10 Things I Learned From My Southern Mama

Hey guys. I’m going to be totally honest. I originally had a completely different post planned for this week, but I wanted to change things up. I got to thinking about how my  mom is probably one of my best friends. We are so similar and we always have fun together. She’s the epitome of fabulous. So today, I want to share 10 Things I Learned from My Southern Mama.

Mom's know best. I always remember the advice and life lessons my mom taught me throughout the years. Click to read about the 10 Things I learned from my Southern Mama.

1. If you’re wearing lipstick, you can wear just about anything.

Ok, well maybe not anything. Like…wearing pajamas to Wal-Mart is never acceptable in my book. BUT, I remember my mom always telling me if I was wearing a color that maybe was too light for my skin tone, or was just a bit too neutral, she would always say,

“Put on some lipstick and you’ll be good.” Well, it really is true. Lipstick can just completely brighten up your look, and it always makes you look put together. Southern ladies always have a tube of lipstick on hand.

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2. Be thoughtful

My mom is the kind of person that will go above and beyond for someone, but doesn’t expect a thing in return. She’s the kind of person who will pick up a gift for someone because she saw it and it made her think of them. And I think she is the reason why I love giving gifts! She taught me the importance of not just picking up a gift card (don’t get me wrong, sometimes a gift card is just fine!), and that picking out a gift personally for someone really makes a difference. Even helping people when they don’t ask, or just doing something nice for someone because they don’t expect it. Definitely so important.

3. Always write a thank you note

This is something I am always trying to improve on, but I know is so important. My mom always stressed thank you notes when I was growing up and now I always have a stash of thank you notes in my desk. It really makes a difference when you buy someone a gift, or do something for them and they send you a handwritten note to let you know how much they appreciated it. It’s just a nice gesture that really says a lot.

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4. There’s no such thing as being overdressed

Fashion has always been important in my house. Mom is always put together, and she taught me how to have great taste from a young age. One thing she always told me is to dress better than you think you should. But it’s so true. You only get one first impression, and whether we like it or not, people are visual and they remember how you present yourself. I have always valued being well-dressed, and I am always happy to put on a cute outfit for any occasion.

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5. Family is the most important thing

I am a HUGE family person. I have grown up with family being a huge part of my life.  My mom always emphasized family time when I was growing up, and not just our immediate family, but extended family too. I will always cherish those good memories I have of girls trips or holidays spent surrounded by family! I am so thankful and blessed to have been taught the value of family, and to truly have such a strong support system in my life.

6. Presentation is Key

Whether we like it or not, the way things look matter. Whether it’s how we dress, how we decorate our homes, how we put together our resumé, or the servingware we use for our dinner party, it’s all about the presentation. People appreciate a good detail, and it’s the little details that make you stand out. Going the extra mile to make everything look neat and put together really makes the difference.

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7. Manners are a lost art

Where do I begin with this. If you know anything about the South or if you’re from the South, then you KNOW that when it comes to manners, Southern mamas do not play around. It’s always napkins in your lap, yes ma’am, no sir, please and thank you. In a world that can sometimes think that “old fashioned manners” aren’t important, I am happy to have a mom who taught me how important they really are. Proper etiquette goes beyond keeping your elbows off the table, it’s how you communicate with people, it’s showing respect to your peers, it’s knowing when to speak, and more importantly, when to hold your tongue. People always notice good manners, and they will always remember how you make them feel. 

Mom's know best. I always remember the advice and life lessons my mom taught me throughout the years. Click to read about the 10 Things I learned from my Southern Mama.

 

8. If you don’t have time to do it right, you must have time to do it over.

I think I have this quote burned into my memory, because this is something my mom ALWAYS said to me. I’m so glad she did though, because we all have our lazy moments. It takes twice as long to be lazy and do something half-way then it does to get the job right the first time. There’s something to be said for doing a job right for the first time, and exceeding expectations. Having this mindset really will take you far in life. 

9. Go for your Dreams

I am so thankful that my mom has always supported my dreams, and she has always instilled in me to go big and chase after my dreams. Most moms would not be so welcoming to their daughter going to college for fashion, then changing majors to advertising, pushing them to study abroad, to move away from home, you get the idea. Basically, she’s always encouraged me to follow my dreams and is always making me believe I can do anything, as long as I work for it.

