Friday, December 8, 2017

SARAH HYLAND HOLIDAY LOOK FOR LESS

Sarah Hyland has been in the news a lot lately due to her budding relationship with Bachelor Alum, Wells Adams. She recently stunned in red at the 102.7 KIIS FM Jingle Ball and it is a simple look to recreate for cheap for the holidays.

 

Total: $50.69

Thursday, December 7, 2017

DECORATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH FRAMEBRIDGE

Decorating for the holidays is a sure way to put me into a great mood! I am always chomping at the bit to decorate for Christmas, often fighting the urge to decorate before Thanksgiving. This year decorating for the holidays is extra special because I am in my new apartment and it is the first time I have my own place to decorate. In the past I have often rented rooms and the decorations were confined to a small space. This year I have tons of space to fill and have enjoyed every moment!

One of my favorite new decorations this year is this framed printable. I chose a beautiful Christmas printable that says Tis The Season and uploaded it to Framebridge to be printed and framed.

(Sorry for my phone reflection in the photo!)

Upload a photo or mail in your art, choose a frame style, and Framebridge will get to work on making your frame picture perfect! The prices are honest and reasonable, which I appreciate because I have previously tried to frame an extremely oversized item (like 4 feet by 3 feet oversized!) and never could get a straight forward answer on the price. This was never a concern with Framebridge.

If you are looking to decorate your home or find the perfect Christmas gift, I highly recommend checking out Framebridge. They are offering 15% off all frames until December 10th when you use the code SANTABABY at checkout!

FTC Disclosure: Framebridge sent me this frame free of cost in exchange for a review. All opinions are true and my own.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Holiday shopping is in full swing. I try to do as much shopping as I can with Amazon Prime, but for some gifts, it just is not possible. Here are 4 gift ideas for friends and family!

Bonding Bees: Bonding Bees is perfect for the couple in your life! It is a monthly date box for couples to have a fun night together. Each box has a theme and includes an activity to build your relationship. Use code kickback15 for $15 off your first box!


Framebridge: Framebridge is perfect for the HGTV obsessed people in your life. These custom frames are super chic and fit every unique style. Use code santababy at checkout for $15 off your order. 


Bioclarity: Bioclarity is perfect for the beauty guru you know. It is a face treatment I have been using the past couple weeks that cleanses, treats, and restores the skin. The products use chlorophyll to clean and rejuvenate the skin and it is a natural way to detox the skin. Use code Social50 for 50% off at checkout. 



Le Tote: Le Tote is perfect for the fashionista in your life. It has been my obsession the past few months and has saved me a ton of money on shopping. It is a clothing rental company that allows your to spruce up your work outfits or rent something for a special occasion. Get the first month free by clicking here!





Saturday, December 2, 2017

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO BE BETTER?

Recently I started thinking about the roles in my life. I am a teacher, a student, a girlfriend, a daughter, an aunt, a sister, a friend, a blogger, amongst many other titles. And while I am used to having so much on my plate, I feel like I am not fulfilling every role to the best of my ability.

Lately I was presented with the question, "What can you do to be better?" I wrote it on a post it note at work and have been thinking over it the last couple weeks. This morning it hit me. Each day I need to wake up and I figure out what I can do each day to be better. How can I be a better teacher this day and this day only? How can I be a better aunt this day and this day only? Channeling my focus on how I can be better that day and only that day is my focus this month!

What can YOU do to be better?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

NOVEMBER FAVORITES

November is OVER. Christmas season is 100% here! I am so excited to get my Christmas tree, decorate cookies, listen to holiday music, and just be surrounded by people I love. November was a wild month that happened in the blink of an eye. Here are my five favorite things from November!

Best Beauty Product:
Bioclarity is a face treatment I have been using the past couple weeks that cleanses, treats, and restores the skin. The products use chlorophyll to clean and rejuvenate the skin and it is a natural way to detox the skin. I noticed an immediate change within the first week and it keeps looking better and better. Be sure to return next week for my holiday gift guide that will have a 50% coupon code off Bioclarity!


Best Song:
Bounce Back by Big Sean



Best Life Event:
I moved into a new apartment this month! It is a new location that I am enjoying getting to explore. It is my first time living with a significant other which has been a really special experience. It has humbled me and is teaching me new things about myself and the person I need to grow into. There is something so fun about the nights playing cards and binge watching The Office every single night without having to say goodbye. 

Best TV Show:
I know I am ten years late to the party, but I am obsessed with this show. Jim and Pam are ultimate goals.

