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Keeping your relationship and date night outfits fresh: 7 tips for dating your spouse

This post was developed in collaboration with Downy.  The thoughts are my own based on my experience using the product.

Adulting is busy, especially when you’ve got kids.  No matter how much we love each other, my husband and I find that when spending so much energy on our busy day-to-day life, that it is easy to forget to work on our relationship.  One way we work on maintaining that connection is with regular date nights.  Just because we’re married doesn’t mean we don’t need the romance and connection that we had when we were first dating, so we swear by the importance of ‘dating your spouse.’  And when I’m pulling it together for a big date, I want to look and feel (and, ahem, smell) my best.  


Travel Tuesday: Family-Friendly Edinburgh

I have been sharing about our journey to seek some family and personal history in the U.K. We began in London, spent the weekend in the countryside in Devon, drove through Wales, spent a few days in Liverpool and Manchester, and explored the Scottish Highlands (including searching for Nessie at Loch Ness). Today, I am sharing the next chapter, about our brief time in Edinburgh. Since we had our 5- and 8-year-old sons with us, and since we found Edinburgh to be so family-friendly, today's post focuses specifically on what we did with the kids during our short trip there. In the next few weeks I will share the full itinerary and final details and recommendations from our U.K. road trip, so stay tuned!


Pineapple Turmeric Cleanser featuring Stevia In The Raw®

The product, information, and gift card have been provided by the makers of In The Raw® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Stevia In The Raw®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of the makers of In The Raw® sweeteners.

Guys, I have to admit that I fell off my healthy eating HARD during the holidays.  Since I always feel so much better when I eat healthier, it is time to get back on track.  If you are in the same situation (tell me I'm not alone!) then you'll want to check out today's recipe for a yummy Pineapple Turmeric Cleanser drink.


Car buffs and those in the market unite at the south's biggest car show - the Houston Auto Show - Jan. 24-28

(Photo source: A Girls Guide to Cars)

Disclosure: This post is part of a program sponsored by A Girls Guide to Cars, the Houston Auto Show, and Toyota. 

I am officially in market (no, not on the market)... for a car.  I just paid-off my last vehicle, and am ready for something new, fun to drive, stylish (of course), and high-tech.  When presented with the opportunity to cover the Houston Auto Show with A Girls Guide to Cars later this month, the timing was perfect!  Not only will I get to see over 800 of the newest model year vehicles (in addition to concept cars, classics, and extreme sport vehicles), but I will also get to test drive many of them with the event's Ride and Drive program.  This is the only show of this scale in our area, so I hope you can join me at Houston's fabulous NRG Center, either by purchasing a ticket, or by winning a pair through the giveaway!!  Keep reading for details on both.   


Discovering the Beauty of Scotland's Highlands

I have been sharing about our journey to seek some family and personal history in the U.K., but took a bit of a break since my last post (hunting for the Loch Ness Monster).  Part of the reason for the break (in addition to the usual busy-ness of the holiday season) is because I wasn't quite ready to put into words this next chapter, which is on the Scottish Highlands.  When a place sticks with me, and is so unique and beautiful, I find that I need time to process it before I can write about it.  Today, I am finally ready to share more about our experience there, including recommendations.  In the coming weeks I will continue detailing recommendations from our U.K. road trip, which includes even more of Scotland and England, so continue to stay tuned!

So, the funny thing about this trip is that I have recently become OBSESSED with the book series and show Outlander.  Fortunately for my husband and kids, that obsession started after we got back from the trip, therefore I didn't drag them to all the filming locations, nor did I make the hubs call me "Sassenach" the whole time.  That being said, I think it's helped me appreciate Outlander in a different way, as I had sort of created my own relationship with, and memories of, Scotland beforehand. 

To start, the Highlands of Scotland will take your breath away.  As you can see in the image above (snapped on my iPhone from the car window as we drove), the mountains and hills, the mist, and the green of it all just feel magical. 



6 Accessories that Complement Any Outfit

I have worked in collaboration with one of our partners to provide you with the below post.

Completing an outfit can be a major challenge for anyone. From watches to ties, socks to sunglasses, finding that perfect accessory can be a pain. It’s especially challenging as a man to accent that crisp new suit or weekend casual wear. Finding those universal accessories to go with any outfit can save you a world of worry and outfit anxiety, so read on to learn your best grabs.

Obviously, socks aren’t the first thing you think of when someone says men’s fashion accessories, but they can make a subtle yet powerful statement with any outfit. Don’t even bother with boring navy blue or black socks. Wear socks that are flashy yet tasteful. Aim for unique patterns and designs full of rich and royal colors. Color is everything. Unique and eccentric colors are great, but you’re not a peacock. Avoid those neon pinks and yellows; you’re trying to command a boardroom, not win a beauty pageant.


How to cook delicious low-carb, vegan food without smelling like it (plus a recipe for Vegan Coconut Curry with Cauliflower Rice)

This post was developed in collaboration with Downy.  The thoughts are my own based on my experience using the product.

Sometimes my favorite hobbies don’t go well together.  As you know I love cooking and I love my personal style – and I never want to have to choose one over the other. But recently I’ve been trying to cook more healthily, and experimenting with low-carb and meatless options like a curry or vegetable rice – but the big problem is that all that spice can REALLY smell. It turns my entire home into a curry scented explosion. And when I walk out of the house, I can smell my cooking on my clothes ALL DAY.

UGH - I want to fix a fabulous and healthy meal for my family, but I don’t want to change my clothes (or even shower!) after cooking. I want to not only look fabulous, but smell fabulous, too. What’s a girl to do?

Well, now I don’t have to choose between cooking and rocking my cute outfits.  How?  My chef’s secret is Downy Protect & Refresh liquid fabric conditioner. It gives my clothes all-day odor protection—like deodorant for your clothes! Now my #OOTD stays smelling fresh from mealtime to family time. I just pour it into the dispenser right after my detergent, then set it and forget it.  WIN-WIN!