Monday, August 28, 2017

We Made It to the East Coast!

Every year we drive 1500 miles back home, to the east coast to do a family vacation at the beach; this year has been by far the best one yet. We got to visit with my mom, my sister, and my 1yo nephew for a week before heading to the beach with my babes side of the family. Needless to say we are on vacation so expect photo overload when I get home and back into a normal routine. For now though, I will leave you with a pic of the beach...

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

30 Things to Know About Me!

Hi Guys! Its been a while....sorry....sometimes life just gets ahead of me these days. I thought it would be fun to share some interesting things about me, some you may know some you might not; I am currently at work, sitting at my desk listening to Jaime Grace Radio on my phone...

  1. My feet are claustrophobic; I wear flip flops year round, even when it snows; if I have to wear full shoes I opt for booties or floral print canvas shoes instead. 
  2. When it comes to shoes, I cannot walk in heels to save my life...I always choose a small heel or booties over legit heels any day.
  3. I have dyed my hair since middle school, I'm really blonde and have always dyed my hair brown; its currently blonde thanks to my sister who did it for me while I was in NC in July...
  4. Speaking of hair, I will let it grow out and and then chop it off to donate and just regrow it back
  5. Floral print is my favorite
  6. My favorite staple color is black
  7. I love cats
  8. Candles are my favorite, Bath & Body Works are my favorite
  9. Game of Thrones anyone?!
  10. Merlin is also one of the best shows ever made...
  11. Earrings are my favorite type of jewelry
  12. I'm currently reading I Choose the Sky by Emily Wilson
  13. My favorite meal is lunch
  14. Speaking of food, I can eat pasta like no ones business
  15. I won't eat steak unless my other half makes it
  16. Currently watching Penny Dreadful
  17. Fall is my favorite season
  18. Target and I are besties
  19. My favorite jeans are from Old Navy, you can find them over here
  20. Plaid is a staple when it comes to clothing
  21. Coffee is a need not a want, iced or hot doesn't matter
  22. I like Pepsi over Coke, but if I had to choose I would take sweet tea over it all
  23. I am a die hard beach fan any day...while we live in the Rockies I get to go home once a year to salty hair and sandy toes
  24. While I love the beach I hate seafood, all seafood
  25. I love camping
  26. Hashbrowns are my favorite breakfast food
  27. Cheese can go on anything
  28. When it comes to snacks I love chips and salsa
  29. I love false lashes, my favorites are these over here; however, when I am not wearing them I love this mascara by Clinique...
  30. I have awful vision and wear contacts; without them I cant see right in front of my face, its like looking at tv that doesn't have signal
How has your summer been? Anything new going on your way? Share something about yourself in the comments and lets start a convo!

Monday, March 06, 2017

Plants & Happiness

I was walking the isles of Ross Saturday, looking at all the pretty things they have out in the home section, repeating myself over and over again telling my boys not to touch anything, just look, no touching...the week has been stressful, I needed a "me break" from reality and when I really need one of those I always end up at Ross just looking at all the neat home decor that is out for the season and what they have marked down because its going out of season. As I'm walking I start to think about the week over and over, about how this could have been worse, about how it could have gotten better, or how it may flow into next week; mostly about how I will handle it without breaking down and losing my mind...I flipped chapters in my mind to when life was much simpler, how life has really changed over the years and then I started to wonder about what would make me happy...

Happiness has many meanings to various people; to some its about what surrounds them, to others its material things, and to a few select it could be a mixture of both...For me, its my surroundings; I feel happiest when I am with my kids on the weekends, making dinner over loud music with a cool breeze floating through the window; being cuddled up under a blanket with Jim watching a show; having coffee and flipping through Pinterest before my day even starts; or walking around in a garden full of beautiful plants and flowers just taking in nature...

As I burst back into reality thanks to my youngest son trying to play with a car on the shelf I see some fake plants sitting on one of the higher shelves and decide to take a few home; I figure it may brighten my day a little more or at least my afternoon after a long day at work to see something so pretty in the dead of winter where I live that I can keep alive without any effort on my part.

If you would like to read more on how plants help your well-being please visit the following links...

