Happy Wednesday! It’s time for everybody to join up today with Shay and me and let us know WHAT’S UP this fine Wednesday!
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WHAT WE ARE EATING
I tried a new frozen pasta package from Trader Joe’s, and it was a big ol’ hit!
It is Rigatoni pasta with asparagus, broccoli, and green peas in a creamy sauce. DELISH! I will definitely be buying this again.
I haven’t talked about Hello Fresh in a while, BUT WE STILL LOVE IT, and I still highly recommend it!
I don’t get it every week. In fact, I probably only get a couple of boxes once every month. But when I do get them, I LOVE THEM. They are such a treat!
I make things I wouldn’t make on my own (mainly because I wouldn’t want to buy all the ingredients), and I love trying new things and adding variety to our dinners at home. A couple of weeks ago, we had one of my new favorite meals: Sweet Chili Beef and Green Bean Bowls. Gosh it was soooooo good. One of my favorite Hello Fresh Recipes of all times, actually! It’s definitely a Top 3.
It might not look like much, but it really was insanely good. I ordered it for me and Carter to make one weekend when Chris was out of town (because my crazy hubby doesn’t eat rice), and we both gobbled it up.
Click HERE if you want to try out the service for yourself FOR FREE! You’ll have to pay the $4.95 shipping costs on your first box delivery, but that’s it!
If you decide to try out the free boxes, you can get up to 4 recipes for 2 people (and save $84) or you can get 3 recipes for 4 people (and save $119). AND THE ONLY THING YOU WILL PAY IS THE $4.95 SHIPPING COST! How can they afford to do this? Well, they know that all they have to do is get people to try the service, and they will fall in love. Many times they will end up being customers for life. That’s how it happened for me, anyway!
You’ll sign up with your e-mail address, and that will unlock your free boxes. Choose how many boxes you want and how many you need to feed, and then you’ll chose the actual meals you want from a number of options. Once you sign up, it does default to weekly delivery. However, like I said, I never do that. The Hello Fresh app is sooooo easy to use, and you can cancel a week’s meal plan in about 10 seconds. I go into my app once every several weeks, look through the meals, and decide what week I want to order and what meals I want for that week. Default meals will be chosen for you, but you just go in, edit your delivery, and choose from like 30 options each week! The variety is awesome, so there will always be something you are interested in.
I choose to have my deliveries arrive on Sundays, but you can choose whatever day you want.
Here are my upcoming weeks. As you can see, I’ve skipped both May 7th and May 14th. But if I decided I wanted meals for those weeks, I would hit the red “unskip” button, and then I would choose the meals I wanted for that week. The meals that are shown are the meals the app defaulted to, but I very rarely end up getting the default meals.
The service really is incredibly EASY to use, and the food is really incredible.
Again, click HERE If you want to try out the service yourself for only $4.95!
WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT
I’m excited that a great number of items I use almost DAILY can be purchased from Amazon!!! Let’s be honest, nothing is easier than ordering items from Amazon, so it excites me that these items are so easily available to all of us!
Today I’m just going to highlight a handful of some of my favorite Amazon beauty items.
The Clarins Depuffing Mask is a new (to me) product that I’ve been using for a couple of months now. All of the well known beauty influencers absolutely swear by it, so I finally had to try it for myself.
It’s a cream-mousse face mask (the texture is like a thick whip!) that visibly reduces puffiness, refines facial contour and promotes even skin tone.
Suggested Use: Apple 1-2 times per week, as needed to clean, dry skin. Smooth a thick layer over the lower part of face and neck. Avoid eye contours. Leave on for 10 minutes. During the last few minutes, place left elbow in palm of right hand, and rest chin in left palm. Gently move head to the left and completely relax the weight of head in palm for a few seconds. Repeat four times. Then perform the same movements on the right side of face. Rinse with cool water.
And y’all. It works! I’m using it right now about twice a week. The directions say to leave it on for 10 minutes, but when I can, I leave it up for up to an hour. This product does what it says it’s going to do.
And depending on where you live, if you order this morning, you could have it by this afternoon!
Click HERE for all Clarins products on Amazon.
Thee next 4 products are products I use either every day or at least every day I wash my hair.
The Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Mist is a product that I simply will not go without. I mist it all over my damp hair before drying it. First of all, it smells AMAZING. It’s also a heat protectant, smooths, softens, tames fly-aways, and eliminates frizz. It won’t way your hair down either! The reviews are incredible and I have confidence that you’ll love it. I started using it years ago after my hair dresser would use it on my hair before blow drying it at the salon. I travel with it because I can absolutely tell a difference in my hair when I don’t use it.
The Gimme Hair Brush (I have the thick) is the best hair brush I’ve ever used. I know what you’re thinking; it’s just a hairbrush. NOPE. You’re wrong. It’s an OUSTANDING hair brush. And it’s worth every single dang penny of it’s $35 price tag.
Every single time dry my hair I use the Revlon Volumizing Brush. It dries my hair quickly, it smooths it as it’s drying, and it gives my hair body and volume. And it’s ON SALE right now!
Some will think I’m crazy, but I’m a Conair hot roller girl for life. And they are ON SALE! I use these roller picks instead of the clips that come with the roller set, because I feel like the clips crease my hair. They give my hair life and bounce! And I know this is going to sound weird, but my hair seems to be shinier after I roll it. I put the rollers in after I let them cool down just a bit. When I put them in piping hot, I feel like the curl is too tight. I put one on my crown, one on each side, and 2 in the pack.
And this is my hair after I’ve fixed it! It’s shiny, bouncy, and looks healthy thanks to the above products and items. ! I also use this hair spray (it’s a small can, so I buy 3 at a time) and it has a great flexible hold.
Another Amazon product I absolutely swear by are these eye drops. I don’t use them every day, but the results they give are jaw-dropping. Your eyes will be SO white and SO sparkly! I used them about 5 minutes before taking the above picture. I should have done a before and after, but my eyes are prone to those teeny tiny red squiggly veins. These eye drops make them disappear, and I just use 1 tiny drop in each eye. They are MAGICAL and they are ON SALE right now!
I’m dying because this robe was sent to me a while ago. I hung it on a hook in my closet, but I had never even put it on. Well, I put it on a couple of days ago AND FELL IN LOVE. The jersey knit is soooo stretchy, so comfy, and feels great against my skin (it almost feels cooling).
I took pictures of it and wore it around all morning, and then that evening I went to go grab the link for it.
And wait for it……
it’s a maternity robe. 🙂
BUT HERE’S THE DEAL.
I had no idea.
It’s so stretchy, that I have no doubt that it would work with a bump and be fantastic post-partum, but I love it right now and will be continuing to wear it! I’m wearing the “vintage pink robe”, but it comes in lots of colors/patterns.
WHAT I’VE BEEN SHOPPING FOR
This mixed media dress is 100% cotton. The body is a super soft t-shirt type cotton, and the puff sleeves and the skirt are a crisp cotton poplin. I love this dress so much. It comes in black too.
I’m wearing it here with flat sandals, but it would also look great with sneakers!
I’ve got some great new finds from Social Threads this month, and the code STMT 10 will get you 10% OFF!
This skirt is the prettiest blue and white eyelet! It’s got an elastic waistband, a tassel tie, a tiered skirt, and it’s fully lined. It’s also got great texture. For size reference, I’m wearing a small in the skirt. It would also be super cute as a peach cover up!
Here I lost the denim jacket, but I added the straw bag with tassels.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
I’M WEARING A SKORT.
I think I might have been 12 the last time I wore a skort, but now it’s like 76 years later, and I thought it was time to try one again.
I’ve gotta tell ya, I LOVE A SKORT. #whoknew
It’s got en elasticized waistband, and A-line silhouette, and I LOVE the uneven hemline. And like I said, it’s lined with shorts. For size reference, I’m wearing a small. Don’t forget to use the code STMT10 for 10% OFF!
And with a denim jacket…
This flutter sleeve dress is a beautiful orange and pink floral with a split neck, a flutter sleeve, a tie waist, and a tiered skirt! It’s GORGEOUS. First I styled it casually with flat sandals.
But look how it dresses up soooo easily with this colorful cutch and these MUST HAVE block heel sandals. I feel great in this dress! For size reference, I’m wearing a medium. The code STMT10 will get you 10% OFF!
If you’ve been looking for an adorable sweater with a little something extra, LOOK NO FURTHER!
