The FriYay Fit — Aaptiv Fitness App

Despite the fact that working out makes you feel amazing after you’ve finished, it’s a mind game getting motivated to keep that appointment with yourself at the gym.  I get bored easily with the same-ol-workout, so when I found the app, Aaptiv, it’s been a game changer!  And I’m sharing a free guest pass at the end of this post. “In 2015, Ethan Agarwal was trying to stay fit during his business travels. It wasn’t easy—he found it difficult to stay motivated during runs. He wanted an audio-based guide that would be with him every step of the way. Not finding a product that suited his needs, Ethan started Aaptiv. Today, Aaptiv is the top audio-based fitness app on the Apple App Store, and the fastest-growing mobile fitness product on the market. At Aaptiv, we believe that everyone deserves personalized fitness instruction, not just the few who can afford their … Continue reading “The FriYay Fit — Aaptiv Fitness App”

Super Easy Sweet — Grown Up S’Mores

Miss Bee and I made these at Sister’s house a few summers ago and we still enjoy making them.  So easy and is reminiscent of the traditional s’more, but with a twist — of course! All you need is a fresh baguette loaf, soft butter, a family size package of chocolate bars, your choice, course vanilla sea salt and fresh raspberries. Slice the bread into 2 inch slices and slather on soft butter on both sides.  Place slices on a parchment lined baking pan.  Turn up oven to 450 degrees or light your gas grilled if you want grill marks.  Place bread in the oven for about 3-5 minutes until lightly brown and crispy.  Watch carefully, because the bread can burn quickly. Remove from the oven and place a slice of chocolate on top of the slice of bread.  Sprinkle with a pinch Jacobsen vanilla sea salt and return to … Continue reading “Super Easy Sweet — Grown Up S’Mores”

What Would Holley Wear: Dress up your denim!

From pastels and bright hues to black and white….there’s nothing that looks as cool and stylish as dressed up denim! Not ready to stop wearing your black jeans?  No problem….because they look great in the spring and summer too.  An easy way to achieve a dressed up look is with black cropped jeans, a white blouse with statement sleeves, a black bucket bag, and two-tone block heels.  One of my all-time Pinterest favorites is a pair of black skinny jeans worn with a white blouse with a big bow tied at the waist and an adorable wooden bag.  “Ooh la la”…all of this is starting to sound a little French! Speaking of the French, a Chanel inspired tweed jacket worn with jeans is a sophisticated way to dress up your denim.  A look we love is a pair of jeans worn with a belted tweed jacket….a great way to flatter … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Dress up your denim!”

What Would Holley Wear: Mid-Life Chic

Want to know the best way to prevent a mid-life crisis?  Up your style game! I’m serious…there’s nothing like a stylish new outlook on life that will make you feel younger, more alive, and “Mid-Life Chic!”   And though it takes a concerted effort to make a lifestyle change, it can be accomplished with a few fashion tweaks, and of course, prayer always helps!  Has a friend ever said to you, “it’s a God thing”? That’s exactly the way I feel about a long tunic top…praise the Lord! Soft Surroundings has a large selection of divine tunic tops to choose from.  You can find a store at Southlake Town Center or online. A beautiful new design I recently discovered on Tanglewood Moms is a company called Luna Antigua. Friends, Sandra Falcon and Pamela Lozoya, are the co-founders of these beautiful hand-embroidered designs made in Guatemala.  They are perfect for enjoying … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Mid-Life Chic”

DIY Vases That Are Just As Beautiful As The Flowers In Them

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it a thousands time, there’s simply nothing better than fresh-cut flowers. However, we know first hand that it can be difficult to find (or afford) a vase that’s as pretty as the bouquet itself. So, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite elevated DIY’s (trust us you’d never know) so you can finally upgrade that mason jar and say hello to beautiful vases that treat you flowers to the home they deserve. Marble Dipped Vases We couldn’t agree more with Ashley of Sugar & Cloth: “Marble runs a really close second (to all things gold) in my list of home decor obsessions”. Unfortunately, the cost of marble is just about as pricey to come by as gold is, plus it’s not particularly an at-home-friendly craft to pick up. Instead, we’re sticking with the nail polish budget version (quite literally), and designing our own DIY marble … Continue reading “DIY Vases That Are Just As Beautiful As The Flowers In Them”

