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A New Way to Remove Makeup (Without Soap!)


Hey Y'all! Happy Friday! Who's excited for the weekend?! I know I am! And I'm so ready to get out of the house! We've been iced in here for a week now. With no school to keep the kids entertained! Luckily, I had a lot of fun packages arrive in the mail to keep me busy! One of them being this thing I saw on Facebook, called the Face Halo.



So, the concept of this, is that it's a super soft cloth made with very fine threads. You are supposed to simply wet it and rub the makeup off of your face. No soap or cleanser needed!


HOW DOES IT WORK?

The claim is that the Face Halo fibers are so fine they are able to properly pick up and trap makeup/dirt/oils without redepositing it somewhere else on your face.




SOOOO.... DOES IT WORK?!


Well, the short answer is Yes. Yes, it does. But, I have a full video for you to watch my first impression of it and how it performs.



You can grab 3 of them for $22 HERE. Each one is meant to last 200 washes in the washing machine, so I think that price more than pays for itself in comparison to makeup wipes or micellar water!


What do you think? I'd love to know in the comment section!

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I've Been A Mom For 5 Years! (And I STILL Don't Know What I'm Doing.)

When I was in my early 20's my life plan was to get married around 27, Buy a nice house and start having kids at 30. What actually happened was a wedding at 25 and a surprise pregnancy/baby at 26. I'd bet about half of you will think 26 is a perfectly acceptable age to start a family and the other half probably think one can barely take care of themselves at 26, let alone another human life. I was of the latter group.

When I was 25, Jamy and I had only been dating a year. We were enjoying a life with no major responsibilities. We each made good money and loved spending it on a good time. Most nights we were up until 3:00 AM partying with our friends or binging on Netflix and Jimmy Johns. With no worries about having to be up at a certain time.



Then, one day, I was walking out the door to head to my job and I got a phone call from my doctor. She wanted to let me know that a pregnancy test I had taken earlier that day came back positive. I, truthfully, fell to my knees and started balling my eyes out. I don't even remember what my doctor (Or I) said past the word "Pregnancy". I was crying for a lot of reasons. But the main one being that my life and Jamy's life was about to change forever and we were NOT prepared.

Today, as I'm typing this, the memory is so fuzzy and almost completely washed over by the last five and a half years. We now have a second child who will be three next month and the product of that first surprise pregnancy just enrolled in Kindergarten. I would like to say that the last five years have made me a pro at mom life. But, I still feel exactly the same as I did at 26. Unprepared and too immature for such a task. The only difference is that I'm not afraid anymore.

When Hudson was born, I had no idea how to change diapers, breast feed, potty train, wean, discipline... anything. If you can think of any act of motherhood outside of loving... I guarantee you I didn't know the first thing about how to do it. Yet, it still happened somehow. With Google, Jamy and God there's nothing that I didn't eventually figure out. (Mothers and Mother in Laws are a great resource as well.) And miraculously, Hudson survived it all. Thrived, Even. He's alive, healthy, kind and smart. Even though I was a dumb 26 year old party girl that didn't know how to work a breast pump or install a car seat.

SO I guess the whole reason I am writing this is because now as we embark on a new chapter of grade school, I look ahead with complete ignorance, just like I did five years ago. But, when I look in the rear view mirror, I see how my inexperience really didn't matter. And I want to remind myself of that as we go forward.

None of us know what we're doing... (Right?.... I hope it's not just me...) But we're still all making it one day at a time. And most importantly even when we screw up our kids don't truly know or care.



In honor of my five year old surprise, here are five fun facts about the love of my life;

- Hudson is super sensitive. His heart gets hurt very easily which is a blessing and a curse. While he gets hurt easily, he is also tender hearted and kind to others.

- He's the goofiest kid ever. During his basketball games he spends his time dancing and laughing when he's not chasing after the ball.

- He is extremely good at building things and figuring out puzzles. I think part of this comes from his lifelong obsession with transformers. (I can barely figure those things out.)

