Road Trip Outfit


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And we’re off! C and I are on our way to our long awaited vacation! This year we have a combination of driving and flying to Disney. I don’t know about you but I always preplan my travel outfits. This helps the morning of run so much smoother for my non morning person personality. By laying my outfit out the night before I’m able to mindlessly get dressed. Car rides are one of my favorite ways to travel. I love being able to see the changing landscape and crossing state lines.

Throughout my life thus far I’ve had the great opportunity to travel a lot for my age. A lot of plane rides and car rides have taught me to be prepared when it comes to what you’re wearing. Just because it’s your favorite outfit doesn’t mean you want to wear it while you squeeze down the tiny plane aisle or sit for hours on end in a car.

This is a great go to road trip outfit! Wearing something comfy and cute is a win, win situation if you ask me. These athletic leggings are thick enough I don’t feel like I’m wearing nothing and I really enjoy that! I find layering while traveling is best. This gives you the option to take off a layer if warm or add one if chilly. Depending on your plane, destination, or car trip you never know for sure what the temperature is going to be. This coat is perfect for the start of fall. It’s light enough to carry around, I’ve paired it with a simple maroon tank. And we can’t forget our white tennis shoes!

What’s your go to road trip stye? Messy bun and sweats? Or cute and casual?

xoxo stephanie

Change of Season


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What C really does during out photoshoots ^^^

This is one of my favorite outfits! Tall boots, white shorts, and my go to jean shirt, the ingredients for a perfect outfit. During this photoshoot I was cracking up watching C trying to take pictures and play Pokemon Go at the same time, ahh true love sacrifices folks. But seriously I had to talk about these Minnetonka boots. I got these boots last spring for a family wedding, all the girls wore matching boots it was adorable. To be honest I had no idea how much I would wear these, finally I had to give them a break and that break didn’t last very long.

Alas as the seasons change our wardrobes start shifting and changing too. From tank tops and sandals to blanket scarfs and booties, with a change of season all things start to shift in a different direction. Some people handle change well, others don’t… (i.e. the people who are throwing fits over the new the PSL being available this month.) My life right now is once again in the middle of transition from one season to the next. God has blessed me with an awesome new job opportunity and I have all the feels. The feels of starting a new job and leaving one you absolutely love. I’ve known for a long time that God has an ultimate plan for my life. If we had time to sit and chat over tea/coffee you would see how the past six months have led up to this transitional season. I’m excited to see how this new season is going to challenge and grow me. I learned early on that change is inevitable, you have two choices:

1) Be dragged kicking and screaming 

2) Embrace it. 

When you embrace change it doesn’t necessarily make things easier. Instead it allows you to except the inevitable and move onto what’s next. So what type of seasons are changing in your life?

xoxo stephanie


Hello August!


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It’s hard to believe it’s already August. Does anyone else feel like 2016 is just zooming by? It feels like just the other week we were ringing in the new year at the homestead. School is right around the corner and all the students are in denial. It’s the best working with college students, when you ask what day they go back non of them know!

No offense to July but I’m glad it’s over! I don’t know about you but it just felt like everything that could be stressful all piled up into July. So here’s to a new month with brand new possibilities! Like Instagram for instance, they’ve rolled out a brand new feature in August full of potential. Rabbit trail… wouldn’t it be great if our lives could have updates? A notification telling us when our character needs to be tweaked, and our attitude needs to have an adjustment. Just a thought.  

Exciting things are taking place this fall and I’m already anxious for the cool air to blow in. I know some of you will get this, I haven’t traveled in a few months and my feet are starting to get itchy again. In September we’re leaving for family vacation to Disney (yay!) I don’t think C and I will ever get sick of going to Disney but I think after this trip we might switch it up a bit, maybe visit Disneyland. Some of our family went to Disney Pairs and it looked like so much fun! In November I’m scheduled for a work trip to Vegas! I’ve never been to Vegas and I’m totally pumped, more news to come later. Not including a trip home I want to squeeze in somewhere… I’m in desperate need of some mother daughter time!

