Friday Favorites : Chanel, Yankee Candle, and SERIAL

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Hey everyone! It’s the end of the week again and I decided to do a post on some things I’ve really been into lately.

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1. Serial Podcast
Have you guys heard of the podcast Serial? I have never listened to a podcast before, but my husband JJ really wanted me to listen to this podcast. Well, now I’m hooked. A little background about me- I don’t really like TV, and I rarely like to watch movies- but podcasts are really cool, because you just listen! The Serial podcast is about a murder committed in 1999 between two high school students. The lady that does the podcast is investigating the case, because she thinks that the case should be reopened. Now, normally, this would not interest me. Dramas aren’t my thing. I don’t like hearing about crime, or anything gory, but this is not like that at all. She talks to the people involved, and it’s so interesting. I’m hooked now. It’s got like 1.5 million listeners now or something! Check it out. It’s nice to just lay in bed and listen to at night.

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2. My Erin Condren Planner
I love this planner so much! I am not a technology person- I am a write-it-down type of person. This planner is just perfect for all my needs. It breaks up each day into 3 sections, and has extra room on each day to write little notes. It also comes with stickers and a customizable cover. I use this everyday!

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3. Yankee Candle North Pole candle
This candle just reminds me of Christmas. It is a blend of peppermint and vanilla, and it smells just like peppermint bark. Yankee candles are some of my favorites because they burn for really long time and they smell up the whole room!

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4. LUNA Bar in Chocolate Peppermint Stick
Sometimes, being a mom of two, you don’t exactly have time to sit down and eat a meal. I like to eat these bars during the day or on the go. This flavor is really good and is festive for Christmas. These have a lot of vitamins, fiber, and they give me a boost of energy and take away my hunger. My favorite kind is the iced oatmeal raisin, but I am thinking it has been discontinued- I can’t find it anywhere!

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5. MAC Blush in Plumfoolery
This is a great natural blush for fall/winter. It is a dusty plum (duh) color with a slight shimmer. It goes on sheer, but is buildable. It gives a nice flush to my cheeks – I’ve been wearing it almost everyday!

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6. Chanel Gloss in Mirage

This gloss is a mauve- rose colored gloss with microglitter. I love the formula of these glosses, (I mean, it’s Chanel) they are not sticky at all, and actually last on my lips.

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7. Julep nail polish in Queen Anne
This nail polish is a gorgeous, lavender glitter topcoat. Unlike a lot of glitter topcoats I own, this one is chock full of glitter and you don’t need a million coats for it to look super sparkly!

Have you tried any of these products?
Do you listen to SERIAL??!! let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

TIPS for a Whiter Smile

If there is one thing I am obsessed with, it is having white teeth. I will do ANYTHING to keep my teeth white, and I think it is really important to have a nice looking smile. A smile is the first thing I notice on people when talking to them, and probably my favorite thing about a lot of people. I have a few tips on what I do to keep my teeth white, and I thought I would share them with you all.

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The most important thing to having a white smile is just to brush your teeth – a lot. Try to brush your teeth after eating, and also brushing before bed is very important. The toothpaste I like to use is the Arm and Hammer Extreme Whitening and the Crest 3D White in Glamorous White. Both are good at keeping my teeth white.

Another tip I have for you is to drink dark liquids out of a straw. When you go to Starbucks, get a straw for that Skinny Vanilla Latte. I’ve gotten weird looks and questions on why I do that – but it’s common sense, drinking through a straw really does help. Iced tea, soda, coffee…all of those can stain your teeth.

Now, another thing I do about twice a year is Whitestrips. I buy the Crest kind, and I like using them for about 7 days, three times a day, and they really will make your teeth blindingly white! Love. They make my teeth super sensitive…but hey, beauty is pain right?

The last tip I have is to wear lipstick shades that flatter you. Stay away from most warm toned lipsticks , and instead go for a cool toned pink or red with a blue undertone, or a nude lipstick. Both will help make teeth look whiter! The lipsticks pictured above are Em Cosmetics Cabana Beige and Lipstick Queen Jean Queen. I love that Jean Queen lipstick – it is this amazing sheer pink.

So, how do you keep your teeth white?

MOMMY Monday: Kid Approved Smoothie Recipe

Hi guys! Sometimes when we are in a hurry getting to a playdate or appointment, we eat breakfast in the car. Lol. My favorite thing to make my daughter when we are rushing around and trying to get out the door is a smoothie. Smoothies are great because they are really good for you, and they taste delicious. Today I am going to share with you the recipe for my daughter’s favorite smoothie that I make for her. It is a super simple and easy recipe that I’m sure your kids would love too!

