The beauty of a white boot is that it goes with any color in your wardrobe.
Throw out the notion that you can only wear white after Labor Day, because these boots will look fabulous this fall and winter! They add a touch of softness to any denim ensemble, will look great with tights and even paired with your heavy winter coat.
How would you style a pair of white cowboy boots!?
After a week vacation, Andy and I ventured off to Cooksburg, Pennsylvania with his family
There’s something about unwanding and separating myself from my day to day routine. Work takes up about 80% of my life, and having the opportunity to step back and enjoy what’s right in front of me is something I soak in when I can.
I wrapped up a few of my favorite memories down at camp. If you have the chance to take a day trip or weekend getaway to Cooksburg I highly encourage it.
We always have so many memories and the view is truly breathtaking.
Some things we did at camp:
– kayaked – hiked – played games – ate incredible food- shared some laughs – had a fire – hammock snoozes – relaxed in the river – saw some friends – relaxed
Instead of a Mother’s Day gift guide or something of the sort here on our blog, I decided to do an open letter exchange with the most amazing women in my life and share it with you. These letters are personal and I hope they help you recognize the blessings a mother figure in your life has given you, and reflect on how he or she has played a role in the making of the person you’ve become today.
Whether written or spoken, words are so incredibly important. Things can often go unsaid, and I think we should all make an effort to vocalize these things, even if it seems totally random and out of left field. I hope that this post encourages each and every one of you to express your love and the value you see in the people close to you.
To my mom, Cheryl
There are so many things I’m grateful for in our relationship and having you as a mother.
Looking back on my life, I was incredibly blessed to grow up in a home where my words were heard and I was free to be myself, whoever that may have been. I have you (and Dad) and Angela to thank for that. I was encouraged to try new things, and to be open minded and accepting of others. I was taught to be independent and self sufficient, and that it’s okay to play by myself and do my own thing. I was shown how to be kind to others and the importance of helping those less fortunate, as well as how to ask for what I need too. I was taught to have thick skin, that there’s always room for growth and that it’s never too late to start something new.
Naturally as mother and daughter, you and I are alike in so many ways. I honestly see more of you in myself every day. We’re both fiercely independent, introverted, hardworking, go-getters in life and in the workplace, coordination very seriously, go-with-the-flow and the peacemakers in most situations. We’re even tempered and hard-to-shake, strong women.
As funny as it sounds, you’re my hype queen. You’re the first one to tell me I’m fully capable of doing anything and everything I want to do, and you’re the first person I call if I ever need a pep talk. I exit all of our conversations, even the quick ones, feeling so much more confident in myself and my abilities. You’ve helped me grow into a women that encourages others, walks confidently through life and pursues my passions without fear of failure.
You’re incredibly selfless and giving — more than anyone else I know. You’re sensitive to other’s needs and seem to somehow know what someone is in need of before they even realize it themselves. You show up and perform no matter what the occasion is or how you’re feeling, simply because you feel it’s important to the people around you. You’ll drop anything and everything to be there for someone you love. You’re motivational and encouraging, and always helping others get to where they want or need to be, whether it’s by means of tough love or a confidence boost.
Thank you so much for playing such a huge role in the woman I’ve become. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for always supporting me, showing me the way, encouraging me in everything I do and loving me whole heartedly. You are beautiful, kind, strong, selfless and so loving — I truly couldn’t be more blessed to have you not only as a mom, but as a friend and role model too.
Happy Mother’s Day to the best woman I know! I love you!
To my sister, Angela
I know no life without you in it. In the very beginning of my life, my first day here on this earth I was greeted with many smiling faces one of which was our family and, the other was yours. Even at the age of three you anxiously awaited my arrival and it wouldn’t be long until we became the very best of friends.
I’d like to say that we have a bond that is so unbreakable not even the jaws of steel could pull us apart but isn’t that what all sisters say? Our lives haven’t always been perfect we have had some hard spots in life but I can’t remember a single one that we faced alone.
Any humiliation that mom hadn’t already covered, you were happy to fill in. Y’all were an unparalleled parenting duo.
Thank you for helping raise the chaos that is me. Thank you for always being supportive of everything I do, including the things nobody else could understand. Thank you for being the most stable person in my life, an unwavering certainty in a highly unpredictable world.
Charlie is truly the luckiest baby to have you as a mother. I am so fortunate to watch you both grow into such amazing roles In each other’s lives. You are by far one the best people I know, and honored to call you my big sister.
On your official first Mother’s Day, I want to make sure you know that you are the heartbeat of this family, the glue that connects us all. Because of you, and who you are as a person, everything is just better in our life. Over and over again, I would always choose you to travel this very special journey. It’s you and I til the very end. My sister, beautiful best friend, and wonderful mother to Charlie Boy.
Happy Mamas Day Sissy!
To my Aunts, Ange + Debi
To a women who were mamas side kicks —
We all have someone in our lives that impact us in the best possible way, by setting a “good example,” standing up for them no matter what or always being there for you. That’s an Aunt
There are so many reasons to love you both but, thank you for being who you are, always. Thank you for being in my life. Thank you for being the sisters to my mama. For helping her. For supporting her. For supporting me and Ange. For loving our family. I love you more than I could ever express in a few hundred words or a blog post. But I figured this is a small start.
I hope to be the aunt you showed me to be. I look up to being the best version of myself to Charlie the way you were to me.
