My Essentials

Hello Friends!!

There has been so much going on around here that I didn’t get a blog post up last month.  I am making sure I get my May blog post in and right back out to you all!!

If you have been following along on my IG stories you know that we have started work on finishing our basement. And by “we” I mean we hired Andy, who owns Bear Building Company, LLC. Check him out on Facebook!! We are a couple weeks in and I am so  pleased with the work and progress.  I have been looking and focusing on all things basement including carpet, paint, fixtures, and decor. To say we are excited about this project is an understatement. We are so looking forward to having more space!!

Also, with summer around the corner I have been signing Ella up for swim lessons, tumble tots, and getting ready for her dance recital. It doesn’t seem possible? I mean just yesterday she was a baby who only wanted to be held and had her days and nights mixed up. However, in thinking about my level of sleep depravation back then I’m ok with her being old enough to do these things. LOL

With life being busy it made me think about some “essentials” in life. And by essentials I mean the gadgets and products that make my life easier or that I wouldn’t want to go without. So I wanted to share… because it’s my blog and I can.


First up, my Chi Spin & Curl. I have always struggled to curl my hair. I had honestly given up. I was satisfied with my hair stylist doing it when I would go in to get my hair done every three months.  Then one day I came across the Chi online and the reviews were all fantastic so I thought what do I have to lose? This tool has been a game changer for me. I’m able to curl my hair in less than 20 minutes and it looks amazing!! It has different heat and time settings to match anyone’s hair type. I highly recommend this to anyone who struggles to curl their own hair.


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Next up, Beautycounter products. If you have never heard of this company check it out here:

I did a blog post early on in my blogging career about Beautycounter and their mission of getting safer products into the hands of everyone. The health and beauty industry is not as regulated as one would believe. Unfortunately, what I was buying at my local store or makeup counter was full of chemicals and questionable ingredients. It’s one thing when that happens to me but it’s another thing to use some of those products on my daughter.

I have been using Beautycounter makeup and face wash now for probably 3 years. I also use the kids bath collection for Ella and I love it!! I would not want to go without these products and feel even better knowing they are safe.



This year for my birthday my thoughtful co-workers bought me an Ember mug! It has been so wonderful. I get to pick my desired temperature and my coffee stays warm!! Where was this when Ella was a newborn?? If you ever get pulled away from your coffee or tea and come back and it’s cold this is the mug for you! If having this is wrong I don’t want to be right.










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In the past, I was never really one for perfume or body spray. But honestly, motherhood happened and I don’t shower everyday. #momlife

Queen Bee scent from Good Chemistry has been an essential for me on those no shower days. It’s sold at Target and they have it in body spray, perfume, and a rollerball. There are several scent options but Queen Bee is my favorite. It’s vegan and cruelty free!!!


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Rollerball –


Last, but not least is our Nespresso. My husband and I use this almost everyday. It’s an investment but in the end it has saved us some money. I love getting coffee at a coffee shop but it can get expensive to do that daily. This has been a great machine and I have nothing but good things to say about it. ☕️💕 Coffee is for sure an essential in my book.











Let me know what your “essentials” are in life.

There’s really no wrong answer on this one. 🙂

As always, thanks for following along and being here with me on this journey.

Pink Thoughts & Espresso Thoughts 💕

Disclaimer: This writer has created this blog post based on my opinion and my picks. The links in this post are commissioned links with Shopstyle Collective meaning if you click on a link or chose to purchase something this writer will receive a small commission from the advertiser at no additional cost to you.  The Chi Spin and Curl photo is from Shopstyle Collective and the Beautycounter Kids collection is from Beautycounter stock photos.      This writer has the rights to all other photos in this blog. 

Better Late Than Never…Right??

Hey Yo!!

It’s the last day of March and I am just now getting around to a blog post. I think this might be the closest I’ve ever come to my self-imposed deadline of getting one blog post up a month.  March was a busy month for me in general. I celebrated a birthday, went to a Justin Timberlake concert, and finalized the plans for finishing our basement. If you follow my Instagram ( I gave a small tour of our unfinished basement on my stories and shared our design inspiration.   I am going to continue to keep everyone updated on our progress and also ask for your input along the way. I would love to have you follow along!! I will also be getting an office space down there and I am so thrilled. I may not be a professional blogger but I love this pastime and want to nurture it as much as I can.  **Remember MAMA there has to be some time for you in there.. I see you.. I know it’s hard. **

Hence this post being on the last possible day.

