11 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts and Ideas

 

It’s February 4th and Valentine’s Day is 10 days away. If you’re anything like me you’re the worlds biggest procrastinator, scrambling for ideas, gifts, or gestures! Valentine’s Day is the day of LOVE and though we live in a busy world, we can’t forget to take time out of our week to show the one we love how much they are truly appreciated. So, in case you’re panicking, I’ve come up with a list of last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts and ideas for you!!!

1.) Couples Massage

It’s not too late to book a couples massage! There’s nothing more romantic than relaxing with aromatherapy, spa music, dim lights, and an excellent masseuse rubbing away the stress of the week all while laying beside the person you love.

2.) Date Night at Home

Cook one of your partner’s favorite meals, play some romantic music, have a nice glass of wine that pairs well with your dish, talk about each other’s week and the love you share, and finish off the night playing a game or cuddling on the couch watching the first movie you watched together as a couple.

3.) Fragrance

A nice bottle of cologne or perfume is the perfect gift for your partner. It’s simple, easily found, and it’s a great gift for those on a budget because there’s something for everyone. You could even go the extra mile and have a fragrance created for your special someone.

4.) Wallet

Everyone could use a new one! Pick out your partner’s favorite color or one that matches their most common outfits, something with lots of pockets, or maybe something smaller or larger depending on how much they have to carry around. Take a peek at the wallet they use now and pick out an upgraded version.

5.) Watch

Watches are a great gift. Get it engraved with a quote that reminds you of the one you love, or maybe the date you were married or started dating. That way, every time they look at the time, they will be reminded of you too!

6.) Game-Day Tickets

Show your special someone how much you appreciate them by buying two tickets to their favorite sporting event; one ticket for them and the other for their best bud (or you). Who wouldn’t want to cheer on their team from the stands or spend a relaxing day golfing at a local course?

7.) Dinner Out

If you and your partner spend a lot of time at home (parents I’m looking at you), this would make a great gift. Make reservations at a favorite restaurant, wear your best outfits (you know the one), and maybe pick up the check at the end of dinner.

8.) Bubble Bath

Prep a bubble bath after that sweet dinner-in. Get some essential oils or candles going, add some Epsom salt or oil to the bath water for a more relaxing experience. Grab a few glasses of champagne or their favorite beverage, and some sweets–chocolate covered strawberries are divine. You’ll both appreciate the intimacy and alone time as you take a moment to catch up after a stressful day.

9.) Memory Lane

Take your honey down memory lane by printing out some old pictures of the two of you, watch old videos, or look at your wedding album. You could even frame some of the pictures to give as a gift. There is nothing more romantic than reflecting on good times together. After all, memories and experiences are what makes the rich history of a relationship!

10.) Scavenger Hunt

This one is always fun! Leave clues around the house that lead your loved one to a surprise gift, dinner, or one of the other fun options I’ve mentioned above. This one can be as simple as cutting up a sheet of paper with quotes, riddles, or pictures and leaving them in non-conspicuous places around the house.

11.) Make a Coupon Book

Make a coupon book filled with nice gestures, acts of love, sexy time surprises, fun timeouts, and relaxing breaks! Fill the coupon book with things such as “free pass on washing the dishes tonight”, “game night”, “date night, you choose I treat.” Make enough to last the month or longer so you can keep the sweet gestures going even after Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentines from me to You! 💋

 

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Why I am an Unapologetic Over Protective Momma Bear and It is Okay.

Every pregnancy is different, every mom is different, and every baby is different. Every family has their own story to tell and no one should be ashamed of their story no matter how simple, complex, happy, sad, easy, or hard your story is. “Mom” at any stage of motherhood is a hard, rewarding, great, complicated, exciting, and the most loved title you will ever hold! And, no matter if you feel you are the best mom in the world or the worst mom in the world today, remember you are always a rockstar mom!

