ice cream + french fries

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Minimalist Tablescape + #StockUpOnLipton

This shop has been compensated by Safeway. All opinions are mine alone. #StockUpOnLipton #Safeway #CollectiveBias


Ah, tablescapes. Growing up my mom decorated for every holiday, even the table. I love the look of a finished table, but the inner minimalist battles with the extra stuff. Enter my minimalist tablescape. It's just the right amount of decor and items I'll actually use!


It's simple, less is more. To create my fall inspired tablescape I focused on layering various textures while incorporating old and new items. Think a burlap runner, woven placemats & pumpkins, and sugar pine pinecones.


Your table isn't complete without a candle or two. I think this candle plays off the actual pinecones! It smells delicious too. I prefer to go with non-holiday dishes. After halloween I can remove the pumpkins and still have a styled table.


My dishes are meant for everyday use, making the table ready for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Do you create seasonal tablescapes?

This year I added a fun pitcher into the mixed. The chalk embellishment is very convenient and my husband [or guests] no longer need to ask, "whats in the pitcher."


We're big tea drinkers in our house and always have a pitcher of Lipton Iced Tea in the fridge. There's just something about enjoying a sandwich and glass of iced tea [on the porch]. 

Growing up we always made sun tea with Lipton Iced Tea. Not much has changed. Iced tea not only makes every meal taste better, but is a healthy choice for the whole family. Last week, while at Safeway, we made sure to stock up with a 100ct box of  Lipton Iced Tea.  We don't want to be caught with a empty box. Shop during the Albertsons/Safeway Stock Up Sale (9/30-10/13).

Are you a tea drinker? What's you go-to tea? Hot or cold?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Barbells for Boobs

Hi Friends...

Let's cut to the chase, I teamed up with South Tahoe Crossfit to help raise funds for Barbells for Boobs! Our event is October 24, and all are welcome to join. If you would like to support the cause, donate HERE. My goal is to raise $400, while our box goal is $5,000 -- we are nearly there.

About Barbells for Boobs: A 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer, with an emphasis on women under the age of 40 and men. Inspired by athletes everywhere, local communities come together, fundraise, and help us detect potentially life threatening breast cancer occurrences. 100% of the grant funds allocated go to direct services, there are no administrative fees connected to the grants.  

Having had two heart surgeries and Emerson spending a week in the NICU, supporting a cause [or two] is important to me. While I myself have never had breast cancer, I've know a handful of those who have.

Without organizations like Barbells for Boobs, too many women under the age of 40 and men could go days, months or years before finding out they have breast cancer. Everyone has a right to know.

This is an opportunity to combine two things I love, Crossfit + raising funds to help detect potentially life-threatening breast cancer occurrences. Who doesn't want to workout and save boobies!

Make a donation of any amount on my fundraising page. For every $80 raised, ONE more person will know if they are living with breast cancer. 

Every little bit helps. Instead of purchasing a coffee today donate the $5 to this amazing cause. 

Additionally, you can help spread the word and help me reach my goal by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter. Or even better, send an email to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to my page

To make a donation, click HERE.

Thank you in advance.

Monday, October 5, 2015

My Top 3 Pumpkin Recipes

In no way is this post sponsored. I love all things pumpkin when it comes to fall. I know I've had a lot of sponsored posts lately, but it's just the way things have lined up. As a blogger I'm part of several affiliate networks, but all opinions are, as always, my own. Working with brands and affiliates makes this blog possible and helps me put a little money away for Emerson’s college, pay a few bills, and take some fun adventures. If that’s cool with you, it’s cool with me. 

Now for all things pumpkin...

It's officially fall in Lake Tahoe.  I'm enjoying the crisp air, changing of the leaves, cozy fires, flannel, and all things pumpkin. Each fall I typically make something yummy. While I'm not sure what I'll whip up this year, I can't help but look back on a few oldie but goodies.

ONE | Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips
OMG! Only the most amazing pumpkin bread you'll every make. You'll seriously want this on repeat.


TWO | Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie
I love chocolate chip cookies and these bad boys scream fall. My husband loves these cookies for breakfast with with coffee. I can't disagree.


THREE | Pumpkin Bread Bread
I love making banana bread. There's nothing better then looking at your fruit bowl and seeing a few ripe ones. Last year I took my banana bread to a new level and added pumpkin. I would say it was a success!


What pumpkin inspired dishes are you whipping up this fall?

How to Create the Ultimate Upcycled Gift Basket

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

When we first found out we were pregnant we didn't really know anyone else with kids. Fast forward 8 months -- we can now name 5 friends who've had babies in the last six months! Crazy, right? Does it seem like everyone around you is pregnant or just had a baby too? Instead of running out and buying a ton of stuff why not create a cute eco-friendly gift basket. Think about it -- try creating a gift basket that incorporates used and new items. I know, I love getting hand-me-down baby stuff! Most items have  only been used once or twice.

