Top 10 Skin Care Essentials For Busy Moms

So, I have to say that through motherhood, my daily makeup routine has had a major shift. Like it’s the bare bones minimum! With that I really try to focus on taking care of my skin with my skin care essentials.

You know like your mom told you to do, but you didn’t listen and went to bed with a full face of makeup on? πŸ˜‰

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10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

Salad is what I crave when summer time hits!

Once it gets hot I am not much for cooking, but for some reason my family still demands to eat. Go figure!

During the summer months I like to keep our meals on the lighter side, and the less it involves heating up my kitchen with an oven the better.

So for today’s #FridayFavorites I thought I would share 10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes.

One of my current favorites is Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad and Mango Avocado Salsa by Cafe Delites.

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

Okay, pick your jaw up off of the floor! Y’all this marinade is AMAZING, and the mango sets this salad off.

This is on constant rotation at our house, and no one gets tired of it…EVER!

If you are looking for a perfect light salad than look no further than this Tomato Basil Avocado Mozzarella salad by Julia’s Album.

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

This salad is perfect to serve up with some toasted crusty bread. It also makes a great side to go with some grilled chicken or fish.

It whips up super quick, and is a great crowd pleaser for sure! It makes a great unexpected pick for that backyard BBQ.

I love a yummy fruit salad! Like this Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad by Cooking Classy.

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

I love how versatile this fruit salad is. You can eat it for breakfast, or turn it into a healthy after dinner dessert. It also makes for a great dish to bring on a picnic.

The Honey Mustard Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado Salad by Cafe Delites is one of my husband’s favs! If it has bacon in it, he is sold. πŸ˜‰

10 Mouth Watering Salad Recipes

Y’all this salad is seriously delish. It is light but hearty, and keeps everyone in our house happy!

Another one of my summer time favorites is this Corn, Avocado, and Tomato salad by The Girl Who Ate Everything.

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

This salad makes the perfect side dish, or you can throw some shrimp or grilled chicken on it and you are good to go. I love the textures in this salad, and it just feels like summer to me.

I am seriously crushing on this Berry Orange Spinach Salad with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette by Yay For Food.

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

This salad is light, and makes as a perfect dish for a brunch or lunch. I love that I can throw this together super quick on a busy summer day.

Yes, this is another fruit salad recipe, but oh my goodness it is amazing!

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

The Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad by Fork Knife Swoon is simply delicious! She affectionately refers to it as a non recipe, and it truly is super simple. Who knew watermelon, some berries, and a little lime juice could make perfection?

If I’m craving something with a Southwestern flare, this Southwest Tortellini Pasta Salad by Tastes Better From Scratch does the trick.

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

This salad is a perfect for a Meatless Monday meal. It is another light, but hearty salad, and quenches that Southwestern craving!

Do you ever get a salty briny craving? Then this Tortellini Olive Salad by Norine’s Nest is perfect for you!

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

I have to be honest, at first this salad did not appeal to me. I’m not a huge salt person, and I do not like green olives.

But, y’all this salad is sooooo good. It makes a nice substitution to the more traditional pasta salads.

I am loving this Grilled Chicken Caprese Orzo Salad by Whole and Heavenly Oven.

10 Mouth Watering Salad Recipes

This salad is so simple, yet so amazingly yummy! The olive oil and lemon vinaigrette sends this salad over the top. It also makes a huge serving, so it’s perfect for leftovers.

I hope you enjoyed these #FridayFavorites, and make some of these recipes for your family! Let me know which ones are your favorites. XO

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3 Ways You Should Be Rocking Your Mommy Bun – #FridayFavorites

We have all seen it…the Mommy Bun. You know the mom with their hair thrown into a messy bun on top of their head?

I will be the first to admit, I was wearing this hairstyle long before I ever became a mommy. But, since becoming a mommy I sport this style ON.THE.DAILY.

This hairstyle definitely receives some mixed reviews, but I am proud of my mommy bun! When my hair goes up it means I am in mommy mode, and my focus is on my kiddos.

With that being said, I do like to mix it up a little. So today, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite ways to Rock The Mommy Bun!

Let’s start with first things first. In case you’re not quite sure how to wear the mom bun. Here is a tutorial on how to make it work for you.

3 Ways You Should Be Rocking Your Mommy Bun

One of my favorite ways to rock the mommy bun is actually by wearing two! I love a double top knot, and honestly I get a lot of compliments when I wear them.

Here is a great example of the double mommy bun. What do you think?

3 Ways You Should Be Rocking Your Mommy Bun

Another one of my favorite ways to rock the mommy bun is to add a headband. I think it adds a little something, and helps to ease a little of the hot mess sparkle. πŸ˜‰

Street Scene provides a lovely tutorial on how to create your own mommy bun headband here. Or you can buy some super cute Boho headband wraps here. They come in a 4 pack and are under $10! What is not to love?!?

3 Ways You Should Be Rocking Your Mommy Bun

My new favorite that I have been rocking a lot lately, is the half top knot. I feel like it shows that his mama has still got it, and stands out just a bit from the crowd of yoga pants and mommy buns. πŸ˜‰

3 Ways You Should Be Rocking Your Mommy Bun

I hope some of this week’s #FridayFavorites for mommy buns inspire you!

Here are some of my Top Picks to help you achieve ultimate Mommy Bun status. πŸ™‚

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#FridayFavorites – This Mommy’s Must Haves For The Beach

It is starting to get H-O-T outside, and that means one thing…Summer is coming.

