Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Making a Difference in Diff Aviator Sunglasses

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Hey y'all! I hope your week is off to a great start! Sunglasses are absolutely essential for me! I never leave the house without them and if I forget my sunglasses, I always turn around and go back home for them. I even wear them on cloudy days because my eyes are so sensitive to sunlight. Plus, you can cover up tired momma eyes with them! I love sunglasses!

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Today, I'm so excited to share an eyewear company with y'all again that makes a difference, one pair of glasses at a time. DIFF Charitable Eyewear donates a pair of glasses to a person in need for every pair of sunglasses they sell. They partner with several organizations to make this happen, including Eyes on Africa, Restoring Vision, and Svosh. They are also able to provide vision care to communities who don't have access to care. How amazing is that?! Since 2015, they have been able to give away one million pairs of reading glasses!

DIFF sent me this gorgeous pair of Cruz aviator style sunglasses in the matte gold and brown to share. These sunglasses are high quality and adorable! They are made out of premium scratch resistant mineral glass lens with 100% UVA/UVB protection! Such a great pair of shades! Aviator sunnies are my very favorite so I know I will be reaching for these everyday!


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Also, they are currently celebrating DIFF Day and in honor of this you can get unlimited sunglasses for buy one get one free, including their new blue light blocking glasses in such great styles!

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Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a great day!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Hair and Beauty Bag

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Hey y'all! I hope you are all having a great start to your week! Today, I'm sharing my latest cut and style as well as what's currently on rotation in my beauty bag. I have to get my hair colored on about an every seven to eight week schedule because I've had some gray hair since I was 18. Not fun and it seems like I have even more gray hair every time. I'm all about appreciating that aging is an honor but I just like to color my hair. I'm not ready to commit to gray! My hair is naturally pretty dark so I've decided to embrace the dark hair. Dark hair is definitely here to stay! My cut is long bob with some layers. I just get the ends trimmed because I am currently still letting it grow out. 

My hair has grown so much in the past year (and even a lot in the past month)! I am loving the current length! It was fun having short hair for awhile but I feel like longer hair is just more me. Plus, I have been loving being able to throw it up in a top knot again! I am also really loving hair accessories to add a whole new look to my outfit.

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My stylist curled it with a 1.25 inch curling iron. To achieve this style she used Kenra Dry Texture Spray and the Kenra Working Spray. These are two of my personal favorite hair products and they are worth every penny. They also smell so good on top of working so well! I wish Kahli could come to my house and style my hair for me every day so that it could look this good all of the time! She's the best! I have learned so much about styling my hair from her. My stylist is Kahli at Renew and she's been doing my hair for over eight years! If you decide to let her work her magic on your hair, be sure to let her know that I sent you over!

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You can also read more about my hair care routine and how I go four or more days without washing my hair in this blog post! I don't skip washes because I'm lazy (but that might be part of it haha), I skip washing because my hair is so much healthier and so much more manageable when I skip a few days between washes. I've also shared about a life changing hair brush in this blog post back in January. It has been a game changer for my own hair but especially my oldest daughter!

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Now, on to my beauty bag! For the most part, my beauty routine has stayed the same because when I find what works, I keep doing it. But, I feel like the most important parts of my makeup routine is definitely skincare. When I started intentionally taking better care of my skin, my makeup starting going on so much better. You can read more about my budget friendly skincare routine in this post! I am by no means a beauty pro but this is what works for me.

P R I M E R | I received this primer free as a part of a sponsored Instagram project and I fell in love with it! I had never even really used a primer... pretty much ever so I was excited to give it a try. I applied it after my moisturizer and before my BB cream. I couldn't really tell the difference it made until all of my makeup was on. My skin was literally glowing and my makeup stayed on (and looked better) all day long. I'm officially a fan!



B B  C R E A M | I love this super budget friendly BB cream! It comes out white but as soon as you put it on your face, it blends into your skin tone. It comes in several shades but I personally use the shade fair because I think the shades run a little dark. I have been using this product for over a year and half and I highly recommend it! I've tried much more expensive BB and CC creams and I just keep coming back to this one!



C O N C E A L E R | I have been using for over a year and I am still absolutely loving it! Such a great concealer and worth the extra pennies! This product is a game changer! I wear the shade "light sand" but I would recommend getting color matched at an Ulta store if you're unsure about which color to get for your skin tone.



