Thursday’s Fab Five: Book & Podcast Edition

Happy Thursday, everyone! I hope all are adjusting to our temporary new normal the best you can. It’s been interesting learning how to teach first graders from afar, but hey, every day is an adventure!

I know our ability to go out has been close to zero, so I wanted to focus on some Fab books and podcasts I’ve been enjoying while in somewhat of a quarantine. I read a majority of my books on my iPhone, but I did just recently get a DC Library card that I’m excited to use once this sh*t is over! Anyway, here are two books I’ve read in the past two weeks. Both of them are filled with suspense and are total page turners.

The first is The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda. I’d consider this a thriller in the sense that makes you think about the lengths people will go to alter, or altogether hide, their identity. Yes, there’s murder involved, but the element of the book that captured me was having to reevaluate my thoughts on characters after almost every chapter.

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Are You Taking Evening Primrose Oil? You Should Be.

One of my 2018 resolutions has been to take more supplements and vitamins to keep me nice and healthy.  I’ve been incorporating a daily multi-vitamin, which I’ll share in another post, but I’ve also been adding in Evening Primrose Oil pills daily too.

Photo: Pixabay

If you’re unfamiliar with evening primrose oil, it’s best known as being a great supplement to take for hair, skin, & nails.  The beauty girl vitamin so to speak.  Well, it does much more besides help grow your hair longer…

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Top Five Favorite Podcasts

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing my Top 5 Favorite Podcasts to listen to while on the go, or in the house.  Whether it’s in the morning while getting ready for work, in the car commuting, or cleaning around the house, I’ve been finding myself putting on my current favorite podcasts to pass the time.  I’ve also been making it a priority to listen to podcasts when driving back and forth to NJ when visiting home, and while on flights.  I love listening to music, don’t get me wrong, but I’m really enjoying this kick I’m on, and I feel like I’m learning so much too.

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3 Ways to Keep 2018 Organized

I’m shocked by how quickly 2017 came and went, and to be honest, I’m so glad it’s over in just a few days.  I’ve been reflecting on my 2017 and let me say, it was def not the greatest for me.  So, with that being said, I am 100% ready to embrace and take on 2018!
I feel some of the biggest resolutions people have in the new year, aside from eating healthy and working out more, revolve around staying “more” organized, whatever that might mean.  For me, it’s relatively easy to stay organized, but I do get into a rut sometimes.  Staying organized encompasses a lot of our daily life, whether it’s staying organized in how you keep your plans, how you approach work, keeping your home clean, etc., it’s not always easy to keep it all running smoothly, all of the time.
Today I’m sharing three easy to implement ways to stay organized, they’re all connected through planning out your day as much as possible.  This thought can seem daunting at times, but, at least I find, it truly helps me stay grounded and most important, productive!

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Thursday’s Fab Five

Happy Thursday!  I’m so happy the winter break is almost here, teaching has been exhausting this year.  I’m also super excited for this upcoming Saturday, Rob & I are hosting a holiday party, Cookies & Wine at 4089 which of course will feature tons of homemade cookies, even tons more wine, and I’m adding in a taco bar for sustenance.

Here are five things I’ve been loving the past few weeks, and all would make great presents too!

Thursday's Fab Five

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Recipe Wednesday: Gifts for the Chef in Your Life

If you’re anything like me, you love to cook!  I’m much more of a chef than a baker, so I’m always looking for new kitchen gadgets to add to my collection.  The best part about most cooking & baking things is that you can find them at a reasonable price point!
Check out some of the helpful kitchen tools I think any chef would love this holiday season!
PS: Don’t forget to shop through Ebates for cash-back from tons of stores!
Kitchen Gadget Gift Ideas


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Thursday’s Fab Five

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching & I love being at home on the weeknights cooking dinner and catching up on my favorite shows.  Don’t you?!

The weather has been so weird here in D.C., first it was warm and gross, now it’s cold and clammy.  I honestly can’t keep up with it, and neither can my sinuses!!  The beginning of the week was chilly & rainy, it legit felt like January and gave me the worst sinus headache.  So annoying.

I can’t wait to have off from work tomorrow and drive up to NJ for a wedding!  My good friend Mike…we’ve been friends since pre-k 4, can you believe that…is getting married!!!  It’s going to be such an epic celebration, so make sure you’re following along on both Snapchat (@elizabethmayce) and Instagram stories, @elizabethmayce!

