Fall Style Edit: Baby Edition

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A few weeks ago I did my Fall Style Edit and I thought it would be fun to one for the baby as well. I'm not going to lie, some of these pieces are expensive, but man I love them

Janie & Jack is a favorite store of mine, albeit, a bit expensive. They have some great pieces this fall like this sweater cape, the moon shirt, and of course the prettiest navy blue dress in existence.

Adalae is just getting big enough to fit into Zara and I'm excited about it. I really love the printed pants and those amazing ruffled boots.

Baby Gap is always a good stop for new clothing. I have this garter hoodie from them already, but thought picking up a heavier duty version might not be a bad idea. Also, how cute is that pom hat? Love.

If you're looking for some inexpensive options for fall, my favorite stores to check out are Old Navy, Target, and Carter's! Also, Janie & Jack is having a sale! Click below to explore.

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Little Black Makeup Wipe

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If you watch my Instastories (which you really should, I'm hilarious) you'd know that I picked up these makeup remover wipes a few weeks ago. I thought it looked really interesting and innovative, and I'd never seen anything like it. Which is tough to do in the makeup wipe business.

Plus, I really like YesTo products.

But anyways....

I took these home and thought I'd give them a shot. My first impression was that these wipes were kind of rough on my skin. I'm used to something like the Ponds wipes where they're nice and soft, and don't really do any major exfoliating, but these were different. Definitely a rougher feel to them. They did a pretty good job of removing my face and eye makeup, but I have found that they do not do much for mascara. If you want to make sure your lashes are clear, you'll need to use an eye makeup remover like this one.

To say I was skeptical of how they managed to infuse charcoal into a wipe would be an understatement. I really thought this was a little gimmicky, but if I liked the wipe, who cares? Newsflash: there's definitely charcoal in these bad boys. These wipes leave my skin feeling surprisingly refreshed and tingly. You can absolutely tell there's charcoal in this, no question. If I wasn't sure after one use, now that I've used them pretty steadily for two weeks, my skin is no joke clearer than it has been in a long time. I used to have bumps along the bottom of my jawline of clogged pores, now? Gone. I have changed nothing else. I'm hooked. These are a total win. I think they'd work for any skin type, even sensitive skin. I truly love these and they've found a spot in my everyday routine. Bonus: They're drugstore....yas!

PS I also love the Ole Hendrickson wipes available at Sephora. Kind of a 180 from the charcoal wipes, but I like them pretty equally.  You know...in case you were wondering.


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What I Learned From 31 Days of Yoga

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I Need a New Yoga Mat. I discovered early on (day 5 to be exact) that I need a new yoga mat. The $20 version I got from Dick's Sporting Good's has done me well for the last year and a half or so, but when I got serious about yoga, I got seriously annoyed with all the slipping, sliding, and stretching of the mat. I did some shopping and found the one that I'm going to get (I have not pulled the plug on this yet). It ain't cheap, but it's worth it.

It's Not Easy Showing Up Everyday. Those first days were easy. By about day 9 or 10 it was hard to make time. Especially with a newborn that had decided napping just wasn't for her and a husband who works 10+ hours a day, not including the commute. But, it was around this same time that I noticed my abs (which were non-existent) had starting showing up for work again and my tummy wasn't sticking out as much. #TotallyWorthIt

Yoga Actually Does Make You Happy. No joke, by day 13 I was downright giddy. I knew something was up when I looked at my Twitter feed on day 12 and laughed at gif's until I cried. There was a good set up about spider's and boutique dresses, but no one else thought they were that funny. I laughed easier, and felt lighter even though we're going through some huge life changes right now that are enough to make anyone stressed.

Insta-Tone is a Thing. Your body is an amazing thing. When I got pregnant back in September of 2016, I had some decent tone in my arms (I was just beginning to work on the triceps) and calves that wouldn't quit. Within three weeks becoming pregnant, I got that shot of progesterone you get and just like that: gone. I was softer, less toned, and things became harder to do. By day 11 my arms were getting better, and then during a down-dog I saw my calves and got excited. My body had begun to snapback. God love it.

I Need New Deodorant. This may be an overshare, but really...it's a blog about my life, you get it alll here. Anyways, about day 16, I had begun to realize that my fave deodorant was no longer cutting it. I chalk this up not to yoga per-say but working out every day warmed my body up and because I'm currently living on the sun I stayed that way. Half the way through the day it was time of reapply, so I amped up and got this deodorant instead.

Life Gets In the Way. Day 20 is the day I missed. I wanted to, I had every intention of doing it, but when it came down to actually do it, I realized I had missed my opportunity....at 7am in the morning. Life is going to get in the way, but the important thing is that the next day, I showed up on the mat ready to work. And I did.

