Casual Friday 

I have totally completely been MIA from my blog the last month but I promise it will get better.  I looked busted for like 2 weeks from a stupid summer cold…then my husband and I were super busy with plans at our practice…then my dog ate my homework….lol….but seriously we had a lot happening and since this is just for fun it took a back seat.  Unfortunately we lost Greg’s Dad last Friday and laid him to rest just yesterday so of course we were spending lots of time with his mom.  I stopped into Talbots on Lane Avene and ….WOW is all I can say about the collection. And I did some theroputic shopping this dress is just a cute little running around number but the sleeves make it!  

They had 25% off so I also picked up another dress, a couple of pants and a jacket.  Don’t pass up this collection it’s really back to the high quality design and fabric that made me a fan years ago.  

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I just got a chance to look at what Nordstrom had for the Anniversary Sale.  Some of my favorite pieces are below.  I only ordered a couple to things, I will post them with they come in!

These are my favorites for work

(they really have a great variety of price points on the sale)

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Color Blocked Top
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Pink Lace
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Knit Dress
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Scalloped Edge Sweater
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Crops
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Sheath
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Polka Dot Blouse

These are my favorite casual pieces

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Long Sweater
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Silk Top
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Asymmetrical Sweater
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Basic Tee
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Skinny with cool Hem

Curly Girl

Curly Girl

So lets talk about natural hair!  I had big bouncy curls as a child and then when I was 10 I was taken to get my first relaxer….BIG MISTAKE!  I continued getting relaxers till about 7 years ago when I met Becky at the Kenneth’s in Dublin.  She convinced me to grow the relaxers out and I am so glad that I did because honestly I still had to flat iron my hair when I wanted it straight but now I don’t have all of the chemical damage.  I don’t think I have the best curls but thats what the good Lord gave me to work with so I have just learned to embrace it.

The only downside to going natural is that when the humidity is high there is no keeping my hair straight….it just gets puffy.   July is usually super hot in Ohio so I was on the hunt recently for a new curly product to use.  I am mixed so typically products for Caucasian hair don’t work that great for me but on the flip side some Black hair products are too heavy.  Whats a girl to do!  I saw Ouidad at Ulta and instantly the Marketing compelled me because of the diversity they showed in the models!  I walked out with these three products as well as a shampoo sample pack just incase I didn’t like it.  I have kinky curls but I also bought the beach wave foam.

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Wave Create, Curl Immersion, Melt-Down Extreme Repair Mask, and The Trial Kit

My process was to wash and apply the Melt Down Mask for 30 min.  Then I rinsed with cold water and applied the Immersion section by section and dry with a defuser attached to my GHD Dryer .  Here is the finished look,  I will say that if I do curls for a week usually the curls get better after a couple washes. The pic makes them look a little frizzy but they really aren’t its just back lit.

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Old Kate Spade Dress, my shoes are Classic Salvatore Ferragamo Kala pumps in Navy which are fairly hard to find but I did see that Zappos has some right now.  Usually Bloomingdales restocks them.

Here is a pic from today all I did was put a tiny bit of water in to reform the curls on top but Im really happy with this because usually I can only get one day out of my curls.

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How cute is the Zara top and it is on Sale!!!! Lip stick is Chanel Le Rouge Crayon in Cassis

If you get Lemons today paint them pink!

Southwest Senora!

This dress has some major southwest vibes so my Taco Truck purse goes perfect with it.    I think it runs big and long so I got a petite I’m 5’4″ for reference. My shoes are old but here is a similar pair or these.

The waist is actually embroidered!  I love details like that especially when it’s reasonably priced. Adios Amigas !!

Mickey….Target Style

I went into target to pick up last minute odds and ends and to my surprise they had loads of Disney tops and Jammie’s!  There were about 6 men’s top options, 4 women’s and tons of kids in the grove city store.  I am going to link all the tops below but seriously look at all the Disney woman options  

I bought 3 for greg, he chose this one and made me take the others back here is one of the others I couldn’t talk him into. 

My top is really cute, I love how it is worn looking. I really liked this one too.  My magic band is the new limited edition Dooney and Bourke but, I can’t find it on the Disney store so they may have sold out, I got it on Main Street last week.

My shoes are mentioned in my Disney experience post


My weekender is the old version but here is the new one.  I lucked out a couple of years ago and found the luggage at tjmaxx!!! We only use them for Disney trips so they will last.  I had to get this bag last week since my bag weight was over.  This bag is a good deal at Macy’s right now!  #1 tip is have an extra carryon or half empty bag for the flight back since kids like to get prizes. #2 we get gift cards from giant eagle and write each of heir names on them so that they have a budget and we don’t get roped into more stuff. (Well sometimes this happens anyway, haha we try at least!) #3 make sure you hit up the Pandora World of Avatar shop there are really cool things in there!  

