Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Backstreet Boys are using my Photo on Facebook!

Awesome or not?

I don't know how I feel about this. At first I was thrilled that who ever chose to use my picture liked it enough to post for all the fans to see. But then I was a little saddened that I didn't get a photo credit. It makes it seem as though they took the photo or a photographer they hired took the picture.

All I want is for them to say thanks to @OlgaDavis30 on my Instagram for the great picture! Or how about a like on Instagram, or quick comment saying "Hey, we're using your pic". So although this is so awesome, only my close friends will know I took that great photo.

But alas this is life. You post something on the internet then it's there for everyone to see, use, take, etc. Below is a picture of the Backstreet Boys Facebook page. Not bad :)



I must say these were such awesome seats at the Chicago Theater. They were the Mix 101.9 Miracle on State Street. Last minutes tickets that I got the day of! 4th row in the pit. Not the closest I've been to the guys, but definitely a great spot and worth every penny! Love seeing these guys!

Monday, December 2, 2013

More Stylish Furs from The Fur Salon at Saks

Here is another look at two more styles from the Fur Salon at Saks. Thanks to Harpers Bazaar for the images.

Although I myself may not be the kind of person to wear this much fur, it is fun to imagine oneself wearing it. I tend to think the rich and glamorous people are the ones who get to wear these looks. So if I were them, how would I wear it? See below! Don't forget to visit the Fur Salon at Saks.


A little business with a splash of fun via the awesome shiny blouse!





Keep it simple with a white dress and neutral accessories.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Staying Fashionably Warm in Fur from the Fur Salon at Saks

As the temperature drops in Chicago I can’t help but think how cold I am. How can I keep warm in these frigid temps! One way to do just that is to get the newest looks from the Fur Salon at Saks 5th Avenue. Chic fur pieces have always been fashionable and a way for women to look classy. Although I've never owned a fur, I have always imagined being in one. Below are two looks that are very hip and stylish. Definitely a look you can wear everyday to work or play. Prices available upon request. (But if you look quickly you will find that they are currently 30-50% off)! Visit http://thefursalon.com for more looks. Or come back Monday and see another two looks I'll be posting!

The black coat is black dyed shearling lamb with leather self belt and sleeves. I'd definitely keep the look simple and sophisticated with this coat. I'd wear a short black dress, some knee high boots, and use white accessories to add a bit of pop. 




I personally love the taupe colored coat. Plush dyed mink adorns the color and cuffs of this french-inspired quilted leather coat with obi-style belt, zip front and pockets. It is also available in metallic black. For those us who aren't used to wearing so much fur this is the perfect amount. A little goes a long way! I'd make sure to wear something fun and comfortable for taking that walk under the city lights. A darker color jean will give a great contrast to the taupe. 



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I Love My UGGS - Get Educated



The last couple of days I've been noticing a lot of friends post this article onto their Facebook pages. But I wonder how many of them actually took the time to research what was being said. The article in question is about UGGs and animal cruelty. I personally love my UGGs. They keep my feet warm in this cold Chicago weather.

If you visit the parent website of Uggs: Deckers Outdoor Corporation, you will see their statement concerning animal welfare. In short - “UGG® Australia, we want consumers to know about the sheepskin used in our products. We are among the leaders in ethical supply chain for consumer goods, and particularly the sourcing of sheepskin.  UGG does not use sheepskin unless it is a byproduct of the meat industry.”

Like many products we wear or use, such as leather boots, purses, furs, etc, many come from an animal. And although I am sure there are those companies out there that are not ethical, I feel that UGGs is giving me a product I like without being cruel to animals. So to my friends, who only posted the post but didn’t look at both sides of the story, please take a moment to read about what the Decker Outdoor Company is doing to be ethically humane. Please feel free to comment and voice your opinion.

And with that I’d like to share some of my favorite looks from UGG Australia. Requires flash to view.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Free Birds - A Fun Family Holiday Movie! Plus Chuck E. Cheese Giveaway!

Chuck E. Cheese provided me with materials to review. The opinions I shared are my own.