I'm going to begin my next 31 Days of Yoga shortly! Be sure to follow along on Insta-stories!


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5 Places to Visit in Southern California

The Los Angeles basin can look very enticing and glamorous to a visitor, (I still haven't figured out how those bloggers make LA look so lovely on their Instagram's) but I'm here to tell you, that as a local, we avoid LA at all costs. Brian and I tend to avoid it a little more than most, but I assure you, the locals avoid getting within a 20 mile radius of Los Angeles unless they are attending an event, have to be there for work, or are picking someone up from LAX (and even then, I know plenty of people who have booked a shuttle for their loved ones). So, having said all that, here's my top five places to visit in SoCal (that aren't in LA):


1. Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney (Anaheim, CA)
These three are all clustered in what we lovingly refer to as the "Disney Bubble" which begins just beyond Harbor and Ball in Anaheim, and continues until just past the parks. I don't need to spend a ton of time on these things, but you need to plan at least a weekend to do all three. Yes, you can do both California Adventure and Disneyland in a day if you're an adult. With a kid, I'd say plan a day and a half. Downtown Disney holds some neat restaurants, and the coolest Lego store around.


2. The Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA)
This is, in my opinion, one of the coolest attractions in SoCal and I love visiting it. I recommend planning the better part of a day to go down, check it out, tour around, and enjoy yourself. This is generally more of an adult attraction, but during the winter there's a large winter festival that your kids are bound to love. PS The Queen Mary is a sort-of sister ship to the Titanic, so if you're into that, you'll love this.


3. Coronado Island (San Diego, CA)
San Diego is worth a two-day trip by itself and Coronado is worth one of those days. Not only does it house a large naval base, but it's also got one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world (Silver Strand Beach), the Hotel del Coronado, and offers a glimpse at island life. On your way out to the island be sure to stop at the Midway Museum. This is Brian and I's very favorite museum, ever. On the mainland, Sea World and San Diego Zoo may seem attractive however, here's a helpful hint: Sea World isn't great (pretty run down and exactly the same as when you were a kid, only less cool cause of Black Fish) and San Diego Zoo is amazing, but I've heard Safari Park is 1,000 times better. I haven't been there yet, but did you know you can camp in a yurt with the animals? I KNOW!


4. Palm Springs (Palm Springs, CA)
Something a tourist would likely not put together? The fact that Palm Springs is a day trip. Sure! You can spend a weekend there, or a week, or whatever. But, it's about two hours away from Los Angeles (maybe more) and it's completely worth the trip. Take a stroll down the main drag, stop at a bar or two, shop till you drop and then hit the local favorite Agua Caliente hotel and casino for the night! PS Palm Springs is the place I experienced 120 degrees in outside temperature. Remember this when planning your trip (January or February are best).


5. Buena Park (Buena Park, CA)
You might be thinking: What the eff is Buena Park? And to that I say, ever heard of Knotts Berry Farm? How about Medieval Times? Or Pirate's Adventure? Or the permanent home for the Titanic and Bodies museum's exhibits? Yep, all of this is in Buena Park. You may not spend a lot of time there, but it's important to consider stopping in for a few things. I personally love Medieval Times, the Titanic Exhibit, and Knotts Berry Farm. I've also heard really good things about Pirate's Adventure (which is like a dinner theater). Definitely a place to consider stopping.

These are my top five for SoCal but if you ever find yourself in Northern California, you'd be remiss if you didn't check out Hearst Castle, Big Sur, Paso Robles, and Cambria!

Fall Style Edit

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Now that the word's out that I'm moving back to a place with four seasons, I've got to gear up for fall. I've already done a fair amount of shopping for the baby and Brian can fend for himself. Now it's on to me and I've got a wishlist a mile long (you should not be surprised).  I've been obsessed with all the perforated booties out there and decided that #3 is a must have. I've already purchased #6 and absolutely love it. It's the perfect lightweight jacket for fall. 

There are two pairs of jeans on here because I actually only own one pair right now. In Southern California you wear jeans for about five seconds and then are right back in to shorts. Believe it or not, the current pair I own are from American Eagle about 8 years ago. I really love Kut From the Cloth (#4) and the girlfriend jeans (#8) that GAP has right now are great.

I really like the idea of a sweater blazer and thought the structure and detailing of #9 was a fun but still casual option for day to night. 

I'll likely pick up one of the handbags, but not both (the diaper bag is what I generally carry nowadays) and I'm on the fence about the plaid jacket (#5). What do you guys think? 

What have you purchased this fall? Let me know in the comments below!


