Summer Date Series

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hello beauties!

I hope all of you are having a fantastic week so far. Last week I launched my weekly round up series and this week I am launching a new summer date series! All of the fun ideas I will be sharing can also be done with your gal pals. 

So for all of you who are living in states that are STILL super hot, my first idea is one you'll have to do! Does everyone remember all of the countless water balloon fights from years ago? I know I do! Not only does this cool you off, but it's super fun to get competitive with your friend or significant other. 

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Tone It Up!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Happy Monday everyone! 😊 

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been on a mission to lose weight and get back to the size I used to be. I’ve tried a few different programs but haven’t really been able to stick to any of them…until now! I recently became a member of Tone It Up and I’m in LOVE! I love how supportive the TIU community is, online and on social media. The TIU Instagram is filled with supportive content to keep you motivated and excited throughout your journey. I also like to look at Karena and Katrina’s (the founders of Tone It Up) individual Instagram’s because they’re real girls like us with photos that aren’t picture perfect.

Tone It Up knows that us #girlbosses are busy with everything that we have going on, so they make everything we do as quick and easy as possible. Some workouts only take 10 minutes! They also have a ton of recipes that don’t take that much time either. Of course, I’m all about that Sunday meal prep!

So, if you’re wondering, how do I join this amazing community…here’s how!

Step one: Sign up for their emails: click here. They send out daily emails about the workouts they did that day, recipes and fun articles about everyday life. They also send out weekly emails that include the weekly workout schedule. I like to keep this open on my Iphone so that I always know what I’m doing each day and set my alarms accordingly.

Step two: Look at the daily workout tab on their website DAILY! Every day they post the workout associated with the weekly workout schedule. Once you’re there you will see the five toning moves for the day plus anything else they decide to feature. Those toning moves are killer but they definitely work. Every now and then I have to modify the moves to fit my needs so I recommend doing that if you need to as well.

Step three: Decide if you want to become a member. That’s right, all of what I just said above is there without becoming a member! They want every girl to succeed and it’s so incredible. When you become a member, you get full access to the nutrition plan (hundreds of recipes for regular, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten free and gluten free vegetarian!) and every edition, past and present of workout guides and recipes. Sometimes the daily workout tab features a workout from one of these guides that you can only get if you’re a member. You also get early access to the tour and other fun opportunities that the Tone It Up team hosts as well as special emails with nutrition advice and more. When I joined, my total cost was $160 and that included everything that I’ve mentioned above. If you think about it, this is cheaper than a gym membership for an entire year (and this is for forever), and you get nutrition advice with it!

If you’re still thinking about joining the Tone It Up, I recommend simply looking at their site:! Take a look at their recipes, articles and even the daily workout tab to see what you think. Like I said, I’m still extremely happy that I joined. Not only am I feeling more empowered by their community but I am seeing results. I will keep all of you updated as I continue on my journey, and I cannot wait to show you my progress!

Workout look is from Victoria's Secret Pink - I got it on Pink Friday a week ago!

Weekly Round Up

Friday, August 18, 2017

Happy Friday!
 I have decided to start a weekly roundup post that includes my favorite articles of the week! These can be from bloggers, the Tone It Up community, or anything else. I find most of my articles from my Instagram feed/stories I see and on BlogLovin'!

The first article that I found was from Sequins and Things about her recent trip to Florence, Italy. You could tell she put her whole heart into this article because the amount of detail she provided to her readers was amazing! She included details such as where she stayed, and even some quick phrases in Italian! If you haven't seen her article yet, I highly recommend it. Check it out:

The second article I wanted to share is from Citrus and Style. With school starting, I thought this article was great to share with everyone! I graduated from college two years ago and I still remember all of the things that I had to get for my first dorm. If you're starting college soon you should check out her article:

The third article is super exciting! Forbes magazine did an article on my fitness trainers from Tone It Up! This article covers everything from how they started their business to the everyday struggles they face as entrepreneurs. I am so extremely proud of this girl boss empire for getting such a prestigious feature, and I can't wait to see the amazing things they do in the future!

