Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CONQUERING YOUR QUARTER-LIFE CRISIS

Kali Rogers is an online life coach for girls. She started the company Blush, which is an online community with life coaches that can support women via Skype and web journals. I heard about Blush a couple years ago through the hilarious site Betches and returned to it this fall when life got tough and I needed some support from a wise outsider. Kali helped me evaluate what I needed and wanted in life and helped me to make the appropriate changes to get a new job, move, and go back to school for my teaching credential. She guided me to learning things about myself I never knew.

Kali recently wrote a book called “Conquering Your Quarter-Life Crisis: How to Get Your Shit Together In Your 20s.” When I heard the title I thought it could not be more intrigued. That’s exactly what Blush is for. Helping people through the very real and very scary quarter life crisis.

I read the book in less than 24 hours. It encouraged me to stay in my own lane and stop
worrying about what everyone else is doing. It includes personal anecdotes from Kali’s own struggle to get past the quarter life crisis and wise guidance from these personal experiences. Throughout this period of life I have felt very alone. Although I have had support from family and friends, I was under a false impression that no one else has experienced the post college graduation years where you are trying to figure out “how to adult.” Picking a career, filing taxes, looking for somewhere to live, and deciding what you want in a relationship is not a simple task. And this book makes me realize that this is something everybody experiences.

              I recommend this book for anyone who needs to figure out how to get their crap together. It won’t do it for you, but it will give you the tools to successfully go after what you want and get through the post-grad funk. A paperback or Kindle version is available on Amazon.

Note: Although Kali Rogers (author of this bad-ass book) was my confidant for a rough six months of my life, this blog post is not sponsored by her. I am writing this because I truly believe in Kali and her expertise in the book and on Blush. However, the link to her book is from Amazon, where I am a proud affiliate, to provide a means for Kick Back With Cate to earn money from advertising by linking to Amazon.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

JAMES TAYLOR #THEBACHELORETTE

I have reached the point of the season of The Bachelorette where I lose interest. The getting to know you stage is over, but the true connections have not yet formed. While I can harp on how much Lee hates everyone and everyone hates Lee and I love Adam, it is better to just focus on someone from last season.

James Taylor was one of my favorites last season on The Bachelorette. He was the adorable country singer who formed fast friendships with the other guys. He appeared to be a stand up gentleman and after chatting with him, I can vouch for that.

Since appearing on The Bachelorette, James Taylor has been working on his own EP, which is coming out soon. He has also found love via Bumble and continues to strengthen his friendships with The Bachelorette guys.

Prior to going on The Bachelorette, James Taylor was working at a pest control company in Atlanta with some of his best friends. However, these guys were all married and James Taylor felt a bit left out. After some weird Bumble experiences, such as a girl kissing him, then going to the bathroom and never returning, one of his friends applied for him to go on the show. The casting department began calling James Taylor and the rest was history.

While James Taylor did not find love, he did find true friendship. One of his favorite connections he formed was with Wells. While the two are polar opposites, it is the late night hot tub tears that brought them together. The guys bonded over the fact that they were in the same situation, without phones or cable, and not much to turn to but each other.

While he may have played up his Bachelorette mentality upon leaving the show, he ultimately found a woman that brings out the best in him. The way he talked about his new girlfriend gave me hope that there are truly genuine men out there. He admires her no BS attitude and the way that they can talk about anything.

Ultimately, being on the show taught James Taylor a lot about life. While he is still the southern gentleman he was before, he now has unique, worldly experiences that most of us don’t get. Whether it was crying in a hot tub with Wells in Pennslyvania or playing games in an Argentina hotel room, James Taylor had the experience of a life time.

Be sure to follow James Taylor on his social medias to follow the production and release of his upcoming EP.

IG @jamesmccoytaylor
Twitter @james_mccoy_t

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

LOVED + BLESSED REVIEW

Each month I receive a box of love and encouragement on my front porch. This month's Loved and Blessed Box focused on creating your sanctuary. This will allow you a place to take a break and fill your heart with God's word and time with Him.


This awesome box from Loved and Blessed included a mini poster, a reminder sticker, a scripture card, a devotional book (Encouraging Words for Women), a pashmina (to remind you that you are royalty), and an encouragement kit. I plan on sharing the encouragement kit with a young lady in my small group at church who is new in her faith.




Loved and Blessed is a Christian subscription box service with a goal to help women share their testimony. For only $19.99/month (even cheaper if you buy in bulk!), each box includes a mini poster, reminder sticker, scripture card, and small gift. 

