Chatting Over Chocolate

Monday, April 27, 2015

Favorite Things // DISNEY Accessories


G'morning, lovelies!  Today I'm linking up with Andrea and Erika's Favorite Things Party // Accessory Edition.  I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I instantly thought about DISNEY goodies!  Since I've already shared many of the Disney faves currently in my jewelry box and closet, today I'm going wish list style!  Take a peek at this pixie dusted sweetness...

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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