What you need:

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1 banana chopped up
4 halved strawberries
Handful of blueberries
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup ice
Blender

Just throw everything into the blender and blend it up! So quick and easy.

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I chopped up the fruit and put it into the freezer for about 4 hours before I made this, but you can buy the fruit already frozen if you want to.

I use orange juice instead of water or milk because it makes it taste sweeter and I like the citrus flavor.

The blender that I use for these is a single serve blender, just because I don’t want to use the big blender just for one smoothie. This blender is really cool because the cup is actually a travel mug that you can grab and take with you.

Do you like to make smoothies? What do you put in yours?

Thanks for reading! xx

MOMMY Monday – What’s In My Diaper Bag?

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Hi guys! Welcome to my first Mommy Monday post. Today I am going to show you what I like to keep in my purse/diaper bag! I hope this is helpful to expectant moms, or moms who need ideas on what they should pack with them when taking the kiddos out.

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I don’t use a traditional diaper bag, I prefer to just use a really big purse! I am currently carrying the Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM as my diaper bag. This purse is just one big tote, so I ordered this purse organizer from Purse To Go, so that I would have some organization and a lot of different compartments. They have a lot of different colors in this organizer, but I chose the cream color so it would match the bag.

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Changing Pad – this is a plastic coated changing pad that rolls up really small. This is a must have for my bag when I have to change the baby in a restroom or a public place.

Diapers – I like Pampers Swaddlers best for newborns. They have the yellow line in the front that changes to blue when the diaper is wet.

Wipes – I like to buy the Kirkland’s brand from Costco.

Simethicone Drops – these are infant drops for gas, they are good to have just in case Ashley is feeling uncomfortable.

Kleenex – these travel packs of tissues are another must have! I always need to wipe faces or fingers.

Hand Sanitizing Wipes – these wipes from Babyganics come in these nifty little individual wrappers and are alcohol free- so you can use them on faces, hands, even pacifiers.

Pacifier – or Binky as we call it. My 3 year old never used one of these, but Ashley really likes them. These are the Avent ones for newborns with little sheep on them.

Socks – baby feet get very cold, so I like to have an extra pair of socks just in case.

Burpcloth – I like these Gerber brand burpcloths. They are thick and very soft. I use these to clean up any drool or spit up.

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Giant Ziplock bag – this is a must have also! This is great to have in the bag just in case the baby has an accident and stains their clothes. Just change them and throw the dirty ones in this ziplock so it doesn’t get your bag all dirty. Lifesaver.

Extra Change of Clothes – I just have little floral printed onesie in here just in case.

Snacks – I like to keep a few snacks in my bag just in case we get hungry while out and about. I like these Kind bars, and Allison likes squeezies and raisins.

Activity – I always keep some type of book or activity for Allison in my bag just in case she gets bored and wants something to do. This little pack had crayons, stickers, and a little coloring book to keep her entertained. Perfect!

Wallet – I love this hot pink wallet from Kate Spade. It fits all of my cards and doesn’t take up much room.

Phone, Keys, Sunglasses – pretty self-explanatory there.

Makeup Bag – now for the good part. Haha. I keep this little rose gold colored pouch in my bag with a few makeup/beauty items in it.

-Travalo filled with Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
-Chanel gloss in Eden
-Dior Lipglow in Pink
-Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose
-NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel
-Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Pencil
-Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens
-NARS Light Reflecting Powder in Translucent Crystal
-I also keep a few hair ties in case Allison or I need to put our hair up.

So, that’s it for the diaper bag. It is a lot, but I like to be prepared. I hope this helps out other moms, or gals that are just curious! I know I always like to see what other people have in their bags.

Thanks for reading guys, have a great week! xx

I’m a Mom of Two!

Hey guys! So, I have not posted in a couple of weeks and that is because I have a new little baby taking up all of my time! Seriously…I have like 4 UNREAD magazines from the mailbox just sitting on my bedside table. That tells you I’ve been busy-magazines are my weakness.

Anyway, we named our new little baby bear Ashley Elizabeth, and she was born on June 23. She is such a sweet baby and she looks just like her big sis Allie. We are so happy to be a family of four now! I am usually pretty private on this blog concerning my personal life, but I thought it would be nice to share a couple of pictures with you all.

I was also thinking that I could do more Mommy-type posts in addition to my regular beauty posts on this blog, let me know if y’all would be interested in that! Maybe Mommy Monday instead of Mani Monday? Haha 🙂

I hope y’all have a great weekend and enjoy these pictures of my sweet girls.

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Thanks for reading! xx