Life Planner 2014

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Is this not the cutest planner you’ve ever seen!?!?

I’m obsessed with my new Erin Condren life planner. I have been wanting to save up
and buy a super amazing planner like this one for some time now, and I figured
that starting one for the new year would make the most sense. I spent a whole day
going through this marvelous planner and marking down birthdays, events, important dates,
etc., for the year, and I am so pumped to keep up with it! I’m using it as a money
tracker and also blog notebook too. Everything all in one!!!! SO AMAZING!!!

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It arrived at my doorstep in a cute box, all wrapped up like I was opening
a present (which essentially I was!!!) I ordered the life planner, along with colorful
cute bands to hold the planner together. They also send you goodies, all
these monogrammed tags and goodies! How nice!

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Here are the many different features to the life planner (and all the reasons I absolutely love it
& can’t believe I’ve been without one all this time!! haha):
The covers are sturdy and lamenated, and along the ways of the planner
there are inspirational quotes, cute designs, etc., as you can see from the start of the planner.

The calendars are set up so you can see a monthly view, and then also a weekly view,
where you can space to write for morning, day, and night. I’m using my weekly views to track activities
and then to monitor my money and keep notes for the blog. It also comes with colorful
stickers with various events, along with extra blank stickers to fill in yourself. There is a folder for keeping
random papers, along with a lil pencil case that will be storing all my receipts… perfect!!!

There are pages for keeping track of birthdays/anniversaries, along with pages for notes (lined
and blank), address book, and calendar views from 2013 + 2015.

This thing is phenomenal!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Couldn’t recommend it more! Yes, it’s pricey,
BUT if you make a vow to actually use it throughout the year, it can be super
helpful and can be your go-to book throughout the year for all your notes,
dates, thoughts, etc.  PERFECT!!

all love & smiles,

Sig3

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I Gave In {new fall/winter gear}

ever since forever I’ve always been against having a Northface. It seemed like EVERYBODY had one, and if you didn’t (like me) you just better get one soon because, like, seriously, almost every single person I see around my parts wears them. the truth is, of course, I think most of the fun different ones are cute and comfy. The only setback is the high price, but I was going to get a great deal at Macys, so yesterday I bought me 2 new jackets from Northface! I couldn’t stop at just ONE for my first to my probably going to grow collection.

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Although I do love the white & grey one that almost every girl I see has, I wanted to be different and that black and aqua one was literally calling my name!!! It is so me and I wore it to work already today!! : ) The all blue one is a SUPER FUZZY AND AMAZINGLY SOFT fleece that has an awesome rain hood too. I can wear them together and it’s super warm and also looks very nice.

I also bought 4 dresses, 1 pair of jeans, and trunks and a tee for the bf…. for only $81 (not including the Northface purchase of course!!). I will blog about my amazing finds this week : )

all love & smiles,

Sig3

Treat Yoself Sunday

Yesterday I did some shopping that I haven’t been able to do in a very long time. A long 4 months of not shopping… and after yesterday, it feels sooooo good. I surprised Michael with some amazing pieces and also got myself a lil somethin somethin.

It all starts out with the picture of the day….

JULY 2013

Day #7

Where You Are

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I was at work at Links of London all day… which slowly turned into a treat/surprise gift day!!! :]

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We carry some of the most unique, awesome jewelry around. We are the only Links in the midwest, making our brand even that much more special when you’re wearing one of our pieces. I decided that it was time for Michael to get some nice jewelry, and I am so glad to say that he absolutely loved both of the items! He put them both on right away and asked if he ever has to take them off hahaha ;]

Here’s what I surprised the bf with:

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Our friendship bracelets are so unique and completely awesome. We have every color of the rainbow, along with different designs and sizes. Of course, Michaels favorite one had to be the biggest, most expensive choice, but most of the popular styles start at $225. This looks amazing on his arm and looks even better when stacked with other bracelets.

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When he came to visit me at work, he commented on how much he liked this dogtag. He doesn’t normally wear necklaces, but I got him this dogtag along with a beautiful silver chain and it looks amazing on him!!!! I am so glad! This piece is amazing, especially because it’s inspired by the McLaren race car collection!

