6.25.2018

SUMMER BUCKET LIST

Hold on everyone, I am blogging again this month! Say What! 3 times in a month, I might have to hold on to the rest of my posts for July. I am slowly getting back into the swing of things between work, life and everything else.

                
Summer is finally here. Anyone else wondering where in the world did the time go and how are we already half way through 2018? I can't complain though, over all it's been a good year and I am thankful its moving fast. I would love though for it to slow down a bit to enjoy these summer months. 
Shirt // GI Jane 
How perfect is this shirt for any occasion this summer? I always love a good camo shirt but that American Flag pocket totally makes it. Gives me all the heart eyes!  


With Summer here, I am ready to make a summer bucket list to really make the best of it! 

Summer Bucket List:

Go to a country concert
Go to the the fair
Go on a three dates with the hubby
Spend a full day swimming
Take a full day off from work 
Go on a date downtown (Old town or Seaport Village) 
Take more pictures 
Go on more dates with my girlfriends
Continue to grow Rustic Pineapple Boutique 
Go on one vacation
Plan our fall vacation 
Save some money 
Go to a Padre Game  
Be Spontaneous 
Go to the movies (preferably the luxury theater) 
Enjoy Summertime 






I honestly have the best friend. We spontaneously went to Kenny Chesney concert last week just the two of us & loved it! Kenny was ok but Old Dominion totally rocked it. I would love to see them again. I cant wait to see what memories we will make this summer! 

What is on your summer bucket list? 

6.12.2018

HAPPY TWO MONTHS!

It was 2013 and I started thinking about what I wanted to do with my life. At some point I suppose we all have this idea. Right? Like when exactly are we going to feel grown up? It had been six years since I graduated highschool and two years since I graduated college. I thought we were suppose to have it all figured out when we graduate college, but the truth is, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Yes I had a degree in something that I thought I might want to do. I still sometimes think that I would be a good person for HR work. 



Meanwhile, it seemed everyone around me was starting their own business. I was 24, newlish married, trying to survive deployments, and so much more. I had no idea about starting my own business or anything along those lines. SCARY! So, I began throwing the idea around to everyone I knew about opening my own boutique. Everyone was so encouraging and willing to help. So many said to follow my dreams and pushed me to continue to do it. I than pushed it to the back of my mind and thought maybe one day. Meanwhile, people were asking me where I got my clothes from and instead of saying oh this boutique, or from here, why not just say from my own boutique. I thought I could put my good shopping skills to good use. 



Fast forward, 2017 I really began researching the start of my own business. I started watching youtube videos, googling everything, saving good information and so much more. I even made a list of things I liked and disliked from other boutiques to make sure I included it in my own such as free shipping and excellent customer service. I even started to think of names for my store. This was the hardest part. I brought it up to a friend and she thought I wanted to change my blog name again. Oh no! That is staying and I am even trying to bring it more back to life.

Example of names we thought:
Blushing Pineapple
Ten Thirteen 
Dirt Road Boutique 
Blue Pineapple 
Purple Pineapple
Crazy Coconut  

Ultimately she said Rustic Pineapple was more me, fits my personality and I really like the way it sounds. 





Now to February 2018, I was sitting around one night working thinking to myself this cant be all there is to life. Working and more working. I sometimes enjoy my job but sometimes I am so over it. So I decided to take the leap of faith and apply for my tax ID, my resell permit, buy the domain, and the website. After that, it was no turning back. I needed to find what I want to carry and narrowing down my customers wants and needs. I worked more from February - April than I had in a long time. 

Than came, April 12, 2018 I finally decided to announce it to the world. First day went great! I honestly could not have asked for better support from family and friends. Thank you to everyone who supported me. 

Of course than there is the hype of a new store and everything else, reality sets in! Is this really the best idea? Was this the best move for my family? I suffer from chronic anxiety. Some days are great and I think I can do this. I can make this work. Some days I really question it all. Is all this hard work really going to pay off? I lay in bed at night tossing and turning thinking about it all. 


Today marks two months since I announced it to the world and I can honestly say I am so blessed with the success I have had even with my anxiety. So many things have sold out, are almost sold out and so much positive feed back. I also just added a sale collection. Use code SALE at checkout for additional 15% off the already reduce price. I could not ask for better two months of starting a business so many people dream about. 

