Sephora Early Access

If you know me you know I love makeup, which means at this point I should buy stock in Sephora . I basically am at the Tampa one every time a product launches to test it out! This year I decided to show you products that I use on my face or my clients and break them down. In the past I have talked about products that are new and everyone is loving. But I thought this would be a better way since you have asked what I use and have in my kit.

Also, those of you that are not a beauty insider here is what to know! you can sign up for free and starting getting points! Once you have spent $350 you get elevated to VIB Level! Once you spend 1k you are a Rouge Member. This week is early access for Rouge Members and you can save 20% by using code “HEYROUGE” then next week May 2nd-6th everyone can shop and save! So VIB get 15% off with “HEYVIB” and Insiders get 10% off with “HEYINSIDER”

So, if you are a VIB or Insider don’t worry you can shop these soon! All my Rouge gals you can shop and save now! SO here ya go a little peek in my bag and my makeup kit!

My Must-Haves for my face

Patrick Ta Glow Mist- I love white pearl and pink pearl for me, I have fair skin so the gold doesn’t work best on my color. If you have darker skin it would be best.

Nars Powder- I love this stuff, it is in my kit and my purse. I hate powder so this is lightweight and helps with oil but still has light reflecting particles that make perfect!

Charlotte Tilbury Lip liner- My all time go to in color Iconic Nude. It is the perfect mix of nude and pink. I love it and think it is universal as I have used on a good amount of skin types. This is an item that is in my kit and my bag.

Charlotte Tilbury- Kim K lipstick. I love and told you about it before. i love a pale nude, some people don’t but this pale nude is perfect for me. I will use Mac Best of me as well which is basically white lol Kim K has a pink/peach tone

Dior Face glow- it is perfect lol. I can carry it and use as highlighter, blush and bronzer. It is perfect glow with not a glitter effect.

Marc Jacobs Mascara- Been using for 2 years and have no intention to change. I love full lashes and kinda cluster look ( i know its spiders to most) but I still love it.

Tom Ford Liner- BEST ONE I HAVE EVER USED!!!!!! 2 sides so you get a thicker line and a thinner line.

Natasha Denona - The mini nude palette is perfect for day to night. When I have about 15 min to get ready,


On my Clients

So, obviously I use more than this on my clients, I mean I have 3 suitcases full of makeup. However, I wanted to give you my favs that Sephora has to offer. Below is a breakdown.

Natasha Denona Bloom- I love this because it gives a great glow with two options for cream blush and I love mixing them.

Natasha Gold shadow- LOVE this palette!! The colors are beautiful but the blend amazing and just melt effortlessly!

Marc Jacobs Dew Drops- This is not for everyone, but I love my clients that walk the carpet and mix it in foundation, to give a great glow in their foundation.

Tatcha Primer- This completely is a game changer! It helps blur imperfections and makeup glide on

Marc Jacobs concealer- I do not understand but this concealer literally melts into the skin and I love it! Great wear and coverage without being cakey.

Fenty Bronzer- In love! I actually have this for myself and a few colors in my kit, I love it because it is about time someone did more than just two shades of bronzer! goes on so smooth also!

Charlotte Tilbury Moon Beach and Ibizia- Again, I love a cream and these are gorgeous! They have tiny particles that give the most radiant glow!

Tom Ford- Love this cream contour! It si good for light makeup and being natural or you can sculpt someones face to no end!! Great tone for contour as well and then dab the illuminate on cheekbones is beautiful

Charlotte Eyeshadow- Just got this palette and have used it and it is so pretty! they are all shimmer so if you like matte this is not for you, but on shoots I love the way the camera picks up hints of shimmer on the eye!

Brow Wiz- It is a cult favorite, but I like it because it seems like little hair strokes so it is natural.

Nars Duo- I have a bunch of Nars blush palettes. They are great colors and blend and never look like too much and usually good for universal skin tones.

Charlotte Tilbury Foundation- This is her lighter foundation more like a tinted moisturizer, I love this on clients because it is natural and usually people don’t need as much coverage as they think. It gives your skin a healthy radiance.

Patrick Ta Body Glow- This is amazing, it is basically a version of the Tom Ford one I have used forever but half the price!!!


Ok y’all, I hope you love that breakdown! Don’t worry I will show all these on my Youtube, and yes I swear it is coming.. Just hard filming with a little one! But it is coming!! Now

Golden Goose Love

So before I write this I want you to know that yes I find it insane that people pay $300-600 for sneakers.. Myself, being one of those crazy people. However, I will say I have never paid full price. That also being said when they are on sale they have still been around $400. Why would I spend that when I think it is insane? Well, they are great and comfy and I have worn them enough that they have more than paid for themselves.

That being said that is not why I wanted to write this post. Yes, I wanted to explain my love for them because you guys ask about my sneakers all the time, and I wanted to be honest and say that, yes, even though I buy them I still close my eyes while submitting the card payment lol! BUT, the reason of this post is because I love to find dupes and affordable options for everyone, myself included and boy did I find a good Golden Goose dupe for under $30.. Yep under $30. Also, I did find some real ones on sale, so those of you who want the real thing don’t worry I got you covered too! Now, let me just close my pie hole and let the pictures do the talking.

Side note: I totally think the shoes are worth a splurge if you get promotion, or maybe just hint to loved ones and ask for gift certificates lol.

The Dupes that are under $30!!!!

The Real Thing, But On Sale!

P.S. Check out the 3rd photo below and the 2nd photo above… No one would know.. Just sayin!


Ok y’all, I hope you love these dupes and sales! I am gonna try and do more of this so that way I am catering to everyone!! Hope you have a great Easter!

My Mini Mommy Makeover

Moms of the world understand that impossible to get rid of tired look. Not to mention the all too familiar “that wasn’t that low before the baby” well, let’s just get right into my mini feel good session and how it started!

Botox, I swear I get so excited when I talk about it and if anyone knows me, you know this is true. However, it doesn’t stop with Botox I love talking about filler, lasers and more. Blame it on my profession. This is the thing, I know I am probably getting some eye rolls, and some nasty thoughts for me loving it so much. But, before you judge, let me explain.

I think I should first say I am NOT breastfeeding anymore. I get this question so many times and people assume I am still breastfeeding because I didn’t announce that I stopped. Well, I did. I stopped back I believe at the end of Sept/Early Oct. If I were still breastfeeding Dr. Biesman would NOT have been injecting me as he is highly against that and does not condone that at his practice. Why I stopped breastfeeding was also not because I wanted to get botox again either. I mean trust me, the thought did cross my mind because I am only human lol.

The reason I stopped breastfeeding which I will mostly talk about in another post, but I stopped because Lennon was pushing back, arching and having awful reflux. So after we tried everything and nothing worked and formula was the way to go for her I stopped. Now, let’s get back to Botox, which is what this post is all about!

I feel like there is such a misconception with this treatment. People always say “but I still want movement” or “ I don’t want to look frozen”. Let me first tell you, this will not happen if you do research and go to a trusted and educated doctor. When I found Dr. Biesman I was thrilled as I had asked numerous friends who their doctor was and yes ladies it is OK to do that! That’s what friends are for! So after getting numerous girls saying Biesman, Biesman, Biesman I went lol! I have talked about my first experience in a previous post but wanted to recap!

When you go to a doctor that is educated you will see the difference. They will be modest, they will listen and they will have you leaving their office feeling great and confident. That is what he did for me. Every member of his staff will walk you through the treatment and let you know what to expect. Best part, is a good doctor, like him, will say let’s be conservative and if you like it and want more I will see you back in 2 weeks! So, when you go in the first time say you want the minimum and then go ahead and schedule because trust me you will love it!

