What to Wear with These 5 Popular Boot Styles

Boots are a style staple for winter and fall. Pulling this footwear out of the closet is one the most-anticipated rituals of the season. Though there are a few important considerations when you’re adapting your outfits for boots, you’ll find that you can incorporate this footwear stylishly into almost any look.

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Below- or Over-the-Knee Boots

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Boots that either fall just below the knee or extend over it are ideal for leggings and skinny jeans. These distinctive styles don’t want to be hidden, so you’re looking for an outfit that will show them off. If you opt for a skirt or dress, it should be short enough to show the top of the boot. While over-the-knee styles tend to carry high fashion appeal, you can soften the look with super-cozy pieces like sweater dresses.

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Made for functionality, work boots are often an essential choice when you’re headed to a job or going off on a rugged adventure. In these cases, it’s important to keep the rest of your outfit as functional as your footwear. Choose durable jeans or work pants that either have a wide ankle to comfortably accommodate the boots, or a close fit so you can tuck them in.

If you want to transition stylishly from work to play, cute looks like Chippewa work boots from Russell’s Western Wear can do the job. Paired with a cute embellished tank under an open flannel shirt, this look offers the perfect blend of flirty and functional.

Western Boots

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Western boots, or cowboy boots, have a distinct look all their own. Western boots have a long history gracing feet of major celebrities who have proven that you can rock this look in many ways. Most Western boots are highly embellished, so it’s best to choose an outfit that will show them off. Tuck skinny jeans or leggings into the boot for a casual outfit, or pair Western boots with Daisy Dukes, a mini-skirt, or a bohemian dress if you want to show off some leg with this footwear.

Ankle Boots

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To wear ankle boots well, you need close-fitting pants. Ideally, they’ll be cropped just above the top of the boot. If you don’t have anything that fits that bill on it’s own, roll up the bottoms of your skinny jeans. Ankle boots look best when you can see just a bit of skin between the pants and the boots. Wear short socks that aren’t visible with this look.

Rain Boots

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Today’s rain boots come in a rainbow of colors and patters that have made this functional feature into a fashion item. Brave wet weather in style with rain boots paired with either tall socks or boot cuffs that give the illusion of socks peeking out from the top. This offers a cozy touch to your rubber footwear that looks good with both skinny pants and skirts.

Wearing boots well is the key to keeping up with cold-weather fashion. Stock your closet with a few staples, and you can enhance any outfit with the right boot for your mood.

Spicy Sausage Egg Muffins

The Keto diet/lifestyle that I have been following for almost three years now, has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. With this diet, I eat a lot of eggs. So, as you can imagine, I am always looking for different ways to make and enjoy eggs. Especially since anytime I eat eggs, it keeps me full and content for hours! The one thing you want, when starting a new diet/lifestyle plan, is to be full and content! These spicy sausage egg muffins are the perfect thing to make at the start of your week to make your mornings easy.

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Spicy Sausage Egg Muffins

The perfect Keto, low carb and gluten free recipe to help you get your day started!

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword eggs, gluten free, keto, low carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Spicy Ground Sausage
  • 6 Eggs beaten
  • 1 cup Egg Whites beaten
  • 1 TBSP Minced Onion
  • 5 slices Bell Pepper
  • 1 Cup Colby Jack Shredded Cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Put your sausage in a frying pan and cook completely. Set aside.

  3. Put your 6 eggs in a pourable measuring cup like this one. Measure out your 1 cup of egg whites. Beat each separately and then mix together (trust me on this step. It makes things easier)!

  4. If you are using a metal muffin tin, lightly spray each muffin well (I like my Misto for this job). However, I have found that these silicone muffin molds work really well and nothing ever sticks!

  5. Divide your cooked sausage between each of the muffin wells. Next divide the minced onion, bell pepper and cheese.

  6. Pour the egg mixture over each muffin well. Pour slowly.

  7. Place in the oven and back for 25-27 minutes. Mine took 27 minutes.

These egg muffins are delicious! Be sure to eat them warm. However, like I mentioned earlier, these are super easy to make at the beginning of the week for quick and easy breakfast ideas! Be sure to let the spicy egg muffins completely cool before storing them in the refrigerator. Simply pull one out in the morning and reheat in the microwave. I heat mine in 25 second intervals.

Spicy Sausage Egg Muffins Macros

If you are following the Keto diet, you are probably wondering what the macros are. As always, I recommend you put the exact ingredients you purchase to get the most accurate macros. Also, look at all the options for sausage. The sausage I purchased had zero carbs. While most had zero carbs. Some did contain a few carbs.