I enjoy receiving the Loved and Blessed Box because it provides me with encouraging reminders to remain strong in my faith. It is different than any other box I have received. It is full of meaning, heart, and joy. Place your order quickly to receive your own box of encouragement next month!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

BACHELORETTE IN THE MIND OF A MAN

I was disappointed that there was no Bachelorette on this week, but happy to see that the Warriors won the NBA Championship. Plain and simple I am just not a fan of Lebron. Because there was no new episode, there obviously cannot be a recap. With my upcoming Bachelor Nation interview not yet ready to share, I reached out to my good friend, comedian Mitchell Virzi, to get his thoughts on the show. Mitchell is a man’s man and had never watched the show going into writing this post. I had him watch episode 1 of Rachel’s season. Hilarity ensued.
Before the Show:
I’ll admit I was reluctant to watch “The Bachelorette”, possibly because reality television is a guilty pleasure, and most dudes do not indulge. However, once I came to terms with myself and swallowed the elixir that is “pointless entertainment”, I found myself intrigued with the show, even gabbing with Cate about who I thought would win. Why?
We love love. The idea of it, the journey to find it, the woes of losing it, the moment one has found it. Love is, and always will be hypnotizing to its many seekers. And the primary audience of “The Bachelorette” is the most hopeless of romantics (teenage to young adult females). If you don’t believe me, the first two advertisements I saw were ClearBlue Pregnancy Tests and BJ’s Restaurants. ABC knows how to subliminally message. Speaking of subliminal messages, my brothers and I (The Virzi Triplets) will be on ABC’s “The Gong Show” on June 29 at 10pm!
The Bachelorette, despite its heightened reality, does parallel the real dating world in many ways. For example, every guy (except Whaboom!) can be the perfect “Thanksgiving boyfriend”. The one you take home to your parent’s house, he wears the collared shirt with a pastel sweater and he tucks it into his khakis; he is pleasant, cordial, “on his best behavior” to everyone at the gathering. It is extremely easy for men to do, but quite inauthentic. You see that with the first round of interviews where they visit some of the bachelors at their homes. When the cameras on around their family, they are a total catch, but when they interact with the other men in the house, their true colors show (cough, Josiah, cough).
There was one part of the show that bothered me. During the meeting with the Bridesmaids, which is exactly how I imagine every girl’s night is like, one girl said something along the lines of: “So that you can get the fairytale you rightfully deserve.” Let’s be clear, no one deserves a fairytale. That is B.S. that Disney has been brainwashing girls into believing (for profit) for the past 60 years without any regard to the psychological implications it has. This idea of “deserving a fairytale” is the foundation in which bride-zillas are created. As a guy this is a legitimate concern, because this “fairytale or bust” thought process is toxic. It will never be perfect, and accepting that fact will make you happier, I promise. Love is built on imperfections and compromises that both partners share. I know the girls that read this blog are totally cool, so it isn’t a problem, just wanted to give some Y-chromosome perspective.
Anywho…back to the show.
Pickup lines matter. The Bachelorette is like Tinder: funny opening lines trump being boring and respectful. I imagine The Bachelor is like Bumble and the girls only open with the line “Hey what’s up?” Sorry that’s a bitter, single guy inside joke. But the modern dating scene doesn’t have time for boring, you need to stand out. Much like The Bachelorette in the show, there are far too many options, and if you aren’t bringing something new to the table, then you are irrelevant. For example, the guy who dressed up as a penguin made me so angry as a man, I wanted to punch him through the screen. He was willing to humiliate himself publicly to get noticed, he should lose his man card. But instead he got a rose. In some twisted way it is more endearing like “look what this guy is willing to do just for me” instead of what it really is, which is pathetic. But dating is a risk-taker’s game and it always will be.
Despite the amount of times I cringed watching this, The Bachelorette is proof that men have not evolved. One look at all the men hovering around Rachel trying to talk to her is enough evidence. We are the same knuckle-dragging horndogs willing to do what’s necessary for a desirable lady, but instead of fighting for dominance, we have catch phrases, costumes, and fancy suits to win her heart over.
Thoughts While Watching:
Chris Harrison has the world’s easiest job.
31 years old? She’s a little old don’t you think? (KIDDING! Side note: I am a comedian…please take no offense to anything I say!)
When she lost on the previous season of The Bachelor, do you think she said OBJECTION!
It’s weird that the guys already know so much about Rachel and she knows nothing about them. Outside of the show, that would be considered “stalking.” But add a couple cameras and it’s a quality primetime programming!
Instead of a Bachelorette that has everything going for them, they should pick a single mother from Teen Mom. The ratings would triple.
Alex the Meathead Nerd: I like him, reminds me a bit of myself. So he is going to lose.
Side note: The B-Camera shots they make these guys record (Ex: Alex lifting weights in one hand, and lifting a book in the other) are so terribly cringeworthy I want to punch the producers through the screen.
Lucas “Whaboom”: Immediately hated. He is the punchable douche from every 80’s movie. The type of guy that did well in high school because girls enjoyed his outgoing personality, but they would eventually dump when they found him hooking up with their best friend. I hate to admit this, but this would be a great guy to get a beer with. He came in with a catch phrase and matching t-shirts and regardless of the outcome of this show, will make more money in show business than I ever will.
Blake the Personal Trainer: This guy did the impossible, he out-douched Lucas "Whaboom."
Josiah the Prosecutor: Modest, hard-working, family oriented. Seems like an all-around great dude. Rachel would be stupid not to pick him. If she doesn’t, I will.

