Picnics at Work

I know my days are numbered for wearing dresses so I'm squeezing them all in while I can.
This print could be straight from the picnic I had with my girls last week but I'm owning it and loving it.  The print and the cut of the dress make it easy and comfortable but pairing it with the right accessories make it work wearable.  I'm always looking for pieces that transition with my day.  Everyone talks about transitional pieces but they are only referring to transitioning between seasons.  I love pieces that move form one season to another and work with me throughout my crazy days and not against me.

As a Realtor I work out in the field, in my office and from home so I don't like pieces that are uncomfortable and constricting because I don't have time to change several times a day.
I've made that mistake before where I put on a work outfit, change for school pickup and running errands, and then back to work outfit to show houses in the evening.  That's too much work so a look that transitions through my day is ideal.  This dress hits all the requirements of transitioning in both forms.  I've added a jean jacket to it for a cooler morning and it's so comfortable so I can play mom in it as well.  A quick change of the shoes makes it all possible.

This print makes me swoon- it's an oversized buffalo check.  It creates so much more interest than a solid color.  A print is a subtle way to add personality to your look.  To make it appropriate for work I've added a black suede pump, a large rhinestone necklace, and my traditional arm candy.  If you wanted to add a pop of color I would suggest doing that with a clutch.

My exact dress is currently unavailable but here is a similar look:

Holiday Styling with Freshly Picked

 We are already prepping for the holidays and picking out all of our outfits for all the upcoming festivities.  I love shopping for our outfits for the holidays especially for the girls.  Sometime I have the girls match and other times I like them to coordinate.  For Christmas Eve I've selected this hunter green dress for Madison.  It has a floral print in the same color so it's very subtle.  It's a cute but simple dress so it's all about the styling.  I've paired it with a champagne and gold necklace made by my mom, topped it off with a gold bow, and finished it off with platinum soft soled moccasins from Freshly Picked

We have a history with Freshly Picked and absolutely love them.  They were the best find when I had a newborn little girl.  They were the ONLY shoe that was super easy to get on yet stayed on.  Babies shoes are nearly impossible.  It seemed like every shoe was so hard to get on and if you were lucky enough to get them on they only stayed on for about 5 seconds.  FP seemed like a revolutionary shoe when we first tried them.  Now that Madison is older we are still in love with the FP moccs.  Madison is quite independent and wants to get herself dressed.  The elastic band on the soft soled moccasins make it easy for a toddler to handle on her own; so the morning struggle is reduced.

Typically I see moccasins worn with fairly casual looks but wanted to show you that Freshly Picked Moccasins can be dressed up as well.  They are perfect for holiday outfits.
For the night I will be adding a coat and perhaps even a pair of tights.  I can also see a jean jacket with this look on another occasion other than Christmas Eve.

Can you tell this little girl is a ham and a diva all in one?
Perfectly posed but not in the mood to smile.

I'm very excited to share our love for Freshly Picked Moccasins with you.  Check out my Instagram for a chance to win a pair for your little one.

Don't procrastinate too long on holiday wear shopping; it's just around the corner.
You can find the dress here and the moccasins here.

Freshly Picked Moccasins received in exchange for this review.  As always all opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Friday Favorites 10/21

This seems weird but I don't have that much to share with you this week.  It was still a whirlwind of a week but not everything is share worthy.  Last weekend I went to the coast for a leadership conference and was basically inside for three days.  Even so it was very productive and lots of fun.
This week was just filled with the normal stuff plus a work event at Dave & Buster's; not a bad place for a work social.  This morning I volunteered in Emily's classroom which I really enjoyed.
I'm so excited for a fun weekend including my best friend's 30th birthday bash!  Happy Birthday Gina!!!

Here's a few things I totally want to share:

Cirque du Soleil's TORUK is coming to Fresno next week, October 27th - October 30th at the Save Mart Center.  TORUK, The First Flight is inspired by James Cameron's AVATAR which is the first show inspired by a movie.  The show transports you to the world of Pandora with unforgettable characters and creatures.  The show is set thousands of years before AVATAR in TORUK and utilizes amazing technology including 40 projectors and a 15,000 square foot stage.

To purchase your tickets you can click HERE.

I'm also excited to giveaway a Family Four Pack (2 adults, 2 children) to one of my lucky readers.  You have your choice of show between Saturday, October 29th at 4:00 pm or Sunday, October 30th at 1:00 pm.  To enter, check out my Instagram HERE.

