Weekly Roundup – Cake & Washi Tape

Happy Friday and Happy August!

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I am eagerly anticipating the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics tonight, in fact I am counting down the minutes!  I plan to spend the majority of my nights for the next two weeks glued to my TV.  I’m not even an athletic person.  Like, at all.  The Olympics somehow make me watch and enjoy sports I would never dream of watching the rest of the year!

Does anyone else love Washi Tape?  I have held out on buying any for a long time, and I can’t believe I did!  It’s so handy for everything from decorating my planner to greeting cards to crafts!  I snagged two rolls at Dollar Tree this week for only a buck!

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On Monday, I am finally going to begin some intense dieting.  *Sigh*  It’s beyond time to get back into some old clothes and feel better about myself.  I gave THIS RECIPE for a Coconut Chia Seed Parfait a trial run this week, and I think it will be a great breakfast option!

On a not so healthy note, I made a cake this week to donate to a local community fundraiser.  I tried a new recipe for this HURRICANE CAKE.  It looks fabulous, and I didn’t even get to taste it!

My July Favorites went up on Monday, and was basically a collection of some of my favorite things for summer… you can read about my favorites HERE.

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Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Be sure to check out some of the other posts in the linkup for more great reads!

For this post I have linked with 5 on Friday, High Five For Friday, and Meet @ The Barre

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July Favorites

I suppose I should really call these my Summer Favorites, since I missed June’s post entirely.  This seems to be a collection of several of my hot weather essentials.  Here’s what I’ve been loving for the last month (or two)!

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Like I mentioned in a recent Weekly Roundup, there is something about summer that makes me reach for lip balms all the time!  I just don’t want anything heavy on my lips in this hot summer weather.

The one I have been reaching for the most is the Mango Lip Butter from Korres. It has good color payoff for a balm, and provides great hydration!  Unfortunately, I think Mango has been discontinued, but they have lots of other shades to choose from!

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If I choose to wear a lipstick in the summer I have been reaching for this spunky shade from Tarte!  I would never think that this bright coral would flatter my fair skin, but it does.  I would call it the perfect orange-y shade for people afraid of orange!  The finish is comfortable and perfect for summer!

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Most people are familiar with Heavenly, as it is one of Victoria’s Secret’s most popular scents.  But on it’s own it’s a little heavy for my taste.  Lately I have been layering it with my Tory Burch perfume and loving the combination!  It is summery and beachy and lasts all day!

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Pardon the chipped perfume bottle. I dropped it on a granite countertop, and could have screamed when I saw the chip! I’m just thankful the entire bottle didn’t break.


I received this mascara as a sample quite some time ago, and never tried it.  I was never particularly drawn to the Buxom brand, and just kept reaching for others instead.  When I finally picked this up, I was blown away by the fluttery length it provided!  Lashes are lengthened and separated for that perfect fluttery lash, without appearing thin or spidery.

The packaging of the sample is the worst I have ever experienced.  It becomes dirty within days, with mascara coming out as you close the bottle!  I can only hope the full size is not the same or I would struggle to repurchase.

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The brush on this thing is insane! Huge!


Summer makes me crave fruit, and I make sure I have some in the house at all times!  Peaches and strawberries are favorites, and are part of my lunch every day.  Yum!


There are times when I am on Pinterest a lot, and times when I am not at all. The oppressively hot weather this July means more time indoors and more time to Pinterest!  I pin Makeup & Beauty, Decorating & Design, Fashion, Planning, and more!  If you love Pinterest come check me out… I love to find new Pinners to follow!  You can see all my Pinterest boards HERE.

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I hope you enjoyed this collection of favorites… maybe you were even inspired to try something new!  Comment below and let me know what your top, must-have summer essential is… I would love to know!  Happy Monday!

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Weekly Roundup – Dog Days & Date Night

Happy Friday all!  Can you believe August is just three days away?!  I can’t.  Because that means September is just around the corner, which means that fall is just around the corner, and I’m not ready for that!  Except for boots.  I’m ready to wear boots.

