Memory Foam Mattress Pad

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I think I’ve established my thrifty credentials already, but I’ll just say again — I hate to spend money! And I hate for you to spend money! So shop for a mattress pad instead of a mattress. The price difference is like night and day.

You can get a regular mattress pad, sure, but a memory foam one will give you the best of both worlds: an easy and cheap(er) fix for your mattress problem.

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Once you get the mattress pad, you can secure it to the bed using a more traditional mattress pad or cover. In looking at my bed, you wouldn’t see that it has a 4 inch memory foam pad underneath.

At the risk of repeating myself, look for high density foam. The higher the density, the more cells will be working for your comfort. Higher density = more materials used. More materials used = high price. But, it’s worth it!

Once you get the mattress pad delivered, you have to let it breathe and get back to its natural height. Unrolling it reminded me of making Pillsbury crescent rolls. You have to be very careful unrolling the pad. The memory foam is sticky and so you want to be gentle in unrolling it. You can tear the foam and that would be bad.

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I unrolled mine in the garage.
Pongo, as any good cat would do, was there to supervise.
Bix, on the other hand, hated the smell and hung out in the kitchen.

I set up two fans to help circulate the air and get rid of the smell. It was pretty strong at first. That’s to be expected. This isn’t something you find in nature — memory foam is created using god knows what sort of chemicals.

The packaging said to let the pad air out for two days. In the course of about four hours we got to watch it regain its real shape. I guess they vacuum seal the pads for shipping. There were a couple of spots that I thought “Uh-uh, no way is this dent going away. I’ll have to return it!” Four hours later…. it was gone.

Pongo walked across it like he was walking on snow. It was very funny and now I wish I’d grabbed the camera. I didn’t know then that I’d be writing a blog about memory foam! Missed chances…..

So two days later, we had the best memory foam mattress pad on the bed. Made up the bed with a lovely down alternative comforter we bought for the occasion and ta-dah! New memory foam bed. Just in time to sleep like a baby.

What to Wear on a Cold Spring Day

It is snowing here. And it is April. By this time of year I am so sick of all my winter clothes. I am ready to pack them up and put them in the basement until next fall. But then it snows and is cold and I can’t really go out in my cute, strappy sandals. So it is back to my winter clothes again…

I try to find something light & bright and add a pop of a vibrant, spring color. I came up with this easy “formula” for those dreary, cold days in spring.

Leggings + Boots +  Striped Tee + Mint Cardigan + Coral Purse

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Boyfriend Cardigan: Target, similar // Striped Tee: H&M // Infinity Scarf: Old Navy, similar, yellow // Leopard Belt: Banana Outlet, similar // Leggings: Walmart, similar // Boots: Payless (very old)  // Purse: Target, similar // Earrings: Cost Plus World Market

Side note: I LOVE Cost Plus World Market for jewelry. It is so unique and beautiful. They also have coupons all the time so it is insanely affordable.

What do you think? Is this springy enough? Are you struggling through some cold, spring days like me?

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Triple Threat: Striped Blazer & Mint Julep Boutique Giveaway

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I am so excited to team up with The Mint Julep Boutique to show off this blazer from their collection as well as give away a $25 gift card to their store.  They have so many amazing items. I had fun browsing through their website. I don’t know about you, but I am itching for spring. Winters start feeling looooong by the end of February. I love the changing seasons. I am looking forward to sunshine, walks to the park and bright, springy colors. I find myself gravitating towards pastels and bright pops of colors. I chose this striped blazer (Private Party Jacket in navy & white) because it is a PERFECT versatile piece to have for spring. For reference, I am wearing a size Large. I went big just in case and because I have obnoxiously long arms. I think it fits well although I could probably get away with a medium as well. Check out the ways I styled it. Do you have a favorite?

