When It’s More Than Just Nail Polish
I have a confession to make. I haven't painted my nails in a REALLY long time. I can't even remember the last time I had them done, which is so...unlike me. But, you know how it is. Life gets in the way and some things - like your nails - don't get done and you end up rocking the au natural look as best as you can. In fact, my nails have been bare for so long that I straight up forgot how transformative a fresh manicure can be because when I applied these polish strips from Color Street this [...]
My #1 Thing to Do in Seattle
While I usually love a good walking tour and learning about a city's history, I don't know that one has ever been recommended as a "must do" quite as much as Bill Speidel's Underground Tour in Seattle was by just about everyone I asked. It came so highly recommended that I was wary of it being a monumental let down. I also thought the $20 fee was a little steep and wondered if it'd even be worth it, but five minutes into the tour I knew not only would it be worth every penny and I'd likely give our guide [...]
My Name is Julie and I’m a 2-wing-3
Not long ago, I was talking with a friend and sharing my long-term plans with them and they shocked the heck out of me when they asked why I always needed their approval. My reaction was very Blanche Devereaux being turned down for a date. And, if you don't know who that is, you need to binge watch The Golden Girls ASAP. I was so taken aback by that question because I'm 100% certain I don't need anyone to validate me. I am an emotionally strong, confident woman with with a vision and goals and plans to back them up. [...]
How To Crochet the Best Blanket Ever
When I taught myself how to knit in college and then crochet a few years later, my intention was to make beautiful things that my friends and family would hopefully cherish forever. That's why I couldn't wait to have the opportunity to make my first baby blanket. I still have most, if not all, of the baby blankets that were handmade for me and I refuse to consider ever throwing them out because someone MADE that for me. And, while the yarn might be inexpensive (although there's definitely some pricy yarn out there!), the time it takes to hand make [...]
I Want To Be A Wednesday Sister
I truthfully have no idea how I stumbled upon The Wednesday Sisters, which was published a decade ago. My guess is that I was looking for another book in the same stack and the spine caught my eye. Then, the synopsis did it's job and reeled me in hook, line and Miss America crown. It reads: When five young mothers - Frankie, Linda, Kath, Ally and Brett - first meet in a neighborhood park in the late 1960s, their conversations center on marriage, raising children, and a shared love of books. Then one evening, as they gather to watch the [...]
Luck Has Nothing To Do With It
As I'm posting pictures from another European adventure to cover the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Cologne with stops in Milan for the pre-tournament training camp, Lake Como because why not when it's an hour train ride away and eventually Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris for a little vacation after the gold medals have been awarded, I'm getting a lot of messages about how lucky I am and while I do feel incredibly lucky to live an amazing life filled with friends, family, travel and hockey…I'm not doing anything you couldn't be doing. I knew at at very young age that I [...]
Jello Can Remove Blackheads. Not Kidding.
On my continuing crusade against an oily t-zone, I started using blackhead removing strips to help clear my pores out. They work great, but in order to get all the areas I want to address I end up cutting up five strips to cover my forehead, nose and chin. There had to be a better way. What I really wanted was a mask that I could apply to all my problem areas and pull off in one piece that would also be effective in removing my blackheads. I used the charcoal mask - the one that feels like you're ripping [...]
The Rest is Still Unwritten
As the year comes to a close, I'd like to thank it for being awesome. I have accomplished so much, experienced so much and learned so much about myself in the past 365 days and it's amazing what life can be like when you live with intention. In years past, I allowed life to pass right by me on so many occasions that I was determined to proactively make sure that didn't happen this year and decided it would be my most productive year yet and I'm very happy to say that it was. I traveled to new places like Estonia, St Petersburg [...]
So You Want to Learn to Knit…
When I was a broke college student wandering aimlessly around Walmart trying to figure out what I could afford to give my friends and family for presents that Christmas, I took a long lazy stroll through the crafting section. I had always been creative. I thought maybe I could make them something. That's when I found the yarn aisle. The colors were so pretty and the material so soft. If only I knew how to do anything meaningful with it...and that's when I saw it - a Learn to Knit kit. I scooped it up, read the details on the back [...]
Great Fashion Doesn’t Have To Break The Bank… or Bust Your Closet
I don’t believe in paying full price for anything, especially fashion. My mom taught me a long time ago not to spend a lot of money on anything that I don’t plan on wearing ten years from now and I’m willing to bet that’s the exact moment became a bargain hunter. I don’t buy anything that isn’t on sale or without a coupon, hopefully both, and neither should you. That said, never buy something just because it’s on sale. If you aren’t thinking twice about possibly buying it at full price, you shouldn’t think once about buying it at half [...]
How Pageants Help You Win At Life
It's been a hot minute since I wore a super sparkly accessory on my head, but I carry the lessons I learned from competing for Miss America with me every day even all these years later. It's the reason why I believe every young lady should compete in a pageant at least once in their life because you have the potential to learn more about yourself in that one experience than many people learn throughout their entire life. Underneath all the rhinestones and fake eyelashes is the opportunity for massive self discovery and personal transformation. By the time I took [...]
Diet Is A Four Letter Word
I went to brunch last week and discovered the term Saturday Faturday to go along with Sunday Funday because I consumed everything edible in this picture and yes, that is french toast encrusted with Fruity Pebbles. I love big breakfast! You can call it gluttonous, but I prefer delicious. My taste buds know what they want and that's why I believe that "diet" is a four letter word. I strongly dislike being told what to do. When I was younger, I could wake up in the morning and decide that I was going to clean my room that day, but then I'd go downstairs [...]
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    Julie is a self-improvement junkie who loves to travel, wear pretty dresses, eat big breakfast and watch all the sunsets. She’s been there and done that and sharing all her life lessons with you. Read more

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