September at a glance

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September was a crazy busy month for me.  There was so much going on that I still feel like I'm catching up.  Do you ever feel like that??

First I showed you how to make a DIY Wedding Card Album

I introduced you to a few more of my Style Icons:  Olivia Wilde, Kate Beckinsale, and Miranda Kerr

I told you a little bit about were I was from, Pittsburgh

And I shared my Fall Bucket List

It was definitely a busy month!  But it doesn't look like it's going to be slowing down anytime soon because I've already got a lot of things planned for October.  So excited!

OUTFIT: Date day with my hubby

Monday, September 29, 2014


It's getting chilly here in PA, so I have officially broken out my favorite leather jacket.  I probably wear it 3 or 4 times a week.  I love it!  If you've been around my blog for a while then you already know that I have a little bit of an obsession with tribal print.  I swear almost half of my closet is tribal, if not more!

These photos are actually from a couple weekends ago, my hubby and I actually had the chance to have a date day.  We had my mom watch her for a couple hours just to have some "us" time.  We definitely needed it!  Our plans were to go out to eat and see a movie, but we ended up missing the show time that we wanted so I got to do some shopping instead (thus the Express bag in my hand in the first picture).


We also decided to stop and have a drink at Rock Bottom, a microbrewery located right in the shopping plaza. (How convenient is that?!)  I love playing with my daughter and she is the cutest baby ever, BUT it was sooo nice to be able to have an actual conversation with my husband.  We had a lot of fun just sitting there being goofballs and flirting with each other like it was our first date.


Life lately

Sunday, September 28, 2014



Today is day #28 of the Blogtember Challenge and today's prompt is: What were your highs and lows for the month?

HIGH - I got to go to a comedy show with my mom last weekend.  My mom is my best friend so I love having our girl's nights.  I also got to have a much needed baby-free date day with my husband a couple weeks ago. (Post about that tomorrow)

HIGH - Paige had her 18 month check up and the doctor said she is very advanced for her age.  Her height and weight were perfect too.  Yayy parenting win!!

LOW - Unfortunately, I've had a few health problems lately.  If you read THIS POST then you probably remember me saying that I've been having sudden vision loss where I lose almost all of my vision for up to 40 minutes at a time.  I've been to 2 specialists and they are both saying that it is "migraine with aura" or "ocular migraines".  The headache specialist basically told me that I will suffer with them my whole life and there is nothing they can do or give me to prevent them.....  so that sucks.  My husband is making me see another specialist to get some bloodwork to make sure that it's not some nutrient that I'm missing causing me to get these headaches... so we will see.

HIGH - This one sort of goes along with the last one...  but it's more positive.  When I went to the Retina Specialist for my vision loss problems, she did a bunch of different test and confirmed that there is nothing wrong with my eyes.  So my biggest fear, that I was going to lose my vision completely one of these times, was alleviated.  Thank goodness!!

LOW - Along with these crazy headache and vision problems, I've been having a lot of trouble sleeping lately.  I suffered from insomnia for a very long time, but I am worried that it is coming back.  Also, lack of sleep can bring on my crazy headaches....double boo!

HIGH - Two job openings that would be absolutely PERFECT for me opened up recently, so fingers crossed that I will be hearing back from one of them soon!!

HIGH - It's FALL!!!  I love Fall.  This is my favorite time of year.  I love it because it feels like it kicks off the long holiday season.  First my birthday Oct 29th (even tho I'm turning 30 this year, yuck!), Halloween, my hubby's birthday, Thanksgiving, ahem Black Friday shopping!, and CHRISTMAS, then New Year's!!  It's like a never-ending party!!

HIGH - I won my first giveaway ever!!  I never win anything, so I was so happy!  I won this amazingly cute quote from The Artsy Apple.  Thank you so much again!!  It is now hanging in my art studio for inspiration!


So it looks like I have more "Highs" than "Lows".  How has your month been going??

Style Icon: Miranda Kerr

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Another person's style that I absolutely love is Miranda Kerr's.  She always looks so put together and stylish, even while carrying around a little one.  What is she, superwoman?!  Seriously??  When I'm out and about with my little one I feel like I probably look like a crazy person.  I'm normally covered in cookie crumbs and have "mystery" handprints.  Sometimes it's better not to try to identify what it is that they have just wiped all over you or in your hair.

I love how she styles her casual outfits.  She wears neutral pieces and then adds one item to make the look pop.  Take a look at her stylings below and you will see what I mean.


Her red carpet style is to die for too.  I'm absolutely in love with her choices below.  I can't pick a favorite.  She has a great way of pulling off the sexy but classy look.


If you missed the other Style Icon series posts, then check them out here:
Style Icon: Jessica Alba
Style Icon: Olivia Wilde
Style Icon: Kate Beckinsale

Blog-tember Challenge - DAY 24

Wednesday, September 24, 2014



What are some things you want to do this Fall?

