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Five Minute Hair: Headband Twists

Let’s face it, we are all busy. Most of us don’t have time to focus on our hair as long as we wish we could. It is important to have some great hairstyles that you can go to easily on the days that you are in a major hurry. This crossed over headband twist hairstyle is one of my favorites for those busy days.

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This hairstyle looks even better on hair that has more dimension in it. I don’t really have highlights in my hair right now so it is a little harder to see, but on hair with highlights, or lighter hair in general, this hairstyle looks really awesome. Sometimes the twists are a little harder to see in darker hair, so sorry if you can’t see them as well! [Read more…]

Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Kids

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I haven’t ever really celebrated Earth Day before. Back when we were newlyweds, Dave and I went to an Earth Day celebration at the park and he rapped as Danger Mouth. The crowd was pretty much made of 12 year old girls and they thought he was basically the greatest thing ever. It was one of the funnier memories of our newlywed life and it is what I think of anytime I think of Earth Day.

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Now that I am a mom, I love finding ways to celebrate holidays with my daughter. Since I am pretty sure Danger Mouth is going to be coming out of “retirement” anytime soon, I tried to come up with a few different ways that I could celebrate Earth Day with my daughter. I don’t plan on becoming a major environmentalist, but I do like that we have Earth Day because I do believe that we are so blessed to have the beautiful Earth that we have. I think it is important to do our part to take care of the Earth and find ways to celebrate this beautiful world.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate Earth Day with kids, without having to completely change your lifestyle.

#1 Take your kids to the park and let them play, but teach them the importance of cleaning up their garbage. You could even have a race to see who can pick up 10 pieces of garbage in the park first. Just make sure to teach them safety as well. Don’t let them pick up dangerous items such as glass, cigarette butts, etc.

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JTV Mother’s Day Gifts and Giveaway

Mother’s Day can be a really beautiful day for moms, but it can also be a hard day for moms. I know the moms who struggle with this day struggle for different reasons. Some feel like it is a frustrating day because they feel unappreciated every other day of the year, others don’t feel like they deserve the praise they receive on Mother’s Day. Me? I love Mother’s Day! I have always loved celebrating the moms in my life! I love calling my grandmas to wish them a happy Mother’s Day and spoiling my own mom. Now that I am a mother, I appreciate having the one day that I feel like a rock star. It doesn’t happen often, so I enjoy embracing it! I think all moms should learn to embrace Mother’s Day. It wasn’t created to make moms feel bad about themselves. That is quite the opposite!

This year, I wanted to do something extra special for my mom. That’s why I teamed up with JTV (Jewelry Television) and I am giving her this beautiful ring for Mother’s Day!

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That sounds really cool, right? Well, it is even more special because I got one for me too! I think it will be a pretty special gift knowing that we both get to experience motherhood together. It is kind of a symbol of that. My mom has always been there for me. She has literally seen me at my best and at my worst. I call and text her constantly asking for advice with my own experiences I am having as a mother. I think these rings will be a symbol of that.

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How to apply false eyelashes

I have always had a love/hate relationship with false eyelashes. I loved the way they looked on other people, but I just couldn’t ever achieve a believable false eyelash look on myself. Part of it could be that I wasn’t exactly sure how to put on lashes, but I also blame the fact that I have pretty unique shaped eyes. It wasn’t until I was in beauty school and we started learning about makeup and eye shapes that I realized that my eyes had something different about them that nobody else in my class had. I had what I like to call “eye flaps”. Not exactly the most flattering name, but it was the best I could come up with. In the inside corner of my eyes, I have extra skin that covers my tear ducts. You will see this on a few different people of different ethnicity than I am, but for a white girl it is pretty weird. Over the years, I have actually really learned to love my “eye flaps”, but that wasn’t the case when it came to false eyelashes. None of the synthetic ones I tried looked good. They all seemed to go against that extra skin, making my face look very wide and awkward. I gave up on false lashes and tried to perfect my mascara application instead.

