Friday, August 28, 2020

Blue Light Eye Protection With TwinLab

blue light blockers

How much time do you spend in front of a "blue screen", aka, your computer, your phone, and/or your iPad?  Have you thought about supporting your eyes with blue light blockers, food choices, and/or supplements with lutein? Truth be told when it comes to food choices or supplements, my focus has been on what supports hair, skin, and nails, as well as immunity boosters. So thanks to a recent collaboration with Twinlab I have another Friday Feature for you that covers our invaluable eyes!

Over the last few years, my screen time has increased drastically. In addition to blogging, which requires loads of time from beginning to end, there's also homeschool requirements that are online, Instagram, and the list goes on. Some weeks I shudder when I see my Screen Time Report. What makes all this worse is that it took me until a month ago to finally get Bluelight Blocker glasses

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Photography Poses & Cultivating Brand Relationships That Last

Hello and welcome to my dress restyle part two! A couple of weeks I restyled a dress spotlighting the Dove Crossbody bag from Caite & Kyla as well as a layering tee. Coincidentally, I'm using another CAite & Kyla piece with a layering tee.  However, today's post highlights extra layers to transition from summer to fall. As an added bonus, I'm sharing new (to me) poses for inspiration, and thoughts on brand partnership longevity. 
Note: In order to feature a few extra poses, I've added more photos than usual. 
So let's get right to these simple changes and funky/silly poses before sharing thoughts on cultivating brand relationships that last. As for the clothes shopped from my closet, I will do my best to link up similar items for whatever is no longer available!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Gelato Adventures & 5 Ways To Ease Into Dairy-Free

Made In Rome Gelato
Does your body protest whenever you eat dairy? Maybe it's as minimal as a breakout here and there. Or maybe the protest is far more immediate and obvious, with results of pain and more symptoms I'll refrain in mentioning. Simply stated if you're looking to eliminate or cut back on dairy today's post is for you. Please welcome, Emma, as a guest writer for today's post on how to ease yourself into a dairy-free life. Also, photos for today's post were taken at Made In Rome Gelato shop where there's plenty of dairy-free options! 

Friday, August 21, 2020

Grafomap: Create A Map Of Any Place

Hi! In lieu of my regular Friday Favorites, I bring you today's Friday Favorite Feature: the coolest, customizable piece of wall art!  I've created a map of Sarasota to put above my coffee bar, but when Grafomap reached out to collab for one of their posters, I knew Glen would enjoy one as well. He had mentioned how cool it would be to have a map of his favorite fishing spot, Lido Key.  

He's always loved the outdoors, but his more recent love of fishing has grown exponentially since moving to the Gulf Of Mexico.  Interestingly enough (coincidence) his fishing hobby began only about a year before we moved!  Though he had a learning curve with shore fishing, he quickly mastered the tricks. He also learned more about what fish were good to catch. Hint: catfish is not one of them. However, snook is unique to South Florida, so I'd say those are his favorite fish to catch!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Target Leopard Print Sandals & Link Up

Wait! Is it time for school to start already? I almost forgot that life continues to move forward. Thank God it does. We were made to create, work, dream, socialize and the list goes on! And so school pushes me to get organized and get back to a routine. However, I decided to rest my brain from all the activity by getting lost in a book.

On Friday, I asked Insta Friends for book recommendations. On Sunday a friend, not on Instagram, handed me a biography about a man who grew up in a communist country. Not lighthearted, but very applicable to where my thoughts reside these days. I'm only halfway through and can't wait to get back to it. I'll share a few thoughts at the end of the post, but let's pause on the outfit.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A Dress Restyle & Giveaway

I hope today's post inspires you to reuse a favorite dress with a different accessory arrangement or even an extra layer you hadn't already thought of! Also, I'm partnering with Caite & Kyla to give one Granola & Grace friend a FREE Dove Crossbody Bag! The only requirement to enter is to follow our accounts on Instagram (HERE and HERE) with bonus entries available when you tag a friend!  (More details will go live on the blog this afternoon!)

Friday, August 7, 2020

Friday Favorites: Goodbye July!

Friday Favorites. Oh, how I've missed you! July slipped through my fingers as we entertained out of town guests including teen friends, family friends, and extended family. We also squeezed in a short trip to Georgia, so this momma was bone-tired by the end. Did I mention that we had to take our eldest to the emergency room because he fractured a bone in his left foot and two fingers on his right hand? Phew! Let me take a breath here.

We made lots of memories and other than that hospital trip, I wouldn't change anything. By the way, he's recovering well and we're grateful to report that there are no torn ligaments. So now let's get on with those favorites!

Family & The Grad
With our graduate's ceremony being rescheduled twice, we decided to celebrate with my family and not worry about what the county decided to do. Life must go on, right? My brother and his family traveled down, followed by my mom, and stepdad a few days later. We had a houseful but it was an adventure!

His Favorite Family Member...

 Of course, we had to get out to eat a time or two...

Fins at Sharky's 
If the weather Is right, I recommend sitting out on the balcony to enjoy those beach views!
Fish Tacos!

When my mom is in town, we are sure to eat at a few seafood places. After my brother and family left, we squeezed in a visit to the Starfish & Co in Cortez, Florida. And this time my aunt and uncle on Mom's side joined us!

The Starfish & Co. gives all the vintage Florida vibes with dockside dining and laid back appeal.  I highly recommend this restaurant if you're in the Sarasota, Bradenton, or Ana Maria area! However, remember to bring cash and find a spot in the shade!
Shrimp & Grits, Hushpuppies & Coleslaw
The Most Beautiful Sunset!
Sunsets off the west coast of Florida are breathtaking. We had to pull over to watch this one and snap some pictures of course!

Vital Proteins
Vital Proteins sent me four different supplements to choose from, depending on what I need support for the most - hair, skin, hydration or an overall beauty boost. Which one should I choose first??
 Being Silly - but honestly, I've felt upside down lately. 
Photograph by Emma Photography
I won a giveaway on Instagram from BT on The Boulevard for some fabulous, luxury and CLEAN hair products, which I was able to pick up this week! Have you heard of Oribe hair products? Oh man, they smell incredible, last a long time, and perform optimally, even on color-treated hair. Thank you, BT on The BLVD !

A Giveaway For YOU
A Giveaway for you, my fabulous readers is coming up next week! I'm hosting a giveaway on Instagram for this lovely Dove Handbag from Caite & Kyla. Stay tuned for more details, as well as more pics in this outfit! :)

Alright, my friends! Did you catch my first makeup review on the blog this week? I am excited to represent Crunchi Clean Beauty so this won't be my first post! Hop over HERE to check it out. 
Linking up with Momfessionals and A Little Bit Of Everything Blog!

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Three Reasons I Now Use Crunchi Makeup

What is a girl with uneven skin texture and no makeup talents whatsoever doing as an advocate for a makeup company? Well, I've asked myself that many times and I've always said I wouldn't feature makeup. I didn't think I could do it justice. Now enough with that, right? I'm not creating artistic eye looks but I wear makeup regularly. So there's my first answer. As for the second, I have found a company that is clean and performs well.

That being said, welcome to today's special beauty edition with Crunchi and the three main reasons why I invested!
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