Packing my bags for a weekend getaway

Hello Love!
Can you believe it's finally summer time? School is out, the weather is amazing, and we're all giddy to be getting ready for vacation!

It may surprise you, but I am not your typical fashion blogger when it comes to packing my luggage for a trip away from home.  Being a mom of three kids, my hands are pretty full, all the time. From three sets of electronics, to books, and just stuff in general, I have a lot to keep track of on a daily basis.  When it comes to getaways, both short and long, the less I pack, the better.

There's a funny meme that I see floating around on my IG and Facebook all the time where a girl goes somewhere for 3 days and packs 35 outfits.  That's not how I roll.

My Monogrammed Essential Travel Bag and matching Train Case from Marleylilly are my best travel buddies.  They've been with me to Boston, Ohio, Los Angeles, Gatlinburg, and will travel with me soon to Florida and Nashville for our summer trips. What I love most about these bags is that they're just small enough to be carry-ons when we travel by plane. I couldn't love these two bags more.

My newest travel bag is my Palm Paradise Beach Tote.  This huge bag was great for carrying all our other necessary travel things like our heavy jackets and my beloved Abrazo Designs essential oil diffuser carrying case. This bag is currently packed and ready to go with all of our beach towels and bathing suits for the beach!

No trip is complete without a great pair of cozy pajamas and there are none better than from Royal Highnies. I found this fabulous brand while vacationing in 30A a few years ago and I've been in love with them ever since.  I also love that they're local to me! 

Two duffle bags for a family of five is pretty darn good, huh?!

 Monogrammed Essential Travel Bag - Marleylilly c/o // Monogrammed Essential Train Case - Marleylilly c/o // Beach Tote - All For Color c/o // Pajamas - Royal Highnies c/o

Gatlinburg, Tennessee 101: How to cover the city all in one day!

Thank you Visit Gatlinburg for sponsoring this post. 
The mountains are calling! Plan your own Gatlinburg adventure today.

Hello Love!

Growing up in southeast Tennessee, Gatlinburg was one of those places we would go to just get away for a day or two, without spending the whole day in the car driving. We make a trip up there about once a year to take in the scenery, eat amazing food, and my favorite, people watch!
Gatlinburg is a beautiful, scenic mountain town nestled in the heart of The Great Smoky Mountains. We love taking trips up there because it is filled with activities for all ages and interests.
  Why are they called "smoky" mountains? Read below 👇🏻

A few weeks ago we were blessed with a fun campaign to take a day trip to Gatlinburg to visit fun attractions and highlight all the goodness for you!
If you've never visited, or plan to go soon, read along for our favorite activities!

We drove up late on a Saturday evening and spent the night at The Greystone Lodge On The River. Located alongside the Little Pigeon River, it was the perfect location to walk to all the attractions we wanted to hit the next day.  We honestly couldn't have stayed at a better spot.  We nestled ourselves into the big, cozy family suite, which included a master bedroom, bunks for the kiddos, spacious living room, 2 baths, and kitchen/dining area. The kids were in HEAVEN! The suite also had two outside balconies that opened to a view of the mountains and the Gatlinburg strip. The girls loved watching the wildlife alongside the river.

To our surprise Sunday morning, we woke up to SNOW on the mountains!!
We'd had some warm days in the Tennessee Valley weeks before our trip, but to our luck, it turned frigid the day before our travels.  We were bummed that it had cooled down and we couldn't take advantage of their amazing swimming pool.  The snow sure was a beautiful sight on those mountain tops though!

After a delicious, complimentary breakfast at the lodge, we headed across the street to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Voted "Best U.S. Aquarium" in 2017, this is definitely a must-see when visiting Gatlinburg. Jason and I came here many years ago when I was pregnant with Brayden and it's just as amazing now as it was then. From many species of shark to penguins and jellyfish, it definitely a fun place for the whole family.

We also had a lot of fun perfecting our photography skills. 😉

Next stop on our list was the Hollywood Star Cars Museum.  I originally thought this would just be something for the boys but us girls LOVED it!  From seeing one of the trucks from the movie Twister to seeing one of Dolly Parton's personal cars, we had so much fun!
Brayden was in heaven because he FINALLY got to see his dream car, a Lambo.

Before heading up to Ober Gatlinburg, we stopped into Blaine's Grill, located right on the strip. We'd never been there before but we will definitely be going back.  It wasn't crowded at all, our server was incredibly kind (and was a Boston fan ❤️)  and the food was soooo tasty! I think the girls' nachos and cheese were the best I've ever eaten! Y U M !

I've been to Gatlinburg countless times but I'd never been up to Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park & Ski Area. I had always assumed that it was just skiing, but they've got so much more up there and I'm so glad we decided to go this trip. We rode the Aerial Tram all the way to the top and it was the coolest thing ever! I even saw a live bear running down the mountainside! It was so fast that I couldn't get my camera in time.

