Small Business Saturday

Happy Saturday everyone! Since the holiday season is upon us & today is all about supporting local businesses, I put together a little gift guide with my favorite Etsy accounts.

Two of these ladies I know from school/friends and I love watching their work on Instagram. All of these items are super cute and perfect as gifts! Plus, you should probably order for yourself as well! I’ve listed everything below for you. Enjoy & happy shopping!

1. PopFizzKlink

The owner of this shop is Brynna & she is wonderful! Her Instagram is @popfizzklink & I highly recommend you check out her Instagram stories often. Her Etsy is listed in her bio for all your sign needs ( Hurry, they sell out fast!)

2. Lighters Candle Company

I came across this Etsy account one day while I was browsing online & I instantly fell in love. Who doesn’t love candles? More importantly, who doesn’t love candles & swearing?! Instagram is @lighterscandlecompany Etsy account listed in bio.

3. The Foxy Hipster

The owner of this shop is Amy and she’s amazing! If you are looking for 80’s and 90’s nostalgia, her shop is perfect for you! Instagram is @thefoxyhipster Etsy in bio.

4. Bookend Candle Co.

Last but not least we have more candles! I’ve actually purchased recently & love the style ( and smell) of these candles. Plus, right now until Christmas you can get 20% off your purchase! Instagram is @bookendcandleco Etsy in bio.

Hope this helps you !

Always,

Tara

Does This Ring Make Me Look Engaged?

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I feel like November is just flying by, don’t you? Christmas will be here before we know it, but don’t worry if you haven’t started shopping, I plan on posting some more holiday gift guides soon!

Anyway….. a couple weeks ago I went to Denver for the first time and it was amazing! So I thought I would share some photos with you and some things we did while we were there. It was a short trip, only four days, but still fun.

Right when we landed we got our rental car and headed to the Red Rock Amphitheater. I have to be honest with you, once we got there I felt so sick. Elevation is a real thing. BUT I did my best to be a trooper and hang out. ( I did end up going back to the hotel to sleep)

After walking around and hanging out at the Red Rocks, we stopped at Roof Top Tavern. It was literally right around the corner in a little town with other bars and shops.

Roof Top Tavern

The second day we got up early and drove to The Rocky Mountains National Park. It was about an hour drive from our hotel, but the view while driving makes up for it.

The park is beautiful. Some parts had snow while others didn’t.

Ryan wanted to see wild life the whole time we were there, while I was terrified to see anything. Lol, I didn’t want to meet anything big and wild. However, we did see some deer at the park, which I was ok with.

While we were at the park we decided to do a little hike along Bear Lake Trail. It was beautiful! It was covered in snow, and you hike the loop around a lake.

& here folks is where it happened! I GOT ENGAGED! That’s right after five years of dating he finally popped the question! The photo below we took right after he got down on his knee. ( Awwww!)

A women walking the trail with her son stopped & took our picture because she said she saw us & we “looked too cute”. ( the snow was falling which makes the photo look grainy)

& thats pretty much all folks! It was a great time and I would definitely recommend visiting if you haven’t already. I’m sure I’ll be posting more photos on Instagram ( so go follow @ifyouseektara ) Thanks for hanging out and reliving our trip with me!

I can’t wait to start writing about wedding stuff….. haha too soon?! I do plan on going back so if you live there or have visited before I’d love to hear your recommendations.

Always,

Tara

Going Somewhere? Iโ€™ve got 5 Travel Tips For you.

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful week!

My week has been busy but I am off to Denver on Saturday for a little mini vacation and I couldn’t be more excited! This will be my second trip of the year (took mom to Vegas for her 60th in June) but I was feeling a little unprepared this time around. Has that ever happened to you? You know you should start doing stuff but get sidetrack with work, Netflix, and naps ( just me… oh ok).

Anyway, I figured I can’t be the only one who needs help when it comes to traveling so I pulled myself out of my Netflix binge (FYI: The Haunting of Hill House = SO GOOD) and wrote down my 5 Travel Tips just for you!

1. Research Your Destination

I know this may seem like a no brainer, HOWEVER I think most people miss the different things there are to do around the city/country they’ll be visiting. Of course you have a general idea, but I personally like to visit places local’s go, not just tourist stuff, which is usually what the travel websites will post about.

