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 💋

Beauty · Diy

DIY Detox bath….You need it. Trust me. 

Right? We all need a little “Me time” and this was the PERFECT way for me to have a relaxing night to myself. Want one too? Well it’s about DANG TIME. Don’t feel bad. Just do it.  

My situation? Hubby is out playing basketball with his friends. Just read the kiddos their story, prayers are said, and they are sound asleep–time for momma to #chill. And I can’t even lie–today has been a pretty chill day for me all around. Did a little housework, then went and hung by the pool with a friend. Kids were great–didn’t have to chase them anywhere or deal with any arguments. My youngest stayed on the first step all day and that is pretty awesome if you ask me. Know why? Yep. Momma gets to chill OUTSIDE the pool with adult conversation. Allll the praise hands right now. 🙌🏻 🙌🏻 🙌🏻

Anyways, pretty easy day ran right into pretty fantastic night. Kids were in bed at a halfway decent time, and then was time for me! 

So have any of you all tried detox baths? I am pretty new to the concept–but better late than never right? And for all you who haven’t hopped on the detox train–well–you need to start. Like-in 20 minutes…..Maaaaybe 30-but no longer. 

This is my second detox bath and this one was a bit more enjoyable than the last one–I am going to share with you what I put in both baths so you can compare and try as you please! 

My first one was about a month ago, and all I did was put a bar of Himalayan Pink salt in the tub with me and sat about 20 minutes. ( I bought it Here but I don’t think they carry it anymore. Either way–love this website for all natural makeup! Check them out!)    But My DEAR GOSH y’all. I could hardly walk after this bath! Im telling you–I probably wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t experience it myself, but it takes all the nastiness out of you-and you FEEL IT. 

Here are just a few of the benefits of a detox bath:

  • Relieves sore muscles
  • Relieves headaches
  • Balances pH levels
  • Draws out toxins
  • Help treat cold and flu symptoms

I did it simply because I know I do a lot of things that make me susceptible to toxins, and this is a great way to rid some of those-all the while giving me a relaxing night (or maybe just 20 minutes) and I feel so glam while doing it.. And yes people-when you have kids–little things like this are what make you feel amazing. Just go with it. 

So earlier in the day, I coated my hair in a Deep conditioner and left it on until I rinsed off after my bath. Great for my hair, and a good way to start a pamper evening. I turned the lights off, lit some candles, grabbed a magazine and SOAKED. (Ok word to the wise–choose either the candles or the magazine. No lights+reading was a little difficult—I did it anyways because I am a rebel like that…..Trust me though. Pick one. Not both.) 

Here are the ingredients I used for the perfect bath:

  • Hot tub water. HOTTTTTT
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Dollop of coconut oil
  • Heavy handed squirt of vitamin E oil
  • 10-12 drops lavender essential oil

Now I would have included 1 cup of Epsom salts, but I didn’t have any. All I had was the little bit of my Himalayan Pink salt bar left, and threw it in the tub with me–it still did something because my muscles are relaxed! That mixed with the baking soda and vinegar must be quite the bathtub concoction, because I feel amazing now! Drained nonetheless, but fab. 

Don’t worry about smelling the vinegar either. It’s so diluted once it hits the water, you don’t smell anything other than the lavender. And if you prefer another essential oil, use it! Go with whatever tickles your fancy! 

I loved having the oils in this bath! I am a huge coconut oil fan anyways, so this was just the icing on the cake for me. Coconut oil+my ‘heavy handed squirt of vitamin e oil’ (Yeah that sounds odd and slightly awkward–but you got the point didn’t you?) left my skin feeling heavenly! I shaved my legs as the tub was draining, and didn’t even need a shave cream! Awesome!

Now I always shower after a bath because I feel slightly weird after sitting in my own filth. (Yuck-I can’t think about it too much or I gross myself out)  I also usually need to wash my hair as well, so it just works better for me! My skin is still so soft and silky smooth front the oils, even after a shower! 

Another thing–scrub the tub out when you are done. Please? Here is why: 

  1. Your dirty butt has just been on the floor-and someone else will is going to step there next. Eww.
  2. The next person to step there is going to slip if you don’t clean it up. The oil stuff is SLIPPERY! 
  3. Your tub may need cleaned anyways-here is a start. 

