Five on Friday

Happy Friday to you! This week’s post is a random hodge-podge of things I’ve been loving lately. No rhyme, reason or theme to this list. Enjoy!

1. e.l.f. warm eyeshadows palette

ELF eyeshadow palette 2
Photo courtesy of Google Images

If you’re in the market for a super affordable eyeshadow palette with options to create several looks, look  no further than this product from e.l.f. I picked this up from Target a year or two ago and have forgotten about it. I “found” it in our move and have been reaching for it more lately. The palette offers a wide range of shades and finishes. To be honest, some shadows in this palette flat out stink and some are stunning. But for $6 – I’ll take it. A few of my faves are the darker metallics and the mid-tone neutrals. It’s a winner!

2. a seriously good cookie

I’m typically not an impulse buyer at the grocery store, however… I had a frustrating day at work on Wednesday and had a raging tension headache when I exited off the interstate on my way home. I knew our pantry was bare – so bare that we had cinnamon pancakes for dinner the night before – and I had no other option than to go grocery shopping. What makes it even better? I am sure that I chose the store’s worst shopping cart too. Bad wheels and all. I think I got a serious upper body workout keeping that baby on course.

I bought a lot – 9 dinner meals worth! When I was almost finished, I talked myself into a treat for battling with the cart… and the headache.

I’ve never had Coconut Dreams, but these spoke to me! Holy cow, they’re good. Chewy, not overly coconutty, caramely, with a crunch in the middle. So good. So good, in fact, they’re gone. Oops.

3. Christmas!!!


Christmas has arrived at the Graddy house! Jeremy and I decorated our tree on Monday and I just love it!

I also took time this week to decorate our tree at work! Can you tell that I have a thing for red and white candy cane stripes?




4. Zulily

It’s the bomb. Join the site here:

A couple weeks ago I scored 2 super cute Jessica Simpson brand purses for $25 each – and they’re leopard print! Perfect for Christmas gifts. Then, I bought a couple pairs of booties this week for $14.99. Seriously! One pair for myself, and the other pair will be a gift.

Also, as you browse Zulily, look for their “Ship by Christmas” icon next to items if you plan on purchasing a Christmas gift.

5. 25 before 25

Remember that long list I made about 11 months ago? I’ve been thinking about it lately. After all, I have a little over a month left to complete it! Things on my radar: make chimichurri, homemade pasta, and smoothies. While it isn’t necessarily smoothie-weather (isn’t spring and summer prime smoothie time?), I need to get crackin’. If you have a favorite recipe, please let me know!

That’s it for today’s post. I need to leave my office and pick up a few things for our work Christmas party this afternoon. I just love the holidays 🙂 Have a great weekend!


Update: 25 before 25 list

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you may have read my 25 before 25 post that I wrote in January, right after turning 24. I composed a list of things to accomplish, see, and do before my 25th birthday.

I hit “24 1/2” last week and figured it was time to reflect on my list and see how I’m doing halfway into my 24th year. Here’s my original list and I’ve added a little update underneath each. Enjoy!

1. Try my hand at smoothie making

I haven’t even thought about making a smoothie…

2. Throw an awesome graduation party

We did it! I hosted a party to celebrate Jeremy’s graduation in May. You can read about it here.

3. Make a change to my mane

I’ve got an appointment on Saturday, August 2. What am I going to do with my long locks? I have no clue! Keeping it blonde for the rest of the summer/early fall… but some length definitely needs to  come off… Stay tuned.

4. Make homemade pasta

Whenever we get to this, I will definitely blog about it. I’m picturing a cool fall night, glasses of wine, and a date night in.

5. Become more organized

Do you know how hard it is to be organized when you live with your parents and basically moved a 2-bed, 2-bath apartment into my old bedroom? We’re stretched between my bedroom, a “storage bedroom” full of stuff at my parents, a barn, and a storage unit. With that being said, I could totally spend an afternoon organizing my office. No excuses there!

So, long story short – I’m not any more organized now than I was in January.

6. Buy a D-SLR camera

Did it! Love my Canon Rebel!

7. Get a puppy

This won’t be happening til we move out of my parent’s house, and hopefully we will find a pet friendly place to live. I’m worried we won’t have time to properly take care and train a puppy…

8. Play more golf

Hasn’t happened… Oh wait, I did go to the driving range once.

9. Create more

I’ve been working on furniture DIY projects like crazy! Here’s my latest $4 find. I’ve priced it at $32. You can read my full post here.


10. Move out of my parent’s house

Nope. We’re still there, but… exciting news! Jeremy got a job!!!!

I am so proud of him and excited that I can’t stand it. He has an appointment with the HR department this morning to complete his paperwork and he’ll start with orientation early next week and will hopefully be working in the clinic by mid-week.

This position is an awesome opportunity to learn from therapists who have proven to be successful in the outreach clinic setting. Having a mentor was one of Jeremy’s “wants” for his first job as a physical therapist. This opportunity is perfect!

We expect to move in a month or two.

11. Pay it forward

Yes! I’ve paid for my fellow McDonald’s lovers breakfasts on occasion. I love watching people’s reaction in my rear-view mirror when the cashier tells them that they owe nothing! Unfortunately it bothers me when they pull ahead to the next window without paying for the person behind me… 😦 Let’s keep this pay-it-forward train rolling, people!