Best Pop Culture:
Janu-arie is almost here and promos for The Bachelor are out. Reality Steve has posted the final four and winner spoilers. Although Steve received a cease and desist order from the company that is in charge of The Bachelor, he decided to move forward with what he does best. I am looking forward to what unfolds this season! Towards the end of December I will post my preview on the season and have some fun interviews coming up with past cast members as well!


Saturday, November 25, 2017

BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY WINNER!

I still can't believe my blog turned 4 years old!!!
I would like to congratulate the winner of the Starbucks gift card, Amber B.

Amber is a newlywed, soon to be mama to a sweet little boy, and a creative genius. Growing up I remember Amber always having perfect handwriting and the most creative art projects. Now she is implementing that creativity into her Etsy shop, AB Creative. She is currently running a Black Friday sale, offering 25% off purchases of $5 or more!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

DOT BOXX REVIEW & COUPON CODE

When I was in college I loved receiving care packages. Whether it was a card with a little extra cash from my parents, or homemade cookies overnighted from my bestie's mom, it always left me feeling extra special. While I am no longer far from home living in the dorms, I still love mystery packages arriving full of fun treats. Enter Dot Boxx.

Dot Boxx is a monthly care package for women of all ages. It includes beauty products, accessories, skin care products, feminine hygiene products, and all sorts of essentials for your time of the month! The type and amount of products vary dependent on what type of box you choose: Basic, Mini, I Want It All!, or Teen.



Dot Boxx also offers care packages for college students! All packages are themed with goodies to fit, including the Sickie Ickie Care Package, the Exam Cram Care Package, and the Happy Birthday! Care Package.

Their website is full of a magnitude of other objects that will make PERFECT stocking stuffers that are currently on sale. Some of these products include Kylie Jenner lip gloss, wine glasses, and scarves.

The best part? Dot Boxx is having a HUGE Black Friday SALE!
From 11/23-11/25 use the promo code HAPPY when you purchase a 3 month subscription and get the 3rd month FREE!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

BLACK FRIDAY TIPS

Black Friday has a reputation of being purely chaotic. Three years ago was the first (and probably last) year I have ever tackled it and ironically, there were ZERO crowds. I did not wait for parking for hours, I did not even wait in line when buying at the stores. That being said, I did not think there were any overly satisfying deals. I think it is a great day if you are making a big purchase or buying electronics, but for cosmetics, clothing, and smaller items, Black Friday makes no big difference.

If you are going to trek out shopping this weekend, here are a few tips:

  1. Have a plan. Know what you are shopping for so that you do not overspend on unnecessary items or spend more time than needed at the mall.
  2. Compare prices ahead of time. Many websites, such as Price Grabber and Shop Advisor, will tell you which store will have the best price for what you are looking for. This will cut out any pain of purchasing immediately at Nordstrom's, then finding the jeans $20 cheaper at Macy's.
  3. Get a good night's rest. When you are sleep deprived you are likely to overeat and overspend. Being sure you got 6-8 hours of sleep (the tryptophan in the turkey should help!) could prevent you from binge eating Wetzel's Pretzels at the food court and buying the same sweater in eight different colors.
  4. Read the fine print. A lot of stores will mark up the "original" price, to make the discount look greater than it really is. Be sure you know that you are really getting a discount before you purchase.
  5. Do not limit yourself to Black Friday. Many stores seem to be doing "Black November" and bargains are already out. Cyber Monday is another great way to get fabulous deals without even having to leave your bed.
Are you Black Friday shopping this year? What are your tips for surviving the crazy people?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

BLOG BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY

Next week this blog turns 4 years old! When I started this blog I was a month away from graduating college and completely lost. I had no clue what was to come after graduation and was scared. One of my roommates encouraged me to start writing about it, and Kick Back With Cate was born. I never dreamed it would turn into this. 4 years later this blog is my baby, my biggest passion, and my creative outlet. Thank you to everyone who has supported my blog along the way. I love you.

As a token of gratitude to my loyal readers, friends, and family over the past 4 years, I am hosting a $20 Starbucks gift card GIVEAWAY!

To Enter:
Click HERE.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

NEW MUSIC NOVEMBER

There is a lot of new music out this month that I am loving. Between Taylor Swift's new album, Niall Horan's new album, and all the miscellaneous singles that dropped in the past couple weeks, I thought it would be appropriate to compile a list of the new music I am loving. Here are ten newly released songs that I can't get enough of lately.

