Inspiration · Life · Parties/Entertaining · Recipes

7 Ways to End Your Summer

Happy Friday, Ya’ll!


The weekend is here! I was thinking that since there’s only so much time left in the summer, it would be fun to create a list of fun things to do with the rest of the days left. These are not only fun date ideas but also great¬†ideas to do with your friends as well.

Let’s get to it!


1.) Paddle Boarding/Kayaking on a Local Lake

  • Who doesn’t enjoy spending the day with friends on the lake with some ice cold refreshments? ūüėČ
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2.) Go on a Segway Tour of your City

  • I know this may sound a little silly, but let me tell you, I don’t remember laughing so hard as I did doing a Segway tour in¬†Austin. Believe me when I say you should forget about looking dorky for a day, and just get out there and do it!
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3.) Go to a Local Brewery on a Steamy Night

  • I don’t know whether there’s anything better tasting than¬†an ice-cold beer on a hot and humid night.
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4.) Tube down the Nearest River

  • Last weekend, I went tubing down the Cannon River with my family, and it was such a memorable afternoon filled with so many laughs. This is a great way to spend a hot afternoon with a group of close friends.
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5.) Make your Own Homemade Ice Cream

  • Ice cream and summertime go together like PB&J, so why not put the extra effort in and make it from scratch. Click HERE for some awesome recipes from Real Simple.
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6.) Enjoy a Free Local Concert

Harriet bandstand, summer concert.
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7.) Throw an End-of-Summer BBQ

  • Gather a group of friends, have everyone bring their favorite summer dish, make a big ‘ol batch of sangria, and let the fun begin!


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It’s time to make the most of what’s left of summer, and live it up to the fullest! Enjoy!


With Love,






Unique Father’s Day Gifts (Under $100)

Happy Thursday, Ya’ll!


With Father’s Day on Sunday, it’s time to scramble for last minute gifts for your father or father figure.

I feel like it’s so typical to give your father a golf shirt, flask, cuff links, oxford, watch… Well I wanted to let you know this list has none of those because you can figure out those gifts on your own. These may not be the first idea that comes to your mind… Ready?


Let’s get shopping!

Let me start by saying that these options will vary by your location.

1.) Check your local Groupon, and try something with your dad that you two have never experienced


  • Brew Cruise– Beer tasting (for two)and two hour cruise, $58


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2.) Take your dad fishing for the day


  • Things to pack:
    • 2 poles with tackle box filled with lures, pliers, and towel
    • Your dad’s favorite lunch
    • A six pack of beer
    • Cooler filled with ice


3.) Take your dad to a baseball game (or an in-season sport he enjoys)


Treat your dad to a footlong hotdog (with all his favorite toppings), a big ‘ol beer, and a sweet treat afterward the game.


I hope these fun ideas make this father’s day the best yet.


With Love,




Tips for Glowing Skin

Hey Embarquers!


I’ve decided to post on something a little different today’s post to freshen it up a little bit. Many of my girlfriends ask me about my skincare routine, and so I decided to share some tips with my readers (especially during these cold winter months).

My Favorite Products:


  • I love using this mud mask once a week. It leaves my skin feeling soft and fresh. You can find these a your local Walgreens or Ulta for $1.99.



  • This is a GREAT starter kit to see what products work for your skin. This line specifically aims at brightening your skin for a lovely glow.

$39 – Buy it HERE

apple serum

***This product is the holy grail of my skincare routine (and soon to be yours ūüėČ ). I apply it every night and almost every morning. You only apply a drop or two, and it will cover your entire face as well as your neck***

$52 – Buy it HERE

What I love about Juice Beauty is that I don’t need to be afraid of what I’m putting on my skin everyday. All of the products are organic and clinically validated.

  • Last but definitely not least (on the product side) is this little bottle…


Apply this every morning over the Juice Serum. This is a great sunblock that also works on keeping your skin protected from the harmful rays.

My last tip is one that you’ve heard many times before… drink as much water as you can stand. This is something that I struggle with, but drinking water not only makes your skin look beautiful, but also can keep you from snacking all the time. You should drink approximately 2/3 of your body weight in fl oz. This means if you’re 140 lbs., you want to drink ~94 oz per day.