- Since he has never had a lovey, for comfort he plays with the wash and care tags on the inside of his shirt. And won't wear a shirt if it doesn't have a "Hudson Approved Tag"

- His favorite songs are "Who Let the Dogs Out", "The River" (A Worship Song) and a German Dance track called "Eins Zwei Polizei" (Don't ask). 




Shop this fun fur vest HERE!

A Healthy Way to Satisfy My Sweet Tooth (+ Protein To Keep Me Going Longer)



We're another week into 2018 and I'm still somehow doing pretty well with my resolutions. Who would have thought?! (Certainly not me.) One of my resolutions was to watch my diet. Not necessarily to lose weight, but to make sure I was giving my body and mind what it needs and not too much of what it doesn't. (I touched on this recently in my posts about anxiety.) One of my biggest enemies in the fight to stay healthy is my pesky sweet tooth!

You may be thinking to yourself.. "Me too, girl"... But, when I say I have a sweet tooth. I'm talking about eating chocolate until I literally make myself sick. Don't ask me why. I've been this way since childhood. The love for sweets is unreal.

So, as I try to cut back on sugar and caffeine in my daily life I've been snooping around the grocery stores looking for a suitable sweet snacking alternative. Cut to: Danon Oikos Protein.




I've always been a fan of yogurt with toppings. During my first pregnancy I had a particular obsession with the frozen variety. But, Oikos Protein is like the healthy version of that. There are no artificial sweeteners. Plus it's packed with protein and fiber to keep you feeling satisfied, longer. I've been throwing four or five of these in my grocery cart each week and eating one when I get home from work. It's the perfect afternoon pick me up and a nice little reward for a long day.



There are four different yogurt and topping combinations available in your Wal Mart dairy aisle, right now. And they are only a $1 a piece. There is no better deal out there. Plus, if you are an Ibotta User (Ibotta earns you cash when you buy things you already need) You can earn .75 cents back when you buy two. I'll give you a second to do that math....



So far my favorite flavor is the Banana Yogurt with Cocoa! Have you tried Oikos Protein yet? Let me know which one is your favorite! And don't forget to use this offer on your next trip to Wal Mart!

My Favorite Beauty Products From 2017



Hello, Hello! And Happy 2017! I hope you're all having an amazing New Year so Far!

First off, I want to know how your Resolutions have been going? I didn't really start mine until yesterday.... Oops. BUT, I'm 48 hours in and doing great! Haha. I'll keep you all updated on how I do.

In the mean time, I have a new video up, sharing all of my favorite beauty products from this past year. Check it out and you can reference the video description box for all of the details on where to find them.

Comparison and Joy



SHOPPING LINKS FOR MY OUTFIT

Blogging is a hard industry to navigate, for many reasons. Outside of figuring out the back end business side.. the emotional ride can be a little crazy. As women in this culture, we're already prone to comparison, jealousy and low self esteem. Then when you throw yourself into a job that literally requires you to get people to "Like" you, you can end up in a breeding ground for insecurities.





As with everything else in life, there are victories and losses. There are days that I land a good contract and feel so proud of my little business. Then I get a rejection letter and feel like throwing in the towel. Plus there are so many other wonderful people who are completely rocking the job. And you sit there wondering what you're doing wrong that keeps you from getting to where they are.

It's just so easy to beat yourself up. I have found myself in a mind space like that this past week. And I've had to be very intentional about my thoughts to pull myself out of it.






I have to remind myself to be realistic; I'm one in a million girls trying to do the same thing. The odds that I will always be exactly what a company is looking for are just impossible.

Also, We are all human. Even the most beautiful successful girls have moments of insecurity, where they succumb to comparisons.

Then there is the truth. The truth I have to force myself to focus on is this. In spite of how well or bad I'm doing, this is a job. A fun and rewarding one, yes. However, my true identity comes from God. Even if I can't seem to crack the 10k mark on Instagram, I am a part of God's family. If no one ever likes another photo, I know I am the person God made me to be. And if no company ever hires me again, my real job is spreading the love of Christ.

So, here is to Reality and Truth. A truth that restores joy where Comparison has stolen it away.


