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  • Gift guide: for the Littles
    12Dec

    Gift guide: for the Littles

    For my Kids Guide I wanted to select items that are special, unique, engaging, and more than just a piece of plastic that will be donated or sold in a yard sale in just a few months. When it comes to buying for Raj lately, we are really trying to practice buying quality or quantity and teaching him to take care of and learn about something while simultaneously playing. I love when he is playing with toys that are something he can take interest and hobby in and learn about: ocean animals, dinosaurs, etc. and its important to me that he not only is engaged but that he can develop an interest in something through play. Gifts for little kids don’t have to be expensive, but they should represent something or have use, I truly believe that as both a mom and an educator. All of the items I shared here are gifts that will hold meaning for years or serve a purpose and I really took the time to find items for this guide that I know Raj has and gets great play and use of already! These items are guaranteed wins and any kid would be lucky to receive them and any parent would appreciate the thought placed in your purchase. 

     

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    *Exciting news*

    Some of the shops I shared above have shared a special coupon code for my readers!!

    Bitty Brah use code amanda25 for 25% off

    Jai Jai Hooray use code AMANDALOVE for 15% off

    Petit Collage use code SOUTHCOASTSTYLE for 15% off

  • Gift Guide: for Her
    12Dec

    Gift Guide: for Her

    We are so close to Christmas and nearing the end of the safe zone of placing online orders to have our Christmas gifts here in time so I wanted to share some quick and easy guides for all of you who are scrambling at the last minute to purchase gifts for those you love! Although I know and firmly believe the season is not about presents, it is still so fun and exciting to find and buy the perfect gift for those we love just to see the smiles and excitement on their faces. Buying a meaningful gift shows thought, love, and acknowledgement that you took the time to think about that person and that makes anyone feel special. I LOVE shopping for others wayyyyy more than I love shopping for myself, so gift buying is my JAMMM. 

    This guide is for that special lady in your life. The girl who you imagine to have everything which now makes you feel stuck on what to buy for her. She is special, unique, but cares about how she takes care of herself and you want to buy something extra special for her. Be it a girlfriend, your mom, your wife, best friend… with these gifts you don’t need to know her size or personal preference because mark my words when I say anyyyyyy girl would love ALL of these items! Most of these items I own and if I don’t already own them, they’re on my personal list so trust me when I say I wouldn’t share something that isn’t worth every penny. 

    Click the numbers under the photo to shop these items!

     

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  • Gift Guide: gifts under $50
    12Dec

    Gift Guide: gifts under $50

    These items make perfect stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, gift exchanges with the girlfriends or co-workers… basically anyone who you want to buy something special for but have to stick to a budget on. We can all use some of these items and what makes them even more amazing is they won’t break the bank but are a little more personal than a gift card! 

     

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  • Black Friday 2018
    23Nov

    Black Friday 2018

     

    Nordstrom

    up to 60% off select items 

     

    Target

    BOGO 50% off Toys, $10 Pajamas, steal deals on appliances (my favorite InstantPot included)

     

    Loft

    50% off purchase using code FRIYAY

     

    Anthropologie

    30% off everything

     

    Levi’s

    40% off everything using code INDIGO

     

    T3

    24% off using code FRIDAY18

     

    King of Christmas

    Christmas trees under $100

    JCrew

    50% off entire purchase

     

    Pottery Barn

    25% off entire site

     

    Pottery Barn Kids 

    25% off entire site using code GIFT25

     

    Madewell

    25% off entire site 

     

    Gap

    50% off entire site

     

    Old Navy

     

    7 for all Mankind

    40% off entire site using code BLACK40

     

    Dermstore

    up to 30% off select brands using code FRIDAY

     

    Sephora

    $15 & under Black Friday deals

     

    Backcountry

    Patagonia up to 30% off, North Face up to 25% off

     

    Barnes & Noble

    20% off $40 or more using code BLKFRIDAY

     

    Ulta

    Items as low as $10

     

    Free People

    50% off select items

     

    Serena & Lily

    20% off everything using code GATHER

     

    Petit Collage

    25% off entire site using code WONDER

     

    Charlotte Tilbury

    30-50% off select gift sets

     

    Hourglass

    $20 off orders of $125 or more, $30 off $150 or more, $50 off $200 or more

    Revolve

    60% off select brands and styles

     

    Shopbop

    up to 25% off full price items and 75% off sale items

     

    Feather for Arrow

    40% off

  • New look, New Me!
    15Nov

    New look, New Me!

