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Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas Home Tour

My mom is the creative genius in our family. She does all the decorating around the house. She has a great eye for colors, and how things should look. I only hope that when I get a place of my own I can decorate my home as well as she can! I wanted to show you our decorations, in case you haven't started to put yours up yet!

We always have several trees. There is one in our upstairs living room, one downstairs, and one in my room. This year, my mom got a tree and added all of her Wendell August ornaments to it as well. All of them are decorated beautifully, and match to the decor in the particular room.


There is something so pretty about a nicely decorated mantle. We have a few in our house, so I wanted to show you those as well! My mom collects snowmen, and considering we have long winters these guys stay up long after the decorations have been put away!

Let's take a minute to step outside into our entryway. How stinking cute is that snow-woman? I can't stand the cuteness. The little table has a cutout tree, and the mittens on the piece of wood is darling!

Lastly, I wanted to show you some odds and ends around our house!


My Nutcrackers are up again this year! This picture is still missing 3 of them, but they are too big to go on my entertainment center. I think I have a total of 24. I have nutcrackers that range from everything I like, such as Minnie Mouse and a hockey player! (I love watching the Pittsburgh Penguins!) Do you see the Clara doll? She is just as important as the Nutcrackers! 


While this isn't "Christmas" decorations exactly, I think the piano area looks beautiful. See that giant "gazing ball?" It is actually just a very large ornament! 

I'd love to see your Christmas decorations! Leave me a comment and let me see what your house looks like!



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

There is a saying that goes something like this:
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"What if you woke up today, with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?"

What would you wake up to? Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and look back at what we truly have and are grateful for.

For me, I am thankful that I have family and friends who have their health and who love me. I have a roof over my head and food on the table. As we enter this upcoming season, let us all take a minute to reflect on what we are thankful for. Big or small, there is something in each day to be thankful about.

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WIWW: Cold Edition

So, it is November 26 and we've already had some snowfall. WHAT?! I'm basking in the light from the Christmas tree, with my Christmas scents burning in my wax warmer. I think it is safe to say that fall has been bypassed and I'm in full on Christmas mode!



Since it has been cold here, my outfit needed to follow suit. I needed to be warm when I was outside! I'm linking up with the Pleated Poppy to show you my outfit!

Outfit Details:

Jeggings: Mossimo (Target)
Boots: Mark Fisher (QVC Outlet)
Top: Original TY Wear (This is SO old!)
Earwarmer: Bijuju

This outfit is simple, classy and perfect for a wintry day!

What do you love to wear on a cold winter day? Leave me a comment and let me know! I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

QVC Trip Recap

Two things before we start. First, I'm sorry that I have neglected this blog so much these past 2 months. I came home from vacation and life kicked into full gear! Let's try to get this back on schedule shall we? Second, I took very few pictures during this trip. I was too busy getting my shop on!

Last weekend my aunt, her bestie, and I took a bus trip to West Chester, PA. We had to be at the tour company at 5:45am. Yes, I had a cup of Jingle Bell Java coffee that morning! (From a local store, it is delicious!) We boarded the bus and tried to catch a few minutes of shuteye before the sun came up. We passed the time watching 27 dresses, and pretty soon we were at Rockvale Square! This is a cute outdoor shopping area that has the QVC Outlet store. I went into the weekend wanting something from Isaac Mizrahi, and bought nothing of his.  :( I did find the most ADORABLE pair of blue suede wedge booties of his, but decided against those. (One of the regrets I have of this weekend.)

Love these boots!
My aunt was trying on a pair of Clarks riding boots, and fell in deep love with them. Even after the 70% discount, plus and additional 10% off they still weren't in her price range, so she passed on those until she found Isaac Mizrahi riding boots. She tried them on, loved them, and they were hers! I was browsing the shoe aisle, and found them. Mark Fisher brown leather high boots. It was love at first sight. I tried them on, and shock of all shocks, they FIT! Most of you know how much I detest spending money, but these fit and they were mine. They were originally $145.00 and I got them 70% plus an additional 10% off so I ended up paying $52 dollars or so. You really can't beat that.

Then, the three of us made our way over to the handbags. A little known fact about me: purses are one of my love languages. All three of us picked up a Bruce Makowsky purse, and two of us put it back. (Regret #2) My aunt's best friend bought hers, and it is lovely! Butter soft leather and chain straps, made this bag great quality.
So, so, good!

We crossed several lanes of traffic to get to Chick-Fil-A for lunch (#priorities), then we hopped back on the bus to travel to King of Prussia Mall.

If you have never been to the King of Prussia Mall, let me tell you; mall is HUGE! Like over 400 stores huge. We got dropped off at 1:00, then never left until 9:30. One of the highlights was getting to meet my aunt and cousin at the Cheesecake Factory for dinner!! While we were waiting the 2 hours to get in for dinner, we shopped around together and caught up with everyone! We ate, then we had to make the half hour walk to the other side of the mall to get back on the bus. That night, we checked into our hotel, showered, and quickly fell asleep.

The next morning, we woke up, got pretty, and ate our continental breakfast at the hotel. We got back on the bus at 10:45 to do some additional shopping at the mall. It was there I discovered the Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks. There will be several more purchases of that this winter season!!

