November 4, 2015

Where I Shop....

It doesn't happen very often but I do love to go shopping. I'm not a every-weekend-go-to-the-mall shopper but ever so often I like to get a few cute things. Being a mom IS HARD and I think if I feel cute and stylish it makes the journey a little better....anyone else? 

I have a pretty laid-back style but like to have a few trendy items too (i.e. I'm obsessed with booties right now....). I try my best to keep it simple, casual, feminine and classy. That about sums it up. I love skinny ankle jeans, cardigans, flow-y tops and tunics and flats. 

So now that we have that figured out we can move on to where I shop...

I have pretty much 3 or 4 places I always or in store. Mostly on-line these days seeing I live in a SMALL town with nothing but a Walmart and Ross...okay we got a Marshall's recently. Moving on up.

If you're looking for something simple, classy and feminine...this is your place. Plus, their jeans are the BEST!!!

I scan this site every so often for cute tops, fleece-lined leggings, everyday t-shirts and fun little accessories and bows for my girls. I've gotten a few other fun things like boot socks, makeup brush cleaner and phone gadgets.

Okay so I lied. We do have one of these in town and I never used to shop there but it has become a BIG favorite. They have trendy, but simple looks and always the best little cardigans and tops. And I recently bought some jeggings there and I love them! 

4. Target

Yep, is this a shock? Doesn't every woman in the world love Target? 'Nuff said!

This is a great shop for "church clothes". The skirts and tops are fashionable and simple yet always so classy and cute. I love their dresses because they always are long enough; and there tanks and under-shirt are unbeatable!

I love hearing where people shop because usually its somewhere I've never been before so I hope you found this fun! Have a great day!!!

October 14, 2015

{something good} Flower Makeup Brand

When I find something awesome I have to share it! And I have been nothing but pleased with the Flower makeup brand products. What makes it even better is that they are found at Walmart and for the price they're fantastic!!! Man, I love a good drugstore find! And that the brand is run by Drew Barrymore might have a little bit of something to do with it....ha ha. PS. Isn't she awesome? 
Some of my favorite products so far have been the highlighting chubby stick and the volumizing mascara. I've also been incredibly impressed with the brushes and I'm going to grab them all next time I'm in the store. The eyeshadows come off a little chalky and have some fallout but overall the pigment and coloring is really nice. It's important to remember with drugstore products you really do you get what you pay for but with these I feel like they might be a little more luxurious than even the price. I'm looking to try something from each line so I'll keep you posted on what I think about anything else I purchase.
But overall Drew Barrymore's Flower  make up line get a 8.5 out of 10 for me. 


Til next time. Stay Pretty. 

September 29, 2015

Quick, Simple and Healthy Crock Pot Recipes (tried and tested!!!)

I love myself a good, quick meal but something I can put in a crock pot in the morning and have ready by dinner time....even better. I will say a lot of those quick meals are kinda not on the healthy side so I've done some research over the years and found some GREAT YUMMY HEALTHY recipes just for you...yep, you. Feel special?

Heeeeeerrrrrrrreeeeee we go! (say it out loud, its a lot more fun)

Crock Pot Coconut Chicken Curry
Tone it Up's Coconut Chicken Curry. Recipe HERE

Skinny Mom's Slow Cooker Pork Tacos Recipe HERE

Karena's Turkey Chili Recipe. Recipe HERE 

Cilantro Lime Chicken from Six Sister's Stuff. Recipe HERE 

Paleo Crockpot Meatballs. Recipe HERE 

Stuffed Peppers. Recipe HERE. PS. Making these tonight for dinner! ;) 

Hope you find this helpful and YUMMY! Until next time! 

September 25, 2015

5 Busy-Mom Beauty HACKS (for those busy mornings)

Welllllll, hello there. Hi, how ya been? I've been wanting to hop on the blogging-wagon again but I've just been a TAD BIT busy with 3 month old twins...and a sassy 3 year old and a question-asking (all the time) 6 year old. is what it is!

Because I know how stressful and busy school mornings can be I'm sharing with you today 5 Busy-Mom Beauty Hacks to help you feel put-together and lovely those busy mornings. I know whenever I make sure I get a shower, add a little makeup and pop on something cute I feel a whole lot more productive and better about myself over all......but let's be real here.......

Here we go...

1. Skip the foundation and go straight for a concealor. If you feel you need a little coverage to balance out your skin just use a powder. Adding a concealor under the eyes and blending out around some pimples are trouble areas will save you lots of time but still look like you tried.

2. Embrace your "second day hair". What does this mean? Skip the hair-washing on day 2 and just use a baby powder or dry shampoo at your roots to decrease the look of oil. This knocks off about 20 minutes and so much more appealing than a wet-hair ponytail. Add in a few quick curls or straighten out and you are good to go mama!

