Friday, April 15, 2016

DIY Oil Pulling Tablets

If you missed my post about what you need to know about oil pulling, you can find that here. Oil pulling is something I have added to my morning routine and although it took some getting used to, I love it! The tablets I make allow for my routine to go even smoother in the mornings. All I do is pop one in my mouth and swish as I do things like let the dogs out and feed them, wash my face, etc.


Here's what you'll need:
1. Silicone molds or ice cube tray
2. Coconut oil
3. Essential oil of your choice

I used lemon because it is antiseptic, strengthens gums and helps to whiten teeth. Some other good essential oils for oral health are clove, cinnamon, spearmint, peppermint, myrrh, and rosemary.

Here's what you'll do:
1. Heat your coconut oil so it turns to liquid form. I made six molds at a time so I would heat six tablespoons. If you are using an ice cube try with 12 molds, you would heat 12 tablespoons.


2. Drop in essential oil. For six molds I put in 3-4 drops. If you were making 12 molds I would use 6 drops.


3. Pour into molds and place in refrigerator for an hour. Pop out and put into container for storage in the refrigerator {should not be stored at room temperature}.


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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wine & Wish {Featuring Hewitson LuLu}

It's time for another Wine & Wish post where I share a new wine to try as well as a beautiful home to envy and wish for while sipping said wine! It's my favorite thing to do after a long days work or on a Saturday afternoon and I love sharing my finds with you!


 Aromatic herbaceous notes balanced seamlessly with hints of cut capsicum, Finnish blackcurrant leaf and freshly squeezed lemon. The palate expresses intense fresh grassy and tropical fruit characters, leading into a crisp but lingering finish. The wine shows a precise balance of structural acidity and vibrant varietal flavors, a true expression of the season and vineyard.

Hewitson LuLu Savignon Blanc


Another season of Southern Charm is back on Bravo and it's safe to say I am obsessed! Who else adores Patricia, Whitney's mom? She is Southern charm to a t!! And so is her beautiful home, the Isaac Jenkins Mikell House. Gosh I would just love to live in a mansion like this one!

Interested in more "Wine & Wish"?
Casa Santos Lima LabMer Soleil Silver - Donner's Vin Doux

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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

Monday, April 11, 2016

A Quick Check In {Weekend Recap}

Just checking in real quick this morning! It was raining on and off this weekend and so our plan of working on our patio didn't happen... again {womp womp}. Hopefully the weather gets better and we can get it done soon! Here's some highlights of what we DID do:

I found this adorable serving plate at none other than THE DOLLAR STORE! Can you believe it?

We made this yummy snack. It's so delicious... make it! I promise you won't be disappointed.


The dogs had a play date AND got new beds

And drum roll please... I got my hair cut!!! I'm donating the 10 inches to Locks of Love and I couldn't be more excited :)

Interested in more of my weekend recaps?
Opening Day - Easter Weekend - Aruba Vacation

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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

Friday, April 8, 2016

Baltimore Weekend Happenings

For today's 5 on Friday blogger linkup I'm bringing you some events going on in Baltimore this weekend. If you live in the Baltimore area you certainly can't say you have nothing to do this weekend! Maybe I'll see you out at one of these events? ;)

1. 3 different events benefiting BARCS on Sunday April 10th:
Sit.NamaStay yoga fundraiser 11am-1pm Join us for an all-skill level yoga class from 11am - 12pm on April 10th with CorePower Yoga Baltimore's Studio Manager, Ciara Desmond, followed by an open to the public shop event from 12-1pm with treats for dogs and humans alike at CorePower Yoga! All attendees will also get a CPY sticker to take to Unleashed By Petco Federal Hill for a #FREE pound of treats. Yay!!

Color Between the Wines 12pm-4pm Join us for a fun afternoon of wine tasting and coloring, the trendiest new activity--no longer just for kids! Sunday, April 10 from noon - 4 p.m. @ DeJon Vinyards (5300 Hydes Rd, Hydes, MD 21082) Start off with a wine tasting and then have fun coloring. Tickets are $40 which includes the wine tasting, light fare and coloring supplies

Pints for Pups at T*Bonz 4pm-6pm Fundraiser with Full Tilt Brewing and Hops the Cat IPA

2. Tot Swap 8am-5pm Friday April 8th-Sunday April 10th at Timonium Fairgrounds: Get AMAZING DISCOUNTS on maternity and kids’ clothes, shoes, books, toys, DVDs, baby equipment and accessories, strollers, swings, high chairs, outdoor play equipment, sporting equipment and more.

3. Orioles vs Rays at Camden Yards: Friday April 8th 7:05pm {student night}, Saturday April 9th 7:05pm, and Sunday April 10th 1:35pm {kids under 14 get a free t-shirt}

4. Book Sale Friday April 8th-Sunday April 10th at Timonium Fairgrounds: Proceeds from the book sale support an endowed scholarship fund for Baltimore area women to attend Smith College in Northampton, MA.

