Acanthamoeba: My Eye Eating Parasite

On September 5, 2018 I wore contacts for the last time. What I thought was just a little eye irritation ended up being a real life nightmare. I didn’t know that what I was actually happening in my eye was an eye eating parasite called, Acanthamoeba Keratitis and Herpes virus. While it is rare, I have heard from way too many people who are suffering from this horrible parasite to believe that reports of it being 2 in a million are correct anymore.

Acanthamoeba Parasite from Contacts

What I thought would be a quick break from my contacts, ended up being a nightmare that lasted for 7 month fight to keep my eye from permanent blindness. It was painful, scary, and I don’t wish it on anyone. That’s why I have decided to share my story. Like every part of my story. I want to be a warning flag for anyone who might read this and hasn’t ever experienced the Acanthamoeba parasite. Take care of your eyes. You don’t know what you have until it is almost taken from you entirely. [Read more…]

Life Saving Moving Tips

We have moved 10 times in 10 years! With each move, I have learned more moving hacks and tricks that make it a little less chaotic. I’m not going to say that any of these moving tips necessarily make moving easy, because let’s face it, moving is NEVER easy. Even when you are excited about moving, it is still hard! I have learned so many awesome tips that can help your move be a little easier.

Life Saving Moving Tips on www.girllovesglam.com

I hope these life saving moving tips will be just what you need! [Read more…]

Keeping Watch

Thanks to Panasonic for sponsoring today’s post. All opinions are my own.

I know I have spoken about this in the past, but I suffer from anxiety. (I always have!) There are several things that I get anxious about, but the major one is keeping my home safe. For example, I typically check all of my doors 2-3 times before going to bed.

To relieve my anxiety about keeping my home as safe as possible, I received the Panasonic HomeHawk Monitoring System door so that I can keep watch over my home 24/7.

Bonus: I can check to make sure that my packages are safely delivered!

Panasonic HomeHawk on www.girllovesglam.com [Read more…]

Simplifying Your Life as a New Mom

There is nothing quite like the overwhelming feeling after having a baby. There is just so many things to buy, things to do, all while trying to do those things on very little sleep! I remember feeling very overwhelmed after Zoey was born. I just didn’t know how I was going to juggle the task of keeping my 5 year old happy, taking care of a newborn, and keeping my business running. It was all so much!

Zoey: A Birth Story Hospital Pictures on www.girllovesglam.com

I quickly learned the importance of simplifying my life. If I could cut down on the amount of errands I needed to run or come up with better systems for getting household work and work for my job done, things could run a lot more smoothly.  [Read more…]

Educational Apps and Websites We Love

We are huge advocates of educational apps and games. We have used them for years! Sometimes screen time can be a delicate balance, but if there is plenty of educational screen time happening, I don’t mind more screen time. We have tried lots of different learning apps and websites, but I wanted to feature our top 3 favorites.

Top Educational Apps for Kids on www.girllovesglam.com [Read more…]

The #BeGlamChallenge Is Finally Here!

I just sent out my first #BeGlamChallenge newsletter this morning! Since this is a brand new thing, I wanted to give you the rundown here as well in case you missed it. This will only be happening this month, so if you want to continue to be part of the #BeGlamChallenge, make sure you subscribe to the newsletter! They will come at the beginning of each month and will have all of the details for the challenge each month. They are prompts to help you better yourself and really push yourself to grow. I am SO excited about it! You can subscribe here or by filling out the form on the top of the screen.

I can’t describe how thrilled I am to be back! The newsletters are going to (FINALLY!) be something that I have been dreaming of doing for years. I have always wanted this to be a special space that is unique to the blog or my other social media outlets. I have wanted to really create a sense of community within my newsletter and it is finally the right time to do that. Over the past year, I have really tried to work on who I am as and individual.

Girl Loves Glam Newsletter Details

I would give myself prompts each month [Read more…]

Feed the Hungry Car Kits to #LightTheWorld

I have absolutely loved participating in the mormon.org #LightTheWorld challenges this year. It really helps bring a special spirit to the holiday season, when you focus on serving others. I have done small things for each day, but for Day 21 “Feed the Hungry”, I wanted to do something a little bigger… Feed the Hungry Car Kits!

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The thought behind these kits is that I hate driving past people who are asking for help on the streets, but I don’t usually carry cash with me and sometimes don’t feel comfortable giving cash. I loved the idea of carrying a few bags with food in them that I could keep in the glove compartment of my car, so that I could hand them out easily.  [Read more…]

Grateful: A Tribute

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I have been thinking about gratitude a lot lately. When November rolls around, it seems to be the topic on a lot of people’s minds. But what does it mean to be grateful? Does it simply mean that we are glad we have someone or something in our lives? Is it simply just saying that you are grateful for something?

Grateful Tee from Cents of Style on www.girllovesglam.com

I think gratitude goes far beyond simply just saying that you are grateful for something. I think it involves humility and action. [Read more…]

When Life Gives You Lemons

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Wednesday was going to be a busy day at our house. It was a busy day, just not exactly how we had planned. I had been working for a few days leading up until Wednesday to finish our Halloween costumes. We were going to have a family photo shoot so that I could share our costumes with you all next week. I also was going to take some photos in a darling long cardigan that I have been wearing non stop. We of course had school, errands, and other work related items on our agenda. The next thing I knew, all of those plans changed. When I went to pick up Harper from school, she wanted to show me her new trick. Her new trick was doing the monkey bars. I think she was a little overly excited because she started a little too quickly and almost as quickly as she was up on the monkey bars, she was down. She fell straight on her back, with her arm behind her back. She started screaming instantly and I was sure she had just broken her arm.

I scooped her up and ran her into our van and drove home, right down the street to ask Dave for his opinion and it wasn’t 30 seconds later that we were heading to the doctor’s office. We went to our family doctor who took x-rays and confirmed my suspicions… broken wrist and elbow! We were sent straight to the orthopedic surgeon where there were more x-rays and a lot more tears. Finally, there was a little relief when Harper finally got a splint put on.

As we were driving home, I looked in my rear view mirror and looked at my little girl who was sleeping in her booster seat. She looked exhausted. Suddenly all of those missed errands, unanswered emails, and unfinished business didn’t matter anymore. None of our plans had worked the way we had “planned”, but that was okay.

Being a mom

So instead of the beautiful planned, staged, and styled photos that I had planned to take of my new favorite Cents of Style cardigan, I will show you how I have been wearing it these past two days. Big sister won’t let us cuddle her because she is in too much pain, but we play on the couch and on the floor next to her, so she doesn’t feel like she is all alone.  [Read more…]

Back to School Clothes Deals


This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I received the included back to school clothes and essentials as compensation. #KohlsBackToSchool

It is almost time for school to start again! It is hard to believe that this year, I will have a child in kindergarten! We did a little back to school shopping for preschool, but this is our first year of really needing to go shopping for a lot of back to school clothes. It is insane just how much kids can grow in even just one summer! Thankfully, we were able to find some really great deals and I hope they can help you get the most bang for your back to school buck, too!

Back to School Clothes Shopping on www.girllovesglam.com

I may be new to purchasing back to school clothes, but I am no stranger to looking for the best deals for our wardrobes! [Read more…]