January Favorites | I’m Back!

Hollllllyyyyyyyyyyy molly, it’s been a while since I’ve made a post on here! Things got super busy after Thanksgiving with school, finals week and the prep for Christmas! I wanted to take some time off to focus on school, family, and not worry about documenting every event for a little bit. Anywho, I hope everyone had an amazing Holiday and got to spend some good quality time with those who mean the most! Now that I’m in the swing of Spring semester and my work load isn’t crazy, I plan on updating my blog as often as I was before because I honestly missed it! So, as my returning post – my favorite kind of post, my monthly favorites! Disclaimer: Christmas was at the end of December and my birthday is at the very beginning of January, so a lot of these favorites were gifts!

My go to everyday makeup: Tatcha Luminous Dewey Skin Mist, Morphe M439 brush, Dior Capture Totale Serum foundation, dr. brant pores no more primer 

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These 4 are my staples right now for my oddly dry (not complaining) winter skin. I’m normally very oily so I probably won’t touch the foundation or mist in the summer, but for now I love how they make my skin look.

I’ve always had issues with my pores and I’ve tried everything from Benefits POREfessional, the MUFE pore primer and the smash box primer and none of them really made that big of a difference. I heard about this primer through a YouTuber I follow and she said it was the best she’s ever tried. I would 100% agree. It mattifies, but is formulated to adapt to dry skin – which is perfect for a year round primer, it blurs my pores almost completely and creates a barrier so the makeup won’t clog your pores. It’s also formulated to treat pores, but I haven’t noticed a huge difference in the size – but for anyone who struggles with pores – you need this in your life.

So the Tatcha spray made it’s debut when people found out that Kim Kardashian uses it to get that beautiful glow her skin has & let me tell you – you DEFINITELY glow with this stuff. I spray this on my face over my pores no more primer so I don’t look so flat once my makeup goes on & my face almost looks wet for about 5 minutes, but once it sets you just look very healthy a glowy. This product is pricey for a skin mist, but worth it in my eyes!

The Dior CT foundation is probably the best natural looking foundation I’ve ever tried. This is a sample size that came in a Capture Totale skincare kit I got and I’ve noticed I don’t break out if I wear it for multiple days in a row. I’ve applied this with my beauty blender, but I find the Morphe M439 brush gives it the best look if I spray my brush with a little of MAC Fix+ before I blend it all in. It has anti aging ingredients, SPF 15, optical correctors, and HD liquid crystal pigments that reflect light and make your skin look very healthy, plump and, you guessed it, GLOWY. If you’re dry skinned & have issues with pores – I would recommend this combination!

Sony Alpha a5100 Mirrorless Camera

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I got this camera for my birthday based on reviews and recommendations I received and I really do love it. I’m by no means skilled in photography and if I can get a picture that’s focused and not blurry – I’m satisfied. But what I love most about this camera is that it has a screen that flips up so you can take selfies and see what you’re doing with amazing quality, the pictures and video are amazing, and it’s quite light! If you’re in the market for a new camera for a vacation, or just want a new camera to document certain things – I really love this one!

Vanity Girl Broadway Lighted Table Top Vanity Mirror

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I was SO surprised when I got this for Christmas because I had looked at them before, but they’re a biiiiiiiiit pricey for a mirror. I’m absolutely in love with it because I not only have my small mirror that I can see close up what I’m doing, but now I can sit back and see it from further away with MUCH better lighting! I also love that it has 2 outlets on the bottom right hand corner so I can now do my hair sitting down, in my room instead of curling my hair standing for 45 minutes in the bathroom. It was the perfect touch to my vanity and I absolutely love it! If you’re thinking about investing in one – I say go for it (:

Fitmark Athletic Tote

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So a few months ago I posted about my Nike gym bag I had gotten and was in love with. Yeah.. that was until I discovered Fitmark Bags. This thing hold everything I need and the kitchen sink. It has 8 different pockets on the inside, a water bottle holder, a bag to put your sweaty clothes in, an adjustable strap, the back part snaps away for another extra half to the bag, and a pocket in the front with a clasp to put your keys on. I will never go back to any other bag because for me at least, this has so much more than any bag I’ve seen. The quality of the bag is really good and I’ve had it since around the end of October, I go to the gym 6 or 7 days a week and it’s still holding up and looks brand new. If you find yourself never having enough room for your stuff – look at Fitmark’s website! They also have meal management gym bags, duffle bags, backpacks, and custom bags!

