Currently Obsessing and Detesting

 

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Hey hey party people … happy Friday Eve! Ashley here. 🙂 Today is kind of like my ‘Friday in theory’,  because I have a lovely three day weekend this week that starts on Friday. So yes. While you’re reading this I’m reveling in the fact that I have the next three days off.

But anywaaaay now that we’ve discussed my schedule – what are we here for today? Well, I wanted to share with you guys some products/things that  I’m obsessed with and regarding with great detest as of late. You know. Because we just love to buy shit around here. Try out things. Talk about said things. Rhonda and I do it constantly through text. I figured – why not include you all in on the loop.

Alright let’s get to it. I’m going to break it down into a few categories and list the things I’m obsessing over and detesting within each category.

BEAUTY

Obsessing –

Physician’s Formula Butter Blush in Plum Rose –  If you read my easy everyday ‘natural’  makeup tutorial blog post ,  then you got a little preview of my love for this blush. I seriously reach for this blush every single day. It just gives a natural flush to my cheeks. The formula is smooth and surprise! Buttery. 😉 It blends out really well on top of powdered and unpowdered foundation. The fact that it smells like summertime is just icing on the cake. I love it. You should go try some.

Detesting –

L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics Voluminous Lash Paradise – I saw this mascara ALLLLL over YouTube. People were saying that it was a Better Than Sex (Too Faced Mascara) dupe, and that they were basically dying for it. I’m pretty sure even Jaclyn Hill praised this mascara. Me though? Eh. I don’t really care for it. And I gave it a fair try. It’s just too clumpy and gives no volume.

MUSIC

Obsessing –

I’m having a serious Imagine Dragons moment. Specifically their Evolve Album . Some of my favorite songs are, Believer, Thunder, and Whatever It Takes.

Detesting –

So, in general I will skip past any Katy Perry or Ariana Grande song. However, lately I just cannot stand the DJ Khaled song with Rhianna  & Bryson Tiller called Wild Thoughts .

FASHION

Obsessing –

When I like something I tend to wear it over and over and over again. As of late my newest favorite clothing purchase is my basic girl Adidas shirt . I bought it in blue, but I need to order one in black as well.

Detesting –

Ok, so I got this Not Your Bae shirt from JcPenny’s not to long ago, and I do really love the shirt. BUT when I washed it the first time, according to instructions,  and the black part on the top of the shirt still bled to the white lower part. 🙁 🙁 🙁 So mad.

SKIN CARE

Obsessing –

I cannot get enough of the Milani Keep It Smooth Luxe Lip Treatment. I’m on my second tub. I use this everyday. Night and Day. It lasts a long time on my lips and seriously does keep them smooth.

Detesting –

I bought this gold mask from WalMart the other day. I cannot remember the brand and I can’t find it on their site. It was in black packaging. I still have to mention it, and if you follow our SnapChat you already know how I felt about it. It was supposed to be a sheet mask – but it was super flimsy and in two pieces. AND it made my chin break out. I will find out the brand and come back to edit this post. Just you know. Stay away from collagen boosting gold sheet masks in black packaging that cost around $2.50 from WalMart. 😉

TV

Obsessing –

I’m currently binging on Elementary. It’s my go to show when I want something to watch. And obviously, I’m tuning in to GoT weekly.

Detesting –

I mean, detest may be a strong word in this instance BUT I haven’t been loving Big Brother. I’m usually glued to it…but I just can’t get into it this season which is sad.  🙁

 

And there you have it. Short and sweet. What have you guys been obsessing over or detesting lately?

 

Week in Review: Rhonda

Thanks for showing up yet again to see what I have been up to.  We have lived through the first week in our new house and I am so pleased to watch the house coming together!  Tuesday the fridge came, which changed everything for the better.   You really get an appreciation for appliances when you have to live without them for several days.

By Thursday, we had settled into an adaptation of our usual routine…waiting out front for Stuart to come home from work, then helping him make his dinner.

I spent Friday running errands and hammering shit into the walls.  It is starting to look less like a model home and more like we live here.

We spent Saturday cleaning and unpacking the remaining boxes in preparation to have friends over.  Some of Stuart’s coworkers came over in the evening and we had some drinks and grilled.

