Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Dear 2017....with, Love

Its been exactly one year since I've made an appearance here on the Diary. And boy, you wouldn't believe what last year has been like, even if I told you. I've stayed quiet because it has been very important for me to put all my energy to stay positive, and there's been moments I didn't do so well so my focus has been elsewhere. 
There's been times I've wanted to jump on here and share the things I've been going through but if you can believe it, I wasn't sure how to explain it. My biggest regret has been that I haven't been journaling it. But, there's still time. I think there's some things I can share that may be insightful and maybe help some of you, or at the very least give you a GOOD story to read. So that may still be in the works. 
But for now, I've decided to start this NEW YEAR off with a post about my top 5 must-have faves from 2016 that I think all of you should try for 2017. 

So let's get to it!

ALL of my faves are very affordable being as though I've had to be super crafty with living my life extremely cheap. With that being said, I couldn't waste my money on things I didn't love, so I promise these items are worth a shot for you to try too!

I'm ADDICTED to these lip glosses! They are from Rimmel. The retail for $2.99 at Walmart but I've seen them at all major drug stores where Rimmel is sold. 
I gave these out to a few of my favorite people for Christmas because I love them so much, not to mention they are super cute!! The color is very light and transparent. Even the purple one is very subtle and almost clear with a very light tint. 
The nude and clear are must-have, carry on me, all the time ones. 


Next up! These OGX Penetrating Oils are perfect for hydrating your hair. I hate anything oily or greasy that goes in my hair, but I decided to try these (after squeezing a tiny bit out on to my hand in the store) because they are so smooth and light. The directions specifically say to only apply to damp hair half way down your head and avoid your scalp. It's made my hair so soft with ZERO weight or greasy effect. If you're a blonde I would get the Lavender Platinum, but for all hair colors the Coconut Oil will be amazing for you. 
I found these at Target in the section with all the travel size beauty items for $2.99! 
They are 3.3 fl.oz. sizes and a little goes a long way. Everything about these little gems is perfect. 


Snuggle Scent Boosters! I love these little suckers. FIRST, I should tell you that if you are not familiar with these they are for your WASHER, not the dryer. I almost through one in the dryer and realized at the last second they were for the washer.... lol yep, in the nick of time. 
These may have been around for a little bit but i'm just getting around to trying them finally.
Now, I know Downey makes something similar, Downey Unstoppables, but Snuggle gets my vote. It's a little contained packet you throw in the washer instead of a cup full of loose little dots. Plus these are only $3.97 for 26 loads and for 2 bucks more you can get 52 of them. Downey Unstoppables are more expensive and I like the Snuggle scents better. 

I got this Tocca, Florence, perfume in a sample box I received and not only do I love it but everyone around me does too. I've had men and women stop me and ask what scent i'm wearing. Florance happens to be a light gardenia/honeysuckle scent. I've been trying to make the bottle last me as long as I can so I only use a very quick half way kinda mist, and that alone is plenty!
They have an amazing collection in this set below with all their fragrances. You can get all 10 of these good sized travel sprays for $39 on Amazon or

These are my new FAVE candle! ALL of the scents are amazing. They are long lasting and smell perfect. I'm a big on candles, I usually have at least 4 going all the time when i'm home and these burn up to 33 hours! This one is a medium size one at 10 oz. and retails for $4.99 at Marshall's and TJ Maxx. When ever I've been in they have tons to choose from. They also come in mini's and a larger 2 wick size. RUN to scoop up a few yourself as soon as you can. 

This list originally started off a lot bigger and I had to cut it down to not overwhelm you guys, so these are 5 top picks of my fave finds from 2016. 

As we move into the new year i'll share random must-haves with you and I'll also feature my must follow webs and profiles on social media for the best items and looks. 

If you have something you can't live without share it with us here, we would love to see it!

Loves & Hugs

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Happy New Year my CG's!!

I've had a busy start to my new year and I hope its not too late to wish you all a Happy New Year.

I know we are almost 2 months down with 10 to go, but I still had to get this one in with you guys. I actually wrote this 2 week of January... and damn it if life didn't get in the way a little. 
In the last two months I've already had a few highs and lows, but I'm back on a high again and trying to stay here. :)
I know there's so much talk about resolutions and if you've made any hopefully you're still on track. For me, my resolution was to not make any. Not that I will say out loud anyway. I have a few things I've told myself that I need to do that are imperative to my everyday happiness. But why ruin the surprise of your life improvements by blabbing about them... actions speak louder than words, right?!   

Anyway, I have some fun stuff to share with you to start the year off (better late than never!) so listen up!

I don't think I've told you this, but, I have a CRAZY obsession with Australia. On my Instagram (if you aren't following me you can do so by clicking here cutegirlzrock) I follow about 520 people/pages, and I would have to say about 150 of them are Australia based.... and growing. Everything they have and do there is so beautiful and creative. And I love how they have summer while we have winter... you get tons of eye candy from them while we freeze here. lol :)

I don't think there's a more fun word to start the new year off then with, Hooray! 

