Thursday, December 14, 2017

DIY Orange Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Hey there friends!  Do you have all of your holiday shopping finished?  I did the majority of mine online.  I honestly think the only items I purchased in a store are stocking stuffers!  Online shopping is absolutely amazing, isn't it!?!?!

DIY Orange Vanilla Sugar Scrub!  A great gift for friends, teachers, neighbors, and of course for yourself!

Winter is officially here and baby, it's cold outside!  My skin is always so much drier this time of year, especially my hands and feet.  Sugar scrubs are great for sloughing off dead skin cells and helping your skin stay moisturized.  Making your own sugar scrub is incredibly easy, using just a few ingredients.  They are 100% natural and easily customizable!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

What I'm Ordering From Amazon This Month

As you know, I love a good deal.  But, I also love convenience.  Amazon has become a master at both, and because of that I have become a loyal Amazon customer!  I honestly can't even remember a time before them.  I don't know how mothers managed.  Man, they had it rough.  I am happy to bask in the glow of the computer screen while I update my Subscribe and Save deliveries each month, knowing that I don't have to get in my car, drive to the store, lug a kid (or two) in, argue about why I'm not buying the Cheetos he wants, cave and buy him Goldfish, and buy several impulse purchases I pass along the way.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

DIY: Beaded Tree

Some of you already know this, but I went to college in Mississippi (Ole Miss to be exact--Hotty Toddy!) and down in that neck of the woods, Mardi Gras is a big deal.  I'm talking HUGE.  People take off work to attend the festivities and parades, and the entire town of New Orleans doesn't sleep for about a week.  It's quite a spectacle and definitely something worth checking out, if you've never been.  But I actually prefer New Orleans on a regular weekend, when nothing special is going on.  It's such a charming city with so much history!  Oh, and amazing food too!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Best Christmas Pajamas

Hey there!  Long time no chat!  I've been a little MIA lately because well, there are a lot of reasons...sick kiddos, sick mama, vacation hangover, putting fall decor away, putting Christmas decor up, and just the usual life stuff that happens along the way.  But, I finally feel like things are settling down a bit.  I know this feeling will be short lived because...'tis the season!

So, let's chat about pajamas.  Do you get new PJs for the holidays?  Personally, I like to get the boys a new set each year, and so far they think it's cool to match.  I am not sure how much longer that will last, so I am soaking up every minute of their cute little matching booties!   Matching family pajamas have become quite the hot commodity in recent years!  We don't do the whole family matching thing (I'm pretty sure Adam would not be too excited about that), but I love looking at pictures of families who do!  You can even get matching pet PJs too!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Take the Time

I can't believe it's the week of Thanksgiving already!  It feels like my kiddos just started the school year, and before we know it, 2018 will be knocking on our door.  This time of year always flies by for me, and I know for a lot of you guys too.  Work obligations, school parties, volunteering, shopping, decorating, traveling, and the list goes on.  All of it is enjoyable and I look forward to it each year, but it can also be overwhelming at times.

My family opted for a non-traditional Thanksgiving this year, and we are headed to the beach!  I am super excited because we have not had a family vacation with my side of the family in over 7 years!  The larger our families get, the more complicated it becomes to get everyone together.  It will be amazing to spend time with my mom and my brothers and their families, and watch the cousins play together.  We will be taking the time to bond, reminisce, and catch up on each other's busy lives while we all relax (as much as we can relax with kiddos) together during this usually busy time of year.

My friend from waaaaaay back--I'm talking 6th grade--owns a t-shirt business, which features a variety of thought provoking messages.  Diagnosis Outfitters offers a full range of tees and tanks with unique and meaningful slogans.  I was excited to feature this one, which I felt was perfect for this time of year.  Take the time.  It's so important to literally stop and smell the roses, or eh pumpkin pie.  It's all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and sometimes we forget to take the time to be in the moment with the ones we love the most and cherish the times we have with them.

Sing like no one's listening, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching, and live like its heaven on earth. --William Purkey.  I took the time to spin in circles like a little kid.  Only problem was, I am not a kid anymore and I almost lost my lunch afterwards.  #truestory #oldpeopleproblems  Anyway, it was fun while I was spinning!  haha!  And the point is to just ENJOY LIFE!  Have fun, be in the moment!  And if you have to throw up when the moment is over, then so be it.

I have a little surprise for you friends!  Because my friend is awesome, she is offering you a coupon code for 30% off your purchase!!!  BUT, it's only valid for the next 24 hours!!!  Use code: MAMA to get the discount.  So, hurry on over and go give my buddy some love!  Check out Diagnosis Outfitters for my super soft shirt and others!  There are some really great Christmas tees that help us remember the reason for the season.

I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope you are all able to take the time, really soak in all of those quality moments, and make memories with the ones you love.

Before I sign off I wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU to all of you out there who have supported me through this crazy blogging adventure.  It's because of YOU that I enjoy this little corner of the web so very much.  I love and appreciate all of your comments!  Happy Thanksgiving friends!

***Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission.  This does not affect the price you pay, but does help me maintain my blog, so thank you for the support!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Pops of Leopard

Leopard has come roaring back onto the fashion scene!  Like what I did there..."roaring".  Ha!  Just humor me.  Anyway, it's back with a bang.  You can find leopard anything nowadays, but how do you wear it and avoid looking like you are going on an African safari?  

I put together a few everyday outfits, and incorporated some pops of leopard to show you some examples of how you can spruce up your outfit with this fun cat print.  The key is to avoid going overboard.  Try not to wear ALL the leopard at the same time.  Choose one or two pieces, to accent your outfit and you will dress it up a bit without feeling overwhelmingly catty.  Meow. 

Chambray goes with everything.  It's such a great closet staple and is great to wear year round!  I love wearing this tunic with leggings, or spicing things up with these over the knee boots for a date night!

This is just a plain black tee and some $10 black jeans!  Nothing fancy at all.  But, you throw in a leopard scarf and these super cute pointy flats, and all of a sudden, you are looking good mama!

If you haven't noticed, I am queen of the tunic.  I love a good tunic that will hide my tush and let me move around, chasing kiddos without feeling like I am flashing anyone.  This sweater tunic goes perfectly with these faux leather leggings.  The outfit alone is cute, but adding the shoes and earrings just takes it up a notch. 

And, lastly, my favorite, go-to, distressed skinnies, a plain wine colored shirt, and some fun velvet sneaks.  Leopard is surprisingly neutral and will go with pretty much any color you want to pair it with!  

Be sure to follow me over on Instagram and/or Facebook, where I'll be posting pics of these outfits, and others.  You can see how they look on and maybe get some more outfit inspiration!



Some info on sizing...The HM black jeans run extremely small.  Size up at least 2 sizes, maybe even three if you are between sizes.  I also sized up in the chambray tunic.  It runs a tad small.  Same goes for the sweater tunic...if you want a longer fit to pair with leggings, I would go up a size.  All of the shoes I have linked fit true to size.   I was not able to link the earrings in the widget, so you can click here for those.  

***Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission.  This does not affect the price you pay, but it does help me maintain my blog.  Thank you for your support!

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Friday, November 10, 2017

DIY Thankful Wreath

Hey there friends!  Are you guys gearing up for turkey day?  We aren't doing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year, so this holiday kind of crept up on me.  One of my favorite Thanksgiving-related things to do is this Thankful Wreath.  We have used it over and over for years, and it's always fun to get it back out again every November.

This DIY Thankful Wreath is the perfect way to get the kids involved in being grateful this holiday season!

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