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Top 10 things to know about Boys

Life with boys–I’m telling you-it’s like nothing you would expect and everything you dreamed. These boys have me on my toes nonstop and I am all about it. Going into this, though, I really didn’t know what to expect. SO for those who may be having a baby boy–or maybe even have a little one–prepare yourself for these things.

1. Boys are smelly.

Someone-please explain to me how girls can always be dainty and put together and never smell as bad as a boy. And from experience, ( I have teenage nephews) I know it never gets better. They always stink. Why? Girls sweat. They play. But they STILL don’t stink like boys. So buy stock in Febreze and be prepared to spray their feet when they take off their shoes. (Again–poor nephews have been sprayed many a time by this auntie. Sorry guys. Your feet are rancid.)

All I have to say is, thank goodness my kids like to take baths! Im telling you-the little one has the grossest smelling feet and let’s just be honest and say his butt smells like butt. It’s the worst. Boys stink. Number 1 covered.

2. They are dangerous.

Why is it that the male species must always do the dangerous? Why? “Hey Mom. Watch this.” Famous last words, am I right? Every time I turn around, my kids have to be jumping over someone. Jumping over something. Jumping off of the couch. Jumping from couch to couch. Jumping off the swing. Always jumping. Why can’t we just stay on the ground? If there is a high point-they have to climb to it. If there is water-they have to get as close as humanly possible before backing off. It’s like they just want to see me jump in after them. (Weirdly enough, I have never had to rescue them from any body of water.)

Believe it or not, I try to do workouts as home every so often. As soon as I hit the floor for a good ab-workout, a kid is jumping on my stomach. ALWAYS WITH THE JUMPING. I am blaming my lack of abs on my kids. Just roll with it, k?

Back to the water for a sec–our last beach trip, we spent a good amount of our time out on the pier. I swear if every time I turned around, these kids weren’t hanging halfway through the boards looking into the ocean. As if the ocean isn’t huge enough to see otherwise–they have to get THAT MUCH CLOSER. And put me THAT MUCH CLOSER to a heart attack. It’s a boy thing-Give Mom a heart attack. Is this on every single toddler’s bucket list? I am not sure..but my kids sure are trying to test the theory.

3. Boys pee nonstop

Why? Why must you test every bathroom everywhere we go? Why do you want me to stop on the road every half hour so you can pee? Every patch of grass is the same. Every blacktop is the same. Why do we feel the need to pee on every single tree/bush in the yard? Boys? Anyone? Can anyone explain?? Although it’s convenient, it isn’t normal. But I’m sure all my fellow boy mom’s get it.

4. Boys are dramatic.

Ok, I know this is a girl thing. But I am telling you, boys are DRAMATIC. At least mine are. The tiniest scratch-the world is crashing. Someone took the last sip of the drink-prepare for waterworks. The dog is chewing the baseball…ohhhhh man. So for all you who think ” Yay! I’m having a boy! I’m getting off easy!” -Nah. They are drama. Maybe not girl drama-but still drama.

5. Life is all sports-all the time.

Our boys are little sports fanatics….and they get it honest. But I am telling you–it’s nonstop sports here. Baseball, football, golf, basketball-you name it-we are playing it. Cash grabs his ball and glove the moment he wakes up and brings it everywhere we go. Kinda cute if you ask me 😉 Ford is extremely athletic and I love every bit of it. He is amazing to watch! At any rate, prepare to buy every single ball at every single store for the rest of your life…and you should probably go ahead and buy a toy box dedicated solely to sporting equipment–or maybe a shed.

6. Boys like to dress up.

Did any other first time boy moms know this? This was one of those things I would like to have done with a little girl-but oh it’s so fun with little boys! They want to be cowboys and superheroes and cartoon characters and it’s a HOOT. I love to see these little imagination’s run wild. We have dressed our youngest as Batman and the dog as Robin for goodness sake! Gah I was dying of the cute-overload then. We have had Spiderman, Superman, Firefighters, and who knows what else. *Insider tip* Wait til the first week of November and stock up on fun costumes for the kids. I buy mine at Bargain Hunt and they are usually $1.00! *

(This was last week- I wish I could post the slow-mo video of the epic battle between Michael Angelo and Bumblebee. It was ground-breaking. )

7. Boys like stuffed animals.

I remember being pregnant with Ford and asking my cousin ” Should I buy him stuffed animals? Will boys play with them?” She is a Mom of 2 teenagers now and said “Of course! My boys loved their Lovies.” Don’t ask me why I thought otherwise–but I will tell you what-my oldest LOVES his animals. If we even attempt to get rid of them the waterworks start. So go ahead-stock up. They love them!