Here are some things I’ve been loving recently, some classic favorites and some new goodies too.  Tweet me some favorites of yours @elizabethmayce!

Thursday's Fab Five


Bath & Body Works Candle in Sweater Weather, $12.50
Right now all B&BW candles are $12.50, which gives you a perfect excuse to go out and buy tons of fall and winter scents.  My favorite for this time of year is def Sweater Weather- it always sells out, so make sure to buy some quickly!  Sweater Weather is the perfect fall scent with notes of woods, eucalyptus, juniper berry, and sage.  The apartment smells incredible within 5 minutes of lighting this, & as I said, it’s everyone’s favorite, so buy it now!!  PS: Ebates gives 1% cash back on Bath & Body Works purchases, if you aren’t an Ebates member, join here!

The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Skin Boost, $29
I wrote about this product back 2012…yes, 2012. Shocking.
It just recently reentered my life, and o.m.g. why did I ever stop using this?!  This skin boost is an incredible morning serum to use, it instantly brightens up my complexion, which has been much needed with this week’s weather.  You can read my original thoughts here, keep in mind, this post was from 2012- but my thoughts on how great the product is, are still the same!
Right now The Body Shop’s having a buy 3, get 3 free promotion.  & Ebates gives you 3% cash-back on your purchase!

Essie Kimono Over Polish, $9
My polish this week is this gorgeous deep purple from Essie’s fall collection last year.  It goes with everything, is the right degree of vampy, and will coordinate perfectly with my cobalt color dress for a wedding this weekend!  This was def one of my favorite colors from last year’s collection, and I’m so happy to be bringing it back into my life this season!  Shop through the link above, and save 2% cash-back through Ebates on HSN!

Gap’s High Rise Ankle Jeggings in Rich Wine, $30 
YOU. MUST. GET. THESE. Originally $60, these pants are so comfortable and the rich wine color is amazing with any boot you might have.  I love the rips, they’re subtle enough where people don’t give you a side eye, but just enough to be edgy.  Did that make sense?  I bought these about 2 weeks ago (for 40% off, not 50%!!), and I love, love, love, they way they fit and feel.  I bought the tall size, so they are full length and also look great with heels and flats.   I’m thinking about buying the black moss color as well…for this price, it’s a serious steal.  Use code CHEERS to save an additional 20% off, and use Ebates for 2% cash-back on your purchase!

Dog Mother, Wine Lover Muscle Tee, $30
I love the CoffeeInTheShower Instagram page, so when I saw they had a coupon code, I finally purchased this cute, and incredibly truthful, tee in black.  I love these graphic tees, and I’ve ordered from this company a few times.  It’s decent quality, comfortable fits, and I just love how this tee can perfectly describe me as a human being.

Have a fabulous weekend!! 



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Lifestyle: So, Should I Think About Buying a Car?

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I was speaking with a friend the other day about how she’s thinking of getting a new car since hers has been giving her trouble lately.  As we were talking I was thinking, when is the right time for me to start brainstorming of new car ideas?  I’ve been so lucky with my Mercedes, but as it gets older, and racks up the miles (240,000 so far), I know the reality of me needing to purchase a car in the future is real.  Collective sigh.
So, while I know buying a car in the super near future is def not on my to do list, it doesn’t hurt to start thinking about the process, and what I should be prepared for.  I’ve teamed up with to think through some key points I need to write down for when that time comes, and I’m hoping my POV of a twenty-something young professional is helpful to any of my readers that may be going through this process, or are like me and are at least getting prepared.

First, I want to make sure I have enough $$$ saved up for a down payment.  I’m all about that certified pre-owned life, & I love the What Price Should You Pay feature on the website.  I can choose to view Certified Cars, the make, model, and the max amount I’d like to spend.  From there there’s a price comparison tool, and you have the ability to save and compare cars when you make a free account.
We all know you need to do some homework, ha teacher talk, when buying a car…but it really is super important.  If you’re going to make a big choice like this, you of course want to make sure you’re doing it right!!  I love the options gives to make sure you’re making the best choice for you, finding what you want is super important in terms of price & style, but you can also find out a lot of safety info through as well, which should always be top priority.
I hope you all have a great weekend, & if purchasing a car is around the corner for you, I hope sharing this resource will help!
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5 Tips for Throwing an Unforgettable Bachelorette Party

On July 29th one of my best friends from college, Sabah, is getting married in Sofia, Bulgaria!  I was honored when she asked me to be her Maid of Honor, but was so nervous about making sure everything was perfect leading up to the big day.  So, we all know what that means, making sure the Bachelorette Party was top notch, & everything she wanted and more.

