Friday, October 16, 2020

A TBSP A DAY KEEPS THE FAT & WRINKLES AWAY!? + FRIDAY FAVES #145

Oooh y'all. I am so glad to see Friday!! It has been a tiring week over here and I'm ready for the weekend! We started out the week with a day off from school which is always great for my kids but I never get as much work done when they are home as I do when they are at school. You other work/stay-at-home mamas know what I'm talking about, right?! Those kids are distracting. 😂

But I'll talk more about that below. Keep reading for my favorites from this week!! I've got a really fun one at the end!!!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

AMAZON PRIME DAY! (ALL THE BEST DEALS UPDATED HERE THROUGHOUT THE DAY!!)

Join me over in my Facebook Deals Group for tons of great Prime Deals!! I’ll be posting some of the best finds from the sale (and lots of random ones that may be overlooked!) all day long today! Don’t miss it!! Check out the group HERE

See ya there!

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UPDATE: I had a lot of you let me know you aren't on FB so you can't see all the deals so I thought I'd post some of them for you here too! Also, if you aren't a Prime member, you need to be in order to get the deals! Fortunately, they've made it super easy for you. Sign up for a Free 30 Day Trial now and you can cancel later but this way you'll still have access to all same sales we do!

❤️Free Trial here: https://amzn.to/33P6oSL

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Airpod Deals!

Apple Air Pods with Wired Charging Case: https://amzn.to/3iUKuSz
Apple Air Pods with Wireless Charging Case: https://amzn.to/3lGWf0B
Apple Air Pods Pro with Wireless Charging Case: https://amzn.to/3nKJZOq

 

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

BIRTHDAY WEEKEND & BIRTHDAY MEMORIES


Hey there, friends! First of all, thank you to everyone for the sweet texts and birthday wishes on social media! ðŸĨ° I turned 39 on Monday, y'all. My very last year in my 30s. #ouch

This year was much more low key than in years passed which is just apparently just the way of 2020. But we did have fun!

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Friday, October 2, 2020

FRIDAY FAVORITES #144 | HEY THERE, OCTOBER!!

Hello October!! 


I love October. Apparently, everyone else does too because there are approximately 4,287,983 memes about it. 😉 October means another year older for me. My birthday is October 5th (I'll be 39 on Monday 🙈) so it always acts as a kick off to all the holidays for me. Birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas & then New Years! (I still remember ringing in 2020 last NYE thinking it was going to be the best year! ðŸĪĢ)
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Friday, September 25, 2020

FRIDAY FAVORITES: HELLO FALL!!



Oh hey there, FALL!!! You are showing up right on time around here and we are so thankful for the welcome change (and distraction) as we enter into a new season! Next week, we're supposed to have highs in the low to mid-70s all week with lows in the low-50s and I AM HERE FOR IT. Bring on my favorite jeans, hoodies, sweatshirts, sweaters, booties and cute jackets!
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Friday, September 18, 2020

DARN YOU, SALLY. | BEACH BUMMER & FRIDAY FAVES.

Well....hmm. There just aren't words. I guess I should have expected nothing less from 2020. Because OF COURSE a devastating hurricane had to hit the exact place of my most anticipated vacation--possibly ever--the week that I was supposed to go. Of course it did. Because 2020.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

HELLO SALLY

Well, if you're following along with me on Instagram then you know that my beach trip got pushed postponed due to Tropical Storm/Hurricane Sally's impending arrival. 

Hurricane Warning Issued for Parts of Louisiana and Mississippi Ahead of Tropical  Storm Sally | The Weather Channel

If you need a refresher, the plan was for me to leave after Mason's football game Saturday to head to Texarkana, where my parents live. From there, we would leave first thing Sunday morning to head to Orange Beach, Alabama. (All the details of this fun trip are on Friday's post HERE.)

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Friday, September 11, 2020

BEACH BOUND, BABY!!!

Oh, friends. I AM SO EXCITED!!!

On Sunday afternoon, I will be at my happiest of Happy Places! Hello Orange Beach, AL!! And guess who is going? Me and my parents. And that's it. No kids. No hubs. Just us. And the best part? I have my own condo. ALL.TO.MYSELF. For 4 nights. #someonepinchme 

Even if it rains the entire time we're there, just having a condo all to myself with zero responsibility will be incredible after 6 months of being at home day in and day out with my peeps. I love them dearly but what mama doesn't need some alone time to regroup and BREATHE every once in a while?!  I know this one does!

#travel #vacation #funny #funnymemes #humor #friends #mom #beach #memes #quotes #funnyquotes

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

A LITTLE LATELY + SOME FALL DECOR

 Hey there, friends! Happy Wednesday!!

I'm jumping on the blog today to give a little "life lately" type of post since I haven't done that in a while. So what all have we been up to??