Aren't the trees so pretty?! It almost looks like fall foliage!

When you step off the tram and into the main center, the sweet, decadent smell of fudge SMACKS you in the face and summons you over to buy a tasty treat. Man, that smell gets me EVERY TIME!
We grabbed our wristbands and made a beeline to the Wilderness Encounter to see the bears!
Cal was dying to get on the ice skating rink but they we closing it down 10 minutes after we got there to smooth the surface. Maybe next time, Cal.

After a quick ride at their amusement park, we went back inside and cozied up by the fire.
It was definitely a cold day for sightseeing and adventuring!

We shimmied back down the mountain and stopped by the Ripley's Moving Theater and World of Illusions, before heading to The Space Needle. We LOVED the Santa movie at the moving theater and all the brain teasers at the World of Illusions. It was dark and a bit spooky in there though, so it may not be suitable for those with younger children.

The Space Needle was another "new to me" attraction. I've always wanted to do it but just never did.
The views were AMAZING! If it would have been a warmer day, we would have stayed up there longer! Definitely worth the trip to the top!

And you know I did me a little shopping while I was there! When you go on vacation or little getaways, do you gift yourself a little treat? I usually pick up a "You Are Here" mug from Starbucks but since Gatlinburg doesn't have their own, I picked up a new monogrammed Charles River Apparel pullover from a little shop called U Name It. Aaannnndddd, I had to sneak by my favorite pastry shop, the Donut Friar for a coke and cinnamon/sugar donut, my fav!

No trip to Gatlinburg is complete without a trip to Fannie Farkles, the best arcade in Gatlinburg! From fun games to ginormous corn dogs, it's a MUST!

Our last stop for the day was a brand new attraction, Anakeesta. Located right across the street from The Greystone Lodge and Ripley's Aquarium, this amazing outdoor theme park was the perfect way to end our day. After riding the Chondola up to the top of Anakeesta Mountain, we entered Firefly Village, with quaint places to shop, eat, and play! You've GOT to check out Pearl's Pie in the Sky!
The kids loved playing hide-and-seek in the Treehouse Village Playground but my favorite was the Tree Canopy Walk! Even on a cool, brisk day, it was perfect to see all the amazing sights of our beautiful state.

We ended our trip at Calhoun's, our favorite East Tennessee restaurant. The closest one to us is in Knoxville so we don't get to dine here very often.  Jason ALWAYS gets Calhoun's trio with baby back ribs, chicken tenders, and hickory smoked pork, with a side of onion rings. I usually snack on a little bit of his and get myself a bowl of their amazing white chicken chili. I could eat 3 bowls of this at one sitting! It's so good!

The mountains are calling! Answer the call by visiting Visit Gatlinburg today!

Attraction/Lodging links:
The Greystone Lodge On The River
Ripley's Aquarium
Hollywood Star Cars Museum
Blaine's Grill
Gatlinburg Aerial Tram
Ober Gatlinburg
Ripley's Moving Theater
Gatlinburg Space Needle
World of Illusion
Fannie Farkle

Outfit deets:
White Jacket - Charles River Apparel c/o // Pink pullover - Charles River Apparel c/o // Chambray button down - JCrew factory // Backpack - Lily Jade c/o // Jeans - Levis 710 // Sneakers - Nike (similar here and here) // Jenn's pajamas - Royal Highnies c/o (BEST PJs EVER!!)

A huge thank you to GCVB for sending us on this wonderful trip! We are very thankful for you! 💕
Another big thank you to my girl RJ for helping me take all these photos! ✨ She's a superstar! ✨

