Wednesday, September 28, 2016

wear it wednesday: fall fashion

one of the most exciting things about fall is fall fashion. i can't wait for cardigans and sweaters and fall nail colors. i don't know what the current rule is on white or not after labor day, but i think it's totally fine. white jeans can be just as good in the fall as they are in the summer.



nordstrom jacket|old navy shirt|bella ella jeans|michael kors bag|alex and ani bracelets|jord watch

i'm loving my new jord watch. i've teamed up with them to give one of you a $75 voucher. everyone who enters gets a $20.00 e-gift card excluding the winner. 
ends Sunday 10/16/2016


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this post was sponsored by jord wood watches

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

beauty time tuesday...hair ties


i have the hardest time finding hair ties that actually work for my hair. most of the time they are too tight. i have them everywhere trying to stretch them a little.i finally found these at nordstrom rack, and i love them. they are tight enough to hold my hair, but not so tight they hurt my head. i will definitely be using these from now on. do you have a fave?
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Monday, September 26, 2016

weekend happs

most of them time i really enjoy the weekends. this weekend was no exception. i had the BEST weekend. it was so good, and  i'm sad it's over.

i had a pretty stressful week at work so i intentionally did not make plans for friday. i ran a quick errand that ended up not being as quick as i planned so it was nice not to have other plans. danielle told me about the clearance sale at dillards. since i didn't have other plans, i went shopping-for jeans. jeans shopping is not my favorite thing ever, but it actually wasn't so bad. i found a few pair of my favorite jeans on major clearance and the cutest pair of heels-none of which i have pictures of.

saturday started out with a take it easy rainy 10 mile run. now that the marathon is over, it's so nice not to have the pressure of a race. i definitely want to keep my mileage up, but it was nice to run a little less this week.

after running i met becky, michelle, and mandi to take a pure barre class. they have new music and new choreography, and i really really love it. i was also sweating like crazy about 5 minutes into class. it's been a while since i've taken class with my friends, and it was so fun.

after pure barre we went to lunch at the protein house in draper. i don't know how i have missed that place. it was so good. we had the best time at lunch chatting and eating the most delicious healthy food.

we spent the afternoon hanging out-basically talking. laughing, and doing nothing. it was perfect and so much fun.

i went to dinner with brenna saturday night. we talked about a little of this and a little of that and had a great night catching up. after dinner we stopped by mandi's for a "quick visit" turned into multiple hours of laughing and chatting.

i went to church early on sunday and had the rest of the day to get things done. i got so much accomplished. i was so happy.

the weekend was one of those weekends that left me feeling so happy and so grateful for my life and all of the people in it.

how was your weekend? any exciting happs?
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

wear it wednesday:fall fashion-wish listing

*sponsored by century 21

we all know i really really love summer. i really do like fall-some years more than others. this year i am determined to embrace the changes in the seasons. i am most excited about fall fashion. i already bought a few things for fall/winter, but i am sure there are more things i need. 

i remember my first trip to NYC. the shopping was the best. that's where i discovered century 21. they have the best stuff at the best prices. there are quite a few things i want for fall. 

a new jacket or two
confession-i have an obsession with buying jackets and coats, but i don't love actually wearing them.Packable Quilted Down JacketFaux Fur Trim Down Puffer Jacket

sweaters (really cardigans)
wool|open front
Wool-Blend Knit CardiganShawl Collar Open Front Cardigan

fall purse
Rust Mia Signature Crossbody

choker because they're back in
Three-Layer Choker
earrings
Gold-Tone & Milky Grey-Tone Earrings
and for sure some pants, but who really wants to talk about shopping for jeans?!? i sure don't.

shopping online is fun, but i wish i was walking into a century 21 store right now. maybe i should hop a plane to NYC...

what's on your fall wish list?


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*sponsored by century 21. all opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

random rambling...on being a grown up

remember when you were a kid and all you wanted was to be a grown up?!? and then you became a grown up and sometimes all you want is to be a kid? having someone be in charge of making sure i have clothes to wear and food to eat seems kind of nice some days. however, i do like being in charge of my own self. i can basically do what i want when i want.

one of the best things about being a grown up is having nice things. i have dishes that match and kitchen gadgets for everything. i can spend a little more money on clothes and shoes and makeup and hair. i am in charge of when and what i eat. i go to bed when i want and wake up when i want. i can keep things clean or not.

speaking of nice dishes...












we always had simple correll dishes growing up. they are very functional and do the job. as a grown up, it's fun to have dishes that are a little more grown up. the unique patterns make these a little extra fun. nourish is all about creating beautiful memories around the dinner table-something i really love. maybe being a grown isn't so bad (winky face)

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

what would you do...for a good cause?


