Summer Fashion: Tops

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Today I'm sharing some of my favorite tops for the warmer weather!  I'm looking for casual things to wear as well as looks I can also wear in the office.   I would say I lean more toward a classic style.  I don't tend to experiment much when it comes to my wardrobe, but I'm always open for new ideas!   I've rounded up some of my favorite tees, tanks, and blouses to share with you all!   I only have purchased a couple of these so far, but I'm definitely going to add these to my shopping carts!  All of these tops are also under $50!  

Here's where you can find them!

One:  I love lace detail and especially the color!   Would be cute with jeans or white pants!

Two:   This one lightweight and has a very cute button up back!

Three:   Like your favorite t-shirt, except the sleeve detail dresses it up a little--perfect for date night!

Four:  How cute is the pom-pom trim at the bottom?!?

Five:  This is one of the tops I have!  I wore it with skinny jeans and a cardigan because it was cool, but I'm glad I was able to find a peplum top that was flattering rather than making me look bigger.

Six:  I have mixed feelings about cold-shoulder tops, but I think this one is cute!  It has a fun print, the cute ties on the sleeves, and check out the bottom trim!

Seven:  I love all the detail on this top, but my favorite part is the scalloped bottom!

Eight:   A pretty basic top, but with flounced sleeves!   I'd wear this with jeans, white pants, or even a pencil skirt!

Nine:  I'm really into kimonos this year!   This would be cute with a fun necklace!

Ten:   Would look great with capri pants or jeans!   This is the other top I have, and I think it's lightweight and very comfortable.  I'm still searching for the perfect necklace to wear with it!

Eleven:   This top has a slight cold-shoulder accent, but it's not as drastic as the others.  I really love the detail at the top!   This one also comes in a light gray and also pink!

I'm going to try to also link my favorite dresses and favorite pants/shorts/capris in the next couple weeks.  Happy Shopping, friends!

Until next time,


Summer Bucket List

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Almost Friday, Friends!   This week totally flew by, but I'm not complaining!   I'm so excited that it's almost summer-and I can't believe it's almost here.  The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer!  I'm looking forward to spending a lot of time outside this summer, grilling and just hanging out.  We want to also take the kids to fun places around Ohio & Michigan for some toddler friendly activities.   I thought I'd share some of things that are on our summer bucket list!   

  • The Toledo Zoo--We have a membership so we plan to go here a few times and take advantage of discounted tickets at other zoos!
  • Local/State Parks--The kids are really enjoying playgrounds right now, and we enjoy hiking, so we're excited to go to the park this summer!
  • Go to the beach!   We're lucky to live pretty close to Lake Erie, which has some nice beaches, even if the water doesn't always look the greatest!  Lol!
  • Marblehead Lighthouse-Speaking of Lake Erie, we have a beautiful lighthouse about 45 minutes away from our house!   It's one of my favorite places to go!
  • Camping!  We bought a new tent last year at Bass Pro, but haven't had an opportunity to try it out yet.  Nor have our kids been camping in a tent.  It could be super fun. Or it could be a train wreck.  
  • Family Vacation--I have vacation to use, so we want to try to go somewhere relatively close for a mini vacation.  There are some cool museums and small towns we might check out in Michigan over the summer!
  • Backyard Campfires--We got a fire pit for our wedding (5.5 years ago) and have yet to use it.  Whoops.   I'm looking forward to just hanging out by the fire at night, maybe roasting some marshmallows or making pizza pies!
  • Eating in the sunroom!  We usually eat dinner at our table in the kitchen, but when the weather is nice, we usually move out to the sunroom, where we have a patio set to dine at.   There's just something about eating outside that is just so nice!

There you have it, friends!   These are the major things we have planned so far for Summer 2017!   I'm sure we will come up with some other ideas also, but these will be fun to check off the list.  If anyone has any fun ideas for toddlers to do in the Midwest, send 'em my way!  

Until next time,


Rainbow Jello Mold

Friday, May 5, 2017

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Hello, friends!   I've decided to start a series on the blog where I'll test recipes that I find on Pinterest, and then I'll report back and review them.  I'm so excited to find some new recipes to add to our lineup or some breakfast ideas for the kids or having a great recipe to make for the holidays!

First up is this super fun (and pretty easy) Rainbow Jello Mold!   My mom used to make something similar called Ribbon Salad, which had four colored layers and a sweetened condensed milk mixture in between each layer.    All this recipe called for was the boxes of gelatin, water to mix them, and some vanilla yogurt.   Easy peasy!    The recipe is originally from Glitter and Goulash and she had such easy to fowllow directions.   Beware though, this Jello does take about three or so hours to make, so you'll have to make it on a day you can stay home.

