Summer Stay-cation

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picnic-blanketSummer is synonymous with tropical vacations, family getaways, and exotic excursions. It is the time of year most of us have been saving up for. We set a little aside each paycheck to help fund our well-deserved break from the daily grind.

This is summer is very different because I am spending it with the man who is about to become husband! I can barely believe how quickly time is passing. With all of our mini DIY wedding projects and meetings the weeks pass like minutes.

We have also been working weekends in addition to our regular jobs to help us pay for the big day so we haven’t had much time to relax and unwind. Since there isn’t a lot of extra money for a big summer getaway so instead packing our bags and heading out of town, we decided to have a little stay-cation!

To make it extra special we decide to personalize it. We went to Walmart to pick out coke bottles with our names on them. Thankfully it was pretty easy. The coke display has a clear window to help you spot your name in the bin. Also, this year is Coke’s biggest campaign so they have 1,000 names printed on bottles.

Share-a-coke-smile coke-container-walmart summer-fun-cokecoke-windowWill and I also picked out a few of the new REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups with fun words on them. It was sort of like picking out sweet and edible messages for one another, Lol.

Everything else we were able to gather from around the house.We grabbed a soft blanket for us to layout on in the backyard and scooped out some ice from the freezer to keep our drinks and REESE’s cups cold.

coke-bottle-namessunflower-picnicWill also decided to swing by a local flowers shop to grab a few pretty flowers. I loved how they added to the whole set up!

We had a wonderful day in the sun. The future Mr. & Mrs. Camacho soaked in the day as they sipped their chilled coke’s and nibbled on delicious REESE’s cups. And it was completely budget-friendly.

Sharing a Coke & a sweet chocolate message with someone special is a great way to spend a summer day. If there is a loved one you’ve been wanting to spend time with, I suggest you swing by Walmart on your way to their house and grab a personalized bottle of Coke and a REESE’s peanut butter cup with a message on it.

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Pamper Your Pup!

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Animals have always had a soft spot in my heart and it’s not hard to imagine why. I grew up in a household that was rarely without a pet. My brother and I were lucky enough to be allowed to raise and care for a variety of critters from iguanas and fish to bunnies and kittens.

For the majority of my youth, I was convinced that I was destined to become a veterinarian. I even had a toy doctor’s kit with a medical grade stethoscope that my mom gave me! I’m sorry to say that I didn’t pursue the field of study but that has had no impact on mi amor por los animales.

So today we’re taking some time to pamper a special little pup! I would like to introduce you guys to Baxter. He’s been a member of our family for about 6 years now and he is my mom’s third child, Lol. Since he is the older dog of our household, I thought he might need a little extra attention. Our new puppy is a handful so Baxter has had to share us a lot more than he’s used to.

Because I’m on a budget ( who isn’t these days?!) and I wanted plenty of selection, I decided to head to Target. They have lots of cute dog accessories….. and  they also have plenty  of cute human accessories! Okay, I know I was going there for Baxter but I did spend a little time shopping for myself. Why is everything there so adorable?

Once I dragged myself away from the array of new purses, I hit the doggie aisle. I wanted to get Baxter something that would upgrade his look but I also wanted to get him something that was good for him. I picked out Beneful Incredibites Chicken for him for a few reasons. First, I read that it contains protein-rich nutrition with tender & crunchy mini bites for small dogs. Sounds perfect right? I also loved that it had real ingredients. Incredibites with Real Chicken is accented with carrots, sweet potatoes & spinach.

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Pets don’t make their own dietary decisions, so it’s important that we make the right ones for them. A healthy food upgrade is a great way to pamper your pup.

To update Baxter style, I decided to treat him to a new customized food bowl and a bright new bow tie. There are a lot of ways you can customize a bowl of your own. I used scratch off graphics that I found at Target. The craft aisle has plenty of paint, glue, and stickers to help inspire you.

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I hope you enjoyed this fun doggy post! I’m glad I got to spoil Baxter just a little!

If you’d like to upgrade your dog’s food to Beneful Incredibites, you may want to check out these fun events! They’ll each have an instagram vending machine.

You’ll also be able to check out a Target in-store demo. They’ll be happening at various Target locations in the LA area on 8/22/15, 11 am to 4 pm. There will be free samples given out of Incredibites Chicken and flyers with $2 coupon. You can also check for a Target Coupon in the newspaper on 8/2/15 for Beneful (Target locations in LA area only).

Are you excited to treat your pup? Learn more about Beneful Incredibites on their Mobile Site on your smartphone or on their Desktop Site when using your home computer. You can also verify product availability at Target.com.

I also have a few coupons for you guys!