"For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well."

Psalm 139:13-14

My New Years Resolutions: Money, Health and SLEEP!

This past month we were blessed with a rare Louisiana Snow Storm! It's something that only happens every few years and it's typically more like dirty ice on the ground. This year, however, was magical! I'm talking about actual huge snow flakes falling from the sky for an entire morning. Leaving a fresh blanket of white everywhere you looked.


Naturally, we jumped out of bed. Woke up the kids and ran to the park next door, to play. It was Holland's first time seeing snow. And Hudson's first time having a proper snowball fight. It did my heart a world of good, to have those moments of care free laughter with the people I love most.



Right before the snow fall, I was coming off of a rough week, both mentally and physically. Waking up that Friday to a fresh white landscape and the sounds of my kids laughing was a gift from above. And it was exactly what I needed to put my mind and heart at peace.

Now that 2018 is around the corner, I want to view the new year as a blank slate like that snow covered field. And I thought, why not blog about some of the changes I would like to make, in order to keep myself accountable. You know... because once I broadcast it to the world, I can't give up on it quite so easily? At least, I hope not.



So here we go:
Sleep:
I want to sleep! Oh, I could honestly just scream that from the mountain tops. As I mentioned in my last post about anxiety, I stay up very late most nights in order to spend quality time with my husband and quiet time with myself and God. I really want to start prioritizing and managing my time better. Aiming for quality over quantity. Instead of spending 30 minutes with Jamy trying to figure out what we want to watch on netflix, I'd like to take that time to have a meaningful conversation. (Or really, any kind of conversation that isn't about kids.) Hopefully, by focusing on shorter, higher quality moments I'll be able to get to sleep earlier.

Exercise: Not so much for the sake of losing weight. But, mainly to help with my overall mood and state of mind. When I'm consistent with work out schedule I feel better, my anxiety stays at bay longer and honestly, I usually eat better when I'm working out. The problem is that when I exercise, I want to be at the gym lifting weights or taking a barre class. But getting to the gym with the kids and staying for a whole hour, doesn't work easily into my schedule. So, I want to start cutting out 15-30 minutes of my day for a quick yoga flow or walk around the neighborhood. This way I'm consistently getting my heart rate up and relaxing my mind, even if I'm not burning tons of calories.

Tithing: I really want to do a major overhaul on my relationship with money and material items. I find that when I focus too much on shopping, acquiring more stuff and making money, I tend to feel a little empty inside. Like when Jesus said, 'you can't serve two masters.. you will love one and hate the other'. That truth has become so evident to me over the last year. When I was recently reading some of the footnotes in my bible there was a line about freeing yourself from the power money has over you and that the best way to do that, is by giving it away. The next day I started working out ways to tithe the money I make from this blog and I felt an immediate sense of relief. By intentionally giving it away I'm acknowledging that it has no power over me. That instead it's a gift from the Lord that I'm to share with others who need it more than I do.

Vacations: I want to force my husband to take at least one legitimate vacation this year! Because I think we all really need one right about now!

And that's the bulk of it. I also want to start paying more attention to the ingredients in my foods and fostering my creative side. But, those first four things are what I really have my mind and heart set on.

What are your resolutions in the new year? I would love to hear them!

The Perfect Weekend Getaway for History Buffs, Foodies and Art Lovers.


The other day I began doing pirouettes and arabesques in our living room. Why? Well, I was trying to show my two year old that I was as cool as the cartoon ballerina on Doc McStuffins. Her natural reply was "Mommy, stop, you not a 'rina". Which, I sadly concede is true. BUT, there was a time, when I could claim with great pride to be the real thing. Before marriage, kids and the extra 40 pounds that live around my waist, I lived at the ballet studio. And I spent my summers traveling to various intensive programs. My favorite and most influential summer was spent at Ballet Magnificat, in Jackson, Mississippi. There, I made new friends, Honed my craft and strengthened my faith.

Courtesy of Visit Jackson

Funny, enough, the same day I was trying to impress my talents upon Holland I was invited to share this new docu-series with you, which is all about Jackson, a city with soul! And I couldn't pass up such an amazing coincidence.

