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5 Minute Mani Under $5

This week I’m sharing how I do my nails in about 5 minutes with the fall color that I’ve been obsessed with lately!
Usually my one requirement for nail color is for it to be long wearing, but quick drying is a close second as a mom. I tried Sally Hansen Insta-Dri a few months ago but stumbled upon the color that I cannot stop wearing a few weeks ago named Garnet (also Insta-Dri formula). It is a gorgeous deep purple and the perfect vampy shade for fall. 
I apply the first coat in a thin layer and let it dry for about a minute. I then apply the second coat and let it dry for another 3-4 minutes. My nails are completely dry in just about 5 minutes. I can go on with my day without worrying about smudges.
As I said before this is not a long lasting polish so I do get chips in a few days, but I’ll take a gorgeous mani that dries in minutes any day! The best part... it is under $5!! You can find it in pretty much any drug store. I bought mine from Target. 


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Mild Chili Recipe and Super Easy!

Hi Everyone!
Last week I posted this Boomerang of chili on IG stories that I made for dinner and it was an instant hit! It was requested to post the recipe. It's super easy and mild so my daughter was able to enjoy it as well. You can find it below!

Serving size is about 4 adults  You will need:
1 lb ground beef 1 green pepper chopped 1 yellow onion chopped 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder 1/2 clove minced garlic 1 can diced tomatoes (28 oz can) 2 cans tomato sauce (one 15 oz can and one 8 oz can) 1/2 can chopped mild green chilis (4.5 oz can) 2 cans chili beans (27 oz can)
salt and pepper 


Combine ground beef, green pepper and onion in a sauce pan and saute until ground beef is browned. Drain remaining fat. 
Combine ground beef and all remaining ingredients in a large pot. Cover with a lid. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low. Simmer (covered) for about an hour and a half making sure to stir occasionally.
Refrigerate for lunch or dinner leftovers!

*I …

Summer Favorites Roundup

Hello Everyone! To help wrap up the season, I did a quick round up of my favorite summer purchases. I basically wore all of these items to death. I hope you enjoy!




Black Denim Mini- Literally perfection right out of the package. I snagged this during the Nordstrom anniversary sale before it sold out. It’s also going to be a great transition piece.
Flower Wrap Dress- This should not come as a surprise if you follow me on Instagram. I could not stop wearing this dress (and will continue to wear it through the fall). It was one of those items that made me feel super feminine and pretty. 
Target White V-Neck- Seriously the perfect tee. They’re soft and comfy and actually wash very well. I have them by the brand A New Day and Universal Thread. They’re both great!
Tory Burch Miller Sandal- These are seen everywhere and for a good reason. They’re so comfy and stylish! They instantly dress up a casual outfit. I can wear them for hours with no problem. Defiantly was my go to summer sandal.
Michael…

Birthday Reward Perks from Retailers

Hi Everyone!
I wanted to share a quick post on a few birthday perks from retailers that I received during my birthday month. Shopping does pay (or so I told my husband on my birthday):

Starbucks- if you’re a Starbucks rewards member a free drink or food item will be loaded to your account valid on the day of your birthday. I love their iced green tea lemonade!



Sephora- their birthday gift (usually) includes travel sized products. This month was a choice between products from Glam Glow or Bite Beauty. I went with Glam Glow and I can’t wait to try them out. 
Off Broadway Shoes- I basically got a free pair of shoes (pictured below). If you’re not familiar with this store, it is similar to DSW. Right now they’re running a buy one get one half off sale. I found 2 pairs in the clearance section. PLUS I had my $10 birthday reward. I paid maybe $5 for the second pair of shoes! This never happens.



*Nordstrom- so technically they don’t have birthday perks BUT my birthday falls after the anniversar…

My End of Summer Bucket List

Stand next to the water one more time- we flew with our daughter to Florida this year. It was her first time on an airplane which was an adventure. We would like to at the beach, lake or even next to the harbor one more time ; preferably somewhere a little closer. 
Visit the animals- my daughter is at the age where she loves animals. She’s starting to recognize different animals when we’re out and about. It would be super cute to see them up close at a zoo or petting farm. We visited the aquarium recently and she had a blast.
Attend a football game- this is a tradition for my husband and I. We like to attend a pre-season game and try to make it to a regular season game as well. This will hopefully be the very end of summer or early fall. So fun!
Have a seafood feast- crab feasts have always been a thing in our family. Buying a ton of crabs and eating them until you explode is a tradition. I would like to do this one more time before they go out of season.
Try a restaurant that we’ve never…

Wardrobe Basics- Investing in a Little Black Midi Dress (LBMD)

Hello Everyone! This week's topic is about of the most worn and versatile items in my closet; the black midi dress! Purchasing a good quality midi is a must have. I absolutely love it! It was a bit of a splurge but was 100% worth it. Here’s why:

It can be worn all year- the right fabric can be worn from season to season. I opted for a stretchy cotton material that works for warm days. It is also perfect for layering on cooler days. The midi length is great for any type of weather honestly. I love pairing it with sandals just as much as under my biker jacket like I did here:
You can wear it through various stages of your life- I’ve worn my black midi dress when I used to work AND now that I’m a stay at home mom. I recently threw it on with a pair of Stan Smith’s while at the aquarium with my family. The length is appropriate for any lifestyle and practically anywhere that you go. The fabric is so good that I also wore it through out my pregnancy. There was absolutely no stretching o…

Vini Culture- An Evening at a Wine Bar

Last weekend we visited a local wine bar, Vini Culture, for the first time. It was such fun experience. One of the pros is that you can choose from a large variety of the wines provided. Find one that you love? Fill up your glass with it right there! At Vini Culture you load a pre-paid card (the experience starts at around $25) and insert your card into the wine dispenser. You can then choose from a tasing or full glass. It’s super fun and you defiantly get the bang for your buck.

The menu is super cute. It’s mostly food that pair well with wine like cheeses, bruschetta and sandwiches. The bruschetta and steak and cheese flatbread is defiantly recommended! Their raspberry cheesecake is also wonderful for a sweet dessert.
Finally, the environment is super laid back. You don’t feel rushed which is always pleasant. It’s a great way to unwind from a long day. On a Saturday night the crowd is a lot of fun. There is sometimes live music which is always enjoyable. This past Saturday was a J…