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VivianBishopxo: February 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Things I like to spend money on + A GIVEAWAY

I've seen this post floating around lately, and I thought it would be fun to see where my money goes. Most of these things are just my guilty pleasures and are definitely not necessary to spend my money on, but hey it makes me happy. After paying bills each month, it's always nice to treat yourself or others to a few things. P.S check out the end of this post so maybe you can splurge and buy yourself something nice!

| Good Coffee | This is just a must. I make a pot of coffee every single day for my husband and myself, so I make sure to buy the good hazelnut coffee for at home. I splurge on Starbucks when I'm out or really needing an iced skinny caramel macchiato.

| Makeup | My number one splurge on myself is typically makeup or skincare products. I don't buy makeup just to hoard, I only buy what I know I will use so I make sure it's worth the money and good quality.

| Nail Polish | I may or may not be a tiny bit obsessed with nail polish. I have a pretty good collection, but I also justify buying new ones because I never get my nails done at the salon.

| Target Dollar Spot | I would say target in general, but lately the dollar spot has been really on point and I have't been able to resist.

| Things for my niece | As if that girl needs anymore clothes, but I just cannot help myself. Before she was born, I couldn't go into a store without buying her something. You bet every time I'm in target I look at those baby clothes.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

101 in 1001 Update | February

Well, three months have officially passed since the start date of my 101 in 1001 list. Today, I am co-hosting the first update with Macy and I am so excited to read about everyone's progress! Although I haven't crossed off as many things as I hoped, doing this update has motivated me to pick goals for the upcoming months. Next time I will definitely have much more to cross off! Here is what I have accomplished so far.

Items I have crossed off my list so far:

27. Keep my niece overnight - This has actually happened twice so far, and Joe and I love having her over!

28.Keep the Black Friday tradition going every year (2015) - This was a major success for 2015!

37.Go on a fancy date (1) - This happened in December, and we had a lot of fun!

39.Have an annual Harry Potter marathon (2016) - This will of course be an every year thing, but we recently went through all of the movies after Christmas and into the new year (thanks mom for the box set)

56. Take a girls trip - A few weekends ago my sisters, mom, niece, and myself all took a day trip to L.A to visit my grandad and also to do some shopping. 

98. Redo my about me page - I recently updated it, but of course I am looking into new ways to design it more myself. 

Items in progress/upcoming:

6.Finish my degree - Always in progress, one of the main reasons I have not been able to cross more things off lately!

10.Organize all of my family/baby pictures into photo albums - I recently got some old pictures from my moms house, so I bought a photo album and am working on getting them all organized. 

15. Try 25 new to me recipes from Pinterest - This has been so much fun, I am loving trying out new recipes right now. 

23.Completely purge my closet and donate everything I am not wearing/will not wear - I have been in major spring cleaning mode, and my closet is the next thing on my list to tackle. 

49.Take at least two trips back to Las Vegas - Coming up in April

You can always read my original 101 in 1001 list here

P.S - Thank you Macy, for letting me co-host with you! Go check out her blog if you haven't before. She has amazing helpful blogging posts, beautiful wedding/honeymoon photos, and she started this link-up! Plus, she's SO nice. 
 We would love it if you would link up with us! Being able to read about everyone's journeys so far is so exciting. I can't wait to see where we all are in another three months. Go link up, and check out all of the newly updated lists!

to travel and beyond

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Pre-Valentines Day Pamper Routine

I for one am a big fan of Valentines Day, it's two days after my birthday so it always feels like an extra long celebration. Whether you're celebrating Valentines Day with the girls, or with your significant other; showing yourself some love first is always important. I'm sharing my favorite pamper routine, which is great for your pre-Valentines festivities.

valentines day pamper routine

I always start my pamper nights by lighting a candle and watching YouTube videos or listening to music. I like to cleanse and tone my face first, and then use a Biore pore strip. Once I take that off, I will put on my favorite face mask from Freeman. If I have any Lush products, I will take a bath. It just so happens I purchased the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar from Lush this past Saturday that I plan on using to relax before the birthday and Valentines fun this weekend. I am so excited to try it out!

When I'm in the bath, I like to keep a hair mask on - this one has been my absolute favorite recently. It's really the perfect time to unwind and relax while letting that hair mask soak in. If I am in the mood, I'll apply my self tanner at this time and let it completely dry.

Painting my nails is my favorite part of my at home pamper nights, there's something about a fresh manicure. I have been in love with the new Wet n Wild gel polish in "Pale in Comparison" and Essie's "Love Every Minute" they both happen to be perfect for Valentines Day.

Of course, you should have some kind of chocolate throughout the night, and finish with a Netflix binge. Gilmore Girls or Greys Anatomy are always good choices. I hope you all remember to treat yourself, and give yourself love because you deserve it!

What are your Valentines Day plans?

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