2.09.2016

It Turns Out Eating Healthy Isn't All That Easy...


You may recall recently when I announced that my husband is now knee deep in a weight loss challenge with some friends at work which really means, I'm now also in a weight loss challenge but with nobody. This whole "can't buy chips or make mac and cheese for dinner" thing is something I'm not very accustomed to and still trying to figure out if I dig it or not. As much as I try to think that I know a thing or two about proper nutrition, it's a lot easier to "know" than to "do". Like yeah, that cup of blueberries looks refreshing but so does that giant Sunkist in the checkout aisle. While I am trying to work a little harder at eating the things that are actually good for me [such a crazy concept I know], I was pumped when I saw I was going to get a little help from my friends over at OLLY Nutrition [we are hooked on OLLY in this house!]. With the launch of their Super Foods multivitamins, I am able to get my intake of my daily nutrients plus a boost of phytonutrients from 10 of the most nutritious foods on the planet.


You understand what this means right? I don't have to spend countless hours in the produce aisle, at home chopping everything up and shoveling it all into my mouth within 48 hours to stay fresh just to meet my nutritional needs. 2 gummies and wham bam thank you ma'm, I'm loaded up on 
all my daily essential vitamins and minerals, PLUS unique antioxidants not found in standard multivitamins. Winning. Also awesome is that they come in women's, men's and kid's form meaning the whole fam damily can be "suped up" on their super foods. That was a pun, get it? Here's what these little gummies are holding inside of them: 
  • blueberries
  • pomegranate
  • acai
  • watercress
  • grapes
  • beets
  • elderberry
  • tamarind
  • wheatberry
  • papaya


While these OLLY Super Foods vitamins are a great supplement, I have been enjoying a few healthier snacks thanks to the enforcement of my husband. A great salad I put together recently consisted of a nice spring mix of lettuce with a little bit of kale, edamame, peppers, almonds, blueberries, raspberries and avocado cilantro dressing to top it all off. You can try that one on for size if you feel like getting healthy with things.


A couple more quick items to note - OLLY Super Foods is gluten free and 100% vegetarian so eat up. Last but certainly not least, right now you can use the code SUPER20 to receive 20% off your first subscription of any OLLY products now through 3/30/16. Just click here and get that party started. 

[photos taken by tina herschberger photography

What's your favorite super food?

We cannot make any connection between OLLY’s products and weight loss.

Disclosure: While all opinions are my own, I have partnered with Olly Nutrition to raise awareness around this "super" new product. All puns are also my own. 

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2.07.2016

Stitch Fix Reveal #44 // Winter Wear [And A $50 Stitch Fix Giveaway!]

jeans [similar here and here] // shoes

I know, I can't believe it either. Another Stitch Fix reveal already? Months fly by when you're having fun people [also read: when you are getting older and have to do things like work and make dinner.] Because winter is still in full swing over here in Indiana, I asked for a couple more warm pieces that I could bundle up in [preferably a poncho or two!], a few fun tops to go out in, and a great leather black leather jacket. I have learned that the more specific I get about what items I'm actually wanting, the better my fixes seem to be. I also think that after 44 fixes, my stylist has a pretty good idea of what flies with me and what doesn't. Because this post is long enough thanks to my massive photos [sorry for the scrolling] we'll get right to it. Don't forget that I am giving away a $50 Stitch Fix gift card down at the bottom so be sure to make your way alllllllll the way down there to get in on the action. 

Before we begin - here are a few words about Stitch Fix and how it all works for you virgins out there [it's okay, I won't tell anybody].

1. You start by filling out your style profile - you will complete all sorts of questions on sizing, pricing, preferences, colors, etc. You can also write notes about likes/dislikes. Make sure to link your fashion board on Pinterest so your stylist can see what you like!

2. Order your first fix! Your card will be charged a $20 styling fee however, if you keep any item [one or more] you will be credited back the $20. Because of this I always recommend keeping at least one item or you are essentially giving away $20 for nothing in return. You will receive 5 items [made up of clothing, jewelry, and handbags, whatever you prefer]. I personally only want clothing in my fix so I just always let my stylist know! 

3. Decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back [in a postage paid envelope]! You have 3 business days to do so - use this time to try everything on, see what you have in your closet that pairs well with it and don't be afraid to say yes to something that you wouldn't normally. That's what makes Stitch Fix so fun! If you keep all 5 items you will receive 25% off your entire fix, winning! 

