My Favorite Things for Spring 2014 and a Giveaway!

Do you remember last November when we teamed up with A Helicopter Mom and 17 other bloggers for a MEGA My Favorite Things Giveaway. I’ll let you in on a little secret. We’re talking about having another one this summer, and it’s going to be even bigger and better than the last one. I must admit though that the last one is going to be pretty hard to top. In the spirit of that event, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite things for spring 2014.

Just so you know, there is nothing sponsored in this blog post. Just products that I like think are really great, and want to share with you. I did include a couple of Amazon affiliate links, for the items I purchased from Amazon.

My Favorite Things for Spring 2014

1. I recently went on a Royal Caribbean cruise, and being so fair skinned I wanted a good hat to protect me from the sun. I usually wear a wide brimmed straw hat during the spring and summer months, but for the cruise I wanted something that I could easily fold up into my luggage. I found this lovely Kooringal Ladies Upturn Noosa Universal Womens Sun / Beach Hat (Latte) on Amazon. It worked out perfectly. It rolls right up and tucks perfectly into a tote bag. I have big hair, so I worried that this hat might be too small. It turned out to be the perfect fit and rather stylish.

2. On a recent trip, I stopped at an airport kiosk and purchased some Del Sol Color Change Nail Polish. I fell in love and ordered a few more from their web site. The polish is one color when you are inside, and changes to a completely different color when you are out in the sun. Not only is it fun, but it never seems to chip before I am ready to take it off.

3. Ever since I did my first Pur Minerals cosmetics review in 2011 , I have become their loyal customer. One of their products that I simply cannot live without during the warmer months is the Correcting Primer. It provides a silky smooth canvas for your makeup. None of that caking that you normally have to worry about on humid days. It also does a great job of reducing the appearance of pores and creating a flawless, uniform skin tone. Love this stuff!

4. I am kinda fanatical about Philosophy products. I have been for years. During the summer months I love using their shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath combos, and my favorite scent right now is the Melon Daiquiri. It’s simply divine. They also have the Melon Daiquiri flavored lip shine. It’s deee-lish.

5. Just in case you never noticed, I have a thing for cupcakes. I admit that my cupcake liner collection is starting to get a little out of control. Currently, my favorite spring cupcake liners are these Martha Stewart Crafts Pastel Dotted Baking Cups that I have purchased from Amazon. They just scream spring to me!

6. As you can see from my pictures, I am a plus size gal. I always struggle over finding clothes that are comfortable, while still being stylish. This spring I will practically be living in Cropped Leggings from Ulla Popken. They are a made from a high quality cotton-rich knit with supportive stretch. I am not a fan of my knees, so I like to wear them under short summer dresses and long tunics. I find they run true to size.

What are your favorite things for spring?

$50 VISA Giveaway

We’ve teamed up with A Helicopter Mom once again to bring you a chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card to buy your own favorite things for Spring. What would you buy if you won? Giveaway is open worldwide, ages 18+! U.S. resident will have the prizing option of a $50 VISA Gift Card. Winner outside of the U.S. will receive $50 (USD) via Paypal. Giveaway ends on April 28, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

Happy Spring!

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  1. Great giveaway! I could use a new pair of shoes for spring— that’s probably what I would use this on. Thanks!

  2. Bridget Merker says:

    I would buy groceries or cleaning supplies

  3. Priscilla Pursell says:

    I would buy Easter stuff for our family dinner.

  4. Donna Peterson says:

    Myself a Birthday present seeing as no one bothered to buy me one.

  5. Helen May says:

    I would use toward a solar panel. We live off the grid and currently have very limited power.

  6. I’d put it toward a mixer

  7. Brenda Burgess says:

    I would go to walmart and do a little shopping

  8. Jeyn Miller says:

    Well…I really like that hat & I DO have a lot of gardening to do, so I would maybe get that or some other gardening supplies :)

  9. Carissa N. says:

    I would probably buy my husband a new dress shirt or some pants, and with the rest probably use for groceries.

  10. Leslie Kiley says:

    See’s candy for my mom. She love it!

  11. Lauren S. says:

    I would buy a Mother’s Day gift with it :)

  12. Natalie Brown says:

    Hi! The nail polish sounds really cool! I’ve seen another brand doing the color change thing too. Pretty neat. If I had the $50 GC, I would put it toward things I’m going to need for my new apartment in a few weeks. Thank-you!

  13. Michelle C says:

    I would buy flip flops, which is one of my favorite summer things! Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  14. I’d save it for Christmas gifts.

