Sparkles and Sunshine: April 2018

Spring Date Idea: Baseball Game

Monday, April 30, 2018

Happy Monday!

I'll be honest, I'm not happy that it's already Monday again. I could really use one more day of relaxation. Who's with me?! 😂 Yesterday had some funny moments though. One of them being good ol' Mr. King. So, I gave him a bath yesterday, brushed out his mane and tail, and made him look super handsome right? Well, when I went to put him back out in his pasture, he looked at me once we were in, looked at the dirt and I was like "Don't you do it." He then proceeded to walk around in a circle near the dirt and I said again: "King, don't you dare" and of course seconds later he dropped down and started rolling in the dirt. I just sat there and sighed and then giggled to myself. I love how every horse has their own unique personality, especially Mr. King. Also, boys will be boys too right?!  😂


Today I'm sharing my next date idea from my spring date series! Growing up, I always went to baseball games. One of my friends from back home has been playing since he could walk! I would always go to his games with his parents and my school's games. Needless to say, baseball is one of my favorite sports! Now that it's spring, it means that the season is officially here! Here in Jacksonville, we don't have an official major league team but we do have a minor league team called the Jumbo Shrimp. Let me just say that I am not happy about the name.  😂  We used to be called the Suns which was perfect because you know, Florida. The team name was changed last year I believe and I recently heard why. Not sure if this is true, but I heard that teams with really stupid names have better luck. This didn't seem to be the case at the game we attended but the season just started so we'll see won't we Shrimp!



Every city has their own team whether it's major league, minor league or even collegiate! This is such a fun idea to do with friends or your significant other for date night. Tickets for collegiate or minor league games are usually really inexpensive. At the shrimp game I believe you could get dugout seats for only like $18. Super cheap! Every field has it's own layout too. We went during opening week which was SUPER busy and I wouldn't recommend getting tickets the same day or a day before. The options you have will be limited. 



Our seats were towards the outfield past first base which wasn't too bad. You really can't go wrong with seats at a baseball game because the team uses the entire field. I will say that my favorite seats are behind home plate! Every field has different prices but you can look up any team's schedule and tickets online. 

Click here for information on minor league teams.
Click here for information on major league teams.


Now, the best part about sporting events is the food. I mean..am I right or am I right? Now, we all know that there is nothing healthy about it and that's the best part! My favorite sporting game foods are pretzels, chicken tenders, and fries. I'm not much of a beer drinker so Chandler always makes sure that that food group is taken care of. 😂

What's cool is that most sporting events have theme nights or will have different people working the game depending on what they have planned out for the season. This game was cool because the chiefs mess (U.S. Navy) was working the concessions which was fun for Chandler. 







If you decide to go to a game anytime soon I hope you have the best time! I'd love to hear how it went! ☺️


Weekly Round Up

Friday, April 27, 2018

Happy Friday!

How was everyone's week?! I'm hoping it was good! This weekend is a pretty chill one for Chandler and I which sounds great to me! On Sunday, I am headed to help out at the stable and am really excited as usual. If you've been following along on my Instagram stories when I go to the stable, you all know about Mr. King. King is a retired horse there that I try to give extra special attention to.

He doesn't get as much attention anymore since he's retired so every week I make sure to groom him, give him treats and love on him a ton. I know he's starting to remember me more too because every time I see him now he rubs his head all over me and I basically cry every time because of how sweet it is. I'm so emotional! 😂 P.S. I just kind of cried thinking about it! Haha!

I noticed last week that he was pretty dirty too! I swear, horses get just as dirty as dogs which I never expected! I was wearing a pink shirt and just from grooming him and being next to him I had a ton of black dirt spots all over me. I couldn't help but laugh! So, I told my trainer that when I come this week that I'm giving him a bath and she just laughed!

I tried to add extra articles this week for you all and I hope you like them! There's some amazing people featured here this week!


Food:

Chandler loves lasagna. I think his grandma has a family recipe that she makes for him when she sees him. You all know I love pasta but have been trying to make some healthier choices. While that's 100% true, I also just ate Bagel Bites. Life's too short haha! Anyways, damn delicious shared a recipe for zucchini lasagna roll ups that looks pretty good! See it below.

Read it here: https://damndelicious.net/2018/04/25/zucchini-lasagna-roll-ups/

So apparently yesterday was national pretzel day and I missed it! Like what?!?! Michelle from Hummingbird High shared a delicious looking recipe for Dulcey Yogurt Pretzels. You've got to check it out!

Read it here: https://www.hummingbirdhigh.com/2018/04/dulcey-yogurt-pretzels.html

Are you dreaming of warmer weather or a tropical vacation? I know I would love to go to an island, or even travel down south to the keys for a week! Well, for the majority of us who can't do that right away, I've got the perfect recipe! Dorothy from Crazy for Crust shared the prettiest Hawaiian champagne punch recipe on her blog this week.