The point of this post is to say, if you have a dream, Follow it! It won't come easy, you will have days of doubts and discouragement but know you are doing what you love and if you truly believe in it and put in the work, great things will come! I still have super bad anxiety about it all but I am hoping soon it will all fade away. 

Happy Two Months Rustic Pineapple Boutique

Meanwhile, I would love to put more pineapple packages in the mail to you! I promise you'll love it. Everything comes with extra treats. Provide the best possible customer service and always free shipping to you within the United States and military Po Boxes! (If you ever have any questions, please email me or message me on fb) 

Use code SWEETLIFE at check too for 15% off the entire site! 








6.04.2018

June Goals


I feel like I say this as each month comes to a close and a new month begins. Where in the world is the time going? I swear I honestly have good intentions of coming back to this little corner and one day I will. 

I want to share with you all about Rustic Pineapple Boutique that everyone keeps asking. I seriously love it. I do answer everyone slowly, well at least I try too.  If you messaged me and I have not answered you back yet, please send it again. I promise I am not trying to ignore you. 

Well it just wouldn't be a new month unless I set some goals right? 

[June Goals] 


  • Daily Devotional : I need to continue and finish my daily devotional. I do well for a week or so than I fall off the wagon. I really need to stick to it. 

  • Log my food: I have truly fallen off this track.I really need to get back to it to keep me accountable. It's amazing how something as simple as tracking my food can make me feel 10000% better. 

  • Clean up the house: I need to get back to scrubbing and deep cleaning the house. I was doing well for a week or so than I stopped and everything was mayhem. 

  • Grow Rustic Pineapple Boutique: Thank you to all of you who have placed an order with me. I truly hope you love it too. Please share a picture and tag us in it for yoru chance to be feature and for a chance to win $100 shop credit. 

  • Set Working Hours: My other job truly has gotten out of hand since I am focusing on other things currently. I really need to set working hours and stick to them to get things ton so I do not feel overwhelmed


I am going to keep it simple this month as things are about to shift again in this household. Hopefully now that I wrote these out someone can hold me accountable for it all. 

What is  your June goals? 

5.18.2018

CAVETOOLS: 5 HOOK RACK REVIEW

 San Diego has had some pretty hot weekends. With that beautiful 85 degree weather comes lots and lots of pool using now that we officially have one in the backyard. We needed a place to hang up the towels with everyone in and out of the pool. Insert cavetools 5 hook rack. 




My rack arrived quickly and was packaged great. It's easy to use. I don't have to worry about anything else as it is stainless steel.The 5 stainsless steel rack can be used for many different options. Hang keys, chains, ropes, towels, tools and so much more. 
                 


Purchase your very own metal meat rakes off the CaveTools website and use code HOOKRACK15 to save some extra money. We all know you could never have enough hooks to hang things up to get organized. 

Tell me, where would you hang your hook rack to get the best use? 

Disclose: I received the above item for review purposes. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced. My opinions may differ from others as well as those of the company

5.14.2018

LOVING MY TOTE


Hi Friends, I know it's been a hot minute since I have shown my face around here and no better time to stop by again than to share this adorable tote that I ordered through The Social Speechie

Back story. I have followed Jessica when she blogged over at Lovely Little Things where she had a lifestyle blog forever ago. Than she started Glisten Fit and I loved all her workouts, her ebooks, and all the information she shared about working out. I have a secret love to workout. Now I stalk her over at The Social Speechie where she shares all her therapy ideas, her journey through grad school to becoming a speech language pathologist one day, her TPT store, and her tote making. Plus her adorable dogs and so much more. 


When I decided to follow my dreams and create Rustic Pineapple Boutique I knew I wanted a tote with my logo on it after seeing all the totes Jessica had made. 

A couple weeks ago I messaged her on instagram to explore my ideas of putting my logo on one of her totes.She was speedy to respond and was very friendly to work with. 


I was able to choose between white or black tote and I emailed her my logo. I received my tote a few days later and absolutely love it. Jessica included a personalized note and hand lettered my name on the envelope. She truly knows how to make each of her customers feel special. I absolutely love my tote. I can not wait to use it even more than I already do.