  15. Great list for the spring, especially that melon daiquiri!

  16. Leann McCarty says:

    If I were to win the $50 gift card I would take my mama out to lunch and a movie… She has had a lot on her plate lately, more then anyone should have to deal with… But we will never stop fighting her CANCER… She is the strongest woman I know. No matter how bad she is feeling, she always has that million dollar smile on her face,that I love to see…

  17. ellen beck says:

    I would buy a nice swimsuit!

  18. Def putting it towards, a anniversary present for the hubby :D

  19. I would love to buy a new pair of sandals for summer!

  20. Ms Gretchen Ann Luper says:

    I would buy shorts/tshirts for summer.

  21. Virginia Rowell says:

    I would buy some tank tops for spring and summer.

  22. I would put it towards our vacation.

  23. new clothes for summer! :)

  24. Swim gear for my little guy!

  25. I would buy myself this dress that i’ve had my eye on!

  26. Margaret P. says:

    A new pair of walking shoes

  27. I would put it towards groceries!

  28. Alexandra says:

    A bit boring, but I would put it towards my bills. I really need it right now! Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. I would love to get a pedicure with this!

  30. I’d put it towards a double stroller! this mama wants to go for walks!

  31. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Would Buy Some New Clothes For Spring!

  32. I would buy fabric & yarn

  33. I’d like a new pair of summer sandals:)

  34. Janet W. says:

    I’d love to buy a new bathing suit for this summer. We’re taking a beach vacation and I’d love to have a new look.

  35. I’d buy new curtains.

  36. Linda Kish says:

    I would buy a new pair off shoes.

  37. we are replacing our front door and also putting in a storm or security door (not sure which!) so I’d keep this to use toward the purchase.

  38. I would like to buy a fun, spring dress.

  39. I would buy a totally necessary new pair of black sandals!

  40. I’d love to buy a bunch of Martha Stewart baking items – they always look so picture perfect!

  41. I would like to buy some new summer sandals.

  42. If I were to win this giveaway, I would use it to pick up some spring color lipsticks! Hope I win this one.

  43. Buy my husband some clothes

  44. Amy Orvin says:

    I would love to put it towards some perfume.

  45. I would like to buy a new scratching post for our kitties

  46. id buy my lil man a new summer outfit!

  47. I’d get a couple new tees or tank tops

  48. Terri Herman says:

    Something to wear for spring!

  49. Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    I would mike to buy a steamer for the floor.

  50. If I were to win this gift card I would like to buy some skin care products.

  51. Georgette Coan says:

    I really want to buy the Beach Hat. Really great looking hat.

  52. ghassan alsaleh says:

    If I win I would like to buy a perfume

  53. saminder gumer says:

    i would buy some new clothes for my 2 month old nephew.

  54. I would purchase a treadmill desk holder so I could walk while I work!

  55. happi shopr says:

    I would put it toward a bill

  56. Textbooks for school! Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. Cynthia G says:


  58. Carolann Leibenguth says:

    I would love to buy my mom the Yonanas she is dying to try it.

  59. I will put it toward a purchase for our home.

  60. Christmas presents for my kids and grandkids.

  61. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I would use the GC towadrs a birthday gift for a family memeber

  62. Laura Kathleen says:

    I’d like some new shoes! Thanks for the giveaway!

  63. Jessica Fortner says:

    I’d buy new Summer clothes. :)

  64. Michelle B says:

    Awesome! I would love to take my nephews and niece out for a movie!! Love doing things as opposed to buying items most of the time :) Thanks for the giveaway!!

  65. Barbara Montag says:

    I’d buy gardening supplies and veggie plants – thank you.

  66. Melissa Hartley says:

    I would buy a maxi dress & some cute sandals .. I am plus size too & being stylish is very important to me:)

  67. I’d probably buy some books for school.

  68. Brandi Price says:

    I would use it to buy myself an e-cig starter kit to try to quit smoking!

  69. A kiddie pool with a cover for my grandson

  70. Kimberley Thomas says:

    I would buy a new swimming suit!

  71. I’d put it toward my trip home to Indiana. :)

  72. Terra Heck says:

    I’d purchase tights and leggings to wear during roller derby bouts. Thanks.

  73. Lindsay Giedosh says:

    Some new wedges!

  74. Rob Brown says:

    I’d pick up some gardening tools

  75. Holly Thomas says:

    I would buy perfume for myself.

  76. Amanda Murray says:

    I would use it to buy a camping cookware set. :)

  77. Erika Incantevole says:

    some treats for myself like new clothes!

  78. Angela Hogan says:

    Can never have enough shoes

  79. I would buy my husband some much needed shoes. Thank you for the chance to win.

  80. Priscilla S. says:

    I would use it towards new clothes.

  81. Jorge A. Granda says:

    I would get new T-shirts, socks, and boxer briefs.

