3 Ways to Pamper Yourself this Winter (+ claim your FREE personal care kit!)

Can you believe we're already half way through February? Between starting a new job, working outside the home, and planning a wedding, 2018 has been a blur so far. And to top it all off, G and I just celebrating my birthday / Valentine's Day / our 5-year anniversary—yes, they all fall within two days of each other. My life has been packed full of commuting, work obligations, birthday parties, meeting with vendors, and (yay!) wedding dress shopping.

Pampering myself in little ways has helped keep me sane this winter.

1. Head to the salon.

I'd put it off too long, but I finally got myself in for a fresh cut and color. (I know it's time for a salon appointment when I start wearing my hair in a bun everyday... and that had been going on for weeks.) There's just something so relaxing about having someone else color, wash, cut, and style your hair. And it's a such a refreshing feeling to look in the mirror and have a new 'do.

2. Upgrade your shower/bath routine.

I really miss the gorgeous, antique claw-foot bathtub I had in my apartment four years ago. Best baths ever. And while I no longer have that luxury, that's no excuse not to make the most of my showers. I've made it a point to slow down and enjoy showers rather than rush around in the morning or take quickies at night. Mrs. Meyers helps me do just that.

I've been using Mrs. Meyer's honeysuckle body wash, hand lotion, and bar soap for about a year now. I love the fragrance, especially in the winter. It's reminiscent of summer afternoons and a lovely little bottle of fancy honeysuckle perfume my grandma gave me when I was little. Now, Mrs. Meyer's has rolled out the body lotion. I'm delighted—and so is my dry, flaky winter skin, which now feels soft and smells like summertime.

Want to try out the body wash and body lotion for yourself? My friends at Grove are offering this free Personal Care Kit. When you place your first order of $20 using my link, you’ll get:

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s body wash
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s body lotion
  • Free Grove loofah
  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

If you’re an existing customer, you’ll receive a free Grove lip balm—perfect for soothing chapped lips! Speaking of which...

3. Swipe on some bright lipstick.

I've been experimenting with different reds and berries lately to see which lip color I want to wear on my wedding day. I'd forgotten how just a little bit of bold lipstick can boost your confidence and make you feel more pulled together.

(Pssst! Grove carries some fabulous Burt's Bees gloss lip crayons. Pacific Coast is one of my go-to colors.)

There you have it: salon, smell-good shower, and some bright lips... my three favorite ways to feel like a lady amid frigid Iowa winters and hectic schedules.

But don't stop there. Grove Collaborative is stocked with some awesome products to pamper yourself this winter—from the Burt's Bees gloss lip crayons to Acure Organics to Mrs. Meyer's products for your house and your body.

You’ll get the above pictured set (body wash + body lotion + loofah) FREE with your first order of $20.

Here’s an example of what your cart might look like:

You’ll get all those products + Mrs. Meyer’s body wash and body lotion + Grove loofah for around $20! Plus, you’ll get free shipping and a free 60 day VIP trial. Grove really pampers their VIPs, from free shipping to free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales, and personal service. I love the customer service and free shipping that I get as a VIP.

This offer is only available until February 18, so don’t miss out!

How it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the personal care kit for free when you sign up!
  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.
  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order. 

Happy pampering, lovelies!


3 Easy gift baskets + more ideas to inspire your Gordmans gThanks shopping trip tomorrow on Giving Tuesday

When it comes to holiday gifting (or actually, any gifting), gift baskets are my go-to. It's a chance to give something useful, something delicious, and something just plain fun—all at once! But running all over a town or even a mall can be time-consuming, stressful, and expensive. So I love a one-stop shop where I know I can find something unique and affordable for everyone on my list—from my family and fiance to co-workers in a Secret Santa exchange. Gordmans is always my #1 stop.


Quiz: Which Mrs. Meyer's holiday scent suits you? (Plus, claim your FREE holiday set from Grove!)

It's officially here, lovelies: The season for eggnog sipping, gift shopping, Christmas tree trimming, and scarf wearing. And along with all the holiday cheer and Christmas songs, Mrs. Meyer's holiday scents are back: Peppermint, Orange Clove, and Iowa Pine.


Help me pick out holiday cards/engagement announcements (...and get up to 15% off at Minted)

This post is sponsored by Minted. I may receive compensation if you click on or make purchases through the affiliate links below. The opinions in this post are 100% my own. 

I have exciting news, lovelies—and an excuse for my blogging absence. I've been busy with the beginning stages of wedding planning. :) A couple of weeks ago, G popped the question on the last night of our little road trip vacation—at a gorgeous, Italianate bed and breakfast. It was perfect and he completely caught me by surprise. (Impressive!)

By now, most of our family and friends have heard the good news in-person, on the phone, or via Facebook. But I'd love to send something official to our closest peeps. I remembered that I also need to get moving on Christmas cards so I'm not last-minute this year. And a brilliant idea hit me: Why not officially announce our engagement with our Christmas cards?!


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8 Outlander Inspired Everyday Outfits

I just started binge-watching Outlander and—though I'm just beginning Season 2—I've been sucked in. The sweeping, scenic views of Scotland. That ginger-haired laddie Jamie. And, of course, the gorgeous costumes. Lately, I can't stop wondering how I could get away with dressing like Claire every single day. I would love to go frolicking about in lavish gowns. And working from home, the most judgement I'd probably face would be a side-eye from my cats—and some level of complaint from G, who'd probably get stuck helping me with all that buttoning and corset-lacing.

But realistically, I need a more modern approach.


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Elaborate silk gowns. Dashing British officers. Rugged American rebels. Marie Antoinette-esque poufs. Rum. Ruffles. Riding in horse-drawn carriages.

My favorite way to travel is by book—and it's as close to time travel as you can get. Each night for the past week, I've been transported to colonial Philadelphia to live among the likes of Peggy Shippen, Benedict Arnold, John Andre, and George Washington.