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Easy DIY Couples Costumes

This post will be short because if you don’t have a costume yet, you’ll probably need all of the time you can get to make one 😉 I love homemade costumes– They’ve always been my favorite. Unless you want to spend a lot of money, costumes that are pre-made and ready to go, always seem a little cheap to me. There’s something about that thin, shiny material… One big bodysuit, just velcroed on the back. You know what I mean? Anyway, this year my husband and I decided to take a trip back in time and dress up as Bert and Mary Poppins for Halloween. I’m pretty excited! The great thing about this costume is that you probably have pretty much everything you need already, but if you don’t, I’ve linked it all below! I hope you have a fun (and safe) Halloween! And that you get your costume ready in time! Here’s everything you’ll need for Mary Poppins: And here’s everything you’ll need for Bert: There’s a few renditions of Bert and Mary costumes, but …

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Conquering the Sniffles

It’s been a rough few days as my husband and I have both been sick. Bleh. It tends to happen as the seasons change, so we just have to roll with it! Although we’ve been in our new house almost 2 months now, any sort of cold/flu remedy supplies seem to have been lost in the move. So, we knew that we needed to make that dreaded “sick trip” to the grocery store and stock up on supplies. I’m going to be honest with you, I’ve never been a person that buys tissues. I’ve purchased those little mini packs at the dollar store to keep in my purse or car, those come in handy, but never for the house. I now feel like I’ve been living like a barbarian. When I told my husband that we were headed to Sam’s Club to pick up a jumbo box of Puff’s Plus Lotion tissues, he was unreasonably excited. But then I used them on my raw little snot nose and decided that his excitement was totally reasonable. …

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3 Easy Ways to Stay Motivated

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#NourishWhatsNext #CollectiveBias Confession time– I get hangry (angry-hungry). There’s really no better way to describe it… I get discouraged, exhausted, etc., but the one thing that I don’t do is quit (although at times it may be tempting).  We all have the struggles of the daily grind, each experience unique. Although we may all have different battles to conquer, I believe there are at least a few constants. So, here’s my most simple advice on how to stay energized and motivated throughout your day: Walk around. If you have a job where you’re at a desk for a long time, get up and move. Stretch, take a stroll, whatever you need to do to get your blood flowing. Don’t let that bum get numb 😉 Build relationships. Talk to your coworkers and get to know them! Help each other, build each other up. You can’t #girlboss alone! And for crying out loud, eat! It’s amazing to me how many people forget to …

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Sole Serum

Wearing heels (I’m honestly kind of a baby when it comes to heels), working out really hard, moving (this is what I’m currently experiencing), jumping up and down at a concert (this also just happened), or just having a really busy day. All reasons why your feet might ache and why mine do. We can probably all agree that it sucks. Heaven knows I don’t wear heels as much as I should (I’m trying, I’m trying…), but I did just move and let me tell you, that makes your feet hurt. Running around all day, up and down stairs, lifting heavy boxing and delegating where things go. It’s exhausting. So, lucky me, I was able to snag some Sole Serum to relieve some of that pain. The serum is really convenient because the bottle is small enough to just plop in your purse when you’re on the go in some not so comfortable shoes. I just use 2-3 pumps and that seems to do the trick! It almost kind of tingles when you first put it on …

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Picnic at the Park

I LOVE summer. Vacations to the beach, staycations at the pool, and picnics in the park. My husband and I have actually had quite a few picnics this summer. We grab a blanket, picnic basket and some grub–viola, a nice peaceful evening. It feels great to be outside in nature, soak up the sun a little. BUT we’ve made sure that we always have sunscreen. Jono got a horrible sunburn the first year that we were married (his skin turned colors that no human’s should…) so we’ve learned our lesson! Lather up if you’re going outside! Like I’ve said before, I love the Silk Hydration Sunscreen by Hawaiian Tropic. Number one, it is super hydrating and not sticky (hallelujah) and number two, it smells like a delicious orangesicle. It’s always nice to have a UVA + UVB sunscreen that feels like more of a lotion and less of a baby oil! I hope that you are enjoying your time outside this summer. Even if you can’t take a vacation, take a staycation! It’s worth it. My mini …

