Friday roundup

Hey there everyone hope your week has been good. Its time for a friday roundup!

What Gods been speaking this week….Understanding + Uncertainty

This week I’ve been dealing with alllll the 2.5 year old ‘tude around sleep time and its been STRETCHING. One night this week I was talking to God while Isaac just didn’t wanna go to bed and with frustration in my voice
“God you are really stretching me, I really don’t understand what you are trying to do” He simply replied “Is that what its about? Understanding?”. Furiously I replied “Yes, yes it WAS” and then it hit me. That WAS how I had operated. For so long I had refused to step out if I didn’t understand what God was doing. Sure, we know in our heads that isn’t faith in action but when it comes down to living life sometimes we forget we were never promised security or understanding. It is impossible to understand all He is doing because we are not God, but when we know the character of Father God we can rest. Thank God for His faithfulness to remind me. God was doing EXACTLY what I had just spoken. Stretching me beyond what I understand into where He can really do something. Kris Valloton recently said “If you don’t have an uncertain situation in your life you’re not doing anything for God.” It was the perfect reminder that I am EXACTLY where I need to be. Gods kingdom is so upside down from how we would ever chose to live. While we say we want to go out and try new things so often our comforts and securities lull us to sleep to hum the same old song when God has something new for us that will bring life to us in a way we never knew that was possible. God in His limitless abilities is not trodden down by fear, this is where He invites us. Into His heart where the dreams for each of us surpass anything we can dream of. In His heart we are able to rest knowing He loves us.

Favorite new product

After I posted about this Avocado saver that I was given by a friend my DM’s started blowing up with oh my gosh I need this. So I found a 2pk on amazon for y’all right HERE and its under $10!! anytime I can eliminate using plastic wrap or plastic baggies I am all for it.

New recipe of the week:

We tried a new recipe this week for zucchini, carrot and banana muffins and they were a massive hit. As in Isaac and I both had 3 muffins within a couple hours of making them kinda hit. My favorite muffins we’ve made are hands down my sweet potato muffins but these come in a close second. If you missed the sweet potato muffin recipe you can find it HERE. Check out the zucchini, carrot, banana muffin recipe HERE.

What was “suppose to happen” this week:

I was suppose to get my arm piece finished up this week on thursday but when I was ten mins away from tattoo shop I got a call that they needed to reschedule. So expectantly awaiting next week to get it finished. Its been two years in the making!!

Two favorite blog posts past two weeks:

(according to you the readers + followers)

Favorite Jeans for Tall women : Technically they are jeggings, BUT these are jeans in my book and I’ve been proudly wearing them for two years now. Thank you American Eagle.

My three favorite skin products: You all are LOVING the info on the jade roller. I even linked to a rose quartz roller that is BEAUTIFUL.

Favorite Outfits this week

The weather in the midwest has been interesting as of late. We’ve had a couple of 60 degree weather days where I am almost, I said ALMOST tempted to wear a dress but lord knows my legs are pale as winter so thats not happening. haha. Then we have days like today that are 21 degrees when I go out to warm up my car. A couple of my favorite things that I have been wearing and found are my FAVORITE mens gray button up cardigan from H&M. I wear this at least 3 days a week. I wear a medium and I am an XS/S in women’s. Its perfectly slouchy and the sleeves are long enough for this long arm’d mama

I’ve been wearing my suede high waist skirt from banana republic and am obsessed. I found a version thats $10. I wore it to church last weekend with black leggings and my elbow sleeve turtleneck  (its currently $6.49!!)with my favorite tan booties from Dillards.

I’ve been rocking my black panama hat as of late. Funny because I had it in my bag to donate for the last couple months and then just before I donated the bags I realized nope I still love this hat. AND I’ve been wearing it every week since then. haha. Please tell me you’re guilty of the same thing! I linked two versions of hat.