I get anywhere from 15-20 units, depending on how long I go in between treatments. Everyone is different and I get this question a lot! “How many units should I get” well, that depends on what you need and what you want to achieve and also, how you hold botox. I might need 15 but you might need 10, or 30 to get the exact same look! So do not compare your units to anyone else! Trust your doctor! At the end of this I am going to do the top 10 questions I get asked and my answers for y’all.

Now, let’s talk lips. During this mini mommy feel better makeover, I had a little done in my lips. Dr. Biesman usually uses Juvederm xc but this time he used Restylane Refyne, as he said I would love it and I did! I thought it looked way more natural and I was truly surprised at the results. I will let you know if I think it last as long but so far I really like this natural but still full look. I wanted the most subtle pout and Dr. Biesman thought this was the best way to achieve that. Well, he was right like always lol. I am learning just trust your doctor! Especially when they amazing and informative. After he did my lips I was asking about my under-eyes, as they are darker than ever and soooo tired looking. Yes, I am aware that could last another 18 years, however, here I was getting a little pick me up and thought why not ask about this.

When I was asking about this I was assuming he would put filler and poof gone. Well, I was wrong, he told me if he did it wouldn’t look right as I was not a good candidate for under eye filler. Yes, this was sad to hear but also this is what makes him the best doctor. He chose to not inject me because it was not suitable for me. He laughed and said “well just try and get more sleep” which luckily I have been doing. After that we were done and I felt great! I felt refreshed, renewed, I felt good. I hadn’t looked in the mirror and felt good about myself in a while. So this is what it is all about. Yes, I was a little swollen from lips and botox hadn’t kicked in yet but I could tell it was coming. I knew what it would look like.

Fast forward to 3 days later and every feeling I had at the office was dead on when I got home. I went to mirror and felt beautiful, I felt confident, and I felt like me. Which, I know some will say “but you should feel good without that stuff” and I understand! However, I am a firm believer in doing what makes you feel good about yourself. For some, that might be the gym, going out to dinner, getting a tan, fixing hair… well, for me it is going to my holy grail of a face Dr. Biesman and leaving Nashville feeling like my best self. It looked natural, I still had movement but none of that could compare to how I felt about myself. That is what this post is mostly about ladies. Don’t be scared to be judged. Do what makes you happy! I get so many messages saying “I wish I could get botox or lips, but I don’t want to feel judged” well ya know what? You do you girl! You do what makes you feel your best, because as much as we all work, take care of everyone else in our life we deserve to feel beautiful and however you want to achieve that you should! Ok, enough with that! I promised the 10 questions and the answers so I hope you enjoy!

  • How many units should I get?

    Speak to your professional. Someone might need 10 while another 30. Let them examine your face and be the best judge for what you need and what you want to achieve. Everyone is different

  • What age should I start getting botox or filler?

    This is my opinion. I personally believe you should start getting a small dose before 30. The reason being, is because it is a preventative, so the younger you start the less you will need when you are older. I know that Dr. Biesman has been treating patients for over 30 years and he has some patients that look younger now, than they did 10-15 years ago. To achieve these type of results the key is to a combination of Botox, some fillers, skincare, annual treatments of non-invasive skin tightening and regular maintenance with lasers and of course lots of sunscreen!

  • Where have you had filler?

    I have had filler in my lips and I have had in my nasal folds however, that was years ago and it wasn’t for me. Granted it could have been the injector (Biesman did not do this, it was someone in LA) and it just made my cheeks look really puffy. I have had a tiny amount in my cheekbones. These two things I have only done once.

  • Botox or Dysport ?

    I always will do Botox by allergan. I have tried both. Essentially, everyone will always have “their favorite” and for me that’s Botox, however, that does not mean Dysport isn’t great, as it has been throughly tested and provides great results. Its just kinda one of those things like “do you prefer swiss or provolone cheese” both are good, it is just a personal choice. FYI I am a provolone girl!

  • Is bruising normal?

    Yes!! Bruising is completely normal! Keep in mind some bruise more than others. I am a bruiser. So I tend to bruise when I receive filler in my lips. I have yet to get bruised from botox as that is less likely to happen. However, filler, I would plan on bruising.

  • I’m getting married and want before wedding. Any suggestions?

    If you are getting married and never had botox or filler before get it about 6-7 months before wedding so it has time to come down in case you didn’t like it! Never ever do right before wedding, unless you know you love it then I recommend do it 1 month before. That way bruising and swelling goes down and everything had more than enough time to settle

  • Botox while Breastfeeding?

    NO!!! This is not ok!.

  • Filler while Breastfeeding?

    Yes! Simply because filler is found of products that are naturally found in our bodies, that is why fillers while breastfeeding is considered acceptable practice. I personally waited til after I was finished. Again, everyone is different and do what feels right for you.

  • How much do you put in your lips?

    I usually get 1/4 of a tube. So it isn’t that much it is just a little “oomph” to give me a “just kissed look”. However, one syringe is just 1/5 a teaspoon! That’s it! The amount of filler, like Botox, will vary and depend on the individual! Everyone is different and has different issues/concerns.

  • Does it hurt?

    Botox does not hurt. I can barely feel it and it takes like 2 minutes! Filler I get numbed by ice. Not numbing cream! Dr. Biesman was actually the one who educated about me about the ice. So, always get ice to numb and not numbing cream, as numbing cream makes you swell, so when the injector is injecting and let’s say one side is more swollen than other side they might turn out lopsided due to just one side swelling from the numbing cream. I have first hand had this happen in LA! My left side swelled from numbing cream so she barely injected in that side and then after the swelling from numbing cream went away that side was sooo much less lol! I had to go back in to get it fixed! However, this has not happened with ice!

Ok y’all! I hope you enjoyed that and I hope I answered some of your questions! If you have any after this please comment so I can get you the answers and reply!

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xoxo

Jess

Cyber Monday!

Why is it on all the best sale and launch days I am flying on a plane… Maybe my credit card does that on purpose. Well, I wanted to give you a few of my favorites before my plane takes off so I will just cut to the chase!



Charlotte Tilbury! You know I love her and her products. There is not one single product I don’t like from her which is very unlike me! She is having a huge 50% off sale on some makeup and I put my “Must have” here


Next up is the product everyone loves and has been talking about. The Instapot! William Sonoma has the best sale on it right now! So if you have that hard to buy for person this is the gift to give them! Also, a few years ago Jessie sent me these William Sonoma Classic Croissants… OH MY GOSH!!! These were the best ever and I now buy them for all the holidays along with the ham and cheese ones to set out as little finger foods. Everyone loves them so much and all you do is put them out the night before and pop in the oven.. seriously who needs to do extra work on Christmas? I would stock up as they rarely go on sale, and these are great to keep for breakfast around house!

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Well, plane is getting ready to take off and I am gonna try and sleep but I put some of my Sephora picks here! All of these I have and love! The holy Grail Hair dryer that is hair changing is only $179 that is huge savings!!!

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Bedding 411!

You guys, I am finally posting all my bedding! I told you that I was gonna do it and considering I am actually doing it, is just as shocking to you as it is to me lol #momlife #mombrain. I am sure some of y’all feel me on that. With all that being said I have traveled to what feels like everywhere in the United States and further and slept in numerous hotels that were 4 and 5 star, and I swear the bedding I have is still my favorite.