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Hawaiian Sun

All I’ve ever wanted on vacation is some nice sunscreen that doesn’t leave me feeling like a gross, oily sweat ball. In Hawaii we laid by the pool, swam in the salty ocean, and adventured around town. I ALWAYS, and I mean always, had my Silk Hydration Sunscreen with me. When I was less diligent in applying, my skin would fry. My smart husband reapplied every hour or so and his skin never turned red. I on the other hand would get distracted, forget to apply and regret it later… Don’t do that! But like I said, it can be such a pain to reapply sunscreen that feels like melted butter on your skin. Meanwhile you’re in the sun so you do actually feel like you’ve been basted and plopped in the oven. No thanks. Nobody wants swass. Nobody wants to feel sticky. Bleh. Unfortunately a lot of sunscreens really do make you feel that way. They smell like baby oil (which isn’t really what you want to smell like), and leave you feeling all greased …

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Relax At Girls’ Night With String Cafe Lights

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about being a busy working adult woman, it’s that sometimes you just need a break. Obviously hard work, believing in yourself, surrounding yourself with positive people (the list goes on and on) are all very important parts of life and important aspects of success. However, I’ve found that in life, specifically within time management, you need to make time for yourself to just relax and enjoy. A date night, a Netflix binge, or a good ol’ fashioned ladies’ night! Forget about counting calories and eat that chocolate filled croissant, girl. Sit back, relax and enjoy. Engage in conversion that doesn’t revolve around you or your work or your worries. Laugh, cry, vent whatever you need to do, but just enjoy yourself. Sometimes I get so busy and so focused that I forget to talk to people, I mean really talk to the people who are right in front of me. And I love talking to people! For me, it’s the evenings that I struggle with… I’m already exhausted, but have so …

10 Beach Bag Must-Haves

If it’s in my daily routine, I’m pretty good about remembering things, but when I’m going on a trip, or really anywhere that’s not in my normal day to day grind, I’m sort of the queen of forgetting. I’m very much a creature of habit. And when I go places out of the ordinary I can get a little frazzled…  So, for my summer adventures, I’ve decide to make a killer list of must-haves so that I can be a little more prepared. Hopefully it’ll help my busy mind stay on top of things. Whether you’re going to the beach, or the pool, here are your fab bag must-haves: A good book and/or notebook + pen: Sometimes you want to live it up at the beach and sometimes you just want to relax. The trouble is, you may not know until you get there. So, it’s never a bad idea to pack a notebook (I have LOTS of thoughts) or a good book. Portable phone battery: There’s nothing worse than having your trusty ol’ cell …

Getting Summer Ready

Okay so let’s talk summer, yeah? It’s coming and it’ll be here before you know it! It’s time to jump in and start planning (I’m a total planner). I always have a to-do list for the changing season and summer is always my favorite. So, here it is (so far): -READ. I have a growing pile of books that I need to get to. Summer is the perfect season to make, not find (because who really can) the time.  -Find creative alternatives to ordinary things. This year I am using Mexican blankets for beach towels annnd I’m pretty excited about it.  -Make fresh, yummy food. And refreshing drinks. Summer is my favorite meal time because everything is so lush and delicious. -Last, but not least (it’s actually probably the most important)… Protect my SKIN. I’ve taken a personal oath for this one. I won’t be young forever, so I am really trying to make an effort to take better care of my skin. The pool is great, it’s fantastic, fabulous, all of the above, but …

Cards 2 Life

Cards 2 Life puts anything that Hallmark has to shame (seriously though). Yes, pop up cards have been around forever, but not like this. The detail is incredible, it’s like a little treat every time you open one! From birthday wishes and holiday cheer, to congratulatory hopes and dreams, these pop up cards are sure to add something special to whatever you’re celebrating. We all give cards, so why not spice it up a little? Add something extra the ordinary. As for me, I’ve been giving these cards out like it’s going out of style, (the ferris wheel is my favorite). So, if you’re on the hunt for a more exciting way to wish someone happy holidays, say thank you, or even congratulations, look no further, Cards 2 Life will do just that.