01/30/2017

Happiness Delivered in January

January can get a little gloomy. Let’s face it, between the shortened daylight and the cold weather, we could all use a little pick-me-up during the winter months. When POPSUGAR reached out to me about receiving a Must Have Box for this month, I immediately responded with a yes!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box January 2017

Here’s how the Must Have Box works:

  • Pick a plan Select from the subscription plans below
  • Discover Unwrap your box of full-size surprises.
  • Love Share your new favorite must haves with your friends!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box January 2017

This is the second Must Have Box that I’ve received, and in my experience, you truly never know what’s going to show up at your doorstep. You will also of course, have your favorites within each box. A few of my favorite products from the Must Have Box included:

May Designs 2017 Desk Calendar & Notecard

May Designs 2017 Desk Calendar and Notecard

Not only is the calendar colorful and filled with hand-painted floral patterns, but it also does double duty. When the month is done, just flip over the page, cut along the dotted line, and the page will turn into a nice note to write and give to a special someone. I loved this idea in place of just tossing the month’s page away. The designs are too pretty to not reuse!

Mandukja eQua Mat Towel in Playa

Manduka eQua Mat Towel

Hot yoga is one of my favorite workouts, but I don’t hit the mat near as often as I would like. After receiving this yoga mat towel in the Must Have Box, it has me itching to get back into some yoga classes! The mat is great for providing the extra non-slip grip we all wish we while practicing. Especially during a hot class or vinyasa when the flow moves fast and the mat can get slippery, making it hard to hold poses.

Sourcebooks, Inc. Instant Happy Notes

Sourcebooks, Inc. Instant Happy Notes POPSUGAR Must Have Box January 2017

As soon as I started flipping through this little book, I was smitten! Written on the pages of the book are compliments, thoughtful coupons, words of encouragement, and fun sayings. These are perfect if you have kids at home and want to stick one in their lunch box, or include one in their notebook the day of a big test. I think these would also be perfect for including in snail mail to friends, or to encourage your husband before a day at work by sticking a note in his car or on the mirror in the bathroom. This is a simple, easy way to make those around you know just how much you care. It’s the little things my friends!

POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try. All opinions are my own! Must Have Boxes are available to order here for $39.95 per month, shipping included. If you would like to order your own, use code SHOP5 to save $5 off your first Must Have Box. This box in January was estimated to be worth more than $190. I think too that the contents in the box would be wonderful for gifting! Since you get so many great products each month, it may be fun to surprise your mom, sister or a girlfriend with a product that you feel they would love. I personally felt a little overwhelmed to receive so many things at month, so this would enable me to share the goods and the fun with others!

01/27/2017

FriYAY Week 7

Simple (Almost!) Makeup-Free Look

Beautycounter

I took this picture last Sunday before brunch with friends, and had a few questions on what makeup I was wearing. The basis of my look is always, always good quality skincare products, but I also thought I would share the makeup products I used to get this simple (almost!) no makeup look!

Super Bowl Eats

Burrata Cheese & Meatball Sandwiches with Farm Rich

Anyone else starting to think about what foods you might want on your Super Bowl menu? I’ve made these Easy Pepperoni Rolls many times and they’re always a hit, and this recipe for Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip is one of the best! Or, if you’re looking for a main course, try my recipe for Burrata Cheese & Meatball Sandwiches.

Sweet and Sleepy Baby

Pottery Barn Kids

Jack and I met up with my gymnastics and cheerleading coach, and lifelong friend Shannon for lunch on Wednesday. After lunchin’, we headed over to the gym so that Jack could get some playtime in with his little friends. By the time we got home, this little munchkin was wore out from all the brain stimulation, socializing and fun! I set him up with a little Mickey Mouse Clubhouse while I made lunch, and by the time I went to get him he was laying down with his little head on his chair. So sweet! (PS – Jack’s chair is the Trailblazer Anywhere Chair from Pottery Barn Kids!)

Lace-Up Flats

Lace-Up Flats - Fashion

This past Sunday morning we met up with friends for brunch. The weather was unseasonably warm, so I pretended it was spring by wearing these pretty flats that I had picked up at Old Navy during the fall. These flats are surprisingly comfortable for how affordable they were, and so far they have worn nicely. They are also a little more fashion forward than I am used to, but I’ve found them pretty easy to pull off. Bonus is that I got these chose for 50% off, so we are talking $15 for a pair of shoes that is similar to pairs sold at Nordstrom or J. Crew for $100’s. I would like to pick up a lighter pair for spring and loved the shoe in blush. Another style of flat that is in right now are loafers and moccasins. I thought these loafers in blush and these moccasins in both tan and bone are so pretty as well!

Hairstyle Change-Up

Hairstyle Change - Beauty

Okay friends, I am in a bit of a hair rut! I am desperate need of a good color and cut, and thankfully I have an appointment already on the schedule for next week. Now, the hard part is deciding what to do with my hair. Keep it long, or go a little shorter? Lighter or darker? Continue with more of a balayage effect? I would love any and all advice / opinions / suggestions! Right now the color is just blah and I don’t think it’s really doing anything for me except leaving me looking washed out and extra pale. On the other hand, keeping it darker makes maintenance a lot easier. Decisions, decisions…

Also, I just realized I shared two selfies of myself in the same post! Oops – I apologize for the overposting of myself. It seems a bit excessive!

 

01/24/2017

Park Day in January

Over the weekend we had absolutely beautiful weather for January! The temps were in the 50’s and 60’s both Saturday and Sunday, and there were even moments when the sun would peek out behind the clouds and its beams would leave the air feeling even warmer than it was.

We were pretty go-go-go all weekend (Date night Friday! Brunchin’ with friends!) but Sunday we carved out a little time in the afternoon to walk over to the local park with both Jack and Tebow. There were so many people out running, walking their dogs, and even playing tennis and soccer in the fields. I think there was no denying cabin fever had been heating up! Winter months are cold and gloomy, but a little fresh air is so so good for the soul.

I just wanted to share a couple pictures of my big boy swinging at the park. My parents bought a baby swing for him last summer, and ever since then he’s been obsessed with swinging.

Park Day in January

I loved too watching Jack and Tim play together and get to spend that quality time. I am spoiled throughout the week getting to be home with Jack most days, and I forget that sometimes those two only have the weekends to truly bond and make memories. There are days when Jack is still asleep when Tim leaves for the office, and he is in bed when he gets home at the end of a long day. I just love these two together. Best buds. Father and son. My whole world and my true loves!

Park Day in January