So this was my night in a nutshell! Bath+Blogging. Fabulous if you ask me. Now I am off to grab a snack and drink LOTS OF WATER! This is important after detoxing (just like after a massage!) because a lot of toxins have been released, and need to be flushed out! 

Now, go enjoy your bath-and see if you can make it to the couch afterward. 😉
All the love yall 💋

Beauty · Deals · Fashion

Free Jewelry via Rocksbox 

Everyone loves a good subscription box right?? I am a big fan of the makeup boxes (Ipsy, Birchbox) and have seen a few others I would like to subscribe to–but you know–budget 🙄.

This box isn’t the typical subscription..This one is JEWELRY. Girls–the right earrings or necklace can make or break an outfit and I am a firm believer in earrings every day. If I leave the house without them, it’s going to mess my day up-ridiculous I know-but I can’t help it. I’m naked without them! 

Now Rocksbox is a great alternative to shopping at the store–because you get 3 items and you keep them as long as you like! No overwhelming choices, and you don’t have to buy if you dont like them!

It’s Simple. Wear the items you love. Keep them. Get tired of them? Return for a new pair! Hate it from the start? Return them! Boom- New jewelry all the time and it can’t get any easier. 

I will be honest-my first box wasn’t my favorite. I was slightly devastated, and emailed the Rocksbox team. To my suprise, they said to send it back and my next box was free too! I was in shock. They proceeded to tell me that you pay PER MONTH not PER BOX.  So when you order your first box, if you hate it. Send it back! They will immediately send another. FREE. Or if you love the items but wore them all in the week and want to try a new set, send them back. It’s free! So technically, you could order as many boxes as you could possible send in the month, and they would all be free! Seriously, I am loving this setup y’all . Perfect. 

Just CLICK HERE for your first MONTH free! I highly recommend it and hope you try it out too! Now want to see what was in my box? Prepare yourselves–its fab. 

So this is the box it comes in–OMG the cutest ever right?

I love that it even comes personalized with my name! Nice touch Rocksbox. 👌🏻

Now this I LOVED. Remember how I said I didn’t really like my first box? Well I made sure to be a little more in depth with what I was looking for in my second box, and they LISTENED. I said I wanted more fringe and tassels–and fringe and tassels I got. Their customer service is spot on. 👌🏻

So now to the good stuff. Check these out. 

Can we say perfection?  They are so DANG CUTE. 

Check these babies out…..Gorge. 


 Girls–The site is extremely user friendly and ANYONE can navigate it.  Make sure to be THOROUGH in telling your stylist what you like–colors, metal choices, if you like heavy/or lighter jewelry, etc. It makes a difference!

Do you want to see them styled? Check out a few pics with them on…Man I loved these!!! So pretty! 

And these?? These..My goodness…..They were my favorite. So pretty and fun! 

(Ignore the office furniture–I snapped these at work. I wanted you to see them in real life-this is as real as it gets. ) 

But seriously.. You have to check out Rocksbox…. You will love it! Just CLICK HERE for your first box FREE! IF you decide Rocksbox isn’t for you, simply call them to cancel! No hassle. (Just cancel before your next box ships.) Easy Peasy. 

Let me know how you style your first box… I want to see what you all think! 
All the love dolls 💋

Family · kids

Life with boys-The lessons

Boy: (noun)

1. A noise with dirt on it. 2. Most precious to their mothers

My boys–if you know them personally-you would know how sweet they can be. LIke-OMG melt your heart-sweet. And lawd have mercy can they be sour. Yup.  I have sour patch kids.  I think all the little people are though. Right?

When people ask me, “Whew, how do you do it? How do you keep up??” My answer to ANY of the boy questions–  “They keep me on my toes.” Its so true! These kids keep me laughing, and my heart is so full.

Speaking of my heart being full, in a parking lot a couple months back, an older woman and her husband walked past me in the parking lot. (Target parking lot-of course) And she yells as she is going by, ” Wow, you have your hands full with those two.” Now, in theory, she probably didn’t mean anything by it. But at the time, it  struck me as funny, and I answered as she was walking away ” So you can imagine my heart, ” with the happiest smile I could give her 😊 I can’t help but think that she wouldn’t have said that if I had had 2 girls. Why do people automatically assume life with boy is so rough? Now dont get me wrong, it has it’s crazy moments. Ok–more like crazy months-but really-all in all-its amazing.

