Aztec

aztecHappy short week! We had a four day weekend, and it was AMAZING.  Now, it’s certainly hard to get back in the swing of things at work.  It was a great weekend filled with naps, playdates, takeout, and catching up on DVR.  We attended church at an offshoot location, and it was fun to worship in a totally different setting.   I don’t know how this dress hasn’t appeared here already, it’s been worn a TON.  The service we attended was further from home, and of course I hadn’t picked out an outfit the night before.  Thank goodness for this standby.  I threw it on, added a couple of my favorite accessories and was good to go! Aren’t dresses like that the BEST?

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Diapers, and What’s in my Diaper Bag + Let it Shine Link Up

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 When Lydia was first born, google became my friend.  I loved reading what products other moms used.  So, now that we’re 9 months in…..I’m paying it forward.  We always keep a diaper bag packed and ready to go for last minute excursions plus we have a second diaper bag ready as a back up.  Trust me, with different people taking her different places…..that back up bag has come in handy! So, here we are……..the contents of my diaper bag (diapers and recommendations included)!

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 Diaper Bag Necessities

Diapers: We have tried a million kinds of diapers.  Seriously.  And, lucky for us…..our favs are also some of the most affordable! Parent’s Choice Diapers (available at Walmart) cost significantly less than the other brands we’ve used and are incredibly absorbent. We keep a full day supply of diapers in the diaper bag at any time (6-8 diapers).

Wipes / Pouch: This wipe pouch is awesome! It keeps wipes moist, and zips open and shut for quick access.  I pack about 50 wipes at a time.  Yes, I may be over prepared….but I also use wipes to clean surfaces before changing Lydia on them.

Changing Pad: Necessary.  Trust me, you don’t want to set your baby on a public changing table.  Germ city.  I wash ours after trips out.

Toys: Trips usually mean baby will need entertainment.  So, I bring a few of Lydia’s favs.  Along with a pacifier (if your baby uses one…..keep an extra in your diaper bag at all times).

Food: Is Lydia the only baby OBSESSED with puffs now that she can eat finger foods? Seriously.  It’s out of control.  We keep puffs and a pouch of baby food along with a spoon in the bag at all times.

Additional items: change of clothes, hat, baby sunscreen, nursing cover, light blanket

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diaper bagSo, I’m all ears…..what do you keep in your diaper bag?

diaper bagInterested in trying Parent’s Choice Diapers? Check out this coupon to sweeten the deal

730x100letitshineWelcome to Let it Shine!   Welcome to the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years, we decided to rename our link up to something we felt was a better fit.  Welcome to Let it Shine! Why the name? Because, we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine! We will be sharing our favorites each week here, and on social media! The biggest change? Monthly Inspirations!  Each month we will share some fun post ideas, one for each week.    Do you HAVE to follow the inspirations to link up? Absolutely not!  If you’d like to be considered for a feature, those will be picked from the inspirations…..check out the September lineup! 

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  Last week, we talked about shoes….and we sure spotted some cute ones!

a few of our favs shoes/ Statement Shoes / Gingham and Lace /

Another place we will be showcasing our favs? The Let It Shine Pinterest Board! We will also be posting ideas for the weekly themes….so be sure you’re following!     let it shine hashtag_edited-1   Linking up to Let it Shine? Don’t forget to link back to our blogs or share our button, thanks y’all!   still being molly    

  Now…..talk amongst yourselves……….
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Under the Big Top Giveaway

Under the Big Top GiveawayIt’s giveaway time! Lydia has been sporting this fun Under the Big Top outfit from some of our favorite shops…..pretty perfect since Daddy plays with a circus in St Louis for a month every year! 

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Enter to win your own Under the Big Top outfit…..perfect for your own little one or as a shower gift!

The giveaway prizes include:

Big Top Circus Bow (Can’t wait? FREESHIP35 will get you free shipping on any order over $35)

Circus Onesie

Girl’s Circus Print  Skirt

Red Metallic Baby Moccasins (Can’t wait? Use code TAKE10 to get 10% off!)

 

This giveaway is also being hosted via my Instagram account.  To gain additional entries, follow the instructions on the form below!

