Monday, June 19, 2017

How to Adventure in Lake Tahoe with a Toddler

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NourishInNoTime #SnackWithPurpose #CollectiveBias

Happy Monday!

Life's about to get crazy again... Yup, I've been a tad MIA because work and life. But I couldn't pass up the chance to chat about Father's day, fishing and on-the-go snacks. You know this girl and her toddler like to eat.

As you know we live in gorgeous Lake Tahoe where views and adventures are endless.  Well, we're training Emerson to love all things Tahoe. She's going to be one fun loving mountain kid. The key is to start early. While she might only been two and a half I think we're introducing her to the right amount of adventure. So far she LOVES playing in snow/sledding, walking the dog in the forest, biking, beach days and fishing! I can't wait to get her on skis next winter.

How to Adventure in Lake Tahoe with a Toddler

Step One 
Pick a location with killer views. Just think about how gorgeous the backdrop will be whether your kid is smiling or crying.

Step Two 
Pack plenty of snacks. I don't know about you but I eat as often as my toddler...not kidding. When I'm looking for grab and go snacks/food I'll usually grab a quick sandwich, Odwalla smoothie or protein shake (hello I'm trying to hit 100g of protein a day!), and fresh cut fruit package from our local Safeway store.

While I love making smoothies at home I don't alway have time and Odwalla products are a great on-the-go solution when you're trying to make smart choices. Plus, their smoothies are 100% juice, Non GMO verified with no added sugar.

DEAL ALERT: Save $1 on your next purchase of in-store fresh cut fruit when you buy any TWO (2) Odwalla 15.2 fl. oz. (You'll receive a print out coupon at the register.). Offer ends 6/27/17.

Safeway's fresh cut fruit cups are ideal for toddlers! As you can see Nick (in the background) is setting up the fishing poles and Emerson is checking out the views while enjoying berries. The cup is perfect for little toddler hands, especially if they're always on the move like Emerson.

Step Three
This one is a twofer. Adventure with friends who have kids around the same age and pick something that will hold their attention -- like fishing! These two were having a blast playing with their mini fishing poles...even if they weren't really fishing.  

Dad + daughters celebrating Father's Day. Because that's an adventure in itself.

Well there you have it. Father's Day and how we adventure with a Toddler! Now I should note step four is the ability to read your toddler's cues and know when it's time to head home :) Side note,  I love the Odwalla Chai Vanilla Protein Shake post workout. It's just easy!

Just in case you shop at Safeway ;)

What's your  favorite on-the-go snack?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Last Minute Father's Day Gift Ideas from Minted

We're big fans of Minted and this year for Father's Day I thought Emerson and I would order a piece of art for Nick. He's always saying how we need something on our walls. With Father's Day this Sunday it's time to start thinking about it -- if you haven't already. Don't worry I've rounded up a few Father's Day gifts I think dad will like. Plus, if you order from Minted today your gift will arrive by Father's Day. #winning.

Personalized Stationery
For the dad who still loves handwritten notes.

Leather iPad cover
For the techy dad who's looking for a chic iPad cover.

Art for Dad's man cave/study/office
Minted offers a wide variety of wall art from limited addition prints to personalized framed photos. I'm loving this black bulls of the cam argue print.

Our Father's Day will likely be low key. Ideally we'll spend the morning at the beach and BBQ in the afternoon. Do you have any Father's Day traditions?

This post contains affiliate links.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy June! Life needs to slow down I can't believe it's JUNE! Last weekend we enjoyed a few days  at the beach! You really can't beat this view. The water's still a tad too cold for swimming. Unless you're in the mood for an ice bath. Anyway I'm keeping it simple this week.

+ Do you ever feel mom guilt working out? Then you should read Who's Really the Selfish one?

+ I'm still getting antsy and feel the urge to travel, but now that it's summer it's just so hard to leave Tahoe.