On that note, I thought I would share some things that I have done lately to fill up my cup(I am such a social worker I can’t help it). When the world get’s crazy and I lose my patience’s with my little I know it’s time to back up and re-center myself. So I wanted to share some things that have helped me lately.

If you live in the Des Moines Metro Area you should check out Big Acai Bowls ( I recently went there with a friend and spent some time  chatting with her, eating these delicious bowls, and just taking a break. It was so awesome. They have two locations and the Valley Junction shop has a really great space for kiddos!! Spending some time with a close friend and checking out a new local place together is something that will be sure to raise your spirits.



If you have never heard/read/watched anything from Rachel Hollis you stop what you were doing right now and you Google that shiz. Haha.. I’m not kidding. She is AMAZING, her work is AMAZING, and her message is AMAZING. She wrote “Girl Wash Your Face” last year and this is basically like the next edition. Don’t underestimate the power of some quiet time and a good book.



I have made it my mission lately to try to make it to the gym at least 3 times a week. I have been surprisingly successful. It may be a quick couple miles but it helps to clear my mind. It also makes me feel less guilty for eating Cheetos. #realtalk  My husband bought those pink shoes for my birthday and let me tell you they were helpful with my gym motivation. I also truly needed some new running shoes. I’m not saying you should pick up running but maybe a walk, or a swim, or a workout video. It feels good to get those endorphins going.



So in summary, hang out with a friend, discover a new local spot, read a good book, or work up a sweat. All of these things have helped me and I truly hope they could help you too. Take some time for you!!! You are important and you deserve it.  And it might help you be better for the people around you too.

Pink Thoughts & Espresso Shots xoxo

Disclaimer: This blog post is based on the opinion of this writer. This is not a paid ad nor is  this writer being sponsored in any way. 


Styling Overalls

Since overalls were introduced in the 1750’s they have gone from exclusively work wear to casual wear. You either love them or you hate them. Well for me, its love. When I saw some of my favorite retailers carrying overalls I was overjoyed. So, as I promised on my Facebook page, I wanted to do a blog post about styling overalls. And maybe, just maybe, I can sway the non-believers. You can be an adult in your 30’s and still wear overalls. I promise. Let’s get started!

Classic Look: Pairing overalls with a solid colored long sleeve tee. Overalls already make a statement in general so if your feeling unsure about wearing them this is a good option to start with. Commissioned links ⬇️

Long Sleeved:

Overalls (limited sizes):



Sophisticated Look: This was a new styling try for me and I loved it! Black overalls are so popular this season. I wanted to give them a higher end look so I wore a chambray shirt & leopard flats. This will be a repeat outfit for me this winter.                 Commissioned Links ⬇️

Chambray shirt:

Black Overalls (similar):

Leopard flats ( similar):


Layered Look: I still regret not buying this floral cardigan. It was so lovely and the sleeves belled out in the perfect way. #regrets Layering overalls with a chunky floral or patterned cardigan helps to break up the overalls. It might even feel more “adult” to some of our skeptics out there who think overalls are for children.

Overalls (another style option):

Cardigan options:



Scarf Look: This might seem really simple but trust me. Adding a scarf can really take an outfit up a notch. This outfit below is a great example of that. Everything about it is a classic look but that scarf makes it stand out. It pulls it all together. This outfit would look lost without that scarf. Commissioned Links ⬇️

Black overall options:


Striped Look: Forgive me for this last photo. The mirror was small and the daylight was coming in like a mother… It’s one of my first styling attempts with overalls and it can’t be forgotten. This striped long sleeve shirt and scarf combo was perfect. I got so many compliments on this outfit. The boots also made it feel “dressier”.                    Commissioned Links ⬇️

Overalls( limited sizes):

Striped shirt (similar) :

Scarf (similar) :

Earrings : Nickel & Suede

I hope that was helpful and gives you some ideas on how to style overalls. I didn’t do any Spring/Summer outfits but know that is a possibility too!! A tank top and sandals are a great pairing with overalls. The options are endless!!

Pink Thoughts & Espresso Shots xoxo

Disclaimer: This writer has created this blog post based on my opinion and my clothing picks. The photos in this post are of this writer and taken by this writer. The links in this post are commissioned links with Shopstyle Collective meaning if you click on a link or chose to purchase something this writer will receive a small commission from the advertiser at no additional cost to you.

