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15 items you NEED to be buying at Dollar Tree

Yall! I have been sitting on this post since BEFORE I even started blogging. Not kidding-This was one of those things I wanted to share with the world SO BADLY-that it may have even helped kick me into the blogging game. No joke. That is how much I LOVE Dollar Tree!

I know DT may not be your first thought, and truly, some items there aren’t worth the purchase. I am here to make your life a little easier, and show you WHICH ITEMS are worth your money and your trip. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. Greeting cards/Thank you cards

This is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE thing to buy at DT. I am known for sending thank you notes for just about anything, and love to send anniversary cards in the mail. Now with postage being over .50 a stamp, and at most major retailers, cards on average cost about $4.50 a piece-the dough adds up quick. Im sorry, but $5.00 a piece is just NUTS. SO go to DT, grab a pack of 8 thank you’s for a buck and BOOM done.

Their greeting cards are mostly 2/$1.00-And someone getting an unexpected card in the mail is PRICELESS. So do yourself a favor (and all your friends, for that matter) and buy cards-and SEND THEM OUT! They do no good sitting in a drawer-grab that pen and make someone’s day y’all!

2. Sunglasses/Readers

Another fav-sunglasses. There is always such a great selection, and Hey! You paid 1.00 so if they break-Who cares? You lose them? Wonderful! Now you have an excuse to buy another pair.

If you wear readers, they have tons of super sassy ones! I can’t wear them ( I wear contacts) but if I needed readers, I would only buy them there!

3. Toys

Now, I am not saying you are getting the greatest quality….But hey. It’s $1.00 and it will make your kids day! There are tons to choose from, and my kids love when we can walk in a store and say “Ok, you can pick whatever you want.” Score one for Mom!

*My boys have been asking for mustaches for weeks now. I couldn’t’ find a pack for under 5 bucks–should have known they would be at DT! They cracked me up running around with these things on today-hysterical!

Puzzles are also an awesome buy here. We get new ones all the time for the boys! I don’t feel bad spending the $1.00 on each one as it makes for a good time together, and is a great brain building activity! *Hooray for big brains!*

4. Gift bags/Wrapping paper

I buy all my gift bags here! Seriously- they are GORGEOUS! You can’t beat a $1.00 gift bag! And the wrapping paper? AWESOME to have on hand for surprise gifts! Stock up when you see some you like!

5. Party supplies

You can’t throw a party any cheaper than with DT supplies. They have some gorgeous items, that are all disposable! There are supplies for any occasion, and it won’t break the bank. *Get your party cups somewhere else-I have noticed DT doesn’t have the best price point for cups!*

6. Doggie Items

I have had Peaches for almost 4 years now. She has worn a DT collar for 4 years. It served it’s purpose beautifully for those 4 years and I almost got her another one..but decided she has been my dog for this long-GEEZ the least I could do for her is get her a Target collar. #Upgraded. But really, collars and harnesses here (YES they sell HARNESSES for a buck) are a totally awesome DT buy.

7. Headache Meds

I can’t vouch for too much more than the headache meds, but let me tell you, their store brand PM meds are AWESOME….and I see no difference in them and the bottles that cost $5-$10. If I have a headache at night, I take one of these and BOOM. I’m asleep and headache is gone. Miracle.

Keep some on-hand for rough nights and you won’t regret it! This is another favorite DT item yall.

8. Bobby pins/Hair ties

Yup this heavy head of hair uses DT hair ties. They work! Now I can break them easier than others, but they do the job in a pinch! The Bobby pins are another favorite-somehow I lose them all monthly (Dollar Tree this is NOT YOUR FAULT. Don’t blame yourself. It’s not you-it’s me. Please don’t break up with me over this. Love you, mean it) but that’s ok. I can run back to DT and get some retail therapy -via Bobby pins. #worthit

9. Jergen’s hand soap

Is anyone else IN LOVE with that original cherry-almond scent? Because I am. It never gets old-and DT carries it in SOAP. Win!

10. Storage bins

DT has so many stories items to choose from-it’s insane! All of my under cabinet storage came from DT (Lordy I need to organize that again) but seriously -go grab you some bins/baskets and get to storing all the things! For $1.00!

11. Aluminum foil

Has anyone else noticed how expensive aluminum foil is lately? I hate to buy it…unless I’m at DT. Then I buy at least 2 boxes. It’s perfect-and hey look- A name brand! Go DT- I see you!

12. Catering trays

I may be saying this wrong–so look at the picture. Yeah-those. $1.00 so you don’t feel bad to throw those cumbersome things out when you are done. Awesome find!

13. Glow sticks

I love to treat my kids with these! They turn every light off in the house, and giggle nonstop when we give them glow sticks! Every other store is WAY TOO PRICEY for us to spend the money, but DT comes in clutch, yet again!

