Activities You Should Try This Fall!

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Fall is here!!! I’ve been a little MIA with work and being a dog mom but I’m here now. I just made my first batch of my award winning chili last week! It was perfection, as always. I just had my dad’s amaaaazing apple crisp for the first time this season too, so I’m obviously packing on the extra cals for winter (JK I need to be losing weight, Italy trip is in 7 weeks and I need to look like nothing short of a Kourtney Kardashian).

Fall is normally a fun time here in Central New York. The leaves start to change, everyone and their brother flock to the apple orchards, and you get your winter tire put on. Super fun stuff. But in all seriousness we do love it. The air is so crisp in the morning and it’s finally staying below 70 degrees during the day, needless to say we’re all loving life. There are a few things everyone neeeeeds to do this fall so I thought I’d put together a fun list of activities!

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5 Activities You Should Try This Fall

Visit a local winery or brewery

John and myself are huge cider fans! We love visiting Critz Farms in Cazenovia every fall because they have THE BEST raspberry cider. They also have pumpkin picking and a cool corn maze on the property so it’s really a win-win. Also think they do apple fritters. Apple fitters are LIFE. But visiting these local places are not only fun but a lot of times pretty cheap!! Tastings are normally a few bucks.

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Go apple picking

Yes, yes, I know it sounds basic. But it really is a fun activity and something we can only do once a year! I really want to make a homemade apple pie from scratch this year so picking a bunch of apple for delicious fall recipes is fun and gives you something to do on a rainy weekend day. I personally love Owens Orchard out near Auburn but Beak + Skiff is a local PHENOMENON so we may go their because they sell alcohol. But Owens has cheese, amazing cider donuts and more cheese. But we’d love to try somewhere where we can bring the pup so we will see!!

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Stay in for a movie night

Seriously nothing is better then laying in bed for hours watching movies or a new Netflix show (cough Amanda Knox Docu cough). John and I are big movie people so convincing us to stay in and watch a movie is not hard. We actually just got a new bed so any excuse to just lay in it and never get up is a okay with us!! I actually have a full review on our Casper bed coming up soon so stay tuned but in the meantime how adorable is this Halloween Movie Night guide? So fun! Obviously wine is a necessity but I have to be honest, it’s rare for me to stay awake for an entire movie. I get SO SLEEPY.

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Go for a long drive to a new or favorite restaurant

When the skies are so blue and the clouds are puffy and it’s like perfectly sunny, nothing is better then going for a drive! We like to take the back roads because John is a car guru and is known to really rip through the country side, lol. But really it’s quite fun and always a good photo opt moment too! Do some research on restaurants in the neighboring town or city and adventure on over to it (I suggest doing it before you really get hungry because nothing is worse then being hangry where there is no civilization). I’ve been really wanting to take a trip out to Albany or Saratoga so I’m hoping we have time for it this fall!

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Plan a weekend getaway

We all need a weekend away, amiright?! Maybe it’s a girls weekend or just you and your partner, either way it’s the perfect time to look into a long weekend trip. Before it starts to get really cold grab your booties and your felt hats and go somewhere! I’ve been dying to get back to NYC to see some friends and explore before it’s tooo cold so I’m really hoping we can make it down there before the Italy trip! I’ve also never been to Boston (I KNOW) so I’m sure it’s beautiful this time of year there too. If you end up having to fly anywhere seriously look at Google Flights, I always used to only check Kayak until someone told me about Google Flights. It’s super awesome and really couldn’t believe I had never heard of it. Just another option!

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Hope you enjoyed and have time to at least do a few of those things in next month or so :) I’m currently really upset that I couldn’t keep my fall flowers alive so I’m thinking I’ll hit up Michaels this weekend and fill them in with fake ones to make my neighbors think that I’m SOOO GOOD at gardening. Keeping up with the joneses, I’ll tell ya.

How to Clean Roshe Runs!

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I am (admittedly) terrible at one thing in life – cleaning. I can really clean for about 45 mins and then I’m bored. Well, now living with John and having an entire house to maintain, I’m tryyyyying to get better. Work in progress. Day by day.

