Apple Pops - The Perfect Fall Treat

Fall is coming and apples are dropping off the trees. Which means I had to come up with more ways to eat them at the rate we are getting them. This is the perfect Fall treat for school, Halloween, and fun fall parties! They are perfect on a tray for a party or wrapped up in a silicon bag to give out as a favor.

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Photos below will show the step-by-step details for how to get your pops made just right!

  1. Decide on toppings and get everything you need

  2. Tap 2 dowels just offsetting the center of apples. Using a hammer is the easiest way.

  3. Cut the outer sides and then the insides closer to the middle (this is the easiest way)

  4. Lay out apple slices on paper towels to get rid of any juices from apples

  5. Prep toppings and melt chocolate

  6. Dip apples into chocolate and lay on parchment paper

  7. Sprinkle toppings onto each apple

  8. Place in fridge until chocolate hardens

  9. Enjoy!!

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WHITE CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO APPLES

White Chocolate Melts, Melted

Aprati Espresso Candies Crushed

SALTED CARAMEL APPLES

Dark Chocolate Melts, Melted

Sea Salt

Aprati Caramel Candies Crushed

CHOCOLATE TURTLE APPLES

Dark Chocolate Melts, Melted

Crushed Walnuts

Crushed Aprati Caramel Candies

I really enjoyed making these and i know they will be a fun treat as we get into the holiday season! There are so many different flavors you can make! Butterfinger, pumpkin spice, marble, peppermint, and the list goes on and on! I hope you enjoyed this idea/recipe too! Let me know if you create it, and be sure to tag me in your posts!

Xo, Amanda Warren

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Blue vs. Purple Shampoo

What is the real difference between purple and blue shampoo? Which one is right for you? How to kick brassiness, yellowness and keep your hair looking great between color appointments. All those questions and more answered below.

First thing you want to do is take it back old school, to the color wheel. If you have yellowness in your hair, you need to add the opposite color on the color wheel into it to kick it out. That color is PURPLE. If you have Brass or orange tones the opposite color would be BLUE. Doing this will neutralize your hair and bring it back to the gorgeous color you left the salon with.

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Now which products are right for you??

To Reduce Brassy tones I personally use Matrix Brass off shampoo. It tones down unwanted brassy tones by adding a combination of blue and violet tones to hair. You can leave on the hair for longer amounts of time to help add more toning as well. This is recommended for brunettes who have lighten their hair. If used on hair that is exceptionally porous or extremely damaged it can cause over deposit of blue in hair, due to its extreme toning effect. I suggest to alternate this shampoo with a color care shampoo. Using brass off as you see brassiness in your hair. If you need even more toning the brass off hair mask if heavily, and I mean heavily, pigmented. The kind of heavy pigment that you will want to wear gloves with to help from leaving your hands blue. It works amazingly and is perfect for an added boost!

If you are blonde, you are most likely seeing yellow tones in your hair and will need a different shampoo. My favorite is So Silver by none other than Matrix of course. This shampoo will help get rid of those unwanted yellow tones. Helping tone yellow to grey hair, highlights to solid. Its a great shampoo and just came out with its own mask to tag team with as well!

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The third, but certainly not last purple shampoo I would recommend is by Biolage. The new ColorLast Purple Shampoo. This shampoo helps brass and yellow tones, giving 2.5x smoother hair and helps fight 3x less breakage. Vegan formula, paraben free and delivering soft silky hair it is sure to give you everything you’ve been wanting in a shampoo!

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Any of these shampoos are great color care shampoos and help your hair look salon professional between visits. Let me know which one you try! I always love to hear how much everyone loves these shampoos! Be sure to shop below. Ulta is the only store Matrix recommends buying their products from, outside of professional salons of course!

Xo, Amanda Warren

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Delicious Peach Cobbler

Peach season is slowly coming to an end and the last few months I have worked hard to get my peach cobbler recipe down. The testing and tasting has been so hard (wink wink) but I did it all so I can share with you!

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Ingredients:

  • 8 fresh peaches peeled, pitted & sliced into wedges (look for my quick peel tips below)

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Topping:

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup butter

  • 1/2 cup boiling water

Sugar Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

  2. Remove skin from peaches by placing 2-3 peaches in boiling water at a time for 30 seconds. Immediately take out and place into a bowl of ice water. The peaches will peel perfectly.

  3. Take peaches in bowl and mix with all above peach ingredients.

  4. Pour peaches into baking dish and place in oven for 10 min.

  5. Mix together topping ingredients, adding boiling water at the very end.

  6. Once peaches have cooked for 10 min drop spoonfuls of topping over them.

  7. Evenly sprinkle sugar topping over the entire pan.

  8. Place back in oven and cook for 30 minutes, once topping is golden and peaches are tender. Top with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for a great dessert!

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Let me know if you try this recipe, I love to hear from you!

Xo, Amanda

Planning A Vacation Wardrobe & 5 Quick Packing Tips

Heading out of town and not sure where to start on your packing? Here’s my go to packing tips!

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If you followed my travel guide of “6 apps you need to plan your next trip” then you most likely have your trip all planned out. Or, at the very least, you know what apps to use. The last part of planning a trip after we have all the activities and food planned is of course planning the wardrobe.

