Friday Favorites: Top 5

Today we are having our first taste of fall.  It is a cool 67 degrees out right now and the high is only expected to be around 70. You guys know that I love the cooler temps.  Unfortunately, it is also rainy out, so it is kind of dark and gloomy.  It looks like the perfect day for me to curl up on the couch and finish reading our book club book for this month. Today for my Friday Favorites, I am sharing 5 things that I am loving right now. Check them out! 

1. Essie Nail Polish-S’ll Vous Play

If you have been reading this blog for a while or know me well, you know that I despise glitter. I absolutely cannot stand it.  I hate how it gets everywhere and then you can’t get rid of it ever.  It seems to multiply.  However, I do like the look of glittery things.  As long as it is contained like in my new favorite nail polish color.  I love this color for several reasons. One is that it is pretty neutral color. I would describe it as a light pink color with a little shimmer.  It can go with most things I wear without majorly clashing.  It is subtle, which I really like too. Surprisingly, I really do like that is has a little sparkle to it.  

2. Portable Straw

I don’t know about where you live, but many restaurants around here these days are doing away with straws altogether.  I get he reasoning behind it.  My youngest will tell you straight up how bad straws are for the sea turtles and we need to save them.  However, I am a germ-a-phobe and have a serious issue with drinking out of a glass or paper cup from restaurants without a straw.  I don’t want to put my mouth where someone else that I don’t know has put their mouth.  It really grosses me out.  This has become a huge dilemma for me now that so many places don’t have them.  My solution is this nifty travel straw that folds up nicely into this little case and fits right in my purse.  Anytime I am out and there is no straw, I can just pull out my own to use.  Then when I am ready to leave, I dry it off with a napkin and fold it back into the case to wash later. 

3. Pampered Chef Mix ‘n Chop

I have had this Pampered Chef tool for years, and I use it multiple times a week to chop and mix food.  It is really great when cooking ground beef or ground turkey.  It helps me to separate it into smaller pieces.  I love Pampered Chef products as a whole, but this is definitely one of my favorites that gets used the most. 

4. One Bars

A friend introduced these protein bars to me several months ago, and I really like them.  I have tried so many different bars over the years and have never found one that I really liked and had really given up trying new ones.  I am kind of a picky eater, so finding a bar for me to eat on the go or when I need a boost has been difficult until now.  I really do like these One Bars.  There are so many different flavors, and I haven’t even tried them all yet.  In fact I just ordered a variety pack from Amazon the other day so I could try some more flavors.  My current favorite is Birthday Cake followed by Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough as a close second. The Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake is also pretty good.   Some of the other flavors include Lemon Cake, Maple Glazed Doughnut, Salted Carmel, Chocolate Brownie, Almond Bliss, Cinnamon Roll, Blueberry Cobbler, Peanut Butter Pie, Cookie ‘n Crème, and Red Velvet Cake. I love that there is such a huge variety because it keeps me from getting tired of them.  Each bar contains 20 grams of protein and only 1 gram of sugar. Oh, and they are also gluten free!

5. Jogger Sweatpants

These joggers are super comfortable, affordable, and cute. They are perfect for lounging around the house for days like today when it is dark, rainy, and cool outside.    

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Friday Favorites: Top 5

It has been a while since I have done a top 5 post.  These are the top 5 things that I am loving right now.  Some are totally random, but they help make my life easier.  

1. HGTV Magazine

I have been obsessed with this magazine for a while and always buy it when I am standing in line at a store and see it.  I finally broke down and got a subscription with some of my airline rewards points. I  just got my first one in the mail, and I’m in love.  I have a slight obsession with the HGTV channel anyway, so the magazine is just the icing on the cake.  I love looking at the decorating ideas, the bright colors throughout, the tips and tricks, and so much more.  

