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2017 GIFT GUIDE SERIES: For The Plant Lover

Hi ya’ll! Hows everyones November’s going so far? I personally am THRILLED just thinking about everything that’s happening these last weeks of 2017, and a big huge part of that is of course Christmas! I figured that I cannot be the only one who likes to be a psycho type A organized freak and get their shopping done, like, yesterday, soooo I am starting my gift guide series super duper early this year!

I’ll be sharing a gift guide for every possible type of person on your list, so tell your friends, tell your cat, tell you grandma, Bliss And Bubbly is going to be the place to browse for your holiday shopping this year, people!

Since Chris and I moved into our little rental house I’ve totally turned into a plant lover. I mean, I always kind of have been a plant lover but never really had the space for any plants. Now that I do have the space I’m going a little plant crazy and have to reign myself back in sometimes because we don’t need to be living in a green house, ya know LOL.

So for this first gift guide I thought I would share some ideas for the fellow plant lover in your life! Enjoy!

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  1. Bunch Of Dried Lavender – In my opinion, this would be a good gift for any woman in your life. It’s a perfect addition to a nightstand or a desk for the perfect pop of relaxation. Plus, it just looks gorgeous.
  2. Succulent Ornaments – I mean, how cute are these?! No explication necessary if ya ask me.
  3. Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig – I’ve wanted a Fiddle Leaf Fig for QUITE SOME TIME NOW. I’ve done some research, though, and the more friends I ask the more I’ve decided going with a fake one might be the best option. I guess they die super easily?! Anyways, Fiddle Leaf Figs, real or fake, are just gorgeous plants and would look fabulous in any plant lovers space!
  4. Wooden Bottle Holder – These are just so cute! Perfect holder for those dried Lavender stocks mentioned in number 1 🙂
  5. Dried Lavender – Dried lavender is seriously just a plant lovers must have. You can sprinkle some into a bath for an instant spa night at home, you can use it as an air freshener, you can add some to a spray bottle of distilled water and make your own Lavender facial toner. The possibilities with dried lavender are really just endless!
  6. Gold Herb Markers – Every plant lover is also an herb lover and these golden herb markers are just too chic to pass up. They would totally dress up any indoor herb garden.
  7. Grow A Cocktail Kit – Best idea ever! In this kit you can grow your own mint, basil, lavender and few other herbs perfect for cocktails. It also comes with really delicious cocktail recipes!
  8. Natural Wooden Planters – How gorgeous would that Fiddle Leaf Fig look in one of these planters?!
  9. Plant Dad Mug – Because not all plant lovers are women, right?!
  10. Cactus Pillow – This would look so cute on a desk chair, on a bed, on a couch, basically anywhere. Perfect pillow for a plant lover.

Happy shopping everyone! What are some super specific gift guides ya’ll want to see?? Let me know!!

 

My Picks From the Magnolia Hearth & Hand Collection

IT’S THE DAY WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR. Well I don’t know about “we” but I definitely have been waiting for this day LOL. The day that the Magnolia Hearth & Hand Collection is available at Target!

I put together a collage of my top 9 picks and I’m just wondering… would it be bad if I asked for literally all 9 things for my birthday so that I would have them in time for Christmas? I’m just going to go with no because I really really want all 9 things and I am not ashamed.

I just wanted to wish everyone happy shopping! 🙂

 

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It’s all so great, right?! I think my top two faves are the gold rimmed plates and the knit cream & green throw blanket. What are some ya’lls picks?!

Skincare Tip Of The Week: Extractions

So, as you all know ( or if you don’t, now you do! ) I am attending night classes at a local cosmetology school getting my estheticians license. It’s my dream/goal to own my own spa one day, and to also get some sort of medical license as well so I will also be able to offer injectables, like Botox. Anyways! I started school about two months ago so I’m definitely still a newbie but let me tell ya’ll I am OBSESSED with every single new thing that we learn. Like even the really boring stuff like every single layer and cell of the skin, which actually wasn’t boring once I learned it, is just all so exciting to me. It’s crazy how once you start doing what you are really passionate about how everything is just awesome! Ya know?

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When I started school I thought it would be really fun to incorporate what I’m learning into my blog somehow and to be able to share some of the really useful things with ya’ll. So we have SKINCARE TIP OF THE WEEK. I’ll post these every week and hopefully ya’ll love them!

