Sunday, May 17, 2015

Hair Loves And Must-Haves

Hair Favorites

Hair. Hair. Hair. It's one of the physical parts of myself that I've never been insecure about. I've never used harsh chemicals, no dying or frying. It's long, it's thick and in the summer I get cool highlights. But, because of the good health my hair is in right now, I want to keep it that way. So, I pay extra special attention to the products that I use. And here are my five current loves and must-haves in the tresses department:

1. Suave "For Kids" Double Dutch Apple Detangler: Because of my super long, thick hair, I need detangler. And this one, although it's just "for kids" works better than any other fancy product I've ever tried. Plus, it smells insanely good. 
2. John Frieda Sheer Blonde Crystal Clear Hairspray: I'm a very big fan of all of Victoria's Secret's hairsprays. They smell incredible (for hairspray) and keep your hair soft while keeping its hold. But recently, I tried this puppy out since I hate the way a lot of hairsprays darken my hair when used. And this is true to form, it doesn't dull my color at all.
3. Bed Head Curling Rod: I discovered this genius invention last year and haven't put it down since. I've never had curlers or curling irons that keep my hair curled all day long and this takes care of the job everyday.
4. Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Treatment: O my goodness, this was one of my favorite Christmas presents from the past holiday. I slap on a bit of this cream while my hair is still damp, before I start blow drying and it helps to enhance, style and volumize the entire day's hairdo.
5. Suave Naturals Shampoo, Sun Ripened Strawberries: Usually, I only buy Suave in the coconut scent, but the strawberries are perfect for a quick clean. I rotate shampoo and conditioner every day between inexpensive and fancier products. I can go from Herbal Essences to Big and Sexy to Suave in a mere four days. This rotation keeps a vibrancy in my hair that falls away when I use the same wash over and over.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

My Hometown

Several years ago I used to think that there was an “over the rainbow” out of small town USA but I was granted a new appreciation as I got a bit older. There’s that small town stereotype that has White House in a chokehold. Not to mention that we’re in the south, which only reinforces that stereotype. 

I use Facebook to chat with far away family, annoy some of my good friends and share my daily posts from around the blogosphere but it's hard not to log in and get a bit frustrated. I’m frustrated because people who should be at the heart of the potential of White House are adding to the preconceived notions with their pessimistic and disapproving remarks. 

I’ve been very blessed with parents that value culture. Throughout my still-short life, I’ve been privileged enough to see a lot of places across the country and overseas. And throughout those experiences, I’ve learned that the cliché, “There’s no place like home,” is my reality because in this world it doesn't get much better than a reliable place to live. Unfortunately, I’ve been seeing many from the White House community complaining about the city. I wonder if they know how lucky they are. 

There are so many people around the world, country, state… that would love and appreciate the opportunity to live here. There are so many people who aren’t fortunate enough to see friendly faces everyday or have a safe place to sleep at night. 

And if you’re complaining about the people here… 

News Flash: There are ignorant people and immature people everywhere. That’s life. Change the small-town stereotype by educating yourself before you add to the overall perception by venting rude, petty frustrations on the Internet. Seriously, think about the message you’re sending out every time you make those comments because they can’t be taken back. If you’re giving out negative energy, I wouldn’t expect something better in return.


I challenge you to value your home, wherever that may be. 

It just so happens I’m from a place that values something as simple as high school football and homecoming parades. And I appreciate the fact that something as simple as high school football can bring an entire community together. 

I appreciate driving home at night realizing there isn't anyone on the roads because the whole town is at home already. Safe. That doesn’t mean that tragedies don't happen here and won’t happen again. But look at the statistics, we’re safe. That’s not “small town.” It just means we’re around people who enjoy the little things in life.

And those little things we take for granted everyday, are what so many people would love to experience. There are far more pressing matters to discuss and be disgusted about in this world than the fact that you run into someone you know every time you go to Wal-Mart. Or the fact that we have a Wal-Mart is still a pretty big deal to everyone.

Enjoy the little things and appreciate your privileges, remember not everybody gets them.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Beauty: My Classic Red

Classic Red Lipstick for Blondes - Kate Moss RimmelEveryone has a classic red. And I finally found mine, thanks to Rimmel London. Even if you don't like makeup or like to be simple and natural, it's okay to have a day to be bold and adorn yourself with some vivacious reds. Classic Red Lipstick for Blondes - Kate Moss Rimmel   But I have to gush again about the NYX Curve eyeliner tool, because it's magical. And even more magical if you add a bit of gold glitter to it.  Classic Red Lipstick for Blondes - Kate Moss Rimmel
What I'm Wearing  
Foundation: Temptu - Ivory / Blush: Cover Girl Cheekers Blush - Classic Pink  / Eyebrows: Revlon Brown Fantasy - Dark Blonde / Lips: Rimmel - Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 01   / Eyeliner: Nyx The Curve - Jet Black / Glitter Liner: Ulta (bought in a holiday box) / Mascara: Maybelline Falsies - Volume Express
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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Our First Mother's Day Together

Grandmom  (My Mommy) and Claire

I grew up with a mom that was, and still is, the warmest of the warm. Easy to talk to, easy to be around and never a worry in the world when you're with her, she's a mommy to anyone and everyone she's with. That's included boyfriends, girlfriends, best friends, teammates and family members outside our immediate tribe, she's innately, tenaciously caring. Which means if you've done her children wrong she's also tenaciously protective. 

I hope to be that for my baby girl. 

I hope to be the one she comes to whenever there's a problem, a happy moment, a small, excitable experience she wants to share. I hope to be the one she wants to spend time with when she's a toddler and spend great moments of life with when she's older. 

And I'm so happy that every time Claire takes a peek in my mommy's direction, a huge smile widens on her face and they both giggle. 

My days are now filled with morning coos, tiny fingers tugging at my hair, toothless smiles, peekaboo snuggles and an incredible amount of captured moments. 

Happy Mother's Day to every mommy out there, especially my own. And loads of hugs and kisses are to be rained down on my baby Claire today, for allowing me to be her mommy and introducing me to this new, magical life. 

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pancake Muffins

Pancake Muffins with Trukey Sausage and Turkey Bacon

 It's an absolute treat when Justin and I get to spend a morning together. Especially when breakfast is involved. And these pancake muffins are the newest favorite!
 Pancake Muffins with Trukey Sausage and Turkey Bacon
  • Pancake Mix
  • Turkey Sausage Crumbles
  • Muffin Baking Pan
  • Syrup, Jellies & Butters
Pancake Muffins with Trukey Sausage and Turkey BaconLiterally all you have to do is fix up your pancake batter. Add your sausage crumbles to it and pour into the muffin tin! Bake until browned and bouncy on top, then add your syrups, jams or butters! It's a fun easy spin on a classic meal.
Pancake Muffins with Trukey Sausage and Turkey Bacon

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