A List of 13 Firsts and Lasts

Hey Hey and H A P P Y F R I Y A Y!  And this is no regular Friday you guys – it’s Friday the 13th which is always fun. 😉 We thought we’d do a little play on this fun holiday and keep it nice and light around here by giving you a list of 13 Firsts and Lasts to entertain you.

We’ve got a list of 13 things – and we’re going to spill the beans on when the first time we experienced or did them was followed by the last time we did or experienced that thing.

This should be fun, and feel free to play along in the comments!

    1. When was your first/last kiss?
      Ashley – I’m thinking like a kiss kiss..like a makeout kiss… Sooo my First was sometime in the spring of 2003  when I was 17 or 18 and my  Last wassss like three weeks ago. Lol
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      Rhonda – First kiss was 6th grade and last kiss was last night.
  1. What was your first/last job?

    Ashley – my first was Mcdonald’s and my last is my current job at a moving company.
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    Rhonda – Day Care teacher was first and currently a boutique owner.
  2. First/Last car accident?

    Ashley – my first was on the way back to college during my freshman year. I merged and my blind spot wasn’t clear so I clipped a lady next to me. My last was sometime last year in the Starbucks parking lot. As I was backing out of my parking space so was the car directly behind me and we collided.
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    Rhonda – In the 11th grade, I ran my car off a dark back road and walked away lucky as fuck. My last car accident was when a young girl side swiped me at the gas station in 2012.
  1. What’s the FIRST thing you do in the morning and the LAST thing you do at night? Ashley – the first thing I do is get up and go grab a wash cloth to go clean my face. The last thing I do is check my phone and set it down.
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    Rhonda – First thing in the morning I pee, last thing at night I check my phone – repeatedly.
  2. What was the first/last traffic violation you received? Ashley – A speeding ticket was my first and the last was I think when I got a ticket YEARS ago on the way home from Hattiesburg for an expired inspection sticker.
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    Rhonda – The first time I was stopped, I was in high school and was pulled over for a rolling stop – and my dad passed by and laughed at me.  The first time I actually got a ticket though was for speeding in college.  I honestly don’t remember the last time I had a traffic violation.
  3. From where did you get your first and last paycheck?

    Ashley – I guess this is kind of redundant…but my first was from Mcdonald’s and my last from my current job.
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    Rhonda – My first paycheck was from the day care I worked at in high school.  My last one was from KEEP collective, where I sell jewelry.
  4. What was your first/last pet?

    Ashley – my first pet was a little black dog that I can’t even remember the name of which is horrible! And my last was the dog that my parents have. She was supposed to be Mine…but then I realized for sure I’m not an animal person and I went away to college so now she’s basically like my other sister
    since my parents claimed her. LOL——————————-
    Rhonda – My first and last pets were both dogs.
  5. When was the first/last time you got engaged? (this is funny because we’ve both been engaged multiple times – one of us more than the other. 😉 )
    Ashley -the first time was in 2007 to my then boyfriend…the last time was 2008 (I think) to a different boyfriend. Obviously neither of those panned out cause I’m still not married.
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    Rhonda – The first time I was engaged, I was in 1999.  The last time was in December 2016.
  6. When and where was the first/last time you gave birth?

    Ashley – First time was in 2013 at Ocean Springs Hospital…and second was in 2015 same place.
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    Rhonda  – The first time I gave birth was in 2006, in Hattiesburg, MS.  The last time was in 2014, in Gulfport, MS.
  7. Who was/is your first and last best friend?

    Ashley – my very first best friend was a girl I went to elementary school with whose name was Ashleigh. And my last is a tie between Rhonda and my Sister.—————————–
    Rhonda – 
     My first best friend was Peaches and my last and current best friends are Ashley and Nicole.
  8. First CD you bought and last song/album you purchased? (cause know ain’t nobody buying CDs on the regular anymore ) Ashley – the first CD I bought was Savage Garden in like 1997. The last song/album I purchased was a Light Up the Moon album. I also pay for Amazon music unlimited monthly  so I don’t have to buy most individual songs or albums.
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    Rhonda –  The first time I received music was actually a CASSETTE of the Beastie Boys.  First CD I bought myself was Green Day Dookie.  The last song I purchased was Dan + Shay f/ Kelly Clarkson, Keeping Score.
  9. What was your first/last cellphone?

