Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Survival Kit Essentials

This post is inspired by Man Crates

I was recently contacted by an awesome company called Man Crates (which I was already a fan of them from listening to the Adam Carolla Podcast everyday!) so I was super excited when they reached out to me about creating a post with my 5 "must have essentials" for a survival kit. This idea really got me thinking about what I would want to take with me, and I even got my husband involved too :) 
Here is what each of us would put in our survival kit...

#1 - Chapstick - I am admittedly obsessed with Chapstick! I couldn't imagine going a few hours without Chapstick, let alone a few days, so this is definitely coming with me!
#2 - Gum - I think if I had some gum to chew the lack of food wouldn't be such an issue, plus I would like fresh breath while I'm trying to survive in the wilderness :)
#3 - Magazines - This is purely for entertainment value, having a good pile of magazines would definitely help with boredom and keep me in the loop of pop culture and fashion while I'm stranded!
#4 - Hand Sanitizer - I think this one is self-explanatory! I imagine that if I'm trying to survive that my hands will be getting pretty dirty! :)
#5 - Dry Shampoo - When I watch the show Survivor the people always look like the need a nice shower in the worst way, so I'm hoping that dry shampoo will help keep me looking presentable :)

My husband picked things that would help a little bit more when it comes to survival, but he also wanted to stay entertained while doing it :)

#1 - Rdio Playlists - My husband uses Rdio instead of iTunes and he said he wouldn't be able to keep his sanity without some good music :)

#2 - Cooking Items - Who would want to be stranded and trying to survive without some way to cook up an exotic animal for dinner!

#3 - iPad - My husband said he would want to play a game of Scrabble on the iPad every night :)

#4 - Power Tools - I think he was imagining building shelter and maybe a boat, so power tools would be a must!

#5 - Shaving Equipment - Much like my dry shampoo, my husband wants to keep a clean shave so he can also look presentable when we are rescued :)

Even though a lot of our items are a little vain, we had fun putting out lists together! I was explaining Man Crates to my husband and he thought they were a really cool idea if you are looking for a unique gift for your guy friend or family member who is hard to shop for, you just need to know what they are into. Not only are the gifts themed but they also come in a crate with a crowbar for them to open it! 

Here are some of the crates my husband really liked...

The Clean Shave Crate

The Golfer's Crate

Be sure to check out Man Crates for the guy in your life, I promise you will find something with all their awesome categories to shop from. 

I would love to know what you (or your husband) would put in your survival kit!
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Oh Hey, Friday!

Happy Friday! I can honestly say Friday is my favorite day of the week! It's always full of excitement for the weekend :) This Friday I wanted to join a new link up I found over at The Farmers Wife! I recently found Amy's blog and I'm loving it, so be sure to check her out!

Here are my five things I'm currently looking forward to this Friday!
The Farmer's Wife

#1 - I found this new blog on Pinterest this week and they have the most amazing wallpaper for your phone and computer! I could spend hours on there looking at all the amazing images - you have to check it out yourself - Design Love Fest

#2 - I just bought tickets for my husband and I to Book of Mormon today!!! I've wanted to see this play for so long and the hubs and I are finally going! If you are in or around Nashville - Book of Mormon will be here this fall!

#3 - My husband and I are going to the movies this weekend and I have to say my favorite part of going to the movies is the popcorn!! :) It's sad how much I've been looking forward to it!!

#4 - I went shopping at Target yesterday to get some items for a new table my husband is making us for the living room. Yes, I did go a little overboard with the purchases, but everything at Target is always such a great deal, that I can't pass it up! I will be writing a whole blog post on the table my husband is making us along with the materials he used. In the meantime, here's all the goodies I found at Target to decorate it this weekend :)

#5 - Something you should know about me is that I'm a little obsessed with award shows and I'm counting down the days to the Emmys on August 25th. The reason I'm excited this week is only because after this weekend we'll be just one weekend closer to the Emmys :) 

Hope you all have a great weekend! 
I would love to know what you're looking forward to this weekend!!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pinterest Recipes THAT WORK!