 

My Nikes Roshe’s were SOO filthy from going to the gym, walking the dog, and trucking through the rain. They were are beautifully light grey color before they had seen the outside world. I’m sure yours where perfectly beautiful too. So, you bet your butt I wasn’t going to toss them in the back of the closet and go out and buy new ones — they obviously had to be cleaned. Without further ado, here are my steps on how to clean Roshe Runs –

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  1. Clean the sole

    • Go out and buy a pack of Magic Erasers. These are PERFECT for cleaning the white sole of your shoe. See below. I heard this trick for a few people so I decided to try it out for myself. Actually worked wonders!How to clean roshe runs
  2. Prep your Roshe Runs for the wash

    • This means take out the laces but before you do just look twice as to how they are laced… the bottom lace goes into the last holes, not through them.how to clean roshe runs
    • how to clean roshe runs
  3. The wash process

    • Take out the shoe liner inside… they just pop right out.
    • Now you are ready for the good stuff.
    • I used a small amount of OXY CLEAN detergent in a small load cycle. I also put the washer on cold water.
    • I wouldn’t suggest bleach as it will probably pull the color out depending on your Roshe’s.
    • Let the machine do it’s job.
  4. The follow up

    • Once the washer is done, check them. Mine were pretty dirty around the front white sole that comes up in the front. So, I used some SHOUT and sprayed the fronts and then put them back in the washer for a second cycle (using the same steps as above, along with the SHOUT spray).
  5. Examine

    • Now that the washer has done it’s job (hopefully), examine the Roshe Runs and see how purrrrty they look!
    • DO NOT put them in the dryer as that could effect the glue and material used to assemble the shoe. Just air dry them. It doesn’t take too long at all (3 hours maybe).
    • Once they are dry, put the shoe liners back in them. Reassemble the laces and you are GOOD TO ROCK AND ROLL!how to clean roshe runs

Decor Inspo Monday

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Ek, it’s been a few weeks since my last post. It’s been a bit busy between work and just living life. The weekends have been jammed packed the past few weeks, just like yours probably have. A good friend of mine got married Memorial Day weekend!!! It was nothing short of perfection. We had a grand ole time!! We had the Taste of Syracuse the following weekend. Wasn’t really planning on going this year but whatever, we always somehow end up there! Just Donuts stole my heart and my Instagram this year, for sure!

This past weekend we went down to Hershey Park and saw BEYONCEEE! First off, the park is amazing and I have NO IDEA how I’ve never been there. We WILL go back when so we have more time to do everyyyyything! I will do a Bey post showing her amazingness shortly :)

Onto the real task at hand, I have these spirts of SERIOUS decor envy and then get a few things done around the house. Unfortunately my budget doesn’t allow for a full reno on a random Thursday but I try to make baby steps towards the bigger picture. Last weekend I finally painted our hallway! It was repulsive before with just weird stains from moving stuff in and out and to be honest, we weren’t sure if it had been painted in the last 10+ years. I went with Armadillo from Behr Marquee’s collection. It’s number N230-3.

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The Marquee guarantee’s one coat of paint gets it done and it sure did! Only had a few touch up spots due to my amateur paint rolling skills. It’s extremely close to my paint color in the living room. I can’t be too mad because I guess it means I just loooove the paint in the living room, right?!

My only debate now with the hallway (and everything else in the house) is painting the trim WHITE. And this would possibly include 2 built in closets in our hallway… They are definitely mid-century modern era since the house was built by John’s grandparents in the 50’s. I just love how the brownish color tones will look with beautiful, white, crisp trim, but I don’t want to paint over something that I could never get back. So, I’m just going to share some amazing decor inspiration of hallways in the mean time as John and I make a decision…

Hallway Inspiration 1

Love me an accent wall

 

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These lights!!! And painted doors!

Hallway Inspiration 3

Hello beautiful white everything

Hallway Inspiration 4

Obsessed wif that wittle chair!

Hallway Inspiration 5

White & Gold & White & Gold

Hallway Inspiration 6

IS THAT SHIPLAP??!?!

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What’s this I see in the mirror :)

Hallway Inspiration 8

Hello handsome chair and rug and accent wall

Hallway Inspiration 9

My Lord, sign me up for it all

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The character in this rug

By the end, I can only hope our hallway is up to par with the few above. Nothing beats a little decor inspiration on a chilly day, on a pay week :) I’ll keep ya up to date with any progress of the hallway. Hallways have the most character is people’s homes so it’s important to nail it!