This week I wanted to talk about extractions aka popping EVERYTHING on your face/body. I don’t know about ya’ll but I am and always have been obsessed with popping everything I possibly can on myself and on pretty much anyone else who let me LOL. It’s honestly never grossed me out. Also, don’t even get me started on Dr. Pimple Popper videos. The woman is my hero, ok. When I started school one of the things I was most excited for was learning how to CORRECTLY extract pimples.

There is a lot more to it than I thought. First of all, let me just tell you guys, I KNOW how hard it is not to pop a pimple when you finally see that little white head come out to say hi, but you should really really really try to hold off and go see a professional. Even if you’re using professional tools, you can severely damage the skin cells around the blemish and even cause scarring.

But since I know we don’t live in a perfect world, and I definitely haven’t been one to wait for the professionals ( until now ) I know ya’ll are still going to get your pop on SO here is what you need to know.

Step 1: You need to open up those pores! Take a warm shower with lots of steam, or you can soak a washcloth in hot water and press that onto your face for a couple minutes. It’s super relaxing and will feel like an at home spa treatment.

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Step 2: Spray your skin with a rose water or a toner. Extractions won’t be easy if the skin is dry and/or tight.

Step 3: If you are going to be using your fingernails, DON’T. Just please, please, do not. Fingernails are one of the dirtiest areas on your entire body and piercing your skin with all that bacteria into an already infected area is just a recipe for disaster. Your two options are: Q tips or extraction tools.

Step 4: Since you are at home, not with a professional, I highly, highly recommend using Q tips. If you are not properly trained in the use of extraction tools, you could also cause scarring without even realizing it. All you do with the Q Tips is press in a downward, then an inward motion on either side of the blemish. You don’t have to do it hard! Since you’ve steamed your face and opened up those pores, if the bacteria is ready to come out, it will come out pretty easily. Wipe away anything that comes out with a piece of toilet paper or a tissue. Never use your fingers!

Step 5: Once you’ve popped your blemish it’s very important to disinfect the area. My personal favorite is to use pure Tea Tree Oil on a clean Q tip and dab it on the blemish and the skin surrounding it. Tea Tree Oil is antibacterial and will help keep any bacteria extracted from the blemish from spreading to any pores in the same area.

Step 6: Try your very hardest not to pick at it once it begins healing! The skin is an amazing organ and you need to try to let it do it’s job. It will heal itself back to it’s gorgeous normal self in no time, don’t you worry!

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There we have it folks. How to properly extract a pimple. I hope I’m not the only one completely obsessed with this LOL.

Any questions?? Anything I missed? Wanna just chat & say hi? Leave me a comment or come see me on my Instagram!

Sweater Weather

So, if you didn’t know, I live in Texas, and even though it is the end of October it is still 80 – 90 degrees every single day. Which is amazing, don’t get me wrong, because I highly dislike being cold, buuuuut I do wish that it would just get down into the sixties so I could wear my sweaters! All my Texas girls know how it is!

Since everyone doesn’t live in Texas though, and a lot of you have wonderful beautiful amazing Fall seasons with weather chilly enough to break out your sweaters in October, I thought I would live vicariously through ya’ll and share a little sweater weather guide. These are all the sweaters that I currently wish I could be wearing LOL so I hope ya’ll enjoy!

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Belle sleeves, fringe, faux fur, off the shoulder, kitty cats, lace ups AND ruffles? I mean the trends this year couldn’t be anymore just beyond perfection. Don’t you all agree?

I JUST LOVE SWEATERS YOU GUYS. So so so so much. Have ya’ll found any sweaters this fall that you just cannot live without?!

 

Homemade PSL ( The Easy Way )

Hi hi! Wow I honestly can’t believe how little time there is in a day. Between this blog of mine, my job during the day, school at night and somehow trying to keep up with all the relationships in my life and I don’t know find time to eat…. IT’S NUTS OVER HERE YA’LL. But thats ok, it will all be worth it when I’m a practicing esthetician with my own spa one day very soon. I mean, how exciting does that sound?! But, I just wanted to formally apologize for not posting last week. I pinkie promise I will never let it happen again, ok? Ok.

So anywhoo, one of my all time favorite things about fall & the whole Holiday season in general ( besides EVERYTHING ) is all of the fun festive coffees for sale everywhere. The thing is, I’m not a millionaire, which makes spending $5 on a fun festive coffee every morning a liiiiiittle difficult. And we all need coffee, especially on a Monday, am I right?

