To All the Moms without Children on Mother’s Day

I see you. You’re trying to be happy for all of you friends and family who’s kids are making them cards and buying them pretty presents.

You’re trying so hard to not ruin this day for anyone else. You don’t want others to see how painful this day is and make them enjoy the day less. You don’t want your boyfriend/ husband/ etc to feel guilty.

Every Facebook post is a knife in your chest. You’ve been dreading this day all year and it’s just as bad as you feared. You want to lay in bed and sleep until tomorrow is here, but you can’t. Other people would know how deep your wound is if you did.

Or maybe you have other children. They want to shower you with love and you melt with each hug, but you still feel the pain of the little set of arms that won’t hug you today.

I see you momma. I may have never gone through the awful pain of infertility, miscarriage, still birth, or the death of your birthed child, but I do see you. Your strength to keep going each day is inspiring – to me and to many others.

Maybe no one knows the pain you carry inside you. Maybe you’ve never told a soul and you try to carry on like nothing is wrong. But I see you. God sees you. He sees your pain, and momma, you’re not alone. His arms are around you with every step you take today.

Be strong today, momma. You don’t have to do this on your own. Let it out. Cry, scream, pray.

You can do this momma, and I pray for you every step of the way.

Milk Free Fruity Pebble Treats

These are the kind of treats that will make people stop and stare. No, seriously, people will go gaga just looking at them. They’re simple to make, and dairy free with the use of a milk free butter.

What you need:

  • 10oz bag of mini marshmallows
  • 11oz box of Fruity Pebbles
  • Milk Free/Vegan butter

How to make:

  • In an electric skillet (or any skillet, really, though one with lower edges will make this much easier) heat 2-3 teaspoons of milk free butter
    Once butter is melted pour in 1/3 of the bag of marshmallows and allow to start melting
    Pour in about 1/4 of the bag of Fruity Pebbles and mix with marshmallows

    Once those are mixed, add in more Fruity Pebbles and marshmallows until both bags are empty *note, it’s takes longer to go slow and keep the heat low, but it makes the mixing process so much easier

    Once everything is mixed spray a nonstick cooking spray in a cake pan, rubbing it in to make sure everything is coated
    Slowly scoop in your Fruity Pebble/marshmallow mixture
    Mash down and mold your mixture your hands until it’s flat on top

    Let set for about 5-10 minutes before cutting

That’s it’s. It’s seriously that simple. You can pop them in the microwave in the coming days to make them ooey gooey once more.

*please always be sure to read the label of anything you buy that’s new, to make sure that brand hasn’t added any milk.

Milk Free Yellow Cake Mix Cookies with Icing!

I’ve been making cookies with cake mixes for years, and every time I bring them to work people are always blown away with how good they are.

To date, I’ve made several different flavors, but today’s post is all about yellow cake mix cookies. Because yellow cake is probably my favorite and these cookies are just like a small bite of yellow cake. 🤤

Here’s what you need:

  • Yellow cake mix (I use Duncan Hines)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • Vanilla icing (or chocolate)
  • Food coloring
  • Sprinkles

Yep, 3 ingredients for the cake and 2 for the icing. A lot of cake mixes and icings are surprisingly dairy free, so just make sure you check before you buy!

Okay, here’s how you make them!

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Crack eggs into large bowl and beat slightly
  • Pour in cake mix
  • Add in the oil
  • Mix together with a spoon until all ingredients are combined

  • Scoop out (I use a small ice cream scooper) and put on wax paper

  • Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on how you like your cookies. I stay closer to the 10 minute mark and let them sit on the hot cookie pan for a few more minutes. I love chewy cookies.

For the icing:

  • Heat icing (after removing the foil!) in the microwave for 7-10 seconds
  • Stir until it’s all the same consistency
  • Mix in food coloring
  • Stir until food coloring and icing is completely mixed
  • Frost your cookies and add sprinkles!

Easy Turkey Kielbasa Grillers

Link to the original post here!

It’s almost the Fourth of July and that means cookouts! Or BBQs, depending on where you live. I found the above recipe and last Sunday my sister and I gave it a shot for Father’s Day.

Let’s just say it went over really well.

Of course, no milk ingredients were used and overall prep time was about 30ish minutes.

*Please note that any products you use should be carefully inspected to make sure there is no added milk. Different brands may make their products differently.

Items Used:

  • Turkey Kielbasa
  • Bell Peppers
  • Onions
  • Red Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Paprika

Before we did anything we air-fried the potatoes, so they would be soft. Then we cut up everything but the seasoning and then put together seven different tin foil wrappers. We added a dash of olive oil and eyeballed the seasons (remember, southerners don’t measure) and then mixed everything together.

We put it on the grill for about twenty to twenty five minutes, flipping them half way through.

When they were done you just carefully unwrapped the packets and dig in!

