Monday, September 1, 2014

Back to College Shopping Must Haves! #BritaBackToCollege

This post brought to you by Brita. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's the time of year again - back to school! I'm living vicariously through my sister again this year, but she benefits fully from it. (you're welcome Lo) I cannot wait to get back to Saint Mary's and Notre Dame. There's just something special about the Notre Dame tradition. I love it!

My *love* introduced me to my love for ND!

We're thrilled that you're in ND Lo! <3

Lo is already leading the charge on an incredible year as a SMC chick! I can't wait to get on campus and feel that awesome Irish vibe. I'll be accompanied by a cute little back to college package brought to Queen Lo by Brita and all the essentials I could find available at Target!

I'm always on a mission to drink more water, but my love for all things carbonated has gotten in the way too many times before. Lucky for me, I'm a sucker for all things cute - including water bottles! Lo is a lot like me, so I'm snagging her a cute hot pink Brita water bottle. We both could use the energy and rejuvination we'll get from good clean water thanks to the Brita bottle!

I'm totally spoiling the surprise that Lo will get on Saturday, but here are a few of the college essentials I just couldn't live without at LC!

I was always in need of a stapler - especially when I had finished a paper in the nick of time!

Always important to stay healthy at college!

Awesome water from an awesome bottle!

I think it's important for everyone to learn the significance of a handwritten note. It's something I love doing, so I'm hoping to pass this little diddy on to my sister. ;) 

What are some essentials you have on your back to college list?

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Guest Room Concepts

If you caught my Insta photo from yesterday... you know Bogey has been working hard on the guest bedroom. Welcome to the post that showcases the master's work. Also... how cute is my little bubby?

We're anxiously awaiting our guests for Labor Day weekend! Can't wait to see you Emily, Bren, and Evelyn. <3 In preparation for their visit, I Bogey went on a little shopping trip over the weekend to redecorate one of the guest bedrooms.

I Bogey found this great bedding set at Marshalls over the weekend. I love the pattern and think it's perfect for a guest bedroom. We don't need heavy comforters here in Florida, so a quilt set is perfect to keep you comfortable!

To continue the color scheme of the bedroom, I Bogey went to Target to pick up a few things:

Bogey picked out the small Ancient Aqua one, but that isn't available online right now. I love also love the Distant Lime color!

This is a simple linen shade that will complement the bedding nicely! Great job, Bogey.

I'm a little obsessed with the pattern of the Threshold rug we chose - probably because we have it in a few other areas of the house as well. What up continuity!? You may remember it from this post.

The master then chose a final piece to put the bedroom together...the sailboat painting we already had at home! We found this at Marshall's a couple years ago - it was a steal and I think it's gorgeous. Bogey likes it for obvious reasons...

et voila!

What do you think about Bogey's interior decorating skills? Not bad for his first try!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Show off Your Best Smile with Truly Radiant!

This post brought to you by Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant. All opinions are 100% mine.
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I have genetically bad teeth (thanks pop!), but that doesn't mean I can't have a great smile! With Truly Radiant I can protect my teeth while whitening for that bright smile everyone dreams of having. Today we're talking dental and ways to make your smile brighter than ever, but it's not just your smile that will make you confident! Here are some tips to bring out your inner radiance:
  • Be brave
  • Be you
  • Celebrate small victories
  • Smile bright!
I've found that the Truly Radiant line from Arm & Hammer gives me the boost I need to channel my inner radiance.

First there's the toothpaste: amazing. There's flouride in it to protect your enamel, but also a whitening agent. This toothpaste removes 100% more surface stains than regular toothpaste. This is great for me because I love my coffee! It's also the only toothpaste that is made out of baking soda, peroxide, and active calcium. Weew!

Then there's the Whitening Booster which offers 3X whitening agent than the leading whitening strip. It's awesome because all you need to do is put this booster on your toothbrush along with your toothpaste. I've tried the strips before but I'm pretty sure my surplus of saliva negates all whitening power! This is a great additive to your typical routine.

.......then there's the toothbrush! If you don't already know, it's best to have an electric toothbrush instead of the standard bristles. Needless to say, my old toothbrush is a little sad and lonely! This new toothbrush totally wins over my old one.

You should definitely check out these products. What tips do you have for bringing out your inner radiance? Share in the comments below!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sunning in South Beach (Miami Part 3)

Continuing the Miami saga (post one & post two) with this post! There is SO MUCH to do in South Beach. Most of what you'll do will cost $100 - I'll start there. haha  It is very expensive so get prepared for that when you're planning your next trip! Luckily, we saved money on our rental. Most hotels cost anywhere between $250 - $400 per night. We only spent about $87 per night per couple - for a full condo! Following up tomorrow with a showcase of our beautiful little "home away from home!"

Here's a few photos of our fun out in SoBe!


Night life!

Mom & her hot friends!

Perfect summer drink: Vodka Cranberry!

Momma! <3

Sign us up for synchronized swimming!

The water was SOOOO nice!!

Nailed it!

Obviiii we went golfing!

Classic cart selfie!

... meanwhile in Jurassic Park

Beautiful Miami skyline!

Dinner at Yard Bird was AMAZING!