 

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Cornmeal Berry Brunch Bites

Brunch Ideas“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for P.A.N. Cornmeal. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

It’s time for another food post! I hope all my fellow foodies are enjoying the recipes I’ve been sharing on here lately.

Last time I showed you guys how to make a savory lobster pizza with a cornmeal crust.  Today we’ll be creating something completely opposite of that. As I had mentioned before, P.A.N. cornmeal is an extremely versatile ingredient. It is a must-have pantry staple that allows you to add a unique twist on your favorite dishes.

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Summer Outfit: Floral Romper & Thunder Thighs

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I just want to take a moment and thank the girl who invented the crossed leg pose because it is the only thing that is helping my current #ThunderThigh status! Lol. I’ve been working out and my muscles are definitely getting bigger but I also haven’t been eating as clean as I want to so I’m basically layering fat on a growing muscle… lovely. Every brides worst nightmare.

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Make Delicious Iced Coffee at Home!

Gevalia-iced-coffee-with-almond-milk“I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Wouldn’t it be awesome to wake up to delicious iced coffee everyday and sip it on your way to work? Heck, why even go into work? You could just relax on your yacht and work on your tan.

I can make that happen. Well, at least the first part! Lol. Usually Will and I only get to enjoy iced coffee during  the weekend.

This happens for two reasons 1) I barely have time to comb my hair in the morning, let alone make iced coffee before work and 2) I don’t even know how to make it! Seriously, is it just regular coffee over ice? Is there a magic java genie I need to summon?

gevalia-iced-coffee-pour gevalia-iced-coffeeDrinking-coffeeJava genie…pppffft…I’m so dramatic! You can probably just google an iced coffee recipe but you’ll still need to spend time actually making it and the dilemma of hair brushing vs. caffeine fix will still occur every morning before work. So what’s the easiest way to enjoy a chilled glass of coffee in the a.m.? Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk!

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Double Strap Sandals for Less

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When it comes to the goodies in my closet, I am not ashamed to say that I buy the affordable version of the trends I like! It can also be fun to go on a style hunt and find the best priced version of what you want.

For me, the truth is that my budget only allows me to indulge in trends that exist for a reasonable price. I still try to pick quality products, and yes, occasionally I’ll spend a little more on an item but I try to avoid paying more for something just because of the name on it.

Not a lot of people seem to talk about buying off-brand items. I think sometimes it can be hard to admit that your budget is tight and you spending is limited, especially if you’re a blogger, but that’s real life and I encourage you to embrace it! Style doesn’t not have a minimum price tag.

Recently, I’ve been itching to try the cool Birkenstock sandal look so I’ve been on the lookout for an affordable version of these super cool slide-ons! And guess what, I’ve found the look for less! For $15 dollars I bought a pair of cute Faded Glory double strap sandals from Walmart and they capture that casual yet chic sandal vibe I love so much! Unfortunately, the sandals I got aren’t available online. Don’t worry, I also found a similar pair at Target so you can get your own pair for a great price. Here’s the link to the Target Mossimo Brand Sandals.

I’d really love to hear from you out there reading this! Are you on a budget and enjoy reading posts that feature items you can afford? Or are a big fan of designer items? Let me know in the comments!

Floral Skirt Outfit + Tea Date

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Hello beautiful readers!

I’m so happy to be sharing an outfit post today. I love sharing outfit inspiration and chatting about style with you. My goal is to get back doing this more because I want the blog to be more focused so that you know exactly what to expect and you can find the info you need!

I’ll continue to sprinkle in lifestyle posts (cooking, wedding, travel, etc.) just to keep things fresh and fun but you’ll definitely notice Love, Niki returning to it’s style blogging roots! I’m pretty thrilled about and I think you’re going to love it!

So after all that, lets chat about today’s outfit.

My super sweet fiancé had invited me out for a tea date so the goal was to create a soft girly look that was still capable of withstanding the 90 degree day So Cal was experiencing.

Typically I try to avoid skirts that accentuate little waists because I have a big waist. My body just doesn’t curve in at the middle. But because I do have a couple of cute “waist” skirts in my wardrobe, I wanted to see what I could do to make one work.

I decided to add a flowy blouse to this pretty floral skirt. The puffy part of the blouse sits right above the tight elastic band of the skirt which helps create the illusion of  smaller waist.

The tea date was amazing. The food was delicious, the tea was flavorful, and my fiancé was the perfect person to share this experience with. There’s no denying that I’m the luckiest girl in the world.

girly-outfit scones-tea tea-party park-bench-flowers Blue Floral SkirtI hope you had a wonderful weekend! Did you check out any cool restaurants or eateries with your family for Father’s day?

