Handmade Holiday Gift Guide – 2019!

Over the years, I have come to really appreciate handmade gifts. Both giving and receiving them. It is such a warm feeling knowing that someone took the time to make something just for you and that there is not another piece out there exactly like it. Also, I know my purchase with a small artisan will go further and mean more than with any store. This season, I invite you to sit back, shop, and share these great #handmadeholiday gift options from some friends of mine!

Hand Painted Wooden Ornaments
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Recap: Boutique Benefit Fashion Show

Let me start by saying that I am not a fashion blogger. That being said,  just a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of walking in my first ever fashion show. Are you wondering how in the world that happened? Keep reading…

Shortly after moving to Derby, my sisters and I attended “Shops at the Park.” Shops at the Park is a local event that happens just about every season where a handful of shops set up at the park. It was the perfect way for a newcomer to get familiar with the local shopping scene. I remember it was around one of my favorite holidays, Saint Patrick’s Day! My sister bought the most adorable Kansas-Shamrock T Shirt from a shop called Georgie St Boutique.

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Summer Affiliate Programs

Since blogging full time I’ve had quite the demand for affiliate programs. This month, I am going to give you a run down of my new affiliate programs. Note: you can find my original batch of affiliate programs in my sidebar. But first, what the heck is an affiliate program anyway? This is when a brand provides me with either a special shopping link or a discount code to pass onto my subscribers. I will get a small commission on any purchases made through these links. In addition to affiliate programs there are also ambassador programs. Ambassador programs differ in that there is usually an exchange in product vs a commission payout. I am usually pretty good at sharing which type of program, but if you have a question about a specific brand partnership don’t hesitate to reach out. So without further ado, check out the brand links below, purchase if you see something you like, or give them a share for me. As always, your support means the world!

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Introducing… LOXLUX Jewelry!

I have to admit that I am historically not one for too many accessories. For example, I used to only buy bags and shoes in black or brown. My thought process was that if I am going to spend money on an accessory, it might as well go with everything in my closet. Nowadays whenever shopping for accessories I ask myself, “can I wear it with at least 3 pieces I already have?” In my opinion, this is a great question to ask yourself, especially if you are on a budget.

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Favorite Hair Care – Monat

Monat Hydration System

When my gal pal from church first gave me samples of Monat, they were mostly from the “volume system.” Unfortunately, volume is the last thing I need. I have thick, naturally curly hair (that I have come a long way in embracing). As most curly-haired girls will agree, I just need to combat frizz and do so without getting those dreaded “crunchy” curls. I am so glad my “market mentor” asked for feedback and provided me new samples of the “hydration system.” I have been using the system for about 2 months and I have been very pleased with my hair. It feels lighter and has more defined curls without crunch!

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Jean Shopping vs Swimsuit Shopping


Which is more stressful – shopping for new jeans or shopping for a new bathing suit? Most of my friends answered that bathing suit shopping was worse but I have to argue that jean shopping is just as nerve wracking. Oh, how I miss the days when I knew without stepping foot into a dressing room that any medium sized American Eagle outfit would fit me. These days, it’s a sad occasion when your trusty blue jeans or swimsuit are simply too worn out to wear in public. I literally have to give myself a pep talk about going shopping. This is where my weakness for designer handbags really comes into play – bags always fit!

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Review: Field & Stream Wilderness Lodge 6


Before our camping trip to Dinosaur Valley State Park, we upgraded from our basic 4 person pole tent to the Field & Stream Wilderness Lodge 6. My husband and I both grew up camping, so we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted in a family tent. Mainly though, we just needed more space for all of us to sleep comfortably. Anyone who has slept with a two year old understands that challenge! We knew it was supposed to rain during our stay so, we also wanted enough space to hang out and store our gear if need be.

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