Look 1: Blazer + Lemon Skinnies + Coral Necklace + Chunky Sandals

Like I said, I find myself drawn to spring colors like these yellow skinnies. I love that they are a fun color but very mild. Unfortunately they are sold out online. I found them in my local Old Navy store on sale recently. I added a pop of bright coral and orange with a necklace and purse.

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Blazer: Mint Julep Boutique // Grey Blouse: Banana Republic Outlet // Yellow Skinnies: Old Navy, white // Coral Necklace: Target // Sandals: DSW


Look 2: Blazer + Floral Tee + Distressed Jeans + Strappy Sandals

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Blazer: Mint Julep Boutique // Floral Tee: Old Navy, white // Distressed Jeans: Old Navy // Necklace: Old // Sandals: Target, similar


Look 3: Blazer + Colorblock Dress + Yellow Necklace + Cobalt Belt + Peeptoes + Bright Pink Lips

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I love this necklace. It is perfect for spring and summer and will go with anything. I got it in-store at Old Navy and they do not sell jewelry online unfortunately.

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Blazer: Mint Julep Boutique // Dress: Target // Belt: Liz Claiborne // Necklace: Old Navy, similar // Peep-toes: Payless, similar splurge


And now for the moment you have been waiting for…. $25 GIVEAWAY to The Mint Julep Boutique. Click the link below & follow the instructions to enter via rafflecopter. You can log in or use your email address. The giveaway ends March 18th at midnight. Winner will be announced March 20th. Good luck!

CLICK HERE FOR GIVEAWAY

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Product Review: InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask & Emu Oil

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I have used the InstaNatural products before and been very happy with the brand. The entire brand is based on extremely-effective and 100% natural products. They are amazing. I was thrilled when they asked me to try the Dead Sea Mud Mask as well. I have tried a lot of masks in the past and for the most part feel like they are fluff. They make for a fun night of pampering and playing around but don’t really make a difference in the look and feel of my skin. I was blown away after the first time I used this mask. It goes on smoothly and feels refreshing and cool. As soon as I rinsed it off, I was surprised at the diminished look of my pores. As I have been aging, my pores seem impossible to shrink up. This did the trick immediately and lasted for days. I also noticed my fine lines were slightly diminished and my skin was extremely soft. As I mentioned in the other review, I pay attention to the products I use and try to keep it as natural as possible. The ingredients in this mask are something I could make at home–if I had some dead sea mud on hand… There is nothing weird and absolutely no chemicals or parabens. I feel 100% comfortable putting this on my skin and I am absolutely thrilled with the results. It runs right around $25 which is a fantastic price for a tub that will last quite a while. The instructions recommend using once a week and I will definitely be adding this to my skin care routine. The instructions also say it can be used on other areas of the body for things like eczema and sore muscles. I really want to try it for other things too. Although I freaked my kids out a little bit so I may have to do it after they go to bed.

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I am holding the tub crooked and it is killing my OCD self to look at it!

In addition to detoxifying and nourishing my skin with the Mud Mask, I have been using InstaNatural 100% Pure Emu Oil. I started using oils on my face a few  years ago and it has changed my skin for the better in so many ways. I used to be so paranoid about oil on my face and now I grease my face, neck and hands up before bed like crazy. I didn’t realize what Emu Oil was at first until I researched it a bit. It is actually from the emu animal! Apparently it has some incredible healing properties and is fantastic for skin, hair and nails. It has healed the cracks on my poor, dry winter hands. I have also mixed a few drops into my night moisturizer for my face. It makes my skin feel soft without being too oily. Apparently it helps with hair growth if you are looking to grow out eyebrows or have some thinning hair. I am also going to give it to my hubby to try on his eczema. This 4-oz  bottle will last for a very long time since you only need a drop or two and it runs $21.95.

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I would love to hear if you try either of these products and how you like them.

