Thursday, July 31, 2014

Stories of Strength

I have received information and materials from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of EXTRA STRENGTH TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post.

This week I had to leave the woman who has been my rock for every second of my 22 years of life. Let me tell you, this was a scary thing. But I probably never would have had the courage to accept a job offer across the world if she had not instilled values of independence, drive, and passion in me from an early age.

My mother and I are virtually the same person...
  • Wine and salmon is our idea of the perfect meal. 
  • Nerdy finance majors back in the day.
  • Can't sing, dance or keep any sort of rhythm if our lives depended on it.
  • Love socializing and hosting parties but need our alone time to relax and rejuvenate.
  • Driven to succeed in all aspects of life, be it relationships, careers, or self-improvement.
  • Stay strong and put a smile on in every situation.

Last month, I was given the opportunity to talk to Andie McDowell's daughter and was pleasantly surprised at the similarities Rainey and I shared in our relationships with our mothers. Although my mama is no celebrity, as president of her company, she has had to work long hours at times and battle to maintain that perfect work/life balance. I, for one, think she did a fabulous job of it. Growing up. she always made sure to be at my sporting events, appointments, and school functions and Rainey said her mother always made an effort to take a step away from the spotlight to be present in her daughter's life.

Stars- they're just like us!

They eat brunch together (fully clothed)
We drink vino in pools together (half-naked)
They get all dolled up for the Red Carpet.
We get all dolled up for a fun night in, complete with slippers.
They show affection with a kiss on the cheek.
Wait, we do that too! All the time...
Andie McDowell had the opportunity to learn how her strength inspires her daughter, Rainey, to be strong for her up and coming career in music. I tell my mom every day how I would be nowhere near the woman I am today without her love and guidance, inspiring me to be the best I can be in all aspects of life. And for this mom, I thank you. You will forever be in my heart, no matter how far away.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


The big day has finally arrived! I'm off on a plane to the land down unda'! Wish me luck!

What does home mean in your eyes? For me, home is not a place, it's a feeling. A warm, cozy bed you never want to leave in the morning. The smell of freshly brewed coffee to greet you, ground in a sense of belonging and purpose. A space you are free to be naked, both physically and emotionally, surrounded by those who make you feel whole. Home is where the heart is.

I will be leaving  the place I have known for 22 years of life, in pursuit of a a grand adventure. It will be so difficult leaving the important people in my life, but I'm doing this for me. This will be the experience of a lifetime, which I do not regret one bit. My home and family will still be here when I return with a whole new worldview that I will cherish for the rest of my years.

Hasta la vista Ohio! Australia here I come!
Now for a fun little DIY to keep home forever in your heart.

Hey y'all!  I'm Kelly from The Little Things and I am so happy to be here sharing a DIY for your decor. Whether I'm creating it, purchasing it, or displaying it, I love art. I try to fill my home with as much as I can so I like to have different ways to show it off.  Here is an easy clothespin frame that can serve as it's own kind of art without even putting anything in it!

What You'll Need:  Old Frame (no glass), Spool of Wide Ribbon, Glue, Clothespin

Take out the back of your frame and measure out enough strips of ribbon to cover it.  Glue the strips down to the inside of the frame back, the part that will show in the frame.  Be sure to overlap your pieces, following the pattern on the ribbon if necessary, as well as wrapping them around the back.

Glue the clothespin near the top of the frame.  I gave mine a quick coat of white paint too!  Now pin a print or picture and display!

You can find this home print HERE

Monday, July 28, 2014

When you give an 8 year old the camera + Summer Essentials Giveaway

Expect her to take some pretty bomb photos.

Pretty artsy, no?
A reusable tote filled with: large beach towel, plastic mason jar water bottle, Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen, SPF Lip balm, Tickled Pink Detoxifying Facial Wipes, Revlon Lacquer Balm in "Demure," Organix Curl Perfecting Creme, Organix Argan Weightless Oil Hair Spray, Essie Nail Polish in "Rock the Boat," Essie Nail Polish in "Full Steam Ahead," Bath & Body Works "Endless Summer" Travel Sized Lotion and Body Spray, Orbit Gum,

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Disclaimer: Open internationally, pending shipping laws and restrictions.  Must be 18 or older or have parent's permission to enter. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Boats & Woes

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for #DiscoverBoating. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #MC

If I could take a boat rather than a plane to Australia, I would in a heartbeat. Instead, I get to endure a 5 hour flight to LA followed by a 15 hour haul to Sydney. Jetlag will be so real, my friends.