10. You create the life you want

This is sooo true. Mom always knows best. If mom taught me anything, it’s that we are in charge of our own lives and we can make our dreams happen for ourselves. It’s all about working hard, and never giving up. We are in the driver’s seat of our own life, and we can always choose the path we want to be on.

Mom's know best. I always remember the advice and life lessons my mom taught me throughout the years. Click to read about the 10 Things I learned from my Southern Mama.

Read more about my must-have pup essentials here.

Mom’s always know best, which is why I still call my mom for everything. You’re never too old to need your mom or ask her advice, and you definitely never forget all those little mom-isms that she would always remind you of growing up.

 

What are some of the lessons your mom taught you that you’ll never forget?

 

 






The Most Perfect Essentials for Your Spring Break Getaway

Hi guys! Today is all about spring break essentials. So…originally when I had planned this post, it was perfect timing for spring break season and the fact that the first day of spring is only a few days away. But then Mother Nature said JK, I’m feeling snowstorms and freezing temps, deal with it! 😳 So I’m treating this post as my own little escape to the tropics from this last spell of winter we are having, and I hope it gives you a little moment of sunshine despite the cold weather.

It's spring break season, and time to pack all the spring break essentials for that little vacay you have planned. Click here to see my picks for The Most Perfect Essentials for Your Spring Break Getaway!

1.Palm Print Poncho Coverup, Francesca’s |  2.Flamingo Float, Nordstrom |

3. Mahala Bracelet Stack, Baublebar | 4. Off the Shoulder Striped Top, Francesca’s

5. Pineapple Straw Tote, Express | 6. Pom Pom Sandals, Lulu’s

7. Pom Pom Straw Hat, Express | 8. Embroidered Swing Dress, Nordstrom |

9. Palm Print Swimsuit, Amazon | 10. Seaglass Bib Necklace, Baublebar

1.Swimsuit Cover Up

I am in love with this palm leaf print cover up from Francesca’s. I think it looks so chic and very Palm Springs. I think the one thing about investing in a great cover up is that it can really keep you looking put together while your out and about in your swimsuit. For example, say you’re at your resort and you’ve been lounging by the pool, but you and your girlfriend’s want to grab lunch at a restaurant. Throw on your coverup, some nice sandals and you’ve got a complete look that’s more than just a swimsuit and a pair of shorts. Definitely one of my spring break essentials, for sure.

2. Fabulous Floats

I am OBSESSED with these super fun floats that are happening right now. I featured the Flamingo, because I love flamingos. But, there are seriously so many cute floats it’s hard to choose just one. From pineapples, to slices of pizzas, to donuts there really is the perfect float for every personality. These also are perfect for those super fun vacation insta pics (no shame!) Just deflate for travel and you’re good to go!

3. Bright, tassel bracelet stacks

I am loving this tassel trend we’ve got going on for spring. Bright colors are also one of my favorite things. I think it works extremely well for beachwear and spring break looks in general, because it’s perfect for a fun, tropical, care-free vibe! I love that you can pair multiple bracelets together to create a really fun mix and match look.

4. Off the Shoulder, Nautical Stripes

Ok, so if you saw my post about Spring Trends, then you know I’m all about this off the shoulder look. I especially love it when paired with these nautical stripes for really crisp, beachy look. It looks so classic and elegant, yet effortless. This could be paired with shorts for a dressed down look, or some white denim and wedges for a dressier vibe.

5. Embellished Straw Totes

I love this twist on the classic straw tote. I’ve seen so many straw totes and clutches this season with the cutest embellishments whether it’s embroidery, pompoms or tassels, it’s such a fun spin on the typical straw beach bag. One of these totes will definitely take your poolside look up a notch!

6. Pom Pom Sandals

If you can’t tell, I really like the pom pom embellishment this season. I love how it brings a lot of different colors into this sandals which makes them extremely versatile. They will tie in with so many color schemes, and also work well as statement piece in a more neutral look.

7. Pom Pom Straw Hat

A hat at the beach is a must! Definitely important for keeping the sun off your face. While I love a good baseball cap (I always have one in my beach bag),  I think the straw hat is a more elevated look, and creates a more playful look. This hat can also be a great statement piece for a casual outfit: think shorts, a white blouse, and wedges.

