Week in Review: Rhonda

What a week!  I actually switched stuff up a little, which was nice.  I am a lover of routine, but it’s nice to have change sometimes too.

Unfortunately, I woke up Monday with an ear infection.  Claudia helped me ship some orders at the post office and I went on a laundry adventure in which I washed a Queen comforter in a tiny washer.  Other than that, all I did was some makeup stuff.  And of course, we sat on the patio to watch Stuart arrive to great fanfare.

I woke up on Tuesday still sick and Claudia passed out in my bed while I was still having coffee.  She woke up wanting me to put numerous ponytails in her hair.  I wanted to spend the day in bed, but needed to do some meal prep and film a makeup review.  When the kids laid down for their afternoon quiet time, I had a beer and filmed the review.

At 2:30 am Wednesday morning, I heard Claudia crying hysterically and went to see what the problem was.  The party chick was frantically trying to hold up a painting as tall as she is, because she was playing all over the living room and knocked it over.  I had a hard time sleeping after that, which was unfortunately since I had to get up and out the door early Wednesday so I could get some stuff done with the kids before their weekend trip to their dad’s house.  I ran errands and helped the kids make their Valentine bags for our homeschool party.  The boys enjoyed the announcement I made that we were taking the entire week off school and that the next week would only be Wednesday and Thursday.  They celebrated with XBox.

Thursday, we got up to head down to meet the kids’ dad.  It was an uneventful drive down and I was super excited to jam in the car solo on the way back.  I then took the coveted-by-all-moms solo Target trip.  I wandered down every aisle before going home to get ready for date night with my guy.  We finally cashed in the gift card we got for Christmas and had a lovely seafood dinner.

Stuart surprised me Friday morning by taking the day off work so we could spend more time together and so that he could go with me to get my license.  I’m so glad he did, because I ended up being there for several hours.  After some wine shopping, we came home to binge watch Sense8.  What a mind fuck that show is!

Childfree weekend continued Saturday morning with our usual breakfast and mimosa routine.  It was a lovely day out, so we decided to go for a bike ride.  After a ride through small-town Texas, we were starving and thought another dinner out would be a lovely idea.

Sunday morning, Stuart woke me all the way up by asking the ridiculous question, “Do you want to go to Bolsa?”  You’ll soon find out, dear readers, that Bolsa is our slice of heaven.  It’s OUR brunch place, where we fell in love, and where the staff became our family.  I ALWAYS want to go to Bolsa.  After a leisurely brunch, we came home and rearranged our bedroom and I love it so much now!

It was truly such a lovely weekend.  As much as I love my kids, I cherish the time I get to focus on my relationship and get things done without literally tripping over my little shadow.

I hope you also take time for yourself and your relationship if you’re in one.  It’s so important!

Week In Review: Ashley


Hello hello! And Happy Monday to you guys. 😉 Thanks for stopping by to check out what I’ve been up to the past week.

Wednesday we made Valentine’s day cards, and hung out with Aunt Grace. We did our usual, of course: Chick-fil-A, Target, and the park. It was a super foggy day. Even though it was twelve by the time we made it to the park, the fog was still incredibly thick. All the moisture in the air was making Sophie’s little baby curls rock. I have about ten pictures in my phone of the back of her head. Haha

Friday night the kid’s stayed with their grandparents, and I got to have a kid free dinner with my sister. Mexican and margaritas are our go to. 😉 I also got to spend several glorious hours alone in Target.

Saturday we hung out at my parents. I bought Sophie her first pair of sunglasses Friday night, and she tested them out Saturday. She’s always loved wearing mine or whoever’s sunglasses so I figured she’d love a pair of her own. She did. AND she looked super cute in them.

Sophie, me, my mom, and my sister also got to do a little shopping Saturday afternoon – while Ppop entertained Cooper.

Sunday morning, Sophie decided to take a super long nap – so I got a ton done around the house and got to play around in my makeup for a while. Which, if you are a mom – you know how hard it can be to get ready and do your makeup while little hands are constantly trying to grab your brushes or products.

And of course every day (especially weekends) involve coffee.

The ‘Coffee Lipstick Hustle’ sign is a new addition that I picked up Saturday (at TJMaxx).