Call It What You Want by Taylor Swift
I Hate Love Songs by Kelsea Ballerini
When the Wine Wears Off by Blake Shelton
Diane by Cam
Hold the Light by Dierks Bentley
Leave Me Wanting More by Chris Young
Seeing Blind by Niall Horan & Maren Morris
Hide the Wine by Carly Pearce
Eyes on You by Chase Rice
The Best Part of Me by Lee Brice

What songs are you loving lately?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT : LOVED + BLESSED REVIEW

Each month I receive a box of love and encouragement on my front porch. The theme of this month's Loved + Blessed Box is WAITING. It focuses on being patient and trusting that God has something good in store for you in the periods when he has you waiting.


This box included:
+a keepsake theme card
+a mini poster
+a reminder sticker
+a scripture card
+a gold feather pen
+an encouragement kit (I love this to share with a friend who needs a reminder to stay encouraged in a waiting period!)

Loved + 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 + 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!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

HYDROGEN FOR THE SKIN!

Recently I learned about the benefits of hydrogen in skin products. Hydrogen can make the skin feel neutralized, hydrated, and youthful. The release of oxygen when using the products removes toxins, cleanses the skin, and tightens the pores.

Lisse is a skin company that uses hydrogen as the main ingredient in their skin care products to allow individuals a natural way to perfect their skin. They kindly sent me a moisturizing cream and a rejuvenating mask to sample the benefits of hydrogen on my sensitive, acne-prone skin and I was impressed!


The Real Hydrogen Yuza Snow Ice Cooling Cream resembles ice cream, but is healthy for the skin! It soothes and hydrates the skin, chalking it full of antioxidants and sebum control. One scoop on the skin and you will be filling soft and tight. It is made of natural ingredients including yuza extract, which tightens the pores and brightens the skin, and papaya extract, which removes dead skin cells.

The Real Hydrogen Rejuvenate Mask is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and moisturizing. It detoxes the skin and eliminates swelling. It is made from natural ingredients including scutellaria baicalensis extract, which is anti-inflammatory and anti allergenic, tea tree leaf extract, which is used to treat wounds, and yersba mate leaf extract, which speeds up the metabolism. This sheet mask has ear tags to help lift the skin and remove swelling and chin fat.

After using the cream and mask my skin felt more hydrated in an hour than it had in a year. My skin felt milky and vibrant for the next couple days following use. These are perfect to purchase with winter fast approaching. Skin will be dryer and needs extra TLC this season!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

THANK A VET

Today we salute those who have served our nation. Thank you to those who have put their lives on the line for the rest of us. I admire your bravery, hard work, and honor. Today I encourage you to sit down with a veteran, thank them, and get to know them and their story more. God bless.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

OCTOBER FAVORITES

October has come and gone and we are entering the holiday season. I am really excited for the holidays this year because I will have my own place to decorate and call my own. The most exciting thing to happen to me in October was signing a lease on a new place. I have always rented rooms from people, so this is a big step in my life. I can't wait to have a Christmas tree to decorate, be able to have friends over to bake gingerbread cookies, and to be able to binge watch Hallmark movies whenever I choose.

Here are 5 other things I loved in October:

1.) Dean Unglert's Halloween costume: Dean and his roommate Jackson dressed up as Arnold and Gerald from Hey Arnold. It was my favorite costume I saw this season.


2.) Pardon My Take podcast: I had heard of Barstool Sports, but did not begin to follow them until their recent drama with Samantha Ponder. Siding with the guys of PMT, I began listening to their podcast and was quickly hooked. They give a comical take on sports news and I only wish I had found them sooner.

3.) Jac Vanek candles: I purchased this candle just in time for fall and not only does it smell delicious, but it cracks me up every time I light it. "This candle smells like I'm proud to be a basic bitch. Pumpkin spice. Vanilla. The firm belief that leggings are pants."

Image result for jac vanek candles

4.) South Park: I always love this cringeworthy show, but this season has been my favorite yet. Starting off episode 1 with a satire on the Amazon Echo and this weeks Halloween themed Jack and Crack episode all had me rolling. 

5.) Almost Over You by Jessie James Decker & Randy Houser





What were your favorite things in October?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

PERFECT FALL WAVES

My $20 Conair curling iron I have had since high school crapped out on my recently and I realized it was time to finally upgrade. Out with the clamp curler and in with the cue clip curling wand! This wand from Vanity Planet is an aluminum rod with a 360 degree swivel cord. This swivel allows you to curl at all angles without any annoying breaks. The aluminum keeps your hair frizz free and kink free, allowing for natural looking curls. The best part about the wand is it allows for a variety of looks from tight curls to loose beach waves.



To get your own bouncy waves, purchase the Cue Clip Free Curling Wand from Vanity Planet!

Vanity Planet is graciously offering Kick Back With Cate readers 25% off with the coupon code CUETIFUL25 at checkout!