Now that I know what my days are going to look like I know if I will need a change of clothes each day, if we will be outside/inside, walking a lot, or doing something slow that allows for those cute shoes that aren’t that comfortable! Then I head to my fav websites and start shopping (I do usually wear things in my closet, but my shopping for vacation is usually my main shopping. I find the cutest stuff for vacation and then wear that all season long!) I mostly shop at websites that have free returns, then I order extra clothes so I can try them all on along with the things I already own that can also go for the trip. I try to keep everything in a color scheme so that my shoes, jewelry and handbags can all work and I have less to pack.

Now that I have all of my outfits picked out I start to line them up in my closet according to days that I will wear them, according to outings and events we will see. Sounds excessive, but I promise you this will help ease your mind on vacation and give you more time to be doing what you want to be doing on your vacation, ENJOYING it!

Once I have all of my clothes in order by day, I start to find out what my husband will be wearing. By now I’ve nagged him a few hundred times to do some shopping online. He usually finds some new things to go alond with stuff he already has. He will usually just pull out everything he likes and I will start putting his outfits by day in with mine. So day 1 has my outfit, then his, same with day 2... and so on. This all makes sense once I start packing it, becauseee I pack by days. This puts the last oufits we will wear at the bottom of the suitcase stacked up. This makes it easier for long trips when we go to multiple locations and I am not going to unpack everything. I just unpack what I need and leave the rest nice and tidy.

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Other Tips Are:

Pack your makeup and toiletries as you get ready for bed the night before and the morning of so you wont forget anything because you are packing as you use it.

Pack your socks and underwear inside of your shoes and purses. This helps keep them filled so they wont get crushes and is a great space saver!

Save all of your beauty samples for travel. I am forever getting sample sizes of makeup and facewashes from Sephora and other beauty places, so I always save them to take with me on travel. Especially tiny perfumes, I always pick that on my Sephora free gift, I never want to take a full perfume if that spills, anything you touch is a goner (they have oils in perfumes that will ruin your clothes)!

Always pack toiletries, underwear and two changes of clothes in your carry on. I try to keep one change of clothes casual like a gym outfit and one that’s regular clothes. Nothing like the time our bags were literally stuck on the plane that wouldn’t take off to Paris from NYC and we spent 2 nights and a full day in the airport not sure if we would ever make it to Europe. No extra undies or contact case but luckily I had a workout outfit in the right suitcase.

Have everything printed out or if you like less clutter have it all saved in your emails on your phone under FLAGGED.. this makes it so much easier to find confirmation numbers and tickets

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I hope these tips and tricks help you when packing for your next trip! Let me know how it goes, and if you have any tricks that can help me too!

Xo, Amanda Warren

White and Gold Modern Bathroom Remodel

Since moving into our home we have remodeled essentially the entire house. We have done the kitchen and laundry room, the flooring, the landscaping in the front and back yards, and now we finished our second remodeled bathroom the master bath. I’d love to say I am now an expert at what to expect when doing a remodel, but the truth is you never can know what to expect. One thing I have learned though it all is it will usually be twice as long as you expected and double your budget.

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This remodel was no different! Everything I wanted for it was always more expensive and hard to find! However, this time I was ready for it, and didn’t rush anything or stress myself out. Our faucets were a little more expensive, and the shower head to match was impossible to get shipped to California because of the drought issue (even though it didn’t come with a valve that controlled the water regulation.) Three weeks later and a few phone calls to my contractor to help find just what I wanted, we had it here and installed!

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Next step were the counter tops. We had to visit a few places because they all said they couldn’t get me the quartz Calcutta Gold I wanted, for the small size I wanted. Home Depot could get it for me but I had to spend a minimum of 1,500 for a small countertop. I was ready to spend it, when.. my contractor’s countertop guy found one in Bakersfield! This is an hour drive from me but a quick stop on our way home from Disneyland!

Incase you are wondering why I wanted this countertop so badly its because we have quartz in our kitchen that we did back in 2013 before it was as popular and I have been obsessed with it. I cut right on it and use food coloring along with other wear and tear, and it never stains and leaves a scratch. Flash forward to 2017 and I had to have the marble look in our guest bathroom. It was the worst choice ever! It was scratched before our bathroom was even finished (poor choice in contractors) and cannot be polished out. I have talked to several countertop specialists. It probably wouldn’t be noticeable to anyone who visits but I know, and knowing means that that's all you’ll see everytime you go in there now. So, now 2 years later I still wanted that marble look but without the upkeep and having to be extremely careful with it. So we went with quartz again and found a gorgeous tile to match!

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Now the bathroom was all done and I needed to decorate. Joanna Gains and Target came in handy having affordable and adorable pieces to finish it off! Let’s face it, after the rest of that remodel some affordable décor was welcomed LOL. Another little touch was some of the cutest toilet paper from No. 2, which I now have in my guest bathroom as well! So cute!!

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I hope this helps with your next bathroom remodel and doesn’t discourage you in one bit! Although there will always be a few bumps in the road, its always worth the drive!

Happy Remodeling, Amanda Warren

5 Must Have Resort Styles For Your Next Trip

Packing for a Summer vacation can sometimes be overwhelming! Through the years I have found five staple styles I always use when heading to a beautiful resort. Follow along and I’ll share why I think you must these for your next resort trip!

1. Multi-Use Pieces

These are going to be your easy to transition pieces. As you can see in the photo below I have a graphic tank and a printed tee. Although they look great together I can use the top with jeans for one look and the skirt with a solid top for another look. So now I have different outfits for my trip without much effort OR much packing!

