A happy Easter in pictures

Hey friends!  Hope you had a lovely Sunday.  We had such a nice Easter…the hubby and I went to his sister’s house and ate a delicious lunch together out on their deck.  It was sooo warm and sunny and relaxing!

Here’s the day (mostly in photos):

My Easter gift!!

My Easter outfit:

It was a little chilly, so I threw on this sweater with it:

I like how the belt looked with the dress!  (First mentioned here):

Speckled easter nails

My hubby and father-in-law

My hubby Picklebowing 😉

How was your weekend? 

Spring faves {continued}!

I recently talked about some of my current favorite finds, and realized that I have so many more to share!

1.  Coobie bras:

I love, love, love these bras!  I have been wearing these around the house and under my tank tops when I sleep.  These are one size fits all (for real!) and come in every color of the rainbow.  They are SO comfy and soft.  I also ordered a strapless version of the Coobie bra in nude to wear under tanks this summer, and love the fact that it doesn’t cause the “uniboob” look!  (Hint:  Google “coupon code” before ordering!)

2.  Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray:

I have been washing my hair at night, spraying some of this and my leave-in conditioner in damp hair, and letting my hair air dry.  The result in the morning is soft, non-crunchy waves – love it!  I’m definitely going to be using this over the summer as well.  This product does not have a lot of hold, so if you’re looking for a product to control frizziness or curls, it’s probably not the best product out there.  But for straight or wavy hair like mine, it’s good stuff.  It smells nice (like coconuts), it’s cheap, and you can find it just about anywhere (I purchased my bottle at Wal-Mart).

3.  Nuance Salma Hayek Smoothing Anti-Aging Eye Cream

Ok, so this is a pretty random one.  I was chatting with one of my coworkers about the onset of fine lines around the eye area, and realized I haven’t used an eye cream in oh, like, never.  I guess now that I’m in my 30’s I should be thinking of these things?  So I went to my local CVS where a ton of skincare products happened to be half off and perused the aisles.  After reading the ingredients on every eye cream in the store and comparing their prices, I settled on this eye cream by Salma Hayek of all people.  The ingredients include shea butter, avocado oil, and jasmine extract.  And at 50% off, it cost around $7 for the tube.  I’ve been using it for about a week now and really like it!  It’s very moisturizing without being greasy and feels lovely in the eye area.  I did get a teeny bit in one of my eyes and it did sting a little bit, but it has not irritated my sensitive skin at all.

4.  Essie nail polish in Haute as Hello:

I’m just as obsessed with coral shades as everyone else is this season!  I adore this shade.  Described as a “racy, scorching coral” on the Essie site, I’d wager this shade would look gorgeous on just about every skin tone.  It’s bright and girly and pretty and just right on my toes.  LOVE!

5.  Febreze Home Collection Wooden Wick Candle in Cherry Blossom Whimsy

This fragrance might be so last season, as I purchased it on super clearance during a short-lived “extreme couponing” phase last year and have just now gotten around to using it.  But I’m sure the other Febreze candles in this line smell just as delicious if you can’t happen to find this one.  What I love about this candle is not only that it’s pink and it smells sweet, but also that it completely gets rid of funky cooking odors like you wouldn’t believe!  In our house, for some reason cooking odors tend to waft upstairs to our bedroom area and stay there, and I can’t stand sleeping in a room that smells like a Burger King.  These candles completely remove funky odors and leave the whole room smelling fresh, clean, and spring-y.

6.  Yogi Organic Teas

Every night while relaxing on my couch with my puppy and my hubby, I enjoy a delicious steaming cup of Yogi Bedtime Tea:

From the Yogi Tea site:

 This blend is a soothing combination of herbs traditionally used for centuries to promote relaxation and sleep. Valerian and Organic Chamomile can help calm occasional nervousness and restlessness. Then we add Passionflower, used in Native American blends to helps reduce every day stress to support sleep. Licorice, Cardamom and Cinnamon add a delicious, warming flavor that’s just right for drinking before bedtime.