If you are looking for the most adorable totes that can be 100% customized with your own saying, name and so much more than you must contact Jessica and let her create you one. I promise you won't be disappointed.  



Discloser: I paid for the above item and was not asked to write this review. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced. My opinions may differ from others as well as those of the company. 

4.24.2018

BALANCING MY LIFE


Hi ya'll! I can't believe we're already in the last week of April. These months are just flying by. San Diego is warming up and summer is around the corner. Did I really just say summer is coming already? We didn't get much of a fall/winter so I feel like we've been in summer all year long though.

I want to be honest, as usually I am, this blog has take a backseat in my everyday life. I used to blog regularly back in 2011-2013 or so. Matter of fact, I never shared my wedding photos, the details or anything like that. Fast forward to now, I want to bring it back. I want to share all my wedding info, recipes I have found and created, my love of fashion,opening my own boutique , how I mange to work 3 jobs, be a mom, wife, and friend. There's so much to blog about when I used to think there was nothing. 


I want my blog to come back alive and for it to be a place I can come and express myself to matter the issue, feelings or anything. I really do need to update it though. 

This leads me to, for the last month or so I have been extremely overwhelmed, anxious, nervous, discouraged and everything else. I am learning I am spreading myself way too thin and I really need to reel it back in and take a seat to focus on what matters to me. This is how I was feeling when I went on my hiatus of blogging a few years back and never really come back around. 

In the last month, I have learned a lot of things about myself. I work a ton. I do not take time for self care. I worry about everyone else first. My social life is struggle busing. Plus so much more. Yesterday, I decided I am going to just take the day off. Yes, I did some work but not nearly what I normally do and I felt so much better. 

Meanwhile, I brainstormed some ideas on how to balance my life and I want to share them with you. 

  • Go to the gym 
  • Take a walk with a friend 
  • Quit working for the day
  • Order takeout 
  • Binge watch your favorite show 
  • Read a good book 
  • Be lazy for a day 
  • Put your phone down 
  • Shut your computer off 
  • Go get a manicure and pedicure 
  • Get your hair done
  • Buy a new outfit 
  • Drink a glass of wine 
  • Make a lunch date with a friend 
  • Clean your house
  • Drink lots of water
  • Write your goals down 

Don't feel overwhelmed with summer coming. Take it one step at a time. 

What do you do when you feel anxious, nervous, overwhelmed? 



Let's connect




4.19.2018

ONE CRAZY WEEK + DISCOUNT CODE


Wow! What a crazy week it sure has been. Exactly one week ago I announced Rustic Pineapple Boutique. I am over joyed and humbled with all the positive feed back and encouragement from each of you. Thank you so much. It truly means way more than I could ever put into words for all the support and love. 




I kept everything really quiet for the two months or so it took to build everything together. I couldn't be more excited with how things are growing. The instagram account continues to get lots of love and shares, the facebook page is growing everyday and I am getting ready to launch the VIP group for all my Pineapple loves with special discounts and giveaways just for the group. I am so excited to share this brand I am building with each and everyone of you. I want to create a space where all women will want to shop to feel beautiful and confident no matter their shape.   


Our best selling Spring Time Dress is almost sold out. It is so exciting to have something so close to selling out. Get yours before it does sell out. My next favorite dress is the San Diego Dress. It is going to be the perfect closet staple this summer for all the swimsuit cover ups and looking adorable while out running errands. Just for today, all orders placed, I am giving away starbucks gift cards and use code thursday at checkout for 15% off your entire order. Always remember it's free shipping to you. 

Thank you everyone once again for all the love & support of my small business. 

update: join the VIP group on facebook to receive a code for 15% off, starbucks gift card & always free shipping to you!  



Enough of the Rustic Pineapple Boutique Talk. Friday was my favorite day of the month, the 13th. Just wouldn't be Friday the 13th unless something crazy happened right? Well, we ended up in the emergency vet with our baby boy Trigger. If you follow me on instagram you might of saw that his eye was all torn. Trigger and our other dog Jack got in a fight and once again Trigger lost. They had to do surgery and he's been in a cone since. I am waiting until possible Friday or longer to take the cone off just to make sure everything is healing appropriately.  

