It’s after Christmas where everything was oh so merry and bright. Then, we hit January and we have to put a little extra effort towards creating that magic. I’m teaming with up four ladies to make your week just a little brighter with our, “Winter Blues Giveaway!” Head over to my Instagram for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Target or Williams-Sonoma! The winner will be announced here on Saturday! Happy Monday!
Happy Friday! I’m teaming up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea to share our Friday Favorites!
Earlier this week I shared how amazing this book is. It is definitely a must-read and one of my new favorites!
I’ve talked about my love for all things peppermint, here! This candle is no exception. 🙂 Best of all…they’re 50% off right now at Bath and Body Works!
This quote seemed extremely fitting for the last several days. It was just what I needed to readjust my perspective and a great reminder!
Eric and I got a Costco Membership for Christmas. I grew up going to Costco but having our own membership?! It’s the best! 🙂
On Monday, I’m teaming up with some extremely talented women for a giveaway with a chance at winning a $100 gift card to Target or Williams-Sonoma! Two of my favorite places! Head over to my Instagram for your chance to win! 🙂
Skin care. This used to be such a sore subject for me and is now one of my favorites! I’m constantly looking for products that will help my skin. Okay, let’s be honest, I’m looking for products that will make my face flawless, perfect, movie-star-like, healthy. 😉
In all seriousness, over the last several years I’ve adopted the motto, “You only have one face. Take care of it.”
My skin has come a long way. I have always had extremely dry skin since birth and it never really recovered. It was always very sensitive. Just the touch of generic lotion would make my skin burn. It was bad. I remember in second grade, my doctor recommended that I apply lotion to my entire body, every day. I took it so seriously because I wanted my skin to be so much better than it was. To this day, I still continue to use the lotion she recommended and apply it daily. Throughout the years I have added products and altered my skin care routine time and time again. As of now, this is where my routine is at, and I love it! It’s not super time-consuming, or expensive, but it is consistent and if I have learned anything..that’s the key. 😉
What are some of your favorite skin care products?
Ladies. If you are single, engaged, married, or divorced this book is for you. If you have a grueling schedule, or are as free as a bird, this book is for you. If you are pregnant, have one child, or ten children, this book is for you. If you enjoy laughing, crying, or laughing so hard that you cry, this book is for you. If you are in the best place you have ever been or at the lowest of lows, this book is for you. If you are trying to do your very best as a sister, daughter, friend, wife, or mother, this book is for you. Last but not least, if you feel like you need some reassurance that you, ‘aren’t the only one,’ this book is for you. Jen Hatmaker is hilarious and oh so wise. Seriously. Her fashion concerns are on point and the chapter, ‘Surviving School,’ well…if I could shout, “Amen!” from the rooftops, I would. This book is refreshingly honest and brilliant. It is for any and every woman.
After talking about my love for Shauna Niequist’s books here, and then discovering Jen Hatmaker, I may have squealed when I saw this. These two amazing women are joining together and going on tour! I have heard such great things about the other women that are a part of the tour, and I could not be more excited! My ticket is ordered and my calendar is marked! Check out the dates, call up some of your closest friends, and make a girls weekend out of it! 🙂
The entire time Eric and I were dating, we lived two hours apart. The majority of the time, we would only see each other on the weekends and this easily became something I looked forward to wholeheartedly. Each time we drove to see each other, I got so excited every single time. It never failed. A short time after we started dating, I decided I wanted to bake muffins for him and the guys he lived with. (Very Suzy Homemaker of me, I know). One of my favorite muffins is banana chocolate chip. I mean…banana. chocolate. and muffin…all warmed up?! Please and thank you! I grew up in a household where chocolate chips were thrown into every baked good possible. My Mom’s love language is feeding people and I suppose chocolate chips were one of the ways she showed that love. Little did I know, Eric had never tried these before. I was dumbfounded, confused, and thought for sure that he was joking when I found this out.
He’s not picky but he’s definitely particular. After his first bite, I was reassured that he loved them when I saw his face. So whenever I put some music on and start mixing up the batter, I get nostalgic about how far our relationship has come. I love how just the simple thought of banana chocolate chip muffins can bring back a flood of memories and I hope this recipe creates the same for you!
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 bananas, mashed
1 cup dark chocolate chips
What to do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix in the oil, bananas, and eggs until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips. Line muffin pan with liners. Spoon into liners three quarters of the way full. Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean. So delicious!