Sunday, December 30, 2018

New Year's Eve fashion

Happy New Year's Eve Eve!  I can't believe we're about to say goodbye to 2018!  It feels like the holidays came and went so fast and it's a little crazy to me that we're one day away from NYE!  I'm really looking forward to ringing in the new year... mostly because 2018 was awful for me but also because I CAN'T WAIT to wear my dress!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

sitting made simple® fort worth

Are you the parent that panics when you realize you need a babysitter?  I mean, I'm the mom that panics over just about anything because I have severe anxiety lol buuuut babysitting outside the family was definitely one of those things that I avoided.  Chris and I are blessed to have our parents in the metroplex and I also have an older brother which gives us great access to free babysitting (praise!) but it's not always the most convenient.  That usually involves us driving Kendall at least 30-45 mins or someone coming to pick up Kendall, transferring a car seat and packing a bag... OR someone driving to us and they end up spending more time in the car than we actually needed them to babysit!

I told Chris awhile ago... we need an option where we can have a babysitter for an hour or two and not ask our family members to always change their schedules and do so much driving.  And believe it or not, even with 5 adults in our immediate family nearby, we still have times when no one is available... I mean, not everyone is just sitting around waiting to help us!... they do have lives of their own! Whaaaat?! ;)

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Alex and the basic blogger b*tch brunch

Today I just wanted to share some mad love for a blogger babe that does so much for this blogging community!  Alex, the Basic Blogger Bitch, is my homegirl now and I'm not exaggerating when I say I feel truly blessed to know her and to be in her space!  This girl has crazy blogging skills... her blog is killer!... but she also has this skill for bringing people together and making everyone feel welcome and special.
I have so much respect for Alex and her owning her "basic blogger" status.  She turned criticism into a brand and I'm so impressed by that.  I'm obsessed with her story and her blog name!  I can tell you right now that I had nowhere near the confidence she does when I was in my 20s... and let me be very clear here... it's CONFIDENCE not arrogance.  She owns who she is and what she loves to do; she didn't allow anyone's whispering in her ear to deter her from what she wants to be doing.  On top of that, she has dedicated a lot of time to helping other bloggers with their journey as well as organizing brunches to bring so many of us together throughout DFW.  It actually makes me emotional to know that she saw something in me way back when and decided to include me in her Basic Blogger Bitch Brunches!  Thank you Alex!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

a few Fort Worth Christmas events I'm looking forward to

Happy December!!  I can't believe how quickly the holidays are coming... that Thanksgiving is already over a week past and we're into the last month of the year!  The holidays go by so quickly so I've tried really hard to be as on top of things this year as I can be.  I'm already done with a lot of my shopping; we've had our Christmas tree up for a week now... and we're working on the outside lights next!  Hopefully this weekend!  (That's on you, hubby!!)

We haven't attended any holiday events yet which is strange for us, but hey, life is busy!  But since today is the first day of December, I thought I'd share some events that I have my eye on and I'm looking forward to!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Play Studio Fort Worth

Happy Friday y'all!  You may have seen on my Instagram that Kendall and I went to check out the Play Studio Fort Worth right before Thanksgiving!  I've been following them on Instagram for awhile and it's been on my to do list to take Kendall there.  I had an idea beforehand that Kendall would like it a lot but I didn't know how much she would LOVE it!  Keep reading for a special December deal!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

small business saturday fort worth shopping guide

Happy Small Business Saturday!! As a small business owner myself (you can join my Mary Kay deals here) I'm passionate about supporting other small businesses and entrepreneurs! The small business community in Fort Worth is truly amazing and in the past year I've met so many killer women through blogging and networking! The support of this community is probably one of my most favorite things about Fort Worth... the phrase "Community over competition" truly thrives in Funkytown and I love the energy it brings to this city!

