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Friday, January 11, 2019

target clearance haul // cruelty free beauty

 Who doesn't love clearance scores?? While waiting for the pharmacy to open one Sunday I wandered around the cosmetics aisles of Target. I typically avoid these because I have so many products and I'm supposed to be on a no buy. Well...I broke it a little. Here's what I scored!
 I love Pacifica's products and picked up their Mineral SPF Body Butter in Blood Orange for only $4.18! It's regularly $14. This will come in handy for the baseball season. I snap up cheap sunscreen whenever I can! The Wet n Wild ColorIcon Blush in Mellow Wine was the first item I found in a bin on an endcap for only $2.08, which isn't a far cry from it's original price but I take what I can get. I snagged the little Soap & Glory Peach Pout Completely Balmy Lipstick in Peach Ball for only $4.98 with an additional 25% off via Cartwheel. The last item is Profusion Cosmetics Smoky Eyes Palette for a mere $3.48! 
 The colors in this are right up my alley. I've been trying to get away from just brown looks, so I'm hoping to incorporate the grays and blues and blacks of this palette.
I love anything peach related and this lipstick doesn't disappoint! It's a pretty peachy color that isn't too overpowering and perfect for the office.

What have you scored lately? ♥


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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

review // tile pro tracker device


As my keychain suggests, I lose my keys a lot. This past weekend I lost them for three hours. Ridiculous, right? The next day Kyle took me to Target and purchased me a Tile tracker device and  passed on a stern "be more organized". But anyway, this little square is awesome. I attached it directly to my lump of keys.

All you have to do is download the Tile app, make sure Bluetooth is on, easily activate the device, and you're set! You fill out some information in the settings and can even activate it to ring your phone even if it's on silent. My phone hasn't left silent mode for years, so this is a godsend. I have the Pro version which can locate items up to 300 feet away. If I need my keys I just log in to the app, click the find button, and the Tile rings a little tune. If I need my phone, I just double click the center button on the Tile and my phone rings a little tune. It's amazing! The Tile lasts for a year on it's current battery and they are replaceable.

Tiles pretty much attach to anything. You can use a variety of ways to attach them: keyring, adhesive, pockets, or money clip!

I'd highly recommend a Tile if you find yourself constantly looking for something. I mean, we have a key hook right by the front door and I can never manage to put my keys on it. I used my Tile just this morning to find my keys and they were right there on the coffee table.


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Wednesday, January 02, 2019

2019 reading challenge

Another year finished! I almost completed my reading challenge for 2018 with 42 of 50 books read. It had initially started out as 55 books that I wanted to read, but I knew that wouldn't happen later in the year so I lowered it. You can check out my 2018 in books here!

In 2019, I'd like to read 50 books. I've managed to carve out some time a little better for reading and I've taken a different approach in recent months. I read what I want to read, not what I force myself to read to clear space. It's helped me enjoy the books I choose more. Check out my challenge progress in the widget in the sidebar or at this link.

Be sure to add me on Goodreads so we can connect via books!

Katelyn Carter's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (currently-reading shelf)


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Thursday, December 20, 2018

the art of stuffing stockings

I don't claim to be a Stocking Stuffer Queen. That's my mother, without a doubt. She is absolutely amazing at putting together holiday stockings. She's an amazing gift giver in general, but we always look forward to all the little bits and bobs we get in our stockings.

Stockings are great for those little things you see that remind you of a person. A strange candy here, a tchotke there. The best tip I can give for putting together a great stocking for someone is to have fun with it. It doesn't have to be perfect and it doesn't have to be expensive.

That said, here are some more tips for stuffing the perfect stocking.

Don't rule out necessities.
Know someone who swears by a certain scent or product? Try a rollerball or travel size. Lip balm, cuticle cream, razor heads (those things are expensive!), socks, and car air fresheners are always a good go-to. If someone loves a certain type of pen, go for it! If you know they go through 15 mini bottles of hand sanitizer a month, grab a few! Are they always picking up a Diet Coke or energy drink? Add one in there!

Hobby items are great.
A skein of yarn, hooks and needles, or embroidery flosses in fun colors work for needlecrafters, new pencils or charcoal for the folks who color or draw, fun post-its for the list makers, or even energy chews for the runner in the family would all work. There's almost always a small item that will fit in a stocking that pertains to almost any hobby.

Giftcards are nice.
I don't mean a $50 Target giftcard. Snag them a $5 coffee shop card for a drink on you. Maybe a $10 Barnes & Noble card for a new book? A few dollars for a pastry or a new song on iTunes? Think small and convenient!

Odds and ends can be a hit.
Guys, this one might seem weird, but I love getting samples and coupons in my stocking. Sometimes I'll get a Victoria's Secret coupon for $10 off or a sample of a makeup product. Those things appeal to me and I like getting them! Got a high value coupon to a store you know your sister loves? Slip that in her stocking.

The chefs of the family can score big.
There are some pretty awesome spice blends out there. Have you come across an awesome infused olive oil or even made your own? Tie a ribbon around a bottle. Flavored salts and small bags of dry soup mixes are great, too. A lot of companies offer small trial sizes of their products; I like to source local sauces and marinades.

Don't forget the food!
We all know the person who always picks up a certain food item, and most are available in holiday packaging. Even Pop Rocks come candy cane flavored. I love banana flavored things, for example, and Jess is the Peppermint Queen.

Take a risk!
I once gave my brother bacon salt (fun fact: it's vegetarian!). Roll up a pair of leggings, grab some airplane bottles at the liquor store, even draw a caricature. The choices are endless.

Happy stocking stuffing!


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