Category Archives: Celebrations and Entertaining

entertaining, party planning, cooking, baking, bridal showers, wedding

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Andy Cohen’s Baby Shower

Andy Cohen had Real Housewives from every city at his Beverly Hills Baby Shower this weekend. On Saturday, January 26, 2019 a baby shower was thrown for Bravo’s king Andy Cohen at The Palm restaurant. Andy Cohen is expecting his first child via surrogate. I have written many blog posts about the Real Housewives so if their names are bolded and linked- click the link to read all about the Real Housewives Beauty Secrets.

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How to make peppermint hot chocolate extra delicious

I’ve been posting this peppermint hot chocolate concoction on Instagram and people have been loving it so I wanted to make a longer instructional video about how to make peppermint hot chocolate on YouTube! This is part of my Trader Joe’s Tuesday series on YouTube

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Creating New Christmas Traditions With Help From Nordstrom

Disclosure:This post was sponsored by Nordstrom (omg YAY!!).  This post contains affiliate links. Read more about what that means and how it works on my Disclosure page. Thank you so much for your support!! I could never get to work with a brand as amazing as Nordstrom if it wasn’t for you all!!!

Hello friends! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And if you’re like my family then the holidays are a time to put on some soft clothes, get under cozy blankets on the couch, and watch all of the Christmas episodes of the Office together. As we get older the holiday season becomes so much more than just giving and receiving stuff. I wanted to share some ideas that will help you create awesome memories. I want you to relax, recharge, laugh, and enjoy some quality time with your family this year!

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Christmas on a Budget Easy DIY Gifts People Will Love and Cherish

I’ve been having so much fun making YouTube videos lately! When I asked on Instagram what is the hardest part about adulting the #1 answer was money honey! Bills, loans, budgets, etc! So I thought we could start with some holiday money mindset chit chat.

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How to Get Picture-Perfect Skin for your Wedding Day

From the bachelorette party to the dress, the venue to the catering, planning a wedding is enough to drive anyone mad. A bride-to-be must learn how to let go of some things, knowing she can only control so much. But there’s one domain where she has complete control and ought to take the reins sooner than later. Every bride wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day. The event itself takes a lot of planning, but your skin should be a priority. Be kind to yourself and invest in that picture-perfect skin you’ve always wanted.  

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Fancy Nancy’s Holiday Gift Guide

If you listen to my BFF Annabelle’s podcast Adderall and Compliments, you have probably heard her mom Nancy aka Fancy Nancy as one of the guests. I’ve known Nancy for over 10 years now and let me tell you, she is definitely not a regular mom. The kittens (aka listeners of Adderall and Compliments) requested that Fancy Nancy put together a holiday gift guide and I immediately followed up because I thought it was such a fabulous idea! So here is Fancy Nancy’s Holiday Gift Guide for 2017!

Also- don’t forget to use Ebates for your holiday shopping!! I’m getting $64.96 cash back on my next big fat paycheck! It’s not scammy (promise). Ebates Coupons and Cash Back Ok now on to the shopping!

  1. Voluspa Mini Tin Candle Set ($24)
  2. Portrait Personalized Cookie Cutter ($49)
  3. Cable Knit Coffee Cozy ($5.40)
  4. BOSE SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker ($99)
  5. Leather Earbud Case ($9)
  6. Green Agate Coasters ($65)
  7. Fairy Lights ($16)
  8. Succulent Terrarium ($22)
  9. Kennebunk Home ‘Bliss’ Plush Throw ($40)
  10. Organic Bath Salts Sample Vials ($6)
  11. Canvas Prints ($10+)
  12. Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set for Back/Neck Pain Relief ($19.99) Fancy Nancy says kittens swear by this! I might pick one up for my step mom!
  13. F*ck Mug ($13.99)
  14. NEST Outdoor Security Camera ($229)

  1. Native Union USB-A to USB Cable ($40)
  2. Valentino Garavani Camo Rockrunner Sneaker ($795)
  3. WiFi Dash Cam ($35) RJ has literally written a letter to Santa (and emailed it to Annabelle) asking for a dash cam so he can live stream himself from his work truck.
  4. Native Union CLIC Card iPhone Case ($49.99)
  5. Cathy’s Concepts Monogram Messenger Bag ($82)
  6. Patagonia Better Sweater Zip Front Jacket ($139)
  7. Cuisinart Griddler ($44.99) – I will never forget the year RJ wanted a “Sandwich press” that’s not a panini maker.
  8. Polo Ralph Lauren Knit Pony Lounge Pants ($42)
  9. The Art of Shaving Cream ($21.25)
  10. Leather Earbud Case ($9)
  11. Funpaw Playbot Pet Camera and Pet Feeder ($139.99) Ok RJ did not have this on his list, but I would imagine he would be OBSESSED with it since he’s such a huge animal lover!
  12. UGG Ascot Leather Slipper ($119.95)