SO last year I was just browsing through Trader Joes ( because seriously that’s one of my favorite ways to de stress I’m not even kidding ) and I saw their cute little jar of Pumpkin Pie Spice. I just had to buy it. I started to putting it in my coffee every morning and oh my god ya’ll, it tastes just like a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

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Glasses: Zenni. Kitty Cat Mug: Anthropologie ( a gift from my best friend last year! But still in stock! )

If you don’t happen to have a Trader Joes near you I’ve noticed they sell different brands of Pumpkin Pie Spice at other grocery stores like Kroger and Target as well. Or you could just make it super easy on yourself and order it on Amazon :).

Literally ya’ll, all I do is brew my coffee like normal in our coffee pot, pour cream into my mug ( we like to use heavy whipping cream or coconut creamer, it’s just so much creamier and yummier than half and half, i know it’s not very healthy but i don’t careeeee LOL ) pour in the coffee, and then sprinkle kind of an obnoxious amount of Pumpkin Pie Spice on top. Bam! Homemade PSL, basically for free.

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I have more festive coffee hacks like this for winter drinks as well, so be on the lookout for those coming in a few weeks. That reminds me, like can ya’ll believe October is basically over?! What?! This year is flying by.

What are ya’lls favorite fall coffee drinks?! Have you tried the Pumpkin Pie Spice trick?

 

Favorite Fall Lipsticks

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Hi hi! Life has just been too crazy lately. Do you ever feel like life is just flying by and you’re just standing there watching it in front of you blur on by? THATS HOW IVE BEEN FEELING. Every single night I say “there is seriously just not enough time in the day” but it’s ok because it’s FAAALLLLL! Which means it’s the beginning of my favorite time of year! October, November and December and my favorite months. I love the colors, the decorations, the smells, the flavors, the energy. Everything that Fall & the holidays have to offer, I love to soak right up.

A huge part of that is the fall fashions & trends. I am most definitely an “autumn” in terms of the colors that look best on me so I get so excited for all the new fall trends each year. To me, fashion is clothes, accessories and makeup. They all work together to give you a complete look.

Last year I decided to start wearing lipstick ( I know, just a liiiiitle late to the party on that one LOL ) and my obsession ( and collection ) has grown lots since then. I tend to gravitate towards the more natural pinks and mauvey colors for all year round as they usually go with everything and always look good with my hair color, but this fall I’ve been LOVING more purpley/berry shades as well!

These are the shades I’ve been wearing on REPEAT and I added a few that are on my wishlist for this fall as well. Enjoy!

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Lip Number 1: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the color Baci.

Lip Number 2: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the color Milan.

Lip Number 3: Pixi By Petra Multibalm in the color Wild Rose. Liner: NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner in the shade Whipped Caviar.

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Lip Number 4: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the color Milan. Liner: Dior Lipliner Pencil in the color Diorette.

Lip Number 5: Pixi By Petra Mattelast Liquid Lip in the shade Really Rose.

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Lip Number 6: Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in the color Passionate.

The balm that I put on first no matter what, every single time that I wear lipstick is this Dior Lip Glow in the shade Pink. It adds the perfect amount of moisture and keeps the lipstick on all day without cracking. It’s pretty amazing, I’m not going to lie to ya’ll. It also works as it’s own lipstick with nothing on top of it because it’s just the prettiest shade of pink ever. It’s like your natural lip color but times 10, ya know?

The one lipstick that is on the very tippy top of my wishlist is MAC Lipstick in the shade Plumful. It looks like THE PERFECT fall shade that would match everything!

What are ya’lls favorite lip colors for fall? You know I’m down to try some new ones 🙂

 

Super Quick, Easy, Healthy Weeknight Dinner Idea

Happy Monday! I trust everybody had a fabulous weekend filled with love & bubbly. Last week I did an Instagram Story while making my favorite taco salad before heading to class and I got a few messages asking for the full recipe. Sooo, I thought since it’s Monday and who really has time to cook a full dinner anyways, I would share it with ya’ll today!

What You’ll Need:

  • A head of Organic Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 can of Black or Pinto Beans
  • 1 can of Organic Sweet Corn
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 large Organic Tomato
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 pound of Natural Grass Fed beef
  • The ranch dressing of your choosing
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Black Pepper

 How To Make It:

  1. Sautee the ground beef in a pan lined with coconut oil ( or non stick spray/oil of your choosing ). When beef is about halfway cooked, sprinkle in some taco seasoning. Personally, I like the low sodium kind!
  2. Wash all veggies & open the can of corn and can of beans.
  3. Chop romaine to desired size, place in large bowl.
  4. Strain fat/grease from the cooked ground beef and pour it over the lettuce in your large bowl.
  5. Chop the tomato and dice the avocado.
  6. Evenly pour the beans and corn over the ground beef.
  7. Place chopped tomato on top of the beans and corn.
  8. Add the diced avocado.
  9. Drizzle entire bowl with ranch dressing.
  10. Juice the lime on top of the ranch dressing and sprinkle with a little black pepper.