Even though I've spent a decent amount of time in Jackson and still pass through on occasion with my family, I learned so many new things when watching these episodes. Whether you are nearby like me or far away, you should take a look at this series and see if Jackson sounds like the kind of place you would want to pass a weekend! Spoiler Alert: It will be.

Courtesy of Visit Jackson
Courtesy of Visit Jackson
Courtesy of Visit Jackson
Courtesy of Visit Jackson


I've embedded one video from the series which highlights the aspect of Jackson that calls to me most. The Arts!


But please, head HERE to see more about it's rich civil rights history, festivals and delicious food! And if you are ever in the area, send me a shout out so we can maybe meet up! (If you're lucky, I may even demonstrate some of my amazing dance moves...)

 XOXO

My Blog Was Giving Me Anxiety

If you noticed less of me in your social media or inbox the last couple of weeks, then today's post will be a quick recap of what I've been doing and why I've been laying low, lately.

I've talked in the past about my struggles with anxiety and panic attacks. It's been a life long annoyance that's always hanging over my head. It's just that it's very easy to ignore at times. And at other times it's all consuming. If you've never experienced a panic attack, I'll try my best to explain it. There are of course different variations and levels of severity. For me, It all starts with an "on edge" feeling. I'll be going about my daily activities and then seemingly out of nowhere, I'll have a moment of silence or rest and realize that my nerves are a little keyed up. Sometimes, this is as far as it goes. after 30 years, I've gotten pretty decent at stopping my anxiety here with breathing techniques and prayer. But there are other times, where that anxiousness feels like a runaway train that steamrolls right through my every rational thought.



My body starts to feel flushed. My chest tightens, making deep breathing feel impossible. I start shaking. Sometimes my muscles will cramp up, like a million charlie horses. But, the worst part of all, is what's going on in my brain. I don't really know how to explain it, because it's a completely irrational thought process. But, I start focusing on the fact that I'm about to die. If my stomach is hurting, it's because I have a rare form of cancer, or maybe one of my intestines was punctured, or my appendix has burst and I won't make it to the hospital in time and I'll die from complications. Now, I obviously know that my stomach hurts because I ate something that doesn't work with me. Or maybe it simply hurts because I'm nervous and now I'm caught in a horrible anxious loop. But, those rational thoughts are like a quiet whisper in my ear and "You are DYING" is being yelled at me through a megaphone. It's quite literally debilitating. When I'm in the depths of it, I literally can not move outside of shaking and crying.

I've heard it described in the past as your body's "fight or flight" response being triggered without reason. As in, I have a paper cut and my body reacts as if I'm standing in the middle of a busy highway with a truck heading straight for me. Usually, I'll experience one every few months and it will only last for an hour or so. But the last six months I've had one every month. And they have gotten progressively worse. Most recently I was stuck on the couch for 48 hours. Just glued there by an overwhelming fear.

So just like most illnesses, keeping them manageable requires taking care of yourself. Diet and sleep are two of the biggest factors that play into my mental health. I also have to take significant time to be alone, quiet and in meditation/prayer. All of these are things that I have been completely neglecting since I started putting more effort into my blog. I typically work from 9-2, manage the kids and housework/cooking until 8, Spend a little quality time with Jamy until he goes to bed at 10:30 then I could stay up as late as 2 or 3 working on blog posts. Then I'm back up at 6 to start it all over again.



So all of that is a recipe for disaster. And the schedule leaves no time for me to focus on myself or my relationship with God, which is where I find my biggest sense of calm. There's no wonder that my anxiety has been peeking this year.

So what am I going to do about it. The number one change I'm making is forcing myself to make quiet time in my day. Whether it's five minutes or an hour, I'm being more consistent with my prayer life which is a huge help. And the second major change I'm making is in my approach to this blog.

