Holiday Gift Guide (for her)

With Black Friday quickly approaching, I’ve been making my list and checking it twice. It’s never hard to come up with things for myself so I’ll share my list with you first. It’s kind of random and all over the place, but so am I! 🙂 I even know think some of these are already under the tree!! And yes, my house is already fully decorated for Christmas. Thanksgiving is at our house this year, so we will just call it a “Merry Thanksgiving”.

Happy Shopping…

Midi Rings

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*nails: OPI Shellac “Did you ear about Van Gogh” ❤

I was skeptical at first but now I’m borderline obsessed.  These are from Francesca’s.

Drop Earrings


similar found here

Initial Bracelet

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This bracelet from Turkoyz with the inital “P”. Love.


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I’ve been a Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue girl for a couple of years now and it’s still one of my favorites. A friend just introduced me to the new Tory Burch perfume and it’s pretty much AMAZING. Get it, or both.

BB Cream


More like a stocking stuffer. I’ve become quite the BB cream connoisseur and this is my new favorite.

Piko Shirt

Slate Gray Piko Knit

Hands down the most comfortable shirt on the planet. I’m currently on the “get one in every color” mission.  I get mine from Indigo here in Memphis. You can also get them from and most boutique stores.

Minnetonka Moccasins


I also want these in every style and color. It was so hard to decide which ones. I ordered mine from Amazon and used Prime for the 2 day free shipping. Buy a size smaller than you usually would, I’ve been told they will stretch.

Ugg Bailey Button Triplet in Chestnut


Welly Socks


I just got my first pair of Hunter Boots a couple of months ago. I LOVE them. Now, I am eying these Moss Cable Cuff Welly Socks in Cream. Must. Have. Them.

Pure Barre


Joining Pure Barre doesn’t work for me for many reasons (No childcare, it cost an arm and a leg, I LOVE my gym, etc…) but I borrowed the Pure Barre DVDs from a friend and I am LOVING them!!!!! I can see why people are so addicted. It is a great workout and I’ve really enjoyed doing it  on days when I can’t make it to the gym or out for a run.

Pro Compression Socks

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I just got my first pair of Pro Compression socks. When I say they are worth every penny, I mean it. Coming off a stress fracture last year and constantly getting shin splints, these babies are the best most comfortable thing I’ve purchased. Here’s to keeping me injury free!! And, if you are an avid reader of Skinny Runner, you know that you can uses the promo code SKINNY and get 40% off. I’m eying the chevron pair next!

Sticky Be Socks


Obsessed with these yoga/barre/pilates socks. I’ll take all 6 please and thank you. Love.



I often go straight from the gym to the grocery store, lunch with Will, Hayden’s school etc… I’ve been wanting a pair of shoes to wear when I’m not working out to try and get some extra miles out of my running shoes. Since I practically live in all black workout clothes, I kind of obsessed with this pair of Nike’s. Need… Now.

So that’s my random holiday gift guide for me her. Maybe there is something that you haven’t thought of yet either and now you really really need can’t live without!

What’s on your Christmas List?!




The Hospital Bag 411 part II

After being up all night with Braxton Hicks contractions, I decided it was time for me to finish packing my hospital bag. After all, maybe I will have a use for it sooner than I thought. Either way, in 19 days we are headed to the hospital whether we are ready or not. So…let’s be ready. I already did a post on what I packed for the baby. You can find it here. Now, what I packed for me…

The Bag: Vera Bradley Large Duffel in Provencal found here. This pattern is actually one of their sale colors right now at $63.75 vs. the usual $85.
What’s in the bag:

