Manicures and Snow Days!

It’s a SNOW DAY here in NC! I love snow days. We always enjoy going out to sled at the favorite local sledding spot in town and we always end up at the Waffle House with friends! It is always have so much fun watching the kids sled down those big hills! They have a blast!! What kind of snow day traditions do you have?

Today, I wanted to hop on and do a quick blog post on my newest Amazon purchases I am so OBSESSED with!!

I have been getting gel manicures for quite a while now. Life is busy so I don’t always have time to go get them done every two weeks and it gets crazy expensive.ย  I decided to search on Amazon and I found all of the items I need to do my own gel manicure at home!!! How great is this??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I am sitting at home enjoying this amazing snow day, I wanted to share with you the items I purchased just in case you are interested in doing your own manicures at home. Days like today when I am “snowed in” are perfect days to turn on HGTV and do a manicure. ๐Ÿ™‚

Theย Sun UV LED Lampย I purchased was around $32 with free prime shipping. It worked great! I am so impressed with this lamp! I give it two thumbs up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I love neutral grey colors for the winter so the 8 pk. Mini Gel Polishย  I chose is perfect. It has several different shades of greys, a couple light pinks, and even a glitter one. ๐Ÿ˜‰ They are mini bottles, but I think they will last for quite a while. The polish was about $16 with free prime shipping.

The most important part of the manicure is having the base and top coats to cure the polish. I think that is what helps it stay on so long. I ordered the ones they use at my salon and they worked great. It is a 4 pack and comes with the primer, foundation, top coat, and cuticle oil. Gelish 4 pk. Set is $35, but I definitely think it’s worth it. There were cheaper ones, but I wanted the real deal.ย  LOL

I did the final step of using rubbing alcohol to get the sticky feel off of the nails and it worked like a charm!

I would love to hear if you decide to purchase any of these items. I think you will love them as much as I do!

I hope you are enjoying your snow days if you have snow where you are! Stay warm friends!

XOXO,

Ocean ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Favorite Rae Dunn finds

Happy Tuesday friends! Who is tired of winter? I love being snuggled up inside watching movies with my family, but after Christmas I am over it and ready for summer!! We are supposed to get snow tonight here in NC. I don’t mind a snow day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I thought I would share some of my favorite Rae Dunn finds on this post. I haven’t been collecting long. I think I started collecting in October, but I have had pretty good luck finding some good pieces. I was disappointed on my last Rae Dunn trip, but maybe this week will be better.

The very first thing I found were mugs and I was so excited. I had seen them all over Instagram, but wasn’t really sure of the hype. So, I bought 2 and then the obsession started. LOL

HERS was the first mug I found and it has red on the inside so I was soooo excited!

Here are a few other pics of things I have found. Some I bought and some I left. Of course, some of the ones I left I have regretted it, but hopefully I will have the chance to get them again.

Some of my favorites have been the mason jars! They are so pretty when they are lit up. My most recent find was GLOW. It’s gorgeous and it came pre-lit.

The red scoop and pour are some of my favs also! They are just so cute and they are perfect for Valentines Day!

I love how my little coffee bar has turned out for Valentines. Too bad it only stays out for a few weeks, but then I will be ready to decorate for Spring/Easter!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you all have a great rest of the week!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

XOXO,

Ocean

 

Valentineโ€™s Day finds

Happy weekend friends!!! I hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend. I had a very low key Saturday and enjoyed it so much!!

I wanted to share some of my Valentine’s Day decor with you. I don’t usually do a lot for Valentines but I do love adding pops of pink and red in when I can. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I LOVE my little coffee bar area and I have enjoyed decorating it since I started my Rae Dunn collection. I picked up the wooden heart and the glass jar from Target in the dollar spot! Who doesn’t love the dollar spot?!?

The Lazy Susan is from World Market and I absolutely love it!! I love being able to spin my mug rack around to pick my mug of the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have had my mug rack for a while but there is a similar one at World Market and it looks like it might even hold more mugs that the one I have.

World market mug rack

The xoxo sign and the metal cake stand are both from the Target dollar spot this year. I think it’s super cute! The only thing missing is a Rae Dunn teapot ๐Ÿ˜‰

My antique dining room table has been in my husbands family for several generations. I decided to decorate my tray for valentines also. I wouldn’t mind having a few more things to put on it but for now this will do.

I LOVE my 3 Tiered Tray from Hobby Lobby. The chalkboard on top makes it extra special to me!! It’s on sale for $19.99!