Lululemon Scuba III hoodie

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I saw this jacket at Lululemon and fell in love with the color, and it has rose gold hardware….. uhhh hello, perfect. I’ve tried to find it online or in stores and I can’t seem to find it anymore in this color/hardware. I love Lululemon and I think everything I’ve ever bought there has been amazing. Some people can’t see spending that type of money, but I workout a lot, so I can justify spending 100$ on leggings because I want to get a bunch of uses out of them and not have them rip after a few wears (*cough* Victoria’s Secret*…). Now, with that said, I bought the Scuba II hoodie and I absolutely hated it. It was SO thick I felt like a marshmallow and I couldn’t move comfortably in it. I returned it and never bought another hoodie again. Well, I had heard they were re-designing them and so I figured I’d give it a shot & I’m glad I did because they did an amazing job. It’s so incredibly soft, I can move freely, it keeps me warm, and it doesn’t bunch up under my armpits like the Scuba II. I loved this hoodie so much I got 3 other colors :O Needless to say, I think everyone should at least try one on in stores and feel the difference – I promise you’ll fall in love!

Yogi Blueberry Slim Life Green Tea

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This tea is lyyyyyyyyfe. Simple as that. I don’t even know if it really works for weight loss, but I am a HUGE blueberry fan. I love anything and everything with blueberries in it, I also have a serious obsession with green tea – so when I saw this at my grocery store I KNEW I had to get it. It’s so delicious and I’m not going to be able to describe the taste online, but it has a subtle sweetness to it from the blueberry, but also the bite from the green tea. It’s perfect and gives me a good energy boost in the morning!

Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour – Zoulou

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This was a Christmas present that I was not at all expecting. These bad boys are pricey as hell for a lipstick, but after trying it – I can see why. First of all, the packaging… could it be more beautiful? I didn’t expect anything less when I heard he was coming out with lipsticks, but I also expected the formula to be shit. This is probably the best matte lipstick I’ve ever used. It’s so incredibly hydrating and creamy and does not dry my lips out at all. It lasts for a good amount of time as well which I was surprised about because normally matte lipsticks don’t last on me at all – but I only had to reapply after I had got done eating which was about 3 hours after I put it on. Do I think you need to go run out and buy one right now? No, $90 is insane for a lipstick – but if you can swallow the price tag, I 100% say go for it because the quality is amazing and that packaging is to die for!

5 Drawer Acrylic Organizer

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This organizer saved my life. Again, another gift I was not expecting but I’m so glad my mom found it because it saved a TON of room on my vanity. Kim Kardashian (again.. I promise I don’t love her) made this organizer popular in an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians & everyone flipped out. I believe hers was around $400 ?! My mom found this on Joyus and it was a fraction of the price. I had at least 5 or 6 different organizers that I was able to condense down into just this one which cleared up enough room for my mirror and I was able to keep my vanity looking somewhat organized. If you’re a makeup junkie hoarder – this is a great item to add to your collection!

Burberry Finsbridge Belted Quilted Jacket

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Last but certainly not least, my birthday gift. This was easily one of, if not, my favorite gift. Investing in a good quality jacket I think is something everyone needs to do, especially if you live in the frigid Arctic North that is Ohio like I do! I tried on a grey pea coat type jacket, but the woman helping us at Nordstrom showed me this and I fell in love. It’s long, but hits me right above the knee which I feel the is perfect length. It has a detachable hood, a belt, zipper and buttons, and it is sooo warm. I’m absolutely obsessed with it and is definitely a staple in my wardrobe!