    This post is sponsored by Zenni Optical

    So here is a fun life update for you: I now wear glasses!

    Like, not just the cool hip sunnies anymore, buuuut full on ‘prescription glasses because my vision is no longer perfect like it was in my youth’ glasses. I haven’t had my vision checked in about 5 years (I know I was already lectured by my doctor), but since the migraines have increased and I have felt my eyes straining recently, I figured it was time to get myself checked out. As luck would have it, you are looking at her, the new me aka ‘Mrs. Wear Glasses when reading, doing computer work, driving at night, using my phone, #30something.’ I am pretty much using glasses now for almost 90% of my day!

    Once I learned of this new life changing update I knew I couldn’t wear just any old glasses. I wasn’t just going to walk out of the eye doctor with the basic frames and have no fun at all shopping for my new accessory; I mean, shopping was pretty in much my prescription from my doctor! Why would I miss that opportunity?! Just as fate would have it, my friends at Zenni Optical recently contacted me and since I had recalled looking at the email and thinking, “nope not me this time!” I realized I had to swallow my denial and search for the pushed aside response to them. Meaning, “why yes I am losing my vision now, wanna help me look cool?” And guess what? That is exactly what Zenni did!

    Shopping for my glasses was incredibly easy. Their site is so easy to navigate and while the options are endless they make narrowing down your selection incredibly fun. You can shop by face shape, eyeglass style, trends, seasons, and once you narrow down your selection they have this really cool option to upload a photo of yourself and virtually try your glasses on. I had wayyyyyy too much fun with that, haha! I knew I wanted something traditional but then also a pair that was more ‘fun’ and since the prices are really affordable (they were triple the price at my eye doctor’s office) I went for one of each style. I have a bigger and round face so I know bigger frames compliment me, but I wanted something girly and subtle as well and I was so pleased with my selection. It was easy of filling in my prescription numbers, and once they got here I was excited with how they both looked on me – exactly like they did in the photo I uploaded… I actually kind of, sort of, LOVE them!


    I have linked both of my style glasses here and here (I am wearing Cat-Eye Glasses 4411525 and the second pair are Cat-Eye Glasses 4412615). I love the tortoise style that I am wearing in these photos because I love the dramatic yet vintage and classic look of them. They make such a fun statement and love how they add character to my face. The lighter nude pair are so pretty and they will be the pair I keep in my car, they are not overbearing so I think I will feel confident wearing them when driving!

    Since I am not quite to the contact stage of wearing glasses yet I am having fun adding these new statement pieces to my daily routine. With the price being so great I think I will be ordering a few more pairs to keep around the house and on nightstands and in my handbags and workbags… basically you can officially say I am turning into my mother 😉

     

     

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  • 20 Thanksgiving Dresses for under $60
    12Nov

    20 Thanksgiving Dresses for under $60

    Thanksgiving is just around the corner and since I know we all have so much to prep for and get together, I thought it would be fun to share some super easy and affordable outfit options in case you are like me and wait until the last minute to dress yourself. Raj’s outfit was ordered weeks ago, mine? Whelp, that was pretty much the inspiration for this post! I don’t want to spend a lot because the holidays are just around the corner, I want something comfortable and breathable, and even though I will be pretty much cozying up in my living room this year I still want to look cute! I made a collection of 20 dresses perfect for endless turkey and pumpkin cake and comfortable for snuggling up on the couch but that still look dressy. Everything is under $60, so you will get tons of wear for the whole season (throw a sweater over it for cooler days) but you don’t have to feel guilty for the purchase since I know we are all saving up for those Black Friday sales next week.

