Friday, January 27, 2017

Favorite Amazon Buys

I am always curious what other people buy at Amazon.  It can become an addictive site because they literally have everything.  I order all my books and cookbooks from Amazon but wanted to share a few other items that I love.  Many of these I order on a regular basis and some are one time buys. 


The best make-up remover ever.  I cut mine in half to last for more than one use.  Super moisturizing and they get every bit of make-up off. 

 I swear my hair has come in fuller since taking these.
I am obsessed with these pens. I am such a nerd but these really do write the best.

The price is always better on Amazon for white strips.  I use these 2-3 times a week and they really work.

I ordered 2 of these and I am loving them.   Super soft and I swear they help keep your hair looking good the next day.

Sterling and Frances Moon love these building blocks.  They will sit and play with them for a long time.   They make great gifts too!  They also come in a bigger set as well.

This thing is amazing.  I never use an iron anymore.  It is perfect for getting out wrinkles and I love the compact size which makes it easier to store.  It is currently 64% off too!

I learned about this gadget in a cooking class almost 3 years ago and it is still a favorite kitchen gadget.  It is great for chopping herbs, nuts, onions and even making small batches of salsa.

These knives will change your world.  They are amazing.  They make chopping so effortless.  These are the 2 I use most often, worth every penny.

The set of these is so much cheaper on Amazon.

This was one of my favorite suits last summer.

also comes in this gorgeous rainbow color on sale.

My sister had these in NYC and they came in so handy.  It was nice to have the option for longer length cords.  My outlet is not near the bed so I love having a longer one to reach my night table at night. 

I am head over heels in love this.  I have been using it everyday.  It blends perfectly and clean up is so easy.

I love this quinoa.  It is already cooked and all you do is mix the topping in.  I mix it up often with my Greek Salads or just eat it alone for a quick and easy lunch.
What are your favorite Amazon Buys? 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thoughts For Thursday

Happy Thursday!  I can't believe this is last Thursday of the month already!

I finally decided to cut a few inches off my hair yesterday.  I was nervous but glad I finally did.  It feels so much healthier.

Several of you asked about my sunglasses in the picture above.  They are only $24 and I love the larger size.  They come in a few other colors as well.   Also loving my new Anna Beck ring, I adore her jewelry.  My nail color is OPI Taupe-less Beach.
Sunglasses | Ring I also love this style

Last night was my monthly girl's supper club.  We tried out Aya in Mt Pleasant which was delicious.  I had the Ramen Bowl and Avocado tacos and both were so good!

Outfit Details
This ruffle tee is only $35 and also comes in a blush pink color.  I went with a size medium for a boxier fit. 

I snuck a ride on Sterling's 4 wheeler and I gotta say those things are fun.

Barre Class details.  I loved my black leggings like this so much I bought the navy as well.

I tried a coffee spot this week, Rise Coffee Bar on Wentworth.  A friend recommended their almond latte and it was so good!

I mentioned before I am revamping my master bedroom.  A few pieces have started arriving and I am getting so excited about it!  
We found a heart shaped strawberry in our carton.  How cool is that?

This little lady has so much attitude these days.  Gotta love her.

For some reason our hall bath tub water was not heating this week so I had to improvise and bathe Frances in the kitchen sink.  Not gonna lie it was kind of nice I could cook dinner and watch her at the same time.  I remember when I was young my grandmother always bathed us in her sink and we loved it. The Beauty Counter kids collection is my favorite, I especially love the conditioner for Frances.

I seriously can't get enough of Parenthood.  I am already worrying what I am going to watch when it is over.  I look forward to getting in bed and watching it every night! I just love all the characters.   Any other Netflix favs?

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon and Goat Cheese | Mara Hoffman Sale

This soup was so good.  I always love butternut squash soup but the addition of bacon in this one took it to a whole new level.   I always buy the pre-cut butternut squash it saves so much time.  This can totally be made ahead and reheated before dinner.   The creamy goat cheese paired with the crispy bacon and the fresh chives are the perfect combo on top.  

|| B U T T E R N U T   S Q U A S H   S O U P ||


  • 1 butternut squash (about 3 pounds), peeled, seeded and cut in 1-inch chunks
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock, or more, to taste
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. Place butternut squash, onion, bell pepper and bacon in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Add olive oil and garlic; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Gently toss to combine.
  3. Place into oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until butternut squash is tender, stirring at halftime.*
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. Heat a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add butternut squash mixture and thyme, and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in chicken stock and puree with an immersion blender.
  6. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5-10 minutes. If the soup is too thick, add more chicken stock as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  7. Serve immediately, garnished with bacon, goat cheese and chives, if desired.

I also wanted to mention Mara Hoffman is having a major sale right now!
Many items are now 60% off.

This is one of my favorite style mara dresses.  Such a great easy casual dress. It runs TTS, I am wearing a small. 
It also comes in this cute blue print.

I also own this one.  You know I love some animal print.   It is great for Summer but also cute paired with a cardigan for Fall. 

Scroll though to see some other Mara Hoffman on major sale.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


A few things I am loving lately.


I love the color and cut of this blouse.

I saw this yesterday in Everything but Water.  It is so gorgeous and reminds me of the Kiini line but way less.

Just ordered this beauty for myself.  I am a sucker for white and off shoulder.  I also love the lace detail.  It also comes in red and black.

I love this cover-up, especially the print.  I am hoping it goes on sale before my vacation.

Under $50 and comes in several colors.

These come in 3 colors.  Such a fun statement earring.

I love a nude wedge, they go with everything and make your legs look so long.
This is only $35.  Also comes in navy.

I love the colors in this maxi.  This would be perfect for a wedding and it is under $100.

I adore everything about this bag.  From the color to the style.
I just bought these last weekend. They are only $12 and super cute.

Love, love, love.  I am a huge fan of all Anna Beck jewelry.  

Super cute pj's.  I like the Nordstrom line because they are not crazy expensive and they are super soft.

This is now 50% off!  I have this same purse in another color version from last year and love it.  You can carry it as a clutch or cross body.  There are several colors on sale right now.

I am loving these DV sneakers.  Such a cute casual sneaker, which I am now a huge fan.  They come in several color options but I am partial to the blush and taupe.