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2. Swim Look

My outfit may be a little more “Extra” than your norm, but I always like to pack a coverup and a hat. Your cover up can be many things, such as a knitted sweater, a loose dress, maybe your husbands button down shirt. Whatever is easy for you to get from your hotel room to the pool. I also love a big brimmed hat to help cover the sun from my face. It makes a great pool side accessory!

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3. Loose Dress(es)

Now that you’ve been in the sun all day getting a little crispy, you will need a loose dress that doesn’t have too much structure… just incase you forgot to reapply that sunscreen! I also love to bring these for the end of our trips, because at that point I’ve probably eaten five times my normal calorie intake on the daily!

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4. Dinner/Statement Piece

When going to a tropical resort vacation I don’t pack many fancy outfits. However, I love to bring a cute summer look for a nice dinner out or maybe a luau. Usually I grab some bright colors or a bold print because when else are you going to wear these super cute summer looks?

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5. Layers

Never forget your layers. I always like to bring a soft light weight sweater. You never know when a chill may come after dinner, a sunset walk on the beach, or those cold airports. I try and stick to a neutral color so I can just pack one for the whole trip. Odds are you wont wear it much, and after getting sun all day your body will tend to be a little warmer. However, incase needed you can never be too prepared!

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I hope these 5 resort styles helped you pack for your next summer trip!! Let me know what I should post more content about for your next trip. I love helping with all your travel needs.

Aloha, Amanda Warren

The 6 Apps You Need To Plan Your Next Trip

I take vacation planning VERY seriously. Mostly because when I arrive at my destination I want to make sure I am enjoying every minute. Who wants to deal with scrambling trying to get those last minute tickets, finding a place to eat or worrying you may miss out on something! I usually plan one day at a time with a full itinerary with times and exactly how long it will take to get to each location. I also incorporate restaurant reservations and a backup list of places we can go incase something doesn’t work out. Now I know this is a little excessive, but I’ve got that type A personality and am always planning life out. So lets make it a little simpler and I’ll give you the 6 apps I am always using and what I am using them for. This will help you more than you can imagine!

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1st - Hotel App

If you travel often its important to have a hotel chain you like, even if you venture out from time to time. Staying more frequently with one hotel company will help you gain points for free stays, get room upgrades and occasionally extra benefits like dinner, drinks, and welcome amenities. I currently am a IHG user, primarily because I have been obsessed with Kimpton Hotels ever since me and the hubby stayed at one in Washington D.C. over 6 years ago. They went above and beyond for us and each hotel is so uniquely designed. There are many hotels to choose from, so I would pick the one you’ve had the best experience with and try and stick with it. You will benefit from this the most. Using your hotels app will help you find all the local hotels along with the amenities you want, pricing, location and much more!

2 - Pinterest

This is probably a no brainer! Let me tell you how I use it though, to give you an added boost! I search the location I am going( lets say Chicago for the time being). I will search traveling to Chicago and scroll through the hundreds of blog posts that are telling me all the great places to see, eat, and stay. I will start compiling a list of the places they each say are their favorites. As I go through each post you will start to see doubles, this is when I add stars on my little list next to each place that comes up. One star for each time I see it. Now you start to see trends of the most popular places and what are the must sees while you visit!

3 - Yelp

Next, I head over to Yelp. Here I will go from the top places to eat and see what lines up with A the places that all my Pinterest peeps are saying to go and B the locations near where I am sightseeing. I may read a review or two but I wont waste too much time on it. Someone will always have a bad experience, no matter the place, and if there are too many bad ones they will be near the end of Yelps list of hundreds of restaurants and I probably wont get that far anyway.

4 - Trip Advisor

Now I check Trip Advisor to cross reference my hotel choices, sightseeing places, and restaurants one more time. They will also have some articles you can read from local magazines, news papers and big travel companies.

5 - Instagram

Now that you have a huge list of restaurants and sightseeing activities along with hotel choices likely picked out, hit the Gram running (Pun totally intended). This is when I go through and really search the vibe of the place like looking at photos of the food along with upcoming events that may be coming up while I’m in town. I of course see if it will be a dressy location or if were okay to go to dinner dressed in the same clothes we just toured the whole town with. Also as a blogger I use this to see if I can find some great photo ops ;)!

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6 - Maps

The last apps I use in my planning are MapQuest or Google Maps. I use these apps to look at the locations of where the restaurants, museums, event centers and everything else I am going to see is actually located. This helps me plan the restaurants I want to go to according to when we are in the area. One thing you never have enough of on vacation is time, so its always best to plan things geographically together, especially if its a really big city. You don’t want to see a museum uptown, head to lunch downtown, and then the next thing your seeing is back uptown. Planning one day all in the same location and the next day in the other helps save time so you can do more of what you love, seeing the beautiful places you are traveling.

I hope this list of tips of how I plan my travels helps you. My husband and I love to travel so much, and honestly planning before we go is one of my favorite parts. I love food, probably too much, so I always want to make sure we are having the most amazing dishes when we travel. I also try to see as much as we possibly can because who knows if we will ever go back. Let me know if you use these Apps the next time you plan a trip. As always I love to hear from you and get your feedback and ideas.