I even added a little pink to the couch. Found these little heart pillows at Dollar General for $3.50 and couldn’t resist them.

I am having so much fun with my letterboard ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you have one??

Have a great rest of the weekend!!!

XOXO,

Ocean

Amazon Round Up

It’s the weekend!!! I love weekends. My family usually spends alot of time together on the weekends. We don’t have homework, ballgames, or early bedtimes to worry about so I enjoy them very much. My girls are getting older and I know we only have a few more years of times like this so I truly treasure them.

I wanted to do a post on things my girls got for Christmas that I ordered from Amazon.com that were a lot more reasonably priced than most other places.

One thing they both wanted was a True Grit Pullover. We saw one at a local store one day and it was around $140. It is crazy how expensive things are and it seems like the older they get the more expensive their “wants” become. Am I right?!? LOL

I found the exact True Grit Pullover they wanted on Amazon for $118. Still expensive, but definitely not as bad as $140. I think there are some even cheaper depending on the size and color you choose. I will admit they are super soft and comfy. I might have to splurge and get myself one also if the weather doesn’t warm up soon.

True Grit Pullover

One of the other things they had ask for was a Reading Pillow I remember having one of these and I loved it. They have used it daily since they got it. These were around $30. I think they come in different colors, but I got them the grey ones since their rooms are grey. I like things to match. LOL

Reading Pillow

Sheila Fajl Earringsย  are VERY popular around here in NC. I am not sure if it’s a southern thing or if they are popular everywhere. I got both of the girls a pair and they LOVE them. They are so light. I was shocked when I picked them up because they look like they would be heavy.

Sheila Fajl Earrings

If you are anything like me you have seen the Simply Fit Board EVERYWHERE on tv. I have been intrigued by it and wanted to try it. So, I thought I would get the girls one for Christmas so we could have them to use when it’s sooooo cold and we can’t go outside to exercise. It is actually a lot of fun and you can definitely feel it in your abs. You should check them out. They are $29.99 with free shipping on Amazon and they come with a workout DVD.

Simply Fit Board

I would love to hear if you purchase any of these items, and what you think of them. It gets a lot harder when the kids grow up and they don’t want toys anymore. Oh how I miss those days. ๐Ÿ™

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend! Stay warm friends!

XOXO,

Ocean

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Winter is officially here….Brrrrrr

Happy Friday friends!!! Wow it is sooooo cold!!! We had a little bit of snow this week, but not enough. Did you have snow where you are? I have seen some pics on Instagram of snow. I wish we would have gotten more, but it did get the girls out of school for two days so they were happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

I FINALLY got my Christmas decor taken down, but still need to get it put in the attic. It’s always sad to take it down because the house feel so warm and cozy with it up, but I was excited for a fresh look. We bought a new couch so I haven’t seen it in the house without having Christmas decor.

I LOVE IT!!!! I wasn’t sure about it because I ordered it from Wayfair.com and I am always nervous to make big purchases without trying them out first, but it is PERFECT!!

I found the super cute velvet pillows at TJ Maxx and the monogram pillow on clearance at Kirklands! I love a good deal!!

The comfy throws I bought at JcPenney and Big Lots and believe me they are being used daily with the weather being so cold! We love piling up on the couch watching tv. The doggies even try to get on the blankets because they are so warm and soft.

Now, I need to find some cute curtains to hang. Any suggestions? We have lived here for several years and I still haven’t hung curtains in this room. lol

I have a few new pieces on my mantle and I actually love the way it turned out. I would like cute banner to out there also, but I haven’t found one yet. If you know of any good places to get banners I would love to know.

I do miss this view with the Christmas decor though….

The Sweater Leggings I have on here are from American Eagle and they are AMAZING!!! You should definitely try them out if you haven’t. They are on super sale now.

I bought the cutest Felt Letterboard from Walmart. The one I bought is only sold in store, but you can get one at Target also.

Target Felt Letterboard

The one at Target looks a little smaller than the one I have, but it’s still cute and you don’t have to go out in this freezing weather to buy it. lol

I love the way it turned out!! I have seen letterboards all over Instagram so I have been dying for one for a while. I thought the quote I used was PERFECT for this time of year! ๐Ÿ™‚

I LOVE Target as I am sure you all do! I am planning to make a trip there tomorrow and hopefully pick up some Valentine’s Day items! They have such cute stuff for the holidays!!!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! I think it is supposed to warm up here in NC a little next week and I am so ready!!