Well, we are back to school (in person) now and Matthew had his first football practice this week which marks the official beginning to our 4 sport schedule (football and baseball for both boys) plus trying to get back to our normal school routine. It has been a bumpy road back to "normalcy" over here, I can tell you that much!

We're all a hot mess. #MomMotivation #breastfeeding #AeroflowBreastpumps

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Friday, September 4, 2020

FRIDAY FAVORITES #140. | BACK TO SCHOOL!

50 Truths You Can't Argue With - Funny Gallery

Whew!  Happy Friday!! This week has been so chaotic so I'm really looking forward to resetting and start fresh next week. We started the week with Matthew's baseball team playing Mason's baseball team for the first time ever, which was so much fun (minus the mini heat stroke Mason had about 10 minutes in...). Then it rained and rained and rained all day long on Tuesday which has cooled us off a little this week and made it super cozy and fall-like for a day or so. And then yesterday was the first day back to school in person after being virtual for the first 3 weeks and we were ALL so ready!! It has been a very long Spring Break. ;) Then we had another 8pm baseball game and didn't get home from that until 10 and the stress of trying to get everyone in the shower, remember to charge laptops for the next day, find last minute items we're going to need in the morning...ugh. We just haven't found a rhythm just yet but we will!

But moving on to the fun things from this week! Here are my favorites!

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Friday, August 28, 2020

FRIDAY FAVORITES #139

HEY EVERYBODY SMILE ITS FRIDAY! - dave le minion | Meme Generator

It's our last Friday before "real" school starts back, friends!! Ahhh!! My boys are more excited about this "first" day of school than they have ever been before. They NEED this. Mama needs this too. 😂 Not that virtual school has been hard on me. My boys are very self-sufficient and (fairly) responsible when it comes to doing what they need to be doing without me having to hover. But they are bored bored bored and ready to have some normalcy back in their lives. 
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Friday, August 21, 2020

FRIDAY FAVORITES #138

Hey girl heyyyyyyy!

It's FRIDAY!!

Ok. So...second Friday of distance learning. How did things go this week after a full 5 days in a row? Honestly?

Here are a couple of moments for you...

-Mason and his classmates apparently have a giant group text going on so they are constantly texting each other during "class". I walked in to check on him at one point yesterday and saw him texting while the teacher was talking on the screen and snatched his phone up. Then I looked at the computer screen at all the other classmates in their little zoom boxes and saw half of them looking down at something...presumably their own phones. So he's no longer allowed his phone during class time. Lesson learned.

-Yesterday there was a region-wide outage and most of the class couldn't log on to their zoom meetings on and off throughout the day. There were definitely lots of frustrated mom texts being exchanged!! 😂 Thankfully, MISD sent out a robocall, a text and email after a little while explaining the situation and basically tell us not to panic. Or stop panicking. Whatever. So I did and it straightened itself out and the kids all got a pretty light day because of it. It's a learning curve. Things happen. We roll with it. 😎

But other than that, the only complaint is that "it's boring". I get it. We all do. But our fingers are still crossed that they'll be able to go back to school on September 3rd. One can only hope. ðŸĪž

Anyway, since its Friday, it's time for all things "favorite" from the week! So here we go...

 
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Friday, August 14, 2020

FRIDAY FAVORITES #137

 Oh my goodness. It's the first time we've really really appreciated a Friday in a very long time around here! Today is Day 2 of distance learning for my boys and although it's fun and exciting for the first few days, I know they are definitely going to appreciate having their weekend. Yesterday Mason said, "The only thing I don't like about school is that it takes up so much of my day." 😂 It's going to be a huge change to go from doing whatever you want all day every day to sitting in front of a computer for 7 hours, 5 days a week.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

BACK TO SCHOOL EVE & A PEEK AT OUR WORK SPACES

 Happy Wednesday, friends!!  It's Back to School Eve over here and although life is about to get so much more hectic, I must say that we are all ready for it! Am I going to miss all the lazy days of puzzles and family movie nights? YES. But goodness, y'all. My kids need some structure and between you and me...it honestly wouldn't kill them to pick up a book every once in a while. It's time to get back to school!

But before I go any further, I want to give a big shoutout to all you teachers! You guys are amazing and I am so very thankful and appreciative of you!! I know that this year is going to be weird, crazy, stressful and a little scary at times but please know that I am praying for you, I am grateful for you and I promise that we'll give extra good gifts this year. 😉 THANK YOU, TEACHERS!!

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Friday, July 31, 2020

FRIDAY FAVORITES #136

Hello Friday I've Been Waiting For You.

Happy Friday, y'all! I'm so glad I was able to get ONE post out this week! I had several rush orders come in from my Etsy shop and then an avalanche of teacher name signs due to ship all in a row so after I got through all of that every day, I just wanted to relax and enjoy a few hours of not having to do anything. (Besides laundry, dishes, dinner, trying to remember to water my flowers, etc. 😂)

But now I'm so happy to see Friday!!

