Friday, October 21, 2016

Fashion Friday {#OOTD}

It's Friday, so that means we talk Fashion!

The temps have been all over the place, from 50s to 80s this week! Crazy.  I had to share the adorable collage above, because I LOVE everything about it! Our Stella & Dot necklaces, earrings, bracelets, & wallets are perfect additions to your Fall wardrobe.  Interested in getting them for free? Let's chat! I am scheduling into December now!  Booties, jeans, sweaters & vests are a must.  Pumpkin everything? Yes please!

So onto my outfits...

Last Friday I had my acupuncture appointment.  It was rather chilly in the am, so I was excited to wear a sweater and scarf! I also treated myself to a Matcha Latte.

My jeans are form express and they're so comfy!  My bag is from the Covet line. Booties from Marshalls.

Monday we had Bradley's checkup--healthy boy--so I went with a quick ponytail, headband, zip up hoodie and leggings combo.  I throw on the silver wired hammered hoops to help me feel like I am put together!!

Tuesday I had to drop off Brooke to preschool & run grocery shopping.  I love our new smokey studs.  I also threw on my engravable disc with B|B for Brooke & Bradley.  It was warm out so I just wore a tee shirt and capris leggings--then changed into shorts because it was 80!

Tuesday night was warm enough still, so I put on the Carly LuLaRoe dress.  I paired the new celestial hoops with the rose gold wishing necklace & Brio Tassel.

**Trend alert** Chokers are back!! I wasn't sure if I could pull it off, but I kinda am digging it!
This Emme choker is from our new line and it fills my 90s girl heart! I love how easy it is to tie in a bow. You can wear it as a headpiece, lariat or bracelet too.

Obviously this isn't mine, but I sure want to recreate it!! I love the stripes and the leopard print with the colorful pop of the Brio. 

What trends are you loving this Fall?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Favorite Beauty Products

I'm definitely not a beauty guru, but with the help of my girlfriends, I am slowly becoming more confident with makeup.  I have some tried and true favorites as well as some newer additions to my routine.

I am not a huge makeup risk taker, but I am trying to venture out of my comfort zone and am willing to try new things!  That said, my skin is super sensitive and very picky.  I have to be really careful with what I use so that I don't breakout. These are just my thoughts and no, I'm not getting paid or sponsored to talk about about any of these!!

I use an eyelash curler and L'oreal has never done me wrong!  I am lucky to have decent lashes and I struggle trying to apply fake ones, so I gave up on that. This is my current favorite!

I love the feeling of something freshly sprayed on my face before applying makeup or after taking it off at night.  This Rose water from Younique smells amazing and really helps refresh my skin.

Skin Care:
One of my sister's good friends sells MK so I decided to give it a shot. I have had a few pimples, but I don't think they were caused by this.  (I do get a few every other month) so far I've been using this routine for about a month and a half.  I think my skin is looking quite nice and so far I'm very pleased!  I feel confident just wearing a little cover up and my complexion rescue out and about.

After I moisturize, I will put a little bit of this around my nose and forehead.  I feel that it helps my pores look smaller & keep the makeup in place.

This is the hardest for me; I love trying new and different kinds of foundation but my skin really only likes Bare Minerals it seems.  I do like their original mineral powder, but lately this has been my go to.  I like the "Natural 05" shade best for me.  It gives a little bit of a tint; I don't like to look pale.

Under Eye Concealer:
I've tried others, but ALWAYS come back to this. It helps the dark circles and I use it to cover up blemishes too.

Setting Powder:
I didn't really "get" what this did until recently.  After I apply my complexion rescue, I brush on a little bit of this to keep it in place.


This is a great little travel case and my favorite bronzer right now.  I love that it has a place for lip gloss as I always need gloss.

I scooped this big boy up at Target and love using it for my bronzer. It's big and fluffy!

If I'm feeling extra flirty, I'll add a little blush to my cheekbones. This is my favorite!

Eye Liner:
I use Bare Minerals. I like the absolute black and usually only line my upper lids slightly; if I want more dramatic (date night) I will line the bottom too.

As for eye shadows, I tend to stick to neutrals/browns. I do like pinks/jewel tones, but I'm still playing around with those.  

New Products:
Eye cream
Liquid Lip 
Eye shadow palette. 

I need to play and report back on these!

Eye cream:
I do wear this at night.  I try to put it on in the morning but there's a lot of other stuff going on and I don't always remember.

After my birthday facial, the girl told me this would help with my "pregnancy mask" and to apply it in the morning.  I am almost out of it and my skin issues have resolved...but the sun has disappeared, so it could be that too! I like this though and would probably use it again.

Removing makeup: 
I'm lazy at night. I try to wash, but some nights I just wipe. These are my go-to.

Sunless Tanner:
My favorite sunless tanner is still this one. I like others, but this gives me the best non-orange, no streak look. I can apply it a few days and it doesn't look weird.  I'm out and need more before Vegas!