Always remember that in a world of grey, you are and will forever be a bright ray of sunshine’s. I love you and you will always hold a special place in my heart.
The Getaway House has only been around since 2015, but since then, they’ve expanded into locations outside of 15 major cities across the US. Currently, you can get away from:
San Antonio, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Pittsburg-Cleveland (where I went!)
Each location was specifically picked so that you can reach a Getaway within just a couple hours by car, making it easy to break away even if you only have one or two free nights to spare.
In terms of cleanliness, the cabins are each naturally socially distant, being at least 50-150 feet apart from one another. In between stays, the cabins are thoroughly cleaned. And, if you need anything during your stay, you can text or call the staff for assistance.
Your family, best friends, significant other, your pup, or even byyourself (!) – it’s an ideal way to unplug, exhale, and get away from the grind of everyday life, even if only for a night or two.
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I’ve been doing spray tans for years now! After knowing how damaging and unsafe the tanning beds were for my skin — I knew I needed to make the change for myself. I have never been happier and truly feel the most natural when getting my spray tans.
I’ve gone to numerous places and let me tell you, nobody and I mean NOBODY compares to Michelle at LIQUID GLAM. She customizes to your wants + needs and there’s nothing like having a human eye doing the work instead of a machine. She is very detailed and is so passionate about her business. I will NEVER trust anyone to do my tans again.
Here are some products and tips I use to help my body before and after my tans with Michelle. My custom tan lasts me 7-10 days!
BEFORE TAN —
Exfoliate entire body no more than 4 hours before appointment
TIP: When our skin gets wet, our pores open. If you tan right after… when your pours start to seal, your tanner gets stuck inside and it can cause tanning marks/streaks/etc.
Dry yourself off, but don’t apply lotion. Many lotions/oils block the color from absorbing into your skin.
You’ll feel dry and “not finished” but I promise it’s worth it!
–SPRAY TAN SERVICE HAPPENS –
Once your whole body has been sprayed… bring a change of loose fitting clothing to prevent any lining from the process. I usually end up sleeping in what I wear there.
I always throw on a sweatshirt, sweatpants, & fuzzy socks. I do this so that no skin is exposed and I can sit on my bed or on the couch and relax!
THE FOLLOWING DAY
Rinse off in the shower (after you’ve waited the proper time according what Michelle has told you!) I’ve done both a 8+ process time and a 2-4 hour time. Honestly the longer you let it sit, the darker and lasting it becomes. So I truly wait til the very last minute to rinse off.
TIP: I try to keep my post tan shower quick and not use TOO much or ANY body wash or sit under the water too long. The less you shower/ use body wash the longer your tan will last!
Now do yourself a favor and book yourself an appointment with Michelle. You won’t regret it 🤍
The pandemic has been mentally and physically hard. For literally everyone. How in just one whole year has drastically changed the way of life. Social distancing, lockdowns, the increasing death tolls, frightening news updates across social media, joblessness, money-crunch, loneliness, literally the list goes on and on and on.
There are days when it seems next to impossible to even wake up and do things. It’s that exhausting mentally. Personally, I felt and feel lost sometimes. Somedays I wake up thinking of doing certain tasks and I only end up looking at my window, not having any energy to even move a bit. Sometimes, I even feel my dreams and aspirations are blurring away because of the amount of time that passed just in one year.
But then I look at these two photos above and realize how much I have changed in just that time frame. FOR THE BETTER. So much to be grateful for and happy about. The strength between these two photos and the lessons I have learned along the way to find strength in hard times are as follows:
THE CONTINUATION OF LOVE
Being surrounded by hardships helped me realize to cherish the people in my life for who they are. Giving these people my whole, authentic self without the fear of not being good enough. Lean on the ones who love you unconditional.
HARDSHIPS ARE PART OF GROWING
During childhood the harsh reality of life is often sugar-coated; growing up really is a hard pill to swallow. Part of living and growing up is experiencing unexpected troubles in life. We hear things about people losing their job, getting sick, or someone being critically ill in the hospital These are situations that tamper with our emotions and can leave us feeling outraged, lost or helpless. This year especially taught me or all of us for that matter to grow and stay ever so strong.
CHERISH THE MOMENT
Take a walk. Remove yourself from the environment; get some air, it helps in taking a timeout. Spend your time wisely and take a pause that is long enough to appreciate life. Life is meant to be lived, deeply felt, and enjoyed. We have little control over most of the external circumstances, but what we do have control over is the way we react. Yesterday can never be brought back and tomorrow is truly never promised.
YOU’RE NOT YOUR PAST
The past does not define us. You’re not your past habits nor the story you used to tell yourself. The future is a clean slate to become who you wish to be. Not letting myself have fear of the unknown dictate how I choose to plan my future. You’re allowed to change your own internal narrative. You’re allowed to use the past as a stepping tool. I know I plan to reflect the time I used and didn’t for my future plans.
YOU’RE IN CHARGE OF YOUR FEELINGS
Feelings change, people change, and time – our greatest limited resource – just keeps ticking. You choose how you feel this very moment! You can hold onto past mistakes, or you can create your own happiness. You’re allowed to feel any feeling you want. That’s what makes us fucking human.
To each of our own, we all went through something we never imagined we would in a lifetime. But we did. And it’s something we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. I’m choosing to be grateful of the time I created. For overcoming the most challenging, terrifying and emotional year I can ever recall.
Be gentle with your feelings and remember you are human. Stay humble and be kind. 🤍