Once again, I've rounded up all my favorite things from this week--from my favorite movie I watched to my favorite outfit (if you can call it that) and so many things in between! So let's do it!


Have y'all seen The Healer? It is so good! It's a few years old but I had never even heard of it until recently when it popped up on Netflix.

The Healer (2016) - IMDb

It's about guy who finds his way to Nova Scotia after his long lost uncle shows up out of nowhere to basically bribe him to come live for a full year in the town where his ancestors are from. When he gets there, he discovers some family secrets and realizes that he's part of this magical healing legacy.

I thought this was the sweetest movie but I wasn't ready for it to end! I felt like they cut it off right when it was getting good! I was fully prepared for another 45 minutes or so when I realized it was over. Dang.

If you need something to watch this weekend, I recommend this one! I think it's rated PG so your kids might like it too!


Oh hello, Elin! I just love you!!


We all know by now that Elin Hilderbrand is basically the Queen of the Beach Read, right? I've loved all her books. Some more than others of course but none of them have been lower than 4 stars in my book. They are always sweet, have the best imagery of Nantucket and give you something to lose yourself in.

I have read almost all of her books but I knew there were a few I missed. So when I was looking for a new audiobook to start this week so I could listen while I was painting signs and decal-ing tumblers, I saw that The Blue Bistro was 1) one that I hadn't read yet and 2) I had just seen where Elin herself recommended this book to someone on IG the other day! The girl said she'd never read an EH book before and Elin suggested she start with The Blue Bistro so I was like "I have to read this book!"

So glad I did! It is so perfect for summer, the story will make you laugh and cry and it might also make you hungry. Haha. I did feel like the ending was a little rushed and I would have loved to read an epilogue but all in all it was another winner!



You all know by now that we are still very much obsessed with our Charlie! I am spoiling this dog rotten, I admit, but I'm also constantly looking for things to keep him entertained so he won't go foraging for fun in the laundry room, my closet, the bathroom, the office... He loves to find random articles of clothing, toilet paper, dish towels, computer paper, books...you name it...and drag them into the living room to gnaw on.

Enter BARK BOX!

If you don't already know, Bark Box is a subscription box that comes once a month and it's filled with toys and treats for your dog! You can fill out a little questionnaire about your dog beforehand so they'll know the breed, the size, etc and they'll choose products for your pup based on this.

I had an offer code for a double box on my first order so this is what all came in it! Four soft toys to chew on, 4 bags of treats and 2 types of beef stick chews. (A regular box would be half this. I just got lucky with that offer code!)


So fun!! The double box offer isn't working anymore but there is always an offer on their homepage that you can claim! I've seen them for a month free with a 6 or 12 month subscription and a special free toy...things like that.  I think they change them up a lot so I'm not sure what will be there when this is posted. But you can go HERE to check it out!


I signed up for the 6-month subscription so once a month, we'll get a box of treats, toys and chews with a new "theme" each month.  They also have a one month and a 12-month option too.  

Charlie has loved all his new toys this week! They were all so perfect for him and his size. The little Nintendo controllers, the Polaroid camera, the woolly mammoth and the "Lady Liberty" crown which I honestly had no idea what that was until I looked it up. I just know he loves to play fetch with it!

The Nintendo controllers are perfect for a good game of tug-of-war!



And I think the Woolly Mammoth is his favorite thing to chew on and carry around.


And all the treats have been a big hit too although Charlie doesn't seem to be super particular about his food. He just wants it all!

This little box is so fun! It would probably be even more fun if this stuff was for me! haha Maybe I should try out Fab Fit Fun since it's the same type of thing except with goodies for me instead. ;)

Has anyone else tried Bark Box for their pup?? Two paws/thumbs up from us! 😉


Ok, so my favorite purchase from this week was kind of boring but also a necessity. I ordered these socks after I saw them on Lightning Deal (and posted in the Deals Group--did you see them too?!) and saw how many awesome reviews they had!

You can get them in 6 packs of all white, grey, or multi and they fit perfectly! Super comfy and the best part...they stay on my heels. 🙌 I don't ask a lot from my socks but I do need them to be of the no-show variety with my sneakers, comfortable and they BEST stay on my heel. #thatsallIask

If you need new socks, be sure to try these!