8. They eat NON-STOP.

You have heard it before–boys eat. But like–it’s unreal. As soon as breakfast is over they ask for a snack. Then 2nd snack. Then lunch. 10 minutes later–they are famished. I can’t keep up! My kids are only 3 and 5 so maybe we should set up a Go-fund me page for when our kids are teenagers. Otherwise, we may end up in the poor house…Hahah. Just kidding. But really. #sendfood

9. Farts and Poop are funny from Day 1.

Gross-but true. Literally-newborns coo and smile after a good gas pass. Toddlers learn to belly laugh at a good fart. Smelly poop is hysterical. Long turds are share-worthy. No joke–if the turd is long enough-you will hear one kid yell for the other to come see. It happens in this house all too often. So prepare yourselves-it never quits.

10. Boys love their Mama’s

To finish is off, I have to brag on the love for Mama. Daddy, of course, is the hero-but when everything goes to heck-they call for Mom. When they want a good cuddle..they run to Mommy. When they want to share their latest accomplishment, Mum is first to know. So don’t get too scared by all the crazy y’all. The love they show far surpasses any of the heart attacks they give you along the way. It’s worth every second. Promise.

So all of you boy-mom’s…Did this post ring true for you? What has been your experience with little boys? Fill me in! I want to know!

All the love dolls 💋

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Life happens

I’m baaaaaack! Did you miss me? If you follow me on Instagram (if not, go follow NOW @smittenwiththree_blog ) you saw that I really wanted to do a blog update last weekend! But, as we all know, meh. Life happens. It’s part of it.

That being said, I have missed you all too much to go another night with no post! So here I am- and LAWD I do not like to be up late. Yea–Typing this at 10:03 is late for me. I am exhausted. And really- I have no reason to be. My bestie and I went to the UT game today (Ugh- I guess just being a VOL fan period is exhausting) and left to a loss. Ugh LIFE.

Anyways, came home, Took a nice nap. Hung with the bestie for another little minute. Made dinner. Left for Target ( Let’s all do a happy dance because yesterday was my day-of-birth which obviously means free Starbucks 🙌🏻) shopped a bit, came back home and painted my nails. Cleaned a little. Studied a little. Now blogging a little. Why be tired, right? Mmmm hmmm….Because LIFE.

Ok can we skip around for a minute and talk about my marriage?? Real quick? Ok thanks—So October 25th, I will be married 9 years! I think we might be a ‘seasoned married couple’ now. Crazy! And Oh I love being married. This guy I have is as close to perfect as they come. He told me last week that I was “so easy to live with.” *Swoon* Me? HOW? I don’t know but somehow I scored perfection in an imperfect man. I’m fortunate. At any rate, in almost 9 years we have never spent a night apart. Not one. I wanted to make it to 10 years, but you know. LIFE.

Soooo. Last month, I was chosen to do a modeling gig, (Ew. I don’t want to call it that. That sounds like those crazies in the movies who live for things like this. Not a gig–a one day advertising venture. That is what we will call it. *Back story–A local boutique and salon collaborated to do some marketing. 150 people applied. They picked 8 to model for some advertising. Somehow I was chosen. That was it. **hoping to do a whole blog post on this day later. Really-it was an incredible opportunity and I hope I can share the photos with you all!**

But the same weekend of the advertising venture, my husband was asked to play in a golf tournament in Ohio. GASP. Now one of us have to give up something, or be apart. Let’s just say, distance won. It was hard, but we did it. Thanks to my sis and bestie coming to stay with me and the boys–I spent my first night away from the hubbs. LIFE.

It happened again last week when my little sis was in a wreck in Kentucky. I got to spend a few days with her helping around the house and washing her hair. I swear, she only wanted me there to wash her hair. Hehe just kidding we had a blast as always. It was my son’s fall break from school, and we really wanted to take a vacay this week, but that didn’t happen. Because LIFE.

Either way, it worked out. My hubby got some things done here. I spent time with my seeeeester. Boys ran wild on the farm. And I think we learned some independence this week. Probably a good thing. Except–I don’t want to be away from him. Yeah. The sappy LIFE.

OK, back to the post. So this week, we drove to Ohio Friday, came back Sunday night. Did laundry. Repacked. Woke up Monday, packed up, left for Kentucky. Came back Thursday morning. Cleaned up a little. Did some yard work. Had a clothes swap party at my house. Friday morning was supposed to pack up for a cabin with friends-but you know…LIFE happens so we couldn’t go to the cabin. Either way, we are back home for a while now- and I have a whole new respect for people who travel for work. Or maybe leisure–whatever you are traveling for–it’s TIRING! Fun, but TIRING! Your LIFE isn’t meant for the faint of heart.

