Oct 20, 2014

Heart on my Sleeve


{outfit details}
Denim || Big Star Denim
Booties || Naturalizer
Coat || H&M (similar here)








The cold front came in this weekend and this means hot chocolate, warm nights by the fire and big cozy sweaters! One of my favorite online boutiques is PB & J Boutique for it's vintage inspired style. Everything from their shop is totally up my alley and I wish I could jump right in there to shop every morning when I wake up. It would definitely make getting ready for the day a lot easier ;)
Here are a few of my favorites from them right now:





Oct 17, 2014

ONE YEAR!!


{outfit details}
Sweater || Gap
Hair Clip || Hello Shiso
Pants || Old Navy



one year.
one year since we spent 18 hours waiting on you to make your appearance in the labor room at Yale. 
one year since you cried for the first time. 
one year since you changed our lives forever.

Liv is SO full of personality these days - it truly amazes me. 
She says NOM NOM NOM when she loves something that she's eating
She cut her first tooth!
She weighs 22.4 pounds and is 29 inches long
She says "ut oh" when dropping something and calls me MAMA when I leave the room
She has her own theme song that I made up and dances to it when I walk in to get her every morning
She's working on the whole walking thing but would rather crawl because she's fast like lightening
She has an obsession with leaves
She started taking classes at My Gym and LOVES climbing on everything
Still nursing twice a day! Waiting for her to tell me when she's ready to stop

I cannot wait to see what this next year will bring. I love watching you grow, little miss Liv! <3

Oct 16, 2014

Cooking Planit & Colavita Eat Fresh Challenge & Giveaway


Last week I had announced that I would be switching my terrible cooking habits in exchange for healthier ones with Cooking Planit & Colavita. You can read all about it here.

I am happy to say that the cooking has been going really well! I always felt overwhelmed having Olivia around and thought I wouldn't be able to do it, but I just put her right into her highchair and give her a few tasks to do while I cook (and dance & sing to entertain her). I already feel better eating fresh ingredients (rather than take out or microwaveable meals). 

By the way, this was my first time making caramelized onions and I swear to you that I will be making them with every single meal from here on out. They are flipping DELICIOUS and even Olivia couldn't get enough of them! The Colavita EVOO has been a lifesaver in every recipe thus far!

Oh, and this YouTube video helped me when preparing my brussel sprouts this week - check it out here!

((PS. you can still use code EatFresh20 for 20% off your order at Colavita))


This is the roasted tomato & herb pizza (I added in some peppers) and my husband LOVED it. It tasted so fresh and delicious and I cannot wait to make it again!
Don't forget that you can download the cooking app right to your smartphone or you iPad for easy viewing while your cooking. The app is on sale right now!

iPhone users --> go here
Android users --> go here


Next Week's Meal Plan


Tuesday: Broccoli Salad








Enter to win a Colavita Pantry Essentials Basket ($120 value!!)

Here is how to enter:

1.) Sign up for your free account here

2.) Snap & share a new picture of a meal that you've prepared using fresh ingredients with #EatFreshChallenge on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram between October 16th - 23rd, 2014

3.) Submit your Name, Email, Address & IG/FB or twitter URL via the Rafflecopter form

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Be sure to venture on over to the other amazing bloggers that are participating in this challenge!


This post was brought to you by Cooking Planit & Colavita, however, all opinions and feedback is my own. 
Thank you so much for supporting the amazing brands that make this blog possible <3
xo

Oct 15, 2014

Pearly Whites


{outfit details}
Camera Crew onesie & tee || Click & Blossom
Beanie || Jolie USA

I admittedly despise my teeth. A secret that I usually keep to myself. I had braces for YEARS and then they took them off and realized that my teeth were all curved inwards and they needed to be put back on. It was a disaster and I have to tell you that all of my nightmares have been teeth related. I hate the dentist and I just hate.teeth. Period.

Now that you know that about me ;) Let me tell you about the challenge I agreed to take the next two weeks. I teamed up with Crest to try out their new product -  Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme Flexfit. Here are some important basics about the product:

- The Flexfit technology allows Whitestrips to stretch and mold to custom fit your smile for superior coverage and improved application providing

- Provides 30% more coverage to whiten more teeth

- Whitens as well as a $500 in-office professional treatment

Now here is my BEFORE picture:
{definitely slightly yellow, most likely due to the huge consumption of coffee on a daily basis - a baby will do that to you}






As a mama, I can honestly say that everything for myself now comes last and I haven't been taking care of myself the way I should. First, comes some new pearly whites - then I will work on the daily exercising, eating healthier & getting a darn haircut!

I will update you on the progress a week from now via social media and then a final post at the end of whitening to show you my results! 

Oct 14, 2014

What I Would Buy if I Was Given $1,000 for a Fall Wardrobe


What would you do with $1,000 if you could recreate your wardrobe for fall? I have always been a bit of a bargain hunter and I truly believe that you could achieve an entire must-have wardrobe with $1,000. Here are my wardrobe must haves (that can be interchangeable with many other outfits):


Tops:

Black Leather Jacket: For me, this one is a MUST. I understand that not everyone craves one of these so you could omit this for a basic black jacket if that is more your style! Get yours here

Winter Coat in Cream: It took me awhile to figure out which coat was dearest to my heart but it is definitely my cream one. I just love that it goes with everything and looks so crisp and polished! Get yours here

Basic Black & White Shirts: You just can’t go wrong with these. They are easy for layering or just wearing with a pair of denim shorts in the summer! Get yours here

Oversized sweater: I love these for fall and winter. I own way too many of them! Get yours here

Chambray Shirt: Perfect for layering for fall! Get yours here


Bottoms:

Ripped Skinny Denim: Hands down my favorite pair is from Old Navy. They are the perfect throw on jeans with a tee. Love ‘em! Get yours here

Zella leggings: My FAVORITE pair of leggings in the whole wide world. I wear them all the time in the winter with an oversized sweater! Get yours here


Dresses:

Basic Maxi: This is a must since you could buy a tank top one and layer it for a fall/winter look as long as you get a color that is interchangeable for all seasons! Get yours here

Little Black Dress: duh. Nothing else to say here ;)
Get yours here

Basic Lived in Dress: Comfy & Cozy any day of the year! Get yours here

Lace Pencil Skirt: Perfect for those events that require fancier attire ;) Get yours here


Shoes:

New Balance Sneaks: My fav every day shoe for running around with Liv! Get yours here

Booties: I wear these in the summer and winter. What can I say I am a HUGE bootie gal! Get yours here

Purse:

Bucket Bag: I love this one. It holds a ton and it’s so adorable!  Plus, you can fit a ton in there! Get yours here

Accessories:

Simple Layered Necklaces: I am loving simple delicate pieces these days. Get yours here

Blanket Scarf: My favorite fall accessory! Get yours here

This post was brought to you by Progresso™! Did you know that Progresso™ has over 40 soup varieties and that they are only 100 calories each? Fall is the best season for soup and Progresso™ is my go-to. Oh, and yes you can enter for a chance to win a wardrobe makeover for you and three of your friends, courtesy of Progresso™! Enter the ProgressOh! wardrobe makeover contest at Progresso.com/ProgressOh. Four deserving Progresso fans and three of their friends will each win a $1,000 cash card and a year-long subscription to the POPSUGAR “Must Have Box”!

 Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Progresso™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Progresso™  all opinions are my own.

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