i'm going "there" - - - > bra-blems!

Sorry, this one's for the girls....

Ladies, we have ALL had "bra-blems". You know, those bra problems. Too loose, to gappy, too tight, not enough support....which one do you loathe the MOST?

For me? It's the bra lines. I hate seeing any kind of lines through clothing! What's the point of wearing a bra that digs in to your back fat? Yuck.

Third Love has the remedy, and is not keeping it a secret. In fact, they have this handy guide, that I think you should print out & keep for reference!

Ladies, it is time we make sure those under garments are properly fitting! "Quad boob"??? No thanks!

If you're ready to up your game, take advantage of this exclusive offer from ThirdLove....
all of my readers get 15% off with promo code TLBBOCT16
You can use that promo code on any of their bras!
Check them out: https://www.thirdlove.com/collections/bras

I would love to hear form you! Sound off in the comments....what's your biggest bra-blem? 

beth moore's new study: entrusted

A little back story...before I tell you about this launch team I'm on....when I had my first son, (who is now 4), my world was rocked. As I'm sure every other woman has experienced with their first child! I was working full time, trying to be a mom, and still trying to be a loving wife! Needless to say, it felt like efforts were getting nowhere, the baby blues had beyond set in...and I was just done with life.

It was then the love of God helped my mind refocus. I have been a Christian for many years, but the importance of daily time with God, in His Word, had not been a priority. I shifted my priorities, and realized making Him number one on my "to do" list will cause the other things in life to fall in to place. I started doing Beth Moore studies, on my own. I did jump in to a few studies with my church's women ministry as well. But I spent more time studying on my own.

Fast forward to today....and 2 kids. I now have such a passion for women's ministry - specifically young moms & working moms of preschoolers. Life is tough. Raising toddlers is no joke. But putting yourself on the backburner is not the remedy to "getting through" everything. If you're not healthy, how can you raise healthy kids? If you're not focused on your relationship with God, how can you teach your children to be? Questions I battle every day.

So when the opportunity came up to help launch Beth Moore's new Bible study, Entrusted, I jumped on board!

Here is a video with some teaching snippets, and Beth explaining the study & what it is about.

Here is a quick video on the study, and how it will be formatted....with different options to suit you.

I can not wait to jump in to this study. I'm currently walking through the Armor Of God study by Priscilla Shirer, and facilitating a discussion group with some fellow women whom I love, at my church. I plan on jumping in to the Entrusted study once we break.

So tell me, are you going through a Bible study? Looking to start one? 

stella & dot: fall launch

*Please note, this post contains links which will direct you to my Stella & Dot boutique. If you already have a stylist you work with, consult with him / her for as how to change your stylist setting back to them.*

The fall line from Stella & Dot just launched....here are my top picks for updating your accessories wardrobe!

3 in 1 versatility
"Semi-precious amethyst, sun stone, rose agate, and grey agate beads create a beautiful stationary strand. This versatile piece mixes the movement of a vintage gold tassel with a beaded strand. Wear all together or each strand separately." - Stella & Dot

If you don't own ear climbers, you need to get a pair stat!
They have become such a "go to" piece for me. 

"Our Gilded Path Ear Climber lines the earlobe with vintage gold and a pop of jet black pave." 
- Stella & Dot 

3 in 1 versatility

"Semi-precious amazonite pendant hangs from a shiny silver delicate chain. Wear alone as a feminine pendant or together as a set." - Stella & Dot

If the idea of stacking bracelets causes you stress, mainly in having to figure out what to stack, how to stack, and what piece to get....this bracelet is for you! It's the layered look, but only 1 bracelet!

"Semi-precious hematite, metallic, and shiny silver beads or shiny gold coil wrap bracelet with alternating beads add dimension and interest to this coil wrap bracelet. Finished with delicate mini tassels." - Stella & Dot

What do you find yourself in need of when it comes to your accessories? Gold earrings? Rings? Bracelets? Black bag? Sound off in the comments!

beat the heat: style roundup

Florida is not know for it's "four season" weather. We have hot, hotter, and hell. In July, there is no point in wearing make up...unless you like it melting off.

Since the heat is so bad, the a/c units are kickin' it over time trying to cool us sweaty pigs off. But, we all know what happens when you're dripping with sweat, and you go into a building that is 70 degrees, or under.

You end up freezing!

So, here is my round up for how to beat the heat via your accessories....

Evy's Tree Hoodies

These have become my FAVORITE hoodie. I retired my PINK hoodies....at least wearing them in public...and have now been rocking the Evy's Tree brand. Yes, the price point is higher, but the quality is TOP NOTCH. Store one of these in your work bag / car / backpack, for those days when you will be inside after battling the heat. They are SUPER light weight, and come in such fun colors & designs!

