Blog Challenge #15: Timeline of my day

Blog Challenge #15: Timeline of my day

I start my day around 6:30 am. I have always been a morning person and thankfully so because my little 3 month old likes to start his day around this time too. I make my coffee, let my puppies out, feed my sweet boy, and put on CMT. Music in the morning helps me shake off fatigue and feel energized.

 

Here’s a beautiful sunrise picture from my porch.

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I like to get my work done in the mornings too. Our online boutique usually lists about 20 new items each day. It is always exciting to see what new pretties we are going to add to our store. Also we have launched our new website. Have you checked it out yet? Here (https://oaksjewelry.com/) is a link and here are a few of this week’s favorite treasures:

 

Lunch is usually leftovers from the night before and in the late afternoon we go for a walk. Look at my son’s face…it makes me laugh because he doesn’t like to smile for the camera much but he does love walks.

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On Friday nights, my honey and I have always set a tradition that we go to the same place each week and unwind. We talk about the events of the week, dream of new adventures to come, and just enjoy each other’s company without rushing to get anywhere or get anything accomplished. Each place we have lived, we had our “Friday night place”. In Gainesville, Florida it was Piesano’s, in Pensacola, Florida, it was McGuire’s, in Fort Wayne, Indiana it was Bagger Dave’s, and in San Marcos, Texas it is Saltgrass.

 

Fun Fact: at McGuire’s you have to try the 18 cent bean soup (also watch out for the tricky restroom signs):

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Recently our little family has been binge watching the new season of Stranger Things! It’s the perfect mix of fall spooky, fun 80s feel, and the adorable kids make the show!

Lastly, on nights when I need to unwind, my new guilty pleasure is a hot bath with Dr. Teal’s Coconut oil Epson salt! It’s magical!

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Thanks for reading and Happy Friday!

Next week’s blog prompt is: What’s on your bucket list?

 

Blog Challenge #14: If you won the lottery…

Blog Challenge #14: If you won the lottery…

If I won the lottery I would start off by doing all the responsible things that most people say when asked this question. I would pay off my bills, pay off my mom’s mortgage, take a few weeks off work, but specifically here is a little list of the fun things I would do:

#1: Take my family to Ireland and hear the High Kings play in concert!

This is my favorite Irish band. I heard them play live in concert when they were at the Performing Arts Center in Gainesville, FL. If you have any Irish heritage I feel like the homeland (Ireland) just calls to you and seeing this band would be the icing on the cake. I might need to add in a good Irish dark beer and Shepherd’s pie too!

 

#2: Buy a family vacation house in St. Augustine Florida.

This old city has had my heart since I was a child. My family spend Christmas there one year and I have been in love ever since. We went for a horse and carriage ride on Christmas Eve when the cobblestone street were quiet and deserted. My brother and I were wrapped up in cozy blankets and had hot chocolate and it was magical! There is so much history in this little town along with amazing food and beaches!

 

#3: Treat myself to some fabulous diamond jewelry!

You have to splurge a little bit right? Here are a few pieces I would make mine!

 

Those are the three big things that I can think of. Mostly I would keep my life the same. I would still want to keep my job and raise my son in our little cozy home (smaller homes makes families closer right?). Money can buy a lot of things but mostly I would want to buy vacations for my family and more memories to hold on to forever!

 

What about you? What would you do if you won the lottery?

Next week’s blog prompt is: The timeline of your day

Happy Friday!

Blog Challenge #13: What is your earliest memory?

I grew up in a small town in Florida. Our house was little and cozy (see picture below), filled with antiques and one wall in the living room that had floor to ceiling artwork of all different kinds. My dad was the most beautifully artistic person and he was a jeweler by trade. My younger days were spent behind the counter of my parent’s jewelry store. I watched my mom and dad help clients day after day and year after year.

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One of my fondest memories (maybe not my earliest) was the day I commissioned my dad to make a ring for me. I decided that I wanted to be a paying customer and wanted to have a special ring made. My dad played along, like any good dad would do. He let me pick out a stone to be set in my ring and he did the rest. I chose a blue tourmaline with a cabochon top. This particular tourmaline was rare…it was an indicolite tourmaline. My dad made this ring for me….

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I was pretty young and didn’t actually wear the ring daily but I remember being pleased as punch with my ring that I purchased with my allowance of about $80 (what a deal!). Years later after my dad passed away this ring became priceless to me!

