Chatting Over Chocolate

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Five Loves on Friday


Hello, friends!  3/4 of my family (myself included) have been sick this week, but...



 ...let's do this!


1.  Thoughtfulness of Loved Ones


Sunday morning I stayed home to care for Little One who was up half the night sick.  Poor sweetheart!  After church Jason stopped by the store to grab her medicine, then swung by and picked up my favorite chinese takeout for our lunch.  He is such a thoughtful daddy and husband.  I am so very grateful!

That evening I got sick with round two of this stomach bug myself.  Yes, I was the first of the four of us to have this, just a few weeks back!  This time around was rougher than the first, which made me feel even more sad for my girls who'd taken turns fighting it over the past couple weeks.  Jason followed after his three favorite ladies, waking ill on Monday morning.  

We're all on the mend now and will hopefully leave this yuckiness behind us completely soon.  However, the thoughtfulness and love shown to us during this time will be long remembered!  My parents are always eager to help in any way possible.  This week it came in the form of edible gifts.  They fully stocked us with groceries!  What a helpful surprise that truly was when both Jason and I were sick at the same time!  Those grocery sacks included things like soups, crackers, sparkling water, and Sierra Mist for Jason and I while down, as well as an abundance of yummy snacks and easy to prep meals for our girlies.  It was so helpful, incredibly thoughtful, and appreciated beyond what I can even articulate!  Thanks again, mom & dad!

If you know someone who's under the weather, preparing a meal or a picking up a sack of groceries to leave on their doorstep would surely bless them too!



Next Up:  Kate Spade Goodies!

Preface to #2 & 3


As many of you know, online bargain hunting is my favorite sport!  Sometimes it actually pays in the form of cash back from sites/apps like Ebates.  I decided to take my "Big Fat (Ebates) Check" to the Kate Spade Friends & Family Sale last weekend.  I found two fabulous items to spend my bargain "earnings" on!  With the help of a 25% off code and free shipping, I spent less than my Ebates return.  Not even a dime came out of our personal budget! HOORAY for fabulous (basically) free goodies!

There's just something about opening a box with its contents neatly tucked inside gorgeous tissue paper that can make any day feel like a birthday!

Here's a closer look at the pretties...

2.  Take Note Little Gold Book


This was my first Kate Spade stationary item and I am in love!  I adore everything from its gold exterior and pink tipped pages, to its inside covers lined in shiny gold polka dots and the sweet silk ribbon for marking a page in style!  There's also a lit'l secret compartment in the form of a pouch hiding out in the back of the book.  I've always been a huge fan of a fresh new notebook, but this one truly takes the cake!  *happy sigh*



3.  Raise a Glass Water Bottle


Cheers to being more motivated than ever to stay hydrated with my new glass water bottle!  Ever since I was a little girl I've always loved pink and red together.  I adore this color combo in my new beverage buddy!



4.  Best Excuse for Chocolate EVER!

I've been tracking my daily eats with the LoseIt! app as I work towards a new weight loss goal.  It notices your daily eating habits and offers helpful tips accordingly.  My jaw nearly hit the floor when I read this one! ...


That's the best news I've heard all week! ;)  

I'm guessing this is true for me because chocolate is my sweet spot.  It doesn't take much to satisfy that craving, yet curbs my temptation for other junk food.  In any case, I'm happy to hear that a chocolate a day keeps extra calories away! 



5.  Full House Reboot // Fuller House!

They're coming back!!! Well, at least some of them are!

Here's what I've gathered from reading up on this exciting news:

Fuller House will start as a one-hour reunion special, continuing on as a spin off.  This 13-episode revival series is set to hit Netflix in 2016.  The show will revolve around recently widowed D.J. (now "D.J. Tanner-Fuller"), who grew up to be a mother and veterinarian.  She's mom to two boys, with another little one on the way.  Her sons are described as a rebellious 12 year old named J.D., and neurotic 7 year old, Max.  After the loss of her spouse, a relative and old friend move in to help out.  Hmm... that scenario sounds a bit familiar, doesn't it? ;)  Who's coming to give her that support?  Her old BFF, Kimmy, along with her "feisty" teenage daughter Ramona will be there.  That pair is bound to bring a lit'l quirkiness back into the mix!  Rounding out the adult trio will be the middle Tanner child, aspiring musician, Stephanie.  Still no word if the Olsen twins will return for this spin off.  If so, who do you think will play Michelle?  Perhaps they'd tag team it like the good ol' days?


Wanna take a trip down a San Francisco Memory Lane?

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That mashup of 8 seasons in one intro filled my eyes with happy, nostalgic tears!  It seems like yesterday I was growing up right alongside that sweet Tanner family. ;)  

Are you tickled pink about this news for a spin off?  What other television show would you love to see a revival of?

Thanks so much for visiting today!  Have a lovely weekend, sweet friends!

Target Beauty Box // Spring 2015



Hello, beautiful friends!  Today I'm excited to share a fun box of goodies that hit my doorstep this week, the Target Spring Beauty Box!  Target offers these boxes seasonally.  This was my first, and I loved it!  


* I purchased this box myself.  All opinions are genuinely my own.  No affiliate links are included within this blog post.



For only $5 (free shipping included), it was filled with $38 worth of products.  Can't beat that!  Wanna peak inside?




Here's a closer look at the goods:




The Dets:

{info as listed on the description card within the box}


TRESsemme  |  TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray
Achieve maximum hold without stiffness or stickiness.  Sprays on dry.

