Friday, September 28, 2018

Friday Favorites and Happenings

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This week really just flew by. I am soooo glad it is Friday because I want to sleep in (as much as my kids will let me), soak in the sunshine and have a full weekend with my family.

Onto Friday favorites.

ONE. I was so good about not buying myself anything on my trip, but as soon as I got back, I wanted to buy all the Fall like things. Why? It's not like it is even close to Fall here. We are sitting at 90 degrees today and I am hating it. I want some Fall like weather. I will admit that we have Fall like temps in the mornings, but then it becomes blazing hot. Maybe if I buy more sweaters, booties and hats, it will cool down.

Anyways, I scooped up this sweater and this long sleeve shirt this week (thanks to Nadine for the second one).
Light Blue Pullover (from Mindy Mae's Market)

Free People Tangerine Tee

TWO. Last Saturday when I came home from my long work trip, I came down the stairs at the airport to two smiling girls holding Mommy signs. They came running up to me yelling mommy and I cried. I was soooo happy to see them after being gone so many days. It seriously made my day.

On another note regarding travel, it is really hard to be 8 hours ahead when you have young kids. We had to do a lot of planning to facetime each other. It was easy on the weekends, but during the week was tough. Either I had to make sure I could take a break around 2 pm, so I could call the girls right when they got up (at 6 am ish) or I had to wake up around 2 am to call the girls at 6 pm. It was tough, but we made it work. Though I feel like I didn't get to talk to them enough. Pictures being sent to me helped.

Another note on international travel. AT&T now offers international plans for $10 a day and your current plan works anywhere. I have unlimited texts, calls and data, so I paid $10 a day (when I wanted to use it) most of the time when I was away. I think this is a great deal, so you don't have to just wait until you are somewhere that has wifi.

THREE. When I was in London, I knew I had to find the girls rain jackets. That is what they asked for. I originally was going to get them rain boots, but Rory got those in Minnesota, so the search for rain jackets was on. I went to a favorite store of mine over there (the cutest kids stuff and I have bought a ton from them before) and found the cutest rain jackets, but they are even better. Not only do they have a rain repellent exterior, but they have a thicker lining, so the girls can wear them this winter too. I will still put them in their full winter jackets if it is really cold and snowy, but these are perfect for Fall, Winter and Spring. These are the jackets (no affiliate link, just wanted to share).
Cath Kidston Floral Rain Jacket

FOUR. So I know I have mentioned it before, but I am going to talk about it again. When Rory or I go out of country for work, it is usually for a week to 15 days. Ok, it was only 15 days this time. It is usually on average 10 days. Anyways, when one of us goes out of country, it is a lot of work taking care of the family and house while the other person is working. But the person who is working is also sightseeing, eating meals alone or with co-workers, indulging on yummy foods and drinks, getting a full nights sleep, etc. The person at home is doing it all. Praise all you stay at home moms because it is hard to do it 24/7. So as a reward for surviving it, the person who went out of country treats the other to a steak dinner. And Rory's steak dinner is this Sunday. And I am paying for it....all. We go all out with wine, appetizers, salads, steaks and then dessert. We seriously eat it all and love every second of it. And I can't wait!

FIVE. I am working on my England/Scotland/Ireland posts, but as I was going through pictures and editing them, I realized how much good coffee/lattes I had over there. My morning routine (in England) was to get up, go to the gym, get ready and then head across the street to Starbucks. I ordered my normal caramel macchiato and it was heavenly. Insanely better there. I don't know if it was the milk, sugar or what, but it was really good. All of my co-workers agreed. But I also went into my far share of coffee shops (more local) and had amazing cappuccinos, lattes and macchiatos. One that stood out to me was in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was cold, rainy and super windy out, but we stopped for a coffee and I had a caramel cappuccino with a caramel crunch topping. It was heavenly.
caramel crunch cappuccino

I am linking up with AprilA Little Bit of EverythingMeet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.

Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

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I was barely able to squeak this post out. I feel like I haven't written a post in a long time. And then just like that, it was Tuesday night and I knew I needed to get something up. My head is all over the place. I blame jet lag, but I am slowly coming out of it.

What's Up Wednesday


Sunday: Spaghetti bolognese with a simple salad and bread (just like last month, ha)

Monday: Tri tip with bbq'd corn on the cob and rice pilaf
Tuesday: Using the leftover tri tip for tri tip melts. I add peppers, onions and cheese to the warmed up tri tip for a Philly style cheesesteak

Wednesday: Crockpot Italian Sausages with peppers and onions (from Nadine's recipe)

Thursday: Salads since Rory has an early softball game.

Friday: Food Truck Friday. 

Saturday: Not sure.


My trip to England, Scotland and Ireland. It was a lot of fun, but definitely a long time away. I have so many good memories and saw so many new things on this trip. I can't wait to write a few posts on it. 


I was able to wear some long sleeve shirts and more Fall like attire in England and I loved it. Sure it was warmer during the day, but the evenings were perfect for a long sleeve. Before I left on my trip, we went to California and I bought several items from North Face which were amazing and cozy. I could only find the flannel and pull over online which are linked below. I still can't find the cozy gray sweater I bought.
North Face Beyond the Wall Pullover
North Face Flannel

I also got great use out of my Converse no-show socks. I wore my converse and my booties everywhere while traveling and I wore these socks with them every single time. Not only are they comfy (thicker for great padding), but they don't show while wearing either shoes.
Converse Cut-for-Chucks Socks

Another item that saved me was my Michael Kors bag. I bought this bag especially for my travel. I wanted something big enough to carry my work portfolio, my iPad, my book, phone, wallet and other essentials. Everything fit in this bag and I still had room. I got so many compliments on it too. I can't say enough good things about it.
Michael Kors Jet Set Large Tote

And finally, I LOVED my luggage. When you travel a lot, especially on foreign trips, you need great luggage. You also need luggage with the wheels that spin around as you have to go through small areas, move fast and drag your luggage around a lot. 

We bought a new Samsonite bag before we went to Mexico and I used it for the first time on this trip and let me just say that I loved it. It has two compartments for your things and one side zips up. I stored all my clothes in that side and then my shoes and toiletries on the other side. I had a lot of room for gifts (I didn't have any room on the way home) and it held up so well on many flights (7 flights).
Samsonite Winfield 2 Spinner


Well I was only in town for the first week and then I am back for the last week, so you could say I have been pretty MIA. 


I am not really dreading anything right now.


I am still trying to sell some clothes for the girls and now I am taking pictures of our couch, so we can sell that as soon our as new one arrives. I am also working on catching up on reading blogs and answering comments. I am sooooo behind.


Fall and October. I love this time of year. I am also looking forward to some Fall like weather. We are still sitting in the high 80s, low 90s. Give me all the 70s.


I am reading The Woman in Cabin 10. I thought I would breeze through it while on my work trip, but I am only half way through. It is really good and I want to finish it, but since coming back from my trip, every time I read, I get soooo sleepy. Hopefully the jet lag will go away and I can finish my book.

As for TV, I am soooo far behind on that. I have a lot of things on my DVR. But I did get through a lot of fun stuff while I was away. Thank you Netflix and Amazon Prime. I have been watching Better Call Saul, Jack Ryan (so good. I watched it in two days), Younger (almost done with season 5), This is Us, The Sinner, Masterchef and anxiously awaiting all my other shows to start in the coming weeks.


Pandora. I finally gave in and got the Pandora Plus, so I could skip all I want and not have ads. So much better.


I was in some new Fall clothes, but now I am back to shorts, tanks, short sleeve work tops and lighter slacks.


Food Truck Friday because the girls have been asking to go back for weeks and this is the final one for the season. Saturday, we don't have much planned and Sunday we are going to the beach!


Everything. I love October. We are going on our annual Apple Hill trip, have a couple home football games and Halloween.


