Weekly Obsessions

Weekly Obsessions XIX

Happy Friday! How is it already Friday? The week absolutely flew by but no complaints on that. I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Also can we take a moment to recognize that it’s June 1st today. How is that possible?! May flew by for sure.

Today I want to share a few things that I have been obsessed with this week. Let me know something you’ve been obsessed with in the comments below. Have a great day πŸ™‚

Simple Sterling Silver Ring

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While shopping with my mom at a local boutique in my hometown, I came across a display of a bunch of simple sterling silver rings. Usually rings like this tend to be gold in my opinion and I prefer silver jewelry so it was nice to see them in silver. I tried them on for fun and what do you know, one magically ended up inΒ  my hand and an unknown force pulled me to the register to buy it. To be honest I don’t even know what happened. Even though I didn’t go into shopping with the intention of buying anything I’m obsessed with this ring! It’s so simple but so pretty and I absolutely love it. Unfortunately I don’t know the brand that this exact ring is but this one looks almost identical to the one I have. For those interested, my nail color is O.P.I’s Mod About You.

The Wife Between Us

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Due to the nature of this book, I can’t get too much into the plot without spoiling parts. I don’t want to be that person so I’m going to use the synopsis available because it should do a great job of hooking you in. “When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. Read between the lies.”

I can honestly say I did not see the one plot twist coming. Once it happened, I could not wait to finish it. The authors did a fantastic job of keeping readers on their toes and I highly recommend picking this book up.

Brooks Juno Sports Bra

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I was having issues with my old sports bras and decided to order one of these on a whim a few months ago. It became my go to sports bra and I needed to order a second one. It holds your chest in place and they don’t move. Amazing for any sort of high impact and intense workouts you have. One of my favorite things about it is that it’s based on your normal bra size. I find that it is true to size with the regular bra I wear so I recommend trying that size first. Brooks actually has an amazing return policy. You have 365 days to return anything with the tags on. In addition you are able to try it out for a workout to see how it performs for you or if it bothers you at all and are still able to return it after a 90 day trial run. Honestly you can’t beat that and I do not see myself straying to another brand or style sports bra.

Alex

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You guys, I must give this special person a shout out. Alex was absolutely amazing this past week and just beyond sweet while I was feeling sick. Find the person who listens to you complain about how sick you feel for hours in the car, drives almost the entire way home while you take multiple naps, takes sole care of the puppy for two days and puts up with your crappy mood while feeling like you’re going to die. Seriously that’s how you know you’re with the right person.

Question of the day: What’s one thing you’ve been obsessed with this week?

Weekly Obsessions

Weekly Obsessions XVIII

Happy Friday friends! It’s Memorial Day weekend and I’m pretty excited. I took the day off of work and we’re road tripping to my parents in Chicago. We actually drove halfway last night and stayed in a pet friendly hotel since Bailey is with us. Another 6 hours today and then we’ll be in Chicago. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

The winner of the gift card is Ally! Thank you all so much for entering. I’ll send you an email to get your prize on the way.

Needlepoint Keychain

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Alex’s mom loves to needlepoint so for Christmas she gave me a few patterns to pick from for a keychain. This is the one I went with and I love it! The colors are some of my favorites and I love this style keychain. It’s so easy to throw in my bag and I can always find my keys. Etsy has a bunch of different shops that offer needlepoint keychains if you’re interested.

Just Fruit Bars

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I’ve mentioned these on the blog before but I stocked up when I was at Trader Joe’s on Sunday. There are a few flavors but the apple-strawberry is my favorite. Apple-mango is pretty good as well. There’s also an apple-coconut bar and apple-banana one. The ingredients are just apples and strawberries so it’s one of the cleanest bars in my opinion. I keep one in my desk at work as an emergency snack and I definitely packed a few for the drive.

