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Friday Favorites 2/2

Happy February!! As I’ve mentioned before I really love holidays. January is kind of my break to recover from all the Christmas that takes over my house, but by the time February rolls around I’m ready for more festive decor and foods! It’s always a good sign when you walk into Target and see all kinds of fun pink decor!
Target Dollar Spot Valentine's Day | Friday Favorites
Around the House: I’m taking it easy on decor this year, but I still busted out my table decor, it makes me smile every time I look at the colorful flowers!

Favorite Thing I’m Eating: Smoothie Bowls! this is not the prettiest one ever, but it was soooo tasty! This has been my favorite after work snack when I know we’re going to have a later dinner. This recipe was my starting point and I usually mix it up based on what I have on hand. My favorite toppings include: coconut flakes, walnuts, granola, and of course, fresh fruit!
Smoothie Bowl | Friday Favorites
Meme: This is how I felt yesterday when I decided I just HAD to have Chick-fil-a. I’ve been good all week, so sometimes you just have to #treatyoself

Me starting a healthy diet dog meme | Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites 9/23

It’s Fall Y’all!! Call me basic, but I LOVE all things fall! I got a little ahead of myself and have burning pumpkin candles for a few weeks now, but I waited until this week to stock up on all other things pumpkin. We may or may not have already gone through two loaves of pumpkin bread already…tis the season!

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All my new Lilly is finally here! The last of my Lilly purchases FINALLY came in. I was a bit disappointed with the turnaround time this year, but guess I’m lucky since some people got cancellations 🙁 Loving all the blues that came in the package!

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Just Added to the Shop: I’m totally obsessed with these Pineapple Mr and Mrs Wine Glasses…how cute are they?!?

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On the Internet:  Anyone else totally La Croix obsessed?! We got hooked while we were doing Whole30 and it’s a habit we haven’t been able to kick!

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My craft room is finally happening! I’ve always talked about a craft room, but it was never high up on the priority list. I’ve pretty much taken over the kitchen table with all my Etsy crafts lately though, so we decided it was TIME. It won’t be anything Pinterest worthy, I’m sure, but I’ll still share all the details! 😀

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Anyone else as PUMPED for fall as me?? Gimme all the Pumpkin Spice Lattes!!

Friday Favorites 8/26

Favorite Things I Bought: My Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale purchases are beginning to roll in and I am OBSESSED with everything so far!

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I even wore one of the dresses to work today because I just love it so much! I bought this one totally on a whim and honestly didn’t think I loved the print, but then it came in and I realized it’s gorgeous, and has seashells! Don’t know how I missed that! <3

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Favorite Thing I Ate: A coworker who lives down on Fort Myers Beach brought in cinnamon rolls from Heavenly Biscuit earlier this week. Heavenly Biscuit is one of my very favorite breakfast spots in Southwest Florida, but it’s very out of the way for us, so we don’t make it there very often. Their cinnamon rolls are pretty much the best ever. Day. Made.

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PUMPKINNN: I’m so happy that pumpkin everything season is almost here! I already picked up this DW Homes candle at Homegoods and am loving burning in the evenings!

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Around the House: In my last Friday Favorites post I mentioned that we were rug shopping and I was having a lot of trouble making a decision. I finally bit the bullet and decided to get the Maui Chunky Loop Jute Rug and so far we love it!! The look is exactly what I was hoping for! I don’t know yet how it will hold up, but based on the great reviews, I’m very hopeful! And Charlie loves it too! Plus he blends right in, which is perrrrfect for shedding…

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Happy Friday!! Hope you have all had a fabulous week!

Friday Favorites 8/12

Happy Friday!!! Hope everyone had a wonderful week! We’re looking forward to a laid back weekend after a productive one last week! Tomorrow we’re going to see Sausage Party because my husband has been dying to see it! Anyone else seeing this one? It’s definitely different, I just hope they didn’t use all their one liners in the previews! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Purre Barre 100 Club:  Wednesday morning, after my Pure Barre class, I went up on the board for the ‘Road to 100’..My goal is to hit 100 before I go on vacation at the beginning of September. Gotta get those Club 100 socks!

Pure Barre 100 Club | Friday Favorites

Newest Silhouette Creation: If you know me, you know that this is SO accurate. One of these days I’ll become more punctual 😛

Running Late is My Cardio | Friday Favorites

Favorite Drink: We currently have a million mangoes and I am OBSESSED with this Coconut Mango Mojito! I make them loosely based off this recipe (but add some silver rum and less than half as much simple syrup…mangoes are sweet!). I’m definitely going to be drinking these for the rest of the summer!

