Caramel Apple Cider Floats with Zevia
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It might not feel like Fall, but this Caramel Apple Cider Float certainly tastes like it!  Plus, it’s a nice cool down treat that we’ve been enjoying on these hot fall nights.  Real Apple Cider mixed with Zevia’s Ginger Ale makes a pretty tasty combo!  Zevia is a naturally zero calorie soda (sweetened with stevia) with 15 flavors, all of which are color-free and non-GMO.  Pair these two with a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream and top it with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a sprinkle of nutmeg!  And there you have a great Fall drink (dessert!) that’ll still help you beat the heat until our ‘real Fall’ arrives!  Hope you all enjoy these as much as we do!


  • 3/4 cup  Zevia ginger ale
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Caramel sauce
  • Nutmeg and/or cinnamon


Combine Zevia Ginger Ale and Apple Cider in a glass (or mug).  Drop in 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream.  Top with caramel sauce, nutmeg and cinnamon!




XO Styling Products
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wearing: d.RA Peplum Top / Tens Sunglasses / Boyfriend Jeans (similar) / Emerson Fry Mules

I chatted a couple months ago about how I create loose beachy waves in my hair using the XO Styling Iron by A Fashion Love Affair.  Well, they’ve just come out with 2 new great liquid styling products to enhance this look:  XO Styling Texturizing Spray and XO Styling Weightless Finishing Oil.  My hair is stick straight, really fine and it doesn’t have much body.  So the texturizing spray works wonders for me.   Paired with the styling iron, it gives my hair the volume and texture that it lacks. A perfect balance of all-natural ingredients – Sea and Epsom Salts give amazing texture, Hazel Seed and Sunflower Seed Oil provide intense hydration, and Vitamin E and Oleic Acid stimulate healthy hair growth while providing UV protection.

The Weightless Finishing Oil is an every day treatment that helps to nourish your hair and protect against heat damage and UV Rays.   It’s light enough for everyday use, unlike some of the other oils I’ve tried that have left my hair feeling greasy.  The weightless oil smooths, softens, eliminates frizz, tames flyaways and seals hair cuticles.

If you’re interested in seeing some of these products in action, visit for styling tips and tutorials!


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I wanted to introduce you guys to an innovative new interiors community called at{mine}.  We all know pinterest, right?  Well at{mine} is built somewhat similar, only it’s owning the interior space….allowing a place for members to post snapshots of their own homes, tag the sources of their style, and be inspired by the stories, people, and brands behind the real interiors.  It’s really designed for the ultimate interior enthusiasts!  I think as creatives, interiors are something we all are inspired by in one way or another.  I’ve always been drawn to the neutral, rustic, modern meets vintage style of home. For you, that might look different.  But what’s cool about at{mine} is that it features real homes, of all styles, from all around the world.  You can explore different categories, from bedrooms to kitchens, workspaces to styling…depending on where you are needing inspiration.  You can follow along with your favorite users and comment or “heart” your favorite photos to encourage different users within the community.   Once you become a member, I promise you’ll get lost in the pages of this site!  Or like me, get inspired to tackle your next home revision project that you’ve been putting off for months! :)

CLICK HERE to sign up and create your own profile.  Enjoy and be inspired!

Images above from at{mine} users:  Agata Witkowicz / Benedicte Clouet / Cate St Hill / Hege Morris / Little French Rag / Pepper Schmidt / Katy Orme

and you can visit my profile HERE.


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The Beach People Roundie + that smile the melts me!98

Parker One Piece

A few photos from the weekend.  Lolli sent me this amazing one piece that I’m totally in love with.  It’s the first one piece I’ve ever owned actually!  I used to think one pieces were only for “moms”….haha.  Hey, guess what younger self, I’m a mom!  And my stomach doesn’t look exactly the same as it used to but I have two sweet babes to thank for that.  Anyway, onepieces forever! ;)

Hope you had a great 4th!  We snuck out of the house early with the kids, grabbed some donuts at our favorite spot, and headed to the beach for the morning.  Any fourth of July not spent at the beach just feels wrong.  We are so lucky we live so close.  Sam got in a surf and Cru ate some sand…..all in all, it was a great day ;)  Of course we ended it with a BBQ with some friends & fam and watched a far-off firework show from our front lawn.  Rylee is still petrified of fireworks, so she was inside on the couch with a blanket over her head crying the whole time. haha!  Apparently I was the same way when I was a kid.  Hopefully she grows out of that one soon because what is Fourth of July without fireworks!?

God bless America.



My favorite go-to hair style in the summer is loose beachy waves.  I used to try to achieve this with a large barreled curling iron, but it’s become a whole lot easier (and more natural looking) with my new XO Styling Iron.  This iron was a collaborative design between Cara of A Fashion Love Affair, and the team at Mode.  What I love most about it is it’s ability to straighten or curl, depending on the look you are wanting.  My hair is as straight as it comes.  It’s pretty thin and super fine, and doesn’t tend to hold a curl very well.  So for me, beachy waves take a little work!  Needless to say, with 2 kids and a work-from-home job, this doesn’t happen every day :)  But the good part is that once I do it, it can last a few days with minor touch ups!  Below I’ve outlined the few simple steps I take to make this look stick, in case you want to give it a try!1_xo_8

What I use:

XO Styling Iron // Not Your Mother’s Texturizing Sea Salt Spray & Clean Freak Dry Shampoo // Finishing Spray // Teasing Brush

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I usually like to do these beach waves the day after I wash my hair because I like to start with it pretty dry.  I first use Clean Freak Dry Shampoo on my roots to soak up any excess oil.  This stuff works wonders and leaves my hair smelling fresh!

Then I back comb the hair at the crown of my head with my teasing brush to give it some volume.  And usually give it a few shots of hairspray to hold it in place.

Then it’s time to curl.  It is a little different technique curling your hair with a flat iron versus a round one, so it took me a few tries to get the hang of it at first.  The key is to keep it moving to avoid any weird kinks!  Separate out a small section of hair, clamp your iron down near the root, flip the iron once away from your face, and glide the iron slowly down your hair until you reach the end.  Repeat until everything is curled!

Now I run my fingers through the curls to loosen them a bit and spray in my  Texturizing Sea Salt Spray to give it more of a natural / imperfect look.  Like I jumped out of the ocean and let it air dry (i wish!).  I just scrunch up the curls and and shake it out….and there ya have it! :)

If you’ve lost some of the volume at the root by the end of all this, just go in and back brush a little more!

Perfect summer waves thanks to the XO Styling Iron!  Use code Kelli15 to get 15% off your purchase!


I also get a lot of questions about my hair color and how I keep it so bright and white.  I have my sister to thank for that!  She’s been doing my hair for over 10 years.  I actually had her write a blog post for me about it years ago.  You can read it HERE…..and we still use the same process and products today.