5 Ingredient Friday: Fresh Homemade Pico De Gallo

5 Ingredient Friday: Fresh Homemade Pico De Gallo

I'm so excited to share this lil' recipe with you all as it's one of my absolute favorites. There is nothing like fresh food, especially in summer, although I make this year round. I adapted this recipe from one I found when I was searching for a rice bowl recipe similar to a Chipotle rice bowl, AND, if you care for the whole kit-and-caboodle, I'm sharing that as well because it's so delicious. But, I would say over half the time I make the pico, I'm making it without the rice concoction, to serve as a snack for myself or friends, or to take to a party.

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Small Steps to Better Confidence + the CUTEST Gingham Top for Summer!

Small Steps to Better Confidence + the CUTEST Gingham Top for Summer!

You may have seen this outfit a couple of weeks back on Instagram. So cute, right??? I will however say, I was initially kinda uncomfortable in it. Not because it was uncomfortable. But because, well, I don't wear a lot of skirts with slits up to there (I mean, who do I think I am? Angelina Jolie?). I also don't wear a lot of shirts that show my stomach (I don't have rock-hard abs afterall) all that often anymore. And yet, here I found myself at this photo-shoot wearing a skirt with a slit up to there and a top I intentionally cropped.

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Basic Summer Outfit Staples to Wear Again and Again

Basic Summer Outfit Staples to Wear Again and Again

So if you're in a summer style rut, or just want to have a few go-to pieces that you can easily mix-and-match or throw on for last minute BBQ's, I've got some perfect outfit ideas for you. How absolutely adorable is this Tommy Hilfiger top from Macy's, BTW? I love the loose fit, which makes it great for a hot day, but  perfect if you love a good half-tuck or knotted look like I do. The navy stars are just-right for summer and make it so easy to coordinate with any of your favorite cutoffs or jeans.

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5 Ingredient Friday: Fresh Fruit Quick Dessert or Snack Idea

5 Ingredient Friday: Fresh Fruit Quick Dessert or Snack Idea

So this first recipe, isn't really even a true "recipe," more like a snack idea that everyone loves. I never thought much about a proper name for it, but, it seems justified, so we'll just call it Mini Cheesecake Grahams. Wait, No Bake Mini Cheesecake Grahams, because I know people do a double take when they see the words "No Bake." Call me shallow, but I want my posts to get all sorts of internet attention. Obvi. In real life, I promise I'm not shallow:) Also, it might take longer to pronounce this than actually make it. Anyhoo...screenshot the below to keep this idea handy:)

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Go-To Jumpsuits for Summer

Go-To Jumpsuits for Summer

Alright, so let's talk go-to summer pieces. Jumpsuits guys. That's it. Each and every summer, I gravitate to them like a bird to a nest. I found this cute peek-a-boo one at Target earlier this spring, ironically, when I was looking for nothing clothes-related. But you know, it's Target. And it's v hard to not just take a quick peak through the clothes. And then take a quick trip to the dressing room. And then rationalize why you need a new jumpsuit, where you'll wear it to and make a deal with yourself that you'll never buy another jumpsuit ever again if you get this one (which is such a lie, and I know it, but still). So, I got it. And honestly, I have worn it a multitude of places and I don't even remember the silly little whatever I actually went to Target for in the first place. 

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The Sweater you Need for Summer Nights

The Sweater you Need for Summer Nights

…But first, I bring you, "What to Wear on a Cool Summer Night." In about three months, I'll regurgitate this to, "What to Wear on a Warm Fall Day." Approximately five months after that, this post will become, "A Casual Spring Outfit." You might be sensing some things here: 1) I'm lazy and don't want to write any more posts that I have to, and 2) I absolutely positively ADORE versatile pieces….

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Pink Pleats and Summer Plans

Pink Pleats and Summer Plans

Just when you thought you'd seen all the pink pleated skirts you were going to see from me, BAM, I'm back with another pink pleated look. I wore this skirt for a winter post - complete with a ton and a half of snow, here and just because I think pink is seasonless, I'm sure it's not the last time I'll be breaking it out.

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My Favorite Bags for Summer

My Favorite Bags for Summer

I used to not really care much about my handbags. I had a couple of neutral bags that I was content with...I'd switch them out every season and all was fine. But the past few months...well...I kinda want a different bag for every outfit. No need to criticize...I don't actually have a different bag for every outfit. I just said I wanted one- that seems normal, right?

