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Shirt: Guess

Jacket: H&M (similar<--I'm jealous of this one!, similar)

Pants: TJ Maxx (similar)

Boots: Macy’s

Scarf: Etsy

Watch: Express (similar)

Earrings: Kate Spade


I love colored pants. And perfect, handmade scarves.


When I was going through my closet the other day to put together something to wear for our company party, I realized just how many colored pants I have. I don’t really know why other than when paired the right way, the second you put them on you automatically look a little more put together and dressed up, all the while still comfortable.


The dress code for this party was nice-casual. It was for our entire company and our families, so it meant Husby and Adelyn would be with me. That meant I had to be somewhat selective with what I wore because of the activity level a 1 ½-year-old has in a confined area. Really the night could go two ways:


1) she would be really shy and just want to be carried (mom code for omg I’m going to be a sweaty mess if I dress too warm), or 

2) she would play off the energy of everyone telling her how cute she is (which is so true if I may say so!) and want to be a social butterfly running everywhere (mom code for omg I’m going to be a sweaty mess if I dress too warm).


On the flip side it’s winter…in the Midwest. That’s just human code for BRRRRRR. And that’s why this outfit was so perfect for the party.


The burgundy skinnies gave me the dressiness I wanted, but the cut of the chambray blouse meant I didn’t have to add another layer with a tank top under it. If the room was cold and Husby chased around Adelyn (which he did, because he’s AMAZING), I could keep my jacket and scarf on. If it was a comfortable temp (which it was) I could take the jacket off and the outfit still looked perfect with the scarf. And if worse came to worse and I was a sweaty mess I could take off the scarf to show off the hammered gold statement necklace I was wearing to compliment the bracelets on my left wrist.


Whew, apparently my mind really does go in 20 directions when I pick out an outfit! And after rereading that I kind of sound like someone with serious temperature issues…


Back to this scarf, though. My sister-in-law started making scarves a year or so ago and look at how amazing she’s become at making them! I am absolutely in love with this one from the subtle Aztec print and soft suede all the way to the way she added just the right amount of fur. I get compliments on this scarf every time I put it on. She’s just getting her Etsy store up and running, but check it out because I think she’s planning on stocking it and taking orders pretty soon.


Happy Friday!



With one easy trick!



I follow my fair share of blogs, and as much as I wish I could take credit for coming up with this genious trick, I actually tried it based on the suggestion of Pink Pistachio's blog. Typically I wouldn't post something on here that's someone else's tip, but this is such.a.lifesaver (er, skin saver?) that I decided I still owed it to all of you who read my blog to reap the benefits of this trick.



I've always had really sensitive skin. When I was a kid we were told something or another about how I don't have enough antibodies to my skin's surface, so when I got things like the chicken pox I had scabs for a month after the virus was out of my system. To this day, if I lay in grass my forearms will get little red bumps on them for an hour or so then go away, and heaven forbid I get a mosquito bite because without even touching the area it will swell to the size of a penny. Weird, I know.

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{low sodium, low fat, high flavor}.



This recipe was developed by a very dear friend of mine; I only made modifications as explained at the bottom of the post.


Hello beautiful people! So today I’m lucky enough to have the day off (and actually tomorrow too, giving me a four day weekend…woohoo!) because I had some extra 2014 vacation days back at my old big girl job that need to be used up before the end of January. This means I’m spending some quality time with my mini and devoting her naptime to sprucing up this blog a bit.


Since last week I challenged all of you to live a healthier lifestyle throughout all of 2015, I realized it might also then be useful to periodically provide tools help you  achieve that goal. Especially since it’s my goal to do the same! What I’ll then commit to you is to post healthier versions of recipes throughout the year to give you that extra little nudge.


NOTE: I’m not claiming these recipes to be fat free or sodium free, I’m just offering my alterations to reduce each of these things to make it a healthier meal.

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Ok, so a little disclosure before today's post: I hate being cold. Like hate it, hate it. I feel like my toes go numb after being outside in the winter for any extended period of time without toe warmers in my shoes. That said, outfit posts are just going to have to be done inside until it's a little warmer out.


I know that doesn't exactly create the best lighting or provide the most desireable backdrop, but I just can't do it outside when it's so cold out. Sorry! Ok, on to this week's outfit...


After the super disappointing Packer loss yesterday (waaaahhhhh!), reality set in that now it's just winter in the Midwest. The holidays are over, football season is over and all that's left is cold. Cold and grey most days. I don't know about you, but I get sooooooo sick of bundling up every day, especially since said bundling typically means I'm limited in my outfit choices because staying warm supercedes looking cute {almost} always.


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HOW TO: Be the best we can be.



This post is in affiliation with KIND Snacks. All opinions are my own.


I’m so excited about the great comments and personal messages I received from Wednesday’s post that I want to react to some right away that broached the topic of learning more about healthy eating. While eating healthy isn’t always easy, it also isn’t as hard as some people make it out to be. My belief is that the primary difference between those two outlooks is education.


Like I briefly mentioned in Wednesday’s post about my fitness journey, I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out little tricks that make meals flavorful yet still healthy. Likewise, I’ve learned tricks to limit my over-indulgence on gluttonous meals when I travel for work.


Really, they’re simply tricks like snacking on a KIND bar mid afternoon. And drinking water. Whether it’s a fancy glass/bottle that makes it more enticing or adding fresh fruit to your water, do something and drink up. You can read an overwhelming amount of info on why drinking water is healthy, but for me... [Continue reading...]


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