Milk Free French Toast

Sadly, French toast is made with milk, but did you know you can substitute water or almond milk?

Let’s go!

  • 1 egg usually makes two pieces
  • Add a splash of water or almond milk, a large dusting of cinnamon, and a splash of vanilla extract (southerners don’t measure 🤷🏻‍♀️)
  • Beat the egg with the rest of the ingredients like you would a scrambled egg
  • Flop the bread into the mixture and coat both sides (don’t be stingy!)
  • Fry it up and serve it with syrup, icing, or any fruit – I used strawberries

Note: Be careful when choosing bread! Sometimes they sneak milk into the recipe! Sara Lee has some great, yummy, options!

How I Plan My Work Week Outfits

I slowly realized that picking out an outfit in the morning just wasn’t for me.

I mean, sometimes it would take me 5 minutes to figure out what I wanted to wear, and believe me, that was 5 minutes I didn’t have. So when I started a M-F job I decided that the days of frantically pulling out clothing in the mornings were gone.

And it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.

I’ve begun to take 30-45 minutes each Sunday to pull out, try on, and pair my work week outfits. Some are easy and some take a few tries, but at the end I have 5 outfits hung up together and ready to go. It still gives me options, but I know whatever I pick will work and look good. I also make sure to check the upcoming weather for the week (and make sure you check the weather of the town your job is in if you commute!) and try to plan accordingly. This way I know not to wear my suede flats if it’s raining or to plan on pants if it’s going to be a freezing cold day.

It seems like such an easy thing, like it shouldn’t have taken me this long to figure out, but I had always been stuck in the think about it in the morning group. It’s so easy to put it off or choose to not want to spend your weekend planning outfits.

Especially if you aren’t into fashion.

However, if your like me and never seem to have enough time to find something you actually want to wear, then try this routine on for size.

New Chapter

I started cleaning out my office today.

Okay, I’ve been working on cleaning it out since last week, but that was mainly just going through files and making sure everything was in order. Today though? Today I’ve actually taken things out and put them in piles to take home.

I use to fantasize about this day. I would imagine how it would feel cleaning things out knowing that I wasn’t coming back. Knowing that I was leaving behind the place that I had called my work home for 11 years.

I’ll be honest; I didn’t actually plan to leave this soon. I had taken a position last year that brought me enjoyment, and I believed that I would hold it for at least a few years. I got wear pretty dress clothes and work at a computer and it wasn’t bad at all.

It still isn’t.

But a month ago a job positing for my company’s corporate office came in and in the back of my mind I gave it some consideration, but shook my head and went on about my day. A few weeks later it felt like a big bomb went off in my head and I just knew I had to at least send in my resume. I thought, this will be a good first step. You already are getting to know people who work there, and now you can get your resume circulating. I honestly didn’t think I would get it, but low and behold I did.

I have everything labeled, sat in on interviews for people wanting my position, cleaned, swept, and organized until there really isn’t anything else left to do.

Except think.

I started here at 18 back in 2007. It has been my first and only job and it has seen me through some crazy times in my life. I’ve met the best friends I could ever ask for here, learned valuable life lessons, and most importantly, learned about who I am as a person.

It’s the ending of one book and Monday will start a new, blank, book. I’m excited, nervous, and just a little bit unsure, but the only thing in life that is constant is change. You can meet it head on or try to apply the breaks, but it will come.

I’m choosing to meet it and I hope I’m ready for the ride. ✌🏻

High End Lip Gloss Try On

We all see those lip glosses at Sephora or Ulta and wonder what they actually look like on, right? 
Please tell me it’s not just me!

Whew, good. 

Anyways, here are 7 High End Glosses without a filter and in natural light. They are listed in acending order by price, which ranges from $16.50 – $33.00. 

These are on bare lips, no lip liner!

Let’s get to it!

1) Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Woo Me – $16.50

2) bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Rebel – $18.00

3) Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Erin – $20.00

4) Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Berry Blast – $20.00

5) Nars Lipgloss in Chelsea Girls – $26.00

6) Marc Jacobs Enamored High-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer Lipgloss in Sugar Sugar – $28.00

7) Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper in Pink 001 – $33.00

And there we have it! 

The Dior, bareMinerals, and Buxom glosses do have a tingle to them, so if that’s a turn off for you then you may want to skip those. 

The wear time is pretty consistent for them all, except for the Dior plumper because I find that it has a slightly longer wear time. 

Which colors are your favs? 

Until next time! Bye guys!

Natural Eye Makeup Tutorial – No Filter or Ring Light!

Hello all! 

Today I’m gonna try out my first makeup tutorial!

We’ll be using the Tom Ford Eye Quad in Nude Dip and no falsies, only mascara!

What you’ll need:

Eyeshadow Quad – I’m using a Tom Ford quad, but you can use these steps for any quad that you have on hand. 

