Fur Baby Feature: Jameson

I know I haven’t posted in FOREVER, but I’m getting back in the swing of things (with some super exciting updates to come – keep your eyes peeled for my next post coming soon)! My post today is dedicated to the one and only Jameson Spencer, my 4 ½ year old fur baby. His face is enough to make me cry tears of joy. Like really though, how could you not love that face???

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Here he is at his all time fav place to walk – Gillie Lake in Camillus! He loves being able to play on the beach and swim, too! It’s an extra special day for him when his Golden girls Rae and Zoey  (and Rae’s bro Finn) come along. He has a serious thing for blondes.

He’s a bit of a momma’s boy and his favorite activities include snuggling with his mommy and having some vanilla ice cream as a special treat. He is always smiling and LOVES kisses more than anything! He’s not a material pup either – his most precious toy is an old, ratty, chewed up squirrel thing that he got when he was a pup, and he is very loyal to it!

This past year, I’ve made a goal to travel to at least 3 new places out of New York state. So far, I’ve been to Nashville and Miami! Denver has been on my list of places to visit for a while and I was really excited when a friend introduced me to Rover, since they have awesome dog boarding options. I hate leaving Jameson at home, so it’s a huge relief to know that if I was out for a long day I’d still be able to bring him on the trip and drop him off for a special day of loving at a fellow dog-lover’s house. Much more comforting than the kennel! They also have a great option for dog walking, so if I find a nice pet-friendly Airbnb and just need a helping hand with an extra walk, that’s an option too! Really puts me at ease! 🙂 Here’s info on Rover’s dog boarding in denver and dog walking in denver if you’re also looking to travel with your pup! Though if you are staying local and are just facing a long night at the office, their dog walking page is a great resource too!

The weather has been beautiful, so I hope to see you out on the trails (or the beach!) with your pups soon! Jameson sends his love + slobbery puppy kisses! XOXO

Love Always, Brook ❤

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Motivation Monday | 5 Feel Good Mantras For Your Monday

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Mondays are hard. Thinking positively and continually remembering your intentions and being mindful of those can help you to maintain a positive week. One of the easiest ways to do that is to pick a few mantras and remind yourself of those every single day. These are some of the mantras that I try to think about throughout the week to keep me uplifted and feeling positive!

I can do this.

It’s easy to fall victim to the “I can’t”‘s…a whole lot easier than it is to tell yourself “I can”. Always remember that absolutely anything and everything is possible. Set your goals and crush them, because you can.

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It will be okay.

Bad things happen, and things get better. It’s that simple. Every day you have the opportunity to start fresh – really, at any point in any day you have that opportunity. It’s just a matter of shaking off the bad and having faith that no matter what it is, is will be okay in the end.beokay

I am worthy.

Of respect. Of love. Of happiness. Of calm. Of life. Of all good things. Have the confidence in knowing that you are always worthy, and if you find yourself in a situation feeling anything less than worthy, you should consider where you are and the company you have around you. If that’s affecting your idea of self worth you should think about making some changes,  because nobody should ever make you feel a lack of worth.


I am happy.

Even if you’re not. Having a mindset that includes happiness is recipe for creating happiness. Nobody ever thought “I’m not happy, I’m miserable” and automatically became happy. You are the thoughts you think sometimes. If you seek happiness you must think happy, positive thoughts. You deserve happiness.


Life is good.

If I had a nickel for every time I thought to myself, “wow life sucks”, I would be rich. This is where gratitude comes in. If life really every that bad? No. No matter what is going on in your life there is always somebody struggling more, hurting worse, feeling lower. Pick your head up, dust your ass off and remember life is good and you have a million moments to be grateful for every single day of your life.

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What’s your motivation mantra this week?

Love Always, Brook ❤

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This week my focus is to be positive, and think about what it is I want to be doing in the future, and where I want to be doing it. Sometimes we lose sight of the future, and focus on the past and the now, when really we should reflect on the past, and act in the now with your future goals in mind. You cannot get where you’re going if you never actually do anything about it now.

