Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Currently Loving - Winter 2016



Essential Oils aren't really anything new, but they do seem to be a bit trendy lately. I've seen a ton of DIY cleaning recipes and whatnot include them in their ingredients, but had zero idea of even where to buy them. I wasn't too interested in it, that is, until we went on our OBX vacation in September. Two of Blake's cousins brought their diffusers with them on the trip. I remember thinking that there must be something to it if you won't leave home without it. 

I bought a diffuser and a small set of basic oils a few weeks ago, and I totally get it. There is so much to learn, and I feel like I'm just barely scratching the surface. I have been really impressed with 4 oils in particular. Peppermint is amazing for headaches. I love using that instead of an aspirin. Lavender makes for such good sleep. That really surprised me, because I actually can't stand lavender scented candles or soaps. I'm pretty sure that's the chemical versus natural scent. And I LOVE the combination of clove and lemon. It's smells so so nice, and it's good for mental clarity - which is great when for when Blake and I are doing our Bible study together. 

I'm thrilled with this diffuser as well! Such a good price. I've also noticed that Groupon often has sets of oils. 

two// Kate Spade Tea Towels & Green Tea Pot


A quick stop at TJ Maxx landed us with a new tea pot and some really cute Kate Spade tea towels to match. As much as I love TJ Maxx, we know we can't go in there without spending some money! Our old teapot could have probably lived a little longer, but it didn't even whistle. So when we saw this one, I caved. Kelly green is probably my favorite color and I knew it would look so cute in the kitchen. Tea towels are quickly worn out in our house too because we hand wash dishes and I try to not use paper towels. 


And how cute are my pugs?? These guys were very interested in what I was doing when I snapped the picture above. 

three// Placemats and Hurricane Vases



My mind would not reconcile the decor in our dining room! It wouldn't keep quiet until I fixed it. I liked how it looked a few months ago, but Bailey peed on the rug and we couldn't get the smell out. (She likes to hold it all day and only go once...so it was like a gallon of pee) It was technically an outdoor rug so I was nervous about getting it professionally cleaned. Anyway, so we took it out and I didn't realize how much it tied everything together. I'm still on a hunt for a new rug-but we are waiting just a bit until we are positive Winston is house trained. 

In the meantime, I've been looking for some cushions for the chairs. It was the hardest search! The ones I fell in love with at Pier One were $30 a piece...times 6 chairs. The cheap ones look terrible. We found these at Walmart and I really loved the blue side. I thought that the red wouldn't be that noticeable...but they were. And it really clashed with the table runner I had....

Decor issues like that really bother me. I'm on a mission to keep things minimal, but I want my mind to be peaceful too. I decided that I really loved both the table runner I had and the cushions, but they weren't working together. The cushions have been awesome, by the way! I find that we linger at the dinner table a lot longer than we used to because it's a lot more comfy. 

I figured that Walmart would have something in that collection that would match the cushions better. The Pioneer Woman collection is SO cute, but it's way more farmy than the overall style we have in our house. Better Homes and Gardens however had these great placemats that incorporated all the colors I was hoping for. (Including the color of our bar cart/dresser) And! I found these awesome hurricane vases that matched something I already owned, which made for a great centerpiece. (I can't find links on Walmart.com for either the placemats or the vases!) My mind is a lot happier in that room now!



There is good reason why this is a beauty blogger favorite!! I am SO pleased with this mascara. My eyes are really prone to watering, and I find that certain mascaras really exacerbate that problem. After watching countless Youtube videos about it, I got an Ulta coupon in the mail and made the purchase. 

I can't say enough good things about it. My eyelashes are naturally really light and mascara is one thing I feel like I can't go without. Let's get up close and personal with my pores and unplucked eyebrows for a side by side comparison....it speaks for itself!


We all know I'm a sucker for any pug merch! Rifle Paper Co is one of my all time favorites, and they sealed the deal when they included a pug in their greeting card collection! I'm going to have a hard time sending these out... 

They also have the cutest Basset Hound and Doxie cards. I snagged a few other cards, including Blake's anniversary card for February!

Comment below on any products you are currently loving! Do you have design dilemmas? Anyone else obsessed with Too Faced products? How about essential oils?? Tell me your favorite blends to diffuse. 

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