February Ipsy Glam Bag 2015 (and notes on my psychological state)

I’m just going to let y’all know that the events of the last 18 hours have BLOWN MY DANG MIND.

The dress. THAT DANG DRESS. I cannot understand how it is black and blue in that picture. I CANNOT UNDERSTAND.

While I was DEEP into discussion and disbelief over that dang dress, I was watching How To Get Away With Murder ….. ……. ……. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but OH MY GOSH I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!!!! (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

And then Rory woke up and got dressed for school this morning and when I saw her I nearly fainted. She had on sweat pants, a t-shirt, and tennis shoes. SWEAT PANTS AND TENNIS SHOES. The child hasn’t ever worn sweat pants and for about 6 months has REFUSED to wear anything but cowgirl boots.

I’m telling you.

EVERYTHING IS NOW IN QUESTION. My psychological state is in need of help right now.

One thing NOT in question though? I still love my Ipsy Bag.

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Did you like that transition? I’ll be here all day.

A whole lot of people have been canceling and hating on Ipsy and OF COURSE I did too back with the December Bag.

But I’ve had two good bags in a row and have forgiven them for the hand creams.

Of course, I recorded a video reviewing the bag AND NOW THERE IS PROOF THAT IS WHAT I WAS RECORDING. Hope you enjoy!


IPSY GLAM BAG is a $10 a month subscription of beauty products – https://www.ipsy.com/r/5dks

Cargo Cosmetics Mini Lip Gloss in Anguilla

Hey Honey – Take It Off! Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask

Rob Scheppy for ‘Tini Beauty Eyeshadow in Pearl Fizz

Mitchell and Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil

ModelCo BLUSH Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini

 Happy Weekend!

humiliated and snow days.

Mother, father… if you are reading this you may want to just skip over until you see snow pictures.

So yesterday I filmed my Ipsy Bag review and then had to run out to meet Andy for lunch.

After we got home there was a knock on my door from the maintenance people. They needed to check the windows and spray for bugs.

I let them in and followed them into our room because I needed to make sure there was no underwear lying around anywhere.

I noticed their eyebrows going to the ceiling and caught them glancing at each other like… WHAT DID WE JUST WALK IN ON?!

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Then it hit me….

THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD DONE WALKED IN ON A HOME MOVIE….

and I’m not talking about the G rated kind…..

I scrambled to find words to explain that I was filming a review….. it just seemed like I was lying. I WAS SO HUMILIATED I COULD HAVE DUG A HOLE AND DIED IN THERE.

You should have seen their faces. I know they are still laughing about it. Those perves.

Speaking of perve…. Andy and I watched this clip from our local news approximately 22 more times than necessary because of the accidental filming of the word “sex” they kept showing. WE ARE MIDDLE SCHOOLERS AND SO MATURE.

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MOVING ON- MOM YOU CAN START READING NOW.

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Last night it started snowing and it didn’t stop until this morning. The snow is GORGEOUS.

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I don’t think I’ve ever experienced this type of snow before. Its not icy or wet which I’m used to coming from west TN. you can roll it and create the perfect snowmen easily. We have had the absolute best day playing in it. We have the hugest hill ever and we conquered it today. Andy was skeptical and thought it couldn’t be done. He hasn’t met me now has he?! Ha!

Unfortunately, I didn’t anticipate the speed at which I would fly down the hill. I barreled down that hill so fast I was seriously afraid I wouldn’t be able to stop before the drop off at the bottom. It was a successful day of sledding though if you accessed the damage. Rory busted her chin, Ryder has a huge scratch on her face, and I busted my lip and nose. All in a days fun, right?! We had a blast and wish Andy could have stayed home with us today!

He got up and went to work just after 7. It was hysterical watching him try to clean his truck off.

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Here are some pictures from our day!

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Of course even though I told them 1290398232398 times to make sure to go potty before we got all our clothes on I had one little tootie who did not heed my warning.

So my choice was either climb several flights of stairs and get the entire apartment dirty …

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Why not just use to potty in the car?! This has provided relief (har har) when we’ve needed it more times than I could’ve even hoped for.

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Happy Snow Day!

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Last week was a blur of sickness and appointments and yuck. Just wasn’t the best week we’ve ever had.

We did have a good streak though- a year with no fevers or illnesses. So I definitely feel mighty blessed about that.

