Thursday, June 30, 2016

4th of July Inspiration

I can't believe this weekend is the 4th of July!!  2017 is going by SO fast!  No matter what you have planned for the 4th, festive décor, outfits & food are always a plus!  I have gathered some inspiration for you all below! 

Party Supplies

All of these party supplies add just a touch of décor that isn't overpowering!  We will be using those plates and serving dishes at our cookout this weekend!


I love all of these outfit options!  I am currently debating between two outfits but red, white & blue will definitely be involved!



Good food is a must for July 4th!  All of these would be fun recipes for a cookout! 

Do you have big plans for the holiday?  We have a cookout, some house projects and some relaxing planned & can't wait! 

Did you catch my BeautyCounter review post yesterday?  Make sure to check out these awesome new products I'm in love with, shop my party and enter to win the awesome giveaway!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


One of my favorite parts of blogging/reading other blogs is finding new tips, products, clothes, etc. and I love sharing when I find great things as well!  Several weeks ago, my friend Carley contacted me about trying some BeautyCounter products and reviewing them here for you all.  Also, if you want to give the products a try after reading shop my party HERE.  Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!!

I do not live a perfectly organic or clean lifestyle but I'm trying to take steps to move our home, products we use, and food we cook in that direction because it's something I'm very passionate about.  When Carley contacted me about reviewing these products that are so much safer than other products I've been using, I jumped at the chance!

Did you know that there has not been a federal law governing the cosmetics industry passed since 1938?! Considering over 10,500 ingredients are used by the cosmetics industry, it's pretty scary to me that there's been a serious lack of regulation.  According to BeautyCounter, an estimated 90% of those ingredients haven't been tested by a publicly accountable body.  Scary.  The fact that the European Union has banned 1,400 ingredients for cosmetics and the U.S. has only done this to 11, shows me that we are way behind on protecting ourselves from harmful ingredients!  The statistics on chemicals like these causing cancer, reproductive and other health issues are enough to make me a lot more considerate of the products I'm using on my body. 

Enter BeautyCounter. I love that they have banned over 1,500 ingredients and make sure that no unnecessary ingredients are used in their products.  This makes me feel so good about using their products!  I borrowed Carley's basket for a week and not only did I feel super safe using their products, but I also felt like I was having a spa day everyday in my bathroom.  The products made my hair and skin feel so clean and moisturized, not to mention the products smell amazing!!

There were so many products I used & absolutely loved!

The Body Collection

Body Collection
I am obsessed with the shampoo, conditioner & body wash!  My hair is so silky and smooth after using their hair products!  They also have hand wash & cream that I can't wait to add to the sinks at our house as well :)

The Face Collection

Face Collection
I have always wanted a good skin care regimen but haven't been able to find one that worked for me.  Carley gave me instructions on how to use the face collection and I can honestly say my skin was the best ever that week!  The steps are simple and easy!  I used the routine clean daily alternating every few days with the exfoliator.  In the morning, I would then spritz with rosewater, add eye cream and then use a drop of the 1 oil in the AM cream.  In the evening, I would wash my face and then use the eye cream, apply about 3 drops of the 3 oil to my face and then moisturize with the PM cream.

The Countertime Collection

Countertime Collection
This collection isn't one I used because it's typically for signs of aging or extremely dry skin but I've heard wonderful things about it!  Shop the collection here

The Face Oil Collection

Face Oil Collection
I loved using the oils as part of my skin care regime!  They made a huge difference in how bright & moisturized my skin looked and weren't really greasy at all!

Baby/Kids Bath Collection

Kids Bath Collection
Baby Bundle Collection

For those of you with little ones, this is the collection for you!  Such great smelling products that you can use on your little one knowing they are safe!  The great things about all BC products but especially these is that essential oils are used which create the wonderful fragrance, not synthetic fragrance!  Shop baby & kids products here.  These products would make great baby shower gifts!


Enrich Body Butter

A few of my favorite other products were the body butter,

 Charcoal Cleansing Bar
I LOVE the Charcoal Cleansing Bar!  My face felt so refreshed after using this product!  I love it for a deeper clean a few times a week and it's a great product for the men in your life too.

Purifying Charcoal Mask
I didn't get to try the charcoal mask because it came out right after I finished sampling the products, but based on my feelings about the charcoal bar I can't wait to give this a try!  Charcoal is so cleansing & detoxifying and I can't wait to see how the mask improves my skin.



I haven't had the opportunity to try the makeup yet but I have heard rave reviews from those who have.  When I run out of the product I'm currently using I plan to give these products a try!  See all the great makeup options here.

Sun Care


I can't wait to order some safe sunscreen to use this summer!  There is also a great chapstick with sunscreen in it too!  See all Sun Protection products here.

Carley is being totally awesome and giving away a Rose Water Uplifting Spray to one of my amazing readers!  Enter the giveaway below to win!

There are so many things we cannot control about our health and safety but controlling the toxins and chemicals we put in or on our bodies is something within our control.  I am so excited that there is a company out there that creates such great products that I can use and love but still know that they are safe.  I know you'll love them and feel good about using them for you or your little ones :)   Also, if you need hostess gifts, birthday gifts, etc., some of these products would be perfect for that as well!  A hand wash & cream set would be the perfect hostess gift :)

Citrus Mimosa Hand Wash & Hand Cream Set

Some comments I've received from people who have tried the products in the basket:

- The eye cream makes my eyes feel super soft & hydrated!
- My face feels so clean!
- I feel like I've been at the spa in my own bathroom!
- I didn't even have to straighten my hair after I used the shampoo and conditioner.
- The body wash didn't leave any residue.
- Love the smell of the products!

