My Beautiful, Crazy Life

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kimono Style + A Little Bit of Life

| jeans: forever 21, top: j-crew, sandals: new york & company, kimono: sugarlips | 

It's the season of change and that my friends is exactly what is happening around these parts. Change always seems to rear it's little head at some point during the year and it couldn't of came at a more perfect time. Eric and I have waited years (6 to be exact) for this change to finally happen and although the process of moving is a bit overwhelming at times, we are completely and utterly overjoyed to finally be getting out on our own and starting our newlywed life. It's no joke moving half way across the United States, however we have found that the pro's definitely out weigh the cons and besides isn't that what airplanes were made for? It hasn't quite hit me yet, but in less than 2 weeks we will officially be Washington residents. Go Seahawks!

In other news I celebrated my 23rd birthday 2 weeks ago with my amazing family and the hubs which was by far the best gift I could have ever received. It's a rarity to celebrate my birthday with my family and one that's about to become even rarer with us moving so far away. It made my heart so happy to see my father walk again, to see him smile, and above all else get to spend the entire week watching him grow stronger each and everyday. If you are a new reader you might want to read this post to bring you up to speed. :) Overall, it was just nice to spend time with everyone and soak in those memories. 

Lastly, isn't this kimono just too cute?  I like to think so.
Happy Hump Day!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Harvest Snaps Review

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

When Harvest Snaps contacted me to do a collaboration with them I was thrilled because for months I have been looking for healthier snack alternatives. I had never heard of this product or brand before receiving an email on their behalf, but I am so glad to have been introduced because these are delicious.

Let's get right down to it starting with their amazing nutritional value. These Harvest Snaps have 6 different flavors with each one having their own nutritional value, however, all of them are baked, have less fat and sodium, and are gluten free making them, easily, a guilt free snack. It's a plus that these are made from lentil beans and green peas, both vegetables that I love. I would also like to mention that these snacks are 3 points on weight watchers.  Hello new favorite snack! 

I was happy to have the chance to try all 6 flavors, however with all taste testing comes favorites and some not so favorites. I really enjoyed the lightly salted crisps and might go as far as to say it was my favorite, but I also really liked the tomato basil and onion thyme.  I was really anxious to try the wasabi ranch because of my love for ranch, however the wasabi was too overpowering for my taste making this crisp my least favorite. I wouldn't say that I didn't like the black pepper and caesar, but it wasn't my favorite, although the caesar was a huge hit with my 3 year old nephew. Ultimately, I could see myself purchasing the lightly salted, tomato basil, and onion thyme crisps because they are super tasty in my opinion.  I also really love the crisp crunch that you get when biting into these as well as the fact that their a convenient, inexpensive snack.

Overall, I completely love these guilt free snacks and I'm quite happy that my local grocery store carries them. Fingers crossed that our new grocer in Washington carries them as well. Feel free to visit Harvest Snaps to further learn of their awesomeness and see if they are available in a grocery store near you plus while you're there why not visit Harvest Snaps Lunchspiration microsite to enter one of three prizes for your chance to win up to $1000 for school! Happy snacking.

What are some healthy snack options that you incorporate into your diet?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Healing Through Kindness Giveaway Fundraiser

It has already been a month since I posted about my father's tragic experience with having a massive stroke, but I am happy to say that with each passing month he continues to get better and better. It's miraculous the healing power the human body has overtime. It's a scary thing to see a loved one go through something like this knowing you can't do a darn thing to change the outcome, but one thing I can do is attempt to help relieve some of my parent's financial burden which is why I put together this giveaway. Now that my husband and I are moving to the Pacific Northwest I would feel better knowing that they are in a better place, financially, making this giveaway fundraiser all that more special to me.

Prize Pack #1 (Valued at over $150)

Ruthie of The Chronicles of Ruthie Hart donated a $25 Amazon Gift Card
Kendra of Open Spaces donated a 5 x 7 Original Art Print
Jen of Purse & Clutch donated a Handmade Cambodian Scarf
Emily of Designs By Emily F donated a Custom Blog Design
Brandi of Realities of Brandi donated a $25 Sephora Gift Card

Prize Pack #2 (Valued at over $150)

Kendra of Open Spaces donated a 5 x 7 Original Art Print
Angela of Hairspray and Highheels donated a $50 Sephora Gift Card
Jessa of Shop Jessa Olson donated an Infinity Scarf and Elastic Hair-ties
Aubrey of Dreaming of Someday donated an Alex & Ani Bracelet
Erin of Simply Just Lovely donated a $25 Starbucks Gift Card

A very special thank you to the amazing ladies above who helped to make this giveaway possible with their generous prize donations. I would also like to mention that any and all donations towards my father's stroke recovery fund will be forever appreciated and means more to my family than you'll ever know. If at this time you can't donate your prayers and positive thoughts are more than welcome. Sharing is caring, or at least that's what they say, so if you are moved to please feel free to share on your social networks. 

This giveaway will have two winners who will have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner is selected. See official disclosure below for more information regarding this giveaway. Thank you in advance & good luck <3

UPDATE: I have been looking through the rafflecopter and noticing that some people are claiming to have donated when they didn't really do so.  Please be honest when submitting your entries because I will be going through and validating your entries once the giveaway is over. I would also like to note that the main purpose of this giveaway is to raise funds for my father, yes there is a free entry, but in order for this giveaway to be categorized as a "sweepstakes" it was required. I wouldn't be having a giveaway fundraiser if my parent's weren't seriously hurting, so from the bottom of my heart I ask that you please consider donating when entering.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends September 15th at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the United States and Canada. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner(s) will be selected by and be notified by email. Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that My Beautiful Crazy Life is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsors regarding your prize(s). The sponsors are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The products offered for the giveaway are free of charge, no purchase necessary. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fall is Coming..

...and I couldn't be more thrilled to finally experience it. Texas is a great state, but one thing it lacks is all four seasons so to be moving to a state that allows you to experience this is a huge deal for me. I am so ready to feel the crisp autumn air, watch the leaves change colors, wear insane amounts of plaid, and drink inordinate amounts of apple cider/ pumpkin spice lattes while sitting on our back patio. I seriously look forward to building a fall wardrobe this season too considering I've never really had much of one, so consider this post a wish list of sorts.