BeautyCon

beautycon beautyconLydia has now had her first major beauty convention experience.  This weekend was BeautyCon here in Lala land.  Beautycon is a crazy, crowded, fun conference for beauty brands, bloggers, and youtube sensations along with all their followers.  It’s HUGE, and getting bigger each year! Lydia was a total champ…..scared of crowds? Not this girl! She loved meeting brands, bloggers and makeup gurus…….and got her picture taken about a million times.  I should have known that her outfit would attract cameras!

The biggest debacle of the day? I forgot my camera memory card.  Then my phone died.  Thank GOODNESS for my dear friend Andrea from Boho Bunnie…….she saved the day and took tons of pictures for us!  

beautycon/ lucky brand’s newest jeans / nyx cosmetics vending machine /

beautycon/ Romper /

/ Lydia’s Instagram Onesie / Lydia’s Gold Shorts + Headband

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Date Night Makeup + Cupcake Taste Testing

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 

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date night makeupAdventures in dating with a little one…..the next episode.  I’ve been writing a lot about date nights, and how important they are once you have a baby at home.  We’ve been having date nights at home for months now, but I realized recently….we missed an important piece……the primping!  Date night in your casual daytime clothes and makeup? Not the same! So lately, we both actually get ready for date nights…..whether they’re in our backyard (like this cupcake taste testing) or we are headed out for the evening!

date night makeupThis date night makeup look utilizes some of my favorite Neutrogena products from Target (yippee for the fact that they’re friendly on the pocketbook), and was quick and easy to apply.  Think ten minutes or less and it lasted ALL night.  Can’t beat that! 

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date night makeup/ foundation / eyeliner (spiced chocolate) / mascara / powder / lips (soft raspberry) /

The inspiration for this quick and easy date night look? Hayden Pantierre’s Night Out Look video!

See? Super easy, right? One more hint……..use this link with your Target Cartwheel app to get 20% off all Neutrogena makeup!

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Target and Neutrogena have teamed up to bring a Target Beauty Concierge event at select Target stores around the country this month! Event begins August 24th.  Limited quantities available. Check with your local Target store for Beauty Concierge day and times.

Ps…..the winning cupcake from our cupcake taste testing date night? Pink Lemonade! So yummy!

730x100letitshineWelcome to Let it Shine!   Welcome to the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years, we decided to rename our link up to something we felt was a better fit.  Welcome to Let it Shine! Why the name? Because, we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine! We will be sharing our favorites each week here, and on social media! The biggest change? Monthly Inspirations!  Each month we will share some fun post ideas, one for each week.    Do you HAVE to follow the inspirations to link up? Absolutely not!  If you’d like to be considered for a feature, those will be picked from the inspirations…..check out the August lineup!  august inspirations_edited-1   Last week, we talked about Gold….and we got some GREAT style inspiration…….

favs gold/ black and gold / shiny shoes / back in black /

Another place we will be showcasing our favs? The Let It Shine Pinterest Board! We will also be posting ideas for the weekly themes….so be sure you’re following!     let it shine hashtag_edited-1   Linking up to Let it Shine? Don’t forget to link back to our blogs or share our button, thanks y’all!   still being molly    

  Now…..talk amongst yourselves……….

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I Scream for Ice Cream Giveaway

I Scream for Ice Cream Giveaway It’s giveaway time! Lydia has been loving this adorable Ice Cream outfit from some of our favorite shops…..it was the perfect attire for her first trip to the fair last weekend. So cute, right?

I Scream for Ice Cream Giveaway

I Scream for Ice Cream Giveaway

I Scream for Ice Cream GiveawayEnter to win your own I Scream for Ice Cream outfit…..perfect for your own little one or as a shower gift!

The giveaway prizes include:

Sweet Scoops – Organic Cotton Baby Shorties

Felt Ice Cream Cone Peach/Pink Baby Headband

Screen Printed Organic Onesie – Waffle Ice Cream

This giveaway is also being hosted via my Instagram account.  To gain additional entries, follow the instructions on the form below!

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Daytime Beauty Staples

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review. 

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I love seeing what other people use in their daily makeup routines…..so I’ve decided to start sharing simple, real life makeup looks every now and again.  What I can promise, they’ll always be quick and easy…..I just don’t have the time to primp that I did before Lydia arrived! Today, I’m sharing a few of my daytime beauty staples to survive the warm temperatures we’ve all been experiencing.

