Monday, February 13, 2017

I Need Them Too

How much do you love date nights?! Like many other families out there we live far away from all family that we trust with our kids; this past year the elementary school our kids attend started this Movie Night where they show two movie and give the kids pizza and popcorn for a whole four hours on a Friday night every two months. Siblings are allowed to attend which makes it completely worth doing for us. We typically go to dinner and just chill until the four hours are up, we talk uninterrupted, don't have to share bites of our food, take a million bathroom trips, or pay $6 for a kids a meal that nobody will eat; its kinda nice. 

This past Friday was Movie Night once again; unlike the other times we have done this we had no plans, I took the kids and dropped them off, saying "goodbye", "have fun" , and " I love you" multiple times to my kids, the hardest one is always my little Oliver...while he is five, he starts school next year, he is with us every day and has been since birth; never a daycare or a babysitter...he is always very excited to go to the movie nights being with his big sister and brothers with their friends is instant excitement; however, this time while he did fine, I noticed that I didn't. Walking back to my car a million thoughts flooded my mind, the thoughts that he is our last baby, that within six months he will be in kindergarten, and the one that I will be alone. Sitting in my car and driving back to work to hang with Jim I couldn't stop the thoughts from coming...even at dinner sitting and staring at my sandwich I felt strange, and kept thinking about my babies...See, while I have work to do (we own a business) and people rely on me daily, my first "real" job has been being a mother; I have changed thousands of diapers, washed spit up out of millions of clothes, sang lullaby's, watched all the firsts, chased after, and cuddled four little ones for the past twelve years, I have always had "one more" when our smallest was two, but, not this time. To be honest it feels odd, I feel like I don't know what to do now...yep I have carpool covered, sleepovers, sports, appointments, etc but now I won't have a side kick with me anymore. Its hard for every mom out there, realizing that a new chapter in your life is starting; that you have to turn that page in your book and see what is coming next, I am just not ready. What I have realized is that while my kids have all relied on me their whole lives, I have relied on them too...while I know they aren't going anywhere but to school its still hard for me; I have no shopping buddy, no lets sit and watch some cartoons buddy, no more hearing my name called all day because I am needed for something...Still, realizing that my life is changing in six months is hard, I keep trying to prep myself, keep telling myself I am handing him over to a school for eight hours during the day with reliable people, that he will get all that he needs and them some from the staff, that he will make a lot friends, and all will be ok...yes, it will, for him; I am not sure I will be ok though, at least not at this point or when that day comes in six months, I'm handing over my heart to other people once again...

Monday, January 02, 2017

Top 6 of 2016 | My Favorite YouTubers

Hi Everyone! Now that Twenty Sixteen has said its goodbyes, I thought I would share my favorite YouTubers from this past year. One of my favorite things to do is curl under a blanket and pop in my headphones and watch videos on YouTube.

#1 is Emily from Beauty Broadcast with Emily Noelle; my absolute favorite thing about Emily is how thorough she is when it comes to products and sharing what she thinks is worth your money, and also sharing what just didn't work well no matter the brand. I have enjoyed watching her videos for years and think you'll love her just as much as I do.

#2 is Candice from Fancy That with Candice; she is full of pure joy all the time in her videos; honestly, I am not sure I have ever seen her in a video where she is angry or sad, she knows how to cheer you up in under twenty minutes! Her videos are based on home, life, kids, and beauty.

#3 is Rachel from RachhLoves; Rachel, like Candice has an overflowing amount of happiness and energy and can make you life within about two minutes of her videos. I love watching her beauty videos because she is so honest and typically does budget friendly reviews from all across the board.

#4 is Jaimie from Jaimie Kight; she a mom and this is how we relate; I love that she shares all sorts of videos from just chit chat to beauty to parenting to home...she is also Christian which speaks to my heart. She is so fun to watch and her kids are adorable.

