Friday, March 22, 2019

23rd birthday + 23 birthday facts

  1. I have a degree in Exercise Science from East TN State University (real useful right) 🤣 Yes I graduated 38 weeks pregnant- we did it Liam!
  2. I’m NOT sponsored by Starbucks- I really just love it that much! Maybe one day we will Collab! (Dream collaboration Hahahaha ) 
  3. I played soccer, tennis, and cheered in high school! I was and still am super competitive 🤣 family game night is out of the question HAHA 
  4. My first job was as a lifeguard at the Johnson City Country Club. It was the best summer ever and I was the TANNEST I’ve ever been. 
  5. My biggest insecurity is my nose! I HATED it growing up but I’ve grown to love it and embrace it. Everyone says it looks like Kate Middleton’s? Yes no idk 🤣
  6. Caleb and I met in Anatomy class but he didn’t talk to me until about 2 months in when we also were in the same CNA class at the hospital! 
  7. I always wanted to be a doctor. Literally nothing else interested me until I started blogging! Now I don’t think I could see myself doing anything else (besides being a mom!)
  8. I HATE scary movies. Even some thrillers and refuse to watch them hahaha
  9. I almost never eat breakfast. Just give me my coffee and I’m good! 
  10. My front teeth are fake! { Wow I can’t believe I’m telling you all this! } I tripped over a basketball in sixth grade and chipped/knocked out my front teeth( 4 of them) they bonded and put crowns on them and I’ve had trouble ever since (I had an apicoectomy two summers ago) OW 
  11. I have 2 tattoos! My sister and I have matching ones ( our bday in Roman Numerals) and I have my brothers birthday too! 
  12.   My favorite color is pink! As if you didn’t already know! 🤣
  13. I’ve always wanted to be a mom and I’m so glad Liam gave me that opportunity 💘
  14. I used to work at Sun tan city - that’s why I know all the secrets 🤣😭
  15. I always had the hardest time making friends (girls can be the worst sometimes :/ ) I’ve had the same 4 or 5 friends my whole life { with a couple newbies 💘} 
  16. I snort when I laugh - A LOT 

Caleb wrote these last ones : 😂😭 

  1. She takes FOREVER to get ready. If she says 20 minutes she means at least 45. 
  2. She thinks she’s  NASCAR driver and she’s a curb magnet 
  3. She only washes her hair once a week 
  4. She made a C in anatomy. (He literally ALWAYS rubs this in- I blame him)
  5. She put all kinds of stuff in food that I don’t like (onions tomatoes and trick me and don’t tell me they are in it) 
  6. She goes to Target EVERY day 
  7. She laughs like she doesn’t have teeth. (Lol !!!??) 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Hair Trends: Hair Scarves for Spring and Summer

Okay so I’m usually not the most creative with hair- as y’all can probably tell. BUT this season I absolutely love the hair scarf trend! There are so many ways to wear them and I think they are the perfect way to pull an outfit all together. I think I’m going to have to buy one for each outfit I wear from now on! The one I am wearing in today's post is from Lizard Thicket in Knoxville!

1. Half Up Bun
I love this look with the hair scarf! So pretty to just add a little detail to this half up bun. All I did was rap it around twice and loop my hair through.

2. Braid

I think this is so cute, just adding it to the end of a braid. The perfect look for a lake or beach day! 

3. Side Pony

I love pulling my hair to the side ( I think I look like a boy sometimes with it pulled straight back lol) So if I do a pony tail, I usually put it to the side. The hair scarf holds it in place (without a making a crease) and adds some flare!

Thanks for reading! Feel free to tag me if you try any of these looks- and let me know which is your favorite! <3

Friday, March 15, 2019

HOW TO: Pack for Vacation

Hey guys! So today I’m gonna be talking about the BEST ways to pack for vacation! I’m a procrasti-packer 🤣 always last minute, always forgetting something. It’s 1000x worse now that I have a whole other human to pack for! Today I’m going to share some of my favorite tips & tricks on how to pack LIGHT & not forget a thing. 

  1. Plan, plan, & PLAN 
PLAN out your outfits ahead of time. I’m literally the worst at this- I know I’m a blogger I should be able to throw outfits together in no time, but that’s the problem. I just always wait until last minute and then I am just stressed out. For this trip, I tried on all my outfits before I packed them, I made sure they were comfy and looked the way I wanted, and then I folded the outfit together. 