TA DAAA. Dinner is served! Or lunch :). How easy is that?! Only 10 steps? I’ll take that any day of the week, but especially Monday. This recipe serves about 4 and only takes about 20 min total to prepare and cook.

If anyone makes it, let me know how it turns out! What’s your favorite quick, easy, healthy weeknight dinner?

DIY Coffee Scrub Aka Cellulite Blaster

DIY_coffee_scrubI don’t want to make some crazy assumption here… but I’m pretty positive that we all have a little bit of cellulite somewhere on our bodies. I guess it’s just a kind of a part of being a woman?

Personally, I’ve found that even when I am working out very regularly and eating like a total champ, I still have this little section of cellulite just right underneath my butt cheeks. TOTALLY ANNOYING.

I’ve read for years about how using a coffee scrub on your effected areas ( when combined with eating healthy & exercising of course ) can help drastically reduce the appearance of your cellulite. But is it true?? Could it really be that easy?

Well, I figured why don’t we all try it out together and find out for ourselves?!  I scoured Pinterest for the best DIY coffee scrub recipes to come up with my own that resulted in this:

DIY Coffee Scrub Aka Cellulite Blaster:

1/2 cup of brown sugar.

1 cup of coffee grounds ( don’t use decaf!! )

3 tbs raw organic coconut oil.

All you do is combine these ingredients together and store them in a glass container. I keep mine in my shower so it’s convenient to use every day.

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How it works:

Cellulite is formed when fat cells push into the skins middle layer, pulling on the connective tissue, causing the dimply look. It’s appearance can be effected by diet, hormones, metabolism, even the thickness of your skin.

The antioxidants and caffeine in the coffee dilate & stimulate your blood vessels, which in turn, tones & tightens your skin and tissue. The sugar further exfoliates the dead skin cells away, while the coconut oil gives you a healthy dose of plumping and hydration.

Apply your scrub in small circular motions to the affected areas for a few minutes each day. Think of it as giving yourself a nice little caffeinated massage. Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry.

That easy! If you’d prefer to just buy a scrub instead of making it yourself, this is one of the best ones I’ve found.

So let’s all do this together for a few weeks then report back here to see if it helped?!

Also, even if you are not a sufferer of cellulite, regular exfoliation of the skin on your entire body is very important! Using a coffee sugar scrub will not only make you feel like you are majorly pampering yourself, it will wake up your senses, and help your skin be the healthiest it can be.

Total WIN WIN WIN in my book.

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What are ya’lls favorite ways to exfoliate? Has anyone tried a coffee scrub for cellulite??

Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies With A Lemon Glaze

Hey hey! I thought we could celebrate the summer months coming to an end ( even though the Texas weather definitely has other plans LOL ) with one of my favorite dessert recipes. These cookies are semi healthy, minus all the butter… fruity and easy peasy lemon squeezy! See what I did there 😉

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I discovered this recipe on Pinterest and have kind of changed a few things and made it my own. The original recipe calls for 2 whole cups of sugar – one cup of regular, one cup of brown. Instead, I do half a cup of coconut sugar and half a cup of brown sugar. The two other changes I made are a tsp less vanilla, and a lot more oats then it calls for. You can make the original recipe, or my adaptation, either way, you are about to have a major dessert HIT on your hands! The cookies only take about 30 minutes total to prep & bake and will make your house smell seriously mouthwatering.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder ( preferably aluminum free, Trader Joes brand is a good one! 😉 )
  • 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of Coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3 – 4 cups of Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 – 2 cups of Organic Blueberries
  • 1ish cup of powdered sugar
  • Juice of 1 – 2 whole lemons

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk your flour, baking soda and salt together in the small bowl, then set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and both sugars in a mixer until lightly fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  5. Stir in the flour mixture by hand using a rubber spoon or spatula, then gently mix in the oats and blueberries, careful not to break any of the berries.
  6. Roll dough into twoish tablespoon sized balls, and place about 1 1/2 inches apart on your baking sheet.
  7. Bake for about 12 minutes.
  8. Cool the cookies ON the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack.