Whelp! That is about it for my Week In Review. I’m sitting here thinking I’ve got to be more intentional about including Coop in pictures. That kid. He really is too busy to be bothered most days. 😉

I hope you all have an amazing week, and until next time…



Follow Friday

Hey Guys! Since we are both avid blog readers and IG stalkers, we wanted to start a monthly installment wherein we share some of our current fave bloggers/instagrammers.

And speaking of following, make sure that you are following US on all of our social media platforms…you know…so you don’t miss a single moment of what we have going on! 🙂

SnapChat: rathemomachine Instagram: rageagainstthemomachine Twitter: @RAtheMOMachine Facebook: Rage Against The Momachine

Ok…did you go follow us? Not yet. Go ahead…we’ll wait to continue. 🙂

Alright! Now that you’ve taken care of that – let’s get to all the amazing bloggers/instagrammers we have rounded up for today:






Jen Schmierer (jenschmierer)

mama | wife | California 💋 fb: beauty by Jen Schmierer 👻 jenschmierer  ✉️ jenschmierer@gmail.com www.youniqueproducts.com/JenSchmierer







Kilee Nickels (onelittlemomma)

Style & Hair • Motherhood • Style• Real life 💕• Creator/Co-Owner of @nickelandsuede 💌 kilee@onelittlemomma.com  www.onelittlemomma.com






Erica DeSpain (whimsicalseptember)

Family + Lifestyle Blogger 📝 | Proud Army wife 🇺🇸 | Mama to two girls 👭 | Chronic over-sharer of our everyday lives ☺️ | whimsicalseptember.com






Talk Thirty To Me (talkthirtytome)

TalkThirtyToMe™ Please don’t crop watermarks 🙏🏻 NEW TalkThirtyToMe swag below! 🙌🏻 instagram.com/talkthirtyshop


Ok guys, that concludes our first edition of Follow Friday. We really enjoy following these lovely ladies, and we hope that you end up feeling the same way! Happy FriYay, and we hope y’all have an amazing weekend.


Review: Maëlle Beauty

Last summer, I signed on for an amazing opportunity, to be one of the founding mentors of a brand-new beauty brand, Maëlle.  I was super excited, but then my life took a bunch of dramatic turns and I pulled out before launch and decided I would just be a customer.  The sponsor I had, Brittaney, is an amazing makeup artist and such a sweet soul.  When she approached me to review some products, I jumped at the opportunity to try them for myself.

When I do reviews, you can be sure of this – I will always be 100% honest.  In a past blog, I did a couple of negative reviews.  It sucks to do that, but fortunately for both of us, I loved the products!

I was sent three products and they were all so good.  Briefly, the lowdown…

  1. Above and Beyond Mascara – I was prepared to think, “yeah, it’s good,” but not be excited about the product.  After all, there are a lot of good mascaras.  This one is amazing though.  It does EVERYTHING you want – curls, lengthens, separates, and coats every lash.  Best of all, no smudging and flaking throughout the day.
  2. Secret Illuminator – This is used alone, under makeup, or over makeup to brighten the eye area.  I tried it with no makeup and it helped brighten my eyes.  Then I tried it under concealer and it helped.  When I then patted it on OVER my concealer, my eyes really brightened.
  3. Angled Brush – This brush is the perfect density and size for blending eyebrows and lining the eyes! I love it for brushing a shimmery gold shadow along my lower lash line.

You can find all of these products by shopping with Brittaney.

Check out my YouTube video for full review.

Crafting Toddler Friendly Valentine’s Day Cards


Hey Guys! Ashley here. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up NEXT week, I wanted to show some of the special people in my kids’ lives that we are thinking of them. The first thing that came to mind was to make some Vday cards to mail out. Yeah, I could have easily bought some pre-made Vday cards to give out – but the kids are so small that they can’t really sign their name. I felt like a little crafting of personalized cards was in order.

Obviously, the first step in this whole process was to browse Pinterest for a little inspiration. I wanted to find something that would be easy for Cooper and Sophie to add their input to, and something that wasn’t so complicated that it left me pulling my hair out in frustration and stress after it was all said and done. Crafting with kids is always so much prettier in your head. 😉 I found this cute ‘I Love you To Pieces‘ Vday card idea from the blog Solis Plus One.  I thought it would be perfect AND easy. A win win!

