Life Update + Short Sleeve Boxy Cropped T-Shirt

I left to North Carolina for work on Monday, July 16th.

I flew home on Thursday, July 19th to spend two days with Jax for his 5th birthday. Leaving back to North Carolina again on Sunday, the 22nd.

I had only planned on being out in North Carolina until the 31st, but here I am today, still in North Carolina on August 4th. Home sick. Missing Jax. Living out of a suitcase that only had 10 days worth of outfits in it.

…. I’m losing my job.

I have worked in my position for the last 9 years of my life. It has been nothing but rewarding for me and I have learned so much. Unfortunately, with big companies, sales and acquisitions may happen… Which is why I am where I am today.

I came to North Carolina to train an amazing new team of employees here at the new beautiful office in Raleigh. The people here are wonderful, within the company and on the outside. Southern Hospitality is a real thing. I was presented with an option to relocate here, but that was a hard pill for me to swallow. Have you ever relocated to a new state? Not only a new state, but clear across the country? Moving so far away from Utah friends and family is something I can’t really grasp.

The last two months of my life, after finding out about the relocation, have been a whirlwind. It has been full of emotions- sadness, excitement, anger, depression, smiles and tears.

I had to say goodbye to some of my closest friends and employees that I had the opportunity of getting to know. That was one of the saddest days of my life. I met some of the most amazing people in my career. I grew so much as a person. I was truly proud of what I had accomplished in life and where I was at in the moments leading up to the news I didn’t want to receive. Not many can say that of themselves.

I can honestly say I am ready to close this chapter of my life and start on the next.

But through it all, I am still a shopaholic.

So because I am living out of a suitcase, with 10 days worth of clothes, I thought I would stop in at Target and see if they had any cute items out here that I needed to buy.

AND THEY DID!

I fell in love with a new label they have called “Wild Fable“, and I must say, I AM IN LOVE! Tons of great items in this label!

Super comfy and such good quality. I will have to share more of what I bought on another post, but for now I wanted to share the Short Sleeve Boxy Cropped T-Shirt. It’s only $8!!! The quality of this shirt is amazing. It is so soft!! I love the material. It fits well and can be worn with lots of things. The sleeves and bottom are cropped/cut, so there is not an actual hem on it.

So until next time, enjoy a photo of me wearing my White Boxy Cropped T-shirt in my home away from home!

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Living Ray Review: L’Oreal Paris Ever-Pure Hair Sheet Mask

I recently have been seeing a lot of hype around the L’Oreal Paris Hair Care Ever-Pure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Masks. Whewwww, that was a mouthful!

Because of all the hype, the bloggers, and the reviews – I thought I would give it a try.

Before I get into the details about my experience with this product, I wanted to explain how my hair was prior to trying the sheet mask.

I live in Utah so the weather is very dry. I often find that my scalp is dry or that I have dandruff. Lovely… I know. I trim my hair about every 3-4 months so I like to say it is pretty healthy. I have my beloved split ends because I curl my hair pretty much every day, except for all the weekends, when I throw it up in a messy bun or braids.

So now that you know the background of my long, luscious locks, let’s talk about the sheet masks!

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First you jump in the shower, shampoo your hair and rinse. I took the sheet mask in the shower with me, but I’m sure you could just wash your hair and apply it without fully jumping into the shower.

Next, I opened up the package and took out the mask. To me, it was more of a plastic shower cap than it was a mask, but you place it on your head like a hat. The package advises you to twist your hair up and place on top of your head before applying the mask. This was the hardest part for me. Twisting my hair and trying to place the cap on at the same time was a challenge. I had to hold my hair with one hand and try to place the cap on with the other. Once I applied the cap, I pulled the sticker cover and secured the sticker to the cap to make sure it was closed tightly. Then I massaged. The hardest part of the whole application for me was getting all of my hair into the mask.

The mask has all the conditioning products inside, so you gently massage the mask on your head. The mask only needs to be on for 5 minutes. It sounded like I was crunching around a potato chip bag on top of my head.

After 5 minutes, you take off the mask and rinse out all of the goodness.

CAUTION: When you rinse your hair, your shower will become VERY slippery! When I rinsed the product from my hair, it felt like my shower was coated in conditioner! I almost slipped twice!!

The mask made my hair feel amazing. Very soft and refreshed. I also assume that I didn’t rinse all of the product out thoroughly because my scalp felt a little greasy at the top. I gave it another rinse and it seemed to be better! My fault! My hair was easy to comb through and felt soft and smooth for the next couple of days.

Would I ever use this product again? Definitely! I will probably consider using one of these once a month to give my hair the little refresher that it needs!

L’Oreal Paris also created the EverPure Sulfate Free Moisture Shampoo that I am going to try! I will post a review about it soon!

Please leave a comment and tell me about your own experience with the Sheet Masks or the Moisture Shampoo if you have tried it before!

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Shark Themed Birthday Party

I am excited to finally post some of the details of Jax’s Shark Themed 5th Birthday Party!