I can't wait to see the show myself and I'll share my review after the show.

I was so excited for the new ABC show American Housewife and it did not disappoint!!!  By the time the opening credits ran I was in love and hooked.  It's so funny and too accurate.  All moms need to check out this show!

I guess this is my week to share my favorite shows.  I'm in love with more shows than I want to admit but another one that I just can't get enough of is Younger.  It's season 3 and I started watching back in Season 1 because it's the same writer from Sex & the City.  I'm so hooked and the 30 minute episode is not long enough.  There's way too much plot to catch you up on but I just have to say when there is a choice on a show I usually have a hands down winner.  I think this is the first time I can think of where I can't decide if I'm Team Josh or Team Charles.  Serious life problems here! LOL

I'm giving Rodan & Fields Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream a try and wanted to share it with you.  I feel pretty fortunate with my skin but around my eyes bothers me to no end.  When I smile I have such bags and wrinkles; I need a solution!  I'm crossing my fingers here.  Jessi Ohanesian is a local RF consultant and has helped me in picking this eye cream.  If you are interested in any of their products she's very knowledgeable.  You can contact her via email HERE.

This post sponsored by Rodan & Fields and Cirque du Soleil.  As always all opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Think Happy

I think I lean towards more of a pessimist but I say all the time, "I'm not a pessimist I'm just a realist!"  Either way getting an extra dose of positive thoughts is totally necessary for me.  I found a fun and happy book called Think Happy by Karen Salmonsohn which is just the perfect remedy for the everyday pessimist.  It's a very easy and lighthearted read that could be tackled in one short sitting but I'm enjoying reading it each morning.  The book is divided by topics and has 5 solutions for each problem.  Problems like failure, feeling grumpy, or needing to forgive.
The collection includes 50 of these "pep talks" which can boost your mood and/or confidence and help you tackle the day.  The entire book is bright and filled with fun and whimsical illustrations.
I had a ton of take-aways from the book and these are some of my favorite quotes or "pep talks," 
" It's easier to be a saint for fifteen minutes than an hour,"  
"Thoughts are like a steering wheel," 
"It is what it is- but you have the power to turn it into an isn't-so-bad," 
"Perfectionism is a form of self-abuse," 
"No matter how awesome you are, you won't be everyone's cup of tea- but no worries.  You'll be many people's double espresso," 
"If someone is trying to pull you down, it just means they are beneath you," 
"You are a fine piece of china.  Don't let anyone treat you like a paper plate," 
"Realize how much you're worth, and don't give people discounts," 
"Hating someone makes them important.  Forgiving them makes them obsolete."

If you're looking for a some motivation you should grab this book!

If you want more info on the book click HERE or more info on the author click HERE.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  As always all opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Unique Gift Ideas

I love giving unique and thoughtful gifts but sometimes finding something original is hard to do.  I'm always trying to think of new ideas and of course Pinterest is always a huge source of inspiration.  I wanted to share some of the gifts I've done in the past with you.  The ideas include Sending Cheer, Birthday, Baby Shower, Going Away, Housewarming, Mailman, and Hostess Gifts.

First up is a Cheer Up Gift.  Every now and then we all can use a little bit of sunshine.

Get Tag HERE

Everything in the package is yellow- a ray of sunshine.

We had the best mailman and right before he retired I gave him this small thank you of M&M's and a gas gift card.

I found the card HERE

For our babysitter I wanted to give her just a small gift to say we're thinking about you on your birthday.

I found the tag HERE

I did this for a birthday gift:

Trick the receiver to think they are getting a box of chocolates.  To their pleasant surprise when they open the box they find money!

The holidays are right around the corner and this just adds a bit to the average bottle of wine hostess gift.

Our nanny was moving away so I typed up this sign and put it in an 8x10 frame with cash.  I also typed up the tag for the Reese's Pieces that reads, "We're going to miss you to pieces!"

This is a funny housewarming gift.  You couldn't give it to just anyone but someone you're close to and has a good sense of humor.  It was paired with a Home Goods gift card.

"Welcome to your new home.  Hope nothing CRAPS out on you."

Here's another housewarming gift idea.  You pair a hammer with a bottle of alcohol and a tag that reads, " You'll need a break from all your hard work so get 'hammered.'"

Get Tag Template HERE

I frequently make diaper cakes for baby shower gifts.  It's a cute way to give practical gifts (diapers, wash cloths, and receiving blankets).

This was a tractor diaper cake because the family is in farming.