P O W D E R | I have been using a different powder for over two years and they are discontinuing it so I am hunting for a new powder. I use a layer of powder on top of my BB cream to set it for the day. I am trying this new, budget friendly option and I like it so far. I would recommend applying this powder with the kabuki brush that I'm sharing at the bottom of this post . It goes on more smoothly and you can blend it so much better!



C O L O R  P  A L E T T E | This palette is one of my splurges but it's also worth the price. I brush the bronzer on my cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead then I add the blush to my cheeks and finish off with the highlighter on my eye lids, nose, cheeks, and chin. This palette gives just the perfect amount of color! I always end up running out of the highlighter first (I love highlighter) so I picked up this super budget friendly highlighter (I'm using the shade moonlight pearls) to use since I still have plenty of bronzer and blush left in my palette.



E Y E L I N E R | I recently tried on this liquid eyeliner because it was a free gift with the purchase of my favorite mascara. I have never really used liquid eyeliner so I was a little hesitate to try it out. I have been using it on my top lash line and I love the bolder look. I also love this eyeliner for the bottom of my eye because the liquid eyeliner just looked a little too intense on the bottom. It goes on smoothly and lasts all day long plus it's super inexpensive! 



E Y E  S H A D O W | This eye shadow palette is definitely worth splurging on! It lasts forever and the colors are perfect. My eyeshadow lasts all day when I use this!



 M A S C A R A | This It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara is probably the best mascara I have ever used! You only need one coat of this magic mascara. It adds so much volume and length to your lashes instantly. It's my favorite!



L I P S T I C K | This is the best lipstick ever! I am usually not a fan of lipstick because I feel like it drys my lips out but this one is different. My lips feel so soft after applying plus it lasts so long. My favorite shades are "Backtalk" and "Naked." It's also long lasting!



L I P G LO S S | My lips get so dry this time of year so I was looking for a product that would hydrate my lips plus give a little hint of color for everyday wear. I have been using this lip gloss for the past few months and I love it! Super hydrating. I have the shades radiant rose and berry brown. Both are great neutral, everyday shades!



B R O W  G E L | A good brow gel is something that I have been personally on the hunt for. I have tried so many different brow products but I still love anything. Until now! This brow gel does exactly what I want it to... it subtly fills in my brows and holds them in place all day without looking unnatural or sticky. I use the brown shade and I would highly recommend this product!



 M A K E U P  T O O L S | I use this blender for applying my concealer, I use this kabuki brush for applying my face powder, I use this brush for applying bronzer and blush, and I use this brush for applying my highlighter. Another great tip is to dampen your blender with just a little water (or I also love using this facial spray on my blender) before using it. This really helps your makeup blend much more naturally and keeps it from looking cakey. One of my favorite tricks!



M A K E U P  T O O L  C L E A N E R | Also, keeping your makeup tools clean is a super important part of your beauty routine! When I was younger, I didn't do a great job at this and my skin paid for it in breakouts. I have been using this soap to clean my blender and brushes for a few months now. I love this soap because it's make out of all natural ingredients. It comes in a bar or liquid formula and can be used for everything from cleaning your makeup brushes to your body!



Thank you so much for visiting! Here's to good makeup and hair days!
 I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Spring Ready Totes with LaLa Confetti

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Hey y'all! I hope you all had a great weekend! We got lots of girl time on Friday, did a 5K on Saturday, my husband is home safely, and we celebrated my oldest daughter's ninth birthday! How is she already nine?! I feel like we just brought our lucky charm home from the hospital last week. She was the tiniest little five pound baby when we took her home from the hospital and honestly, I just couldn't believe they were letting us leave with her, lol! I was 24 and had no clue what I was getting myself into as I entered the world of motherhood. But, this girl has taught me how to be a mother and I am so grateful for this big blessing of being her mommy!

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Today, I'm excited to share with y'all the most adorable totes that LaLa Confetti sent over for her girls. I am planning to use these as their Easter baskets this year but as soon as Julianna and Olivia saw them, they couldn't wait to get their hands on them! My girls absolutely love bags and filling them up with as much stuff as possible for any and every outing. They are definitely my kids! 

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Julianna has the pink monogrammed boat tote in pink with black writing in style number 15.

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Olivia has the coral monogrammed boat tote in coral with blacking writing in style number 15.

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These bags aren't just adorable and perfect for holding all of the things, they are also super affordable! They are under $20 with personalization. Such a great price and an amazing gift idea! I'm planning to fill their totes up with goodies for Easter and they will also make great beach or pool bags for them to carry their own things this summer!