Than just wouldn't be a blog post unless I mentioned Hubby is off again on another adventure. This means I must go back to my eating healthy and workouts. I will get better about documenting it all. It will definitely help with the work load and self care that I have been slacking on too. 

Happy Thursday ya'll!   


4.12.2018

THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

In the beginning of January I wrote a post about my word of the year, Brave. I told myself I was going to be brave enough this year to set my soul on fire and follow my dreams. It's nerve wrecking putting that out into the world and not really knowing how I was going to do those things. I had no idea what steps I would have to take or even where to start with following my dreams. I just knew it was something I needed to do to build my tribe

Fast forward, February. After a lot of research and some chatting with friends, I decided to jump right into it. I decided I wasn't going to let the fear of failure keep me from chasing my dreams. Thankfully it didn't & I have such supportive family and friends because...

This leads me to, Today! I am officially announcing, 



Yes you read that right! I opened up an online boutique for woman of all sizes at affordable prices and always free shipping to you within the US. I want to provide every clothing style for all woman to feel beautiful and confident. 




I carry a variety of clothes for all at affordable prices plus for this weekend use code welcome15 for 15% off your entire order





Coral Reef  $28 




That is just a little preview of some items we carry. They are lots more on the site. We will add new items daily so always check back. 

Follow along on instagram and facebook for any special discounts, announcements and even sneak peeks as to what is to come to the site. 




The Rustic Pineapple Promise

I started this business committed to providing the best possible customer service, affordable pricing, and great quality for women of all sizes, to feel beautiful and confident. My goal is for every woman to feel unique, gorgeous, and confident and eager to wake up each day and ready to chase their dreams. This business started as a dream of mine many years ago and today it is flourishing into more than I could ever imagine. With all that, my photography team works very hard to photograph everything in real life and with real women, to show the best possible image of each item we provide. Thank you for supporting my dream and I hope to do the same for you. If you ever feel you need to reach me for anything, please do so at shoprusticpineapple@gmail.com

you can find the shipping and return policy on the site. 

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Grab your coffee and or glass of favorite beverage & come shopping. Check it out. Let me know what you think. Don't forget to use code welcome15 for 15% off your entire order. 

I cant wait to continue sharing this journey with ya'll and I can not say thank you enough for all the support and love. 

Cheers. Love. Pineapples. 







4.10.2018

UPDATE ON YOUR VIBE ATTRACTS YOUR TRIBE

Good Morning ya'll! 

I was cleaning up the good ol' blog and ran across this post where I talk about attracting my tribe. It's been almost two years since I wrote that post and I still find so much truth in it.  


Now that I am close to turning, dare I say it, thirty. Somethings still ring so true that I wrote about on my original post but I wanted to say it again. I have taken a hard look at the relationships in my life over the years and which ones I truly want to keep. Let me say, it's okay for friendships to end. It just means those people were in your life for that season and your season changed.Find comfort in knowing and believing it's okay to move on and move past.  

I still believe whole heartily that the energy and vibe you put out is what you will attract to your circle. If you are doing things that you feel are not you, stop! Change what you want to and keep doing what you believe in. Do not follow the crowd. Be the one person to stand out when everyone else is just moving along. With that said, quit your job if you hate it, yes you will find a new one. Move to a different town/city/state if you feel you're being pulled in a different direction or just want to get out there and explore. Get out of that relationship that you feel is tearing you down and just going from day to day. Find comfort in being alone and yourself. Follow your dreams!  

With my dreams becoming a reality and working hard towards them, I only want to surround myself with uplifting, inspiring people who work hard towards their goals and dreams as well. I want my circle to be motivating, encouraging, supportive and positive. Do you know what you want in your circle? 

I want to encourage you all today, take a hard look at your circle and really decide what people are bring you and what you need daily in your life. Cut out the negative people who are bringing you down and not supportive of what you are doing or your dreams. This could be hard at first, but remember you're doing this to help move closer to your dreams and goals. 

Lastly always remember, bring out all your positive vibes and you will attract a positive tribe. 

Happy Tuesday ya'll! 

