18 August 2017

Friday Favorites - Kitchen Must Haves

Hooray for Friday!  Who is ready for the weekend #memememe

Tonight we are heading to Garland, Phillip's dad is in a production of Into the Woods and we're going to see the show.  Other than that, it looks to be a quiet weekend for us.  #trustmeimnotcomplaining

I was in the kitchen this week, making tea and thought to myself, I am so happy that we registered for our electric kettle.  The electric kettle is the only wedding gift that we have unboxed and opened.  Everything else is still in its box, rewrapped (we opened them to see who sent it and what it was so we could properly thank the senders), and ready to be moved to the new house in a few months.  

But...I really wanted to open the electric kettle.  And Phillip wanted to as well.  So we did.  And I am so glad we did.  It is life changing.  It heats up fast to the designated temperature and there are several temperature options.  This got me thinking - what are the kitchen items I love and would hate to give up.  

16 August 2017

Can We Move in Tomorrow?

It's Wednesday Y'all, and I for one am looking forward to the weekend.  Not that we have a ton of things planned, but it will be nice to be off the clock for a bit.  We have a consultant here at work this week and I feel like I have been doing a lot of talking and meeting and explaining and now I'm tired.

But...I have fun house news.  Yay!

15 August 2017

Stella & Dot Style - Shop for a Cause, NothingPink

Hello Stella & Dot fans!  Before I get into my normal posting about how I've been wearing my Stella & Dot lately I wanted to highlight a special trunk show that I have open right now and that you are all invited to.
It's a Mystery Hostess Trunk Show as well as a Shop for a Cause Trunk Show.  Let's start with Shop for a Cause.  All commission from this trunk show will be donated to NothingPink.  NothingPink is a non-profit whose goal is to help women afford genetic testing for BRCA Genetic Testing.  Founded by my cousin, Kelly Kashmer, NothingPink strives to generate awareness of testing as well as who should be tested.  Here is Kelly's story.
When you shop through this link, all proceeds will go to benefit NothingPink!  

14 August 2017

Life Lately

Hey y'all!  Happy Monday - hopefully your week is off to a good start.  We've been crazy busy around here the last couple of weeks, and add to that the blog redesign and it's been a little bit since we've done a life lately post.  There's just so much going on at work, with the wedding, and with the house, that we can hardly catch our breath sometimes.  Here's what we've been up to lately...

11 August 2017

Friday Favorites - Favorite Books So Far

Oh I'm glad it's Friday, aren't you?  We have a low key weekend planned and I am so looking forward to it.  I really need to work on some wedding details and I plan to check a few things off my list.
But before we get to the weekend, let's get through Friday first.  I am about halfway through my Goodreads Book Challenge.  I am on book 24 of 50.  I don't know if I'll get to 50 by December 31, but I've already surpassed the number of books I read last year.  I thought for this week's Friday Favorites I would highlight some of my favorites so far.

09 August 2017

Workin' It Wednesday: Gearing Up for Back to School

We are halfway through the week!   This Wednesday I'm linking up with Shay and Erika for Workin' It Wednesdays.  This month's topic?  Gearing up for back to school!

Now, I know you're thinking "wait a minute, she doesn't have kids".  Yes, this is true, but I work in education, so mentally for me, January 1 is not the beginning of a new year, labor day is.  I consider January to be the middle of the year #academicproblems

To get ready for a new school year, I get myself a new planner.  For the past couple of years I have used a Passion Planner, which I loved.  But I wanted to try something new and this year I am trying The Simplified Planner and I didn't think it was possible, but I love it more than the Passion Planner #Iknow

07 August 2017

Weighing In

If you've followed this blog for any length of time you know that I have had a struggle with my weight my entire adult life.  I chronicled much of that in another blog related to my weight loss surgery in 2013.  In the grand scheme of things I lost over 100 pounds.  Woohoo!  It was exciting to achieve that milestone.  At my lightest, just before I met Phillip, I was down to 179.  Nine pounds from my goal weight of 170.

So where am I today?  If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, you might have an idea.

04 August 2017

Friday Favorites - New Stella & Dot Arrivals

Hey hey hey - hello there Friday!  Was it me or did this week FLY BY.  Maybe it was because we're back to our normal work hours?  Maybe it's because Pure Barre starts at 5am now?  #zzzzzzzz #soearly

Just a reminder that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is almost over!  You can shop my selections here, here, here, and here.

Today though, I am going to show off my five favorite pieces from the newest Stella & Dot collection.  And y'all, I can't even tell you how hard it was to pick only five.  #sohard #iloveitall

I LOVE this print on the Getaway bag.  The lovebird print is just too adorable for words.  And I know you all have heard me gush about the Getaway bag and how awesome it is for travel.  Mine is definitely coming to Hawaii.  This super cute print is also available on the Hideaway Pouch.

03 August 2017

Welcome Back!

Hello!  I missed you all!  I apologize for the inadvertent blog break, but I switched servers and updated some design elements and in that process I had some technical issues that required some resolving.  So you may have seen this the other day:  

But we're all fixed now!  And we are back to our regularly scheduled programming.  Welcome to the new, slightly revamped site.  Here's a quick tour of some new features. 

Like before, the content is smack in the middle.  That hasn't changed.  Now, though, at the top of the page, is a navigation bar. 

You can click back to home, contact me, or read about me.  Isn't the new header gorgeous though?  I love it.

The side bar has some new features as well.

There's an about me area, a section to click over to all my social media sites, a way to get my latest posts delivered to your inbox, and then the newest Stella & Dot arrivals.

You can also check out my latest Instagram posts as well any trending posts on the blog. I post daily in Instastories too.

I will also post the monthly Trunk Show exclusives for Stella & Dot (aren't the August ones amazing???  those sunglasses...and that bag???).  There is now a search bar and a category list.  If you come back and think, I don't remember when she posted about the Becca Undereye Brightener but I know it was a Friday Favorite, you can click on the right category and it will show all the posts in that category.


there's an arrow at the bottom of the page now.  Click on that and it will take you clear to the top!

I hope you like the new look and feel of the blog as well as these new features.  I'm still tweaking a couple of things, but overall, this is how it will look!  Thank you for your patience this week as I had to take it down to make some adjustments.  Come back tomorrow for Friday Favorites!

28 July 2017

Friday Favorites - The Best of the Rest #NSale

Hey all!  Happy Friday!  This is a bittersweet moment, it's my last summer Friday off.  I love the three day weekends, but I am eager to get back to my regular schedule.  And the sooner we do that, the sooner we get to Fall, right?  Today is my LAST Nordstrom Anniversary Sale post.
You can shop my home favorites here
You can shop my workout favorites here
You can shop my original sale post here
 This is the best of the rest of the sale including some kids items, some beauty finds, and some men's items.  
Now is the time to start your Christmas shopping people!  I know it's July, but the sale is just too good.  The only reason I am not buying Phillip's gifts already is that we are moving and I know he would be the one to open the moving box and be like, what is this?  So yeah, no early shopping for me this year.  But you all can let loose!  Here are some of my faves.

How adorable is this Tucker + Tate jacket?  It reminds me of my NorthFace Thermoball jacket.  I love the pink and the grey.  And at $32 it's a great deal on a coat.

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