 

A few months after my dad’s passing, his good friend, Sholomo called my mom. He said that he felt like my dad’s spirit was pressing upon him to send me a particular ring. I felt like the gesture was so kind and thoughtful. He wanted me to have something special to remember my dad by. When the ring arrived, I opened it not knowing what to expect. Low and behold there was another blue indicolte tourmaline ring…

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I’m not sure how or if Sholomo knew about this special stone, but in that moment I felt so close to my dad even though he was gone.

 

Jewelry is so special and sentimental. Jewelry can hold memories, promises, history and love.

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Thank you for reading! Next week’s blog prompt is: If you won the lottery…

Blog Challenge #11: What are your 15 Favorite things?

Hello there~

This week’s blog prompt is one of my favorites. I’ve done a favorites list before so I will adjust this one a bit and give you my current favorite obsessions. Enjoy!

  • Amazon Prime

I know I’m probably a little late to the game but Amazon Prime is a life changer! But buyers and shoppers beware. You order things and they are delivered to your door in 2 days. Need I say more?!? If you are a new mom, workaholic, busy busy bee…you need to sign up now!

  • Pumpkin Patch Family Photos

My little family of three will be getting our pumpkin patch photo next week and these pictures are my inspiration…hoping that I get my little 11 week old to smile or at least be awake.

  • Honey/Lemon Hot Water

So I’ve been fighting off my traditional change of the season cold and this little remedy is so amazing. The lemon is a natural cleanser and the honey sooths a sore throat and battles against a nagging cough. I’m still drinking my little “cocktail” after 2 weeks and I think I’m hooked!

  • NFL RedZone

Ok, so I do love college football (I’m a born and raised Gainesville, FL girl, so the GATORs are my guys!) but I’m not really into professional football. However, my hubby is all about it. So we recently added NFL Redzone to our cable package and I’m impressed. It’s a new way to watch football. Instead of switching channels and watching tons of games at once, Redzone only shows you the teams that are close to scoring. It’s more exciting! AND…at the end of the l-o-n-g day of football they have the “Touchdown Montague” that shows every touchdown from every game! It’s fun!

  • Jaclyn Hill Eye-shadow Palette

Just look at these colors, GORGEOUS! Also, there are so many YouTube tutorials circling around with hundreds of ways to apply these colors. Click here to check out one from Tati.

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  • L’Oréal Infallible Lipstick in the color “Milk and Cookies”

This shade is perfect for fall! I’ll be wearing it in my pumpkin patch photos!

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  • 90 Day Fiancé on TLC

This show has me hooked! The couples that travel the world for their true love and get engaged the first time they meet in person and get married within 90 days of getting back to the US. It’s great TV!

  • Austin Texas Coffee Houses

Austin knows how to do coffee and it seems that every coffee shop has cute photo opps too!

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  • Rubies

My son was born in July and out of ALLLLLL my jewelry, I do not have any rubies (the birthstone for July). Which one of these do I need for my collection? (Click here to have a closer look or to buy before I can get my hands on them ;o)

  • Over the knee boots

My favorite Instagramer, Alyson Haley, has been posting pics of “over the knee” boots and I need some. I actually had some years ago but got rid of them thinking they were out of style. Sorry hubby….from now on, I am keeping everything!!!

  • Gourd Painting

This is just good fall fun. Check out these Pinterest ones…

 

  • Lime Lush Boutique

I’ve been adding outfits from this boutique to my online shopping cart for weeks. I want to order from them so bad. Does anyone have good/bad reviews to share? All their outfits and clothes are SO cute!

  • Charlotte Russe Ankle Boots

I know that this store has very inexpensive things but their booties are great quality. I bought a pair last year for fall and even wore them through snowy days in Indiana and they are still in great shape for this year. Today they are having a 50% off sale. These are the pairs I am ordering…

  • Ruffle Tops

Anything with ruffles makes me smile. I love these tops from Nordstrom!

  • Pot Roast

I made this recipe last night and OH MY GOODNESS it was amazing. So simple and quick but a great finished product!

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(Click here for recipe)

Hope you enjoyed this post! Happy Friday and next week is: What’s in your fridge?

 

Blog Challenge #10: What is your best physical feature?

Whew this challenge was a hard one for me! As women it seems difficult to speak kindly of ourselves out loud and especially write it down for the world to read. I clam up when thinking about giving myself a compliment, it’s like I’m about to break some cardinal rule. But, I want to break that mold and boldly give myself a compliment this week.