And I have to say, these boys have taught me so much as a mom. And as a person——-Patience being a main factor. Now this one I am still trying to master, as patience is the virtue that really screws with me. (Pardon le French.)  I am not a patient person. I do not like to wait on people. I hate when people don’t show up on time, and I hate that it takes 20 years for my kids to exit the car. (Yikes TMI.)

Now you know my serious downfall. Please don’t judge me. I am working on it. I pray about it. But having these little people around has really taught me I have to be more patient. That I need to slow down….. Really-I have to walk slower. (Everyone tells me that–“Brandi SLOW DOWN! You are walking too fast!!! Which is quite hysterical, because I am a pudgy little thing with thick legs-but for whatever reason-they walk fast.) And really, it’s slightly ridiculous. I am in the grocery store for heaven’s sake-why do I need to be flying???

Seriously though, back to my point. I have realized patience is something you have to work on as a parent CONSTANTLY and these little ones are teaching me every day. When I am reading to them. When I have to wait on them to potty. When we go the park. Everything is a lesson-and they are teaching me!

Next lesson: Kindness

I have noticed since having these little monsters, I am looking for reasons to be kind. I want them to grow up treating others with the utmost respect–and I want them to help others to feel good about themselves. I have noticed, they pick up on our actions so quickly–and the not-so-good ones will stick quick. So I am doing my best to SHOW THEM kindness, not just preach it. So far, I think we are doing ok at this parenting job and teaching them to be half-way decent people.

Walking up a flight of stairs last month, Cash saw a pretty blonde its a gorgeous emerald lace dress–looks at me and says,  ” MOM-She was pretty.” The lady looks back at him and her face LIT UP. “That was so SWEET!” She walked away glowing and I knew he gave her a smile she would wear for the rest of the day.

And it isn’t just that–it’s Ford calling our 80 year old friend “My friend Neil.” It’s when he wants to hug someone just because. Its every time one of these littles says “Mom I love you” out of nowhere.  #melt btw. It’s hearing them tell another child “I’m proud of you” when they accomplish something they were working on. It’s them wanting to help their Dad in the garage and the sense of pride in themselves afterward.

They truly are amazing and kind hearted little people–and I hope others see that in them as well. The more I see them be kind, I want to do the same–and I tell you what-seeing these little guys in action can pull me out of a mood in the blink of an eye. I’m telling you-amazing.

And love. Y’all, you don’t know love like this until you have kids. I’m telling you– something about these guys makes me change the way I view everything and everyone. It’s phenomenal. Now, I’m not saying if you don’t have kids you don’t know love–that’s not true. Before my kiddos came along, I could promise you I loved my husband more than anyone could ever love anything. Come May 9, 2012. Ford entered this world after 19 hours of labor–and I loved something more…For a second. But seeing the way my husband loved this little person that we made–made MY love for this tall man from Ohio grow deeper.  It’s really just a circle people. All the love flying everywhere… You know those little circle diagrams with smaller circles coming off the one big circle in the middle? That’s like the love–starting with big circle in the middle, and as time goes on the love spreads to other people. That’s the best way I can describe it. (I know, pitiful ‘eh?)

But really, on the bad days, try to look at your little people and see the lessons they are teaching you. There is almost always something there. Even if they are being downright jerks–we can learn something-like–don’t lose your cool in Target Momma. You got this.

At any rate, I just felt like sharing a little about my good-hearted little guys and hopefully get some feedback from you all! Tell me about your littles! I love getting your emails and hope they continue. Everyone who doesn’t mind—feel free to answer in the comments! If you want to keep it private (some have and I love that as well) just shoot me an email!

All the love dolls 💋

 

Deals · Deals · Fashion · kids

One of the best Dollar Tree Finds….And It’s a MUST HAVE. 

Hey there friends!

This has been such a crazy month for me–and I am loving it! We have been keeping ourselves busy spending time with family and friends, spent the last weekend at a 3 day bible convention (so refreshing) alll the summer fun outside, party planning, our bible ministry, etc. All exciting stuff .  😬

One of the main events taking up my time this past month? Jack and Jules . Not familiar? It is our local children’s consignment that comes around twice a year…..and I LOVE it. It’s time consuming but SO WORTH IT. It’s a great way to sell your children’s gently used clothes/and to grab some great deals for your littles. (Let me know if you want a blog post on my hanging/pricing process!)

