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October Sweet Picks

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Converse Chuck Taylor Shoreline Slip-On Shoes: Converse have been around forever and I finally jumped on the train and bought myself my first pair in July. From the time I got them until this month I had only worn them twice because I didn’t want to get them dirty. Call me weird! But, I have finally broken down that barrier and said whatever and I’ve been wearing my slip on Converse Chuck Taylor’s a ton this past month. I love how easy they are to just slip on and not have to tie them up and I love how comfortable they are too! They also go with a variety of outfits, from jeans and a hoodie to jeans and a cardigan. If you haven’t jumped in the Converse train, do it! 
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Buffalo Check Flannel Shirt: This fall season has me obsessed with buffalo check. I want it in every form possible…scarves, shirts, bags, socks, hoodies, even sheets! So when I found this red and black buffalo check flannel shirt at Old Navy I was instantly sold. The real question was not should I buy it, but rather how do I resist buying one in every color. The shirt is comfy and soft. It pairs well with denim or black jeans and can be dressed up or dressed down to fit any occasion. And good news, this week they are on sale for $10 off and are only $18.00! So get on it and click here to purchase!
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Easy Dress: You know that one piece of clothing that you literally want to wear everyday? The one that doesn’t constrict in the slightest? The one that hides all your problem areas? The one that is soft as buttah? The one that you could easily sleep in if you wanted to? (Not saying that I have or have not.) Well, this is just that piece. It is called the Easy Dress for a reason and I am pretty sure you and I both need it in every color! Throw a cute duster cardigan and long, gold necklace over top and pair with your favorite booties and it seamlessly transitions right into fall and winter.
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LipSense – Bella: I haven’t worn lipstick in over 15 years, so I surprised myself when I walked out of my friend’s LipSense party with… lipstick. They sold me on the product because it’s a long-lasting color that won’t rub-off. So you don’t have to reapply it throughout the day. You can learn more about it by visiting the LipSense website.  I was really excited when I heard about a new color that came out a couple weeks ago called Bella. It’s so pretty and perfect for fall. I’m personally not a fan of bright pink or red colors on my lips, so this neutral color fit me perfectly. 

