Friday, July 17, 2015

Five on Friday & Blog Hiatus

1. New York Trip

I will be in NY on vacation visiting my family for a while starting next week. I'm so excited to spend quality time with my family. Family means everything to me and it's really hard for me living away from the majority of my family so trips back home to visit are always so special to me.


2. Job Search

I've been on the search for a full time job for a while now and I'm not having look finding many openings. I'm trying to keep my spirits up but it does get frustrating after a while. I just need to keep the faith and know that things work out for the best in the long run.
Credit: This Tumblr

3. New Book

A while back, I watched a movie on Lifetime called An Amish Murder and I loved it. I found out that the movie was based off the first book in an Amish mystery series/the Kate Burkholder series by Linda Castillo. I read book one and loved it so much and I have read all of the other books in the series. This series is one of my favorite ones that I've read as an adult. The 7th book in the series just came out and it's called After The Storm. I'm 100 pages into it and it's just as amazing as all of the other books in the series. If you like mysteries, I definitely suggest reading this series.

4. Fun Night Out

Tonight, my mom and I are going to see a local music show that has cover singers that sound just like the real people. I'm really excited to go because tonight's show features Kenny Chesney and he is my favorite singer.

5. Blog Hiatus

Since I will be in NY for a while and I won't be on the computer much, I will be putting my blog on hiatus until I get back. The first day I'm back I will be back from the hiatus and I will recap my trip.

^Personal photo^

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Pop Sugar Must Have Box: July 2015

This is my second year subscribing to Pop Sugar Must Have Box and I'm such a huge fan of this subscription box and I really enjoy receiving it each month.

Here is what I received in my July PSMH box:

^What Inspired them for July^

^The information card^

The Good Bean Fruit & No-Nut Bar (Chocolate Berry)
Retails for: $1.99
I haven't tried this yet but it looks like something I might like.

Yes To Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes
Retails for: $5.99 for 25
I use facial wipes all the time. I've used Yes To Cucumbers facial wipes (as well as a few other brands) a lot but I've never tried the blueberry ones so I'm excited to test this out.

Sorial Card Case & coupon
Retails for: $28
We received a Sorial clutch sometime last year from Pop Sugar and I put it on the My Subscription Box swap site because I don't use small purses often. This card case was my least favorite item of the box (I loved everything else) but I will get use out of this if I just want to bring a few cards with me somewhere. The coupon code I will not use as I would have to spend money in order to use it and the Sorial brand isn't my favorite.

PopDental Portable Toothbrush
Retails for: $19.99
I really like this and I don't have an electronic toothbrush. I won't be using this as a travel toothbrush, I'm just going to use this as my regular everyday brush. I also like that it came with a battery and an extra toothbrush head.

Henri Bendel Signature Stripe Canvas Dopp Kit
Retails for: $28
I've never purchased anything from Henri Bendel's before as it's an expensive store but they have some really great stuff so I was very excited when PopSugar sent out a spoiler earlier this month saying this would be included in the July box. This is such a great case that is also water resistant and expandable. I will definitely be using this when I travel. We also received a coupon code for 20% off at the Henri Bendel website and I was happy we did.

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50
Retails for: $28
I've read a lot of great things about the Supergoop! company and I've always wanted to try some of their products so I was thrilled to see that PopSugar sent us an item from their line. One of the (many) things I love about PopSugar is that the items are all full sized products!

Special Extra: Hallmark Signature Greeting Cards
Retails for: $14.97+

I honestly have to say this is my favorite special extra that PopSugar has given out in the boxes I've received since I started getting PopSugar boxes in January 2014. Normally, the special extra is a gift card where I don't find anything I like enough to buy because even with the coupon code/gift card, you end up having to spend your money. I love when PopSugar sends actual products/items as special extras. If you know me, you know I love stationery and you know that I love sending cards to my family members for birthdays/anniversaries and other special occasions. I received three great cards and I love all of them so much.

Flower Card with pink envelope
Inside is blank for personal message

A really cute couple card and inside it says "You two belong together" with blue envelope.
I love this design so much that I think I'm going to keep it and frame it instead of giving it to someone.

