Category Archives: Favorite Finds

05.18.13

I know I said the other day that I am not a fan of May.

I’m now eating my words after late night Twitter chatter with Jenna Stratman & Kasey Lucas.  Those girls are always on top on deals and insanely cute merch.

The deal was too good not to check out…50% off of cute notebooks.  I am a sucker for a good deal and a bigger sucker for cute paper, so I spent the next twenty minutes sprint-creating two journals.  I wasn’t sure how long the 50% off code would last because site said it was only good that day.

I don’t think I have ever shopped that fast in my life.  “Who needs a cart…straight to check out.  Wait I need another, continue shopping…do I need gifts for anyone…no time have to check out now now now”.  I probably broke a sweat but I was too excited to notice.

It was a deal.  So we tweeted out our love and affection to the company.
And then…a frugal girl miracle.  They extended the sale until this Sunday.

Naturally, I have to share this great news with you.
Meet May Designs. MAY DESIGNS Now meet all of my new notebooks…. Notebooks from May Designs Just kidding, kind of.  I did order a couple of them but I mainly just had fun going through the endless options.  There are so many different patterns and colors, it is like Disneyland for doodlers.

These notebooks are so cute I would gladly pay full price, but since they are half off I will just order double!

Have you found any amazing deals lately?
Are you a notebook collector too?
Did you see May Designs on Good Morning America?

Written by Christina and Tim

05.15.13

His + Hers May favorites

Posted by Christina // 13 Replies

May is not one of my favorite months.

No crazy holiday to pretty up the mantel for.  Awkward weather.  Allergies taking over my life.  A general yearning for my birth month and overall feeling of impatience.

I think it is always around this time where I realize, “holy bageesh the year is flying by me” and “I guess my New Years resolutions are pretty much kaput”.

Can you turn May around for me?  Help me look on the bright side of May?

Here are a few bright spots I found this month. her may favorites 1.  My impatience to get to summer is helped along by immersing myself with sunshiney smells.  I love Bath & Body Works summer collections which I buy on sale in fall.  Forgive my “so-last-season” scents but right now my favorites are Coconut Water and Frosted Tangerine Cake.  They smell like suntan lotion and heaven, a deadly combination.

2.  There isn’t a whole lot I like more than a good furniture makeover.  No one has mastered gorgeous renovations quite like Barb Blair, and now she is sharing the goodness in her new book.  I am most definitely using jazz hands while I flip through the pages it is just that good.

3.  This is the epitome of summer for me.  My mom used to slather it on us as a “bug spray” while we were chittlins and now anytime I smell it I am immediately transported to picnics and outdoor concerts and float trips.  Skin So Soft is pretty much my summertime perfume.  Don’t judge me for kicking it old school.

4.  Whitney from I Wore Yoga Pants introduced me to the great KiKi LaRue.  I am not sure if I should thank her or kick her in the shins (out of love obviously) for my bank account troubles I am bound to have in the near future.  Cute stuff, for reasonable prices….what more does a girl need?

5.  I happened across Maiedae after happening across Jenny Highsmith.  I fell hard and fast for their blogs and designs.  I may or may not even be getting a blog redesign as we speak read.

6.  Thanks to happening upon Maiedae, I happened upon the Maiedae Mixer.  I couldn’t be more excited to take a roadtrip with Trisha of Black & White Obsession to mingle with all the fanciness this event is sure to offer.  I am counting down the days and desperately trying to find an “ethereal outfit”.  Help! his may favorites 1.  I am really picky about my socks.  As in these are the only socks I will wear.  They never look dirty, and the “grip” on the middle makes it so you never have sock-bunching at the toe, plus they always stay dry.

2.  I have never put much thought into business cards, until my girlfriend started asking a ton of questions.  What sheen?  What thickness?  Do you want a photo on it?  How about a QR code?  This is like the accessory of running a business.  Thank goodness Moo.com makes it so easy and all of their products are high quality.  We just got our first set in and Christina is already matching handbags and drawing up plans for business card holders.

3.  We have been outside a lot lately.  I always like to make sure my skin is protected so I don’t turn into leather.  I have seen those old ladies who tan too much, it is not pretty.  This sunscreen stays put and is easy to apply, perfect for guys.  Protect your skin friends.

4.  Want to feel old?  Seinfeld’s series finale was fifteen years ago as of yesterday.  Luckily, I can still follow @Seinfeldtoday.

5.  I am trying really hard to drink less sugar and more water.  I hate water.  Enter Mio.  It’s great light flavor makes boring water more bearable even if Tracy Morgan is not.

6.  Ahhhh The Bagster.  My homie for life.  A great investment.  I will be posting all about it tomorrow.  Stay tuned.

Is May your favorite month?
Found anything fantastic lately?
How do I dress ethereal, fo real?

Written by Christina and Tim
04.17.13

This post was planned for the 15th, until the sickness brought me down.  Thanks for all the well wishes, it made my day a little brighter.  Kind of like Spring.

