TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods : {A Yummy Review!}

“This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

Time to get sweet and spicy! My friends at TAZO® sent me some amazing goodies from their Sweet Meets Spicy Collection to try and I am so excited to share about them with you all.  First of all, I am a coffee girl, and I use my Keurig® everyday!…but usually with some generic coffee that I buy at the grocery store…nothing fancy.  So I was so excited to get the opportunity to try these TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods and get fancy!  These K-Cup® pods are great because you can buy them to make at home whenever you want your own Chai Latte…or whenever your in the mood for some spice!

So come into my home with me to explore this world of flavor…..

This is what came in my package….how cute is this box!?IMG_6798IMG_6820When I opened the box it unfolded so pretty with all these goodies!  Is that Padma Lakshmi?? I love her!  This New York Times Bestselling author and host has some fun things to share and is partnering with TAZO® too because tea and chai have always been a part of her life and heritage.  IMG_6828IMG_6830Umm yes please to this spoon and cup!  IMG_6832Included in the box are some great sweet and spicy recipes that pair perfectly with a chai latte by Padma!  You can find the recipes too at: TAZO.com/chai/pairings.IMG_6845Oh Hey Padma…I see you using the cinnamon sugar chips recipe I love so much…(Remember my bunuelos blog post??)
IMG_6840So to make my own creamy chai tea latte at home, it will just take these two steps apparently….but we will see!IMG_6836Step 1: Pour dairy packetIMG_6847Step 2: Put TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pod in Keurig® and brewIMG_6856IMG_6861Step 3: Stir and enjoy!  The dairy packet did not fully mix after the TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pod finished…so be sure to stir.  But it’s seriously that simple and quick!  I LOVED IT!  It was spicy, warm, creamy, but sweet.  Very comforting….all I need now is a robe and a fireplace haha.  IMG_6866

Drink up sweet friends and grab your own TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods at TAZO.com/wheretobuy!!  For more information about this, check out here: http://TAZO .com/chai

XOXO

Bah-Bye Long Hair : {Practicing Bravery}

IMG_1706First let me start off with saying I totally understand the eye roll at the idea that cutting my hair is an act of bravery (1st world problems), and totally acknowledge that real bravery is shown by so many in so much greater ways than a haircut.  But this is just a little story into the craziness of my mind and that for me, this is a big deal…and this is my truth. (Insert another eye roll haha).

You know on those weight loss/makeover shows where they meet some celeb hairstylists and stylists and just totally get transformed???  I literally have so much anxiety when I watch those because I imagine myself in their shoes and all I can think is “I don’t care how much they pay me or how famous the hairstylist is….they are NOT chopping my hair off!”  I have literally always had longhair…the only time I had short hair was in 7th grade when I decided to chop it off and always regretted it.  Whenever I go to my hairstylist friend Nicki P. (Sup girl), I always plead “JUST A TRIM GIRL”….but not this time.

First some background:  I grew up in a family of women who had thinner hair who couldn’t grow it very long…and they would gush over my “pretty thick long hair” and would always tell me to never cut it!  I believed the hype and never did.  I developed this idea that long hair was prettiest and feared short hair on myself.  But what always ends up happening is my hair gets super long and cumbersome and I end up looking like Cher with a drape of dark hair that has no body (no offense Cher), and my head aches at the end of the day from the weight of it.

And lately things have been different….the past few years I have been on a journey of really reflecting on my life and my actions and why I think the way I do and act/respond the way I do to things…and I came to the realization with the help of my mentor, that I live in a lot of fear and anxiety….AND I NEVER KNEW IT!  There are too many to list, but in regards to my hair…fears like this: “If I cut my hair I won’t be pretty anymore.  I’m not skinny enough for short hair.  If I cut my hair, what else do I have that makes me stand out?”  etc etc.  And when I finally realized I thought this about my hair and me, all I could think was….DUMB!!!!

On my lunch breaks (before I got laid off a few weeks ago), I would take walks around the building and journal, sing and pray.  It was a time for me to just really get centered for the day and process things.  The day I came to the realization about my fears with my self image and hair, I was listening to this song on one of those walks.  It’s called “You Make Me Brave” and the lead singer at one point is just belting these lyrics over and over and getting more and more passionate:

You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the promises you made

And basically she is singing about how God makes us brave and calls us beyond our comfort zone but he promises to be with us and about how his love just pours out over us.  ITS AMAZING and these girls rock.  (You should see me as I sing this song…lots of belting and fingers pointing and wave motions with my hands lol…I can’t help it).  So to make a long story longer…thats when it hit me.  I just thought “I am living in fear and I don’t want to live like that! This is dumb, and I still have value and am beautiful to God whether I have long hair or short! And I will cling to Him for my identity and self worth, and to nothing else!” And that afternoon I went to see Nicole and she chopped it.  I felt free and like a weight was off my shoulders….and I wasn’t scared at all…it was exciting!