 

 

All photo’s were taken from Pinterest.

Morning & Night Routine Buys

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Not going to lie, when it comes to a morning or night routine I’m not that great. Not until college did I start using face moisturizer, I only owned a straightener and looking back at it, my poor eye brows were failing at everything. So much changes in the makeup and skincare scene that I just can’t keep up. And to be honest, I don’t really care that much. Until I’m making a pretty penny and I can fit in a “makeup” budget, then what’s up Walmart!!!! Kind of kidding, I get some stuff at Ulta or Target… tiny bit classier.

I’ve tried new things here and there (rashes or something terrible happen on occasion) but I’ve finally nailed down a pretty good routine that I’ve been enjoying. Here is my advice (take it for what it’s worth) on my morning & evening routine buys:

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1. Find a good makeup remover

The blue package Neutrogena make-up towelettes are the greatest things since sliced bread. I’ve tried a few variations of generic brand versions and they do.not.do.the.same.thing. As much as you want to think the 2 buck cheaper version is worth it, it’s not. Neutrogena’s are the softest on my face. They leave a slightly wet feeling at first and then dry out… best feeling ever! Other variations will leave my under eyes DRIER THEN A SLICE OF PEPPERONI IN THE DESERT. And these are the best for any lazy girl out there… there’s a little bit in all of us so don’t roll your eyes. I’ve also tried out Clinique’s remover as well. A tad more ‘greasy’ but also a nice option if you want to switch things up.

2. Moisturizer will be your next best friend

That is, if it’s not already. My friend Bri used moisturizer in college after every shower and then again every morning. I finally was like what are you putting on your face? Can I try some? Cue the singing angels. I didn’t know your face wasn’t suppose to feel tight.. like all the time. She used Olay so therefor I used Olay. Ever since I have not deviated from this plan, if anything I’ve changed to a different option within the brand. Also, highly suggest one that has SPF in it! Not fun looking like a leather purse face in 15 years. I use the Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer: Normal and it has SPF 15. I don’t use anything fancy, I use what works for me.

3. Eye shadow is the cheap girls guide to killer brows

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I’m obsessed with Elvis Duran in the morning show! And about a year ago now, Bobbi Brown was on there giving advice and accepting callers. She said that if you have light eye brows or are just getting into brow shading, try using a light brown eye shadow and brow brush. I literally was like PEOPLE WILL KNOW, THEY WILL JUST KNOW. But I said f*ck it and and gave it a go anyway. I started out with some light shading because I get way to nervous with any big change. But now I’ve gotten a bit more daring and actually shape and color in my brows EVERYDAY NOW. Never thought I could committed to something/anything everyday!! Lol. But in reality it completely makes me look my age and it gives my face so much more umfph! I use the color ‘Tease’ in my Naked 2 Palette. It’s perfect for me and my hair color! Might venture out soon and try an actual brow pencil/gel but we’ll see.

4. Don’t forget your Face Masks

When Face Masks

On the cheap girl theme, face masks are so great if actual facials are not in your financial future (fingers crossed for one day!). I recently tried out When Face Masks and they are so awesome! Not only is the packaging enough to sell me, but they are in my budget! At $7 each they are perfect for a girls night or something super easy to add to your week or monthly routine. When uses all natural bio-cellulose sheets that just lay on your face (with the funny eye and mouth holes). They are SO soft and and gentle enough that they can be used on burn patience. So, anyone who has SUPER sensitive skin you’ve gotta give them a try! They are at Sephora, Ulta, Anthropologie, BirchBox and more… all the places you frequently visit :) These masks are no joke the softest and most delightful things I’ve put on my face. They are SO much better then any type of cream or face gel I’ve ever tried.

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5. Don’t pay over $100 for any hair tool

If you think that a nice hair tool is only available at a high price point, you are incredibly wrong. I use a 1990’s curling iron and a straightener from Walmart. My lovely beachy waves are created by a cheap curling iron that gets wicked hot and is a normal shape. No need for these INSANELY shaped wands or whatever, just go basic and go middle of the road price wise. I do my beachy waves in about 15-20 mins in the morning and I hold them in for no longer than 8 seconds each. There are tons of Youtube videos out there to help, but the more you think about it the more you’ll look like Shirley Temple. I don’t think I will ever pay over $100 for any of my hair tools unless it somehow wins me a date with Derek Jeter

 

Like I said in the beginning, I’m no professional when it comes to any of this. But no one has said I look that ugly so I must know kind of what I’m talking about! Everyone has their own go-to’s but sometimes the budget doesn’t allow for $20 mascara so knowing what else is out there can be helpful! I just cannot wait for the sun to finally come out so I can get a tan and get darker foundation…

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Dry Skin? Derma e Review!