The macros, according to the ingredients I purchased are:

  • 196 calories
  • 15.1g Fat
  • 10.9g Protein
  • 1.3g Carbs

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The nice thing about these spicy sausage egg muffins, is that you can change up your ingredients (which will also change your macros). Next time I plan on making spinach and cheese egg muffins or even chorizo and cheddar (not sure what cheese goes with chorizo!) egg muffins!


Shopping Made Easy with Stitch Fix

A few years ago, I heard someone talking about Stitch Fix. I will admit, I thought it sounded silly and a totally frivolous thing to spend money on. And then a friend of mine posted pictures of things she got in her Stitch Fix box and I thought, “I want to try this”. It just so happen that if I used her referral link, I would get a $25 credit. I figured I didn’t have anything to lose! Be sure to keep on reading to find out how you can get your very own $25 credit too!

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Fashion and being trendy has never really mattered to me. However, now that I’ve lost close to 90 lbs. and kept it off for well over two years, I’m starting to venture out and try new things. So when I saw I could try Stitch Fix AND get a $25 credit to do so, I had to do it. Believe me, I was super skeptical. I am a person that needs to try EVERYTHING on.

What Did I Think of My Stitch Fix Box?

I knew my box was due to arrive today. Let me tell you. I was like a kid on Christmas morning. When I saw that box on my porch, I immediately grabbed it and ran upstairs to try things on. I was super nervous too. How could I not be? Like I said, I have to try everything on and my clothing size is not consistent from brand to brand. The first thing I pulled out of the box was a black blouse with flowers on it (I think they are dandelions, actually). My initial reaction was, “ugh…I’d never wear this”. Boy was I wrong!

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This shirt is something I would have 100% passed up in a store. It’s not a fabric I would ever pick and the pattern is not something I would gravitate to either. However, I tried it on and instantly felt good in it. I can’t explain it. I just loved it. This definitely went in the buy pile.

What About Everything else?

The other items I got in my box are:

  • Light denim jacket
  • Long black maxi dress
  • White shorts
  • Keds shoes

When I saw shorts in the box, I almost didn’t try them on. I can’t tell you how many pairs of shorts I tried on this year before settling on the few pairs I bought. They were either too short, too tight, or they gapped open in the back and half my butt showed. So, as you can imagine, I didn’t have high hopes for these shorts. But…I kid you not…the darn things FIT! How is that possible? I really have no clue, but they fit like they were made for me. While I know that should mean I should have bought them, they were white and I’m not a fan of white shorts/pants for me.

The maxi dress was so nice! I really liked it and really wanted to buy it, but it was slightly too big on top. I know I could have sent it back for a smaller size, but I don’t know that it would have fit my lower half. The denim jacket as nice also. It’s just not something I see myself wearing. And finally, the Keds shoes. They were cute, but I’m having knee issues, so I need to be picky about what type of shoes I wear.

Why I think My Stitch Fix Was So Successful

I was crazy specific in my profile. So specific, I was afraid I scared off my stylist! Not even joking! However, that’s what you need to do. I told her that I was curvy and have an issue with shorts/pants gapping in the back. When it came to things I liked and didn’t like, I made a list and told her everything. I also made sure to list out the things I do not want. Things like jewelry and accessories. At the moment, I need clothes. Once I build up my wardrobe, then I can add in the accessories!

Want a $25 Credit?

How would you like to a $25 credit to try out Stitch Fix? Simply use my link, sign up, fill out your profile and schedule your first box! Anything you choose to buy, you will be able to take $25 off! What do you have to lose?!?

Marvel Studios’ Avegers: Infinity War

We had to have been the only house on the entire planet that had not seen the Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War movie. My son had been asking to go see it, but with everything we have had going on, it just didn’t work out. When I was asked to review the Blu-ray (available on August 14, 2018), I jumped at the chance! And let me tell you, I have one happy child (and husband, if we’re being honest) because we had one heck of an epic family movie night!

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About Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War

In “Avengers: Infinity War,” members from every MCU franchise must sacrifice like never before in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

A-List Cast

The movie is FILLED with amazing stars. You’ll find…

  • Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk
  • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
  • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
  • Don Cheadle as Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
  • Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther
  • Zoe Saldana as Gamora
  • Karen Gillan as Nebula
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki
  • Paul Bettany as Vision
  • Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
  • Anthony Mackie as Same Wilson/Falcon
  • Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
  • Idris Elba as Heimdall
  • Danai Gurira as Okoye
  • Peter Dinklage as Eitri
  • Benedict Wong as Wong
  • Pom Klementieff as Mantis
  • Dave Bautista as Drax
  • Vin Diesel as Groot
  • Bradley Cooper as Rocket
  • Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
  • Benicio Del Toro as The Collector
  • Josh Brolin as Thanos
  • Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord

As you can see, there is definitely an A-list cast with this movie!