I was excited for his past Wednesday evening as I was finally taking my nieces out to a movie (along with my brother and sister-in-law). They always feel so grown up when we take trips in the evening. What movie? Free Birds! As soon as the girls found out the news it sure ruffled up some feathers of excitement! And hopefully on Saturday we’ll take a trip to Chuck E. Cheese to for a pizza dinner! As a family this is one place we can all enjoy ourselves. Sometimes I think the adults have more fun than the kids!

Can you tell these girls are excited! #FreeBirds

The movie just premiered on November 1st, and what a great way to start the holiday season. The buddy comedy Free Birds stars two turkeys from opposite sides of the track who must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the menu for good. The turkeys are voiced by Owen Wilson as Reggie, and Woody Harrelson as Jake. I’m all about the girl power and couldn't wait to hear Amy Poehler as Jenny. I don’t want to give any of the movie away, but I was entertained as it has some funny jokes. I even heard my brother laughing at some of the parts. It’s just like Chuck E. Cheese – Fun for all!




This also happens to be Chuck E. Cheese’s big-screen debut. To help promote the movie Chuck E. Cheese’s locations will feature exclusive Free Birds merchandise and activities as part of the company’s fall in-store promotion. From collectible Rock-N-Wristbands available with any pizza purchase deal to printable activities for the kids, there are lots of fun and exciting activities surrounding the partnership. Plus there are two calendars that that the kids can fill out to get free tokens! So while you’re watching the movie you might catch a glimpse or two of a Chuck E. Cheese pizza box. Visit the website for more details at http://www.chuckecheese.com/wristbands




For your chance to win a guest pass good for one large pizza, four soft drinks and 30 tokens enter below, everyday through November 20th. I'll pick a winner on Thursday, November 21st at Noon! In the mean time check out the trailer for Free Birds!





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Chicago Bears - Meijer Football 101 presented by Chase

What a great Ladies Night event held by the Chicago Bears! Its Meijer Football 101 presented by Chase. I got lucky and won an invite to this event last minute. I'm so glad I got to attend. At first I was like 4 hours? But now I'm thinking it should have have been 6! There was so much to do and see that I feel I missed out on some things. There were a lot of ladies there, all pretty much decked out in their best Bears gear. Surprisingly (other than jerseys) everyone had on a different shirt or sweatshirt. Apparently there is that much Bears merchandise for ladies now. I remember how hard it would be to find something for me, always having to buy boys or men's shirts. Girls Rule!

I think the most fun I had was trying on the shoulder pads in the locker room, which we got to tour. We were also allowed at field level, but of course we couldn't go on the field. But shhh...we managed to sneak in our feet in for a quick photo op.


We missed out on getting autographs. The lines were just too long. Maybe next time!

The event featured current and rookie Bears players: Isaiah Frey, Josh McCown, Kyle Long, Jon Bostic, and Jordan Mills. All of which were great to listen to. During the Q&A session I was able to ask the guys which team they rooted for while growing up, and if secretly they still rooted for them. Obviously we all can't be perfect and grow up being Bears fans! Loved that everyone gave an honest answer. (Of course a room full of 500 ladies wasn't going to let the opportunity go and ask to get one of guys to take off his shirt or do a little dance, but I'm glad they didn't. The guys stood their ground when they said no. Come on ladies we're here to learn more about the game! How would we react if a bunch of guys asked a group of female athletes to do the same? Sheesh. Any way mini rant over).



This year I saw a lot sponsors there with booths. A great opportunity to interact with the companies. I didn't get to do too much mingling. But I'm glad I stopped by the Pandora booth. I was able to enter a contest to win a Bears inspired bracelet. I was one of 15 winners! What a great night! Can't wait to receive it.

We also received a meal and gift bag. The meal was actually good. We had three sandwich options, chips, and a drink. The gift bag is different every year. This year it was a pair of gloves. Along with a couple of other things. See picture below.


The last thing they did was an auction and raffle. Great prizes and a lot of money collected for a good cause - Bears Care. (alas I was not a winner). But I got a quick hive-five as the guys left the stage. It's the little things...


