Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: 5 for Friday
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5 for Friday

6:00 AM

It’s Friday!  Yippee!  That means I am so much closer to so many things!  This weekend is going to be extremely hectic and I must say, I like staying busy.  At first when I stated this blog and my Etsy shop (while working full time) I was very overwhelmed.  I thought, wow I must be seriously crazy for juggling all of these things, but I started organizing and being more responsible with my time.  I invested in a day to day calendar and I write down everything and I even have it color coded so I know which days I have some down time.  It’s also in my purse at all times.  Why don’t we talk about some things that I have going on!


I get to see my blogger bestie this weekend!!!!  I’m so excited, we are going out to dinner (oh you fancy, huh) and we are going to do a gift exchange and a Christmas cookie exchange.  I cannot wait for her to see her presents and baked goods.  I also can’t wait for the food because the menu looks delicious.  This will be the fifth and last time I see Ellen this year eekk!  We met at Lucky FABB NYC last year, kept in touch, and decided just because we live 3 hours apart doesn’t mean we can’t meet halfway.  So in February we met for the first time.  Since then we’ve gone wine tasting, apple picking, got lost in a corn maze then took blogger pictures, and ate lots of food.  This girl has become my best friend in real life too, we talk almost every day and send obnoxiously ugly selfies to each other, we purposely make ourselves look as terrible as possible just for a good laugh.  So, my official countdown is 2 days!!!!!

Christmas Baking

I have been baking so many things for Christmas.  I think my parents are going to gain weight just by being my taste testers, or maybe not because I’ve been trying to find healthy alternatives to all of my recipes.  For example using wheat/gluten free flour instead of all purpose, or even using half of the sugar that the recipes call for.  What gets me is that it is still too sweet.  I think it’s because a lot of baked goods that I’ve eaten over the years have been Polish and Polish sweets are nowhere near as sweet as a lot of American sweets.  Well at least most of them so I think my taste buds are just used to not having something be super sweet.  Although I can’t resist a Danish (I’m a sucker for a good cheese Danish), donut croissant (have you tried these from Dunkin Donuts yet?!  OH EM GEE!) or ice cream cake because of the crunchy caramel goodness in the center.  That’s the best part.  I actually eat the ice cream first and save that part for last.


Or should I say Baaaaston as my brother likes to correct me sometimes for some giggles.  I might be visiting Boston next weekend if there’s no snow so please please please cross your fingers for me everyone!  I love going to Boston and I’ve seen pictures of some of the Christmas decorations and it just looks so pretty.  I love Boston in general but I’ve never been around Christmas time so me and my little black beauty of a car are going to trek all the way up there and hope for no snow!

Grand Reopening

I was so excited for my grand reopening at my Etsy shop.  I completely rebranded and now, not only do I sell mason jar home décor, but I sell bangles as well.  More bangles will be listed this weekend but if you aren’t following my Etsy shop account on Instagram (@lillyinpinkshop) above are pictures you missed this week!  Also, just to let you know, the 15% off coupon code expires on Sunday, so go place your orders and use code GRANDREOPENING at checkout.

^^Extensions and my hair yipee


If you follow my blogging Instagram (@jerseygirltexanheart) you already know that I went completely blonde AND bought blonde extensions.  I only have one outfit post to showcase with my blonde hair that will go up next week, but the rest probably won’t go up until after the new year.  I’m really excited for my color, but I’m not too excited about the damage that was done in the process.  I have some masks and deep conditioning treatments at home, but if anyone has suggestions on how to keep your hair healthier after coloring please let me know.  They had to go extra strong on my hair since I have henna and it doesn’t take so my ends are still not the color I want them to be, but hey I have the ombre effect I always wanted!  Plus I haven't colored my hair for a few years so I don't know what new products they have out there now.

Oh and a side note!  To all of my bloggers out there, if you have anything that has to do with the holidays whether it be a recipe, outfit, gift guide, home decor, ANYTHING, come join me for a Holiday Traditions link up on Monday!  The post goes live at 5am so you can start linking up them.  Don't forget to mingle with the other bloggers who link up!

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  1. Your hair looks great! I did blonde ombre over the summer and I know exactly what you mean about not being excited about the damage. I went back to brunette and I'm still dealing with the damage! Have fun with your blogger bestie this weekend!

    <3, Pamela

    1. I know, ugh it's so annoying! I found a pretty decent serum though, I'm going to see how well it works over the next few days.

  2. Replies
    1. I know!!!!!!! You my baeeeeeeeee-totally just broke out into song :D

  3. I love your blonde hair-so pretty! We went to Boston for the first time in October, and we fell in love. I hope you get to go! :)

    1. Thank you so much! I'm really excited to go I've been so many times, but never around Christmas.

  4. Great 5! Have fun with your blogger bestie! Love your blog, found it on the link up.

  5. Busy lady!! I really love the blonde hair, it took me a minute at first to recognize you! Have fun with your blogger bestie this weekend!

    Pumps and Push-Ups


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