5. Red Shoe Shuffle Sunday April 10th 9am at Ronald McDonald House: Show your stripes and join us on Sunday, April 10th at 9am for the biggest and best Red Shoe Shuffle yet! Every registrant gets a pair of Red/White Striped socks and everyone who crosses the finish line will receive a commemorative 5th Anniversary medal. And to thank you for your fundraising efforts, we’ll be offering an incentive again this year! Any individual who raises a $1,000 will receive a Ronald McDonald House fleece jacket.

 Interested in my previous 5 on Friday posts?
Vacation Essentials - Randoms - Favorite Vday Pins
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Lib's Grill {Restaurant Feature/ Review}

Location: 5009 Honeygo Center Drive Perry Hall, Maryland 21128 in the Honeygo Village Shopping Center. The shopping center is filled with other restaurants, boutiques, and health services so the parking directly in front of the restaurant fills up quickly. There is a larger lot behind the building which is where I would recommend parking {and going through the restaurant's back entrance}.

Prices: So here's the scoop... Saturday's and Sunday's at lunch time they serve a limited menu for brunch. All other times they serve the entire lunch and dinner menu which has a snack section with items priced under $5. I LOVE that section {I personally can vouch for the deviled eggs, edamame, sriracha ranch dip, and pretzels with beer cheese} but since we were there on a Saturday we had to choose from a small list of appetizers priced between $6-$14. All other prices are normal... not great but I wouldn't say it's overpriced either. Our bill ended up being $57 for 3 beers, an orange crush, fried oyster appetizer, and 2 sandwiches. It was expense for a lunch but standard considering we got 4 alcoholic drinks... man alcoholic drinks are expensive I think I need to stick to water! ;)

Food: The fried oysters were okay... I've had better. They came out warm not piping hot like I would prefer and I couldn't figure out what sauce I liked... the hollandaise was too bland and the black sriracha just wasn't my thing. Look how big Jon's tenderloin sandwich was!! He enjoyed his even though it was very hard to eat. His meat was very tender! I got the chicken sandwich assuming it was going to be fried {it didn't specify so this is just what I was thinking for some reason} and was disappointed when it came out grilled. That disappointment went away quickly though because it was cooked perfectly and juicy. The rest of the sandwich however was so so bland! The description on the menu said it would have honey mustard on it so I thought that would give it a nice flavor but I was wrong. I'm not sure it was even honey mustard... looked and tasted more like a grain mustard. I should have gone with the crab cake sandwich for 5 extra bucks.

Ambiance: We ate at the bar which was very comfortable but then again there weren't many people at the bar. It's a very pretty bar with granite countertops and dark lighting. They also have chalkboard walls where they write specials, drinks, and their oyster list. There's a glass wall dividing the bar and dining area- The dining area caries over the same feel just a little less casual. Lighting is dark and the area is filled with both booths and tables dressed with linen napkins. This is definitely a place you could come with family and sit in the dining area for a nice dinner but also a place you could come for drinks and appetizers with friends and feel like you are having a night out!

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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Weekend Recap

Whoooo writes a weekend recap post on a Wednesday??? Me. Life has been so busy that it has really come down to me recapping my weekend on a Wednesday. So here we go: Last Friday Jon worked a double. I worked my normal day and then came home to have a low key night by myself. Sometimes you need those kind of nights. Saturday morning we were up bright and early for dentist appointments. Y'all, I really hate the dentist and I've let my fear keep me away for far too long. Overall the appointment went well but a couple of things came up so I have 2 more appointments over the next few months. Ugh! I should've never waited this long. After our appointments we headed next door to Lib's Grill for lunch... and drinks... I definitely needed to reward myself with a beer. The day was gloomy and rainy which kind of put a damper on our plan to order some gravel for our patio area out back of our house. Instead, we just went to Lowe's to gather all the supplies we will need when we eventually do the patio {this weekend! pending weather}. Next we stopped at Jon's sister's house to visit with our niece and nephew. Jon's sister had just gotten 4 teeth taken out so we stayed for a while to help with the kids who happen to be THE BEST! She was feeling awful so when it was time to leave we packed up our little niece to bring her home with us. A few quick errands and before we knew it, it was 9pm when we were finally getting home from our very long day with toddler in tow! I whipped up some tacos for dinner and then we called it a night. I just want to say how FUN our niece Emma is! We seriously love her so so much. By Sunday evening I was pretty much exhausted {kids and running around non stop will do that to ya I guess} and didn't feel like cooking so we decided to use up some Chili's gift cards that we had laying around. Afterwards we gathered on the sofa to watch The Walking Dead! Monday morning I worked from home because later that day we were going downtown for Opening Day!! I worked my butt off before getting ready and meeting one of my best friends downtown for lunch. She so graciously treated Jon and I to some a-m-a-z-i-n-g seats at the game and we all had such a great time spent with friends. Too much beer and a whole lot of rain really did me in and when I walked through the door Monday night I literally went straight to bed. Tuesday morning came way too fast and I was up at 7am back to reality. Whew! What. a. weekend. 


