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This baby is going to put us in the poor house…

Girl clothes ya’ll.

I was told Dale is going to need a second job–and we may have been told correctly. Girl clothes are just too fun! Don’t get me wrong, I love to dress my boys up, but there is something about baby girl clothes-they are so DANG CUTE!

So I wanted to show you all a few things I have gotten so far, and seriously-my stomach hurts from all the cute. So the first thing I wanted to show you is what baby girl will wear on her first day out (of the womb that is).

I hate that when babies are born they all wear the same exact hats-boy or girl. I love the way those newbies look in those hats, but I wanted my baby to have something original! In comes Infanteenie Beenie. They have the cutest newbie hats you will ever see-boy or girl!

They are ridiculously soft and I love that they still have the feel of the ones you get in the hospital-just with a little more jazz. Cash wanted to dress his baby doll in these so bad ( and not gonna lie I had to see what they looked like on, so we tried them on the baby). Now they both are stashed away til we pack the diaper bag for the hospital!

Seriously though, so far, these have been some of my favorite items for Baby Kuch. To follow her on Instagram, click Here. You will die from all the cute! And might I add, this would be an AMAZING gift for any momma-to-be…..You have to add this to your baby shower gift list!

Ok next items came from Baby Bear and Co. I am seriously obsessing over this gown….Y’all.

THIS. GOWN. IS. EVERYTHING. Not kidding, it combines all the things I love in my clothes-Floral pattern/ruffles/stripes. Could it be any more chic? And it’s a baby gown! I can’t wait to pair this with a huge headband, and then make myself a matching one. Eeeek!

I can’t stop looking at it! It’s so fab–and now tell me….Did you all put your babies in gowns? I never used them for my boys..because…well. They are boys. And I felt weird putting them in gowns. But this time, I feel like I may lean towards gowns way more–I am thinking 2am diaper changers will be so much easier sans 100 buttons. What is your take?

For some of the cutest clothes on the Gram, make sure to check out BabyBearandCo on Instagram here…

The next things I got were some super cute canisters ( I can’t think of what else to call them) for her room!

These were in the Target dollar spot-and I totally fell in love! I can see these on a cute floating shelf and serving zero purpose except looking cute. Hehe… Just had to share!

And one more just because Peaches was so interested in these…This pup has good taste!

I also wanted to give you a sneak peak into her curtains….They are still in the plastic-but I couldn’t’ help myself!

Tassels!!!!!! Ahhhh I can’t wait to get the room done and get these hung up in Peanut’s room! Ok trying to keep the rest of the room a secret til it’s done, so prepare yourselves! I have big ideas…

Now these items, ooooh man I am loving! My family in Florida sent these up and I am so smitten! Please……Just please. Check out those shoes.

Now if someone can find me matching shoes, that would be the dream….Glitter and scallops? What could be better?

And I have to include, the DAY they found out I was pregnant, they were shopping for baby…How sweet is that? I can’t handle the love yall. It’s the greatest knowing you have people out there who care about you that much, even when you don’t get to see them often πŸ™‚

I also had to throw these in there….Look at those giraffe feet! Gah I am in love with these cute animals on the feet (and on the booty!) It’s preshy!

And I am thinking all of these items came from Target, so go shop them now! Any momma would be happy to have these items for baby!

Ok and to end it all, I wanted to show you some things that I got–second hand! Now I know that scares some of you, but I promise, you can find some fabulous things when you shop second-hand (just give it all a good wash and it’s good as new!)

Now I have bought TONS already, but here are a couple items

My husband thought this skirt was so weird, but I thought it was so whimsical! My kids love ice cream, and I can’t imagine baby girl will be any different. This was .50 cents! Totally worth it πŸ™‚

This romper (sorry it’s wrinkled) is from Baby Gap,and rompers are my BABY JAM. Ok seriously though, if I could dress her in a romper every day from about 6 months on, I would. They are my favorite! And I have decided, I love babies that dress like adults. Not infants, but babies. So now you know. And I know so many people hate that, but it’s my baby style! Ok now to the romper.

This was $1.00 babes! Seriously, at Gap that would have run me probably 25.00+. I can’t wait to get her into this little bubble romper-and for a buck, you can’t beat it!

So that is my haul for baby! I can’t wait to show you all what else we get along the way..and are so thankful for everyone’s support already!

