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What Drives Her Luncheon at the Chicago Auto Show

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Hi there!
You guys! It's been MONTHS since I posted here! I've just been so busy - and kind of unmotivated when it comes to this blog. I just have given myself so many hobbies, I can't even keep up with myself LOL!

But last week I attended a fun, women-centric event that I want to share with you.

Last year I joined A Girls Guide To Cars for a tour around the auto show learning about how steel was used in the automotive industry. This year, A Girls Guide... invited me to sit in on their What Drives Her Luncheon and Panel Discussion. Let me tell you: it was enlightening.
Panlists during the Work/Life Balance portion of the discussion
I have bought a few cars on my own in my life. Shopped for them myself, did the negotiating, signed my own financing papers. Never have I really given any thought to the marketing behind what led me to my purchases. And what I learned at this luncheon is that usually, the automotive industry doesn't take women in to account when they market to us or deal with us in person. 
During the #SeeHer : How Women Are Seen In Media portion of the luncheon, women feel misunderstood and underrepresented in automobile marketing, even though many of us are the main decisions makers in car-related decisions.
A portion of the presentation that really stuck with me was when a few executives from Turtle Wax and Cars.com were discussing work-life balance. Lauren Brandt from Facebook said she truly doesn't believe there is a work-life balance - that some weeks will just be work heavy. Kerri Wise of TrueCar said that you have to remember the world WILL revolve without you - don't think that a job won't get don't just because you aren't the one to do it. So, take care of your family first - your job can wait. Kathy Gilbert of CDK said she used to immerse herself in work because she didn't have a husband or children like her coworkers. But she realized that that was not working for her and she found herself some hobbies to stay busy outside of work hours. I think that work/life balance is something that all working women struggle with, so it was nice to hear from some women in leadership positions on how they deal with this issue.
Besides these women inspiring other women to look for work in a field that women might feel isn't meant for them, A Girls' Guide treated us to a lovely lunch during the panel, wine and dessert at the Hyundai showroom and even held a raffle for prizes sponsored by the brands the panelists represented.
Thanks for the treats Hyundai!
After the luncheon was over, fellow blogger LaToya (www.thefatgirloffashion.com) used our passes to explore the site of the giant showroom we already had access to. We had fun roaming around looking at the cars and taking silly photos. My favorite car on the floor was this Chevy truck made entirely of LEGOS!!! How cool is this!!!
Here are a few more photos from our Auto Show adventure:
Look at these ladies! Check them out on Instagram!
L-R: @mamafresh, @flosfavorites, @thefatgirloffashion
I just loved the matte ombre paint job of this Nissan truck!
This truck was difficult to get into! Props to our Marines!!!
The news anchor that was sitting here was nice enough to let us do a mini shoot here<3 
If you'd be interested in attending The 4th Annual What Drives Her Luncheon next year, follow A Girls' Guide To Cars and lookout for their post announcing the event and how to qualify to attend.

Until next time,

xoxo

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Parents' Night Out(fits)!

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Hi there!
We've had such a busy few  days! Events, more events, photoshoots, running, family time. I'm exhausdted!!!

Last week was the 1st Grade Parents' Gathering at Gaslight on Clark St. in Lincoln Park. I'm one of the 1st grade chair, so we had to plan the event. It was fun buying decorations and setting up for it. Many guests showed up later than expected, so we were worried at first that no one was going to show up. But it ended up being a really nice event.
The 1st Grade Grade Chairs
Me and Hubby
I wore this super cute pink corduroy jumpsuit from Eloquii. I got a text message from them when it was released and I IMMEDIATELY ordered it. It fits so nice and has stretch to it, so it's really comfortable.  It was a total hit at the party!


This past Monday was the SK (Senior Kindergarten) Parent Gathering. I didn't have to arrange anything for this one, just attend. We were a little late because we had to wait for my mom to get off work before she could come sit with the kids. That's ok - it went kind of late.
It was at this super cute hotel bar called the J. Parker inside the Hotel Lincoln. We drive by this hotel regularly, but never considered going inside. It looks like a dive on the outside, but inside, it's adorable!!!
Inside the Hotel Lincoln
The event was nice. In all honesty, I have a really hard time at functions like these. I'm quite the introvert. I don't do well with small talk, especially with strangers. It takes me a VERY long time to open up. It's a fault I've had my whole life. I try to get through it, but in general, I just kind of shut down in social situations and it honestly makes it hard to make friends. My husband is one of the few people that I can talk to without trouble, so I tend to cling to him. Which can look weird at parties LOL! I almost always end up standing in a group of guys, just so I can stick close to my husband, and then I think it makes the women think I don't like them. That's not true - I just find it easier to stay with my husband than make myself and everyone else uncomfortable with my awkward conversation LOL
ANYWAY! Despite my behavior (which was even worse because I drank a vodka cocktail really quickly without eating any food!), I looked cute!!!
I ordered this top the same day I ordered the jumpsuit and I love the fit of it.