I go in for a follow-up on my nose in a couple weeks and I am very excited for that. One of my nostrils is still "off", so that will be fixed soon enough and hopefully that is the end of my nose saga.


Wow this is a good one since I love pumpkin. But I think my favorite way to eat pumpkin is my mom's pumpkin cookies. She adds walnuts to the batter and they are soooo soft, chewy and amazing. I can't wait to make them again this year. Second place goes to pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream. LOVE pumpkin, Fall and October!
Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday Favorites

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I feel like I have been gone forever. I also feel like I haven't written a post in forever. I scheduled so many of these posts way before I left on my work trip. I know Monday is going to be crazy when I go to write my first "live" post. Ha.

Onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. Before my trip, I was looking for a large tote/purse to take with me on my trip. It needed to be big enough to fit my work portfolio, my wallet, phone, an extra change of clothes and other essentials. I wanted to take it on the plane with me, but also bring it into the office. I looked at Kate Spade, Tumi, Michael Kors and Longchamp (I returned the one I got at the anniversary sale). But I ultimately went with a Michael Kors tote. While the one I bought, I can't find online, I found one similar. Mine is black while this one is blue.
Michael Kors Jet Set Large Tote

TWO. Did you get a chance to read all the Fall Bucket Lists yesterday with our Girl Chat link up? If not, you can check out my bucket list here and check out some others. It is a great way to get to know other bloggers and meet new friends.
Girl Chat

Girl Chat

THREE. On Wednesday, I had Stephanie guest post for me and her post resonates with me soooo much. My girls, mainly Avery are picky eaters. Sutton is willing to try more things, but they still like to eat the same three things over and over again....mac n cheese, chicken strips/nuggets and pizza. I have been implementing her first idea (only make one meal for everyone) for quite awhile, but I don't always follow it. I need to be better about enforcing it. Anyways, her post is awesome and something we can all learn from....specifically if you have kids.

FOUR. So I can’t remember if I told you all, but we bought a couch. Finally. The problem is that it will take some time to make one of the pieces. But that was 2 weeks ago, so hopefully we will get it soon. We went with one from West Elm in a charcoal color. It’s as long as our current one (on one side) but the other side is just a chaise lounge. I will probably sit on that chaise lounge daily. Am I the only one who has a side or a place you always sit on the couch? Anyways, this is the couch we chose, but it’s a bit different in the set up since it’s custom.

I am linking up with AprilA Little Bit of EverythingMeet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.

Have a great weekend!
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Girl Chat - Fall Bucket List

It's time for another round of Girl Chat and once again I am not here for it, but luckily, I wrote this one in advance, again. I love this month's topic which is Fall Bucket List. This allows me to add new fun things to my list each year (I get inspiration from you all).


- Apple Hill. Each year we make our trip over to Apple Hill where we visit the different orchards to pick apples, buy crafts, try apple desserts and foods, ride a train, taste some wine and beer, buy the best apple pie and donuts and have a fun Fall day. We look forward to this every year and this year is no exception.
twins dressed up as minnie mouse
 Apple Hill 2017

Apple Hill 2016

- Attend a football game and tailgate. And bring the girls to one of these. It is no secret that my husband and I are huge football fans, so we have season tickets to Nevada football. We want to bring the girls to a game and a tailgate. They have been before when they were small, but I think they will enjoy it more now.
Babies and tailgates
Babies and tailgates

- Go to a pumpkin patch.

- Bake a pie from scratch. We have tons of peaches from our peach tree and I have NEVER made a pie from scratch. Sure I have used pre-made pie dough and made a pie with store bought apples, but I want to do it all from scratch.

- Attend a Fall Festival.

- Take the girls Trick or Treating. Last year was the first year that we took the girls trick or treating. They had a blast and lasted a lot longer than I thought they would. So we are going for it again this year. The girls have expressed interest in wearing their Minnie costumes again, but then keep saying they want to be Anna and Elsa. So I am on the hunt for Anna and Elsa costumes.
Minnie Mouse toddler costumes

- Decorate for Fall and Halloween. I have been so so on this each year. I want to decorate a lot more than I have in the past and really usher in Fall and Halloween.

- Carve pumpkins. Again, this has been something we do some years and others we do not. We even grow pumpkins in our garden each year and only manage to sometimes carve pumpkins.

- Eat an apple cider donut. We usually get these from Apple Hill, but sometimes it just doesn't work out. But believe me, they are soooo good and so worth it.
Apple Cider donut

- Take family photos.

- Watch Hocus Pocus with the girls. I am not sure if they are technically old enough for this movie, but it was a favorite growing up, so I hope we can watch it together.

- Make spiced apple cider.

- Eat caramel apples.

- Roast pumpkin seeds. This will be easy to do if we carve our pumpkins.

Fall Bucket List

To link up - just grab our graphic, link up, and let's getting to chatting!  Make sure to stop by a few others linked up for an extra bit of girl chat!  
Girl chat monthly link up

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Guest Post - Picky Eaters

Today I have a guest post coming at you from Stephanie. Stephanie is a mom to three tiny humans. When she isn't at home mommying, she is at work as a nurse. An oncology nurse. She wrote a day in the life post of an oncology nurse that was amazing. Seriously, those are my favorite posts and to read one from an oncology nurse is even better. Go check it out.

When I asked if anyone was interested in writing a guest post for me while I am traveling for work, Stephanie emailed me right away and I loved her ideas. And the one that jumped out to me was getting picky eaters to actually eat. This one is dear to my heart since Miss Avery is a very picky eater. Sutton can be, but she will try almost anything we put in front of her. And she is a pretty good eater. I definitely needed ideas to implement that could help with Avery. Once I am back from my work trip, we are implementing these. 

Take it away Stephanie.

Every night at dinner time, I wish that I had a time machine. If I did, I would use said machine to go back in time and hug my sweet Nana. I would hold her and thank her for the hundreds of dinners that she prepared for me as a child and I would apologize for being a little jerk and not eating any of them. I would stuff my face with all of the delicious food that she made and I would be sure to go on and on about its tastiness and her amazing-ness. I would oooh and aaah over her macaroni pie and I would squeal with delight at the site of her spaghetti with meatballs. I would basically grovel at her feet and beg for forgiveness for my unappreciative ways.

Before becoming a mom, I would hear stories about kids that would only eat bread or chicken nuggets for every meal and I thought "Wow, get control of your kid." or "Not my kid. My kid will be an eclectic eater." Yea. Famous last words. 

Fast forward 4 years and I am yelling at my 4 year old to please eat a dang bite of chicken or bartering with my 3 year old to taste the littlest piece of broccoli in exchange for a cookie. They refused. I yelled. Dinner time was miserable and the cycle continued day after day.

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It's amazing how Disney was able to capture my likeness in this scene. (via)

About 1 year ago, I decided that I could't do it anymore. My picky eaters would eat if it was the last thing I would do and the frustrating dinners would come to an end. With that in mind, I made changes that I feel turned dinner time into a somewhat....dare I say it....enjoyable time? Not only do my kids now eat their food but they also seem to enjoy what I make (including vegetables). Praise hands. Today, I wanted to share what I did to get us to this point. It took time, consistency and patience (a real struggle of mine) and it's not perfect every night but it is miles from where we used to be.


Since about 1 year ago, I make ONE meal for dinner with very rare exceptions. When I first initiated this one meal "policy', the kids fussed and complained and just down right would not eat. "I want chicken nuggets!" they whined! "This looks gross!" they wailed!

Instead of losing my cool about them not eating the pricey piece of fish that I so lovingly prepared, they were simply told that this is our dinner and if they do not want to eat it, that is their choice but they get nothing else for the night. Zip. Nada. I don't slide them a piece of bread on the down low or slip them a banana when no one is looking. It is the dinner I have made or nothing. I firmly believe that kids will eat when they are hungry and they will not starve if they miss one meal. My oldest is probably my pickiest eater so she was the most resistant to this new rule but by day 3-4, she stopped refusing her meals and actually started eating!


Taking my kids to the grocery store used to be an epic nightmare. The handful of times that I have taken all 3, I left the store sweating. All of the "can I have this?" or "I want this!" requests are enough to make the most patient person want to scream. I did realize one day that my oldest would come home from the store and would only want to eat the grapes that she chose at the store. So, I took that and ran with it. Now, when we go to the store I have them help choose a lot of the food items on our list. They learn how to choose fruit/veggies, which eggs looks the best or to check the expiration date on the milk. They are super excited to grocery shop now and have started requesting us try new foods that they think look pretty or interesting. 

To help with meal prep, I let them each chose a meal that they would like to help make for the week (no "kids" meals). Knowing that they helped pick the meal that they are eating has also been a great way to get them to eat because they are excited it being "their" dinner night.
weekly meal planner
Meal Planner (that I use)


Depending on the age of your child, the amount of help they can be with this step will vary. My middle child loves to help in the kitchen but he is only 4 so he does a lot of the mixing and pouring of ingredients. My 6 year old is allowed to chop (with a special knife) so she gets to help prep veggies and meats. My kids take a lot of pride in their meals and get so excited to see the look on their dad's and my face when we taste their masterpieces. (We make sure to be very dramatic with our amazed facial expressions). 

They don't help every single night due to my work schedule, but 3 nights a week is a goal that I personally try to hit for helping in the kitchen. Side Note: This will require an insane amount of patience and probably wine. This part is messy and the type A person in me has to back myself off the ledge at times due to the mess they make.)


Who doesn't love eating from a cute plate or with a fun fork?! Even as an adult, I am more inclined to drink water from my pretty water bottle than from an ugly cup. I find that my kids eat better when they have their fun character plates and utensils. We will say that they need to eat to find whichever character is on their plate that night. It is an easy way to infuse a little bit of fun into dinner time. Amazon, Target and Walmart all have tons of fun options to choose from!


We have a reward chart for our kids that we use all through the school year. On the chart, there are 5 things that my kids have to do on a daily basis to get a star. One of them is to eat dinner without fighting/complaining. If they eat everything on their plate without complaining, they get a star. As soon as they eat their dinner, they put their plate in the sink and run over to their chart to place a star. A full chart of stars = an ice cream date or an hour at chuckie cheese or whatever fun activity that I can think of for that week. When they fill their chart and get to do a fun activity, we verbally remind them that this activity is due to them doing an awesome job with eating dinner, waking up nicely in the morning etc.
Kids reward chart


My daughter is loud. As in, I'm pretty sure that her mouth is actually a megaphone in disguise, loud. She also likes to talk. A lot. As a result, the first 10 minutes of dinner time is silent dinner. My kids are 6, 4 and 1 1/2 so they lose focus very easily. Quite dinner helps them to focus on eating their meal without distraction, once 10 minutes, or so, is up we start talking about our day. By that time, they have usually eaten a good portion of their dinner! I expect that we will be able to move on from quiet dinners as they get older but for now, I see it as a necessity to help them focus on their meals without too much distraction. 


Dipping sauces are a great way to encourage kids to try new food. When I am introducing my kids to a new veggie, I will put together little cups of 3 different sauces or ketchup or what not so they can "sample" the new food. I think it makes them feel a little bit fancy and it almost tricks them into trying the food because they have to dip and bite at least 3 times before they decided whether they love or hate it. A lot of times they find a dip that they love and end up eating the whole thing! 


Consistency is key when it comes to trying to implement any new strategy when it comes to kids. They must see that whatever is happening is the new normal and that no amount of whining or complaining will change it. Make sure that your partner or babysitter or whoever is helping with dinner time is sending the same message as well. Be consistent in offering foods even if they have not wanted them the 10 times before. For example, my 6 year old never liked strawberries, I continued to offer them to her and now she decided that she loves them. On the flip side, my son used to love eggs and now he doesn't. I continue to make them for myself and offer him a bite because he could very well change his mind. 