    Ashley – Goshhh my first was this little blue Nokia back when I was 16…so in 2001 (ish). And my last is an IPhone X.
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    Rhonda – My first cellphone was a bulletproof Nokia when I went to college.  It was for emergencies only but was free to talk after 9 pm! My last phone is  an Iphone 7s.
  10. When was the first/last time you got on a plane?


Ashley – my first was when I was like 9 or 10? I’d have to ask my mom. We flew to PA  to visit my aunt. And the last time  was flying home from the –DFW.
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Rhonda – The first time I got on a plane was when I was pregnant in 2005. The last time was in 2017 for a trip to Orange Beach.


Anddd there you go guys  – now you know just a little more than you probably wanted to about us. 😉 Hehe We want to know more about YOU though. Please, share some of your first and lasts with us!

Eat Happy: Coconut Crusted Shrimp

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Thursday 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?


When I saw that I was going to be making shrimp, I was excited because I love shrimp, but I have also never actually cooked it myself, so there was some intimidation there.  After reading Ashley’s shrimp experience from last week, I was really not looking forward to peeling and deveining them.

Luckily, Kroger had the hookup.  Sure, they were more expensive, but it was a price I was willing to pay to avoid that nasty task.

I was expecting this to be a stressful meal to make, just out of shear intimidation.  However, I poured some tequila, turned on the music, and got to it.

Like pretty much all recipes where you bread or crust something, the most frustrating part was when the coating starts to get super wet and no longer sticks to shrimp.  In other coated foods, I have started doubling the coating so that when the first batch gets wet, I can use the second.  Just a tip for you.

I honestly can’t believe how overall easy this was to cook and how delightful the taste was.  I feel like it’s a dish that I can impress company with, but at the same time, my 4-year-old loved it.

Would absolutely make this again, and kinda can’t wait!

What We Wore Wednesday

Welcome back to another week of style!  We are so thankful for your continued visits.  If you’re new here, be sure to click around and check out other posts!

Don’t forget to join us tonight for Wine Wednesday Live on our Facebook page!

Rhonda-

Tee: Mixtape. Shorts: Target, not available. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Top: Mixtape. Shorts: Mixtape. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede. Bangles: Alex and Ani. Leather Bracelet: KEEP Collective.

Dress: Mixtape. Shoes: Old Navy, ancient. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Tank: Mixtape. Shorts: Mixtape. Cardigan: Mixtape. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Ashley-

Shirt: Ash top from Mixtape Boutique Jeans: Old Navy Mid Rise Rockstar Skinnies Shoes: CATO Earrings: N&S Black

Shirt: LVB Art on Society 6 [apparently you can’t get it there anymore 🙁 ] Shorts: Denizen from Target Shoes: Kohl’s Earrings: N&S Signature Gold

Shirt: oldddd Target Clearance Item Shorts: Denizen from Target Shoes: Target Rose Gold Slides Earrings: N&S Pink Suede [not available]

Shirt: Amazon  Shorts: Walmart Earrings: N&S Black Cut Out

 

CHASING VOLUME: A BLOWOUT WITH OUT THE BLOW DRYER

I don’t know about you guys, but I am always always chasing volume when it comes to styling my hair. I’ve got super thin and fine hair that kind of just hangs there limply unless I do something to it.

My favorite thing to do to really pump some volume into my lifeless hair? Man. I love a good blowout. I give myself one after every time that I wash my hair. And let me just say, that after years of practice – I’ve gotten pretty good at it.