Today I just wanted to share a few small business sales from some of my favorite Fort Worth businesses so you can make sure to get some deals and show your love to all of these hard working business owners! Have you done any of your Christmas shopping? Whether you're finishing up or just getting started, shopping local is an amazing way to show your support for your community and also get really unique and fun gifts for others (or yourself!) And remember, since most of these are small boutiques, you should shop them in person! There are a couple with shopping online but let's all get in the Christmas spirit and go IN PERSON and enjoy the holiday atmosphere and meeting the designers behind the products and hard work!

Hale House- 20% off in store by showing receipt from another FW small business

Kelly Kay Paper- 25% off everything with code 'BFCM18'

Local Revere- 30% off with code 'LRTHANKS'

LTO Design FW- 20% off Christmas decor in store

Mustard Seed Jewelry- 30% off everything in studio (not retailers), bubbly and light bites shopping party! (2508 College Ave, Fort Worth) AND online shopping with code 'BLING30'

Play Studio FW- 20% off play passes and parents classes with code 'GIFTOFPLAY'

Shop Small Fort Worth- BOGO deals & huge discounts in The Collective showroom + 25% off all Cowtown Made "Exclusive" items online with code 'SHOPSMALL25'!

Sitting Made Simple Fort Worth- $10 off membership ($50 value for only $40!)

Wanderer Boutique- 15% off everything + pop-up shop from Refined Wreaths (and mimosas!)

Winton + Waits- 10% off plus choose the charity from their list that you want your purchase to benefit plus small business scavenger hunt for a chance to win a $100 AMEX gift card

Yours Truly- in store promo- Buy a $100 gift card, receive a $20 gift card

If you know of a small business that I've left off the list, comment below or email me so I can be sure to add them!  I will add to this throughout the day as I discover more deals! Happy Shopping y'all! 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

One dress styled three ways

 Happy Saturday y’all! Who is going to Arts Goggle later? We’ll be headed there after Kendall‘s nap. Can’t wait to see everything! If you’ll be strolling Magnolia Ave, it’s the perfect time to pop in to the Wanderer Boutique! If you don’t already know from my instagram I’m super excited to be a style ambassador for this amazing shop! There are sooo many cute clothes, shoes, accessories and gift items! There’s even skincare! Ashley has done a phenomenal job curating a collection of items and there’s really something for everyone! 

Today I wanted to share quickly how I styled one dress from Wanderer three different ways. The Texas weather is always insane and if you live here you know that you have to check the weather every morning before leaving the house haha! This is why it’s so important to have versatile pieces that you can wear different ways. 

My go to pieces lately have been dresses and skirts because they can be styled so many different ways! This polka dot dress is such a cute find! Because Wanderer is a boutique with ever changing inventory, you can always contact them or message them on their social media to check what’s available, sizes and pricing! Not everything will be shown on their website.... and guess what? That means you’re sure to get adorable clothing that you won’t see every single girl wearing. I’ve paired the dress with booties for fall vibes without sweating in the Texas humidity, heels and a fur vest for a fun dressed up look that would be perfect for date night, and over-the-knee boots and a cardigan for days that a little colder! Which look is your favorite?

Monday, September 3, 2018

In the fort: Fort Worth murals, near southside #youarenear

 Good morning and happy Labor Day y’all! Hope you’re enjoying some relaxing time and finishing out your summer strong! Just want to keep today’s post short and sweet. I know that as bloggers we’re always looking for interesting places to shoot photos, and I know my fellow Fort Worth locals are always wanting to know the latest in the newest neighborhoods and hot spots... so today I want to share photos of a giant mural in the Near Southside. The biggest mural is realitively new although it’s been there as little while now. You may not have seen it but it’s right by where I used to live and it’s super close to one of the hottest areas in Fort Worth, South Main (location below pics). Make sure you look closely at this mural... there are so many iconic Fort Worth things! Can you find the panther?

