What We Wore Wednesday

Welcome back!  It’s Hump Day, or as we prefer to think of it, Wine Wednesday!  Every Wednesday, we give you a look at what we, real and unedited moms, wear.  We think it’s so important to see actual functional style from a couple of hot mess moms.


I am opening a boutique very soon, so I have new merchandise from that.  It’s been very exciting to know that I can outfit my closet with things I have hand selected from wholesalers.  And soon, you’ll be able to grab them too!  One is in this post!

Tank: Piper Lou. Jeans: D Jeans from Marshalls. Shoes: Converse. Jacket: Target, no longer available. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Dress: Mixtape Boutique, coming soon! Boots: Coconuts by Matisse. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Turtleneck: Amazon. Jeans: Old Navy, no longer available. Boots: KMart, old AF. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.


Listen peeps…I currently cannot find my computer so I’m doing this on my phone which is annoying AF to do. Like. Let’s not even talk about adding links too. So when I find my computer I’ll come back and add links. 😘

Shirt: Online Boutique (Gypsy Clothing) Earrings : N&S Leopard

Shirt: Old Navy Lucedale T Earrings : N&S Leopard

Buffalo Check Shirt : Walmart last year Striped Tank : Target Earrings : N&S Black

Eat Happy: Kale Chips & Deviled Eggs with Greek Yogurt

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Tuesday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?

Today’s post is a joint effort. Rhonda is handling the Kale Chips and Ashley is going for the deviled eggs. 🙂

Rhonda –

I am no stranger to kale chips.  I hate the ones you can buy in the store, but have always enjoyed making them at home for a crispy snack.  When I looked over Anna’s recipe, I thought, cool… I just need to buy kale and White Balsamic Vinegar.  Easy, right?  LOL.

Truth be told, my kale chip experience was supposed to go up last week, but I have struggled to find the white balsamic.  I have gone to every store in my area.  I finally gave up and decided to use the regular balsamic that I have at home.


Listen, the recipe calls for washing and drying and cutting up a bunch of kale.  Ain’t nobody got time for that when the store sells it in giant bags already prepped.  I used to eat a lot of kale and I have never bought it in any other form.

One thing that makes cooking more enjoyable for me, along with having a drink and dancing to some loud music, is having cooking tools that I enjoy.  I recently got these copper pinch bowls at Target and am pretty much OBSESSED.  I also got a new set of measuring cups and spoons because we were missing so many.  That mixing bowl?  Yep, it’s new too because I never have any the size I need!

Anyway, these were quick to prep and they cooked in half the time, thanks to me using prepped kale.  The pieces are smaller than they would have been if I had used a bunch and cut it myself.

I have made kale chips probably 30 times, and loved them every time.  These were on another level though and I will absolutely be making them again.  I mean, I do have a giant prepped bag of kale to go through now.



Ashley –

Sooo, deviled eggs? Listen, I’m southern so I for sure love some deviled eggs. They’re like a staple in our diet around here. Granted – typically they are loaded with unnecessary things like cornbread or some other form of bread crumb BUT  we are still down with the deviled egg here in the south.

I baked my eggs instead of boiling them. Y’all – it’s so much easier. Thank you to Rhonda for introducing me to that life hack.

Besides the absence of some kind of grain being stuffed into these bad boys – Anna’s Deviled Eggs are missing that usual key deviled egg ingredient : mayonnaise.  If I had to admit any kind of apprehension when making these, it would be that I was for sure that without mayo these bad boys wouldn’t taste quite right.

I literally had an internal battle raging the entire time of… maaaaybe I could just put like a dollop of mayo in the mix. I repeatedly had to tell myself to trust Anna – cause she hasn’t let me down yet. 🙂  OH and the green onions. Cause I’m just not a raw onion (of any kind) fan. Again, I trusted Anna.

