Tuesday, March 3, 2015

kris & kate {review}

Online boutiques are one of my favorite places to shop for fun, trendy and fashionable items to add to my closet. 
An online boutique with a mission to empower women in need all around the globe, and you've got a pretty awesome concept... which is where Kris & Kate comes in! 

Ten percent of every purchase made at Kris & Kate is invested into microloans for women in third world countries. These loans are paid back, and then given to another woman to empower her dream. How cool is that? 

I did a quick search on their site, and I literally wanted to add everything I saw to my cart. 
Here are a few of my favorites: 

Knowing that I'm helping women all over the world makes hitting the purchase button that much easier! 
Now I just need to figure out which items to buy... :) 

I've been on the hunt all winter for oversized, chunky knit sweaters. Surprisingly, it's been a more difficult hunt than I thought it would be. Which is why when Christi sent me the Kellie sweater, I was so excited!

I love the neutral tan color, and the contrasting knit panels really add a fun detail! This sweater is cozy, comfy and is warm without being super heavy. I can picture myself wearing this sweater to work, on the weekends and everything in between! I love how the back part is longer, which makes it work well with leggings on lazy days. 

Now's your chance - you can fill your cart with some adorable pieces, get 20% off and help out some women in need!
 The promo code for 20% off is LIFELOVEANDPUPPYPRINTS, and will be good until 3/9! 
(it's good on all categories except gift cards)

That's all I got... now head on over to Kris & Kate and get shopping! :) 


Monday, March 2, 2015

March to do list

Remember how I said I'd be blogging "regularly" again? Apparently to me that meant one post? HAHA. Oops. :) 
Seriously though... trying again. Let's see how this goes.

Back in January, I posted a to do list for the month, and never talked about it again. 
Let's take a look back and see where that list ended up... 

1. Finish Weston's baby book. Ugh. I really wanted this one to be green. It's so close, and I just really need to finish it so I can get it ordered, and look at it every single day and wonder where my teeny baby went!

2. Start working on our family yearbook. Does creating the book in Shutterfly count? Literally... just the cover? I'm giving myself credit. (#sorrynotsorry) But I do need to work on these more!

3. Start working out again. I actually did well the first two weeks of January going to ClassPass classes, and loved it. Then our work move took over and I haven't worked out since. Oops!

4. Finish taking down our Christmas decorations. I had all the decorations down, but half in boxes for like the entire month of January, but they're finally all put away. I never really put my regular decor back out... 

5. Come up with a plan for Weston's toys. Still no plan. No time. No plan. Just toys everywhere. 

6. Pack away all of Weston's old things. Nope. No one look in the corners of Weston's room. Please. 

7. Come up with a plan for painting our kitchen cabinets. OMG. This one. The cabinets are half painted, and I'm working on the doors now! We also installed a new cabinet for our garbage and it looks so pretty!! Can't wait to share the finished product!!

8. Have a family fun day. We have been having so much fun as a family, but honestly we haven't spent a day going out and doing fun stuff. We have been having a lot of fun at home, playing with toys, Weston's tent and the dogs. Does that count?

9. Organize the blog. HA. Yeah right. 

For as busy as our lives have been the past two months, I'm pretty ok with how much we've gotten accomplished. 
I tried to be super realistic with my goals for this month... let's hope I can get some stuff done!

1. Go through our closets. We have so many clothes that we do not need to have, and the clutter is driving me crazy. I want to cut out, reorganize and make it oh so pretty. 

2. Finish painting the kitchen cabinets. This project has gone MUCH slower than I thought it would take. I've been sneaking sanding/priming/painting in around nap times and when I'm feeling motivated, which isn't the quickest way to get something done, but it'll get there. It's not a difficult task at all, but it's time consuming and requires cleaning up of brushes/painting supplies after each coat. A little annoying at times, but I know it'll be worth it when it's done!

3. Work on our family yearbooks. At the very least, I would like to catch up with our 2015 book, so I can stay on track. 2014 is a crazy year that might take a while to get organized and into a book!

