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Monday, May 2, 2016

Find Your Extraordinary Book Discussion

Last month I had the opportunity to stand in front of a real boss babe. You know the kind that has built multiple businesses from the ground up, tries to find that balance between success and happiness and finds time for her family and herself. Yeah I want to be like that girl.

Her name is Jessica Herrin CEO of the Stella & Dot Family of Brands. She has been featured on Oprah, the Today Show, and Undercover Boss, in Fortune, the NY Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and was included on Inc.'s list of top 10 Female CEOs.

After graduating from Stanford University with a B.A. in Economics, Jessica joined two successful tech startups before heading back to the Stanford Graduate School of Business. At the ripe age of 24, she dropped out of business school to co-found the leading wedding site, aka the Knot. 

I've been patiently waiting for her new book Find Your Extraordinary to come out, and it is finally here. My copy ships tomorrow and I can't wait to dive in. But I've been thinking wouldn't it be more fun to get inspired together? I mean I feel like Taylor Swift shouldn't be the only one with her own girl gang. So I am inviting you to the Find Your Extraordinary Book Discussion Group, and invite a girlfriend while you are there. 

We'll start reading on May 12 so lots of time to pick up the book from or Barnes and Noble. Use coupon code BNLOVEMOM at Barnes and Noble through 5/3/16 and receive 20% off your book. Then join the group and you'll be set. And you never know, if this goes well maybe we'll pick up another book afterwards. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mother's Day Gifts for Foodie Moms

Mother's Day is right around the corner and although I am not a mom myself, I know my mom always loves to receive a new kitchen gadget or something that connects her to her food. As farmers we are lucky to not only raise the beef that our family gets to consume, but our beef also enters the food chain so that families around the country have the possibility of enjoying it.

1. Krista of The Farmer's Wifee loves Vintage Pyrex! However, if you aren't the flee market scouting, antique hunting kind of girl don't worry because Pyrex brought back their vintage designs in their new Vintage Charm Rise Shine Mixing Bowl Set. You can also find individual pieces at Plus, they are turquoise!
2. Cristen of Food and Swine is the ultimate combination of pig farmer and foodie. Cristen loves the Themapen Mk4 Thermometer. It features instant temperature read outs. The fact that is is waterproof sold me because have the time ours get left our by the Traeger. Cristen is also a snap-chatting fool. I love getting to see inside their family's pig barns. Baby pigs are adorable. 
3. Bekah Gutafson of Cooped Up Creativity and I both love this next gadget. This food chopper for onions from Pampered Chef is awesome. My mother-in-law bought on for me after loving hers so much. No more tears! 

4. Does your foodie mom also love photography? They you are going to want to order this gorgeous coffee table book full of photographs featuring farmers and ranchers that raise our food. I was lucky enough to receive a signed copy by author/photographer Scott Stebner. Plus, proceeds go toward scholarships to support agricultural communications and journalism students.  

5. Jennifer of the Farmwife Feeds loves her buffet style triple slow cooker. How nice would this be fun entertaining or when you have a bunch of hungry kiddo mouths to feed. She also shared a great recipe for Creamy Crockpot Mac and Cheese

What am I missing off the list? Maybe a home cooked meal would be the perfect treat for mom. I hope all the moms out there have a fantastic Mother's Day! 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

5 Beauty Tips for a Beach Vacation

If you've been following me on Instagram you might have read my chatter about going to Mexico! I was fortunate enough to earn my Glam Getaway through Keep Collective. I can't wait to hit the beach  for a few days, but I also know that this blonde headed, fair skinned girl gets red way faster than tan. So in preparation for my trip I have put together some of my favorite beauty products and tips for beach vacations.

1. Obviously, sunscreen is a must. I've kind of bounced around from brand to brand but last year on a trip to Hawaii I tried Sun Bum and loved it. It dried quick and didn't make my skin feel greasy. Regardless of which sunscreen you choose I HIGHLY recommend it buying it home and brining it with you. Resorts jack the price of sunscreen way up because they know they can get you.