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September Sweet Picks

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Quaker Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Instant Oatmeal: Fall is the time of year where we all get obsessed with the pumpkin craze, but how can you not? Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin EVERYTHING! In my opinion, it’s all amazing and I can’t get enough. I was in target the other day and noticed they have a whole pumpkin flavor section right when you walk in. It was fun to see all of the pumpkin flavors lined up and ripe for the picking. The one thing that caught my attention was the Pumpkin Quaker Instant Oatmeal. I was a little hesitant and honestly didn’t think it would taste great. But I bought it anyway! To my surprise it is my favorite flavor. It’s not too strong, just a hint of pumpkin. I love it. I highly recommend giving it a try!
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Hot Iron Holster: I am the biggest sucker for Instagram giveaways and that is exactly where I discovered this little gem. I entered said Instagram giveaway more than a few times and then decided I just needed to buy the holster. I never win anything anyway. I try to convince myself that I am an organized person, but let’s be honest, my bathroom is one big hot tool mess. This is a game changer. Grab your curling wands, flat irons, and blow dryers and take them from hand to holster. You need this. I repeat, YOU NEED THIS! 
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Anker 40 W 4-Port USB Wall Charger: 2016 and all it’s technological perks is a pretty sweet time to live in. I mean, there are apps for everything you could ever need, watches that tells us the time, how many steps we’ve taken and how long we slept last night, and FaceTime to connect us to people we love miles away, I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find myself working on my laptop, Pinterest-ing (yes, it’s a verb) from my iPad, and texting from my iPhone. Hashtag: technology addict. And no, this is not a post about how we should be spending less screen time and more real time. This is a shout out for the technology addicts that constantly find themselves searching for a free outlet to charge one of their many devices. I feel you! I travel a lot for work and was on Amazon one day to buy a new charger for my phone so that I could have one for my house and one for my travel bag, when I saw this magic little thing. I can charge ALL the things. AT ONCE. It’s perfect. This baby saves my life. I plug it in at night and by morning my iPhone, iPad, FitBit, and extra batter pack are all charged and ready to go! No more hunting for multiple outlets. No more forgetting my charging cord because I had to put it behind the couch because it was the only outlet left open, nope, none of that. It’s simple. It’s easy. And I love it. If you’ve got a litany of devices this baby is for you. Go buy it on Amazon now and thank me later. You’re welcome.
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Ryobi   2 Amp 1/4 Sheet Sander; You are probably thinking what?!? A power tool? A favorite? Yes, that is right! You read that right. This Ryobi sander has become a favorite of mine. I never thought I would want my own power tool of any sort but, it would only be natural for me to have one amongst my other craft tools. Just ask my friends and family–they can attest to that statement. When it comes to craft tools and machines, I am the queen of them! Some might say that I get that from my Dad because if you were to go into his garage you would find tools on tools on tools. Whatever you need, I’m sure he’s got it! When my arsenal of tools just can’t get my craft projects done, I usually ask my Dad what power tool of his I can borrow to get it done. One day as I was raiding his garage looking for some extra coarse sand paper he asked what I needed it for and he enlightened me and reminded me that I shouldn’t waste my time and offered me his electric handheld sander. I thought to myself, duh! Why didn’t I ask for this thing earlier. My friend Taylor and I could have saved so much time sanding our wood crafts we had worked on for hours the week before. I ended up taking it over to her house and we just both laughed at the ease of this little machine. Never again will we sand our wood creations without this Ryobi sander. If you are anything like my friend Taylor and I, we love distressing our painted wood projects and if you get one of these sanders it will change your crafting game and you will be making statements like “I LOVE power tools!” when you thought you’d never say something like that! The Ryobi sander is so easy to use and is the best time saving power tool! 
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August Sweet Picks

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Pack-it Freezable Lunch Bag: I have a frequent resolution to take my lunch to work, you know, to be healthy and avoid eating potato munchers and mozzarella sticks from the hospital cafeteria. It’s a fleeting goal, so I’ve tried to work extra hard at it for consistencies sake. As is the case with most resolutions/goals, I decided I didn’t have the right tools to be successful in this endeavor. A big problem with bringing my lunch is that I rarely want to eat said food. And commonly it has to do with the fact that when I open my lunch from home it usually contains a room temperature yogurt and an awkward half-defrosted, melting Lean Cuisine (making it very tricky to reheat according to package directions!). Ew gross. However, I would like to say that I have yet to develop any sort of food borne illness from consuming 12-hour room temp yogurts over the years. But each day I am baffled how the act of taking my target-sack-wrapped lunch out of my bag and walking it down the hall to the work fridge escapes me. It’s a quick walk, but it never seems to happen.

The moment I get to work it seems my phone rings, my pager goes off, or I’m seduced by an email and before I know it its 2:00pm and the lunch sack is still sitting on the floor next to my bag. “Dang it!!!,” I mutter and defeatedly reach for the lukewarm yogurt to keep my ravenous stomach from eating itself. Everyday I vow to remember, but I’d say I’m about 1/5. So when my friend told me about the Freezable Pack-it lunch bag I was instantly interested. The entire lunch bag acts as one big ice pack and keeps your lunch cool for 11 hours! That’s exactly what I need. And naturally buying this new lunch bag will further inspire me to bring healthier foods, spend less money, and have greater overall happiness, right??? Right. 😉 And the best part is when you’re done it folds up flat and you don’t have to haul home a bulky lunch bag in your purse.

