How to Protect Yourself From Summer Bugs

One of my least favorite things about summer are the summer bugs. Usually, I avoid them like the plague. Unfortunately, I decided to move, during the summer, to a new apartment, which requires me to take Coda for walks outside. As much as I love being outdoors, I hate getting attacked by the myriad of bugs the warmer months bring. Thankfully, I was sent Stay Away Mosquitos, from Earth Kind, to keep those nasty bugs at bay.

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Goodbye Summer Bugs

Before you think, “great, another stinky bug spray,” think again. Not only does Stay Away Mosquitos protect you from summer bugs, but it also water-resistant, non-flammable and unscented. So, it won’t stink up your house, or for that matter, your clothing and your family.

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Summer Fun with This 3D Board Game

Summer break is almost here and I am already “tired” of hearing, “I’m Bored”. It happens every year. The first few days of summer are a bliss. Sleeping in, relaxing, and unwinding from the constant motion of a school time routine. After those first few days though, it turns into a constant mantra of “I’m Bored”. It’s inevitable. One of my favorite ways to get through this boredom, however, is board games.

This is Melanie and she is 4 years old in the 99th Percentile, just to give you an idea of the size of Gridopolis.
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Puddle Jumping Our Way Through Safe Water Play

Puddle Jumping Our Way Through Safe Water Play

Summer is still in full swing where I live. North Carolina doesn’t usually start to cool down until the end of September which is both a blessing and a curse. Safe water play in these warmer months is extremely important. One huge benefit in our favor though would be our puddle jumpers. Whether its a day at the lake, the community pool, or even our inflatable pool in the back yard – I have peace of my mind that my children are safe in their puddle jumpers.

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Easy Summer Fashion for Busy Moms

Well, we finally made it to summer! I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the sunshine and warm weather. But, then I knew it was important to start looking for easy summer fashion for busy moms, like me.

Easy Summer Fashion for Busy Moms
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At the beginning of summer, our family took a big, much needed vacation. Basically, it was our way of detoxing from all the hurried demand of the school year.

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Discover Items That Will Help You Have A Healthier Summer

Are you looking for products that will help you be healthier?

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Healthier Summer…what is that? Just today I was in CVS looking at their health products and dreaming of wearing my bathing suit. Yeah, I know I probably should have been looking earlier this year but oh well. So you might be in the same boat- wanting to be healthier but don’t know what to get. No worries- we got you!

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Shave Less with These Subtle Changes

Summer is here and the weather is HOT! It is safe to assume, we have all taken our shorts, skirts, and bathing suits out of the closet. This also means adding the extra time during our shower to shave. No more pants or sweats to cover up that hair sadly! I have to admit that shaving is my least favorite part of summer. It only takes a few minutes but I loathe feeling like the smoothness of my legs isn’t lasting as long as I would like it to.

Shave Less With These Subtle Changes
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Traveling with Little Ones; How we Survive the Trip

Tips to Make your Vacation Travels Easier and Stress Free

Our house is truly blessed by family who have vacation homes for us to use each year. My cousin has a beach house and offers us a discounted rate for our summer vacations.

Planning the trip is always easy. Getting there, however, is always a pain in the butt. I usually have a toddler and small dog in tow and it is difficult traveling without pulling out my hair.

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Trending Summer Styles For Women

Summer is finally getting ready to arrive! Read on to discover some of the trends you should be rocking.

Trending Summer Styles For Women

Bright Colored Jeans

If you consider yourself to be a bit of a fashionista then you simply cannot ignore the latest and hottest trend for bright colored jeans. This is a look filled to the brim with vibrancy and personality. If you like all eyes to be on you then you can guarantee they will be when you walk down the street in a pair of neon yellow jeans. If that wasn’t good enough, then you’ll be pleased to know that this is the perfect trend to rock with a tan. Once you get back from your summer vacation strut your stuff in your favorite pair of colorful jeans and you’ll be guaranteed to have a flock of male admirers.

