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Friday, April 20, 2018

Sephora Beauty Insider Sale Picks

It's the time of year to stock up on your must haves, wants, or splurges at Sephora! Their beauty insider sale is going on now. Whether you are an insider, VIB or rouge you can catch a great discount. If you shop at Sephora, you know that makeup sheldom goes on sale so anytime you can score a deal, you must jump on it. 

I've listed some of my must haves, as well as some things I've had my eye on. Today I'm sharing them with you..
+ This is my go to Mascara lately. Def adds volume to my lashes.
+ Recently my hair has been dry and needs an extra boost and this Conditioning Spray works wonders!
+ I'm trying this Natural Lipstick to wear on the daily, ya know work, errands, around the house! lol
+ In the market for a new Curling Iron, so gonna give this one a shot. Has great reviews.
+ Because summer is (supposedly) right around the corner, I'm going to try this  Self Tanner and Face Tanner and see it will give me the glow before the natural sun does.
+ I like to stock up on things like this Beauty Blender when they go one sale.
+ I started using this Setting Spray a month ago, and it helps my make up to last all day.

Use code YAYINSIDER if you are a beauty insider for 10% off your purchase!
Use code YAYVIB if you are a beauty vib for 15% off your purchase!
Use code YAYROUGE if you are a beauty rouge for 15% off your purchase!
+ If you are not an insider yet, sign up here!
+ This sale only lasts until Monday April 23, so hurry!
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Best Lehigh Valley Outdoor Dining Areas

Spring has sprung! Or has it.. Sunday it's suppose to be back into the 40's. Come on Mother Nature, get your act together!!

Anyway, there is nothing I love more then having a drink or some apps on the patio. And when we can get out and do that, it's even better! If you are local to me, I've rounded up the top spots for outdoor dining! These are all my own opinions, but would love to know of any I've missed!

1. Blue Grill House
4431 Easton Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18020
Blue offers a spacious outdoor patio with huge outdoor bar and middle fire pit. The entire patio is covered so you can enjoy the outdoors rain or shine. The tables consist of high tops, regular and community tables. Great place to meet after work for their happy hour specials, or reserve a table for dinner because it fills up fast!
2. Tapa's On Main
500 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
If you are looking for a lighter meal with delicious drinks you have come to the right place. Here you can sit and people watch in one of Tapa's outdoor tables located on the side walk infront or on the side of the building. There are only a couple tables, and they fill up fast- especially at happy hour/dinner time hours, so make sure to get a reservation early!
 3.White Orchids
Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley
2985 Center Valley Parkway
Center Valley, PA 18034
Not only is the food amazing, but the atmosphere is great too. I personally like a restaurant where I know I am not being stared out while eating or sitting at the outdoor seating. This place is located in the back of the Promenade Shops, so walking traffic is light. The patio is also gated with large umbrellas, so you aren't getting beat on by the warm sun come Summer. Perfect place to grab lunch or dinner after a day of shopping in their stores. 
4. Slopeside Pub and Grill at Blue Mountain Ski
1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Palmerton, PA 18071
Their motto is where 'every seat is a window seat', you can take in the great views of the Pocono mountains. You can sit at the bar, inside or on the outdoor patio. Every Thursday you can enjoy a free summer concert as well. 

5. The Mint GastroPub
1223 Broad Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
This place offers TWO great patio's. If you are looking to meet up and sip on a cocktail or craft beer, head to the back patio with fire pit. If you are looking to sit down and enjoy one of their ever changing eats, then I suggest reserving an outside table. There isn't a bad seat in the house whether at the bar, patio or inside. Oh and don't forget to check out the safe where the wines are kept!

6. Hamilton Kitchen
645 West Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101
This place sits right next to the PPL Center, so you can conveniently have dinner, drinks and apps and then catch a concert. With a large outdoor bar, this is the perfect place to meet us for happy hour drinks or sit for a meal. 
7. The Wooden Match
61 West Lehigh Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Set along side the railroad tracks in Bethlehem, this place is really only good to eat at during the Spring and Summer. The inside allows for smoking of cigars, so unless I have to use the restroom, I don't go inside. The outside dining is perfect to enjoy on a date or with a group of friends. Each outside table is set up under it's own canopy to shade from the sun. On the weekends, there is typically entertainment on the patio as well. 

Are you local or ever visited the Lehigh Valley area and have a great dining place? Tell me about it! 
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Friday, April 13, 2018

Farm Animal First Birthday

This past weekend we celebrated our little boys first birthday party! We decided pretty early on (we're talking like 6 months old) that we wanted to have a farm animal theme party for him. He loves animals. He giggles so much when his toys play farm sounds or if he sees them in a book or show.

We had his party at our local Community Center, which was good because our original plan would be to hold the party outside.. Ya know April is Spring and all. Good thing we didn't because earlier that week snow was in the forecast. Luckily the snow never came but it was still only a high of 40 degrees!