  1. CHECK the weather 
You may be going to the beach, but that doesn’t mean that it will be sunny sadly! I’ve been on trips plenty of times where it’s rained or been way colder than I expected. I always look at the weather a day or so before so I can make last minute changes to my outfits if I need to! 

  1. Bring EXTRA, but don’t overpack
It’s always good to bring a back-up, but if you’re flying or needing to pack light, you don’t want to bring too much extra! If I’m unsure about one part of an outfit, I’ll throw in another option just in case, or maybe if I love the shirt, not sure about the pants, I’ll just pack an alternate options for bottoms. 

Idk which I’m worst at, planning ahead or staying organized 🤣 my suitcase ALWAYS looks like a tornado ran through it. BUUUUUT. I found these SUPER cute packing cubes on Amazon! I saw a bunch of different more expensive versions at Nordstrom and other retailers but I couldn’t see myself spending $50 or more dollars on something I wasn’t sure if I would use or even like! So I ordered THESE $20 ones off amazon and y’all - GAME. CHANGER. They come in several colors and each pack has different sizes! Sooooo helpful. Shop Here 

Cute Liam pic because well, he’s the cutest & best packing buddy :)

5.  Make a LIST 
Making a list BEFORE you start packing is the best way to make sure you don’t forget anything. I always forget something. It literally NEVER fails. So I always try to write down everything I need including outfits and everything! Then I mark everything off as I go so I know I have packed everything I need! 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Taking Care of Your Skin

Hey guys! Today I’m going to be talking about skin care and just taking care of your skin in general!

Some of the most important parts of skin care are prevention and protection! I’ll admit, I’m as bad as anyone else when it comes to my skin- particularly my face. I’ve laid in tanning beds, I don’t wear sunscreen, etc. I always told myself it didn’t matter because I am young and I have years to start worrying about aging, skin cancer, and just my skin in general. NOT TRUE. The more you take care of your skin now, the better it will be when you’re older- trust me! 

It is simple things like drinking more water and choosing a moisturizer with SPF that can make a huge difference later on down the road. Some tips I (try) to practice on a daily basis for healthier, smoother, brighter skin:

1. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day or MORE!

 2. Always always always use an SPF- even if it’s cloudy, those rays will still get ya! ( I sneak mine into my daily moisturizer linked here

3. Spray tan - if ya can! (Trust me, I’m not judging if you lay in the bed, I did it for years, just giving my opinion! 😉)

4. Make sure you’re using the right products- just because your skin is oily doesn’t mean you don’t need a moisturizer. Most of the time if your skin is oily it’s BECAUSE you NEED one. Your skin is overcompensating because it’s actually dry!

5.Do preventive treatments!

I am getting a treatment done in a few months called Lumecca! I can’t do it right now because I’m breastfeeding, but I am so excited for it. Dr. Jim Brantner (his office is in Johnson City, TN website HERE) is whose office I’m doing it with. Lumecca targets vascular and pigmentation issues- so it’s good for young or old! It leaves your skin looking smoother and more youthful, that’s why they call it a “Photo Facial.” It helps with age and sun spots, reduces pores, and changes the texture of your skin because it promotes collagen! If you have Rosacea or want to smooth your freckles- this is for you! Even if you don’t suffer from any of the above, you can still do it. It will leave your skin with a Photo Facial finish! **NOTE: Lumecca is not recommended treatment for Melasma. 

Dr. Brantner's office is really focused on customizing your treatment to what outcome you are really wanting. During your initial consultation, you will talk about issues you are dealing with, what you would like to change, and how those will be resolved. 

With Lumecca there is NO downtime and it only takes about 30 minutes, depending on the area being treated. Yes, it is not just for your face! Lumecca can be used almost anywhere on your body. I am so excited to try this out! I will be doing before and after pictures to show my results and I can't wait to share them with you. Please comment or DM me if you have any questions about the treatment!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Spring Designer Shoe Dupes

I LOVE a good deal, and this Spring I have searched and found AMAZING dupes on alllllll of the most popular shoes for Spring. Cute shoes can make or break an outfit- but I hate spending an arm and a leg on them. . .Can I get an AMEN? Hahaha. So I usually end up waiting until they go on sale. But by then, my size is usually sold out ( I am a 7, literally the most common size EVER) or it's not even warm enough out to wear them. So I end up tucking them away for next year, begging for the warm weather to hit. I mean, who wants to do that??

