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Amazon Prime Day Purchases

Happy Tuesday friends!! I don't normally post on Tuesdays, but Prime Day is still going strong so I thought I'd share a few things that we have either purchased that are currently part of the Prime Day sale or items that I have purchased that are on their way to me now!
Amazon Prime Day

  • If you have been wanting to try Kindle Unlimited - now is the time to try it. You will get 3 months of unlimited books for $0.99 (after that it goes up to $9.99 / month. I've read about 20 books since signing up for Kindle Unlimited a few months ago and it's definitely worth it in my opinion. 
  • We absolutely love our Alexa Echo Dot (on sale for $29.99)! There are custom playlists that are available through Amazon as well as games you can play when people come over, or if you're like me and Gary, just play randomly! She can tell you what's new to TV and tell you the weather! I love ours so much we ended up buying them for my dad and brother in law as gifts as well! They would make a great stocking stuffer...I know it's only July but thinking ahead!
  • Waterpik Water Flosser || I absolutely loathe flossing and I know I don't floss as often as I need to, but my parents switched to a waterpik last year and have said that their teeth and gums have never been better! This one has close to 12,000 reviews and is $40 - thinking of giving it a shot since I wont have to do much work!! Also, I went to the dentist last week and while your gums are always more irritable while pregnant, I felt like mine were extremely sensitive so this should help with that!
  • We received this Rock-N-Play sleeper from our baby shower & while we haven't used it yet, I don't think I've seen a single registry post without this item on it! 
  • Bought these headphones for my mom last year and I can tell you they were not the current price (over $150 off)!! She loves them and the best part is they are compatible with our Bluetooth speaker set up at our house when she'll be up here in a couple weeks!  
  • This bathing suit is not technically part of prime day, but when it's $9 I feel like it has to be added to the list because I couldn't get it in my cart fast enough! Bought the fun palm print one - but it comes in 5 other patterns. 
  • Our scale broke and let's be honest I'm being weighed weekly anyway, so the last thing I want to do is get on a scale right now, but I know that I'll be itching to find out my progress here in a few weeks so I scooped this scale up. You can actually track your progress (and up to 16 other users) utilizing the app as well. 
  • This drying lotion for those pesky pimples really does work wonders! I have had mine for quite some time and always use it right before bed one I feel a pimple coming. 
  • The baby monitor we picked out, which also works with Amazon's Alexa is part of prime day. Our home security system is through Arlo which is why we decided to go with this baby monitor so everything was easy to add on and we can each have our own monitors through our phones. I love that it can play lullaby's and has a built in light to it, it can also tell you the temperature in the room and warn you if it's too hot or too cold! Pretty neat stuff!

What prime day deals did you guys score?
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Weekending | 37 Weeks

Happy Monday friends! Somehow we've made it to the middle of July and only 2.5 weeks from my due date! I have a very hard time keeping still, albeit walking a bit slower, but we were out and about pretty much all weekend! Here's a bit of a photo dump of our weekend!
I decided to take a more scenic route home from work & stopped through the Public Garden on my way to meet Gary for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. It wasn't too hot out which meant dinner outside was perfection!
Ann Taylor Sunglasses 
We both know our days of leisurely running errands and having nothing to do are numbered, so we are fully taking advantage of that! Including target runs, pizza nights & watching as many movies as possible!
One of my favorite things to do on Sunday's in the Summer is heading to SOWA Open Market! They have such a great variety of food trucks and local vendors, you can always find something good! Also gives us a chance to walk back through the South End and see the pretty brownstones.
I've definitely reached the point where I'm over buying clothes for "right now" and opting for pieces that will fit after baby is here! I found this great dress on Amazon for under $21! Still rocking the bow flats because they give my feet a little extra support with all the walking I do! 

While I love being out and about during the day, it's nice to have an excuse to just relax at home at night! I'm looking forward to a hopefully quick week at work and another fun weekend on the horizon! 

Anyone else excited for Prime Day? It's starting today around 3:00 PM EST and running through tomorrow, so I'm planning on sharing my purchases in a post tomorrow - because 2 day shipping is everything!
Have a great start to the week friends!
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Summer Beauty Must Haves

I feel like singing "the heat is on" with this weather we've been experiencing here in New England and I hope I'm not in the minority when I say this, but sweating is not my favorite thing! I'm also not one to dwell on the weather and sort of have the "it is what it is" mentality so I prepare as best I can! Here are some of my summer beauty must haves for keeping my makeup in place, trying to maintain a healthy glow and keeping cool!  
how to keep makeup on in the summer, drunk elephant serum, evian mist spray, urban decay setting spray, holy grail summer products
  • Evian Mist Spray || I won't go into too much detail on this, but it's my holy grail summer item! I make sure to have one on me at all times and it's perfect when you're feeling seriously hot and need to feel like you walked through a misting fan! I have misted this on my shoulders and chest as well as my face and it's the perfect little spark to keep me cool! I may get some looks while doing it, but jokes on the other people because I'm cool as a cucumber after I get a little mist! I understand this is just water, but there's something about it in mist form that makes it so refreshing! 
  • Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Serum || I watched a few people on YouTube and Instastories rave about this newish Drunk Elephant product and I'm a believer! I have actually been using it every day for a bit of extra glow, but if you're more into fresh face makeup in the summer or looking for a little coverage for the pool / beach then you'll really like this serum. I mix in one pump with my moisturizer for a very natural glow. I've heard it being compared to the By Terry Cellularose Brightening serum for a fraction of the cost! 
  • Aveeno Moisturizer and SPF || This is my current moisturizer that I've been using in place of my primer and what I've been mixing the serum with every morning. It's very light weight, doesn't have much of scent and I like the SPF that is already included. My CC cream that I use every day also has 50 SPF so I definitely feel covered in that department. 
  • Oribe Hair Moisturizer || While this is certainly the priciest item on my list, I don't think my hair has really every been so dry on the ends. I was able to find a smaller travel friendly option for under $20 and with a dime size amount that you would have to use, it would last a while. I put this on pretty much after every hair wash and I've seen a difference in my hair's dryness - in that it's almost completely gone away. I think a few more hair masks and I'll be back to normal! 
  • Urban Decay Setting Spray || I don't think I've used another setting spray as much as this Urban Decay one. I have it in both a travel size and regular size! While I don't use it every day, on really hot days or days when I know I have something after work, I'll spritz some all over to keep everything in place. 

