Weekend Wrap Up

September 30, 2013

This weekend was beyond fun & exhausting! I had a much needed girl's night with 2 of my favorite people Friday night.
Me, Sonia, & Lisa
Saturday we ran a ton of errands and then went to a friend's birthday party. So much fun!
Today is Bella's career day at school. She wants to be a plane/helicopter pilot just like her Papa! We were so proud of her & she rehearsed a ton yesterday!

Happy Monday!

Wanted: New Pair of Flats

September 26, 2013

Now that the weather is finally starting to cool off a bit, I decided to go through my closet and find my flats from last year. My tan flats looked great and so did my colored flats. My black ones, they looked like a dog chewed the inside of them to pieces... no bueno! So now I'm on the hunt for some new cute black flats... here's my favorites so far.
Vince Camuto Ellen
These look super soft and pretty comfy for work. I prefer more shiny flats, but these look like they would be good with jeans as well.

I love these. I'm not sure if they're too pointed, probably would have to go up a half size to be on the safe side.

I love the ankle strap on this flat. Really makes it stand out more. Super cute!



September 24, 2013

It's another mascara post... don't kill me yet!
I found this new (I think it's new?! It's definitely new to me!) Covergirl Mascara I decided to try their new Flamed Out Water Resistant Mascara...
Oh yeah, after just 2 days of use, I'm in love with it! The brush is a little kooky & it seems more comes out on the brush than normal mascaras, but it doesn't clump & it seperates my lashes and makes them look much thicker.

I'm officially obsessed!

Emmy Fashion 2013

September 23, 2013

This year's Emmy's fashions really knocked me over on how many people were dressed well & how many dresses I fell in love with! I usually pick my top 3, but this time I added a few more!
(All pics via)
Winner of the night:
Oh yeah Julia Louis-Dreyfus was my overall favorite of the night. She looked stunning! I love the simpleness of her jewelry combined with the gorgeous dress. She really outdid herself this year & it went perfectly with her new Emmy win!

2nd Place:
Connie Britton is truly one of my favorite actresses out there. Y'all know how in love with Friday Night Lights I was & I love her in Nashville now too. She looked amazing last night. Her hair was absolutely perfect with this dress!

3rd Place: 
Colbie Smulders looked so beautiful on the red carpet! Her hair, makeup, and dress were absolutely perfect for her. Well done Colby, well done!

Honorable Mentions:

Elisabeth Moss. I'll be honest, I have no idea who she is, but wow did she pull off this dress perfectly!

Heidi Klum. One word...

And my 1 miss for the entire night:

Oh Paula, your head looks like a balloon on your dress...
Look in a mirror honey...


Friday Faves-Tunics

September 20, 2013

Do you call these tunics?! Long shirts?! I have no clue but I love them! Like I said before I finally invested in some cute riding boots and skinny jeans, so now I'm on the hunt for adorable tops to go with them. Here's my faves this week:
High Expectations Top
I still adore chevron anything, especially a cute top like this! I'm in love with it!

Also super cute with black skinnies & boots! Love!

Also super cute and flowy! Ideal for the Fall!!



September 18, 2013

9 years ago today I said "I Do" to one of the best men I have ever known. We have been through so many trials and tribulations, but have never waivered in our love for each other. He's my rock and keeps me calm and sane when I need it. We are exact opposites, yet we fit together perfectly. 
Happy 9 year wedding anniversary to my best friend and the best Dad to our little kiddo.
I love you more than words can describe!



September 17, 2013

So I got a sample of Pureology's Perfect 4 Platinum Shampoo, Conditioner, Gel, & Beach Spray in the mail over the weekend and had to try it. I haven't tried to gel or beach spray because I rarely use those products unless I have a big night out, but the shampoo and conditioner were amazeballs!
They smell amazing & made my hair soft and shiny. Plus they killed any brassiness that was in my highlights! Score! They are definitely a little expensive, but worth every penny! A definite buy in my foreseeable future!

Weekend Wrap Up

September 16, 2013

It was a sad weekend here in Texas. All of our beloved teams lost their games this weekend. None so bad as the Texas Longhorns. It pains me to talk about it, but after being ahead at 1/2 time and loosing BADLY, we are at a loss of how this team is going to end up this year. But I digress...
Our weekend was pretty low key and quiet. I had to work at the butt crack of dawn (technically before dawn) so Friday night Eric brought dinner home & we watched tv. Yeah exciting stuff here!
After I got off work Saturday, we went to my neice's 1st birthday party! Olivia had so much fun, got her 1st smash cake, watched as her parents opened her gift while she played with the paper. (Exactly how Bella was her 1st birthday!) and had a grand ole' time!

