personal life

december favorites.

monthly favorites

{favorite beauty items}  

hot mama blush by the balm – it is the perfect coral-pink blush. it has a pretty gold highlight in it too. it is very pigmented though so a light hand is necessary. (it took me a few days to learn this lesson.)

melted liquified long wear lipstick in melted peony by too faced – such a pretty pink.  i like it now, but it will be perfect for the spring.

gimme brow by benefit – i wasn’t sure if the lighter color would match me when the girl at the benefit counter at ulta insisted.  but she was right.  i still fill in the tail of my brows, but this tint makes them look more natural than how i used to wear them.

{favorite eats}

mini salted caramel cheesecakes

walnut crusted chicken from the power foods cookbook

{favorite books}

unbroken by laura hillenbrand

not that kind of girl by lena dunham

mockingjay by suzanne collins (rereading…)

{favorite new music, tv shows, movies}

the serial podcast – it’s addictive.  the twelfth and final episode recently aired.  like in real life, there was no real ending.  but i was okay with that.  there will be more seasons, and i’m looking forward to it.

broadchurch – i found this BBC series on netflix.  there were only 8 episodes.  i’m a sucker for a good mystery, and this one didn’t disappoint.

wild – i finally saw the movie.  it did not disappoint.  of course, there were story lines that were left out, but as a lover of the book, i was very satisfied.

{favorite words}

there is something beautiful

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{my own favorite posts}

my 2015 erin condren life planner

adventures in online dating

teaching tip 50. develop your own teaching philosophy

{favorite posts from other bloggers}

winter capsule wardrobe by unfancy | i find the way she puts together her wardrobe fascinating!

what a dietitian buys at the grocery store by fannetastic food | so insightful!

how to deal with pain you can’t fix by storyline | this post came at just the right time for me.

10 healthy holiday tips by eating bird food | great tips you can actually do!

{the struggles this month that have molded me}

trying to accept certain things about my future and learning how to deal with them

dealing with my single-ness and dating and trying new things

my patience was tested to the brink at school until i realized i needed to relax and let some things go

being frustrated within certain relationships

{most memorable moments}

starting a new tradition with my friend jess: #bitcheswhobrunch.  we have already planned our next saturday morning brunch after the first one was so much fun.

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trying out internet dating again.  and failing hilariously again.

helping my mama get together some ideas for “elf on the shelf” for my middle sister.

getting my erin condren life planner and having fun testing it out.

spending precious time with my family during the holidays.

getting back on track with my health goals.

seeing one of my favorite bands in town with my friend kat.

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