I ‘got fancy’ as Anna said and put my deviled egg filling in a zip lock baggie to dispense it into the egg halves. Why? In actuality, it was because that was way less messy than spooning it into each egg half. Also, I may or may not – ok actually I did – eat some of the filling straight from the zip lock bag when I was finished filling all my eggs. It’s so good man. So good. I didn’t even miss the mayo! Nor did I mind the green onions. I was shook.

Now, because I’m from the south I couldn’t resist sprinkling the filled eggs with some kind of red spice. Typically people use paprika – I like things real spicy so I grabbed some chili powder. To be fair, I did taste one without the chili powder and it was delicious. 🙂 So good – and so good for you cause there’s no pesky grains or sugars added to these babies.


If you want to read through our other Eat Happy posts…I’ve got them all lined up for ya!

Eat Happy: Cheese Biscuits

Eat Happy: Sausage Stuffed Mushroom

Eat Happy: Tzatziki Dip & Almond Meal Pita Chips

Eat Happy: Super Guac! & Smoked Salmon w/ Coconut Flour Blini

Eat Happy: Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches & Cheese Crisps

Life Lately

Welcome back to another review of what we’ve been up to.  Is the time change killing you today?  It’s a struggle over here for sure.

Let’s get on with it.


Life has been pretty good to me lately.  I have been able to enjoy life a little more, while still accomplishing things.  I got to check a concert off my extensive with list when Stuart and I went to see Brett Young.  It was amazing. as I expected.

The weather has been really nice and warm (until a cold front came through yesterday) so we have spent a lot of time out front playing.  I decided to take advantage of all the time I was having to spend out there watching the kids and give our front porch a makeover.  I can’t wait to show y’all what I did.  I am almost finished and will do a post about it.

I was so excited to spend time with some of our favorite people this past weekend, when we went to Wyatt’s birthday party.  Wyatt’s family is our favorite and this was our first time to go out to their farm.

My outdoor lovers had a great time running around outside without fear of being hit by a car.  We drank a little (a lot) and just enjoyed the company of our besties.

Most excitingly, I got much closer to launching my new online boutique!  My inventory has started arriving and it’s been fun to dress myself from my own store!  Stay tuned for all the info on this new business for sure.


Hey y’all hey! What’s been going on in my neck of the woods? Not to much beyond just enjoying the everyday with my littles and family. Until recently, the weather has also been nice in South Mississippi – so we have been able to enjoy the outdoors a lot.

Work is work and school is school lately. I honestly am pretty boring this life lately post….sooo I’ll just leave you with some pictures and go with that!

Mommy and Sophie beach trip one day while Coop was at school. Don’t tell him we went. 😉

Oh you know, just a bad guy mask Coop developed himself. We live in a state of constant “gunfire” and having to come up with “missions” for him to accomplish.

That? Well that’s a little swimming pool made out of a fire pit with some bubbles for good measure. 😉

Chick – Fil – A with Grammy and Ppop!

Anddd one of the many playground park adventures these two take part in.

What have YOU guys been up to?

Ashley’s Top 5 Must Have Sandals

My absolute favorite thing is to slip on a pair of sandals after having had to confine my toes to closed toe shoes for the two bitter weeks of winter that we typically get down here in South Mississippi. It’s rough man. I love living in a warmer climate. I like swimming through air so rich in humidity that you can feel the moisture on your skin. Winter air is terrible for my dry lizard skin, and my naturally cold cold feet. SO, when those blessed 70-80 degree temps return – I am overjoyed to get my feet in a pair of sandals.

Why am I telling you this? Well, in honor of the approaching Spring/Summer weather headed our way – I thought I’d share with you my top picks for some sandal staples you should get in your closet asap.

Women’s Mala Shield Espadrille Wedge Sandals – Universal Thread™

I actually already bought this sandal which is why I feel like it is worthy of making the list. Yeah, it’s pretty high, but they are actually super comfortable. I didn’t wear them hiking or anything – but for a normal the day to day life of an office worker or a warm and breezy summer afternoon day date – these guys would be perfect.