Olivia & her Momma after getting washed up!
Bella was most excited for the cupcakes!

Overall a wonderful fun birthday party! Bella had kids night out at the YMCA Saturday night, so we met up with friends for dinner & to watch the Horns game. It was so much fun until the 2nd half. But we shall not discuss that anymore...

Sunday I somehow managed to get myself to the gym while Eric took Bella swimming. Have you ever worked out on a Sunday morning after indulging in beer, queso, & macaroni and cheese?! Yeah that was one of the toughest workouts EVER for me. I was dying after 2 miles on the bike & weights. Note to self: Pass on the extra beer if wanting to work out tomorrow!

Sunday night I decided to make my favorite soup. My Momma's Sausage & Mushroom Soup. It was so amazing the The Hubs and I brought the leftovers for lunch today!

Hope everyone has a happy Monday!

A 1st For Me...

September 13, 2013


It's LINKUP TIME with Jake & Holly. Never done this so this should be interesting!

My happy place...is anywhere that I can sit on a patio drink Miller Light, eat chips & queso, & watch college football. Pretty much makes for the perfect day.
Whatever happened to... regular sitcoms?! I am not a fan of much reality tv & miss the really good funny 30 minute sitcoms from the 80's & 90's. Might be why I force my kiddo to watch The Cosby Show every Saturday and Sunday morning!
So what if I.... have a kegerator in our garage?! I'll be honest, we are babysitting it indefinitely, but we love that damn thing! We've never had so many people wanting to hang out at our house on the weekends before! Which is perfect because we can drink and just walk upstairs afterwards.
E! needs a reality show about... I saw this on someone else's answers & totally agree... Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton. They seem like such an amazing, funny, down to earth couple. They would make an amazing show!
My go-to fast food meal is... when I'm dieting and working out constantly... Chicken Cobb Salad from Wendy's. It's actually pretty good! When I'm wanting something extremely unhealthy... turkey original sandwich from Schlotzsky's. Love those darn things!
You might not know that I... pretty much work with all men. I work with around 30 guys & 2 other women. Yeah you would think it's drama free, but you'd be wrong! They are actually worse than women about gossip.

The hottest quarterback in the NFL is... 49'ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. OMG he is yummy... have you seen the pic of him sans clothes floating around Pinterest? Hello!!

If I could.... blog for a living I totally would! I love writing, researching, etc. I'd be in Heaven!
Twerking is.... an idiotic thing a girl does to get guys to notice her. You know what guys notice? A girl who is sexy without trying so hard.
I think it's super gross when... people pick their teeth (and other places!) in the car. I don't want to look to my left at a stoplight and see that!

Someone needs to tell Miley Cyrus....that we get it, she's not a Disney tween anymore. But why the hell does she feel the need to show every body part she DOESN'T have to everyone?! And for the love of God keep your tongue in your mouth!!

The Good Stuff

I love blogging about makeup, hair, and things I love, but rarely do I post anything about myself, so today I want to share the good stuff...

1) Next week The Hubs and I will be celebrating 9 years of wedded bliss. We've been together for almost 14 years now, which seems like a lifetime. And trust me it hasn't all been bliss, but we're still crazy about each other & happy. That's all a girl can ask for.

2) I have a job that I actually like going to. I have crazy weird hours I work, but I work with good people & don't dread going into work every morning.

3) I have an adorable 6 year old little girl that amazes me every single day how smart she is. She says things that blow my mind & make me laugh at the same time. She starting to ask the hard questions & I only hope that I have the right answers for her. 

4) Friends. I have the most amazing groups of friends anyone could ask for. My friends I've had since high school & college. The neighbors that quickly became amazing friends that I love hanging with every weekend, even friends I don't get to see or talk to often. I'm blessed to have them all in my lives.

5) Most of all... Family. From my husband and daughter, to my brother sister & amazing dad, to my awesome inlaws. I am family to the most amazing people I've ever met. All of them including my niece & nephew, mean so much to me it's unreal. 

What's the good stuff in your life?


September 12, 2013

Okay I literally just bought this and am already in love with it...

Nivea Lip Butters

Okay I have heard nothing but good stuff about this, so I went to Walgreens and found this exact one. I was a little worried trying it because I hate cheating on my beloved Chapstick, but right when I put it on, the smell had me at hello. Plus it's super moisturizing. I think I'm in love!


