Sears Now + Here #Shop
DIY Gold Glitter Wood Slice Spring Sign
Five Must Have Items to Support Your Health Journey
Wood Sunglasses

Spring Fashion Now + Here

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I love keeping up with the latest fashion trends, but sometimes that can turn into a really expensive “hobby” to have. Thankfully, I was able to find the most amazing new line at Sears called Here + Now that lets me be fashionable, without breaking the bank. They are adding new items every week that are totally fabulous.

Now + Here Style with Sears #Shop

I got this adorable jacket, shirt, and boyfriend jeans all for under $60. Can you even believe it? They are priced at incredible prices and have great sales on them often, on top of those great prices.

Sears Now + Here Look #Shop

I hadn’t ever tried boyfriend jeans until these jeans and I have to say, I love the loose fit! I was worried that they would make me feel like a balloon and that wasn’t the case at all. They actually made me feel comfortable, chic, and skinny! Bonus!

Sears Style Now + Here #Shop

Sears wants their shoppers to be involved in the Now + Here collection too! The Sears Now + Here Designer Sketch is happening April 4-25. They are looking for a great design to put on a gray t-shirt that will be sold in Sears stores for Fall 2014. To enter, you must be a Shop Your Way member and you must submit your sketch to them HERE. The winner will receive the t-shirt and $500 in SYW points to shop Sears Apparel.

What spring trends are you loving these days?


Gold Glitter Wood Slice Spring Sign

I can’t even tell you how excited I am that it is finally Spring! Even though the weather in Idaho isn’t as happy and springlike as I would hope, I still enjoy adding some springtime charm to my house to make it feel bright and fresh. I knew I wanted to create a sign that also had some sort of natural element in it. I absolutely love wood grain so I chose to create a super cute Spring sign on a wood slice. Of course I needed to add some gold glam to it too!

Gold Glitter Wood Slice Spring Sign Tutorial

I am kind of obsessed with how it turned out. It is modern and fun! It was so easy to make too. Here is what you need to make your very own…

Spring Wood Sign Supplies

*Wood slice

*Vinyl (Just a scrap of vinyl will work because you won’t actually be using the vinyl for anything other than a stencil)

*Vinyl cutter

*Gold paint

*Gold glitter

*Glitter glue

Wood Sign Tutorial

First, cut out the word “Spring” out of vinyl and stick it onto the slice of wood.

Wood Slice Sign Tutorial

Paint over the vinyl and fan out slightly around the edges.

Gold Glitter Spring Sign

Spread glue around the edges of the gold paint and dump glitter on top of it. Spread the glitter out to make sure it covers all of the glue. Let the glue dry.

Spring Wooden Sign Tutorial

Peel off vinyl and scrape off excess glitter. You may even want to take a little sand paper to it to give it more of an ombre effect. I also went back and painted the gold paint on top of the glitter and fanned it out to blend it all together a little bit more.

DIY Gold Glitter Wood Slice Spring Sign

Find a spot on a shelf to display your pretty new sign! It fits right in!

Make sure to check out these great Spring tutorials from last year too!

Geometric Spring Art

Spring Wreath

My Health Journey Must Haves

When I decided it was time for me to step it up and get healthy, I knew I needed to be equipped with all of the right gear too. I want to share with you a few of my must haves in order to stay on the healthy path.

Five Must Have Items to Support Your Health Journey

Eat Green Tea Leaves- Guys. These are life changing. Life changing I tell ya! So I don’t like the taste of green tea at all, but I wanted to get green tea into my system somehow because it helps support a healthy metabolism and gives you natural energy. My friend, Andie showed me these green tea leaves that are edible. I add them to my protein shakes in the morning and they make a HUGE difference. I put one teaspoon in each of my protein shakes. Each bag is $25, but they last forever if you are only using one or two teaspoons a day.