Spring makes Tim and I so excited, birds start singing and tulips start blooming.  Sure I can’t see anything through my watery eyes and people look at me funny when I can’t stop sneezing but it is all worth it to see new life peeking out of my surroundings.  Every year baby bunnies take up habitat in our back yard, so it would be impossible not to love this season even if I am an Allegra addict for a couple of months.

Allegra didn’t make our favorite things list, check back next month when we are knee-deep in pollen and mold.

I thought I would let my boyfran-man take the lead this time, just like salsa lessons. HIS 1.  Earlier this month Christina brought home a dog-approved birthday cake for our 12-year-old pit bull from Treats Unleashed.  They were enamoured with the cake and then we introduced them to Cheeburger treats.  They will do pretty much anything we ask to get their grubby little paws on those treats.  Two paws way up from this family.

2.  We used to use the pink Gain (look I am a guy, that is all I know) but a couple of weeks ago we picked up a new scent.  Can we help it if we are always drawn to anything with “ocean” “sea” “nautical” or “beach” in the title.  We really lucked out with Gain Ocean Escape, it smells amazing.  Enough said.

3.  I bought this Scott’s Sprayer a few years ago, and I bust it out every spring to spray our whole house for bugs without hand cramps.  As a bonus I also use it to kill all our weeds.  I just mix up my magic potions and spray away and since it is so easy, I am more likely to do it.

4.  I bought Ocean Nutrition’s Formula One Flakes to feed in between our feedings so that our fish don’t starve to death.  I am working on a post to show what goes into just feeding our tank….hint: it is a lot more than flake food.  Our fish seem to like it and I feel good about diversifying their diet.

5.  Christina enters blog giveaways like it is her job, most days she emails me links so I can enter also.  We never win, until Lauren held a giveaway for Monorail Studios.  You should have seen the chair dance when she found out she won, but then she did something totally unexpected.  She gave me her prize.  Expect to see that shirt real soon, she had ulterior motives. hers 1.  My new go-to photo app is AfterLight.  I love how easy it is to edit your photos, add cute filters and frames, and post to dang near all social mediums.  I use it almost everyday so it was worth all 99 pennies.

2.  At the beginning of this year I bought a five year diary.  I love keeping journals, but never have “time” to write in them.  This is so simple, one sentence every night.  I can’t wait until five years down the road when I can look and see what I was doing on April 17th for the last few years.  Sure I can’t get all “dear diary” in there but it is just enough to give the important snipits that I may otherwise forget.

3.  What is Spring without an adorable umbrella.  I always love Vera Bradleys patterns to brighten up a gloomy day.

4.  Lately my cuticles have been putting up a fight, a dry crackly fight.  After a tip from a local beauty queen, I have started putting cuticle oil on every night before bed.  Since you don’t wash your hands and touch “stuff” all day it allows the oil to really soak in and do it’s job.

5.  Be still my heart, have you ever seen a more perfectly charming shoe?  Seriously, I can’t stop staring at the new Kate Spade line of Keds.  I need every single pair, on my feet, at once.

Written by Christina and Tim
04.10.13

With all this nice weather I’ve been craving the salt in my hair & sand in my toes.
Unfortunately, all I got around these parts is the Muddy Mississippi.

That doesn’t mean I can’t dream of sunshine by the sea and walk around the house in a swimsuit.  Your welcome for that mental image.

I always play it really safe when it comes to swimsuits, especially since the great weight gain also known as college.  Don’t believe me, check it. boring   This year, I am determined to step out of my comfort zone when I take a dip…maybe next year I’ll drop those fifty pounds.  There are so many colorful and fun options, here are some of my favorites. my kind of swim suit 1.  This might be the perfect way for me to spice it up.  The dash of color layered over the sophisticated stripes is the perfect mix of quirky conservative.  Just not sure about the whole “no straps on a busty lady” thang this suit has going on.
2.  Ok, this might be a little more than I can handle this year but you have to assume I am always going to gravitate to anything nautical or sailor-esque.  Wouldn’t you feel like a total pin-up strutting around the pool in this suit.  Flip flops would not be acceptable, only sky high heels.
3.  Can I help it if I love black?  I can’t imagine the tan lines that this suit would leave once the suit hits the floor, but how funky fresh amiright.  It is like spicing up the little black dress, only waterproof.
4.  I am head over heels for this suit.  It just feels like something I would see another girl wearing and think, “oh I love love love her style”.
5.  Seahorses on a swimsuit….need I say more?  If only I could pull off a white-ish suit.
6.  This looks so very flattering and slightly nautical so of course it is a front runner in my books.  I feel like I would be super comfortable in it and isn’t that the best feeling when you are half naked in front of strangers.

Now if you happen to be one of my hot, lean, toned and tanned friends (holler, I am jealous) then check out these cute suits.  Ahhhh maybe next year…time to jump on the elliptical. for you size twos 7.  Oh how I adore all the color this teeny tiny suit packs on.  Does it get any better than stripes and patterns and a top that can fly off with a strong breeze, didn’t think so.
8.  Ummm hello I need you in my life.  This whole swim suit just sings my name in a heavenly tune, it’s like they made it just for me to jump on my sailboat and frolic in.  Can’t be more in love, nope no way.
9.  I know that Emerald is the “it” color and what better way to rock it than in this suit.  The thing I love about solid colored suits is that you can go crazy with accessories.