First, you'll need a tiny helper. Clearly having a helper makes cleaning way more fun. I forgot to mention you'll need to clean out the closest, dresser, toy box, etc before you can start building your upcycled gift basket.

Once you have your helper it's time to start cleaning! Don't worry about making a mess it's more fun that way. Start by making piles on the floor: keep/store, giveaway [aka gift basket], donate and throwaway.

YAY! Now you're done making piles and it's time to build your basket. If you're like me you already have a basket laying around. #winning

Start with blankets. When you add a blanket it will help create height for the other items. Next, start arranging the items one-by-one. [Tip: roll clothing items]

Don't forget to include extra diapers, bottles, toys, socks/shoes, hangers, etc. Maybe even a bottle of wine ;)

I love how my up-cycled  baby gift basket turned out. My friend is going to stoked! 

Don't forget to add a few new eco-friendly times to round out your gift. I went with a bamboo wrap, handmade moccasins and Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ AA batteries.

As a new parent you quickly learn to keep batteries handy. So many toys need batteries. I can purchase Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries guilty free because they're the first battery on the market to use recycled batteries/materials! #winning

I found the batteries at my local Walmart, but they can also be found at Target, Home Depot, Lowes or K-Mart. For six AA batteries I only paid $6.37 -- talk about a killer deal when the Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries holds up to 12 years in storage! Yup, I just geeked out about batteries. 

Energizer® EcoAdvanced is the world's first AA battery made with 4% recycled batteries and is Energizer's longest-lasting battery. Try it! Power your most critical devices and have less impact on the planet!

Not sure how it works? Check out the below video.

How do you reduce, re-use, recycle?

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Three Ways to Wear Plaid + #RinseMadeRad

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

Mad For Plaid

Nearly ten years ago I moved to Lake Tahoe, by way of Los Angeles, and it took awhile to embrace the mountain town and it's fashion sense. Although, I'm not ready for summer to end. I'm ready for skinny jeans, boots, chunky sweaters and flannel. Yup, flannel. I never thought I would say it. 

If you peeked in my closest you would notice a number of plaid/flannel pieces ranging from a cozy scarf to snowboard jacket. I love me some plaid. 

Have you been to Target lately? They are on point this fall. I'm dreaming of a guest room or mudroom makeover in the near future. While I didn't take home any new decor, I did score a limited-edition 'Mad for Plaid' bottle of LISTERINE®.

Anyway, curious to see how I'm styling plaid this fall? I pulled together three looks for you, from date-night to running errands. 

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” ― Coco Chanel

ONE | Date Night
Dating in a mountain town isn't easy -- especially when the girl to guy ratio is 5:1. Luckily my single days have long passed, but it doesn't mean my hubby and I still don't have date nights. We usually keep it simple Sushi, Mexican or Greek. My go-to fall date night attire: black top, skinny jeans, booties and my favorite blanket scarf [I scored this Zara knock-off at Target last year].

Mad For Plaid

TWO | Running Errands
Other than flannel/plaid I learned to embrace puffy vests. This is practically my fall/winter uniform: boyfriend plaid top, puffy vest, leggings and my favorite Sorel's [perfect for rainy or snowy day].

Mad For Plaid

THREE | Casual Friday
Want to rock plaid in the office? I do all the time. Here I'm wearing a plaid button down, 3/4 sleeve blazer, skinny jeans and TOMS. Can't wear jeans to work? Try pairing your plaid top and blazer with a pencil or maxi skirt and booties. 

Mad For Plaid

When I wasn't looking, my husband snapped a photo of me getting ready the other day. HA! Sneaky, sneaky. I had a good laugh because even my LISTERINE® mouth wash is plaid! What's a girl to do?!

I couldn't help myself at Target! They're all mine..... LISTERINE® is taking it to a new level through their latest partnership with Target. You can find the limited-edition 'Mad for Plaid' collection at Target September 13 – October 31. Get ready and tag your pictures with #RinseMadeRad!

Listerine Rinse Made Rad

Did you know, if you were to incorporate LISTERINE® mouthwash twice-daily into your routine, you'll clean virtually 100 percent of your mouth and achieve up to five times healthier gums in two weeks and up to nine times healthier gums in four weeks!  What are you waiting for?! Head to Target and pick up a bottle from the LISTERINE® 'Mad for Plaid' collection today.

Collection includes: 
 - LISTERINE® Zero: Red Plaid
 - LISTERINE® Cool Mint: Blue plaid
 - LISTERINE® Original: Yellow plaid
 - LISTERINE® Fresh Burst: Green Plaid

For more about LISTERINE® Brand products, visit

Cartwheel Offer  -- 10% off, Live 9/13 - 10/31, Buy 3 bottles get one free [in-stores]

Do you love plaid? What's your favorite piece this season? Let me know I'm always on the hunt.
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