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Some Life Updates

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Hey hey happy Monday everybody! These photos have nothing to do with this post, the photographer from my Working With Women¬†post just sent them to me last night and I’m OBSESSED so I just had to post them haha. Anywhooo, I hope you all had fun, productive, possibly champagne filled weekends ūüôā I am still majorly cramping ( sorry if that’s TMI ) from my IUD Insertion¬†a week ago so I did a lot of relaxing around the house. On Sunday though I completely re did an old dresser and it turned out SO CUTE I want to show literally everyone I know.

I would show ya’ll right now BUUUUT this brings me to my next point…

So you know how I’ve been talking about us moving for like a month now on here? Well what happened was, our apartment lease was up at the end of June. Chris was interviewing for a bunch of different jobs all around the metroplex and we just didn’t feel comfortable resigning the lease where we lived just in case his job ended up not being near there. SO his sweet parent’s said we could move in with them until we figured it out.

We’ve been at his parents a few weeks now and thankfully we haven’t really unpacked any of our stuff ( even though I think I might actually be slowly going insane because of the clutter that’s currently surrounding me everywhere I look LOL ) because he got a job over an hour away from here and we found THE CUTEST LITTLE HOUSE EVER to rent closer to his work. So this means were moving again!

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So, back to the dresser. I have biiiiiiig plans for this little house, ya’ll. Big. Plans. I’ve never really had my own “home”. In college I lived with roommates, and yes, I got to decorate my room how I wanted to, but the rest of the apartment was always shared with other girls. Then, when Chris and I moved in together, he had actually already been living in the apartment and I just kinda brought all my stuff in and had to find places for it. This is the first space where we’ll be moving into together, at the same time, and it just feels really really special to me.

I’m seriously giddy thinking about having each of our families over for dinner and cooking for everyone, having “grown up” dinner parties and game nights with our friends, and really being able to go allll out on decorations for the holidays. Like I CANT WAIT to give candy to all the little trick or treaters in the neighborhood on Halloween and seriously don’t even get me started on my plans for Christmas because I could talk about that for forever.

But unfortunately we are not billionaires which means I unfortunately cannot buy all the furniture and decor that I want for this house all at one time. So that means re doing old pieces and making them new again, and slowly getting one room finished at a time, as we can afford it. I completely plan on bringing you guys along for the whole journey because I know I can’t be the only interior design lover on a budget out there, am I right?!

I don’t want to show photos of the dresser yet because I want our bedroom to be finished and exactly how I want it, before I photograph it and post it on here. I plan on doing tours of each room as I finish them, I cannot wait!

I just want the house to feel cozy, welcoming to guests, comfortable, and relaxing. Think plants, neutral colors with pretty light greens and lots of natural wood accents.

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OH, and before I let you guys go ( if you aren’t sick of reading this entirely too long of a post already LOL ) I have another life update! I am starting school to get my estheticians license at the end of August! YAY. You guys I don’t know why I didn’t think of doing this sooner. I just kind of had a lightbulb a couple months ago while I was getting a Brazilian and I was like “ok I’m obsessed with waxing, makeup, eyelashes, skincare, oils… all things skin… why am I not doing this as a job?????” so I made plans to do it as a job! I am obviously very excited to learn everything about everything that I’m already obsessed with. I am going to do a “weekly skincare” post with something that I learned that week at school that I think ya’ll would love.

Ok that was a lot of information. I am so just so excited about life right now and it is such a good feeling!

What are some specific home things you guys would wanna see? Please, tell!

I hope you have a great Monday evening, thank you so much for reading!

Bubbly Chit Chat – 5 Secrets

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HAPPY FRIYAY YA’LL! I decided I wanted to switch up my weekly chat’s and now I’m going to call them Bubbly Chit Chat’s instead, because I want it to feel like we are sitting down, having a glass of bubbly together & chit chatting.

For this week’s I wanted to share 5 things I discovered/have been obsessed with lately that I am loving, and just couldn’t keep secret any longer.

