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Playhouse Makeover

Every time I see a fixer upper, i envision all the little tweaks i would love to do to update it. When I saw a local playhouse for sale, I immediately saw a modern little farmhouse for Hudson to play in. I snatched it up and Josh and I went to work!

The Process

First, we took the playhouse apart. We then drilled drain holes in the bottom of the pieces since we knew we would be power washing it and we didn’t want to get any water stuck inside.

We then power washed and scrubbed it.

After drying, we spray painted each piece. We added an additional coat to each, then finished with a clear top coat spray.

The only pieces that could not be removed were the shutters, so I wrapped the walls in plastic wrap, and using painters tape to secure it, while I spray painted it.

I purchased solar lights, a bell and mat. After drying, we drilled in the lights and bell, and I added topiaries. Hudson loves it! The neutral colors make it easy for us to decorate each season!

House

Spray Paint

Black

White

Clear Top Coat

Accessories

Solar Lights

Bell

Door Mat

Topiaries (similar)

Clean Masks for Glowing Skin

I’ve been heavy on the self-care front for as long as I can remember. The beauty aisle was always the first spot I would browse through on TJ Maxx trips with my mom when I was 10. I was always on the hunt for face masks, so I could throw them on while I was soaking in the tub!

I’ve come a long way with my face mask selections, and this Turmeric 2-in-1 Brightening & Exfoliating Mask truly feels like an in-home facial and has all the perks! From polishing dull skin, uneven skin tone, sun damage and supporting healthy cell renewal, to unclogging pore congestion and oil, my skin looks and feels so healthy and glowing afterward! My “mask routine” looks a little different 20 years later, throwing it on while I load the dishwasher & switch laundry before bed, but I’ll take it!

Clean skincare has been the key to clear skin for me. I never realized how simple it was, the cleaner the ingredients, the clearer my skin has been. I recently started using Kora Organics Noni Glow Oil, and love how brightening and healthy it makes my skin look. I added the Noni Glow Sleeping Mask to my nighttime routine to boost hydration and plump skin (fine lines & wrinkles especially!) while I sleep. I wake up the next morning with such healthy, fresh looking skin!

My 5 Top Nordstrom Sale Must-Haves

The NSale is officially live for public access! Here are my top must-haves to scoop up before they are gone!

#1 LEOPARD | I will be incorporating leopard detail in booties, camis and cardis this Fall! The neutral print is so versatile, you can’t go wrong! This comfy cardi is sold out (not sure if it will be restocking), but I found a dupe here! I can’t wait to pair this silk cami with long dusters! (More options: here, here & here)

Skirt | Denim (another great buy!)

#2 GLO PRO | This has been one of my favorite beauty buys. I use the lip, eye, and body attachments, as well. It basically tricks your skin into thinking it needs repaired, so cellular growth is promoted, allowing products to penetrate deeper into the skin to be much more effective! [ Sale Price $179 – Retail $260]

#3 OVERSIZED SWEATERS | I’m soaking in all the oversized coziness when crisp Fall air arrives. These pullovers pair perfectly with these boots, or these must have leggings and slip on flats! (Another great option)

#4 SNAKESKIN BOOTS | Another neutral print I’m loving this season. These boots are a fun alternative to a basic taupe or black, to spice up any outfit! [Sale Price $79.90 – Retail $119.95]

#5 RUNNING SHOES | I normally get a new pair of running shoes each Fall. This staple has a fun subtle dose of sparkle! They also come in White/Rose Gold combo. [Sale Price $63.90 – Retail $85]

If you’re looking to stock up on gift ideas, I recommend this throw, this blanket, or this diffuser! I’d love to know your favorite finds, as well!

Last Minute Easter Gift Ideas

Easter Gift Ideas

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If you late to the game this year, here’s a roundup of colorful basket fillers that can all be delivered with 2 day shipping or sooner!

 

 

Mediterranean Detox Salad

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One of the top spots on my to-do list for Spring is always detoxing my closet. Going through and purging pieces I won’t miss, and adding a few fresh staples always sets a crisp tone for a new season. Between low energy, skin issues, and not feeling like myself as of late, I decided a revamp my nutrition, as well. I found a plant based 30 day program to promote energy, better sleep, weight loss, muscle tone, and clearer skin and relieve bloating and inflammation. Unlike “cleanses” I have tried in the past, this has been the easiest program to follow, (no counting, juicing, or meal skipping involved!), and I have felt not only full each day, but healthier, more toned, sans bloat and headaches. I’m not even half-way through the program, and I feel that it was exactly what I needed to get back on track with clean eating, and nutrition based meals, and a vast boost of energy!

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My favorite go-to salad lately is a Mediterranean detox salad. It’s super simple to meal prep, without becoming soggy like other greens! Not only is it delicious, but there are countless health benefits to the ingredients. The versatility of the salad makes it easy to mix things up for the week, by eating the salad for lunch or dinner, or stuffing it into a grain-free wrap with a scoop of hummus for a protein packed meal! So so good!

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Detox Salad

  • Parsley
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Green Onions
  • Chickpeas (roasted is even better!)
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Pepper
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Optional Protein: Chicken, Lamb or Steak (The program is for carnivores too!)
  • Optional Toppings: Sunflower Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Pepitas, Vegan Cheese, Apple Cider Vinegar

If you’re in need of a Spring detox, or could use help with meal plans, recipes and clean eating, I’d love to chat!

 

Where to Still Snag Cyber Monday Deals

Abercrombie: Up to 50% off select styles!

American Eagle: 50% all sweaters + 40% off everything else!

Banana Republic: Extra 50% off sales styles + 40% off everything else!

Baublebar: 35% off everything! Code CYBER35

Express: 50% off everything + Free Shipping!