So instead this year, go with a good dupe that could be literally only 25% of the price!! I have linked both designer and dupe brand so you can shop either, just click on a image to shop!

1. Marc Fisher Sandals VS XXI
These are literally an exact dupe! I have seen them both in person and it would be really hard to tell which is which! The forever 21 ones are under $20!! They come in a pretty white too!

2. Steve Madden VS Payless
So Payless is going out of business. .. BUMMER. They were making some super cute Steve Madden dupes. You can hardly tell these sneakers apart! Although they can't be purchased online anymore, so check your local store!

3. Steve Madden VS Payless

Also unavailable online! They took off all their inventory and are selling everything in stores! This shoe came in a ton of colors! It is probably under $20 now! Reg price I think around $30!

1. Chloe Wedge VS DSW
Honestly, I almost like the dupe better and not just because its literally 1/8 of the price. I love scallop for spring and summer and these wedges are SO comfy.

2.  Steve Madden VS Target
Clearly these look just a little different but also totally different price points! The Target dupes are under $20 and come in almost all the same colors as the Steve Madden's. These sandals were SUPER popular last year and I have feeling they will be this year too!

These are just some popular sandals I saw allll last summer. I found a similar-but different pair at Forever 21 for super cheap! And they are great quality too.

1. Chloe VS Vince Camuto
These dupes are still just a *little* pricey! But compared to over $200, $90 isn't so bad when you really want the shoes! I adore these sandals, they are sooo cute for Spring and Summer!

2. Chloe VS XXI
Love these wedges! I got a different dupe for the Chloe one's last  year at Payless! They may still have some in store (mine was out last time I checked) but Forever 21 still has this cute, affordable option!

 3. Sole Society VS Red Dress
Love the leopard print trend- I am definitely here for it! I really love both of these styles but these were the closest dupes I could find. Sole Society makes some AMAZING shoes, so they are definitely worth the price if you like that style better! But the Red Dress ones are under $40!

1. Goodnight Macaroon VS Nordstrom Rack
These boots OMG YALLLL. I wear them alllll the time and you have probably seen them on literally everyone's instagram! I am obsessed. They are heeled, but so comfy. I found a great deal on them so I bought them right away! There are some sizes still in stock but they are an identical dupe to the $168 dollar Goodnight Macaroon pair!

2. Steve Madden VS Target
The "Carson" heel has been my got to for so long if I need a good pair of heels for an event. They aren't too high and are surprisingly comfy (for a high heel). The wider heel on the back makes them SO much easier to walk in! Target recently came out with new heels and low and behold there is a dupe for my favorite heels! Love!

 3. Steve Madden VS Target
Another great Steve Madden dupe.  I hope you guys like their shoes as much as I do lol. Target made a dupe of the "Kimmie" by Steve Madden. They also come in blue and yellow!

1. Valentino VS Amazon
Love the studded shoe trend! How cute are these slides! SOOOOO much cheaper than the Valentino version and seriously just as cute!

2. Marc Fisher VS Steve Madden
I love a good pair of wedges! These Steve Madden's are my favorite because they are not as high as the Marc Fisher ones so they're easier to walk in lol Mom life.

3. Target VS Payless
If the Target version of the Steve Madden heels are still pricey, there is an EVEN CHEAPER version at Payless. You'll have to go in store to find them but they come in alllll sorts of colors and are $10 right now!

1. Steve Madden VS Target
Love these embellished slides! How cute are they!!!! I am alll about some sandals this year. These will go with anything and I love the sparkle.

2.  Chanel VS Sam Edelman
I love espadrilles! ESPECIALLY these Chanel ones- except they cost an arm and a leg hahahha. I found another cute version for under $60!

3. Valentino VS Amazon
YALL. These are identical! I think they are a perfect shoe for the beach or the pool! I wouldn't wear them for extended periods of time because the jelly rubs!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

American Eagle!

Love this jumpsuit! True to size and has adjustable straps!

This one is adorable too. Love the stripes for spring! Size up!

Love this tie sleeve top! So cute with jean shorts or white pants! TTS

MY FAV ROMPER. Comes in several colors. This cardi is also the cutest. So soft and comes in several colors too! Both are TTS

The cutest beach sweater. Comes in navy too! Love these belted shorts. Both are TTS

Monday, March 4, 2019

Top 5 of January

Hey guys! So tonight, like I do every month, I am going to share with you guys the top items from the previous month- just in case you missed them! bonus*** all of these are still in stock and some are even marked down. So grab them while you can! <3 All you have to do is click on an image to shop!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Current Baby Faves + Liam Sleep MIRACLE TRICK

Hey Mommas & Mommas to be! So after I posted the Chicco Quick Seat the other day and Liam's big boy carseat, I got sooo many messages asking about different things I like to use with Liam! For those of you who have been following along since Liam was having sleep issues, I think we have finally solved it without the crying- praise the Lord!!