  1. Collagen Peptides¬†– Ok small confession, I discovered these a few months ago but with moving and currently being so unorganized, I completely forgot about them until a couple weeks ago. WHOOPS. So anyways, I’ve been mixing 2 tbs into my coffee every morning and no, I cannot taste a thing, so don’t worry about that. But you guys. It’s only been a week and my nails are noticeably stronger ( even though I have dipping powder on them, I know this because they are currently so grown out it’s horrific, but none of them have broken yet, and by this point at least two of them would have . And I totally credit that to the collagen ), my joints feel amazing ( I’ve been able to do an at home work out for the past 4 days in a row and I can’t remember the last time I did that and was pain free ), and the super fine lines that were starting to show up on my forehead look like they are being filled in and disappearing! Like I just literally couldn’t be happier. There are millions of brands of Collagen Peptides on the market currently, just make sure to do some reading before you buy. They need to be non gmo, grass fed & all natural. Super important.
  2. I found this Greek Yogurt Banana Bread recipe¬†the other day and made it with some exxxxtra ripe bananas we had laying around in the kitchen and boy oh boy was it a HIT. I replaced the flour with oat flour and used a little extra maple syrup in place of the brown sugar. I also added a shiz ton of chopped walnuts. It turned out so moist and delicious I couldn’t not share with you all in case you all felt like doing a little baking this weekend :).
  3. Just the perfect pair of Black Aviators¬†– I bought a pair of black aviators from old navy at the beginning of summer and they completely broke when Chris and I were in Florida and I had been on the hunt for a quality pair ever since. I was scrolling through Amazon and came across these and was so excited! Not only are they so affordable, they are made by a husband & wife duo who are so friendly, and they are polarized! Win, win, win. Also, ladies, my eyelashes don’t hit the lenses when they are on, which is a huge deal to me, so I’m sure I can’t be the only one. Support a small business and buy a pair of these! They are the perfect aviators.
  4. If you’re not on the Invisibobble¬†train you need to HOP RIGHT ON, let me tell ya. I get mine on Amazon, but I know Sephora & Ulta have them as well. I’ve pretty much replaced all my hair ties with these babies and couldn’t be happier. They don’t leave a crease, no matter how long they’re in your hair for, they don’t slip out, and most importantly for me, they unevenly distribute the pressure of your bun or ponytail so your hair isn’t pulling on your scalp causing headaches. TOTAL WIN. I’m seriously obsessed with these things, I’m always telling everyone I know to get them, weather they have long hair or not.
  5. Pixi Beauty Multibalm. If you are branching out into the world of wearing lipstick and aren’t sure where to start I would 230937547% recommend this multi balm. It’s a “multi balm” because it can be worn on your cheeks & lips, but it’s my fave on my lips. I personally have been using the color Wild Rose, but I’m willing to bet serious money the other colors are just as insanely gorgeous. It feels like chapstick on your lips, it doesn’t smear when you eat, drink or kiss, and it gives your lips the most gorgeous natural looking color. Plus I find that it totally makes teeth look extra white, so that’s a fun little extra. It’s a matte color, so not too overwhelming but there is just a tiiiiinsy bit of shimmer that’s just GORGEOUS. I feel like it’s the perfect product to start experimenting with wearing color on your lips!

What are some random things you guys have been obsessed with lately? Wanna share??? ūüôā

Let’s Get Real About Birth Control, Shall We?

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Hey, hey, miss TMI is in the building today, so if you’re a guy ( unless you would like some very honest opinions about birth control ) I’d say move along to the next post on here because I’m about to get down and dirty about my brith control experience.

When I started my period I was 16 and I was CONVINCED that I just got lucky enough to get appendicitis at the same exact time. My cramps were so bad that I didn’t sleep for two days, missed school, was permanently in the fetal position, but my mom just kept telling me that she had horrible periods when she was my age too, and basically that it was something I’d just have to deal with. I thought there was no way that this kind of pain could come from my period! Starting your period was supposed to be this magical experience where I became a woman or something, not THIS. Right?

Well we moved to Texas when I was 17 and not long after I was having another horrible period. We didn’t have any doctors or anything ( the joys of moving to a new state ) and my mom didn’t want to take me to emergency room so we took the first appointment we could get at an OB. Let’s just say it involved a very rude, old Russian man for the doctor, an internal ultrasound, and lot’s of crying, but we found out that I had multiple cysts on my ovaries. Thats what was causing me so much pain. He let us know that there was really nothing that could be done other than to wait it out until they popped on their own.

Eventually we found a fabulous OBGYN ( that my mom, both my sister’s and I all still go to ) and her and I decided that going on the pill continuously ( meaning skipping the sugar pills and going straight to the next pack – to skip my period ) would be the best course of action to take to control the cysts ( and the other super awesome period symptoms I was always suffering from ). Long story short, until about a week ago I had been on that pill, only having my period a few times a year.

There were times when my hormones would change and I’d start to notice my body reacting weird to the pill, so we would try something else for a few months. Over the years I’ve tried three different kinds of pills and the NuvaRing, but I would always end up right back on the same pill.

This last year, though, my hormones¬†really changed. I started having 0 energy, no matter how much I rest I got, what kind of food I was eating, how much water I drank, it didn’t matter. I could sleep for 14 hours and then take a nap. I started getting a headache every. single. day. Every single day! Sometimes they were manageable, other times they would leave me in tears in bed at 6 pm with the covers over my face because I couldn’t handle the light. Chris and I started to put together that maybe it was my birth control. I started talking to one of my best friends about it and she was kind of in the same boat, and was in the process of taking with her doctor about getting an IUD.

