MEMORIAL DAY SALES -- 2019

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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IS IN FULL SWING, AND THAT MEANS SALES ON SALES ON SALES! I’VE ROUNDED UP A FULL LIST OF MY FAVORITE RETAILERS FOR Y’ALL INCLUDING THEIR SALES AND COUPON CODES YOU WILL NEED!

I WILL BE UPDATING THE SALES THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND, SO KEEP CHECKING BACK OR FOR EASY ACCESS, YOU CAN BOOKMARK THIS PAGE AS A REFERENCE!

AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE A SOURCE FOR YOUR SHOPPING NEEDS! THIS IS SO FUN FOR ME, AND I HOPE IT IS FOR YOU AS WELL! HAPPY SHOPPING BABES!

CHEERS TO A FUN & SAFE WEEKEND!

“ MA Y W E N E V E R F O R G E T , F R E E D O M I S N ‘ T F R E E . “

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LAST MINUTE MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS

I G O T I T F R O M M Y M A M A . . .

AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR YOUR MAMA TO GET IT FROM YOU! BELOW I’VE ROUNDED UP A FEW LAST MINUTE MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS THAT YOU CAN GET IN TIME FOR THE WEEKEND! EACH RETAILER IS DIFFERENT, BUT DEPENDING ON WHICH ONE YOU ARE BUYING FROM, USE THE PICK UP IN STORE, PRIME SHIPPING, OR EXPRESS DELIVERY OPTIONS!

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M I X E R

T O R T O I S E S A N D A L S

F L O R A L P J S

B L A N K E T

C R O S S B O D Y B A G

W I N E G L A S S E S

I N I T I A L N E C K L A C E

C O F F E E P R E S S

B O D Y L O T I O N

E Y E S H A D O W P A L E T T E

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T H E H O M E E D I T B O O K

HOPEFULLY THESE GIFT IDEAS GIVE YOU THE EASE OF FINDING THE PERFECT LAST MINUTE GIFT FOR THAT SPECIAL MAMA IN YOUR LIFE. WHETHER IT’S YOUR MOM, GRANDMA, SISTER, BEST FRIEND, STEP MOM, AUNT, MOTHER IN LAW, CO-WORKER, BOSS, OR YOU, I HOPE YOU AND THOSE SPECIAL WOMEN HAVE AN AMAZING WEEKEND CELEBRATING AND BEING CELEBRATED!

H A P P Y H A P P Y M O T H E R ‘ S D A Y T O A L L !

“ E V E R Y T H I N G I A M Y O U H E L P E D M E T O B E “

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SHOPBOP EVENT OF THE YEAR SALE -- 2 0 1 9

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HAPPY HAPPY WEDNESDAY BABES! THE SHOPBOP “EVENT OF THE SEASON” SALE IS HERE! IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE SALE OR NOT SURE ABOUT ALL THE INS AND OUTS, I’VE GOT YOU COVERED! BELOW I’VE LISTED OUT ALL THE DETAILS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SHOPBOP AND THE SALE + I’VE ROUNDED UP MY FAVORITES BY CATEGORY! THE SALE IS LIVE NOW, AND THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD ITEMS INCLUDING, DESIGNER ITEMS, NEW ARRIVALS, AND MORE — SOME OF WHICH NEVERRR GO ON SALE! TRUST ME WHEN I SAY RUN DON’T WALK… YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON THIS ONE, AND SIZES GO FAST!

S H O P B O P D E T A I L S —

  • SHOPBOP IS A RETAILER THAT SELLS HIGHER END BRANDS SUCH AS STUART WEITZMAN, TORY BURCH, GOLDEN GOOSE, RAG & BONE, & VINCE.

  • BUT — THEY ALSO SELL LOTS OF AFFORDABLE BRANDS SUCH AS FREE PEOPLE, DOLCE VITA, STEVE MADDEN, MADEWELL, SAM EDELMAN, ZSUPPLY, & LEVI’S.

S A L E D E T A I L S —

  • SALE IS 3 DAYS ONLY — ENDS FRIDAY APRIL 12TH

  • THERE IS NO MINIMUM TO GET A DISCOUNT — (IN PRIOR YEARS, YOU HAD TO SPEND AT LEAST $200 TO GET THE SMALLEST DISCOUNT PERCENTAGE)

  • SHOPBOP USES FREE AMAZON PRIME 2-DAY SHIPPING — (BE SURE TO ENTER YOUR PRIME ACCOUNT INFO AT CHECKOUT)

USE CODE “EVENT19” FOR —

20% OFF ANY ORDER UNDER $500

25% OFF ANY ORDER OVER $500

T O P P I C K S — C L O T H I N G

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ALL WHITE EVERYTHING -- UNDER $100

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CALLING ALL BRIDES… ORRR ANYONE ELSE IN NEED OF A SOMETHING WHITE, BECAUSE HEY, IT’S SUMMER! I GOT MARRIED ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO, AND REMEMBER SPENDING HOURS ONLINE SHOPPING FOR ALL THE SHOWERS, ENGAGEMENT PARTIES, REHEARSAL DINNER, AND FUN CELEBRATIONS. SERIOUSLY Y’ALL, I’M TALKING HOURS! SO I FIGURED I’D TRY TO MAKE IT A LITTLE EASIER BY THROWING SOME SUPER CUTE WHITE ITEMS INTO A POST!

BELOW I’VE PULLED TOGETHER A MIX OF 30 DRESSES, JUMPSUITS, AND ROMPERS, ALONG WITH SOME SWIMMIES, ACCESSORIES, AND SHOES TO HELP MAKE YOUR “ALL WHITE EVERYTHING” SHOPPING EXPERIENCE MORE OF A ONE STOP SHOP!

DRESSES / JUMPSUITS / ROMPERS —

SWIMMIES —

ACCESSORIES —

SHOES —

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT! WHITE IS NOT ALWAYS THE EASIEST COLOR TO SHOP FOR, BUT HOPEFULLY THIS POST HELPS YOU A BIT… OR A LOT WITH ALL YOUR WHITE WARDROBE SHOPPING NEEDS!

HAPPY MONDAY FRIENDS!

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SPRING FEVER - ITEMS I'M LOVING!

HAPPY HAPPY MONDAY FRIENDS! IT IS CURRENTLY ONLY 20 DEGREES IN DALLAS, BUT CRAZY WEATHER ASIDE, I FIGURED WE COULD ALL USE A LITTLE SPRING INSPO! I HAVEN’T EXACTLY JUMPED INTO A SWIMSUIT OR THROWN ON A PAIR OF SHORTS… HINT - THE COLD TEMPS, BUT I HAVE MAJOR SPRING FEVER AND AM EXCITED TO START SHOPPING FOR ALL THINGS SPRING! I’VE GATHERED UP SOME OF MY CURRENT FAVORITES FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON, AND BEFORE THEY BEGIN TO SELL OUT, I WANTED TO SHOW Y’ALL WHAT I AM LOVING!

I HAVEN’T GONE INTO GREAT DETAIL ON EACH ITEM, BUT I DID PULL OUT A FEW ITEMS BELOW, FOR A CLOSER LOOK AS TO WHY I’M LOVING IT/THEM!

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O V E R A L L S | C R O P P E D B L O U S E | S A N D A L S |

S T A T E M E N T N E C K L A C E | S H O R T S | S T R A W H A T |

B L U E L I G H T G L A S S E S | B A B Y D O L L T O P | L I P S T I C K ( B L A N K E T Y ) |

S W I M S U I T | W E D G E S | B A G | D R E S S


  • O V E R A L L S — ONE OF MY FAVORITE TRENDS TO EVER MAKE A COMEBACK ARE OVERALLS! COMFY, VERSATILE, AND SO STINKIN’ CUTE! I LOVE THEM IN ALL STYLES, SHORT, JOGGER, WHITE DENIM, BUT MY FAVORITE IS BOYFRIEND STYLE! THEY ARE EASY TO DRESS UP OR DOWN, AND CAN BE WORN WITH SO MANY ITEMS. PAIR THEM WITH SANDALS, SLIDES, OR SNEAKS — GRAPHIC TEES, BODYSUITS, OR A LIGHT SWEATER. THEY ARE NOT ONLY PERFECT FOR SPRING, BUT CAN BE WORN ALL YEAR LONG THROUGH ALL OF THE SEASONS!

  • S T A T E M E N T N E C K L A C E — NOW, Y’ALL KNOW I AM A FAN OF SIMPLE EVERYDAY JEWELRY, BUT STATEMENT NECKLACES ARE SO FUN! OBVIOUSLY A GREAT ACCESSORY FOR A FANCY OUTFIT, BUT ALSO CUTE WITH A SIMPLE TEE AND JEANS. I RECENTLY PURCHASED THE BLUSH NECKLACE SHOWN ABOVE, AND CAN’T WAIT TO START PLAYING AROUND WITH IT COME SPRING!

  • N U D E L I P — GIVE ME NUDES!!.. NUDE LIPS OF COURSE! NUDE LIPPIES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MY GO-TO LIP COLORS. I OWN TONS AND TONS OF THEM, AND CAN’T STOP BUYING THEM. MY NEW FAVORITE IS THE MAC NUDE LIPSTICK IN THE SHADE “BLANKETY.” IT IS POSSIBLY THE BEST NUDE I HAVE FOUND TO DATE, AND THE FORMULA IS VERY MOISTURIZING, HELPING TO NOT DRY OUT THE LIPS. THE SHADE IS A NUDE WITH JUST A HINT OF A NATURAL PINK, WHICH IS THE PERFECT LIGHT, EVERYDAY COLOR FOR SPRING!

  • S T R A W H A T — I’M NOT NECCESSARILY A HAT PERSON, BUT I WANT TO BE! STRAW HATS ARE A HUGE HIT FOR THE UPCOMING SPRING AND SUMMER MONTHS, AND FOR GOOD REASON… THEY’RE CUTE! IF YOU’RE LIKE ME AND AREN’T SO SURE ABOUT THE HAT TREND, START WITH A SIMPLE STRAW HAT AND WORK ON IT FROM THERE. IT’S A GREAT BEACH/POOL ACCESSORY, WHILE ALSO LOOKING SUPER CUTE PAIRED WITH A SUMMER TOP AND YOUR FAVORITE CUTOFFS. I MEAN, WHO DOESN’T LOVE AN ACCESSORY TO HELP TAME THAT SALTY HAIR THROUGHOUT THE WARMER MONTHS?!


I HOPE YOU FOUND THIS USEFUL AND ARE LOVING ALL THE FUN TRENDS COMING FOR SPRING AS MUCH AS I AM! I’LL CHALLENGE YOU TO THIS — START A NEW SESON BY STEPPING OUT OF YOUR STYLE COMFORT ZONE. MAYBE IT’S GIVING THE HAT TREND A TRY, MAYBE IT’S ROCKING A NEW SUNGLASS FRAME, OR MAYBE IT’S SOMETHING SIMPLE, LIKE PURCHASING A DRESS IN A FUN COLOR YOU WOULDN’T NORMALLY GO FOR. WHATEVER IT IS, THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING FREEING ABOUT STEPPING OUT OF THAT COMFORT ZONE.

I’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT FUN FAVORITES YOU ARE EYEING FOR SPRING AS WELL! I’D ALSO LOVE TO HEAR HOW YOU DECIDE TO DO SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT WITH YOUR SPRING STYLE! LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT FIRST WEEK OF THE NEW MONTH!

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19 GOALS FOR 2019

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2019?! CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY THAT WE ALREADY MADE IT THROUGH THE FIRST WEEK OF A NEW YEAR. I SWEAR I SAY IT EVERY YEAR, BUT 2018 SERIOUSLY FLEW BY SO FAST! FROM TRAVELING TO NEW PLACES, FRIENDS GETTING MARRIED, SETTING GOALS (SOME ACHIEVED AND SOME STILL IN THE MAKING), TO HITTING THE 1 YEAR MARK ON OWNING OUR FIRST HOME, TO BECOMING A FAMILY OF THREE WITH OUR SWEET FUR BABY MYLO… I COULD GO ON FOR DAYS! THERE IS SOMETHING FREEING ABOUT REFLECTING ON THE PRIOR YEAR AND ALL OF IT’S UPS AND DOWNS, BUT I FIGURED I’D KEEP IT MORE “IN THE NOW” BY FOCUSING ON THE NEW YEAR.

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WHAT DO I WANT FOR THE NEW YEAR? WHERE DO I SEE MYSELF AT THE END OF 2019? WHAT THINGS WILL HAVE CHANGED AND WHAT THINGS WILL STAY THE SAME? WHAT ARE THE GOALS I HAVE FOR MYSELF IN THE YEAR 2019?


  1. TIMELINESS — I AM THE WORST ABOUT BEING ON TIME! MY FAMILY AND PAT SAY IT’S MY WORST TRAIT, AND IT IS ONE THAT HAS BEEN WITH ME FOR YEARS. THIS IS A HUGE GOAL FOR ME TO WORK TOWARDS, BUT ABSOLUTELY ONE THAT IS HIGH PRIORITY.

