Wednesday Randomness | What’s in my bag…

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Last October I shared a “what’s in my bag” post on my Instagram page. As you can see, not that much as changed…I do wonder where all my hair ties went though! They must have been replaced by my barre socks. 😉

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I love seeing little peeks into someone’s daily life and things like this are just so intriguing to me. I have very specific patterns and routines and I think a lot of this is because of my personality.

I am an “if it isn’t broken I don’t fix it” kind of person. I don’t get new purses, or wallets when the season changes and I don’t change my lipstick color or haircut style on a whim. If it works for me, I keep doing it the same way. And I am sure this has its pluses and minuses like everything!

I find consistency very soothing and I struggle when things are in too much of a transition. I will replace things if they stop working for me or break…for instance, my Kindle cover is updated because the fabric on my old cover starting unraveling but I have had my wallet for 12 years and I see no reason to change it because it works.


So here are some of the things that are currently in my bag…

I always have a water bottle with me, I will get out of my car and go back inside if I forget one, every time. I love the Contigo stainless steel water bottles. They don’t leak and I love the way the spout works with the little button because you can drink it with one hand.

I have always labeled all the kid’s things with Mabel’s Labels and after misplacing a few things myself this past year, I have started using them on my items. They always have great sales and they are the most adhesive and durable name stickers I have found. I always get them just with our last name (this might not work if your last name is more common) and that way any of us can use them and I put them on EVERYTHING! Coats, water bottles, Tupperware containers, and baseball bats…they work on almost any material.

I always have my planner with me and I am a paper planner person all the way.  I love the size of these planners because it is easy to fit but still has enough room to write everything I need to plan for.

I always have way too many tinted lip balms in my bag. I use the Burt’s Bees kind in either red dahlia or the rose color. They add the perfect amount of moisture and color and I never go anywhere without them! I am also a huge fan of the Beautycounter sheer lipsticks. My favorite color is orchid and my more neutral go to is current. They have the perfect pop of color and have great staying power while still being moisturizing.

I love the Acorelle roll-on perfume in the “anti-stress” divine orchid scent. Although I am not sure it actually de-stresses me, I love the way it smells.

Because barre is my workout of choice, I have many pairs of sticky socks! I always have an assortment with me either in my bag or roaming around my car. I love the Valentine’s Day collection the most every year and always get excited to get a new pair of heart socks.

My Defiant rechargeable flashlight and phone charger is a newer addition and I love having the extra backup, especially when driving around in the winter. You can charge it with a USB cord which makes it super easy.

I have the best intentions with my handbag organizer but you have to actually utilize all the pockets or else it just becomes a pit of things just like a regular purse. But when I do actually use it like it is intended, it works so well! See below…


Alright, that is all for today! I hope you have a great rest of your Wednesday! <3

 

 

What’s On Your Nightstand Series | Book Recommendations & More | Kristy

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I am so excited to introduce you to one of my favorite people today. You may recognize Kristy because I feature her a lot on here as she is not only my friend but my co-worker.

I first met Kristy almost 9 years old when our oldest children happened to be in the same baby playgroup. We bonded over having the same wedding photographer and our friendship blossomed from there. We love that we met through photography because that is what we do together now.

We spend a lot of time together and we have the same taste in books which makes for great lunchtime conversations. We often read the same books at the same time but I read them on my Kindle and she is a hard copy book lover. I hope you enjoy “meeting” Kristy, today!

The Nightstand Series Intro:

Hi, I’m Kristy! I live in Vermont with my husband and two daughters and I work as a family photographer. I was an avid reader as a child but like many, lost the habit when I had children. As my kids have gotten a little older, I have rediscovered my love of reading.

Anytime I did have for reading in the last several years was dedicated to non-fiction and for the most part, business related. Although I still love a good non-fiction read, I have most recently enjoyed reading for pleasure and have found so many new favorite fiction authors. This past fall I discovered Diane Chamberlain and quickly devoured all her best sellers. Kristin Hannah was up next and now I have moved onto T. Greenwood.

I am a hardcore hard copy book fan and I have never read a book in a digital format and I don’t have plans to change. I love our local library, sharing books with friends and visiting our local bookshops.

What’s on my nightstand for books:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I just finished this enjoyable read it was definitely one I looked forward to reading every night. It was much different than I expected, engaging and while it kept me on my toes it was easy to follow. I polished this one off in under three days which is a definite sign that it was a hit for me.