WANT TO TRY 

Supergoop Setting Powder with SPF || I've seen a ton of press on Supergoop recently and have been wanting to try their setting powder with SPF. It's meant to not only be a setting powder, but for keeping the shiny moments throughout the day at bay. I like that you'd be reapplying your SPF without even thinking about it! It also comes in four colors to match your skin color. 

St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Water || One of my favorite YouTubers has raved about this self tanner that supposedly doesn't leave any stains on your clothes immediately after use. It gradually builds from 4-8 hours and leaves you with a very healthy and natural looking glow. I'm pretty much a self tanning novice, but this seems to be fool proof so I can't wait to try it.

What beauty products are your must haves for summer?
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Long Weekending Recap

Happy Monday friends! Having the 4th of July fall smack dab in the middle of the week really threw me off, so I decided to take the rest of the week for a mini blogging break and do one big weekending recap! 
 4th of July sunset
We had a pretty low key holiday because we both had to work on Tuesday and Thursday - I'm saving all the extra days I can! It was crazy hot last week so we were trying to do anything and everything that had AC but still got us out of the house! We saw Oceans 8 for a little date night, enjoyed a lobster roll for the 4th and then had a small BBQ at our friends house that evening! Our fireworks started at 10:30 PM - isn't that outrageous!? Needless to say, I was already in bed and didn't see any! 
 Fried Olives & Fried Green Tomatoes
Friday after work we had a double date with our friends. Linda is a fellow Boston blogger & mama to be! They introduced us to Steel & Rye in Milton and it was my first time having fried olives, but I'd go back for those alone! Fun, laid back atmosphere with delicious food & great conversation - we ended up staying for almost three hours just talking and eating!!
 Sunglasses I've had for 2 years - under $13! 

Maxi Dress (TJ Maxx) Sunglasses // Bow Sandals (come in red as well)  // Straw Bag (sold out) similar here
Saturday we spent ALL the time outside we could running errands before a friends BBQ! We are relishing these last few weekends, just the two of us!
We capped off the weekend with a surprise mini shower with Gary's immediate family at my sister in law's house. The desserts were insanely delicious & I couldn't get over the "happy pushing" sign! I'm gearing up for a bit of a hectic week at work so here's hoping it goes by fast! 

How was your weekend? Link up below to share!
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Weekending & Recently Read

Happy Monday friends! This is going to be a bit of a hodgepodge of Weekending post because half my weekend was spent coordinating the last wedding before baby & that didn't leave time for a lot of other things! So let's get to a few non-professional photos from the wedding at one of the most beautiful venues in New England, Wentworth By the Sea!
First look was in this beautiful gazebo
The floral arch was crazy beautiful and then repurposed for the reception. Florals done by Floral Lab

Beautiful mix of high & low centerpieces

We are in the middle of a bit of a heatwave here and doing my best to stay inside, but Sunday early afternoon we had to get out of the house so of course I requested Shake Shack!
Didn't get much while shopping, but this sign spoke to me - especially since what I did buy was makeup related! 
New dress came in right in time for the 4th this week!

If you're planning on lots of pool time this week, these are definitely fun reads!
Lie to Me || What a read! Think Gone Girl with way more twists! Ethan and Sutton seemingly have it all in their perfect house with their perfect life, but of course that's not their reality. Plagued with lies and betrayals, everything comes to the front when Sutton leaves a note saying that she needs time to think and to not look for her! Did she really just leave on her own accord, is Ethan responsible - all their lies start to come out as the investigation into her disappearance moves forward! It's about 300 or so pages and I honestly couldn't wait to keep reading the book - definitely a page turner! 
The Foxe & Hound || Another Kindle Unlimited book - this was fun and lighthearted and just a bit steamy! Adam is new to town and also happens to be one of the only available men in the small town. Madeline is has lived in the small Texas town her entire life and it shows by her tinder profile since she has resorted to expanding her search for a few towns over. Madeline's dog just may be the matchmaker that she needs because Adam is the new vet! Mixed signals and blurred lines - make this the perfect chick lit book! 
The Fortunate Ones || The second R.S. Grey novel that I've read and it was cute, light and fun. Brooke works as a cabana girl at the country club where Austin's most elite crowd hangs out - including James Atwood who happens to take a liking to her. Even though their age difference and their five year plans are extremely different - they still somehow can't stay away from one another! There was an unexpected twist that I really liked and it would be the perfect pool / beach reach! 
Hoping everyone enjoys the week and the 4th of July festivities! 

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