Hair Products I'm Lovin'

Kenra 25 Hairspray

I have been using this hairspray for approximately 10(+) years. I worked with one of my besties back in the day at Trade Secret and we both swore by this product. This is the maximum hold volume spray by Kenra without the sticky, oily look and build up along with controlling humidity.  One thing that can be a little inconvenience is the nozzle ever so often may clog up. It is an easy fix and not a deal breaker for me. People seem to either love or hate the 25. The ones that are not a fan of 25 usually love the Kenra 13 which is the medium hold. . 

It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In

After babies, my hair is all kinds of crazy. My biggest issues are the breakage and dullness. I received its a 10 as a gift when I purchased an item last summer at Ulta. Now, I use it all the time. It helps with tangles, breakage, shine, and frayed dead ends.

Not Your Mother's Sea Salt Spray

Because my hair is straight and I have a lot of it, it tends to be heavy and somewhat flat. This sea salt spray is for soft beach-like waves. It does not do that for me. I use this spray to give me a little texture. On a hair washing day, this is a good addition for grit. 

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Batiste Dry Shampoo

I have always been a daily washer but then I met dry shampoo. I am down to two to three washes a week. Batiste is my favorite brand at an inexpensive price. The tropical scent is my favorite. 

As a brunette, I have found some dry shampoos leave white residue that take a little more work than others to get out. For best results, I suggest putting it in your hair the night before so that it can absorb while you are sleeping. Although, there have been mornings when I decide to hold out a day longer, I will throw dry shampoo in with a headband on and hop in the shower. Batiste seems to do well in soaking up the oils even at the last minute.

On freshly washed hair, dry shampoo is good to spray into the roots to give some volume and texture. 

Let me know some of your favorites that we should try!

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Notes on Mother’s Day

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I’m sitting at my desk today, half recovering from all the activities of the weekend and thinking about what motherhood means to me. I’m coming off the high of my favorite Mother’s Day as a mom, and I’m feeling really introspective. I can understand that Mother’s Day can be fraught for some. A year or two ago I can remember thinking that I’m just not good enough, not doing enough, not strong enough. There are so many ways that the joys of others can seem like an assault when we’re not seeing things clearly. I think social media only magnifies that if you fall into that trap. I have.

My own relationship with my mom is so strong, and before being a mother myself, I had always enjoyed Mother’s Day – the presents, the special dinners, telling my mom how much she meant to me. It wasn’t until I had my son that my perspective on Mother’s Day and motherhood in general changed so much. I guess none of us get to really understand how much our mothers do for us, or give to us, or sacrifice to us until we become mothers ourselves. All this you know if you’re a mom, I’m not treading new ground here.

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But what I’m starting to understand is that it's not the sacrifice of motherhood, but because of it we are so profoundly changed. I think I resisted this change, even resented it a little bit. I didn’t like how my mind was never my 100 percent my own – what and how my son is doing is never far from my thoughts. It’s harder for me to concentrate. I was never a worrier, and sometimes my mind races even though I’m demanding that it stop.

My son has had some challenges – some that are not unique to many parents’ experience, and some that are. I’ve never liked feeling out of control, and my parenting experience has felt a little like being in a freefall. But somewhere in this last year, I’ve found my footing. I feel stronger. I’m more confident in myself as a mom, more at peace with those little thoughts and worries that pop up. I’m seeing my little buddy blossom and grow and learn new things and overcome difficulties, and it makes my heart swell and my eyes fill up with tears as I write this sentence.

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As much as we have a God-given responsibility to raise our children to love God and honor others with their hearts and hands, I’m not so sure that we as mothers aren’t the ones that come out on the other side changed even more. At least that’s the way it feels for me.

Motherhood, just like other parts of life, has its ups and downs. Today I’m thankful for the opportunity and blessing it is to have a mom who loves and to be a mom who loves. I’m resting in the joy that I’m the right mom for Reid, and he’s just right for me. He'll keep changing, and so will I. Whatever comes our way, we’ll get through it together.

Much love,

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A little pop of color

I love big statement earrings - especially for going out. And there's no doubt that statement earrings are having a moment. They're everywhere. And I love the idea of a big earring to jazz up one of my outfits, but when I'm wearing jeans and a tee and am running errands after picking up my son from school, I find that I pass over those big 'outfit makers' for something a little more subtle.

That's where these earrings come in. I've looked at the A New Day line at Target several times, but nothing really caught my eye until I saw these beauties. Sometimes you just know when something has to be yours. :) It didn't hurt that they were under $10 bucks. These little drop earrings add just the right amount of punch to your outfit. They look equally great with jeans and a tee as they do with a crisp white top and wedges for spring! If they came in more colors, I would buy them all! 