8. Embroidery Swing Dress

I love this dress because it’s a more lightweight fabric and the bright colors really tie in with the bright and accessories that are trending. I also love that this can be dressed up or down. Add some wedges for more of a dinnertime look, or throw on some flat gladiator sandals for a laid back look perfect for shopping with the girls.

9. Palm Leave Swimsuit

I love this swimsuit for so many reason. One, I love the palm leaf print this year. I just think it looks really classic and elegant. I also love the high neckline of this swimsuit. It makes it a really low maintenance swimsuit that’s perfect for jet skiing or tubing, or basically anything where you’re going to be moving around a lot and don’t want to be adjusting your swimsuit. I also love the detail on the sides of the bottoms. It’s just a nice touch. I think this swimsuit could give kind of a weird tagline in the front, but I think as long as you rotated with a low cut swimsuit to even out the tanlines, it’s a perfect spring break swimsuit!

10. Seaglass Bib Necklace

I always love Baublebar’s jewelry. I love it because I think that turquoise in general is just a staple in summer fashion. I think that you can wear turquoise jewelry so many different way whether to create a really clean, beachy look or a really colorful and bold look, depending on what it’s paired with. Definitely think this could go with so many different looks.

So even though it’s super cold and winter-y in reality, I’m going to just stay in this spring break state of mind with these spring break essentials. I think there are so many fun vacation looks this season, and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these for my vacay, whenever the time comes!

What are your favorite spring break essentials?

 

 






Three of the Best Trends This Spring

Hey Guys! March is here, and spring is in the air! I’m so excited for sunshine, warm weather, and flowers everywhere! And with spring right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start talking about the best trends this spring. There are so many looks trending this spring, but I’m sharing three of the best trends this spring that anyone can wear! Plus, you can get my free Spring Style Guide featuring spring trends anyone can wear, for under $100.

So let’s get into it:

1.Pink

Think pink this spring! Pink is definitely always in my color palette, and is one of my favorite colors. So of course I’m all about an excuse to add even more pink to my closet. I think what’s great about this trend is you can choose what shade of pink works best for you. Don’t like super bold, vibrant pink? That’s okay, you can stick to a more neutral blush shade. I think with seasonal trends, it’s important to take a trend and make it work for you and your style.

Spring is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to talk about the best trends this spring. Check out my take on these trends for spring.

Pink Henley, Loft | Ruffle Sweatshirt, Express | Hot Pink Blazer, Vici

2.Statement Sleeves:

I am all about making a statement, and I love a good detail.👌🏻Which is why I am loving this sleeve trend this season. Off the shoulder tops, one shoulder tops, cut outs, ruffles and volume. There’s something for everyone and every occasion. There’s so many different options for this to find what works for you. I love that you can take a bell sleeve top like the one below, and create a really professional look for the office, and then throw on an off the shoulder top for date night. Definitely one of my favorite trends for spring!

Spring is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to talk about the best trends this spring. Check out my take on these trends for spring.

Pleated Bell Sleeve Oxford, Banana Republic | Off the Shoulder Pineapple Blouse, Anthropologie | Yellow Pom Pom Blouse, Nordstrom

3.Utilitarian Basics

This trend is perfect for those of you who love to keep it simple, classic, and elegant. Classic silhouettes and neutral looks, with a modern twist are perfect for work or play this season. Simple clean lines make this trend particularly fitting for the office. You can make this trend work for you with oxford shirts, classic trenches, and army jackets. Layering basics like a button down with an army jacket or a trench and paring it with jeans can take an otherwise more professional look and make it look effortless and easy. There’s a lot of different options to make this look work for you.

Spring is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to talk about the best trends this spring. Check out my take on these trends for spring.

Textured Coat, Old Navy | Paper Bag High Waist Chinos, Gap | Utility Jacket, Vici 

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The Best Drugstore Beauty Products That You Need Right Now

Drugstore beauty products get a bad rap. But the truth is some of my favorite beauty products can be found for 10 dollars or less in the cosmetics aisle.

