Wednesday, April 23, 2014

{The Glam Series} Summer Favorites

Spring just started but before you know it, summer will be here. Plus beach vacations have already started for a lot of us!

For this week's Glam Series, we're talking all about our summer favorites. I'm ready for the beach, how about you ladies?

(1) Bronzer, a no brainer. This e.l.f bronzer in Golden Bronzer is a fave of mine. It's a perfect all over glow, and it's only $3. You hear me, $3

(2) Urban Decay setting spray. It's one of my must have products every single day, but especially in the summer. Keeps that face in place!

(3) Hot, and I mean hot, pink polish. China Glaze Pool Party is a great pick. The brighter the better to me in the summer.

(4) Sunscreen is an obvious, but a sunburn is inevitable for me. It's gonna happen. Dustin and I already had to bust this stuff out after each getting burnt last weekend. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion is a drink for your sunburn that smells like a fruity drink straight from Cancun. Love it!

(5) I always want chapstick or something on my lips, I want hydration but I want color too. Meet Cover Girl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm. Berry Twist is a new fave, the perfect fuschia shade. These things rock!

Tell me YOUR summer favorite?

Love Always Nancy J
Linking up this week with Love Always, Nancy J

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

{Ipsy} April 2014

I swear, I hit publish on an Ipsy post and turn around once and it's time for another! Yo' time, slow down.

I received some fun products this month and one I was actually in need of. That's always a plus huh? Here is what I received this month-

Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Mousse- Deluxe sample size

Mary Kay At Play Jelly Gloss- in the shade Teddy Bare. Full size product, $10

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide Eye Liner- in the shade Black Velvet. Deluxe sample size (this is a fave product of mine, I was almost out!) 

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow- in the shade Champagne. Full size product, $12.99

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant- Deluxe sample size

Are you familiar with Ipsy? It's a monthly beauty subscription service and it's only $10 a month! $10 is a major value, the bag is always worth considerably more than that. Check them out here

Happy Tuesday loves! 

Monday, April 21, 2014


I didn't have the greatest weekend, not going to lie. Friday night there were some new updates on the news regarding my little brothers accident. It's all stuff we've heard all along, but to hear it all being confirmed as facts now and to read statements in black and white, it was like a whole new blow. 

Here is the news story, regarding arrests being made and warrants issued-

Of course I want justice to be served. These people should not be able to go on and live their lives like nothing happened after they made such stupid mistakes and choices. Like they did nothing wrong. That being said though, it doesn't make Christian better. 

The accident happened on Sept 1st, so for 7+ months my family has lived in a nightmare. Multiple times we almost lost him. We try our best to stay as positive as we can. We thank God everyday for keeping him with us and for healing him. He has made so many improvements, we are so thankful for that. We are also human though, so of course we have bad days. 

I struggled this weekend. We went to see him Saturday and spent the day there with my family. After that, I just let myself slip into a funk. My mom spends every single day getting ready and heading to the nursing home to take care of his every need. My dad sleeps there every single night. Saturday, Christian should have been attending his first prom. Instead he sits in a nursing home where he can't walk, eat or drink. The people who didn't do what they were supposed to do when he got hurt, they get to go on and live their lives. 

Easter came and I didn't want to do anything. I wanted to go to church then go to my grandmas and celebrate with my family, eating too much food and sweets in our Sunday best. But we can't do that right now, and because of that I just wanted to sit home all day.

I let myself get in these funks, but I thank God I am quickly able to snap out of it. God kept Christian with us for a reason. He isn't finished on this earth. The amount of people my little brother has touched is amazing. He is the absolute strongest and sweetest person I know. There are so many AMAZING people in this world, and our family wouldn't get by without the words of encouragement the 6,800+ followers  on Facebook offer us daily. It truly blows us away!

Saturday night, this precious girl got ready for her senior prom then last minute skipped it to come see Christian. She felt that was where she wanted to be instead. Erin, you are one special special girl. One of those people that blow us away.

This coming Saturday there is a 5k run taking place in my parents town, Miracle for Mayberry. How amazing is this!? I won't be there, but only because before it was planned I already had a team put together for the Color Run in Tulsa that same day. Our team name is Colors for Mayberry! Can't wait to share all of this with Christian and show him pictures.