It should be noted that while I have chosen to receive monthly fixes, this is in no way a subscription service and you are able to decide when you want another fix, whether that be in 6 months or 2 years from your first fix! As always, if you ever have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments section below. 

Here we go! Remember - If you see anything that you like below, feel free to pin away and/or ask your stylist in the notes section of your next fix for something similar! I am the queen of copying other fixes! 

1. RD Style Josh Cowl Neck Pullover Sweater - Small - Kept 

This was an absolute yes for me at first touch. Talk about soft, oh my word. Add in the cowl neck [anybody else out there obsessed with cowl necks - I love having all of that snuggly goodness up near my face] and the grey ombre and I was sold, hook line and sinker. The length is also awesome for pairing with leggings which happens to be one of my favorite things to do #teamnopants.

2. Skies Are Blue Raley Embellished Neckline Blouse - Small - Returned


And now I am kinda kicking myself for returning this green gem. The color is perfection and I was so excited about the cut out details around the neck. The only reason I sent it back is because of those cut outs that I love so much - they force you to have to wear a strapless bra and the chances of me doing so to work or really anytime ever are slim to none. Because it wasn't going to be an "easy" piece to throw on, I sent it back. BUT YOU GUYS. THAT COLOR. 

3. Blank NYC Lettie Faux Leather and Knit Drape Jacket - XS - Kept 
coated pants // heels // tank [out of the leopard print but is available in other color options and the cut is absolute perfection, ordering more as we speak!]

This one was pretty much a no brainer for me. I am in need of a black leather jacket that I can throw on and this one is perfect for any season. I love the mixed fabrics of leather and knit and the drapey front. When zippered, it is asymmetrical which always makes my heart a little happy. I will be wearing this bad boy on repeat. 

4. H&C Collection Buehler Lace Detail Knit Top - Small - Returned 


While cute and fine, this shirt did really nothing for me. I don't know if it's the color, the lightweight fabric, or what but I knew right away this one would unfortunately be going back to its home at Stitch Fix. The lace detail is fun but you win some, you lose some - this shirt lost. 

5. RD Style Tessi Poncho Pullover - Small - Kept 

jeans [similar here and here] // shoes

And that I am deeming to be the best for last - this fabulous oh so warm wonderful poncho. I love these things for the fact that zero sucking in is required, they make you look and/or feel like you know how to dress somewhat trendy, and they are just so freaking comfortable. If you see me wearing this in every picture from months ranging from November - March, consider yourself warned. 

And that completes my 44th fix! 3 keepers, 2 returns - all in all an awesome fix and I can't wait to receive my next one! 

Alright, time for that giveaway - the only mandatory entry is that you fill out your free style profile with Stitch Fix, so if you have already done that - consider yourself golden! If you haven't, jump on it and then enter away!


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2.04.2016

#LIYONADIME // $25 and Under Heels Edition


It's no lie that I have been on a major shoe kick recently. I don't know what has gotten in to me because shoes haven't really ever been my thing [personally I'm more of a wine or vodka girl], but all of a sudden I have realized the impact that an awesome pair of shoes can have on your outfit. It really is a drab to fab type of thing. Because I'm not a heels every day type of girl [can I get a fist pump for the good ole classic flat] I don't like spending a small fortune on these shoes that I will be wearing occasionally. Sorry red soles, you will probably never be on the bottom of my feet. I recently hit the cute heels jackpot at Charlotte Russe and purchased all 3 pairs that you will see in today's blog post for under $60 total. Tested and approved, I wore these for hours on end walking around all day at Alt Summit and held up perfectly fine with my feet still in tact. Lets take a look at this beauties.

Side note :: Currently Charlotte Russe is running a deal where when you buy one pair of shoes [or a dress!], you get a second pair for $10. Use the code RMN10FEB and you'll get 10% off your order. PLUS spend $50 or more and you'll receive free shipping. Phew, okay carry on now.

1. Super Strappy Ankle Cuff Pumps

I am so into the ankle strap trend so when I found these bad boys, I knew I wanted them. Awesome with dresses or black skinny pants or leggings, I love the pop of gold around the ankles. For less than dollars, you can't beat it. 