Much Love and Happy Travels,

Amanda


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Teeth Whitening for Coffee Stains

A smile has always been the first thing I notice on someone. The happiness and glow in a person’s face when they smile really opens them up to you. It also can be a quick glimpse into their personal hygiene as well as leave evidence of a coffee or red wine fan. The last few years I haven’t done any at home whitening and my teeth were starting to show that. I was in need of some extra care and that’s when I turned to Smile Brilliant.

The ease of using this product was so great! First they ship you a box with all the essentials to mold your teeth so that you have the perfect mold that is easy to use. After sending it back to them and in no time you get back your whitening trays that fit your teeth like a glove. The whitening trays make it even easier for you to whiten. It feels like you barely have anything in your mouth, in fact one time I almost forgot!

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Now that you have your trays its an easy 2 part session to whiten your teeth each time. First you use the whitening syringe and inject it into your top and bottom trays. You can leave them on from 45min to 3 hours. I started out at 45 min because I was so worried about sensitivity. In the past my teeth have been so sensitive from other whitening trays. Smile Brilliant has been so great and my sensitivity hasn’t been an issue. This is probably because of step 2.

Step 2 is another syringe full of desensitizing gel. You apply this up to 20 min after you whiten. That’s all! Its really that simple. After you finish the 20 min just brush your teeth and enjoy your day or night, depending on when you apply it! I normally like to do this treatment in the evening while I’m catching up on my latest shows.

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10 Beauty Tips Just Using A Toothbrush

Stop! Don’t throw away that old toothbrush! Don’t throw away the one the dentist gave you. Even though you use an electric one, there are so many uses you may not even know about! Using a toothbrush has helped me with beauty tips and tricks, to cleaning the laundry room and the whole house. Those little bristles that get around your teeth are so great at getting around lots of other little small spots you need as well!

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Beauty Hacks!

1. Helping exfoliate your lips by adding lip balm and brush, this will help to remove all the dead skin you have.

2. Calming baby hairs! You may have just teased your hair and are ready for the town, but those baby hairs are popping up!! Spray your tooth brush with some hairspray and help settle them down.

3. Brows! Don’t put the hairspray down just yet! Spray it on the toothbrush again and brush your brows into place. This will secure them and help to not move throughout the day, giving nice full brows.

4. Cuticles, adding a little oil on your cuticles and letting soak in for a minute then brushing helps exfoliate them and remove any dead cuticle.

5. De-lint your hair dryer!! In the back of your dryer where hair is supposed to circulate lint forms and can cause your dryer to die earlier and can even cause fires or shorts. Using a toothbrush to remove lint every so often will help your dryer live a long life!

6. Create Volume! Lifting hair and using your tooth brush right at the base of your scalp will help add texture and volume to your hair.

7. Remove Self Tanner!! In a bowl mix together water, lemon juice and baking soda, making a paste. Dip your toothbrush in and start scrubbing on the tanner you wish to remove. The toothbrush is soft enough on your skin but will be tough enough to remove the spots.

8. De-clump Mascara. After a whole year old mascara tubes can get clumpy. Using your toothbrush to remove clump from your wand will help to remove this! (Another tip is to add eye drops into your tube to help liquify it again)

9. Slick Buns! Ever put your hair in a slick bun but it just wont happen because your hair is flying all over? Spray some hairspray on your hair and use the brush to tame down all your hair and create the perfect slicked bun!

10. Washing Bangs! When I used to have bangs I would always hate how they would get oily before the rest of my hair. To help this I would start off by pulling the rest of my hair back and leave my bangs out. Next I would wet my bangs and put a little shampoo onto the toothbrush. Then scrub your hair at the base and massage onto the rest of the bang. Rinse and blow dry like regular!

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I hope these toothbrush tricks helped you in your next beauty crisis! Do you have any other beauty tips using just a toothbrush? Let me know! I always love learning new things!

Xo, Amanda Warren

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5 Tips When Shopping For Jumpsuits For A Pear Shaped Body

For years I wouldn’t buy jumpsuits because I always thought they didn’t look good on girls with hips and a booty. It took me a while to figure out these 5 important factors to think about so that I didn’t have to stand on the side lines anymore. I too could look like a boss in a jumpsuit just like all the tall skinny girls around me! You can too!

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1. Size

Just because you can wear a size small top doesn’t mean your jumpsuit should be that size. You need to size for the bottom half first and worry about the top second. If you are wearing it too small on the bottom it will bunch up and never sit right.

2. Straps

Adjustable Straps are your friend! If you went up a size on the bottom the straps being adjustable will help you maneuver the top to fit you right. However, if they aren’t, don’t be afraid you head to your local seamstress and get the straps and everything else you need taken in to fit you correctly. This will be the difference between an okay outfit and an outfit that looks like it was made for you!

3.Length

Speaking of adjusting, make sure the bottom half lays right. If your pants are too long they will bunch up on the bottom and make you look even shorter instead of giving you a long lean look that a jumpsuit should give.

4. Material

Material will make all the difference for you apple bottom girls! Something with a little stretch is perfect in this case. Just like the jumpsuit above! Even though its denim it stretches to fit your body better. Again, be careful not to get anything with stretch too tight or it wont look flattering either. If you end up getting anything light weight be sure they have an underlining as well, you don’t want any peekaboo’s.

5. Waist

When it comes to curves, accentuating them correctly can take you from looking like your wearing a potato sack to looking like you are walking the runway. Finding a jumpsuit that accentuates your waist will help give you that sexy hourglass shape. Helpful hint..If you found one that doesn’t adding a belt will help draw it in.

