Friday, July 19, 2019

Friday Favorites: Sarasota Highlights

Friday Favorites is extra special this week because today is our official move to Florida date. There were many uncertainties, but with one van load and one truck load we drove about 8 hours to our house closing! Though nothing felt real, we loaded back up with keys to our new home in hand. Awaiting our arrival was a sweet welcome in the form of a stocked fridge, a hot meal and a made up air mattress for Glen and I.

Those first few months were a blur. A lot of tears were shed, but God faithfully provided comfort, direction and blessings along the way. So all that being said, I want to highlight some of our Sarasota favorites to celebrate. Again this is in no way a comprehensive list! I plan to write a travel style post for this gorgeous town. In the meantime I invite you to share in on some of family favorites to visit and bring our out of town guests to!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Minimalist Wood Watch & Giveaway

Hello my friends. It's all smiles here on the blog, for today's post features the giveaway I mentioned on Monday with JORD, a maker of wood time pieces that I've admired for years! Perhaps you've seen these watches as well, or maybe even own one yourself. If that's the case, then you know why I'm so excited. However, if you haven't heard of them, you're in for a treat! Either way, I'd love for you to join me for today's wrist candy love, complimented with boho feels for summer - it's truly the perfect minimalist watch.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Have You Considered Reusable Menstrual Pads?

I am adventurous with most things natural - essential oils, beauty, foods, household cleaners, etc. And when you venture into the realm of natural, you begin to look at ALL areas. It didn't happen at first, but eventually my "granola" choices led me to question what I was using for my period. Those questions led me to what I've used for years: the menstrual cup, with natural liners and the occasional pad purchase.  Though I looked at reusable pads from time to time, I couldn't get myself to try them. Washing them, coupled with the inability to imagine how effective they could be kept the option off the table for me. So what am I doing writing this post??

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Simply Earth July Box: Essential Oil Recipes For Kids

Hello and welcome to Simply Earth's July subscription recipe box reveal for July! Perhaps you've already seen some IG stories or maybe even an impromptu video that I shared on Facebook regarding this box. However, there is something about the layout and design that goes into a blog post that ensures I'm not ready to give up on blog life - no matter the draw that Instagram life gives! So today I share the essential oil goodness in the form of kid-fun recipes. Side note: those four bottles of EOs included in the box will come in handy long after this month!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday Favorites: Mini-Try On at Lucky & Favorite Locally Owned Spots

Hello friends! This week at the casa I feel as if I'm running a bed and breakfast for teen boys. One evening there were ten boys camped out, including my four! Let's just say I'm grabbing girl moments whenever I can, while working at keeping the pantry stocked! So, I'm just excited to have a Friday Favorites post to bring you!  There's certainly been much to report, but today I'll keep it brief with a mini-fashion try on and some of my favorite eatery pop-ins!

Monday, July 8, 2019

One Year Florida Anniversary: Let's Celebrate With Giveaways!

On July 19th, we will have lived out our first year as Florida residents. For those of you that have followed along since Georgia days, you may remember us sharing the big news. If you're newer to the blog, I invite you to share in by catching up on our BIG NEWS REVEAL, followed by the GEORGIA Season Finale. I want to celebrate, remember all that God did and continues to do. While contemplating the how via blog life, a few goodies "dropped" in my life - just in time to share with YOU.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Red, White, Blue & You: All Things Patriotic Link Up

When I think of the 4th of July, of course I think of our country's independence, but from there I move on to all the summer sentiments. From childhood on, the 4th makes me feel like summer is in full effect. There's barbecues to be had, country music to listen to, vacations to reflect on, family and friends to laugh with. So in a sense I feel as if I'm celebrating with gratitude as I'm indescribably grateful to be alive and share moments with those I love.

