SOAP & GLORY Breakfast Scrub

You guys, I am about to tell you about the best face and body scrub. I found SOAP & GLORY Breakfast Scrub while searching for something to help my dry skin, which is somehow oily in certain spots. I have been very lucky that, for the most part, I’ve had great skin and only really had bad breakouts when I was 25-27 years old, right before my wedding and when I was pregnant. However, this winter has been especially harsh on my skin giving me super dry skin (even my son’s cheeks are unusually dry) and about 6 weeks ago I started to have terrible breakouts. Desperate for something to help my skin I began googling and that is when I stumbled upon SOAP & GLORY Breakfast Scrub . My sister had asked me what I wanted for Christmas and not really knowing what I wantedtold her a gift card. When I found this scrub I sent her the link and retracted my previous request for this stuff instead. I have a great sister because she gave me a J.Crew gift card and the scrub.

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A few quick things about SOAP & GLORY Breakfast Scrub , because I don’t want to draw this out #bedtime.

  1. When I saw that the scent is Maple I was a bit hesitant. I didn’t want to walk around smelling like syrup all day. Once I smelled the scrub my mind was easily changed. The scent is definitely a maple scent, yet, it is not over powering.
  2.  SOAP & GLORY Breakfast Scrub  is not joking around. This sh*t works! I noticed after the first time I used it a difference in my skin. My skin was softer and not as dry. After a few days of using the scrub nightly I noticed not only was my skin better, but my face was clearing up as well. I am convinced dead skin traps oils and helps cause breakouts. This scrub removes that thin layer with no irritations, for me at least and I have very sensitive skin.
  3. Per the label, the scrub is a body scrub and can be used anywhere. My whole life I have never been able to find a lotion that can help hydrate my biceps and they are forever dry and red. I used the scrub and within a week noticed my arms looked so much better! No longer were my arms red and dry.
  4.  SOAP & GLORY Breakfast Scrub is only $15!!!! there is really no reason not to buy it. I am always going to have a jar in my shower from here on out. I actually like the scrub so much I bought some of their hand lotion and love it as well.                                                                                                                                                                                 Soap and Glory is an amazing brand, their products deliver, smell great and have affordable price points. Check out more of their amazing products here

 

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LED Bathroom Sink Faucet

Yea, if that title seems a bit weird I can understand why. Thursday night I got up to use the restroom and when I walked in I noticed a small stream of water coming from the faucet. I assumed someone had just not turned the water off all the way; no big deal. Well, when I went to turned the knob on the faucet I found it was turned all the way off. I woke up John and he discovered the water line had a hole in it, the pipe under the sink had cracked, and there was another issue with a part (I can’t remember which part) under the knob. John turned off the water saying he’d go to Home Depot in the morning and get everything to fix it. While John was at Home Depot he texted me and asked what I thought about just getting a whole new faucet, “sure!” John picked out (and he did a great job) a matted silver faucet with an LED light. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when I got a text that there was an LED light on the new sink. I pretty sure I was thinking of a night club. Either way, I love it! the LED light isn’t noticeable when looking at the faucet and I quickly found it is very nice at night to not have a bright light glaring at you during a 2am bathroom break. What’s more, both John and I were amazed at how a simple faucet upgrade can really refresh/upgrade a small bathroom. It is a really simple and reasonably inexpensive upgrade.

Since buying a house any extra money we have goes to upgrading or changing things in the house we don’t like. The house itself is in amazing condition and was well cared for and maintained. All the changes we are making are purely cosmetic and I love quick little fixes like this.

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Christmas Wish List

As I get older my Christmas Wish List gets harder to write. Typically when creating my list for my parents or John, I try to keep a few things in mind, but the two top questions i ask myself are what do I really need and will I use this item a lot? I have spent the last two years trying to de-clutter our house and expel any none wanted and used items to some vortex in a far away galaxy, some call it goodwill.  This year I decided to put a few staples on my list, a few splurges (that I am not expecting to get), and a few items I’d love to have ( example nicer soap or lotion) but won’t spend the money on. What is on everyone else’s Christmas list? How do you decide what to ask for? When is too old to even make a Christmas list?

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Watch / Tory Burch Purse / micro fleece blanketBurberry Make Up SamplePhilosophy Grace soap and lotionJ. Crew pjs  / White pjs / Open cardigan / Patagonia retool / Booties / Ugg Slipper / Free People Blue Top

 

A few things about some of the gifts I choose:

Pjs: I ask for PJS every year. It is an easy gift for those who don’t like to shop, but don’t want to give a gift card AND you can get pjs anywhere. My mother-in-law gave my a cute pair with foxes from Old Navy, they are very soft and a good thickness AND they were only $7!

micro fleece blanket: I gave this as a gift to one of Wallace’s teachers, Target only $20! I also had it monogramed for $8 to make it a little more personal

Christmas List, Do I really Need One?

As I’ve gotten older my Christmas list has become harder and harder to make; which is a real surprise when you think about it. I have decided the reason my Christmas list is becoming more difficult to create is the result of a handful or reasons.

1. As I’ve gotten older I just buy what I need when I need it. I used to use Christmas and my birthday as a way to get stuff I needed or wanted that I otherwise wouldn’t have the money to get. Now that I am older and work full time I “have” the money to buy the things I need when I need them.