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The winter months can be so hard on our skin, especially living up here in the tundra Upstate, NY. I actually have terrible skin problems in the changing months… aka right about now. This includes but is not limited to elbows so dry they are actually a cut, dry feet to the point where my sock get stuck on, and lastly confetti in my hair: dandruff. I have been battling the worst dandruff the past few months but THANKFULLY it’s just getting better now.

 

A few year ago John was having some skin problems so after a handful of doctor visits he found out he had Eczema. He had wicked dry skin patches on his eye lids, chest and inner arm. It was so irritating for him itchy, flacking and, the worst, the redness. I don’t think it would have bothered him as much if it wasn’t on his face. Strange enough, it was just the eye lids. He was prescribed some sort of steroid cream that he still has to this day for when anything gets dry. Some people will have this so bad their entire life while others will have it seasonally or randomly. Psoriasis is kind of the same way but something a bit different. A friend of mine has Psoriasis and she did SO much to try and treat it but it’s just something you have to live with. We all probably remember the episode Kim K found out she had Psoriasis (the world ended) but it’s a real thing that effects so many people!

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After talking to a friend at work about this new brand I was trying out, she told me that it’s one of the only brands she has switched to and liked! So I knew I was in for something good. The brand is called derma e, a vitamin-rich, high performance antioxidant skincare product line. Always being aware, derma e also adheres to the highest ethical standards when it comes to animal welfare and our impact on the planet (woohoo!!).

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I obviously tried out the Shampoo and Conditioner first,  and it was an interesting experience compared to other “dandruff shampoos”. I have to say this shampoo smelled like Listerine for your hair!! In a good way!  It was a cool and refreshing smell that felt great when washed in – same for the condition. I used about the same amount I would with any other shampoo and conditioner. I have had dandruff shampoos leave a terrible grease feeling at the top of my head after washing. Not with derma e. It was soooo nice to dry my hair and see it voluptuous at the end, not flat!

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Next was the Psorzema Cremé. The Creme is perfect for dry skin, eczema or psoriasis problems! I have THE WORST dry elbows no matter how much I moisturize but after putting on the Creme the visible dryness was gone (the ugliest part) and they felt quite clean and fresh. The Creme is a bit thicker then your normal lotion or hydrating lotion. Which if it’s think, then I know it’s gotta be doing something! I will say the smell of the Creme is a bit “dull”. Not much pretty fragrance to it but if you live with or know anyone with eczema you know you can’t have fragrance filled ANYTHING. Dry sheets included (and no it doesn’t make me mad……..). To learn more about the product check out a helpful video here!

 

Overall reviewing derma e was just a great experience. When you have dandruff/dry skin & eczema in the same household it’s hard to find something that works for both of you. I look forward to adding these products into our routine! So, since derma e rocks they are letting me give the first 10 of my readers and friends 3 FREE foil packs of the Psorzema Creme! Go thru this link and sign up :) It can be for you or someone you know how suffers from dry skin. How awesome is that!?

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Everyone have a lovely week! The nice weather is finally coming, I hope!!

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Something New – PCA Skin Revitalizing Eye Gel!

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When it comes to makeup, I wont lie, I don’t know much. It took me quite some time to figure out what I was doing and what looked good on me (I’m still learning)! When it comes to skincare, I still don’t know much either but, I know how much more important skincare is then makeup.