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I'm Moving Back to Minnesota

...and I'm so freakin' excited.

Two Harbors, Minnesota c.2011

I'm excited to finally announce that we're moving home. Well, back to where I'm from. Brian's from Anaheim, so he's really just going back. It wasn't easy coming to this decision. We almost moved to Kansas City, but that's a different story. There's a whole post on the why we decided to go back (after swearing we never would) and the realization that it was the right move, and I promise, I'll do it, but right now I want to talk about exciting things. Here's what has got me the most excited about moving back:

Slowing Down. In Southern California your speed is set at 90 mph or faster and never slows down. Everyone has an agenda that is more important than yours and no one has enough time in the day to get it all day (people also have entitlement issues). Minnesota's life-speed is set at a solid 55 miles per hour and man will it be great to slow down. Fun story: every time Brian and I went home, by day two we were looking at each other asking ourselves 'what exactly we did while we were there...'.

Shopping. You'd think that SoCal has Minnesota beat for shopping and really, it does, but when your bestie (and personal fashion guru) lives in Minnesota and shops at Minnesota boutiques, shopping becomes an online-only experience. I'll be excited to actually get to try on clothes again.

The Proximity to Missouri. This might seem like a weird one, but my favorite place in the whole world is Southern Missouri for several reasons and not being able to get in the car and drive there in a moments notice has effected me in ways I didn't think it would. I can not wait for the first time we make the drive and I turn on to that country highway surrounded by nothing but open farmland. Back in the day I used to run down in my little sports car and I'd hit that country road at about 90 mph. It should have taken me about an hour to get from the freeway to my destination. I could do it in 30 minutes flat.

Christmas. Christmas without snow is not the same. In fact, there is no Christmas like a Christmas in the mid-west. You just haven't experienced Christmas unless you've been there. The hot cocoa, the cookies, the food in general. I'm so excited that my daughter gets to know Christmas's like this and not the half-assed version we've experienced in California.

No Longer Living In the Desert. I've learned a lot living in the desert (and I assure you, that's what SoCal is). I've learned that you have to start saving for your electric bill in July back in February and that you're pretty much hot from May through October. I used to this remote start on cars was an essential for warming up your car, but I've since learned it's required to cool down your car before you get in. 120 degrees is really hot, and there are days when your bedroom stays 80+ degrees because your A/C, no matter how great it is, just can't keep up.

To say I'm excited to get back to Minnesota might be a bit of an understatement, but really, I can't help it.


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Special Edition Post: Back to School Link Up

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Hello and happy Monday! As you know, I typically don't post on Monday's anymore but I saw the TBB Asks: Back to School Edition link up and thought it would a be a blast to answer the questions. Let's get to it!

1. Did you love school or hate it? I was definitely lukewarm.

2. Start school before or after Labor Day? After

3. Wake up: Eager beaver or slow poke? Slow poke

4. Favorite breakfast? I never ate breakfast

5. Favorite cereal? I was the only kid who didn't eat cereal until I became an adult (Captain Crunch Peanut Butter FO LIFE!)

6. School uniform or no uniform? I grew up in the sticks, all they asked is that you wore pants.

7. New outfit for first day or no? Always new and the best freaking thing I could find.

8. Walk to school or ride the bus? Bus

9. Backpack, tote, or messenger bag? All of the above

10. Eat school lunch or pack lunch? Mostly school lunch

11. Remember the little milk cartons? White or Chocolate? Chocolate

12. Paper bag or lunch box? Paper bag, much to my dismay

13. Favorite thing to do at recess? Four square

14. Favorite back to school supply item? Folders & notebooks, my organizational skills were acquired at birth.

15. Chalkboard or dry erase board? I had both

16. Regular pencil or mechanical? Mechanical, but not until high school

17. Homework as soon as you got home or after dinner? On the bus on the way to school

18. Favorite after school snack? I don't remember. Truly, I don't. Maybe crackers and cheese?

19. Favorite after school show? Full House and Saved by the Bell

20. Favorite subject in school? I should answer music, but really it was history.

21. Least favorite subject in school? I should answer math, but really it was PE.

22. Name your best friend in high school? I don't know that I had a BEST friend, but I had an amazing group of really great friends, some of which I'm still in contact with cause they're just awesome people.

23. High school mascot type? Oh Lord, it was Big Red Chewing Gum. That was the mascot, even though we were the Vikings. Go big red!

24. SAT or ACT? ACT

25. Favorite year in school? Senior year

26. Class ring or no class ring? Class ring, but it was pretty. I think I still have that somewhere...

27. Attend or not attend high school reunions? Ha! You're funny.

Check out my other back to school posts here & here.