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Friday Favorites!

It’s a mix of a week with tough topics and a more lighthearted giveaway. If you haven’t entered yet, please do! You have all weekend to enter daily and share with your friends. From time to time I like to share a few fun things about me or products that I particularly enjoy. By doing so, it gives you a little insight into who I am beyond my story of struggle and abuse survival. Here’s what I’m liking lately:

Charming Charlie: I may have mentioned my infatuation with Charlie before. If not, Charlie is a beautiful store, a Toys R Us for women, perhaps. It’s full of accessories. Lots and lots of accessories. Watches, earrings, rings, bracelets, shoes, hats, purses, hair jewelry, cell phone cases, scarves, evensome choice clothing pieces. It’s divine and the store is divided up into accessories by color and sometimes by category such as nautical, patriotic, and so on. There’s a beautiful section devoted to formal jewelry and headpieces for weddings or formal affairs. And that’s not even the best part: They have great prices! I got this small haul at their 75% off sale earlier this week. Oh, Charlie… (Fun fact: I got everything in that picture of my haul for just over $30).

Charming Charlie

L’Oreal Smooth Intense Products:  These products are great and effective if you want smoother, sleeker hair. I use them all and if I have to use my flat-iron at all, it’s very little the days I use this product. I smooth the ends only. Smooth Intense really does help keep the straight look longer between shampoos. I received these from Influenster so I could try the products and review them and I’ve used them ever since they arrived in my mailbox. My hair feels overall healthier and shinier when I use these goodies too.


Summer TV:  With the warm weather also comes the summer season of TV. Mind you, we spend a lot of time outside, reading, writing, running around during the summer. I like to be outside as much as possible and even though my teenagers give me static, I make them like it too. But there are those summer shows I enjoy. Wayward Pines is a new favorite. I’ve always liked M. Night Shyamalan. He’s unpredictable in his writing. My family complains that I ruin shows and movies and it’s true. But they’re usually so predictable! I can often tell you within the first five minutes or less exactly how the rest of the movie will play out and 95% of the time I will say the next line before the actor says it. It don’t know if it’s a quirky skill or an annoyance, but it’s fun when the writing is unpredictable and now, I simply must see what’s really going on in Wayward Pines. I don’t really think it’s far into the future, do you?

Another brand-new-to-me favorite is Daredevil, a Netflix original series.  These superhero shows aren’t generally my thing, but my son has been watching it so I thought I’d be a good parent and check it out. My husband and I binge-watched three episodes last night, stopping only because he had to get to sleep.  I have thought about it all day and I’m not ashamed. I can’t wait to catch a couple more episodes after the gym and dinner tonight!

Periscope: Have you heard of this revolutionary app, Persiscope??  It’s owned by Twitter and I learned about it from a writer friend this week. At first, I thought maybe I shouldn’t get involved. How much social media can I keep up with really? I love Periscope! I downloaded the app and decided to give it a chance. My friend’s video was the first I watched and I was sold. Here’s the scoop: You sign in through your Twitter account or create one and you follow people similar to Twitter, but it’s all little “broadcasts.” I can get on from anywhere with an internet connection and talk to you live. I can’t see you, but you can see me and you can live comment to which I can respond back in real-time. There’s a wealth of cool information about networking, blogging, faith given by regular folks and famous folks. And it’s fun. This quick videos allow you to connect and gain some real knowledge and follow some people worth following. You really must check it out!


Note Cards:  Simple enough, yes? Note cards are really old school now, just like paper and pen lists and writing things out. I was going through some things and purging and found an unopened package of note cards, much to my delight. I’ve implemented these into our daily lives and surprisingly, these simplistic things have played a starring role in the reorganizing of our house and the scheduling of our summer. I have teenagers and they’re very capable of achieving greatness in the area of housecleaning, so every night before I lay my head upon my pillow, I make a chore list for each of them. They have chores year-round but now that it’s summer, I’ve been throwing a few extra responsibilities their way. It’s good for them, keeps them away from screen time a little longer each day, and helps me. I am thankful. I place these cards on the kitchen counter where, though they try to pretend they don’t see them, they’re clearly visible. They’ve adapted. I use them for to-do lists and grocery lists, jotting down writing ideas, and even as a bookmark in the current books I’m reading.

Have a beautiful Friday. Remember how special you are and if you’re struggling, know that you’re not alone. If someone is hurting you, it’s not your fault. You don’t deserve this and you didn’t ask for it. Find a trusted friend and get help.

