Friday Files: Current Obsessions

Friday Files is BACK!

Below are just a few things we are currently loving.  A life hack included!

Essie Mademoiselle


(Excuse the amateur nail job!)

Essie’s tagline for this color is “The most classic grown up pink!” and I can confirm it lives up to that title!  I was on the hunt for a color that would be a grown-up pink/neutral, and easy to paint myself (i.e. I  could totally mess up and mistakes wouldn’t show too bad!).  This color really is the perfect neutral and easy to do yourself, for all those out there like me and terrible at painting your nails.


Califia Unsweetened Coconut Cream & Almondmilk Creamer

My favorite afternoon treat is Starbucks Unsweeted Iced Coffee with a splash of coconut milk.  I recently discovered Califia Better Half Creamer at Whole Foods and my life has been forever changed.   This creamer is half almondmilk, half coconut cream and it’s perfect!  It also gives my coffee a little added flavor.  There are no added sugars in this and its carrageenan free.  The best part is, on a recent Target trip I noticed that they just started carrying this brand in the grocery section (as if I needed another reason to love target).  The toasted coconut Coconut Milk is pretty awesome as well!

PackIt Freezable Lunch Box

During back to school prep I needed to pick up a lunch box for my littlest love.  I was at TJMaxx one day and saw this PackIt Freezable Lunch Box for $12 and grabbed it.  As much as I loved my oldest’s personalized lunch box, I had run out of time to do the same for my smallest and honestly didn’t feel like dropping $30+ to do so.  I am so glad I was running behind on the lunchbox order because this PackIT Lunchbox has streamlined my lunch packing duties and I could not be happier.  There are freezer packs built into the lunch box.  Throw it in the freezer and pull it out when your ready to pack.  It keeps everything cold for the entire day, and I don’t have to pull out freezer packs each and every time I pack and unpack a lunch.

They also have wine cooler bags – which I think could make a really great gift for any mom friend!
Freezable wine bag

Life Hack: Removing wax from candle jars

I have an intense love for Voluspa & Capri Blue candles (who doesn’t?!).  They smell amazing and come in the prettiest jars. I have had a collection of burned out candles, in jar’s that I just couldn’t part with, building up in my hall closet.  I knew I could use them for other things around the house but didn’t want to put in the work to get the wax out of the bottom.  Recently, my cousin was visiting and in passing mentioned “you throw the candle in the freezer and the wax pops out”, as if it was a well known fact.  I HAD NO IDEA!!  You seriously just throw the jar in the freezer and the wax pops out (I use a knife to pop it out)!! Life Changed!  Now I use the jars for so many things – to hold jewelry, bathroom essentials, the list goes on and on.

So for everyone out there hoarding candle jars like me, throw them in the freezer!!

What is family for, if not to share life changing life hacks?! Thanks, Cuz!



The Happiness Planner

Another love of mine is a good planner.  This week, I ran in to Anthropologie to grab a new candle and took a detour at the stationary table.  They had a great assortment of planners and I stood looking through them for longer than I care to mention (sometimes its the little things when you don’t have kids with you).  I came across this Happiness Planner and it is on my list for next year when I need a fresh one.  It had great quotes throughout, 10 Rules to Live By for Those Who Live A Positive Life in the front, and was generally formatted for you to keep track of what is most important to you.  Anything to start the day out on a positive foot, I am a fan!


Have a Great Weekend!


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