Wow. It’s been a busy week for me and it feels like it flew by. One of my goals for 2023 was to come back to this little corner of the internet and start writing again. I thought I set myself up for success and planned out time in my schedule to create content. But as life happens, plans change. I wasn’t looking for a change, anyone who knows me at all knows that I hate change and avoid it at all costs. However, sometimes the Universe finds a way to make you walk to a fork in the road and decide: what are you going to do? All of this to say, I recently left my job and after two days “off”, I started at a new job. Same time of job, just a different company. This week has been busy with onboarding and jumping right into a new job, but I’m excited about this new opportunity.
I went to brunch at Blondie a few weeks ago with an old work friend in Manayunk. Not only is the place so cute, but the food is delicious too! It’s a place to go if you want a cocktail with your brunch. I looked over the menu a few times to try and find coffee or a juice listed that did not have alcohol in it and no luck. I am definitely going again and bringing the boy next time!
The City Winery has become one of our favorite places to see a show. Last year we saw Melinda perform and a few weeks ago I got us tickets to see Vonda Sheppard. She did the music for the Ally McBeal soundtrack and my mom played that CD on repeat when I was growing up. It’s such a smart concept for a concert. You can reserve a table to sit at and order dinner and drinks during the show.
What I’m Watching
The Playboy Murders
Pamela, a love story
Products I’m Loving
Summer Fridays CC ME Serum
What I’m Loving
I recently listened to an interview with Danielle Prescod on a Goop Podcast. Her new book, Token Black Girl, sounded so interesting and it’s in my Amazon cart to order once I get through a few more on my overflowing shelf.
Lately, I feel like I’ve been cramming an entire summer into two weeks while work is just as busy! I’m up *very* early every morning to get to New Jersey for summer camp every day and then rush home to enjoy summer. Last week, Jake’s mom visited us from Florida and we packed the week with a ton of fun philly things. We took her to all of our favorite restaurants like Grace’s Tavern, Pub and Kitchen, and Parc. On Friday night, we saw Elton John on his farewell tour which was such a fun experience! Saturday morning we had brunch at Sabrina’s at the new location just a few blocks away from our house. It’s becoming a dangerous place because we are there almost every weekend now because of how close it is and because it has a bar. After our mimosas, we went home and had a quiet night in because we woke up early on Sunday to do a beach day at LBI. When my alarm went off, I jumped out of bed like a little kid on Christmas because I was so excited to go to the beach! The week started off with me sleep-deprived after a full day working at Summer Camp and then going out at night. Worth every minute though 😉 Looking forward to a relaxing weekend and to try and stay cool during this heatwave.
Victoria’s Secret Angels and Demons
Air Dry Cream by JVN has been a life changer with this heat.
I’ve been mixing this liquid highlighter with my moisturizer as a foundation so it doesn’t sweat off in this heat.
Reminder to use sunscreen daily. I’ve been using this one.
I bought these containers from The Home Edit line and I have more in my cart!
Also realized a few days before our trip to the beach we didn’t have any beach chairs so I bought these chairs on sale.
Always find time for the things that make you feel happy you are alive.
Hi friends! Back again to share some of my favorite things this week.
This week was the last week of school and while it was very busy, I tried to slow down to enjoy each moment and just hang out with the students. It’s been such a busy school year with new challenges but I’m eager to start planning for next year….after a very long nap!
In the last few weeks, we have made a few trips to Home Depot to completely redo the backyard. We are so lucky to have a backyard space in the city and it needed some love. We dug up the backyard and put down grass seed so now we have bright green grass. Herbs and flowers are planted so now we get to enjoy our beautiful backyard this summer! Right now I’m looking for a new patio set but haven’t found anything I love.
I was just saying this week that Jake and I have nothing to watch… and then I saw that a lot of our shows are coming back this month. Looks like we have a lot of tv to watch!
Under the Banner of Heaven Keep Sweet: Prey and Obey Bad Vegan Obi-Wan Kenobi First Lady Restoration Road The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Recently published a product review on this foundation/primer/highlighter making it a great all in one product!
I’ve been using this sunscreen on my face every day and I can see a difference! Blends well so my face isn’t greasy or sticky and I can easily apply foundation on top.
Found this popular self tanning kit at Marshalls last week for under $20. I used it this week and it is easy to apply without any streaks and gives a great natural-looking tan.
We almost got a new pet, Drunk Carl. A bird that got stuck in our house for 12 hours but luckily we got him out!
Went to the movies and saw Lightyear. We laughed because there were only people our age in the theater and no kids LOL!
Stopped for froyo at The Igloo on our way home from the movies over the weekend.
Hosting a little dinner party with friends to celebrate the end of the school year. I’m so excited to have people over!
When you start to do the things that you truly love, it wouldn’t matter whether it’s Monday or Friday; you would be so excited to wake up each morning to work on your passions.
Oh hi, hello! It’s been a while since I shared a few of my favorite things. I hope everyone had a good week and has fun plans for this weekend. It’s the final weeks of school and I’m filling up my weekends with fun plans to enjoy this beautiful weather.
It’s been a while since I shared what I’ve been watching!
Anatomy of a Scandal on Netflix is must-watch with an unexpected turn at the end!
The Time Traveler’s Wife on HBO might be better than the movie…
Pivoting on HULU and Fox quickly became one of my favorites and is fighting for a second season!
Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ is something I didn’t ask for but it might just be better than the movies?
Using a new foundation for the last few weeks that I have been loving. Lancome gifted me their new perfume that smells sweet and perfect for summer!