Have you spotted any stellar swimwear lately?
Would you believe T has more trunks than I have suits?
Any swimsuit workouts I should know about?

Written by Christina and Tim
03.26.13

Somewhere in all of the bathroom madness, we completely forgot to share our favorite things.  Serious slackers reporting for duty.

I don’t want to keep you waiting another second.
Here are a few of my favorite things. hers 1.  I randomly picked up Essies Crocadilly nail polish.  You paint the nail and then use the super fancy magnet in the cap to pull a design out.  It is a little tricky at first because you have to be fast and not smudge your paint job, but once you got it you will have super cute nails.

2.  I am a little late to this party but I finally gave The Big Bang Theory a chance.  I kind of fell in love, which is lucky since there are reruns on 90% of the day.

3.  My girl Roo hosted a cute stuff sale last week, and I finally snagged this adorable mug.  I can’t wait to mix up some mean lavender hot chocolate and kick back my gator boots.

4.  The Host….read it.  No seriously, it is such a great book and the movie comes out this Friday so you better hurry.

5.  While I agree that chevron may be a dying trend, I can’t get over these earrings.  For only nine dollars they are a must-have.

Without further ado…here are the manfriend’s favorites. his 1.  A couple weeks ago we finally bought a new Shop-Vac.  I have been grabbing every cobweb and dust particle I can find.

2.  With the demise of Google Reader, we have downloaded Feedly to keep up with all of our favorite bloggers.  I can’t believe we didn’t make the switch sooner, the interface is much cleaner and incredibly easy to navigate.

3.  Christina’s dad let us borrow this book, I haven’t been able to put it down.  Now I get why she says that Mr. Grisham is her favorite author.

4.  My car has been in the shop for a few days, and in an effort to sell me an “upgrade” the dealer has us driving the 2013 Mercedes E350.  I have to admit, if someone was buying we would be driving.  These cars are a lot of things, but cheap is not one of them.  For now we will just enjoy it on loan.

5.  These chocolate covered health berries were on sale one day, so we bought them.  What a smart move on the stores part, because now we are hooked and paying full price.

6.  I finally convinced Christina to bring a pair of these cups home so that we can cut down on coasters and condensation.  The Tervis Tumblers don’t sweat and have done a swell job keeping our drinks cold.

Have you found anything great this month?

Written by Christina and Tim
02.14.13

His and Hers - February

Posted by Christina // 2 Replies

We couldn’t resist throwing our favorite things out a day early in order to go all Valentiney on y’all.  And by me I totally mean me, myself, and I.

Tim was not as excited when I told him he needed to come up with his favorite Love-themed things…but he did it.  And once it was all together he was so excited that he gave me my V-day present early!

I let him put you on the D.L.
Dad, that means down low….and it’s like secrets and stuff. fellers


1.  Sea Salt Caramel Brownies – need I say more.
Wait I will say this, please make more.

2.  Anyone that knows me knows that I am a loyal Nike consumer.  In fact while writing this we counted five Nike products on my body, including my glasses.  So go figure I would jazz up my shocks with a little holiday color.  Then they can work overtime at Christmas.

3.  Any good guy has to know how to put a little work in.  The Notebook is a sure thing, after all the tears of course.  I usually opt for a little Phil Collins karaoke, she digs it.

4.  I have been feeling the “steampunk” look lately and what better way to show off your mushiness than with an anatomically correct heart belt, right?

5.  The secret to life is to smell good.  People just like you if you smell good.  Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male is Christina’s favorite, can’t argue with that.

6.  Does this need an explanation?  This is the most festive man shirt you will find. ladies 1.  Isn’t it a rule that you have to smell sweet on dates?  It should be, I feel like Romance is the perfect choice for obvious reasons.

2.  How cute is that dress from ModCloth.com.  I have this weird obsession with cloths from the 1940’s-60’s….I don’t wear them but I always wish I would have grown up then so we could wear dresses everyday.

3.  Do you remember Louise from Sex and the City the movie?  St. Louis representin.  She always carried her “love” with her….I feel a little piece of me was jealous.  I don’t know if it was due to Jennifer Hudson’s amazing transformation, or the cute love key chain but I need both.

4.  Bling it up….always.  Especially on V-day.  I am not the biggest fan of the heart shape, but these are perfect for the occasion.

5.  I can’t tell you enough how much I love this nail polish!  I wear it plain, I layer it over teals and blacks and other pinks….I love love love it.  You simply can’t go wrong with pink glitter, period.

6.  I am all about accessorizing these days, and this adorable heart bracelet could jazz up any basics.

7.  I am truly smitten with this bag, it is actually from Kate Spade’s bridal collection and I imagine it is even more beautiful in person.  It looks so soft and romantic, if I ever get rich then I will buy them for everyone okay.

Written by Christina and Tim