Breezy Days: September 2014


September 30, 2014

Give a Spooky Lindt HELLO

Halloween is one of my absolute favorite holidays, and I love to share the spooooky spirit with delicious Lindt HELLO chocolate and a quick note! Ryan and I enjoy getting to know other young married couples in the area, and reaching out with a simple hello has already led to pretty awesome friendships. Meaning we host some rockin' parties at our home with all the fun friends we've accumulated with an easy hello

The cheeky sayings on Lindt HELLO's chocolates are too adorable! Plus the array of flavors made me feel like a kid in a candy store ;) I picked up Caramel Brownie, Strawberry Cheesecake, Salted Caramel, and Cookies & Cream. Yummmm! I'll definitely make some pretty good first impressions with these fun and delicious chocolates.

Lindt HELLO has weekly videos featuring ways in which your favorite YouTube stars and celebrities  show how they spark new connections with one another. It's super cute, make sure to drop by and check them out! It'll inspire you to spark more of your own connections :) 

Lindt HELLO is all about you creating connections with others, which is why they are hosting a sweepstakes with activities to enjoy with the special ones in your life! Good luck!

To enter the sweepstakes, visit the Lindt HELLO Sweet Connections Sweepstakes page and enter your email address. Entries can be made daily for additional chances to win the below prizes. 

5 Weeks of Prizes – Connect with Someone You Love, or Someone New!

Week 1: Table for Two (9/10 – 9/16)
• Dinner & a movie with the +1 of your choice!

Week 2: Double the Fun (9/17 – 9/39)
• Say HELLO to a fun double date night + Lindt HELLO chocolate for dessert

Week 3: Girls Just Want to Have Fun (9/24 – 9/30)
• Enjoy a shopping spree with the girls + yummy Lindt HELLO Chocolate!

Week 4: Sweet Staycation (10/1 – 10/7)
• Lindt HELLO treats you to a pampered night in – movies, books + chocolate!

Week 5: Besties Reunion (10/8 – 10/14)
• Reconnect with your bestie at the spa for a day + Lindt HELLO chocolate to sweeten the deal.

* No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 years or older (19 in AL or NE and 21 in MS).  Void where prohibited. See Rules at  for weekly sweepstakes entry periods, prize descriptions, odds and other details. Ends Noon on 10/14/14. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Lindt & Spr├╝ngli (USA) Inc., One Fine Chocolate Place, Stratham, NH  03885.

*Post has been sponsored by Lindt HELLO. Opinions are all my own!*

September 28, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Today I turn 23 years old! My dad texted me today that I'm "rich in things money doesn't buy," and I would have to wholeheartedly agree :) 

Photography by LC Photography
Shoes: Lulu*s

AEO Denim Obsession

I have an everlasting love with American Eagle denim. Their jeans fit my every curve, my budget, and each season with ease. You'll be able to find the perfect fit for you with no problem because there are 14 styles and over 100 washes! They're honestly my go-to place whenever I'm looking for a new pair of pants to add to my collection, especially the jegging style. I have white denim, red denim, black coated denim, grey jeggings, you name it...and I probably have a pair with AEO stitched into it ;)

Although, you know that I never shop anywhere without a discount or coupon first. Which is another huge reason why I love AEO, they are always having sales and they have some pretty awesome coupons which make shopping for stylish duds super affordable! Right now all jeans are on sale starting at $24.99, and save up to 60% off AEO clearance and get free shipping with NO MINIMUM for today only (9/28)! Then tomorrow (9/29) it's free shipping with orders of $50 or more. I'm telling you, insanely awesome sales!! (American Eagle coupon codes<--here!) 

They just rolled out their AEO fall collection and I'm already itching for another pair of jeans. Especially the ones above, too cute! Can you ever have enough denim?! I venture to say, that you cannot. I'm always a sucker for a good pair of classic dark wash jeans, but when I'm feeling adventurous I go for some color or ripped jeans. Makes me feel edgy! What denim style are you dying to try this fall?

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September 23, 2014

Favorite Fall Looks

Here are a few looks from last season that I love! Just something about that crisp air, changing leaves,  and boots that make me feel rejuvenated and excited for the upcoming holidays :)

Which totally includes my birthday this upcoming weekend! 