Women’s Michaela Block Heel Quarter Strap Sandals – Who What Wear™

Now, these beauties – I do not own, but will shortly. The block heel is so so hot right now. If you don’t own a pair of shoes with this block heel, what are you doing with your life?? Seriously though, I think these would be great for nights out with your best girls for some dranks and dancing.

***edit: I didn’t realize that these are unavailable for shipping and sold out in most locations…so I found some similar on the Nordstrom Website. They are definitely more expensive – but super cute and almost identical look.**

Women’s Maribella Toe Wrap Gladiator Sandal – Universal Thread™

These little pretties also already have taken up residence in my closet. I love them. I’ve worn them several times. I think you need a classic but cute pair of flat sandals that are versatile and can go with several different outfits.

Women’s Kerina Leather Braided Heeled Huarache Sandals – Merona™

I really think that the design of these sandals are another classic staple. That braided leather detail is everything.

Women’s dv Kylisa Two Band Slide Sandal

And last, but certainly not least – a pair of slides are essential in your sandal collection. Sometimes you just want/need to be able to quickly slip into your shoes and hit the road, or go check the mail, or bring the garbage can in from the road, or run out to the car for something you forgot in it. Slides are important, but definitely don’t fall into the rubber flip flop trap. These particular slides will give you the convenience of a rubber flip flop but will leave you looking a little more put together.

Anddd that is it y’all – do you revamp your shoe choices for each season? What is your must-have sandal for Spring and Summer?

What We Wore Wednesday

What up you guys? It’s Wednesday, and we are here to show you all the things (well some of the things) we put on our bodies this week. Why? For some accountability on our parts. You know, to try and get us to mix things up from day to day – not get stuck in the rut of wearing the same ole thing since we know we will be posting it here. And maybe to give you guys some style inspiration. 🙂

Sooo, happy Hump Day – and let’s get to the outfits!

Ashley –

Cardigan: Kohl’s [can’t find it online…also I should have ironed down the pockets, they are giving me extra bulges I don’t actually have] T-Shirt: Old Navy Pants: Black Jeggings Choker: Target (not available) Earrings: N&S Silver Gem

Shirt: Target Clearance (not available) Earrings: N&S Black

Jacket: Drunk impulse buy from Ross in TX LOL T-Shirt: Old Navy Pants: Jordache skinny jeans Earrings: N&S Black Cut Out

Rhonda –

Top: AmazonJeans: Target, not available. Boots: Amazon. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Top: Target clearance, not available. Jeans: D Jeans from Marshall’s. Shoes: Converse. Jacket: Target, style no longer available. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Dress: Amazon. Kimono: Hope’s. Fishnets: Local “adult” store. Boots: Amazon. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Tee: Ross. Jeans: Old Navy, not available. Shoes: Target. Cardigan: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.


Wise man Gavin DeGraw once said, “Sometimes the only way is jumping, I hope you’re not afraid of heights.”  It has stuck with me for the last fifteen years since the song “Meaning” came out.  It’s just true – you have to take a leap at times.

In the last couple of weeks, I have taken leap after leap after leap.  It’s scary, but it’s how I live my life in a way that I can be happy and not sit around wondering what could have happened.  Last week, I surprised Stuart by booking our wedding venue and today, I pulled the trigger on a new business.  It was extremely scary, but I know it’s the only way to feel like I am doing all I can.  I can’t say that something is my dream and then not take steps toward it.  It doesn’t work that way.

Dreams come true with a lot of hustle and heart, and those are two things I certainly have.  I look forward to telling you all about this new adventure… as soon as I can get my ex-husband to fix my technical difficulties, because that is not my strong suit!

When was the last time you did something extremely scary AND life-changing?

Wedding Planning: The Venue

When I last wrote a wedding planning post, we had only a date.  Then changed it – twice.  At some point, I even decided maybe I just didn’t need to get married at all.  You see, my crippling anxiety truly comes up with some idiotic problems sometimes.  Making decisions is really hard for me so sometimes I decide to just eliminate the process altogether.  That is what I did with wedding planning…just quit thinking about it.

