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I hope everyone has a fabulous Halloween!  I will be roaming the streets with Minnie Mouse, Obi Wan Kenobi and a X Wing Fighter, using them to collect candy that I will later tell them is bad for them, take half away and keep hidden for me.  Have fun and be safe!

As you all know, I am a HUGE fan of Rag and Bone.  I am typically a fan of everything in their collection.  That being said, every now and then a designer will throw a wrench in their collection and make me say, hmmmmm.  That is exactly what happened when I saw this Rag and Bone Barswood Haircalf and Leather Coat.

But wait!  There’s more!  The furry sleeves are detachable!  See how they disappear…
And just so you get the entire view, here is the back (sleeves back on!)…
I have a lot of opinions about fashion, but for this I have no words.  What do you think?   Would you wear this?
The KASZ Photography giveaway closes this Sunday!  If you haven’t entered yet, don’t miss out!  Click here to enter!

Today my husband and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary.  It is so cliche but I honestly cannot believe how fast it has gone.  I know to some 10 years is nothing, but considering my longest relationship up until my husband was 2 1/2 years, this is a long time!  And if there is one thing I can say about marriage, it is F-ING HARD!  Come on, for those of you who are married, you know this to be true.  No one said that getting married was going to be a fairytale (well, except for Disney) and though there are some incredible moments, there are also moments when I have wanted to bash my head into a wall.

So what I have learned over the last 10 years?  Here are just a few things:
1. I am not always right, even though I think I am.
2. Raising children can suck the life out of you and your marriage if you are not careful.
3. There is no greater feeling than having a husband who loves and adores you.
4. Compromise is not losing, but learning how to work together.
5. Men and women are VERY different, especially when it comes to shopping and sex.
6. You will love your spouse even more than you thought possible when you see them with your children.
7. Never show a new purchase to your husband until you are wearing it.  It will be harder for him to get mad about the purchase.  This is especially true if it is tight, short or low cut.
8. Your lowest moments together will bring you closer.
9. It is possible to love someone but hate them at the same time.
10. Marriage is worth fighting for.

Happy Anniversary Hubby!  It has been an incredible ride thus far and I am looking forward to the next 10 years!

And on a less personal note, there are only a few more days left to enter the KASZ Photography giveaway!  Click here to enter!

This past Sunday we made our annual trip to Tanaka Farms to pick out our pumpkins.  We have been doing this every year since our oldest was one and I am obsessed with this place.  What is better than spending a Fall afternoon picking pumpkins, feeding animals, running through a corn maze, riding on a tractor and grabbing some fresh produce?  Here are some pictures from our day…

The KASZ Photography giveaway is still open!  Click here to enter!
Did you know that Chuck E. Cheese has beer and wine?  Perhaps you did but this is something I recently figured out in the last year.  They obviously realized that this is the last place parents want to go with their children and bribe us by offering to ease the pain through alcohol.  Genius idea Chuck.  Genius.
A birthday party there this past Friday night led some friends and I to walk in, give our child to the party and head to the “bar”.  Your first question might be why we ever committed to going to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese on a Friday night and honestly, I have no good reason except for the fact that perhaps we were drinking when we made that decision too.  But back to the wine.  Upon receiving our glass, an entire discussion began regarding what we were actually drinking.  Here are some things we knew for sure…
1. They are generous – your small plastic cup will be filled to the brim.  Be careful walking back!  You don’t want to waste it!
2. There is one red option and one white option
3. It is served cold, regardless of the color you select
4. It comes from a tap
There is where all knowledge stops and the questioning begins…
1. Why is the red wine cold?
2. Why is it served from a tap?
3. What is behind the tap?  A super-sized box?  A keg?  The largest bottle of cold red wine you have ever seen with a tube connected to the tap?
4. Why does it taste better with the pizza?  Do they pair it?
5. What am I actually drinking?
6. Why I am drinking this?  It is terrible!
The questioning could go on and on but the reality of it is, we are at Chuck E. Cheese and it really does not matter what it is or how bad it is.  As long as it medicates the fact that we are sitting in a children’s mad house with a mouse running around, I will continue to consume with pleasure.
Haven’t entered the KASZ Photography giveaway yet?  What are you waiting for!  Click here for details!