P.S. I do have a surprise coming from Tone It Up so be on the look out for that! :)

My last article isn't new this week but it's one that I found a few weeks ago that I absolutely loved and wanted to share in my first weekly round up. Bailey from Here's the Skinny did an article about how she balances blogging with a full time job. I loved reading this because it was nice to know that I'm not the only one who has a full time job and is trying to balance this blog on top of my relationship, diesel, and well everything else! If you are in the same situation, I highly recommend this article. She has some great tips and advice:

Dress is from Altar'd State

12 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Getting A Dog

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I can't believe Diesel is 11 months old this month! Where has the time gone! I still remember when we got him last December when he was only 3 months old. He was definitely a handful haha. :) Having a dog is a big responsibility. You have to feed them, exercise them and make sure they stay healthy and strong from the vet.

 If you're debating whether or not you should get a dog, below are some questions Diesel wants you to ask yourself:
1) Do you have the time?
If you get a puppy, be prepared to take it on a ton of potty breaks! Puppies, like babies have to be potty trained. When I first got Diesel, I came home everyday on my lunch break to let him out for months. I'm pretty sure I started leaving him in longer duration's at six or seven months old. If you get an older dog (depending how old), you still might have to potty train. If not, there's still plenty that you will need time for!

2) Can you afford your pet?
Pets are expensive! Vet bills, food, treats and toys all cost a lot. When you first get a dog, immediately take it to the vet. Most puppies need multiple rounds of shots when you first get them and older dogs, depending if you are rescuing or purchasing, may still need some extra shots as well. 
In terms of food and treats, it really depends on what you get. I highly recommend talking to your vet about quality food that is in your budget. Not every food is right for every dog. We've been through a few! Also, know that just because the food is super expensive, doesn't mean it's the best for your dog. 

3) Do you have somewhere to exercise your dog?
Exercising your dog is extremely important! You wouldn't want to lie around in bed all day right? Well, depending on the day you ask! :) If you have a house, having a fenced in back yard is a must-have. This gives your dog plenty of room to run and play without the worry of them running off. If you live in an apartment like me, take your dog to the dog park if it has one or see if there is a local dog park nearby. The benefits of going to a dog park is the socialization! I've talked about this a few times before, but it truly does help your dog no matter the age! 
If you don't have the best access to what I mentioned above, taking your dog on a good 20-30 minute walk each day is a great form of exercise!

4) Do you know how to train a dog or do you have access to dog training?
Having your dog trained is super important. You never want the dog to think that it is alpha because then it will think it is in control of you and that it can get away with anything. We took Diesel to get trained at our local Petsmart. Petsmart has different levels of training starting at puppy! We had great success at Petsmart with the best trainer ever, Katie! If you prefer Petco over Petsmart, I know that they offer training as well.
If you don't want to go to either of those stores, ask your vet or some other friends that have pets to see what trainers they used locally. Training is definitely not limited to Petsmart or Petco! :) 
One thing to note here is that this should also be factored into the costs that you will be spending on your dog! Training isn't cheap. 

5) Will the dog be by itself or will it have a companion?
I always recommend starting with one dog if it is your first ever or if it is your first dog on your own since your parents. With everything that I have mentioned above, just think how insane it would be to double that all at once! Our plan is to wait until Diesel is at least two before we get another dog. One huge benefit of doing this is that once your first dog is very well trained and more mature, the new dog will learn so much from the older dog. My dog back home Aiden teaches Diesel something new every single time we go home! Granted, Aiden is a genius. :) #notbiased 

6) Do you have a way of socializing your dog?
Again, this is super important! We socialized Diesel by taking him to our dog park at our apartment complex, the local dog park, training classes at PetSmart and basically everywhere we could go that is dog friendly. 