  2. MORE FREQUENT BLOG POSTS — THIS IS A GOAL I WANTED FOR MYSELF, BUT ALSO FOR Y’ALL. I GET REQUESTS FOR BLOG POSTS ALL THE TIME, SO I’VE MADE IT A GOAL TO GET UP AT LEAST ONE BLOG POST A WEEK. OTHERWISE, Y’ALL WON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO READ!

  3. BUDGET — IT SEEMS LIKE BUDGETING AND MONEY IS SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T LIKE TO DISCUSS. IT’S ALMOST LIKE A STEREOTYPE OF “OH, YOU’RE BUDGETING, YOU MUST BE STRUGGLING FOR MONEY.” WHEN IN REALITY, BUDGETING IS AN ORGANIZATIONAL TOOL. I MADE IT A GOAL TO BUDGET, SO THAT I CAN SEE WHERE MY MONEY IS GOING AND FROM THERE I CAN FOCUS ON MAKING & SAVING MORE.

  4. CLOSET CLEAN-OUTS — I HAVE DONE A FEW OF THESE OVER THE PAST YEAR OR SO, BUT PAT WILL TELL YOU, I NEED TO DO MORE! OUR CLOSETS ARE BURSTING WITH GREAT ITEMS THAT I HAVEN’T WORN IN YEARS. SO, I PLAN TO DO MANY MORE CLEAN-OUTS (SHOOTING FOR ONCE A MONTH), AND I WILL EITHER BE POSTING THE ITEMS FOR SALE ON MY POSHMARK (HERE) OR ON THE INSTAGRAM SHOP ACCOUNT (HERE).

  5. CURSING — CURSING IS MORE OF A BAD HABIT THAT I AM TRYING TO BREAK! A PRETTY SIMPLE GOAL, I JUST NEED TO WATCH WHAT I SAY SOMETIMES.

  6. ORGANIZE HOUSE FOR EFFICIENCY — THERE ARE A FEW PLACES IN OUR HOME THAT ARE SMALLER SPACES (LAUNDRY ROOM, SPARE CLOSETS, BATHROOMS, PANTRY…), SO I WANT TO WORK ON ORGANIZING THEM TO THEIR FULL EFFICIENCY. I WILL TAKE Y’ALL ALONG AS I DO THIS FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN ORGANIZING TIPS!

  7. CONSISTENT WORKOUTS — I AM FRUSTRATED WITH MYSELF TO ADMIT, I HAVE FULLY FALLEN OFF MY WORKOUT ROUTINE SINCE GETTING MYLO AND THROUGH THE HOLIDAY SEASONS. I’M NOW AT A WEIGHT AND APPEARANCE THAT I’M NOT HAPPY ABOUT, BUT I STARTED BACK ON MY ROUTINE THIS WEEK, AND PAN TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE YEAR! I AM CURRENTLY DOING BBG WITH A LITTLE EXTRA CARDIO! (LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM)

  8. CUT OUT SODA — THIS SHOULD ALSO BE A PRETTY SIMPLE GOAL TO MEET, SINCE I DON’T DRINK SODA A TON. I REALLY JUST DRINK IT WHEN IT’S IN THE FRIDGE OR IF I’M AT A RESTAURANT AND CRAVING IT. SO, I PLAN TO CUT IT OUT COMPLETELY IN 2019!

  9. HEALTHIER EATING HABITS — I LOVE FOOD, SO GOING FULL ON HEALTHY FOOD IS NOT IDEAL FOR ME, BUT CHOOSING HEALTHIER OPTIONS IS!

  10. VISIT (3) NEW STATES — I HAD THIS ON MY GOAL LIST LAST YEAR, BUT THE GOAL WAS TO VISIT (2) NEW STATES. I VISITED ARKANSAS & WASHINGTON DC, WHICH WERE AMAZING, AND I WANTED TO UP MY GOAL TO (3) THIS YEAR!

  11. START CREATING A RECIPE BOOK/LIST — I LOVE TO COOK & I WANT TO SHARE THOSE RECIPES WITH ANYONE WHO WANTS THEM! I HAVE STARTED TO WRITE DOWN MY FAVORITE RECIPES, AND PLAN TO SHARE THOSE WITH Y’ALL SOON. THERE MAY EVEN BE A RECIPES TAB COMING TO THE BLOG… VERY SOON!

  12. FOCUS ON MY FAITH — THIS IS A PRIORITY GOAL FOR ME. I JUST NEED TO WORK ON FOCUSING MORE ATTENTION TO FAITH AS A WHOLE.

  13. MORE FAMILY TIME — FAMILY TIME IS SO IMPORTANT TO US, BUT LIVING 1,000 MILES AWAY FROM HOME, WE OBVIOUSLY DON’T GET TO SEE THEM AS OFTEN AS WE’D LIKE. THIS GOAL IS SOMEWHAT ALREADY MET, SINCE MY PARENTS ARE PLANNING TO VISIT IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, I AM PLANNING TO VISIT MY SISTER IN FLORIDA IN THE SPRING, AND WE HAVE A FEW WEDDINGS BACK HOME THAT WE WILL TRAVEL BACK FOR THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, BUT I ADDED IT AS A GOAL, SO THAT I WOULD PUSH TO DO MORE.

  14. TRY (20) NEW RESTAURANTS — YAY, FOOD! THIS IS A FUN GOAL THAT ALLOWS ME TO TRY NEW THINGS AND HAVE FUN WHILE DOING IT! IF ANYONE HAS ANY GOOPD RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE DALLAS/Fort Worth AREA, LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.

  15. STICK TO MY “LIST” — I MAKE LISTS ALL THE TIME. TO-DO LISTS, GROCERY LISTS, LISTS AND LISTS AND LISTS, BUT I RARELY STICK TO THEM. IF I CAN ACTUALLY STICK TO THEM, I THINK IT’LL HELP ME WITH TIME MANAGEMENT AND EVEN KEEP A FEW EXTRA DOLLARS IN THE BANK!

  16. WORK ON BECOMING A MORNING PERSON — Y’ALL, THIS IS SO HARD FOR ME! I HAVE NEVER BEEN A MORNING PERSON… EVER! I HATE ALARMS AND KNOWING THAT I HAVE TO GET UP, BUT EVER SINCE GETTING MYLO, I HAVE HAD TO GET UP TO LET HER OUT EVERY MORNING AROUND 7-730, SO WHAT BETTER TIME TO USE THIS AS MOTIVATION TO BECOME MORE OF A MORNING PERSON? MY END GOAL WOULD BE TO WAKE UP EARLY ENOUGH TO GET IN MY WORKOUTS BEFORE WORK… IT’S WORTH A SHOT!

  17. BE MORE REALISTIC — I TEND TO BE REALLY HARD ON MYSELF REGARDING GOALS AND JUST LIFE IN GENERAL. I HOLD MYSELF TO THIS STANDARD THAT AT TIMES IS UNREACHABLE. I NEED TO BE MORE REALISTIC ON GOALS AND WHAT I AM CAPABLE OF IN THE MOMENT.

  18. TAKE A TRIP WITH PATRICK — JUST THE TWO OF US! WE RARELY DO TRIPS WITH JUST US, BECAUSE WE LOVE SPENDING TIME AND TRAVELING WITH FRIENDS, BUT THE ALONE TIME IS GREAT EVEN IF IT’S JUST A STAYCATION IN DALLAS.

  19. PUT THE PHONE DOWN — I’M PRETTY SURE I’M RIGHT WHEN I SAY, EVERYONE COULD BENEFIT FROM THIS! JUST A FEW MINUTES OR HOURS OF TIME AWAY FROM THE PHONE. WHEN SODIAL MEDIA IS PART OF YOUR INCOME, IT ISN’T ALWAYS EASY TO BREAK AWAY FROM IT. ON THE OTHER-HAND, BREAKS ARE GOOD FOR US AND OUR MINDS TO TAKE A BREATHER, AND I NEED TO MAKE IT A PRIORITY TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT MORE TIME AWAY FROM STARING AT A SCREEN.

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A NEW YEAR IS JUST THAT, IT’S NEW. NEW DAYS, NEW EXPERIENCES, NEW PEOPLE, NEW THOUGHTS, NEW GOALS! IT’S SOMEWHAT OF A BLANK CANVAS. WHEN, WHAT, WHERE, AND HOW YOU BEGIN TO DRAW IT IS FOR YOU TO DECIDE. WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR 2019? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW. HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS! CHEERS TO THIS BEING OUR BEST YEAR YET!

 
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THE BEST OF BLACK FRIDAY + CYBER MONDAY SALES

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HAPPY HAPPY MONDAY FRIENDS!

I HOPE Y’ALL HAD THE BEST THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE AND MAYBE A LITTLE TURKEY & PIE! BELOW I’VE ADDED ON TO MY BLACK FRIDAY SALE POST SINCE SOME SALES ARE STILL GOING AND SOME ARE NEW FOR CYBER MONDAY! EACH OF THE RETAILER’S NAMES LISTED BELOW ARE LINKED TO THEIR SITE FOR EASY ACCESS. JUST A LITTLE REMINDER, THAT YES, IF YOU USE MY LINKS AND MAKE A PURCHASE THROUGH THE LINK, I DO RECEIVE A SMALL COMMISSION THAT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. THIS IS AT NO COST TO YOU, AS THE BRANDS JUST PAY US BLOGGERS FOR DIRECTING YOU TO THEIR SITE! AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT! HAPPY SHOPPING!!



ABERCROMBIE - 50% OFF ENTIRE SITE + FREE SHIPPING, + EXTRA 15% OFF SELECT STYLES



AERIE - 40% OFF ENTIRE SITE + FREE SHIPPING

AMERICAN EAGLE - 40% OFF ENTIRE SITE + FREE SHIPPING

ANTHROPOLOGIE - 30% OFF ENTIRE SITE + FREE SHIPPING OVER $100+



ASOS - 25% OFF ENTIRE PURCHASE WITH CODE EPIC25



BANANA REPUBLIC - 50% OFF ENTIRE SITE + AN EXTRA 10% OFF FOR CARDMEMBERS

BAUBLE BAR - 35% OFF ENTIRE SITE WITH CODE CYBER35

BOOHOO - 60% OFF ENTIRE SITE

CRATE AND BARREL - 20% OFF ENTIRE SITE

DICKS SPORTING GOODS - 25% OFF ENTIRE SITE

EXPRESS - 50% ENTIRE SITE + FREE SHIPPING


FOREVER21 - 30% OFF ENTIRE SITE WITH CODE CYBER30

GAP - 50% OFF ENTIRE SITE WITH CODE CYBER

GOODNIGHT MACAROON - 30% OFF $150+ (THANKS 30), 40% OFF $250+ (THANKS40), 50% OFF $450+ (THANKS50)



H&M - 30% OFF ENTIRE SITE + FREE SHIPPING


J.CREW - 50% OFF ENTIRE SITE + EXTRA 60% OFF SALE WITH CODE CYBER

J.CREW FACTORY - 60-80% OFF ENTIRE SITE WITH CODE ADD2CART

KENDRA SCOTT - 30-60% OFF ALMOST EVERYTHING

LOFT - 50% ENTIRE SITE + FREE SHIPPING WITH CODE CYBER

MACYS - DAILY FLASH DEALS + FREE SHIPPING WHEN YOU SPEND $25+


MADEWELL - 25% OFF ENTIRE SITE WITH CODE SHOPALLDAY

NORDSTROM - UP TO 60% OFF + SPEND $250 GET $50

OLD NAVY- 50% OFF + FREE SHIPPING


POTTERY BARN - 25% OFF REGULAR [RICED ITEMS + FREE SHIPPING WITH CODE CYBER

REVOLVE - EXTRA 20% OFF FINAL SALE ITEMS WITH CODE CYBER20

SAM EDELMAN - 15% OFF $60+, 20% OFF $90+, 25% OFF $120+ WITH CODE MORESAM

SHOPBOP - EXTRA 30% OFF FINAL SALE ITEMS WITH CODE WOW18

STEVE MADDEN - 40% OFF ENTIRE SITE + FREE 2-DAY SHIPPING WITH CODE CYBER

T3 MICRO - 25% OFF ENTIRE SITE + EXTRA 25% OFF SALE ITEMS WITH CODE MONDAY18

TORY BURCH - 30% OFF $250+ WITH CODE THANKS

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MEET MYLO + PREPARING FOR A PUPPY

AFTER YEARS OF BEGGING, I AM OFFICIALLY A PUPPY MAMA, AND WE ARE OFFICIALLY MOM & DAD TO A FUR BABY! EVERYONE, MEET MYLO!

