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It’s the 3 Little Things: Advanced Readers, Gluten-Free Deals, & Fancy Dresses

Friday, May 9th, 2014

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Happy Friday, friends, and a happy Mother’s Day to each of you!  I always look forward to sharing my happy list with you and I can’t wait to see your lists too! Today’s happiness list involves advanced readers, gluten-free deals, and fancy dresses. I also have a pretty cute bonus happy for you!

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Advanced Readers from NetGalley

When I started reviewing books for our site, I had no idea that NetGalley existed and everyone kept telling me I should sign up, especially when I first launched our book club.  NetGalley is a site that if you are a reviewer, blogger, journalist, librarian, bookseller, educator, or in the media, you can use NetGalley for FREE to request, read and provide feedback about forthcoming titles.  If you are any of these people, I can’t tell you how fun it is to get to preview books before their release date. I have them sent directly to my iPad, using my Kindle app, and get to sneak peek books from some really amazing authors.

That is how I got to sneak peek, “One Plus One,” by Jojo Moyes. If you haven’t read The Girl You Left Behind or Me Before You, you must reserve them at your library because they are amazing. I don’t know how she does it, but this book made me laugh, cry, and connect with every character in this book. She weaves an endearing story of a mother who is down on her luck and can barely make ends meet when her daughter is offered the chance of a lifetime to receive a scholarship for her excellence in mathematics that will cover 90% of her daughter’s education. Coming up with the other ten percent seems impossible, but she is determined to make this happen for her daughter. When she hears of a math contest happening in Scotland that offers a cash prize, she must do everything she can to get her there… including hitching a ride with the most unlikely man who could ultimately change their entire world. 

Anyone who has ever struggled financially or who would sacrifice it all to give their kids everything they need will appreciate this extraordinary book that, I hope, will be adapted to movie one day. It is that good!

Spending my evenings with this book made me oh-so-happy! It truly was a treat from start to finish.  If you can sign up for NetGalley, it’s a lot of fun to sneak peek these books before they hit the shelves.

 

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Gluten-Free Deals

I was so excited to see that ALDI is offering this week their own line of gluten-free products called Live G Free. I hit my store this week and stocked up on brownie mixes, gluten-free sandwich wraps, frozen pizzas (to take with me when I have the dreaded pizza parties), crackers, pizza dough mixes, and brown rice pastas. I chatted with our cashier and she said they had some trouble keeping the shelves stocked which she said is always a good sign if ALDI decides to carry these items regularly in their store.

I was getting a little sweaty when they started ringing everything up though because I definitely stocked up on items and I brought cash. Luckily, I had just enough cash for everything so you could say that made me extra happy to not be outed for enthusiasm for gluten-free foods.

If any of these items are a big hit or if I hear anything about them keeping these on their store shelves, I will let you guys know. In the meantime, I left them feedback on their FB page begging for them to keep this stuff. It never hurts.

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Fancy Dresses With Pockets

It is no secret that I have become addicted to Twice. If you missed my past posts about it, it is a site that has extremely discounted mint condition brand name stuff and it is marked to half or less than its retail price.  I always keep my eyes glued to the dresses page because… can a person have too many dresses? I think not.  I saw this dress pop up and I had to have it so I used my referral credit (thank you, friends!) and treated myself to this Anthropologie shirt-dress and HOLY HEAVENS, it is perfect in every way. The sleeves are just right, the print is even prettier in person, it has a built in petticoat that makes it full and pretty on the bottom, but (as if it couldn’t get better) it has pockets. So I sashayed around in this and graciously accepted the compliments on it. I mean…wouldn’t you?

I don’t know if anything else they sell will ever top this beauty.

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And here is one last bonus happy for you.  This amazing photographer, Dave Engledow,  has his first book out, “Confessions of the World’s Best Father,” with some of the most hilarious pictures with his daughter that you just have to see and belly laugh over how cute they are.   There is a great round-up of some of the images over here and you can also get a little hilarity on your Facebook feed by liking his page.