When/Where Can You Purchase?

This box office history making movie shattered all opening records by surpassing the $2 billion mark at the global box office in just 48 days! Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War NEEDS to be part of your movie collection. Pick up your Blu-ray in stores on August 14th. If you can’t wait, then check it out digitally right now!


Are You on Facebook?

If you are on Facebook, find out if you have been spared by Thanos with the super fun, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Custom Facebook AR Mask! Follow these directions to try it out:

  1. Log into your Facebook app with your mobile device.
  2. Click on the following link to take you to the AR effect.
  3. Make sure your camera is set to selfie mode.
  4. Open your mouth and the fade effect will begin.
  5. Hold down the record button to save your video.
  6. Post your video on Facebook and share with the caption: THANOS IS HERE! @Avengers #InfinityWar.

Have fun!!

 

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Cedar Point Amusement Park

For the last few years, my daughter has begged us to take her to Cedar Point. If you are not familiar with Cedar Point, it is an amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. The last few summers, it didn’t really work with our schedule to plan a day there. I knew I wanted to take here there. Growing up, I loved roller coasters and I knew she would like them too. We were able to finally plan a trip there last weekend!

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A few days before we took the kids to Cedar Point, a friend of mine texted me to let me know that the amusement park had a fantastic deal going on…buy one ticket get one ticket free! If you have that is not a fan of most rides and roller coasters, like we do, this is the deal to take advantage of. Despite not riding many rides, our son had a fun day at the park. Hindsight being 20/20, we should have gotten that child the food plan. He would have taken FULL advantage of it!

Getting Ready for Cedar Point

The last time I was at Cedar Point, was over 15 years ago. A lot has changed since then. Since we are relatively close, we planned on driving up the morning of and driving home after the park closed. However, after doing that, I would highly recommend getting a hotel room near the park. It was a long, tiring drive home after many many hours at the park, in the hot sun. There are many hotel rooms near the park and, after reading a little on their website, it looks like if you stay at certain hotels, you can get into the park early! Well worth it!

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Things We Packed

Back in the day, when you went to Cedar Point, you always made sure to have a bunch of quarters with you for the lockers. Not anymore! Now you pay one fee for the entire day and you can come and go as many times as you need to. It was perfect for us. We packed a backpack and stuffed it in the locker at the front of the park. The things we took are:

  • Motrin and Tylenol (I have knee issues and we weren’t sure how my knee would hold up walking all day)
  • Sunscreen
  • Power Bankcedar point to charge our phones
  • Long sleeve shirts

As I said, we went to the locker multiple times and it really worked out well for us. The locker cost $15 for the day. I may be old school on a lot of things, but I liked that you could come and go as many times as you needed!

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Rides, Rides, and More Rides!

This was our kids first trip to an amusement park. While our son was not overly enthused about roller coasters and most rides, our daughter was beside herself to be there. The first ride we went on was the Raptor. Back in the day, that was my absolute FAVORITE roller coaster. I was excited to take Bella on it. She was nervous, but had so much fun! She couldn’t wait to go on my rides!

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We went to Cedar Point on a Saturday. It was crazy busy. Being the only day we had available, whatever the ride waits were, we had to just deal with it. However, in talking to a few people that go to the park all the time, they recommended that our next visit be on a Tuesday or Wednesday, as those days seem to be less crowded. Despite the crowds, we still went on everything we wanted to and had a blast. While the Raptor was originally my favorite roller coaster at the park, my new favorite is the Rougarou!

Non-Roller Coaster People

As I mentioned, my son is not fond of roller coasters. Cedar Point has so much to offer for non-roller coaster people! Zack and Bella had fun on several of the “carnival” type rides like the Matterhorn. They also have bumper cars and several areas for smaller children. There is definitely something for everyone at Cedar Point! Not to mention, the people watching is always fun! Both my son and I are total people watchers!

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Cedar Point is definitely a place we will be visiting again. Not only did we have fun (even those of us that didn’t ride much), but they also have Chick Fil-A! For this Michigan gal, I was very excited to be able to enjoy one of my favorite places for dinner! One tip…purchase the souvenir cup. The cup was around $15, but you could refill the cup every 15 minutes! It was definitely worth it. Plus, if I am not mistaken, when we visit Kings Island later in the summer, I believe we can take the cup there for $1 refills!

Have you been to Cedar Point before?