Monday, October 28, 2013

National Shoe Lover Day - DSW

This past Saturday, DSW proclaimed it National Shoe Lover Day! And of course I had to show my support by going shoe shopping. I took my mini me and hit the road. As we walked inside we were greeted by almost everyone in the store. Maddie even got a “mini shoe lover” sticker, which she loved. 

I was on a mission. I need to find some nice western style boots. It’s true; I too couldn’t believe I didn’t already own a pair. Luck was on my side. I found a pair of Madden Girl boots I had been eyeing for a couple of months but never got around to buying. I never could figure out where to wear them. But this time around I needed to get these shoes for a future event, my BFF’s bachelorette party. Can’t wait to rock these boots…These boots are made for walkin…

To top it off, DSW was giving away t-shirts or nail polish to the first 100 shoppers. The early riser that I am (or mini me is) got me a bottle of their special Shoe Lover polish, plus the chance at winning shoes for a year (not a winner). As always it was a great shopping experience at DSW. Shoelover day should be everyday! 

Check out their Facebook page for great promos and giveaways. They sure love to make Tuesdays feel special! Make sure to play Shoesday. 





Thursday, October 24, 2013

P&G Best Defense Day of Action with Special Host Corey Wootton

This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and P&G 
However, all opinions expressed are my own.



I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Latina Mom Bloggers, P&G, Chicago Bears, and NBCF for such an amazing event. I was able to learn so much in such a short time.

This past Tuesday, October 22, I attended the P&G Best Defense Day of Action with special host Chicago Bears Defensive End Corey Wootton. Wootton has a long history with breast cancer as his mother-in-law is a survivor and he lost two aunts and his great-grandmother to the disease.

I arrived to the newly redesigned Halas Hall, excited to learn about the importance of early detection from NBCF experts, and find out about what tools were available to help create our very own early detection plans. This is the campaign’s sixth year. For 2013 P&G Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign has partnered with The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to not only educate women, but also the men in their lives, about the importance of early detection.

I must say I was a little overwhelmed that I along with three other bloggers would sit alongside Corey, Janelle Hail, NBCF Founder & CEO, and her son Kevin Hail COO. As we listened to the panel we were able to hear their stories of how breast cancer has affected them. We were also able to ask a couple of questions.

Corey Wootton, Janelle Hail, Kevin Hail
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PROCTER AND GAMBLE
I asked Janelle how she, a 33 year survivor, had first discovered she had breast cancer. She said that she had remembered that back in the 6th grade they had shown all the girls how to do self breast examinations. And she had done one and found a lump. She knew something was not right and followed up with her doctor. At the age of 34 she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. During this time the options were not what they are today. For her, a mastectomy was the best option. She credits early detection with saving her life. This is why this campaign is so important to her. And with so many resources at our fingertips we need to take advantage of them. At the time of her diagnosis Janelle didn't have the internet how we do now. She jokes, “Google, where were you when I needed you?”

Some key messages I learned and wanted to share:

•One in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. One in eight! That is equivalent to an inner circle of girlfriends or the women in an extended family.

•Early detection saves lives. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the higher the survival rate. In fact, when detected during the early (localized) stage – the five year survival rate is 98 percent.*

•While breast cancer rates are lower among non-Caucasian women, death rates are higher among African American and Latina women. In fact, every hour and a half a Latina woman dies of breast cancer in the United States.* (As a Latina this statistic scares me! This is why I've made my plan).

*National Cancer Institute

This October, I’m helping by spreading the message that early detection is the best defense in the fight against breast cancer. I’m urging friends and family to take action by creating your own early detection plan. You can download the NBCF’s Early Detection Plan App at www.pgeveryday.com/bca which can be found there throughout the month of October. A way to start is monthly self examinations, yearly mammograms, etc. The App will even send you reminders! No excuses to forget.

P&G also supports the NBCF in its commitment to save lives by providing mammograms for those in need. You can see if they have a partner hospital in your area at: http://breastcan.cr/Jb2IZ8 If there is not a hospital in your area, check with your local hospital. They may have a program in place that can get you the mammogram you need.



