Beauty · Deals · Fashion

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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Fall Bucket List 2018

It’s fall yall. All I gotta say is HALLELUJAH.

I crave this time of year like I can’t explain. The crisp mornings get me. The leaves changing literally make my heart flutter. Tiny bonfires out back with my family are what dreams are made of.

And let me tell you, every fall, I have some things I NEED to accomplish. I am my happiest when autumn hits and I LOVE that everyone thinks of me and my obsession with this season!

This year, my fall bucket list is a little extensive, but I wanted to share! Ready?

  • Corn maze (hopefully at least twice!)
  • Little bonfires outside with my family
  • Wear alllllll the booties/boots
  • Bake pumpkin pies
  • Bake recipes from my new Jessie James Decker cookbook!
  • Decorate my front porch
  • Make leaf piles for the boys to jump in
  • Fun fall pictures
  • Celebrate my anniversary (gonna be super simple this year)
  • Football with my boys in the yard
  • Drinking all the coffee
  • Hot chocolate outside with my boo
  • Nature walk with my kids
  • Fall crafts
  • Go to the park a TON
  • See the leaves in the smokies

Ok its a little extra, but I just love fall with my whole heart! Is anyone else with me? Let me know what you want to do in the comments!

Deals · Family · pregnancy

Momma guilt is real

True story.

It’s not joke. We all compare. We all analyze. We all judge. And while we all try not to, (at least I would think) it’s difficult! And not just thinking we are the ones doing it right–It’s more like thinking we are constantly in the wrong.

Like-seeing the mom at Chick Fil A not lose her cool over her kid doing that, when I totally would have. It’s pushing our child too hard in school, or not hard enough….It’s not feeding them the right foods, making them drink enough water, play outside enough, read them enough stories, etc. It’s all there. Tell me I am not the only one with these thoughts??

I refuse to believe I am the only one who feels this way, and wanted to make it clear. Today, momma, you are enough. You are perfection. You did it. You kept them alive. They were fed (maybe not bathed) but hey, nourished at least.

And I am not just talking about raising our big kids. *gulp* I just referred to my chit-lins as “big kids.” But really, I mean the Little’s too. The infants. Can we talk about the whole “breastfed vs. bottle-fed” conflict? I once had someone ask me how my oldest was fed..I replied with something like “He is a bottle baby (formula baby)” or something to that affect. It killed me that I couldn’t breastfeed. That is what I wanted for him. And for myself. Her response? “God’s way is never the wrong way.” I died. I didn’t want it all to go that way. It just did. She unknowingly called me out, and it broke me.

What I should have responded with? “Ummmm. Fed is best. Nourished is best.” But after the shock wore off, I just cried. If she would have known my struggle, she never would have made that comment. I thought it was so insensitive….And you know what I felt? Guilt.

Like I wasn’t enough for my baby. I’ll talk more about all this come later in pregnancy, but until then…..the guilt continues.

Something I think about (or talk about often if you know me in person) is how so many people are unable to have babies and this is all they truly long for in life. Pregnancy. To carry and hold their own baby. Or the others, who pine to adopt a baby with no home, but are unable because of the cost of adoption. And the guilt these ladies feel is overwhelming. Like maybe they aren’t enough… While every day, we see so many women popping out babies left and right who truly don’t deserve the privilege, nor do they cherish their title as mother. It’s cruel and unfair. I hate it.

Now while that may be a tad controversial, I truly believe it. So we are left with the mothers who know what some women are struggling with as far as conceiving goes, and our heart aches for them. We know that every baby they see born is a reminder of the fact that they still aren’t a mother. That they aren’t pregnant. That they can’t feel their own baby kick. I am doing my best to be a friend to those and truly sympathize with them. To cry with them. To listen to them. Just to be there.

I have to admit, my pregnancies have brought on guilt for this reason. Every time I have found out I’m pregnant, I know there are some who truly want the same feeling and can’t have it. It kills me. Then I want to apologize for my pregnancy. To apologize for happiness. This is where the pregnancy guilt kicks in. It’s a rough cycle ya’ll.

But if you are one of those women who are trying to conceive, trying to adopt, thinking about the feeling of pregnancy every day, please know I am in your corner. I want you to experience this more than I can express, and only want the best for you and your family!

And while sometimes it’s so hard NOT to complain about being pregnant and all the little things that comes with it, I am trying my hardest to cool it. There are so many out there who would kill to be in my misery. I’m trying to be sensitive to that!

This is something that has been weighing on me for a while…and today was the day to share with you friends on my corner of the internet. Thanks for following along with me and I hope this doesn’t offend or hurt anyone along the way. You all are amazing and I cherish you all!

Make sure to leave me your thoughts here-good or bad! I want to know..Fill me in yall!

All the love dollsπŸ’‹

*top from Pink Blush …Tap the pic to shop some amazing maternity wear*

Beauty · Deals · Diy · Fashion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What do you think? Pretty, eh?

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

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

All the love dolls πŸ’‹

Beauty · 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 · Fashion

Newest Wardrobe Staple

Every once in a while you get one of those pieces you know you will love forever…..and OH MY GOSH I have found another one to add to my βœ”οΈlist of loves… This necklace y’all. Its gorgeous.  

 Check it  out!!! I love all things handmade, and this necklace shows such beautiful craftsmanship-I can’t quit gushing. Allll the heart eyes over here.

If you want one, head over to ETSY and find Warm Fuzzy Designs. Just click the link Here  and shop her styles!

 There are a few tassel necklaces I am coveting right now… and this one?? OMG So on trend right now. #adoreOMG. So on trend right now.  Please head over to her website–the prices are amazing! 

And ladies. THIS ONE.


My gosh Jewelry doesn’t get much more fun than this. And isn’t that what it is about? Dressing us up and making us feel good? 

I swear this necklace even made me ok with the serious face πŸ™ˆ That has never happened before….It’s a jewelry miracle. πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Think also about this choker revolution happening–she has some seriously classy ones. Check them out. 

But really, pretty statement pieces always make me feel that much more put together… and if you aren’t a jewelry wearer, try it out! Start here and find some fun pieces to get you going. Let’s all shop small today people! GO order from her fast–she is so sweet to work with on Etsy and loves custom orders. 

Shop small here!!
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