Now you see why I couldn’t post? Well, all the traveling + I forgot my keyboard to type all this loveliness. LIFE.

So this post was just a recap of my LIFE lately. It’s crazy. But y’all, as tired as I get, as exhausted as I am, as much as LIFE gets in the way–know that I am still here! LIFE is going to happen. I have kids. I have a LIFE (believe it or not) and I won’t be on the perfect blogger’s schedule, but I am not leaving you all anytime soon! You are part of my LIFE now!

Thanks for the read, and I can’t wait to share my next blog post with you. It’s a fun one 🙂

Of course,

All the love dolls 💋

Beauty · Deals · Diy · Fashion

The perfect dress..ruined…Or so I thought.

It’s not too often I find a dress I immediately fall in love with. But every once in a great while–the dress finds me-and I am HOOKED. Well, this glorious feeling occurred last month at my local Bargain Hunt. The perfect lacy white dress. So elegant. SO dreamy. So me. I had to have it. And yes-it was at bargain hunt. Judge if you must.

But to top off my dress high, every single dress in the store this particular day was FIVE DOLLARS. Five bucks! I couldn’t believe it–my dream dress was $5.00-and it was in my size. (Bargain hunt was selling this dress for $49.00-so I know the original price was through ROOF. You can just look at it and tell the quality is A++ so I was thrilled with the $5.00 price tag…..I found some great deals on some other Lark&Ro items Here and Here if you want to check out some other awesome items they have!!) At any rate, I grabbed it and was in quite the hurry, so I didn’t try it on. But for five bucks, shoooooot, it would fit someone if it didn’t work for me. ( Really though–I wanted this to fit more than I have ever wanted a dress to fit before.)

I came home and immediately hung it in the closet, ready to wear for Sunday. Well, Sunday rolls around and I put it on-Dale zips it-and lawd have mercy! It fit-like a glove. Dear gosh I was so IN LOVE. Well, life sure knows how to burst my bubble-because DANG IT if that dress didn’t have a huge hole right in on my front shoulder area. Oh I was crushed as I had to take it off and find a new outfit. The perfect dress. Betrayed me. (Insert hypothetical incontrollable sobbing. )

I think anyone else would have donated it after that-but I am no quitter. So I tried to cover it with a brooch, and that was a mess. The hole sat too high on my shoulder to cover it. It looked crazy. So idea number 2 hit–and I am a little proud. Just a little. Ok a bunch. A bunch proud. Don’t laugh.

I have so much embroidery floss on hand (not sure why) that I thought maybe I could make something cool to cover up the hole in my heart. Oh…. I mean my dress. The hole in my dress.

Here’s another view of this terrible hole in my heart…Gosh I mean DRESS! There is a hole in the DRESS!

So I quickly sewed the fabric together, but now there was an ugly seam in the middle of my shouldery-clavicle area that was downright awkward. I promptly threaded a needle with the floss, and attempted to embroider some random flowers over the weird seam. (Click HERE To see what I used to embroider the flowers. This is where you click for the appropriate needles! )

Now, it isn’t perfect, but I got SO MANY COMPLIMENTS on this dress. Next time, I will buy an embroidery hoop instead of trying to freehand that mess. Gosh that was annoying.

But check out what it looks like up close–again–not perfect, but it did the job!

Now I have a totally original piece, that makes for a fun conversation when people mention it!

Here is what it looks like on–and y’all-you know I’m SMITTEN.

What do you think? Pretty, eh?

I can’t find my dress exactly, but click Here for a fun alternative! Here is another fun option…. Click here. Hopefully this inspires some of you to get creative with your clothes and add some pizazz to your outfits! I may start doing this on everything, just to add some originality to my wardrobe. 😜

What do you think? What is your creative go-to in fixing outfit problems? Let me know!

All the love dolls 💋

Beauty · Deals

The Physicians Formula’s products you HAVE to have

Ok, I know I know. I said I would post this a while back–but sometimes I get so excited about sharing with you all, I put certain things on the back burner!!!!!

Shame on me, because these products need to be shared with everyone-they are fabulous!

No small talk today-let’s get right to it.

1. PF CC cream

The Miracle foundation. I’m telling you–it looks flawless and light. Not cakey in the LEAST BIT and so easy to apply. Here are a few benefits:

Color-correcting pigments plus Anti-aging
-Anti-aging brighteners restore a look of radiance and smoothness while UVA/UVB ray protection helps to prevent future damage
-Hypoallergenic; Oil Free; Paraben Free; Gluten Free; Fragrance Free; Non-Comedogenic; Dermatologist approved

This is what the bottle looks like:

Check out all the mess it corrects above….. That’s a win in my book! Click Here for some more info!