Hi guys,

Drugstore beauty products get a bad rap. I know there’s nothing like treating yourself to a new palette from Sephora, but some of my favorite beauty products are straight from the cosmetics aisle at the drugstore, y’all. From eye shadows, to lip colors, to mascara, some of my go-to products cost about 10 bucks or less. A steal, right? Here are a few of my faves:

 

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

TruNaked Palettes by Covergirl

I am seriously loving the TruNaked Palettes by Covergirl! They have several different ones, but my FAVES are the Goldens and the Nudes. They are perfect for day or night! These are seriously in my main rotation.

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

TruNaked Nudes

I love that I can achieve a really natural look with these. I would say that these are more of a daytime look, as they are really neutral, but they are great for achieving a clean and simple look. Definitely a palette that can work on a variety of skin tones.

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

 

TruNaked Goldens

This is seriously a go-to for me. I have green eyes, and golden tones really bring out my eye color. I love that this palette also has bronzes and hints of green. They are fabulous. I have found that these stay on all day, and the neutral colors are perfect for blending and it’s also a great mix of colors for day and night! Definitely a favorite of mine.

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

 

 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint

I have always been a fan of Neutrogena. I love their facial cleansers, and I have always used their products since I first started wearing make-up. I have sensitive skin, and I have always had great luck with their products. I always wore Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Enhancers Tinted Moisturizer and one day when I was intending on buying that I came across this new product, and I have really enjoyed it! It has great moisturizing qualities, and has great coverage without looking heavy. I love that it gives an almost dewy look to the skin, and the doe foot applicator is great for applying the right amount to the right areas.

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

Revlon Highlighting Palette Rose Glow

This is still one of my blush/bronzer highlighter combos. I love how shimmery it is, and I always feel like I have a really nice glowing look whenever I wear it. I typically apply this in the shape of a 3 starting at my forehead, cheek bones, and down to my chin. I do this on both sides, and it creates a really nice bronzed and glowing look. I have used both of these colors and love them. The Rose Glow is a bit lighter for a rosy finish, but I enjoy the Peach Glow during the summer, when my face is a bit more tanned. Definitely a must for your make-up bag!

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara

This mascara is a great lengthening mascara! I am a big fan of it in waterproof. I love that this mascara make my lashes look long and luscious without clumping. This is a great finishing touch to your look to make your eyes look bright and bold! Definitely one of my fave mascaras!

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

 

Covergirl Outlast Lipcolor in Eternal Flame

This is seriously my go-to lip color when I need a long wear lipstick. Literally it stays on all day. Like if I don’t wash my make-up off before bed and I’m wearing this, I will literally still be wearing it in the morning. It’s that good. My only drawback is that it tends to dry my lips a bit, but I love the moisturizing top coat. It’s great to reapply throughout the day to maintain the glossy look. Definitely always in my makeup back for a statement red lip that will stick around all day.

 

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

 

 

 

These products always have a place in my make-up stash. Sometimes the price doesn’t determine the quality of the product and you don’t have to spend a fortune to look amazing. It’s all about finding those products that deliver a lot for less. There are tons of really amazing great drugstore beauty products, and it’s so much fun to experiment and find that are good enough to fill your make-up bag.

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

 

What are your favorite, go-to drugstore beauty products?

 






Five Things That Are On My Wish List Right Now

Hey Guys! February has been so busy, and filled with lots of love. And speaking of love, this week I’m sharing some of the things that I am LOVING this month that are definitely on my wish list! 

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1. Sugar Fix by Bauble Bar x Target

When I heard Target partnered with Bauble Bar to create a jewelry line, I knew it was going to be good. This collection went above and beyond my expectations. I am in love with so many pieces! From the chokers to the bibs to the bracelets, I’m obsessed and want to load all of it in my cart and take it home! A girl can dream, right? Although it was super difficult, here are a few of my fave pieces


1. Beaded Collar Necklace 2. Layered Choker Necklace in Gold 3. Beaded Collar Necklace in Yellow 4. Crystal Floral Statement Necklace

2.Drybar Guide to Good Hair for All: How to Get the Perfect Blowout at Home by Ali Webb

It seems like everywhere I look there’s a new Drybar product. I had heard of Drybar, but didn’t know as much about the brand until I listened to an episode of Girlboss Radio where Sophia Amoruso interviewed the founder of Drybar, Ali Webb. The story of Drybar was so inspiring to me, because the business started as a mobile blow out business where Ali went to customers’ homes and gave them blowouts. I love that they really revolutionized the blow out and turned that into their business model. And because I am always looking for ways to make my hair look better, because I feel like I really struggle with hair styles! I am dying for this book to learn how to give myself an amazing blowout from home, the Drybar way!

