Thursday, August 16, 2018

How I Organize My Purse

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Happy Thursday! Sometimes when I'm laying in bed trying to fall asleep, I come up with ideas for blog posts. I absolutely love sharing outfit inspiration and our travel adventures here on the blog but I want to include more "how I" posts where I show y'all how I tackle an everyday task, issue, problem, etc. I always love finding out about other people's "life hacks" so I want to share mine as well. I have shared "How I Go Four Days Without Washing My Hair" earlier this year and I got so much good feedback from my friends in real life who tried some of my tips. 

So today, I'm going to share my second installment of "how I" and tell y'all all about how I organize my purse. This is something I just recently mastered (within the last three months). My purse has chronically been an absolute hot mess because I have to carry all of the things with me wherever I go! I am always prepared, lol. But really, I am. When someone I work with needs something, they know to come to my first because I probably have it in my bag. When I discover something that I need (or someone has asked me for) and I don't have it, I always make a note of it in my phone and then add it to my bag when I get home. For example, stevia is the only sweetener so I realized that I need to carry some packet of it with me as well. 

But, the need to carry everything but the kitchen sink, can lead to an extremely messy purse situation. In today's post, I am going to walk you through what's inside of my bag and how I keep it organized on a regular basis. Bonus: my tricks also help making switching your purse even easier!

W H A T ' S  I N  M Y  P U R S E

1. W A L L E T | I have been carrying a Hobo wallet for years and this Lauren one I've had for over a year. Besides some normal wear on the leather, it's in perfect condition! I love a big wallet and this one can even hold my checkbook when I need to bring it with me. So many different compartments and tons of space. I love it!

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2. K E Y  R I N G | Of course, we all carry around keys but do you have an O-Ring from O-Venture yet?! Every woman needs one of these, especially moms! First of all, it makes finding your keys when they are inside your bag so much faster! Secondly, you can slide this on your wrist when you need to be hands free but didn't bring with your purse with you. One of the best inventions ever.

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3. P L A N N E R | This is something that I just recently added to my bag this month. I've always used a planner but a much larger one that took up too much space and weighed my bag down. But I always need to have my planner with me. Keeping tracking of dates on my phone just isn't the same for me. I need to write them down on a physical calendar to be able to keep up. I found this adorable purse friendly (but not too tiny because there's still plenty of space to write in it) one that I hope is going keep me organized this year!

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4. F I R S T  A I D  S U P P L I E S | This pouch isn't anything fancy; it's just a leftover Ipsy bag that I found laying around. Well, I put it to good use! Ever since becoming a mom, I have discovered the importance of having first aid supplies (and wipes) with you at all times. My husband is also a safety manager so he makes sure we are well stocked and well prepared for a first aid situation. I stuff this little pouch with: band aids, hydro-cortisone, antibacterial wipes, fingernail clippers, tiny scissors, ibuprofen, Benedryl, alcohol wipes, antibiotic cream, and tweezers. If you don't already have a first aid kit in your bag or car, I would definitely recommend creating one or buying one.

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5. C L E A R  P O U C H | So, this is where you will see where I keep all of the things. But, before I talk about what I keep in it, I must tell you why I needed a solution. My bag was always a mess. Random stuff scattered everywhere. Things stuffed into every pocket. Changing purses was literally a chore! I randomly had the idea of getting a makeup pouch to shove all of the little, loose stuff into so that it would be easy to switch purses so I went online to Target and discovered CLEAR makeup pouches. The perfect solution! I can throw all of my random purse must-haves into this clear pouch while staying organized, still being able to see what I have (even better actually), and I can change my purse in 30 seconds or less! I also don't leave behind random stuff in my bags anymore... because I used to have at least five purses with random lip glosses, gum, and receipts in them.

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A lot of stuff fits into this clear makeup pouch! I'm able to fit toothpicks, lotion, a mini granola bar, a hairbrush, deodorant, gum, hair ties, tooth brush, tooth paste, compact, eyeliner, body spray, hand sanitizer, packets of stevia, hair clips, three lipsticks, mascara, sunscreen, two lip glosses, and mints in to this pouch with even a little room to spare (when I think of something else that I absolutely must carry around with me in my bag). 


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My purse is more organized than it ever has been and I'd like to give all of the credit to that clear makeup pouch that changed things around for me! How do you keep your bag organized?!


