Monthly Archives: October 2014

Link Love!

Pioneer WomanGood morning gals!  There has been so much pumpkin happening lately that I figured I should throw my favorite recipe into the ring as well.  I made the Pioneer Woman’s Pumpkin Cream Pie last Thanksgiving and it was a HUGE hit.  I am preparing one this year as well.  I remember reading that some of you aren’t in love with pumpkin and this might be a great option for you.  It is creamy with and has a less intense pumpkin flavor.

Some of the other links I am loving this week are:

– Next time my girls are over we are definitely playing the Barefoot Contessa drinking game;

Here is a great list of DIY Halloween costumes (just in case you don’t have yours lined up yet);

– Now that the temps are dropping I am thinking that I NEED A VACATION!  Here is a great Beach Vacations Bucket List compiled by Travel & Leisure;

20 Genius Concealer Hacks brought to you by Cosmo.

Holiday Link Up!

Holiday Linkup
 
Oh boy – I just realized that we are ten days out from Halloween!  How fun!  Dressing up, visiting neighbors and eating candy is so my speed.  Today I am joining Lisa for the Holiday Link-Up.  At first, I was not sure what to write about but then I got some cute pictures of T in her costume for this year and decided to take you guys on a little trip down memory lane…
 
It all started in 2005 when my baby was four months old and I put her in a ridiculous Lion costume (which she hated).  We packed her into her stroller and went along with some friends and their kids for her first Halloween.
 
2005  
 
In 2006 I put her in a super uncomfortable lady bug costume (which she also despised – poor kid).  It was freezing the day I took the following pic and my little girl was already feisty.  Getting her to look at the camera proved problematic.  She just wanted to run into the neighbor’s garden and pick her flowers.  The picture below was the best I could muster that year.  I had to give up before she got pneumonia.
2006
2007 was cute and filled with accessories for my little mermaid.  She loved this costume and kept her wig on the whole time we trick or treated! 
2007
By 2008 she was old enough to choose her own costume and (of course) she picked Dorothy (since she was obsessed with her at that time).
2008
In 2009 Taylor decided to be Cinderella and dressed her baby to coordinate.  That baby doll was called Baby Pam Swensen (my maiden name).  She took it everywhere with her and she called it by it’s full name at all times.  
2009
 
2010 brought a few different costumes.  For a Halloween party we held for Taylor’s friends she was a cat.  For her Halloween party at school she was an angel.  
 
2010 2 2010
 
In 2011 my little lady decided to dress as Sherlock Holmes.  Her American Girl, Alexis, was a genie.  
 
2011
Sadly, I have no picture for 2012.  Hurricane Sandy had just hit and our area experienced mass devastation.  We had no electricity, my Mother in Law’s house had been wiped out completely (it was filled with water and Halloween was the first day we could get in to sort through her muddy and salt-water soaked belongings).   
 
By 2013 things were okay again.  My Mother in Law’s house was totally rebuilt and brand new and Taylor chose a rainbow unicorn costume for Halloween.
2013
That brings us to 2014.  I may have shown you a glimpse in past posts but here is the official 2014 costume choice…BATGIRL!
Halloween
 
Have your kiddos made their costume choices yet? 
 

Weekend Recap!

Weekend Wrap UpGood morning girls!  I hope you are feeling motivated and ready to start your week!  I had a pretty packed weekend but it was all good stuff so it’s okay.

I left work early on Friday to head over to T’s school for movie night.  It was so cute to see her sitting with her girls watching the movie.  They seemed so mature.  

We did a lot of running around this weekend.  I got my hair done (I am obsessed with the way it came out).  Taylor had a soccer game (they lost but she still had fun).  We had a sushi date (yummo).  I got my girl a new trumpet for band (she is super excited to play) and we got mani/pedis.  I tried a new purply nail color and sometimes I love it but other times I look down and want to take it off.  I am such a creature of habit when it comes to nail colors.  

It was go go go the last few days but we had a lot of fun together.

How about you guys?  Anything awesome happen this weekend?

I am linking up with Biana for Weekending.  If you get a chance, head on over and visit her!

Happy Friday!

b8599ee458c687e6d2382c307d10ca35Happy Friday!  Today is a short day for me.  I am leaving early to head over to Taylor’s school for movie night.  This has been a rough week.  Little things are getting to me and even though I keep trying to focus on the good things, (like my health, beautiful family and hilarious friends) I still feel a bit short tempered.  It will do me some good to be with my little one and regroup this weekend.  Here are my five favorites from this past week:

1.  Kreativ Case.  I am working with Cindy (who is the sweetest) to bring you guys a giveaway from her shop, Kreativ Case!  She sent me the cutest phone case and I am obsessed with it.  Enter to win your own below. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

2.  Girl’s Trip.  My two besties and I just booked a weekend getaway at Foxwoods for December. After we got the room we discovered that JERRY SEINFELD was performing there and we were able to get tickets!  Yay!  Seeing Seinfeld live is on my bucket list.  Cant wait!

seinfeld-meme-generator-oh-really-now-7646be3.  Blonde.  I am getting my hair done tomorrow.  I know now is the time I should be doing ombre or a darker color but I’m not.  I love my blonde and I’m keeping it.  

Blonde

 4.  Cute Gym Clothes.  How fab are these?  I am totally obsessed with both pairs.

_9405055

_9578122

5.  Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer.  I have been using this for about three weeks now and I am in love.  It is totally non-greasy and doesn’t make me break out at all.  After I apply it my face just sucks it right up.  No residue.  Love.

2ozBottle_UltraFacialMoisturizer_lg

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  I am participating in a few link-ups this week.  If you get a chance you should swing by and show some love to LaurenAmanda and Natasha. Thanks for hosting ladies!   

Kreativ Case {+ a GIVEAWAY!!}

Kreativ Case Giveaway A Little GlitterHappy Thursday Guys!  Sorry I was MIA yesterday but I figured maybe I could make up for it by hooking you up with the chance to win an awesome phone case from Kreativ Case.  Cindy was kind enough to reach out and offer to collaborate with me and I had the most difficult time picking my favorite item from her shop.  A few that I loved were:

This beautiful leopard one…il_fullxfull.651575031_p6ne

 This gorgeous colorful one:il_fullxfull.657650016_gb4h

This custom photo one…

il_fullxfull.658939554_ceie

Or this Christmas one….il_fullxfull.651432254_a4o6

In the end I wound up going with this beautiful Aztec and wood plank design.  I adore it! Kreativ Cases 2Enter below for a chance to win one of your very own using the Rafflecopter widget.  The lucky winner can choose whichever case from the Kreativ Case shop they like best.  There are even cases for the new iPhone 6!

Good luck!  xo

a Rafflecopter giveaway