*These are also AWESOME to take to Disney and give your kids when they want those crazy expensive wands (YUP. DT sells glow wands too!) Or think about bowling/skating under the black light and how much fun going that extra mile (or really, its more like an inch) to make the experience THAT much cooler for your littles . (Bonus points for you Mom.)*

14. Pens

Not just any DT pens-but these pens are my favorite! They write kind of like a pencil and don’t slide all over the paper…. Such a great buy and I love to give these as gifts with a little notebook in gift baskets as well!

15.Washrags ( the soak in water ones)

I can’t believe my DT didn’t have these in stock when I went for pictures- but have you seen the little kids wash rags that come in a tiny square? You soak them in water and they expand to a big wash rag . Let me tell you-they feel rough. But my little secret ? I use them to scrub my face when it starts to feel bumpy and grimey. I’m telling you- a holy grail skin care product for me! Don’t knock it til you try it !

Well, if you made it here, you are a TROOPER. What did you think ?? Did I leave anything out? What’s your favorite DT items? Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @Smittenwiththree_blog!

All the love dolls ๐Ÿ’‹

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Trying to be โ€œHair Goalsโ€ over here..

If you follow along on my Instagram stories, you know that I am having some major hair trouble lately. NO bueno.

Here is my theory: Your hair changes every 7 years, right? Ok I am 29 years old, and 7×4=28. That puts my hair change last year..but I don’t think so because your first year of life you don’t have much hair, (or it all falls out). So I am not counting the first year, and that puts me at the year of the hair change. Did that rambling make ANY sense? Hoping so because I am feeling that jazz deep down. I have to be onto something here!

Not only is my hair theory mathematics involved, but also the fact that I just had a baby! I was told by a beauty school teacher that all those hormonal changes are HARD on your hair. My hair is insanely dry, frizzy, and falling out by the handful every day. No bueno.

Well, a brand reached out to me when they heard what I was going through (Praise be) and I have been using it for a couple weeks and have seen some MAJOR improvements! The company is called Formulate and it’s the raddest setup in haircare that I’ve seen yet.

SO you do a little survey, and tell them what your hair goals are…and they formulate your own little hair concoction based on what ways you want your hair to improve! (Kind of like the subscription boxes you see around, but they actually send you what you NEED.)

You open the box to see this….

Fancy right?? Not even the best part….

You open the card to see the above-what my hair and scalp are like NOW…and what we are working to improve! You even get to pick your scent! I have already noticed a MAJOR difference in the frizziness and it isn’t so dry! I am also a HUGE fan of it listing the ingredients they put in my formula, and WHY. Every person has different hair, so we all need different ingredients! It makes perfect sense! Si, Bueno.

So now it’s your turn to try. I want everyone to give this system a go! Here is your chance to get it FREE…. Formulate was nice enough to let one of my blog subscribers WIN their OWN formulation! Just click the Link here to enter! And even if you don’t win ,you will still get a discount code sent to your email to try at a reduced price-score!

**Make sure to enter my GIVEAWAY here! **

All the love dolls ๐Ÿ’‹

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Beauty Must Haves

You ever have one of those days where EVERYTHING annoys you? Like-every little thing that goes wrong.

Dropped the grape behind the trash can and couldn’t immediately pick it up. (No reason to be mad…Ticked me off.) Hit my elbow vacuuming the car. (Raised my blood pressure.) Kids fighting and hurt each other. (Made me yell.)

Today has been a day of the funk, and not the “get down witcha bad self” type funk….The type that sets in and makes your day crappy as can be. (I didn’t get into half of what this day has been..Just know it ain’t good.)

That all being said, I have been wanting to shoot you guys a post on some of my beauty must haves ….. (Now THAT is something that makes me happy.)

Let’s chat makeup, KK? Sometimes it’s tough to get inspired, and having someone give you a list of their favs can push you to try something new. Wanna know my favs? I am gonna tell you anyways….Get ready…

  1. IT Cosmetics CC Cream Foundation

Yall…..This stuff is a game changer. . GAME CHANGER. It smooths your skin and covers imperfections so well without feeling heavy. You can tell mine is well loved-but that is how long I have been using it! It’s never ending…I feel like this stuff will never run out! Every post on Instagram you see that my skin looks decent-this is it ya’ll .

2. Eyelash Curler

(No picture here but pretty sure it’s self explanatory)

Ok I know this is the last thing most girls want to use-but I use mine every day. Not kidding. Everyone always asks me about my lashes–its an illusion! I don’t have THAT great of lashes….But honey I can fake ’em. I Curl those babies up to high heaven. Some days I use a lash primer (L’Orรฉal Voluminous to be exact) but most days I just coat with a ton on mascara and roll! Speaking of mascara….

