Wednesday, October 18, 2017

What I Wore this Summer

Happy Wednesday friends!  I hope you are all having a great week.  I wanted to take a moment to recap what I wore this Summer before we get a little too deep into Fall.  We have been experiencing such a mild Fall here so far, I have been wearing a lot of these outfits and shoes well into October.  Cheers to warmer Fall weather!!!


These lace up wedges from Target were on repeat all Summer long.  I received a ton of compliments on them and they were super comfy.


I purchased this bright melon top last year at Dillard's and it was another fun staple this Summer.  I love the 3/4 length sleeves and light, flowy material which allowed it to be born in both warm and cooler temps.  The color is simply gorgeous!


I bought several of these Old Navy swing dresses, they are perfect for dressing up or down.  Here I dressed up the blue one for Jillian's dance recital in June...


And wore the orange with flip flops for swim lessons in July.  Love these dresses!


This cobalt blue, off the shoulder shirt is hands down my favorite new top of the Summer.  I was obsessed with Cobalt this season and I love that you can also pull the sides of the top up or down if you choose not to wear it off the shoulder.  



I am obsessed with these chiffon tanks from Jane.com, I literally own them in 5, yes 5, different colors.  Again with the cobalt blue #givemeallthecobalt


 This hot pink, off the shoulder top was all the rage on Instagram and I too had to have it.  I loved wearing it with white jeans and my Target lace up wedges.

Have a fabulous Wednesday friends!!

XOXO,
Karen

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hello friends!!!  Happy Friday!  Another week in the books, so hard to believe!  It was a short week for me as the kids have off from school today.  We are planning on heading to the Cleveland Zoo tonight for "Boo at the Zoo" to meet up with their cousins so to say they are thrilled is an understatement.  I absolutely love being a Mom in the Fall!  So much to see and do with the kiddos.   

In typical Friday fashion, I am linking up today with Erika to highlight a few of the fun things I am loving on this week.

Cleveland Indians

Even though my beloved Indians lost to the Yankees in the ALDS, it was certainly my absolute FAVORITE this past week to watch my Tribe.  This team had an amazing ride this season and I am so sad to see it end.  Needless to say, I am a Houston fan going forward and hope they send those Yankees packing in 4 games.  #sorrynotsorry #lovemytribe



Booing the Neighbors


Our neighborhood has a long standing tradition to "Boo" each other each year.  The kids were so excited to receive our "Boo" this week.  They truly look forward to it each year and will scream when the doorbell rings at night in October because they know what will be waiting for them behind our front door.  Thank you neighbors for the adorable "Boo" basket this year!  

My Fall Porch


I love decorating our porch for Fall and decided to go with Burgundy Mums this year.  I absolutely love how it turned out.  I am officially on the hunt now for a Welcome sign which I have seen floating around the Internet.  How cute would that be with the Mums?


And my Fall porch would not be complete without supporting my beloved baseball team.  

BBQ Shredded Chicken


I busted out the crock pot this past week and made my famous BBQ Shredded Chicken.  I absolutely love the versitality of this dish.  I love it over rice and broccolli while Jeff loves to eat it in a bun with a slice of provolone cheese.  I make a huge batch so we can eat it for days.  I have even served it over a bed of lettuce before with some tomatoes and purple onions.  Yum!!! 

Have a great weekend friends!

XOXO,


Karen

Friday, September 01, 2017

Friday Favorites


Hello friends!!!  It's here!  Friday and the beginning of my favorite season...Fall!  It's also a brand new month.  A clean slate to start over.  Last month is now in the past.  Begin working on what's ahead and keep moving forward.  Happy Friday and September!

The kids are so excited for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, both of them are participating in our High School's first home football game of the season.  Jillian will be cheering and Nicholas will be participating in the opening ceremonies.  With both kids now officially in school full time, looking forward to the weekend with my family brings on a whole new meaning.

Join me now as I link up with Erika to highlight a few of the fun things I am loving on this week.

Fall Camo

Fall Camo...what?  This is certainly one thing I never imagined in my wardrobe, yet here we are, totally crushing on Camo for the Fall.  