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Love Always, Brook ❤

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Friday Five

Obsessed with…

My new OZ Naturals Ocean Mineral Cleanser*. I guess I could say OZ Naturals in general – I know I rave about this brand, but I can’t say it enough. The products they have make my face feel and look (maybe up to interpretation) phenomenal. This cleanser in particular has a great texture to it, and makes my face feel super soft after using. I’ve noticed a more even complexion after using this for a few weeks now. I had some red spots near my nose and chin that are just about cleared up now. I am absolutely LOVING this stuff. If you’re curious about the other products of OZ Naturals that I’ve tried so far, check out my post OZ Naturals Bright Eye Gel & Ultra Ageless Eye Cream | Product Review. Also, keep an eye open for my reviews on their Super Youth Eye Gel and Body Soufflé ❤


Water in my new Live Infinitely fruit infuser water bottle*! So I’ve been wanting one of these for a while now. Since I’m a huge snacker, I thought the idea of fusing my water with fruit flavor would help cut down on snacking temptations. Okay, well maybe it didn’t work in that sense, but this water was still great. I tried my water infused with fresh sliced strawberries and next, I want to try pineapple! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated 🙂


Looking forward to…

NASHVILLE WITH THE GIRLSSSSS. Cannot wait. Post to follow.

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Currently reading…

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I know this is sOoOoOoooOo 2006, but it’s never too late to read a good book. I’ve also never seen the movie, so there are no expectations or spoilers. I just started this and can’t wait to find out how the story unfolds. For a little background, I asked the google machine what it was about…

Google says, “Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) thought she had everything she wanted in life: a home, a husband and a successful career. Now newly divorced and facing a turning point, she finds that she is confused about what is important to her. Daring to step out of her comfort zone, Liz embarks on a quest of self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India and Bali.”
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Gettin’ giphy with it…

Sam Hunt bc why not?

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Thanks, GIPHY!

Have a great weekend!


Love Always, Brook ❤


PS. This post was sponsored in part by BrandBacker, OZ Naturals and Live Infinitely. You guys know the deal, all opinions are MINE.

Game Day Style | College Basketball

Winter is by far my least favorite season, but there is one good thing about it. College basketball. SU basketball to be specific. If you’re from Syracuse, or even central NY, there’s a solid chance you grew up watching Syracuse basketball religiously.

With that comes the game day experience. Whether you’re watching it at home, a bar on the hill or at the Dome watching the game live, you need to make sure you do it while bleeding orange, and that means rocking orange in your outfit. My game day look is always comfy and casual. I think that’s really the only way to go when it comes to sporting events. I will never understand when girls show up in heels. I consider myself “dressed up” if I actually put on jeans.

So what are the steps to take for an ideal game day? Step 1:  Get tickets. Try TickPick for college basketball tickets (they also have concert, MLB and NFL tickets)! Step 2: Plan your pregame! Get your group together ahead of time to enjoy a few cold ones before it’s game time. Step 3: Pick your outfit. Here’s where these ideas might come in handy…
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The look above it my ideal outfit. For me, game day means yoga pants, sneakers and something comfy on top. Maybe a hat if my hair is dirty. It’s crucial to bring a bag that’s big enough, but not too big. Crossbody bags are PERFECT!
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This looks great if you feel like “dressing up” just a little. Jeans, cute top, comfy but stylish sneaks and a little blinggggg. Keep it simple with the colors, incorporating just a pop of orange!!
Hope this helps in your game day style choices. I’m no fashionista, but I do know how to do comfy game day outfits right!  OH, and if you take my advice from Step 1 and decide to get game day tickets through TickPick, sign up here and get a $10 credit towards your first ticket purchase of $50 or more!

What are your game day style essentials?


Love Always, Brook ❤

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HAPPY MONDAY & HAPPY LEAP DAY! If you’re anything like me right now, you’re exhausted from Sunday Funday: Green Beer Edition. If you’re not from the Syracuse area, see Green Beer Brent for more details on Green Beer Sunday and all of it’s glory.

Considering my current state of being, I undeniably need some extra motivation to get this work week going! My inspiration today came from WeWork’s instagram account. For those not familiar, WeWork is a coworking company based in NYC, with office space locations all over the world (they have some pretty badass offices in London!). They offer shared workspace for individual freelancers to large businesses, flexible memberships, a list of a million and one member benefits, and beer on tap 😉 Plus, they’re always sharing shit that get’s you ready for your work week. If you don’t already, be sure to follow them on IG!

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Have a great week!


Love Always, Brook ❤