Maybe it’s because it is home, or maybe, just maybe it is because I have found all the secrets to great bedding! Most of my choices are fairly affordable, especially the mattress! So here it is, my bed full of alllll my secrets to a good night sleep! I hope you all like and if you do please comment below and let me know what you think!

Mattress

Let’s be real.. I have had a 5k mattress and everywhere in between and this mattress I found at Walmart is still my fav! Best part is that it is a pillowtop mattress for $326 for a king! Yes!! Thats right! It is crazy thats how cheap it is. My mom and mamaw adore it everytime they stay!

Safavieh dream harmony mattress

Sheets!

I love sheets and I have the ones from restoration hardware and personally, don’t waste your money! I bought because they were “luxury” they fell apart and stretch horrifically, and way too expensive! These are Celliant Sheets and are proven to penetrate the muscles and improves circulation which means you will sleep better! I have been getting the best nights rest since having these!

Celliant Sheets I have a code Jess20 for 20% off but they might have better deal for black friday so just check!

Duvet

This is my favorite duvet insert ever! Its from pottery barn and I swear I don’t get too hot or too cold! It keeps you perfectly happy throughout the night! Maybe thats why it is called the hydrocool ultra plush lol! All I know is I just ordered for the guest room because it is hands down the best I have ever felt and i feel like I am in a cloud! They are so popular it took forever to arrive so thats the downside! But y’all it is so wroth the wait!

Pottery Barn insert

Duvet Cover/Shams

So I feel like I have purchased every cover under the sun, and I am never pleased. I always feel like ehhh this is ok… but most are soo expensive and well I just don’t love them! I finally tried the West Elm one and I loved it! It is great! It’s sturdy but soft! Which for me I love. I have them in white because personally I love a good clean feeling space to sleep in. Reminds me of being on vacation and everything is just clean.. ours isn’t too clean as I am sure there is baby formula on there lol but hey we all try right?

West Elm Duvet Cover also this is on sale!! Better yet, its extra 15% off if you sign up for emails!

Well, that is all my bedding and everything I have and love! I have throw pillows and those are all from home goods! That place is really good to find affordable pillows to throw on your bed to spice it up from time to time! Let me know if you have any questions! Hope you all enjoy!

Closet Remodel!

Hey y’all! Well, it has been a while since I have been on here, but I have been working, new and well just finishing a remodel. So, to say the least we have been very very busy over here. During the remodel the one thing I cared most about were the closets. I mean 1. I am a girl, and 2. Even with the remodel we had limited space for the closet and needed someone to come in and give us the absolute most storage we could possibly get. After researching what felt like everyone under the sun, the company we decided to go with was California Closets of Tampa Bay. They had come highly recommended and they understood my vision! I went in to meet with them and they had everything they had designed available for me to look at in 3D!! I also got to hand pick my hardware. I wanted it to match everything else in our house and hardware so I chose to not to the stock hardware.

Andrea, who is in my eyes is “the holy grail of making tons of storage in limited space” did a beyond fantastic job! Not to mention it happened so fast. I swear I went upstairs to check and they were more than halfway done with all 3 closets!!! Considering everything we have going on, to have them in and out in a timely manner was huge and just made me love them that much more!

Ok, enough talking! Here are the photos! I am showing some before and afters of the finished product! I am also, pleased to say that we had clothing items in all of our closets and now we only have in 2!! And the second closet are our winter coats, sweatshirts and lounge wear! This is a very happy girl as I truly thought not even 50% of my clothes would ever be in one closet and now 90% is!!!!

Let’s start with our sweet girls nursery closet, which before they redid it, as you can tell was all my dresses, jumpsuits and anything else I could squeeze in that closet lol! I know y’all feel me on this. When we discussed what to do with the nursery, I wanted to make it accessible to her and get the most out of the closet. Andrea made it to where it is adjustable and since you can customize anything with California Closets, we were able to build her a closet that she can grow into. Best part, is I can adjust the shelves and the hanging sections! This is HUGE for me, as I don’t want to have to call a company every time our child grows lol! The face we can adjust as she gets older, and has pull out shelves, and even a little basket for all her toys is perfection!

Now, onto our Master!! When we did this remodel like I said before I wanted space. Which space is hard to achieve when you don’t have a lot to work with. So I had to alter my “ I want space” to “I want maximum storage”. Andrea, was very honest from the beginning about how all my clothes and shoes wouldn’t fit. Before we started the process and even before I went to their offices, she took a count of “stock” aka ALL MY THINGS! Which, side note and this is a completely other post, but I realized I needed a major clean out! Anyway, she took count of everything I had and Logan had to try and get a majority of our clothes in one room. This was huge for me, as I know so many times, companies will tell you this and that and over promise and then you are disappointed in the final result. I wasn’t! In fact, I was actually surprised at how many clothes, hats and shoes I could actually fit! I knew I wanted lots of shoe storage, as well as hanging for my clothes, belts, hats and some pull out drawers. I never imagined how much could fit in that space and how hard she worked to get me what I dreamed of!

She also kept in mind the style of our bathroom. Even though they are separate areas I wanted them to have a similar vibe since in the same area and we accomplished that! Check out the photos below

Well, that is it and now I finally have my clothes in there and can’t wait to show you all that! I will be posting those photos very soon so you can see! Overall, my experience was beyond fantastic with them. The number one thing that really stood out was their customer service. They had patience and understood my crazy schedule as this was going on while Lenny was in the nicu and then when she was first home. They were so understanding of that and to me that spoke volumes. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone! Another great part is because it is custom they can help you find something in your budget! As we all have one and finding companies that honor that is rare. Be sure to check out California Closets on their insta @cctampabay

Stay tuned for my next post about the most comfortable bedding you will ever use and how I found a perfect mattress for under $300!!!

xoxo

Jess


Baby Shower for Lennon!

This has taken a while, but then again we have been just a tad busy lol. I have wanted to share with you my Baby Shower details for a while and just now getting around to it. I hope you like it as it was such a surreal amazing day in so many ways. One way, was because she was our miracle pregnancy, as we had amazing luck with IVF, two was that she was supposed to be in my belly when the shower took place and I had just got released from hospital 2 weeks prior to this and she was here. SOOOO many emotions happened that day inside my heart. The most significant one was "blessed" as we have been beyond blessed in so many ways and thank God above for watching out for our daughter and keeping her with us. I will never forget the true miracle we saw happen in front of our very eyes with her. Now, here is my shower details and experience to celebrate our sweet little Lenny!

 

THE VENUE

When my Mom and Mother-in-law asked where I wanted my shower or what I had envisioned I said the place without skipping a beat! I said The Orlo, I want it at the Orlo. I knew this because I had done a photoshoot about a year prior there before they opened their doors to the public and it was STUNNING!! I remember being in "awe" of every tiny detail in that house. It was beautiful, stunning, charming, cozy, simple and yet elegant all in one. I went home and told Logan, if we are ever lucky enough to have a baby I want my shower there and the fact that it happened was so special because when you get told you can't have kids the "natural way" it's the little things that matter, like having your dream shower. 

My Mom and Mother-in-law called to see if they did showers and not just weddings as it is typically a wedding venue so we had to make sure and when we found out they did we booked it immediately. So yes, to all my Florida girls you can have baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays, events and weddings there as the space is huge and set up for any occasion! I didn't realize this so now that I know they offer it to all life events I am telling everyone! On top of it being a beautiful location, the staff was amazing and went above and beyond to help us with any and all questions and were so easy to work with. They let you bring in chairs, decor and you can choose a caterer they recommend or bring in your own which is great in case you want to use someone not on their preferred list. I remember when I got married at Bella Collina thinking, "I will never get treated this good again" and I was wrong. As special as Bella made me feel, so do the Orlo.

