2nd Annual Fall Fun Swap

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Ah Fall...it is almost here. And judging by all of the photos I have seen on facebook recently, I know A LOT of you are really excited about pumpkin spice, cooler temps, hot apple cider, fire pits and more. Well what about making new friends and receiving packages in the mail? Do you like those things too?

If you do like all of those things, then you should join me and my friend Colleen Samantha for our 2nd Annual Fall Fun Swap. We started this on our instagram accounts, but we want to open up the swap to everyone. We would love for you to join us - ANYONE (in the U.S.) can participate.

Here are the details:

1.) To sign up, send an e-mail with your name and instagram profile name to fallfunswap@gmail.com

2.) Sign ups will be open until September 21. We will match everyone and e-mail out the partners by September 25.

3.) Once you get your assigned partner, spend a couple weeks getting to know them via e-mail and find out what their favorite fall must haves are.

4.) By October 14, send your partner some fun fall goodies in the mail. You can send them anything: candy, coffee, stationery, gloves, candles, whatever! And don't break the bank, there is a $15 spend limit. Make it fun!

5.) When you receive your package in the mail, show off your goodies on instagram by using the hashtag #FallFunSwap. You can also use that hashtag on twitter and facebook! Spread the word!

***Invite your friend to join in the swap too, the more the merrier. Just send them here to this blog post for the full details.

We are so excited for this! Happy swapping.

(Open to U.S. residents only)

Borrow Jewelry Before You Buy? Why Yes, Sign Me Up! (Plus Coupon Code!)

Monday, August 31, 2015

How many times have you purchased a piece of jewelry or accessory online only to not be completely happy with it when it arrives? Or spent a little bit more than you wanted for a piece and ended up only wearing the jewelry once or twice leaving you feeling like you wasted money?

Well allow me to introduce you to my latest obsession and something that will fix both of those problems! I'm going to enlighten you with the genius program that is called ROCKSBOX.

Rocksbox is a jewelry subscription service that lends you three pieces of jewelry at a time from top designers (like Kendra Scott and House of Harlow) that you wear and borrow as long as you like. If you fall completely in love with the jewelry, you can purchase the pieces you want at a discounted price and send back whatever you don't want. And the really cool part is that you can exchange your box as many times in a month as you want! For only $19 a month (no matter how many times you exchange), you can try out tons of cool jewelry and decide if its "you" before committing to a purchase. Rocksbox will also give you $10 credit each month that you can apply toward the purchase of jewelry if you end up wanting to own the piece.

Before I go too far, let me tell you that you can try out one month of Rocksbox for FREE just by entering the following code at checkout:


When you first sign up for Rocksbox, you can create a wishlist of items you would like to receive. You are then assigned a stylist who will look through your wishlist and profile to curate a box specifically for you. I was sent a Jill Michael layered chain bracelet, a Kendra Scott delicate necklace and some Perry Street glam earrings. I actually added the Perry Street glam earrings to my wishlist when I first signed up, but I ended up not liking them as much. I honestly thought they would be a bit bigger and more dramatic. They are still pretty, just not what I was looking for.

I loved the Jill Michael layered chain bracelet because I thought it looked just like me and would easily pair with other pieces I already own. I wore it several times, but later decided that I already had a few other pieces that resembled it, so I decided to send the bracelet back.

Finally, I was not really a fan of the delicate Kendra Scott necklace when I first opened my box. I thought it was pretty, but I'm more of a statement necklace girl and wasn't too sure about it. However, after a few days I decided to give it a try and actually ended up LOVING it. This necklace is unlike anything I currently own and I actually liked how I was given the option of experimenting with jewelry before I made a commitment. This delicate necklace could be worn on its own for a dressed down look and it also paired really nicely with other necklaces for a more layered look.

If you are familiar with Rent the Runway and Stichfix, I would say this is a mixture of both of those companies but specifically for jewlery/accessories. My favorite aspect of Rocksbox is that you get to try something out and if you like it you can buy it; if you don't like it send it back! And since you get a month free by using the code lindsaytolarxoxo at checkout, why wouldn't you at least try it? And shipping is included (both ways)! So at least check it out!

Rocksbox is great if you have a big event coming up, because you can borrow some new jewelry and maybe even glam up your look and if you end up not wanting to wear the piece again, just return it!


If you have any questions, Rocksbox has a really great FAQ page full of information. 

High Five For Friday

Friday, August 28, 2015

After the tragic events that occurred this week, it is more important than ever for me to find the goodness in my simple weeks. What a week it has been!

1.) I received my first box from Rocksbox and I love it!!!! I know I've teased you with it before and next week I will give you full details on Rocksbox. To get your first month free, enter code lindsaytolarxoxo at checkout!

2.) K is a worship leader in training! After church on Sunday, she wanted to sing with the microphone and gave us all a great rendition of Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

3.) I found this quote on instagram and think it is brilliant and so true!
"You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will look back in a few years and be absolutely perplexed and awed by how every little thing added up and brought you somewhere wonderful - or where you always wanted to be. You will be grateful that things didn't work out the way you once wanted them to."

4.) K and her sweet friend, Emmy, get to hang out a lot together because Tolar and Emmy's parents play on our church softball team. The girls do everything together at the softball games and it is adorable to watch.

5.) Have you tried Larabars before? I just discovered them and I am in love. They are a healthy, clean bar that satisfies me when I'm hungry. Yum-o!

I'm linking up with Bright on a Budget, September Farm and Meet @ the Barre.

Trying To Make Sense...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Yesterday an incredibly tragic act of violence happened to a news station in my hometown of Roanoke, Virginia. I assume most of you have heard about it, but to sum it up really quickly, a disgruntled ex-employee of WDBJ7 (local CBS affiliate) shot and killed a reporter and photo journalist on live tv. LIVE TV. He also wounded another woman who was being interviewed by the reporter.