SheaMoisture  |  Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System Shampoo
Sulfate-free, antioxidant-rich shampoo helps to renew vibrancy for dull, lackluster hair.

L'Oreal Paris  |  Infallible Pro-Spray & Set
A lightweight spray that locks-in your makeup for all day wear.

Neutrogena  |  Hydro Boost Gel Cream
Non-greasy, skin-quencher instantly absorbs like a gel, but intensely moisturizes like a cream.

Maybelline  |  Color Elixir by Color Sensational Lip Color (Full Size)
A trio of concentrates delivers the color of a lipstick, the care of a balm, and the shine of a gloss.

This lip goodie sells for $6.99 at Target, nearly $2 more than I paid for the entire box!  Score!



Coupons also tucked inside the box:
-  $3 off a Target beauty department purchase of $15 or more
-  20% off + a complimentary gift at DermStore.com



I've ordered various types of boxes over the years.  Some like Birchbox, while not too pricey, included a lot of items that I never ended up using.  However, this box was filled with things I know I will put to good use.  That's what makes it a real value in my book! 

There is no subscription currently offered for Target's seasonal boxes.  They are each sold separately, and sell out rather quickly once available!  One of my favorite sources for subscription box information and reviews, My Subscription Addiction, notified their readers when this Target box became available.  I ordered it immediately!  I couldn't be happier with that decision as they sold out by the end of that day.  I'm already hooked after this first box and hope to get my hands on their summer box in a few months!


Do you have a favorite subscription/box?  If so, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below!  Have a beautiful day, lovelies!


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Five Loves on Friday


Happy Friday, friends!  Let's get right to the good stuff!

1.  DWTS Disney Night


Monday night was "Disney Night" on Dancing with the Stars. I usually watch it by myself, but this theme made for a super fun family night!

From the opening number I was in {happy} tears!  Disney gets me every time!!



The theming, costumes, music, and choreography were fantastic!  It was hands down the best episode I've ever seen!  

Here are a few of my favorites from that night...






         
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2.  Little Bargain Shopper!





Taking after her mama, my lit'l sweetie pie was so excited to stretch her dollar F-A-R this week!  She had her eye on a cute plush in the Easter aisle at Walmart a few weeks back.  I let her in on the secret that after holidays they mark everything down, and if she waited a bit she could likely get a super great deal on it.  This week we headed to Walmart with her money, a whole $1.34.  These stuffed animals were originally $2.98 and she really hoped they had come down to where she could afford one with her own money.  (Although I would've gladly chipped in a quarter if needed. ;))  When we got to that pretty pastel section of the store we found all things Easter were 90% off!  Not only could she get one, she now had enough for three!  When we arrived home she burst thru the door and shouted cheerfully, "Daddy, I saved $8.07!"  She used my phone's calculator in the car to quickly figure out exactly how great the deal she scored truly was!  She's a girl after my own heart!




3.  tax day:  an excuse for deliciousness


The BLT pizza from Pizza Ranch is one of my taste buds' favorite things!  Wednesday they offered double ranch reward points, so we simply couldn't resist! 


Speaking of pizza and taxes (this is likely the only time I'll begin a sentence in that way), have you seen Pizza Hut's National Pizza Return?  



You can fill out a "P-2" answering those big life questions like "Approximately how many pepperonis did you eat in 2014?"  Once you've tallied up your total to all the questions, mail it in for a chance to win your net pizza return in gift cards.  If you've got a few minutes and a stamp, you never know, it could be your ticket to a free pizza party! 



4.  s l u m b e r   p a r t y 


This week Jason was out of town on business.  While he was away the girlies and I had a good ol' fashioned slumber party complete with scrumptious snacks, lots of chatting, laughter, manis, and makeovers.  As much as I missed my hubs, I soaked up the special "girls time" with my sweeties!



5.  Liebster Award Q & A



Kylie from KYLIEMCGRAW  nominated me for a Liebster Award.  How sweet is that?  Since I've accepted a few in my early days of blogging, I thought rather than doing a full "award acceptance" post it'd be fun to answer Kylie's questions in this week's 5 Loves.  Thanks again for the nomination, Kylie!  Here are some A's to your Q's...


1.  Why did you start your blog?


(as a creative outlet ;))



2.  What are you passionate about?


C h r i s t 


f a m i l y 



D i s n e y 





3.  What is your favorite workout, if any?






4.  What is your favorite late night snack?



cheese, crackers, and Whole Foods' curried chicken salad




5.  Describe your idea of the perfect day.

Here's what an ideal day in my area would look like...





6.  What are three things you never leave home without?

This time of year I often head out for walks without toting a bag, so I'll go with...





7.  Would you rather live in a small town or a busy city?

I see great benefits to both, so I'd be happy in either!  If Hart of Dixie's small town, Bluebell, were a real place I'd be packing up a.s.a.p.! ;)




8.  What is your biggest pet peeve?

Poor customer service is my biggest pet peeve.  This stems from my time working in retail management.  I'm appalled by the apathy in stores and restaurants these days.  If you are getting paid to do a job, just do it with a smile.  If you can't muster one, find a different job where you aren't working with people. 




9.  What is your favorite vacation spot?

Walt Disney World!


To read more about our adventures at my favorite vacation spot see my Disney Trip Reports page!



10.  What is one quality that you admire in other people?

Humility


"Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips." - Proverbs 27:2


Tickled pink that you stopped by today!  Wishing you a fabulous upcoming weekend!  



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