June 30, 2014

Guide to Summer Reading: Escape With My Favorite Reads!

Here are my picks for some of the hottest reads this summer - they will definitely help you get away from the daily grind whether you leave home or not!

I enjoyed every one of these reads and I'm confident that you will too!

What have you read lately that you loved? Is there anything that you'd add to the list? Let me know by leaving a comment!

June 28, 2014

It's Your Life, Do What You Want! {Self-Care Saturday} With free goal-setting downloads!

Miley Cyrus sings in "We Can't Stop" - "It's our life and we can live how we want to." It makes me wonder how is it that a woman of 21 has figured out what so many women twice her age haven't? It's time for all of us to start to focus on building our dream life and working toward making our dreams come true.

I'm very fortunate that I get to work at home, but like everyone else my days just slip away. I have solid goals that I'm working toward with my blog, my book, (soon to be books!) my life! But when I look back at the last week, what did I do to bring myself closer to accomplishing my goals? Not much.

Unfortunately, the same can be said for almost everyone that I know. The days, weeks, months and even years fly by so fast and our dreams get further and further away. It's time for me to sit down and re-prioritize my time.

June 27, 2014

QUENCH Your Summer Thirst! 3 Lemonade Recipes with a TWIST!

Some days, all it takes is a cool, zippy drink to cure whatever ails you. The beverages here are intended for that very thing! Puckery lemonades with a fruity or herbal twist will make your mouth happy and help keep you hydrated this summer!

You'll find the recipe for a delicious Lavender Lemonade, a Ginger Lemonade, and a colorful Blueberry Lemonade that will make any summer gathering special!

June 25, 2014

Creating a Beautiful Little Life AND Becoming Truly Radiant!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I've always been a little self-conscious about my smile, mostly because my teeth are not as white as I'd like. You see... I have a coffee addiction and the occasional (NOT daily!) glass of red wine. Just last weekend we were at a graduation party and I noticed a cousin that had super white teeth. I was so jealous!

Then I received the Truly Radiant products from Arm & Hammer and I could finally do something that really helped whiten my teeth!

June 20, 2014

The Best Brownie Recipe EVER! Man-Catcher Brownies

Now I have already caught my man, but this is a classic recipe originally found in The Washington Post. The story is that while Leigh Lambert worked as an editorial assistant for the Food section (2006 to 2010), she worked on her master’s degree in gastronomy and wrote weekly recipe blog posts as Flour Girl, a single woman who loved to bake. This recipe is a result of her many experiments to create the perfect brownie—thick, moist, and chocolaty. It worked for Lambert; she caught her man, married him, and had a child. After Lambert left The Post, the recipe became the foundation of her business, called Naughty Bits Brownies.

June 18, 2014

DIY Decor Your Deck Before July 4: 50 Beautifully Decorated Decks {41-50}

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DIY Decor Your Deck Before July 4: 50 Beautifully Decorated Decks {11-20}

DIY Decor Your Deck Before July 4: 50 Beautifully Decorated Decks {1-10}

Why not deck out your deck this summer? Taking a bit of time to add some cozy touches will make your deck a true outdoor living space that you and your family will really enjoy this summer!

I've found FIFTY gorgeous decks, patios and porches that are absolutely breathtaking to inspire you! From all across the world; you'll see some worldly ideas and some ideas that you can DIY to make your deck a real gathering spot - and  you can do it before you celebrate the Fourth of July!

June 16, 2014

Women Entrepreneur Revolution: Ready! Set! Launch! {Book Review}

I consider myself to be an entrepreneur. Most of the women that I know have an entrepreneurial spirit - starting a side business, working as a consultant, working to build their "American Dream" or earning a little extra money for the family!

In "Women Entrepreneur Revolution: Ready! Set! Launch!" author Jenn Aubert really helped me see new ways to look at my business and set it up a bit differently.

To successfully launch and run a business, we need to look to our sisters who have done what we aim to do and have already paved the way for us. But most women, when asked who their business role model is, will say Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington, Martha Stewart... only a handful of multi-million dollar business moguls. The reality is that there are extremely successful women who have launched their businesses right in your community or within your niche that are fantastic role models!

June 14, 2014

Lighten Your Life! {Self-Care Saturday}

When I'm really busy, it's like clutter starts to multiply in my office!

My office is that room. The room where everything that you don't know what to do with at the time goes. The room where you stash things while you're cleaning and you just want it to go away. You know. That room.

