in my shopping cart

it is officially birthday week! my husband always warns me in the beginning of march that i need to try to not buy anything because my birthday is soon. of course when someone tells me i can’t buy something i find all the things that i really want! so instead of going out and buying it i thought i’d share with you guys what i have my eye on! here is what is currently in my shopping cart.

in my shopping cart

makeup brush| brush cleaning mat| graphic tee
letter board| patio lights| purse| swim top and bottom


do you clean your makeup brushes? i know i should but i am so bad at remembering to do it. i am hoping this cleaning mat by sigma beauty will make it easier so i do it more often! it suctions right to your sink and has 7 different textures to clean and refine your brushes. also, if you are in the market for new brushes make sure you check out the sonia kashuk brand at target! i’ve been really impressed with the quality of these brushes for the price!

|to wear|

i am a total sucker for a good graphic tee! old navy has some great ones right now and with spring break coming up i thought this one was perfect. i am currently carrying a black tote from target and am ready to switch it up for spring. i love the gray color and the fact that you can carry it or use it as a cross body. andrew graduates from grad school next month {hallelujah} and we are planning a trip somewhere warm! i love this mix n match gingham print suit from ASOS. have you browsed their suits? they are so unique and cute!

|for the home|

we are currently looking for a new place to rent! we got rid of quite a bit of our stuff when we left north dakota so i am slowly looking for fun home decor for our new place! how cute are these lights for the patio?

thanks for stopping by!



lets talk skincare


{origins super star set}

Confession: my skin has never been anything to be envious of. I have struggled with breakouts and dullness since middle school. Some of that is hormones but a lot of it was laziness and not taking care of my skin. i really thought that by my mid-twenties my skin issues would be figured out. unfortunately that is not the case so i am doing something about it!

I am finally getting into a good skincare routine and have been loving this super star set from Origins! this set includes their checks and balances face wash, night-a-mins cream and their super popular charcoal mask. my skin is very sensitive so i have a hard time buying full size products until i know my skin can handle it. the face wash is so frothy and leaves my skin feeling clean without drying it out. the cream is very thick and perfect for overnight. i have always struggled to use lotions because i feared they would make me break out even more. however, i am realizing that my skin is very dehydrated and needs the moisture so it does not look dull! i have been using the charcoal mask once a week for the past month. it is definitely the most popular product they carry and it totally lives up to the  hype! plus face masks are just super fun.

this set was only $20 and after a month of use i still have a ton of product left. my skin is still not perfect but it is looking more supple and healthy!



roses are red, violets are blue

valentines day 2018

sweatshirt| fit bit| mules|pajama pants|candle|stitch fix gift card

happy valentines day! i rounded up a few things i’ve had my eye on lately that would be a perfect gift for your mom, sister or bestie!

andrew and i have never taken valentines day too seriously. in fact, our first valentines day was only 5 days after our first date and i had already made plans to go see a movie with all my single ladies so we actually didn’t even see each other that day! since then we have decided to make it a chill night where we pick up the heartbaker pizza from papa murpheys and watch a movie together. with him getting ready to take his board exam we haven’t been able to fit in too many date nights so i am super excited to spend a little quality time with my husband!

what are your valentines day traditions?

i recently took a little bit of time off because we just moved to minnesota! it is so good to be back in my home state and we are slowly getting settled in our new city. thank you to everyone who took my survey back in January. your feedback was amazing and I am super excited to get back to writing content for you all!


get NYE ready with gordmans






new year’s eve is right around the corner. have you found your outfit yet? i ran into my local Gordmans to find something sparkly and fun to wear. this skirt caught my eye instantly. the sparkle is perfect for NYE and the mid length keeps it looking classy and sophisticated. because North Dakota is crazy cold this time of year {think highs of -10!} i knew i needed to pair something warm with the skirt. if you’ve been following my blog long, you know i am all about those OTS tops so this sweater was a no brainer!