You have a dress code everywhere you go - - so while you want to be naked because you can not fathom wearing any clothing in this 110 degree weather, it's pretty much frowned upon everywhere. (Well, with the exception of certain zip codes that have the "free spirit" developments....you'll have to find those on your own.)

Here's where Kaiya Designs comes in. They have the most comfortable clothing. The pants are my favorite. They look like you bought them at a high end store, but they feel like yoga pants! The material is very light weight & breathable. (I even wore a pair to Disney World!)

The clothes can literally be for casual or dressy occasions!

And the best part? You can customize your inseam on the pants, length on blouses, and sizing on jumpsuits/rompers!!! (Tell Marcy - the designer, I sent you!)

I wear these for Pure Barre, but I LOVE these for layering outside of working out, as well! They are light weight & breathable. A MUST for Florida heat!

You need a dressy, non-flip-flop, shoe. Sorry, welcome to the real world. Luckily, these sandals are dressy enough for work, but also easily dressed down for play. (And they are on sale!!!)

Okay - now here are my 2 cents for the guys. My guys LOVE their Under Armour gear. 
Here are their top picks:
1. For my "big guy", he loves his UA pants
2. The 2 littles LOVE their tshirts
3. The 2 littles also wear the UA shorts a TON!
4. The 'big guy' swears by UA underwear....
    but I was recently told by ESPN radio to check out 
Tommy John the men's underwear company...found them on sale HERE
(if you miss the sale, you can receive 15% off your first order by signing up for emails on the TJ website)

What is "your go to piece" for tackling the heat? 

my latest obsession....

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably noticed a ridiculous amount of scripting posts. I have taken up this movement on 'hand lettering'.

And I'm pretty obsessed.

It has been such a relaxing outlet, and it has allowed me to really put to memory scripture in the Bible!

Here are some of my recent attempts ;)

And perhaps my favorite one....

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250 classes DONE!

I did it....250 Pure Barre classes in the books! (Catch up on my 100 class post here)

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The community that my studio provides is hands down amazeballs! My girl, Kristen, brought in juice & champs...mimosa time!

For which Christina popped the bottle towards the wall....just missing our kick butt teacher, Amanda 

Cheers to 250!!!!

So an update on where I'm at today versus where I was back in July when I hit 100. 
1. I can do a full on split!
2. I have gained 2 inches in my biceps....not sure if that's a good thing or bad thing ;)
3. I have lost 1 inch off of each thigh
4. My endurance during class has drastically improved - I can hold positions longer, push through the shake & the burn, and I can tell when my form is not correct.
5. I have definition in my legs and stomach that I have never seen before. 

I am comfortable in my clothes again. I am comfortable wearing shorts & skirts again....and can finally rock a tank top without feeling ridiculously self conscious. 

Am I where I want to be? No. 
Am I giving myself grace? Yes. 

I am still doing my 5:30am workouts at the studio. I will be incorporating their new PLATFORM class beginning this month! The extra cardio will definitely help maximize my efforts & bring about more changes. 

Pure Barre fits my life right now. I know many other ladies out there that choose to workout at home, and at this stage in my life, it's not in the cards. When I'm home, I'm focused on the boys & my job - - - Murphy's Law reigns true in my household. My body is finally accustomed to my 4:40am alarm....so that 21 days to a new habit business is not accurate for me!

So tell me, do you barre? What's your choice of workout? Home or studio / gym?

i see me + jeepers it's january blog hop!

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Here's a FUN giveaway hop for you! Hosted by: The Mommy Island & The Kids Did It

I have the cutest giveaway for you all with kiddos in your lives! The sweet people over at I See Me reached out to me in regards to there "Who Loves Me?" book....not only did they send me one for my cute boys, but they also are giving away one!

My bff & her son love them as well....

But enough about that....

I See Me has some of the cutest themed personalized books out on the market. Not only do they offer books, but they also offer....

(inside is chalkboard for super cute messages!)

My boys loved their new book, "Who Loves Beau & Brooks?"

We read it after bathtime, before bed the other night. Of course Brooks' attention span is non-existent, but he recognized the familiar names!

(pajama party!)

Now it's your turn to win one! One lucky reader is going to receive the Valentine's Day edition of the Who Loves Me? book!

Shopping for Valentine's Day!? Get your orders in by February 2nd to ensure delivery! Don't forget to use your Ebates!

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Check out these other blogs in this giveaway hop!

blingin' in 2016

Another year has come & gone....so crazy to me how fast 2015 flew by! (And how few posts I wrote).

2015 was a year of learning for me. I learned my breaking points....how much I can handle....but I also learned that when I really focus on something, I can achieve it. I did have a few let downs in 2015, which have caused me to reevaluate where my focus will lie in 2016....what direction to take.

I stumbled on this article: How One Word Can Change Your Life in 2016

Pretty much putting emphasis on that one word that speaks to you for the upcoming year. I think for me.....it's FOCUS.

I am able to multitask, WELL. It really is a strongpoint. BUT as of late, I have been doing it WAY too much. I need to be intentional. I need to be FOCUSED on the task at hand. Whether it's work, whether it's cleaning, whether it's spending time with MattyB or my boys. I need to FOCUS.

So what's your word? Tell me in the comments!

winter getaway - hyatt style!

Big giveaway for you - so be sure to scroll through this entire post!!! Hope you win!

We recently drove over to Orlando for a little weekend getaway for my birthday. Travelling with 2 kids, under 4, driving just seems to be easier these days (luckily it's only about an hour drive to Orlando!) We attended the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot.....so good, but SO HOT!

I don't know about you, but now is the best time of year for my family & I to travel. As much as I love, love, LOVE being at home for the holidays, it makes sense for us to travel over the holidays. We have a family business, so vacations as a family are hard to come by since one of us is always required to be present. However with the holidays, and the office being closed in observance, it helps!

Now the next hurdle to bypass is travelling with 2 kids under 4 :)

Regardless, let's chat about what HYATT has to offer YOU! Check out some of their Winter Savings HERE

From the sunny beaches of Playa del Carmen to the towering Colorado Rockies, you’ll find picture-perfect surroundings, impeccable service and exceptional savings this season at participating locations. 

Enjoy 20% off stays of 2 nights or more and 25% off stays of 3 nights or more at the following Hyatt Hotel locations! Use Code: WSALEA 

How fun is that!?

So of course, here are my top choices of where I would go to take advantage of this amazing offer:

1. Hyatt House Cypress/Anaheim - 

Hyatt House Cypress/Anaheim 

It's newly renovated & conveniently located near Disneyland & Knott's Berry Farm. I love California, and have not been to Anaheim in years, so this is probably top on my list! This would definitely have to be a family vacation!

Hyatt House Cypress/Anaheim 

2. Park Hyatt Beaver Creek - 

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

for a kidless vacation, this place looks AMAZING! I was terrible at skiing the first time I went...I'm a true Floridian, what can I say? And I'm super clumsy, but that's beside the fact ;) Regardless, this place looks like a winter oasis! Hit up the spa & the slopes, all in the same day! The rooms come with private balconies, how romantic. 

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

3. Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa - 

Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa

Another kidless vacation, this place looks like another stunning vacation spot! I have been itching to go to a vineyard, do some wine tasting, and have a relaxing get away. How alluring does this sound: Immerse yourself in the quintessential Sonoma Valley Wine Country experience at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa. Stroll among the hotel’s aromatic gardens, and admire a 12-foot water wall and fine art, or sip some wine beside our courtyard fire pit. From a relaxing spa day at the Le CarrΓ© Spa to local wine tastings, this Sonoma Valley hotel beckons to the heart and soul, while satisfying every modern need for cutting-edge amenities.  Enjoy the spirit and essence of Sonoma Wine Country.

Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa

Sign me up! Who else needs a getaway!? 

Book the “Snow on Sale” package at Hyatt.com and Earn a Free Night Stay at participating mountain resorts in Colorado, Utah, and Nevada!  Offer available through April 7 , 2016 
Click HERE for details & to book! 
(Terms and Conditions apply. See landing page for details.)

Remember to book directly at Hyatt.com because of the following features: Best Rate Guarantee for bookings made at Hyatt.com, free Wifi at all Hyatt Hotels, fantastic locations, family friendly programs and rooms, multiple brands at various price points, Camp Hyatt program at Hyatt Resorts in US and Caribbean;

Now it's time for you to win a $500 Hyatt Digital Gift Card! Enter to win through the Rafflecopter below!

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This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic

super stocking stuffer giveaway hop!

Here's another giveaway hop for you! Hosted by The Mommy Island & The Kids Did It!

This hop is dedicated to stocking stuffer worthy gifts!!! So of course, I want you to rock those stockings! I am giving away TWO items!

The first, this fabulous set of Lightning stud earrings!!! At $19, they are a bang for your buck! Such a cute accessory to add to any stocking!

The second item, this totally cute DEER key from KEEP Collective!!! At only $9, it would look totally cute on one of the KEEP bracelets, or just string it on a delicate necklace!

Here's how to enter to win.....

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