3. No blush. Instead of a blush, just gives those cheeks a nice pinch. The ones of your face, of course! ;)

4. Say 'bye bye' to eye shadow and opt for a dark liner and mascara. This will give your eyes the look that they are big and beautiful. And you'll look wide awake and put together without much effort.

5. Bright colored lipgloss/stick. This will give you a "I've been awake for hours getting ready" kind of look. And will make your eyes pop as well.

I hope you find those helpful. These really are my go-to, busy morning hacks. Having a kid in school really does change the movement of your mornings. 

And because I love are another few quick tips.

--Shower the night before
--Lay out a couple outfits the night before to choose from so you're not throwing clothes around screaming in the morning....wait, you do that too right? 
--Have some pre-made breakfast items out and handy
--Make school lunches the night before
--Set an alarm on your phone for 15 minutes before you need to be out the door so you can start all the last minute things like putting on shoes, jackets, getting backpacks, etc
--Set a morning schedule

That's all I got! I'm going to try and post Tuesday/Thursdays from here on out! Can't wait to get back at it again...

Have a good weekend!

June 15, 2015

pregnant with twins update

I've been pretty bad with my blog lately. Sorry, I'm lazy....or more tired. All. the. time. Like, its 9:30 in the morning and I need my first nap kind of tired. Growing 2 babies is HARD work!

I feel kinda bad that I haven't really documented much of the pregnancy but its pretty monumental so I'm guessing it will be one of those things I'll never forget. I still remember at the weeeeeee-beginnings of my pregnancy. I'd mention I was having twins to another mother who had twins herself and they would just kinda give me this "you have no idea what's coming" kind of look. I get it now. I get it. I really get it. You never forget.

One thing I have noticed about pregnancy with twins is there really is a lot you could complain about. I'll try to stay positive but this might be a "I'm just keeping it real" kinda post. I don't mean to sound negative, really, and not looking for any sympathy at all....just telling it how it is.

Things started out pretty good until about 8 weeks when the jaws of hell decided to open and make me so sick I couldn't breathe, think of food, eat food, look at food, smell food, kinda of think of eating food, stand up, walk, go to the bathroom, leave my bedroom or care for my all. I might be a tinge dramatic but honestly, I'd rather walk on hot coals or push pins than be that sick again. I told my husband if someone said they'd give me a million dollars to be that sick again. I'd refuse. I was spoiled my first 2 pregnancies with not being that sick or sick at all so it was a big surprise. Yes, you get sicker with twins. And maybe I'm a baby but it was hard for me. That lasted until about 19 weeks.

I had a solid 5 or 6 weeks of getting back into the swing of things. The bump was small and cute. My energy increased, I could sleep pretty good. I got to the gym, ran errands, played with the kids, cleaned my house, made dinner. Life was dandy. Then about 24 weeks we got a BIG scare with some premature labor stuff. My cervix thinned 100 percent in one week and I was starting to dialate. Doctor said "bed rest", I said "no way". Doctor said "take it easy" I said "okay" Little did I know that just weeks later I'd have no choice but to bum around all day. Babies grew and belly got bigger...and heavier. Way heavy. Carry around a huge watermelon all day kinda of heavy. Can't walk around the house or store kinda heavy. BUT! I'm hitting 30 weeks here and babies are IN! And feel like they will stay in for a solid month or more.

God is so good. I've had family, friends, church members and neighbors praying for me and my babies. I've had meals delivered, babysitters, cleaners coming by weekly, emails, phone calls, texts, letters and thoughtful conversations. The support is overwhelming. OVERWHELMING. I can't explain it completely but God has sent angels to me during the pregnancy to help me. Its jaw-dropping. I feel extremely blessed and my cup of gratitude runneth over....and over and over and over. I can't wait to pay it forward. I can't wait to bless others around me who have blessed me.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

As of today, life is good. Some one asked me yesterday, "How are you doing TODAY?" Not just the usually "How are you doing?" I had to laugh and say, "TODAY I am good." Its a day to day thing. I've been getting sick again, I have dizzy spells on a regular basis (low blood pressure...symptom of twins) Some days I feel like I eat all day and still hungry, other days I have not appetite. Some days the belly feels light, other days its pulls and itches and make my back hurt so bad I can't walk. Some days I want to punch everyone in the face that looks at me and other days I feel happy and care free. I'm actually surprised at how happy I have been.

Overall, we are so excited for this fun little journey of twins we are going to have. I get so nervous and so excited at the same time.

I'll keep everyone posted on what's coming next but wish us luck!

April 29, 2015

my kettlebell workout

I'm just a little bit obsessed with kettle-bells. I love how versatile they are compared to free weights. And they make the best, low-impact pregnancy workout and I really feel the burn! 