Find the book at Amazon here.

3. CALIA by Carrie Underwood

So I have browsed the Calia section at Dick’s Sporting Goods a time or two. I love this line by Carrie Underwood. The other night, Brandon and I went to Dick’s to pick up a squat rack that he ordered, and while he picked up his order, I found myself in the Calia section. I seriously love ALL of it! There’s so many great pieces that are great because they are really versatile and high quality. All the fabrics are amazing, and the pieces can work as workout gear or can be pulled off as a nice athleisure look. Definitely very stylish.  I have decided that my reward for reaching my fitness goals is to give myself a shopping spree to buy Calia by Carrie Underwood workout wear! Here are few of my fave pieces.


1. Extended Heel Legging 2. Striped Double Layer Tank Top 3. Effortless Ballet Heather Wrap Sweater

4. Peep Toe Booties

Spring is just around the corner, which in Alabama means lots of really unpredictable weather! I think these peep toe booties are a great transitional piece for spring, and can even carry through into the summer. I mean, these would be super cute with shorts, too! Here are a few of my faves. I can’t wait to snag a pair!


1. BP. Bootie | Nordstrom 2. Kristin Cavallari | Nordstrom 3. Sam Edelman | Belk

5. Kopari Coconut Multitasking Kit

Find it at Sephora here.

There are so many great products out right now, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a few of these.

What’s on your wish list right now?






The Must-Have Essentials for Girl’s Best Friend

Hi guys!

It’s about to get warm and fuzzy on Life Made Fab, y’all. Because today we are talking pups! And with this month being all about love, it’s only natural we talk the best kind of love: puppy love! So, I got my Goldendoodle, Finn, when he was just 12 weeks old, and now that he’s a year old, I have definitely figured out my favorites when it comes to all the dog accessories!

 

Here are some of my must-have accessories for your furry friend:

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1. Donut Plush | Amazon 2. Good Dog Toy Bucket | Harry Barker 3. Tassel Leash | Chapman at Sea & Turquoise Bungee Leash | Amazon 4. Bandana Collar | Petswag 5. Kong | Petsmart  6. Canoe Bed | Ellen Degeneres for Petsmart  7. Animal Print Bowl | Target

Puppy life is no joke. I was living alone in my first big-girl apartment when I got Finn, and oh boy was having a puppy a wake up call. It was almost like having a little furry baby. He didn’t sleep through the night, he chewed on my rugs, and he ate my socks (not joking! He STILL does this…forever a puppy). Now that Finn’s got settled into our family, I love going back and looking at all the photos I have when he was a puppy. I mean…he was the cutest! But I also remember going shopping the night before I got him. I had so much fun picking out his collar, his bed, the toys he could snuggle up with, and all the fun stuff. To help you stay on track while you’re shopping for your new little fluff, here’s a complete checklist of all the supplies you may need:

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Even now that he’s over a year old, I still spoil him with fun toys and cute accessories. He’s our baby after all. And they always make it easy to spoil them, don’t they?Even if you know they are probably going to rip that adorable chew toy you bought to shreds… At least they had fun, right? There’s nothing like seeing those tails wagging and that sweet smile on their faces right?

How do you like to spoil your pup?






The Perfect Valentine’s Day In: Fondue Date Night

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Hi Guys! So…I don’t know if you noticed, but Valentine’s Day is like right around the corner. It’s not like all the chocolate and heart balloons are giving it away or anything. 😉 February is already flying by! And I really do love Valentine’s Day. It’s all about showing your love! But we all know the best part about Valentine’s Day….

CHOCOLATE! I mean any excuse to indulge a little, right? I have a great idea to satisfy your chocolate craving and your Valentine’s Date Night. Fondue Date Night In. Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your love or your BFFs, I have some great ideas for you to create a super fun Fondue Night without breaking the bank!

