At Home Game Night with Hues and Cues

If you’re anything like me, you’re spending lots of extra time at home these days. For us, that has thankfully led to more family game nights! I was thrilled when The Op Games offered to send me a new game to test out, and I thought you’d enjoy hearing about it as well!

Hues and Cues is a vibrant game of colorful communication where players are challenged to make connections to colors with words. Using only one and two-word cues, players try to get others to guess a specific hue from the 480 colors on the game board. The closer the guesses are to the target, the more points you earn. Since everyone imagines colors differently, connecting colors and clues has never been this much fun!

As you can see, the gradient board is simply beautiful; all of the colors are a feast for the eyes! As someone that loves color, I found it so fun to describe all of the different hues. It was so interesting to see how everyone’s mind works differently. For example, if I say “apple,” do you picture red? Green? Yellow? What about “rose?” Pink? Yellow? Red? You can see how this game leads to fun discussions about how everyone sees the world a little differently!

Hues and Cues is meant to be played with 3-10 players aged 8 and up. Each game takes around 30 minutes, so at only $24.99, it’s the perfect addition to your family game nights! It can be a risk and a challenge to get enough people together for game nights these days. The good thing, is you can totally play Hues and Cues over video chat!

Even though the recommended age is 8 and up, I think this game could still be fun for younger kids who are learning their colors. They could team up with an older player, so the whole family can play together. The word association may even help them learn new colors quicker!

Overall, Hues and Cues is beautiful, simple to learn, and fun to play. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to add a new rotation to their game night! Follow the link above if you want to order your own, and thank you again to The OP Games for this thoughtful treat!

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Homemade 15-minute Chicken Noodle Soup

Brr. It’s been so chilly here lately, which means perfect soup weather! If you want a simple soup that is delicious, easy, quick, and cheap…here you go!

This took me about 15 minutes to throw together, which is about all the energy I can muster on cold weather days. What? Texans are extra fragile when it comes to cold. Check out the recipe below if you want a cozy, easy meal, too!

Homemade 15-minute Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • Egg Noodles (8 oz)
  • Chicken Broth (80 oz)
  • Cooked & cubed Chicken Breast (2 cups)
    • I used the pre-seasoned Lemon Pepper chicken from H-E-B, and it added a nice flavor!
    • If you don’t have time to cook chicken, consider purchasing the pre-cooked, shredded rotisserie chicken from H-E-B
  • Sautéed vegetables (2 cups)
    • Add these as preferred. I didn’t add any vegetables this time, but carrots, onions, and celery would all be great additions
  • Salt & pepper

Directions

  • Boil chicken broth. Once boiling, add egg noodles.
  • While waiting for chicken broth to boil, cook chicken fully on medium heat. Cut chicken into cubes.
  • If adding vegetables, chop and sauté them over medium heat for 5-10 minutes while noodles are boiling.
  • Add chicken (and vegetables if using) to noodles and broth. Heat everything evenly for another 5 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and serve!

This makes around 6 bowls, so it would be great for a family dinner or for you to make Sunday and eat on for lunch all week. I think the addition of some oyster crackers would add a delicious crunch, as well!

Let me know if you make this recipe, and if there any yummy alterations you make that I should try!

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Lexli: Aloe Vera Based Skincare

This post was sponsored by Lexli, and I am thrilled to share their amazing products with you!

Growing up, my mom had a huge aloe vera plant growing on our back deck. Whenever I had a burn she would cut off a fresh piece and use the amazing liquid inside to instantly soothe my skin. Since I had experienced the benefits of aloe vera first hand, I was thrilled when Lexli reached out to me. Lexli uses a base of organic, pharmaceutical-grade aloe vera (instead of water like many skincare brands), combined with other active ingredients for their skincare line. I have been using their products for over a month now, so I wanted to share my thoughts with you!

3 bottles of Lexli skincare products lying on a white blanket

I have combination skin with T-Zone oiliness and some dry patches. I also have redness in my skin. I shared this information with Lexli, and they sent the following products for me to sample. If you’re unsure of which items would benefit your skin type their website has a quiz you can take and a chat box available for any questions you have!

4 skincare products from Lexli skincare lined up on a granite countertop

First up, was the Cleansing Lotion. This product was amazing at getting all of my makeup off with just one or two pumps! I really enjoyed that it has a moisturizing component since some cleansers tend to try out my skin. My skin felt soft and clean after using the Cleansing Lotion, and it has become my daily face wash. I love that it is safe for sensitive skin!

The next product I tried was the Tone & Balance Toner. This is like the Swiss Army knife of skincare products! It has SO many uses! A makeup primer, a burn soother, a body lotion, a midday skin “pick-me-up”…the list goes on and on! I love using this right after the Cleansing Lotion to get off any remaining traces of makeup to prep my skin for my moisturizers and serums. I also use it in the morning to help cleanse and prep my face for the day. As I mentioned above, I have a lot of redness in my skin and this helps calm my skin and even out my skin tone.

A hand with long, unpolished nails holding an open, green skincare exfoliant

Possibly the star of the show is the AloeGlyC exfoliator. It is such a unique product! Smooth the product onto clean skin and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes before continuing with your skincare routine. You don’t need to wash it off, just let it sink in! It uses aloe vera and glycolic acid to smooth skin texture, reduce hyper-pigmentation, and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Lexli does recommend easing into use of the AloeGlyC exfoliator by starting with every other day use or diluting the product some with a moisturizer. I followed their suggestions, and my skin has adjusted perfectly! I also love the scent and packaging of this product! It smells so fresh and crisp, and the tub is perfect for scooping out product for application.

