It's been a bit since we've done a Tuesday Times so we're kicking it old school and doing one today!
Reading: I was on a roll with my reading but lately I've backed up and been reading my magazines and my Feedly list every day very thoroughly. It's approaching holiday season you know and I got to get ready to get my decorating on.
Listening: When I'm home I'm hooked on a Pandora station I discovered the other day, Sunday Funday Brunch. I'm hearing Frank Sinatra, Otis Redding, Etta James, Michael Buble, Bill Withers, Spinners, The Temptations, Harry Connick Jr., etc. It's fun and it's great background music. I've gotten up and turned it on every morning for several days now and just leave it going all day. Occasionally I'll break out in a little dance too! In the car I'm still listening to Channel 28 Spectrum on XM radio. My normal Octane station has been a bit "off" lately so I'm enjoying Spectrum for now.
Watching: EMPIRE!!! Seriously I am hooked into that show like crazy. Two really hip, young and cool Bloggers I met introduced me to this one and I binge watched Season 1 (which I NEVER do) and now Wednesday can't get here fast enough. On a Holiday programming note: 13 Days of Halloween started yesterday on ABC Family, Hocus Pocus is on, you should watch it!
Cooking/Eating/Drinking: Hubster was home last week except one night so we had actual dinner food. I did make some really good pulled pork in the smoker and some Brazilian Black Beans with saffron rice. Other than that, nothing really stands out in my mind, except we ate at Buffalo Wild Wings not once but twice!!! I'm sorta hooked on the new B-Dubs Potato Stacks. Hope they keep that one on the menu long after football season. My pants hope they don't.
Pinning: We've been working on painting the kitchen and den area (one really big common area) and so I've been pinning decorating ideas for the wall over the television. We separated out our entertainment center and it makes the room seem so much bigger but now I need things over the TV on the wall.
Tweeting: Mostly products I've been testing out and events I've attended.
Crafting: If painting counts as crafting then I'm crafting like a crazy woman!
Doing: See above: Painting, I've been painting. Not much else except building a plant shelf for my kitchen window with Hubster. It was supposed to be a quick easy project but at one point I had three Home Depot guys involved in how to make this happen. Nothing is easy if you find it on Pinterest.
Going: I had a couple of blog events I went to and I wanted to share a couple of quick photos. I've seriously been having so much fun at these blog events. I'm meeting some really great bloggers and getting out of the house.
First event was at the Anchor Design District Pool and Bar in Dallas at the DoubleTree Hotel.
Just a small sample of the delicious foods and yummy drinks they treated us with.
That was a most delightful Raspberry Mojito I had to drink. YUM!
Guest rooms freshened up and who can resist an ET towel buddy reading in the corner chair.
The cabanas out by the pool were just gorgeous. Maybe Hubster and I will sneak away for a weekend soon and spend some time here. Of course it's a DoubleTree so there are those amazing chocolate chip cookies and yes, they gave us a whole tin. I gave mine to the MereBear, my gastrointestinal health depended on it.
The next amazing event was at a absolutely lovely design store in Southlake, The Interior Collection
To say that I wanted every thing in this store is an understatement. This bedroom spoke to me in so many ways. If we could just move this to my house I'd be happy especially that headboard- that headboard was delicious!!!!
One of the many cool things Whitnie and her staff did was show us how to set a table. I'm telling you I was drooling over this table! So gorgeous and then they moved most of the items away and switched it up to a less formal setting. Whitnie, Jodi and the rest of the staff were as kind and sweet as you could hope for. Stop in the shop and chat and have a look around, I spied a few things for Christmas gifts I'll be going back for.
As if the day wasn't already so much fun, we came home with all this SWAG. I mean really??!!
There is even a gorgeous fabric tote bag that didn't even fit in the photo. Truly a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. That black sparkly Rustic Cuff bracelet is amazing, I think that when I go back to pick up gifts that I might pick up a stocking stuffer or two for myself. Really, who wears only one bracelet at a time? Not this girl!
I even won a door prize!
Loving: The fact that we may finally get some rain this week. We are way past dry as a bone over here peeps, not to mention we are also still in the 80's during the day. Hellion Fall, where are you?
Enjoying: Getting the house more like "me" and not the old owners. It's only taken me a year and a half to decide on paint colors.
Reviewing: I've got two dandy little products to review for you. Influenster sent me a few products to test out and review. Remember, I received these items for free in exchange for my honest opinions.
Curel Itch Defense Body Wash and Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray.
Let's start with the Body Wash. It was in fact my favorite of the two. I loved that it was sudsy and it didn't have an overpowering scent and it didn't dry out my sensitive skin. Everything you could want in a body wash, this is on my shopping list because I squeezed out every drop of that stuff that I could.
The moisturizing spray, I have a mixed review on this one. On the plus side this one was MUCH better than a previous spray on lotion I tried. I'm thinking maybe I just don't get the point of spray on lotion, seriously is it that difficult to rub your lotion on every day? Any way, this was ok as far as moisturizing and the scent didn't overpower any actual cologne or other fragrance you might choose to wear. It was fine until I got near the end of the bottle then it went flipping everywhere except my body. Near the end of the bottle it would spray all willy nilly and end up on the floor, on the bathroom vanity, the rug, just everywhere in addition to my legs. I also feel like you go through a bottle of this much faster than regular lotion. If you are into spray on lotion then you should definitely give this a try. As for me, I'll stick with the regular Curel lotion, it does a good job and I can rub my own lotion onto my body.
Also if you missed Jimmy Fallon last night then you missed having a good belly laugh.
If you don't have time to watch the whole thing start at 5:20 and at least watch Fallon Whip and Nae Nae and his stanky leg....OMG total laughter BEST stanky leg ever! Justin Timberlake is a riot just watching this unfold.
Then of course Ellen one ups him with "Bitch Better Have My Money" and just like that, she wins!
Seriously ya'll, just watch and laugh!
Peace, Love & Mic drop