  82. Hmmm I think some books for school.

  83. I would use this towards art supplies. There are some watercolor paints I’ve been eyeing.

  84. katherine says:

    I’d spend it on my mom at the nail salon

  85. Ashley Wilson says:

    I would probably buy groceries.

  86. Loraine Ellis says:

    Some new body wash and hand soaps

  87. Jill Rivera says:

    I would put it to the vacation bucket list fund.

  88. Jenn S (FotoJennic) says:

    I could really use a new pair of walking shoes, so I would buy that if I won.

  89. Jessica Menster says:

    Something new for spring!

  90. Debra Hall says:

    i am putting out a garden this year i am sure i could buy extra plants with it

  91. I would use it for my mom’s birthday gift.

  92. Cassie Korando says:

    I would purchase books with it! I just love to relax and read.

  93. I definitely am in need of summer clothes! I love those leggings, such a big fan I may add them to my shopping list.

  94. Dimana Dyakova says:

    I would like to get some BOBBI BROWN concealer :)

  95. I’d put it towards my anniversary dinner!

  96. with this GC I’d like to buy some sandals for the upcoming warm weather…thx for the giveaway oppty! :)

  97. Kellie Christensen says:

    I definitely am in need of a new spring dress :-) & nailpolish to match

  98. Pam Gurganus says:

    I would buy my husband some much needed new work clothes!

  99. kelly tupick says:

    I would use it towards my daughters car. She got into an accident and needs work done on her car. Getting tired of her using my Jeep every day.

  100. I’d get my mother some perfume for Mother’s Day.

  101. I could use a nice spring sweater to wear with sleeveless dresses. I had to chuckle a bit about your #6 picture. I loved wearing Dr. Scholl sandals. Do they even make those anymore?

  102. some new clothes

  103. Jennifer H. says:

    I love the hat and the cupcake holders!

  104. ashley cabell says:

    I’d buy the big Spring/Summer essential: a bathing suit!

  105. Gail Rosenstrom says:

    I would buy kitchen organizers…I really need to get my kitchen in order

  106. The Martha Stewarts Baking Cups – my daughter would LOVE it!

  107. John Leahy says:

    I need new swim trunks.

  108. Jennifer Daniell says:

    I would buy a cooler backpack for my trip to Disney World!

  109. Danalee Davis says:

    I would buy diapers and wipes.

  110. To be honest, I would buy something pretty practical like my dog’s flea and tick meds! I try to spurge on myself if I get a gift (or once in a blue moon if I EVER win something!!), but I think she needs it more than me right now…:(

  111. I would use this to buy garden supplies for my veggie garden.

  112. Starla Bates says:

    I would go get myself a mani and pedi, as it has been over a year since I have treated myself to one!

  113. yoga membership for two months!

  114. Tabathia B says:

    I would preorder a few books or purchase my daughter a japanese novelty subscription service

  115. I would put the gift card toward my husband’s birthday.

  116. Kathy Davis says:

    My daughter and her husband are going through a rough patch financially. I would spend the money on diapers and baby food.

  117. Elaine Powell says:

    a Massage!!! would like one today.. neck is so stiff!

  118. cortney t says:

    Some clothes for myself and my son a toy!

  119. I’d buy some books to read this spring!

  120. I’d love to have a new, breezy skirt.

  121. Amanda Aspling says:

    I’d probably put it towards a bill, gas, or maybe towards more summer clothes for my babies.

  122. Victoria Carlson says:

    I would like to use it towards building materials for our garden we are making this summer!

  123. I would buy gas for our first vacation in 3 years

  124. I would love this for my mom for mothers day

  125. I would use this towards my daughter’s birthday present :)

  126. Todd Douglas says:

    I would like to buy dinner (or part of dinner) next time we go on vacation!

  127. I would buy some stuff for the house.

  128. Amy Tripp says:

    I would buy some new flats for spring or maybe put it towards a new vacuum.

  129. wilson king says:


  130. I would use it toward summer clothing

  131. Sweta Sonulkar says:

    Love this blog for great giveaways and reviews and love to win for my baby registry shopping

  132. I’d use it towards a nutribullet.

  133. Oh, so many ideas! I recently moved into a new place and could really use this money to get organized or plant a garden or decorate. But I also just got engaged too, so I really should start a wedding fund. :)

  134. Put it towards a couple’s getaway

  135. I would spend it on fresh fruit . . . and chocolate!

  136. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I would buy a new bathing suit.

  137. christine burd says:

    I would put this visa GC towards kitchen ware for my daughter who is setting up housekeeping

  138. I would use it to buy paint for our house

  139. I’d buy a mini spa set and have a girls night in x

  140. omg a new bra. I only have one that fits and I feel guilty spending money on myself.