Gap: 50% off everything + extra 10% + Free Shipping! Code CYBER

J.Crew: 50% off everything + extra 60% off sale styles! Code CYBER

Nordstrom: Up to 60% off + Spend $250, get $50!

Old Navy: 50% off everything!

One Kings Lane: 30% off site wide!

Pottery Barn: 25% off + free shipping! Code CYBER

Revolve: Extra 20%! Code CYBER20

Shopbop: Additional 30% sale items! Code WOW18

Victoria’s Secret: 40% off all bras + select sales!

The Subtle Statement Selects 

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GloPRO – This is one of my favorite beauty purchases!

a Slouchy Sweater (50% off!)

Cozy flannels + Distressed Denim (Both 40% off!)

Hudson’s Hocus Pocus Halloween Party

Hocus Pocus was my favorite movie growing up, paired with a passion for playing dress up, which led to a fashion degree, it was inevitable that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I even celebrated my birthday a month early one year as a little girl so I could have a Halloween theme and everyone could dress up! So when Hudson got an invite to a Halloween Party last week, we couldn’t be more excited! I made him a Woody costume, (he’s going as Buzz Lightyear for Trick or Treat!), and we baked his favorite chocolate chip cookies. He ended up coming down with a cold virus and pink eye, and missed the party, so we made the most of the situation and decided to throw a party at our house this past weekend!

My best friends and I all have kids around the same age, and we usually get them together once a week for play dates so they’ve grown to become best friends.

I asked Hudson which movie he wanted to play at his party, suggesting a few toddler-friendly movies, and he replied, “Can we watch Hocus Pocus? I just love it!” How cute is that? We enjoyed cider, PSLs and yummy comfort food, a chili bar, veggies and desserts.

The kids decorated pumpkin shaped cookies, which also served as dessert!

Pumpkin painting was next. It was so much fun watching how they each chose to paint and decorate their pumpkins!

Hudson made a clown pumpkin!

They each dressed up in fun little costumes! Hudson was so excited to be Woody. I included him in each step of the design process, so he couldn’t wait to wear the full costume!

The kids had so much fun, this may turn into our annual party! Do you have any fun Halloween traditions?

Beach Waves for Days

What’s your signature? The one thing about you that never changes and embodies your identity. My hair would surely be mine. I started styling my hair in loose beach waves in college in 2009, and I never stopped. I feel totally out of my element with straight hair! The process of washing, drying and curling my hair is a long one (there’s so much of it!) So instead of repeated daily heat damage, I’ve discovered ways around it to keep styling to a minimum and my hair healthy!

On day one, i style my hair, then spray a lightweight hair spray on my hands and run it through. My coveted styling wand has lasted 8+ years and is still going strong! It’s worth every penny! (Get it 30% off here!)

Before bed, i spray dry shampoo on my roots and throw my hair up in a messy bun with one of these! The amazing thing about these is not only the hold, but the volume they add. When I let my hair down the following morning it looks just like the night before!

When my hair needs a little extra oomph, I spritz a texturizing spray and it brings it back to life! This power duo saves me countless amount of time during the week, and they’re currently apart of this sale!

Photography by Rachel Domitrovich.

Sephora Beauty Insider Event

Just in time for Fall, I’m stocking up on my favorite beauty buys at a discount with Sephora’s Beauty Insider Appreciation Event!

Rogue Members can take 20% off their purchase with code, YESROGUE, with First Access now through September 3rd. Starting August 30th VIB Members can take 15% off with code, YESVIB, and Beauty Insiders can take 10% off their purchase with code, YESINSIDER!

SEPHORA

1. Slip Silk Pillowcase – Not only does it feel luxurious, but it prevents wrinkles, and keeps your blowout lasting longer! Shop the King version here!

 2. Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo – Can you imagine a world where dry shampoo didn’t exist? Thankful for quick mornings!

3. Drybar Triple Sec – I love how this gives my hair life! It’s perfect for amping up beach waves!

4. PEACE OUT Puffy Under-Eye Patches – I need these in my life!

5. TARTE Sizzle Eyeshadow Palette –  I don’t normally stray away from my go-to ShadowSense because it never creases, but I’m loving the stunning colors in this palette!

6. Invisibobble Slim – I have a lot of hair, and am used to having to redo my messy workout bun about 50 times just to get through one BBG sess, these magical unicorn hair ties keep my hair in tact and create VOLUME!

7. Boscia Baby Soft Foot Peel – Okay so apart of me is a little nervous to try this, but I’ll pretty much do anything for baby soft feet

8. Diamancel Foot File – Okay this is some sort of witchcraft because it literally transforms my feet to ridiculously smooth post-pedi-like softness in seconds!

Fall Transition

Cardigan | Tank | Denim | Boots | Bag | Earrings

Hudson: Shirt | Joggers | Boots

You know that time of year when the morning air is crisp enough to make you reach for cardigans and boots? That transition period gets me so ecstatic, because I live for all things Fall!

I can’t count the number of times that I realize Hudson and I are unintentionally in coordinating clothing. Coincidence, or maybe my subconscious styling us? ha. It was his first time strolling city streets this week, (we live in the middle of corn fields, cows, and crickets!) and he loved every minute of it! He’s definitely his mama’s child!

I love transition pieces like long cardigans, utility and denim jackets, because I can layer them over tanks and tees, and remove them as it warms up throughout the day. These boots are ridiculously comfy, and come in sleek neutrals!

The joy on his face captures my heart! There is nothing I love more than taking him places to explore!

We couldn’t end the day without a treat! The Milkshake Factory is high up on the list of deliciousness, and one of our new faves! If you’re in the city, it’s a must!