Our Story

Our Maternity shoot at Duke Hospital by Nurse Kayla

Striker Gray was the best surprise my husband and I received. The timing was hard and the pregnancy was not easy but he is our world and we love him as deep as the oceans and beyond. I was diagnosed with Vasa Previa at week 20, landing me a VIP stay at Duke hospital at week 27. Striker arrived by emergency C section into this imperfect but beautiful world at week 31 and 6 days. Striker had a 5 week NICU stay at Duke Hospital and Vidant Medical Center where they took care of our small bundle of joy as if he was their own. Finally we got to come home. Striker came home in September, and with October being right around the corner so was flu and RSV season. I took and still am taking all precautions to keep Striker from getting sick. The timing of his release and new static’s on SIDS has turned me into the ultimate unapologetic over protective momma bear.

Over the top Momma Bear

Striker is my first, and I have heard many people say “you are over protective because he is your first baby.” Maybe that is true, only time will tell. But Striker was also a premie baby and is considered premature until age 2 when the “corrected age” finally sets in. Premature has nothing to do with a babies weight; it has everything to do with how early they where born, their lung development, and any other issues at birth. I follow doctors orders to the T; what Doctor A says goes. Striker is always in the form of safe sleep no matter if he is napping and I am awake or if it’s night time and we are all asleep. Striker is 5 months old and still wears a owlet which tells me and the hubs his oxygen level, heart rate, and if he is moving. We only take him in public for a few reasons; doctors appointments, we have no one to watch him while we are out, or we absolutely can not take being in the house any longer. I over wash and sanitize my hands and ask that all family and friends wash and sanitize before holding him (My husband can testify I am the sanitizing police when we are in public with or without Striker). Striker has only been around close family members and friends with their flu shots, and we have missed important family functions because of it. Striker does not go to daycare, gym nursery’s, or church nursery’s. Striker has only ever been around two other babies because Doctor A advises him to stay away from kids in daycare–not because daycare is bad but because daycare hold germs (again what Doc A says goes). When Striker is left with a babysitter they are given specific instructions that may sound over the top but it’s nothing I do not do myself.

I Know What You are Thinking

I know what you are thinking, whoa this momma is doing too much, and that is okay if you think that. Every momma is different, every baby is different, every doctor is different, and every parent gets different instructions from their babies physician depending on premature, term, allergies, developmental, weight, needs, genetics, and more. So am I saying if you do not do what I do with Striker you are a bad mom and you better step it up??? HECK NO!!! Like I said before you are a rock star mom and you are your babies voice and you know how to take care of that bundle of cuteness! And no one is a better mom for your baby than you !!! SO what am I saying then?

The Unapologetic Momma Bear

You take care of your baby the way you see fit, it doesn’t matter what people say, what people think, how your friends are raising their babies, if you breast or bottle, circumcision or non circumcision, keep them in a anti-germ bubble until they are 2, or you take them to Walmart the day they get out of the hospital, put them in daycare, stay home, or get a nanny, use pacifiers or don’t use pacifiers, vaccinate or not vaccinate, let them cry it out or pick them up and love them at the sight of the first tear. You do you momma, and be unapologetic about it! As long as you are following doctors orders, keeping the baby’s safety and health in mind at all times you go for it ! Be that unapologetic protector, provider, caregiver, and Momma Bear you were designed to be for your baby! You Go Girl! Your doing a great job !

To those given the Momma Bears a Run

Maybe you are a friend, relative, co-worker, or even a mom yourself and you are giving momma bears a run for their money, bossing them around, judging them, picking at what they do and don’t do, criticizing their every decision, or even given your advise where it’s not needed, stop. These mommas got it under control and if they don’t guess what they will figure it out, or ask for your help then. You have no idea why momma bears choose to do what they do with their babies. You do not go to their doctor appointments with them, you are not their to see which approach works better for their baby, you did not go throw the difficult pregnancy, you did not lay your life down for 9 months so that child could have life, you did not hold that baby in the NICU with tears in your eyes counting the days until they could come home, you are not experiencing the postpartum depression and anxiety, and ultimately you weren’t there in the bed room when the child was being created by Momma and daddy so GET OFF the mommas backs !!! These Momma bears are the voices, the advocates, and the decision makers for their babies who do not have a say, do not have a voice to speak up, and don’t have a choice. These mommas are doing their best and what they think is right. Your job is to support, support, support nothing more and nothing less.