Wednesday Ryder had her first dentist appointment. As a heart patient, she had to take antibiotics before and that was BRUTAL. Luckily that was by far the worst part because girlfriend LOVED the dentist. She was such a big girl and didn’t hesitate to let them do whatever they needed to do.

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On Friday night we did end up having a good snow and decided WHY NOT and played for a good fifteen minutes in it before bedtime.

Much to our relief we had some snow/ice left on Saturday morning so we find the best sled we could- a pool tube.

It worked like a charm and the girls had the best time sledding/tubing down some the very small hills at our apartment complex. (We live on the side of a hill/mountain/foothill WHAT DO YOU CALL IT? So we have some epic sledding hills that could happen if we got enough snow!)

I knew Rory would love it but wasn’t quite sure about Ryder. SHE LOVED IT. Until she got too cold. But for a good bit of time she had the time of her life.

The most important news is that Andy entered a chili cook off and WON. I’ve never been so proud in all my life.

Please note Andrew’s love of being on camera in the video.

Hope you enjoy! As promised it is a shorter video! :)

Frozen Meals | Fishing Tales| Rory’s birthday week

A little over a week ago, Andy and I got the bright idea to cook 21 frozen meals.

When I say, “Andy and I,” I clearly CLEARLY mean Andy. I would never volunteer to cook 21 meals at once, ever.

That being said, I have so enjoyed not cooking the past week because I already (meaning mostly Andy) cooked dinner! We went by this plan for the 21 Freezer Meals from ALDI and so far we have really liked all of them! So if you can deal with about 4-5 hours of cooking and 6-7 loads of dishes, you will really like this!

I have the pulled pork in the crockpot as we speak and I can’t wait for dinner!

After all the cooking we treated ourselves to an afternoon of fishing. It was too cold and windy and was a fail on the fishing front but we had a wonderful little picnic and a fun time out of the house on a sunny day with the girls.

The only thing caught was a random bobber someone else had left behind. I was the one that caught it. Who knows how. But no one is surprised by the randomness of this situation, now are they?

I have to interject with a marvelous story from my childhood.

I went camping with one of my best childhood friends, Jinny, one weekend. I always loved going camping with her family.

On this particular trip we decided to go fishing off a dock/pier/bridge/wooden structure. I have no clue where everyone else was and why I was alone fishing at this particular moment but I was. All of a sudden I saw a snake and for some STRANGE REASON ONLY TIFFANY WOULD DO I decided to hit the snake with my bait/hook. (Doesn’t this sound like something a little girl named Rory would do?!)

Well I’ll be darn if that snake didn’t freaking LATCH ON FOR DEAR LIFE. I will never forget it jumping at the bait and the panic that ensued. I mean I SCREAMED LIKE I WAS BEING MURDERED, Y’ALL. I realized no one I knew was around me so I started screaming louder, “I CAUGHT A SNAKE! HELP HELP HELP HEEEEEEELLLLLPPPPPPPPP I CAUGHT A SNAKE!”

Then my genius self decided, “you know what?! I bet I could flick this snake off of my line!”

So there I go, swinging that snake all around trying to get it to fly off while screaming, “HEEEELLLLPPPP I CAUGHT A SNAAAAAAAKE I CAUGHT A SNAAAAAKE!”

IT DID NOT WORK, PEOPLE.

I see Jinny and her parents running toward me because I AM SURE they assumed I was dead from all the hollering I was doing. Finally we get the snaked reeled in and this (moron) guy grabs the snake and holds it to his face and declares, “oh its just a water moccasin”…………….

And that is the day I learned to never attempt to scare a snake.

You know, now that I think about it… I think that may have been the last time I was invited to go camping with the Culpeppers. Interesting discovery for myself.

What can I say? I’m a wild card. I shouldn’t be trusted.

The whole week we spent celebrating Rory. On her actual birthday we took donuts to her school and she was so excited about that. I am convinced her love language is donuts. Who could blame her?

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After school we went to ChickFilA to play and have ice cream with some friends. The girls had a blast. That night we went to Rory’s choice for dinner which was Hibachi.

Now let me just say that girlfriend knows whats up choosing the most expensive place for her day. The girls loved the “show” they put on cooking.

Saturday was the most perfect day ever staying home in our pjs. LIKE WE DID NOT GET OUT OF OUR PAJAMAS THE ENTIRE DAY.