2. Leopard Print Ankle Strap Pumps

I heard recently that leopard print is the new neutral and I couldn't agree more. You either love or hate the animal print trend and I am definitely on team love. I have worn these several times now and have received compliments every time. While they look great with the basic black clothing pieces, they look even more awesome with bold colors - think royal blues, vibrant purple and bright white. And for under $17, they are a no brainer. Meow.

3. Studded Strappy Pointed Toe Pumps [available in multiple colors]

There's just something about a little stud action that makes you feel like a baller and that you actually know how to dress yourself. The bright pink doesn't hurt either. I love that I can throw these on with a pair of boyfriend jeans, my favorite white tee, maybe some fun lipstick and BAM - ready to roll. 

Which heels are your favorite? Classic black, leopard or bright pink?

flats // basic black // black with gold straps // pink // leopard
[photos by tina herschberger photography]

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Blogger Power Hour


If you have been around this blog for any length of time well for starters, I am sorry. You probably know waaaaaay too much about my menstrual cycle by now and have heard the words "macaroni and cheese" more than you ever wish to hear in your life. But, if you have also been around here for some length of time you may also remember years ago when I hosted blogger happy hour which was such a fun and beneficial hour every week. There is something about connecting with other bloggers, asking questions to people who have been there/done that and learning new tid-bits of wisdom that can help your blog or business propel to the next step. Did I mention you are able to do all of the above while drinking a glass of wine? Oh yeah baby. 

Because I believe in the value of information and investing in what you are doing, I have partnered with somebody who I look up to in this space so much, Skye, and are bringing you what we are deeming "Blogger Power Hour". If you aren't familiar with Skye, here's what you need to know - she is a virtual ninja who helps brands and businesses find balance while pursuing their passions [think CupcakeMAG, jessicaNdesigns, Your Texas is Showing, Pollinate Media, etc] She is the queen of planning and preparation, Periscope and packing luggage but that's another story for another day. The girl knows her stuff and I can't wait for you to soak up her goodness. 

For the first edition of Blogger Happy Hour, we are discussing all things social media strategy and engagement. I have learned over the past few years time and time again that so much of what happens inside your blog walls is driven by what happens outside of them. So what are you doing out on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Periscope, Snapchat, etc actually does matter and plays an important role in the success you can have elsewhere. We will be touching on how we utilize these different outlets to drive up our bottom line [that means income], how to hire it out, connect with others and tips/tricks to grow the amount of people that connect with you. I promise you this will be jam packed with beneficial information that will help you whether you are a business or a blogger. 

So here's the deets: 

Who: Virtual ninja extraordinaire Skye, lifestyle blogger and social media obsessed (me!), YOU and 4 other like minded ladies
What: An hour to sit and talk about all things social media strategy and engagement. Skye and I will both give a short little spiel and then the majority of the hour will be an open discussion format allowing you to ask all of the questions that you want! 
When: Thursday, February 11th at 8:30 pm EST 
Where: Google Hangouts
Cost: $35
Why: Because it's all overwhelming [believe me, I've been there and am still often there] but there are things that can be done to make all of this social media stuff actually fun AND highly beneficial to your brand, blog or business. We'll tell you how! 

To sign up, click here

We can't wait for you to join us, see ya next Thursday!

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2.03.2016

That Time I Cried At A Cheese Market [and the best places to eat in Salt Lake City]


It's true guys. Tears, real ones - pooled up in my little eyeballs all because of cheese. Well, the man behind the cheese. It all started on my final day in Salt Lake City a few weeks ago when I had signed up to take a foodie tour around the city let by Winter Redd because lets be real, when given the opportunity to eat the best food all around a city, you do it. 

We made our way to our first stop, Les Madeleines, a cute little cafe for breakfast where I tried to order macaroni and cheese but unfortunately they had to say no because "it was only 9:30 am". Turns out it didn't even matter because the ham and cheese breakfast sandwich I received with a side of a mighty fine tasting pastry was absolutely incredible and my mouth is still watering because of it. 


Our next stop, Tony Caputo's Market & Deli is where ish got real. We were greeted by Mr. Caputo's son, Matt, who took us on a behind the scenes tour of the market, starting with their cheese caves. Yes, I said cheese cave. It is in these magical rooms that they age their own cheeses and make beautiful beautiful things that we humans then put in our mouths with zero regret. Fortunately we were able to sample several of the cheeses and there were a lot of "mmmmmmmmmmmmm, so good" lines being spoken because us women get emotional about this kind of stuff.


