Let the Good Times Roll

A couple of weeks ago Kevin had the National Demolition Association Convention in Las Vegas and I was able to meet up with him for a few days of fun!  I came straight from my own work conference in Indian Wells but was happy I was able to make both trips work.  We spent our time shopping, eating, and gambling as well as attending the convention events.  Some of Kevin's family members were there as well which made the week that much more fun.  During our stay I celebrated my 32nd birthday. Since about 25 I dread birthdays but Vegas wasn't a bad place to drown my sorrows, lol! Vegas has a million clubs and bars but my favorite is the Toby Keith Bar.  People think I'm crazy but the laid back feel and the live country band are the perfect combination for me.  We celebrated my big day by dancing the night away at the TKB.  Our trip was so much fun but it was fabulous getting home and seeing my babies after 9 days away between the two trips.

The convention events included a NFL Night and the Installation Dinner (and were the only photos I took all week).

The Secret to Staying Glam

I'm revealing my secret weapon in staying glam and keeping organized. Being organized is in my DNA; I get a sense of relief when I get something clean and tidy.  My beauty items like makeup, skin care, and nail polish were spread between my medicine cabinet and two drawers in my bathroom.  I was never happy with how they were spread out.  I was thrilled to try out Boxy Girl to display and organize all of these items.  I was shocked at how much the four stackable drawers held and I even have a bit of room to spare (shopping opportunity!).  Not only does the Boxy Girl have a large capacity but it's also extremely versatile.  Each drawer is stackable but not permanently connected so you can lay them side by side of divide them however you see fit.  I may even try separating them and using the drawers for other uses like jewelry and children's accessories.

I think the lid on top is a nice extra touch; the items inside stay clean and it just adds a bit of luxury.

I was also impressed with the quality of Boxy Girl.  It's like a piece of furniture for your vanity.  It's crystal clear and durable because it's made in an injectable mold with Lucite Acrylic.  The Boxy Girl is extremely sturdy; I was surprised by the weight of the box. Other vanity organizers are made of cheap plastic, are foggy, glued together, bulky and just too expensive.

My Boxy Girl keeps all my beauty items within reach all in one beautiful spot.  I love when I'm getting ready that I'm not digging through cabinets and drawers looking for what I need.  My day to day makeup routine is featured here and in real time was just under 5 minutes; being organized helps keep the routine quick and easy.

I also had the pleasure of viewing the latest products from Boxy this week and they are now live on the site.  I am so in love with the new options for your Boxy.  Hannah and her team have spent over a year developing the highest quality items that take your Boxy to another level.  The newest items expand the Boxy making organizing your vanity a beautiful piece of art.  The new items fit in or on top of the Boxy and organize your jewelry and makeup in a more stylish and efficient way.

So now you know my secret to staying glam; by being organized with Boxy Girl!!!

Boxy Girl received in exchange for this post.  As always all opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Love in Winter Wonderland

If I could wave a magic wand at any given moment I would transport myself to a lounge chair on a white sand beach, sipping a blended drink, reading a juicy novel while overlooking turquoise waters. I hate to be cold and warmth is my friend, however recently Tahoe had me completely in love.  The scenery was magical or perhaps it was the weekend of love that warmed my heart to the cold.

We traveled up for a quick trip to the snow for a family friend's wedding who always dreamed of a winter wonderland wedding.  Well she definitely got it because it snowed almost constantly the week before.  The drive up was quite scary due to the weather conditions but once we got there we had so much fun.  It was nice to hang out with family friends we haven't seen in awhile and for Kevin and I to get an adult weekend away.  Tahoe was absolutely magical with every tree and rooftop covered in snow.

The wedding was the perfect combination of personality, love, beauty, and nature.  The ceremony was held in the most gorgeous church with a backdrop of huge windows which overlooked snow covered pines.  The priest gave one of the best wedding ceremonies I've ever heard and I was honored to be there to be a part of it.  The reception was an equally gorgeous venue and we had the absolute best time dancing the night away.  Wishing Giovanna and Max a lifetime of love, health and happiness and thank you for including us on your magical day.

Resolutions & Health Part 1

I'm not typically a resolutions girl.  I believe if you make a resolution just because it's the new year than you will never stick it.  For me if I want to make a change I will just commit to it regardless of the time of year.  However, using the new year as a fresh start is always nice.  I've been thinking for months and months about making a change to my morning routine.  Every morning is so chaotic no matter how much I prepare so finding some me time is a huge commitment.  But health has been on my mind a lot so I'm finally taking the plunge in starting my days differently.  I want to kickstart my mornings with light yoga, daily vitamins and a probiotic, a balanced breakfast, and a hot cup of tea (during the cold months). 

