THE BLOG

BRAND SPOTLIGHT: MIGNON FAGET

Let me introduce you to your next favorite jewelry designer: Mignon Faget. Mignon Faget is undoubtably the most iconic name in jewelry out of New Orleans since she started designing over 50 years ago, and is one of the most coveted jewelry lines throughout the south. If you are from New Orleans, Mignon Faget is […]

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VALENTINE’S DIY CRAYONS

Looking for a quick and easy Valentine’s Day craft to do with your kids? Look no further. These Valentine’s DIY recycled crayons are adorable and fun to make. My kids loved working on these, and they are so proud of their finished product. I love this craft specifically, because we have so many broken and […]

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VALENTINE’S TABLE INSPIRATION

One of my favorite ways to celebrate any holiday is to tablescape accordingly for the occasion. I love to decorate the table the night before and watch my children’s reaction when they come downstairs for the big reveal. Having four kids has shifted most of our holidays from adult-centered to kid-centered. So, with this table […]

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VALENTINE’S DIY CONFETTI PLACEMAT

Looking for a quick and easy Valentine’s Day craft to do with your kids? Look no further. These Valentine’s DIY confetti placemats are adorable and fun to make. My kids loved working on these, and they are so proud of their finished product. For this project, I went with a 12×15 clear plastic cutting board […]

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VALENTINE’S CHARCUTERIE BOARD

Okay, so this isn’t your traditional charcuterie board set up. But, I thought a sweet version of a charcuterie board would be on theme for Valentine’s Day. This board can be used as a galentine’s gathering focal point, something fun for the kids, or even sized down for a zoom event. Tips for creating your […]

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BRAND SPOTLIGHT: BODEN

Someone once told me that if everything is special, then nothing is special. And, although I agree with that sentiment regarding most aspects of life, I have to disagree when it comes to children’s clothing. In my opinion, there is nothing better than bold prints, bright color, and stand-out pieces for children’s wear (even better […]

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BACK TO SCHOOL ESSENTIALS

We are FINALLY headed back to full-time in-person learning in Fort Collins, and I could not be more grateful. Even though I loved having my kids home and really actually have mixed emotions about them heading back, I am so happy to have a little taste of normal life back. With all the back and […]

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VIRTUE RF MICRONEEDLING AT FACETTE MEDICAL SPA

Without further ado, I bring you the blog post that will revolutionize your skin. I recently had the opportunity to try out Virtue RF Microneedling at Northern Colorado’s premier medical spa, Facetté. AND, let me just tell you, the results were amazing. As a mom of four, my personal skincare routine has been neglected for […]

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THE SKIN LOUNGE

I love a good back story, and when I met Amna Rafiq, the founder and visionary behind The Skin Lounge in Fort Collins, Colorado, I knew hers would be interesting. Amna is a licensed esthetician who specializes in Permanent Makeup, Fibroblast Skin Tightening, and result-driven Facial Treatments. She offers her clients bespoke services and individualized […]

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE GIRLS

DISCLOSURE: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning when you click the links and make a purchase, I may receive a commission. All the opinions are my own. Here are my top gift ideas for your girlfriends, sisters, moms, MILs, and even YOU. (Share this list with your hubby for gift giving hints!) All the […]

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ROAST TURKEY + GRAVY

With Covid-19 restrictions amping back up, I know a lot of Thanksgiving gatherings are getting smaller and smaller. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great Thanksgiving meal. I know the idea of roasting your own turkey and cooking a big Thanksgiving meal can seem really intimidating to young mother’s and wives, because that […]

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TABLESCAPING 101: PRACTICAL TIPS

If you know me, you know when I do something I do it right. Especially, when it comes to hosting. So, when I was presented with the conundrum of Thanksgiving 2020, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do all the fancy table settings and fun decorations. With the likelyhood of a large family get […]

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DENIM BUYING GUIDE: WINTER 2020

This week, I launched the Denim and Diamonds collaboration with Tula Designer Boutique in Fort Collins, Colorado. Tula is one of my absolute favorite places to shop locally, and always has the very. best. of. everything. As we come up on the holidays, Tula is offering Authentically, Rue followers an exclusive 25% discount on all […]

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SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE Ingredients: 4 (1 lb) cans sweet potatoes 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup butter 1 tbsp milk 1 tbsp vanilla** 1/2 cup chopped pecans marshmallows **The recipe actually calls for 1/4 cup of bourbon. But, because I don’t drink alcohol, I choose to substitute for vanilla. My mom loves the bourbon taste and […]