7) Do you want a dog that’s children friendly?
Every type of dog has a different personality. Growing up, I only had Labrador Retrievers, aka the best family dogs ever! If you have a family, you definitely want a dog that fits that lifestyle. Some dogs are meant to be "it," meaning no kids. I highly recommend checking out the AKC breed list here to find a breed that works best for you!

8) Are you an athlete that wants a running partner?
You want to pick a breed that matches your lifestyle. If you're someone who's always on the go or if you have a very athletic routine, you should get a high energy dog. If you're more relaxed you should get a more chill dog. Going back to the question above, a mild manner dog is one you would want if you have kids! 

9) What age of dog do you want? Puppy or older dog?
All of the questions above can help you answer this one! Puppies definitely require more time and money up front, but you can train them from the beginning! Older dogs can be easier because some can already be trained (not always). 
10) Do you want to adopt or buy from a breeder?
We rescued Diesel from a local shelter and I am so happy that we did. The day that we saw him, we found out that the day before, a couple had brought him there. The shelter told us that the couple that got him was a newly wed couple that decided to get a dog after marriage, not realizing what came with that. We were beyond excited to give Diesel his furever home and he's been happier ever since! 
I'm not opposed to breeders either though. While adopting is such a great option, a lot of people want a specific breed and sometimes that's hard to find. My family and I used to breed purebred Labrador Retrievers so my family and I have a lot of knowledge in this area!
However, if you are looking at pet shops, the one thing I will make you aware of, is not every animal you get from a pet shop is coming from the right place. Some dogs come from places like puppy mills which are horrible places where dogs are bred until they can't anymore. These are being shut down as they are found, but they are still out there. My main advice is just to be cautious and do your research!

11) What size dog do you want?
I personally am a big dog person! Always have been. I like to feel protected and secure. While that might be my preference, it isn't everyone's! When you look at the breed list mentioned above, also take into consideration the size you want! It will definitely help narrow down your options! 
12) Are you a cat person or a dog person? 
Now, with this being my last question, I have to ask. Are you a cat person or a dog person? If you're looking for something low maintenance to start with, cats are definitely the way to go. I have had my two wonderful boys for 12 years now (holy cow!) and they are my pride and joy just like Diesel. If you want something more than that, then I would say a dog is the route to go! 
You can have both though! Of course I wouldn't get them both at once but just know that they can! My cats have been around multiple puppies in their lifetime and so while they aren't super excited about dogs they can definitely deal with Diesel. :) 
Before I end this article, I can't leave without showing you Diesel's brothers Oscar and Felix. He wanted me to introduce you to them. :)
I hope this helped you make your decision. I am more than happy to help with any other questions you might have. If I don't know the answer, I definitely recommend reaching out to your local rescue shelter or vet. They will have plenty of information to help you with your decision!

Shirt is from Francesca's :) 

What The Flock Monday?!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Oh Mondays. Don't they make you want to just yell What the flock?! I mean really, can't we have one more day between Sunday and Monday? Last week my Monday morning was awful! I woke up, got into an argument with my parents, then got to work and realized I left my work laptop at home...all before 9am. However, when I went back to get my laptop I did talk everything out with my parents so it worked out in the end!

Monday's can be really great and today I'd like to share with you some tips to help make yours even better! I hope you like them!

1) Create a fun playlist. I recently downloaded Spotify to my computer at work so as soon as I get there I put in my headphones and start jamming out! I also have a standing desk so I dance at my desk everyday. I do this as soon as I get there because it helps wake me up!

2) Find a great Yoga flow for the morning. I do my Tone It Up workout every morning and I love adding in my yoga stretches to the days where the workout isn't yoga. They really make your body feel great and the stretching really helps when you're sitting all day in a 9-5 job!