First logo!
Mandii Fact: I collect pens!
After we left the mall for a second time, we traveled to QVC Studio Park! I watch QVC almost daily and even though I have done the tour once already, it was fun to do it again! Our tour guide was less than stellar unfortunately, but I was glad to see David Veneable while he was on air, and see the production process!

After our tour, we shopped some more at the studio store. I bought a beautiful Bronzo Italia ring, and some PooPourri. After that, it was time to head home!



It is even more beautiful in person!


We definitely had a fun weekend filled with family, friends, and plenty of shopping!

Have you ever been to the QVC outlet or QVC Studio?  What about the King of Prussia Mall? I'd love to hear what you bought! Leave me a comment and let me know!


Monday, November 24, 2014

Motivation Monday: Worry

Have you ever heard, or saw a quote or saying and it was just what you needed at that specific moment? I have had that happen several times, and it is always a comfort. To me, it is like God saying, "I'm here." I was out shopping the other night, and had such an occurrence. I was walking through an aisle that had a plethora of signs. One in particular caught my attention, and I just stopped, and read it several times.

"Don't worry about tomorrow, God is already there."

I always get amazed with God's creation as I look out into the ocean.
Wow! How profound and perfect is that? How many times have you worried about tomorrow? I have!

Have you worried about what will happen in your job? What about waiting for a test from a doctor to come back? Worrying if you will have enough money to pay the bills. 

The beauty of this saying is, that God is telling us not to worry. He has our days planned out for us already. Hard times and good times. Don't worry, you are held in the palm of God's hand and he is directing your path. This isn't saying that you won't have rough times. You will be tested, but don't worry, with God on your side you can get through any trial you may face.

I know that any time I have started to worry about what will happen tomorrow, I just keep saying this quote over and over. It gives me peace in my soul, and lets me know God is in control.

I hope that this has given you peace for today. Leave me a comment and let me know how this quote has helped you today.


I am going to be posting my favorite Bible verses or quotes on Monday's as a part of a new Motivation Monday series I am starting. Hope they bless you as much as they bless me.

Friday, November 21, 2014

High Five for Friday!

Can you believe that one week from today is Black Friday? I don't participate, and I'm so glad. I'm more of a Cyber Monday kind of gal! Alas, today is Friday and I am doing what I usually do: Link up with Lauren.

1. I have begun to plan what I am making for Christmas Eve. I like to be well prepared! Who am I kidding? I make the same things every year!

2. This scene appeared outside. There is something beautiful about a fresh fallen snow.

3. I am probably the last person to have tried this but, Starbucks Peppermint Mocha- DELICIOUS!

4. I'm in full on Christmas mode, and it isn't even Thanksgiving yet! Trees are up,

and my Nutcrackers are out, so I am good to go!

5. Posts are written and scheduled for next week! Time to get this blog back on track!

What did you love about this week? Leave me a comment and let me know!

I know this is my first post in a while! That problem will be fixed on Monday with new posts!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

October Ipsy Bag

My Ipsy bag was the second piece of mail I opened after I came home from vacation. Getting makeup in the mail is definitely better than bills and credit card statements. Can I get an amen? The items in my bag this month were exactly what I needed to cheer me up from leaving the beach. Here is what was in my bag!

iEnvy|False Lashes: This lashes look natural, and will compliment any looks I throw together for the upcoming Holiday season!

Jesse's Girl|Mineralized Baked Powder Eyeshadow: This is a pretty shimmery purple shade. I think this will look beautiful on the lid with a matte purple in the crease. This is huge and will last me forever.

City Color|Be Matte Lipstick: Ipsy knows of my obsession. This color is a perfect MLBB shade! This will look great with a smoky eye where I want my lips to be neutral. From what I have tried so far, this applies nicely, lasts a while. I received the color Cappuccino.

Rose Berry|Hand Cream: With cold and flu season approaching, I will be washing my hands A LOT! Hot water+soap=dry hands. This is a perfect size that I can throw in my purse or teacher bag and use after I wash my hands.

Skyn Iceland|Glacial Cleansing Cloths: I like a simple cleansing cloth to remove makeup swatches, or eye makeup at the end of the night. These will come in handy!

The bag this month was a pretty blue/green color. I love finding uses for the bags I get every month!

What was in your bag this month? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

October Birchbox

When I got back from vacation, the first thing I wanted to do was open this little pink box. I bypassed all of my other mail, and opened this first. #Priorities. This month was a great month, lots of products I need, and will use for sure! Here is what was in my box!

The theme this month was Fanfare. So, they want to know what your favorite TV shows, music, movies are. For me, it is Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and How to Get Away with Murder. Plus, now that hockey has started, college basketball is starting, and college football is underway Mandii is definitely happy!

Dr. Brandt| Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner: I SO needed this! Coming home from the beach, my pores are clogged from putting sunscreen on multiple times a day. I cannot wait to use this and clean out my pores!

Essentiel Elements| Wake Up Rosemary Shower Gel: This smells delicious! There is a perfect blend of rosemary and mint that will wake you up and get you ready for the day. Another bonus, I think the packaging is adorable!

