1.15.2018

#MoreThanASize

 You're probably wondering, why #MoreThanASize? Why this movement? What is it?



There is so much focus in society on everyone's size. We are either too skinny, too fat, should be this size, should be that size, too tall, not tall enough. The thing is, it's hard for society as a whole to look past someone's size and see that a person is so much more. They aren't just a size 14-they are an impactful teacher and amazing Mother. They aren't just a 00, they are a really loyal friend and philanthropist. They aren't just a size 6, they are an extremely successful business owner and mentor. 

As I have shared in Redbook Magazine and on the Today Show, I have been every size from a 2 to a12/14 and am more confident now, at my largest than I have ever been. My confidence has grown leaps and bounds. 

Growing up and well into adulthood, size always mattered to me and was the most important thing to me. My worth was solely based on my size and my weight. 

I had just done another diet for the millionth time, was about a size 10 and hating myself because I was into double digit sizes. 

Being the perfect size was fueled by the latest fad diet, binging one day, feeling guilty, and as a result then barely eating the next day. Juice diets, to low carb to no carb. 

If I just go down one more size, I will for sure be happy. On and on it went, and with each new size and new weight on the scale brought the same dissatisfaction, and so the cycle continued. 

At my skinniest-a size 2. I looked happy but being a size 2 wasn't good enough for me-I needed to be a size 0.

Then motherhood came into my life and the pressure increased-I had to be that mom that women asked "What's your secret?" The cycle continued. 

My life was 100% dictated by my size, what I weighed, what I ate or didn't eat. I knew it had to stop, and I knew it was something that I did not want my girls to go through.

With my girls always around, I faked confidence. I kept lying to myself that I am confident, I love myself, and I am worth it. 


You know what happened? I eventually started to believe it. It also became clear to me that the memories my girls will have of me won't be the size my jeans were or that my thighs rubbed together when I walked. It'll be the giggles from playing Candyland, or pushing them on the swing so high they touch the sky. 

It's been such a journey to get here. I just turned 36, so journey is definitely the word to describe it. Do I love myself every day? No way. I still pick myself apart sometimes, disappoint myself, but I at least try everyday and that to me is what important. It's hard. It's work. But it's worth it. Especially if you are surrounded by people who love you, and especially when you are trying to be an example. 



Most importantly though, one of the reasons I feel so confident is that I came to the realization that I am not only worth so much more than my size, that I am so much more than my size. I am a great wife, a pretty awesome Mom (most of the time?!), a successful business owner, blogger, great listener, and funny friend just to name a few. My size doesn’t define me! I’ll say it again- my size doesn’t define me.

So what is #MoreThanASize?




#MoreThanASize is a movement to help women (men too!) of all sizes realize their worth is not based on their size, and that who they are and what they are matters so much more. 

Take a moment today, snap a selfie, and share your #MoreThanASize statement: 

“I am #MoreThanASize. I am (a) ______________”


Interested in a #MoreThanASize tee shirt? Pre-order one here

1.11.2018

Winter Floral

It has finally gotten above freezing here in PA, which means it feels balmy outside! I literally did not wear a jacket when I was out and about yesterday-ultimately a bad decision, but when I stepped outside initially it felt warm. Guys it was still only in the 30's. Ooops!
With Wednesday being my birthday, we went out to dinner as a family. Obviously with the girls it wasn't anything too fancy, so keeping it casual was on the agenda. Per the usual I am loving all of Loft's new arrivals. I stopped by the other day while I was out to check them out-plus they were having one of their 40% off sales, so I obviously couldn't resist grabbing a couple of things. 

I love this top because it has me wishing for spring-love the stripes and floral paired together. Plus, it's really lightweight which makes it easy to layer now while the temps are still pretty cold. When it gets a bit warmer I see myself wearing it with some white denim and wedges or sandals!






Outfit Details:
Jacket: Loft (old, similar) /// Top: Loft /// Jeans: Madewell (low in stock, similar) /// Shoes: Dolce Vita via DSW

1.10.2018

Birthday Q & A

Happy Wednesday and happy birthday to me! I must say, turning 36 feels pretty great. I remember being younger and thinking how old 36 seemed to me, but now that I'm here, I feel so young!

To celebrate my birthday, I thought it would be fun to do a little Q&A with you all! It has been a super long time since I have done one, so why not?!?! I will say I had a ton of business related questions-more than I thought I would-so I decided to separate those into a different business Q&A post that I will do at a later time! 

I must say, 35 was a great year for me-probably one of the best of my life, and it's going to be so hard to top. I can't wait to see what 36 is going to be like-I'm so excited!