All that being said, today's post is going to be a conglomeration of fashion and sentiment with a few other miscellaneous goodies for this fabulous "Red, White, Blue & You LINK UP with some sweet blogger friends. Please feel free to link up your posts with red, white and 4th Inspirations!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Friday Favorites: Fashion, Summer CauseBox, Influencer Events & More

Another Friday is upon us! I'm currently seated in a friend's home in Georgia, furiously typing my favorite blog post feature of the week - Friday Favorites!! The hodge-podge of life-currently, beauty products, fashion finds, adventures, tips and ideas, etc has me all giddy to share mine and read yours! And this week is no different! Next week, I'll share snippets from this Georgia trip, but for now let's dive in to the summer fun around Sarasota!

Fashion Favorite - The Cami Dress With The Straw Tote

Remember that dress that I purchased from the GAP a month or so ago? Well, I wouldn't remember it either. So here's a pic to jog our memory!

Monday, June 24, 2019

At Home Teeth Whitening, Electronic Toothbrush Reviews & Giveaway

Smile Fearlessly. What's more disarming and engaging than a friendly, warming smile that reaches the eyes?  However, there's many an opportunity missed when one doesn't feel confident enough to give that full toothy smile! Though my teeth aren't perfectly straight, I'm blessed with white teeth that only need occasional help due to daily coffee consumption. Usually an activated charcoal treatment straight out of the capsule helps enough to keep my smile confident, but my hubby has a different story. As a former smoker with years of daily coffee intake, he tossed "white" out of his teeth vocabulary a long time ago. In addition to this, he also had a root canal done on his front tooth. All this combined can take some confidence out his smile. Would an at home teeth whitening system even work for him?

And this my friends brings me to today's post. When Smile Brilliant reached out to me to review their whitening system, I immediately dreamed of their electronic toothbrush for me and the whitening kit for my husband. They agreed and I'm thrilled to share our review today and a giveaway! (Look for a link at the end of this post.)

Friday, June 21, 2019

Friday Feature: Casual Guy Outfits With Glen and Rob

Hello and Happy Friday my friends! If you haven't guessed it already, I'm featuring a very special guest today: my hubby. As an added bonus, I'm joining the sweet, supportive and fabulous Jodie at J's Touch of Style, who is also featuring her husband!  The fun for this feature began when I first mentioned the idea to my husband. Oh the look! I laughed again when Jodie admitted that her husband was just as enthused as mine!  That being said, they are troopers and not only played along, but embraced their feature rolls.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Overalls Return With A New Graphic Tee

Hello my friends! I hope you had nice weekend remembering or celebrating "dad". Our boys were in a musical Friday night, there was a fish fry at the church Saturday night and Sunday we had a low key Father's Day lunch at home after service. However, in between the crazy, Glen and I trounced around town in search of used patio furniture and then string lights for the pool cage. Our furniture hunt turned up nothing but laughs and blog pics, but Wal-Mart came through on the string lights! Guess we will venture out again next weekend.


Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday Favorites: Tea House, Sea Salt Spray & A Surprise

This weeks favorites are all about food, fun, friends, fashion and a sneak peek at a supremely personal item I'll be reviewing on the blog soon! Also, I'm partnering with Simply Earth for this month's June box giveaway. See what that's all about below!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Bavaro's Restaurant: Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria

Bravo Bavaros. Indeed. You welcomed local influencers, food critics and friends to get a taste of not only your authentic Italian fare, but of your inviting space, your history and your hospitality.


Friday, June 7, 2019

Friday Favorites: Red Shoes, Smoothies, Pizza Crust And Wildflower Fields

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Friday Favorites! How fun it is to share quick recaps of places visited, beauty products we love, fabulous food picks and more with each other weekly! And this week is no different. Today I'm featuring red espadrilles, a healthy pizza crust you will want to try and a quick visit to the wildflower fields! I'm so excited to have you here!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Cotton Boyfriend Overalls: A "Lucky" Find

The overall hunt is over. Admittedly, I only tried on a few pairs with no success before adding this pair to an online shopping cart. At $40 these overalls were more than I wanted to spend, but I wasn't worried. Chances were, I wouldn't like them anyway and I needed enough items for free shipping. Afterall, I was shopping online for THE summer dress. Allow me to explain...