3) Prep your lunch and snacks the night before! This is probably one of the most important things for me because by the time I do my workout, make breakfast and take care of Diesel, there really isn't much time in the morning left for me to pack all of my food for the day and still make it to work by 8am. By prepping the night before (I like to prep as much as I can on Sundays so that I am prepared for the whole week), you save yourself so much time in the mornings that could be spent by adding some more yoga stretches or relaxing with your furbaby!

4) Plan something for Monday. This could be anything! It could be making a great breakfast in the morning or watching your favorite show Monday night. Whatever you choose, make it your own tradition. Giving yourself something to look forward to can instantly boost your mood when you're having the Monday blues!

How do you cure your Monday blues? I'd love to hear about what you do in the comments below! :)

P.S. If you're still looking for cures for the Monday blues, you can always get a funny shirt like this! Mine is from Francesca's. :)

Why Dancing Makes Me Happy

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hello everyone and happy Friday!

As most of you know, last Sunday the 9th was my birthday and I can say that I've had a great week! My coworkers took me to one of my favorite restaurants, Maggiano's, I got to see some friends from out of town unexpectedly, and I got to work it at my favorite Zumba class!

Speaking of Zumba, who else LOVES to dance?! Dancing is a great way to burn calories, have fun, and meet new friends! My favorite part about dancing, is that there really isn't a "wrong" way to do it. You just go with the music and however it moves you!

What I also love about dancing is that you can do it anywhere (within reason haha). For instance, this past year I switched to a standing desk at work to help my lower back (Standing desks are also better for your overall health too because it's not good to sit all day). I downloaded Spotify to my work computer a few months ago and I dance at my desk all day long. It immediately puts me in a good mood, it help wakes me up in the mornings, and it really livens up the atmosphere in my department.

Whether you like dancing or not, watching someone dance at their desk is always funny! :) 

Another fun part about dancing is the clothes! You can dress up to so many different genres. Take salsa dancing for instance. Fun ruffles and dresses that you can twirl in are a must-have! I'll be honest, when I got the dress above from The Mint Julep Boutique, I totally felt like the famous red dress emoji! 💃💃💃

So grab your girls, have a night out at your favorite dancing spot or ask around and find your new place! My friend's Zumba instructor recommended a place to us and it was as easy as that. I promise you will have a blast! :)

Have a great weekend!

--Caitlin :) 

I Got A New Car!!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Surprise!!! I got a new car last week! I am now the lucky owner of a 2017.5 Nissan Rogue S. This car is so sophisticated compared to my last car. Previously, I had a 2000 Ford Mustang. Now, don't get me wrong, I will always love Mustangs. In fact, once I pay off this car, I am going to keep it and get the newest Ford Mustang at that time. I have loved mustangs since I was little because of my dad and I intend to keep that tradition alive. (Once a Ford girl, always a Ford girl).

I bet you're wondering, "If you love mustangs so much, why didn't you get one?" Well, as you all have seen, Diesel keeps getting bigger. So big in fact, that he barely fit in my mustang anymore. I could tell that he wasn't comfortable and I knew that if I wanted to get another dog in a year or two, my little mustang wasn't going to cut it.

I began searching for sporty-looking SUV's and stumbled upon the Nissan Rogue. I didn't need anything too fancy, I just wanted new. I wanted something with basically no miles, a lot of room, and some additional safety features that I've never had before. The 2017.5 Nissan Rogue S model that I purchased came with blind spot protection, a back up camera, Sirius XM radio (for 90 days, but hey that's cool), and it had a TON of room for Diesel.

When I took Diesel on his first car ride, he was so happy because he could stretch out in the back seat and his head wasn't touching the roof of my car anymore. He actually has a ton of room above his head! Cross your fingers that he doesn't get too much taller! :)

In addition to having a ton of room in the back seat for Diesel, it also has a lot of trunk space, including removable and stack-able shelves that you can arrange in numerous combinations that help store anything you need while you're driving. I like to configure the shelves in a box shape so that when we go grocery shopping, I can put everything in that area and know that when I get home and open the back of my car, nothing is going to fall out!

