Friday Favorites: J. Crew Outfit, Trader Joe's Pumpkin Body Butter, New Favorite Song, First PSL of the Season, and Good Mascara



Hey Besties! Happy Friday. I am so ready to usher September out the door. This has been a long month. I went more into that on Wednesday. I am back for Friday Favorites, ready to have a little fun, and link-up with Erika and Andrea. Are you ready? Let's go.

1. J. Crew Factory Outfit

I bought this super cute outfit when I thought there was a possibility I would be able to make my work trip, but of course didn't. I still think this is a Good outfit for early fall and each piece can be worn with so many other items in your closet. 

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Monthly Musings September 2022--Fall Decorating and Halloween

 



Besties, I am so glad it is finally fall and really happy that it is almost October. This month for Monthly Musings, Holly and I are getting you ready for fall and Halloween with all of our questions for fall decorating and Halloween. With the help of the talented writers who join us every month, you will have really Good design and Halloween ideas and be ahead of the game. Be sure to check out the other writers who join us and leave your own tips in the comments below.



1. How do you decorate for fall/Halloween?


Running Daddy handles the outdoor Halloween decorating. We build a Spooky Walk with our next door neighbors and connect our two houses. We are kind of a destination corner in our neighborhood. We have lights, we have music and the theme is spooky but not scary or gory. 

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What's Up Wednesday-September 2022

 


Hey there Besties. Ooof this was a month and by that I mean not the Best month I have ever had. Since this is What's Up Wednesday and I am linking up with Sheaffer and Shay about all things September, I will get into all this below. 


What We're Eating This Week

We are back in the full swing of hockey season so that means on Tuesday and Thursdays we need to have something mild and quick for dinner before hockey practice. I think I have a rhythm down already.


Monday-Meatball sub or leftover pasta bake with salad.

Tuesday-Airfryer chicken and vegetables

Wednesday-Pancakes (pumpkin and gluten free!), bacon and fruit

Thursday-Tortellini, gluten free ravioli and salad

Friday-Take out

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Hello Monday-Monthly Musings September 2022 Topics

 



Popping in on this early fall morning to join Holly and Sarah for Hello Monday and share the topics for Monthly Musings coming up on Thursday.

This month Holly and I are talking about fall decor and Halloween. We hope you will join us as a writer, reader and both and share your favorite fall decorating and Halloween fund with us on Thursday. Our questions are below.



See you back here on Thursday for Monthly Musings.

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What's Up Wednesday August 2022

 













Happy Wednesday Besties! It's time for What's Up Wednesday where I link up with Shaeffer and Shay and talk about all things August! This month was packed full of all the things headed into the last days of summer and I can't wait to share it with you. Let's talk about August.


What We're Eating This Week


We got home late from a hockey tournament Sunday night so I am a little behind on my meal planning. I also had to push back our Butcher Box until this week so I am not really sure when it will arrive and that is impacting meal planning a bit. Here is what I know we will have this week.

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Monthly Musings August 2022: Fall Recipes/Dinners


Fall is just around the corner Besties. Can you smell the bonfires and taste the pumpkin spice everything? I am not hating on it and really ready for fall to be here.


Today Holly and I getting together with the Best group of writers to share ideas about fall dinners and recipes. If you are linking up with us today please link back to us and be sure to visit some other writers who join us. If you could leave comments for other writers too, that would even be Better. Let's dive into the questions now.


1. Easiest dinner you make? Will you share the recipe?



Hands down, taco meatballs are the easiest recipe I make. At this point, I can probably get these taco meatballs on the table in about 30 minutes. You probably have all of the ingredients on hand to make these tonight. We had these on Monday and I love them.


You can make these with ground turkey or ground beef. Find the recipe for these meatballs here.


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Monthly Musings August 2022 Topics: Easy Fall Recipes/Dinner


Hey there Besties! Fall is around the corner and this month for Monthly Musings Holly and I are ready to talk Easy Fall Recipes/Dinners.


If you would like to join us for our monthly link-up, grab our graphic, link back to us both please in your post and then join the link-up. We cannot wait to hear how the talented group of writers who join us every month savor fall flavors and tackle all things in the kitchen.


See you Thursday!



