Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Fall Favorite

This morning I walked outside and was delighted to feel a tiny hint of Fall in the air. I love summer (even long, hot ones), but I always greet Fall with open arms.

One of my Fall favorites for my house is a pumpkin spice scented candle. There are several companies that offer delightful pumpkin spice scents. You can find wonderful Fall scents at Yankee Candle, Bath and Body Works, and even big box stores like Wal-Mart.

My choice of pumpkin spice candle this year is going to come from Kringle Candle Company. I was introduced to this candle company with at the Atlanta Gift Mart in July. Kringle Candle is a relatively new candle company founded by the son of the founder of Yankee Candle Company. All Kringle candles are white and come in beautiful reusable jars. They also smell wonderful.

I can't wait to burn my new Fall candle, and enjoy all the wonderful things that Fall has to offer (like college football)! Happy (Almost) Fall Y'all! :)


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

An Anniversary Trip

For our 5th wedding anniversary my sweet husband surprised me with a little weekend getaway to Apalachicola, FL. We had never been there before, and we honestly didn't know what to expect. However, it turned out to be an absolutely wonderful trip!

Apalachicola is part of Florida's 'Forgotten Coast". It is so quaint and so relaxed! Not to mention that everyone we encountered was super friendly!

We stayed at The Gibson Inn. It was built in 1907. It has a charming bed and breakfast feel, and it even has a few ghostly visitors. Thankfully we did not encounter any ghostly visitors on our trip!

We spent our days playing on the beach at St. George Island and Cape San Blas. As you can see from the picture, we basically had the beach all to ourselves!

We spent our evenings exploring the quaint town of Apalachicola. It has wonderful shops and restaurants in the downtown area and beautiful old homes and churches in the residential area of town.

We even met a new friend! ;)

And of course, we enjoyed some really great seafood!

It was a perfect way to celebrate our anniversary, and we can not wait to go back!

Monday, August 15, 2011

My Trip to the Plastic Surgeon

When I told my husband that I had made an appointment with the plastic surgeon he was a little confused. Although I did see a tiny smile on his face. I think he was secretly hoping that I had plans to get some stripper sized enhancements. He He He! ;)

I actually didn't visit a plastic surgeon about a cosmetic procedure, I made an appointment to talk to their skin care specialist . I met with her today, and I could not be happier. She answered all my questions and helped me develop a skin care routine that was more suited for my skin's needs. She even helped me weigh the benefits of the products with the price of the product. You have to love a frugal consultant. My consultation was free, and I left with several samples. I also purchased a cream that she suggested for under $50.

Since I am a skin care junkie, I thought I would share some of her advice to me with you. Here are two tips that apply to most all skin types and are affordable!

Tip #1) Always use sunscreen. - Of course! I already knew this. However, I did not realize that not all sunscreens are created equal. You want to make sure you use a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. She stated that she thought the best over-the-counter sunscreen available for purchase right now is Neutrogena with helioplex.

Tip #2) Use a toner.- I have dry skin and very few blemish problems, so I thought there was no need for me to use a toner. I learned that toner actually helps to balance the pH of your skin and prepares your skin for your skin care/anti-aging products. She suggested that I use witch hazel which comes in a very large and very cheap bottle at Wal-Mart.

I will let you know how my new skin care routine goes! I can't wait to give it all a try!

What are your favorite skin care tips?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Happily Ever After

Five years ago today I married the most wonderful man! It was the best decision I have ever made! Here's to five amazing years and many, many more!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My Favorite Things

Hand Wash Only! These three little words used to mean 'deal breaker' when I read it on a garment's care tag. Not any more! I have found the perfect solution for delicates-Forever New.

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This product was suggested to me during a bra fitting at Intimacy of Atlanta. It has proven to be perfect for bras and all other hand wash only garments. I even use it on my cute embellished tees!

Forever New makes hand washing garments easy. You simply dissolve the detergent in water, soak the garment for 5 minutes and rinse twice. The garment comes out clean and smelling great! Forever New also helps restore the elasticity of spandex and other stretch fabrics. Oh and did I forget to tell you that it is reasonably priced!

You can visit their website to learn more about all the products they offer and where to buy them! Of course, you can also find Forever New on Amazon.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Just a Big Kid

A few weeks ago I accompanied my Mom and oldest sister to the Atlanta Gift Mart to help them buy for their oh so cute gift shop. I absolutely love these trips! While I was there I was hoping to run into a blog friend or two, but unfortunately I didn't. I did, however, run into an old forgotten friend-Snoopy! I just couldn't resist having my picture made with this gigantic Snoopy! Isn't he precious! Sorry for the random post, but I just had to share this. I mean it isn't every day that you run into a Snoopy that is larger than you! :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Favorite Things

It's been too long since I have shared one of my favorite things with you! If you couldn't tell, I have lost a bit of my blogging mojo, but I am slowly getting it back!

My new favorite thing come to me courtesy of my two thirteen year old nieces (who keep me up to date on what is hip and cool) and my good friend Sarah. A while back my nieces introduced me to TOMS shoes. I absolutely loved the whole idea of TOMS, but I never bought a pair for myself. To be honest TOMS shoes looked a little like elf shoes on my feet. They are so cute on everyone else, but they made me look like I should be making toys in Santa's workshop! Not having a pair of TOMS was a little disappointing!

But wait! Stop the presses! Did you know that TOMS has wedges? Thanks to my friend, Sarah, I discovered the world of TOMS wedges! I love a wedge shoe! TOMS wedges are not only cute but they are very comfortable! They come in several colors and materials. I couldn't resist the red canvas wedges! Make sure to check them out. Remember that with every pair you purchase, TOMS give a new pair to a child in need!

Photo courtesy of TOMS website