  • Lightweight Robe – for the first day I will stay in the hospital gown. I have csections so I am just coming off some major pain meds and you are so so sore. After night number one I will change into a lightweight robe.
  • Pajamas – This go around I got a sleeveless nightgown with a very light robe that goes over it. Both cotton.
  • 4 Sports Bras – For more reasons than one, I have decided not to breastfeed this time. I have been doing some research on how to dry up your milk quickly. The route I am going to take is tight sports bras immediately after delivery. I packed 4 because I usually where 2 at a time anyway, and I packed various sizes since your milk still does come in.
  • Regular Bra – I don’t know why and I probably wont even wear it except for to the hospital on surgery day, but it’s there if I want it.
  • “Granny Panties” – Goodbye body as you know it. Post delivery comes with all kinds of fun changes. I mostly use the mesh underwear offered by the hospital just because of my csection incision and the pain that I am in. But whether you have csection or a regular delivery, you are going to want to pack some underwear that you don’t mind ruining or throwing away after your hospital stay. Trust me.
  • 3 pairs of socks – hospitals are always cold and I am very cold natured. I need my socks.
  • Flip Flops – makes life easier when going to the bathroom, taking walks etc.
  • Stomach Wrap – I have a few different kinds of these and I packed all 3. The hospital gives you one if you are a csection patient, and it is by far my favorite. I still have mine from baby number 2 so I put that in my bag just in case they’ve changed them since last time. I also have the Baboosh Body and the Belly Bandit. Whether csection or regular delivery, wrapping my stomach very tight after delivery provided so much relief. Your uterus is steadily shrinking back to size and you will continue to have contractions. The belly wraps make everything so much easier. I wear them for a couple of weeks post baby.
  • Going home outfit – Pack something loose fitting and comfortable. Preferably something you have worn during this last trimester of pregnancy. As much as I’d like to tell you you will be right back in those size 4’s, it just isn’t going to happen. If you are prepared with something that is going to fit you then you won’t experience any disappointments upon leaving the hospital. Your hormones are going to be running wild. Don’t let weight or ill fitting clothes add to it.
  • Phone Charger


I am lucky in that I am not one of those people who doesn’t have to wash my hair everyday. Thank God. So, I don’t even know if I will wash my hair during my hospital stay but I packed everything I would need to “get ready” just incase. Half of this stuff will probably not even get used but at least I have it if I need it. You are going to feel like you’ve been hit by a bus… any thing you can bring that will make you feel better about yourself, pack it.

Shown in picture:

  • Makeup Bag
  • Mirror
  • Hairspray
  • Spray Gel
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Body Spray
  • Eye Makeup Remover
  • Makeup Remover Towelettes
  • Cotton Balls
  • Qtips
  • Glasses Case with Glasses and Contacts
  • Contact Solution

Not shown in picture:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razor
  • Hair Dryer
  • Straightener
  • Curling Iron
  • Bobby Pins, Ponytail holder, clippy
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste

That’s it. I think I am officially ready for my 3-4 day hospital stay. WooHoo. I can’t believe it is so close! Lucky for us we live extremely close to the hospital. Our 2 boys will be staying at our house with their grandparents. This makes life a little easier for me since I don’t have to worry about packing bags for them. Will will just pack a bag for the first night (Pajama Pants, Tshirt, Boxers, Socks, a pair of Jeans, Tennis Shoes, Toothbrush, Toothpaste) He will be able to go home everyday to tend to things the boys need as well as take a normal shower and change or get more clothes etc.

I hope this post helped any first time or 2nd, 3rd time moms get prepared for their hospital stay as well. It took me a while to even figure out where to begin and this is my 3rd go at it. But, I think I am prepared. Now, come on baby!!



The Power of Makeup

I don’t call myself a “Makeup Guru” by any means. Since I did go through Cosmetology school, I do know a thing or two about makeup. However, I don’t wear makeup often. Yes, I probably should. I am definitely not one of the blemish free olive skin tone I don’t wear makeup kind of girls. I am the complete opposite. My day consist of running my kids around town in my workout clothes and going to the gym and sweating my tail off in between stops. So, I don’t really have the time or want to put makeup on. Although, I’m sure the general public wishes that I would. When I do wear makeup I get an overwhelming amount of compliments. Sure makes a stay at home mom feel good. I’m not sure if its actually because of my makeup or the fact that its just so much better than what I look like without.. see below. Scary! I have spent a lot of time and money on makeup. I have been through countless tubes of the “fad” things that they tell you to buy in magazines or the internet and I have finally (after many many years) come across my makeup “MUST HAVES”. I have even experimented enough to find drug store buys for some of my favorite higher end brands. You can thank me later. 🙂

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These 2 pictures were taken the SAME DAY…less than 12 hours apart from each other. Now, tell me you don’t believe in the power of makeup. I look downright scary in the left ones. #1 I can’t believe I even posted them on here and #2 no wonder people always compliment my makeup, anything at this point is probably better than seeing face on left everyday. oops. I’ve seen these pictures side by side for 4 months now and I still continue to go without makeup daily. Maybe I should change that…Maybe not.