Cooper was super excited to glue down his pieces of paper, and Sophie helped add some stickers. They actually both did really well during the whole thing. I think that going in with realistic expectations of how it would turn out is key – and not stress that he started gluing pieces of paper outside of the heart. 😉

I also did some hand prints of each of their hands to add to the cards that would be going to their grandparents. Grandparents love hand prints…right? 😉 I later cut out the hand prints and glued them to the inside of the cards with their names and the year written on their respective hands. Doing the painted hand prints was a surprisingly not messy experience. I used a foam brush to apply the paint to their hands and then just pressed their hands down on the paper. Once I had all the prints I needed, we rushed to the sink. No articles of clothing or pieces of furniture were ruined in the process!

After they went to bed, I finished up the cards. I added some washi tape decorations to the envelopes, glued their hand prints, and wrote the words on the cards. I am really pleased with how they turned out, and I know their loved ones will be excited to receive them.

Thankfully, I am a craft supplies hoarder – so the only things I had to buy for this project were the stickers and envelopes. I got both of those at Target. This turned out to be a fairly simple and super cute project. 🙂

What are you guys doing for Valentine’s Day Cards? Do you make your own? Please, leave a comment and let us know!

Until next time guys!

What We Wore

Hey Guys! So Wednesdays around here will be known as ‘What We Wore Wednesdays’ …. and Winesday, obviously. Haha BUT what we are going to share here on the blog every week are the outfits that we put together. Why? To hold ourselves accountable to make the most use out of our wardrobe. To maybe inspire someone else to try a combination or style they may have not thought of. And mainly, well we love clothes. Talking about clothes. Looking at clothes. Shopping for clothes. Taking selfies of ourselves in clothes. 🙂 Sooo anyway, enough with the chit chat! Please, scroll on down and take a look at what each of us wore this past week:

Ashley –


Top: Forever 21 Pants: I honestly can’t remember (probably my LiverPool jeans that I got from StitchFix) Scarf: Gift from my sister, but here’s a similar one Earrings: Nickel and Suede’s Black Leather Earrings

Tops: Buffalo Check / Striped Long Sleeve T from Old Navy, but it’s old and I can’t find it on the site anymore. Here’s an Amazon replica. Pants: Black Jeggings from Walmart Earrings: Nickel and Suede Select Red Leather Earrings

Top: Black Long Peplum from Kohls Pants: Plum Walmart Jeggings Earrings: Nickel and Suede Gold Leaf Leather Earrings Necklace: Premier Jewelry (this is a direct sales company)

Top: Recent clearance shirt from Target Pants: Denizen Jeggings from Targe Earrings: You can’t see them, but they are the same N&S Gold Leaf Leather Earrings as above

Blazer: CATO (no longer available) Top: Tank from Target (no longer available) Pants: Jeggings from Wal Mart

Rhonda –

Turns out I didn’t take many outfit pictures this week, but I will have plenty to share next week!

Dress: TJ Maxx last year – brand is beach lunch lounge.  Sandals: Old Navy girls’ department last year.  Earrings: Nickel & Suede Matte Gold in Large

Sweater tunic: Amazon. Earrings: Same N&S matte gold in large. Ring: Helzberg Diamonds.  SWOON.  (Not pictured: LulaRoe black leggings and black booties.)

Tunic/dress:  Z Supply on Amazon.  Leggings: LulaRoe. Sandals: Target girls’ department last year.  Earrings:  Yep, same N&S pair in matte gold.

I Heart Tarte


It is no secret that I am absolutely obsessed with makeup.  Over the last few years, I moved from all drugstore makeup to mostly prestige products.  I still have a few favorite drugstore standouts and use them when I can, to lessen the impact of my beauty habit on my wallet.

There is one brand that never lets me down.  That would be Tarte.  Some brands really have a lot of misses sprinkled in with the hits.  Tarte seriously never fails me.  I have never purchased anything from them that I didn’t absolutely love.  Let me just rattle off some reasons I love Tarte.