If you haven’t heard of Erin Condren, you are missing out.  I absolutely adore all the personlized stationary, gifts, calendars, etc. that she offers on her website.  Not only that, but I love that she was a stay at home mother of twins who came up with an idea and ran with it.  Her products are fabulous and have been featured on Ellen and The Rachel Ray Show, along with magazines such as Lucky, US Weekly and People.  They make amazing gifts for friends, teachers, family or perhaps, yourself.

Today on Plum District, you can purchase a $50 certificate to Erin Condren for only $25 (click here)!!  Such great deal and a fabulous way to begin Christmas shopping.  To help you pick some items out, here are some of my favorite items that I use consistently and continue to re-order.
 

Weekly Schedule Pad
I LIVE by this during the week.  It helps me remember what is going on in our crazy household
and my 7 year old loves to check each day to make sure we did all that we needed to.
Classic Gift Labels
Who needs a birthday card when you have these?  Wrap up a present, stick this on the
package and you are good to go!
Notebook Notepad
I am obsessed with personalized stationary!

Another plus to purchasing this deal is that Plum District has also started a Loyalty Program for your local schools.  For every deal purchased, they will donate 10% to the school of your choice.  If you are interested in participating in this program, simply send an email to tina.johnson@plumdistrict.com and she will help get it linked to your account!
Happy Shopping!
Disclaimer: I did receive this deal as a “gift” for promoting it, but I would have never promoted it had I not thought it was fabulous.

Also, if you have not entered the KASZ photography giveaway, click here!

If you are anything like me, you are already obsessing over your Christmas/Holiday card.  I always like to send out the “perfect” card yet have the hardest time getting the “perfect” picture.  I obviously have to look good in the picture or it is not going out (you are saying I am vain right now but you do the same thing).  And now is the time to start thinking about that picture because we all get our cards out after Thanksgiving right??? (Can you see me laughing at myself?)

So, what a perfect time to offer a photo session with proofs by KASZ Photography!  That’s right! This giveaway is a family session with photographer Emily Kaszton, along with a CD of the pictures that she edits for you!
A graduate of the suburban jungle of Orange County, Emily Kaszton made the move to Santa Barbara to hone her skill in creating visual spectacles from behind the lens of her Canon 7D.  Attending Brooks School of Photography, Emily is well aware that the lens is the instrument of her trade.  Her finished product, however, is born from her eye for unique detail and she is already making her mark as a talented photographer.  Through her varied studies, Emily has developed a passion for taking photographs of children and families.  She feels blessed to have the opportunity to capture the beauty of each moment that passes when we are surrounded by the people we love and cherish.  Here are some examples of what to expect from your session with Emily…

Here is how to enter:
1. You must be a resident of San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles or Santa Barbara (or willing to travel to one of these locations for the shoot).
2. Like “KASZ Photography” on Facebook here.
3. Follow “Juggling in Heels” on google connect.
4. Leave a comment on this blog post that you have done the above and you are then officially entered in the contest!
For additional entries (after you have done the above):
1. Follow Juggling in Heels on twitter here and tweet about this giveaway
2. Like “Juggling in Heels” on Facebook here
3. Post this giveaway on your Facebook profile
IMPORTANT:  You must leave a comment on the blog for each item you have done (one comment for each) in order for the entry to count.  
So, if you really, really want this session, you can get up to 4 entries by doing all the above!
You have until Sunday, October 30th, 20011 at midnight to enter!
Good Luck!

I became a major fan of Frye boots back in 2005 when I made my first purchase of the Harness boot.

Over the past 6 years, these boots have been through a lot and STILL look like I just bought them.  Then last year, I open up these beauties on Christmas morning.
These Celia Over the Knee Boots are insane.  They look amazing over skinny jeans or leggings and I cannot wait for the weather to cool down to pull these out again.
This year, I now have my eye on the Billy Short Boot.  
I really want to get a pair of causal short boots and I love the light color of these.  They would be such a fabulous addition to my closet and will definitely be going on my Christmas list this year.

Many of you may have already seen this but for some reason I hadn’t.  My friend pointed this video out to me and it is a perfect example of why women should never compare themselves to what they see in magazines.

This is also one of the reasons that I am stressed out by having a little girl.  If we feel the pressures of being “magazine perfect”, how must a young teenage girl feel?  Like I said, STRESSES ME OUT.
I have two questions regarding this.  One, how does any company feel right creating this unrealistic perception of beauty?  And two, are they available to do my Christmas card?