Zucchini, carrot and banana muffin recipe

Muffins are one of Isaacs absolute favorite things to eat. Our favorite muffins hands down my sweet potato muffins these zucchini muffins though come in second. We both scarfed down three within 3 hours of making them. They are not as sweet as the sweet potato ones but equally delicious. These DO have sugar in them but you don’t really taste it. Next time I make them I may totally axe the sugar since we didn’t taste it. Or if you don’t mind the sugar and want them sweeter I would double what I have the recipe using.




Muffins are one of Isaacs absolute favorite things to eat. Our favorite muffins hands down my sweet potato muffins these zucchini muffins though come in second. We both scarfed down three within 3 hours of making them. They are not as sweet as the sweet potato ones but equally delicious. These DO have sugar in them but you don’t really taste it. Next time I make them I may totally axe the sugar since we didn’t taste it. Or if you don’t mind the sugar and want them sweeter I would double what I have the recipe using.

ZUCCHINI, CARROT AND BANANA MUFFINS

3 cups flour
1/2 c sugar
2 tsp cinnamon OR 1 drop of cinnamon bark YL oil
1 tsp ground cloves
optional: 1 tsp nutmeg or 1 drop of nutmeg YL oil
2 1/4 tsps baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
3 cups carrots, peeled and grated [3 large carrots]
2 cups zucchini, grated [2 small zucchini]
1 c mashed, ripe banana [2 bananas]
3 eggs
1/2 c vegetable oil

DIRECTIONS
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Set to the side.

In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, and oil.

In a large bowl, mix together the carrots, zucchini, and bananas. Pour the liquid egg mixture over the grated vegetables and bananas, and fold in gently to combine. I suggest using spatula, do NOT use your mixer. You want to make sure the flour is completely mixed in.

Scoop the batter using 1/3 c measuring cup into greased muffin tins.

Bake for 15-18 minutes at 375 degrees.

ENJOY

Yields: 24 muffins


ZUCCHINI, CARROT AND BANANA MUFFINS

3 cups flour
1/2 c sugar
2 tsp cinnamon OR 1 drop of cinnamon bark YL oil
1 tsp ground cloves
optional: 1 tsp nutmeg or 1 drop of nutmeg YL oil
2 1/4 tsps baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
3 cups carrots, peeled and grated [3 large carrots]
2 cups zucchini, grated [2 small zucchini]
1 c mashed, ripe banana [2 bananas]
3 eggs
1/2 c vegetable oil

DIRECTIONS
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Set to the side.

In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, and oil.

In a large bowl, mix together the carrots, zucchini, and bananas. Pour the liquid egg mixture over the grated vegetables and bananas, and fold in gently to combine. I suggest using spatula, do NOT use your mixer. You want to make sure the flour is completely mixed in.

Scoop the batter using 1/3 c measuring cup into greased muffin tins.

Bake for 15-18 minutes at 375 degrees.

ENJOY

Yields: 24 muffins

Favorite Jeans for tall women

This post is NOT sponsored by American Eagle. I found these jeans a freaking love them and can’t not share them.

Okay if you are like me and are all legs listen up. After two years of wearing these american eagle leggings these are hands down my FAVORITE jeans to wear as someone who has long legs. While I am not crazy tall (I’m 5’8.5″ BUT I am all legs. My legs are as long as my friends who are 6′ tall….So when I say these work for long legs they really do. And THANK YOU American Eagle for delivering with these leggings. They not only offer long but extra long too for you 6′ ladies.

They are affordable ($29.96 to be exact) and the most comfortable jeans I have found. Perfect amount of stretch and they feel amazing and look amazing.

American Eagle Jeggings // AE

Vici Doll Dupes

One of my favorite brands to drool over is Vici dolls. But if you’re like me and don’t always have $70 to spend on a sweater finding dupes is everything. The other issue I have is when I find something I love its sold out almost instantly. Booooo. So for the sake of you and I getting what we want I have been able to track down a couple of my favorite items that vici dolls have and the exact dupes. Are there any other clothing pieces or accessories that you would like me to find dupes of? Comment below and I’ll see what I can find.

