Five Things I Learned from Dog Sitting for Two Months

Five Things I Learned from Dog Sitting for Two Months

Now if I had to pick a team, I’m definitely team cat. But after two months of watching Cadence, Alex’s parents’ dog, it’s hard not to have a soft spot for pups. It’s been a few weeks now that she’s returned home after their move to Virginia, but she’s definitely left a lasting impression on me and taught me a few things I didn’t expect…
1. Dogs truly know how to be happy. Like all the time. Cadence couldn’t wait to go for a car ride, got excited at every turn, and wanted her head out of the window any chance she got. Happiness just spilled out of her and it’s impossible not to get swept up in it.
2. Definitely get a dog before having kids. I know people say it, but I never knew how true it could be. A dog teaches you a lot more responsibility than cats do.
3. Dogs keep you healthier. I went on so many walks, got myself out of the house, and enjoyed the fresh air so much more thanks to Cadence. Even if we were just hanging out in the backyard, she pushed me to get some air every once in a while.
4. You become weirdly obsessed with their bathroom habits and overall routine. I can’t tell you how often I found myself saying, “Oh she definitely has to poo.” Like my lord. And you know what, I felt proud knowing that information. She became my girl for two months and I learned her every like and dislike.
5. Older dogs are something special. Cadence is nearly a decade old and I loved having an older pup around. She’s so smart, well trained, and listens. Definitely a must. Sure puppies are cute, but there’s just something about a loyal dog who is more than happy to take a nap with you in the middle of the afternoon.
I miss this girl. I’m sure she’s having a blast in Virginia exploring her new home, but I wouldn’t mind if she came back to stay again…
Travel Essentials

Travel Essentials

Another trip is right around the corner (Houston for PlannerCon Parties) and my brain is already telling me to pack. You’d think after travelling at least once a month for two years straight that nagging voice in my head would go away by now. But we are who we are.
I’ve become a bit of a packing pro over the years and have fine tuned the essentials I take with me every trip. There are a couple new additions to the mix since we started doing personal item only travel (we’re midwest cheap at its best).
Since we’re rocking personal items only, I usually pack a small purse I can pull out later and use while exploring. Just big enough for a wallet and my phone. This brown one gets a lot of questions whenever I post it on Instagram. It’s from a secondhand store and is the perfect little travel companion.
I was gifted these Sudio headphonesearlier this year from the company and they’re a complete game changer. They’re bluetooth, but also still have a headphone cord to plug into the screens on planes. Plus they’re noise cancelling and hella cute. I definitely lucked out with this one.
There’s always a water bottle (this one Oh, Hello Promo made for a client) and my vlogging camera in the mix. I recently added the new Erin Condren Accordion Pouch to the lineup as well to separate out toiletries. My pouch loving ways can’t get over the genius idea to attach separate pouches together. GENIUS.
As far as planning tools go, I’ll sometimes bring my to-do list planner, but more often than not I just bring a pocket traveler’s notebook to write down ideas I have or things I don’t want to forget to do when I get home. I store all my writing tools in my Erin Condren Planny Pack and attach it to the TN or a memory notebook if I’ve brought one.
I started bringing a couple of thank you notes when I travel to leave for housekeeping or people we visit. It’s a nice little gesture that doesn’t take up any packing space but leaves a seriously great impression. How else am I going to get invited back?!
I keep cotton pads in a little jar and makeup wipes for super lazy days in a soap holder. That way they’ll stay damp and I’m not bringing a huge package along with me or unnecessary plastic from a travel pack.
With personal item only travel I had to get super creative with how I pack EVERYTHING. I found these little craft storage jars at the dollar store and use them to decant products into them. I’m super picky about my toothpaste and it doesn’t come in a travel size so this is perfect! Evil genius status achieved.
The next time we travel with actual carry-ons or (heaven forbid) a CHECKED bag I won’t know what to do with myself. You mean I can pack clothing OPTIONS!??! Now that’s just crazy talk…
Urban Decay the Ultimate Brush Off Set & Go Review