I found this adorable raglan camo long sleeve tee at Jane.com.

Limelight by Alcone Liquid Lipstick


If you happen to catch my Instagram Instastories yesterday, I gave you a sneak peek of the little project I was working on yesterday, pictures of myself wearing each shade of Limelight by Alcone Liquid Lipstick.  Limelight's Liquid lipsticks are one of my absolute favorite products.  They are light weight, long wearing, and smell like dessert.  With a non-drying vegan formula, they are also good for your lips!  I'd love to know, which one would you choose?  For me, Creme Brulee and Cupcake have been on repeat all Summer...and slowly moving back into Wedding Cake and Macaroon for the Fall.  

Fall Baseball with my Tribe


We have nothing but love in this house for Cleveland sports and right now our Cleveland Indians are on fire leading up into playoff baseball.  September marks the last month of the season and there is no question that our beloved Tribe will be making another trip to the playoffs.  


We made it to the ballpark this past weekend which is always a fun time for the kids!  They share our love for Cleveland sports and there is truly nothing better than witnessing their excitement as they see their favorite players up close and personal.



All Things Pumpkin Spice


The beginning of September seems to officially make beginning of "Pumpkin Spice Season" and to say I am excited is an understatement. 


I literally can not wait to make a batch of my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins again along with enjoying all of the other pumpkin spice yuminess that is sure to surround us wherever we go this season.

Have a great Labor Day Weekend friends!

XOXO,


Karen

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What's Up Wednesday ~ August 2017 Edition


Happy Wednesday friends!  I hope you are all having a great week!  It's the last Wednesday of the month which means I am linking up with a few of my favorite girls today... Mel, Shay and Sheaffer for a little What's Up Wednesday.

What We're Eating This Week



With Nicholas starting Kindergarten last week, I thought it would be fun to make a few of his favorite meals leading up to the big day.  My sweet boy is a big fan of shrimp lately so I made him his favorite Shrimp Pasta dinner.

What I Am Reminiscing About 


With the start of a new school year a few days ago, I have been reflecting a lot this month about how much my babies have grown.  This is my first experience with a daytime "empty nest" and it is certainly met with bittersweet feelings.  I still feel as if i am in a bit of shock about the whole thing and just trying to find my way.  I am so fortunate that I own a thriving Limelight by Alcone business which I plan on now working full time.  


The first day of school printable can be ordered here.

What We've Been Up To

Sports, sports and more sports these days.  Nicholas is back to playing Flag football this Fall and Jillian decided to try cheerleading. 
 

 Between the two of them, I have officially entered the "taxi cab" stage of motherhood driving them back and forth to all of our sports activities.  As busy as we are, I wouldn't have it any other way.  



Jeff is helping out with coaching this Fall for Nicholas's Flag Football team which should be a lot of fun.  My little guy loves football! 

What I Am Reading
 

OK, so don't laugh but last year I came across my collection of Sweet Valley High books in  our basement and decided that these were the perfect Summer reads.  Crazy?  A little but I can honestly say reading these again has been so rewarding and calming.  I have read books 1-85 since last Summer and still going strong.   They are just fun, easy and quick reads and with little ones, this all about what I can handle at this point.  It's been fun taking a little trip down memory lane this past year.


I also picked up "Get Over Your Damn Self" to read for some business related personal development.  I am loving it so far and looking forward to implementing her ideas into my business.

What I Am Working On

With my new found freedom, I am excited to kick up my Limelight business another notch along with getting back to a regular blogging schedule.  I decided at the beginning of Summer to take a bit of a break from the blogging world knowing that I would not have a lot of time to dedicate to the task.  With both kids now in school full time, I am so excited to get back at it. 

What I Am Excited About
 

 
Decorating for Fall and Football!  I plan on going through our Fall decor in the next few weeks and also will be hitting up Homegoods. 

 
Our family LOVES football at every level and can't wait to cheer on the Mentor Cardinals, Ohio State and the Browns this Fall. 