The Orlo Insta

THE FOOD  & DRINKS

For food, I just wanted simple tea sandwiches and some scones. Nothing too fancy just simple and good. We chose to go with a caterer outside of their preferred list to save some money and they were fantastic. They were called Affordable Catering. My mother-in-law found them through a friend of hers and they raved about them. We had mini croissants, cucumber and dill sandwiches, orange and cream cheese sandwiches, mini muffins, strawberry scones, and fruit and cheese. Just enough to snack on without it being a full meal. I wanted people to mingle, enjoy good snacks that were simple and not messy lol. Affordable Catering, came and set up and also created a beverage station with tea, infused water, and Champagne all for a reasonable cost and were yummy! If you do choose a preferred vendor I would pick Salt Block, as they are Tampa's best catering company and dear friends. They were just very busy that weekend with weddings so it didn't work out but I highly recommend them! 

Whenever I go to showers I always love seeing tiny details the hosts makes for the beverage station. I know it's weird, but I love it! My sister-in-law Tally, came up with such a cute idea to put rock candy in the champagne for a pop of pink! I was in love, as it was so cute and creative and all I wanted was pink lol. SO that was such a fun little way to dress up the beverage station and make it colorful.

THE DESSERTS

As most of you know, or maybe you don't know this, but I love desserts. Everything! From cakes, cookies, cupcakes, doughnuts, cheesecakes, ice cream, fancy ones I can't pronounce, I love them all! However, when I have a party I want everyone to be happy and what better way than just the basics. Cake, Cookies and Cupcakes! So that is what we did! We found our Dessert company on Instagram through my photographer/friend Sara. She had done a shoot for her and I was in "awe" of the colors and how fun her desserts looked. The company is the Wandering Whisk, I know really cute name right? I told her my cousin Ashley the flavors I wanted as she had sooo many to pick from and I just wanted pink. Pink everything, from icing to the strawberries in the cookie sandwiches, just pink and fun, and that's what we got, I chose a naked cake because they are just so simple and classic on the outside, but since I got confetti cake on the inside it was a take on a child's bday party which is exactly what I wanted. 

I also chose cookie sandwiches. These are something I have loved since I was a kid, and I remember going to the mall with my mom and she would always take me by American Cookie Company (fav place ever) and would always get me something and I usually opted for a slice of cookie cake or a "double doozie" which is what they call a cookie sandwich. When I saw the Wandering Whisk had that as an option it was a easy choice and I got strawberry and then confetti sandwiches. For those of you that don't know what a cookie sandwich is, it's just two cookies with loads of icing in between... I know, simple and genius! I also got mini red velvet cupcakes as red velvet has been my favorite since a kid as well. Long before sprinkles cupcake made it trendy lol. They have been a southern staple in our house since I was born. I wanted all desserts to reflect my childhood memories and I can't wait to do the same thing for Lenny, so maybe one day when she has a wedding or shower she wants things to remember our time together when she was just a kid. 

Wandering Whisk Insta

THE DECOR

So this is the best part... you don't need decor at The Orlo! It is already so beautiful and clean that you don't have to overdecorate to make it look good. Granted I wanted very simple and I am allergic to flowers so it was going to be simple for me, but you don't have to spend money decorating a lot is my point with this venue. All the tufted furniture is already there which makes it so easy. I wanted beautiful "fluffy long flowers" as I call them and I showed my mother-in-law a pic and she ordered them from Sam's Club. Yep you can order flowers from Sam's Club! And they are gorgeous and affordable! Again, I just wanted soft and pink, that is it. So because of my insanely bad allergies (ask my husband, he has to deal with me every week sneezing because I love flowers and will buy them and then I can't breathe) lol, we just used those and sit them around the venue for touches of soft pink. Simple, feminine and elegant. 

GIFTS FOR GUESTS

I love love love doing gift bags, gifts or any sort of giving items for people at parties! I think it is such a great time for you to share a thing or two that you love with your friends. When I think of ideas I love giving gifts that people will actually use. So many times people give things you don't use or don't keep. With these items I am about to share you can guarantee your money will get used and not tossed! Since I wanted to be the "cool mom" for a second since I have a feeling that won't last long lol, so I decided to give my favorite Rose' and alcohol infused pudding. I know they are both great ideas (patting myself on the back) ha. So for the Rose' everyone in the world has a obsession with Rose' and if you say you don't then I don't believe you because it's delicious and refreshing and pink!!! Soo not only is it pretty but it tastes so good! I tried Standard Wines Rose' at a friends house in LA and I do not drink a lot at all so for me to love it meant it was extra good! Not only did it taste amazing it had the cutest packaging for individual bottles, which makes it even cuter.  Their bottles are a "home pour" size portion soo very large lol. To make them more personal Tally used the footprints the hospital gave us when she was born and copied them to tie around the bottles making them maxed out on cuteness. So everyone had little Lenny feet! Everyone loved them so much that someone even inquired about having them at the Tampa Museum!! See, told you they are good:) 

Standard Wine also has a red and chardonnay as well. If you are getting married or have an event I think these are great gifts to give out as they are timeless, classy and everyone wants their very own bottle and trust me they will be asking where you got them. The next item I gifted was the spiked pudding from Spoonable Spirits. I know, everyone was like "wait, there is alcohol in here"? I said yes, and yes I know its delicious! I found out about these through my friend Sydney Bass. I think she got them for Jessie's shower and I fell in love because not only were they tasty but they are fun and everyone will love spiked pudding as it takes them back to their college days!  Again, I think these are super fun to have on a bachelorette party or to give to your bridesmaids! They are something that is not expected and will use! 

 

Standard Wines Insta

Spoonable Spirits Insta

Well, that wraps up my Baby Shower details!!! I hope you loved it as much as I did and I know my family worked really hard on it and it was everything I ever wanted for my all pink shower. Please comment below if you have any questions at all! I can't wait to share more posts with you as we have a lot of things coming up like the nursery, our remodel and more! Below are some more pics from my shower and my dress I got is from Love and Lemon

xoxo

 

Jess 

Don't Forget your flower girls!

So when everyone gets married amongst the list of a million things are gifts to your girls to show your appreciation for wearing a dress they hate and flying all over instead of taking a nice vacation. Well, what about the little flower girls that are young and want to be like all the big girls because this is officially their first "big girl" job! Here I broke down what I added to my nieces bags I had made just for them so they felt "extra big girl"

 

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1. Bags. I mean you can't give gifts without a cute bag and these girls loved their bags because they were Personalized with their names! I chose something that was very girly and more aimed at a little girl instead of the regular ones. So I chose a fun print and fun little girl colors with crowns on them! 

2. Toy, I mean they are kids after all and this is a great surprise that will keep them entertained and they will be sooo happy. My nieces which I think most love Pippa pig. So I got the Pippa pig pack so each girl got one and they were in love.

3. Personalized Tumblers. I mean all the big girls get cups so why not the little ones? Best part these Personalized tumblers  I got from Mod Party on Etsy, they can keep using because they are still little. 

