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November 4, 2016

Hey there. I’m dealing with two sick toddlers over here which has left me feeling pretty tired drained. I’m hoping that they ditch whatever virus they have so that we can all go on with our lives here.


Illnesses aside, I have a few fun things to share with you today. Lots of favorites for fall and some gift ideas, too. Of course, I’d love to hear what you are enjoying these days. Feel free to share yours below.


Friday faves 18


Pull up bar from ProSource – Christmas came a bit early this year when Matt arrived home on Wednesday with this pull up bar for us. I am pumped to have this in the house. It has nice padded handle bars so my hands don’t get tore up (such a girlie thing to say, right?).

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Fall running – I am so glad that I’ve been feeling well enough to run again. My shins and hips are behaving and I couldn’t be happier since fall is my very favorite time to run. No races planned at this point. I’m just enjoying being injury-free.

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Target decor – I can’t get enough of their home decor. I love how stylish and inexpensive their goods are.

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This nail polish from Sinful Colors. It’s called Sail La Vie.

Nail polish

Lucky Brand bartalino booties – these are by far my favorite boots for fall. They’re super comfortable and I love the brindle color. And look–the dark brown ones are 40% off right now!

Lucky Brand bartalino

Speaking of shoes. I’m dying over these kids sneakers by Onitsuka Tiger. Dying.




Paleo pumpkin coffee cake by Jay’s Baking Me Crazy – Ohhhh yes! I will be making this in the next day or two. It looks delicious!

pumpkin paleo coffee cake

Shameless – we’ve just started watching this series, but we’re really into it so far. Anyone watching it?


From around the web:

I want to get all of my holiday shopping done on Etsy. Because this mermaid tail blanket.


This article that Matt sent me on how women can achieve their first chin up. It’s a helpful read.


How to motivate yourself when you feel lazy AF. I liked this article, especially the part that reads, “A hard truth in life is that nothing works until we do. Action is the only thing that can get you out of a slump in life.”


10-minute meals for crazy busy days


Catching up? Here are my posts from earlier this week:

Stitch Fix #26: November Finds

Last week’s workouts

Weekend highs and lows

Round up of reader questions

Friday faves 13

August 26, 2016

Heyyyy – Happy Saturday. I am so sad our vacation is over. The girls and I made it back yesterday evening – it was a smooth and easy 3.5 hour drive back! I’ll be sharing a bit more about our vacation later on. It was one of the best family trips we’ve had.


I’m a little late posting my Friday faves, obviously, but I wanted to be sure I got this up as soon as possible. Let’s just pretend it’s Friday, K?


Friday faves 13

Coffee on vacation – because it just tastes better than coffee on a work day, right? I’ve really enjoyed my early morning coffee chats with my sister. She’s the BEST! <3

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Lorissa’s Kitchen chicken jerky – I wasn’t sure if I liked the ginger taste at first, but it grew on me and I’ve been snacking on these all week.

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Svelte’s hello beautiful. Chocolate protein shake – I grabbed this on a whim from Whole Foods and it’s seriously delicious. Pre-made protein shakes can sometimes be hit or miss, but this one was spot on. It has 11 grams of protein and only 6 grams of sugar (it’s naturally sweetened with stevia). While I usually make my own protein shakes, this one is a great choice to grab on the go. It’s cheaper on Amazon, so I’ll definitely be buying online next time.

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Is it better to lift heavier weights or do more reps? I found this article super interesting.

Matt sent this quote to me earlier and I love it. Good advice about taking risks and grabbing opportunities.

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TRX workouts – I’m all about these lately. The suspension trainer is challenging and so easy to transport. I recently shared a TRX workout I created while on vacation, but I’ll likely be posting more soon. I can’t get enough!

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This is a good read. There’s an unfortunate stigma about mental health disease. I believe therapy and modern medicine can significantly improve the quality of life for those who are suffering.

La Croix – super refreshing on a hot day!

La Croix

Officially in love with these Cat & Jack kids sandals from Target. I was planning on buying them while on vacation, but we ended up having THE.WORST.SHOPPING. trip and I decided to just put them back. I am definitely going to get them next time. More on the Target trip from hell later.

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Green smoothies – I got back into a routine with them on vacation. I have been making this one all week!

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Justin’s snack pack!! I’m so excited about these. They are a great snack choice for on the go. I just need them to add some more banana chips, mmmk?


What are you loving lately? Who else thinks coffee taste better on vacation? 

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June 10, 2016

Hello, hello! How is everyone? What do you have planned for the weekend? I’ve taken most of this week off from work and have officially started to lose track of the days. It’s a good feeling!


This weekend we have the girls’ 3rd birthday party. I’m looking forward to seeing my family and being around loved ones. Of course, I’ll have a recap for you next week.


Anywho, I’ve got some fun things to share with you today. In case you want to check out my previous Friday faves posts, you can find those here, here, and here.


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National Iced Tea Day – Starbucks and Teavana are offering exclusive deals at participating US stores in honor of today’s “holiday.”

SBUX iced tea


I’ve recently started making my own raspberry iced tea at home using Bigelow Royale Tea.

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It’s really easy to make and it tastes great! Just boiled 10 cups of water, add 5 tea bags and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and place in the fridge to cool. SO refreshing!


This beautiful infinity necklace – My sister sent it to me for my birthday and I love it! It’s from LadyK Jewelry (check her out on Etsy!). She creates these delicate and personalized necklaces that are so pretty.

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Skinny POP popcorn – Yes, I am on the Skinny POP bandwagon. I bought this a couple of weeks ago and the girls and I devoured it in one sitting. It’s highly addictive! I love that it’s available on Amazon’s Subscribe & Save.