While the panel discussion may have been a serious talk, we did manage to have some fun during the afternoon activities at the Walter Payton Center. We were invited to join in some football drills. Those were so much fun, embarrassing, but fun! I’m just glad I didn't fall down trying to catch a ball. And I must say trying to kick a ball through the goal posts is a lot harder than it looks. Plus there were some great giveaways for those who attended.

Me - trying desperately to catch a ball while running!


Walter Payton Center, Janelle Hail and I
and Corey Wootton signing our picture

A short video highlighting the day's events


Since 2008, P&G has donated more than $2.1MM to the NBCF to help save lives through early detection awareness and education. More than 80 percent of all donations to the NBCF go to programs that benefit women.

Some great P&G Products


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

HealthyDiningFinder.com - Makes Finding Healthy Restaurant Options Easy

Healthy Dining is a partner of the Kids LiveWell program, of which I am a huge fan of, encouraging healthy eating while dining out. So now the who family has healthy dining choices. I have to admit, I am not much of a home cook. But I’d still be able to go out to dinner and not give into the fatty, unhealthy food options. That is why I’m glad that there are restaurants out there with healthy food choices. And now it’s even easier to find restaurants no matter where you are! Visit HealthyDiningFinder.com and you’ll be able to enter the zip code or city, state you are in to get a list of available restaurants. Not only will it give you the distance and a price range. It will also break down the menu – Healthy Dining, Sodium Savvy, and Kids Livewell.



It very easy to find the information you are looking for, such as calories, fat, and sugar, and some menu options even include a picture for your viewing pleasure. You can also quickly gain access to the restaurants website.



The section Ask the Dietitians has registered dietitians answer your questions about restaurant nutrition. There is a variety of questions and I’m sure there’s one you have that’s already been answered. But if you don’t see it you can submit your own question as well.



One of my favorite things about the website is its restaurants recipes section. As I mentioned before I am not much of a cook, but sometimes I do want to try and recreate something I had while dining out. Well now I can by easily accessing the recipes online. I am actually excited to try out the Capellini Alla Positano from Bellini Grill in Philadelphia. That place is not nearby, but now I can try their food at home! Wish me luck!



For more than 20 years, Healthy Dining has been serving up the best choices at restaurants, from fast food to fine dining.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm - Fall Fun

This past Saturday we took Maddie to Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm to pick out a pumpkin. We knew that being a weekend it would be crowded, and boy was it. Looking at social media I think almost everyone I know with kids was there! We were able to park in the main parking lot, score, so not a long walk to the entrance. It was our first time there and we were excited to see what was in store for us. First off this place is a lot bigger than I had anticipated. We brought an umbrella stroller, but probably should have just left it in the car. Maddie didn't want to be in it, and we ended up just lugging it around. Plus, really there was not a lot of room to maneuver with it.




The admission was $11.99 for adults and Maddie, being under 2, was free. This year they have included unlimited kiddie rides. Maddie wasn't interested, good thing as the lines were pretty long. She was most interested at looking at her surroundings. She enjoyed Purvis Pigworth’s Pumpkin Picker the most. It’s just a standalone truck that makes noises and moves. She was amazed! She also liked Bengtsonville Children’s Village. Not much to it, just a couple of small size buildings for her to go in and out of. By the end of our 3 hour day she was exhausted, but we couldn't leave without first seeing the Pig Races.  Pigs both big and small were quite entertaining and cute, even if was just one short lap around the course. The petting zoo is small, but a good variety of animals. I don't think I've ever seen a kangaroo so close before. I know I enjoyed feeding the animals carrot slices and I'm sure Maddie did too.



On the way out we picked out a mini pumpkin as a souvenir. No need for the big pumpkins at this time. She wasn't going to be able to pick up a big one anyway. She sure tried though. Again, there is a lot to do here, so we’ll probably be back next year so Maddie can enjoy more of it. I’m excited for her to be big enough to go on the camel or pony rides (additional charge). And the place smelled great; new for 2013 Uncle Bub’s BBQ from Westmont is now there. Mmm…turkey legs. But we weren't hungry so we skipped it this time. If you decide to pack a lunch you are able to go in and out of the area as long as you get your hand stamped for same day return. We had a great time!