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The menu:

Chocolate Dip (Marzetti’s is my favorite! You can find it in the refrigerated area of the produce section at your local grocery store!)

Marshmallows

Strawberries

Grapes

Rice Krispie Treats

Pound Cake

Other Ideas for Dippers:

Cheesecake

Brownie Bites

Apples

Cherries

Pair with your favorite wine or champagne!

Decor Details

I purchased most of my decor at either Target or Michael’s! The Target Dollar Spot is my favorite! I tried to link as much of the decor I could, but a lot of it was only available in store.  Anytime I’m entertaining I’m always doing a Target or Michael’s run for all the essentials.

Napkins-Target | Heart Patterned Paper Platter-Michael’s (In-store)| Heart Plate-Target (In-Store) Similar | Heart Balloons-Michael’s (In-store) | Heart Garland-Target | Tassel Garland-Target | Love Balloon –Target| Red Cake Plate-Target (In-store) | Sundae Bowls-Target (In-store) | Happy Valentine’s Day Cocktail Stirrers-Target (In-store)

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Mixing reds and pinks with black and gold makes for a festive and chic setup. Fondue is a super fun for a special occasion. And it’s relatively low maintenance. If you want to step it up a notch, you can totally make your own fondue, but store-bought is always ok! This is perfect for a fun night in with your man, a fun Valentine’s couples party, or a wine night with the girls!

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How to Make Rose Petal Soap for Your BFFs this Valentine’s Day

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Hi guys! Wow I can’t believe February is already here. It’s so crazy how 2017 is flying by already. February always seems to be the coldest month where I’m from, but it also has its redeeming qualities: the warm and fuzzy feelings of Valentine’s Day! And Valentine’s day isn’t just for lovers you guys! Valentine’s is about showing your love to all the people in your life you love the most. Literally, I send my mom a V-Day gift every year. So of course, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to tell your besties how much you love them. And nothing says, I love that you’re my BFF more than a gift you went out of your way to make just for them. These Rose Petal Soaps are the perfect way to show your girls some love this Valentine’s Day!

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I started making soaps when I was a recent college grad and I wanted to make family members Christmas gifts. I had made sugar scrub before so I thought soap wouldn’t be too difficult!

Soapmaking can get really complicated and involve a lot of chemicals if you try and go the cold process method, but I prefer to go the simple route with Melt and Pour.

This is super easy because literally you buy the block of melt and pour soap at Michael’s or whatever craft store you prefer. I’ve used the Goat’s Milk, Glycerin, and Shea Butter. I used Shea Butter soap for this project. You melt in the microwave or on the stove with a double boiler (I always just use the microwave),  and then add in your essential oils or fragrance, coloring, additives, or whatever you want to do. Pour in your mold, and put in the fridge to speed up the hardening process. It’s super simple y’all. So since roses tend to be a theme during Valentine’s Day I decided to create a Rose Petal Soap with dried rose petals and rosehip oil.

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Step 1: Drying the Rose Petals

You can dry your roses two ways. You can buy your roses in advance and pull off the petals and let them sit out for a few days. No problem. But if you don’t want to wait for your roses to dry naturally, you can dry rose petals in the oven. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees, then pull off all the petals of your roses, and put them on a baking sheet. Then, put them in the oven for 10 minutes at a time. We want the roses to be completely dry, with no signs of water left in them. It took mine maybe 15 minutes in the oven.  My red roses turned a really pretty deep purple color when they were completely dry. You can choose any color roses that you like. Once they are dry you can crunch them up into small pieces and place in your soap mold.

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Step 2: Melt the Soap

If your rose petals are dry you can melt start melting the soap. I usually just follow the directions on the package of soap, but you’ll just need to cut your soap up into cubes. It should already be scored, so it’s a lot easier to judge the size of your squares. Put it in a mixing bowl. Make sure it’s microwave safe if you plan on using the microwave to melt your soap. I usually place my soap in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds the first time and then 15 second intervals until it’s completely melted. Once it’s melted you can add in your essential oils or fragrance if you want.

