Lifestyle Favorites | May 2016

Can you believe it’s June already?  Summer’s just around the corner!  I’m excited to share some of my favorite things from the past month with you, ranging from clothing, accessories, and beauty items to home goods, multi-media picks, and food.

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Clothes & Accessories

lifestyle favorites may 2016 accessoriesI couldn’t think of anything new I’ve been wearing this past month that I haven’t already shared with you in previous favorites.  The “momiform” is a real thing!  For me, it’s jeans with a tank top layered under a loose v-neck tee and comfy sneakers.  Boring, I know, but oh so practical.  I thought I’d share a peek at my diaper bag instead as there’s been a lot of interest in that.  I plan to do a proper post dedicated to what I pack in mine very soon.

Skip Hop Forma Backpack – I searched far and wide for the perfect diaper bag and finally settled on this backpack.  It meets all of my diaper bag needs: lightweight and easy to use while babywearing with great built-in organization.  I love the teal interior which makes it easier to see items inside.  I find I don’t actually carry this with me on a daily basis since my daughter’s wake times are still quite short and we don’t go out for long, so I leave it in the car most of the time.  So far I use it the most when we go to someone’s house or when traveling and it works out great.  More details on what I pack in it soon to follow.

Louis Vuitton Monogram Empreinte Key Pouch – Don gave this beauty to me as a birthday gift this year and it has come in so handy as a new mama.  I keep my most used cards, ID, health card, my car key, and a some cash inside.  I like to babywear my daughter when running errands and this pouch fits in my back pocket so I can keep my hands free.


lifestyle favorites may 2016 beauty

I was first introduced to the Drunk Elephant brand of skincare when I received the C-Firma Day Serum in a Popsugar Must Have Special Edition box last spring.  I instantly fell in love with the product.  I felt like it visibly reduced the fine lines on my forehead.  I switched over to Juice Beauty skincare after I became pregnant as my skin cleared up and I wanted (and only needed) to use very mild products.  My skin started acting up a little about three months postpartum and I remembered how much I liked the day serum, so I took advantage of the Sephora spring VIB sale to buy a bunch of the Drunk Elephant products to try.

Guess what?  I absolutely love them all.  In addition to the day serum, two of my other favorites include the Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil, which I use at night, and the Shaba Complex Eye Serum, which I use morning and night.  I’m thinking of posting an updated skincare routine this summer featuring these products and some others from the line.  It’s always great to find effective skincare formulated with high quality ingredients that is safe to use while pregnant or nursing.

Home Goods

lifestyle favorites may 2016 home goods

We go through a lot of hand soap with an infant in the house.  I like how gentle the Up&Up soaps are.  My favorites are the Aloe Vera and Milk and Honey scents.  They get the job done well without drying out my hands.  It’s nice that you can buy them in bulk size and decant into your own dispensers as well.  I fell in love with the Threshold Oil Can tall and short soap dispensers on a Target run last month and I now have one at every sink in our house.


lifestyle favorites may 2016 multi-mediaEpisodes – Don and I started watching Episodes earlier last month.  We love it!  I think it’s absolutely hilarious.  I like that the characters are clumsy and flawed enough to be likable even though all of them do despicable things at one point or another.  Matt LeBlanc does an amazing job playing a parody of himself as a self-destructive has-been actor struggling with the reality that his hit tv show days are behind him.  I love the dry and sarcastic banter of the British couple who play the writers of LeBlanc’s new sitcom.  I can always count on the show to make me laugh.

❊ YouTubers – I had the pleasure of meeting some really sweet fellow Erin Condren Life Planner lovers at Geaux Wild in New Orleans.  I was introduced to some fellow YouTubers who make awesome videos that I wanted to share.  JenPlans is a sweet SAHM with three littles and a true blue Erin Condren fan.  She gives great reviews of EC products, which features her super neat handwriting!

I sat next to CiaraHoneyDip at a special dinner one night and had the best time chatting with her.  She has an amazing lifestyle channel that covers topics ranging from health and fitness, beauty and product reviews, home tours and life advice, and of course, planner videos.  If you love planner videos, please consider checking out these two channels and showing these amazing women some love.

