Friday Five + Shopbop Sale Picks

Hi friends! Happy Friday! I thought I'd bring back the old Friday Five posts and share with you 5 things I am loving from this week. I also wanted to share my picks from the Shopbop sale (which ends tonight!) that I'm sure you've heard about at this point if you follow other fashion/style bloggers. For now, let's get right into my five things from this week:

1. So, I finally set up a Poshmark account/closet and I'm having so much fun posting some of my gently used (and some hardly worn) items from my closet. I actually made a handful of sales already! It's so easy because they email you the postage label, so you just pack up your items (I use old boxes from online shopping/amazon etc) and take it to your nearest post office drop off spot and you're done! Poshmark collects money from the buyer and you can easily deposit it into your bank account or use it as credit to shop on their app/site. And no, this is totally not sponsored, I just really love using it! (If you are on Poshmark, find my closet: @lindsllstyling)



2. I've been working on adding more protein to my diet and tracking my macros as a part of the fitness and diet plan that Abby from Mom With Muscles Blog made up for me. Since I've been tracking my carbs, fats and protein everyday, I'm realizing how hard it is to hit my protein goal for the day (I have no problem with the carbs and fats, go figure). So, I've been searching on Pinterest for easy, healthy, protein packed recipes and I came across this turkey stuffed peppers recipe and decided to tweak it a bit. Instead of brown rice, I used quinoa (extra protein!) and subbed the tomato sauce for some mild salsa. I also didn't use as much of the chicken broth as it calls for and grated fresh parmesan cheese instead of cheddar cheese. So, yea I didn't really stick to the recipe exactly, but they turned out SO good!! 


3. We have booked our anniversary/my birthday trip in November to.... CHARLESTON! I am SO excited because I've wanted to visit Charleston for a long time now! There are so many bloggers that rave about the city! Of course, I've been pinning all the Charleston travel guides, but if you've been or live there, please leave comments with your suggestions on places to eat/visit/etc. I can not wait!


4. We are going to visit a local fire station with Camden tonight! It's kind of a long story, but basically my grandma won a 'dinner for four with the fire fighters' at a charity event last month. She knew that Camden is OBSESSED with fire trucks, fire fighters, etc (hint hint on his Halloween costume this year), so she knew she had to bid on it! Well, she won the prize and offered it to us! We are meeting at the fire station tonight and they are going to give us a tour of the fire station and Camden will get to sit in a real fire truck! I don't know if he will be excited or nervous?! Wish us luck! Of course, I will post pictures!

5. Ok, now for the shopbop sale! I'm sure you've heard about it if you follow other bloggers. The deal is you get 20% off all orders under $500 with code EOTS17, or you get 25% off your order over $500 with the same code! Shopbop is a great site to order your higher end, what I like to call, 'investment' pieces. So, if you've held off on buying one of your fall wardrobe investment pieces, now is your chance! Another great thing about Shopbop, is that you can use your Amazon Prime account to get free 2 day shipping! The sale ends tonight at midnight, so shop today!

Here are my picks from the sale:




Happy Shopping and TGIF!

Neutral Fall Decor + Our Home Update

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It's been a while since I published a home decor post. It's not that I don't love home decor or decorating (in fact I LOVE it!), it's just that it hasn't been a top priority in our lives for the past few years. I kind of felt like our last house in Illinois wasn't permanent so I never felt like truly decorating or making it feel more like our home. Now that we've been 'settled' in our new home here in Ohio, I feel like we are just about ready to really start making it our own.

We have some construction work scheduled to be done in our main living area/great room that will hopefully be completed by the end of October at the latest. Then, we will finally be able to paint over the ugly mustard yellow paint color that is all over the main floor (sorry if mustard yellow walls is your jam... it's just not mine!). However, we were able to paint a handful of rooms in our house including the kitchen, master bedroom/bathroom, Camden's room and the boys' shared bathroom upstairs a month after we moved in. This past weekend we (ok, Bill) painted our front door black and we replaced the hardware which was brass to brushed nickel. It's so rewarding to see the outcome of such a small project! I am so excited to finish some other home projects on our to do list in the near future! 