What I love most about this car, is the fact that it is road-trip ready! When Chandler and I first got Diesel, we wanted to take him everywhere! Like I've said in previous posts, it is so important to socialize your dog from the beginning. It helps them so much later in life. With this new car, we are ready to take Diesel everywhere and anywhere. All we have to say is "Do you...wanna go...on.....a....CAR RIDE?!" :)

If you're in the market for a new SUV, you have to take a look at Nissan's vehicles. Their Murano is also a great vehicle that I considered as well. I purchased my car at the Coggin Nissan at the Avenues location in Jacksonville and had great service. If you're in the area, definitely go to them!

Are you headed on a summer road-trip? I'd love to hear all about where you're going so that I can visit there someday too! Share your story in the comments below!

BeautyCounter Review

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hey everyone!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful week so far. :) Today I am sharing a new beauty product line called BeautyCounter that my coworker, Jenn introduced to me. Growing up, I've never really been into make-up, or anything of that sort. I do, however, like to spend money on hair, lip care and facial products.

Something I didn't know, is that there are actually a TON of ingredients in beauty products that you should never be putting on your skin! And I mean NEVER! You should never have to look at the label of something that should be safe for you. Below is a two minute video on who BeautyCounter is. I highly recommend everyone watch it! 

Now, I want you to find your favorite beauty product that you use every single day. Look at the label. What do you see? A list of ingredients that you don't recognize perhaps? The link below is a database by the Environmental Working Group that tests all of the products that are on the market and rates them based on their ingredients and potential hazards. It even takes an extra step by dividing everything into categories for Cancer, Allergies, Fertility Issues and other concerns.

BeautyCounter has created a "Never List" that is on the back of every consultant's business card. This list contains the top chemicals that you should NEVER have in any of your products. 

I was able to test out their Nourishing Line which is exactly what I would have chosen from their products. I have always suffered from dry skin on my hands and I have a bad habit of biting my lip. If I had to name my top products from the line (even though they all are absolutely amazing), I would recommend their Enrich Body Butter in Citrus Mimosa and their Lip Conditioner in Peppermint

Let's start with the body butter! When I try lotions or body butters, I like to have them on for a little while and then wash my hands to see if everything completely disappears. I put this body butter on in the evening, washed my hands a few times, and my hands were still so soft and supple the entire next day. I couldn't believe it! If you have dry skin like me, I highly recommend trying this. You will be amazed by the results!

Now, for the lip conditioner! I have tried so many lip balms in my life, and yes, a few have worked out well. However, BeautyCounter's Lip Conditioner surpassed all of them! My lips felt so smooth and soft after just one use! If you're a (regretful) lip biter like myself, haha, or if your lips crack and get dried out from the weather, this lip conditioner is for you! The container may look small, but it doesn't take much to make a huge impact. In other words, this should last a decent amount of time! 

I hope you try out the entire Nourishing Line and find what you love. 

Now, for the most exciting part! My coworker Jenn is offering a free gift to everyone with a $75 purchase! Place your order here To claim this offer, please email myself at Jenn at to confirm your order, and she will send you your free gift! Make sure to mention my blog in your email! This offer does expire June 30th!!!

Beach Wedding Dress

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

When I first started planning this post, all I could think about was the movie bride wars. Since the theme of this post is summer weddings, I kept hearing Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway’s voices saying: “June. Weddings. AT THE PLAZA!!!!!” If you haven’t seen this movie yet, please do. It’ll give you a good laugh and teach you what NOT to do when planning your wedding. :P 

Any who, I’ve always thought that beach weddings were absolutely beautiful.  With so many beautiful destinations to pick from, you really can’t go wrong! I also love that beach weddings can be as casual or formal as you want. I’ve seen a variation of dress styles for a beach wedding. Short and flowy, long and formal, etc. 