I’m dying over these sleeves.
Like RIP me.
What can I say?
THESE SLEEVES ARE NEXT LEVEL FABULOUS.
They’re like a beautiful watercolor, and the double ruffle highlights the design and colors beautifully. The body of the sweater is white, but there is an orange accent on the neckline and on the banded sweater hem. For size reference, I’m wearing a medium. It is very generously sized (and a bit wide), so I think I need the small.
And check this out! Social Threads is now carrying some Sam Edelman shoes! And here’s the REALLY COOL part! The code STMT10 will work on the shoes too!
Click HERE for the sandals.
This trend has been popular for a while now, but I finally grabbed a pair of paper bag shorts. When I saw that Wit and Wisdom made a pair, I KNEW I was going to love them. If you’re keeping track, I was right.
They are stretchy, comfy, and soft. And they might look like LINEN, but they aren’t. (Listen, linen is a beautiful fabric, but it doesn’t always feel great against your skin. These shorts aren’t linen, and they feel great on!)
They also come in a light olive and a rust! For size reference, I’m wearing a 4.
WHAT I’M LOVING
What am I LOVING?
The answer is Walmart.
If 5 years ago you would have told me that Walmart would have been a blog subject for “WHAT I’M LOVING”, I can guarantee I wouldn’t have believed you. 5 years ago I shopped at Walmart for groceries on occasion, but that was it.
Fast forward 5 years, I have my groceries delivered weekly from Walmart, and some of my favorite pieces in my closet are from Walmart as well.
WALMART FOR THE WIN, Y’ALL.
Here are the favorite 3 Walmart pieces I’ve added to my closet this year:
I liked this dress so much, I bought two!
This one is seersucker, y’all! And now it’s ON SALE for ONLY $23!
It’s a classic shift, hits just a bit above my knee, and I love the simple styling. This tiny check is a really great robin’s egg blue and green.
It’s 100% cotton and machine washable! I love the split neck, the longer sleeve length (with an elasticized cuff), and the pockets. The fit is PERFECT. For size reference, I’m wearing a small.
This dress is the same silhouette as above, but instead of seersucker, it’s more of a cotton poplin.
This orange and pink floral pattern is vibrant and fun. It’s a gorgeous combo! Again, I’m wearing a small.
I hate to do this to y’all since they are sold out, but I still had to mention these jeans since they are definitely one of my Top 3 Walmart finds this year. I mean, LOOK HOW CUTE THE JEANS ARE! Nobody would ever believe that they are from Walmart. They look very similar to certain pairs of Mother jeans that are well over $200! I love the sweater too and am happy to have it in my closet as well (it’s also from Walmart).
This seersucker swimsuit is also in my top Walmart purchases for the year. It’s FANTASTIC! It’s got such a cute fit, and it’s so flattering! The pink is out of stock, but the blue stripe is still available! This seersucker swimsuit looks designer to me, but it’s only $24.99! The straps are adjustable, the cups are sewn in (THANK YOU!), and I love the low-profile leg cut-outs. It’s also got full hiney coverage, which I very much appreciate! The slides and the earrings bring more pink and more fun to the look.
And as I’m preparing for a Walmart post next month, I’ve ordered some new things to try as well……
I’m anxious to receive this adorable tote! I can’t believe it’s only $30!!! I’m in love with the ombre hearts and am thinking this baby is going to fly off the shelves.
This dress would look so great with the bag above!
This eyelet dress is on its way to me. It looks SO CHARMING! I grabbed it in pink, but gosh I love it in all 3 colors! (The white and black were actually sold out in my size when I grabbed the pink, but there’s been a restock!)
And I also want to quicky mention my Walmart+ membership and the grocery delivery service that I absolutely swear by.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, the grocery delivery service HAS CHANGED MY LIFE.
I would love EVERYBODY to try this service! I understand that it’s kind of a big deal to sign up for a membership, but I’ve found that it is one thousand percent worth it. Click HERE for a previous post where I outline all of the benefits. Click HERE if you are ready to sign up for yourself!
WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO
Carter made the middle school soccer team, and we’ve had such fun watching this team play. We’ve won one and we lost one, but we’ve been proud of how they’ve played both times. And I love seeing them kneel down for a student led prayer before each game.