PS - they're less than $7! 

Where do you find cute, everyday earrings?  

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Meg's Home Style

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This coffee table is easily one of my favorite pieces of furniture in my house. I bought it last year before we moved into our new home and love it more and more. 

Comfy and cozy with some southern charm is my intention. I want you to walk into my home, take off your shoes, and stay awhile.

My friend, Maggie, at The Weathered Willow revamped this beauty.  Have you been to Vinterest in Hixson? Check out her booth when you go! 

AND she just started a new booth inside called The Locker Room that is full of all kinds of SEC decor. Whoop, whoop! Go Vols! 

My old house when I first bought the table. Isn't she a beauty?

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My Current Makeup Favs

I don't know about you but for me, I like to switch up my make-up throughout the seasons -sometimes more frequent than that. But I wanted to share with you some of my current makeup favs. This isn't my whole routine, but are definitely products I reach for most days. 

Lancome Foundation

This foundation is nothing short of amazing. I wear a 330 Bisque N during the winter and bump up to a 340 Bisque N when I have some color. 

This foundation is long lasting, has SPF, and it is not too heavy but has excellent coverage. (I go back and forth between this and Bare Minerals Original Loose Powder Foundation). In Bare Minerals, I wear medium beige year round. 

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Lancome Undereye Concealer

I use medium bisque. This is waterproof, yeah! Some days, I have dark circles especially when the pollen count is at 9240908. These days are definite times I use this concealer but it is not something I battle every day. This would be a great staple if you daily struggle with under eye circles.

FYI, a little goes a LONG way.

Lancome Eyeliner

I always wear eyeliner.  This is a wonderful black eyeliner that goes on smooth and is rich in color. It can be used for basic eyeliner, wings, smokey eyes, and/or on your waterline.

Lancome Mascara

This is a natural mascara and great for every day. I will say, the Hypnose Drama is an amazing mascara for a night out or date night. It really gives you some va-voom in your lashes that you are not necessarily looking for on a day at the office. And I am always a lover of this Maybelline mascara, too. It is a fantastic, inexpensive product. 

Pretty Vulgar Blush 

I got this blush in a monthly box I subscribe to. My first thought was "oh my word, that is PINK!" Keep in mind, I am not a pink kind-of girl. I do not hate it and I like wearing it but I do not automatically flock to it. I am more of a blue/green girl. With that being said, I was very leery about this product. I read the info on it, read some reviews and decided what the heck, let's give it a whirl. It said that they made the shades to be versatile to all skin types and I am dark headed with olive skin so bubble gum pink is just ehhh. Boy, I was wrong. This stuff is FABULOUS!!!! I wear this jazz every day. You can build on the color if you want really bright cheeks but it also can be very subtle. Great product, I am a fan.

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Bare Minerals Glow Illuminator 

This creamy gel is called Gold Obsession. I bought this item on a whim when Bare Minerals had a sale (bargain addict). I put this illuminator right above my Pretty Vulgar Blush. It highlights and defines my cheeks bones.  Sometimes to brighten my eyes, I will put a little in the corners. This product is build-able. Go ahead get creative with it.

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Lancome Color Design 

This is my go-to color. It is neutral and goes with anything. The colors in this lip line are all amazing. They are pigmented well and last a long time.

Another great color is Limelight's Macaroon. It is a perfect day-to-day choice. I keep both of these colors in my purse.

**I do wear eyeshadow but that changes constantly which is why I did not add those in. I will do a post about my favorite eye shadows one day. 

Maybe, I could do a monthly breakdown of what I am currently using that will also give you some product ideas on what I love and why I love them. I have a whole slew of make-up so I might as well put them to good use. 

 
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This is not a sponsored or affiliated post and purely based on my preferences.

Seeing What's Right in Front of Me.

It's been gray here so many days recently. When I was coming home from dropping my son off at school, I was struck by the beautiful colors in my own yard. These bright purple flowers were drenched in the sun and the blue sky was piercing the clouds. I've always tended to take notice of things of beauty and pretty surroundings - it's what I do with my home, my style, even my work. But lately, the gray has gotten me down. 

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So when I looked up and saw these flowers, the ones that have been flourishing with all this steady rain we've had the last few weeks, I knew it was worth taking 5 minutes to get a closer look. It made me wonder how often I miss the beauty that's right in front of me. This week, I'm trying to look at everything with fresh eyes. Who knows what I'll see? 

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Subscription Addiction

"There is a box for that"....


