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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Make any room in your house a TV room!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bright House Networks for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

You may remember a few months back (you know, when I was actually a blogger) I mentioned that I made the decision to move home while we waited for a closing date for "our" house. After a serious of unfortunate events we never ended up getting the house. A few months have passed since my house hopes were shattered.  During that time, my life has drastically changed, which made me realize that losing the house was actually a blessing in disguise. Long story short, I'm still shacking up at the parentals until the holidays are over and I can get serious about searching for new abode.

Living at my Mom's house at the age of 27 is obviously not ideal for many reasons.  Getting us to agree on one TV show has next to impossible. And since I've been too lazy to set up the TV in my room, I'm thankful to have Bright House TV to keep me company. Lets face it, nobody comes between me and my Real Housewives!
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With Bright House TV, you can Make Any Room a TV Room! BHTV allows customers to view many of the channels they receive as part of their cable TV service through Bright House Networks on their iPad, iPhone, Android device or computer. What that means is that I can start my guilty pleasure of reality TV in the living room and when I'm exhasuted, I can pull it up on my iPad to finish the show in the comfort of my own bed before passing out. 

Bright House TV currently has 250 channels with more being added every month. Did I mention this is a free service that comes with your cable TV service if you are already with Bright House? All you have to do is be within the range of your home's wireless network. 

All the information you need to know is located in the BHTV’s FAQ. To get started, simply download the app and let the fun begin!
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The best kind of Christmas card!

If you haven't seen this video from this extremely talented family, you're in for a real treat. 
Basically, I want to be in this family. Since Penn got a vasectomy, adoption is their only option and I'm available! ; )

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Since we work at a social media marketing company, it's only appropriate that our costumes matched that... with tutu's, obviously :)

Happy Halloween. 

& whatever you do tonight, be safe!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fall is in the air.

After work Friday, I headed straight for some family time on the boat. Wine, sunset, my sweet nephew and relaxing 
on the lake was exactly what I needed. I couldn't have asked for a better Friday night.
On Saturday, I attended a friends wedding. The bride was just as breathtaking as she always is (proof below.) 
The wedding was gorgeous and we had a blast dancing the night away.
Another weekend in the books and it leaves me wondering where the heck this year went. I honestly can't believe it's already October and inching closer to Christmas everyday. This is my favorite time of the year so I'm soaking it all in while I can :)

Speaking of this time of year, I'm on my way to buy this gorgeous sweater that I have been obsessing over all day. Yup, I must have it. Following boutiques on Instagram is probably both the smartest and dumbest thing I've ever done. #sorryimnotsorry

Friday, October 11, 2013

Nail Polish Life Saver

It's time to let you in on a little secret that I've been keeping for a few months.

I finally found the most amazing nail polish in all the land. 

My first question when sampling new nail polish is always about the dry time. I can't tell you how many times I've had freshly polished nails and my hand grazes a pillow after 30 minutes and BAM - smudge! I don't know about you, but I just do NOT have time to wait hours for my fingers to be smudge-proof. Yes, I made that word up :)

Allow me to introduce you to my new favorite nail polish: 
Rimmel London 60 Seconds Nail Polish.
They currently have 26 beautiful shades that I haven't even made a dent in yet. Did I mention these babies can be picked up at your local Walmart for $1.50. I can't make this stuff up. It's a gift from God!

Not only does the nail polish actually dry in 60 seconds but it's smudge-proof in under 5, which allows me to focus my time on other areas that I have yet to master a quicker drying time for, such as MY HAIR. One day, one day.

And just because this dang song won't get out of my head, I'm leaving you with Royals.

You're welcome.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Seeing the world

Traveling scares me.

Not the actual act of exploring new places, but the getting there part. I've said it before and I'll say it again - planes 
are my biggest fear... really any manmade object that involves heights.

There are people who spend their lives waiting for their next adventure. Admittedly, I've never been one 
of those people. I enjoy being at home surrounded by the people that I love most, it's what brings me comfort. 
However, when I see photos like the ones below, I get a strong desire to experience different cultures 
and see all the beauty the world has to offer with my own two eyes.
Those photos alone may, or may not, have single handedly influenced an overseas vacation addition to my 30 before 30 list. 
So much to do, so little time!
I doubt there will ever be a day when I'm too old for a Mary-Kate & Ashley reference ;)

Realistically, I know I'll never see all, or even most, of the world. Let's face it - I don't have the funds, time or 
desire to spend years away from the ones I love. BUT - if you were to do a 2-3 week trip and pack as much in 
as possible, what locations be included on your "must see" list? Tips & tricks always welcome!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sequin Tribal Skirts

Lately, I've been lusting over Tribal/Aztec Sequin Skirts. I want them all, in every color.
If at least one of these could make it's way into my closet, you would see a very happy Stephanie. 

I love that you can dress them up for a night out
Dress them down while going to a daytime outdoors festival
You can even throw on a blazer for a more elegant look
There is something about those shiny versatile numbers that just makes my heart go pitter-patter.
Don't be surprised if you see me rockin' one (or 6) in the coming months :)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Confessional Friday

I confess... I don't like pumpkin anything - not spiced lattes, seeds, pies, nada. The only thing that makes me happy about pumpkins is that they remind me that fall is here. Here in the Sunshine State we don't get to enjoy the leaves changing, the snow falling or the things that most folks do in the north. But, something about the small change in temperature and the month of October reminds me of happiness.
 I confess... My heart is aching - not from the relationships in my life, but other areas. I'm doing my best to look at the bright side of things because I do have so much to be thankful for, but that doesn't mean I'm not still hurting. Trying to stick with the mindset that everything happens for a reason.
I confess... I'm "treating" myself to a shopping spree this weekend. All of my close friends and family have chosen to either be out of town or busy this weekend. Sure, I could reach out to other friends but I don't even have the desire to make plans. So, after a tough few weeks, I've decided to go to therapy, retail style ;)
I confess... I've been slacking in the gym - as in, I haven't been in two weeks. With all the extra free time this weekend, I need to make it a point to get back on track. Our company is taking us on a cruise for our retreat in a month. It's time to get to work if I hope to be bikini ready by then!
Join the link-up to share your confessions!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

My first VoxBox from Influenster!