We are so proud of this kid, his work ethic, and his dedication!
WHAT I’M WORKING ON
I’m still working on a comprehensive denim shorts review for y’all. We’re going to call it a labor of love.
But until then, I did review 7 GREAT pairs of denim shorts on Monday’s post. Did you see it? Did you already find a pair you love? Click HERE to read all my thoughts on all of the shorts below plus 3 more!
WHAT I’M WATCHING
I just started watching The Last Thing He Said To Me on Netflix. I’m 3 episodes in, and I have to say I’M INTRIGUED. I’ll watch anything with Jennifer Garner.
WHAT I’M WEARING
This lounge set is FABULOUS. And I’ve already worn it 3 times since receiving it just 2 weeks ago.
It is wayyyyyyy more fabulous that I thought it was going to be.
And it’s not just for lounging!
I saw it on another influencer and thought it was adorable, but I wasn’t sure how it was going to look on me (because the other influencer is teeny tiny). WELL. I absolutely love it. I ordered a medium because that influencer was in a small (so I thought I would require a medium), but I’ve now ordered it in a small to compare the sizing.
I actually like how this set is a super relaxed fit, I just want to see the difference.
It’s gauzy and soft and a perfect outfit to lounge in or even run around town in. I love it so so much.
When at home, this next set has been my GO TO for the last couple of months.
Gosh I love a great lounge set.
And this is a really great lounge set.
This is the “beige”, and I’m wearing a medium. It’s not too thick, not too thin, and although I just wear it at home I could definitely run out to the mailbox in it or even walk the dogs.
Please ignore the chair leg that didn’t get picked up by the white background eraser. I laughed out loud when I saw it.
waffle knit pajama set (beige)
This is one of my GO TO spring outfits. White jeans, a short sleeve top, and a denim jacket thrown on top.
This denim jacket was probably in my Top 5 Amazon finds for the year, and right now it’s ON SALE! I picked a light wash for spring and summer (this is the Azure Mood), but it comes in several other washes in this exact style. Now I’m warning you, there are some other TERRIBLE denim jackets on this same link (I’m looking at you daisy jacket), so beware. Haha! For size reference, I’m wearing a medium. It’s soft and stretchy, and I love the fit.
This hobo tote bag was a surprise to me. When I ordered it, I had high hopes, but I was afraid it was going to maybe look or feel plastic-y. It doesn’t at all! It’s a pliable vegan leather that’s very soft and it fits comfortably over my shoulder. It doesn’t have any interior pockets, but it does come with a large zippered pouch. I love it in the cognac, but it also comes in taupe, creamy white, black, and silver.
It’s such a simple outfit, but the camo pants add a cool vibe, don’t ya think? And they are 40% OFF!
They are a muted camo that I love, and believe me when I say that I’m picky about my camo patterns.
These pants are stretchy, comfy, and flattering as all get out. I do think they fit differently on me than they look on the model, and other reviewers stated the same. They are more of a skinny jean look on me than they look on the model, but I truly love the fit. I’m wearing my regular size 4, but I would suggest sizing down if you’re often between sizes. They also come in petite!
For all of you Lancome lovers out there, TODAY ONLY you can grab over $400 worth of products for ONLY $79! What you get:
- Flat #1 Brush
- .12 oz. L’Absolu Rouge Cream Lipstick – 132
- .33 fl. oz. Monsieur Big Mascara – 01 Big Is the New Black
- 2.6 oz. Renergie Lift Multi-Action Night Cream
- .23 oz. Special Edition Face Palette
- .67 fl. oz. Advanced Genifique Light Pearl Eye Illuminator Youth Activating Concentrate
I’ll talk more about the details on Friday’s post, but you can click HERE for Mother’s Day deals at Colleen Rothschild! There’s a new kit, and it’s good y’all!
I’m not sure how long it’s going on for, but there’s an OUR PLACE SALE happening right now!
Click HERE to shop the entire sale. Our Place pots and pans make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts, and it would be a great time to grab a gift or two on sale!
Although I have and love so many of the pieces, this is my favorite piece of all. I use it all most daily, and it’s not pictured below. I’ll talk more about it on Friday if the sale is still happening!
Now make sure you link up and let us know what you’re up to this fine Wednesday!