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MYLO IS A FEMALE COCKAPOO (BLACK W/ A FEW BROWN ISH AREAS, A WHITE CHIN, & A WHITE SPOT ON HER CHEST.) COCKAPOO’S ARE A MIX BETWEEN A COCKER SPANIEL & A MINIATURE POODLE. FROM WHAT I HAD READ, IT WAS THE PERFECT BREED TO TURN US INTO A FAMILY OF THREE. THEY ARE HYPOALLERGENIC (NO SHEDDING -- WHOOP! WHOOP!), ARE GREAT WITH SMALL CHILDREN, AND ARE SUPPOSED TO BE VERY SMART.

I CAME ACROSS A COCKAPOO BREEDER NOT FAR FROM DALLAS A FEW WEEKS AGO, AND BEGAN LOOKING INTO REVIEWS AND RESEARCHING MORE INFO ON THEM. IT TURNS OUT THAT THEY ARE ONLY 1 OF 3 COCKAPOO BREEDERS IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, AND SHE HAD A FEW PUPPIES AVAILABLE TO GO HOME IN 9 DAYS! SO, TWO DAYS LATER, WE WERE DRIVING TO KEMP, TEXAS, ABOUT AN HOUR FROM DALLAS, TO MEET OUR POTENTIAL BABE. FIND OUR BREEDER’S SITE HERE! THEY MENTIONED TO US, THAT THEY ARE EXPECTING A NEW LITTER AROUND CHRISTMAS!

FROM THE SECOND WE WALKED IN THE DOOR, SHE WAS OBSESSED WITH PAT. YES, I WAS A LITTLE JEALOUS, BUT MORE THAN THAT, I WAS IN LOVE WITH WATCHING THEM TOGETHER. WITHIN 30 MINUTES, WE KNEW SHE WAS OURS, AND WE WE’RE MAKING A PICK-UP APPOINTMENT FOR THE FOLLOWING THURSDAY! I SWEAR WE DIDN’T SLEEP FOR THAT FULL WEEK, AND WE COULDN’T STOP SMILING. I ALSO DIDN’T STOP RESEARCHING ANY AND ALL THINGS PUPPY. COLLARS, TOYS, SHAMPOO, TEETHING TRICKS, DOG BEDS, CRATES, YOU NAME IT, AND I WAS ADDING IT TO MY AMAZON CART!

BELOW IS A LIST OF WHAT WE BOUGHT TO PREPARE FOR MYLO:

— BEFORE —

  • COLLAR - BUYING A CHEAP PUPPY COLLAR IS SMART, BECAUSE THEY WILL GET IT DIRTY & THEY WILL OUTGROW IT

  • PUPPY LEASH - THIS IS A SIMPLE LEASH TO USE WITH PUPPIES, SINCE THEY ARE NOT BIG OR STRONG ENOUGH TO USE THE NORMAL RETRACTABLE LEASHES YET.

  • CRATE - MAKE SURE YOU BUY THE RIGHT SIZE CRATE FOR YOUR DOG AS A PUPPY AND TO GROW IN TO. THE ONE WE BOUGHT IS GREAT, BECAUSE IT HAS A DIVIDER, WHICH HELPS HER BE ABLE TO GROW INTO IT. OURS IS THE 36IN. OPTION.

  • CRATE PAD - THIS JUST HELPS TO MAKE THE CRATE A LITTLE MORE COZY.

  • BABY GATE - WE HAVE STAIRS IN OUR HOUSE, SO WE USE THIS TO KEEP HER UPSTAIRS WITH US & SO SHE DOESN’T FALL DOWN THE STAIRS.

  • BED - THIS BED IS HANDS DOWN THE SOFTEST THING EVER! WHEN I BROUGHT IT HOME, PAT SAID “SO, WHERE CAN WE GET A BED THAT FEELS LIKE THIS?” LOL!

  • PUPPY BLANKET - MYLO HATES TO BE COLD AND IS SUCH A SNUGGLER, SO THIS BLANKET IS PERFECT FOR ALLLLL THE PUPPY SNUGGLES!

  • BABY SWADDLES - I LOVE THESE, BECAUSE THEY ARE SPECIFICALLY HERS & SHE CAN PLAY OR LAY WITH THEM.

  • FOOD/WATER BOWLS - WE KEPT IT SIMPLE AND ORDERED ADULT CEREAL BOWLS & HAVE BEEN USING THEM AS FOOD/WATER BOWLS.

  • PORTABLE FOOD/WATER BOWLS - THESE ARE PERFECT FOR TAKING WITH YOU ON THE GO. FOR EXAMPLE, TO A FRIENDS HOUSE OR ON A WALK.

  • STUFFED ANIMAL - I SUGGEST BUYING ONE THAT IS SIMILAR IN SIZE TO YOUR PUP. MYLO LOVES HAVING THIS IN HER CRATE AS COMFORT, SIMILAR TO HAVING ONE OF HER PUPPY SIBLINGS NEAR HER.

  • KONG - THIS IS KEY IN KEEPING THEM OCCUPIED FOR A SHORT TIME IF YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING AROUND THE HOUSE. WE FILL THE KONG WITH 10-15 PIECES OF PUPPY FOOD + A TABLESPOON OF PEANUT BUTTER AND STICK IT IN THE FREEZER. WITH IT BEING FROZEN, IT WILL OCCUPY THEM AS THEY TRY TO LICK THROUGH THE FOOD & PB!

  • TEETHING BONES - THESE HAVE BEEN A LIFESAVER! SHE LOVES THESE, AND THEY ALSO CALM HER DOWN.

  • BRUSH - GOTTA KEEP THEM LOOKING FLUFFY & CUTE, RIGHT?

  • FLEA COMB - THIS IS GREAT TO HAVE AROUND JUST IN CASE YOU THINK YOUR PUP MIGHT HAVE FLEAS OR A TICK.

  • DAWN DISH SOAP - SINCE PUPPIES AREN’T ABLE TO USE MANY OF THE SHAMPOOS ON THE MARKET UNTIL THEY REACH AROUND 12 WEEKS OF AGE, I HEARD FROM A FRIEND & THE MANAGER AT MY LOCAL PETSMART, THAT DAWN DISH SOAP SHOULD BE MY GO-TO!

  • PEE PADS - I BOUGHT THESE, AND TRUTHFULLY, ALL SHE WANTED TO DO WAS SHRED THEM UP, BUT I’M NOT MADE ABOUT IT BECAUSE I WASN’T SUPER EXCITED ABOUT USING THEM ANYWAYS.

  • POOP BAGS - I BOUGHT THESE IN BULK… AS IN I BOUGHT 900 OF THEM! LOL

  • FOOD - THIS IS THE FOOD WE BOUGHT, BUT I RECOMMEND TALKING WITH YOUR BREEDER ON WHAT TYPE OF FOOD THEY ARE CURRENTLY FEEDING YOUR PUP AND STICK WITH THAT AT LEAST FOR A FEW WEEKS.

  • TRAINING TREATS - THESE TREATS ARE AMAZING! SMALL, SOFT, AND MINIMAL CALORIES, SO IT’S EASY TO TRAIN WITH THEM AND NOT FEEL LIKE YOU’RE FEEDING THEM A WHOLE SEPARATE MEAL.

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OUR SWEET GIRL IS NOW HOME & GETTING ALL THE LOVE! SHE HAS BEEN GREAT AT USING THE BATHROOM OUTSIDE, LOVES TO TURN OUR FINGERS INTO CHEW TOYS, & IS MORE OF A SNUGGLE BUG THEN WE COULD HAVE EVER HOPED FOR (IF YOU KNOW PAT & I, YOU KNOW OUR LOVE FOR LAZY SNUGGLE TIME.)

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, LEAVE ME A COMMENT OR SEND ME A DM ON IG! ALSO, IF YOU WANNA SEE MORE OF OUR MYLO & HER DAILY ADVENTURES, FOLLOW HER ON INSTAGRAM (@_LIFEOFMYLO_). DO YOU HAVE A FUR BABY? I’D LOVE TO HEAR ALL ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE 4 LEGGED FRIENDS TOO! HAPPY HAPPY MONDAY BABES!

NOW OFF TO CATCH SOME Z’S WITH MY!

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GAME DAY OUTFIT IDEAS

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WHO'S READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?! 

I KNOW I SURE AM! NOW, WHEN I THINK COLLEGE FOOTBALL, MY MIND IMMEDIATELY THINKS ORANGE & PURPLE! FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW, I WENT TO CLEMSON UNIVERSITY IN SC (GO TIGERS!!), AND LOVED EVERY SECOND OF MY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE! TAILGATING HAS ALWAYS BEEN NOSTALGIC FOR ME, SEEING AS MY PARENTS TOOK ME TO MY FIRST CLEMSON GAME AT JUST 2 WEEKS OLD, YES!! TWO WEEKS! FROM THEN ON, WE DIDN'T MISS TOO MANY HOME GAMES, AND DEATH VALLEY BECAME A HOME AWAY FROM HOME. 

FOOTBALL IS ALSO SUPER FUN FOR PAT & I TO LOOK BACK ON AND TO LOOK FORWARD TO. WHEN WE WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL, I ACTUALLY TOOK HIM TO HIS FIRST CLEMSON GAME. I'M PRETTY SURE IT'S WHERE HE FELL IN LOVE... WITH CLEMSON OF COURSE! I HAD ALREADY WON HIM OVER A FEW YEARS PRIOR! ;) WE LOOK BACK ON OUR TIME SPENT THERE TOGETHER, AND IT'S CRAZY THAT IN NO TIME WE WILL HOPEFULLY BE INTRODUCING OUR OWN TO THOSE FUN TRADITIONS. 

AS YOU CAN SEE, COLLEGE FOOTBALL ISN'T JUST FOOTBALL TO ME, BUT SO MUCH MORE. IT'S TAILGATING. IT'S YUMMY FOOD & A COLD DRINK. IT'S THE LEAVES CHANGING COLORS IN THE FALL. IT'S A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES. AND FOR SOME OF US IT'S ALSO, THE CLOTHES!

SO, ON TO THE FUN STUFF! I FIGURED WITH ALL THE SCHOOL COLORS OUT THERE, I COULDN'T JUST THROW UP A FEW DRESSES AND BE DONE WITH IT, SO I'VE SEPARATED THE ITEMS BY COLOR! ASIDE FROM COLORS, I'VE ALSO INCLUDED 3 OTHER SECTIONS: GRAPHIC TOPS, SWEATERS, & BOTTOMS! ENJOY!!

 

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-- O R A N G E --

 

-- Y E L L O W --

 

-- G R E E N --

 

-- B L U E --

 

-- P U R P L E --

 

-- W H I T E --

 

-- B L A C K --

 

-- G R A P H I C   T O P S --

 

 

-- S W E A T E R S --

 

 

-- B O T T O M S --

 

HAPPY, HAPPY FOOTBALL SEASON Y'ALL! OH, AND ONE MORE THING... GO TIGERS! ;)

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LET'S TALK FOOD -- WHAT I EAT IN A DAY!

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FOOD, FOOD, FOOD! SURPRISINGLY, THIS IS A TOPIC THAT COMES UP IN MANY CONVERSATIONS I HAVE WITH Y'ALL. WHAT DO I EAT IN A DAY? WHAT IS MY DAILY EATING SCHEDULE? DO I DIET? WHAT FOODS DO I LIKE & DISLIKE? DO I DRINK?, AND THE QUESTIONS CONTINUE. THIS IS KIND OF ONE OF THOSE POSTS, WHERE I'M LIKE EH, DO I WRITE IT OR DO I NOT...

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BUT, SINCE THE POST WAS HIGHLY REQUESTED, I FIGURED I'D GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT! BEFORE JUMPING IN, I DID WANT TO DO A LITTLE FYI TO TOUCH ON A FEW THINGS:

1. I AM IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM A NUTRITIONIST, NOR HAVE I EVER MET WITH ONE ABOUT WHAT I SHOULD OR SHOULDN'T BE EATING. I HAVE NO FORMAL EDUCATION ON THE SUBJECT, BUT IF I EVER GET SOME, I'LL LET Y'ALL KNOW. 

2. I DO NOT EAT "HEALTHY" 24/7. TRUTHFULLY, I PROBABLY EAT HEALTHY 60% OF THE TIME, AND THE OTHER 40% IS ONE BIG REASON I WORKOUT! NO SHAME IN MY FOOD LOVING GAME!

3. THIS IS MY PERSONAL DAY TO DAY DIET. EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT! DIFFERENT BODY TYPES, DIFFERENT AGES, DIFFERENT LIFESTYLES, DIFFERENT METABOLISMS, WE. ARE. ALL. UNIQUE. SO, WHAT WORKS FOR ME, MAY NOT WORK FOR EVERYONE!

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OKAYYY, NOW THAT ALL THAT'S OUT OF THE WAY, LET'S GET TO IT! HERE IS WHAT A TYPICAL DAY OF FOOD LOOKS LIKE FOR ME:

 

-- M O R N I N G -- 

"BREAKFAST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY" WE'VE ALL HEARD IT, BUT DO YOU TRUST IT? -- PERSONALLY, I LOVE BREAKFAST FOOD, AND REALLY FEEL A DIFFERENCE IN MY ENERGY WHEN I START MY DAY OFF WITH AT LEAST A LITTLE SOMETHING! 

