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New Job, New Hair, New Clothes!

4 Aug

In honor of starting my new job, I got myself a new hair do. I chopped off about 6 inches and got some low lights. I also bought myself some new clothes. I am kind of excited to have an excuse to care about how I look. I was at my previous job for 6 years and ended up in a rut with caring about my looks. Everyone would show up in jeans and a t-shirt, and you were the weird one if you got dressed up at all. Honestly, I didn’t really mind it; I enjoy being comfortable, but it’s time for a change, and I’m fully embracing it. A new job, a new do, and a new wardrobe. I’m excited!

Here’s a before and after of my hair. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve already seen it, and if you don’t follow me there, then you should! 😉

old hair

new hair

I have been doing a little shopping throughout the last week or so to build up my wardrobe. Like I said, I am used to rolling out of bed and throwing on jeans and a t-shirt, so I had zero nice work clothes. I bought a pair of black, grey and khaki dress pants and a few new tops. I shopped at the Outlet Mall and found some good deals at Anne Taylor and Banana Republic. I found my dress pants at Costco of all places. You never know what you’ll find there! They are Calvin Klein too. Score! Here are some of the tops I found…

New Blouses

Anne Taylor tank

Polka Dot Tank from Anne Taylor

Banana Republic Tee

Blue Tee from Banana Republic. It’s so soft, and I love the color!

Banana Republic animal print

Animal Print top from Banana Republic

I also bought a black cardigan from Banana Republic to wear over the tanks.

I’m so happy to have some new outfits that I feel confident wearing. It’s been awhile since I’ve felt this good, and I’m getting really excited (and nervous) to start my new job on Tuesday. Wish me luck!

Where do you like to shop for dress clothes? How often do you treat yourself to new outfits? I think I need to do this more often!

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Show Your State Pride!

17 Jul

Hey friends! I recently ordered this awesome shirt from Handmade Escapade, and I wanted to show it off.
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Katy is the owner of the company, and she launched the Fifty Nifty line a couple of months ago. She designed a shirt for each of the 50 states, and there are a TON of colors to choose from! It was a tough decision for me to pick between this one and the Texas one (I’m originally from TX if you didn’t know). I’m starting to think I need both; although, my hubby would probably beg to differ. He thinks I have too many clothes. I say there’s no such thing! Am I right?
Take a look at the Fifty Nifty line here! If you’d like to show off some state pride and make a purchase, you can save 20% through July 20th with code EATNAPPLAY. When you get your shirt, take a pic and post it on Instagram so we can see it! Tag me (@eatnapplay) and Katy (@mckinleykaty). We can’t wait to see your state pride!

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Nyx Makeup Review from Sarah at The Four on Board

27 May
 
 
Hi all!! My name is Sarah and I am from The Four on BoardHere is a recent picture of my husband and I this past month when I received my Masters degree. 
 

And here is a recent picture of my family. 

 
If you venture on over to my blog you won’t find much….YET! I just started to blog, well I take that back, I started a new blog. I had done the family blog thing from 2007-2012 and I was getting kind of bored with it and felt like the only readers I had were my mom and mother-in-law. So, with the help of my attendance at Elevate in 2012, and this past year in 2013 (where I met Natalee) I decided to change my direction. I am hoping for one similar to Natalee’s, where I can talk about family, recipes (they will never be original), crafts (solely Pinterest inspired), mom stuff, and maybe throw in some projects from my classroom. I am a kindergarten teacher and my hubby stays home with my two kids, ages 3 and 5. It has been so much fun to have the reverse of what a lot of people think is “normal”. In fact, when I found out Natalee had the same situation I was floored, and so happy! If anything, we can both relate with having a house that isn’t perfect but our kids are having the times of their lives! Dads bring such a HUGE amount of excitement into the family!
 
Anyhow, enough about me, today I am so lucky to get to guest post for Natalee while she is out having a blast with the fam, and I decided to clue you all in on a hidden treasure I have found recently. (hidden to me that is!)
 
Have any of you out there tried Nyx Cosmetics???? Seriously affordable, amazing, make-up. I have to be honest and tell you I am not really a make-up girl, so I don’t like to invest in the expensive kind. I am all for the girls that do, and MY are they beautiful! But, honestly, my kinders could really care less if I have make up on or not, and so could I! Working for 5 year olds does have its perks.
 
One time while heading into Ulta to get my ever so trusted Bare Minerals powder (which I still use), I walked past two girls and overheard them gushing about Nyx make up. I waited for them to leave the aisle, and found myself on my hands and knees looking at all the products and taking quite a handful up to the counter. Ulta also happened to be having a 40% sale on Nyx cosmetics and because it was so inexpensive, I decided to try it out.
 
I HAVEN’T GONE BACK SINCE!
 
Here are some of my favorites…
 
Their eye shadow primer  I previously used Clinique’s touch base but this does the same job and is way cheaper.
 
Roll on shimmer There is such a wide variety of colors! This stuff can be used on eyes, face, or body. My favorite color is nude because it blends well with any shadows.
And here are a few items that I want to try. I will probably wait until it goes on a rockin’ sale again.
 
Butter gloss I am enticed by the fact that they say it isn’t sticky, and the reviews are awesome! 
 
Shine Killer Just the name entices me! For the price, it is totally worth trying! 
  
So next time you run out of mascara, eye liner, shadow, etc. swing by Ulta and try one of their products! 
 
Thanks for having me Natalee! 
 
