The Importance of Being Reese: September 2013

Friday's Letters

Dear Crowders Mountain: I'm looking forward to breaking in my new Keen hiking boots on you this weekend.

Speaking of weekend...

Dear Weekend: Why are you so short. After 5 grueling days of the "work week" we only get two days to recover? That doesn't seem fair.

Dear 1st time Commenters: Please, please, please, do NOT go to my comment section, and leave a generic comment about how you're a "new follower" and would love for me to "follow you back". In case you feel the urge, please refer to this post for further clarification on why this is frowned upon.

Dear Readers: Thank you for another fantastic week in the blogosphere. I know things have been quiet around here lately, but that's only because I've been stockpiling posts for the upcoming month. Please bare with me for a little while longer. I promise to have some awesome stuff coming your way soon.

Dear Summer: Au revoir. It was fun, but I'm ready for boots, scarves and sipping hot coco by the fireplace DVD with my little munchkin. We'll see you next year.

Linking up with:

Dipped in Gold + A YakPak Giveaway

A few weeks ago a New York based company named YakPak contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of their lovely products. After taking a quick second to peruse their site, I jumped at the chance. Because I'm a sucker for all things bright and catchy, this little clutch instantly caught my eye.

Adorable, right? And because I'm a functional kinda girl, I was quite pleased to see how much I was able to fit into this darling little clutch.

Not only does it easily hold all the essentials, you know; cell phone, five different shades of lipgloss, car keys, gum, ect, but it also looks great with darn near everything.

I paired it with jeans and relaxed tees, brightly colored crops and tank tops, but this outfit below was far by my favorite. In fact, I had been on a desperate hunt to find some hot accessories to go along with this shirt that I purchased from Forever 21 months ago. This little clutch was the perfect little pop of color needed for this outfit.

Because YakPak is so awesome, they want to hook one of you lovely ladies, or men (hey I don't judge ;) up with the opportunity to win a YakPak item of your choice. Their store offers everything from luggage to backpacks and accessories so you'll have plenty to choose from.

As always, there are a few rules. Be sure to follow YakPak on...

1. Facebook
2. Twitter
3. Instagram
4. Pinterest

And make sure you're following me via Instagram & on Bloglovin'.

Be sure to follow all the steps on the rafflecopter widget carefully so you can rack up as many entries as you possibly can! This little giveaway will end kick off tonight at midnight and go until Friday, September 13th at 12:00 p.m. As always, the winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hrs to respond before we draw again. So be sure to keep an eye on your email! Good luck to you all!

P.S. If you entered into the August Group Giveaway last week, be sure to stay tuned while we sort through the entries and pick a winner!

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*Although I was compensated for this post, my thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

Weekend Rambles

Where on earth did Summer go? One day we were complaining about the sweltering heat, and then the next, er... well we're still complaining about the sweltering heat, only now, we're in September. So it shouldn't be much longer until we're complaining about the snow.


Oh dear God I hope so. I can do snow. In fact, I enjoy snow. I do not, however, do heat. Heat and I have come to a mutual agreement that I'll stay out of it's way if it stays out of mine. Which is a lot easier said than done when you have a two year old who practically lives at the park. But I digress.

Our weekend was pretty uneventful. Unless you count the blowout we had on the way to the mountains. That's right, I lost another tire. Which, if you're keeping track, that's three of my tires that James has had the pleasure of replacing since we've been together. I am apparently, quite literally, hell on wheels.

The best part about getting a flat in an area with relatively high traffic? Why the obnoxious hoots and hollers of the guys passing by of course. This time I managed to catch the attention of two cars back to back. Those squats must be starting to work.

Despite the rough start, we decided to forge on to the mountains (after switching cars of course). Unfortunately our lovely trek was spoiled by the 70%+ humidity factor. Still, we managed to get in a heck of a calorie burning workout before we decided to call it quits.

The bright spot of this weekend was finally having the opportunity to bake a homemade pizza. (Which I suppose was some unconscious decision to undo the calorie burning mountain workout).

Moving on, I've wrestled back and forth with the idea of purchasing a pizza stone because we are rapidly running have run out of storage space in our kitchen, but the prospect of baking my own pizza eventually won me over. I didn't get a peep of disagreement from James or Jasmine so I guess I'm in the clear. For now.

There's a lot to be said for actually making your own pizza. For one, you have complete control over your toppings. For instance, if you want to go heavy on the pepperoni you won't have to pay $3.00 per extra pepperoni.

Then there's the added bonus of actually knowing what is going into you pizza. Of course if you take the lazy man's approach to making pizza (i.e. grand pizza crust and pre-made pizza sauce), you lose a bit of that control. But I still feel comfortable that our pizza was a bit more healthier than, say, Pizza Hut.

So that was basically our weekend in a nutshell. What sorts of shenanigans did all of you get into this weekend?

Also, stay tuned. Later tonight I'll be kicking off another fun little giveaway for you guys that I think you will all love.