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5 things I'm Loving This Week

Happy Friday, friends. I'm really looking forward to the long weekend and having an extra day to spend with Sophia! I wanted to share 5 things I'm loving this week - maybe this will turn into a weekly series, maybe it'll be a monthly one, who knows! 

1. My Air Fryer (comes in 4 colors) || This has been a game changing dinner maker for us! I absolutely love it and while we've only made a handful of things including fries, Brussels sprouts and salmon, I can't wait to share all my favorite Air Fryer recipes after we've used it for a few months! I bought this book to get recipe ideas and then proceeded to tag almost every recipe as one to try!
2. Spinning Out || I know that I just shared a lot of shows to add to your next binge watching list, but I'm adding one more to the list - Spinning Out on Netflix. Highly addictive show about competitive figure skating and tackles some pretty serious issues like substance abuse and mental disorders. You'll find yourself saying toe-pick over and over and not really knowing why! I really hope they renew it for another season, just like we just found out You is coming back for Season 3! 
3.Booking Travel || This happened earlier in the month but I have two trips already planned for this year they will be here before I know it! Gary and I are going to Portugal for a long weekend getaway in March (just the two of us) and then in April I'm taking my sister to Nantucket for the weekend to celebrate her birthday a few months early! I've been planning what we're going to do, see and eat for each of these trips this week and it's getting me very excited! 
4. All of the brights || I bought this neon yellow sweater on super sale at Gap over the weekend and put it on straight away - channeling spring as best as I can! Also non-stop wearing the tote I mentioned in my post earlier this week - it's fits so much and is my new every day bag!
5. Blue Light Glasses || I've been wearing these blue light glasses a lot this past week because of how much spreadsheet work I had to do and it's been a game changer in relieving headaches from staring at the computer for hours at a time! I've had these for a year and while I don't wear them every time I'm on the computer, but I notice a difference when I actually do wear them! It's a great $15 purchase!

Probably the most random post I've had in a while, but these are truly 5 things that I'm absolutely loving this week! Also, really enjoyed this post on The Every Mom! I hope you all have an amazing long weekend!

Recent Amazon Purchases | January

It probably feels like there is an Amazon post weekly on the blog and that's due in large part to the fact that I order from Amazon nearly every other day. Between random things I find to items we need for daycare, there is always something that is on it's way to our house via Amazon! Not sure how we survived before Amazon. 
  • Food Pouch Tops || Emily from Two Peas in a Prada mentioned this on her stories and since we love pouches in our household, I decided to give these a try. For anyone that has ever given their child a food pouch only to turn around for one second and then see that the entire contents of the pouch have found there way to every surface except for your child's mouth - these were made for you. I don't know what sort of wizard magic they are made with, but somehow they are spill proof and will only let out pouch contents if your child actually eats it! 
  • Soft Tote || I randomly found this great tote and quickly ordered it when I saw that it had some Gucci-esque elements. I call it my "Fucci." I have gotten more compliments on this bag than anything in the last few weeks and it fits so much. I also love the little pouch that comes connected to it because I put a few lip glosses, a pen and other little things in there! Comes in a few colors and is great quality! 
  • Calligraphy supplies || I already mentioned the pens and book that I purchased for learning calligraphy and it's been great. For those of you that love to write in planners, these pens are actually incredible and don't bleed through paper!
  • Amazon Elderberry Vitamins || I take elderberry every single day and I found a great option via Amazon Elements. Like I said previously, whether it actually helps with my immunity to germs is up in the air, but I'll take anything that will help me avoid getting sick, or my perception of getting sick! 
  • Mitten Clips || Sophia refuses to wear her mittens / gloves so the teachers at her daycare requested that we purchase some clips for her. Wouldn't you know, since we added these to her jacket she doesn't take her mittens off as often. Only needed if you live in cold climates! 
  • Snow Pants || Another one of those items that I didn't realize we needed until daycare asked for it were these snow pants. The reason I opted for the pants instead of the full suit is the ease at which you can get them on. I put these over her pants whenever we're going outside and it's below freezing. They are comfy for her to walk in and not so bulky that she's annoyed by them. She actually looks so adorable and like a little skier! Kids grow out of these types of clothes so fast so I didn't want to spend a ton and for $20 these keep her warm and are water resistant! 
  • Snow Shoes || Add these to the list of things a toddler needs in the winter, but also the cutest snow shoes I ever did see! They come in a few different color options and they keep Sophia's feet super warm. Plus they are so easy to get on with a Velcro strap. 
  • Make your own capsules || We have a Nespresso machine but Gary also like fresh ground coffee and we had a lot given to us as gifts. Gary found this tool to make your own capsules using Nespresso pods and it's genius! It took him about 10 minutes to fill the pods and fresh coffee was ready to go! 
  • Fridge Magnet Letter Set || This was a gift we got for Sophia and she absolutely loves it. It sticks to the fridge and is great for kids learning the alphabet, plus it helps them figure out how to get the letters into the little spot so that the music plays. I will say the songs get stuck in your head and you find yourself singing them even when the kids aren't around!
  • Accordion File Folder || I'm one of those people that doesn't like to throw memorable pieces out - cards, letters, anything that we may need one day. So when Sophia started bringing home artwork from daycare I couldn't bring myself to throw any away yet. I got this expanding file folder and for each month of the year I put her artwork into the corresponding tab. At the end of the year, I'm going to send it in to Artkive and have it turned into a book and then I can get rid of the paper. These file folders are really handy for just about anything!

