Friday Five

It’s been a pretty slow week in my world, minus  getting food poisoning from a new lunch spot on Wednesday. #Goodbye4Pounds #YouDon’tHaveToComeBack. So here are 5 things I’m excited about for October

ONE

New York Roots to Southern Boots

Picking up some pumpkins from the pumpkin patch

TWO

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A trip to Epcot with Brandon, Stacey, and Dave. . .plus I get to see my Grandma

THREE

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My first 10k; I don’t think I’ll be able to run the whole thing from start to finish since my training has been lackluster.

FOUR

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Tailgating for the Battle of the Piney Woods #AxeEm

FIVE

Tone on Tone: Fall table centerpiece of white pumpkins, antlers and hydrangeas:

Trying to recreate this on my dining room table. Inspiration found here.

If you find out what else is going on in my life, you can read this post here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

What’s Up Wednesday!?!?

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Today I’m linking up with Mix and Match Mama, Sheaffer Told Me To and The Larson Lingo for a fun end of the month blog post.

What We’re Eating This Week

Had Cracker Barrel pumpkin pancakes today. Start of my everything pumpkin season. So yummy.:

So far this week a lot of pumpkin bread and muffins have been consumed and I’m not ashamed.

What I’m Reminiscing About

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How quickly summer went by! We did a lot in the last few months but I’m so ready for what the next few months have in store for us.

What I’m Loving

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I’m loving this new eyebrow pencil duo from Maybelline that I picked up two weeks ago. It goes on so smoothly and blends effortlessly. It goes on more powdery but it doesn’t make a mess. I recently tried an expensive eyebrow pencil and I went through it within 4 weeks. This baby is $8 so it’s a huge win in my books.

What We’ve Been Up To

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We went to Arizona  a few weeks ago for the Texas Tech vs. Arizona State game. It was such a fun weekend away in the desert. I’ll have a full recap up on the blog next week of things to do, places to eat, and a few tips.

What I’m Dreading

I don’t want to get political but I’m dreading election season. As a nation we are already divided on so many issues and this puts us further apart.

What I’m Working On

Antler and White Pumpkin Tablescape:
Inspiration from here

Some fun upcoming blog posts, decorating my house for fall, and wedding planning.

What I’m Excited About

Travel while you're young and able. Don't worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more but valuable than money will ever be. ~ well, I'm not 'young', but I reckon I've still got some traveling to do :):

A very fun trip with my fiancee, my bestie and her husband in the next few weeks! I can’t wait to have a weekend getaway with my favorite people.

What I’m Watching/Reading

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I can’t get enough of Blue Bloods, maybe it’s because I’m from NY, or maybe it’s Donnie Walburg but all I know is I can’t stop watching it.

Due to my addicition to Blue Bloods, reading has taken a backseat but I hope to finish Girl on the Train so I can drag Brandon to the movies. I also have to finish my travel book before my best friend getaway.

What I’m Listening To

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A lot of podcasts! My favorites are, Bitch Sesh, #Girlboss, The Big Boo Cast, and Straight Up with Stassi.

What I’m Wearing

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Even though Houston has yet to receive the memo that it’s time to cool off, I can’t but wear this flannel tunic. It’s so soft and cozy. (The flannel tunic I purchased is in a different color, but I love this one too!)

What I’m Doing this Weekend

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Every year in Houston Stephen F. Austin (where I went to college) and Sam Houston State meet up for the Battle of the Piney Woods football game. We are not going to the game but a friend of mine hosts a tailgate every year so we will go to that.

What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month

My best friend weekend getaway with our men, my first 10k, and hopefully cooler weather in Houston.

What Else Is New

Not a whole lot and it’s quite nice.

Bonus Question – What is Your Favorite Fall Food

This gluten free pumpkin bread I made on Sunday. I took some to work and it was gone before the end of the day. My coworkers keep asking me when I’m going to make it again.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Come back on Friday for the Friday Five.