Thursday, August 23, 2018

#Experiencethebalance of saranghae’s new toner

 Today’s the day! I am super excited to announce that Saranghae Skincare has a brand new TONER!  I had the exclusive opportunity to try this toner before it’s official launch to the public and I have to say how much I love it!  I have talked about the Saranghae 5 step skincare system in previous posts, but this toner now takes the system to a whole new level!
I am an oily skin girl. Always have been, although it has lessened slightly since having Kendall. I LOVE TONERS. If you have oily skin, you may be with me! Oily skin girls love the toners because they seem to suck all the extra oil out of your skin after cleansing. If you’re like me and you also wear a long lasting liquid foundation, you may also need to boost your cleanser’s makeup removing power with a toner. But toners are definitely not just for oily skin, they are for ALL skin types.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Tasting of cru at the shops at Clearfork

I was so fortunate to be invited to an influencer tasting at Cru Food and Wine Bar in the Shops at Clearfork last week and today I would love to share a recap of the food we tasted and our experience! I was so excited to be invited to this tasting! The Shops at Clearfork have not only been a great destination for me and my family but they’ve been extremely supportive of local bloggers and influencers!  The service at Cru was top notch and everyone was so welcoming.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Love saranghae Skincare

Happy weekend! Is anybody else already totally worn out from this holiday week? We mostly celebrated last weekend and or an actual fourth so I’m not sure what will be doing this weekend but I think it will be a little more low-key. I’ve been trying really hard to last few months to take better care of my skin and give myself a little love.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Huge sale- Gracefully Jane clothing boutique

Hey y’all! I hope you all have been enjoying Fourth of July festivities! Today I wanted to make sure that you all know about a fantastic online boutique and a HUGE sale that they are having!  Keep reading because at the bottom of this post I have a link for the insiders group you need to be in for the sale!  If you watched my stories the other night you saw my red white and blue top from Gracefully Jane, then you’ve already seen a sneak peek of how adorable and comfortable the clothing is!

Y’all know that I am all about local Fort Worth small businesses. I really enjoy supporting other women that have started their own business, from young twenty-somethings to full-time mothers and career women.  I think it is so important for women to cheer on other women in their business ventures, especially when those businesses take the time to give back to the community.

Rachel and her husband Zack started this online boutique and they give back 10% of proceeds to local charities.  You can read a little bit more about them here and why they started this online boutique.  When we decided to collaborate for this post I honestly had an extremely hard time shopping the boutique because I. LOVE. EVERYTHING.  I was really excited about this Stars & Stripes top because I’m always looking for a cute way to celebrate a holiday.   I also have a thing for three-quarter length sleeves and long shirts that you can either front-tuck or wear with leggings and this top has all of those things.  It is also super soft and I’m not lying when I say I’ve been wearing it for three days in a row! 🤣 There’s only a few sizes left in this top so if you’re interested in it make sure you grab it right away.

One of the best things about Gracefully Jane is that they carry everything from graphic T-shirts to dresses and they also carry many plus size options.  I promised you a huge sale and here’s how to get in on that: go join Gracefully Jane’s insider group on Facebook .  I have some insider info that they will be making a special announcement today and having a sale and being in the Facebook group will get you first crack at the amazing deals! Get signed up as an insider and browse so of the great deals that are currently being posted! I’ve been stalking the page since yesterday and there’s been great under $20 deals y’all! I’m sure you’ll catch me on stories wearing my shirt a ton the next few days!
Thank you so much to Gracefully Jane for sponsoring this post!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Lately: basic tees and hats plus my go-to shop for deals

Hey y’all! Ok love you mean it but I’m not even bothering with any pics on this post! 🤣😘  Just wanted to pop on here quick a share a short list of some basics I stocked up on (tees and hats for summer) and also share my adorable palm leaf dress again because it’s such a bargain!!!