Have you made any fun Amazon purchases recently?

Current Skincare Favorites

Hello, hello friends! This weekend certainly whizzed on by and with really bizarre weather for us here in Boston - almost hitting 70 degrees in January, pretty unheard of, but no complaints. I wanted to dish on some recent skincare favorites that have been leaving my skin feeling very refreshed and glowy! I still struggle with fine lines and the dreaded "11's" - you know that area in between your eyebrows that when furrowed look like the number "11" - but I'm trying all the products to help reduce those!
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  • Beauty Bio Paint and Peel Mask || This is my first Beauty Bio product, but after using this mask for close to a month, it will not be my last. This is also the first time I've used a mask that you  get to peel off and there is something so satisfying to peeling. If you've ever gotten a sunburn and start to peel, you know what I'm talking about! My skin legitimately glows after using this mask and I love it so much that I have to remember not to over do it so I limit myself to twice a week with this! I also really like that applicator brush that it comes with to apply the mask - no mess and nothing gets on your hands. 
  • Summer Fridays R + R Mask || It feels like whatever the women from Summer Friday's put out, I need to try. First it was their Jet Set Mask and now it's this revitalizing mask. I know a lot of people are into clean beauty and this is one of the certified clean brands at Sephora! The ground up wild rose powder is what gently scrubs your dead skin away and after it's been lathered on your face for 10 minutes, you wash it off to reveal bright and glowy skin. Every time I use this mask, which is once a week, Gary always compliments my skin after!
  • Sephora Nourishing Moisturizer || This was a random purchase for me during one of their VIB sales and when I saw that it was a Sephora Product and certified clean plus a $16 price tag, I scooped it up. I use this moisturizer nightly and I can't get enough of how the whipped moisturizer makes my skin feel, especially when I wake up in the morning and my face feels nice and plump! The main three ingredients are avocado oil, marula oil and rose hip seed oil, which nourish, repair and soften the skin! All three things I need more of for my face!
  • Laneige Lip Mask || If you haven't bought into the lip mask yet, I understand the hesitation, but not only will you save your lips from being chapped, you will wake up in the morning and feel how soft your lips are! That's a win, win for me!
  • Supergoop Daily Moisturizer || Regardless of the season, I always use a moisturizer with an SPF and this one by Supergoop has 40 SPF. I've been using it since the summer and it's light enough to go on before the rest of my makeup and doesn't leave my face feeling greasy. Another clean product for those of you looking to make any changes. 
  • Makeup Eraser || The hype that this handy makeup towel gets is definitely worth it! It removes all your makeup with just water! It's honestly a miracle product that must have magical powers because I still don't understand how these fibers on the cloth pick up all your makeup, but they do. I got this for Christmas and use a few times a week to remove my makeup. The biggest test was for my NYE makeup which included fake lashes and waterproof liner - it removed it all. Never travelling without this thing either because so often I forget makeup wipes and have to use soap and water which leaves those wonderful dark rings around my eyes from mascara - not anymore! 
  • Aveeno Foaming Cleanser || I've stopped using my beloved St. Ives facial scrub after I read how bad the ground up shells were for your face - whoops! Since then I've been loving all Aveeno products, but especially their foaming cleanser for when I wash my face in the shower. I use this every day and it's so light on my face and removes all my makeup! This is one of my favorite drug store purchases! If it's good for Jennifer Aniston, it's good for me!

What skincare products are you loving right now?