+ We're getting closer to purchasing a new couch. I just need to pay off Q1 +Q2 taxes (yes I'm behind I had to pay a boat load for, I like to pay myself first) which will happen this month. Looking for a sectional too? You might want to check out Emily Henderson's recent post about 58 KID FRIENDLY SECTIONALS.

+ Speaking of money my hubby and I are totally savers and semi-minimalists. Anyone interested in me writing more about how we save money and live with less stuff?

+ However, I do enjoy (cough, cough) shopping and finding a good deal. I'm currently eyeing this Zara dress, these Block Heel Sandals, this shift dress, and these Madewell 7-Pack Stud Earrings.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Kitchen: Before & After

In 2015, only four months after Emerson was born, we decided to take on our biggest renovation to date! The kitchen and living room! It was a full remodel consisting of removing a 24ft wall, moving doors, extending walls, and everything else that goes with a kitchen remodel. It ended up taking longer than expected with back orders, etc. but in the end we couldn't be happier!

Let's just dive right in!


Here's what the kitchen looked like when we purchased the house in 2010! The house had a ton of potential.

Here's a few before snapshots. After moving in we painted the cabinets, walls, updated the hardware and added a ceiling fan. Sorry about the mess. We realized we needed to snap a few before photos after we started clearing everything out. Plus, baby fog...

We had two pretty decent spaces to work with, but they were both dark and ugly. The massive wall we decided to take down! Best decision ever.

The other side of the wall.



Removing the wall really lighten up the space. We moved the door from the mudroom to kitchen to allow for the refrigerator and pantry. While I love the idea of an all white kitchen we added warmth with light gray lower cabinets and a marble subway tile backsplash. Extending the backsplash to the ceiling gives the kitchen a nice visual and add texture. Not wanting any transitions in the flooring we used Hickory hardwood floors throughout the kitchen, living room, entry and hallway. Oh, the barn door! While it's currently unfinished I'm in love.

Since it was a load-bearing wall we had to include a post. Not ideal, but the wall is still gone.

The island is 7x4 feet and includes drawers/storage cabinets and a seating area. I love all the drawers!

The cabinet boxes are ikea and the doors are semi-handmade. The doors came unfinished at the time so we had them painted. Since installing our cabinets you can now purchase pre-painted doors from semi-handmade. Pro Tip: Have your cabinet maker/installer frame out the boxes instead of using the Ikea legs. While it might cost a tad more money upfront, in the long run they will be sturdier.

The countertops are a Carrera quartz and have very light veins. The lower cabinets are SW Rare Gray and uppers are white

We bought our house in 2010 and tackled the kitchen in 2015! Looking back at the before I don't know how I lived so long with the dated kitchen!


Hardwood Floors: Hardwood Bargains HAND SCRAPED NATURAL HICKORY
Backsplash: Floor & Decor Bianco Carrara Honed Marble Tile
Cabinets: Semi-Handmade doors DIY Shaker & Ikea boxes
Pulls: Lowe's Satin Nickel Bar Cabinet Pull
FaucetKOHLER Pull-down
Barstools: Target Trenton Saddle Seat Barstool
Kitchen Table: the Hubby made it 6 years ago!
Parson Chairs: Ikea HENRIKSDAL chair with a white cover. These are also 6 years old. I would buy them again!
Refrigerator: Whirlpool 25.2-cu ft French Door Refrigerator (we already had this fridge. I wouldn't buy it again. I wish we had a counter depth fridge it would look much nicer in the space.
Oven/stove: Frigidaire Gallery 4.5-cu ft Slide-in Convection Gas Range (it does the job + looks nice)
Dishwasher: GE 48-Decibel Built-In Dishwasher (LOVE - so quite worth the $$)
Microwave: GE 1.6-cu ft Over-The-Range Microwave (it does the job + looks nice)
LightingLED Recessed Lighting
Barn door: Knotty Alder Interior Barn Door Slab with Sliding Door Hardware Kit