Friday, February 24, 2017

KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry VS Redken Pillow Talk Blow Dry Express Primer

How many days of the week do you wish your hair would dry faster and also be heat protected by one product rather than having a handful of them?! You guys, I wake up really early to get ready for work, and while I let my hair dry on its own while I do my makeup its still really wet when I go to dry it...I decided I needed a quick blow dry spray to help my hair along. I found the KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry Spray floating around on Facebook and of course went on a search of this product...I found it and bought it and fell in love! This product is really neat, you have to shake it to mix the product in the bottle then spray it on your wet hair before blow claims to protect hair from heat, lightly condition, reduce friction and speed up hair drying...It works, smells amazing, and gives my hair added volume without making it greasy! I absolutely love this product and highly recommend it, completely worth the money of $11-$13 depending on where you find it. I bought mine on Amazon but you can buy it at various places, my link is to Overstock.

After trying that one, I found that Redken also offered a quick blow dry called Pillow Talk Blow Dry Express Primer; this one I bought on sale through Ulta when I bought my babes shampoo...This one claims to add a "thermal blanket" of silicone resin to protect hair from breakage and damage, heat protection up to 450 degrees and cut blow dry time. First I love the smell of this, its really nice. However, it weighs down my hair, there is just no volume, it also makes my hair feel greasy...I even adjusted the amount I used and it still made my hair look like crap. I really just don't like this product. Its also double the price of the KMS one and so just not worth it to me. I won't be repurchasing this one.

What do you use for a quick blow dry? Have you ever tried these products before?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Best Way to Curl Short(er) Hair

You guys!!! Happy Thursday! Its been a while since I have posted, life have got in the way and I've been super busy with work. Anyways, today I wanted to share with you a great hair tutorial that I found via Pinterest; I cut my hair off into a short bob style last weekend and so of course I went on a search to find a great way to fix my hair that is quick and easy super early in the morning. I found it. I have found the best way to curl shorter hair without harming it and making it look super neat.

Kaitlin over at Mermaaidy put together this tutorial and its just awesome. Go check it out on her blog!

Have a great evening guys! Talk to you soon...

Monday, February 13, 2017

I Need Them Too

How much do you love date nights?! Like many other families out there we live far away from all family that we trust with our kids; this past year the elementary school our kids attend started this Movie Night where they show two movie and give the kids pizza and popcorn for a whole four hours on a Friday night every two months. Siblings are allowed to attend which makes it completely worth doing for us. We typically go to dinner and just chill until the four hours are up, we talk uninterrupted, don't have to share bites of our food, take a million bathroom trips, or pay $6 for a kids a meal that nobody will eat; its kinda nice. 

This past Friday was Movie Night once again; unlike the other times we have done this we had no plans, I took the kids and dropped them off, saying "goodbye", "have fun" , and " I love you" multiple times to my kids, the hardest one is always my little Oliver...while he is five, he starts school next year, he is with us every day and has been since birth; never a daycare or a babysitter...he is always very excited to go to the movie nights being with his big sister and brothers with their friends is instant excitement; however, this time while he did fine, I noticed that I didn't. Walking back to my car a million thoughts flooded my mind, the thoughts that he is our last baby, that within six months he will be in kindergarten, and the one that I will be alone. Sitting in my car and driving back to work to hang with Jim I couldn't stop the thoughts from coming...even at dinner sitting and staring at my sandwich I felt strange, and kept thinking about my babies...See, while I have work to do (we own a business) and people rely on me daily, my first "real" job has been being a mother; I have changed thousands of diapers, washed spit up out of millions of clothes, sang lullaby's, watched all the firsts, chased after, and cuddled four little ones for the past twelve years, I have always had "one more" when our smallest was two, but, not this time. To be honest it feels odd, I feel like I don't know what to do now...yep I have carpool covered, sleepovers, sports, appointments, etc but now I won't have a side kick with me anymore. Its hard for every mom out there, realizing that a new chapter in your life is starting; that you have to turn that page in your book and see what is coming next, I am just not ready. What I have realized is that while my kids have all relied on me their whole lives, I have relied on them too...while I know they aren't going anywhere but to school its still hard for me; I have no shopping buddy, no lets sit and watch some cartoons buddy, no more hearing my name called all day because I am needed for something...Still, realizing that my life is changing in six months is hard, I keep trying to prep myself, keep telling myself I am handing him over to a school for eight hours during the day with reliable people, that he will get all that he needs and them some from the staff, that he will make a lot friends, and all will be ok...yes, it will, for him; I am not sure I will be ok though, at least not at this point or when that day comes in six months, I'm handing over my heart to other people once again...

Monday, January 02, 2017

Top 6 of 2016 | My Favorite YouTubers

Hi Everyone! Now that Twenty Sixteen has said its goodbyes, I thought I would share my favorite YouTubers from this past year. One of my favorite things to do is curl under a blanket and pop in my headphones and watch videos on YouTube.