Ryder has been sickly and ran a little fever on Saturday. It ended up being the best day to just stay in and have a day of rest. Sunday morning she woke up wheezing so I knew I had to take her to the doctor. She went in and said, “now I have something fun planned today so I need to know if I can still go,” hahaha!

She was the absolute perfect patient and every single staff member came into the room to see her. I’m not even kidding. She took every test and poke and prod like a champ. She was so sweet.

At one point she started to get a little gassy and bless it, she is rank. Well, the nurse walked in and Ryder sits up and says, “I’m sorry about that smell, I let out a little toot.”

WHY MUST MY KIDS EMBARRASS ME EVERY SINGLE TIME WE GO TO THE DOCTOR?!

Good news is that Ryder claimed it and the nurse didn’t have to wonder if it was me. So I guess that part is a win.

She was diagnosed with bronchiolitis and got an RX for a steroid and breathing treatments. She is already back to her old self and I’m so glad.

Little note: My children had a little over a year straight where they didn’t run any fever. IS THAT CRAZY OR WHAT?!

Sunday afternoon we headed for Chattanooga to round out Rory’s birthday week and celebrate Valentine’s for them. Our gift to them for Valentine’s/Rory’s birthday was to see Disney Jr Live Pirate and Princess show. We had an absolute blast and the girls loved it. I think they actually enjoyed the pirate part better than the princess part!

Last week was busy and full of fun things. I’m so glad we have today at home to play and relax. Now hopefully all this rain won’t ice over because I’m pretty sure these children of mine NEED TO GO TO SCHOOL TOMORROW OKAY?! ha!

I vlogged last week and its longer than I intended because it was so many days of it. Next time I will only do a few days at a time so it will be shorter.

Hope you enjoy the video! Let me know if you do!

 

 

Wilderness at the Smokies | Rory’s birthday weekend

Winter birthdays are hard because you have to have an indoor party. And the cost of finding a place big enough for a party and then supplying everything for the party ends up being $200++++ depending on how big you go.

So I made the executive decision that THIS year we would take a little overnight trip instead. We had planned for years to take Rory to Disney on her 5th birthday, but life happens and you move and just can’t swing it. It happens, right?!

After a lot of discussion over where to go, Andy and I decided on Wilderness at the Smokies. It is a resort and indoor water park.  There were so many fun things to do other than the water park too- they have a ropes course, playground, arcade, mini golf, bowling, laser tag, and more I can’t remember. They also have restaurants at the resort so you don’t even have to leave ever. We absolutely loved it. Every single one of us. I can’t say enough great things about the weekend there. The room was great and every other accommodation was great too. We can’t wait to go back! The best part? We spent less than we would have on a party and had zero stress. WINNING.

I just have to say that Rory mastered every single attraction. She did such an awesome job  on the ropes coarse and went down every slide. She also did so good on the surfer thing (I have no idea what it is actually called). I was so proud of her and her determination to do everything she could without fear!

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I got a lot of a video and a few pictures. But mostly I just PLAYED with the girls and put my phone and camera away for most of the trip. It was WONDERFUL. Enjoy the video!

(Side note: we had planned to go to Dixie Stampede with Rory and her new “Dolly Partner” dress but we ended up going THE ONE WEEK they take a break in the year. Guess we will have to go back and take her another weekend!)

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FIVE. (a letter to Rory on her 5th birthday)

 

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My Dearest Rory,

Today you are five and I feel like I can hardly wrap my brain around that enough to even type it because WHERE DID THE LAST FIVE YEARS GO?

Everyone says it goes by in a blink and that is so very true. I blinked and you went from an infant to five.

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I will never forget the night you were born and those big, alert eyes taking in the room and observing every inch of my face. Your dad and I giggled out loud at how you wouldn’t take your eyes off of us for even a second. Your eyes were filled with such wonder and that has never left you. Every single moment is captured by you with deep observation. It is amazing to watch you take every detail in.IMG_0179Four has been a great year for you. You have grown and matured so much this year. Sleep has also been better which is a true miracle. We still struggle but have found ways to help nights go better even when you can’t sleep. You have been so extremely healthy all year which has been an enormous blessing. Sometimes I think your immune system is so rock solid because even now at FIVE today you still put every.single.thing. in your mouth. If I had a dollar for every time I have to tell you to not put something in your mouth you would be set for life.