This recipe calls for one box each of orange, lemon, lime, blue raspberry, and grape jello, and two boxes of cherry jello (for the bottom layer).    Our grocery store unfortunately does not carry grape jello, so I used black cherry for the purple and changed the flavor of the red jello to strawberry.

You can actually mix your boiling water into the jello all at once.   If you have any problems with it starting to solidify, then you can dip your bowl in some warm water to make it liquid again.   You'll pour each flavor into a separate bowl and add 1 1/4 cups boiling water to each bowl and stir until dissolved.   It will be 2 1/2 cups of boiling for the two packages of red jello.  

I really should have used clear bowls for these!  :)

Make sure you spray your bundt pan with cooking spray before you start adding jello to help it release when you are ready to serve!     Starting with your purple flavor, add 3/4 cup of the jello to the bundt pan.   You'll chill this in the fridge for about 15 minutes.   While it's starting to set in the fridge, mix the remaining purple jello and mix it with 1 1\2 tablespoons of vanilla yogurt until it's smooth.  When your 15 minutes have passed, you'll want to check it.  It should be mostly set, but should still be a little sticky in order for the layers to adhere.  

You'll next pour in your yogurt layer and wait for that to set also, for about 15 minutes again, making sure the next layer will stick to it.   

You'll continue to layer with each color--a layer of jello, then a layer with yogurt.  As you add more layers, the time to set will slightly decrease due to the layers getting thinner.   You'll add two layers of red jello and yogurt to finish it out.   The blogger that posted this recipe recommends that you leave it in your refrigerator overnight to completely set.  

When you're ready to serve, you'll just put the whole pan in some warm water until you can tell it's pulling away from the edges.

Then, I just lined up my plate underneath, flipped it over, and hoped for the best!  :)

I'd say this was a Pinterest WIN!   The bottom looks a little liquified, but for the most part, it turned out great!  And it is so delicious!!!  

Again, this was a recipe I found on Pinterest from Glitter and Goulash

Until next time,


The Sock Bun Experiment

Saturday, April 29, 2017

One thing to know about my fashion and beauty posts:  I have crazy thick hair.  

Which is both a blessing and a curse.

I've been searching high and low for a way to get those fabulous, wavy curls that everyone seems to know how to do.   I bought the hottest curling iron I could find. I used tons of hairspray.  I tried putting my hair in a ponytail and curling it in sections. It looked good for about a half hour to an hour, and then it just fell out.   A couple of hairstylists I know said I'd need to put some product in my hair to help hold the curl.  That would probably work, but for me to wash/dry/style my hair in the morning would easily take an hour+.     And I love sleep.  Anyways, a friend of mine had suggested to me a few times the sock bun, and I had watched a couple tutorials on YouTube that looked pretty easy, so I decided to give it a shot.  I found a lonely sock to use for my "donut" and so I went!

You basically put your hair in a high pony, put your sock donut around, and then wrap your hair around the donut.  It actually looks pretty as just a bun hairstyle also.  I sprayed a little bit of Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray on my hair in hopes that it would hold a little better.

Here's a before picture of my style:

It looks very pretty just as a high bun!

It was completely dry when I put it in this style, but I might have to try it very slightly damp.  Here's what it looked like the next morning:

I touched it up with a curling iron, tousled it a little with my fingers, and sprayed with hairspray.  I don't have a picture from the end of the day, but unfortunately, the curls only lasted about an hour.  I'm going to keep experimenting though and see if I can get it to stay a little longer.   If anyone has any tips on curling super thick hair, please please pleaseeeeeee shoot them my way!  

Until next time,


Five on Friday!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy Friday, Friends!   I'm glad it's almost the weekend, because it's been a long, cold week.  Winter decided to show up in Ohio now that we're a few days out from Spring. {insert eye roll}.  Anyways, not a lot has been going on around here, so today's Five on Friday is really grabbing at straws....
One:  I'm looking to spruce up the decor in my living room.  The walls are pretty bare, but I'm terrible at putting things together style-wise.  We are thinking about replacing the beautiful burgundy carpet and using a laminate floor with an area rug or neutral colored carpet.  Our walls are currently a beige color since the carpet was colored.  I've been browsing on Pinterest for new wall colors and decor.  I came across these neat shelves, but I'm not having luck finding a set of three--it might be a DIY project!  
•Two:  Anyone have any surefire tips for potty training?  I think our two year old is ready, but we have to actually get down to it.  She got a potty book for her birthday back in the summer and she likes the Daniel Tiger episode where they go potty.  My husband is off work today and I have the weekend off, so I figure it's a perfect opportunity to get the ball rolling!  
Three:  I'm still trying to figure out my style for our kitchen update, but I've found some bar stools that I think would look great if we end up doing a bar!  I like that they're simple and affordable!  Target for the win!  It's the Carlisle Backed Steel Stool--I think I like the Antique Brown color the most.  
Four:  Old Navy had an excellent sale this week, with 40% off lots of items.  I ordered new swimsuits for the kids and a few things for myself.  I'm super excited for these Pixie Chinos that I ordered in the Cerulean blue color!   I'm not quite sure what top I'll pair with them, but they were too fun to pass up!  
Five:  I'm looking for a lightweight jacket to wear when it's chilly, but not winter-esque. I like the looks of the utility jackets I've seen  in the stores!  My current coat looks too much like a windbreaker, so I'm looking for something a little more stylish.  I'm not sure what color I want--maybe olive green or a dark red?  Who's got cute coats for a good deal??  Let me know!   
Thanks for playing along today, friends! Hopefully something exciting will happen this week so next week's Five on Friday will be a little more interesting!   
Until next time,
This week I'm linking up with ChristinaApril, and Natasha

