Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Kid President - Socktober

Have you heard of Kid President? Funniest kid ever.

I heard a snip-it of this video below on the radio the other day and laughed at some of the things mentioned in it.


I am part of that "150 million people post pictures of food on their instagram"statistic.

Oh, the number of people following Miley Cyrus on Twitter. Really people? Sad.

I at least have of some hope for our future when you have little ones like Kid President bringing awareness to our reality in country and world and trying to make a difference. #socktober

XO

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Office Inspiration Board

Okay, I am really excited about this post! We have a third bedroom which has really had no purpose and accumulating junk for the past couple years. Our plan was that it would be the baby room whenever we had our baby. Since we are not ready to have a little one of our own, the Mr and I both agreed there was no point in just letting the third room go to waste. So ,we are going to make it my Office/Craft room or as I like to put it my "Girl Cave". I am thrilled to have my own little creative space and can't wait for it to be done!

I've been stalking and pinning away on Pinterest and getting ideas of what I want this room to look like. I want it to be girly, chic, and relaxing. I am excited to have an area that I can freely make girly without any concerns that I am living with a male. Throughout the house I have tried to keep it more neutral and not use any pink because its not just my place. But there are no considerations going on in this room. Especially since the Mr. has his own office that is very much masculine.

I put together a little inspiration board to capture all the little details I have liked during my pinning and searching to have a better visual of my plan for the room. I have fallen in love and we have barely started the project! Goal is to have it done before the end of the year.




Wall Color: The color of the walls are going to be Valspar Oat Bran. I love this color. This is the color in our Master Bed/Bath and Guest Bathroom on the second floor. I actually want to paint the whole house this color once we've completed some other things in the house. I decided to stick to this color because I figured a neutral color would make the change into baby room easy when that day comes. I plan on having neutral color walls in the baby room so its perfect.

Accent Colors: Blush Pink. White/Ivory. Black. Gold.

Curtains: For the wall with the windows, I want to paint wide horizontal stripes similar to this. Since I will have all that going on on that wall, I want to put simple white curtains. These are from JCP the Martha Stewart collection.

Lighting - I go back and forth about putting a chandelier type fixture such as this in room because I need to have a ceiling fan here in Florida. So I am still undecided if I will definitely switch to a light fixture, but if I do this is a definite candidate.

Desk - The Liatorp from IKEA is the fave of many bloggers. I checked it out in person and love it. 

Mirrors - I want to have a large floor mirror in the room but would also like to have smaller ones for accent such as these from Target. 

Owls - These little guys are just lovely. Would love to place them either on a book shelf or some other piece of furniture I may get. 

Dress Form - For some reason, I really like these things. I am not sure why or when I started liking them but I do. This one is from PB Teen and would make the perfect addition in one of the room corners. 

Dachshund Book Ends - This is an obvious. When I saw them on Z Gallerie's website I knew they had to me mine. Need to make sure to purchase them before they are gone!

Pink Peonies - I would like to have a small floral arrangement of pink peonies on my desk. They are pretty, girly, and just the perfect touch pink.

Here are a few of the rooms that have been my muses while creating my inspiration board for this room.




I will make sure to provide a before/after post when it's all done. Stay tuned!


XO

Friday, October 25, 2013

Five on Friday



1. Cooler Weather


Hello cool weather! We have FINALLY broke out of the high 80's low 90's temperatures!! I walk out the door the other morning and was greeted with the crisp fall air. Made me so happy. Hopefully, it is not shortlived and stays here for a while.

2. Cornfusion Maze


I have to tell ya'll. We have been doing a pretty good job with checking things off my Fall bucket list. This Saturday we are going to a Corn Maze/Fall Festival and I am excited! Last year we wanted to go do this and ended up not going because we kept holding off to go with friends. Yeah, not this year. We planned a date and invited peeps, and told ourselves we were going with or without. Well, we have some friends going with us and I can't wait to go and have a good time!

3. Reign


Have you seen it? I've only seen the pilot for this show and I am already a big fan. Keeping my fingers crossed that it gets good ratings and the CW takes it full on for a season.

4. Fall Road Trip


This Mr., Gracie and I are heading off for our Fall Road Trip soon. Wish us luck that we planned correctly and get to see some Fall foliage!