Monday, June 3, 2019

Simply Earth Essential Oils: Summer Care

Florida was a vacation spot for our family for years. There's a lot of fond memories of playing in the surf, sunning in the beach chair and building sand castles in the sand. Of course in the evenings we'd venture out for ice cream - it's just what you do. However, there was something about the mornings, especially when I grew into adulthood. My mom, sister and I would be the first up in order to sit out on the balcony, sipping coffee in peace before children awoke and temperatures rose.

I wish I could describe how the air feels, but now that I live in Florida I noticed something. The morning air changes once the summer arrives. It's almost as if she's preparing for the wave of vacationers, looking for a chance to recharge and find moments of peace. The mornings are most definitely my favorite and when I opened the June box for Simply Earth I couldn't help but smile. It feels like vacation. They outdid themselves again!!

Join me today for a look into this month's subscription box and be sure to look for my code at the end of this post. It includes a free bonus box worth over $40 in free products, as well as a $20 gift card to their EO online store!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Friday Favorites: Wild Fable Jumpsuit, Tooth Powder & the Sip & Mingle

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Favorites! Today I'm sharing my first jumpsuit of the season, what I call a "Friday fascination" because I haven't decided if it is a favorite - yet, and lastly, I'm sharing a quick recap of the fabulous Sip and Mingle event that was hosted right here in Sarasota! I'm so glad you're here my friends!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Summer Tunic Tank From Amazon

Swinging into summer with my first piece of clothing from Amazon, where clothes shopping becomes increasingly more popular now that there's less risk and hassle to return unwanted items. Right? Admittedly, I still like a good try-on session in the store to get an idea of how the brand is going to fit. However, when a seller reaches out to me for a review in exchange for a refund on my top, I'll go for it. Risk eliminated. Then I can share my thoughts with you, decreasing your purchase risk in the process! ;)


Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Shifu Orboot Interactive Globe For Kids

Special Post! My ever-willing photographers and sidekicks in many blog adventures were sent their first item to review!  When Shifu contacted me about their interactive, augmented 4D and educational globe my only concern was the age of my boys. Is the globe more geared for younger children? The recommended ages are 4-10 and my boys are right at the top! So before we agreed, I had them watch the Amazon video, look at the pictures and read reviews (mostly me on those reviews). They were intrigued, so we accepted!

Seeing their enjoyment of the process made my heart full, so it brings me great pleasure to share the Shifu Orboot Interactive Globe!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Up Your Denim Style With a Scarf & The Smuggler's Cove Adventure

Heyyyyy! It's hump day, the last week of school for my teens AND we used our four-day Visit Sarasota VIP pass for the second time!  If you missed last week's post on Selby Gardens, I explained that I received VIP passes from Visit Sarasota for two at several participating Sarasota attractions. With only 4 valid days and a full schedule, I literally squeezed in outings. Some may call me crazy but I hate to waste opportunity!

That being said, while the older boys were in school, I bribed the younger boys to get their work done quickly with mini-golf adventures! Today's pictures are from outing #2 - Smuggler's Cove Adventures!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Time To Recharge...In My Floppy Hat

Hello my sweet friends! How do you recharge after an overloaded calendar week or month? Oftentimes we add far more than needed to our calendar, right? We struggle to say "no" to our kids, employers, church, etc or we don't want to say "no". We think, oh I can manage that. It's only once a month. And before we know it, we've lost any "white space".  Before we know it we're working on overdrive and forgetting about visions, goals etc. For me, the bottom line is if I don't plan out the month ahead of time, the calendar gets out of control.  

Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday Favorites: My Top Picks For The Dog

Back in December my husband and I caved to the pleadings of our boys (it only took 10 years) and adopted a dog. Growing up my family had pets, but they were just kind of there. Our dogs training never went beyond using the bathroom outside and basic commands like, "sit" or "give me your paw". Therefore, I honestly had no idea what I was doing when we brought Dolly home. Thankfully, the Humane Society and friends were a big help. We are still navigating our way through pet ownership, so I thought I'd share things that make our life easier with Dolly.

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Floral Dress For Marie Selby Gardens & The 3 Things Prompt

Hello lovelies! How was your weekend? I hope you felt loved this weekend no matter your current role in life (i.e. momma, daughter, etc).  I want to tell you all about my weekend, but I'll piece it apart, post by post, to do each event justice.  Now before I delve in, I must say that today's post is inspired by Laura and her "3 Things..." questions so you'll find her prompt at the end of this post with my responses. Thank you Laura for being wonderful you!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday Favorites: Food, Fun & Fashion

Hello! Once again the days melded together and brought us Friday - my favorite!  And this weekend starts long anticipated blog adventures. Today I'll be visiting a local dry bar, tomorrow is the Sip and Mingle Event (right here in Sarasota) and Tuesday I'm attending a private influencer event!! You know I'll be sharing on Instagram stories, followed by a recap on the blog, so stay tuned!

I seem to be getting ahead of myself, for I've current favorites to share - a recap of adventures, fun, and faves featuring another recipe, an adventure and a touch of home. Now before I do, allow me to update you on our eldest. He broke his collar bone last Thursday and was in so much pain for a few days. Thankfully everyday he improves and is able to sleep and even become more independent. He's able to dress himself and started back to school on Monday!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Target "Jenny" Slides: Is There Anything They Won't Work With?

 Hey, hey! I'm coming at ya with another Target shoe find - the Jenny Slides by Universal Thread. They were a lone box in just the right size on the clearance section and my heart went out to them.  Oddly enough they're not clearance online, so they must be an online return!  Needless to say, they came home with me, adding lots of options to my closet. I tried them with summer dresses, shorts, baggy jeans and fitted jeans. They look great with everything so if you haven't picked up a pair, these may be your next thang! Here's two looks to start off the spring/summer season on trend!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Cami Floral Dress, The Sunday Showcase & A Birthday Link UP

Hello! Today's Sunday Showcase features my GAP cami, floral print dress, which I hinted at bringing home with me on my Wednesday Fashion Post. Also featured is aspecial Blog Link Up Party for Ada's Birthday! Ada is passionate about women connecting and supporting each other. She loves fashion, not only for herself, but also for her daughter Vivian, and loves a good link up party! Happiest of birthdays to you Ada! It's a pleasure to join in on the birthday fun, sharing our pink or coral looks!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Friday Favorites: Celebrating, New Restaurant Find, Chia Bowl For Breakfast

Hello dear readers! This Friday will be quick in word for yesterday we ended our day with one boy in the emergency room. More on that at the end of this post, but aside from that craziness I'm happy to share a few favorites from this week, which includes birthday adventures for the twins, a new local restaurant find and a recipe for my latest breakfast favorite - a chia bowl!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

GAP Drawstring Linen Joggers, Styled Two Ways

Hey friends! I'm making it short and sweet tonight. You may remember these GAP linen joggers from a previous post (catch up HERE)! Well, I'm delighted to share two more looks that I enjoyed. As you may already know I love to get as much bang for my buck, especially when it comes to trendy-like items. Though joggers began appearing a few years ago, who knows how long they will stick around. Until then, let's have fun with them! They are lightweight and more comfortable than a pair of jeans. However, like jeans they can be worn dressed up or casually.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Simply Earth Essential Oils: Pet Care Recipes

Here poochie! Our dog didn't stand a chance when this month's Simply Earth Essential Oil box arrived in the mail. My boys knew the box was all about the pets and couldn't wait to see what recipes awaited us. Their excitement was infectious, making me feel excited. In fact excitement abounded until I came up with the idea to get Dolly in the pictures.  I never worked so hard for so little a result in my life (I may be exaggerating, but seriously)! After ten minutes I was ready to throw in the towel, but Dolly loved every treat she consumed!