FTC DISCLOSURE: VANITY PLANET SENT ME THE CUE CLIP FREE CURLING WAND IN EXCHANGE FOR A REVIEW. ALL OPINIONS ARE HONEST AND MY OWN.

Monday, October 16, 2017

SHE'S STILL THERE: RESCUING THE GIRL IN YOU

I have talked previously about how 2017 has been a rebuilding year for me. I have been recreating the person I used to be and striving towards my dreams. A lot of this has been done through prayer, wisdom from family and friends, and journaling. I recently read She's Still There by Chrystal Evans Hurst and it made me realize I am not alone in trying to find the little girl inside of me in my adult life.

This book has been a great reminder that it's okay to need to rewrite your story. It's okay when things do not go according to plan. Because God has it all figured out already. And even when we lose sight of this, He never loses sight of us. She's Still There reminded me that my expectations are not always going to pan out and that's just part of life. It also reminded me that in order to move forward with our lives, we need to forgive the transgressions of our past, just as God has. 

I highly recommend this book to any women who need a reminder that God is in control, to any women who need to press restart, to any women who need peace. She's Still There can be purchased on Amazon, P31 Bookstore, or Audible.

FTC Disclosure: Kick Back With Cate is an Amazon Affiliate. Any links to Amazon have potential to provide financial support for Kick Back With Cate.

Friday, October 13, 2017

DIY ARTHUR COSTUME

Sometimes I hit a creative block. Coming up with DIY Halloween costumes that are easy to make that I have not done in the past four years of blogging has been a struggle this year. I have to admit I had to turn to Dr. Google this week to help me get the creative juices flowing. However, after searching "DIY Halloween Costumes" I could not help but recreate this look that brought me back to childhood.


Remember this guy!? Arthur!!!!
Recreate his swag for Halloween from things that are very likely in your own closet.

What you need:
White collared top
Yellow sweater
Jeans
Sneakers
Glasses
Bear Ear Headband (Can be found at Claire's, Icing, or Etsy)

HALLOWEEN PRINTABLES

Decorating my home for the holidays is one of my favorite things to do, especially for fall! While it sometimes is not cheap, there are many affordable or free options out there! Custom Labels created these spooky Halloween labels, which are perfect for decorating goodie bags, for a party, or the classroom. The best part is they are FREE! To get your own Halloween printables, visit Custom Labels!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CHELSEA HOUSKA LOOK FOR LESS

I have no shame in my love for the Teen Mom franchise. It's a guilty pleasure of mine. And whether it's because of her relationship with Cole or the hilarious words out of Aubree's mouth, Chelsea Houska is my favorite of the moms. Not only is she the realest and classiest of all the moms, her hair, makeup, and outfit choices are always on point. I recreated this fun fall look from a recent photo shoot of Chelsea's for under $100.

 
Total: $93.97

COMMENT BELOW WITH A CELEBRITY LOOK YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE RECREATED NEXT MONTH!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

THAT BROKE BLONDE

I stumbled across That Broke Blonde on a recent trip to Denver. I was looking for something new to do and while searching through Pinterest, I found her Colorado Bucket List. After talking to Jenny, it turns out this is one of her favorite blog posts! The list includes activities at Red Rocks, hiking, and sporting events.



Jenny began blogging because she loves fashion at fair price. She wanted to share her budget-friendly finds with other fashion lovers, so That Broke Blonde was created! Prior to blogging, Jenny was a flight attendant. In her spare time she enjoys being a dog mom, running, hiking, and watching Netflix.

Her encouragement to new bloggers is to realize right away how much time it takes. “It truly is like a job and isn’t all fun and posting pics. You have to take time to take photos, write posts, and engage with your followers,” says Jenny.

As far as fashion, Jenny loves Kittsona, a high-end boutique she often frequented while living in Minnesota. Her fall fashion staple is boots, and frankly I think we all agree.

For more on Jenny, find her on social media @thatbrokeblonde and visit her site.

Monday, October 9, 2017

FALL 2017 PLAYLIST

Something about fall makes me want to spend my afternoon lounging around with candles burning and music playing. Whether I am working on homework or on my commute to work, here are ten songs I can't stop listening to lately:

Praying by Kesha
Legends by Kelsea Ballerini
Red Eyes by The War on Drugs
Written In the Sand by Old Dominion
Redbone by Childish Gambino
Slow Hands by Niall Horan
Gravity by John Mayer
Flashlight by Jessie J
Boy by Lee Brice
Speakers, Bleachers, & Preachers by Brandon Lay

Saturday, October 7, 2017

DIY HALLOWEEN COSTUME : INDIANA JONES

Week 2 of DIY Halloween costumes is here and this is a fun one that can probably be made from stuff you already have in your closet. I got this idea on a recent Disneyland trip...Indiana Jones!