I've been very fortunate to surpass my financial goals for the blog this year. But, with my schedule being set up the way it is, I have struggled to meet deadlines for sponsored posts while also finding the time to just write about my life and anything that is deeply meaningful to me. And this leaves me feeling unfulfilled and stressed. So, I've decided to shift gears here, even though it may mean taking a pay cut. I want to take my time with putting out meaningful content and only accepting the sponsorships that I truly feel like devoting my time to. I feel like doing this will not only take some stress off of me, but it will also allow me to use my blogging time as a vehicle to flesh out my thoughts and indulge in some much needed "Me Time".

So what does that mean for you, the reader. Hopefully not too much of a change. But, you will probably see a few more pictures of my kids and a few more shots of me with no makeup. But that's probably for the greater good.

Anyway, I said that this post would be quick, and it was not! So sorry. But, thank you for being here and I hope you will stick around! Wishing you a merry and safe Christmas Holiday!


"for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." 2 Timothy 1:17

Winter Embroidery + A B.F.F. Gift Guide








Good Morning All! And Happy Friday! I'll be spending my day trying to catch up on House work and Blogging obligations. And hopefully I may even get around to decorating the bare Christmas tree that's been sitting in or living room all week.

But, before I hop into all of that I thought I would procrastinate a little bit by sharing this cute new top and some fun Christmas Gift ideas!




I grabbed this super cute top last week and I am obsessed with the bright floral embroidery on it. Personally, this is one trend that I'm glad to see going strong throughout the year. I loved my embroidered gingham and chambray over the summer and now that we're getting back into the deeper shades and heavier textures, I'm still flower obsessed.

This top has a high neck, a snug fit and the cutest gathered sleeves. My only recommendation would be to check the length measurement if you are a tall girl. I could have done with an extra two inches on my longer torso. But, that's just personal preference.

You can grab it HERE for under $30 and see how other fashionable ladies styled it as well. I LOVE that some of them styled it over a white button down. I need to try that next!

Now, so we have a little bit more to talk about than just my obsession with embroidered flowers, I thought I would share some fun ideas for Christmas gifts for your Bestie! You can check out any of these pieces, just by clicking on the photo in the collage!



BEAUTY

You all know I'm beauty obsessed, so I love the idea of spoiling your favorite person with some of your favorite things. If I could stock my girls up on my favorite products I'd throw in a beauty blender, the Jacklyn Hill Pallette and the best drugstore mascara on the market, at the moment. (Cheaper Options could be your favorite Nail Polish wrapped in some adorable packaging!

I also love the idea of spoiling them with a luxury item, that they normally wouldn't buy themselves. Most people don't want to spend $40 on a tube of lipstick, but it's still cheap enough that you can treat your beauty loving BFF to one without breaking your bank!

MAKE HER LAUGH

I'm all about funny gifts! And since me and my girls all enjoy a glass of bubbly now and then I think this Prosecco Pong Game and Might Be Wine Tumbler are amazingly hilarious!

HONOR A SHARED OBSESSION

Over the last few years most of my best girl friends have moved around the country which puts most of our interactions into daily group texts. And one thing that we're constantly talking about in our group is our favorite T.V. Show, Outlander. Every Sunday night we catch up and chat about the show and what we thought of it. So, I think getting them an Outlander themed gift is the perfect nod to our shared love for time traveling romance! Obviously, this is an idea that can be suited to your own likes and obsessions.

ENCOURAGE HER

We all know life gets tough sometimes. So why not send some encouragement in the form of your favorite uplifting book. If you've read something lately that has lifted your spirits or filled your heart why not spread that around? We could all use a little positivity, especially around the holidays!

Yummy and Educational Boredom Buster for the Kids this Holiday!



Hello, Hello! I hope you're all recovering ok from the Weekend sales! I definitely put an unneeded dent in our bank account. BUT i did get a lot of great new things I can't wait to share with you!

Until then, I wanted to let you guys in on a fun little activity that was inspired by the Holiday Break last week and today's Sponsor, Goldfish.





Even though last week flew by and I never felt like I had a moments rest, Hudson still found time to complain of boredom. I'm sure you're familiar with that whole routine. So I headed to pinterest (As one does) in search of easy DIY pre-school activities. There are a ton of them HERE if you're in need.