Let me know what you think, and of course,

All the love dolls πŸ’‹

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Today is the day!

Yalllllll-today is the day! The day of our big family cabin weekend-and we are SO EXCITED! I’ll be sure to post pics later on it’s some fun details (be that on here on IG, we will just have to see.)

But before we left, I wanted to leave you with one fun gem. And it has to do with jewelry… This post has been a long time coming and I feel like today is the day (even though I am a little cramped for time, I want to get this in!)

Are you all big jewelry fans? I love everything about it.. Jewelry can change a whole outfit (think day-to-nightie even just spice up a boring top. Jewelry can be so transformational!

So here are a couple tips for those afraid of bedazzling….

1. Don’t be afraid to mix metals

So many people I have talked to STILL refuse to mix their metals….This blows my mind! Mixing a few different metal bracelets or necklaces at once can be so beautiful and original! And think about it, by pairing a few items together at once, you just gave them a new life!

2. Go big

Go big or go home. Just kidding- I am all for dainty pieces! But think about it-every time you see someone with huge or bright earrings, are you not drawn to them. I sure am! And please don’t give me the “Well, I just can’t pull that off like you can” mess. GO for it! Have fun!

3. Traditional can work

Think old. Think antique. Think Granny’s ring….I have my grandmother’s engagement ring and that is by far one of my most prized possessions….It’s gorgeous and timeless and even though it isn’t current..It’s gorgeous! So break out grandma’s pearls and rock em’ out! I love to grab 4+ strands of different pearls and wear them all at once..Try it and let me know what you think!

4. Shop small.

Now think about those handcrafted items you see at local markets. The gorgeous items on Etsy that would give you a one-of-a-kind piece. Next time you want to support a small shop lie this, pull the trigger quick. More times than not, a piece so stunning won’t be recreated (or can’t be) and you have missed your opportunity! So act fast and #shopsmall. That being said, I had a young entrepreneur approach me with some of her jewelry that is just GORGEOUS. Check out some of her pieces hereThis girl is 10 years old and impressed me so much! Every question I had, she was prepared for. She wants to make her own money and you have got to respect that at 10 years of age. Follow her on IG at @cedescreations2017 and you are welcome to order right from her IG! I can’t tell you all how much I loved chatting with her. You will love her too too-so go support now. Prices start at $3.00 ya’ll! So now you know my tried and true jewelry secrets and there isn’t much to them…I promise a little jewelry therapy can revamp your mood and your outfit! All the love dolls πŸ’‹

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Pink Blush

We’re home after an eventful weekend in Ohio! My little family and my bestie trekked there on Saturday morning…so if you are wondering, yes, the snow was insane, but we lived!

We didn’t hit too much on the way there, but once we got close to the house, the roads were scary! Honestly though, we didn’t care how long it took to get there-we just HAD to get there….Anybody remember why?

We went to our 2nd Cleveland Cavaliers game!

We were talking this weekend about how big sports have been for our families living in TN. Up North, people play cards, they play board games, they play in the snow. Well, we have none of that. The snow that we get once a year disappears the next day and is hardly ever over a couple inches! So I guess all we have here are our sports teams-and while they haven’t been the greatest over the past few years (maybe decades) we are loyal. Ask anyone, the vol fans stick with their teams through thick and thin.

That being said, we don’t have an NBA team close, and my family was never big into any NBA teams…but the hubbs…LAWD y’all. He loves his sports-and he LOVES his Cavs. I kinda got suckered into liking them too (Even if Dwayne Wade plays for them now. Puke.) AT ANY RATE, we made the trip to #TheLand to watch them play Golden State, and the trip was rough! The snow was crazy and roads were crazier. Thank goodness my hubbs remembers how to drive in those conditions-it took us forever-but we made it and we yelled and we laughed and we enjoyed every second ( even if the Cavs came away with a loss.)

Ok, I didn’t mean to make this a sports post. I realize most of you could care less! Sorry y’all, I got carried away. What I did want to share with you, was a couple of my fun outfits for the weekend! You know I love a cute outfit, and while the temps were in the teens all week, I managed to look somewhat put together for at least a portion of the trip.

Ok Random. Have you heard of Pink Blush?

