Still loving this top from Mint Julep that I talked about earlier this year! Although I don’t wear it often, when I do I am always asked at least once where it’s from! I normally only wear neutrals- so this top is kind of not the norm for me. I love it though- because it’s sort of “neutral color’, if you know what I mean. I have a mission of trying to add more color this summer into my wardrobe and I consider this top as part of my success! Although this top is not linked below, I did link some other fab ones!

 

I paired this top with white denim, as usual, because why not. Speaking of white denim- I ruined my favorite pair recently and went on the hunt for a new pair! I came across a few pair- and linked them below. I also linked some wedges  I came across- because these prices are just too good to pass up!  Clearly this is an old outfit, as I haven’t been shopping in a long time. This year my minimalist/budget ways are totally working! I have been selling some of my stuff on Poshmark- you should totally check it out- as I will be posting some more stuff in the next few weeks!

 

 

Until Next Time!

-B

 

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I was asked to participate in the #HallmarkatWalgreens campaign, sponsored by Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

Picking out cards is always so hard! Every year, card aisles are filled with cards that all normally say the same thing- “Thanks for being so great!”. More times than not, the same card is chosen by many people & the others aren’t chosen at all. Some have fishing boats on them, some have race cars. Some even have sports themes. I, for one, remember always taking forever in the Hallmark card aisle as I never know which one is“the card”. I love cards and always want to make sure that I have chosen the right one.  As you can see below, we’ve always been a Hallmark giving card family! Hallmark always creates cards that allow for happy times and fond memories. Normally, we always go with the Hallmark Signature collection. These cards always have the most heart felt messages with great images. I’ve shared a little blast from the past from last year when I gave dad a nice Hallmark Signature card for Father’s Day. This year, make Father’s Day come alive by celebrating your Dad, or father figure, with a total upgrade within the card industry- the new Hallmark Virtual Reality (VR) cards give Dad a 360°immersive experience. What’s even better is you can find these at Walgreens.

I love how cards can make someone feel appreciated and special even from far away! Since I live hours away from my family- sending cards for any holiday is always important, so choosing the right one is a must. This new card is so cool- with many styles to choose from- including a motorcycle, this is one card that won’t be forgotten! The instructions are simple:

  • Make sure Youtube is installed on your phone. You can watch the video here: https://goo.gl/0uOQUC
  • Tear the viewer out from your phone & pop it up (Don’t insert your phone in yet!)
  • Go the the URL, watch the instructional and listen for the beep
  • Tap the viewer icon to split the video into VR mode
  • Inter the viewer into your phone & you’re all set!
    Compatible with most iPhone and Android devices.

The best thing about this card is that it’s cool even before you write anything! A personalized message is the best touch to this card and makes it even more special to make Dad’s day. I chose the one with the race cars on it for this year- it was just too funto pass up! Although we are not a race car family, race cars have always been interesting and exciting to watch! With boys in the house, cars have always been a “thing”. I remember when my Dad used to always talk about wanting to build a car from scratch! I also remember one time when we went to a car show in Houston and there were all types of cool cars- from race cards to others that were for show.  I thought that was the coolest thing and have had interest in cars ever since! I can’t wait to send mine- and you should totally send one too! Even though this Hallmark card becomes an amazing 3D,immersive VR experience, it folds flat and can easily be shipped in the mail (how perfect!). P.S.- Be sure to join me in the #HallmarkatWalgreens “Ode to Dad” Twitter party, which will be held June 13th from 8-9 EST. Hope to see you there!

Until Next Time!

-B

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walgreens. The opinions and text are all mine.

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One of my favorite stores has made it to Rice Village & I couldn’t be more excited! Altar’d State has finally touched down in Central Houston and I am so excited to be one of the first to break the news! I fell in love with this brand last Christmas due to the uniqueness of the brand- and it has been on my top list of places to shop ever since!

Altar’d State has basically anything you could need- from super fun tops and dresses to probably some of the best wall art I’ve ever laid eyes one! One thing I really love about the Rice Village location is all of their Houston and Texan stuff! Plus, it doesn’t help that they have some great books too! Being the bookworm that I am, the feeling of picking up a good read while shopping for some fab outfits is the ultimate success!

Another thing I love about this store is that they have a day dedicated to giving back! On Monday’s, also know as “Mission Monday”, where a portion of sales from the day goes to charity! This is one of the things I really love about the brand, in addition to other small touches such as the Prayer Requests in the dressing room, the super cute coffee mugs, and just about everything else!

Altar’d State has been a fav of mine for a while now, and I am certain that now it is closer to me, I will shopping there a lot more often! There’s nothing more rewarding than shopping with a brand that shares the same core values than yourself. Altar’d State is more than a store to me- it’s a blessing for those who don’t know Jesus to get a glimpse of the people who do.

Until Next Time!

-B

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It’s Sunday night & the weekend is always over (such a bittersweet moment.). In one way, I’m totally excited for the week to come & in another, I’m sad my two days of sleeping in have come to an end. Nevertheless, I always prepare for my week! I haven’t always been a morning person, so these 5 steps below have for sure helped me to stay on track!

Don’t forget your daily devotional.

Starting each day out right has always been so so important to me! I have some devotionals that I do in the morning, and some at night. Doing this starts my day out in a positive way and prepares me for what’s to come. I love my daily devotionals & couldn’t imagine getting through the week without them! Whenever I’m having a tough day, or am just having a busy one, my daily devotionals are always reminders to stay positive and inspired!

Keep an agenda.

When it comes to staying organized, I am super old fashioned and love my pen & paper agenda! I have tried (more than once) to go the digital way when it comes to my agenda- but I just can’t do it ya’ll! Keeping an agenda shows me visually what I’ve accomplished for the day- as well as what I need to get done.

I began using my Day Designer this year and love it! The to-do list on each page is perfect, and I love all the inspirational quotes on each page as well.

Plan your meals ahead.

I didn’t really start doing this until this year and wished I would’ve started sooner! Planning my meals ahead has not only been a time saver, but a money saver as well! I love meal prepping for the week and prefer to do this on Sundays! By doing this, I’m not worried every day when I get home (or every morning) what I’m going to eat. Also- you save so much money when planning your meals ahead! Instead of eating out or getting something on-the-go, planning ahead allows to buy smarter, and most times healthier as well!

These are my top 3 things I do to plan for the week. Although I have some other little things I do as well, these  keep me grounded and help me to stay on track! What are some things that you do?

Until Next Time!

-B

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This weeks #BossBabe goes hand in hand with something that I’ve always thought was a dream job- being a flight attendant! I can’t imagine having a job where I get to travel on a weekly basis to different parts of the world. Also, I can’t imagine being on a plane on a daily basis. Nevertheless, I am so excited to learn about this job and all that this entails. This week, Sarah Tasman tells us all about the ins and outs as well as why she loves her job!

Tell me a little about yourself. Where did you grown up, get your degree in etc? What is your current job?

Hello, my name is Sarah Tasman and I am originally from Columbus, Ohio- home of the buckeyes and all things scarlet and gray (Go bucks)! I originally went to school for nursing and worked at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center before I started working for United Airlines in 2016. I currently work for United as a flight attendant and I love, love, love my job! I always thought nursing was what I wanted to do with my life but I guess God had other plans. Now I fly both internationally and domestically for the airline & I could not imagine my life any other way. 

What made you decide to become a flight attendant?

 It was never my plan to become a flight attendant. It was not something I aspired to do, it just sort of happened. I realized that the medical field was not for me, so one night I sat down and applied for a job as a flight attendant. I thought the job looked fun; who does’t want to wear the cute scarves and high heels? I honestly did not expect to hear back because my schooling had nothing to do with aviation. However, it was no more than 10 hours later that I received an email stating that they wanted to interview me. It was at this point that I made a deal with God. I told God, “God, if I get this job I know that it is your will and I am going to trust you.” So long story short, I got the job and I packed up my whole life in Columbus, Ohio, and drove 20 hours to Houston, Texas, to start a new life which has taken me so many places I never thought possible. I feel truly blessed to live the life I do, sometimes I even have to pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming!

What inspires you on a daily basis?

For me, it is so hard to pick one thing that inspires me. God gave me a passion for so many things. However, if I have to pick my top two things it would be “travel” and “people”. I guess in my line of work these two things go hand and hand. I am constantly planning new trips, flying new places and seeing new things. Nothing gives me more excitement and joy than to place my feet on soil that I have never walked on before. The excitement and anticipation of traveling to new places just about kills me!

Also, I am inspired by the people that I meet along the way in my travels. I have met so many amazing people with such kind hearts and fascination stories. I have come to realize that the world is such a big place with so many things to learn. I truly believe the world to be a beautiful place with people that have good hearts. In this day in age, the media blasts us with images and stories of how bad the world and people are. However, I would beg to differ. Yes, there are many problems with society today, but yet there are also so many wonderful people and things that go on that the media doesn’t report on. Life is a beautiful thing. 

What is your favorite bible verse & why?

My favorite Bible verse would actually have to be a cluster of verses. The verses fall under Proverbs 31. This chapter talks about a virtuous, upright woman who walks in the ways of the Lord. For me, these verses have always been a guide for how I want to live my life & the type of woman I want to be. I truly want to be a woman who is in God’s will and walks with Him daily. 

What’s something you would tell your 20-year-old self?

Something I would tell my 20 year old self would be not to try and plan life out. I have always been a “Type A” person who has to have all their “ducks in a row”. I have tried to plan out my life to the last detail and, well, that hasn’t worked out very well. I have learned that life is unpredictable and you just have to go with the flow. This does not mean you shouldn’t plan things and prepare, it just means that you have to be flexible in your approach and realize that life doesn’t always go the way you want it to. However,  I am glad my life hasn’t gone the way I want it to because I’m happy where I have ended up thus far.

What is your end goal with your business, what do you want to accomplish?

With my current job as a flight attendant, my ultimate goal would be to hold some really good international lines. With my job everything is about seniority and in order to get the really good trips you have to be with the company for quite some time before you get the long international destination layovers. So one day, I would like to be able to have enough seniority to go to those really amazing places that you read about in books and see in movies. I am honestly not sure how long I will be a flight attendant , but I promised myself I would not quit this job until I check all of the destinations off my list that I want to see. I have so many places left that I want to visit so I think I will be flying for a few more years until I accomplish my goal of seeing those places.

What are the 3 most important things you would tell someone starting off in their career?

Three things that I would tell someone starting off their career would have to be:

  1. Embrace the change that your new career will bring.With every new career there are changes that will come to your life, both good and bad.
  2. Do not get discouraged when you are first starting out. Every new career present new challenges and new things to learn. Don’t give up if things don’t come naturally at first. Good things take time, so give your new job a fighting chance.
  3. Once you get your dream job or new career stay consistent and don’t slack. You worked hard to get the job so keep the job. Don’t let laziness or complacency hinder you from keeping or moving up in your career. 

What is your favorite thing to do regarding your field?

My favorite thing about my career is the traveling perks… DUH! I get paid to not only travel but I also get to travel anywhere virtually free on my days off. My job offers so much flexibility and I can literally hop on any plane, at any time, and go anywhere. It’s an amazing lifestyle. 

What is your least favorite?

My least favorite thing about being a flight attendant would have to be the exhaustion. I get so tired so easily. When you are flying through so many different time zones you get major jet lag. Also, the plane air is so dry that you have to not only fight fatigue but also dehydration. I have to drink so much water and put on so much lotion to keep from drying out. In this job, you really have to take care of yourself or you can get run down very easily. 

What has been the most surprising challenge within your business?

The most challenging part of being a flight attendant is dealing with the loneliness. Many of my friends are flight attendants and we all have different schedules so we hardly ever see each other. Also, while yes, I am on a plane with hundreds of people at a time, it is different from having one on one social interaction with a good friend. I live alone in a state where I  know no one so it has really weighed on me a lot. But at the end of the day, I have grown as an individual and become more comfortable with myself as a person. 

Until Next Time!

-B

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