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I was never good about taking my makeup off until college (have to get that party girl makeup off somehow!). I luckily found make-up remover clothes (because anything more then that is too time consuming and I’d fall off the wagon). Well, I was looking to expand my current skincare routine and step it up as I’m about to be 25! I recently tried out a product from PCA Skin © and have to tell everyone about it! I thought when my mom used eye cream it meant that she had too many wrinkles (sorry mom, I didn’t know) but in actuality she was taking precaution and helping PREVENT wrinkles! PCA Skin Ideal Complex Revitalizing Eye Gel is a super easy step to add to any morning or night face routine. I first used it in the morning after putting on my daily moisturizer. I actually think that may have been a not-so-great move because my eyes were a tad irritated as the area around my eyes, I have found, is extremely sensitive.  It recommends to use it with a clean face after washing, so I would follow that directly.

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The gel is a whitish, clear color that goes on ever so smoothly. You don’t need anything more then two small drops! A lot goes along way and along way saves you money :) I applied it to my entire eye area – under eyes, sides, and eye lid. I was very careful not to get too close to my lashes and under eye because of my known sensitivity. I was really impressed with the smoothness and lightweight feel of the gel when applied. We all know some products go on and they just feel tacky or don’t feel blended enough, and that just sucks. This was not the case for the Revitalizing Eye Gel.

 

After a week the gel is said to strengthen, firm and lift all areas around the eye. Sign me up right?! The product is recommended for all skin types and uses the latest science in formulation. It can be scary to steer from your normal products but it’s fun to see what other products can do for you! PCA Skin has so many other products from anti aging serums to men’s skin products. Not until looking at their site did I know how professional their products are. They have a really great blog that explains a lot of skincare problems I don’t understand that I should learn more about. Check that out here because I know I can’t be the only one!

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Overall, I’m glad I tried something new. The slight irritation I had is a bit worrisome but it very well could have been the moisturizer or the new pup too! I’m actually allergic to dogs that shed but nothing an allergy pill can’t fix :) Anyway, you can take a look at PCA Skin products online or you can look and see if they are available near you. Very impressed to see doctor locations on the locator list, definitely added more professionalism to their products.

 

They are offering something special for my friends and readers! PCA Skin is proving FREE shipping on any order with the code “BRANDBACKER”. Who doesn’t love that :)

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Enjoy this beautiful month of May!!

 

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Loft Deal – Friends and Family!

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Who doesn’t love a good sale?

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This weekend is the Loft Friends and Family sale! This means 30% off EVERYTHING (Lou & Grey included!!!). If you are a cardholder (addicts raise your hand) then you get 40% off! This is the perfect time to pick up your white denim (I just did yesterday) and shorts and maybe the perfect spring dress… or two :)

Here are a few picks I think are a good buy for this weekend –

White Denim

High waisted white denim in the modern fit.

These are the ones I just bought!  They rock and are not too thin!

scalloped shorts

Black scalloped shorts – 4in

I have a white pair from last year and they are my FAVE!

Stripped swing dress

Navy & White Swing dress

Seriously slimming dress because of the stripped sides!

Grey maxi skirt

Grey maxi skirt

I have this and it looks WAY better on in person. Cannot wait to wear it everyday!

Lou & Grey Tee

Lou & Grey supersoft tee

This is a staple! Comes in like 4 colors too!

Lou & Grey Utility Vest

Lou & Great utility vest (online only)

I mean common, its perfect.

Loft scarves

Top, top right, bottom, bottom right

We all need new Spring scarves!

And don’t forge to check out their shoes too!! So many great picks online that you would never know they have! Take advantage of this Friends and Family!

Alright go enjoy this BEAUTIFUL DAY in Cuse! We might adventure to the dog park for the first time with Mila. Cross your fingers for a successful trip lol. She made a lovely visit to my office yesterday and did so good! She came home and was poooooooped. Wish that was everyday!

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Have a great weekend :)

5 Things We learned After Getting a Puppy!

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It’s been a few weeks! Becaaaaaause… we got a puppy!! This is Mila and she is an Australian Shepherd and her coloring is called Blue Merle. We are SO obsessed with her! I will say she is quite crazy (like all the time) but her face is just too stinking cute.