We wrapped up a wonderful weekend by grilling again and then I soaked with a new bath bomb.  Can’t beat that for a Sunday evening!

Here’s to another week!  I hope yours was amazing.

 

 

Getting the Most out of Your Amazon Prime Membership

It’s no secret that we love Amazon around here, and both of us have a Prime membership that we covet. I know for me personally, a week does not go by that I’m not utilizing my Prime membership to order something from Amazon – whether it be something fun or things for my household. What exactly is Amazon Prime? You pay a monthly fee of $10.00 or a yearly fee of $99. Paying this fee gives you access to Prime Free 2-Day shipping which is typically the biggest appeal when someone is considering getting a Prime Membership. However, I’m here today to let you know ALL the things available to you as Prime Member and share some of the ways that I personally maximize my Prime Membership on a regular basis.

Alright so what exactly do you get as a Prime member?

As you can see that is an extensive list. Most of the things on the list are just outright free because you are already paying for Prime. And some of the things on that list cost a little extra BUT not as much extra if you weren’t a Prime Member. It can actually be overwhelming – so much so that you may think…I’d never use all of that. And if I’m not using all of that…is it really worth it? Yes my friend. It is so worth it. Let me show you a few of the ways that I utilize my Prime Membership in my everyday life. 🙂

Obviously I use that Prime Free 2-Day shipping when purchasing things from Amazon. Clicking the little prime filter option on the left hand side of the screen is the very first thing I do before I even consider looking at what’s available after I search for something. But I mean this is a no brainer. This quick and free shipping is probably why you’re even considering Prime in the first place. It’s for sure a giant bonus.

Sometimes. And I mean sometimes I don’t need rush shipping on something I’m buying. Did you know that you can Earn Rewards or Discounts with Free No-Rush Shipping when you have a Prime Membership? Yup. Say you’re ordering something that you don’t need right away and can wait 6-7 days for. Click the FREE No Rush Shipping Option and you’ll receive either a discount or some kind of reward!

I use Prime Music every single day. Literally. I don’t listen to the radio. You get access to tons of music for free simply because you have a Prime Membership. I used this basic access for a while. Just recently I upgraded to Amazon Music Unlimited which is just $7.99 a month, because I am already a Prime Member. This $7.99 has given me access to more current hits. There has literally not been a single song or album that I’ve searched for that was not available for me to listen to. I think an extra eight dollars a month is worth it considering I’m not having to buy music and I don’t need to supplement my listening needs through any other venue.

Prime Video has not only been something that I turn to when looking for entertainment, but it is another great source for me to find something for the kids to watch. They have a lot of TV Shows and Movies available to watch for free. Cooper went through a phase where he watched Fireman Sam every single day. And it was free because of Prime Video!

And last but certainly not least, I use Prime Photo to backup the pictures on my phone. As a prime member I have free unlimited photo storage. All you have to do is download the app and set it to automatically backup.

 

Obviously, I didn’t tell you how I use EVERY thing available to me as a Prime Member, but I just wanted to show you some of the ways that I’m using my Prime Membership on a daily/weekly basis without even thinking twice in most instances. Amazon Prime has just become a natural part of my life. It would definitely be an adjustment to all of a sudden not have it around! Anyway, I hope I shed some light on the things that you get/can get as a Prime Member.

Do you guys have a Prime Membership? What’s your favorite way to use it?

Lilly Belle Market

Almost two years ago TO THE DAY, Rhonda ordered her first order of Lilly Belle Market bows on Etsy.  They were purchased partly for Claudia, with some of them being given to Ashley at Sophie’s baby shower.  We have been in love since and the obsession is real.  We are so happy to announce that we will be representing Lilly Belle Market this fall, along with some other amazing ladies and their gals.

Glitter, felt, sequins, leather, and more – LBM seriously has what your little one needs for her wardrobe!

Be sure to follow the Instagram page for Lilly Belle Market and like them on Facebook.  You’re going to love the bows and headbands and the cute clothing items!