I got myself a traditional Sweetie charm bracelet and had a bit of trouble trying to figure out just which charms I “needed”. I ended up with an Amurican stars & stripes apple, a cross, a kitty, and a Miss Princess charm (which I got because it reminded me of Aria hahaha). My bracelet is so beautiful and I’m so glad I get to call a Links piece one of my own!! (Opposed to the other items that I wear but am really only “borrowing” from Links while I work to sell them).

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This is a seriously terrible photo but there is no sunlight right now and I have to deal with the terrible kitchen florescent lights, but I just needed to show off my pretty new bracelet! It looks great stacked with other bracelets, now I just need to save enough money to buy more friendships and Links products to stack with :]

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On this day, I was at work anxiously awaiting 5 o’clock so I could go home, get ready, and head to pick up our new kitten (Aria). Michael sent me this picture that Sims & Charles “made” for their little sister. This made me smile soooooooooo big, I thought it was just the cutest little thing :]

^^^^^ This photo is relevant today because me & Michael are heading out to my friend Jordan’s farm, where she has tons of kittens that me & Michael are about to choose from. Ever since Sims passed away a couple months ago, I have wanted a third kitty again. Something about three of them together just makes sense. There will always be someone for my little energetic Aria to play with!!!! :]

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Wonderful Grocery Shopping Adventure

Soooo Michael & I decided to finally check out Trader Joe’s and see what it was all about…. I, of course, fell in love instantly. The prices, easy selection, amazing health foods galore, it was all just so wonderful! Per usual when the two of us go shopping together, we grabbed a small cart, thinking we wouldn’t even be filling that one, and by the time we were through with approximately 3 asiles, our cart was already overflowing. Ooooops. We got so many amazing goodies that I cannot WAIT to try, it’s been hard to try and sit and wait for the next meal when I just wanna snack on it all right now! I already completely devoured the salmon dip. I couldn’t help myself. It was completely & utterly amazing. Also, those slices of watermelon never stood a chance. I ate all those pieces in record time. I’m excited to bake a pizza together, we got all the ingredients for a fabulous homemade pizza, can’t wait to try that! Here are most of my favorites we got:

we already ate the delicious french toast for breckie today :] made it cinnamon toast!

we already ate the delicious french toast for breckie today :] made it cinnamon toast!

of course we had to try the cookies

of course we had to try the cookies

these dressings are SO GOOD it's unbelievable.

these dressings are SO GOOD it’s unbelievable.

already killed the salsa too... oooops haha

already killed the salsa too… oooops haha

used the pasta sauce for lunch yesterday.... amazing :]

used the pasta sauce for lunch yesterday…. amazing :]

that salmon dip... nom nom nom. and look at the adorable 3 kittys on the tuna can!!! just like my 3 :]

that salmon dip… nom nom nom. and look at the adorable 3 kittys on the tuna can!!! just like my 3 :]

I know this isn’t particularly that glamorous to be posting pictures of my groceries, BUUUUUUUT I loveeee food so much and it would just be a shame if I didn’t document all the wonderful finds we bought on our very first trip to Trader Joe’s :]

Also, I STILL can’t get over how my lil precious Aria sleeps. She is suuuuch a strange lil kitty :]

my lil precious monster

my lil precious monster

 

all love & smiles :]

 mary elyse

VS Swim 2013 + Express Spring Collection WANTS!

Sooo normally when I get any kind of catalogue they are quickly tossed in the trash. This wasn’t always the case, as when I was a little girl I thought they were as cool as magazines so I would look through those Limited Too & American Girl catalogues over and over until I memorized all the pages basically… yeah, I was a freak. (Was?…) Anyway, now when I get VS or Express catalogues I feel that same pull that I felt for my little girl catalogues. I love the simplicity of Express’s ads and ummmm I always love looking through a Victoria’s Secret catalogue, those ladies are so perfect & motivational to me!
I want the following items, please & thank you :]

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don't know why, but i love this mismatchy bikini!

don’t know why, but i love this mismatchy bikini!