Coconut Mango Mojito | Friday Favorites

On the Internet: Has anyone read the new Harry Potter book?? On one hand I’m really excited to finally read it because I LOVE Harry Potter, but to be honest I’m pretty nervous to do so. I’m definitely afraid it will be disappointing, but I’m still looking forward to immersing myself back in that world! If it is disappointing, I’ll just read Prisoner of Azcaban again because it never disappoints! And how cute is this little graphic!?
Espresso Patronum | Friday Favorites

Friday Non-Favorite: Rug shopping!! Oyyyy it’s so much harder than it should be!! I think I’ve looked at pretty much every rug on the internets, or so it seems! I’m debating this one from RugsUSA because it gets awesome reviews..hopefully it doesn’t disappoint!

Rugs USA Maui Jute Loop Rug | Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites 7/1

Happy July!! Can you believe the year is halfway over?! This has been a long week and I am SO looking forward to a three day weekend, and it promises to be a good one! July Fourth is one of my favorite holiday weekends: BBQs, pool time, friends and family time, lots of beer, and of course fireworks! And on top of that, I’m only working two days next week before I head to Jacksonville to see a friend, so I’m doubly excited for July!

Things I Bought: WAY too much!!! I’ve been pretty good about keeping my shopping in check lately, but these July 4th sales really got the best of me! So many good deals on work clothes, which I honestly never seem to have enough of! These are a few of the things I picked up from Ann Taylor and LOFT:

Friday Purchases

 Hibiscus Pencil Skirt($13!!!),  Safari Jacket, Tie Waist Wrap Skirt, Battenburg Lace Tank

Thing I’m Eating: ALL. THE. BERRIES. They’re so good right now, I just can’t help myself!! I find myself eating them on yogurt, in smoothies, mixed with sliced bananas, and of course…just by the handful. I think berry pancakes will be on the menu at some point this weekend, probably these Strawberry Cornmeal Griddle Cakes from Smitten Kitchen, which look AMAZING!

Friday Favorites Strawberry Cornmeal Griddle Cakes

Thing I’m Loving: I’ve been getting the Sephora Play box for a couple months now and loving it! One of the recent beauty products I received was this Korres Wild Rose Advance Brightening Sleeping Mask. I love face masks, but I don’t think I ever would have looked twice at this in-store, and even when I received it I was only passively interested. Go figure that it’s my favorite item of all and I have to buy it now! I have been using it every few nights, and my skin looks SO good when I wake up! It’s seriously so much smoother and brighter!
Friday Favorites Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Mask

On the Internet: Kyla’s post about Traveler’s Journals has me so inspired to start one! We traveled a ton when I was growing up and I would always try and keep a journal, but a few days into the trip I would find myself too tired at the end of the day to even think about doing so. I think the key is to really just keep it as simple as possible. I wish now that I had something to look back on for all those trips, but I definitely want to start going forward. Plus, I love any excuse to buy cute stationery!

Around the House: Yesterday, I shared the DIY Tile Coasters that I made recently, and am slightly obsessed with. I also recently finished making over some chairs for our dining room. I was SO happy to finally be done with these chairs!! They’ve been in my garage for months, as I found time to sand, prime, and paint them here and there. In the end it was all worth it though, because I love how they turned out!! Now onto the next project 🙂

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Friday Favorites: Sun Awareness Week

Did you know that this week is Sun Awareness Week? Living in Florida, it’s especially important to stay protected in the sun, so I thought I would share some of my favorite things to help me stay sunburn free! In high school, I spent way too much time in the sun with way too little sunscreen. My goal every summer was to get TAN. These days, I really regret that mentality and work hard to help make up for any damage already done.