3. Lash Paradise Mascara

I used to use an expensive mascara, thinking it was needed, but BOY was I wrong…. This is a drug store mascara and you cant beat it! It doesn’t clump but gives volume to the MAX and length to the 100th degree. Do yourself a favor. GRAB IT. One more thought, I DO NOT leave my house (If at all possible) without my lashes in shape. Even if I don’t do anything else, cha girl gon’ have some lashes done up. It helps so much!

4. Primer

Want your foundation to stay? Use some primer girls. It smooths your pores and gives your foundation something to cling to. It is one extra little step that makes a WORLD of a difference. This is the primer on repeat here in the wild house…and it takes it’s job seriously. No joke. I don’t think they sell this one anymore, but I will link another Here!

5. Catrice Concealer

Yall, I am now a mom of 3. My eyes are showing some dark circles that are HARD to cover. But I have found my new holy grail Concealer (again, it’s well loved.) This stuff covers those dirty circles and MAN. “I feel like a woman.” Thanks for the line Shania. At any rate, do yourself a favor a grab this concealer. Catrice also carries one of my favorite foundations-It’s a heavier coverage and so dang pretty. Get it Here.

6. Finishing Spray

This is the last step in your makeup routine, and it isn’t needed every day. But if you need your makeup to STICK, use This. It is made by NYX and for the price, you can’t beat it! I have one other high end brand I use, but this one seems to work pretty darn well, so I am stuck with it forever now! Save that moo-lah where you can ladies!

*Now when I want a little splurge, Lashes are the way to go.

Having pretty lashes can totally change your face! I am telling you, when I get lash extensions, ya girl feels like A MILLION BUCKS. Even when the rest of me isn’t quite up to par, when I have my lashes BIG, I feel pretty. Let me just tell you, that is worth something! If you are local to Knoxville, I have a girl I can recommend. Her name is Holly and she is over at Lash Co on Old Broadway in Fountain City ( If you ain’t here, sorry boo. You are missing out.) Holly is such a doll and you will fall in love with her! I left feeling invigorated and my lashes are so comfy. I don’t see them. I can’t feel them. I forget that they are there until I look in the mirror and BAM! These puppies hit me hard. ALLLLL in the beauty feels.

I am all about my local businesses and I want you all to love them too-If you need a new small business to love, hit up My girl!

*ONE more for good measure-SPRAY TANS. Yall I used to be a tanning bed junkie..No more.

If you want to look skinnier, get a spray tan. Want whiter teeth? Get a spray tan. Brighter diamonds? Spray. It’s one thing I just can’t get enough of! I wish I could keep up with them weekly-but ya know-Life. But once again, if you are local, find you a Quick Tan girl! I have had several and not one streak! I don’t look orange, and I feel so much better when I am tan! I actually wrote a blog post about them a while back if you want to check it out (and my results) Here.

Man, just sitting here writing this I feel SO MUCH Better. Beauty is pain..but sometimes its therapy. (I probably need that on a tee shirt.) Any of these items on your fav list? Let me know girls! What’s your fav beauty splurge?

Of course,

All the love dolls ๐Ÿ’‹

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Insecurities

Hey friends!

So I have been feeling quite inspired lately…and wanting to chat about something serious. It’s been weighing on me for a hot minute.. Yeah, the title gave it away…All our insecurities! Those sneaky little things get under our skin (sometimes literally) and eat at us. For some, those mean little boogers can totally plague us!

Now if you know me, I am sure you can guess one of my biggest ones. And while I don’t like to talk about them, they still get at me and I may as well put it out there. And maybe someone else can benefit….

So Can we stop and chat for a minute-about something we ALL are a tad self conscious of? Yep. Our smiles. Whether you have the biggest, brightest, whitest teeth you have ever seen, or the not so perfect set of choppers, you will be a little timid about your smile at some point!

Think about it…”Hey, do I have anything in my teeth?” Is that a question you have thrown out a time or two? Or “Yeeesh it’s time for some white strips.” Maybe, “ugh my teeth feel so gross! I need something better!”

I have said all of these at some point, and let me tell you, my smile is what I am most self conscious of….It’s so hard to be ok with my crooked bottom teeth, and one tooth up top that sits back so far in my mouth! (Ok, now I have said it. You know my weakness. Please don’t exploit it.) But over time, I am trying to come to terms with my “different” teeth. Not saying that I wouldn’t take straight teefers in a SECOND, but this is my lot in life and I need to chill and embrace my uniqueness, right? At least that’s the plan. I need to raise kids who can love themselves for their unique qualities, imperfections and all….And to do that, I have to love myself..Right??