    A handful of the dresses I shared below I actually already own. I went on an Amazon dress shopping spree a few weeks ago (this white dress in these photos I ordered for less than $20), so I will do a try on session with you over on Instagram stories on Tuesday with you and show the ones I own. I have never really shopped for clothes on Amazon before so I wanted to try some out for quality and ease of purchase, and every dress I ordered from Amazon got here in two days, and I was pleasantly surprised at how cute and nice they are for the price!

     

     

  • Welcome, Christmas 2018
    07Nov

    Welcome, Christmas 2018

    Thank you King of Christmas for gifting my family this beautiful tree 

    My dream tree is here and as soon as it arrived I couldn’t wait to pull it out of the box. I have seen the King of Christmas trees all over Instagram for the last few years and I have had it on my wish list for some time. When their sweet team reached out to me and wanted to work together last summer I almost cried of excitement and thankfulness. I have been counting down the days to get our tree set up and I have to say I was so happy to see how beautiful it is in person! We are so excited to decorate for the holidays, as much as I would love to get everything up right away though I am forcing myself to slow down and not feel rushed to go crazy quite yet. We have our tree up, but I think there is a part of me that still want to enjoy fall for a few more days and we will probably wait until mid-end of November to go all out, my goal this holiday season is to slow down and enjoy every minute and not to just ‘do it for the gram’ if you know what I mean. Not to mention it is realllllly throwing Raj off, he doesn’t have a full grasp on timelines yet so seeing the decor has him asking if every morning is Christmas, haha. I plan to do a full Christmas countdown with him so he can have a better understanding of how it all works, but for now we shall enjoy our beautiful tree and how even just standing alone it brightens up our home and puts an instant smile on all of our faces! 

     

    Tree details: I ordered the “King Flock” pre-lit tree and it is 7 1/2 feet. It was incredibly easy to install, all you do is stack the 3 pieces and plug it in and all of the lights automatically connect and light up. It took all of 2 minutes to set up!

    You guys, this tree is the tree of all trees… I am so in love and so happy with the quality and beauty of it! I can not wait to accessorize and get it all set, and once it is complete I will be sharing a ton more photos with you all. Also, below are my outfit details annnnnd my holiday decor wish list, its just a couple of things I plan to add to my collection this year!! 

    Thank you SO much, King of Christmas, for getting our holiday season off to the most beautiful start! 


     

    Christmas Decor Wish List 

     

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  • Breast Cancer Awareness with JCP Salon
    20Oct

    Breast Cancer Awareness with JCP Salon

    This content is sponsored by JCPenney. All feelings, stories, and opinions are my own and are written 100% from my heart. Thank you!

    Keeping up with my promise to find every possible way to give back to foundations raising money to find a cure for cancer, today I have partnered with the JCPenney Salon to share with you the promotion they’re running in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I was so fortunate to be part of this campaign last year and right after I had agreed to join the campaign we found out my cousin Lina was diagnosed with cancer and I knew that I was asked to be part of this for a reason. Similar to last year’s event, the JCPenney Salon will be donating 20% of their retail sales on October 20thand 21stto the American Cancer Society for up to $50,000!!! Another way to give back for the entire month along with any service, you can give a straight donation and can be entered into a raffle to win a basket full of products! As for me, this year I opted to receive a blow out for this campaign and I love that while I was sitting in the chair, I knew that it was for a great cause and that I was giving back to an organization I love and so strongly believe in and support.

    I realized while working on this campaign what a wonderful thing it is to have such huge retailers like JCPenney supporting such incredible causes and spreading awareness like this. I feel thankful to have this opportunity to work with companies and brands like this who so firmly believe in giving back to the community. It is so easy to feel so small in this world, especially when you are fighting a battle like breast cancer or any cancer for that matter, so when you see huge companies supporting you whether it seems big or small it can make a world of difference. I know I am just one person, just one blog, one social media channel – but imagine if we ALL walked into JCPenney on October 20thor 21st, posted about it, and dedicated a post to those we love who are currently fighting cancer and what an impact that could have. I know that for my Mother in Law and my cousin, every word of encouragement, someone buying them a pink ribbon pin, or someone honoring them in a social post can lift their spirit and their heart and they are reminded why and what they are fighting for. Imagine if we all did this for each other!

