November 25, 2016

Beauty Queen // 2016 Holiday Gift Guides


It's the first gift guide of the season! Can you believe how close we are to Christmas! I've had the holiday season on my mind before Halloween even came. With today being Black Friday I felt this would be the perfect time to kick off the start of our gift guide series. This collection of gifts are perfect for the makeup lover in your life. Maybe there's even something here you'd add to your own wish list? I can't decide which one's my favorite! They're all so cute!! Although I think I might be leaning toward the Philosophy bath set ;)

Which one is your personal favorite? Any particular gift guides you would like to see in the coming weeks?

I hope y'all had a fabulous Thanksgiving Day & were able to snag some good deals today!
xo,



November 22, 2016

Let Them Eat Cake // November Mood Board

This mood board is by far one of my absolute favorites! The colors, the paintings, the textures...aah! This aesthetic is everything.
We're  1 1/2 days to Thanksgiving! Tomorrow is Caleb's "Friday" and then we get a 4-day weekend together!!! Woohoo! I plan on binge watching a lot of netflix, stuffing my face, getting out to enjoy the weather, and maybe even a little Black Friday shopping. This is our first Thanksgiving away from any of our families so it'll be a bit of a change, but we're making the most of it. We've swapped out the huge turkey for 3lbs of turkey breast and will be making a few smaller versions of our favorite sides. Plus there will be cheesecake, so honestly what could be better than that! :)

We're also about a month away from moving. Still no hard orders, but I'm hoping they'll come soon. The coolest thing is, if all goes as planned, we will be starting our new year in our new state. The perfect beginning to a new chapter in our life. Until then I'm enjoying our last few weeks in Texas and bracing myself for the weather change we're about to get ourselves into!
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Excited for: The new Disney movie Moana & long weekends with my husband
Watching: The Crown on Netflix (It's amazing!!)
Doing: Playing Animal Crossing:New Leaf (there was an update (: ) and spending to much time on YouTube/Tumblr
Loving: Target Dollar Spot's winter page flags, to do lists, period dramas

xo,

November 14, 2016

Fall Date Night Outfits ft. Adore Me

Hello lovelies!
We're deep into the heart of fall, with winter practically around the corner. I don't know about you, but these cooler seasons just scream romance to me. Perhaps it's the twinkly lights & candles, the cozy atmosphere, or how quickly night comes. Whatever it is there's so many adorable date ideas to enjoy with your significant other during the season. One question that always pops up when going on a date is, "What do I wear?"

Date night outfits are all about feeling confident and sexy. One key feature of any outfit is the lingerie. Lingerie acts as the foundation to your look and can give you that extra boost of confidence you need. One brand in particular that totally rocks this is Adore Me. Adore Me sells lingerie sets that are not only super cute, but budget friendly. Perfect for the everyday woman! They have a wide variety of intimates; from bras, sleepwear, and even a new line of active wear! Their sizes range from 30A to 46G and they even have cute nursing bras for all the breastfeeding mamas! After browsing through the website for what seemed like hours (Seriously there's so many options to choose from!) I choose three favorites that I used as inspiration for different date night looks.

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This look is classic, preppy, and a total-fall look! Perfect for a casual dinner and a movie or a sweet walk through a park.
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Showcasing one of many sets in their plus size selection, I am in love with this look! The mix of denim, jewel tones, and light neutrals come together in an adorable look for any lady.
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On the more edgy side, this look is perfect for the the casual cool girl! With just a few pops of blue and the contrast in materials create a showstopping yet almost effortless look! This is definitely my fave!
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Definitely check out Adore Me for many other lingerie sets, as well as their PJ's and active wear! There's so much to offer from this brand. Plus the best part is, your first set is only $19.95! It doesn't get better than that!
Which outfit was your favorite? Also if you check out Adore Me, let me know what you think! I'd love to know.

xo,

November 2, 2016

Easy Tips for Meal Planning

I started meal planning way before I even moved out of my parents house. I always have loved keeping organized and cooking, so when my parents would do their big grocery trip once a week so I'd spend hours searching for coupons and choosing meal ideas to present to them. Now 5 years later I live on my own, but still continue to meal plan for my little family of two.  The average couple spends around $550 a month on food. Meal planning is perfect for everyone whether you're a big family of 6 likes we were growing up or for someone living alone. It saves you money, time, and reduces the stress of trying to scramble a meal together each night. So here is my process and a few tips on incorporating meal planning into your life.