Tasty Treats

lifestyle favorites may 2016 tasty treats

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a Starbucks obsession, but it’s back and it’s sooooo good.  I started taking my daughter and pup for long walks into town when the weather warmed up last month.  Starbucks is the perfect halfway point and pitstop for a snack.  My go-to at the moment is a tall iced decaf caramel macchiato with extra caramel (that part is key!).  I’ve been off caffeine for several years now so my tolerance for it is especially low.  You’d think I’ve had three shots of full strength espresso after one of these decaf drinks.  I’m bouncing off the walls!  It is such treat and an extra special one when paired with the delicious raspberry loaf.  The icing at the top is my favorite and I save that for the last few bites.  So delicious!

If you’d like to hear more about my favorites this month, check out this video:

It’s giveaway time!  As you may know, I’m a big Erin Condren fan.  The new Life Planners and accessories launch today!  I wanted to share the EC love with some of you.  The May 2016 Favorites Giveaway will run until Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 6 PM CT.  The giveaway is open internationally.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.  FIVE winners will receive a $200 electronic gift card.

You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways).  I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email, as always.
Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties. If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work.

I would love to know what some of your May favorites were if you care to share.
Here comes the sun! ☀️


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51 thoughts on “Lifestyle Favorites | May 2016”

  1. Cute diaper bag! I wanted to suggest checking out Kelly Moore camera bags if you feel like switching it up. I use it for my camera and lenses but apparently lots of people use them for diaper bags. They come with pads inserts that you can move. It seems like it would be something you’d like!

  2. Hi Jen!

    I love watching you and your family! I am hoping to enter this give away correctly :0)

    God Bless

  3. Great post Jen! I always love to know what you have been enjoying over the past month!
    I like to go hands free from time to time whether it is on a run or just running errands. This is a local company in my city and I cannot say enough good things about them, thought I would share with you!

  4. I have that same diaper bag and don’t actually love it all that much 🙁 I find it’s too bulky to fit under our stroller, the Baby Jogger City Elite, and that’s pretty much the only time I need the bag, when we’re also out with the stroller. So I pack everything into smaller pouches (clean clothes, food, bottle, ~toiletries, diaper gear, etc.) so that I can pull individual pouches out and slip them loose under the stroller. I think I’ve worn the backpack once in the year since I had my baby! Also, though it’s pretty (I have the teal/grey version), I hate that the fabric is so delicate and not at all waterproof! It was a very thoughtful gift from my sisters-in-law, though, so I never quite let myself replace it 😉

    Looking forward to your diaper bag video! As I said, I don’t use my bag much, and they grow so fast that once you’ve figured out what/how to pack, you’ve got to figure it out all over again!

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience…it’s still new to me so I haven’t been able to test it out much yet. I agree the fabric could be sturdier. Mine fits under my stroller but I actually keep a pouch there with necessities just like you. Mostly the bag lives in the car although it was perfect for our first air travel experience.

  5. I was curious if you still used your Midori Travelers Notebook? I watched your video(s) last year, which inspired me to get my own, so I was just wondering if there was an update how you use them now, if any differently?

    1. I do, actually! I use it in the same capacity as before although I just started using an Erin Condren journal for notes instead of the graph paper booklet in my MTN. I still use the lined for my daily gratitude entries and blank for my personal journal. Love my little MTN. 🙂

  6. I subscribe to all things except Twitter. Do I have to sign up and have Twitter to enter this giveaway?? Love your blog 🙂

    1. Nope! The only thing you have to do to enter is answer the poll question (first entry option). Everything else is optional for additional entries.

    1. Nothing much has changed in the car except for the carseat and my diaper bag living there, but when something does change (more when she’s older I’d imagine), sure!

  7. Thanks for sharing your favorites, Jennifer! The girls in the PGW group have talked about how wonderful, kind and genuine you were at the Geaux Wild Conference. Sorry to have missed it but hopefully you’ll be back next year. 🙂

  8. Ooh love your favourites videos! A busy Mummy always deserves a Starbucks or a similar treat 😉 I felt like my changing bag was sewn to my hip when my daughter was younger! Think it was my worry that I needed things for every eventuality lol. Would’ve loved a rucksack style though…looks great! I’ve just posted a post of my favourites for our 2 year old…everything is getting smaller lol. We now just take a little rucksack that goes on my daughter’s back that also has reins clipped on. And I can once again take a handbag with me! Thanks for the chance to win another EC gift card!xx

