Spring Jord Watch Review & Giveaway

Spring is on the horizon.

At least that is what I am telling myself right now. Winter came with a vengeance since I have been living in Lincoln. It has not been fun and I currently have a love hate relationship with Mother Nature.

Enter Jord Watches.


I’m sure at this point you all are wondering what this watch has to do with my loathing of Mother Nature. This watch is cool and makes my winter woes fade away.

To be honest I have never been a big accessories girl. A basic hoop earring and simple necklace is about as fancy as I get. When the “boyfriend watch” trend came full circle I was I was hooked. Then, when Jord watches reached out and asked if I wanted to collaborate with them….it was a solid YEP!

What makes this watch so unique is that it is made out of wood.


This ladies watch is so incredibly lightweight. My watch is from the Frankie series and is called Purpleheart & Plum. I love the larger face and the “boyfriend” style to it.

So now that I have my first wood watch, I want about 20 more.

After all of this you want a Jord watch of your very own right?! You are in luck! I will be having a giveaway and one lucky reader will win a $100 gift card to Jord watches! Click here to enter!



Blogger On A Budget – When Creative Minds Collide


Once upon a time there was a girl making her husband take photos of her in an empty parking lot.

“You have to catch me off guard! It’ can’t look like I’m waiting for the picture!” She yells. “Take the picture when you are on the count of 3 not AFTER!!! MAKE SURE YOU GET MY GOOD SIDE!”

He sighs an ever so heavy sigh and keeps snapping away silently wishing to himself a photographer would magically appear to take over this task for him.

Little did he know his wish was about to come true.

If you haven’t figured it out by now this is the story of how I, a wannabe blogger, had a chance encounter with the talented Kassidy McConville, of Kassidy McConville Photography. I wish I could say that the details of this story were dramatized for effect…but they weren’t. This is a factual account of how I met Kassidy. Alex is sitting by me while I write this so you all know the truth, and because God is watching I won’t go back and delete it later.

Fast forward a few months later to two weeks ago when Kassidy and I were jumping around McCook taking photos in some pretty great places. She has THAT creative eye. She sees things I only wish I could see. She is hands down…the best.

This outfit was by far one of my favorites to shoot. I have had this patched army jacket for a couple of years now and it’s definitely a staple for me.  Paired with my favorite chunky boots from H&M and by far the best purchase I have ever made in my life….SPANX LEATHER LEGGINGS!!! If you have been going back and forth on purchasing a pair for yourself you need to do it. They fit like a dream and keep everything…hummmuumm…where it is supposed to be.






ATTENTION BLOGGER FRIENDS if you are in need of a fabulously creative and wonderfully sweet photographer I HIGHLY recommend contacting Kassidy. She was so great to work with and I can’t stress her artistic ability enough.


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Moving Update & One Hot Date

It has been….A HOT MINUTE.

I am so sorry to leave you all in the dark for so long. I am POSITIVE you all have been dying to know what my life has been like since I moved.

Or maybe just Anne (sister) and Kathy (mom).  At least when I check the stats on here I know I will have at least two views.


For those of you who don’t know, I accepted a job at Screen Ink in downtown Lincoln. Not Familiar? Click here! They are the bee’s knees when it comes to screen printing. Give them a call! If you are lucky you may even get to talk to me. Or perhaps here me in the background slingin’ shirts and weeding vinyl (biz talk peeps……).

We did find a house(yay!) but we won’t be moving in until March.  So for now my very dear friends Sara and Kate have been gracious enough to let me play third wheel in their lives for the next month. Last week I started out at Sara’s and let me tell you it was all the fun of a great Three’s Company episode! She cooked me dinner, made sure I had my lunch in the morning and always reminded me to be nice and make friends!

Wait….this sounds oddly similar to my first day of kindergarten.

Moving on.