A bottle of moisturizer laying on a white towel next to a jade roller

Finally, I sampled the Moisture Intensifier Serum. This serum can be used as a spot treatment, but I prefer to slather it all over my face! I can’t resist the scent or how smooth and moisturized it makes my skin feel. It helps calm any irritation in my skin, and it works perfectly under any of the moisturizers I use.

I have been so impressed with everything Lexli sent me, and I can’t wait to try more of their products! Whether you suffer from sensitive, redness prone skin like me, issues with acne, or just want to prevent aging skin, Lexli has a huge array of products for all of your skincare needs. Let me know if you give any of their items a try, and I will review any new products I purchase from them in the future for you!

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How to Perfectly Match Your Foundation with NYX Pro Foundation Mixer

Do you ever fall in love with a foundation’s coverage, but the shade range isn’t perfect for your skin tone? I’ve found a solution for you: NYX Pro Foundation Mixer!

NYX Pro Foundation Mixer laying next to IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer

One of my favorite foundations is the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation. The coverage is amazing, it’s perfect for my combination skin, and it has a built in SPF! The only issue I have is the color selection. The lightest shade is a smidge too light and the next shade is a smidge too dark. What’s a girl to do? Enter NYX Pro Foundation Mixer!

NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in white being mixed with foundation

Grab your foundation, foundation mixer, a small plate, and something to mix the foundation with. You could totally do this on the back of your hand and use your finger to mix it all up, but I think that would end up wasting a bit of product. Feel free to give it a whirl, though!

NYX Pro Foundation Mixer being mixed with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer to create a lighter shade

As you can see I pumped a few pumps of foundation, squeezed out a few drops of NYX Pro Foundation Mixer, and mixed it together with the back of an eyeshadow brush. Is that the most sanitary tool to use? Nope, but who cares. I would suggest only adding a small amount of the foundation mixer at first. You can always add a few drops if it isn’t light enough! Don’t worry if you add too many though, just add another pump of foundation to darken things up.

NYX Pro Foundation Mixer partially mixed with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer

I find it helpful to have a foundation that matches my skin nearby for comparison to ensure I get the desired shade just right. For me that’s Covergirl Outlast All Day Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation in Classic Ivory. As you can see, I think I got my mix spot on…hooray!

Mixed foundation that matches Covergirl Outlast All-Day Stay Fabulous Foundation

I wanted to mention there appear to be NYX Pro Foundation Mixers that allow you to darken foundations as well. I haven’t tried these personally, but if that’s something you need, I’d give them a try!

I’m happy to say, this doesn’t change the consistency or wearability of whatever foundation I’ve mixed it with so far. As we head from summer into fall, you may lose a bit of your tan, but no worries! Now you won’t waste that half-used bottle of too dark foundation waiting for the sun to come back. I hope this helps you get some use out of the products that aren’t the perfect shade for you!

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Personalized Handwriting Disc Necklace from Sincerely Silver

Thank you to Sincerely Silver for gifting me a custom handwriting disc necklace!

Custom Handwritten Gold Disc Necklace with "life moves pretty fast" written in cursive

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

Gold Necklace with "life moves pretty fast" written on circle disk in front of pink hydrangeas

Just over thirteen years ago, I sat down to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with a boy I’d had a crush on since middle school. Today, he’s my husband.

Custom Handwritten Gold Disc Necklace with "life moves pretty fast" written in cursive

Louis and I had our first date on June 1, 2006. We were chatting on AIM one day, and he said Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was one of his favorite movies. I quickly agreed (even though I had never seen it.😂), so we made plans to watch it together. The rest is history.❤️

Woman smiling with closed mouth wearing black v-neck shirt and gold disk necklace

We have dubbed June 1, “Ferris Bueller Day” and make a point to watch it together that day each year. I love and totally agree when Ferris says life moves pretty fast. I already can’t believe it’s been 13 years since our first date! We’ve since married, lived in multiple cities, been on countless trips, and experienced so much life together. When the opportunity to collaborate with Sincerely Silver came up, I knew that quote would be perfect to commemorate on their handwriting disc necklace.

Gold Disc necklace that says "life moves pretty fast" dangling on gold chain from a bouquet of baby's breath flowers

These necklaces can be ordered in gold, silver, or rose gold, and have a perfect disc on a dainty, 18″ chain. The most special part of these necklaces though, is how they are customized. You can have whatever message you want added to the disc in personalized handwriting. This quote is special to me because of Louis, so I had him write “life moves pretty fast” for my disc. It was as simple as getting Louis to write the quote on a piece of paper, taking a picture with my phone, and emailing it to Sincerely Silver. The next thing I knew, it was engraved on my handwriting disc necklace!

Custom Handwritten Gold Disc Necklace with "life moves pretty fast" written in cursive in front of fiddle leaf fig

Isn’t this such a meaningful, precious idea? You could use the handwriting of anyone that’s important to you, or even your own handwriting to personalize your necklace. Have your child write “mom”, your spouse write “I love you”, sign your own name, or even take part of a message from a card someone wrote you in the past. The options are truly endless.

Custom Handwritten Gold Disc Necklace with "life moves pretty fast" written in cursive

I can’t thank Sincerely Silver enough for creating such a special piece of jewelry for me. I know I will treasure it for years to come! If you’d like to create your own handwriting disc necklace, use promo code SINCERELY15 for 15% off your purchase! Let me know in the comments what you would get on your necklace!

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