Maddie's Mini Pumpkin




Friday, October 11, 2013

Chicago Mom Launches the First Ever National "Family Travel" Show

I had the pleasure of meeting Colleen Kelly while at Blogher13 in Chicago. It is always great to see moms succeed, especially Chicago Moms! She is a mother of two children. She is launching a new national public television travel show and it recently premiered.  "Family Travel with Colleen Kelly" is the very first family travel show to ever go national!

I know as a  mom I’m always interested on where I can bring Maddie along and still enjoy the vacation as a family. Of course Colleen will show us Chicago, but I’m also excited to see other cities. Included in the series is San Antonio, TX, and as I have an open invitation from my uncle to come down and visit, I’m taking the opportunity to watch the show and get some great travel tips on where to visit while we're there.

The 13 episode series of "Family Travel with Colleen Kelly" premieres in Chicago on the following dates and times on WTTW: 10/5-12/28, every Saturday on WTTW at 10:00am-10:30am. (That’s channel 11 for you local readers). Check the PBS Schedule for other markets here.

Plus head on over to Facebook or her website http://familytravelck.com/ as they will also be giving away 6 FREE Family Vacations (currently you’ll see San Antonio, TX and Monterrey, CA).

Here's a quick peek!

Friday, October 4, 2013

L'OREAL Magic Nude Liquid Powder Review - The "Un-Makeup Look"

I received a complimentary product from SheSpeaks/ L'Oréal Paris. All opinions are my own.

I've been hearing a lot about L'Oréal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder. I’m happy to say I finally got to give it a try. First off, this comes in 12 different shades, which for me can be a little overwhelming trying to choose the right one. But taking a look at the different shades I was able to find one that I think matched my skin pretty good, Nude Beige.




It is advertised as the “un-makeup look”. It gives off the natural look but with a soft powdery finish. I liked the make up itself. The bottle however, I wish would have had a little pump so I didn't have to make a mess, yes I made a mess trying to get enough makeup on my finger, which is the best way to apply this makeup. Maybe that’s just me. Anyway, it goes on pretty smoothly and feels very lightweight. That being said, it is lightweight, so the coverage isn't your typical full foundation coverage. I could still see some of my imperfections, but I didn't feel like I was wearing any makeup, so that was a nice feeling. I think this would be a great product to wear in the hot summer. As always I adore makeup that has SPF, and this one SPF 18. The bottle retails for $12.95 and if you visit their website you can get a $2.00 off coupon

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Brookfield Zoo Run Run 5K - Using my Inspire Pro for Women yurbuds!

I can’t believe I never ran a Brookfield Zoo 5K before. It was so much fun! I admit it was a little distracting to see all the animals as I wanted to take a peek at all of them, along with everyone else! This was a more scenic run than others I've done before. It was a nice cool temperature outside, which helped a lot since once I get running I get HOT. I stuck to my intended pace of a 12 minute mile, but think its time to go a little faster on my next run. I felt really good once I finished, I had a feeling of accomplishment as I am running for no other reason than for feeling good about me. It’s actually relaxing in a way as I have no other thoughts on my mind other than running to the finish line.




A little music along the way helped as well. I was excited to try out my new Inspire Pro for Women yurbuds that I got from Best Buy while at BlogHer 13. I was excited to wear these, compared to my old ear buds, because of the promises it made. My favorite guarantee is that they won’t fall out while running. My old ones never stayed in place. Yurbuds have a twistlock technology that helps them stay in place, no matter how much movement. And after a full 5K they were still in the same spot as when I started. They are ergonomically designed and are made with flexible silicone. Yurbuds are very comfortable and I’m sure I could wear them for a long time.  They also take into consideration that not all women have the same ear size, so it comes with 2 sizes for the enhancers. I also like that I can control the volume from the 3 button dry mic. These particular yurbuds are compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod. They retail for $59.99 #INSPIREFORWOMEN



Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Welcome Fall - Apple Picking Fun

On Saturday we decided it was time to welcome the fall season and headed to the County Line Orchard in Hobart, Indiana to pick some apples. We've come here in the past with my nieces so I knew Maddie would also enjoy. There is so much for the children to do. We went with my cousin and her family and they so generously provided lunch, picnic style. We sat at the table and enjoyed some live music. Afterwards we decided to take the kids to the barn area, which featured animals, a mini corn maze, and a play area (age appropriate). Children under 2 are free, and there is a $5 fee for everyone else for this particular package: Lil' Farmer Pass. There are upgrades available to do more. If you just want to do some apple picking there is a $1 fee and you pay for the apple you pick (sold by the pound). I got enough apples to make a pie; we’ll see how that goes. We also loaded up on apple cider and donuts. They have the yummiest pumpkin donuts! And would you believe we also bought salsa?!

