3.30.2016

My Secret Beauty Weapon


It all started one random day when I was doing what I do best, scrolling through my Instagram feed, when I saw somebody post a photo of her beloved Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant [most likely right behind somebody else who just posted a photo of macaroons] and I was immediately drawn in. "Wait - a deodorant that I can spray on that won't leave any visible residue?!" You guys, I don't think you realize the impact this was about to have on my life. Before this random day I was the queen of armpit clumps, I kid you not. Ask my friends, ask my husband, heck ask my dog. They will all tell you that wherever I was, there was a trail of white behind me. But then, oh but then, I found my way to my local grocery store and picked up my own bottle of Dove Dry Spray to see if it would live up to my lifestyle. 

A year later here I am to tell you that ladies, it's legit. 

sensitive // nourished beauty 

Just a spray or two of the Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant and it goes on instantly dry while providing 48 hours of odor and wetness protection all while moisturizing those little pits of yours. Winnnnnnnning.




I have learned as I get older that it's the small things that make a big difference in how you look and feel about your overall appearance. Not having to worry about what's going on under there or on the outside of your clothes leaves me stress-free and confident to take on whatever the day may bring...



Rest assured, it holds up to the head boppin', color wearin', clothes lovin' days. Don't be the last to try this latest beauty trend -- try Dove today!

[thank you tina herschberger photography for shooting the photos in this post]

disclosure // thank you to Dove for partnering together for this post - I love working with brands that I trust and love!

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3.28.2016

The Weekend of Bauren [Ben + Lauren]


Lets talk about Friday night for a minute or twelve. It all started a month or two ago when a girlfriend of mine emailed me to let me know that Ben was going to be at the Baker Youth Club annual charity night in Warsaw on Friday, March 25th and asked if I wanted to go. Silly friend, like she even had to ask. You mean I can support a good cause WHILE potentially getting to meet the bachelor of all bachelors, Ben Higgins himself? Deal. Word spread among some of my other friends and 5 us in dresses later, we were ready to roll. We were ready for Bauren, but were they ready for us? We're still not sure of that answer. 

So here's the thing - we thought that we would be among the hundreds of fan girls who were there to swoon over the happy couple because well, duh. Turns out we were in the minority as the majority of the people there were Warsaw citizens with just really great hearts for Baker Youth Club. That's awesome and all but didn't really help in the "look cool, play calm, act natural" department for us. A few pep talks and glasses of wine later we were headed to get some food and that's when Ben's dad, Mr. Higgins himself spotted us. Being the gentleman that he is he approached us while saying something to the extent of "Now, I've got to meet you girls - you look like fun!" and that's when we knew we were obviously getting a wedding invite picture with him. 


A few raves about how great Lauren is and how well the two families were blending together, he introduced us to a few friends of his [Ben and Lauren were still MIA at this point] and led us to the Mayor of Warsaw, Mr. Thallemer, who proceeded to show us all sorts of great pictures of Ben with his daughter at prom in high school along with funny stories from the past. This man was a real gem I tell you. It's a good thing when you've got the mayor who happens to be friends with the bachelor on your team - "I'll make sure to get Ben and Lauren over to you ladies, don't you worry about that..."


And that's when the happy couple arrived. Now, if you recall this wasn't our first time seeing them together as we were at the taping of their hometown date. Old friends really by this point in time, they may have just forgotten that part.


We made eye contact with the beauties and being the real sweethearts that they are, proceeded to give us all hugs, thanked us for coming and then dove into conversation. While I've loved Ben since day one, Lauren may have one-up'd him as she quickly took her place as one of the girls. Talking about all things eyebrows, how crazy her life is right now, lazy eyes, interesting people they have met, her dilemma with being a flight attendant, snapchat, her insanely gorgeous ring and so, it was hard to want to end the conversation. Here's the thing with these two - they are both crazy genuine, welcoming, friendly and real. Coming off a season where over 30 million people tuned into their love story every week, it would be easy to have to keep up a good show in front of people - there was no show about them which was all sorts of refreshing. 


Now that we had all officially met and became BFFs we ventured off to partake in some of the other shenanigans before taking our seats for the official presentation and auction. 

We like to keep it classy at all times. 

