Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Budget Finds {under $50}

Happy first day of summer!

This summer is going to be jam-packed with events and as exhausted we are going to be, I cannot wait to share some incredible memories with friends and family. So to start off my summer I’ve created a list of my summer budget finds under $50 because even as a fru-GAL (see what I did there haha) everyone need a fabulous wardrobe and beauty essesetials for summer fun!

Summer Accessories

Accessories are EVERYTHING for summer. It’s the perfect time to rock fun earrings, colorful big bags, fabulous sandals, and funky sungalsses.

Summer Closet Essentials

I think my summer motto will be “Yoga + Iced Coffee”, so of course a fun tee needed to be included on my list! And I’m loving the deep plunge white swimsuit…can we say HOT?!? I’m super easy for summer as shorts aren’t my thing, so my go-to look is a t-shirt and yoga pants or long flowy dresses.

Summer Makeup Favorites

My summer skincare routine is simple and I try to use the best products for makeup routine. If you have not heard of or used Tarte Cosmetics, they are absolutely amazing. I wear their BB Cream and Clay Finishing Powder every day and it’s the perfect amount of coverage but lightweight and keeps my skin healthy. Their bronzer and self-tanner are perfect to get a fabulous glow without the harmful efffects of the sun. Every product I’ve used from them has exceeded expectations, so I hope you give them a try!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

My Healthy Summer Skin Regimen

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Summer activities are in full swing! Last Friday Willie and I took off to celebrate our 4 year wedding anniversary and set out on a full day of outdoor adventure. Since I knew we were going to be outside most of the day, I started my day with some of my favorite Neutrogena® products that I’ve incorporated in my healthy summer skincare routine. Starting with their refreshing Neutrogena® 6.7OZ Pink Grapefruit Scrub and then using Neutrogena® 2.5OZ Oil-Free Mist SPF35 as my protective base for my makeup routine which I keep super light to not suffocate my pores and allow for some sweating with little makeup runs. Just a little SPF, mascara, and lipstick is all you need for an easy natural summer makeup look. It’s perfect for a busy mom like me!

My 5 fresh summer skin tips are:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Exfoliate
  3. Moisturize
  4. Protect (SPF, big summer hat, sunglasses)
  5. Hydrate (I love lemon water during the hot summer months)

After our picnic was packed, we were off! First stop was a lavender farm where we strolled the beautiful aisles of lavender and enjoyed the wonderful aroma. She also met some adorable bunnies that ate some pulled clover from her.

Then, we headed to a pick-your-own strawberry farm where Hartley soon became the best strawberry spotter and would say “Momma don’t do it, I pick it” and “no green ones, only red”. We did let her sneak a in a few along the way, but by the end of 30 minutes, she proudly carried her full bucket back to the farm to pay for them. Then we sat to enjoy the beautiful farm scenery and eat our delicious strawberries and picnic. Oh and we tried sharing a little lunch with the farm goats (they didn’t like gummi bears, Hartley learned..hehe).

Our final stop was a winery. Since it was only 4pm we almost had the entire place to oursleves. It was perfect. We let Hartley play in the outdoor area while we enjoyed a glass of wine watching the horses and enjoying the fabulous pond. The horse LOVED my wine as well!

At the end of our exciting day, using Neutrogena® 5.5OZ Makeup Remover Oil-Free Eye, washing and mostorizing my face, and getting settled into pajamas with a nice glass of wine was the perfect end to our beautiful family celebration day. Being able to grab items at my favoriate Target made incorporting these products into my summer skincare regiment easy as pie! Right now, Target is offering a $5 GiftCard with the purchase of 3 Neutrogena skin care products. Offer valid in-store and online Target offer 5/21 – 6/10 & 6/25 – 7/1. Happy summer skin!

Monday, June 5, 2017

DIY Faux Brick Wall Tutorial

One of my good friends, Nicole, has been talking about doing this faux brick wall forever and it’s finally done!! If you remember my post from Kathy with Our Amore Blog a few weeks ago, this is her fabulous niece she was referring to who introduced us. Nicole is such a planner and tested all sorts of methods of distressing this brick before she dove on in, and all the trial and error paid off because it’s looks awesome.


  • Faux Brick Panels (Nicole bought hers at Home Depot and had them cut to her measurements) – about $25 per panel
  • Nail Gun and nails
  • Dremel or sharp exacto-knife for cutting holes for outlets
  • Spackle (brand below – She used almost 4 of these canisters, so may be cheaper buying a bigger once depending on your wall size)
  • Putty Knife
  • Painters Tape to protect walls
  • Sandpaper


  1. Measure your walls and get the precise cuts you need for your wall
  2. Plan how pattern will line up
  3. Cut panels (Home Depot will do this for you if you have your measurements, highly recommended since this stuff is hard to cut straight and is a HUGE time saver)
  4. Use a razor or dremal to cut holes for outlets
  5. Use nail gun once positioned to secure to wall * Tip – Work in at least a pair to help position and secure to wall. The panels are a little ackward and can shift easily in the installation process. Working alone will be frustrating and a huge time sink.

White “German Smear” Technique:

  1. Scoop the spackle on to the end of the spreading knife
  2. Smear the spackle on to the wall (how thick or thin you leave it is up to you)
  3. After you have done a small section, using your finger, smear out some of the excess spackle from the “grout” of the brick
  4. Continue this process until your wall is covered
  5. As the spackle begins to dry, wet your fingers to and lightly trace the “grout”.  We found that this helped smooth it out. *Tip- If possible, work in a pair like Nicole in her mom did. One person smears large amounts with putty knife while other person comes in behind to add/smear with wet fingertips. It dries fast so it will lessen the amount of time of alternating bewteen fingers and putty knife.
  6. Let the wall completely dry
  7. After the wall is dry, you can use your sandpaper to distress it (how much you sand off is personal preference)

Of course you can leave the brick color if you would like, but the white distressing is perfect for Nicole’s Tuscan vibe and all decor. It also makes this accent wall pop and help makes the room look bigger. She is looking for some accent pieces for the sides of the fireplace…any ideas?

Friday, May 26, 2017

DIY Red, White & Blue Shorts

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend full of American pride! This stunning friend is back on the blog featuring her perfectly toned legs in her DIY Americana shorts! Kimberly created these last year for her family’s July 4th beach vacation and they were such a hit. By simply using painters tape, star stickersand fabric spray paint, you can easily transform a pair of old shorts, thrifted cut-off jeans, or overalls to make a fun red, white and blue outfit to show your USA pride.

Here is what she did:

  1. Complete the star side first by bending back the zipper flip and holding back with tape, cover belt line and any other fabric you do not want blue with the tape as well
  2. Place star stickers
  3. Use blue fabric spray to create the star effect, spread paint, dry slightly before removing star stickers
  4. When blue side is dry, move to the striped red side and create lines with blue painters tape
  5. Be careful when spraying the red and cover the blue side with a paper towel just to make sure colors don’t mix, spread paint, dry slightly before removing tape
  6. Let dry 24 hours, run separatley through delicate wash and dry or hang, then happy wearing!

For a slightly different variation and great video tutorial check this out.

It’s always a joy to spend time with this fabulous friend, so we had some fun during this photoshoot! Enjoy 🙂


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