I usually start my kettle-bell days (yes, I have "days"!) with 30 minutes of cardio on the treadmill or Eliptical. When I'm not pregnant I might do the stair-climber or run but I just waddle-walk now. 

Okay, I realize some might be thinking..."Hey, Laura! What the heck is a kettle-bell?" So I'll insert a picture here....

I usually use a 10-15 pound-er but you can up the weight if you need more. 

So let's get cracking!!! This is a full-body workout.

Laura's Kettlebell Workout

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1. Kettle Swings (my favorite!!!!) 30-50 times *don't swing higher than your shoulders and remember to push with your hips...don't squat!*
2. Leg-extented row- 20 times *this video made me laugh so hard, but it's good. Ha!*
3. Squat to shoulder press -15-20 times, each arm.
4. Torso swings (this is hard pregnant...)-20 times each side
5. Shoulder?Lat Raises-20 times *this one I couldn't find a picture to. Just hold the kettle bell with both hands in front of your chest and raise up and down in front of your body. Lower to your hips and raise to your chest. Hope that makes sense?
6. Squats (holding bell at chest) 30-50 times

I usually will do a set of triceps dips of some steps-about 15- and then repeat this workout 3 times total. 

There ya go! Hope you like it as much as I do! 

April 24, 2015

my morning skincare routine

As much as I hate getting ready in the morning...yes, it true. I know its gotta get done and I always feel so much better about myself if I put on a little makeup, grab a cute outfit and hopefully get a shower in! Not in that order. :)

Any routine of mine is usually pretty easy and simple because that's how I roll. I wanted to share with you my everyday, go-to morning shower and skin care routine because sometimes its just fun to see what people do and what products they use....sooooooo here we go! 

Shower Essentials

Arbonne's Nourishing Daily Shampoo and Conditioner is my favorite set ever!! EVER! Its a sulfate, silicon-free, organic, vegan shampoo and conditioner. Its kinda like magic, I'm not sure how it makes my hair so fabulous but it does. And because it doesn't carry all that extra junk, I can honestly go 3-4 days without washing my hair and it hardly feels greasy. YES!

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I've been using The Body Shop's shower gels for years and years. I love these because not only do they smell awesome, they are soap-free so they don't dry out my already dry skin. I'm on the Satsuma (orange-y) scent right now and it lasts and lasts. 

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And about once a week, I make sure to scrub up and use a body scrub in the shower. Keeps your skin bright, fresh and gets rid of any dry looking patches...which I get and hate. I've mentioned this specific product about 100 times on the blog so I'm hoping someone takes me seriously. I love the Shea scrub the moisturizes so incredibly well. 

And I wash my face in the shower with this light and ultra moisturizing cleanser from Arbonne...FC5 Hydrating Cleanser and Refresher. Just a neutral, simple creamy cleanser. 

Skin Care

After the shower, I moisturize my skin with the best thing ever invented....I love this stuff. Arbonne's RE9 Extra Moisture Restorative Day Cream. I've been through about 4 of these and I just can't get myself to use anything else. Plus, it has a 30 SPF.

Then I glob on a bunch of this light, refreshing, hydrating eye cream. I love this stuff just as much. I could eat it! FC5's Hydrating Eye Cream

And lately I've been using this Palmer's Shea Butter Body Lotion. Its not full of any artificial like mineral oil or bad preservatives. Plus, its just a light, nice everyday moisturizer. 

Eco Friendly Strawberry Lip Balm from Evolution of Smooth'
Lastly, I apply my favorite lip balm by EOS....I'm using Strawberry Sorbet right now. 

And then go put on my makeup....

I thought I would save that for another post so this one doesn't get to long. And sorry for the Arbonne over-load. It's what I love and use so there you have it! ;) 

Hope you all have a GREAT weekend!

April 22, 2015

{something good} the body shop's camomile cleansing butter

I love it when I come across something awesome, and I love it even more when I can share it with you! 

I stumbled upon this little gem when I did some online shopping at The Body Shop. I'd spent a certain amount to earn a free product and I chose this one. Happy I did.

I'm ultra picky about my makeup removers. First, I do not like wipes. I feel like I'm using a diaper wipe to take off my makeup. Yeah, they are nice for travel or for quick fixes when I have clients but overall I'd rather use something else. Second, I love oil-cleansers because they feel hydrating but I hate that even after I rinse with water I still feel like I can't see out of my eyes for 20 minutes. 

So...I found the winner. Cleansing butter is the perfect way to explain this product. It contains a little bit of a waxy feel but not oily. I apply it to remove my eye makeup and then wipe clean with a small dry towel, then wash my face. Its just perfect in every way. 

There is no leftover residue, it smells awesome, a small amount goes a long way and its not too expensive.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!