. It was definitely a happy moment and one to remember! Love seeing those happy faces!!




I hope your February was just as fun and fulfilling!  Have an awesome weekend! 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

My Night Time Skin Care Routine

I've mentioned that if Covid did anything for me during all these months of quarantine, it introduced me to the wonderful world of You Tube. I've never been much of a You Tuber (and truth be told, I'm still not!), but I did manage to stumble into a whole new world of make-up and skin care peeps. Who knew "GRWM" meant, "Get Ready With Me"? My favorite channel by far is Kimberly at Pretty Over Fifty. She has introduced me to so many new products and her channel is so, so good.  I highly recommend her latest video here


Today I thought I would share my own nighttime skin care routine because I've recently gotten questions from friends about what products I use. I've been fortunate enough to find drug store brands that work for me. 

Step 1: Remove Make-up// I had never heard of the term, "double cleansing" until about a year ago when a popular instagrammer talked about it on her stories. But ya know what? It works! By removing my make-up first, my cleanser doesn't have to work so hard and my face feels extra clean.  I searched a while before I finally found a winner in No 7 Melting Gel Cleanser. This is a soft gel that I rub on my face, without water, to remove my make-up. Then, I just rinse it off with warm water. 


Step 2: Cleanse// I've been using this Cerave cleanser for years - ever since Melanie Shankle said that she did. After working it into a lather, I use my handy dandy exfoliating pad that I mentioned here to help alleviate any remaining dirt and make-up. 


Step 3: Tone// I searched a while for a toner and finally decided on this one from  Thayers. It comes in several fragrances at Target. 


Step 4: Serums// Kimberly introduced me to The Ordinary skin products. I've mentioned here and on my IG stories that I use them and I've had so many questions about them. I absolutely love The Ordinary because you get such a bang for your buck. Every night after I tone, I use the Niacinamide serum. It's a little sticky, so I'm sure to let it dry completely on my face before applying my creams. I use the Peeling Solution twice a week. This is a chemical peel and there actually is no "peeling" like in a mask. I leave it on my face for about ten minutes and then rinse with warm water. Sometimes, there is a little stinging sensation, but it's nothing harsh and never lasts long, however, if you have sensitive skin, the Peeling Solution may not be the product for you. 


Step 5: Creams// My favorite drug store product is Roc's Retinol Deep Wrinkle Cream because I've gotten the best results with my fine lines and wrinkles. The number "11" has nearly vanished from between my eyes! Ha! But seriously. 🙌  I've been using this product for about a year and it is one of the best drug store products in my opinion. 


Step 6: Exfoliate// This is the one product that I'm struggling with finding, a good exfoliator. During the fall, I used a sample size of a pumpkin exfoliator and I loved it so much that I can't seem to find anything like it, so if you are using one that you love, please let me know in the comments below. Right now, I'm alternating the Cerave cleanser with Clean & Clear Exfoliating Scrub. I also use a sheet mask once a week. 


Easy peasy!! And I don't beat myself up if I decide that my bed is more important than putting on serums or exfoliating. But I DO always remove my make-up each night. That's simply a must in my book. 


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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Valentine Sweater #2 With The Style Six

My photographer was in a good mood on the day we took these pictures, so what can I say?  You know this heart was pretty big if it covered my head and hair! Ha!

Happy Valentine's Day, Loves! The day of love is definitely one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. Give me all the pinks and reds and Valentine sweaters! In case you've been keeping count, this is heart sweater number two. It's from the Loft and I only bought it because it was 50% off. 😉  I love a great deal! Don't you? I wore this sweater recently to a galentine's lunch with some friends and two of them ordered it right there at the restaurant table! I'll take that as a compliment. 
True story: I actually bought that heart shaped box of chocolates myself. I had plans for it that I'll show you in a later post. But the truth is, I don't care for chocolate that comes in boxes, even IF they're heart shaped boxes. Just give me a bag of Dove chocolates. 
This sweater reminds me of the ones I use to wear in the 80's. It's thin and has a wide band at the bottom that I like to tuck under. I get that from my mom; she always did that with her sweaters. Needless to say, it makes this 80's lady happy. 


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Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Currently ~ February 2021

Do you like Conversation heart candies? I don't. I feel like I'm eating chalk. But over the last few years, I've acquired a taste for dark chocolate and Dove chocolates are my favorite. I've learned, though, that I have to be careful with dark chocolate because sometimes it causes a migraine. Isn't that crazy? How could something that tastes so good cause such disruption? 