Since I wasn't really motivated to decorate in our mustard yellow room, I decided to go all out in our dining room and front porch/door for fall. I went to At Home and Target for my decorations and found a lot of cute, neutral fall decor. It's not that I don't love all the warm tones of fall, it's just that I'm not a yellow/orange/brown type of person. Does that make sense? I've always gravitated towards neutral or cool tones when decorating, so fall decor has been a challenge in the past. But, I'm loving the neutral fall decor trend right now! I'm a sucker for a white pumpkin and when I saw little white ceramic pumpkins in the Target dollar spot, you know I bought every. single. one! Target is currently killing it with the neutral fall decor! I have this pillow and a set of these pillows on my wish list. 

I love the black, white/cream and grey hues with touches of gold mixed in for some warmth. If I had my way and an endless bank account, I'd be buying all of the above items in the collage. In fact, I think I need a set of buffalo check pillows for fall! I don't care if my walls are still yellow for another month! I'm hoping to share some glimpses of my fall decor on the blog and on instgram over the next few weeks, so stay tuned! 

Do you love the neutral fall decor look? Or do you stick with the traditional fall colors?

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My New Favorite Diamond Stud Earrings

I've always been pretty simple when it comes to jewelry. I like and appreciate a classic design that is timeless and that will go with everything. Since I've had my boys, I have been sticking to wearing diamond stud earrings instead of anything too dangly or something that they could possibly get caught on or grab. 



I have been looking for a new pair of diamond stud earrings for a while and it was perfect timing when Anjolee jewelry reached out to me to write this post. When I visited their website, I was so happy to be able to design my own custom set of diamond stud earrings



When you arrive to the site, you can easily browse through their extensive collection of beautiful and unique designs. All of their pieces can be customized according to preference of metal type, diamond size, diamond/gemstone quality, and length/size. My eyes landed on the Circle Designer Diamond Stud Earrings. I just love the halo of pave diamonds around the sparkly solitaire. I went with the 1.58 ct. size. The design is so sophisticated and elegant! These earrings can be worn with a tee shirt and jeans (which is what I will be wearing them with most often, I'm sure) or with a beautiful ball gown!



Anjolee is offering all LLStyling readers 10% off their order (through Nov. 1, 2017)! Simply use the code Lindsay10 at checkout and your discount will be applied! 

*I was provided a pair of cubic zirconia stud earrings from Anjolee in exchange for writing this post. All the above views and opinions are my own! 

Rainy or Cold day Activities for Toddlers in Columbus, OH

This post has been on my to do list for a while now. Yes, the weather seems to be in our favor this week, but soon this Ohio fall/winter will show up and we will no longer be able to play outside or head to the park when the toddlers become restless. I started this list in my phone a while ago as a back up for rainy days when I'm home with the boys. I'm sure once winter rolls around I will be referencing this list a lot! I may even write all of these out on little sheets of paper, put them in a hat and pull one out for our activity for the day when I'm home with both of them on Tuesdays!

Below is my current list of favorites, plus a whole slew that are on my to-do list. I'm hoping to hit all of them by the end of winter! 

1. Mall Play Areas (Tuttle Mall, The Shops at Worthington Place, Polaris Fashion Place) - We've been to the play area at Tuttle Mall several times now and have also been to the one at the Shops at Worthington Place. The Tuttle Mall play area was recently renovated and it such a great play spot for not only toddlers, but crawlers as well. The whole area is carpeted and there are various play stations based on age range and interest. Of course, shopping with 2 toddlers is near impossible, but if I have a quick return or just need to get them out of the house and burn some energy, this is one of our favorites. And bonus...it's FREE!





2. Sunny Street Cafe 'Mommy and Me' Breakfast Tuesdays @ the Polaris location: We attended a 'Mommy and Me' Breakfast at Sunny Street a few weeks ago and Camden had a blast! The Mommy and Me time is 8am - 10am every Tuesday at the new Polaris location. Pancakes for the kiddos to decorate with their favorite toppings are $1 (and are dino shaped!) and there is a new theme every week and this week's theme was tie dye! The kids got to tie dye their own t shirts. Definitely something different and a fun experience for the little ones. AND they are now serving pumpkin pancakes!!! #winwin




3. Get Air Columbus / Tree of Life Play Cafe - We have been to the Tree of Life Play Cafe a handful of times and both boys always have a blast! The food isn't bad either! We love their pizza and the boys love the pretzel and cheddar bosco sticks. Admission to play in the play area is $7 per child or you can pay $10 for playtime and includes a kids meal.