4. Snacks, yes I know Honey boo boo's mom did it with sugar  but, I think she was on to something lol. Candy has sugar which gives energy. Little tallulah had some before she walked down the aisle and her walk turned into the cutest run I have ever seen and it was perfect! I also got them some healthy organic snacks and gummies. The day gets so busy and if they get hungry at least they have some backup snacks to make it through the ceremony, photos, dinner and after. Trust me the parents will appreciate it.  The cotton candy I chose, which I actually got all my bridesmaids was  Fancy Puf cotton candy so again, this was something that made them feel very included and the big girls had healthy snacks as well:) Also, yes I ordered the cotton candy from Canada and they are worth it, and more delicious than any other cotton candy out there. Yes that is a fact! The snacks came from the grocery store lol. 

5. Article of clothing.. I wanted to get them something to wear outside the wedding and I found these adorable dresses from Target! They are sold out now but I would get a t-shirt, dress, or some pj's. Anything that's cute they can take away and wear again. 

6. Flower girl jewelry: You can get the cutest little Flower girl bracelets that are soo precious I can't take it! Again, this is something that is extra special they can pass onto their daughter one day when she is a flower girl. 

 

Well, that's all and I hope you all enjoyed those tips! I was just sitting here thinking " you never hear of flower girl bags" and I did one so thought I would share! Hope you enjoyed!

 

 

xoxo

Jessica 

 

Easter Snacks!

Easter is finally this Sunday! I love all holidays but especially love Easter. My mom always went above and beyond and gave me the best Easter basket right after church. It is something I cannot wait to do next year with our sweet little girl! But until then I am hosting Easter this year and wanted to share some of my "pre dinner snacks" and cute desserts the kids always love. These recipes are easy for anyone, so if you aren't hosting Easter dinner bring one of these snacks over as everyone wants a snack before actual dinnertime. 

 

 

Here are the Easy App Recipes, they take about 10 min of prep work if that! Except the onion dip:)

 

Mini Croque Madame Sandwiches (alternative easy version)

1 pack of Sweet Hawaiian Rolls

Shaved ham (1 lb)

Shaved Turkey (1 lb)

Dijon Mustard

Swiss Cheese (1.5lbs)

Powdered Sugar

1 egg

So easy, are you ready? Slice the rolls in half, spread with dijon in the bottom and top with the turkey, then cheese (I do extra cheese because soo good), then the ham and add the top of the bread back on. Melt butter and mix egg in and brush on the top of the rolls and cover with foil and bake at 350 for about 15 min. Just so the are hot and gooey. Then sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Asparagus Bacon Croissants

1 pack of Annie's (or any brand croissants)

Bunch of skinny asparagus

1 pack of bacon

Spicy mustard 

Tomato

I cook the bacon just a tad so its cooked but still needs about 5 min, if you buy the thicker asparagus  I would saute' for 5 min with olive oil before adding to croissants. Next unroll the croissant and separate in their triangles. Spread spicy brown mustard on each one, top with sliver of tomato, bacon, and 2 pieces of cut asparagus. I trim the ends off min about halfway. so only sticking out a tad. then roll up like you would the croissant rolls and lay on baking sheet with parchment paper, drizzle a tad of olive oil over it and follow the baking directions on the croissant container! 

Roasted Carrot and Chip with Caramelized Onion Dip

I made this platter for those who wanted veggies and those who wanted chips.. people pleaser for everyone! 

1 bunch carrots

Chips of your choice

Peel and trim carrots til 1/4 of inch thick, lay on baking sheet, add salt, pepper, garlic salt, olive oil and toss til coated. Then top with sprigs of Thyme and bake at 375 for 20-25  min (until you find them roasted to your desire) Then remove the sprigs of thyme and lay on serving platter, opposite side of chips.

For the Dip ( I recommend making a day ahead of time)

 

1/4 cup olive oil

3 med onions, finely chopped

1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 garlic cloves minced

1 cup plain low fat greek yogurt

1/2 cup sour cream 

dash of Worcestershire sauce

In saucepan over med heat, add the oil for about 2 min and then add in the onions and cook til they start the brown, stirring constantly for 15 min. Stir in the brown sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 min, stirring occasionally. Add minced garlic and continue to cook for 10 min.

Remove from pan and allow to cool for 30 min. Stir in yogurt, sour cream and Worcestershire sauce. Store in fridge until cold and then add to platter in the middle of carrots and chips. 

 

Funfetti Fudge

 1/2 teaspoons plus 3/4 cup of butter ( softened and divided)

3 cups sugar

1 5oz can evaporated milk

12 oz of white choc chips

1 7oz jar of marshmallow creme

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup sprinkles

3/4 cup malted easter eggs

Line a 13x9-in. pan with foil; grease foil with 1-1/2 teaspoons butter.

In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, milk and remaining butter; bring to a rapid boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in baking chips and marshmallow creme until melted. Stir in vanilla and sprinkles. Immediately spread into prepared pan and top with chopped malted easter eggs. Refrigerate until firm, 1-2 hours.

Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Remove foil; cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container.

Cupcakes

Ok y'all I cheated with these. Sprinkles has a cupcake mix and let me tell you they taste like homemade. So I cheat with these because they are soooo delicious!! And it has their frosting recipe so it is beyond easy and yummy! No judgement on these ok ladies.. Everyone takes the easy rode on something.. And while I love making everything homemade sometimes when they taste the same we can all throw in the towel! But you can add these adorable Peter Rabbit toppers to them so they are extra special 

Lemon Garden bread

Soooo maybe I did it again and took the easy rode with these! William Sonoma had this Meyer lemon bread mix I had sitting in my pantry forever and never used. I was exhausted the day I was baking these and thought why not give these a whirl in these cute Easter garden baking trays. Well, I did and they were yummy! I topped with powdered sugar and they were such a good snack for breakfast or dinner! 

 

Well, that's all from just some of my easy snacks and apps for Easter! I hope you all try these and let me know how they turn out! If you don't want to put the bread in the pans get creative and put cupcake mix or muffin mix! 

 

xoxo

Jess

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas is Over but the sales are not!

Well, the biggest Catch 22 of the year and every year in my mind are the Christmas sales! They are amazing and we want to buy but are almost broke from Christmas!! Yet, we want to save money for next year so we technically "need" the items... lol.. it is crazy, but it is what it is and I secretly love it!! I don't love how half the gifts I bought for family and friends are now 40% off.. That I could live without! However, my fav holidays sales are those that prep us for next year. 

The best purchase I think anyone could make this time of year are Christmas trees for next year. I know that sounds crazy but, coming from someone who has purchased a million trees and never found a good one this is why you must listen. Like always, every year I am in search a of a real looking tree, I cannot purchase a real tree due to allergies, however I have longed for one that is just so beautiful and real looking I was exhausted of trying to find it and just figured they didn't exist... until I was a t my neighbors. Logan and I went to look at their tree and it was the most beautiful, real looking, fluffy tree I had ever seen! I was in complete shock at how stunning it was!! They told us they purchased from Balsam Hill and that it came with gloves so you didn't hurt your hands.. genius right? So, like you guessed it we went straight home and ordered a tree. I have spent so much money on crappy trees over the years I could have bought 4 trees of their trees for what I have spent over the years. Every year they come out of the box looking so sad and crappy so I was even happier when our neighbors said they have had their tree for over 5 years!!  Again, another selling point, although I didn't really need one. Our tree came and it was the easiest set up and most beautiful, fluffy tree I have ever seen! Best part about this story is now Balsam Hill has some trees up to 60% off!!!  This is why you need to stock up on Christmas decor, because why not save money while you can for next year. Here are my fav Christmas picks for you to stock up on!