5. Job Tour


It's official. When I return from my vacation, I will be starting my job tour! Holy smokes! I can't believe its really happening. I am too excited to start this tour and can't wait to blow the socks off these people!

XO

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Gen Y Women

Saw this, the other day, posted on an online discussion board at work and found it interesting since I fall in this demographic. I wanted to share here and also have it to easily refer back too.

I can definitely agree and relate to some of these areas. Minus the children part. Clearly, I am an outlier for that statistic.


XO

Book Review: My Beloved World

Got around to finishing this book this past weekend. I was off to a good start but, honestly, towards the end I slacked off a little because that is the point in her life where she is already practicing law. It was a reminder of how becoming a lawyer was definitely not my dream job. In high school, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer, at least my parents always told me that I would make a good lawyer because I always fought til the end of each argument. But after a couple of high school classes of Law Studies and Court Procedures, I realized it was not my cup of tea.

However, during the first half of the book I was really intrigued and inspired by her story. I wouldn't say that I was ever a huge Sonia Sotomayor follower before, so obviously didn't know much of her past. Only knew that she was the first Latina to become a Supreme Court justice. #proudLatina

After reading about her life... her childhood, where she grew up, the loss of her father at a very young age, her chronic disease - She did not let those struggles deter from pursuing her dream. I admire her drive to go to school, get good grades, and achieve what at that time seemed impossible... get into Princeton then go to Yale Law. I mean, wow, what an accomplishment. 

I have a new respect for Sotomayor. She is a prime example, that just because you grow up in lower class and may not have the same opportunities as others doesn't mean you can't dream big. If only we could all think that way and have that same drive to succeed, how different would this world be?

Now, I leave you with a video of an interview with her. Enjoy.


"Every day we make a choice."

XO

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Style: Riding Boots

I believe it's no surprise that a staple item for fall and every gals closet are a nice pair of boots. A fall outfit isn't complete until you've got the perfect pair of boots. I have a couple pairs of boots that I have collected over the years but I have yet to add a good pair of riding boots to my closet.

Now, if I were a rich girl and money were no factor, I would love this pair from Tory Burch.

(Source)

SWOON!!! I have seen other fashion bloggers do outfit of the days sporting these lovelies. Love the color and the gold detail. However, my wallet does not like the $495 price tag. And I am pretty sure that the husband would agree with my wallet. One day.

So as always, the bargainista that I am, I started scouting for a budget friendly pair that would do the job. Here are a few of my finds.
Enough online browsing, I'm ready to try some on! Hope to get a pair of my own sometime soon. Would be perfect to have a pair for our upcoming Fall Road Trip!

XO

Monday, October 21, 2013

Learning as I go...

Alright. I wanted to just write a quick post about changes going on in my career.

If there are two things I've learn during this is 1) Let God be in control and 2) Patience is key. Shamefully, I struggle in BOTH areas. I will admit, that I tend to be the control freak and like to take my life and career in my hands and make things happen. I was like this growing up and it just grew exponentially once I entered the corporate world. I mean, this is the message that is given with respect to career performance and growth. One must own your career and make every necessary action to improve and not wait for some

Well, let me just say, that I did it ALL. For years (that's right years) I worked hard, I networked, I improved my skills and knowledge, I made myself VISIBLE... Yet, the door would be slammed in my face every time I applied for a job promotion. Heck, even for lateral job roles. One word. Discouraging. I did everything they tell you to do and still was finding myself stuck in the same rut I had been for years.

Then a few weeks ago, I was sharing with the ladies in my life group my job situation and asked that they pray for my career and for me, that I learn to put it in God's hands. I know God is omnipotent and knows all and I shouldn't doubt in His ability to make things happen. But still, I wrestle with giving up my control. So I asked them to keep me in their prayers and I would learn to be patient and let God be in control.


This morning I received a phone call from my director, whom in the past I've shared my desire and struggle to make the career change, telling me that she was able to work out a job tour for me in HR. This people, is huge! This will allow me to gain direct work experience in HR which has been the missing piece on my resume. Not only did this great opportunity open up but it should start at the beginning of next month! That is like two weeks from now, so I have a lot of preparation and transitioning of work to do.

God never ceases to amaze me.

