October 2017 Monthly Favorites

October is over which means that before we know it, Christmas will be everywhere (okay, it already sort of is..). I don't really mind it too much because as much as I love Halloween and Fall in general, I also really, really, love Christmas. This time of year is special and comforting, even if it's a bit stressful. I didn't post a favorites for September because I didn't really feel like I had enough to talk about. This month I don't have too much either, but there are a few things that I really wanted to share with you.

La Roche Posay Toleriane Face Wash Cleanser for Sensitive Skin - I've been slowly working on revamping my skincare routine. I've just been generally unhappy with the state of my skin (dull, dry, red, slightly irritated, hormonal breakouts, pores...the whole bit), and I'm on a mission to try and get a proper routine down that works for me. I figured it was best to start with a cleanser and I am absolutely loving this one from La Roche Posay. It's creamy and moisturizing while still being a cleanser that actually does a good job and works. It doesn't have a strong smell (I personally don't notice a smell at all), and it doesn't dry out my skin. I think it's also a really good value for the money! I've been using this nearly every day - sometimes as part of a double cleanse and it hasn't pissed off my skin so it's definitely a winner!


Whole Wheat Oat Chocolate Chip Fiber Cookies

Lately I've been feeling like all food hates me and I've been trying to be more mindful about what I eat, which isn't always fun if you like cooking and food in general. But I've been doing my best to avoid some of the things that I think have been irritating my body more than others and I *think* its been helping.


10 Classic Must Watch Halloween Films

Today we're doing things a little bit different with a guest post from my sister Melissa. She's a Radio DJ and Halloween obsessive so she's put together a list of her top ten must watch halloween movies. Trust me - she's an expert on the subject!! Be sure to follow her on Twitter!!

October has come and gone faster than a witch’s broom. Which, if you’re like me can make you feel excited for Halloween and sad that month is almost over. Halloween is my favorite time of year - what better time to express your creative-side and decorate while shamelessly eating candy? Sure retail may allow that other holly jolly time of year to creep in earlier each year, but this witchy woman wants to get her tricks and her (chocolate) treats just a wee bit longer. Since Halloween is nearly upon us, here are ten movies perfect to put a spell on you this October 31st!

  1. Hocus Pocus
This is the absolute quintessential Halloween film. Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker team up in this Disney icon starring as the Sanderson Sisters of Salem, Massachusetts as a new student makes havoc and resurrects the witches on Halloween night. The film also features NCIS star Sean Murray! #Nerd -The film blends comedy, song, and all the things that make Halloween our favorite holiday. If you haven’t seen this Disney film, it will leave you spellbound!


Lush Christmas Haul 2017

It's October. I know. But when I walked into Lush today, and saw that Christmas stuff was already on the shelves, I honestly couldn't help myself. I am a huge huge huge fall lover. I'm not looking to rush Christmas - in my mind, it's fall until Thanksgiving and then we can go full Christmas (that is not by any means an endorsement of Black Friday though - trust me). Anyways, when I saw the Christmas goodies I just had to pick them up because usually I end up missing out on some of the items I had my eye on so I figured there was no time like the present (ha, see what I did there??)

 Sleepy Body Lotion - $9.95
The first thing I'm going to talk about isn't actually a holiday item but it was one I had heard about from Amy Lynn Thompson and I'm a fan of anything relaxing that might help me get some zzz's at night, so I had to pick this up. I tried it on in store because I'm actually pretty picky about lotions and hate the kind that just make me feel sticky or greasy. This one didn't - I defintiely felt like it was there, but it wasn't too heavy or tacky. Since I bought it with the intention of keeping it on my bedside table, it's okay if it's a bit thicker. I grabbed the smaller size since this is my first try of this product but the smell alone is giving me high hopes! 


Easy Thirty Minute Bacon Ranch Potatoes

Potatoes. Boil em', mash em', stick em' in a stew... (points for understanding the reference!). I honestly really, really, love potatoes. I will eat them in pretty much, ALL their forms. I'm no stranger to roasting potatoes but I decided to try doing something a little bit different this time.


Witchy Woman: Halloween Nails

I'm going to be honest. I haven't been doing my nails all that often lately. I often have every intention of sitting down and giving myself a manicure but unfortunately whenever I do, my hands cramp up and I just can't bare it. But it's fall - it's October - and dammit, I want to paint my nails and be festive! So today I said screw it and I just did my best and I'm glad that I did. Sometimes it's the the little victories...


Sunday Screen: Madam Secretary Premiere & NCIS: LA

I'm just going to jump right into it - Sunday shows this week were really great. There were only two on my radar (I tried giving Wisdom of the Crowd a shot and I just couldn't get into it - I do look forward to Elementary returning though!), but given that Sunday shows are generally hour length shows, it works for me. *SPOILERS AHEAD!*

Source: CBS


Is This The End of NCIS? Pauly Perrette leaving show after Season 15!

Source: CBS

When Cote De Pablo left NCIS, the fans were shook. We had fallen in love with Ziva David and we weren't the only ones. Not long after De Pablo's exit, we said goodbye to Michael Weatherly. The departure of Tony DiNozzo, who wasn't just Ziva's lover, but also a integral partner to McGee, and the rest of the cast, was NOT an easy pill to swallow. To make matters worse, we have to now see him following NCIS every Tuesday and it feels like some sort of scheduled visitation (sorry, I don't watch BULL).


Sephora Wish List: Holiday 2017

It's Monday, which means that I'm definitely procrastinating. I don't know why, but I seriously struggle to get going on a Monday! I *have* started a nice vat of soup though, and while that's simmering, I've been browsing the internet and came across the new holiday sets on Sephora's website. Holy moly, there are some really pretty goodies this year. I've compiled my wish list full of everything I've got my eye on below!

Ouai To Go Kit - $25  

I've wanted to try out Ouai as they're a brand that I've really been hearing a lot of buzz about. This little kit might be a good way to try out a few of their products, without committing to full sizes.