Sunday, December 4, 2016

2016 Christmas Tablescape

 I'm just popping in quickly to share my Christmas tablescape. I'll keep this short and sweet with minimal talking. :) Oh, and if you missed my "Favorite Things" post, you can click HERE to see it. 


I started with a red runner and placed a burlap runner on top...

Some of you may remember how I use these candle rings for "wreaths" on the backs of my chairs...

The candle rings were less expensive than actual wreaths and I love the look. 

I mixed a few different plates/patterns and napkin rings to show a variety of ways to set the table. Not sure which version I'll use at Christmas yet. 

This plate above was too pretty to cover up with a salad plate. :)

The red dough bowl made its annual appearance and once again, I used these mini stockings to hold the silverware...

I love tying baker's twine around the peppermint sticks like this...

My mom gifted me with her crystal and this is one of the rare times I've used it. 

Made good use of my wooden napkin rings (sold in a 6 pack at Hob Lob for about $4) and tied my red Christmas ribbon on them for a festive look. It's so easy to change out the ribbon for different holidays/occasions.

I added these new plates ($2.98 at Walmart) to my collection. I already had the ones with the trees and love this old car version...

These were open stock at Macy's years ago and I love the little bows around the edges...

A closer look at my mom's crystal...

And that's it! I'll be back soon with a Christmas Home Tour and a couple of videos. Also, I FINALLY found some boots and I'll share them soon along with a few Etsy purchases I made on Small Business Saturday. Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

2016 Favorite Things (nothing over $23!)

It's been way too long since I've done a "Favorite Things" post, so I'm back today to share a few goodies, just in time for the holidays. 

This is by far the best flat iron I've ever used...

Remington Anti-Static Ceramic 1" Flat Iron Model S5500 $14.97 at Walmart. Click HERE to buy it at Walmart.

It has over three thousand 4 1/2 star reviews on Amazon and is a #1 Best Seller. (I ended up buying mine at Walmart) People seem to love it even more than the Chi. Y'all know I have naturally curly hair and I could not believe how well this worked! It has a digital display of the temp and you can adjust it up or down. The default temp is 370. (It goes from 310 - 410 degrees) It says if you have fine, easy to straighten hair, use at the lower settings and if you have curly, hard to straighten hair, use at a higher setting. I keep mine at 390 degrees. Also, my biggest tip is to hold the sections of hair taut while running the iron down it. That really helps to eliminate the frizz. 

I've been using these Venus disposable razors for about 15 years now. I don't know if it's the shape, or the fact that they kind of swivel, but it makes it almost impossible to cut yourself. 

Venus Disposable Razors, 3 pack $6.97

I used Swiffer dusters years ago, but for some reason, I got lazy and just started using my micro fiber cloths. Well, I saw these the other day and bought them. Let me tell you, I don't know why I ever strayed! This is a starter pack with one handle and two 360 dusters. It makes dusting a snap and the dust particles stay on the Swiffer, so you're not just spreading it around. When I'm done, I give it a little shake (outside) and it's good to go.

Swiffer 360 Duster Starter Kit $4.97

These are my go-to lipsticks lately. Revlon Rose Velvet, Rum Raisin, and Pink Truffle...

Revlon Lipstick $4.97

I'm actually wearing Rose Velvet in my blog pic over there on the right. I find the "Creme" ones stay on much longer than the "sheer" or "pearl." If you look above the number on the tube, it will say either creme, sheer, or pearl. 

To go along with the lipsticks, this is my one and only lip liner. It's by Wet n Wild and the color is 666 Brandy Wine. If the "666" is freaking you out, just turn it upside down and pretend it's "999." ;)

Wet n Wild Brandy Wine Lip Liner .99 cents

This lip liner color goes with every shade of lipstick I have...reds, pinks, mauves, etc. See that Pink Truffle shade I talked about above? You'll notice it's part of the "sheer" collection, which means it's a pretty light color. When I wear it alone, it hardly shows up, but when I apply this liner first, it really makes a difference and you can actually see the lip color. So my tip of the day is, always use a lip liner. :) 

I didn't mean for this post to be mostly makeup, but these are the things that are making me happy right now. :) This is the best (in my opinion) eyebrow pencil. It's Wet n Wild and the color is Taupe of the Mornin' How cute is that? This is the pencil I used in my blog pic and you can see how dark my hair and brows are. I know this color seems very light, but somehow it blends perfectly with my dark brows.

Wet n Wild Eyebrow Pencil in "Taupe of the Mornin" .99 cents 

Now for some food products. My mom introduced me to these frozen Mary B's biscuits and they are divine! They're very thin and tasty. They're the closest to homemade I've ever had. 