At work, I’ve been drinking lots of Yogi Blueberry Slim Life Green Tea:

 Green Tea Blueberry Slim Life is specifically formulated to help give you the energy you need to maintain an active lifestyle while dieting. We add Organic Green Tea and Garcinia Cambogia Fruit Extract in combination with Ginseng and Eleuthero Extracts to support stamina. Light and sweet Blueberry flavor and hints of Organic Hibiscus make Green Tea Blueberry Slim Life a fragrant and delicious addition to a weight loss program of exercise and a balanced diet.

That’s all the faves I have for now (I’m sure I’ll be back with more)!  What are some of your favorite finds for April?

Saturday morning ramblings

Good morning!  🙂

I like to start my mornings off on the right foot by writing a to do list – is anyone else out there a list maker like me?  It borders on compulsive, but it really helps me organize my thoughts.

(LOL I spy a dog nose in that picture!)

Yeah, looks like I have a lot to get done this weekend…but like fellow to do list lover Chalene Johnson says, I just gotta eat that frog one bite at a time!

I always try to start my day off by sitting down with a cup of coffee and writing a list of things that I need to get done.  Then I’ll re-write that stuff (yeah, I know, I already said it was compulsive) in my day planner.  I’ve tried to use my phone for my calendar / to do list instead, but there’s something about the act of writing things down that I enjoy – it also makes that list stick in my head better.

Speaking of my morning cup of coffee, can I just tell you how much I love Starbucks’ new Blonde Roast coffee?

I kinda don’t get why people love Starbucks coffee so much, other than a skinny vanilla latte, which I totally get, but can’t drink right now due to my current diet plan.  Their regular coffee is waaay too strong for my liking!

Blonde coffee, on the other hand, is just right:

I bought a bag of the Veranda Blend:

Roasting this blend of specially chosen Latin American beans for a shorter time allows the delicate nuances of soft cocoa and lightly toasted nuts to blossom. Mellow and flavorful, this coffee brews a delightfully gracious cup that’s perfect for welcoming friends.

With its calm and laid-back character, this coffee pays homage to the art of porch-sitting. Named for the serene terraces decorating towns and neighborhoods throughout the regions where these beans were grown, Veranda Blend™ is a gentle and inviting cup best served with a sunny day, a good friend and nothing in particular to do.

Doesn’t that just sound so warm and delightful?

Too bad the weather here today is not so sunny and warm.  I miss the summer temps we enjoyed a couple of weeks ago!  I’m hoping it warms back up in time for next weekend so I don’t freeze my booty off in my Easter dress.  I searched everywhere on the Express site and couldn’t find a pic of my dress, but it looks kind of like this one, except in a muted blue floral print:

I felt like it needed a little something, so I also bought this nude belt from Nordstrom:

…and I have nude shoes in the same shade.

So, yeah, this post is about the most random collection of thoughts ever, but hey, I’m still drinking my morning coffee and I’m half awake 😉

Have a happy Saturday!

Spring Faves!

Happy first day of spring, little chicka-dees!

I love spring – it’s such a season of renewal and starting fresh.  Ahhh…

In honor of the first day of spring, I thought I’d share a few springy items I’m loving right now.

1.  NAILS – In shades of tangerine and mint green:

(Pictured:  Loreal in Tangerine Crush, Sonia Kashuk in Fairy Princess.  Neither photo does these shades justice, IMO)

2.  BRIGHT DENIM – I bought these MNG by Mango brand jeans from JC Penney for $40, and they are so comfy and the prettiest shade!

Here’s how I wore these jeans today for work:

Office Wear - March 2012

3.  LIPS – Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait:

It’s a nice, natural shade that stays on for a surprisingly long time and feels nice and…well…buttery on the lips!

4.  The return of SELF TANNER!  Buh-bye pasty whiteness.  My obsession:

5.  STATEMENT NECKLACES – especially in shades of coral:

6.  And finally, sweet cheerful SPRING DECOR to brighten up our happy home:

I found this pic on Pinterest.  I love the idea of a cute arrangement with either Easter eggs, jelly beans, or slices of fresh lemon and lime in the vase…so pretty!

What are some of your favorite things about spring?