Staying Active with thredUP

15 Jul 2015 Permalink

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Staying active can be pretty tricky to do.Β Time is always an issue. Scheduling and creating lists can help, but self-motivation is definitely key.

I’m not just talking about working out either. Staying active in the community is important too. Besides for the social aspect, the more people who are involved, the better off we all can be.

thredUP, my favorite online fashion resale shop, is launching a program called Raise A Hand For Teachers. Working with, they’re recognizing teachers across the nation for their hard work and positive impact on kids.

Giving back to your community has never been easier. Starting today until August 23rd, nominate your favorite teacher by clicking right HERE.

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Three lucky teachers will each win $2,500 for classroom supplies and $500 for shopping at thredUP!! 50 runner-up winners will receive $100 to thredUP. Those are huge prizes! And with as much of their own money that teachers already spend on their classrooms, this could really impact a special group of kids…not to mention the educator who inspires them daily.

I’m about to go nominate Julia’s Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Bocka. Mrs. Bocka was Julia’s first school teacher and I so glad that she was. She really got my daughter excited about learning…Julia would always be sharing the funny stories that her teacher told her. But the biggest reason that I am going to nominate Mrs. Bocka is because she made me little girl feel special. I could list countless time during the school year, but the one that stood out actually happened last month, once the summer break had already started.

Many times when people are off the clock, they don’t think about work. This is usually NOT the case with teachers, and it’s definitely NOT the case with Mrs. Bocka. She sent Julia a very thoughtful note, just checking in and sending her best. But this small gesture meant something much more for my daughter.

And now it’s my turn to be active and show my appreciation with a simple nomination.

Who are you going to nominate?

Active tops in above picture were provided by thredUP. All opinions are my own.

The Perfect Pregnancy Piece

13 Jul 2015 Permalink

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While I’m a fan of dresses whenever the weather calls for it, they’re especially perfect for any trimester of pregnancy. Nothing is easier to wear or style than a dress.

Even if you’re not knocked up, a great dress can be the perfect canvas for a standout outfit. I’m more of a fan of the knee length versions, but maxi dresses (and minis if you’re daring!) look gorgeous as well.

There are tons of ways to wear these fashion power pieces:

  • Belt it over your bump with a thin belt.
  • Accessorize with one long necklace or a statement piece.
  • Wear heels.
  • Wear flats.
  • Wear sandal wedges.
  • Add a hat.
  • Cover up with a jean jacket or vest.
  • Use a shawl to drape over your shoulders.

Of course a blow out and light makeup can help add to the polish factor. But if you’re pressed for time, a slicked back pony and a little lip tint look great too.

What’s your favorite way to wear this closet staple??

Images from here. Collage put together with Picmonkey.

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A Girl And Her Lip Smackers

09 Jul 2015 Permalink

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Why is it that whenever we come across something memorable from our childhood, we’re instantly transported to a happy place??

Last week I went out with my brother and some friends for his birthday. During the night, we made our way to this place called Headquarters. Headquarters is an arcade bar (or beercade as the youngins tell me) that brings you to the past with its vintage video games and throw-back atmosphere. Needless to say, I loved it! I have a soft spot for the 80s and between rounds of pinball and Mrs. Pacman with my sister, I just couldn’t help but to enjoy myself.

So when I had the opportunity to test out some new goodies from Lip Smackers, I knew I had to take it. Besides for providing me with some nostalgia (which I can’t seem to get enough of these days), I wanted Julia to have a chance to get in on the excitement as well.

Growing up I used to LOVE the Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker. The smell was amazing and it provided the perfect amount of tint to my lips. (This wasΒ beforeΒ I was allowed to wear real lipstick…) Nowadays, Lip Smackers has teamed up with other tasty brands like Skittles and Starburst. You can get the sweet candy smell on your lips without any of the calories! By the way, they still carry the Dr. Pepper flavor.

Julia’s favorite, hands down, were the packages of Disney Lip Smackers. Between princesses and Minnie and Daisy, she kept her lips busy for hours. She’d uncap one, smell it, apply it, invite her brother to do the same, then she’d run over to me so I could guess what flavor she applied by smelling her lips. This repeated over and over and…

Watching her smell and slather the gloss all over her lips not only put a smile on my face, it also brought me back to when I was a girl doing the same exact thing. And now my heart melts as I watch my daughter enjoying her Lip Smackers.

Lip Smacker provided us with lip gloss for review. All opinions are my own.

Thrifted and Updated | Express Romper

06 Jul 2015 Permalink

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It always fascinates me to learn about what kinds of creative outlets people have. My cousin, for example, loves thrifting or Craig’s listing (that’s a term…right?) furniture which she then reworks into new pieces. It’s like what you might see while pinning, except hers are far from Pinterest fails.

I’m the same way with vintage clothes. I’m obsessed with treasuring hunting for cool pieces from the past and giving them a little makeover to bring them up to date.

I thrifted this romper. It’s from Express…probably the early 90s judging from the tag. All it needed was a little hem. I took it up about two inches and brought it into the present. Not too bad for a couple of bucks and some basic sewing skills from 7th grade home ec!

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