It's Friday, & I'm In Love - 11.10.17

November 10, 2017

It's Friday. Kentucky basketball kicks off tonight. My daughter has her last softball tournament of the season tomorrow. The temps have dropped. My Christmas tree is already up. (Go ahead and judge me.) I'm in a great mood and wanted to share some things I love.



Bedtime Bliss Sleep Mask This cushioned sleep mask blocks out all light and doesn't put pressure on your eyes. I recently purchased one after running across a Buzzfeed article about it. With over 9700 reviews, this sleep mask is helping thousands of people fall and stay asleep. Over 65% of reviewers have given it 5 stars. Added Bonus: It comes with a pair of ear plugs.


Harry Potter Welcome Mat I'm a Harry Potter fanatic and will always be a Harry Potter fanatic. I haven't ordered this HP welcome mat yet, but it's on my wishlist. This would be a great gift for any HP fan.


Nordstrom Double Breasted Peacoat This peacoat from Nordstrom is ON SALE FOR THIRTY-EIGHT DOLLARS! I repeat, this peacoat from Nordstrom is ONLY $38! And it comes in 5 colors. Note: It runs small and is narrow through the shoulders. Go up a size.



3 Must-Have Brow Products, Great for Beginners

November 8, 2017

It's funny how beauty trends change. I can remember plucking and waxing my brows like crazy when I was younger. Thick eyebrows were not desired at all. Now, at 38, I don't even need to wax. After years of hair removal, my brows no longer grow in like they should. So these days, I find myself filling in my brows to make them look fuller than they actually are. It's honestly become an obsession. Trying to get them to look just right. Trying to get them to look identical. A friend recently told me that your eyebrows don't have to be twins, they just need to be sisters. I still spend every morning trying to make sure mine are twins. It's quite the daunting task at times, but I'm getting better at it. I've tried numerous products, but the three I'm sharing with you today are my favorites. They're all from Benefit. I discovered their makeup line five or six years ago and fell in love.


1. Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil
I use this pencil to fill in my brows. It has a wide tip to fill and shape and a pointed edge to define the tail. It's a great tool for beginners because it's so easy to use. And it cleans off easily with a makeup wipe if you need to start over. It also comes with a brow brush so you can keep any stray hairs tamed. Another plus, it's available in 6 different shades.

2. Benefit Brow Zings Tame & Shape Kit
I use this wax and powder duo to set my brows. I buy it in a shade lighter than my natural brow color. This helps to tone down the color instead of enhancing my already dark brows. This kit comes with a dual-ended brush and a mini pair of tweezers. It's also available in 6 different shades.

3. Benefit High Brow Highlight & Lift Pencil
I use this pencil to complete my brow look. It's basically a brow lift in a pencil. It accentuates your arches and gives you brighter-looking eyes. It comes in a linen-pink shade that easily blends to work with all skintones.



Parenting After Divorce - It's Not a Competition

October 23, 2017

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The ex and I have handled our divorce better than most. We communicate almost daily, by text or face-to-face. We never argue. We've even ridden together and eaten together as a family post divorce. We have simply chosen to put our kids first and skip all the drama. I look at it like this... We were together for 20 years. Why should I suddenly hate the father of my children? I don't, so I'm not going to act like I do.

Our family and friends have been impressed with how amicable it's been. But if there's one thing I heard over and over again, it was this: "Just wait until he starts dating. Everything will change."

I'd like to think I went into this with a level head. I knew he'd be dating. And I knew my kids would eventually meet someone new. Well it's already happened, a little sooner than I would have liked, and there's absolutely nothing I can do about it. I can voice my opinion that I don't like it, and I definitely don't like it. But if my kids are happy and healthy, I have to bite my tongue and live with it.

And biting my tongue is something I've become accustomed to. I always take the high road. I always choose to be the bigger person. I'm not going to waste my time and energy on things I can't change. Plus, I have too many other things to worry about. I'm over here trying to rebuild and live my best life.

What I am struggling with are the gifts 'Daddy's friend' keeps buying our kids. There's been new clothes, accessories and gift cards. And these are just the gifts I know about. Not to mention the spoiling Daddy has been doing on his own. Is it necessary? Absolutely not.

It's no longer about their happiness. It's about one-upping the other parent. And guess who doesn't have money to spend frivolously? The single mom who is doing everything on her own. And I could choose to be angry and bitter, but what I really am is sad. Sad that it has come to this. Sad that my kids' affections are being bought. And a little irritated that I've been forced to become the "No" parent.

But if this is the game we're going to play, I'll be happy to come in second every time. I only have one goal as a parent and that's for my kids to grow into kind, educated, well-adjusted adults. The toys and clothes will end up at Goodwill, but the memories I make with them will last a lifetime.

So at the end of the day, all I can do is push the animosity and anger aside, focus on the kids and hope for the best.


Modern Day Princesses, Fernanda Suarez

September 27, 2017

How great are these re-imagined drawings of Disney Princesses in today's times? They're by Chilean artist Fernanda Suarez. I love them all so much. I think a Belle print would make a great Christmas gift for Rory. Not only does she love Beauty and the Beast, she also loves to read.

You can find these prints and other merchandise at Society6.


Mulan

Jasmine

Belle

Snow White

Cinderella

Pocahontas

Ariel


Which Disney Princess is your favorite?


Fun Fall + Halloween Shirts

September 26, 2017

If there's one thing you should know about me, I love any and every thing related to fall and Halloween. I love September. I love October. I love cooler temps, long sleeve tees, hoodies, and jeans. I love fleece-lined leggings and boots. I love football, hayrides, pumpkins, and witches too! I recently ran across these super cute shirts from Fairy Season. I wish I could buy them all.

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Which is your favorite?