Thinking Out Loud | Throwback Music, Heat Wave and Getting a Tan

Welcome back to Thinking Out Loud Thursday courtesy of Amanda from Running with Spoons! It’s time again to share some random thoughts from the past week. Check out the link up if you haven’t already – it’s a lot of fun to see what everyone posts.

Also, before we get started, make sure to check out my luxury beauty giveaway here!

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1. We’re in the middle of a crazy heat wave this week. It’s been in the 90s for days with oppressive humidity, and we’re expecting this weather to stay put at least until the weekend. I do love summer, but I do prefer a little bit more mild versions of summer than this. Thank goodness for air conditioning!

2. One thing I do love about summer and crazy heat waves is the thunderstorms that follow. I’ve been a lover of storms since I was young. Nowadays when there’s a storm, I open up all the shades so I can watch the downpours and lightning.

3. Yesterday right before I went home from work, I decided to head outside for a quick walk. I knew what I was in for with the weather, but was starting to get cabin fever from being in the office all day. I was outside for only about 10 minutes, but when I got back, somehow I ended up with a tan! I’m one of those really pale girls who never ever tans, so this was a little surprising. I’ll take it though.

4. This week while at work, I’ve been listening to some really old throwback playlists on Spotify. I decided to see what was out there to listen to from my high school years, in particular the year I graduated (2001). It’s been so much fun and I’ve even found some songs that I had completely forgotten existed.

5. When I was in high school I was completely obsessed with pop music, and boy bands in particular. *NSYNC was my main obsession, and I must have seen them in concert at least 7 or 8 times. I still remember almost all of the choreography to their songs.

6. I was also addicted to watching TRL after school everyday. Remember TRL? It was one of my favorite things ever back then. I wish there were still music shows like that around these days.


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7. Did you catch my posts this past week on my new Sew Much Crafting Planner Inserts and my review of the L’Oreal Revitalift Moisturizer?

8. In the next week, look out for a BoxyCharm review (it’s a good one!), a Sephora Play! review and also an installment of One Week One Palette with a twist.

9. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway before you go!

What kind of music did you listen to in high school?

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Happy Thursday! I hope everyone’s week is going well. Today let’s take a look at some randomness from the week by linking up with Amanda from Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud.

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1. Before we get going, if you haven’t checked out my latest giveaway on the blog yet, check it out here! I’m giving away an exclusive Play! by Sephora Iconic Edition box. It’s filled with luxury beauty brands!

2. While our vacations for the rest of 2017 are already booked, D and I have been discussing where we might want to go for our next international trip next year. We’ve been to Tokyo together twice (once when we got engaged and once for our honeymoon), and we’re thinking of going somewhere in Europe next.

3. Coincidentally, one of D’s friends is going to be spending a year in Spain coming up and has invited us to come out to visit her. This led us down the path of thinking about a European trip and maybe incorporating Italy and Portugal while we’re there as well. We almost chose Italy as our honeymoon destination, but decided on Tokyo instead. We both still want to visit the country so this might be our chance!

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4. Of course, we both still want to go back to Japan sometime in the next few years. Japan has been such an important part of our lives up to now, and it’s an amazing, ever-changing country. Our next trip there will likely include a visit to Mt. Fuji, Osaka and Kyoto.

5. D is much more experienced with the Japanese language than I am, but we both want to buckle down and study a lot more before our next trip. There are a lot of English speakers in Tokyo, and we do our best to use the vocabulary we know, but we still do struggle to communicate. Luckily we have all sorts of books, audio CDs and language software we can take advantage of. Learning Japanese has been on our wish list for quite a long time now!

6. Speaking of Japan, I’ve been loving watching the vlogs from Beauty News lately! They recently took a trip to Japan and they vlogged the whole thing. Maybe that’s why I’ve been thinking so much about a return trip lately!


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7. As I mentioned recently, I’ve recently started porting over my old blog posts from I’m going to fix up the many posts I wrote about my previous Tokyo trips and Disney World and get them republished here. Stay tuned for those!

8. Don’t forget to catch up on this week’s One Week One Palette installment, and make sure you enter that giveaway if you want to try out some luxury beauty!

Have you ever been to Spain or Italy?

What’s your favorite international travel destination?

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Happy Thinking Out Loud Thursday! It’s time again to link up with Running with Spoons for the weekly rundown.

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1. I mentioned in passing yesterday that I had recently visited an Amazon Books store. Did you know these existed? I had never heard of them until one opened up at a shopping center nearby, but I’m completely hooked now. What makes them unique is that if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’re allowed to shop in store at Amazon Prime pricing. I saved so much money! One of the things I always miss about buying books online is the ability to browse, and this gives you the best of both worlds.

2. Right before I sat down to write this post, my cell phone rang and the call was from a number I didn’t recognize. I never answer the phone if I don’t know who’s calling, so naturally I didn’t pick up. But the weird thing was that the area code and first 3 digits of the number were the same as my own phone number. Apparently the same thing has happened to my husband where he’ll get scammy phone calls with the first 6 numbers being the same as his own cell number. I’m starting to wonder if this is some kind of new technique scammers are using.

3. Speaking of scammy phone calls, I’ve recently been getting lots of voicemails from the people trying to make you believe you’re under investigation by the IRS. This is another common one out there, so watch out for it if they get your number! It’s actually kind of funny to hear the crazy things they say on the voicemails (that are pre-recorded in a robot voice). Most threaten to arrest you and sarcastically wish you good luck in the upcoming lawsuit.

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4. D’s mother is coming over for dinner tonight, so I’ve been diligently tidying up the house during my breaks today to get ready for guests. Why is it always when people are coming over that we go crazy cleaning the house? I always tell myself that if I kept the house on a consistent cleaning schedule that we wouldn’t have to scramble for guests. However, I never listen to my own advice.

5. We also have a pretty crazy weekend coming up. We’re attending the wedding of one of our friends in the morning on Saturday. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a morning wedding before, but the timing worked out because we already had tickets to a concert that night.

6. Later that same day we’re going to see Idina Menzel in concert. We’ve seen her once before and she was absolutely amazing. It’s going to be a crazy day, but there are lots of fun things planned!


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7. Did you check out yesterday’s Currenty post and link up?

8. Check back this Saturday for my next giveaway! I picked up an extra Sephora Play Iconic Edition box when they went on sale a few weeks back. There are a lot of very high end brands included!

Have you ever shopped at an Amazon Books store?