Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall Decor

It has been Fall for a few weeks now, but Charleston's weather hasn't had much of a change. We are still having highs in the upper 80's and most of us are still wearing shorts. When I think of Fall I am always ready for cozy sweaters, boots, wine colored lipstick, and of course, pumpkin everything.

While we are waiting on temperatures to drop and match the season I decided that it was still time to add some fall decor. I love this time of year! For me everything from the end of September to January first feels like a holiday season! I love it!

I picked up a few things to add a touch of fall to our home. Here are a few ideas of ways to bring the season into your home!

fall 1

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Weight and Wellness Wednesday | Week Two

I made it through week one without too many issues! I think I did pretty well considering I was trying to get used to this new meal planning! I stuck to the plan and calculated everything i ate. i can honestly say, that keeping track of everything you eat and drink makes a difference.

Before I started this I didn't really pay much attention to calories, sugars, carbs, etc. I was aware that many of the foods I ate weren't that great, but until this I didn't realize exactly how bad they were. Keep in mind that Weight Watchers doesn't restrict your eating to a point where you can't have things you want. You actually can! The goal with this plan is that you calculate your points and stay within those. It makes it so easy to eat healthier and make better choices in regards to food and portions!

I plan to start adding workouts or walks in the next week. I had initially intended on starting this week, but we are actually preparing for a hurricane that is supposed to arrive at the coast Friday or Saturday. Charleston is a mad house right now. Currently all interstate lanes have been turned around and are all heading out of Charleston for evacuation. That is another story!

I am happy to announce that I did lose 4 pounds my first week and hope that the weight loss will continue. I know most people say that an average of 2 pounds per week is normal. I would be happier with 4, but I will take what I can get!

Hope you all have a great week!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Weight and Wellness Wednesday | Week One

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I finally made up my mind that it is time to get healthy and really focus on my choices. I have a bad habit of eating the wrong foods at the wrong times and in the wrong portions. I made the decision that it was time to do something about this. I want to lose weight and get healthy, but I also want to learn to make better choices and make a permanent change. This isn't about dropping weight rapidly or finding a quick fix. In order to do this I need to make lifestyle changes.

I thought that I would start a series on Wednesdays dedicated to weight and wellness. This will be an inside look at my own journey in addition to tips, recipes, and incites to help others. I am one of those people who start these things full of motivation, but later let it dwindle down. I thought posting weekly about my progress, goals, and tips would help me stay accountable. 

I am starting this journey weighting more than I have in my life. I am not happy about my weight or the way I feel. I have gained lose to 60 pounds since I married my husband. I can't say that I was at an ideal weight when we married either, but I do know that I felt much better several pounds ago.

I am setting a goal of losing 67 pounds. When I achieve that I will reevaluate and see if I need to lose more or if I am comfortable at that weight. I know this is not going to be an easy process. Losing weight never really is. It is always so much easier to gain than lose. 

I decided that first I needed to find something to help me make healthier choices. I know there are several programs and diets, but I wanted something that has been proven to work. I decided to go with Weight Watchers. I have seen so many people I know concur their weight with this program and it has taught them about their choices. I am not telling you that this is what you should pick, but it is my plan. I signed up Monday.

My weigh in days will be every Monday. I am going to do my very best to stay off the scale throughout the rest of the week. There is no reason to keep hopping on a scale every single day. I think once a week is good. I am also going to make sure that I am more active than I have been in the past. It is time to get moving! 

I can't say I am a fan of exercise, but at this point I realize that it is necessary. This weight won't lose itself. It is going to be a combination of healthier choices and activity! I am excited about this journey and I hope you will be too. This will be a regular feature on the blog every Wednesday, so make sure you stay tuned for progress! I will start uploading pictures of this journey too. I have always been a fan of seeing others as they go through their journey! 

Love and Hugs as always!!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Launching Our New Brand and GIVEAWAY

It has been a busy few months. I am in the process of getting my new brand of bath, body, and beauty products ready to launch.Blossom Beach will be having a giveaway for a free goody bag!  I have created a temporary site on blogger HERE where you can view some of my products! We will be designing several products that include luxury bath items, bar soaps, bath bombs, face scrubs, sugar scrubs, lotions, face wash, and so much more! We even have candles! Everything we make is natural and chemical free!

We are really excited about getting the word out and expanding the brand. You can enter the giveaway below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to spread the word with your friends and good luck in the drawing!

Love and Hugs!!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Makeup Comparison | Drugstore vs. Prestige Brand Smoky Eye

There is always a lot of talk about dupes and comparisons between drugstore and prestige brand makeup. Some people say they can find perfect matches. I decided that I would pull out an old drugstore smoky eye palette that was once a favorite. It has been quite some time since I used it and decided to give it a try!