Kids love these too. I bought one for all my nieces as a back-to-school present. You can sometimes find these little gems at Home Goods/ TJ Maxx for a discounted price or you can head straight to Amazon and buy one right now (my preferred method for most things).
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Table Top Hanging Folder: Nate Berkus and Target. Need I say more? This hanging file folder is not just for classing up the ole office cubicle. It is the perfect addition to your personal homework station. Use it to organize homework by child, subject, or even by due date. The possibilities really are endless and it sure is easy on the eyes.
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Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard: I’m sitting here writing (typing) this post using my new FAVORITE tech product purchase! It’s the handy Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard for Smartphones, Tablets, and Computers–it’s compatible with Apple products, Windows, Android, and Chrome devices. I love that I can seamlessly change between typing on my phone and my iPad. How awesome is that! And if I really wanted to, I could have a third device connected to this keyboard. If you didn’t catch that…that is 3 Bluetooth enabled devices at once! All you have to do is setup up your desired devices and with a twist of a button you can switch between devices. So simple and easy! A monkey could do it! And every time that I use this keyboard I think to myself…why did I not buy this thing a long time ago.

Its been sitting in my Amazon shopping list burning a hole in my Amazon account like money burns a hole in my pocket! Haha! I kept going back and forth asking myself if it was something I needed and worth the money. I finally ordered it. I’ve only had it for a couple of weeks and I already love it! Now that I have it and have been using it, I’ve wondered why I didn’t invest in this thing sooner.

I love being able to use my phone but it’s great with my iPad too because I find it pretty hard to type up a paper on an iPad. This keyboard is portable so you can use it anywhere with no need to plug it into an outlet. You only need 2 AAA batteries. It’s been a lifesaver when I’ve had to type up a long email, blog post, or recipe. And besides the practical factor of this keyboard, I’ve been challenging myself and my family to typing speed tests with the app TapTyping. I don’t know about you but I used to love playing typing games in elementary school when we had to learn type and practicing your home row proficiency. Is there anyone else that used to love typing tests and games? This keyboard is practical and fun!
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Day Designer Weekly/Monthly Planner: Call me old fashioned, especially in a digital world, but I can’t resist purchasing a a cute monthly planner at the beginning of each school year. When I walked into Target last week they had so many cute planners calling my name. I decided to go with this cute pink and navy striped planner becaues it easily fits in my purse.  
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July Sweet Picks

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Starbucks Peach Green Tea Lemonade:  Every time I go to Starbucks I order the same boring thing, a vanilla late or Chai Latte. It wasn’t until my BFF Chad introduced me to the most delicious drink on the menu…Peach Green Tea Lemonade. I can’t begin to tell you how refreshing this is on a hot summer day. Needless to say, this has become my go-to drink for the summer. What are you waiting for? Try it for yourself and let me know what you think! 

Cooling Sport Towel: The first time I ever saw a version of one of these cooling towels was at a fair and I thought they seemed a little weird to have a wet towel around your neck. I’ve always hated when my clothes get wet so I never even gave it a try or a chance and the ones they were selling were expensive. It wasn’t until last year that I was perusing the Target Dollar Spot section that I saw a cooling towel for $1 and decided to grab one since there had been so much hype around them. I thought why not for $1 I was willing to give it a try and if I ended up not liking it, I was only out $1! And until now, it has been sitting in my drawer unused until recently when I packed it along with me on my vacation to Vegas where I knew it was going to be more than 100 degrees there (it’s July after all). I figured it was the perfect time to bring it along and test it out. After getting there and enduring the 108 degree weather I broke it open! All you do is soak it with cold water, ring it out, and then snap it in the air to activate the cooling properties of the towel. I never knew how nice a cooling towel would feel around my neck. It’s so simple! Greatest little invention! It instantly cools you down and your clothes stay dry because the towel somehow keeps the water in! And this one that I have is a smaller version and has a convenient case to put it in and it’s small enough to throw in your bag. This cooling towel has definitely become one of my favorite summertime essentials!

