September Life Lately

I really want to thank all of you that read these life lately posts. It means the world to me. However I am going to cut back on these posts. I think I may post once every couple of months instead of monthly. Then I will have more to share in these posts.

Highlight Reel
September Highlight Reel

I finished Dawson's Creek. So I have moved on to watching Ally McBeal on Hulu. I forgot how much I love that show. Every night, I've been dreaming I was a lawyer. Which actually doesn't make for the best rest. So I might have to rethink watching it before bed. I have very intense and realistic dreams so I have to watch pretty tame stuff before bed. Normally I watch HGTV shows but I've watched all that are worth watching on Hulu. 

I've been doing a lot of shopping lately. Well mostly window shopping at this point but that is a key part of my shopping process. I am looking for a small breakfast nook table, a new accent chair, and a new desk chair. On top of that, I need some finishing touches for pretty much every room in my place. I am looking to add to my fall and winter wardrobe since I haven't lost any baby weight. Which, at a year later, is pretty much just weight now. 

Things with the kiddo are changing. My oldest is still a handful, don't get me wrong. However, my youngest is also now keeping me on my toes. We had planned on starting daycare part-time, with my oldest but it didn't pan out. It would be a major change to our schedule, would cost a ton of money, and honestly wouldn't provide the structure my oldest needs. Since he turns 3 in December, I am looking for a more school type setting. Something structured not just playing with a bunch of kids all day. 

Things are going okay. I am hesitant to say they are great. Next month is our 5 year anniversary. I was really hoping to get to go out without the kids, but with no babysitter, that doesn't look like it is going to happen. 

Things with the blog are picking up. I reached my goal of hitting 20K on Instagram. Given how much Instagram doesn't want you to grow anymore, I am particularly proud of this accomplishment. So now I am going to focus on growing my Twitter account. I would like to get to 5K by the end of the year. I know I set a goal to grow my Pinterest to 5K but really Pinterest followers don't matter since it operates like a search engine and not a social network. I also need to get back to writing more evergreen content so I can get more page views. 

If you follow my Instagram Stories,  you probably know that I started going more places and doing more things.I have also started working out again. I won't hit my weight loss goal this year, but I need to at least lose some of the weight.

Fall and Winter Fashion: Back In Black

If you have been reading my blog for awhile or if your my Stitch Fix stylist, you probably know that I don't like color. I generally don't decorate with color, I don't do colorful makeup, and I don't like colorful clothes. Whenever I go to or to shop, I filter all of the results to remove everything but the black options! I will go back through and add in gray, white, and blue eventually, but my preference is always black.

So in honor of my love of black, I have put together a selection of my favorite black pieces from my favorite retailers. 

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I am really loving the romantic look of these black tops from Anthropologie. The different textures and embellishments make these black tops anything but boring. I love swiss dots, so the Elissa Textured Top is my favorite!

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 How about some more ruffles? J.Crew will have you covered.1/2/3

Looking to spend a little less? Target also has a few options. 1/2/3

I've also included a few items from Modcloth which come in regular and plus-sizes! 1/2/3

I am just know starting to add more clothes to my fall and winter wardrobe. I plan to incorporate a lot of black. I love it and it is really easy to mix and match. What are you looking to add to you wardrobe this season?

Fall and Winter Fashion: Back In Black

Moms, Pamper Yourself With Suave Body Wash

As a mother of two toddler, I am lucky if I get to take a shower. When I do get to take one, I have to be in and out in a hurry. That doesn't mean I have to skip all of the luxuries. Luckily, all I need is my Suave Body Wash.

I personally love the Cocoa Butter & Shea. It makes me feel like I am getting pampered at a luxurious spa. It smells absolutely amazing! Plus the honey and shea leave my skin feeling like silk.

Whether your plans include a date night or a night in, Suave has a scent for every occasion. Not sure which scent to try? Take this short little quiz to find the perfect scent for you. Plus, at the end of the quiz you will get a special cash back offer from Ibotta!

While I was out on my last Target run, I went ahead and picked up the Mango Mandarin that the quiz suggested for me. The smell makes me feel like I'm on a tropical island.

I also have my eye on the Almond Verbena and the Coconut. I pretty much want to try them all. Because Suave Body Wash is affordable, you don't have to feel guilty for trying every scent.

So what are you waiting for? Take the quiz and find your perfect match!

What I've Been Loving This August

I haven't done a favorites post in like forever. Previously I did a like a monthly recap and favorites, but this time I'm cutting the recap. Let's be honest you weren't interested in that part anyway!

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Power Up Snacks: I did some sponsored work for them but I'm not putting them in my favorites because of that. They are SO good. I keep a small bag in my purse so I don't get a case of the hangries. I also really love that there are so many varieties

August Favorites Power Up Snacks

Polar Seltzer: Another great blogger you should check out over at Kozy&Co, was talking about Polar and all of the great flavors. I am a fan of all types of flavored waters. So when I saw a display of Polar Seltzer at New Season, I knew I had to get some. This display was of some of their special flavors. I also picked up a cranberry lime, which I think is my favorite so far. This photo was from and Instagram Story I took when I found it in the store.

August Favorites Polar Seltzer

OleHenriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator: This summer has been brutally hot. Makeup has been the last thing on my mind and combating the pool of oil on my face has been my number one priority. This stuff is really a miracle worker. If you have oily skin you need to have this!

August Favorites Ole Henriksen

Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Purifying Foam Cleanser: Again the hot summer means my face looks like it did when I was a teenager. This foaming cleanser gets my skin clean and doesn't leave any greasy residue. So again a must have for someone on the oily side of combination skin.

Chicco NaturalFit Trainer Cup: When you have two toddlers in the house, you can never have enough cups. What I like about these cups is that they help prepare kiddo for a real cup but they are way less messy. Plus these they come apart and are easy to clean. No moldy spouts or parts here!

August Favorites Chicco Trainer Cup

So now that you have seen my favorites for the month, please tell me your favorites. I love to shop and try new things. I also really like hearing from you all!

Upgrade Your Outfit Of The Day With Rocksbox

If you follow me on Pinterest, you might know I have a slight obsession with jewelry. You might see a lot of diamonds and uber expensive items on my board. However, I have a tendency to lose earrings or have necklaces broken. My youngest actually ripped out my favorite diamond stud from my ear, while we were in the Target parking lot. Apparently I hadn't put the clasp on all the way. True story. So basically, I can't pay a ton of money for jewelry. Enter in Rocksbox.

This post was sponsored by Rocksbox but all opinions are my own.

Upgrade Your  Outfit With Rocksbox

Rocksbox is a "try before you buy" jewelry subscription service. You select 30 favorites to be added to your wish list and then your stylist sends you 3 pieces to try. You can keep the jewelry and wear it as much as you like. If you love it, you can buy it. If not, you send it back and then they send you a new box. It is such an easy way to upgrade your #OOTD. As a mom of two toddlers, I need easy!

Rocksbox Earrings

Rocksbox has a great selection of trendy pieces. I love that they carry brands like Gorjana, House of Harlow, and Kate Spade. Such a wide variety of brands means everyone is sure to find something they like.

Rocksbox Necklace

If you have any questions about Rocksbox, they have a really great FAQ. Plus you can browse their collection before you commit to getting a box. Since there isn't anything to lose, you should totally give it a try.

Update Your Outfit With Rocksbox