I knew that was the next thing I needed to try. I’m at a point in my life where I do not want all those extra hormones in my body that come from the pill, and aside from not using birth control ( which isn’t an option with my cyst situation ) an IUD is the next best option.

I met up with my doctor and we discussed all the different kinds and settled on the one that worked best for me.

A few weeks later was my appointment to get it inserted and as it got closer and closer and I got more and more nervous. I started doing a little too much internet research and really freaked myself out. Everyone says that the insertion is the most painful thing they’ve ever experienced and the contractions after the fact realllllly prepare you for childbirth. I kept thinking, well pain is relative and everyone has different experiences maybe I won’t have any pain!

Which is actually hilarious because I’m the girl who takes antibiotics and has the side effects that “1 in 209487108923 million people get” and I’m also a biiiit of a baby when it comes to pain.

Long story short, I got it inserted, passed out from the pain, basically couldn’t move or eat for three whole days afterwards and am still dealing some minor cramping, but you guys, I ALREADY notice a difference in my overall mood, my energy levels and so far not a headache in sight.

I’ll have to give ya’ll an update a few months down the road when my body has really had a chance to settle and get used to it, but I can’t see myself having any issues with this IUD.

I am a little worried that I might have some hormonal issues with my body trying to balance itself out after having those extra hormones from the pill for so many years to just suddenly not having them at all. Does anyone have any experience with this? Advice?

This is just MY personal experience with birth control. Everyone is different and everyone has different needs when it comes to birth control. I am by no means a doctor or telling you that you should do one thing, or shouldn’t do something else. DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU and what makes you feel best!

I just wanted to share my story in case there was a woman out there going through something similar, feeling alone, and not sure what to do next. You’re definitely not alone!

And PS why is it that we as women have to deal with all this?! Men have it easy LOL.

Working With Women

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of doing a photoshoot completely for fun with three fabulous women, two of whom I had never met before that day. I don’t know why but I was sooo nervous! I knew that there was no pressure and the point of the shoot was for the photographer, hair stylist, and makeup artist to practice their work and get different experiences but I was just SO nervous.

I modeled with an agency a couple years ago for about a year and didn’t love it. I met some INCREDIBLE people ( which is how I was asked to do this photoshoot actually! ) and not all of it was bad, but looking back I was mentally & physically very unhealthy and always super stressed out. Not everyone was this way, but constantly being told you are not skinny enough, then being told you are too skinny, or that your hair wasn’t long enough or the right color. Or that your left eye was bigger than your right eye, so no sorry, we can’t cast you for this shoot, really starts to wear on a girl.

You just don’t forget comments like that, or how they made you feel at the time. ESPECIALLY when those comments came from other women. And those feelings can come back to you at random, for what may seem to be no good reason at all.

It doesn’t mean you don’t have great self confidence ( because we all do, RIGHT? ), it just means that we need to shift our mindsets a little bit, and be sure we have the right people in our lives.

This post isn’t meant to be a sob story, or like an oh poor Madison post, though. This post is meant to bring up the women who are a little scared to work with other women. We’ve all had experiences that made us feel less than enough, and we probably won’t forget them, but instead of letting them bring us down, we need to replace them with experiences that bring us UP.

Which is what happened a few Sunday’s ago with this amazing team of women I had the opportunity to work with. And I now feel like I have three amazing women I get to call friends that I didn’t have before.

WE HAD SO MUCH FUN. I honestly had forgotten how much fun playing with clothes, hair, makeup and a camera could be! I realized it’s all about who you surround yourself with.

I can look at these pictures and feel so great about that day and it makes me so happy!

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And I’m not saying you need to go set up a photoshoot with hair and makeup to realize that there are other women out there who you can work with to change your bad experiences to good ones. What I am saying is that is possible to find women in whatever industry you are in, weather that’s your job, a hobby you have, or even just certain stores you like to shop at, that have a similar view that you do, that can change your bad experiences to good ones.

I know, I know, you’re like “but how am I supposed to find these women?!” I don’t have a step by step plan that can help, unfortunately. My advice is to not get discouraged! Keep putting yourself out there and meeting new people anyway, anytime that you can! I can promise you that sooner or later you will find some like minded women who probably have been looking for the same thing you have!

It’s so important to bring yourself, and the people around you UP, not down. It really just makes all the difference in the whole world.

