August Favorites

Hi everyone! It’s the end of August and time for me to tell you all about the things I enjoyed this month. I have a little bit of food, beauty, and a movie so keep on reading if you want to know what they are. What have been your favorite things in August?

Trader Joe’s Sparkling Water

Drinking water during the summer can get really boring to me so I really like to drink sparkling or flavored water to help make it more interesting. Trader Joe’s came out with some new flavors of their sparkling mineral water that were special for the summer and they are so good! My favorite flavors are Island Colada and Cranberry Clementine.

Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning

This has been such a yummy seasoning blend to cook with and it really does make everything taste like an everything bagel. My favorite way to use this seasoning this month is in hash browns or roasted potatoes. So good!!

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Kangsi Pack Deep Cleansing Gold Facial Mask

That name though. I found this on Amazon and bought it mainly because it looked super interesting. It applies in a gold gel but then turns white as it dries. I think it does a good job of deep cleaning my skin and pores. Plus, isn’t the packaging kind of funny??

C.O. Bigelow Vanillamint Supreme 2X Lip Shine

Who remembers these lip glosses from years ago? Bath & Body Works just started carrying these again and I stocked up a couple of months ago during a sale. I love that these glosses taste like mint and give you fresher breath. This gloss is completely clear– which I like because I’m not a fan of colored lip glosses.

Stella by Stella McCartney 

I absolutely LOVE this perfume! My cousin used to wear this all the time and I loved how it smelled on her, so I decided to get some of my own. I have been using this very sparingly and I think this bottle has lasted me a couple of years. Stella’s main notes are of rose and amber. I’m going to be really sad when I completely run out of this fragrance but I do think it’s worth the cost because it has lasted me so long.

Gifted (2017)

This was such a good movie. I watched it a few weeks ago and it definitely tugged at my heart-strings. Gifted is about a man named Frank who is raising his child prodigy niece, Mary, after her mother takes her own life. Mary’s father was never in her life and so Frank has raised her all alone from the beginning. Later in the movie, Mary’s grandmother just shows up and fights for custody of Mary, but Frank’s unconditional love is put on display. There was one scene in the movie that stuck out the most to me, because I am an aunt and I completely understand the love that Frank had for Mary. At one point, Mary learns that her biological father is in town and he doesn’t even make an attempt to meet her. Mary is very distraught and doesn’t understand why her own father doesn’t love her. Frank then tells Mary that they are going for a ride and he takes her to the local hospital–just to sit in the waiting room all night. They wait and wait and Mary even asks “how much longer?” After a while, a man bursts through the doors, in surgical clothing, and yells “it’s a boy!” Frank then leans over to Mary and says:

Frank: That’s exactly how it was when you were born.
Mary: This happy?
Frank: This happy.
Mary: Who came out and told everyone?
Frank: I did.
Mary: Can we stay for another?

Ahhhh! That totally made this auntie boo-hoo her eyes out. Being an aunt is the greatest and I can’t even begin to describe that kind of love, but the movie was such a good portrayal.

My Experience with ThredUp

If you’re like me, you have probably seen commercials, adverts, etc., about ThredUp on social media. I am all about trading in clothes for some cash or credit, when it’s time to purge my closet, and I wanted to give ThredUp a try, this time around. Today I’m going to share with you all about my experience using ThredUp and show you some of the things I purchased with my credit.

The first thing you should do is clean out your closet and make a pile of things you want to sell or donate. Next, go to the ThredUp website to order a “Clean Out Kit.” ThredUp will then send you a clean out bag, with postage, and instructions of how to send in your clothes.

Once you fill up the clean out bag, drop the bag off at your nearest FedEx or USPS location and it’ll be on it’s way.


The items that ThredUp may not be able to sell, they will then donate the remaining items on their end. I love that because I don’t have to go to several drop off sites to donate my clothes.

Of the clothing items that you send in, ThredUp will notify you each time something of yours sells on their site. You will receive an amount of credit from the things you sell and you can use it toward a consignment purchase on their website. You will also be charged a small free once your clean out bag is processed, so just keep that in mind. I think it took about 6 weeks for my clean out bag to be processed, because of the high demand. Overall, the process of sending in clothing, shoes, and some jewelry, was very easy and I didn’t mind the wait. ThredUp will also send you an email with the status of your bag so that you can keep checking to see when it will be processed.

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Once a few of my items sold and I had some credit on my account, it was time to look for some things I need this fall! I think I received my order within just a few days of ordering, so that was great! You have the option of trying on the clothes and then returning them if they don’t work out, but, again, you will be charged a small fee.

A black and grey sweater? My favorite! (Not even joking) I found this sweater from Loft and really liked the damask print.

I have been wanting a pair of leather pants for a couple of years now but could never find any that I liked. I found this brand new pair, with tags still attached, from Free People for about eighty percent off. What a bargain!

You wanna know what’s crazier than me wearing leather pants, it’s me wearing something pink! This sweater is also from Loft and I think it’ll be a great addition to my fall wardrobe. I love the sleeves on this sweater and the fact that it’s loose and tunic-style.

Including the small amount of credit I made, I purchased these three items for less than $30! I’m really happy with my ThredUp experience and I know that I’ll buy clothes through them again. I would love to hear from you if you have ever traded in/bought clothed through ThredUp and what your experience was like!

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5 Tips to Make Yourself Feel Better

Life is a constant ebb and flow of highs and lows, victories and losses, good days and bad days. Sometimes you just go through a difficult season of life or a series of difficult times. I’ve dealt with some rough days off and on for the last couple of weeks but, thankfully, I know myself and I know what I need to help myself cope. Today I’m going to share with you my 5 tips for how to make yourself feel better when you’ve had a bad day. If you have had a rough time, I hope you have much better days ahead! Let me know if I can pray for you, I would love to do that.

1. Take a step back from the situation. Sometimes you just need to physically remove yourself from whatever you are dealing with. I’m not saying that you should just run away or leave, but take a step back for a short time. Maybe go outside, go for a walk, go get a coffee, go some place that makes you happy. Take a breather and then come back to deal with the situation. As much as I would love to just run away, from something that’s stressful, in the real world you just can’t do that.

2. Talk to someone you trust. This is SO important. I’m so thankful that I have the parents, siblings, friends, and coworkers that I do because I know I can talk to them about anything and everything. Even though your person may not know exactly how to relate to your situation, or not completely understand what you’re going through, they might be able to offer valuable advice from their life experience or just offer much-needed support. Talk to someone, don’t keep it all bottled up.

3. Get your rest. Sometimes the body needs relaxation and sleep and you may feel so much better after a rest period. When you’re tired, everything can seem so much worse in your head and your perspective can be altered from seeing what’s going on and what’s really important. Nighttime can also make everything seem WAY worse than it actually is and so don’t dwell on your day or situation while you’re trying to go to bed. Get your rest and start over the next day.

4. Make some comfort food. While food isn’t something that should be abused as a coping mechanism, sometimes there’s just nothing better than mac & cheese and/or chicken noodle soup. I tried a new recipe for “Chicken Zoodle Soup” the other day and it was really yummy. I’ll link the recipe here. I find cooking to also be very therapeutic.


5. Meditate on scripture. I know that I can always turn to the Bible and the Lord for my peace and strength during hard times. I love to read the Psalms when I need peace because God says so many times that He is a refuge, He gives strength, He wants His children to come to Him at anytime, and He is praised for all He has done and will do.

What are some things that make you feel better after a bad day?

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