Me at work with super long hair the day of my haircut before I went in.
IMG_1673Right after she cut it!IMG_1693Me in the car after she styled it and I sent the pic to all my besties haha!IMG_1697

So now fast forward to today:  I am still glad I cut it because it crushed some old fears, has been fun, and is so light!  And if I ever want to cut it again, it will be easy.  But I do miss my long hair some and will most likely grow it back for these reasons:

  1. My daughter asks for me to grow it back multiple times a week so she can play with my “rapunzel hair” again.  I try and convince her I am Rapunzel at the end of Tangled…but she isn’t buying it haha.
  2. I was the queen of braids with hats and top knots/buns and I MISS THEM!  I miss how easy it was to just put my hair up.  With short hair I feel like you almost have to do it more…or put in a bunch of bobby pins.
  3. I feel like with short hair…at least my short hair…it’s hard to differentiate from styled, to fancy hair for special events.  (Maybe I just don’t know how to style short hair yet though..tips are greatly appreciated :))

Thanks for listening to my ramblings and CHEERS TO BEING BRAVE FRIENDS!
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New Logo…and..ETSY SHOP!!

Hey sweet friends! Just wanted to let you all know that my friends Fresh Lavender Designs created a new look for my blog and Etsy shop!  I love it and love the work they did for me!

For those of you that didn’t notice that I added a “Shop” tab a few months back…and noticed I said “Etsy Shop” a few seconds ago are in for a big surprise.  I have been working out the kinks for months and am finally able to announce that I have launched a sweet Etsy boutique.  The name is the same as the blog: Sweetly Lemon, and there are all sorts of fun things from glittery tumblers, to totes, to kids clothes!  I am sure more will change and more items will be added in the future, but be sure to check it out and thanks in advance for your grace!

#graceongraceongrace

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Parenting OC Jamboree! : {UPCOMING EVENT}

Jamboree-at-the-Cube-Logo-2016Hello Sweet Friends!  I just wanted to invite you all to a FREE, fun event I will be helping out with this upcoming Saturday, March 5th.  It’s the Kids’ Summer Opportunities Jamboree event!  The Jamboree event features exhibitors specializing in summer fun and learning opportunities for families, and allows moms and dads to research and talk with the program leaders and camp directors face-to-face, and get all their questions answered. The Jamboree is free to attend, and when you’re done….you can head off for a full day of fun at the Cube with your family.

Get a FREE CHILD ADMISSION to Discovery Cube on the day of Jamboree! Just click here to download your coupon to bring with you on March 5.

Feel free to check out more info here

Hope to see you there! XOXO

Sprinkled With Love : {Baby Shower}

Oh how different everything is the second time around haha.  I remember caring about every detail of everything for my 1st child….even the color’s for my shower.  This time around, I told my friends Heather & Julie, they could choose any colors they wanted…and I loved the finished product!  For my shower, or “Sprinkling,” they did a donut/brunch theme with multiple colors….you know, like sprinkles….how clever they are haha.   This post is way past due, but better late than never.  🙂
IMG_4638A big thanks to these ladies for all they did!IMG_4633JOetzell-lo_16They dipped this letter E in actual sprinkles! So adorable!JOetzell-lo_14JOetzell-lo_02JOetzell-lo_21JOetzell-lo_28JOetzell-lo_15JOetzell-lo_33JOetzell-lo_22JOetzell-lo_03
JOetzell-lo_23JOetzell-lo_13I was obsessed with this dress!  I also wore it in my maternity photoshoot.  It’s from Nordstrom’s rack, its not a maternity dress (I just bought a bigger size), and they had it in black as well!JOetzell-lo_17JOetzell-lo_62JOetzell-lo_30A beautiful shot of my eldest Evangeline
JOetzell-lo_37JOetzell-lo_45IMG_4646This was an adorable idea they had:  Every guest made a number/letter block for me, and after the shower, my friend Heather used Modge Podge to set them and I have a whole set of personalized, adorable blocks for my girls.  
JOetzell-lo_35I need to post the finished product, but everyone wrote wishes for my daughter Elizabeth, and my friends made it into a keepsake book to have forever!  


XOXO, Caroline

Upcoming OC Event : {CAKE the Sweets & Party Expo 2015}

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Oh it’s that time of year sweet friends!  Have I mentioned before that I like sweets??? Well what better place to enjoy some delish and beautiful sweet treats then at this years CAKE expo!  Whether you are a professional or amateur baker/decorator or just a sweet treat connoisseur (like myself), this Expo is for you….there are even activities for the kids so bring the whole family (I will be there with mine)!  It will be a weekend you won’t want to miss!  And now you won’t have to since for my subscribers the tickets will be discounted from $45 to $5!  (See link and info below)

Check out just some of the few things that are happening:

  • Tons of sweet samples from amazing vendors like Radiant Cakes, Gracie Stone Sweets, & Albert’s Petite Sweets
  • Meet & greet Party in the Party Style Lounge with Author Gemma Touchstone – Signing her new book PARTY STYLE
  • Decorate cupcake’s with Baking With Melissa – tickets still available
  • Have fun in the Kids Create Zone hosted by Club Mom Me
  • VIPs spend 2 exclusive hours 9am-11am sat morning or hang out in the VIP lounge sponsored by Party Pieces Perry
  • Demo’s on the main Stage every hour
  • Door Prizes on the main stage every hour
  • Classes & Private demos available to learn tricks of the trade
  • See all the exhibitors and happenings on www.cake-expo.com click schedule