Bowing Out Now

I have seen several post, heard from several mom friends, and experienced this myself. The fear of doing things differently than other moms, having loved ones disagree and fight with me over the way I raise my baby, dealing with the anxiety and depression after child birth. I see comments scattered all over social media and I felt it was appropriate for me to give my thoughts on this topic ! And let the moms out there know ! It’s okay to be yourself in motherhood, it’s ok to choose differently from what your friends choose or do something different than what people think is right, and it’s ok if your baby isn’t on the same schedule, milk, sleep pattern, or playing abilities as the next its all okay !!!

Be true too you Be True to Your baby ! And keep up the good work !!

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it’s Blythe Ward: RELAUNCHED!

It’s 2019 and with the New Year I’d like to reevaluate, revamp, and redo certain areas in my life; make improvements and reflect on who I’ve been the past year and who I want to be this year.

In 2018, I began blogging about makeup and skin care which I adore. This will always be the main focus of the blog, but a lot of big things took place in my life this year which inspired me to relaunch!

I became a wife, a new pup mom, Strikers mom, and a Liberty University Alumni. I experienced not only pregnancy but a high-risk pregnancy, mom life in the NICU, and now everyday mom life. Becoming a wife and mom lead me to branch out to new topics.

It’s Blythe Ward is now a place where you can read my thoughts, and relate to everyday womanhood experiences. You can expect many more post about makeup and skin care, of course, because it is a form of art which I enjoy. You can expect to read Mom life posts that include advice, experiences, stories, tips, and sometimes much-needed mommy rants. You will hear my heartfelt experience of being a wife in today’s busy, high anxiety society. You can look forward to motivational post to encourage all women in all parts of life using quotes, scriptures, prayers, and in-depth thinking.

I am excited about taking on this new journey as a blogger. I hope that you all will join me on this amazing new ride!

Now it is your turn to make your big step toward one of your 2019 goals. As always, thank you for reading and subscribing!

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8 Resolutions to Keep for 2019

1.) Pray About Everything

Worrying about everything and depending on myself for answers, decisions, and resolutions in 2018 didn’t work out so well. SO in 2019 let’s put our fear and worry to the side and pray about everything that is on our hearts and minds !

2.) Spend More Time with Family

Family is so important and as I look back on my younger days I wish I could go back in time and spend more time with those who will be a constant in my life instead of those who are just seasonal. In 2019 make more plans with the fam such as; dinner, movie nights, game nights, and even make simple phone calls to family members!

3.) Invest in Yourself

Invest love, care, and time in yourself. Do things that make you happy ! Take time to relax with a good book, indulge in your favorite meals, get your nails and hair done, buy some new perfume, or purchase an amazing lip stick, you deserve it ! We change a lot from year to year so, Don’t be afraid to spend alone time with YOU learning the YOU of 2019!

4.) HOBBIES!!!

New Year New Hobby ! Or maybe New Year Same Hobby! Either way find a new hobby that brings you satisfaction or rekindle your love for your old hobby and dive yourself into that activity and love it and use it as your escape goat when 2019 gets tough !

5.) Be Kind and Love More

In a world full of negativity, hate, judgement, and mean gestures be the change. Be more kind this year to everyone you meet. Always put yourself in other peoples shoes or remember you do not know what they are going through! Love people through 2019 and be kind to others as you expect them to be kind to you !

6.) Work on Your Physical Health

Physical health is important after all this is the only body you get Right or Right?! Eat cleaner, take those daily walks, get a skin care routine, attend annual checkups, and avoid toxic materials. Let 2019 be the year you finally kick those health resolutions in the hiney!