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With the upcoming summer season I thought it would be fun to focus on some of my favorite beach themed #FridayFavorites. I am really excited about this list, and hope that you enjoy it too! So, let’s dive in! (Pun totally intended πŸ˜‰ )

One of my beach must-have’s is a beach caddy stake. If you have never heard of them, they are an absolutely ingenious invention of a one stop beverage, phone, and sunglass holder that you spike into the sand.

Y’all, they are seriously amazing! So simple, but a total game changer. No longer do you have to worry about your drink spilling or rolling, and no sand getting into your phone.

You can get your hands on one of these amazing caddy stakes here.

I need to take a time out to admit that I love Pottery Barn Kids…I mean like obsession level love Pottery Barn Kids! Please tell me that I am not alone…no really please so I can convince my husband that I am in fact not the only one!

I #lovemyPBK for so many reasons, but staying on the beach topic, have you seen their beach towels? I mean, come on!!! So stinking cute!

Since PB Kids is super awesome, you can even personalize the towels with your precious kiddo’s name! They have a ton of perfectly sweet and cute options, so shop your heart out.


We all need sunscreen to keep our skin protected from those rays. When it comes to my babes I really try to do my research on what will work best, and have the safest ingredients for our family. Here are some of my favorites.

California Baby Super Sensitive SPF +30 Sunscreen Fragrance Free

This sunscreen is thick, so you only need a little, and it truly is fragrance free. I absolutely love its coverage, and it is great for the whole family.

Sunology Kid’s and Baby Safe Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

I seriously love this sunscreen! It is super safe for the whole family, and has excellent coverage. It is also fragrance free, and works great with sensitive skin…which is perfect for my little girl’s super sensitive skin.

What are some of your beach time favorites? I would love to hear from you, so please share! Β Leave me a comment below!

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#FridayFavorites

Hello my darlings! I hope that you have had a fantastic week!

I have been one busy mommy. Along with the daily mommy duties, of you know making the world go round… our youngest has been cutting her back molars. Let’s just say she is not taking it well, and neither one of us is getting much sleep.

Through the chaos and caffeine, I have still been able to find some new favorites. I mean, I always have time for favorites! So with that, let’s get this list started! Enjoy! XO

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Hello my darlings! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!Β If you are like me, then you are still recovering from all of the festivities. πŸ˜‰

This was the first year that I prepared the entire meal (excluding the turkey) by myself, with maybe a few ‘cheats’. But, I have to say I enjoyed every minute of it. Being able to provide a wonderful homemade meal for my family makes this mama’s heart smile.

This week’s #FridayFavorites list includes some super fun finds. I am featuring some fantastic shoes, my absolute favorite pair of leggings, and adorable PJ’s that give back.

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Hello my darlings! It has been yet another crazy week for this busy mama! I have been working slowly but surely on getting my ducks in a row.

Preparing for the upcoming holiday, school functions, family and friends, the endless list of ongoing projects, errands, cleaning the house, and keeping this bunch fed…I’m spinning just writing this!

I am sure that all of you can relate, so let’s all collectively take a much needed break. Sit back, relax, and check out my latest list of #FridayFavorites! Enjoy XO

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Top 3 Books Your Kids Will Love – Kids Ages 3-7 – #FridayFavorites

I just love a good book, especially a good book for my kiddos! So, I thought I would share my top 3 books that your kids will love.

My kiddos just love these books, and I think you will too!

These books are funny and interactive…which means ZERO boring! πŸ˜‰

It can be tough as a mommy to get those kiddos actively wanting to read. And, let’s face it, if we wait until the end of the day to read…we are just plain tired!

It is so important to keep those little ears and eyes engaged from beginning to end. So, that is why I wanted to pick some great books that not only will the kids love reading, but YOU will too!

My first book on my favorites list is Let’s Play by Herve Tullet.

Top 3 Books Your Kids Will Love Ages 3-7

I love, love, love this book! Herve Tullet uses an interactive concept in his works Let’s Play, and the NY Times bestsellers Mix It Up, and Press Here. He proves that there doesn’t always have to be an ‘app for that’. These books will keep children entertained, and excited about reading!

Top 3 Books Your Kids Will Love Ages 3-7


Top 3 Books Your Kids Will Love Ages 3-7This is just a glimpse of the wonder that Let’s Play provides! You will love seeing the kids light up while reading, and play go hand in hand. These 3 books together would make a lovely Christmas, Holiday, or birthday gift for a special child.

Top 3 Books Your Kids Will Love Ages 3-7

My next book on my favorites list is The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. If you happened to watch a little show called The Office, then you may remember the character Ryan, as in Ryan and Kelly. Ryan was played by B.J. Novak, and Kelly was played by Mindy Kaling…whom I adore!

Top 3 Books Your Kids Will Love Ages 3-7

The thing I love most about this book is that Novak proves that you don’t need pictures to excite our kiddo’s minds.

He shows them that words can be just as exciting! And, this book is super funny. Your kids will get a kick out of watching, and hearing you say some pretty crazy things.

We absolutely love this book in our house!

Top 3 Books Your Kids Will Love Ages 3-7

The next book is Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz. This is the companion book to The Three Ninja Pigs.

In this book the Big Bad Wolf is tired of getting ‘beaten’. Ever since the Three Little Pigs have opened their dojo, it seems everyone in town has the ninja moves.

Surely Little Red Riding Hood, and her little old grandmother will make the perfect prey…or will they?

This book is a fun, and exciting spin on a classic tale. It takes a light hearted look at choosing peace, which is a fantastic life lesson for the little ones! It also hones in on some girl power…which I adore!

You should definitely add all of these books on your To-Do list. Your kids will absolutely love these books, AND you will too! πŸ™‚

Pardon me, while I go make some crazy noises while I read The Book with No Pictures for the 1000th time. P.S. It doesn’t even get boring for ME to read! πŸ˜‰

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