Lemon Glaze Directions:

  1. Mix together powder sugar & lemon juice until you reach your desired consistency.
  2. Drizzle onto cooled cookies.

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TA DAAA. You made delicious cookies that everyone in your life is about to be obsessed with!  Also they are great for breakfast, because ya know, blueberries & oats… 😉 #yourewelcome

Any questions? What are ya’lls fave summer dessert recipes?

 

Fall Wardrobe Wishlist

Happy Monday! Guys, my whole pinterest has been nonstop fall/holidays. The people who follow me are probably like “uhhh does this girl know it’s still August or….?” LOL but I just can’t help it! Fall is & always has been my favorite season! And every single year I have the same amount of excitement.

This year feels different though. I think it’s because Chris and I have our own little house now and I get to seriously let my decorating flag fly as high and as crazy as I want it to!

One of my favorite parts about fall though is the clothes *insert heart eyes emoji here* because if I’m being completely honest I just really don’t like summer clothes. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I adore dresses! But shorts, tank tops, etc, just not my thing, ya know? Sweaters, boots, jeans, scarves, though…. YES PLEASE. I don’t know what it is but I always just feel prettier and more myself in the fall. Is that totally crazy? LOL.

So today I put together a nice little fall wardrobe wishlist of what’s currently in all my carts online. It’s kind of a disaster and all over the place, just like my brain at the moment. I’m just so excited and had such a hard time narrowing it down! I hope you all enjoy! 🙂

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  1. Wine Pullover Sweatshirt – It’s a weird dream of mine to own a Wildfox sweater and this one just screams MADISON for very obvious reasons… lol. Plus its such a great color for fall.
  2. Vici Dress – OK if ya’ll haven’t been shopping this brand YOU ARE NOT LIVING. Every single thing on website is amazing, stunning, gorgeous. The brand is perfection. I am obsessed and want literally everything. Somehow I narrowed it down to a few for this post, but just be warned if you visit this website you’re going to want everything!
  3. Mustard Lace Up Sweater – I love anything that laces up and I love anything mustard yellow for fall. This color looks so good with black & leopard! Obsessed.
  4. Camo Drop Shoulder Sweater – I have been loving camo lately and I think this would look so cute dressed up a little bit with black jeans and heeled booties or dressed down with leggings by the fire for a night in!
  5. Vici Off The Shoulder Sweater – Another Vici item, another obsession. Olive green is MY COLOR ( maybe one of the reasons I love fall clothes so much! ) and how cozy is the off the shoulder look?! Another piece that would look amazing dressed up or down.
  6. Rose Ruffled Sweater – I am really into ruffles this season, and this rosy color is the perfect transitional hue from summer to fall. Winner all around!
  7. Black Distressed Madewell Denim – I mean these are the literal perfect black distressed jeans. Need I really say more?
  8. Tan Ribbed Sweater – I love the wide ribbing, the open sleeves and the color. Would work with a leopard scarf and booties perfectly! I can see it in my head now :). Perfect for when it’s just chilly enough, ya know?
  9. Tortoise Shell Sunnies – I love love love big matte black sunnies and big tortoise shell sunnies for fall. They just match everything! And look so chic.
  10. Too Faced Natural Eyes Pallet – DREAM COME TRUE in an eyeshadow pallet. I have dark brown eyes and neutral colors look best on me. For those of you that don’t have brown eyes, neutral colors look amazing with all fall clothes! Such a fun time of year to experiment with makeup too!
  11. Olive Green Duster – I just love a good duster. This one seems lightweight enough to be just warm enough and would add so much chicness to any outfit you put on!
  12. Vici Cream V Neck – VICI DOES IT AGAIN. I mean how comfy does this look?! And with layered gold necklaces?! Fall perfection.
  13. BP Black Ribbed Boatneck Pullover – BP is suuuuch a good, inexpensive brand for sweaters! They are so comfy, have the perfect fit, and stay in perfect condition no matter how many times you wash them.
  14. Camel Cashmere Sweater – Camel & Cashmere. ( I feel like I should have named my blog that… haha ) Two fall staples in my opinion!
  15. Leopard Slides – How cute are these?! I love leopard ( really anytime of year ) for fall! It matches with all the colors and adds a little pop anytime you want it.
  16. Dainty Gold Chokers – The perfect addition to any outfit, really.
  17. Fuzzy Leopard Sweater – More leopard, what can I say 🙂 but seriously how cozy does this look?

 

What’s on ya’lls fall wish lists?!

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