But this is the one that needed the least amount of preparation and kept him happy and playing the longest.

Hudson has been loving these sort of matching games lately. So, I thought this Christmas Tree printable was perfect for him. And it works wonderfully with these colored Goldfish that we always have around the house.







Feel free to print some out for your kids, the next time you're looking for some quick and easy entertainment.




There are tons of other similar ideas HERE that will spark your kids' imagination and love for learning over the upcoming Holidays!

Also, you can head HERE to learn more about the colors on Goldfish Colors Crackers. Did you know the colors on each cracker are sourced from plants, like the reddish seeds of the Achiote Tree?! Read more HERE!

And let me know what ways you're busting boredom over the holiday break! I'm always looking for new ideas!

Super Easy Parmesan Hash Brown Cups



Hey Y'all! I'm just popping in really quick to share a quick little hack I just discovered. To be completely honest, I've probably been living under a rock. But, Simply Potatoes® Shredded Hash Browns has given me another way to simplify dinner time without sacrificing real ingredients.



I've personally gotten in such a dinner rut lately. Protein. Veggie. Rice. That's been on repeat forever. So like any other self respecting mom that's feeling stuck, I went to Pinterest for help! While looking up potato dishes I found tons of hash brown recipe variations that looked delicious. So when I headed to the store to buy potatoes I ended up grabbing these pre-shredded hash browns by Simply Potatoes. And I'm glad I did, because they saved me about a million hours. (Slight exaggeration.)



I decided to start simple with ingredients I always have around the house. That way if I liked the finished product I would always be able to remake it. 

I combined the Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns in a bowl with shredded Parmesan, chopped green onions, chopped Canadian bacon and olive oil, salt / pepper to taste. 



Then I filled up my muffin tin and baked them at 350 degrees for roughly 40 minutes, when they began to look golden brown. 



Overall, I'm so impressed with how they turned out and super excited to try some different variations of the recipe. Now, that I've conquered my dinner rut, I think I'll start playing with breakfast. I'm thinking I'll add some egg and bell pepper into the mix! 

If you're in a rut like me, there are TONS of delicious Potato recipes HERE that you can try! 


Also, can I just say while I was on the site looking up recipe ideas, I learned that Simply Potatoes donates leftover skins to local farmers to use for animal feed! How amazing is that?!

Gift Guide For Beauty Lovers + $500 Cash Giveaway!




Happy Monday Ladies! I am SO Excited to share today's post with you! For two reasons, really. One, Makeup is undoubtedly my favorite thing to spend money on, so I love any chance I get to talk about it. Second (and most importantly) I'm giving TWO of you the chance to win $500 CASH! That's right. Cold hard cash. Just in time to spend on your Christmas shopping!

But, first things first! Let's talk beauty!

I've compiled a list of my favorite beauty products for you that I know any makeup lover would be excited to find under their Christmas Tree.

Just click on the items in the picture and you'll be brought directly to it!



I highly recommend everyone of these items! I've talked about the Jacklyn Hill Palette before and it is still one of my everyday favorites. The Anastasia Glow Kit and Laura Mercier Setting Powder are mainstays in the beauty community. And I personally can't walk out the house without dousing my self in Urban Decay's All Nighter Spray. I included a few products from Tarte and Colour Pop because they are two of my favorite brands. The Fenty Beauty primer is amazing. And the Stila Liquid eye shadows are absolutely gorgeous! I talked all about Dry Bar's Triple Sec Here and every makeup lover needs a beauty blender and some good brushes!

Now that I've shared all of my best Makeup gift ideas with you. Let's talk about how you can get some extra money to spend on them.


'Tis the season for giving! I teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to give back to you! We are giving away $500 in Paypal cash to TWO WINNERS! The winner will be announced on Friday, November 24th just in time to get your Holiday shopping started! See below to enter and good luck!

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Let me know what beauty product you would want to receive this Christmas, in the comments! I'm going to enjoy my day off with the kids!

XOXO