Sunday, November 29, 2015

Books Read in November

Here are the books I read in November:

1. This Christmas: Stories by Jane Green, Jennifer Coburn, & Liz Ireland (loved a lot ; 4 out of 5 stars)


2. Chicken Soup For The Soul: Christmas Treasury -Various Authors (liked ; 2.5 out of 5 stars)

3. Home For Christmas -Thomas Kinkade & Jo Ann Brown (liked ; 2.5 out of 5 stars)

4. Shopaholic To The Rescue -Sophie Kinsella (loved a lot ; 4.5 out of 5 stars)

All images from GoodReads.com

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm so very thankful for all of my blessings in my life, especially my amazing family and being an aunt.

Credit: This Site

I hope you all have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving with your family & loved ones!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What's Up Wednesday (11/25/15)



1. What We're Eating This Week

Sunday: Meatloaf and baked mac & cheese
Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Pizza
Wednesday: Not sure about tonight
Thursday: Traditional Thanksgiving dinner
This Weekend: Thanksgiving leftovers

Credit: This Pin

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

Spending Thanksgiving as a child with my family at my aunt's house with lots of aunts/uncles/cousins and creating so many wonderful family memories together.

Credit: This Site

3. What I'm Loving...

My family, the holiday & Christmas season, Christmas movies & music, this season of Dancing With The Stars, my new purse/travel blog, planning in my Erin Condren planners, reading, Fall TV shows

Credit: This Site

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

Today I got a lot done as we are having people over for the holiday tomorrow. I vacuumed, swept the front walkway & stoop, cleaned the stairs, emptied the dishwasher, wiped the cabinets, cut up the bread for the stuffing tomorrow and I made a pumpkin pie. Later tonight, I'm going to put up the Christmas tree in my room.

Credit: SomeEcards

5. What I'm Dreading...

Nothing that I can think of

6. What I'm Excited About...

The holiday & Christmas season and my first planner meet up next month

Credit: This Blog

7. What I'm Watching/Reading:

Watching: Fall TV shows including these new shows: Chicago Med, Quantico, Blood & Oil, I Love Kellie Pickler, Scream Queens, and Truth Be Told. I'm also watching lots of Christmas movies!
Reading: Shopaholic To The Rescue -Sophie Kinsella

Credit: Amazon

8. What I'm Listening To...

Lots of Christmas music. Right now, I'm listening to Nick Carter's new album.

Credit: NickCarter.net

9. What I'm Wearing...

My usual staples: shirts/sweaters/jeans

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

I'm going to the movies to see Love The Coopers & out to eat with my mom & grandma. I'm also going to do a little shopping with my mom but definitely not on Friday!

Credit: This Site

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

Seeing my family, celebrating the holidays (Christmas, New Year's Eve, & my birthday), attending my first planner meet up.

#AUNTIELOVE
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12. What Else Is New...

I think I've covered everything

13. What's Your Favorite Christmas Tradition?

Spending lots of quality time with my family, watching lots of Christmas movies & specials, listening to Christmas music, decorating, baking cookies, and going into NYC to see the tree and decorations.

Credit: Heather Stillufsen @ RoseHillDesignStudio

Friday, November 20, 2015

Blog Survey

I found this survey/meme on this blog: Meghananna and I decided I wanted to do it on my blog.

1. What is your middle name?
Rae

2. What was your favorite subject in high school?
Creative writing & my English classes

3. What is your favorite drink?
Iced coffee

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?
I have a lot of favorite songs but here are just a few: House Party -Sam Hunt, Keep Your Head Up -Andy Grammer, What I Never Knew I Always Wanted -Carrie Underwood

5. What is your favorite food?
Pasta

6. What is the last thing you bought?
Groceries

7. Favorite book of all time?
The Kate Burkholder series by Linda Castillo

8. Favorite color?
Electric blue & hot pink

9. Do you have any pets?
Two cats: Davey & Pumpkin. <3

10. Favorite perfume?
I usually just wear the scents from Bath & Body Works.

11. Favorite Holiday?
Christmas

12. Are you married?
No

13. Have you ever been out of the country?
Yes. I went to the Caribbean.

14. Do you speak any other languages?
No

15. How many siblings do you have?
6

16. What is your favorite shop?
I love a lot of stores but my favorite is definitely Target.

17. Favorite restaurant?
I have a few: one in NYC (that's not a chain), Outback, PF Changs

18. When was the last time you cried?
Last night while watching Grey's Anatomy.

19. Favorite movie?
Again, I have a lot but one of my all time favorites is Now & Then.

20. Favorite TV show?
Once again, I have a lot of favorites but here are my all time favorites:
Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, Beverly Hills 90210, Rookie Blue, Chicago PD, Third Watch, 7th Heaven

21. PC or Mac?
PC

22. What phone do you have?
iPhone 6

23. How tall are you?
5'4

24. Can you cook?
Not much but I'm trying to learn.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pop Sugar Must Have Box: November 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 every month.

Here is what I received in my November PSMH Box:

^November Information Card & What Inspired This Month's Box^

Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box in Rain
Retails for: $18.95
This candle is really pretty. I gave it to my mom to put in the library downstairs. My subscriptions overlapped again and I ended up getting two boxes. I put the other candle on the My Subscription Addiction swap site. From the information card: "Doubling as a candle and a jewelry holder, this mercury jewel box smells and looks divine. Once the candle burns out, reuse the hand blown recycled glass box to hold all your keepsakes."

Gramr Gratitude Co. Exclusive Thanksgiving Postcard Pack
Retails for: $10
I love decorative photos/magazine clippings/postcards etc. and these are so beautiful. I'm keeping both packs but I'm not quite sure how I'm going to use them yet. Also included, is a coupon code for $15 off a Gramr subscription.