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Where To Stay & Eat When Visiting Disneyland

I grew up going to Disneyland every single year as a child, and once we started getting annual passes we would go several times a year! We have stayed at many hotels around the Park, including all of the Disney hotels. When the end of the night comes, after a long day at Disneyland, only a few things matter. Walking distance, cleanliness, and a good bed to rest your head on.

We have stayed at the Howard Johnson several times now and absolutely love it every time! They’ve recently remodeled all of their rooms and the beds are so comfortable. They are so comfortable that my Mom specifically told me to make sure I mention it on my blog! The hotel is such a quick walk from the parks and totally kid friendly! They have their own small water park and even an arcade! The kids will love it almost as much as they loved being at the Park.

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Now that you have a great place to stay let me give you the best places to eat! All of the restaurants that need reservations can be made on the Disney app.

Lamplight Lounge

The perfect place to grab food and a drink, as well as watch the World Of Color. We made reservations for the latest time possible and then waited for the show to start. Be sure to order the lobster nachos. They are the best, my favorite thing to eat in all of Disneyland! You wont be sorry! You will need reservations for this restaurant. If you don’t have one then a quick way to get in is to be outside when they open, it will get you right in. You may however be seated at the bar.

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Carnation Cafe

My favorite place to eat! Every single thing on the menu is so yummy! From breakfast to dinner, everything you can order is delicious. My personal favorites are the apple-granola pancakes for breakfast and fried pickles for appetizers later in the day! You will need reservations for the restaurant, and in fact during busy season they wont even seat anyone without a reservation.

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Flo’s Cafe

My favorite place for a quick service breakfast! Always a quick place to grab something that’s delicious. Great options for kids as well. My personal favorites are the brioche french toast and the chicken tamale breakfast.

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Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante

Another quick service that we love to eat for lunch and dinner, especially if you are craving Mexican food. My mom loves their enchiladas! Everything is really good and it is always a fast line to go through.

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Favorite Sweet Tooth Snacks

Chocolate dipped Sugar Cookies - They have these in many locations. Two of them we go to often are on Main Street USA in Disneyland and Buena Vista Street in California Adventures.

Ice Cream - Gibson Ice Cream on Main Street USA

Churro Toffee - A new treat and oh so good to eat! Toffee with white chocolate and cinnamon sugar is sure to be one of your favorites as well!

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Throughout the year Disney always many different events that will introduce new snacks and delicious food to eat! Always be on the lookout for new delicious things to eat, these are just my favorites staples every time I go to Disneyland! What are your favorites? Let me know below! I always love to try new treats!

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Using code “LNLR” will give you 15% off your stay and 20% off with code LNAP if you are an passholder

Xo, Amanda

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Half-up Hairstyles That Don't Involve a Braid

  1. The Knotted Style

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Adding knots to styles gives a textured and more edgy look. Things to remember when doing these styles are a good grip cream and bobby pinning into place to prevent the knots from slipping loose.

2. The Pony Flip

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When I was a little girl we used to do these all the time but back then we did them on a ponytail. Now, they have made them more intricate and detailed and are doing them as half up styles, pig tails, and updo’s.

  1. Section your hair and secure with a rubber band.

  2. Make a small hole with your fingers in between hair above rubber band.

  3. Pull hair in rubber band through the hole.

  4. Deconstruct and make bigger by pinching and pulling hair until its as loose as you desire.

3. The Bubble Style

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Probably the easiest yet most fun style! All you need are little rubber bands and your fingers to pinch and pull and make your bubbles to the size you want them! Tip: wrap hair around each elastic as you are going onto each section.

4. Hair Wrapping Faux Braid

This style involves many elastics and a lot of pinch and pulling, but not a single braid!

  1. Section crown section of hair into an elastic.

  2. Take the remainder of hair for half up style into another pony and tighten with elastic.

  3. Now take top pony and split into around bottom pony and secure with elastic on the other side (leaving second pony hanging through the hole.)

  4. Continue until you have no hair left and secure together with final elastic.

  5. Pinch and pull hair to make a fuller look and mimicking a braid.

5. Twist Half Up Style

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Leaving sides of half up style, tease and pin into place crown area, pin into place. Now take each side sections that were left out and twist, pinch and pull. Pin going across and covering pins that held crown into place. This gives a simple yet adorable style perfect for a wedding or even everyday!

6. The Fabric Wrap

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Such a simple style and so much fun! Use any fabric you choose to make this look your own! First you with section hair out that you want to be in the half up style. Next, secure with elastic band. Finally wrap with the ribbon or fabric of your choice and BAM! A fun and simple way to dress up your next half up style!

The importance of Beauty sleep from My Mom

Over the years I am sure I have caused my mom to loose her share of beauty sleep. From when I was a new born crying all night (although she swears I was the best baby and slept through the whole night i’m sure I wasn’t as perfect as she makes me seem). To the high school years when I would come home late to curfew, with her still up praying I was okay. She hopefully rests a little easier now that I am an adult and live right behind her. Although, I know mama’s will always worry about their babies. I now have something to help ease her mind and sleep more restfully.