  1. They are cruelty-free.  For a brief period, I tried to go 100% cruelty-free, then I found that there was so much grey area.  Then I worked for a beauty brand that is not cruelty-free and half my arsenal suddenly wasn’t.  I still try to buy cruelty-free when the product is just as good as similar items being offered.
  2. The smell.  The intoxicating, lightly sweet fragrance of the tarte palettes and lip products draws me in.  I love the luxurious feeling of opening a palette and smelling what I can only describe as pure love.
  3. The wearability.  I love an edgy, funky, colorful, or all-out sparkly look at times, but the majority of the products can be worn to a conservative office or at home with the kids.  That isn’t to say I don’t get funky at home sometimes, but you get the idea.  You can also build up a day look to a night look using the same products.
  4. The people behind the brand.  I follow Tarte on snapchat and IG and they are totally relatable people who really just want to help you!  They aren’t afraid to go on camera without makeup either.
  5. The packaging.  The products are just beautiful and so well-made.  The palettes always have pretty prints and nice little phrases like “throw kindness around like confetti.”
  6. The quality of the product.  Everything they make does what it promises.  Because of this, I always have complete confidence in placing an order on a product I haven’t even swatched in the store.  For the price, you really get a great value.  The shadows and cheek colors are totally blendable and buildable.

Today, I decided to do a 100% Tarte look.  When I got started though, I realized that there were a few items I don’t have from Tarte.  So, I pulled out a few “supporting cast.”  Guess I know what’s next on my Tarte wish list!

The stars of the show: limited edition tarteist Live.Laugh.Love.Dream. blush palette (no longer available), limited edition maneater palette, rainforest of the sea foundation, shape tape concealer, smolderEYES amazonian clay waterproof eyeliner, tarteist lash paint mascara, lights camera splashes waterproof mascara, park avenue princess bronzer, creamy matte lip paint in FOMO

The supporting cast: bellapierre banana setting powder, Benefit Ka-Brow, Benefit porefessional primer

Do you use any of these products?  What’s your never-fail makeup brand?

*I am in no way sponsored by Tarte (but better believe I would accept such an offer).  They have no idea who I am.  I received no compensation for this post and bought everything with mine or my fiance’s hard-earned money.*

Week in Review: Rhonda

Welcome to my first Week in Review!  We are excited to share the highlights (and let’s be honest, lows) of our week with you.  This first recap of mine will likely be longer than most, so that you can get a feel for how our days play out.

My week varies depending on the weather mostly.  We try to go to the playground when it’s good weather.  We will sometimes skip school if we have a lot of errands, or just want to get outside.

Monday was lovely weather, so I did some printing and planning while Claudia took an early morning nap.  Then we went to the playground briefly.  The visit was cut short when I decided to show Quentin my “trick.”  I jumped out of the swing from an impressive height and made a not-so-impressive crash landing.  After lunch, I ran some errands and stopped by Harbor Freight Tools in a shady neighborhood in order to get a bag for my journaling supplies.

It was then home for some patio play time while I sipped a cocktail and made dinner.  I love when the busy days end somewhat peacefully!

Tuesday was more representative of an average day in our home.  I had too much to do to go anywhere.  We resumed schoolwork and I did a lot of work on my t-shirt business and getting this blog set up.  I dealt with some personal stressors.

In the evening, Claudia and I sat on the patio and waited for Stuart to come home.  After dinner, they did the dishes together.

Wednesday, I was in much better spirits but still stayed busy.  You’ll notice Claudia wore the same dress for a couple of days.  She’s a serious outfit repeater and there is no point in arguing with a strong-willed toddler.  We did the usual routine of lots of working and organizing on my behalf (with my little shadow) and lots of school and video games for the boys.

(shirt can be found at a Southern Medley)

Claudia and I cleaned and organized my vanity, which was desperately needed.  It had become a dumping ground for her toys and my paperwork.  I intended to purge some items, but ended up just tossing an expired foundation and a nearly-empty lip gloss.

The highlight of Wednesday (and let’s be honest, my week) was some fun mail!  I got in my BaubleBar order and a Zulily cardigan (I included my BB referral link if you want to go check out what they have)!  I then ended the day as usual, with my best helper making dinner with me (or trying to eat the butter through the package).

You won’t believe what we did Thursday – yep, school, working, organizing, and cleaning.  I also took some pictures for a review I am working on (I did it for social media, but will post some of it here when I am done).  I did a thorough cleaning of our bedroom and also started wrapping up the setup for this site.

Y’all already know my shadow was there for it all.  Please know I adore my boys too, but they don’t love pictures and they certainly don’t stay under me all day.

