Monday, April 21, 2014

An Exciting Trip & A Perfect Storm.

Hi My Loves!!!

This week I am traveling again for a very exciting opportunity. I was recently asked if I would like to take a trip to Yosemite National Park with Nokia for a Photo Workshop with the Nokia Lumia 1020. As most of you know who watch us, we are Apple people. I have always had iPhone's since I've been with Jay. My first phone was actually a Nokia years ago (one of those little flip phones) but since I met Jay, it's been all Apple. So when Nokia contacted me, I was intrigued to try out a different phone and to be able to go to Yosemite to try it out was a huge plus :) I used to go to Yosemite all the time growing up. We lived in Tahoe so we went quite a few times and I have such great memories of our family hiking there. So this is a very exciting trip.... my trips back to California always make me feel like I'm back home. To be able to take amazing pictures of  beautiful Yosemite with other social media influencers is such a huge honor :)

Anyway... now you have an idea of what I'm doing this week.... the first day I got my Nokia phone we went for a walk (ended up getting caught in the rain and running like Forrest Gump).... the clouds were so cool, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out the camera on the phone. I was SO impressed. This camera is seriously amazing. It puts the iPhone to shame! I don't even want to take pictures with my iPhone after taking pictures with the Lumia. You literally can NOT take a bad picture. Any way you point... it comes out perfect. I can't even believe you can take that nice of a picture with a phone.

I wanted to share the pictures I capture with all of you so that you can be the judge :) None of these pictures have been retouched, edited, photo shopped etc... I literally took them with the phone, emailed them to myself and put them into this blog. You will be amazed at the quality and color of them :) I sure am. It's also effortless. These were all taken with the normal camera on auto. I didn't touch a thing. I just opened up the camera and snapped the picture.

This is my favorite picture. This tree is so cool.

Haha I love Lily's odd socks.... looking fly Lily Bug. Moo was hitching a ride :)

That evening there was a beautiful sunset. I just love a good sunset ;)

Anyway, I'm sure you will see a lot more beautiful pictures coming up this week. Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter to follow me along on my trip and see what I capture ;)

Thanks for reading!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Get Ready With Me: Spring/Easter Makeup

Friday, April 11, 2014

Get UNREADY With Me: Bedtime Skincare Routine

Our New Bedding & A Kids Cabana?

Hi My Loves!!

I was grocery shopping at Sam's Club the other day and happened to spot this comforter set. I've actually been eyeing one super similar at Target forever now for $120. I was just going to wait until we actually get on the re painting/trimming of the bedroom until I got it but when I saw this one for only $69 I couldn't resist! It's a King comforter and sham set and the material is WAY softer than the Target one. It's so romantic and you know my obsession with white (yes I know don't be afraid of color... I'm not. I just love white)
So if you have been staring at the one in Target wondering if you should get it or not... go to Sam's, save yourself some money and get something that's way softer. It's seriously sooooo soft. Plus it's super cozy and warm. It feels like you are sleeping in a hotel bed :)

I can't wait to see it once it's all delightful and painted in our bedroom. With new nightstands.... and a new bed haha!! Ok I'm going a little crazy but at least new walls and maybe a couple accent pillows.

There was also some other really cute stuff for great prices at Sam's that I had to share with you (and no Sam's did not pay me to say this or give me any of this stuff haha..)

They had these super soft oversized blankets for $14 in all different colors. Chevron and then this pattern below. I loved this gray one. I ended up not getting it, now I wish I would have!

Here's the other colors and designs that they had ;)

And you know I can't go without looking at kiddy stuff.... How cute is this little kids Cabana?? Haha totally Vegas style. Our weather has been crazy at the moment. It's warm one second, then crazy windy and cold the next... it's not quite sure what's going on but let's hope it makes it's mind up soon so I can start getting fun stuff for the kids to play with outside. 

I just love this. It is so adorable. I can just picture Lily and Phoenix laying out with some snacks on here :)

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. SO excited for the warmer weather! I did some yard work today and it felt amazing to be outside in the fresh air soaking up the rays. 

Thanks for reading!

Here's my latest video:

And here's what we got up to yesterday:

Have a great weekend :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Kid Friendly Smoothie Recipe! #MommyMonday

Hi My Loves!!

I've had a couple of people ask what I put in our smoothies to make the kids actually like them haha. Luckily our kids love smoothies. I try to always put some kind of fruit in them because it makes them yummy for them. By keeping the fruit in, you can sneak in veggies if you have picky eaters. This recipe is awesome to start off with because you aren't going crazy with the veggies but still getting a few in :)

 Handful Frozen Strawberries
Handful Frozen Blueberries
1/2 Banana
Baby Carrots
English Cucumber
Aloha Powdered Green Juice

We just recently got the Magic Bullet (we had the baby bullet but it eventually died after years of using it like crazy). We got ours at Target for $50.... if you use your Target red card then you can save your 5% too, so take advantage of that!! The magic bullet is amazing! I love it. It blends everything quickly and effortlessly. What I love is that you can customize each person's smoothie because it comes with 4 drinking cups that you make the smoothie right into. So if you want more veggies in your's and your hubby's/partners and more fruit in the kiddos.... bam you can :) I highly recommend it if you are in need of a blender that doesn't break the bank.

The Aloha powdered green juice is pretty cool too. It's basically green juice put into a dry powder packet, that you can add to water, juice or smoothies, so that you can get those extra green goodies that are so healthy and delightful. There is a huge list of what's in it on the packet. I'll link it below so you can go and take a peek yourself. I don't recommend it in water or juice as it does taste a bit like grass lol.... so add it to your smoothies. That way you can't taste it and neither can the kids and they are getting extra greens in. Pretty snazzy :)

Today I added apples as well to ours and that was super refreshing. Kale is also super yummy. You can always use coconut water, juice, whatever you like. We like ours with milk. It makes it a little creamier :) It's really up to you. Try different things each day and you will find what you love. I just add whatever we have in the house.

Hope that helps for those of you who have been asking ;) 

Thanks for reading!

Here's my latest video featuring the Magic Bullet too:



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