1. First, is the Chicco Quick Seat! Yall. THIS IS AMAZING. Caleb and I haven't been able to sit down to a meal at a restaurant (hands-free) in forever! Normal high chairs aren't quite secure enough for Liam and he flops around leaving us trying to keep him from falling and eventually just taking him out of it! Actually, the last few times we ate at restaurants, their high chairs didn't have a "leg bar" (for between his legs) so he was half sliding out the bottom. We have actually had this for months but never got around to opening it or using it (I think we got it for Christmas) but we are seriously impressed. It folds up to about the size of a laptop, just a little thicker, and is SO easy to use. It attaches to any table, lip or no lip, thick or thin! He sat in it the ENTIRE time without fuss! Plus it has this hand tray so that his hands aren't all over the table!

(The cheapest deal I found is on Bed Bath and Beyond just because you can use their 20% off coupon. Linked here!)

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2. Big boy carseat! Excuse me while I cry a little bit. No more carrier car seat for my big boy! (He out grew the height limit on our other car seat!) I searched and searched for good safe car seats before I had Liam. My little brother actually had this exact same one, but I wanted to keep looking just to make sure it was the best choice. I really wanted a car seat we could use for a while! Most car sesats are some sort of convertibles but not all! This one is newborn alll the way to a booster seat! So hopefully we won't have to buy him another one- EVER. This one was 4.8 stars AND it was Baby Center's no. 1 car seat for 2018! 

Best deal linked here

3. Love to Dream Swaddle. Liam LOVES this swaddle. He is a belly sleeper, so this swaddle allows him to feel swaddled, yet still have his arms out from his sides to comfortably lay. His arms fan out beside his head in this swaddle.

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4. Ergo Carrier 

I have so many wraps and carriers and this one is mine (and Caleb's fave). Liam will always go right to sleep when he's in it! It's padded in all the right places, making it comfy for you and baby! It also comes with a block to boost up baby if they aren't quite tall enough.

Linked here! + 20% off on Bed Bath and Beyond

Liam Sleep Miracle!

Off and on, Liam has been extending his naps to longer than 45 min, which is amazing for me! I decided to cut out one of his three naps (keep in mind he is 8 months old so it is normal for a baby this old to drop one nap). His previous schedule was 7 AM wake, 9 AM nap, 12:30 PM nap, 4:30/5 PM nap, 7:30 PM bed. We dropped the 4:30/5 nap and moved his two nap to 10 AM and 3 PM. It has made his naps waaay longer and he goes down much easier at night now! 

We had tried SO MANY sleep methods. Cry it out, moms on call, 12 by 12, none of it made a difference. He would make the most pitiful cry and would just be up ALLLL night long. It made this momma so sad!

The real trick was getting him outside for at least 30 min!!! My grandma always said he just needs fresh air and he will go right to sleep and I swear she was right! When we installed his new car seat we were all outside for about 45 min and then that night he slept a 4 hour stretch at night (this hasn't happened in months). So everyday we have made a point to keep him outside for about 30 minutes during the day a couple times and it has worked like magic! I just hope it stops raining so we can continue.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

How to Train Your Hair- For Healthier, Longer Locks

Hey guys! So I had a ton of you respond to my stories when I was talking about not ever washing my hair. Honestly the best thing I ever did! The funny thing is, I actually started this by accident. After I had Liam, it was the middle of summer I was hormonal and having heat flashes, so I literally just always had my hair up in a bun! I hardly ever washed it and I noticed that it was so much softer and shinier. The more I did it, the longer it would take to become greasy and flat. I had always heard that you can train your hair to be less greasy so I decided to give it a try!