7.) Take Care of Your Mental Health

Everyone has STUFF they have gone through, dealt with, and even done that has caused some anger, sadness, or mood swings. Being mentally healthy is nothing you should neglect ! Mental Health is IMPORTANT! Journal, seek counsel, find solitude, take a personal day from work, go on vacation, ask for medication, and cut those unhealthy relationships that only bring you down out of your life ! Let 2019 be the year you say “I choose to be mentally well!”

8.) Consistency

Let 2019 be the year you are consistent in everything you do and in all of your resolutions! Let this year be the year you are a consistent wife, mom, family member, friend, student, employee, house keeper, hobbiest, health nut, and kind person !

Blythe’s 2 Cents

Think back to this time last year and think about the resolutions you neglected and the list above ! If you stick to your resolutions this year and apply the 8 resolutions I have decided to add to my list as well, think about what your life will look like January 1st 2020! 2019 it’s your year!!! You ladies be the rockstar women that you are !!!! Go kick this year’s hiney!!!! And remember to be thankful and grateful for another year around the sun to enjoy this beautiful planet and all of Gods creation ! Another year is a blessing that is neglected to many enjoy 2019 and make it worth it !

From my family to yours Happy 2019!!!!

 

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10 Fun Things to do with Your Baby during Christmas

I became a mom in August and once the holidays started approaching I was so excited to do all things holiday with my beautiful baby boy . I could hardly control my excitement. When Halloween came and Striker slept through his ENTIRE first trunk or treat experience I thought OH CRAP!!!! I got home and realized he is too little to enjoy the holidays but he is here and I can’t be THAT mom that doesn’t do jack squat with their baby! SO I thought to myself even though he is too little to understand what is going on and too little to enjoy kid events that doesn’t mean me and the hubs can’t enjoy HIM during the holidays!!! After all the holiday is a time of joy, thanksgiving, and love and babies fit in all 3 of those categories. SO we started doing little things that are fun for us to enjoy with him during this holiday season and we are LOVING it !!!

1.) Dress Your Baby in Holiday Clothes

Every morning change your baby out of their PJs and put them in something festive ! Even if you do not have a ton of holiday clothes, pick holiday colors ! Dress your stud muffin or darlin Princess in red , green, gold, silver, and plaids ! Onesies with holiday graphics and quotes are also a lot of fun and aren’t bad on your wallet either !

2.) Read A Christmas Book to Your Baby

Here is an excuse to go to Target incase you are like me and you look for any and all reasons to make a daily Target run ! Take your baby to your favorite store and pick out a new Christmas book or even a few new Christmas books and read the Christmas book to them everyday. They will begin to recognize the book, the colors are wonderful, and plus it’s pretty fun to create a Santa voice !

3.) Watch Kids Christmas Movies

NO our babies do not stay up for an entire movie and NO they do not know what is being said or what is going on during the movie. BUT the music, the movement, and the colors in Christmas movies keep their eyes opened a little longer and keeps the Christmas spirit high in your house hold ! You may notice your baby is partial to one movie and it grabs their attention more than the others it’s ok to play that one for them everyday (after this Christmas season me and the hubs will know ever line from the Grinch). After all you know they are enjoying it !

4.) Christmas NickNames

Pick out a Christmas nickname for your bundle of holiday cheer and call her/him that anytime you think of it ! Pick out a name like; Reindeer, Frosty, Santa, Elf, Grinch, Rudolf, Snowball, or anything else that reminds you of Christmas! It is not only fun for you but other family members start to catch on and start calling the baby by the Christmas nickname too !

(Striker is obviously SANTA!)

5.) Baby’s 1st Christmas Ornament

Make the picking out of your baby’s first Christmas ornament special. Take the baby with you , do it on a special date night with dad, or make it a surprise for dad! Pick a specific night when it’s just you, dad, the baby, and any other family members you want there to hang the baby’s first Christmas ornament!

6.) Take Your Cutie to see Santa !!