IMG_0222I thought on your fifth birthday I would list my five favorite things about you. It was a good idea until I realized how hard it would be to limit it to just five, but I’m going to try-

1- The way your lips wrinkle upward at the corner of your mouth when you laugh and create this sweet little dimple. I look forward to your laughs just so I can see that spot and kiss it. In fact, your laugh is one of my favorite sounds in the entire world. It is so contagious and sweet. I could listen to it all day for the rest of my life.

2- The way you need to know how everything works. It is amazing to see your mind observe every detail of whatever is around you so that you can figure out how it works or how it is made. You will take apart things just to see how it goes back together. I’m always in awe of this.

3- I absolutely love how independent you are. I, of course, always want to be needed because I am your mom, but it makes me so proud to know that you have the will to figure out things on your own.

4- Your fierce style. Girlfriend, you have style for days. I love how you don’t care what anyone else thinks about your outfits. It doesn’t matter what you have on, you will strut yourself into school, church, wherever like YOU OWN THIS PLACE because you are so proud of your outfits. I’m always amazed at how you put things together that would never cross my mind. I’m so glad your confidence has soared so much this year and that you are in your element now.

5- Your tenacious spirit. Most of the time I just call you strong-willed, and that is so true, but you are also wonderfully tenacious. Once you set your mind on something you are going to do it until you do it WELL. You do not give up, you will press on until you master whatever you’re doing. I believe this is my absolute favorite thing about you. Nothing makes me prouder than seeing you tackle something head on with determination. You may fail or fall several times but you always, always pick right back up more determined than ever until you nail it. I wish I was more like you in that way.

I could list thousands more things that I love about you.

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I want you to know that I am so deeply proud of you. I can’t get over how smart you are and how beautiful you are. I love that you are unique and don’t follow a crowd. I will be praying that you always start the trends and set the standards instead of follow them.

This year has been such an amazing year of growth for you. You started the year struggling with confidence and feeling like you were good. That was the hardest time for me as your mom because YOU ARE SO GOOD. Every bit of you is good. We are ending this year in a new place where you are confident and flourishing. I’m so thankful for that. You have learned so much at school and about life this year. You are in such a good place and I’m just so proud of that.

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I cannot wait to see what year five brings for you. It is going to be an exciting year of big changes. You will start Kindergarten soon and that is so scary and exciting for your mother. I know you are beyond ready and I can’t wait to see how much you learn over the next year.

Rory, on your fifth birthday, I want you to know that you are my biggest joy and my most precious gift. Being your mom has been my biggest source of pride. Until I had you I didn’t grasp the meaning of the verse, “fearfully and wonderfully made,” (Psalms 139:14)- and that verse describes you so perfectly. I know God formed every inch of you perfectly. I wish I could ingrain this into your brain for eternity so you could never waver in your confidence. You are beautiful on the inside and out and I pray that you will always know that.

Sweet Rory Eve, I love you more than words could ever say. Thank you for being such a wonderful daughter and big sister. I’m so proud of you. I’m so thankful for you. These five years have been the most challenging and beautiful years of my life. I wouldn’t change a single thing about you. You are sassy and sweet. You are funny and serious. You are the most amazing five year old in the entire world.

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“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” Song of Songs 4:7

I love you to the heavens and back my precious girl,

Mom

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Rory at Five:

– 42 inches tall- you can now ride most rides which you are so excited about!

– You LOVE: TUTUS AND DRESSES AND NOTHING ELSE (ha), unicorns, play tattoos, barbies, COWGIRL BOOTS AND NOTHING ELSE, makeup, ponytails, legos, “Dolly Partner”, swimming, dancing, running, and most of all you are madly in love with your little sister, Ryder

– Favorite Books: Go Dogs Go, Franklin, Pinkalicious (you really love all books though)

– Favorite Songs: You love praise songs, it is the sweetest thing to hear you sing them! You also love “Let It Go”, “Cool Kids”, “Welcome to New York”, “Shake It Off” (anything by Taylor Swift actually!), “The Honey Song”

– Favorite Movies and Shows: Sheriff Callie, Kate and Mim Mim, Octonauts, and Paw Patrol. All Disney movies are your favorites- you love anything princess!

– I asked what you wanted to be when you grow up and you said without hesitation: “A FASHION ENGINEER” – I couldn’t possibly think of a better job for you.

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live updates such as toilet troubles and licking slides

I’m sitting at McDonald’s while the kids play because we all just desperately needed out of the apartment. While I really love our place, the biggest downside is the lack of space to play. There is no outdoor space and sometimes we just need to get the heck out of dodge before someone gets hurt.