Our family is on this journey for a reason. As we pass all of these holidays and occasions I keep telling myself, next Christmas will be different, we'll all be together like old times. Next years prom will be something absolutely amazing for Christian. He'll have so many dates! Next year, we will have a massive celebration for Easter. Christian's 18th birthday will be a party that will go down in the books. 

So as we continue on this journey, I'm asking for a few specific prayer requests. 

1- Continued healing for Christian. He's made huge improvements but he really needs an intense brain injury specific rehab facility. His rehab is crucial and doors just continue to slam in our face. 

2- Strength for our family, especially my parents.

3- For the other people involved.

Thank you for all your continued thoughts and prayers <3

Friday, April 18, 2014

Five on Friday

Morning, who else is off work today? Even though I'm off, I'm still up bright and early. I'm heading to the gym in a few, then off to Target to grocery shop then back home for a long day of yard work with Dustin. Our yard needs some TLC! Should be a beautiful day in Oklahoma today. 

I'm linking up today with:
Lauren Elizabeth for High Five for Friday
A. Liz Adventures and her friends for Five on Friday
Meet at the Barre for Friday Favorites 
Jennie for Friday Favorites

I mentioned last weekend we were heading to KS for my sister in laws baby shower, we had such a wonderful time with all of our family. That baby is going to be so loved! Can't wait to see if it will be a boy or a girl, the votes for girl are definitely outweighing the boy votes… We'll see next month!

My aunt & uncle were in Oklahoma from Arizona, it was so awesome to spend time with them. They spent time with my mom, grandma and little brother. This was the first time they'd been to Oklahoma since Christians accident, I know they loved seeing him. They came and spent a night with Dustin & I. I was able to enjoy a lunch with them before they left too. We can't wait to see them again!

I bought a tripod for my Canon last weekend. Now that I can actually use my camera thanks to Mamarazzi, I'm eager to get busy on more beauty tutorials and looks! 

My new blog design! I am really loving my new design, and I have been so happy with the designer who is responsible for it. Everything was so easy, smooth and fast! It was all approved & installed within a week. All I'm going to say is, what a breath of fresh air for me. You should check her out here, if you're interested in a change anytime soon I'd definitely recommend her. 

My new laptop case came in, and I'm pretty much in love with it. I'm so glad I finally bought it, the color is exactly what I was wanting. I'd looked at some on and off, not sure why I hadn't bought one because they are so cheap. Here is what I got if you're interested in one, it was only $12.99! 

Have a wonderful weekend, and happy Easter!! 

What are your Easter plans?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

{Thankful Thursday} 4/17/14

It's Thursday, but it's actually my Friday. Pretty sure today is a going to be a good day. Hooray for holidays.

Thank you for stopping by and joining us for this weeks Thankful Thursday link up.

-Make sure you visit my co-hosts-

Katie Elizabeth - The Strong Family - Carly Blogs Here

I've had an exciting week, I had to split it up though between today and tomorrows Five on Friday post. So make sure you come back tomorrow! Here are some things I've been thankful for this week.

My best friend. We traveled to KS last weekend, Dustin and I spent most of the weekend in the car. We had a good time though. You can read our Car Ride Q&A here. I'm just beyond thankful for my sweet hubby & best friend. 

Spangles. We don't dare pass through Wichita without stopping at Spangles. One of our favorite places for a burger and fries. Spangles needs to come to Oklahoma, or better yet Florida! Yes, I'm thankful for a good burger & fries…

Movie + snuggles with Collin & Emma. Monday night I got to hang out and watch Collin & Emma while Kristal & Robert went out for a bit. We watched Frozen and snuggled on the couch, I was in heaven. They are THE sweetest. Emma kept saying "Mia… I love you". Seriously, I melted every time. 

Bootcamp. Yup, I'm thankful for this too! I haven't been able to hit the gym as much lately because we've been busy and I miss it. I was thankful to be back this week. I feel my best when I'm working out!

PB&J's for dinner. Some nights you just don't want to cook. I was thankful for a relaxing night of PB&J's, a tall glass of milk and Melissa & Joey with my hubby on the couch. It was relaxing and perfect. Not sure how this happened, but I opted for Cheetos and he grabbed a banana. Normally, it would have been the opposite, what the heck. 

I hope you all had a great week with lots to be thankful for. See you tomorrow for the rest of the highlights from my week!  
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