TOP: C/O Kohl's New Balance (SIMILAR) 
SHOES: C/O Carnival, Nike Similar 2014 Version

My parents instilled an active lifestyle in me from a young age. I grew up playing sports, dancing, riding bikes, roller blading, running, going to the beach or going on hikes. In high school I played Basketball, Field Hockey, and was on Varsity Lacrosse for three years. I went from intense workouts everyday after school to moving away to college and seeing a significant shift in my activity. I was able to stay a little more active by being involved in club Lacrosse teams, but once I graduated from college and started working full time, having those same activities such as organized sports available to me were non-existent. I had to make more of a conscious effort to work out. Working out at a gym was pretty foreign to me, but I knew I needed stay active into adulthood, not only did I need it, my body craved it. It has taken me a few years to really get down a routine that works for me, but I feel like I have finally reached a place where I understand my adult body and what it needs to be at its best.

This time of year things get the most difficult for me. I am not alone, statistics say that the average American puts on 50% of their yearly weight gain during the holidays. I always put on the most weight from October through January. This year I want to really make an effort to combat that.

I have teamed up with Kohl's to share the different ways I stay active and healthy. I have decided to start a little health and fitness series on my blog. I have often blogged about these topics over the years, but will be making more of an effort during these months where it seems so challenging to stay on top of it. We could all use the reminder when the pies and candy start rolling around!

I think the biggest problem/excuse people make when it comes to working out is not having enough time. It can be so hard to find the time when you have a busy family, work full time, or both. Add the holiday season to all of that and we can pretty much excuse ourselves completely from finding time to stay physically active. I chose the phrase, physically active intentionally. Not everyone considers themselves an athlete. I believe anyone can be an athlete if they want to be, but the reality is not everyone enjoys working out or running. And I am here to tell you that you don't have to run a marathon to be fit and healthy! However, you do need to be physically active.

Sit down and take inventory of your day. How do you spend your time? Odds are there are gaps during your day where you COULD fit in some physical activity. If it is important to you, you will find the time. For example, I noticed that I liked to watch a t.v. show at the end of the night to unwind after work, it was an hour long program. If I am being totally honest with you, I often would watch two shows. That accounts for two hours out of my day! I know that when you come home from a long day at work that all you want to do is veg out, but I decided I could at least walk during that time. When I go to the gym, I usually do the stair master for an hour, while watching a show! I love killing two birds with one stone with this time saving method. I get the enjoyment of the show, but I am also sweating like a beast while I am doing it. If you want to tone it down, walk or do a light jog on the treadmill while you watch a show or read a book. I never feel guilty about taking the time to watch some t.v. if I am working out while doing it.



The other day a co-worker came over to my desk to show me a gift set she had recently purchased from Sephora. We each took turns looking at all the different high end lip products she got in just this one set for less than $60. There is nothing that gets me giddier then a gift set because you get to try a ton of new products for a fraction of the cost. I always find them to make great stocking stuffers, and it was actually through a Benefit Gift Set in my stocking one year that I found and fell in love with the Benefit Hoola Bronzer which is my pride and joy!  Since this is the time of year where all the great gift sets come out, I thought I would put together a bunch of my favorites!

1. I have heard people rave about Ole Henriksen and I have been dying to try it out! I am specifically interested in the Truth Serum™ Collagen Booster, but would love to get my hands on a little bit of everything. This is a great way to try it out without commiting to buying the full bottle sizes!
2. One of my hands down favorite lipsticks comes from the Kat Von D Line, so the idea of getting a bunch of sample lipsticks for only $39 makes my heart flutter! I NEED THIS!
3. The Sephora Favorites Superstars Box contains bestselling, head-to-toe beauty essentials! I can already spot a handful of my personal favorites, and this would be such a great way to see why everyone else is loving these products!
4. These iconic Shea Butter Hand Creams would make the perfect gift for your co-workers or girlfriends. Buy the box and hand out the creams! $8.40 a person isn't too shabby!
5. A perk-me-up lip and cheek kit in assorted pinks! I love Benefit, and this cute little number is calling my name.
6. Another Sephora Favorites box, I know, I know, but I can't help myself. I love seeing and trying out what other people are loving because odds are YOU WILL TOO! Plus this one has glamorous party essentials, packed into a festive metallic clutch.
7. I have been a lover of Bare Minerals for years. If you have been wanting to try them out without breaking the bank, this is the perfect starter kit!
8. I have been wanting to try out Glamglow for FOREVER, but the price tag has always scared me off. But this trio of Glamglow bestselling skincare treatment masks retailed at $118 for $68 might push me to try them out.
9. I LOVE PERFUME. Sephora is KNOWN for their perfume Samplers! Inside this box, you’ll find 14 samples of some of our most sought-after women’s perfumes. Choose your favorite, and then take the included scent certificate to any US Sephora store* to redeem for a full-size bottle of your favorite featured fragrance at no extra cost. So you are basically paying for one full size bottle and a TON of free samples.... WIN, WIN!
10. Buxom Lip Glosses are the BOMB. I would die to try all of them!!!
11. I have recently become obsessed with Sephora Formula X nail polishes. This limited-edition collection of 22 mini nail polishes would be a great gift for any nail lover!
12. I have seen Youtubers rave about First Aid Beauty Skin products and you can't beat the value of this gift set! $48.00 ($100 value)
13. And last but not least, the box that started it all. The Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip. This is the gift set my co-worker brought in. A 17-piece, must-have lip sampler set of sticks, glosses, liners, treatments, tars, liquids, balms, and creams in an irresistible array of red, pink, nude, and berry shades. *sigh*



