Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Beach Bum

Today I’m sharing the importance of sunscreen as a sponsored series for Socialstars™ #HawaiianTropicCrowd.

This past weekend was a 3-day weekend for Brandon and I—and a much-needed 3-day weekend at that. We headed back down to Lake Rathbun (the 2nd largest lake in Iowa) for a golf tournament and stayed at Honey Creek Resort, which is right on the water. We were up at 6am and outside for about 12+ hours each day. It was a hot one, let me tell you! Temps were in the mid ‘90s and the sun was beating down pretty hard.

When we weren’t at the golf course or the driving range, we were out enjoying the gorgeous summer weather either at the marina or relaxing at the beach. It was so nice to be able to have a drink in hand, no cell phone and be able to unwind after some seriously long weeks of work. I cherish time off so much now.

All this time in the sun definitely makes me conscious about sunburns and aging—a big no thank you to both! I have become a big fan of sunscreen in the past few years. When you’re a kid, you just care about being tan but don’t think about the consequences of the sun. I’m finally getting Brandon to care about his skin too. This weekend we brought one of my favorite sunscreens to both the golf course and beach, the new Hawaiian TropicSilk Hydration Weightless Lotion.  Branodn and I love this stuff because it goes on so smooth leaving our skin feeling pampered and protected and most importantly without the feeling of a greasy residue. Brandon definitely can’t have that while he’s golfing! Hawaiian Tropic is the only indulgent sun care brand offering products with island inspired fragrances to ignite your senses. It smells so incredibly good that it almost make us think we’re on the ocean, not at a lake in Iowa.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Boho At The Beach

I’m sharing #OBelievers in my life as part of an o.b.®  sponsored series for Socialstars™.


I know, I know, it’s been awhile. After a few emails, texts, phone calls etc. I decided I better give my little place on the Internet some love. Apparently when you don’t post for a week or so people get worried. Brandon and I have just been insanely busy. We’re trying to prioritize a wee bit more time to breathe, not think about anything and be calm. We have quite a few custom homes and renovations going on right now. It’s keeping our scheduled jam-packed. Lately I’ve been trying to spend as much time as I can—which equals to minutes a day—relaxing and one of the places that calms me most is the beach. I love laying in the sand, hearing the wave and soaking in the sun. I hope to spend many more days and nights hanging out at the lake, especially since the pups love it there, too!

Being at the beach means that it’s officially bikini season. Whenever I head to the lake I always pack a few essentials including my sea salt spray for my hair, SPF, sunglasses and I always throw in a couple o.b.® Tampons. The packing is so compact—aka less waste— which means tossing a few in my bag is so easy and takes up practically zero space. Don’t get caught at the beach without some!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5 Things I'll Never Be Without This Summer

Today I’m sharing the five things I'lll never be without this summer as a sponsored series for Socialstars™ #HawaiianTropicCrowd.

Dress (40% off!)  |  Booties  |  Sunglasses  |  Bag  | Sunscreen

This will be a very busy summer for Brandon and I. We both have the most hectic schedules ever with work and travel. Let’s just say we’ll be taking things day by day. Here are five things that I’ll always have with me this summer to help make life a little easier.

1. Aviators
Aviators are my go-to sunglasses. I owe 5-6 pair that I wear almost everyday. You’ll NEVER find me without them. They’re my must-haves when I don’t want to wear makeup or to protect my face from the sun.

2. Fresh Flowers
There’s something about fresh flowers that make me happy and help keep me sane. After a busy day at work, there is nothing more refreshing that a bouquet of fresh flowers on my kitchen table.

A few years ago, I started getting serious about my skin. No one likes wrinkles or sunburns, so I always carry sunscreen with me. My favorite is the new Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion because it goes on so smooth leaving my skin feeling pampered and protected—no greasy residue. Hawaiian Tropic is the only indulgent sun care brand offering products with island inspired fragrances to ignite your senses. It smells so incredibly good. Warning: It will make you want to be on a beach.  Want to win an indulgent getaway for two to a tropical destination? Find out how below with the #MyAlohaMoment sweeps.

How to enter:
Upload a photo and tag #myalohamoment #sweepstakes and @hawaiiantropic for a chance to win. Join the conversation by creating and posting your own images with the hashtags above. Your photos should be Hawaiian Tropic Aloha Therapy themed, but they are not required to include the product.  The grand prize is an indulgent getaway for two to a tropical destination! There will be 2 runner-up prizes. These winners will receive a Hawaiian Tropic gift pack filled with fun summer essentials. Good luck!

4. Effortless Dresses
The easiest thing for me to throw on in the summer is a simple and effortless dress. I’ve been stocking up on them. This one is currently 40% off making it under $50! I love wearing them with sneakers, booties or sandals. It makes getting dressed in the morning easy and efficient.

5. Cross-Body Bags

I’m constantly on my phone on email or my hands are full of bags, racks of clothing or samples for our home building and renovation clients which means having a cross-body bag I can toss on to carry my essentials in a must!