September 19, 2014

The Best Potato Soup (Ever)

This recipe has become one of my favorites and has been a total hit when made for parties and events! It's a thick and creamy potato soup with a little bit of a kick. Plus, it's pretty easy to make which motivates me to make it again and again. I originally found the recipe here, but here is my version. Enjoy! :)

4 cups of Chicken Broth
4 cups of peeled and cubed potatoes (2-2.5 large potatoes or 4-5 smaller potatoes)
1/4 cup Minced Onions
1/2 tsp seasoning salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground or crushed red pepper
1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese 

Salt & pepper to taste
Shredded cheese
Bacon bits 

Step 1: Wash and peel potatoes  

Step 2: Cube/cut potatoes 

Step 3: Combine cubed potatoes, minced onion, spices, and chicken broth in pot. Then let boil on MEDIUM heat for about 20 minutes until potatoes are tender 

Step 4: Smash a few potatoes with whisk to release their starch for thickening 

Step 5: Reduce to LOW heat and mix in a small piece of cream cheese at a time until it is melted in the mixture. Then continue adding more until you've used the entire cream cheese package

Garnish with shredded cheese and bacon bits, then stuff your face with this amazing soup! 

September 18, 2014

Casual Fall Style + The Job Hunt

This is my second look (check out my first here) styling the wine floppy hat! Knit grey sweater, teal cords, booties, and lots of gold jewelry are my fall jam. On another note, I've been on the post-grad job search for the past few weeks and wow is it life-sucking! I'm applying like crazy and getting help from some awesome friends, so I'm keeping the faith that I'll find a job that's a good fit soon. Cross your fingers for me! :)

Photography by Caitlin from Bright Open Spaces
Corduroy pants: Loft 
Booties: Steve Madden
Bracelets: Fossil charm bracelet, InPink hammered circle bracelet, Jane 

September 16, 2014

Let the Leaves Fall

I tweeted a while back that I really wanted to try out a fall floppy hat without feeling like a poser. I was urged by some fellow tweeters to take the plunge, and I did! Isn't that what fashion is all about, taking chances? So this is the first of two outfits that I styled with my new hat and I'm excited to share them with you. Especially since the the leaves are starting to change color which means cooler weather is starting to come our way. Hoorayyyyyyyy! :)

Photography by Caitlin from Bright Open Spaces
Necklace c/o Francesca's Collections 
Booties: Shoedazzle

September 15, 2014

Personal Microderm Giveaway

I tested and reviewed the Personal Microderm a few days ago, and now's your chance to have one of your own! My skin felt softer and healthier after using the PMD device, so I know you'd love it! If you're already a follower of mine, then you've pretty much got this giveaway in the bag ;)

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September 14, 2014

Adventures With Elder Evs: 6 More Months

It's crazy to think that Elder Grossman has less than 6 months until he is back in the states!! We are all super excited for his return :) In the meantime, here's an update! He has been transferred to the big city of Villahermosa and is training his new companion Elder Galindo from Monterrey who he says is "willing to learn and really fun to talk to." 

He absolutely loves his new apartment and area because "THERES AN AIR CONDITIONING UNIT" (a direct quote, yes in all caps) in his room. Elder G has reported to sleeping way better at night with it, and he is extremely content. Plus they have fun stores and restaurants such as: Dominos, Pizza Hut, Subway, and Dairy Queen nearby. Hooray! Anyways, the pictures and stories in this post are from the last few weeks in his previous area of Reyes Aztecas! :)

The above pictures are from a ward activity Elder G and his companion put together in his previous area. "We started up activities in the ward here. We played volleyball and had water balloons, and with these activities we are getting attention from people who aren't members which is really cool."

These are pictures of their investigator Zamyra and her family at her baptism! 

"We had some birthdays this past week: first, our new convert! She turned 16. It was small, but an awesome party! Singing ma├▒anitas and cakes in peoples faces. After her 'mordita' her brother splashed her with a bucket of water. It was funny, but she didn't think it was funny. We also got her a cake, which was super good!! We found out the following day that it was made with a tiny bit of alcohol :(" 
(We all wrote to Evan that when cooking with alcohol, it eventually burns off so he shouldn't feel as bad)

"We had an Elder that had a birthday too! We got him a different cake, so not to repeat our previous mistake. We even asked the person to make sure it wasn't made with any alcohol or coffee. A member told us later that the cake we bought was made with a little bit of coffee. I now officially hate all cakes in Mexico :(" 

"I have my whole district here! Me, Elder Ortiz, Elder Rivera, Hermana Sanchez, and the Holy Ghost in between Hermana Wyndham and Elder Florido :)" 

With the holidays coming up soon, make sure to write an Elder! If you want Elder Grossman's email address, leave a comment below and I can send it to you. He loves emails! :)