Right next door to the Tree of Life Play + Cafe is Get Air Columbus which is basically a huge gym filled with trampolines! For little ones under 46", it's $9 for one hour of jumping (which is plenty!) and you do have to buy their jump socks which are $3 per pair. Every Wednesday and Thursday they have toddler jump time from 10am to 11am for $10, plus you get a day of admission to the Play + Cafe next door. We went to toddler time a few weeks ago and both Camden and Bennett had a BLAST! AND, they both took 3 hour naps when we got home! #praisehands




Here are some indoor activity places/ideas that are on our to do list for this coming fall/winter:

Story time (local libraries) - We have yet to attend any type of story time mostly because I'm afraid neither boys will sit still for an entire story, but it's worth a shot! Also, I've heard that the Worthington libraries have great kids areas, so worth a trip!

Also, the Chick-fil-A on Sawmill Rd hosts a kids story time the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month from 9:30 - 10:15am! Plus they have a kids play area and delicious food!

Music classes - I think both boys would really enjoy music classes! Camden went when he was Bennett's age and he loved it! Tree of Life Play + Cafe is actually hosting a toddler music class next month that we may check out. (More details here)

Open gym time - The Dublin Rec center offers preschool open gym every Monday and Friday from 9 - 11am. Ages are 6 months to 6 years old. This would be a great way to have the boys burn off some energy before nap time!

COSI (Center of Science and Industry) - I've been saving this one for the winter and for when the boys are on the same schedule (which they just about are now). I figured if I'm going to pay the admission fee to get in (which would be $35 for the 3 of us, yikes! Luckily, Bennett is still free!), we will definitely be spending a good amount of time there! But, the kids space looks like so much fun and something that Camden and Bennett would really enjoy!

Franklin park conservatory - My parents actually have taken the boys to Franklin Park Conservatory on a day they were watching them while I was working. They said that both boys had a great time looking at the butterfly exhibit (which is over now, but they have on going exhibits).

Recreations Outlet - I've heard great things about their indoor playland. They offer charitable play hours every week for $2 per child and 50% of their earnings go to a monthly charity. September's charity is the Haunnah Meyer Memorial Fund. The charitable play times are Tues, Wed and Thurs, 9am - 11am.

What Should We Do Today Columbus also has a great list of FREE indoor play areas surrounding Columbus HERE
Columbus moms, what indoor activity/play areas have you been to that are not on my list?

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Recent Purchases, Current Sales and A Giveaway!


Happy Friday Friends! I've been wanting to share with you some of my recent fall wardrobe purchases that I am loving. There's also so many great sales going on and I have some info below on a fun fall inspired giveaway I'm co-hosting on instagram!

I found some new blanket scarfs for the season from asos and I'm loving the oversized check patterns (I bought this one and this one)! They are having a great sale that will be ending tonight, so shop now! I also bought this off the shoulder sweater and this long pink cardigan which I LOVE!


If you follow my instastories, you know I got my hair chopped earlier this week! I am loving the new, sassy length! It's so easy to style and takes so much less time to blow dry!

I also picked up this leopard print scarf from H&M that, unfortunately, I can't find on their website, but this one is almost an exact dupe. I've also been wearing these moto leggings on repeat because they are so cute and soooo comfy! 

similar leopard scarf here and here | v neck tee shirt | moto leggings | flats

I found this cute white letter board on amazon! 


I'm so glad I picked up a few items form the Old Navy sale a few weeks ago. I have a feeling I'll be wearing this plaid button up and this striped graphic sweatshirt a lot this season! Both are so comfy and perfect for those crisp, chilly autumn days. 


There have been and still are so many great fall sales happening! Here's a list of some that are happening this weekend:

Old Navy: up to 60% off kids and baby plus up to 50% off storewide. Free shoipping on orders over $50.

J.Crew Factory: Buy one pair of pants and get the second FREE! Use code FREEPANTS. Plus, 40-60% off everything else, shop here.

Target is having a sale on all baby items. Buy $100 worth of baby essentials and get a $25 gift card.

Anthropologie: The fall event: 20% off full price items in stores and online only this weekend. Discount reflected at checkout.