Sooo if you saw on Instagram, here’s my tees for only $2.88 a piece and my hats for only $2.97!! I got a white shirt, a black and an olive and I’ve worn all of them multiple days so far! #momstyle 😉 I’m not finding my exact satin pink hat in the satin material so for those local, I got mine at Walmart by the Naval Air Base and they had pink and olive green and I can’t remember what else a couple days ago. For those shopping online, this one is similar for just slightly more. I was also obsessed with these gingham hats in pink and black and might have to go back to see if they’re still there! We regret the things we don’t buy, right ladies?!

And last but not least, here’s my super cute palm leaf dress for only $11!!! I got a size small and it’s such a fun little dress for any summer soirée! I’m thinking about wearing it to the She Belongs event on Saturday at Kendra Scott .  I’ve been loving this online shop so much because it is so affordable and they have amazing sales!

I can’t believe it’s Thursday already! What are y’all planning for the weekend? I need some major pool time and 4th planning! Hope y’all have a great Friday eve!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Striped I love coffee T-shirt dress

Happy weekend y’all! Oh my gosh I can’t believe how quickly this dress is going! I just purchased this about maybe two weeks ago, received it about a week ago and I’ve been wearing it nonstop! If you are a busy mom like me or you were just straight up coffee addict like me LOL you will appreciate this adorable dress! The best thing is it’s even cheaper than when I purchased it. It is now only $9!!! So hurry hurry and check out this dress!

As the weather continues to heat up I’m realizing that on the days we are not by the pool, the best outfits for me seem to be sneakers and loose-fitting shift dresses.  Dresses may not be the best for crawling around on the floor with my toddler, but they are the best for the heat and allowing circulation and not feeling like you’re clothes are sticking to you. So when we’re out and about around town I love wearing dresses and my favorite are definitely simple T-shirt dresses. I’m not gonna lie, this dress can look a little bit like a sleep shirt but it just needs a few accessories or layers so I added my denim jacket around my waist and wore some of my favorite classic Kendra Scott earrings and played it up to a cute outfit that I was super comfortable in.  I feel like I will also be able to layer this well in fall and winter, perhaps with some leggings or tights and cute boots and a cardigan.

 Moving onto my announcement… I am officially done with google blogger.  It has created so many problems for me and I have wasted hours upon hours trying to edit my blog.  Example, this post. I spent probably about three hours this morning editing photos and working on this post and the majority of that time was trying to get the pictures to post and they won’t.  I have a ton of pictures that I shot of this dress that literally will not show up on this blog post if I post more than one. So all this being said, I’m going to be transferring my entire blog to word press and updating the look.  I don’t want to stop blogging and completely relaunch because I have some fun collabs and content coming your way and I don’t want there to be any delay!  But I really think that this transition will help me be more consistent posting on the blog instead of just Instagram. I’m really looking forward to updating everything and getting a fresh clear look for the blog!!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Main Street arts festival 2018

Main Street arts Festival is in full swing. It’s Saturday morning and I’ve already been twice! LOL!  Thursday I took some time to myself and took some pictures and walked around the festival alone. Friday I took Kendall and we had a girls afternoon. This festival has always been one of my favorite Fort Worth events. Artists from near and far come to display at this event and there’s always extremely interesting things to look at. Since I’ve been attending this festival for years, I wanted to share just a couple of my insider tips and insights.

My first recommendation would be to definitely dress in layers and come prepared for the unpredictable weather. We’re currently having gorgeous weather but it’s also been extremely windy lately. Unfortunately the forecast is showing storms today (Saturday) so if you’re headed there today definitely pack your umbrellas as well!  With Main Street Arts Festival being downtown, the wind plays a big factor. You never know whether it will be stagnant or a windtunnel. Friday morning it was extremely windy and felt quite cold. If the wind shifts it could end up being very warm, especially on the weekend when the crowds are larger. It’s important to wear layers so that you can add or take off whatever you need.