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Friday Favorites Aug 19, 2022: A Good Beauty Item, A Skinny Cocktail, Two Summer Shows and a Childhood Idol

 



Hey Besties! Happy Friday. It is truly like fake fall around here this week and I am here for it. I literally almost grabbed the pumpkin spice coffee at Wawa this week but decided to give it a few more weeks. Even though we are getting a taste of early fall, I have a cocktail to get you through the last few weeks of summer, plus a Good beauty product for you, two summer shows and then a Goodbye to a childhood idol. I am back for Friday Favorites and to link-up with Erika and Andrea. Are you ready? Let's go.


1. Flamingo Razors

Over the last few years I have been struggling to find a razor I really liked. The brand I was using for the last few years I was not loving, but kept using it because it was easily delivered to the house. Running Daddy is a big fan of Harry's razors and has been more many years. Well, Harry's has a women's line called Flamingo and it is a really Good razor. It gives a really close shave without irritation or cuts. You can purchase at stores or via subscription. This might be my razor for life.

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Hello Monday--Skinny Colada Recipe

 



Happy Monday Besties! I am back from our dreamy vacation in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island and I am doing a quick stop-in for Hello Monday with Holly and Sarah. Today, I am sharing a cocktail I love on vacation that I believe I have perfected at home thanks to Trader Joe's. Let's get cocktailing!

We love the beach bar at the Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head. It is so fun to come off the beach around 3:30 p.m. and have a little cocktail (or Sprite!) before we bike back to our rental house. For the last couple of years I have ordered their Skinny Colada and made a little tweak. Their original Skinny Colada used to have a coconut vodka in it, but since I never really know if a vodka is gluten free (some are not), I always used to ask for one with Malibu rum.

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Monthly Musings-July 2022 Back to School Prep




Hey Besties! Welcome to Monthly Musings July 2022. This month Holly and I are sharing our thoughts with a host of other talented writers on Back to School Prep. We mentioned that this is not to rush summer away, we just thought this was a Good point in the summer to share all the Best back to school tips. We know that our readers go back to school between the beginning part of August through after Labor Day so we wanted to do this now to share the Best info.


I am going to lead with the fact that I am feeling slightly behind on any back to school paperwork, planning, book sales, and uniforms. I am going to try to do the bulk of the paperwork tomorrow night, hence you probably will not see me for Friday Favorites...but I digress.


Let's jump into Monthly Musings and talk Back to School Prep.


1. How do you get organized for the school year?


Right now I am trying to sell our sophomore year text books on our school Facebook page and then buy from our friends what we need for this school year. I need to get a spreadsheet going for the textbooks Hockey Guy needs and then add in what I have and what we still need. My brain just organizes Better when things are in a spreadsheet.


I also need Hockey Guy to try on his uniforms and see what still fits. The beauty of school uniforms is that we need fewer school clothes. They are changing the PE uniform so I need to order that too.


I am all about a to-do list and spreadsheets. Basically, color-coded lists are my love language.


I also try to get the important dates and days off at least through Christmas on the calendar in the beginning of the year.


2. Favorite places to shop for back to school clothes?


So I have a boy, who wears a uniform, I am basically of no help to you on this one!


3. Do you meal plan? Favorite back to school meals? Share a recipe or two.


I meal plan all year and always have. When we head back to school I am all about fast and easy. It takes a few weeks to get back in the grove and having easy dinners just makes things Better


Two of my Best easy meals are taco meatballs and baked chicken tacos . I have been making these forever and they are favorites in our house. I will hopefully have another easy and amazing recipe to share next week that you can get on the table in no time.


4. What are your kids favorite things about going back to school?


Honestly, just seeing his friends every day.


5. Best place for school supplies?


We typically don't need a lot of school supplies unless the teacher specifies certain things. Typically everything is provided through tuition.


6. Any first day of school traditions?


I typically just try to get a photo, which usually includes the dog. I also try to make an easy dinner so that we can spend time talking about the day and not making dinner.


7. Best lunch box tip?


I am out of the lunchbox stage, but the Best lunch box tip I have is related to the thermos. To keep food hot in a thermos all day, heat up water, pour it into the thermos and close the lid. Keep the lid on while you heat the food. Once the food is heated, dump out the water and then add the food. This way you are adding hot food into a warmed container. Try it, it works.


