My Spring Bucket List

Spring is here! I repeat: SPRING IS HERE!!!!!

Clearly, I’m a little excited about this. As most of you know by now, I am not a fan of winter. In fact, I hate winter with the passion of 1000 suns. I don’t do well in cold, snow infuriates me (and makes me feel unsafe), and I count down the days until spring from day 1 of winter. I know, you’re all wondering why I live in Chicago if I can’t handle winters. Trust me, if it wasn’t for the fact I grew up here, my whole family is here, and I have deep roots here, I’d be somewhere else.

While the weather app still appears to have a snowflake or two on the radar (typical), since today is the first day of spring, I’m getting myself in the mood for some springtime vibes starting today. What better way to start off a new season than with a bucket list of spring things to do? Here’s my spring 2018 bucket list.

Spring Bucket List

Buy fresh flowers. Fresh flowers don’t make an appearance in my home very often (hubby doesn’t like spending $ on things that are already dead), but spring is a special occasion that literally centers around florals, freshness, and new life. Fresh flowers definitely help set the tone for a beautiful season. Read more

April 2017 Goals

Oh my gosh, I feel like world’s most terrible blogger.  Lately, I’ve been lucky if I can get one post up every few weeks, and I have no one to blame but myself.  It’s not that I don’t have the time, it’s that I don’t make the time, and that’s on me and me alone.  This month is the start of the second quarter of 2017 (already??) and I feel like this year so far has been a bit of a bust, but it’s time for me to get things turned around and working in my favor, and that starts with some new goals. 

Start doing the Miracle Morning daily.  I’ve started to reread Hal Elrod’s best seller “The Miracle Morning,” and I am loving it.  I’ve read it once before, but I failed horribly at actually implementing all of the great things that this book has to offer.  This time around I’m in a little Facebook book club that will serve as an accountability group to ensure each of us is not only reading, but doing what the book tells us.  For fun, even though I’m only 1/3 of the way done with the book, I decided to try doing a “Miracle Morning” this morning, and it worked!  I feel great, I’ve been productive, gotten a workout in, read, journaled, prayed, ate a healthy breakfast, and even did some blog work, and it isn’t even 11 am yet!  My goal is to finish the book and to start doing this miracle morning routine every day, and my hope is I’ll get some very positive changes out of it.  You can check out the book on Amazon.  For only $15 it’s definitely worth picking up.  Read more

April 2016 Wish List



Every month I like to put together a list of products that have snuck there way onto my wish list for one reason or another.  This month you can tell I’m focused on a little bit of a clean look and a spring refresh, which is perfect for the new season. With a little bit of fashion, beauty, and home all mixed up, these are the things that have caught my eye lately and I’m dying to get my hands on.  Read more

Spring Favorites 2015



GlamGlow Supercleanse | Tarte Lip gloss in Park Ave Princess | Jelly Pong Pong Highlighter | Nars Blush in Deep Throat | Rosebud Salve Tube | Last 5 Years | Younger | Teami 30 Day Detox

As crazy as it sounds, another season has come and gone. With that comes a few new favorites. I don’t have many, as I haven’t been buying a whole lot.  However, each one of these comes with the promise that I’ve been using these favorites regularly.  Let’s jump right in.


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April 2014 Favorites

Another month has come and gone!  Unbelievable!  Spring is in full fling and everyone is gearing up for finals, summer, and all that come with those major events.  Easter and what was left of the winter weather is now behind us.  Here are some of the things I found myself reaching for quite frequently in April.



Benefit Gimme Brow

One of my major beauty sins is neglecting my eyebrows.  Thanks to this product I have discovered how wonderful (and easy) proper eyebrow care can be.  This is an innovative fiber gel product that makes perfect eyebrows a breeze.  Gimme Brow actually adheres to the skin and hair follicles to “magically” fill in and give brows to places where there weren’t any.  The tiny brush makes it incredibly easy to use and the beautiful bold brows that I create with this product just adds a sense of completion to my makeup look that hasn’t been there before.  Gimme Brow is long wearing and water resistant and is buildable so you can decide how bold or basic you want your brows to look.  The little tube costs $22, but trust me, if you need some help in the brow department like I do, it’s worth every penny!




MAC Naked Lunch

This is an oldie but goodie.  Naked lunch is the perfect nude shimmery eyeshadow that has been my go to lid color this month.  I rediscovered my love for it when I could the custom palette I put it in.  The shimmer is not overwhelming, so it looks natural with a little something extra.  I love using natural hues that have a brightening effect on my eyes so I look more awake and this one is a go to for me.  It’s simple, beautiful and a must have for my collection.


theBalm “How ’bout them Apples?” Cheek and Lip Palette

I can’t believe this thing is in my favorites.  I was sent this product to try by Birchbox and I was really doubting I would like this because cream blushes and cheek/lip duo products tend to be in my “not for me” list so I figured this one would be the same.  It turns out that I absolutely LOVE it.  There are 6 shades in the palette and all of them work great with my skin (surprisingly).  Now that I have figured out how to blend the product into my cheeks properly, I regularly reach for these as my blush and lip color.  On the cheeks you need very little product to create a natural looking flush.  Just blend them into the apples (get it? Like the name of the palette?  So clever..) of your cheek.  You can always add more to intensify the color but I suggest starting small and building up.  On the lips these blend right in to give a great “your lips but better” type of look, with a matte to semi-gloss finish depending on how much product you use.  I have a detailed review of the “How ’bout them Apples” already posted, so head on over there to read more about this surprisingly awesome product.  I was very pleased to discover how much I loved this palette and will be more willing to try similar things in the future.