Bulu Box- If you haven’t heard of Bulu Box, you need to sign up now! It is the coolest thing ever. It is a box you sign up to get each month that is packed full of awesome, healthy items. I have gotten protein pancake mix, vitamins, and even hummus in my box! I love that Bulu Box can get me out of the health ruts that I get into by getting me excited about new products to try each month. They are offering my readers 50% off your boxes or your first month for free if you use coupon code: BULUGAN698

Polar FT4 Watch- I love this watch. I finally feel like I can accurately track how many calories I am burning during my workouts. This watch tracks my heart rate and tells me when I am in the zone to burn the most fat too. It is a seriously amazing watch. It was a fabulous investment for me. I got mine on Amazon. I linked up the title of this section with the link to where I got mine.

Pinterest- I know that sounds silly, but Pinterest has totally helped me stay on track. There are so many great, clean recipes out there on Pinterest. I love trying out new recipes that are healthy, but are also foods that my family will eat. Pinterest has helped me do that. I will be pinning a lot more healthy food options too so make sure you are following me on Pinterest.

Blendtec Blender- You probably already know this, but I am obsessed with my blender. There is no way I could survive without it. I have been able to create so many healthy snacks with my blender that I wouldn’t have been able to create before. This thing can make so many different textures it blows my mind. There is so much power packed into that little machine! If you want to go on a health journey of your own, you need a Blendtec.

This week, I started the Beach Body 21 Day Fix. It has been really good for me to do, but also one of the hardest things I have ever done. I have come to the realization that I am a serious sugar addict! Although I am not perfect with my eating everyday, I am proud to know that I am getting better and better as I go. I would love to hear about your health journey. How do you stay on track? What items help keep you motivated?



Casual Sweater and Printed Leggings

Casual Sweater and Printed Leggings look on

You know that outfit? The one you wear when you can’t figure out anything else to wear? The one that is comfortable, yet stylish? I found my new “go to” outfit. It is everything I need in an easy to wear outfit when I am in a hurry, or can’t figure out what to wear that day.

Casual look with sweater and printed Agnes and Dora leggings on

Top: c/o To Adorn | Leggings: c/o Agnes and Dora | Wood Sunglasses: wholesale (if you want to purchase some, let me know) | Necklace: c/o Anjolee | Ring: Recessionista | Shoes: Converse

I totally feel like me in this outfit. I love this sweater from To Adorn. It is tight in the right places, and loose where I need it to be. I love checking out their deals they post daily and snagging up great pieces like this sweater.

Anjolee Necklace


Of course, no outfit is complete without the accessories. This necklace is especially important to me because it is a garnet stone. That is my daughter and my husband’s birthstone. I think it makes the outfit extra special by having something near and dear to my heart like this necklace included. This necklace comes from Anjolee. It is a jewelry company who specializes in customized jewelry like this riviera necklace. You can choose different gem stones, or gorgeous diamonds to go in their jewelry. They are perfect because they can fit anyone’s style.

Wood Sunglasses


I have been dying to own wood sunglasses for a while now. I found these gems through a wholesaler I order from. I love that they can go with any outfit. I am pretty much obsessed. If you want a pair, shoot me an email and I can order some for you.

sweater and printed leggings outfit on


What is your go to outfit like? Do you go for classic? Comfortable?

The happiest place on Earth

Disneyland. It’s the place where every kid dreams of visiting and every parent dreams of taking their kids. I am one of the lucky kids who got to go to Disneyland as a kid. It really is one of the happiest places on earth. I felt like I could just be a kid when I was there.

My husband never went to Disneyland as a kid. It has now become a bigger dream for me to take him to Disneyland than it is for me to take my daughter to Disneyland. I think everyone needs to go to Disneyland in their lifetime! I think that there is a Disney trip in the works for next year and I couldn’t be any more excited about it. Having a 3 year old will make it even more magical.

One of the other happiest places on earth for me, is San Diego. If you have never been to San Diego, book your trip now. It is seriously one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I got to spend some time in San Diego before I went on a cruise 7 years ago. My heart longs for that gorgeous San Diego sun every time it snows here at home.


Where is your happy place? Have you ever visited Disneyland/Anaheim or San Diego?