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SOUTHERN CORN BREAD DRESSING

Here is your step-by-step guide to creating the MOST DELICIOUS Corn Bread Dressing this holiday season. This recipe is our family favorite, southern staple. My mom cooks this every year for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it is what I look forward to most. SOUTHERN CORN BREAD DRESSING Ingredients: 1 bag Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned […]

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SPINACH DIP RECIPE

I am all about the quick and easy. As a mom of four with six people total living in our house, I do not get as much time in the kitchen as I would like. So, I like to find recipes that deliver maximum taste, quickly. Ever since I’ve known my husband, his mother, Diane, […]

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9K INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY

Y’ALL, I officially reached 9,000 followers on Instagram! The amount of love and support I’ve felt over the past 6 months since starting Authentically, Rue has been amazing. When I stepped into the blogging role, I had no idea if anyone would want to hear what I had to say or how the idea would […]

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FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT STYLE

We just shot our Christmas Card Photographs for 2020. I love how the pictures came out, and I thought it would be fun to go over what I was thinking when I styled this look. First and foremost, whenever I do a shoot with the kids, I have to wear something comfortable and something that […]

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WORK IT WEDNESDAY WITH KYLIE (THREE X THREE)

Welcome to Work it Wednesday! Each week, fitness enthusiast Kylie Bergmann and I team up to bring you a new and fresh workout that can be done either at-home or in a gym setting. Kylie writes each week’s workout specifically using her fitness expertise. For more information on Kylie and her fitness background, scroll down […]

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WORK IT WEDNESDAY WITH KYLIE (SPOOKY)

Welcome to Work it Wednesday! This we we are bringing you a special edition Halloween workout. “SPOOKY” is an AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) style workout and will leave you feeling the burn. Each week, fitness enthusiast Kylie Bergmann and I team up to bring you a new and fresh workout that can be […]

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5 OF MY FALL FAVORITES RIGHT NOW

𝟏. 𝐅𝐥𝐚𝐭 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐦 𝐅𝐞𝐝𝐨𝐫𝐚 – The flat brim fedora is my newest favorite accessory. They are seasonally appropriate for more than just fall and work great throughout year depending on your color and fabric selections. I personally use the flat brim fedora to bring an elevated element to any outfit. Available in-store and online from […]

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PURE DRIP IV HEALTH AND WELLNESS

As a fitness enthusiast and general health and wellness advocate, I am always on the look out for new things to assist with my mental and physical health. IV Therapy has been on my radar for years as a hangover cure for people who have had too much to drink the night before, but as […]

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WORK IT WEDNESDAY WITH KYLIE (RESISTANCE BANDS)

Welcome to Work it Wednesday! Each week, fitness enthusiast Kylie Bergmann and I team up to bring you a new and fresh workout that can be done either at-home or in a gym setting. Kylie writes each week’s workout specifically using her fitness expertise. For more information on Kylie and her fitness background, scroll down […]

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WORK IT WEDNESDAY WITH KYLIE (ENDURANCE MASTER)

Welcome to Work it Wednesday! Each week, fitness enthusiast Kylie Bergmann and I team up to bring you a new and fresh workout that can be done either at-home or in a gym setting. Kylie writes each week’s workout specifically using her fitness expertise. For more information on Kylie and her fitness background, scroll down […]

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CHICKEN AND SAUSAGE JAMBALAYA

Growing up in New Orleans has had a profound impact on who I am today. Everything there is deeply seeded in culture and tradition, and that is one of the things I miss most about home. Another thing I miss is the food. There is almost no comparison when it comes to cuisine anywhere else […]

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WORK IT WEDNESDAY WITH KYLIE (AROUND THE WORLD)

Welcome back to Work-it Wednesday with Kylie! This week’s focus is an around the world mat workout with the option to warm up with a 15 minute jog or your favorite yoga routine. Some exercises call for weights this week, but each move can be modified given what you have access to. If you are […]

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WORK IT WEDNESDAY WITH KYLIE (SIDE BODY STRENGTH)

Welcome back to Work-it Wednesday with Kylie! This week’s focus is a side body strength routine. Several exercises call for a medicine ball, but a dumbbell or any household item approximately 10 – 15 pounds works as well. If you are opting not to use a medicine ball, focus on form and timing to increase […]

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WORK IT WEDNESDAY WITH KYLIE (ALT COMBO + YOU PICK CHALLENGE)