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John and myself did a bunch of research prior to picking out this breed so we know they are high energy and love to be attached. We really wanted a pup that is obedient, likes to learn and likes to play frisbee… that last one is at John’s request lol. But, once we got her, there was SO much more we needed to learn about puppies in general. So if you have a puppy or are thinking about getting one, here is my advice to you –

5 things we learned after getting a puppy –

5 Things we learned after getting a puppy

  1. Don’t plan on sleeping

Okay, this seems like whatever but SERIOUSLY I was not prepared for the lack of sleep. The first 2.5 days were exhausting. I would try and get a nap in when the pup slept but I was so nervous that she would wake up and do something so I practically just laid there staring at the inside of my eyelids. I highly suggest taking turns with your significant other and do a few “shifts” so each of you can catch a few hours of sleep. If you’re really sleepy and cranky while trying to train your puppy in those first few days, your life will suck. Not lying here. You will get mad at everything and it will literally make things worse. SO definitely be prepared to function on like 5 hours of sleep.

2. You cannot have enough paper towels

Again, you might chuckle here but we didn’t realize how much these puppies pee in one day. I kid you not probably 20 times. They cannot hold their bladders for more than about an hour, so they’ll literally stop playing suddenly and just go tinkle. No notice, no bark, nothing. So, I highly recommend stocking up on paper towels to clean everything up. After some research we also purchased Natures Miracle, which is an oder remover and cleanup product. It’s amazing and worth it. Highly suggest it. After spraying where the accident was, it takes the smell away so they don’t keep going back to the same spot to go potty. Which in our case is a real miracle. I see where it got it’s name…

3. Don’t make any plans

The first week is critical and tough. You want to teach your pup everything and you just want to lay down and have it cuddle with you. Here’s a reality check, that ain’t happenin! We had our eyes on Mila 24/7. Making sure she didn’t get into this or get into that. Literally running around after her. We barely had time for lunch or dinner (if you know me, that’s like unheard of). We successfully trained her to sit, lay down, and half way roll over in the first week. Success! But now all she does is just sit anytime we are near by lol. We’re working on it. But, I would not make any plans for the first few weeks the puppy is home. You want to spend as much time with them and make sure they are on the right path to training success (and feel comfortable in their new home). Frequently having them in the crate right off the bat might not be the greatest idea.

4. Don’t buy 300 different toys

We made the mistake of having a plethora of toys for Mila to play with! Who doesn’t love toys?! Well, you won’t if you do it wrong. After coming across this article (literally last week) we decided to take away 296 toys and only allow her to have about 4. 2 or 3 for our bedroom/play area and then 1 or 2 that go in our living room. We thought having tons of toys was a great idea but we were totally wrong. Doing it this way, it allows the puppy to know not everything they see is a toy and not everything that moves is a toy. Mila is obsessed with these small Kong tennis balls. They are the perfect size for puppies! We are now just learning how to fetch properly and it’s going great since she is so used to having the one toy! But please keep your fingers crossed on this one.

5.  Patience is key

This may go without saying but patience is the most important thing in the first week or 2. I didn’t realize off the bat how patient I needed to be. To start I’m like the worst patient person so this was hard to adjust to. It takes the puppy sometimes 15 mins to go potty outside. Well, when it’s 2 am and 35 degrees and the wind is blowing, my patience is at a -100. But remember – the puppy can’t help it and they rely on you to take them out and make sure they do it right. Rome wasn’t built in a day so don’t rush stuff. I also want to mention being patient with your significant other during this time is critical as well. There will be times you want to freak out on each other or curse one another out!! Just keep calm and know you both are doing the best you can. Freaking out on each other will only make things worse, it’s not worth it. Just be patient with everything, I know it’s easier said then done but you will definitely learn the true meaning of patience a few days in. Kind of like the couples on Amazing Race but a tad different.

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I hope that helped! Getting a puppy was definitely an eye opening experience. We learned so much after getting her. I was about 8 when we got Patches, my family dog (and my first love), so my parents were mostly responsible for the stuff mentioned above. I GIVE IT TO THEM. But having Mila is an experience I wouldn’t want to trade anything for. We really looking forward to training her and getting her to play frisbee in the backyard and walk around the block off leash. We are months away from that but we look forward to learning more along the way! Keep checking back for progress on her training and just her growth :) We currently call her the Panda-Cow :)

Sitting Pup

 

Motivation Tuesday – Leo DiCaprio Co-Host

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Motivation Monday

Ahh, hello! I know I’m a day late and dollar short here but whatever I make my own rules! Sunday was a day filled with far to much alcohol & staying up till the butt crack of dawn watching the Oscars so coming home after work on Monday was more of a sit on the couch, have ramen for dinner type of Monday. And something stupid has been going on with our internet and router (according to John) so our internet was in and out for parts of the night. Really exciting stuff going on over here!!!

