This is 30-Something: My Nightly Skin Care Routine

Ah, skin care. Why did I neglect and forsake you during my youth?! Real talk, like many women, I never paid any attention to how I treated my face when I was younger. Sunblock? Ha! Moisturizer? Definitely not. Heck, I rarely even washed my makeup off at night. But now that I’m not exactly a spring chicken anymore, I’ve realized it’s time to up my skin care game and start taking better care of myself. Thankfully, my genes are on my side in this area but I’m all about finding non-invasive ways to maintain a healthy, youthful appearance. Because ain’t nobody got time to be looking haggard, am I right? And, sadly Instagram filters don’t work in real life. So today I’m sharing my current skin care routine in hopes that other 30-somethings like me might be interested in jumping on the anti-aging bandwagon with me.

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If I Were Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Here’s What I’d Buy

Ah it’s that time of year again – the time of year when every fashion and lifestyle blogger in America blows up your Instagram feed talking about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and floods their Insta-Stories with fitting room try-on sessions. (No shade, Ladies. I respect the hustle.) Well, I’m not going to do that to you but at the risk of being super basic (even though we know I’m #Basic and proud) I decided to surf the sale and pick out the things I either already love or would buy for myself if I had a Nordstrom card (and husband who is fully supportive of my spending habits). Why do I need a Nordstrom card, you ask? Well, because the sale is open only for Nordstrom card holders until July 20th when it opens to the public. Side Note: I’m pretty cheap so I didn’t even look at clothes, shoes, or beauty products over $200 and only picked 5 things over $100. Plus, Nordstrom has free shipping on everything, super easy free returns, and fabulous customer service so there’s no risk in ordering online! Slide into my DM’s if you’re feeling generous and wanna hook a sister up with any…

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Current Makeup Favorites: April 2018

I have been on a hella makeup kick lately, y’all. It all started with my sharing What’s in My Makeup Bag and then venturing out into the world of beauty, trying to find what works to make me feel like my best self. I’ve been buying and trying different products recommended to me by friends (one specifically who is a professional make-up artist) and beauty bloggers. Today I’m sharing what I currently have in my makeup arsenal; I use a combination of drugstore and high-end brands. If you’re not following me on Instagram, send me a request with an accompanying DM (so I know to accept your request) to see it in action in my Story Highlights!

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Spring Style Update: Today’s Target Haul

Hallelujah, y’all. I think Spring weather is finally here to stay! My mother-in-law took my girls strawberry picking this morning (yay for MIL’s and lazy Saturdays!) so Todd and I headed to Target – mostly so I could return some stuff and so he could buy a shovel. I had every intention of leisurely wandering through the store and adding to my spring wardrobe while I was there, though. I tried on what felt like a million things and took only a fraction of them home. I love my picks so I thought I would share them with you, especially since Target has amazing 2-day shipping now! Total score. So, here are my latest spring picks from Target! Just click the photo of the item you want to see more of to be taken right to the product page. Spoiler: my two faves are the last two dresses!

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A Cozy White-On-White Dining Room Overhaul

This may sound surprising, but I am a total creature of habit, especially when it comes to home decor. I find myself drawn to the same colors time and time again and while I always admire the beauty in others’ color wheels, I can never seem to branch out from my own. Well, when we moved into our home six years ago, our dining room was painted a deep blue color. It was so far outside of my decor comfort zone but I loved it and it felt fancy so I kept it. Well then I was stuck; I had no idea how to decorate a dark blue room. So I didn’t. At some point shortly before our small fire, we hung a mirror above the buffet, but then the mirror was accidentally broken by the cleaning crew so I was back to square one. Long story short, I finally decided to give up on the blue and went white. And I’m so glad I did. White is easy to decorate. Today I’m sharing our cozy white dining room makeover!

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Our White-On-White Guest Bathroom Makeover

Remember that time my guest bathroom caught fire? Well, it only took almost 6 months, but my super-handy husband rebuilt it from scratch! He had to remove and hang new drywall and everything. The only thing we kept was the tub and hallelujah for that because what a nightmare that would have been! Anyway, to say that I’m in love with the end result would be a huge understatement. I wanted to go for a bright, clean, crisp look that was also cozy with a touch of glam and I think I accomplished it. “Country Glam” is how I describe it; I’m not sure if that’s right – or if that’s even a thing – but it works for me! So without further ado, here’s our white, bronze, and silver guest bathroom makeover.

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What’s in My [Everyday] Makeup Bag

Confession: I’m not a beauty blogger and I’m not an expert in makeup. But you probably already knew that. What I am, though, is a soon-to-be 33 year old gal whose makeup routine seems to include more and more steps with each passing year. Yet, I feel like I have less time to spare with each passing year, too. Funny how that works. Gone are the days of slapping on some powder, blush, and lip gloss and walking out the door; this mama needs a little more work than that lately. Despite it all, I sometimes receive very sweet compliments on my skin, brows, makeup, etc. I consider myself a pretty low-maintenance girl so I thought I would share which cosmetics I use as part of my everyday 10 minute (or less) makeup routine; I’m no pro but it works for me. Side Note: I usually add steps/products for special events and photo shoots. Some of my picks may be considered a little pricey for some whereas some products are super cheap. So, it all balances out. Without further ado, here’s what’s in my makeup bag. 

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I Have Some News (Again)

A few weeks shy of one year ago, I made the announcement that I would be leaving the full-time workforce to spend more time at home. A year ago I was terrified and excited all at the same time. My life as a full-time working mom was hectic, mostly due to my 3 hour (round trip) commute that was often coupled with 10-11 hour workdays; I didn’t see my family enough and we were all suffering. We made the decision that although being a SAHM was never my “calling” in life, it was best for me to be home for awhile – not to be a full-time blogger, but just to be there. My last day in the office was 3/30/17. It’s been 8 months and I can honestly say that there are things I like about being at home and things I don’t, just like there are things I like about being at work and things I don’t.

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