I'm hosting an online BeautyCounter party & a pass the basket party!  If you're out of town, shop my party HERE and if you're local and want to try the products out, email me ( and we'll set up a day for you to try them & shop the basket!  I absolutely loved these products and want to share them with you! 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Weekend Recap

Hi!! Hope everyone had a great weekend!  We had a pretty great one :)  Before I recap our weekend, tomorrow I will be posting a review of BeautyCounter!  I tried so many of the products and am going to review those for you and even host a little giveaway in tomorrow's post!  Be sure to visit tomorrow morning to read about my new favorite skincare line!

On to the weekend -

Friday started off with a fresh haircut for me :)  A trim and some thinning out made me feel so much better!

That night was full of errands and a nice dinner with my husband.

Saturday morning, we visited a few of the local Parade of Homes and ran into these two!

Saturday afternoon we had lunch with my grandparents, brother & his girlfriend to celebrate my Granny's birthday and father's day for my grandad.  It was a yummy lunch with some of my favorite people.  The view didn't disappoint either!

These two are the best!!

My new favorite dress!  Tea is my and my Granny's special thing so this dress was perfect for this lunch.  Shop it here!

So thankful for this guy!!

Sunday consisted of church, a little pool time with my brother & Lauren and dinner and hangout time with the fam!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday lovelies!  This week has been so good, so crazy and I'm SO glad it's almost the weekend!!

A definite favorite this week was celebrating Father's Day with this crew!  Always a fun time :)

I shared my favorite beach & pool bags this week!  I'm still loving the one with the tassels the most but they are all cute!  See my post here.

This guy.  Words can't express how thankful I am to have Jared as my husband.  So many things lately have made me extra grateful to have him by my side and to be my partner in life. 

Pineapple everywhere!  Pineapple is big this season.  See my post on fun ways to incorporate this trend into your home here!

My new favorite salad!  Spinach & greens mix, 1/2 avocado, gluten free non-gmo chicken strips, sunflower seeds, olive oil & lemon juice!  Delicious & healthy :)  I'm back into working out and tracking what I'm eating.  Not sure if I'm going to bring my weight loss updates back or not. It's a lot to keep up with but we'll see!  Time to get to that goal!

It's the Parade of Homes in our town and this is one home we went to see last weekend!  Jared and I love going each year to see what's new in the home building world and to get ideas for our future forever home.  This house had an indoor slide.  Like a big curvy one from one floor to another for their kids!   How cool & crazy?!

 Hope everyone has a great weekend! 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Favorite Beach Bags Under $50


Tis the season for fun beach bags!  Whether you're hitting the local pool or going on a big vacation, a good bag to hold all your essentials is a must! I love all of these options but especially have my eye on the straw tote with the colorful tassel.

Do you have a favorite beach/pool bag? I'm going to do a post soon on beach/pool bag essentials, what are some of your favorite must have items?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Pineapple at Home

Pineapple is in this summer.  I'm sure you know this because it is EVERYWHERE but I still love it :)  When something is trendy, I like to add a few accent pieces but nothing too crazy expensive unless I really love it because it will go back out of style just as quickly.  I put together this collage of fun pineapple pieces for your home that let you embrace the pineapple trend this summer!
If you have a pool or outdoor seating area, all of these items would be perfect for that!  These pineapple sippers are SO cute & I may have one sitting in my Nordstrom cart :)  If you do a lot of outdoor entertaining, these pineapple place card holders would be perfect for outdoor dining!  This pineapple serving tray is definitely pricey but very cute and useful.  If you are a big outdoor entertainer, it may be worth the splurge!  A pineapple shaker is a great hostess gift idea or would be fun in any bar area outside, especially if these pineapple accent lights were hanging nearby.  A candle is always a fun and easy accent piece too!  You could use most of these items inside as well.
Are you into the pineapple trend this year?  How are you incorporating it into your home?

Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!!

I shared a little of what we've been up to lately on the blog this week (see post here). Summertime fun with this guy is a definite favorite! 

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Going to the drive-in this week was so fun! We may just go again this weekend : )

I shared this little tip on FB yesterday but wanted to share here too! I wanted some new fun casual shoes for summer just for when I ran errands, etc. These Converse Shoreline are perfect to throw on with skinny jeans! TIP: I am a 7/7.5 in women's shoes and I was able to buy these in the kids section saving over $20!!  I wasn't even in the biggest size available so if you are around my shoe size check that option out!

When I find good deals, I post them on my facebook page first so be sure to like it to see more photos/deal finds/etc. 

I have started walking in the mornings before work again & that is definitely a FAVORITE!!  I love getting a large amount of my steps in for the day and I love that my walks wake me up, I spend much needed time outside and start my day off right!

Sometimes when God puts things on our hearts that seem weird or uncomfortable, they turn out to be the biggest blessings!  Read this post by Manda Carpenter!  It reminds me that a smile and even just a conversation can make the greatest difference in someone's life & outlook.  I am so thankful for God's grace because I fail him daily.  I'm thankful for reminders like this that we need to try to mirror Jesus in how we help others because it helps us pull away from our selfishness and direct ourselves back towards serving God.

 Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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