My second tip, and question I was asked most frequently, is about parking. I kinda hate to even give away my favorite place to park but I guess it’s better to share, right?!  My favorite place to park is off of Throckmorton and Jennings  near City Hall. This is on the south side of downtown. It’s not usually a crowded area. During the week there are people coming and going rather than a lot of people being parked there for work all day so they’re usually open spots. On the weekend all Street meter parking and parking garages are free in downtown, therefore any of this parking that I mentioning now around City Hall is free today and tomorrow. It’s also great because you don’t have to necessarily drive into downtown and deal with any of the traffic or road closures. There are also numerous spots that are back in only. I’m not afraid to parallel park unless it is in my husband’s truck LOL and I don’t even try in that. One of the best things about the back and parking is it makes it easier for people with larger vehicles like me. Sometimes there’s a few open spots so it makes it easier for me to open my doors and load my kid and stroller in and out of the car. There are also lots of trees in this area that provide a ton of shady parking spots. This location is about a two block walk to the convention center, and the Main Street arts Festival goes from the convention center north all the way to the courthouse.  If you’re attending the festival and want more detailed description of my parking, you can reach out to me on Instagram or Twitter and send me a message! Here’s a great resource for all of downtown parking

I really would not say that parking is an issue in downtown Fort Worth because of the abundance of lots, parking garage is, and parallel parking. But this tends to be in the area that I like to park in. If you like to go further into downtown and park closer to Sundance Square I recommend the free parking garage is. Sundance Square also has numerous red umbrella valet stations. If you are just attending the festival they will not validate your parking for valet. Valet parking will only be validated if you go to one of the Participating retailers in Sundance Square. This can be stores or restaurants that will validate your parking after purchasing something at their store or eating at the restaurant. If you plan to go to a restaurant or shop boutiques in addition to going to the festival, valet parking may be a good option for you. It’s free with validation, or you can pay the valet fee which I think is $20. It is not worth it to pay this fee in my opinion. There is a ton of free parking.

My last tip had to do with beer LOL but to be honest I’m not sure this tip applies anymore. I don’t want to advertise anything falls so I will look into it a little bit more and if it does still apply all update this post later or you can also send me a message on Instagram or Twitter

One last thing, this festival uses coupons. All food and activities are paid for with the coupons, which are a dollar apiece. Coupon stations all have signs telling you the average prices of certain items. I recommend adding up what you think you’re going to eat or do and buying that amount of coupons. If you need more you can always go back and add a couple of coupons here and there. You can buy coupons individually so in my opinion it makes sense to buy less than what you think you’ll need and add some at the end if necessary instead of buying a big amount and getting stuck with leftover coupons at the end.

I don’t know that I will make it back to the festival anymore this weekend, although I would like to even though I’ve been twice! There’s always new music and performances so every day is different. Kendall and I enjoyed a Fletcher’s corny dog yesterday and mama had a beer. It was a beautiful day with my daughter in our beautiful city that we can’t get enough of! Everybody remember that Mayfest is coming up! I love this time of year in Fort Worth!!

P.S. I just Wanted to share also that I’ve been having some technology problems lately, hence the reason there hasn’t been photography on my blog posts. I’m noticing that some of my photos are not even posting. So I’m working on that and I apologize for my blog posts not looking as nice lately! It’s always something! Hope y’all have a really beautiful weekend and you’re able to enjoy some time outside, weather permitting. If you’re in Fort Worth you could head over to my Instagram stories for a couple of screenshots of other things that are happening today!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Fear is a liar... a damn good one

Face your fears. That’s what everybody says, right? That’s the way to get over it; that’s the way to grow.  But what if you start this process as an adult? What if you were never taught any of this when you were younger and now you struggle as an adult to overcome personal fears?  Well that’s exactly where I am right now in life.
10 years ago I was laid off from my interior design job because of a poor economy. Just when I thought I knew exactly what I was doing and right where I should be, my entire life was turned upside down. This is when I started my Mary Kay business and took a giant leap of faith. This is probably the first time that I did take a giant leap of faith in my adult life. Everything prior to that was me falling into what I felt like I should be doing.