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Green Beauty with a Tropical Twist

Green Beauty with a Tropical Twist
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When you apply your makeup are you transported to a land of rolling waves and sun-kissed beaches? Does a tropical island blend nourish your skin with every swipe or brush tap? If this sounds too good to be true, it’s not.  It’s all possible with the green beauty brand, Caley Cosmetics.

Meet Green Beauty Brand Caley Cosmetics

Launched in 2018 by mother-daughter team, Annie & Cindy Holland, Caley Cosmetics is a new player on the green beauty, indie scene. Their motto, to create a natural beauty brand that makes you feel like you’re on vacation every day, is unique and inspiring.

As a huge supporter of women owned, indie brands, I love everything about Caley Cosmetics. All of their products are:

  • Leaping Bunny Certified, cruelty-free
  • Made in a family-owned, green beauty facility in Texas
  • Score a 1 or 2 on the EWG toxicity scale (meaning they are safe & nontoxic)
  • Free of sulfates, silicones, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, artificial dyes or fragrances
  • Contain sustainably sourced ingredients manufactured with little to no carbon footprint

Additionally, every one of their products features their island blend of watermelon, pineapple, hibiscus, mango, jasmine, and papaya. This tropical essence is loaded with good for your skin antioxidants that both protect your skin and give it a natural, healthy glow.

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Beach Babes Natural Eyes & Brows

The brand was kind enough to send me a selection of their products, including their Beach Babe Natural Eyes liner in Midnight. I also picked up the Beach Babe Natural Brows pencil in Dark.

Available in twelve shades (matte, shimmer & metallic), the Beach Babe Natural Eyes liner comes in a pencil form. Before you think, “ugh not another hard pencil liner,” let me tell you it’s anything but hard. Designed to apply like a gel liner, the Beach Babe Natural Eyes liner glides on very smoothly.

Green Beauty Beach Babe Natural Eyes and Brows

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like this liner. If there is one product I hardly use, it’s eye liner. I just find it so hard to apply on my small eyes and crepey lids. This was not the case with the Natural Eyes liner in Dark, a matte black.

The creamy, water-proof formulation is easy to work with yet has great lasting power and doesn’t budge or smudge. There is nothing worse than looking in the mirror to find your liner has travelled and you now look like a raccoon.

Most of all, I like how it made my blue eyes pop, which is exactly what the liner is designed to do. There must be some kind of magic in that ingredient list of fruit and botanical extracts and oils.

Green Beauty - Beach Babe Natural Eyes & Brows Swatches

Next up, is the Beach Babe Natural Brows, which is currently available in four shades. I did see the founder respond to a consumer review of the product stating that they are working on expanding the line. I couldn’t decide between Brunette and Dark but opted for Dark to match my cool undertones.

When I first tried out this brow pencil, I was not a fan. The formulation was so soft I struggled with the application. Although the pencil provided definition it also seemed to apply too much product. My brows were looking dark and chunky. With a little spoolie finessing and some clear brow gel I was able to tone it down.

But then something changed, the more I used the Beach Babe Natural Brows pencil, the better it performed. Now application is like a nice, warm tropical breeze on summer’s night. That might sound a little flowery, but it’s true. I find it very easy to create a brow look that is both natural and precise. I also appreciate how the formula dries down to a soft matte, almost powder-like finish.

Let’s just say when I pair my Beach Babes Natural Eyes and Natural Brows together, my eyes look incredible. They pop to perfection, without looking over done.

Beach Babe, Beach Kiss & Color Wave
Green Beauty Beach Babe and Color Wave lip products

In addition to the liner, Caley Cosmetics also sent me their Beachy Kiss Natural Lip Gloss and Color Wave Natural Lipstick. I also picked up their Beach Babe Natural Lips Liner to pair with the lipstick.

First, let’s talk about the packaging of the gloss and lipstick. They look and feel both modern and feminine. It makes me happy each time I see them sitting on my vanity.

