Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Confessions

This week has been one of those killer weeks.  Every. single. day.  The same.  Waking up to dark, gray, and dreary weather, with the occasional rain mixed in.  It has been so dark every morning I have had to turn on the lights, and it's not even like I wake up that early! There is some partly cloudy on the forecast this weekend, so I'm hoping that means some sun will be peaking through, I am in desperate need of some!

This weather has been a major killer to my motivation this week.  Like, huge drain.  I hope I'm not the only one feeling this way!  Switching it up a little bit this Friday, here are a few recent confessions.

1| I confess. . . Even though I love what I do, while I'm doing it (most of the time) I often day dream of what it would be like to not have to work.  And when I say often I mean, lately all the time.

2|I confess. . . The other week I got hit on at the grocery store while picking out squash.  Seriously.  No joke.  The guy starting talking about how great squash season is.  And the best part, Martin was standing on the other side of the produce section watching it all go down.  And he thought it was funny.  Me, not so much.  I never know how to make a graceful exit from those awkward situations.

3| I confess. . . I get so jealous whenever another pregnancy announcement pops up on Facebook.  I wish I didn't.  Especially for those newlyweds that have just been married a few months, I can't help it.  Though I am happy for them, my first reaction is, seriously, already?! (You can read about our journey here, and here).

4| I confess. . . I'm a total bargain hunter.  I've been on the hunt for a new fall purse, and I scored big time as DSW yesterday.  I found a bag on clearance marked 70% off.  It had a few scuffs on it, so I asked if they could take any more off.  I have no shame.  The worst they can say is no.  I got another 5% off.

5| I confess. . . I loathe having to do my hair, especially on the weekends.  I don't know what it is, it doesn't bother me during the week.  But something about having to spend time drying and doing it on my days off, no thank you.  Thank goodness for dry shampoo and messy buns.  Last weekend I made it from Friday through Monday (I'm off on Mondays), I think my longest yet.

Here's to the weekend, and hopefully some sunshine!
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Healing Heels

If you know me, you know I'm willing to stand behind almost anything that I believe is for a good cause.  Big or small, personal to me or not.  I generally just believe in the good of people, and I believe we can never have enough of it.  In fact, I feel like rarely we do.

The other week an old acquaintance (she used to work for a different branch of our company) and her friend launched an amazing project, and I want to spread the word.

In short, two years ago Lauren was diagnosed with breast cancer, and kicked it's butt, all while sporting awesome blue spiky heels gifted to her by her best friend, and now they want to be able to help others do the same.  Check out her full story here.  Help Healing Heels get off to a running start, spread the word, share the love, or just simply give them a like on Facebook!

I can't even imagine facing a battle like that at the age of 26, not only did Lauren conquer it, but now she's on a mission to help inspire others to do the same.  It's amazing how much the mind can help, and something as small as sporting a kick ass pair of heels can empower and inspire someone to conquer something bigger then they ever imagined.

In honor of breast cancer awareness month here are a few other fun products that also go towards supporting a good cause.
Can you spread the word?

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fab Fit Fun VIP Fall Box

I have been loving my past FabFitFun VIP boxes, and was so excited for my Fall box to arrive.  It definitely did not disappoint.  I love that these boxes are stocked with full size products, and that they are such a good value.  The items in my fall box were worth over $200, but the best part is that my FabFitFun box only cost me $49.99. *Right now you can use promo code FALL5 to get $5 off your Fall Box

I love that I received the pink and gold Jessie Steele Apron, I have been so into those colors lately, and I plan to put it to good use.

I have been eying the Dermalogica products at Ulta lately, and was excited to find this Skin Hydrating Booster in my box.  I hadn't taken the plunge on any of the products yet, mostly because of the price.  I haven't put it to use yet, but it sounds like it will be perfect for our typically drying Midwestern winters.

We already know I like all things Honest Company, I haven't tried the Shea Butter Cleansing Bar yet, but anticipate that I will like it if it's anything like the rest of the Honest products that I have used and loved.  The Great Soles Pink Ribbon Ballet Barre Socks are cute, and hopefully the motivation I need to try out a barre class!