Balsam Hill picks

Woodland tree was $999 now $599

Woodland tree was $999 now $599

Crate and Barrel Picks:

Pottery Barn Picks:

I hope you all enjoy my picks and I promise the Christmas is the best purchase we have ever done! As well as all this Christmas decor! You know you will buy it next year so why not save when you can? I have never purchased anything holiday related that has not been on sale! 

Holiday Gift Guide for Last Min Shoppers!

Christmas is literally right around the corner as like next Monday.. However, I do know some people are still trying to figure out the best gifts. I wanted to give you some ideas for everyone in your life! Check the out below.

For the Beauty Lover

For the Trendy Friend (you know the one that is always fashionable even in sweats)

For the New Mom or your overworked friends who need a little "me" time

For the friend that loves to Cook/Bake 

For the Men

I hope you all enjoyed! Be sure to check out my post tomorrow on Stockin Stuffers! Also, subscribe to my youtube channel! I will be doing lots more makeup and skincare! 

 

Thanks y'all

 

Jess

Cozy Soup Night

I really don't need to say much except.. MAKE THIS SOUP!!!! This is soo delicious and easy to make!!! I paired it with a simple salad and Rosmary bread I bought from Fresh Market. Here is how to get this super easy weekday dinner on a night where you just want to snuggle up and watch your favorite shows! Let me know how you all like it!

 

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER AND RED PEPPER SOUP

Preheat oven to 400-

What you need

1 head of cauliflower ( broken into piece)

1 small yellow onion (sliced)

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 teaspoon corriander

3 red peppers from a jar

3 cups water

3 tablespoon miso paste

1/2  cup cashews soaked (soak for 3 hours in water, then drain when ready or boil them and when they are soft drain those)

salt and pepper to taste

HOW TO MAKE

Place cauliflower and onions on 2 separate baking sheets, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast at 400 for 25-30 for cauliflower and 20 -25 for onions. Save a few cauliflower to top the soup with.

After they roast place them together in the Food Processor, with the other ingredients and taste with salt and pepper. Blend in the food processor til smooth or desired consistency. I personally then like to pour the soup and heat just for 5 min in a pot to warm up everything together.  This is a personal preference but I like it!

Pour in a soup bowl, top with some of the saved roasted cauliflower and drizzle with olive oil and you are all set! Told you this was easy! Now, wait til you try it!  Also, here are my soup bowls  I just bought, they are simple but so classic and so happy I finally purchased them!! Can't wait to hear what you all think!! 

xoxo

Jess

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Healthy Taco's for Tuesday! Or any day really

I always love a good "Taco Tuesday". Well, if I am being honest I love taco's every night, but most are very heavy and loaded with calories. These are NOT! So recently I have started barely eating meat. I am not to the point nor do I think I will ever be able to call myself a vegetarian. But, if I can only eat meat like once a month why not? I noticed personally that my body does better without meat. I lost 5lbs so fast and I felt better, lighter and well more rested. I truly believe in listening to your body, so if I want meat I will have it, but at this point and after a few times of watching "what the health" I will skip as best I can.

I started to no meat thing a couple months ago, but due to our IVF process I was told I needed it in my diet. Yes, I said IVF, yes that is a whole entirely different blog and yes I will share at some point. Yes, it has been hard, but again that is another blog and right now we are doing great and been blessed thus far. Now, back to these meatless delicious tacos!!! After I spoke to my doctor she was ok with me cutting out some meat, again right now I can't cut it out til after we are finished but I can cut back. So I made these roasted cauliflower tacos and a Turkey Sante Fe salad. This way it was mostly vegetarian as honestly I think I had 3 nibbles of turkey lol. 

This is such an easy and healthy dish and the salad is great for parties or just a night at home! If you added Chicken to the salad that could be your main course! These dishes are each below 300 calories! Check it out! Leave comments as I will be checking on here more and responding! I got the recipe from Love and Lemons Cookbook! Great cookbook for vegetarians 

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER TACOS with CHIPOTLE CREAM

For the tacos -

1 medium cauliflower head cut into small pieces

2 chipotle pepers in adobe sauce (canned)

Cilantro to taste

1 lime

1 med avacado

Pink salt and pepper to taste

 

FOR THE CHIPOTLE CREAM

7 ounces greek yogurt

1 chipotle pepper (from same can)

1 teaspoon lime juice

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon honey

Pink salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 and line baking sheet with Silicone Mat (this one I swear by) add cauliflower and drizzle with olive oil and chopped peppers, making sure to coat the cauliflower in the adobe sauce. Roast for 25-30 min

Blend all the Chipotle cream in a Food Processor  (best i have used and yes it is worth the cost! Never has stopped working) until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning to see if more salt, pepper or lime is needed. 

Heat a pan with little olive oil and heat the flour tortillas til they puff, place on a plate and fill each tortilla with caulifower, slice of avocado, cilantro and top with spoonful of cream sauce. 

 

 

SANTE FE SALAD (From Skinny Taste cookbook) 

 

AVOCADO CREAM SAUCE

1 med avocado

1 jalapeno pepper chopped

1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream

1 1/2 tablespoons cilantro 

1 tablespoon lime juice

1/4 teaspoon salt and more to taste

Pepper to taste

Place all in a food processor and blend til smooth

 

TURKEY BEAN FILLING

1/2 lb turkey 

1/2 cup chickpeas (or black beans)

1 large tomato chopped

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cumin

3 tablespoon chopped onion

2 tablespoon chopped cilantro

3/4 cup frozen corn kernels

Heat skillet and add turkey and brown, add onion, beans, cilantro, tomato, garlic, cumin, salt, cover and simmer for 20 min. Uncover and add corn til heated. set aside 

Salad

 

Romaine lettuce

1/2 cup mexican cheese

1 cup tomato chopped

you can add 2 tablespoon black olives and 2 of scallions and tortilla chips but I skip those.

 

Chop lettuce and then add the cheese, tomato, turkey and bean filling and the avocado cream and toss.  Garnish with tortilla chips and avocado. 

 

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Cyber Monday!! Shop til your credit card shuts off!

Y'all with Christmas right around the corner we need gifts for everyone it seems! But why spend the full amount when you can get great deals and maybe be able to buy something for yourself? Exactly, there is no reason!! I have rounded up my favorite shopping for Cyber Monday! I am listing some items I love from the sales but if you want to bypass my picks then scroll to the very bottom for a list and their codes!

 

 

I'm gonna start with Wildfox I have an obsession with their super comfy clothes.. Anyway they have 40% off the ENTIRE SITE!!!! Enter code SoSweet at checkout! Here are my favs. I added my fav Halloween sweatshirts as well, because I will buy stuff from the year before when they have this sale for the next year! Its so cute it will never go out of style! 

Next up is All Saints!  This is the ONLY place I buy my leather jackets at!!! So here are some I own! at 40% off!!! 

Beach Wave Betty!!! Yes my go to irons at T3 Micro are having an additional 25% off! use code MONDAY17 at checkout and my trio curling irons are $215!!! as opposed to over $300 as they are already marked down! Here are my must haves! 

Matisse Footwear.. These boots are in my opinion the rock star of all boots. All the boots I love are from here and you can get 30% off with code ITSON 

Old Navy is having a sitewide 50% off sale! The extra 50% is taken off at Checkout!!! Also, I'm adding some adorable baby pajamas because we all have some nieces and nephews or friends with babies and some of these with discount are $7!!!!

