Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Best Berry Lipsticks For Any Skin Tone

This fall berry-, plum-, and wine-colored lipsticks are HOT! They are the must-wear shade of the moment, but the problem is it's difficult to find a shade that looks good on you.

After doing a bit of lipstick research, aka happily testing out a bunch of shades, I've found 4 shades that will look great on anyone, no matter what your skin tone, age, or size of your lips.


1. MAC Rebel
This shade is by far my favorite out of all of the ones I tried. It is near perfect. If you need a liner, MAC has one that will complement this lip color.


2. Smashbox "Fig"
A combination of plum and berry like a deep red grape.

3. NARS "Scarlet Empress"
This rich, vivid shade of wine adds sexy to your smile.


4. Maybelline "Blissful Berry"
A plum/wine shade that's perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

For more of the best in beauty this week, be sure to check out #BeautyBuzz hosted by Momtrends, Mama in HeelsSassy Moms in the City and Jo-Lynne Shane! Don't miss it for the best beauty products, beauty secrets, and fabulous beauty giveaways.


Fall Fun: Jenkinson's Boo at the Boardwalk #JenksAmbassador

For two weekends in the fall, Jenkinson's Boardwalk hosts Boo on the Boardwalk, a seaside celebration filled with Halloween fun including games, trick-or-treating and more. The kids get a chance to take an early spin in their costumes and collect candy from Jenkinson's businesses including the Sweet Shop and the aquarium.

On Saturday, we took a stroll on the boardwalk to check out the festivities. It was a nice switch up from the pumpkin patches and apple orchards that we've been visiting as of late.

There was plenty of fun for the kiddos including a coloring table with fun and spooky pictures. You could even turn your coloring creation into a mask.

There was a prize wheel. You spin it. You win it!

There were fun photo opps including a threesome of scarecrows.

And a Jenkinson's step and repeat.


We had a chance to sneak in a few games of Skee-Ball too!

After the boardwalk fun, we headed to the aquarium. The penguins are in the spirit of Halloween!

Our timing couldn't have been more perfect. We hit the seal and shark feedings.


Jenkinson's Boo on the Boardwalk is a limited engagement. You can enjoy the fun on Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th from 12 - 4 pm. The aquarium hours are 10 am - 5 pm on Saturdays and Sunday.

For more information, visit jenkinsons.com.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Life Lately: JDRF Walk To Cure Diabetes ~ 2014

Yesterday was the 2014 Jersey Shore JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in Avon-By-The-Sea, New Jersey. I was a little late getting on board since this was our first year participating in the walk, but I pulled off putting a team together.

And...the best part is our team, Harper's Heroes, raised $1,620 towards finding a cure for type 1 diabetes! THANK YOU if you donated, if you walked, if you sent an encouraging message.

Thank you. Thank you!


I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of how crowded the walk would be. This is the first year that the walk was combined to include 2 counties. Once we arrived and navigated the crowd to find the registration tent, things went smoothly. We checked our team in and grabbed a few t-shirts.

It was crowded, but the crowd was so excited. Everyone was so pumped and thrilled to be part of such a worthy cause. And when you see the type 1 diabetics walking around proudly wearing their blue ribbons, you can't help but to feel empowered. Empowered to help change the future landscape of juvenile diabetes.

My little hero wearing her blue ribbon
We had an awesome team comprised of friends and family. Here's a shot of everyone huddled together to stay warm at the starting line.

Harper's Heroes 2014

The walk was 2.32 miles and took place on the boardwalk or beach, where the kids preferred to walk. The energy was infectious. I loved seeing all the creative team t-shirts. We've already starting planning our tee for next year's walk.

Type 1 diabetes is a disease that requires the support of everyone around you, and it was definitely obvious at this walk that there is plenty of support and commitment in the community. I feel fortunate to have a fantastic team of people supporting Harper and our family.

Harper after crossing the finish line
A finish line celebration
Official team photo (minus a few members)
For more information about JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) or to donate or find a walk near you, click here.