I am so looking forward to this new chapter in my career and welcome the change. I may even be planning to celebrate by purchasing a cute notebook for note taking. Why not? ;)

XO

Weekend Recap: Dogtoberfest and Sweetest Day

This weekend we went to the Dogtoberfest at Wiregrass Mall. It was so cute to see all the pups dressed up in their Halloween Costumes! However, Florida weather missed the memo that it is Fall because it was HOT. Needless to say, we did not last long there. Here are a few pics I took during our time there.


Since it was bright outside, I couldn't exactly see what I was shooting for the most part. Figures I didn't catch any dogs in their costumes. There were definitely a lot of creative ones too!

But I was able to get a couple shots of Gracie. When we first got there, she was going a little crazy, so I couldn't get her to stay still for a good picture.


She needed to be a hot dog for at least one year...


By this time, Gracie was winding down and not as active. 



We made one lap through the mall and took the costume off of her because we knew she was hot. She was a trooper. By the time we were leaving, she was exhausted and didn't fuss to much on the drive back.

One last little surprise to my weekend. The Mr. remembered that it was Sweetest Day on Saturday and surprised me with these goodies.


Sweetest Day is celebrated more up north and I happen to know about it because I am from Ohio. Figures that I would forget about it and he would remember. He is too good to me. It brought a smile to my face :)

XO

Friday, October 18, 2013

Life, lately.

Oh, am I happy it's Friday. #tgif

I know it's been a hot minute since I talked to you all so I want to provide a brief what's been going on in my world.

Earlier this week, I actually attempted posting a weekend recap because I had quite the fall festive weekend. Unfortunately, Blogger and I had a mini fall out and after many attempts at editing photos, I just deleted the post. For some unknown reason to me, I would try to click on the photo I just loaded to make the picture larger, and the little pop up that usually appears to resize would not happen for some of the pictures. Blogger can be so finicky some times. Ugh. End rant.

Last Weekend Recap
So, last weekend, on Friday the husband, pup and I went to Downtown Tampa for Oktoberfest. And boy was it a beautiful day to be outside!


The following day, I hosted my first Girls Night IN and had a Pumpkin Painting Party. The husband and I whipped up some fallish treats and drinks - Pumpkin Dip, Caramel Dip, Monster Munch, and Pumpkin Sangria. Thank you Pinterest. We had a great time painting, eating, and just being silly!


This Weekend Plans
We plan on getting Gracie dressed up in her Halloween costume and going to the Dogtoberfest.


How fun?! Who knows.... maybe we will end up with a another furbaby ;)

After that we will be driving to my parents place to celebrate my mother's birthday. We usually pick up one of the delicious cakes from Publix to celebrate the occasion but this time we are going to bake her a dessert. I'm thinking...


Recipe here.

I love Pumpkin Rolls and I know my mom does too. Hopefully, the recipe is a good one. I have had my share of following crappy recipes this week. Don't need another bust.

Might I just add, that we are doing a pretty good job so far at checking things off my Fall Bucket List. #Fall2013 #makingthingshappen

XO

Friday, October 4, 2013

My Theme Song

I remember years back, a friend of mine and I had a conversation about our theme songs. Basically, if you were walking in to a room or down the side walk, this song would be playing in the background. Or it's a song you listen to during some period in your life that kinda speaks to how you are feeling.

Well, my theme song now is the new Britney song that came out this week. "Work B****". In case you didn't know already, I am a Britney Spears fan. Back during her Baby Hit Me One More Time days... through out the hot mess of Gimme Me More... to her Circus come back. All. The. Way.


You wanna hot body
You wanna Bugatti
You wanna Maseratti
You better work b*

You wanna Lamborghini
Sip martinis
Look hot in a bikini
You better work b*

You wanna live fancy
Live in a big mansion
Party in France
You better work b*

Not the biggest fan of the B word in almost every other sentence but still love it

If I want to be successful and, of course, "hot body" then I need to work hard for it. I need to not give up and push through the bumps that may come my way.

XO

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Navy and Burgundy

This Fall season I have been falling in love with the navy and burgundy combination. Target has especially been coming out with some adorable clothes in these colors that has made me want to go nuts shopping. As if I needed any more reasons to go shopping there.

Here are a couple of things I have been eyeing lately and may have already purchased...

 


After School Boy Blazer by Essie - One of the colors from their Fall 2013 Collection. I purchased it this past weekend.