2. PF Nourishing Argan oil

Dry skin? Grab this. Quick. I’m telling you, it makes your skin feel HEAVENLY- great before makeup or I even like to use as part of my night-time routine for extra moisture! Check out the benefits here:

• All-In-One: Moisturizer + Primer + Brightener + Protector + Treatment

• Illuminating oil adds a shimmering touch of gold

• Hypoallergenic; Fragrance Free; Gluten Free; Paraben Free; Non-comedogenic; Dermatologist approved

• Use on face, body, hair, and nails

• Glow-Renewing Benefits

You can’t argue with those benefits–I’m telling you -it’s worth it! Click Here to purchase!

3. PF Butter Bronzer

Ok-so this may be my holy grail of makeup products. If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen my sing the “butter bronzer praises”. Ladies…It’s time for you to hop on the train. It’s a ‘universal bronzer’ in that it looks amazing on all skin tones–and that is HARD TO FIND.

And girls, the smell. It smells like the beach. Or heaven. Or the beach. I can’t quite peg it, but I’m telling you-you need this in your makeup bag….Like–Yesterday.

It delivers a tropical glow and was voted by People as a top bronzer!

I’m telling you-you HAVE to have this! Click Here to shop! Easy Peasy!!!!

So there you have it! My compilation of PF makeup you NEED to have! While I am a huge believer in using all different brands, this is one of those I hope to have more of as time goes on.

Do you like PF? Do you think you will use these? Make sure to click the links and read more on them to see if this brand is for you!!!

All the love dolls 💋

Beauty · Deals · Family

‘Getting too personal’ post

Ok men who read my blog–I know who you are..and this is a post you need to skip. Scroll on past, don’t click the link, look away, turn your head-whatever you need to do to NOT READ THIS POST. WOMEN ONLY from this point on. I’m telling you–it’s not something you want to hear or know about. It’s one of those “women talk” posts. Ohh yea…….now you get it.

Ok now that we are clear, and It’s ONLY ladies reading from this point forward (right?) let’s get into it.

I’ve hesitated to post this for a while, but the more I think about it, the more I think it might be needed–Maybe not. Or maybe you will say it’s too personal and I shouldn’t do another post of the sort. Well hopefully, I won’t need to do another post of this sort, because I have the issue fixed. I’m telling you–guys–if you are still reading….there is still time to back out. Do it now or you are going to regret it later.

Soooo…the goods. Or the bads…the worsts. Yeah-that’s what we will call them-“The Worsts.” Yep–talking about periods y’all. And really, I can’t complain about mine. I don’t cramp. I don’t even feel a thing til it “hits me.” Now my husband on the other hand can always tell when it’s coming because I have to have a good cry over nothing in particular a couple days before FLO decides to make her entrance. And the “you must be about to start your period” convo insults me every dang month because I think I am truly just having an emotional day… then the period shows her nasty teeth and I have to laugh because he always knows me better than I know myself. Poor husband. Bless him.

At any rate, I literally have been using Always brand pads forever. Just because, you know, that’s the #1 brand, right? Well, I have had this awful issue that I just kind of assumed came with the territory. Well evidently not…. Ok here goes…Every single period I was getting so chaffed ! And let me tell you–It was HORRIBLE. I couldn’t move at all without this pain. And it was every minute of every day while on the nasty week. Ugh. AWFUL. I never once thought it could have been because of the equipment I was using, I just assumed, once again, this is what happened from the extra moisture for the week. (SO sorry all. Trying to be as G-rated as possible here.)

I used everything to try and cool down the problem. Coconut oil. Lotions. Vinegar (Umm…Ouch.) Boudreaux’s Butt Paste (This was actually a huge help….Uhh…yea. Had to use the butt paste for diaper rash on my yoo-hoo. Not glamorous girls. Nope. Not at all.

But describing the issue to a friend one day, she asked ” What brand do you use?” To which I of course replied “Always.” She said “Oh my gosh! Change the brand! Those things TEAR ME UP!”

OH MY GOSH….How did this never hit me before????? I guess I have just never been allergic to ANYTHING before so it never even crossed my mind!

Well, after some thought, I went to Target to get a pad that was “pure.” No chemicals. No nastiness. I had enough nastiness as it was..That’s when I came across these heavenly hourglass shaped pillows.