I thought it would be so fun to include how these curls were achieved! So, I had Emily write out an easy step by step on how to achieve these curls:

PHOTOSHOOT DETAILS:

Photographer: Jami Clayman | Makeup Artist: Trish Halker | Hair Stylist: Emily Alders

If you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and need a photographer, makeup artist or hair stylist, those are your girls!!

What are ya’lls favorite ways to meet new friends?!

 

The $21 Dollar Amazon Dress You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Happy Monday! I thought we would start the week off with a little bit of my favorite summer style – DRESSES. If I could wear a dress every single day of the warmer months, I would. And by warmer months ( I live in Texas ) I mean like more than half the year haha.

I’m learning that it’s hard, though, to find cute, QUALITY dresses that don’t completely break the bank. Total summer bummer. That is until last week when my trusty Amazon addiction did me so well yet again!

I was actually searching for organic onesies for Chris’s sisters baby shower next weekend and ya know when you click on item Amazon shows other items frequently bought with that item or similar items? Well for some reason this dress popped up under similar items while I was looking at this super cute Olive You organic once.

I was immediately drawn to the fun coloring so I clicked on it on saw that it’s originally from SheIn. If you’ve never heard of Shein before I’m so glad I have the pleasure of introducing the two of you! It’s a clothing website that sells super duper inexpensive clothes that are ADORABLE. I never visit that website and don’t want to buy like 297495 things. The only iffy thing is that because the clothes are so inexpensive you run the risk of them not being of the greatest quality when they arrive on your doorstep. I’ve gotten very lucky and everything I’ve ordered from there has turned out to be awesome, but I’ve heard some horror stories as well. Basically, just gotta risk it I guess LOL.

This dress, though, is PERFECTION. You can get it from the actual site for $20, but I chose to order it for $21 from Amazon Prime because when ordering from their website things can take a few weeks to arrive, where as with Prime it arrives within a couple days.

PS Try to ignore the¬†wrinkles…. currently don’t have an iron LOL.

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Not only is it made with quality fabric, it isn’t see through what so ever, it’s super lightweight and breathable ( hi, Texas humidity ) and IT HAS POCKETS. I love that it’s color blocked, and the cut around the waist is super flattering!

Keep in mind that I am 5’10 so unfortunately every single dress I put on ( unless it’s a midi or a maxi ) looks exxxxtra short, so it probably won’t look as short as it does on me, on you. I also find that the coloring of this dress actually makes my skin look like it has a little color!

I paired it with nude sandals & a nude cross body bag and totally plan on wearing it to Chris’s sisters baby shower. After all, I did find it while searching for gifts for her :).

It would also be a cute dress for date night, brunch with your girlfriends, or even a comfy outfit paired with some cute patterned espadrilles for running errands.

Just an overall summer MUST HAVE in my opinion.

Do ya’ll love dresses as much as I do?! What are some quality, affordable brands you guys have discovered?

Updated Home Decor Wishlist

Happy Thursday! I’m not sure if I’ve shared this on here yet or not, but Chris and I are currently in the process of moving! I hate moving in the sense that packing is annoying and until you’re completely unpacked everything is just everywhere and you can never find anything when you need it. I love moving in the sense that it’s the perfect time to purge and get rid of everything you don’t need ( one of my favorite things EVER ) and I personally just kind of feel like it’s the perfect excuse to do a little redecorating ūüėČ I mean, new space new decorations, totally justifiable over here in Madison Land.

Anyone that knows me well would describe my style as “farmhouse” which I love. But sometimes I’m torn and see gorgeous rooms on Instagram that anything but farmhouse and want everything to be all boho chic with pops of gorgeous color and geometric patterns everywhere. Unfortunately the two styles just really don’t go well together ( at least not for me ) so I have to really go with what I truly love and with what works for Chris and I.

If I had my dream home everything would be wide open, white & marble with natural wood accents and hues of green with indoor plants scattered throughout the house. Chris thinks I’m nuts because “our house can’t be white” but I’m like uhhhh yes it can LOL. So finding that balance where our space feels light, open and clean, while making Chris happy with different colored accents has been a really fun challenge!

I chose the color green to add accents because I find it a very calming color. I want our home to be a relaxing space where we, and anyone that comes over, feels at home, comfortable and calm.

To add more green I’ve been on an indoor plant kick lately and can’t wait to go pick some more up when we are able to officially move in. They purify your air and can fill in an empty corner where you aren’t sure what to put there. I’m super excited and will probably do a whole post on indoor plants when the time comes.

So while I’ve been slowly going insane looking at all the clutter and boxes until we can move in and unpack ( and finally ORGANIZE the shiz out of everything ) I have been online shopping like it’s my job.