Luna Nectar sent me their Anti-stress and Sleep Magnesium Oil and I have been using it like crazy!! Just 3-5 sprays and I feel so relaxed by the amazing smell. It is shown to help decrease stress and anxiety induce sleep, address aches and pains and elevate mood. If it even did one of these I would be over the moon! However I can really see the difference in all of them. Magnesium is the first thing you loose when stressed. When you are at a lack of Magnesium this can cause depression, back aches, head aches and brain fog. Applying to your skin is the fastest and best way to absorb. infused with aloe Vera and lavender this oil is sure to have you sleeping like a non crying baby! (if they really do exist!) Click here to get your hands on some!

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Tip from Mom on Beauty before sleep: Vitamin E. Apply to your feet hands elbows and knees before sleep to help keep moisturized, soft and reduce signs of aging.

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Yummie for Every Generation

A mothers love is undeniable, unbreakable, and forever. I am lucky enough to have a mother who is not only the best mom ever but my very best friend. She lifts me up when I am feeling discouraged or being too hard on myself but also tells me when I’m being a huge pain in the booty! Just like most mother daughter duos we get in our share of fights, but we move on in about 2 seconds flat never holding a grudge just knowing our love is stronger than any disagreement we could ever have. She has taught me to love myself for who I am, for the body and beauty that God has given me. To cherish it, take care of it and love it. Knowing these importance’s in life we take care of ourselves, we eat right and we try to wear the most flattering clothing to feel great about ourselves. This year I started wearing Yummie for the first time and the one word I have to describe it is, OBSESSED!

Yummie understands a woman, her needs, and helps us to love our bodies at no cost. Comfort is key and they give it to us. I have tried many body suits in my years and they by far give the most comfort. They feel like butter and have a knit shaping panel around your tummy that helps give a light compression and hold you in. They also have an outlast temp. control that helps regulate your body heat!! Storing it when you are too hot and releasing it when you are cold! I love wearing them with jeans or leggings for a casual look or with a shirt or high waisted dress pant for a dressy look! I promise you wont be sorry about buying any of their amazing products! Check them all out here. Swipe down for Mama Helen’s trick to keeping clothing color longer, and links to our Yummie bodysuits and jeans!

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Tip from Mom on keeping colors longer: Add salt to your wash the first time wearing them, this helps the color set in and will help from fading.

Mothers Day with Biolage - Deep Treatment Packs

If you follow me on my blog or the gram for long enough then you probably know I am a hairdresser. What you may not know is my mom also went to school to do hair. She first wanted to be an instructor and then decided it wasn’t for her. Even though she didn’t pursue a career in hair and went another way, she still always did my hair in braids all throughout my childhood, and she even did my hair for my school dances! It was always so fun having a halo braid in the middle of the week with no particular place to go! She always did great styles and helped showed me the importance of great hair care!

Now, flash forward a few decades and I am the one showing her the latest hair care and styles. One constant staple in our lives has always been Biolage products. We’ve used them forever and have always loved their products results. Nothing has changed with their new Deep Treatment Packs, we are still obsessed and love every smell.

These treatment packs come in 3 different treatments; Hydrasource, Colorlast, and Smoothproof. I have used all 3 and am obsessed with them all! Hydrasource is great for dry hair, giving you 2x more nourishment. Leaving hair with visible touchable softness. ColorLast Pack is my favorite. Leaving your hair 3x stronger, preventing damage, tangled ends, and color fading! All things I need!! The last pack is Smoothproof, this is my moms favorite! This leaves hair 8 TIMES, yes 8x, more smoother. Also helps tame frizz and gives upto 70% less breakage! Each pack is so incredible.

Each pack will last you 1 month giving you 1 treatment a week. They are the highest concentration giving you immediate and long lasting results. These treatment packs absorb into the hair cuticle, where as a conditioner sits ontop of the hair strand. This sets their product apart from other regular conditioners. Scroll to the bottom to see Mama Helen’s haircare tip!

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Tip from Mom on Hair: Use a tooth brush & hairspray to get flyaway hairs and finish your style. Also use them to brush eyebrows into place (shes been doing this before eyebrow gels came out and I actually like doing this better!)

Laundry Worth Fighting Over

Starting in high school my Mom and I often wore similar sizes, so I found myself borrowing her clothes all the time. Even though I totally had more than enough of my own clothes! (Mama’s take care of their babies) She seemed to act like she didnt mind much except I wouldn’t really wash them the way she wanted and probably took care of them far less than she would. Now, flash forward about a decade and I live in the house behind her, and we still share clothes, and she’s STILLL telling me how to wash them! As a nice bartering gift I decided we both deserved a nice laundry caddy and that we could both put them to good use! Clevermade has the best bags! We always use them for errand running, as well as work and pleasure. From on sight weddings i’m doing hair for (see previous post here) to over night travel! When I saw they had collapsible laundry bags I had to get my hands on them! You can see in the photos below the bag collapses down flat for easy storage and when in use has snaps on the sides that keep it sturdy! These are the best bags ever!! Shop all Clevermade here. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to see Mama Helen’s laundry tip!

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Tip from Mom on Laundry: Use Dawn dish soap if you get grease or oil on your clothing! It will help cut the grease and remove the stain.