I had this bag sitting on my counter for a week, and no one knew what it was. Isn’t the packaging AMAZING? So glam for a bag of pads. And please notice what ISN’T in them:

  • Pesticides
  • Rayon
  • Fragrances
  • Deodorants
  • Dyes

Who knew those things were in other pads???? My gosh I was shocked! Also–loving that the size is SUPER-califragilisticexpialidocious. Heck yes. Love it. And any bag that flat out says “We got you” on the front, is an ace in my book.

Check the back! Y’all-I’m sold for life!!!

The brand is called L. I grabbed mine at my local Target, but here is a link if you want to order online.

FYI-they worked great. No leaks. No hurt. No rash. No pain. And they don’t cost any more than Kotex or Always. *Added Plus–for every pad bought, they give one to a girl in need. Yes. Just yes.*

So now that you know WAY to much about me and my issues, what do you think about these? Guys-who kept reading when I said not to–poor souls. You did it to yourselves…..

Anyways…..You think this is maybe something you would want to try?? Let me know!

All the love dolls 💋

Family · Home

Fall Bucket List

Eeeeeekkkkk!! I don’t think you got that…EEEEEKKKKKKKKK!!!!! I can’t contain my excitement for fall yall. It has always been my favorite time of year….Too many good things happen in Autumn. Can we talk about October and all it’s greatness? I was born in October, Married in October, the leaves peak in October–some amazing things going on in October. Until then September will do…

It’s starting to cool off here in Knoxville and I am LOVING IT–even if it has rained every day. ( I need you know to know my hatred for being in the rain. I cry and whine and complain and pitch little hissy fits and I know it. I don’t like my neck to get wet. I don’t like wet jeans. Not a fan of my shoes being soaked. And now I have kids that are the same way…..I’ve created little monsters. So to actually ENJOY the cold weather over nonstop complaining about the rain? This fall season must have a serious pull on me.)

At any rate, every year I have certain things I have to accomplish before the first snow, and I seem to expound on the list every year! So prepare yourselves for my Fall Bucket List and let me know which of these you want to accomplish too! Before we get to this awesome list, check out some pics from last Fall. These boys of mine have grown so much since these were taken–I can’t stand it!

Hopefully this year I will remember to keep up with picture taking, all the while soaking in the sweet season that is Fall. Lately I have been on a “Soak it in” kick. I am making a concerted effort to remember the little moments and take mental pictures as much as I can! Ok Now that I am done reminiscing, lets get to the list!!!!!

My Fall Bucket List

  • Bonfires
  • Fall foliage drive
  • 2 corn mazes
  • Play some football!
  • Roast Marshmallows
  • Allll the pumpkin recipes
  • Hayride
  • Make new scarves
  • Go to the fair
  • Buy a new candle
  • Decorate for fall
  • Pumpkin Spice Lattes (#PSLforlife)
  • Paint my nails dark
  • Make caramel apples
  • Go to a football game
  • Plant fall flowers
  • Picnic in the Mountains
  • Wear at least 5 different hats
  • Pinecone bird feeder

So this is what I want to accomplish in the next few months! Who is with me? Comment and let me know what you would want to do–or things I am missing!

All the love dolls 💋

Beauty · Diy · Fashion

My secret tip for curls that LAST.

Hey laddiiieesss!!!! Hope everyone had a great weekend-ours was wild! We drove to Ohio Friday after Ford got out of school, and Saturday had a baby shower and a wedding! Drove back today so it was a really short weekend-but we love crazy weekends!

I made sure to curl my hair before we left Friday so I wouldn’t have to do my hair again over the weekend! (Fun fact- I tried to do some fun red tips on my hair via a spray-on color. In true Brandi fashion, I ran out before it looked like anything

decent and was left with some fantastically splotchy pink hair. Great. My bro-in-law came in the house and just shook his head in disgust when he saw my pink hair. Hahaha my life. I brushed the pinkish spots through the best I could and curled it with my wand-and TA-DAH! I had some super fun rose gold curls–no splotches at all! Thank goodness it all worked out. )

Can you see it here? Maybe a little? Ok no. That’s fine. At least check out my awesome new road trip shirt. ❤️

Now that you know my adventure for the weekend, want to hear about my curls??

Everyone always asks how I curl my hair–and what the trick is to making them last as long as I do–and I want to share my secrets with all you!

To start, I have to admit, I have some pretty versatile hair when it comes to styling. My hair is slightly coarse and EXTREMELY THICK. I also have some natural wave to it….And not the pretty beach wave. More like TWG wave. (If you can’t figure out what TWG is, feel free to email me and I will fill you in.) That being said, I can straighten my hair with ease. I can curl it even easier. It holds great! But I have a couple secrets to getting the most out of your curls…. This is how I started…..straight hair.