Mary B's Thin Biscuits $2.85

And since I talked about my favorite biscuits, I had to mention my favorite rolls (yes, there's a difference~lol!) These Sister Schubert rolls have graced our Thanksgiving table for many years. So good!

Sister Schubert's dinner yeast rolls $2.78

I use this to clean my shower and it does a fantastic job. It works so well on the tile, the glass door, and the shower floor. I love that it doesn't have a strong chemical smell. 

Method Bathroom Cleaner $3.99

Oh my word, this next item is so yummy! Blue Bell Hot Chocolate flavor ice cream. And yes, it tastes just like hot chocolate! It's milk chocolate ice cream with miniature marshmallows, dark chocolate flakes, and a marshmallow swirl. The marshmallow swirl is the best part to me. It's like marshmallow cream swirled throughout and since it's frozen, it has a chewy consistency (in a good way) :) 

Blue Bell Hot Chocolate Ice Cream $5.97

I've talked about this L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte makeup before, but it's worth repeating. Living in the (very hot) south, it's hard to find a makeup that doesn't melt off your face. This stuff has staying power like you wouldn't believe. I've been using it every day for over a year and it's my favorite makeup I've ever tried. Great coverage, staying power, and it won't break the bank. #winner

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Base $10.99 and Powder $7.99

Oh, and I always use my Beauty Blender (below) to apply my foundation. A lot of you told me you use the cheaper versions of this and I'm definitely going to try one as soon as this one wears out. Places like Target and Walmart as well as my local HEB grocery store all have their own versions of this for around $6. 

Beauty Blender Make Up Sponge $20

Y'all...I realized I was using tweezers that were over 30 years old! What?! You see, I "stole" my mom's tweezers when I got married 26 years ago because they worked so well. (maybe a little too well, as I probably over-plucked my eyebrows back then~ha!) Anyway, lately they haven't seemed as sharp (duh) and they had been dropped too many times to count, so I started researching new ones. I remember Oprah talking about the Tweezerman tweezers and if you watch any makeup tutorials on YouTube, you'll see these all the time...

Tweezerman Slant Tweezers $23

They are a bit pricey, but they really do work like a charm and my brows have never looked better. :) P.S. I used a coupon at Ulta and got them a bit cheaper. 

And last but not least, look at this cute $9 puffer vest I got online at Walmart...

Click HERE for a link to these vests online at Walmart

NINE DOLLARS, y'all!!! I got the cute plaid one above as well as this one...

You just can't beat that price! They were actually $10 when I ordered them last week, but at the time of posting, they're down to just $9.

And that's it for my Favorite Things! Feel free to add your own in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Me to We Bracelet

As I was browsing the black Friday ads, surprisingly, only one thing caught my eye. It was these cute Me to We Rafiki bracelets at Walgreens for $5.99...

It was just by chance that I saw them (well, I'm sure the Universe had it all planned out) ;) Anyway, I'd never heard of them and just thought they were cute, reasonably priced bracelets. 

Then I decided to Google "Me to We bracelets" to see if there was some significance to them. Turns out, there is. I took this pic of the packaging mine came in...

Here's the exact one I bought...

Walgreens has several bracelets to choose from. Some say "Health"  some say "Water" and some say "Education." Depending on which bracelet you buy, your donation helps in one of those areas. 

For instance, I bought the "Health" one. There's a code on the back of each package. Then I went to their website and clicked on "track your impact" and entered the code. Then this is what it displayed...

Isn't that neat? 

If you sign up for updates on their website here they'll give one week of clean water to a family in a community overseas. 

Here's what my bracelet looked like when I took it out of the packaging. You could even wear it as a necklace...

I twisted mine over to make a double loop, and then brought one loop up and twisted in again to make it fit my wrist. 

 I think they're so pretty. 

I've heard other stores sell them as well and what a nice way to give back. These would make such great Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers (what teenage girl wouldn't love a bracelet?) and even a secret Santa gift or a girlfriend party gift. Or you could think ahead to Mother's Day or upcoming birthdays. Or just as a gift to yourself, as I've done. :) 


Friday, November 25, 2016

Two Quick Things (free money!) and a Holly Pic

I've been meaning to share these sites with you and finally sat down to do it. Have you heard of It's a website where you simply put your name and state in the search box and it'll do a search to see if you're owed any money. With Christmas coming up, I think we could all use a little extra cash in our pockets, right? :) 

Sometimes we cancel a credit card or a wireless account and the company still owes us money. This is where you'll find it. A friend of mine searched and found that a bank owed her $200 from a forgotten closed account and another $100 from a doctor's office.

You'd be surprised at how many banks, credit card companies, etc. owe people money, but can't find them due to a move or something else. So they post everything on this site and it makes it so easy to search. I search periodically throughout the year, as it's updated all the time.