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This week we experienced a minor cool down after the hottest week of the year… we’re talking it’s 95 instead of 105 with 1000% humidity (extra zero is not a type-o).  You couldn’t walk to the car without breaking a sweat, so 95 is feeling pretty good!

Nate and I tried our hand at making salsa for the first time this week, and we were pretty pleased with the results if I do say so myself!  I will try to get the recipe up for you all soon!

Fresh Garden Salsa www.jilliandanielle.com

I got a bad cut on my pinky finger this past week, and have been sporting a pretty impressive bandage.  This means I can’t bend my finger, and I’m walking around with my pinky stuck out all the time.  I feel like a proper British lady at tea… I may be assuming a British accent soon.

Nathan and I are headed to a local theater for date night this evening to watch a live production of an Agatha Christie mystery.  We love live theater, and it always feels like a special occasion when we get to go!  I’m gonna be wearing these new wedges… I’m in love!  The brand is Aquatalia, which is an Italian brand, and I found them on sale at a local boutique.  I believe this style is discontinued, but the Aquatalia brand is sold at Nordstrom.  Very high quality shoes!

Aquatalia Wedges www.jilliandanielle.com

This week I shared about another favorite blogger, and also about what I do to try and combat negativity and choose joy.  Check back next week for my July Favorites and a new series starting on Wednesday!

Choosing Joy www.jilliandanielle.com

Photo courtesy of Wonderfelle

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend as we welcome a new month!

For this post I am linking with 5 on Friday, High Five For Friday, and Meet @ The Barre

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My Favorite Blogs Edition 7 – The Pioneer Woman

After a hefty dose of beauty and fashion blogs, it’s time to take a jump to food!  I don’t think this lady will need an introduction, so here we go… today we’re  going to talk about Ree!

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Ree Drummond – The Pioneer Woman

For years I had admired the Pioneer Woman… I watched her show and made her recipes, but I never read her blog.  I don’t know why… maybe I thought she was to “big-time”… that the blog would just be a way to advertise her show.

Was I ever wrong!  First of all, this woman should be an inspiration for every blogger out there.  She started a blog about what she loved and built it into an empire!  Should anyone ever tell you that blogging can’t be a business, just direct them to Ree.

Secondly, this isn’t just a food blog.  Yes, she shares recipes, but she also shares about her home and family… and she is funny!  Whatever her post is about that day she will keep you entertained and bring a smile to your face.

If you, like me, haven’t explored The Pioneer Woman’s blog… I suggest you head over there.  You’ll start your day with a laugh and find something to make for dinner at the same time!

Ree’s Blog:  www.thepioneerwoman.com

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Choosing Joy

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This is a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately, and I thought it was time to try and put my thoughts into words.  It’s a concept that I have always felt passionately about, and when there are days when the world seems to be spiraling out of control, it is more important than ever.

The lyrics to one of my favorite songs go like this:

… Blessed be Your name

When the sun’s shining down on me

When the world’s ‘all as it should be’

Blessed be Your name

On the road marked with suffering

Though there’s pain in the offering

Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out I’ll turn back to praise

When the darkness closes in, Lord Still I will say…

These words have always brought home to me that joy doesn’t always just happen – it’s a choice.  Thankfulness is a choice.  Even when it hurts.

I am by nature a “glass half full” person, so I understand that this idea may seem easier to me than it may to you.  Some of my dearest loved ones are “glass half empty-ers”, so I’ve had plenty of years to gain a little understanding on how they process things.  I know how hard, or downright impossible, it may seem to them to choose joy.

I truly believe that joy and positivity is something that we have to practice… you have to “fake it till you make it”.  I also believe strongly in the power of the spoken word.  We all have negative thoughts that crowd our minds on a daily basis, but speaking those negative thoughts aloud, and letting our brains process them, can truly be harmful.

Force yourself to speak positive words aloud even when your thoughts are telling you otherwise.   You might be surprised the difference it will make to your outlook over time.

Take some time this week to choose joy.  Reach out and grab happiness, even when it seems fleeting, and don’t let go!

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