around the house (this weekend)…

March 30, 2015

We’ve been having friends and family over more and more since we moved here, and we also volunteered to take on Easter dinner for the first time this year! YIKES! It’s kinda new for me, but I’m getting the hang of it and LOVING all of the company. Byron LOVES to be hospitable. He worked in the hospitality industry for over 10 years, so it’s just in his blood. With his cooking skills, and my love for creating the ambience, it’s really a fun experience! We’ve been loving it. Since we’ve been having lots of company over, and the weather is just beautiful, we decided to invest in outdoor furniture. We have a local outdoor patio furniture location called Pacific Patio. They have beautiful furniture that is completely weather proof. The umbrellas, table, and wicker seating area that we chose are all from that store. The chairs the table I ordered from Overstock.com. Chairs are SUPER expensive!! Holy MOLY! I just didn’t want to spend over $300 per chair. I got these for a fraction of the cost, and I think they look GREAT!

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 5.30.48 PMPutting flowers everywhere both indoors and out just makes everything that much more beautiful. I’ve been using flowers from my garden, so it’s a great way to prune my rose bush, and beautify my home. I was in a bit of a rush, so I forgot to pick off the leaves inside the one outside.

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My friend Carly came over the other night with her family for taco night, and they brought me this beautiful succulent arrangement. Carly has the most inspiring blog that I’ve been following for years..  I’ve known her from church, and she actually owned a successful fashion boutique store when she was 19 years old, and I remember looking up to her and admiring her entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. She finds the coolest designer handbags at garage sales for like $1. Like… she’s just COOL! Amazing mother of 4, and her husband does Voice overs for American idol and The History channel. When you hear, “Tonight, on America Idol,” that’s him!! haha Anyway, Oliver has a blast with the four kids, and it’s just too much fun!

I love that the outdoor area is just becoming more and more inviting. It’s making us want to entertain more and more!

I ‘m gonna transfer this over to a larger pot as instructed by Carly. I’m also gonna add some more landscaping outside. I’m thinking of something with lavender, maybe sage.. I dunno. I have to run to the nursery this week to check out what’s available. I will keep you posted.

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hope you enjoyed this quick post,

xo, Rachel


Growing Out My Hair

March 29, 2015

I am THE most fickle person EVER with my hair. I cut it, grow it out, change the color. I get bored sooo easily. I’m ready to grow it out again, even though I was thinking about cutting it a few days ago.. haha Like i said, fickle. This company HUM sent me their product to try out. These are available at Sephora.com. The packaging is such a great pop of color and reminder to take them everyday.. haha So far they are working great! I’ve definitely seen a huge difference in my nails. They aren’t breaking at all anymore! Have any of you tried these? What are your thoughts?

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My hair is definitely growing, and I just added more layers. I love layers in my hair! My hair tends to fall a little flat naturally if I straighten it, so layers help frame my face and give a bit of body also.

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What types of vitamins do you like to take for healthy hair & nails?

xo, Rachel


DIY Skin Firming Coffee Scrub

March 27, 2015

Coffee scrubs are super popular right now, but they can also be super pricey!

Many skincare body products contain caffeine as a aid in firming the skin and preventing and treating cellulite. You can make a completely organic and SUPER easy yet effective Skin Firming Coffee Scrub with just 3 simple ingredients.

1/4 Cup Ground Organic Coffee

Try to avoid using decaf, as this is a bit counterproductive. You want the caffeine that’s in coffee combined with the physical exfoliation of the coffee grounds.

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 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

The natural glycolic acid contained in sugar combined with the physical exfoliation makes for a FANTASTIC body scrub!! You could also just mix brown sugar and your favorite oil for a simple hydrating body scrub.

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 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil Softened

Recent studies have found virgin coconut oil to speed up wound healing, and be extremely effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin. It smells delicious, is very affordable, and leaves the skin feeling nourished and smooth after exiting the shower.

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 Thoroughly mix all three ingredients together.

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 Boom! Easy!

