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20 September 2018

6 Ways To Maximize Your Team Fandom When You Live Out of State

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It has been SIX YEARS this Labor Day since I moved to Dallas from Tennessee. I haven't been immersed in my beloved college town for six whole years, but that doesn't mean that my fandom is any less. On the contrary, absence does certainly make the heart grow fonder but, I've learned a few tips and tricks along the way to bring my college team's spirit right here to Dallas. I'm teaming up with my friends at Dr Pepper and Walmart today to bring you some tips on how I maximize my  team's fandom living out of state.


Rule One || Make a playlist to kickstart your Gameday. 

This should feature songs that make you feel like you're in college all over again. Songs that bring you back to your roots. A lot of times you can even track down mp3's of your team's actual marching band performing live. I like to include my team's fight song, some songs about the state of Tennessee and some of the classics I remember belting at the top of my lungs while we played corn hole in the hours leading up to kickoff. 


Anything that takes me back, I add it to the list and play it first thing in the morning while I watch sports coverage of the day's games.

Rule Two || Utilize Your Alum Club

Who wants to watch the games solo? Or even worse, who wants to watch your games at a restaurant with potentially the enemy team's fans. I sure as heck don't. 

Instead, I joined our team's alum club here in Dallas. We all meet as a group to watch the games. All of the tables have pom poms, they do giveaways for apparel during halftime and the proceeds go to the alum club organization. 

I can scream at any decibel level I desire and not get judged because you're a screaming nutcase. 

Rule Three || Convert Your Friends

This rule is crucial, or else you might need to consider finding new friends. If your friends don't like your team, convert them. It's like the opposite of if you can't beat em, join em! 
Since my team isn't in-state, it was an easy sell. We aren't rivals, so they are now able to root for their team - AND - for my team! Win win! Everyone comes over to our house to watch my team's games, and we also watch theirs. It's a win win. 
Rule Four || Know The League

What do you do in the morning when you're getting ready for work? Listen to music? Nothing? Zone out to infomercials? Or God forbid.... watch the news (gasp!). Start getting ready while sports news is on your television. You don't have to actually watch sports news twelve times in a row, like a dude, to get something out of it. Listen, do your makeup, glance up occasionally when they're doing the top 10 plays of the day.... voila, you'll start the day armed with all of the sports knowledge you really need to be the best fan possible.

Rule Five || Follow Your Team On Every Social Platform 

Being out of state, you miss out on the pulse of your school's town. Following them on social allows a BTS glimpse of how it feels to be right in the thick of things. Also, go a little deeper and find some beat reporters (basically reporters who ONLY write about your team) to follow on social. Watch their Instagram stories before you get up and get your day started, it'll get you hyped for game day.

Rule Six || When it Doubt, Grill It Out

If all else fails, throw your own dang party! It's your party and you can scream at whatever defensive back that you want to. When you throw a tailgate in your own backyard it's way more comfortable anyway, and you can BYOD (bring your own dog - both of the hot and K9 variety). Veenie and I are prepping for our big season kick off party where all of our friends are coming over to celebrate. We have about 6 couple friends who all bring their dogs and we have a howling good time. Puns all intended. 

I like to pop over to Walmart for all of my tailgate needs, especially if there is any kind of grilling involved. The season kickoff tailgate is always my favorite because I'm not yet annoyed or depressed by my team. The season kickoff tailgate is good food, good times and SMILES all around with all of our friends hanging out, playing lawn games and cheering on our teams. Talk to me about smiles come November, we'll see if I'm still grinning from ear to ear - LOLS!

For this tailgate I got the essentials: Dr Pepper® - the official drink of college football fans, Kingsford® Original Charcoal which is super easy to light and always maintains consistent flavor, and Hidden Valley® Ranch Dressing, which is perfect for salads, veggies (I picked up cauliflower) and even meats!


You of course NEVER EVER want to be grilling while the game is on, but a little pre-kickoff hot dog and Dr Pepper never hurt anyone! This is why I love shopping at Walmart, I only had to make one stop and I got everything I need for our party and friends that come over in a matter of 10 minutes. Less time shopping, more time to put my game face on! Once kickoff hits though, all bets are off. I'm inside, on the couch with LASER FOCUS. No calls pls. Unless Veenie is calling, I always answer for Veenie kisses.


Can you smell the sweet scent of football season from these pictures? Burgers, dogs, the sound of the Dr Pepper can popping open and all of our friends screaming while watching the game in our living room. We had the most fun take a big whiff y'all, football !

Happy football season, friends. May your wins be prevalent .......... unless you're playing my team that is.

