August Loves Giveaway & What I’m Enjoying This Month

August 7, 2023

Hi friend! Welcome to a fresh, new week!  Today, my nephew is coming over to hang with us and I’m thinking we’ll go to the pool and have a poolside lunch.

And this is the week our family goes to Galveston for our last summer getaway.  We’re so looking forward to it!


As a THANK YOU for reading and subscribing to my blog, I’m giving away EVERYTHING in my August Loves to one of my subscribers!

If you’re not subscribed, you can sign up here, and I will pick a winner at random and announce at the end of the month.

*If you win, I always give you the option of all of the items OR the cash value!  Most people choose the cash value and I send them money via Venmo!

If you’re new to Loves, it’s where I share things I’m loving each month, with the aim to highlight fabulous things I swear by, some things I want to try, great deals, and under $50 finds!  All perfectly appropriate for the flavor of each month!

I love sourcing goodies and sharing them with you!

Jug VaseMagnoliaHigh Rise Flare JeansUgg SlippersAir FryerNail PolishTB Belt

I’m so impressed with how lifelike these magnolia stems look and feel.  They come in a set of 3 and they’re long enough for a tall vase.  You can also bend them to shape them how you like.

I popped them in this jug vase from Pottery Barn and love how they look there.  The jug has a narrow mouth, so the stems fit perfectly inside.

I use my pretty air fryer almost daily and it’s still going strong after a year and a half.  It’s so easy to use with a touch screen and you can air fry, roast and reheat in it.  We use if for burgers, chicken wings & drums, veggies, chicken nuggets, fries, tater tots and more.

In the Fall and Winter, I like to go darker with my nail polish and this color is my go-to.  It’s a dark brown with a hint of purple, very pretty!

If you’ve never owned a pair of Ugg slippers, you will love them! This particular pair is my favorite because they’re so cozy and plush, and the sole is appropriate for indoors and outdoors.

Lastly, I’m smitten with these high rise flare jeans that I showed you here.  They give you legs for days and have a comfortable and flattering high waist.

Shop August Loves


Plants – I’ve become a plant lady since returning from San Miguel.  I’ve added 8? plants to my home in the last couple of months and I plan to give you a full update in a blog post soon.  I’ve used the app Picture This to help identify and care for my plants.

Lifting Weights – After a month of walking with very little weight training, I’m happy to be back in the gym working on my strength.  I love the way lifting weights makes me feel and how it shapes my body. I’m usually in and out of the gym in 45 minutes.

If you don’t have access to a gym, or prefer to workout at home, YouTube has some great videos you can follow along with.  I like these workouts.

Decorating – It takes awhile to live in your space and let it “speak” to you when decorating.  We moved into our house in March 2022 and it definitely feels like home now.  Maybe it’s the back to school change of seasons, but I’ve been in the mood to decorate lately.

There’s a few spaces that I’m sprucing up – the entryway for instance (rugconsole tablemirror) fingers crossed it all works.

I also bought a new rug for the living room and a washable kitchen runner.

I also found a few art pieces – one for over my bed and a fun one for the laundry room.  I’ll show you everything soon!

Short Hair – You’ve probably already heard my talking about this, but I’m so happy with my short haircut.  I timed myself drying it the other day and it literally took 5 minutes.  And I like how it looks straight, so I haven’t been taking the extra time to curl it.   Sometimes, I’ll take a minute to smooth it out with some volume with my big curling iron, but that takes no time.

I used to kinda dread hair washing day (every few days) because of the time it took to dry and style my hair.  Now, it’s just no big deal.

I feel freer to swim, workout and get sweaty because I know that if I have to wash my hair, it can be styled again in no time.

In the past, I always associated long hair with sexiness and didn’t think I’d feel pretty with really short hair.  It sounds silly to say, but I feel liberated with this short cut.

And I’m in a relationship where I feel like loved and supported with any kind of hairstyle.  That feels so good!

Now let’s go kick Monday’s booty!

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Meet Megan

Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. If you like lifting (which I do!), also check out Caroline Girvan’s YouTube channel. So many awesome workout programs and playlists by body parts etc. love her!

  2. You always come up with some of the best quality deals. Love that you share a little about you life and workout tips to keep us motivated. Thanks. Your work is appreciated.

  3. Great selection s usual that air fryer is really interesting, but being honest is always hard only one thing that is better than other, because are all useful and beautiful!!!

  4. I always look forward to your posts.
    Your storage and organization buys/suggestions really helped when I had my closet re-done.

  5. I love your hair shorter. It has me thinking to chop mine:)
    Always love your monthly favs.
    Long time follower

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