Cheers card with gold envelope
Inside Message: To You! Happy Birthday

Overall, I loved this box immensely. There was only one item that I didn't love, which is the card case but I will get use out of it. Also, major thumbs up to PopSugar for the awesome special extra. I wouldn't mind getting cards in my box every month so I love that we received them and anytime they want to send more, I will be happy because it saves on the cost of buying them at the store and with such cute designs you can't go wrong. This box is probably my favorite of the year so far!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

The official link up for What's Up Wednesday is the last Wednesday of the month but I will be in NY then and my blog will be on hiatus so I'm going to post my entry early:

1. What We're Eating This Week...

Sunday: Chicken, baked macaroni & cheese, peas
Monday: I honestly don't remember
Tuesday: Pork roast, potatoes, peas
and lots of Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn <-- I love that stuff!

Credit: This Blog

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

The visit we had from my family a few weeks ago and summer vacations during my childhood.

Lake George, NY ; I used to go here every summer and I miss it so much!
Credit: This Website

3. What I'm Loving...

Being off for the summer, my upcoming trip to NY, country music, spending time with my fur babies

4. What I've Been Up To...

Enjoying my summer vacation, lots of reading, cleaning around the house, watching baseball, coloring, making a packing list for my trip. I got my hair cut short again and I love it this length, especially in the summer months and hot weather.

5. What I'm Dreading...

Receiving a doctor's bill from my visit a few weeks ago.

6. What I'm Working On...

Packing my carry on & suitcase for my trip and blog posts

Everytime I pack my suitcase, this is what I find

7. What I'm Excited About...

The rest of my summer vacation, my trip to NY, starting my new book

8. What I'm Watching/Reading:

Watching: The same shows that I wrote about last time as well as the new season of Little People, Big World. I've watched that show since it first started airing on TV and I love it.

Reading: I just received my pre-ordered copy of the newest book in the Kate Burkholder series by Linda Castillo called After The Storm which I will be starting to read today.

9. What I'm Listening To...

Lots of country music: Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Cole Swindell, Sam Hunt, Kacey Musgraves, The Band Perry

10. What I'm Wearing...

Lots of tank tops & shorts and lounge clothes

11. What I'm Doing This Weekend...

On Friday Night my mom and I are going to see a local show and the rest of the weekend I'm just going to be relaxing, watching baseball, packing, reading, and spending time with my mom & fur babies.

12. What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...

My trip to NY (stars this month and continues into next month)

13. What Else Is New...

That's all that's really new around here.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A To Z Survey

A – Age: 28

B – Biggest Fear: Losing my loved ones, driving

C – Current Time: 2:38PM

D – Drink You Had Last: Berry water

E – Easiest Person To Talk To: My mom

F – Favorite Song: I have a ton of favorite songs but one of my all time favorites is Come Over by Kenny Chesney.

G – Grossest Memory: I can't really think of one.

H – Hometown: I was born and raised in NY and I loved it.

I – In Love With: I'm not "in love" with anyone but I love my family, my fur babies, and being an aunt.

J – Jealous Of: People who live near and get to see their families a lot

^How I feel every time I have to say goodbye to my family^
Credit: Pinterest

K – Kindest Person You Know: My mom

L – Longest Relationship: N/A

M – Middle Name: Rae

N – Number of Siblings: Five

O – One Wish: For my loved ones and I to be healthy

P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: My dad

Q – Question You’re Always Asked: "When are you going to drive?"

R – Reason To Smile: My family, my nieces & nephews and being an aunt to them, my fur babies

S – Song You Last Sang: Ex To See -Sam Hunt

T – Time You Woke Up: 8:45

U – Underwear Color: White

V – Vacation Destination: Turks & Caicos

W – Worst Habit: Biting my nails

X – X-Rays You’ve Had: A ton: stomach (many times), feet/ankles (a few times), wrist

Y – Your Favorite Food: Food-wise: Pasta ; Desert Wise: Cupcakes and ice cream

Z – Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Love/Hate Tag

I've seen this post going around on blogs and I haven't been tagged but I wanted to do it anyway.

