Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sunkissed VoxBox Review

Last month I received a box of goodies from Influenster to review. Now that I've had a chance to give them all a good test it's time to share my honest opinion.

SinfulColors SinfulShine with Gel Tech ($2.99)
SinfulShine with Gel Tech technology provides opulent rich color superb shine. The 32 trend right shades are available for a limited time exclusively at Walgreens.

Blogger Notes: 
I'm not kidding when I say this -- it's my new favorite nail polish I've been rocking "Rebel" for almost three weeks and my toes still look freshly painted. This is after hitting the gym five days a week, chilling at the beach and wearing sandals daily. I plan on purchasing other colors and you should too.

24-hour hydration and a splash of sheer color. This all-in-one skin perfecter, sunscreen, and tinted moisturizer evens tone and refreshes dullness, for flawless looking skin (available in two shades:fair/light and light/medium).

Blogger Notes: 
I jumped on the BB cream band wagon last August and never looked back. However, I was disappointed in this product. Although, I like the lightness and sunscreen aspect I felt as though my face was oily within a few hours, which is not typical. I also noticed a few breakouts after a week a usage -- not sure if  the cause was the BB cream or not. In the past, when I've used other BB creams, I was able to see the smoothness and how it evened out my skin tone, but that was not the case here. I do not plan to purchase this product in the future.

The embodiment of fashion and comfort from America’s #1 elastics brand, the new Ouchless Ribbon Elastics are the pretty solution to hot summer hair days.

Blogger Notes:
Sold! Done -- lets move on -- No really I love these things and they actually work great with my thin hair. The only difference between these and the "real" deal is the price. You better believe I will by more.

Dr Scholl’s for Her High Heel Insoles are clinically proven to help prevent foot pain caused by wearing high heels 2” or higher. They offer immediate, long-lasting comfort and an ultra-soft gel arch to shift pressure off the ball of your foot. They’ve proven to improve the way you feel in heels!

Blogger Notes:
High heels don't not live in my closet. When I wear anything with a heel it's always a wedge not sure why, but I love them and well flats. So I did what any good blogger would do -- I found a friend who rocks 2" plus heels on the regular. What's her verdict -- she rocked them yesterday, today and plans to tomorrow. The only con, it has a sticky back making it hard to switch from one set of heels to another. It's possible, but it might and will slip on you and that's no fun. So buy a few and pick and choose which heels to use them in.

Psst: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

About Me :: A-Z

I'm not going to lie, I was at a loss for a blog post today and then it hit me. I remembered that Jovana from Taste of August & Mackenzie Field from Field Notes nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award and since I already participated here, then put a twist on it here, I thought why not put yet another twist on it. So thank you Lauren, from Wayfarers and Worksheets, for posting your A-Z yesterday -- because I'm going to be a copycat :)

A. Attached or single?  Married!

B. Best friends? These girls -- since college.

C. Cake or pie?  Depends -- I love a a good homemade german chocolate cake or strawberry rhubarb pie with ice cream

D. Day of choice?  Saturday, it’s always a good time.

E. Essential item?  I never leave home without water, sunscreen or chapstick.

F. Favorite color? I have a few… purple, green or turquoise

 G. Gummy bears or worms? Sour worms

H. Home town? Carlsbad, CA

I. Favorite indulgence? Milkshakes

J. January or July? July! 

K. Kids? If I can count Roxy -- 1

L. Life isn't complete without? Love or laughter

M. Marriage date?  August 19, 2012 – We’re coming up on our 1 year!

N. Number of brothers/sisters? One of each

O. Oranges or apples? Apples

P. Phobias? Hmmmm…probably that I’m going to hit a deer or run into a mountain lion.

Q. Quotes? "Every little thing gonna be alright" -- Bob Marley

R. Reasons to smile? Life -- craft beer, wine, the great outdoors, travel -- well everything

S. Season of choice? Summer—yes, I know I live in Tahoe, but the summers are what keep me sane

T. Tag 5 people. Like Lauren, I'd rather tag everyone reading this! Copy and paste the prompts into your blog with your answers! Let me know if you rock this A to Z.

U. Unknown fact about me?  I played Water Polo

V. Vegetable? Broccoli

W. Worst habit? Putting Nick’s things away in places he would never look – hey I’m just trying to clean up

X. X-Ray or ultrasound? X-ray, EKG, echocardiogram – I was a heart patience growing up….

Y. Your favorite food? Oh there are many by if I only had to pick one it would be Sushi

Z. Zodiac sign? Gemini

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

2013 Tahoe Celebrity Golf Recap

And just like that one of the biggest events yours truly works on is over. Yup, I just wrapped up the American Century Championship Tournament (a.k.a Tahoe Celebrity Golf). So without further ado here's the down and dirty recap of my last seven days!

Tuesday-Thursday: The first three days of the tournament are all Celeb Pro-Am rounds. What does that mean? Well some lucky folks get to golf with celebrities such as Alex Smith, Michael Phelps, Stephen Curry and John Elway -- among others.

Sponsor events: For the last three years Korbel has hosted the "Korbel Spray-off" -- a contest to see who can launch their cork the furthest. Wednesday was the media competition. Of course I participated, but sadly my 64 ft did not take first place.

