Week In Review: Ashley

Oh my gosh you guys…happy Monday! We didn’t do our WIR post last week – So, I feel like I have TONS to share. I feel like SO much has happened in the span of two weeks. However, I also feel like I am overwhelmed by how much I have to share that this may end up being short and sweet. ha!

Sharing pictures in no particular order…

Alright alright…where to begin? Let’s see, so why didn’t we do our WIR post last week? Well, the shooting tragedy that happened Sunday night  in Las Vegas was on our minds. We had to address that, and it just felt like carrying on with life as usual on the blog that day was not right.

What did I do that weekend? I got to spend Saturday night and all day Sunday with my family in a cabin that my parents rented. We did lots of outdoor activities including spending some time floating around on a pontoon boat. It was a blast…well except the no cell phone signal part – I survived though. 🙂 😉

Then, we (those of us on the gulf coast) started preparing for the possibility of being hit by a hurricane. Yup. You heard right .. ANOTHER hurricane.

Really that whole week was a whirlwind…and went by SO quickly. Cooper was on Fall Break from school on Thursday and Friday. Cruising the coast was also happening along the coast…so traffic was insane. What’s cruising the coast? It’s an annual week-long car show that happens down here. Thousands of people hop in their fancy vintage cars and head to the MS Coast. There are different events hosted, but mostly people literally park and/or cruise along – showing off their hard work. 🙂 This year’s Crusin’ was rudely and abruptly interrupted by a very fast-moving Hurricane Nate. We were originally expecting to be hit early Sunday morning. However, on Saturday morning Nate decided he was ready to make landfall and started moving with unprecedented speed toward us. I’d gone Thursday night to buy essentials and prepare, but Saturday morning I woke up in a panic when I realized I’d forgotten the ICE! I did a whole story time about it on our Snapchat (RAtheMOMachine)…and I posted a little clip on our IG (rageagainstthemomachine)… so go check that out when you get a chance. 😉

After we got our ice…we spent all Saturday morning enjoying the sunshine before Nate made landfall. Once we got home around one, I turned on the weather channel and we hunkered down for the day. Cooper was all wrapped up in the Hurricane Nate Watch.

I am incredibly thankful that this storm was only a Category 1, and that we didn’t suffer much damage – the real only inconvenience was that we seemed to be some of the very last people to get power back late Sunday night. 🙁

Anddd that’s what has been going on…what were you guys up to???

Weekend Roundup: Top 5 Posts

With a growth in readers and followers, it’s time to once again link you up to our most read posts.  Whether you’re new around here or just missed something, take a moment to go back and read our top 5 posts.

5. Three Years – an ode to Claudia Love on her third birthday

4. The Story of My Tattoo: Ashley – a tale of a spontaneous decision made in the Fort Worth Stockyards

3. From Arrest to Engagement – the story of how poor decisions can lead to something amazing

2. Nipstick – how to find the perfect nude for your lips, while nude

  1. A Drinking Problem – a response to some cowardly and ignorant accusations

 

Which of these posts is your favorite?

What We Wore Wednesday

Hey hey! Great to see you guys – it’s Wednesday…and you know what that means?? We’re going to show y’all some of our ensembles from the past week.  Alright, so settle in and enjoy, and as always, say hi in the comment section. We love hearing from you guys!

Ashley –

Jacket: Green Bomber from Target Tank: Target Choker: Target [charmShoes: Walmart [not on the site] Earrings: Nickel and Suede Blank Canvas

Flannel: Target – from last year  [similarDress: Walmart? [similarLeggings: Danskin Shoes: Target Necklace: Oldie from CATO Earrings: N&S Silver

Shirt: Amazon Pants: Target Earrings: N&S White Cut Outs [currently not on the site]

Shirt: Kohl’s from … last year? [similar] Pants: Target Earrings: N&S Black

Rhonda –

Top: CATO, circa old AF.  Shorts: Target. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Top: Marshall’s. Jeans: Old Navy [this style no longer available]. Shoes: Kenneth Cole [style is Norton, but I can’t find them online anymore]. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Dress: Target [no longer available]. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Are you able to dress for fall yet where you are?  We are dying to break out ankle boots and jackets!