I am half tempted to do a get ready with me video, just because it may be fun! But I don't know if I'm ready for that.  

What are your favorite beauty products?  Any tips to share?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tips for a New Blogger

I am by no means a blogging pro.  I don't earn an income off of blogging and I don't follow a set schedule.  I have been blogging since 2011 and still blog, so I guess I have some ideas to offer!

1. Figure out your why.  Why do you want to blog in the first place?  For me, it's about clearing my mind, sharing my heart and possibly helping others. I love to document our family experiences, life happenings and what I love.  I also fill that creative writing need that I feel frequently and I enjoy it.  If I ever feel that it's not fun, I'm sure I'll stop.  I've certainly changed what I share throughout the years, but that's only fair since I was a newlywed, no kids and staying home by I juggle so much more!

2.  Have confidence.  No matter what your purpose is for blogging, just be confident in that and go with it! Don't sit around second guessing yourself; just start typing, add a few photos and voila.  Putting something out there on this web is a little frightening; if you worry about what others will think you'll never have anything to share.  If you feel like you've got something to say, then it's important to say it! You never know who you could be helping by sharing your thoughts online.

3.  Connect with others.  The best part of blogging was the relationships I made when I first started.  I met other wives who stayed home and then became pregnant, now our children are growing up and it's so cool to see that! I have to say that blogging has certainly changed throughout the years, partially I think because social media blew up.  Now you can snap chat, instagram and facebook your day away and don't really need to blog. I still love my little blog, so that's why I still come here.

4.  Consistently post.  Whether it's daily, weekly,  Tuesday and Thursdays, whatever, you really should have a bit of a routine. I feel that when I don't post regularly, I don't have people coming back say hello!  I know life gets busy, but if you don't stick to something, you'll feel guilty and probably give up.  If you happen to post more than what you original thought, awesome!

5.  Be you. Part of me wants to say, don't even worry about what others think.  Everyone has a tip or suggestion these days; I kind of feel overwhelmed in ways.  Blogging is no different.  If you're looking to monetize your blog, it will take a lot of time and effort--more than I currently have to give! But I know it's possibly.  Your blog is your space and you should always have fun.  Don't get caught up with what everyone is doing, and focus on yourself.

Do you want to start blogging? What would you say?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


I think that inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere.  I can literally feel myself sliding down a little slope and when that happens, I quickly look for what I need to be lifted up, or inspired. I can't say that just one person will do it for me, so I tend to have a big old toolbox that I pull from.

Workout Inspiration-  Lindsay 

Home/Cleaning Inspiration: How Jen Does it

Belief/Faith: Terri Savelle Foy

Momma pick me up: Amanda Muse

Beauty Tips: Glamor by Elizabeth

Those are the ones that come to the top of my head.  Sometimes I inspire myself.  I also turn to...

...outdoors. Walking in the fresh air really lifts my spirits.

...taking a social media break.

...getting lost in a good book husband. He works so hard I can't sit on my ass and do nothing while he works so much! kids. I want to be the best mommy for them!

...a good movie.

...sitting alone, quietly, thinking.

...watching the Cooking channel.

I don't know if I'll ever be bored again.  There is always so much that I want to do and so little time!

What inspires you?  

Monday, October 17, 2016

7 Lessons I've Learned this Past Year

2015 was a huge year as we welcomed our second baby, our son, in mid January.  I think it's safe to say that once you have children, you really come into your own.  The whole flight or fight thing happens and with no instruction book, here we are to raise amazing human beings, in hopes that one day they too will make a positive impact in the world.

I have got to say 2016 has been the hardest year I've had in a long time.  Between my sister and family drama, there are many reasons why I could be bitter and angry pretty much 100% off the time.  I don't ever claim to be perfect, but I am so proud of where I'm at in my life.  I know I have more to learn, grow and become, but every once in awhile you have got to look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself, you're doing awesome!

1.  No one is coming.  We currently have zero parents who can just come over and watch the kids. {granted my mother flies up from SC, but it's not like she can pop over real quick so I can run to the dentist.}  I'm not getting into the details, but I have learned that once again, you only have yourself to rely on.  It's taught me time and time again at the kind of parent I'll be to my adult children and how selfish some people can truly be.   I never realized how lonely or isolated motherhood could be, and that is probably the most surprising part of this journey thus far.  I had visions of my sisters having kids and my parents always being around and that I'd be really close to my husband's family.  Well none if that is currently happening, but it doesn't give me the right to sit around and sulk.  I've had my fair share of pity parties and guess what? Feeling sorry for myself doesn't make people magically change or appear in our lives! I have lots to be grateful for and I just keep doing my thing. I'm an amazing mom, and if you're reading this as a fellow momma, you too are amazing.  Keep doing your momma thing and stay strong.  The days are long but man, these years are really short!