The thing is. I don’t wash my hair everyday. I typically wash my hair every 3-4 days. So. What do I do about getting some volume in my hair on those no wash days? Well. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve, and I thought maybe you guys would be interested in hearing how to achieve that blow out look without the use of a blow dryer!

First things first? The hair that I’m talking about working on is day 2 or 3 after you’ve washed and blow dried your hair. I always use a heat protectant and some volumizing mousse when I am going from wet hair to blown out and dried hair. So just keep in mind that the look I achieve is with those products already in my hair.

Alright, so it’s day 2 or 3 after your wash and you need to kick up those roots and give your hair some oomph! Here’s the things you need:

Large Velcro Curlers

Hair Brush

Flat Iron

Volumizing Dry Shampoo

Volumizing Spray

Flexible Hold Volumizing Hairspray

  1. Brush all the tangles from your hair.
  2. Use your flat iron to smooth down your hair, curl under the ends, and remove any kinks left in your hair from a ponytail holder, headband, or just plain ole sleeping gymnastics.
  3. Lift and spray the roots of your hair with the dry shampoo. Allow the dry shampoo to set then flip your head over and use our fingertips to rub in/distribute the dry shampoo.
  4. Begin by grabbing a 1-2 inch section of hair. Brush the section then spray the section with the volumizing spray from root to tip (spraying along the underside of your hair section). Wrap the section of hair around a velcro curler. Repeat this step until the top two third sections of your hair are in curlers.
  5. Lightly spray over all your curlers with the hairspray.
  6. Continue on with your morning. Put your makeup on. Make and drink your coffee. Search for ten minutes before you find a matching pair of socks for your toddler’s outfit. Or just browse social media on your phone. Whatever you do – I’d let the curlers rest for at least 20-30 minutes.
  7. Remove the curlers. Use your fingertips to rub and shake up your roots to pump your hair up even more. Like sky high. Because inevitably your hair will fall a little bit. Give your whole head a nice generous spray of the hairspray.
  8. Look in the mirror and be amazed at that fresh blow out look that you achieved without a blow dryer!

See the difference?? Obviously, I’d also done a full face of makeup between the before and after. That makes a huge difference too. 😉 LOL But seriously this method just really wakes up and gives some oomph to my flat bed head that I wake up with! 🙂

Also, I am on the hunt for some scentless volumizing spray and setting spray – do you guys have any suggestions? If so, please leave me a comment and I’ll for sure try them!

Date Your Partner

Dating is tricky and hard and fun and exciting and anxiety-inducing.  The last time I brought you dating tips, they were geared toward first dates.  If the first date goes well and things continue to progress, eventually you find yourself in a long-term relationship.  Honey, that is not where the work and the dating ends.  That is where it changes, but becomes even more important.

We hear it said all the time that relationships are hard work.  Sure, in a way…. but that work should be fun most of the time.  Dating your partner is part of the “work” we need to put into relationships.  This becomes more complicated when you have children, limited budgets, or heavy work schedules.  That’s why I’m here, friends… to give you some inspiration on dating the person with whom you share life.

Concerts. Going to see live music may not be the best choice for a first date, because you can’t get to know each other over booming speakers with drunk people bumping into you.  In an established relationship though, it can be so freeing to just let the music flow through you, to have a few drinks and just…vibe.  Thinking about the venue and seat choices can really make or break the experience.  Locally, we have a large venue that has cheaper lawn tickets.  Those allow for you to spread out a blanket and really relax or stand up and dance in your spot.  We also like to take advantage of a venue that has (pricey) suite seats, where the seats are in pairs and have plenty of space around them.  This fits every budget, because you can do anything from a hole in the wall bar with a jazz trio to a suite at an arena.  Choose a music act you both love, find seats that allow you to breathe, grab your partner’s hand, and let the music fill your heart.

