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Friday favorites, volume 16

I am so off my Friday posting game it’s ridiculous. I had a good thing going, posting and linking up with Amanda every Friday but then…I just stopped. I need to get back into a routine which hopefully should happen next week when my daughter goes back to school. We actually had back to school night yesterday, and while I am insanely disappointed she isn’t in class with her friends, I absolutely adore her teacher. She’s going to be a great fit for my kid and I’m excited to see how my daughter will progress in her class.

You know what I am not excited about, though? The horrible sunburn on my back. I took my daughter to the beach and, not realizing just how much time my Casper the ghost colored back would have in the sun, I neglected to put sunscreen on and now I am paying for it. It hurts so much. I couldn’t even wear a bra the other night and I have huge boobs so it’s a not a pretty sight when my girls aren’t locked up. But we have tons of after sun lotion so hopefully I won’t peel since I’ve been using that. I guess the moral of the story is this: use sunscreen even if you think you won’t need it. Because peeling skin is only fun if you can reach it.

And now, it’s Friday Favorites with Amanda.

Friday Favorites

Favorite song

The title of this song is “You Call Me a Bitch Like It’s a Bad Thing”. It’s by Halestorm. That’s all you need to know before you listen to it.
You Call Me A Bitch Like It’s A Bad Thing by Halestorm on Grooveshark  

Favorite frugal find

NYX makeup. I have become totally hooked on this brand. Not only is it majorly affordable, it’s cruelty free and the choices are amazing. I bought the Adorable palette and some lip gloss, eye liner, and eye shadow primer and I could not be happier. If you’re low on funds, this is a great substitute for Urban Decay (which, by the way, has just released the Naked 2 basics palette. This is on my want list).

Favorite book/TV thing

Book Riot is my new favorite everything. It is heaven for book nerds. You all need this site in your life if you don’t have it already. I even listen to the podcast and I NEVER listen to podcasts. I am picking up one of their recommended books, How To Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer later today and I’m stoked to read it.


Favorite TV thing is a little harder to pick because summer TV has been crap and fall TV won’t be much better considering almost all the shows I like to watch are ending after the season they have coming up. But I am looking forward to giving that show How to Get Away With Murder a shot. It seems rather intriguing and I adore Viola Davis.

Favorite internet reads

Did high school make you hate reading? Yes? Then you’ll enjoy this post from Cracked, 4 Ways High School Makes You Hate Reading. If you have trouble sleeping then this post might help you establish a better routine. This post on why we have so much attachment to the music we listened to when we were younger (middle/high school, college) was crazy interesting. And finally, you’ve all seen the ALS ice bucket challenge videos going around. Well, there’s another challenge that’s been thrown down. Glenn and Cara O’Neill are trying to raise $2.5 million for their 4 year old daughter Eliza to receive a clinical trial treatment for Sanfillipo Syndrome. They’ve already raised over $1 million, and have the most successful Kickstarter campaign to date, but they need more. So, on the heels of the ice bucket challenge, they’ve issued the #sing2lines challenge. You can read all about it here. Oh, and Cara is/was (not really sure how that works once you graduate. Which is sad considering how long ago I graduated) a sorority sister of mine, so there’s that, too.

Favorite quote

This is what I tell myself on the bad days. It seems glib but it works. 

Favorite funnies
Letters don’t belong in math. Ever.
I’ve got no one to impress here.

It’s my way of practicing nonviolence.

Maybe even a whole sleeve, if it’s thin mints.

False hope isn’t funny, pants.

 Hope everyone has a great weekend! See you Monday when I’ll be talking about how I stopped trying to be supermom and I’m glad I did. 



  1. Kerry

    Love Halestorm! I am actually heading to Ulta for some NYX concealers this weekend, love their stuff. I am looking forward to all the fall shows coming and How To Get Away With Murder is on my list to check out, it looks good. Happy Friday!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      I love how similar we are. You totally validate my good taste.

      Enjoy your Ulta trip! And isn’t NYX awesome? Such great makeup and so affordable.

  2. Nadine

    The title of that song is priceless!!!

    I love NYX! I bought a lip gloss from Target a few months ago and the only place I can find their other products is Nordstrom Rack so I plan on trying some more out soon! I love affordable!

    Your funnies are cracking me up today!!! The sweatpants thing is my life. Also, I hate that punching people is frowned upon.

    Have a great weekend!!!!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      If you have a CVS nearby, NYX is usually there. Also Ulta.

      I wish punching people was okay. It totally train for that.

  3. Kelli

    I’m so glad to hear your kid is going back to school, that means less people on my beach! Schools up North always start later than schools down here.

    I have Book Riot open on a tab and I am soooo excited to check it out, so excited.

    Mom confession #6: So guilty!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      I think the weather is why you guys start earlier. I totally get it with the people leaving and clearing out the beaches. We’re about an hour from the because but the main highway to our beaches passes near my house and I have use that road quite often so I am stoked for less tourists.

      Enjoy Book Riot. I love it!!!

  4. Jenn

    “Peeling skin is only fun if you can reach it” – Lmao! It took me a few minutes to understand that there were links in the post. Then I started hovering over everything to see what would light up. It was like Christmas!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      I think I need to change the color of the links to make them more obvious. I’ll take care of that today but I’m glad you were able to get a nice surprise.

  5. Kristen

    omg i freaking lovvvveee NYX makeup. the bomb dot com. i am as cheap as they come. love that bad days quote. its cheesy but so true.
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      The bomb dot com. I love it. NYX Is now definitely my favorite drugstore brand of makeup.

  6. SMD @ Life According to Steph

    I’m totally getting Naked2 Basics. I’m waiting for it to arrive at Sephora.

    I’m going to check out Book Riot!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      You will love Book Riot! And I cannot wait for the Naked2 Basics. I, too, will be stalking Sephora.

  7. Kate

    Heading to Book Riot right now- thanks!!
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  8. Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout

    Happy Friday to you! Adding Book Riot to my podcast list. I’m pretty picky about them because most podcasts are so inane (seriously, how do people just talk to themselves for an hour???) but I need a few good ones for my commute. =)
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  9. Bri @ My Life As

    yes to the sarcasm!
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  10. kathy @ vodka and soda

    omg NO letters do NOT belong in math. same with paragraphs (those stupid problems that you had to solve where there is a car travelling at 10mph and a truck travelling at 5mph and then you have to figure out when they’ll collide etc). i hated those!
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  11. Amanda

    Grrr… it’s only loading up to the song for me. WHY GOD WHY?!?! Anywho… to comment on what I was able to read: thumbs up on your big boobies. 🙂

  12. Lynsey @ Eternally wanderlyn

    Love the funnies! And I totally have a pair of sweatpants that basically fall off because the string is missing. It’s probably stuck in the washer. Oh, well. I’ll just tell myself I’m losing weight. 🙂
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  13. Amber

    I will check out Book Riot! I do love to read.
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  14. Liz @ Fitness Blondie

    NYX is my favorite! I have fallen in love with that makeup brand. Their lipsticks are the BEST! The best array of colors and the textures are nice. That is so cool you’re into Halestorm; they are a favorite band of mine. Have you heard their song “I get off”. Oooh I looove that one. I also freaking HATEEEEEEEEEEE math.

    Happy Monday love!

  15. Lindsey

    I’ll have to try that NYX makeup- sounds great! Thanks for the tip!

    Thrift and Shout
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      Yes! Definitely try it and let me know if you love it!


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