Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Recent Favorites

These Currently Loving posts are some of my favorite things to share! I feel like I'm recommending things I really like to friends. It's also how I get great recommendations in return! The things I'm sharing this month are sort of random, but it was actually really easy for me to make this list. It's all stuff I'm genuinely happy I bought and will most likely buy again!

I kind of accidentally stumbled upon this. I really needed a detangling spray, because for some reason my hair has been a beast in the tangles department lately. (In fact my watch told me 'Great workout!' after brushing my hair one morning!!) I ran into Ulta on my lunch break and as usual meandered around the store with no idea what I was doing. There were about 50 employees but no one ever asked me to help. Anyways. I found this spray. Marc Anthony was in my Ipsy box several times, so I figured I'd give it a shot. 

Not only does it smell amazing, but it really helps with tangles. I didn't really notice that it was a growth support spray until I got home but that was just icing on the cake. My hair has really grown  a lot recently (yay regular vitamin taking!) and this was actually the perfect thing to find. 

Marc Anthony Grow Long Spray

After going vegetarian, and subsequently dairy free, I have kind of had to completely re-curate my recipe collection. Super difficult, but it's also nice to mix things up and try new things. Many, many recipes that are dairy free call for nutritional yeast, which I had never heard of. 

Basically, it's a flaky seasoning. It has a really interesting nutty, cheesy flavor. Hence, why it's in a lot of dairy free recipes! It's also in a lot of vegetarian recipes because it is a source of B12 which most people get from meat. 

In addition to all of the new recipes I've been trying, I've been adding this to popcorn! It's delicious! 

Nutritional Yeast

This is the best stuff!! A friend of ours saw this dessert hummus on Shark Tank recently and when she saw it at our grocery store she made everyone she knew try it. I'm hooked! It's great on fruit, vanilla wafers, or even pretzels. 

I thought I had some in the fridge, but I guess we ate it all....so here is a stock photo! You can find it right next to the regular hummus at the store! 


In my latest Grove shipment I added in wool dryer balls! I've been wanting to get some, but they aren't the cheapest thing in the world to justify. Grove's own brand came out with them maybe a month ago, and I instantly added them to my next shipment. I am seriously impressed. They cut the drying time by almost half! You can add a few drops of essential oils to the balls and that adds a really nice scent to your laundry. The balls bounce around in the dryer and separate your clothes which really helps get big blankets dried evenly and faster. 

Use my link to sign up for Grove and get $10 off! I really didn't think I'd love this website as much as I do.

Wool Dryer Balls

I am not a candle person, but this is one that I seriously love! Most candles give me headaches, but I thought a soy candle with a vanilla fragrance would be the safest one to try. It's lovely and homey! I'm not sure if I will purchase it again because I pretty much solely use my diffuser to add scent to our house, but this was definitely worth buying! These last for something like 70 hours and you can reuse the mason jar when it's spent. 

Grove Collab Soy Candle

As a professional handwasher, I am super particular about my dish soap! I go back and forth between Method and Mrs. Meyers because I love both brands. But, I just discovered the Mrs. Meyer's Basil scent. It smells amazing! I am always scared to try new scents, unless I can smell them in the store. I actually HATE the MM lavender scent. It gives me the worst headache. So, I'm wary. Our Publix started selling the basil scent, so I gave it a sniff and was sold. 

Just this week when I was in Target I smelled the bluebell scent and that's definitely the one I'm buying next. It reminds me of the soap my mom used to buy when I was growing up. 

Also, side note. I can't have the Mrs. Meyers dish soap without a Mrs. Meyer's hand soap next to it. So, there is literally a half used Method hand soap under the sink until I buy a Method dish soap again. #IKnowI'mWeird

Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Products

Digital planning is still my jam, but I decided to try out a small addition to that system with a more at-a-glance calendar on the fridge. This ended up being the perfect solution for those times when I'm on the phone and need to pick a date for something, or just need a quick mental reminder about what we have going on. 

I have a lot more details in my Google calendar-like anniversaries and schedules. But this is very helpful for those times when I'm doing something out of the ordinary. The smaller weekly calendar we've used for years as a meal planning chart-and that system has been really great for us. Loving this little command center!

Fridge Command Center

Erin Condren Notebook (Use my referral code for a discount!)
Again, I am still digital planning, but after seeing another blogger do this I really wanted to try adding this to my routine. I designed an Erin Condren coiled notebook, which I think is SO fun. Customization is everything. 

Each page has a gray heading and then it's layed out like a regular notebook. I have been adding the date on the top of the page, and then making a sort of to-do list for the day underneath. I started on October 31st, so I felt like I could share this after a month of experimenting with it. 

I have found this SO helpful. I've been making lists each day differently. Sort of writing down whatever is going to help me be productive that day. So, some days I write a generic to do list. Other days I make a list of what I need to pack. Adding things like 'text whoever' or 'pray about this' has just taken my productivity to the next level. 

In my digital planning post I mention the app Wunderlist, which I still use! There are times a digital list is great. But, I really like writing down a few goals for the day in my notebook over breakfast and so this notebook is working great for that purpose. 

Erin Condren Coiled Notebook

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Everyday Outfits // What I Wore In November

I've actually attempted this little experiment several times this year! I'd get about a week in and then forget. Taking outfit pictures with an actual photographer is obviously my preference, but I can't exactly plan to do that all the time. Plus, I'm wearing and rewearing a lot of the same pieces in my everyday life. It's rare that I have on head-to-toe newer pieces. 

So, I wanted to chronicle what I wear on a more everyday basis! It was very hard to remember to take a picture everyday this month-and in fact some days I definitely forgot, or I was in workout clothes and didn't feel like it qualified as a real outfit. (I did not take any photos in North Carolina, but you can see those outfits here)

This was kinda fun! You can really see the fluctuation in temperature this month. Fall in Florida is strange! You can start out with thick layers on and then by noon you strip down because you are sweating to death. 