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5 Ways to Break Out of Your Style Rut this Summer

5 Ways to Break Out of Your Style Rut this Summer

I love when seasons change as when the weather changes, so does everything else - clothes, makeup, routines...everything seems new! That said, there couldn't be a better time to get all sorts of crazy with your clothes. Welllll...maybe not all sorts...just some sorts (some sorts doesn't have the same ring to it though does it???). If you're looking to mix things up a bit this summer, here are a few tips to break out of any style ruts brought on by winter:

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Where I Purchase My Workout Wear

Where I Purchase My Workout Wear

Now that the weather is changing I'm getting my butt into gear and working out regularly, which also means I'm needing some new workout gear. Anyone else feel like all the cute stuff is SO expensive??? I don't know about you, but, I have issues with paying an exorbitant amount of money for clothes that I'm just going to sweat it and get gross, buuuuut...it's me, so, I still want to look put together. Below, I'm sharing the spots I typically purchase my gear, plus what I save on and the one area I splurge.

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Vacation Coming Up? Use the Samsung Galaxy S9+ for all Your Photography Needs!

Vacation Coming Up? Use the Samsung Galaxy S9+ for all Your Photography Needs!

OMG guys! I don't know about where you're at, but here in Northwest Indiana, the weather has been mind-blowing. I've almost forgotten about the fact just a few short weeks ago, it was snowing. I love when the weather turns nice - everyone is SO friendly, people are out and about enjoying life, and I've been thinking about my next vacation. I'm not sure where I'll end up but I know I'll be going somewhere soon:)

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Easy Skincare Tips to Refresh Skin this Spring

Easy Skincare Tips to Refresh Skin this Spring

I hate to beat a dead horse, guys, but, maybe you're new here. Or, maybe you read all of my posts but you've forgotten that I may have mentioned a time or two (as in 1 or 200) that this winter was rough. Not only did it make me super grumpy - that's what lack of sunshine and 18 million inches of snow does to a girl, it made my skin super gross. "Dry, dull and tired looking," is what I've been thinking every single time I look in the mirror….

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Welcoming Spring in Pink Jeans

Welcoming Spring in Pink Jeans

I have a confession everyone: I love pink. I was on Pinterest a few days ago and declared to my brother that I had found my dream house, a pink-brick three-story, complete with a cute balcony. And I of course have pink tops, shoes and other accessories, home accents, etc. BUT, I just recently bought my first pair of pink jeans and looooove them so much. And the more I wear them, the more I realize, pink is basically a neutral. It goes with everything, right? ;)

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How Often Should You Post on Instagram?

How Often Should You Post on Instagram?

I get asked this question ALL the time. The truth is, there isn't necessarily a right answer. I think I would be doing each of you a disservice if I didn't tell you, everyday is ideal. Being in front of your followers and showing off your products, blog posts or services as often as possible is never a bad thing.

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Why So Wintery, Spring?

Why So Wintery, Spring?

You guys. Winter. Is never. Ending. Although I'm totally over it, I did notice this week that there are some spring-things popping out - green grass and buds on trees. I've heard people say this past week, "don't complain when it gets hot outside that you're too hot." Umm....ok, trust me, you will never hear me complain that I'm too hot. You will however hear me complain when it's snowing in April that, well, it's snowing in April. And it's cold. And it's snowing in April.

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Don't Break the Bank - Spring Shopping on a Budget

Don't Break the Bank - Spring Shopping on a Budget

Ohhhh spring. Flowers blooming, birds chirping, my favorite places to shop are stocking their racks with the cutest things I've ever seen. But for real. The cutest guys! It's almost like the only way to avoid overspending is to avoid those places all-together, but what fun is that? None fun whatsoever. Since I'm having major issues right now avoiding overspending on all the cuteness I'm seeing, I thought this would also be the perfect time to put together a budget post, with a budget outfit (under $35 for the dress, shoes and bag) and share some of my favorite top-secret ways to score the best deals...

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Traveling to Milwaukee? Check out the Kinn Guesthouse!

Traveling to Milwaukee? Check out the Kinn Guesthouse!

Happy Tuesday friends! Can you believe it's already April? It's supposed to be spring BUT, I just heard Mother Nature might be delivering snow to us a little later, and I'm now back to considering hibernation. Fortunately, this past weekend, I was out and about exploring Milwaukee and had such an great time!! But mostly, I cannot wait so show you where I stayed. SO GORGEOUS...

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