Monday, May 22, 2017

Stitch Fix #4

Hey, hey! My fourth Stitch Fix arrived Saturday. If you missed my unboxing, via FB Saturday, check out what I received below. It should be noted that I'm by no means a style blogger. I'm just your average gal who lives in workout clothes. With that said, I'm trying to add some style into my life and am sharing a few details along the way. Do you Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is an online styling service that delivers a personalized shopping experience, just for you. A personal stylist hand picks pieces to fit your tastes, needs and budget—and mails them directly to your door. Each box contains five items of clothing, shoes and/or accessories for you to try on at home. Keep what you love and send the rest back in a prepaid USPS envelope. Shipping and returns are free—even for exchanges! There's a $20 styling fee which is also applied to anything you keep!

Let's move onto my recent fix.

1. Daniel Rainn Kelvin Tie Neck Tassel Top - small - $68 - Returned
A fun boho top for summer however a tad too sheer and tight in the arms for me.

2. Laju Callen Cargo Vest - small - $88 - Returned
I really want a cargo vest, but this is not it. While the color is alright I would have preferred an army green color. Either way the fit was off -- too tight across my back.

3. Skies are Blue Zayada Mixed Material Sweater - small - $58 - Help I'm not sure!
The photo washes out the colors. It's actually cream with a dusty rose sheer-ish layer.  Although the fit is perfect and it's lightweight I'm on the fence.... which means it will likely be returned.

4. Unpublished Tessi Lace Back Top - small - $48 - returned
Do I even need to explain why I sent this back?! Just NO.

5. Pistola Dennis Jogger Pant - 27 - $88 - returned
I don't own a pair of joggers and LOVED these, but already own two pairs of pants the same color. For that reason I'm sadly sending these back. Not only did they fit perfectly they are so soft.

And that wraps up this fix. Overall, I mostly liked the items I received. I would love to hear what you like and don't like. Interested in Stitch Fix fill out your style profile HERE.

* Thank you Stitch Fix for waving the $20 styling fee. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands who help make this blog possible.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Random Thoughts for Friday

Happy Friday!

I don't know about you, but I don't know where the week went! Yesterday, during nap-time, I finally snapped some after pictures of our kitchen! Tune in next week for a full before and after post.

Last weekend was pretty mellow, but we did pick up a new kitchen runner from world market. Next on the list is a new living room rug and potentially a rug for under the kitchen table. Then there's always a couch and eventually I'll hang something on the walls. Our house looks like we just moved in...... you could say I'm a minimalist at heart.

Watching fixer upper makes me want to buy a house to gut and remodel -- while I'm not living in it. Oh, if I only had an unlimited budget. Maybe if blogged a little more I could make some extra spending cash ;)

Kid shoes... why are little girl shoes so darn cute! We actually just bought Emerson a pair of sneakers for school, but thesethese and these are on her list.

Emerson was crying yesterday because she wanted to go shopping (aka grocery store)....but girlfriend didn't want to put on pull-ups. We're pretty much potty trained (YAY), but still rock a pull-up during nap/bedtime or when we leave the house aside from preschool. Emerson is killing it. After she does her business she usually stands up and yells "I did it" then cheers/claps! So cute. Then she asks for a treat which is a Lara Bar bite, pretzels, or fig bar... Basically a special snack.

This weekend should be gorgeous and I'm looking forward to spending it outside.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Link Love

Clutch (purchased from TJMaxx) / Sunglasses / Sunscreen

Hello, hello!

I'm starting to feel like a broken record, but life is straight up crazy busy. Today I have a 3 hour board meeting, followed by a client briefing, before hightailing it to Emerson's preschool for Mother's Day lunch and then popping over to the gym to get my workout in before open gym ends at 3 p.m. I'm exhausted just thinking about it. Throw in dropping off and picking up Emerson from school! Yup, I drop off and pick up....flexible schedule.

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in, say hey, and share a few things. See ya Monday, maybe !