Will the Sales Manager doing Urekel elicited a response of visceral cringe. This is proof that guys are willing to do anything to get women, including throwing their manhood away on National Television. I hope he loses his job as sales manager so he can focus on finding a spine.

Brady the Male Model literally breaking the ice. As a performer, I respect the commitment to the bit.
The ventriloquist, an ambulance, and a grown male in a penguin costume. This show should be called “Cultural Anthropology: Proof that guys will do anything for a desirable woman.”
The guys all lurking around Rachel waiting to talk to her is proof of evolution. Literally nothing has changed in 30,000 years.
Lucas making it to the second round was the producer’s choice. Not Rachel’s.
Who I want to win: Peter
Who will actually win: Josiah

For more of Mitchell Virzi, check him out @mitchellvirzi on Twitter & Instagram. Also be sure to subscribe to his podcast “Virzi Triplets” on iTunes for an inside look into the lives of three stay at home sons every Monday morning. Lastly, be sure to tune in to The Gong Show on ABC Thursday June 29th at 10pm to see The Virzi Triplets embrace primetime television for the first time in 15 years.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

LIFE UPDATE

Hi sweet friends! Remember me? Cate?

I know I have fallen behind in my writing schedule. I used to post nearly everyday, but have been struggling to push content every 3-4 days now. I miss spending hours on this page and am sad that due to other things happening in my life, this dream of mine has had to be set aside.

So where have I been?
For starters, I am working a full time job at a high school for at-risk youth. Not only is the type of work I do tiring (although extremely fun and I love everyday) it is emotionally draining. Sometimes the stories I hear and the situations I deal with cause me to get in my car at 4:30pm each day and weep for the life these children have lived. However, this exposure has taught me a new level of gratitude and that the only person who can judge is God.

Secondly, I am going to school full time. Yes, working full time and school full time. I am working on my teaching credential in mild/moderate special education which includes a Masters, as well as finishing my Masters in Autism.

Add to all of that the regular entities of life--friendship, family, my small group at church, my life group at church, and moving in a couple weeks and before I know it I have let the product reviews, Bachelorette recaps, and outfit ideas slip away.

I have some exciting stuff lined up for the coming weeks...I promise. And while yes I intended to write most of today but spent most of today studying for my CSET and trying to get ahead in my courses, it will get done and it will be posted. I have an interview with a Bachelor Nation favorite coming, a review on a life changing book, and a BLOOMING giveaway. I will finish up June's editorial calendar, but in order to feel less guilt on myself, come July I will only be posting 3 days per week. Anything extra is a bonus.

So while today's potential blog post was "Must Have Travel Items" it all comes down to "Must Have Sanity." I'll see you all Tuesday with a Bachelor surprise.

XO
Cate

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

SUN SAFETY TIPS

With summer approaching quickly, sun safety is at the top of my priority list.

Please protect your skin while spending time outdoors. I don't care if you think you look stupid wearing a hat covered in white lotion under an umbrella at the beach. You're going to look more stupid covered in stitches and scars after having biopsy after biopsy. If you want a glowing tan, get a spray tan.

This weekend kicks off summer and will be one many people spend outside at the beach, the pool, and in the backyard barbecuing. Work Monday morning will be a lot less fun if you are sunburnt or melanoma is slowly brewing.

According to the American Cancer Society, one American dies every hour from skin cancer. This year there will be 73, 780 new cases of malignant melanoma and over 2 million new cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers.

Think you're invincible? "But that will NEVER happen to me! I just need a tan for this party Friday night that the guy I like will be at!" I thought so too. Until I got a call from my dermatologist a couple years ago that one of those many moles I had removed the week prior was Melanoma 1A and more would have to be deeper removed.

