April 30, 2015

Happy Camper Decorating Inspiration

I've been completely MIA this week from blogging because I've been busy cleaning and putting the first coat of primer on our new-to-us camper interior. Right now it's hard to keep the big picture in mind as I'm slaving away on the more tedious work. Thank goodness for Pinterest, where inspiration abounds!

Many of the photos that I've found are renovations done for backyard campers... trailers that have a permanent home and are not used to camp. In these little trailers I've seen things like concrete countertops, (very pretty, but can you imagine the impact on tow weight?) open shelving, (remove the doors from cabinets and as soon as you hit the highway everything would be on the floor!) and all white interiors. (hello DIRT!)

But a few have practical solutions that are not only very beautiful but would work very nicely in our little camper as we travel from campsite to campsite. Here are my favorite pics - some that have things that I'd like to use in our camper, and some that are pretty but not practical in hope that I can adapt and get the look without adding the weight!

April 24, 2015

Because "Likes" Can't Compare to "LOVE" - #TheUsProject!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Soffe for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

You could say that 2015 is the year of the selfie. Even a 2-year old knows what a selfie is and will gladly strike a pose! It seems to be our new reality. All of the social media platforms are based on photo sharing. It's been said that people post more than 1 million selfies every single day! What I think is totally interesting is that 91% of teens have posted a pic of themselves online - and 35% of 18-25 year-olds have admitted to altering their photos.

Cassie Ho, a fellow blogger at Blogilates, is famous for her 30-day workout challenges and I have personally received her monthly workout calenders. What I can't believe is that when this beautiful woman posts on YouTube or Instagram, she gets a ton of comments from people who say that she's fat! Comments like "Why do all trainers have a six-pack but not you?" "Take your career seriously and lose some weight." and "Your body is so pudgy. Try doing some crunches." She recently posted a video that has gone viral where she uses tools to alter a "selfie" to show what some might consider a perfect body. You can watch the video here, and you definitely SHOULD!

April 21, 2015

No Thigh Gap? No Problem! 6 Flowy Summer Skirts (And What to Wear Under Them)

Free People Queen of California Dress :: $98
 I love to wear flowy skirts and dresses in the summertime. They are 100 times more comfortable than shorts, and for a petite woman they are much more flattering than capri pants. A real problem for us ladies who don't have a gap big enough for a small child to walk through between our thighs is that icky, sticky feeling of skin on skin under your skirt - or even worse - chafing from thighs rubbing when you do a lot of walking.

Enter the SLIP SHORT! Unlike bike shorts or Spanx, slip shorts aren't meant for shaping... they're made of a silky, lightweight fabric that feels good against your skin and they are extremely comfortable! Also, unlike Spanx, you won't throw out your back just trying to put them on!

April 17, 2015

Cheers to One Happy Camper!

This week, Dave and I purchased a small camper trailer. I'm so excited about it that I can hardly wait to load it up and hit the road! But first, I want to do a little work inside... Unlike some other bloggers, this little trailer remodel isn't just for show. We actually camp! We've been tent campers for years, but decided that a BED to sleep in is really, really nice. (and a potty for the middle-of-the-night doesn't suck!)

I've got some pics here and I'm looking for decorating advice from all of you happy campers out there. Please comment with any tips you have.

April 14, 2015

Getting Through a WARDROBE MALFUNCTION with Style

How could anyone forget the infamous Janet Jackson / Justin Timberlake "wardrobe malfunction" during the super bowl half-time show. Thankfully I've never been on stage with a world audience when it's happened, but who hasn't had a "wardrobe malfunction" - whether it's a stain, a missing button, or a sagging hem. 

Quick fixes for clothing can be a total lifesaver!  I've talked to partners of A Beautiful Little Life to get some great clothing hacks for you... Our friends at Paul Fredrick, a men’s online company that specializes in custom dress shirts, have some great tips for you from Vertias Images
. (an image and style consulting service for men)

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April 9, 2015

Spring Health Challenge: Spring Cleaning with Lavender

I'm halfway through my DietBet challenge and I'm on track to lose that 4% of my body weight! One of the things that I've been doing is WORKING instead of WORKING OUT. There are so many unfinished projects around here and my goal for spring cleaning this year is to get things wrapped up! I've finished refinishing the vintage medicine cabinet and framing it up in the bathroom, and I'm midway through redoing our bedroom. It feels good to be moving and it feels SO good to be getting these projects crossed off my "to do" list.

Everything needs a good cleaning after the long winter - and with two dogs and two cats in the house CLEANING AND DEODORIZING is essential! I love to use essential oils when I'm cleaning and I just received a huge bottle of Bulgarian Lavender oil from amazon.com in exchange for a review, so guess what my house will smell like real soon!

April 7, 2015

A Good Book for a Rainy Day! [April Showers]

There's something very special about a rainy spring day. It really is the perfect day to curl up with a good book and not put it down until you've finished!

A steaming hot cup of tea, a sweet treat, a good book, and a four legged friend to snuggle by. Does life get any better?

My book recommendation is Alaina Claiborne by MK McClintock for many reasons! It's book one of The British Agents Historical Romantic Mysteries, which means that as soon as I finished this one I could move on to book two! Binge reading, anyone?

I LOVE historical fiction, and this tale did not disappoint. Ms. McClintock combines mystery and romance beautifully and Alaina Claiborne will keep you engrossed from cover to cover! It's a fairly quick read - which is good because you won't want to put this book down!

April 6, 2015

Spring Health Challenge: Healthy, Glowing Skin + GIVEAWAY!

me - clean faced after an exfoliating mask -
applying Rosacea Soothing Cream
When you're healthy, your skin shows it! You have a glow about you that comes from increased blood flow to your skin from exercise, a nice warm tone that comes from a bit of sunshine, and a youthful appearance from regular skin care.

Sometimes that increased blood flow, sunshine or skin care routine can lead to dry, red skin, inflammation, and irritation - even rosacea. (Reddened skin, inflammation and irritated skin are all hallmarks of rosacea.)

I'm always red after a good workout. When I exert myself, my face turns beet red! I know that it's increased blood flow and it will usually calm down shortly after I cool down, but sometimes a bit of the redness stays...

I also love a good exfoliating skin treatment for my face. I make my own masks using French clay and milk, I do peels at home using glycolic acid or fruit enzymes, I do at home microdermabrasion... and when I'm done with a treatment my skin is always red!

April 3, 2015

Healthy Cooking for One: Mug Meals by Dina Cheney {Book Review}

To me, one of the most difficult things to cook is a meal for myself. I can follow any recipe and prepare some pretty gourmet meals, but when it comes time to prepare something for myself to eat - forget it! I might make up a salad. Maybe heat up some leftovers. Probably I'll wait until I can't wait any longer and then I'll have a bowl of cereal or something.

I received a copy of the book Mug Meals by Dina Cheney from the publisher for review and now I agree with what they say - Cooking for one can be fun! (and easy) Now on the nights when Dave works late, on those days when I'm starving at 2:00 in the afternoon, or when I'm craving a muffin for breakfast I can easily whip something up!

April 1, 2015

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase [Book Review]

Are you looking for an awesome spring break read to tuck into your suitcase?

Check out The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase! Perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, this bright, funny debut from a fresh voice in fiction offers a delicious take on love, family, and what it means to build a home of one’s own.