Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Obligatory White Girl Fall Post

*I was compensated for this post, however all opinions are 100% mine and are completely honest.

Yep I totally went there! haha


We all know that every blogger and their favorite barista's sisters nephews cousin has done a blog post on their Fall Favorites or Fall Must Haves or something to do with Fall...amiright or amiright? So, consider this my obligatory white girl fall post!

Like most bloggers girls, I am in love with the Fall and all the fall things...football, cooler weather, apple picking, sweaters, boots, all things pumpkin...but I'm not gonna talk about any of that stuff. Today I'm gonna talk about my love of decorating for the season!

A home decor post, yay!

I don't go all crazy and replace all of my decor for each season, but there are a few areas that I like to change up at different times of the year. On the same note, I, like a lot of people don't have crazy amounts of cash just laying around that I can blow on home decor, so I try to make my dolla's count. One of my favorite places to find seasonal home decor at a decent price is Ross. I can't even tell you the amount of money I have spent in that store on not only home decor but also clothing my family. LOVE me some Ross!!

Anyhoo, back to the home decor I was talking about...some of the things I like to get are candles. Different sizes, shapes and glass colors that I can group on my mantle are a fun way I like to decorate. I use candles as accent pieces with vases, clocks, lamps or even picture frames. One of my recent purchases was this delicious smelling (vanilla bean) candle. I love the screw top and the twine wrapped around it.


Another fun way to change up the look of a room for the changing seasons is to change your window dressing...curtains, y'all, I'm talking about curtains. I have been looking for just the right pair of curtains for Asa's room since....well, since before he was born and I finally (FINALLY!!!) found what I wanted at Ross. Do not even ask me why I didn't think of looking there first, but finally I found what I wanted and they were so inexpensive compared to other stores I had looked at, I mean I would have had to pay double what I paid at any of the other 4 stores I checked. I basically got 2 panels for the price that all the other stores wanted for 1 panel. Ridiculous! So, I grabbed a curtain rod and these charcoal curtains for Asa's room and it completely changed the look and feel of his room and I absolutely love them.


Of course, it just wouldn't be fall without checking out all the Halloween decor while I was at it, sad to say I haven't bought much Halloween decor mainly because we are never home on Halloween so I hate to decorate when we won't be home to enjoy it. But I do still love to look and see what fun stuff they have in the way of ghosts and goblins and witches oh my!

Do you change your home decor each season? Where is your favorite place to shop for seasonal items?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Quieting my Inner Bully

We all have an inner bully.  You know what im talking about, that inner voice that tells you:

You're ugly
You're fat
Why would that hot guy look at you
You aren't smart enough for that job you want
What makes you think you are worth that popular girls time
Why would anyone want to be friends with you
No one really likes you they just pity you

And so much more...



All of us might not admit that we have an inner bully...that we allow ourselves to be mentally abused and we think that it's ok because it's not someone else talking to us that way so we let it continue.

How many times a day do you find yourself saying things like this in your head? Would you let another person talk down to you the way you talk down to yourself?   Why do you think its ok to treat yourself this way if its not ok for another person to treat you this way? How do you get the bully to stop?



I've been thinking about this subject for a while and trying really hard to reverse my thoughts about myself.  I know that I wouldn't ever tolerate someone else bullying me or abusing me so I'm working on not tolerating it from me, either.  When I start to have one of these negative thoughts about myself I stop and immediately replace that negative thought with a positive thought.  It is getting easier but I do find myself getting frustrated easily...when I have a negative thought instead of going straight into a positive thought, sometimes I find myself saying 'wtf self ' and then I stop and reset again and give myself a positive thought to focus on.  Sometimes that's all it takes is a mental reset - sometimes these negative thoughts and emotions are so ingrained that we don't even realize how often they happen. 

If you find yourself in a similar situation, let me be the first to tell you that you are beautiful.  You are worthy of love and respect.  







Thursday, September 25, 2014

That Friday Blog Hop


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Essence of Beauty from CVS

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Hello beauties! I'm really excited to tell you about these new products I've been trying out. I know a lot of us are looking for great quality, low cost bath and beauty items that will give us great results. I know I don't have a huge budget for bath and beauty stuff every month, so I've been excited to find products at the drugstore that work just as well as high end products.

As a stay at home mom, I don't get a lot of time for myself during the day...or during the night for that matter if we are being honest ;) so when I do get the chance to escape for a hot shower or long bath, I jump all over it. I like to use luxurious soaps, sugar scrubs and a nice creamy body butter to pamper myself. Even better if those products have natural ingredients and essential oils to help repair some of the damage to my skin that daily life causes. Some of my recent favorite products are from Essence of Beauty, CVS/pharmacy’s #1 best-selling fragrance and body care line. Their line is launching the NEW Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection this month, exclusively at CVS/pharmacy and online at www.CVS.com!


The exclusive line ($5.99-$9.99) is infused with nourishing, aromatic botanical ingredients and essential oils to bring the benefits of botanicals into your everyday body care regimen, with products to fulfill each part of the bath ritual, available in the following scents:


· Lemon Verbena with Olive Oil – Energizing lemon verbena and soothing olive oil refresh and stimulate your senses


· Eucalyptus with Mint Oil – Soothing eucalyptus and spearmint oil cool and refresh your body


· Lavender with Rosemary Oil – Soft, calming lavender and rejuvenating rosemary oil relax your mind and body


Each scent includes seven naturally-inspired bath and body products: Hand Cream, Body Butter, Sugar Scrub, Botanical Body Wash, Foaming Bath Soak, Nourishing Body Oil and Shea Butter Bar Soap. The formulas contain plant extracts and essential oils, and the line is free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and gluten.

I even use the lavender bath soak and body butter for my daughter's night time bath to help her relax and be able to sleep better. Since these products are so inexpensive I don't feel the need to hoard them just for myself ;) If you are looking for some new bath products to try out, I highly recommend the Essence of Beauty brand from CVS.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

That Friday Blog Hop


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

That Friday Blog Hop


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Younique 3d Mascara - Lashes for days!

I received this product to sample as part of this review in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions.

Hello beauties!  I'm back to my regularly scheduled programming today and I'm sharing with you my thoughts on Younique 3d Fiberlash Mascara.

Lashes for days!
I am sure that everyone has heard about this product by now, I have no less than a handful of friends or family who now sell Younique makeup and every single one of them raves about the Younique brand as a whole, but in particular this amazing mascara that is supposed to be so good you won't ever need to wear false lashes.  One of my friends reached out to me and asked if I would review this mascara for the blog and share her website where you can order your own mascara - Jenn's Younique page.  If you do choose to order from Jenn, be sure to let her know I sent you!

Jenn says:

I also do offer FREE local delivery of the 3D fiber lash mascara, and FREE shipping to first time customers. I have plenty in stock. $32 delivered or shipped. We also just released some really cool new products as of today, 9/1. Eyeliners, lip liners, an amazing eye serum.
So, now that the business part of things is done, let's get down to the mascara!!

Here's the deal, I took pictures with no mascara, one coat of my favorite (of the moment) mascara - Urban Decay's Perversion and then with Younique 3d fiber lash mascara.


Top photo is my natural lashes with NO mascara.  Middle photo is my Urban Decay Perversion mascara.  Bottom photo is using the Younique 3d fiber lash mascara, 1 coat.

Top photo is natural lashes with no mascara.  Bottom photo is Younique 3d fiber lash mascara

When I first started hearing about this mascara, I was not a fan - total honesty is what you'll get from me!  I thought it looked super clumpy and spidery and I just don't like that look for myself.  So I really didn't want to try the mascara.  After all, this is what I was seeing on every person who was wearing this mascara, so it couldn't just be all those women like that look it had to be the mascara?!

Eventually though, I decided to go ahead and give it a try.  The worst that could happen is I wouldn't like it at all or I could try it and decide that I really like it.

I've had the mascara for a couple of weeks now and have worn it quite a lot.  Definitely enough to form a solid opinion on it ;)

My opinion is that I really like it overall.  I like the length and volume I get when I wear it.  It is not clumpy or spidery when I apply 1-3 coats.  Anymore than that and it starts to get clumpy and spidery in my experience.  My biggest complaint is that I have found there tends to be a lot of 'fallout' from the fibers not adhering to my lashes completely.  Otherwise, I really do like this mascara and would definitely consider purchasing more when mine is gone!

Thanks Jenn for giving me the opportunity to test out this fantastic mascara!!