What moisturizer do you use/what is your skincare routine?

I actually just shared in my post on Monday that I am a consultant with Rodan + Fields, although I am terrible at it, lol! I have been using it for several years and love it. Currently, I am using the Rodan + Fields Reverse Regimen along with the Redefine Multi Function Eye Cream.  I have been pretty lucky and have had good skin all of my life, although it's been within the last 4 years that I've truly started taking care of it. I know I should have started sooner, but it's better late than never! 



How did you and your husband meet and how long have you been married?

Ryan and I have been married for almost 13 years-yikes! We graduated from college in 2004 and got married in 2005-we didn't waste any time, did we?! We've been together though for 17.5 years.

We were both at Elizabethtown College for freshman summer orientation. I saw Ryan and his roommate Steve (he and his wife are Charlotte's Godparents) and thought they were so hot, particularly Ryan! Little did I know he had spotted me as well. According to him, he had told his best friend about me that summer, calling me "Miss Capri" because I had capri pants on. 

When school started that fall, we would see each other frequently because we were in the same dorm room. He did all kinds of things to impress me, like coming to my dorm room to borrow some bread with no shirt on LOL (my room mate and I were terrible...we knew he would do it so we told him the only way he could borrow some of our bread was if he came with no shirt on!) and telling me he had two jet skis (which we still pick on him to this day for that). 

One night before his most important soccer game of the season I had a tad bit too much to drink and was throwing up. I made my roommate call him (from our telephone-not our cell phones, because we had actual telephones back then) and sure enough he came to hold my hair back for me! I woke up later to him laying on the floor of my dorm room-I had asked him why and he said he didn't think it was right to sleep in my bed with me-sweetheart right? I promptly got out of bed, brushed my teeth (because gross drinking/throw up breath) and kissed him. The rest is history! 

Our first year together....my frosted eye shadow and his blonde hair!


(The lightpole where we met!)


Where do you have the best luck with finding swimsuits?



Recently I have had the most luck with Swimsuits for All and Old Navy. Swimsuits for All bathing suits are a little more on the expensive side, but the quality is excellent and they hold up very well. 



What does the perfect day look like to you?

Not working! LOL! Just kidding. A perfect weekday would be getting the girls off to school and heading into work for a couple hours (instead of working the whole day), grabbing lunch for myself at McDonald's (yes, fast food. Hate me, but I love it and wish I could eat it every day, so on the perfect day yes, I'd eat it!), maybe getting a massage, and then coming home to relax! 

A perfect weekend day would be one of my Sundays. I am off on Sundays-it's the only day of the week that Ryan and I both have off, so it's literally the only day of the week we spend as a family. We go to the 9:00 gathering at our church, then Dunkin' Donuts, do a blog photo shoot, then grocery shop at Aldi's. I think spending the rest of the day relaxing at home, playing board games and maybe going out to eat would be perfect.

What are your thoughts on capsule wardrobes?

To me, they aren't for everyone. They are a great way to pair down your wardrobe, but that can be challenging. I have tried before (years ago) and it just wasn't for me. Maybe if I would have stuck with it, it would have gotten easier with time, but I just didn't care for it. I really love to have a lot of options in my wardrobe, so I just could never get on board with capsule wardrobes!


What are your favorite t shirt brands?


Target and H&M are my go-to for tee shirts. I kind of like more inexpensive ones because I tend to go through them pretty frequently. I like Target because they are affordable, but I love H&M because of their length. They come in a lot of colors and the quality is so great! 

What is your favorite flip flop?

I don't wear flip flops that often, but as far as sandals, most of mine are from Target. They always seem to have a great selection of on trend, affordable sandals! 

Bras-where do you find yours?

I feel like I should be better at finding bras, but I am not! I desparately need new ones but just always put it off! Mine currently are Warners from Kohls. I like them because they go up higher on the sides to help with the whole sideboob thing. I wish I was more help with this! I have heard really good things about ThirdLove....I hear they do a great job with finding you the perfect bra!

Is there a style/type of clothing you would never wear?

Never say never!! I like to be pretty open minded when it comes to things that I wear, so I typically try to not write off something before I at least try it on. I will say though, that bodysuits might be something that I won't wear. I wore them in jr. high when they were popular, but I just don't see them being comfortable on my 36 year old body! 


Should I be following you on facebook or other social media or is all content the same?
You all can follow me on both! I tend to post the most on instagram, but I will share some things on facebook that aren't on instagram! I don't have an newsletter or email notification set up yet (a goal for 2018) so I share my blog posts on both! 