For the Tables I wanted to keep the centerpieces simple. I got these adorable hay bales and wooden farm animals that I glued to skewers! I made the party hats and added some milk jugs with sunflowers. I put some extra cow tails on each table as well.

We went with the whole "down on the farm" theme and did a BBQ menu from Sauced and Rubbed. For appetizers we did an assortment of cheese, deviled eggs, and "Joey's Veggie Garden". We couldn't forget about our little friends, so we had a good basket of Puffs, yogurt bites and fruit pouches!

We had an "adopt a farm animal' and activity station as well for the kids (and adults). I found these barn frames with foam sticks to decorated and some goodies from the Target dollar section to keep the little ones busy with.

I also made custom Snapchat filters for friends and family to use!!

Joey's guest book was none other then Dr. Seuss's Happy Birthday Baby! All guest made a little note for us to read to him on his birthday every year.

We had dessert overload with these huge Sheet Cakes from Buttercups Bakery. They also made his Smash Cake. The cake pops and cookies were all made by my mom or family friends.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Old Navy | Spring Review

I have such Spring fever.. That could be because it's April 11th and we are still seeing SNOW in the forecast. However, I do see 60's in the near future. So, I'm staying hopeful. Until then I will just collect items for the spring wardrobe and look at that, since it's too cold to wear them.

Today, I thought it would be fun to show you some of the spring picks at Old Navy. Super Cash is valid 4/7 through 4/15 so maybe splurge on that adorable moto jacket you have been eyeing since it was released or stock up on some of the basic's like these eye to pull on linen shorts or these tee's that I have in every color. 

Right now too you can get free shipping on orders over $50.00. But what if you don't have any super cash to spend, well you can still get 20% off your purchase in store and online with code SWEET

White Linen Shorts
Bow Sandals
Off the Shoulder Top
Moto Jacket
Cactus Button Down
Leather Sandal
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Monday, April 9, 2018

Life with Joey | 1 Year

Holy cow, that year flew by. Just yesterday we were planning our baby shower, decorating the nursery and mentally trying to prepare ourselves for what a whirlwind our life was about to become. Now, a year later, I can't imagine what life was like before him. 

There have been so many ups and downs. Not everything has been easy (even though I like to pretend it has been!) The days a for sure long, especially when Joey fights his naps- which is like every day.. ha. But, once we falls asleep on my shoulder or chest, I want to hold him there forever.

There is nothing like motherhood and you never really have it all together.. just when you think you are getting the hang of something you get the dreadful teething stage or the refusing to take a sippy cup or eat with a spoon. It's great though. 
take a look back:
One & Two | Three 
Four | Five | Six | Seven
Eight | Nine | Ten | Eleven 

Twelve Months: April 8, 2018Weight: 23 lbs
Height: 30 inches
Diet:  solid foods, fruits & veggies, & formula
Sleeping:  12 hours at night
Clothing Size:  24 months or 2T
Diaper Size: size 5's!

I walk along the couch and while pushing my John Deer Tractor all around the house and outside. I climb the stairs (with my parents behind me) all by myself. I have 6 teeth (four on top and two on the bottom) and my hair is getting pretty long! I love bath time and playing peek a boo. 
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Friday, March 30, 2018

Weekend Sale

I used to love to hit up the malls the weekend of Easter and catch all the awesome sales. It was like the kick off to my Spring shopping. Now a days, I tend to shop either just for Joey when I go to the mall or for myself at Target while out running errands. It's difficult to take an almost one year old to the mall for a period of time, let alone keep him occupied while trying stuff on. So these days, I tend to stick to shopping online for myself. Luckily, most retailers offer the same great sales as in store so us mom's can shop in the comfort of our own home, in comfortable clothing while your little one is playing!

I've rounded up some of the great sales going on this weekend and some of the things I either have in my carts or may be purchasing this weekend!

Henley Tee
Striped Dress
Bow Slides
Love Seat

Abercrombie & Fitch | 50% off entire store & site
American Eagle | 25-60% off & BOGO 50% Jeans & Shorts
J Crew | 40% off regular price items with code SPRINGTOIT
LOFT | 40% off everything with code HELLO
H&M | 20% off of $75
Ann Taylor | 50% off with code YESPLEASE
White House Black Market | 25 % off purchase with code 71666
Gap | 50% off entire purchase with code SPRING
Old Navy | 30% off online order with code ENJOY
Children's Place | 50-60% off entire store 
Anthropologie | 20% off with code BRAND
Pottery Barn | 25% off one item (includes furniture) with code BLOOM
Bauble Bar | free gift with $50 spend
Macy's | Extra 20% off select items with code SALE

When shopping online, don't forget to sign up or use your Ebates! You basically are getting free money while you are already shopping!

Be sure you and your family take some time out of your weekend and really reflect on why we celebrate this holiday. Say a prayer, go to church and be thankful Jesus died for our sins. 
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