Ben and Lauren [aka Bauren] took center stage and each shared their personal experiences of what the bachelor was like for them and then opened it up for questions and answers. They touched on how they know that this "instant fame" they are experiencing right now is fleeting and not satisfying, that Olivia really was as the show portrayed her to be however it truly did take Ben awhile to realize the weirdness [the producers did not make him keep her around], that their families and faith are of the utmost importance to them and know they will need both to really make this relationship work and that they are now not obligated at all to ABC and can talk as freely and honestly about everything. I think what I appreciated most is that they weren't full of the awkward "lets kiss in front of everybody to make it look like we are really in love" moments but would rather occasionally steal little hand grabs, winks or laughs with one another. 


After the presentation it was back to mingling time which really meant another picture or two along with Lauren's debut on my snapchat account [see the videos on both instagram + facebook



During this time we also ran into Lauren's father, Mr. Bushnell, who was also as sweet as they come and joked around about how dorky he was for wearing the same outfit that he wore when Ben came to Portland for the hometown date. I prefer the term precious.


Long story short, while it was such a fun experience to meet Ben and Lauren and the families that raised them, it was even more fun to spend an evening with these ladies laughing the night away while learning about a really awesome youth club that supports hundreds of kids on a weekly basis. All in all it was one of the better nights of 2016 and I will forever be team Bauren, regardless if that wedding invite ever shows up or not [Ben and Lauren if you are reading, livinginyellow@gmail.com - hit me up ;)] 


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3.24.2016

Awkward & Awesome Thursday


All hail the awkward moments of life! I often wonder if weird things will ever stop happening in my life [gosh I hope not] but really, how does one attract so many off the wall situations in a week? Its not that I'm complaining its just that I truly don't understand. Maybe it's because I started life out with a bowl on my head [see awkward #4 for proof of that disaster] or because my favorite childhood activity was sitting naked in a bucket in the driveway? Regardless, I'm okay with it. Lets jump into this past weeks awkward and awesome moments.

Awkward 

1. A friend of mine was recently texting back and forth with her real estate agent discussing the home inspection that was about to take place on their new home. Apparently her agent is one of those who speaks their texts [bless those kind of people, my parents included] so she replied back referring to the inspector and my friend's screen lit up with a text that said "He is good. He does suck dick too..."  Sitting next to my friend when she received said text, all I heard was an immediate fury of laughter combined with a loud "WHAT?!?!? YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!" It turns out what the agent meant to say was "He does septic too". As in septic inspections. Not to be confused with what actually came out. Really it just sounds like this is a man of many, many talents.

2. We are currently dog sitting for my parent's dog [which was once mine until the great furniture/dog swap happened] and while she is still alive and well, I often fret over the idea of her passing away while my parents would be on vacation and she is in our possession. How do you handle such a thing? Last night at dinner with my parents I asked the question of what we were to do if something did happen to her? As in, do I tell them or wait until they return home? My dad's answer took me a little off guard "Stick her in the freezer." Excuse me? "You have to Erin or else she'll spoil." So I'm assuming that's a no? Don't tell? Or is that a yes? Do tell. I'm so confused now. And really? A freezer? [you can see that conversation play out on snapchat // username: erinschrader].

3. The other week I was wearing a dress at work and while I was in the middle of a conversation with my boss I reached around to scratch my back when I realized I was doing exactly that - scratching my actual back. As in my dress had never been zipped up before leaving the house. I did what any normal human would do when talking to her boss and yelled out "oh my gosh! My dress is completely unzipped!" He turned into a puppy dog spinning in circles not knowing what to do and frantically ran away while pointing to another woman in my department and exclaimed "SHE CAN HELP!" So if you're wondering how to make your boss feel uncomfortable show up to work only 50% dressed. Works like a charm.

4. How I looked in 2nd grade.


And to think I had a boyfriend at the time. Not passing judgement or anything but I'm thinking he may share the same talents as the home inspector if you catch my drift. Cute little boy I was.

Awesome

1. This past week we had our new-ish poured patio completed thanks to the railing that went up! It's like a legit outdoor space now that is just waiting for stuff and more stuff to fill it. Anybody have some suggestions of places to shop for cute outdoor rugs, plants and decor? We've got two areas to fill up [off to the side of this patio is another one] so help a sister out. Who's ready for a cocktail?