I love a good handwritten note, and I'm always stocking up on stationary.  I have way more than I could possibly ever use!  And now I can add to it this Thank You card set by Gramr Gratitude Co.  I love that it comes with sealing wax and a wax press.

This Beauty For Real True Color Lip Cream is in the perfect fall shade for me, "Always There".  It's the perfect cranberry color, and the case has a mirror on the side plus an LED light on the wand making it super easy to apply.

You can't go wrong with CHI 44 Iron Guard, it works great to protect your hair from the damaging effects of heat styling.  And I can easily toss the LaNatura Body Butter in my purse, it's small, and has a nice fruity scent.

My Fall Box also included a 3 month subscription to FitFusion, a digital platform that offers tons of premium fitness videos, as well as a sample of Mary's Gone Crackers which were yummy organic, vegan, and gluten free crackers (I totally thought they we're going to taste gross from how they looked, but not all all!) and a sample of Numi Organic Tea.

I love that the FabFitFun box introduces me to products and brands I would have probably never heard of, nor tried.  It also allows me to try pricier products, that I may not have spent the money on myself.  It's pretty cool that a lot of the products come with exclusive FabFitFun coupon codes for any orders you may want to place once trying out their product.  I can't wait to see what my winter box has in store!

Have you become a FabFitFun VIP yet?

Friday, October 10, 2014

High Five For Friday

Whenever I sit down to write my Friday post, my first thought it always thank goodness it's Friday.  It's amazing how the week can just fly by, yet feel entirely long and full in the same breath.  My day to day is so busy and so full that I so look forward to the weekend where things move at a more leisurely pace, more importantly my pace!

Here's a few moments I caught in my week that just appeared to fly by!

1|  Last weekend we had a training seminar for work.  It's always filled with a ton of great training and inspiration, but it's also a time for some recognition and awards.  I found out last weekend that I made it to the next and final round of a company wide competition, which is super exciting!

2|  Part of our weekends training was all about empowering and dis-empowering beliefs.  It's amazing what our minds can do, and when I ran across this earlier this week I thought it was a good reminder.  For how many times we all tell ourselves we should have, could have, or would have, we need to instead tell our selves, I did, I am, I can.

3|  So often I feel guilty or bad because I rarely remember to snap photos, or that it's been 2 weeks since I've posted something on instagram, but watching this video didn't make me feel so bad anymore.  It's crazy to think that we are really the last generation to know what it was like before everyone had a phone on them all the time.

4|  Can you believe this is true?!  It's scary and exciting all at the same time!

5|  I was able to reconnect with an old friend this week and am super excited to get to meet up with her this weekend.  I am terrible as staying in touch with people, it's something I always vow to be better at, but never seem to really accomplish.

Anything fun on your agenda this weekend?  Or is your agenda purely to not have an agenda?  Sometimes that's the best part.  I hope we have another fantastic fall weekend ahead, why is it that fall always seems like the shortest season ever?  So not fair!  Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Elegance Obsession: Navy

As the cooler weather sets in I find myself more and more drawn to the neutrals in my closet.  One of the neutrals I'm currently obsessed with is navy, I just can't seem to get enough (or have enough in my closet!).  I think it pairs so well with the other neutrals of fall, camel and burgundy.  At least what I consider to be the neutrals of fall, because you can pair them all with such a wide variety of colors, but especially each other.

Here are a few of my current navy favorite finds.

Sweatshirt | Dress | Vest | Earrings | Nail Polish
Planner | Scarf | Rain Boots | Jacket | Bag | Blazer

I wouldn't hesitate to add every single item into my closet, in fact I kinda wish I could right now!  I've had my eye on that Lily Pulitzer Planner for while now, and that Old Navy Jacket looks perfect for the fall, plus they are running 20% off right now online which doesn't hurt either!  My nails have been navy for the last week, which may have inspired my obsession!  Pair together a little navy and gold and to me you have the ultimate, classic, sophisticated look.

What color are you obsessing over this fall?

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

September Favorites

I can't believe it's already that time again for a monthly favorites round up.  I swear it feels like the beginning of September was just here, and now we are heading into the second week of October.  I'm loving the fall weather and the chance to pull out my boots, as I did for the first time yesterday day!  Here are a few things I was loving in September.

