April Glossy Box

GBSo I had heard through the grapevine that I should try the Glossy Box as one of my beauty boxes to review. Let’s just say when my first box arrived I was super excited. The packaging was super cute and when I opened it up I was super surprised by the cuteness of the box inside. It was wrapped with a black bow and pink tissue paper (it felt like my birthday). As soon as I opened it I could smell something beautiful (literally it smelled like perfume). So in case you have been on the fence about ordering a beauty box let’s say this might be the one for you.  Continue reading

DIY Rag Wreath

mainSo I just love to make wreaths and for me the process can actually be quite relaxing. I am not going to lie it takes tons of patience, tons of fabric, and your hands may hate you when you are done but the end product is amazing and something that you will be proud of. I like to make wreaths when I am sitting on the couch watching T.V. or winding down. I can just throw the fabric on the bed in piles and accomplish something even on my down time. It can be a very inexpensive craft (look for fabric on sale) and basically pretty easy even a novice crafters can do it.

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Stop & Smell the Flowers

relaxI came across this inspirational story today and wanted to share it with my readers. I am a true believer in learning from the hand life has dealt you. If you were sheltered from everything life forces you to experience, you would never become stronger. Mistakes make us who we are and they teach us. Every road we have gone down, every step we have taken has been part of our journey. So enjoy the ride and leave a legacy behind you, one that you are proud to share.

 

When the late Nadine Stair of Louisville, Kentucky, was 85 years old, she was asked what she would do if she had her life to live over again.

“I’d make more mistakes next time,” she said. “I’d relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been on this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones. Continue reading

Dear Best Friend…

jess 2Dear Best Friend,

I can’t believe it has been so long since we last talked…. I never thought that this would happen to us. So much has happened since the last time we talked and I feel like you have missed everything. I often want to pick up the phone and call you, the time just seems to keep passing. It seems so crazy that we aren’t as close as we once were, but I feel like I could still trust and tell you everything without a second thought. You have always been my “person” and that will never change.

You have always been the one I could count on for well just about anything. You were my go-to person when I needed to cry, yell, shout, or share both good and bad news with. You Are My Person that will never change.

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Dixie Paint Product Review Project

dixie photoI recently had the pleasure of trying some samples of Dixie Belle Paint, and I have to admit I am loving it!!! This product can be used on so many surfaces such as woods, metal, glass, laminate, ceramic and wait for it…..even FABRIC!!! I will tell you up front this is one of the easiest paints I have worked with.

 

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Farmhouse Style Decorating for Spring

ABCI recently wrote this article for White Walls and wanted to share with my readers as well. Check out their site at http://whitewallsonline.com

I am so in love with Farmhouse decor….and  you may be asking yourself “What exactly is farm-house decor?” Well in my eyes it’s shiplap walls, big porches, picket fences, and lots of brown, burlap, and neutral color palettes. It’s light, it’s airy, and it feels like home.

If you are anything like me and you spend your T.V. time watching Chip and Joanna transform houses for deserving couples..yearning for a home that looks like something out of a scene from a magazine. Most days I leave my house and wish when I come home my house will be replaced with a little adorable farmhouse. Now first I must say I do like my home but the “farm girl” in me is ready to bust out and get back to her roots. I have always wanted a farm to grow old on. Raise kids, grand-babies (one day far far and away) and just craft my days away while watching my goats jump around (one day I will have goats, husband mark my words). Continue reading

Military Spouse’s: Friends For Life

weI have been a military spouse since 2007, so almost nine years now. I have had so  many other spouses talk to me about their friendships they have made along their journey’s of following their husband’s around the globe. So I wanted to write an article letting people know why having a military friend as a spouse is a blessing in disguise. First of all let’s debunk what you may think. We are not filled with drama…our friendships do not require a lot of maintenance….and we will forget you when we move on to our next duty station.

Now it is true that friendships with a military spouse require a little bit of work especially in terms of keeping in contact us when we move God knows where. We move more than most (ALOT) but that doesn’t mean we don’t make the best friends you will ever have. Our time may be short but it is a bond that will survive all the miles put between us.  Continue reading

Stop Waiting….

girlSo I came across this post today and I just felt like I needed to share it. There author shows unknown so I can’t give credit where credit is due but it sparked something in me I hope it sparks something in you.

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are. After that we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire. Continue reading

April IPSY Glam Bag

aprilSo I have yet to be disappointed with any IPSY Glam bag I have received. The April bag came yesterday and I have to tell you I am super excited to review the products. This month has really raised the bar and the products are just awesome. I feel like each bag was made just for me! For those of you who don’t know when you sign up for an IPSY Glam bag you are asked a variety of questions.

 

These questions basically get a feel for your likes and dislikes when it comes to beauty products and skin care. You are able to tailor fit your bag just for you. Picking out specific brands you like and looks that match your day-to-day style. So let’s get started I am super excite to share with you what I got this month. If you haven’t signed up you need to. It’s only $10 a month and you have something delivered every month always in an adorable bag. I will put a link at the end of the blog so you don’t have to wait another minute to sign up. (This is review includes me and Haleigh’s included items some overlapped in what we received so we included a review for all products combined.)

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Rae Dunn Pottery Addiction

Ray 1So I am the first to admit, I think I have an addiction to Rae Dunn Coffee Mugs (Ok let’s be honest all Rae Dunn products). The addiction starts with picking up the occasional mug when you run across one. Then followed by a tea-pot, canisters, cheese plates, OMG anything you can get your hands on. I guess if you look on the bright side I could be addicted to something far worse so this isn’t all that bad right? This is the moment when my husband is literally rolling his eyes wondering why we need 15 coffee mugs( when I am the only one who drinks coffee in the house).

So let me set the stage….a few months back I wondered on to a military wife Facebook page and it changed my entire world. The name of the group is “White Walls” and sharing the most awesome home decor is the game. I could spend hours scrolling the page looking at the most amazing home decor. These ladies also share my love and passion of “Target”. They show how they decorate and stage their homes and find the most amazing pieces. Now I am not going to lie I WANT IT ALL!! Continue reading