Follow along

4.05.2018

WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR MORNING

Hey Ya'll! I am sticking to my blog posting this month so far plus I am working on updating the blog. I am in need of someone who can help with that? Anyone out there want to help or know someone who can help? Send them my way please or leave their information so I can get in contact with them. 

I am working hard on a few things currently which sometimes leaves me feeling in a funk in the morning. Mostly the mornings the to do list is over flowing and it seems as I cross one thing off the list, than two more things are added. When I wake up in the morning in that funk, here are somethings I do to shake it and make the most of each day. 


1. Having a Cup of coffee or Your favorite beverage //

Something as simple as a yummy cup of coffee can truly change my mode. I love being able to sit down and enjoy it. My favorite days are the ones I work from home where I am not in a rush to get out the door and can enjoy it while it's still warm/hot. It is rare though to actually finish a warm cup of coffee before getting super busy. 

2. Read //
Lately, I have been getting up in the morning to read a few pages out of my book. I am addicted to reading from a real book and not just on my iPad. This also includes my daily devotional I am trying to finish. Anyone else like to read from a real book? 

3. Put on a cute outfit  // 
Sometimes all it takes is for me to put on a cute outfit and or workout gear and my mode instantly changes. It's like my mind knows something is about to go down. Also, changing from pjs to clothes help sets the tone for the work day.  

4. Light a candle //
I will light one of my favorite candles in the morning while I am doing my reading & enjoying my coffee. 

5. Do a quick workout // 
Sometimes I don't need to do a full hour or so but something as small as 10 minutes truly helps . It gets my day going and my heart rate up. Than I am ready and I know I can always go back to my workout once I get my to do list started. 

What do you do to improve your mornings?


Follow along in my journey



4.02.2018

APRIL GOALS


Here we go again. I am hoping as things are settling down a bit I can come back to this little space to share it all, after all I truly do miss blogging. It's going to be a very exciting month, I can feel it. Before diving into the month, I want to set some goals and hold myself accountable. 

[April Goals]

Personal

  • Spring Clean the House: With hubby coming home and getting ready to leave again. I need to go through everything and get rid of stuff. The cabinets are jammed packed and rooms are over following. 
  • Daily Devotional: I have slacked so bad with this. I started it in the beginning of the year and it just kinda sits there. I truly want to make time to spend 10 minutes a morning. 
  • Set Working Hours: I am terrible about working all the time. If I am not working than I am cleaning or something. I hardly ever take time for myself while home and I tend to work a ton. Meanwhile, I don't find it a bad thing because lately I love what I am working on (more to come) but I do know I need to set a schedule and get better with it. 
  • Log my food: I have slacked sine hubby coming home & heading back east (hopefully a post to come) that I have gained some of the weight back. So I know what works and I am going to get back to it.
Blogging 
  • Blog twice a week: I want to come back to blogging. It is tough as I said, because I work from home there really isn't much to chat about, but I am going to work on it. I am starting a list of topics in my phone to hopefully share. 
  • Grow Instagram: I have gotten better about this and being more active on there plus engaging in comments. It is my favorite platform so I am hoping that will keep me accountable. 
  • Clean up old post: I want to clean up the blog including deleting old post. Possible get a new layout, update pictures,and so much more. 
I am going to start April with simple goals. This should help get things back in order and set up a schedule for me. Also, I am going back to my happy planner to help get organized and stay on task. I have a bad habit of sticking my hands into too many things at once and becoming very overwhelmed. 

Tell me, What are your goals for April

Follow along in my journey 





3.08.2018

Currently [March Edition]

It's Friday Eve

It's starting to look like the weekend around these parts but it definitely doesn't really feel like the weekend just yet. I am swimming in paperwork that must get done before tomorrow morning. Instead of doing said paperwork, I thought I would write a post since it's been awhile. I was going to do my March goals but to be honest, the only true March goal(s) I have is to soak up every minute when the hubby gets home, enjoy our mini vacation, and finish up the last minute things on the next big adventure so I can share it with ya'll. 

Instead I thought it would be awesome to do a currently post to catch you up on my life recently. 


Currently in March, I'm:  

Watching || Hart of Dixie 

I started watching this one day while at work during break and I became addicted. I get so emotionally invested into characters that it makes me want to binge watch everything to find out what happens.    