  • Along my little self love journey, I have found a couple of things that can enhance my crazy smile….and want to share with you!
    1. The right lipstick.

    Or any fun lipstick for that matter…Believe it or not, I feel like you don’t notice my teeth as much if you see more of my lips! (Distraction is beautiful yall.) And never underestimate the power of a good red lipstick. (Look for ones with blue undertones for the pearliest whites you ever did see!)

    2. Play up your eyes

    Yup. Make those lashes touch the sky. Wear a colored mascara. Slap on a funky eyeshadow. Whatever you gotta do boo boo. The eyes are the windows to the soul (or something like that). So let’s have your peers do some soul-searching and get lost in those blue/brown/green/hazel eyes…Not the broccoli stuck in your teeth.

    3. Find the right toothbrush.

    Yeah. Weird. SO what? But really, I have realized, this is crucial for embracing my smile. It took me a while, but I finally have one I believe in. As a momma of three (still so hard to believe) I am not going to lie, sometimes my morning brush session becomes more of an afternoon cleanup…Shameful I know. But I am so busy and forget!

    You know what helps me out? My fancy shmancy new toothbrush (Yup. Just put that goofy word on paper…Err…website. Whatevs.)

    But really y’all! It has made such a difference in my brushing routine….It has 5 different settings (1. Clean 2. Whiten. 3. Massage. 4. Gum care. 5. Sensitive) and each one is something you didn’t know you needed. Not kidding.

    Since I have started using my new electric brush, my teeth have felt cleaner than ever and my confidence has a happy little boost! I can’t wait til my next cleaning to show off…Pitiful I know..But hey- I am a mom of three. We take our thrills a little differently 3 kids in.

    It’s also so affordable-The individual package is the one that I received and it includes one Ultrasonic toothbrush, two replacement heads with tongue scrapers and one wireless charging dock. This package is just $119-a small price to pay for healthy teeth and the happiest smile around.

    Also, Smile Brilliant has been so gracious to give me a coupon code for all my internet fam..Click Here for the brush and you get 20% off with code Smittenwiththreeblog20 !!!! How awesome is that?

    *Love Giveaways?* Enter to win your own toothbrush Here! I am so excited to give one of these away!

    I only want to share the good stuff with you on my little corner of the internet, and this is one of my favorite products to date. I think about brushing my teeth all day. Like a freak. I know. But I am not kidding-it’s made such a difference in my daily routine!

    Oh one more thing—-I never want to stay and brush my teeth for 2 minutes-but this one is set up to pause every 30 seconds so you know to switch to another quadrant of your mouth. Seriously-how fancy can you get?? And I know I am getting my whole mouth as clean as possible-the perfect setup for sneaking some kisses from the hunk I live with. (Yeah, yeah get a room Brandi)

    Anyways…Invest in yourself. Invest in your mouth health. Boost some confidence. Do it. No joke. Now. Here.

    AND don’t forget the GIVEAWAY HERE!

    *Long winded sorry*

    4. Have some fun with your style.

    One of the things I have noticed along the way, is the perfect outfit can distract from all the little things that make you uncomfortable. Have fun with your style and whatever you wear-own it! I’m not gonna lie, I HATED almost everything I wore when I was pregnant with Callaway. But I still did my makeup, wore fun jewelry, and everyone always gave me the sweetest compliments. Moral of the story-I felt like poo but still looked slightly put together with a little bit of effort! (Believe me, VERY little effort. I was exhausted all the time.)

    Well yall, this momma has got to go feed a hungry Bebe now, so we can chat later, K? Love you all and let me know how you feel about these pointers!

    All the love dolls ๐Ÿ’‹

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    Douglas J Aveda Pamper Day

    I am a firm believer in treating yourself every little bit. I love me a good manicure/pedicure, I thrive on a facial every few months, and massages come about once or twice a year for me and that’s not nearly enough.

    But as a mom of two (almost 3) when you have a chance for a full day of pampering, you take it- and let me tell you- you enjoy every flipping minute.

    I recently had this opportunity and I wanted to walk you all through it. Hopefully by the end of this post you’ll be convinced enough to go treat yourself as well! I’m telling you it’s necessary for your sanity!!

    My pamper day started with a facial that cannot be beat at Douglas J Aveda institute. This is one of my favorite things to do when I’m feeling stressed or like I need a day to myself. And being so huge and pregnant right now, it was oh so nice to have an aesthetician who worked with me and all of my antics, if you will.

    At Aveda, it always starts with a foot bath and a quick chat about your skincare needs/wants. I will always take a quick foot massage, and the skincare consultation puts things in perspective for me. *NOTE to self-Wash your face. Tone it. Use quality products.*

    Now of course for a facial, you lay on your back, and while usually it’s one of my favorite things, this time was a little more difficult for me in that I can’t be on my back for too long. So I would kind of shimmy to the left or shimmy to the right…..And I swear girlfriend did not skip a beat! She pretended that I wasn’t propping my butt up with my hand and ignored the fact that the gown was way too short with my big ol’ baby bump..Much appreciated doll….