XOXO,
Ocean

 

 

 

 

 

Hearth and Hand Obsessed

Have you been to Target to check out the new Heart and Hand products?? I am obsessed!!!
I am going to show you a few of my favorite items that I plan to purchase once I get my Christmas decor put away! I am attaching links if you are interested in purchasing!
Are these not the cutest things ever??? The yellow vase is so pretty and still neutral. I think it would be so pretty with a cotton stem in it. I love the cotton decor.
The house lantern is so cute and rustic and I am loving the nesting houses. They both come in different colors but I love the natural looking ones.
What is your favorite??

Have you purchased any of the new items? I would love to hear what your favorites are. I am excited to get all of my Christmas decor put away and start decorating for Spring. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Yellow Vase

House Lantern

Nesting Houses

 

Is it really 2018 already?!?

Happy New Year!! I decided about a month ago to start a blog. I have wanted to do it for a long time, but I wasn’t sure if I would be any good at it and I didn’t know what I would write about. I am still not sure how it will go, but I am having fun while learning more and more everyday. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am not tech savy at all so this is all a learning experience for me. I am enjoying getting to know other bloggers and learning so much from them. I absolutely love Instagram and all of the fun people I have met on there. There are so many talented bloggers.

So, it’s a new year…2018… wow I can’t believe it! I am excited for the year ahead, but a little sad too. My oldest daughter will start her senior year of high school in 2018, and my youngest daughter will start driving! How did this happen?!? I don’t feel old enough to have kids this age. lol
They have grown up way too fast!

In this post I wanted to show you a few of my favorite makeup items that I am using now. I have compared pricing and have found that Amazon is cheaper than most of the places I checked. Oh how I love Amazon! The UPS driver laughs when he delivers to me because it has become a daily thing.

My absolute favorite mascara I have started using is calledย UD Big Fatty Mascara

Have you tried it? I don’t have very long lashes and this seems to help them alot.

I have been using Bare Minerals powder foundation for a couple of years now. Recently I decided to try something new and I LOVE it!!! It is theย Blemish Remedy Powder Foundation and I have had way less breakouts since I started using this. If you have breakouts it is definitely worth a try! I hate being in my 30’s and having more acne than I did as a teenager. Doesn’t make sense AT ALL!!!

There a quite a few different shades to choose from. I am fairly light skinned in the winter so if you have darker skin you might want to go darker than the shade I use.

The last thing I want to show you today that I have recently discovered is this Tarte 12 hr Blush

I am using the color “feisty” but there are other colors to choose from. This one is more of an orange-y color if that’s a word. lol I really like it a lot. I have never been able to find a blush that stays on very long and this one does. \

Let me know if you have used any of these. I would love your feedback! ๐Ÿ™‚

I haven’t had much luck finding Rae Dunn mugs in the last few weeks, but I did get some for Christmas and I also found some other cute pieces over Christmas break.

LOVE this set! It might be red, but I think I am going to have to keep it out year round. It’s so cute! I almost screamed with excitement when I found them. It was the only thing there that day so I think it was meant just for me. lol

This is sooooo cute!!! I think I will fill it with lights and sit it on my table in the dining room.

I have enjoyed Christmas break so much. It is going to be hard to go back to the “real world” tomorrow. The girls go back to school on Thursday and then it’s back to homework, ballgames, and early bedtimes. How many months until summer??? Not that I am rushing or anything… lol

I am ready to sit out on the deck watching the waves crash while drinking my coffee without freezing. I am thinking warm thoughts! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you all have a fabulous 2018!! XOXO

Ocean

 

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Christmas and a Great Deal for you!!

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!! Ours was great! It always go by so fast though. I enjoyed so much time with my family playing Bingo, eating way too much, playing Phase 10, opening presents, and just enjoying their company.

Now I’m ready to get my house back in order, but first I am enjoying the week at the beach. The last few years we have spent the week after Christmas at the beach and it is so enjoyable. We get some much needed rest, do some shopping, and of course cook some yummy food. I hope you are enjoying your week.

I have a great deal to share with you today. I know alot of you have probably tried Grove Co. , but if you haven’t you definitely should. I am obsessed with the Mrs. Meyers line! If you are interested in trying it this is your chance to get $10 off your first order. The prices are very affordable and they have all natural cleaning supplies along with all kinds of other items. The holiday scents are still available for now, and the peppermint smells amazing. I just placed another order to stock up before the scent goes away.