+ I recently purchased these white jeans, this tee, these shoes and slip-ons! While they're a bit pricey I REALLY want a pair of Free People 'Mont Blanc' Asymmetrical Sandals.

+ #Betterbeauty....I'm slowly trying various Beauty Counter products and with summer right around the corner I'm digging their sunscreen. In other news, I LOVE this Arbonne mascara. It's natural and doesn't flake or rub!

+ I totally binge watched Girl Boss on Netflix the last few weeks and LOVED it. Now I need to read the book.

+ The Victoria Beckham for Target line is now on sale! There are still a ton of options online!

+ I started tracking my macros again because my eating has been out of control. Curious about what I eat in a day follow along via IG stories (@tiara_wasner).

+ Becoming a mom  for the first time comes with a mixed bag of emotions. My friend recently opened up about her experience with postpartum depression. It's raw, honest and beautifully written - Defense against the darkness.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mini Style Summer Edition

Shopping for a little girl is so much fun! These days shopping generally goes a little like this. Oh, I could use a pair of white jeans, browse for said jeans for 5 minutes then click on toddler tab. Before I know it I've spent 30 minutes looking at toddler clothes and completely forgot about what I was really shopping for.

With that said here a few cute pieces I think Emerson needs in her closet this summer.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Your Weather Proof Grilling Solution! #GrillIt

As a Brand Ambassador for Hamilton Beach I received the Hamilton Beach Indoor Searing Grill to review, however, all opinions are 100% my own. This giveaway is sponsored by Hamilton Beach. 

In 2017 Tahoe experienced one of the wettest and snowiest winters ever recorded! Not kidding. It even snowed over the weekend. Again, not kidding. Needless to say it made winter grilling non-exsistent until Hamilton Beach hooked yours truly up with a Hamilton Beach Indoor Searing Grill!

My hubby, the grill master, was skeptical at first. However not wanting to stand out in the rain or snow he started using the Indoor Searing Grill. Fast forward two months and it became a well used and loved kitchen gadget.

Here's the thing, with the Hamilton Beach Indoor Searing Grill you can grill all winter long without dealing with the elements. Even after all the snow melted we tried using our grill, but ran out of propane! Yeah, rookie mistake -- but the Indoor Searing Grill saved the day.

It's decent a size, without being too big, and easy to use and clean. The grill and cover are both dishwasher safe!


+ Outdoor grilled taste indoors with high searing temperature
+ Nonstick cooking plate removes for easy cleanup in the dishwasher
+ Removable hood & integrated drip tray are dishwasher safe
+  Adjustable temperature control ranges from 200° to high searing temperature of 450°
+ Lights indicate when the power is on and the grill has reached your selected temperature
+ 118 square inch nonstick grilling surface fits up to 8 servings

We've cooked everything from chicken and pork to vegetables! Up next, maybe salmon or shrimp kabobs! Over the craptastic weekend we 'grilled' pork tenderloin. The cuts actually look like steaks, but whatever. They were actually super easy to grill.



2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 tsp Lime, zest
1 Chipotle chile pepper, finely chopped (or 1/2 to 1 tsp chipotle powder)
1/4 c Honey
1/2 c Lime juice
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Avocado oil


Mix lime zest, lime juice, honey, salt, and garlic in a small bowl. Pour mixture into a 1-gallon ziplock bag, add the chipotle pepper, and combine. Add pork tenderloin to the bag and seal. Try to remove as much air as possible. Marinate in the refrigerator for 6 to 24 hours, if you can remember rotate the bag halfway through. Grill pork as you typically would.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

This + That

And just like that not only is it May, but it's Cinco de Mayo! While I could fill your feed with some delicious taco dish or margaritas I'm filling it with random thoughts, etc.

I can't believe I've been blogging for 10 years! Blogging as changed a lot since 2007. Thanks for sticking with me :)

Dream of retiring early? Then you'll want to read How This 28 Year Old Retired With $2.25 Million! Pretty amazing right?! If I can retire before 50 I would be a happy camper.