Happiest of Mother’s Day, friends!  We are planning to spend the day visiting our local botanical garden and walking all the nature trails together in honor of the the holiday! I hope you have lots of fun in store too!

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It’s The 3 Little Things: Retro Swimwear, Beach-Scented Products, & Free Eyewear

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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Happy Friday, friends! It’s time for our list of the 3 little things that are making me happy this week!  I hope you guys are enjoying these as much as I enjoy sharing them with you!  Let me know in the comments what is making you happy this week!

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Modest Retro Swimwear

Each year our family gets a community pool membership for the summer so, in order to get our money’s worth, we spend a lot of time at the pool. I should rephrase that and say that I spend a lot of time *by* a pool in a shady spot reading my library books. Each year I try to get one modest swimsuit that I can wear and I have had luck finding them at places like Sears & Target. This year I just couldn’t find anything, but I remembered this speech I saw on Rey Swimwear, their company tagline being “who says it has to be itsy-bitsy?”  and decided that I would check there.

Although the pricing is on the higher end for me, I just received this swimsuit that I had ordered and  I am in HEAVEN. It looks like one piece, but the bottom is separate and it is a full bottom so no worries about bits and pieces hanging out that is better left tucked in.  They have beautiful stuff and I will probably order one suit from there each year.

If you have little girls, they are also starting a kids line.

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Beachy Cleaning Products

I somehow ended up on a mailing list for Method cleaning products and for the last couple of years I have been enjoying trying out their new stuff as they come out with it.  This month’s shipment was unbelievably awesome.  For their Spring line they launched Lime + Sea Salt Dish Soap, Beach Sage Cleaning Spray, & Sunset Breeze Laundry Detergent.

I hate cleaning up the kitchen at the end of the day, but I hate waking up to a mess of dirty counters and dishes. It actually feels like more of a treat when I use this dish soap and cleaning spray. The Beach Sage, in particular, is heavenly. I still hate cleaning and doing laundry, but at least everything smells beachy while I am doing it.  You also can’t beat that it is priced at around $3  for the soap/cleaners, which is a lot cheaper than a flight to the beach!

Sadly, it’s limited edition so I am going to have to stock up on a few extras before they take it off the shelves. Which makes me wonder why everything I love always limited edition?

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Free Glasses

I’m really sorry if you are tired of this picture of me, but you are going to be seeing it every time I can score an interview with an author on here. I kept getting questions about these frames and I just want to tell you that these glasses make me SO happy and they were FREE. It was my first time ordering through Coastal so I was a little nervous that they were going to be cheap and poor quality.

They offer their first pair of glasses to you for free and I picked out these frames after reading through all the reviews and sizing. The frames came and the company included a really nice case and a little eyeglass kit to care for them. I almost never take them off anymore and just had them adjusted at the eye clinic because I wear them so much that I sometimes fall asleep in them.

I can’t rave enough about how much I love these glasses, in fact, my brother ordered a geeky pair himself and now we feel like hipsters with our cold brew coffee, spinning our vinyl, and rocking our free geek frames!

Lastly, if you want to make your kids happy this Friday, show them this video- guaranteed belly laughs for everyone! Bonus mom points, if you show them these cute sloth pictures. My kids loved the sloths that were celebrating their birthdays!

WHAT DOES THE SLOTH SAY? :)

Sloth Squeak! from Lucy Cooke on Vimeo.

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It’s the 3 Little Things: Green Smoothies, Nude Heels, & Tan Legs

Friday, April 25th, 2014

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As I write this, I am picturing myself in a conference room making a million new friends at the SNAP Conference in Salt Lake City!  Conferences can be so expensive and I am so grateful to Walmart for sponsoring me this weekend so I can grow, learn, & hopefully come back renewed & inspired for this website (and for you!)  I am also very thankful to our site sponsor, Flourish Boutique, for their assistance with my wardrobe for these events.

Even though I am off, I still wanted to make sure I made my happy list of three for you and can’t wait to see your lists this week!