Interested in more of my weekend recaps?
Easter weekend - Aruba vacation - Just another weekend

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

Monday, April 4, 2016

Free {April 2016} Printable, Desktop, and Phone Wallpaper

Oh my gosh how is it April already? Wow! Time to change your backgrounds :) Click here for the design by Dawn Nicole...

... and here for the design by A Blissful Nest!

Interested in seeing past month's free printables?
March 2016 - February 2016 - January 2016

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Confessional Thursday {drybar Sea Salt Spray Review}

I confess...

that I am obsessed with drybar's Sea Salt Spray! I decided to try it out after hearing nothing but great things about it. I have to admit though, I was a little hesitant at first because of the price tag. For $25 you get just 3.4 ounces. I took a picture with my hand to show y'all the size...


You can see from the bottle that it is pretty much full and I've used it generously on about 8 different occasions so I think it'll last me a good bit. I love this little product because 1. it smells heavenly and 2. it makes my hair feel so soft and light! I like to use the Sea Salt Spray on occasions that I don't have any time to do something with my hair {like this morning}. When I get out of the shower I dry my hair with a towel and generously apply the spray to my hair {see pictures below}.


Next, I scrunch my hair with my hands a few times and then apply the spray again. I go on with my day and let my hair air dry. By 10am I'm sitting at work, my hair is completely dried, and it feels so so soft! I couldn't be happier. Having long thick hair can really be a drag sometimes but when I use the Sea Salt Spray it feels light and airy! I'm obsessed.

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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

How I Save Money on the Regular {Get Financially Fit in 2016}

This year I made it a goal to get into the gym, lose a couple pounds, and tone up. For me, I wasn't looking for a quick fix or to lose a lot of weight... I joined the athletic club for a lifestyle change and to GET FIT! It's now the end of March and I'm still in the gym every Tuesday and Thursday and some weekends. So far so good. The other New Year's resolution I made was to stay FINANCIALLY FIT! At the end of 2015 I officially had no debt {except for my house}... no car payment, no credit card bills, nada! And I plan to keep it that way. It's not always easy but here's how I save a few bucks here and there which helps me stay debt free.

1. I shop online deals and always go through Ebates. If I'm in the market for something I can usually find it online cheaper by using coupon codes for discounts and free shipping. The icing on the cake is when I go through Ebates first and earn cash back on my purchase! If you shop online and you're not a member of Ebates already, I highly suggest that you join.

2. I buy designer handbags and shoes used. I'll admit I like the finer things in life. But right now my bank account doesn't agree so when I want a Louis Vuitton bag or Valentino pumps, I shop on The Real Real and Fashionphile. I have bought authentic items you wouldn't even realize are used, they come with a box and dust bag, and I got them for less than $500! I win

3. I rarely drink alcoholic beverages when I'm out to dinner. Jon and I used to be that couple who would split a bottle of wine at dinner or indulge in a couple of cocktails and craft beers. We soon realized that drinks a lone were costing us sometimes more than our food! What? So now I'll just order a glass of house wine or a draft beer if I feel like having a drink. And when I want a fun cocktail or craft beer... I'll have it at home for a lot cheaper. My dinner bills have gotten significantly lower!

4. I have a budget, check my credit card balances every day, and pay the entire balance every month. I pay all my bills {mortgage, gas and electric, cable, and security} on the first of the month using my checking account. Anything else I want to buy {food, atheltic club membership, gifts, clothes, gas, donations... literally anything else}, I use my 2 credit cards. I have given myself a limit of what I should be spending every month and I check my credit card balances every day to a. make sure I'm staying on track and b. make sure there are no fraudulent charges. If I don't have the money to buy something then I don't. Also, using my credit cards for all purchases allows me to earn points and pretty much every month I have enough to get a $25 gift card to a restaurant of my choosing!! {Note: for tips about credit scores and credit cards go to Credit Card Insider}

5. I joined an energy savings program. I save a ton of money on my gas and electric bill every month because I joined Ambit Energy. I still receive the same service but my rate is much lower. Plus I earn points each month that I can redeem for travel!! Right now I have enough to go on a free 5 day vacation to Mexico. Other ways I save on energy is: I unplug things that don't get used daily, I turn off the lights, and if no one is in the room the TV better be off :)

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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34
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