Category: Everyday Life

friday links & loves

I wish I had some fun things to tell you today, but quite frankly, this week has been a blur and a bit blah.

I don’t know if I mentioned it on the blog, but Jersey (the dog) somehow messed her back all up. Bulging discs, fractures, etc. She spent most of last week at the vet on meds and just resting. Since being home she’s been on two medicines. One being prednisone. Do you remember me talking about how Ryder was ‘roided out a few months ago? Well imagine a tiny little dog that way.

It has not been fun, okay?

On Tuesday night a perfect storm ensued inside of my home and it was one of those nights where TIFFANY BROKE DOWN. Jersey woke up SEVERAL times needing to pee or drink water thanks to the medicine (this is something she never does) and therefore the girls woke up because I was up with the dog.

Want to know what is worse than waking up with kids all the time? Waking up with a dog that wakes up the kids.

Guess who was totally unaffected by the chaos all night long………. #ilovemyhusband

On Wednesday morning I “woke up” (if you count 30 minutes of total sleep waking up) and Andy knew right away that mama was TIRED and ON THE EDGE. I didn’t even say a word. I just clearly looked rough. That is when the heavens opened and Andy said to the girls, “get your shoes on, I’m taking you to school today.” Then he told me to climb back in bed. AND THAT RIGHT THERE IS THE ABSOLUTE EPITOME OF ROMANCE. That is not a joke. I felt so completely loved right there in that moment of, “go climb back in bed”. So I did and I slept for 2 hours and felt so much better.

I would have slept longer but you all know that the lady upstairs would never allow for that.

My friend Emily sent me a link to a YouTube video this week and I have laughed nonstop over it. If you want to know what I’m dealing with (minus the diarrhea I have to hear constantly above me) you need to watch this video.

Which leads me to telling y’all that we have a little over 5 weeks left until we close on our house. HALLELUJAH.

I would like to apologize for anyone who follows me on Pinterest because clearly I’m pinning ideas for the new house LIKE A MAD WOMAN. I will follow through with approximately two and a half of these ideas, but it is the thought that counts.

Here are some of my favorite ideas for the new house and the ones I want to implement in some way:

1- Giant Floor Pillows : We have a big family room in the new house and I really want to make a few of these floor pillows for the girls. I think they would be perfect for the space and I plan on getting some fun fabric to bring lots of color into the room.

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 10.01.04 AM2- My dad would never admit this, but he is very creative and makes beautiful furniture. He has committed to making my sisters and I a piece of furniture for our homes and I decided to have him make me a kitchen island. He’s making my sisters tables but I already have one and desperately need an island in the new kitchen (that I plan to completely rip out …. eventually). So I’ve been pinning island ideas for him. (source)

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 10.09.23 AM3- The Coffee Bar. I am absolutely sure that I will be implementing a coffee/tea bar into our new house. We have very limited counter space right now in the kitchen and the keurig takes up so much room. So I plan to have a small coffee bar. And I can’t stinking wait. (source)

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4- The girls’ rooms. I have pinned too many things to count to inspire me for the girls’ rooms. They will be separated again because Ryder loves to sleep and Rory doesn’t. ha! I think Rory’s room should be fun and have elements of adventure and physical things she can do (i.e.: rockwall) and Ryder’s should have things that will encourage and inspire her imagination to run wild. I cannot wait to makeover their rooms.

A girl version of this amazing room. Can you even imagine Rory’s delight in that rockfall and the reading area under the bed?!

528a7f62697ab02204006670._w.540_s.fit_And when I saw this picture I immediately thought that Ryder would LOVE THIS ROOM.

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 10.27.13 AM5- And on a totally random note, I have seen this shirt blow up all over pinterest. I saw it several months ago and a friend of mine actually sent it to me saying, “This is so you.” I couldn’t decide if I loved that my friends far and wide know this about me or if I should be ashamed. I’m a little of both. But I’m pretty sure it needs to be a shirt that I own… if only just for a disclaimer. (source)

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So there you have it. A random Friday post of things I’m loving as I perfect my hobby of pinning things on pinterest that I may or may not follow through with. Only time and the urge to binge watch Gossip Girl/Friends/One Tree Hill on Netflix will tell.