Friday soon came and I loaded up my car with all my stuff. You know the usual, two full size suitcases, two bags of shoes, one GIANT bag of hair and make-up needs, computer, ipad, planners, coloring books, sticker books, pots, pans, dishes…you get. #overpackersunite

Once the Impala was packed to the brim I headed on down the road to Kate’s.  I had a very HOT date that night so I was in a hurry to get to where I needed to be.

By now I am sure you are all thinking my hot date was with Alex….WRONG. It was with the handsome little guy in the picture below.

The GREAT Benjamin!

Of course, we let his parents come too. He even said Alex could tag along but he had to pay for his own meal. I didn’t argue. How could I with all that cuteness?!

I am rambling at this point so I will end it here. More to come on the weeks spent learning everything I can from Ben, and trying to navigate the wonderful world of screen printing!


The Art of Over Packing



We all do it.

 This may surprise some of you (NOT) but I am guilty of overpacking.

Tomorrow I leave for a fun filled weekend away with my lady pals from college. I have been looking forward to this all week. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to pack and was feeling pretty darn confident that I wouldn’t pack….to much.

I began packing at 11:00 this morning and finished up…..about an hour ago.

Should it have taken me allllllllll day to pack?


Do I REALLY need a full-size suitcase, bag, and tote for a two-day trip?


Typically I like to show up to someone’s house as if I am moving in. When traveling by car, this theory works great. By plane…..not so much. Especially when I am expected to only bring one suitcase.

One suitcase? That’s a joke, right? How am I supposed to fit the outfits I BOUGHT for the trip, the BACKUP outfits to the outfits I purchased, then the BACKUP to the backup outfits in case I am feeling fat? Not to mention the amount of shit I put on my face to make sure I don’t scare small children.

Let’s not forget all the things I need to help me sleep (high maintenance…..no, I just really value sleep….ok maybe high maintenance just a touch). My own pillow, blanket, computer so I can watch Friends…..white noise machine.

Yes, I travel with a white noise machine.

There was one time I traveled to Chicago with one suitcase. It seemed handy until I had to figure out how to fit all Michigan Avenue purchases in my carryon. I can’t relive that…it was just too traumatizing. Not the trip, the trip was great…but the idea of one suitcase…gets me all sorts of worked up.

So to all my fellow over-packers out there I salute you. Don’t ever let anyone steal your overpacking sunshine!


My Favorite McCook Spots


Since my time in McCook is down to a little over a month (we found and PURCHASED a house in Lincoln YAY!), I though now would be a good time to share with you all some of my favorite spots to frequent in McCook.

This list will mostly consist of shops and resturants. Because let’s face it, if there is anything I am good at it is shopping…..and eating.

Mac’s Drive-In

If you ever find yourself in the southwest corner of Nebraska, the desert of the state if you will, YOU MUST stop here to eat. Not only is the food good, the restaurant alone is an experience. Inside you order your food over the phone, when it’s ready a red light flashes and you go pick it up at the cashier’s window.

Outside you will find they have old school drive-up stalls, where you push a button on the menu to place your order. Then a friendly Mac’s employee brings your food straight to your car window!

My food recommendations would be the deluxe cheeseburger, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, fried mushrooms……French fries…chicken strips…….oh hell just get the ENTIRE MENU! Lord knows I have..

One thing you must not forget when stopping by this McCook hotspot….GET ALL THE RANCH! Seriously, Mac’s has the best ranch, in probably all of the world. You can trust me on this one, I know my ranch.

Mint 217 Boutique

Shortly after we moved here a little boutique started to take shape across the street from where I was working. Everyday I would peek out the window to see when I could check it out. Finally the WE ARE OPEN sign was up and I was out the door!

I have been fortunate enough to get to know Mint’s owner Leah (total sweetheart), and let me tell you she has done wonders for downtown McCook shopping. She offers unique items in her store, and I have never left there empty handed. If you stop by tell her Julia sent ya.

Sehnert’s Bakery

Sehnert’s is special to McCook having been around since…well I don’t know the exact year but a really, really long time. I’m not good with history so give me a break will ya?