BB Dakota always has the best jackets! Sign up with your email and use code GET50 at checkout for 50% off amazing selections! 

Dermstore!!! Use code MONDAY for 25% off!!! I love skincare and here is the products I use and love!

Ok so those are my fav from Cyber Monday but here is a list I put together for those who just wanted to scroll down! 

 

Nasty Gal 50% everything 

Ray-Ban 20% off sitewide 

Pottery Barn Up to 70% off and 30% off some Christmas items

Nordstrom Great deals at 40% off with additional 20% off!!

Shopbop extra 35% off all sale items with code WOW35

Sam Edelman 30% off sale items use code CYBERSALE 

Steve Madden 30% off and FREE SHIPPING with code CYBER 

Shutterfly get up to 50% off and extra 25% off with code CYBERSAVINGS 

Sephora up to 50% off some items!

Sephora Sale!

When it comes to the Sephora I feel like no talking should happen, because as you know they rarely do a sale and I feel like most of you are in my boat. That is the boat of a  being a Rouge member so that means our sale starts NOOWWWWWWW !! I wanted to give you a list of my must haves.. Since it is also around Christmas time I think some of these should be gifts. Let's be honest. It is better to buy now and that way you can pretend you really didn't spend every penny you earned in Dec. Right ladies? Ok, here we go!

 

So, as you can tell from my color choices I am LOOVINGGG the pinks, peaches, burnt oranges and burgundy colors. They are so rich and beautiful for fall. Colourpop has great quality and great prices. The Natasha Denona Crystal toppers are what are giving me life right now. I used this in my insta story of the glow i did on the Kittenish model. I bought all colors and they are all amazing!. I  also added my fav bronzer by Tom Ford and their Boys and Girls lipsticks in Alexander and Carine are the most beautiful nudes I have every seen!!!

 

The Marc Jacobs face brush is the best brush and the only brush I would ever apply foundation with. I used to be a sponge girl, however, ever since I have used this brush i have given up sponges because of the difference this brush has made in my life! The Becca under eye brightner is great for those of you who do not want to wear a lot of makeup. Or for those of you who do, it is a great brightening base to the concealer. IT will illuminate and give life to tired eyes! 

 

Hope this round up was good for y'all! I will keep posting more during the sale! Next time I will focus on gifts for your mom and your girlfriends!

 

 

Trend: Pleated and Fun!

I swear ladies, I will be doing more fashion posts and blogging. It is so hard because I have like 10 jobs lol. However, I wanted to do one about a little trend I have noticed and something that was once in style is making a hard comeback. 

Skirts! Not just skirts but pleated skirts! I am sure you have seen your share on every blogger and fashionista imaginable. The pleated skirts are not going anywhere, so this is a trend that you can hold onto for a while. I think the best part of this pleated skirt trend is that now they are far more fun. Back in the day you would just see mostly in a plaid with school uniforms. Now, they are super vibrant colors and you can pair with anything! From a sweat shirt to a tank and everywhere in between! They even have fun fabrics like metallic and velvet.

I wanted to show you my two ways of wearing the trend as this has become a staple piece in my wardrobe. Personally, I am a fan of anything metallic and velvet because I love textures.. and with Fall here, you can add so much fun to these skirts with textures!! Leather jackets are also here to stay and I love that some of these bloggers paired them with a t-shirt or a blouse for a completely different look! 

My skirts are all from Asos, of what just so happens to be one of the best, most affordable selections I have ever seen! check them out! 

What trend do you love and want to see? 

* All photos of me taken by Sarah from The Studio Magnolia

* Credit given to others below 

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First Anniversary

Well, Here is its.. the Big First Anniversary.... Let me tell you this is not the one we expected to have.. First we were going to Cuba, then a staycation in St. Pete due to Zika and now trapped in our house waiting for Hurricane Irma. Yes, we were the Floridians that decided to stay because we truly thought it would miss us. So, since I am stuck in the house awaiting a hurricane I have had time to reflect and wanted to give you some advice/insight. 

I love my husband and we have been married happily for a year.. That is what matters.. Not some silly vacation or gift. We have each other and are thankful. We made vows on this day and we have lived by them. Do we argue? Yes, Do we get mad? Yes, do we learn to accept each other the way we are? Yes. That is what is important. Social Media plays a hard trick on people thinking couples never argue and have perfect lives.. I am here to tell you that EVERY couple has arguments.. Not knock out drag down ones but normal ones, that normal couples have. Why? Because that is normal and no matter how hard you try one day you will just wake up pissed out at the world and be a complete crazy person for the day and ya know what? That is NORMAL!! 

I wanted to say that because everyone always thinks "perfect" exists and it doesn't.. While I have the perfect marriage for me that doesn't mean that we are always perfect. We love each other through everything no matter what. That was our vow. Always choose love. We have had struggles this year with what we thought something would be an easy process and turns out it has not been for us. We have now embraced the path God chose for us and we know that path will lead us to the right way. I will eventually go in detail about our struggle when the time is right. Right now it just isn't. I have been doing videos during this process and I think a lot of women will relate. I will say this.. My point to this whole thing is nothing is perfect. But my marriage is perfect for me and him. He is perfect for me. I accept him and love him as he does me. These past months he has been my rock and had my back during every decision which I will explain would be hard for some men to do and Logan has been a champ. I hope you all love these videos. I am also sending the link and passcode to watch our whole video for the ceremony in case you are bored lol. 

This was the best day of my life and I love looking back and seeing everything from the way he looked to his smile, to his words and the way he said them. Today, I am thankful my dear, sweet husband. You make me proud everyday. You are my rock, and personal comedian and I love you. 

The Most Tender Meatballs Ever!

Ok ladies, listen up! If you are like me you always are trying to figure out how to make the perfect meatball! I swear mine are always tough and never tender.. Well, the search is over and I hope you enjoy this recipe as I know me and Logan did! I will now use the applesauce in all my meatballs as it made it beyond tender! This dish is also healthy so not a bad way to start off tomorrow and get your week on track with healthy eating! I found this recipe in a Cookbook I have been loving, called Add a Pinch. I have linked it below as well! Ok, enough talking... Recipe below!!!

SWEET AND SOUR MEATBALLS WITH ZUCCHINI

MEATBALLS

2lbs ground beef

1/4 med onion

1 garlic clove

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup Apple sauce (recipe for that follows) 

SAUCE

1/2 med onion

1 small belle pepper (chopped)

3 Cups tomato sauce (I normally make my own but I bought a onion one at Sprouts and worked and tasted amazing)

1/4 cup applesauce

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 garlic clove

1/2 teaspoon pink salt

5 med zucchini with veggie peeler (will be linked)

Grated or shaved parmesean cheese for garnish 

 

STEP 1.  Make the meatballs- In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, garlic, applesauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Roll into 2 in balls.

2. In a 12 in skillet set over medium heat, working in batches, cook the meatballs turning occasionally to ensure all sides brown, which takes 7 min. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meatballs to large bowl and discard any drippings in the pan. 

3. Make the sauce:  In the same skillet, set over medium heat, combine the onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring until tender, about 3 min. Add the tomato sauce, applesauce, lemon juice, garlic, and salt and cook until the sauce has reduced and thickened, about 20 min. Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 10 min.

4. Use the Veggie Peeler, and then either put on plates and pour sauce over and serve or I personally like to heat up the zucchini for a few min on medium heat in a clean skillet. Then I add to plates and spoon sauce and meatballs over it and top with grated parmesean.