2. Toothpaste Tube Squeezer

I told you all yesterday how the OCD person in me doesn’t like toothpaste tubes because I can’t stand the half squeezed tube.  My solution is this tube squeezer thingy.  It keeps the tube squeezed at just the right level and prevents you from wasting any toothpaste.  I add it to the end of the tube and press it forward each time I brush.  It makes it look much more orderly.

3. Shark Rocket Vacuum

I love this Shark vacuum to clean up quick messes, all of my hair in my bathroom and closet, and for the stairs.  It is so lightweight and easy to use. The top piece comes off and can be used almost like and old “dust-buster” my mom had back in the 80’s.  It is also easy to lift and use for high spaces.  This is such a great vacuum.

4. Young Living Easy Breeze Awakening Shower Steamers

I am obsessed with these.  I love to use them on the mornings when I wash my hair because that means I take a longer shower.  They are super relaxing to me and just amp up my shower time.  Smells of eucalyptus and peppermint permeate the shower, and it smells so good.  I think they really help with my migraines too on mornings like today when I wake up with one. They come 4 to a pack and are totally worth every penny to me.  

5. Fiskars Paper Trimmer

I use this thing all the time.  I use it when I am crafting, working on my vinyl creations, making things for the girls, creating fliers or invitations, and so much more.  It is much easier to use this when I have to cut something in a straight line than it is to use scissors.  Again, my OCD comes in to play here with making things perfectly straight. 

That’s a wrap on my current top 5 favorite things. What are you loving these days?

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Friday Favorites: Top 5

I feel like I talk about sleep a lot on here, but I am going to do it again today.  Why? Because sleep, or lack of sleep, is constantly on my mind.  My body requires at least 10 hours of sleep and always has, but I rarely get 10 hours of sleep these days.  It is not because I stay up late doing stuff or that I get up super early.  It is because I cannot sleep.  I have a really hard time falling asleep these days.  My brain can’t shut off sometimes.  Part of it is because my day doesn’t stop until about 9:30 or 10 with the girls’ activities so there is no time for down time before I get in the bed.  There is no time for me to relax and unwind from the chaos of the day.  Therefore, my brain is still going 90 miles a minute when I lie down. That is why sleep is always on my mind. I’m longing for it all day and then when the time comes to actually sleep, I’m wide awake.  It is super frustrating.  Anyway, when I do fall asleep, I sleep hard, but there are 5 things that I must have if there is any chance of me getting a good night of sleep. They are my 5 favorite sleep aids.

1. Super Soft Sheets (Amazon)

My husband and I are both really picky about our sheets.  They have to be silky soft.  For some reason, sheets that aren’t silky soft make me hot.  I don’t know why, but the rougher the sheets are, the hotter I get. Sheets made from jersey fabric or that are flannel are definitely out of the question. I feel like I am dying of heat when sleeping on those types of fabrics. I also don’t like textured sheets because they make me feel hot too.  Our favorite brand of sheets is Boll & Branch.  They are on the high-end cost wise, but this is one area that we will splurge.  We think they are worth the cost. These sheets hold up well so they last for a long time.  They are made with pure organic cotton, are lightweight, and are super soft. I personally do not recommend the striped ones they have because they are textured and too hot for me. 

2. Sound Machine (Amazon)

When my husband and I were first married, we got an air purifying machine to help with my allergies.  I got accustomed the soft hum that it made. I liked the noise partly because it was soothing, but the main reason was that it blocked out other noises.  With my husband deployed a lot, I would have trouble sleeping when he was gone and I was home alone because every little noise I heard during the night would scare me. That machine helped drown out all those little noises.  We had that machine for years.  I don’t think that it really worked as an air purifier, but we kept it just for the noise. It got to the point that we had to buy a little sound machine to take with us when we traveled because we couldn’t sleep in the quiet.  When we moved, we decided that it was time to get rid of that big air purifier and opted to just use a sound machine instead that made white noise.  We cannot sleep without it.  My youngest daughter took over the small travel one we had and we purchased a new one for our bedroom.  It came with a variety of sounds that you could choose from like waves crashing on the shore, rain, nature sound, and more.  We prefer just the white noise to anything else. The sound machine is a MUST HAVE for a good night’s sleep in our house. 

