Saturday, September 24, 2011

Rain Looks Good on You

If you have looked outside the past few days, you have seen one thing and one thing only: RAIN

It was pouring.

It was raining cats and dogs.

Or in the words of my sophomore year roommate Lisa Easter "It's a monsoon!"

This week Mother Nature decided to change it up a little as she let the rain fall. It certainly was a change from the hot, dry weather that we have been experiencing all summer. It was a very nice change, and it gave girly girls everywhere the chance to break out some adorable rain gear. Gone are the days where a giant umbrella that you borrowed from your mom and a pair of tennis shoes are your only rain attire options. Rain gear has reached new levels of cute, classy, and girly.

My favorite rain gear accessory is rain boots. The first person that I ever saw wearing rain boots was my good friend Hannah Thomas. They were green with floral designs. As soon as I saw them, I knew that I had to have a pair. 

Hannah and her rain boots.
Rain boots are the thing to have in women's rain fashion. They keep your feet warm and dry. They also come in handy in the snow and winter is right around the corner. 

Making a snow angel

My boots came from Target. If you are searching for rain boots, this is the store that you need. They have a huge selection of  boots online. I love all of the patterns and colors that they offer. I have my eye on these babies now. 

A small umbrella is another must have rain accessory. An umbrella with a beautiful design that fits in your purse...what girly girl would turn that down?

Finally, the accessory that brings the whole outfit together is the rain jacket. The jacket can be whatever color or style you want, depending on your personality. Hannah has an adorably cute yellow rain jacket that I just love, and my momma has a blue one that I borrow whenever possible. I had a purple rain jacket that my Nana gave me for Christmas. It was perfect for rain or snow. Unfortunately, somewhere between graduating and moving home, it disappeared from my closet.

Luckily, I am a great online window shopper and I have already picked out what rain jacket needs to be added to my wardrobe. Check it out here. I am not sure what color I want, but I am leaning towards purple or blue. I think that this jacket would be a great addition to my rain attire, I just have to save up some money to buy it.

The sun came back out today. It has been hiding and letting the rain do its thing. However, next time the rain comes back out to play, it will not ruin any of you girly girls' day. (yeah, I just rhymed). I know that you will all be prepared with your boots, umbrellas, and jackets. Come on now, I can't be the only one who enjoys playing in the rain. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Body By Vi

There is some buzz going around about a new weight loss solution. I heard the buzz and I had to investigate, so I went straight to the source of the information. His name is Eric Foust and he is an Independent Contractor of Body By Vi milkshakes.

That's right! I said milkshakes.

What is Body by Vi? According to the website, Body by Vi is "an innovative solution to getting into better shape, no matter if you want to slim down, tone up or build muscle."

If you are like every other girly girl out there, you are always looking for new and easy ways to slim down. I know that I am. This is also the perfect chance to get your main man involved. Whether your guy is already buff or needing a little work, this is a product that you can enjoy together. All of you manly men can get buff, and you girly girls can meet your weight loss goals. There are different Balance kits that cater to your personal body needs. There are many different flavors of milkshakes. So if you are worried about the taste, chances are they have the perfect flavor to please your taste buds.

You can also join the Community Challenge. This allows you to donate meals to families that are not able to provide nutritional meals for themselves. Getting fit and helping a good that is exciting!

See, he is very excited :)
I personally have not signed up to join Body By Vi...yet. Obviously, you have to pay for the program, and I cannot pay for ANYTHING at the moment. However, my aunt Lisa and cousin Katelyn have purchased some milkshakes and they are raving about how yummy they are. If you can't trust family, who can you trust right?

My advice to you, is to find out what it is all about by attending a Body By Vi challenge party. If you live around here, you should contact Eric Foust. Eric hosts these information parties. You can reach him by email at or by phone at 336-215-8368. As I understand, when you attend a party you get to sample the shakes. It's like a "try before you buy." I don't know about you, but I have never been one to turn down some free milkshake...

Be sure to check out all that the Body By Vi has to provide and learn about the process at 

If you do call Eric, be sure to tell him that Erin Kidd sent you ;)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Super Yummy Bean Dip

Who is ready for a new, easy recipe? If you like delicious and simple recipes, this one is for you.

My momma got the recipe from her coworker Paige Davis. I am not sure if the dish has a formal name, therefore I am choosing to call it Super Yummy Bean Dip. Paige must know what she is doing in the kitchen because this bean dip recipe was a hit.

Ingredients you will need:
1 red onion
Black beans
Dark Kidney Beans
Diced Tomatoes
Green chilies (These are optional, depending on how much spice you want in your life. You can purchase diced tomatoes without the green chilies.)

Step 1: Drain the beans.