I think Mason in football pads made last week's picture of the week section too (or was it the week before?) but how cute is my little man?! He looks so grown up! They are the Steelers so he just had to have the yellow/black football cleats to match his uniform. I feel like he'd want me to point those out to you. They are definitely EXTRA. 😂


Another day, another picture of my dog. Sorry, y'all. #Icantstop 


Charlie had a quick appointment at the vet this week to get a second dose of one of his shots and this dog...I seriously can't believe how lucky we got with him! He may be a little mischievous but in all other areas, he is PERFECT. Car rides are no big deal to him. There's no shaking in terror or anxiously running around the car between the front and back seats...he just lays down quietly and waits to get wherever he's going. I took this one while we were waiting for someone to come get him from the car and take him in (we aren't allowed in because of Covid) and although I'm sure he was a little nervous, he was super chill. 

He was also INCREDIBLY happy to back home 10 minutes later! Sweet boy.

And one more for good measure. ❤


And I had to include these gorgeous pictures I took on our walk the other night. The sky looked so beautiful!


Now for my favorites sales of the week! I checked to see which were the most popular deals y'all had been snatching up in the Deals Group this week and there were three clear winners.

THE MOP

This mop has the best reviews and you can use the code 403THO1P at checkout to knock it down to under $17! (Reg. $27.99). As of now, the code is still working but it could stop working at any time! So many of y'all said you loved this mop when I posted it!

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THE COFFEE TEE

Another big hit was this Coffee t-shirt! Again, I don't know if the code will still be working when this gets posted but you can try the code R9D9LEKT at checkout to see if it'll knock it down to $12.49! It's been working all week so I'm guessing its days are numbered! Worth a shot though!

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THE NO-TOUCH THERMOMETER

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And this deal for the no-touch thermometer was just posted over in the group yesterday afternoon and lots of members snapped it up and shared it on their own pages within minutes of me posting. So I'm sharing it here too since so many of you were interested. My cousin is actually the one who sent me a text to let me know this was on sale! (Thank you, Kaci!) She's a teacher and they have to take their temperature and report to the nurse every morning once school starts back up. So I know lots of teachers, as well as mamas, will be needing this very soon!

As I'm typing this, it is on sale for $10 off plus it has an additional $3 off clickable coupon with it. It's also worth noting that it's an Amazon Best Seller so its a good one!


This was my second week using Home Chef and I've got to say, I'm really liking it! It's so nice to have dinner decided for you, all the ingredients in the fridge and ready to go, directions laid out so nicely, and literally no guesswork.

My favorite meal this week was this Honey Mustard Mushroom & Chicken bake with green beans. It looks like a hot mess because I didn't take the time to really get a good picture before diving in but mmmmmm.... 


It was mushrooms and chicken with a little melted cheese on top sprinkled with some honey mustard and fried onions. Green beans on the side. Delicious and much fancier than what I could come up with.

If you are interested, you can use my referral code AMANDAN657 or just follow this link to get $30 off!
One of these days I'm going to start getting dressed again but it wasn't this week. This week we had some rain and cloudy days so this was my favorite outfit! ðŸĪŠ (Old picture but same outfit.)


Rainy days at the end of July in a Texas heatwave get all of us excited for fall! So we stay inside and pretend its cold out, light our apple pumpkin candles and get cozy. Or at least that's what I do. And these comfy PJ pants are a MUST when you want to be cozy! I've told you about them before. I think I have 6, 7, 8 (??) pairs. I've been collecting them for years! 

I think these run a little small so I size up to a medium. Also, I'm 5'5" and they completely cover my toes so you tall girls shouldn't have a problem. They are only $14.99 too! (PS: Beware of other sellers that have these on Amazon. Its been hit or miss with getting the "good ones" so I always order from this listing only.)


Ahhhhh!! Look what's new to the shop!! How cute are these little skinny can coolers?! I'm telling you, I have not been able to keep the glittery ones in stock this summer! Every time I order some, I think "Oh there's no way they'll go this fast so I'll just order this many" and then bam. I'm out again. 😂 You think I'd learn! 

Excited to add these cuties to the shop too!!


I have several available in this gorgeous glitter lilac. (Shown here with the "morning" font and neon pink glitter vinyl.)


And this tumbler is actually the glitter blush color (so it's shimmery like the one above) but it's hard to see in the picture. Love these too! (Straw not shown but it is included! Name done in "delightful" font with glitter teal vinyl.)


Another one in glitter white, opal 2 vinyl and "bright" font.


I feel like my skinny tumblers, travel mugs and wine tumblers have taken a backseat to the can coolers this summer so don't forget to take a peek at them when you head to the shop! We won't be able to sit around drinking White Claws forever and you'll need something cute to hold your coffee or water! 😂


And I know it's early but I've already had several orders for fall signs! This is one of my favorites! I'm hoping to add some new ones to the shop this season too!

Fall Subway Wood Sign Subway Art Painted Sign Pumpkin Sign image 0

As always, you can see the full shop HERE!


And to end things on a fun note....

Seriously though! 😂😂😂

And that's it for today! If you want to explore past Friday Favorites posts you can find all of those HERE. Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Happy Friday!!

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