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Thank you so much for visiting! Have a great day!

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Currently Loving

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Happy Friday! Whew! It's been a busy week but we made it to the weekend. This is going to be a great weekend for three reasons. 1. We have The Human Race 5K on Saturday morning and it's always a good time. This 5K raises money for non-profits, including the one I work at. I love working out but I'm definitely not a runner... I'll be walking this one with my girls! 2. My husband is coming home on Saturday evening. He's been gone since last Saturday and we have definitely missed him while he's been on his mission trip. 3. My oldest daughter is turning nine on Sunday! We are celebrating her with a trip to the American Girl store and I'm pretty excited to go too.

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm currently loving. With this recent seventy degree weather, spring fever is in full force! I am loving all of the spring things!


Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. S H O R T S | I got these shorts in the mail this week and they are even better in person! I absolutely love the fabric, the fit, and the dots! The fit is true to size.


2. B E L T | I literally don't own any belts but I think I need this one! I love the leopard print and the cute circle detail. It would instantly make an old outfit feel brand new and it's $10!


3. P I N K  T E E | I already own and love this tee. It's a long tee and it works perfectly with leggings. I got my normal size and I love the relaxed fit.


4. J E A N S | I'm all about high waisted mom jeans. This is such a cute pair to transition into spring!


5. S A N D A L S | These super budget friendly sandals just arrived in the mail today and I love them! So perfect for the pool and beach this summer. I'm normally a true 8.5 and the 8 fits me perfectly. They are under $13!


6. G R A P H I C  T E E | I just absolutely love flowers so this graphic tee just makes me smile. I love the vintage inspired feel of it.


7. B A G | This bag is gorgeous and I'm adding it to my wish list! Such a cute design.


8. S C A R F | I am still currently loving scarves. Tie them on your bag, around your top knot, wear them around your neck, or as a headband. The possibilities are endless. I love the pattern on this one and the price is perfect too!


Thanks so much for visiting! Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Heart of North Carolina

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Hey there! This week, I had the exciting opportunity to join other community members on a tour of my own county, thanks to my good friend Nikki at The Preppy Possum! This tour was sponsored by The Heart of North Carolina, which is my county's visitors bureau. I have literally lived in Randolph County since I was five years old (I'm thirty-three now) and there's so many fun places that I've still yet to see. This tour of my own backyard was such a great reminder that they are great experiences to be had, just minutes away! But, if you're not from the area, I hope you'll come visit soon to see all that the heart of North Carolina has to offer.

We started our tour at one of my favorite places in all of North Carolina, the amazing North Carolina Zoological Park. Our zoo is on 2,600 acres and is centrally located in the heart of North Carolina, just south of Asheboro in Randolph County. The zoo has 500 developed acres, which makes it the world's largest natural habitat zoo! Who cool is that?! The NC Zoo also has so many amazing things coming this spring such as a virtual reality experience that will make you feel like you can practically touch a rhino in Africa! They are also adding the Treehouse Trek for young zoo guests to climb and explore as well as a butterfly garden, with native and exotic butterflies! If you haven't been to the zoo in awhile, this spring is definitely the time to go. You'll have to visit the Iron Hen Express while you are there for a delicious meal in between visiting the polar bears and the elephants!

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The second stop on our tour was to Seagrove, North Carolina. This small town has the largest concentration of potters in the United States! We visited Thomas Pottery for a pottery demonstration and to look around the shop. I was blown away by the talent! Bobble Thomas transformed a slab of clay into a work of art right before our eyes, in just minutes! I loved her style and I also really loved how functional her pieces are. I love buying pottery that I can use on a daily basis! 

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The third stop was at Reverie Place, a wedding and event venue that also happens to be on Richard Petty's property! I literally parked by his car port when I visited on Tuesday. I felt special, lol. Reverie Place is such a beautiful venue for a wedding or other special event (such as a birthday party or baby shower) because this space is absolutely beautiful. There's even a cabin on the property that brides can use to get ready in or a couple can even book a weekend getaway and stay in the cabin for some relaxation! We also enjoyed a great lunch by Snyder Farms while we were there, too!

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After visiting Reverie Place, I had to go into work but the tour also made stops at the Richard Petty Museum and Victory Junction Gang Camp. I hope to be able to visit both of those places very soon! There's just so much to see in the heart of North Carolina!

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a great day!

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