A few tips: Search by your married AND maiden name. Also, search by all states/provinces you've lived in. Not every state is on the list yet, but they're adding new ones monthly. If yours isn't listed, it will usually give a link to your state's unclaimed property site and you can search there. Also, if you have a deceased relative, you can search their name. My mom recently found out her father (my grandfather, who died well over a decade ago) was owed a good amount of money from an old electrical provider. She's in the process of providing proof that she's his daughter to receive the money. 

And good luck! Let me know if any of you get lucky. :)
I can't do a post without a pic, so here's cute Holly Joaquin taking a nap on the clean (warm) clothes I just folded...

This is another site I keep meaning to share. Here it is:

It's a website where you can search for the maintenance schedule for your car, search diagnostic trouble codes (and what they really mean) and get part replacement help.

On the main site, just click on the "tips and advice" tab in the upper right corner. Then is will show you a drop down menu with these choices:

Diagnostic Trouble Codes
Part Replacement Help
Maintenance Schedule

Sometimes we misplace the owner's manual that comes with our car or we bought a used car and need to know the maintenance schedule. Even if you have the manual, this is a much easier and quicker way to search for when to do that oil change, tire rotation, etc. 

Sometimes a diagnostic trouble code will pop up on the dash screen and we have no idea what it means. If you click on "diagnostic trouble codes" from the tips and advice drop down menu, this will tell you. 

Anyway, this is just a tip I've been meaning to share in case it helps anyone out. :) 

Hope you all have a great day!


Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Tablescape Video and Pics

Hello and happy Thanksgiving week! Have y'all been watching all the Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel? Oh my goodness, I think I still have 5 or 6 in my dvr queue. Love those movies!

We're hosting Thanksgiving here, so this week will be busy for me with lots of meal prep and cleaning. I love it all!

So today I'm back to share my Thanksgiving tablescape with you. I'm including the video I posted on YouTube as well as some still shots to go with it. Enjoy!

Don't forget you can click on the square on the bottom right of the video to watch it in full screen. Also, if you click on the words "YouTube" at the bottom of the video, it'll open it up on the YouTube site and from there, you can click the "subscribe" button to subscribe to my videos. That way, they'll be delivered to your inbox as soon as I post them. :) 

You'll notice I'm sharing several ways to do a place setting this year. The one below is my favorite...

This is a fun idea of putting the silverware in a little burlap sack. 

An easy centerpiece with a pumpkin (spray painted white), mini orange pumpkins, candles, and a fall garland wrapped around the base. (a wreath would work too)

Another idea with the silverware tied together with orange and white baker's twine. I added a chalkboard tag (from Target dollar spot)

And that's it! Wishing you all a safe and fun Thanksgiving with family and friends! xoxo

P.S. Don't forget to thaw those turkeys in the fridge. :)


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Finally...Some Organization for my Jewelry

I've been wanting/needing to organize my jewelry for a long time. I was reminded of this again last week when I was looking for something in my jewelry box and came across several things I didn't even know I had. Everything was so stuffed in there, things would fall to the bottom only to be forgotten about.

I used to have a few command hooks inside the linen closet door in my bathroom. It was a convenient way to hang a few necklaces, but quickly became disorganized when I kept hanging more and more necklaces on top of one another. They would get tangled and I still couldn't really see everything I had. 

I counted everything up and I had about 40 necklaces and just as many earrings, as well as various bracelets, watches and yes...even a toe ring. Lol! 

So, we went to The Container Store this weekend and it didn't disappoint. I could spend hours in there, and I pretty much did. 

Here's what I came home with...

I got two of those cute jewelry organizers that look like a little black dress. Oh, and I also picked up a few scoops for my kitchen canisters for $1.50.

As you can see, each "dress" has 33 pockets on one side and 17 loops for storing necklaces on the other. I like that the loops are velcro, which makes it so easy to grab something. Other ones had snaps and I didn't think I'd have the patience for that. Ha! 

They also have a swivel hook at the top, so you can easily flip it around from one side to the other without removing it from the closet rod, or wherever you hang it. 

Here's what mine looked like when I finished organizing everything...

The front side...

And the back side...

Jewelry organizers: $9.99 each at The Container Store

I still use my jewelry box for several things, but this really helped me to actually see most everything I have at a glance. 

Oh, and here's a look back at my old system. Pretty barbaric compared to the new organized one...

P.S. That's my recipe for homemade eye makeup remover on that little sticky note. Equal parts water, baby wash, and olive oil.

How do you organize your jewelry? I never leave the house without earrings and usually a necklace too. The only downside to this new storage system is that now it takes me longer to get ready in the mornings because now that everything is clearly displayed, I have a hard time deciding what jewelry to wear. Almost too many choices. Almost. ;) 


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