Beautycounter Mystery Hostess Social and Kick Off!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Remember when I posted about my love for Beautycounter and their Nourishing Cleansing Balm?  Well, my love has only increased in the last few weeks and I have joined the movement.

We have been really careful about what we feed Addie.  You know, organic, non-processed food...for the most part.  We do the best that we can that is for sure!  We also thought that we were being very careful about what products we were using on Addie.  Well, the truth is, we weren't being as careful as we thought.  I had no idea that the beauty and personal care industry was so unregulated, even in baby products!  They can use words like "safe and natural" without testing a single ingredient.  That struck a cord for me and I started to think more about what products we were using.  Which got me to thinking even more, if we wouldn't use it on Addie, why would we use it on ourselves?  That's when I decided that not only did we need to change what we were doing, I wanted to do more and help my friends and family (and everyone else) make smart choices about the products they use in their home as well!  

I am passionate about "Getting safe products in the hands of everyone," which happens to be Beautycounter's mission.  We are slowly transitioning our personal care and my beauty products out for safe products in our home.  I hope to spread the word so others do as well.  I need my friends and family to live longer, healthier lives!  But it isn't just about my family and friends, it's about yours as well.  It's about your baby, your mom and grandma.  We have had so many people in our lives affected by infertility, cancer, allergies and autoimmune disorders.  While swapping out your shame might not change all of that, it is something you can control on a daily basis.  Additionally, Beautycounter not only is producing products that are safe, we want to change the face of the industry.  I hope one day that we will all look back and think "remember when we had no idea what was in the products we use every day!?" Just like we laugh now that smoking was allowed everywhere.

I would love for you all to give Beautycounter a try for yourself!  Right now I am hosting a Mystery Hostess Social.  That means if you make a purchase under the Mystery Hostess Social, you will be in the running to win the Hostess Benefits!  Additionally, right now there is a buy one get one free offer until July 23rd on our luxurious Enrich Body Butter.  

To sweeten the deal, I figured it would only be right to do a little giveaway on the blog!  I will choose one lucky winner who will win their choice of 2 the following: 

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Note that if you do make a purchase under the Mystery Hostess Social you will earn an extra 5 entries!  

The giveaway lasts until midnight next Thursday, July 30th!  Best of luck and let me know if you have any questions or need assistance entering! Feel free to send me an email at for any questions regarding Beautycounter or any of the products we offer! 

Mexican Pasta Salad

Monday, July 13, 2015

Is there anything better than something hot of the grill with a delicious pasta salad on the side?  Throw in a cold beer and I say it's about as good as it gets for a summer meal!  

I make the same traditional mayo-based pasta salad again and again and while it's fantastic, I needed to change it up a bit! Our family, including our 10 month old baby, loves Mexican food!  Addie can house enchiladas like it's her job, no joke!  So I thought a little Mexican pasta salad would be a great side dish. If you added a little chicken this would be a great meal as well!  
All of the colors and textures just make this salad pop! 
Bring it to your next BBQ to switch things up a bit, I'm sure everyone will absolutely love it!! 

Mexican Pasta Salad 

1 lb pasta (I used mini farfalle), cooked until al dente and cooled
1 red pepper, diced
1 orange pepper, diced
1/4 red onion, finely minced
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely minced
2 cups corn (I used frozen, defrosted)
1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup cheddar cheese
3/4 cup spicy ranch dressing
3 tablespoons salsa
1/2 teaspoon salt 

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix.  Refrigerate after it is all combined to let the flavors come together for at least an hour.  

NOTES:  As with all pasta salads, if they are left overnight (great for letting the flavors come together!), the pasta absorbs the dressing quite a bit.  If that happens, just add a little more spicy ranch and salsa.  Also, I like to use a refrigerated, fresh salsa in this recipe as it adds a great fresh flavor!  Pop some rotisserie chicken in there and you have a full meal deal. Bam. 


Recipe by: Mrs. Schwartz 

Lake Week 2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015

A few weeks ago we went on a week-long vacation with my family (my parents, brother, Seester (in-law), their three girls, my husband and Addison).  We had an awesome time, here are a few of my favorite pictures and moments of the week! 
Nothing starts vacation like a little trip to the Urgency Center.  Poor Addie has had a go lately with being sick.  She started off with a cold a month and a half ago (which my husband had too) then had strep (what baby gets strep!?), a lung infection, then right before we headed to the lake, Addie had a temp of 102.  My mom, who is a Nurse Practitioner said we should go get it checked out, just to be sure she doesn't have strep again.  So we did.  It was a "viral fever" and we were told to watch her and let it run it's course...for 3-4 days.  Addie had a fairly high fever for the first 4 days of vacation.  But honestly, it didn't really bother her, until nighttime.
We stayed at Campfire Bay Resort and as always absolutely LOVED IT!! The perfect distance from home, small but not too small, fun activities every day and the sweetest owners around! 
We finally made it! Cooling down in the pontoon with Daddy. 
Lake living.
My brother and his girls, checking out the lake.
My dad scored us this pontoon to use for the week!  It was awesome!!!!

The first morning we got up and took a little cruise around the lake.  Clearly this pontoon model, Mya, loved it :)
Addie wasn't impressed with her straight life jacket.

Eventually Addie gave in and just fell asleep.

We got back and Addie took her first dip in the lake!  It was pretty chilly but she liked it.
Is there anything better than little wrinkly baby toes?

Being silly in the morning.  You can tell by Aaron's face that we had a pretty rough night the night before. Unfortunately, it was not from partying, it was from a little one with a fever.
But she was still in a good mood!
On one of the cloudier days we headed to the Safari North Wildlife Park.  Seriously legit zoo for a smaller town in Minnesota!  We loved it!

It was set up so nice with winding trails through the forest for the North America exhibits
Complete with a giant bear for photo ops
And plenty of exhibits that clearly excited the little ones :)

You could also buy carrots and feed the giraffes which just happen to be my mom's favorite animal.  Nana was in heaven!

Ivy liked it quite a bit too
It was nice that Addie could get nice and close too, even in her stroller.
My favorite was hands down, the warthog.
Aaron and my brother were pretty proud that they "stared Black Death" in the eyes...and pet him.  I wish I would have got a better picture of this unbelievable moment. :)

After the zoo, we went out to eat at the Castaway Club on Lake Alexander.  We have been there twice now and will make it a tradition.  Perfect outside seating, great service and great for the kids to run around make a giant mess.
Cool kid.
Wednesday nights are Campfire Donut nights at Campfire Bay!
Needless to day, it is one of our favorite nights.
My mom and Aaron hanging out as far as the monitor would go.

Little girls anticipating campfire donuts
Which really are a thing of beauty

Powdered sugar or cinnamon and sugar to top it off.
Or if you are like Ivy, "plain."  I wasn't alone in not choosing, we each ate about 6.  #sorrynotsorry
The next day was beautiful and full of sunshine!
The girls made a new pal and had a blast playing on the beach
This little one always has a blast. (ugh I just love her.)

Addie was a big fan of playing on the beach

Makes mama's heart happy that she is a little lake baby
That night we had a Low Country Boil.  More on that later :)
This one was hamming it up until her Uncle A realized she had something on her face.

Look at that little smile for her Uncle A.
We celebrated Ivy's 2nd birthday on vacation as well!  Unfortunately, I came down with a funky stomach bug so I didn't get many pictures.
But the smile on this little one made me feel much better.  Isn't she the cutest?!  

We had an amazing week even with a few sicky bugs mixed in!  We can't wait to go back again soon!  

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