A Year of Learning, Growing and Trying New Things

We made it through the first full week of the new year, friends! How was it for you?! It was chock full of meetings and lots of yearly planning at work, coupled with doing some things for myself, so I felt quite productive! Perhaps it's because I did something out of my comfort zone last year by going for more education in a certificate program, but it fueled my desire to learn. Learning or trying something new, perhaps not every day, but at least trying to, made me feel really good about bettering myself. I decided at the end of last year that I loved that feeling so much I wanted to tackle something new to me every month or every other month and whether that something new would create a great new habit or teach me something of value, I would be doing it for the betterment of myself. I wanted to share the 12 "things" I will be tackling in 2020! 

Calligraphy & Lettering || I really enjoy writing and quite like my handwriting, but I've always wanted to learn how to do more fancy styles. I took a class 5 years ago, but never followed up on practice. I ordered this book and these pens and so far have done some lettering every night. It's been fun and it's really nice having 15 minutes of nothingness and just zoning out! 

Celery Juice || Perhaps this is slightly jumping on the bandwagon for things, but there are apparently a ton of great health benefits to celery juice so I decided to give it a whirl. I did try this with my mom and lasted three days because I just couldn't get into the taste which is why I picked the shortest month of the year to tackle this one!

Meditation || I have the hardest time turning my brain off, especially when I feel like I need to relax. I want to try meditation again for what will probably be the 10th time of my life, but I'm giving myself a full month to practice being alone with my thoughts for at least 5 minutes. I've heard Headspace is the best app for meditation. 

Practice Spanish with DuoLingo || Our hope is that Sophia will be multilingual! She'll speak English of course and has a deep immersion with Russian because of my mom being with her, me speaking to her and also the daycare she goes to. Where we are struggling is speaking Spanish to her. Gary is pretty good at speaking to her in Spanish, but I could be better, even though I'm not fluent, I did study Spanish for 4 years so I have a basic understanding. I'm hoping practicing for a month will remind me of the things I've forgotten also help get Sophia into learning it!

May & June  
Google Analytics Certification || Google analytics is not only helpful for blogging, but for my marketing job as well. There is an entire certification that I started a few years ago and then just stopped. Hoping that giving myself two months to complete and learn everything will be enough! The added bonus is that it's great for my professional job as well as adding it to my LinkedIn!

Learn and perfect new braid styles || This may sound silly, but I only know how to do a regular braid and a fishtail braid. I have wanted to learn how to do a french braid, dutch braid and any other braid styl. I think it will be fun to do new things with my hair, but also I'll get to practice on Sophia since her hair is getting so long! 

Read how to Skimm Your Life || I'm a huge fan of the Skimm morning emails and their podcast, so when I found out that they wrote a book, I wanted to read it, but haven't found the time. The topics they discuss in spark notes fashion are everything from what it means to invest to what you should look for in your health care benefits, to public policy & government issues. It's the cliff notes version to get you better informed on all those topics you should really have at least a basic understanding of!

Learn Photoshop ||  I don't need this for my job, but it would certainly be a nice to have for the blog. I typically use PicMonkey to create all my collages, but I think learning photoshop may up the look and feel of them, especially if I decide to move the blog over to wordpress! Between Youtube tutorials and Adobe's learning suite, I think this one will be fun and relatively easy to tackle!

Take a writing course || I don't know which course I want to take yet and if it will be a business writing course or something for fun, but I have this yearning to write, especially with a book idea that I've had for years. Will the book happen? Probably not, but a writing course / class, that will definitely happen!

Learn about Tailwind, Pinterest and SEO || With a goal of migrating my site over to Wordpress this year, I want to make sure all my links work, the SEO is done correctly and my pins are correctly labeled, thus doing their job and getting more eyes on my blog! If done and set up correctly, Tailwind can really help drive traffic to websites and the goal is to grow this little space of mine, organically and authentically!

Learn how to wrap presents (all kinds) || This one is going to sound so silly, but I am honestly the worst at wrapping presents. I either use too much paper, not enough or it's so wonky looking, I end up throwing all the paper away and starting over again, thus wasting paper! 

I'll give an update either at the end of each month or the start of the next one on how it went and if there was any benefit from it! 

Is there anything you're hoping to learn, try or teach yourself this year?