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5 must do's in Waco, TX

1 - Stay at an Airbnb

I am totally a hotel girl 100% To me, there is nothing like having someone else make your bed every morning and having someone a phone call away if you run out of toilet paper. However, this trip to Waco I totally wanted to see and experience the country lifestyle of the town, plus I didn’t love any of the hotels when searching online! After searching for a while I found the cutest guest house to rent! We arrived in the middle of the night after a concert in Austin and got straight into bed! Come morning we were up with the chickens and cows and roosters (literally!) This guest house represents Waco inside and out. Farm House style, and on an actual farm, with land as far as the eyes can see and perfect way to escape from city life! Our house owner lives next door and showed us all around the property.. peep the photos below to even see Scotty milking a cow!

Click HERE for link to our favorite Airbnb spot in Waco, TX.

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2 - Eat at Magnolia Table

The wait was totally worth it… Although we only waited about 30 minutes. We barely had time to finish (and take pictures of) our coffees while sitting in the cutest little courtyard area outside of the restaurant. I have heard of the lines being much longer than 30 minutes especially in busy seasons. Its definitely a smart idea to get there as early as possible because they do stop taking reservations at a certain time, but they always have the quick service if you don’t want to sit down and eat.

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3 - See the Silo’s

Such an adorable place with so many neat hangout spots throughout the property. You could spend all day finding new corners to relax, eat, or play in. I loved every corner of this place, but my favorite was probably their garden with all the gorgeous blooms. I could spend all day there just wishing I had a green thumb like Joanna!

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4 - Eat AGAIN

Even if its just to take a cupcake home with you, you MUST eat or simply snack again at the Silo’s. The place is full of adorable and yummy food trucks! They have so many great things to snack on and share you cant go wrong! Tip- if you don’t want to wait in ANOTHER line to go into the bakery head to the food trucks with cupcakes and grab one of their signature cupcakes, you wont be sorry!

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5 - Explore The Town

Shortly after getting in the car and driving around as you leave the Silos you quickly see all this cute little quaint town has to offer. There are so many cute antique stores and coffee shops around town. You guys will love the trendy farm house inspiration all throughout the town. Homestead Heritage is a great place to visit in North Waco, full of handmade items. Be sure to drive by Baylor collage and the adorable bridge! And if you have time they have a Dr. Pepper museum and a Texas Ranger Hall of fame museum.

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A weekend guide to Dallas, TX - Where to stay, Where to eat, and What to do!

Dallas, Texas was the last stop of our Texas tour. We road tripped after landing and started in Houston then made our way to Austin, Waco and finally Dallas. We loved them all!! Every town has its own unique vibes. The food was great everywhere but was especially good in Dallas!!

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Where To Stay:

First thing when we did when arriving in Dallas was check in and drop our bags off at the cutest little hotel called Texican Court, actually located just miles outside of Dallas in Irving, TX. This was the perfect location for us! Our activities were in Dallas and its suburbs of Fort Worth and Arlington so this location was nice and central! It was also SOOO cute!! A modern 70’s vibes and I loved every single bit of it!! They also had a super cute Restaurant and Cantina and outdoor firepits for s’mores at night!

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Where To Eat:

Tacos Mariachi - You know it, all about the tacos! Delish! They are known for their shrimp & octopus tacos, so we tried both along with 2 meats. All great! Scotty loved the meat ones and I loved the shrimp.

Pecan Lodge - Waited in line for an hour and a half for this bbq and I wasn’t even mad about it! Totally worth every single minute! Come Hungry!

Smoky Rose - We ate here because it was A. adorable and B. right by the Dallas Arboretum. The appetizers were good but we were a little disappointed with our food. I had the Salmon BLT and Scotty had the Brisket (which we ate everywhere, so we may have just been on BBQ overload by this point!)

The Rustic - Known for their margarita with a popsicle in it! Super cute and Super strong! Food was great and live music, a fun night time vibe or a weekend hang!

Tribal All Day Café - A cute little coffee shop in a fun part of town that is getting a ton of new places built!

Other Places we didn’t have time to try but were highly recommended:

Nick & Sam’s

Velvet Taco

Marianos ( in Arlington & the first frozen marg!)

Deep Ellum Brewing Company

What To Do:

Dallas Arboretum - Such a gorgeous place to walk around and enjoy the beautiful flowers in every corner! Would be a great place to pick up food or pack a lunch and have a picnic on the grass overlooking the water and gorgeous flowers.

North Park Center - IF you are a shopping junky this is totally your place! It has all the shops you will be looking for in one place!

Trinity Groves - The perfect place to take pictures of the Dallas skyline

Dallas Cowboy Stadium Tour (or game if you visit that time of year!) - Such an incredible stadium to tour! Whether you are a fan or football or not you will want to see this place!

Texas Rangers Game - We travel all over the Country to visit each baseball stadium. So this stadium is number 19 on our quest for 30. We always get the most popular food at each park, which you can see if a 3 foot hot dog called the “boomstick”

Visit Fort Worth Stockyards - Such a cool experience, and the perfect place to pickup some cowboy boots or a new hat! We got to watch the cattle drive and if you are in town on Fri and Sat nights they have a rodeo year round.

Dallas Was such a great place to visit with SO much to see! We luckily narrowed it down to a weekend but be sure to let me know and everyone else who reads this if I missed anything! Xo, Amanda

Houston, TX - Where to Eat, Stay and Play

If you’re new around here you may not know me and my hubby Scott. We have a bucket list dream to see all of the 30 baseball stadiums. After this trip we added numbers 18 and 19 to the list! This is a fun way for us to see different areas of the country that we may have otherwise never have. We arrived in Houston after landing in Dallas , rented a car, and 3 1/2 hours later, we finally arrived at our beautiful hotel.

