|December 6, 2013||Friday Favorites|
I have a Christmas-y weekend coming up. On Saturday, we are buying our Christmas tree at the tree farm and on Sunday we are going to an amusement park’s holiday celebration (more on that on Monday!). Up now – my Friday Favorites, the iPhone edition. Now that I have a functioning iPhone again, I ABSOLUTELY love my phone. When I tell you that the only thing I did on my iPhone4 was Instagram and my camera, I am not lying. This phone is FAST. I can actually surf the Internet AND check out blogs AND go on Facebook AND pin on Pinterest like crazy. That being said, I have a few new favorites apps. Enjoy.
*I just wanted to say that I’m not being paid by any of these app developers to talk about these apps and I’m not getting any sort of commission if you download them because the are FREE. I genuinely love these apps and wanted to share them with you. Crazy I know.
Yep. I caved. I wasn’t going to, and I even mentioned to a few people that I don’t understand why people get addicted to games. Well my friends, I’m addicted. I can’t stop. If it wasn’t for the time limit thing in between lives, I would probably play this game all day everyday. It’s a problem.
I have an actual Nook, but I always forget to charge it and I forget to bring it with me when I go places. That’s partially why I haven’t been able to finish a book in years. A goal of mine for 2014 is to read more. A LOT MORE. I just downloaded the book Gone Girl by Gillian and I’m already loving it. I’m not too far along so no spoilers in the comments, please.
Another app I’m loving that relates to reading is Goodreads. Goodreads is sort of like a social media app for people that like to read. You can add books to your “shelf” that you are currently reading, books that you’ve already read, and books that you want to read next. I think it’s a fantastic way for me to keep track of those that I’ve read thus far. And since I haven’t read a fiction book in ages, I’m starting at zero. It’s also great because you can add friends, send messages, browse books, and much more! Plus, the app is free so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t download it. If you want to add me on Goodreads as a friend, my user name is _nicolekennedy.
I’ve used Spotify as my music player of choice all through college (as well as Pandora). I just realized that Spotify was also an app for your phone, so I had to download it. It’s amazing because you can make playlists, listen to basically ANY SONG or ALBUM you want for free, and share what you’re listening to your social media channels. I’m not going to lie, my favorite album at the moment is the new One Direction CD which I’ve been listening to non-stop. Shameful, I know. *Edit: Actually just realized that Spotify only lets you stream endless music of your choice for 48 hours. You can still use the radio, but in my opinion not that cool anymore. Off to find a new fav. music app. Sorry, folks.
Talk to Me
- What’s your favorite app at the moment?
- If you have a Goodreads account, comment below and tell me your user name.
- What is your favorite reading app?
|December 4, 2013||Holiday, Reviews|
If you’re anything like me, you acquire many fitness related items throughout the year. Who needs another work out top? Not me. This year, I wanted to put together a gift guide for active women that included things that most women don’t already have in their closets. So if you have a special woman in your life or if you are an active woman yourself and need to purchase a gift, keep reading!
*This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Koss.
1. Koss FitBuds | $29.99*
These FitBuds are a sweat resistant ear bud that is 33% smaller than any other Koss ear bud. The reason I love these so much is because each set you purchase comes with three different sized ear cushions for the perfect fit. For my ears, I’ve found that the smallest cushions work best. Koss’ female designers teamed up with Gold Medalist Dana Torres to create these headphones which are the first ones designed specifically for women, by women. How sweet is that?
2. Koss FitClips | $29.99*
These FitClips also made by Koss are my all time favorite headphones because they stay put and like the FitBuds, they are sweat resistant and come with three different size ear cushions. With small ears, sometimes it’s difficult to find headphones that wrap around my ear that fit. This version from Koss stays put without having to frequently adjust them!
*Retailers will promote these products at $19.99 this holiday season. You can purchase at: Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Kmart, Walgreens and Sears.
Other great options this year:
3. Thera-Roll Firm Roll | $15.95
4. Nike FuelBand | $143.39
5. 5lb Chrome Dumbbells | $39.99
6. Fitness Gear Flexibility Band Kit | $24.99
Talk to Me
- What fitness items are on your wishlist this year?
- Who do you still have left on your gift-buying list?