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Outfit Inspiration: Colored Tights

I describe my style as fairly conservative and “normal” but with a pop of fun or something trendy. A lot of times that pop is something with color. I love the colored tights trend but am not comfortable in a super-flashy color like neon yellow. This purple color is fun but not too bold. I kept the rest of the outfit very simple and monochromatic to keep the focus on purple. This ruched skirt is super tight on the backside so I feel the need to cover it slightly with a longer cardigan. Especially when I wear it to church…

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Tank:  Old Navy similar // Cardigan: Express, similar // Ruched Skirt: Victoria’s Secret, similar, similar //

Tights: Vera Wang for Kohl’s, similar, similar // Heels: Amazon  cute with bow

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Good Eats: Layered Chicken Enchiladas

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This is a delicious, lighter recipe for chicken enchiladas. I am not one to fuss with rolling up crumbling tortillas so these are stacked–just like my lentil enchilada recipe. These are pretty quick to put together. Our evenings are insane at our house. I am always scrambling with the after-school homework rush and activities but I still want to feed my family good food. This is a great dish that can be made in advance and put in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Have some chopped veggies or a salad on the side and you have a healthy, delicious meal.

You can adjust the spiciness of this to your tastes by choosing mild, medium or hot enchilada sauce and salsa. I have to keep everything pretty mild in our house unfortunately. My daughter thinks mild green chiles are spicy and burn her mouth. Let me know if you try this recipe. I love hearing from readers.

Layered Chicken Enchiladas

3 cups cooked & shredded chicken

12 oz salsa

1 ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

½ cup chopped cilantro

2.25-oz can sliced olives, drained

15-oz can black beans, drained

15-oz can corn, drained

16-oz can red enchilada sauce

16-oz can green enchilada sauce

corn tortillas (approx. 15)

Toppings: sour cream, avocado, sliced green onions

Combine shredded chicken with salsa and mix well. Add 1 cup cheese, cilantro, olive, beans and corn to chicken mixture. Combine enchilada sauces. Pour 1 cup of combined enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9×13 dish. Tear tortillas in half and place 10 halves on the bottom to cover the sauce. Put half the chicken mixture on top of the tortillas and spread evenly around. Drizzle about ¼- ½ cup enchilada sauce over that. Repeat these steps one more time with the 10 halves, chicken mixture, and enchilada sauce. Spread out 10 more tortilla halves on top of everything. Top with 1 cup enchilada sauce and the remaining ½ cup grated cheese. Bake uncovered at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Top with sour cream, avocado and/or sliced green onions.

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Outfit Inspiration: Red & Leopard

We have had the craziest and most amazing weather here. It goes from snowing 8 inches to 60’s for a few days. I get the best of both worlds–snowy, cozy winter and warm days to spend going on walks and coloring with chalk on the sidewalks with my kids. It helps me tolerate winter a lot better. I have also enjoyed pulling out a few of my non-sweater clothes. This tiered top it great–it hides the belly imperfections SO WELL. No need to suck in. I can’t find a link online but watch your Target because they have these in ¾ and short sleeves most seasons. I adore these jeans and they are on sale right now. I love the dark grey color and the knee seams. Totally cute with moto boots as well. This is an easy, run-around outfit which is what I wear most days–hair in a ponytail or bun and no jewelry. Yep.

img_9843crScarf: gifted, similar // Top: Target, similar, striped // Jeans: Old Navy & on sale! // Leopard Flats: MIA, similar, similar

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How to Transform A Scarf Into A Vest

I absolutely love getting creative with accessories to change up an outfit. Here I am wearing a grey sweater, denim skinnies and brown boots. To me that is just the start of an interesting outfit. I found this oversized, lightweight scarf years ago at Ross for $5 and it seemed perfect to use for this. If you try this, definitely go with the lightest-weight scarf you can find. It makes the knot less noticeable. And you will also want a pretty large sized scarf. You can see the size of mine in the photos below.

I am not sure how good I am at explaining this, so please ask questions and give suggestions! And I promise I am happy–even if the pictures look strange. Here we go:

1: Open up the scarf and hold horizontally. Grab the top two ends with each hand.