12. Open a booth at a local flea market

I opened a booth at a local flea market called Mike’s Unique in June with two friends. We are having a blast so far! Here are a couple photos I snapped yesterday when adding a few goodies to the shelves…




13. Pay down debts

Ummm… yeah, I’ll get to that later… In reality, we will much better off once Jeremy starts receiving paychecks 🙂

14. Make Shutterfly books

I’m kicking myself for not doing this yet! I even have a coupon code for a free book. No excuses!

15. Get outside

I will say yes, I have been spending much more time outside since we’ve been taking evening walks.

16. Learn how to make chimichurri

Nope, not yet!

17. Exercise more regularly

I’ve knocked this one out of the park!!! I exercise for at least an hour three times a week! Boom!

18. Blog more, share more

Starting Weight Watchers has encouraged me to blog more. My newly found blog friends are encouraging and make me want to post more. I’m also checking my WordPress Reader more often to see what is going on in the blog world. I truly enjoy reading other weight loss blogs, recipes, and tips and tricks to becoming/staying healthy and fit.

19. Take Jeremy to a game

We haven’t done that yet. He is wanting to go to a Sporting KC game in the near future.

20. Get rid of what I don’t need

I’ve taken small steps toward this. Since I’ve lost 25 pounds I have a lot of clothes that don’t fit. I’ve been selling them on Facebook groups to make a little extra cash – which I’ve been using to buy pants that actually fit.

21. Take more pictures and videos

Easier said than done. I need to make a point that I take my camera everywhere we go.

22. Pick and blog name and buy a URL

I’m checking out a few themes that are in the $75 to $100 range. They are incredibly cute and seem like they are easy to use. I won’t bite the bullet on this until I come up with a perfectly catchy name.

23. Get away

We loved our getaway to North Carolina in June. It was a great way to celebrate Jeremy’s graduation! You can read about our adventures here.

24. Take better care of myself

Manis and pedis, please! I have made a point to keep up with this, but it is a little straining on the wallet.

25. Become a domestic goddess

I plan on picking up right where I left off as soon as we move out. And, for the record, I won’t call myself a goddess… I enjoy cooking and decorating… the cleaning part, not so much.

Five for Friday

Just a quick update on what we have been doing and what’s upcoming:

1. Hubby related – Jeremy has 2 weeks left in Springfield a.k.a. 2 weeks left at home before heading off to Wichita, KS for 9 weeks. My feelings about this are all over the place. Obviously, I’m sad. We’ve adjusted to a new normal, after all he’s been home since mid-December. On the other hand I’m thinking, holy crap…we did this thing. This is the last clinical. He graduates in 11 weeks! There are not words to express my excitement, joy, or how proud I am of my husband. It has been a different experience for each of us, but our feelings are the same about this ordeal being over. (More on this as the time gets closer…)

This week we’ve hotel searched online for extended stay hotels in Wichita and made a reservation. Who knew that it would be more expensive than Fayetteville? Also, we’ve casually looked online for PT jobs. That’s pretty major.

2. Beauty related – I’ve been experimenting with my NARS Illuminator in Orgasm. I’ve had this for over a year. In fact, I purchased it for my wedding day look. I rarely use it and quite frankly, I’m not sure how. It gives a sheer gold-toned rosy glow. In the past, I’ve used it to top of my cheeks after blush+bronzer. Today I applied it in 2 ways – as an eyelid base and as an after foundation+concealer to the apples of my cheeks for a glow. (I used my Real Techniques face brush for my cheeks. Worked great!) Then, I applied my Bare Minerals pressed mineral veil and topped with Milani baked blush. I am very pleased with the outcome!
NARS - Illuminator

3. Blog related – Remember my 25 before 25 post? I feel like I am making some headway. I’ve been better about being organized. In fact, I have been a filing machine! We get SO MUCH MAIL. I don’t know why. Maybe because we have a lot of bills – ha! I’ve filed the paid bills and have been keeping up with it weekly so I don’t accumulate a mountain of papers. Also, I had a facial and that definitely counts as part of “taking care of myself”. My friend Kristin (Nu Essence Spa) gave me a fantastic 60-minute facial, complete with extractions and a chemical peel to take off the bad stuff!

I should be able to mark a couple more items off my list in the coming weeks.

4. Baby related – So much pregnancy happening right now and I love it. Basically, when my friends (and family) are having babies it subsides my fever! My aunt is expecting little Baby Carson in mid-March. You may have seen my MHM with a little TJ Maxx haul at the end with some cute baby finds. My friend Kelsey is expecting little Baby Bryson any day! Jeremy and I can’t wait to meet him. I am making a wooden sign with Bryson’s birth stats as a gift, but I can’t start til he’s born. I will definitely post a how-to! Finally, my friend Melodie is expecting Baby Trystan at the end of May. Whew! We have a couple more friends also expecting this spring… lots of hatching happening!

5. Fashion related – I have spring fashion fever. I need new clothes in my life! I’m dreaming of pastels, brights, sheers, patterns, florals, neutrals, ahhhh! A few pins..

love this necklace -seen it with a few outfits lately, would love one! cute outfit too, maybe one day i can pull that look off too.

Fashion Alert: Trends For Spring 2014 - Fashion Diva Design

Stylish outfits white sleeve shirt, blue jeans and striped flats shoes

Looks like the Needle Lace Tank and Pigment Jegging @Charlotte Willner Anne Clothing. Great concept!