P.S. I always see people with disclaimers saying they were compensated for their posts, and I just want to say that I ONLY WISH Ulta or Nyx would compensate me!!! hehe. Maybe this is my chance?!?! 

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Happy Happenings

25 May

I haven’t been posting my Happy Happenings posts weekly like I wanted to because I’ve been so busy lately, but I still do have a lot to be happy about. So, it’s time to take a minute out of my busy day and reflect on a few of those things.

Last weekend we had some family pictures taken of us. This is one of my favorites. 🙂

family pic

Tomorrow we are heading out for a mini vacay to Palm Springs. I am happy about that because it will be our first road trip with Little Mr., and it will be a fun getaway with lots of pool time. He loves the water! Wish us luck for the drive though because being cooped up in the car isn’t his favorite thing. I’m hoping for the best though.

Today I got my hair done and picked out a couple of outfits for my trip to Vegas. If you don’t already know, I’m headed to Vegas in a couple of weeks to speak at a conference for my job. I’m getting excited (and nervous of course)!

new hair do

business outfit from Macy's

I’ll be wearing this blue dress for my presentation. It’s classy and comfy which I love!

business outfit from Macy'sThis is the outfit I will wear on the other day of the conference. It’s comfy too actually. I love when comfort and cute can come together in one outfit. You just can’t beat it!

I’m also happy to announce that my friend Sarah from The Four on Board will be stopping by on Monday to do a super fun guest post. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it!

Well, I’m off to bed now. We’ve got a long day ahead of us tomorrow. I hope everyone has a happy Memorial day weekend! Until next time…

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Happy Happenings-Week 3

6 May

Every week, I like to do a little recap to sum up all of the reasons I have to be happy. When life is a whirl wind, much like mine is now, it is sometimes hard to slow down and enjoy the little things…the little things that make life worth living, the happy things.

If you’ve missed weeks 1 and/or 2, you can see them here:

Happy Happenings-Week 1

Happy Happenings-Week 2

Here are a few of the happy happenings going on in my life right now…

Giveaway Winnings

I won two awesome giveaways, and my winnings both arrived on the same day! I was stoked! I won a $100 giftcard from Sara at High Fashion 4 Less, and I won a $50 Lisa Leonard gift card from Alyson at Vintage Sunshine. I picked out the Lisa Leonard necklace pictured above. It is the “Jumble of Charms” necklace. I just love it!

Sushi!

On Friday night, I had dinner with a friend I hadn’t seen in months. We shared two sushi rolls that were custom made by the sushi chef, and they were absolutely amaaaaazing!

Queen Bee Market Loot

On Saturday, my friend Kelli from the Happsters and I went to the Queen Bee Market and found some super cute stuff. I finally got a Printed Palette shirt that I have been drooling over for quite a while. I got a handmade Mother’s day card (that I really need to get in the mail!), some cute straws for little Mr.’s birthday party, some cool clothespin magnets, some adorable bobby pins from Little Mamas, and some of the best smelling lotion EVER! The scent is called sweet kumquat, and it’s made by a mother and daughter company called Fresh Batch. All of their products are made from all natural ingredients, and they smell wonderful.

Mickey Mouse Bday

I am in full party-planning mode now since my son’s first birthday party is right around the corner. It is going to be a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed party. He just loves Mickey!

I also have some other fun and exciting things going on within the next month. It is super busy around here lately! I am in the process of switching over to a self-hosted site that I am designing. I recently found out that I get to go to a blogging conference called Elevate. I was on the waiting list, and a spot opened up. Woo hoo! So glad I am only about an hour away from where it’s being held. And, in June, I am giving a presentation at an annual genetics conference in Las Vegas for my job. GULP! I’m just freaking out a little bit! Anywho, enough about all the craziness going on here. What do you have to be happy about today or what’s something you are looking forward to in the near future? I’d love to hear about it! Just comment below to share.

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Happy Happenings-Week 1

16 Apr

I recently had an idea to do a post about the things that make me happy each week. It’s always good to focus on the happiness in life even when there may be negative things going on around you. This has been a sad couple of days in our nation with the crisis that happened in Boston yesterday. But, to see the outpouring of love and compassion that people have shown through this tragedy is a reason to be happy. My heart goes out to the families of the deceased and wounded, but I know that in times of despair, there is happiness on the other side. In these times of mourning, let us not forget the things that make us happy in life. The things that we live for. The things that we may sometimes take for granted. These are the happy happenings. Here are a few of the things that make me happy:

Lil Mr. in Mustache Onesie

1. My precious baby boy in his new mustache onesie made by Ashley from Chevron Stitches

Date Night

2. Date night with my handsome hubby ❤

Sister Time

3. Family time with my sis!

New running shoes-Asics Gel Cumulus 14

4. My new running shoes!

jumble-of-charms-necklace-Lisa Leonard

5. Winning a $50 shop credit to Lisa Leonard Designs via Vintage Sunshine

This is the necklace I am going to get with two charms on it, one with my son’s name and the other with his birth date. I’m so excited! Isn’t it beautiful?

These are just a few things that I have to be happy about this week. What are some of your happy happenings this week?

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I Love Shoes!

11 Apr
I love shoes, especially sandals and flats. Below are a few of my favorites for the spring season. I wish I owned them all!
When I made this board, it reminded me of this funny YouTube video I saw a few years ago. I will forewarn you that there is some explicit language in the video, so if you are sensitive to that sort of thing, you may not want to watch. 😉
Spring Flats
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