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.



Sensible Chaos Takeover – Sara’s Favorite Holiday Looks

Today is a very special Thursday, a takeover of Sensible Chaos by my very best friend Sara! You might recognize her from a recent trip to Minneapolis. Or as my Omaha Fashion Week partner in crime. She is going to share with you all some of her favorite looks for this holiday season.


Sara’s Favorite Holiday Looks

Hello Sensible Chaos fam! I’m so honored Julia asked me to be a guest writer on her blog! Julia is my go-to gal when facing many of life’s toughest decisions. She’s always there to provide her wise and honest advice when I ask which one of my 37 shades of red lipstick best matches my outfit? Do these jeans make my butt look too big? Do I want a wine buzz or a champagne buzz? I mean, these are critical decisions in a girl’s life and I’m lucky I have her to lean on!

Julia asked if I would share a post for the upcoming 2017 Holiday season and because I can’t turn down an excuse to online shop, I jumped at the chance. (Side note, my husband thinks I was “just browsing” while writing this post and not actually shopping. Let’s hope he doesn’t read this or check the mail before me…) Maybe it’s just me, but I like to think any holiday party is an excuse to get dressed up and wear something a bit out of your comfort zone. I’m talking sequins! And ruffles! And velvet! (You didn’t think I’d be posting on Sensible Chaos without referencing velvet did you?!)

To those who have been eyeing the velvet look but haven’t pulled the trigger, might I suggest this little number. This golden yellow color is so beautiful. The high low round hem with a wrap bodice has this dress from Lulu’s looking sexy, yet also chic. You’ll want to snatch this one up fast as it’s just been added back in stock.

To any of my longer legged ladies reading this, (hands up if you’re 5’9” or taller) if you haven’t check out TopShop do it! Some of their stuff is a bit more edgy but they offer a Tall section, which is clutch if you’ve been wanting to check out one of those famous velvet slip dresses but can’t find one long enough. I love this wine color and anytime I can find a dress that covers my bum but is still above the knees, I call it a win!

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You can never go wrong at a New Years Eve party with sequins. The rose gold color of this Mock Neck Bodycon dress from Tobi is so gorgeous and and I love the open back detail.

If you’re looking for a holiday party dress that doesn’t show a lot of skin (it IS winter in Nebraska after all so it’s likely cold AF out) I love this find from Akira. I’m a big fan of midi dresses (heyyy longer hem lengths!) The tiered tulip sleeves are a super fun detail while still versatile with slits, so you can hit up that dip tray or refill that cocktail (I like to do both) as much as you want!

I’m so obsessed with this last dress, I feel like I need to buy it even though I have nowhere to wear it. If anyone has a formal holiday party they’re attending or hosting and are okay with crashers, let me know! This Gigi Off Shoulder Ruffle Front Gown from Akira is to die for! I’m telling myself it’s named after Gigi Hadid because she’s flawless and so is this gown. It comes in classic black and a gorgeous red color with dramatic ruffles, an off the shoulder cut, cuffed sleeves (once again, the dip tray and I would be just fine) and a great high low hem.

And there you have it! A few of the looks that I’m feeling are right up my Holiday Party alley for 2017!

Peace, love & holidays

Shop The Looks

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Vanderpump Rules Season 6 Episode 2 – Brittany Gets Jaxed


So many feelings and thoughts about last night’s Vanderpump Rules. For anyone who was shocked Jax admitted it… too. His M-O is usually to deny, deny, deny until it does him no good and he is forced to tell the truth. HEY JAX maybe keep it in your pants and you can avoid situations like this…just a thought.

Of course we find ourselves back at Scheana’s birthday party where EVERYONE is talking about Faith and Jax’s hook-up in front of a sleeping senior citizen. Brittany is obviously distraught and Kristen is still threatening to destroy Jax’s eh hmmm……balls.

Scheana declares that Jax doesn’t deserve Brittany. Well not shit Scheana!  Jax NEVER DID deserve her. I love Brittany but I can’t help but question what she see’s in him. It’s pretty obvious that in 6 seasons he has yet to change. BUT I guess you can’t help falling in love with a man that has had more plastic surgery then 3 playboy playmates combined. But I digress.

The next day is when Jax tells Brittany the truth as she is getting ready to head off to Vegas.  The only way she knows the console her broken heart.  I guess Vegas is how the Pump peeps like to deal with break-ups. Bottle service and pool parties always seemed to fix my broken heart! Wait…I grew up in Nebraska..and reality.

The rest of episode is pretty dull if you ask me. We are introduced to Stassi’s on again off again boyfriend Patrick who has an impressive man-bun. At dinner we learn he is going to Amsterdam and she shouldn’t ask him about what he does while he is there…oh and he won’t be talking to her for the duration of his 7 day trip. Red flag?! NOT FOR STASSI! Throughout that dinner she completely misses the fact Patrick is wanting to have an “open relationship.” One word…..asshole. Or is that two? Whatever it still means the same thing.