- What’s the last set of headphones you’ve purchased?
|December 3, 2013||Goals|
The holiday season has officially arrived! Over the past week I finished the majority of my Christmas shopping, but I’m still looking for the perfect present for someone special – ahem, Bryan. I’m sure I’ll figure something unique to buy him. In the meantime, let’s take a look back at November.
My favorite posts from November:
Sun Cups – a delicious sunflower butter candy!
Since I had a pretty nasty cold for the majority of November, I wasn’t able to accomplish most of the goals I set for myself. That being said, I am going over to the gym this afternoon to get a short run completed in my new sneakers! More on that later this week.
1. Register for a half marathon in the spring. Did not complete. Not sure if a half marathon in the spring will be doable since I’ll be super busy planning this wedding, but we shall see. More to come on this.
2. Start running. Sort of completed. I went for a run in the beginning of the month just before I had this nasty cold. The rest of the month I didn’t exercise at all. TRUTH.
3. Stretch more. Sort of completed. I made an effort to stretch my legs out in the mornings, but I want to make this a priority in December.
1. Stretch more. Yep, it’s going on this month’s goal list again. Really going to try to get this accomplished this month. Maybe I’ll set reminders in my cell phone.
2. Run at least once a week. I figured I’d start small with this running goal.
3. Do yoga at least 2x a week. Reflexion Yoga, I’m coming for you!
Talk to Me
- What were your goals for November?
- Did you accomplish them?
- What are your goals for December?
|December 2, 2013||Diary, Living, Weekend Recap|
Every so often when I feel like I have a lot of things to catch you guys up on, I do a “Lately” post. I haven’t posted since before Thanksgiving so I thought today would be a good day to just post a huge update for you guys. Here’s what I’ve been up to:
Our Christmas lights are up on our balcony now. It only took me an hour and frozen hands to do so, but they are up! We are getting our Christmas tree this upcoming weekend, so inside our apartment will start feeling Christmas-y soon.
As part of A Week of Gratitude, one of the days called for writing a thank you note to a friend. I decided to send one to my dear friend Danica. She actually received when she was having a bad day, so it lifted her spirits a bit!
Haha, ok so that picture above is clearly not me nor is it my photo at all. Another task for A Week of Gratitude was to donate cans to a local food bank. Giant Food Stores has this thing where if you donate $10 you can feed a whole family with a box of food. All boxes stay local and go towards a shelter in your area. How amazing is that?! I think they are doing this all season long – not just for Thanksgiving, so if you shop at Giant I highly recommend this.
Another thing to do during A Week for Gratitude was to spend time with a loved one. One of the days last week, Bryan and I decided to just relax all night an watch TV together. Sure, we do this on most nights but we made an effort to watch TV without phones, laptops, etc. It was nice.
On Thanksgiving morning Leslee, her BF, Bryan, and I drove down to Philly for the Thanksgiving Day Parade! Holy moly was it cold! Good thing we had chairs, blankets and mimosas to keep us warm . Next year I think we will be watching on our TV. It was by far the coldest year yet!
On Saturday, Bryan, his friend Jonathan, and I went out to Jim Thorpe in the Poconos to walk around for a bit. Of course I made Bryan pose for the obligatory holiday picture (seen above). It was such a nice day. We checked out some really cool vintage jewelry stores, Bryan sampled different types of jerky, we walked around Country Junction, and had an amazing lunch at a diner in Lehighton.
On Saturday night when we got home, I had a package in the mail from our wedding photographer. Inside were the cutest Moleskine notebooks and a thank you card. If you’re wondering, we are having Jeff from Brooke Courtney Photography do our wedding. So if you are looking for a wedding photographer, I highly recommend him! His work is amaazzzzzing.
On Sunday, Bryan and I went over to the mall for a quick store in Bloomingdales. Bryan saw a phone cover he thought he liked while we were there on Black Friday and wanted to go check it out again. Turns out it doesn’t fit on his phone properly. While he was doing that, I tried on some more clothes from Free People. I had no idea Bloomingdales had it’s own little Free People section! Wahoo! The pullover above can be found online here. I’m waiting for the pullover to go on sale, so I didn’t purchase it yesterday although it FOR SURE will be coming home with me at some point. If you’re wondering, the size I’m wearing is a Small. The website suggests you size down because they run big. However, the pic on the Free People website has the model wearing it almost as a cropped sweater and I hate that look so I actually sized up.