Rory’s first soccer game is tomorrow. We are all so stinkin’ excited! Have a great weekend!




car “wrecks” and potty mouths

Oh, yesterday. April Fools. You did not disappoint.

I took the girls to school and came home to wait until an appropriate time to call my old work and get them.

(While I waited I clipped coupons for makeup because THIS IS MY LIFE NOW.)

I called and pretended to be a woman with a strong country accent that had 8 kids with “the tenncare”. I had the receptionists going for A WHILE. It was amazing.

Then I called back to the nurses and somehow they knew it was me right away. They all told me I needed a job. Pretty sure they are right. It was amazing and I got it all on video so I will be posting that on the youtube soon.

When I got home from picking the girls up from school I came home to find a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from Andy. Now if you know us at all you know that Andy isn’t the romantic, flower giving type. So it was pretty hysterical that he “got me” for April fools with the flowers.

After the girls rested up we headed to the park. It was beautiful, sunny, warm with a cool breeze…. it was just gorgeous outside.

Ryder stayed under the playground equipment in the shade because the sun was too bright and hot and it made her legs not work.


After being terrorized by bees (there was one bee for one second) the girls declared they were ready to go home.

We load up in the van and I go to back out when I see another car rapidly backing out toward me. I realize the other car isn’t stopping and is about to hit my car right where Rory is sitting so I throw my car into drive and hit the gas to avoid being hit by the car.

I unfortunately didn’t see that there was a curb and a ditch and so there I went right into it.

The guy speeds off and never bats an eye when he sees me in this predicament. Lovely man I’m sure.

Now I have to tell you that when I hit the curb and went over it wasn’t my finest hour and I let out a hearty “sh&@” out of my mouth . Again, not my finest hour.

The girls immediately started asking what that “sh…” word was. Over and over. Then they went on to play while I waited on a tow truck and never mentioned it again so I thought I was off the hook.

But of course it couldn’t be that easy.

This morning Rory woke up (at 4am for the day asking for… lettuce; I will never understand) and started asking more questions about that “s” word. I finally broke down and told her that it was a very bad word like poop or crap and that mommy shouldn’t have said it and that I had already asked for forgiveness. She said, “Well Jesus will forgive you but lets not say that again, okay?” Yes ma’am.

Rory volunteered to say the prayer this morning at school and this was her prayer:

“Dear Lord, thank you for this day. Please forgive my mom and help her not say that shit word again. Amen.”

Because why not? I was mortified.

Luckily the teachers thought it was hilarious and didn’t shame me into oblivion. Reason 9293824 why I love Rory’s school. They are fun and not too serious or “perfect”.

So there you have it. 24 hours in the life of Tiffany.

I need my reality show. If it is gonna be all crazy all the time I need to be paid for this mess.

Happy Easter weekend! Andy is off tomorrow for Good Friday and I’m pretty sure this is the first time he’s ever been off. We are all so excited for the weekend. Rory has been really listening this year and it is so sweet to see her heart opening and learning about Jesus. There is nothing better in life than that.


babies, weddings, mudding, and butts. (what more you could ask for?!)

I have been gone from the internet world (more on that in another post) for two weeks and I now feel like I have SO MUCH to catch you up on. Let’s dive right in, okay?

First, I feel like I should update you on the state of my hair after Dave made it skanky two weeks ago.

After I posted that skank hair photo I had several people screen shot it and use it against me and HELLO I WILL GET YOU BACK BECAUSE I AM THE QUEEN OF PAYBACKS. Just needed to put that out there.

I am sad to say that it got worse before it got better because I dyed it darker and then it faded to a weird green/grey color that doesn’t look good on anyone. So I booked myself an appointment at a salon (got a groupon which is sorta Dave friendly) and finally fixed my hair.


Thursday night we headed towards West TN.

And let me just say…. I’m continuing to be completely blown away by the amount of use we get out of the potty in the car.

IMG_3499Friday I spent some of the day with my coworkers at my old job in Savannah. We laughed until we cried/about peed our pants and oh, it was so good to my soul. The people I worked with are some of my favorite people on earth and I miss them every single day. After my time at the office, I dropped by two of my friends’ place of work to say hi and surprise them. I wasn’t there long at either but just wanted to say hi to Jennifer and congrats to Haley who is expecting her second baby!