Stretching, meditating and balancing your mind and body is a great way to start the day.  It helps me to relax and focus on whats important instead of getting stressed by the hustle of the upcoming day. I'll be sharing more about my yoga routine soon.  After a light workout and getting ready I can't leave the house without food in my belly.  I'm trading in muffins and bagels for an apple with peanut butter or avocado toast for breakfast.  I am way too busy for a sickness to slow me down so being proactive about my health is a top priority.  I believe the gut is where it's at so a probiotic is essential to staying healthy.  I used to buy pills at the store but I recently found OLLY Quick Melt Probiotic Sticks.  Do you remember pixie sticks when you were a kid?  Well these taste just like those but instead of pure sugar you are getting your necessary daily dose of probiotics.  Even my kids love them; I'm pretty sure they think I'm giving them candy.  Their health is top priority for me as well so I'm thrilled to find OLLY which they take without any objections.  Another reason I love Olly over other brands is their travel convenience.  I travel frequently for work and I'm able to throw in a stick per day and take one each morning.

If you'd like to try OLLY before committing to a purchase click here for a sample.

Don't forget to grab your free sample here.

In Resolutions & Health Part 2 I will share how I'm finding fun in fitness and healthy food options that aren't bland or boring.

Christmas Vacation

I can't believe we are well into January already!  Emily went back to school yesterday and I actually wasn't ready.  I liked our leisure mornings compared to the chaos of getting out of the door every morning by 8.  Madi is already missing playing with her sister every morning.  We packed our Christmas vacation will all sorts of fun and little bit of R&R.  Every now and then I totally need to veg on the couch and recover.  Speaking of being a couch potato I spent a day doing just that watching This Is Us.  If you haven't watched this series yet catch it On Demand immediately.  It's seriously the best!  Back to our fun we spent the holidays with lots of family time.  Christmas was a whirlwind but a blast.  Kevin took the week off after Christmas and he and Emily rode their momo's twice, we played tons of games at home; Pie Face is a clear favorite, and we spent time with family and close friends.

The clear highlight of Christmas vacation was Christmas of course.  It was kicked off with Christmas Eve morning.  Jingle left a farewell note along with a camera for Emily to capture all the fun during the festivities. Emily thought she was IT walking around with a real camera taking pictures for two days.  

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day morning I made the girls Santa pancakes.

Christmas Eve we went to mass and then to Kevin's grandparents for dinner and presents.

Our traditions on Christmas Eve include reading The Night Before Christmas sitting around the tree, putting out cookies, milk, and carrots, and sprinkling reindeer food in the front yard.

Christmas morning was so much fun this morning because both girls were really into it.  However, Madi didn't totally get the cookies and milk thing.  She said, "someone ate some cookie!"  She thought they were supposed to stay there for her I suppose.

Daddy got a bow and arrow for Emily and she was ecstatic.  She cracked me up when she got all ready to go to Grandma's.  She's dressed up like a doll, has her American Girl Doll backpack on, purse with lip gloss in it AND her bow and arrow.  Talk about a well rounded little girl.  This does totally sum her up- loves to be girly but can get down and dirty!

Christmas Day afternoon we went to my mom's to open gifts, eat dinner, and get in the spa.  It was such a relaxing end to our holiday.

The girls got a teepee and Emily was dying to have a camp out so one night she and Lea spent the night in the teepee with their matching sleeping bags.

Gifts and playtime with the Serpa's was so much fun!  These girls have years of trouble ahead of them.

We played several rounds of Pie Face over vacation.  We enjoy many laughs.

It wouldn't be vacation without a little trip to Donut Fantasy and then a breakfast picnic at home.

We also did gifts with my sister and nieces and played games.  It was so much fun!

One night we rented a movie and the girls had a slumber party in the living room.  They didn't fall asleep till late and woke us up at 2 am because they wanted to move to their room.  Guess we will be waiting awhile until the next slumber party.

I missed taking a few photos of visiting with my brother and his family along with gift exchange with Uncle Mike and Auntie Brittany.

I am so thrilled we got so much quality time with friends and family over vacation.  That is what really matters to us and there's no gift as great as spending time together.
Hoping you had a blessed break as well and cheers to a new year!