At any rate, I wanted to share one of my tried and true time savers–and this will work for anyone–especially those of us who hate to iron.

I am not going to lie, when my kids outgrow their clothes, I throw them in the bottom of the closet (sometimes they make it in the  ” I’ve outgrown It box”, sometimes they don’t.) Nonetheless, they are wrinkled. To the max. Every one of them.

That being said, I think I have found the holy grail of wrinkle reducers, and it’s cheap as dirt. Literally, maybe cheaper than dirt. ( NO joke–try potting all the plants around your house. Its pricey.)

Once again, Dollar Tree has come to the rescue. This wrinkle reducer y’all–all the praise hand emojis..Here. Let me throw one in here just for fun. 🙌🏻.. It’s bomb. Do the kids say that anymore? Someone fill me in.

Notice what it looks like here…..

Now promptly leave your house, and go grab a bottle.

It smells so fresh and clean–and it’s so simple to use! Evidently it is the off brand of Downy, which I didn’t realize existed. But I’m telling you, it can’t be much better than this.

Just spray it on your wrinkled item, and give it a pull. Pull the clothing on each side, and then top and bottom. It’s awesome! Notice the difference in this shirt.

Before 

After

Ok please don’t fault me as I forgot to spray the bottom of the shirt, ( I was so excited to share with ya people, per the usual) but isn’t the difference AMAZING????? SO MUCH EASIER than ironing.

I also am a huge fan of the “throw it back in the dryer with a wet towel” trick, but sometimes there just isn’t time, ya know? Add in the nice scent boost with it, and you have a solid champ in this wrinkle releaser.

The price point can’t be beat for the time it saves you!

Do you use a spray on wrinkle releaser like this? What is your take on it?? Let me know in the comments!!!!!

Beauty · Deals

Beauty favs-  Boscia Exfoliating Peel 

Sorry gals! I know I have been MIA for a while, but I am really making an effort to spend as much of this summer as I can with my boys. Overall, I don’t consider myself a “summer person”, but this year, I just don’t know—-Maybe I am turning over a new leaf! I think I just associate Summer with terrible heat, and terrible heat with being a pregnant whale, and being a pregnant whale with NONSTOP sweating. It was miserable. I was miserable. And I know I was miserable to BE AROUND (SO sorry to all of you who had to be in the car with me and the AC on as high as possible. I know you froze. Thanks for freezing for me. Love youuuu.)  I ALSO was TERRIFIED my babies would overheat in the sun, and so I stayed out of it as much as possible. 

But now that I am not so worried about infants overheating, (or melting myself) I seem to be really enjoying Summer! I think Ifinally  understand why all these people love this season that I used to despise. That being said, the Summer heat does a number on our skin, and we need to combat some of these issues while we can! 

Now, I am not the greatest at taking care of my skin–and I really wish my skin care product shelf was more than just a shelf. (Now makeup on the other hand—-maybe I have too much?……Nah).

But for whatever reason, I find it so hard to splurge on skincare…(Kind of like we don’t want to spend the 30.00 on the blouse that will last forever, but dropping 30 bucks on dinner is a no brainer.) I know I need to start with my skin, especially since I am a huge makeup fan, but getting started is rough! 

At any rate, I decided to take the plunge and visited my local Sephora. They are used to seeing me there for makeup, and know my kids when we come in. It’s a problem, I know. But that day, I needed to see the skincare lady–new territory! 

I told the consultant I felt like my skin needed a good cleaning-something to rid my face of the build-up and dirt. I didn’t want to break the bank, but needed something decent. She directed me to the Boscia shelf. I have seen this brand several times before, but never thought too much about it. She revealed to me that this peel was exactly what I needed, and would last quite a while.  Its the Boscia “exfoliating peel gel.” It’s like a mini chemical peel! Exciting, right? She also mentioned that it would clear up these black-heads that I hate so much. Cha-Ching! 

I took it home and tried it, and no joke, it WORKED. Its kind of a weird setup if you ask me, but I can roll with it. You have to apply it to DRY skin, and rub around your face. It starts to ball up as you go, and that is how you know it’s working my friends!  

Continue to rub it around for a minute, then rinse.  Voila!  Easy peasy. 

Check out what the back says for yourself–its pretty neat!

Sorry about my awful nails–time to repaint–I know. 

My skin immediately felt better after using this, and with time, I should be able to use it less often! 