Where to Stay:

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We stayed at the most beautiful location, Hotel Alessandra. The Hotel is actually owned by The Valencia Group which has quite a few properties around Texas. We have stayed at 2 others and loved them both equally as much! Three things we always love at hotels: 1. A gym for the hubby (Super important stuff here! lol) 2. Esthetic! I love a gorgeous location, something different then most hotels. This gives me pure joy! 3. Service! Customer service is always so important to me and a hotel that goes above and beyond also gives me joy!

This Hotel was nothing short of that! A perfect hotel for the hubs, amazing customer service for me, and talk about beautiful! Every little detail was so stunning. They even had fresh flowers throughout the hotel. I would have been just fine enjoying this place the entire trip.. but we did come for other reasons as well.

What To Do:

Nasa Space Center - A forty minute drive from downtown Houston. Totally worth the drive for your space lovers to experience. You will want to do the tour that shows you inside of the center for sure!

Astro’s Baseball Game - After all this is the whole reason we were visiting Houston! This stadium was super cute and not too far from our hotel. Every time we visit a new stadium we try to eat the food they are known for. This stadium is known for their chicken and waffles. Its a waffle cone stuffed with chicken and mashed potatoes.

Brenham to visit Blue Bell Ice Cream - We stopped in Brenham on our way to Austin, but this is such a great trip from Houston as well. Loved visiting in April to see all of the beautiful blooms all over, peep photos below! Also so great to visit the Blue Bell Ice Cream, every scoop is $1 so come prepared!

Other must do’s are:

  • Wild West for line dancing (we were suppose to do this on night one but showed up too late)

  • Museum of Natural Science

  • Houston Zoo

  • Children’s Museum of Houston

  • Cockrell Butterfly Center

  • Toyota Center to see a basketball game

Where To Eat:

Sweet Paris - So many locations throughout Houston. We ate at the Drexel Dr. location. This is the best place to grab food. So cute, so delicious and the area surrounding it was the best to hangout and drive around.

Original Ninfa’s - Delicious Mexican food located in Houston, not too far from downtown. Make sure to get the tacos and queso dip. You wont be sorry.

What-a-burger - So… this is my second time in Texas having What-a-burger and I just cant get behind it. I am just an In-n-out burger girl at heart. With that said I still think you should try it if ever in Texas or a location where they have it!

Other places to try:

  • El Tempo

  • 8th Wonder Brewery

  • Boomtown Coffee Main St. Café & Bistro

Thanks for tagging along on our Houston journey! For more behind the scenes on all of our travel adventures be sure to subscribe. Xo, Amanda Warren

My bedtime routine in 7 steps

What you do before bed sets you up for a beneficial 7-8 hours in your beauty routine! My husband is constantly cracking jokes about how long it takes me to get ready for bed. No matter the time its totally worth it to me! So here is my 7 step run down:

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  1. A Clean Face

    No matter what I always go to bed with a clean face. Going to bed with your makeup on or only using a makeup remover is leaving your skin prone to acne, wrinkles, and enlarged pores.

    1. Makeup remover - I always use a makeup remover towellet to start this process and currently am loving the Rodan + Fields makeup remover.

    2. I posted about this a few times, but I always use the Dermalogica pre cleanse. You massage it into your face without water to help clean off your makeup. You then add water to your hands and massage a little more

    3. Cleanse - I have used several different face washes over the years and I always seem to come back to Rodan + Fields. It really helps with my stubborn acne. If acne isn’t what you are fighting with I would recommend the Dermalogica cleansing solution.

2. Tone & Prep

  • I will typically use a toner with witch hazel. If I haven’t already in the morning I will use a daily peel treatment from Dr. Dennis Gross and get my skin nice and clean and prepped from my nightly moisturizer.

3. Hydrate

  • While my skin sits from the toner I brush my teeth, take my vitamins (they give me a tummy ache so I take them before bed to save myself)

  • Drink a full glass of water! — this ensures I get some extra hydration before bed and keeps me satisfied for the night of sleep.

4. Night Creams

  • Depending on how my skin is doing (breakout or not) I will add a light moisturizer to my face like the Fountain of Truth insta-face elixir

  • IF I am breaking out I will put on the Rodan + Field unblemish treatment

  • I apply foot cream with socks to help my toes stay extra soft and hand cream ( I love the Fountain of Truth - Youth in hand cream

5. Lash Boost

  • I quickly apply my lash and brown boost from Luna Nectar to help the condition of my lashes and growth of both my brow and lashes while I sleep

6. Lips

  • Add some lip moisturizer or chap stick to help my lips from drying out and making them so kissibly soft.

7. Pillow Magic

  • A few months ago I got this amazing NIGHT sleep pillow and have been having the best nights sleep ever since. I am in no way exaggerating. This pillow helps hair while sleeping, by reducing frizz and adding shine to the hair. It also helps with wrinkles and acne by protecting against environmental allergens, dust mites, mold and fungus from setting on your pillow and potentially clogging your pores. WORTH EVERY PENNY!

Hopefully these 7 steps help clear up why I spend so much time in the bathroom every night! For all products click on the photo for more info and to purchase! Also, please let me know below if you have any recommendations for me! I always love trying new products!

Xo, Amanda Warren