Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Grab and Go!

I won't try to claim any amazing styling skills in regards to my outfit today. It was a grab and go day. So much so that I didn't notice my son's Nutella mustache or his un brushed hair until we were in the car and on the way to school. Wet Ones saved the day.

This morning's chain of events has me convinced that the best thing I ever did was grow my hair out, allowing me the option to pull it back. I am also convinced that you can make a hand-me-down tank top and boring skirt look great by layering necklaces and pairing them with other fun accessories. When in doubt, or in a hurry......accessorize! Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Back at it!

I am back at it. As I sit in my cute little orange office, I hear the same voice in my head that speaks to me every time I come back from a break with my kids. Luckily when they are out of school, I can work mobile. It never fails, when we return to our normal routine I am haunted by a voice that says: "Buckle down, work more, get more clients, grow more, make more money, etc." Blah to the bliggity blah.

Who says smart business is always about getting bigger? Maybe some of us are just meant to handle small projects and grow as the seasons change in our lives. So this year, I refuse to let the voice win. I will NOT over commit and instead of worrying about getting more clients, I am going to sit back and let God bring them to me. Being available to my children is the most important thing I can do, and as much as I love working, I have to trust that I am doing just what God wants me to do in this season of my life.

So here's to being responsible with my time, and starting off the new work year right. Today I did it in color, wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Something's New

Dress: Hive & Honey, Bag: Tinely Road Sandals: Kino

I don't know if you saw, or remember....but my husband gave me a Visa gift card for our anniversary. I chose to shop Piperlime's sale and this dress and bag are two of the items I selected. I almost made it a month hoarding the card. I resisted Target, Marshall's, and TJ Maxx! The dress is by Hive & Honey and was on clearance for $27.00, I love it. It is the perfect mix between pajamas and chic. I will be able to sport it in the winter with a jean jacket as well. The Tinley Road bag was a steal at $12.00. That gift card went miles, especially considering I am on a shop fast for two more months. Can you believe it? It has almost been a year. Aside from running shoes and a sports bra (which any runner knows are a necessity) I haven't made a purchase.

This year I have learned so much about my shopping habits. I have learned that just because a new dress makes me happy, doesn't mean I need one. I was always a clearance shopper, but I have also learned the love of thrifting, and my kids are enjoying my finds for them. I am looking forward to finding some treasures of my own in October.

For now, I am enjoying the little nuggets of goodness (the above outfit included) that I have been so blessed to receive throughout The 12X12 Project, learning more about our causes, and how I can help. Number one lesson learned: I don't need more, I need to give more.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The Clearwater Sunrise, Sponsored by Noble Juice

The Clearwater Sunrise

What you will need

Sweet summertime. There's just no better time to sit on the back patio, and enjoy a fancy and refreshing cocktail! So, you can imagine how excited I was when Noble Juice asked me to create a summer cocktail featuring their juices. With flavors such as Blood Orange, Tangerine Clementine and Tangerine could I go wrong? 

Noble juices feature earth friendly packaging and even better, they are bottled locally where I call home, Polk County, Florida. From orange, to tangerine, to lemonade...this company has all of your favorite juices covered.

Staying fancy....I decided to incorporate champagne into my cocktail and came up with the Clearwater Sunrise, in ode to our monthlong stay here this summer. I have to say, it is like summer in a cup with a bubbly, tart twist. 

Here's what you will need: 

1/2 cup Noble Blood Orange Juice
1/2 cup Noble Tangerine Juice
1/4 cup POM Pomegranate Blueberry Juice
Champagne of choice
Raspberries and an orange slice to garnish

Fill a pretty glass with the juices and then top off with your champagne of choice. Garnish with raspberries and an orange slice. 

*NOTE...for a mocktail version, you can use ginger ale in place of the champagne and be just as fancy! 

The first five people to comment on this post will receive a free noble juice coupon to try for themselves. Can't wait to see what you think!