Before I ship off, let's take a second to reminisce on some of my favorite summer boating adventures.
Check out that sunburn! Hey, at least the water's lookin' good.
Have you and your family found time to enjoy this summer on the water? What was the best part? Was it the feeling of the wind in your face? The thrill of catching a fish? Watching fireworks over the water on the 4th? Perhaps seeing the smiles on your kids’ faces as they tubed?
Forever my proudest moment, catching this bad boy! Had to throw him back instead of frying him up, much to my dismay.
Elliot trying to convince me taking Maid of the Mist under Niagara Falls is a good idea.
Whether renting a boat on vacation, escaping the daily grind on a friend's boat, taking a sunset cruise or learning a new skill like fishing or wakeboarding, I want to hear all about your summer on the water!
For those looking to get their feet wet, Discover Boating is an online resource to explore the boating lifestyle. Packed with easy, interactive features to familiarize people with all aspects of life on the water: Boating ActivitiesYouth Programs, even a kit to convert your significant other into a first mate. 

Now meet a few of my first mates!

Jenn @ Hello Rigby!

Jenn is a seattle based gal who's slightly obsessed with her fox-dog, Rigby whom her blog is named after. She dishes on fashion, beauty, and current reads. 

As part of her 101 in 1001 days challenge, funny enough, #91 is simply: Go on a boat. And her favorite crayon color is Cerulean. "I always used that one up first, it's so pretty and reminds me of the water."
If today were my last day to live, I would start by getting a delicious brunch at one of our local favorite places that has the best Eggs Benedict. I love shopping, so I'd want to shop for the most beautiful outfit. I love getting spa treatments, so I'd love to get a facial and a massage. After treating ourselves, I'd want my boyfriend to take us out to one of the best restaurants in Seattle. After enjoying a fancy pants dinner, I'd want to indulge in dessert at home on the couch, in sweatpants and watch some Netflix.

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Jess @ Just Jess May

Home girl went diving with sharks in Australia! That's an adventure at the tip top of my bucket list.

No filter between my brain and the keys on my computer makes for a colourfully worded and very honest blog! I like to think of it like a dribble sundae, with a sprinkling of long-term relationship woes and comedy, the trials and tribulations of a twenty-something, full-time study and a severe case of sarcasm and gutter-mouth.

If today were my last day, I'd be somewhere awesome already because it takes forever and a bloody day to get anywhere from Western Australia so I couldn't jump on a plane and choof off. I'd make the best cup of tea of my entire life, while watching Geordie Shore then walk my dog. I'd call my folks, my friends and probably spend the rest of the day following my boyfriend around like a bad smell, just so I could stare at him all day. Then I'd have dinner at the pub, dancing the night away to loud 80s pop songs. I'm assuming it'd be like Cinderella at midnight, and I'd just turn into a pile of glitter on the floor. 

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Erin @ Happily Howards

A lifestyle blog with snippets of faith, fashion, food, and fun. My fashion can in no way compete with the top fashion bloggers out there, but I hope that people can stop by and be inspired to recreate an outfit. My food posts aren't Food Network worthy, but instead, are simple recipes for people on-the-go (or just flat-out lazy). My "fun" posts document the little adventures us former Texans take as we explore our new city in California, which somehow usually includes donuts. Enjoy my ramblings!

If today were my last day to live, I would spend the first part of it with my husband and pup. Probably eating brunch and going to the beach because doing that nearly every weekend has still never gotten old. I would spend the rest of the evening with good friends, good food, and good conversation. Those things are just great for the soul.

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Whether near an ocean, lake, river, or even wading in that backyard pond, let's make waves! How do you hope to spend your summer on the water? I would love for you to share!