What do you need?
Felt hat
Leather jacket
White button up
Khaki pants
Brown cross body
Brown "whip"
Brown boots

Sunday, October 1, 2017

MORNINGS WITH JESUS

It's October! Wow! I can't believe 2017 is nearly over. I have some fun stuff on the agenda this month and I don't see a slow down anytime soon. I am praying peace and joy for the month and I am looking forward to seeing what it brings.

My goal this month is to have quality time every morning with the Lord. On days I wake up earlier and read my Bible or a devotional and spend time journaling and praying, it sets up my day for success. It frees any anxieties and gives me a clear head for the rest of the day.

Comment below with your goal for October!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

SEPTEMBER WRAP UP

My favorite month is coming to an end and it was such an amazing month for me! It was full of lots of fun, but also some chaos.

I kicked off September in Colorado with my family enjoying football and time together.

The following weekend I got a surprise visit from my family in Florida who had flown west when the harsh reality of Hurricane Irma hit. It was great to spend some time with my brother, his wife, and my beautiful nephew. While the reason we spent time together was not pleasant, it was great to see them sooner than Christmas. I had not seen my nephew for two months and it was miraculous the development he had from mid-June to early-September.

Weekend number three I got rear ended. What a drag. Thank the Lord I was safe and damage was minimal and a stress free experience. The rest of that weekend was spent at Disneyland! My boyfriend and I became annual passholders and it was an exciting purchase. I can't wait to spend many weekends at the park in the coming year. It was nice to enjoy the park without feeling rushed or forced to get on every single ride, because we have the ability to go back whenever we want.

Last Friday I took my final CSET for teaching credential (I find out if I pass on October 20...please pray!) and then spent the night at the Greek Theater with Walker Hayes, Old Dominion, and Thomas Rhett. What a show. I loved every second of it. I would love to see Thomas Rhett again. His new album is incredible and I recommend you check it out if you have not yet.

The next day I turned 25! Wow. I have never had a more special birthday. My boyfriend and friends made it an incredible day for me. I have never felt so loved before. We celebrated at a brewery. It was neat to watch all my friends from different walks of life interacting with each other and forming their own friendships.

On Monday a pain I had been experiencing in my foot all month come to a head and I had to get x-rays. Unfortunately I learned I had a bone spur and a stress fracture which are likely related. I will be spending October in walking boot which is already frustrating, but I am trying to have an attitude of gratitude with the fact that at least I have a foot and the ability to walk.

Now someone go wake up that guy from Green Day...

Friday, September 29, 2017

MERMAID HALLOWEEN COSTUME

Halloween is a month away. Every Friday until then I will be sharing a Halloween costume that can be made at home! I am kicking this year's costumes off with this homemade mermaid costume. While I include links below of this specific products, cheaper options can be found and created by searching your local thrift stores!
Total: $94.80

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

FALL FASHION WISH LIST

Fall is here and I have been adding some fun new pieces to my wardrobe. While I have some new gorgeous dresses and earrings, I am still on the hunt for a few things. Here are 5 fall pieces I would love to add to my closet.


1. Gold Stackable Rings
2. Joe's Jeans
3. Flannel
4. Vans High Tops
5. Fringe Cowboy Boots

Friday, September 22, 2017

24 IN REVIEW

What a year 24 has been. It has been one of the hardest years of my life and has brought upon a lot of changes. Fortunately with these changes has brought upon a lot of personal growth.

I spent my 24th birthday in tears. I was alone in a new town, missing my friends and family, knowing deep down that something had to give. Through the next couple months I kept going through the motions praying for a change. In December I went home for my Dad's 60th birthday and being around my family proved to me what I had already believed. I needed to come home and start over. I needed to put myself first and chase my dreams, whatever those may be. As 2017 began, I started to make plans to come home. I reconnected with a career I loved and began to take the steps to transition back into it. On February 1st I came home and made the leap to fall back in love with myself and find my personal happiness. As the months went on I began to get my joy back. Some days were difficult, but through Christian fellowship, supportive family, and a lot of journaling, I added more and more into my plan, including completing my teaching credential. I began to peel back the layers as I rebuilt my life, which meant removing people I truly cared for. One day I looked back on it all and realized I was falling in love with myself. By the grace of God I regained my independence, my self worth, and began unlocking my dreams.