Lemon Pasta • fresh lemons • basil • chopped onions • garlic • heavy cream • butter • parmesan cheese
We finally stopped by the cutest wine shop called Cook near our house to pick up a few bottles of wine. Grabbed Starbucks and walked around the Rittenhouse Art Show last weekend on the perfect sunny day. We just planted grass in our backyard a few weeks ago and now our yard is so green! This
A wreath for a wall in the living room that just needed something special.
This candle smells pretty and looks pretty on the coffee table.
Eating a leftover Valentine’s Day cupcake for a treat while I finally sit down to share a round-up of my favorite things. Still can’t believe that Monday was Valentine’s Day because it feels so long ago. Jake spoiled me with roses and we had dinner together before both of us hopped back onto our computers to get more work done. This weekend we are celebrating Valentine’s Day at the Harry Potter Exhibit. It’s been on our calendar for months and Life has been busy since I became a Program Manager at my job. Long hours, busy days, and still not enough time to get it all done! It’s been a big adjustment but I’ve been loving every minute of it. It’s really rewarding to work in nonprofit and see the good that it does every day.
How I Met Your Mother Doing a rewatch with Jake to get ready to watch How I Met Your Father!
The Promised Land Not what I was expecting but immediately fell in love! I feel like tv has been missing that drama tv show the last few years that kept you on the edge of your chair wanting more. This one is
Pivoting A 30-minute show about three childhood friends figuring out the world together as adults that makes me laugh.
Abbott Elementary This is just the show I needed this year after working in various Philadelphia schools the last few months.
And Just Like That I’ve heard some conflicting reviews on the new chapter of SATC and I personally loved watching it. Sex and the City was never that show that was a happily ever after and I respect the direction it went in.
In this post-2020 world, I don’t take wearing makeup daily for granted anymore. I love to put on a podcast with a warm cup of coffee and spend 10 minutes getting ready in the morning. This lipstick lip balm keeps my lips hydrated and looks great on all of my Zoom calls too!
Coffee. The morning newspaper. Getting back into a routine after Watching documentaries at night about the royal family. Sleeping in this weekend!
Happy New Year! It’s our first week in the new year and it feels like it’s been a month since we rang in the new year. With Covid numbers rising, we wanted to keep our plans small this year which was just what we needed! While Jake was at work, I got a much-needed haircut and at night we walked to Miracle on 13th Street to see the light display before grabbing takeout at one of our favorite restaurants, Thai Square, down the street. I am so happy we spent the weekend on the couch resting and doing some organizing because we both hit the ground running on Monday. My work to-do list doubled as we found out last minute that schools were virtual and that changed our plan for programming for the week. This week, I spent a lot of time in meetings and planning logistics for the program but I missed seeing my kids. The most exciting part about this week was that I got to use my new planner and pens that I got for Christmas. As someone who likes to be organized, I love using a new planner at the beginning of the year. A new blank page means so many possibilities!
Our only plan on January 1st was to watch the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special on HBO Max. A few minutes in and all of the magic came rushing back to me and I was in tears because it was so well put together! It was so good we watched it twice!
I’ve recently become obsessed with the Hallmark TV app so I’ve been watching Hallmark movies in the background while I work from home. It’s free and a great way to find a movie to watch when you just need the cheesy storyline.
At night while I get ready for bed, I have been playing an 80s or 90s movie on the bedroom tv. Hulu has a lot of classic 80s/90s movies to choose from right now and even though I’ve seen them so many times before, they are classics for a reason!
Last year my goal was to watch tv shows from the 1990s that I never saw and I’m excited to keep this going this year. Right now I am watching Alias and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. It’s funny when Jake comes to bed at night and asks what he missed when I’m watching Sabrina. It’s just that perfect 20-minute show with funny humor and storyline they don’t write anymore.
I’m not sure what took me so long, but we are watching Superstore together and it is so funny! As someone who worked retail for many years, I can say that it is very accurate to work culture and shenanigans.
Recently on the blog, I have shared a ton of my favorite products that I love love love!
This daily moisturizer with vitamin C is perfect for winter to get a bit of a healthy glow. These eyeshadow palettes are my go-to right now and were recently on sale. It’s chapped lip season and this lip balm has avocado oil which is a game-changer in keeping them hydrated! I’ve talked about a lot of serums on the blog so I made a guide to make it easy to pick one that works best for you here. It’s a skincare step that you cannot skip! Even with a box full of foundations to choose from, I keep using this affordable foundation.
This week has been busy for both of us so I’ve had to rely on our easy dinner favorites for dinner. On Monday, I made lemon garlic pasta which is super easy and always a big hit. I’ve made it so many times now that I just wing it. We always keep some Mahi Mahi burgers from Trader Joe’s in our freezer for a quick dinner. After a busy day of meetings and running around for both of us, we ordered sushi and had a small date night watching Superstore before I passed out from exhaustion from my booster shot! Last night I was working from home late so I threw some Trader Joe’s ravioli into a pot and tried to convince Jake that I made it from scratch but he didn’t believe me for a minute ha!
Picked up some amazing items from TJ Maxx and Homegoods included in the after-Christmas sale.
Ordered a lot of organizers on Amazon to get our basement a bit more organized before we bring down all of the Christmas decorations.
I ordered Jake this wireless phone charger and now I need to get one for myself because I’m obsessed. Since Jake works in tech, I had to do my research to make sure it was a good one and it has his approval!
This week I have been doing a lot of Zoom meetings so I’m living in my J Crew sweaters because they look very professional but are very cozy.
Picked up new Skinnygirl sports bras at TJ Maxx because they are soo comfy.