Two Rivers by T. Greenwood

I am currently reading Two Rivers and this is my second book by T. Greenwood. I finished Rust & Stardust last month and was captivated by her storytelling. I also enjoy that she is a Vermont native and many of her books connect to local areas. I am excited to see how this one unfolds.

Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

This book is an easy to read guide to mindfulness and meditation. I have been slowly exploring both of these practices and found this to be a very helpful resource. It is definitely a book that I have read a little at a time and while I haven’t finished it yet, I have enjoyed the moments I have picked it up and read a couple of chapters.

Pretending To Dance by Diane Chamberlain

Pretending To Dance is next up on my fiction list and this copy was loaned to me by my future neighbor. I have heard great things about this one and I already know I love all things Diane Chamberlain.

The Art of Money by Bari Tessler

This is my current non-fiction read and I have been enjoying reading one chapter at a time. I love how Tessler is able to incorporate mindfulness and awareness into how past experiences with money can affect you today.  Her approach is practical and relatable without being overwhelming.

What else is on my nightstand:

I love Bee Love Herbals Lavender Herbal Body Oil. I first connected with this local business at a Burlington craft show this past fall. I struggle with extremely dry winter skin and this is the first thing that I have found that is keeping my skin happy all winter I also love knowing that I am supporting a local handmade business. My kids have also started using it and ask for it after every shower.

I am a sucker for salt lamps and have several in our home. I love the soft light that it produces and supposedly it helps with allergies and keeping your air clean.

I love my Tabbatha Henry luminary. I had seen these at many local businesses and treated myself to two last year. Unfortunately, only one is left standing because my husband likes to toss his socks long distance into our neighboring laundry basket and doesn’t have perfect aim. 😉

I love Gen The Book Worm and my renewed love of fiction. Thank you for including me in your series! <3


Thank you so much for sharing, Kristy!

What’s On Your Nightstand Series | Book Recommendations & More | Molly

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Happy Friday everyone! I am so excited to introduce you to my friend Molly, today. She is my first friend to share in my new book sharing series. Molly is the best! She is so smart and I love talking about books with her because she always has great opinions and also likes a wide array of genres. She has the cutest family ever and she seriously is one of the funniest people I know…I also love that she can never have too many books because I am the same way! Alright, Molly is taking over below…enjoy! <3


The Nightstand Series Intro:

Hi, I’m Molly.  I live in Vermont with my husband, two kids ages 4 and 7, and an awesome elderly labradoodle. I work in higher education administration and have always been an avid book fan and reader. I have stacks and stacks I need to read but am always on the hunt for new titles. I recently discovered the Libby library app (thanks to Gen!) and just got my first Kindle, so my reading game has totally changed for the better!

What’s on my nightstand for books:

On my Kindle: On my Kindle, I have downloaded a few books that are up next: The Other Woman, How to Walk Away and a few kids’ novels to read aloud to my daughter. It has been so nice to have access to books at all times since I don’t always have a paper book with me. I am also in love with the Libby app and it has made the most significant change to how often I read since I often will catch chunks of time here and there.

 I like to read on my phone when putting the kids to bed, waiting for appointments, etc. Highly recommend! Not pictured, but also up next, on the Libby app: I am waiting patiently “in line” for The Good Girl, The Breakdown and Then She Was Gone. I’ve been on a bit of a suspense bender!

Hard Copy Books: I always have stacks that I intend to read.  On my nightstand (which is currently a dresser so can accommodate too much stuff!):

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan:  I had read her memoir and loved her style of writing and family relationships.  Definitely, a must read … soon!

One Day in December, The Winters and And Now We Have Everything – all three were recommendations from Gen and other book blogs as well.

What else is on my nightstand: 

Stacks of books to read, my Kindle and a BKR water bottle. I also have an orange & rose hand cream by John Masters, Skin Trip coconut lotion for my dry hands (Vermont winters!), and a few of my very favorite Lunaroma products.  I love their lemon lavender spray and often use it after making the bed or just before sleep. Also pictured in the children’s novel, The Unicorn In the Barn, which we’re reading with my daughter. Highly recommend and great cover!

Not pictured:  my alarm clock!  I discovered it went missing when my kids stole it for their America Ninja Warrior reenactment game  🙂


Thank you SO much for sharing Molly!!