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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’OrΓ©al 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 πŸ’‹

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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 πŸ’‹

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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:

    β€’ Resurfacing

    β€’ Acne

    β€’ Skin Brightening

    β€’ Plant Peel ($15 add-on)

    β€’ Botanical Skin Resurfacing ($15 add-on)

    β€’ 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 πŸ’‹

    Beauty · Fashion

    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’‹

    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’‹

    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 πŸ™‚


    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 πŸ™‚

    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. πŸ™‚

    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. πŸ™‚


    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. πŸ™‚ 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 💋

    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 πŸ’‹

    Beauty · Deals · Diy

    Worst Conditioner turned something great….

    So if you haven’t noticed by now, I am a shopping addict. I am here to admit it-I have a problem. And that’s the first step, right? Well, amidst all of my shopping experiences, I have learned a few things. One of those being-stop buying the conditioners at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, etc. 

    EVERY TIME I get sucked in. “Whoa! This huge bottle for $2.99? Argan oil? Coconut oil? On clearance? That has to help my dried out bird’s nest hair!” Right? WRONG. 

    I can’t be the only one getting pulled in here. But really, every conditioner I have tried has failed me. And it hurts….to the core. I hate to waste my money-and feel slightly betrayed when my favorite stores do me wrong. #rude

    All that being said, I REFUSE to throw these bottles out. Instead, I find a new use for them! This conditioner in particular–oohhhh it smells goooood! Like coconuts. And reminds me of the beach. I love this scent!

     But does it work on your hair? Heck to the no. Awful. Terrible. It says to use twice a week…and that is so far from helpful. The only way I could SOMEWHAT get this stuff to help my ratty hair, was to slather it on this morning. Throw it in a bun. Go outside in the terrible heat. Mow the grass. And then shampoo after. 

    I think leaving it in for almost 2 hours+this Tennessee heat was the only reason it worked a little bit. But, I’m sorry. If it takes mowing the grass every day to have decent hair, count me out. 

    What I have learned is an amazing use for this product??? Shaving cream!!!! 

    I use it to shave, and OMG the smell is decadent. My legs feel so smooth. My money isn’t totally wasted. All is well in the world. Ahh. 

    This is such a great way to finish off that drugstore conditioner you HATE, but feel like you have to use since you spent your hard earned Pennies on it. Keep this in mind for any cheapie conditioners you see-hey maybe they will work for your hair. If not-you know what to do-repurpose it! 

    I strongly recommend you try this in other aspects of life too! Hate your tablecloth? Make it into a skirt. (I did!) Use those mason jars around the house to hold your pretties–or drink out of them!  Give all the fun things you have around a new life! Let me know what you like to repurpose !