It was a great trip, a very tiring trip. From Chicago it is about an hour drive. Be prepared to walk a lot, and definitely take advantage of the tractor rides. Also, if there a specific type of apple you are looking for, be sure to check the website so you know if they are available for picking. Don't know which apples can be used to make what, then check out their usage chart it'll give you suggestions and when it ripens. Some apples are for ripe for September and others are ripe for October. Timing is everything.


Chuck E. Cheese's - Fun For All Ages

This past Friday we, along with some friends, went to Chuck E Cheese. I had received a free guest pass while at BlogHer 13, so thought we’d put it to good use. It included one pizza, 4 drinks and 30 tokens. 



I thought Maddie would be too young to enjoy this, but once I let her lose she all over the place enjoying herself. Mostly she looked for the machines where she could hit buttons. She loved the little car rides as well. At this age I found it quite affordable to head out there, as she isn't begging me for more tokens. Plus one pizza was enough for 3 adults and 3 small children (all under 3). Each child also got 10 tokens, which for us was enough since they weren't interested in winning tickets. I think in the end the parents end up having more fun than the kids. I saw many adults having a go at the games and getting all excited when they won a ton of tickets. My favorite machines are the picture drawer and photo id maker. It snaps your picture then it “draws” it like a sketch and the other prints out a cute card with the child's photo. the look cute and make great souvenirs. And I would totally invest in the straw cup upgrade ($1.50). Maddie loves her cup! I’m sure we’ll be back soon. "Fun for all. Fun for less." As their slogan goes.

If you go online you can play the electronic version of Ticket Blaster and win some tickets. Just print out the rewards certificate and redeem at your local Chuck E Cheese. Up to 50 tickets with food purchase. One certificate per child per day. 



Friday, September 27, 2013

The Home T - Comfort for a Cause

I recently purchased the most amazing shirt. It’s a shirt with the word home and the border of Illinois, my home state. It is the softest shirt I've ever owned, and is quickly becoming my favorite to wear. I had seen some celebs sporting the shirt, such as Hilary Duff and Dierks Bentley (my favorite guy, ahem, other than my hubby).

When I went to see the cost of the shirt I was at first taken aback…$28 for a t-shirt?! But then I read up on what happens with some of that money. A portion of profits is donated to multiple sclerosis research. What a great cause! So I quickly decided to support the company and order a shirt. Next purchase, because there will be another, will be the one with the border of the USA. I wish they had toddler sizes; I’d by one for Maddie! Don’t forget: 100% made in the USA!

The shirts are available in grey or blue and are unisex sizes. I found their sizing chart very helpful when placing my order. Definitely agree that it has a vintage feel to it.

“The Home T-shirt is a stylish way to show off your state pride, while also helping raise money for multiple sclerosis research”. Agreed!

Get your own at http://www.thehomet.com/


I chose the blue shirt - What do you think?


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

I'm usually all for getting up early and checking out the collaborations between Target and designers. But for some reason the Phillip Lim collection wasn't really calling my name. I did still go to Target to check it out in person, as online you can never tell. For this particular collection I didn't have to bump elbows with anyone or stalk a piece until someone let it go. There was a small section of about 25 items. I was mostly impressed by the purses, not so much by the clothes. I only like one item in apparel.


              Top Handle Crossbody - Taupe 34.99

The store only had the yellow version :( Other wise I would have purchased. 

                    Travel Wallet - Black 19.99

This was available and I contemplated the purchase, but passed.

Canvas Drawstring Travel Bag - Olive 49.99

This looks awesome online, but have no idea in person...