Photo: Catherine Ker
This outrageously gorgeous cake was created by Pastry Chef Cassie Holcomb from Pearl Dive DC (@pearldivedc)
Sabah decided she wanted the weekend in Charlottesville, VA, which is our nearest wine country, so the co-MOH, Cat, & I went to work immediately planning the June weekend.  This was my first time planning a Bachelorette party, but I’ve been told I’m decent at party planning, so I knew I could pull this off and make it the best weekend ever for her.
While going through everything, and trying to plan out all the details, I came up with 5 tips I think are helpful for anyone planning, or helping to plan, a Bachelorette party.  We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend and I’m so happy Sabah, and the rest of the girls, loved everything!
Tip #1: Try to Make the Cost All-Inclusive for the Guests 
Everyone loves being part of a wedding, but the truth is that it can get expensive.  For a Bachelorette party, or weekend, not only do you need to pay for the party festivities once you’re there, but some people may need to fly or take a train to wherever it is your going, and that can get expensive!! 
In order to make this weekend a financially stress free time, I wanted to make it all-inclusive, and have people pay as little as possible for things once we were there.  So, to do this, I included the price of the Airbnb, all food and alcohol for the house through the weekend, 3 winery tastings & private bus to vineyards, goodie bag/ decorations, and an array of appetizers when we went out to dinner, in the price the ladies paid.  & can you believe, the total came to a little less than $500 for each girl.

Breakfast at home is much better than spending $$ to go out!
I’ve heard of some people dropping $1,000+ for a Bachelorette Party, and I know that can be a huge financial burden, it’s important to avoid that at all costs.  Now, I know that the location of where we were (not Vegas or Miami) contributed to the smaller cost, but honestly, Charlottesville isn’t a cheap area.  I made sure to stick with my budget and constantly explore other options until I found what I wanted for the cheapest price.
Tip #2: Search the Internet Over, and Over, and Over Again for the Best Prices
Etsy is the most popular website for Bachelorette and wedding everything, and understandably so.  However, it’s not always the cheapest option, & I think people underestimate just how easy it is to find what you want for much cheaper prices, especially when it comes to decorations.  
I was able to find the very same banners I favorited on Etsy, on Amazon and Ebay for significantly lower prices.  Proof: I found the Bride to Be banner below on Amazon for $8, Prime, and the very same banner was $20 on Etsy, plus shipping.  I saved all of the personalized items for Etsy, but other decor I made sure to search high and low for the best price.  Ebay was great to search since people sometimes sell the banners they already used for a party, for half the original price.  I also hit big with Pier 1, those Hello Gorgeous wine glasses were on clearance for $3 each…seriously…$3 each.  Since they weren’t personalized glasses I bought wine charms from Target that were, you guessed it, on sale, so we could tell our wine glasses apart.

When it came to the personalized goodies, I made sure to search through multiple sellers and looked for high quality, low cost items.  I ordered Hangover Survival Kits for the girls, and purchased the bags from the AlfandNoop Etsy store…$18.50 for ten bags was a great buy.  The best price for customized hair ties I found was through the LittleChiefFavors shop, $2.50 each.

Inside the Recovery Kits: Bottle of water, hair ties, Burts Bees Lip Balm, Advil packet, Neutrogena face wipes, Hershey Kisses, & Life Saver Mints.

Most of what was in the bag was purchased from Walmart, where I was able to buy in bulk online, and save a lot of $$$.

Tip #3: Use Airbnb if Possible
Hotels are lovely and fun, but in order to cut costs, stay in an Airbnb!  We stayed in this gorgeous home, about 15 minutes from downtown Charlottesville.  I would advise it to anyone and everyone looking to stay in that area.  The hosts could not have been more awesome, they left a gift for the bride to be, an arrangement of snacks, Champagne, and breakfast foods.  Not every Airbnb has hosts that pay attention to detail like this, we seriously lucked out.  But, every Airbnb will help you cut costs on food and drink, which you’d, for the most part, have to purchase out when staying at a hotel.