    I Indulged in the plant peel which is fantastic on all sorts of skin- and my skin LOVED ME for it! Yours will too! I walked out of the spa GLOWING! OK prepare yourself….Not so glamorous selfie coming………

    Seriously! My skin looked and felt like heaven- and I have such awful awful skin y’all. This was a kick in the pants for me… I have GOT to be better about skincare! I appreciated that the instructor said I need to not view it as pampering, but more as maintenance. Preach girl.

    Our skin is our biggest organ and it takes the biggest beating from free radicals in the environment. Let’s be good to it, ok? Treat it right and maybe we can slow this aging process a bit (Wrinkles are starting to hit me. And gray hair. Can facials fix that too?)

    Now there are several different Facials to choose from at Douglas J, just chat with your student and figure out what works best for your skin type! Here is a list of options:

    โ€ข Resurfacing

    โ€ข Acne

    โ€ข Skin Brightening

    โ€ข Plant Peel ($15 add-on)

    โ€ข Botanical Skin Resurfacing ($15 add-on)

    โ€ข Dual Exfoliation ($15 add-on)

    Any of those sound nice? Yeah-all of them- thought so.

    But the spa does so much more than facials. I also had a stress relieving treatment done and YALL…..allllll the heart eyes over here. It’s not a full on body massage, but perfect for all of those tight places in your shoulders and back. It usually involves a ton of laying on your belly (again-that just ain’t happening for this massive preggo) but Katie made it work….

    *Let’s chat about Katie for a minute. She graduates this week, so you probably won’t see her, but she was AWESOME! I told her I prefer a harder pressure, and she wasn’t afraid to press! I also got the pressure point massage with my facial, and I could have sat there all day just getting that service. (When you go, tell your girl you want this. Trust me. ) But what I’m getting at, is how accommodating she was to my current circumstance. I laid on my side and she did the back massage and hot towels.**Holy amazing**. I was so comfortable the whole time and I was so thankful for her sweet demeanor the whole way through. I threw a wrench in her normal routine, and she used it to get the knots out of my shoulders. Hehehe ok I made myself giggle there, but really, Katie, thank you for everything! You made my week!*

    So try to book yourself the stress treatment if possible, but I won’t lie, my go-to will always be a facial, and I seriously think it’s needed at least a couple times a year ladies! Book one Here! (Make sure to check the website for all the services offered! Waxing is on my list to get next-eeeek!)

    My next step in pamper day was a makeup application, and that was so nice! I am usually the one doing the makeup, so it was nice to have someone else take over for a minute….Now here is where Kattie came in. GIIIRRRLLLL I found me a hairdresser and fell in love. She was a dang riot! She did my makeup and hair (I just got a trim) but she killed! Now, I want you to keep in mind, these are students…aight? So let’s not be hateful if something doesn’t go your way. In every job, people have to start somewhere….Every job. YOU had to learn your job, correct? So if a problem is noticed, address it, and move on. They will fix it! Now this wasn’t my case at ALL…..Kattie killed. She had an instructor there to make sure all went well, but girlfriend knew what she was doing and had me laughing the whole way.

    *Side note* WHY do we feel the need to spill our guts to the stylist? I get instant diarrhea of the mouth when getting my hair done.. I guess thats why they call it #hairapy. My poor girl heard my life story and THEN some. Thanks for dealing with my psycho self Kattie. You da real MVP.

    Soooooo, dont’ hate me-but I don’t have pics of the finished product. Yeah, I am the worst ever. BUUUUUTTTTT, just know I had some serious Marilyn hair and rocked it even in my ponytail the next day. It made for a nice Barbie ponytail on day 2 in all this ridiculous heat here in Knoxville. BTW, in case you are worried, I haven’t died of a heatstroke yet even though all I do is complain. #stillalive

    Now after the #hairapy, I went for a mani/pedi with Macey. Poor girl had to sit and listen to me talk for 100 years, and took it like a champ! We bonded over puppies and the zero-gravity chairs in the salon. I kid you not, the chairs were some of my favorite part! You lay back and get your toesies done, and now I am wondering why every salon isn’t this way. Take my word-the pedicure is WORTH IT!

    A pedicure is only $26.00 and includes a foot mask with hot towels that made my tired feet feel incredible! *Listen up nephews–Macey said I had cute toes. Not little sausage toes like yall say. I believe her. Boom.*

    I left with the prettiest pink color, and the nicest foot massage! I am telling you, I didn’t want this day to end.

    But like all good things, even pamper days have to come to an end…..But let me tell you …Now is the time to treat yourself-and before you leave the salon, make sure to visit the product shelves and grab some hair/skin products to take home and keep it all going!

    Having a day like this, I believe, is truly important for your well-being! Take a day, and treat yourself. Then do me a favor, and try to keep it up. Your family will love your better. Your friends will be happier to be around you, and your kids will thrive because mama has some happy endorphins flowing. It’s a beautiful thing yall….

    So tell them I sent you, enjoy some YOU time, and of course,

    All the love dolls ๐Ÿ’‹

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    Staying Hydrated in Pregnancy

    Let me just tell you, I was ON IT when pregnant with my boys.

    With Ford, I drank 10-12 glasses of water a day….and it was never enough! At 31 weeks pregnant with him, I had to be taken to the ER for severe dehydration….The doctor told me my baby was taking everything from me-and my body was suffering! After 2 IV bolus’s (Is that what they are called? If not, feel free to laugh at me) I felt like a new woman! So he sent me out, and told me to drink more water….Well 12 glasses a day was already putting me on the toilet every half hour or so, and working at a credit union at the time, (the bathroom was at the very back, and walking back there KILLED ME! Thanks swollen ankles.) It just wasn’t good. All the girls there were so sweet to me and never said a word about my frequent potty visits…but I hated it! But I did my best to drink more, and thankfully, never ended up in the ER again!

    With Cash, water was my friend and I drank it up! I never once had a problem! But this pregnancy, yall, I have STRUGGLED. Drinking water the first 3 months was miserable and I couldn’t make myself drink it. Lately, I can stomach it, but I am not nearly as diligent as I was with my boys… I know. I’m terrible. Really. I do.

    But if you are a fellow preggo, please know dehydration is so unsafe for you and your baby! Now your body will first thing, take care of your baby, thank goodness. But that leaves Mama NOT at her best, and it just isn’t doable when you have 2 other babies, or a husband, or anyone who needs you!

    So while I have struggled so terrible in the beginning, I have finally found a drink that doesn’t make me feel guilty (the sweet tea was out of control) and it’s super hydrating for me and baby!

    Insert *BODY ARMOR*. YALL. I’m obsessed. I drink this stuff nonstop. And yes, I am still drinking water throughout the day, but this is my saving grace right now.

    Have you all tried it? My uncle swears by it for his workouts. My sister drinks them religiously (working night shift is a pistol) and everywhere I go I see people with one in their hand! There has got to be something good about it!

    There are less sugars than other sports drinks, it has coconut water in it (que the extra hydration) electrolytes, vitamins, and NO caffeine!

    If you are worried about the calories, there are a few lighter versions and they taste sooooo good!

    And let me include, when I am dehydrated, the first place to show it is my lips. When I am being good about drinking these, my lips are smooth and my skin is plump! It makes such a difference when I am being naughty about drinking my water. (Please don’t judge. It’s just so hard this time around!)

    I know this is so random, but I really wanted to share how I am staying hydrated this time. I wish I had these the first time around..It could have saved me a mini heart attack and an ER visit!! (I gave you the short version. It was traumatic yall.) And maybe, just maybe, this will help some of you all along the way! (Really that is all I hope from my blog-maybe I am being helpful to someone and that keeps me going!)

    And really, they are good for anyone to drink..Not just the mama’s to be. (Obviously my uncle isn’t expecting.) So if you haven’t tried them, I promise, they are AMAZING and deserve you trying one soon! If you are close, come to my house and I’m happy to share one of mine with you:)

    **Oh I forgot to share my favorite flavors!!! My top two favs are cherry berry and orange mango! That’s a start-and then try them all one by one from there!**

    Ok yall, off to work…but in the meantime, go grab you one, and report back !

    I’m out, but don’t forget,

    All the love dolls ๐Ÿ’‹

    Deals · Family · Home · Travel

    Newest Local Obsession

    Hey Ladiesssssss!!!!! (And gents of course) It’s Friday!!!!!!!

    Gosh, have you ever had one of those realllly good days? I mean–reallly good days. They just start off right and keep getting better? Today was one of those days for me–and it started with the most simple text message, of all things. From the Hubbs of course ๐Ÿ™‚ And it wasn’t anything sappy. Just a message telling me to look at the moon. Now where some wouldn’t think that is the most amazing message to get, I couldn’t help but smile knowing that my tall man saw something so gorgeous and thought of me. *Swoon*. Step 1 to my good day.