The jiffy burger is something I knew nothing about before moving to McCook. It is life changing. You will want ALL OF THE JIFFY BURGERS. I never thought a loose meat sandwich could bring so much joy to my life.

Not only do they have great food, but they also support local artists and have events to showcase their talents. From comedians to musicians you will find it all at Sehnerts.

Knowlen & Yates


Do you see a trend yet? Two restaurants and now two shops. Like I said, shopping and eating, it’s kinda my jam.

Knowlen & Yates specializes in kitchen and home decor, but they have speciality food as well. You can go into their store and get fresh ground coffee. They do it right in front of you. Some of you may be like, “get with the 2010s girl they do that lots of places (insert eye roll emoji here).” Well I had never experienced it until moving here so for me it was amazing. It’s the little things in life.

Taste of Texas BBQ


I am going to end this list with a place that I think, offers the best Bloody Mary in the area. The BBQ isn’t bad either. The best part about living in a small town is locally owned restaurants. You get the best service and the food never disappoints. I don’t even bother looking at the menu when we go there. Chicken Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, and Mac n Cheese. Carb overload, sure. But totally worth the food baby you leave with.

So there you have it folks! Just a few of my favorite spots in McCook. If you ever find yourself in this little corner of the state I recommend taking some time to check the town out. Get a Bloody Mary and do some shopping. Why? Because that’s what JULIA would do!


Dry Shampoo – A Gift From The Hair Gods


I don’t think there is a woman out there that can’t relate to the above statement.

I would like to meet the creator of dry shampoo. For it is SHE who gives me the gift of extra sleep each morning. That, and the corporate appeal I use to wear.

I still love the dry shampoo…..the out-dated office attire I use to wear everyday, not so much.

But I’m not here to talk about blouses and extra sleep!

My hair is mid-length and somewhat thick. (shout out to Katie at Tranquility in Lincoln (NE) for keeping my mane lookin’ fresh). So washing it every single day isn’t something I like to do, nor have the time for.

On the flip side of no washing it daily, I also like for those who I come face to face with able to see their own face in the reflection of my greasy hair. Gross right? But it’s a fact. Thank god I have trained my hair to go 3 days without washing it. Sometimes even 4…..hell who am I kidding I have gone 5 WHOLE DAYS without a wash.

I think at this point it is important to clarify, I do bath daily. I swear really I’m not THAT lazy….or gross.

Moving on.

So in an effort to avoid that shine…..enter dry shampoo. I have experimented with many different brands and I have found that these two work the best for me.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

phd-dry-shampoo-pdp-topOut of the two I am going to talk about, this one is my favorite. One thing about dry shampoo that I absolutely hate is the white powdery residue it can sometimes leave behind. Living Proof’s shampoo does not do that…at all. Because of this, it is good for all hair colors.  It is lightweight and fool proof to use. I spray it on sections of my hair and let it sit for just a minute or so and then shake out and style per usual! I promise if you give this a try you won’t be disappointed.

Kristin Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo

51423847First of all I am OBSESSED with Kristin Ess as a stylist! (Second to Katie….she is at Tranquility…in Lincoln…did I mention that…oh I did, well she is amazeballs so she gets another shout out…rambling..me?? Nope.) Find her on Instagram and follow her. I found her because as you all know (or not, probably not) I am a fan of Lauren Conrad from The Hills and she has been her long time hair guru. So OBVIOUSLY when I was at Target and saw she has created a line of hair care products, one of which is dry shampoo I HAD TO try it!

I must admit I bought this more for the name than the quality.

But I was pleasantly surprised at how much I did liked it! It does have similar qualities as Living Proof but did leave behind a bit of the white residue. But if you are wanting to try dry shampoo for the first time, but do not want to spend a lot of money, this would be a good one to try out.

So there you have it. My favorite picks for dry shampoo. So save yourself some sleep in the morning and go grab some. You won’t regret it!


