These Are A Few Of My FAVORITE Things…

Swoop necks from Target 
And sharing an appetizer & entrée 
Netflix’ Jane the Virgin and dry shampoo hairspray 
Wordscapes, Ripple Milk, and a color MAC’s lipstick brings 
These are a few of my favorite things.

Did you hum “My Favorite Things” from Sound of Music? If you did not, please go back and do that now!!! I know, I know, some of the lines are a little wordy. But hey, I’m not a songwriter…I’m a blogger!! If anyone rewrites this in a way that uses all of these favorite things in a less wordy, goes with the music more way, please do not hesitate to share.

I wanted to dedicate this blog post to a few of my favorite things. As I was brainstorming the topic for this week’s blog post, I was trying to think of some things that make me happy, make my life easier, #lifehacks, or that I could write on and on about. My favorite things are always changing, like life, so this is my current list! In no particular order–just the order that it made sense in the song–here they are.

1.) Swoop necks from Target 

I recently discovered these swoop neck tees from Target and I’m obsessed!!! They are so comfy, come in many different colors, and are only $8! I bought 2 whites ones (because I already know they are my favorite & I am messy and don’t want to spill/ruin them), a black one, and a gray one (that I actually used my Cricut machine and ironed on a graphic). I so happen to be wearing my black tee right now as I type. These shirts are perfect with skirts AND shorts AND jeans. You can dress them up or dress them down with your jewelry and shoes. And did I mention… they are $8… and I bought them when Target had a deal for 3 for $20! GO AND GET YOURS KNOW! Here’s a link too:) Target Swoop Necks

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My BFF Tricia!!!

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2.) Sharing an appetizer & entrée 

Okay… why did Joel and I just discover this trick like two days ago??? What took us so long??? Sharing an appetizer & then an entrée is one of my favorite things to do (and Joel’s) because it’s cheaper, gives you a variety of food options, and I never finish an entrée anyways!! We discovered this trick after we went out for Mexican food and wanted to get queso, margaritas, and tacos. All together the bill came out to be like $60. I don’t want you to think we are some cheapos or something, but we don’t have that much money to be buying $60 meals once or twice a week when we want to go out. And we both ended up taking 3/4 of our plates home because the appetizers filled us up! After that, we decided on a new strategy. The next time we went out, we split an appetizer and a meal. By the time the meal came, we both had eaten enough of the appetizer to split the meal. I ate about 1/3 of the meal (#PERFECT for my appetite) and Joel ate 2/3. It’s amazing!! Our bank accounts are thankful too!! You should give it a try next time you go on a date night or out to dinner with a friend!!

3.) Netflix’ Jane The Virgin 

Want to watch a show that will make you laugh, gasp, scream, think, cry, become frustrated, be confused, and smile??? ALL IN ONE EPISODE?? Then you definitely need to watch Jane the Virgin. Lucky for you, all four seasons of Jane the Virgin are on Netflix and the fifth season is going to be airing in January (#FingersCrossedBecauseSeason4EndsOnACliffHanger #ActuallyAllSeasonsEndOnCliffHangers #MostEpisodesEndOnCliffHangersToo #TheyAreJustTOOGood). Like I am trying to summarize the show for you right now but I can’t even summarize it because I feel like I would be ruining it!! PLEASE just trust me and go watch it! You won’t regret it!! All the characters are hilarious and there is a storyteller in the background. It is like a telenovela (Spanish Soap Opera) so you’re always on your toes!!

4.) Batiste Dry Shampoo 

I’m not sure how you pronounce the brand, but what I am sure about is this product works WONDERS. Before I discovered this dry shampoo, I would wash my hair everyday. Yes, I washed my hair EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I would do this because my hair would look so greasy if I did not. Little did I know, but my hair was greasy because I washed my hair everyday lol. When I first used this brand, I was AMAZED. What I like is when you spray this in your hair, it turns it gray; lol noooo I do not want gray hair, I like the gray because you know where you are applying it and it “fades” your greasy spots. Then, you just rub it in really good and you can say goodbye to the grease! It also adds volume to your hair and leaves it smelling good. You would never know you didn’t wash it. Last week I didn’t wash my hair for 4 days🙊 That is a RECORD for Claire Donahue!!! I have saved so much time styling my hair & now I finally feel like I am in control. Before, I felt like my hair was the boss as I would spend like an hour blow drying and styling it each day. Thank you thank you thank you @batiste!!!! Look them up and try them out!! I have bought them at Walmart, Ulta, and in-bulk using my Amazon Prime Batiste Dry Shampoo

5.) Wordscapes 

This is my favorite app/game on my phone!! I learned about it from my brother’s girlfriend (TYSM @Katie). We played this game a lot when we were standing in the long ride lines of Disney World. There is a word puzzle and you are given a certain amount of letters (I think 5-7 depending on your level) and you have to put the letters together to fill your puzzle–which looks like a crossword puzzle. This game tests your knowledge of words and guessing-and-checking lol. It’s called “wordscapes” as the word puzzles are in front of various nature landscapes. You earn coins after every level which unlocks you “hints” if you are really stuck on a level. Everyday there is a daily puzzle which can give you many coins if you do it correctly!! I’m on level 273. No big deal or anything!!!

6.) Ripple Milk

Let me start off by saying that I do not like milk. Maybe I drank too much of it as a child, or maybe because we only ever drank Skim Milk in my household, which I heard is equivalent to water by milk fanatics (lol @Joel). However… one of my dad’s clients is Ripple Milk, so he brought some home for us to try. My dad first bought the chocolate Ripple Milk and I was IN LOVE 😍 It tasted like yummy, chocolate, syrup goodness!!!! And the nutrition facts were amazing too. Ripple Milk is a plant-based milk that is dairy free, vegan, lactose free, nut free, soy free, gluten free, AND GMO free!!!! AMAZING!! It has 8g of protein & has 50% more calcium than regular dairy milk. I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!! I’ve tried all of the flavors and they are all so yummy. Right now, I have the unsweetened original in my fridge and it is amazing and low cal. Please everyone go do yourselves a favor and switch over to Ripple Milk!!!! I’ve bought it at Whole Foods and Marianos! And @RippleMilk if you are reading this… I LOVE YOU❤️ Here’s the link to their website so you can learn more!! Ripple Milk


 7.) MAC’s Creme In Your Coffee Lipstick 

So your girl Miss DeClaireing Happiness is a lipstick fanatic. I have worn all different kinds and colors of lipsticks, but now I found my favorite one and I can’t stop using it!!! It is Creme In Your Coffee by MAC. This is a darker, neutral color that goes with literally any outfit. It feels like cream when I put it on because it is so smooth. The color is also super long lasting…and definitely worth the $18.50. Check it out online and on my lips in these pictures lol Creme In Your Coffee

Well, thank you for listening to me obsess and passionately write about my favorite things. What are your favorite things? I would love to try them!! Be sure to comment and share or message me! I am MissDeclaireing Happiness and I am deCLAIREing that these 7 things make me real happy and I hope they make you happy too 😋

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