There is an incredible travel agency called Get Away Today who specializes in Disneyland/Anaheim and San Diego vacations who book your vacations for the lowest price they can possibly get find you. They know that families love to travel and make sure to help you make that happen. Another great thing about Get Away Today is that they offer vacation layaway programs for just $125 down! For that price, anyone can afford to take their kids to Disneyland! Get Away Today is also offering a special promo code for my readers to receive $10 off your Southern California vacation! That is like getting lunch for free! The Get Away Today promo code is GLG14

Where is your next vacation?

This post was brought to you by Get Away Today. I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

April Beauty Favorites Video

April Beauty Favorites. The products you have to try out!

It’s another addition to YouTube Monday! Today, I am revealing my beauty favorites for the month of April. I love trying out new products and telling you all about them. Check out my newest video where I reveal my favorites. I will give you links to them all under the video too.

Elf Lip Exfoliator

Beauty Box 5

Saltwater Sandals

Elf Makeup Remover Wipes

Kleenex Balsam Nose and Lip Balm (apparently this is only sold in the UK so you will have to do some searching for this! Sorry!)

What are your current beauty favorites?

Five Senses Friday Episode 14

It’s TRUE!!! We finally got together and filmed EPISODE 14!

…but we still haven’t taken any good head shots together so these epic pictures are just going to have to work!


We have been busy busy busy with our blogs since ALT conference and we couldn’t help but get carried away with all our own personal posts all about fitness and beauty! …so carried away that we didn’t have time to film any Five Senses Fridays!! We will work on being more consistent OKAY!?!

Okay enough apologizing and excuse making, it’s the time you’ve all been waiting for!!


Filmed in the Target parking lot! #keepingitclassy

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Being Proud

We are always taught to be humble. To hide our accomplishments. Not to show off. To beware of pride. But when is it okay to be proud of what we have done? I think that there is a time and a place for everything, including being proud of ourselves. So often we find ourselves almost being embarrassed by compliments. I say it is time to stop it. Although I do think it is important to stay humble, I think there is a time to celebrate our accomplishments. With that being said, I am going to tell you about something that I am proud of.

More like SOMEONE I am proud of.

Dave Headshot

I am super proud of Dave. He is not only a crazy awesome husband and father, but he has accomplished so much in the last year. He was just nominated for a Bammy. The Bammy’s are the Oscars for teachers. He was nominated in the Education Commentator/Blogger category. He wouldn’t have been nominated for that a year ago. One year ago, Dave took a giant leap of faith. He left his career as a classroom teacher to become an online middle school teacher and online grad student. Because he took that giant leap of faith, he was able to pursue his dream of writing too. He became a contributor on the well known education blog, Getting Smart and has been had featured articles posted on Edutopia and the Education Week blog. None of this would have happened if he wouldn’t have taken that leap of faith just one year ago. I am grateful for him and his great example of following your dreams. He has worked really hard to get to where he is and it is his time to be proud of his accomplishments.

The Bammy’s work a little differently than the Oscars. They partially rely on votes. It would mean the world to him if he got your vote. It is simple. Just go to the site, sign in with your Facebook account, and give Dave your 5 star review. Easy peasy, right? Well, it could change his life. If he makes it as a finalist, he will go to the Bammy event in Washington DC in September (and hopefully take his wife!) and will have an incredible thing to add to his resume. Please take a minute of your time to vote for him HERE.

Do you struggle with being embarrassed by talking about your accomplishments? How do you choose to celebrate them?

WIW: Skirts and Skate Parks

 Photo credit: Ann Jones of Cliq Photography. Find her on Facebook and on Instagram @ann_cliqphotography

Casual top with fancy skirt on

 Let me start by telling you how obsessed I am with this look. I adore how a casual t-shirt can pair with a big, fluffy, fancy skirt. This shirt and skirt pair perfectly. Once the accessories are added, everything comes together like a match made in heaven. I also love it when my photographer has the crazy idea of doing a photo shoot in the middle of a skate park. I mean, who does that? I stood in the middle of the skate park as teenagers did kick flips and 50/50 grinds around me. I got some strange looks, but it was totally worth it in the end. I love how these photos turned out with all of the concrete around. Ann knows what she is doing and I am so grateful for her for her vision!