    Thank you to JCPenney for choosing me to be part of this mission. My loyalty to you is so strong because I know you care and I see how much this cause and fight means to you.

    To my readers, lets all join together and share how we give back and support our loved ones today and every day!

    To my Mother in Law and cousin Lina, this post is for you. I love you, I honor you, and I support you always.

     

  • Halloween with the U Crew
    18Oct

    Halloween with the U Crew

    I was recently gifted some of the most beautiful pieces from the MacKenzie-Childs Fall Collection and I don’t think I have ever been more starstruck to work with a brand ever. I remember browsing the collection every season wishing that one day I would be able to splash my future home with some of the decor items in the future. I am still not too sure how I got so lucky to be given this opportunity but if there is anything you can be sure of it is that I am beyond grateful for these gifts from their team! 

    When the box of decor landed on my doorstep I could not wait to rip it open. Raj was home with me when I was opening it, and the joy in his face was probably just as evident as it was in mine, he could not believe his eyes that Halloween had finally found its way to our home! Immediately he begged me to decorate our house, and as I started placing some of the items throughout the house he begged for more and more and more, and before I knew it I was in our garage bringing in the rest of our Halloween decor. He wanted items in our living room, the dining room, kitchen, his room, and pretty much everywhere. The following day after school we had to make a stop at Trader Joe’s and they had just started bringing out their pumpkins, and you better believe there he was filling up our cart full of pumpkins! 

    I have always loved the holidays, always enjoyed decorating our home and getting excited for all of the holiday festivities (even as a child I would decorate my bedroom with all of my mom’s unwanted decor), so now that Raj is finally at an age where he not only gets excited for the holidays but completely understands what they are and wants to help prepare for them, our house has become so much fun!! With his birthday so close to Halloween I have always thought it was so cool how much he loves Halloween, so it feels like even more of a reason to go completely nuts in decorating. 

    I wanted to snap some pretty photos of some of my favorite corners and areas of our home which are decorated and I linked all of the items below. Also, since Winter is right around the corner at the bottom of this post I have put together some of the Winter Holiday Collection from MacKenzie-Childs that I will be keeping my eye on. I don’t always buy all brand new items every year but I do love buying a few pieces to add to our collection every year, and now with Raj so excited you better believe we will be going all out! 

     

     

  • WWF // Breast Cancer Awareness
    17Oct

    WWF // Breast Cancer Awareness

    This content is sponsored by Words with Friends. All feelings, stories, and opinions are my own and are written 100% from my heart. Thank you!

    “Cancer does not discriminate. It doesn’t care if you are a 57 year old about to become a first-time grandmother or if you are a 36 year old mother of three, and unfortunately for my family, we have witnessed this first hand. Today, every day, every month we honor those we love who have been affected by cancer, and for the month of October I am proud to honor the two I love most: my mother-in-law and my cousin, both victims of breast cancer. Words with Friends is aware of the reality and that is why I am so proud to work with them to share that this month they are partnering with Susan G. Komen to raise awareness for breast cancer and have launched a new “Pink Ribbon Tile” in support. Their goal is to raise awareness through play and through all of you sharing your screenshots of the game’s new pink ribbon tiles. They are hoping to unlock an up to $100,000 donation to find a cure for breast cancer! We all know someone, have lost someone, or could be that someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer; let us all honor and praise those still in battle. This entire month and every day I do my best to honor my MIL and cousin who fight so brave, from the day of diagnosis and still today, and it is my privilege to be a constant support for them always and to use my platform to spread awareness about any way to give back to cancer research.

    Some of you may have seen that post on my Instagram feed last week, but most of you may not realize just how incredibly passionate I am to raise money for cancer research to find a cure for this awful disease. In the US alone, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, which is just heartbreaking. All of these women are mothers, grandmothers, sisters, wives, friends, and family – all so important and special to those in their life. I know from experience the impact it has on the patient and family, and it is not an easy ride. When my mother in law and my cousin were diagnosed it changed their entire lives forever. We are thankful that today my mother in law is cancer free, but even for her the challenges since her battle in 2014 have never stopped. And every day my cousin, Lina, continues to fight. And while she is my greatest idol and so strong as she fights Stage 4 cancer, it just feels unfair that she, her husband, and their 3 boys have to deal with any of this. Why her, why my mother in law, why anyone?