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Comfortable Nude Heels

I have a hard time finding affordable shoes that are comfortable and so each year, I treat myself to one really good pair of Naturalizer shoes. I had treated myself in the fall though and as Spring rolled around, I really needed a basic heel to wear for church and conferences. I went to Payless and found these super comfortable nude heels and the best part, for me, is that they come in a wide size.  Doesn’t everyone have as wide of feet as long? Maybe that is just me. The heel is just the right height, they don’t feel like an inexpensive shoe, and they come in a few great basic colors. Since I am the size of a child, they also make me feel like I have long legs and they go with everything in my closet.  When I went to our store, they had them on sale for $14.99. If they aren’t on sale for you though, I find their email newsletter and mailers usually offer some great coupons.  ($24.99)

 

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Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs

I don’t want to brag, but when I was a kid the kids at school used to call me Casper. Well, who is laughing now, friends? This girl. Because I am TAN…on my legs… with make-up. So.

In all honesty, this stuff is heaven-sent for a really white girl like me. It comes in an aerosol can and, yes, it can make a big mess if you are not careful. You shake the can and then spray it on your lightly moisturized (but dry) legs. Then just use your hands to spread the make-up on your legs and it all air dries in one minute. It is truly an airbrushed leg experience and, provided you blend well and pick the right shade for your own coloring, it gives a beautiful finish to your legs. It has a little shimmer to it too, but not overly noticeable.

I love this stuff so much that when I travel, I spray it into a baggie (I don’t check in luggage so the ounces are too high on this) and take it with me when I have events that I am headed to.  Between this and my nude heels, I am feeling very confident about wearing dresses this year!

The best part is that it is waterproof so if you are even at the beach, you will be fine. You need soap to get it off, otherwise it stays right where you put it. Since it has good staying power, one bottle usually gets me through the entire summer!

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Life’s Basics Plant Protein Mix (in Vanilla)

Since I gave up dairy, I thought I would have to give up my favorite green smoothies. Fortunately, I discovered there are lots of vegan protein powders on the market and after reading a ton of Amazon reviews (both comparing price & taste), I decided to give this Life’s Basic Plant Protein Mix a try in the blender. It took me a week or so to get used to the texture, but now that I have finally perfected the ratios on this smoothie, it tastes just like a yummy milkshake to me.

Here is my green smoothie recipe that I used before with dairy. With this protein powder, I do one cup of almond milk, 1/2 cup mixed frozen berries, 1 banana, 1 scoop of this protein powder, 4 ice cubes, and I fill the rest of the blender up with spinach. When I first was getting used to the taste, I also added a drizzle of honey, but now I don’t need it. My daughter and I split this smoothie and it leaves me feeling full minus the dairy belly-ache I used to get.

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It’s the 3 Little Things: Salt Soaks, I Like Giving, & Vinyl Collecting

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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Happy Friday, friends! It was such a crazy week that today really snuck up on me! I hope you guys are having a wonderful week this week and are looking forward to the holiday weekend!  Here are three things that are making me happy this week!

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Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salts With Milk & Honey

I love taking baths in the evenings, but a lot of products for the bath can be drying and irritating to the skin. I found these Epsom Salts with Milk and Honey and I will probably never bathe in anything else again. The milk in the product makes a calming solution for the skin and it smells incredible. There are also some added benefits like Aloe Vera & Vitamin E too.

If I do a really hard workout at the gym, I usually come home and sink into these as a reward for myself. They are inexpensive and at just about every drugstore.  As you know, epsom salts alleviate a lot of muscle pains and aches plus they help get rid of toxins in your body. While epsom salts alone can feel a bit medicinal on their own, this blend with milk & honey makes soaking in these a real treat!

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I Like Giving

I discovered this site last week and walked away from it completely inspired.  You can share your story of, “I Like…” and then fill in the blank with something you give to someone else. The site has a film series of ways that people give back to others and it is so incredibly inspiring that you wonder what you can do to live more generously in your life.

You need to go to the site to view these films directly, but I will share the URL’s to the 3 that I loved the most!