Are you ready to fire up your gameday???
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13 September 2018

His and Her Small Bedroom Closet Makeover with The Container Store Organization Studio in Dallas


I am the least organized person in the history of the world. Ok, maybe that is dramatic but I'm certainly the messiest, least organized person in blog land. Everyone else seems to have a tidy nook for every trinket. I, on the other hand have a ton of trinkets that are usually thrown all over the floor. We live in a remodeled old house with old bones and old-style tiny master bedroom closets. The space is small and the organization is non-existent. Thanks to the Organization Studio which is only available at The Container Store’s new Next Generation Store in Dallas, they helped me complete revamp, organize and maximize my small master bedroom closet and makeup desk.

Before I jump into the actual insane transformation that The Container Store managed to pull off for me, you need some background on me as an organized, tidy person. 

I was that kid in school with the messy desk that got called out at parent teacher conference. I have always been messy, it's just in my blood, part of who I am as a person. 

In my 31 years on this planet, I've never actually had a system in place to help with my messiness. I've been to The Container Store in the past but never really taken it seriously past getting a couple of hangers for my skirts or a bin to use in the bathroom. 

Their Northwest Highway location across from North Park Mall got a massive, tech savvy makeover and debuted their new Organization Studio. This studio was MADE FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME. It's made for the person who walks into The Container Store, lovingly admires all of the organization tools, but then gets overwhelmed because they have zero idea how to execute.

SPECIAL: When you make an appointment and meet 1-on-1 with an Organization Expert by 10/31, mention code ORGSTUDIO10 at the register for 10% off the in-store purchase of your solution (exclusions apply). 
*Disclaimer: This is only available at the Northwest Highway store in Dallas


Here's how it works: 
1. Identify an area of your home that's a challenge to keep organized. 
For me that was all of it but for the sake of time we'll say the master closets and my makeup area. Oh, and did I mention I married someone as unorganized as me. Yeah, CB is in the messy boat with me. 

2. Upload Images and Describe Your Challenge
You can do this all on their Organization Studio website! 

3. Meet One-On-One 
This is all totally free. You'll meet an expert in store (we met with Chris!) who will analyze your space from the photos and challenges you described, then offer a complete solution with a variety of their products. 

I didn't have to do any of the hard work which was figuring out WHAT it was I need to get that small space organized. I just had to physically tackle the project. Chris picked out everything she knew would make my life easier, from a place to my shoes, to extra (stylish) storage everywhere, and a place for every last item. 

It was REALLY COOL! 
Ok let me show you what we did! 

MAKEUP AREA
CHALLENGES: I had no storage at all. Everything was thrown everywhere and it was a giant mess. Anyone who saw that in person would seriously be disgusted by me. I'm SORRY GUYS I AM JUST CHALLENGED WITH ORGANIZATION! 

Chris saved the day by suggesting this acrylic makeup organizer which gave me a place for everything from eyeshadow to lipstick and makeup brushes. If you get ONE THING to help you with your makeup area, get that. 

BEFORE whoa boy




AND AFTER! 
WOWOWOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOW






|| PRODUCTS USED ||



HER CLOSET
CHALLENGE: My closet is tiny with no place for shoes. I had the shoes on crappy shelving I had from my very first apartment. It looked like a terrible mess. 

BEFORE

AFTER
voilaaaaaaaa



and saving the best for last....

HIS CLOSET
CHALLENGE: CB is me in guy form. Drew had the largest collection of incredibly assorted wire hangers I'd ever seen. He also was holding on to super old clothes that needed to be donated. ALSO - I was blown away by the number of items he felt compelled to hang on a hanger. 

We were able to move tons of shirts to the drawers to free up room so he could actually see what clothing he owned. 

This "after" shot certainly packs the most bang for your buck! 

BEFORE

AFTER 
IT IS SO GOOD GUYS!! 

|| PRODUCTS USED ||

White elfa Wide 7-Runner Frame White, elfa Wide Mesh 1-Runner White and elfa Wide Mesh 2-Runner White, with elfa Wide Melamine Top White

White 2 Tier Stackable Mesh Shelf

4 Shelf Shoe Stacker in White

Joy Huggable Hangers

Farmhouse Storage Box and Cube

32 compartment drawer organizer

Linen Drop Front Sweater Box and Purse Box


So, how did we do?!?!!? Thank the lord for two people. One, my mom who helped me tackle this project while she was visiting last weekend.... and Chris from The Container Store Organization Studio! 

Stay tuned because there's one more project I'm going to tackle for you guys, my office! 

