Friday, April 24, 2015

Blogger Babes: Handbags/Giveaway


Happy Friday friends! Another Friday, another installment of Budget Babes with my blogging friends Ada and Rachel! Today's look is all about the Spring handbag. Not only are they functional (seriously us girls need our stuff at a moment's notice!) but they add a fun pop to any outfit! Make sure you swing by Ada and Rachel's blogs to see their cute Spring styles! Ada looks adorable with her floral dress with her clear/purple bag and Rachel's look is perfect for Spring and Summer and her cute handbag is great all year round!


Shirt (H&M): $9.99
Pants (? some online boutique): $18
Flats (Gap): $10?
Handbag (Gordmans): $15.99
Earrings (Gordmans):  $5.99

Total: $59.97 



When I was thinking about this post I was thinking about all the handbags I own, and to be honest I haven't bought one for myself in years! My brother used to work at Coach, so most of my recent purses/handbags were Christmas gifts from him :) So I decided maybe it was time to treat myself to a cute Spring bag, but not wanting to break the bank, I decided to check Gordmans out. They carry so many cute things from clothing/accessories to home furnishings and you don't have to break the bank when shopping there! They definitely did not disappoint when it came to their handbag selection! They had an entire wall full of cute bags in cute, Spring colors. It definitely made for a hard decision! But I decided on this cute mint bag. There are tons of pockets and it is very sturdy and I'm sure it will be great for Spring and Summer alike. Plus, each time you shop there, you get a survey to fill out online for a 20% off coupon code. I had one from last time I was there, and that made this little bag more than affordable!


I also decided to get a cute pair of earrings to wear with my outfit too. I really love mint and coral together and for under $6, these earrings fit the bill! I know they will add a fun pop to my outfits this season.




If you'd like to find a cute handbag for yourself (or anything else your heart desires!) you can enter the giveaway below for a $25 gift card! The giveaway runs now until Friday, May 8th. Good luck! There is also a coupon for 20% off any item if you'd rather not wait to go shopping :)


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Friday, April 17, 2015

Budget Babes: Loafers


Hello ladies! Happy Friday once again :) I'm again collaborating with Rachel and Ada for our weekly Budget Babes series~ this time it's all about the loafers! Mine is below and make sure you check out the other two lovely ladies' cute Spring styles! 



Dress (Old Navy): $14? 
Cardigan (Old Navy): $12.96
Shoes (Target): $24.99
Necklace (Purple Peridot): $16.98
Bracelet (Tiny Dazzles) $0 (free from a giveaway)
Earrings (Old Navy): $6.96

Total =  $75.89 (ahhh 89 cents over! Let's just round down ;) )

I got these loafers when Target had their buy one get one 50% off sale and they are amazingly comfy! They kind of make me look like I have cankles in this picture, but just look past that... I think loafers like these make the perfect spring shoe. By the time summer rolls around, my feet get so hot that all I'll wear are sandals, but during this in-between times they work really well. And based on all the ways we've styled them above, they go well with jeans, skirts, dresses, and just about anything!











Friday, April 10, 2015

Budget Babes: Pastels

Happy Friday friends! You may remember last summer I did a blog series with Ada of Elegance and Mommyhood called Budget Babes where we took different trends for summer and made them our own for a budget of $75 for our entire outfit. It was a lot of fun coming up with creative outfits! This time around we are joined by Rachel of Garay Treasures to bring you some thrifty spring looks! Today's look is all about pastels. Don't these two ladies have the cutest spring looks??

 


  

Tee (Old Navy): $6.88
Pants (Old Navy): $15
Chambray (Old Navy): $20? (this was before I kept track on spending)
Shoes (Toms): $0 (gift)
Watch (Amazon): $0 (gift)
Earrings (Target): $0 (gift)

Total = $ 41.88 (off to a great start!)


I don't own a lot of pastel clothing items. I honestly forgot I owned these pants until I was looking through my clothes to figure out what type of outfit to put together. The pants are actually another of those clothing items I'm really on the fence about. I think I've only worn them one time since I got them last May! I like how the whole outfit turned out from the pictures, but I think I'm more wary of wearing light colors on the bottom because I'm a pear shape and I'd rather draw the attention to my upper half. But if I can come up with more cute outfits like this, maybe they'll make the cut :)

Anyway, I like the dept the chambray gives the outfit. It breaks apart the overall pastel feeling so I don't look too much like an Easter egg :) It's the perfect outfit for a casual day of running errands or seeing Cinderella with your mom and sister (which is a great movie by the way!!) I'm also reusing this tee from last year's Budget Babe's graphic tee day.

Make sure you check out Ada and Rachel's blogs to see the lovely pastel combinations they came up with! And come back next Friday to see how we style loafers on a budget!

 









Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Trip to Disney and Universal

I've been a fan of Andrea's blog for awhile now and I was excited that today's Show and Tell Tuesday was all about favorite vacations! Hubby and I took a trip to Disney World and Universal Studios at the end of October as kind of a last big trip before kids and we had such a fun-filled week! We took almost 1500 pictures, so it was hard to narrow it down (but beware, this is a picture filled post!) but hopefully you enjoy this look back on a magical week!