I'm joining Anne today to share what I am "currently" doing these days. I'll leave out the part about being a chauffeur and basketball mom that is living on late night fast food and Diet Coke. So much Diet Coke that I spent the majority of this past weekend on a heating pad from a mild kidney infection. Not fun.


loving// "I drank the Bridgeton kool-aid." This was the text I sent my friend group the day I binged the Netflix series.  Now, before I go any further, this is not for everyone; mature audiences only. I described it to someone as "Downton Abbey with an R-rating." Having said that, this series was all the buzz around Christmas and a friend suggested it recently at my birthday dinner. I was a little skeptical because I had read that so many people "couldn't get into it" but our group normally enjoys the same things, so I gave it a try and I absolutely LOVED it! And there will be a Season 2!!


reading// A friend suggested Susie Larson's new daily devotional, Prevail, back in the fall and Santa gave me one for Christmas. I normally read the it before I go to bed (I have another devotional for the mornings) just so I can meditate on God's word before I go to sleep. 


remembering// A friend recently sent me a picture of us at the Celine Dion concert a year ago in New Orleans. At that time, Kobe Bryant had just died and I think there were two confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the States. My, how quickly things have changed in the last year. 


sharing// For all you Dr. Death podcast fans, I'm sharing with you that there is a season two! As of this writing, I'm on episode five of six and although I don't think it's quite as good as the first season, it is a remarkable story about another physician that takes advantage of his patients. As a healthcare professional, stories like this just blow my mind! If you don't listen to a single episode, I believe everyone needs to listen to episode 5 and the interview with Jerry Summers. It is simply amazing. Jerry talks about love and forgiveness and it's a message this world desperately needs to hear. 


wishlisting// I was in Ulta around my birthday and happened to see Tiffany's Sheer perfume. My head does not normally do well around perfume counters, but I got a wild hair to try some on my wrist and y'all!  I went around smelling my wrist for the rest of the day...driving down the road, while I was cooking supper, while I was reading a book...I just loved the fragrance. And the best part was, I didn't get a migraine! Apparently Tiffany retired the fragrance fifteen years ago and has decided to bring the perfume back. I have an Ulta gift card that a friend gave me for my birthday, so I'm planning to use it soon on this lovely scent.  


I hope your week is off to a great start! Thanks for stopping by today! 

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Prime Purchases ~ February 2021

Well, so much for my shopping halt for January! Honestly, the month started out well and then....Amazon prime is just too darn easy. Today I'm joining my friend Tanya, for her monthly Prime Purchases link up. Here are some things I bought last month. 

Wayne opened the package of facial sponges and asked, "You bought coasters?" Silly, silly man! I took the package away from him to go put them in my bathroom cabinet and said, "No, they're for my face. To clean my face with." But when I looked down, I thought they looked like coasters, too (but I didn't tell him that!). These sponges start out very thin, but once activated with water, they turn into a soft, nice size sponge to help with exfoliation. I use them in the morning and at a night with a gentle cleanser. 

I'm back on the reading train and picked up a few books from our local library after the holidays. It's getting harder to read in the evenings with just a lamp, so I opted to buy a book light and it has really helped. This Energizer reading book light is less than $10 and totally worth it. I love to read in bed and since Wayne has to go to bed so early, I can now read with my new light, minus the lamp, while he snores away. 

Okay so honestly, this purchase was not mine. Wayne bought this for himself as a work watch (I bought him a nice watch for Christmas). This Smart Watch has all the bells and whistles like an Apple watch, just maybe not as advanced. It shows incoming calls and messages, keeps up with his steps and heart rate, and even records his sleep patterns. He loves it and it's perfect for his busy days of driving a brown truck. 


Y'all know how much I love The Ordinary products, but unfortunately, our Ulta does not carry the line in-store. So I ordered another bottle of niacinamide to replace my other one. I ordered it from Ulta because I've been told if you purchase products from the actual Ordinary website, they take longer to arrive. This purchase came within about five days of me placing the order.  I use this at night after I remove my makeup and clean my face. Love it! It's less than $6! 



I'm not one for keeping appointments and important dates on my phone calendar. I'm a pen and paper girl, so when it comes to a yearly planner, I prefer writing things down. Having said that, I ordered this Heather Stillufsen weekly planner from Amazon. It has both monthly and weekly at-a-glances and is perfect!

Brands know that I'm a sucker for things that show up in my social media feeds and this sweater from Loft is no exception. I'm not an impulse buyer - I do let things KEEP showing up in my feeds before I cave - but when I saw that it was half off, that's when I added it to my cart. I'll be sharing more about how I styled it soon, which is pretty much the same way this beautiful model did. 

Have a lovely Tuesday, Friends!