-- FIRST THINGS FIRST - I DON'T DRINK COFFEE ON A DAILY BASIS! CALL ME CRAZY, BUT I DON'T ENJOY IT AS AN EVERYDAY NECESSITY. IF YOU EVER SEE ME WITH A COFFEE, IT'S BECAUSE I WAS CRAVING THE FLAVOR OR I'M REALLY SUPER EXTRA TIRED!

-- A.M. DRINK - I DRINK A LARGE ICE WATER ON MY WAY INTO WORK EACH DAY!

-- A.M. FOOD - I NORMALLY HAVE 1 OF 4 THINGS:

  • FRUIT PARFAIT -- I MAKE THESE AT HOME AND TAKE THEM WITH ME TO WORK. ALL I USE IS 2 PARTS FRESH FRUIT, 1 PART GRANOLA (THIS IS MY CURRENT FAV), 2 PARTS VANILLA GREEK YOGURT. SUPER EASY! 
  • OATMEAL -- IF I'M DOING OATMEAL, I'M EATING THE GOOD OLE QUAKER INSTANT OATMEAL, (I PREFER THE MAPLE BROWN SUGAR OR THE FRUIT & CREAM FLAVORS) POSSIBLY WITH SOME ADDED FRUIT DEPENDING ON THE DAY!
  • CLIF BAR -- I LOVEEEE THESE! THEY'RE SUPER FILLING, AND THEY HAVE A TON OF GREAT FLAVORS. MY FAVORITES ARE COOL MINT CHOCOLATE, CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER, & PEANUT TOFFEE BUZZ!
  • EGG MUFFINS -- I MAKE THESE AT HOME, AND WHEN I DO, I NORMALLY MAKE ENOUGH TO LAST ME THROUGH THE WEEK. WHAT I PUT IN THEM VARIES, BUT FOR THE MOST PART IT'S A COMBINATION OF EGGS, VEGGIES (BROCCOLI, MUSHROOMS, ONIONS, TOMATOES - YES, I KNOW IT'S A FRUIT), CHEESE (GOAT CHEESE IS MY FAV), SALT & PEPPER. ***RECIPE TAB INCLUDING THIS RECIPE COMING SOON!***

-- OTHER BREAKFAST FOODS I LOVE - BLUEBERRY PANCAKES/WAFFLES, FRENCH TOAST, BACON, BISCUITS & GRAVY, CINNAMON ROLLS... I COULD SERIOUSLY GO ON FOR DAYS!

 

-- S N A C K S --

I AM A HUGE SNACKER!! 

-- I NORMALLY SNACK A FEW TIMES A DAY, BUT I DO WATCH MY PORTION SIZES. (TIP) - PACKAGING THINGS INTO INDIVIDUAL BAGGIES MAKES IT EASIER TO ONLY EAT WHAT'S IN THAT BAG VERSUS IF YOU WERE TO HAVE THE WHOLE BAG IN FRONT OF YOU.

-- HEALTHY SNACKS - 

  • PRETZEL THINS -- THESE EVERYTHING FLAVORED ONES ARE SO SO GOOD!
  • DRIED FRUIT -- APPLES & BANANAS ARE MY GO-TOS
  • YOGURT SQUEEZERS -- THESE AREN'T JUST FOR KIDS! THEY HELP ME WHEN I'M CRAVING SWEETS! I LIKE TO KEEP THEM IN THE FREEZER, SO THAT THEY'RE KIND OF LIKE ICE CREAM. THESE ARE ONE OF MY FAVS!
  • TRAIL MIX -- I LOVE THIS ONE! 

-- NOT SO HEALTHY SNACKS -

  • ALL THE DIPS -- WHEN I DIP, YOU DIP, WE DIP! YOU NAME IT, I PROBABLY LIKE IT. 
  • BARK THINS -- THESE AREN'T TERRIBLE FOR YOU, EXCEPT WHEN YOU'RE LIKE ME AND YOU CAN EAT A WHOLE BAG IN ONE SITTING... I LOVE THE DARK CHOCOLATE/PUMPKIN SEED FLAVOR!
  • CANDY -- THIS COULD POSSIBLY BE IT'S OWN FOOD GROUP TO ME, BUT I'LL LEAVE IT AT THIS... I LOVE CANDY! -- IT'S NOT A GOOD HABIT, BUT I DON'T REMEMBER THE LAST DAY I DIDN'T HAVE AT LEAST ONE PIECE OF CANDY.. SOUR PATCH KIDS, GUMMY BEARS, REESE'S, PEANUT M&M'S... SHOULD I CONTINUE??

 

-- N O O N --

AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS LUNCH IS BORING?..

-- UNLESS I HAVE A CLIENT MEETING OR EVENT, I KEEP LUNCH PRETTY SIMPLE!

-- LUNCH GO-TOS -

  • ADULT LUNCHABLES -- I CALL THEM THAT, BECAUSE THAT'S KIND OF WHAT THEY ARE! I PACK IT MYSELF, BUT IT NORMALLY CONSISTS OF A VARIATION OF THE FOLLOWING --LUNCH MEAT, CHEESE, RAW VEGGIES & HUMMUS, LOW SODIUM DILL PICKLES, FRESH FRUIT, & CRACKERS.
  • TUNA SALAD W/ VEGGIES -- I BUY THESE AND MIX IN GREEK YOGURT OR LOW FAT MAYO, SALT/PEPPER, SUNFLOWER SEEDS, AND DRIED CRANBERRIES. I EAT IT WITH RAW VEGGIES, NORMALLY BROCCOLI, CARROTS, OR CELERY. 
  • SALAD -- PAT & I LOVE SALADS! WE PROBABLY GO THROUGH ABOUT 1-2 HEADS/BAGS OF LETTUCE A WEEK, SO WE ALWAYS HAVE STUFF TO MAKE GOOD SALADS. I CAN MAKE A PRETTY GOOD SALAD (RECIPES TAB COMING SOON!) IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF, BUT DURING THE WEEK, I'LL SOMETIMES BUY THESE SALAD PACKETS AND SWAP OUT THE DRESSING FOR MY OWN FAVORITE DRESSINGS DEPENDING ON MY MOOD. I WILL SOMETIMES ADD RAW VEGGIES OR GRILLED CHICKEN TO THEM TOO!

 

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PROBABLY MY FAVORITE MEAL OF THE DAY, BECAUSE IT MEANS I'M HOME!

-- DINNER IS PRETTY UP IN THE AIR FOR US! IF YOU'VE BEEN FOLLOWING ME FOR A WHILE, THEN YOU KNOW WE DO HELLO FRESH 3 NIGHTS A WEEK MOST WEEKS. (I HAVE TONS OF "FIRST BOX FREE" CODES TO SHARE, SHOOT ME A DM ON INSTAGRAM OR LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW IF YOU'RE INTERESTED!) ASIDE FROM HELLO FRESH, I DO HAVE TONS OF RECIPES FOR DINNERS THAT PAT & I ENJOY. ***RECIPE TAB COMING SOON!***

-- P.M. FOODS -

  • MEAT & VEGGIES -- PAT IS A MEAT & POTATOES MAN, AND YES, I LOVE A GOOD STEAK DINNER, BUT AGAIN I DO WATCH MY PORTIONS. MOST OF THE TIME I MAKE MASHED OR ROASTED POTATOES FOR PAT AND VEGGIES FOR ME! HE'LL EAT THE VEGGIES TOO, BUT I TRY TO WATCH MY CARB INTAKE WHEN I CAN. OUR FAVORITE PROTEINS TO COOK ARE ROASTED CHICKEN & PORK TENDERLOIN!
  • PASTA -- WE LOVEEE PASTA! I MAKE VARIATIONS OF IT ALL THE TIME. THIS IS ANOTHER DINNER THAT I CAN MONITOR MY CARBS ON. I MAY MAKE SPAGHETTI FOR PAT, BUT ILL BOIL OR STEAM VEGGIES FOR MYSELF, AND MIX ABOUT 3/4 VEGGIES WITH 1/4 PASTA, TOP IT WITH SAUCE AND VIOLA! I GET A LOW CARB PASTA MEAL AND PAT GETS ALL THE CARBS HE ENJOYS!
  • SANDWICHES -- WE ALL HAVE THOSE LAZY NIGHTS! PAT AND I ARE HUGE SANDWICH PEOPLE, SO WE ALWAYS HAVE THE SANDWICH NECESSITIES! 

 

-- D R I N K S -- 

-- DAY DRINKS - I DRINK TONS OF WATER THROUGHOUT THE DAY! I’D SAY PROBABLY 5-7 GLASSES OR MORE A DAY! I ALSO LOVE LA CROIX SPARKLING WATER (THE TARGET BRAND HERE IS REALLY GOOD TOO!).

-- NIGHT DRINKS - I LOVE MILK, SO BEFORE BED 1-2 NIGHTS A WEEK I DRINK A GLASS OF 2% MILK. I ALSO LOVE HOT TEA! BELOW ARE A FEW OF MY FAVS! 

-- ADULT DRINKS - SO TO ANSWER THE QUESTION, YES I DRINK! SOMETIMES PROBABLY TOO MUCH.. I WOULDN’T SAY I’M PICKY REGARDING DRINKS, BUT I DO HAVE MY FAVORITES! 

  • CHAMPAGNE -- BRING ON THE BUBBLES! 
  • WHITE WINE -- LOVE A FRUITY SAUVIGNON BLANC 
  • MARGARITA -- 1 TEQUILA, 2 TEQUILA, 3 TEQUILA, MORE! GIVE ME ALL THE YUMMY MARGS... WITHOUT SALT!  
  • VODKA + SODA + 2 LIMES -- THIS IS AN EASY GO-TO WHEN I’M OUT. I ALSO TEND TO ORDER IT WITH FLAVORED VODKA FOR A LITTLE MORE TASTE! 
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AND THERE YOU HAVE IT! IF YOU CAN'T TELL, I LOVE FOOD! PAT MAKES FUN OF ME ALL THE TIME FOR HOW PARTICULAR I AM WITH MY FOOD. I’M NOT PICKY BUT I LIKE THINGS THE WAY I LIKE THEM (I.E. - CONDIMENTS, PAIRINGS, FAST FOOD ORDERS...) I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT CANDY, I SNACK OFTEN, I EAT FAST FOOD, & I LOVE A GOOD COCKTAIL! SO, CLEARLY THIS IS A JUDGEMENT FREE ZONE!!

I EAT WHAT I WANT, BUT I WATCH WHAT I EAT. I ALSO STAY ACTIVE, WORKING OUT ABOUT 4-5 TIMES A WEEK, AND THIS IS WHAT WORKS FOR ME. LIFE IS ALL ABOUT BALANCE RIGHT?! 

I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM Y'ALL! WHAT ARE YOUR BALANCES? WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SNACKS? DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING CONSISTENT IN YOUR DIET THAT WORKS FOR YOU? LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW! THANKS FOR READING! HAPPY FRIDAY, FRIENDS!


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CUSTOM TEETH WHITENING + GIVEAWAY W/ SMILE BRILLIANT

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IF YOU KNOW ME, THEN YOU KNOW I LOVE CANDY! IT IS ONE OF MY DAILY WEAKNESSES, AND I RARELY GO A DAY WITHOUT IT. I KNOW THE SUGAR INTAKE ISN'T GOOD, BUT WE ALL HAVE THOSE THINGS GUILTY PLEASURES RIGHT?? ON THE FLIP SIDE OF LOVING CANDY, I ALSO HATE WHAT IT HAS DONE AND CAN DO TO MY TEETH. WE ALL KNOW SUGAR CAN CAUSE CAVITIES, BUT SUGAR CAN ALSO CAUSE STAINING AND BUILD UP ON YOUR TEETH. OVER THE YEARS, I HAVE USED MANY DIFFERENT WHITENING SYSTEMS, BUT NOTHING EVER GAVE ME THE RESULTS I WAS LOOKING FOR AND MANY OF THEM WERE PRETTY PRICEY. SO, WHEN SMILE BRILLIANT REACHED OUT TO  ME, I WAS EXCITED TO GIVE SOMETHING NEW A TRY! 