Pottery Barn: Warehouse event: up to 60% off 100s of items. Shop here. Also, free shipping on your order with code PUMPKIN (ends tonight!)

Nordstrom: up to 50% off items, shop here. As always, free shipping and returns.

Also, I wanted to let you all in on a little secret! I have teamed up with 3 of my favorite bloggers to host an awesome giveaway via instagram! The giveaway will go live at 3:30pm eastern time, so make sure you are following me for details and to enter. I can't give away the prize just yet, but if you win you'll have free PSLs for the next 3 months and will get to go on a fun shopping spree. 😉

Happy Friday and Happy Shopping!


Apples, Pumpkins and Ponies... Oh My!

We had such a fun time this past weekend visiting The Orchard and Company in Plain City, Oh. I knew I wanted to take the boys apple picking again this year, since it was a hit (well, with Camden) when we went last year. I researched a few apple orchards in town and landed on this one because of the location (just a quick 20 min drive fro our house) and the fact that it had so many other fun things for the boys to see and do. Unfortunately, their apple orchard was hit with hail this spring so the apples were slim pickings (literally ha!). But, we did manage to find a few to use for a photo op of course! 😉   Both boys started chomping down on the apples as soon as they got them in their hands! Bennett kept saying 'Ahh -PPLE! Ahh -PPLE!' since it is one of the handful of words he can say now! He was in heaven!

warning: photo overload to follow....

links to items I'm wearing: hunter boots | leggings | long sleeve tee ($19) | sunglasses 
We barely got a family photo! Both boys were not having it, so I'm actually surprised we got one where they are both semi smiling! 








I forgot to change the setting on the camera before I handed it to Bill (I'm learning to use manual mode!), so this photo was a little blown out and over exposed, but I like it edited in black and white and too cute not to share!

After walking around the orchard for a bit, we headed over to the pumpkin field. There were rows and rows of beautiful, big, round pumpkins! Camden has loved pumpkins since his first halloween and Bennett's eye just lit up when he was them too! 







Last, but not least, Camden rode a pony for the first time! He was a little hesitant at first, but I told him it would be like riding a real carousel (since he loves the one at the zoo) and he would be like a cowboy! Once he realized that mommy would be right by him, holding on to him the whole time, he was more excited. 



We didn't stay long since it opened at 11am and by noon the boys were both starting to get hungry and tired (aka cranky). Maybe next year they will be able to stay a bit longer for all the other fun activities they had there!


Even though taking these types of outings with the boys at this age can be exhausting, I'm so glad we did it! And I'm glad I brought my 'good' camera to document these fun family memories we are making! 

In other news... I got my hair chopped this weekend! I am loving the new sassy length! If you follow my instastories, you may have seen a pic! I'm hoping to post about my new 'do, some other recent happenings as well as some recent wardrobe purchases I've made. Also, I'll be co-hosting a really fun giveaway via Instagram towards the end of this week, so make sure you are following me here! So much to catch up on, so stay tuned!

My 10 Minute Everyday Make Up Routine

I totally planned to make a video showing how I apply my make up, but that is easier said than done! Maybe one day when the stars align, my babies are sleeping, no one else is in the house, the lighting is perfect and I have nothing else to do... But, until then I hope some still frames will suffice!


I've got my morning make up routine down to a science these days. My normal wake time is between 6 - 6:30 depending on how many times I hit my snooze button. I try my best to get out of bed BEFORE my boys wake up (which is typically between 6:30 - 7am). If it is one of those awesome days I get up before the boys then I will quickly grab a cup of coffee, change my clothes, brush my hair or throw it up in a top knot and do my make up so I'm ready for the day.

I've timed my make up routine a few times and it's always around 10 minutes. Depending on what we are doing for the day, sometimes I will omit some steps like eyeshadow or contouring, etc. But, most days, this is my routine.

Here is the order of how I put on my make up (I first wash my face and then apply this moisturizer before applying my make up for the day):


BASE

1. Maybelline BB Cream in Light/Medium - I apply this all over my face evenly with a damp beauty blender. I love how light it feels and yet it helps to brighten the tone of my skin. I'd say this BB cream has light to medium coverage. If I want a little more coverage I will use a CC cream (this one is on my wish list. It has so many great reviews from other bloggers) or foundation, but I don't use those for everyday make up. 

2. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, brightener (say that 3 times fast!) - You guys this stuff is where it's at. I have tried so many different under eye concealers, color correctors, brighteners and this one hands down is the best at covering my dark circles. It works because of the pinkish hues that offset the purple and blue tones under my eyes. If you are a new mom... or just a mom.... or just someone that has dark circles in general, you must try this! I dab the sponge under my eyes and into the corners to cover the dark areas, then smooth out with my beauty blender. 

3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, in Light - I know what you're thinking... and no, this post is not sponsored by Maybelline! I just love their products so much. And it may seem over kill that I use a brightener under my eyes first and then this concealer, but it works! I'll add a little bit of this under my eyes to give it more of a natural skin tone and then I'll use this to touch up any blemishes on my face. 


EYES

4. MAC paint pot in 'Painterly' - I bought a slew of MAC make up products for my wedding make up and this is the one product I continue to buy over and over again. I've tried a few other drug store eye lid/eyeshadow primers and nothing compares to this! I sometimes just put this on (using my index finger) instead of eyeshadow to save time. 

5. Maybelline 'The Nudes' Eyeshadow Palette - I have been using this palette for a while now and it's a great budget friendly alternative to my Urban Decay 'Naked3' palette that I had been using for years. I just wanted to try something new and I love the neutral tones of this one. It also offers several shimmery and matte shades so you can mix it up. I use the shimmery taupe color all over my lid, then add a mixture of the brown matte colors in my crease and outer corners of my eyes. I'll use a darker shimmery shade in my crease if I want a more dramatic/darker eyeshadow look for going out to dinner, etc. 

6. Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liquid Eyeliner, Black - I LOVE this eyeliner! It has a felt tip that applies pretty smooth and you can make it as dramatic as you want by either using the thinner edge for a more precise line or the thick edge for a more dramatic line. I only use this on my top eyelid. If I'm going out on a date night, girls night or somewhere special, I'll apply this eyeliner on my bottom waterline for a more dramatic look. 

7. L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise - Hands down the best drug store mascara I've ever tried! I don't even use my lash primer anymore! I just put on one good coat of this stuff and I'm good to go. 

8. Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Define and Fill Duo, Soft Brown - I've been using this for filling in my eyebrows for a while now. Ever since I started using it, I can't NOT fill in my eyebrows everyday! It definitely helps to frame the face. My eye brows are both light and scarce so I use the sponge end to help fill in and shape them. 


FINISHING TOUCHES

9. Maybelline Fit Me Matte Plus Poreless Powder - I use this powder to set my make up. I use this brush under my eye area and along my T zone. Then I use this brush to set the rest of my face. I like using this pressed powder because it is so fine and sets my make up well without feeling too dry/matte and doesn't settle in creases. 

10. Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer - I am officially hooked on this bronzer. It is the perfect bronze shade with a little bit of shimmer to brighten up my face. It also smells like a tropical vacation! 

11. Maybelline Facestudio Master Contour Face Contouring Kit (Light/Medium) - I just recently picked up this contour/blush/highlight palette and I LOVE it! I don't really do a ton of contouring on a daily basis, but I recently started contouring my nose by drawing thin lines with the contour shade on each side of my nose and smoothing them out with this brush. I didn't realize how much of a difference it can make in photos! I also love the blush color and use the highlighting shade on the apples of my cheekes and down the middle of my nose as well. 


LIPS

I just recently picked up 3 new mauve/rosy color lip glosses for fall and I'm loving all of them! I keep the 2 lip glosses in my handbag and I have used the covergirl outlast all day lip color (in the color dusty rose) for date nights or going out to dinner with girl friends (it is also the color I'm wearing in these photos). The Outlast lip color acts similar to lip sense (if you are familiar), but not as intense. You apply the lip color on your lips and let it dry first, then you apply the moisturizing top coat to add some shine. I tried it out one night when I met some friends for dinner and the color definitely lasted all night. I just reapplied the top coat when my lips felt dry.

Lip glosses: L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche leGloss in Really Rosé and Covergirl colorlicious gloss in berrylicious (710)

There you have it! It sounds like a lot, but trust me it does not take a ton of time to do this routine. I feel so much better and am so much more productive during the day when I do my make up. 


Have you tried any of these products? Do you have a daily make up routine?

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