My Five Favorites (September 2017)

I’m back with a Favorites post! It’s always fun to share some of the things that I have been enjoying recently!

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  1. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

A friend of mine was reading Wolf Hollow and thought I might enjoy it. A few months later I was able to borrow the audiobook from my library, and I was hooked from the start! It’s a story about a 12 year old girl living in Pennsylvania (in post WWII times). It is a beautiful and bittersweet story about family, friendship, bullying, and overcoming difficult trials. I have listened to numerous audiobooks with my children and on my own, too, but I think this might be my favorite narration, yet. Read it, listen to it, whatever you choose, just grab Wolf Hollow soon!

2. Electric Tea Kettle

Many of you know that I am a tea drinker. (Sorry, Coffee.) I have had the same electric tea kettle for years and years, and a few months ago it finally boiled its last cup of water. I had been searching awhile for a replacement (even before my old one broke), and I was drawn to this one! I bought it about 2 months ago, and it is just right! I love the design, and it works so well!! This particular kettle comes in a variety of designs that would appeal to a variety of style preferences.

3. Audible

Audible is an audiobook subscription service through Amazon. I recently decided to give it a try with their 30 day free trial . I was able to finish listening to Wolf Hollow (after returning my library copy), and then I picked The Magnolia Story as my next audiobook. The story of Chip and Joanna Gaines (narrated by them) proved to be an entertaining choice!

4. Her View from Home

Her View from Home is a website that features encouraging, inspiring, and thought-provoking articles about marriage, motherhood, life inside the home, life outside the home, and so much more! Hundreds of women write for Her View, so the perspectives and insights are endless. I even had an article published on the site back in April. Check out the site and follow along on Facebook or Instagram!

5. Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili

I am actually making this crockpot recipe today! I’m a big crockpot fan, and I’m a big chili fan! I have made this chicken chili from Dashing Dish many times, and it’s quite tasty! I’m looking forward to enjoying it later today!!

Those are my 5 favorites for the month of September! I am looking forward to sharing more favorites next month!

What about you? What is one of your favorites this month? I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment below!

Until next time,
Charissa

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Fashion Find: Fall Kimonos & Ponchos for 40% Off

My favorite season for clothing is definitely fall, and I am very excited about the newest fall options available at Cents of Style!

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Cents of Style has fall kimonos and ponchos available for 40% off the lowest marked price! This means prices begin at $10 and everything is under $25!!

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Use code FALLWRAP to get 40% off the lowest marked price + free shipping!

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I am a big fan of Cents of Style and own a couple of great items from them! I am looking forward to adding one of these fall pieces to my wardrobe!

What about you? What is catching your eye??

Until next time,
Charissa

Shop the Back to School Collection at Gymboree!!

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My kids go back to school in a little less than a month. I know some of you are in that same place. There are also some of you who have just sent your kids back to school, and some who will be doing so in the next couple weeks.

It’s that time of the year for all of us, and I know that I am beginning to think about what I need to buy for my 3 kids before they head back to school at the beginning of September. I have a list of school supplies to buy, but now I have to determine clothing needs.

Gymboree Sale On Now!

I determine my 3 children’s clothing needs by:

  • taking inventory of their current closet
  • removing items they have outgrown
  • making a list of needed items
  • shopping at stores for great deals on the items they need

Online shopping is one of my favorite ways to save time and money, and right now Gymboree has plenty of cute options for school-age children!

On my “to buy” list?

  • leggings for both my girls
  • a few casual dresses for my 10 year old
  • boys’ pants for my 8 year old
  • socks
  • shoes
  • first day of school outfits (x3)


I can begin searching for all of this and more at Gymboree!! I’m also super excited about free shipping that is going on for a limited time! That’s always an added bonus in my world!!

What about you? What are you looking for as the “back to school” season begins??

Until next time,
Charissa

 

Cute Kimono Vest for Just $13.95 + Free Shipping

I love wardrobe pieces that go the distance! This kimono vest from Cents of Style is one of those types of pieces. It’s great for the summer, but it’s also perfect throughout the rest of the year!

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This vest comes in 12 colors! I got the black!!

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I’m looking forward to pairing my vest with a variety of items in my closet and creating a great layered look!

Which color jumps out at you? Get it for just $13.95 + free shipping with code: VEST17 !!!

Until next time,
Charissa

My Five Favorites (June 2017)

Today begins a new series here on my blog. I’m excited for the chance to share some of my favorite things each month! I share many of my favorites on both my Facebook and Instagram, but these posts will be an easy way to find all my favorites in one place. My monthly favorites will be a combination of products, recipes, books, blogs, people, places, and whatever else strikes me during the month.

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1.Polar’s Summer Seltzer

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Seltzer is definitely my favorite beverage year round, and Polar is my favorite brand. I love when Polar brings out its limited edition flavors. This year’s summer flavors are so tasty! I have a hard time picking a favorite!!

2. Do it on a Dime, YouTube Channel

I am a huge YouTube fan, and it has replaced much of my television viewing over the last year. Part of the reason I like YouTube so much is because of what I am able to learn. I generally subscribe to mommy channels, and I find so much inspiration and so many ideas from the women I follow. Do it on a Dime (created and led by Kathryn) is one of my top favorite channels. Kathyrn is upbeat, creative and frugal. I always look forward to her new videos. Check her out here!

3. My crossbody bag

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I have shared this crossbody bag numerous times on my Facebook page. It is cute, functional and so reasonably priced! I own it in the khaki, but this fun purse actually comes in 16 great colors, and all choices are just $16.95!!

4. BAT sandwiches

One of my favorite summer sandwiches is a BLT (Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato). Well, that was one of my favorite summer sandwiches. I’ve given that sandwich an upgrade, and now my very favorite summer sandwich is a BAT! I replaced the lettuce with avocados and WOW!, the sandwich is beyond tasty! Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

5. Reading Wonder to my kids

My kids and I have enjoyed a number of read alouds over the years and plenty of audio books, too. Right now we’re excited to be diving into Wonder this summer and look forward to the release of the movie this fall.

Those are my 5 favorites for the month of June! I am looking forward to sharing more favorites next month!

What about you? What is one of your favorites this month? I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment below!

Until next time,
Charissa

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