So often we hear about going off the grid for a bit to re-discover what life is really all about. With the hustle and bustle of my daily life between juggling google classrooms and social media with Digital Chicks, going off the grid has not been on my mind. But a few weeks ago, that changed.
I should have known that the author of The High Tide Club, Sunset Beach, and The Weekenders would know what being present and living in the moment is all about! Every inch of the massive 7 bedroom house is meticulously decorated with reminders of what is important. The house reflected the elements of the earth: air, water, fire, and wind. Each can be felt at every moment when you are in the house or at the beach – which is a short one minute walk away.
With so much to do and see, it was easy to go hours without a worry, so I left my phone on the charger and stepped out for some fresh air. I was fortunate to have gone with A LOT of family. We sat for hours talking, playing, laughing, and reminiscing.
Tybee Island has clean, un-crowded, soft sandy beaches that I am ALREADY missing. The lighthouse and pier are hard to miss and easy to visit. As someone who has been to Savannah several time, I was surprised to learn that Tybee was so close by. Next time you are in Savannah, drive out another twenty minutes to Tybee, you won’t regret it!
Not too long ago, I visited another quaint place called Put In Bay, see that post here.
Thank you fashion pundits for making this seasons HOTTEST trend, totally affordable!! One little detail was seen from runway to runway, did you catch it? Embellished bobby pins and barrettes! As a mom of two daughters, I have always had a weakness for cute hair ties and clips, but these accessories made me do a double take.
Check out these super affordable affordable sets from $3-$20, how can you go wrong?
Dress them up or dress them down- this easy little touch can elevate your #OOTD!
Sonia and I, not surprisingly, talk every day. That is EVERY SINGLE DAY for the last 36 years — minus those few times in college where all sisters fight, of course.
She is my lifeline and through her, I have learned so much about life. When you have someone to bounce ideas, feelings, and circumstances off of, it can be a humbling experience. Exchanging notes with my sister and all of our Chicks over the years has taught us one thing:
Realizing that we all have common human experiences like relationships, work, family, and responsibilities, is the secret to happiness. Sonia lives in downtown Chicago and I live in a small town in middle Georgia. It is easy for me to sometimes think that the grass is greener on the other side, but let me make my case otherwise. I often joke that Monday through Friday, my rural Georgia life and Sonia’s city life look exactly the same. The main difference is that she has better restaurant options on the weekends. Through my frequent talks with her, I see how the details of our lives are actually so similarly aligned. But the similarity of our human experience has been muddled in the recent years… thanks to the internet.
Social media can spread truth, but it can also be misleading. It makes you think that you’re supposed to be leading a certain lifestyle and meeting certain measures. But l let me tell you that behind all the photos, there is a lot of sacrifice. As Mothers we all have to wake our kids up, hope that they are in a good mood, get them ready and shipped off to school, go to work or to the gym, pick up the kids, bus them around to after school activities, get dinner ready, and then wind down at night just to do it all over again the next day. On top of the daily activities, we are trying to put our best foot forward to be our best and most beautiful selves, and think of creative ways to truthfully and meaningfully connect on social media platforms, arrange the meetings, attend the conferences, and organize the photo shoots. I could go on forever.
Chicks And Salsa has a network of almost 15,000 women strong and we all agree that the struggle is real. If you are lucky, you can carve out a few minutes to catch your breath, throw on a face mask and put your best foot forward every day. And remember, the emphasis on the ‘few minutes’.
This post has been a long time coming, a reminder that you are living your best life and that finding the silver lining in everything you do is a matter of perspective. In my experience, Mother’s are the glue that holds everything together. It is our responsibility to also share what we are going through with each other and keep it real — because we are all going through it. We also need to be there for each other because if we truly are the same, then the thoughts and feelings we experience in this journey through marriage, maturing, and parenthood is also the same.
Over the years we have tackled all kinds of issues with our friends and families, everything from divorce, counseling, death, illness, and bullying. But sometimes the ‘sisterhood’ and support is lacking when you see women criticize others or amplify each other’s shortcomings. This is our chance to unite and lift each other up. We each have good days and we each have bad days. Especially as Mother’s, Sonia and I can both attest to the strength it requires to remain a stable force in a constant moving stream that is family. I just wanted to remind you that before you wish you had someone else’s life, learn to love what you have and where you live — your every day is amazing, I promise. I recently wrote a reflective piece about a local place that means a lot to me and my family. Find your special corner in this world and make it yours!
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I have shared before that I live in a pretty small town…that being said I have found a few fun work arounds to getting my hands on fun and trendy products. The first one of course is Amazon, thank GOD for Amazon. Another fun way to get some unexpected and exciting products is with subscriptions boxes. We have featured boxes before like here and here. Today we are super excited to pick apart the Box of Style curated by Rachel Zoe. Where are my BRAVO fans at?? Rachel Zoe’s iconic style of simple clothes with statement jewelry was always a favorite. Her attitude as well as style made The Rachel Zoe Project the hit that it was.
I have always been an accessories girl as you can see here and here. A box of products picked by Rachel herself sounds like perfection and once you see what all came in this box, you will see why it is a great deal and a whole lot of fun to get OR give as a gift. Let’s break down the value and then take a peek inside.
This product retails for $80 at Sephora. This serum is a highly concentrated, natural, oil-free serum that combats dark spots, evens skin tone, and boosts radiance—and has been proven to be 62 times more effective than vitamin C. But don’t take my word for it, take it from the 2000+ four star reviews they have on the site.
Jules Kae Vegan Leather Tote
This box came in this beautiful faux leather bag in my current favorite color BLUSH! With Digital Chicks keeping me busy and a laptop and camera always in my bag, this one came just in time to help me get around in style.
Ettika Tassel Necklace – See Her Whole Collection Here
This is one of the BEST necklaces I have gotten of late. Layered necklaces are all the rage and when you rock multiples you risk getting tangled up! This beauty attaches to one claps keeping the layers clean and perfect all day long. I have already gotten so many compliments on this one, so if you are on the market check it out. This one was made specifically for the Box of Style, but she has a similar style for sale for less than $50 here.
If you are like me I rarely buy a statement watch, but if I get my hands on one I am more than happy to rock it! This watch goes with my current blush aesthetic and gives my #OOTD that extra touch. I love it!
I hope you enjoyed this review. This subscription is a little treat to myself this year and gives me a little something extra to look forward to every couple of months.
As always, thanks for stopping by Chicks And Salsa!