It’s been pretty hot here in Lala land, so I wanted to be sure this daytime look was sweat proof………we headed to the County Fair on Saturday and I wasn’t exactly planning to primp throughout the day!

 daytime beauty staples

Products:

Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation - If you following me on Instagram, you’ve already seen me raving about this foundation. It’s sheer, natural and layers beautifully!

Boi-ing Concealer - The BEST basic concealer. Ever.  It’s matte, and covers everything!

Erase Paste - Undereye circles? This is the greatest.  It even combats new baby, no sleep circles.  

Smashbox Contouring Kit - Smashbox just brought this back……and I love it!  The colors are super blendable, and the contouring guide is a great reminder.

Hourglass Ambiant Lighting Blush - Perfect pink blush.  It glows in the sunlight, and adds a pretty flush to the cheeks.

Naked Palette 1 (Buck + Naked) - The original Naked palette. Perfect browns, they’re matte…..and neutral and I wear them way too often.

Marc Jacobs Eyeliner in Ro(cocoa) - This light brown liner lasts ALL day….and I love that it’s tan instead of dark brown.

They’re Real Mascara - The perfect mascara.  Deep black, adds fringe, it’s the best!

Dove Advanced Care Deodorant: Seriously, a warm day must have! Dove’s Advanced Care Deodorant keeps you dry for up to 48 hours, and totally survived the fair heat!  

The fair was the PERFECT time to participate in Dove’s Sleeveless Summer Challenge.  Not gonna lie, I tend to cover up my arms…..but this challenge really opened my eyes……I love going bare!  Dove is challenging women nationwide to bare their arms for a chance to win a trip to New York fashion week plus a VIP Styling Session with celebrity stylist Erin Walsh.  If that isn’t motivation to go bare, I don’t know what is!

What are your daytime beauty staples?

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Gold, Karen Kane Giveaway, and Let it Shine Link Up

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goldGold print? Fringe and gold booties? I can almost feel the fall chill in the air………it’s time to think about transition pieces!

gold gold gold gold gold gold / dress c / o Karen Kane / booties c / o Just Fab / necklace /

Today I am very excited to let you know that I have teamed up with 9 other lovely bloggers to give away $500 to spend at Karen Kane!  This is perfect for back to school or for a new fall wardrobe for work.  The giveaway will run through August 18 at 12:00am CST.  The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Entries will be verified, so please make sure you’re honest.  To enter, just use the rafflecopter widget below.  And be sure you visit all of these lovely ladies’ blogs for some great fashion inspiration!  Good luck!
 

 

 

730x100letitshineWelcome to Let it Shine!   Welcome to the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years, we decided to rename our link up to something we felt was a better fit.  Welcome to Let it Shine! Why the name? Because, we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine! We will be sharing our favorites each week here, and on social media! The biggest change? Monthly Inspirations!  Each month we will share some fun post ideas, one for each week.    Do you HAVE to follow the inspirations to link up? Absolutely not!  If you’d like to be considered for a feature, those will be picked from the inspirations…..check out the August lineup!  august inspirations_edited-1   Last week, we talked about accessories….and we got some GREAT ideas! We’ve both filled our to buy lists with fun new products!   accessories/ Yosa / Kimono / Classically Simple /  

Another place we will be showcasing our favs? The Let It Shine Pinterest Board! We will also be posting ideas for the weekly themes….so be sure you’re following!     let it shine hashtag_edited-1   Linking up to Let it Shine? Don’t forget to link back to our blogs or share our button, thanks y’all!   still being molly    

  Now…..talk amongst yourselves……….

 

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Strawberry Shortcake Muffins and National Olive Oil Month

strawberry shortcake muffinsHappy National Olive Oil Month!  We all know the health benefits of olive oil, but I have to be honest I’m usually a little hesitant to use it while baking.  When Pompeian sent over a bottle of their olive oil, and challenged me to take the Pompeian Pledge…..I couldn’t wait to pick a recipe and swap butter for olive oil.  Luckily, they provided a conversion chart that is now printed and up on our fridge.  It helped to swap butter for olive oil in any baking recipe!  
My first stab at the Pompeian Pledge? These delicious strawberry shortcake muffins.  Now that I’m back at work for the year, breakfast tends to be a bit rushed.  These are perfect to grab on my way out the door…….and tasted even better a day after being baked!
strawberry shortcake muffinsIngredients:

1/3 cup Pompeian Olive Oil

1 egg

2/3 cup of milk

2 cups of cake flour

2 teaspoons of baking soda

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

1 bag of frozen strawberries, sliced (thawed)
strawberry shortcake muffinsDirections:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and sea salt. Set aside.