1.08.2018

Everyday Beauty Favorites

If I am being honest, I had zero content for today. Initially I thought I had a backlog of photos in my folders, but alas I had none! 

And if I am being even more honest with you, I had no desire to run out with the family to snap some photos of today's outfit. There was time, but with it being windy and a twelve degrees, I just couldn't bring myself to do it! 

I asked my Instagram followers to give me content ideas (because sometimes you just draw a blank), and I got some great ones- let's just say I have content-other than outfit posts-covered for a bit, so thank you!

One of my most frequently asked questions is what is my eye shadow. I typically wear the same every day. I also get asked what makeup I use in general. So with those in mind, and with prompting from some of you, I decided to share my daily makeup favorites with you all! 



I have shared my love for Belle Beauty by Kim Gravel Kisser Fixer Lip Kit before. I had met Kim back in August when I was in NYC for the Redbook/Today Show appearance and she graciously sent me a couple of the lip kits. I fell in love, guys! It lasts, I don't have to worry about reapplying repeatedly throughout the day and the colors are subtle but give you color! 

Umberto Dry Texture Spray is something that truly gets used every day. I use it in combo with my dry shampoo (which changes a lot). I love that it gives my hair a little girt...makes it easier to manipulate when I am curling! The smell is pretty great, too!

I don't share it much, but I am a consultant for Rodan + Fields. I am not the best at it, to be honest...definitely could be better. But, I do love their products and have been using them for years, longer than I have been a consultant for them. This Unblemish Oil Control Lotion is perfect for those that may have combination to oily skin. This sort of sucks the excess oil out without over drying your skin. I do this as the last step in my skincare process. 

Gals, I have been singing the praises of Cover Girl Lash Blast for years. Literally, years. I started using it just after Ella was born (she is 9 now). I have tried others, both expensive and drug store, but I always go back to this amazing orange tube. I can't tell you how awesome it is! There are different kinds of Lash Blast, but the orange tube is the best one!

I get asked pretty frequently about my lashes. I even have customers ask me where I get my lash extensions done-no where! My lashes are real. I have been using Rodan + Fields Lash Boost lash serum for a little over a year and I can't say how awesome it is and how my lashes have never looked better. Using this combined with my Lash Blast mascara give me my dream lashes! 
Carmex. I.love.Carmex. I did a sponsored post for Carmex a few months ago, but I have been using it since jr. high. I always, always need to have a little tub of this goodness available. I tend to get cold sores from time to time and it seems to be the only thing that helps. Plus, I am constantly biting my lips, which then makes them chapped-Carmex always does the trick. Fun fact-more often than not, when someone asks me what lipstick I am wearing in a photo its  Carmex a lot of the time-LOL!

My go-to foundation for quite some time has been L'Oreal Infallibe Pro-Matte. I had been on the hunt for a good drug store foundation. After trying several (I even did a YouTube video about it), I landed on this one. I feel like it gives me great coverage but is still breathable. Plus you can't beat the price!

Oh my love for Young Living Essential Oils! I have been using them for a couple of years now. I've always used them, but more recently have really started to immerse myself in them even more. Stress Away is a daily must for me. While I am not sure if I would file this under 'beauty' I use it every day. It really does help with stress! I can't live without it! I have been contemplating a post on essential oils, so let me know if you are interested in something like that! 

e.l.f. Brown Bonanza is my daily eye shadow. I would say once or twice a day I get a message asking what my eye shadow is. Everyone is always surprised to hear that is is so inexpensive. I love the pigment, it applies so well, and it lasts all day long. 

Tarte Shape Tape is probably the most expensive item in my makeup bag, but it is worth every penny. I have really dark circles under my eyes-I always have, and this really does a great job covering them up! It applies easily, doesn't feel like it's caked on, and also lasts throughout the day!

1.05.2018

Staying Cozy


I don't even know how cold it is at this point, I just know the news is saying to stay inside-yikes! This outfit wouldn't even keep me warm in the frigid temps we are experiencing right now. 

While this particular outfit was worn a couple of weeks ago I will say that this sweater has been worn since-it is super comfy, lightweight, and breathable. It's the kind you could layer and not feel super stuffy, if you know what I mean? 

This jacket, although super affordable is pretty toasty. I purchased it last year but it's still available this year and totally worth getting. I love the olive green color but I feel like I need it in black, too! 







Outfit Details:
Jacket: Target /// Sweater: H&M /// Jeans: Old Navy /// Boots: Ugg via DSW