October Favorites

I don’t share my favorites every month, but this month I feel like I have so many new things that I am in love with that they deserve a post of their own.

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First is a water bottle that I am obsessed with. I got this bottle at FitBlogNYC and have probably used it every day since them. The bottle is called the CitrusZinger and it has a built in juicer that you smush (technical term) a lemon or other fruit into to flavor your water. I usually keep my water on my desk and everyone who has walked into my office over the last few weeks has asked about it. It has also helped me drink a whole lot more water throughout the day and I love it so much that I bought a second one for Tommy to use.

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Next is my vanity mirror and my whole vanity in general. When we were renovating, the one thing that was my must have was my vanity. I had dreamed of having a vanity for years where I could organize all of my beauty products instead of having them scattered around my bathroom and bedroom. The vanity itself is the Malm Dressing Table from Ikea and the mirror is Conair Oval Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror. The mirror is magnified on one side and the white ring around it lights up. I have even used the mirror in the dark to get ready in the morning on some mornings when Tommy was working second shift.

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I am a fan of defined brows and I fill in my brows almost every day. I received the Eyeko Brow Liner in my swag bag at FitBlogNYC and when I saw it in there I was super excited. It has an applicator similar to liquid eyeliner pencils which allows you to make little strokes that look very natural. I will definitely be repurchasing this when I run out.

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This Benefit cheek palette is all of my favorite cheek products in one. I am a huge fan of Benefit and have had almost all of these blushes/bronzer in their individual little boxes over the years. When I saw that they put them into the cute Cheeky Sweet Spot Palette I had to get it. The blushes are a little bit smaller than the separate products, but for the price of $36 it is so worth it if you are a Benefit fan.

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I got a haircut a few weeks ago and I got layers all over and long side bangs in the front. My forehead tends to be oily, so I have been using this Toni&Guy Cleanse Dry Shampoo on days that I don’t wash my hair. The product works great, but I am not a huge fan of the smell, but it does not bother me enough not to use it.

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Last but not least are my OXO Kitchen Tools. Before our renovations, we threw out all of our old kitchen tools because they were old and in desperate need to be replaced. Tommy found a great deal on OXO at KMart and they price matched their website in store for us. We bought almost everything they make including measuring cups, grater, colander, pop containers and everything else you see here. The quality of the products is great, they wash so well and I love the satisfaction guarantee and philosophy behind the brand.

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What is your favorite beauty product?

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What I’ve Been Eating Lately WIAW

I never thought that the layout of a kitchen would make me want to cook more, but since our renovation finished, I have been so excited to be in the kitchen cooking yummy food for my family. It might also have something to do with the fact that we were kitchen-less for a month (and it was horrible!) I thought it would be fun to share some eats in WIAW form, since it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts.

Oatmeal has become my go to breakfast almost every morning. On weekdays when I don’t have as much time, I microwave some Trader Joe’s instant oatmeal with milk and water, but when I do have the time I go for old fashioned oats on the stove. I love to throw in a banana and some almond butter for taste.

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We picked up this salad a few times from Trader Joe’s and it is wonderful. If you’ve been to Trader Joe’s lately, you’ve probably seen how pumpkin flavored everything appeared on the shelves lately, but this is a great subtle pumpkin flavor that’s actually pretty good for you. I really hope that TJ’s decided to bottle the vinaigrette because it is soo good!

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For dinners, I have been obsessed with my spiralizer. I promised myself that when the kitchen was done I would buy a spiralizer and I received an amazon gift card from my cousin for my birthday and immediately purchased the Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer. Trust me when I say it was worth every penny.

This is spiralized zucchini with cherry tomatoes, baby bella mushrooms and shrimp topped with a little Parmesan cheese.

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This is yellow squash with spinach, chicken and feta cheese. Both these dishes took like 20 minutes tops to make. So easy and so delicious.

 

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This was baked chicken with spaghetti squash and bacon Brussels spouts. I forgot to snap an after picture, but it was so good!

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No WIAW is complete without wine and cheese. I could eat that whole block of brie in one sitting!

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Last, but not least is sushi! We went to a sushi buffet called Mizumi and it was incredible. Literally every kind of roll you can imagine. I ate waay too much, but I just had to try everything. Luckily we don’t go to these types of places very often.

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What have you been cooking up lately? What’s the best thing you ate this week?

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Natracare Giveaway!

Welcome to our 72 hour Natracare giveaway, which is being hosted by 16 awesome Mommy Bloggers across the United States. We are very excited to be giving away green-inspired hygiene products to one lucky lady out there! Natracare is forward-thinking mompreneur company, offering women organic & natural solutions for personal health, which leave a soft […]

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Hiking Bull Hill

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Last weekend, we spent Sunday hiking Bull Hill. On Saturday night, we realized that we had absolutely nothing planned for Sunday, so we took advantage of this rare occurrence. Bull Hill (Mount Taurus) is located in Putnam County, NY in the cute little town of Cold Spring. We originally had planned just to hike the […]

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The Importance of Sports Safety with Aflac & Heisman

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Any mom with boys will tell you that it’s hard to get through a week without injuries. Since Alex started walked almost 4 years ago, we have been on a never ending journey of boo-boos, band-aids and  ice packs. When he started hockey this year, I was worried. He had never been ice skating before […]

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Fitness Blogger Meet and Tweet: #FitBlogNYC 2014

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Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 Fitness Blogger Meet and Tweet, better known as #FitBlogNYC. #FitBlogNYC is a conference hosted by Fitness Magazine that brings together bloggers, awesome brands and inspirational and influential speakers for a great day filled with fitness, learning and fun. The event was held at the Mercedes […]

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Apple Picking in the Poconos

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For someone who loves fall, I am almost ashamed to say that this weekend I went apple picking for the first time ever. Early Sunday afternoon, we headed out to Heckman Orchards in the Poconos to pick some apples. Heckamn Orchards has a great farm stand that we visit regularly when in the Poconos, but […]

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Monday Coffee Date

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If we were to have a coffee date today, it for sure would not be at my house because it currently looks like this! Yikes! Our bathroom and kitchen are currently under construction and I cannot wait for them to be done. The bathroom is already usable, but still needs to be painted and the […]

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This Is Wholesome

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Honey Maid through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Honey Maid, all opinions are my own. If you walk down the aisles of a supermarket, I can almost guarantee that many of the foods on the shelves that is there […]

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Three Days, Three States, One Quick Vacation

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Since starting our wedding planning, we came to the conclusion that a real vacation wasn’t going to happen this year. Instead of going away somewhere for a week like we usually do, we planned a quick trip that spanned three states in three days. It was a little tiring, but we got to visit a […]

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