Tty soon <3

Niki

 

P.A.N. Cornmeal Food Explorer: Lobster Pizza

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I’m excited to share a delicious P.A.N. Cornmeal recipe with you today! I hope it inspires you to get into the kitchen and experiment with this Venezuelan pantry staple.

It’s always fun to explore culturally new ingredients, especially when you know that it’s an ingredient that is popular all over the globe.

I’m a major foodie so I get tingly when I think about tasting a dish for the first time. And after checking out the P.A.N. cornmeal site (HERE) I realized that there are about a million drool inducing recipes that feature cornmeal!

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The first thing that is probably coming to mind for you is cornbread, Lol. Yes, you use cornmeal to make corn bread but this is a very versatile ingredient.

My fiancé (the master chef in our relationship) helped me come up with the perfect recipe for introducing you to P.A.N Cornmeal. We chatted about it and we wanted to do something familiar enough to not completely throw you for a loop but also make it unique enough to make you want to jump into the kitchen. So without any further adieu…say hello to this the fun and tasty Lobster Pizza recipe!

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A Father’s Day Gift Idea: Wood Watches!

Fathers-day-giftTech-girl*I was gifted with a JORD Wood Watch for review purposes*

This watch is made of wood! How cool is that?!

I always get excited when I see a new take on something classic. It sort of like the first time someone serves you soup inside of a pumpkin or squash. You’re surprised, delighted, and a little bewildered.

You mean this whole time I could have turned a basic ingredient into a serving dish?! Cue the twilight zone music.

That’s how I felt when JORD wood watches first contacted me. A wood watch you say, huh? Well I guess that could be kind of….**opens site**… gimme gimme gimme!

As soon as my watch arrived, and I should mention that it arrived perfectly sized because JORD offers complimentary sizing with your purchase (score!), I had to show it to my dad. He’s an Electrician/Carpenter and has a soft spot for intricate wood-working.

He totally drooled over it! And the funny thing is, he’s not even super into watches. I guess that makes sense when you get up before the sun for work, you probably don’t want to know what time is.

Even though I was the one testing out the wood watch, I instantly knew what a great gift it would make for a Dad. It’s masculine, unique, and it’s pretty impressive. That’s not to say it’s not also a great watch for a female, because it is. I absolutely love it. I just know that a lot of us are currently focused on Father’s Day shopping.

If you’re still trying to figure out what to get your dad, I suggest you check out JORD Wood Watches.

No matter what you decide to get your pops this year, the most important thing is to appreciate the time you have with him. Not everyone will get t hug their dad this Father’s Day so be sure to hug yours!
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Top 5 Engagement Photo Shoot Tips: Bryan Arce Photography

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Today’s post features the work of a talented young photographer by the name of Bryan Arce. We had a lot of fun shooting our save the date photos with him. He was professional, easy to talk to, and you can tell that he loves what he does! And I might sound like an old grandma when I say this, but I get really excited when I see young adults on the right path. It’s easy to lose your way these day so major Kudos to you Mr. Arce!

I asked Bryan to share his thoughts and top 5 tips for engagement photos so keep reading to find out what he had to say. You’ll also find all of his contact info and a link to the rest of our photo session, at the bottom of the post.

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The Engagement Photo Shoot: The engagement session is very important for a couple who is taking the next step into marriage. As a couple who likely has never been professionally photographed before, the engagement session is a valuable tool every couple should utilize or insist upon. It is the first time you get to meet your wedding photographer and begin build a relationship with him/her. This is helpful because on the day of your wedding you will be familiar and more comfortable in front of the camera!

Top 5 Tips:

1. HAIR AND MAKE-UP: Although you can get away with doing your hair and make-up yourself, I always suggest doing your hair and makeup done professionally. It’ll makes a difference.

2. OUFIT SELECTION: Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Match, but don’t match completely. (Matchy Twins = No Wins)

3. LOCATION: Choose a location that has a meaning to you as a couple. Maybe you met at a particular location or have a special place that you like to go together.

4. APPOINTMENT TIME: Photography is all about having great light. I always schedule my engagement sessions about an hour to an hour and a half before the sun sets.  That way you get that amazing afternoon light, an awesome sunset shot, and some night shots as well. Scheduling it too early means you don’t get the changes in light and your entire engagement session looks like one long shoot.  Whereas doing it near sunset you get two or three different looks as far as light goes.

5. TRUST YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: This is the MOST important one! Treat your engagement session like a little date, relax and enjoy the time spent together. It’s totally okay to be nervous… don’t try to hide it, laugh it out!

Site: BryanArcePhotography.com

Our Complete Photo Session: Will & Niki

Instagram: Instagram.com/Bryan_Arce

Facebook: Bryan Arce Page