24 was a hard year, but I would not change a thing. I can't wait to see what 25 is going to look like. Something tells me that the trials of 24 set me up for success and joy in the coming year.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

MEET CASSIE!

Simply Classy Cassie is a lifestyle blogger based in Los Angeles. She started blogging when she was pregnant with her daughter because she lived far away from her family and wanted them to be able to follow along with her pregnancy. But being a mommy blogger is not all she is great at. Prior to blogging, Cassie was working on her PhD in Biomolecular Chemistry.



Cassie has a great sense of style and an eye for beauty that is visible throughout her blog posts. She shares looks that are affordable and practical for moms and other readers. Her favorite places to shop are budget friendly stores such as Target, Forever 21, and Old Navy.

For fall she recommends a big chunky sweater, a felt hat, leggings, and thigh high boots.
And her go to beauty products? iTCosmetics, iTCosmetics, iTCosmetics! She swears she is not sponsored, just a big fan! Her top 3 are their CC Cream, Bye Bye Undereye Concealer, and their Lip Treatment.


Her advice for new bloggers? Do not get discouraged! Social media can be hard sometimes and it is important to just keep doing you. Be persistent and do not compare yourself to others.

For more of Cassie, visit her site and add her at the following social media handles:
Instagram: @simplyclassycassie
Twitter: @misscassie34
Pinterest: @simplyclassycas
Facebook: @simplyclassycassie

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FALL BUCKET LIST

Fall is here in a couple days, but in my heart it starts September 1st

Here are 10 things I want to do this season:
1. Attend a football game.
2. Go to the pumpkin patch.
3. Watch Hocus Pocus.
4. Go to a haunt house. 
5. Go apple picking.
6. Bake pumpkin bread.
7. Have a bonfire. 
8. Read more.
9. Binge Stranger Things season 2.
10. Donate to food bank. 

What is on your fall bucket list?

Monday, September 18, 2017

BDAY GIVEAWAY!

It's time for my favorite giveaway of the year! Birthday giveaway! One lucky winner will receive happy mail with my favorite things from my 24th year. There will be snacks and makeup products, but most importantly there will be a $25 Starbucks gift card!

To enter to win:
Visit HERE and follow the steps!

Winner will be announced Monday September 25th.
US residents only.
Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
CONGRATULATIONS TO TANYA K. FOR WINNING!
PLEASE EMAIL ME WITHIN 72 HOURS!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

GOODIE GIRL COOKIES

I am always looking for the latest delicious treat that is not full of junk. Recently I found Goodie Girl Cookies, a gluten free cookie that is delicious and does not have peanuts or any artificial ingredients.


Flavors include Chocolate Chunk, Midnight Brownie, Toffee Crunch, Mint Slims, and Oatmeal Raisin. My favorite is chocolate chunk because it tastes like a Chips Ahoy. It is delicious and does not have the chalky taste that some gluten free cookies have. I am excited about Goodie Girl Cookies and will be including a couple boxes in an upcoming giveaway (Stay tuned!) 

To find Goodie Girl Cookies near you, visit their website. If you are in the Los Angeles area, they can be found at Starbucks and Walmart. Their website also includes a coupon for readers to use, as well as free shipping if you order straight from them!

Goodie Girl Cookies sent me these treats free of charge in exchange for a review. Please note that all reviews given are my honest opinion.



Thursday, September 7, 2017

SKOOP BY NEKTER

Although we are well into September, temperatures are still high and ice cream is still on my mind. Nekter Juice Bar has a new guilt-free option to satisfy my sweet tooth, while still remaining healthy. Skoop is dairy, gluten, and soy free, but still delicious and refreshing! Made with natural ingredients, you can Skoop in either chocolate or vanilla, with a variety of topping options, such as blueberries, granola, chocolate chips, and coconut flakes.

Photo Courtesy of Nekter Juice Bar

Nekter Juice Bar also offers juices, juice cleanses, smoothies, acai bowls (bomb!), and chia parfaits. Nekter juices are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants, and provide you with 3 lbs of fruits and vegetables with each juice. These juices help you reach your daily intake of vitamins, help with digestion, boost immunity, and increase energy.

Visit Nekter Juice Bar to find your nearest location and download their new app, which allows you to order ahead and earn rewards towards free items, birthday treats, and coupons. 

FTC Disclosure:  Nekter Juice Bar sent me products complimentary in exchange for a review. All opinions are honest and my own.



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

5 FALL DRESSES

Dresses are my jam for fall (and every other season.) Here are five dresses that express the latest fall fashion trends.
1. Red
2. Fluted Sleeve
3. Western
4. Knit Sweater
5. Fringe

Friday, September 1, 2017

FORMING DEEPER BONDS

September is here! It's my favorite time of year. I can't wait for all the fun activities I have planned this month. I am kicking it off tonight with a college football game and will also be celebrating turning 25 this month!

