Thursday, December 01, 2016

What I'm Loving - Fall/Winter 2016

(Please excuse me while I clear away the dust and cobwebs from this site...)


2016 can be done at any time now, amirite? I have to say, with all honesty, this was definitely NOT one of my favorite years. Politics aside, my husband's illness definitely took a toll on our family life in 2016. With 4 hospitalizations and 2 surgeries behind us, we are ready to bring on a HEALTHY 2017!

(Although I did get a new kitchen in 2016. That was definitely a bright spot!)

That being said, there were a few fun products/items/things that brightened my fall that I'd love to share with you in a non-sponsored, just for fun type of way.

I am one of those women who walks into Sephora all confident, thinking, "I can DO this. I can be a grown-ass adult and BUY SOME MAKEUP." But nope. I can't. I wander around aimlessly. I pick things up and put them down. I try on samples until I look like a ventriloquist's puppet. I become completely overwhelmed and usually walk out of there empty-handed, save for the sparkles and streaks and smudges on my face. But this! This eyeshadow kit is my newest makeup fave. Love love love the applicator and the neutral colors.

*****
I fall asleep while reading my Kindle every night before bed. 2016 hasn't been a great year of thrilling can't-put-down reads for me, but a few do stand out:



I finished Behind Closed Doors in literally 4 nights. It was intense and uncomfortable (think Sleeping With the Enemy uncomfortable...) and I'm not giving away the ending!

The Girls was my favorite read of the summer. When I was in high school, I was obsessed with the story of Charles Manson and the Helter Skelter murders. I must have read that book at least 5 times. The Girls has a similar early 70's cult-like feel.








Wreckage was another one that I fired through quickly. Imagine being in a plane crash. Then imagine being stranded on a desert island. THEN imagine being rescued after 2 years and having to come back to your old life...









*****

I tend to be a binge-watcher rather than a devoted weekly watcher of TV shows. I have fired through Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad (my all-time fave), Friday Night Lights, Bloodline and this summer I watched One Mississippi and Fleabag (both original Amazon series in their first seasons).

Now, I'm into Weeds. I love that the episodes are only 30 minutes. I love that it was created by Jenji Kohan. And I love the sick, twisted humor.

I'm not sure what I'll binge-watch next. My 15-year old is begging me to watch Grey's, but that seems like SUCH a commitment (12 seasons?!). And both my oldest 2 are faithful watchers of The Walking Dead, but violent zombies just don't seem to have any appeal for me. Perhaps The Americans?

*****
I have such a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I love it when I need a specific idea. Otherwise, I hate it. I sense it mocking me, pressuring me to create more, cook more, bake more, become more healthy. SHUT UP PINTEREST YOU DON'T KNOW ME.

Ahem. Anyway, once in a while, I stumble upon a Pinterest win and feel compelled to share. This copycat recipe is that win. It has been a hit over and over again with my family and guests alike. I mean, really, who doesn't love Panera's mac and cheese?! (I make mine without the Dijon mustard and hot sauce.)










*****
I love photo re-creations. I'm so glad we were able to get together with our family friends and have the kiddos do this, 10+ years later. They pretty much nailed it!


 *****
And although we don't have our tree yet, the stockings were hung by the chimney with care.






1 comment:

Jenn said...

Love and miss you Sarah! I'm going to check out that eye shadow ... I'' exactly the same way going into Sephora. Here's hoping my 11 year old can help me out now that she has started shopping there ...

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