 

 

A Drinking Problem

This week I gave in and decided to hop on the bandwagon that is sarahah.  For those of you who somehow haven’t seen this on social media, it’s a website and app that allow you to receive anonymous comments from your friends or coworkers.  They are supposed to be “constructive.”  I started one, completely expecting to receive some hate mail.  I am not always the most loved person.

Anyway, it was lovely and full of kindness and even a secret admirer… until it got to the point that three people (and as I type this, I see another one has surfaced) had mentioned my drinking.

Now hold up one damn minute.  Drinking problem?  I take this really really fucking seriously.  As the daughter of an alcoholic, I have seen some shit and I KNOW what alcoholism is.  I have spent my entire adult life with the awareness that children of alcoholics run the risk of exhibiting the behaviors themselves.  I?  Do not have a drinking problem.

Let me break this shit down for you.

Alcoholism is often hidden behind closed doors.  It is not a bunch of wine and tequila selfies on social media.

Alcoholism is waking up thinking about when you can have a drink.  It is not having a cocktail every evening.

Alcoholism is frequently having relationship problems when drinking.  It is not having a good time with your family and friends, drinks in hand.

I could go on and on.  Quite frankly, I don’t have to fucking explain myself to anybody I don’t live with.  The reason I am so angry about this is that there are people with a TRUE ALCOHOL PROBLEM and this really makes it sound like every person who enjoys alcohol has a damn “problem.”

Listen, I love alcohol.  I really do.  Particularly, I love craft beer, a good bottle of wine, Tito’s vodka, and good agave tequila.  If I was an alcoholic and showed up to a party where there was only Bud Light to drink, I would drink it.  But no – fuck that shit.  If that’s all there is, pass me the water.  This is because I like the TASTE of good libations.  I mean, of course the way it makes me feel is for sure a bonus.

Here’s what you need to know if you are truly concerned and not just jealous and bitter that I do what the fuck I want:

I drink 6-7 nights a week on average.  Sometimes it’s one drink, sometimes it’s a bottle of wine (which if you aren’t a wine drinker may sound like a lot, but ask wine lovers.  I promise they finish the bottle most of the time).  I went several days without a single drink last week.  And nope, didn’t sit around thinking about it or anything.

I day drink mimosas on the weekends and when I’m on vacation at the beach.

99% of the time, I am drinking at home with my guy, not driving around like an idiot.

I spring out of bed early every morning, pour a cup of coffee, and join a productive society.  Sometimes (like once or twice a month) I have a single watermelon shandy while I work during the kids’ nap time.  It’s usually dinner time or later when I want a little low carb margarita or glass of rose.  Sometimes I have a single refreshing watermelon shandy while I work during the kids’ nap time.

I drink so slowly that Stuart often teases me about it.  It can take me 6 hours to finish a bottle of wine.

When you see pictures on social media of my drinks, you are seeing a small slice of my life.   You know what, I put my life out there and live wide open.  I overshare.  Drinks are pretty and to be honest, they get a lot of likes and comments, particularly on Instagram.  I am building a successful blog brand, so these things matter to me.

But I can promise you this – you are SURROUNDED daily by people who quietly drink at home, some of them far more than me.  It may be your pastor’s wife, your dentist, your kid’s teacher, your stylist, your elderly neighbor.  They just aren’t blasting it on social media.  I know this, because I hail from a small southern town in a dry county and everyone from my church and high school were lined up at the county line every pay day.  They would hide their faces, never making eye contact.

Above all, know these things:

  • I am in the healthiest relationship of my life and we pretty much pay the power bill at Total Wine.
  • My children are really fucking happy, well fed, and loved.  They are, however, really embarrassed by my kitchen dance moves after just a single glass of wine.
  • I run a successful business and my team and I love to trade drinking gifs since we all love our wine.
  • I am in amazing health.

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I opened myself up for criticism by participating in the sarahah hype and I LOVE honesty.  I just wanted to point out that much like OCD, anxiety, and depression, terms associated with alcoholism are overused and thrown about casually.

Know what the fuck alcoholism is before you accuse someone of having an issue.  And if you are truly concerned about me, talk to me about it openly.  I will be happy to invite you to my home so you can see what my life is actually like.