 

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I think my eyes are my best physical feature.

 

They are blue and I’m a girly girl and love makeup so I’m always playing around with color and eyeliner to make my eyes really pop. I recently fell in love with Jaclyn Hill on YouTube. She is a makeup guru and an expert artist. She has a list of her favorite drugstore makeup products and I have to say that I purchased all her recommendation and she is spot on! And if you are a girl who loves her eyes/eye lashes, the L’Oréal mascara is the best on the market. I have used all kinds of mascara, even some that cost more than what should be legal but L’Oréal is the best!

Here is the top picks from the drugstore from makeup YouTubers, including Jaclyn. Click here to see the link.

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Back to my topic…the first thing that popped in my mind about today’s challenge was a love letter my hubby wrote to me back when we were dating. He compiled a list of his top favorite things about me. Silly I know…but when you are young and in love these corny things warm your heart. I’ll let you read the part about my eyes.

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Also, if you are wondering what the #1 thing was…it was my heart, he’s such a good man! ;o)

 

What’s your best physical feature? Don’t be shy!

 

Next week’s challenge is: List 15 of your favorite things. (this one will be fun!)

Blog Challenge #8: What’s in your handbag?

I have two handbags that I use depending on the day. I have my little Louis Vuitton Eva Clutch that is my jewel and I have my bigger Michael Kors bucket tote that is more practical for an everyday “mom on the go”. Here are a few essentials that I carry (some I can’t fit in my Eva clutch sadly…if only it were a tad bigger!)

NYX Lip gloss ~ I know that I have raved about these in some of my earlier blogs but these little drug store lip glosses are amazing. And…I love their name “butter gloss” and they are just that! I have the shade Strawberry Parfait and pick up this shade whenever I am in a CVS or Ulta. If you go to look for this shade and don’t see it, I’ve probably already raided your local drug store :o)

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Mac Blot Powder ~ This stuff is amazing if you live in a humid climate and have oily/combination skin like me. It is translucent and gives you an “I just finished my makeup” look any time of day even if you’ve been on the go for hours.

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Burt’s Bees Witch Hazel Hand Sanitizer ~ This stuff is an inspiration from my mom. I absolutely love that it is an all-natural sanitizer and the smell is very crisp and clean in my opinion. It comes in a spritz bottle but beware…not everyone will love the scent.

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Cash ~ Yes, I’m still old school and carry cash wherever I go. My hubby and I have adopted Dave Ramsey’s idea of taking out cash for the week and once it is spent, you’re done! Here are some other fun money saving tips from the master of getting out of debt.

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A Pretty Hair Clip ~ This is a necessity in case you are having “one of those” hair days. A cute clip can save you from feeling frumpy. Here are a few of my favorites hair goodies from Etsy.

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Shop this hair look here.

My Sparkle Card Holder ~ No matter how old I get, I still run into Claire’s to check out their cute sparkly stuff sometimes when I am killing time in a mall. I found this cute card holder that is perfect for either of my bags. It is just big enough to hold my necessity cards and the texture of the outside makes it easy to find when you are digging around at checkout. Claire’s had all different colors too!

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Ginger Altoids ~ I don’t usually like the taste of ginger but these little heavenly drops are amazing! Get you some!

That’s pretty much all I carry. Of course I am like any woman and have the additional 5lbs of loose change in the bottom of my bag that makes it feel like I am carrying more than what I am. What are some of your handbag content essentials? Am I missing something that I need for on the go? Thank you for reading and happy Friday!

Next week’s writing prompt is: What are your worst habits?

Blog Challenge #7:  Your Biggest Pet Peeves

 

 

  • When people are rude to waitress/waiters or anyone providing a service.

“The real test of character is how you treat the people that you don’t have to be nice to”

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  • When men think that their wives or girlfriends have “enough jewelry”.

I dated a guy once that told me he would never buy me any jewelry because I worked at a jewelry store and had enough already. What?!? I think jewelry is the ultimate gift for any occasion. A nice piece of jewelry will last a lifetime and always make your lady love remember the occasion of when you gave it to her. Valentines’ Day, the birth of a child, Christmas, Anniversaries, or even just a little memento to give her after a hard week…jewelry speaks to women!!!