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I COULD TELL RIGHT WHEN I OPENED THE PACKAGE, THAT THEIR PRODUCT AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL WAS DIFFERENT THEN MANY OTHER WHITENING BRANDS ON THE MARKET. HERE IS A GLIMPSE AT THE PROCESS:

HOW SMILE BRILLIANT WORKS:

  • I FILLED OUT A SMALL SURVEY OF TEETH RELATED QUESTIONS, AND SMILE BRILLIANT SENT ME EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO GET THE WHITENING PROCESS STARTED
  • THE TEETH WHITENING KIT RECEIVED INCLUDES THE PRODUCTS, ALONG WITH EASY TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO CREATE THE MOLDS OF YOUR TEETH, SO THAT THEY COULD THEN CREATE MY CUSTOM FITTED WHITENING TRAYS (THEY EVEN SEND EXTRA, JUST IN CASE YOU MESS UP)
  • I THEN SENT OFF THE IMPRESSIONS WITH THE SHIPPING PACKAGE & LABEL THAT THEY SENT IN MY BOX. SIDE NOTE: THIS WAS SUPER HELPFUL THAT THE LABEL WAS READY TO GO. ALL I HAD TO DO WAS DROP OFF THE PACKAGE AT MY LOCAL POST OFFICE.
  • I RECEIVED MY WHITENING TRAYS WITHIN A WEEK OR SO, AND BEGAN THE WHITENING PROCESS RIGHT AWAY!
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I STARTED OFF BY LEAVING THE TEETH WHITENING GEL ON FOR JUST ABOUT 30 MINUTES TO AN HOUR, AND BEGAN TO LEAVE IT ON LONGER FROM THERE. I WANTED TO WORK MY WAY UP, JUST SO I WASN'T CAUSING MY TEETH TO FEEL SUPER SENSITIVE. ALSO REGARDING SENSITIVITY, THE SYSTEM INCLUDES A DESENSITIZING GEL, WHICH YOU APPLY AFTER YOU'RE DONE WITH EACH WHITENING SESSION. AFTER JUST 2-3 DAYS, I BEGAN TO SEE RESULTS. I HAVE NOW BEEN USING THE SYSTEM FOR ABOUT 5-6 WEEKS, AND COULDN'T BE HAPPIER WITH THE RESULTS I'VE RECEIVED THUS FAR AND THE RESULTS THAT ARE STILL TO COME!

BEFORE & AFTER:

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OVERALL, I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER WITH THE RESULTS. I HAVE NOTICED A HUGE CHANGE IN THE WAY I VIEW MY TEETH, AND I'VE EVEN GOTTEN QUESTIONS FROM MANY PEOPLE ON WHICH WHITENING SYSTEM I USE, INCLUDING MY DENTIST WHEN I WAS IN FOR A CLEANING LAST WEEK! (KIND OF MAKES YA FEEL GOOD, RIGHT??) I HIGHLY RECOMMEND SMILE BRILLIANT TO ANYONE OF YOU LOOKING FOR A QUICK & SAFE PATH TO PRETTY PEARLY WHITES!

SO, JUST TO SHOW YOU HOW EXCITED I AM ABOUT THEIR SYSTEM, SMILE BRILLIANT AND I HAVE TEAMED UP FOR A GIVEAWAY!

ENTER HERE FOR A CHANCE TO WIN YOUR VERY OWN SMILE BRILLIANT KIT FOR FREE!

OR, YOU CAN USE CODE ALIXHANAHAN FOR 10% OFF YOUR SMILE BRILLIANT PURCHASE!

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NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE 2018 -- EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW!

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IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN FRIENDS! IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW THAT I'M TALKING ABOUT THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE! IT IS A SALE UNLIKE ANY OTHER, AND HANDS DOWN THE BEST TIME TO SHOP FOR SO MANY GREAT ITEMS! THE MARKDOWNS ARE AMAZING, AND SUCH A FUN TIME TO GET YOUR SHOP ON!

SO, FIRST THING'S FIRST, WHAT IS THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE?

AS I MENTIONED ABOVE, IT REALLY IS A SALE UNLIKE ANY OTHER. YOU'RE PROBABLY USED TO OTHER RETAILERS FORMING THEIR SALES AROUND MARKING DOWN OLD ITEMS, BUT NORDSTROM CENTERS THIS SALE AROUND MARKING DOWN NEW AND TOP SELLING ITEMS. WE'RE TALKING BRAND NEW MERCHANDISE AT HUGE DISCOUNTS! ALL THE NEW FALL STYLES DISCOUNTED FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, MOST OF WHICH DON'T EVER GO BACK ON SALE! JUST THINK, YOU COULD HAVE YOUR FALL WARDROBE PURCHASED AT A DISCOUNT AND READY TO GO, ALL BEFORE THE LEAVES CHANGE COLORS! 

ALSO, THE #NSALE EXTENDS OVER ALL CATEGORIES: WOMEN'S CLOTHING, SHOES, BAGS, ACCESSORIES, MENSWEAR, BEAUTY, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN! THE #NSALE CATALOG WAS SENT OUT A FEW WEEKS AGO, AND IT WAS SUCH A TEASER!! (CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2018 CATALOG)

NEXT, WHAT ARE MY TIPS & WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SHOPPING THE SALE?

1. THINGS WILL SELL OUT, AND FAST! SO IF YOU SEE SOMETHING YOU LIKE, SNAG IT WHILE YOU CAN! 2. EARLY ACCESS STARTS THURSDAY JULY 12TH AND RUNS THROUGH THURSDAY JULY 19TH. THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN SHOP EARLY ACCESS, IS BY OPENING UP A NORDSTROM CREDIT CARD. (CLICK HERE TO SIGNUP FOR A NORDSTROM CREDIT CARD) 3. IF YOU OPT OUT OF GETTING THE NORDSTROM CREDIT CARD, THE SALE OPENS TO THE PUBLIC ON FRIDAY JULY 20TH AND GOES THROUGH  SUNDAY AUGUST 5TH. 4. KEEP THE SALE IN MIND FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING! DON'T ONLY VIEW THE SALE FOR YOURSELF, BUT KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THAT PERFECT GIFT FOR THAT PERFECT SOMEONE, BECAUSE EVEN WHEN THE HOLIDAYS ROLL AROUND, THE DISCOUNTS WON'T BE THIS GOOD. 5. KEEP UP WITH YOUR FAVORITE BLOGGERS, CAUSE WE ARE ON THE SALE 24/7, AND IN THE CASE THAT ITEMS GET RESTOCKED (MOST LIKELY FROM RETURNS), WE ARE THERE TO LET YOU KNOW!

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • 7.12 - 7.19 -- SALE IS OPEN FOR EARLY ACCESS TO NORDSTROM CREDIT CARDS HOLDERS!
  • 7.20 - 8.5 -- SALE IS OPEN TO EVERYONE!
  • 8.6 -- PRICES GO BACK UP!

SOME OF MY FAVORITE PURCHASES FROM LAST YEAR:

ADIDAS TENNIES, NIKE ACTIVEWEAR, FREE PEOPLE FLANNEL, BP CARDIGAN, KRISTIN CAVALLARI/CHINESE LAUNDRY BOOTIES, SOLE SOCIETY LEATHER BACKPACK, BP BASIC TEES, AND SO. MUCH. MORE!

OTHER FAVORITE ITEMS THAT ARE ALWAYS SUPER POPULAR:

  • BOOTS/BOOTIES -- TORY BURCH, VINCE CAMUTO, VIA SPIGA, SAM EDELMAN, UGG
  • CARDIGANS/SWEATERS -- VINCE, MADEWELL, BP, TOPSHOP
  • BAGS -- REBECCA MINKOFF, TORY BURCH, SOLE SOCIETY, MARC JACOBS
  • BEAUTY -- DRYBAR, T3, FOREO, CLARISONIC
  • MENS -- COLE HAAN SHOES, TOPSHOP SWEATERS, NIKE & ADIDAS ACTIVEWEAR

WHAT AM I LOOKING FOR THIS YEAR?

TOP ON MY LIST IS SWEATERS & BASICS! I'M A SUCKER FOR A GOOD SWEATER/CARDIGAN, AND IF YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING ME ON INSTAGRAM AT ALL, THEN YOU KNOW I LOVE A GOOD BASIC ANY TIME OF THE YEAR. NEXT ON MY LIST IS ACCESSORIES! THE BAG SELECTION IS ALWAYS REALLY GOOD, AND I'M EXCITED TO SEE WHAT ACCESSORIES ARE INCLUDED IN THE SALE THIS YEAR! ANOTHER THING I ALWAYS LOOK AT NO MATTER WHAT IS THE SHOES!! Y'ALL WHEN I SAY THE SHOES ARE GOOD, I MEAN THE SHOES ARE GOOD!

SO, ARE YOU READY YET??

I HOPE SO! IT REALLY IS A ONE OF A KIND SALE WHERE YOU CAN RACK IN THE SAVINGS ON ITEMS THAT REALISTICALLY, YOU WERE PROBABLY GOING TO PURCHASE COME FALL ANYWAYS, BUT NOW THEY'RE DISCOUNTED! I WILL HAVE MY TOP PICKS UP ON THE BLOG ASAP, AND I WILL UPDATE MY PICKS AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE SALE. 

* * * DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW MY ON INSTAGRAM (FOLLOW ME HERE) AND IN THE LIKETOKNOW.IT APP (FOLLOW ME HERE) FOR EXCLUSIVE TRY-ONS, ITEMS & RESTOCKS THAT I COME ACROSS THROUGHOUT THE SALE! * * *

ALSO, FEEL FREE TO LEAVE ME A COMMENT HERE OR SHOOT ME A DM ON INSTAGRAM WITH ANY AND ALL QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE,! I'M HERE TO HELP!

HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, NORDSTROM SALE EVE, FRIENDS!

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GINGHAM TOP + CHOOSING SECURITY WITHIN YOURSELF

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HERE WE ARE IN 2018, IN A WORLD THAT THRIVES OFF SOCIAL MEDIA, TECHNOLOGICAL ENGAGEMENT, AND JUDGEMENT. THESE FACTORS MAKE IT SO EASY TO FEEL OVERWHELMED, DEFEATED, AND LOST. AS A BLOGGER, I REALIZE I PUT MYSELF AND MY LIFE OUT THERE FOR ANYONE AND EVERYONE TO SEE. I ALSO REALIZE THAT THIS HAS CHANGED THE WAY I VIEW MYSELF ON A DAILY BASIS.  

OFTEN TIMES, I'VE CAUGHT MYSELF THINKING... AM I ON THE RIGHT PATH? AM I DOING THINGS DAILY TO BETTER MYSELF? AM I BEING THE ROLE MODEL I WOULD WANT MY CHILDREN TO FOLLOW? AM I SUCCEEDING AT THE RIGHT PACE? AM I TRULY LIVING MY BEST LIFE?

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THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS STEM DOWN TO BEING SECURE AND CONFIDENT IN MYSELF. IF I'M SECURE WITH WHAT I'M DOING, SECURE IN THE PERSON I AM, AND CONFIDENT IN MY PATH, THEN THE ANSWERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. 

I HADN'T EVER REALLY GOTTEN DEEP IN THOUGHTS LIKE THESE UNTIL I STARTED BLOGGING. IT HAS OPENED MY EYES TO SO MANY THINGS. LIFE ISN'T ALWAYS PRETTY PICTURES AND INSTAGRAM POSTS. LIFE CAN BE HARD. LIFE IS HARD. I'M NOT PERFECT, NOR DO I CLAIM TO BE. WE ALL HAVE FLAWS INSIDE AND OUT. ISN'T THAT THE BEAUTY IN LIFE? BEING DIFFERENT, BEING YOU, AS ONLY YOU CAN BE? 

CREATIVITY HAS BEEN A "ME THING" SINCE FOREVER, AND FASHION HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY PASSION. BLOGGING HAS ALLOWED ME TO OPEN UP THAT PASSION AND CREATIVITY WITHIN MYSELF AND OTHERS. Y'ALL, WHEN I SAY I KNEW NOTHING, I. KNEW. NOTHING. ABOUT THE BLOGGING WORLD WHEN I STARTED. I HAD NO IDEA ALL THAT WENT INTO IT, AND AT ABOUT A YEAR IN, I STILL FEEL LIKE I'M LEARNING MORE AND MORE EVERYDAY.

I'M AT A POINT IN LIFE WHERE SECURITY IS SO NEEDED. ON TOP OF BEING A WIFE, MAINTAINING A HOUSE, SHOWING LOVE TO THOSE THAT MEAN THE MOST, HAVING A CAREER, AND TRYING TO JUGGLE ANYTHING ELSE THAT COMES MY WAY, I NOW HAVE A FOLLOWING. I HAVE PEOPLE RELYING ON ME DAILY TO GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT, AND THAT RIGHT THERE IS A SECURITY IN AND OF ITSELF. 

BECAUSE OF THIS, I KNOW THAT I'M ON THE RIGHT PATH. NOW CAN THAT CHANGE? ABSOLUTELY, BUT THAT'S A FUTURE BRIDGE TO CROSS. I KNOW THAT I'M DOING THINGS DAILY TO BETTER MYSELF BECAUSE I HAVE PEOPLE RELYING ON ME. I KNOW I'M STRIVING TO BE THE ROLE MODEL I WOULD WANT MY CHILDREN TO FOLLOW. I KNOW I'M SUCCEEDING AT THE PACE GOD SET FOR ME IN THIS MOMENT. AND I KNOW THAT I'M LIVING A GREAT LIFE, NOT PERFECT, BUT THANKFULLY GREAT. 