Sun Awareness Week 2016

I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I’m naturally pale, and I’ve learned to embrace it. Once upon a time, you would have found me at the beach laying out with SPF 8, trying to soak up every bit of sun. These days, I’m more likely to be found under an umbrella with a hat, sunglasses, and cold beverage, soaking in nothing but the scenery. I’ve realized that you don’t need to be tan to look beautiful, especially if you hope to still look great down the road! These are some of my favorite beauty products for sun protection:

Sun Awareness Week 2016 Life, Love, and Cupcakes

MAC Studio Fix SPF 15 – My favorite foundation has the added bonus of built in SPF. In the winter SPF 15 is usually fine, but for the summer I prefer to layer on some of these other products.
Laura Geller SPF 30 Spackle Primer – This is more of a sunscreen than a primer, but I love how it’s not sticky and leaves no residue or white cast! I apply this most days after my regular moisturizer.
Mario Badescu SPF 30 Moisturizer – On days when I am keeping my makeup simple, I’ll opt for just this followed by a little foundation, or will just mix a bit of foundation right in!
Kiss My Face Face + Neck Protection -This is my favorite face sunscreen for the beach and pool.

If I’m going to be outside for a long time, I usually try to take further precautions to stay protected. A light gauzy beach coverup and a hat can go along way to help keep you from getting sunburned!

Sun Awareness Week Favorite Beach Items

Vineyard Vines Hat – My husband doesn’t understand my love of white hats, but they go with everything! Just wash occasionally to keep them nice and white.
Polarized sunglasses – Your eyes need protecting too! I didn’t understand paying $200+ for a pair of sunglasses until I got a pair of really good polarized ones. Believe me, they’re life changing!
Beach Coverup – Light and airy, but still offering some protection from the sun.
Lilly Pulitzer Luxletic Shirt – These UPF 50 tops would be perfect for active days outside. I’m eyeing this one for the boat!
Lilly Pulitzer Sophie Dress – These UPF 50 dresses are perfect for days when you know you’re going to be in the sun, but still want to look cute!
Columbia PFG Fishing Shirt – These are my go to for days on the boat or windy days at the beach.
Umbrella – Get one that screws into the sand…trust me!
Floppy hat – For when you want to look a little more fabulous

If you’re going to the beach, pool, or spending any time outside this weekend, I hope you take an extra minute to reapply sunscreen. I promise 20 years from now you won’t regret it!

Friday Favorites 5/13

It’s FriYAY!! We’ll be kicking off the weekend with happy hour tonight (duhh) and tomorrow, I think we’ll finally start tackling our guest room! We’re nearing two years in our house, and I’m embarrassed to say it’s currently little more than a bed(with no frame) and place to store odds and ends we haven’t found time to organize yet (*cough*wedding votives and lanterns*cough*). We want to setup a desk/work area in there, so it’s the kick in the butt we need to finally get ourselves organized! Now I just need to convince the husband that there’s no way around painting…..Not a fun topic, so let’s just move on to my Friday Favorites! 😉

Thing I Ate: We went to one of my favorite lunch spots in Naples last weekend, Old Naples Pub, and I got my favorite artichoke salad. Artichokes + gorgonzola + maple vinaigrette = <3Old Naples Pub Artichoke Salad | Friday Favorites

Thing on My Wishlist: I have a pair of striped keds I got last year and I love them for casual days when I’ll be doing a lot of walking. I’ve been wanting to get a more “neutral” pair and I think these gold glitter ones will fit the bill perfectly..and yes, gold glitter is a neutral!

Thing I Wore: I thought this dress was quite appropriate for watching the Run for the Roses 😉 The blackberry mint juleps were a hit as well!
Lilly Pulitzer One Shoulder Dress | Friday Favorites

Charlie Pic: I’m SO excited for watermelon to be back in season!! Our entire household loves watermelon, including Charlie..in fact, he’s down right OBSESSED. I think it was taking all of his self control to not just steal it out of my hands as I sat on the sofa eating my weight in it after work the other day!
Charlie the Golden Corgi | Friday Favorites

Meme: This is precisely how the hubby and I feel about furniture shopping. Why must I be so picky?!

Happy Friday!

Friday Favorites 5/6

Can you believe it’s May already?! I’m pretty excited for the Kentucky Derby tomorrow, I love watching all the stories leading up to it, and of course the outfits are always awesome!! Attending has been on my bucket list for a long time, so maybe next year!