You have to dig a little deeper. I tend to look on Instagram and search certain hashtags to view different restaurants and bars that look good. Usually, they will post their drinks and food, but you can also see other people’s pictures who check in and post about it! Gives you a better idea of the vibes. Of course asking friends/family who have been works too!

2. Visit Your Airlines Website

Ok, again you may be thinking ” who doesn’t do this”, but you would be surprised. I have witnessed people at the airport in shock because they have to pay for their carry on bag that they thought was included. The worst. Make sure to visit the website of whatever airline/ transportation you plan to take. Check to see how many bags you can check/ carry on, and what is allowed in your bags (size, weight, etc.).

3. Plan Your Outfits Ahead Of Time

Ladies, I know how we can be, especially when it comes to what we wear. My biggest piece of advice would be to plan out what you want to wear BEFORE you pack it. Try on the clothes so you get a good idea of how you look and feel in it even if you’ve worn it before.

I also tend to pack shoes that will go with more than one outfit. You don’t have a lot of room in your suitcase so you want to make sure your getting the most out of what you pack. Think black or neutral colors, they go with everything!

P.s – Make sure to check what the weather will be while there!

4. Start Packing Early

The worst thing you could do is wait until the last minute to pack your bags. More than likely you will forget something you REALLY needed! I generally start to pack 3 days before I leave. This gives me time to run to the store if needed, and make sure all my clothes are washed and accounted for.

5. Order The Drink!

Yes, yes, and more yes. When you get to the airport, or if you wait until your on the plane ORDER A DRINK! You are on vacation now and trust me you deserve it! If you forgot anything, you can always buy it ( that’s what credit cards are for, right?!) and if you are afraid of flying it will calm your nerves. ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t wait to share our time in Denver with you & if you have any advice, or tips of your own I’d love to hear!

Always,

Tara

3 Ideas For A Perfect Date Night At Home.

Happy Hump Day Everyone!

We are almost through the work week, so don’t worry you can do it!

If you are anything like me than Wednesday is usually the day you start to ask “what am I going to do this weekend?” & if you are anything like me you start to realize with the holidays coming up, bills, vacations, etc. you really shouldn’t DO anything this weekend.

Now, this can be a bummer. I enjoy going out even if its for a couple drinks. However, I realize that this can add up as far as how much spending is really taking place (especially if you go out every weekend) so I started thinking of ways to not blow the budget, yet still have a good time at home and I came up with these three ideas for a date night in.

So lets begin….

1. A Movie Night

Everyone right now is watching scary movies since Halloween is right around the corner, so why not have a “Horror Movie Night.” Grab the popcorn, snow caps & a cuddle buddy ( mine is the dog) and BAM!

If scary movies aren’t your thing, you could always watch a comedy or action movie. Whatever you prefer jazz it up! For example, turn your living room into a tent, make pajamas mandatory and just have fun!

2. Fancy Dinner For Two

Who says you have to go out to eat good food or dress up for that matter? Ladies, get yourself in shower, put on your favorite black dress and heels. Gentlemen, style your hair, put on some cologne and meet each other in the dinning room ( or wherever you eat in the house).

Now, if you can’t decided on who will be the cook, order out from your favorite restaurant. Enjoy each other’s company and take the time to catch up.

3. Retro Game Night

Ah, yes! This may be my favorite idea out of them all. I’m pretty sure all of us who grew up in the 90’s played a lot of video games! ( Mario Kart was my jam!) Some of us still do, judgment free blog here & what better way to get a little competitive with your partner than to challenge them virtually.

Here’s an example; my partner and I ordered pizza, downloaded Mortal Kombat on the Xbox & stayed up until one in the morning battling each other. ( He was secretly mad because I kept winning)

These are just some of my favorite at home date night ideas, but there are a lot more out there to choose from! What I love is that any of these ideas can be tweaked to fit different personalities or style.

Have fun, get creative and enjoy!

P.s.

– Let me know what you and your partner do, I’d love to share and get new ideas!

Always,

Tara

Traverse City Weekend Vibes

Hey everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the weekend & I know this post is a little late in the evening, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Any way, I wanted to share with you my weekend in Traverse City. It is probably my favorite place to go here in Michigan. So much so that I get territorial when I see other people there, like itโ€™s solely for me ( I know irrational). So, I thought about it and since itโ€™s not just mine ( insert sad face) I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite spots for others to enjoy!

