I Enjoy Seeing her Fail….(insert evil laugh here…)

You love Trump, you hate Trump...you voted for Hillary, you couldn't stand Hillary...whatever your take is on certain situations, why does our human nature go into "competition" mode more often than not.  Why do OUR opinions always have to be the RIGHT ones. Have you ever considered that our very own "Girl Power" is hindered by girls themselves.  What I mean by that is, you have to sit and wonder why it is that as women we SOMETIMES get slight satisfaction out of hearing ill fated news of … [Read more...]

“Am I too old to wear that?” When are we too old for shorts, leggings, and crop tops?

I hear this statement all the time in the boutique, "I'm too old to wear that!"  Just this week a co-worker and I who are in our late 30's asked the questions "Are we too old for shortS?" So what is the answer? Are we too old? Vogue says "To assume style has an expiry date is as problematic as it is boring. Does fashion cater to youth culture? Well, duh. But that’s arguably because youth is the fashion gateway." I loved this answer! The more and more I researched what the gods of fashion say … [Read more...]

To my B.F.F. as you become a Mama…

My B.F.F. is about to become a mama. I'm a little "emo" tonight thinking about this and wishing I was able to be there for her and welcome her new little baby girl into the world in person.  Tomorrow my friend Ashley will be induced and her life will change forever.  The Ashley I've known since 7th grade will soon become an entirely different human being.  A person whose heart will grow bigger, love will reach new levels and joy will overflow when she holds her brand new baby.  Nothing I say … [Read more...]

Skin Cancer Looks Pretty On You…Lessons Learned

This will be the first summer I'm actually not trying to get a tan. Last year, on a whim while I was at the doctor for a sore throat I asked her to check out a strange mole.  Long story short...that turned into her removing 2 "concerning" moles on my back. She sent those in and they revealed cancerous cells.  She then sent me to a dermatologist for a full body skin cancer scan.  I diligently made my appointment, had another spot tested and yet again, it turned out to be basal cell … [Read more...]

Here’s why you didn’t get the job

Frustrated you haven't landed your dream job, or any quality job for that matter? Here's why you didn't get the job... Okay, that might be exaggerating a tinch, but let me fill you in on a few things I've learned along the way.  I've received 100's of resumes over the years in my profession and audited and/or led many, many interviews. Additionally, I'm in a unique position as I've been the employee, the manager, the general manager and now the owner of a business.  What I can tell you is … [Read more...]

I’m a Crappy Wife

Ohhhhh the season of love... Valentine's Day...do you love it, do you hate it?  I've been with "my" love since I was 15 years old.  Yep!  High school sweethearts and still together 23 years later.  One thing I know for sure is that he loved me then and he loves me now.  I know the saying, "more than I deserve," may sound cliche but I sincerely feel this way about my husband.  Now hear me out...what I'm about to say is true, but if you don't know me well enough, know that I'm extremely … [Read more...]

Quit being so serious! Ugh!

So I'm Type A, I'm a control freak and I'm a slight perfectionist.  Whatevs...I've been destined for those roles!  It's not completely all my fault!  I'm the oldest child and I grew up to be the boss (of my family business and my family...sorry Mike, let's face it, I am). During a business training session way back in 2007 or so I took the DISC personality test.  "D" stands for Dominant, "I" stands for Influencer, "S" stands for Steady and "C" stands for Compliant.  I was the only one in the … [Read more...]

Teachable Treasures to Remember

So...Christmas is done, packages have been opened and the decorations have been put away.  Are we a little exhausted...um, yes.  Are we slightly relieved all the chaos has come to and end, probably.  I have to admit, I get a little OCD about putting away everything and having a "clean" looking home again.  However, it always pains me to eventually throw away all of the beautiful holiday cards I received throughout the season.  Many families took the time to snap a dreaded family photo, write a … [Read more...]

Mistletoe Kisses Kocktail

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays...I can appreciate a little time to sit down, have a cocktail and laugh with good friends.  I REALLY appreciate friends who put effort into making a night special with exquisite drinks, yummy food and gorgeous holiday decor ambiance (even though their company is enough). A few friends and I recently had a progressive dinner party...appetizers at one person's home, dinner at the next and dessert to cap the night off.  We had a ball!  One of the … [Read more...]

Fall MUST HAVE’s for Fashion

  Ponchos:  The right size, the right fit and they're the classy way to keep warm before we bundle up in our parkas!                     Turquoise: The color of jewelry that pops off our favorite autumn hues of burgandy, orange and mustard!                 Short Boots: Cuff the denim and throw on the boots, look instantly in style … [Read more...]

Sippin’ on Sunshine!

SUMMER...SUNSHINE...SIPS OF SWEETNESS... Deeeeeep sigh....FINALLY it's summertime here in good ol' Minnesota.  I have never made it a secret I was planted in the wrong state.  I'm a warm weather gal.  But!  I will give the northern state props for the best summer weather in the country! Summertime to me means scents of tropical sunscreen, cut offs and flip flops, crackling campfires with friends and brighter moods to match the sunshine!  Traditions include weekends at the lake where … [Read more...]

Essential Oils for Babies? We think we’re in love!!!

Recently at our winter market I came across a new line of perfectly blended baby Essential Oils that are safe enough to use on little one's 6 months old or older.  I don't know about you...but I hate giving my kids medicine if I don't have to.  I personally use Essential Oils for adults but was hesitant to use too much on my kids. So I was thrilled to find this lovely new line of baby care products! The company who manufacturers these blends was actually started by two moms and their line of … [Read more...]

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