Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April Recommendations - Steph Cubed Edition


Skimmers, recommendations are in bold. Anything that's colored text is a clickable link. Aside from me, this month you get recs from Steph at Insert Classy Here and Steph from Not Entirely Perfect.

It's a triumvirate of Stephs. A Stephanie bonanza, if you will.

 Both of these ladies are on my daily reads list, so do yourself a favor and check them out.  Links to their blogs and social media accounts are beneath their photos.

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1. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. It is the cheesiest show that centers around an Indiana girl with a strange background moving to New York City. Ellie Kemper's character is similar to her roles in the Office and in Bridesmaids, so if you like her there, you'll enjoy her in this.

2. A Library Card. Everyone should have one and use one. I feel stupid that I waited a year after moving to get one.

3. The 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge. They run it 4 times a year and will send you an email each week with the next week's recipes and grocery list. It's easy and they all taste good.
Via - disregard the date, I just picked the image out. Go click on the link and read it!

4. Yes to Blueberries Age Refresh Eye Firming Treatment. You can find it at Target. This tiny bottle has made the little wrinkles around my eyes disappear. It smells good and feels good and you only need a tiny bit.
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5. Pacifica Natural Minerals Lipstick. I have tried so many different kinds of lipstick and they all felt wrong. This was my last attempt and I fell in love. 
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1. WalkForADog App. If you ignore all the rest of my recommendations, that's cool, just do this one. Sign up, enter your pet's info (or pick a pet from them if you don't have one), and start walking. This app tracks your walks and donates to an animal rescue organization of your choice every time you walk a mile. They pay out a couple times a year directly to the organization, and they more people walking for your rescue, they more money they'll get. And it's totally and completely free to you. Yes, free. And you can even track your walks around the grocery store. Save all the animals! Think of all the money you'd donate if you hit your 10,000 steps a day. Do good things. (Might be listed under WoofTrax in your app store.)

2. Dandelion Root Tea. It smells and sort of tastes like drinking grass, particularly if you let it get too cool. But this stuff is wonder tea, so it's worth it - helps you naturally lose extra water weight (like icky bloating during that time of the month), cleanses your kidneys, protects your liver, lowers high cholesterol, cures hangovers....just do it, drink the tea.
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3. EveryDollar Budgeting Tool. If you read my blog you know I swear by YNAB software for my finances. It's a game changer. But it does cost money. Dave Ramsey came out with a new budgeting tool called EveryDollar and it's totally free. It runs much like YNAB and it also has a phone app. If you're looking to get a handle on your finances, you'll love this option.

4. Tangerine sorbet champagne floats. I may be a die hard lover of winter, but I can get on board with spring/summer if it involves tangerine sorbet champagne floats. Also, there's nothing wrong with just buying the sorbet and pouring champagne over it, if you ask me.
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5. Homemade dog treats. Get ready for the most adorable dog site - Doggy Dessert Chef.  So many treats you can make at home for your pup! Healthier, no preservatives, and made with love. And there's options for every skill level. Start with Peanut Butter Banana Pupcakes. P.S. I made my dog the meatballs and my boyfriend ate them. So, this is good stuff!
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1. e.l.f. eyelash curler. The curve is similar to the holy grail of eyelash curlers by Shu Uemura and at $1, the price of the e.l.f. is $19 cheaper.  Find it at Target.

2. Food Should Taste Good Sea Salt and Brown Rice Crackers. I can't believe I like these as much as I do.
3. M-A-C Fluidline liner. I pink puffy heart this. I suck at applying eyeliner and this is super easy even for eyeliner impaired people like myself. Kristi used it on me at Aubrey & Stephen's wedding and I bought it toot sweet after that. I have this black and shade, which is a deep green. Edited to add: you need an eyeliner brush to apply this.
4.  A! Absolute Make-Up Cleansing Tissues with Cucumber Extract. You can get these on Amazon, and the link suggests, but they're like $10 with shipping. Hell no. I grab these at Marshalls and TJ Maxx and hoard them when I find them. They're $5 there. They are great for the nights when I don't feel like washing my face, which is ah, most nights. I have sensitive skin that hates everything but loves these.