I’ve put together this collage so ya’ll can see what’s in all my online carts! Happy shopping ūüôā

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#1. Indoor Palm Plant

#2. White Plant Stand

#3.¬†Gold Framed Mirror –¬†I plan on getting two of these and putting one above each of our nightstands on the wall.

#4. Ceramic Cactus Decorations

#5.¬†Farmhouse Shelving Unit –¬†Would love to use this as a makeshift bar cart!

#6.¬†Nude Frayed Throw Pillow –¬†How cozy would this look on the bed?!

#7.¬†Nude Quilted Throw Pillows –¬†Teddy totally destroyed our other couch pillows, so perfect excuse for a new pair!

#8.¬†Clear Storage Containers –¬†Target has multiple sizes of these! I plan on using them for pretty bathroom storage for my epsom salts, cotton pads, things like that.

#9.¬†Woven Basket –¬†So cute to store extra throw blankets in for the living room.

#10.¬†Round Woven Baskets W/Lids –¬†Saw these online on Ikea and couldn’t resist. So good for bathroom storage for things you use regularly, so don’t want stuffed in a closet, but don’t want visible either, like nail polish! Ya know?

#11.¬†String Lights –¬†These will be strung across our headboard in place of lamps on our nightstands.

#12.¬†Marble Trays –¬†I want to use the small for the bathroom counter to hold the soap & toothbrush holder. I’ll use the big one as a perfume/cologne tray on our dresser in our bedroom.

#13.¬†Distressed Floral Knobs –¬†I found these at Hobby Lobby and am OBSESSED. Chris is building us some farmhouse nightstands and I’m going to put these knobs on the drawers.

#14.¬†Acrylic Drawer Organizer –¬†I plan getting a few of these. Our new bathroom has drawers under the sink instead of cabinets so these will be perfect for organizing my makeup and other things I don’t want cluttering our counter space.

#15.¬†White Clock –¬†I love this clock! I will probably re paint the numbers with this pretty light green chalk paint that I have so it goes with our other decor better.

#16.¬†Striped Throw Blankets –¬†These are only $19 from Target and they are super lightweight, soft, and perfect for the couch! I love that colors are super neutral and not too bright. I seriously can’t decide on which one I want the most!

I seriously am SO excited to move in and get my organization & decorating on! Is it crazy how happy home decor makes me? Maybe don’t answer that LOL.

I also plan on switching us from tacky plastic hangers to these gorgeous¬†nude velvet hangers.¬†They take up way less space ( hi, more room for new clothes! ) and garments will not fall off of them. I want to use the nude for my clothes and get some black ones for Chris’s clothes.

ALSO, new space means stocking up on my favorite candle of allllll time. Not only is it gold so it matches but you guys, the smell, like I wish I could bathe in it and I am not even kidding. If I could have a lifetime supply of this candle I could die a happy woman.

Do you guys love home decor as much as I do?! What are you best organization tips for moving into a new space?

My Daily Vitamin Cocktail

Vitamins! We all know were supposed to take them, BUT WHICH ONES? There are so many to choose from. And so many brands! Knowing what to take can be kind of stressful ( at least it is for me ). Luckily my boyfriend, Chris ( and his mom ) know basically all there is to know about vitamins & supplements and what to take for what bodily issue and when.

Since all of us don’t have a Chris to ask every time we have a question about a vitamin, I thought I’d share my personal vitamin cocktail with ya’ll in hopes it might help some of you.

Here is what I take & why:

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  1. BOSWELLIA: I personally have a lot of joint inflammation issues and it’s been a painful, stressful, exhausting journey figuring out what works for me and my body in terms of being able to move and use my joints normally ( without taking prescribed medication ). Boswellia is a natural growing tree native it India and is the best natural alternative treatment for arthritis. Last summer I couldn’t even go for a half a mile walk without my hips, knees and ankles freezing up for days afterwards, making normal movements very hard, leaving me in tears and serious pain. Not ideal. I take Boswellia twice a day and have hardly any joint issues! Some days are harder than others and some activities still aren’t as easy as they should be, but I attribute how much better my joints feel to Boswellia.
  2. KRILL OIL: Krill Oil is my alternative to Fish Oil ( Fish Oil gives me the grosses fishy tasting burps I just can’t handle that ), which means it has all the same awesome benefits! Packed with Omega 3 fatty acids ( EPA & DHA ) can lower cholesterol and prevent blood clots. It is also anti inflammatory ( WIN ), and can help with better digestion. It keeps everything in your body moving along just how it should be. It also eases PMS symptoms, helps your skin glow from the inside out, helps keep your hair healthy, shiny, and growing, and can even help brighten your mood.
  3. VITAMIN B Р12: Taking B 12 benefits your mood, your memory, your digestion, your skin & hair, and your energy levels. I mean, what more do you need to know?
  4. GOAT MILK PROBIOTIC BLEND: Probiotics are important for keeping your gut healthy and working as smooth as possible. There are millions of probiotics out there, I’ve been taking this one because Chris got it from Swanson’s and it’s been working great for him & I. Its formulated from happy healthy goats milk, where they are raised with no hormones, they are free to graze on pesticide and herbicide free land is formulated to ensure that the beneficial microorganisms remain active while passing through the digestive system.