  9. I love my ju ju be diaper bags. They have one called the bff that you can use as a shoulder/cross body bag or a backpack. I have three kiddos so a backpack style is a must! I love hearing people’s favorites! Thank you for sharing yours. My youngest is three months and I’ve been enjoying hearing your baby favorites

  10. I absolutely love watching your videos. Crossing my fingers that I am one of the lucky GC winners this time as this is the only way I would be able to get the ECLP. I actually saw one in person at a local planner meetup and fell in love with it. One of these days…

  11. Love that bag, I have the same! But, I absolutely live your blog and videos. I’ve had to adjust my planning and organization after watching your videos…thank you for all the tips. You’re so kind and gracious Jen, your family is beautiful! God bless you. ❤️

  12. I am six and a half months postpartum and went through a similar “what is going on?!?” moment with my skin… and now I am also using Drunk Elephant products! Aren’t they fabulous? I use the Juju bar in the AM, followed by the B-Hydra gel and Umbra sunscreen; before bed I use the Pekee bar (which actually takes off ALL my makeup) followed by the B-Hydra gel mixed with a few drops of the Marula oil. I have sensitive skin that doesn’t always respond well to actives, so I’m gradually adding in the night serum every other day and will probably try the day serum if that works out. So far, so good, though. 🙂 I plan to try the rest of the line this year and would love to hear your thoughts as well!

    1. I am on the Drunk Elephant train too! I haven’t tried the eye serum yet, but that is next on my list to purchase. Can’t wait for the Sephora sale in November so I can stock up.

  13. Jen, I just want to applaud you on your public speaking. I wasn’t there to witness it but I know that was huge for you. I remember you talking about your anxiety with crowds and new people when you first started YouTube. Congratulations on overcoming that fear!

  14. Hi Jen!
    I have been searching for a new skincare line since my skins needs are also changing and I am excited to try these out! Great video and I’m so sad to have missed you at Geaux Wild!

  15. I love those soap dispensers, I’ve been looking at getting something similar for our bathrooms, I’m fed up of buying the usual plastic bottle jobs, they just create more waste. I can find nice reusable dispensers, what I can’t seem to find locally is large refills!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

  16. Hey Jen! Can you do a Q&A video soon? I have a lot of questions for you as it has been a super long time since you last did one. Would love to see one really soon! Maybe it can be your next video? Let me know!

      1. What are your favorite and least favorite items from Trader Joes? I personally LOVE their corn bread mix (to die for) and their dried baby bananas!

  17. I am a new subscriber and love watching your videos especially the “favorites”!

    I love planners and would LOVE to get an Erin Condron one, but just haven’t yet as I have a hard time justifying the price! 😉 I am a teacher and have also heard great things about the teacher lesson planners. My daughter just graduated from college and got her first teaching job and I would love to surprise her with a new planner! Your giveaways are so generous!!!

    I do not have a Twitter account or Instagram account and am wondering if we have to have all those social media accounts to be considered for your giveaways??

    1. Nope, those are just extra ways to enter. All you have to do is answer the poll question to be entered. Good luck!

  18. When did you first become into blogging? What did you study in college? Have you always known you wanted to become a blogger?

      1. How did you first get into blogging/vlogging? What prompted your interest? Are you happy with blogging as your career?

  19. Does Charlotte ever get together with Emily’s son? It is so great that she has a cousin her own age and that they will get to grow up together. Can you film them on a playdate soon? It would be cute to see them playing together!

    1. They see each other at family functions quite a bit. Still a little young to really play together but there’s plenty of time for that 🙂

  20. Hi Jen! I’ve been eyeing that key pouch for awhile now. Looks so pretty. And I hadn’t heard of Episodes, can’t wait to check it out! Hubby and I love watching comedies 🙂 That Starbucks looks so delicious…we’re about to move and I hope there’s a Starbucks nearby! I like those 2 YT channels as well; I’m really trying to get back into keeping up with everyone’s blogs and channels, I fell off the wagon for awhile but I just love seeing what yall create <3 Jen, you are so generous. Thank you so much for hosting this lovely Erin Condren giveaway. You're always doing giveaways and I'm going to try my luck, it's my golden bday month! 😉 Have an amazing day!

  21. I am so glad I discovered your channel- love all things planning and organizing, and your monthly favorites too! I greatly appreciate your generous EC giveaways and even though I’ve yet to win, I’ll keep trying and hoping my luck improves 🙂 All the best to you and your family- especially baby Charlotte!

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