8. Buy lunch? Bring lunch? Both?


Now that Hockey Guy is in high school he buys every day. They have a lot of choices and very few days are a miss.


9. Does school start before or after Labor Day where you live?


We start the week before Labor Day and we have a staggered start depending on what grade you are in.


10. Best money saving tips for back to school?


If you have tax free weekends before school starts where you live, take advantage of them. Those weekends usually have Good sales and then you save the sales tax too. Take inventory of all the basics in your house like socks, pajamas, copier paper and toner and stock up on these weekends.


I hope these tips were helpful. Be sure to check in with Holly and the other writers that join us for Monthly Musings. Get your lists together and enjoy the balance of the summer.


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What's Up Wednesday-July 2022


Happy Wednesday Besties! It's time for What's Up Wednesday where I link up with Shaeffer and Shay and talk about all things July! Settle in and find out what we have been up to this month.


What We're Eating This Week

Monday-chicken stir fry

Tuesday-slider meatballs, salad

The rest of the week will depend on what day my Butcher Box arrives. We are still loving Butcher Box and it really has been helpful to have a month's worth of meat on hand and I love having different cuts of meat every month. If you want to give Butcher Box a try you can save $30 on your first box and get free bacon for life with this link

What I am Reminiscing About

We are a couple of weeks away from vacation and I have been thinking about all of the years past in Hilton Head. This will be our fourth time there and I cannot wait.

What I'm Loving

I have been using the Laura Mercier Caviar eye sticks lately and I am loving them. I think they last longer than other cream eye shadows and they do not irritate my very sensitive eyes.


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The other new beauty product I am loving is Flamingo Shave. I have been looking for a razor that I love. This is the women's line from Harry's. Running Daddy has been a fan of Harry's for many years now and they are the only razors he uses. I am really loving the Flamingo razors because they are sharp but easy on the razor burn at the same time. You can buy them in stores but you can also just have them dropped on your doorstep too. Yes, please!

I am also loving this Stella Chain Crystal Chain necklace. It is a shorter length so it is so Good for layering. I also love how highend it looks but I would not worry about traveling with it. This just launched and I think I am going to be wearing this a lot.


What We've Been Up To


We had a really lovely Fourth of July and spent some time with friends we have not seen in a while at our pool.

We also had a hockey tournament in the Philadelphia area. Hockey Guy played really well and I was able to work from the road.

We have also really been enjoying our summer weekends.

What I'm Dreading

I have a ton of school paperwork to do and I am dreading it. I have done a few things but there are also some things I cannot do until after physicals and we have all of those forms.


What I'm Working On

See above...this week I am working on a lot of school paperwork.

I also have a lot of work right now. The summer is usually my busy season, which is not ideal and I am going to be slammed until after the election.

On a fun note, I starting to work on packing lists and vacation grocery lists. I love a Good list and vacation lists are the Best.

What I'm Excited About

I am super excited about our trip to Hilton Head. It's one of my favorite places and I cannot wait to chill for a bit.

What I am Watching/Reading

I have a small stack of books and magazines ready to go for our trip. I just have to get through all my work and then I am looking forward to some coffee and books.

We are watching a few fun things. We decided to binge watch Southern Charm from the beginning. While we have watched every season, it is interesting to watch it all so close together.




The evolution of Craig is really the Best.




I am also watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I going to say this, I have never been a Kyle fan and I think they are finally showing what a mean girl Kyle really is.




I also started watching The Summer I Became Pretty and I am really liking it. I am usually so behind on these things but I do get why people like this series. This is probably for high schoolers ad up.

What I'm Listening To

I am listening to all of my usual podcasts. If you are a Housewives fan I highly recommend The Bravo Dockett. They are two Housewives fans who are also lawyers. They are really Good at breaking down all of the Erika Jayne and Jen Shah legal drama. They explain all of the legalese for these types of cases and what it all means.

I also need to work on a Hilton Head playlist. 

What I'm Wearing

I haven't really bought anything new because I am saving money for our trip.  I am mostly accessorizing to keep things fresh.

I did buy these linen pants recently. They are total classics and can be dressed up or down.

 


What I'm Doing This Weekend

We have a family party and then I will also start getting things ready for our trip. I am also hoping to get a pedicure. 