The first and last two photos are my favorite looks this month! 



 





So, I may try this again! It definitely makes you more conscience of what you are putting together. I really tried not to repeat pieces, but it happened a few times. I think it will be cool to look back on in about a year and see what I wore on that day-maybe I will be able to predict the weather!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Our Trip To North Carolina

It'd be a hardsell to get me to move out of Florida, but I would absolutely consider moving to the Charlotte area where my in-laws live! They moved there about 8 years ago, right as Blake and I were planning our wedding. We just love going up to visit them. 

I made a quick trip there last summer, with my parents for a business trip, but I'm having a hard time remembering the last time Blake and I went! That's just means it's been too long! His parents have been to see us plenty, but it was definitely our turn. 

Originally, we were going to make the trip over Labor Day weekend, but due to a death in the family that didn't work out. We rescheduled for the week of Thanksgiving since everyone had off work. I'm glad we did that instead, because this trip was still too short! 

Thursday
We were pretty exhausted from our drive (which we did Wednesday afternoon), so on Thursday we woke up leisurely and had an amazing breakfast. One of my favorite things about visiting Blake's parents are the meals we eat together! They spoil us, and they can really cook. 

A trip to North Carolina is not complete without a trip to the greenhouse where my father in law works. He is so proud of where he works, and he should be. This is the largest greenhouse in North America, or something like that. I'm talking acres on acres of flowers-as far as the eye can see. He is the mind behind the temperature controls for the plants. There is SO much science here. We've been several times, but every single time I'm still impressed. Plus the flowers are gorgeous! 

You have to take a golf cart around the place, it's huge!! They have beautiful 8 seater golf carts, but my FIL insisted the smaller ones are easier to drive, so we all piled on! 









These plants are sold at Walmart and Lowe's, so chances are this is where your flowers started out! It's really amazing how much work goes into something that we typically take for granted. 

Friday
Friday was the real highlight for me! We popped over to Asheville to visit The Biltmore Estate! We have been once before, about 5 years ago. Blake's cousin Staci was with us, and it was her special request. I'm so glad we went because I had forgotten how much I love it there!! 

It was pretty busy, but not miserably. The shuttle from the parking lot pulled up to the front door with one minute to spare before our tour time. I have no idea how we managed that! After touring the house we grabbed a cocktail and a soft pretzel from The Conservatory Cafe. We were going to sit for just a minute before continuing our exploring, but the gin spritz ended up being way stronger than we anticipated so we just hung out in the courtyard for a bit! It was so gorgeous out. I can't picture a better afternoon than laughing, sitting outside in the sun and having such good snacks. Plus it's prime people watching. 

We realized that our lunch reservation was in 15 minutes, so after a quick look in the gift shop we headed to the Stable Cafe! It's such a cute place! We sat in a booth, which was nestled in a horse stall. So cool! 












When we passed by this fountain, I had to get Blake to recreate this picture that I took when we were there last! He looks exactly the same, I think maybe his hair is brushed in the opposite direction now though. (He definitely went from head to toe American Eagle to head to toe J Crew!)

I remembered him being on the other side of the fountain, and I wished I would have gotten it right! 
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One of my new favorite pictures! It was so fun to get out of Florida and actually see some orange leaves. And I got to wear my Barbour coat for the first time! (I've been stalking them on Ebay for months.) We could not have had better weather. It got a little chilly when the sun started setting, but we warmed up in the conservatory before heading home. 

I had so many memories while we were there! I remembered that I had just gotten my DSLR a month before our first visit-so I was going crazy with the photography. At that point you couldn't take any pictures inside of the house. You can now. This time I did bring my big camera with me to North Carolina, but I didn't feel like carrying it around in Asheville. So you just get phone pics! I never regret the pictures when I actually bring my camera, but I can never convince myself it's worth the hassle. 

Saturday
On Saturday, after some french toast, we headed to Charlotte for something I've been wanting to do for ages! I had bookmarked The Brews Cruise when I saw it online a few years ago. I thought it would be really cool, but it hadn't worked out yet.

Breweries are popping up everywhere. These tours are great because they choose 3 different breweries to take you to. You get a backstage tour and 4 samples of different beers at each place. (Generous samples too!) 

We had Hannah as our tour guide and she was so knowledgeable. I personally learned a lot! Even my father in law, who loves beer, said he learned quite a bit about the process.

Our tour included Birdsong Brewing, The Unknown Brewery and Heist. Birdsong was our first stop. They definitely had no frills, but I think that was their goal. Just good beer! We all bought beer to take home from that stop. Unknown was a cool place! It was right near the Panther's Stadium and I can really see tailgating there would be a lot fun. Heist was a place I could absolutely hang out in! It was more like a restaurant, with a hostess. That was our last stop, and where we ate. Their beer cheese was out of this world. I am not eating dairy right now, but it smelled so good I had to have a taste. 

It wasn't until I was typing this that I realized I took hardly any photos from our tour! It was really immersive and I like that I didn't feel inclined to take pictures. 

They have Brews Cruise tours in many cities! I think it's an awesome thing to do with your family (drinking aged family) and a different way to tour a city you are visiting! Or even your home city! I was really impressed. 



I was definitely not ready to leave on Sunday! The drive is long, and it was a holiday weekend anyway so traffic was quite heavy. Thank goodness for Google maps helping us navigate the back roads along the way! 

After a long weekend of eating like kings, I'm determined to get back on track with a healthier meal plan. In fact, as much as I adore traveling, I am becoming such a homebody in my 'old age'. Coming home to the pugs and my own bed is just as sweet as the excitement leading up to a trip!