Links I Love

Happy Wednesday friends!! I can’t believe we made it halfway through another week, its been such a busy one so far! Here is a list of my top ten favorite things from around the web this week. Thanks for stopping by! Anyways I hope everyone has a good rest of the week and a fun filled weekend. What are your plans?

  1. The perfect sunday dinner– chicken pot pie. Yum! –
  2. 5 signs you need a mental break by the every girl blog
  3. 10 ways to wear your white jeans this fall and winter. – Bows and Sequins
  4. Lauren Nelson’s Boho Chic Bedroom decorating ideas
  5. Loving Eat Sleep Wear’s skin care routine. – Eat Sleep Wear
  6. The new engagement ring trends
  7. I need to try Grace’s suggestions on how to be more productive. – The Stripe
  8. 14 lavender uses to know
  9. Oprah’s list of favorite things, here’s how much it would cost to buy them all
  10. 25 of the best Halloween costumes for 2017



What to wear: Engagement Photos

Wondering what to wear for your engagement photos? You’re not alone. Last week I spent so much time planning the outfits that Jake and I were going to wear during our pictures.  We chose to do a mini session so we only had time to choose one outfit which made it even harder to decide.

Before you scan your closet or hit the mall, consider these top tips on what to wear for your engagement shoot.

  1. Wear Clothes That Make You Feel Like You
  2. Complement Each Other, But Don’t Match
  3. Choose Pastels, Cool Colors, and Neutral Tones
  4. Incorporate at Least One Accessory
  5. Choose Classic Rather Than Trendy Looks
  6. Stick With Two Outfits
  7. Flatter Your Body Type
  8. Make use of the season

Some of my favorite engagement pictures from around the web, these couples killed it!




5 Favorite Blanket Scarves under $15

One of my absolute favorite fall closet staples are blanket scarves. You can easily dress them up with silk blouses and black pants or dress them down with button ups and jeans. Dressing for both work and play can be a whole lot easier when investing in a variety of blanket scarves. The best part about the blanket scarf is you can wear it as a scarf, use it as a blanket or wear it as a shawl, so versatile.

Today I’ve rounded up my top 5 picks under $15 for this upcoming winter season! I may have to buy them all at that price!


plaid blanket.jpgRed and Tan $12.99


$12.99 White and Blue


Gray and White Scarf $13.99

navy and white

Navy and White $14.99

blue and green

Green and Blue $11.99

The Best Crockpot Tenderloin

  Crock pots have many functions, not only do they help cook for us while we are busy at work or running errands, they also make the house smell so wonderful. This amazing kitchen tool makes meats very juicy and tender from slow cooking all day. Pork is one of my favorites to slow cook because of how it makes the pork tenderloin pull apart so easily and melt in your mouth. As you may already know, pork can quickly become over cooked and dry out; so I love this method for a fool proof way to get the juiciest meat every time. The Best Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin truly has such a wonderful flavor and is one of my all time favorite dishes.
  • 2 pounds of pork tenderloin (I use two small tenderloins)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1.5 tablespoons of yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 Shallot chopped
  1. Turn crock pot on to low
  2. In large measuring cup add all the ingredients for the marinade and whisk
  3. Place tenderloin in crock pot and pour over the marinade
  4. Cook on low for about 4 hours for two small tenderloins or about 5 hours for one large piece
  5. Slice and serve pouring the juices over the meat
  6. Recommended but not necessary: I turn the pork twice to ensure even cooking at 2 hours and 4 hours, pouring the juices all over


Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

Has anyone started their Christmas shopping yet? Target has the cutest Christmas décor out already!  Last night I made a quick trip there to get coffee and some essentials and left with a couple Christmas decorations from the clearance aisle. I am beginning to brainstorm different decorating ideas when it comes to my Christmas tree. Last year I went with a red and gold theme but am thinking that I will do something different this year to switch it up!

I browsed some of my favorite websites for some Christmas tree decorating ideas and came across so many good ones! You can decorate your Christmas tree using fresh flowers, glass ornaments, metal ornaments that are created in different amazing shapes, umbrellas, tiny Christmas toys and more creative items that you can use for decorating your Christmas tree in a unique way. You can also change the traditional color of the tree from green to other fascinating colors such as black, white, gold and pink.

This year I think I will stick with a more rustic farmhouse Christmas theme. I’ve also discovered that Amazon is great for purchasing in bulk and affordable ornaments if you are sticking to a single color scheme.
There are a couple things that I skipped out on last year that I’m on a mission to incorporate into my decor this year include:  pom pom garland, a tree topper and a banner to hang on the fireplace.  How good are these plaid pillows from Amazon and this plaid throw from Pottery Barn? hmm may have to add these to my shopping cart!

What’s on your holiday shopping list?



Other Christmas posts you may have missed:

Decorating a small place | Christmas Sangria | Christmas shop on a budget |






Phone Backgrounds


Happy Friday!! I’m on my phone a lot, way more than I care to admit it. I am so bad about constantly having to check social media websites, email and scrolling through blogs. It’s kind of embarrassing to think about actually. Jake and I will be watching a show and he will have to remind me to put my phone down because I won’t even be paying attention to what we are watching.