 

  • Slow Walkers or Shoppers who block the whole isle at the grocery store.

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  • My hair getting stuck in my lip gloss on a windy day!

Most ladies can relate that this is one of the most annoying things ever. You did your hair and are wearing a new lip gloss only to have it smeared on your cheek and a strand of sticky hair all day.

 

  • When you finally are hanging out with someone you haven’t seen in a while and they are on their phone the whole time.

No, thank you for letting me watch you text the whole time we hang out, I would hate to bore you with my company. Just being on your phone in general around friends and family is annoying. It reminds me of a little mom and pop ice cream shop I went to in Indiana. On Wednesdays they have a no phone challenge. If you are not on your phone while sitting at the tables, you get a free scoop of ice cream. They had a basket in the middle of the table for you to place your cellphone and some conversation starter cards if you needed help on what to discuss. I thought this was brilliant!

 

Those are just a few of my pet peeves, what are some of your biggest ones? Hope your Friday is going well and I’ll leave you with next week’s challenge: What’s in your handbag?

Blog Challenge #5: 10 Songs You Love

Blog Challenge #5: 10 Songs You Love

This week we are continuing our blog challenge with 10 songs we love. Music has always been a big part of my life. I took piano lessons for many many years growing up, made mixed CDs for friends/family whenever I could (back when mixed CDs were cool), and even recently I had a playlist going on my phone during the birth of my son. Different songs can take you back to a distant memory of your youth or they can create a mood for a special event.

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Without further ado, here are just 10 of my favorites:

  1. Forever Young – Bob Dylan
  2. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  3. You are the Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne
  4. Something Beautiful – NEEDTOBREATHE
  5. How Many Times – Ryan Montbleau
  6. The Parting Glass – The High Kings
  7. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
  8. Something – Beatles
  9. Amazing Grace – Sung a capella by anyone with an exceptional voice
  10. Because I Knew You – Wicked Broadway Musical

 

These songs show who I am, maybe more so than what I could write in words. The love of my father’s classics, the wedding song of my parents that I can still see them slow dancing to in the dark kitchen of our tiny home, the first song my hubby sang to me (in the best voice he could) when we were dating, the song that got me through a hard time in my late twenties, the song to celebrate my Irish roots, a fun memory of a musical, and a classic that can always bring me to tears.

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What are some songs that road-map your life or memories? I would love to listen to them and am always in search of my next favorite song!

Next weeks challenge will be: Your 5 senses right now

Thank you so much for reading!

Blog Challenge #2:   20 Random Fun Facts About Me

Blog Challenge #2:   20 Random Fun Facts About Me

1)    Sparkle is my favorite color. (diamonds especially, which are my birthstone) ~ click here to shop

2)    I lived in Guam for over 2 years.

3)    I love boots/booties (check out these stunners that are on sale now as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) ~ click here to shop

4)    I have always loved antique furniture ever since I was a kid. (this dresser has been mine since I was a teenager and always makes me think it should be in a Disney princess’ room)

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5)    Forever 21 and stores that have too many options stress me out.

6)    I start my mornings out by drinking 16oz of water first thing. (check out these health benefits)

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7)    Going out to new restaurants is my favorite hobby.

8)    I love the beach but do not like going in the water.

9)    My hubby and I watch Shark Week every year. (even the ridiculous shows like Michael Phelps vs the Great White Shark)

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10) I get stuck in ruts. (I’ll wear the same jewelry for a week, cook the same dinners over and over, and use the same hair/face products for years)

11) I have snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

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Photo credit: www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Travel-Photo-Ideas

12) I could watch “Say Yes to the Dress” all day and still want more! (the new UK version is awesome by the way!)

13) I always spend at least $50 at Target no matter what.

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14) My biggest pet peeve is when people say “Irregardless” (that’s not a word)

15) Colored pens are my jam! (I love matching greeting cards with coordinating pen colors)

16) I am always worried that I will run out of coffee creamer so I usually have 2-3 bottles at one time (whenever I move to a new place, this is usually the first purchase and item in my fridge)

17) I’ve never had any cavities in my teeth.

18) Anytime a restaurant has shrimp and grits on the menu I have to order it.

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19) Cats scare me.

20) I love white sports cars. (I get this from my dad who restored this white Porsche when I was little)

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I challenge you to give me 20 fun facts about yourself on your blog!

And…next week’s blog topic will be Your Favorite Quotes.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend!