Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Five: Five Products That I Couldn't Make It Through Summer Without

Summer brings it's own challenges for my beauty routine.  Here are five products that are helping me survive the summer.

1. After Bite Itch Relief.  I am a mosquito magnet.  Seriously.  We can be outside for 5 minutes, no one else will get bit, but I will have 5 bites in 5 minutes.  This happens each year.  Pair my bug-magnetism with the fact that mosquitoes are bad this year (thanks all that rain for extra standing water!)...and I'm slathering this stuff on regularly.  It really does calm the itch fast. 

2. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner.  Humidity and sweating make my normal long wear eyeliner smear.  No one likes a raccoon-eyed girl. I can't usually do liquid- I find it difficult to apply.  However, this stuff goes on easily and stays put.

3. Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation.  I got a sample of this from a Sephora order...and I fell in love.  It's a little pricey ($55 from Sephora), but TOTALLY WORTH IT.  It covers well, feels light, and stays matte better than anything else I've used.  Great for keeping your makeup on despite the humidity and sweating. 

4. Big Sexy Hair Powder Play.  The humidity makes my hair fall flat fast.  A sprinkle of this at my roots helps keep it bumped up.  It also makes it easier to "poof" and fluff up later in the day. 

5. Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray.  This also helps give my hair volume.  It's a texturizing spray.  I have NO texture in my this gives it a little body.  It also doesn't feel sticky when it melts away off my sweaty head. 

What products help you deal with the heat/humidity/summer?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

What You Didn't See on Instagram

On Wednesday, I loved my outfit.  I had these fun new watermelon ankle pants that I got a great deal on from Rue La La.

I paired them with a fun polka dot sheer shirt. I thought I looked cute.  I wanted to share it with the world (or at least my 581 followers). I took this:

Let me explain.  This is what you didn't see on Instagram:

I've got thicker thighs.  I always have, and no matter what I weigh, I will have stronger legs.  They are dimply.  That's ok.  Cellulite is normal (see: "Cellulite: It's Time We All Just Get the Hell Over It").  Even though this fabric is a thick denim, you can see my dimples.  The bright color does no "slimming" on my thighs.

Know what?  I don't care. I like them.  I wore them.  I will wear them again.

It's empowering to wear something that draws attention to your "flaws."  But I don't really see these things as flaws.  I see them as me. I'm not flawed.  I'm not perfect, but I'm no where near "flawed." I shouldn't hide in slimming black pants.  Why would I when there are watermelon pants out there?

This is just a friendly reminder to wear what makes you feel good.  It's ok if it's not what the fashion magazines tell you to wear for your body type.  They would never advise bright pants on my pear shape.  But I dig it. And I won't apologize for it, and you don't have to either.

In fact, yesterday at the chiropractor, a girl (much smaller than me!) said "Ooh I love your outfit.  I could never pull that off.  Those bright pants just don't work for me."  And I replied, "That's because you have to work them."  You better work it, ladies!  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

10 Thoughts I Have Daily

Come into my brain today. (confession: I originally typed "my brains" in that sentence.  I have only one brain.  If I had two, I'd be a lot smarter.)

Here are 10 things I think almost every single day.

1. I want an Oprah Chai from Starbucks.  I work basically behind a Starbucks.  Every day as I come and go, I have to will myself NOT to stop and get an Oprah Chai.  I feel ridiculous ordering it - "I'll have a grande skim Oprah, please."...but it's SO good.

2. What snacks are in my desk? I like to snack.  I keep snacks in my desk so I don't buy from the vending machine.

3. How much water have I had today? I try to drink 80-100 ounces each day.  So as I fill up my water bottle or get another glass, I try and total up my ounces in my head.  But I'm bad at math, so it's a crapshoot.

4. What's that noise? My house makes weird noises.  The ice maker, some critter outside, something beeping.  I basically am always trying to track down the source of a noise.

5. STOP BITING YOUR NAILS. It's a daily struggle.

6. I need to organize my closet. Also a daily struggle.

7. I need to hire a maid. When I see something that needs to be done (baseboards are dusty, floors are dirty, etc.) and I either don't want to do it/don't have time...I think "I'd rather pay someone."

8. I'd rather be napping. Always.  I love to nap.  Unless I'm at a Hanson concert, I'm probably thinking I'd rather be napping.  So cozy in my bed.

9. I'm so blessed. Truth.  I think this daily whether I'm thinking about my awesome coworkers, my great car, my awesome family, or any number of things.

10. I want a bunny. Every day.  I want a snuggly bunny.  I would love it forever.

What do you think everyday?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Where the Wild Things Are

At the end of deer season last year, Tyler bought a couple of wildlife cameras. You attach them to a tree and they take picture when movement is detected.  Mostly, it's pictures of leaves blowing or the neighborhood cat.  But you do get some pictures of the wildlife around.  Right now, we have one camera on the back corner of our property, and one down the street at the farm where he hunts. 

These are some fun pictures he's gotten so far.

Back in March, we saw a BUNCH of deer feeding at night.

And this fun raccoon who appears to be walking upright. 

Eek!  A coyote!  Where is the roadrunner?  

THE SCARIEST thing yet has to be this bobcat.  It's BIG.  Compared to other pictures we have on the camera from this angle, Tyler thinks this thing could be 4 feet long. And let me remind you, this is less than a mile from our house at 4 p.m.  I'm rethinking that walk around the neighborhood. 

