the importance of a family trip is to spend time together and bond with those you love. but every family vacay, and well any vacay, is made better with a little shameless vacay swag.

this year, david and i initiated an annual sibscation. after everyone jumped on board, we picked our destination and agreed on sibscation thailand 2018. being the cheese ball that i am (cheese ball and proud) i started researching fun swag for our trip and found the cutest monogrammed totes for the ladies, personalized sibcation t-shirts, monogrammed necklaces and monogrammed dop kits for the gents.

the totes and dopkits are two of the handiest when it comes to traveling. especially if you plan on doing a little shopping (which most of the time, is just a given). the monogrammed initials add such a special touch, especially when everyone you are with share a last name! my favorite part is that this tote has a zipper. if you’ve been following along for a while, you know i avoid all purses and bags without a zipper or secure closure because #safetyfirst. [i ordered a size large in the totes]

the dopkits are the most perfect size to hold all of the guys toiletries + room to dig around and find what you need. this was david’s favorite and i plan on picking up a few more for Christmas gifts this year!

on to the shirts! what family vacation is complete without matching shirts?! these were made so quickly and are the softest shirt! i wear mine to bed now, because it is just that cozy! the guys loved them just as much as us ladies, so they were all around winners in our book. [i ordered teal, size small]

these monogrammed necklaces are another favorite of mine. after david proposed to me with a rose gold engagement ring, i have eyes for all things rose gold. i was searching for a dainty monogrammed necklace and this one was perfect! you can pick the length you like, the color you like (gold, silver or rose gold) and viola the perfect little monogrammed necklace awaits you! i’ve been wearing mine non-stop and don’t plan to change that any time soon. this is another one that would make for a perfect Christmas gift for the ladies on your list. also- wait until you see the price tag! such a steal! View Post

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“when life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. and when life is bitter, say thank you and grow”

shuana neiquist

if you’ve been following along on this incredible journey of optimism, then you know we are nearing two weeks of embracing each day with a new perspective. a perspective of joy, hope and gratitude.

my journey has taught me so much about gratitude. over the past few days, i’ve gained a greater appreciation for the things and people right in front of me. it’s so easy to always look to the future, or constantly think about the “what’s next?” starting each day with an optimistic view has taught me to be more present in the now. to make the most of each situation, each encounter and each moment.

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i can honestly say that i have never been this excited to join a campaign. i can finally announce that i’m partnering with Frost Bank to kick off The 30-Day Optimism Challenge.

seriously cannot contain my excitement for this one. i’ve always considered myself a glass half full kind of girl, but that doesn’t mean i don’t have my glass half empty kind of days. which happens every once in a while because, well, life happens. when i’m having those glass half empty kind of days, i do my best to surround myself with reminders of positivity, or things that bring me joy. some of those things include, bright colors, sunshine and popsicles. i have a slight obsession with popsicles, and who can have a bad

day with a popsicle in hand!?

to be completely honest, i wasn’t having the best of days before these photos were taken. the crazy heat topped with even crazier humidity wasn’t helping either. View Post

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*this post has been sponsored by Newell Brands. all thoughts and opinions are my own.

one of my favorite ways to spend my day is by the water. there is something so peaceful, so calming and so carefree about the ocean. not to mention, who doesn’t love a little fun in the sun?!

the best part of all, is that you need so little to have a good time. i’ve never been one to lay-out for long periods of time by the beach because well, i get too antsy. i enjoy taking long walks by the beach, haha! but really, i do! i love all beach games, i do however get way too competitive (fair warning), and summer is the perfect excuse to spend a worry-free day relaxing and hanging out with friends beach side.

something i’ve been actively trying to do this year is take better care of our environment and beautiful place we call home. so on my beach days, i do my best to ditch the plastic water bottles and opt for a re-fillable and re-usable source of hydration instead.

i recently swung by wal-mart  and found my new summer go-to! i’ll be honest, i was first drawn to the fun, vibrant color options. they are perfect for summer! but once i started reading product details, i couldn’t not leave the store without a new bubba® stainless steel keg. walmart had so many fun color options that, of course, once i started reading how the bubba®  stainless steel keg can keep drinks cold for 42 hours, i could not leave the store without one. it had the perfect closure to keep sand out and was the perfect size to keep me hydrated all day at the beach, it became a must! the bubba keg boasted on keeping drinks cold for 24 hours, had the perfect closure to keep sand out and was the perfect size to keep me hydrated all day at the beach! i was halfway to the Walmart check-out counter when i realized i had to double back because i knew i couldn’t leave with just one. my husband and friends would have definitely been jealous!

i came home a hero! my husband was just as drawn to the fun design and perfect summer colors as i was! so naturally, the first chance we got, we gathered up a big group of our friends and tested out our new loot at the beach. needless to say, our bubba kegs are now a part of our beach day staples – and our friends were definitely giving us the side eye every time they had to refill their small capacity water bottles!

with our active lifestyle, and competitiveness when it comes to beach games, we’re able to have to fun in the sun while keeping our bodies hydrated. we’re also able to take one step forward in eliminating waste because we’ll be using our bubba kegs time and time again (see ya plastic bottles)! talk about a win-win!

also—if anyone is wondering, i’m currently in the lead in beach game points 😉

you can find my bubba water bottles online here.

xoxo | jasmine

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i frolicked and twirled, attempted to befriend the cows (it was major fail) and watched the sun go down in awe. shortly after the sun began to set, i realized i was twirling in little plants filled with needle-like spikes that my dress so kindly was collecting to remember the special moment. i now have ankles filled with scratches as a tiny keep-sake as well. alas, even my battle wounds couldn’t ruin such a beautiful moment.

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