 

Welp, that’s it for my January favorites & I’m very happy to finally be back to blogging! Let me know what some of your favorites were for the month of January, what you did for the holidays, or just say hey (: I hope you enjoyed & as always, thanks for reading!

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May Favorites!

Did the month of May even happen?! I feel like it flew right by and it was here and gone in a week! My monthly favorites for May are going to be all over the place & I didn’t really buy that many new products but I used a lot of the stuff I’ve had from previous purchases. I also cannot believe that we’re almost halfway through 2015 already ?! On the bright side, Summer is in sight and with it being 2 days into June, the weather here in Ohio has been awful – cloudy, rainy and in the mid 50’s -_- So, with all that being said, I hope everyone had a great May & I hope June is even better!

FitBook – 20$ at Target

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My first favorite is my FitBook! I’ve been obsessed with this thing ever since I bought it and I really feel like it helps me keep track of my food & workouts all while staying on track. There’s so many great things about this book like the goal setting pages with the rewards for reaching your goals and also the inspiration page! I always log my workouts as soon as I get home and I feel like when you see a full page of different movements, it’s a feeling of accomplishment. I love this book and I really do feel like it’s made a difference in my fitness goals & motivation. They sell them at Target as well as online & if you feel sometimes your motivation isn’t there, get one of these & I think you’ll see a difference in your workout schedule and also your diet!

Too Faced Sugar Pop palette – 36$ at Sephora

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This palette looks intimidating, I know – but it’s so pretty and I think it’s the best palette for the summer time because there’s so many fun colors and looks you could do with this. I’ve done both a neutral eye look and a fun pop of blue look with this and I can’t get over how pigmented these shadows are and how easy they were to blend. I’d been really wanting to get this palette for the longest time but I couldn’t get over the thought I had in the back of my mind of “You’re going to look like a clown with all those colors on your eye” – but luckily my boyfriend was nice enough to get it for me & I can’t put this thing down now. Too Faced always has great palettes and this one is nothing short of amazing. Life’s too short for boring makeup!

6 Pack Fitness Camille Sport Tote – 100$ on sixpackbags.com (color is currently out of stock 😦 )

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To say I’m obsessed with this bag is an understatement. This bag is perfect for anywhere and the color is adorable. It carries 4 meals, water bottles, pills, books, blankets, tanning lotion, supplements – anything you could possibly need to take with you. I’m so excited to take it to Florida at the end of June so I can use it as a beach bag and also take whatever meals & food I want to take with me. It has a zipper closure at the top of the bag so you can keep all of your stuff from falling out, 7 different pockets on the inside for water bottles, money, pills, powders or anything else and 4 meal compartments in the back that came with 3 ice packs. I like this bag because it’s much more functional than carrying around the original bags they made that look like gigantic lunch boxes on steroids. This one isn’t too big, but definitely has room for everything & again – the color!

Pureology Strength Cure line – Ulta

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So I was running low on my normal shampoo & conditioner and my mom was nice enough to pick this line up for me at Ulta a few weeks ago. Since I’ve been using all 3, my hair has never felt better. This stuff is expensive, even the smaller bottles are about 35$ a pop, but it’s expensive for a reason. I’ve put my hair through so much and it was so dry and damaged and just didn’t look nice, but when I started using this, I noticed my hair wasn’t breaking or falling out as much and my ends looked less dry and damaged. I also stopped brushing my hair out when it’s wet, I stopped using so much heat and I put Argan oil in it every night before I go to bed & I’ve really seen a transformation in my hair. This is easily my favorite shampoo, conditioner and leave in that I’ve ever used & I’ve really noticed a difference in how my hair feels since I’ve been using this.

Shields of Strength Ladies Tiffany Blue Weight Plate in Stainless Steel – 59$

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I haven’t been able to take this necklace off since I bought it. Not only am I clearly obsessed with this blue color that I’ve seemed to buy everything in, but the verse on the back really serves as a great reminder everyday that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This company has a really great back story and they always go out of their way to show support to people in need & their athletes. I have a whole post on them and their story! Their products are amazing quality and they’re so unique. If you’re interested in purchasing from them, visit this link and when you sign up you’ll get 10% off your purchase!