Xo, Heather

Beauty Haul -Lush Cosmetics

It’s Beauty Haul Wednesday and I couldn’t be more excited to share my new favorite all natural face mask by Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. Lush is all about making obtainable beauty without sacrificing the well being of others or our environment. They stand behind all natural products without parabens or animal testing at an affordable price. As I’ve mentioned before, my skin is fairly sensitive and every product I’ve ever used from Lush has not caused any flare ups; it actually makes my skin look and feel better.

A few weeks ago I stopped by my local Lush to check out a new face mask and hair mask. With my wedding coming up I want to look like my best self and with that comes masks of different kinds. The people that work at Lush are true experts in their field, they answered my questions, provided suggestions and listened to my skincare/hair concerns.

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Mask of Magnaminty

Mask of Magnaminty

I’ve talked about my love for face masks here and here but this one is hands down the best and most effective. The Mask of Magnaminty is more of a traditional mask that you wash off. Here are a few reasons why I love it:

It’s deep cleansing
It’s pulls everything out of your pores
It helps reduce pores (which is what EVERY bride to be wants)
It exfoliates and soothes the skin at the same time
It smells so good

When I use the face mask, I like to scrub my face first with Lush’s Ocean Salt which is a face and body scrub. Thank you for the tip Lush!

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They said I can use this combo up to 3x a week but I’ve been using it once a week and have noticed a small difference. As I get closer to the wedding I’ll start using it more frequently.

Next Wednesday I’m going to share my thought about the hair mask with you. If you have a Lush location near you, I highly recommend it!

Thank so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

Not Sponsored, just love and believe in the products. 

21 Day Fix – Week 3 Recap

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Happy Monday! Why do the weekends go by so quickly?? Brandon and I were in Scottsdale, AZ over the weekend to cheer on the Texas Tech Red Raiders and enjoy a weekend away.I’ll have a recap for you next Monday so be on the look out.

The beginning of the week was ok, I enjoyed a few salads, simple meals at home, greek yogurt and green juice. The rest of the week went downhill when we were in Arizona with donuts, In-and-Out Burger, Italian food and too many french fries. Thank goodness we were super active over the weekend with walking over 15 miles so I didn’t feel too guilty as I indulged.

I’m going to start Round 2 of the 21 Day Fix  today since this will be the longest stretch of time without any traveling. Let’s hope Round 2 is better!

Overall Pounds Lost
2

Goal
1 pound per week

Workouts
ClassPass
21 Day Fix
Tone It Up
Running

What are some of your favorite go to workouts?? Tonight I’m going to run/walk 2 miles and complete Tone It Up Bikini arms. If you haven’t tried their bikini arms, you need to it is a killer but so effective.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

Beauty Haul – Fall Blush

Happy Wednesday y’all! Today I’m back to share some new Fall blushes that I picked up over the weekend. Now that it’s September and we are past Labor Day I’m begging for Fall to make it’s grand appearance but unfortunately for Texas, Fall might show up for Thanksgiving. I love to dress for the season but I have to keep the high Texas temperatures in mind so the best way I can dress for fall is with my face.

Throughout Spring and Summer, I wear Bobbi Brown’s blush in pale pink. It always looks fresh and offers the right pop of color but in the Fall I want to go a little darker and more in the earth tone family. On Sunday, I stopped by Ulta because I had a $3.50 off coupon and Stacey said they were having a good sale. I didn’t know how good the sale was until I got there. They were offering buy 2 get 2 free on Ulta brand products! Anything from beauty to brushes was included so I knew it was time to pick up a few extra things.  I picked up the Ulta Velvet Blush in Bella and Majestic.

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Bella is a bright rosy matte which stays true to Fall but it more neutral and everyday. It is really pigmented so a little bit goes a long way. Since this blush is very neutral, you can pair it with either a smokey eye or a bold lip but never both at the same time.

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Majestic was out of my comfort zone at first since it looks SO dark and I’m so used to pink blush but once I tried it I fell in love. It’s a little bit on the dramatic side and since it’s really pigmented a tiny bit goes a long way. It really warmed up my face. I wouldn’t recommend a really heavy smoke eye or a dark lip with this blush, I would keep it very simple.

What are some of your favorite Fall beauty items? I have a few more to share with you next week so be on the look out.

Have a fabulous day!

Xo, Heather