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I’m linking up with Friday Fave Five with Jennifer at Mom’s Got Mail!

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1. Favorite Subscription! May Wantable Accessories was totally rad!!! I loved everything in it and especially the fun mod vibe. I was super excited to get a boost to my spring/early summer jewelry wardrobe, and the pieces are perfect for mixing and matching.

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2. Fave Non-subscription purchase – My Nordstrom Gift With Purchase Fragrance Deal. Love the plates, and the Lily Pulitzer bag!!! Excuse me while I spritz and pretend I look anything like a bronze goddess at 8am.

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3.  Favorite thing I ate? Black Bean soup with insane amounts of cheese, sour cream, and guacamole. I’m totally addicted to southwestern flavored food right now. This was sort of an instant black bean soup mix (took about 10 minutes to cook), but I need to make it myself! Because now I want to eat it all the time!

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4. Fave New Thing I’m About To Buy  Cynthia Rowley Beauty Spring Collection from Birchbox – mini liner, mini lip stain, eyeshadow, and bag! Birchbox sells the bag by itself for $15! If I like the liner I’m thinking about picking it up in the new violet for spring!

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5. Obviously my new nail polish drawer is my favorite of favorite things of this week!

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My little helpers are pretty swell too 🙂IMG_3106

Have a fab Friday! What were your favorite things this week?

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  • illyjunus
    05.10.14

    I’m so jealous for your nail polish drawer. I need to re organized my makeup drawer. Got toss lots of unused makeup and nail polish. Your kid its very good on helping you!

    • Brandy
      05.11.14

      I tossed ALL my old nail polish when we moved up here. Every single last bit. As for makeup drawer, as in singular, I got the second set of drawers today. I’m super excited. I don’t even have a whole lot, but I do have a nice collection. I’m excited to keep everything super organized. My daughter LOVES to build things. I set in the screws and let her complete it (and I tighten). My son was able to help on those locking washers on some of the ikea furniture, he’s not quite as dextrous as her yet, but yeah, I let them help whenever possible because when they’re older I will expect it! 🙂 They both have their little chores that they do and it makes them really proud.

  • Elise
    05.10.14

    Oh, I LOVE that nail polish storage!!! I need to look into that 🙂

    • Brandy
      05.11.14

      http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50192822/

      I need to remember to keep linking it because everyone is wild over it! I got the second unit in today (it was damaged/corners crushed) so now I can really organize. Excited about doing that, but I have reviews to do too!

  • Jennifer at Momsgotmail
    05.09.14

    Ok, your kids helping you with everything is so sweet! I love Mexican food too, and I really miss living and eating in California. When I was pregnant with my first child, the only things I ate were bean burritos, rice and beans, and TGIF potato skins for 20 weeks! Then they put me on Zofran so I could eat other things cause I was losing weight.

    I am a disorganized person by nurture and maybe also nature! 🙂 My husband isn’t, though, so I try to be organized. I do need more organizational things. Luckily, I have a house with a basement where I can store things in totes out of season. I even used to rotate the kids toys (less so now that they are older).

    • Brandy
      05.09.14

      POTATOES I NEED TO EAT POTATOES.

      I am organized by nurture (grandma’s house is like a magazine) and MIL’s house is a disgusting pigsty. I go in the basement and send photos. Don’t get me started on the kitchen. They have literally saved everything for the past 40 years. We do not have any storage space, and the closet in the 3rd room is our storage closet, so I bought a wardrobe to store stuff for the baby. Otherwise I’d have to throw out all the seasonal decor. ALL OF IT. I am in so desperate need of a real house – with 3 kids, come on. I’m very weary of the itinerant lifestyle. I’m not a minimalist. I like having my stuff. We find that when I go nuts and purge major items, we just end up rebuying them (cuisinart, scale, etc).

  • Lauren
    05.09.14

    How jealous am I of your nail polish drawer?? Answer: so jealous. I need to get some bathroom storage like woah – I see an IKEA run in our future too 🙂

    • Brandy
      05.09.14

      I literally feel like a weight has been lifted off of me. That polish was in a box and there was again that much on the top of the shelf. It looked like a HUGE amount and now no big deal! Wait until you see what I’ve done with my bathroom! It looks like a spa! I just need a few more touches. I’ll post a huge look I made it pretty when I’m all done – probably after my husband visits, because I need moving help. Also I’ll probably switch to kids’ room organizing this weekend again.

      Look, it only took me until I was almost 36 and had almost 3 kids to finally become a grownup (I’m a messy by nature person).

      • Lauren
        05.09.14

        That’s awesome – our upstairs looks basically like a garbage pile right now bc we just shove everything we don’t know where to put up there. R and I are both messy, and he’s worse than me – our plan is to hope one of our kids (which we don’t have) is a neat freak and let them deal with it. Good plan? I think so…

        • Brandy
          05.09.14

          HAHAHAHA no. And I’m not going to send you a photo of the garbage pile of the craft room right now. We just totally cleaned it this past weekend and then 2 nights ago I moved everything in there. I need to get the other set of drawers put together and all my makeup sorted/culled/stowed and then I have to figure out how the heck to turn it into a nursery again.

  • Angie Nelson
    05.09.14

    I love, love, love black bean soup! We have to stop meeting this way so early in the morning. How am I supposed to eat my oatmeal now? lol

    I didn’t even look at that Birchbox email when it came in. I’m on my way to check that gift set out. Looks amazing.

    Next – I totally need a new organization system for my nail polish (and makeup samples, for that matter).

    • Brandy
      05.09.14

      I’m sorry!!! “Mexican” is my favorite style of food and I can’t help but stuff my face with it every day while I am pregnant!!! Also because I can load it up with all the toppings it’s a lot easier for me to eat – I couldn’t eat oatmeal, even at night (I have gestational diabetes). That drawer is part of the Alex drawers from IKEA. I am going to have two of them, but one was damaged and I just got the call they are picking it up and replacing it. I had also purchased a new desk but after moving all my storage OFF my desk I think I may keep the desk as is. Now I want my husband to move my wall unit so I can work on a different side of the wall. – much easier said than done, it’s completely full of books. I’m not really sure. It still doesn’t work great to have my makeup mirror and my laptop in the same area. I’d better get to cleaning up. Now I have stuff EVERYWHERE.