***this post is sponsored by kotex and the period projects

what would you do...for a good cause? there are so many good causes-charities, religious organizations, personal causes, organized and less formal projects. most people do not have the capacity to donate time and resources to every single cause they hear about.

as soon as i heard about u by kotex's period projects, i was very interested.
Many of the 3.5 million Americans who experience homelessness each year have limited access to and few places to turn for period products. Inspired by a tweet from Holly Sanchez and executed in partnership with DoSomething.org, the U by Kotex Power to the Period drive encourages people to buy and donate an extra pack of period products to a homeless shelter.

most women buy these products on a regular basis. picking up an extra box generally isn't that big of a deal, but if everyone picked up an extra box to donate, many of these women in homeless shelters would have appropriate supplies. i can't imagine anything worse than not having adequate supplies. i am excited to support this cause





The U by Kotex Power to the Period donation drive is proof that together we can do something to make a big difference in the lives of many women.

Get Involved
* Executed in partnership with DoSomething.org and Period Project Captain Holly Sanchez. 
o One of the largest global organizations for young people and social change, DoSomething.org has 5.3 million members in 131 countries who tackle volunteer programs that impact every cause. 
* Start a Power to the Period donation drive or donate new boxes of period products to a drive in your area from Thursday, July 14 through Friday, September 30.
o Visit UbyKotex.com, DoSomething.org/Period or text PERIOD to 38383 to learn how to get involved.
* The U by Kotex® brand will also make product donations on behalf of DoSomething.org contest winners and participants can sign up for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship*.
o YouTube celebrity Ingrid Nilsen is also passionate about increasing access to period products for the homeless so she got involved with the Power to the Period donation Drive. See her in the Power to the Period PSA here.
* Visit UbyKotex.com to learn more about other Period Projects and to request a U by Kotex® product sample. Join the online conversation with #PeriodProjects.

Product Guidelines
Donate unopened packages of period products (pads, panty liners, etc.), as opposed to individually wrapped items. It's more hygienic, and it's important that people see the instructions on the package.


for more information or to get involved, get more info here.

we want to know..what would you do for a good cause?

***this post was sponsored by u by kotex and the period project

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

beauty time tuesday...august empties

using something until it is completely gone is one of my favorite things ever. here are the things i used up in august.
big sexy hair dry shampoo
batiste dry shampoo
banana boat dry tanning oil
suave deoderant
liv ing proof dry shampoo
renu contact lense multi-purpose solution
clinique eye makeup remover
glide floss
colgate whitening toothpaste
eye liner
baby lips
kat von dee tattoo liner
two faced liner
intuition refill

clearly i used a lot of dry shampoo this month. have you tried any of these products? what are your faves?

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

foodie friday...mango salsa

i love the mango salsa from costco just as much as anyone else, but there is just something better about making your own. i like knowing exactly what is going in my food and in my mouth.
mango-peeled, chopped
red onion-diced
red pepper-diced
garlic powder to taste
salt to taste
juice from 1 lime
enough honey to coat

the thing about this recipe is nothing is exact. use as much or as little of everything as you want or tastes good to you.
i ate this salsa with bbq chicken over arugula lettuce. it was so fresh and delish.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

money brunch

several months ago i signed up for a week long online makeup course. the week long course turned into a month long, and the group never ended. back in may, krista hosted all of the local girls at her house for brunch. we had enough food for days. it was so fun to meet all of these girls in person.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

blogging the bach..in paradise..the final week

i have a confession...
i read the spoilers (insert monkey covering eyes and/or mouth emoji).
actually i accidentally saw the spoilers the very first week. someone posted them in a private facebook group. maybe that explains my lack of interest this season. either way, i know what happens on the last episode so this is my last post on paradise. although i am not sold on the idea of nick as bachelor, i'm hoping the girls bring enough to the table to get me excited about this show again.

opening thoughts..
who are half of these people?
all of the guys are pretty wifed up so i'm not sure who tiera thinks she's going to get to go on a date with her.

nick and jen go on a date. we already know he is the bachelor so we also know that means this goes no where. they seem cute together so i'm kind of sad they don't work.

izzy is a mess realizing she should have stayed with vinny. she hopes things can still work with him. ummm...i'm not sure how well that will go. good luck with that izzy. the poor girl is getting dumped by 2 guys in the same hour. things aren't good.