I don't know about you, but I have been burned by quite a few Pinterest recipes. It usually is hit or miss, so I thought I would compile a post sharing some of the Pinterest recipes I've tried that do actually work and turn out to be delicious! I've made all of these recipes (more than once) and they are always a big hit! 

Hopefully some of these will be of help to you, the link to the recipe is under each image! 

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Daily Shopping Routine

Today is a great post for all you ladies out there who like to do a little online shopping ;) Honestly, there aren't many woman I know who don't like to splurge online every once in a while, so I thought sharing some of my favorite daily online shopping sites would be a fun idea. I do have a few places that I visit everyday - mostly because I get daily emails about new products.

Just click on each image to go straight to the website and start shopping :)

#1 - Joss & Main
Joss & Main is like an upscale HomeGoods on your computer

#2 - Zulily
Tons of cute clothes and shoes for woman and children - and everything is very affordable

#3 - The Blue Door Boutique
Women's online boutique very unique and one of a kind clothes

#4 - Decor Steals
Home decorating website with vintage decor, farmhouse style and home decorating on a budget

#5 - NowYours
Very inexpensive daily deals on boutique items

#6 - The Rage
My favorite online boutique - very cute items and free shipping on every order

#7 - GroopDealz
Daily deals on unique clothing and jewelry 

I'd love to know where you shop online daily - please share some of your favorite sites to add to the list!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Life's Finest Imperfections

Lauran over at The South of Harrell started a new blog series called Life's Finest Imperfections and it's all about celebrating the "realness" of our everyday lives. 

People on social media and on blogs tend to show only the perfect aspects of their life and I have been guilty of this from time to time too, so Lauran wanted to start something that showed off how life really looks. I love this idea for so many reasons, so I'll be joining up when I can!! 

Here is my picture this week - it's how our master bedroom looks most of the time. 

Not like this...
But like this...

Join in each week and show everyone the realness in your everyday life - without filters and staging! :)

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Because I'm Getting Old

It's no secret that we're all getting older - I did turn 30 earlier this summer and so I've decided to step up my game in the skin care department. I've always heard that the earlier you start with a good skin care regimen the better off you will be in the long run. 

I did a lot of research on what to use and read a lot of reviews online and settled on Rodan + Fields. More specifically the Redefine line they offer. Redefine focuses on the appearance of lines, pores, and the loss of firmness.  Redefine isn't the only line of products they have - there is Reverse for the appearance of brown spots, dullness, and discoloration. Unblemish for acne and post acne marks. And lastly, Soothe for sensitive or irritated skin.

I just received my products in the mail last week, I opted for the Redefine Daily Cleansing Mask, the Redefine Toner, and Redefine Overnight Restorative Cream. I'm not expecting to see any dramatic change overnight, so after a couple months I will update you on if I see any difference with my skin. 

Have you used Rodan + Fields or any similar products that you love?? 
I would love to hear about your skin care routine!!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

It's Been Too Long...

Hey there! I can't believe its been almost a year since my last blog post, after blogging for 2 years, let's just say I decided to take a small break from blogging when my husband and I moved from Indianapolis to Nashville, TN last year. It was a big move and we had a lot on our hands, so blogging fell to the side a bit. BUT I'm ready to start again full steam ahead! I can truly say that I missed the blogging community and all the lovely ladies I have met along the way! 
This time around I'm intending to make this blog about everything and anything lifestyle themed - decorating, DIY, shopping, recipes, hair and beauty, travel, and of course fashion. I would love for you to follow me on social media sites if you aren't already - Pinterest, Instagram, and Bloglovin. And of course you can always contact me via email at I can't wait to reconnect with some of the amazing friends I've made along the way and make some new friends too! 
I can't end this post without saying THANK YOU to Kaylee over at Bright and Beautiful Designs for doing this amazing blog redesign for me! Kaylee is awesome to work with and always does great work - definitely contact her if you are in need of a blog facelift.  
I'll be back next week with some fun posts - see you all soon!!
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