2. I have stopped impulsively buying or putting things on my wish list. I take the time to truly thing, is this something I want? Is this something I need? Is this something I will use often? I will place an item in my shopping cart and leave it there for a few days. If after 4 or 5 days I’m still thinking about the item, I put it on my list. If I am not still thinking about it or completely forget about it, then I obviously don’t really want it and delete it from my cart. My wants have decreased in part because I don’t have the time to mindless online shop online like I used to. Thank you motherhood.

3. Stuff isn’t a priority anymore. By stuff I mean clothes, shoes, and accessories. Now I find myself wanting new counter tops, back splash, things for the house.  I’d much rather have someone give me money to pay a bill or daycare. Again, I just don’t need things anymore unless something breaks or completely wears out.

4. I don’t want junk in our house. The last 3 years I feel like I’ve been working endlessly to get rid of all the clothes and stuff in our house that we don’t need or use. My biggest fear when John and I bought our house was that we would again start to accumulate stuff we didn’t need or use because we have so much storage. I’ve become very lax over the last 6 months and I can see stuff piling up all ready. So over the next few weeks I’ll be throwing away, donating, and listing items to get them out of our house for good.

5. Christmas is more about my son. Instead of getting stuff for myself, I’d rather get him a nicer toy or something he will really love. Wallace is my focus and I’m happy to do without so he has an amazing Christmas.

All that being said, I’m still going to post a gift idea list for someone like myself; someone who doesn’t really need anything, but you may still need to find a gift for. Look for that in a few days : )

P.S. If you are looking for some great Christmas items for low prices, please checkout my items for sale on Poshmark. I am accepting all reasonable offers. I have tons of J. Crew, Anthropologie, and a few kids items.

Summer Whites

white dresses

wave dress / flower smocked dress / tunic dress

lace dress / flutter sleeve dress / tassel dress 

I’ve always had a love hate relationship with white dresses. I love them, but with my fair skin I feel they aren’t always the best option for me and it’s really hard to find a light weight white dress that isn’t see through. I recently discovered these 6 cute white dresses and couldn’t help myself. In particular I have my eye on the wave dress and the flower smocked dress. All would look cute with a jean jacket for work, which can easily be removed for happy hour at your favorite bar.

Happy shopping!

 

House Things

I knew when John and I decided to buy a house we were taking on a huge life long project; there is ALWAYS something to do… always. whether it’s mowing the lawn, adding a fresh coat of paint to something, updating appliances or decor, fixing things, etc the work is never ending. The house we bought was very well taken care of by the original owners and for that I am forever grateful. All the changes we are making to the house have so far been cosmetic *knock on wood*.  So far, we have painted the upstairs hallway and the foyer (from a builders beige to wait, nothing crazy) and our bedroom (the color is silver bullet by Behr). We haven’t had any big projects yet, but that’s about to change.

John and I are currently planning on redoing the kitchen and upstairs living room. these two rooms are part of an open concept so we kinda have to do both at the same time. I’ll try to explain as best as I can. Currently the flooring is split with carpet in the living room and the hallway leading towards two of the bedrooms and hardwood floor in the dining room and kitchen. The plan is to pull up the hardwood and carpet (living room and hallway) and lay down Pergo laminate hardwood flooring in Antique Cherry. I really want the flooring to give the space a more unified look and a better flow to the house.  The way the carpet and hardwood is currently is OK, but I think running the flooring through the whole space will also make the room look larger.

We also want to add a back splash, for some reason the former owners added wallpaper, running under all the cabinets. The tentative back splash I have picked out is Miles Bliss glass/stone in IcelandTo compliment the back splash we are going to paint the cabinets a sand dollar color, which is white or light gray depending on the lighting–something I love, and replace the counter tops with dark gray honed quartz to tie everything together. We like the honed quartz because it is flat, there is no shine to the counter tops like most have. I have nothing against this shine, but the honed counters just looked cleaner and more finished to me.

Now, because of course I can’t be finished, I would really like to repaint the walls. We currently have them a light blue color, but when we chose the color we were pushed for time and were trying to paint the rooms before we moved into the house. Painting is, obviously, a lot easier with no furniture. Now that we have our kitchen upgrade designed I feel like the paint isn’t going to work very well… it may also be the curtains. I’m still checking out paint samples but I’d like to do a color similar to Benjamin Moore’s wood lawn blue which is a blue-gray.  I prefer to paint with Behr paint because it has primer mixed in with the paint and it goes on so smooth. I painted our bedroom, which is smaller than the kitchen/dinning room/living room concept in about half the time using Behr paint. My goal is to get to Home Depot and spend some serious time in the paint section. This time I am NOT going to rush my paint choices.

So when is all this going to get done? That is a great question I’ve been asking myself. Currently we are pricing out how much it is for a contractor to come in and install the flooring. While John and my dad could do it themselves, John is complaining about installing the flooring where the kitchen island is. I’ve decided that John and I will paint the cabinets and install the back splash. Both of which won’t be hard. I’m hoping to get started on something in the next two months or so. I really want to install the back splash first.  In the meantime we are going to replace the doors in our house.

Yea, I wasn’t going to leave you hanging there. Yes, replace the doors. Nothing is wrong with them, but they are flat front doors which are just so boring and public building-y to me. I found these doors at Home Depot for $38 each, a steal really, and this weekend (fingers crossed) we are going to go get them! I’ll finally be rid of these terrible flat front doors. #sohappy #cantwait and then hopefully after my sister’s wedding in September we can start on the kitchen! #goals

I’ll try and keep you updated and post pics as we go. I’m sure everything will look weird individually until the whole vision is complete and comes together.