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BEST SKIN CARE PRODUCTS – MY ROUTINE

Okay so disclaimer; this isn't for the faint of heart or the 'all-in-one-step' kind of regimen, because even for me this feels daunting! But we're doing it! Lets be real though- I'm middle aged folks! Ewww who even says that out loud?! Haha I do and this is what 35 looks like. Don't think I've ever even said that out loud here but honestly I'm just confirming everyone's math with my '16 and pregnant' story and then calculating my daughter's age, she's 18 yowza. But I don't even care because I feel better now, in my own skin than I ever did at 25! Crazy right?! So I want to share my secrets, tried and trusted methods with you- from my skincare, to stuff we already know but maybe don't yet do. Although a big part of the way we age is attributed to genetics, it's also about skin care, lifestyle, and acceptance (lol that last bit is for myself!). We're all going to age, it's a part of life, and wrinkles and fine lines around our eyes show that we've lived happily and laughed often, BUUUUT I'll be damned if I don't go out without a fight aka preventative measures! So I've been doing the following steps since I was 19 and my mom became a Mary Kay consultant... and then so did I! I've included price points from drug store products I like to high end brands.   CLEANSE Even in my laziest, drunkest, most sleepiest of moments, I'll ALWAYS take [...]

BEST GAME DAY RECIPES!!!

I once joined a fantasy football league just so that I could bring goodies and have gigglefests with my friends. As I began to pick my lineup based solely upon how "cute" I thought the players names were, I also realized that it was a BIG deal! So I decided to redeem myself by giving you 3 of the most yummiest best game day recipes ever! Even if you are only there for the food and fun, at least you'll be contributing by way of deliciousness! Enjoy babies! DESSERT PIZZA! A crowd pleaser and worthy of any occasion really, this 'pizza' takes 10 minutes to make and will be gone even quicker than that! You'll need: - a small package of strawberries and blueberries - (1) 8oz package of softened cream cheese - 2 cups of Reddi-wip whipped topping - 2 teaspoons sugar - 2 tablespoons honey - 2 tablespoons minced basil - 1 crescent roll dough Method: Bake the 'pizza' crust per the instructions and while it's baking cream together the whipped topping, honey, and cream cheese. In a separate bowl chop up the strawberries and blueberries, add in the sugar, and toss. Allow the pizza to cool, top it with the whipped cream cheese mixture, spread the berries on top and then sprinkle with the basil. ENJOY! COCONUT CHICKEN SKEWERS WITH HOMEMADE SPICY PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE! What you'll need for the skewers:  - 5 boneless chicken breasts - 1 can coconut milk - 1/4 cup soy sauce Method: cut [...]

DIY DAILY BRUSH CLEANER – HOW TO PREVENT BREAKOUTS!

Looking back, as a teenager I thought I had terrible skin. I mean I broke out like any normal hormone-raged, pubescent teen would but I really thought I had a problem. Like, I made my dad buy me acne pills and I tried every face wash you could think of. I was 12 and no medication or face astringent on the planet could do away with my breakouts. Now as an adult, I'm breaking out and it's unlike a normal adult woman should. The only difference between then and now is that I knew then what was triggering my breakouts. By process of elimination I realized that my problem was that I wasn't cleaning my cosmetic brushes AND makeup enough. I was doing everything I needed to in terms of keeping my skin clean, but I was being pretty lazy when it came to daily maintenance of the products that touch my skin every dang day. Imagine the bacteria . . . ewww gross.  S0 today I'm sharing with you my DIY daily brush spritz and a super simple way to deep cleanse your brushes weekly. So for the daily brush spritz you'll need an empty spray bottle, mineral water, alcohol, your favorite essential oil, and some cotton balls or paper towels. - fill the spray bottle 70% full of water and then fill it up another 30% with alcohol - add in 9-11 drops of your favorite essential oil (I love lavender!), give it a good shake and then spray a few spritzes onto [...]

LABOR DAY SALE – MAXIMIZE YOUR BASICS!

I hope everyone's been enjoying the long weekend and Labor day festivities! I'm falling in line here with all the "sale posts" because who doesn't love a good sale from one of your top brands and usual suspects! So today is all about the Labor Day sales happening and how to capitalize on them so that your top 3 fashion essentials carry over to every piece in your wardrobe. Maximize your basics for that pazazzzz baby! 1) High waisted jeans! You've seen this trend before, I mean did it ever even leave? Trust, high waisted jeans are a staple for all the seasons. They're simple, they're casual JUST enough, and they can be accessorized in a way that takes a even the shyest of denim and gives it that "I'm casual, modern, and fashion forward " kind of feel. SALE NOW AT: EXPRESS and NASTYGAL! Free People booties, Urban Outfitters high waisted black jeans, UO flannel, grey fringed satchel, gold bangles, black and gold choker, Free People bralette 2) Accessorize! Until the wheels fall off, whatever that means! I'm telling you, take even an old band tee, some distressed jeans, slip on kicks, and kick it up a notch just by adding some baddy accessories! It'll give even the most disheveled outfit that "I'm trendy and cute without even trying (but you're totally trying!)" look! SALE NOW AT: URBAN OUTFITTERS, EXPRESS,  Accessorizing the pumps (what does that even mean Jess) off of my Nasty Gal robe romper with these Steve Madden white [...]

STYLE GUIDE: TRENDS I’M LOVING

It really is true that every trend eventually makes it's way back around again to be a relevant 'thing' that we all do . . . even the MC Hammer parachute pants, oh yes! I've seen a lot of trends peek their way behind the 90's curtain and into this summer's fashion and I can't say that I don't love it. Actually, I'm really happy that comfort IS a trend! Off the shoulder, denim, rompers, jumpers, overalls . . . over all, these trends make me so happy because it's a one piece outfit, and BOOM, you look so PULLED TOGETHER! Overalls- in the early 90's overalls were my jam and they're baaaack! And in a big way! Paired with a tank or tee, just slip on some bright closed toe pumps and you're the new Summer 2016. Rompers- I mean, I've been living in these this summer. They're comfortable, stylish, sexy, and I don't have to think about it which is the BEST part! This summer has been all about blush tones, bold prints, and off the shoulder. Shoulder cut outs are big this summer (as seen above) much the same way that shoulder pads were a thing of the 80's. *please say that shoulder pads will never make a comeback* Jumpsuits- Also another favorite of mine that has been on repeat this whole summer. We've seen a lot of off the shoulder, shoulder cut out, and key hole details with these classy and comfortable pieces. You'll notice the same color [...]

TAKING A TIME OUT – FOR YOURSELF

We're told that vacations are okay and not just okay but healthy! Duh right? Vacations keep you sane because working too much will make you crazy, we all know that. Other than some much needed R&R and being over worked, we'll actually take any excuse in the book for a getaway and that's okay too. What they don't say is that's it's okay to go a lil crazy. Hell, I say go a lot crazy! We work to grind and grind to make life happen, and the in-between moments are full of running errands, finding time for your family and friends, and catching all the lemons that life throws at you ALL while mid lunge and it's a TASK .  But we do it with grace, and a side of vodka of course. Today I thought I'd share with you my personal 'me time' things, because it's also really healthy to take a time out for yourself and to not feel guilty about it. That's the kicker. As a mom I feel like sometimes I'm being selfish demanding my alone time and even wanting that at all, but you know what-  we're human and being comfortable being alone is a healthy thing. For you, for your family, and for your mental health.  You don't even need to leave the house necessarily . . . though running out to grab a cup of coffee by myself is one of my favorite things to do.              Write it out- going [...]