How To: Clean Your Wedding Ring!

Hi ladies! It’s been awhile. I was not feeling good for a solid two weeks.. I had strep throat that turned into pneumonia, but I’m slowly feeling back to my normal self.

Today I wanted to share how I clean my wedding ring at home. It’s a lot cheaper than taking it to a jewelry store, and works just as good in my opinion! Also; good news is you probably have all this around your house already! Easy peasy. You can do this for any type of ring, it’s gentle enough for any metals! 🙂

  1. Soak ring(s) in warm/hot water for a few minutesimg_6236
  2. In a second small dish, mix hot water with a few drops of plain dawn dish-soap; make sure it’s original scent or unscentedimg_6232img_6235img_6237
  3. Move the rings to the soapy dish and let them soak in there for another minute or two. Next, take a baby toothbrush (extra soft and small bristles) and gently scrub around the ring. Make sure to get under the gemstone, and the band!
  4. Return the rings to the plain warm water for a rinse.
  5. This part is important!! Blow-dry the ring on a warm setting to get off all that excess water. If you just let it air dry there will be water spots. Blow-drying it really makes it sparkle!
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So there you have it! Easy, and much less expensive than taking it to a jeweler. I clean my rings this way about every two weeks to keep it nice and shiny 🙂

Happy Thursday! One day left, you got this!

xo

 

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Fall Weekend OOTD!

Hello! It’s only Saturday night, but I had quite an eventful Thursday & Friday, SO I’m calling that my weekend 🙂 I wanted to share an OOTD with you all! This was Thursday night. My sisters, mom & I road tripped up to northern MN to watch our favorite country artist Kip Moore play. It was amazing as always. If you haven’t heard of him PLEASE check him out. He’s beyonddddd talented and just an overall genuine, humble guy.

Friday night we headed back to Minneapolis, and went to his concert there as well! (we are obsessed.. yes.) We were lucky enough to go onto his tour bus with him and listen to his new album coming out in the spring (still convinced it was a dream). 

Outfit deets:

Off-the shoulder cream top: Forever21

Dark Denim: American Eagle

Necklace & Earrings: Target

Boots: Tj Maxx

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Concert pictures:

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Saturday Date Day + OOTD!

Ahhhh. Happy Sunday! Does anyone else wish there were more Sundays in the week? I’ve got my coffee, a candle burning, some Vance Joy playing (adore him) & my heart is happy.

Yesterday was the perfect date day with my husband & I just had to blog about it. We visited a small little city on the St. Croix river bordering Minnesota & Wisconsin called Stillwater. It’s one of my favorite places in MN. Its filled with tons of cute little boutiques, antique shops, bistros, & wineries. Best time to visit is in the fall. The colors are amazing! We were so lucky to have the perfect weather yesterday. 65 degrees and sunny on October 22nd in Minnesota is rare! Other years we’ve had a foot of snow on the ground.

We started out with a cinnamon mocha at the cutest cafe + studio + shop called Mara Mi. It’s my absolute favorite. It’s filled with the cutest wedding decor, scarves, stationary, italian soda’s and yummy coffee & pumpkin donut holes.

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Totally obsessed with the aesthetic of this store. Everett was laughing at me because I was so happy just sippin’ my mocha and browsing all the cute stuff. After that we walked down to the river, watched the boats float by & people watched. I was amazed at how much diversity we saw! Many people speaking different languages. Stillwater is definitely becoming one of the biggest tourist spots in MN!

img_5935img_5937img_5927fullsizerenderFullSizeRender (13).jpgAfter that we got massages (amazing & so needed) & went to an italian cooking class! It was so fun! It was both of our first times going to a cooking class like this so we both didn’t really know what to expect. I definitely want to do it again! We are going to try to re-create the menu because it was so delicious!

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Outfit deets:

Light wash denim: American Eagle

Grey Military Jacket: TJ Maxx- Maxx Jeans Brand

Blush Tank: TJ Maxx

Booties: TJ Maxx

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Hope you guys enjoyed this type of post! What did your Saturday consist of?
Happy Sunday! Hope your day is filled with relaxation & coffee!

xo

 

Face Mask Favorites: L’Oreal, Freeman + Que Bella!

I’m a sucker for a good face mask.  I love trying new ones + also have a few staples that I swear by. I thought this would be a fun + different post. Especially since I recently tried out the new L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks that I’ve heard so much about! Hope you enjoy!

  1. Que Bella Beauty: Purifying Tea Tree Mud Mask

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This is my holy-grail, cant-live-without mask. There’s so many things I love about it. First, it’s only $1.99 at Target! I can get three uses out of one pouch. I just store the remaining in a plastic bag and it stays like new until next time. It has a great clean smell, and gives tingles a bit when you apply it. It has tea tree oil & witch hazel which are AMAZING for acne. I use this every other day when I have a breakout and it dramatically lessens the time the blemishes stick around. It makes your skin soft & feel so clean after you wash it off. I just ADORE this mask!

2. Freeman: Avocado Oatmeal Clay Mask

I also LOVE this mask. However, I use this one as a spot treatment rather than a full face mask because I found out it’s a bit harsh on my skin if I let it sit on my full face for too long.  If I have a major blemish emergency I will dab this on the spot and sleep with it on. In the morning, the redness and size are reduced!

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3. L’Oreal Pure Clay Mud Mask: Detox & Brighten

This may be my new favorite! I’ve heard SO much about these new L’Oreal Masks & I just had to try it. I picked up the Detox & Brighten one because it has charcoal in it, which is really good for blackheads, which I struggle with. It gives a really nice cooling effect when you apply it & dries up quick which I like. It also has a really nice clean smell to it! I left it on for 15 minutes & washed off with warm water. My skin felt SO soft, I was amazed! This mask quickly made it’s way onto my favorites  & I can’t wait to use it more. And I also LOVE the packaging. It comes in this cute little jar.. so easy to store & keep fresh!