Truth be told, the McDonald’s playtime was a big ol’ bribe by yours truly in attempt to get the kids to cooperate during Rory’s five year old photo shoot. I use that term loosely seeing as it is basically me yelling at whichever child to PLEASE JUST LOOK AT MY CAMERA FOR ONCE IN YOUR LIFE.

Luckily I was smart enough to bribe them with a chance to play at the germ pool that is the fast food restaurant playground, so the pictures went off without a hitch.

I have no idea how the pictures turned out exactly because my camera died before I could view them so hopefully the possible diseases we came in contact with won’t be in vain.

For those interested, we had the best time ever ever ever at Wilderness at the Smokies. I have a ton of video and some pictures to share but TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES ARE GETTING THE BEST OF ME RIGHT NOW.

I’m hoping to have all that up by Friday.

You should know that Rory just came to me and yelled, “RYDER FARTED MOM AND IT STANKS.” I am mortified but everyone here is entertained so I guess that is what matters.

Or maybe what matters is manners, but my children clearly lack them even though I pour hours of my time into correcting this unladylike behavior.

Which brings me to my next point….

DOES ANYONE EVER HEAR ME?!

Surely I’m not alone in this dilemma of life, but I swear y’all, I must repeat myself to no avail 2103910323 times a day. No but seriously. I feel like I talk and correct and ask questions all the live long day and NO ONE HEARS ME.

How many times does one need to say something before THEY EXPLODE OUT OF FRUSTRATION?!

I feel as though I’m at that point right now. I would love to say it was the kids but I’m telling you right now that everyone in our house must have “Tiffany muffs” on because NO ONE CAN HEAR ME APPARENTLY.

I waste all of my time and energy speaking and I cannot understand why it has to be this way????

Okay, okay. Rant over.

Update: Rory just came and said there is a kid who has a large butt crack shining at everyone.

Update 2: Ryder just came to me in an urgent need to poop. Took everyone and everything to the bathroom and there was lots of poop talk. Rory then asked the lady in the stall next to us if she was going poop too. “It is okay if you are because all of my family is too! Even my mom! We all poop! Everyone poops! So if you need to push it out and make a lot of noise, IT IS OKAY!” I’m sure she appreciates the encouragement and permission to be loud while pooping even though the poor lady didn’t ask for all that information.

Update 3: We got ice cream and I enjoyed every bite of Ryder’s. She insists she loves ice cream even though I gently AND firmly remind her that she never eats it. But once again, no one listens to anything I say and therefore we get her ice cream and she has one lick before she decides LIFE IS UNFAIR BECAUSE I DON’T LIKE THE ICE CREAM MAMA!

Update 4: Rory now declares the need to poop.

Update 5: I HAVE LOST THE WILL TO LIVE WITH THE OVER SHARERS THAT ARE MY CHILDREN.

Update 6: I’m afraid they will be banning us from this place soon.

Update 7: I don’t even know why I tried to blog seeing as I had to shut my computer and tote it to the bathroom 4 million times.

Update 8: Why is it that when we go to play at places the children suddenly feel the need to be in my lap or give me 87 million hugs? I should treasure this, I know, but seriously. WE CAME HERE FOR US TO NOT HAVE TO TOUCH.

Update 9: My children will surely need therapy.

Update 10: There is a child who has stalked Ryder and stolen her socks off her feet 5 times. I cannot find her mother.

Update 11: Ryder is yelling “GET AWAY FROM ME SOCK THEIF”. I’m afraid she will be knocked out soon because, as we know, RYDER DOES NOT PLAY.

Update 12: I just saw my children licking the slide. I must go now and hold a vigil for their health.

Friday Faves: Makeup Edition

I never got around to filming my January Faves since I was having camera issues so I thought today I would post five makeup favorites from January.

1. L’oreal TrueMatch Concealer 

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I have fallen madly in love with this concealer. It is the perfect amount of coverage and blends so well.

2- (shocker) Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes in the color Fearless

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I know, I know. You are completely sick of me talking about these blushes. I JUST WANT TO GET MY POINT ACROSS SO YOU WILL ALL GO BUY IT AND SEE WHAT MAKEUP HEAVEN LOOKS LIKE.

If you enter the code ‘SWEET’ you get 20% off your order. DO IT.

3- Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eye Liner in Jet Black

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I finally got my hands on this and I AM IN LOVE. I’ve been rocking a winged liner like it is my JOB.