3. Leg Pillow (Amazon)

The leg pillow is another MUST HAVE for my husband and me. We have been using them for years. We are both side sleepers, and the leg pillow fits perfectly right between your knees.  It helps to keep your spine aligned and your body in a more comfortable position. It helps with lower back and hip discomfort. These also travel with us everywhere.  The ones we have, we have had for years and are similar to the one linked above, but I am considering getting one like this, to see if the cooling pads in it help to keep me from getting so hot while I am sleeping. 

4. Sleep Innovations 2 in 1 Pillow (Amazon)

Just like I am particular about my sheets, I am also super particular about my pillow.  I cannot tell you how many pillows my husband and I have bought over the years trying to find the perfect one.  Let’s just say that the number would be obscene! Anyway a few years ago, I stumbled upon this pillow at and I was immediately hooked.  I love that it has the memory foam on one side and the microfiber on the other side.  I don’t think I will ever try another kind of pillow.  I love this one so much.  I will just keep replacing it every few years for a new one just like it. 

5. Carmex (Amazon)

I know you are thinking that I am crazy, but I have to have Carmex to sleep.  I have said for years that I am addicted to Carmex.  I used to have to have one with me all the time, but I have worked hard to break that habit and think I am much better. While I may not need it with me 24/7 anymore, I still HAVE to have it at night. It is the last thing I do before I lay down.  I have to put on my Carmex or I can’t stand it and won’t sleep.  

Those are my top 5 MUST HAVE favorites for a good night of sleep.  I have a hard enough time falling to sleep on a nightly basis that I will use all the tools I can to make the sleep come faster and longer.  What are your MUST HAVES for sleeping?

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Friday Favorites: Top 5

It is time for another top 5.  Today I am going to share with you 5 quick things that I am loving right now. 

1. App: Pixel Art

I have actually been loving this App for a while.  I don’t know why, but it is soothing for me to color on this app.  It is totally like a kid’s color by number, but I am obsessed with it. It is like a time to calm my brain as I am doing something mindless.  I’ve been using it a lot this week as the hits keep coming. It is a great way to distract me.

2. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner

I love these two products.  I have been using this shampoo and conditioner (Amazon) for years. Yes, they are on the pricier side, but I believe they are both well worth the money. Plus, you really don’t need a lot of either product to get your desired results so it will last you a while.  My hair can get dry and start to feel like straw, but these two products keep it hydrated, shiny, and soft. I love the cool, tingling feeling you get from the conditioner on your scalp. It has sort of a peppermint smell to it that is great too! I LOVE this duo!

3. Song: “Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs

I am a long time country music fan, and I have become a fan of newcomer Luke Combs.  I have loved every song he has put out. Currently I am in love with his latest song.  It is a song that gets stuck in my head that I don’t mind being stuck with.   Maybe it’s because I identify with it.  I think my husband thinks I am crazy all the time, so I hope that my crazy is beautiful to him.  Haha! Wishful thinking, right?

4. Posture Corrector

I have been looking at this posture corrector on Amazon for over a year.  I have always had hunched over shoulders.  My mom and my grandmother used to (still do) always tell me to stand up straight.  Anyway, I had my eye on this contraption for a while.  I thought that it might help with my back pain.  Then I found out that a friend uses one to help with her migraines. You all know that I suffer from migraines as well.  That was the tipping point for me and convinced me that it was time to pull the trigger and buy it.  There are many different ones on Amazon.  This is the one I chose.  I really do think it is helping with my back.  The jury is still out on if it is helping my migraines or not. I don’t think I have been using it long enough to determine that, yet.  It recommends that you ease in to it and only wear it a little each day at first.  I am slowly building up to longer periods. So far, I am loving it.