I had so much work to do Friday, that I didn’t even talk to the boys until after noon.  We decided to just skip school for the day, since our Friday work is usually just art projects or wrapping up stuff from the week.  We weren’t behind on anything, so I decided to let it go.  The boys suggest we do a Monday-Thursday school week.  I am considering it!

Friday was a fun mail day again and as soon as Claudia saw the box, she said, “It’s makeup!”  She is completely my mini.

And then?  It was Saturday.

My Saturdays and Sundays always begin the same way – coffee in bed, then mimosas.  We then have a late brunch at home, during which I work in my journal and don’t lift a finger otherwise.  It’s quite a lovely break from my hectic weekday mornings.

In exchange for pooping on the potty, Claudia got her hair washed and blown out, nails painted, and makeup done.  Best of all, she got to put on her Minnie dress.   I continued to sip on wine during the afternoon and then Claudia helped us make dinner.  Stuart let Claudia chop veggies and my anxiety was off the charts, so I had to look away!

Super Bowl Sunday rolled around and started with coffee.  To be honest, I drank way too much all day Saturday and couldn’t look at a mimosa until I got some food in my stomach.  Oops.

(mug can be found at a Southern Medley)

Claudia and Quentin had a great dance party with Stuart while he made brunch.  Once I was mimosa-ready, I got my drink and did my Superbowl makeup look while Stuart went to work for a bit.  I then did some more design work before settling in for the Super Bowl.  I am super spoiled and got my daily leg rub, this time with Claudia’s help.  I couldn’t be happier with the results of the game and boy it was intense in the end!

I hope your week was lovely and that you got some pampering too!  Let us know what you’ve been up to.

If you haven’t already, click on over to Ashley’s recap!

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey guys, and welcome to the first installments of our Week In Review posts! Each week we plan on giving you guys a little insight into exactly what we’ve been up to. Thanks for stopping by and checking us out.

Most week days are pretty much the same around here. I work, pick up the kids, spend a chaotic 3 hours trying to get stuff done around the house, feed said kids, play, and count down the minutes to bath and bed time….. (juuust kidding, maybe 😉 ) However, I do get one glorious day out of the week that I am off. This week, that day was Thursday. By Wednesday night – This Mommy was ready for a relaxing night and carefree/work free day.

So, Wednesday night we celebrated Winesday, due to some major whining going on around our parts. As you can see, Sophie was thrilled.

Thursday the three of us visited our favorite park, and of course made our rounds to Target and Chick-Fil-A. It’s just what we do. 😉


How cute is that Dr. Suess dress that Sophie is wearing?? We’re obsessed. It’s from Target.

Friday, I had a doctor appointment at the eye doctor. I needed my prescription updated to get new contacts and glasses.

This weekend was pretty chill. We hung out at the house most of the day on Saturday.

This girl. She loves taking selfies…and napping. Pretty much my Mini, and my shadow. 🙂 Coop does his own thing a lot. He also cannot usually be bothered to sit still long enough to take a picture… UNLESS he’s sending a video or picture to his beloved Ppop. Who’s Ppop? That’s my dad, and Cooper’s BFF. Haha

Sunday, we chilled at my parents’ house. My dad cooked some amazing food, including a Superbowl Sunday necessity: wings.

Not pictured: some amazingly delicious stuffed banana peppers. He just halved and cleaned out raw banana peppers. Then he stuffed them with italian sausage, cream cheese, and wrapped them in bacon. Popped them in the oven…. Is your mouth watering yet? Because, I mean. YUM. I think I ate about four of those.

Sunday night I watched the Superbowl…well sort of. Because. You know, kids. I did get to actually sit down and watch the last quarter, because the babies were sleeping. And, from what I could tell, that last quarter (and overtime) was the best of the game. So happy for the Patriots and Tom Brady. The man just won his FIFTH Superbowl championship title, and he was super emotional as if it was his first. It was so cute. I’m not a regular Patriots fan…just not a Falcons fan. At all. So. Yay Patriots! 🙂 I haven’t watched Lady Gaga’s concert…I mean halftime show….yet. We were in the middle of bath/bedtime routines during that. BUT it is recorded on the DVR. So, I’ll watch that tonight.