Another highlight of my week – an iPhone5S in gold! Bryan’s mom surprised me on Friday by buying me an early birthday present. I was due for an upgrade for a while now and Apple actually wanted to buy back my iPhone4 so it all worked out perfectly!
Talk to Me
- How was your week?
- What did you do for Thanksgiving?
- Did you shop on black Friday? What did you buy?
|November 26, 2013||Holiday|
Before I get into my post, I wanted to let you know that I am indeed keeping up with my Week of Gratitude. I didn’t want to Instagram or post about my thank you letter that I sent yesterday, because the friend I sent it to sometimes reads the blog and my social media channels. I’ll be doing a full recap on Monday! Today’s task: drop off cans to a food drop-off location.
Okay, back to normal programming:
Sometimes you just need to find a perfect stocking stuffer or something inexpensive but luxurious to get a loved one and that can be pretty difficult at times! What do you get that friend who has everything or the girl you got for your Office Secret Santa? I’ve put together a list of items that are on my wishlist this year that are under $30, and that might be of interest to you. So if you are curious, keep reading!
1. BECCA Lip Liner | Color: Nougat | Price: $23
This is the perfect nude lip liner, and it’s great because it has two colors! One side to line your lips and the other you can use to fill them in. I love all-in-one makeup items because they take up less space in my vanity!
2. Roots Chunky Headband | Color: Fog | $24
If you’re anything like me, you are freezing all of the time. It doesn’t matter what the temperature is outside, you are COLD. I recently found this Roots headband online and realized that it’s absolutely perfect for those days that you’re wearing your hair up and want to keep your ears warm. It also comes in a few different colors to meet everyone’s preferences!
3. Unite Beach Day texturizing spray | $29.95
Sometimes you just need a high quality hair-care item. I personally have never been the girl to spend money on hair items. Actually for the majority of my life, I just let it air dry and walked out the door. Recently, I’ve been trying to buy higher quality hair care items because as I’m getting older my hair is getting more brittle. This beach day texturizing spray is perfect for days when you want to wear your hair down and curly and also days when you just want a slight wave.
4. Mary Green Sleeping Eye Mask | Color: Tickled Pink | Price: $26
Ahhh, sleep masks. The last time I owned one I was probably in middle school. My friends, they are back! Sleep masks are great for every person on your list, not just females. Clearly this one in particular has a more feminine quality, but if you want there are plain black or brown colored ones all over the Internet for that man in your life. I personally love sleep masks because they let the light stay out! We don’t have black-out shades or curtains in our bedroom so it can get pretty bright at times.
5. NYX Eye Liner | Color: Matte Black | Price: $5.99
I’ve been told that this NYX eye liner is the best drug-store liner out on the market right now. It doesn’t fall under your eyes like some can do, and it stays on for hours! I’m dying to give this one a try and will probably purchase before the holidays. (I’ll keep you posted on a review). If you have a friend who loves darker eye makeup, I recommend giving this to her as a stocking stuffer. It’s also very affordable!
6. Bag Balm 1oz | $7
I recently found this item from Lo Bosworth from the Hills. She has a new Youtube Channel and mentioned this balm in her videos. Apparently it’s amazing and is used on movie and TV sets to get the actors’ lips nice and soft. I was at CVS last week and they sold it, but it was at least a 5 or 6 oz. jar. I put the 1oz jar on this list because it’s small enough to throw into your purse or makeup bag and keep your lips soft during this bitter winter months.
7. H&M Sweatshirt | Color: Burgundy (sold out online) | $17.95
I know what you’re probably thinking, a sweatshirt in a stocking?! YEAH! Why not?! I saw this sweatshirt online from H&M and was thrilled that the price was so low. It’s perfect for lounging around on the weekends or running errands for the day. The last time I checked, the Burgundy color was sold-out online, but they still have other great colors to pick from. I’m also digging the black and blue solid color sweatshirts.
8. Target Solid Knit Metallic Scarf | Color: Cream | $19.99
Does anyone else LOVE Target? Every time I go into that store I come out with random items that I didn’t initially have on my shopping list. This solid knit metallic scarf is great for all ages and it’s sure to keep you nice and toasty. I personally love infinity scarfs because there’s nothing to think about – you throw it over your head and you’re out the door!
Talk to Me
- What are your favorites from this list?
- What stocking stuffers are you buying this year?
- What items are on your wishlist this year under $30?