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In my defense, I did just finish running a half marathon and had been awake since 4:30 a.m. in the pictures on the left. Don’t judge me too hard. Too late? I thought so.

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Below is a list of the makeup I use, maybe you will find a new favorite, too!

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I have fair , normal/oily skin. I can’t use moisturizer or my face becomes a grease fest and I can’t use astringent because my face becomes dry and flaky. So, I just skip those steps.

1. Primer

Bare Minerals “PRIME TIME” Foundation Primer – $23.oo (Sephora)


Smashbox “Photo Finish” Foundation Primer – $36.00 (Sephora)


e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer – $6.00 (Target)

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Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel – $7.99 (Walgreens)


I know you are thinking chafing gel? Surely she didn’t mean to put that on there. Wrong…I did. I came across this article on pinterest and I am a sucker for a dupe. ( ) This stuff is AWESOME. You get more ounces for less money and it is EXACTLY like using bare minerals prime time or smashbox photo finish primer. I use it everyday. Amazing.

2. Concealer

L’Oreal True Match super blendable crayon concealer “fair/light W1-2-3” – $7.99 (Target)


Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment/Concealer “Light Pale” – $7.99 (Target)


3. Foundation

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream “Medium Sheer Tint” – $7.44 (Target)


I use the BB Cream more as an everyday light coverage and save my expensive MAKE UP FOREVER for special stuff. I don’t use both together. One, or the other.

MAKE UP FOREVER Mat Velvet + Matifying “No. 40 – Natural Beige” – $36.00 (Sephora)


4. Powder

Physicians Formula Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder “Creamy Natural” – $12.69 (Target)


Clinique Almost Powder “Medium” – $25.00 (Sephora)


5. Bronzer

Physicians Formula Mineral Correcting Bronzer “Bronzer” – $12.69 (Target)

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Nars Bronzing Powder “Laguna” – $36.00 (Sephora)


6. Eye Shadow

Cover Girl eye trio “Shimmering Sands” – $4.44 (Target)


7. Blush

e.l.f Blush “Mellow Mauve” – $3.00 (Target)

Nars Blush “Orgasm” – $29.00 (Sephora)


8. Eyeliner

Bare Minerals Big & Bright Eyeliner “Midnight” – $15.00 (Sephora)


9. Mascara

Maybelline Falsies Mascara “Black Drama” – $5.94 (Target)


10. Lipstick

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain “Honey” – $7.49 (Target)

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain “Crush” – $7.49 (Target)


These are some of the most commented on “what make up do you use?” pictures. In all of these but the last one I am wearing the “Crush” lipstick. I have the “Honey” on in the last picture.

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Thanks for enduring the before and after shot from before. You know I don’t like being a lone ranger so, here are some of my celeb BFF’s without makeup too. It’ll make you feel good about yourself today. I promise.

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Did you go out and buy any of the makeup that I use? Did you love it/hate it? I’d love to know!!



1st Trimester Must-Haves

I woke up today feeling like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders. Keeping a secret from your kids for 12 weeks and 1 day is hard, y’all! The boys are so excited. Kash, a bit confused, but just sharing in the excitement of his big brother. And as for Will, I think he is most excited that I can now *complain* for lack of a better word, about my discomfort, nausea and just general snide remarks, to someone other than him! Seriously, I haven’t been THAT bad. Here are a few, well 14, of my FAVORITES that got me through that mean ol’ first trimester.


1. Sweet and Salty Almond Bars:


These have been a must have for me every morning. Giving me just enough energy and the only thing I could really stomach first thing. Couldn’t live without them.

2. Smoothie:


I have had a VERY VERY tough 1st Trimester and beginning of the second. I was sick with both of my other boys as well so I guess it should have been expected. (funny how we forget these things). I haven’t been able to stomach much food. I have been forcing myself to still continue my gym/running routine if only for 30 minutes. This smoothie recipe has kept me on my feet after my workout.