Life with pets and/or children is rarely ever boring, is it! Also, look for a code for a $40 shop credit at the end of this post!! Now let's dig into this box. ;)

Friday, April 26, 2019

Friday Favorites: Sarasota Local Spots, SUPERSEED Well, Target Slides & More

Hello and Happy Friday! Today's features are everyday favorites, though I feel like they usually are, with the exception extraordinary adventures! So, in the light of everyday common-dom, I eagerly share my favorite fashion addition, a healthy & beauty item I use on the daily, my latest healthy snack adventure and a local spotlight!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

GAP Midi Wrap Dress & A Few More

 Short Sleeve Midi Dress/Hat/Shoes: Old/Purse: Old

Hello! My hubby and I went shopping together this weekend! I told him I'd like to shop for dresses and he volunteered to go.  Surprised but happy to oblige, we hopped into our family mobile and headed to the mall. Since I had a $30 credit at the GAP we stopped in there. Success came quickly (thank goodness - he isn't as patient as my MIL), starting off with this short sleeve midi wrap dress. Boy is that a mouthful! My husband liked this one immediately and seemed a tad disappointed that I wanted to try on ALL the ones I pulled of the racks! I'm giggling right now. He didn't understand the concept! And his commentary on the dresses that followed cracked me up.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Happy Earth Day: Beach Clean Up & Networking

This Easter weekend was bustling with activity, but I couldn't resist the temptation to add one more event to the calendar - a Beach Clean Up gathering with Salt Link. Salt Link is a company dedicated to helping local influencers connect and collaborate with each other, so in honor of Earth Day they decided on the beach clean up. Cleaning up is far more fun in groups, so I drove over to Lido Beach and met a new set of faces.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Meadowlark Leggings: Eco-Friendly, Elegant & Comfortable

 Hello beautiful, sweet friends reading this post! You being here makes me want to reach through my computer screen and hug you (except for creepy, anonymous dude - I don't want to hug you).  Thank you! Alright enough of that! Now if you love leggings, you're in for a treat! You may have seen the Meadowlark Clothing Brand of leggings featured around the blogger block here recently.  Well, I'm thrilled to confirm the praises I've read thus far. From a beautiful design to a fit that will make you forget you're wearing pants - these leggings are worth their weight in eco-friendly polyester (keeping with Earth Day coming up)!  I've worn a LOT of leggings before and sang their praises, but now I'm singing a new song.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Small Steps To Care For the Planet

With Earth Day coming up, I thought it the perfect time to share my small steps to care for our planet.  Our family of 6 produces a lot of garbage and with our busy schedule it's easy to want convenience in everything.

My friends, this will not be an extensive post on the effects of pollution, but rather a brief overview of the small steps I've taken to care for our home and ultimately the earth more. As you may know, I lean towards a natural approach. However, moving to Sarasota during their worst bout of Red Tide in maybe ten years, motivated me to pick back up "cleaner" habits I've neglected.

On the rare occasion I ventured to the beach to see the conditions for myself, I felt depressed. The dead fish lining the shores and floating in the surf made me feel as if I was living in the apocalypse or something. For images go HERE.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Friday Favorites: Good Vibes & Gift Cards

Hey, hey! It's another Friday Favorites coming at ya! As I type, I'm spurred on by all the hopeful contestants on America's Got Talent. I go on these talent show kicks...The Voice, World of Dance, and now AGT. I cry along with the acts that receive affirmation of their talents and hard work. I cringe at the dangerous, death defying acts, giggle at the outlandish, oddities (hey, everyone is equally valuable but some are more comical than others) and I get all out inspired. I can write the best Friday Favorite in the WORLD! Ok, not quite but I love watching or reading things that give me all the "I can do it" fuzzies. So today I'm totally choosing AGT as my first Friday Favorite. Thank you for joining me!  (*This post may contain some affiliate links, which sends a bit of change my way but does not affect your price. Thank you so much for your support!)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Buffalo Denim Jacket From Costco For The Win

If you've seen one denim jack post, you've seen another, right? Well, I would agree. However, in the off chance your jacket was run over, chewed by the dog, left at the park or eaten by moths, Costco has one by Buffalo Denim for just $15.00! Say what? Yes, until April 12th the $19.99 price is discounted by $4.00 and is available for purchase online with free shipping. 