#1 is Emily from Beauty Broadcast with Emily Noelle; my absolute favorite thing about Emily is how thorough she is when it comes to products and sharing what she thinks is worth your money, and also sharing what just didn't work well no matter the brand. I have enjoyed watching her videos for years and think you'll love her just as much as I do.

#2 is Candice from Fancy That with Candice; she is full of pure joy all the time in her videos; honestly, I am not sure I have ever seen her in a video where she is angry or sad, she knows how to cheer you up in under twenty minutes! Her videos are based on home, life, kids, and beauty.

#3 is Rachel from RachhLoves; Rachel, like Candice has an overflowing amount of happiness and energy and can make you life within about two minutes of her videos. I love watching her beauty videos because she is so honest and typically does budget friendly reviews from all across the board.

#4 is Jaimie from Jaimie Kight; she a mom and this is how we relate; I love that she shares all sorts of videos from just chit chat to beauty to parenting to home...she is also Christian which speaks to my heart. She is so fun to watch and her kids are adorable.

#5 is Kendall from Kendall Rae; she is a newlywed who shares all sorts of random videos; one of her videos of a new series she is starting is based on missing people, I watched it last night and her thoughts are interesting. I also love her conspiracy videos too.

#6 is Olan Rogers; if you need ten minutes of chill time where you can just do nothing but need to laugh this is your guy! Olan has the funniest facial expressions and is always sharing stories from his life.

I watch a ton of YouTube videos and it was hard picking just these six; I hope all of these ladies and gents have a great twenty seventeen and that their channels are successful this year.

Who are you watching these days?

Monday, November 07, 2016

Lets Talk | Eyeshadow

Hello lovelies! Today I thought it would be fun to share some of my current eyeshadow favorites with you; since the holidays are approaching rather quickly and all the good sales are happening you might be able to swing some of these under the tree!

Disclaimer | All items mentioned in this post were purchased by me for personal use, I am not affiliated with any of these companies nor paid to do any mentions of products; all thoughts and opinions herein are that of my own.
\\ Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Palette\\ Unlike its ancestors this palette is all matte! You get 12 matte shades in a rose gold case with a double ended eyeshadow brush. What I thought was interesting about this palette is its range of colors, you get three good bases/highlights, and nine fun shades to work with but that are all still neutral. My favorite of the whole palette is Extra Bitter, a rusty orange that you don't see much these days. 

\\ Tarte Tartelette & Tartelette in Bloom Palettes \\ I haven't ever been a huge fan of Tarte Cosmetics until they launched these babies; I was sold. The Original is completely matte, twelve amazing everyday shades that you wear anywhere; the sister palette contains three satin shimmer shades along with nine more matte shades; what I love about these two are how complimentary they are to each other.

\\ Tarte Tartiest Pro \\ This is Tartes newest addition, it has sixteen matte shades with four shimmer shades that can create endless looks. What makes this palette so different to me is that they included pink and orange, colors you just don't see all the time but they made them wearable for any occasion. The best part is that this palette bounces off the Tartelette palettes amazingly!

\\ Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette \\ The original naked palettes get a lot of hype; however, if I had to choose just one from the original three, I would have have to choose number three. This palette is the rose gold and my favorite needless to say because its pink and neutral.

\\ Covergirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palettes in Goldens & Roses \\ If your on a budget these make great stocking stuffers; the goldens palette is gold mixed with greens, its a true neutral palette; while the roses is a bit more pinky and purple while holding onto the neutrals as well for the girly girl. For drugstore eyeshadows these are amazing, they last, there is minimal fallout, and the price you just cannot beat.

\\ Maybelline The Graffiti Nudes Palette \\ This palette is definitely for the girl that likes color; the shadows are bold and they hold well when using a primer; For the price you cannot beat it.

A few that aren't pictured but hold a dear place in my heart are the Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadows, L'Oreal Infallible Shadows, and the L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos...

What eyeshadows are you loving these days?

Friday, October 07, 2016

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks

I love lipstick; you can change so much with your look by just changing up your lipstick, and who doesn't love affordable lipstick?! My favorite lipstick brand at the drugstore has to be Revlon, they have endless shades to choose from and some of the most gorgeous colors for a great price. The formula of these lipsticks is butter smooth, they don't tug, and can be applied without a mirror for the most part if need be.


One of my favorite tricks is to apply some lip balm and just dab a little bit of color on my lips with my finger from my lipstick, it doesn't go on too thick and just adds a little bit of color to sum up a look. 

What lip colors are you wearing this season? 

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