Stay Beautiful,





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  • Reply Francesca @The Hungry Homemaker Blog June 26, 2015 at 9:05 am

    That store looks amazing! I feel like I could spend way too much time in there! L’Oreal products are amazing definitely my favourite hair care line!
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com June 27, 2015 at 11:08 am

      Francesca, you really need to be smart when going into Charlie’s. I try to get only what I “need”. It helps if my husband is at the mall with me because I want to be respectful of the fact that he’s waiting, but he gets it. It’s sort of like him going into the Apple store vortex. 😉

  • Reply Ashley June 26, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I also love Charming Charlie! I havent been in there in awhile but I will be going soon!
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  • Reply Katie June 26, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I love charming Charlie! I haven’t been in while though. I have been wanting to check out Periscope. Thanks for sharing a few of your favorite things!
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com June 27, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Katie, I just learned of Periscope in the past several days and I’m hooked. Check it out for sure!

  • Reply Elaine June 26, 2015 at 9:53 am

    im totally gonna check out Pariscope now! Thanks!!

    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com June 27, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Periscope is very cool. I have some recommendations of who to follow. You can even watch podcasts live of your favorite entertainers. It’s so fun!

  • Reply Trish June 26, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Fun list! and you included note cards! I absolutely love them and use them all the time. I keep my vintage sales inventory on 3″ x 5″ notecards. I also like the idea of using them as a way to break down household projects.
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com June 27, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Trish, now that you mention it, there’s an almost vintage, artsy feel and look to a note card when used in the way you do. I love it!

  • Reply Very Erin June 26, 2015 at 10:57 am

    I LOVE Charming Charlie! Everything is so cute and I love that all of their clothes, accessories, bags etc are so affordable!
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com June 27, 2015 at 10:56 am

      Charming Charlie is so much fun. The prices have been really good, I’ve found, especially if there’s a sale.

  • Reply Heather June 26, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I too love note cards and still use them to this day ! LOL they are great for so many reasons!

  • Reply Bonnie Lyn Smith @ Espressos of Faith June 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Love the notecard idea!!!! Fun read! I like M. Night a lot too! I’ll have to check that show out!
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com June 27, 2015 at 10:56 am

      Bonnie Lyn, it’s a twisting and turning show. It’s fun to try to figure out what will happen next.

  • Reply Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog June 26, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Charming Charlie is a dangerous place! They have the cutest costume jewelry and I always want to leave with a million things… =)
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com June 27, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Miranda, yes Charlie is dangerous. One could spend far too much time and money in there! 😉

  • Reply Walter Kahler June 27, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Another great post Melanie. I love getting to know your life in a general way. Those day to day activities we do allow us to be ourselves. Persiscope is interesting and when I have time I’ll check it out. Postcards! Things of the past are still useful and sometimes more efficient than modern stuff. I still sit down and write in a notebook. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com July 1, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you, Walter. I too write in a notebook. I usually have one with me at all times. I have several for different things, journaling, book reviews, product reviews, family life. I LOVE paper and pens. 🙂

  • Reply Mary Collins June 29, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I was intrigued by Charming Charlie. I have never heard of this store but I love all things girly so I’m sure I would love that store. Note cards. Please, I like note cards because they bring back memories from long ago. I used some about a year ago to keep up with some scriptures I was trying to memorize. What can I say but I am old school in some ways.
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com July 1, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      Note cards can save the day. I use them for so many things now! Thanks for commenting, Mary!

  • Reply Jennie Goutet June 30, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Is that your picture up there? I had JUST read http://www.holyvacationqueen.com/chosing-holiness/'s post and saw the same pic, so it might be a freebie coincidentally on the same day.

    I’ve been out of the country long enough not to have heard of Charming Charlie. I do, however, often use those specific Loreal products and love them.
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com July 1, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      Jennie, the girl is not my picture. It’s a free stock photo and it’s lovely so I understand that someone else would use it too. 🙂 I think Charlie’s is pretty new. It is new to me in the past year anyhow. Thank you for coming over! <3

  • Reply Simply Rachel July 1, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Wait, what?!! This is the first I’m hearing of ‘Charming Charlie!’ I turned to my cousin (who is visiting for the summer) and asked if she had heard of it. Her reaction was the same as yours – she loves it! And it’s in our home town! Guess I’ve been over seas too long! 😉
    Thanks for sharing & for linking up to Favorite Things Friday with Simply Rachel & Hip Homeschooling!
    I love seeing you here! =)

    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com July 1, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Rachel, thank you! <3 I'm so blessed to be a part of your blogging community! Charming Charlie is a playland for women, so many beautiful options at great prices. Fortunately, it's about 40 minutes from our home so I'm not tempted to go super often. But they do have an online shop...

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