 

Homemade Applesauce: 

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, and cored

3 Macintosh or Honeycrisp apples, peeled and cored

1/4 cup apple juice

Cut the apples into wedges and place in large pot of water. Bring it to a simmer, and cook until apples are tender enough to mash, approx 30 min. Remove from heat. Working in batches, Place apples in food processor and blend til the sauce reaches the consistency you prefer. Great news, this applesauce will last for 3 weeks in a airtight container in the fridge! 

 

There is its! The best meatball recipe!! Also, a few of you asked about my plates and they are discontinued so I linked the other ones I have as they match the other ones perfectly and are still cute and rustic looking! I also am linking all my pots I used! Hope you all enjoy! 

 

 

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The New Cleanse

So many people juice these days it is unreal... You would think the vitamix was invented this year! I have tried juice cleanses and they do not work for me as I am starving and fail... No matter what I cannot keep with the program. That's why I tried Soupure. I have tried it before but this time I did the Summer Slim down and I loved it! I felt energized and full and loved I could eat food as I was doing it. This is not a cleanse but a jumpstart on a healthier life. 

Before, with the soup cleanse you just ate the soup which is delicious btw, but that was it. After that, you go back to regular life. Well, with this one for me it was about starting over and monitoring my eating habits. The goal is to have a soup before your meal. Their soups are whole veggies with fiber and protein, so you get full faster and therefore eat less. Not only do you get to eat real food but they give you recipes. In my book this was an added bonus. When you are not full you tend to crave more starchy foods, so due to you eating this soup which is low in sodium and high in protein you tend to not crave the foods you normally would. Therefore, you are starting to restart the way you live your life and eat. The best part is you slowly lose weight which means you keep it off, because you are making small, healthy choices and learning as you go. 

With most cleanses, you might lose weight faster but you can it back immediately!!!! How bad does that suck? You starve for 7 days and then you lose 5 lbs all to gain it back the second you eat a cheeseburger? Yea, that does not work or sound pleasant to me. This is something I can follow and start to crave. These soups are soooo delicious and trust me, I didn't think they would be. I felt like my mom was trying to feed me veggies as a kid and I wouldn't like it but would have to force down.. My first spoonful of the split pea was to die for!!!! Logan, even liked it so much that when I did the Summer Slimdown he said "did you get some for me" lol no joke!! And, I didn't lol I know insert bad wife comments. It is just rare a man would like this stuff but it si so good he does!!! After my 10 day slimdown my body reset and I was making healthier choices and not craving potatoes lol to fill me up! I lost 3lbs that have STAYED off! That right there is why I love the Soup Cleanse and summer slimdown. You keep what you lose off! Ladies, i swear you will be addicted to this Soup trust me! Today they have coupon on their website for 25% off if you are a returning customer! And they lowered shipping rates!!!! By a lot!!! Go check them out as you all know I love tea, but you cannot do it all the time. This you can and it is a long term fix!

 

 

Botox and Fillers Round 2.

Well, maybe some of you know and some don't but every time I am in Nashville I call it my B&B (Botox and Blonde) because they are the only people I trust for my Botox and color. I went to see Dr. Biesman again, as honestly he really is the best! What is amazing is that some of you go to him and have said the same thing.. which was great to hear! I love knowing that who and what I recommend you had the same interaction with and love them or the product, whatever it may be.

This trip to Nash, I went in to get Botox and Dr. Biesman had noticed I lost weight.. great right? Well, maybe for the body but not for the face. That is why when you see people with a tad more weight that have zero wrinkles!!! It is amazing!! Anyway, He said he wanted to lift my cheeks ever so slightly with Restylane Lyft which last longer and is the new "it" filler.  Because I know he is very "light handed" when it comes to cosmetic procedures I trusted him after we finished my "baby botox" which I got 14 units. I chose to get this amount because at this point I still want movement. So I might need touchups a tad more often I still like this because I am comfortable with it and my doctor supports it. * Note* always find a doctor who you trust and in return they respect your wishes*

Now, back to my little ol' cheeks. He injected a tiny amount to give me a little lift where I had lost the volume from my weight loss. I had lost about 10lbs since my wedding as I was 125 before wedding and now 115 lb although i dropped to 112 for the actual wedding day (another blog post in its own lol). So that 10 lbs left my face a little flat. After he injected I saw a subtle immediate result and loved it. It did not look fake or anything just a  "lift", which is exactly what I wanted. Also, this part is amazing... He also injected my chin.. YES CHIN!!! I have deep smile lines and that is hereditary BUT I HATE filler in those smile lines because it moves and then you have chipmunk cheeks and that is not good on me. Did it once and never again! He gave me a little on both edges of my chin and guess what diminished??? Yep my deep ole' smile lines. Yes, they are still there, Yes, they are something that will always bother me BUT to think he can inject me in my chin and my upper cheek and somehow the combo makes them less noticeable without chipmunk face? ALL IN!! Sorry I was amazed and literally so happy when I saw that!

Next we did my lips. I only wanted a tiny about for a "bump" that's all.. For  lips we used Volbella.  A lot of people think that when you get lips you overdo it but if you have the right doctor that isn't the case. Mine are such a subtle difference that no one notices the lips they just say "you look refreshed" and girls, let me tell you, I am NOT refreshed lol! I barely sleep, so it is def Dr. Biesman on this one!

Every time I come back from Nashville I am feeling like a new and improved woman.. I mean I am but I feel it lol. There is no better feeling than feeling great about yourself! That is why I like being open about what I do. I am strict with skincare and my yearly upkeeps. I have found the best doctor, best skincare and I am sticking to it! You have to do what makes you happy and honestly.. to hell with anyone who judges you!!! YOUR life, YOUR body, YOUR choice. As my mamaw would say "tell them to stick it, where the good Lord split cha" lol. 

Dr. Biesman was kind enough to give some advice and I want you to keep reading to see what he has to say!!! I did a little Q & A with him for the 2 most common questions! Hope you like! Til Next time ladies!!!  Be sure to follow Dr. Biesman on social for skincare and updates! 

 

1. How old should I be before I get Botox? Filler?

We have learned that Botox does seem to prevent the development of wrinkles and lines,

especially if one of both of your parents (or older siblings) have them. We routinely treat

patients (men and women) who are in their early 20s.

Fillers are also commonly used in young people. When treating patients in their early 20s we are

typically enhancing features that were never prominent- filling in depressions under the eyes that

make us look tired (tear troughs), enhancing lip volume, or creating a stronger chin profile. As

aging changes begin to take place, volume is both lost and redistributed. The goal of treatment

with fillers in these patients is to reverse the aging changes.

2. Should I use permanent fillers? Wouldn’t that be better as it would save me having to get treated regularly?

NO!!! There are a number of great fillers on the market that all have somewhat different and

unique properties. Some are better for lifting, some better for filling, some “stiff” whereas others

are smoother and softer. Some products are best used in lips or fine lines whereas others are

better used in the cheeks, chin, and/or temples. However, all of these products have a limited

lifespan. This is a good thing as you want to be treated with products that can be adjusted as

your needs change over time. The vast majority of the filler products on the market today can

also be reversed if you don’t like something about them or some problem arises.

When using permanent fillers you do not have a choice as to flexibility, softness, etc., cannot

modify the products if there is a problem and, even if you love the products, what looks good

when you are 35 may look terrible at 45, 55, or 65, depending on how your face changes over

time. The one exception to this rule may be the treatment of certain scars but, otherwise, please

avoid permanent fillers