If not, I am here to tell you they have some of the cutest and most practical clothes you will ever buy. Not to mention, the quality is spot on! So for all of you who tell me you can’t dress cute because it isn’t comfortable-no more excuses! This needs to be your site for the rest of forever. You will fall in love- I promise! Check out my favorite top from Pink Blush below. It’s killer.

This top is so soft! And the sleeves? Gosh they are dreamy! I can’t get over how glam I feel in this top. Usually that glam feeling comes with a price-and comfort is usually the first thing to go. Not with this shirt….I feel like I’m in my hubbs softest tee and ready to snuggle. πŸ™‚

And please notice, all you Momma’s–It’s loose in all the right places so no pulling or tugging-and the Mom pooch is COVERED. Hallelujah.

Again, PinkBlush is 100 % the way to go for clothes for any style–and they have the cutest Maternity clothes clothes you will ever see! So if baby is on the way, prepare to get your whole wardrobe Here.

Ok, and please don’t judge, I had to get some sweet snuggles with my Nephew’s pup–she is the sweetest ever and deserves a little shoutout πŸ™‚

Ok next top I want you to see is this Navy stripe top with the sweetest detail you have ever laid eyes on!

Tell me that is not the cutest thing you have ever seen???? And can we chat about the lace detail? I am such a fan of a cute top with the smallest little detail…This one is perfect!

I paired it with these fun Sperry’s for a quick pop of color-and it was PERFECT!

I was having a little too much fun-obviously! And again, ladies, this top is the epitome of comfort and leaves you some space in all the right places! I am a thick girl–and finding clothes that fit my body can be a little on the tough side at times.. I am wearing a large for reference here.

And seriously, I couldn’t help but include this gem–the snow hit me right in the eye and we got this shot. Pure Gold.

Either way, at least the outfit was cute–and I seriously CAN NOT get over this lace sleeve! It’s gorgeous!

Ok friends, these were a couple outfits for the weekend and I was so comfortable the whole time! Check out the website to give your wardrobe a spruce πŸ™‚

Ok I know most of you have a snow day today, so check out the website now–they have a great clearance section you will love too! Shop now. Thank me later. If you aren’t online shopping today, what are you up to? Let me know! And as always,

All the love dolls πŸ’‹

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DecoscentsLab- Perfume Workshop

Ok, so we all know what it’s like to perfume shop. The WORST. The salespeople are pushy. You don’t exactly know what you want. Everything is expensive.

To say the process is annoying is an absolute understatement. But I have found the easiest and most enjoyable way to shop for perfume-and you make it to fit exactly what you want.

I was invited by Susan over at Deco Scent Lab for a perfume making workshop and ladies-I had the time of my life! I was there was there with 5 other fantastic women I had never met before, and we seriously had such a blast making a scent that was unique to each one of us. Before this workshop, I had never heard of such a thing-but now I am in love! I want to walk you through the process and by the end, I guarantee you will want to make your own personalized bottle of perfume as well!

Susan Verekar runs Deco Scent Lab and is a transplant here from Oregon! (What a trip!) She is oh so lovely–I’m not kidding dolls-Sweet as sugar! On a trip to Paris, she wanted something fun to do and took a perfume making class-she instantly fell in love. After her experience with a master perfumer, she wanted everyone else to have a chance to make their own signature scent-and look! Here we are! So here is how it works–there are over 100 perfume oils to choose from (overwhelming? You would think so, but not even close) and Susan helps walk you through which ones to start with. Is there a certain perfume you love and would like to try to recreate? She can do that! Do you know there is a certain smell (Like vetiver, coconut, apple, pine) you like, but not sure how to make a suitable scent? She can help with that!

*We just kind of started smelling the oils and deciding what we wanted our scents to smell like. I was so surprised at what I chose–and the great part is-you don’t have to pick just one scent! See below*

So you create 3 different scents based on the oils you like, and out of those 3, you choose 1 scent to make a large bottle of! It’s so simple and did I mention–the champagne?? We had drinks and laughs nonstop. Again-I happened to be with women I had never met in my life and had that much fun-now imagine how much of a party it would be if you were there with your #girlsquad. Your family. Your bridal party. Your workmates. Your hubby. Such a blast yall!

OHHH and the fact that you could make a cologne for your hubbs that you are attracted to? How insanely intimate is that? Did you know that scents trigger memories more than any other of the 5 senses we have? So make a memory y’all! I am totally in love with this idea.

