My Top 10 Fall and Winter Must Haves!

1) Almond Roca – Above any holiday dessert dish, Almond Roca is my strongest vice throughout the Holiday season. This delicious toffee almond candy has me weak at the knees every year. I told my husband he’s not allowed to let me buy the Costco sized tin when we go grocery shopping. This is the perfect Holiday candy, great for stocking stuffers, work parties, family get-togethers, or a movie night in front of the fire…. in moderation.

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2) Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa – Who doesn’t love Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa?! I typically don’t drink this throughout the year, but this hot cocoa hits the spot during the cold weather Holiday season. I especially love taking a thermos of hot cocoa with the family while we go look at Christmas lights throughout the neighborhood. My favorite way to have it is in a jumbo mug with plenty of mini marshmallows, whip cream, and sprinkles!

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3) Lululemon Running Gloves – Cold season is upon us, so it’s time to bundle up! Not only are these gloves super cute and fashionable, they are meant as running gloves. I sadly lost my Lululemon gloves a few years ago, I didn’t start running until last year so I never had a chance to use them for their purpose. They also have finger sensors so you can still use your phone for running apps or music. I will definitely be purchasing another pair for outdoor running this year.

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4) Bose Head Phones – BEST … HEADPHONES … EVER. Once you begin using Bose Head Phones, you’ll never be able to go back to those crappy ipod/iphone head phones. Sorry Apple, I love you but Bose has you beat! Partnership perhaps? I love my head phones for outdoor running, the design of the earpiece keeps the bud firmly in place.

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5) 25lb Kettle Bell – It’s been my dream for months now to own a 25lb KettleBell (GoFit)! I have been working out at home more often since I’ve been in school. Some times I don’t feel like fighting people at the gym for equipment after work during rush hour. Plus it can be so time consuming to take the bus from work to the gym. I believe it’s time for me to get that 25lb KettleBell so I can add some weight resistance to my home workouts.

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6) Naked 2 Palette – I know the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette is old news since the Naked 3 Palette released, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s the BEST Naked palette! I bought mine off eBay for a pretty good deal. The taupe hues are complimentary for any skin type and a great look for fall. The palette includes golds, silvers, nudes, and additional warm colors perfect for the season.

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7) Tarte Braziliance Self Tanner – It’s no secret that everyone turns a little pasty in the Winter when they lose their Summer sun kissed glow. However there is a solution that doesn’t require UV tanning or awful odor and color. Tarte Braziliance Self Tanner is a great self tanner that leaves your skin with a warm glow, NO orange, and very faint smell. Every product claims, “No odor!” and but that’s a lie. This self tanner has the least odor I’ve experienced.

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8) Halogen Leopard Print Scarf – It’s scarf season! I’ve been opened to a whole new world of scarves. Isn’t it sad that I just learned what an Infinity Scarf is last year?! One of my favorite prints is leopard print. I traded a Fabletics sports bra for a leopard print scarf on mysubscriptionaddiction.com a month ago and I’m in LOVE! I couldn’t find the exact same scarf, but I found one by Halogen from Nordstrom that is pretty adorable too.

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9) Free People Floral Mesh Fit & Flare Dress – The brand Free People is boho chic which really compliments Fall using natural earth tones. I typically go for the beige, brown, and gold sweaters and tops, but I fell in love with this dress and was lucky enough to score it at Platos Closet for $20 instead of $128! Some people don’t like Free People because it’s over priced, but if you take the time to bargain shop I promise you’ll find great deals. Pair this cute dress with leggings, tights, knee high socks, boots, and scarves!

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10) Pandora Radio Christmas Station – What’s a Holiday Season without Christmas music?! I just upgraded to Pandora One for ad free listening, so I won’t be interrupted with Black Friday or Christmas deals allllll Holiday season. That is definitely worth the $4.99 a month. Frank Sinatra all day and night, sign me up!

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What’s your Top 10 Must Have’s this Fall and Winter?

~Jess

November Pretty Fit Pack!

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I signed up in time for the November Protein Pack! These are all the goodies I’ll be getting in the middle of the month:

1) NLA Her Whey RV $54.99 – 28 grams of protein in each serving! 18 servings in this 2lb tub. Delicious chocolate flavor with zero sugar and packed with aminos!

2) Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancake Mix by FlapJacked 12 oz. RV 11.99 – What bodybuilder doesn’t love pancakes?! I can’t wait to try these for Fall! Perfect timing 🙂

3) Apple Cinnamon Protein Cereal by Kay’s Naturals 9.5 oz. RV $7.99 – If this tastes anything like Apple Jacks, count me in! Gluten free, kosher, zero sugars and additives with 12 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving.