2. This March marks one whole year that we have been turning to Hello Fresh for our weekly dinners.

Can I just say how incredible it has been to do ZERO meal planning or grocery shopping for dinners over the past year? Incredible. The best part of all? The step-by-step instructions have given my husband the confidence to try his hand at cooking meaning I can now sit on the couch watching reality TV while he cooks up a storm in the kitchen. Miracles do happen people, never stop believing or praying. If you too want to quit the hassle of dinner, enter the code 6MSFUD for $40 off your first box of three meals - sign up here! ps. this isn't an ad, it's just real love.

3. This weekend there is a 99.9% chance that I will be posing for a picture with Mr. Ben and Lauren Higgins. I've thought about making a drawing of them with me in the middle that they could hang up in their future master bedroom but can't decide if that's too much or not? Regardless, stay tuned to my Instagram account to see if my dreams really will come true.

What's awkward and awesome in your world? I'm all for funny stories, do share. 

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3.23.2016

One Up Your Cup


I've made it no secret around this joint that sometimes the food that I put into my mouth isn't necessarily the healthiest of choices. Unless of course potato chips are the new kale, in which case #winning. Unfortunately my potato chip addiction doesn't pair well with the way that I look in a bikini, so with summer right around the corner I decided it's probably best if I start finding alternative snacks that won't leave me looking like, well a potato. Being that I am a huge lover of dairy [minus the whole milk thing] I decided to turn to Yoplait® for a better option. 



Here's the thing though -- while yogurt on its own is still good, it turns to great when you get a little crafty with it. That's right kids, I'm giving you permission to play with your food thanks to the Yoplait® 1-Up Your Cup movement. After picking up all of my favorite Yoplait® flavors from Walmart I started daydreaming about how to make these cups go from good to great. Here's what I came up with... 


Lets start with the Key Lime Pie Yoplait® Light [a personal favorite]. To give this baby a little more pizzazz I simply added crushed graham cracker crust on top to make it a real pie right in the palm of my hands. So good and so easy. And people thought that dessert had to be full of calories.... 

Next up I took the Blueberry Patch Yoplait® Light and mixed in blueberries, raspberries and granola for a real parfait party. 


Such a fun and easy treat to have either first thing in the morning, as a mid-afternoon snack or as you are winding down at the end of the day watching your favorite show. Be sure to check out the Yoplait® Pinterest board for a lot more delicious 1-Up Your Cup options! 


Make sure to hit up your local Walmart for all of your Yoplait® needs as you get ready to hit the beach in just a few short months. What toppings would you add to your favorite yogurt? I'm already dreaming up my next recipe....

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.



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3.22.2016

Spring Home Tour // 2016 Edition


It's here, it's really here! Now that spring has made its grand arrival, it's time to bust out every pastel color and paper mache bunny you can get your hands on. Spring is always my favorite to decorate for as the color scheme works really well with our normal decor [sorry Christmas]. While I did a spring reveal last year, we have since added a few pieces here and there thanks to my pride and joy, Target. Because I have an obnoxious amount of photos to show off I'll shut up and welcome you into my home...

 rug - use code EASTER10 for 10% off

Oh hey there, come on in! Because the kitchen is where the candy is at, we'll start there. 

let it be something good sign - found here

Here we are, ready to dive head first into all things chocolate and more chocolate. In the kitchen and dining area I really just add a few pops of color ranging from fresh fruit in my new favorite crate from H&M Home to my favorite little egg plates from World Market [they have the cutest Easter decor, check it all out here] and a few other fun pieces of decor.

 plates // mugs // wooden box // candle // rug 



I figured we should make a quick pit stop in the bathroom because I saw you sippin' that wine as we've been walking around.

oh heeeeeeeeeeeeey

Continuing on to the "outdoor room" we've got just a touch of Easter going on with this little Hobby Lobby sign that hangs out here. Other than that it's pretty much all nautical business going down in here.


Last and final stop -- the living room. Also known as the room with every color possible. 




And there we have it friends! Thanks for coming but for now, get out of my house ;) 

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