I love it when you guys send me challenges like the one below. Anne’s important message is one we should all keep in mind, at all times. Keep the challenges coming at email@example.com!
I have a challenge for you… If you choose to accept it.
The past few years, I have been trying to pay more attention to the waste/trash I generate. Some people call it “Zero Waste,” but, let’s be serious, you are never going to create zero waste (I’m never giving up toilet paper or tampons, just saying).
However, there are a lot of easy things that you can do every day to start cutting back. This blog is very helpful.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my sister Marabeth knows how to throw a party! A few weeks ago, she and her girlfriends got together for a Pizza and Pajama Party — but because we’re talking about Marabeth, you know they took things to the next level.
Rather than ordering delivery or popping some frozen pre-made pies in the oven, the ladies created a pizza bar complete with all the fixings to make their own personal slices of yum.
Not only is their pizza bar concept way more fun, it is a much healthier route to stuffing your face with pizza since you control the portion size by rolling out as little or as much crust and cheese as you prefer before piling on fresh veggies.
I mean, it’s basically a salad bar! But better.
When it came to shooting the campaign for Giorgio Beverly Hills Glam, my glam squad went all out. Much goes into consideration when you’re creating the look for a campaign. It’s not quite as simple as just “looking pretty.” The team has to brainstorm the story we’re telling and the tone we’d like to convey.
For this campaign, we knew that the Giorgio Beverly Hills girl is clean, pretty, and glamorous. Make-up artist Beau Nelson took that inspiration and my desire to look like myself — natural but with a bit of polish. The look he created was pure perfection! So much so, that many of you have been asking how he created it and with what products. Beau was kind enough to share his tricks of the trade with us all!
The holidays may have come and gone, but winter is here to stay. Just because it’s time to take the tree and lights down it doesn’t mean you have to get rid of all the festive décor.
I’ve decided to keep my celebration going by keeping a wintery wreath on my door though the chilly season. I got this beautiful (and real!) fir wreath from Bouqs. I love the pinecones and red berries — they have a sweet and inviting vibe. It’s the perfect foundation for me to add some fun personalized touches.
Since we’re just past the craziness of the holidays, I wanted to keep this look sleek and super simple. The new year is the perfect time to declutter, so I want this to be bright, cheery and clean. I went with several strands of fairy lights — which I’m currently obsessed with — and I love the way it glows!
These types of fresh wreaths can last for several weeks, so I know if I want to get craftier with it I can. I’m thinking of adding succulents, fresh flowers, and maybe even some of my costume jewelry. These can all be tied in with floral wire or craft glue.
To keep your wreath looking fresh for as long as possible, Bouqs suggests spraying it with water every other day or so to make sure it doesn’t dry out.
Are you guys going to get in on this winter wreath thing with me? Don’t forget to tag me in your pics!
Usually when we make a purchase the deal ends at the point of sale. You’ve made your selection, exchanged payment, then, life goes on. Unless of course the item you’ve purchased takes a portion of their proceeds to support a worthy cause. Then, your purchase continues it’s journey toward making a positive impact.
When I’m carrying a bag, wearing a bracelet, or using a product that is intended to make the world a better place in some way, I wear it proudly. It goes beyond having something great, it’s doing something good. In the spirit of brands who give back, I’ve rounded up some products I support especially because they support a worthy cause.
1. Sky and Arrows
These gorgeous blankets are more than an awesome addition to your home. For every blanket they sell they give one to someone in need.
This fashion company has a mission of creating sustainable business opportunities for women. The company works both locally and globally with women coming from many diverse backgrounds. I love this Abera Crossbody Tote which comes in tons of colors — and can even be personalized!
When I began building my dream house I’d regularly reference the beautiful homes featured in Better Homes & Gardens. I’d snap pics and tear sheets to include as inspirations for what I would one day call my very own space. To have the tables turned and actually be the one inspiring others with my home is surreal, to say the least. The fact that Lexi and Harley got in on the action makes this feature one of my favorites. Lexi propping her arm up on the arm of the sofa is pretty much the best thing ever, right? She is so hilarious.
We all know kids can be mean. All of us have experienced bullying on some level, whether we’ve witnessed someone being bullied, been bullied ourselves, or even been the bully. Bullying isn’t only a problem for the one being targeted. It’s a problem for the school, the office, and the entire community.
My friends at Kind Campaign speak out about being the anti bully. An anti bully is someone who stops and prevents this behavior by raising awareness, providing guidance, and being supportive to everyone involved. I want to share with you an inspiring story about an anti bully and a brave boy.
Sixth grader Julian had a pretty big surgery last spring to correct his scoliosis. That fall, Julian started a new school, in a new state, with a fragile back, and two new accessories: a big ol’ brace, and a roller bag. Being the new kid in middle school can be awkward in itself, I can’t imagine having to wear a back brace and haul around a roller bag on top of that. Julian began getting teased almost immediately. A group of older kids were laughing at him, and while an adult might shrug this behavior off and move along, when you’re a kid, being different can be really hard. Suffice to say Julian was not having the greatest school experience.
When I came across this recipe from Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is I practically fell out of my chair. Can we talk about this for a second?? Warm and fluffy cobbler with juicy berries and plump pomegranate seeds, topped with ice cream? Sign. Me. Up.
The splashes of ruby red makes this pretty dish almost too good to eat — but let’s not be ridiculous. If your crew is anything like mine, it might not even make it to the plates. Somebody hand me a spoon!
I recently heard about Bullet Journals from one of my friends, and was immediately obsessed. There’s nothing better than committing your thoughts, tasks and goals to paper, and bullet journals are the perfect way to organize yourself into being the very best version of you every day. After all, who doesn’t want to be more organized?!
One of the ways this system is a bit different than anything else I’ve used before is the ability to customize everything. I love the idea of the habit tracker and having a place where you can be accountable for how you choose to spend your time. I also love the mood trackers and having space to write down your daily “gratefuls.” These journals are truly unique to every person who has ever created one!
I’ve been following Natascha, aka @howtobulletjournal, on Instagram for awhile. She’s truly an expert on bullet journals, and I thought she’d be the best person to tell you everything you need to know about this amazing system.
You have to let me know if you think this is as exciting as I do!
What is Bullet Journaling?
As a college student, I’m on the move all the time; dashing to class, running errands, clean my apartment and studying at home, in the library or at a local coffee shop. With all this commotion, it’s easy to forget the little tasks with deadlines that sneak up on me throughout the week. If this sounds like you, it’s time to consider finding an organization system that will fine-tune your busy lifestyle!
The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your everything. It’s a to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, diary and more. You can make it simple and productive and/or make it as beautiful as you like. It’s your place to track everything you want to keep track off.
My sister Marabeth and her girlfriends are always getting together to do fun and creative activities. I’m having serious FOMO from their latest get-together, where they did a sweet twist on an ordinary potluck. The hostess had sugar cookie dough on hand and asked everyone to bring their favorite cookie ingredients. Together they made combinations of cookies to enjoy warm out of the oven and package-up for friends and family. What ingredient would you bring to this party? I’m partial to the holiday M&Ms…
I’ll let Marabeth tell you how they made their delicious “Christmas Bars.” Let me know if you try them at home!
My girlfriends and I had so much fun making these simple Christmas Bars! We had everyone bring their favorite cookie ingredients to make a fun new creation together and share! It was a blast!! I bought my sugar cookie mix already packaged, but if you want to make yours from scratch I’ve included a recipe below. We added white chocolate chips and M&M’s. It was so super easy — and even more fun!
Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe:
• 1 1/2 cups of softened butter
• 2 cups of white sugar
• 4 eggs
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 5 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp salt