LOVE this necklace like this.

LOVE this necklace like this.

wish i could pull this off

wish i could pull this off

 

everyone looks this good working out, right?

everyone looks this good working out, right?

this picture makes me so happy. everything about it. need that bookbag too.

this picture makes me so happy. everything about it. need that bookbag too.

cute && comfy

cute && comfy

 

onto the Express items!

onto the Express items!

this screams my name!

this screams my name!

love [bright]  dresses

love [bright] dresses

TIGER!! meow meow

TIGER!! meow meow

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so simple & cute

so simple & cute

love these pants!!!!

love these pants!!!!

supa cute... plus Bears colors! :]

supa cute… plus Bears colors! :]

the rainbow effect makes me smile :]

the rainbow effect makes me smile :]

 

I have an Express giftcard just burning a hole in my pocket, waiting to be spent, and since they always have those great get $50 off deals, I will be getting lots of goodies for a little chunk of change out of my own pocket! Yayyyy :]

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

EW + a Little Shopping

Just a few quick tidbits from this week’s Entertainment Weekly, and then my fun new items I bought shopping this weekend. Haven’t really been shopping in a while, and I even stopped shopping online for almost a good 2 weeks. And for me, that’s crazy awesome because I usually purchase at least like, one Groupon a day and constantly checking out other sales and such online. Now that I had quit my job, however, things have changed & I’m trying to be more frugal (which really isn’t that hard for me because I already have so much, I don’t need anymore crap in our house!)………. but, there IS always room for more…. or so I tell myself :]

• Entertainment Weekly • March 1, 2013 • #1248

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EW 3/1/2013

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this lil guy is sooo adorable, his video is amazing and inspirational!

this lil guy is sooo adorable, his video is amazing and inspirational!

obsessed. envy her beauty!!

obsessed. envy her beauty!!

can't wait to finally be able to see this!

can’t wait to finally be able to see this!

i am quite intrigued by this flavor of vodka. have to try it

i am quite intrigued by this flavor of vodka. have to try it

Aaaaaand now for the few things I got this weekend that make me smile :]

First, from Sephora:

4 piece flawless complexion set

4 piece flawless complexion set

comes with all this goodness!

comes with all this goodness!

retail: $30.00

retail: $30.00

LOVE benefit's packaging, always.

LOVE benefit’s packaging, always.

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the only black eyeliner i ever use. for years, this is what i have been wearing on my eyes.

the only black eyeliner i ever use. for years, this is what i have been wearing on my eyes.

retail: $19.00

retail: $19.00

gonna test these vs. brush for the new cover up set. retail $5.00

gonna test these vs. brush for the new cover up set. retail $5.00

Next, from Payless Shoes: I just had to get these for a couple reasons. A) I just threw away my shorter heeled, pointy toed black pair of shoes the other day with the intention of buying a new pair, B) not only were these on sale, but they were from Payless, so they were cheap and I thought I would be paying a lot more for a pair, C) everybody needs a favorite pair of black heels that can go with just about everything and now I found my favorite ones :]

retail: $32.99 / sale price: $24.99

retail: $32.99 / sale price: $24.99

was trying to snap a pic of the shoes but Aria would not leave it alone!

was trying to snap a pic of the shoes but Aria would not leave it alone!

shiny, black, semi-pointed, 3.75" heel

shiny, black, semi-pointed, 3.75″ heel

And finally, from Marshall’s: I needed new special color treated shampoo & conditioner, so these were perfect! Half price & I love the packaging! The brush was needed as well because I have been using the same brush that is in 2 pieces that I constantly have to glue back together…. for the past 4 years! The beautiful blue color of this new brush didn’t hurt either :]

retail: $16 / price: $7.99

retail: $16 / price: $7.99

it was only $5!!!

it was only $5!!!

All in all I got some awesome deals & can’t wait to start using the awesome Benefit makeup set :]
Shopping always makes me so happpppppyyyyyy!!

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse