What to Wear – Fall 2018 Edition

What to Wear – Fall 2018 Edition

It’s that time of year again! Time for a new Style Challenge – wondering what I’m talking about? Check out this short video: GYPO Style Challenges has helped over 6 thousand women from all over the world make getting dressed in the morning the easiest thing you’ll do all day! The great news is the Fall 2018 GYPO Style Challenge just launched today. The Style Challenge takes all the headache and guesswork out of shopping and trying to stay on trend. You don’t need to worry about putting together outfits or if you’ll get enough wear to justify buying something. Every item on the seasonal shopping list is selected with intention and purpose. This means only buying pieces that you love and will wear over and over. And honestly, you likely have a lot of pieces in your closet you can use already, that’s a win for the budget! I know I’ve only purchased one top, one pair of jeans (that I’ve been looking for several seasons now), and some jewelry for this challenge. You can register for the Fall 2018 GYPO Style Challenge for just $39 HERE. You’ll get the following tools to help you on your style journey: A capsule wardrobe shopping list of on-trend items and classics basics (you’re free to shop where you want and spend as much or as little as you want!) Links to shop for recommended items online or in store (we’ve done the work for you by choosing items to suit every budget and body type!) A daily outfit idea created from pieces on the shopping list sent to your inbox...
5 Ways to Save Money on Museum Visits

5 Ways to Save Money on Museum Visits

Do you love to visit museums but find the admission to be cost-prohibitive? Especially if you aren’t sure how great the museum will be? One of the things that we love to do when traveling, or even just keeping busy around our own town is visit museums. I always like to know of a few in the area in case the weather is bad, we need something to do, or just feel like checking someplace new out. However, since we visit them often, for a family of four, the cost can really add up. Here are five of my favorite ways to save a little money while still enjoying museum visits: Look into annual memberships. This is my all-time favorite tip. If you know you’ll visit a museum more than once, it’s often less expensive to buy a membership and you often get additional benefits like free parking, discounts on food and shopping, etc. When my kids were little, we held memberships to the zoo, children’s museum and Conner Prairie. It was also great because we never felt like we had to spend the whole day there – we could just visit for a few hours and then head home for naps or on to do something else. Museum memberships are a fantastic gift, so if the Grandparents don’t know what to get your family for Christmas, this would be an excellent suggestion. Coupons. Ever seen the Entertainment Books? How about deals on Groupon or Living Social. I’ll often find buy one get one free deal for museums so I’ll check these places out when planning a visit. Purchase tickets online....
Salt Caves and MudLove in Warsaw, Indiana

Salt Caves and MudLove in Warsaw, Indiana

Our Saturday started off bright and early with a tasty breakfast at The American Table – it was less than a mile from our hotel and very busy.  The breakfasts tended to lean towards huge platters of eggs, meats, and potatoes – they looked delicious, but a little heavy for our tastes.  Luckily, the menu is so large, my son and I found the perfect start to our day too. After breakfast, our plan was to head downtown to check out the Cave on the Square.  Once we parked, we stumbled across the local farmer’s market.  Since I love a good farmer’s market, we took a little detour to pick up some fresh yellow tomatoes and cucumbers.  Yum! When we entered the Cave on the Square, we immediately noticed the delicious smell of freshly roasted coffee.  In addition to offering a Himalayan Salt Cave, the store had a full-service coffee bar.  We grabbed a couple of drinks (coffee for me and a maple steamer for my little guy) and headed into the salt cave.  For only $5 each, we were able to enjoy the soothing atmosphere of the cave for an hour.  The salt cave was carefully created to simulate an actual salt cave or mine.  There are salt rocks all over the walls, the floor is covered in loose salt (which made our feet very soft), comfortable chairs and small tables all around and the cave is lit with soft glowing lights.  Soothing music was playing and the air temperature was perfect.   We also discovered a foot lamp which was very enjoyable.  It was warm and smooth...
Cafe Sante in Boyne City, MI

Cafe Sante in Boyne City, MI

Just wanted to quickly share my guest post on The Yums. If you love European Cafes, warm ambiance, and delicious food, Cafe Sante is the restaurant for you. Located in Boyne City, Michigan (near Petoskey and the Boyne Mountain/Highlands ski resorts), it’s fantastic year-round. We make it a point to visit every time we head up to Boyne to ski. Check out my review HERE for more details – and don’t forget to Pin it for your next Michigan trip!...
Book Reviews – Summer 2018

Book Reviews – Summer 2018

Since it’s been a while since I did a book review, I felt like it was time. I’ve done quite a bit of reading over the summer, and definitely, it picked up when school started and I found myself sitting in carpool lines … here are my favorites from the last few months. I received an advanced copy of Mammoth and it kept my attention during a long, hot swim meet weekend. I believe it will be released in November, so it would make a great Christmas gift for any teenage girl who loves to read. Natalie is a fashion-savvy, paleontology loving teen. She wins a coveted internship for the summer between her Junior and Senior year of High School working at a dig site in Texas. Natalie struggles that summer to navigate the relationships she forms, the work she is doing on her internship and determining who she wants to be (the fashion-loving Natalie she created for her blog site or the “real” Natalie). It was a fun and quick read, and I appreciated how everything wrapped up for Natalie – much more realistic than the typical perfect ending. My rating 4 out of 5. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance: A Novel is a truly magical experience. It’s fantasy but told in a way that feels real – like you are really living the story and it is possible. Weylyn was raised by wolves and understands that he is different than most people, but still wants to (and is able to) make connections. He is magical and simple yet complex all at once. The book is told from the experiences of the...

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