#5 is Kendall from Kendall Rae; she is a newlywed who shares all sorts of random videos; one of her videos of a new series she is starting is based on missing people, I watched it last night and her thoughts are interesting. I also love her conspiracy videos too.

#6 is Olan Rogers; if you need ten minutes of chill time where you can just do nothing but need to laugh this is your guy! Olan has the funniest facial expressions and is always sharing stories from his life.

I watch a ton of YouTube videos and it was hard picking just these six; I hope all of these ladies and gents have a great twenty seventeen and that their channels are successful this year.

Who are you watching these days?

Monday, November 07, 2016

Lets Talk | Eyeshadow

Hello lovelies! Today I thought it would be fun to share some of my current eyeshadow favorites with you; since the holidays are approaching rather quickly and all the good sales are happening you might be able to swing some of these under the tree!

Disclaimer | All items mentioned in this post were purchased by me for personal use, I am not affiliated with any of these companies nor paid to do any mentions of products; all thoughts and opinions herein are that of my own.
\\ Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Palette\\ Unlike its ancestors this palette is all matte! You get 12 matte shades in a rose gold case with a double ended eyeshadow brush. What I thought was interesting about this palette is its range of colors, you get three good bases/highlights, and nine fun shades to work with but that are all still neutral. My favorite of the whole palette is Extra Bitter, a rusty orange that you don't see much these days. 

\\ Tarte Tartelette & Tartelette in Bloom Palettes \\ I haven't ever been a huge fan of Tarte Cosmetics until they launched these babies; I was sold. The Original is completely matte, twelve amazing everyday shades that you wear anywhere; the sister palette contains three satin shimmer shades along with nine more matte shades; what I love about these two are how complimentary they are to each other.

\\ Tarte Tartiest Pro \\ This is Tartes newest addition, it has sixteen matte shades with four shimmer shades that can create endless looks. What makes this palette so different to me is that they included pink and orange, colors you just don't see all the time but they made them wearable for any occasion. The best part is that this palette bounces off the Tartelette palettes amazingly!

\\ Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette \\ The original naked palettes get a lot of hype; however, if I had to choose just one from the original three, I would have have to choose number three. This palette is the rose gold and my favorite needless to say because its pink and neutral.

\\ Covergirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palettes in Goldens & Roses \\ If your on a budget these make great stocking stuffers; the goldens palette is gold mixed with greens, its a true neutral palette; while the roses is a bit more pinky and purple while holding onto the neutrals as well for the girly girl. For drugstore eyeshadows these are amazing, they last, there is minimal fallout, and the price you just cannot beat.

\\ Maybelline The Graffiti Nudes Palette \\ This palette is definitely for the girl that likes color; the shadows are bold and they hold well when using a primer; For the price you cannot beat it.

A few that aren't pictured but hold a dear place in my heart are the Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadows, L'Oreal Infallible Shadows, and the L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos...

What eyeshadows are you loving these days?

Friday, October 07, 2016

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks

I love lipstick; you can change so much with your look by just changing up your lipstick, and who doesn't love affordable lipstick?! My favorite lipstick brand at the drugstore has to be Revlon, they have endless shades to choose from and some of the most gorgeous colors for a great price. The formula of these lipsticks is butter smooth, they don't tug, and can be applied without a mirror for the most part if need be.


One of my favorite tricks is to apply some lip balm and just dab a little bit of color on my lips with my finger from my lipstick, it doesn't go on too thick and just adds a little bit of color to sum up a look. 

What lip colors are you wearing this season? 

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Pretty Hair Things for Fall

One of my favorite things year round is hair accessories; I love bows, head bands, clips, you name it, I love it. One of my favorite places to visit for new hair accessories is Wal-Mart; they carry all sorts of hair accessories in their beauty section and a few weeks ago I lucked up with some new bits for Fall...This year they actually started carrying some nicer ones that can be used to style a bun, pony tail, braid, or just to pin those bangs out of your face in all these pretty fall colors. The best part is all of the items are under $4 and you just cannot beat that.