  1. Fringe Tassel Earrings ($24)
  2. Juliette Rose Gold Holographic Nail Polish ($10)
  3. Kick Ass Kitten Keychain ($16) Of course we have to rep that Adderall and Compliments Merch! But this keychain isn’t just cute, it can also be used as a self defense weapon! Plus it makes it way easier to find your keys in your purse. I’ve had mine for years and LOVE it. This is the best stocking stuffer.
  4. Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Sport Headphones ($199)
  5. Your Handwriting Bar Necklace ($69.20)
  6. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan ($116)
  7. SPANX Faux Leather Leggings ($98)
  8. Large Boho Earrings ($35)
  9. Tory Burch ‘Miller’ Flip Flop ($198)
  10. Kitten Mug ($9.99)
  11. Vans Classic Slip-On Sneaker ($59.95)
  12. Kate Spade Mini Small Square Stud Earrings ($32)
  13. Gaiam Dry Grip Yoga Mat (~$42) Nancy herself is a yoga teacher and practices daily!
  14. Sony A5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera ($448) AKA the “MAGIC” Camera because it has a beauty filter that smooths your skin, the auto color-correct is superb, the screen flips up for selfies, and you can transfer the images to your phone wirelessly even if you don’t have wifi!
  15. E is for Emmy Custom Initial Charm Necklace ($36)

(Not pictured) Tassell Charging Keychain ($8.95)

What do you think? Did Fancy Nancy nail it or what? She is fabulous!

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How I Changed My Life

I’ve changed. Last year around this time I was feeling unhappy. I work a full-time job and I was getting home from work and laying on my couch watching hours of TV until it was time for bed. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me some Real Housewives, but what I did not love was feeling like I was laying around wasting my life. I knew I had to do something so I consciously made changes to my life to improve it. I decided that I wanted to start living my best life.

I didn’t change my life on my own either, I asked friends and family for advice and support and their help has been crucial as well. They help hold me accountable and cheer me on when they see me succeeding which is amazing.

Another thing that helps give me motivation, ideas, and strategies to improve my life are videos I find on YouTube. I follow some amazing women who give great tips on living a more healthy, happy, and organized life. I loved this video by one of my faves Brittany Vasseur:

Here’s a few of the changes I made in case you need some inspo:

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What To Do in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

As I mentioned before in my Nicaragua Travel Tips and Visiting Granada I went down to Nicaragua in mid-June 2017 for my sister’s wedding and had the best trip of my whole life. I have a couple wedding pics on this post, but to see all of the incredible professional photos by her photographer Chelsea Erwin be sure to check out Chelsea’s blog post. My sister and her husband are seriously like models you will die.

Photo of my brother-in-law Josh and my sister Hannah by their wedding photographer Chelsea Erwin in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. Um could you die!?

We spent a whole week in a little beach town on the west coast (Pacific Ocean side) called San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. Before traveling to Nicaragua I heavily lurked the amazing Instagram account @discovernicaragua which gave me so many great ideas for places to visit!

View of the bay and the town of San Juan Del Sur from one of our rental houses.

San Juan Del Sur is a popular place for surfers, college students, backpackers, and yoga retreat goers, but if you don’t fit into one of those categories this place can still be an amazing destination to visit! PS If the pictures are making these recommendations hard to follow, scroll all the way to the end for an outlined list of all of the places I mentioned here!

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The view from one of our rental houses in San Juan Del Sur. Can you spot the Jesus statue on top of the hill on the right?

Disclaimer: Let’s keep it real. Nicaragua is a developing country. These are photos of beautiful mansions and yoga studios and restaurants that we were privileged enough to travel to. Most of these places are right next to homes with no electricity where some of the locals live which are not pictured. The people we met in Nicaragua were amazing and kind and loving which made the trip that much better. But things in Nicaragua are going to be different then back home- all of our houses had gates, full-time security, and drivers that would drop us off, wait for us to finish whatever activity we were doing, and be right outside ready to take us home after dinner or the bar. I never ever felt unsafe in Nicaragua for one second, but I did have these added luxuries. I was reminded of this when I showed my dad some photos and videos and he said “I feel like you went to a different Nicaragua than I did.” I want everyone that books a trip there to keep this in mind, I am only showing you one side of beautiful Nicaragua, but there is more to the picture than what you are going to see in this blog post. That being said, I highly highly recommend you check it out for yourself!
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Nicaragua Travel Tips and Visiting Granada

I just had one of the best trips of my entire life to a place you may have never heard about- San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. My sister and her husband are avid surfers and knew they wanted a destination wedding. When a friend suggested the small surf town on the west coast of this stunning Central American developing country they agreed that it was just what they were looking for. They ended up getting nearly 60 friends and family members to come out and celebrate with them! I stayed for about a week and I want to break this up into a few posts starting with this one with tips and tricks. Here’s a photo of the dreamy couple:

Before You Go to Nicaragua

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