Day One: Travel Day and Downtown Disney

We went back and forth deciding whether or not to fly or drive, but we ultimately decided to fly down there. Yes, it probably cost a bit more, but this way we had more time to enjoy down there. We also stayed at a Disney hotel, so we had free transportation to and from the airport!

We are all ready with our magic bands!

The Disney magic started right away with cartoons on the bus:

We finally arrived!

We stayed at the Pop Century resort, which is one of their value resorts. It's all decked out with memorabilia and decorations from the 50's to 90's. It was really cool! 






I absolutely loved everything Mickey Mouse themed including the little shampoo bottles! So cute!

After checking into our hotel and getting some much needed food, we took a bus over to Downtown Disney and did a lot of walking around and shopping!



Day Two: Islands of Adventure

Our first full day of vacation we took a cab over to Universal Studios and went to the Islands of Adventure park. Before our trip we did a lot of research and decided to get The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, which has daily plans of all the Disney and Universal parks, what you should see in which order to avoid long wait times in line. It definitely worked! We got to all the parks at opening and basically had the parks to ourselves for the first couple hours! Definitely something I would recommend! 


We thought this was a fitting sign to our first day of vacation:

Our first glimpse of Hogwarts!!

Our first day! Look how empty it is!

 

Hogsmede! I was seriously excited for this part of the park!




I just loved all the details they put into everything! I seriously felt like I was right in the middle of the movie!


Haha something you probably wouldn't see together- Harry Potter and Jurassic Park!

Our first butterbeer! This stuff was seriously good! It was basically a cream soda with a butterscotch whipped cream on top. So good!!




Day Two: Universal Studios

We took a cab over to Universal Studios again and went to the Universal Studios park. 

Minions! 


Arrived right when the park opened again and it looks deserted! 


Of course had to get a picture in front of the Back to the Future delorean! 


Number 12 Grimmauld Place


Kreacher made an appearance once in awhile:




Entering Diagon Alley! They even had a sound of bricks moving at the entrance! 




I think the longest we had to wait for any ride was 20-30 minutes. Most of the time we walked right on! It's crazy how empty the queues were.

Of course I had to stop by the Lucy tribute! They had some of her costumes and old scripts from the show!




Waiting in line for another Butterbeer :)

We went to an animal show which was pretty neat! They had trained pigs and cats and birds and all sorts of other animals! This was the pug from Men in Black 2!




Day Three: Epcot

Our day 3 was a little bit easier of a day. We split our time at Epcot into 2 days, so we spent the morning and part of the afternoon here then went back to the hotel for a nap :)

We were there for Epcot's Food and Wine festival which was pretty cool! Food and drinks from all over the world. 

This was cool- we were at the aquarium during feeding time!  

The way they fed the stingrays was really neat. The trainer would hold the food in her hand and they would swim over it and grab the food out of her hand. She can tell the difference between the 5 in the tank, so if one came around again for more food, she'd hold her hand out like this and it would swim away! Crazy!




Day Four: Magic Kingdom


We got there at opening again for the opening ceremony, then they led you behind a rope to the different areas of the park. I guess when the Anna and Elsa meet and greet started, people would literally run there and trample people to the ground! So now they do this to prevent people from hurrying to their first stops. 

We went to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train first (which was at least a 75 minute wait the entire day we were there) and we basically walked right on!







We found a pretty good place to the right of the castle for the night show and Tinkerbell flew over us!


Day Five: Hollywood Studios


See, no lines!
 
The Star Tours ride was pretty cool! I think we went on it 3 times :)


Even though we were there the week of Halloween, Hollywood Studios was already decorating for Christmas!


We had lunch at Pizza Planet. The food wasn't the greatest, but the ambiance was cool! Since we were there for Halloween, we both got Mickey and Minnie ears :)

We had to see the Indiana Jones show!

And the stunt show was pretty cool too!




We went to the Frozen sing-along :)

And the Beauty and the Beast show!

Hollywood Studios night show was pretty cool! They sprayed water up and projected images on it!



Day Six: Epcot and Downtown Disney

We spent another morning at Epcot to see some of the attractions we missed the other day we were there. 

This ride was pretty cool! A create-your-own roller coaster my hubby wants to get if we win the lottery :)



Tired after a full week of fun. Waiting for the bus back to our hotel.

We stopped for drinks and some silly pictures :)




Some of the yummy treats at Downtown Disney! We may or may not have split one of those caramel apples :)


We ended our trip back at Epcot for their night show and of course a Mickey pretzel!! 







This was seriously such a fun trip! A ton of walking- we both wore our Fitbits and clocked about 10 miles a day! I'm already looking forward to being able to take our future kids back one day for more magical memories :) Now I'm definitely not a Disney expert by any means (I'd only been to Magic Kingdom once and my hubby was at Disney when he was a kid) but if you have any questions, feel free to let me know and I can try to answer them as best as I can!

I hope you all have a magical Tuesday :)