Menu Plan Monday :: 10.20.2014

The weather is finally turning fall-like, and I'm excited about making a few soups and some meals in the slow cooker this week. Not only is it comfort food at it's finest, but it's also super easy!


Here's what we'll be eating this week.

Monday - Swedish meatballs over egg noodles

Tuesday - Slow cooker chicken noodle soup

Wednesday - Southwestern style stuffed peppers

Thursday - Orange chicken and vegetable stir-fry

Friday - Spicy chicken pasta

Saturday - Hubs is on dinner duty

Sunday - Pulled Buffalo chicken sliders

What's on your plate this week? For more meal time inspiration, visit I'm An Organizing Junkie's Meal Plan Monday linkup.

To view all of my menu planning posts, click here. Visit my What's For DinnerPasta, and Soups On! Pinterest boards for even more ideas.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday's Fresh Picks: Favorite Coffee Table Books

I truly believe that you can tell a lot about someone by the books that they have sitting on their coffee table. You can glean what they are passionate about, what they love to do in their spare time, and what appeals to them.

It's pretty obvious what I am passionate about based on my favorite coffee table books.

{California Book - a picturesque tour of the Golden State}


{More than Human - a fascinating look at animals as you've never seen them before}


{Tory Burch: In Color - Tory's latest creation is chock full of her favorite things}


{Hollywood: Then and Now® - a comparison of the glamorous Hollywood of yesteryear to today's slick urban existence}


{Humans of New York - a look at the people who inhabit this diverse city}


{Paris in Color - a glorious, full color look at the City of Light}


{HUE - if drooling over impeccable interior design is your thing, this book is for you}

Friday Fresh Picks are hand-picked favorite items, reviews and highlights from the amazing women you see above.
Visit their websites to learn about other amazing picks from this week!


To view all of my Friday Fresh Picks posts, click here.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

English Muffins Four Ways

We tend to think of English muffins as a breakfast staple, but they are actually quite tasty when eaten for lunch, dinner, or a snack. It's pretty simple to turn a basic English muffin into a spectacular meal when you get adventurous with your toppings. Put the butter dish back into the refrigerator and try one of these combinations instead.

Peanut Butter + Sliced Bananas + Cinnamon

Cream Cheese + Sliced Strawberries

Hummus + Sliced Cucumbers + Roasted Red Pepper Strips

Pizza Sauce + Shredded Mozzarella

For more tempting treats, check out my my Yummy Treats Pinterest board.

Best Online Reads


The links I am loving this week:

1. Ten drugstore beauty products everyone should own via Yahoo Style.

2. The funniest tweets from parents this week via HuffPost Parents.

3. The money fears that keep people up at night and how to banish them via Purple Clover.

4. 10 people you should be tipping via Real Simple.

5. Are you arranging your furniture wrong? via Better Homes and Gardens.

6. See how desks have evolved over the past 30 years and which apps have replaced common office tools via Visual News.

7. These vanilla bean confetti cookies would be perfect paired with tea via Joy The Baker.

8. Where to sit in a restaurant if you don't want to overeat via MindBodyGreen.

9. The 12 most annoying types of texters via Distractify.

10. The real value of $100 in each of the 50 states via Tax Foundation.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On the Go With PackIt Insulated Cooler Bags

During the summer and fall months, we spend a lot of time on the go. In the summer, it's generally the beach, the pool, and road trips that keep us in the car. In the fall, it's sporting events, school activities, and an occasional weekend away that keep us out and about.

With all the time spent in the car, it's helpful to have a stash of snacks and beverages at the ready to keep the kids energized. I don't know about you, but the the thought of constantly filling up a cooler with ice and ice packs fills me with dread. I want a simple, mess-free solution for keeping drinks cold and food fresh.


PackIt insulated cooler bags are the perfect solution. PackIt bags are easy to use and are mess-free. They are perfect for families and children. My first experience with PackIt came a few years ago when my youngest daughter wanted a PackIt lunch bag for school. I thought it was a brilliant idea. No more ice packs. No more worrying about whether or not her perishables would stay cool.