Did you know there are endless kinds of monthly, quarterly, and yearly boxes you can subscribe to? Ya'll this is changing my life and soon I will never have to leave the house. :) 

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Most of us have heard of  Ipsy, Birchbox, and Sephora Play for beauty, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron for food, Stitchfix for clothing, FabFitFun with combination of beauty & fitness. BUT these aren't all that are available - and box subscriptions are not limited to women only! There are baby boxes, men boxes, kid boxes, business boxes. I was stoked when I learned how many there are. Seriously, what a great idea!!

If you are like me, I like a surprise, trying new things, and giving a review. Through a couple of my boxes I have found some of my favorite new items.

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Currently, I have ----

PLAY by Sephora  - monthly box

FabFitFun - quarterly box 

Boxy Charm - monthly box

On Their Way ---

Mighty Fix - monthly box- first one on the way!

Shave Club - monthly box- for the hubs!


PLAY by Sephora is a beauty box for $10.83 (ish). I love this box! I have had it for about two years and it is by far the best beauty subscription I have had-for the price. I feel like the products selected are a higher quality than the other beauty boxes I have gotten in the past. For ten dollars and some change, you really cannot beat that. It is  better than going out and buying stuff just to try only to find you hate them. I have switched perfumes because of a sample in this box, found great primers, and fell in love with some face masks. 

FabFitFun is a quarterly box for $49.99. (There's a coupon for that).
I know this is a bigger investment than some of the other boxes but the items combined total over $200 and they are full size! Plus, like I stated it is quarterly so they are 4 seasonal boxes a year.  There is an option when checking out to add additional items at a fraction of the cost-which being the gal that loves a deal, I hit that up. FabFitFun will ask you a few questions and customize your box based on your likes or can choose let them completely surprise you with your goodies.  

My favorite thing out of my first box was the muscle soak - Himalayan salt. I have a sensitive nose and I could smell it before I opened the box. Unsure but curious about it, I decided to skip my Epsom salt bath and try the muscle soak. The idea is to release toxins in your body, stimulate circulation, and soothe sore muscles. I try to take a bath once a week, to relax was my initial reasoning but I am flushing toxins out of body that can cause my immune system to weaken and also helping with acne, cellulite, puffiness. I am all for a good detox. I felt great after and slept amazing. I will be purchasing this again and again!

P.S. Your bathroom will smell like a spa for a couple days after too especially if you do not fully clean the tub. **Not that I would know but that is just what a heard** ;) haha

Last tidbit, each season FitFabFun partners with a different charity to support their mission. I cannot help but adore a business that chooses to share their wealth for the greater good of another organization. 

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Boxy Charm is another beauty box for $21. What drew me in to this box was that the items you get are full size, where most of these other beauty boxes are travel size. I want to be 100% honest on this. My first box was okay. Not that the items were bad because they definitely were not. They just were not items I would use. The first box came with a lot of glitter items which takes me back to middle school and I do not ever wanna go back there.  What I did get some really great brushes in that box. If you are a make-up gal, you know one of the brushes alone would have cost $20. It paid for itself.  Although, I was not oooo'ing and ahhh'ing over my first box- I am a second chance giver so I got my next box.  CHA-CHING! They more than made up for themselves! Every item in box two has been used and a couple used daily.

Click here to get your Boxycharm or use my referral code: Meage-QHJHABFO

Mighty NEST is a home box. They send you one green item each month, weekly ideas for healthy living, and the best part is 15% donation for your local school with any order on their website. My friend and I are box lovers and every time we find a new one we will send each other messages "A NEW BOX!!!". She gave me a coupon on my first nest for a free box. It is currently in the mail on it's way to me.  So, we will see and I will share soon!

Next on my list to sign up for are a date night box, faith box and a coffee box- yep there is a box for that! Oh, and there are Christmas boxes, too....I will definitely be jumping on that one!

What are some of your favorite subscriptions? 

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My new favorite lunch.

Confession: I may or may not have had a cereal with a side of pinto beans last week for lunch. I work from home, so lunch is a little bit of a toss up every day, and things have gotten ridiculous lately. I hate cold sandwiches and I don't want to spend more than a few minutes on lunch prep. 

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I cook dinner most nights of the week for my husband and son, and I definitely meal plan and grocery shop to make sure I have all the ingredients I need. For some reason, lunch just feels like a chore. When I worked at an office, I packed my lunch and ate pretty healthy - lots of fruit and yogurt and some leftovers. I still do this somewhat at home, but I'm bored! It seems I always had more willpower to pack a healthy lunch, but at home reaching for cereal has gotten a little bit too easy. In fact, it's become my default on several days of the week. Not. good.