I found this beautiful lace midi dress from Morning Lavender and instantly thought it would be the perfect beach wedding dress. Also, if you are going the more formal route, you could always use this as a reception dress! With it’s price of $59.99, it’s probably the cheapest thing at your wedding! :) 

Photography by: Chantell Cruz Photography

Entire Dress Collection: Morning Lavender Dresses

Monday Blues

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Monday!

I hope you all did something fun this weekend! :) Chandler and I spent our weekend relaxing, hanging out with Diesel and friends and of course working on the blog! :) What did you do? I'd love to know in the comments below!

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite maxi dresses for the summer! This floral blue maxi dress from Lulus is such a happy dress, filled with color. I've always loved anything that is bright and colorful because it puts me in the best mood for the day.  

Dress: Lulus

Entire Dress Collection: Lulus

My Favorite Dog Training Treats

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Happy Thursday everyone!

Last night at Diesel's advanced training class at Petsmart he learned how to stand and stay, back up and how to deal with loud noises. Of course he did really well! :) After class I had to get some more training treats since we were running low and I am excited to share my favorite ones with all of you.

Both of these treats can be found at your local Petsmart. The first treats (on the left) are True Chews Premium Jerky Cuts. True Chews comes in a variety of flavors. The two that Diesel has tried and liked are the duck flavor and chicken flavor. These treats are 100% natural, made in the USA and do not contain wheat, soy, animal by-products, artificial flavors & preservatives. You do have to use these treats up within 30 days after opening or else they will go bad. However, if you're doing a ton of training like us, you're good to go!

The second treats (on the right) are Blue Buffalo's Blue Bits Soft-Moist Training Treats . Diesel absolutely LOVES the chicken flavor! Similar to True Chews treats, these treats contain no chicken or poultry by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy, artificial colors & flavors. 

These treats also contain Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy skin, DHA for cognitive development and of course the best quality chicken! 

Diesel does have other treats at home, however we ONLY use these training treats at Petsmart and when we are practicing at home. By doing this, he knows that he only gets those specific treats when he's learning. 

As you can tell, he loves them!

I'd love to hear if your dog likes these treats in the comments below! Also, if you are curious about any other good training treats or regular dog treats in general, I'd love to share Diesel's favorites. :) 

I hope all of you enjoy the rest of your day/week! 

Chambray Off The Shoulder Dress

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I absolutely love living in Florida. I don't think I'll ever get tired of the beautiful beaches, flowers, and sweet little towns. I've never really had a favorite flower, but I know what I like. As Chandler and I were driving around Ponte Vedra, I saw these stunning flowers on one side of the road and immediately pulled over!
As soon as we pulled over, I started thinking about all of the color pairing opportunities there are with this dress. You truly could put any pop of color with this and it would look good! Not to mention, the off the shoulder details will show of your gorgeous summer tan!

Dress: Lulu's. Shop more of their dresses here.

Nana Teresa's Bake Shop - Fernandina Beach, FL

Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy Monday beauties! I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend.
Chandler and I absolutely love exploring new places. I'm always astonished by what wonderful places are within an hour to two drive of our home. The other weekend we decided to explore the downtown area of Amelia Island in Fernandina Beach.

Neither of us have ever been to the downtown area so it was a great new place to explore! This town is filled with fun shops, colorful hotels and restaurants, and a beautiful view.

Anything that is colorful and happy always catches my eye. We were lucky enough to stumble upon the cutest bakery in Fernandina. Nana Theresa's Bake Shop had so many delicious pastries, cupcakes, and my favorite, macaroons!!!

Chandler and I tried three delicious macaroons and a yummy chocolate dessert. I think my favorite part of this entire bakery, besides the macaroons of course, was the interior! If I could have one room in my house that looked just like this, I think I would be in heaven! I think I need the poster of the macaroons below in our home too. You think Chandler will mind? :)

Dress: Francesca's (sold out, other lace dresses linked)

Theme by: Pish and Posh Designs