Five Friday Faves | Stuff! Lots of Stuff

Since I have not participated in this linkup lately, I have a plethora of products and items to recommend today in case you feel like a little online shopping this weekend. And who doesn't ever feel like online shopping? Editor's note: It looks like I will have more next week as The Engineer just walked in and informed me that the hair dryer is broken. Doh. But first things first:

1. Nike tank

I am that annoying picky person who does not like too tight or too loose workout clothes. Like Goldilocks, I want them to be just right. The above tank fits the bill and it is my favorite color. If cobalt is not your jam, it comes in a variety of colors.

2. Shiseido Power Infusing Concentrate

Sephora got me. They hooked me with a free sample and I think I am going to bite the bullet and buy the full-sized version. It makes my skin feel so smooth -- something that it rarely does.

3. PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash (it really does not foam)

My dermatologist recommended this cleanser and for the first time in months, my skin is clear. Now it is also super dry right now so I have started to use it more sparingly, interchanging it with Biore charcoal facial soap. It feels like Noxzema, did you ever use Noxzema back in the day? I loved the stuff. The best part is that it is found at the grocery story and costs less than $10. That is a great price for a cleaner that works this well. The only problem I have found that the lines around my eyes are more pronounced since my skin is so dry so I am shopping for a new eye cream.

4. Shark Rocket

So continuing the trend of all of the household things breaking in 2016, our Dyson Animal also bit the dust. When deciding whether to buy another one, we stumbled across the Shark at Costco. On one hand we have a dog hair issue so we need a quality vacuum. But on the other hand, we do have an awesome cleaning service that swoops in and cleans our house (in less than an hour -- last time I cleaned the house from top to bottom, it took me nine hours and still looked dirty). So we could not justify buying a $500 vacuum to supplement their work. It is not perfect and I am not completely sold on it but I think for light cleaning, it is a great product. What I do like about it is that it is light, easier to handle than my Dyson and can be used to get into hard to reach spaces both high and low. What I don't like about it is that the canister is not large and has to be emptied out several times while using. And I am not the biggest fan of the hardwood pad. Verdict: If you are looking for a heavy duty vacuum, Dyson is still the best. If you are looking for cost-effective, quick and light to clean nooks, crannies, stairs and cars, the Shark Rocket is a good product.

5. Kendra Scott, all the things all the time
My mom popped in last week sporting these Beauties. Yes, I have converted her. She is now also obsessed with Kendra Scott jewelry. The bright colors are just perfect for summer and the quality is unmatched. They are now my gift giving go to, in fect just this week I sent my step-mom ... wait a minute, she reads here! It will have to be a surprise, Grammy Karen!

I know the heading said five, but I have been saving these up for awhile so there are bonus recommendations:

6. The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood

This is so much a guilty pleasure summer read. I love funny fluff with a bite.

Synopsis: Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide
1. Don't call your hot boss the antichrist to his face.
2. Don't stare at hot boss's, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!)
3. Don't get on the malicious first assistant's bad side.
4. Don't forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.
5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.
6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In.
7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half dressed.
8. Don't break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.
10. Never forget the rules.

Check out more on my Goodreads page.

I have seen these all over the internet and finally picked up a box at Sephora. They are pricey compared to drug store brands, but cheaper than having a professional spray tan. So far I like them. I use one a week and with eight in a box, I will probably need to re-order just once this year. Legs are tricky though. I have missed some spots and my ankles and feet do get that dirty look that comes with self-tanners sometimes. I need to perfect my application. The key: exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Don't even try to use these without scrubbing yourself first. The color is great though. And this is definitely the easiest self-tanner I have ever used. It does have that stickiness that comes with self-tanner and has a hint of that self-tanner smell but it is not overwhelming. I am very happy to finally not look like I reflect light in the sun.

8. Harry Connick Jr. in concert

Ah! So good! We saw Harry Connick Jr. in concert this week and he was excellent. If you have the opportunity to see him live, take it. I closed my eyes and was transported from a concert hall in Huntsville, Alabama, to a New Orleans jazz club. I was impressed by all of the different instruments he played during the show. Now that is talent.

I know that I have been MIA on the blog lately and that is because my MacBook went to laptop heaven, I have been working on a lot of special projects for the newspaper and also because May was just cray. 100% pure unadulterated bananas. So much that I am actually not disappointed that we do not have a big summer trip planned for the first time since Little Kid was well, little. I am tired, peeps. Besides a trip to ATL for a Braves game, we are chilling at the homestead for a few months and hopefully that means that I can jump back into blogging as I do miss it -- and you.

Thanks for dropping by and happy weekend!

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  1. I love reading your blog! Thanks for making me smile. I've heard the shark navigator? is as good as a Dyson. Our Dyson is as old as my youngest child! Next year we plan on replacing some carpet and will get a new vacuum since new carpet is hard on them. Not sure what though... And try the Rodan and Fields self tanner too. You'll want to do it at night and then shower in the morning from the smell but I like it. I paid $20 for it do I don't know if that's good or not,

    1. I am so glad that this blog could provide a boost of happy -- that has always been one of my main goals with it. :D I think the Dyson and Shark are both good in different ways. The Dyson has more suction but the Shark is more maneuverable (sp? - spell check didn't ding me). Like today, I am going to use it to vacuum Fletcher's dog bed. I could not do that with the Dyson. But the Dyson sucked up more of the hair carpet that he leaves behind everywhere he goes. So I think it depends on what you use it for. I have sucked up a lot of cobwebs with it.

  2. That Nike tank fits SO perfectly, I love it!


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