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Here’s my best advice: Do. Your. Research. Listen to your body, it will always tell you what it needs! I am by no means a doctor or a vitamin specialist or nutritionist. I take what makes me feel better and would love to help someone else that may suffer from the same issues I suffer from.

What are ya’lls ride or die vitamins or supplements?! And why?

Summertime Guide To Natural Deodorants ( That Actually Work! )

I’ve spoken on here about my journey with natural deodorants before, and yes it has been A JOURNEY. I honestly didn’t even really need deodorant at all until a year or two ago ( thanks a whole lot hormonal changes #NOT ) and I knew for 100% sure that I was not going to be putting aluminum & other toxic cancer causing agents that are packed into regular deodorants straight into my glands. This only left one option – test out millions of natural deodorants until I found one I liked!

If you are curious about whether or not the deodorant you are currently using is toxic, or not, I’ve listed out the ingredients to watch out for in¬†this post here.

This blog all about honesty, and being REAL with ya’ll. Even if that means getting down & dirty.

So, the thing is, I don’t need deodorant because I sweat a lot, I need it to avoid getting that gross BO smell, especially when I’m stressed out ( I’m sure I can’t be the only one ). My armpits don’t get that wet, sweaty feeling, but sometimes they do get stinky.

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The first natural deodorant I tried was TOMS. It worked great for a couple months but then something changed and every time I applied it I would sweat like crazy. It was so weird! So I experimented and on days I didn’t wear it I had no sweat at all, then on days I did wear it, you guessed it, my armpits were like actually sweating. It didn’t stink, so it was doing it’s job in that perspective, but it was making me sweat! Not gonna work LOL.

Next, I tried Schmidt’s.. I was gifted the Lavender + Sage scent from Chris’s mom and LOVED it. However, after using it for a few weeks I began getting this horrific rash in my armpits. I mean horrific. It was bright red, covered my whole underarm area, burned, itched, all my clothes irritated it, I couldn’t shave over it because it was too painful, and my skin literally started to peel off in chunks. I stopped using the deodorant and it took like three months for the rash to completely disappear. I know that is common when first using a natural deodorant because your body is finally able to release the toxins that a toxic deodorant was keeping inside your body, but I have never even used a toxic deodorant so I knew that couldn’t be the cause. I assumed I was just allergic to one of the ingredients, even though they were all all natural. I spoke to Chris’s sister about it and she said the same thing happened to her! So I’m not sure the cause. I did try the unscented version and didn’t get a rash. So I’m guessing it was the scent. Chris uses the Bergamot + Lime¬†scent and he loves it! However, he has gotten a bit of the same kind of rash his sister & I got soooo….. maybe we’re all allergic! He still uses this brand though.

She suggested I try Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural. Total win. It’s very inexpensive, you can buy it anywhere, and it works great. As long as you don’t actually get sweaty…. I would recommend this deodorant to wear to work if you work in an air conditioned space or somewhere where no sweating is involved, because it will last all day and works great, as long as you stay cool.

So, still on the hunt, I searched Amazon and came across the brand Funkless. Not only is the name hilarious, the ingredients are so minimal it’s too good to pass up. I’ve been using it for about three months now and have had zero issues! I love it! No rash, it keeps the stink away, and doesn’t cause weird sweating issues LOL. It’s everything you need, with nothing you don’t. I mean, really though, what more could you ask for in a natural deodorant?

I’ve learned that I just have very sensitive skin and just must plan accordingly. So a fun little hack I’ve learned is that the days I shave my armpits I moisturize them with some Coconut Oil when I get out of the shower and that acts as a moisturizer, it keeps the ingrown hairs away and works just fine as a deodorant for the day! Just one more way Coconut Oil basically saves our lives everyday LOL.

Totally don’t want to jinx it but I think I’ll be able to use this one for awhile! And I’m excited about that!

REMEMBER that these are just my personal experiences and we all have different types of skin and different hormones, so you may react differently to something than I have. SO BY ALL MEANS try every single kind I’ve tried, or not, totally up to you! Just don’t let my experiences scare you away from certain brands. Make sense?

What are some natural deodorants ya’ll would recommend?