*While I am not affiliated with Wal-Mart or its suppliers I do shop there and love many of the brands they carry...all items pictured were purchased by me for personal use.

Where are you shopping for new hair accessories for Fall?

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Back From Vacay!

Hello Lovely People! We just back from a much needed, awesome, wonderful, beautiful, fun time with the sand, waves, and salty air of Caswell Beach! We have been getting back into the groove of life and missing North Carolina all at the same time. There is just nothing like the coast of North Carolina, especially the beach we get to visit. This my little families second time there and let me just say it didn't last long enough. We had such an amazing time with my in-laws, some friends, and our niece. So many memories made, and we cannot wait to do it all again in a year!

Now that we are finally home, unpacked, and have most of the said out of our hair I can finally get back into a routine here on the blog, however, like most mom bloggers out there, I do have a life and sometimes it gets in the way of this little space, but, never fear I do have lots of things to share here with you guys. I have been trying lots of new products out from the drugstore, and you guys, its Fall which ties with Spring as my favorite season!

Let me know of some things you would like to see here! 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Music Monday Vol. 1

Hello Lovely People! I hope your day is starting off fantastic...Since Monday's have such a bad reputation I thought I would share some music favorites, you know, to start the week off on the right foot and all...

What are you listening too these days?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

How I Know I'm Getting Old(er)

I get asked all the time about my age; I typically get that odd look of "no way" when I say that I am a whole 28 years old, people just can't believe that I am "that old". To me, I don't look super young, I look my age, but to others I don't. That is completely fine with me, I don't mind looking younger, but, I do wish my body and mind felt younger sometimes too.

Here's how I know I'm getting old(er)...

My body hurts, strenuous work does not equal happiness around here. I walk around a store and my feet hurt, if I sleep wrong I can feel it, and somehow bruises just jump onto my skin out of nowhere from that evil jumping coffee table...

I have need for a bedtime between 9-10PM sometimes earlier. I feel like I can never get enough sleep these days. My pillow is my BFF!

I live in leggings; no they are not classified as the most fancy pants around, but, I am a mom and I don't care if you judge me for wearing them; at least I can still remember to put on bottoms these days...

I get annoyed at loud music; I cannot for the life of me stand driving or stopping at a stoplight and hearing other peoples radio, or seeing the whole car vibrate, its the most annoying thing ever. I always question their hearing.

I get annoyed at the clothing selection they have for kids and adults these days; why do we need to see all of the goodies all of the time?! I'm wondering if the stores have had to cut back on costs and so they now have fabric rations...

Hot flashes and mood swings, they do exist before menopause...they suck; thank you raging hormones!

Rogue hairs anyone?! Men don't even know what it takes for a woman to gather herself these we aren't always shaving or applying makeup, sometimes we take that extra thirty minutes to make sure we don't have a prickler going on before a date'd hate to be a one a date and the light catch your face at that odd angle and hello black man beard hair throws off the conversation...

Anxiety, yes its a real thing that a lot of people suffer from...

I read more; not just magazines guys, actual books...I'm in the middle of a great book (more on that later) and browse the e-book section often for new reads. 

I got a subscription to a newspaper, and not just any newspaper, the wall street journal to be exact; and I read it. 

I clean when I am bored. I actually cleaned my entire closet and bedroom over the weekend because of boredom... and I toss things out. 

I cannot stand talking on the phone; I'd rather e-mail or text. I also eye roll a lot when I overhear other peoples conversations while out and about...

I give no "Fs" about petty things these days...I'm more into growing my savings account and figuring out where I want to go ore what I want to do when I retire than anything just happens and you either learn to live with it or you don't...

It doesn't take much to make me all sappy...I love a good love story, a happy ending, and hate that my kids are growing up...