5. Trading Spaces

Back in the 90’s the pioneer for home-remodeling shows was the show Trading Spaces on TLC. I was obsessed with the show back then and was dying to be on it.  My sister and I tried to convince my mom to apply to be on it. In the show two sets of neighbors switch houses for 2 days and redecorate one room in each other’s house.  It is all completely a surprise and the big reveal was always exciting waiting to see what the couple’s reaction would be to seeing their new room.  Sometimes they totally love it and sometimes they totally hate it and it is very clear.  Anyway, I was so excited when TLC announced the reboot of the show with many of the original cast members last year.  The second season of the reboot began last week.  I really love this show.  Yes, it is a bit corny now, but I love it anyway.

That’s a wrap on my top 5 this week!

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Friday Favorites: Top 5

Today, is going to be short and to the point! I thought I would do something new for my favorites. I decided that I wanted to share with you 5 quick things that I am loving right now.  Here goes…

1. Sketchers Slip-on Sneakers

I have had the above Sketchers for years, and they are one of my absolute favorite shoes.  They have memory foam inside which makes them super comfy! They are super easy to just slip on and go without having to stop and tie them.  I slip them on every single morning to take my girls to school.  I have even worn these shoes all day at Disney World without ever getting a blister or my feet hurting.  Obviously, since I have had them for so long, these exact ones are no longer available, but this one is very similar, and it has the same memory foam and flex fit.  You can be sure that I will be wearing mine until they fall apart, and I am forced to get a new pair. 

2. The Good Doctor TV Show on ABC

This show is currently in the middle of its second season and I have been in love with it since day 1.  The storyline centers around a young surgeon, Dr. Shawn Murphy, in the middle of his residency. The thing that is unique about this surgeon is that he in on the Autism Spectrum and uses his extraordinary skills to save lives and change people’s perception of people with autism. I don’t know if I am biased towards the show because I was a special education teacher for 17 years with a passion for kids with autism or not, but I really love this show.  The actor that plays Dr. Murphy does an outstanding job in the role.  If you haven’t see the show, go back and watch season 1.  It is great!

3. Walmart Muffins

Ok, you may think I am weird for this one.  There are these muffins that are sold in the bakery section of Walmart that my oldest daughter and I are kind of obsessed with.  She loves the chocolate chip ones, and I love the cinnamon coffee cake ones.  I buy 4 packs of these muffins every time I go to Walmart.  She and I eat like one a day usually.  No, they aren’t the healthiest things in the world, but she and I both have always had a weakness for any kind of bread.  These muffins are so yummy!

4. 30 oz Yeti Tumbler

Unless you are living under a rock, I am sure you have seen these Yeti cups everywhere.  I use this one or one like it every single day.  I carry it with me everywhere I go.  Now, I don’t use it for coffee like most people, but I use mine for ice water all day, every day. This particular blue one is my absolute favorite of all the ones that I own.  Don’t ask me why, other than it is cute (I monogramed on it myself), and it works. If you are a water drinker like me and like your water to be really cold, invest in the money to buy a couple of these because it will stay cold for 24 hours.  They are the best! I will admit that I have some other brands that work just fine, but the Yeti ones are definitely my favorite. 

5. Immune Boost Essential Oil Roller

With it being the middle of flu season and so many illnesses going around, I am bathing in this stuff daily. I will tell you that I use Young Living Essential Oils, but I am not going to tell you that mine are better than whatever brand you use or are thinking of using.  I think we are all adults and make our own informed decisions. Now, with that being said, I will tell you that I do believe that essentials oils work.  I cannot take credit for the blend (oregano, thieves, lemon, frankincense, peppermint) that I use either.  I got it from a group that I am in, but you can search for immune boosters on Pinterest and find a ton of great recipes.  I have not gotten my family 100% on board with my oily life, but I think they are starting to come around.  I am currently the only one willing to use the immune boost roller daily, and I am the only one (knock on wood) that hasn’t been sick this season! Call it what you want, but I think it is proof that it works.  

That’s a wrap on my top 5 favorite things that I am loving right now!

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