The one clothing item I'd go with is the below:

Long-Sleeve Blouse -Green 29.99

I may still go back and buy this, it has potential :)


All Eyes On Britney

Britney Spears has made it official this morning that she will be doing a two year residency in Las Vegas which starts December 27th at Planet Hollywood. Who's excited? Me, me, me! I heart Britney. I've been planning by birthday getaway since the minute I heard the news. Here's hoping for a trip to Sin City this Winter! (Wishful thinking). Although I wouldn't be able to afford any of the outrages fan packages, meet and greet starts at $1,500 a ticket, I think I can surely get the regular priced tickets, which looks like General Admission will be available right by the stage. The ticket prices will be just under $200 ($66.50-$194). The norm for a Vegas stint. Now my next dilemma...what to wear?!


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

No.Sleep.Till... Molars Are All In

At first I couldn't figure it out. Why isn't Maddie sleeping? Is it because her schedule is off during the weekend? Did we disrupt what she’s used to? Then it hit me. Just when I thought I was finally going to get some real sleep Maddie decides its time to get her molars! So what does this mean for us? Well for me it means less sleep. For Maddie it means getting up every 3 hours crying in what I can only imagine is pain. Her cries sound so different from her usual cries. So I’m up nursing my 15 month old because that just makes her feel better. But at the same time she is nursing longer, and well not necessarily nursing but just sticking around for the fun of it I suppose. During the day after I get home from work she just wants me to hold her, which I love to do, but I've got to try and get dinner made, and she just doesn't want to let go. (So yes, we've getting take out a little too often now).

I've tried Hylands Teething Tablets, which really help, but I have to continuously give them to her, which for me works in the daytime, but at night time the pain comes back while she is asleep and she starts to cry again. It all seems better once I bring her into bed with me, but I don’t want her to get used to that. It’s nice to have her sleep in her own crib, in her own room. For most of Maddie's middle of the night wake up calls I've handled the majority of figuring there’s not much my hubby can do since I'm still nursing. He tries to help, but really Maddie's just going to get more frustrated if I don’t pick her up. There’s no reason for both of us to be walking zombies in the morning. Right now I only see one, but that just means there’s three more to go. I hope for both her sake and my sanity this is over soon. I think I’ll just let her chew on anything she wants if its going to calm her down…right now she likes the couch and she can’t keep her fingers out of her mouth, creating mounds of drool everywhere. 




Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick - Mystic Plum

DISCLOSURE:  I received a free Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick from People StyleWatch Style Hunters to try and review. All opinions are my own.


I have to admit that when I saw I would be receiving MaryKay True Dimensions Lipstick ($18) in the Mystic Plum shade I was a little worried. What was that going to look like on me? I imagined a dark grape purple shade going on my lips and making me look too goth. Well I was surprised as this was not the case. The color went on very smoothly in a tone that was a bit on the red side, well at least that’s what it looked like on my skin. I liked it. It’s a great shade for the fall. I love Mary Kay’s description for the lipstick, “It's like a color-infused fountain of youth for your lips”. It helps moisturize your lips while helping smooth out the appearance of fine lines. It said it would make lips look fuller, but that I didn't really notice. See picture below. Does it look alright on me? I hope so, since I plan on wearing it again. I also love the casing! Push the clear top down to release the lipstick, so fun and cool. 





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Thursday, August 29, 2013

imPress Nails - Fast and Easy At Home Manicure

I few weeks ago I received some free imPress nails by Broadway Nails. I had gotten a free “manicure” while at BlogHer ’13 and was impressed by the nail product.

The nails are said to last up to a week. That being said, my first manicure lasted 10 days! But with the occasional same two nails popping off. I think this had to do with the amount of activity my nails were doing. I sit and type at a computer for most of the day so it was understandable that the index and middle fingers I use the most to push the numbers key would keep popping off. But on the bright side I had tons of replacements in the cute nail polish bottle that the nails came in.




Putting on the nails for the first on your own may be a little time consuming at first. You have to size each of your nails to the perfect fit. There are these really tiny numbers on each nail, numbered 0-11 so you can tell what size. So now in the future I just have to look for those numbers and it will be quick. Make sure to use the prep pad provided so the nails stick on to a clean surface. The only thing I had trouble with was once I got to the last two nails I had a hard time getting the plastic wrapping off the back of the nail. I had to use my teeth, yes my teeth, to get those last couple off. No biggie.