I HIGHLY recommend this product, and think you will love it too! 

What are some of your favs? Let me know if you try this one

Diy · Family · kids

DIY Tassel Earrings

Y’all, I can’t be the only one here obsessed with the tassel earring..I take that back. Tassel EVERYTHING trend. Its so whimsical and I love a good statement piece. I also LOVE a bargain. Combine with my innate need to create as many things as my little brain will allow, and we have, my dears, tassel earrings. 

But really, this actually isn’t a DIY post. It’s more of a “repurpose it” post. And I couldn’t wait to share with you….Now some of you all may think I am crazy. And you are totally allowed to laugh, but some of you are going to say ” borderline genius” when you see this. 

So I really wanted to go out and buy some thread and make my own earrings, but when I saw this, I just had to try them out. I grabbed some—wait for it—WINE CHARMS at my local bargain hunt. You can see these actually came from the Target One Spot, but bargain hunt somehow gets the items that didn’t sell and sells for a better price! I love Bargain hunt btw. Search your area for one, and if you can’t find one, come visit me. We will take a trip 🙂 

When I was shopping, the earrings I had on, had the exact same setup as the wine charms. I then proceeeded to compare the size of the metal, and it was the same! So instead of making my own, I bought these. And now I am wearing wine charms in my ears as my statement piece. Really, no one would ever know unless I told them-which of course I promptly do every time I get a compliment. (I can’t help myself. I love to share my crafty ideas with everyone! ) 

My set came with 6 charms, or 3 pairs. (Hmm…I’m thinking to include them in a giveaway soooooon) So if you find some you like, keep a pair, then share some with friends! 

The first night I wore them, I got so many compliments and you will too! Now I will say, if you have sensitive ears, this may not be the way to go for you. I can usually wear allll the cheapie earrings (thank goodness) and these didn’t bother me at all! Look at how cute they are !!!!

So if you decide to try this yourself, make sure you:

  1. Check to see that the metal part that goes in your ear is small enough to fit. 
  2. Isn’t so heavy it weighs you down. (Saggy earlobes? Eww.)
  3. Don’t have sensitive ears
  4. Share with friends! 

What do you all think about this? Isn’t it a fun change of pace? 

Family · Home · kids

Summer Bucket List

You guys–school starts in August. How did this happen? How do I have a FIVE YEAR OLD? How is he starting KINDERGARTEN? Ugh. While someone helps me figure that out, I decided I wanted to share with you our Summer Bucket List! These are things i really want to accomplish before my kiddo starts school. 

It’s so hard to plan to do things (especially when your Hubby is a total homebody) but I am DETERMINED to do some fun things before its just me and “Crash” all day every day. (A friend of mine calls the little guy “Crash” instead of Cash and I think its hysterical.) 

So here it is! The List. Get ready. Get set……

  • Splash pad (Visit at least 3 different ones)
  • Go to a park on the Lake 
  • NASCAR Speedpark
  • Visit a Children’s Museum
  • Plant some veggies
  • Paint Pottery
  • Go to a water park
  • Visit Chuck E. Cheese (Yea-were crazy. I know.) 
  • Tubing on the river
  • Go to a drive-in
  •  Take a Hike
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Buy ice cream from a truck
  • Go berry picking
  • Have a breakfast date
  • See the $1.00 Summer Movies

 We already planted a few plants in April, and TODAY we finally harvested some peas! The boys were SO PUMPED to pick the peas!!! I think this is a great one for everyone to try. I have been trying to get the littles to try more veggies and I think this may be a good way to start–get them involved! 

We plan on going to the drive-in tomorrow night. (Pray for me y’all. The movie wont start until after 9pm. My kids are going to be a mess!) 

We also have already visited one splash pad. We ALMOST visited 2 pads, but ugh the first one wasn’t running, so I guess we can’t count that one. Anyways, 1 down, 2 to go!

I am so excited to already be crossing some fun to-do’s off the list (And I LOVE TO MAKE LISTS/cross items off) and hope by the end of the Summer, we have crossed every one of these off the list! 

I know you can look on Pinterest and see THOUSANDS of ideas to keep you busy this summer, but I really wanted to make a list catered to our family, and do things we wouldn’t normally do.  I also wanted to keep it realistic!

 What would you add to this list? Any fun things you want to accomplish before school starts?