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

My Review of the Savvy Minerals Warm 2 Starter Kit

My review of Young Living Savvy Minerals Starter Kit Warm, Cool, Dark
Hello Love!
I'm so excited to talk about my new makeup line today. I received my new Young Living Savvy Mineral starter kit last week and I finally got time today to break it all open and photograph it all. I was going to just slap it on and call it a day but I thought, why not share my thoughts with you! My dear friend Jaclyn let me borrow her kit a while back, but there's nothing like digging into your own makeup, right? I honestly have a TON of makeup so I was hesitant to purchase the kit, in all honesty, but the more I thought about it, if I'm trying so hard to weed out all the chemical junk that my family has been using FOREVER, why would I keep applying the same ol' crud to ma face?! 
It was time to change.
I was going to start off with individual pieces, the foundation, an eyeshadow or two and a blush, but by the time I added all those up and realized I could save over $120 by buying the kit, you know this coupon/discount loving girl couldn't turn that down.
My kit arrived last week and after getting a pretty good bonus check from work, I decided to go ahead and invest in more pieces.  I've since ordered a few more eyeshadows, bronzer, shimmer highlighter, and a eyebrow/eyeliner powder.
Alright, let's get started! I'm breaking it down by pieces and letting you know my true opinions!
My review of Young Living Savvy Minerals Starter Kit Warm, Cool, Dark
My review of Young Living Savvy Minerals Starter Kit Warm, Cool, Dark
First up, foundation.
My dear friend Jaclyn (who lent me her kit) had a makeup party a while back and I color matched the Warm 2 color. Being an autumn palette, I knew the warm color would definitely be a better match than a cool toned foundation.  The kit comes with one of their AMAZING foundation brushes for you to use to apply the minerals. Their brushes are SERIOUSLY the softest brushes that I've ever used. They're smooth as butta and I plan on buying the brush kit as soon as I save up for it. 🙌🏻
Before applying my foundation I did apply my Dermalogica face primer to help it stay in place, but honestly, I don't know if it needs it and will try it next time without it. I applied the Misting Spray to my brush so it would pick up the minerals better. I still can't believe how evenly it went on. I do plan on buying the Warm 1 color at some point to use as a highlighter too.
My review of Young Living Savvy Minerals Starter Kit Warm, Cool, Dark

My review of Young Living Savvy Minerals Starter Kit Warm, Cool, Dark
For my eyebrows I used my normal e.l.f eyebrow gel, but will hopefully start using the Multitasker brown eyebrow/eyeliner powder. It should come in tomorrow! 🎉
Next up, eyeshadow!
My review of Young Living Savvy Minerals Starter Kit Warm, Cool, Dark
The three colors that come with the kit are Best Kept Secret (a beautiful nude matte), Spoiled (a shimmery light pink), and Unscripted (a warm purple matte). I personally am a lover of matte colors so I knew these would look great on my eyes. I do love a little sparkle in my makeup, but only in certain places, and I don't love my whole eye to be gleaming like a 90s school girl. Being a brunette with brown eyes, purple is ALWAYS a good color for me to wear and I absolutely love how pigmented these colors were when applied with wet brushes. YL hasn't come out with the widest range of colors yet, but they're still pretty new to this game. 
(I have 5 more colors arriving on my doorstep this week 😏)
Next up, blush.
My review of Young Living Savvy Minerals Starter Kit Warm, Cool, Dark
Since I don't have the SM bronzer, I used my Hoola by Benefit matte bronzer to contour my face before applying the blush. I have to be honest, I was not thrilled with the "I Do Believe You're Blushing'" blush when I opened's SUPER sparkly and I'm not one for a glittery blush, until I tried it on.
HOLY CRAYOLA, it's the most BEAUTIFUL blush I have ever seen! Yes, it's sparkly and glittery but it's SOOOOOOOOO pretty on. I may try layering it with a more matte blush and using this as a pretty pink highlighter on top too. 
My review of Young Living Savvy Minerals Starter Kit Warm, Cool, Dark
The kit also comes with one of their sheer lip glosses, Embrace. This was probably my least favorite piece in the kit, only because it was too light for my complexion. While, I'm not much of a dark lip kinda girl, I needed a little more color that what this offered. I will probably layer it over a warmer nude tone lipstick next time.  I did, however, purchase their brand new color, Headliner, and I AM STOKED to try it out! It's a sexy, bright pink color that I know I will LOVE with all my Lilly Pulitzer attire this summer. I also want to try the new bright pink lipsticks too. They look so pretty!
My review of Young Living Savvy Minerals Starter Kit Warm, Cool, Dark
Last but not least, no Young Living Starter Kit is complete without an oil! So smart of them to include the Holy Grail, the swiss army knife of all oils, Lavender. Loved for it's calming, soothing fragrance, it was the perfect addition to this beautiful kit.

Well ladies, there you have it. The Savvy Mineral Starter Kit.
All the foxy, without the toxy.
Feel confident without compromises with a mineral-based makeup that combines premium formulas with pure ingredients, so you can embrace your natural beauty without sacrificing your standards!

If you would love to purchase a kit or just individual pieces of this fabulous new line just let me know! I will be more than happy to help you!

All products shown can be purchased using my link below!

My review of Young Living Savvy Minerals Starter Kit Warm, Cool, Dark
My review of Young Living Savvy Minerals Starter Kit Warm, Cool, Dark
My review of Young Living Savvy Minerals Starter Kit Warm, Cool, Dark
My review of Young Living Savvy Minerals Starter Kit Warm, Cool, Dark
Outfit details:
Sweater - Target // Pink palm sleeveless top - All For Color (get 20% off your purchase of $50+ with code: SHAWAVE now through 4.30.2018!)  c/o // Jeans - Rue 21