In the Cable Car-Pool Lane by OPI - Part of the San Francisco Collection. Its not really true to color on the website. It looks more purple than burgundy in the picture, however, the description does say "burgundy". In person the color is gorgeous!

Merona Women's Scoop Neck Chiffon Top - This cute top I recently added to my wardrobe from Target. I actually wore it last week with a jeweled necklace from JCrew. Loved the combo!

Merona Women's Stripe Ponte Pencil Skirt - Navy - Another Target item again. This is on my "to buy" list.

Women's Embroidered-Icon Suede Flats - These are too cute to pass up.

Rugby Strip Paisley Border Scarf - Fall is not fall until you have a scarf in the mix. I really like the combination of the patterns as well.

XO

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hillsborough Power Lunch: Live Your Purpose

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend a Professional Women's Luncheon. Hillsborough Power Lunch: Live Your Purpose hosted by Working Women of Tampa Bay. I went with a good friend of mine and her co-worker which helped ease my anxiety of meeting new people.

I remembered to be a good blogger and photograph my experience. Unfortunately, as you will see, lighting is not that great as we have had rainy weather the past couple days.

We were one of the first guests there so as soon as we found our seats, we began inspecting the menu options. Just a random thought, how can you meet new people and hold conversations while biting into a burger? Needless to say, I opted for the chicken caesar salad.


Once more ladies came trickling in, we began talking with each other. I quickly realized that business cards are a must for these types of events.

Need to work on that. 

Karen Gillman, an ambassador for WWoTB, welcomed everyone and introduced the key note speaker Vicky Westra. She shared her personal story of adopting her daughter when she was young and learning that she was autistic.  Her experience and passion led her to found of Art for Autism and owner of Artista Cafe. Truly admirable.



She also imparted her words of wisdom on how she was able to leave a senior role in Corporate America to start this business and organization.

Her three tips were:

  1. Set Your Objectives - Focus on what you want. The more clear the better. 
  2. Align Yourself with Your Objective - Visualize. See yourself doing what you want. Also, be careful with your words. Stay positive. "It's gonna happen!!" 
  3. Walk in appreciation. This will set the tone for you to get to the next step.


After some Q&A, we were served our lunch.


For our sweet tooth, we received samples of toffee from one of the sponsors.


Overall, had a great time. I plan attending more of these types of events and, hopefully, will be a little better at networking. 

XO

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fall Bucket List 2013

Today marks the first day of Fall. Although it may not feel like fall here in the south, I am getting myself in the spirit of Fall.

Refuse to let this hot humid weather get in the way of the season!

With that being said, I've created a Fall Bucket List that I wish to do this year.

 
Seriously, the colors and the images alone, bring a smile to my face.
 
See the change of the foliage - The Mr. and I already have our fall road trip planned and we are heading to North Georgia. Eep! We timed our trip next month to be during the peak season of the leaves changing. At least that  is what we were told by the folks at the resort and through our research online. Hopefully, we timed it well.
 
Visit a Pumpkin Patch - There are a couple festivals planned in October that we are going to visit and hopefully they have a great selection of pumpkin. Buy one or two or more....
 
Carve A Pumpkin - Isn't the tinkerbell carving adorable? Although I would like to say that we will do this exact detail, with the Mr.'s and I's carving skills, I know that it would not turn out like this. May just need to stick to something simple.
 
Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte - Oh Starbucks. You know just how to may my heart skip a beat. I've already had one and plan on having several more this season. Except take it up a notch - Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Mocha. BOOM.
 
Bake Fall Desserts - Pumpkin pies, pumpkin rolls, apple pies, you name it. I want it. Found a Pumpkin Cheese recipe that I've already assigned the Mr.to do.
 
Go to a Corn Maze - This will be the first time I ever visit a corn maze. Not sure what to expect. But I am anxious to go!
 
Eat Caramel Covered Apples - Favorite! It would be nice if we can make some of our own to take somewhere. Not sure how complicated those are. If not, I'm sure to find them somewhere.
 
I'm determined to do everything on my list. I would say its achievable, no?
 