And can we talk about this little purse?!??! I got this in London from Primark. It was the equivalent of about $13. I looked and they don't have it anymore. But they have a smaller, cheaper version HERE.
Next week is Halloween and then my BIRTHDAY!!! So be on the lookout for more fun outfit posts after the 4th :)

Until next time!

xoxo


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The Makeup Show 2018

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Hi there!!!

Just wanted to share a quick post about The Makeup Show!
Last night I was invited to a super fun Drag Makeup and Fashion Show at Revel Fulton Market to kick off The Makeup Show weekend! I'd never been to any sort of drag show, so I was super excited! The makeup was fabulous! Here are a few photos:
This morning was the press preview. I'm so dumb - for some reason I put it in my calendar for 9:30am, when it actually started at 9!!! I made it at exactly 9:30, and thankfully I didn't miss much. The Makeup Show is always so generous and gives a fabulous gift bag to press. I haven't had time to open it yet, but I will probably make a video of all of the items from the gift bag and items that I purchased. I tried to be reasonable, but sometimes the pretty colors just have me mesmerized and I lose control!!!
I didn't take many photos, mostly videos. But I got some good stuff and can't wait to test it all out!!! Look out for posts coming up soon! 

I had a hard time deciding what to wear, but I'd just gotten these track pants from Eloqii the night before and they are so cute! So I decided to keep it comfy since I was going to be walking around all morning.
These track pants are on sale for 30% off this weekend! And the more you buy, the more you'll save!
As you can see I got a few things from Frends amd Urban Decay, but that's def not all. I'll share soon!

Have a great weekend y'all!

Until next time,
xoxo






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Grain Berry Chocolate-Banana Bran Muffins

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This post is sponsored by Grain Berry and 
Jewel-Osco, but all opinions are my own.
Hi there!
I have a recipe for you this time! We all know I hate cooking, but I had help from some little cuties this time, so it was actually enjoyable!

My kids LOVE muffins, but I've never actually made them for them. We usually just buy them. But I was sent some Grain Berry cereal to try and thought it would be fun to attempt to make them a healthier version - they NEVER KNEW I was using a healthy cereal to make them these muffins!
There are a lot of benefits of Grain Berry Cereals. I used the Grain Berry Multi-Bran Flakes with Onyx Sorghum. Onyx Sorghum is a grain developed by Texas A&M University. This grain is a blend of powerful antioxidants that combat a whole spectrum of free radical attackers. Onyx can even help slow sugar and carbohydrate absorption in our gut (http://grainberry.com/about-us/what-is-grain-berry-onyx/).
My son asked for banana muffins. But since I had it, I added in some of a popular hazelnut chocolate spread to give the muffins a little extra sweetness. And they tasted really, really good! I'll add some adjustments I would make for the next round at the end.

Grain Berry
Chocolate-Banana
Bran Muffins
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of Grain Berry cereal
  • 2 cups milk (I used whole)
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 2/3 cups light brown sugar
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • .25 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 2-3 bananas (depending on desired sweetness)
  • 1/2 cup Nutella Hazelnut Spread
Directions
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix the Grain Berry cereal with 1.5 cups milk and set to the side to soften.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, light brown sugar, baking powder and salt together.
  • When cereal is soft, mash into a paste-like texture then pour into the large bowl. 
  • In large bowl, add in egg and vegetable oil and mix all ingredients together. Add in extra 1/2 cup milk to soften.
  • Mash in bananas and add Nutella. Mix until all ingredients are fully blended.
  • Separate equally into greased, non-stick muffin tin.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
  • Let cool before removing from tin.
  • And, ENJOY!!!
I only had a mini-muffin tin and I filled them all the way to the top, but I still had extra mix. If you are making regular muffins, you should be able to get at least 12 muffins from the mix, maybe a few extra.
My kids DEVOURED these!!! I only used 2 bananas and a 1/2 cup of Nutella. When I make these again, I will add an extra banana and ANOTHER 1/2 cup of Nutella for extra sweetness. My husband liked them as-is specifically because they weren't TOO sweet. Do whatever you think is best in terms of the chocolate and banana, based on your specific taste.
These were fun to make! Especially because I had my cutie-pie niece and my #3 willing to help me out.
If you try them out, include your kids in the process! I don't usually let them cook with me, but this time, I didn't mind. And it was so fun to see them love the muffins we created together! And try out Grain Berry cereal! It tastes great AND it's good for you! It's available at all Jewel-Osco Stores in Chicagoland. Use the Store Finder to find stores outside of Illinois.
Until next time,

xoxo











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