But anyways, if you’re anything like me I am sure you spend a decent amount of your day on your phone. I love having happy and fun and bright backgrounds on my phone. Here are some of my favorite phone background that I am currently loving and thought I should share with you all.

Adorable {Cell Phone Cases} that you won’t want to miss!



5 Favorite Makeup Buys

At this point, I definitely have too much makeup. Over the years I’ve somehow accumulated a collection of eyeshadows and lip stains and throughout the years I have been trying to get rid of what I can. When I was just out of college, I could fit everything I owned into a small bag.

In the summer, I prefer natural makeup where I can be out the door in under five minutes but as soon as it’s fall, I tend to sway towards a little bit more of a dramatic makeup look. Here’s what my makeup routine looks like this season and my favorite products have been using lately:


Superhero Mascara

Volumizing mascara, this stuff is seriously amazing!

No tug eyeliner

Water proof gel eyeliner

Mac Eye Shadow Palette 

Neutral Smoky Eyes
This palette is filled with shimmery neutrals, 6 amazing brown tone colors

The Nubian by Juvia’s

this palette is great for every day wear and into the night

NYX Total Control

Matte foundation with dropper

What are your favorite makeup recommendations?

| Beauty Tips and Tricks |Favorite Skin Products |




BOSU Ball Workout

Ahh, so last week I did my first Bosu ball workout, I really didn’t know how bad my balance was until I tried standing on that thing! I was sore three days after the workout! If you’ve never worked out with a bosu ball you need to give it a shot, it works your entire body and really helps with your balance.

I cannot wait to do this workout again!


Mountain Climbers—Ball Side Down

Place your hands on the sides of the BOSU ball with a firm grip. Hold a steady plank position. When you’re ready, lift your right leg a few inches off the ground. Bring your knee to your nose, and then switch legs.

Jumps-Ball Side up

This move is just like a squat except you jump on the ball side and then jump off. When you jump onto the BOSU ball, hold the squat for two seconds before you jump off. Try to work your way up to 10 seconds.

Burpee-Ball Side up

This move is performing a burpee move but starting off with your hands on the Bosu ball, do a push up, jump your legs in, jump up and repeat.

Forearm Plank-Ball Side down

Place your forearms in the middle of the BOSU ball . Hold a steady plank position.

Side Lunges—Ball Side Up

Start with your right foot sturdy in the middle and step your left foot out to the side. Squat. Bring your left foot into the middle of the ball, and step your right foot out to the side. Squat. Keep switching legs until you do 12 reps on each side.

Chest Press—Ball Side Up

Grab a set of dumbbells and lay with your back on the ball. Place your feet a few inches from the BOSU ball and lift your hips up. With a weight in each hand, bring your arms out to a “T”. Bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle and press up. Repeat 12 to 15 times. This helps work your hamstrings, glutes, chest, arms and core.

Get your Bosu ball HERE!

Wedding Planning: Picking Bridesmaid Dresses

No one told me how hard it was going to be to decide on bridesmaid dresses. Whether you’re having 10 bridesmaids or just your maid of honor, shopping for bridesmaid dresses can be stressful! There are just so many options, fabrics, silhouettes and colors to choose from that the task can be daunting! I spent weeks putting dresses side by side, getting input from my bridesmaids and pinning so many examples on Pinterest.  Last week I finally made a decision on my four bridesmaid dresses!

I originally had sent the girls the picture below for inspiration and told them they could pick a dress similar to the ones pictured and that didn’t end up working out. The dresses were not mixing well together and the patterned dresses did not look good up against my wedding dress.


I opted to choose champagne and blush colors off of and then let each of the bridesmaids pick a different style of dress that they wanted.


I wanted to share with you my best take away tips to bridesmaid dress shopping:

  1. Color– Decide on your color palette for your wedding then decide on the color of your dresses. Since we are getting married in June I knew that I wanted to choose softer/lighter colors. I chose to go with mix and match blush and champagne for the dresses. Remember to be considerate of everyone’s skin tones, I realize that the colors I chose do not look good on everyone’s skin tone, but spray tans are always an easy fix for this!
  2. Silhouettes– Picking different silhouettes is a perfect option for the bride who wants to hold fast to the tradition of everyone in the same color, but also acknowledges the fabulousness that is diversity amongst her bridal party. Remember not every dress style is flattering for every person.
  3. Budget– There are tons of pretty and affordable options out there so just do your research!
  4. Consider the style– If you’re wearing a busy dress with lots of lace, details, and/or beading, keep the bridal party dresses on the simpler side. I had originally planned to do floral bridesmaid dresses but after picking my wedding dress I decided to go with simple bridesmaid dresses to make sure that the two fabrics won’t clash.
  5. Consider the season and the time of day– Pastels probably won’t look right for a fall wedding and long black bridesmaid dresses probably won’t look too great for an early summer wedding. Be sure to keep in mind your surroundings and the temperature.
  6. Forget about finding dresses the ladies will “wear again” the fact is that no matter how pretty the dress is, they will always feel like a bridesmaid wearing it. So choose a dress that you like and they feel good in.

Remember, that while making your bridal party happy is important, this is your wedding and what you think and love matters the most! Your friends are there to stand by your side and encourage your marriage, no matter what dress they are wearing.

Check back next week to find out how to purchase for florals and decor on a budget!

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