One night, with drinks flowing, Stuart and I had a serious conversation that made me realize my hesitance to plan a wedding had led to him wondering if I wanted to be with him at all.  I quickly understood where he was coming from and immediately decided to plan a surprise for him.

Back in late summer of 2017, we had visited a craft brewery to check them out as a venue.  We loved the event coordinator, the atmosphere, the location, the aesthetics…it just felt right.  We didn’t book on the spot, but only because we wanted to make sure it was what we wanted.  Looking back, we probably should have just gone for it.

Since then, I changed the date several times and researched venues so much that I couldn’t remember a thing.  I created spreadsheets to track the information I got.  Then one day, in a moment of super appreciation for this man who puts up with me, I thought, I should just book the venue without telling him.  I told my closest friends and they all agreed that it would mean so much and, in the end, put me at ease to know that I at least have that much figured out.

As soon as I had the money together, I chose a date, paid the deposit on the brewery, signed the contract, and put together a card to tell Stuart.  I printed a portion of the contract and put it into a card.  I bought beers from the brewery for us to toast with.  When he got home and settled in, I gave him the card.  It took him a minute to process what was happening.  He was absolutely shocked and delighted.  We are now FULL SPEED planning this wedding, since it’s in November this year!


Next up, finalizing guest list, making wedding party official, and booking photography and catering!  I plan to update here along the way, because it should be interesting!


Updated Easy Everyday ‘Natural’ Makeup Look

Hey hey you guys! Happy Friday Junior! Today I’ve got an updated everyday makeup look. I originally did one several months ago, but since then I’ve converted most of my makeup to Senegence Products. Sooo, I thought it was time to show y’all what my everyday face of the day routine looks like. 🙂

I do my makeup every single day. Even if I have the once in a blue moon ‘no makeup day day’ , I will still do my brows and lashes. Cause…as you can see in that before picture – I’m seriously lacking in those two departments.

Since I do my makeup everyday and have to rangle two little children and be out the door all before 7:15 am – I tend to do the same thing most days. I like this look. It’s a noticeable enhancement of my natural features, but it’s not too much.

Alright – so first things first…and not pictured : moisturize and prime your face. I use a moisturizer that also has SPF and a pore filling primer.

Next, I slather my face in CCTM which is Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer in Light from Senegence. CCTM is life. It evens my skin tone without giving me a heavy layer of product all over my face. Also, it doesn’t transfer or come off until I remove it at the end of the night!

Then I put some color on those non existent brows. Cause: brow lives matter. I use a powder. I like a natural bushy looking brow – so that’s what I go for.

Once my brows are poppin, I use two shades from my Shadowsense collection: candlelight and moca java. Candlelight is a nude light skin tone. I use a domed fluffy brush to apply candlelight all over my lid and up to my brows. I use a smaller fluffy brush to apply moca java (a cool toned brown) all over my lid and lower lash line. Continual and repeated blending is key in this step. Make sure you buff and blend out those edges so that there are no harsh unnatural looking lines. Side note: Shadowsense is phenomenal. There is never any fall out…and it stays put alllll day.

When my shadow is blended to perfection I grab more Shadowsense in the shade Onyx to use as liner. I use a small flat brush to apply Onyx to the outer third of my upper and lower lash line. I usually smudge/smoke out the bottom lash line.

Mascara is next! Right now my current mascara obsession is the black fiber mascara from the Maybelline X Gigi Hadid collab. It really gives my wispy little lashes some volume. [I don’t have it on yet in the picture below.]

The next two parts are my absolute fave when doing my makeup: Cheeks and Lips. Why? Because they just really finish and pull together your whole look. I’m pretty sure I used this same blush in my last everyday makeup tutorial. I love it that much. It’s the Physician’s Formula Butter Blush in Plum Rose. For me, it is just the perfect cool toned natural flush for my face.