That’s okay, you’re not my kind of fun

So we are back with another week of gossip and drama.  The ‘wives are still in Mexico and let me tell you – Kameron is still snooty as fuck.  Cary is pulling out her bikini for the day and Kameron says it is a very skimpy suit but cute “for you.”  Backhanded compliments are kind of her thing.

Brandi and Stephanie decide to put a dildo into D’Andra’s bag as a joke.

While the ladies are consuming tacos and tequila, D’Andra pulls out the dildo from her bag.  Naturally Kameron says it’s disgusting and it’s not funny to her at all.  She literally runs away from it and is super offended by the whole ordeal.  She says that is just not her idea of fun and Brandi says “that’s okay, you’re not my kind of fun.” BOOM!

Later while they are getting ready for the evening, LeeAnne tells D’Andra about her engagement.  Tears and shit.  I’m still over here, not caring.

At dinner, Brandi says of Kameron, “She seems to be offended by a lot of things.”  So then Kameron has to say that she is not a person who would go to a strip club (as the others did before).  So Stephanie calls her out for judging.  Kameron naturally says she isn’t judgmental but that other people judge her…. to which Brandi replies, “I’m not the one who judges someone because I don’t have a Highland Park fucking zip code.”  This is true.

LeeAnne breaks the tension by announcing her engagement to everyone.

The next day, Stephanie and Brandi take an extra-sudsy bubble bath with champagne while LeeAnne, D’Andra, and Kameron are at the spa.  I will tell you, Stephanie and Brandi definitely have my type of fun.  I would have much rather when over my head in all things bubbly.

At dinner, they of course get tequila shots.  What is a Mexico trip (or a night at the Stockyards, for that matter) without tequila shots?  Brandi starts a game of two truths and a lie, but when it comes up to be Cary’s turn, she decides to confront LeeAnne about how she threatened Cary’s life to Brandi.  This then leads to Cary and Brandi arguing over whether or not Cary said Brandi’s plastic surgeon has killed people.  Cary denies she said that and that she had told Brandi to be careful and do her research.  But I could slap the fucking smug off LeeAnne’s face.  She is absolutely LOVING that Brandi and Cary are fighting.  What kind of person delights in other friends fighting?  Oh, right, LeeAnne.

 

Are you still not watching this season?  You have to!  Next week looks incredible!

Thinking of Vegas

Today, we felt like we couldn’t just go on with life without saying something. Without acknowledging the horrific shooting that happened in Las Vegas. Both of us woke up in the wee hours of the morning to news of this awful and unnecessary tragedy.

We’re postponing our WIR post – because. Well… this is what is on our minds today. The ‘deadliest mass shooting in modern US history’ is not something any of us thought we’d wake up to today – and it is not something any of us should ignore.


I am sad
Because I don’t even know
What words to think
What words to say
Emotion
And terror
Get in the way of
Forming a coherent
Thought.

I feel guilty
Guilty that I even  dare
To steal your emotion
Your fear
Your terror
Your sadness
Your devastation..

I can’t help but feel
I can’t help but hate
I can’t help but cry

Over you.
Over your many
Loses.
For your families
And loved ones
For those awful moments
You, and they lived through
For the moments to come
The ones that stretch before you in uncertainty.

I won’t pray.
Because.
I don’t pray.
I’ll think of you
I’ll speak of you

This thing – I can’t imagine why
I can’t imagine the reason
I can’t imagine a way to justify
Except to blame 

the Depravity that is oftentimes human nature.

We must teach each other
We must urge each other
We must exemplify to each other

LOVE
COMPASSION
RESPECT
COURTESY

Because – those things don’t come hard wired within us.

We are just human beings fighting for survival,
But we can be more than that.
We must be more than that.

I don’t know you.
But-

I’m thinking of you.
I’m hurting for you.
I’m hoping for you to gain


Peace
Comfort
Healing.

-Ashley


It is incredibly baffling to us that you can’t even feel safe at an event like a concert. Our thoughts go out to you Vegas. That seems like a futile thing to say in the wake of what has happened. How does that even help? But. We can’t not say anything. We can learn from this. We can each strive to be better because of this. We can make a more deliberate effort to be good to each other because of this.