Let me know what you think and if you try Grove! I think you will love them! It gets shipped right to your door so you can stay in your pjs and drink coffee while you order! What could be better than that?? LOL

Happy Wednesday!

Ocean

 

Favorite Daily Drugstore Items

Good morning! I cannot believe Christmas is only a few days away!!! Where did December go?!? Today I wanted to do a blog post and show you some of the items that I use every single day. These are my must have items. I am going to link them to Amazon. I have fallen in love with Amazon and most everything I buy is cheaper than anywhere else and what’s even better I can shop in my pjs. WIN!! LOL

The first thing I use every morning is Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Wash. It is mild for sensitive skin and it helps keep my breakouts to a minimum because YES I am in my 30s and still get acne. Drives me nuts!! You can get 2 big bottles on Amazon for around $15. I have also bought it at Sams Club for around the same price. One bottle lasts me several months. Let me know if you use it or if you try it. I would love to hear your feedback.

Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Wash

One of my other favorite things is Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner. I use it every morning before I apply my makeup. My doctor told me about it and I have been using it for several months and I really like it a lot. It doesn’t dry my face out either so that’s a plus! It’s around $7 on Amazon and around the same thing at Walmart. I think it’s a little more expensive at our local drug stores.

Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner

My all time favorite lotion is Jergens Ultra Heating Lotion. I have used this for years and have tried others, but I always come back to this. It smells really good and it isn’t a super thick lotion. What kind of lotion do you use? I am a lotion addict and put it on several times a day. LOL It’s around $7.50 on Amazon and I think about the same at Walmart.

Jergens Ultra Healing Lotion 32 oz.

In the winter my skin is sooooo dry! I use Dove Body Wash year round, but in the winter they have this Winter Care body wash and it smells AMAZING!! We all love it. Have you tried it? I always try to stock up on it in the winter so I will have some after they stop selling it. This is definitely a favorite in our house! You have to try it if you haven’t. Let me know what you think. You can get a 3 pack on Amazon for around $20 and that should last a month or so depending on how much you use at a time.

Dove Winter Care Body Wash 3 pk.

Ok so the last thing I am going to show you today is my FAVORITE deodorant. For years I had the hardest time finding a deodorant that I liked and that didn’t make me feel sweaty even after applying it. I used Secret Clinical Strength for a while, but when Dove came out with the dry spray deodorant I decided to give it a try and I LOVE it!! If you haven’t tried it, you definitely should. I would love to know if you love it as much as I do. You can get a 6 pack on Amazon for about $15. There are tons of different scents to choose from. Definitely let me know what you think.

Dove Dry Spray Deodorant 6 pk.

Can’t wait to hear if you try any of these items, or if you already use them. Thanks for checking out my blog. There is an email signup if you would like to be notified when there is a new post. After Christmas, I will plan to start posting more. Hope everyone has an amazing Christmas and that Santa is good to you! lol

Until next time,

Ocean

One week until Christmas!!

Good morning friends!!! Hope your weekend has been fabulous so far! Mine has been great. My sisters and their families came over for dinner last night. We always have a lot of fun when we get together. ๐Ÿ˜

Can you believe Christmas Eve is one week from today?!? I really need to look at all of the things I have bought and make sure I am finished. ๐Ÿ˜‚ of course my kids have decided to tell me more things they want after I thought I was finished with them. ๐Ÿค”

Is anyone as addicted to the Hallmark Christmas movies as I am? They are all so good! Even my husband likes to watch them with me. ๐Ÿค—

I received some happy mail this week and my absolute favorite thing was this pillow from www.curtiscreation.com 

This pillow is so cute and so well made. I absolutely LOVE it! Be sure to check out all of the other things they offer. 


  The other happy mail I received was from Grove collaborative! I have started using the Mrs. Meyers items and I love them. Their holiday peppermint scent is my absolute favorite! I ordered more so I would have some even after Christmas. โ˜บ๏ธ you should definitely check them out if you havenโ€™t. The prices are very reasonable and super quick delivery. Www.grove.co Right now they are offering free gifts with a $20 purchase so itโ€™s definitely worth checking out. 


I hope you all have a fabulous week and I would LOVE if you would share my blog and leave some feedback for me. This is all new to me. ๐Ÿ˜ 

XOXO ๐Ÿ’‹ 

Ocean