Let’s talk about my perfume. The scent I made for myself seriously smells like the beach in a bottle. . It’s got a light coconut smell with a fun pineapple twist. I spray it in my hair almost every morning! I have had so many people ask me what perfume I am wearing, and I love to tell them I created it myself! (And then of course brag Susan up—I am telling you. I am in love with her!)

The other girls perfume’s smelled heavenly-exactly like ones you would buy in your favorite department store at upwards of 100.00. (Give them a follow on IG-these women are so talented! Lou in Knox is the cutest Knoxville blogger/ Rose Moss Fluers makes some of the most beautiful flower arrangements EVER and Whitney is a fabulous #Knox photographer)

It’s so much fun knowing you made your own signature scent ladies. And if you totally fall in love, don’t worry-You can recreate your scent later on. Susan keeps the formula so you can make/order another bottle!

If you want to get a group up for a workshop, go see Susan at Decoscentlab.com. Now, y’all know how I love me a talented creator? Well Susan is just that. She designs some of the most beautiful handbags I’ve ever seen and now has this phenomenal business that brings so much joy to the everyone who meets her! Take her class and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Grab your besties. Grab your momma. Grab Granny and go make your own perfume! I obviously over-enjoyed myself at this little workshop and I want you all to experience the fun too!

Schedule a workshop of your own here.

*Shoutout to The Hive Knox for the amazing space and decor-Perfect event venue for any local Knoxville friends! *

Thanks for following along and of course,

All the love dolls πŸ’‹

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QuickTan

Hey dolls! Last blog post was a fun one, but this one has me equally giddy!

I don’t know about you, but being tan is one of my favorite things about Summer. And by that I mean, slightly tinted so I don’t look my normal ghostly/transparent. But I think my body is programmed to rid myself of sad excuse for a “tan” the day Summer takes its leave. Lame. So I stay WHITE and it grosses me out on the daily. Cue Quicktan.

So Quicktan is a MOBILE spray tan booth, if you will. They come to you-equipped with sprayer and tent and-and then they get down to business. I worked with Latasha, and let me tell you— the girl knows her stuff! She gave me the low-down on all things spray (Not to mention all the info she sent me before the tan). L was so sweet and made me feel comfortable from the second I met her! She even had to fight downtown parking in Knoxville (which happens to be a nightmare) and still came in smiling! That’s a win in my book.

Here is the booth you spray in:

See how simple? It pops up anywhere and they make it so convenient! Just step on the sticky feet and hop in the booth. (And y’all, the sticky feet feel a little funny, but they keep your feet from getting tan on the bottom -and we have all seen spray tanned feet. Not pretty.) Step in the booth and undress to your comfort level. My advice : Wear some skimpy panties! Tan lines are fun!-just in small portions. I made the mistake of wearing some boy shorts–and my tan lines are so thick. I’ll spare you the pictures. (Not gonna lie though–I’m loving the tan lines. Something I haven’t seen in a LONG time.)

**Funny story. Also-super embarrassing. So you have to undress there to get tan, right? OK. I strip the shirt and TISSUES fall out. Lastasha turns around and asked so sweetly, “Is that yours?” So as not to embarrass me. I was like. “Oh my gosh yes😳!!!! My bra wire was stabbing me through the fabric so I shoved the tissue there to keep it from rubbing my skin. I promise I’m not trying to stuff my bra!” I could have died. She promptly commented–” You do not need to stuff your bra.” #true Hahahahhaha thank goodness she was so sweet with such a good sense of humor.**

Anyways, the check out my legs after about 14 hours. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
nd not orange or streaky in the least bit! These girls know what they are doing. Promise. I have been spray tanned so many times ( Ask my husband's family. They have seen me at too many family cabin weekends with orange streaks and drips down my ankles. I went to the wrong girls. I needed Quicktan. You need Quicktan!

So this is my arm before my tan…..

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an and after my first shower.

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No complaints.

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hat, pictures don't do it justice–but my confidence level was THROUGH THE ROOF today. Not to mention all the people who commented on my makeup being perfect today. All because of the spray tan. The beautiful, beautiful spray tan.