For the price of $4.97 for solids or $6.97 for prints at Walmart.com, I thought it was a great way to look put-together for a special occasion without having to spend big money at a nail salon. For instance I was going on vacation, and would normally spend $30-45 on a French acrylic manicure at the salon, so this was a big money saver, less time consuming, and painless. And unlike salon nails, there is no chance these nails are going to chip! Visit imPress or Facebook to get $1 off your first kit!

I liked the nails so much I decided to invite some friends over and have an imPress Nail party. We all sat around and put on our nails. Everyone agreed that there was not much to putting them on. And they looked like salon quality nails. Some of us tried the medium length nails, but found that we would have been more comfortable with the short length nails, mostly because like me they use a computer daily.






I did find that if you have too much contact with hot water the glue will “deactivate” and the nails will be more prone to come off. (Definitely use gloves if you are washing dishes). I also recommend trying to press on the nail for a good amount of time just so the bottom, closest the cuticle, sticks. On occasion I also found that if I ran my fingers through my hair some would get stuck under the nail.

I think that for the price and all the cool colors and patterns I would definitely buy, especially if I need something fast and inexpensive. It’s a great product for a girl on a budget who wants to have great nails on the weekend. Like any product there are pros and cons, but I think the pros win in this case.


Monday, August 26, 2013

A Fun Filled August!

These past two weekends were so much fun spending time with friends I hadn't seen in a while.

Two weekends ago my husband I decided to go to a local craft beer tasting in nearby Oak Park, aka, the 6th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review. For about $50 each (a little pricey for the lightweight that I am) we got to drink for 4 hours or when ever our 30 tickets each ran out. Well of course you give me 30 tickets I’m going to try hard to use them all. But alas the beer won and I only used half my tickets. And after a while the vendors weren't even taking them. They just kept pouring freely into everyone’s little glass. There were so many tables set up it was hard to pick where to go. It was busy and crowded but the lines moved fairly quickly. I took a look at the pamphlet they gave as when we arrived and kind of glanced at some of the beers, looking for some fun, "girly" flavors. Found some! The sun was hot, “like a pistol” as one of my friends so graciously kept reminding us! But at the end I was sad to go, I was having so much fun. We've done a couple of beer and wine tastings before, but it’s always more fun when you have a big group of friends with you.



This past weekend I went to visit my BFF that lives in Urbana. We decided to take the baby so she could experience the Urbana Sweet Corn Festival. The festival is small, but they try and pack as much food, games, and music as they can. During the day time, it was pretty calm, not so crowed. I’m sure the heat had something to do with it, because by Saturday night you couldn't even move! I think it had to do with a lot of people being excited to see Kansas, of which I think I only knew one song and of course now Dust in the Wind is in my head! Should I know more?! I was also happy to see they had slushy drinks, Miami Vice? Yes, please! I’m sure we’ll be back next year, and hopefully go both days…and use up all of our tickets, no refunds :(

We did end up staying at a hotel, the Urbana Landmark, and boy was that an experience. The hotel does give you the old hotel vibe, and every corner I turned I thought a ghost was going to pop out, LOL, I'm so silly! Loved seeing the old pictures on the wall, and the old furniture. However, our room didn't have any A/C and it was hard for the manager to understand us and us her. She finally got it and gave us a new room. And parking, well there was none because all the fest goers were using the lot. We tried asking the manager where else we could park, but she kept thinking we were asking if we could park at the lot for the fest only. But in then end we did find someone leaving and took the spot. All in all the hotel is fine for the $60 it cost. It is walking distance from my BFF’s house and near bars, etc. So had we been able to just park and given the room with the working A/C I’d be saying this is the best place to stay when you’re in Urbana on a budget. But now I don’t know if I would totally recommend it if it’s going to cause some headaches just talking to management. I’d give 2 out of 4 stars. But it being so close to my friend’s is just such a plus that I’d take the risk again!