September Beauty Favorites

beauty favorites

This month I have discovered some really great products!  Some of these products gave me a bad first impression but have since impressed me!

I had to include my favorite fall Bath & Body Works candle!  Having this candle burning in my house immediately makes me know it is fall and coming up on the best time of the year!

I bought this vitamin C serum based on rave reviews from other people who have tried it.  I had a small sample that I used after Christmas last year and honestly, I wasn’t impressed.  The pump on the small sample would get stuck and it would explode out and go everywhere.  I took a chance and bought the full-size and I have no regrets!!  This has lightened the redness and freckles on my face.  It just overall has improved the look of my skin.  I use this every morning after washing my face and before my moisturizer.

I recently spoke about this Drunk Elephant product in a blog post.  I was having regrets of purchasing it. It’s definitely not cheap!  After using it for about 6 weeks, I have noticed visible improvements in signs of aging on my face!  I go into more detail of what happened with my skin in the video listed below.

This facial oil gave me a great first impression and it hasn’t disappointed me since I started using it!  I apply this after washing my face at night.  It sinks into my skin really well and leaves my skin feeling very moisturized in the morning.

This hand cream from Soap & Glory smells so yummy!  In fact, there’s a warning on the back that this is not a food.  That made me laugh.  I’m planning on buying the tub of body butter in the same fruity scent. It’s such a fresh and clean fruity smell.  It’s a light smell but it stays with you for a long time.  It’s also very moisturizing!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Anastasia brow wiz, but after running out of that, I was at Target and decided to try the much cheaper version from NYX.  I fully expected to be disappointed and end up going to replace my brow wiz.  This eyebrow pencil from NYX is great!!  It is just as good as the Anastasia one for less than half the price!  I have one complaint about it which I list in the video below, but it’s a silly complaint.

My favorite highlighter by far is this one from Becca in moonstone.  I had a sample which lasted almost two years.  It ran out and I noticed the full size product was on sale for half off during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty sale so I snatched it up while I could save money!!  Every time I go to use a different highlighter, I find myself wishing I had just stuck with this one from Becca.  It is such a natural glow and so beautiful.

The last two products are eyeshadow palettes.  This one from Anastasia is so beautiful and blends so well but unfortunately, I have some sort of allergic reaction to a couple shades in this palette.  That doesn’t stop me from using it!  These shadows blend so beautifully!!  I am loving all the color combinations you can get from the Emily Edit the Wants eyeshadow palette from Makeup Revolution.  I also love the huge mirror that it has!!  I couldn’t find this eyeshadow palette on either Ulta’s website or Makeup Revolution’s website.  I heard it is a permanent palette so maybe they are just restocking at this time.

What are some of your favorite products from this month?

For more information, check out this video below!!

Fall Bucket List


It’s almost officially fall!!  Am I the only one who is this excited about fall coming?  My family and I like to put together a seasonal bucket list each fall to help us remember all the fun things we want to accomplish before the Christmas season is upon us.  I’m listing our bucket list below.  My video goes into more detail about each item as well as showing you some cute pictures from the year we all dressed up as Wizard of Oz characters.  Let me know some fun thing you all do each year!!

  1. Buy a fun Halloween cereal
  2. Buy Halloween lunch snacks
  3. Halloween movie marathon
  4. Bake Halloween cookies
  5. Visit a corn maze or pumpkin patch
  6. Outdoor Halloween movie night with chili
  7. Carve pumpkins
  8. Toast pumpkin seeds
  9. Trick or Treating
  10. Put together family costumes- watch my video to hear about our idea for this year!
  11. Make Halloween music playlist
  12. Cozy dinners- stews, soups, chili
  13. Visit your local Farmer’s Market
  14. Visit the mountains to see the leaves change
  15. Host Thanksgiving dinner
  16. Harry Potter movie marathon
  17. Halloween party
  18. Burn fall candles
  19. Drink wine on the back porch and enjoy the cool air
  20. Decorate for fall

Happy fall y’all!!  🙂


Back To School Organization Hacks

back to school

School has been back in session for over a month where we live.  I was happy to see school start back this year!  We had a busy summer with selling our home and moving.  We were ready to get back into the typical back to school routine!  While going back to school can be exciting, it can also be chaotic, busy, and stressful!  I’m sharing some tips that I use each day to help us stay organized and to decrease my stress.