Breezy Pineapples

Breezy Pineapples

I picked up this outfit yesterday at Easton.  I spied the pineapple print as soon as I walked in and decided on this top and shorts.  The length on the shorts is perfect!

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Of course my taco truck tagged along  (on a side note I seriously need to lay off the tacos!!!) The Bag isn’t online yet but you can call my girl Emily at Easton and she will get you one. Here is a really cute necklace!!! 

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Let’s talk about these shoes from Talbots (heart emoji!!!!). Snag them tonight while they are 30% off.  Ive mentioned before that I think they do a good job with keeping the price and quality on point!  I have several more on my wish list. These come in 4 colors I also want the gold.  Wish list shoes, flower sandals , Strappy dressy,  flower heel.  I also picked up this dress, its on sale too! KAT_4746fKAT_4702

The Disney Experience

The Disney Experience

While prepping for our trip to Disney World I can’t think about the little boy that I saw at the Orlando airport on our way back just last week from a work trip there was probably about 100 people in the area and he was having pretty bad tantrum similar to those that Jaden has.  These kind of tantrums are pretty much uncontrollable, there’s nothing you can do to make the screaming stop what you get very frustrated.

This boy was carrying on with what I think was his grandparents I kept telling myself to mind my own business,  but as I saw strangers looking,  several laughing and giving looks of disapproval.  I thought, you know what if that was me… [which it was a couple years ago at a Disney park] so against my better judgment and using God’s prompting I went over and asked if I could offer of help.  He stopped crying and focused on what I was saying.  I’m not telling you this to tut my own horn because I was there about three years ago on a Disney trip, Jaden was having a major major down on the bus on the way back to the Grande Floridian.  Greg was not with us because he’s been injured by one of Jaden’s tantrums just before our trip.  A couple stepped in to help me restrain him as he was violently ripping my hair out and punching me. It had gotten so bad that he worked his way out of his diaper and was screaming uncontrollably with pee going everywhere  that stranger stepped in and offered a hand and I’ll remember that face for the rest my life because I was so distraught, so embarrassed and helpless.  I guess the Pink Lemon today is YOU!  You can be someones light today!  You never know what someone is dealing with so instead of offering up at judgmental Stare or Snicker maybe offer up for helping hand. Even a sweet word or simple smile can go a long way.  I want to share some pictures of our Trip to Pandora World of Avator but first here are a few of our Planning Tips based on staying at Disney Properties that have worked out pretty good.  We will go to Disney will the kids next week and I will share more!

#1 Don’t over plan your day-  Ive found (this will be our 7th Trip with the kids)  that if the day is too planned out I get stressed trying to make sure we stay of schedule.

#2 Get a Meal plan if you can-  We have always used one our family trip.  When Greg and I have gone on a weekend even just doing the Quick Service and one Big meal we spent a lot.  This Year we are only doing the Disney Dining plan (we usually do the Deluxe)  We switched because its only one sit down meal per day and I think that most of our problems were from the kids having to sit for a full service meal (plus tipping gets pretty pricey)

#3 Pack as light as possible for the plan ride if you are flying- we try to fit everything in one carryon then we each check a bag with Disney Magic Express (they take your bag straight to the hotel

#4 Don’t Stay at the park all day!!!!  I can’t stress this enough,  I see families fighting all the time because they are hot, worn out and irritated.   We go in the morning at about 8 or 9 then we stay till about lunch time and head back to the resort.  The older boys swim and Jaden and Greg Nap (he gets grumpy too).  Then at Dinner time we head back to a park.KAT_4444

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Disney Sponsored us to go to the Media opening of Pandora World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and to see the new Fireworks Spectacular “Happily Ever After”.  As I expected they hosted a phenomenal event!  One of the Disney Ambassadors told me during an interview that Disney has an acronym for their guests, every guest is a VIP (Very Important Person)!

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These are “Disney Super Fans” we interviewed for our Radio Show.

KAT_4372.jpgPandora itself was amazing!  My Shorts are from Zara here and my favorite top of the summer here on sale at JCrew.

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My shorts can be found here  and Mickey Mouse Keds are on sale

***Spoiler Alert*** The Flight of Passage Ride is hands down my favorite ride at all the parks, I rode it four times during the preview.  I think the middle couple seats were my favorite (seats 5 and 6 particularly)  When you first get on your Banshee, you can feel it breathing against your legs.  As you take flight you can feel the cool breeze in your face.  As you fly over the water you get the spray of the waves and then the smell of the trees as you go over land again.  my favorite part is as you go over land you smell dirt.  You go into a cave and it gets cool again and so calming as this fresh scent takes over.  It really is a Journey!  KAT_4325

The Na’vi River Journey is pretty cool too here is a our Mounted Camera ride.

 

Thats all for now!  Ill be sharing our family trip next week!