Old Navy Try On Session

Greetings!! Like most of my blog posts I will start it with talking about the weather. It’s currently -8 degrees in Iowa and the ground is covered with snow. Winter has offically come to Iowa. So I’ll be over here dreaming of Spring and Summer.

I went to Old Navy this week and did a small try on session and wanted to share my picks! It’s good to go into a store every now and again to try things on you may have seen online that you just weren’t sure about. Old Navy has some really great things out right now and online photos don’t do them justice! Most of these pieces would be great transition items to go from Winter to Spring.

Lastly, I mentioned this on a recent Instagram post but I love shopping alone. I don’t know what that says about me??LOL  When I go shopping with other people I get anxious. It’s truly no ones fault but my own. I get in my head too much. Thankfully, there were a couple of people who shared in my anxiety so that made me feel better. I think I just really enjoy taking my time and looking around. And sometimes that means I may go back to the same area several times. Just in case I might have missed something. #imweird

Ok, lets move on to my picks!!

Outfit #1


This jacket is 😍. First off, the color is beautiful. It’s a lighter weigh jacket, fits TTS, and has great detailing with the buttons and cut out on the collar. I’m wearing a size medium. I’m so excited to wear this out! The jeans I have on were also a good find. They are the Rockstar ripped hem skinny jean. The sizes on this particular style seem to vary quite a bit. I would encourage you to go into the store, if you can, to try them on.  Links below ⬇️




Outfit #2


Next, I found this adorable french terry shirt. I love the pale pink color and the cuffs at the sleeve. It’s perfect for a small front tuck. It comes in other colors but I always gravitate to pink. Link below ⬇️(same jeans and booties as above).

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Outfit #3

Jumpsuit anyone?? The thing about a jumpsuit is it’s a complete outfit. I don’t have to think I can just throw it on and go. However, if you have to go pee it’s kinda a vibe killer. It’s still a win in my book. This particular jumpsuit is casual but stylish. I’m wearing a size medium and I would say it runs pretty TTS. Perfect for farmers markets, playgrounds, movies, or running errands. Link below⬇️

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Outfit #4


I love rainbows. 🌈 I will never grow up. I couldn’t pass up trying this sweatshirt on. It’s a statement piece and is light-weight enough to transition nicely from winter to spring. I think it would look good with a lighter pair of boyfriend jeans or camo joggers.           Link Below ⬇️


That’s a wrap folks!! There were some misses from the session but that’s the way it goes. It’s fun to try things on because the thing you like least on the hanger sometimes ends up being your favorite! Be Adventurous!!


Pink Thoughts & Espresso Shots xoxo

Disclaimer: This writer has created this blog post based on my opinion and my clothing picks. The photos in this post are of this writer and taken by this writer. The links in this post are commissioned links with Shopstyle Collective meaning if you click on a link or chose to purchase something this writer will receive a small commission from the advertiser at no additional cost to you.



I Dip, You Dip, We Dip

It’s only 2 days ’til Christmas….how did that happen? LOL. The days are long but the years seem to fly by-well for me anyway. With Christmas approaching and people getting together for the holiday I had a request for some easy appetizers to bring to holiday parties and gatherings.  So I thought I would show you guys a new recipe I found and also a recipe that I use as my solid go to!! Both of these recipes are dips of different forms. Does that even make sense… I don’t know? Let’s be honest my self-proclaimed expertise is not baking or cooking. However, these fabulous recipes have been created by the professionals and I am just following their lead!!

First Up-

Cheesecake Cake Batter Dip

I found this recipe when I was scrolling through Facebook one day and I could not resist giving it a try. The recipe can be found at There is a lot of great recipes on this blog that you guys can check out! Sometimes knowing where to go for a good recipe is half the battle. Ok, so back to this cheesecake cake batter dip. I have made this dip two times and each time it was a hit and I brought little to nothing home with me. It’s also really easy to make and the list of ingredients is so simple (check out the link for info and directions). I took a picture the first time I made it so you guys can get an idea of how I served the dip. You won’t be disappointed!!



Next Up-

Mini Bacon Ranch  Cheese Ball

This next recipe I found while looking around Pinterest for something other than a recipe but that is how it works. I love the idea of having a cheese ball in mini form! Also, the presentation factor of these is on point. Guests can just grab one and not have to battle with a whole cheese ball. The recipe can be found at Her recipes are awesome and her food photos are outstanding. I’m taking this recipe to our family Christmas and I’m excited for everyone to try them out!! I snapped a picture of my finished product!! Yummy!!

