White denim every woman needs in her closet

Before I give you a run down on our new fav jeans I feel like maybe I should tell you what I’ve been up to the last few weeks. For those of you who don’t know by day I’m in sales and the last month was an extra busy one. I had a conference in Hawaii (I know, I know, lots of people would have been willing to take my place) and a week long national sales meeting in Florida. My husband travels weekly for work and we don’t really miss a beat when he’s gone but it always adds some extra stress to our fam if I have to head out of town. Auntie even had to step in for night when both my husband and I were gone-I swear, it takes an army. Being a working mom is hard and the guilt is real. I didn’t end up getting home until midnight after my week away and you better believe I ran right into my sweet girl’s room to see her when I got home. I’m pretty sure I cried when I finally saw her, a full week away is just a little too long for my liking. There is nothing more to this story other than to say to the working mom, I feel you.

Now, the jeans. I don’t know about you but finding the perfect white denim is a STRUGGLE-first world problems amiright? We have finally found the perfect fit and it’s safe to say we’re probably not going to be following any of those ‘white after labor day’ rules. These pants are the perfect fit – high waisted with no gap, great quality, ideal for running to the playground with sneaks and layer with a sweater, or dressy enough to head the office.



Current Ann Taylor Favs

PIP morning at ThredUp

We had so much fun shopping at ThredUp in Walnut Creek. Bri was sweet enough to open the store a few hours early on Saturday and let us have the store to ourself, they even had a rack set aside for Campbell-I have a feeling Campbell is going to enjoy lots of shopping trips with us. We also had some fun styling Erica (our photographer) girl got some steals for her upcoming trip to Hawaii. Jen & I were both able to snag some designer shoes and we swear neither had ever been worn….hello cute Chloe and Manolo (see pics below).

If you’re in the area we highly recommend going to check them out and if not have fun exploring online. Every time you go in it’s a different store, with new items you’ve never seen.


What I’m packing for Hawaii

What I’m packing for Hawaii

1.20.18 – Favs

Katie Thomas


How I stay “pageant ready”

For the record, my girlfriends rip on me all day/everyday for always having my “face” on. I’m not gonna lie, I give it my best effort that’s for damn sure. I personally would LOVE to be one of those girls who looks cute without any makeup on. Unfortunately, that’s not me, I use to have serious acne issues, my skin is uneven and I’ve been blessed with these lovely dark circles under my eyes (thanks, Dad) that literally never go away, doesn’t matter how much water I drink or sleep I get. I did get fillers before my wedding for the dark circle, definitely helped my cause, but I haven’t committed to getting that done on a regular basis. We can discuss botox/fillers at another time.

Anyway, I have a handful of product I can’t live without and even if I’m running to the grocery store or heading to the gym I always put a little something on. My tips below, but I will also link my fav products for my everyday face.

1. Moisturizer/Skin evening serum, I use eminence. I’ve noticed it helps my general skin tone and helps with lines since I’m old AF.
2. I always put a base on, some foundation mix with moisturizer if you don’t want full coverage.
3. ALWAYS fill in my brows, make sure you are user the proper color to match your hair. Nothing worse than bad brow color.
4. Put a little blush on the cheeks, makes me look alive and healthy.
5. Don’t touch your face! The removes makeup and makes you breakout.

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New Year New You-Chili Recipe

After overindulging during the holidays it was time to have a major reset-I’ll miss you cookies and wine, but momma needs a BREAK. My husband conveniently gifted me a Peloton bike for Christmas this year and the timing couldn’t have been better.

Quick review of the bike (I get messages often about it) -I used to love working out, I went 3-5 times a week, swore by SoulCycle, and loved a good reformer class. Insert the “I worked out until I was 9 months pregnant and haven’t really gone back to the gym since” excuse (Campbell is 16 months- that’s basically two and it means I need to get my shit together). I do feel like the world should know that I made a 6am SoulCycle class twice over those 16 months and they were damn good classes. I digress…the bike is awesome! Over 8000 spin classes available out of the convenience of my small SF apartment, whenever I want – it’s exactly what I need.

We’ve committed to doing Whole30 for the month of January-this means no sugar, alcohol, dairy or carbs. My husband swears by it and I’m along for the ride. I’ve also been working out 4-5 days a week (thank you husband and Peloton). I’ve been posting a few recipes we have been cooking up this week on insta story, and after receiving several requests for recipes, I thought I’d start with the chili because it was the easiest and maybe the best:

Crockpot Whole30 Chili-This recipe was SO easy and delicious
  • 1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced unsalted tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef broth, low sodium
  • 1 tablespoon homemade chili seasoning see below
  • salt, to taste
  • Instructions
    1. Brown the turkey over medium high heat.

    2. Add the turkey and remaining ingredients to a slow cooker.  Cook on Low for 6-8 hours or High for 3-4 hours.  Adjust seasonings to taste.

    3. Homemade Chili Seasoning Blend:  5 Tablespoons chili powder, 2 Tablespoons cumin, 2 Tablespoons garlic powder, 2 Tablespoons oregano, 1 Tablespoon paprika (or smoked paprika), 1 1/2 Tablespoons onion powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 2 teaspoons salt.  Store in a mason jar or tightly sealed container.

    For the Instant Pot
    1. Set Instant Pot to saute.  Spray with cooking spray and add ground turkey, stirring until cooked.  Add remaining ingredients to the pot.  Set to Manual for 10 minutes.  When cycle is complete, allow for natural release of pressure.  Serve with favorite toppings!

    Recipe Notes

    **This recipe makes a  thinner, more broth-like chili.  If you prefer a thicker chili, add a can of crushed tomatoes and additional chili seasoning!