Monday, October 20, 2014

Favorite cookie recipe roundup

If you've been around here for any length of time, you know I'm a little bit of a cookie monster  major sweet tooth.  I love me some baked goods and frankly, cookies are one of the easiest desserts to whip up for a treat.

Today, I'm sharing my favorite cookie recipes - all previously share here before - in a lovely little roundup format so they'll all be in one place.  I'm sure I'll eventually add to this (I want to make red velvet cookies for Christmas this year), but for now, these are my go-to's.


1.  First up are my favorite chocolate chip cookies.  These are a classicmy friends rave about these whenever I make them.

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2.  Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I know what you're thinking after I just posted my favorite chocolate chip cookies above these.  But the bisquick ones bake in bite size little cookies and smell de-licious baking.  These are the perfect ones for grab and go treats.  

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3. Soft Brown Sugar Cookies.  These are the ones I'm baking next.  The brown sugar cookies melt right in your mouth.  I love the twist on the traditional sugar cookie and it's been way too long since these have been in my kitchen.  

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5.  Cheesecake Cookies Dipped in Chocolate.  These are the most recent ones I made.  I halved the original recipe to create a batch that makes 1 1/2 dozen - perfect for the hubs and me.  If you like cheesecake, you've got to give these a try.  

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What are your favorite cookies?  Or desserts in general?  I always love new treats!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Five on Friday

HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I cannot even tell y'all how happy I am to be sharing a Five on Friday post with you today!  I used to do these posts regularly and always looked forward to them each week.  I love recapping some of the fun things that are going on in a quick post, almost a snapshot tour of my day to day.  I finally started carrying a camera with me more often and making a real effort to take photos so I can share more here on this ole blog.

So, here it is for this week ladies and gents -

-ONE- Sister shopping day
First up this week is going shopping with my sister.  I've got two sisters of course, but A is the next oldest after me and she just moved closer to me, which means we can see one another way more often.  It also means that if we have time on the weekend, we can spend hours going shopping together.  Love having family close.


-TWO- This little guy.
I'm not a huge small dog fan.  But having my sister nearby means also having this little one nearby also.  And sometimes...just sometimes he stands nice and pretty and lets me take a good photo.  (And even if he is small, I do enjoy getting to play with him sometimes.)

He is cute though, am I right?
-THREE- Making my own coffee
Ok, so I'm still getting better at this.  But it is SO.MUCH.CHEAPER than buying coffee from the shop regularly.  And because I'm going to have coffee, I've recently started making my own at home.  It also gives me an excuse to use the pretty mugs we got for our wedding.  :)


-FOUR-Pumpkin Carving
Because it's the fall.  Also, because it's fun.  Also, none of these pumpkins are mine.  My friends made these and mine didn't make the shot. But, didn't they do an awesome job?  Not one of them traced a stencil either.  They are so good.  


 -FIVE- Jamberry nail wraps.
I love these so much.  This is after a full week of wear compared to regular polish and after washing lots of dishes and scrubbing the bathroom.  Don't forget, I'm hosing a facebook party for these on November 11-15!  Contact me for more details to learn how you can get your own nail wraps!


And that's a wrap, friends!  Do y'all have fun plans for the weekend?  I'm hoping to get some relaxing in...hopefully some blogging, and spending time with lovely friends.  

Until Monday!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jamberry Nail Wraps: Follow-Up

Remember last week when I told y'all that I was trying out Jamberry Nail Wraps (if not, go ahead and see post below)?  It's been a week and y'all.  The wraps are still going strong.

Honestly - I'm shocked.  I've washed dishes this week and scrubbed the bathrooms, which understandably takes a little toll on your finger nails.  I was also a little shocked because after a day, I realized that I had left a small bubble in the jam wrap so I just knew it was going to peel off totally due to user error, but still totally not giving a fair run this week.  (Don't worry though, I just clipped that nail a tiny bit shorter to get rid of it...there are tips and tricks to smooth it out, but I just didn't.)


Seriously though - look at that.  I can't even.  You can see where my nails are growing back at my cuticle, which accounts for some of the needed touch ups on all my nails, but I really don't see any comparison between the polish and the wraps.  


So with that, I'm sold.  I love the fun designs and definitely do not have the time to create them myself.  Most importantly, I really love that I can do all the things I normally do - like clean the house without my nails paying for it.

I'll also be hosting a facebook party on November 11-15 if anyone is interested in getting your own nail wraps!  There are TONS to choose from and they would make GREAT stocking stuffers this Christmas...I'm just saying.  Be sure to "like" Thrift for Today on facebook here, and let me know if you'd like to get in on the party!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Trial run: Jamberry Nail Wraps

Have any of you tried Jamberry Nail Wraps?!  I've seen it, heard of it, and even read of it, but hadn't actually tried it until just this week.  A friend of mine contacted me to let me know that she had recently tried it and loved them so much that she bought in and is now working as an independent consultant.  And so of course, I agreed to give it a try.

I love having my nails painted, but can't handle them chipping so quickly, and as far as jamberry, I was a little nervous about having lots of patterns on my nails.  I decided to go with something a little darker for fall and picked Pomegranate Pop (below) since I had orange nail polish at home.

I used this video to help understand the best way to apply the nail and it ended up taking about 5 minutes to do both of my pinkies.  (I also used a hair dryer on low heat for the application process.)


This is how they turned out: 


Forgive the furball rolling around on the floor.  ;)  I actually wished I had the whole set for all my nails - I really loved the dark shade and the dots are really subtle - so cute for the fall.  

And so before I jump in all the way, I'm doing a fun little test run for the next week to see how it holds up.  I already guess my regular nails will be chipping by the end of the week, but I would like to see how they compare.  I'm excited to share the results with y'all next week.  

I'd love to hear if you've tried Jamberry before and what your thoughts are?  

p.s.  I'm totally hoping to have a facebook party with these wraps before the holidays - so be sure to let me know if you're interested in the wraps.  :)





Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: Venus embrace sensitve #itsnotme

*The products in this post were provided to me free of charge from Influenster.  The opinions are all my own.  

Happy Monday, friends!  Today I am super pumped to be sharing a review of Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive razor, which happily found its way to my door stop via Influenster.  I was SO excited for this box because not only is my skin crazy sensitive, but my hair is also really coarse, which means I have to shave basically everyday or I'm likely to get razor burn or little knicks on my legs...no fun.  

I'm always looking around for the best razors to keep my legs and underarms soft and smooth while minimizing the likelihood of redness and burn.  


I've actually been using this razor for a full week at this point so that I would be able to write a helpful review.  The razor itself was packaged with the razor and 2 cartridges, which I appreciated.  It's got 5 blades and aloe vera to be extra soft on your skin.  

Overall, I really liked the razor.  My legs have been nice and smooth all week long.I haven't had razor burn and not a single little cut.  I also really like the suction cup holder that sticks on the shower wall to hold the razor...it's the little things, right?  

And, as a side note and little #thrifttip (because you know I like to be thrifty), if you already have a venus razor, you can interchange the cartridges - so just get the embrace sensitive blades - easy peasy!  

The only thing I didn't like about the razor was how skinny the razor handle was.  I wish it was a little bit wider and easier to hold.  Frankly, when the handle is so skinny, it feels more like holding a disposable razor, which is not how I want it to feel when I buy a razor.  That said, this size seems pretty standard for lots of razors, so it might not be an issue for you.  

Overall, like I said - the embrace sensitive definitely holds up to its promise of a close shave and worked great on my sensitive skin.  

I would recommend it to a friend for sure.