Fall will shortly be winter here in Utah, and I am pretty sad about it. Fall in Utah is by far my favorite. The changing of the trees, the perfect temperature, football, layers, and Halloween! Oh I just love it. Trevor and I have had a pretty eventful Fall this year. We have both spent a ton of time working to the point of exhaustion, and tried to squeeze in as much fun as possible!

Before it got too cold we headed up into the mountains to go camping with friends. It was fun to just get away and unplug for the whole night. I loved sitting in almost complete darkness under the stars and a camp fire. We made candy smores, a dutch oven dinner, and talked the night away. That morning the boys were excited to blow up some appliances, one of Trevor's favorite activities. It is actually pretty safe, since they use tannerite as the explosive. We blew up an old t.v. and microwave, it was pretty exciting!!! This shard of microwave did fly over our heads though, so it is a good thing we always make sure to duck and cover. I love target shooting so it was fun to play around with Trevor's .22 rifle.

Back in October I got to attend a baby shower for this sweet lady. Sasha is one of the kindest most genuine people I have met, and I have loved getting to know her better over the past year. I hope to know her for a lifetime. She is the type of woman you want in your life, and she is going to be an amazing mom!

I got to attend the Grand Opening Party for Shabby Apple. Man they have stepped up their game lately. I fell in love with this adorable pink dress, I can't wait to feature it on the blog! They even had a sketch artist there who drew us in some of the dresses we were trying on. She even drew my glasses on in it :) Love it!

I have been trying to read more, I feel like blogging and social media has sucked that time away I used to spend reading books. So I have made the goal to be better at it and grabbed a few. After going to Nashville I had a pretty bad head cold so it was the perfect excuse to lounge around the house with some tea and book. I haven't had an afternoon like that in awhile and I think I need to make it happen more often, minus the head cold that is!

I don't know if it is just October in general, or what, but I have been eating a bit too many sweets lately. When my parents were in town for Trevor's swearing in I made them try Beyond The Glaze Donuts, because they are the best donuts there are. And my co-workers and I made the bad habit of trying to have Ruby Snap Fridays. Have you ever had a Ruby Snap cookie? Oh my goodness. I am not even the biggest cookie fan and these suckers are like the cupcakes of cookies if that makes any sense at all. DIVINE. Try them if you are ever in Salt Lake.

I also have to note that these boys are just EVERYTHING. I love them so much and wish I lived closer so I could see them on a daily basis! Today is #worldadoptionday and our family has sure been blessed by adoption, I LOVE MY NEPHEWS! And my sister is an amazing mother!

And a random TID+BIT from the web that I enjoyed reading this week, this article, How to Be Powerful, Likable, and Female: Learn From Jenna Lyons.

Also, my talented friend Lori is offering a killer deal on Mini Sessions in her studio! Have you had your Christmas pictures taken yet? Check her out, she rocks! 

I know I just posted about new advertising options on my blog, but I have tweaked them again and wanted to share! I am now offering a sidebar ad that includes 5 in-post bottom ad spots!


J.Jill Holiday and $100 Giveaway


Sweater weather is upon us and I couldn't be more excited. There is nothing better then being cozied up in a sweater during these colder months. The cold air has arrived here in Utah; in fact we have already seen some glimpses of snow! The holidays are such a fun time for celebrations and festivities, but I also love it for the fashion - layers on layers are my favorite!
J.Jill is known for their signature easy, and relaxed style and that is reflected in this year's line of sweaters. Everything is ready to wear, and has a relaxed femininity to it. And who doesn't want that during the fall and winter? J.Jill supplies endless layering options in cool tones for those special moments to savor the last warmth of the season. 
Their new sweaters and turtlenecks feature fabric blends for warmth and comfort without weight, which are perfect for the upcoming Holiday events. The sweaters have been designed with luxe, lofty and cozy fabrics and yarns that are perfect now.  They have a variety of textures (cables, ribbed) and yarns (wool, cotton, boucle, cashmere) to add versatility to your wardrobe. Their yarns are selected for their visual appeal, their feel, and their durability. 
I have been loving this Pure Jill crinkled cowl-neck tunic. It has a simple shape, artful details and soft finishes. It is beyond comfortable and I love the color because it goes with everything. I love a good cowl neck because not only are they incredibly flattering, but they are functional, keeping the cold air off your neck without having to have a scarf. You can also pair this top with so many different things, dressing it up and down making it a functional piece for your wardrobe.
Today J.Jill wants to give you the gift of warmth by offering a reader the chance to win a $100 J.Jill gift card. To win just leave a comment answering: What is your favorite sweater from the new J.Jill line?!
AND in a way everyone has a chance to win because they are offering a discount code for you to use to receive 25% off on all full-priced items! Just use the code COZY2 when ordering (*Offer valid October 27, through November 19, 2014 on all full-priced, in-stock items, excluding markdowns. Offer valid in stores (outlets excluded), at JJILL.COM or via catalog. For retail store purchases, this coupon must be presented. Limit one coupon per person for one-time use only. UGG®, Frye®, Birkenstock®, Born®, Clarks®, Superga®, Spanx® and Vidorreta® brand styles excluded. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer, except the J.Jill credit card discount. Discount not valid on previous purchases or gift card purchases and is exclusive of sales tax and shipping fees. No cash value). Visit www.jjill.com/blogher for more details.
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A few months ago Theorie reached out to me about trying out one of their flat irons and blow dryers. Theorie couldn't have reached out to me at a better time, because I was on the market for something new since my blow dryer and flat iron were getting old. When the shipment arrived I was very impressed with the packaging. There was this beautiful leather box that I couldn't possibly discard, and inside just as beautiful appliances, sleek and modern.
Now I want to preface this with I get sent products and items that I don't feature on my blog, because unless I truly love it I am not going to recommend it. And the SAGA 3100 Blow Dryer from Theorie was...WHOA. Just, WHOA. It blew me away, no pun intended. I have never had a nice blow dryer, so I had no idea what I have been missing out on.