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SWITCHING PAGES... I'VE HOPPED ON THE GINGHAM TRAIN, AND HOW CUTE IS THIS TOP?! THE TOP IS CINCHED IN THE FRONT AND BACK, WHICH CAN BE ADJUSTED TO THE WIDTH YOU LIKE, THERE IS A TIE IN THE BACK TO KEEP THINGS IN PLACE, AND THE PEPLUM HEM ADDS A FUN GIRLY TOUCH. DID I MENTION, IT'S ONLY $35?! (SHOP IT HERE!) I'VE PAIRED IT WITH THESE FUN DISTRESSED SHORTS (I ACTUALLY USED SCISSORS AND A NAIL FILE TO CREATE MORE DISTRESS), AND A COLORFUL PLATFORM SANDAL, BUT IT CAN BE WORN SO MANY WAYS!

IT CAN EASILY BE WORN WITH WHITE JEANS & SANDALS OR HEELS, UNDER A BLAZER FOR WORK, OR EVEN UNDER A SWEATER IN THE FALL & WINTER. RECENTLY GINGHAM HAS ALMOST BECOME A NEUTRAL TO SOME, AND WITH THE PATTERN BEING BLACK AND WHITE, IT REALLY GOES WITH SO MUCH!

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I'LL LEAVE Y'ALL WITH THIS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE'RE ALL HUMAN AND WE ARE ALL THE WAY WE WERE CREATED TO BE. LIFE ISN'T PERFECT, NOR ARE WE, BUT IF I'M DOING MY BEST, I TRULY FIND SECURITY IN THAT, AND I HOPE YOU CAN TOO.

HOW DO YOU FIND SECURITY WITHIN YOURSELF? I'D LOVE TO HEAR! AS ALWAYS, THANK Y'ALL SO MUCH FOR FOLLOWING & READING ALONG. AND GUESS WHAT?!! IT'S FRIDAY EVE! WHOOP, WHOOP! CHEERS TO THE ALMOST WEEKEND Y'ALL!

 

 

S H O P    T H E    P O S T

 

M O R E    O P T I O N S

 
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SUMMER DRESSES -- FOR ALL OCCASIONS

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HAPPY FRIDAY EVE FRIENDS! SUMMER IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND ALLLL THE DRESSES ARE COMING OUT, OUT, OUT. WHETHER YOU NEED SOME EVERYDAY CASUAL OR WORK OPTIONS, AN OPTION OR TWO FOR AN UPCOMING VACAY, A FANCIER OPTION FOR SAY A WEDDING, OR EVEN SOME BRIDAL OPTIONS FOR ALL THE FESTIVITIES, I'VE GOT YOU COVERED!

I'VE SPLIT THE DRESSES INTO 5 CATEGORIES BASED ON DIFFERENT OCCASIONS. CASUAL WILL BE YOUR EVERY DAY SIMPLE, COMFY DRESSES. A LOT OF COTTON OPTIONS PERFECT FOR LOUNGING OR PLAY. SPECIAL OCCASION IS GOING TO BE THE FANCY DRESSES. MY MAIN THOUGHT FOR THIS WAS SUMMER WEDDING GUEST AND GRADUATION DRESSES, BUT THE EVENTS ARE ENDLESS. BEACHY IS JUST AS IT SOUNDS... SUMMER VACAY! MOST ARE ACTUAL DRESSES, AND OTHERS ARE DRESSES THAT CAN DOUBLE AS A BATHING SUIT COVER-UP OR VICE VERSA. BRIDAL IS, WELL... WHITE. ALL THE WHITE FOR ALL THE BRIDAL EVENTS! SHOWERS, BACHELORETTE PARTY, AND REHEARSAL DINNER, OH MY! LASTLY IS WORK. THIS WILL BE A MIX OF CASUAL WORK DRESSES AND MORE MEETING APPROPRIATE. SO, HERE WE GO!

 

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S P E C I A L   O C C A S I O N


 

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I HAD SO MUCH FUN PULLING THESE TOGETHER, AND I HOPE THEY HELP Y'ALL ALL SUMMER LONG! HAVE YOU SEEN SOMETHING YOU LIKE? DID YOU FIND THIS POST HELPFUL? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS IF YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS OR IF YOU'RE WANTING TO SEE OTHER POSTS SIMILAR TO THIS! I LOVE ALL THE FEEDBACK! ALSO, KEEP THOSE SMILES ON, TOMORROW IS FRIDAY!

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WORKING THROUGH STRESS + VERSATILE MIDI DRESS

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OUTFIT DETAILS  ---->  MIDI DRESS -- UTILITY VEST -- BOOTIES

HAPPY HUMPDAY FRIENDS! TBH, I'M CURLED UP IN BED WRITING AND WATCHING NETFLIX WHILE MY SLEEPY HUSBAND IS SNORING AWAY BESIDE ME. I SWEAR OVER THE PAST MONTH, MY DAYS HAVE BEEN GETTING AWAY FROM ME FASTER THAN I CAN EVEN KEEP TRACK OF. SERIOUSLY, WASN'T CHRISTMAS LIKE LAST WEEK?! BETWEEN THE TRAVELS, WEDDING SEASON, PERSONAL CRAZINESS, AND WORK BEING AS HECTIC AS EVER, TIME IS FLYING!

AS MOST OF YOU KNOW, BLOGGING IS NOT MY FULL-TIME JOB. I WORK A CORPORATE JOB IN COMMERCIAL INSURANCE BY DAY, AND WE ARE BUSIER THAN EVER! IS BUSY GOOD? YES! CAN IT BE HARD TO GRASP? YES! I THINK MANAGING STRESS IS KEY TO NOT BECOMING TOO OVERWHELMED. I TRY TO STICK TO THREE MAIN WAYS OF MANAGING THE STRESS, AND SINCE I'M PERSONALLY FOCUSING IN ON THEM IN MY OWN DAY TO DAY LIFE, I FIGURED I WOULD SHARE THEM WITH YOU AS WELL!

1. TAKE IN THE FRESH AIR -- SPRING IS NEAR AND OUR CLOCKS HAVE BEEN NUDGED FORWARD GIVING US PLENTY OF REASON TO GET OUTSIDE! WHETHER IT'S A 15 MINUTE BREAK TO STEP OUTSIDE AT WORK, A MID-MORNING RUN, OR RELAXING ON YOUR PATIO/BALCONY/PORCH FOR EVEN A FEW MINUTES, THE OUTDOORS ARE KNOWN FOR HAVING A CALMING EFFECT. IT'S AMAZING WHAT A FEW DEEP BREATHS OF FRESH AIR CAN DO TO HELP EASE YOUR MIND.

2. KEEP YOUR MIND & BODY ACTIVE -- I'M NOT SAYING TO STAY ACTIVE WITH WORK, BUT MORE OF A STAY ACTIVE WITH ACTIVITIES YOU ENJOY. FOR ME, I LOVE A GOOD WORKOUT. THERE REALLY IS SOMETHING ABOUT COMING HOME AFTER A LONG DAY AND GETTING IN A SWEAT SESSION, EVEN IF IT'S JUST FOR A QUICK 30 MINUTES, TO LET IT ALL OUT. AS YOU ARE ACTIVE, YOUR BODY RELEASES CHEMICALS CALLED ENDORPHINS. THESE ENDORPHINS INTERACT WITH THE RECEPTORS IN YOUR BRAIN TO REDUCE YOUR PERCEPTION OF PAIN, WHILE ALSO TRIGGERING A POSITIVE FEELING IN THE BODY. THIS POSITIVE FEELING WILL BEGIN TO REDUCE YOUR FEELING OF STRESS WHILE IMPROVING HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT YOURSELF!

3. MAKE TIME FOR OTHERS -- REMINDING YOURSELF THAT IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT YOU EVEN WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE WHAT YOU HAVE ON YOUR PLATE IS ALREADY MORE THAN YOU CAN HANDLE, IS SO IMPORTANT. WHETHER IT'S AS SIMPLE AS CALLING A FRIEND OR GRANDPARENT TO CATCH UP, HELPING TO BRING IN THE NEIGHBORS TRASH CAN FROM THE CURB AFTER TRASH DAY, BUYING THE PERSON BEHIND YOU'S COFFEE, VOLUNTEERING TO HELP SOMEONE IN NEED, OR EVEN JUST A SIMPLE THANK YOU. I PROMISE YOU, YOU HAVE TIME, AND YOU WILL FEEL GREAT ABOUT IT AFTER.

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I GOT THIS SUPER CUTE LOOK SHOT LAST WEEKEND (PHOTOGRAPHY -- BIANCA CARINA PHOTOGRAPHY) WHEN THE WEATHER IN DALLAS WAS FINALLY STARTING TO FEEL LIKE SPRING. NOW, WHETHER YOU'RE ALREADY FEELING THE SPRING TEMPS, OR YOU'RE STILL BUNDLING UP IN YOUR WARMEST SWEATER, A VERSATILE CLOTHING ITEM IS ALWAYS A GOOD BUY. THIS DRESS FROM CLEO MADISON IS JUST THAT! FROM THE JERSEY KNIT COMFORT, TO THE FLOWY MIDI LENGTH, AND OF COURSE THE POCKETS, THIS DRESS IS SUCH A GOOD GO-TO!

HERE I'VE PAIRED IT WITH A SIMPLE OLIVE UTILITY VEST AND MY FAVORITE BOOTIES OF ALL TIME, BUT YOU CAN SERIOUSLY DO SO MUCH WITH IT. I LOVE IT PAIRED WITH A DISTRESSED DENIM JACKET AND WHITE CONVERSE (LOW OR HIGH TOP). FOR A COOLER NIGHT, THROW IT ON WITH A CUTE PAIR OF CLOSED TOE BOOTIES AND A DRAPED CARDIGAN. YOU CAN EVEN PAIR THIS OVER A BATHING SUIT AND SANDALS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER MONTHS. THE POSSIBILITY ARE ENDLESS, AND DIDI MENTION IT IS UNDER $35?! THEY HAVE MANY SIMILAR OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM ON THEIR SITE ALONG WITH MANY MORE VERSATILE ITEMS TO COMPLETE YOUR EASY GO-TO WARDROBE. Y'ALL SHOULD REALLY GIVE THEM A GLANCE, I THINK YOU JUST MAY FIND ANOTHER GREAT PIECE TO ADD INTO YOUR CLOSET!(CLICK HERE FOR SITE LINK)

IT'S BEEN A BIT SINCE I'VE PUT UP A FULL BLOG POST, AND I PROMISE MORE ARE SOON TO COME! ANYTHING SPECIFIC Y'ALL WANT ME TO POST ABOUT? SEND ME A MESSAGE OR LEAVE ME A COMMENT! ST. PATTY'S DAY/WEEKEND IS A FEW DAYS AWAY, AND SINCE THE HUBS IS IRISH, GREEN TEES AND GREEN BEER... OR CHAMPAGNE ARE DEFINITELY IN OUR WEEKEND PLANS. HAVE ANY FUN ST. PATTY'S TRADITIONS OR PLANS? I'D LOVE TO HEAR THEM! CHEERS TO A GOOD SECOND HALF OF THE WEEK AND TO AN EVEN BETTER WEEKEND!

THE GREATEST WEAPON AGAINST STRESS IS OUR ABILITY TO CHOOSE ONE THOUGHT OVER ANOTHER.
— WILLIAM JAMES
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CHENILLE SWEATER + JORD WATCH GIVEAWAY

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HAPPY TUESDAY FRIENDS! I'M ACTUALLY SITTING HERE WONDERING WHERE THE WEEKEND WENT, ANDDDD... PRAYING IT MAKES IT'S WAY BACK SOON! I'VE BEEN SUPER BUSY WITH ALL MY DENTAL ISSUES THAT HAPPENED OVER THE HOLIDAYS, TRYING TO ORGANIZE AREAS OF THE HOUSE LITTLE BY LITTLE, CELEBRATING PAT'S BIRTHDAY (A POST ON PAT IS COMING SOON, PER YOUR REQUEST!), AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

I SHOT THIS LOOK OVER THE WEEKEND, SINCE WE HAD ONE OF THE MOST GORGEOUS COUPLE OF DAYS. 65 AND SUNNY ALL WEEKEND, IT WAS SO SO GREAT! WE ALL KNOW CHENILLE HAS BEEN THE SWEATER TREND ALL FALL AND WINTER, BUT SERIOUSLY HOW CAN IT NOT BE? IT IS ALMOST A MIX BETWEEN A THICK YARN USED FOR SCARVES AND VELVET, AND IT IS ONE OF THE SOFTEST MATERIALS FOR SWEATERS! THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY GOOD OPTIONS PUT OUT THIS YEAR, BUT THIS BLACK RUFFLE SLEEVE SWEATER HAS TO BE MY FAVORITE. IT FITS OVERSIZED, COMES IN THE BLACK YOU SEE ABOVE ALONG WITH A MAUVE/BLUSH COLOR, AND IS UNDER $30!