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2: Make a teeny tiny double knot with those two pieces. Leave it slightly loose for the next step.

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3: Hold that knot you just made in your left hand and grab the center of the other end of the scarf. It will look like you are folding the scarf in half. Take the piece in your right hand and tie it carefully into the knot in your left hand. I kind of folded it into the center of the loose knot. And then tightened it all together. You want it to stay put, but don’t want tons of bulk here.

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4. Open it up and you will have two holes that you can slip your arms through. The knot goes in the back. You can play around with it by turning it into a bow or tucking the ends under.

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img_0206crWhat do you think? Do you like this look? I think this would look really cute in the summer with a bright floral scarf as well.

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Outfit Inspiration: New Year’s Eve Style With Sequins

I am sitting here at the computer in my robe for the first time I made it out of bed today. We have been fighting a nasty virus in our house and I am #5 of 6 to get it. Needless to say we will not be doing any New Year’s Eve celebrating tomorrow evening. But…. a girl can dream, right? This is what I would wear if I had somewhere to go. Indoors. Since it is also -15 here tonight. I started with this sequined tank that I have shown on the blog recently. I love it and love to have excuses to wear it every holiday season! I toned down the sparkly-ness with a cardigan and black skinnies. I always like some pops of color and so I went with this red necklace. I didn’t realize the “Christmas color” thing I have going on until I am looking at it now. This could easily be worn with boots or booties if you have snow on the ground like we do now.

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Sequin Tank: Old Navy // Cardigan: Old Navy similar // Black Skinnies: Macy’s // Stilettos: Christian Siriano for Payless similar // Necklace: Charming Charlie similar // Bracelet: old similar on super sale

This second outfit is one I wore recently to The Nutcracker with my daughter. As I came down the stairs, my husband said, “Wow. That is pink. And sparkly.” Mission accomplished I guess…. :) When else can I wear sequins? I kept the rest of it simple with black tuxedo leggings and a clear statement necklace. No need for any more color with this outfit. Now don’t laugh, but this sweater is maternity and I actually have quite a few maternity tops that I still wear. They are usually very flattering on a postpartum body and no one can tell, right? Also, Walmart has the most amazing leggings! First of all, they are a steal and secondly, they are super-thick and flattering. I love them. These tuxedo ones have a faux-leather strip down the sides or they also sell a regular ponte legging with a seam down the front and back. I wear them almost daily.

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Sequin Sweater: Motherhood Maternity similar, blush // Tuxedo Leggings: $8 at Walmart // Stilettos: Christian Siriano for Payless similar // Zebra Clutch: gifted similar, splurge//  The Essie Statement Necklace: Bliss by Brooke Fitts // What are you wearing for New Year’s Eve? Do you have any plans?

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Triple Threat: My Mom’s Houndstooth Blazer

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My mom has been going through her basement getting rid of old clothes and other stuff. I snatched up this houndstooth blazer from her before she sent it away. I love it! The pattern is very on-trend right now. I decided not to style it with a skirt because I wanted to keep it more casual and less business-like. I had fun!

Houndstooth Blazer + Black Tank + Flare Jeans + Emerald Heels + Statement Necklace

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Blazer: my mom’s similar, gray, splurge // Tank: Old Navy similar // Jeans: White House Black Market similar // Heels: H&M cobalt, similar, emerald, green

Houndstooth Blazer + Red Shirt + Cuffed Skinny Jeans + Ankle Boots + Blingy Necklace

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Blazer: my mom’s similar, gray, splurge // Shirt: H&M // Skinny Jeans: Forever 21 similar splurge // Ankle Boots: Payless similar splurge  // Necklace: Paparazzi

Houndstooth Blazer + Mustard Cardigan + Jeggings + Plum Scarf + Gray Heels

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Blazer: my mom’s similar, gray, splurge // Cardigan: Banana Outlet similar // Jeggings: Forever 21 similar // Scarf: Cost Plus World Market violet similar // Heels: Amazon  cute with bow

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