What Shows to Watch Next

Since the Golden Globes were on this past Sunday, I thought this would be a great time to share some of the shows I've recently binged on and loved. Some of these only have one season, other's have a few to get through. Some are great to have on in the background, other's you'll want to give your full attention to! I'm guilty of multitasking while watching TV, but so many of these shows demanded my attention because of the incredible acting / story lines!
Netflix ||
  • You (Two Seasons) ||  There is no doubt in my mind that you've seen endless meme's about Joe Goldberg and how you can let some of his tendancies (ahem stalking) slide! You is disturbing, alluring and sometimes downright creepy, but it's such a great show to watch. Gary and I both preferred season two to the first one and maybe because I was expecting some of the goriness, it didn't seem to gross me out as much. 
  • Virgin River (One Season) || This show came out of nowhere for me! I flew through the one and only season. There are some triggers including fertility struggles, but overall this was such a well thought out show and intriguing plot. It had Hart of Dixie vibes, without the comedy aspect. 
  • Messiah (One Season) || Such a hard show to explain, but it reminds me of Homeland a bit, but only because of the CIA aspect. It's about an enigmatic figure whose followers believe he can perform miracles, but is he really just a big con artist that is good at faking people out. 
  • Good Girls (Two Seasons) || This typically airs on NBC, but I've watched both seasons on Netflix. I honestly didn't think I'd get hooked on this, but the plot of two sisters and their best friend that are for all intents and purposes decent people, needing money and respect so badly that they end up robbing a grocery story, drew me in and the story line took off from there. Beth, one of the main characters gives Book Club a whole new meaning! 
  • Sound Track (One Season) || This was such an interesting show! The first episode leaves you in a state of shock! Think of this as a musical without any of the actors actually singing, but they are dancing about half the time. Each episode explores different characters love stories and all the characters are intertwined in one way or another. Every song can be a love song if you want it to be!
  • Dirty John (One Season) || First of all, I'm still in awe that this show and podcast are based on a true story. It originally aired on Bravo and then it came to Netflix and I watched all the episodes without having to wait! I'm a huge fan of Connie Britton and I think she played the part beautifully as did Eric Bana who was both charming and creepy at the same time. This takes the meaning of "love is blind" to a whole new level! If you love True Crime podcasts, then you'll love this show!
  • Dead to Me (One Season) || Another Netflix original that was just so good! There's a twist you don't see coming and then they just keep coming. I thought each episode went by so fast and even though it touches on very dark subjects, Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini have such great banter and chemistry together, that you find yourself laughing at very inappropriate times. 

Amazon ||
  • Fleabag (Two Seasons) || I am so glad I gave this show a try because it's the most unexpected comedy out there. The main character is just all sorts of messed up and it's very vulgar so it could make you blush, but oh man is it funny. We flew through the two seasons a couple weeks ago during the holidays. It also just won for best lead actress and best show at the Golden Globes! P.S. you'll know why everyone is talking about the "Hot Priest" if you watch!
  • Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Three Seasons) || If you haven't seen this show, then I don't know what you're waiting for. Midge is such a great character and the quick one liners, funny banter and fantstic writing is really what makes this show incredible. I will say season 3 fell a little flat for me, but season 2 was my favorite! It takes a special person to play Midge and they cast it perfectly with Rachel Bronson. Unsung hero of the show is the dad! If you're a fan of 
  • Jack Ryan (Two Seasons) || The most unexpected action star in my opinion is John Krasinski and the fact that he goes all out in Jack Ryan makes him that much more impressive to me. I've never seen The Office (shocker, I know), so I didn't come in with preconceived notions about John K. so it's not that I never envisioned him as this character, it was just unpredictable. I think Amazon has most of it's Video subscribers because of this show. More than the thrill of the show, I really love the unexpected funny moments that the characters have. It's non-stop action and edge of your seat "what's going to happen" moments!
  • Catastrophe (Four Seasons) || Gary and I watched the first season of this show before having a child and found it to be funny. We watched the second and subsequent seasons after having Sophia and found it both hilarious and sad because of how true it is! The two stars of the show are actually the writers as well and the writing in my opinoin is what makes this one of the shows you have to watch! They are super quick episodes that you'll fly through if you watch! 
  • The Last Tycoon (One Season) || I watched this show such a long time ago, but never mentioned it before and I'm still upset it was never renewed for another season. Don't let that stop you from watching it! This is set in 1930's Hollywood and is based on F. Scott Fitgerald's unfinished novel. It's all about the movie industry, leading ladies, hot shot producers and touches a bit on the political times. Really loved this show, but the episodes are long and require your attention!

Of course, no list would be complete without Schitt's Creek, but I've mentioned it so many times before, I didn't want to add it to this list as well! If you liked this post, I can also share a few Netflix and Amazon original movies we've loved!

What show's have you recently watched that I should add to my list?

See other shows I loved here and here