4. Move into our new building at work! I'm SO excited about this one. I've poured my heart and soul into this move for the past couple months, and am so ready to see it all come together. I know it's going to be so awesome, and the new space is GORGEOUS!

5. Start going on walks with Weston and/or the dogs. I'm completely over winter, and need spring to come RIGHT NOW. But even if winter sticks around for a while, I need to start getting outside for walks. Alison actually motivated me with her winter walk post (here) and I need to get outside. I know the fresh air will make me feel better, and Weston loves going for walks. He goes almost every day with my dad, so the cold won't bother him. It's me I'm worried about! HAHAHA

6. Have a family fun day/night. Let's go out and have some fun!!

That's my list for March. I am hopeful that it's just the right combination of easy/motivated to get some things done! :) What do you have on the agenda for March? I want to know! :)


Friday, February 20, 2015

friday five - 2.20.15

Oh hey, remember me? I totally didn't mean to fall off the end of the blog world, but life has been CRAZY busy and I just had to give the blog a little break. I'm hoping to get back in the swing of things, but can't guarantee that my posting will be as regular as it used to be. That being said, I'm super happy to be back and missed all you adorable people. :) 

Since it's Friday, I figured it would be a great day to play along with the Friday Five linkups. Plus, it's a super easy blog topic! Done and done! 

{one} A big reason that I haven't been able to find time to blog is that I've been putting in extra time prepping for our big move at work. Our entire company is moving to a new building in a month (can't wait!) and I am coordinating the move for our entire department. Our new space will be AMAZING and all the hard work will definitely be worth it, but I'm also ready to be done going through old files, cleaning and packing and being asked "where am I sitting?" 

{two} I've officially hit my winter breaking point. I try to not complain too much about winter, since we live in Minnesota and that's just a part of life here. But every year, there comes a point where spring just needs to come. And that point is now. I'm ready to not bundle up in tons of layers to go outside. I'm ready to go on long walks to the park with Weston. I'm ready to get my hands dirty in the garden. I'm ready to eat way to much grilled food. How many more days until I get my wish? 

{three} Weston has a new found love for cuties, and it's adorable. Every time he sees one of those little oranges, he squeals, points and can't wait to steal every single piece. I've started hiding some for me just so I can have some too!! 

{four} Do any of you watch Grey's Anatomy? I've been a loyal watcher since the beginning, and this season is really tugging at my heartstrings. Between Meredith and Derek almost splitting up to April and Jackson's baby - my heart can't take it! I may have cried during last week's episode. :( :( :( 

{five} Coming back from a blog break is kind of hard. I am having such a difficult time thinking of blog topics... so if you have one for me, I'd love to hear it! Send all those topics and random questions my way... I'll do my best to answer them! :)

I'm linking up with these lovelies! Make sure to go check them out! 


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Chloe + Isabel {review & giveaway}

I love the look of bracelet "stacks", and have tried several times to wear multiple bracelets, but it always feels so awkward to me. Luckily, it comes naturally to some people - Like Mary Kate!

Chloe + Isabel is a jewelry line filled with gorgeous, finely detailed pieces that are both classic and fashion forward. From statement necklaces to the daintiest earrings, there are so many amazing options with Chloe + Isabel!

Mary Kate sells Chloe + Isabel jewelry, but is also such a great resource for styling the pieces for a finished look. I told Mary Kate that I would love a stacked bracelet look, and after asking a few simple style questions, she picked out the perfect bracelet arrangement for me! 

I asked her to write a little description as to WHY she picked each item, so those are below.

I seriously don't think Mary Kate could have picked a better set for me. I love the silver, gray and blue combination, and the vintage appeal is so perfect for me! I've already worn them together and separately, and I know I'll get a ton of use out of them. 

