18 November 2017

Gift Guide: For the tech savvy



We all know someone who is really into technology and gadgets right? For myself personally, that would be my hubby! The great thing about technology is that it is always evolving. There is always a newer something being released that is always a little bit better than the last model of say a computer, phone etc etc.


To keep it affordable (REMEMBER teacher  here I'm on a budget always!) here are my top picks for gifts for the tech savvy friends/family members!


 So first up is a fit bit! If you dont have a FitbitFitbit Alta Fitness Tracker, Special Edition Gold, Black, Small (US Version) you've gotta get one! It's a great motivator to let you know if you've been sitting to long and need to move around! I've had my fitbit for a few years now, I would like to upgrade to this model as shown! 

Next up is a Shower Speaker This is a personal favorite of my hubby. This has also served as a great pool speaker in the summer. This thing is very durable, waterproof as it's primarily used in the shower in our home!
How many of you lose your misplace your keys at least once a week? Guilty! Probably more of my hubby's doing than mine, he always asks have you seen my keys? to which I usually then have to get up, help him look and backtrack to retrace his steps to find them! This Tracking Tag has a nice masculine look to it, so any hubby or boyfriend can have it on their key ring!

Next up is this sleek looking  Phone charger! I love the way it stands up on a slant! Takes up a very small amount of space!
For all you selfie photo takers out there, or perhaps a teenager needing a gift this  Selfie IPhone Case is for you! Lights up to give you that perfect lighting in your photo!

Lastly, I really liked this unqiue find for anyone who has an Ipad. This  I pad cardboard stand gives any modern I pad that vintage look. Very cool in my opinion!






         

     


16 November 2017

Instagram Fall Round Up!

Hi friends! Here's a few of my fall looks from the last month or so. All pics are shoppable here or at the bottom of my page! 



Scarf (For both the scarf and hoodie once you are on the website you need to search hoodie or scarf and they will pop up!) Hoodie


         

     




Gift Guide: Friends Edition

I always get sad when I see the holiday gift guides that often have gifts linked that are over $50. As a teacher and now a SAHM (at least for this year) money and the word budget filter though my mind often! As I have gotten older, the saying "its the thought that counts" that couldn't be more true. At christmas we often stress about getting/giving that perfect gift for someone special, family member, friend and forget that it shouldn't be about finding the perfect gift, but a gift with some meaning behind it that the person recieving it will find as the best part about the gift! 

Keeping it simple, here are 6 gifts that would be perfect for a friends gift exchange or for a female family member! 




         


        
1 Mug  2 matches  3 scarf    5 bowls 

15 November 2017

Oh Snap!

About 2 weeks ago I did a huge instastory on instagram on hookless shower curtains
My apologies for not getting a blog post up on this sooner, but new mom and all my little one had my hands full quite literally! 




So if you recall, I mentioned that when we moved from AZ to OH we went from having glass shower doors back to having shower curtains in our bathrooms in our new home. As a new mom, every second of my "free" time is usually spent trying to play catch up on housework! One of those daily chores for me is keeping a clean bathroom. I was actually dreading having to unhook all the hooks from the curtain in the bathroom to wash the liner. In Ohio, mold can grow quickly from high moisture collection from not being able to dry fast enough. This was never an issue in the dry desert of Arizona let me tell you! Anyway, I literally groaned at having to spend 15 plus minutes unhooking the dang curtain and separating the liner from the curtain. 








Insert Hookless shower curtains! So the previous owner left us two brand new shower curtains which happened to be hookless! that's right! I was able to unsnap the liner in a matter of 2 minutes or less and throw them in the wash! I couldn't believe how effortless it was! Of course I was kicking myself saying gah, why didn't I think of something so simple to invent! Seriously game changer if you are a busy mom like me who doesn't want to spend more minutes than necessary cleaning! 

I have linked a few options above! 


Or you can click here



I hope this helps all of you who sent me messages asking about it! :) 




11 October 2017

Mindy Mae's Market

Hi guys! So I am a huge fan of the Boutique Mindy Mae's Market. I think half the things I currently wear are from there! They have very cute affordable clothes! I recently wore this on instagram had had a lot of inquiries about the scarf which they restocked, so if you want to snag one, be sure to click the-----> link--search scarf at the top and it will come up! 



03 October 2017

And in todays news





Here in America, you’re not safe from domestic terrorism in your schools, movie theaters, churches, nightclubs and now outdoor concerts.

To all the people on social media:
Don’t say the shooters name. These people want the attention. Don’t look at their picture THESE PEOPLE WANT THE ATTENTION. They do this to be remembered

DON’T GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT

Say the victims names. Give them what they deserve. Let them be rembered. Look at their pictures pray for their family. Let them know that you stand by them
There's many of us that can't help with any other way but praying. So pray! Pray for GOD to be with those whom lost family, friends, loved ones in the Las Vegas shooting, in Mexico's earthquake, in Barcelona and so many other places. The truth is we're only really safe in God's hands. 

I'm really at a loss for words. So much killing. So much hate. I truly believe we are going to have to hit rock bottom in order to reset all this madness. Does that mean another war for our Country? More than likely. 

27 September 2017

I'm alive I swear!

Wow that thing called Motherhood? They aren't kidding when they say it pretty much takes up all of that thing called "Free time." I have NO free time these days! I am lucky if I can squeeze a shower in--oh and drying my hair IF i'm lucky he doesn't wake up during that brief shower!


I can hardly believe 3 months have gone by since having my son! When they say treasure each day that they are only small once, those words have never rung so true. I am already looking back at his newborn pictures saying to myself, how is he this big already?" 