I filmed my drugstore makeup look and then filmed the Urban Decay look using similar products. I decided that I was going to start a new series with this! I thought it would be fun to try out different makeup products and see which ones are worth they hype and which ones are best left on the shelf! 

To start this series off I plan on going back through some of my old makeup favorites and seeing how well they compare to the products I use now. 

Here is the video on the drugstore makeup look! This entire look was created by all drugstore products. Please keep in mind I am definitely not a makeup artist. I am just a wife and mom who happens to love makeup. 

This next video is using the Urban Decay Smoky Palette and all higher end products. 

Here are the products I used to create the drugstore look.

Drugstore Smoky Look

Here are the products used to create the higher end products look.

Naked Smoky

Make sure you check out the description boxes on my youtube channel for details on each product.
I also took a quick picture of swatches of both shadows side by side.

And a side by side of the eye look.

Check out this video for details on the new series and my final opinion of these two looks.

Love and Hugs!!

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Guide to Wearing Sequins | Style options for everyone

For some people hearing the word sequin sparks fear. They are reminded of the horrible and tacky outfits of the eighties that still linger in hidden family photo albums! You remember those? The same basic deal as the crazy Christmas sweat shirts with the built in turtle neck and cat with the Santa hat!

Today's sequin trend is much easier to style and anyone can find something they like! I have created a few different looks using a sequin piece for each! I found the most amazing sequin skirt on pinterest and am secretly waiting for a reason to go buy it! I love how easy it is to dress it up or style it in a more casual look.

This first look is similar to the cute outfit I found on pinterest. I love the use of the plain white knotted tee with the sequin maxi skirt!

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This next look is using sequin shorts for a fun date outfit or great for an evening out!

sequin 2

This next look is a business fun look! I love the knee length business style skirt paired with fun pops of pink!

sequin 3

This is a very simple and more casual look adding the pop of sequins on the top. This style can easily be worn with jeans, slacks, or even a skirt.

sequin 4

If you still aren't ready to dive into the sequin trend you can still find some simpler choices below. With these you can add a tiny pop of sparkle without going overboard!

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Which one of these do you hope to try? I think I have a few different options on my list! Love and hugs as always!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spark Your Creative Side | Home Office

With all the big projects finally finished at our house I have decided to start planning the next one. This one will definitely take some time since we are going to need to add another room to our home. We have been planning to make two additions to our home over the past couple of years, and it is finally almost time. The two additions will be a home office that will double as a sun-room and seating area. The second addition is a game room that can double as a guest room.

The easier job would probably be the game room. We will be utilizing unused space in our garage for that. I, however, have been waiting on my office for entirely too long! I need a space to be creative and have some time to myself! I am ready to get going on this project! In the meantime I have been looking at pinterest and other sites for some decor ideas. Since I live with my husband and two sons I decided this room needed to be as feminine as possible! I wanted it to be filled with things that make me smile! Things I can't have all over my house! 

I have decided on using white, gold, and pink for my main color palette. Here are a few of my pins so you can see some of the pictures that inspired my color decision! | Pink accent chair, gold shelves, striped bow pillow, gold accents - home office decor:

Nate Berkus gold scissors, clips, and tacks. Got these for my birthday 2015. Love them!:

Party Planning Tips & Office Tour  Read more - | Reviews and Weekly Outfits:


Check back soon for updates on our newest project! I'm ready to get started! Until next time lots of love and hugs!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Youtube, Pictures, Updates, and more!

Hey guys! Just wanted to post an Insta Update and let you know that I've been posting regular videos over on my youtube channel. If you haven't already checked that out you can do that HERE! I am planning to upload new videos every Wednesday and Sunday! I am also working to start putting regular content on here too! Here are a few pictures from the past month via Instagram!

Love and Hugs!!

House Remodel Part Two : Den

Today I thought I would cover part two of our house remodel and update. This post will cover the den updates. As many of you know we did polished concrete a few years back, but decided to go back to carpet.

This is the before...

First we needed to fix any water damage issues. That is another story for another day! We primed and sealed the floor again! Check below each picture for details!

1) The concrete floor
2) Changing the paint to gray
3) Prime and Seal floor
4) Floor after it was primed and sealed.

1) Laying carpet matting
6-8) Laying and seaming the carpet

My grandmother passed away almost 9 months ago and we decided to incorporate a few of her old pieces into our house. We have her antique record player, ship wheel mirror, lanterns, and custom coffee table my grandfather made. They remind me of my grandparents and I am happy we used them. I will have a tour of the house on my youtube channel soon! Don't forget to go check it out by clicking HERE!

Love and Hugs as always!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Makeup Storage and Organization

Hey guys! Today I decided to take a break from the house remodel and decor and focus on makeup storage!After i used the KonMari method to declutter and clean out anything that I didn't use I thought I would show you a quick makeup storage tour!

Thanks for watching! Love and hugs as always!