5. Centering yourself daily. By your method of choice, but hopefully it's something pure within yourself. We each receive zillions of messages a day and it can be hard to remain present and focused amidst all those messages. Centering yourself helps with that.

Thanks to Steph & Steph for indulging my Recommendations from Steph Cubed dream.

What are you recommending this month?

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40 comments:

  1. I just recently started Kimmy. I'm not 100% sold on it (only 2 episodes in) but intrigued enough to keep watching.

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  2. Very nice! I will try that Dog Walk app. And that eyelash curler. ONE DOLLAR I like the E.L.F. stuff. Amen, holler on the centering yourself. I love bluetooth because when I am driving and sending lights aka praying out loud, it does
    not look like I am talking to myself, since I could be talking on the phone. All of you Stephs are ph's, too, instead of f's! Nice! Have a sunny day! Love,Your Momma

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  3. I'm so glad your mom pointed out that we all spell our names the awesome way :) Thanks for including me. I love these posts. I'm intrigued by that eyeliner. What do you use to put it on? I love the way eyeliner looks, but I also stink at putting it on. Happy Hump Day!

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  4. Unbreakable Kimmy is really funny! Love all of Steph's (NEP) recommendations. Downloading that app now and I swear by the Dandelion tea too. So good for you. I really want a Champagne float now! I need an eyelash curler it has been ages since I've used one, really need to get it together! Target run it is!

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  5. Yes on the library card!!! Wish I had know about walk for a dog app last week!!

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  6. Yes on the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt....It's so good! I find myself quoting it a lot throughout the day.

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  7. Need to pick up those make up wipes next time I'm there. Couldn't agree more about the library card. I waited too long to get mine too.

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  8. need to get on unbreakable kimmy since i finished daredevil and my life is now empty. i've put my library card/reading/books on hold (temporarily) to binge-watch daredevil followed by youtubing interviews of charlie cox because he's the most adorable thing.

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  9. We binged on Kimmy when it came out and it was so cheesy but so funny!! Totally worth the watch! I need to take your cue and start meditating - in some way clearing my mind every day!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  10. Kimmy Schmidt rocks! I randomly turned it on one night while Jared was gone and I just wanted something light-hearted to watch and I am hooked. When does season 2 come out?! Also- signing up for the 30 day smoothie challenge- I need some direction on smoothies, I always make the same couple varieties over and over again. YES to EveryDollar budgeting tool :) And I cannot believe there is an eyelash curler out there that works that's only $1!?! I will be purchasing on my way home TODAY- I need one.

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  11. I've done the dandelion tea before. It works so well! I'm going to have to look into the EveryDollar app. I need to get it together.

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  12. I so want a champagne float!! I totally love the ELF eyelash curler. It works so well and it's only a dollar. Best deal!!

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  13. I love those make up cleansers, take them with me everywhere! I also loved The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, I want to rewatch it now!

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  14. Technically, Steph cubed is still Steph... but great recs!

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  15. AMEN to the library card!!!! and that walk a dog app sounds fantastic, I will be downloading that shortly.

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  16. A Stephanie bonanza, I love it :)
    I had an eyeliner pot just like that from the drugstore, I cannot remember what happened to it... guess it's time for a new one!

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  17. There are people in the world with no library card?

    I don't think I could use an eyeliner brush without poking myself in the eye.

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  18. YES to your #5 about centering yourself! This is a must for me. I don't know why I am so late, but I just discovered elf cosmetics - their mascara is too clumpy for me, but I love their shadow! I'm also all about a $1 curler, so now I need to get one.

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  19. Love the Stephanie bonanza! The 30 day smoothie challenge made me remember that I need to add a nutribullet to my wedding registry, ha!