Blend olive oil, egg, milk.

Add dry mixture.  Stir in sliced strawberries.

Bake muffins for 25 minutes.strawberry shortcake muffinsHow will you celebrate National Olive Oil month? Why not take the Pompeian Pledge? Make the promise to switch butter for olive oil…..and you’ll have the chance to win a gift from Pompeian.  Plus, every week five additional fans who have take the pledge will win a fun prize!

Want to know how confident Pompeian is that you won’t go back? They’re teaming up with movie theaters across the country to swap popcorn butter for olive oil!  I can’t wait to taste it!

Have you baked with olive oil?

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Pompeian.

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Grace

grace” I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.”

grace grace grace grace graceI’ve been struggling with looking at outfit pictures lately.  Truth, I’m 35 years old and have a young baby.  While I’m trying my best to stay active and be healthy, bouncing back is a little harder than I thought.  But, I’m choosing to give myself a little grace here.

Those wider hips? Are wide because they carried our darling daughter for 10 months.  And they’re a perfect spot to carry her these days.

My larger than usual thighs? Carried me on daily walks for the entire pregnancy and are SLOWLY taking me back on runs…..and seem to be remembering that running means moving faster than a snail’s pace.  They also are are Lydia’s favorite place to sit.

Ironically, my arms seem stronger than ever.  Could it be lifting the baby all the time? She’s much cuter than the weights I used to lift!

So here  I am, a work in progress……and I’m choosing to enjoy each part of this “bouncing back” process.grace/ Le Breton Long Sleeved Tee c / o Popbasic / Short (similar) / Shoes (similar) / Necklace /

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Teepee

teepee“Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ” Elizabeth Stone

teepee teepee teepee teepee teepee teepee teepee teepeeAnd just like that, she’s 8 months old.  The time has flown……..she sits up, she’s trying to crawl, she eats food…….where is our baby? She’s moving at a rapid pace towards toddlerhood!

This adorable teepee from Sugar Shacks Teepees was the perfect spot for Lydia’s 8 month pictures.  Danielle really knocked this one out of the park……I sent pictures of Lydia’s room and she matched the colors perfectly! 

/ Sugar Shacks Teepees / Instagram / Etsy / Facebook /

 

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Summer Accessories + Let It Shine Link Up

 Thanks to Tommy Bahama for sponsoring today’s discussion.

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Summer vacation is (sad face) over, this is already my second week back at work!  Let me tell you, I miss those relaxing weekdays….and now am trying to pack as much relaxation into my weekends as possible!  At least I can wear my fav summer relaxing accessories to work, right?

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Whether you’re headed out for a beach vacation, lounging by the pool, or sipping an island inspired cocktail……you’re doing something important….taking a little time to recharge! Tommy Bahama is leading the charge, and reminding us all to “Relax in Style”.  With National Relaxation Day coming up on August 15th, they’ re encouraging you to take a little time for yourself.   The Tommy Bahama “Summer of Go” sweepstakes will help ANYONE to relax! From today until 8/18, they’re giving away amazing travel packages each week. At the end, one lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a Hawaiian vacation (pick me pick me pick me)!

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What would I wear if I won? These perfect summer accessories…..they’re IDEAL for any relaxing holiday!
730x100letitshineWelcome to Let it Shine!   Welcome to the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years, we decided to rename our link up to something we felt was a better fit.  Welcome to Let it Shine! Why the name? Because, we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine! We will be sharing our favorites each week here, and on social media! The biggest change? Monthly Inspirations!  Each month we will share some fun post ideas, one for each week.    Do you HAVE to follow the inspirations to link up? Absolutely not!  If you’d like to be considered for a feature, those will be picked from the inspirations…..check out the August lineup! 

august inspirations_edited-1Last week, we talked about beauty tips….and we got some GREAT ideas! We’ve both filled our to buy lists with fun new products!
 / Wedding Day Beauty Prep / My Favorite Highlighters / Sunless Tanner /

a few of our favsbeautyAnother place we will be showcasing our favs? The Let It Shine Pinterest Board! We will also be posting ideas for the weekly themes….so be sure you’re following!  

let it shine hashtag_edited-1   Linking up to Let it Shine? Don’t forget to link back to our blogs or share our button, thanks y’all!   still being molly  

Now…..talk amongst yourselves……….


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