Staycations.  When life has been busy and you haven’t had quality time with your partner in awhile, you can find yourself itching for a getaway.  There isn’t always time or money to hop on a plane and take a week (or even a weekend) trip.  Staycations are a great way to have a mini-getaway to reconnect. Drinks by the pool, dinner in the hotel restaurant, breakfast in bed….and let’s face it, hotel sex is just hot.  Choosing a walkable downtown area can provide lots of entertainment and dining options.  Going with a more resort-like location can mean the ultimate in relaxation.  Again, there’s something for every budget and also something for every timeframe.  Whether you can get away for one night or three, booking a nearby hotel is a great way to get the ultimate date night.

Brewery or winery visits.  If tasting and enjoying adult beverages is a part of your relationship like ours is, it is a natural choice to make a date of a brewery visit.  There are so many options these days for places where adult beverages are made.  Local craft breweries often have lawn games, trivia nights, live music, and more.  Some of them even partner with local restaurants and food trucks to bring culinary experiences to the brewery.  Wineries and even distilleries do similar things.  For a great date experience, you’ll want to first choose a place that has your favorite beverages, then look online for reviews so that you ensure you’re choosing a place with a fun vibe.  This is absolutely a low-cost date and if you are short on time, an hour or two is enough time to drink a beer flight and play a gigantic game of Jenga.

Getting out of the house is great, but sometimes, budget and child care concerns just don’t allow for it.  No worries, because some of our best date nights are right here in the house… sometimes with the kids home and sometimes without.

Romantic Night In.  Grill a nice steak, roast some asparagus, and pour a glass of wine.  Settling in for the evening can be done on any night of the week and if you have children, after they go to bed.  After dinner, flip off the lights and flip on the TV for some Netflix and chill (any definition of it you choose) with a bottle of wine.  Wrap up the night with a nice massage and some sexy time.  It really makes for the perfect night, even if it seems a bit cliché.

Backyard paradise.  Sure, it would be amazing to head off to a tropical paradise and sip cocktails in your private infinity pool.  That may not be an option for you on any given Friday evening, but there is another option.  Fill your inflatable kiddie pool with air and water early in the afternoon.  Turn on some string lights and bluetooth speakers.  By night, any kids are in bed and the water is warm.  With or without swimwear, you can now take a cocktail to the kiddie pool and enjoy the evening in your personal oasis.

No matter what you choose to do, having some time alone with your person is essential to maintaining and deepening your relationship.  Make it a priority and it will pay off.

Are any of these date ideas things you have done?  Did you get inspired to date your partner?

 

Eat Happy: Asian Marinated Shrimp Skewers

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Thursday 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?


So, I really love shrimp. Eating shrimp. If you asked me what my favorite meal is I’d probably first reply by saying I’ll eat anything mexican and anything with shrimp.

The thing is- peeling said shrimp really freaking sucks. I can’t tell you how many times during the process of peeling these shrimp that I considered giving up. Pinching their heads off and seeing all the things that secreted during the pinching…. I just can’t imagine willing doing that again for a while.

I mean. Was it worth it? Well yeah. We’re doing this whole thing to get out of our comfort zones when it comes to making NSNG foods. Well, when it comes to making food in general! And also, this was super delicious.

Anna has yet to let us down. 🙂

Also, considering I prepped and cooked this dish while I was also making Quesadilla Casserole and baking/shredding some chicken for another recipe later this week – I can safely say that this shrimp recipe is easy peasy to whip up.

The hardest part is the shrimp peeling. I feel like that could be a form of torture. Cheat on your math test? Here, now you must peel 3 pounds of shrimp.

Sophie, my two year old, wasn’t helping matters when she repeatedly would come check on me and go, “oooh mommy what you doin’? That yucky!” LOL

I didn’t cook my shrimp on skewers. Why? Cause I failed at remembering to buy some. I feel like they probably tasted the same. 😉

But yes, this was super yummy and as always extremely good for my body because there were no sugars or grains!

What We Wore Wednesday

Hey hey, it’s Wednesday! Happy July 4th to you, and welcome back to another installment of WWW wherein we show you guys some of the things we’ve been wearing!