 

 

Five First Date Must-Haves

I am a huge fan of first dates – choosing an outfit, getting ready, that nervous first moment when you meet up or are picked up, hopefully great conversation, the awkwardness of whether to hug or kiss.  I don’t necessarily enjoy wondering if he will text back, but it’s all part of it.

I haven’t been on a first date (or any date for that matter) in a long time, but I have a lot of experience and am happy to share my expertise.

So what do you need for a first date?  There are five essentials I wouldn’t dare go on a date without.

  1. Your good underwear.  Now, I know what you’re thinking.  “I don’t do that on the first date.”  That’s fine.  I don’t either, in theory.  But I did once or twice.  It happens.  The thing is, wearing pretty and well-fitting underwear isn’t just in case you get undressed during your date.  Wearing nice and pretty matching underwear that fits like it was made for you boosts your confidence and makes you feel and act sexy.  I started wearing Soma Intimates exclusively last year and it changed the way I carry myself, whether I’m out running errands in cutoff shorts, out on a date in a lace dress, or getting naked.
  2. A Kiss-Proof Lipstick.  With any luck, you’ll get a first date kiss.  Don’t try to tell me you don’t kiss on the first date.  It’s a must.  Don’t waste a second date with a bad kisser.  Gross.  Anyway, I personally feel sexy in confident in a red lip, but don’t want to smear it on my partner’s face (or neck or…. anywhere).  Luckily, I’ve been using Lipsense most of this year and that problem is GONE.  You can ask my fiance, we are both big fans.  It doesn’t transfer to him (or on my glass).  You can hit me up on my Facebook group.  Our readers get 10% of their first orders!
  3. Breath Strips.  If you’re anything like me, you’re going to eat a nice steak with a garlic butter and your breath may not be amazing when the meal is done.  Or maybe you’re just on a date to a hole in the wall bar.  Beer breath is no bueno either.  No worries – excuse yourself to the restroom while the two of you are waiting for the check.  Pop a breath strip in your mouth and by the time you have washed your hands, it will have dissolved and your breath will be kissably fresh!
  4. A pre-date drink.  It doesn’t matter how much I am looking forward to a date or other event – I have ridiculous situational anxiety.  I will literally get sick in anticipation of things to come.  It’s not necessarily the alcohol that calms me as I do my hair and makeup, it’s the ritual.  Sipping on a drink (I tend to do bubbly or wine) while you blend your eyeshadow can really calm your nerves.  And well, if you do choose an alcoholic drink, you’re more likely to be yourself and a little more receptive to flirtation.  Just don’t go overboard.  You certainly don’t want to start a date drunk.
  5. A friend on SOS duty.  Look, you never know when a date is going to be a bust.  We should all be ladylike and mature enough to sit through and end a date that is a little awkward and boring, but never “tough out” a date with someone who is disrespectful or makes you truly uncomfortable.  You need a game plan.  Have a friend you can slip to the bathroom to text, who will text or call you in a few minutes with an emergency.  Be prepared with code words in case you should ever feel unsafe.  Dating is supposed to be fun, but never take for granted that your date is going to be a good guy.

 

What are your first date musts?  And I need to know, have you ever had to utilize an SOS text?

Happy 2nd Birthday Sophie Grace

Hey you guys! Ashley here today – about to wax poetic about my little girl’s birthday. 😉

Today my baby girl turns two. Two. I really can’t believe it. Time flies so quickly when  you measure it against the growth and development of your children. I know that it may seem silly to some people that I would write a blog post to my two year old child. The thing is that we live in such a wonderful time where we have this beautiful thing called the internet. You don’t have to be someone of any significance to have your words immortalized online. I think it’s amazing that there are moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends and so on – putting their thoughts and ideas online. Our children and descendants will be have access to the word of the everyday man. My children will be able to look back and better know the person that I am through my words. They will be able to see world and life events from my perspective in a way that would not be possible without the internet and social media. Soo anyway, I had some things I wanted to say in honor of the life Sophie has led so far, and the limitless possibilities that lie ahead for her.