Have you ever been to Miami? What was your favorite part?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Getting through Mondays...

It's Monday so if you're like me this day is the bane of your existence. However, I'm sharing a few things that made my happy this past week which I'm using as fuel to get through today!

1. Flower surprise at work from J! <3

2. Cupcake from Smallcakes - go now:

3. Bogey - just this sweet puppy.

4. New clothes! Feeling like such a fashionista - yay "back to school" shopping! More on this later on this week...

What gets you through your Monday?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Airbnb Lovin' (Miami Part 2)

If you read my post from yesterday, you know my first experience using Airbnb was an interesting one. I needed to cancel our reservation before things got weirder with John/Chris. I contacted Airbnb on Twitter (@Airbnb) to see if I could get some help with my situation:

<<This is where my love grows for brands that utilize social media well>>

Yes I was probably being a bit dramatic...but still - this needed to get solved! Within an hour, I had been contacted by a representative to assist me. Mia was fantastic & completely made me feel comfortable after my experience. She even helped me book with our host, Elizabeth & gave me 20% more to use toward that booking since it was more expensive. 

During that time, I used Airbnb in the right way

1. Start at the home page. Where do you want to go? Enter your check-in/out dates and # of guests.

2. You then get to see all of the options based on your selections. If you have a specific budget you need to keep under, you can choose that on this screen. You can also select whether you'd like to book a shared room, private room, or the entire place!

3. Click on a place you're interested in to see photos and reviews from previous guests. You'll then click "Contact host" and send them a message to see if the dates are actually available. Sometimes the calendars aren't up to date. What's awesome is that the system saves your message for the next time you contact another host! You'll want to reach out to a few different hosts just in case your first choice isn't available. 

4. See how you jive with the host and then *if comfortable* you can click "Request to Book" - the host will then accept you and you will be charged. I absolutely loved my conversation with Elizabeth and she made me feel completely comfortable. Here's her first message - 

5. You'll receive instructions from your host via email or Airbnb message.


Be sure to check out my post tomorrow recapping our wild time in South Beach!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wacky Wednesday Story (Miami Part 1)

Couldn't think of a more fitting title for this post because this story is for sure wacky. This is part 1 of my Miami series. Be on the lookout for Part 2 and 3 in the next couple of days!

When planning our trip to Miami, we decided that we wanted to use Airbnb. I had never used the site, but Nichole said it was cost-effective and definitely worth a shot! Let me start by saying this story in no way reflects my feelings on Airbnb as a whole. I loved my experience with the site and our host... after this encounter.

I'll admit that part of this issue could have been solved with me being a bit more educated with the site, but it had a lot to do with the general creepy/weirdness of this particular host. When using Airbnb, you're supposed to just message multiple hosts to broaden the reach. If you put all of your eggs in one basket, you may miss out on the opportunity all together. However, what I did was just book with the host for my selected dates and then had conversations with the host.

The conversations started off normal, but got increasingly confusing and uncomfortable. If I can offer one piece of advice to hosts on Airbnb, it would be to use your real freaking name! I was already a bit nervous that I wasn't going to be staying at a chain hotel. It was someone's actual house. I'm renting from a person, not a company that has rules and regulations in place! Dude says his name is John on the website... but signs his name Chris in the messages.

Side note... how weird is it that he has both of our significant others' names... AH!

Here are a few screenshots... you'll see how creeped out I was about the entire situation. Also, one more thing - if I do not know you or if you are not 90+ years old, do not call me hun.

Good times.

Don't worry though. This entire situation does get resolved! Check out the blog tomorrow to see how Airbnb handled this in Miami Part 2. Have you ever encountered internet weirdness like this?? Tell me about it in the comments below!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

They're finally here! #Betabrand

Way back when I was in Nashville in April, I learned about Betabrand. It's a pretty cool fashion brand that offers wacky ideas for clothing, but they're all so unique! Thanks to the Friends & Family discount we received at the conference, I pre-ordered a pair of the Dress Pant Yoga Pants (leggings)! Since they are in such high demand, it would take a little longer for the pants to be made (specifically for me!) and then shipped. I didn't realize it would take 3 months, but let me tell you - these were worth the wait!

I can't wait for the cooler Florida months so I can wear these to work. What's great is that you can dress them up or dress them down! I'm definitely bringing these babies with me when I head up North for the holidays. They are SO comfortable!

Betabrand is unique in the fact that their models are their consumers and their designers are their consumers. I can't wait to get internet famous for my photo of my new pants! I'm going to do a more creative one...but I need to get a little better at yoga. For now, this photo will have to do! Check out my new shoes too! You can find them in brown, here. I got my black pair at Versona Accessories!

Have you ever heard of Betabrand? Which crazy/fun item would you order from their site?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Welcome in!

Hey lovely people! Happy Wednesday. When preparing for our housewarming party last month, we decided that we needed to add some "us" to the entryway. Afterall, it's the first thing people see when we welcome them into our home! With a few items from Target and Pier1, we've got a good thing going! The best part? This mirror came with the best instructions I have ever seen.

Missing a little something above the table...

This runner is perrrrrrfect!

OBSESSED with the detailing of this table!

"In all the world, there is but one you!"

The best directions to install the mirror!

Et voila!