XO

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Smart Girl List

Class is not defined by our circumstances – it’s our reaction to those circumstances that defines who we are.” – Jordan Christy



So last month, while on my trip to Ohio, I read "How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World: The Art of Living with Style, Class and Grace" by Jordan Christy (eReader). This book was full of "exactly" moments for me. Unfortunately, the terms 'class' and 'smarts' is quickly becoming a thing of the past. When Miley Cyrus "twerking" makes headlines for weeks and millions of views on her music videos, there is a problem.


Although there were a lot of things in this book that I already knew or do, I appreciated that it reinforced that these are qualities and not flaws. She touches on almost every area from looks, confidence, relationships, career and friends. All the Do’s and Don’ts. Totally enjoyed it. Kinda wish I would have purchased it in paper book, so I can easily refer to pages in the book. Not as easy to do on the iPad. Plus, I like the cover. Cute book to have in my collection.


One of my take-aways from this book is the Smart Girl Activities List that she talks about in Chapter 2. As soon as I read this part, I immediately pulled out the notes app on my iPad and created a list of my own.





1. I have talked about doing this for the past year now but kept pushing it off for reason or another. After much though and discussion with the Mr. I am getting serious. This is gonna happen.


2. The Mr. will be happy with this... he may be "italian" but definitely doesn't speak it fluently.


3. I try to do this already but I want to be more dedicated. I want to be informed. I want to know what's going on in my community, state, nation, and world.


4. I am an active member at my church and try to volunteer in different ministries. However, I would like to volunteer for another organization in something that I care about such as the local animal shelter or women's refuge.


5. Earlier this year I attended the Florida Women's Conference hosted by the Florida Women's Diversity council and had such a great time. It was inspiring to hear the stories of other women, who hold leadership positions in their companies, discuss how they achieved their positions overcoming the glass ceiling. I want to attend more, paid by my job or paid by my wallet.

XO

Friday, September 20, 2013

Career Planner Quiz

The other day, while having a slight emotional breakdown of my current job situation, I decided to take an online quiz to see what were the best careers for my skills and strengths. I am sure that I have taken these types of quizzes once or twice in my life but never took it seriously. Oh how I wish I did.

I googled "free quiz for career choice" and the first site it suggested was CareerPath.com. I took the Career Planner Quiz which consisted of about 25 questions of "I'd rather" type questions. Quite simple, really. Below were my results.

Dead. On.

Seriously, the hobbies listed there are pretty much my hobbies.

When I read the summary and look at the types of careers it lists, I realize that I am in the wrong field. I thrive on being creative and in my job role, there is no room for this type of creativity. I do have side projects and committees at work where I am able to use my creativity and I find I am happiest then. I knew that I have always been a creative person but for some reason, seeing it in writing like this is enlightening. Makes it real and true. I now have a better understanding of what types of careers would truly utilize my skills and strengths. Never to late to pursue what truly makes you happy.

XO

Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And other concerns) by Mindy Kaling


Finished this book with in a few days and enjoyed it from beginning to end. The night I got it and started reading it... the husband was already asleep and I struggled to keep still and quiet because I laughing so much.

The childhood pictures she shares? HILARIOUS. It made me feel a little more better of the fact that my mother put hair in two pig tails on a daily basis through the years of Kindergarden to Second Grade. Or whenever I started doing my own hair. I know it started young because I detested those pig tails. But after seeing the bowl cut Mindy was sporting at that age, I have a better appreciation, now, of those pig tails. 

Can I just say, I had no idea how much Mindy and I had in common? Seriously. My good friend recommended this book to me saying that it was basically our childhood and probably even current life to some extent. She wasn't kidding. I can definitely share in that awkward outcast stigma that I had during my elementary, middle, and high school years. Well, still to this day I should add.

Needless to say, thoroughly enjoyed this book. One can always use a little more laughter in one's life. If your in the market for a light and fun read, I recommend this one.

XO

Monday, August 12, 2013

Traveling 101: Carry On Tote Essentials

Friday, I will be boarding a plane to fly to Ohio. I have not been on an airplane since my honeymoon over two years ago. Gonna be honest, not too excited about having to fly. Especially since I will be flying solo and with the some recent events.

When I was in high school, I used to fly up to Ohio to visit my dad at least twice a year. Flying was a breeze for me. I typically got settled in and would fall asleep.  But then 9/11 happened and my dad moved to FL and I didn't fly as often. Now, I am a jitterbug the whole flight through until all tires of the plane are safely on the group.

