Monthly Archive August 2015

Craving Fall + Cozy Sweaters

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I have an itch that only fall can scratch my friends!! Every year around my birthday (August 17th) I develope a major distaste for summer cause I usually end up getting some gorgeous fall gear that I want to start wearing immediatly. Oh but wait it still 100 degrees and I cant so much as get the mail with out getting an advanced case of swoobs thus I cannot wear my fall layers! Ugh so rude! I like summer dont get me wrong but I cant even describe how much I love falls. The layers, the crisp air, the football games, the comfort foods, hot chocolate and apple cider. I love it all!!!

Don’t mind me I’ll just be waiting over here super impatient like just scrolling through every autumn thing on pinterest! Ps you can follow along with my pins here. It’s not all bad though! To help brighten your monday the lovely ladies over at the Urban Peach Boutique are hosting a GIVEAWAY of a gorgeous necklace of your choice! To enter head to my instagram page! Good luck!

Statement Necklace: Urban Peach Boutique

Cozy Sweater: Loft

Jeans: J. Crew Toothpick jeans (similar)

Shoes: Forever Young Shoes (only available in store)

Watch: Kate Spade

Lipstick: MAC Rebel



Inside My Makeup Bag


Here is an itemized list of my daily beauty products! Most of these are drugstore finds! I’m all about have quality products and if i can find them for a killer price while also picking up groceries? That’s the dream my friends! My tutorial on how I use each product is below!

Before I Start applying my makeup:

Exfoliator- Bloke Vanilla Chai + sugar My review of this product here

Moisturizer- Biossance The Revitalizer A full post about this soon… it’s so GOOD!


Foundation- Revlon ColorStay Make up natural beige

Eyelid primer- MAC paint pot Painterly

Concealer- Maybelline Master Conceal light

Beauty Blender

Contour concealer- Laura Mercier

Bronzer- NYX Matte Medium

Eye shadow- Omega Matte

Eye Shadow- Haux

Brow bone color- MAC vanilla pigment

Eye liner- Maybelline Master Precise Black

Mascara- Maybelline Volum’ Express colossal Black

Lip Liner- MAC Heroine

Lipstick- Flat Out Fabulous Matte

Gloss- MAC Rythm lipglass

First Day of School!

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I know the cliche of saying “I cant believe my baby is starting school!” but it really goes by so fast! I still feel like I’m 15 years old I cant believe they even let me become an adult and get married and have a family. When they let us take this precious precious girl home from the hospital I was like ” what you are just going to let me TAKE HER?? I don’t even have to pass a test or something?” Joss has taught me so much more than I could ever hope to teach her. She has always been a little ray of sunshine. Ugh she is so sweet! She is always jumping at the opportunity to help me in the kitchen or fold laundry. She is always helping out her baby sister. I just have no idea how I get to be her mom. She is seriously my role model! Here are a few of my favorite Joss quotes or Jossieisms if you will. I have them all written down cause I would hate to forget any sweet little thing she says! She could seriously have her own reality show.


I’m always telling her to be a good example cause she is the big sister then she says.”when Kate bees mean to me she is being a bad bezample”

Joss only ever wants to wear dresses and skirts even in the winter! it’s a big struggle. ” I hate wearing pants! They make me feel handsome” I know babe feeling handsome is the WORST!


Joslyn and Todd are playing “drive thru” (maybe we hit up too many of those YIKES!)

Todd: Can I get fries and a shake?

Joss: Yep that will be $300

Todd: Geez thats pretty steep, do you come with it?

Joss: giggles No Morris does!!

Todd: Who the heck is Morris?


She saw a photo of Jesus and John the baptist she says “who is that with Jesus?…. it looks like David Wallace” From The Office. Apparently we do a little too much Office happening over here!










Workin’ on my fitness

I have had so many people asking me questions about the 12 week fitness plan I just finished and I wanted to write a more in depth explanation on why I loved it!

So just let me start off by saying it WAS NOT EASY! But making real lasting change with your body never is. Also I was not unhappy with my body when I started. I was doing really intense circuit work outs 3 times a week and I felt like I was getting fit. Then out of the blue my cute friend Tahnee from hair school asked if I was interested in trying her program I said heck yes!!  Then I had my husband take my before pics… I honestly didn’t know I looked like that! All it takes is seeing really unflattering photos of your self straight to camera. I wanted to cry a little but mostly I was crazy motivated to get started! If you have been following me for long you probably know that I have been recovering from Graves’ Disease for about 2 years. You can read more about that in my story.
So the run down is that Tahnee sends you a weekly meal plan and a grocery shopping list along with an approved food list. She makes it really easy to eat healthy and she also sends you articles about why you might want to eat this way. To be honest most of the time I won’t eat healthy cause it just doesn’t taste good but Tahnee proved me wrong eating healthy clean meals can absolutely taste good and I feel awesome after eating all these meals!
Now let me talk about my favorite part… THE WORK OUTS!! Most of the specific workouts I had never heard of! (i.e man makers, preacher curl etc.) Not gonna lie I found myself standing at the gym several times googling how to do certain things. I didn’t mind at all cause I love trying new things! Remember when I said I was doing a really tough work out 3 times a week? I was practically doing the same work out for months! I might have seen some results at the beginning but I plateaued HARD! With all these new crazy work outs there was no way that could happen. She gives you 5 works outs per week with an optional 6 work out and I always take the full 6 workouts! Going to the gym daily works out awesome for my girls and  because our gym has a incredible child care center and my girls beg me to take them every day. I started seeing muscles in my legs that I have never ever had before! It started happening right with in the first few weeks and it motivated me to keep pushing every week. I’ll be honest I might not have been religious about the clean eating but I was with the workout and I got results I was very happy with.
I’m starting the program over again this week along with 200+ other highly motivated ladies this time I’m going to really work on the eating! I love junk food! It’s a serious problem. I can hit an entire bag of chips harder than Leo DiCaprio hits on models. (Hi-yo)
Like I mentioned before I have Graves’ disease and along with that comes severe anxiety I ended up needing to be on medication cause it got really ridiculous but about 6 weeks in to the program I was able to go off my meds cause in the words of Reese Witherspoon “Working out gives endorphins and endorphins make you happy and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands” or in my case never leave the house and curl up in a corner and hug myself haha.
It’s the best feeling in the world to feel good about your body and feel healthy and strong. I’m really excited to push it even harder this go around and I’ll keep you posted.
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