I am extremely pale...it's like I'm Irish or something. People always have had a comment about how white I am. I never cared about it, but the comments of so many people made me feel like it was something I was supposed to be insecure about. The second I turned 18 I started going to tanning beds almost everyday. (In California, you have to be 18 or have parents consent to enter a tanning bed.) In the summer I would put baby oil on my body after reading on Google that it would make me tan faster. (It just made me turn red faster.) After about a year, the frequent tanning died down, but I would still go through phases of tanning the weeks leading up to various events up until I realized the damage I was doing by having my shoulder cut into and stitched up. Looking at that scar is a constant reminder of the foolish mistake I made and a daily reminder to lather up with SPF.

Skin cancer is easily avoidable. When outdoors, cover your body, spend time in the shade, and wear sunscreen. Be sure to apply every couple hours or after being in the water.

While applying sunscreen, check yourself for abnormal moles. Not sure what to look for? Follow the ABCDE method: Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color, Diameter, and Evolution. If you see something out of the ordinary, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. Early detection can save your life.

Please be safe this summer. Wear sunblock, do not drink and drive, practice water safety, and do not keep children and animals in the hot car!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

BACHELORETTE WEEK 3

My 60 year old dad watched The Bachelorette with me last night. Here's the recap, straight from his mouth...

“Tickle monster?”

“Who is this guy?” (on Whaboom)

“Ahh don’t be the guy who doesn’t kiss her. Don’t be like Wells! Ah yes Wells the DJ from Nashville!”

“Do you think it’s weird making out with 15 guys in one night?”

“Open casting call…Cate you should go.”

“She’s going to give the rose to Alex….see I was right! I don’t need Reality Steve! That’s his name right?”

“Adam seems nice.”

“Keep my name out yo mouth!!!!!!!!!!”

Monday, June 5, 2017

GLAMBOT - SUMMER MAKEUP

Now that summer is here, it can be difficult to keep your makeup from melting off your face. With the cost of great skincare products though, it can be risky to something new. However, GlamBot allows you to purchase makeup products at a fraction of the price. 

These products are my go to this summer:


Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops
Clinique Acne Solutions
Nars Blush Bronzer Face Duo Orgasm and Laguna
Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil Taupe
MAC Lipstick Among the Fireflies
Maybelline Mascara
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

For the next 72 hours, KBWC readers can get 30% off their GlamBot purchases with the code CATE at checkout! 

Doing spring cleaning? Sell some of your extra makeup here through GlamBot too!

FTC Disclosure: Some of these products were sent to me courtesy of GlamBot in exchange for a review. All opinions are honest and my own. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

LOVE UNCOMPLICATED

Life and love can be really difficult. But it is important to keep a positive outlook and not to take anything too seriously. Sarah, blogger at Love Uncomplicated, does just that as she helps women grow in their relationships with a humorous, Biblical perspective.

Sarah began her blog when she was in the stir crazy moments of early motherhood. With a combination of her faith in Jesus Christ and her own personal experiences, Sarah helps readers tackle love and relationships. Her favorite post she has written focuses on clear communication in relationships through an anecdote about tacos.

In a world that focuses on "following your heart" Sarah's life advice to not follow what you want all the time provoked me to look deeper within myself. "Temptations, fears, impulses...they don't always tell you the truth. Having the power to say NO to your feelings is extremely powerful and freeing," said Sarah.

My two favorite things to ask other bloggers are what motivates them when they have writer's block and what advice they would give new bloggers. When faced with writer's block, Sarah has two great suggestions. "1. Filling up on life...taking a walk with my family, cooking something new, etc. 2. Writing really, really fast about anything." And her advice for new bloggers? "Please do not feel like you have to do #AllTheThings! There is a ton of information out there about the right way to blog, and a lot of it can be helpful, but YOU get to decide how you want to do this thing."

Outside of being a boss babe blogger, Sarah enjoys spending time in her Northwoods home with her hubby and kiddos reading books and eating pizza. (My kinda chick!) She also loves beach days on rare warm summer days and bubble baths.