I cannot remember anything; I am always needing a notepad or using the S Note on my phone or Evernote to remember something.

The things that make me happy have changed; I'm always wanting a blanket; If I am on the couch a blanket I must is a must in the mornings; and I am content just hanging out at home...

I hate driving; I cannot stand when people are speeding, and I won't speed up to please you...

I use my granny's saying of "Your legs are younger than mine." all the time to my kids...

Age is something we all do, life cannot go on forever, we just have to make the most of what we have and are able to do...

How do you know your getting old(er)?

Monday, August 08, 2016

Sally Hansen Complete Care 7 in 1 Nail Treatment & Vitamin E Oil | Rapid Review

My nails have been crazy lately...I don't know if its the weather or all the typing I do daily but either way, rough is an understatement. I have been using the Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil on my nails for a few months now, I generally use it before bed a few times a week. Its a non greasy formula that leaves your nails and skin around your nails looking healthy rather than dry or brittle. I've also been loving the Complete Care 7 in 1 nail treatment; I broke my thumb nail in a spot that I just couldn't clip away and this stuff has helped with snagging while keeping my nails shiny and healthy looking. The 7 in 1 treatment is a base coat, top coat, helps with growth, strengthener, ridge filler, brightener, and ultra moisturizing. It contains avocado oil, sea salt, pomegranate extract and calcium. The thing I love most about this is that it has ridge filler, that is has helped my broken nail massively, plus I get all the extra benefits from it too. I picked both of these up at my local drugstore; Nail clippers are old, from Target. 

Have you tried any of these products on your nails? 

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Self Confidence

Today has been a very long day; it seems like work is just never done around here. In my spare time today I thought a lot about what makes a person stand out the most...

I meet a lot of people every single day; that's the business I'm in; I'm the person people see when walking through the business doors every single day. I always get compliments from ladies who are part drivers on my makeup and hair, customers always compliment me on my kindness, but yet there are days I just don't feel it.

School is right around the corner here, and as it gets closer the more excited I get; not because my kids are going back but because I know they are excited to go back to their routines, friends, and learning. I started thinking about all the other parents that will dropping off and picking up their little ones each day too, and one person in particular sticks out to me when I think of the car line. There was this lady who had a daughter whom I would guess was in kindergarten this past year, each day I would see her picking her little one up; one most days she seemed frazzled like the rest of us, but her confidence in clothing always amazed me. Now she was not the most beautiful in the world, or the perfect size, or has the right makeup or clothing going for her, but you know what stood out the most to me?! It was her confidence. She did not care what she looked like to anyone, she would wear some of the most outrageous things with a smile on her face and give no care to your opinion.

I watched this woman from my car all the time, I always wondered what she'd wear that day; I remember telling Jim about it once and maybe my mom, but you know, each day with the people I meet the majority of people seem to just not care, their confidence is not based on your opinion. When you have true confidence it shines right out of you...

On most days I don't carry that same confidence, I wish I did. I care a little too much what others think, I'd never let it show, but I do. I get up early and make sure my makeup and hair is done and that I have something presentable on for work. I try my best to be that confident filled person you'll meet when you walk through the door but I have my days like everyone else. Yesterday for example, my hair just wasn't the way I wanted it, and a lot of the time, the weather makes it impossible to have no cares about your wearing...

I feel like if you are confident with yourself, then the rest won't matter; I wish that were true for everyone. I wish people didn't care so much about piddly things and that they were comfortable in their own skin; society makes that nearly impossible though.  I read an article earlier where Ashley Graham said she didn't care what your opinion was on her size, that she is comfortable in her own skin; I wish more women and men would encourage their peers in self confidence because in the end, that is what matters the most, not what so and so said, or society, or the magazine, or, you matter, how you see yourself matters, who you are matters; regardless of you skin, hair, eyes, size, body type, where you come from, etc...all of it starts by just having confidence in yourself.

What are your thoughts on self confidence? 
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