Soon to be THREE!

"We are excited and happy as can be...
Because, this family of two
is soon to be THREE."
On Me: | Dress: Topshop | Heels: Calvin Klein | Bag: c/o Poverty Flats (use code HEARTSOFGOLD to get 30% off on their site) |

WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BABY!
Coming February 2015
I've been a little slow on my blog posts lately because...you guessed it!  I am pregnant!  It is our 4th wedding anniversary today, so I couldn't think of a better time to announce the good news.  This will be baby #1 for us and we couldn't be more excited.  I am coming to the end of the first trimester and finally able to function more so I should be able to get back into the swing of blogging!  Instead of blogging about the unknown wonders of motherhood today, I thought I would open this post up to YOU and get YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT PREGNANCY AND PARENTING ADVICE.  Any advice may become a potential blog topic in the future, so lay your words of wisdom on me!

Epic Lip Balms

“A kiss is a secret 
which takes the lips for the ear.”

-Edmond Rostand, Cyrando de Bergerac   

These are my new all time favorite lip balms, which is saying something since I'm addicted to lip balm and I feel like I have tried them all!  My favorites usually come from farmer's markets, but I find that their blends are inconsistent and can sometimes crystallize.  When I found these Epic Blend lip balms, I was so excited, because they have quality ingredients like a farmer's market, but the consistency of an international big name brand, so basically the best of both worlds!  Plus their products are petroleum free, gluten free and GMO free.  They also go on super smooth, but still coat your lips evenly, and the best part is...the moisture stays put.  

So...now that I've thoroughly gushed about these lip balms, I thought I'd give one of YOU a chance to try them for FREE.  I have an extra set of four balms, and one lucky winner will get the set all to themselves so they can see how awesome they are.  You can enter by following the instructions in the Rafflecopter at the bottom, good luck!



Hope you love these as much as I do!

 

Versailles + 5 Must Have Travel Accessories in France

"There is little that can withstand a man
who can conquer himself."

-Louis XIV

| Dress: c/o Show Me Your Mumu (sold out-similar) | Cross Body Bag: Target (similar) | Earrings: almost exact | Shoes: old (similar) |
*Yes, my shoes are dirty from so much sight seeing ;)  Also, forgive my red nose, I had a terrible cold that day, but of course I couldn't miss touring Versailles!

5 MUST HAVE TRAVEL ACCESSORIES IN FRANCE
What accessories I wore daily and why
I'm finally starting to post my Europe trip pictures!  Between full time summer school to finish up my degree and working six days a week, it's been hard for me to have time to sort through the pictures.  Today I wanted to post some pictures from one of my favorite places in France...Versailles!  The palace is gorgeous and the gardens are absolutely gorgeous (pictures from the gardens in a later post).  When I was in Europe this summer, I found there were a few "go to" accessories for me that I would recommend to every traveler, so I thought I would share them with you:

1. Good Walking Flat Shoes:  I know we see bloggers, models and celebs walking around Europe with high heels, but that just isn't plausible if you're truly sight-seeing.  We were out walking around for anywhere from 4 to 8 hours a day and (as you can tell from my shoes above) your shoes get really dirty.  I found a couple pairs of flats that I didn't mind wearing and then trashing for my sight-seeing and saved my heels for quick night outings.  

2. Cross Body Bag:  This cross body bag was a lifesaver on my trip!  There are signs warning you to watch for pickpockets EVERYWHERE, so having a bag that sits on your front hip is a must.  This specific one was especially anti-pickpocket friendly because it zips and then has a flap that goes over the top and latches in the front.  If you can't find one like that you can always consider getting a luggage lock for your zippered bag.  

3. Stud/Simple Earrings:  I loved having some simple studs to wear on this trip.  They take up very little room in your suitcase and tie an outfit out perfectly, they also transition beautifully from day to night!

4. Lip Balm: Since you are out all day, it's easy for your lips to get chapped.  So make sure and carry some lip balm or moisturizing lip color with you. 

5. Camera:  This one is obvious, but a camera is a MUST!  There is something on every corner to photograph, so don't hesitate to take random pictures of the side of a building, a cafe, a historical site, etc.  Just make sure you don't spend your whole trip looking through a lens that you forget to enjoy it in person!
Hope you found these tips helpful, have a great Saturday!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks Under $100

 "I always say shopping is cheaper
than a psychiatrist."

-Tammy Faye Bakker
IT'S THE LAST WEEK OF THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE
So I decided to share my favorite items under $100 with you today, make sure you snag the deals before the end of the sale!

Pioneer Day Inspired Dress

"Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?
'Tis not so, all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward,
If we now shun the fight?
Gird up your loins; fresh courage take;
Our God will never us forsake,
And soon we'll have this tale to tell,
All is well! All is well!"

-Come, Come Ye Saints (William Clayton, 1814-1879)