Favorite Things of Mine Volume 2

I last shared my list of my favorite things back in March and I’ve got a whole new list to share with you now! I don’t know about you but I kind of love these posts. I get to see what other bloggers are into and check out some good products that are recommended by people I trust!

Right now I’m loving…

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1. Pokémon GO – I am SO late to the bandwagon with this one but hear me out. I downloaded the game when it first came out and everyone was like OMG GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL! Then I deleted it because of the supposed information stealing, downloaded it again, couldn’t really figure out how to play (or use PokeStops) deleted it, etc and so forth. On vacation, my 13-year-old nephew and my sister-in-law were playing (obsessively) and I caught the bug. Now I’m level 10 (WOO!) and loving life because my job has like 5 PokeStops and 2 Gyms by it.

2. My Phone Ring – GAME CHANGER. My same sister-in-law (hi Adrienne!) gave this to me for my birthday and it’s great! You attached it to the back of your phone/phone case and then you can slip your finger through the ring so you don’t have to hold the phone itself. Especially for those of you who have big-ass phones, I think this would be fantastic! If I’m just running to the store and don’t want to bring a purse I can just slide my finger through the ring and not worry about dropping my phone. There is also a hook attachment for your car so you can put your phone on the dash but mine kept sliding off from the heat – I may try again when it’s colder.

3. Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers – These were on my last favorites list and I’m including them again because I am still THAT obsessed with them. Nothing gets rid of my blemishes better and yes, at 33, I still get plenty of them. I wish they came in a bigger package because I go through them pretty fast but oh goodness I love these things. Nexcare – please don’t ever discontinue these!

4. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap Almond Scent – I’ve been going nuts reading organization blogs and decided to start making my own cleaning spray! I hate the chemical smell of all those surface cleaners and everything always remains streaky. I bought distilled water, a spray bottle, some microfiber towels and Dr. Bronner’s soap in a delicious almond scent and I love it! I love the smell as I’m cleaning and I swear it gets my countertops cleaner than before – and no streaks! I use it on everything.

5. Lush Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask – This mask is EVERYTHING. A former blogger Aliya shared this mask on her SnapChat and I ran out to buy it. She claimed it never failed to wake up her tired face in the mornings and its true! I put this mask on, sometimes on my whole face and sometimes just under my eyes and it literally makes my face feel more awake. It’s phenomenal.

6.Viktor + Rolf Bonbon perfume – First of all, how cute is this bottle? I heard about this perfume from beauty YouTuber Danielle Mansutti, I finally got to smell it at duty-free in Zurich and fell in love! It’s fruity and woodsy and it doesn’t disappear from my skin. Mmmm it’s delicious!

7. Any.do – Any.do is amazing. It’s an app as well as a web-based list and task organizer. I use it to keep different running lists of blog ideas, errands, things to do at home, even movies to download and bands I’d like to see in concert. I’ve used other task managers like Wunderlist but I find that Any.do works best for me.

8. NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – I bought two of these liquid suede lipsticks a couple of months ago and finally got around to wearing one today and holy moly. I rocked Pink Lust for a pop of color today and I am obsessed. I raved about it on Instagram and I’ll repeat it here – I put it on around 7:30 am and it stayed on ALL DAY. I didn’t touch up or reapply once. Finally, at like 8pm I removed it with a baby wipe. I am now going to go out and buy every shade.

What are some of your current favorites? Share, share, share!

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Summer Vacation in Numbers

Like I’ve mentioned we spent the last week in Narragansett, Rhode Island on summer vacation. We go away every summer with Dave’s family and when we first started going there were 10 of us and now we’re up to 13! We’ve been to Vermont, Virginia (2x), Cape Cod, the Poconos and this is the first time we’ve gone to Rhode Island. We did a lot while away so I figured I’d break it down by numbers!

States visited: 2 (Connecticut and Rhode Island)

Beaches visited: 2

Days spent at the beach: 5

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Summer Vacation in Numbers | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Seashells collected: at least 30

Rounds of One Night Werewolf played: 10+

Outdoor showers: 1 (used at every opportunity – Dave and I now want an outdoor shower in our backyard!)

Aquariums visited: 1 (the jellyfish were our favorite!)

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Trips traveled by ferry boat: 2

Bedrooms in our rental house: 6

Beers consumed: endless 

Breweries visited: 1

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Times I got off my butt and ran: 1

Books read: 2

Bug bites acquired: too many

Mansions visited: 2 

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The Breakers, Rhode Island | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

The Breakers, Rhode Island | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

The Breakers, Rhode Island | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

The Breakers, Rhode Island | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

The Breakers, Rhode Island | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Fights broken up between kids: Too many to count! 

New pieces of jewelry acquired: 2

Trips to Dunkin’ Donuts: 5? 7? (Lost count haha!)

Cliffs walked above gorgeous ocean views: 1

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Cliff Walk, Rhode Island | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Cliff Walk, Rhode Island | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Cliff Walk, Rhode Island | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

We had a great time! Would definitely go back to Rhode Island to hang on the beaches and explore even more!

Sunday Lately #86

As usual, I'm hooking up with the Blogger Tribe for their weekly Sunday Lately linkup. Care to join? Each week you get a bunch of prompts - it kind of vibes with those "Currently" posts. So here goes! This week's words are: Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing, … Click here to read the full post →

How to Get eBooks for Cheap or FREE!

I read a lot. I'm also a fast reader and can go through a book in a matter of hours. That being said I don't generally like to spend a lot of money on books since I go through them so quickly. I'm also a horrible person who doesn't utilize the library and so … Click here to read the full post →

Sunday Lately #85

As usual, I'm hooking up with the Blogger Tribe for their weekly Sunday Lately linkup. Care to join? Each week you get a bunch of prompts - it kind of vibes with those "Currently" posts. So here goes! This week's words are: Completing, Visiting, Repeating, … Click here to read the full post →

The BEST Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Like I mentioned in my latest Sunday Lately post I can't believe that I hadn't shared the recipe for Roasted Tomato Basil Soup on here! I've been making it for years but I guess I just never got around to it. This soup is amazing. It's very simple and … Click here to read the full post →