We had originally planned to have a Star Wars birthday party but Jaxson decided to change the theme two months before the party date. #whythough. If you know me, you know I plan MONTHS in advance for any party I am throwing, so that change was a huge challenge for me!

I chose the color scheme of white, orange, yellow, light blue and dark blue after falling in love with a Shark themed party put together by the amazing Kara’s Party Ideas. And I couldn’t have loved it more! If you hit a creative road block when trying to throw a party, make sure to check out her site! She is the definition of “goals” for any themed party!

Jax has always had a great love for sharks. Same with myself. They are such amazing creatures. So when he told me he wanted to have a Shark birthday instead of Star Wars, I was super excited! I thought it would be a super fun idea!

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This is our AMAZING shark piñata! My dad made it all from scratch and I couldn’t be more in love with it! It has been a tradition of ours (mine and my dad’s) to make a piñata every year since Jaxson’s 1st birthday!

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It’s so much fun to make our own and be so proud of the work. I have been traveling a lot for work so I am so grateful to have such an amazing Dad that is willing to help me with everything! I will be sharing a whole piece about this piñata soon!

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Best friends. Seriously?! How cute are they?!

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I also made a shark photobooth using cardboard, paint, and a red plastic table cover! It turned out so cute! Jax and his friends loved taking photos in it!

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PEEP the rainbow coral in the photobooth photo too! My dad made those using spray foam and spray paint! We had them up all over the yard to give it an extra “ocean” theme!

Here are some of my other favorite details from the party:

Invitation and Insert Card : 2 bird studios

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Shark Candy Necklaces

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Shark Suckers

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Sticky Shark Favors

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Shark Tank Bubbles

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Shark Blaster Gun

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Shark Stickers and Tattoos

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Blue Striped Mylar Balloons

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Shark Zone Balloons

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Shark Balloon

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Plates: Zurchers: Yellow, carribean blue,

Cups: Zurchers: White, orange, yellow, blue

Striped Napkins

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This past weekend was a blast! Full of family, friends, snowcones, waterslides and plenty of fun!

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Cheers to my baby boy turning 5!

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My 4th of July Favorites!

My 4th of July Favorites!

4th of July is right around the corner and I am so excited! It is one of my all time favorites for many reasons. From patriots and flags to family, fireworks and barbeques; what isn’t there to love?!

One of my favorite traditions for 4th of July is throwing on some red, white and blue! From head-to-toe and around your home, there are so many options to get you feeling more patriotic! Maybe you paint your nails red, white & blue or throw on some patriotic wear! I love it all!

Target always has and always will be my favorite when it comes to finding the perfect items for Jax to wear on the 4th. From shirts and shorts, to swim trunks and shoes; they always have it all! Below I shared some of my favorite finds this year for boys, girls, men, women and for your home!

What are your favorite 4th of July activities to do? Leave a comment below!

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11 red, white and blue favorites for Boys!

  1. Short Sleeve Button Down |2. Mickey Mouse Red, white and blue Crew Socks  |  3. Boys Americana Swim Trunks  |4. Cat and Jack Swim Trunks| 5. Flag Short Sleeve Rash Guard | 6. Star Print Tank Top | 7. Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt | 8. Red Hooded Tank Top | 9. Land of the Free Tank Top | 10. USA Graphic Tank Top | 11. Red, White and Brave T-Shirt 

 

 

 

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11 red, white and blue picks for Girls!

  1. Hair Clip Set | 2. Ribbon Pom Headband |3. Red Summer Tank Top | 4. Red Jean Shorts | 5. Americana Romper | 6. Red A-Line Dress | 7. Stars, Stripes and Flip Flops Tank Top | 8.  America Cold Shoulder Top |9. Reversible Sequin Tank Top | 10. White Romper | 11. Gladiator Sandals

 

 

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10 red, white and blue picks for men to wear this 4th of July!

  1. Americana Swim Trunks  | 2. Elastic Board Shorts  | 3. Red, White and Blue Socks  | 4. American Flag Trucker Hat  | 5. Americana Tank Top  | 6. Red, White and Blue Nike Cortez  | 7. USA Short Sleeve T-Shirt  | 8. Men’s Patriotic Dress Socks  | 9. Sneakers | 10. Land of the Free T-Shirt 

 

 

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12 red, white and blue items for Women to wear this 4th of July!

  1. Red, White and Blue Scoop Back One Piece | 2. Ruffle Crop Top Bikini Top | 3. Ruffle Cheeky Bikini Bottom | 4. USA Long Sleeve T Shirt | 5. Que Bonita Senorita Tank Top | 6. Cooler Tote Hand Bag | 7. Red Twist Front T-Shirt | 8. Rose in the USA Tank Top | 9. Blue&Red Stripe Short Sleeve Henley Shirt | 10. Star Print Tank Top | 11. Red Espadrille Sandals | 12. Red, White and Blue Nike Cortez

 

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11 red, white and blue items that are perfect for any 4th of July party!