    Within my power I have vowed to do everything I can to spread awareness and help to find a cure for cancer. If it is the last or only I do with this space, let it be my one mission because I cannot stand to see another person go through this turmoil again. Please join my friends and me at Words With Friends in sharing a screenshot of your latest game featuring the new pink tiles in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For every screenshot shared on social media, they will be making a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of up to $100,000!!!!! That is just so incredible!!

    Help me to continue to honor those we know, those we love, and those whom we support day in and day out as they fight their battle. Sending my love to you and all of your loved ones, today and everyday.

  • Happy Diwali
    10Oct

    Happy Diwali

    Recently I was asked to team up with the ladies of the Chai Mommas Blog again for a feature on our family in celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Diwali is a 5-day celebration of the Hindu New Year and is celebrated in size and excitement equivalent to how we celebrate Christmas in the U.S.  Darshan grew up celebrating Diwali with his family and unfortunately as he and his cousins grew older the celebrations slowed down a bit, but for as long as I have known his parents that have always attended parties, dinners, and encouraged us to join them yearly. In the past, we always felt like we had so much going on, the dates of their parties never fit in our schedule, so we quite honestly just always let it slide. We made a point to call all of Darshan’s grandparents and family to wish them a Happy Diwali, and that was just about it for us.

    In 2013, Darshan and I were so fortunate to be able to travel through India with his parents and Aunt and Uncle. We had the time of our lives and it was an experience like nothing I have ever had before. The beauty of India is indescribable, the people are so welcoming and warm, and everywhere you go there is so much energy that it is impossible to not fall in love with the country. Being so close to Darshan’s family, I knew I was going to have the best time from everything they told me, but I never expected to fall completely in love with the country like I did. When we were visiting we noticed everyone was in the greatest of spirits. While shopping there were ladies buying jazzy saris, outfits galore, and all over the streets we noticed street vendors getting set up and people lining the blocks with lights and décor. Darshan and I were intrigued and then we quickly realized what holiday was approaching: Diwali! It was the chatter of everyone’s home we visited, and we were so bummed that we didn’t plan better so that we could actually be in the country during Diwali. That trip was so special to us. It was where we picked our future son’s name because we fell in love with all of the stories of the Rajah’s and toured so many castles and on one of days while we were there the name ‘Rajan’ popped into our head and instantly we just knew we were meant to have a little Rajah of our own (we had no idea he would be born exactly one year later). After that trip we also made a pact to celebrate Diwali from then on because we witness first hand how culturally sacred it was.

    Three months after our trip to India we found out I was pregnant with Rajan, and he had a due date of October 21, 2014. He was a few days overdue, and finally the afternoon before October 23, I went into labor. It was long and exhausting, but we were so excited to meet our future ‘Rajah’ (King). I was in labor the entire day of October 23, which also just so happened to be Diwali. We were so excited and so proud that of all the ways to celebrate, we were bringing brand new life into this world, what a beautiful gift and way to celebrate this wonderful holiday. We were hoping and crossing our fingers that he would come before midnight so we could tell him be was born on Diwali, buuuuut of course his stubborn little butt came screaming into the world just after midnight on October 24, which was just perfect for us, as he was our final ray of light and the perfect way to begin the new year!

    Diwali has over the years become such a special holiday to our family. We try our best to celebrate it in any way we can, and while we hope to still make the celebration bigger and better over the years its something we really hope to make routine for Rajan and our family again. Now that Darshan’s parents are moving closer to us we are hoping they will start to plan yearly parties or dinners and I know his mom is excited about that, especially now that we have Rajan to celebrate with.