MyFitnessPal – free in the app store!

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This app in coordination with my FitBook has really helped me stay on track with my eating habits. If I’m out and about and I don’t have my book with me I can enter it in MyFitnessPal and transfer it later. It gives you the calories and macros which are really important ! I haven’t found anything that wasn’t in MyFitnessPal and they added a new feature where you can scan the barcode on any products and it brings up the information so you don’t have to search for it ! All you have to do is enter a few things in the information part and it gives you your macros and daily recommended calorie intake – or you can manually enter your macros if you know what you’re supposed to be eating! This app really helps & also when you log your food, you can cut up to 500-1000 calories in a day!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone – 38$ at Sephora

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So I know for the longest time everyone was obsessed with Opal, but it really never looked very good on my skin tone and just looked way too gold for my liking. So when I found Moonstone, I was in love. First off, these blend like a dream and look so natural on your skin. They have zero glitter, sparkle, anything and they just give such a pretty glow to your cheek bones. Moonstone is definitely good for anyone that has a fair skin tone or pink undertones because it’s much lighter and less gold than Opal. Becca has come out with so many of these now & they’re all so pretty, but this one is by far my favorite and I can’t seem to stop using it every time I do my makeup! I’d definitely try any of these if you’re in the market for a really pretty, natural highlighter!

Whirlybird Vanilla Berry Granola – 8$ at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market (also seen it at Kroger)

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This granola is SOOOOOO good! It has locally harvested maple syrup, rolled oats, organic agave nectar, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, vanilla and dried blueberries in it and it’s the best granola I’ve had to date. They have a couple different flavors but I’m obsessed with blueberries so I had to try this one first. It’s pretty good for you too with only 150 calories, 6g fat, & 8g sugar per serving! I always pre-measure my food out so if I know I’ll be out and about I’ll take a serving or two with me and it’s a great snack (eating some right now as we speak). It’s also delicious over greek yogurt with strawberries! Not to mention you can actually pronounce and recognize all of the ingredients in it! I’m really anxious to try the other flavors as well, but so far this one’s gonna be hard to beat!

Nike Dri-fit Athletic Cut v-neck – 25$ at Dick’s Sporting Goods

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These are really comfortable and it honestly took me a while to get something different to wear to the gym because I usually just wear shorts and an old soccer t-shirt because I have 500 of them and it was just easy to grab. My gym gets REALLY hot in the summer because it’s an old warehouse and there’s no A/C, only a few windows and a Big Ass Fan (literally, that’s what it’s called). So I figured I’d give these a try because they had great reviews and they looked really breathable. They 100% are both comfortable and breathable. I don’t know what took me so long to jump on this bandwagon but I’m on it & I want every color they have. I’ve had the normal Nike pro t-shirts but those get so hot because they’re basically a compression shirt & that’s just not comfortable – plus they would irritate my armpits cause the sleeves were so high cut. But these are so amazing & I think they’re great for the summer!

Flex Til You’re Famous clothing – flextyfamous.com

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I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to talk about them because I’ve been buying from their drops for a long time now. They have a drop one Friday a month where they come out with limited edition t-shirts, tanks, shorts, crops, hats, shoes, etc & their stuff is the bomb. It’s great quality & they have some really great apparel. They only make a limited amount of each item & when they release it in a drop, when it’s gone it’s gone until they bring it back or have a pre-order. They’re having a release this Friday so if you want to get some stuff I would recommend it! Visit this link to get on their mailing list & visit their instagram: @flextyfamous

The Protein Cookie Company – theproteincookiecompany.com (variety pack – 20$)

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I haven’t tried many protein cookies, but these I will not stray from. They are delicious! I was so skeptical in trying these cause honestly anything with “protein” in it usually tastes disgusting – but not these! They honestly taste like normal cookies & they are pretty healthy for you (won’t ruin your diet). I usually ate them after a workout or if I just wanted a cookie randomly throughout the day. They’re HUGE too! They aren’t a tiny little cookie, you get a pretty good sized cookie & they’re all around 250 calories a pop & about 18-20g of protein. I got the variety pack which included chocolate chip, peanut butter chip, oatmeal raisin, trail mix, dark cocoa chocolate chip & dark cocoa peanut butter chip. I loved them all except the trail mix one which had a little too many seeds in it for my liking, but the cookie flavor itself was really good. I also normally HATE oatmeal raisin, but this one was delicious (yes, when I grabbed it I thought it was chocolate chip LOL – trust issues!!!!) These are overall really great & I’ve already ordered my second round of them!

Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet – 75$-98$ at Sephora

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I wasn’t going to include this because honestly, you can’t smell it over a computer? But I couldn’t help it cause I’ve worn it almost everyday since April. It’s smells so amazing & it’s got a nice floral scent without making you smell like you just ran through a field of flowers. It’s a very sophisticated scent & I get compliments every single time I wear it. Next time you’re in Sephora or wherever, smell it! I promise you’ll become obsessed !

I told you these favorites were going to be all over the place, lol. Nonetheless, I hope these made you want to try something new in June ! Let me know some of your favorites or if you’ve also tried some of the products I’ve mentioned and how you like them! As always, thanks for reading (:

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Spring Makeup Essentials!

I’m so excited to do this post because I love spring! Everything is coming back to life, the weather is amazing and it’s just a happy season. With spring also comes warmer temperatures and a reason to wear bright & fun makeup! I wanted to get this post up about my must-haves for the spring when it comes to doing my makeup. Enjoy (:

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First off, primers. Probably the most important step of all. If you don’t use a primer, your makeup will slip & slide everywhere. I use colorscience skin calming (got this from my esthetician) because I have rosacea so it cancels my redness, SPF 20 and it fills my pores! I also use bareMinerals oil control primer in my T-zone because I tend to get oily in the Spring & Summer. These two together are a dream!

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Foundation! Since I use an oil control primer, I can get away with using a luminous foundation to give me some glow back! This one from Giorgio Armani is my current favorite. I’ve had it for about a year now, but always come back to it when I feel my face looks too flat! It gives a gorgeous finish that literally makes you look so glowy and healthy!

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Concealer isn’t always a must, but when I do use it, I use the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer. I feel this one creases the least on me and gives a very non-cakey looking finish. It also doesn’t move once you set it with powder which is important because I tend to be oily around my eyes and this really helps control that.

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Setting powders aren’t really a must for me in the spring, but in the summer I can’t go without it. This La Mer powder is a long time favorite of mine. It has light reflecting particles in it that always catch the light perfectly! I use the shade Translucent over my GA foundation & it gives me an even more luminous look! I also love the Secret Brightening powder my Laura Mercier !

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Bronzers, highlighters and blushes, oh my! Haha, these I feel are essential to making you look alive and healthy when you have makeup on. I use the Dior Nude Tan in 03 Cinnamon for a contour & I absolutely love it. It’s not too ashy and not too orange. On my skin tone, it’s the perfect color. Next, my favorite all time blush is Springsheen by MAC. It’s a really pretty pinky, coral with a golden shimmer in it that makes you look very healthy & awake. On top, I always use the Hourglass Luminous Light highlighter. It just gives you a gorgeous glow without all the glitter and sparkles. It literally looks like you’re glowing from within!

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For the spring, the pallete I always seem to reach for is my dressyourface pallete by Anastasia Beverly Hills. The colors in this are perfect for everyday makeup to crazy colorful makeup! I believe it’s still available in some stores, but I also really love the Naked 3 pallete, the Lorac Pro 1 & 2, and the Tartellete pallete by Tarte!

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Makeup setting spray is a must for because because I have pretty oily skin. I’ve tried just about every oil-control setting spray on the market and I always go back to MAC Fix+. This just gives such a pretty hydrated finish and it always keeps my makeup in place. I also feel I don’t get very oily with this setting spray either!