Sophie Grace I am so lucky to be your mommy. A daughter was something I hoped for but never expected to have. You have this ability to make the people around you melt to your will and desire. I see you make your stubborn Daddy do things and give into things without hesitation just because it’s you asking. You are happy and generous, but you know exactly what you want and aren’t afraid to let us know if you, “No like it. No like it.”  I hope that you always stay that way. I hope that you are forever true to yourself. Sometimes we lose that ability as we age. I want you to know that I named you Grace after your aunt because she is so important to me – and she’s an amazing woman – just like you are to me and just like I know you will be when you grow up. I want you to always remember that you share this birthday with my Mimi (your great grandmother) who is also an amazing woman. I wish that you could have known her better. Thankfully, I did and I feel like I have parts of her influence in me that I get to share with you.

 

Most of all I want you to know that you are loved and cherished beyond measure. You were the missing piece to our lives that we didn’t know we needed, but could never live without now.

 

Soso – you are just lovely. I love you, and I hope this birthday – and all the ones to follow – are all that you want and need.

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So, today you turn TWO and here are some things about you:

You love the movie Moana and this show on Netflix called Masha the Bear. You’ve watched both of these no less than fifty times(maybe a hundred??). You know the songs from Moana, and you sing along with them which is just probably the most cute thing ever. Like. Ever.

You say so many things. I can’t even begin to count the amount of words you say, and since your brother struggled with speaking…having a tiny little person running around who can speak so well is continually surreal. You are by no means chatty, but your vocabulary is incredibly extensive.

You are so chill. You don’t need other humans. You are content to spending long stretches of time alone. Sometimes I can forget that you are even there with me. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that’s not ok. I identify with that. I love that about you.

The only time you are not chill is when you aren’t getting your way. Lately, it seems we are seeing some typical “terrible 2’s” behavior. You throw some impressive fits, and the way you writhe on the ground while shaking your pointer finger at me saying, “no no” does nothing but make me smile. Cause you’re cute even when you’re mad. 😉

You LOVE your baba (aka the bottle). I’m going to try to start taking it away from you – I am fearful of this endeavor. Your baba is a source of comfort for you that is unmatched by any other object. So. We shall see.

You love for me to read to you. One of your favorite books is, ‘The Potty Train’. Hopefully soon we’ll actually be potty trained. 😉

You generally just go with the flow of things. You don’t mind a last minute change to routine which makes things easy – and that is nice. However, you do like to lounge in bed when you first wake up….gotta have that wake up time THEN you’ll be ready to start the day without a fuss.

And one of MY favorite things about you… 😉 You love shoppin … especially shoppin at Target.  

What We Wore Wednesday

Look at you, back here for another glimpse into what we wear!  Thank you SO much!  Now, don’t forget to pop over to our Facebook page tonight for Wine Wednesday!

Let’s get to the outfits…

Rhonda –

Top: Coral Boutique.  Leggings: Lularoe. Shoes: Target. Bag: Old Navy. Earrings: Nickel & Suede. Sunglasses: Sojos.

Top: Harper Avery Boutique. Shorts: Target.

Tee: Marshall’s. Jeans: Old Navy. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Tee: Be You Boutique. Jacket: Target. Shorts: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Top: Ross. Jeans: Old Navy. Shoes: Jessica Simpson. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Ashley –

Jeans: Mossimo Jeggings from Target Shirt: Walmart Earrings: N&S Leopard (not available)

Kimono: Amazon Dress: Oldie Target Earrings: N&S Gypsy Teal (not available0

Shirt: Gypsies Boutique [COUPON CODE: grz5u1pi2x ] Earrings: N&S Leopard (not available)

Shirt: Target (in store in Texas – because I have to get a TX shirt every time I visit 😉 )

 

 

They’re a Statement Piece on Her Body

Welcome back to another week of petty drama.  It’s a good one, y’all.

Mark and Cary are discussing work.  She said she needs to go over to yoga and he wants her to stay and do injectables.  She also wants to go pick up Zuri.  And he is literally such an asshole about their work relationship… like, he can’t wrap his head around the fact that she’s not his employee – she helped him build the practice and is still a MOTHER.  Cary is a picture of that work-life struggle that so many of us face.  She has decided to take a step back from work after this surgery they are filming.  She tells Mark that’s her last surgery for now and he insists she will be back in six months, because she will hate being a stay-at-home mom.