2. I am little more selective about sunscreen on my face because I don't need a massive breakout on vacation. For years I have used Clinique Super City Block SPF 40. It has a bit of tint to it, and works awesome alone or underneath a BB Cream or foundation. I've talked to the Sephora experts a lot about sun care and here are two recommendations from them

  • Your foundation, moisturizer, make-up, etc might have an SPF of blah it won't be effective all day so you need to continue to reapply throughout the day.
  • When applying your beauty products you should apply your moisturizer first, then sunscreen, then printer, and then your foundation. 
3. Fake that glow. I have three favorite products for faking a tan.

  • My good old standby is Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer. If I actually remember to use this everyday it really does build a nice tan for me. Just remember to wash you hands really well after each use. 
  • Last year I started using the Clairins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. You put a few drops in your facial moisturizer or foundation and it help build that gradual glow. Love the stuff, and a bottle last a REALLY long time. 
  • I've tried a lot of the aerosol spray tans and the one I have fallen in love with is A Bliss Tan for All Seasons. This stuff is pretty fool proof and gives me a nice bronzed look. It is best to spray it on in the shower because it does kind of get everywhere. It take a few hours for the color to develop fully so I like to do this the day before a big event. 
4.  Keeping make-up minimal. I'm not too proud to admit it. I like to through a little make-up on before I head to the pool. On this trip I am trying a few new products including Anastasia Dipbrow, Make-Up Forever HD Blush in Fawn (I'm loving this stuff), and Kat Von D Tattoo Liner to keep me looking pulled together. I'll report back after the trip. 

5. Carry it on or check a bag? So far I've been to Punta Cana and Hawaii twice and I have still never just made it without checking a bag. One thing I always make sure I do when checking my bags is a bring a small carryon with a swimsuit, hat and sunscreen in it. That way if my luggage is delayed, we can't check into our room yet, etc. I still will have everything I need to get on the beach ASAP.

What are your favorite beach products. Anything I need to rush out and purchase ASAP? I wish I could find a good lipstick or gloss with SPF.

If you liked this post check out my 6 Tips for Better Air Travel.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easy, Reusable Easter Baskets

Who looked at the calendar this past week and went, "Holy cow, Easter is early!" If you are sitting there thinking 1. Where in the world are our Easter baskets and 2. What am I going to put in the dang things? I've got answers!

Keep Collective just released their new pouches and mine is already getting a ton of use. I can't wait to fill mine full of sunscreen, lipgloss and books to read when I head to Mexico in April. My iPad also fits in it perfectly, so it will make the perfect protective pouch when I head to Houston in a couple weeks for a business trip. And finally with Easter around the corner it will make the ideal Easter basket that can be reused over and over again.

I also love that I can pick any of Keep Collective's keys (charms) to go on the leather strap and personalize the pouch in seconds. Plus, in addition to the navy option there is also a hot pink bottomed pouch.

If you love fun notebooks than Target is the perfect place to do your Easter basket shopping. Cadbury Mini Eggs are my absolute favorite treat! It takes major will power for me to not eat an entire bag. The hope, faith and love charms on the pouch are perfect for Easter.

Next, for those younger Easter lovers I had to add the Little Blue Truck to the basket. I bought this book for my nephew and since he's 15 months old I've declared it is his favorite. Plus, an iTunes gift card will be perfect for downloading his favorite cartoon or game. I love the KIND key because all the proceeds go to the KIND Campaign that provide resources to stop bullying. 

Finally, show a little sports pride with this next pouch. Keep Collective has all kinds of keys to represent your or your kids' favorite sports. I am a huge fan of EOS lip balm. You can find it in pretty much any Walmart or Target check out lane, or at Ulta Beauty stores. I also love these markers. I am a big fan of fine tip Sharpies, but they were bleeding through my Erin Condren planner. These markers are the Staedtler brand and I found them at Target. 

If you need the perfect Easter basket I would love to help you with your Keep Collective purchase. All orders placed by midnight on Monday, March 21 will arrive in time for Easter. 

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