UPDATE: I finished up this post on Thursday afternoon and scheduled it to publish on Friday at 5:00 a.m. as usual. Then, last night I turned on the t.v. at about 10:30 (after Chris called from out of town and told me to do so) and saw a nightmare unfolding. I’m sure everybody has heard by now, but at the end of what was supposed to be a peaceful rally in downtown Dallas, snipers targeted police officers. 11 officers were shot, and 5 of those have died. Details are still unfolding this morning, but please pray for Dallas. Pray for the police force, the families of the officers that lost their lives, and the medical teams that are still working to save some of the other injured officers. Pray for the world.
My cousin Carrie’s husband is a Dart officer and was working the scene last night. He called her at 9:00 p.m. and told her he loved her, and then she didn’t hear from him again for 2 hours when he was finally able to text her “I’m good.”. She was so grateful for those two little words and we are so thankful that Keith is okay. Keith finally returned home this morning, but my heart just aches for the families whose loved ones did not return.
The rest of my post is being published as it was written.
FAVORITE #1: JUICE CLEANSE UPDATE
Here I am all cuddled up in my blardigan getting ready to crack open the first juice. The first juice was reallllllllllllly yummy. Juice #1 is called Sweet Spin and is a combo of kale, spinach, pineapple, banana, mango, and rice milk. I was nervous with this one because I HATE bananas, but it wasn’t overpowering at all, and was just really tasty! I loved it! Juice #2, the Spicy Lemonade was also good (basically lemonade with cayenne pepper.) A reader had suggested to freeze #2 for a bit to get it slushy, so that’s what I did! It was a good tip! I drank Juice #1 at about 6:30 and Juice #2 at 9:30. I then popped Juice #3 in the freezer to get it a little slushy as well before heading to meet friends at the pool. I drank #3 at the pool at around 11:30, and I have to say, I wasn’t a fan. It wasn’t sweet enough for me, and it was kind of pulpy, for lack of a better word. I drank it, didn’t gag or anything, but I didn’t think it was good. At about 1:30 I started getting hungry. I was also starting to experience a faint headache (I sometimes get headaches when I wear a pony tail and or a ball cap, and I was wearing both…and it was incredibly hot outside), so we headed home. I popped open Juice #4, the Chia Berry, at about 2:30 and it was absolutely delicious!!! I was looking forward to Juice #5 as well (the Island Coconut) and knew I was just going to have to tolerate Juice #6 (X-Treme Greens)…but I thought loving 4 out of 6 juices was pretty good.
But this is when things started going down hill. I couldn’t shake the headache, but I didn’t want to take Advil (I wasn’t sure how it would effect the cleanse and I don’t like taking Advil on an empty stomach), so I decided I would catch a little cat nap to try to get rid of the headache. I slept from about 3:15-4:00, but when I woke-up, the headache was really bad. I took 3 Advil, and an hour later, the headache was still there. We decided the headache might be from the cleanse (I’d read a small number of reviews that mentioned headaches), and just in case it was from the cleanse, I decided to eat a little something. I roasted some butternut squash chunks because I felt like it was still really clean and wouldn’t ruin the cleanse. I ate them up, BUTTERNUT SQUASH HAS NEVER BEEN SO DELICIOUS, but I still had the headache. I went back to sleep from 6:00-8:00. That’s a lot of napping! When I woke up, the headache was still there, but it was much more manageable. Still, just in case it was the cleanse, I had some chicken noodle soup, and finally started feeling better around 9:00.
In summary, I have NO IDEA if the headache was due to the cleanse or completely unrelated! It kind of felt like a sinus headache feels (lots of pressure), but who knows! However, it was bad enough that I’m going to wait until next week to do the next 2 days. Chris is planning on doing it next week as well, so I will just do my last 2 days during his 1st 2 days. I’m hoping the headache was just a huge coincidence, and that next week I’m able to complete the final 2 days in a row! When I start up again, I will obviously be hyper aware of headache signs and won’t let it get so bad if it is related. If you’ve done this cleanse, I’m very interested in your thoughts, so please leave a comment!
FAVORITE #2: Still Loving SUPERGOOP
I’m still using and loving my products c/o SUPERGOOP . I’m using the lip balm here. I’ve never had a problem with my lips burning, but I enjoy how moisturizing it is! I’ve also started to use and love the refresh setting mist and the body butter. Y’all, the refresh setting mist is SO COOL. It’s basically sunscreen that you can just spray over your make-up. It’s light and smells really great. If I’m at the pool, I don’t typically have on make-up, but it’s still a fun way to reapply sunscreen, which I am super diligent about, especially on my face. If you are somewhere that you are wearing make-up and need to reapply sunscreen, this is the perfect product for you! Click HERE and click on the stars so you can read the reviews to learn more about it. The only negative review talks about the sprayer clogging, but I haven’t had that issue yet. Apparently, shaking it really well before each use will help combat this problem.
Again, here are the products I’ve used so far and really loved.
FAVORITE #3: OLD NAVY PAJAMAS
Old Navy is often hit or miss for me. Well, I went yesterday, and it was a big ol’ HIT! I am LOVING my new pajamas, sadly they are getting close to being sold out online, but maybe you’ll have luck in store. I also got several pairs of THESE shorts on SUPER SALE.
french terry pajama tee (True to size, I’m wearing a small.)/ french terry lounge shorts (I sized up and am wearing a medium.) / all Old Navy pajamas found HERE (I especially love all of the sleep short options!)