 

 

 

 

Week In Review: Rhonda

What a damn week.  Holy crap.  If you follow us on social media (and I mean, if you don’t, that’s ridiculous), you already know that I moved.  Well it was a hell of a move and we are still settling in and unpacking.

Because of the move, things have really blurred together and can barely remember anything that happened before moving day last week.  Tuesday, while I was getting ready to take the kids to the pool, we found out that we got the house.  It was extremely shocking, because we had so many issues with finding and being approved for something we loved.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday was a lot of working and preparing to move.  So much packing and it’s funny how it goes – you start out packing very organized with labels on everything….and quickly devolve into throwing shit into garbage bags.

Friday, we got the keys to the house in the evening and took the kids inside for the first time.  I was so happy to look around again, because there were lots of details I had completely forgotten.

Once we left, we went home to grill at the apartment one last time.

And then, it was Moving Day.  Holy hell.  TWENTY HOURS.  Stuart, me, and 4 crazy ass kids.

It was finally done and the unpacking and settling in commenced.

And that was my crazy-ass week.  Who else freaking HATES moving?!

 

 

All the craziness of life

So, you may (or more likely, may have not) noticed the lack of posts by me lately.  When my apartment flooded last week and the water fried my beloved MacBook Elizabeth, I was lost in my blogging pattern.  Not only did I not have my trusty machine, but I also did not have time to compose something on my iPhone app.  I had to deal with all the ridiculousness that comes with a flooded apartment, including but not limited to, speeding up our search for a rental house.  We are just so completely done with our townhouse.  It’s too small and so freaking old that we literally have maintenance here every week.

We have looked at countless houses and applied for several.  We finally got a break today when we were approved for our ABSOLUTE FAVORITE HOUSE!  We felt immediately at home the moment we walked in the door and I just had a feeling it was ours.  I am so glad I was right.

It is the perfect home for our big little family.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page, where I will be doing a LIVE tour on move in day! You can also look forward to some decorating and organizing posts!

And please keep being patient as I work out my blogging equipment issues.  Currently writing this one from my OLD macbook pro, Estelle.  It took me 3 hours to boot her up and I am now trying to not let her go to sleep for fear she will never wake up.

 

 

Week In Review: Rhonda

Fuck, y’all….like fuuuuuuuck.  It has been a hell of a week.  You’ll see.

Monday was another day of my usual – working my ass of during the day and working while sipping adult beverages at night.  It was National Tequila Day, so I celebrated accordingly.

Tuesday, I finally met in person a friend of mine from a healthy eating group.  His granddaughter was in town and curious about LipSense and I met up with her and demoed some products.  He cooked us an amazing meal of unstuffed cabbage rolls and though I had a migraine, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there before I went home to lie down.

Wednesday, though.  For fuck’s sake.  I always liked Wednesdays.  Then this.  I woke with a start at about 7:10, which is earlier than I typically get up when the kids are home.  I was foggy and not sure of what was going on around me, but I could hear SOMETHING that just didn’t sound right.  It suddenly occurred to me that it was the sound of water…and I was alone in the apartment.  I looked around and saw water in the bathroom and at first, couldn’t tell WHERE or HOW.  I leapt up and ran and then screamed…and shrieked…cursed…and flipped the FUCK OUT.  Because everywhere, there was water.  Turns out a pipe had burst behind the cabinet.  I tried to cut off the sink water, but of course the break was on the other side of the wall.   I ran around throwing towels about with one hand and texting and calling Stuart with the other.  He came home as quickly as he could after calling the apartment complex emergency maintenance line.  Within an hour there was 2 inches of downstairs because water had begun to pour through the ceiling.  Half our bedroom carpet was sopping wet.  I had run downstairs when I realized I heard water there and screamed like something out of a movie when I saw that Elizabeth, my beautiful golden best friend (MacBook), was on the kitchen table, directly underneath the water pouring through the ceiling.  Stuart and I spend all day picking shit up off the floor, moving furniture out of the house for the workers to come handle shit, and moving furniture back.  We took the Macbook to Best Buy, who recommended we put it in rice.  Um, ok, cool.  Then we gave up on life and went on a spontaneous date to Buffalo Wild Wings.  What a fucking mess.