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The Sleeveless Challenge

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the sleeveless challenge

Happy sleeveless season!  It’s still SUPER hot here in the city of angels, and we are going sleeveless as often as possible.  I’m not always the most comfortable going sleeveless……so I was totally up for it when I heard about Dove’s Sleeveless Summer challenge.  This summer, Dove has teamed up with celebrity stylist Erin Walsh to share some great summer style tips.

the sleeveless challengeA few of Erin’s summer style tips:

  • Your clothes will always look better if you feel beautiful and confident in them. As a fashion stylist, I know that sleeveless can often feel scary and make women feel vulnerable or exposed; however the Dove Advanced Care product line provides softer, smoother underarms in just 3 days, so that all women can feel confident going sleeveless.
  • Some classic summer staples that every woman should have in her wardrobe are: a crisp white blouse, a lightweight summer scarf (I like neutral colors), and a sundress that isn’t too tight fitting. I am also a big fan of Greek/Bohemian inspired sandals – such a fun way to add style to your look this summer season!
  • My summer essentials include: sunscreen, Dove Advanced Care Deodorant (I like the Nourished Beauty fragrance), and lip balm with an SPF. 

the sleeveless challenge

I decided to take the Dove sleeveless challenge for myself when we headed to the county fair a couple weekends ago.  It was VERY hot, and I figured…..time to see if Dove lived up to it’s promises!  Since Dove promises to leave you smooth dry and odor-free for  48 hours, I decided it was the perfect accessory for a hot day outside.  Note the sunburn? Yup, HOT! While I may not have used the right sunscreen, I definitely used the right product for going sleeveless.  Dove Advanced Care Deodorant kept me dry and odorless, plus I wasn’t trying to hide my underarms the entire time!

After taking the sleeveless challenge myself, Dove suggested we pass the buck along to a friend.  The most stressful place I know this time of year? A classroom on the first day of school.  Yup, I challenged a couple of teachers at our school to try Dove Advanced Care Deodorant…..and they made it through the first day in style! 

Verdict? Apparently we all passed the sleeveless challenge with flying colors!

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Slip Ons + Let It Shine Link Up

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I used to wear heels or wedges ALL the time.  Before I had Lydia everyone promised this would change, and yup…..totally has.  These days I’m all about stylish comfort.  Slip on sneakers are my new obsession.  I own way too many pairs.  When I spotted this pair from Just Fab, I had to add them to my collection.  They’re the perfect addition to my “mom uniform”.  At least I dressed it up with a necklace, right???
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/ shoes c/o Just Fab / necklace c/o JustFab / jeans / blouse /

730x100letitshineWelcome to Let it Shine!   Welcome to the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years, we decided to rename our link up to something we felt was a better fit.  Welcome to Let it Shine! Why the name? Because, we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine! We will be sharing our favorites each week here, and on social media! The biggest change? Monthly Inspirations!  Each month we will share some fun post ideas, one for each week.    Do you HAVE to follow the inspirations to link up? Absolutely not!  If you’d like to be considered for a feature, those will be picked from the inspirations…..check out the September lineup! 

september inspirations
  Last week, we talked about desserts….and found some delicious new treats!

a few of our favs desserts/ Soft Toffee Cookies / Strawberry Rhubard / Butterfinger Brownies /

 

Another place we will be showcasing our favs? The Let It Shine Pinterest Board! We will also be posting ideas for the weekly themes….so be sure you’re following!     let it shine hashtag_edited-1   Linking up to Let it Shine? Don’t forget to link back to our blogs or share our button, thanks y’all!   still being molly    

  Now…..talk amongst yourselves……….

 

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Spicy Bleu Cheeseburger Recipe

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Spicy Bleu CheeseburgerCan you believe Labor Day is almost here? We finally got our backyard area set up……and this was our first outdoor dinner.  A certain gastropub here in lala land serves cheeseburgers where the cheese is baked into the patty……and that was the inspiration for this spicy bleu cheeseburger recipe.  Spicy meat with cool bleu cheese? The perfect combo!

Spicy Bleu CheeseburgerThe hardest thing when you move is finding new “spots”.  We’ve finally found a new coffee shop, gas station, and now…..the perfect place for produce and meats! Smart & Final was our go to spot for BBQ staples before we moved…….and it’s like they heard our prayers…..Smart & Final just opened a new location in San Fernando……about 15 minutes from our house.  I stopped by on Friday afternoon, the day after the grand opening.  Have you ever been in a brand new grocery store? It was STUNNING!  Perfectly organized.  The staff was amazingly helpful.  The produce was super fresh. Yup, we’ve found our new BBQ supplies spot. 

Spicy Bleu CheeseburgerIngredients for Spicy Bleu Cheeseburger:

ground beef

tapatio sauce

crumbled bleu cheese

arugula 

avocado

hamburger buns

Spicy Bleu CheeseburgerInstructions:

In a bowl combine ground beef, 1/4 cup of tapatio sauce, and 1/2 cup of crumbled bleu cheese.