This month I want to focus on forming deeper connections. Instead of spending time with a group of friends or sending someone a text to check in, I would love to have one on one time with friends I would like to get to know better. I want to pick up the phone and hear a friend's voice instead of sending a text while doing three other things at the same time. I want to connect with people I see day in and day out at work, but know nothing about besides their name and what they teach. This month I want to actively listen to others, get to know them on a deeper, personal level, and really pay attention to what people are saying.

We live in a society where everyone is rushing to the next thing or thinking about what is on their to do list instead of focusing on who they are surrounding themselves with. This month I challenge you to break the barrier and get to know someone better.

Another one way to form deeper bonds is to pour into those who need pouring into. Right now, the city of Houston and surrounding areas is experiencing devastating loss, damage to their homes, and a broken city. Please join me in praying for them and consider donating to help those impacted rebuild. Woodlands Church in Houston is collecting donations here to help cover costs of people displaced, clean up supplies, and more.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

AUGUST FAVORITES

At the start of the month I expressed my dislike for August. But I have to say it was a darn good month. It was full of good people, good times, and surprisingly lacked stress. I am excited to dive head first into September.

My 5 favorite things in August:


  1. Dean Unglert -- He won me over post Bachelorette via the Almost Famous podcast and has continued to steal it on Paradise. He even Venmoed me $1.49 last week so I could buy a bag of Hot Cheetoes. Yup. I'm a Deanie Baby.
  2. Unforgettable by Thomas Rhett -- This has been playing on repeat in my car for the last couple weeks. I can't wait to hear it live this month at his Home Team Tour.
  3. Bang Energy Drink -- This energy drink is perfect pre-workout. I had the champagne flavor and I am definitely going to be ordering a case of it to dig into before the intense workout days. It has amino acids, creatine, and mass amounts of caffeine.
  4. The Real Housewives of Dallas -- I never watched this until Brandi Redmond was recently on the Reality Steve podcast and I fell in love with her! I am halfway through season one and these girls are crazy but Brandi and Stephanie are friendship goals!
  5. Crunch Fitness -- A friend convinced me to join with her and the classes are amazing! I have been loving spinning, dancing, and squatting my way into better shape!


Monday, August 28, 2017

LOVED + BLESSED REVIEW

Each month I receive a box of love and encouragement on my front porch. The theme of this month's Loved + Blessed Box is REFRESH. It focuses on protecting yourself from being emotionally dehydrated, which is a common trend in my hectic life. 


This box included:
Mini Poster (with a saying I absolutely needed to hear - "Visit the well before you're thirsty."
Reminder sticker
Scripture cards
Water bottle

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!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL NECESSITIES

Back to school shopping is my favorite time of year. Even as an adult, I love the brightly lined aisles of Target full of college-ruled notebooks, #2 pencils, and locker decorations. While the key of back to school shopping starts with the perfect backpack, the most fun is found in filling it up. Here are some of my back to school backpack necessities:





1.) Cute, but reliable backpack
2.) Blotting Paper to help control the oil and shine when your crush sits next to you in COMM101
3.) BB Cream
4.) Lip Balm
5.) Snacks, protein bars, popcorn, and other healthy alternatives are great to keep on standby
6.) Planner
7.) Hair Bands/Bobby Pens
8.) Fun Writing Utensils

What are your back to school necessities?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

DEAN UNGLERT

My love affair with Dean Unglert is no secret. He’s the greatest thing to come to me from The Bachelor franchise besides Chase McNary. Dean is a mega babe with a big heart, but he broke my heart Monday night

I’m sad for Kristina. It must have been miserable to experience what she went through. I can’t imagine the guy I like then turning around and going on a date with someone else in front of me. 

But here’s the thing. This is Paradise. It’s a reality television show where people are claiming to find love but are really on the hunt for Instagram followers and DIFF Eyewear. In every season there have been connections made and then someone comes in and it creates a new connection. Dean owed it to himself to go on a date with Danielle. Him and Kristina had already hit a bump in the road.

Do you really think Dean thought up giving Danielle a birthday cake and celebrating her half birthday? Production did. Why else would Danielle have yelled over the ATV that her birthday was December 28th? No one screams about that while riding an ATV through Mexico. It doesn’t happen. Production set up Kristina to get burned. They set up Dean to look like a douche bag. And they set up Danielle to look like a terrible friend. 