So here’s to August! Do you have any last minute summer plans?

xoxo stephanie


How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes


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Happy almost weekend! Fun fact every weekend in July has been booked solid for the cowboy and I, actually every weekend in June and July have been booked basically solid. This weekend we are off to celebrate a wedding in our family, and I can’t help but brag my sweet hubs is the best man, because he is the best man 😉

One of the reasons are weeks and weekends are always booked up is because I have a crazy work schedule. But one of my jobs heavily revolves around makeup and I’ve picked up some really fun and interesting facts… like you’re suppose to clean your foundation brush every other day. Even better if you clean it every single day! Why? Because this insures the application of your foundation for a flawless face!

Now makeup companies often sell their own brand name makeup brush cleaner but if you’re cleaning your brushes faithfully you can run through that brand name cleaner pretty fast. This is a trick we use at work and it leaves our brushes incredibly soft and feeling like brand new. Bellow you will find the easiest most cost efficient way to clean your makeup brushes! If you follow me on snapchat (@thecowboyandi) you would’ve seen the video version of this but here’s my step by step process.

Items Needed

Dishwashing Soap

Rubbing Alcohol (90% or higher)

Two Cups

All Your Nasty Makeup Brushes You’ve Possibly Never Washed

Let’s get started! 

1) Squeeze a dime size amount of dishwashing soap into your cup, fill with warm water.

2) Add brushes, let sit for 5 minuets. Swirl your brushes around to loosen up the months/years worth of makeup stuck inside them.

3) After 5 minuets rinse brushes and cups out with warm water. Once the brushes are running clear under the warm water move to step 4.

4) Pour rubbing alcohol into the cups fill it about a quarter of the way. Fill the rest of the cup with warm water. Drop your brushes back into the alcohol mixture and swirl for 5 more minuets.

5) Rinse brushes and cups. Let dry over night!

And that’s it, it’s one of the easiest makeup hacks out there. And I promise your brushes will feel softer than ever before!

What are some of your favorite makeup hacks?

 xoxo stephanie


Instax Mini 8 Camera Review + Tips


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 In April I went on a business trip and brought along my brand new Instax Mini 8 pink camera and couldn’t wait to use it! I had seen a lot of bloggers, and instagramers using and raving about the Instax Mini 8 camera. So clearly I had to get one for my trip. Let me just say money well spent! My Mom and I had so much fun using and learning how to use my new/old camera. Isn’t it fun how everything old is now new again?

Not only is this camera fun and unique it also has it’s own learning curve. For the generation that didn’t grow up with polaroid cameras we’re at a disadvantage. With film costing $1 a pop learning how to not waste film becomes way more important. Unlike a digital camera, where you can snap 10 pictures and have 1 turn out. Film is different you don’t get a redo. I’m not going to lie I ruined a least a package or two of film learning how to adjust my setting for my Instax Mini 8 and how to snap a perfect polaroid.

Not wanting my fellow readers and friends to make the same naive mistakes I did here’s a few tips on how to rock you Instax Mini 8 photos!

Don’t Believe The Settings 

On your Instax Mini 8 camera you have 5 settings. 1) a house,  2) a cloud,  3) a sun, 4) a bright sun, 5) and Hi-Ray. When you turn on the camera an orange light will flash where on what setting it suggests. Something I learned was make sure you’re pointing the camera directly at what you want to take a picture of and then view the suggested setting. This camera is highly sensitive to light, and even a different angle can affect the settings. Just because there’s a little house setting doesn’t mean that’s the best option for taking a photo inside.

Learn Where Your Focus Is

Unlike a digital camera the Instax Mini 8 has a focus that is slightly off. This is due to the fact that the lens isn’t lined up with viewer. Once you realize this all you need to do is simply adjust where you line up your lens for your photo! Easy fix!

Buy Extra Film 

If you’re not a seasoned polaroid photographer you will for sure need to buy extra film. Don’t second guess this just do it! 1) you will either take some really bad photos first or 2) you will love this camera and have the desire to take photos non stop.

Practice Makes Perfect 

Don’t sweat it! Practice makes perfect so don’t expect yourself to be a perfect right away. Take your time, have fun, and enjoy your new toy!

I’ve linked a few other favorite items for the Instax Mini 8 bellow that I have and love! Plus a cool printer where you can print photos from your phone on mini polaroid film! This is on my amazon wish list for sure!

xoxo stephanie


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