Life Update & The Golden Globes

Jersey knows whats important on Golden Globes night…champagne and shoes! Don’t worry…she stuck to the H2O

It has been A HOT MINUTE. I am so sorry for keeping everyone in the dark. I’m sure you all have been DYING to know what I have been up to! (By “you all” I basically just mean my mom and sister….) For the last week I have been in Lincoln (NE) dog sitting and house sitting for my friends while they are on the sunny beaches of Mexico. I’m not jealous at all. I mean, why would I give up these blustery slightly above ZERO temps for 80 degrees and Margaritias?!! I’d say I am #WINNING in this situation.

(I hope the sarcasm was sensed in that last part)

I have so many life things to fill you all in on. But for now, I must put that aside. In due time, I will give all you the deats on our move and my super exciting job I will start in February. For now you must be patient my little grasshoppers…

Moving on to more important things like……….THE GOLDEN GLOBES! I know I am over a week removed from recapping them, but like I said I have been a little busy dealing with grown up things. I apologize for keeping you all waiting (again…you all = mom and sister).

so many amazing moments from that evening! From the stand of solidarity in all black ensembles to Oprah’s life changing speech. In case you missed it, click here. I don’t want to spoil to much of it for those who didn’t get to watch, what I will share is my favorite quote from her fantastic speech,

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud, and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak and share their personal stories.”

KUDOS QUEEN OPRAH! There has been talk of a political run…Oprah 2020?? #shehasmyvote!

I could go on and on….AND ON with all my favorite moments from that evening. But that could take a while. So I will leave you with my own Golden Globe look.

I may or may not have worn this while I watched the Globes…..by myself. (Judgement NOT ALLOWED, ok you can judge a little…#sorrynotsorry)

Keep an eye out for more new posts about Vanderpump Rules, how much I hate packing, how much I drink while packing, and to find out whether Alex and I will be speaking at the end of our move to Lincoln!


Movin’ On Up – The Bauer’s Are Headed Back To Lincoln

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So it’s official.  We are moving back to Lincoln (NE)!

Also, isn’t it just the BEST time of the year to make a major life change? It’s cold, and it’s smack dab in the middle of the holidays WHY NOT! I tell you what, Alex and I have impeccable timing.

Despite the fact the timing isn’t perfect, this is something we have both wanted for a very long time. We have occupied the southwest corner of Nebraska long enough, and to be honest, I need Target back in my life! Call me basic, but that place is a wonderland.

As excited as we both are it is incredibly bittersweet. We have been able to live in the same town as his parents for the last 3 years and it has been so great. We are a bit closer to my family which is nice. My nieces have had a few events in McCook so to be able to attend those without hesitation has been awesome.

Time seems to slow down when you move to a small town. This was something I just couldn’t quite get use to when we first moved here. I needed the hustle and bustle of the city! I needed the horns honked and the middle fingers flipped! You don’t really get much of that here. Don’t get me wrong, it’s quite nice to not get the finger daily, and you don’t dare honk your horn at someone. They will follow you home and scold you….I know this….because it might have happened to me…..once. Or twice…..

Moving on.

Long summer nights, and cozy winter evenings just seem better in a small town. There isn’t a need to be everywhere at once. I am so incredibly excited to get back to Lincoln, back to my friends, back to the place Alex and I fell in love. But it will be hard to say good-bye to what we have known as home for the last 3 years.

Wow, this post took a turn for the cheeserific pretty fast! I better end this now. Be prepared for many more posts about the joys of moving….and drinking…while moving…because my friends, you can’t have one without the other!


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My Favorite Christmas Story

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Me circa 1987 Don’t be to jealous my cool ‘do

What would Christmas be without a good old fashion Christmas story?! No I’m not talking about Rudolph, or Buddy the Elf’s trip to find his dad. I am talking about a block of wood. A Christmas block of wood if you will.

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The Christmas block of wood in all it’s glory!

