Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pre BlogHer Thoughts!

BlogHer 14 officially starts tomorrow and what can I say I’m super nervous!!  By the skin of my teeth I’m ready after the husband designed some business cards and I picked up a few dresses at Old Navy.

Here are the things I’m hoping attending BlogHer will give me more clarity on:

1.  What do I want this space to be?  It borders on lifestyle, DIY, home renovation and is basically just a snapshot of my life at any given time.  I think it needs more of a focus but I still want the flexibility to post whatever the heck I want.

2.  Finding other blogger friends.  I would love to team up with other bloggers for giveaways, blog challenges, etc and I basically have favorite blogs but have never reached out to any of those bloggers.  Plus, most of my favorites are “famous” and I have no idea how to connect with them.

3. Figuring out monetizing this space.  I only occasionally post affiliate links and want to connect with brands and advertisers that I really like, not just post a bunch of ads all over this space.  There’s a fine line between a fun blog and one that is purely for profit, giving “advice” on products that aren’t the best while raking in the revenue from the hits to specific links.  

What am I nervous about?  Not knowing anyone!  Not connecting with people!  I can’t be the only one thinking these things, right??

I’ll be on twitter with my BlogHer 14 thoughts starting tomorrow night at the kick off celebration!  Follow me @_tiffanyt_

Friday, July 18, 2014

Target Summer Clearance Haul!

The infamous Target Summer Clearance has come and gone.  I didn’t have much enthusiasm this year…until I saw that sunscreen was included in the sale.  At 90% they were $1.39, buy 3 get 1 free!  We are going through two cans a day over here with all of the fun summer camp activities so I made sure I stocked up! 

Here are some photos of my haul.

Cups for my sister and her brood!  Gool Gear cups were .60 each and the large jug was .99!  Perfect for my niece who has cheerleading practice in the hot afternoons!

I also scored a good assortment of summer fun toys for the weekend.  Included were hula hoops for.29, jump ropes for .49, hooded towels for $1.49.  The tumblers were 1.99 , the pizza spatula was 1.79 and the tin tray/buckets were about $2.00.

 My best score were these sand chairs for $2.00 each.  Ours were falling to pieces and these will be a great replacement!  The kids chairs were also $2.00 each, we have the purple version and my kids love to sit on them outside.

Did you end up shopping the Target Summer Clearance?  What did you buy?

Saturday, July 5, 2014

2014 Summer Reading List

I just finished reading The One and Only from Emily Giffin and decided it was time to break down my summer reading list!

1.  The One and Only.  I totally saw where this story was going by the time the second chapter ended.  I was pleasantly surprised and thought the characters were very interesting- although the subject content wasn't one I want to ever deal with in my own life.

2.  The Fever.  The Fever is the latest novel from Meghan Abbott who is known for her suspense noir novels.  This one centers around a family who is thrown into chaos when a mysterious sickness strikes their community.  I love Meghan Abbott and can’t wait to pick this one up.

3.  All Fall Down.  I’m still waiting for Jennifer Weiner to write another mystery (Goodnight Nobody is one of my favorite novels) but in the meantime I’m excited to start her newest novel about a mom addicted to painkillers who has to face herself and her family while in rehab. 

4. & 5. Rogues and Dangerous Women by George R.R. Martin.  I can’t seem to get enough of Game of Thrones and these novellas include stories on the Targaryen dynasty.  They also include short stories from Gillian Flynn and Meg Abbott so they were must reads for me.

6.  Hard Choices by Hilary Clinton.  I need some non fiction and this one will fit the bill.

7.  The Vacationers.  I got this in a subscription box and it sounds interesting.  I’m saving it for my many hours in the air at the end of next month. 

8. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfield.  Two sisters who are both psychic use their gifts in two very different ways.  Yes please!

If you have any other reading suggestions please leave me a comment!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Father's Day at the Beach

We spent Father’s Day in Santa Cruz which is admittedly one of my personal favorite towns to visit.  The mister likes it too, mostly for the food and the locally roasted coffee shops although he prefers a warm beach to anything on the Pacific Coast.  We ended up on the beach in front of the Boardwalk with a ton of other people, although you can’t really tell from that photo.  I thought the water looked particularly pretty with the different blues and greens, and the weather really cooperated that day.  While Amaya immediately made friends to play with and spent hours digging in the sand, Kiki refused to put her feet on the sand and remained on the blanket the entire afternoon!

We had lunch at the Picnic Basket (both my Dad and P LOVED the meatloaf sandwich) and headed home to watch the Game of Thrones finale.  Since my husband is so hard to shop for, I took a risk and bought him UFC tickets and although he’ll never turn cartwheels over a gift (he’s just not that type of guy) I could tell he was surprised and excited.

Be well!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tidbits this week...

This Week's Tidbits~

  • I caved and bought some beautiful peonies that were 6.99 at Trader Joes. They remind me of my wedding day since I had several in my bouquet had some and I wore one pinned to my bun. 

  • Last weekend was so jam packed! We had a wedding, garden work, and had to focus on getting Amaya ready for summer camp that started this week. The week before we had celebrated the final days of kindergarten. It was definitely bittersweet but she is so excited for first grade. 

  •  I’m on episode 6 of Orange is the New Black. When they release all of the episodes together I guess they want you to binge watch until it’s all done. We are trying to space them out though and catching up on Season 1 of Arrow in between. 

  •  Go here and enter my giveaway for the Hautelook Beauty Lip Bag!  You asked for more giveaways and I’m giving them to you so thanks for stopping by this little space!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pucker Up! A Hautelook Beauty Bag Giveaway!

When it comes to subscription boxes, sometimes I come across such a great deal so my fingers can't push the checkout button fast enough.  When the Hautelook Beauty Lip Bag popped up in my instagram feed I snagged a bag and hoped that the lip colors would work for me.

The bag comes with the following items:

Laura Geller Italian Marble Lipstick: The Italian Marble Lipsticks were inspired by my luxurious, Italian-made Baked Collection.This swirl of light and dark pigments creates a vibrant depth of color on the lips, while its unique formulation provides deeply smoothing and softening benefits, thanks to moisturizing emollient oils. - Color: sugared maple (a glazed caramel with creamy vanilla) - Size: 0.12 oz - Made in Italy 

LORAC Lip Lustre Gloss: Inspired by our top-selling 3D Liquid Lustre Eye Shimmer, these glimmering, glam glosses are paraben-free, super hydrating and infused with antioxidants of Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Vitamins A, C & E. Wear Lip Lustre alone or with your favorite LORAC lipstick for added sparkle and shine.

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss Shade: Mirenesse Glossy Kiss is a 3 in 1 color created with BB Mineral Technology. Glossy Kiss takes Lip Color to a new level, delivering a high dose of color and shine in just one swipe; with the precision of a liner, the moisture of a balm, the shine of a gloss and the staying power of a stain all-in-one! Engineered from the latest in color technology, this high-pigment, glossy color is non-sticky, non-drying, and non-feathering and is infused with moisturizing vitamin E and BB Mineral Pigments to leave the lips full, smooth and hydrated and looking younger every day!

 Mirenesse Lip Bomb #2: A Revolutionary color that combines gloss, stain and lacquer all in one! A satisfying new innovation in lip color; beyond gloss, stain or lip lacquer. Color that drenches your lips for a juicy high impact color that's feather-light and super-moist with a velvety finish. Power packed with non-smearing pigment that lasts and lasts. Colors may be mixed easily to create countless intense or nude looks depending on your fashion mood! Infused with a breath refreshing mint taste and Lip Perfecting Spheres plus caring vitamins. Who says you can't have it all?  - Color: 2 (siren red) - Size: 3.1g - Key Ingredients: Lip Perfecting Spheres,Botanical Oils & Vitamin E - Formulated for Sensitive Skin, Mirenesse Cosmetics are pharmaceutically formulated using organic Australian and safe, high quality and unique ingredients to minimize the risk of allergies. - Imported 

Swoon Lip Gloss Reusable Wand: An innovative cosmetics tool that is designed to retrieve every bit of gloss from a lip gloss tube.

La Fresh Lip/Eye Makeup Remover Packette: Travel-savvy women around the globe rave about La Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes. That's because they instantly dissolve even heavy-duty makeup with a silky, lite-touch formula. Perfectly portable, La Fresh makes beauty a breeze when you're on-the-go.

Lord & Berry Shining Lipstick: Say hello to vibrant and kissably soft lips with the Lord & Berry 20100 Lipstick Pencil. With a smooth and silky texture, it glides on effortlessly to produce seamless, long-lasting coverage, whilst having a glamorous, shiny finish. - Color: Fire (red) - Imported Allegro Lip Gloss Case - Approx. 3.5" L x 1.5" W x 1" D Crown Brush Lip Liner Brush: Add the perfect finishing touch to any look with the oval Taklon. The soft, yet firm synthetic bristles are specifically designed to line, contour, and blend with ease. The size of the tapered tip is ideal for reaching smaller areas and smudging liquid and cream based products. ;

NYX Lip Liner: Slim, trim but never prim, our lip pencils come in a variety of dashing shades from auburn to orange and traffic-stopping red. The buttery, long-wearing lip liner formula goes on easily and resists bleeding.

Makeup Bag: - Approx. 8" L x 4.5" W x 4" D 

There are so many cool products in this bag, my favorites being the Swoon reusable wand and that amazing LORAC lip gloss! I don’t usually purchase lip products for myself so this bag was a nice treat.  I liked that most of the colors worked for me and the one that doesn't will get swapped for something else!

This lip bag is valued at $160 and I’m giving one away! Use the Rafflecopter widget to enter below.*  a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Play fair, I will be checking usernames for the winner. This giveaway is not endorsed by Hautelook, they don’t know who I am!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hello June.

We spent last weekend at Bass Lake and Yosemite as a full family unit.  Although it was a nice time we experienced a few Griswold family moments like a box flying off the top of the car on the drive, my Dad losing his reading glasses in the lake and A throwing up during the winding drive to Yosemite Village.  Once we were there and settled though, the weekend consisted of lazy days on the beach and a ton of junk food.

I must say, I practically lived in this Ella Moss coverup all weekend.  I threw it over my bathing suit when I wasn’t in the water and added some shorts when I needed to run into town.  It's soft, not see through but thin enough to wear on a hot day.  

I hope your weekend was a great one!