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Bare Republic sunscreen spray – The girls and I started using this sunscreen and I really like it. It’s by COOLA, which is a brand supported by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). It is mineral based, contains no parabens or hazardous ingredients, and comes in a recyclable, non-propellant spray bottle. It goes on quickly and dries fast. It smells great and doesn’t leave a strange residue on the body either. I used it the other day before heading out for a run and it stayed put even while I was sweating.

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Gluten-free chicken nuggets by Hip Chick Farms – I came across these the other day at Target and grabbed  them for the girls. They are new to us and the girls really enjoyed them. They are breaded with Panko bread crumbs.

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Dirty Diana – I recently tried this workout at the gym. I was covered in sweat afterwards. I completed four full rounds in 22 minutes, but I added a push up to my burpees.


This quote by Jack Kerouac – My father turned me on to Jack Kerouac’s work (I really enjoyed On the Road) and this quote is a great reminder that life is a gift. It’s difficult not to compare ourselves to others, but there are so many unique and beautiful things to celebrate about each of us.



And now some links:

How to clean your makeup brushes (<–eek! I need to remember to do this more often.)

6 meals that take 30 minutes or less to prepare

Why you should toss that lemon into your water 


Okay, friends! I’d love to hear what you are enjoying lately. Please leave a comment! (Link found above.)

10 Target beauty buys under $10

February 24, 2016
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I firmly believe you don’t have to break the bank to feel good about your looks. Obviously, Target is my go-to place for a lot of things, but I’m always surprised by the variety of personal care items they offer. If you are like me then you don’t have a ton of time to dawdle in the beauty section, reading every label on every item (one can dream!).


I tend to buy personal care items that have been recommended by others or from a brand I have grown to trust. I thought it would be helpful to share with you some of my favorites from Target. I’ll link to the online products, but you can find all of these in stores.


Here are my top 10 beauty buys from Target. All are under $10!

Yes to coconut hair serum - 10 beauty buys under $10

Yes To Coconut Curl Defining Hair Serum ($7.99)

I don’t have curly hair (well, unless you count the time I rocked a perm in the 80s) but this smoothing serum makes my wavy hair really soft. It helps control the frizz and flyaway hairs that go hand-in-hand with living in the south. It also smells like coconut which reminds me of being at the beach!


Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Oil + Stem Cell Triple Moisture Conditioner ($9.99)

I mentioned loving this conditioner in an earlier post, but I’m still loving it. I definitely noticed a difference in my hair’s texture and strength after just a few washes. I love the smell (slightly nutty) and it gets a really good lather despite being a “natural” conditioner. PS: the Acure lotion and body wash are also really great! I don’t know where this line has been all my life.

Gud shampoo

Gud Pearanormal Activity Natural Nourishing Shampoo ($6.49)

I don’t wash my hair every day because I find that doing so can really dry it out quick. But, this shampoo is gentle enough to use multiple times per week. It’s not heavy so I don’t feel like it weighs my hair down. I sometimes add a drop or two of castor oil before washing my hair (I’ll share why in a future post).

Not your mother's beach babe

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Texturizing Spray ($4.79)

Don’t you just love beach hair? I’m not sure if it’s because I end up not caring how I look on vacation or because the salt just dramatically improves the texture, but my hair rocks at the shore. I have really fine hair and this spray makes it a bit more dimensional. I have used it on wet and dry hair and find that it works well on both. I also spray it on my hair after I have been to the gym so it disguises the sweaty mess that I have created.

Big sexy hair

Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play ($5.99)

I have been using BSH for a few years now and really like the brand. Please note this price is for the travel size (1.5 oz), but I don’t use a lot of hair spray so this lasts awhile for me. It’s not heavy at all and my hair doesn’t feel sticky (or crunchy) afterwards.


EcoTools Powder Brush ($5.08)

I don’t like spending a lot on face brushes because I switch them out so often. This one is excellent quality, super soft, and doesn’t leave behind any brush bits when I use it. It’s a big brush and works well if you are using bronzer.


Essie nail color ($8.49)

I have been really successful with the Essie nail line. The colors are always fun and I don’t find it chipping as often as other polishes. With two toddlers at home, I find myself washing my hands constantly which usually means my nail polish wears away fast. The Essie line can hold up longer than other more expensive brands.

Dr. Teal's soak

Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution Relax & Relief ($4.89)

Nothing like a good Epsom salt bath. Dr. Teal nailed it with this one. The spearmint scent is very relaxing and restorative, while the eucalyptus is quite refreshing. The soak includes magnesium sulfate, which is known to revitalize tired, achy muscles and refresh skin’s appearance. PS: remember how we are all low in magnesium? This could definitely boost our levels!

pacifica lip

Pacifica Color Quench Mineral Lip Tint ($6.99)

I’m not a big lipstick person. In fact, I don’t own lipstick, but I do have a lot of Chapstick and lip gloss. I’m just getting started with the Pacifica brand, but these lip tints are amazing! They pack lots of moisture (thanks to the added avocado and coconut oil) and have subtle, sheer colors. I’m loving these.

alba sea algea scrub

Alba Even Advanced Sea Algae Enzyme Scrub ($7.46)

I purchased this after my most recent facial. It was recommended by the aesthetician I saw (I was so happy she recommended products other than the ones they sold). I don’t use it very often (maybe once every two weeks), but it helps to remove some of the grime that tends to build up on our skin. It’s not a harsh scrub – very gentle and mild. This would be a great choice if you have sensitive skin.


Ok, there you have it! I would love to hear if you have other items to add to this list.