Swan Float: Who knew a large, ridiculous, inflatable long-necked waterbird would become the trendiest accessory of the summer. My friend bought one as a joke for a friend-cation to Mexico and it turned out to be a crowd favorite. I’ve since seen it all over Instagram and even on The Bachelorette. The swan is in, boring pool floaties are out. There’s something so perfect about nestling up on this large and in charge bird. AND I feel like I my tans are better when I layout on the swan.
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Sunbum Cool Down: This stuff is a sunburn miracle worker! We all have good intentions when it comes to sun protection–SPF all the way! But sometimes our best intentions are toasted (literally, ha) and despite our best attempts we still get burned.  I’ve had a couple unlucky encounters with spray-on sunscreen this summer and as a result have had a few days where my skin seemed to be a dull candy apple red color and sizzled to the touch. That’s when my, wise and beautiful roommate, Emily, introduced me to “Cool Down.” This magical lotion is meant to be used as an after sun moisturizer on skin that is burnt, chaffed (inner thigh rub anyone?), or dry, and is infused with aloe, vitamin E, and cocoa butter. This triple threat combo takes the sting out (like gone) and moisturizes so well it prevents peeling. It’s awesome!! I now pack it with me on every vacation that involves the beach, a pool, or more than 10 minutes in the sun. It has saved me! I tell everyone about it and have many a friend who’s sunburn was nursed back to health with this lotion. So naturally I wanted to share it with you guys! I found mine at Target (surprising, I know), but you can also get it at Ulta or Amazon as well. Happy sunbum-ing!
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June Sweet PIcks

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Mom Shirt: I think this shirt speaks for itself! If you are a Diet Coke aficionado (read: addict) like me, you need this in your life. It is the perfect tee to throw on with your fave pair of jeans,  a cute summer skirt or under a great light jacket. Anyone who has seen me lately, has most likely seen the shirt as well.  It is just as comfy as it is cute. And even better, the cutest husband and wife duo design the shirts and run this great shop. Go check it out and grab a shirt… or two!
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Batiste Hair: I’m no stranger to dry shampoo. In fact, if you look in my bathroom cabinet at any one time you’re bound to find at least 4 different brands of dry shampoo. I use dry shampoo every day whether I shower or not. I have fine hair so I use it to give my hair some weight and texture and then of course on days I don’t wash my hair I use it help eliminate oils and bedhead. I was on a work trip one time and had forgotten to bring dry shampoo and stumbled across this blonde version of Batiste at a ransom Urban Outfitters. I was intrigued by the “blondeness” it offered. My hair has blonde highlights (from a bottle) and this magic little can not only adds volume, texture, and depth, but it covers up any highlight regrowth! WIN!! It seriously is like magic. Just don’t go hog-wild and spray it all over like crazy. If you do, your scalp will glow yellow. So just spray a little on the top of you’re looking for a miracle between highlights!
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Amope Pedi Perfect: Summer is officially here and that means…you probably need to show your feet some love to get them into tip top shape to wear your flip flops and those cute strappy sandals you’ve been itching to wear! Because let’s be honest, we are not all blessed with feet and heels that are as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Haha! I sure wasn’t! So, if you are like me and have been cursed with dry rough heels that have to be attended to all summer long you know a professional pedicure each week is just not doable for us busy working gals that don’t have the time. But don’t fret because there is a way to get smooth heels at home on your own with the Amope Pedi Perfect! This little machine will file your rough heels and smooth them out and it’s easy to use. All you have to do is turn it on and move it all around the rough areas. This little tool is great for at home pedicures and perfect for touch ups in between those professional pedicures.
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Younique Touch Liquid Foundation: I have gone most of my life without wearing any type of foundation. Every kind I’ve tried feels heavy and sticky. Now that I’m turning 29 (+4 ), my skin is changing and is not like it used to be. I decided to try the Younique Touch Liquid Foundation since I kept hearing such great things about it. (No, I don’t sell it, but if you are interested I can put you in touch with about 20 consultants!) This stuff is absolutely amazing. It has great coverage and the best part is, I can’t even tell I’m wearing it. Once the liquid touches your skin, it feels like powder. If you’re in the market for a new foundation or are curious because of my awesome review, I highly suggest you check it out!