Open Front Gray Chunky Knit Cardigan

This chunky open front cardigan has become one of my go to cardigans this winter. Its super chunky but light weight enough that I can layer it with several other layers if I wanted. I wore it a lot when we went to Jackson Hole, WY this year. Cardigan $32.99 / Amazon (Wearing a small)

Long sleeve button down tie front top

I have been eyeing these long sleeve button down tie shirts but couldn’t fathom spending more than $30 on one. Y’all when I say I am frugal, it runs deep. This target version of this VICI DOLLS top is only $16. Woot woot. They have it in white + plum.

Long Sleeve button down tie front shirt $16 / Target

Long Sleeve Button up Bodysuit

I am a sucker for a good bodysuit. Especially in the winter, makes it way easier to layer up without all the layers bunching up. I love this one because its button up. The VICI DOLLS bodysuit they currently have does not have buttons, but they had a short sleeve one that did in the fall that I was drooling over BUT I love long sleeve more than short sleeves so here is this one. Its only $12 VS $38 for the VICI DOLLS one.
Snap button black long sleeve bodysuit $12 / Shein

Black 3/4 sleeve turtleneck top

Y’all need to RUN on this one. Its currently HALF OFF at target. Only $6.49. I have been wearing this with jeans, and with high waist skirts. It’s so versatile its become one of my favorite tops to wear. And it’s black so I mean what more do you need? neutrals for life over here. They have it black, burgundy, and white.

Black Elbow Sleeve Turtleneck Top $6.49 / Target

Gold layered Coin Necklace

I absolutely love the gold layered necklaces that VICI DOLLS has BUT they are usually sold out within hours. No joke. So after searching high and low I found the perfect dupes for 1/5 of the price!!

Gold coin layered necklace $4 / SHEIN

Gold moon pendant necklace

Anyone else loving all the moon necklaces we are seeing? The vici dolls necklaces I have seen have been my favorites. I looked at forever 21, and target and found nothing that was as similar. Then, TA DA I found this ONE from SHEIN. Its perfect and it’s only $3. So ummmmm YES!

Gold moon necklace $3.00 / SHEIN

Turtleneck Sweater

This sweater has to be one of my favorites. Every season there are new styles of sweaters but a good turtleneck with good shape NEVER goes out of style. This turtleneck is just that, and its under $50. So you know winning at life over here, yet again.

High Neck Turtleneck Sweater $23 /SHEIN

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Again, this post is not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned. This is seriously what I do with my time. Find deals for you and me. So hope you enjoyed this post. Lemme know if you want me to do some more like this.

My three favorite skin products

Okay if you’re like me I am low maintenance. I mean lowwwwww maintenance when it comes to beauty. However when I turned thirty I realized that while low maintenance isn’t a good or bad thing having good skin does take some work. Over the past year I began changing my routine. okay, lets be real. I actually started doing stuff because the last time I actually had a daily or even weekly routine was wayyyyyy back when I was a fashion model. So ummm 12 plus years ago. haha. Also I want to mention my skin is VERY SENSITIVE. If there is any kind of warning for possible irritation on a product chances are my face will show that irritation immediately.

Anyways, lets focus on what I am doing right these days. 

First, I clean my face EVERY NIGHT. I use to be able to count the amount of times on one hand that I had washed my face each month. Now I can count the amount of times I HAVEN’T washed my face the entire year on one hand. Because I am low maintenance though I stick to makeup remover wipes. Whether I have actually put on makeup or not. I have tried a couple and these target brand ones are my go to. I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin. I am talking if the label says don’t use if you have sensitive skin they are talking to me. These fragrance free wipes have been the only thing that don’t turn my face red. 