Urban Decay the Ultimate Brush Off Set & Go Review

Urban Decay the Ultimate Brush Off Set & Go Review
The makeup fairies dropped off a package on my doorstep a few weeks ago and I’ve been playing around with the Urban Decay the Ultimate Brush Off Set & Go Powder* ever since. This summer I’ve been a bigger sweaty mess than normal, so setting powders have become quite common in my routine. And presto, a new powder just finds its way to my doorstep. The odds seem to be in my favor *buys a lottery ticket*
Let’s talk packaging first because damn Urban Decay, you know how to design some crazy packaging. It’s plastic, but sturdy and glossy and wonderful. At first I was on the fence about the brush built into the packaging, but it’s an incredibly high quality, dense brush that definitely works. Personally if I’m feeling super high maintenance (and when am I not) I’ll use a fluffier brush with the powder, but the built in one is great if you want to bake your powder or apply with a slightly heavier hand.
The brush locks in with a twist and the powder is separated by some plastic with holes. A lot of powder does seem to come through the holes rather than a regulated amount, but I just tap it off the brush and call it good. See, I’m not completely high-maintenance…
Urban Decay the Ultimate Brush Off Set & Go Review
It comes in a few different shades, but I find myself gravitating towards the universal shade out of habit. It’s not cakey, lasts all day, and doesn’t leave a weird shine in photos. I tend to use it a lot under my eyes to set my concealer, and it thankfully does not accentuate any of my wrinkles or lines. It’s everything you want in a setting powder.
Boom. Review done.
My ThirdLove Experience | I Finally Caved to the Advertisements!

My ThirdLove Experience | I Finally Caved to the Advertisements!

My ThirdLove Experience
It could just be my algorithm on Instagram and Facebook, but I’ve seen ads for ThirdLove bras for months. They’re marketing team is seriously impressive and a few weeks ago I finally caved to the advertisements and decided to give them a go.
A bit of boob backstory. I’m very well endowed. I’ve always had a hard time finding bras that had a small enough number (in the 32-34 range) yet had a large enough cup size (I thought I wore a DD or DDD). They just didn’t seem to exist in the “regular” bra world of Victoria’s Secret. So I settled and wore camisoles over all of my bras to keep my boobs from tumbling out. Shoulder marks were commonplace. 
ThirdLove’s return policy really sold it for me. You can wear the bras (and wash them!) for two months and still send them back. I took their sizing test and it suggested a 34 DDD (what they call an F), but they also offer you another size in the same style to try for free and send back the one that doesn’t fit.
So I opted to try their 34E, 34F, and 34G just to really see what size I actually am. They arrived super quickly in a cute box and well packaged. Turns out I’m a 34G and haven’t been wearing the right bra for nearly a decade.
I returned the other two sizes quick and easy and started shopping my actual bra size.

My ThirdLove Experience
The bras are super soft, the straps are larger to prevent slipping and marks, and I finally feel like I don’t have to wear a camisole every day to make sure nothing’s falling out. Plus I don’t immediately feel like ripping my bra off after I come home from a long day. And the styles. As a big chested girl I’m lucky to find a bra in my size let alone a cute one. There are so many gorgeous options for a crazy range of sizes. This girl finally can wear cute bras!!!
So I’m a convert. I’m always so skeptical when it comes to those overly advertised products on Facebook, but caving to the ads definitely paid off in spades with this one.
If you’re down to give them a try, click here for my referral code to save $15. I’ll get credit towards future purchases and we can be bra buddies!
Introducing the Oh, Hello Co. Retail Line

Introducing the Oh, Hello Co. Retail Line

Guys. I sincerely thought I would never write a post like this. What feels like two years in the making has finally become a reality. Oh, Hello Stationery has officially launched its first line of retail products!!! Our collection is now available through Notions Marketing. If you’re a shop, you can order the products from their wholesale site. If you’re a customer, go to your favorite retailer and ask for them to carry our products.
I wanted to take what’s so great about the brand and expand it into a functional and decorative collection anyone can use. From new planner girls to seasoned addicts, I can’t wait for you to check out all of the new sheets and styles.
There are eleven sticker sets as well as a bunch of traveler’s notebook starter packs. We even have some enamel pin bundles. It’s been a crazy process trying to figure out how to prepare our products for retail and I swear I know more about UPCs than I ever would care to admit. But they’re here. They’re real. And it couldn’t have happened without your support. A thousand thanks.
I’ll keep you posted on where you can find the collection near you, but here are all of the sticker sets that are now available.

And there may or may not be an even BIGGER announcement coming your way in a week or two…