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month

I am so looking forward to our trip to South Carolina and being in Hilton Head. We also have a hockey tournament at the end of August that will kick off the hockey season.

What Else is New

I think I covered basically everything. You will want to come by tomorrow as Holly and I are hosting Monthly Musings tomorrow. The topic this month is Back to School Prep. We are not trying to rush the summer away but we thought it would be a Good idea to share tips and tricks now because there is such a range of back to school dates from mid-August all the way past Labor Day.

The questions are below and we hope you will join us as a writer, reader or both.




That's my wrap up of July. I will see you back here tomorrow. 

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Hello Monday and Monthly Musings topics-July 2022

 Hello Monday and Monthly Musings topics-July 2022



Happy Monday Besties! Is anyone in a place where it is not blazing hot? Holy smokes! While I am cozying up to the AC unit, I am also linking up with Holly and Sarah for Hello Monday and sharing the topics for Monthly Musings.


Don't worry, Holly and I are not trying to rush the summer with the topic of Back to School prep. Our goal was to have everyone share their Best back to school tips now because the first day of school dates for our readers range from the first few weeks of August all the way until after Labor Day. That way when back to school rolls around you will have all the tips and tricks.



Join Holly and me back here on Thursday for Monthly Musings and don't forget to also stop by for What's Up Wednesday before that! 





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Monthly Musings June 2022-Summer Travel



Hey there Besties! I have been down for the count with the dreaded stomach bug but I wanted to come back with my musings on Summer travel. This is going to be such a fun topic.


1. Favorite Summer Destination?




Hilton Head Island, SC is our favorite place in the summer. We feel so relaxed and far away when we are there. I currently have the countdown to departure on my calendar. We cannot wait to get there.

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What's Up Wednesday-June 2022


Here we are Besties at the end of June. Can you believe it? This has been a pretty eventful month and I am here to linking up with Shay and Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday. Let's jump in and talk all things June!


What We're Eating This Week 


This week will be a little busy, especially at night. So I only sketched out our dinner plan, not a dinner plan put in stone. Here is what I am thinking about, but it could also all go out the window at any moment.

Monday-pork tenderloin, quinoa, chopped salad

Tuesday-sausage, polenta, chopped salad

Wednesday-maybe tacos

Thursday-not sure yet

Friday-take out at the pool

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Hello Monday and Monthly Musings Topics



Hey Besties! I hope you had a Good weekend. Running Daddy and I went to our first movie in an actual theater in two and a half years and it is probably not the one you think it was! More on that later in the week.

I am linking up with Holly and Sarah for Hello Monday and sharing the topics for Monthly Musings later in the week. Holly and I will be hosting our monthly link-up this Thursday and in June we are talking all things summer travel. I think this is going to be very popular!




I hope you will link-up with Holly and me, link back to us, answer our fun questions about summer travel and read all of the other talented writers. I think this is going to be such a fun topic to read.
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Friday Favorites: Best Eye Cream, Better Mascara, Groundbreaking Hallmark Movie, Cute Summer Shoes and Easy Barbeque for Busy Nights

 


Hey Besties! Whew, what a week. I am so glad to be here in this space today. It truly brings me Joy. I have quick list of Friday Favorites for the weekly link-up with Erika and Andrea. Are you ready? Let's go.


1. Clarins Total Lift Eye Cream



One of the very fun things about being a blogger is that I am often sent products to try. This spring I was sent the Clarins Total Eye Lift to try and I am about to buy it. It has really helped my puffiness and dark circles and is totally fine with my sensitive eyes.

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Hello Monday-Wedding Anniversary Weekend




Happy Monday Besties! Stopping in for Hello Monday with Holly and Sarah. The last few weekends have been so Good as they have felt like real weekends. We are all working really hard and it has been great to get back to having a little fun, plus rest and relaxation on the weekend.
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Monthly Musings May 2022-

 




Ok, Besties, before I start I just want to take a moment and say that just because I am posting here about summer fashion, I am not tone deaf to what happened this week in Texas. I never want to come across as insensitive because I am posting about summer fashion, but also what happened is not about me. I truly believe that God put me on this earth to spread a little Joy and if I can give anyone a moment to step away from the heaviness of this heartbreaking week, then that is what I want to do.