When I started my Mary Kay business it was also about the same time that I started dating Chris. When you date a combat veteran Marine who has been through more than you’ve seen in every single movie in your entire life, you start to really look differently at the world. I am with a man that bases his entire life on facing his fears and challenging himself every day.  It was harsh reality for me to realize that I never do the same.

Enter this blog. I know I’m probably the most inconsistent blogger in the world. And that’s because it is a huge fear of mine. I am probably the best at self-sabotaging that you will ever see, and if you had any clue how much I overthink things and doubt myself, you would wonder how I even get on social media and talk at all.  I’m open and honest on social media because I have challenged myself to do so. I am a very self-conscious person with a very low self-esteem. I have a hard time with the way I physically look and I suffer a lot from anxiety. I used to struggle tremendously with being in pictures and I didn’t ever want to be photographed. I realize very quickly in college that I was going to be in photos whether I wanted to or not, so I better learn how to smile, pose and feel better about myself in said phoots.  I was always the person that had my eyes closed when everybody else looked cute LOL! So I practiced and I taught myself how to pose and how to keep my eyes open and how to not cringe after every photo I saw of myself. It took many years and a lot of positive self talk but I did get to a point of enjoying being in photos and I am probably a person that takes way more photos than anybody else in my life! I now truly enjoyed being in photographs and having those memories .

Putting myself out there in pictures is one thing. Learning how to be myself and face my other fears is what comes next. And frankly that is the spot I am still in and probably will be for a while. One minute I am unbelievably excited about my blog and the opportunities it is affording me, and the next minute I am absolutely terrified to even message anybody, reach out for collaborations or ask a photographer for photos or anything.  I have turned down certain collaborations out of fear that none of my followers would purchase anything or use my discount code to begin with. I have also never applied to Reward Style because I am simply afraid that I will get rejected. Do you have any idea how many bloggers get turned down their first time? It’s a lot! It is really not a rare occurrence for bloggers to be turned down a couple of times before they’re accepted. But I still haven’t been able to get over that fear because in my mind my blog is not good enough right now.

My fear is paralyzing to me. My anxiety is absolutely my downfall. It’s very hard to teach yourself to be confident later in life... it is very real to wake up one day in your 30s and realize that nobody really taught you that.  Just like most things in life, you have to be your own advocate and you have to set out to learn the things that maybe were not laid out to you.  A decade later I can look back and realize that the fear I felt when I didn’t have a job and the faith I had when starting my Mary Kay business was my first step to actually facing my fears and changing my life. Mary Kay is where I learned a lot of the skills and positive self talk I needed to change my perspective on life and myself.  The rest has really come in the last two years when I’ve had to step up into positions and situations I never thought I would be in.

I’m not really sure if it’s the fact that I became a mother... or the fact that I have dealt with so much in my personal life the last couple years, but I had a point of being fed up with myself.  Actually it’s probably all of the above. The last two years of my life have really messed with my head. I feel unbelievably lost right now but at the same time like I found my way in all of this mess.  When I say I feel lost I mean in terms of exactly how to accomplish everything and how to wade through the shit I’m in. And when I say I feel like I found my way, it’s because I feel like I truly have found my purpose and my goals. My anxiety has always been over how to connect the two. But God is teaching me that maybe I didn’t know what faith really was. Maybe I need to let go every day and not know my exact path,  just the destination I want to get to.