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As we were on our way towards Andy’s parents we got word that Ashley (Andy’s sister) had her babies.

Unfortunately, Ashley has had a very hard time and the entire experience was extremely traumatic. It isn’t my story to tell, so I won’t give details here, but please be praying for her- this is the hardest thing she has ever been through and it continues to be hard.

I will say that I am just so proud of her and of her husband Drew who has taken such great care of Ashley during all of this.

The babies were born at 33 weeks, but are doing well. As with all preemies, there are always hurdles and obstacles but we are confident that God is going to work miracles in their lives as he has already done! Please continue to pray for them and that the girls and Ashley continue to heal and recover and can be reunited at home soon.

Andy and I got to see these precious girls Saturday morning and I tried so hard to hold it together but cried the entire time because I CAN’T HELP IT. We have already prayed so hard for these babies and for their lives before they were even conceived and continue to do so as they are in NICU getting stronger before they go home.

Zoe Nicole – 4lbs 12oz



Emma Nicole – 4 lbs 5 oz



After we left the hospital, Andy and I both cried in the car together. Seeing them hooked up in that little bed was so hard and seeing Ashley in rough shape was even harder. It brought back a flood of hard memories for us and our ordeal with Ryder. It also made us so thankful, once again, that miracles still happen and medicine has advanced so much to where we know these girls will be running around with our girls in no time.

Saturday night Andy and I got all dressed up and went to our friends Will and Catherine’s wedding.

IMG_3596It was so beautiful and sweet. Will graduated with Andy and I and it was so great to see him get married and how happy he was. We hope they have a lifetime of happiness and fun together. I think Catherine is a perfect fit for him and I just like her so much!

As a bonus, I got to see so many friends and teachers from our hometown and it was such a nice treat. My friend, Lauren, was the photographer and I can’t wait to see the pictures because I know they will be amazing.



Unfortunately, we got STUCK. As in the minivan. In the mud. At the wedding. It was AN ORDEAL. But it brought me full circle thinking of how Will, Will Sipes, Kyle, me, Josh, and I think a few other people crammed into my truck in HS at a basketball game and drove to a nearby field and went mudding. Because we were morons. And also because we were so much fun. It was one of those moments you just had to laugh your head off and think of how far you’ve come…. and how minivans and trucks are two totally different things.

Also, several people drove by and were all “OF COURSE IT IS YOU WHO IS STUCK IN THE MUD TIFFANY. THIS ONLY HAPPENS TO YOU.” We laughed until we cried over the whole ordeal.

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Now I would like to tell you a funny story about Ryder and her school shenanigans.

And when I say “funny” I mean LORD, HAVE MERCY.

Ryder’s class played the game where you sit in a circle and the teacher says a sentence and then you whisper it around the circle until the last person. Then the last person says what they heard and you see whether or not anyone told a lie or messed it up.

These kids are 3 so I’m not sure why they tried it.

The teacher says, “God loves you and so do I.”

That was the statement. Isn’t it precious?!


It gets to the last person and the little boy hesitated before he said what he heard… finally he said it-


The teachers eyes are wide and half the group start giggling…. but one little girl in particular was LAID OUT ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING.

You guessed it. Ryder.

Apparently she heard, “God loves you and so do I,” but decided to whisper in her neighbor’s ear, “butt.”

Because, why not?!

Lord, have mercy. Seriously. HAVE MERCY. Why, WHY, WHYYYY?! I have no words. NO WORDS. I wish I would’ve been shocked by this story. But of course I’m not.


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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?!


Then it hit me….


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.




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


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.



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 …


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.



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.

10384359_10101571604339366_8652238932542243569_nThursday night I went to dinner with a group of friends. It was so fun and yet bittersweet because my new friend, Vanessa, is moving. We are all so sad to see her go. (In fact, she was supposed to leave today but we woke up to snow so HA YOU CAN’T LEAVE.) After dinner we all went to Walmart and acted on high levels of silly while we were there.


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!”


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?



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.”


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!



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….


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 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!


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)




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:


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


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.



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.


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.



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.


*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?