1 handful of Ice

Cover ice with Almond milk

1 scoop EAS Lean and Tone Protein Powder


1 Banana

1 cup MP Mango Berry Fruit Blend frozen


Handful of blueberries

1 Spoonful of Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt

A Squirt of Honey

Put all into the blender and blend until smooth.

3. Ginger Root:


On top of the Phenergan that my OB has prescribed, I have found that Ginger Root helps a TON with my nausea. I take 2 capsules 3 times a day to help keep the nausea at bay. 

 4. FROYO:

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The only thing I have been “craving” or just able to eat is Frozen Yogurt and a lot of it. Take me to one of the serve yourself places and I’m in pregnant girl heaven!!

5. Maybelline BB Cream:


Don’t you just love all the new changes to your skin and body? Can you feel my sarcasm through the computer?  My hormones shoot into overdrive as do most of ours and my face just can’t keep up. I haven’t been wearing much makeup as I can barely stand to get myself out of bed but I have loved Maybelline’s BB Cream. It is a great, light product with just enough coverage. I wear it in Medium.

6. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm:

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Holy chapped lips! Who knew they could get so dry. Winter and the wind aren’t helping matters much either.  I have really been loving the burt’s bees tinted lip balm. I carry it with me everywhere. I like it in Hibiscus.

7. Maybelline Falsies Mascara:


Most days you will catch me in these three things: BB Cream, Lip Balm and Mascara. It’s usually all I have time for or feel like putting on. I’m really like the Maybelline Falsies Mascara as of lately. I’ve always been a big Sephora lover and still wear all of my high end stuff for special occasions but being a busy mom of almost 3 kids. 2 of those in diapers, it’s been nice to find some drug store finds that are comparable to the expensive stuff that I LOVE!

8. Gud Body Lotion:


Burt’s Bees has come out with a new line called Gud. I’m kind of obsessed. I’m really liking their Vanilla Flame body lotion. I can bare many smells these days and I have been staying away from perfume. This lotion gives off just enough scent. And, if there is one piece of advice I could give a pregnant gal…Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize. Your skin will thank you after the baby!

9. Facial Towelettes (Makeup Remover):


Can we say EXHAUSTED?? I usually have this long drawn out face routine at night. Not anymore. I have been using the Garnier The Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towelettes to remove my make up at night. It even removes Mascara. Quick, easy and faster to bed. J

10. Toner:


Thanks to the prenatal vitamins and my already naturally oily face I have been in break out city. My mother-in-law introduced me to Aqua Glycolic Tone. It has been fabulous. Not too harsh on my skin but keeping the break outs to a minimum. My skin has been much clearer than baby #1 or #2 and I really think it’s because of this toner. It’s a little pricey, but worth it.

11. Oversized Sweater:


Being as we waited until week 12 to share our news and this being baby number 3, it has been VERY hard to hide the baby bump. Everyone told me with number 3 it just pops on out there and boy were they right… I feel like I look like I did when I was 5 and 6 months pregnant with #1 and #2. I have feeling this will make for a very LONG pregnancy as well. I have been the queen of the oversized sweater/tshirt look. Winter has definitely been on my side in keeping this little secret as well. Layer, Layer, Layer. This sweater from Forever 21 is one of my favorites. I have it in a Large.

12. Yoga Pants:


Can you really have too many pairs of black pants or leggings? I think not. I literally LIVE in these. Every time I got to Wal-Mart I always check on their Danskin section. They don’t keep stuff long but you can find some GREAT stuff in that section. Especially if you wear work out gear 5 days a week like I do. I am OBSESSED with these(I got them in a Medium:

13. Scarf:


It’s rare that you will catch me without a scarf and a hat on. It’s my go to look. I have racks and racks of scarves. It has been a MUST HAVE in helping cover the baby bump that really isn’t a baby bump  yet and just looks like you gained weight. Here is one of the many ones I wear from Forever 21:


14. Military Style Hat:


I have this hat in the first 5 colors and you will catch me in it on MOST DAYS. I ordered them off ebay a couple of years ago and was so excited when I saw they were still selling it. You can’t go wrong with a low side braid and a hat. Anything to cover the color of GREEN during the first trimester is a winner in my book.

Those are my absolute cannot live without must haves that have gotten me through my first trimester this go around. Now, hears to the 2nd trimester and praying this nausea stuff goes away. I’m ready for that energy boost!