So, I am starting to mentally prepare myself now and think of things to take on the airplane to entertainment myself and make the flight as pleasant as possible.

 

Vera Bradley Mail Bag (in Ribbons) - I got this bag last year especially for traveling and going on vacations. Enough space to carry my necessities and guide maps, if needed.

iPad Mini - I can download movies and books for entertainment while on the plane.

Coach Waverly Wallet - Purchased this wallet like two years ago at the outlets. After all the discounts, I ended up getting it for half the price. Love it and still in great condition.

Chapstick Cake Batter - I am a chapstick girl. I rotate between my chapsticks and EOS balms. This is a must for me where I go.

Pink Neck Rest - I believe I bought this like four years ago at Target for my flight to Italy. Obviously since I don't flight much, it's like brand new.

Gum - Help with the ear poppin'. I am a spearmint fan.

Ear Phones - I have the regular ear phones you get when you purchase an iPhone. Not my favorite but I don't need them very often, so it will do.

Water - This will have to be purchased once past security. I try not to drink a lot water because I loathe using the restroom on the plane. Once I'm down and buckled in I stay there until we have landed. However, still something good to have in hand.

iPhone 5 - Well this is just a given.

Also, not pictured above... a pair of socks. I stick to flip flops when traveling in the airport because of security check in. Whatever to make the process easier and less stressful right? I like to carry socks to keep my feet warm on the plane.

I think that pretty much covers it. Am I missing anything? What are your travel essentials?

XO

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Amazon book haul

This week I put in an order from Amazon for a few books and I am so anxious for them to get here! I am in the middle of reading "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)" by Mindy Kaling and will probably be done in a couple days. So that order needs to arrive pronto.

These are the books I ordered...


Eek! Super excited for these to get here!

In addition to my books, I ordered screen protectors the iPad mini and some books for the husband. What books did he want, you ask? 


Yes, my husband is 30 something going on 12. I still love him. 

Have you read anything good lately?

XO

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Book Review: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

If I were to describe this book in two words, those two words would have to be: Girl Power.

I felt so encouraged and proud to be female. (I may have wanted to pop in my SPICE girls CD after reading this book. Actually it was already in my car. Don't judge.) Not that I have ever felt belittled or held back in my career for being a female. Perhaps I am not at that level in my career to really face those types of issues. I think more it has reassured me that because, one day, I plan on may be having children (still undecided) I don't have to hold back in my career.

The husband and I have been married for a little over two years and, of course, the topic of starting a family of our own has come up. We both would find it beneficial if one of us stayed home/ worked part time while the child is a baby. I think there has always been an assumption that it would be me that would be the one to stay at home. But this book has gotten me thinking a little differently. If I had a job that I absolutely loved and wanted to keep working, and say my husband be the one to stay home, that would be okay. I shouldn't feel any less of a "mom" because I choose to continue working. I am pretty sure if I asked my husband if he wanted to be the SAHD and maybe work part time, he would be OKAY with that. Haha. I know he would be great at it as well! But the truth is, we are not there yet. Yes, we have talked about it but are certainly not trying yet. In the meantime, I can still push forward until that time comes. She talks about this in the chapter, Don't Leave Before You Leave.

Some of my take aways from the book:

Sit at the Table - Being the introvert I am and sometimes lacking in confidence, I am notorious for not "sitting at the table". I try to get in an area where I won't be called on for thoughts or questions. But I shouldn't be intimidated and I should sit at the table.

It's a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder - Looking at my career as climbing jungle gym where there are different way to climb up versus the ladder which allows for only one path. This is something that my job encourages, being flexible to move into new groups, positions and acquiring new skills and knowledge. Sometimes easier said than done, of course.

Working Together Toward Equality - She comments that a lot of times, the biggest challenge/barrier/criticism women face in the work force come from other women! Folks, this stuff doesn't just happen in middle school/high school but it happens in the work environment as well. Then she adds the oh so often friction between SAHMs and ideal workers, which honestly in this economy I really didn't think would exist as much. I mean I feel like for most families, it's a necessity to have a two income family. That was until I started attending the church I go to now and realized how many SAHMs there are that home school their children. I've also experienced the unsaid tension between the two. So important to respect the decisions that every one makes with relation to this and understand that every one is different.