one thing i love about shopping at Gordmans is their “lowest price guarantee.” whenever i shop there i am always confident that i am getting the best deal possible. Gordmans already tracks competitors prices to be sure that they are giving their shoppers the best possible prices on their huge selection. however, if you happen to find a lower price on an item other than at Gordmans, all you have to do is bring in the competitors current ad or show the cashier the item on your phone and Gordmans will match that price!  not only will they price match but they will also give you a $5 gift card! {learn more about their guarantee here} when you price-match, Gordmans Corporate is notified so they can work on lowering the price for that item and continue giving their shoppers the lowest price! Basically, they want to be the best among their competitors so they give us the tools to save some money.

gordmans’ mission is to thrill every guest with fun finds and exciting deals at every turn. there’s no need to hunt for bargains at gordmans- treasures are always in store with exceptional style at competitive prices, every day.

hope you all have a wonderful time ringing in the new year! we’ll see you in 2018!


*this post was sponsored by Gordmans. as always, all opinions are my own. thank you for supporting the retailers that support those pretty pieces*

holiday cards with basic invite

now that it is December, it is time to get serious about ordering holiday cards to send to family and friends. Andrew and I love opening all the cards we get and displaying them on our refrigerator. these cards remind us just how blessed we are to have such wonderful people in our lives!

this year, we decided to order our cards from Basic Invite! they seriously have cutest holiday cards! there are so many companies to choose from but let me tell you what makes Basic Invite stand out.

Basic Invite gives you all the freedom. you can choose from 250 different holiday card designs and take your pick of over 180 color options to customize every element to make it your own! my personal favorite are the foil cards. the foil comes flat or raised and in silver, gold or rose gold!

you can choose from over 40 different colored envelopes to really make a statement. best part? no licking required! envelopes from Basic Invite are peel and seal. they also offer recipient address printing at NO COST!

do you get nervous your card won’t turn out exactly as you’ve hoped? have no fear! Basic Invite allows you to order a sample of your holiday card so you can see and feel all the details to make sure everything is to your liking before you place your final order.

right now, Basic Invite is offering 30% off your order with code: holi30. so whether you’re needing holiday cocktail party invitationswork christmas party invitations, or holidays cards make sure to check out Basic Invite.

can’t wait to share our card with you!


the night before christmas…the rest of the story

this post has been a draft for so long just WAITING to be shared and today is the day!

I am so excited to share with you that my mom is a published author of a children’s book called “the night before christmas…the rest of the story!” she originally wrote this book to use in a Christmas program at our church. after years of reading her story to her students during the holidays, she finally decided to submit it to a publisher and I am so glad she did. my mom is such an amazing woman of God. she labored over this book so that every detail, from the story to the illustrations, would be biblically accurate and lead others to faith in Jesus Christ.


this is a perfect book to read to your kids during the holiday season to remind them of the real meaning of christmas. her book is currently available on Amazon and will be in bookstores near you in the next few weeks! i am so excited for my mom and hope that you will be encouraged by her book! {click here to buy your copy}


7 must haves for fall

7 must haves for fall

now that it is officially Fall, i thought i would share my “must haves” for the season!

scented candle

bath and body works is my all time favorite place to buy candles. they have so many to choose from, are very fragrant, and last a long time. for fall try leaves, sweater weather, or flannel.

cozy pullover 

as the days get colder you definitely need something cozy to wear! this pullover looks similar to something Patagonia would make but is half the price!

leopard print

i truly believe leopard print will never go out of style. make a statement in these booties this fall!

lip color

i started wearing lipsense about 6 months ago and absolutely love it! it is amazing how much lip color adds to your look. all the colors are great but these 5 are perfect for fall! {interested in ordering? head to my friend Amy’s Facebook page Amy’s Ever After Lips!}

statement sleeve

bell sleeves are super popular this season and i love the ruffle on this sweater from Brea Boutique! i love shopping local and you can find this boutique in Mandan, ND.


whether that is in a shirt dress, button up, or scarf nothing says fall like plaid!


i have an embarrassing amount of blanket scarves but after seeing this scarf styled by Alyson Haley i think i might need this one too!