The Great British Baking Show

I feel like I’m incredibly late to the game on this show but oh my goodness. So good and entertaining! Bailey and I watched a slightly embarrassing amount when Alex was out of town earlier this week. Netflix has the show starting with the season in 2014 so not every episode is on there. It’s just so good! Each week, the bakers have 3 challenges – a signature challenge where they get something like bread and then they can flavor it how they want, a technical challenge where the judges give them a short and vague recipe to recreate, and then the showstopper challenge where they have guidance but still freedom to use whatever flavors they would like. Just go watch it because I think you’ll enjoy it.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen

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This product is one I have used for years thanks to my mom. I have no idea why she decided to pick it up but I’m so glad she did. With the sun and warm weather we’ve been having, I had to break out my bottle for runs. The main reason I love this specific sunscreen is because it doesn’t leave the greasy feeling like some sunscreen can. I put it on my face and arms before runs and I don’t feel it sitting on my skin plus it rubs in incredibly easily. This stuff is a staple in my bathroom.

Question of the day: What’s one thing you’ve been obsessed with this week?

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Weekly Obsessions XVII

Happy Friday! It’s going to be a wet weekend here in New Jersey but I honestly don’t mind. I feel like it’ll force me to get things done. Hopefully the sun will be shining near you though!

I want to share a few items that I’ve been obsessed with this week. Let me know something you’ve been obsessed with too.

The Script

I’ve been a fan of The Script for years and just adore their music. This past week I’ve been listening to all of their albums on shuffle. It’s soft enough that I don’t focus on it while I’m working but at the same time it’s not instrumental music and has a nice beat. One of my favorites has been Superheros. All of their music is good though and you should definitely check them out if you haven’t.

up & up Micellar Cleansing Water

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Now that the weather is warming up, I want to take care of my skin a little extra. Running in the heat leads to more sweating which mixes in with the sunscreen I put on my face. Since I don’t want all that junk stuck in my skin, I’ve been using this micellar cleansing water from Up & Up that I picked up at Target. This stuff works! I haven’t had a pimple at all since I started using it. I remove my makeup and use my normal cleanser before drying my face. After shaking the bottle up, I put the product on a cotton ball and wipe all over my face. It gets any residual oil, dirt and makeup off without drying my skin. For under $5 you can’t beat it to make it feel like your face is fully clean.

Fresh Basil

Basil Plant

I’m happy to report that the basil plant I bought a few weeks ago is going strong. Not only is it still alive but it’s grown, woohoo! I’ve been adding it to as many dishes as possible recently. Dried basil is good but fresh is just next level. I may start cutting the leaves off the plant and save them to try homemade pesto. Have you ever done that? On one hand, I don’t want to cut off too many leaves that the plant dies but on the other hand fresh pesto sounds amazing.

Bananas

Bananas

I’ll bet someone that my parents are shocked that I’m saying I’ve been obsessed with bananas this week. For as long as I can remember, I never hate bananas because, and I quote, “the texture freaked me out”. Well my taste buds have changed you guys because I now like bananas.Β Mom and Dad that’s probably the little quake you felt πŸ˜‰Β I noticed that I prefer when they’re a little brown, slightly mushier and they seem sweeter to me too.

Question of the day: What’s one thing you’ve been obsessed with this week?y

Weekly Obsessions

Weekly Obsessions XVI

Hello and happy Friday! How are you all doing today? It’s Friday so I’m feeling pretty good myself. The past week has been pretty good but there’s nothing like the weekend.

I’m kicking off the last few hours of work by sharing a few items I’ve been obsessed with this week. Have a great Friday πŸ™‚

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

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If you saw yesterday’s post then you probably aren’t surprised that this showed up on the list this week! The novel is about a painting that was done by a French artist of his wife, Sophie. She brings the painting from Paris to her hometown in France during World War I. The town ends up being occupied by Germans. Fast forward to 2006 and a widow, Liv, has the painting in her house. The artist’s family wants the painting back and goes through an organization that specializes in the requisition of stolen or lost works of art.