What I am Wearing
 

August has certainly been a little milder than normal this year with the temps barely making it out of the 70's these last few weeks.  Certainly not a lot of pool time is to be had, however, it is getting me excited for Fall fashion.  I wore this rust orange top the other day with my Gap skinny jeans, it was the perfect transitional piece.  


And I love that I can still wear it with one of my favorite pairs of Summer sandals from Target.

What I am Doing This Weekend

It's Labor Day weekend and we are pretty busy!  Both kids will be performing at the High School football game.  Jillian for cheerleading and Nicholas for Flag Football.  The kids are excited to be a part of the "big kids" football game.  Nicholas also has 2 birthday parties to attend.  At some point, we would love to take a trip down to the Columbus Zoo, hopefully our schedule will allow for it.  

What I am Looking Forward To Next Month


We have a rare opportunity to travel to Disneyland next month and to say the kids are excited is an understatement.  I have never been to California so I am just as pumped for our little trip!  If you have been to Disneyland, I would love to hear your recommendations on things that area a "must see".    

 
Hope you all have an amazing Wednesday!
 
XOXO
Karen

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Favorites ~ Summer Wrap Up Edition

Hello friends!!!  Happy Friday!  Is this thing on?  LOL!  It's been awhile since I last blogged and it feels good to be back.  I decided back in May to take a bit of a blogging break over the Summer.  With it being the last Summer before Nicholas headed to Kindergarten, I wanted to take the necessary steps to eliminate a few things off of our already very busy plate.  

It feels so good to be back! We are officially embarking on a VERY new season in our lives...both kids are now in school full time which means I am spending my days at home 5 days a week with NO kids.  I have be honest, it is truly a surreal feeling so far.  I spent the first day of school aimlessly walking around the house feeling like I was missing a limb.  I miss my babies so much but truly excited at the opportunity of working my Limelight business full time from home and actually having a picked up house for more than just 15 minutes.  LOL! 

In an effort to catch y'all up on what we have been doing, I am excited to be linking up with Erika to highlight a few of the fun things we did this Summer in a Friday Favorites style post.


Hilton Head Island


In June, my family and I headed down South to beautiful Hilton Head Island.  If you have followed my blog at all, you all know we typically vacation in Myrtle Beach each Summer.  This year we decided to try something new and I am so glad that we did!  Hilton Head is absolutely amazing!  So beautiful and family friendly.  Hilton Head is more laid back than Myrtle Beach, however, there is still so much to do.  


We rented a home along a golf course within the Sea Pines plantation which also included our own pool.  That kids had a blast being able to just walk out our back door and hoping into our own private pool.  We absolutely fell in love with Hilton Head Island and can't wait to go back!



Limelight by Alcone Convention


I love owning my own Limelight by Alcone business and was blessed to have been given the opportunity to attend their annual convention in Austin, Texas in July.  Limelight's convention was a 3 day event filled with captivating keynote speakers, new product reveals and so much inspiration!  I had an amazing time meeting team members and Limelight sisters that I communicate with on a daily basis but never had the opportunity to meet before in person.  The supportive sisterhood within Limelight is one of the things I cherish most about my business and meeting so many inspirational women was truly the icing on the cake!  


My 3 day Mama break was just what this girl needed!  I truly felt as if I was reconnecting with myself which I encourage all Mama's to do from time to time.  And having a hotel room to myself wasn't so bad either, LOL!

Lazy Pool Days


We are blessed to live in a neighborhood which has it's own pool and we certainly tried to take advantage of this perk every chance we got.  The kids also took swim lessons that last 2 weeks of July, I was so proud of how well they did!!  My babies are certainly turning into little fish before my eyes.



Baseball, Baseball and more Baseball


Summertime in America often means baseball and that definitely holds true in our house!  Both Jillian and Nicholas played baseball this Summer which also involved Jeff as the head coach of Jillian's team.  


We spent at least 3 days a week for 2 months involved in some type of baseball activity not to mention a trip or two downtown to watch our beloved Cleveland Indians.


Baseball is certainly a big part of our lives during the Summer and the kids love being part of the fun.


It feels great to be back to blogging friends!! I hope you all had an amazing Summer and look forward to seeing you back here soon :)

XOXO,
Karen

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