I hope these hints were helpful for a way to spice up your skincare routine and also keep your skin protected and youthful looking.

With Love,


Home Decor · Life

Last Minute DIY Gift

Happy Tuesday, Embarquers!


It’s finally Christmas week! I’m sure there are some of you out there looking for a last-minute gift idea for those you may have forgotten to put on your Christmas list. Here are some quick and easy gifts sure to please.


DIY Ring Necklace


  • a fine 18″ necklace chain
  • 15- 7mm Jump¬†Rings
  • Spaghetti Noodle or wire¬†(optional, to thread )




1.) Simply lay out your chain (gold, silver or rose gold) on your workspace

2.) Thread as many rings as you can fit on a wire or noodle


3.) Dangle the end of your necklace directly above the rings and thread


4.) Wrap your your necklace and gift!


Decoupage Canvas Art


What you Need:

  • Canvas
  • Printed Image (I like landscapes and architecture , but you could also print a image of you and the gift receiver)
  • Mod Podge (Matte Finish)
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Nor
  • Acrylic Paint (I like black)



1.) Paint the edges of your canvas as well as the sides and let dry


I added extra paint to add some depth and texture

2.) Take your canvas and paint a coat of Mod Podge on the canvas


3.) Place your picture on the canvas and smooth down the picture on the canvas


4.) Paint another coat of Mod Podge on the picture as well as the edges to seal the image to the canvas


5.) Let dry, wrap and gift!


Go on your way, and get gifting!


Merry Christmas,



Life · Parties/Entertaining

DIY Tacky Christmas Sweaters

Happy Monday, Embarquers!

I hope you all had a restful weekend, and a wonderful last night of Hanukkah (to all of my Jewish friends).

This weekend I was invited to a Tacky Christmas Sweater themed party (which seem to be incredibly popular these past few years) and didn’t have a sweater to wear. I looked in stores and they’re¬†~$30 (way too much for a one-time sweater). I decided to make on own sweater for less than 10 dollars. Feel free¬†to create any tacky christmas sweater your heart desires, but if you’re more of a, ‘Follow exact instructions,‘ kind-of-person, then follow along below.



  • Old Sweater (you never wear and planned on donating)
  • Sparkly Pipe Cleaner
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks



1.) Start by bending your green pipe cleaner at ~90 degree angles for the outline of the Christmas tree. Lay the pipe cleaners on the shirt and secure with hot glue. (Note: Your tree doesn’t have to look perfect-the kookier, the better for this project)


2.) Continue bending the pipe cleaners to fill in the green space, and secure with hot glue


3.) Lay out the tinsel on your tree, and secure


4.) Continue bending and laying out the cleaners to fill in the blank space within the lines of the tree


5.) Add decorative balls to the tree by bending the wire and cutting (I know they look like rods, but it works)

6.) Glue to your sweater


7. Add on some decorative touches (I put on some snowflakes). Feel free to get silly with your decorations, add on poms, bells, tinsel, etc…


This would also be an awesome intimate gathering to do with your friends the night before a party. Add in some cider (posted last Monday), and you’re good to go!

Have fun!


With Love,


Life · Uncategorized

The Ultimate Affordable Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Happy Monday, Embarquers!

I hope you had a lovely¬†Thanksgiving weekend! I know the holiday shopping has already started, and there are only about 25 days left until Christmas, so it’s time to check off those items on your list.

I feel what’s the most difficult part about the holiday season is finding what in the world to buy for your family and friends. It’s incredibly stressful trying to find ¬†gift that are thoughtful¬†(and not a gift card). This is why I created this post to help out all of my readers. Enjoy!










Check out my Pinterest page with even more gift ideas available (all under $100).

One last helpful hint, if you’re traveling by plane for the holidays, have your gifts shipped to the host or hostess’s home (with permission, of course). This will save you not only a large amount of space¬†in your suitcase, but a¬†hassle at the airport security point. I personally buy almost all gifts on and have it shipped for free (with my prime membership).


I hope that this has been a huge help to you and may take some stress off your shoulders ūüôā .

With Love,