Harvey Prince|Petaly Noir: You all know that I am a HUGE fan of Harvey Prince fragrances. I can already tell that this is going to be added to my list of fragrances from Harvey Prince that I will want to buy.

Mally|High Shine Liquid Lipstick: I was able to choose this as my sample choice, and it is a beautiful color! It is a gorgeous pink that is wearable in the fall and winter. You know I love a lip product!

ModelCo| Powerlash High Impact Black Mascara: I have liked the products I have received from ModelCo in the past, and I can't wait to try this mascara! It is said to add length and volume to your lashes. I like the sound of that!

So that was my box! What did you get in yours? What TV shows are you watching this Fall? I'd love to hear from you, leave me a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WIWW

Fall can sometimes be hard to pick outfits. You still have some warm days, but the next day could be rainy and cold. On this day, I was heading to my grandparent's house to celebrate my Grandma's 89th birthday! It was about 68 degrees, and I wanted to be warm for outside, but cool for inside my grandparent's house. (They like to keep the thermostat VERY high!)

Outfit Details:

Tank: Wal-Mart
Shrug: Marshalls
Capris: Chico's
Shoes:

So that was my outfit! As usual, I linked up with the Pleated Poppy!

Do you struggle with picking outfits for those fall days? Leave me a comment and let me know! I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Vacation Recap

Any vacation that involves an ocean, sand, and sun is a vacation I will enjoy! Earlier in October, I spent two glorious weeks in Myrtle Beach, SC. Leaving PA the weather was awful! We (mom, dad, and myself) ran in rain the whole time. We made our traditional stop at the New River Gorge in WV, and I still get amazed every time I see it!

After arriving in Myrtle after dark we were exhausted! We got our keys to the condo, made our beds, and crashed! We didn't even unpack! The next morning, we got ready and went to Dino's for breakfast. Dino's is a local hot spot, that is only open for breakfast and dinner, and boy are they busy until closing time!

The rest of the time we did this.










At night, we watched sunsets like this.










In the evenings, we would go out and stop at our favorite shopping centers: Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach, and the Market Common. I highly recommend you stop at a store that is located in all of these areas. It is an accessory boutique called Bijuju. Their prices are reasonable, and the jewelry is gorgeous! I might have spent a small fortune in this store!

One night, we drove to Bass Pro Shops, and walked around the mall.

Honestly, this was the best "mental health" vacation I could have had. I spent time with the ones I love, in a place I love. The weather was absolutely perfect the first week! 78 degrees and beautiful blue skies! The second week still had some nice days, but there were some overcast ones as well.

If you are looking for a place to go in October, I highly recommend Myrtle Beach! The weather is still nice, the prices drop significantly, and it isn't as crowded as the summer months.

If I could transport my entire family down there and find a teaching job, I'd move down there immediately!

Where is your favorite place to vacation? What is your dream vacation? Leave me a comment and let me know!


Monday, November 3, 2014

What's On: Your Bucket List

How many times have you said this phrase: "On my bucket list, I'd do this____." I know that I most certainly have! Who wouldn't love to pick things to do if money or time wasn't an issue?  This gives us just the right reason to dream! I loved writing this post as a link up with Andrea!

I guess you could call my bucket list random to say the least. There are places I'd love to travel to, sporting events I'd love to attend, and people I'd love to meet. So let me share my bucket list with you!
They didn't play UNC here. 

1.) Attend a Duke/UNC game at Cameron Indoor Stadium: If you are a Duke fan, this should be number one on your list! Getting a tickets to this even is tough, Cameron only seats 9,314 people! Oh, but one day I'd love to shout and cheer during the Battle of Tobacco Road!

2.) Go on a Humpback Whale watching cruise: Ever since my 4th grade teacher taught a unit on whales, I have wanted to go on a humpback whale cruise. They are just beautiful animals, and so majestic as they breech out of the water. I'd love to be able to see this up close and personal!

3.) Travel: I love to travel to these places; Ireland, Prague, Bora Bora, Belize, Croatia, and Hawaii. I've done some research on these places, and they look absolutely breathtaking. I think it is fun to learn about new places and cultures!

First time in Consol!
4.) Sit front row at a Bon Jovi concert: My mom and I have this deal where if we would ever get this opportunity, this would be our last concert of theirs. You can't top sitting front row!

 5.) Attend the College Basketball National Championship Game: As a sports fan, this would be the ultimate experience! Watching the last 4 teams remaining battle it out for a shot at the National Championship. Then, watching the final two teams go at it to win the ultimate prize! There is nothing better!

Marc Andre Fleury and I! (Goalie for the Pens!)
6.) Sit behind the Pens bench for a game: I did this one time, and I was too young to care! When you are close, you can hear the line shifts being called out, watch the strategy between players, and get an up close view of the great skating and stick handling.  As another side note, I'd love to be able to meet more professional athletes as well. I've been luck to meet a few, and they have all been so nice, and accommodating!

So this is my bucket list! I'd love to see what is on yours! Please leave me a comment and let me know, so I can check out your list too!











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