Top Links: August

Doesn’t it feel like this year, so far, has gone by in a blur? I feel like the snow was just melting and my kids were just getting out of school. And now we’re just over 3 months away from Christmas.

Where did the time go?

We didn’t travel this summer and I feel like our wanderlust finally got the best of us. The result? Packing all of our travelings into the month of August and I am pooped. Oh, and I had the WORST 24-hour bug coming back from camping this weekend. We’re talking don’t leave the bed, throwing up every hour, sick-to-my-stomach flu!

And then it magically cleared up today and I’m feeling more myself.

EMERY: DRESS (similar) | JETT: SHIRT + SHORTS | BRAUN: SHIRT + SHORTS | TARA: DRESS + SHIRT (similar) | DASH: SHIRT + PANTS | ANISTEN: DRESS + SANDALS

Guys, I even somehow pulled off family pictures!

I’m feeling like superwoman!

Plus, all this traveling gave me the opportunity to do a bit of shopping. I was able to try out a bunch of stuff to review for you (I’ve been slacking in this department) and I love that guys have loved them as much as I have!

SHOP GIRL’S DRESSES

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This month I got back to cooking and it feels good! I whipped up this gluten-free chicken pot pie and it was so stinking easy. This recipe is also really easy to make dairy-free and meat-free. And I made both because my sister is vegetarian (it does have chicken bouillon in it though that could be subbed for veggie bouillon!)  and Anisten is allergic to dairy. But it was super simple to swap out the butter and milk for non-dairy substitutes. We use Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix OR Namaste Flour in place of standard wheat flour! Honestly, I don’t know that anyone even knew I did something differently!

SHOP MY FAVORITE KITCHEN GADGETS

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PURSE | JOGGERS | FLIP FLOPS

We went to Lake Tahoe in August and this was a super spur of the moment trip for us. Kids were going back to school soon and this has been a really stressful summer for both Braun and me and escaping was at the top of our to-do list. And we didn’t plan one detail of this trip. We totally winged this thing. In fact, we had no idea how long we were going to stay. But you guys came through and gave us so many good recommendations! We had the best food, the best time, and we can’t wait to go back.

I’ll be dropping part 2 of our trip sometime this month. It’s all about the Sequoias!

OUR TRAVEL ROAD-TRIP ESSENTIALS

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BEDDING | FUR BLANKET | PILLOWS | PLATFORM BEDNIGHTSTANDS

It’s back-to-school time and I can hear the cheers of parents everywhere cheering!

Listen, we LOVE our kids, right? Right!? We really do but it’s nice to go to the bathroom alone, sitting quietly for 20 uninterrupted minutes is completely underrated, and it’s one less meal a day that I’ve got to prepare for 6 people.

But this “vacation” from littles for a few hours doesn’t mean I’m sitting on my back porch soaking in the last few weeks of the summer sun. No, for me, it means a return to a more normal work schedule. And in August I shared my top 5 tips to help you reset your schedule and have a really successful week!

So check em out and then check out the list below of this month’s TOP links! I’m so glad that you guys loved my newest reviewed products as much as I do!!!

Xx Tara

 

AUGUST'S TOP LINKS
1.
Vincent Leather Crossbody Bag
ALLSAINTS
I think the only thing you guys have asked about more is the blow-up mattress that my kids use when we travel. This bag has proven to be the perfect go-bag for the girl on-the-go! It's large enough to fit all your essentials but not big enough to bring the kitchen sink. Guess my kids have to haul their own crap this time...whoops.
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2.
Portable Small Supplements Tablet Container Box with 10 Compartments
YEEHO
Pill boxes - fueling an OCD need to organize everything in sight one tiny compartment at a time. While you can definitely use this for their intended purpose, pills, they are also great for storing all the tiny things! I love having a few of these on me to keep all the things in their place.
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3.
BRAUN'S FAVORITE T-SHIRT (AND OBVIOUSLY YOURS AS WELL)
NEXT LEVEL
Now there are more than 31,000 of you who have purchased these shirts for your man! Well, good news, the shirt that broke the internet faster than a Kardashian childbirth is BACK! This shirt is officially restocked! Snag one before these bad boys sell out again. *Hot man bod not included*
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4.
Tubular Waterproof Mascara
No7
Why does it seem like every mascara on the market either requires an act of Congress to remove OR gives the worst raccoon eyes if you even blink wrong?! This stuff solves all my smudging problems without requiring a medical procedure to remove. It’s tubing so, with just a little warm water and a washcloth, this stuff falls right off at the end of the day. Genius!
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5.
Running Ultraboost 19
ADIDAS
Listen, I don't go to the gym so I can wear cute shoes, but sometimes I go to the gym so I can wear cute shoes - you feel me? I can't be the first girl ever to do an activity because of the uniform, right? But aside from these being super cute, they are hands down the most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever owned. So now I own a few pairs.
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6.
LULU DUPE!!! YOGA JOGGER CAPRIS - WOMEN’S LOUNGE ACTIVE HAREM SWEAT PANTS WITH POCKETS
CRZ YOGA
Once upon a time, I shared a massive Lululemon dupe haul and uncovered the best wannabes of everyone's favorite Lulu classics! This pair was by FAR one of the favorites - so much so that when they restocked in early June, you guys sold them out AGAIN! The waistband is thick and reinforced, the material is super light, and best of all...I'm not breaking the bank (or robbing one) to pay for them! Can I get an amen?! I'm loving this pant and at less than $30, I'm loving the price even more!
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7.
Summer State of Mind Kit
TULA
If you haven't yet shown your skin a little love with TULA, you're really missing out! TULA put together a kit that includes full-size versions of my favorite products and super discounted as well! AND they're all made with probiotics so they're as good for the face as they are for the confidence. These are some of my can't live without products! Use code TARA for 20% off your order!
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8.
ACNE HEALING PIMPLE PATCH
RAEL
For those of you with a little more self-control than me when it comes to pimple popping + zit picking, this product is for you! These little magic pimple patches suck out all the crap and junk right out of your zits making them smaller and less frightening in no time. Perfect for those days when a big, angry, whitehead just doesn't go with your outfit. (and soooo much better than the other brands)
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9.
Acroball PureWhite Retractable Advanced Ink Ball Point Pens
PILOT
Remember that scene in "You've got mail" when Meg Ryan gushes about her love of school supplies? I relate to that on a very real level. Gimme all the pens, paper, tiny staplers, fancy paper clips, and freshly sharpened pencils! Too bad I didn't love school as much as I love school supplies, I would've had a PhD by now! These are my favorite pens. They're so smooth, come in the prettiest colors, are smudge-free, and super cheap! Snag a 5 pack for less than $7!
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10.
Gentle Exfoliating Glove
HOMMIESAFE
It looks so innocent, just dangling there from your shower knob, but more likely than not, the loofah you got with the glittery shower gel when you were 14 is a death trap. And since #selfcaresaturdays are pretty much a thing of the past (thanks, kids), you need, nay DESERVE, a shower brush that works as hard as you do. It's 35x's more hygienic than other shower brushes, leaves you with squeaky-clean skin, and isn't trying to kill you in the process. I'm basically saving your life here. You're welcome!
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