4- Coconut Oil

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I love this post about all the uses of coconut oil. I personally use it the most for a moisturizer, makeup remover, and to shave my legs.

5- Clarisonic Mia2 

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This is a bit of an update for you- I am in love with this! I’ve been using it ever day and have noticed a great difference in my skin texture. If I skip a day I can tell which is the sign of a good product. I use it with the philosophy purity cleanser and I think it is worth the investment for sure!

Okay, so those are my Five Friday Faves in the makeup department for January. Next month I will film it!

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Well I finally got a new camera and have been loving it. Yesterday I decided to film my “Five Minute Face” tutorial since I needed to put makeup on anyway. The problem with filming and talking during the filming is that it doesn’t take five minutes.

I did time this several times and got between 5-7 minutes every time when I just did my makeup without having to stop. So I promise it is a quick face! ha! This isn’t my favorite video but some people who have no makeup experience will get something out of it!

The most important thing to look out for is the times I break out into random song. I just can’t help it. I am so my mother.

What I Used:

Dr Brandt Pores No More Primer
BareNaked by BareMinerals Foundation in 007 Bare Natural
Loreal True Match Concealer in Neutral
Maybelline Color Tattoo : colors Barely Branded and Bad to the Bronze
Naked 2 Pallette : shadow colors Tease (eyebrows) and Blackout (liner)
Hoola Bronzer by Benefit
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Classic
CoverGirl LashBlast mascara in Very Black
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

(Not mentioned because I forgot- I used a CoverGirl pressed powder to set my under eyes and T-zone. CAN’T BELIEVE I FORGOT TO SAY THAT!)

Hope you enjoyed the video! Let me know you’re favorite easy face products!

chopped! : before & after

I was feeling like a needed a big change but didn’t know what I wanted. As I’m approaching 30 (I know, I’m tired of hearing about it too), I have just been feeling the need to change some things.

I’ve been having major hair envy over lots of celebs lately and their fresh new cuts. I hate I’m technically late to this ball game since I don’t want to be an “after trend” BUT I wanted to make sure I was 100% sure I wanted to chop the hair off.

I haven’t gotten a really good cut in over 2 -3 years. I’ve gotten trims etc, but not a good cut all that dead crap off type cut. My hair was starting to look pitiful and it was just time.

I’ve been posting long bobs, or lobs, to my Pinterest board for hair for months. Finally after many months of debate with myself, I decided to take the plunge. Here were my favorite “hairspirations”.

Lauren Conrad is always, always on top of my beauty inspiration board. (source)

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I think my favorite has been Kelly Ripa’s hair. It looks so fresh and so cute straight or wavy. I’ve been drooling over her hair every morning for months. (source)

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So here are my before pics (warning: these are not the best pics I’ve ever taken ha!):

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I ended up getting 10+ inches cut off! I couldn’t believe it. I’m going to be donating it after I do some research on where to send it (meaning a place that will actually use my hair and not sell it).

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I am absolutely in love with it. I think she did such an amazing job listening to me and actually doing what I wanted. I also loved her because she took her precious time shampooing me and fixing it afterwards. I felt totally pampered and not rushed which is AMAZING. She also gave me the cut for free since it was my first time with her. I tipped her well and was just so glad I found her. Holla, Bethany! You did good!

I picked the girls up from school but had a coat and scarf on so they didn’t notice my hair. When we got home and took all my outwear off Ryder stopped and said “whoa! your hair!” She said she loved it too which is kind of a shocker because Ryder is weird about such things.

Rory was beside herself saying how much she loved it and how CAH-UTE it was which cracked me up.

Then she said that Andy was going to say, “come on over here little lady and give me some sugah.” HA HA HA HA HA. Where on earth does she even get this stuff from?!

And I would like to report that this is what happened when I sent Andrew the picture:

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I cracked up. Andy has never, ever, ever, EVER used exclamation points. EVER. Like ever.

DO YOU GET MY POINT?!

So I got completely tickled over that text because it is so beyond out of character for him. I think he knew he needed to have a strong reaction. I mean most of the time he doesn’t even notice things like this. haha!

I’m so happy with the entire experience today and especially pleased with how my hair turned out. I think it was just the “rebellious” change I needed.

catching up

We have had such a jammed packed few days I feel like I can’t quite come up for air.