Before departing, Matt also volunteered to take us on a little tasting of only the finest chocolate's in the world and because we aren't idiots, we jumped at the opportunity. It was somewhere between him telling us the difference between cocao and vanilla and his dad, Mr. Caputo himself, joking around with a younger employee behind the counter that I got completely misty eyed and taken aback from this whole situation. Why you ask? Because of the passion that lived in these people. It was truly one of the greatest displays of somebody who is doing exactly what they were born to do, they do it well and who remain so grateful that this is how they get to spend their every day. I just kept standing there, watching and listening to Matt talk about their processes, seeing the enthusiasm and passion pour out of him and thinking "wow - so this is what it's like.." 

And it all started with a block of cheese. 

Even though the days prior to this I had sat in big fancy conference rooms listening to amazing speakers, this moment taught me so much more than any PowerPoint presentation or Snapchat 101 class ever could. I want to be Tony and Matt, the dudes who pour their heart and souls into this thing that has become their passion and by doing so, makes the lives of so many people who stop in for whatever it is they need that day so much brighter just by doing what they love. 

That was some good stuff right there people. Oh and the chocolate we tasted was pretty incredible too.

Speaking of chocolate, our last stop on the food tour was at V's Chocolates - a real life chocolate factory straight out of Willy Wonka. 


We got to go right in the thick of where all of the chocolate deliciousness is made AND have a plastic bag in hand to just fill up with whatever the heck we wanted. Basically all of my wildest childhood dreams came true in this very moment. Caramels? Sure! Peanut butter cups? Load me up! Cute little hearts? I'll take 20! Coconut clusters? 20 more! Peppermint bark? Like it's even a question! 


It was such a fun experience to spend the day with new friends who were all super trendy and hot. 


If you got it, flaunt it. Hairnets and all. 

And that my friends, concludes today's post about the power of passion and really awesome food. Carry on now.

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2.01.2016

How To Throw A Euchre Party


Saturday night Shawn and I hosted a euchre tournament with 20 of our card loving friends and it just so turns out that it was probably one of the more fun evenings I have had in 2016 so far [the shots of patron may have had a small part in that but whatevs]. The thing is, when you live in Indiana in the middle of winter there is truly nothing to do so cards it is. Thankfully when you have really fun friends, booze, good food and even better music, having nothing to do is the best thing ever. 

Now, I know many of you have no idea what euchre is, however I challenge you to learn the game so that you can throw a party with your friends [here's a youtube video that can help]. 

For those of you who do know how to play euchre, awesome. Here's all you need to know/do. 

First up, invite people. We ended up having a total of 16 of us who were playing, which meant we needed 4 tables set-up. 


Second, make great food and bust out the cocktails. This is really necessary for everything you do in life. If you need help with your menu, may I suggest these pulled pork sandwiches with bacon broccoli slaw, the best baked beans and homemade macaroni and cheese. Encourage your guests to bring a snack item to share because hello, snacks forever. 



Third, garnish the tables with the necessary cards, snacks, punny coasters, score cards [found here], pens and table signs. Buying really expensive fancy medals from the dollar store to be handed out to the winner(s) is also a good idea. 


Fourth, decide how you are going to play. Because we like to keep things interesting, we decided to play in the following way:

1. We all started the first round with the person we came with/live with/sleep with/sometimes want to punch in the face/and all that other good stuff and picked a table.
2. We set a timer for 12 minutes and played our brains out to try to get as many rounds in as possible during that time to maximize our points.
3. At the end of the 12 minutes each person wrote down their score on their own scorecard and the couple who lost got up and went to the next table while the couple who won stayed but each moved one chair to partner with the losers who joined the table (meaning you are switching partners every round).
4. We decided to play 10 games which equaled 120 minutes + the down time in between each game to fill up drinks, break out into Adele songs, and eat cupcakes.
5. At the end of the 10 games we had each person tally up their total score and we awarded the top female and the top male with the cash that we initially all put in ($10 per person) meaning they each took away $80 for the night.
6. After awarding prizes, take a shot of patron and dance. The end.



Here's some photos from the evening - enjoy the serious faces, men yelling, dogs on laps and cards..lots and lots of cards.


And there you have it, how to throw a euchre party - now go do it, you haven't experienced fun until you do.

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