Unscented Facial Wipes from Target $3.89

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Second, I use my tinkle razor THREE nights a week. This thing is my favorite. If you like a good blackhead popping you will love this. It gets the baby hairs and dry skin off so easy. I was so nervous I would cut myself, nope. 
3pk Tinkle Razors  $3.77 

After I use my tinkle razor I immediately follow up with my favorite oil for skin. Manuka oil.

Third, apply manuka oil to my face EVERY NIGHT. This oil stinks bad. I mean its pretty awful when you get a whiff of it but its been magic and has transformed my skin from dry to soft so to me its worth it. Granted I don’t smell it while I am sleeping so it can’t be that bad. Its just when I apply it I notice it. If you’re interested in getting manuka oil let me know and I can order some for you!! Bottle is $36.75. 

I just wanna say that I have tried several serums and anti aging oils and allllllllll the stuff. But using one single oil is what actually worked for me! Imagine that. 

Fourth, Face sheet masks once a week. Now here is what I learned, not all sheet masks are the same. I have tried out at least five types and always come back to these Miss Spa QUENCH face sheet masks. They are the most hydrating. I put it on a day when I am not doing tinkle razor. Ill usually put it on and get some work done and then take it off. A couple things I do though when I take off the sheet mask. I don’t wipe off any of the magic goop thats on my face. I actually peel off mask and rub it all into my face AND neck. Why my neck? Have you ever noticed how people age on their neck?? 

Miss Spa Quench Face sheet masks: $2.99

I am not big on new years resolutions but one thing I will be adding to my skin regimen will be this jade roller. If you haven’t heard about benefits to rolling lemme give you a quick three
Reduces Inflammation + Puffiness
– Help smooth out wrinkles
– Helps lymphatic system by reversing stagnation in face

Amazon has this jade roller ill be getting. Or you can get fancy with a rose quartz roller one HERE

Favorite Affordable Winter Boots

Just bringing back boots with the fur over here and I have no shame about it. If you’re looking for some new winter snow boots that are under $50 go get these boots NOW. They come in three colors. I have the tan. They run a tad narrow. I am wearing size 10. You can check them out HERE.

Winter Boots $39.99 // Cream Sweater  $44// AE Tall Jeans $29.96// Winter Jacket $64.99 //

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Three easy ways to eliminate plastic use in your home

Something that I have been focused on the past year has been switching out plastic for something else that I either biodegradable or that I know won’t end up in a landfill or on the side of the road. Plastic solution isn’t just an issue on the side of the roads, plastic actually releases harmful chemicals that seep into groundwater and can cause harm to those drinking the water. Plastic typically takes 450-1000 YEARS to decompose. Yes, the plastic you’re buy will outlive you and thats NOT a good thing. Thats just on land, in the water its even worse as there are animals fighting for their lives because of OUR pollution.

So here are three EASY steps for you to take. First one is eliminating, and the last two are replacing. 

  1. Don’t buy ziplock bags – Now I get it. I am right there with those of you who love organization and ziplock bags provide just that. However the amount of waste they produce is kinda outta hand. So now instead of using ziplock bags I either (1) Cut and prep produce and put in mason jars (2) Use pyrex glass containers for leftovers
  2. Switch to a bamboo toothbrush– Switch from plastic toothbrushes to bamboo toothbrushes. Plastics laced with chemicals are absorbed into our bodies and well I’m going to let you do the math. That is NOT what we want.

These are the 2pk adult bamboo toothbrushes that I use: HERE

4pk Toddler/Child Bamboo toothbrushes: HERE 

3. Bring your own reusable bags when you go shopping. Being originally from WA state its a way of life there. You have your reusable bags in the car. Its just how you do life. When I moved to KC I honestly forgot all about it. Now though I am taking steps to help eliminate plastic. A lot of stores have their own reusable bags you can purchase. Trader Joes has some awesome ones. Another way to reduce plastic bags is to bring your own reusable produce bags like THESE to put your produce in. This is perfect if you’re grabbing produce from your garden, farmers market or want to keep your produce in bags in fridge.