So, I'm trying to be intentional this week about eating something green and making a proper lunch - salads, soup and leftovers. No cereal. Ok, maybe just one day. :) My inspiration for this beautiful salad comes from my sister-in-law who is a champion at healthy, satisfying lunches. She also likes Brussels sprouts just as much as I do. These sprouts take three ingredients - salt, pepper and olive oil. If you wanted to get a little fancier you could also mix in some garlic or garlic salt. Either way, just toss with a few tablespoons of oil, add in your seasonings and brown them in a small skillet. It took about 5-7 minutes for these to get extra crispy on the edges. 

While the greens were on the stove, I made a spinach salad, cut up some leftover chicken and gorgonzola and a little balsamic dressing. Now that's lunch! I know this is only one day, but I'm definitely inspired to spend 10 minutes or less to make something better for me that will give me sustained energy through the afternoon. 

What are your go-to lunch staples? I'd love to know! 

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The nightly skin routine I'm loving.

A night routine is somewhat new to me. And by new, I mean, a little over two years. This is something I WISH so much I had started years before my thirties! But, when you are twenty, you just wanna be tan (and skinny) and really everything else does not matter, amiright? Sunscreen was never worn. I almost cringe saying that now. My skin is olive complected, I did not really burn when I was younger so why put sunscreen on that will prevent me from getting sun-kissed? PSSSHHH. Take me back. I would re-do it. 

A good skincare routine that works right for your skin is something you have to work on. Luckily for me, my lifelong friend, Janelle, who is my  go-to skin guru helped me tremendously. I joke with her often that she could sell the cheapest skincare/makeup out of the trunk of her car in the Waffle House parking lot and there would be a crowd. Her skin is flawless. 

I upped my skincare game when she introduced me to Lancome & Estee Lauder. I have used many other name brands but nothing I could say, "Man, I love this stuff. I can truly tell a difference."

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My skin is a combo mess! I told you before that I never used sunscreen, so there is without question sun-damage. It is oily but has dry patches in random places like around my mouth. I am acne-prone and sensitive. My skin is a hodge-podge of it all!

Here is what I have been doing...

AT NIGHT

Step One: Remove Makeup&Cleanse
Removing my makeup is an absolute must. Always, always take your makeup off before you sleep and be gentle! Remember, this is a process. I have found that Estee Lauder Take It Away is my favorite kind of lotion to melt my makeup off . Then I use my Clarisonic Mia with my cleanser, Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean or Creme-Mousse Confort by Lancome. The Clarisonic cleans 6 times deeper than you hand washing your face! That is pretty incredible. 

Step Two: Toner
A little over a year ago, I added toner into my routine which is an extra cleaner, adds more hydration, and shrinks pores. Best for combo and acne-proned skin like mine. Re-hydrating and purifying your skin for a more radiant look!

*Tip: You can buy the Cleanser and Toner in a duo. It will you some money. You know, I am always looking for the deal.

Step Three: Advanced Night Repair/ Eye Serum
These are two different anti-aging products. The Night Repair is for all over your face and the eye serum is for your eyes. These are used to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, uneven skin (yes, please!), and dark circles. 

Step Four: Night Moisturizer
Besides removing your makeup, I think this is numero uno! I have flopped between Estee Lauder NightWear Plus (currently using this one) and Lancome Visonaire Nuit. Neither are greasy and great for sensitive skin. Moisturizers have many amazing benefits such as soothing, hydrating, increasing blood circulation, boosting collagen, restoring elasticity which all help with wrinkles and sagging skin.Your skin absorbs active ingredients better at night time than it does during the day. In that case, choose your moisturizer wisely. Thicker is not always better. You want your skin to be able to breathe and able to repair skin cells without being clogged. 

Favorite Masks
About once a week, I do a face mask.  This is one I mix up a little, I like Lancome's Hydra-Intense Masque, Limelight's Skin Polish exfoliating mask, and Boscia's Charcoal Pore Pudding.

Recently, I got Whish's Renewing Mud Mask & Nourishing Dew Mask to try out. I will let you know how I like them. Also, I have done some skin peels and dermaplane at a local place here in Chatt. I will blog about that soon! 

VOILA! 

I know it seems like that is a lot to do and a big investment. I get that. If you are a wife and mom like me, I totally do! Aside from doing a mask (once a week), it takes less than 10 minutes. Your skin will thank you and you will be so happy you did! 

I am thinking I should add a lip sugar scrub into my night routine. My lips are always dry. What is your favorite? 

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**(I am not a skincare professional and this is my personal opinions on products I have used and loved.)