At the back of our property, we've seen a couple bucks.  During the summer, they regrow their horns (did you know that they shed their horns each year?  I didn't!) We actually saw these two guys in person this weekend while we were switching out the camera cards.  It was neat!  

And this sweet picture is a momma and her baby. I love those spotted fawns.  So sweet.

It's fun and sort of scary to see what's running around that we wouldn't otherwise see!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend Recap: Rodeo, Lake, and Farm

Going into this weekend, we didn't have many plans....but we managed to have some pretty fun adventures!

Friday, I was still in town after work at the grocery store, and Tyler called.  "Want to go to the rodeo over in Poteau?  I have free tickets."  DONE. So I rushed home, put on a sweatshirt (because it was a CRAZY 70ish degrees IN JULY. IN ARKANSAS.).  

We had THE BEST tacos at this little place in Poteau (it's one of my faves...and totally worth driving 30 minutes for!)...and then hit up the rodeo.

Side note: I remember going to one rodeo in high school (because I remember buying a plaid shirt to wear! ha!) but I was so enamored with the boy I was crushing on, that I literally don't remember ANYTHING about the I'm counting Friday's as my first rodeo.
Bucking broncos.

Me and my "cowboy."  More on that later.

Outside the stadium, there was a ring toss game where you could win a bunny. Y'all.  I LOVE BUNNIES AND WANT ONE SO BAD.  Tyler knows this.  Anyone who follows me on Pinterest knows this (I have a whole board devoted to bunnies).  He spent $7 trying to win me a bunny and we came home empty handed.
Saturday morning, I was up early meeting a bunch of awesome ladies at the church bright and early.  We headed north to Lake Fort Smith for a women's outdoor ministry boating day.  It was a chilly 60 degrees when we we are bundled up on the boat...but it was BEAUTIFUL.

Look at these awesome women!  25 great ladies from my church. 

Lake Fort Smith is in this gorgeous valley. 

There are some neat sheer rock sides to the lake. That's a vulture chilling on the rock face.
After our boat ride (which was led by a guy named Ranger Joe - Full House anyone?!), we had a picnic and played on the playground.  Our leader Renee got some fun pictures of us ladies acting like little kids. 
Five women and a teenager on one slide!

Sunday I was in the nursery with the 2-3 year olds...and then we had lunch and headed to Grandpas.  We fed the fish, check out the new baby calves, shot the guns, and the funniest was watching Tyler and Brad rope a calf! 
That's right!  Grandpa had a calf that needed to be caught...and they took off in the Razor to get the calf.  They actually got him after about 5 minutes or so....but sadly Brad tore some ligaments in his thumb when the rope got caught as he lassoed the calf (things I never thought I'd blog about).

We had a GREAT weekend with lots of fun, family time, and some adventures. Too much fun.

How was your weekend? Have you ever been to a rodeo?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Confessional Friday

Step into the confessional booth kiddos...these are my weekly confessions!

I confess I may have worked out this week in order to eat. :)  Monday evening I had a hankering for strawberry cake, so I made a mug cake.  And then I went on a walk so I didn't feel too guilty about it.  I also did Piyo this morning (I'm LOVING Piyo, btw) so I could eat a bagel for breakfast. #balance

I confess my home feels like my home again.  My Father in Law has been living with us for just over a month.  He lives in a camper trailer, and he totaled while it was being fixed, he was living with us.  I'm happy to open my home up to him, but there is just something about having a house guest for that my house feels "normal" again now that he's moved out.

I confess that I'm buying cherries today.  I won a cherry pitter prize pack (including a sweet hat, shirt, and water bottle too!) from a Twitter I must buy cherries to use my new cherry pitter.

I confess that I spent a bit too much on some foundation.  I got a sample of Hourlgass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in a Sephora order...and I was SOLD.  That stuff stayed put ALL day and I never got oily looking.'s $55 a bottle.  I ordered it and can't wait for it to be here today.

I confess that I'm thankful for all of this cooler weather and rain.  It's much better than our 100+ degree summers.  I can't wait to go for a walk/run tonight in the cool air.

I confess that we are taking a little weekend getaway in a couple weeks since we had to cancel our Vegas trip.  And I realize I thrive on planning/looking forward to stuff.  Even though the getaway is just to NWA where we used to live, I'm having a blast making plans and coming up with fun things to do and places to eat. :)

I confess I'm SO happy it's the weekend!

Hope you have a great one!  Anything you need to confess today?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Swimsuit Obsession

Ok, so I don't really have the typical "bikini body" but I don't care....I have a complete swimsuit obsession.

This started growing up when we lived on the lake AND had a pool, so I basically wore swimsuits on the daily.

I don't have quite the water access anymore, but I do find myself in the lake often.

I still have a swimsuit obsession.

Here are a few I've ordered this season.  Sorry not sorry.  I love a good swimsuit.  I've gotten good deals on these- like from Rue La La or Zulily.  I will post the link if I can find the suit for sale (since I bought most of these in flash sales) and the suit style so maybe you can search online and find a similar one for sale. 

I love the pattern on this...and the high neck.  Big busted ladies who want to be modest LOVE a good high neck swimsuit! :)

Simply Be Magicscuplt Suit

It's hard to tell, but this one is crochet in the! :)
Laundry by Shelli Segal — Neo Pink Lace Shirred One-Piece

This is SO cute.  The peplum tankini top is adorable. 

Fit 4 U — Twilight Fit 4 Ur Hips Peplum Tankini

And I just ordered this one today.  Sheer and a love!
Aquabelle Black Tropiculture Sheer Skirted One-Piece