We started the day with some friends at Right Brain Brewery. I had never been there before, probably due to the fact I am not a big beer drinker. However, recently I have found a love for stouts. I decided my first drink of the day would be their Imperial CEO Stout ( 9.6% …. starting the day off right I know) with some chips & salsa of course!

The inside is pretty cool as well. Lots of random decor that doesn’t really make sense but somehow goes together, and a salon attached. That’s right, you can get a little buzz and your hair done all in one spot!

On to the next! Our second stop was Suttons Bay Ciders. My partner and I stumbled upon this place by accident on day, but ever since it has become our favorite place to go when visiting the Traverse City area. The view is amazing, and the cider & staff are great as well. Our friends who met up with us had never been before, so I was excited to show them! We were lucky enough that the rain stopped just in time to check out the view ( the wind on the other hand was in full swing).

Our final stop of the day was Hop Lot Brewery. It’s not far from Sutton’s Bay so the drive isn’t bad. The vibe is pretty rustic with more outdoor seating than indoor. Also, if you find yourself still wanting cider from the second stop, its covered! Since it was pretty cold and windy the outdoor fire pits were perfect to sit and have a drink by. We even made some new friends!

I hope you enjoyed viewing a little piece of my weekend. If you ever find yourself in the Traverse City area I hope you check out these places for yourself! If you have a favorite spot you’d like to share I would love to hear!

Always,

Tara

5 Essentials For A Saturday Night At Home.

Hey Ya’ll! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend, and getting ready for some Halloween fun in a couple weeks. With the weather getting colder it’s the perfect time to start carving those pumpkins, and decorating the house for trick or treaters!

Speaking of colder weather, I am starting to notice that my will to go out on the weekend is slowly fading away. I used to think it was because I was getting older and lame ( don’t comment on that… ) but honestly, I just want to be warm & lazy sometimes… most times.

HOWEVER, according to my partner I do like to go out & I have a hard time just sitting at home. He may have a point ( key word MAY) but I think with social media it just makes me feel lamer than normal when I’m at home watching everyone else post their crazy night.

So, I thought about it and really it all comes down to having a general plan or idea of how to spend my night in. If you are anything like me you can’t just sit at home trying to decide what to do? Trust me, I KNOW. I have spent many Saturday nights at home upset because I literally had NOTHING to do. So, I decided to come up with my five essentials to create a fun, stress free, night at home.

1. Food & Drinks

This is probably the most important (to me at least). In order to stay in on the weekend you need to have snacks & drinks! It’s always a bummer when you don’t want to go out & then you realize you have nothing in the house. THE WORST! So I always make sure I have my favorite comfort foods and beverages ready to go before I am in for the night. I mean… there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get a wine buzz. (Not like you’re driving ๐Ÿ™‚ )

P.S: There is always delivery.

2. Candles

Let’s be real, all us girls have a thing for candles. Not only do they smell amazing, but they create a calming & relaxing environment. Plus, if you do have a significant other they help create a more specific mood as well…. ( Wink Wink). We’re all adults here.

3. Blankets & PJ’S

Alright, we ate, we have our wine, candles burning, now we need to wrap ourselves up in the perfect blanket! (Can you visualize it yet?) The whole point of staying home is because we want to be cozy & lazy, right? I also find myself getting into the cutest pajamas I can find. I may be at home, but I still want to look good!

4. Entertainment

Probably the second most important essential is your entertainment for the evening. Sometimes I turn on my favorite music playlist to vibe out to, or I log into my Netflix account. Whatever you prefer make sure you have a general idea before hand. We all know you can scroll through Netflix for an hour before you get frustrated and turn it off. & since it is October, the horror section might be a good place to start.

5. Stay Off Social Media!

Don’t even think about it! Disconnect from the virtual world & enjoy your night. Take this time to get back to center. I’m not saying everything on social media is negative but there is a lot, and sometimes we just need to give our brain a break. For me it helps with my creative side because there are no distractions or influences.

That’s it folks! My five essentials. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and if you have any other must haves that you love I would love to hear it! Have a good Weekend!

Always,

Tara