    Will be on the lookout for those crackers. I love sea salt everything.

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  20. Ooo thanks for the finance app recommendation! I really need to buckle down when it comes to my online shopping lol. It's so bad. And a 30-day green smoothie challenge??? WOW that's some serious dedication right there!

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  21. That Walk for Dog app sounds awesome!! What a neat idea.

    And centering yourself daily is a great tip, I could certainly use more centering on the reg.

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  22. Oooh those champagne floats look delish! And I keep hearing about that show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and am super intrigued :)

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  23. Insert Classy's #3 and 4 - YEASSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

    And Steph your tip for centering yourself daily - LOVE IT!

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  24. these might be my fav recommendations ever. or maybe it's because I just really like stephs. I need to try one from all of y'all. including: the walkfordog app, that eyeliner, and that 30 day smoothie thing!

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  25. I love my library card.

    I've been watching that Kimmy show. It's pretty funny.

    I want that champagne float.

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  26. Everyone is watching Kimmy. Clearly I need to! And if it is cheesy, chances are Chris and I would like it. I am picking up that blueberry eye cream and that elf curler on my Target run tomorrow, yes oh yes I am! I am loving the Milani blush I picked up at CVS last week. I will be featuring it in my Friday favorites. $8.99 make you holla!

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  27. Just downloaded the dog walking app! I'm excited about that one. And the champagne floats sound amazing.

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  28. Yes to the doggy app and desserts!! Will be doing that! Also need the yes to blueberries...will be picking that up!! I love dandelion root tea, it is a great de-bloating gem!

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  29. I never see any results with curling my eyelashes, maybe I am doing it wrong! I love smoothies and I usually end up getting on a kick and doing them every day for a while.

    The blueberry eye cream looks amazing, I wonder if I can use it for my squint lines between my eyebrows.

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  30. ok i need that yes to blueberries stuff, and i am downloading that dog walking app right now (what a great idea!). next time i hit up tj maxx i'll look for those wipes, and i am absolutely getting that eyelash curler. someone else said recently they hated it but they are a beauty blogger and... i am not. plus its $1 and i'm not spending $20.

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  31. The blueberry eye treatment sounds like something I need to check out asap. I'm at the age where it beginning to be needed and I also need to get on board with making dog treats at home. Going to check out the Doggy Dessert Chef. Finally, I love face wipes but haven't found one that I love so Im intrigued to try your recommendation next time I need to purchase. Great recs Stephx3!

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  32. I 100% want to download the WalkforaDog app....Gus and Bandit need a little more strides in the hood!! So do I! Ha!! And anything from elf is a win in my book!!!

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  33. I have to come back to most of this because I am brain dead but Olivia and I just signed up for the WalkForADog app. I will get all of her friends to do it too. Teens, apps and dogs... win/win

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  34. The dog walking app sounds like one of the greatest apps ever created. Every time I return home for a visit, I have a mile long cosmetics wish list. You've sold me on the mac fluid line. And, champagne sorbet floats? Uhm, yes, please.

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  35. Hooray for multiple suggestions! I'm digging the smoothie challenge and the dog walk app. Zen is so, so important. Taking time for me to just decompress and center is something I've been focusing on.

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  36. Yes to centering yourself and the 30 day smoothie challenge sounds great but maybe ambitious even for me and although I drink smoothies / shakes most every day.

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  37. Amen on the library card, thanks for the budget app recommendation, and boy do I need to find time to center myself these days. SO MUCH GOING ON IN MY BRAIN these days. I've been managing, but I feel like I'll totally snap at some point if I don't find a way to center.

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  38. How cool is that Walk For a Dog app?!?! I think I'm gonna try it!

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  39. I just bought a new eye lash curler and hate it. I'm picking this one up and the yes to blueberries eye stuff on my next Target trip. I center myself by lying face down on my bed for a few minutes every day. Does that count? Haha!

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