Have you been wanting help with a project but didn't know where to start? You're in luck because The Container Store has so graciously offered 10% off an in-store purchase to my DFW readers when you make an appointment and meet 1-on-1 with an Organization Expert at the Northwest Highway store in Dallas by 10/31! Just mention code ORGSTUDIO10 at the register for the discount (exclusions apply).



Thank you so much to The Container Store for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


23 August 2018

The 6th Annual All Girls Fantasy Football League


FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL
SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY

All of your instagram DMs and twitter messages are about to be answered...
YES!!! It's time for the....
6th Annual All Girls Fantasy Football League
| A Few Important Things to Note |

1. The draft for LEAGUE ONE will take place at 8PM EST on TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2018.

2. The draft for LEAGUE TWO will take place at 9pm EST on WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2018.

Please make sure you are available to draft your team at this time.

2. You are required to update your roster each week.
If at any point, your team goes 3 consecutive weeks without a roster update, you will be disqualified from winning any money. With that said, I of course understand mistakes from week to week, I've made large ones in the past.

3. This is first come first served.
I've already had tons of people inquire about our Fantasy Football league this season, so sign up below. First come first served.

4. This is NO LONGER a giant league
In prior years, I set the league up for 20 roster spots so that I can accommodate the maximum number of women possible. Like last year though, I decided to just bite the bullet and admin two leagues. I don't love doing that, but - I JUST CARE TOO MUCH ABOUT Y'ALL'S FANTASY FOOTBALL HAPPINESS!  

Related: How The Waiver Wire Works in Fantasy Football

5. Come prepared with an A+ Fantasy Football Team Name

6. Buy In || Pay Out
Buy In = $20/person
Pay Out= $200 to 1st, $60 to 2nd, $20 to 3rd
All money will be collected through VENMO upon signup.

7. NEW THIS YEAR : ESPN LEAGUE 
Going forward, we will now be using the ESPN platform for our league. No reason other than after six years on Yahoo, I feel like switching things up.

8. Strategery || You Might Also Like...
Tips and Strategy for Nailing Your Fantasy Football Draft
How to Play Fantasy Football - A Beginner's Guide For Girls
How I Finally Won A Fantasy Football Game In 5 Easy Steps
A Girl's Guide to Fantasy Football
How To Make Football Even More Fun


Get it? Got it? Good.

...If you want to play in the...
WORLD FAMOUS 6th Annual ALL GIRLS FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAUGE(S) 2018
SIGN UP NOW!

Signups will automatically close when league is full.
If you signed up, be on the lookout for an email from me when the league is full with extra details.

The leagues will go in direct order. The first 13 spots will be in league one, the next 13 spots will be in league two. I will be spot 14 in each league!

Questions? Holler at me in the comments below!


LEAGUE ONE (Draft at 8PM EST on TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2018).
   - SIGNUPS CLOSE AFTER 13 ENTRIES







LEAGUE TWO (Draft at 9pm EST on WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2018)
 - SIGNUPS CLOSE AFTER 13 ENTRIES





17 August 2018

5 Small Adjustments I'm Making For My Overall Happiness This August

[This post is sponsored by Olay, all opinions are my own]


My life ever since the wedding has been so wheels off. Workouts have been few and far between, food has been prevalent and my IPA and wine consumption has been just way too much. Why must I be so obsessed with IPAs, why can't I love green juice or kale salads with no dressing. I've been doing so many damaging things lately and simply put, don't feel good. 

My anxiety has been out of control and I've been wondering WHY. Well, duh it's because I don't do anything to take care of myself. I go to comped dinners for Dallas Love List where they shower you with nearly the entire menu, and it's always BOMB. I'm not complaining, getting free food and booze is the holy grail of life and I'm so lucky. If I keep going at this pace though, it'll ruin my happiness because I'm so uncomfortable in my own skin. 

So, this August I'm going to do 5 different things that I think will really help me restart and reset and try to find peace in my own skin again. 

5 Things I'm Doing This August For A Self Love Boost

1 || REDEEMED MY STUDIO HOP MEMBERSHIP
A few months ago I bid on and won a 30 day unlimited Studio Hop Membership at a silent auction. The certificate has been collecting dust on my desk ever since. I finally punched my free code in and now have 30 days to various classes around Dallas. Spin, here I come. 

Not looking forward to the return of the spin bike crotch pain on the next few visits, but it's a small price to pay for feeling better in the long run. 


2 || GOING NATURALLY CURLY 
Breaking news: Texas is hot. I've been consistently straightening my hair for months and months, way more than I've ever straightened it in the past. So much so that I don't think people realized my hair was even curly. 