    I was so honored and thankful when Chai Mommas reached out to me and wanted to send my family a Love and Light box (which can be purchased here if interested) they have curated for Diwali celebrations. It is filled with everything you need to kick off the Diwali and the three of us had so much fun opening up and enjoying the book, the cookies, the sparklers, and everything else inside. What I love about the contents of the box is that it is not just a pile of useless items for show, everything is interactive, and the book especially has been on repeat, Raj has never been more excited for a book. He even said the first time we were reading it, “mommy he (an illustration in the book) looks like ME!”

    Please enjoy these photos of our family enjoying and playing with everything in the Love and Light Box. Also, you can check out my interview with the Chai Mommas on their website here, or keep scrolling and read my interview below! 


    Side note, would you believe me if I told you we shot all of these images by ourself?! Make shift tripod, timer settings and all… how amazing did Raj do!! We were so proud of how into it he was. We are a one-man (well I guess three) show, people! 

    Enjoy my interview below, and from my family to yours, Happy Diwali!

    1.) What about our box speaks to you the most?

    I love the excitement it brings to have a ‘gift’ waiting to be opened by your little ones. My husband, Darshan, would explain Diwali to me and equate the excitement of it to Christmas for him growing up; one of the most exciting things about Christmas is that you get to open and share goodies you get with your loved ones. Everything in the box is so much fun and most importantly, interactive! Toys are great for kids, but what is most enjoyable as a family is eating good sweets together, playing games, and making memories together – the contents of the Diwali box help to facilitate that entire experience and that is what I appreciate most. Also, the book has already become one of Rajan’s new favorites – he was quick to point out that the kids in the book look like him and as a parent it felt heartwarming to see that he truly connected with the characters of the book and felt a relation to them, it was so sweet and innocent! 

    2.) What’s your son’s favorite way of celebrating diwali?

    Our son is 100% a social person by nature. He loves family events, being around others, and having a good time. Any excuse or reason to have a full house packed with family to celebrate is fun for him! Now that he is getting older he can understand that Diwali is a fun event to look forward to and gets excited about the celebration, which as parents makes it more exciting for you. His grandparents do a wonderful job of keeping the culture present in our lives so when he sees that there something is important to them, he really does a great job of emerging himself into the emotions of how they are feeling and the excitement!  

    3.) How has celebrating Diwali made you and husband closer?

    One of our best memories of experiencing the excitement of Diwali was when we traveled to India together in October 2013! We were there just the week before the Diwali celebrations were going to begin so everyone in every town we went to were in full preparation. We were able to see the parade floats being built, there were decorations everywhere we went, and all of the family we were visiting were all telling us about their upcoming plans; we regretted so much that we had to leave right before the celebrations were about to begin! What we did take away from it though is that we realized we wanted to bring the tradition home with us. His family here in the states didn’t celebrate in a big way any longer because all of the kids of the family were grown up, but we made a promise to one another that once we had kids we would carry on the tradition as much as could and really encourage his family to get back into it because we really got to see firsthand how exciting the holiday is for everyone in India.

      4.) How do some of these rituals in our box relate to your own heritage?

    I am Mexican American so for me any reason to celebrate a New Year and new start is exciting. Sparklers have always been something that I love ever since I was a kid; there is just something magical about them. I love fireworks and the beauty and emotion they evoke, sparklers feel like a miniature version of fireworks and it just makes people smile and I love that! In the culture I was raised in, family and traditions are always priority above anything else, so if we start something together we do the same thing every year and it is something we always have to look forward to! This year Rajan loved the sparklers, which he has always been terrified of in the past, and as small as the act is just seeing his pride and excitement over finally feeling brave enough to hold a sparkler on his own makes me want to carry on this tradition every year for Diwali!

    5.) Plus anything else you want to share!! What does love and light mean to you? What are your hope for Rajan in the new year. How do you keep the love and light in your daily life. 

