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September & October 2016 Favorites

Taking a moment today to share a few things I’ve been loving recently. 
faves-2Rtic water bottle (and the generic Walmart version as well)
Taking a  – A few months ago Ray mentioned that he would probably drink more water if he had a cup that would keep it cold. I immediately ordered him an Rtic cup and he’s used it every day since it arrived. I bought one for myself a few weeks later! These cups are great!

faves-1Fisherman’s Friend lozenges – Ray and I spent half of September and October sick with colds, which was a total bummer. We’ve both found that Fisherman’s Friend lozenges are the best (and super cheap)!! Warning – They taste entirely like menthol, so for some people they can be very intense.

faves-3Leopard shoes– A true essential in my autumn wardrobe!

Lularoe black leggings – I was skeptical about Lularoe (being a multi-level marketing type company), but I was in desperate need of new black leggings, and decided to give them a try. These leggings are truly wonderful. They’re soft, stretchy, opaque, and extremely comfortable!

Luke Cage – Excellent! Because Ray is a nerd extraordinaire, we’re big into the Marvel Universe Netflix original shows. Jessica Jones is my favorite, but Luke Cage is a close second. Luke Cage is a man with super strength + impenetrable skin caused by a sabotaged experiment while he was wrongfully imprisoned.

wwWestworld –  HBO’s Westworld is about a futuristic western-themed amusement park of the same name, occupied by  androids referred to as “hosts”. Westworld caters to high-paying visitors  who come to experience the park, without fear of retaliation from the hosts. IE – You can shoot an android with no consequences. The show is based off a Michael Crichton novel. It’s soooooooo good!

ww-sienfeldSeinfeld – Ray and I have been watching through Seinfeld for the past few months. I remember watching episodes here and there in the 90’s, but this is the first time either of us have watched through the seasons. It’s hilarious to see how many issues on Seinfeld are almost completely irrelevant 20 years later (ie- long distance phone calls, writing checks, etc.)

I’ve been really into true crime podcast lately and these are two I’ve been especially enjoying.

Criminal – A new crime or crime-related topic is discussed in each episode. This podcast is very well researched and the episodes cover a multitude of topics.

In The Dark – In The Dark is a podcast that explores a Minnesota abduction that took place in 1989 and was only recently solved.

Truthfully, the last 2 months have been extremely busy, stressful, and overwhelming for me. If I wasn’t working or sleeping (or being sick) I was probably zoning out on Netflix. Hoping the rest of the year is a little more fun and relaxing!

October 2015 Favorites

October has flown by! We’ve had plans every weekend of October and it looks like it will stay that way through November and December. Here are a few of my favorites from October:
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– Apple Cider – It’s apple cider season and I couldn’t be happier about it. My inlaws just brought us some apple cider from their recent trip to North Carolina. I can’t wait to try it!
– Popcorn (with a few reese’s pieces on top) – We watched the first hour of Scream this month, and I had to have popcorn. We don’t have a microwave, and sometimes cleaning the popcorn maker seems like torture, so we usually buy jiffy pop (a la Scream).
– Pears – It’s pear season and I can’t get enough of them!
– Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak dry shampoo – Historically, I’ve had bad luck with dry shampoo. This is my first time trying Not Your Mother’s and so far, so good!
– Sally Hansen’s Diamond basecoat – I finally bought another one of these a few weeks ago. For the past several months I’ve been using up basecoats that I don’t really love and don’t really work well. I’m finally back to my tried and true!
– Size Matters by Essie – A fall essential!
– Peppermint Essential Oil – I’ve had a few headaches this month and I’ve used peppermint oil on the back of my neck and my temples to aid in alleviating pain. Ray has also used it under his nose to help with his nighttime stuffiness.
– Lemon Essential Oil – I’ve been using lemon oil to clean and to freshen my sink. Not to mention, it smells amazing!
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– My birthday – I turned 30 in October. 3-0. Thanks to all my friends and family who celebrated with me!
– Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival – I don’t want to say too much, as full post on the festival is coming Wednesday. Just know it was awesome and I loved it!
Scream Queens – Guys… just trust me. Best new show of the season!

“What fresh hell is this?”