    Step 2? Well, for my job, I work for a Non-profit Foundation here in beautiful Knoxville, TN. I am so K-town obsessed, it might be ridiculous. *When I say I never want to move-I mean-my butt needs to stay planted here forever. Everyone’s happiness depends on it.) But if you haven’t been, I’m TELLING you-come see us! ( and make sure to hit me up!) At any rate, I attended a meeting with some other like minded organizations and had such a wonderful discussion. It’s truly something amazing to sit and listen to people speak about something they are genuinely passionate about. And when you are talking with those people-you know it. Their passion is contagious. Even just an hour with some of Knoxville’s finest this morning had me on a high and I can’t wait for more meet-ups like that! Now all that being said, step 3 was my happiest moment of the day.

    Step 3. We are going to call Step 3 “Ali.” Ok, really, her name was Ali and I fell head over heels in love with this girl from moment 1. I stopped into our local Juice Bar to have a quick meet up with Ali, to find her chatting with someone who was next headed to Nashville (Ali’s hometown!) I had never met Ali before and INSTANTLY knew she was who I was looking for. ( I’m telling you, I am pulled to people with this type of friendly energy.) This cute little lady then started chatting with me about where she is from, and how on every trip she wants to try the local places to get the “feel of the city.” Let me tell you, she picked the right place coming into Juice Bar ( and she knew it too.) Before she left, she was already on the internet giving the JB a great review on the internet. Still swooning over her cuteness and sweet heart.

    Ok back to The Juice Bar. I found out that their first store was in Brentwood, TN and the owners are some of the coolest people out there. ( They are 100% on my list of people to meet.) Maybe I can share their backstory in the future! But know that I am so in love with all things local, and Juice Bar is as local as it comes. And just because they didn’t start here in Knoxville doesn’t mean FOR A SECOND they aren’t’ a local company. On the contrary. It’s the people who work in there who give it the local flair. It’s the fact that if they see you are having a bad day, they may give you a free shot. It’s knowing they want to get to know you on a personal level. Those are the things that give the local feel in my book. And on the corner of Market Square in Downtown Knoxville, it poses the easiest location to grab a quick and healthy lunch. And so so yummy! Score

    Want to know my fav drink? Let’s call it my newest obsession. My newest obsession is the “Green Smoothie.” It has alllll the goodness in it your body needs and tastes like heaven. I always associate smoothies with the beach so if you hear me say “it reminds me of the beach” or “it reminds me of the ocean,” you know its a good thing. So if you haven’t tried it, make sure to order the “Green Smoothie” next time you hit any of the juice bar locations–thank goodness there are 3 locations that can satisfy your every smoothie desire . Turkey Creek, Bearden, and of course, Market Square!

    Check out my drink

    I barely remembered to snap a pic before I finished this–it was phenomenal!

    Another item I tried was the Dragon Fruit smoothie Bowl….and YALL. With the strawberries and bananas mixed in, it was the beach. In a bowl. Remember how I feel about the beach?? Mmm Hmmmm…

    And this pic for good measure….These lemons were beautiful! And I love how in some of the juice shots, I could taste the lemon. It wasn’t overpowering but just enough that they made their presence known.

    I wish I could remember which flavors these were, (Pictured below) but what I can tell you , is they DID NOT have celery or beets. While those are some serious powerhouses, they aren’t for the faint of heart. So if you are feeling brave and needing a little health boost. Ask for beets. Ask for celery. They will know which to give you. But if you are like me and need them a tad sweeter, reach for the orange and green juice. (So sorry beautiful juices. I can’t remember your names. So rude, I know.)

    Check these out. I made my way home with one, and its already cleaned and ready to be my new water bottle of choice. ( I have “cup babies” and I am way too happy to add this one to my collection.)

    Overall, this day yall, has been top notch. Now I am home, ready to cuddle my little guy and play some Uno! Then after that, is Momma time (AKA-a bath/shower/foot soak) Anybody else doing things like this on your Friday night?

    So overall yall, these juices can improve your health, your mood, your whole body. So try to include them in your diet! And maybe try to meet up with Ali, she defintely has that affect on you too. I left on a high -50% Ali / 50% juice.

    Have you all been to my newest fav? How do you feel about juicing and smoothie bowls? Have you hopped on board yet? Let me know!

    All the love dolls๐Ÿ’‹

    Deals · Family · Fashion

    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 ๐Ÿ’‹

    Deals · Diy · Family · Home

    Easy Door Upgrade

    I come from a long line of DIY’ers. I’m a crafter and a do it yourself-er, and it doesn’t look like I am slowing down any time soon.

    My sister and I used to come home from school to practically a new house thanks to my Mom. She would repaint walls/furniture, then move it all around just because she was bored with the look, all before dinner-time.