3 ladies are going home. it kind of seems like they should all go home. none of these people have even spoken to each other. jamie and ashley want wells. wells wants sushana. the chicken enthusiast should probably just save herself and leave now.

how did evan and carly go from that was the worst kiss ever to i'm so giddy thinking about you?

chris harrison says the dream is walking out of there as an engaged couple. i don't know anyone whose dream is actually to get engaged after 18 days. that seems more like a nightmare to me.

grant and lace get matching tattoos of the combo of their name. what??? lace freaks out about the pain. doesn't she already have other tattoos?

there is really nothing that can be said about carly and evan's date. what kind of self-respecting man wears tighty whities?

all the couples have some semi-serious conversations before ending up in the fantasy suite. it appears as though several couples get engaged. do we know if any of them are still engaged?

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Monday, September 5, 2016

one little word:september goals

in my mind it is still june, but according to the calendar it is actually september. i can't believe we are at this point in the year already. i feel like i was just thinking about my one little word for 2016, and now i am already starting to think about next year.

i have actually been thinking a lot about my choice of STILL for this year. i picked that word because it is something i really needed in my life. i started out the year determined to find more moments of stillness in my life and to be more deliberate about making those moments. as the year goes on, i realize i still have that need, but my focus has been a bit elsewhere. while the need for stillness continues to exist, i am ok with letting life go where it goes.


yearly goals to be still
1. morning and night quiet time-I continue to drive to the gym in the mornings in silence and often workout with no music. this month i plan to give that quiet time a little more purpose to help set the tone for my day.
2. attend the temple monthly-I went to the Salt Lake temple at the beginning of the month.
3. color once a week-FAIL-total and complete fail. this goal has almost gotten more stressful than it is worth. i am going to take it off the list for now.
4. prayer book-keep list of people i need to remember to pray for-the list is beside my bed. I have the list by my bed. i added to it a few times, but i need to add to it more regularly.

August goals-mostly fitness related
1. 100 push-ups daily-i started out really strong, and then my workouts took longer and longer each day.
2. 100 sit ups/abs daily-some but not all days
3. 5 minutes of quiet(no phone or other distractions) stretching-i stretched more than i have in the past, but it was usually at the gym or pure barre. 

September goals
1. 5 minutes of quiet stretching each night
2. spend morning quiet time thinking positive thoughts about the day ahead
3. daily journaling (gratitude, morning pages, quotes, etc)

How are your goals for the year? 
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Thursday, September 1, 2016

snail mail

**i received compensation for this post

this is going to age me a lot, but do you remember the days before email?!? email wasn't really a thing until part way through college. i remember being so excited to get letters and cards in the mail. there were no cell phones, no text messages, no social media. letters were everything especially being so far away from friends and family.

fast forward a whole lot of years when life is so much different. everything is digital and media, and real mail often consists of bills and furniture ads. i still love to send and receive mail-especially cards.
i love sending greeting cards in the mail, but i seem to always forget to buy them at the store. greeting card universe is the perfect place for buying cards. you can order them online, get them delivered, and have a supply on hand. i recently got a stack of cards from them. i can't wait to start sending more snail mail.go check out the site and use code AUBREY20 to save 20% off your order. 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Blogging the Bach..in paradise-week 5

I'm pretty behind on this show. I missed last Tuesday, and I missed Monday this week. Basically all I know is this season is crazy. I'm not super into it-maybe because I have missed half of the episodes.

Ashley I is still crazy-why did they let her back on?
 Wells is the mr popular of the week
The Utah girl arrives.      
Evan gets the black box.
The Josh and Amanda show starts
And last 5 but no least...

And Nick is the next bachelor??? Aye aye aye.
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

WWYD...with the end of summer

I got thrown off on the schedule for what would you do this month. Our theme for the month is what would you do...with the end of summer.

I love summer! I am so sad it's ending. I am trying to take advantage of every second of summer. What I would do with the end of summer is spend every minute possible at the pool. Summer is so relaxing and fun. 
What would you do with summer? Link up below.