Read it here: https://www.crazyforcrust.com/hawaiian-champagne-punch/

So, I'll be honest. When I saw this recipe I was like man that looks good but I have no idea what two of the words are in the title. Haha! This recipe is vegan and can be gluten free if needed! Laura from The First Mess shared this recipe on her blog this week with a lot of great tips throughout the recipe.

Read it here: http://thefirstmess.com/2018/04/25/orecchiette-broccoli-rabe-chive-pesto-vegan-recipe/

With Cinco De Mayo right around the corner, I thought I'd share a classic recipe this week. Kevin from Closet Cooking shared a recipe for Mexican rice that looks pretty easy to make! See it below.

Read it here: https://www.closetcooking.com/2009/01/mexican-rice.html

Another fun recipe for Cinco De Mayo is this one from Plain Chicken for a Frozen Strawberry Margarita Pie. I honestly can't believe I didn't come up with this! Frozen strawberry margaritas are my absolute fave! If this sounds amazing to you too, make sure to check out the recipe! I'm sure all of your guests will be thanking you. :)

Read it here: http://www.plainchicken.com/2018/04/frozen-strawberry-margarita-pie.html

Last but not least, I had to share this for homemade egg noodles from Cookies and Cups because egg noodles are a key ingredient to my homemade chicken noodle soup! All you need is a handful or two and you're good! I've never tried making them from scratch before though so I'm eager to try this recipe!

Read it here: https://cookiesandcups.com/homemade-egg-noodles/

Entertainment:

So....who else heard that Katrina from Tone It Up is pregnant!!! How exciting! I am beyond excited for her and can't wait to hear more about it! P.S. The bikini series is here!!! Make sure to head over to www.toneitup.com to sign up!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BiCjgp2Fq2U/?taken-by=toneitup

Now for some sad news. :( If you haven't heard, Avicii, the famous Swedish DJ was found dead and the entire world is devastated. When it was first announced, the family didn't release much information. Now, a second official statement is out with more information that gives us a little insight as to what could have happened. The family is insisting on privacy during this hard time, which is completely normal. I am asking as well that everyone respect their decision for this since no one wants to be bombarded in such a tough time.

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/a20075206/avicii-death-family-statement/

To end this section on a positive note, I hope everyone saw the announcement of Kate Middleton and Prince William's 3rd baby! If you haven't seen it yet, click the link below to see an entire album of adorable photos. P.S. make sure to check out the second article I shared right below for a wonderful nostalgic moment with Princess Diana and Kate Middleton. :)

See it here: https://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/Royal-Baby-First-Appearance-Pictures-2018-44733427

See it here: https://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/Princess-Diana-Kate-Middleton-Royal-Baby-Pictures-44769792

Fashion:

Working in the fashion industry, I love a good flat lay. I think they're such a fun way to show off content! Nicole shared a great one this week with a super cute bow top. Check it out below.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BiDX19_AEqP/?taken-by=nicoleineverycolour

I discovered Jamie's account not too long ago and I absolutely love it! The post below not only shares a cute cover-up but also such a real life moment. We all have our days/weeks/MONTHS that just suck. All you can do is recognize it and keep going which I know is easier said than done.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh_liWGFlZX/?taken-by=charlestonblonde

Can we just take a second to acknowledge how gorgeous this top is? K, bye. :)

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BiDO5pmgpcb/?taken-by=kerifay

Are you currently following Nana? Her feed is so fun and cute, I loved it as soon as I saw it! This is just one photo from her feed, but definitely check out more!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BiC7vDBh_Un/?taken-by=n.arasah

I've shared this fitness queen before, but I've never shared a photo of her in something other than a workout outfit! Samantha Bowers shared this photo of her in a white jumpsuit and she looks stunning! Go follow this girl for fitness recipes, workouts and more!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BiA6mipFnBJ/?taken-by=samanthabowers_

I love Carly's account! She was one of the first blog accounts I found I believe and she has such a fun personality that is just infectious! This photo below is by far one of my fave's from her. She looks absolutely stunning in this beautiful blue dress. See it below!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BiCessYFNxf/?taken-by=carlygala

That's all for this week's round up! I hope you all loved it and I can't wait to share some fun posts with you guys next week!

April BarkBox

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Happy Thursday!

How is everyone doing?! Diesel received his April BarkBox the other week and oh my goodness was it cute! The theme of this month was pirate/buried treasure and it was filled with so many fun items! Scroll down to see more.




This month, the two toys were an Ahowl Matey Bottle and Redbird the Parrot. How cute is that? Both of them have squeakers and one has a rope toy that moves back and forth. Perfect for tug of war!