I am not condoning what Dean did. I am not saying Kristina does not have a right to feel broken. But we need to remember this is a television show. Production has their hand in everything that happens and has ulterior motives for it all. You could see pain in Dean’s eyes during the half birthday celebration. But is Kristina paying his rent? No. Bachelor Nation is. So he does what he is told to do to make good television and stir up the drama.

Before you start hating my sweet Deanie Babies, think about what you are watching and think about edits in the past. ABC is the mastermind. The Sugar Bear Hair pushers are their puppets. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

MORNING PAGES

I have loved writing my whole life. I remember being a child keeping a journal, writing poems, and working through emotions on paper. As an adult, this has continually been a passion of mine and has transformed itself into blog form.

Back in April I learned about Morning Pages from entrepreneur Doug Cartwright whose morning routine is on point. The Morning Pages are a morning journaling session. The goal is to write three pages (yes, write! Do not type!) of stream of consciousness first thing when you wake. When I first started it was difficult to fill the three pages, but now I am having to cut myself at page 5 or 6 to get off to work.

There is no form to Morning Pages, you just write what you feel you need to write. Whatever pops up in your head you put it down on paper. Consider it “taking out the trash.” Morning pages allow you to clear any anxieties for the day ahead, process anything from the day prior, come up with new creative ideas, or just write three pages of “I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO WRITE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO WRITE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO WRITE.”


I encourage you this week to set your alarm for 15 minutes early, wake up, open an old notebook, and write three pages of thoughts. It will positively impact your day. I promise!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

BACHELOR IN PARADISE WEEK 1 RECAP

Bachelor in Paradise started last night and I have to say I felt much more invested in that episode than I was in all of Rachel's season. Although I was disappointed that they did not get into the DeMario/Corinne situation like I had anticipated, I will be locked back in today. ABC sure knows what they are doing over there. Here are 5 thoughts I had during last night's episode:

If we are expecting an engagement this season I can only assume it will be from Iggy and Dean.

Raven throwing shade at Robby for being an influencer is some of the funniest shit I have ever heard.

I am shocked by everyone's obsession with Jasmine. Not in a bad way. I just expected all the guys to be losing it over Raven.

I am glad DeMario gets sent home mainly because I couldn't handle one more blow of the whistle. 

How did God create Dean and how did our universe get so lucky?

Monday, August 14, 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL LUNCH HACKS

Packing lunch is such a simple thing, but when not put at the forefront of your prepping for the following day, it can end up in you running late in the morning and have to go out to lunch, which can be unhealthy and expensive.

Here are 4 lunch pack hacks to make sure you have healthy, convenient meals for work or school:

1. Get ahead of the game on Sunday. Sunday afternoon, in between doing laundry and finishing up homework, prep as much of your lunchtime meals as you can for the week. I like to utilize my crock pot for this to make something delicious and healthy that will last me the whole week.

2. Have a snack station set up. Have crates in the fridge full of various objects such as ready to go packages of fruit, sandwiches, cheese sticks, vegetables, hummus, and more. This will make it easy to grab and go out the door in the morning.

3. Make freezer meals! Believe it or not a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich can be kept frozen for six weeks. Make a bunch of them one day and you can take them with you to school or work. By lunchtime it will be thawed out and ready to eat!

4. Don't be afraid of leftovers. I know they're not ideal, but make extra of your dinner so that you can eat leftovers for lunch the next day. It will save time and money.





Saturday, August 12, 2017

THIS OR THAT TAG

The This or That Tag has been making its way across blogs and YouTube channels, so I decided to give it a shot! Read below to get to know me better and leave a comment with some of your choices!

The Questions:

MAKEUP:
blush or bronzer
lip gloss or lipstick
eye liner or mascara
foundation or concealer
neutral or color eye shadow
pressed or loose eye shadows
brushes or sponges

NAILS:
OPI or china glaze
Long or short
Acrylic or natural
Brights or darks
Flower or no flower

BODY:
perfume or body splash
lotion or body butter
body wash or soap
lush or other bath company

FASHION:
jeans or sweat pants
long sleeve or short
dresses or skirts
stripes or plaid
flip flops or sandals
scarves or hats
studs or dangly earrings
necklaces or bracelets
heels or flats
cowboy boots or riding boots
jacket or hoodie
forever 21 or charlotte russe
abercombie or Hollister
saks 5th or nordstrom

HAIR:
curly or straight
bun or ponytail
bobby pins or butterfly clips
hair spray or gel
long or short
light or dark
side sweep bangs or full bangs
up or down

RANDOM:
Rain or shine
Summer or winter
Fall or spring
Chocolate or vanilla
East coast or west coast