Let me set the scene for you. It was 1987 and I was at Sunday school, we just had a riveting lesson on baby Jesus and like a good little angel I was waiting quietly for the next activity.  In front me is placed a block of wood and a number of different paints. Forgive me for not remembering the directions that were given as to what to do with the block of wood.  Truth be told, I probably wasn’t paying attention anyway. I mean, there was wood, paint, and glitter…..GLITTER! How does a 6 year old pay attention to anything when there is glitter in front of them?! I went to town creating a masterpiece. I knew my Mom would probably stop putting up the Christmas tree and just have this magnificent piece of art out for all to see.

Of course after Sunday school is church and I knew I wouldn’t be able to show my Mom what I had made until the hour long service was over. TALK ABOUT THE LONGEST HOUR OF MY LIFE! As soon as I knew it was safe I ran to get my beautiful artwork and give it to my Mom. As I predicted she loved it. I mean, what mom wouldn’t love a piece of wood painted blue with red glitter?!

Then in the sweetest most loving voice my Mom asked…..what is it?

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WHAT IS IT?! DUH MOM it’s a Christmas tree, angel, and baby Jesus can’t you tell?! I mean I saw it, so I had no idea how she couldn’t. But nonetheless she was the proudest mom that day and displayed my work in the windowsill of our family living room for all to see. I spent that entire Sunday proudly staring at what I had created. I soon realized however, it was missing………………something.  So I got a pencil and went to town, gave the angel a solid curly ‘do and of course the tree needed a star! PERFECT!

Every year since that block of wood was brought home my Mom displays it in the same windowsill.  My family won’t admit it but they look forward to that decoration even more than the tree. Tragedy struck last week when Kathy (mom) couldn’t locate the Christmas block of wood! I TOLD HER CHRISTMAS WAS CANCELLED IF SHE COULDN’T FIND IT!

Thankfully, she was able to locate it, and it is sitting peacefully in the windowsill. Christmas can resume.

Next year I will tell the tale of the Christmas can, another Sunday school creation.


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My Favorite Things Make-Up Series Part IV – Bronzers & Highlighters


It’s December, winter, and if you live in the Midwest I bet you are just as pale as I am. If you aren’t I hope it is a spray tan you are utilizing because I don’t want this post to turn into a lecture on tanning  beds. Those things are not only HORRIBLE for you but sooooooo 1989.

There are plenty of safe ways to reach that bronzy glow without putting your skin ( which is the largest organ you own…just an FYI) at danger. Most of the time I get a little to cray with the bronzer and my neck and face have a very different tone. I’ve become an expert on blending….moving on.

Here are my favorite products for achieving a beach glow in the dead of winter!

Estee Lauder – Bronze Goddess

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I have used this bronzer since my good ole college days and it has yet to fail me! It is fool proof, even if you over do it like me. This is a universal bronzer I can use in the summer and winter without having to change colors. It has an oil control complex that keeps skin looking shine free!

Becca by Chrissy Teigen

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Like any human I am OBSESSED with Chrissy Teigen. So naturally when she teamed up with Becca to create a highlighter/bronzer palette I had to get it! You can achieve a year round summer glow with each of these colors. The bronzer and peach glow highlighter are my favorites.

Urban Decay – Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette

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A contouring expert I am not. I have tried, and I end up looking like a clown. So I have to say that the cream contour feature in this palette is not something I use that often. I have yet to decide if I am going to give up on contouring or still try to figure it out. Stay tuned. The powder side of this product….I use daily! For me it is easier to blend and fool proof which is EXACTLY what I need when it comes to these kinds of products.

e.l.f – Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Face Palette


THIS PALETTE! By far my favorite. My skin tone is more on the light to fair side and these shades are perfect when wanting a glow without looking like an Oompa Loompa! (Willy Wonka reference…if you don’t get it I feel sorry for you) The price point is pretty great too! If you have never ventured out into the land of bronzers and highlighters this would be a good palette to start with!

So what are you waiting for? Get rid of that winter dullness and brighten up your skin with some of these products! If I can use these and not look like Snooki from Jersey shore, then you can too.