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I Like Being 98- View it HERE

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I Like Car- View it HERE

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I Like Bugshells- View It HERE

It’s hard to narrow down though because the I Like iPad & I Like Adoption were so inspiring too! It’s a narnia of happiness in those videos of big givers. Tell me if that doesn’t make you happy and think about what you can do for someone else today?

Vinyl Collecting

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I can’t tell you how happy a new-to-me record makes me.  Last month my husband took a day off work so we could have a day date and we spent the entire day in this amazing record store, Ignition Records,  in Goshen. If the owner asks if you want to see anything in the back, always say yes. It is there where I found my own little slice of happiness- Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday were all back there waiting for me for my record player.

The best part is that after you make your selections the owner is SO excited for you that you feel so proud about everything you picked out.  As we waited in line, he rubbed his hands together as the customer in front of us handed over her purchase. “What did you find today? Oh, this is so good! You are going to love it.”  The enthusiasm is contagious  from one vinyl-lover to another that you want to pick out more and say, “What about this? Do you love this one too?”

 

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My husband’s favorite Elton John album Yellow Brick Road had been reissued in beautiful yellow vinyl and he used his birthday funds to buy it for himself. I have never seen him so darn happy. It is one of those things that makes vinyl so special. If you find me on Instagram, you will see a video of it and it will make you a believer that you need this one too. Yellow Brick Road was meant to be played on a record player.

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That is my list of three today, but this is image is a pretty sweet fourth. We have some crafts to share with you for next week and I got this shot of my daughter and I plan to put it in a frame.  It captures the sweetness that I love so much- and those freckles and lashes that I adore!  Happy Easter, friends!

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It’s The 3 Little Things: Word to the Mother, Positivity, & Workout Gear

Friday, April 11th, 2014

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It must be Friday and time for our 3 Little Things that are making me happy this week!  I am actually pretty impressed that I remembered to do this since we are on Spring Break and completely off schedule. Truth be told, one thing that made me awfully happy was not having to get up at 5:45 to get my son on the bus each day. Who wouldn’t be happy about that?

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The Daily Positive

I discovered a site called The Daily Positive and decided to sign up for their daily email that offers a positive thought each morning. Over my coffee in the morning, I read the daily positive and it has really helped me start my day on a better foot. This week some of the takeaways were reminders to utilize my time more wisely, to be an unsung hero for others, and a gentle reminder about my social media addiction. There is usually some awesome video element to it and the words are short and to the point. Head here and sign up for your own daily positive thought and see if it doesn’t change your outlook a bit!

Here is one of the videos that was shared that touched me deeply. This is the kind of stuff that reminds you what life is all about and starts your day in a positive way.

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Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar

I kept reading about Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar and the enormous health benefits of it and decided to give it a try after I read this article.  I can’t tell you how much I am loving this stuff and how much it has helped me with my energy levels, my low blood sugar issues, and also helping me feel more full which has been a big issue for me since I cut gluten out of my diet.  I add two teaspoons of this vinegar to a glass of ice water and drink it through a straw. You can add sweeteners (like honey or liquid stevia), spices (like cinnamon or cayenne pepper), but I love acidic things so I just drink it plain with just water, and it has fixed my midday slumps like nothing else I have tried.

There are many health claims about what apple cider vinegar can offer.  Rather than fad claims though, check out this article on WebMD about the true benefits of it. What it has done for me, personally, is that my stomach feels much calmer (particularly if I eat things that I shouldn’t), I no longer have those terrible drops in my blood sugar, and it makes my stomach feel full (which can definitely help you if you are trying to lose weight).

Whatever you choose, it must say WITH THE MOTHER, not anything else. THE MOTHER is what you need for all these enormous health benefits.

The Mother is making me happy.

Word to her.