If you are looking for something sweet or savory hopefully one of these dip ideas can be of use to you for holiday gatherings!! Also, they are both simple and won’t take to much of your time away from family and friends.  Merry Christmas everyone!!

I look forward to the New Year and what it has in store for Pink Thoughts & Espresso Shots!! Thank you all for your support it means so much to me.

Pink Thoughts & Espresso Shots xoxo

Disclaimer: The recipes in this blog were not created by this writer and all the information and credit for these recipes can be found through the links within this blog post. The photos of this blog post belong to Pink Thoughts & Espresso Shots. 

Holiday Gift Guide $25 and Under

Happy late November!!

I hope you are staying warm! It’s cold in Iowa but we are seeing some sunshine today so that always helps.

Are you ready for the Holiday shopping to begin? Have you already started? I know some folks that are completely done! I totally understand if you want to enjoy Thanksgiving and think about shopping at a later date. I was just telling someone I don’t even decorate my house for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for and I want to be mindful of that. But let’s be clear, once Thanksgiving is over the gloves are off people. LOL

I recently took a small poll on FB asking my readers what they wanted to see as far as gift guides. The vote was between gifts $25-$50 or gifts $25 and under. Gift’s $25 and under took the cake! And I could not be more pleased!! It’s hard to find a decent gift under that price point these days. If you are like me and want to give a good gift but sometimes end up spending more then the allotted amount to achieve that goal -spend no more. I have looked over a lot of gift ideas to bring you some good gifts for $25 and under. Let’s do this thing!! #iamanerd

Gifts For HER

1. These J.Crew studs are normally $14.50 and are currently on sale for $7.50. (Not sure how long that sale will last.) These are the perfect touch of sparkle to give as a stocking stuffer, Secret Santa, or as an add on to a bigger gift.       Shopping Link:

2.  Who doesn’t love a beautiful coffee cup? You can never have too many-especially if they are as beautiful as this one. This monogramed cup will be a hit either on it’s own or paired with coffee or tea. Shopping Link:

3.  Have you even heard of Good Chemistry at Target? I stumbled across this fragrance line and have been totally smitten ever since. This company is cruelty free which is a plus in my book!!  My favorite scent is Queen Bee but there are several options. I love that it comes in a rollerball because it makes it easier to apply and better for travel. Shopping Link:

4.  This BP Scarf is adorable and right on trend with the leopard design. Also, it’s a steal for $19. This scarf would be perfect for your daughter, friend, or even your mama. Shopping Link:

5. Do you know someone who loves to cook or bake? This spatula from Anthropologie is so gorgeous and would be the perfect go to tool for any culinary lover. Also, at $8 it just feels right. Doesn’t it? Shopping Link:

6. This J. Crew Factory statement necklace it normally $34.50 but is currently on sale for $19.99. (Not sure how long the sale will last.) I tell no lies-I actually want this for myself. I think it would look so gorgeous with jeans and t-shirt or an evening gown-very versatile. Shopping Link:

7.  Do you know someone who loves to read? I found this 100 Book Scratch Off Poster and I think it would be so fun to give as gift. It has 100 iconic books listed and you can scratch them off as you complete them to reveal artwork underneath.                    Shopping Link:

8. These Anthropologie notebooks would be a nice gift going into the new year. Great as a traditional journal or just a notebook for reminders and lists. They are beautiful and small enough to throw in your purse or tote and not take up too much space.        Shopping Link:

9. Everyone needs a classic crossbody bag for all seasons!! American Eagle Outfitters has this saddle bag that comes in either black or off white for just $24.99! Shopping Link:

10. And last,but not least, this Sephora Favorites Best Hair Ever is loaded with some really great products!! This would allow people to test out some hair products before having to purchase the regular sized/full priced versions. It would be a great gift for the beauty lover and at $25 even it just meets the price requirement.             Shopping Link:

Gifts for Him

1.  This restorative hand rescue cream by Olivina Men would make a nice gift for a guy who has to make it through a cold winter or works with his hands. It is practical and the type of gift they might not buy themselves but will be thankful they have. Shopping Link:

2.  This orbit docking station from Uncommon Goods is worth the price at $15. It can keep your phone safe while it’s charging and once your finished you can store the cord and plug within the disk. This is a great gift for anyone!   Shopping Link:

3. The next gift idea is for the craft beer connoisseur. This scratch off poster has found the 100 best craft brews. As the beer lover scratches them off the “bucket list” they can have a guide to refer back to. Shopping Link:

4. If you have a golfer in your family or are friends with one this Nike golf shoe tote would be a nice addition. It has a handle for carrying, a mesh panel to help air out the shoes, and would be handy for traveling. Shopping Link:

5. Anyone ever play Cards Against Humanity?? This adult game is fun and sure to get the party goers talking and laughing. This would be a fun gift for someone who enjoys games and being a joker. Shopping Link:

6.  This sport style cotton t-shirt from Under Armour is a great basic that any guy would love to get during the holidays. My husband has several shirts similar to this one and he prefers them over any other brand. This particular style comes in a couple different colors so you have some options! Shopping Link:

I hope this guide gives you some ideas to get your holiday shopping underway!! It can feel overwhelming but remember it’s suppose to be fun and bring some joy into your heart. I need that reminder too:) I am hoping to get the next Holiday Gift Guide with gifts $25-50 up on the blog soon!! Stay tuned!! As always, I want to thank everyone who reads the blog and uses the commissioned links to purchase items. It means a lot. 💕

Pink Thoughts & Espresso Shots xoxo

Disclaimer: This writer has created this blog post based on my opinion and ideas. The photos in this post are from Shopstyle Collective. The links in this post are commissioned links, meaning if you click on a link or chose to purchase something this writer will receive a small commission from the advertiser at no additional cost to you.


Hello Everyone!! It’s mid-October and this month will be over before we know it. Then it’s on to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Wowza…

This post is a little different than my normal posts. I’ve had some things on my mind that I wanted to share for two reasons: 1. I think it will feel good to put it out into the atmosphere. 2. Maybe someone else feels this way and they will be comforted that they are not alone. So here goes.

I started Pink Thoughts & Espresso Shots more than a year ago and it has been a great creative outlet for me. If you are new to my blog I actually work full time as a social worker and this blog is really a dream/passion of mine. I wanted to share my life, fashion, and whatever came across my path that I thought others may enjoy. I spend what spare time I can writing blog posts and getting content up on Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest. It’s fun and I enjoy it so so much. But sometimes it has the opposite effect on me. Instead of feeling joy and a sense of accomplishment from my blog I end up feeling like I don’t quite measure up.

Which brings me to the title of this post: Squares

Do you have an Instagram or Facebook account? If Yes ➡️

Do you find yourself scrolling through and comparing yourself to other’s squares? To the point it starts having a negative effect. You start to question yourself and what you are doing or have accomplished?

I’m very guilty of this when it comes to the blog and even sometimes in my personal life. I’m guessing that maybe some of you do the same?? Maybe not in terms of being a blogger but maybe in terms of your lifestyle in general. Social media is a really amazing creation but it also gives people unrealistic expectations. It makes people believe that perfection is the only way. That you have to look a certain way, your house has to be farmhouse chic and be decorated according to the next holiday, your children have to be adorable and dressed like little adults, and you and your husband love being photographed together while drinking coffee in bed. You see where I’m going. It’s bullshit really. Those little squares seem to find the most vulnerable part of ourselves and our lives and pull it to the forefront. And this is when social media only serves to fuel our insecurities. Because maybe your life isn’t where you want it to be or you are just in a slump and flipping through these squares makes it worse. If what I’m saying doesn’t happen to you I truly envy you. If it does just remember we are all doing the best we can and that’s good enough. You are good enough. Be you – don’t try to be anyone else. Your squares are beautiful and valuable.

If these negative thoughts happen to often for you give social media a break for awhile or let it go completely. It’s not worth questioning yourself or your life because it doesn’t measure up to someone else’s square.

Live your life outside that fucking square.

I more than anyone need that reminder.

End Rant.

Thank you.

Pink Thoughts & Espresso Shots 💕

The Fall Files

Hello Everyone!!

I would say with the kiddos going back to school, football starting, and rumblings of pumpkin spice everything we have officially made it to fall. I had a sweet friend ask me “what’s trending” for fall this year. I told her a couple things but I said for the most part fall fashion stays pretty consistent (my opinion). Although, wide leg jeans are making a comeback and I did not see that coming. However, the most important thing about fashion is to wear what you feel good in. Fashion isn’t what the main stream media tells us or shows us. It’s the style you create.