Survival Guide for the Law School Wife

Trevor's Law School Graduation & Being Sworn in as an Attorney

The week before law school started the school had a big orientation just for the family members of the students. I attended eager to learn more about what was ahead for us, "Law school, I thought to myself, what an exciting new adventure!" They had provided us with lunches and I shortly found myself chatting away with another young woman whose husband would be in Trevor's class. Throughout that meeting, between bites of my delicious Apple Spice Junction turkey sandwich, my eagerness slowly turned into worry. They had counselors and spouses talking us through the law school experience and what to expect. Woman shared their personal struggles, and things they had learned along the way. By the time the orientation was complete, the smile I had walked in with had been wiped right off my face. I was scared. They made law school sound horrible. (The cool thing about blogging, is that I have those thoughts documented!) They didn't sugar coat anything, and I left with the impression that this whole law school experience was going to be a lot more challenging than I had originally anticipated.

In retrospect, I appreciate the honesty. I felt like I was better equipped for the changes that were going to happen after that meeting. Throughout the last few years I have had several e-mails and comments from other women entering the world of Law School with their husbands or boyfriends. They wanted advice, tips, anything to prepare them. I thought since now that we have officially been through it all, the LSAT, law school, the Bar, and officially becoming an attorney, that I would put together a post about our experience and the advice that I would give. I don't want to scare you, but I will be totally honest. With that said, this advice is based of what I have learned from others and our own personal experience. And just like anything, no two situations are exactly alike. Hopefully those who are going through this experience can take something from this! If I can help one law school widow out there then I have done some good in the world today, haha.

So let's get stated shall we...


One thing I have learned is that anyone who goes to Law School is smart. Not that making the decision to go is smart, I mean that the caliber of people who attend are smart individuals. They are used to doing well in school. They typically have always got good grades, and for the most part excelled over their other peers in this way. Then they go to Law School with a bunch of other people who are just as smart, or smarter than them. It is a whole new ball game for them. They are not used to this kind of competition academically, and when you add the pressure to rank the best, it can truly break down their spirits. Because you don't have traditional homework in law school, there is no way for them to judge how well they are doing until after they already get their final grade for the class. This causes some major stress and anxiety. They start to question their abilities, and how smart they are, and that is incredibly hard to watch as a spouse. This is where your most important role starts and will need to continue throughout the next few years.

Your job is simply to...


Halloween Week

You guys, you guysssssssss. Halloween is probably my favorite holiday. I love the theatrics of it all. This year did not disappoint, and we did a little bit of everything I love. We went to a friend's Halloween party, where I won best treat, I brought my favorite homemade oreo cookies but dyed the frosting orange. Such an easy way to make these treats customizable for events and parties! 

Trevor decided to go to the party as a ghost, and I thought the whole classic sheet ghost costume was hilarious. He originally cut the holes for his eyes and nose too big so we had to readjust. Oh man, it was hilarious, his hair stuck up on the top because of it and I thought it totally made the costume. I was a creepy mime, and had a lot of fun doing my makeup, in fact no one recognized me when I walked in.

How creepy does Trevor look here?! HAHA
I was dying watching Trevor try and eat with his costume on :) HAHA

The night before Halloween we went to our favorite Haunted House with some friends, Nightmare on 13th Street. We had dinner before and then scared ourselves silly. Friends, food and haunted houses, it was such a fun night :)

On Halloween night Trevor and I decided to go out to Sushi. We found this great place with amazing sushi and with killer prices on top of that. It also happens to be super close to our place, which will probably turn out to be a bad thing ;) We stuffed our faces with sweets, oreo pies, and watched a scary movie cuddled up on the couch. It was the perfect Halloween night and just what I needed after a long and exhausting week. I hope you all had a great week and a fun Halloween! :)