One of the biggest reasons that I liked this story is because I feel like you mostly hear about stolen works of art form World War II but it happened during WWI as well. Historical fiction is a genre that I love and when the story is interwoven between two time periods I can’t get enough. Jojo Moyes is also the author of Me Before You so if you enjoyed that popular book then I recommend checking this one out as well!

Strawberries

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A week or so ago, I noticed strawberries were on sale at the grocery store so I picked them up just hoping they would be ripe. I have no idea when strawberry season is but I think it’s now because the berries I’ve been buying are delicious! For a midmorning snack at work, I’ve been cutting up a few strawberries and putting them in a container.

Spring Plants

Pink Tree At Tamarron

I have no idea what type of tree this is to be honest but I love the pop of pink it adds to everything! These trees are all over our apartment complex which makes walks and runs fun. It’s not just these trees though, when I drive I see other flowers blooming. It’s been putting a big smile on my face because it means spring is officially here!

Question of the day: What’s one thing you’ve been obsessed with this week?

Weekly Obsessions

Weekly Obsessions XV

Happy Fri-yay! I’m pretty excited for this week since the weather is supposed to be nice and I’m definitely ignoring that there’s a chance of rain this weekend. Slowly my allergies/cold/whatever the heck hit me have gone away so fingers crossed I don’t sit on the couch all weekend either.

I’m sharing a few things that I’ve been obsessed with this week today. Tell me something that you’ve been obsessed with this week down in the comments. Have a great day πŸ™‚

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream

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I bought a tiny trial size of this cream in March of 2017 to bring with me to Europe and loved it. Then I bought a big tube when I got home and just kind of forgot about it. When Alex and I were cleaning our bedroom a few weeks ago, I discovered the almost empty full size tube and said I should just finish it since I bought it. Since starting back up with it I have no idea why I stopped using it in the first place. It’s so good! It’s a medium to full coverage cream that is light on the skin. The product lasts all day on my skin and has held up fairly well to lots of nose blowing too.

Where They Found HerΒ by Kimberly McCreight

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Since Alex asked me to read The Fountainhead, I wasn’t really enjoying reading. Not that there was anything wrong with the book! It just hadn’t grabbed my attention like my typical books do. To get back into reading, I took a break from The Fountainhead and found this one in my stash of books to read. It has me hooked!

The story follows Molly who had a stillborn child and moved to the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband and their young daughter. She is working as a reporter for the local paper and gets a call from her boss one morning saying a body has been found near the outskirts of the towns prestigious university. When Molly gets to the crime scene, she finds out the body belongs to a small baby girl. The story follows Molly trying to deal with the emotional distress of covering a topic that caused her to get depressed while a few other characters have some plot lines in the book as well.

Chats With Dad

I was talking to my Dad last night about a few things and I kind of forget how nice calls to the family are. Don’t take this as we never talk, our family group message is used at least once of day! Sometimes though, it’s easier to just text my Dad instead of calling him since he travels for work and I never know if he’s traveling or even what timezone he’s in haha. When we were talking last night it made me so excited for our trip to Chicago that’s coming up.

Last Minute Ice Cream Date

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It was over 90 degrees in New Jersey yesterday. Yes you read that correctly – 90 degrees in May! After dinner, Alex suggested a family trip to the ice cream place in town. You don’t have to twist my arm for that πŸ˜‰ We leashed up Bailey and drove over. There were a decent amount of people and Bailey was too busy sniffing to try and lay down or sit while we ate so we brought the ice cream home. It was fun to just randomly go out and get something sweet on a hot night. I got Fly Fishing Fudge which was vanilla ice cream with chocolate chunks, M&Ms, cookie dough pieces and chocolate swirls in it. I picked the name on a whim but it was delicious! Alex got Mint on Maine which was mint chocolate chip and oh so tasty too.

Question of the day: What’s one thing you’ve been obsessed with this week?