Next, were the two bags of treats and chew. He received the Fish 'n' Chips Medley and Lamb Ho! I will confidently say that the fish treats have a strong fish smell to them. Chandler made a comment immediately after opening the bag haha! Of course they were Diesel's favorite. 😂 For some reason though, he didn't care too much for the lamb treats. He eats just about anything but he like those. He did love his chew though! He eat it in I think one minute. The flavor was liver and it was very light and airy!



Last but not least, my favorite part of the entire box was a secret surprise inside of the bottle toy. On the "paper" was a secret message that basically said if you text bottle to this "number", you would get a message back. So of course I had to do it! It was absolutely hilarious. Check out the screenshots from the conversation below!





I will say that this is my favorite BarkBox to date because of this added special feature! BarkBox really took it up a notch. If you haven't tried BarkBox yet I highly recommend it!

Why Liketoknowit Changed + Tassel Swimsuit Cover-Up

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Happy Monday!

I once shared that I work in marketing with a focus on paid social media advertising, remarketing, and display. I'm not sure if many people know this, but Facebook has been going through many changes to their privacy policy because of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. If you haven't heard of this, here's an article that has more information: A Researchers Quiz App Deceptively Harvested Data For Political Research Facebook Alleges.

Basically, Facebook is cracking down to make sure that data is not released like that again and to ensure that the user's who are on Facebook are more aware of the potential advertisements they can see. Because of this, Facebook is revisiting relationships with any "third-parties" who work with them, i.e. Reward Style/Like to Know it. Their new privacy rules are why you will no longer receive emails from Like to Know it.

While this may be frustrating for many, the positive is that you can see shop mine/and other bloggers' looks featured through the Like to Know it app/website. Here's what you have to do:

  • Follow me within the Like to Know it app. Either search my blog name or click here to take you there directly. 
  • To shop you can either look at the outfits I've posted (from following me) and shop instantly, or you can take a screenshot within Instagram and upload it within the app and you can shop it that way!
It's super easy, and essentially just asks you to take one step!

Now, let's talk about this cute cover-up from Red Dress Boutique! This cover-up currently comes in a one/size only option which is perfect. The overall fabric is lace and along the sleeves and edges is a fun aztec embroidery with colorful tassels. 

















Cover-Up: Red Dress Boutique (waitlisted right now) similar styles: here and here
Purse: Francesca's (sold out) similar styles: here, here, and here
Beach Towel: Target

How To Stop Juggling A Million Things At Once

Monday, April 23, 2018

Happy Monday!

Do you ever feel like you're juggling a million things at once and you just can't catch a break? I know I feel this way all the time. I feel like women in particular struggle with this more because our minds never stop thinking about things. I've had numerous nights where I couldn't fall asleep because I had a thousand things going on in my head that I couldn't get rid of.

Today I'm sharing three ways to help you feel more at ease in your life. I know I have to remind myself of these all the time, so don't worry if you do too. Nothing happens overnight and there's always room for improvement.


1. Think about the one ball (or in this case orange) that you could drop without any consequences. 

I try to do so many things at the same time all at once or maybe even in the same day when physically and mentally it isn't possible. I'll make super long to-do lists with things that could really be spread out throughout the week. I had (and still have to) take a look at everything that's on my list and ask myself three questions:

  1. Does this have to be done today? 
  2. Can it be done two days from now? 
  3. Is it really necessary at all? 

If you answered no to the first or third question then move on to the next item on your list! 

2. Learn how to delegate without criticism.

This is probably one of the biggest things I struggle with. Ever feel like someone can't do something because it isn't the way you would do it? I know I do this all the time with Chandler and I've been working really hard on this. For instance, it's awesome if you ask someone to do the dishes because you don't have time to do the dishes and the laundry, but it's not okay if you go and redo their work 10 minutes later. I was usually never that bad, unless I actually saw a ton of stuff on a dish that was missed. However, I have stopped myself from giving him a task because I didn't think he could do it solely because he took a different approach. When you think about that, it's actually pretty rude. You're basically saying that you don't have faith in them to do something even if it's really simple.

The first step to overcoming this is to look at what's on your list and what you moved from doing step one. If there's things that you want done but can't really get to, delegate those tasks to someone else! When you do, at the beginning tell them exactly what you want done, but not necessarily in the exact way that you would do it. As long as the task gets done, why does it matter?

3. Improve your communication skills, especially when you need help with things.

People aren't mind readers yet we all think they are! I know I always wait for Chandler to do something because in my mind it's the most obvious thing in the world, but to him it's not. People don't know that when you get home you do the trash first, then this, then that especially if they're not even home when you do it! Make a point to sit down and have a conversation with whoever you're delegating tasks too and let them know that you need with X,Y, and Z this week and that if they do those, you'll be able to do A, B, & C without any stress!

I hope these three points help you and if you have any questions or have any additional ideas, I would love to hear them in the comments below!