Pinterest Inspiration

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I hope everyone is doing well!  I had a post lined up about meal prepping chicken bowls for lunch at work, but they didn't turn out right, so I'll have to do it some other time...
I thought I'd share a few things that I've been checking out on Pinterest lately that I'd love to try or do.  
Pineapple Moscow Mules from Lemon Tree Dwelling.   Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits and I'd like to find some new cocktail recipes. Plus it gives me an excuse to get some of those cool copper mugs!  
•A potential DIY project?  This pin was actually an Etsy Listing, but I can easily find Mason Jars and other supplies around my house or my parents house.  I think that's a good price though if you opt to buy it!  
•How cute would this Floral Letter be in a baby girl nursery or for an elegant baby shower?  So pretty and beautiful!  Someone needs to have a baby girl so I can use this!! 
•And I always see pins sponsored or suggested by Paper Eskimo.  They sell all sorts of neat things, but I'm totally obsessed with these pink confetti plates!  They come in pink, blue, and kind of a mint color, which would be perfect for a baby shower! I need to get some of their party goods for a special occasion!  
Anyone ever tried anything from Pinterest that was amazing?  I've seen all the Pinterest fail websites, but never a Pinterest win website!  Let me know!
Until next time, 

Five on Friday!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Happy Friday, friends!  It's been an equally slow and fast week, if that makes any sense at all.  The week went slow, but I can't believe we're going to be halfway through March soon!  This year is flying by, and I think it's partly due to not really having winter weather.  It's been a very mild winter with a couple random snow showers thrown in-yay Ohio!  Anyways, let's get down to Five on Friday!
<one> I've been searching online for one of these cool tiered trays, and I finally found one from the Lakeside Collection.  Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of super cute ones from retailers online, but they just all seem so expensive.  This one is very reasonably priced at about $25 and the small one is only $15!  I'm definitely going to order one to put in my kitchen when we do some remodeling!  
<two> Speaking of kitchen remodels, where can I find little things to set on shelves or the windowsill or on top of cabinets for reasonable prices?  I always see such nicely decorated kitchens on Instagram or from other bloggers, but I don't have a lot of knack as to what looks good and goes together.  If you have any suggestions, send them my way!
<three> We went to Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse last weekend for my sister-in-law's birthday.  It was soooo delicious!  They cook on a hibachi grill right in front of you, so it's also kind of a show while you're waiting for your food!   Harper and Dominic were a little afraid of the big fire flames, but I think overall they had fun!  I had been hungry lately for "fresh" food, and this just hit the spot!  The bonus was that I had enough for TWO meals!  
<four> I'm thinking about starting meal planning for my lunches during the workday.  I found a recipe on Pinterest for chicken bowls with fresh roasted vegetables and rice or quinoa.  I think I'm going to use chicken, quinoa, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and maybe black beans.  I haven't decided if I want to put some sort of sauce on it--I'm drawing a blank on ideas.  When we go to a restaurant similar to Mongolian BBQ, I tend to lean toward a Lemon Garlic Herb Sauce or a Sweet and Sour Sauce.  I'll have to keep searching for ideas.  The idea and the below photo are from Picky Palate.  
<five> Anyone have a good workout plan that is pretty easy and is fun or doesn't feel like working out?  I really need to start doing something to be more active and lose some weight, but I don't have a whole lot of motivation.  I need a fun online dance class or a good yoga program or something.  We are starting a weight loss challenge at work, and I want to be more productive than I was last time.  Again, send any suggestions my way!!   
I'm trying to think of some fun new series to start on this blog--so stay tuned for those!  I'm not sure if it'll do with food or fashion or something else, but I'd love to have a theme of posts to build on every week or every other week!  
Until next time,

This week I'm linking up with  ChristinaApril, and Natasha!  

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