Lips are Senegence Lipsense … of course. 😉 Lipsense is the only lippie that I wear now, because it is incredibly long lasting and has healed my dry chappy lips. For my everyday, I always reach for Goddess. It is a great subtle pinky shade on me.

Anddddd, that is it you guys! This whole process usually takes me about 20 minutes from start to finish in the morning. Give or take a few minutes to account for the usual kid interruptions. 😉

I’m linking my previous everyday makeup tutorial here…if you’re curious to revisit how things have changed.

Easy Everyday “Natural” Makeup Look

If you have any questions, please drop them in the comment section!


What We Wore Wednesday: Justin McCafferty Guest Post

Hey y’all! We have a super special treat for you guys today. Normally on Wednesdays we strut our stuff and show y’all some of the outfits WE chose to wear over the past week. However, today …well today we are shaking things up a bit.

Today we’ve got a guest post by one of our mutual friends, Justin McCafferty. We met Justin through the NSNG Facebook Group that we all belong to. We bonded over a similar way of eating, and then Rhonda and I became obsessed with his artwork and flare for taking a great selfie. 😉 

But why are we dragging Justin over to the blog today, on What We Wore Wednesday? Well, as you guys know we have always wanted this to be a place for everyone. Not just Moms. And, you know,  a little bit of diversity never hurt anyone!

Justin IS a dad which means he’s got that whole cool parenting thing going for him,  but he’s also a pretty stylish human being. We thought it would be fun for our male readers, and for our female readers with boys to dress – to hear him talk about how he shops, where he shops, why he chooses the pieces he does, anddd whatever else he wants to share about his style choices.

So yeah. Take it away Justin …


Shopping as a man can be difficult. There are a lot of (poor) options out there, and navigating the waters can get you into trouble. Don’t feel like you need to shop at the upscale (insert fancy french name for ‘shirt’ here) clothing store. Most of my wardrobe comes from TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Wal-Mart, Target, and Amazon. Usually if I visit all of the aforementioned places, I’ll find 2 or 3 things. Most of the time they’ll be a bust, so make sure you have a variety of places to visit. Thrift stores are great also, many people donate items brand new, and some are from stores that just have too much inventory. Thrifting is good for shirts and pants, but please don’t buy thrift shoes, underwear or socks because…gross.

When it comes to shirts…

Shirts are what you should have the most of and lots of variety within your collection. T-shirts are fine to wear around the house, but when you go out in public, it’s nice to change it up. If you’re addicted to t-shirts, got a butt load of *great* fitting,neutral, plain (non-graphic) tees. Also, those work well as undershirts for polos and button ups. Don’t be afraid to wear a red undershirt with a nice black button up.

Make sure you’re not mixing and matching navy, black, and brown. If your button up is more monochrome (black, grey, white), don’t wear a navy or earth tone undershirt, and vice versa. If it’s something like a flannel, look at all the pattern and detail and choose your undershirt based on that. Long sleeve tees and henley (long sleeve shirt, usually thermal, with buttons at the neck) are great to have in your arsenal. If you can find the non-thermal versions, those work well in most weather because you can easily roll the sleeves up if it gets to warm. Same goes for long sleeve button up shirts, as long as the fit isn’t too tight.

Everything else is basically going to come down to a few rules so you can rotate around your shirts. Choose your shirt, then pick everything from there.

Pants: Style, Fit, and Situation Appropriateness

For your jeans, you basically want a light pair and a dark pair. Make sure not to get the plastic looking Hank Hill version from Walmart. I prefer the slightly ‘distressed’ wash, and more on the neutral side. Make sure you get your correct waist size so they’re not hanging off you, and length so you’re not stepping on them. Chinos/khakis are nice to have in formal situations, so make sure you have a nice pair in khaki and black or navy if you prefer it (just don’t mix with black, of course).

Building a Shoe Choice Baseline

People put a lot of thought into their shoes, sometimes unnecessarily so. You really only need four pair, aside from fancy wedding/funeral shoes and exercising sneakers. Two pair of boots, one neutral (brown, beige, navy), and one black.