I was able to do grocery shopping for the weekend online through Harris Teeter, used a ton of coupons, and then picked it up before arriving at the house.  We were in Charlottesville for a Friday and Saturday night- I planned a dinner out in town on Friday, and since we were doing a vineyard tour all day Saturday, I had Saturday dinner catered by Wegmans.  Seriously, Wegmans catering is delicious, and well worth the price.  I also ordered some appetizer trays, and a fruit platter for breakfast through Wegmans- the presentation was beautiful and it fit the budget.

Staying in a home, or apartment, with a full kitchen is definitely helpful and not only gives the weekend a more cozy and personal touch, but allows you more freedom to just relax and snack & drink when you want.
Tip #4: Always Bring a Gift, No Matter 
How Small 
As I’ve mentioned quite a few times in this post, we know shelling out $$ for a Bachelorette weekend, or night, can be a lot.  One aspect that can be easily overlooked is getting the bride to be some sort of gift to open up with her friends.  A night or weekend like this will, hopefully, never happen again for the BTB, so it’s important her girls pull out all the stops.  A big go to gift is always lingerie, but you don’t need to buy lingerie, or even something more than $20.  It’s the thought that counts, and even if you’re traveling far to the event, a chic lipstick that the BTB can wear for her man is something nice and thoughtful to open up.  & after you open up some gifts, play a game or two, it’s fun, and if you’ve been drinking it’s hilarious and allows for some true girl time.
Tip #5: Relax, it’s Going to be Great
I was so nervous about having Sabah’s Bachelorette Weekend be absolutely perfect.  She’s my first bestie getting married, I’m the Maid of Honor, & there were a lot of factors in play that made me want to make this the best weekend for her ever.

Well, I guess second best, after her soon to be wedding weekend in Bulgaria of course.  

Everything went off without a hitch because a lot of planning was put into it, but also because we just chilled out and let it all flow…and it came together perfectly.  Worrying about when someone drops out of the weekend or if you’ll have enough money to get one more thing, is pointless.  The main point is being with your girls and celebrating a friend who is about to embark on a crazy journey of marriage.

Sabah’s Bachelorette Weekend landed a bunch of us with new piercings and tattoos, that definitely was not on the schedule, and it totally pushed back the nice at home sit down dinner I had planned in the agenda…but who cares…it was so worth it.  At the end of the day, it’s all about the ladies you’re with, and for this weekend it was a group of spectacular young women.  & the most important part…Sabah was as happy as baby goat the whole time.  Which for her, equates to being happy as a clam.

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Behind the Scenes: Life Update

I’ve had a lot going on this summer, so I figure I’ll start taking Saturday’s to share with you all what I’ve been up to!  I’m hoping to make this a regular series, but I need to get better with saving photos that I Snapchat or InstaStory.  I’m so awful at actually taking pictures that won’t disappear within 24 hours on social media.

I’ll break up these Behind the Scenes posts into different categories, as you’ll see below!  Feel free to Tweet or Snap me your thoughts…@elizabethmayce for both!

I seriously can’t believe it’s about to be the second week of July…where has all the time gone?!  This is the first summer as a teacher where I’m not working some additional job.  I get paid through the summer so it doesn’t really matter, but it’s always nice to have a little extra moolah for brunch…or, as the adult me should say, credit card bills.  Le sigh.

What I’m Doing…

This first picture is a throwback from the last day of school last month where we left as quickly as possible to go to a bar.  Any teachers reading this totally understand where I’m coming from, and if you know me, and the year I had, you’re probably surprised I even made it to this day…& so am I.  We ended up having a great staff party, organized by yours truly, and brought in the summer exactly how it should be brought in…lots of drinks and great food.

I’ve also been up in Jersey quite a bit, I think more than I have been since in a summer graduating college, which I’ve been loving.  I spent some time at my Aunt’s beach house in Bradley Beach, she recently redid her patio and I’m obsessed.  It’s the perfect little outdoor oasis where you can enjoy your morning coffee in peace and quite, or grill and have happy hour!

Of course I have to share Leo pictures, he’s my pride and joy and has recently been living the life of a human.  In addition to visiting Bradley Beach this summer, Leo also took a spur of the moment trip to Atlantic City over July 4th weekend!  Since we booked so last minute, his day care couldn’t take him, so Rob & I looked up pet friendly hotels in A.C.  Showboat, which closed in 2014, reopened last year as a non-gaming hotel, pet-friendly, so we stayed there.  I loved Showboat when it was a casino, I actually had my 21st birthday party there, and we stayed in the House of Blues suite…all 20 something of us.  Showboat has so many memories, and memories I wish I could remember, so seeing so much of it blocked off and unused made me sad.  The entire gaming floor is empty and is covered by a huge curtain basically, it was kinda creepy, but all of the rooms are the same and are really nice.  I hope A.C. can be reborn again soon!!