4) High Protein Coffee by Chike Nutrition 2 Packets RV $5.99 – Each packet contains 20 grams of protein with the caffeine equivalent of 2 shots of espresso. Mmmm!

5) Pumpkin Spice Complete Cookie by Lenny & Larry’s 2 Cookies RV $5.98 – Vegan, zero animal by product, zero dairy, no preservatives with 16 grams of protein and 6 grams of protein per cookie!

6) Apple Pie Protein Bar by Quest Nutrition 1 Bar RV $2.79 – 160 calories of 20 grams of protein, 16 grams of fiber, and only 1 gram of sugar. Delicious Apple Pie without the guilt 🙂

~Jess

Pumpkin’ Hunting Weekend

 

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I had such an amazing much needed weekend!

Kaienna spent the weekend with us and we went pumpkin hunting in the woods. Instead of going to the pumpkin patch, we decided to buy a pumpkin for Kai and create an elaborate story that there are wild pumpkins that roam the woods and we have to hunt them! We went to the Botanical Garden trails by our house and went in search of this pumpkin with her, creating stories, following the ‘pumpkin tracks’, and following noises (thrown rocks) to find the wild pumpkin! After an hour of walking through the trails, Kai and I separated from Derek while he hid the pumpkin on a log. He called back for us, “Hey guys! I think I heard and saw a pumpkin this way!” We ran over to him and she spotted it perched on a log and speared it!

IMG_2167We had left Derek’s and my pumpkin in the backyard while we loaded up the car before we left. We told her that the mommy and daddy pumpkin might try to look for the little pumpkin. When we got home, Derek moved them to the front door while Kai and I were in my room. He knocked on the door and called us over! Kai was so excited! Mommy and Daddy pumpkin showed up. We carved our pumpkins, giving them faces, bought tea lights, and put them on our front porch. She was obsessed with them! She had to keep checking to make sure they didn’t ‘roll away’. She’s a smart cookie though, she kept asking, “How did they knock on the door?”

pumpkinWe had a great weekend, I’m glad we had a chance to do Fall activities since we don’t have her next weekend for Halloween. She’s such a sweet girl, I feel so lucky and honored to watch her grow and be a part of her life 🙂

~Jess

 

 

Product Review: Ipsy – September Glam Bag

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Stars: 4/5

Cost: $10 a month

Products:

1. September Ipsy Bag – I absolutely love this bag! It’s super cute, and a great size, bigger than previous months. I will definitely be using this for travel to and from work, school, or out of town. Fits everything I need! Can’t wait to see what October’s bag will look like!

2. Cailyn Tinted Lip Gloss / Love Affair – Full Size!– I love this color! Definitely perfect timing for the cold winter months ahead and the holidays. My only complaint is how much it dries out my lips. If you use vaseline as a base, it won’t dry out!

3. Crown Brush / Infinity Shadow & Crease – When I saw that I would be getting this eyeshadow brush in my September Bag, I got really excited! I just recently bought the Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay and Natural Eyes Palette by Too Faced so this tool is perfect! I’ve been using  it for a week now and so far I love the softness of the bristles and how much pigment it will hold.

4. LeeAnni Ego 3 in 1 – Sample – I haven’t tried this sample yet, but I really love the idea of having a toner, serum, and moisturizer all in one. This product is vegan and all natural! Can’t wait to try it out. Has anyone else tried it?

5. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Conditioning Mask – Sample – I have really fine oily hair, so I probably won’t use this. I read up on this product though and it sounds amazing for anyone looking for a natural hair mask without parabens, silicones, and phthalates. The 4 main natural ingredients are avocado, almond oil, rosehip oil, and aloe. Sounds like it would be a treat for dry, damaged, parched hair! Not to mention, super hydrating for you scalp with the Winter months ahead.

6. Pacifica Red Red Wine Nail Polish – Full Size! – Another all natural vegan cruelty free product! This color is amazing for Fall and Winter, I love the deep burgundy red. The cool thing about this polish is that it will change shades in the light! The polish can reflect a more transparent blood orange-like color or a deep burgundy wine. I love it! I’m still a loyal fan of Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel but this polish is a nice change.

Pros: I loved this months bag. The only bag I had to compare it to was my June Glam Bag I received in July with all the left over stock products thrown together. I felt like these products were more personalized and higher end, and that I would be using them more frequently.

Cons: During my Ipsy test I said I had fine oily hair, so I don’t know why they sent me a conditioning mask for dry damaged hair. Although I’m sure it’s an awesome product, I probably won’t be using it. Who knows! I might though if Winter magically strips my hair of all it’s natural oils! Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my review. What did everyone else get in their September Glam Bag?!

Enjoy!

~Jess