Tennis shoes are basically the same, get a pair that will blend with neutral tones, and also a black pair. I prefer white shoes for my ‘neutral’ pair. They have lots of white shoes with pops of color, which is great if you have a wardrobe that fits that particular color. For instance, if you have a black button up with a green undershirt, feel free to wear a pair of white sneakers with hints of green, as long as the green is a match.

I stay away from really bright shoes, unless I’m shooting my new mixtape cover. If bright shoes are your thing, get those bad boys as your exercise/play shoes.  Also, when you get finished wearing your shoes, stick a dryer sheet in them to keep them fresh.

The Accessory Breakdown

Accessories can be a great way to compliment your wardrobe, but they are easy to over do.

For shades, I stick by my neutral/black rule. One pair of black sunglasses, and a neutral pair. Unless you’re actually participating in a sport, please don’t buy those weird yellow/green lens sport sunglasses. I usually choose wood frames for mine either way, they’re light and float.  Aviators are dead (give them to your dad), go with a nice simple frame that fit your face.

Belts are the same, in fact, you can get reversible belts that are black on one side, and brown on the other. Guys tend to hang on with belts for too long. Once they start to fray and fall apart, get a new one. Same goes with underwear and socks, you nasties.

I have no positive thoughts on necklaces, so we’re just going to skip that.

When it comes to the wrist, keep it simple with a nice watch or simple leather band. Don’t go crazy with the leather wrist cuffs, unless you’re auditioning to play bass with Nickelback. The best thing to put on your wrist is a watch. Watches are inexpensive on Amazon, and they have lots of variety. Get some casual ones and some nicer ones, black and neutral (or stainless steel), as always.

Rings are great if you keep it simple, don’t put too many on one hand and make sure they’re reasonably sized.

The Thing is ….

Your wardrobe won’t mean much if you’re not taking care of what you’re actually putting it on. Make sure you clean your nails, keep them trimmed, use as much lotion on as many places as you’re comfortable with. If you’re a man with a large beard, make sure it’s well taken care of and your neck area is kept under control. If you have hair issues, please don’t cling to your horse shoe or cul de sac. Embrace your baldness and shave it down to almost nothing. Smelling good is always a positive, but be easy with your cologne. Subtle is always the best avenue. You’ll never have too much deodorant, keep some with you at all times. At work, in the car, a few places at home. If you’re worried about it melting in the car, opt for the spray version (just not Axe, unless you go to the gym just to take selfies and say ‘bro’ all the time). Don’t be afraid to trim your body hair if it bothers you, a hairy back has never been anyone’s friend. It won’t make you less of a man, I do it and I only have half a vagina.


And, if that wasn’t enough Justin for you, you can click this handy dandy little link for access to all things Justin on Social Media. Make sure you peruse his shops – because, he is a fantastic artist as well as a fashion forward dude.  😉

Ludwig Van Bacon Art



Eat Happy: Cheese Biscuits

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Tuesday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?

This recipe is also made to where you can make cheese straws, which are a good ole southern tradition, but I did not have time for an extra step so I went with a good ole biscuit shape.

I hate, hate, hate grating or shredding cheese but I avoid the extra fillers in most shredded cheese if I can manage taking 5 extra minutes to do it myself.  I also happened to already have block cheese and it needed to be finely shredded, so I just went for it with my hand grater.

When I got the dough ready, I was 100% convinced that it was not done correctly and I had to just roll with what I had going on.  It was much wetter than anticipated.  These bitches smelled AMAZING while cooking.  The kids were just watching the oven, waiting for them to be ready.

When they came out, I was a little confused over how flat they were, but upon looking in a Facebook group where most of the members cook from this book, I realized that wasn’t uncommon.  The most common solution seems to be to add more almond flour, which I will try next time.

And there will be a next time, like probably tomorrow… the kids woofed them down in 30 seconds and begged for more.  Easy and delicious and they will make the perfect addition to a lot of our regular meals.