Okay, so that was my Week in Review! Thanks for making it all the way to the end with me. Make sure you click on over and check out what Rhonda was up to as well.

What were you guys up to this past week? Leave a comment and let us know!




Valentine’s Gift Guide: For him, for her, and for the littles

Since February 14 will be here before you know it, we thought it’d be a great idea to put together a little Valentine’s Day gift guide for you guys. We’ve kept it short and sweet, and tried to think of some non-traditional things. Anyone can go grab a bunch of flowers and a box of candy! We wanted to suggest some gifts that your loved one can enjoy year round, and maybe some things that he or she wouldn’t have thought to invest in for themselves.

Nickel & Suede Starter Pack Gift Sets – N&S’s leather earrings make a bold statement, while being lightweight and comfortable.

Sweet Pea – $75.00

Azalea – $75.00

Pretty Drink Cups – If your lady is anything like us, she wouldn’t turn away a pretty SB cup/mug/tumbler. Obviously, it wouldn’t have to be SB, but they sure have some lovely options. You can shop online or in store,you know, if you happen to be doing your VDay shopping last minute. 😉

Pink Hot Cup (10 floz) – $18.95

Personalized Jewelry – One of Ashley’s really good friends from college owns and operates an Etsy shop (Mississippi Mayhem) wherein she makes the cutest stuff including a ton of hand stamped metal jewelry, key chains, etc that are all completely handmade and most are customizable. She also has some really other great pieces of handmade jewelry for sale. We think this Dopamine Necklace would be a great VDay gift for any lady in your life. The dopamine molecule is central to the rewards systems in our brain, and it has become a modern symbol of love and pleasure. So why not gift your valentine some literal love? 😉

Dopamine Necklace – $8.99 plus shipping

Dollar Shave Club Subscription – Your first month of a 2, 4, or 6-blade razor is just $1, with free shipping. Then, they will ship a full cassette of cartridges every month for as little as $3. Cancel anytime with a few clicks.  We use Dollar Shave Club ourselves and can vouch for the quality and service!

Dollar Shave Club Products – If you just want to get him some extra goodies, DSC also offers the option to just purchase their products. Maybe he already has a subscription? Maybe you don’t want to invest in the subscription? Either way, these luxurious products are things he would probably never buy for himself, but he most probably desperately needs them and deserves some pampering!

Easy Shave Butter (6oz) – $8
Disappearing Post Shave Dew (3.4oz) – $9
Mandatory Prep Scrub (3oz) – $9
Vital Pre Shave Oil (1oz) – $9

His Favorite Drinks – The simple gesture of a bottle of good whiskey or a case of craft beer goes a long way!  Rhonda recommends beer from a local brewery and Johnnie Walker Black Label.

Bottle Opener – And speaking of dranks…what beer (or rootbeer?) loving guy couldn’t use a handy dandy portable and fashionable bottle opener?? This is another product from the Etsy Shop Mississippi Mayhem. Her credit card sized personalizable bottle opener would make such a cute gift for that guy in your life.
Credit Card Bottle Opener – $8.99 plus shipping

Books – Giving any kid, of any age, a book for any occasion is never the wrong choice. We found some really cute Love Inspired/Themed books from Target.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Joffe Numeroff– $5.69

Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – $6.94

Arts and Crafts – Encouraging your children (or someone else’s child) to invest time in arts and crafts is a genuine act of love. Why? Because there are so many benefits that a child can reap from active involvement in various types of arts and crafts activities such as developing fine motor and bilateral coordination, increased imaginations, self regulation, self esteem booster, and bonding. Not to mention, arts and crafts are just a really fun way to spend your time!
Hand Made Modern – Stitch Kit – Heart Ornaments – $7.99

Kid Made Modern Driveway Party Outdoor Kit – $19.99

Hand Made Modern – Wood Grid Top Box – $5.99

We hope that our little list has inspired you, or possibly made your VDay gift a million times easier – because you just clicked one of our handy dandy links that we gathered. 😉 Either way we are wishing for a love-filled February 14th for all of you guys and your loved ones. And truth be told, Valentine’s Day should be about just that. A day that you set aside to show some extra love to all those you hold dear in your life. No presents required. 😉

Let us know if our guide helped you choose or think of a gift, and fill us in on your Valentine’s Day plans!