Another week, another workout! This week Kylie created an alternating combo workout with a fun “you pick” challenge added in. Following each coupling of exercise moves, you will get to pick the cardio bonus exercise you do in between. I love changing up my workouts, and this is a great way to keep it interesting. […]

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COLORADO NUTRITION

There is nothing, and I mean nothing, more frustrating to me than my weight. I am not one of those people who is naturally thin. I cannot eat all the carbs and all the sweets and still remain within a healthy weight range. I have always had to work for it. For this post in […]

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WORK IT WEDNESDAY WITH KYLIE (TABATA TRAINING)

Welcome back to another week of Work it Wednesday with Kylie. This week we are trying out a Tabata Training format. The basic idea behind the Tataba style workout is quick bursts of high intensity training (think 20 seconds on) followed be a brief rest (10 seconds), and repeat. I have found that these workouts […]

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WORK IT WEDNESDAY WITH KYLIE (BICEPS, TRICEPS + CARDIO)

It’s week four of Work it Wednesday with Kylie. This week we are focusing on biceps and triceps with an added cardio bonus. Personally, this has been my favorite workout to date. I love all things cardio and my arms always need a good toning workout. Most of the exercises are prescribed at body weight, […]

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BEST-OF-THE-BEST SUGAR COOKIES

Cookies are my favorite dessert. Cake is a close second, but a good cookie and a cup of coffee can save any day. So, I’m always on the look out for standout cookie recipes. When I tell you I’ve found the best sugar cookie recipe you’ll ever taste, please believe me. I think between my […]

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SUGAR COOKIE ICING

This icing recipe pairs wonderfully with the best-of-the-best sugar cookies. It is a simple buttercream icing that adds just the right amount of sweetness to garnish your sugar cookies. Even though it makes a lot of icing, I have found the recipe generates the perfect amount for the sugar cookie recipe. I rarely have any […]

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WORK IT WEDNESDAY WITH KYLIE (POSTERIOR CHAIN)

Welcome back to week three of Work it Wednesday. This week our focus is the posterior chain, and Kylie knocked it out of the park with this challenging workout. Kylie has written each workout specifically using her fitness expertise. She has carefully crafted unique workouts that can be done both at-home or in a gym […]

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WORK IT WEDNESDAY WITH KYLIE (STRENGTH)

Last week, Kylie Bergmann and I announced our weekly fitness collaboration! We launched the series with an at-home core and endurance focused workout. This week, we bring you STRENGTH. Kylie has written each workout specifically using her fitness expertise. She has carefully crafted unique workouts that can be done both at-home or in a gym […]

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WORK IT WEDNESDAY WITH KYLIE (CORE AND ENDURANCE)

Over the past few years, I’ve realized how much physical exercise plays a crucial role in my mental health and well being. As I’ve mentioned on the blog before, I suffered with severe postpartum depression after giving birth to my first child. It took me a long time to get off the couch and get […]

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LEMONS AND LACE BOUTIQUE

Have you ever driven by a place for years and years but never gone inside? Then, you end up kicking yourself when you finally do because you literally love everything? That has been my exact experience with Lemons and Lace. This adorable boutique is located in Front Range Village, right next to DSW, and I’m […]

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WALDEMAR CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Want to know the best hosting secret? Always keep a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookie dough in your freezer. That way when someone shows up, planned or unplanned, you can have your house smelling like fresh baked chocolate chip cookies in less than thirty minutes. This trick is also great when my kids have […]

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ORANGETHEORY FITNESS

I just did the math, and I gained 80 pounds with my first pregnancy. 80 POUNDS. I went from weighing 117 the day I found out I was pregnant, to 195 the day my first child was born. That is a lot of weight. And, the crazy thing is, I gained most of it during […]

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C&CO. EXTENSION STUDIO

I am a researcher. When it comes to decisions, I like to know I’ve seen all the options and made the best choice for myself. This applies especially if I’m going to be making a big financial investment. I want to know that in two weeks or two months, I’m not going to see something […]

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THE AT-HOME MANICURE

Let me start this by saying: I’m absolutely terrible at painting my own nails. I cannot do it without cutting my nails too short or getting paint all over my fingers. It never turns out the way I want it to, and quite frankly, my nails end up looking worse than when I started. Truth […]

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RICE KRISPIE® CHICKEN

I was lucky enough to be raised in a home with an exceptional cook. My mom can look at any recipe in a cookbook and tweak it to make it her own. She has a vast repertoire of recipes that span a wide array of different types of cuisines. But, honestly, some of my favorite […]

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