I wanted to show you all what I have added to my closet for fall along with some outfit inspiration. You might already have some of these pieces in your closet from last fall! This post may help you create an outfit from what you already have. Which is always nice with things being so expensive these days.

Let’s get started:)

Side Note: Dressing room photos are my favorite. 💕

This camouflage utility jacket will be a fall staple for me. I’m wearing it here with a basic tee, jeans, and some flats. Or it would be cute with a pair of leggings, a t-shirt, and some tennis shoes. Maybe throw on a baseball cap if you’re feeling crazy. 😉


Shopping Links

Camo Jacket-



Jeans (similar)-


Flat photography is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard to make something flat look decent. Here is my attempt!! This outfit is a flannel, ripped jeans (with patches behind the rips), a glitzy necklace, and some heels. If heels aren’t your thing try a pair of flats. My guess is all of you probably have jeans and a flannel in your closet so this outfit might be easy to re-create.

Shopping Links

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I can’t say enough great things about this green sweater kimono. I wore it twice in a row this week-#noshame. Also, if you follow my Facebook page you may have noticed I posted about it several times. It is a great transition piece from late summer to fall and into winter. I have it paired with a cream button down, ripped jeans, and booties.


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Vests were so popular last fall and I don’t believe this fall will be any exception. I added this camo vest to my closet (I’m really loving camo). The thing I love about this vest is the floral patches that give it a feminine touch. Unfortunately, it’s no longer available but I still wanted to share it with you guys. I’ve paired it with a blush tunic and I think patches or no patches this blush tunic would look great with any camo vest. A pair of lighter colored jeans to contrast the camo and you are good to go! Stylish but comfy.

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Earrings- Nickel & Suede

Handbag (similar)-

This outfit says “Give me all the apple cider donuts you have.” (Center Grove Orchard I’m looking at you). If you have never been to Center Grove Orchard in Cambridge, IA you need to go! This is a classic fall look that you can wear to the orchard, date night, or just every day. This sweatshirt is lightweight and could easily be worn under something. I went for red which is out of my color wheelhouse but sometimes you have to be brave. I think any solid color shirt with a plaid scarf is a solid fall outfit choice.



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Earrings- Nickel & Suede

This pullover has been so popular for the last two seasons!! It’s unique with its asymmetrical buttons and comes in a variety of colors. You can pair it with jeans or leggings. PS- It has front pockets!! I secretly want it to get cooler just so I can wear this pullover. Also, these New Balance shoes are the best tennis shoe I have bought in a really long time. I couldn’t find these exact ones to link but I was able to find a similar style. It’s nice to have a tennis shoe that feels a little dressy if that makes any sense at all. If it doesn’t – carry on. lol



Sneakers (similar) –

That’s a wrap folks!! Hopefully you feel some inspiration and maybe found some pieces and outfits you might want to try for yourself. If you have any questions ask away-I truly love that!!

Happy Fall y’all!!

Pink Thoughts & Espresso Shots xoxo

Disclaimer: This writer has created this blog post based on my opinion. The photos in this post are of this writer and created by this writer. The links in this post are commissioned links meaning if you click on a link or chose to purchase something this writer will receive a small commission from the advertiser at no additional cost to you.

Life Lately

Tomorrow is August 1st. This means two things:

1. The Iowa State Fair

2.  Tax free weekend

I’m a simple woman.

July consisted of a vacation, a baby shower, trying new shampoo and conditioner, a night out, and me trying to work out my unrealistic expectations of myself. What did your July look like?

My family and I traveled to Branson, MO and stayed a week at Stormy Point Village. The weather was fantastic and we spent most of our time in the pool. Which could not have been any more perfect for me. In between our pool time we went to Dixie’s Stampede and did a tour on the Duck Boats. Yes, the Duck Boats. If you have watched any news lately you are aware of the tragedy that took place in Branson this month. We rode those same Duck Boats on that lake. It’s heartbreaking. Those people have been on my mind and in my heart a lot lately. Just a reminder that tomorrow is not promised. Overall, the vacation was a success and taking a week off from work was fantastic.

Next, two of my dear friends and co-workers are welcoming babes into the world. YAY!! So my office mate and I planned a “weather themed” baby shower. It was so much fun!!  I think I missed my calling in party planning. #justsayin  We ordered some awesome cakes and cookies, bought balloons, made clouds with rain, and had lemonade with lemons and colored straws!! The Mama’s to Be received some great gifts and I think they felt loved. Mission Accomplished.