I LOVE THE SWEATER PAIRED WITH A DISTRESSED JEAN AND HEELED BOOTIE AS SHOWN ABOVE, PAIRED WITH MY FAVORITE LEGGINGS AND A CUTE SNEAKER, OR JUST THROWN ON AT HOME WITH PJ PANTS FOR LOUNGING. I PROMISE YOU MAY NEVER WANT TO TAKE IT OFF!

WHILE SHOOTING THIS SWEATER, I ALSO WANTED TO SHOW Y'ALL ONE OF MY NEWEST ACCESSORIES. THIS BLACK WOODEN WATCH FROM JORD WATCHES IS QUICKLY BECOMING ONE OF MY NEW GO-TOS. THE BLACK BAND AND FACE GOES WITH SO MUCH IN MY WARDROBE AND THE WOOD IS JUST A UNIQUE TOUCH TO AN ACCESSORY.

TO SHARE MY EXCITEMENT WITH Y'ALL, I HAVE TEAMED UP WITH JORD TO GIFT ONE OF YOU A $100 CREDIT TOWARDS THE WATCH OF YOUR CHOICE! WE ARE ALSO GIVING EACH ENTRANT A 10% DISCOUNT CODE JUST FOR ENTERING! THE GIVEAWAY WILL END SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11 AT 11:59 P.M. THE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN RANDOMLY BY JORD, AND WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY AFTER!

ALL WATCHES ARE 100% NATURAL AND MADE FROM HAND-FINISHED WOODS. MY WATCH IS PART OF THE WOMEN'S COLLECTION, BUT THEY ALSO HAVE A HUGE SELECTION OF MEN'S WOODEN WATCHES AS WELL. IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO GET A UNIQUE GIFT FOR THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE, THESE MAKE FOR GREAT BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY, GROOMSMEN, AND FATHER'S DAY GIFTS!

HOW TO ENTER:

STEP 1: FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM (HERE)

STEP 2: LIKE MY ENTRY GIVEAWAY PICTURE ON MY INSTAGRAM (HERE)

STEP 3: CLICK (HERE) TO COMPLETE YOUR GIVEAWAY ENTRY

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CHECK OUT ALL OF THEIR AMAZING PRODUCTS HERE!

FIND MY WATCH HERE!

I KNOW I'VE BEEN A LITTLE MIA ON THE BLOG, BUT I'LL SOON BE BACK IN MY GROOVE! MAKE SURE TO SEND ME ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE CHENILLE SWEATERS AND ANY NEW ACCESSORIES Y'ALL ARE CURRENTLY LOVING! I ALWAYS LOVE TO CHECK OUT NEW FUN PRODUCTS! I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT WEEKEND AND THAT YOUR WEEK IS OFF TO A GREAT START!

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HOLIDAY CARDS + PHOTOSHOOT DO'S & DON'TS

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HOLIDAY CARD TIME!! IF Y'ALL KNOW ME, YOU KNOW OF MY OBSESSION WITH GREETING CARDS, AND HOLIDAY CARDS ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST. I LOVE SENDING AND RECEIVING THEM YEAR AFTER YEAR FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY, AS A GLIMPSE INTO THE CHANGES IN LIFE. MARRIAGES, PETS, BABIES, NEW HOMES AND SO MUCH MORE, ALL EASILY SHOWN IN A SIMPLE CARD SENT TO THE ONES YOU LOVE. 

THE NEXT BIG QUESTION IS WHERE DO I BEGIN? I'D SAY BUDGET IS THE FIRST QUESTION. FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH YOU'RE WILLING TO SPEND ALONG WITH HOW MANY CARDS YOU WILL NEED, AND WORK FROM THERE. (DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE COST OF POSTAGE STAMPS!) ONCE YOU HAVE THE BUDGET DOWN, THINK ABOUT WHAT YOUR IMAGE IS FOR THE CARDS. ARE YOU THINKING CUTE, SILLY, DO YOU NEED ANY SPECIAL PROPS (ULTRASOUND PICS, HOME PICS...), THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU WANT TO TAKE THEM, AND WHAT TIME OF DAY WILL WORK BEST FOR YOUR IMAGE. FROM HERE, IT'S ALL PRETTY SIMPLE. MOST GREETING CARD WEBSITES WILL DO MOST OF THE WORK FOR YOU, WHICH IS WHY WE LOVE USING MINTED!

WE'VE BEEN USING MINTED FOR A FEW YEARS NOW AND COULDN'T BE MORE EXCITED WITH OUR CARDS EVERY TIME WE ORDER THEM. SOME OF THE MAIN PROS TO ORDERING FROM THEM ARE:

1. THE OPTIONS -- THEY HAVE SO MANY PRE-MADE TEMPLATES TO CHOOSE FROM, AND YOU ARE ABLE TO NARROW DOWN THE OPTIONS BASED ON WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR IN A DESIGN.

2. THE QUALITY -- YOU CAN TELL AS SOON AS YOU SEND OFF YOUR ORDER THAT THE QUALITY OF THE CARDS IS GOING TO BE GOOD. THEY WORK WITH YOU ON PROOFING YOUR WORK, SO THAT ANYTHING FROM A MISSPELLED WORD OR A LOW RESOLUTION IMAGE ARE REVISED TO PERFECTION BEFORE THE CARDS ARE PRINTED.

3. FREE ADD-ONS -- MINTED HAS MANY DIFFERENT ADD-ONS THAT CAN MATCH ANYONE'S TASTE, BUT THE BEST PART IS THAT MOST OF THESE ARE FREE. MY FAVORITE ADDITION, AND ONE THAT SHOULD APPEAL TO EVERYONE IS THEIR FREE ENVELOPE ADDRESSING. YES, THIS MEANS NO SITTING AROUND FOR HOURS WRITING IN ADDRESSES! SUCH A BIG TIME SAVER, AND IT MAKES FOR A PRETTY ENVELOPE AS WELL!

4. THE SERVICE -- FROM HELPING WITH DESIGN QUESTIONS, TO PROOFING, TO SHIPPING, MINTED REALLY WORKS HARD TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE BEST PRODUCTS. THEY ARE TIMELY AND ALWAYS CONCERNED WITH HELPING YOU ACHIEVE WHAT YOU WANT IN A PRODUCT.

THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE REASONS MINTED HAS BECOME OUR FAVORITE SHOP FOR ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING GREETING CARDS! 

 

WITH ALL GREETING CARDS, THERE IS OFTEN A NEED FOR PICTURES, AND THOSE ARE NOT ALWAYS EASY TO PERFECT. I'VE LISTED A FEW DO'S AND DON'TS, THAT WILL HOPEFULLY HELP YOU WHEN IT'S TIME FOR YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY SHOOT!

1. (DO) PLAN OUT WHAT YOU'RE WEARING -- DOES EVERYONE COORDINATE, DO YOUR CLOTHES FIT CORRECTLY, ARE THERE TOO MANY PATTERNS, OR NOT ENOUGH DEPTH IN COLOR SCHEME? ALL ARE THOUGHTS THAT MAY SEEM SILLY, BUT NEED TO BE THOUGHT OUT BEFOREHAND.

2. (DO) THINK ABOUT WHEN & WHERE YOU WILL BE TAKING THE PICTURES -- DEPENDING ON THE TIME OF YEAR, TIMING IS ALMOST ALWAYS KEY. THINK ABOUT WHEN THE SUN WILL BE RISING AND SETTING, AND IF YOUR VISION FOR THE IMAGE IS MEANT TO BE A DARKER OR LIGHTER SCENE. ALSO, HAVING AT LEAST ONE BACKUP LOCATION IN MIND MAKES FOR A LESS STRESSFUL SITUATION IN THE EVENT THAT YOUR TOP LOCATION IS UNAVAILABLE. 

3. (DON'T) WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE -- GIVE YOURSELF AS MUCH TIME AS YOU CAN, I NORMALLY TRY TO HAVE THE PICTURES SHOT ABOUT 6 WEEKS BEFORE AND TO HAVE THE DESIGN CHOSEN AND ORDERED ABOUT 4-5 WEEKS BEFORE. GIVING YOURSELF TIME ALLOWS FOR THE EDITING AND PROOFING TO NOT BECOME RUSHED. WHEN YOU'RE RUSHING, THERE IS MORE ROOM FOR ERROR.

4. (DON'T) STRESS THE SMALL THINGS -- IF THE PICTURES AREN'T PERFECT, OR YOU STAIN YOUR CLOTHES ON THE WAY TO THE SHOOT, DON'T STRESS! PICTURES CAN BE EDITED, AND WHO KNOWS, THE MINOR IMPERFECTIONS MAY TURN OUT CUTER THAN WHAT YOU INITIALLY EXPECTED. 

5. (DO) CHOOSE A PHOTOGRAPHER YOU KNOW & TRUST -- WHETHER IT'S A FRIEND OR ONE OF YOUR GO-TO PHOTOGRAPHERS, YOU WANT TO FEEL COMFORTABLE WHEN SHOOTING. ALSO, WITH USING SOMEONE YOU KNOW, YOU WON'T BE OVERCHARGED BY SOMEONE CHARGING INCREASED PRICING FOR "SPECIAL OCCASION" SHOOTS.

6. (DO) HAVE FUN & CAPTURE YOU -- SPECIALTY SHOOTS SUCH AS HOLIDAY CARD SHOOTS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FUN. THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO CAPTURE YOU AND WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR LIFE AT THAT TIME. SHOW PEOPLE WHAT HAS CHANGED OR WHAT HAS ALWAYS STAYED THE SAME. GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT WHEN THE CARD ARRIVES AT THEIR DOORSTEP!

SO WHETHER YOU'RE NEEDING SAVE THE DATES, WEDDING INVITATIONS, BIRTHDAY INVITATIONS, BABY SHOWER CARDS, HOLIDAY CARDS OR ANYTHING IN BETWEEN, GIVE MINTED A GLANCE! CHECKOUT THEIR DESIGNS AND ALSO SIGN UP FOR THEIR EMAIL LIST. THEY ARE ALWAYS HAVING GREAT SALES, WHICH MAKES THEIR REASONABLY PRICED ITEMS EVEN MORE GREAT!

 

-- USE CODE WINTER17 FOR 15% OFF YOUR HOLIDAY CARDS WITH MINTED (EXPIRES 12.19)

-- USE CODE SHIP17 FOR FREE EXPEDITED SHIPPING ON HOLIDAY CARDS WITH MINTED  (EXPIRES 12.19) 

 

I HOPE EVERYONE'S WEEK IS OFF TO A GREAT START! CHRISTMAS IS ONLY 13 DAYS AWAY!!

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THE BEST OF BLACK FRIDAY SALES!

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I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT THANKSGIVING AND WITH FULL TUMMIES, THAT YOU'RE READY TO SHOP! PAT AND I STAYED IN DALLAS, AS WE NORMALLY DO FOR THANKSGIVING AND WENT TO A FEW OF OUR FRIENDS HOUSES THROUGHOUT THE DAY. THE WEATHER WAS PERFECT, SO OVERALL IT WAS A GREAT DAY FILLED WITH FRIENDS, MANY LAUGHS, YUMMY FOOD, AND A FEW GLASSES OF WINE. :)

IT'S EASY TO GET OVERWHELMED AND TO NOT KNOW WHERE TO START WHEN IT COMES TO BLACK FRIDAY, BUT I'VE GOT YOU COVERED. I'VE BEEN RESEARCHING ALL THE SALES AND BEST DEALS FOR TODAY, AND I HAVE A GREAT LIST OF SALES AND PROMO CODES FOR Y'ALL. MY LIST RANGES IN RETAILERS FROM CLOTHING TO BEAUTY TO HOME DECOR STORES AND MORE! HAVE A GREAT REST OF THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND HAPPY SHOPPING Y'ALL!!

 

BELOW ARE SOME OF THE BEST SALES HAPPENING NOW!