Stephanie and Travis take the kids to see the new house.  Of course they love it and they are excited about the indoor pool.  Stephanie says it will cost over a million dollars just to make the house what they need it to be for the family and tells Travis covering the pool is nonnegotiable.  They finally come to an agreement that they can move in if the pool gets covered, the kids get a playroom added on, and Stephanie gets to make the decorating decisions (with him having veto power).  This is how marriage compromise works!

Stephanie is talking to her life coach and fuck, she has me crying again, talking about Cruz and his dyslexia…saying that he would call himself stupid because he couldn’t understand simple language concepts.  Every kid is different and our society doesn’t educate them with that in mind and I am glad that Cruz seems to have found a school that works for him.  Motherhood is something that should bring us together, because we all face the same issues no matter what our race, class, social status, or job title.  A multi-million dollar house doesn’t guarantee you an easy time in motherhood.

Brandi picks up LeeAnne for her breast surgery.  Here LeeAnne is once again talking about Cary, which seems to be just the norm for her.  Last week, Cary had bad things to say about the doctor that is performing LeeAnne’s surgery, so now she keeps reminding Brandi that Cary bad-mouthed her doctor last year too. Brandi tells us in the confessional that LeeAnne’s nipples really do point straight up (which we found out last week was why she’s having the surgery).  Brandi says she has never seen anything like them and would keep them because, “They’re a statement piece on her body.” Aaaaand I’m dying.

So then things get fucking weird when the doctor leaves the room and Brandi and LeeAnne are left behind closed doors, mic’d but without the cameras.  She essentially threatens Cary, telling Brandi that she is going to come for her…and that she doesn’t have knives but has fists that work.  Like, really?!  She is so fucking crazy.  She also says, regarding these ongoing rumors about Mark being gay, “Her husband gets his dick sucked at The Round-Up” and claims she knows the men who did it.  For reference, The Round-Up is a western gay bar in Dallas.  Now look, I need them to calm the hell down about this rumor.  One, it is rude and classless to gossip about your “friend” and her marriage.  Two, people have to stop talking about gay like it’s a bad thing.  Three, Cary and Mark’s marriage is just that – THEIRS.  None of anybody else’s business.

 

At the end of the episode, the ladies fly to Mexico for a girls’ trip.  I would love to have one of those some day!  As soon as they arrive, everyone is split into two groups, talking about this entire Cary/LeeAnne drama.

The best part of the entire episode though?  No pink dog food nonsense from Kameron.  Win.

 

Week In Review: Rhonda

What a whirlwind this week was!  I am still so exhausted from it all and even woke up this morning with a stomach bug.

So, Monday, I got some work done and then went out for drinks with my mom group.

Tuesday, I got ready to go out of town – cleaning, laundry, packing, and a couple of errands.

I headed to Mississippi on Wednesday morning.  Now, it is not a short trip by any stretch of the imagination, but it was absolutely nice to have that time alone to think and process life.  I made it to Ashley’s house in time to hang out and then do Wine Wednesday Live after the kids went to bed.

Thursday was finally Hair Day.  I am so excited to have blonde and fun colors back.  I feel so much more like myself when my hair is on point.

My stylist and I had so much fun.  I was her only client for the day, so we took our time, sipped some wine, visited an old school liquor store, and chatted about life.  It was much-needed girl time.

Ashley, Grace, and I went out to the IP, as we always tend to do.  We saw a fun band called Got Groove and I made pals with the lead singer.  Ashley went home to get some sleep before work, but Grace and I were just getting started!  We went over to Coast Nightclub at the Beau Rivage to do some more booty shaking.  After that, we hit up Waffle House.  Such a great time!

Friday, I had lunch with Jonathan while I waited for Ashley to get off.  When she got out of work, we hit the road back to Texas.  Read her week in review for how that road trip went.

On Saturday, we had some of Stuart’s signature brunch food and chilled out and sipped wine with music on.  That night, we went live for a GRWM and headed out to the Stockyards.  A great night with music and drinks!  Ashley left Sunday and I sunbathed in the backyard, recovering from a crazy week!

Did y’all do anything fun this past week?