Bath and Bodyworks Candle in Market Peach

If spring and summer could be defined in one scent, for me, this would be it.  This smells like you are standing in the middle of a peach orchard on a warm day.  The candles from Bath and Body Works are high quality, long lasting, and really easy to find on some sort of sale that make them a great budget buy to boot.




Chocolate covered Peeps

By far my favorite Easter candy discovery of the year, and I love me sone Easter candy.  I actually took the time to do a Points Plus breakdown of some of the well known faves.  I’m not usually a huge fan of plain old chocolate covered marshmallow Easter treats, but something about the Peeps one is different.  The marshmallow is actually a bit denser than the average marshmallow egg, and denser feels like I’m getting more bang for my Points Plus buck.  Secondly, the layer of chocolate on this awesome creation is quite generous, making it feel like a decadent chocolatey  treat.  The best part? One of these is only 3 Points Plus!  They are very reasonably sized and come individually wrapped so portion control is automatically in effect.  All around my favorite discovery this Easter season



Vanilla Creme Peeps

Another Peeps product that pleased me this month is the limited edition Vanilla Creme Peeps.  They come in 3 to a package and the whole pack is only 3 Points, however if you can practice a little restraint, eating only 2 of the 3 will only cost you 1 precious Point.  Yes, 1.  (See my Easter Cheat Sheet for more information).  These vanilla creme flavored ones give off a slight birthday cake flavor which I find to be slightly more satisfying than a regular Peep.  I found these exclusively at Target and made sure I had them on hand all the time for a quick, delicious, low Point treat.  They also had strawberry and orange ones. I didn’t try the orange, but the strawberry were also delicious.  I certainly hope Peeps puts these out again next year.






The first book favorite of mine is one I mentioned in an earlier post.  It’s called “How to Have Your Cake and Wear Your Skinny Jeans Too” by Josie Spinardi.  I won’t go into too much detail about it because I plan on doing a full review of it, but generally speaking, this book is great.  It talks about why dieting doesn’t really work  and how putting this on restriction tends to lead to the horrifying binge that may of us can relate to.  It really justified the smarts behind the Weight Watchers plan for me.  It doesn’t mention WW at all, and this woman is very against the idea of dieting and such, which I understand, but the joy of WW for me is that if I want something I can have it, just in moderation.  Spinardi also talks about the way our body works to keep us naturally thin, but with poor eating habits, emotional eating, etc, we have taken our body’s THIN-telligence and stopped it from doing its job.  The book is quite fascinating and motivating.  Even if there are only certain points you want to take away from it and some you don’t care for, I think this is a great read for anyone working on their relationship with food.



The Fault in our Stars by John Green is just a wonderfully heartbreaking and uplifting story all at once.  I’m not going to tell you the plot, but I will tell you it involves cancer in teenagers (which is sad enough as it is), hope, love and living life to it’s fullest.  There was a plot twist that I didn’t see coming which made me even more unable to put the book down.  I polished off most of it on my plane ride to Illinois and was actually bummed that the plane landed because I had to stop reading.  A great read for all ages.  My 12 year old student gave me this to read.



LOST–  Yeah…I’m late to the game on this one, but I’m hooked.  Erik started it but never finished it, so he decided to start the journey from the beginning and took me with him.  It took me a few episodes to get into it, but once I started learning about all of these people that end up stranded together it just became a fascinating story and I HAD to know how it ended…even though I know there was a lot of drama surrounding how the series ended..I don’t know how it ends, as we just started season 4, but I’m loving the routine of cuddling up with my husband and watching this show that continues to blow my mind and screw with my emotions.

Game of Thrones–  Speaking of screwing with my emotions, Game of Thrones is back and started off with a bang!  This is the show that taught me not to get too attached to any one character because you never know if that person will live or die.  This show makes me feel about 20 different emotions all in the run of an hour.  Its exhausting and emotionally draining and I can’t help but wonder why I put myself through it…but I have to know who wins the game!

This is legitimately how I feel after each week that this actually happens.  I’ve had my heart broken several times already, but my true favorite still lives.

And to finish it off I have a Youtuber/Blogger favorite: Jen Ross from   She lives out where I used to, which is fun for me because watching her vlogs and such I know the mall she shops at (as I worked there for a year or so) and probably passed her on the street.  She is a successful blogger, you tuber and stay at home housewife, which is exactly the goal I have for myself once Erik and I move to where his full time job takes us.  She’s a kind hearted, good natured woman who is very easy for me to look up to.  Thanks, Jen, for just being you! You can check her out both on Youtube and on her blog.  

That’s it for April!  Comment below and let me know what things you’ve been loving so far this spring!  Below is the corresponding Youtube video I did where you can hear me talk a bit more about all of these things.  Happy May!!