I am sad that I don't seem to have any time to read as much as I once used to. If I am not dog tired at night, that's about the only time I can seem to squeeze it in. 
But all in all, no matter what is different, no matter what I have had to give up or change, spending time with my baby and being there for his milestones are precious moments that I can never get back, and would never trade in for anything. 


12 July 2017

Introducing...

And then there were 3! 

Matteo-- our son arrived this June! 


Matteo is an italian name (if spelled with two Ts it means "Gift from God")

Here's what I know/learned in the 3 weeks I have been a mom. 

Being a mom is HARD. The hardest thing I have ever done in my life that much is for sure. 
Mad respect for Stay at home moms or anyone who is a mother in general. I really don't know how y'all do it. 

You learn real quick that when friends say "nap when the baby naps" they aren't kidding. It's the only sleep you'll get. 

You learn how to do a lot of things one handed! 

Showering happens only if your spouse is home to relieve you! haha!

I officially know what it's like to be a dairy cow (poor things) pumping isn't for the weak. 
I completely understand why moms often give up (those that do) because I've thought about it (but haven't yet) 

Having an unplanned C section IS painful. I don't care what anyone says. There is a huge difference between a planned one and a not planned one! (two different types of epidurals) 

After all the horomones, blood, sweat tears to have our son, I am so glad I went through everything to have him finally in my arms. It's been a long journey! 





06 June 2017

All about eyes

So back in March, I took the "plunge" and got eyelash extensions. I really wanted to see what the hype was all about. I thought hey if I could cut down on eye make up every day for work, then it would be a win! 

Here's how they looked the day I got them for the first time


If you have never gotten them, here's what I will tell you. 

*Do your homework on where you go. Reputation is important as well as the person/salon that is going to be attaching all those lashes on your eyes for an hour and a half! 

*They won't be cheap. For real. I had to save my tutoring money (because as a teacher on a teacher's income I knew this wasn't a normal expense I could just shell out to try, I'd have to save for it)

Pros: 

They are nice to have, in general people will tell you that you look "more awake" and ready for the day! 

Did cut down on eye make up--no Mascara for 2 months was a nice thing! 


Cons:
Time consuming. You have to get an appointment to get a "fill" about every 3 weeks. If you go to someone really reputable, it will be hard to get in! 

Expensive! Even getting fills are pricy. 

The part that no one tells you.....


When you STOP getting the extensions, you will literally have no lashes left. I was NOT expecting that. If I am being completely honest, I am not sure I'd ever get the extensions again because of all my length in my regular lashes I lost. 

I started to wear just Ardelle falsies till they (my regular lashes) grow back and I think that applying falsies and taking them off are much more easy on the wallet and easier on your eyes that extensions! Plus, if you are anything like me, I don't think doing anything for a super long time esp to your eyes can't be good for you. With falsies you can remove them a few hours later and be back to your normal self! 


So now that I'm back to my normal now stub eyelashes, I decided to try a new primer and mascara to see how much length I could get on these puppies! 


For the last 2 years I had or have been using the Urban Decay primer and switching between the Roller Lash by Benefit and Grandiose by Lancome'. Both great mascaras for the most part. 
Thanks to a friend @ashbashlove she recommended IT! cosmetics new mascara called Superhero. I tried it out today, and LOVED it! I tried it with the Dior primer this time, rather than my urban decay eyelash primer. The only negative thing I have heard about it, is that is can smudge easy since it's not waterproof. I have heard from a lot of beauty gurus to layer this mascara--meaning apply this one first then take a waterproof mascara and gently go top of it to help with not getting any transfer! 

I haven't tried that yet, but will have to see should it become a problem! 

What are you ride or die mascaras/primers? 


27 May 2017

36 Weeks and Nursery Reveal

I've been slacking on updating about my pregnancy journey so for those of you that are still with me, here's an update! 



I'm 36 weeks (as of yesterday) and baby boy is doing great (as far we know and what the doctor tells us) Right now he's already around 6lbs! I am worried he'll be to big to make it to the full 40 wks! We know he has a LOT of hair (as seen on many ultrasounds by our ultrasound tech gal) and he has very long limbs (Not surprising since his daddy is 6'3" and I'm 5'9") so far he's really taking after his dad with length and hair (I was born bald!) Maybe he'll get my blue eyes rather than his daddy's soft baby browns. 


I've had a lot of sciatic nerve pain which has really kicked into high gear the past few days. It's a shooting sharp pain that radiates down my left thigh. Yesterday it was so bad, it made me think of why some people in life "cut" themselves to relieve pain. That's honestly how it felt--like one would want to take a knife and just start slicing away at the leg because it hurt that bad! 

My restless leg syndrome has thankfully subsided, I have major edema when I don't wear my compression socks, so I'm still rocking those bad boys even in this 95-100 degree heat. Lord help me! So hot when outside! 

I've actually been able to sleep better the past few weeks so I am taking that blessing as I know once he's here, sleep will be a thing of the past for me! 


We've got his room situated, although and as much as I plan to use it, I know he won't be sleeping in there for a while. Here's what it looks like thus far:




Reading nook and nursing corner. :) Probaby my favorite spot in his room. 

Hoping to add a few more odds and ends to these shelves, but for now this will have to do! 



And there you have it! :) We didn't go crazy with decor, as honestly I don't feel it's beneficial as kids grow and tastes change so much! We only added things we wanted him to have as he grows up a bit! I didn't want his room to look to nursery-ish or babyish, but a room he could really grow into, as his crib will convert to a toddler bed then eventually a FULL sized bed. 

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