Our Trip to the Mountain in Pictures

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This past saturday was my husbands birthday and he chose to spend it up in the mountains. We went to Green Valley Lake where we were immersed in crisp air, and a beautiful display of Autumn colors.

I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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Product of the Month: Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

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As the weather grows colder you may notice your skin growing dryer and duller. One of the ways to combat these unwelcome changes is by using a good exfoliator.

Now you definitely want to be choosey about which one you use. If you can find one that is totally chemical (no scrubbies)  that’s best, but if not search for one that boasts round microbead type scrubbies. If the little granules are rough, it will prove harsh on your skin causing microscopic scratches that lead to irritation and breakouts.

With this product you get the best of both worlds. AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHA (beta hydroxy acids) are comprised of organic acids such as Salicylic (willow tree), Glycolic (sugar cane), and Lactic (milk). So don’t let the word ‘chemical’ or ‘acid’ scare you!

For manual exfoliation this product uses nicely rounded Jojoba beads that offer hydration as well.

It doesn’t really have a smell, it bubbles up nicely, and you seriously only need a pea size amount!

You can use it up to three times a week; I would suggest in the evening because you don’t want to expose your nice fresh skin to the sun because it will burn easier. Also, do a little prep wash before you use it for better results!

It contains 6.75 fl. oz. and you can get it at Sephora for $36 or Murad’s website for the same price. I know that is ALOT of money but I’ve had this product for a couple months now and as you can see I hardly put a dent in it. So trust me, it’s worth it!

I hope you found this info helpful! Do you have any scrub favorites? Please share below!

DIY: Lace & Frame Jewelry Holder

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Settling into the house four months ago I neatly placed all my jewelry in a drawer…never to see daylight again. I’m the kind of person that if I don’t see my jewelry, I don’t wear my jewelry. But all that changed when I discovered this simple project on Pinterest (of course)!

If you’re looking for a new way to display your jewelry, or just aim to get it out of the drawer, this is a very nice and EASY option.

What you will need:

A frame (got mine at IKEA for about $26)

Lace (ribbon and material work as well)

Scissors

Hot glue gun

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First thing you do is remove the glass and paper from the frame and tuck it somewhere safe for future use with anything else you might think of!

Then you will push down all the little metal tines out of the way.

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Then you take your lace or material of choice and map out its placement.

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Next you will get your hot glue gun and start gluing the lace pieces to the back of the frame.

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After the glue has hardened trim off any excess material and there ya have it!

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I think the only downside is that if you hang objects that are a bit on the heavy side the lace will droop as you can see in some of the photos; but other than that its perfect!

A Surprising 22

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So a couple days ago I decided to celebrate the birthday of one of my dearest friends by throwing her a surprise party!

The idea came to me a couple months earlier when I was browsing Etsy for a unique gift for her. During that time I was thinking about all the things she was constantly doing for her family and friends; if you follow her blog you know what I’m talking about. She has been either the Bridesmaid or Maid of Honor in four weddings including my own in a span of four months. And owning those titles means involvement with plans and set up of not just the wedding, but the bridal and intimate (lingerie)  showers as well. And on top of that, she threw a surprise party of her own for her oldest brother!

As I was pondering all these things I thought, “What am I thinking? This girl doesn’t need a gift; she needs a party!” A party that she doesn’t have to pay for, design, or even know about; a party to thank and appreciate her for all she has done.

I kept it simple inviting close family and friends only and went with a black and white pattern theme that had punches of gold and rich purple (I chose purple because it seemed that every event she was involved in was either peach or mint). I had everyone sign a mug for her to keep, and created homemade French Macaron favors for everyone to take home!

Ok enough details. On to the pics!

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Most of the supplies I used to make the decor (which I had a BLAST doing)  were from Hobby Lobby as well as Etsy and Party City ; and the favor boxes were from Oriental Trading.

I hope you enjoyed this post and if it’s your birthday today…HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

When Duty Calls: A Survival List for Maids of Honor and Bridesmaids

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Your hair is curled, makeup done, dress is on, and all you have to do is enjoy the special moments of watching your dear friend or family member get ready to meet her groom….THEN BAM. Whether it’s a tear in her dress or a sudden bout of cotton mouth; here you will find a list to help stock your wedding day emergency kit!

#1 WATER

Pack lots of it; whether the wedding begins in the morning or evening you need to see to it that the bride is well hydrated. Now you will be tempted to buy those adorable paper straws so that she won’t ruin her glossy lips. In that case you have to be sure to bring cups as well because it’s a real pain trying to fish those out of a water bottle. I find ‘to go’ cups that come with their own straws are best, and since they have lids she’s less likely to spill.

#2 SNACKS

Nourishment is just as important as hydration; so be sure to pack healthy snacks to ward off hunger and headaches. Also choose snacks that don’t require refrigeration as those aren’t always handy.

#3 TYLENOL

Or whatever medicine you prefer for headaches.

#4 TRAVEL SIZE DEODORANT

When brides are nervous or excited and thrown out of their normal morning routine, this step is easily forgotten.

#5 FLOSS

Or whatever you use to fish out little specks of food from your teeth.

#6 BABY POWDER

This is the bride’s unsung hero! Dab it around her inner thighs (don’t be shy with the amount) before she slips on the dress or walks down the aisle to minimize moisture from sweat.

#7 SMALL PACK OF TISSUES

Aside from pre ceremony tears, you can fold a tissue up super small and all of you can hold one behind the stems of your bouquets during the ceremony.

#8 TRAVEL SIZE HAND SANITIZER  AND LOTION

#9 Q TIPS

For quick makeup fixes or just in case she forgot to take care of her ears this morning too!

#10 SEWING KIT

Make sure it has thread that matches the brides dress.

#11 BAND-AIDS

Because you never know!

#12 BOBBY PINS

#13 MINTS

#14 CHAPSTICK

I know it’s a lot but trust me, it will give all of you peace of mind and quite a bit of it will come into play throughout the wedding day!

I hope this was helpful, good luck ❤

Comment below if I forgot something!