  141. stephanie says:

    A date night at the movies! Even if I have to go by myself! there are a couple good movies out right now that I want to see.

  142. Tara Liebing says:

    I would give it to my son to buy a mother’s day present and something for himself. He always feels bad that he doesn’t get me anything for mother’s day but I always tell him a homemade card is all I need. But he would be so excited to go shopping for something.

  143. I would buy a family of dolls and some furniture for my girl’s dollhouse

  144. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I think I would buy some Pur Minerals makeup!

  145. I would buy more toner cartridges for our color laser printer so my fiance could print stuff in color instead of on our monochrome laser printer.

  146. Aljon Santos says:

    I will buy chocolates for my girlfriend.

  147. I’d like to buy some stuff fore the kitchen.

  148. I’ll buy clothes :)

  149. christine jessamine says:

    I would love to buy diapers with this!

  150. Addie F. says:

    I’d use the money for some new spring clothes for my wardrobe! Time to get out of boots and jeans!

  151. jenn giannetto says:

    i will put it towards some summer clothes for my two little boys

  152. I would like to buy some summer cloths like shorts for the whole family

  153. Jennifer T. says:

    I’d get a new pair of wedge sandals.

  154. I would treat myself to a massage at a new spa in town! Thanks for the chance to win.

  155. Flávia Alves says:

    I want to buy clothes or shoes

  156. Betty B. says:

    I would buy a pair of shoes!

  157. I would use it to buy groceries.

  158. Emelyn Trevino says:

    Clothes for the summer

  159. Natasha Burgess says:

    I am travelling to London for training so I would probably buy some clothes or some power changes for the UK

  160. Daniel M says:

    i’d get gas and groceries

  161. margaret peg m says:

    hi, i would also buy a pair of ‘cropped leggings’. they look so comfy.

  162. Denise C says:

    I’ll get birthday presents for my mother’s and favorite cousin’s upcoming brithdays.

  163. robyn donnelly says:

    I would get beauty items and spring clothing.

  164. Marci Wright says:

    I’d use it for my son’s birthday next month :)

  165. I would use it to buy my textbook for my next class.

  166. I would buy some new clothes for Summer!

  167. Heather B says:

    I would buy a humidifier for my youngest son’s room.

  168. I need more paints and canvases!

  169. Lily Sheng says:

    I’d get a coffee machine!

  170. Michelle Mattioda says:

    i would buy my son a birthday present

  171. I would buy groceries.

  172. Monica Y. says:

    I’d get my kiddos swimsuits if I am the lucky winner!

  173. I would buy summer clothes for my grandkids :)

  174. I’d love to get a new spring dress!

  175. stacey b says:

    I’d use it for whatever my kids need at the time!

  176. Susan Marks says:

    Would buy something for grandkids

  177. Lynda Thomas says:

    I would use it to buy my kids new shoes for this year! Thanks for the chance!

  178. Linda White says:

    Use it on vacation in June for a nice restaurant meal out!

  179. Amy Jones says:

    $50 would be a nice surprise to my wallet!

  180. Amy Jones says:

    If I won the $50 I would use it towards my mom’s birthday in May & of course Mother’s Day, which is also in May!

  181. Stephanie Hirsch says:

    I would use it to buy some hope in a jar, I really feel like my face needs it these days, lol.

  182. I would save it for a dinner on our summer vacation.

  183. I would definitely buy some Philosophy products. They’re my favorite.

  184. Nicole Sender says:

    I’d buy a steak dinner!

  185. I’d treat my husband to some new clothes

  186. I would buy textbooks for college!

  187. Sally T. says:

    If I won,I think I would splurge and buy that color nail polish~I fell in love with those
    colors.Some other things I would get is some nice shirts for my husband,some things
    for my two gran-doggies,like a nice dog bed.
    Thank-You for the giveaway~ :-)

  188. Wendy Lindsey says:

    I’d use the money to take my kids to the zoo this summer! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  189. Angela P. says:

    I’d love to use it toward some clothes for myself this summer. The kids are done and it’s time for mommy to shop a little.

  190. I would buy groceries.

  191. Plants and soil for a container kitchen garden! Gotta get that going before it’s too late.

  192. I would buy some swimwear for my kids

  193. I’d like to buy coffee and tea with the Visa.

  194. Jessamine D. says:

    I will buy a pair of sandals for my daughters. :)

  195. I’d like to buy baby clothes for our baby due in August

  196. If I won this gift card I would buy diapers and wipes or groceries.

  197. I’d like to get some new running sneakers

  198. Samantha Hill says:

    Some aloe for a really bad sunburn

  199. I don’t know what i’ll buy???????????

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