Pina Colada

I recently returned from an incredible two-weeks in Puerto Rico. I forced my kids to do all sorts of terrible things, like surfing, snorkeling, hiking, and even drinking sugary drinks like Pina Colada. Apparently, pina coladas originated in Puerto Rico (I guess that’s where rum originated from as well, but we like our drinks sin […]

Kansas City Car Show

I am a professional shopper by trade. I know how to maximize my time and resources to do the most effective shopping for the maximum amount of people in the least amount of time.  Did that confuse you? (I’m certainly confused lol) I always share any tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years as […]

Macy’s Giveaway

February is American Heart Month, and with heart disease running rampant in my family’s genes, supporting awareness month is close to my heart, no pun intended.  If breast cancer hadn’t taken out my mom, heart disease surely would have.  February 2nd is National Wear Red Day, and Macy’s – a long-time supporter of the AHA’s […]

OOTF

This post brought to you in part by Kansas Farm Bureau. All photography credited to Wheat Photography. I felt like a city girl gone country (outfit on the farm, ha!) as I traversed the beautiful terrain of the great state of Kansas (I’m probably also bias.)  While I didn’t have cowboy boots, I knew enough […]

Best Subscription Boxes

It seems as though every day there is another new subscription box available, for babies, toddlers, wine enthusiasts, fashion enthusiasts, beauty mavens, dog-lovers, you name it!  It’s hard to say which are the best.  I stay away from the beauty specific subscriptions – I am the worst at trying new product, but it would be […]

French Doors

One of the required courses for my B.A. was a drawing class.  You guys. I draw like a toddler.  Maybe using toddler as a descriptor is wrong, let’s say……a four-month old (who gives a baby a crayon anyway?!)  That is the level at which I can draw (it’s really, really bad you guys.)  You should’ve […]

St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

Doesn’t this St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake look divine?! I recently snuck away for a very brief visit with a local friend. We focused on food (mostly because I love to eat. a lot.)  My friend made me homemade mango salsa that was divine (Anna, I still need all your recipes!) as well as a […]

Kitchen Tools I

A few years ago, in what was easily the worst faux pas in the history of my marriage to The Mr, I was gifted a blender for Mother’s Day.  Cue the disappointment; it might as well have been a power drill (or a vacuum, I’m not anyone’s maid, so for the love of all that […]

Holiday Wreath

I love the holidays; the parties, the lights, the decorations, the incredible spirit of giving, and of course – gifts! Years ago, I took a quick quiz to find out what my Love Language was (see the book here.) While the quiz revealed that my primary love language is acts of service, gifts came in […]

Housewarming

More like House Warning.  I think the worst thing in the world is showing up on someone’s doorstep with an awful gift.  Housewarming gifts should be specific to the person whose home it is.  You wouldn’t buy an ashtray for someone who doesn’t smoke, any more than you would buy a cocktail shaker for someone […]

Kansas City Fashion Week

In honor of all things Pretty, Polished, and Perfect,  I’ve decided create awards for this season’s Kansas City Fashion Week: PPPxKCFW Fashion Awards (golden trophies coming soon.)  I didn’t get a chance to attend every show, so these are the winners based on the Thursday and Saturday night shows: KCFW Jewelry/Accessories Category: Georgina Herrera (this […]

Simple Costumes

I remember the day I first heard about Savers.  They had just moved into an old space that used to be a grocery store and I knew absolutely nothing about Savers, although a quick google search revealed it was a thrift store.  A few weeks later, I saw a picture posted on Facebook of a […]

Free Styling Tips

My mother taught me resourcefulness from a very young age – and if nothing else, having ten siblings can really teach you how to be self-reliant.  I was involved in church groups and activities that encouraged increasing and developing our knowledge, skills, and talents.  I was in 4-H (does anyone else remember that or am […]

Pick the Perfect Sweater

5 Tips for Picking Out the Perfect Sweater black funnel-neck sweater (here) // gray cashmere travel wrap (here // moto legging with zippers (here) // leopard slip-on tennis shoes (old H&M, similar here, here and here) // B rope pin (vintage, love this one!) // gold bangle bracelets (Meadowbelle Market) Sometimes I find myself staring at […]

Patio Fire Pit

Last week, my quiet and tedious afternoon emails were interrupted by the ringing of the doorbell.  My neighbor had just had something delivered – a birthday gift from his wife: a stone fire-pit.  He needed to borrow the wheelbarrow to transport each brick down to the backyard patio, and we have no problem sharing tools […]