*we may get paid when you shop from links in this post*

Ashley –

Shirt: Mixtape Boutique Pants: Old Navy Rockstar Skinnies Shoes: Target Earrings: N&S Pink

Shirt: Olddd Kohl’s from men’s section Pants: Old Navy Rockstars distressed black skinnies Shoes: Target Earrings: N&S Silver

Shirt: Mixtape Boutique Shorts: Target Denizen high waist Earrings: N&S Silver

Rhonda –

Tee: Twisted Buffalo Boutique. Shorts: Mixtape. Shoes: Target. Life-saving period pain relief clipped on my shorts: Livia. Earrings: Bauble Bar.

Top: Marshall’s. Shorts: Target, not available. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Tee: Mixtape. Shorts: Target, not available. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

EASY HOMEMADE MAKEUP BRUSH CLEANER

Well hello hello! Welcome back to the blog… today I wanted to share with you my recipe for a solution that I use to clean my makeup brushes.

Obviously, you can go to most beauty stores or even Walmart to buy makeup brush cleaning solutions. I’ve done just that many times. However, I have a ton of brushes, and I usually neglect to clean them until the whole gigantic lot needs to be scrubbed down. This procrastination means that when I do clean my brushes – I use a TON of cleaner during the process. A good makeup brush cleaning solution is not typically cheap. And I’m cheap. And then also there have been times where I didn’t have a backup on hand when I ran out of cleaning solution midway through a  brush cleaning session. I improvised a lot and made my own cleaning solution to finish up getting all those brushes clean.

This homemade makeup brush cleaner was really just my backup for an emergency situation when I ran out of store bought cleaning solution until I realized that this homemade solution was cheaper and really performed just as well if not better than the expensive brush cleaning solutions I was buying from Ulta.

It was a light bulb moment that I haven’t turned back from! And so, without further adieu … I give you my go to homemade makeup brush cleaning solution:

To be honest – I never measure when I’m putting this concoction together. I just eyeball it, but I know that if it were me reading this blog post – I’d want some concrete measurements to start out with.

Cleaning Your Brushes:

  1. Wet the bristles underneath warm water running from the faucet.
  2. Dip the wet bristles inside your makeup brush cleaning solution
  3. Swirl the soaked brush around on the surface of a rubber makeup brush cleaning pad. (I use this one)
  4. Once you see the makeup residue being dislodged from the brush onto the rubber pad, place the brush/rubber pad setup underneath the running water and swirl the brush around until all the makeup residue is washed away and all of the cleaning solution is rinsed from your brush.
  5. Run your pointer and thumb finger over the brush bristles so that they are laying flat in their intended state. Place the brush on a towel to dry.

Cleaning Your Makeup Sponge:

  1. After you’ve cleaned all the brushes that you need to, dilute the remaining cleansing solution with water. It’s important that the solution not be thick when you dunk your sponge in it. Why? Well. You’ll be there for ten million years trying to squeeze out all that soap. Trust me.
  2. So, dip your sponge in the diluted cleaning solution and squeeze and release it several times while it is submerged.
  3. Take the sponge out of the cleaning solution and hold it under running water while you perform the same squeeze and release motions until the water runs clear of bubbles and soap residue.

There you have it! A makeup brush cleaning solution that I’m sure most of you could whip up without having to leave your home to search for the ingredients! Let me know if you try it!

 

Life Lately

Hey hey! It’s Monday and time for another installment in our Life Lately series. We’re here today to fill you guys in on some of the details from our lives over the past couple of weeks. 🙂

Rhonda and I had a big week/weekend following our last Life Lately Update. I already wrote a post here detailing all the fun things she and I got to do. 🙂

Ashley –

Wellll it’s July. We’re halfway through summer break, and I’m not quite sure how that happened so quickly! The other day Shaun asked Coop if he was ready to go back to school and Cooper replied with a very quick and firm, “NO”, which cracked us up. LOL

Besides my much needed girl time with Rhonda – the kids and I have been keeping it pretty low key. It’s been a goal of mine to try and live local this summer – and soak up as much sunshine and beach time as possible.