You can use this scrub in the shower, or over a towel if you’re concerned about your drain becoming clogged. This treatment is great to perform 3 times a week during your morning shower.

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 If you’re sensitive to caffeine or pregnant/breastfeeding, check with your doctor first. =)

Hope you enjoyed this post,

xo, Rachel


La Mer Dupe

March 25, 2015

I get offers for brand sponsorships on a daily basis. I usually ask the brand to send me the product, and I ask for a few weeks to test it out before I respond with an answer. I often ask for multiple products so my friends and family can try and give me their feedback as well.

For partnerships I usually try to be open minded, yet honest. There are a lot of factors that go into me choosing a brand to work with, but I generally say no to most offers.

I was introduced to a new product from Ponds and asked if I would be willing to take the 2 week anti-wrinkle challenge and post my anti wrinkle tips along with the product on my YouTube channel if I liked it.  I have been using more drugstore brands lately and there are definitely MANY treasures not ONLY in the skincare aisle, but also in the hair, nail, and makeup aisle. I decided it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try. Besides, both my grandmas have gorgeous skin and always swore by Ponds cold cream.

I think working at Nordstrom for so many years made me a bit of a package snob…Sounds horrible right? But don’t be fooled. There are some products at the drugstore that meet, or exceed, the products available at the department store.  In my opinion, this is one of them! With all this said, this post is NOT a sponsored post. I decided to share Ponds on my YouTube channel in a few weeks, and that post IS sponsored, however I am not AT ALL obligated to write this post.

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I gotta say, I was pretty blown away by this stuff. It reminded me SOOO much of La Mer, except I actually liked it much better. I gave a jar of the Ponds cream to both my mom and my two friends. I asked them to give me their feedback on the cream and tell me what they honestly thought. Everyone gave the product glowing reviews! Even I, who am normally pretty skeptical, found this product to be spectacular. If someone ever asks me for a La Mer dupe, this will forever be my suggestion. La Mer is supposed to be the creme de la creme of nourishing and anti-wrinkle moisturizers. J Lo is said to use it all over her entire body for anti aging purposes. Both these creams have many of the same ingredients, but I think that Ponds delivers what La Mer claims to deliver and more. I saw a huge difference in my skin after two weeks of consistent use. It looked healthier, hydrated, plump and glowing. It’s one of the better face creams I’ve ever tried and you can’t beat the price point.

La Mer and Ponds also have very similar smells, but if you’re looking for a fragrance free option, I would stick to Cetaphil or CeraVe, which are always winners. The biggest difference is that La Mer is extremely rich and thick, almost like a whipped butter. It must be warmed in the hands for a moment before applying. La Mer starts at around $160. It was nice at first, but for the price I wasn’t blown away.

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Ponds price point is about $8-12 depending on where you live. I think this it’s one of the skincare gems at the drugstore. It has a thick lotion feel, so it’s not as whipped and buttery as the La Mer cream, however I saw a bigger difference in my skin using the Ponds cream than I ever did using La Mer. Ponds never made me break out. Over time the La Mer cream did. I apply the cream all over my face, neck, and arms. For THAT price point, I could smear it all over my body and perhaps looks as good as J Lo?!  ;0) haha

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Hope your enjoyed this post,

xo Rachel


Target Jeans Obsession

March 24, 2015

Saying I’m obsessed with Target jeans would be a bit of an understatement, because they are pretty much all I wear these days. I got one pair a few months back, and I’ve been living in them. I decided it was both necessary, not to mention sanitary, for me to get a few more pairs. =)

Target is a perfect place to pick up basics.  All you need is a great belt, big sunnies, and a pair of flats to look chic in a minute.

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 The Mossimo Mid-Rise Denim Legging are my favorite fit. I love how they fit both in the waist and crotch, but also at the ankle. When I find something I like, I buy it in a few different colors.

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 I get my basic tanks at Target also. =)

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 Find these jeans on sale now at Target. You can click the pictures below to purchase if you’d like.. Hope you enjoyed this post.

xo, Rachel