Thursday I took care of some errands and treated myself to some coffee, then came home to work some more and cook dinner.

I decided that after the week I had, some pool time was certainly warranted.  I spent a lot of time over there, soaking up the rays and the hot ass weather.

Saturday, we went to look at some houses with our agent and we absolutely fell in DEEP love with one in particular.  It was such a nice time planning for the future with my guy.  We invited Stuart’s coworker over for grilling and we had such a great time sipping on drinks (SOME of us got drunk) and enjoying some good eats.

Sunday, we went to get the kids after two weeks of them away.  It made for a long day, as we made some stops on the way home.  It was lovely to have them back though!  It’s never dull around here.

 

 

Basic Girl (and Boy) Life Hacks

Happy Friday! I hope you guys are having a great day, and are excited for the weekend to come. Today I figured we’d keep it light and breezy. I wanted to share with you guys some of my most coveted life hacks. So, grab your Starbucks and  prepare yourself for some revolutionary ways to improve your everyday Basic Girl or Boy life. 🙂

  1. Cut your bacon with scissors.

Let me tell you. Discovering this precious life hack was a game changer for me. Have you ever tried to cut bacon with a knife? I mean, unless you are a kitchen knife fanatic and have the best knives that you keep sharpened on the regular, you’re going to struggle like a mother to cut that bacon. So, put down the knife and pick up your kitchen scissors and watch in awe as they slice through your bacon like butta. Do it..then comment here and thank me later.

2. Spray dry shampoo on the roots of your hair BEFORE you go to bed.

Why? Why would you do this? Well, it’s like a preventative measure. That dry shampoo will soak up the oil while it is forming throughout the night. Then BOOM – you wake up the next morning with fresh hair. Unless, this is night four or five without washing….then well…you’re going to need dry shampoo in the pm and am my friend.

3. Are you struggling with getting the cork out of your wine bottle for Wine Wednesday…or Thursday…or Friday?

I used to have a horrible time when trying to open wine bottles. I’d break the cork in half like 99% of the time. The struggle was so real. Now, that I’ve become a seasoned wine drinker I have the perfect cork removing strategy to share with you guys…… buy wine bottles with screw on caps.

4. Don’t care to take the time to develop mad cooking skills, because you’re one of those progressive millennials who spends all their time on the internets doing nothing but ranting and doing things like starting a blog or viral social media account that enables you to simultaneously making a living while reaching millions across the world to help spread your message/ideals to fight for a change??

You are…cool. But really..becoming an amazing cook? Let’s just say that is not on my to do list. Want to know the secret to better tasting food?  Let me just quote the ever so wise and sexy Nick Jones, “Throw some bacon on it.” Seriously. Bacon makes the world go round and it makes ANYTHING taste good/better. I hear you calorie counters out there gasping and putting your hand to your chest. Chill. Also, stop counting freaking calories. Eat a high fat/ zero grain and sugar diet…and put all the freaking bacon on whatever you want. You’ll be skinny, healthy, AND happy. I pinky promise swear.

5. Personalize your read receipts on your Iphone.

If you do not have an Iphone…well. #blessit Honestly, I suggest you go get one as soon as you can. Especially if you plan on texting me. Anyway, to my Iphone users out there. Do you love a read receipt? I know I do. I like that little typing bubble too. However, sometimes you have to be a shady bitch OR you need to save a friendship – and there may be a few people with whom you text that you don’t really want to be as open as sharing read receipts. For their protection, obviously. Guess what? You don’t have cut off everyone on your contact list from those precious read receipts just for those few individuals who are not worthy…or just can’t handle it. Open someone’s text message thread (like you are going to text them something)  click that little “i” with the circle on it. On the next screen you’ll see the option to turn on or off read receipts for that specific person. You’re welcome.