    Celebrating Diwali with our son is something my husband and I value and place a ton of importance on. Living here in the states it can be so hard to carry on cultural traditions and holidays because they are the not the commercial norm you see when you walk into every store for several weeks. It is so easy for our son to be excited about Halloween, Christmas, and Easter, all of the holidays I grew up celebrating, because it is in his face 24/7 whereas the holidays my husband grew up celebrating are not as ‘in your face.’ Because that is just the reality of things, it is our job as parents in our home to create the same level of excitement and to place equal amount of importance on holidays such as Diwali. I believe that if my son sees our excitement he will grow up to do the same. My hope and prayers for my son are that he always cherishes and holds on to the memories we create for him. As parents, I hope that we do a good enough job of making these memories with him and sharing the importance with him so that as he gets older he can carry on the same traditions with his family. Overall, our goal as parents is to raise a good human. No matter what he believes, practices, or remembers as he gets older the number one thing I hope he takes away from seeing his mom embrace and practice traditions of another culture is that he can do the same, and that he will always be respectful of others and their practices, religions, and family background. If that is just the one example I leave for my son, I will have done my job right. Family cultures, religions, and beliefs will vary no matter who you marry or where life takes you, but respect for others and the world around you will always be defining character in all of us.

     

  • 9 Step Easy Beauty Routine
    24Sep

    9 Step Easy Beauty Routine

     

    It has been my personal mission to perfect an every day beauty look that is fast to complete (I am talking less than 5-10 minutes), and can be done with less than 10 products. Every time I look up ‘natural beauty makeup looks’ on Pinterest or online I see these perfectly curated and glowing makeup looks, don’t get me wrong are totally stunning, BUT they also take easily 20 steps, and ain’t nobody got a budget or time for that. Sorry! So, after monthssss of trials with products I have finally found a combination of products that I feel pretty and confident with that gives me full coverage and looking presentable to the public, but is also something I can easily do in a super short amount of time any morning of the week and doesn’t break the bank! Whewww

    1. Primer: eliminates pores, calms redness, and evens out tone. This one isn’t dry or greasy and can be worn alone if you are in a hurry. This primer completely evens out my skin and even hides acne scars – I have yet to find anything better. 

    2. Under eye brightener: this helps my eyes look more awake and less puffy, also lightens dark circles and adds a much needed glow! *my color: light/medium

    3. Concealer: I have been using this since forever, this is my all time favorite because it gives such great coverage! A little goes a very long way so one tube of this can easily last you months. *my color: Medium (Light Medium)

    4. Translucent powder: I add this on top of my concealer for an extra under eye setting. It helps keep my mascara from running and keeps my concealer from creasing and also helps to brighten up and contour around my eyes a little, it is just enough powder to brighten my face! 

    5. Tinted setting power: I use this over foundation for full coverage (nights out, photoshoots, events) but I love it just as much by itself! It evens out skin tone but doesn’t sink into pores or look to powdery/dry. This is also great to keep in your handbag for mid-afternoon touch ups when needed.*my color: #2 Medium

    6. Bronzer: this one is budget friendly and really beautiful. It smells amazing and I hate really shiny bronzers so love that this one has a matte finish! Also no need for blush on top of it because its not too dark.

    7. Mascara: I have been using this for years, its a go to and so budget friendly which is great because I like to replace my mascara every month for sanitation reasons. This doesn’t bleed and makes my lashes look so full and long, I love it! Also I have very sensitive eyes and this does not irritate them one bit. 

    8. Brows: I use this pot just to fill in some of the lighter patches of my brows. I already have thicker brows naturally but just to add shape and definition I use this very lightly over them! 

    9. Lips: Kopari is my lifeline and has transformed my lips, honestly. Ever since using this lip gloss my lips do not peel, do not crack and always look soft and have a perfect pout. The shine makes this one so gorgeous even without any lip color so always keep this on hand!! 

    *BONUS: my new favorite lip tint, Dior Lip Tattoo – you guys I already have two of these and I want every single color!!! This adds just enough color so you don’t feel over done and it stays on forever!! It is not thick, doesn’t dry out your lips, and you don’t even need a primer or lipliner, it just goes on so easily! *my colors: natural rosewood & natural berry

     

     

    If you take the plunge and end up trying any of these products please let me know your thoughts! I love hearing from you guys and it lets me know I am sharing content you love. Are any of these products your go-to trustees?

     

    LOVE to you all, happy new week!! 

     

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