I'm ditching the flat iron, freeing up 40 minutes of my mornings and embracing my curly hair for the entire month. It's been so long since I've worn my hair curly that I forgot how much I dig it. It makes me feel unique. I pretend I'm channeling my inner Carrie Bradshaw. 

Side note, I hope this will help with my habitual lateness.


3 || JOINED WEIGHT WATCHERS
I've been blogging for nearly six years and weight watchers is my go to. The last time I was really successful with it was right before I met CB. Time to get back on the wagon. 

Now is the perfect time because I don't have many blogger dinners scheduled, so I'm setting myself up for success with the lack of road blocks. 

4 || CUT DOWN ON THE BOOZE
I'm not going to go as strict with this as I did last year during the 24 day challenge, but at the very least I'll do a kick start week without the sauce, then make a conscious effort to cut back the rest of August. 

Cutting down on booze will also help me get to the gym more for early morning classes. 
Furthermore, IPAs are probably the worst possible beer you could drink for your waistline. 

5 || UPGRADE MY SHOWER ROUTINE
I wish I could say I was joking but since I moved in with Drew I've just been using the bar soap that Drew buys. I'm not lying to you, I'm going on year three of using Drew's bar soap. Face palm.  




Olay sent me their brand new Olay Foaming Whip Body Wash to try out and I'm IN LOVE. Its not like any other product on the market because it creates such a luxe, incredibly thick lather. It's so thick that when you flip your palm over, it stays there. It smells so incredible and feels like a blast of hydration on the skin.

You guys already know that I'm a big fan of the Olay brand (I've been a brand ambassador with them the past year) and they really knocked it out of the park on this new product that retails for just $4.99 at most retailers. The body wash comes in three amazing scents, it’s truly hard to pick a favorite: Birch Water & Lavender, White Strawberry & Mint, and Shea Butter. If I had to choose, I’d pick the White Strawberry & Mint for summertime because it’s such a sweet, refreshing scent. If I didn’t already love this product, it retails for right under $5 and you get 30+ washes per bottle. You can find the Olay Foaming Whip Body Wash at HEB or on Olay's website. A little product goes a long way, and I don’t know about you but I can sleep a little better at night knowing that not all of the product is actually ending up in the drain.  



Changing from bar soap to the Olay Foaming Whip Body Wash is honestly pretty fancy for me. It is a complete shower upgrade that I'm oddly excited about. I’d love to hear which scent you’re dying to try, let me know!


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So, that is my shortlist for what I have planned for August. I'm not really a goal setter, I'm not a person who goes into a new month thinking about what I can change. I usually just go with the flow, but I'm hoping if I outline a few things I want to change, my self love in my own skin with change.

Have you made any small adjustments in your life that have made a big impact on your overall happiness? 




09 August 2018

Dallas Road Trip || The Most Instagrammable Place for Photos in Oklahoma


I had no idea that the best place for your Instagram photos was just an hour and a half down the road from Dallas in Ardmore, Oklahoma. If you're looking for an easy day trip out of Dallas, grab your bestie (mine happens to be a bomb photographer for Sweet Sweet Dallas) and get your camera ready because this is the best place for photos in Oklahoma, and only a 90 minute drive from Dallas. Located about 1 minute off Interstate 35 east is the coolest hidden gem called Cloverleaf Antiques.

When you take exit 31B in Oklahoma, you'll drive about half a mile and find the pink Instagram Mecca you didn't realize you'd been searching for your whole life. The lawn is filled to the brim with Insta gold pink props. You'll find everything from ice cream cones, to flamingos, to a pink RV, to pink pigs to neon signs. 



THERE IS A PIG IN A SOMBRERO PEOPLE.
Clearly this is not a drill.

True to the age old saying, if you build it, instagrammers will come. They should really put a sign on the door that says no photos unless you crave Instagram likes for internet validation. I say this with love, as I too crave Instagram likes.



I've always said if you have lions at the front of your driveway, you've made it in life. Can you imagine the wealth and notoriety you'll display with PINK LIONS?

I can't even wrap my mind around the accolades you must posses. I imagine there is a collection of Oscars for best costume design for some foreign film back in 1997 and potentially a plaque hanging in your home office awarding you for eating five molten lava coated hot wings from your local dive bar for you to have such an affluent lion marking your home. 

Goals. 









Photo by Alexandra Minton Photo

If you don't like rainbows, happiness and a substantial collection of bald eagles staring and judging you for eating cheese fries for breakfast, then Cloverleaf is probably not the place for you.

Additionally, if you have a penis interested in women, also probably not the place for you.

So for everyone else, you're welcome for the intro to your new favorite Instagram backdrop.