When the girls come home, they immediately empty their backpacks and lay out their folders for me to sign.  If these aren’t on the kitchen counter for me to see, it is too easy to forget.  If I don’t sign these when they come home, I end up scrambling the next morning trying to remember all the things that need to be taken care of before we get out the door.

As long as we don’t have any extracurricular activities after school, the girls usually get about a thirty minute break before doing homework and all the evening things such as chores, showers, etc.  They enjoy coming home and unwinding after school.

One of the most helpful tips I can offer is to lay out your kid’s outfits for the entire week on Sunday night.  My oldest daughter picks out her clothes each night herself, but I lay out my youngest daughter’s weekly outfits each Sunday.  This allows me to do it once and not have to think about it all week long.  She wakes up every morning and already has her clothes picked out for her.

Another super helpful tip is to pack school lunches at night.  I try to pack lunches at night before bed to avoid taking the time to do it in the morning.  Mornings are so much more chaotic when I have to pack lunches before we head out the door.

I rely on my planner and my wall calendar to remind me of upcoming events such as picture day, etc.  I also keep up with which extracurricular activities are coming up.  There is so much to keep up with!  I could never keep up with it all without writing it down!

I have some other tips shown in the video below.  I hope this inspires you to get organized to help decrease stress as you’re getting your kiddos back to school!!


10 Shows to Binge Watch on Netflix

I love finding great shows to binge watch on Netflix!  Just like reading a book, getting into a show can be so immersive and fun to do!  Once I finish a great show, I always get sad and can’t wait to find a new show to start watching.  I always need good recommendations for different shows to check out.  I have 10 recommendations of great shows on Netflix and 1 bonus show on Hulu.  I’ll list the shows below.  These are in no particular order.  It would be too hard to rank these from best to worst!  If you would like further descriptions for each show, check out my video listed below!

  1. Reign
  2. Mad Men
  3. Call the Midwife
  4. The Crown
  5. Grace & Frankie
  6. Parenthood
  7. Stranger Things
  8. The Tudors
  9. Breaking Bad
  10. Sons of Anarchy

Bonus- The Handmaid’s Tail on Hulu

Let me know some of your recommendations!!


Weekend Coffee Chat

weekend coffee chat
I hope you all have had a great week so far!   My dad is coming to visit this weekend so we are all excited to see him!  It’s a perfect weekend for him to come visit as tomorrow is Grandparent’s Day!!  My girls are incredibly blessed with amazing grandparents!

There are so many exciting things around the corner for me.  I am working on learning as much as possible about becoming a Disney travel agent.  Disney World is my favorite place in the whole world!  I love planning every detail of our trips almost as much as I love actually going on vacation.  I can’t wait to start planning Disney trips for other families!  As soon as I’m ready to jump into planning, I will let you know!  I will be starting a new YouTube channel and blog associated with this one but it will be all about Disney.  I’ll have tons of Disney tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your next trip!

Both of my girls have been biting their nails recently, which drives me crazy.  That’s such a nasty habit and no matter how much I tell them how gross that is, they keep doing it!  They both have told me it’s a hard habit to break.  I told them I was going to buy this on Amazon to put on their nails.  My oldest daughter was so grossed out at the thought of having something yucky tasting on her nails, just the warning of applying it was enough to break her habit, but I did apply it to my youngest daughter’s nails.  I applied it about 5 days ago.  I can already see her nails starting to grow back.  So far this stuff has really worked!

I bought this new eyeshadow palette this week.  I used it for the first time this morning and so far I love it!!  Not only do you have a million different options of eye looks, but it is so cheap at just $20!

I had a few people asking me about the bean bags I showed in my home tour.  These bean bags come empty and you can put stuffed animals or dress up clothes or anything soft to fill them for storage and seating.  They are great for mutli-purposing!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Upcoming posts for next week:

Monday- on my YouTube channel- my 1 year WLS anniversary with my weight loss updates

Wednesday- 10 Netflix shows to binge watch (This one was really fun to make!)