Form hamburger patties.

Grill until cooked to desired temperature.

Add remaining bleu cheese to each burger and allow to melt.

Serve on a bed of arugula and garnish with fresh avocado.


2014-08-23_0002Looking for more great Labor Day recipes? Check here!

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BeautyCon

beautycon beautyconLydia has now had her first major beauty convention experience.  This weekend was BeautyCon here in Lala land.  Beautycon is a crazy, crowded, fun conference for beauty brands, bloggers, and youtube sensations along with all their followers.  It’s HUGE, and getting bigger each year! Lydia was a total champ…..scared of crowds? Not this girl! She loved meeting brands, bloggers and makeup gurus…….and got her picture taken about a million times.  I should have known that her outfit would attract cameras!

The biggest debacle of the day? I forgot my camera memory card.  Then my phone died.  Thank GOODNESS for my dear friend Andrea from Boho Bunnie…….she saved the day and took tons of pictures for us!  

beautycon/ lucky brand’s newest jeans / nyx cosmetics vending machine /

beautycon/ Romper /

/ Lydia’s Instagram Onesie / Lydia’s Gold Shorts + Headband

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Date Night Makeup + Cupcake Taste Testing

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date night makeupAdventures in dating with a little one…..the next episode.  I’ve been writing a lot about date nights, and how important they are once you have a baby at home.  We’ve been having date nights at home for months now, but I realized recently….we missed an important piece……the primping!  Date night in your casual daytime clothes and makeup? Not the same! So lately, we both actually get ready for date nights…..whether they’re in our backyard (like this cupcake taste testing) or we are headed out for the evening!

date night makeupThis date night makeup look utilizes some of my favorite Neutrogena products from Target (yippee for the fact that they’re friendly on the pocketbook), and was quick and easy to apply.  Think ten minutes or less and it lasted ALL night.  Can’t beat that! 

date night makeup

date night makeup/ foundation / eyeliner (spiced chocolate) / mascara / powder / lips (soft raspberry) /

The inspiration for this quick and easy date night look? Hayden Pantierre’s Night Out Look video!

See? Super easy, right? One more hint……..use this link with your Target Cartwheel app to get 20% off all Neutrogena makeup!

date night makeup

Target and Neutrogena have teamed up to bring a Target Beauty Concierge event at select Target stores around the country this month! Event begins August 24th.  Limited quantities available. Check with your local Target store for Beauty Concierge day and times.

Ps…..the winning cupcake from our cupcake taste testing date night? Pink Lemonade! So yummy!

730x100letitshineWelcome to Let it Shine!   Welcome to the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years, we decided to rename our link up to something we felt was a better fit.  Welcome to Let it Shine! Why the name? Because, we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine! We will be sharing our favorites each week here, and on social media! The biggest change? Monthly Inspirations!  Each month we will share some fun post ideas, one for each week.    Do you HAVE to follow the inspirations to link up? Absolutely not!  If you’d like to be considered for a feature, those will be picked from the inspirations…..check out the August lineup!  august inspirations_edited-1   Last week, we talked about Gold….and we got some GREAT style inspiration…….

favs gold/ black and gold / shiny shoes / back in black /

Another place we will be showcasing our favs? The Let It Shine Pinterest Board! We will also be posting ideas for the weekly themes….so be sure you’re following!     let it shine hashtag_edited-1   Linking up to Let it Shine? Don’t forget to link back to our blogs or share our button, thanks y’all!   still being molly    

  Now…..talk amongst yourselves……….

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I Scream for Ice Cream Giveaway

I Scream for Ice Cream Giveaway It’s giveaway time! Lydia has been loving this adorable Ice Cream outfit from some of our favorite shops…..it was the perfect attire for her first trip to the fair last weekend. So cute, right?

I Scream for Ice Cream Giveaway

I Scream for Ice Cream Giveaway

I Scream for Ice Cream GiveawayEnter to win your own I Scream for Ice Cream outfit…..perfect for your own little one or as a shower gift!

The giveaway prizes include:

Sweet Scoops – Organic Cotton Baby Shorties

Felt Ice Cream Cone Peach/Pink Baby Headband

Screen Printed Organic Onesie – Waffle Ice Cream

This giveaway is also being hosted via my Instagram account.  To gain additional entries, follow the instructions on the form below!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Winner – Stacy F.  Check your email!

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