Cheers! Madison

10 Best Cooling Beauty Products For Summer

Weather you live in Texas like I do where it’s a perfect summer day if the humidity is below is 75% and the temperature is below 95 degrees, or not, we all need a little cooling boost every once in awhile during these scorching summer months. RIGHT? And since the best parts of summer involve cooling down by ¬†diving into a cold, refreshing pool & sipping a spicy margarita, that just isn’t possible for most of us since summer isn’t an actual 3 month vacation… we settle for the next very best thing: cooling beauty products!

Well I searched and searched and found the best of the best ( in my opinion obviously )! These are all things you can use in the morning, or at night, bring with you to the pool, stash in your purse for random all day use, or give as gifts to your friends with summer birthdays!

Using these products is like giving yourself a mini vacation, and you’ll love yourself for it. There really is nothing better or more relaxing in the summer than being able to actually cool off & relax.

Ok, let’s get to it, shall we?

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  1. First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller – First of all, I LOVE anything from First Aid Beauty. They just know what’s up. Second of all, this product is formulated with caffeine, sodium hyaluronate, and botanical derived antioxidants to reduce fine lines, de puff, combat free radicals, and reduce dark circles. PLUS it has a metal roller ball which is the “cooling” aspect. Sign me up for this one for sure!
  2. Hampton Sun Shimmer Cooling Spray РA spritz anywhere cooling mist that also gives you a shimmery glow at the same time? This may be the only product you need at all, all summer!
  3. Yes To Cucumbers Cooling Hydrating Cucumber Mist – I love the Yes To brand. I’m pretty proud of the fact that I have tried almost every product they have and have literally never not been OBSESSED with it. This product is no exception. I also love the Grapefruit mist. Both are even more refreshing when kept in the fridge.
  4. Hansdema Ice Roller – I’ve dedicated¬†a whole entire post¬†to this baby right here. My obsession with this is so real that I use it every single day. Not just in the summer. Not only does it help increase cell reproduction in the face and reduce fine lines ( it’s basically an at home ice facial every morning ) but you can also use it to relieve headaches, sore muscles or burns.
  5. Korres After Sun – A lotion/gel hybrid formulated with greek yogurt to be super hydrating, and super cooling for after a day spent in the sun ( especially if you keep it in the fridge )!
  6. Milk Makeup Cooling Water – I mean, honestly, you just cannot pass up the branding on anything by Milk AM I RIGHT? But not only do they have fab branding, their products are incredible. This product in particular definitely has a cult following & for great reason. It’s a seawater & caffeine infused moisturizing stick, without the thick creaminess of a typical moisturizer. Perfect for those summer days spent at the beach or the pool where the thought of rubbing thick cream into your face is just not ideal.
  7. Evian Facial Spray – This also has a cult following, especially with makeup artists. Every single time I have ever gotten my makeup done for any kind of occasion this product is involved. It’s mineral water and it’s ulllltra hydrating for your skin. In my opinion, your skin just can’t be¬†too¬†hydrated, especially in the summertime.
  8. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De – Puff De – Tox Eye Cubes – I’ve used the Peter Thomas Roth cucumber eye pads before ( and loved them, of course ) but never these pods! You freeze the pods, then pop them into something, then rub them around your eyes. I’m very intrigued.
  9. Caswell Massey Cucumber Eye Pads – More cucumber, I know, it’s just SO cooling & hydrating for that thin, sensitive skin around the eyes, I just can’t get enough! Plus this product is just too cute to pass up. Think of the cute selfies possible with these on your eyes ūüėČ
  10. The Body Shop Peppermint Foot Scrub – This product is meant to exfoliate your feet, and the peppermint makes it automatically very cooling. I’ve used it to exfoliate my legs and arms as well, and it feels AMAZING. You need to try it!

What are some of ya’lls favorite cooling beauty products? How do you guys cool off in these hot summer months?!

Cheers! Madison

Shaving Vs. Waxing ( The Bikini Zone )

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Hey hey everybody. Happy summer! Even though it’s been 95 degrees and above for about three weeks here in Texas… I love it though! People think I’m nuts, but it’s true! When we first moved here 8 years ago ( omg I cannot believe that it has been that long wow I feel old ) I kept saying how I couldn’t wait for the super hot weather. We were coming from Idaho where you definitely get all 4 seasons, which is wonderful, but it’s just a biiiiit too cold for me. Everyone told me, “oh, give it a year or two, you’ll be so sick of the summers here!” Well, surprise everyone, I’m still obsessed! The humidity can definitely be draining, but hey, that’s what the pool & a spicy margarita are for, am I right? ūüėČ

SPEAKING OF THE POOL.