For more of Sarah, visit her blog Love Uncomplicated, or follow her on the social media listed below:
Instagram: @loveuncomplicated 
Facebook: @loveuncomplicated
Pinterest: username: LUBlog 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

MAY FAVORITES

5 of my favorite things in May:




Whaboom Guy

Most Girls by Hailee Steinfeld




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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

THE BACHELORETTE WEEK 2

7 questions I have after last night's episode of The Bachelorette:

1. What happened to Copper?

2. Will Dean be the next Bachelor?

3. Does Peter have a brother?

4. Will AJ be in Paradise?

5. Is Rachel 6'2" or is Kareem Abdul Jabar shrinking?

6. Why didn't Lexie contact DeMario the six days in between AFTR and filming?

7. Why did they stop ending episodes with rose ceremonies?

Monday, May 29, 2017

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY


Thank you to those who have fought for our freedom while serving our country. Today we honor and remember you. God Bless.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

MEMORIAL DAY OUTFIT

This weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year, right up there with 4th of July. It is going to be filled with friends, family, and lots and lots of delicious eats. Whether you're having a BBQ with friends or enjoying the Memorial Day sales at the mall, here is an affordable, yet festive, look for the weekend.

Total: $100.97




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LOVING LIFE LIMITLESSLY

I recently stumbled upon JudyLynn Cabal, blogger at Loving Life Limitlessly, on Instagram. I reached at to her to do a blogger spotlight and love the inspiration behind her blog.

JudyLynn is not only a blogger, but also a wife and mother. She created her blog last September when she noticed the influence that technology had on people and felt that the world needed a positive light on Christians. She wanted to encourage other Christian mothers and wives.

Her two favorite posts that she has written are 10 Ways to be a Help Meet, which shares 10 ways to be a prayerful, Christ-like wife, and Moms & Dads, This is Your Most Important Reminder, which is about intentional parenting. Although I am not yet a wife or a mother, the wisdom from JudyLynn was inspiring on how to continue to pray for my future husband and future children.

She encourages new bloggers to have a purpose and a plan for the blog. "My purpose is blogging to encourage, inspire, and motivate," says JudyLynn. She avoids writer's block by staying ahead of the curve. She brainstorms potential blog posts ahead of time and keeps her phone notepad handy so that she never loses a great idea. She also says to not feel discouraged if you do not see results right away. "Some readers are just trying to see if you're the real deal; if you are in this for the long haul."

Outside of blogging JudyLynn loves to spend time with her family, read her Bible, exercise, and spend time with girlfriends.

JudyLynn loves being in touch with and encouraging fellow mom bloggers and Christian bloggers. For more of her, visit her social media and blog, Loving Life Limtitlessly.


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

BACHELORETTE PREVIEW

The new season of The Bachelorette premieres tomorrow. I like Rachel as The Bachelorette. I feel like she really has her ish together...besides the fact that she is looking for love on television.

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After viewing the bios on ABC's website for the 31 (yup, 31!) guys vying for more Instagram followers, I have never been less enthused about a season. The guys on JoJo's season were easy to watch and at least they had substance and careers other than modeling and fitness training. If people did not realize what a joke this show is already, the bios of these guys should put you over the edge.

Veteran casting director Lacey Pemberton and host Chris Harrison take THR through the process of recruiting the most diverse grouping yet in the ABC franchise.

Bryce, 30, Firefighter: says in his bio that his dream job is to become a professional Instagrammer. As long as he makes it halfway through the season I imagine he will have his choice between Diff Eyewear and Hello Fresh to make that dream a reality.

Milton, 31, Hotel Recreational Supervisor, also has some genuine intentions for coming on The Bachelorette. His goal this season is to be "discovered. Everyone tells me I am made for TV and movies."

Dean, 26, Startup Recruiter: says "marriage is an institutionalized sham derived from religious beliefs." Yet he is here with hopes of getting engaged by the end of six weeks?

DeMario, 30, Executive Recruiter: says that he loves attention! "Not like '07 B.Spears attention or 2011 Sheen. Natural attention like when Justin and Brit wore those incredible denim outfits."

*SPOILER ALERT: According to Reality Steve, DeMario leaves in episode two because his girlfriend arrives at the mansion and puts him on blast.* Sounds like the wrong type of attention to me!

Kyle, 26, Marketing Consultant, has an interesting opinion on gluten..."not really sure what it is or what food it lives in, but I select gluten-free menu options when I can."

Two unique jobs we see this season are Tickle Monster and Whaboom!

Many of the men mention their infatuation with Matthew McConaughey and The Rock in their bios which already leads me to some questionable thoughts about them.

Who I like: Adam, Brady, Eric, Iggy, Jack Stone, Matt
Who I think will stick around: Anthony, Bryan, Eric, Jamey, Josiah, Matt, Peter

Comment below with who you think will win this season & be sure to check back each week for my commentary throughout the season!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

WORKOUT PLAYLIST

I am participating in the Tone It Up Bikini Series challenge. It is eight weeks of getting in tune with your mind, body, and soul and falling in love with yourself and the world around you. It was a perfect way to prep for summer 2017 and I am excited to see what Tone It Up has in store for me.

