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Snow Day Favorites

Oh my goodness, am I glad it’s the weekend! We have had one heck of a week over here. It has officially snowed more in Durham than I’ve ever seen at one time. The girls have been to school exactly one day this week, none of the roads around us have been plowed so we’re stuck at home, and I think at this point we’re all a little stir crazy. Thankfully we didn’t lose power at all, which meant we relied a lot on Netflix when we weren’t playing in the snow and we got to cook some delicious food. I’m not going to lie though, being trapped in the house for days on end is not my cup of tea. So I’m kind of ready for a bunch of light-hearted favorites this week. Are you?

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I posted awhile back that I was looking for a new concealer. With makeup I tend to get stuck in ruts and just repurchase the same things I’ve been using for years, even when I don’t love them anymore. After doing a it of research and finding a lot of good reviews, I decided to try the Age Rewind Concealer. Guys, I LOVE it! It is truly the best concealer I’ve ever used. I just use my concealer for my dark under eye area, so I got the neutralizer shade. It provides fantastic coverage and it lasts all day–like way longer than the Cover Girl product I was using before. If you’re in the market for a new concealer, definitely give this one a try.

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My Old navy jeans. I am pretty picky about jeans, but I’m certain in the month that I’ve owned these they’ve become my very favorite pair. They have some give without being so stretchy that they lose their shape halfway through the day. Mine are the distressed Rockstar jeans and if you haven’t tried Old Navy’s Rockstar denim, you’re really missing out. I have several pairs in different styles and they are all so comfortable and stylish.

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I guess I shouldn’t really classify this as a “favorite,” but my crock pot is officially dead. And I’m wondering if I should buy another crock pot or finally just spring for an Instant Pot. I like my crock pot and use it a lot, but the draw of being able to cook meals quickly with the Instant Pot is huge. The big downside is not being ale to rely on my old standby crock pot recipes and having to learn a new way to cook. So I want to hear from you! Do you have an Instant Pot that you love? Or is the trusty crock pot the way to go??

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Snow!!! I know I mentioned the downside of the snow this week, but really it was a nice excuse to slow down. We had all of Wednesday together as a family with no agenda. I honestly don’t remember the last time that happened. It felt refreshing for sure. And even though the snow can feel like a hassle, it is a favorite for my girls, so I had to include it in my list, right? The thing I love most about snow is being outside right after it snows when the whole world is hushed. It feels so peaceful.

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And last is a new show I started watching this week. If you were around a couple weeks ago, I asked about shows to stream while I tackle the organization of the house. You all had some great suggestions and I tried quite a few of them out. In general I gravitate toward comedies, and I enjoy sitcoms with witty dialogue, a solid plot line and strong character development the most. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel hits all those marks and then some. It was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who also created and produced Gilmore Girls. The dialogue and banter feels similar, which I enjoy, but I know not everyone loves it (ahem–Corey). Just be warned–it’s definitely more “grown up” than Gilmore Girls, so there is a ton more bad language in this show. The plot is good though, and the main character is so darn likeable! I’m loving it in that way you do when you want to see what happens next, but you don’t want to run out of episodes to watch.

That’s all for me this week! Depending on how high the temperatures get today, we may or may not have a snow-filled weekend. I hope you have a relaxing weekend, I’ll see you back here on Monday :).

 

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Friday Five

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A whole week off with this cutie pie!

I didn’t really know what to expect this week. It’s been a reeeeally long time since I’ve Teddy by herself. And when I did we struggled. A lot. But she did so well this week! We kept busy with grocery shopping, a trip to the museum, a library visit, and we even had time to attend a literary event at JJ’s school. She was such a trooper and didn’t complain once all week. I told Corey halfway through the week that I just cannot believe how far she’s come. I love getting to spend time with my girls individually, hearing what they’re thinking and feeling, and seeing the different aspects of their personalities that come to light.

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This L’Oréal Mascara

I’ve been using the same Cover Girl mascara for the last 8 years, but after trying this for the first time I was hooked! I noticed a difference in the length and volume of my lashes after just one coat.

I’ve got one coat on the right side and nothing on the left. See how much longer and fuller they are? I was thinking about getting false lashes, but I really feel like this mascara is almost as good.

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Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Starter Kit, Shell We Dance?

I got this 2 weeks ago, and I have been loving having gel nails without going to a salon. The hand sanitizer at work is especially brutal on traditional nail polish, so it’s really nice to go to work knowing I won’t ruin my fresh nails. I also think the Sally Hansen brand that I’m using comes off a lot easier and doesn’t take layers of my nails with it. The no drying time is a huge bonus as well! I loved that this kit was inexpensive (less than a gel mani at my favorite salon here in Durham!!), and my nail still looked great with no chipping or peeling for about 10 day–including 2 days at work which usually kills my nails! I’m just super pleased with this purchase.

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Perfect Bars!

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I discovered these at Trader Joe’s a couple weeks ago and they are soooo good! I’ve been looking for a bar that is free of a ton of added “fake” ingredients but still tastes good. Honestly, I just can’t do the Larabars. I’ve tried and tried, but I just don’t like them. And who wants to eat food that doesn’t taste good?!  The Perfect Bars are made of real ingredients and–bonus!!–are packed with protein. These have been the perfect thing to grab when I’m running out the door for work in the morning. Plus they go great with coffee, and you know I’m a sucker for a treat with my coffee! 😉

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This also happened 2 weeks ago, but I took my first girls’ trip since our kiddos have been home!

My friend Sarah and I flew out of RDU and went to visit my two besties in Columbus Ohio! And my sister was able to come down with baby Jesse, which was just icing on the whole cake. We had a blast.

I just can’t even tell you how refreshing it was to get away and relax with my friends for a weekend. I’m so very thankful for a husband who encourages me to take time to do fun things AND does a great job holding down the fort while I’m gone. 😊

We’re so excited for this weekend. I have Sunday off and we’re heading to the zoo with passes Teddy got for her birthday. I hope you have a great weekend too! ❤️

 

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It’s Friday, I’m in Love II

I’m pretty sure I’ve used that title before, but I love the song. Especially the Fiction Family version :).

It was such a good week! We are totally still flying high on our news that we’re leaving soon for Uganda! I’m starting to get nervous about all there is to do, but I think (I hope) it will come together. We’re having a big cleaning weekend, and I’m hoping it’s really productive.

This is definitely how I’m feeling today. I love night shift while I’m working, but the day after is such a doozy! It’s really hard to make myself get off the couch and get stuff done. Ugh.

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I love these coffees my co-workers brought me this week. My name has never looked so creative ;).

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And last but not least, my very favorite part of the week was seeing so many friends and family contribute to our adoption fund. I cannot believe we haven’t even had this site set up for 2 weeks and we’re already over halfway there. Corey and I are so grateful for the many many ways you have helped us on this journey. We can’t wait to have our daughter home with us!!

That’s all for this week, have a wonderful weekend!

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