And then all of a sudden, it's too much. I don't even work in my office anymore, but in the living room or dining room with my laptop! It's time to reclaim my space!

I know that when my office is a mess, it makes me feel a mess. I can't think right or focus in a cluttered space. There's no creative energy to be found! The room has a heaviness to it that just drags me down.

June 12, 2014

CRAZY Deals On Awesome Clothes & Accessories from MANGO OUTLET (for Men too!)

Ok. I love clothes from MANGO. I've blogged about their clothes before because - to me - they are perfect in every way. They are comfortable, affordable, and they have that simple, modern style that I love.

But I've only recently discovered MANGO Outlet and I wanted to share with all of you! They are offering an additional 50% off of everything at MANGO Outlet, which means that there are some incredible deals to be had.

June 10, 2014

The Updated Summer Pixie for 2014

The still super hot pixie cut has a new twist for summer 2014, and it's adorable!

It's a longer, asymmetrical cut that is usually blown forward and has a deep side part making for a flowy, long bang.

June 7, 2014

Quick and (Nearly) Cost-Free Mood Boosters That Actually Work {Self-Care Saturday}

Time to Reenergize

Over breakfast, I like to listen to the birds sing. When I’m feeling lazy, one glance at all the people walking, biking or sprinting into the park and I’m inspired to get out there too. And when I’m feeling blah and need energy to work, I look out at the trees, and before I know it, I’ve fully charged my brain to get back to work.
There’s a whole body of Japanese study called Shinrin Yoku that’s devoted to evidence-based research on how nature can improve our mental and physical wellness. But nature is just one tool we have to kickstart our brains quickly and bounce back from stress. “Fresh air, movement, and cheerful interaction are like essential daily nutrients to the spirit,” explains Susie Mantell, author of “Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace” and a stress relief coach (yes, they exist) who customizes relaxation programs for Fortune 500 companies, hospitals and health spas.

June 6, 2014

A Yummy Boozy Friday Night! VODKA / KAHLUA / BAILEYS

Some of my very favorite cocktails include some combination of vodka, Kahlua and Baileys. Here's a great roundup of some really great shaken, stirred, on-the-rocks, or even blended drinks!

From the Colorado Bulldog to the Mudslide to the new tropical Russian Coconut - you'll find a yummy recipe for celebrating your Friday night!

June 4, 2014

The Difference A New Floor Can Make

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tarkett NA for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

My husband and I love our home. It's a perfect reflection of who we are - casual, warm, earthy and fun! We've done every room in the house since we moved in. We've painted, refinished wood floors, decorated and REdecorated! Now, bit by bit, we're tackling some of the more expensive projects that we had to put off earlier.

June 3, 2014

Nine Signs That It's Time To Make A Life Change

It’s never too late or too early to be who you are capable of being. 

There’s no time limit, you can simply start and stop whenever you want.  

You can change or stay the same.  You can make the best or the worst of it.  It’s up to you, so make the best of it.  

Do things that startle you.  Feel things you’ve never felt before.  Spend time with people who help you grow.  Live a life you’re proud of.  And if you find that you’re not, have the courage to make a change.

June 2, 2014

Back Lane Wineries of Napa: Second Edition by Tilar Mazzeo {BOOK REVIEW}

This book makes me want to pack my bags and head west! 

I've always wanted to go to wine country and I feel like with this guide I would know exactly where to go in Napa to get just the kind of experience that I always hoped for.
From Downtown Napa to Calistoga and from Eastern Valleys to South of Napa I feel like everything is covered! I especially love that Back Lane Wineries of Napa is full of gorgeous color maps and photos. You also get great detail on the wineries that are featured in the book, including the history, who operates the winery, whether there is a grocer nearby and a place to picnic, etc. You also get the practical information like hours, corkage fees, and so much more.

I'm not the kind of person that would enjoy crowding into the big name wineries, but instead would love to take my time and sample a bit, chat a bit, take a walk... You get the picture. I feel like this type of visit to Napa is completely possible with the help of Tilar Mazzeo and I can't WAIT to visit!

I was given a free copy of Back Lane Wineries of Napa from the publisher for review. All opinions are mine!

Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore {BOOK REVIEW}

On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it’s the kind of place where children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with midnight skinny-dipping, the wet dog smell that lingers near the yachts, and the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted:  friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs.