Favorite Finds Spring 2019

I can’t believe we are a week into April already.  This year is going fast and shaping up to get crazier as we get closer to leaving for China (I just got happy butterflies typing that).  There have been several products I have been loving lately and I haven’t done a Friday favorites post all year (shake my head) so today I am going to recap some of my favorite finds from the first quarter of 2019.



Favorite Beauty Products

Smashbox Liquid Lipstick

My sister introduced me to Sephora (read all of the insider tips here) and so when I was in need of a new lip color I knew they would be able to help me.  I wanted it to go on like lipgloss but to be matte and not flake off or wear off. This liquid lipstick delivered!  I got the color babe alert.

Natural Deodorant

About a year ago I switched to natural deodorant after reading about all the nasty ingredients found in regular.  I was skeptical because I wore men’s deodorant because women’s didn’t work for me.  Have I lost you yet ;)?  I got the Lavanila brand deodorant. in my Influenster box about 8 months ago and thought I would give it a whirl since I hadn’t found a natural alternative I loved.

I love it.  It didn’t make me rash out and I love the smell!  Now, I will say I missed a major step in my transition so I started to smell a bit.  After some research, I found it’s good to detox so I ordered this from Amazon and made myself a pit paste and let it sit based on the directions.  It’s been easy breezy ever since.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

You are probably sick of me talking about training my hair to go longer between washes but you guys I am up to going 4 days between.  This is from a girl who used to wash her hair every single day. You can read more about my top hair tips here.  One of the ways I have been able to stop washing my hair every day has been dry shampoo.  My favorite is Batiste. 



Favorite Fashion Finds

Utility Coat

I love this jacket.  I have had to stop myself from wearing it all the time.  It looks cute over a crewneck sweater or a silk blouse.   It’s a lighter material and has cuffed sleeves.  I did size up so I had more room for layers!

Loft Polkadot Tank

Speaking of pieces to wear with my utility coat, Loft is my go-to for cute feminine tanks I can layer with a cardigan or coat.  I fell in love with this navy polka dot tank with a delicate ruffle on the shoulder and lace detail.  It’s cute as a layer now and will be darling paired with my white jeans later this spring.

Amazon Swimsuit

Before Arizona, I was on the hunt for one more swimsuit.  I purchased this swimsuit two years ago from Amazon and it’s held up great.  I love reading the Amazon reviews because generally, they will pinpoint what size I need based on real women reviews.  I sized up per the instructions and I love the full coverage on the backside with the playful one shoulder ruffle and of course, I got this swimsuit in navy!  They have tons of colors and it’s under $30.  It’s washed up great too!


I kept seeing the platform white sole pop up everywhere for spring sandals so I was excited to find this pair at Target. to try.  I love them.  They give me a little bit of height without being a heel and a wedge plus the blush/nude color goes with everything. I have worn them with a dress and with my jeans!  I tried them out traveling home from Az and they got two thumbs up!



Favorite Book Finds

Non-Fiction Favorite – Eat Cake, Be Brave by Melissa Radke

This book is about owning who you are and surviving some of the worst possible things life can throw at you from marital problems, infertility, adoption, and self-doubt.  Melissa is so funny and relatable.  I laughed, I cried and I seriously wanted to be her friend.  As an aside, their family is going to have their own reality series on the USA channel.  It looks FUNNY!

Fiction Favorite – Wonder by R. J. Palacio

I know I am late to the game but everyone should read this book.  It’s about a little boy named Auggie with a facial deformity.  The book recounts his first year in public school.  It again made me laugh, cry and my momma bear came out too!  It would be a good book to read with your older elementary kids too.  The takeaway was “always be kinder than necessary.”


One more thing…

Did you know Simple Purposeful Living has products?  Our spring launch is April 22nd and our shop will close on April 28th for the SUMMER!   If you dread what’s for dinner or your weeknight’s are so busy, you think it only leaves time for fast food – I can help you master meal planning to make fast food at home and know what’s for dinner!

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Whooooo there you have it…

My favorite finds from the first quarter of 2019.  Since I waited so long I had some time to think hard and these things are seriously making my heart sing.  I want to go give them a hug and let them know the joy they are sparking in my life right now ;)!  So, now tell me what’s one thing you can not stop telling everyone about? Have you tried natural deodorant?  What good book have you just read?  Sharing is caring, tell me in the comments.


Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life.
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