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Step 3: Pour Soap into the Molds

So you should have already put your petals into the soap molds, so now we just need to pour in the soap. Once I poured in the soap, I used my spoon to just stir up he petals a little bit so they are spread out pretty evenly in the soap. The directions recommend letting the soap sit out for about 45 minutes to harden. I usually put it in the refrigerator for a bit just to speed up the process. I usually still wait about an hour to give the soap time to really firm up before I pop it out of the molds.

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Step 4: Wrap it up and Enjoy!

To fancy them up a bit, I cut scrapbook paper into strips and wrapped them around the soap. It’s all about the packaging with beauty products, right?

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These soaps are super fun to make, and they turn out really cute! Your besties will love them!

What are your favorite homemade gift ideas?

 






The Best V-Day Gifts for Your Man

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It’s that time of year and love is in the air!!! Hearts all over the place, chocolate covered everything. It’s the season of love. And the search for the perfect gift for your man begins. Valentine’s Day is kind of a tough holiday when it comes to gifts for the guys. You don’t want the gift to be too girly or lovey, and you want it to be something he’ll actually use.

Yeti Tumbler

Shopping for the guys can be tough on Valentine's Day. I mean flowers just don't work for them, ya know? Here are a few gift ideas for your man this V-Day.

Yet Tumbler | Yeti

Yeti Tumblers are amazing. I have one, my fiance has one, and we love them. He loves his especially. Yeti makes awesome products and while they are a little pricey they are worth the money. Another product we like are the Colsters, which are Yeti’s version of a coozie. It works for cans and bottles. This is such a practical gift because its something he could literally use every day for hot or cold drinks. It holds ice for like 12 hours or something. I’ve left mine sitting overnight with ice water in it and the next day it still had ice! Crazy.

Wallet

Shopping for the guys can be tough on Valentine's Day. I mean flowers just don't work for them, ya know? Here are a few gift ideas for your man this V-Day.

Fossil Wallet | Amazon

I’ve shared several different wallets, but I love these because they are a practical gift, and I feel like they aren’t something guys tend to buy themselves. It’s also something they use daily, so it’s an opportunity to buy a quality gift that he will enjoy using everyday. Some guys prefer money clips, so I have linked to a couple of those.

 

Shopping for the guys can be tough on Valentine's Day. I mean flowers just don't work for them, ya know? Here are a few gift ideas for your man this V-Day.

Carharrt Wallet with Bottle Opener Money Clip (So Handy!) | Amazon

Shopping for the guys can be tough on Valentine's Day. I mean flowers just don't work for them, ya know? Here are a few gift ideas for your man this V-Day.

Viosi Leather Wallet | Amazon

Fun Socks

Shopping for the guys can be tough on Valentine's Day. I mean flowers just don't work for them, ya know? Here are a few gift ideas for your man this V-Day.

Southwest Mosaic Sock | Urban Outfitters

Funny socks are perfect for the guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously. These can be super fun. Get him a couple pair,  add a box of chocolate or a pack of his favorite candy and you have a super cute and fun gift. I also love this Happy Socks gift box, these are really bright, so they aren’t for the faint of heart, but perfect for the guy who likes to show off his personality.

Shopping for the guys can be tough on Valentine's Day. I mean flowers just don't work for them, ya know? Here are a few gift ideas for your man this V-Day.

Happy Socks Athletic Sock Gift Set | Happy Socks

Shopping for the guys can be tough on Valentine's Day. I mean flowers just don't work for them, ya know? Here are a few gift ideas for your man this V-Day.

Geo Isle Sock | Urban Outfitters

Poker Set

Shopping for the guys can be tough on Valentine's Day. I mean flowers just don't work for them, ya know? Here are a few gift ideas for your man this V-Day.

Ridley's Game Room Poker Set | Macy's

I feel like poker is a staple for boys night. So buying your guy a nice poker set is a perfect gift for his next night with the guys. Every guy needs a poker set, and having a nice one that’s also a showpiece that he will want to hold onto is perfect. 

Travel Bag

Shopping for the guys can be tough on Valentine's Day. I mean flowers just don't work for them, ya know? Here are a few gift ideas for your man this V-Day.

Levi's Travel Bag | Kohl's

Ever go on a trip with your boyfriend and he has a million ziplock bags and toiletries just everywhere in his bag… I can’t deal y’all. A travel bag is perfect for him to organize his toiletries and keep everything together. This is a gift I think that all guys need, but few would actually buy for themselves. 