I’m so weird about shampoo and conditioner. (I’m actually weird in general). When it comes to shampoo and conditioner I like to change it up a lot. I saw this ad on Facebook for Function of Beauty. It’s a company based in New York that makes specialized shampoo and conditioner based off of a hair profile and goals that you pick. So for example, my hair is curly and coarse. My hair goals are anti-frizz, hydrate, shine, curl definition, and color protection. I have been using it for about two weeks and I’m really enjoying it. It’s also fairly inexpensive which is nice if you just want to try it out. This is just my experience–not an advertisement. If you are interested in checking it out here is the website:

I spent last Saturday with my favorite gal pals. We have known each other for 27 years! We met in the first grade! They are such brilliant, strong, fun, lovely ladies, and I am so blessed to be in their tribe. We spent the night getting pedicures, eating at LUCCA, and drinking wine at a self-serve wine bar, Della Viti, in the East Village. Cheers! If you haven’t been out with your friends do yourself a favor and make plans to do it. It’s good for the soul.

As you can see July has been filled with some fun things but it’s also been filled with my anxiety. Having this blog has meant so much to me but it is also a source of anxiety. Similar to social media, I measure myself and worth through it. Not good, I know.  I have unrealistic expectations of what I am actually able to do when it comes to this blog. The term “Dream Big” is not lost on me. I just want to be successful at something I enjoy. However, this requires me putting myself out there a little bit and that’s terrifying. I’m hoping I can gain some confidence and get something going in a direction that feels productive and dream worthy. #anxietyisabitch #talkaboutit

Pink Thoughts and Espresso Shots xoxo

Disclaimer: This blog post is based on my thoughts, opinions, and experiences. This post is not an advertisement. I am not receiving any financial kickback. Just me sharing my life with you.

Local Gift’s for Mama’s Day

Hello Everyone!! I thought I would do a quick Mother’s Day post since the holiday is literally right around the corner. Better late than never right?? That is life for me lately. Do you have your mother’s day gift purchased and ready to go? If you do then props to you.  If not then I have some local gift options rounded up below.

  1. My first suggestion is to make a stop at Tweedle Dees in Uptown Ankeny. They have so many cute things and a lot of them are made by local businesses!! One of my favorite local businesses that has items there is Lakeside Lettering Co. Lakeside Lettering Co. also has an Etsy shop: . If you are looking for something unique and want to support a local business (or two) then check out Tweedledees!
  2. Next on the list is Antheia Flower Galleria located in the East Village downtown Des Moines. First off, the owner is just the kindest soul on the planet. Next, they have the most gorgeous flower arrangements. They also have some Lakeside Lettering Co signs in their shop! Flowers are honestly one of my favorite gifts!!
  3. Does your Mom like cupcakes?? Who doesn’t right? Scratch Cupcakery in West Des Moines is the best place for sweet treats that also make great gifts! My husband and daughter brought me Scratch cupcakes at work this year for my birthday. It was epic! Sometimes enjoying a cupcake is all you need in life. #cupcakelife
  4. If you have been following me you know that I am a big supporter of Iowa Wineries. We have some of the best!! In one of my very first blog post’s I talked about some of my favorite wineries. Sharing a bottle of wine with your mom (if you are of age-of course) is the best. So get a bottle of wine (or two) from any following:
  5. Anyone have a Mama who loves jewelry?? If you want to get your mother something gorgeous, unique, and timeless then check out Leona Ruby. They are located in the East Village in downtown Des Moines. I purchased some lightweight leather earrings last year and I love them. This shop is so chic you won’t ever want to leave. Browse here- https://www.leonaruby
  6. Lastly, the Hubs and I just went to East Village Spa last week for a couples massage. #needtodothatmoreoften Let me tell you a couple things. First, the employees are so friendly and kind. Second, the environment is so calm and relaxing which is such a huge thing in my book. Third, we had the best massages. I promise you that your mother will be well taken care of and enjoy every second there!! #getheragiftcard

I hope these ideas are helpful to those of you who haven’t picked up a gift for Mother’s Day. Des Moines has a lot of great local places to shop so know these are only a few I’ve had personal experience with. Happy Shopping!! And of course- Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful Mamas out there!!!

Pink Thoughts & Espresso Shots xoxo

Disclaimer- This blog post is based solely on this writers opinions and personal experience. This writer is not affiliated with any of the above businesses nor am I receiving any financial compensation for this post.