Along with workouts and a meal plan, I really need motivational music to get me through a tough spot. Here are some songs I'm enjoying lately!

  • What I Like by Bruno Mars
  • Closer by The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
  • Don't Wanna Know by Maroon 5 feat. Kendrick Lamar
  • Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
  • Broccoli by D.R.A.M feat. Lil Yachty
  • Bounce Back by Big Sean
  • Juju on That Beat by Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall
  • We Don't Talk Anymore by Charlie Puth feat. Selena Gomez
  • Turn Down For What by DJ Snake and Lil Jon
  • Push It by Salt-N-Pepa
What songs do you love to workout to?

Monday, May 15, 2017

MEDITATION

May is National Meditation Month. Meditation can be performed in many different ways and is something that I believe all people should implement into their daily routine. Meditation increases gray matter in the brain which allows individuals to think more clearly and have an increased capacity for compassion.

There are many benefits to meditation. It can reduce headaches, anxiety, and stress. Meditation can also improve the immune system and create an increased level of energy, which is restored from within. Meditation increases happiness, creativity, and clarity. It helps people to problem solve more effectively.

Meditation can be done with music or just by simply closing your eyes and breathing. For me, I often meditate in prayer and through scripture from The Bible.

In celebration of National Meditation Month, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and explore a powerful way to improve your mental capacity.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

FASHION TAG

The Pinky Star completed this 15 question Fashion Tag on her blog, so I thought I would follow suit!

1. I love to shop for my clothes at?
Target

2. Store you like to visit but you don't buy from?
Forever 21

3. Last accessory you bought?
I don't even remember it's been so long!

4. Do you own something you've never worn? What?
Black slacks from Old Navy

5. I put a lot of thought into what I wear, throw my clothes on quickly, or just like to be comfortable?
It depends on my mood and what is going on that day.

6. My closet is mostly full of?
T-shirts and leggings

7. Most comfortable article of clothing I own is?
Leggings!

8. What hat would you never ever wear?
I was in a fedora phase once...never again.

9. What's your style?
Casual

10. Favorite t-shirt?
Champagne Campaign shirt from Target!

11. Favorite dress?
Floral dress I rented from Le Toe

12. Favorite sweater?
NOPE graphic sweatshirt from Target

13. Favorite shoes?
Steve Madden sandals I somehow scored for $15 in 2012 and still wear

14. Favorite bag?
My Michael Kors tote

15. Favorite earrings?
I'm not really an earring person. I have really sensitive ears and most earrings irritate them.

I tag KLeighStyle, Truly Mere, & Wander With Love to complete this fashion tag!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

BASEBALL GAME ATTIRE

Angels baseball is back! I'm ready to light up the halo and hit some games. But just because I am headed for a casual day at the ball park does not mean my style stops....you never know when Mike Trout is looking ;)

Here's my go to game day outfit:




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Mother’s Day is this weekend. If you have not shopped for her yet, it is not too late. If you’re like me, shopping for your parents is one of the most difficult things. It seems they have everything they need and when they want something they are able to just go buy it themselves. Here are 5 great gifts for all moms:



For the Beauty Guru: Cosmetics Bag with a Sephora gift card or some of her favorite beauty products

for the Mom on the go: Passport Cover

For the Mom who loves to Netflix & Chill: Amazon Fire Stick

For the sentimental mom: Alex & Ani

For the mom who needs to relax: Nail Salon gift card

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

OUTDOOR DECORATING TRENDS

Summer is upon us which means lots of outdoor festivities. Between family barbecues, block parties, and sunset dinners, here are the top five outdoor decorating trends for 2017 from Wayfair.
1. Indoor Comforts Outside
Conversation sets can look and feel just like your indoor sectional, and Sunbrella fabric makes them extremely easy to clean. Position pieces around an outdoor coffee table or even a fire pit for the ultimate backyard living room.

2. Paris-Inspired Dining
If you’re tight on outdoor space, bistro sets can add a huge punch of personality in a small package. Easily transform your patio or deck into a Parisian sidewalk café.
3. Café Touches
To really nail that café look, add outdoor string lights above your eating space. Solar options mean lights can go absolutely anywhere with no worry of extensions cords and plugs.
4. Outdoor Bars
Take the bar outside with a serving cart made to withstand the outdoors. Load it up with drink choices, mixers, maybe even some fresh fruit—and of course, glasses. Let your guests help themselves!

