My 15 Favorites of 2015

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Happy New Year!  It’s been a fun year with over 130 new posts on Something to Share with You, the chance to “explore” 23 different cities and too many amazing meals to count.  Here are my 15 favorites from 2015.

Kid Friendly:

  • Surprise Mommy-Daughter Dates
    My favorite post of the entire year since I get to plan a surprise date with my daughter every month!  I hope you read this post and plan some fun dates with your kids!!

Beauty and Fashion:

Technology:

  • The Starbucks app
    Easiest way to pay for bottled water, snacks and oh yeah, coffee at the airport!

Just Because:

  • A Treat for the Feet:  Snoozies Slippers
    These are on my feet from the minute I get home till I get in bed!
  • Have time to read?  Liane Moriarty
    Download some books and find some time to read! Great for shorter flights!

Foodies: Recipes & Stuff:

On the Road Eats:

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  • Favorite Lunch- Peska in Houston
    $25 for an appetizer, soup or salad and an entrée.  Try the mexican shrimp cocktail and the Fideo Seco(mexican pasta in a light sauce with calamari, shrimp, clams and mussels).

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Hope you enjoyed this short trip back through 2015!  Looking forward to great new favorites this year!

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My Favorite Things: Spanx Shapewear

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I found the perfect faux-wrap dress 4 years ago and I didn’t buy it. It was the perfect length, a great pattern and the price was right. But, I felt way too self conscious about it showing(rather highlighting) the fact that I had recently gained some weight in the belly area.

My friend said I was crazy for not buying it- just wear it with Spanx she said. But the problem was I didn’t own a pair of Spanx. I had tried shapewear once (unsuccessfully) for an evening work event. The legs of the not-Spanx shapewear kept rolling up, I was super uncomfortable and my frustration got the best of me so I took them off and threw them away.

spanxBut I decided to try again(I really wanted that dress). Rather than spend a lot of money at a department store(in case I had a a second failed experience), I tried a different line, Assets by Sara Blakely, the Spanx line they sell at Target. SUCCESS!  My first purchase, which I still have today, was a black pair of “shorts” to flatten the belly area and now I am confident in all my dresses. Recently I purchased two more pairs in nude for summer- one to flatten the belly and smooth the hips and the other to smooth, flatten AND lift the tush.  I wear them to work, bring them with me when I travel and they are a must for certain evening events.   I wish I had tried these ages ago- what a confidence builder!!!

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