After reading JP's story I started devouring The Money Habit.

I've been spending hours on Zillow and Redfin looking for an investment property to flip, rent, Airbnb, etc. Which has me thinking about a new blog series.

Hulu original series... we don't have cable and haven't for 3 years! But that's for another day. Anyway we subscribe to Netflix and Hulu. I'm obsessed with Hulu's original series -- The Path, Harlots and A Handmaids Tale! Binge worthy.

We currently have a first generation Apple TV and it's on its way out. So you could say we're in the market for a new device. While we love our Apple TV we're considering a Roku 4 4400R 4K UHD Streaming Media Player (on sale $89!). Any thoughts?

I just scheduled another StitchFix... so now I wait and hope I'll like it.

Can we talk about FB live? Do you love it? Hate it? I shared what I recently bought for Emerson via FB live. While it was awkward (hello first timer) it was super easy to hop on and share a few items. Let me know if you want more :)

I'm currently digging/loving this Minted print, these Old Navy rockstar jeans and this Nike sports bra.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Link Love

Peace out winter there's a new season in town.

I thought Friday would never come. It was another long week. Starting the week with back to back events is never a good idea. But sometimes that's the way the cookie crumbles and honestly it's how my next six months are shaping up. The snow melted and everyone is ready to werk, werk, werk, werk.... but I'm ready for a vacation.

But until then...

I'm currently reading this book. As an entrepreneur I'm always looking for books to help motivate, inspire, etc.

Since it's spring I finally ordered Emerson a Schwinn Balance Bike (currently on sale for $54!) and this helmet!

If you're looking for new workout gear for spring/summer you'll want to check out my thoughts on SKINS. If you only buy one thing you'll want to pick up the Remote T Bar Tank!

Thanks to my sister I'm seriously hooked on BeautyCounter! If you're looking for a killer mask you'll want to try the No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask. My skin looks and feels amazing.

Currently digging this top, these wedges and these shorts for summer!

Couch update....still haven't pulled the trigger. It's a big purchase and I just can't decide! Help a girl out. Do you love your couch so much you would buy it again? Do tell!

Until next time....

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Protein Packed Lunch with Barilla Pasta

Thank you Barilla and Walmart for inspiring and sponsoring today's post. #BarillaPlus #BarillaGlutenFree. 

Trying to hit 100g of protein a day is hard. Just hard. So anytime I can find ways to increase my daily intake of protein I'll try it. Enter Barilla ProteinPLUS Pasta! Barilla ProteinPLUS pasta is a good source of lean protein from a simple blend of egg whites, grains, lentils and chickpeas. Yes, please!

The hubby loves pasta and not only am I increasing my protein intake I'm providing my family with a good source of fiber and ALA Omega-3! Oh, and if you're curious about how much protein is in one serving it's 17g! No I'm not kidding.

I don't know about you, but I always make WAY too much pasta, but I don't mind the leftovers. For lunch today I threw together a quick and easy dish packed with protein.

Honestly, it's an easy way to get rid of leftovers or if you're simply over another salad for lunch. I always add a little extra to my plate because a certain two year old will want a bite or two. Not to brag, but my toddler pretty much loves everything.

Barilla Gluten Free pasta has recently been named one of Parents Magazine’s “Top 25 Allergy Free Foods”

Quick and Easy Protein Packed Lunch

- Barilla ProteinPLUS pasta
- Chicken
- Tomato
- Broccoli
- Oli Olive
- Salt

Cook pasta per directions on box. Place pasta on plate (I added a little extra because I know Emerson will want a bite or two). Drizzle with olive oil and top with grilled chicken, tomatoes and broccoli.

When it comes to pasta I'm a simple kind of gal. A little olive oil, veggies and chicken goes a long way.