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Leave me your favorite masks below! I’d love to try some new ones out. #facemaskjunkie

The Best Day Ever.

HI FRIENDS! I’m back! & I’m a wife!

I’m still playing catch up after the long & crazy eventful wedding weekend, but I wanted to post a sneak peak of our day ❤ I will share more pictures in a bigger post; but enjoy this sneak peak for now 🙂

It was the most magical day of my entire life. We were both amazed with how great everything turned out and I truly couldn’t have asked for a better day. I feel incredibly blessed.

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The Versatile Blogger & Liebster Award!

I’m excited to be nominated for both the Versatile Blogger & Liebster award here in the blogging community. Such a fun way to get to know and discover new bloggers. A HUGE shout out to Krystenfos & Simply Caitlyn for nominating me. Check out their blogs if you don’t already follow, great stuff! Let’s start with the Liebster award:

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Rules:

1. Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you and include the Liebster Award sticker in your post.

2. Nominate 5-10 other bloggers and notify them of this in one of their posts.

3. All nominated bloggers are to have less than 200 followers.

4. Answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator and create 11 different questions for your nominees to answer. Or, you can repeat the same questions.

5. Copy these rules into your post.

Answers:

1. How did you get into blogging?

I followed lots of blogs on Instagram just from finding them on the discover page. I always thought it was such a fun way to express yourself, document your life, and make new friends. I put off making one for years due to college, and just time in general, but now I find myself in a much different situation. I have more free time now that I have a full time 8-4 job and I also have a lot of fun events coming up in my life like moving out & becoming an auntie for the first time & i’m so excited to document!

2. Do you have any siblings?

I have 3 sisters! Jamie (The Grady Bunch Blog), Jessica, and Jodell.

3. What is your favorite thing to wear?

Depends on the season, right now definitely leggings, big sweaters and boots!

4. What are 3 hobbies you have?

Adventuring outside, I LOVE fishing, reading, and hanging out with my amazing family.

5. Where is your favorite place to vacation?

I have SO many places on my list to visit, so for now I have to say my favorite is Clearwater Beach, FL.

6. What is the last thing you ate?

A pumpkin-spice cupcake. YUMMM.

7. What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?

Anything with my family. Usually my weekends are spent going to lunch or dinner with the whole crew, or relaxing and watching movies with Everett.

8. If you could go back in time, what would you go back and see?

Ohhh this is a tough one.. I would love to go back when my grandparents were teenagers and see what life was like for them.

9. If you could travel to one time in the future what would you want to see?

It would be so cool to take a sneak peak into my life with Everett years down the road, how many kids we have, what we look like, where we live. But only a sneak peak, I wouldn’t want to spoil anything!

10. What is your favorite tv show of all time?

I have to go with Friends. Such a classic.

11. What is your favorite theme park?

Busch Gardens, Tampa!

Same questions for my nominees 🙂 Nominees are:

On to the Versatile Blogger Award: Thank you KrystenFos for the nomination!

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Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person that has nominated you
  2. Include a link to their blog
  3. Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
  4. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination
  5. Share seven different facts about yourself

Here are my 7 facts about myself!

  1. I have a rock in my elbow from falling off my bike when I was probably 5 or 6 years old.
  2. I collect coffee mugs, It’s a fun way to remember all the places I visit. & a great gift idea!
  3. I never wear matching socks, my drawer is completely unorganized.. oops.
  4. I’m obsessed with trying new face masks & cherry carmex.
  5. I’ve been gluten free since Nov. 2014 because my stomach absolutely can’t handle it. I’m still trying to figure out this new diet, and have a tough time finding things to eat because I’m a very picky eater, and a terrible cook. Not a good combo.
  6. I am a crazy cat lady. If I could have 10 cats, I would but for now i’m sticking to my one crazy baby named Oliver.
  7. I have 2 puppy nieces, one kitty nephew, and a human nephew due Nov. 28th 2015! So excited to meet him!

What a fun tag! My nominees are:

My First Post!


Well, here we are! I finally took the dive and started a blog. For almost a year now I’ve been wanting to, and now felt like the right time. For starters let me introduce myself. My name is Jaclyn and I’m from the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I adore Minnesota. Yes, the winters are long (much too long), and come February every year I ask myself why I still live here.. but let me tell you it’s SO worth it. Between the beautiful summers at the lake, crisp colorful Autumns, and sparkling Christmas snow, I could never leave. I graduated college this past June, and since then I’ve found myself questioning what I want to do with my life (something I think everyone goes through at this point in their lives). I earned my Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institutes International Minneapolis and now work in the IT department at Medtronic.. complete 180 I know, I know. Although the job I currently do is no where near my “dream job” I like to think this will eventually lead me to a more creative place within the company because it really is a wonderful place to work. Back to why I’m starting this blog.. I’m going through so many changes in my life and think this will be an awesome place for me to capture memories, have a creative outlet, and meet like-minded people. I’m SO excited!

A little about me:

  • I have 3 sisters who are my best friends. (no, really we are inseparable… we even work together)
  • I have a absolutely wonderful boyfriend of 3.5 years who treats me like a princess and I’m forever grateful for.
  • I dream of someday becoming an awesome cook…someday.
  • I love exploring outdoors. Most weekends Everett and I find ourselves grabbing a coffee and wandering around.
  • I love to read! Send me your book recommendations! I hope to blog a lot about what I’m reading.
  • I collect coffee mugs!

I’m so excited to start blogging more!