I hope that these tips will help you to find new ways to encourage your picky eater to eat! I don't want this post to give the impression that my kids are always super awesome, sushi and eggplant eating, food stars and that I am over here rocking life. There are more days that I am a hot mess than not. However, the food struggle has decreased significantly since I started to implement the ideas listed in this post and I hope that it will be helpful in your house too!

Thank you Danielle for giving me the opportunity to guest post today!

I hope this post helps you all out as much as it has helped me out. I am definitely ordering some new plates for the girls, going to take them grocery shopping with me (eek!) and even let them help me prep/cook dinner. Thank you Stephanie!!!

Don't forget tomorrow is our Girl Chat link up. The topic is your Fall Bucket List!
Monday, September 17, 2018

My Fears and Worst Habits

A couple weeks ago, Kait blogged about her biggest fears and her worst habits. She said she did this blogging challenge as a way to spice up her blogging as she was feeling uninspired. I hear you friend. So I thought I would share with you some of my fears and my worst habits. Enjoy. Hopefully I don't scare you off.


Sharks. I am sooooo afraid of sharks. I have dreams about them and being eaten by them. But I definitely fear my fear when I watch Shark Week or shark attack videos. Yep, I mentioned it awhile ago, but I have a fascination with shark attack videos. They are such powerful creatures that I want to know everything about them.

Dying alone. I always get so choked up when I learn that someone has physically died alone. I would hate to take my last breath and know that no one was around me when I went. I want to see my loved ones faces before I go. I feel like I would feel more at peace that way.

My dog dying. I can't even type that out without tearing up. I love Walter so much. He is our little companion and my heart. He is my first "child" and I can't imagine life without him. When my childhood cat passed away (at 19 years), I had the hardest time. I went to my parents house to say goodbye to him just in case they needed to put him down (he was having trouble going to the bathroom, sitting and losing weight) and when my mom left to go to the vet, I cried in their driveway. I was laying in their driveway until my mom came back with his body.

I was so sad that she didn't let me go with her, but she said she wanted me to have happy memories of him and not see him like that. I get that now, but not then.

I just fear the day when my pup goes.

Losing my family. Enough said.

Flying. This one may seem weird since I fly all the time, but I get a little stomach twist, close my eyes and say a little prayer every time I fly. I just read too many stories and that fuels my fear.

Burglary/Home invasion. Our house was burglarized in 2011. I know I have wrote about this before on my blog, but if you are new or forgot, I will summarize it. It was a Monday morning and I had a bad feeling while I got ready in the morning, but I brushed it off and went on with my day. One thing that stands out to me was thinking I should hide my laptop.

Anyways, we went to work and came home and Rory went over to our neighbors house for something, so I went to the back of our house to go through another door (our front door swells and is hard to get open sometimes). This was normal for us. When I went in backyard, a few of our boards to our fence were missing between my neighbors house and ours. I didn't think much of it, but when I rounded the corner, I saw marks all over the back door. Like a crowbar tried to open it. Then I saw our bathroom window on the ground. And then I knew. I didn't even think and I unlocked the door and ran inside.

Our house was thrashed. They went through our garage, our kitchen, our living room, bedrooms, etc. They took so many things from our house. So many valuable things. It breaks my heart thinking about it. I ran out to Rory told him to come in and started to process it all. We called the police but it took them 4 hours to come over since no one was in the house. Ugh.

And then we started the process of filling out police reports, calling our homeowners insurance, etc. I hope no one ever goes through this.

So I definitely fear something like that happening again or even worse when we are home.


I bite/chew on my nails. I am definitely getting better about it, but when I get nervous or bored, I tend to bite or chew on my nails.

I am neurotic about cleaning. I took this one from Kait since I am definitely overly neurotic about cleaning. I need a clean house. I like a clean house and it probably drives my family crazy with how often I clean.