FAVORITE #4: THIS SHIRT, THESE WEDGES, AND MY NEW CROSSBODY
Tuesday night we had a date night with some of our good friends, who just happen to be our neighbors! The 8 of us had a great time at Mexican Sugar (YUM! Check it out if you’re local)!
I thought this new top was fun and flirty for date night and I got to take my new wedges out on the town! And I was excited to get to use my new cross body c/o FashionABLE. It’s a great size and a beautiful cognac color. I don’t have a group pic, because with 4 girls, we couldn’t all agree on one! Ha! #typical
off the shoulder ruffle top / BEST STRAPLESS BRA EVER / fringe hoop earrings / wedges c.o. Sole Society / sunglasses / turquoise bracelet stack c.o. Accessory Concierge/ similar jeans (dark wash, by same maker) other jean option (not distressed) / cross body bag c.o. FashionABLE
I know you’ve seen them on here several times before, but my turquoise beaded hoop earrings are definitely a favorite! They add such a punch to so many outfits! And they pair perfectly with my bracelet stack!
Here’s the indoor shot for those of you that prefer it. This bag is gorgeous!
Get The Look For Yourself Here. Just click on the pic you are interested in, and you know I recommend THIS as the BEST STRAPLESS BRA EVER. Sadly, the thumbnail pictures have a glitch and the Sole Society price is wrong (the real price is $79.95).
Since my specific top is almost sold out, I thought you might want to check THIS one out. It’s cold shoulder instead of off the shoulder, but I thought some of you might actually prefer that! It looks like you could probably wear a regular bra with it (you can find my favorites HERE and HERE)!
Off the shoulder top options:
FAVORITE #5: NEW VIGOSS JEAN OPTIONS
I named Vigoss jeans a MUST HAVE almost 3 years ago now. Since that initial pair of jeans, I’ve bought and LOVED several additional pairs of Vigoss. The last two pairs I highlighted (the pajama jeans and the summer jeans of 2016) sold out almost immediately and never restocked. Boo! So, when I saw these three new pairs last night online, I knew I had to bring them to your attention. I went ahead and ordered all 3 for myself so I could do a thorough review for you. I ordered a 27 in all of them because they all say “true to size”. We’ll see if that’s true or not. #fingerscrossed
FAVORITE #6: MISSION REGAR LEMONADE STAND
My friend Courtney and her hubby Josh at MISSION REGAN recently announced their LEMONADE STAND PROJECT! It’s a super cool idea and a really fun way for you to get your kids involved in giving back to those in need both locally and globally! Click HERE to see how you can be a part of this exciting project starting today through August 15th. It’s such a great way to teach kids that helping others is the best!
If you don’t have kids, you can click HERE if you would still like to participate by giving. And if you have an extra minute, I would like to encourage you to learn more about why Mission Regan was founded and what it’s about by clicking HERE. I’m going to go ahead and issue a tissue alert because the story is so sweet and such a beautiful illustration of God’s providence.
FAVORITE #7: DREW’S RECOVERY
Once again, I want to thank all of you for the continued prayers for Drew. You have been so dedicated to pray so faithfully, so I of course want to make sure you are updated on his progress and the new prayer requests! Drew is doing well (you can read specifics in the latest CaringBridge update), and Jill once again writes so beautifully about where they are in the process of returning to their new normal. Click HERE for the most recent update. Here are the new prayer requests in Jill’s words: We kindly ask that you continue to pray for Drew’s healing and recovery. Pray that he does not experience any additional set backs and that there are no medical surprises ahead. Finally, we pray for all the families out there that are still in the middle of their medical crises. We crossed paths with so many precious children that were barely holding on to their delicate little lives. We pray for their comfort and healing and we pray for their families who are tired and terrified. I pray that all of our hearts remain open to their pain so that we can minister to their needs and pray their prayers.
This was Drew right before he broke out of the hospital! 🙂
FAVORITE #8: NEXT WEEK IS THE ANNIVERSARY SALE!
Okay girls, NEXT WEEK is EARLY ACCESS for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. If you want to shop with all of us early (starting on Thursday, July 14th), you need to make sure you go ahead and sign up for a credit or debit card so you can have early access! I know FOR SURE that there is a blardigan in the sale (even though it wasn’t in the catalog), and I have it on pretty good authority that there might be a baby blardigan as well. If last year is any indication, these will sell out during the pre-sale because so many people STOCK UP for Christmas gifts. Two years ago I gave one to my mom, my mother in law, my sister, my sister in law, and a grandma! I got 70% of my Christmas shopping done with one click and it was AWESOME. And last year I gave one to my 7 year old son! I’m telling you, this gift spans the ages. 😉
Remember, I’m going to be your PERSONAL SHOPPER during the sale and do everything I can to just make it a whole lot of fun! Check here Thursday morning to see many of my FAVORITE FINDS and let me lead you through the sale! Click HERE to see what a post from last year looks like if you want to get an idea for how the posts will look.
Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see y’all back here on Monday!