ANN TAYLOR: 50% OFF EVERYTHING WITH PROMO CODE THANKFUL (11.20-11.24)

ANTHROPOLOGIE: 30% OFF SITEWIDE, NO PROMO CODE NEEDED

ASOS: 30% OFF SITEWIDE WITH PROMO CODE EPIC30

BANANA REPUBLIC: 50% OFF SITEWIDE, NO PROMO CODE NEEDED

BAUBLEBAR: 30% OFF SITEWIDE WITH CODE FRIDAY30

CRATE & BARRREL: 15% OFF FULL PRICED ITEMS WITH PROMO CODE SAVE15

DIFFEYEWEAR: 30% OFF ONE PAIR OF SUNGLASSES, 40% OFF TWO PAIRS, 50% OFF THREE PAIRS, NO PROMO CODE NEEDED

EXPRESS: 50% OFF SITEWIDE UNTIL 12PM ON 11.24, THEN 40% OFF AFTER 12PM + FREE SHIPPING, NO PROMO CODE NEEDED

GAP: 50% OFF SITEWIDE WITH PROMO CODE BLKFRIDAY

H&M: 20% OFF SITEWIDE WITH PROMO CODE 1662

J.CREW: 40% OFF EVERYTHING IN-STORES AND ONLINE WITH PROMO CODE THANKU (11.21-11.26)

J.CREW FACTORY STORES: 50-60% OFF EVERYTHING WITH PROMO CODE FRIYAY

KENDRA SCOTT: 20% OFF SITEWIDE WITH PROMO CODE YELLOW20

LOFT: 50% OFF EVERYTHING IN-STORES AND ONLINE WITH PROMO CODE FRIYAY

MISSGUIDED: 50% OFF SITEWIDE WITH PROMO CODE FETCH50

NORDSTROM: EXTRA 20% OFF SELECT SALE ITEMS, NO PROMO CODE NEEDED

OLD NAVY: 50% OFF ENTIRE PURCHASE, NO PROMO CODE NEEDED

POTTERY BARN: 20% OFF + FREE SHIPPING WITH PROMO CODE THANKS

REVOLVE: UP TO 50% OFF SALE ITEMS, NO PROMO CODE NEEDED

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE: GET A $75 GIFTCARD WITH $150 PURCHASE WITH PROMO CODE BLKFRI17

SAM EDELMAN: 20% OFF SITEWIDE WITH PROMO CODE SAMSGIVING

SHOPBOP: 20% OFF ORDERS $200+, 25% OFF ORDERS OF $500+, 30% OFF ORDERS OF $800+, ALL WITH PROMO CODE MORE17

SOLE SOCIETY: UP TO 50% OFF SELECT ITEMS SITEWIDE, NO PROMO CODE NEEDED

TARGET: SPEND $50 AND RECEIVE A 20% OFF COUPON VALID TO USE FROM 11.28-12.10

T3MICRO: 25% OFF SITEWIDE WITH PROMO CODE FRIDAY17

TORY BURCH: 30% OFF PURCHASES OF $250+ WITH PROMO CODE THANKS

URBAN OUTFITTERS: BOGO 50% OFF IN-STORES AND ONLINE, NO PROMO CODE NEEDED

WEST ELM: 15% OFF 100+, 20% OFF $500+, 25% OFF $1000+, 30% OFF $3000+, ALL WITH PROMO CODE SAVEMORE

 

I CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR AND SEE WHAT Y'ALL FIND! LET THE SHOPPING BEGIN!

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LIVING AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE

IS IT JUST ME OR IS TIME FLYING BY LATELY?? WE'RE ALREADY ALMOST HALFWAY THROUGH OCTOBER, FALL IS HERE, AND SWEATER WEATHER IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER... HOPEFULLY! AS WE ARE GETTING INTO FALL CLOTHING, AND LESS INTO OUR SUMMER ATTIRE, IT SEEMS LIKE THERE IS ALMOST AN EASE OF THE MIND. ALMOST LIKE MY MIND IS TELLING ME “ONLY A FEW MORE WEEKS UNTIL YOU CAN WEAR BAGGY CLOTHING FOR A FEW MONTHS, AND NOT WORRY ABOUT STAYING IN SHAPE.” THERE’S NO STOPPING THE THOUGHTS. I START TO FEEL THIS WAY EVERY YEAR AROUND THIS TIME.

IT MAY BE HARD TO STAY POSITIVE, BUT WHEN YOU GET DOWN TO THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ACTIVE, LOOKING GOOD MAY NOT ALWAYS NEED TO BE TOP PRIORITY. IN ALL REALITY, THERE IS MUCH MORE TO LIVING AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE.

IF Y’ALL DON’T KNOW BY NOW, I LOVE WORKING OUT. THIS PROBABLY STEMS FROM THE FACT THAT I WAS A YEAR-ROUND SWIMMER MY WHOLE LIFE, AND I WAS ALWAYS STAYING ACTIVE. I DIDN’T REALIZE HOW GOOD A WORKOUT CAN MAKE YOU FEEL, UNTIL I GOT OLDER, AND I DIDN’T HAVE A SPECIFIC PRACTICE TIME OR A SPECIFIC REASON TO BE AT A GYM. THE ADRENALINE AND ENDORPHIN'S THAT COME FROM WORKOUTS AND BEING ACTIVE ARE GREAT FOR YOUR OVERALL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING. THEY ALLOW US TO FEEL EXCITED, ANXIOUS, AND ALSO ALLOW US TO GRASP A CLEAR MINDSET.

THERE IS NOT JUST ONE WAY TO BE ACTIVE, THERE ARE THOUSANDS. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A 2 HOUR WORKOUT EVERY NIGHT. IT CAN BE ANYTHING FROM TAKING THE STAIRS OVER THE ELEVATOR OR NOT CHOOSING THE FRONT ROW PARKING SPOT AT THE MALL BECAUSE IT’S A SHORTER WALK, TO GOING ON A WALK AFTER WORK OR TRAINING FOR A 5K. MAYBE THESE IDEAS AREN’T YOUR THING, TRY CARRYING IN YOUR GROCERIES IN 10 TRIPS INSTEAD OF 1… (I KNOW WE’VE ALL TRIED TO MAKE IT IN ONE TRIP BEFORE!). DO 10 PUSH-UPS ON TV COMMERCIAL BREAKS, GRAB A FRIEND AND GO WALK AROUND THE MALL, VACUUM YOUR FLOORS MORE THAN ONCE A MONTH, OR WASH YOUR CAR ON THE WEEKEND. THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS WITH WAYS TO STAY ACTIVE WITHOUT FEELING LIKE YOU’RE FORCING YOURSELF TO DO SO.

FOR ME, WITH STAYING ACTIVE COMES A CLOSET FULL OF ACTIVE-WEAR! I LOVE A GOOD WORKOUT OUTFIT WHEN I FIND ONE. MY HUSBAND MAY ARGUE THAT I HAVE TOO MUCH OF IT, BUT I’M STAYING ACTIVE RIGHT?? I SHOP ALL OVER FOR FUN ATHLETIC WEAR, AND OUTFITS SIMILAR TO THE ONE PICTURED ABOVE ARE PRETTY STANDARD FOR MY WORKOUTS AND ACTIVITIES. I’M LOVING SHORTS RIGHT NOW WITH THIS TEXAS HEAT, SO WHEN I SAW THE SHORTS ABOVE, I IMMEDIATELY GRABBED THEM. THEY ARE A GREAT LENGTH, SOFT WITHOUT BEING CLINGY AND GO WITH EVERYTHING. MY TANK IS PRETTY SIMPLE, BUT I DO LOVE THE DROP SIDES ON IT FOR AN EXTRA BREEZE ON A WARMER DAY. LASTLY ARE MY SNEAKERS, WHICH I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT. THEY’RE COMFY, HAVE A DECENT AMOUNT OF SUPPORT, AND ARE EASY TO WIPE OFF TO KEEP THE WHITE LOOKING CLEAN.

OVERALL, THERE REALLY IS SO MUCH POSITIVE IN BEING ACTIVE AND IT ONLY REQUIRES YOU. IT REQUIRES YOU TO WANT IT, IT REQUIRES YOU TO GET UP AND DO IT, AND IT REQUIRES YOU TO MAKE THE CHOICE WITHIN YOURSELF TO MAKE IT A LIFESTYLE. THE HARDEST PART IS MAKING THE CHOICE TO LIVE ACTIVELY.

I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS ON LIVING AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUTS? WHAT ARE A FEW THINGS YOU DO EXTRA TO STAY ACTIVE EVEN WHEN ALL YOU REALLY WANT TO DO IS CURL UP ON THE COUCH? SEND ANY AND ALL THOUGHTS MY WAY! HAPPY FRIDAY EVE Y’ALL!

 

25 FOR 25 -- GETTING TO KNOW ALIX

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PHOTOGRAPHY -- MADISON KATLIN PHOTOGRAPHY

HAPPY TUESDAY Y’ALL! IT’S BEEN A FEW WEEKS SINCE I’VE POSTED DUE TO MY SITE BEING HACKED, BUT WE’RE BACK! MY 25TH BIRTHDAY WAS A COUPLE WEEKS AGO, SO I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FUN TO SHARE “25 THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME” FOR TODAY’S BLOG POST. THERE ARE A LOT OF NEW FACES AROUND HERE, AND I COULDN’T BE MORE THANKFUL AND EXCITED FOR YOU TO JOIN ME! I HOPE THIS HELPS GIVE YOU THE CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT ME!

 

1.  I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA.

2.  I’M THE OLDEST OF TWO, AND MY SISTER IS MY BEST FRIEND. WE ARE 22 MONTHS APART.

3.  MY FAVORITE COLOR IS BLACK!

4.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE MY SWEETS, CANDY BEING NUMBER ONE! GIVE ME ALL THE GUMMY BEARS, PEANUT M&MS, SOUR PATCH KIDS, STARBURST… SHOULD I CONTINUE?!

5.  I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A MOM AND I CAN’T WAIT TO HAVE MANY LITTLE MUNCHKINS RUNNING AROUND!

6.  I’VE NEVER MET ANOTHER ALIX THAT SPELLS THEIR NAME WITH AN I.

7.  I AM NOT A FULL-TIME BLOGGER. BY DAY I WORK IN COMMERCIAL INSURANCE.

8.  I’M SCARED TO DEATH OF BIRDS, ANY AND ALL OF THEM.

9.  MY HUSBAND AND I ARE HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS CIRCA 2007.

10.  WE HAVE NO PETS RIGHT NOW, BUTTTTT IF I HAD IT MY WAY, I’D SAY THERE IS A FRENCHIE PUPPY IN THE NEAR FUTURE! (HINT, HINT)

11.  I WAS A SWIMMER GROWING UP, AND MY BEST STROKE WAS BUTTERFLY.

12.  IF I COULD GET AWAY WITH IT, I WOULD PROBABLY NEVER WEAR PANTS.

13.  I LOVE GREETING CARDS. BIRTHDAY, THANK YOU, VALENTINES, ANNIVERSARY, YOU NAME IT! WE HAVE ALSO KEPT ALMOST EVERY CARD WE’VE GIVEN TO EACH OTHER IN THE 10 YEARS WE’VE BEEN TOGETHER. I ALSO KEPT EVERY WEDDING CARD WE RECEIVED THROUGHOUT OUR ENGAGEMENT UP UNTIL THE BIG DAY! I PROMISE I’M NOT A HOARDER!!

14.  I HAVE 20/20 VISION, BUT WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I PURPOSELY FAILED MY EYE TEST JUST SO I COULD GET GLASSES. GUESS I WASN’T AS SMART AS I THOUGHT. TURNS OUT, I FAILED BOTH THE NEAR-SIDED AND FAR-SIDED TESTS, SO THEY GAVE ME BIFOCALS. WHOOPS!

15.  MOST PEOPLE SAY I LOOK LIKE MY DAD.

16.  I SLEEP WITH THE SAME PILLOW I HAVE HAD SINCE I WAS LITTLE. TECHNICALLY I HAVE TWO, BUT THE HUBS HAS KIND OF STOLEN ONE.

17.  I LOVE TO DANCE, AND MY HUSBAND AND FRIENDS TEND TO LET ME KNOW JUST HOW GOOD I AM AT IT… ;)

18.  I HAD BRACES TWICE. ONCE FOR AN OVERBITE AND ONCE BECAUSE, WELP, MY TEETH WERE CROOKED.

19.  MY PARENTS HAD ME START SCHOOL EARLY, SO I WAS ALWAYS THE YOUNGEST IN MY GRADE.

20. YOU CAN NEVER GO WRONG WITH A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE OR A GOOD MARGARITA IN HAND.

21.  I LOVE COLLEGE FOOTBALL (CLEMSON TIGERS ESPECIALLY!) AND PRO GOLF. IN PERSON OR ON TV, I LOVE THEM BOTH!

22.  COUNTRY MUSIC IS ALWAYS AT THE TOP OF MY PLAYLIST, BUT MY PLAYLISTS CONSIST OF ALL KINDS OF MUSIC GENRES.

23.  IN COLLEGE, MY BEST FRIENDS AND I DEVELOPED A LOVE FOR TACO BELL, AND WE STILL HAVEN’T LET THAT LOVE GO. SAY WHAT YOU WANT ABOUT IT, BUT IT’S EASILY MY FAV FAST FOOD RESTAURANT.

24.  MY HUSBAND IS MY NUMBER ONE SUPPORTER, AND WITH THAT COMES A LOT OF ADVICE. SOMETHING HE SAYS THAT HAS ALWAYS STUCK WITH ME IS -- “YOU EITHER MAKE IT HAPPEN OR YOU MAKE EXCUSES.”

25.  I LOVE LIFE! WHETHER IT’S A MONDAY OR FRIDAY, RAINY OR SUNNY, THE MOST PERFECT DAY, OR POSSIBLY THE WORST DAY. LIFE IS PRECIOUS, AND YOURS IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT!           

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT! I HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT WEEK!

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