Thank you for joining Holly and me for Monthly Musings. This month we are joining a group of talented writers to talk summer fashion. Let's do this.

1. Favorite summer footwear?

I have really two brands I wear regularly in the summer, especially for casual times. I love Jack Rogers and Oka B.
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What's Up Wednesday: May 2022

 


 

Hey there Besties. Here we are at the end of May. Can you believe it? This has been a pretty eventful month. Since we are at the last Wednesday of May, I am linking up with Shay and Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday. Let's jump in and talk all things May!


What We're Eating This Week

Monday-Cheeseburger meatballs and chopped salad. I am tinkering with the cheeseburger meatball recipe and hope to post it soon. Even Hockey Guy had some ideas on how to serve these.

Tuesday-Sausage and polenta with sautéed baby zucchini.

Wednesday-Parmesan roasted shrimp with roasted vegetables. 

Thursday-Burgers, dogs, sweet potato puffs and chopped salad.

Friday-Take-out before All Night Graduation Party 

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Monthly Musings May 2022 Topics: Summer Fashion Preview

 


Hey there Besties! Kicking off the week by linking up with Holly and Sarah for Hello Monday. Today, I am sharing the topics for Monthly Musings coming up this Thursday. Holly and I will be sharing a Summer Fashion Preview. 


Since we had basically no spring and it has gone right to summer around here, I am looking forward to joining Holly and our other group of lovely ladies who join us every month. Grab the graphic, add in our links and then link up with us to share our summer fashion favorites.


I hope to be back on Wednesday for What's Up Wednesday and I will be back on Thursday for Monthly Musings, so see you then. 


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Friday Favorites: Laura Mercier Blush, Trader Joe's Body Butter, Good Cuticle Remover, Spring Plants and Galaxy 4 Watch

 


Ahhhhh Happy Friday Besties! I am back from a little hiatus. The past few weeks have been a little busy and I have had some major dental work done these past few weeks. Nothing too serious, but things that will be Better in the long run for my health and cosmetically. 

We are also sprinting towards the end of school and also had a mouse or two in our house. Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites. I have all the fun spring things like a new blush from Laura Mercier, a yummy body butter from Trader Joe's, a really Good cuticle remover, my spring flowers and my new Galaxy 4 watch. Join me today as I jump back into Friday Favorites and coast towards the weekend.


1. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Blush



One very fun aspect of writing a column like Good Better Best is that I often receive products to try and review. I was recently sent the brand spanking new Tinted Moisturizer Blush by Laura Mercier. This is a delightful product.

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Monthly Musings April 2022: Vacation/Trip Planning & Prep



Hey hey Besties! It's the last Thursday of the month and Holly and I are really looking forward to our link-up today. Today we are getting together for Monthly Musings to talk about vacation and trips and all of the planning and prep. Vacations...travel...remember those fun things? Hopefully, we have settled into a more normal space and can get back to traveling. Let's get to the questions and don't forget to link up and comment if you joined us as a writer today.

 1.  What Trips/Vacations Do You Have Planned for the rest of the year?

In August we will be traveling to Hilton Head, SC again and we are all looking forward to it. We are counting down the months and also bring up several times a week the restaurants we can't wait to go to and also there are some plans for golf this year.

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What's Up Wednesday: April 2022

 


Hey there Besties. Wow, April flew by. March felt so long but April was just glorious and went so fast. As we are at the last Wednesday of April, I am linking up with Shay and Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday. I cannot wait to share with you how delightful April was.

What We're Eating This Week

This week has the end of lacrosse, a mom's club reception and hockey tryouts so I don't have a true meal plan this week. I did make ribs on Sunday night because Hockey Guy has been asking for them. They were so Good! I served it with an Everything But The Bagel salad from Wegman's.


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Monthly Musings Topics April 2022-Vacation/Trips Planning & Prep

 



Happy Monday Besties!  Jumping in after a beautiful weekend for Hello Monday with Holly and Sarah. Sharing with you our topics this month for Monthly Musings on Thursday.  This month we are talking vacation and trips for 2022 as well as any planning and prep tips. Holly and I hope you can join us as a writer, reader or both on Thursday. If you want to link up, use the graphic above, answer our fun questions and link up with us.

I don't know about you but I am really looking forward to this one!



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