Friday, April 9, 2021

Shopping Trip to Rochester

 Hi everyone! On Tuesday my mom and I had a little girls day and took a shopping trip to Rochester. They have so many amazing stores and it was so fun shopping for spring! We had the pleasure of touring the new Dicks Sporting Goods House of Sport at the Eastview Mall and couldn't believe how incredible it was. 

If you are local or a short drive away I would definitely recommend visiting. Whether you're looking for something fun and safe to do with your kids or just want to go shopping for the day the store truly has something for everyone. We spent hours there shopping and enjoyed doing a few activities.

I share a little bit more daily fitness content on my Instagram @belleoftheball45 and absolutely love to workout. I find it great for both my mental and physical health. The House of Sport has such a great selection of workout and athleisure wear for women at a variety of price points. I loved so many of the styles from the @caliabycarrie and DSG lines. They also carry Free People Movement which I was so excited to see! Lately I've found myself gravitating towards more athletic styles for day-to-day wear as well and this is such a great spot to find them! I picked up the cutest pair of Nike joggers that I will be living in. I've also been on the hunt for a new pair of sneakers and had so many options to choose from. They feature so many great brands for both fitness and lifestyle such as Nike, Vans, Brooks, Adidas and many more. 

The store really had a focus on making the customer happy with their purchase which is something I loved. They have a treadmill in the fitting room to make sure you like the fit of your new outfit, multiple golf simulators so you choose the right club, a batting cage to try out your swing, and so much more. I bought a new driver while I was there and couldn't believe how much my drive improved on the golf course! 


There were over 700 mannequins at the store which was a great way to enhance the shopping experience. Sometimes seeing a piece styled can be so helpful and grab your attention. The mannequins were also in very active poses which made it easier to envision myself working out in the clothes! 

Each section also has a scent station to give you a full sensory experience. I was transported to my dugout in little league baseball when I smelled the Big League Chew in the baseball section!

Another one of my favorite parts about the store was the focus on community. Throughout the store there are pictures from local sports teams which I thought was so cute! They also have a jumbotron at the entrance that plays both local and national games. It is so great for kids to see this and be inspired to play team sports. At the Health and Wellness Bar they also sold juices from a local business! 

Every section throughout the store had the most helpful and educated team members. At the Health & Wellness bar you can even schedule an appointment with a licensed nutritionist or take an early morning yoga class. 

The 17,000 square-foot outdoor turf field was incredible and unlike anything I've ever seen in a retail store! They had a variety of activities set up and it made me so happy to see young kids trying new things. It's a great spot to test out products too and make sure you love everything you take home with you. They have a variety of events happening on the field year round! 

We also got a chance to climb on the rock wall which was so much fun! It would be a great activity for kids and is only $8. You can make a reservation in-store or online.

See more about @dickshouseofsportroc in the video below! 

Thank you Dick's Sporting Goods for sponsoring this post! 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Staying Home With Scotties + Loungewear Favorites

 Hi everyone! The winter in Buffalo always feels extremely long and this year we've been spending more time at home than ever. I've been picking up Scotties Triple Soft tissues at our local Tops and my family loves having them around the house. Not only are these tissues the best because they are so gentle on your skin, but I love the variety of box designs that match any space. I always make sure to have them in my room and on my desk in my office. You can also get cash back through the Ibotta app when you buy Scotties Triple Soft! 

I'm also sharing a few of my favorite loungewear looks below! Throughout the past year, I've really expanded my loungewear collection and hope you guys can find a few pieces you love. 


My favorite loungewear:

Thank you Scotties Tissues for sponsoring this post!

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

I'm Going Back to School!

Hi everyone! As you may know, I've been blogging full-time since graduating from Mercyhurst University last spring. So many of you have been asking me what my next step is and I'm so happy that I finally know and can share! While I absolutely love blogging full-time, I've been trying to decide what the future holds for me and exploring many options. There are so many different options when it comes to choosing a career and it can get very overwhelming. After thinking about it for a while, I'm so excited to share that I'm going back to school to become a teacher! Don't worry I still will be blogging as often as I do now, but I will be working on getting my teaching degree and sharing my experiences along the way. I'm so thrilled with my decision and look forward to being in school again. 

I'm going to Buffalo State College which will allow me to live at home and take my classes online which is wonderful. Being able to continue blogging is a top priority for me and I think the schedule I'm taking on will definitely allow me to do so. Blogging has been such a source of happiness for me during my entire adult life and I truly don't know what I would do without all of you. I could not be more thankful for the friendships I've developed and the support you all give me. Please know that I am always here to talk about anything and am only a quick DM or email away.

I will be studying Business Marketing Education and also hope to get my certification in Family and Consumer Science. One of my mom's good friends is a teacher and I was able to spend a lot of time with her chatting about the job and began to realize it was the perfect fit for me. My dad always encouraged me to go to school for teaching, but when I graduated from high school I didn't think that was what I wanted to do. The more I looked into becoming a teacher, I realized that it's such a wonderful job. Classes started this week which is definitely very different from my previous college experience because of COVID. I love participating in discussions and meeting new people in my classes, but hopefully, we will be back to that soon and be able to do it virtually in the meantime! I'm pretty organized when it comes to my school and blog work so I'm hoping I will be able to keep all of my ducks in a row.  

On another note- for all of you who recently graduated, are graduating soon, or are feeling stuck in your current role I encourage you to explore new options and never give up on finding something that will fulfill you. It can feel very stressful trying to find a career path that is the best fit for you- believe me, I felt that stress for the last few months. I received so many messages on Instagram of people telling me stories about their change in career paths later in life and I love hearing about how people found their passion. It was wonderful to hear that so many people love their teaching jobs and were even sweet enough to offer assistance if I ever need it! If I can ever be of assistance to you in any way please reach out!

Thank you all so much for reading! 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas!

 Hi everyone! I can't believe it's already February! I feel like the month flew by and I'm hoping the rest of the winter will do the same. I'm dreaming of some sunnier days! With it being February, Valentine's day is right around the corner and I thought it would be fun to share a few gift ideas with you guys. I included items at a variety of price points and included a few promo codes for you as well. 


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