Life Lately + Weekend Sales
  • May 26, 2017
  • Life · Lifestyle · Style
  • Happy holiday weekend! I guess because it’s been so cold in Chicago, it hasn’t really hit me that summer is here. We’re going to Dallas this weekend so I’m excited for some much warmer weather. I’m cheering my friend Joanne on in a marathon Saturday and I get to see my friends from high school. Win win!

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    We booked our summer vacation to Bermuda a couple weeks ago. I can’t wait to explore the pink sand beaches and test out the “rum swizzle.” Any other recos? Send my way!

    Riggins has been spending the week at Grandma and Grandpa’s and I miss him so much. Luckily my mom has been sending me daily updates and we’ve Facetimed a few times.

    Brett was traveling for work this week so I made all my favorite foods he doesn’t like. This salad topped the list – salmon over greens with goat cheese, avocado and sweet cherries plus a balsamic glaze. This is the kind of salad I hope to be eating all summer long.

    I’ve been dabbling in essential oils recently (lavender essential oil has really been helping with my headaches) and Liz’s post on essential oils has me motivated to try more.

    The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale launched this week and runs through June 4.

    Save 40% off your total purchase at Banana Republic with code BRSUMMER through Tuesday.

    J.Crew is 30% off this weekend with code SWEET.

    • I was really excited for this dress, but when it arrived yesterday I ended up being disappointed. The fabric is incredibly thin so it feels like something you could get at Forever 21 and it just wasn’t flattering.
    • I had better luck with this top though. I’d recommend sizing up if you want a longer fit.
    • I picked up this bathing suit for Bermuda and can’t wait to wear it. I love the bow detail.

     

    DIY Flower Wall
  • May 24, 2017
  • DIY · Entertaining
  • You know those gorgeous statement flower walls you see at stores and parties that are totally Instagrammable? (Hampton Social here in Chicago and Skinny Dip in Charleston are two of my recent favorites!) Ever wonder how to make your own for your next party? Today I’m sharing just how to do so and I’m going to let you in on a little secret… it’s so simple! DIY Flower Wall
    There are so many different ways you can make your own flower wall. You can use various types of flowers, flowers of the same type in different colors (like I did) or add in greenery. Your options are limitless! My only suggestion would be to avoid flowers like tulips that tend to wilt quickly when not in water.

    I placed my flower wall above my bar cart for a recent happy hour, but you could also use a flower wall to add decor to a dessert table or even as a photo booth wall (don’t forget the props!).

    Instructions: 

    1. Gather your flowers and trim them to your desired length. I cut each flower stem to be about six inches long. If you are using roses, peel back the outer layer of petals.
    2. Cut 1 inch strips of washi tape and tape to the wall in the pattern you want to arrange your flowers in. Putting the tape on the wall first let’s you play around with your layout without having to handle the flowers too much.
    3. Once you are happy with your layout begin adding the flowers to your wall using the washi tape.
    4. After all your flower are all on the wall, pop the bubbly and start celebrating!

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    A Happy Home Is A Clean Home
  • May 22, 2017
  • Life
  • This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WorryFreeMessFree #CollectiveBiasscotchgard fabric protectorI’m sure if you asked anyone in my immediate family, they would likely describe me as somewhat of a neat freak. (I used to clean my sister’s bedroom for fun when I was younger!). When we first got Riggins we thought we would be the type of pet parents who would keep the dog off the furniture and the house spotless. That lasted about a month and then Riggins learned how to jump on the couch and it was game over. How could we resist puppy cuddles on the couch while we relaxed at night?scotchgard fabric protector I’ve since come to find a secret weapon for keeping a pet friendly, clean and happy home. Today I’m sharing that secret with you, plus more tips for keeping a clean home so you can stop worrying and start living. (Lucky you, right?!)scotchgard fabric protector

    1. I use Scotchgard™ Fabric & Upholstery Protector on our couch and pillows to keep them looking their best, even with a 45-pound dog napping on them daily. Scotchgard Fabric Protector repels liquids and block stains, doesn’t change the look, feel or breathability of fabrics and has invisible protection so our couch and pillows look fresh and new. Using Scotchgard Fabric Protector is so simple. Start by protecting any surrounding areas from overspray. Shake can well and spray hidden area until wet and wipe vigorously with a white absorbent cloth. If color rubs off, don’t use. After testing hold can 6cm away from fabric surface, the couch in my case. Overlap spray using a slow, sweeping motion. I found two light coats were better than one heavy coating and allowed plenty of time to dry between coats. That’s it! You’ll want to reapply seasonally or every six months at the very least.
    2. In addition to Scotchgard Fabric Protector, I also use fabric freshener weekly on the couch.
    3. I sweep and vacuum about every other day or so (Riggins sheds a lot!). I recently purchased a rubber broom made specifically for pet hair and it’s amazing. I never knew I could get so excited about a broom, but this one is legit!
    4. Now that the weather is nice(ish) I keep the windows open as much as possible to get fresh air cycling through. I never want to have a house that smells like a dog, and I asked one of my close friends shortly after getting a dog to tell us if it ever comes to that. Keeping the windows open keeps the dog smell away, plus I just love having a nice breeze blow through the house.
    5. Did I mention Riggins sheds a lot? I lint roll the couch and pillows, plus myself nearly every day so a good lint roll is essential as well. Luckily I can pick up a lint roll, along with my other cleaning supplies at Target.
    6. Tidy up every night. Even when we’re both exhausted, Brett and I make an offer to clean up the kitchen and living room every night before bed. All dishes are put away, the table is cleaned off, the blankets get folded and the pillows arranged on the couch. It only takes a few extra minutes and I can’t tell you how nice it feels to come downstairs to a clean house every morning.

    scotchgard fabric protectorScotchgard Fabric Protector is available in the Household Cleaning aisle at Target and right now you can save a $1 off Scotchgard Fabric Protector when you print this coupon!

     

     

    My Spring Uniform
  • May 8, 2017
  • Style
  • Normally this time of year I am wearing a rotation of my spring/summer dresses and skirts. With the chilly, rainy weather we’ve had this year I’m embracing a different kind of spring uniform.

    I have this jacket in a couple different colors and it’s great for layering. Add in a light scarf, the most comfortable tee ever and skinny jeans and I’m good to go.  Now here’s hoping I’ll be able to wear all my dresses and skirts sooner rather than later!spring uniform spring uniform spring uniform spring uniform spring uniform