  1. Red, White and Blue M&Ms | 2 . Tote | 3. USA Football | 4. Red, White & Blue Water Balloons  | 5. Serving Baskets |  6. Paper Latern String Lights | 7. Red, White & Blue Table Cloth | 8. Striped Outdoor Rug |9. Ice Pop Pool Float| 10. Stars/Stripes Print Paper Cups  | 11. American Flag Metal Bin

Living Ray Review: Frank Body Coffee Scrub

 I’m just going to jump right into this one.

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You may have seen all the ongoing social media hype surrounding Frank Body.

Girls and guys of all shapes and sizes taking photos with ground coffee bits all over their bodies and faces, and their bathroom too!

I literally have no other words to describe this body scrub other than, to me, it’s fantastic! I have tried lots of other scrubs in the past, but #letsbefrank (see what I did there?), this one is by far my absolute favorite.

Frank Body offers their original coffee scrub, coconut coffee scrub, peppermint coffee scrub and cacao coffee scrub. ALL OF WHICH ARE AMAZING. I have tried them all. This scrub helps me with my cellulite, stretch marks, breakouts, scars, etc. You name it, I use it for it! Frank also offers lip scrubs, moisturizes, lip tints and more! I’ve only used their body scrubs thus far, but I am sure their other products are just as fantastic!

If you, too, suffer from the items above, this might be worth a try!

“I believe no pants are the best pants and that every day is another opportunity to talk dirty.”

This product is natural, vegan and cruelty free. The blend of coffee, oils, and vitamins leave my skin feeling smooth, glowing and nourished every time I use it. I like to use it 1-2 times per week.

“ Unlike your ex, I’m non-toxic. I use natural and naturally derived ingredients. ”

What really makes Frank Body stand out to me is their particular way of marketing. Its unique, sexy, and fun! From the hashtags #LetsBFrank & #thefrankeffect to the clever quotes they have throughout their website, I think you too will fall in love with this product.

“I’m natural, naughty and ready to make you
as soft as a pug in a rug.”

Full disclosure: This product really does get dirty! My shower walls will turn into a complete mess when I use the scrub. But it does leave your bathroom with a wonderful coffee aroma that I enjoy!

“Getting dirty has never felt so good.”

I have recommended Frank to my closest friends and family, so I thought it was only right that I tell you all about it as well!

So is all the hype about Frank Body true? That it truly helps with all the annoying things that go hand in hand with the human body? See for yourself! Check out #thefrankeffect to see real results from others that have used this product. But I think the only true way to know if it works is to try it yourself!

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Wedding Guest Dress + J’s Outfit Details

Wedding Guest Dress + J’s Outfit Details

Hello!

You may have noticed on my Instagram that we had a very busy weekend! Two of our good friends got married this past weekend + Mother’s Day was on Sunday!

 

I received quite a few DMs regarding the dress I wore to the wedding and where I got J’s outfit, so I thought it would be a good idea to throw together a quick post with the details!

 

OUTFIT DETAILS: 

Dress

Heels

J’s Trousers

J’s Blazer

J’s Shoes (Old Navy, but they are sold out of the ones he was wearing so I linked another pair of adorable Oxfords!)

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As always, leave me a comment if you have any questions!

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In The Nude

I don’t know about you all, but I love being in the nude. And I’m not just talking about in my home.

TOTALLY KIDDING!…. Sort of.

But in all seriousness, I am referring to nude or neutral lips. I wanted to write a post about some of my favorite neutral lipsticks. It was really tough for me to find a good, nude lip color. Some of them went so terribly with my skin color that I ended up looking like a freakish ghost. I have a lighter brown/medium skin tone with that orange-ish undertone, so some of my personal favorites may or may not work for you. But don’t give up! Go to your local Ulta or Sephora and try on all the colors! I promise it’s super fun!  THAT IS WHAT TESTERS ARE FOR, PEOPLE! Try before you buy!

If you are on the hunt for a great Nude and like me, are having troubles finding a great neutral color for your lips, some of these might be just what you are looking for!

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HUDA BEAUTY Liquid Matte Minis Au Naturels Nude Edition: $33

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SEPHORA FAVORITES Give Me Some Nude Lip: $28

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Such an amazing set! This neutral set comes with a bunch of options so you can try different brands and find your own personal favorite. This is a great choice if you are unsure of your likes/dislikes. It goes with lip paint, gloss, lipstick and liquid lipstick. As I always like to say, find what YOU love!

 

 

TARTE Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint- Naughty Nudes: $20

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Now with any lipstick, my first words of advice are: Don’t let the color from the bottle scare you! Some might look darker, brighter, lighter, or bolder than they actually are. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY. Paint a nice line on your forearm or your wrist to see how the color looks on your skin.

When I first saw this one, it looked extremely dark brown to me. But after I tried it on, it ended up being a nice, neutral warm brown and I was in love.

 

 

 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick: $14

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KAT VON D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick : $19

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URBAN DECAY Vice Lipstick: $19

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