6. Get that essential regular  Starbucks visit in without depleting your bank account.

Every basic Girl and Boy knows that getting in regular SB visits is key. However, as we also all know SB can get Hella expensive. So, I’ve got two tips for you.  First, sign up for and download their app. You’ll earn stars at every visit that will eventually add up to free drinks. Second, go sign up for Harris Poll Online. They send you surveys to your email inbox that you can take to earn points for taking them. You then redeem those points for different gift cards… Starbucks gift cards to be exact. I promise within a week of using this service you’ll be able to redeem your points and get some free coffee. The gift cards are electronic so you can download them straight to your SB app and use them immediately.

I hope you guys learned something new today – or just had a good time laughing along with me…at me?  🙂 What are your essential life hacks??

 

 

Favorite Local Hang Out Spots on the MS Gulf Coast: Kid Friendly Edition

Hey y’all, Ashley here. In my last post, where I talked about some of the things that I said as a non parent, I mentioned how much we love the outdoors and physical activities. And really, if you are a regular reader of this blog or frequenter of our social media outlets, you know that the three of us spend a lot of time outside. I don’t really care for sitting around the house – and I’ve never let being a mother prevent me from getting out and stretching my legs. So, I thought I’d take some time to share with you guys some of our favorite spots on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Getting out of the house with two littles is not always easy. There are times that I get us all in the car and sit in the driveway for a few minutes considering if it was even worth all the drama that rangling my littles tends to be, BUT I’ve never changed my mind…and I’ve certainly never regretting getting up and going somewhere.

 

  1. Fort Maurepas Park & Splash Pad/ Front Beach in Ocean Springs, MS

This should come as no surprise to you guys, if you read my Week In Review posts with any kind of frequency. To say that we love this little spot in OS is an understatement. The area is just perfect. You can access the beach, a splash pad, a playground, and a pavilion that are all within walking distance of each other. The beaches are well maintained. There are wide sidewalks for walking, jogging, running, and biking without having to get in the sand. These sidewalks were key for me when Sophie wasn’t walking. I could easily push her in the stroller along the beach while Cooper played in the sand.  I could really go on and on. To keep it short and sweet? We love it. You will too. If you live on the MS Coast and haven’t gone here…well get your booty over there. Planning a visit here? Put this location on your list of places to go.

  1.  The LIttle Children’s Park in Downtown Ocean Springs, MS

This is our second favorite park/playground to go to. Cooper refers to this park as “The Yellow Park” – I think because a majority of the play equipment is yellow. All the equipment is well maintained. This is Cooper’s favorite park/playground. Per his request, we’ve even had Cooper’s 3rd & 4th Birthday Party here. There are two large playground equipment structures along with several swings, a covered pavilion, restrooms, a water fountain, and plenty of ‘yard’ space for the kids to run around on and/or play sports.

 

  1. The Mullet Hop in D’Iberville, MS

This is an indoor trampoline park. The kids absolutely love going to the Mullet Hop. I can’t even recall the exact number of times we’ve gone. My only qualm with this place is that I think they should have some kind of frequent visitor package/pass program. You know. So this momma can get a discount every now and then. 😉 Really though the pricing is very reasonable. You’ll have to buy socks the first time, but you are allowed to hang onto and reuse your socks with each additional visit. We keep our socks – so each time we go (paying for me and two kids) it’s $30.00 an hour. Not super cheap, I know. We do this about twice a month..so thirty dollars isn’t that bad. We’d go more though…if there was a discount program. 😉 🙂 We only use the trampoline part of the park, but there is also an arcade area.

 

  1. The Davis Bayou area of The Gulf Islands Nat’l Seashore Park in Ocean Springs, MS

We haven’t been here lately, because well: we’re in the dead of summer here in South MS – BUT when it’s a little cooler we are here a ton. There are several different nature trails that we like to hike. There’s even a really great visitor’s center that has some educational displays about the area. Cooper loves the visitor’s center. When you turn off Hwy 90 into the park it feels like you’re entering a completely different town. You go from being smack dab in the middle of  the busyness of the City of OS to a very serene wooded park. There are also a ton of other features to the park that we haven’t even begun to use, such as a public campground, fishing piers, boat ramp launches, and ranger led programs.

And there you have it guys, our favorite kid friendly places to hang out here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Apparently we mainly hang in Ocean Springs. Absolutely nothing wrong with that though. 🙂 Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this. What are your favorite local kid friendly places to go?