Unfortunately, my large hands won't fit in the bangles, but that's a good thing for you! I'm offering them up to a lucky reader as an extra prize, on top of what Mary Kate has lined up for you! Two prizes! Get excited! :) 


Friday, January 30, 2015

friday five - 1.30.15

I've got a few random thoughts floating in my head, so I figured I'd share five of them with you today. Happy Friday! :)

{one} I cut about 7 inches of hair off in October, and I have LOVED it. It's so much lighter, less maintenance, and I get a ton of compliments. But then I see a girl with pretty long hair, or I see a picture of me with my long hair (when I actually styled it) and I miss it. So... I can't decide. Should I keep it this length or grow it long again? I don't think I'll let it get as long as it WAS again... but I would grow it out. What do you think?? Long or short??

{two} Thank goodness it's back!!! As of last night, my DVR will again be filled with Shonda Rhimes' genius television. Winter break is WAY TOO LONG! :)

{three} Where did my baby go? I know I've said this before, but it's official now. Weston is ALL KID. He's growing up so dang fast, and my heart can't really take it.

{four} OMG. This is me. I go through crazy organizing phases where everything needs to be decluttered, organized and have it's "place". But somehow I can't unload the dishwasher regularly? Someone fix me. :)

{five} Speaking of organizing, I need to organize all of Weston's old clothes. I started out so organized using vacuum seal bags, but a couple broke, and I have diaper boxes filled with more clothes I need to get organized. So tell me - how did you organize your kid's old clothes?!?! I need some suggestions!


I'm linking up with these lovelies! Make sure to go check them out! 


Thursday, January 29, 2015

four in a row!

While we were on our vacation, North Dakota State University was playing in their fourth consecutive FCS championship game. They had won the three previous years, so this was a really big deal. If they won four in a row, they'd be the first FCS team to do so! We knew we wanted to watch the game, so we went on a NDSU watch party search. NDSU's alumni association hosts watch parties all over the country, so you're pretty much guaranteed to find some bison fans wherever you are!

photo credit

Charann's Tavern in Tampa was the closest watch party to us, so we decided to drive there for the day to watch the game. And eat some cheesesteak sandwiches. (Charann's is known for their cheesesteaks.)

The food was awesome, and the game was SUPER entertaining! We almost thought we lost it, but the Bison pulled out the win, and we won our fourth FCS Championship in a row! Go Bison!

 We took a group picture with all the NDSU fans (there were like 20 of us) but the lady who was going to add me on Facebook never found me, so I don't have it. :( :( :( You'll just have to trust me when I say it was a fun bunch.

Some people might think it's strange that we spent almost an entire day at a restaurant with strangers watching football, but it was perfect for us! We're so proud of our bison boys, and love cheering them on! 


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

anna maria island: Mote Marine Laboratory & Clearwater Aquarium

One of the big recommendations that we got about Anna Maria Island was to "go to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium". And they were right! Such a cool aquarium. Weston was in awe over all the fish and could have stayed there forever! It was a rainy, gloomy day, but we had so much fun!

The turtle playing in the plastic bar is actually blind. His name is Hang Tough, and he definitely is tough. He was rescued after being injured in both of his optical nerves. 

The turtle on the left is named Caleb, and is a Kemps ridley sea turtle, which is the rarest sea turtle on the planet. 

 The second aquarium we visited was Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, FL. Our good friends were in Florida at the same time as we were, so we decided to meet up for the day there. This aquarium wasn't as large or diverse as Mote, but it was cool just the same. Especially because Winter and Hope (the dolphins from the Dolphin Tale movies!) live there! I couldn't get a picture of them because the crowds around them were pretty thick, but it was cool seeing a movie star just the same. :)

After the aquarium, we took a free trolley ride (that the kids LOVED!) to the second part of Clearwater Aquarium. It's a big warehouse with a ton of memorabilia from the Dolphin Tale movies. It was cool seeing it all, and the kids had fun playing the games.

 I'm so glad that we got to spend the day with Melissa's family! I love them all so much, and I can't wait for our kids to become best friends! :)