2.  Health has got to remain top priority.  With Joe's Crohn's, we've always taking things pretty seriously here in the health department.  It makes me acutely aware of what we put into our bodies and how we feel.  I've been dealing with Reflux this past year and I've made pretty big changes as far as what I can eat/drink and how my body responds to things.  When you're not feeling well, it makes everything hard.  Listen to your body, talk to doctors or healing specialists and do your own research.  I don't have a cure for Joe or myself but we find ways to help ourselves feel better.  Eat clean: aka no processed or packaged food.  Drink half of your body weight in water.  Take the probiotics. Limit the sugar and alcohol.  Eat more greens. Get outside and walk.  Sit in the Sun. Breathe!

3. "Me Days" are essential.  I look back at when I would never take a break from the kids and allow myself some time for me and I easily saw how lost I was getting.  I used to think maybe I wasn't a good mom if I took some time for myself, but I realize how much better of a mom I am when I just get a few minutes to breathe, eat, and use a bathroom in peace! (TMI but really, moms of littles are never alone!)  Don't have family? Build a babysitter into your budget.  Somedays I will just need 4 hour window; enough for an acupuncture appointment, a Starbucks latte, grocery tip alone & grabbing the dry cleaning.  Others I may need a whole day, including a spa! I stopped feeling bad about these moments and use them as fuel.  In order to sacrifice myself the remainder of my time, I need a little bit of time for me.  Also? My kids will grow up one day and leave our house; shocking I know.  I don't want to be that lost parent who has no idea what to do with herself because all she did was raise kids.

4.  Go on love trips! I don't care if it's just one night at a little motel or a whole weekend away in a bigger city.  When you have young kids, it is VITAL to getaway from them and be with your best friend, spouse, lover.  You will feel refreshed (you probably got to sleep in!) and rejuvenated. We were able to sneak away to Toronto for a weekend and will be going to Vegas soon.  Looking forward to that one!  You should put your husband or wife in front of your kids from time to time. Those kids will take every last ounce of energy from you both; don't forget that you chose to be with your spouse.  Don't lose sight of what that meant to you both; why you got married, what your dreams and goals were prior to having babies.  It's all still very relevant and important.  I personally think anniversaries are a great way to reconnect. Even if you can't leave the kids, while they go down to nap or after they go to bed, pull out photos or videos of your special day.  Re-kindle those moments and how special it was! We were able to go back to where we got married this year and that was super emotional for me; I couldn't believe all that we have accomplished in the last 6 years.

5.  Believe.   Whether it's staying hopeful about a bad situation or just believing in yourself and whatever it is you're doing.  The more confidence you have here, the better of you'll be.  As soon as negative thoughts creep in, shut them out!  You can control your own mind.  I think if more people practiced that, we'd be a happier society.  I get that it's not all cotton candy and rainbows, but really there is no need to dwell on what could go wrong or worry about things that have not happened.  Believe in yourself, believe in God (or some higher power) and believe that all things are possible.  I really can't stress how much better life is when I believe in myself.  Sometimes I find myself having to "fake it til I make it" meaning I feel like I have no real clue what I'm doing, but doing is better than not doing and believing in whatever I have going on is key!`

6.  Stop comparing myself to others.  I need to remind myself of this one pretty much weekly.  I made a video about raising my vibration and I tell ya, this comparison thing hits home with a lot of people. It's so easy to feel great about our life and whatever we have...and then we go on social media and see how other people live.  Jealousy, insecurities, wanting what they's terrible! It all comes back to our minds and how we handle it, but it's something that can really make you miserable if you don't keep it in check.  While I am always happy for other's happiness, and I know how hard people work to achieve success, it's not okay that I allow their highlight reel to steel my joy.  And that my friends is all on me.  I heard a quote the other day, I forget where, but it was "Your ordinary is someone else's extraordinary."  Wow.  I let that one sink it and it humbled me.  The grass will always be greener, but stop looking at it!! Your own grass is pretty darn green too.  You just need to put yourself in the right mindset.

7.  Enjoy the now.  It's okay to look back and to look ahead, but if you're not living in the moment and enjoying what life is giving you, you'll never be happy.  Of course I miss my babies being so small and needing to be held all of the time.  I'm also super excited for when our kids are older and can run off and play while we're on a family beach vacation.  But I LOVE the crazy that is our life right now. It's trying and I'm tired as hell some days, but I so wouldn't change it for the world.  We have an almost 2 year old and an almost 4 year old.  I get a lot of "Whoa I bet you're busy!" comments wherever I go.  Truth is? Heck ya I'm busy and truth is, I don't work out as much as I should but I chase these two monkeys around so I think that helps me keep some weight off! One day I won't have breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack to prepare.  My kitchen won't always be messy and my floors won't have any crumbs.  The handprints will not be all over our windows and I know I'll miss the random toys strewn all over the floors.