Also, I noticed that there's one in white available, which I'm seriously tempted to order for myself.  This jacket is surprisingly soft and just the right weight for spring and summer air conditioning. As for the rest of my outfit, I was back to shopping my closet - pulling my favorite ripped up green jeans, striped top with fun fringe and these Sam Edelman Nordstrom Rack sale find wedges. I was in a hurry and went for the basics.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

The LOFT Try On Adventure With The Sunday Showcase

Hello! And welcome to April, right? Today's Sunday Showcase with Ada and Kellyann is all about the LOFT. The three of us went to our local Loft stores for a little try on adventure. We thought it would be interesting to see what each of us picked to try on and feature. I haven't shopped at the LOFT for over a year so this outing was pure style research. Another great bonus was Kim at Fierce Fashion met up with me! More to come on that in another post, but in the meantime keep an eye out for her in these pictures.

Friday, April 5, 2019

A Clean Home, Naturally by Simply Earth Essential Oils

Ya'll! I do have oils for that - my own laundry detergent. I made my own laundry detergent and dishwashing detergent! I've officially plunged deep into the world of natural this month. When I opened this month's box, I danced. Who gets that excited over house cleaning products? I guess I do! Throwing together my own laundry detergent has been on my "try it" list since the twins were babies. Where does the time go? And thank you Simply Earth for putting together such a fabulous recipe box just in time for spring cleaning!

My friends, please join me for a review on Simply Earth's April box with four powerful essential oils, six creative recipes and bonus items! Also, be sure to look for a coupon code at this end of the post to receive this great box PLUS a bonus box of freebies, PLUS a $20 electronic credit to their online shop for only $39

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Lucky Brand Tees For Spring & Boho Vibes

Hello and a happy hump day to you!  Lucky Brand is having an extra 40% off sale online, so what better time to compile the spring tees from my recent shopping trip with my MIL? Though we were content with our GAP finds, a quick duck into the Lucky store turned into a try on party in the changing rooms. There was 50% off their tees, so naturally we were drawn in. Once I slipped on one of their tees a knowing smile formed on my lips - Chrissy found a new favorite store.  Though I've featured a few of these items before, I thought a full post was in order because I've loved the tees so much. ;) 
Boho Vibes With The White TEE
The first item I tried on one was this white burn out "Venice" v-neck.  The softness enveloped me in a warm hug and so I went home with one in white and one in black. These boyfriend jeans were off their sale rack and priced at $25. Sadly, I can't find them online anywhere! However, I'd like to try one of their slim boyfriend cuts. Mine are baggier, making them trickier to style, however it works with those boho vibes that I gravitate to.  The rest of my outfit is shopped from my closet!

 Paisley All Over Tee
This tee looks so pretty on. I love the green, pink and burgundy shades that make it perfect for spring! Don't be fooled by the print, this top is just as soft as the basic white tee!

The Back View modeled by my MIL...

All Over Floral Tee

I love the delicate florals on this tee and am glad I followed my MIL's lead on this pick. Crew neck tees are not a favorite of mine, but I've added two so I guess I'm changing things up. Sadly, this tee is excluded from the sale, though it wasn't when we bought it. Who knows, right?

all over floral

There were several tees that I would have brought home that day, if not for that pesky budget! All good time, right? The red tee with hearts on it is calling my name!

 Have you tried Lucky Brand tees before?

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