Other tasty Barilla products include gluten free Barilla Sauces and 100% whole grain and fat free Wasa Crispbreads. We love the Wasa Crispbreads topped with avocado as an afternoon snack! Don't forget to visit Barilla and Pinterest for more creative recipe ideas.

Ibotta Deal Alert: Earn $1.00 when you buy any three (3) Barilla pasta, sauce or Wasa  Crispbread products at Walmart.

What's your favorite pasta dish?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CrossFit & SKINS

It shouldn't be a big surprise I'm talking about CrossFit again.  You know, since I dedicate a few hours a day to working at it. If I must say so myself the hard work is paying off. #gains But what really can make or break a workout is attire. The last thing you want is a wardrobe malfunction or to be messing with pants, sports bra, etc.

Here's the thing, CrossFit is seriously amazing. I probably should write a post on how it changed my body. Why I picked CrossFit over swimming, running, etc. Instead today I'm just going to talk about gear, specifically SKINS! You know this girl loves workout clothes! So when SKINS asked if they could send me a few items I gladly said YES!

SKINS recently launched their standout DNAmic range; With bold graphics and athletic designs, the SKINS DNAmic range is where function meets fashion. Both help you to work harder, for longer and recover faster so you can up your own intensity without worrying about DOMS. #SKINSorNothing

I started rocking SKINS [c/o] back in March and honestly I don't know why I waited so long. Their Remote T Bar Tank is a top contender in my book. It's super lightweight and practically has a completely open back. It's the perfect amount of fitted and loose, if that makes sense. If you're like me you over heat just looking at the air bike. Don't even get me started about Cindy. So anytime I can find a tank that keeps me cool, it's a winner.

During 17.2 I rocked a SKINS DNAmic Women’s Speed Sports Bra for the first time. I could have ended up with a wardrobe malfunction, but I didn't. No rubbing, pulling or pinching. Just pure support and honestly it's super comfortable. I never once messed with it during the workout. Since then I've worn it multiple times and am still impressed. It's a sport bra that I happily grab for. I chalk my killer bar muscle performance to the sports bar ;) Sale Alert: There are a few currently marked down to $25! That's 50% off

But SKINS isn't just for working out. I find myself regularly rocking the Distort Packable Lightweight Jacket outside the gym. While it's probably amazing for running I find myself grabbing it when walking the dog, heading to workout, or just hanging out at the house. This ultra-lightweight, quick-dry jacket packs away into itself for easy storage, so you can keep it handy, just in case. Plus, the colors are perfect for spring or summer!

SKINS also sent me a pair of DNAMIC Compression 3/4 Tights. They feel like you're not wearing anything. While I currently have a size small I might go up a size for my round booty. They're just a tad too low in the back for my comfort level. The material is just as high quality as the other items this sizing was just on the smaller size for me.

Final verdict: Overall, I'm a SKINS fan. They meet all my standards high quality, great fit, fun colors (if that's your thing) and a decent price point. Honestly, it's a steal of a deal for the quality gear they offer.

P.S. I get compliments on the Remote T Bar Tank and Distort Packable Lightweight Jacket every time I wear them.... just saying.

Sizing: I'm wearing a small in every item mentioned. I'm 5'"4  with an athletic build and weight 130 lbs.

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PSST:  Thank you SKINS for providing me with product to review. As always all opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting brands who help make this blog possible. Happy sweating! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

This + That

Happy Friday!

Life's been crazy busy between work and daily life. Needless to say the blog is always the first to suffer. Sometimes I feel like I have so much to say, but don't know how to put it on paper (i.e., this space) or just don't have the time or energy. Poor me... just joking. Just know I try to do it all, but sometimes I can't and things suffer. For instance this space, I have plans on what I want this space to become, but then when it comes down to time I'm working with clients, spending time with family or working out. Yeah relationships with friend's suffer too. It's not that I mean for it to happen. Oh and why is making mom friends the hardest thing in the world...

Moving on....