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35 Things to do in Pittsburgh

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


  • See the sunset at Mt. Washington overlooks
  • Dueling piano bar - Sing Sing
  • Comedy shows - Improv or The Funnybone
  • Ohiopyle State Park
  • Try your luck at River's Casino - www.riverscasino.com/pittsburgh
  • Gateway Clipper dinner or sightseeing cruisewww.gatewayclipper.com
  • Play games at Dave & Buster's . It's like a Chuck E Cheese for grown ups!  So much fun!
  • 'Burg Bits and Bites food tour - burghfoodtour.com
  • Color Me Mine - paint it yourself ceramics studio - www.pittsburgh.colormemine.com
  • Moonlit horseback rides - Bridgeville - Check it out HERE
  • Couples cooking class @ Crate
  • Rock wall climbing @ The Climbing Wall
  • Visit one of the many art museums - Andy Warhol Museum or Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Carnegie Science Center Sky Watch on Friday and Saturday nights - Click HERE for link
  • Just Ducky Tour - takes rider on land and water through city - www.justduckytours.com
  • Go see a theater production @ Byham, Benedum Center, or Heinz Hall. You can find tickets for shows at any of those 3 theaters at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust site
  • Take a salsa class - www.salsapittsburgh.com
  • Attend an improv show - Clo Caberet or Steel City Improv
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens - phipps.conservatory.org
  • Duquesne Incline - scale Mt. Washington in a cable car for an incredible view of the Pittsburgh skyline - 400ft incline
  • National Aviary - www.aviary.org
  • Children's Museum - pittsburghkids.org
  • Pittsburgh Zoo - www.pittsburghzoo.org
  • South Side bar crawl - Carson St. in South Side is full of bars lining each and every block.  If you don't like the atmosphere at one place you could try next door at the next one.  It's almost impossible to make it to every single bar in one night.
  • Station Square - This is where you will find the night clubs for dancing, and during the day a few restaurants.  They also host a lot of walking tours that will give you information about the history of Pittsburgh  www.stationsquare.com
  • Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History - www.photoantiquities.org
  • Sandcastle water park - Featuring a bunch of different kinds of water slides (tubes, speed slides, and body slides), a wave pool, a regular pool, a lazy river, and even a kiddie pool and playground.  It's fun for all ages. www.sandcastlewaterpark.com
  • Kennywood amusement park - Kennywood is one of the oldest amusement parks in America.  It was founded in 1898 and has been considered a National Historic Landmark since 1987.  Obviously it has grown with the times and features steel and wooden coasters, water rides, and even has a kiddie land for the little ones   www.kennywood.com/
  • Frick Art and Historical Center
  • Pittsburgh Ghost Tour - hauntedpittsburghtours.com
  • Toonseum - toonseum.org
  • Laurel Caverns - laurelcaverns.com
  • Skydive - skydivepennsylvania.com
  • Hofbrauhaus - Modeled after the legendary hall in Munich.  Beer is brewed on site in HUGE mugs.  Everyone is dressed in traditional Bavarian attire - hofbrauhauspittsburgh.com
  • Visit "The Point" at Point State Park - This is where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River - thus "The 3 Rivers" .  This is where you will also find the Fort Pitt Museum, where you can learn about the history in the area.

top 2 pictures: "The Point" Point Park,  Station Square at night
Duquesne Incline, Heinz Feild (home of the Steelers), Gateway Clipper
Sandcastle waterpark, Laurel Caverns, Kennywood Park

If you know of any other places in Pittsburgh that I should add to my list, send me an email or leave it in the comment section below!

Blog-tember Challenge - DAY 22

Monday, September 22, 2014


Today is day #22 of the Blog-tember Challenge over at Brave Love blog.  Today's prompt is: Introduce us to 5 Blogs you read and tell us why .  There are always a few blogs that I check every single day to see if they have anything new.  Here are my top 5 (in no particular order)

Grateful Heart linkup w/ Ember Grey
Emily is probably one of the sweetest bloggers you will ever meet!  She has the greatest heart and positive attitude.  She hosts a weekly link-up called Grateful Heart.  Basically every Monday you can link up and share what you are grateful about this week.  It's definitely a great new way to think about Monday for me, since I always hated Mondays.  Instead of going into a week being grumpy, you get to start it out thinking about the things you are grateful for.  Isn't that a great concept?!  She also shares really hilarious conversations between her and her husband.  Seriously, so funny!

Jade & Oak
Jackie is a Pittsburgher like me, who blogs a lot about her amazingly cute pugs, her life and home design.  She is a new home owner and shares so many great decor ideas.  She also shares a lot of blogging tips, which I really appreciate because I am still fairly new at this whole blogging life.

The Grits Blog
Ashley's blog is the first blog that I ever sponsored and she was so helpful and great with me.  She is also a huge sweetheart that blogs about what's going on in her life, her cute puppies, really helpful blog tips, and even hair tutorials.  Seriously, what's not to love!


Rachael is a free-spirited artist that blogs about her life, her adorable animals, her art, and shares her fashion.  She was one of the very first bloggers that I started following, and probably what made me decide to start blogging myself.  She has such a different style of art and focuses a lot on nature around her.  She is also designing her very own tarot deck right now and has even done the art for a book!  How cool is that?!


Exploring My Style
Exploring my Style
Lauren is a super down to earth fashion blogger that I LOVE getting outfit ideas from.  She will show you a dozen different ways to style one skirt,  how/what to pack for a trip (I always feel so lost when I try), and shares her thrifting adventures.

Do you follow any of the same blogs?  What ones are your favorites?  I would love to check them out!

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