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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Instagram Roundup

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Happy Wednesday! I hope you're having a good week! I have been the past couple of days getting us organized and cleaning out. I know that once dance and school starts, I won't have as much time to get this kind of stuff done so I am taking full advantage of the last relaxed days of summertime. One of the things I knew I needed to get done is a family calendar for the kitchen. With all of our crazy, busy schedules, I needed a place that was easy for me to glance at on the way out the door and for my husband to know what's going on (and who he needs to pick up). I'm thankful that I have about a month to get used to our new normal before I go back to work consistently in October.

Today, I'm sharing my weekly Instagram Roundup. It's still full on summer weather here but I anxious to wear some of my new fall pieces so I been incorporating them in ways that won't make me melt because it is ninety degrees in North Carolina. Also, in case you missed it, I shared some great budget friendly finds for end of summer and fall in this post!

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Life is about to get very busy! Back to school season is upon us and I'm taking PTO again at the girls' new school. I'm excited for this new adventure! 


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As soon as I saw this online, I knew I had to have them! I bought a super cheap pair last year and literally wore them out so I felt good about investing in these. However, I feel like the price is great for how high quality these shoes are. I sized up a half size for the best fit.


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Last week, the girls and I went to the zoo. We had the awesome opportunity to watch the seal and sea lion training session. It was incredible and we learned so much!


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A little black dress is always a great idea! I paired my new leopard mules with this great dress for an easy yet put together look for getting my hair done.


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What's better than a Summer Friday?! Well, maybe a Summer Saturday! 


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We made a stop at the farmers' market on Saturday... mostly just to pick up this gorgeous bouquet of blooms. I love having fresh flowers in the house!


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My weekend uniform... a comfy top and cut offs. This peplum top is one of my most worn pieces in my closet. I own it in two colors!


Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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 end of summertime beauty bag. I have to get my hair colored on about an every seven-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. My hair is naturally pretty dark so I've decided to just embrace the dark hair. Instead of going light for spring and summer like most people do, I've stayed darker and I love it! My cut is an angled bob with some layers. I just get the ends trimmed because I am currently letting it grow out at least for a little while. My hair has grown so much in the past year! 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 favorite hair products and they are worth every penny. 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! Honestly, I've never loved my hair more than I do right now! I wish I would have gone back to the dark side a long time ago!

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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HAIR PRODUCTS I'M CURRENTLY LOVING:


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. Also, like I mentioned in this post, I totally switched up my skincare routine a few months ago and I am loving my skin right now! My makeup always go on better and looks better when my skin is in good shape. I've also using a daytime moisturizer that has SPF that since I spend a lot of time outdoors during the summertime.

CC Cream | I love my budget friendly L'Oreal BB Cream but I have been on the hunt for a BB/CC cream that worked for my skin plus protected it with SPF, especially during the summer. This cream provides skin protection (SPF 25) while evening out your skin tone. I've been using it for several months and I love it! It comes out white but as soon as you put it on your face, it blends into your skin tone for a perfect match. It comes in two shades and I use the shade Clair for my skin tone.

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Concealer | I have been using it for a few months and I am 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.



Powder |I have been using this powder for about two years and I still love it. I discovered it from an Influenster box and have continued to purchase it. I use a layer of it on top of my BB/CC Cream and it leaves my skin looking flawless. It's such a great product and a great price! It's under ten dollars!



Color PaletteThis 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.





EyelinerI love this eyeliner and I have literally been using since I was 19 (and that's over 13 years ago). It was the first eyeliner that I ever tried and it's still my favorite. It goes on smoothly and lasts all day long plus it's super inexpensive!



Eye Shadow| 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!



Mascara | I have been using the L'Oreal Lash Paradise for over a year and I still love it (especially for the price) but I absolutely love trying out new beauty products. This It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara has been on my "must try" list for awhile and I decided to go for it since I needed a new tube of mascara anyways.You only need one coat of this magic mascara. Adds volume and length to your lash instantly. It's my new favorite!



Lipstick | 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."



Moisturizer | This is the moisturizer that I have added in to my skincare routine for summertime. I have worn this everyday this summer and I've never had any sunburn on my face!



Makeup Tools | I use this blender for applying my concealer (it's the perfect size), 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.



Makeup Tool Cleaner | 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!



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