5. Wild About Wicker
Timeless wicker remains the top material choice for outdoor furniture. It’s now available in more colors that ever, and accompanying cushions give you limitless décor options.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

FARM FRESH TO YOU REVIEW & COUPON CODE

In 2014 I did one of my favorite product reviews for a company called Farm Fresh To You. The past two and a half years the company has grown and I want to share them with any new readers.

I recently partnered with an amazing company called Farm Fresh To You. They deliver organic fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk, etc. to your front door step from local farms. You can customize your box or make it a surprise. I chose to customize mine to be sure I utilized everything I was getting. There are a variety of sizes, products, and boxes that can be ordered. It can be delivered weekly, biweekly, or monthly. I can't wait for my next one!

Here's what I got in my box-



IF YOU ORDER, BE SURE TO USE THIS LINK AND ENTER CODE CAIT7772 FOR $15 OFF YOUR FIRST BOX.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CINCO DE MAYO OUTFITS

Cinco de Mayo is tres days away. And whether you're spending the Friday at work or partying hard with friends, here are some cute, but festive outfits for whatever you are doing! Remember to be safe. Call an Uber!




Monday, May 1, 2017

BE MORE PRESENT

My focus for May is to be more present. Present in my friendships, present with my family, and present in my daily tasks. I want to focus on the now and find power in the present moments. I want to be so satisfied with what I'm doing in each moment that I forget to check my text messages and stop distracting myself by scrolling through Instagram. I want to focus 100% on the task at hand. I want to tap into my senses and achieve the highest level of present being. I need to breathe more deeply, see more vibrantly, and feel everything on a deeper level in my soul.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

APRIL FAVES

The Justin Timberlake memes finally end tomorrow as we enter May. 

April's been a nutty one and I don't see May slowing down at all. Unfortunately, I have been neglecting this blog, but the new editorial calendar has been created and I promise at least 3 posts per week this month. Expect a preview of Rachel's season of The Bachelorette, a Mother's Day gift guide, and an updated review of Farm Fresh to You.

As per tradition, the end of the month comes with some of my favorite things the past thirty days.
1. The Virzi Triplets (@virzitriplets on all social media platforms) is a weekly podcast about the lives of three comedic triplets airing each other's dirty laundry for the listener's entertainment.

2. Hourglass Immaculate Liquid to Powder Foundation is a full coverage foundation that lasts long with a velvet matte finish. It can be found at Sephora for $56.

3. Michael Kors Daniela Large Leather Crossbody was an impulse purchase, but much needed since I need something smaller for when I go out. It is available in stores or online for $198.

4. Le Tote is the Netflix of fashion. Clothes can be rented, worn, and returned. I have put together great outfits for specific occasions without having to purchase an outfit that you only wear once. It typically runs for $39 a month, but to sample it for free click here.

5. Maren Morris' debut album HERO has been on constant repeat in my morning commute. If you see me driving down the 405 at 7am it's likely I am blasting Drunk Girls Don't Cry and Sugar.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

STICKER SWAPS

I am a sticker addict. I love using them in my planner for specific events or just to make it look nice. So when Sticker Swaps reached out to me to send me some of their goodies from March, I was happy to oblige. While these stickers are too large to be used in my planner, they are still fun to use on other things.


Sticker Swaps is a monthly subscription box that sends an envelope full of stickers to you. For only $9.99 per month, Sticker Swaps sends at least 10 stickers to you each month. My favorite in the March kit were the sushi stickers and the dog. They were super practical for my life. Sticker Swaps also offers cheaper rates per month if you pay for several months at a time. To check out Sticker Swaps, visit their site or follow them on Instagram.  

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

THE BIG LIFE REVIEW

Latest Read:
The Big Life: Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the Badass Babe You Were Meant to Be by Ann Shoket



I am grateful for my drive. I work full time, I run a blog, I sell jewelry, I am working on two post-graduate degrees, and am heavily involved in my church. I thrive on busy, but none of it matters if it is not meaningful. It is difficult to balance a life you love. It is even more difficult to find a tribe of likeminded women who are also hungry and ambitious and can motivate you to reach the next level of success.

The Big Life gives guidance to young women on how to do it all with style and grace. It covers finding a passionate career, how to demand respect in the workplace, how to build a supportive squad, how to take control of your future, how to embrace the chaotic life balance, and how to find a perfect partner. It guides you to create a vision of the life you have always wanted.

It is beautifully written and filled with positive experiences of many women throughout the country who have achieved the level of life we all strive for. I admire Ann’s viewpoint as someone who has been there. It gave me some great advice on how to tackle the stuff I have to do with the stuff I want to do.