In my quest to find some great lipstick I picked this up at Ulta.  I like that the Tulip color gives me just enough color that you can tell I am wearing lipstick without looking too crazy over the top, since I don't typically wear lipstick this is a good stepping stone color for me.  I love the feel of it, and what truly sold me on it was the pretty packaging.  I do notice it does dry my lips out some when it completely wears off, so I've been layering it with a bit of lip balm and that seems to help.

I'm totally loving this stuff right now for right after the shower.  I've talked about my love for The Honest Company before, and here it continues.  I love it for many reasons, one it gets delivered to my door.  Two, this oil is organic.  Three, it's light weight and easily soaks into the skin leaving it moisturized and nurished without any greasy film.  The bonus, it's packed full of good for you oils like jojoba, olive, avocado, and more.  If you haven't checked out The Honest Company yet, you should, it's so worth it.  Click here and you can get a free trial of some of their popular products, that's how I got hooked!

So lately I've been told to lay off the added sugars, which is like torture for me and my huge sweet tooth.  But I was told I can have dark chocolate, as long at it's above 70%.  At first when I was told this I was like great, this sounds disgusting.  And the first few bars of 70% + dark chocolate confirmed this, but then one day I was at Whole Foods and spotted these Endangered Species Chocolate Bars.  They were on sale 2 for $5, and they were for a good cause (I've always had this thing with helping out the endangered species, when I was in the 4th grade I adopted endangered animals for all of my family members for Christmas).  The bonus, they were actually good!  So far my favorite has been the Forest Mint, but there are several other flavors I'm excited to give a try, along with their new filled bars which sound delicious.

I have this thing with body wash.  I don't see spending a whole lot on it because I've never really noticed a difference between those that I do and those that I don't.  I know that for the most part they tend to contain a whole bunch of crazy ingredients, and are one of the harder things to create a DIY version of, so I'm always looking for alternatives that don't break the bank.  I came across this Refresh Citrus Body Wash at Trader Joe's, and it has now become a staple in my shower.  It has a very light clean citrus sent, and it will only set you back about $3.  The scent dosen't linger on your skin, which I actually like, and it leaves your skin feeling clean, but not dried out like some others can do.

One last thing I'm excited about from September, Nashville season 3 starting.  Love this show, and glad it's back on.  Tell me I'm not the only one who is still rooting for Deacon?!

What are your new favorites?

Friday, October 3, 2014

High Five For Friday

Happy October!  I know that fall officially starts in September, but to me October makes it legit.  This week has kind of been all over the place for us in the Midwest, from almost 90 on Monday to being in the 50's in the middle of the week.  Not surprising!

I thought I would do a little twist this Friday and share 5 recent confessions, enjoy!

1|  It is the time of year where these little candy pumpkins are my nemesis.  Because If I come across them, I will eat the whole bag.  It's dangerous and gross all at the same time, because I don't even know what they are made of, probably nothing that resembles real food, and yet down they go.  Candy corn also falls into the same category, but there is just something about those pumpkins!  2 bags have already disappeared in my house!

2|  On Monday morning I literally left the house a half an hour too early for my acupuncture appointment.  I blame it on the fact that it was scheduled way too early for a Monday morning (Monday = day off for me = sleeping in).  It  takes me about 45 minutes to get to acupuncture and I thought I had figured it out, and it wasn't until I was half way there I realized I had left way too early.  That meant I missed out on a half an hour of sleep.

3| I can no longer get through an evening at work without starting to yawn desperately 3/4 of the way through, I blame it on old age.  That works, right?!  It never used to be this way! Sleep is my best friend, but we don't get to spend nearly enough time together! 

4|  Speaking of sleep, I can't remember the last time a weekend passed by that I didn't involuntarily fall asleep during it multiple times.  My newest one is riding in the car, but put me on the couch in front of the TV and you are just asking me to fall asleep, ask my husband, I'm really good at it!

5|  I know I may be a dance teacher, but this is so true of my everyday life.  All of it.  It feels like every time I'm trying to walk to the bathroom I never make it because I get called somewhere by one of my staff or students.  The other day I got home and realized I never made it to the bathroom all day, terrible!

Hope you enjoyed my recent confessions, here's to a great weekend!  Enjoy what ever you find on your plate!

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