The Color Wave Natural Lipstick, available in 14 colors, features a blend of watermelon, pineapple, hibiscus, jasmine and mango. This combination, along with other good for your lips ingredients, helps hydrate and protect the delicate skin on your lips.

Although I’ve only tried one color, Babydoll a peach nude, I’m very impressed with the pigmentation. The color is rich and very flattering to my skin tone. It’s also the perfect shade for spring and summer.

Green Beauty - Beach Babes Lips and Beachy Kiss Gloss

To complete my perfect pout, I picked up the Beach Babe Natural Lips liner in Coral. Like Baby Doll, it’s a pretty nude. It gives my lips definition, while also preventing from feathering, fading or bleeding.

I typically don’t wear lip liner as much as I did in my colleg days. Of course back in the 90s it was all about the liner, the darker the better. After using the Caley Cosmetics lip liner, I think it’s time I wear it more. The formula is longer wearing and hydrating. Not only does it look good on my lips, but it also feels amazing.

Green Beauty - Lip Swatches

Finally, we have the Beachy Kiss Natural Gloss in Sunshine Sparkle. I really hope the brand expands this  line because this gloss is very unique. It’s not sticky or greasy. Instead, it feels like you are wearing a nourishing oil on your lips.

You can wear the gloss alone, for a boost of hydration and sparkle, or over top your favorite lipstick. I like to pair it with BabyDoll and Coral. It gives my lips that perfect touch of shine I love. I also like to apply it to my lips on no makeup days. It nourishes my lips and gives my face a little boost of radiance.

After trying out all these goodies from Caley Cosmetics, I’m looking forward to seeing what they do in the future. I also hope to try out more of their liners, lipsticks, and the, soon to be released, Sunkissed Mineral Makeup.

Are you a fan of green beauty? Which Caley Cosmetics product would you try first?

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Shapewear: Our Little Secret

Shapewear Our Little Secret

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Let me tell you about shapewear our little secret. Growing up I was never skinny but I was always short, so that makes me look even heavier. I was always made fun of for being overweight and especially in middle school and freshman year of high school. At my heaviest, I was in size 18 clothing and hit about 205lbs being only 4’10 you can imagine how it looked. I battled weight up and down and until the summer of Junior year when my battle with depression came to a head did I lose any significant weight. In the span of 6 months I lost down to 135 lbs and honestly, I looked sick. I finally got healthy and usually stay between 145-155 lbs now.

With that being said I’ve never been “flat chested” either so finding bras that fit is always a chore. It’s either too tight or the cups don’t fit right. I for one detest underwire and can’t stand to have it in a bra, it is like slow torture wearing one all day. Not to mention when the wire snaps and tries to impale you slowly.

Shapewear our little secret

 

So I started looking for a brand that would fit all my needs and that’s when I found Sonsee. Sonsee is for plus size ladies and caters to all their needs. They have sizing experts ready and willing to help you find the perfect fit every time so you don’t have any guesswork.

High Back Bra

Here are my thoughts on the products that I received. First I got the High Back Bra. This bra is a game changer because I’m having no more back pain. It gives support in all the right places and there is NO underwire *happy dance here*. It comes in nude and black and is so soft on your skin. A big win in my opinion.

Shapewear Shorts

The next thing I received was the  Shapewear Shorts. To be honest when I first got them I was like, I’m going to look like an old lady. But then I put it on, and I’m in love! After four kids lets get real there are muscles that are not in the correct spot and are stretched out. The support I felt instantly made me feel so much better. It also helps hide those little problem areas, don’t get me wrong I’m all about self-love but I could use some toning up and the shapewear provides that coverage. The fabric is breathable and great for year round use. The waistband is designed for tummy control and made to not roll down.

Sonsee Shapewear

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So there you have it, shapewear our little secret weapon. Gives confidence and provides support for those problem areas. Perfect for anyone, having the proper undergarments make all the difference. For more information visit their Website, Facebook, or Instagram.