Step 2: Put the diced tomatoes into a separate bowl.

Step 3: Chop up onion.....It was on this step that my eyes began to hurt and water so much that my momma had to finish chopping up the onion for me. I know, I am a wuss.

Step 4: Mix the beans, diced tomatoes, and chopped up onion together in a bowl.

Step 5: Sprinkle in some sugar. The amount of sugar added depends on your taste buds. I have a serious sweet tooth, so I added quite a lot.

Step 5: Place the dip in the refrigerator over night.

The finished project should look like this:

At this point, you should break out your nacho chips (I prefer Tostitos Scoops) and enjoy this Super Yummy Bean Dip for yourself.

ps- I am now the owner of gold glittery Crackle Nail Polish. All of you girly girls need to stay tuned because I will be testing it out soon!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Start Your Engines

Boogity, Boogity, Boogity...


Bristol Motor Speedway

Can you guess what I have been up to? That's right! I have been watching some racing. How did you know?! :)

If you knew me growing up, you will be shocked at this post. I admit, I was never a big race fan. My family was always all about baseball, and I just didn't see what could be fun about watching cars drive around in circles. The only exciting part about it was when they wrecked. Then, I met Brandon Coble, a very dedicated race fan. He convinced me to go to a few races with him and I slowly began to understand the appeal of the sport.

Allstar race 2010
Now, don't get too excited. I have yet to figure out all the rules and I have not picked a favorite driver (I just always cheer for who Brandon wants to win). However, I have grown to like the race atmosphere. Hundreds of people gathering to support their favorite driver and celebrate a sport that was born in the South...what could be better than that?

However, I always have the same problem whenever I attend a race. What am I going to wear? I have sweated to death at Bowman Gray Stadium and I have been crying for a jacket in Richmond, Virginia. I never seem to wear the right attire.

I recently headed over to Bristol, Tennessee with Brandon to enjoy some modified cars and truck races. This time, I googled what to wear to a race, and came more prepared than ever before. Today, I am going to share with you what I believe every girly girl needs when they attend any type of race.

1. Sunglasses or a hat


It is very sunny. You will need these. You might even need to wear both at the same time.

2. A poncho or jacket.

Unexpected rain at Bowman Gray Stadium
It can and will rain or become chilly unexpectedly. You are not allowed to bring umbrellas into the race track. I learned this the hard way when the man searching bags at the gate in Bristol told me that I was not supposed to have an umbrella. Luckily, he didn't make me walk all the way back to the car to put it away :)

3. Comfortable shoes.

You will be doing a lot of walking. There is no point in wearing those cute new flats that rub your toes. Skip the pain and throw on your Rainbows or your tennis shoes.

4. A light shirt.

All of the websites I read recommended that you stick to the t-shirt. The material is lighter and it will keep you cooler. On the Bristol trip, I decided to make my white shirt a little more girly by adding an orange scarf that I borrowed from my cousin Katelyn.

Pit stop to check out the mountains
4. A bag.

I chose to use a Catawba bag that I had available in my jeep. This was much easier than digging around for my wallet or sunglasses in my huge purse.

5. Water.

You will get thirsty. You will need this. Coolers are usually allowed inside, so you can stock up and bring some in with you.

6. The final and most important thing that you need to remember before you head out on your racing adventure is MONEY.

You will need some extra cash. There are all kinds of vendors and many different concession stands. Once you smell those hotdogs and pizzas cooking, you will not be able to resist. Or, a cute hat or shirt may catch your eye. I saw some girly pink hats that I wouldn't mind purchasing. I just have to find a favorite driver first...

I hope that this post has been helpful. Now all of you readers can enjoy a day at the race track, while remaining girly and classy. AND if any of you girly girl race fans out there has an idea of who I should root for when I attend my next race, I am open to your suggestions. 

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Monday, September 5, 2011

It's That Time Again

So there I was, minding my own business and watching some mindless television with my cousin Katelyn, when she began looking at my hair. As soon as I saw her face, I knew what was about to come out of her mouth...

"Erin, your roots are showing, it is time for us to dye your hair again."

Just like that, the Katelyn Kidd Hair Salon was back in business. We ran to Kerr Drug, picked up the right color and went to work. The pictures below will explain it all.

This time, Katelyn took it up a notch. She brought out a chair for me to sit in and she provided me with a lovely bottled Coca Cola, which is always refreshing. She knows how to keep her customers happy ;)

We had to fight off the dogs, and wait for Katelyn's brother Caleb to hold the camera straight, but we eventually got it done. Yay for my roots being gone once again!

I love having my own personal hairstylist right down the road. The Katelyn Kidd Hair Salon did an excellent job once again! I would recommend her for all of your hair dying needs. :)