Well I couldn’t let the week start without some motivation. Work has been quite stressful and working out everyday after work is sometimes a struggle, so some solid motivation is needed to stay on track and kill it as a #girlboss…

Motivation Monday

 

Motivation Monday

 

Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

Good things do take time and you know who knows this best?? You betcha… Leo DiCaprio. The man has waited so long to stand on that stage and thank the people for an Academy Award. So in his honor, he is my first Motivation Monday co – host. Here are 2 quotes spoken from his delicious looking mouth that we all need to remember –

Leo DiCaprio Motivation

 

Leo DiCaprio Motivation

If you need some extra reading, here is a great post on how to feel productive again! And if you missed last weeks margarita edition of Motivation Monday check that out now! Congrats again on the Oscar Leo! You deserve to win (even though I thought The Revenant SUCKED). PS Can’t get enough of the BFF PDA you and Kate have going on #jealous.

Spring is that You?

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I thought that Phil the groundhog didn’t see his shadow?? That means early spring but it’s been nothing but cold and snow ever since he came out of that hole. One of the biggest things I’m looking forward to (more now then ever) is breaking out my spring clothes!! I’ve rotated my favorite 4 sweaters long enough! In all seriousness, take a look at your closet and look through alllll the stuff you wear only during one season. It’s kinda crazy. Lauren Conrad’s Style book is a great resource for narrowing down your closet and shopping for things you actually need. And it has awesome pictures :)

I know when I moved out of my parents house my mom took over my closet… She hung clothes in there that I haven’t seen since I graduated high school! I have no idea how or where all this stuff came from. All I know is that she better not mess up my Derek Jeter shrine in the back of my closet. Those newspaper clipping could be worth something someday!

Spring storage tips

Well, organizing my life, closet included, is on my to-do this year. I recently came across this awesome on-demand storage company and they l.i.t.e.r.a.l.l.y send you boxes, pick them up, and then put them in storage for you. All lazy people bow down! Can you imagine how your closet would look if you rotated seasonal clothes? Omg it would look like this –

Perfect spring closet

via Style at Home

Who doesn’t want that?!?!?! Who wouldn’t give up a first born for this! You really should think about putting things into storage and checking these guys out. It’s one easy step that could relieve some stress. Especially my friends in NYC, you seriously should look into their storage!! I’ve seen your closets, or lack there of…

 

Here are a few great ways to clean out your closet going into spring (because I know you all need a little spring cleaning motivation) –

1. Fold All Sweaters

Some sweaters take up so much space if you hang them. First of all, I only hang certain ones because if they are too heavy they will destroy the shoulders, and it’s so upsetting when that happens. I suggest folding. Keep a few spring sweaters or perfect layering cardigans at easy access because you’ll wear those all the time. Everything else, why not pack up and put away in storage! Throw in a few dryer sheets to keep them smelling nice and you’ll be so happy come fall.

2. Seasonal Jeans vs Everyday Jeans

If you said that statement to any male they would be so confused and ask a million questions, laugh, or just roll their eyes. But ladies, we all know there are 2 distinct differences!! Light jeans, white jeans, and super destroyed jeans are for warmer weather only so they rarely get worn in the cooler months, unless you get to go on vacation, you lucky little betch… Keep your seasonal jeans separated so when you don’t do laundry for a few weeks you don’t think you have tons of clean jeans. #SpeakingFromExperience

3. Shoes

If you are like me you easily have 10-20 different pairs of shoes but only wear your favorite 5. I have shoes for weddings specifically, shoes that I got such a great deal on, and shoes I just needed to have. Sending shoes out in storage is a cool new solution for cleaning up the biggest source of clutter in your closet! If they are away in storage and you haven’t even missed them once, then maybe getting rid of them forever is a permanent solution to de-clutter! One of my goals for this spring is to get a bookcase or shelving to organize my shoes on. Looks way prettier than lining the floor in my closet lol

 

After some reorganizing it looks like I may need to treat myself to a few new spring items :) No need to pull my arm or anything!! Best of luck with spring cleaning. I’m counting down the days until the snow melts and the green grass pops through so I can wear my nude wedges again.

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