One of these days I'll have to do a diaper cake tutorial but they are quite easy to make.

If you have any unique gift ideas to share I would love to see them from you.

Bringing Fun to Fresno

I had been living under a rock because I had never been to a Dave & Buster's before.  When I heard it was coming to Fresno I was so excited about what I had heard from friends.  I was even more excited when I received the invitation to attend D&B's Media Event & VIP Day.  I had the honor of seeing a behind the scenes look of Dave & Buster's Fresno by meeting the General & Kitchen Manager as well as a private tour of the facility.  I also was able to sip the funnest cocktails, eat the yummiest food, and play some of the most fun games.

Dave & Buster's is larger than life when you walk in the front doors.  It felt like a piece of Las Vegas had landed in Fresno.  It's a high end sports bar and an amped up adult version of John's Incredible Pizza.  I loved the atmosphere from the decor to the lighting.  I was extra inspired by the photography throughout the restaurant which included local pieces of art that were stunning.

D &B can accommodate almost 1400 people between the bar, bar dining area, dining room, private event rooms, and game floor with over 30,000 square feet of fun.  Although you could stop for a quick bite to eat (the food is good enough on it's own) you'd be missing out on the whole experience.  Dave & Buster's offers a la carte options or packages for you to make the most of your visit.
I see this as the perfect spot for a date night- please forget the boring dinner and a movie!  It's also great for a group of friends looking for a fun night.  Fresno corporate events can take on a whole new level.  D & B offers Fresno something it never had before- Food & Fun all rolled into one!

Guests can choose from over 140 latest and greatest games as well as the classics.  Every summer Dave & Buster's brings in almost a dozen new games to keep things fresh.  I loved the variety of games and even they seemed larger than life.  One of my favorite arcade games is air hockey but traditional air hockey falls flat in Dave & Buster's.  D&B takes everything up a notch; in this case with Quad Air.  It's air hockey with four players and four pucks.  Fun is an understatement!

Some of my favorites to play were Quad Air, ski ball, Beer Pong, Connect Four, Let's Make a Deal and the racing motorcycles.  A memorable moment from the day was when two of my fellow bloggers and I got on the motorcycles and we look over and miss model Rema of Jewelry and Jeans is sitting like this on the bike.... (Only she would naturally sit like this and pull it off, lol!)

We eventually convinced her to sit correctly to play!

Me, Family, Food, and Furniture, and Jewelry & Jeans.

Like I said, D & B has taken everything up a notch.  The Winner's Circle is extensive and worthwhile.  Prizes include clothing, Xboxes, iPads, and Beats by Dre.

After getting our share of fun and games we worked up an appetite and good thing we did.  The food is over the top and delish!

The menu includes items (shown below) like the Caveman Combo, Hottie Burger, Fives All Around Appetizer Platter, 3 Cheese Grilled Cheese Sticks, Tenderloin Pasta with Bacon wrapped Shrimp & Fried Spinach, Buffalo Wing Burger, The Lawnmower salad, and Bananas Fosters Pie.  This is just a tiny sampling of the entire menu; the options seem endless.

If you didn't have enough options to eat you're sure to find something to quench your thirst.  The spirits at Dave & Buster's again were over the top and super exciting.  Forget my vodka soda that I usually order; that is way too boring.  I ordered the watermelon snow cone which is right up my alley but also tried several of the other options which were Coronarita, Glow Cone, Over Under Shot, Mega Mojito, Sailor's Spiked Rootbeer, Tiki Mai Tai, and Red Bull Cocktail.  These are just a few of the extra fun drinks that are offered.

Looking for a deal? Dave & Buster's offers weekly specials that you won't be able to refuse.  2 for Tuesday is 2 free game plays, $2 Taco's, $2 Dos Equis Bottles, $ Margaritas.  Games are half off on Wednesdays and you can find drink specials on Thirsty Thursdays.

I love a company that gives back to its community.  Dave & Buster's has partnered with Make-A-Wish and with every $1 that you donate you get $10 in free game play.  That's a win-win.

We were invited back during the evening for their VIP event and it was exciting to see the energy in the building.  Over 1000 Fresnans joined D &B for their soft opening and everyone was exhilarated.  We had more fun eating, drinking, and playing games.

You need to check out all the fun yourself!  Don't miss the grand opening tomorrow, Monday October 17th.
Check out Dave & Buster's website for more info.

This post is sponsored by Dave & Buster's Fresno.  As always all opinions expressed are honest and my own.