I just realized my camera lens is broken so I have terrible dots on the pics –so sorry!!!! Ignore him if you can, that’s another problem for another day.

And the steps are as follows…….

1. Use a wand

No magic involved-I don’t believe in all that mess. You just need a curling wand. A friend gave me me mine a couple years back–and I am HOOKED! It’s so simple to use and for some reason, holds curl SO MUCH better than any iron I’ve ever used. Hey you–reading the post–Get a wand.

2. Use hairspray on every section.

Not only do I spray my hair all over when I am finished, I spray small sections throughout as I go. So I section my hair off as go….

Yes. I know. It’s not attractive. But it makes it so easy to see what you have done! Here is another fun sectioning pic. Classy, eh? Just curl a few curls and then spray. Curl. Spray.

3. The ultimate secret—-DRY SHAMPOO

Ok-Curls really stay best in dirty hair. Day old hair is the best–sounds gross/looks amazing. But if you have clean hair and need your curls to keep, use dry shampoo almost as a primer before you curl! I always spray my roots with it—(Have you seen the tee shirts that say “My hair is 99% dry shampoo”? Ok-well those were written about me.) At any rate–I always spray my roots, but on curl days, I spray all over my hair (lightly) and it holds the curl that much more!!!!!!!

So here are a few pictures showing how I wrap my hair around the iron..and yes, it matters how you wrap your hair-Believe me! Just wrap in about 2 inch sections or smaller, and point the wand down if possible. You can also buy a glove to use that keeps your hands from getting burnt as you curl–I just don’t have one and personally don’t think it’s needed.

As you can see, I end with some pretty fun curls and I don’t mind them at all just the way they are…( I just slightly finger comb them to separate the curls a bit.) Now I know most people will want to brush them a bit to keep from getting the Bo-Peep look. I get it. But I am usually walking around with a bow the size of Texas in my head anyways, so looking a bit more like a southern belle does not offend me at all. : )

I also have the craziest cowlick (I have never seen ‘cow lick’ in written word before, so typing that threw me off a bit…. ) so check how my hair falls if I don’t pin it back.

Yea–it’s wild. So I ALWAYS bobby pin my hair. Plus I love the extra volume. Yup-Me and Dolly-pssshhh…. Yeah right- I wish I could be on her level. At any rate, this is the finished product and I LOVE these curls! Now you know my biggest curl secrets and hopefully they are helpful !!! Let me know what you think!

All the love dolls 💋

Beauty · Fashion

Mixing patterns–Its a beautiful thing.

I'm telling you–this is something you HAVE to get with. Men, women, kids-it looks good on everyone!

I am a huge fan of either wearing a plethora of prints–mixing stripes and florals/something edgy and dainty/gold and silver–the list goes on. It all can work-promise!

I have been asked several times for this blog post–and I was so excited! Mixing prints is one of my FAVORITE ways to spice up an outfit…and I want to share with you some of my favorite ways to do it!

Stripes and Florals

If you aren't on board with this-its time to hop on. I LOVE a good stripe/floral mix. Something about it is so classic. And notice I have 2 different stripes going on? Now I realize this might be a little much for some people, but I am ALL ABOUT several prints going on at once. This skirt came from Bliss Knox and I love it with everything I have–it comes with an amazing story too 🙂


And for all you thick girls who think you can't wear horizontal stripes–let me be the first to tell you. You are WRONG. Work 'em girl. There are certain ones that can be SO flattering. Just find a good stripe that works for you! And if you don't trust yourself, take a trusted buddy to shop and ask for help! And if not, just send me a pic and I will be happy to help 🙂

Here is another fun way to do stripes and florals–with your shoes!!!! I adore these shoes. They have a slight edge to them, but still girly with the floral print. Perfection.

Edgy and Dainty

Ok–this–I have all the heart eyes over this outfit…. Gosh I love me a good army green top–and this one. Y'all-I LOVE IT. With jeans, shorts, or even a dainty tulle skirt–it so gorgeous. You have to try it! And I am a serious believer in the tulle skirt–every lady should own one. You may feel you look slightly like a 4 year old at first–but I promise–They are timeless and classic and oh so dreamy. And you look classy-not at all like a child. You can grab them on the cheap too—I've seen them at my local Ross for $12.00!!

(This is me laughing over squirrels playing in the tree next to me… Just for your enjoyment. 🙂

Oh I also wanted to include a pic with this AWESOME clutch my boss grabbed for me at a market in India–Can you see it? I am so in love with the color…and it's big enough to hold my phone. Score.

Here is another edgy look with a super sweet feel.
This is one of my fav fall vests- I wear it over a long sleeve black tee. But I was craving wearing it now–so I broke it out and paired it with my "cupcake" skirt. That's what I feel like when I wear this skirt–a sweet lil' cupcake–its so fun! And notice–paired with pearls. Of course-my go-to necklace of choice.

Gingham and ANY PRINT possible


This is a definite favorite of mine. I love gingham. In every way possible. My mom made this skirt for me and I LOVE IT. Its a high low skirt and is so fun! Go get yourself a gingham skirt and I promise you won't look like a picnic table.


Ignore my shoes in this pic–these are my go to comfort shoes when my feet can't handle heels. But check out the stud with me…. He has 2 different gingham prints–and looks OH SO HANDSOME. Don't be afraid to mix prints!!!!

And this pic just because I have 2 gingham skirts but they have totally different feels… also–I had this headband LONG before I had this skirt- and wanted a skirt like this forever! My momma made this one too and It goes down as one of my fav skirts in all of my almost 28 years of life. (Ugh almost 30 is not a good feeling.)

This also goes down in history as one of the few times I was "matchy matchy." I hate to make everything match–but this day I felt like it was necessary. 🙂


More gingham on gingham–and a little tree branch action happening too. I made this bow tie and ADORE IT… Check out the little ham modeling it—he is such a wild man!!

Ok dolls, that's all I have for now— but you can see–mixing prints is such a good thing! I love when people tell me" I never would have put that together–but it looks great!" Or even when I get the back handed " Wow- I would NOT have put that together-but you can pull it off" comments—I take pride in it!

That just proves that I am doing what I want to do–and you should too! Dress for you–not for anyone else. Be daring! Be bold! Be wild! And It may push you out of your comfort zone a bit, but all the fun things happen out of your comfort zones. 🙂 And if you wan't help, don't hesitate to send me a pic! Follow me on Instagram at @smittenwiththree_blog and I would love to see what you put together!!!!!!

All the love dolls 💋

Family

DIY 2 ingredient face mask

Hey family!
I know, I know–MIA for a while but my life has been total chaos this summer! My family has had something going on every weekend, (and almost every day) and my son started Kindergarten today! Gosh that is so crazy to say–I am the parent of a school aged kid! And Yes–Momma and baby brother we're a wreck. Poor little cash asked all day "When can we pick up Ford? Can we leave now? I want to go to Ford's school. I'm sad." And one time during the day even called out for Ford-My dear goodness my heart broke for him! And he was only gone for a half day! I can't imagine what he will do when he starts all day-every day.

At any rate, I really wanted to share with you all some of the little easy DIY pamper things I like to do when I have some extra time-Combined with a good ol' cup of joe ( I mean, or wine or beer, whatever floats your boat) and you have a relaxing night. Or 15 minutes. Either way–we mommas will take it, Right?

This is a super simple face mask that removes SO MUCH JUNK from your face-kind of like a Biore strip for your whole face. Are you one of those people who sit and inspect the strip after you pull it off? I totally am–and I get it honest. My dad used to always do Biore strips with me and my sister waaay back when. Ahh, nasty, blackhead, super gross memories. It's a beautiful thing.
See that? 2 ingredients. Easy peasy.

  • Charcoal capsules
  • Elmer's Non-toxic Glue

Just break 2 tablets in a bowl and add about 1 teaspoon of glue and mix. That's it!

Apply to your face and let it dry! The results are AWESOME. My skin always feels amazing afterwards…You have to try it!
This is my lovely no makeup face with it on and still wet. I just apply to the lower half of my face-no reason. I just don't like face masks near my hairline. I know–I'm weird. I can handle it.

But YALL–check out the crud it pulled from my face…..

This was just a tiny snippet of the actual mask..and it did great! I sit and stare at each piece I pull off for a while in complete awe. It's that weirdly satisfying gross feeling you get-kinda like a good pimple pop. Ewwwwww I'm so gross I know–but I secretly love it. 🤣 And pretty sure you do too….. Don't deny it.

Here is my skin after the mask–pores appear smaller and feels sooooo much cleaner! I LOVE IT!

(**Now you have seen me without makeup–You are all officially family. Embrace it dolls-It's a crazy place**)

But really–there is a reason why we see charcoal masks all over the internet. They pull all the impurities out of your face and your skin will LOVE you for treating it so well!

*Added Bonus:
Using a capsule of the charcoal on your toothpaste (or even mixed with coconut oil) will whiten your teeth! It's messy, so clean the sink out immediately, but in the process will also clean your sink-It will sparkle…. You can't lose!