I have a fear of talking about my fears! So that’s why I decided to talk about them today. Sometimes it’s extremely cathartic to write it out and put it out there for the world, so that’s what I’m doing. This blog scares the crap out of me every single day. But it also excites me more than anything ever has in my life.  I don’t always talk about my blog with my family or my closest friends because if I’m being honest, I am fearful of somebody stealing my dream away from me.  A lot of people in my life do not really enjoy social media that much. It’s just not what they enjoy doing with their time and that’s totally fine.  But it is something I enjoy doing with my time and not everybody understands that.  I am also fearful that people don’t realize how important this is to me. It’s very easy for bloggers to look like very self-absorbed people. When you have a photographer follow you around and take pictures constantly, and you’re always worried about how you look or snapping a picture before you eat whatever… People can become very annoyed with you. It’s already hard to pose and not think about all of the people on the sidewalk passing you wondering what you’re doing.  To have your family and friends annoyed with what you’re doing instead of really understanding it and seeing it at value can be really tough too.

I am fearful that people will think I am more into myself than I really am. When in actuality taking these photos and posing for a blog is my way of facing my fear of how self-conscious I am.  So while some may think I look self-absorbed, it’s very much the opposite. I am also extremely fearful of interacting with other bloggers because it makes me feel less than.  It’s hard for me to feel like I have so much to say and I do have the talent and ability to style outfits and do artistic things...  and then to compare my social media accounts and my blog with others and feel immediately like I’m not good enough.  There have been plenty of times that I have finally worked up the courage to message another blogger or to inquire from the photographer about their rates... Only to have those people completely ignore me or send me condescending messages that they will not photograph me because basically, in a nutshell, me and my blog are not good enough. I have “made friends” with many bloggers that never show any interest in being friends with me after our initial meeting. I legit cried for weeks over certain people hurting my feelings. When you’re a sensitive person, a lot of times it’s easier to not socialize. When I try to socialize and make new friends, it can be really devastating sometimes.  It has made me second-guess myself so many times. It’s a fear.

My social anxiety is paralyzing. But guess what? I’m facing my fears by going to local events and forcing myself to be more social. My blog is a tool for me to be able to do that, and to find people with similar interests as me.  It has also helped me connect with other mothers which has been so important as I raise my first child.  This blog is HUGE to me.  There is a way for me to grow and soon I will be able to help other people do the same by sharing.

 I’ve gone back-and-forth for weeks and whether or not I should participate in a blogging event and yesterday I finally decided for sure that yes I am going to. Sundance Square is holding a competition this weekend called blogger games.  This is something that makes me anxious and I’m sharing with all of you so that you understand why am doing it. Of course I would love to win a gift card to Sundance Square but more so I am facing my fear  of challenging myself to style multiple outfits is a limited period of time.  I will also admit that I have been anxious over who else I will be competing with and whether those bloggers are better than me and whether I should even try. So I would like to share that my personal victory this weekend will be simply completing this competition and having the guts to post my pictures. And whether or not I get any votes I will be proud of myself for just following through. I’m not going to lie I woke up this morning extremely anxious and thinking of not going today. So that’s when I decided to face my fear and write this blog post.  So I would like to share that my personal victory this weekend will be simply completing this competition and having the guts to post my pictures. And whether or not I get any votes I will be proud of myself for just following through. I’m not going to lie I woke up this morning extremely anxious and thinking of not going today. So that’s when I decided to face my fear and write this blog post.

Fear is a liar. Sometimes it’s a lot easier to lie to yourself the to challenge yourself. I have a hard time recognizing my own talents and putting it out there for the world. If you are someone that feels the same, I challenge you to face one fear this weekend. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Texas Sass Valentine's day giveaway

I have always loved Valentine's Day! Today I'm doing an Instagram Giveaway to celebrate women and love ❤ I hope y'all LOVE the items I selected! I'll explain a little about each item and why I love it so much! Keep reading for a bonus entry opportunity!

Glamboxes clear makeup bag - This is a bag I received with my Glambox and I set it aside for a future giveaway. I have a makeup bag just like it in black and it has quickly become my favorite. It's durable plastic, easy to clean and dare I say life changing for this mom with very little time! No more digging through my bag for that item that inevitably falls to the very bottom... I've seriously cut my makeup time in half just because of the convenience of finding the item through the clear bag first!