Thing I bought: Summer Lilly is always my favorite, and this year is no exception! I snatched up these Pop Pop Buttercup Shorts right away, because the yearly Fourth of July print tends to go quickly, and I just love these!!
Lilly Pulitzer Pop Pop Buttercups - Friday Favorites | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

For the Home: I mentioned my awesome new Pineapple Cookie Jar last week, but had to share these Flamingo Measuring Cups and Spoons I also got at World Market. I used them Sunday to make some flourless peanut butter cookies (which were somewhat disappointing, so still on the hunt for the perfect recipe!).
World Market Flamingo Measuring Cups - Friday Favorites | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Still Obsessed with Pineapple: Sunday we had a pool day at my in-laws, so we stopped at Target intending to get the Flamingo Pool Float. My app said there were 4 in stock, but of course I get there to find that they were totally out. Luckily I spotted this Pineapple Float and headed to the register…only to get behind a woman that was buying ALL the flamingos!! She seriously had $250 worth of pool floats she was buying..what the heck!! I think it ended up being a good thing though because the pineapple is totally awesome..but it just barely fit in my car to take it home. The flamingo would have been IMPOSSIBLE! Also, I’m pretty sure the giant flamingo head could be a nuisance. So overall a win, especially since it matched my coverup 😉
Big Mouth Pineapple Pool Float - Friday Favorites | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

In the Kitchen: My in-laws whipped up an awesome lunch while we were over, complete with fresh sangria and strawberry shortcake. I don’t know why I never think to make this because it’s so easy and so good! Especially when you toast the pound cake in a little butter first! 😀
Strawberry Shortcake - Friday Favorites | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Charlie Pic: Just waiting on someone to drop something in the kitchen…
Charlie - Friday Favorites | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Friday Favorites 4/28

Happy Friday!! This week has really flown by! Work has been the good kind of busy, so that always makes the days fly by quicker, plus Wednesday I got to have a girls night out for Mexican food and Margaritas, which are ALWAYS a good thing! This weekend there is a BBQ competition here in town and being the huge BBQ fans that we are, we are quite excited!! Hope everyone has had a great week, and has an even better weekend! Now onto the Friday Favorites..

Favorite Recipe: I made pulled pork stuffed sweet potatoes (loosely based of this recipe) Tuesday night and they were such a hit! I know they’ll be making their way into our regular rotation because they were so quick, easy, and delicious! The pulled pork was already cooked and ready to go, so I just microwaved the potatoes, sauteed diced peppers, onions, and mushrooms, and mixed it all up with an enchilada-esque sauce. A definite winner!

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For the Home: Sorry for the dark picture, I was just so excited to take a picture when I got this home last night! World Market is having 30% off for their friends and family sale right now, so I bought ALL THE THINGS! Well all the pineapple and flamingo things anyways 😉 This pineapple cookie jar is sold out online, but you can search nearby stores and opt to do instore pickup if you can find it nearby! Plus it’s on sale online, so I ended up getting it for only 6 bucks! It has already found a home at our coffee station to hold the kcups I like to keep on hand in case of emergencies!

World Market Pineapple Cookie Jar | Life, Love, and Cupcakes
In the Kitchen: I pulled out my favorite Sailboat Popsicle Molds for the first time in quite awhile and made some chocolatey banana popsicles. Perfect healthy way to satisfy my sweet tooth and they’re just so cute!

Cuispro Sailboat Popsicle Molds | Life, Love, and Cupcakes
Meme That Perfectly Describes My Life: Need I say more?…

Charlie Picture: Charlie digs the beach 😉
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Friday Favorites 4/22

Happy Earth Day! The weather here has been gorgeous all week, but I have a feeling that will be the last of it. Rainy season is due to start any day now, which means the return of heat, humidity, and hopeless hair 🙁 We’ll be making a beach trip this weekend to enjoy it while we can! Now on to my Friday Favorites:

No More Cable! We’ve been discussing cutting the cord with cable TV for awhile, but finally took the plunge this week! The only show we watch regularly is Modern Family and other than that it’s just reruns and the news so we figured it was time. I really haven’t missed it at all, and it’s been nice to start catching up on a few shows on Netflix. Plus the $100 a month I can now put towards shoes doesn’t hurt either 😉

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Favorite Recipe:I made this Turkey Meatloaf on Sunday and it was SO good! I’m not a huge meatloaf fan, but this one was a winner! I skipped the breadcrumbs entirely (was going to do a substitute, but just plain forgot), and did tomato sauce instead of ketchup inside. I definitely insist on the ketchup balsamic glaze though!

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Outfit of the Week:I found this Raj Paisley JCrew Pencil Skirt at a thrift shop last week and fell in LOVE! You know it’s a good one when you get into work and within the hour have already received multiple compliments! I finally understand the No. 2 Pencil Skirt obsession!

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Earth Day Meme: I’m sure we’ve all felt this way at some point or another…