West Emory Bingo Set
Retails for: $20
I think this is a great idea to include in the box. I love playing games and this game would be really fun to play during a family gather, such as Thanksgiving. I'm keeping one set for our house and putting one up on the subscription site.

Deepa Gurnani Katie Crystal Headband
Retails for: $56
I don't wear headbands and even if I did, I definitely wouldn't spend $56 on one. However, this headband is so beautiful that I'm going to keep one to wear/use and give one to my niece, O, who loves headbands and uses them often.

Tarte Cosmetics Beauty & The Box Eye Shadow
Retails for: $22
I don't wear a lot of makeup (mainly just lip gloss/lip balms and mascara) so I'm giving both of these sets to my mom. The colors are really pretty!

Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard
Retails for: $6
I was really disappointed with this product. I would much rather PSMH send a snack/treat in each months box that is ready to eat. Also, I'm not a huge condiment fan. However, my mom and step dad both love mustard so I'm going to give both of these bottles to them.

Special Extra:

Inkdot Gift Card
Retails for: $20
From the information card: "Make your memories last forever with Inkdot, a service that turns your digital photos into prints, coasters, iPhone cases, and more. With the holidays in full swing, enjoy this $20 gift card to find the perfect personalized gift." I haven't given the website a look yet but I plan on seeing if I can make an iPhone case with photos of my nieces & nephews.

Overall, this month's box isn't my favorite but they were products I liked and the ones I didn't, I either gave to my mom or I'm putting on the swap site so nothing will end up not being used.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Books Read in October

Here are the books I read in October:

1. Mr. Maybe -Jane Green (liked ; 2.5 out of 5 stars)

2. Falling Stars -Ashlyne Huff Revelette (loved a lot ; 4.5 out of 5 stars)

3. Coming Home Again (Book 1 in Series) -T.I. Lowe (loved ; 3.5 out of 5 stars)

4. Julia's Journey (Book 2 in Series) -T.I. Lowe (loved ; 3.5 out of 5 stars)

All images from Goodreads

Sunday, November 8, 2015

October Happy/Loved List

+ Nephew M’s 1st birthday <3

+ Mom’s birthday

+ Dad’s birthday

+ Celebrating my mom’s birthday with her

+ Weekend in NY (10/30-11/2)

+ Trick or treating with niece O

+ Quality time with my family in NY

+ Niece A’s soccer game. She scored her first goal of the season!

+ Shopping with mom

+ Mets made it to the World Series
Credit: nym_news on Instagram

+Watching games 3 & 4 of the World Series with my dad

+ Received a lovely package filled with planner goodies from a friend

+ Halloween

+ Received my October Pop Sugar Must Have box

+ Read some great books

Friday, November 6, 2015

Five on Friday


1. Halloween Recap

As mentioned in my previous post, I spent last weekend in NY. I squeezed a lot of fun stuff in a short amount of time, especially on Halloween. I saw my sister/best friend C, niece A, nephew M, BIL A, and fur niece T in the morning. We went to my niece's soccer game where she scored her first goal of the season and this super proud, loud, & crazy aunt went nuts when that happened as did the soccer star's wonderful mom. We were very surprised that we didn't wake up my nephew who was sleeping in his stroller. After the game, I was able to spend some more time with them before heading on to my next adventure of the day: seeing my sister/best friend K, nephew M, niece O, BIL M, fur nephew S, & fur nephew B. I went trick or treating with my niece which was a lot of fun. I haven't been to NY in Halloween for a few years so it was really nice to be able to be in  NY for the holiday. My nephew, niece, and I played Scrabble. My niece & nephew are super smart and I was really impressed that I came in second place, only 9 points behind my nephew who won! My sister and BIL made a delicious dinner of chicken, potatoes, cauliflower, and salad. My sister, nephew, niece and I went trick or treating at a few more houses before calling it a night. I ended the night watching the Mets World Series Game 4 with my dad.


2. NY Mets in the World Series

The NY Mets made it to the World Series but the Kansas City Royals won the title. The way this season started and was going through mid-July, if you had asked me then if they would be in the World Series, I would honestly had said no. The second half of the season, this team became unstoppable and so powerful. Between getting players back from being injured to the great trades they made, this club stepped up big time. The Mets were amazing in the NLDS & NLCS but they came up short in the World Series. That being said, I'm super proud of how far this team came and I'm damn proud to be a Mets fan! I BLEED ORANGE & BLUE!

Credit: Time.com

3. Planner Pages From Last Week

^2015 Erin Condren planner^
^2015-2016 Erin Condren Planner^

4. Erin Condren Orders

I recently made two Erin Condren orders and I'm so excited to receive them! I'm planning on making a Youtube unboxing video as well as a blog post about the items I purchased.

That's all I've got for today. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Autumn Weekend In New York

Friday:
-flew to NY
-picked up take out Applebee's for dinner
-watched the Mets game with my dad

Saturday:
-spent the morning/early afternoon with my sister C, BIL A, niece A, & nephew M
-played with my niece A & nephew M
-watched my niece A's soccer game where she scored her first goal of the season
-spent the afternoon/early evening with my sister K, BIL M, nephew M, niece O, and my dad
-went trick or treating with my niece O
-played Scrabble with my niece & nephew
-enjoyed a delicious dinner with my family
-watched the Mets game with my dad

Sunday:
-watched my nephews J & N football games
-threw the football around with my nephew N
-played with my nephews J & N
-watched football with my nephews, dad, & brother
-watched the Mets in the last game of the World Series with my nephews, dad, & brother

Monday:
-flew back to SC & went to work