New Home Tour

We recently moved right outside of Nashville, TN.  I wanted to give you guys a tour of our new home!  We are loving this area so far and couldn’t be happier!  The girls have already made so many new friends and love their new school.

We were going to put our TV above this fireplace in the living room.  I am so happy we changed our mind.  I sat down and drew out a plan of how I wanted to decorate the fireplace and everything fell right into place!  I can’t wait to add some fall decor into the mix!

I love the open concept of this home.  It is open just enough but each room has its own separation.  I am loving the hardwood floors also.

The guest bedroom is my favorite room in the house!  It is so cozy and inviting.  I got this Be Our Guest sign off of Amazon.  We have our Google home set up where our guests can say “okay Google, turn on or off the guest bedroom lights”.

Reese’s room is a mermaid theme.  She asked me to decorate with mermaids, so I did!  Finley has more of a “pre-teen room”, which you can see in my video listed below.  Reese loves this tent we bought at Target.  It has a little star chandelier at the top of the tent.  She can turn on the lights and read in her tent.

We love our home so much!  I hope you enjoy the tour!  Click the video below if you would like the full tour.  Have a great day!

Target Dollar Spot Fall and Halloween Decor 2018

In my opinion, fall is definitely the best time of year!!  Don’t get me wrong, I have really enjoyed the heat of this summer, but I am so ready to feel that crisp chilly air and get to cuddle up in my warm cozy clothes with a hot cup of tea or coffee in front of my fireplace!  Can’t you just hear the sound now of stepping on those crisp leaves on the ground?

I recently went to Target and noticed they are starting to put out their fall and Halloween decor!  We’re officially in September and only weeks away from fall, so I say it’s fair game to start decorating for fall!  I know you die hard summer fans are scoffing at that last sentence.

I wanted to take you guys along with me as I shopped the Target Dollar Spot and see all the fun goodies they are starting to put out!  I hope you enjoy my most recent video!

Have a great rest of the day!

Weekend Coffee Chat

What a fun week!!  I started this week out in pretty much the best way ever!  My nephew was born on Monday!!  Is there anything better than a sweet baby smell with sweet baby cuddles!?  Definitely not!  My sister blew me away with her strength during labor!  I was blessed to have the opportunity to be in the delivery room.  My brother-in-law was so supportive and loving to my sister during the whole delivery.  I live a little over two hours from my sister, and I can’t wait to get back to see my new nephew (and of course my two sweet nieces)!  Thanks for letting me share my excitement! 😉

I have a lot of fun things coming up for the blog and my YouTube channel.  It’s about time I get back into this!  We are finally settled into our new home.  I will be sharing a home tour soon!

I also have an upcoming weight loss update.  I celebrated my one year anniversary of my surgery this week.  I have a lot to report!

I bought this palette recently.  I love the colors and as always Anastasia eyeshadows never disappoint.  I must have some weird allergic reaction to specific eyeshadows.  In the past, I had the Tartlette in Bloom palette and my favorite shade irritated my eyelids so much I had to give it away.  Unfortunately, my favorite color from the Anastasia palette is irritating my eyes.  It’s so frustrating!  I’m just planning on avoiding that shade and hoping the rest don’t cause irritation because I love this palette!

Anyone else know fall is around the corner when Bath & Body Works starts putting out their fall scents?  I stocked up on some fall candles this week.  I got several of these candles because it is my favorite of all time, but I may move this new scent into the top favorite spot.  Anyone ever eat one of those caramel apple lollipops?  This candle smells so much like that lollipop tastes!  Creamy rich caramel with a tart apple scent.. Yummmm!

Speaking of fall, I bought this scent of Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products as soon as they hit Target’s shelves a while ago.  I have been waiting to use them until I decorate for fall.  I’m planning on decorating for fall this weekend, so I’m excited to pull these cleaning products out to put in my kitchen!

Part of me wants summer to hang around forever, but I always look forward to fall.  It is definitely my favorite season.  Since I have lost so much weight, I must have lost my insulation because I stay freezing all the time.  I’m dreading the colder weather, but that’s what comfy socks and pullovers are for!  Also, I couldn’t survive without my space heater!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!  Keep an eye out for some upcoming fun blog and YouTube posts this coming Wednesday and Friday!