September 2015 Favorites

5– Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling – I came home last week to find that Ray ordered the newest book by Mindy Kaling for me! I read her first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, this summer. She’s hilarious and even though I’m only three quarters of the way through Why Not Me, I highly recommend both of her books.

snake plant– Snake Plant – Three weeks ago Ray, Brie, and I traveled to Live Oak to participate in Flea Across Florida, which is essentially a really big yard sale across the state of Florida. We made one stop, picked up a snake plant and a pocket knife, and then it promptly started pouring. We had a snake plant in the past, but Black Cat was forever trying to eat it. So far he’s left this one alone.2– New Shoes – Guys, check out my new (but slightly used because I bought them off ebay) Tory Burch Revas! I love them and I love that I didn’t have to pay $230 for them!
3– Trader Joe’s cold brew coffee concentrate – I’m forever on the hunt for the perfect at-home iced coffee. This is mostly because I don’t have the funds or time to frequent a coffee shop every morning but I NEED the coffee. The Trader Joe’s concentrate is perfect for my current morning routine because all I have to do is pour some over ice, add a little milk or water, and pour in some creamer. Which brings me to my next favorite…

-Star Wars Coffee Creamer – On the real, there is no difference in taste or flavor. However, I love the design and Star Wars appreciation happening here.4– Thieves cleaner – I love this natural all purpose cleaner made with thieves oil. Not only does it smell like Christmas, I can clean and sanitize every surface in my house with just one cleaner.
tumblr_m1hzxpFESF1qmw273o1_500– Gossip Girl – This is no surprise to anyone to who reads this blog, follows me on twitter, is my friend on facebook, or talks to me in real life.  It’s all I’ve been talking about for weeks! In fact, Gossip Girl was in my favorites last month as well!  I finished the series this month and couldn’t be more obsessed. I’m not sure why I didn’t watch the series earlier, as I read a lot of the Gossip Girl books in middle school and high school. #chuckandblairforever

What were your favorites in September?

Allison’s January Favorites


1. Old White earrings from Forever 21 – One of these fell underneath our dresser in October. I finally retrieved it a few weeks ago.
2. Ghost Stories sweatshirt by Maiden Voyage – One of my favorite Christmas gifts! The company specializes in the weird. I got Ray this Maiden Voyage tshirt for Valentine’s day a few years ago.
3. Mini donut pan – I made my first batch of homemade donuts a few weeks ago. I invented apple butter donuts, and while they were pretty good I think they still need some tweaking. Or twerking.
4. The Body Shop Shea Butter Scrub – Because winter.
5. Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask – Again, because winter.
6. Orla Kiely ipad case – We bought my ipad used, and the previous owner gave us their Lifeproof case. I know they’re supposed to be waterproof and amazing, but I really didn’t like it. It was super bulky and ugly. I think this Orla case suits me much better.
7. Vigo pepperoncinis – My current food obsession. Put ’em in a salad. Put ’em on a pizza. Put ’em on a sandwich. Put ’em on a cracker. The possibilities are endless.
8.  Fiddle Leaf Fig – My favorite of all our house plants. The oversize leaves get me every time.

9. The Mindy Project – Ray and I started watching at the very end of December and quickly became obsessed.
10. Deuce Cities Henhouse – My new favorite blog! Alison and her family live in a 100 year old house and she is always working on projects to improve it. This blog has a lot of ideas and inspiration, especially if you own an older home.
This video (that I already posted on social media) of 4 Disney artists painting the same tree. It’s a nice reminder that art is subjective and we all have our own style.

December Favorites 2014

faves 1faves 2faves 3– Wild Wisteria by Orly. I love wearing really dark polishes in the winter time. I like to pretend that I’m chic.
– Clementines!
– Marshmallow Fire Side candle from Bath & Body Works. I love the scent of this candle. It smells like the smokey mountains.
– Emergen-C. My co-workers a re dropping like flies and I refuse to get sick.
– Happy Handmade Home by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. I wasn’t going to include Christmas presents in my December Favorites because there’s really only a week left of December once Christmas hits. However, I read the whole book before the end of the year, so I think it counts.
– Cheap Walmart slippers. In the fall/winter our front yard turns into a sandspur jungle and walking around the house barefoot is a dangerous game. These also came in handy the week we were in the hospital. I have a feeling these wont last that long (I mean, they were like $9) but I got new ones for Christmas!

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Making apple butter with my sister!
Under the Dome – This series is based off a Stephen King book. It’s weird and I really like it. If you’re interested, you can stream it through Amazon Prime.
I See Fire by Ed Sheeran – I have no idea why I recently started listening to this, because I believe this song came out last winter, but I love it!
Angels We Have Heard on High by Page CXVI – One of the most beautiful renditions of this classic Christmas song. I listened to it over and over while I was in the hospital with Ray at the beginning of the month.

What were you favorites of December 2014?