Shopping for the guys can be tough on Valentine's Day. I mean flowers just don't work for them, ya know? Here are a few gift ideas for your man this V-Day.

Dakine Travel Bag (This one is nice because it's a more flat unique shape and it has a hook to hang it on the inside!)  | Zappos

Mini Speaker

Shopping for the guys can be tough on Valentine's Day. I mean flowers just don't work for them, ya know? Here are a few gift ideas for your man this V-Day.

Insignia Portable Speaker | Best Buy

A mini-speaker is always helpful to have when friends are over, when he’s working around the house, or hanging out in the backyard. Not to mention, these are super light and portable so it can go with you wherever you want it.

Shot Glass Set

Shopping for the guys can be tough on Valentine's Day. I mean flowers just don't work for them, ya know? Here are a few gift ideas for your man this V-Day.

Himalayan Salt Tequila Shot Glasses | Uncommon Goods

I think that shot glasses are always a good gift. And every guy needs a nice set. I love these glasses made from Himalayan Salt for shooting tequila (Genius!)  A nice set of shot glasses is perfect for entertaining his friends and perfect for keeping a bar stocked with all the necessities. I love these black marble ones too! So sleek! 

Shopping for the guys can be tough on Valentine's Day. I mean flowers just don't work for them, ya know? Here are a few gift ideas for your man this V-Day.

BLKsmith Black Marble Shot Glasses | Bed Bath & Beyond

 

Valentine’s Day can be a tough one when it comes to the guys. But here are a few things that I think any guy would be happy to open on Valentine’s Day.

What are you getting your guy for Valentine’s Day?






Easy Ways to Refresh Your Living Room Decor in a Weekend

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Hi guys. So good news!  We finally got moved into our house, and we’ve almost got everything in its place! I feel like moving in and organizing your home is SUCH a process. We put a lot of work into our house before we moved in like lots of painting, along with replacing flooring. So once all the repairs were done, I couldn’t wait for the fun part: decorating! I had a lot of furniture that I had refinished for my apartment, but I had a lot of girly decor. I had to invest in some more neutral decor for a vibe that worked for him and her! A lot of decor I already had, but just had to add in a few elements here and there to get the vibe I wanted. Here are a few ways I updated my home in a weekend:

 

Mix in Some Throw Pillows

I am obsessed with throw pillows. Literally my fiance gets so mad at me with how many throw pillows I keep on our couch. But I think that they really complete the room. So swapping out your throw pillows can really change the vibe of a room. And they are a great way to introduce subtle pops of colors. I think an important thing to remember with throw pillows is to bring in different shapes and different textures to create contrast.

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Freshen Up the Coffee Table

Something that I like for my coffee table is to add in some coffee table books, candles, and potpourri. You don’t have to recreate the wheel here. It’s easy to just add in a couple of new items to things you already have to create a whole new look. A well dressed coffee table can really pull a room together.

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Add in Some Greenery

Bringing in a green element can really balance out a room. One thing I’m in LOVE with is my magnolia wreath. Also you can bring in the green in a variety of ways. You can mix in some stems or maybe some type of wreath or garland. You can also use greenery and florals to soften your look. For example, I added in these white flowers to my mantle, and I think it softens the brick and the wood and balances the more masculine moose art. Refreshing your home decor doesn't have to be a huge undertaking. Here are a few simple tips to update your living room decor in a weekend. | Home Decor | Affordable Decor | Living Room Ideas | Home Decor Ideas | Quick Living Room Decor Ideas | Cheap Living Room Decor Ideas

Refreshing your home decor doesn't have to be a huge undertaking. Here are a few simple tips to update your living room decor in a weekend.

 

Throw Blankets

I love how cozy a throw blanket can make a space. I always buy a throw blanket I want to wrap up in. Home Goods, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx are my favorite places when looking for throw blankets. I look for a texture that will contrast well with my throw pillows. This is another way you can bring in a pop of color as an accent.

 

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These are just a few of my go-to tips for changing up the look of my home quickly! Something to remember is that changing up your decor does not have to be a huge undertaking and it doesn’t have to be a huge investment either. Just a few pieces that you love can do the trick.

What are your favorite ways to upgrade your home?