We’ve for sure been taking advantage of all the splash pads around our hood. A splash pad is probably my favorite water activity because it really allows me to relax. I don’t have to worry about the kids drowning (ok so not as much as I’d worry at the beach or a pool) and they are the ones running around back and forth so I don’t have to repeatedly get up and down to assist them in some way or another.

We do have some fun big news: we are in the process of buying a house! It’s pretty dang exciting and a much needed thing in our life. I don’t want to spill too many details about it…just because we are still in the beginning stages and these things are never final until they’re final – but so far things have been moving along smoothly! I’ m just mainly excited to be closer to downtown Ocean Springs, and for the major increase in space. We will be going from a 1 bath two bedroom house that is just under 1000 sq ft to a 4 bedroom house at around 2200 sq ft. I. Can’t. Wait. Can we  get three cheers for  big closets and multiple bathrooms? Praise the lort.

So yeah. That’s what’s going on over here in Mississippi. What about you Rhonda?

Rhonda –

Since we homeschool and took a ton of time off in spring, we have been schooling through the summer.  Because of the way we do things (and the fact that it is hot and sunny through October), we don’t really have a concept of having a summer break.  We have been living our lives business as usual, but with lots of pool time.

As mentioned before, I went to Mississippi recently.  On the way to the coast, I stopped to see my nephew, who is seriously the cutest baby boy I’ve ever seen (and I had 3!).  As soon as I got to the coast, I had lunch with my eldest “son” Jonathan.  I used to be his manager and we developed a familial relationship that can’t be described.  Don’t we seriously look related though?!

You’ve read about our weekend here, but I didn’t want you to miss out on this important detail – I drank all the things.

Back at home, it was business as usual – work, work, work and school, school, school.  The glamorous life of a business-owning and homeschooling mom and all.

Speaking of glamour, our air went out this past week.  You know, on a triple digit Texas day.  While we waited for repairs, we borrowed a couple window units for sleeping and survived on cocktails, living in underwear, and time in the pool.  Even after our air was fixed , we continued to round out the weekend with more time in the pool. It’s such a great way to slow down and have time together as a family.

What have you guys been up to?  Anything exciting or blissfully routine?

Friday Five: Links I’m Loving

You guys. It’s finally Friday. I say finally, but truthfully this week has flown by. However, no matter how fast a week seems to glide on by, I’m still crazy excited for a Friday and the upcoming weekend. 🙂 Always dreaming of and loving the idea of spending some time on the sand close to the water.

The beach is always always something I’m loving. However I also  spend lots of time perusing the internet and coming across things that I fall in love with in the virtual world.  And so, I thought I’d spend some time today sharing with you guys some of my current link crushes from different corners of the internet. 😉

Let’s get to it shall we?

The Ultimate Summer Reading List for 3-5 Year Olds – Summer 2018  by Read Brightly

You guys know that I think reading is super important, and I just loaded up on some new books for our reading at home. However, I never miss a chance to to investigate and discover new books for my kiddos to experience!

Kids Closet Makeover by Making Home Base

One of my most favorite searches to perform on Pinterest is to look for closet organization/makeovers. I’m currently obsessed with this one by MHB. It’s even got an Ikea closet organizer! Who doesn’t love Ikea? Anyway. Click over to see all that beautiful organization.

This Book Wall featured on Project Nursery

I mean, a traditional book shelf is always nice and super functional BUT this book wall is beautiful. PLUS with little kids it’s nice that they can see the front of the books and know what they are pulling down instead of just pulling and consequently throwing random books to the floor.

These Unicorn Party Dresses from Abby Apples

Like. So cute. And that is all I have to say about them.

These Nickel and Suede Earrings, Orchid Cord, from their Summer Collection

I mean. All the heart eye emojis. And all the I gotta have them ASAP feelsss.

I hope you enjoyed my random assortment of linky love. What about y’all? What are some things you’ve been crushing on lately? Let me know in the comments!