The Friyay Fit — Healthy Snack Jars from Clean Food Crush

I haven’t done a Friyay Fit in a while — where I share anything that makes me throw a fit.  Basically, something that motivates me.  I am back in they gym after a three-month hiatus and along with workouts come finding things that are healthy so we don’t sabotage our efforts.  I follow Clean Food Crush on Instagram and saw her post for Mason Jar Snacks 4 Ways.  Brilliant! I could only find this recipe for Crunch and Hummus Snacktime Jars on her site and Pinterest. Basically you chop a bunch of veggies, fill the bottom of the mason jar with hummus, then nest the veggies down inside. Put the lid on and store in the fridge.  Grab and go! Here are some more recipes from her post… So, there are four snacks to inspire you to prep this weekend!  Happy chopping!  Be sure to visit Rachel’s page.  There are so … Continue reading “The Friyay Fit — Healthy Snack Jars from Clean Food Crush”

NYC Flower Girl Inspiration: Four Gorgeous Flower Arrangements

This story from One Kings Lane is too good not to share.  All the content is from their site. Flower Girl founder and owner Denise Porcaro knows how to set a scene. Take her shop on Manhattan’s Lower East Side: vibrant, whimsical yet chic, and much like the effortlessly gorgeous arrangements she’s become known for.Originally a student of film production, Porcaro founded Flower Girl about a decade ago. After years of working with clients and later setting up shop with denim retailer Earnest Sewn, she landed in her current location in 2012. Though not large, the space—part store, part classroom, part studio—evolves with the seasons. “I grew up in Queens, so I have that city vibe, but I also spent weekends on Long Island, so I knew the appeal of surrounding myself with nature,” she says. We paid Porcaro a visit to borrow a few of her stunning bloom-styling secrets. We asked Porcaro to … Continue reading “NYC Flower Girl Inspiration: Four Gorgeous Flower Arrangements”

Mrs. Twists Read This: A Little Thriller and a Lotta Jesus

April is here and it’s time for not one, but two books to read this month in Mrs. Twist Reads This book club.  First up, a debut pyschological thriller by Alice Feeney — Sometimes I Lie. My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 1. I’m in a coma. 2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 3. Sometimes I lie. Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth? There is … Continue reading “Mrs. Twists Read This: A Little Thriller and a Lotta Jesus”

What Would Holley Wear: Last Minute Vegas Style

My husband and I love a quick Vegas getaway!  For us, it’s all about relaxing at a 5-star luxury hotel for a few days.  So, when we received a “Google” travel alert with a cheap flight to Vegas…we were all-in!  Next thing you know, we booked our flight and a room at Encore for two nights! Luggage tip:  A recent purchase I made was two 25” silver spinner Samsonite suitcases from Macy’s (50% off)…light weight and easy to maneuver.  So worth the investment! Since our trip was last minute, I simplified packing by going with a black and white travel wardrobe…easy to mix and match.  On the plane, I wore my new white zip Cabi jeans with a black pajama top with white piping, a black Michael Kors blazer, and sneakers.  I also carried a super cute black and white bag from Kindred in Kansas City. Watch out Vegas…we’re heading … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Last Minute Vegas Style”

My Four Favorite Looks for Spring: Cabi Style

Holley is away this week enjoying a nice vacay, so she is letting me be a guest blogger today for this segment of “What Holley Would Wear.”  Don’t worry, Holley will be back next week! One of my favorite clothing lines is Cabi.  I was introduced to Cabi several years ago by my friend and Cabi-stylist Stacy Stoltz.  The clothing is so well made with special finishes that remind me of couture clothing women … fun linings, interesting textures, contrasting piping and high quality fabrics.  They are timeliess investment pieces without breaking the bank that will last a long time in your wardrobe. I thought it would be fun to show you my four favorite looks using eight pieces from their spring line… The Tick Tock crop pants are a comfortable lightweight cotton spandex so they move when you do.  Thin black and white stripes make this a perfect neutral … Continue reading “My Four Favorite Looks for Spring: Cabi Style”