Shock is the word that I felt after yesterday's events. How could something like this happen? Again? Why did this type of event keep happening? Why is there so much hate in the world?

I found myself thinking about my daughter and the world in which she might grow up. All too often I have wished we lived in a different time, when things were simpler and people loved each other more. When fatal shootings didn't become a monthly thing that you heard about on the news.

Hurting people hurt people. It is a sad sentence, but oh so true. Yesterday's events show me that this world needs love. This world needs prayer. This world needs Jesus. We have removed God from our lives, He isn't allowed in the places where He is needed most. Evil is getting the upper hand and it is time that we do something about it.

Let's love each other better. Let's love each other more. We are all human, we ALL make mistakes. People need grace and they need love. God's love. Let's go out and just love the heck out of people.

You never know what someone is going through. That person who just cut you off on the interstate? They might have just received some tragic news themselves and are trying like crazy to get off the road and get to their loved ones...you just don't know. That person needs love, not a bad reaction, no matter what they are going through. Trust me, I'm the first one to admit that I am quick to react sometimes; I know it is hard, but instead of rushing to condemn or call someone a name, we should simply stop and pray for them. Because they clearly need it.

I don't have answers to a lot of things. I have no clue why the events of yesterday had to happen.
But here is what I do know:
I refuse to allow my daughter to live in fear, wondering what type of world she will inherit. I WILL raise my daughter to be a light for this world. I WILL continue to raise her to love others, to care for others, to pray for others. I WILL teach her that the way to handle a disagreement is not with violence, but by simply praying for the person who caused you pain. I WILL teach her that bad things do happen, but our God is bigger than all of that.

"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." John 16:33 (New Living Translation)

My Party's On Instagram

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sometimes life gets a little busy and I don't always have time to crank out blog posts for Monday through Friday. I'm sure you noticed that some this summer when I had several days off. As K grows and it seems that days pass by in an instant, I'm really trying to be present in life. It is important for me to spend as much time with my family and friends as I can. So I might take some time off from the blog occasionally. But rest assured, I won't go far. In fact, I will always keep the party alive on Instagram. Why don't you come play and join me on instagram?

If I don't have time for a blog post, I will definitely have a couple minutes to post a fun snapshot from our day. I take pictures every single day and love that instagram lets me remember everything.

Here's what I've been up to over on instagram:
-sharing a yummy protein shake recipe
-giving the people what they want and sharing a ton of Baby K photos
-talking about my new obsession with Rocksbox (don't worry, info coming soon - use code lindsaytolarxoxo to get your first month FREE)
-showcasing K's beautiful hair
-remembering good times
-having FUN!

Caring for Your Jewelry

Monday, August 24, 2015

Accessories and jewelry, my forte.

My jewelry collection over the years has grown rather large and instead of letting everything form a big heap of a mess, I like to keep everything neat and organized. Awhile ago I blogged about how I organize everything in an unconventional, yet pretty way. Today I'd like to share how I keep everything clean and looking its best.

Here are my tips on how to take care of your jewelry.

-Store it. When everything has its place, it is easier for you to find what you need at a glance.
I hang my statement necklaces on a fingertip towel holder, display my statement bracelets on a cake stand and then store my more delicate pieces in a jewelry stacker inside my dresser.

-Keep everything dry. Don't allow liquids to come into contact with your jewelry. By following the storage tip, you can save your jewelry from accidentally getting spilled on. Also, take all of your jewelry off before you shower or swim. Keeping everything dry will keep your jewels sparkling like they are supposed to. And you won't have to worry about losing anything either.

-Clean your jewels. A microfiber cloth works really well on virtually everything. You can wipe away dirt and grime. I bought a two-cloth cleaning system; one cloth cleans and one cloth polishes. I also use liquid jewelry cleaner for my precious pieces. Regularly cleaning your jewelry will keep everything looking new - just don't overdo it. (Tip: don't clean your jewelry in the bathroom because you might accidentally drop something down the sink!)

-Put your jewelry on last. If you are like me and wear makeup, perfume or hairspray (I wear a lot of hairspray) you should always leave your jewelry off until you are finished. Particles from your makeup can make your jewelry dirty and the perfume or hairspray might cause discoloration. Get ready first, then put on your jewelry. For me, its the last thing I do before I leave the house.

-Use a travel bag. Instead of just throwing my jewelry and accessories in plastic bag, I like to use a divided jewelry organizer for my things when I travel. This helps keep my delicate necklaces from getting tangled and also keeps me organized: the earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces are all grouped together so I can easily find them. It makes unpacking a breeze too!


High Five For Friday

Friday, August 21, 2015

We had a great week with some great successes! Here's the top moments:

1.) It was my Aunt's birthday this week so K and I went to pick up a balloon to take to her work. While picking up the birthday balloon, K made a new Minion friend.

2.) I am in love with the awesome toddler feeding sets from Re-Play. Thanks to the good people at Re-Play, I get to give away a set to one of you...click here to see the original post and to enter the giveaway. 

3.) My sweet friend Tammy (she blogs over at blithe, a blog - check her out) introduced me to the app PicTapGo and it has completely changed my instagram game.

4.) Wednesday was 79 cent slushie day at Sonic, so you better believe we headed over there to get some. Sometimes you just gotta live a little and indulge.

5.) Last weekend we potty trained K using the 3-day method and it was a HUGE success. To celebrate we took K out for ice cream, but she decided that apple slices were the better treat for her! (I plan to blog about our potty training experience once we have a few more days under our belt - stay tuned!)

I'm linking up this post with September Farm, Bright on a Budget and Meet @ the Barre.
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