PS: I have a huge trip to Europe coming up July 23, I’m looking forward to sharing tons of travel tips and pictures with all of you!

Where I’m Eating…

On the beach…of course.  Bradley Beach held it’s annual Lobsterfest so my family and I went.  So. Much. Food.  It was heaven.  There are tons of vendors, great options to shop, and eat local, which is important for our Jersey beach towns!  PS: That’s a lobster grilled cheese, and yes, it was to die for.

While walking along the A.C. boardwalk Rob & I decided to treat ourselves to a nice Italian dinner.  We chose Capriccio, in the Resorts hotel, and it was incredible.  This award winning restaurant did not disappoint, we laughed because we literally felt like back in the day this was probably the ultimate mobster restaurant for fancy dinners…maybe it still is?  I ordered the shrimp and crab salad, with a side of broccoli rabe, and it was so good.  Rob ordered chicken parm, and since there was nothing left on the plate at the end, I’m assuming it was pretty yummy.  We shared blackberry cobbler for dessert, it was delish.  If you’re in Atlantic City looking to treat yourself to a great restaurant, I highly, highly, recommend Capriccio.

 This week I had a lovely girls dinner at Rose’s Luxury, in D.C.  If you know about the D.C. restaurant scene, you know Rose’s doesn’t take reservations, so you need to get there early and wait in line…which we did.  This was my second time visiting Rose’s Luxury, but since the menu is constantly changing, it felt like a completely new experience.  The attention to detail in the service, and the menu, is why this is has been a top rated restaurant in D.C. since it opened.  My suggestion: arrive around 4:30pm to make sure you’re seated as soon as it opens at 5.

What I’m Loving… 

Every month I change my desktop calendar, and I’ve been using Designer Blogs calendar template to do so.  It’s free, and Designer Blogs emails you the new template each month, so it’s super easy to download and change.  They also have the themed template for your tablet and phone, so if you love consistency, here ya have it.  & for other bloggers out there, Designer Blogs has quite a few freebies, such as tips and tutorials, and great blog templates if you’re looking for something new!  Maybe I’m biased because it’s my birthday month, but so far the July template has been my favorite this year!

Okay, so I always see celebrities hawking Fashion Nova on Instagram and I questioned so many things about this brand…are they legit…if I buy something will it be five sizes too small….is the material cheap?? So. Many. Wonderings.  Well, I bit the bullet after a few glasses of wine and a coupon code last week, and I’m so pleasantly surprised with what I ordered!!  
I only purchased two things, since I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the brand, but I can’t wait to buy more.  & Fashion Nova is always sending coupon codes, 20% off, free shipping, etc…and since the prices are already so reasonable and inexpensive, I think this is my new go to shopping site…and I’m so shocked I’m even saying that because I really thought the clothing was going to be low quality and awful…oops.
The maxi dress I ordered is the Ensenada Tie Dye Dress, which is perfect for a pool or beach day.  I love the kimono style of this dress, and it fits perfectly. & I ordered a pair of leggings, because I figured you can’t go wrong with leggings, and I love the mesh pattern on these…it’s different from what I own, and will work perfectly for a going out night.

Where I’m Shopping…

Fashion Nova: 20% off with coupon code HAPPY20

The Body Shop: 40% off almost all items, so stock up on some of their body butters!

Macy’s: Their having another One Day Sale, which I feel like they have every day…but whatever the prices are incredible.  You can save 50% off a large selection of kitchen items, with code FIFTY, and there are tons of clothing items on sale for 20% off or more…bathing suits are 40% off!

LOFT: 50% off sale styles, and an automatic 40% off certain full price items…not bad at all.

Gap: 40% off with code DEAL, I love Gap for summer dresses & jeans!

Bath & Body Works: Aka, the only place I buy candles from.  $1 shipping with orders over $30, code SUNTAN.  However, I always prefer to shop in store, today candles are $10 off!

I hope you all have a great weekend!  & I promise to start taking way more, and way better, pictures for this series, but hey, I gotta start somewhere!! 

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