PackIt bags have built-in insulated gel-lined walls. Simply place the bag in the freezer at night and remove it in the morning to pack. PackIt bags are soft-sided coolers that are lead-free, PVC-free, BPA-free and are non-toxic and food safe. PackIt bags are available in a variety of fun, fashion-forward colors and designs.

We received a PackIt picnic tote in the summer, and it turned out to be a true life saver. We took it to the beach, to the pool, to the park, and used it in the car for long car trips. It was especially helpful for storing my daughter's insulin pens while we were out and about, since insulin needs to be kept cool.

PackIt bags retain their cooling power for up to 10 hours. They feature an easy to clean interior and zip closures to lock in cold air.

So, for us, they are perfect for yogurt, hummus, apples, water, and of course, insulin pens.


The picnic tote offers plenty of storage room for everything you need for a day out or a long trip in the car.

It folds up easily to fit in your freezer. Unfold, shake, and fill!


PackIt bags are perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Fill it and keep it close by in the car so the kids and you can reach for a drink or snack quickly and easily. We will be heading to Hershey, PA for a few days after Christmas, and you can bet this bag will definitely be a part of our trip.

They are available in a variety of sizes including a single wine bag, a double wine bag, a grocery bag, a sandwich bag, a salad bag and more!

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary PackIt picnic tote to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Loving Lately: V-Neck Sweaters

Over the weekend while shopping for a few essentials at Target, I also happened to pick up a v-neck sweater. Why can I never go in there and get only what's on my list???

I had no intention of looking in the women's clothing section, but I told myself "oh, what can a little peek hurt?" And actually, in my defense, my little peek only cost me $15.99 (with a Cartwheel offer). I bought the comfiest v-neck sweater in light gray. I am loving it! I've already worn it twice. It's so soft, and it's perfect with boyfriend jeans or a pair of black trousers. So totally versatile.

You can see the v-neck sweater I bought here.

This little sweater has me hooked. So I went in search of some other great deals on similar sweaters and found a plethora of colors and blends (including cashmere) at Uniqlo. Take a look.

You can check out the full collection of Uniqlo sweaters here.

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 2014 Birchbox Deconstructed #Birchbox

My October 2014 Birchbox arrived late last week. I loved last month's box so much that this month, I kept my expectations low. I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't overly thrilled either.


Here's what I got in this month's Birchbox.

1. dr. brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner (Received a sample. Full size, $45)
Obviously, this isn't an actual vacuum cleaner. What it is, however, is a pore cleaner in gel form that promises fewer blackheads and smoother skin.
My thoughts: I liked that this was more of pore cleanser and not a minimizer that is applied prior to makeup. I liked the smooth feel of my face afterwards, and the gel turns a bluish color once applied, letting you know it's working.

2. Lord & Berry Paillettes Glitter Eye Pencil in Black (Received a sample. Full size, $18)
Eye pencil is studded with silvery glitter bits for a subtle shimmer.
My thoughts: This is great for a night out on the town, but I'd never wear this for my everyday look.

3. TOCCA Crema da Mano, Bianca lotion (Received a sample. Full size, $10)
This combination of green tea and lemon lotion absorbs fast and is long lasting.
My thoughts: I always love getting another purse-sized hand lotion. This one smells fantastic and  is super nourishing, perfect for the upcoming winter season. 

4. Jouer, Matte Moisture Tint (Nude) (Received a sample. Full size, $38)
This tinted moisturizer offers an SPF of 15 and helps to control shine.
My thoughts: As far as tinted moisturizes go, this one was a nice one, but I prefer a BB or a CC cream to tinted moisturizer.

5. Harvey Prince Petaly Noir Perfume (Received a sample. Full size, $55)
This is a lush floral scent that evokes a midnight stroll among blossoming orchids.
My thoughts: This is a very floral scent. It's pretty although I am drawn to scents that are more on the fresh side than the floral one.

All items available for purchase through the links above or at www.birchbox.com.

To see all of my Birchbox posts, click here.

To see more of my favorite beauty products, check out my Beauty board on Pinterest