Gold Foiled Heart Tee from Style Lately on

 Let’s talk about the shirt first. I love how shiny the gold heart is on this shirt. It is perfect because it is easy to dress up or dress down. It would be cute with a pair of jeans, with leggings and a long cardigan, and with a fancy skirt! This shirt is from Style Lately. You can find it, HERE.

Redstar Sunglasses

 These sunglasses are by far the nicest, highest quality sunglasses I have ever owned. They are from RedStar. I love how chic they look and feel. You can find them HERE. Here is the extra cool part… RedStar is offering a free $500 gift card to my readers for sunglasses too! You just have to pay shipping and handling for them. Use the code “MTA14″ to receive the $500 Redstar giftcard. These are really nice quality sunglasses. Jump on that deal! You can choose any of THESE sunglasses to use your $500 gift card for.

Polka dot Betsey Johnson Purse

The purse was a purchase from my trip to NYC. I got this lovely at Century 21. I knew I loved it from the moment I set eyes on it from across the room. As soon as I saw who made it, I knew that it was destiny. This is a Betsey Johnson purse. I have Betsey Johnson luggage that I already love so I knew I needed this purse too. It has already become the best purse I have ever owned in my entire life. It is perfect in every way. The bracelet is from Apple of My Eye (it is sold out, but they have other gorgeous bracelets too).

t-shirt with fancy skirt. The perfect look for spring.

 The skirt came from Romwe. I have coveted over that skirt for a long time. I finally decided to bite the bullet and get it before it was gone. It totally reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. I feel like I could party right along with the Mad Hatter. It brings a lot of whimsical qualities to every outfit I style it in. I love it! The shoes are from Aldo (6 years ago). There are some similar ones HERE. I wore these shoes on my wedding day. I still love them to this day.

Perfectly Tousled Curls with a Curling Wand

How to create perfectly tousled curls with a curling iron on

I feel like I have been avoiding this tutorial because I know there are several tutorials out there like it that teach how to curl your hair with a curling wand, but after getting numerous requests for a tutorial on how to achieve my curls, I decided it was time to blog about it! I like my curls to be imperfect. I like them to look more natural than the perfectly curled ringlets that I see on the shoulders of celebrities. The funny thing about it is that even though I want them to be “natural looking”, they aren’t natural at all! I have naturally curly hair. To achieve this look, I first straighten out my hair (taking all of the natural curl out of my hair), then curl my hair with a curling wand to create the messy, tousled curls I love. About as UN-natural as it gets. I guess that is just life though! Sometimes it takes the most work to look like a natural beauty!

I know that probably doesn’t apply to many of you, but that is my long way of saying that I start this whole process out with stick straight hair. I love how starting with straight hair can make a messy look that is still controllable.

To create this look, you need…

*Curling wand

*Heat protecting spray



Here is the video to teach you my step by step process of how I create this look. For written instructions, look below the video.

 In case you missed any of that, or want to look back for reference, here is how I created the curls…

1. Spray hair with heat protecting spray.

2. Pull up majority of the hair, leaving a small section of the bottom of the hair down.

3. Take a small section from that hair and wrap the section around the curling wand, curling away from the face. Hold the end (about an inch) of the piece of hair away from the wand so that it stays straight.

4. Go through the bottom section of hair and repeat step 3.

5. Pull down the next section of hair and curl it in small sections.

6. Curl the top section of hair a little tighter than the rest. You will see these curls the most.

7. Curl any fringe that has fallen out of the sections of hair that didn’t get curled.

8. Take a brush and brush through the hair and run your fingers through it.

9. Spray it with hairspray.

How to get loose messy curls on

Now you have perfectly, messy tousled curls! These are great because they last for a few days. You can touch them up a little bit, but they are supposed to look messy, so a little bed head actually can make your hair look even better! Score!