Pool equal swimsuits. Swimsuits equal shaving those legs, underarms & bikini areas we may have let go of just a little bit during the winter months. Unless you are ok with letting your body hair grow free, you do you girl! And probably just skip this post and go onto the next one LOL because this post is all about getting rid of that body hair.

So, a little background, I have pretty sensitive skin. ESPECIALLY my bikini area. But I had always just shaved all my hair down there off & kind of did what I could to deal with the side effects.

And by side effects I mean horrific razor burn, huge red bumps all over the place, itchiness and redness. So NOT ideal. Especially when you’ve gotta wear a bikini where your skin down there will be shown off to everyone at the pool. And believe me, I’ve tried all the things to not get razor burn… my skin just doesn’t like razors! Even on my legs.

I started using coconut oil in place of lotion a few year ago ¬†and that did cut down on the bumps, redness & itching by a lot, but still didn’t completely get rid of it. About 2 years ago Chris and I were about to go on our first little vacation together and I was like “omg I CANT have razor burn all over the place for this trip” so I looked into waxing.

I had never even had my eyebrows waxed before so I was a total newbie. I looked up a few places online, found one I liked, and made my first appointment for a Brazilian Wax.

Yes, I was terrified, and yes I seriously considered chugging a whole bottle of wine beforehand ( but then I remembered how that makes your skin more sensitive ), but I figured it had to be better than shaving every other day so I did it!

Here’s what happens ( if you’ve never done it and you’re terrified like I was ):

You walk in, they call you back to a small private room, they give you some wipes, tell you to take your pants & panties off and clean up a little bit with the wipes, you lay down on the table, they come back in, and then it begins. You lay on your back with your legs in a butterfly position. Yes it’s awkward for a few seconds because you’re just spread eagle in front of a woman you just met, but the thing is, they are a woman as well, so it’s not like it’s something they’ve never seen before, and it’s their job, THEY ARE NOT THERE TO JUDGE YOU.

They start by cleansing the area to remove any oils, lotions or makeup that may be on the skin. Next they shake on some baby powder to really reduce irritation and protect your skin. They begin with the wax on the outside edges of both sides, then the “top” like the very very bottom of your stomach where the hair stops. They use a wooden tool to apply and spread the warm wax onto your skin, then they wait a minute or two for it to dry & harden. They quickly remove the wax with their hands. This is the key thing!! Find somewhere that uses warm wax. NOT THE STRIPS. When they have to remove the wax with a cloth or paper, it tends to remove some of your skin with it and it is waaaaaay more painful. Trust me. Then they move to the middle ( the most painful spot ). My waxer does both sides at once. ITS AMAZING. The pain is over with so quickly it’s like it didn’t even happen. Shout out to Jana LOL. Then comes the butt. The easiest part. You have to lay in kind of a strange position but I’m telling you it doesn’t hurt AT ALL. It’s last and such a relief!

I’m not going to lie to ya’ll, overall, the first one is a pretty painful experience. But the thing is, the pain lasts for the amount of time it takes them to tear the wax off ( aka maybe 3 seconds per section ) and then it doesn’t hurt anymore! It’s totally one of those things that you make waaaay worse in your head before you go and then it’s over and you’re like oh wow that was super easy.

Amazing things that happen afterwards: the hair doesn’t grow back for at least three weeks! And since the wax pulls the hair straight out of the follicle ( instead of slicing it right below ¬†skin level like shaving ) when it does grow back it’s much thinner and sparser. Your skin will be red, but it goes away within hours. You won’t have bumps, irritation, itching, or burning of any kind. Waxing also removes the top layer of dead skin cells, so you are getting exfoliation at the same time, which means your skin down there is going to be softer than it’s ever been!

YOU GUYS. BRAZILLIANS ARE LIFE CHANGING.

I’ve been getting them regularly for like 6 months now and I will never go back to shaving. Like never. It just works for me. And the even more amazing thing is, when you get them regularly ( every 4 – 5 weeks depending on your hair growth ) the hairs all start to grow in the same direction, which means its less painful every time. Literally when I go now I don’t even get nervous, I actually get excited, because it’s such a piece of cake and then I don’t have to worry about it for a month!

Honestly it’s just very efficient, way better for your skin, and a total game changer for bikini season. It’s one of my favorite things in my self care routine.

Also, Chris is obsessed as well, just like I’m sure all of your boyfriends or husbands would be too ;).

Takeaways: Find somewhere that does hot wax, with no strips. Don’t shave for three weeks beforehand. DON’T BE NERVOUS. Apply some coconut oil afterwards when you get home.

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Who else has made the switch to waxing?! I’m thinking about going all out next time and doing my legs & underarms as well. Anyone else do that? Thoughts?

Cheers! Madison

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