10896967_10101534510306106_1846083237356787857_nLast week Rory had some visitors (Andy’s parents) for her first of many birthday celebrations. She knows how to do her birthday – dragging it on as long as possible. She gets this from her momma. They enjoyed hours of fun at ChuckECheese and are still talking about how fun it was.

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Last week I went to the gym every day- shocking, I know. Come Sunday I was SO DANG TIRED. I took Sunday off and should have gone last night but didn’t. I’ll tell more about that in a minute. The point I’m making is, I feel so good. Getting back to working out has been so good. I’ve attempted getting back in the gym several times but always at gyms that didn’t offer what I needed. We now go to a gym with childcare and SO MANY classes to go to. We absolutely love it. I’ve tried Tabata, Zumba (of course), LIFT (my favorite so far), and a few others. The girls love going too which ends up keeping me accountable since they ask all the time if we can go to the Y. Bonus is that I’ve met a few friends here that go to the same gym and they meet up for the classes. It is so much better going with friends!

I also went to a “moms club” meeting last week and met a few nice ladies. It is always strange to put yourself out there like that and go to these things, but my only new years resolution was to make a friend. ha!

This past weekend was full to the brim too. Friday night I went to Chattanooga to spend some money at Ulta with my 20% off coupon. I met my future sister-in-law, Victoria, and we had a great time. I couldn’t have picked a better match for Andy’s brother, Austin, even if I tried.

Saturday was filled with going to the gym, driving around for about two hours looking at houses (our favorite pastime as of late), and then heading to GA for dinner with my Aunt Patrice. It was just the best day! The girls had so much fun and so did I.

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Sunday we went to church and let me just tell y’all, our pastor has been doing a series on forgiveness and it has been the best series. I feel so encouraged and so much lighter after realizing I was holding on to some unforgiveness I didn’t even know about until my eyes were opened through the series. We have also been trying a new SS class and *fingers crossed* I think we may have found “the one”.

Sunday afternoon I went to Chattanooga again to meet Victoria and two of her bridesmaids for her to try on some dresses. Y’all, it made me so nostalgic watching all these women try on dresses for their wedding days. And then when Victoria came out in all of her dresses she was trying it was hard not to weep a little. I’m just so happy for them and am so glad Austin found her. We can all see how much he loves her and seeing that after knowing him since he was in elementary school is just so amazing. We can’t wait to celebrate them throughout the next year leading up to their wedding.

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Sunday night we went to a Super Bowl party with the SS class we have been attending. I will say again, it is so dang hard to put yourself out there and go to these things. Andy isn’t much of a socializer either so I feel like I have to put on the brave face and make sure he is having a good time too. Luckily this was the perfect time to try out a social function because Andy just sat in a room with the guys watching the game and didn’t need any help with that. ha! We both had a really great time. The girls had a blast and I’m happy to report there was only one touchy time when Ryder decided to chunk a toy stroller down the stairs at her sister. They both thought it was hilarious and all the moms ran and had heart attacks thinking someone had fallen down the stairs. It took me about 20 minute to recover.

Yesterday was a really big day for our house.

Ryder started PreK3.

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*sob wail sob*

I can’t believe how hard it was for me to send her back to school. We have just had the best time in the mornings this year and I was sad to see that go.

She went into school like it was no big deal. She wouldn’t even tell me goodbye. RIDICULOUS. She came home with RAVE reviews….. about the food. HA. So typical of our little food lover. She couldn’t get over the food. She talked about it all night long. She also made a little groundhog and was so proud of it. I think school is going to be great for her like it is for Rory. I can’t say enough how blessed we were to find this school. It has been the absolute perfect fit for Rory and hopefully it will be the same for Ryder.

I’m also excited to have the mornings to myself to blog, vlog, and keep the house on a better cleaning schedule.

Last night Andy and I cooked for five solid hours because we are trying this 21 freezer meals for $150 at Aldi. (It ended up being $180ish) I will keep y’all posted on how it goes.

But let me say this. I AM NOT A FAN OF THE PREP. We were both hurting from standing over the counter and cutting/cooking/mixing/etc etc etc last night. Also- FOUR LOADS OF DISHES. I can’t even deal with that. But when I have to just pop in a dish every day with no prep I’m going to be so dang happy!

This week is going to be fun too- today a longtime friend is coming for a visit and tomorrow I’m going to be getting my hair done. Which is A BIG STINKIN’ DEAL. Any suggestions on what I should do?

chasing life one hilarious adventure at a time