2pk Adult Bamboo toothbrushes // AMAZON $5.89

4pk Child Bamboo Toothbrushes // AMAZON $8.90

9 pk Reusable Produce Bags // AMAZON $12.97

Pyrex Glass 18pc // AMAZON/ $39.39

This post contains affiliate links, all thoughts and words are my own.

10 under 10 stocking stuffer + gift ideas for toddlers

You all know I love to get the most for my money and hate clutter so I thought I would share some of my favorite finds for stocking stuffers and gifts for toddlers. All of these are under $10 too!! Share this list with your family and parents!

A lot of these gift ideas are focused on keeping toddler busy during cold winter months. My little guy loves art like his mama and papa so we have most of these. I will be getting the no spill paint cups for sure this year with all the painting that is bound to happen.

Socks and toothbrushes in stockings is a thing y’all and here are the two best ones for your toddlers.

1] Bamboo toddler toothbrush

Wanna help eliminate a bit of plastic? Switch your kiddos over to these bamboo toothbrushes. I have them and love them!!

2]  Old Navy kid fuzzy socks $2

Black friday pricing. So grab them right away. There are unicorns, penguins, polar bears, santa. Everything for every kiddo in your life.

3]  6 pc No spill paint cups $8.99 + Kids washable paint 6 count/ $4.27

Bring on ALLLLLL the artsy fartsy things. These no spill paint cups are in my shopping cart because how have I never thought about this? This is going to make painting time way easier!!! And they come with paintbrushes. Double win.

These paints are probably the art activity Isaac pulls out the most and asks to do. These little containers are perfect and have already lasted us quite awhile. Pretty sure I am going to need to stock up though for impending cold coming our way.

4] Carters Two-Piece pajamas for only $4.97 —> While supplies last. They go quick!!

Every year I stock up on these when they have their early black friday prices for the following year. I usually get at least five of them to keep us held over for the year. Isaac has almost completely outgrown the pajamas I bought last year for him so I just bought some for now and for the next year. These are super easy to roll up, but a bow on and put in stocking. What kid doesn’t love new pajamas??

5] Playdoh $7.99

I don’t think I even need to explain why playdoh is one of the greatest inventions ever do I? Didn’t think so.

6] Melissa + doug on the go REUSABLE water painting (Vehicles + Animals) $ 9.27

These are game changers. If you don’t wanna deal with any of the painting mess this is perfect for in the car, waiting for siblings at practice, or just quiet at home activity. One of my best friends sent me a video of her daughter quietly using one and I knew I needed one…or two. Fortunately this one comes with two.

7] Melissa + Doug Drawing Paper $2.99

Drawing pads are pretty much the best thing ever when you have a kiddo. Why? Way less paper all over the house. All the art stays in one place. Lets just call that a parenting win.

8] Toddler Coloring Book. 100 pages of things that go $5.95

Things that go book is my sons absolute favorite so how could I not get him the coloring book version?

9] Melissa + Doug Sticker book Dinosaurs, Space, Vehicles and more $4.99

My guy LOVES stickers and everything in this sticker book so I know this is going to be a big win, win.

10] Pull back 12 set mini truck set $9.48

Tractors are all the rage over here so 12 for under $10!!! Um yes please! Thats a better price than matchbox cars!!

Okay I couldn’t leave these two things out because they are some of Isaacs favorites. He grabs them out whenever I am “working” on something and he is just in heaven. 

Tool Set $8.99

Isaacs toolset is one of his favorite toys hands down. He knows the difference between screwdriver, pliers, saw, you name it. He knows it and its just about the cutest thing ever.

Toddler Hardhat $8.76

And you can’t work without a hardhat. And lets be real a toddler in a hardhat is pretty much the cutest thing ever as well. And for under $10 how could you say no?