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e tan looks! ( I just love that he always wants to hold my hand, even if were walking on the sidewalk in from of the house! Now I have a pic to remember that, on top of the fact that you can see the difference between my skin and his here πŸ˜†

Ok one more–but this one with the dog. Sweet peach can’t help but be in the pictures too…and she showcases my tan pretty well if I do say so myself. I’m a little proud-can you tell????

So here you can see what you need to do before and after tanning. . Easy steps–just like any other spray tan. Except Quicktan is so different in every other way. They are sweet, personable, and professional. I have never seen a a spray tan so even in allllll my years of tanning. And I have tanned every way possible. Believe me.

I’m telling you–the spray tan is the miracle fix. You want whiter teeth? Spray tan. Shinier diamonds? Spray tan. You want your eyes to look bluer? Spray tan. Want to cover stretch marks/scars? You guessed it. Spray tan. Look better in your skivies? Just want to feel better all around? Go check out Quicktan. It’s a huge mood/confidence booster–and that means you are happier all around, right? It’s certainly rung true for me-It’s a spray tan miracle! *****I have to say–I didn’t snag these benefits from Quicktan or some random internet site. These are all of the amazing perks I have witnessed on MYSELF. So rest assured, you will see them too!***** Another great idea these girls have are spray tan parties! So if you and the girls are headed to the beach, why not all get tan before you pop that bikini on? Getting married and want your squad to keep your pics looking good? Why not all get a spray tan!

So are you ready to try Quicktan? When booking with them, use code SMITTEN in the comments for $5.00 off your tan! Score! I promise you will love it. They are based out of Morristown but will come to Knoxville when you need them! (I’m loving your dedication to your company ladies. Your commitment shows!)

Ladies–time to visit their site and book your tan. Don’t forget to use the code SMITTEN in the comments for $5.00 off! Tell them I sent you.

Enjoy your tan loves!

All the love dolls πŸ’‹

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Best All-Around Face Mask

We all are looking for it. No one can seem to find it-no matter what. Well, you know why-it’s not out there.

As sad of a thought as that is, it’s true. There is no holy grail of skin care. There is no one-size fits all product. And if it did exist, it would be too expensive for any of us to afford. But every so often, you find something worth sharing-and I have a mask I can’t help but talk about!

Some of my favorite Instagrammers use it and swear by it, but I have been beyond skeptical. No way is something this affordable going to work on MY crazy skin. Well, I can’t guarantee it will work for you, but I promise I will be truthful in what I feel about it!

I bought the Aztec Clay Mask everyone is raving about on Instagram and Pinterest-and it did NOT DISAPPOINT . ( I tried to link if for you all, but ya know–technology isn’t always nice.) Here is what it looks like….

Now the packaging isn’t glitzy and it’s not anything fancy-but LAW does it WORK. My face was so soft after the first use!

I also noticed my pores looked so much smaller after I took it off. (My pores are the size of Texas so this is enough to keep me coming back. For reals ya’ll.)

This is what it looks like on! ( Prepare yourself–it’s not a pretty picture.)

Whew! Made it past that-now back to the not-ugly stuff.

-So it’s simple. Just mix with apple cider vinegar or water ( I used the Bragg’s ACV with the mother). Read the back of the pot for all the directions you need-you can’t mess it up!

Everything I have read so far, says it works best when mixed with ACV, but some have tried water and still saw results. It’s a versatile little miracle clay! In fact, I think i will whip up a mask now and throw it on πŸ™‚

I am home making phone calls today and blogging, obviously, so why not get comfy while I’m here!

OH! Did I mention it PULSATES???? Your skin feels like its moving around and tightening up. Weird/Oddly satisfying.

Yall-check the back for all the ways to use it too! It’s not just a face mask–I won’t tell you all it does–I will leave that to you to see when you buy it ;).

There you have it-my new favorite product and I think you will like it too πŸ˜‰

What’s your thoughts? Have you heard of this? Want to try it? Let me know!

All the love dolls πŸ’‹

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 πŸ’‹

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:

β€’ All-In-One: Moisturizer + Primer + Brightener + Protector + Treatment

β€’ Illuminating oil adds a shimmering touch of gold

β€’ Hypoallergenic; Fragrance Free; Gluten Free; Paraben Free; Non-comedogenic; Dermatologist approved

β€’ Use on face, body, hair, and nails

β€’ 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 πŸ’‹

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 πŸ’‹

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 πŸ’‹