First off, you'll definitely be needing some dry shampoo! Thankfully, I wasn't working or having to go anywhere much so I could just throw my hair up in a messy bun and go with it- no matter how greasy it was. If you have the ability to do this for a couple days- I would do it. The main goal of "training" your hair is to teach it not be oily! Washing it everyday and rinsing out all the oils your hair needs just makes it produce more, making your hair greasy! It is important to keep your hair moisturized, especially if you are not washing it often! I use a hair oil, to keep the ENDS ONLY of my hair soft and silky. Also, using salon grade shampoo will make a MAJOR difference. Cheap products that can be purchased at drug stores and Wal Mart create a waxy build up that is bad for hair! I will be linking my favorite products later in the post!

I didn't follow any real plan, I just did what works best for me. So I will just share with you exactly what I did and how my hair reacted. Now I usually wash my hair, let it air dry and then curl it with a wand. My curls will last about a week (of course I have to touch them up slightly every other day) and I use dry shampoo usually the last two days!

Week 1
5 days no wash

So the first week you just kind of get to know your hair. Were you just washing your hair everyday out of habit? How many days does it take you hair to get so greasy you can't stand it?

The first time I did this, I went 5 days without washing my hair. Normally I could go 1-3 depending on how I styled my hair. So the last two days I had my hair up in a bun! There are natural oils in your hair that can only be produced by your body. The best conditioning treatment is oily, greasy hair! (as gross as it sounds).

Week 2
4 days no wash

For some reason, I remember the second time being WAY worse than the first time I went a long time without washing my hair! My hair was greasier than it had ever been and I ended up using dry shampoo on day 2 and 3. Day 4 was a  greasy messy bun! Your hair will feel amazing after letting it sit super  greasy for a day- trust me!

Week 3
6 days no wash

My hair was SO SHINY and soft this week! Although by day 4 I noticed the ends of my hair felt very dry, so I applied a VERY TINY amount of my favorite hair oil ( I have two & I'll link them below) and rubbed it on the ends of my hair and they felt brand new again! Days 5 and 6 I used dry shampoo!

Week 4

Guys this was literally life changing! Especially with a baby- I had no time to get ready, but I still wanted to feel pretty and put together. All I had to do was run a brush through my hair or add some dry shampoo! Having super curly hair, I thought I would never be able to do this! My hair has ALWAYS been high maintenance so I am so glad to have whipped it into shape! 😂


  1. Moroccan oil- This stuff smells AMAZING and makes your hair so soft and shiny! I use on the ends of my hair if they are looking or feeling dry and a little bit on wet hair when I get out of the shower!
  2. BB Hairdresser's Oil- again smells amazing! I do the same things with this as I do the Moroccan oil. I just switch back and forth!
  3. Redken All Soft has been one of my favorite salon shampoos for years! It leaves your hair so soft and light! ANNDD it's not super expensive. Jc Penny's usually has it on sale!
  4. OLAPLEX- I cannot tell you enough amazing things about this product. If you are a blonde you HAVE TO HAVE this stuff. Amazing hair masks for color treated or bleached hair!
  5. Pureology Hydrate- another good shampoo and conditioner if you have thick, curly, or dry hair!
  6. Hydrate sheer- Good for my girls who have dry hair, but it's thinner!
  7. Matching conditioners
  8. MilkShake Purple Shampoo- I get asked all the time how I get my blonde from being brassy and this is the secret!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this purple shampoo! and it lasts forever!
  9. My favorite dry shampoo! I don't reccomend the ones that color your hair! They make it feel funny but any of the scented ones work great!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Recent Amazon Favorites

Y'all I've been spending waaay too much time on Amazon recently, but they really do have some good stuff! I have ordered a couple things and I love them! The best advice I can give is to ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS read the reviews and look at the pictures people post. However, on Amazon, it's usually worth the risk because even if it turns out bad and they won't refund you Amazon customer service is AMAZING and they will work it out for you! That being said, there is some great spring stuff I have found recently! I'm allll about the spring and summer styles right now. A lot of this stuff sells out and is then restocked, so be sure to check back if they don't have your size!

Just click on an image to shop!

*** I do make a tiny commission for you all shopping through my links! ( less than sales tax) I appreciate you guys supporting me by shopping through my links- you all are the best!****

Monday, February 18, 2019

Spring Trend: Bright, Striped Cardigans

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Striped cardigans are one of my favorite trends for spring! I love all the bright colors and since it’s still chilly outside, it’s a great way to keep warm and still be cute! I love pairing mine with some jeans and neutral top- to really make the colors pop!

Some other cute options would be over a t shirt dress with some booties and if it’s  hotter out, with a cute tank and pair of jean shorts! 

I’ve linked several cute options below! All you have to do is click on an image to shop!