Week In Review | April 20 – April 26, 2015

Hey, y’all!  I wanted to share some tidbits from my life last week as well as an accompanying photo recap with selections from my Instagram feed with you.  Here’s the buzz:


I crammed a week’s worth of content prep into a few days in anticipation of a busy week outside the house, including travel for the second half of the week.  I had set aside Tuesday as a special occasion to celebrate my Mom’s birthday, since I would be missing the actual day this past weekend when I was out of town.  I took her downtown for a fun girl’s day out of eating, shopping, and spa time together.  We had a ball!  I actually filmed a recap style vlog (shown below) if you’re interested in hearing and seeing more about our day together.  What I love most about spending time with my Mom is how our relationship has evolved into a true friendship.  I so treasure our time together.  Happy Birthday, Mom! 


I spent the second half of the week in Dallas for the rewardStyle conference.  If you’re unfamiliar, rewardStyle is an affiliate networking company with “a suite of tools that allow top tier style publishers to monetize their entire digital brand.”  Basically, being a rewardStyle publisher allows me to earn an income from my blog through the use of affiliate links.  I’m personally not a big fan of those splashy (and flashy) Google Adsense and similar ads that some other bloggers use.  I find them distracting (which they’re meant to be so you’ll click on them) and generally annoying.  I understand why people use them, as there aren’t many ways for bloggers to generate income from their efforts.  I am grateful that rewardStyle allows me to monetize my blog on my own terms and within my own aesthetic.  I am never showing readers an ad for something I don’t 100% genuinely recommend and all of my affiliate links are intentionally included by me, not some third party.  In short, it’s an awesome service and I was very excited to see what the conference would be like.

Please know that my use of these affiliate links does not cost you anything as a blog reader or potential buyer.  Items cost exactly the same with or without clicking through an affiliate link.  


Despite a pretty packed schedule, I managed to squeeze in a tiny bit of time to explore.  I’d never been to Dallas (or anywhere in Texas for that matter) before and I wanted to make the most of my time there.  I ate at one of the highest rated local restaurants (on Trip Advisor), called Rise N∘1, which is known for their savory and sweet soufflés.  Talk about decadent!  I highly recommend the marshmallow soup (not what you think) and strawberry soufflé if you’re ever in the area.  I also visited The Sixth Floor Museum, which is a powerfully moving exhibit dedicated to the JFK assassination.  If you go, I recommend doing the audio tour, which is included in the price of general admission.  I actually vlogged my time in Dallas and plan on writing a more in depth account of my conference experience after I’ve had some time to let the post-conference dust settle.  Stay tuned if you’d like to see more!

Here is the recap style vlog from my special day with Mom last week if you’re interested:

 I’d love to know how you celebrate your loved ones’ birthdays if you care to share.  I hope you’re having a great day!


* This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are genuinely my own. *


18 thoughts on “Week In Review | April 20 – April 26, 2015”

  1. I live in Mckinney (a suburb of Dallas) and have never been to the 6th floor museum! I will have to go.
    Can you tell me the source for that purple bag?

  2. Wow, you had a great day…cute video! I can not have the message on when i get a pedi either, I have to go to the bathroom instantly!

  3. Hi Jen,
    I know you’re going through a re-branding this year, but I wanted to let you know that one of the first things I noticed about your blog is how you sign every post “<3, Jen" – if it's possible, hang on to that! I absolutely love that. Small, silly thing I know, but it makes me smile whenever I read a post. Have a great day!

  4. What a great day you planned with your Mom!! So sweet. Why doesn’t she like to be seen on camera? Or is that your decision?

    1. She prefers not to be on camera and I respect that. I never want anyone to feel awkward or forced to be on camera around me.

  5. It looks like you both had a fun day! Our Moms share a birthday, and this year was also a milestone for my Mom. My sister and I made it an extra special day for her. Pedicures at a high-end nail spa, lunch, shopping and a sunset dinner with the family at one of her favorite restaurant on a local lake.

  6. My first thought after watching your vlog was, “What a beautiful day!” I grew up in Northwest Indiana, just an hour outside the city, and spent many special occasions dining and shopping on Michigan Avenue over the years… but it’s been over a decade since I’ve lived there “full time” and your destinations were admittedly new to me! The tea at the Peninsula in particular looked incredible. I may have to deploy an idea or two of yours when we visit my mom to celebrate her birthday in July. 🙂 Cheers!

  7. I m sue it was a wonderful weekend you ve spent!
    Thank you for sharing!
    LI mjust watching the video.
    Have a nice day!

  8. Loved this style of vlogging! It seems that as a vlogger it allows you to creatively share your experiences while bringing back more of the present-moment focus throughout your day. Happy bday to your mom!

  9. I was in Dallas in March for the first time (we were actually visiting a town about 2 hours south of Dallas where my husband grew up). I kept saying to my husband that Dallas felt so much like Chicago. Did it feel familiar to you??

    1. I didn’t have that same experience, but it was my first time visiting anywhere in Texas so maybe I was more focused on that experience to notice similarities between the two cities.

  10. Your week sounds like so much fun! Being a new blogger, I like to hear about rewardstyle and will check it out. I definitely hate those google adsense adverts, and hope I never use them. I like the idea of staying true to myself and only having things on my blog I genuinely love, if they are brands for example. Can’t wait to hear more about your Dallas trip 🙂

  11. Great picks! 🙂 .xx

    that must’ve been such an incredible experience !

    how was the surprise product announcement by Jason? Like to know?

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