Favorite Target Finds of 2015

When we moved earlier this year, I had no idea how it would change my life to live within 5 miles of a Target. I'm there at least once a week and have found some items that I can't live without! Here are a few of my favs.

Cardiff Skates

When my daughter asked for roller skates for her birthday, I was hesitant to spend $60+ on something she would just outgrow. But Cardiff Skate solved that problem! They've created adjustable-size skates that grow along with your child.

They automatically adjust to the size of your shoes right when you step in them. So not only can my 10-year-old daughter wear them, I can too! (Not that I will, since I'm an uncoordinated goof.)

These skates are such a great investment for not only my daughter, but my sons too. They'll be able to use these same skates…if my daughter will ever let them.

You can find Cardiff Skates online at Target or in your local store.


For the longest time, we had a wire bath organizer hanging from the shower head. I don't care how powder-coated those things are, they rust and get disgusting. Plus I could never fit everything in it and our razors always fell off it. I was excited when my friend told me about MyShower accessories.

They make different size and shaped holders that suction to your shower wall. They can fit almost anything you need in your shower. Unless you have one of those industrial-sized gallon jugs of shampoo.

I was worried that it wouldn't hold my oversized body wash, but it hasn't fallen yet! Plus I can use them in my kids' shower, position them lower, and they can reach everything they need.

These can be ordered online here or in store as well.

Liz Lange Maternity Dresses

Okay, no bun in this oven, but that doesn't mean I can't wear maternity clothes! My favorite? This dress from Target by Liz Lange.

Why maternity? Well, when you're a bigger gal, you need what I call "forgiving structure." Items that have thick fabric, but with a lot of stretch. Or thinner fabric, but with excellent construction and seaming. This dress has both thick, stretchy fabric and ruching along the waistline. It's so forgiving! I love it so much, I bought it in two other colors.

Don't pass by the maternity section when you're clothes shopping. You never know what you'll find! You can find my dress online here.

Bubba Silicone Straws

I have so many water bottles that just sit in my cupboard because I've either lost the straws or they've gotten too gross to clean. I got tired of buying skinny disposable straws that didn't fit well. I picked up a set of Bubba silicone straws and haven't looked back!

I don't mind spending money on these straws since I don't intend on replacing them. Much less waste. You can't buy these online, but can find them in your local Target.

Do you like shopping at Target? What are your favorite finds?

Improve Your Mane with Tara Smith Haircare

Thanks so much to Tara Smith Haircare for sponsoring this post. We're so glad to partner with a company who's products are…"Tested on film stars, not on animals!"

Whenever I run out of shampoo and conditioner, I'm always excited to get to the store to try something new. If you ask my husband, he'll tell you that I'll spend as much time as I can in the shampoo aisle, smelling every bottle and examining the fine print. I always ask myself these two questions, "Does this shampoo and conditioner smell amazing?" and "Are there awful ingredients that could potentially damage my hair?" My hair is my baby and I want to take good care of it!

I was asked to review this upcoming hair product line and I jumped on it! It's called Tara Smith Haircare. It consists of absolutely NO Gluten, Parabens, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Glycol, Phthalates, PEGS, Artificial Coloring, Synthetic fragrance, and Animal Derivatives. No toxins and harsh chemicals and is super nourishing from root to tip that results in bodacious hair! It is now completely safe to wash your hair again.

There are a range of products for various hair types and check out that packaging. Seriously? Cute and bright exotic birds sporting their own rockin' tresses? Heck yes!

I decided to try the Shine On Shampoo and Conditioner. Between living in dry Utah and constantly blow drying and straightening, my hair was desperately needing some TLC and some extra shine so this set seemed to be right up my alley! The shampoo contains gingko biloba that softens and strengthens while the conditioner has seaweed extract to nourish and repair. To the rescue!

Just showing proof that I indeed tried it out, here's a good awkward shower pic. The shampoo and conditioner smelled amazing and was put right to work in cleaning my locks.  You know that silky feeling you get when you wash out your conditioner? This Shine On conditioner passed that test perfectly! It felt amazing. 

Then it was time for my usual blowout. But first I tried out the Base Coat Serum, which is magic in a bottle. It hydrates, smoothes, and creates an anti-frizz barrier in between showers. It also improves the shine of your hair too! Then to give my hair some oomph I tousled in some of the Brilliant Thickening Cream, which provides some lift and definition. It contains delightful ingredients such as sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, sweet almond butter, mango butter, and aloe vera, it's like a smorgasbord to make your hair feel full. And after having kids my hair could always use a good "hair lift!" Then I proceeded to blow dry and my hair was instantly bouncy, soft and fluffy!

The hair routine concludes with the straightening portion. I straightened my hair as usual then finished off with Tara Smith's Shining Moment Glosser. It's an ultralight spray that enhances shine and fights off free radicals to show off that gorgeous mane!

Ta da! The finished product. Check out that shine and dimension! Also, I see some extra color that I've honestly never noticed before. I hope I look like one of those fabulous birds on the bottle! My hair feels amazingly silky and most definitely doesn't feel weighed down by products or gunky.

If you're interested in more info, or to purchase some of these wonderful products for your beautiful self, visit www.tarasmith.com!

**FTC: Sponsored by Coyne PR. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my viewers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.**

Skincare for a Cause with Kiehl's

This post is brought to you by Kiehl's Since 1851, a company that I've loved since the pre-internet days where I would call their NYC office to order Lip Balm #1.


When I hear hog, I think bacon. Kiehl's has something a little more important, though less tasty, in mind. Their sixth annual LifeRide for amFAR.

This year continues the Kiehl’s mission to heighten awareness and raise funds for amfAR AIDS research. Beginning in Denver, and ending in San Diego (where the first LifeRide began in 2010) this 12-day, multi-stop charity motorcycle ride will take place August 3-15, 2015.


Here are their planned stops…

LIFERIDE KICK-OFF! Kiehl’s Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 3000 E 1st Ave., Denver, CO, 12-1PM

Kiehl’s Fashion Place, 1664 Fashion Place, Murray, UT, 12-1PM

Kiehl’s at Neiman Marcus, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV, 3-4PM
Kiehl’s at Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV, 5-6PM

Dillard’s at Downtown Summerlin, 11011 Sage Park Dr., Las Vegas, NV, 11AM-12PM
NV 1-2PM

Kiehl’s Santa Monica, 1516 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 3-4PM

Kiehl’s at Los Cerritos Center, 274 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, CA, 12-1PM
Kiehl’s at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA), 2-3PM

San Diego Harley-Davidson Event, 4645 Morena Blvd., San Diego, CA. 1-2PM
Kiehl’s at University Town Center, 4545 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego, CA, 3-4PM

LIFERIDE FINALE! Kiehl’s at Fashion Valley, 7007 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA, 12-1PM

I'm super excited to attend the stop in Utah. (And not just because Gilles Marini is going to be there!) But because Kiehl's is giving everyone 15% off and donating that to amfAR. Shopping for a cause is the best way to shop.

And lucky for you, Kiehl's is giving back to YOU too! They've provided this fantastic skincare set to one lucky winner. A $100 value! (Winner must live in US.)