I am working on getting back about reading each day. I have so many books I want to finish but I want to finish this devotional. I need this time for myself while soaking in the morning light and it truly sets my day to be positive and productive.

Listening to || Country on Youtube 

It sounds weird, but I found a video reel that just plays videos through. It's nice to turn it on and get work done. I can not be in silence otherwise I find it super weird. If I come across a song I don't like I just skip the video. 

Loving || All my fur babies 

I could spend all day just loving on all my fur babies. Each one has their own personality and their own way of loving back on me. I just can't get enough of any of them. 

Working on || Cleaning up the blog

I am working on cleaning up the blog. I want a new layout and updated pictures. I also want to delete some stuff and move things around and so much more. I just have to remind myself though one thing at a time otherwise I will burn myself out and just quit it all. 

Planning || Spending the weekend to clean up the house 

With all these adventures coming up so fast. I am going to spend this weekend cleaning up the house, doing all my laundry, organizing everything and hopefully feeling human again. Anyone else use cleaning as therapy? 

What are you currently doing this month





3.05.2018

Meal Plan [#2]

Ya'll, I will be honest for a hot minute. Last week was a hot mess. All week I thought it was a different day, time was flying by, and it felt like the to do list was just growing rapidly all while crossing things off. Anyone else ever feel like that?

 If you didn't know, I am a substitute preschool teacher and I randomly had to work Friday which I totally forgot about. Thankfully they text me to remind me that I was working. We had to rearrange some schedules but we made it work. That is super rare of me to forget something like that. oops.  

I did spent the weekend recovering from whatever sickness I caught though. Friday night I was miserable, I couldn't get warm for anything. Saturday we had a birthday party. Sunday I spent the day cleaning out my closet, going through old shoes, and trying to get ready for the week. YAY for productive Sundays. 

Though, I give myself a pass on last week. It was a bad diet weekend too. Insert the emoji of the monkey covering his eyes.  It's okay to have those bad/off week/weekends, just do not make it a habit to have them. Recognize that you them and move forward. Here is to a new week though. Feeling like I sorta have it together. It's going to be another busy week but I did get a new planner that I am loving 1000% more than any other planner so hopefully it will workout because I am tired of changing planners. If it works out, I will definitely post about it. What planner are you using? Month 3 of 2018 and 3rd planner. 

I am loving the weekly meal plan though as I do not have to guess what's for dinner anymore. I can just pick something off my list. Just because I assign it a day doesn't mean we eat it THAT day. I did change up taco Tuesday this week because Tuesday night we are super busy so we will be eating leftovers. The less stress I can avoid the better.  

Here is the weekly Meal plan for this week. 


March 5 - 9

Monday: Tacos 
Tuesday: Leftovers 
Wednesday: Orange Chicken  
Friday: Hot Dogs/ Turkey Burger 

What are you eating this week? 

2.27.2018

Meal Plan [#1]

Tomorrow is the last day of February. Insert biggest wide eye emoji ever! Seriously, where has the time gone and what have I been doing this whole time? Two months into the new year already! This also means we're on the home stretch of hubby coming home. 


With hubby coming home means it's time to grind out some goals. I am going to take the rest of the time he's away to focus on my fitness goal. I got on the scale this morning and I am 5 pounds away from my goal before he comes home. I am so excited to be so close. With that goal though I know food is important therefore I am meal planning. Now comes the part where you all hold me accountable, I am going to post my weekly menu. This menu will be Monday-Friday, soon hopefully I will add Saturday and Sunday but currently we just sorta eat whatever is in the fridge on those days or visit family/friends.  


February 26 - March 2

Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Tacos 
Thursday: Leftovers 


Yes we eat left overs. Are you a left over family? It usually falls on days we have some type of sporting event or appointment as it's the easiest thing to do. We do not go out to eat very often, like the last time we went to a restaurant was on New Years Day like we do every year. This is a huge money saver and I know exactly what everyone in my family is eating. We are all trying to clean up our diets and make better choices. 

These recipes are from Dashing Dish which I highly recommend her entire site.  

We will see how this week plays out. Sometimes it definitely does not go as planned but at least we had a plan. Right?  

Do you meal plan or meal prep?