Step 1: Pick Your Grocery Day
I do my grocery shopping mainly primarily  ever 2 weeks. This could be different for everyone. Just do what works best whether that's once a week or once a month. One key thing though is to make sure you have a dedicated block of time for your trip. Grocery day is better when you're not in a rush.

Step 2: Choose Your Meals
Grab a sheet of paper, number the side so you have a spot for each nights dinner and a few spots for lunch & breakfast. I personally use Pinterest for practically all my meal ideas. It's as simple as typing "dinner ideas" and you have tons of yummy recipes to choose from. For my list I like a balance of quick and easy meals, a few that require a bit more effort, and I always leave one spot open for takeout. 

Step 3: Create a Shopping List
Next I go through each recipe and write down the ingredients needed. I also add key staples such as bread, eggs, and milk. You ll know what your family needs, especially after you've done it a few times
At this point its a breeze.

Step 4: Raid Your Pantry
Taking the list you just made, go through your pantry and cross off anything you already have.  This could also be a time to add things you're noticing you need to pick up too. This helps a ton because you'll insure you only buying what you need rather than bringing home ANOTHER can of black beans(seriously i always buy them when i have like 5 in my cabinet. I need to chill)
Step 5: Shop Shop Shop
You've made it! You're all planned out and ready to head to the store with your grocery list in hand. Remember to stick to your list, don't shop on an empty stomach and you'll make it out without buying what you don't need. Although let's be honest, oreos somehow always end up in my cart, but I promise I stop there!  

Its so simple, but so effective as well! It honestly does  tons of time to do. When you're already browsing pinterest pin a few recipes for next weeks list, create an ongoing list of items as you run out, and then when you sit down to meal plan it'll all just fall together.  I would say in total it takes me like an hour from start to finish, minus the actual shopping trip.

By doing this Caleb and I save around $150 a month. That adds up to 1800 a year! I promise you'll still get to buy meals you love while also cutting costs. Try it for a week and tell me of it worked for you! If you'd like to hear more posts like this let me know! I'd love to share.
xo,

November 1, 2016

Weekend Waterfalls & Hiking Adventures

Hello November!!
This past Saturday was such an awesome weekend. It wasn't anything elaborate, but I just felt really satisfied and accomplished by the time we fell asleep. The simplest days are usually the best days though, ya know? We took care of medical stuff for Roku, changed the oil, picked up Halloween candy (YUM!), went Pokemon hunting, then ended our day with a trip to the park. Now this park you can see off of the interstate that we drive on everyday. Right from the road you can see this beautiful waterfall.
 I wanted to visit this waterfall as soon as I knew it existed. We've lived here for 3 months now and finally I'm able to cross this off our tech school bucket list! This waterfall was impossible to find though! We'd attempted to find it twice already, but then this weekend was when we decided "okay, we're not leaving this place until we see it!" 

So after 1 hour of hiking through multiple trails we finally found the right path. I'm a total sucker for anything water/nature related. Oceans, creeks, waterfalls...I love it all! I'm like 98% sure this is a man made waterfall, but it's still is super cool. I had mentioned to Caleb about feeling the mist the waterfall made (I don't know why, but I was excited for it.) He didn't think there would be any, but guess what?! There was!! I was standing along the rocks, breathing the air in deeply and saying "Ya feel that mist? Nature's mist right there!" I'm pretty sure he was annoyed with me, but whatever. He loves me! :)
It was so nice getting to go out and explore different parts of this town, especially since we only have 2 more months here! I want to make sure I leave Texas without having regrets of not visiting certain places. I'm not sure when we'll ever get a chance to explore this part of the US again. 

                                              Also, IMPORTANT UPDATE on our first duty station. He got an assignment, but I don't exactly want to say where just yet in case it changes. For now I will say that it's totally not somewhere we would have chosen to move to if we had a choice, but at the same time I'm really excited to live there. I'll let y'all know as we get closer! Maybe Thanksgiving time?
Until then, I encourage you to go out and explore the city you live in. Maybe there's a restaurant or landmark you've always wanted to visit, but could never quite find the time. Make a plan to make some time and explore. I know you wont regret it!
xo,