I am a worrier. I worry about everything. It is something that I constantly try to work on, but I worry. I worry about the what-ifs more than anything. I know this is dumb because most of the time those what-ifs never happen or they are so far fetched that they NEVER happen.

I am judgy. I hate being judgmental, but I often find I judge way more than I should. I hate admitting that I am judgy. Ha.

Over researching. When it comes to life, I research and google the shit out of everything. Case in point, before my septorhinoplasty, I googled what to expect, recovery, the actual procedure (even watched some Youtube videos) and real life accounts of it. I over research until I am either scared, satisfied or figured it out.

I am sure I have way more bad habits and fears, but these are the ones that came to mind right away.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday Favorites

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Greetings from London! I am heading into the weekend and I soooo miss my family. I love having the opportunity to travel for work, but the evenings and weekends are tough. You really miss your family and wonder what they are doing, seeing their bright faces in the morning and just missing out.

BUT I am taking the opportunity to have this time and enjoy it.

Onto Friday Favorites and happenings.

ONE. A long time ago, I mentioned that I was going to buy the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream that everyone was talking about. I wanted to see if it lived up to its hype. Well I just finished my first tub of it and I loved it. It smells heavenly, goes on smoothly and it really did make my thighs and bum smoother. I was VERY skeptical, but after using it for the last many months, I feel like it really has firmed up my thighs and bum. So I ordered a new tub of it last week and even bought the mini version to take with me to London. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself! You won't regret it.
Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

TWO. Last week during the surprise Sephora sale, I also picked up the Becca Hydra-Mist Set and Refresh Powder. I have been using It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder for about a year now and while I like it, I feel like I need a little more lasting powder. It is a good option, but everyone says Becca is even better. So I bought it with my 15% off coupon and I am using it on this trip. I will report back, but if it is like everyone raves, you should scoop one up.
Becca Hydra-Mist Set and Refresh Powder

THREE. A few weeks back Kait listed her favorite travel items and she mentioned Tide Travel Sink Packs and I was very interested in it. Since I travel for work, I think it would be easier to wash some of my items in the sink instead of sending them out in the laundry or waiting until I get home. Especially when you are on a two week work trip. You can easily wash a t-shirt that smells like cigarettes from a bar that you were in or wash your undergarments and not have to bring as many. So I bought said Tide Travel Packs and they are amazing. They are small, concentrated and really work.
Tide Travel Sink Packs

FOUR. Girl Chat reminder. Next Thursday is our monthly Girl Chat link up and the topic is Fall Bucket List. I can't wait to hear what is on everyone's list. Grab the images below and be sure to come back next Thursday to link up.
Girl Chat reminder

Girl Chat reminder

I am linking up with AprilA Little Bit of EverythingMeet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.

Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fall Fashion

I am linking up with Emily again for Fall Favorites and this week's prompt is Fall fashion. I love Fall and everything it brings. When it comes to Fall fashion, I am pretty simple and basic. I love jeans, boots or booties, a tee/tank and a comfy cardigan over it. Or jeans, boots/booties and a sweater. The cozier the better.

So I went to Pinterest and found my inspirations of what I wear the most during Fall. Most of this is during the weekend. During the week, it is pretty much slacks or leggings with sweaters and flats or boots.
Fall Fashion - sweaters and vests

I love the sweater and vest combo. I have puffy vests and utility vests. I love the combo above.

Fall Fashion - jeans, flannel and boots

Another classic combo you will see me wearing is jeans, tank, flannel and boots. I have worn this combo countless times and I am always searching for a cute flannel. I buy a lot of mine from local stores and J Crew.

Fall Fashion - wool  hat, sweater and jeans

I have a hat almost exactly like the one above. I have slouchy sweaters similar to the one above, but now that I see this color combo, I need to find a wine colored soft sweater. That bag is cute too!

Fall Fashion - dress with cardigan and boots

I love the dress, cardigan and boots combo. I definitely need to find a few more flowy dresses like the one above to complete this look. Isn't it the cutest?

What are your Fall fashion go-tos?