Here are the details:

When:  October 17th & 18th

Admission Tickets: $5  for my subscribers (Regularly $45).  Just follow the event bright link and look for the Friends & Family Ticket choice.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cake-expo-private-demos-fun-classes-tickets-16852681825

Where:  OC Fair Grounds (Click pic below for info/address)OCFEClogoCLRgrad

Fun Classes & Private Demo Tickets available here –
VIP TICKETS INCLUDE -Want the most Bang for your buck go VIP
– Special VIP & Media only hours Sat. 9am – 11am
– Access to the VIP lounge
– Swag Bag Valued at $350.00
– Autographed Copy of the new book Party Style
– Raffle Tickets
– Water Tickets
– Fun things being added by our sponsors every day!
Hope to see you all there!!
XOXO,
Caroline

Mermaid Hair : {My Fave Beach Waves Tutorial}

IMG_8772So I’ve been over my hair.  Do you ever get those days where you feel like you are just doing the same thing over and over again??  The thought I always get when in these moments is “I look like Cher” with my straight, dark hair.  I want some movement people!…Not to dig on Cher at all!  So in my obsession lately with the gorgeous Tone It Up girls…I started to search for how to get their hair!  Being a SoCal girl you would think I have the beach waves down, and I don’t.  Don’t get me wrong, I know how to curl my hair with my wand, but it always comes out a bit tighter than I want.  I love this tutorial and used it this last weekend for a wedding.  In the video they use their Sea Salt Spray but I used a cheaper version that worked great! Good luck beach babes!!

XOXO,

Caroline

 

Spa Day : {Thanks to UnBOOKed Appointments}

logo2xTime for a GIVEAWAY!  I am partnering with my friends at UnBOOKed Appointments to give away 5 $20  credits towards any service on their website.  If you follow me on Instagram then you would have seen that I recently had a spa day at Massage Heights Irvine-Westpark and I booked it through UnBOOKed Appointments.  UnBOOKed Appointments partners with local businesses in your area to offer services at discounted prices during slow times, – think of it as a happy hour.  It is very similar to Groupon except that you can view and book the appointment time at the same time you purchase it.

During my spa day I had a full body massage and facial and it was divine!  So sign-up for UnBOOKed appointments and browse some of their happy hour-type deals to TREAT YO SELF like I did!

How to enter:

  • Check out UnBOOKed to make sure they offer services in your area
  • Like my post on Instagram and tag two friends who you think would love the $20 credit as well

And that’s it! The winners will be chosen Friday July 3rd and announced on my Instagram! Good luck sweet friends!

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Birchbox : {June}

This month Birchbox was another “Style Me Pretty” box that was a collection of happily ever after must-haves.  I love saving these pretty boxes for wrapping gifts and my desk organization!IMG_6910 Not sure what Birchbox is?  See my original post here.

OR want to join Birchbox click here: Sweetly Lemon Birchbox Invite

Now for the products:
IMG_6917BONUS:

Included was this gorgeous hair tie from Deepa Gurnani

IMG_6918Vasanti Brighten Up Exfoliating Cleanser

This customer fave mimics the effects of microdermabrasion for glowing skin.

My Review:  I have gotten this sample before and I love it.  I am a sucker for exfoliaters!  I still cleanse with my regular cleanser to ensure I remove all my makeup, and then I use the Vasanti cleanser to exfoliate.

IMG_6919Kerastase Elixir Ultime

Lightweight, nutrient-rich oil that leaves hair glossy, manageable, and photo-perfect.

IMG_6920LA FRESH Waterproof Makeup Remover

Antioxidant-packed, biodegradable wipes that cleanse and nourish skin.

My Review:  I loved these!  They are soft, leave the skin/eye area soft, and the smell is a spa-like lavender smell.

IMG_6922Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow

Rich in antioxidants and aloe, this multitasker gives skin a dewy finish.

IMG_6923Laura Geller Beauty Baked Color True Blush

Baked from liquid pigments, this tint delivers a flattering, natural-looking flush.

My Review:  No joke, I was just wishing I had a new pink blush and kept meaning to go and buy one, but life’s craziness got in the way…..and then this box showed up and there was a pink blush in it! So awesome!

IMG_6925This girl stole my hair tie and now its a bracelet haha. 

I’m A Winner : {Le Mignon Macaron}

IMG_6937Le Mignon Macarons recently had a giveaway via their Instagram account for a free dozen macarons…and I won!  I was so excited and they were so delish that I had to share about it.  Le Mignon sells macarons for weddings, parties, and to order just for yourself haha.  Go on and check them out!  I received three flavors: Salted Caramel, Matcha Green Tea, and Vanilla.  They were all so delicious…I think the green tea was my fave! (My hubby’s was the caramel).
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