You post 10 things you love & 10 things you hate and then tag 10 people. I'm only going to tag one person, the fabulous Elizabeth!


1. Being an aunt & God-mother
2. Spending time with my family
3. Baseball
4. Reading books, magazines, & blogs
5. Animals, especially cats & dogs
6. Long Island, NY
7. Book stores
8. Charleston, SC
9. Watching & attending sporting events
10. Country music


1. Living far away from the majority of my family
2. Traffic
3. Spinach
4. Politics
5. Math
6. Snakes
7. Dusting
8. Rap music
9. Having bad dreams/nightmares
10. Hot coffee (I only like iced coffee, even in the Winter)

Monday, July 6, 2015

Weekending: Family Fun & Fourth of July

Saturday marked the day of my last day with my family while they were down here visting. We had such a fun day. In the morning, my mom, sister C, niece A and I went and saw Inside Out. Before the movie, I stopped in Barnes & Noble and picked up an adult coloring book as I had a 20% off members coupon. The movie was really cute and we all enjoyed it. We came home and my grandma came over and we had a really delicious dinner including penne pasta with brussell sprouts, bacon, shallots, & aspargus (one of my mom's new recipe finds and such a yummy dish). After we ate dinner, my sister, BIL A, niece, nephew M and I went to the pool. It was my nephew's first time in the pool and he loved it. I held him in the pool and he was splashing and kicking up a storm. We came home and had desert. We also watched the Macy's Fireworks show on TV.

Credit: This Blog

On Sunday, we all got up early as my family was leaving to head back home. I gave my nephew M his bottle while they were packing up the car and then they left. I was so sad to see them go but I'm hoping to see them as many times as I can when I go to visit in a few weeks. I emptied the dishwasher and vacuumed and then I spent the rest of the day relaxing. I caught up on some TV shows, watched baseball, went to AC Moore with my mom, went on the computer and read.

It was so great getting to see my family. I got to spend quality time with my sister, BIL, niece A and bond with my nephew M. We played lots of peek a boo and I sang to him a lot and he loved when I made silly faces at him.

Credit: This Tumblr

I'm linking up with: Biana

Sunday, July 5, 2015

June Happy & Loved List

June Happy & Loved List:

+ Niece A's birthday

+Nephew S' birthday

+ Visit from family & lots of quality time with them

+Bonded with my baby nephew M

+Two years since we got our fur baby, Pumpkin

+Girl's day out with my mom

+Minor league baseball game with my mom

+Summer TV starts: Rookie Blue, Chrisley Knows Best, Pretty Little Liars, Chasing Life, The Fosters, Total Divas, Scream, Unreal, The Astronaut Wive's Club, & The Bachelorette (I don't normally watch The Bachelorette but there were a lot of cute guys on the show this season)

+Ordered & received my July 2015-December 2016 Erin Condren Life Planner plus the Life Planner launch pack and a pack of compliment cards and got $25 dollars off with a coupon from the Erin Condren team

+Girl's day out (shopping, dinner, & ice cream) with my mom & aunt

+Participated in & completed a book challenge

+Received my June Pop Sugar Must Have Box

+Read some great books

Books Read in June

Here are the books I read in June:
*#'s 6-15 were for a book challenge I participated in*

1. Second Chances -Jane Green

2. Luckiest Girl Alive -Jessica Knoll

3. Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel

4. Always The Bridesmaid -Lindsey Kelk

5. In One Year and Out The Other: A New Year's Story Collection -Various Authors

6. On Strike For Christmas -Sheila Roberts

7. Diary Of A Mad Bride -Laura Wolf

8. Diary Of A Mad Mom To Be -Laura Wolf

9. The Closer -Mariano Rivera

10. Finding Audrey -Sophie Kinsella

11. We Were Liars -E. Lockhart

12. Heart On My Sleeve -Ellen Wittlinger (re-read)

13. That Night -Chevy Stevens

14. Saint Anything -Sarah Dessen

15. The Beach House -Jane Green