Credit: Jeff Bayer
The celebrities competed Thursday and Shane Battier took first place with 100 ft!

After the final Pro-Am round Thursday Korbel held a Hole-in-One competition on Edgewood's infamous Hole 17. No one made a  Hole-in-One, but Bode Miller was closest to the pin at 10ft 11in. and used an 8 iron. Korbel donated $5,000 to the Tahoe Tallac Association.

Friday-Sunday: The tournament kicked off and there were a number of leaders over the three days -- Chris Chandler, Stephen Curry, Mark Rypien, Jeremy Roenick,  Lucas Black, Billy Joe Tolliver and John Elway. Sunday afternoon was a nail biter. It actually came down to a tie between Mark Rypien and Billy Joe Tolliver! So how does one determine a win when there's a tie -- they play Hole 18 over and over until someone it determined the winner. In this case, after three additional rounds on Hole 18 Billy Joe Tolliver was named the 24th annual American Century Championship winner!

Tournament Highlights:

Jeremy Roenick catches pass on Hole 17 from John Elway, then takes out caddie, and tackles tree.

Credit: Kurtis Rix

The play-off between Rypien and Tolliver. Rypien, Hole 18, Round 2

Killing it with my co-worker -- This was Erin's second year working on the event and my third -- season vets.

Working with the amazing team at Edgewood Tahoe, America Century Investments and NBC Sports not to mention the hard working media.

Media waiting on Hole 18 for the winning putt.
Oh and I can't forget -- going to the Tim McGraw concert with my little bro.

Want more? Check out the @ACChampionship or @americancentury instagram feeds! Until next year...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Although, I've slowed down since we purchased our house I love to travel. At age 14 I crossed the pond for the first time and to-date have traveled to 15+ countries including Thailand, Italy, England and Nicaragua. I'm ready for another trip to some far off place. We're traveling to Cabo San Lucas in the Fall, which I can't wait for, but I don't know -- France, Argentina, Africa sounds amazing -- the options are endless. Do you ever feel the urge to jump on a jet plane to explore a place unknown, experience new foods and culture? Where should I explore next?

Oh, the places I've gone....

Cabo San Lucas, MX -- circa 2010

Arenal, Costa Rica -- circa 2009 (Arenal, Tamarindo, Nicaragua)

Vatican City -- circa 2008 (Fano)

Pisa, Italy -- circa 2005


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tips for buying a car

Some of you may know in May I purchased a new to me car. It was a process. I went from a 1998 to 2010 Rav 4. Yes, I ended up purchasing the same car I had before. I didn't wake up one morning, drive to the dealer and drive a new car home. No -- I researched and researched and test drove a handful of cars. Saturday when I was sharing my experience with a friend, who's in the market, I thought why not share my tips with you.

 My Tips for buying Car

Determine your budget
 Ask yourself -- How much do you want to spent after taxes and registration? How much do you have for a down payment? How much are you willing to pay a month? Are you trading in your car? How much is it worth?

Narrow down the style
 Now that you know how much you're willing/can spend. Hit the web and start researching. Are you in the market for a SUV, maybe a Sedan? Can you realistically buy a brand new car? What about a used car instead? I knew I wanted another SUV and narrowed it down to either a used Nissan or Toyota.

Test Drive
 Once you've narrowed down what type of car/brand you are looking for, head to your local dealer and test drive them. It costs nothing. We made it very clear that we weren't "buying a car today" when we test drove cars.

Research again
Now that you've driven a few cars you probably know what you want -- it's time to start looking. We used to find my used car. It's great because you can really narrow down the search by color, miles, price etc. Once you find "the" car compare the listed price to Kelly Blue Book. You don't want to pay more than the car is worth. Also think about resale value. I also have an awesome dad who helped.

After all your research you are ready to head to the dealer. If you are buying out right awesome, but if you plan to fiance become knowledgeable on loan rates before going to the dealer. I never thought I would get such a low rate on a used car, but approved us for 1.71% ! I'm not kidding. No bank fees, etc. It's usually for folks with bad credit, but when we saw the rate we went for it. Just apply from the comfort of your own home, print out the packet, take it to the dealer, and they'll handle the rest. Don't be afraid to negotiate and if that's not your style try CarMax.

Good Luck! 

Monday, July 1, 2013

America the Beautiful {Pinterest Edition}

I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking this, but I can't believe it's JULY! Raise your hand if you're looking forward to the short week -- I  know I am. In celebration of America the Beautiful today is about all things Red, White and Blue. 

A causal dress is prefect for any BBQ.


Create a cozy area on the grass for guests to relax with a quilt and few oversized pillows.


If you didn't know I love milkshakes, and if I must say they make for a perfect after firework snack. This particular milkshake is layered with of strawberry, vanilla and blueberry. This one sounds good too.


Make this easy and tasty berry tart to bring with you to the BBQ.


Apple, Rhubarb, and Raspberry Pie --This pie sounds so good I would make it all year long! 


A 4th of July party isn't complete without an American flag cake.


I could post endless amounts of food photos -- looking for a few more ideas check out my Red, White and Blue pinterest board.