My Favorite Budget Friendly Stores

September 11, 2013

I'm a huge bargain shopper. Especially for Bella's clothes because she's growing like a weed & usually grows out of her clothes or ruins them playing outside all day. I have quite a few sites I look up regularly for great clothes, shoes, & makeup for huge discounts. Here are some of my favorite sites.

This is my 1st and foremost website to find Bella some cute clothes for super cheap! They have new designers every day & have some cute clothes for Momma as well. Sometimes they even join up with Tom's and sell their shoes at discounts!

This website I found for cute and super cheap shoes. Then I really started searching and they sell clothing as well. They are really discounted and offer free shipping, the only downfall being that they usually have very limited quantity, so often you won't find your size. But if you search, you'll find plenty!

This place is amazing for finding expensive makeup for huge discounts. I always order The Balm, NYX, etc. from them. Fast shipping and also adorable clothes and shoes!

What's your favorite discount sites?

More H&M Love

September 10, 2013

I tell you, I can't get enough of H&M clothes. Maybe it's because we've only had the store here in Austin for a few months, maybe it's because you can buy online now, I don't know. What I do know is I am loving their tops right now! Here's my top 3 shirts I love from them:
Ruffled Top
Perfect for work & with a cute blazer or cardigan, also perfect for the Fall. I'm huge lover of ruffles and can't get enough of them, so this fits the bill perfectly!

Another thing I'm loving? Lace! I love a little lace embellishment on a cute top. This one is kind of edgy yet still feminine! And hello, $13?! Amazing!

Okay so let me put it out there... H&M doesn't elaborate on the names of their clothes. Simple & easy. Back to this top though, it's a little more edgy than I'm used to, but yet I love it! Maybe with some skinny jeans and boots, perfect.

Huge Fashion Find!

September 9, 2013

Let me preface this post by saying I HATE skinny jeans. I know I know, but they have never looked good on me & they make me feel like I'm going to bust out of them at any time in the near future. Plus I'm short (5'4") & they are always too long and the tight ass bottoms get caught on my feet... let's just say it ain't pretty!
Here's the thing though... I just bought these amazingly adorable riding boots...
Guess Hertlez Riding Boots
OMG so adorable & affordable!!

And now I have to get skinny jeans to fit in them... dilemma central for me!
Until I found these...

I put them on 1 size up & they fit like a glove! They are super soft, stretchy, etc. I cannot describe how amazing they were. The Hubs was waiting outside the dressing room & when I came out in them he said they looked amazing!! AMAZING!! Hallelujah!!


September 6, 2013

I went to Sephora to get some perfume last weekend & they gave me an awesome birthday gift. I mini Benefit They're Real Mascara! I have heard rave reviews about it, but never got around to trying it, so I was uber excited to take it home and try it out. Yeah I was hooked after the 1st time! It's pretty amazing stuff I tell ya!
They really find every.single.lash you have and makes them twice as long and thick. Such amazing mascara!

The whole reason I went in was to get some perfume. There was one I blogged about at least 3x on here over the summer that I was dying to smell & once I smelled it... I HATED it. It smelled horrible on me. There was a perfume I had a sample of that I used up insanely called Viva La Juicy. So I went to get some of that and found one I loved just as much Viva La Juicy Noir. They both smelled so amazing I had a hard time deciding... so I didn't! I got the duo rollerball!

Now I keep this in my handbag & anytime I need it, I have 2 amazing perfumes to choose from.


Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole

September 5, 2013

I cannot get enough of the casseroles lately! My family loves them as much as I do thank goodness! This recipe I got from EatatAliies, & it instantly became our FAVORITE casserole to date! It's so delicious I can't even describe it! It's a must try recipe! (I did change a few little things on the recipe, so click on the above link for the original!)

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Cooked and shredded chicken thighs 
8 oz. sour cream 
Garlic Salt for taste
14 Flour Tortillas
28 oz. Can of Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
16 oz. Mexican Blend shredded cheese
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2) Combine the cooked shredded chicken with the sour cream & garlic salt.
3) Set aside.
4) Pour about 1/2 of can of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the baking dish.
5) Place 4-5 tortillas on top of the sauce in a single layer.
6) Top with 1/2 of the chicken mixture.
7) Sprinkle with 1/3 of the Mexican blend cheese.
8) Our 1/3 of the remaining enchilada sauce over the cheese.
9) Repeat layers.
10) Sprinkle remaining cheese and any enchilada sauce left on the very top.
11) Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
12) Remove the foil the last 5 minutes of baking.
13) Enjoy!
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