Eyeshadow Primer – I recommend Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, but any one that you love will do. 

A Matte Cream Eyeshadow – I love Tarte’s Confetti Cake, but any skin colored matte shadow will do. 

Eyeliner – I’m using Marc Jacobs’ Highliner Gel Crayon, but any black eyeliner pencil will do. 

Eyelash Curler

Mascara – I’m trying out Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara, but you know the drill – any will do. 

Four Eyeshadow Brushes – a big fluffy brush, a blending brush, any basic shadow brush, and a tapered brush. 

The steps:

1) Line your water line in black. Your waterline is the space on the inside of your eyelashes. 

2) Prime your lids

3) Dust a matte eyeshadow over your whole lid with a fluffy brush. This helps with the blending of the rest of the shadows. 

Your eye should now look like this. 

4) Take your lightest shade in the quad and with a fluffy brush dust it all over your lid, paying special attention to the area below your brow bone. 

5) Take the next lightest shade and put in on the bottom half of your lid – from your crease ( literally where your eye creases. If you don’t have a crease then decide where you would want it to be and make that your “crease” ) to your eyelashes. 

5) Take your second darkest color, and with a blending brush, work the color into your crease. I go from the crease to just above it. Go slow at first, as you can always go back for more shadow! It’s easier to add more than to have to try to blend out too much. 

6) Now take your tapered brush and dip into your darkest color. You’re going to want to put that color on your outer v – literally make a V on the outside of your eye. Start a third of the way up your crease and bring it to a point, and then take it to the outside third of your lashes. You’ll see that you make a V with that shade. Remember, don’t grab too much shadow at first. Build up the coverage until you get the darkness you desire. 

6) Take your blending brush and blend around your edges. Make sure that there are no harsh lines; your shadow should blend into one another. I usually just try to blend my crease color into my outer v color. 

7) Take your finger (either your middle or ring finger ) and get some of the second lightest shade. Tap that color onto the middle of your lid. This will draw the attention to the middle of your eye. 

8) Now just curl your lashes and apply mascara! 

And that’s it! You have your completed look! If you love falsies then feel free to apply them. I normally do when I go out, but I wanted this to be a natural look. 

Hope you enjoyed, and that this was easy to follow! 

Remember, makeup is fun and should be treated as such. If you don’t like how it looks the first time, then just wipe it off and start again. Practice makes perfect!

Is the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer worth the price?

There’s drug store makeup.

There’s high end makeup.

Then there’s luxury makeup.

Today I want to discuss the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer and wether or not I believe it’s worth the $33.00 price tag. 

Firstly, let’s talk about how much product you get. 

There is .20fl oz in the Dior Maximizer, which is actually .02fl oz more than other glosses, like Nars. 

Secondly, length of time it last on the lips.  

I usually put it on before I leave for work and I don’t need to reapply any lip product for at least 2-3 hours, and that’s through eating a pack of crackers and drinking water. 

In my opinion, it last longer for me than other glosses.

Next, color. 

Right now it comes in two different colors: Pink 001 and Beige Sunrise 006. I’ve only tried the pink color and it’s pretty see through so don’t expect an opaque gloss. Of course, for me I wear it with only a brow tented gel so I love that fact that it’s not pigmented. You can wear it over a lip liner if you wanted a colored look. 

Lastly, price. 

This product retails for $33.00, which is about $15.00 higher than glosses like Bare Minerals. Of course, this also contains collagen, so it’s not just the name you’re paying for. 

Item overview

Personally, I love this product. It tingles (which I love), lasts quite a while, and isn’t overly sticky. 

The instructions that comes with the product says to use every day for two weeks to see a difference in your lips. I did just that and I can honestly say I notice a difference in my lips. 

Now, don’t expect Kylie Jenner lips, because without fillers being injected it’s an impossible goal. 

However, there’s less lines in my lips and the corners are more full. I put on a very vampy lipstick earlier and I could tell a big difference in how my lips looked with lipstick. There’s not a major difference, but I can tell that I’ve been using a lip plumper. 

Top pic is before and bottom is two weeks later. 

Plus, when you apply it your lips they actually do plump up instantly. 

My thoughts

I truly love this product. I use it every morning and I honestly do feel that it’s improved my lips. The fact that it’s Dior makes my morning a little more fun. 

If you love the brand, love lip plumping glosses, or just love luxe makeup I would suggest picking this product up and giving it a go. 

If you hate anything that tingles or have no need to plump your lips then I would say pass on this product. It does come with a steep price tag so make sure it’s something you’re really wanting. 

Like I said, don’t expect a miracle. It’s not going to give you a dramatic change, so of that’s what you’re expecting you’ll be disappointed. 

Okay, that’s it! Overall I give this product a solid 5 stars and would suggest to anyone who’s been wanting to try it to go for it!