How stinkin' cute is this magazine! This is their 14th pub edition (Jan) and I've searched high and low to buy it and haven't had luck, so I have just been stalking their website like crazy to see new pictures and posts they may put up.

I have added a few inside pics they show below and you will die from cuteness for sure. 
I might have to make myself one of these gold crowns... super cute for a girls birthday party, or if you're like me and just want one. :)

When you visit their site you will see their mags keep getting better and better filled with fun crafty & creative ideas for parties, weddings, foods, desserts and everything else that makes you say Hooray! They have their February edition out now and its equally cute if not sweeter. 

So at the very least follow them on Instagram here hooraymagau

And because you know I love fun cocktails, I'll do my best to share a new amazing drink with you each time you hear from me. Since sprint hasn't sprung yet I can still share this one with you
First up!

This is the Winter White Cosmo

I've been wanting to make sugared cranberries and now I have a good reason! 
Here's what you'll need:

Cocktail: 1 shot citron vodka | 1 shot white cranberry juice | ½ shot Cointreau | 1 shot fresh lime juice

Garnish: Fresh mint | Sugar covered cranberries (can substitute with frozen cranberries or raspberries) | Red toothpicks or wooden skewers

1. Fill a small glass with ice.
2. Combine the cocktail ingredients and mix well. Adjust with extra lime or cranberry juice to suit your taste. There should be a fine balance between sweet & tart. Alternatively, you can shake up your ingredients with ice and strain into chilled martini glasses.
3. For the garnish, skewer mint sprigs and two sugar covered cranberries onto a toothpick. 4. Place on the rim of the glass (not in the drink) so that the sugar doesn’t melt. Let your guests use it to stir their cocktail. You might find that toothpicks are too short to balance on the rim of your glass. Substitute with wooden skewers instead. Cut them down to your desired size and proceed with the garnish.

Enjoy!! And Hooray! for the New Year! 

Loves & Hugs

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tuesday Collective

Hello my CG's!
First of all, Happy Holidays!

Its been a few months, I know... I'm sorry if you've been checking and I haven't been here.. but I have new stuff for you! I'm gonna tell you about good stuff for your hair, and a couple cocktails you should drink for Christmas. Two things I love! lol 

First up, Hair!
In my November Birchbox I got this dry shampoo called “amika”. It’s the BEST one I’ve ever tried. I got a cute little .75 oz bottle and its lasted a pretty good while but I’m ready to get the big one!
I’m always curious how many days other girls go in between washing their hair. I do every other day, and sometimes everyday (I know, so bad). Even with the dry shampoo I can’t go any longer than one, but you girls that can go a couple days I commend you and you will so love this “amika” spray. The “amika” brand has long list of must haves for your hair, including styling tools. Check it out, I’m sure you’ll love it as much
as I do.
The 5.3 oz can of dry shampoo is $22 (far better than a $5 can of the crappy Herbal Essence I was resorting to. So very worth it, promise!), and they even have this super cute full size trio of the dry shampoo, dry conditioner (which I’m really intrigued about), and a texture spray… all for $50! And as you can see their packaging is really fun and if you’re a design and packaging junkie like me you’ll probably leave it on your counter just cause it's cute.
If you don’t get Birchbox and would like to, click this link and you’ll get $5 off your first box, its only $10 a month after that!

My subscription addition continues... I'll be getting by first GlossyBox in January. I'll tell you all about it next month! I'll throw in something fun from my Ipsy bag too!

I couldn't pick just one, so I picked two! They are different from each other, so one of them should strike your taste buds!

I picked the Winter Bourbon Smash cause I'm newly loving bourbon/whiskey, and especially Bulleit... it's the one my honey buys. And I picked the St. Germain Pomegranate Spritzer cause its easy and I Loooooove St. Germain!! J

Winter Bourbon Smash


  • 2 Tbsp preserves or jam of choice (this one has organic raspberry)
  • 2 Tbsp bourbon
  • 1 Tbsp triple sec
  • 2-3 Tbsp orange juice
  • Orange segments
  • A splash of club soda brightens it up

  1. Add 1/2 cup ice, preserves, bourbon, triple sec and orange juice to a shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
  2. Pour into serving glass with a few ice cubes and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with orange slices and enjoy. Repeat for more drinks.

St. Germain Pomegranate Spritzer



  • 1 ounce (2 Tbsp) pomegranate juice, chilled
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) sparkling white wine, chilled
  • 1 ounce (2 Tbsp) St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) club soda, chilled
  • 1-2 Tbsp pomegranate seeds

  1. To one serving glass, add pomegranate juice, St. Germain, sparkling white wine and top with club soda and a few pomegranate seeds.
  2. Taste and adjust ingredients as desired. Repeat!

I'll be back soon.

Loves & Hugs