IG Stories vs. Snapchat
While I have snapchat I'm all about IG stories. Who has time for two apps! I have way more views via IG stories too. So basically I'm not wasting my time with snapchat any more. Do you have a preference?

I've always liked Kombucha and have been on a serious kick lately. It's become some what of a daily habit. Go to brands are GT's and Health Ade. Do you Kombucha?

Working with a Crossfit Coach
It's only been two weeks and he's working me. If you follow my IG stories you saw I've been working through a lumbar strain. All is good and I'm still hitting the bike hard. Check out this burner I did, among other things, on Wednesday.

Air Bike Cals 30, 20, 10
Wall Walks 6, 4, 2

People hitting 100g of protein a day isn't easy, to-do so I eat a protein bar and drink a protein smoothie daily! I dare you to track your macros one day and see where you land. I double dare you!

Anyway, GoMacro is a staple at our house. While every so often they hook a sister up, I buy just as many bars. #truth But what's important here is starting in May they are launching a give back program. Starting with my favorite bar!

The first of Give-Back-Bar is coming up fast... during the month of May, GoMacro will be donating 10% of total proceeds of specially marked Peanut Butter MacroBars to Farm Sanctuary — a national nonprofit dedicated toward rescuing and giving life-long homes to abused farms animals. This is a subject near and dear to our hearts, as GoMacro was founded on a farm in Wisconsin and is where one of the company co-Founders still lives today.

Have a great weekend and chat soon! 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Top Mother's Day Gifts

When Emerson is older I hope she thinks I'm as awesome as I am today. I might be the mom who's super strict about bedtime and sugar, but I'm also the mom who goes with the flow, dusts her off and tells her she's OK. Let it be known she's one tough cookie who's equal parts sassy and sweet. I already know she'll be that athletic girl who's also super girly!

Anyway, I'm lucky to be her mama. While moms really should be celebrated everyday (it's hard job juggling daily life in general) there's one day earmarked just for MOM. Since May 14 will be here in a blink of an eye I'm rounding up my top Mother's Day gifts now!

Top Mother's Day Gifts

Really all we want is a day alone, a massage and a few hours browsing Target. However, a day with my two favorite people, maybe some friends and a BBQ with yard games would also do the trick. Clearly weather permitting in Tahoe because it can't seem to stay sunny longer than one day. #soreadyforsummer

Do you have any plans or Mother's Day traditions?

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Why I ditched Half my Wardrobe

Do you ever stare at your closet and think you have nothing to wear even though your closet is actually busting at the seems with clothes? Yay, that's me every time I have to wear something other than athleisure. While Emerson napped on Sunday I mixed things up. You guessed it, I cleaned out my closet and I mean I REALLY cleaned out my closet. I managed to thin it down by at least 50%. Yes, 50%!

If only my closet now looked like this....

It wasn't easy, but if it wasn't worn in it the last year - gone! It's amazing how clothes on my bed started to pile up. It actually feels good to look at my closet knowing it's full of pieces I will and do actually wear. I should note living in Tahoe means I need a wardrobe suitable for various weather temps, etc.

So what does it mean moving forward? The plan is to be more mindful of clothing purchases. Do I really love it? If so buy it. Do I really need it? Is it practical? Since I work for home I only need a handful of outfits to wear to client meeting, etc. Honestly, I could probably rotate the same 5-7 outfits and no one would be any wiser.

Practicing mindful shopping will [hopefully] help me create a wardrobe I love instead of a wardrobe I hate.

Once I decided I was going to get rid of something it went in either the donate, sell or toss pile. So where am I selling clothes? EBAY and Poshmark and I've been successful on both. The key is knowing your audience and pricing. If you're interested in Poshmark use code: PTGUE when signing up and receive $5 off your first purchase.

I also weeded out dingy, worn old clothes which means my favorite white tee (among other things) need to be replaced. Here's my working list...

Are you ready to really clean out your closet? Do you have a capsule wardrobe?