    My Granny Judy has been known to knock down walls in the house by herself, (#demoday) simply because she was sick of looking at the wall. Funny enough ,later on-she decided the wall needed to be there-so she helped the foreman put it back up. (She couldn’t do this completely herself, but she was always there helping the foreman throughout the whole process. My hero.) She was ALWAYS the one doing projects around her home, and now if she sees we are doing things around our house, she is itching to help us, just like the old days in her own home.

    9 years ago, little did I know, I married a DIY’er as well–and Lordy I am grateful! We have never ONCE had to hire a handyman for any issues around our house. And somehow, he can decipher all of my little ideas and sometimes crazy thoughts, and bring them to life around the house. (Would you like a post on that?)

    The latest venture started with one of his ideas–Something as simple as changing the door hinges. Ours were old and brass–and at some point, he bought a box full of beautiful black hinges at a yard sale for $3.00. (Random, but Score) The following was our convo:

    D: I think I want to change the door hinges.

    B: Just the hinges?

    D: Yeah, Why not?

    B: I don’t know. I think if we are changing the hinges, we may as well totally update the doors.

    D: Like how?

    B: (Cue my excited voice) Ok so I really want to sand them down, add trim and-bare with me now– but I want to paint them flat black.

    D: Whoa whoa whoa. Black? No!

    B: I’m telling you-it will be gorgeous! Trust me. (Finds a pic online. Shoves IPad in his face.)

    D: Lord woman. Ok, go buy your trim and paint.

    (Brandi Silently squeals for joy at the triumph and immediately leaves for Lowe’s.)

    Can I just say- I am EVER SO THANKFUL he takes my ideas and runs with them. And then helps me through all the little things I can’t do. Poor thing-he always thinks my projects will be so simple and they always end up being SO MUCH WORK. This was no exception. Nonetheless, I wanted to share with you all-because if you want to do it-more than likely your project will be 100 times easier than ours. So off I went to Lowe’s to but my trim and paint. Long story short, I bought the wrong trim, and had to take it back. (He ended up cutting us our own trim and I am so THRILLED with the outcome!) So our only expense was the paint which was 25.00 , and a door and cabinet roller which was $5.00. We ended up using a half gallon of paint–and I am so happy I have so much left over for other projects! So in your case, you will need:

    • A gallon of Black paint. (We used the darkest charcoal gray you can get)
    • Small trim
    • Brushes, door rollers, paint pan, etc
    • New hinges (optional)

    Here is the process: 1. Take your doors off. I used the drill as it made the task ridiculously easy and saved so much time-but if you want to use the good ol’ screwdriver, go for it. Whatever floats your boat. (Side note-I am addicted to power tools. I love the drill and sander. Love. ) 2. Sand the doors.Now we had an extra step in here, because our doors were painted over varnish. The paint wouldn’t sand down. It just chipped away little by little so we had to scrap EVERY SINGLE OUNCE OF PAINT OFF. (Yup. Here is the extra work we didn’t count on.) (See that mess?? It grew to at least double this–but this husband of mine cleaned it up before I could get a picture. Saint.) This was such a pain in the rear, but totally necessary for our new paint to stick. So we chipped away, until all the paint was gone. And then I sanded. And sanded. And sanded. And sanded…and…..ya know….sanded some more. I used a palm sander, but if all you have is sandpaper, that will work as well! You just need to rough the existing paint up enough for your new paint to stick to it. 3. Apply your trim. I honestly didn’t have a single thing to do with this step. Hubby did it all! He took a 1×4 and cut it into even strips and nailed to the door. This step is optional, but I feel like the trim truly made the doors beautiful! If you decide to buy trim, you can get it at Lowe’s or Home Depot for about $4.00 per piece. I think you would need about 1 piece per door, but depending on how you do your design, every door will be different. Talk to your Lowe’s man for details! (See below for detail shot.) 4. Paint. Paint. Paint. I started with a brush and painted all around the trim on each door. Then I used a door and cabinet roller to paint the rest of the door. I think this roller was important to use, in that I had zero brush lines and the door is so smooth looking! 5. Hang the doors back upNow admire your work! I can’t believe how regal the doors look now. It’s a total difference! Want to see for yourself? This is the before…..Yikes. Ready for the after?????????? Ready…..set….feast your eyes on these babies……Is that not absolutely GORGEOUS????? I can’t get over it. I live for projects like this…and living in an older house-ours is a constant work in progress-and we secretly love it. Now the next project-paint the hallway gray. I can’t wait for the finished project-and I will be sure to share that too! So for everyone who follows on Instagram, now you see what we have been working on! And if you don’t follow, how about you check my page out now? Find me Here. What do you think? How does it look? Do you think you will take this project on? Make sure to pin to Pinterest and share on FB yall! Thanks again, and of course, All the love dolls ๐Ÿ’‹<<
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    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. ๐Ÿ˜œ

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

    All the love dolls ๐Ÿ’‹