Saturday, September 2, 2017

Help for Houston

Reposted from Mix and Match Mama
*Go to to make a credit card donation. We’ve had readers comment on how this organization helped them previously in times of need.  They have 5 tractor trailers currently on their way to Houston.
*Text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross. You can do this multiple times.  You can also visit or call 1- 800-RED CROSS.  The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help provide immediate relief.
*JJ WATT (a Houston Texan football player) created a donation page and he pledges that 100% of the donations will go straight to disaster relief, to the people in need.  You can find the site HERE.
*Our friends Courtney and Josh started a non-profit called Mission Regan several years ago in McKinney.  They specialize in delivering medical supplies to those in need (both locally and abroad), and right now they are putting together teams to deliver supplies to the hard hit areas in Houston.  The first team left yesterday, but they are already preparing for the 2nd round. Click HERE to donate.  Please specify “hurricane relief” in the square NOTES section and select “general fund” in the drop down box.  Click HERE to hop over to their facebook page to see a video they filmed yesterday showing some of their preparations getting ready to go.
*UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief):  you can donate HERE, and you can go HERE to find out about how to make relief kits.  They are not in need of volunteers at this time.
*The United Way has also announced a way to text a donation: Text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund.
*Donations to support The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts can be made at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
*Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in north, central and east Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.
*To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society.
*The Texas Diaper Bank has issued an urgent request for donations, stating that diapers are not provided by disaster relief agencies. The diaper bank will be distributing emergency diaper kits to affected families.  You can donate money HERE, or you can send diaper to the following address: The Texas Diaper Bank      5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504  San Antonio, TX 78238
*AABB coordinates a task force to manage blood collection efforts.
*From now until the end of September, Chip and Joanna Gaines are donating 100 percent of the proceeds from their “Texas Forever” T-shirt towards Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
*Our friend Tori at ALL THE WIRE created a Texas Strong bracelet.  $10 of every sale will go to disaster relief.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Blogger Break

I took time off this summer from blogging and social media to focus on my family.  I had a lot happen over the last few months....  

September is my favorite month... starting with our anniversary... 

10 years ago today we got married on the top of a beautiful mountain.  I never anticipated that 10 years later I would be living up on the mountain and over looking this very lake every single day.

Happy Friday Favorites!  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

What to Wear Hiking

Moving to NH is going to bring probably the best hiking and with that a girl needs to be prepared.  I've compiled a list of stuff that is certainly way above and beyond what most need but in order to do it in style, here are a few tips and tricks.  Since I am married to a woodsmen, lumberjack & forester - I need to know my stuff.  

One of my favorite go to brands for this stuff is prAna.  They were so very kind to send me a pair of shorts.  So a huge THANK YOU to prAna for the most comfy hiking shorts ever... 

General Advice

  • Wear materials that wick sweat and dry quickly. (Polyester and synthetic blends are perfect.)
  • When you want to take a break, you will be sitting either on the ground, a stump, or a rock, so be sure to wear something that you wouldn’t mind getting snagged.


Any short-sleeved or sleeveless top will do for day hikes, especially those made of quick dry material.

Top Recommendations:

Shorts or Pants

Running shorts or spandex shorts work just fine, as will capri-length leggings. For pants, I would encourage lightweight hiking pants over anything else because they are more breathable and comfortable.
I personally swear by prAna, a women’s outdoor clothing brand, when it comes to hiking. (And life in general! I wear their things on a regular basis when in town!) Their fabrics hold up so well and they offer a more feminine cut than other brands.

Shorts and Pants Recommendations:

No denim!  This is very uncomfortable on the trail.


Tennis shoes work fine for day hikes. If you are going to hike periodically and want to invest in shoes more suited to this activity, I recommend getting trail running shoes. I have used the following shoes with great success and they rank very highly by gear review sites.

Shoe Recommendations:

Note: go a half size up for most comfort
Hiking boots are even more stable and are great for longer hikes. Try the Lowa Renegade GTX–these are mine and I love them.


Regular athletic socks work fine! If you’re going to buy hiking socks, I love the Darn Tough brand.

Sock Recommendations:

I recommend light or medium cushion for hiking. When hiking in Texas, go with light. Medium is too hot.

Rain Jacket or Poncho

Having a rain jacket or poncho is essential in the mountains. Rain comes frequently and unexpectedly you don’t want to be caught without it.
Now, if you are hiking in Texas, where it doesn’t rain as often, a rain jacket is not imperative unless rain is in the forecast.

Rain Jacket Recommendations:

Day Pack

Carry a small backpack with you (see What to Pack in Your Day Pack for guidance) on each day hike. This is for water, sunscreen, etc.

Day Pack Recommendations:


The sun can be brutal and you’ll want a hat to keep it off your face, so be sure to bring a baseball cap or wide brimmed hat with you.
You can never go wrong with a hat made by Tilley Endurables (I’m kind of addicted to mine…).
Trucker hats are also wildly popular on the trail.

Hat Recommendations


Any sunglasses will do, but if you want to get technical, polarized sunglasses are great at cutting out the glare of sunny outdoor landscapes.

Sunglass Recommendations

That about covers the basics! If you are hiking in the dead of winter, you will need to add layers, but this should do for the rest of the year.
Happy hiking, ladies.

Thank you to prAna and Stonyfield for sponsoring this post.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Quick Everyday Makeup

1. eye liner  //  2. foundation  //  3. foundation brush  //  4. concealer  //  5. translucent powder  //  6. blush/bronzer combo  //  7. primer  //  8. blush brush  //  9. blush   //  10. lipstick (velvet teddy)  //  11. mascara

I’ve been getting so many questions about makeup lately that I decided to do a beauty posts. This post is on my easy everyday makeup routine. If I’m stepping out of the house for errands or visiting a friend this is what I’ll throw on.

I actually start with primer and eye liner first! I’m bad at smudging and messing up eye liner. So, putting it on first lets me clean up any unevenness with a q-tip. This is my favorite light weight foundation and my new favorite foundation brush. I cover up any spots, and I’m getting lots of them during pregnancy, with this longwear concealer (a tiny bit goes a long way). I then swipe on a bit of translucent power with this power brush

Next is a little blush and bronzer just add a touch of color. And, finally, I finish with a little lipstick and mascara. Sometimes, gasp, I opt for no mascara. If I do use it, this one is my favorite

That pretty much sums up my easy everyday makeup routine. I can slap this all on quickly, I’d say in about 5 minutes I’m ready to head out. 

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