What Is Influenster?

Influenster is a free -to-join community of invited trendsetters who live to give opinions of products and experiences. Influenster creates links between brands and members to reward participation and influence future products.
I was thrilled after being selected for my very first VoxBox, like elated. Sad, I know.
They sent me a new SlimSoft toothbrush, Colgate Total Mouthwash and toothpaste. Perfect timing for the ol' switch-a-roo, as it was 3-months since I bought my last toothbrush. The toothbrush was amazing and I immediately fell in love with it.

I'm not committed to one brand when it comes to toothpaste. I switch between Colgate and Crest and I definitely think I'll be purchasing this Colgate Total Whitening when my current tube runs out. I loved the flavor and my teeth felt squeaky clean after. Plus, who doesn't love travel size cosmetics? :)

If you want to join Influenster, you can signup here!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

30 before 30

I always tell myself I want to get back into blogging - then life happens. I need to remember that the sole purpose of this blog is to be able to look back on all of the things I did. Starting now, I'm making a pledge to blog at least once a week. If I can do more, I will but I think that's a good goal to get back into the grove of things. 

Speaking of goals - I've had a 30-by-30 list going on for over two years. I'm ashamed to say that I've barely crossed off anything during that time. For the sake of accountability, I figured I should share it. So, here it goes!
  1. Go to New York 
  2. Take a trip to Boston
  3. Go to Chicago - take a photo in front of the 'Bean'
  4. Visit Charleston 
  5. New 4-door car - black on black
  6. Pay off said car
  7. Own a home 
  8. Have my fairytale wedding... & a marriage more beautiful than my wedding.
  9. Be called Mommy.. maybe even by two kids.
  10. See The Fray in concert
  11. See James Morrison live
  12. Develop a regular workout routine - 3 times a week before work?
  13. Pay off student loans <-- I can't wait for this day!
  14. Become a member of a church and attend regularly
  15. Have home decor for every holiday
  16. Host and prepare a holiday dinner for my entire family
  17. Have a White Christmas
  18. Obtain a position at a non-profit to gain experience for Make-A-Wish
  19. Go white-water rafting
  20. Go horseback riding on the beach
  21. Swim with dolphins
  22. Run an official 5k
  23. Go skiing in North Carolina
  24. Go camping
  25. Start a family tradition
  26. Stop drinking soda
  27. Learn to french braid <-- I've never been able to do that!
  28. Build up my savings to 20k
  29. Pay for a strangers meal
  30. Have the photos on all my computers transfered onto one hardrive
With just under 3 years remaining until the big 3-0, it looks like it's time to get to work ;)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Football Fashion - Gameday Bows

Allow me to introduce you to my favorite new accessory.
When I first saw Gameday Bows, it was love at first sight. They transform a simple dress into an entirely new outfit, all while simultaneously paying homage to your favorite team. I mean, what girl isn't drawn to the perfect tailgate outfit?

The bows are made with the finest fabrics and tailored to perfection. The website allows you to pick by color or 
by team, as well as read the sweet story about how the idea came to fruition. It's unlikely, but if you 
don't see your teams color displayed, they do take custom orders!

Please tell me you see the adorableness that is this FSU bow? And, if you were dropped on your head 
as a child, you'll love this Gator inspired bow (yes, the Florida/Florida State rivalry runs that 
deep, but I'm willing to admit that those colors make a darn cute bow)

Not to worry if sports isn't your thing - these bows can work for any occasion.

Just take a peek at this beauty rockin' a bow to a derby party.
This entire photo, including the red velvet cupcakes in the background, are making me wish I was invited to that party.
Look at this bow takin' in some rays during a trip to the beach
The designer of these brilliant bows, Loren, is about as adorable as the bows themselves (proof in the photo below.) 
That bright green bow paired with this gorgeous floral dress is perfection.
Obsessed is putting it lightly. I ordered a gold bow to use for both FSU & UCF game days. But I've got my eye on a 
couple others that I'm dying to make mine, such as these dazzling chevron bows. Swoon.
If I had to guess, I'd say Gameday Bows will be popping up around all tailgates over the next few years. If you're not sold yet, follow me on Instagram to see me rock a bow to my Alma Maters first home game of the season in just two short weeks!

Linkup with one of my favorite budget savvy ladies, Erin, for Football Friday! 
Love, Fun & Fotball

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Nail Files

We all know my love affair with Essie. The polish, the color assortment, the brush, etc... it's all perfection. Therefore, it should come as no shock that I'm rocking a new color to bring me into the weekend.

Say hello to Essie Lilacism

It's a laveder/grey mix that I think is just perfect for those of us that are trying to hold onto summer as long as we can. Let's face it - I live in Florida so it's practically summer year round, but we try to stick with the seasons as much as possible.
One thing I don't love is the drying time. I found the most amazing nail polish with the fastest drying time recently and I'm super excited to share it with you all next week :)