To purchase The Big Life, visit Amazon.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

DIY FACE MASK

I love the Oatifix mask from Lush but it is expensive when you figure how quickly you need to use it for it to be fresh. Oatmeal face masks are beneficial because they cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize the skin. They are great for sensitive skin, soothe irritation, and treat inflammation. Oatmeal face masks treat acne, eczema, and absorb oil. While the Lush mask is a nice treat, the same type of mask can be made at home for much cheaper.

Need:
5 tablespoons of oatmeal
1 tablespoon of milk

How to:
Mix ground oatmeal and milk to make a paste.
Apply to face and let sit for 20 minutes.
Rinse with  lukewarm water. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

SUSTAINING ENERGY

A new Tone It Up 8 week challenge is upon me and I am excited to dive all in the next 2 months. I have some reasonable goals set and I love that Tone It Up provides me with a strong support system, a nutritious meal plan, and attainable workouts.

In past challenges I have found that it is mid afternoon that is my biggest struggle with eating right. I tend to crash and start to crave sugar to keep me awake and attentive at work. This seeps into me going to workout after work and I often end up adding coffee or an energy drink on top of that sugar I already consumed, which actually leaves me feeling worse.

In order to sustain energy throughout the 8 week challenge, and in my afternoons, I follow these three tips:

1.) Hydrate yourself! A lot of times our body starts to doze off because it is dehydrated. If you are craving something sweet, add lemon to your water, or grab a flavored seltzer water, such as La Croix.

2.) Grab a snack that is healthy and fuels your body. A snack that is delicious, filling, and high in protein, is perfect for the mid afternoon slump. I recommend Go Macro Macro Bars which are vegan, organic, and most importantly to me - gluten free!

3.) Get your vitamin on! Be sure you are consuming enough vitamin B, iron, and vitamin D to be sustaining energy, staying awake, and keeping the pounds off.





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

BLOGGER SPOTLIGHT: MABEL STEVENS

No words I can write will express the strength and grace of blogger Mabel Stevens. She is a beautiful woman who I do not believe I have done justice on in this blog post. Her story is powerful, raw, and a true testimony of the greatness and glory of Jesus Christ.


At age 5, Stevens moved from West Africa to the United States, due to fear of a civil war. Her parents had already experienced this, which moved them from Liberia to Cote D'voire. Coming to the U.S. with very little, Stevens was often the victim of bullying by her peers, being called burnt and a roach. This took a toll on her self esteem, leading Stevens to becoming depressed and suicidal. she questioned why God would make her this way and decided life was not worth living. Stevens wrote suicide notes in secret. By the grace of God, that night her Mom forced her to come to church with her.

Stevens made the decision that if Christ could die for her, she could live for Him. Although she began living for Christ, Stevens still experienced the internal damage of what bullies were saying to her. One morning as she was loathing herself in the mirror, God let her know he was sick of it. He told her, "I did not make any mistakes on you Mabel. Who told you being dark skinned was an insult?" The way she looked at herself following that was that her skin tone wasn't an insult, but a fact. She began to see herself the way God created her to be.

Over the years, Stevens began healing her heart with the help of God. She often would hear the Holy Spirit saying beautiful, but breaking it up into Be You Too Full. "It took sometime but eventually it registered to me God was telling me to be me to the fullest extent of whom He has called me to be," said Stevens.

Hearing this, Stevens felt God had called her to create her blog to share her story. She argued with God, but obeyed. Writing her testimony has helped heal her.

"I'm thankful that through Christ I overcame this issue in my life and what better way to show my thankfulness than to live for Him. I want to show Christ to others that they can overcome difficult trials in their life. My goal is to be that person I wish I had growing up as a young girl."

One of her favorite posts she has written is "The Lost Get Found." In it she illustrates the story of how she lost herself to find herself, giving up her life to chase after God. She shares personal anecdotes of her leaving her parents to start Bible school and creating a personal relationship with God. Her most recent series, "A Worshiper's Diary" shares daily devotionals which include personal poems, scripture references, and worship music.

Outside of blogging, Stevens enjoys writing poetry, singing, and dancing. To learn more about her, visit her blog Be-You-Ti-Ful or find her on YouTube and Facebook.


Monday, April 17, 2017

BLUSH PINK MOOD BOARD

I am obsessed with blush pink right now. I am trying to add it into any possible outfit, including my jeans and my nail color. In the psychology behind colors, blush pink is a nurturing color with gentle, loving energy. It is a color that promotes hope and good health. This mood board incorporates the use of the color in fashion and beauty.