Photography: Christine Ribeiro 

Weekly Round Up

Friday, April 20, 2018

Happy Friday!!!

My weekend plans got switched up a little bit this weekend because it's supposed to pour all day Sunday. So, when I usually go to the stable on Sunday's, this week I'm going tomorrow which is fine by me! 😊 What are you guys up to this weekend?! I'd love to hear in the comments below!

I'm super excited for you all to read the articles below. They're extra great I promise! 😊



Food:

A few months ago I tried spinach artichoke dip for the first time and it's so good! I don't know why I never tried it before. Silly me I guess! As I was scrolling through BlogLovin, I stumbled upon this recipe from Jenn from Peas and Crayons for spinach artichoke won top cups. They look and sound amazing!

Read it here: https://peasandcrayons.com/2018/04/baked-spinach-artichoke-won-ton-cups.html

The one type of food that I have NEVER been picky about is salsa. I love salsa so much and will try practically any kind. The only kind I don't usually like is the chunky jar kind. However, the mild one from Aldi is amazing. Any who, I have been wanting to try to make my own lately, so I got super excited when I saw this red salsa recipe from Cookie and Kate this week! I definitely want to make it soon!

Read it here: https://cookieandkate.com/2018/best-red-salsa-recipe/

Right now, this spring weather is perfect camping weather. I've never been (want to though!) but I know others who are going! The Frugal Girls shared 59 recipes for every part of your camping trip (i.e. the drive there, at the camp site, and more).

Read it here: http://thefrugalgirls.com/2018/04/use-these-59-recipes.html

This next dessert has the most angelic sounding name. It's called Berries on a cloud. I mean seriously, doesn't that sound wonderful? Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats shared this delicious looking dessert on her blog this week that you've got to try!

Read it here: https://iowagirleats.com/2018/04/13/berries-in-a-cloud/

I have been really trying to use up food that is in my pantry so that I'm not being wasteful. There's always some way to use an ingredient right?! If you're looking to do this too and love granola (yes I know that's pretty specific haha!), then this recipe for raw-nola from Nutrition Stripped is for you!

Read it here: https://nutritionstripped.com/amazing-raw-nola/


Entertainment/Funnies

So I was seriously upset that I wasn't at Coachella this year because Destiny's Child reunited for an incredible performance! I mean all the music was phenomenal but that was historic. If you haven't seen a video of the performance yet, check it out below!

See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBr1ifENpOY

Who else was totally pumped and ready to kick some serious ass after watching Wonder Woman when it came out? I know I felt like I could do anything! Well, I am super excited to announce that there's going to be a SEQUEL!!!!! This movie comes out November 1st, 2019 which feels like forever but I know it'll be here before I know it!

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/movies/a19417310/wonder-woman-2-news-date-cast-spoilers/


Fashion:

I loved this cute casual outfit Cortney Dryden posted on her Instagram yesterday. Plus, she also shared a wonderful personal post too!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhwhg2KH1IA/?taken-by=cortneydryden
Read her post here: http://cortinsession.com/20-things-i-learned-in-my-twenties/

I have loved seeing all of the photos from Coachella! They are so creative and unique every year. For Love and Lemons shared a quick recap on their Instagram this week that has some stunning outfits.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhxB__fHAF4/?taken-by=forloveandlemons

I love flower field photos. Pretty sure I've shared a ton in my weekly round up posts already but what's two more right? Marina McAvoy shared a gorgeous photo of her in a maxi in the more beautiful pink flowers. Sophie Loghman also shared a stunning photo in a multi-colored flower field as well. Plus - make sure to look at her recent posts for a super exciting announcement!

See Marina's post here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhwj7TxgM85/?taken-by=marinamcavoy
See Sophie's post here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhwO_8yni8Q/?taken-by=sophlog

That's all for this week's round up post! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you next week right here!

BuddyLove Panama Maxi Dress Palm Beach

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

I love that beach weather is finally here. The pool at my apartment has been packed the last few weekends and the slightest hint of weather in the 70's has had the beaches packed as well. I love it! Warm weather also means I get to wear my favorite style of clothing: dresses! I think I've said it before, but I could and basically do, live in dresses. They're so feminine and a one and done piece.

This maxi dress from BuddyLove is probably one of my all time favorites. My closet is filled with bright colored pieces like this because they're just so happy to look at! Bright prints always remind me of summer and my favorite state no matter where I am. This is my first and definitely not last piece from BuddyLove and I was very happy with it. My hips are on the bigger side and I was able to wear a size small with no problems at all! The dress has adjustable straps and is super flowy at the bottom.

This dress is sold out on the actual BuddyLove website, but I linked a few other boutiques that I found that have it in stock. This dress is getting harder to find so I would shop it fast!















 Dress: BuddyLove - find it here, here, and here 

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