Then, I was approached by a brand called Esqido false eyelashes. They make really nice mink false eyelashes. They wanted me to give their lashes a try, so I told them to send some my way so I could try them out. You guys, I wouldn’t ever give you a product recommendation that I don’t actually believe in. Esqido didn’t pay me to do this post. I want you to know that I LOVE their lashes! They actually fit my eyes, they stay on, and they last for what seems like is forever because of the quality of their lashes. I feel like because they are made of natural material, they are a little more pliable and can fit on any eye shape! Because I finally have perfected putting on false eyelashes, I have been asked about them a lot and decided to do a little video to show you how to apply false eyelashes!

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Spring Ruffian Nail Art Tutorial

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I don’t know if it is the sunshine, nature’s colors starting to bloom, or pulling out clothes that I haven’t been able to wear for a few months, but Spring has really made me excited to get dressed up again! I started getting in a bit of a slump towards the end of winter. One way that I love to add just a little more color in my life is through nail art. I have been obsessed with ruffian nail art ever since I saw it featured on the runways of fashion week last year.

If you aren’t sure what ruffian nail art is, it is basically just a solid colored nail, but it has a little surprise right along the cuticles! There is a little line of color that goes along the cuticles and it just adds such a fun surprise to a boring manicure. I have seen it done in a lot of bold, contrasting colors, but I wanted to tone it down for a beautiful spring feel.

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I have loved the muted nail trend happening right now, so for this manicure I chose to use a light pink polish with a metallic gold and then covered it with a matte finish top coat. It is soft and beautiful! [Read more…]

WIW: Classic and Dressy

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Is it just me, or do you feel like when you have to get dressed up to go somewhere, you can’t ever find something to wear? This seems to happen to me every Sunday when I am getting ready for church, for every wedding, and just about every occasion that requires dressing up.

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Spring Wardrobe Update

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Spring cleaning season is upon us. I have found myself knee deep in my closet as I clean out the clothes I don’t see myself wearing again and the clothes that I can set aside for the cold weather seasons. It seems like every season I go through this same ritual and find myself in the same position. I don’t feel like I own any clothes! I usually have to shop for a few items and then I feel like I am ready for the current season. This year, I really wanted to find a good jacket, a pair of flat shoes, and some sandals to complete my Spring wardrobe.

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Easy Tips to Bring Color into a Room Without Using Paint

Ever since we moved last year, I have been given totally new decorating challenges. Not only are the spaces in my home much different than they were in my old house, but we are renting this time around and that brings totally new challenges! When we walked through our rental options, I was immediately drawn to the townhouse we chose because it had white walls. A clean slate! With that comes different challenges though. I love color! I like to create happy, colorful rooms and painting walls is no longer an option!

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My Custom Artwork

have been looking for the perfect artwork for my house. I love colorful artwork and have been on the hunt for a graphic, colorful floral print, but haven’t ever found the right colors for my house. When I went to Build Your Blog Conference this year, I learned about a new company that I just knew I would love. They are called Modify Ink and YOU GUYS… They are amazing! It is a website that has tons of really great art that has been designed, BUT you can change up any of the colors within the design to match your decor perfectly. How perfect is that?!

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The Modern Mom Uniform

I am a busy mom. There are a lot of days that I don’t get to put much thought into what I wear from day to day, so I have made it a point to purchase a few great separates that I know will look good together. I can grab those and make an outfit out of them without having to give it much thought. I try to choose high quality clothing that I know will last and will fit well too! If I start getting sick of an outfit, I try wearing a different accessory or different shoes to make the outfit feel different.

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Most days when I do this, I feel great! I have chosen these pieces because I know they will make me look and feel great. The days that I have noticed that I don’t feel as great are the ones that I haven’t paid enough attention to my hair and skin. Recently, I made a little rotation I go through with my hair that has really helped out. [Read more…]

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