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LIPS! My favorite part! I have probably more lipsticks, lip glosses, stains, and liners than I’d like to admit- but I like having choices. My favorite colors for the spring are NARS Odalisque gloss because it’s not sticky and lasts forever! NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches & Cream because it’s SUCH a pretty color (& affordable!). Dior lipstick in . MAC Coral Bliss & Snob ! All these colors are perfect for spring! Swatches —–>springswatches

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This is one of the best self tanners I’ve used in a long time! It even competes with my all time favorite, Vita Liberata ! I love the color this gives and how it makes you look like you’ve spend a week in Mexico. It’s a very natural color and a great alternative to tanning beds, which are awful- lol, and actual tanning outside! This stuff develops in 2 hours and then you can wash it off and you have a beautiful tan! So it’s great if you have a couple hours to get ready! It’s made without alcohol or parabens- so it’s safe for you as well (:

I hope you all loved these essentials and try some of them out yourself! Let me know some of your essentials! Thanks for reading (:

Easter Festivities + OOTD!

I wanted to get a quick post up of my families Easter festivities and what I wore that day! It’s always a good time when families get together for holidays and I just wanted to share what we did and ate. Basically, all clean eating went out the window yesterday, so fitness related- don’t eat what I ate yesterday hahaha!

Enjoy (:

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TOP: Target here (it’s only 9$ too!) | KIMONO: Target here (perfect for spring!) | JEANS: A Gold E here |JEWELRY: Michael Kors watch here & pandora bracelet from my boyfriend w/ cute little charms. (discontinued color, but I like this one too!)  | HAIR: curled with NuMe Titan 3 25mm wand here |MAKEUP: obsessed with this lip color from Dior here ! These are so comfortable to wear & feel like water on your lips! (shade I used is #389 – kiss me)

Now onto some random pictures of food, family & cats 😀

completely normal...

completely normal…

Molly was ready to color some eggs (:

Molly was ready to color some eggs (:

egg coloring

egg coloring

Our finished eggs- we used a marbling kit this year which actually turned out amazing. After they were done drying you could shine them with a cloth- which is why some are really shiny

Our finished eggs- we used a marbling kit this year which actually turned out amazing. After they were done drying you could shine them with a cloth- which is why some are really shiny

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another random cat picture

another random cat picture

My beautiful Easter basket (: I got a magazine, PEZ, nail polish, a Wet Brush, gum, some makeup & a chocolate cross!

My beautiful Easter basket (: I got a magazine, PEZ, nail polish, a Wet Brush, gum, some makeup & a chocolate cross!

Easter bunny puke- LOL. no, I made Angie Eggs with our colors eggs & this was the aftermath of peeling them

Easter bunny puke- LOL. no, I made Angie Eggs with our colors eggs & this was the aftermath of peeling them

Infamous Angie Eggs :D Recipe: hardboiled eggs, bacon, shredded cheese, bacon grease, garlic & paprika (they never last long)

Infamous Angie Eggs 😀
Recipe: hardboiled eggs, bacon, shredded cheese, bacon grease, garlic & paprika (they never last long)

Fruit for my mom's DELICIOUS fruit pizza

Fruit for my mom’s DELICIOUS fruit pizza

Fruit pizza- again, never lasts long

Fruit pizza- again, never lasts long

HAM :D

HAM 😀

Seriously, we could not have asked for better weather.

Seriously, we could not have asked for better weather.

It was gorgeous

It was gorgeous

another random cat picture...

another random cat picture…

Smoked Ham <333333

Smoked Ham <333333

Cat wandering outside post-Easter feast

Cat wandering outside post-Easter feast

Fam bam <3

Fam bam ❤

Phil & Kay- our ducks that come back every spring & summer (because my mom feeds them…)

Phil & Kay- our ducks that come back every spring & summer (because my mom feeds them…)

Easter fire

Easter fire

My handsome boyfriend & I (:

My handsome boyfriend & I (:

I hope everyone had an amazing Easter & had a great time with their families, because I definitely did. I also hope you enjoyed this little look into my Easter & family! Remember the reason for Easter & how incredibly blessed we all are. He is Risen!

Thanks for reading!