James is back asking Lisa to DJ at SUR. How many times has he been fired?  Banned? 6? 12? I lost count. He doesn’t come alone either, his lady friend Raquel joins him in what she calls shorts but I call denim underwear. She wants to work at Vanderpump Dogs and when Lisa asks her what she does, like for work, Raquel looks utterly dumbfounded. Once she awakens from her haze she responds in typical L.A. fashion, she models. Of course this qualifies her to work with dogs!!!! Lisa tells her she needs to volunteer first. She might want to rethink her outfit choices when she shows up to scoop poop.

Fast forward to yet another birthday party for Arianna’s brother Jeremy. The only real interesting part of this is the Tom’s decide to cry. Schwartz is feeling as if he has no direction, and Sandavol, with a tear stained check of bronzer, reassures him that he is perfect. Listen, a man having a good cry isn’t a sign of weakness in my opinion…but the bronzer might be a little much. To each there own, Sandavol does have some pretty decent cheekbones to highlight.

We end at Long Beach Pride where Lisa is Grand Marshall for the Parade. The Tom’s go to support Lisa and to make up for being complete douche’s to her in last week’s episode. We also see Brittany return to work at SUR only to reveal she hooked up with Jax earlier that day. (Insert palm to face emoji here)

I’m sorry Brittany but you totally got Jaxed.

Until next week! #pumprules


My SUR Life – Vanderpump Rules Season 6 Episode 1

VRules Vanderpump Rules is my jam. Call me pathetic, I don’t care. I live for this show (ok, that’s a bit dramatic….or not). When Monday night rolls around I can not wait to snuggle in for 60 minutes of the most drama that will enter my life in a week!

So to you, my faithful reader, I can only do what a blogger who is obsessed with a pointless reality TV show does, judge that shit.

For those of you who don’t watch the show, pick a Sunday, put on sweatpants grab some Arbor Mist and binge watch. Yes at first you might have a shit ton of opinions, I did. But this particular group of pretty people have bucket loads of drama and by the end you will feel like your life isn’t so bad.

We start season 6 at SUR where of course most of them still work with the acceptation of Stassi and Kirsten. More on them later.  Seems that Katie is back to her rage texting ways and Scheana decides she just doesn’t want that drama at her upcoming birthday party.  So she proceeds to tell Katie about her party…and that she isn’t invited. At this point I had to change the channel for a hot minute because this sort of stuff makes me cringe. You are just asking for issues when you do this stuff. Come on Scheana…I mean are we in high school?

Yep. We are. SUR High everybody.

Moving on Jax is up to his old shenanigans again. Conoodling with women who aren’t Brittnay.  I have a hard time believing this rumor isn’t true. Faith is pretty descriptive in telling James what went down after he “DM’d her twitter” and came to where she worked to do the deed. I don’t want to give too much away but…toes where involved.

Tom Sandavol has also heard this rumor from a friend. Needless to say there isn’t a person in this SURific group that doesn’t believe it didn’t happen. We see Kristin begging Faith to talk to Brittnay and she won’t do it. Funny how Kristen is at the center of this calling out Jax for cheating when it wasn’t 4 seasons back she was caught up in a cheating scandal of her own involving…you guessed it Jax.

All of this drama goes down at Scheana’s mascaraed themed birthday party.  Not only is this a celebration of Scheana’s birth, but it is a sort of coming out party if you will for her new boyfriend Rob.  If you ask me Rob is a vast improvement over her DJ wannabe ex Shay. I’m pretty sure she already has her next wedding planned. Perhaps she will shy away from the cropped top wedding gown she chose for her first one. One can only hope.

Sidenote – I need to take a quick minute and discuss how uninterested Ariana was when Tom was talking to her at their apartment before Scheana’s party. Girl WOULDN’T stop looking at herself. I mean, I wouldn’t either if I looked like that.

Stassi and Katie aren’t seen as much in this episode. Of course we see Katie get uninvited to Scheana’s party.  Our first look at Stassi is when she arrives at Katie and Tom Schwartz’s apartment for a quick gossip sesh and it is obvious her legs are darker than the rest of her body. I noticed it. Thank you Tom for pointing it out. Girl has got to get her spray tanning UNDER CONTROL.

We also learn Stassi is back with Patrick. But from the looks of the season (and if you follow her on Instagram) that doesn’t last too long. I am not really on the Stassi train these days. She made some pretty harsh comments about the #metoo movement on her podcast Straight Up With Stassi. Of course since then she has gone on an apology tour and written a letter explaining her point. Jury is still out on this.

I had so many feelings after watching this episode it took me 2 days to write this. Season 6 is going to be chuck full of things and I can’t wait to dissect it each week. Because like Stassi I am going to do what she does best…………..judge.