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New-To-Me Workout Gear

Getting new workout clothes makes me happy, but the price tag on things you sweat in is absolutely ridiculous. I try to buy one or two really good workout pieces each year and then rely on inexpensive stuff from Old Navy to get me  by from week to week.  I am super psyched though that Twice is now offering workout gear.  It hasn’t shown up on their homepage as a category yet, but those scrolling pictures clue you in that they are now offering workout clothes. I got three new workout tops that were about the same price as I pay for my Old Navy gear, but it is fancy-schmancy brands like Lululemon, Lucy, & Nike.

So now you can be all Fancy Pants at the gym like everyone else, but your pants are less than half price.

And that’s something worth celebrating!

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It’s The 3 Little Things: Americans, Eczema, & Undergarments

Friday, April 4th, 2014

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Happy, Friday, friends! I am excited for another round of, “It’s the 3 Little Things,” and sharing three things that are making me happy this week! If you have missed any of our past weeks, you can check them out here! I am also opening the post up for you to share your own list of 3 things that are making you happy this week! I’d love for you to participate either on your own blogs or in the comments below! I love ending my week on a high note, don’t you?

 

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This American Life

Oh, dear, I have become QUITE the NPR junkie this year.  Every day I learn something new from listening to NPR and one of the things that my husband & I discovered was our absolute adoration for This American Life. Since we are rarely listening to the radio at the scheduled time, I splurged for the This American Life app for my iPad ($4.99) and now we are able to listen to the shows anytime we want.  If you haven’t discovered it yet  This American Life is mostly true stories of everyday people, and the best way I can describe it is that the show is like listening to a movie about these people.  It is typically told in three acts that all interact around the same theme. It is the best kind of storytelling and usually leads to a beautiful discussion about your own viewpoints after the show.

My husband and I sit in our respective chairs and hang on every word. Every. Word. It’s become one of our favorite things to do in the evenings, further solidifying the exciting type of senior life you might expect from us in the future.  If you aren’t listening to NPR, you are missing the boat. And I can say this because I missed the boat for years and now I can’t imagine my life without it.

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Aveeno Eczema Cream

I have been having a bad struggle with patches of eczema that just didn’t seem to heal. I read that coconut oil was a great solution and although it moisturized really well, it never cleared up my eczema. I started using this Aveeno cream and it has changed my skin completely. No more dry, itchy, irritated skin for this girl. Just a little dab seems to go a long way and my skin feels completely different especially on those patches of eczema that I have battled for forever.  If you or someone you know is struggling with this, definitely give this cream a try. It has finally healed me!

 

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Vassarette Soft N’ Smooth Bra

If you are the type of woman that benefits from things like extra support, underwires, and wide comfortable straps…please carry on with your day. If you do not benefit from such an arrangement, I have found the world’s most comfortable undergarment ever. This bra has no lines if you wear it with t-shirts or tank tops and it is comfortable enough that you could sleep in it. I had one that I wore to death and then decided that I would buy a few more.

I went to Vassarette’s site directly, but it was $5 more than Walmart so I ordered it through Walmart instead. You can’t beat $9.48 for the world’s best bra. I bought myself five and got rid of the ones that weren’t comfortable. I would call that “something that makes me happy,” indeed!

And for those that asked why I wasn’t in that cardio dance video, I had the pleasure of being a part of one of Abbi’s tapings! If my list of randomness doesn’t make you happy, this dance will! Happy Friday, friends!!

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It’s the 3 Little Things: Please Join In!

Friday, March 28th, 2014

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I am so enjoying your comments and lists on our new weekly, “It’s the 3 Little Things,” feature! I had a few people request to join in and share their own list of three things that make them happy so I am adding a linky at the bottom where you can share what is making your heart happy. It’s fun to end the week on a high and in a time of gratitude!

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40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge

One thing that has been making me happy in my house is that I have been working to cut the clutter in our home. I was inspired by my amazing friend, Ann Marie from White House Black Shutters, to join in her 40 bags in 40 days challenge. So far I am about ten bags down, but (as a disclaimer) I had taken several carloads of stuff from our house right before the challenge so I am really pleased with my progress.

The two things that have surprised me the most about this? I thought that I would need to add on to our kitchen, but when I cut out the clutter, I discovered that the size and storage are just right. We still plan to remodel, but I don’t feel like we need to make an addition anymore.