So try it out–and let me know how you feel about this mask…. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

All the love dolls 💋

Beauty · Deals

5 minute makeup using ONLY drugstore products

Makeup tutorials seem to be my most requested blog posts–and I love that! Problem: I can’t do videos on my blog–so I have to do it via a series of pictures-which poses quite the challenge, but I am up for it. I think. 

So I tried to whip up a 5 minute makeup routine–and I really think its pretty easy to follow. If you need any help with ANY of the steps, comment or email me! I am happy to give any insight I have. 

Once again, I am NOT–I repeat NOT a professional. I just like to play in makeup, and you all have asked to see how I do it! So here goes…

5 MINUTE MAKEUP using these tools: 

  • Foundation: Physician’s Formula CC Cream
  • Bronzer: Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer 
  • Mascara: Maybelline ‘The Colossal Big Shot’
  • Concealer: Fit me
  • Eyeliner: Revlon Color Stay in brown
  • Eyeshadow-Maybelline Blushed Nudes 
  • Brows: e.l.f. Pomade 
  • Shadow brush: wet n’ wild 
  • Bronzer Brush: elf powder brush
  • Beauty blender: real techniques
  • Lipstick/Blush: Revlon ‘champagne on ice’ *not pictured*

Ok-on to the good stuff.  

Step 1: Foundation

I LOVE this CC cream for an easy every day foundation. It’s so simple to put on and can accommodate several skin shades. I put a little dob on the back of my hand like so ,

and use a beauty blender to apply to your face. Wet the beauty blender and pounce the the foundation all over until fully blended! 

Step 2: Concealer

I apply the concealer under my eyes in a V shape, and blend with your beauty blender.


Then if you want to get extra snazzy, apply the leftover concealer down the middle of your nose. 

Step 3: Bronzer

YALL–Bronzer is your bestie from here on out. Remember that. You will notice your whole face start to transform when you apply bronzer. For this look, I just swept a little from my cheekbones back to my hairline.  Next, sweep it around your forehead (near the hairline). I also like to do a little of my neck and Chest for a pretty glow. DISCLAIMER: Prepare to get addicted to this bronzer. It’s a drugstore bronzer, but I PROMISE YOU-it’s my fav. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Perfect amount of glow and smells like heaven. 


Most people would probably not use a powder brush for bronzer, but this one is my fav! Its an e.l.f brush, and will run you $3.00 at Target. Score! Just make sure we are blending the bronzer out yall! 

Step 4: Eyeshadow

I kept this look super simple and only used 2 shadows—although any other time I will always tell you—EVERY TIME YOU DO EYESHADOW, USE AT LEAST 3 DIFFERENT SHADES. You get such pretty depth, and I promise–your eyes will pop! 

Today I used this color first–

And just swept it all over my lid and into the crease with my wet n’ wild brush. These are at dollar tree for $1.00 yall! And the quality is great for the price–go grab one asap! (Also-I know it will be a rough transition, but the sooner you can start using a brush for eyeshadow, the prettier your eyes will be. And the more you use them, the easier it gets! The wet n’ wild brush shown here has a little groove that forces you to hold the brush correctly as well–love that! ) 

*Yes-my pinky is jacked up. I broke it playing volleyball as a teen-never got it fixed and that stupid finger is the biggest pain in my butt now. * 

This next color  I just swept into a V-shape on the outer corners of my eyelids. Instant depth. 


Step 5: Eyeliner

I just used a brown eyeliner and lined my eyes and in the inner rims of my lower eyelid. Simple. 


Step 6: Mascara (My fav) 

If you ask me what the most important makeup item you can wear is, I will always say mascara! It will totally change your face for the better every time, and your eyes will love you for it. I just bought this mascara, and man is it awesome! I highly recommend it for some BIG ol’ lashes. Go getcha’ some. 

I roll in on the back side of my lashes, and coat til my arms hurt..ALLLL the mascara yall. COAT IT ON. 

Step 7. Blush/Lipstick

OK usually I would do blush after I bronze-but today is a little different. I used my lipstick as my blush as well! Here is the color: I love this nude color and it’s makes such a pretty cheek color as well! Just apply at the apples and blend up! Simple. 

STEP 8: Brows

Usually I would use a brush, but today just used my finger to add a little color and that’s it! 

Try ti ignore all the foundation all over my nails–I am super messy 😬


SOOOO….here is the finished product! 
Simple easy makeup that anyone can do-I promise!! Any questions? Send them my way!!! Let me know what you think dolls!!
All the love 💋