I am fortunate enough to work for a company that is a huge supporter of Sheryl Sandberg and the Lean In movement. Our CEO recently hosted a webcast interviewing her and did an amazing job. He made a great point in his intro to their discussion stating that this is not just a gender issue but can be applied to all groups of diversity. Heck, even Sheryl herself asked if she could have a copy of that intro to listen to again because it was and is so true! It was a great discussion and increased my girl crush admiration of her, times one hundred!

So, yes, loved the book. There are so many great talking points throughout the book that if I tried to discuss, this blog post would have been entirely too long. All I have to say is, read it. Whether female or male, this book is encouraging and enlightening for everyone. Part of the reason I began this blog was because of this book. I want to Lean In as much as I can! Great read.

Oh, plus, there is a website full of more resources. It doesn't need stop at the end of the book!

XO

"You will find something you love doing and you will do it with gusto. Find the right career for you and go all the way to the top." - Sheryl Sandberg

Monday, August 5, 2013

It's Official... I'm an iPad Mini Owner!

This past weekend, I took advantage of the tax free break and made a couple purchases. Some of which were spontaneous, such as my new iPad Mini!


I had been talking to the husband about wanting to buy an eReader lately. I was originally thinking between the Nook and the Kindle but he thought, why not the iPad? Good point. Didn't think about it. The biggest reason I hadn't considered the iPad was due to the price ($499). I am not a huge technology buff in which I need to have the latest tech gadgets they come out with (which seems to be every six months). I don't buy in to the hype. I think when I finally purchased an iphone, it had already been out for four or five years. I usually wait for the right timing for me... contract ending, good deals, money saved, etc. Not sure I was that serious to drop $500 plus for a new gadget. This conversation probably happened like a week ago.

Well this morning, I happened to look at the Target weekly ad and saw that they were giving away gift cards for their iPads/minis. That caught my eye, along with the Tax Free advertisement.

Gift Card + Tax Free? Things just got serious.

I immediately began my research. Looking up articles, reviews, comparisons on the iPad vs Mini and texting friends who were iPad owners to get their thoughts. As I somewhat alluded above, I didn't need anything too fancy as my main purpose for getting this is for reading, some movies, games, and a little web browsing. A lot of the feedback I was getting during my research wass that the mini suited my needs perfectly. It does pretty much the same as the iPad but more than $100 cheaper and more compact (can easily carry in my purse).

Another added bonus, I had a couple gift cards saved from previous job recognitions that cut $130 off the price ($329). I ended up paying $199 exactly, out of pocket. Score!

Then with the $25 gift card I received with the purchase, I bought this pink case.

But of course, I already have my eye on another case I want to buy for it (or if lucky, Santa Claus will have it under the christmas tree for me. Which ever comes first.)

The Petula Stripe Mini iPad Folio by Kate Spade.


So sleek and professional looking. Absolutely love it!

XO

Friday, August 2, 2013

Style: Banana Republic Love

Yesterday, I went with a friend to a near by mall for lunch and she needed to stop by Banana Republic to make a return. While waiting for her, I perused the store and was honestly surprised at all the cute items I was finding. (Okay, the last time I step foot in Banana Republic was probably 6,7,8 years ago? Back then, I found their clothes and accessories to be boring and overpriced.) I loved how much color and print I was seeing. Definitely a huge improvement from what it used to be... style wise. The price tags still remain the same,  but at least I would feel like I am getting my monies worth.

Here are some of the items that caught my eye:

Eliza Pleated Halter Dress - This would be great to use for a summer wedding.

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Leaf Print Shirred Blouse - Pattern/Color. Love.

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Multi-Stripe Patio Dress - How comfortable does this dress look? The older I get, the more important comfortable clothing/shoes is to me.This would be perfect for BBQ with family and friends. 

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Tie Front Short - I love the bow front on these shorts. Totally scream girly to me. Also appreciate the length of these shorts.

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And we can't forget about the accessories... 

Calypso Necklace - The jewel tones on this necklace are drool worthy. Great statement necklace!
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Summer State Earring - In love with this color combo Turquoise & Coral. 
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Clementine Scarf - Perfect for Fall! 
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Bettina Satchel 
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Totally swooning over those items and more.

XO