The second thing is that I found a huge stack of gift cards that we never cashed in…which was a super happy surprise for the whole family. Had I not cleaned out one of my purses, I would have never found them. The person that thought “found money,” only happened to other people just got schooled.

I love the surprises from this challenge!

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Cardio Dance With Abbi

I bought a Groupon for 10 classes at a local dance fitness studio and never expected just how happy this would make me. They offer a Cardio Dance class a few times a week and I went once and was forever hooked.

My face hurts from smiling at the end of class and I never feel like I am working out. The instructor, Abbi, is absolutely phenomenal and it brightens my week to get to have a midday dance break.

Abbi has a YouTube channel and I am sharing an example of what I am doing because it is so dang fun. Picture me doing this, but much less coordinated and starting with the wrong foot.

Even if you don’t live near me, you can learn the moves on her channel. That’s some fun stuff!  It has become my new weekly addiction and brings me so much joy that my husband didn’t even grumble when I begged for a monthly membership.

Of course, that guy has some MOVES and also likes midday dance breaks so it helps that he gets me.

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I go through phases where all I want to do is read and then I go through phases where all I want to do is Netflix binge. I think my work is tapping me out so in the evenings, I just want to sip my tea and watch a good documentary.

Although I can’t say all the documentaries make me happy, I can say that knowing about the world and the different views in it makes me happy.

After we watch our documentaries, I try to share the best ones on my Reality Bites Pinterest board. I also try to note the family-friendly ones, since most documentaries are not rated!

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It’s The 3 Little Things

Friday, March 21st, 2014

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I am so happy to hear that you guys are enjoying our new feature on the site. I loved hearing about your three favorite things too from your week. If you missed last week’s edition we chatted it up about plushy boot inserts for worn out boots, my obsession with BB cream, and my new favorite spring layering piece. Be sure to check that out!

Here are 3 little things that I enjoyed this week!

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Twice

Have you heard of Twice? It is my new little fashion obsession. Since I live in a small town, Chicago sometimes becomes the destination to have a wide plethora of shops.  Thanks to Twice though, I can find those wardrobe pieces, but at a fraction of the price since the items are gently used, typically 60% or more off their former retail prices.

The other bonus is that if you are weeding through your closet, you can send them to Twice and they can sell your items for you. Just let them know you need a bag and they will ship it to you to fill.

With Spring comes weddings, graduations, and summer parties. I plan to use this site to grab some fancy frocks this year and save a ton of money. Pictured above, is my first purchase. Anthro, pockets, AND polka dots? Be still my beating heart.

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Waterlogue

Have you heard of the Waterlogue app? I am absolutely in love with the water colors you can create with this little app. My best friend’s birthday was coming up so I wanted to do something special for her day.  I snagged her family photos from when their home was being built and got frames to put them in to hang in their new home.

I then spent the rest of the day plopping all of our favorite photos in it to see what they would look like. Beach, travel, and landscape photos turned out amazing with this little app.

I just emailed the photos to myself and then printed it on heavy cardstock. I did 8×10 prints, but you could adjust your print sizes according to your frame. ($2.99)

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Sleepytime Extra Tea

I’m trying to break myself of the habit of needing a nightly glass of wine in the evening to unwind.

Don’t judge.

With all my tummy issues, the dietician I saw suggested making the switch over to tea to help my stomach.  I have difficulty unwinding in the evenings and still needed something that would help me with that. I had been taking melatonin, but seeing this piece on it kind of freaked me out about that.

I found this Sleepytime Extra Tea and I don’t know what voodoo is in this stuff, but it makes me feel sleepy and relaxed at night. I actually do know what voodoo it is… it is valerian and it seems to work like a charm for me. I sleep good and I have no problems getting up and around in the morning. This has replaced my melatonin hangover and I have been really happy about this little life switch.

I add a splash of almond milk and honey to it and have really been looking forward to this in the evenings.

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What’s making you happy this week?