Professional Makeup brush set - 5 brushes including powder, blush, eye shadow, eye crease and  eye liner/brow . This makeup brush set is my favorite because it comes with the brush holder to organize all your brushes and has extra pockets for makeup, brush cleaner or whatever you want! The fold down flap keeps the brushes covered and clean.

Beauty That Counts® Mary Kay® Baked Cheek Powder - This adorable heart shaped blush is such a flattering shade on any woman. It has been my favorite blush and it was limited edition so I've been hoarding them basically lol but someone will be so lucky to get this! It also gives back to the Mary Kay Foundation which supports women's shelters and survivors of domestic abuse.

Mary Kay® Lash Love® mascara - Every girl needs a good mascara and this is a great formula for anyone. The flexible brush makes separating lashes super easy and it helps condition lashes and defend against breakage.

Accessory bags, set of 3 - Organize your jewels, delicates and essentials in these adorable white bags with rose gold lettering! Now that everyone is starting to think of spring and summer vacations, I thought these would be perfect for the travel girl or for anyone that just loves keeping their items clean and tidy. Every girl benefits from a little organization!

"Stay Sassy" trinket tray - If you watch my insta stories you'll know I specifically picked out this item at Winton and Waits for this giveaway! It's perfect for jewelry or little things around the office or house and it's my reminder to you that we all have a little sassy in us ❤ Winton and Waits is a great boutique for affordable, adorable clothing, accessories and home decor and they partner with non-profits that benefit Ethiopian women, adoption, and survivors of sexual exploitation.

I'd love to keep all of these items, not gonna lie!!! But I'd rather share the LOVE and say thank you for following along and supporting me, whether you read the blog or follow me on Instagram or Twitter... I appreciate you! This giveaway is not sponsored in any way, so the specific brands I've chosen are just brands I happen to like.

To enter the giveaway you must follow the steps on my Instagram Giveaway Post.
✳For a bonus entry, comment below with which item you're most excited about!

What do y'all have planned for Valentine's Day? Chris and I haven't even discussed!! Haha #parentlife

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Over-the-knee boots on sale!

Hey y'all! Wanted to share these boots today because I finally joined the over-the-knee boot party!  I ordered these Marc Fisher boots in gray and black and if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen on my stories the other day that my gray boots came in! I'm super excited to share that even though I was worried about the fit, that they are absolutely perfect and fit me really well! One of the reasons I purchased these particular boots is because I have thin legs. After reading the reviews, a lot of people said they fit them well when they had trouble finding boots that would stay up on their own because of their thin legs. Bingo! Since I want to be able to wear them with pants as well as skirts, they needed to be snug.
I also really don't like shopping when I can't try things on. It can often cause a problem for me because I have narrow feet and my size can vary a lot across brands as well as type of shoe. I end up returning a lot of shoes or exchanging back and forth. Soooo in my opinion, this is a great boot that fits well and at a super great price point, especially for an OTK boot!!
These Marc Fisher boots come in three colors from DSW (the other is a Berry color). I am linking them from DSW because they are currently on clearance price varying from $59 to $89. Use code JANUARY18 for an extra discount but hurry, it ends tonight!
(Pic from DSW)
I can't wait to get the black! I'm not over here tracking them obsessively or anything!! If you are looking in black and DSW doesn't have your size stocked (pretty much all sizes ARE stocked), you can try here.

I can tell these are boots I'm going to get a lot of use out of so I'm really happy that I made the decision to get gray and black! 
The chunkier block heel makes them very comfortable and easy to walk in, even if I have to chase after Kendall. They are faux suede and the back panel of the boot is a stretchy material.
Today we are lounging around the house as a family and I will be doing some meal prep for the week later. It's sort of a gloomy day and we're all relaxing and enjoying the end of the weekend. What are y'all up to today?