Though your cute baby will not know who Santa really is or what is going on they will love his RED suit and love looking at something and someone new. It’s also a great time to get a family photo and a baby’s 1st photo with Santa !

7.) Go Christmas Shopping

Set aside a day just for mom, dad, and baby to go Christmas shopping for everything baby !!! This will allow for both parents to get excited for Christmas giving ! After all this is your first year in your new role as SANTA (if you choose to do Santa). It will be a fun family outing for everyone and if your lucky it will cause a great nights sleep!!!

8.) Go See a Show

Once again our bundles of Christmas cheer will not really understand what is going on BUT babies love colors and they love music !! Attend a kid friendly Christmas play, light show, Santa’s Workshop, or a church Christmas program. They will be amazed at all of the lights , colors, dancing, music, and more !

9.) A Christmas Photo Shoot

It is baby’s 1st Christmas and lets be honest did you really celebrate it if you didn’t do a Christmas photo shoot and post the photos on Social Media ???!!! You can choose to hire a professional or set up your own in home mini photo shoot !!! Whatever works best for baby and budget either way you will be glad you have some fun pictures of your beautiful baby’s first Christmas!

10.) Celebrate this season with Family

You have a new baby and every close family member is dying to get time loving on your little one ! Your baby is literally the center of attention and everyone’s world right now !!! am I right or am I right !?!? Give them as much time as you can to enjoy this present with you during the season of celebration! Allow family to join in on your baby’s first Christmas! Have family members join you at shows, come to your home for visits, make special plans to go out to eat, go see the new Grinch in theaters, make the baby’s Christmas list for them, invite them over to do gingerbread houses, or have them come help you decorate! Find a way to get your family involved for your baby’s first Christmas! Make it a Christmas worth remembering for everyone !!

Blythe’s 2 Cents!

Moments are precious and your baby’s firsts are even more precious. This Christmas will be a Christmas you will always remember so make the best of it! No matter what is going on in your life, no matter how great, bad, or chaotic life may be with a new baby make this Christmas the best you can for yourself, your baby, and your family ! Do whatever it takes to get your Christmas spirit high and have some fun. But most importantly remember the real reason for the season, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you fail to do anything else this Christmas take the time out to tell and teach your little one the real reason we celebrate not because of presents, Santa, food, or family that is just the perks of Christmas. Your little miracle may not understand now what you are saying but start their first Christmas out the right way by installing into their heart and soul the real meaning of Christmas. The real reason for Christmas is to set this time aside to recognize the birth of the one who gave it all to save us all. From my little family to yours Merry Christmas!!!!

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Why I Choose IT Cosmetics as My Everyday Makeup

The Search

I myself like everyone else desires that natural, smooth, beautiful, light weight, Nina Dobrev look for their everyday on the go makeup. Unfortunately, I was having a hard time finding the perfect makeup to make that happen. I googled, I read blogs, I searched what different celebrities wore, I went to Sephora and tried a million different products a million different times and nothing was giving me the results I desired (at-least not for everyday on the go wear). I’m a big fan of the full face, full coverage, full contour look and I wish I could do that everyday, but it’s just not practical at least not for this momma. And let’s just be honest it’s not practical for any woman really, nor is it good for your PORSE!! Those puppies like to breath too ! I remember reading reviews about IT Cosmetics and looking through their products online but Sephora nor Ulta had started carrying it in the store yet. I WAS BUMMED to say the least! Its not the best idea to order foundations or concealers online because 9 times out of 10 your not going to get the right match unless you have used the product before and know your color !! Different brands have different types of undertones so the chances of you wearing the same shade in a different brand is not likely. So I wasn’t going to order this raved about product online to end up looking white as a ghost or orange as a Oompa Loompa. SO the failed search continued.

The Find

After wasted time, wasted money, and multiple disappointments I finally heard that IT Cosmetics decided to join us all in the real world and started distributing their products through stores like Sephora and Ulta !! I was beyond thrilled ! I went in the store to try the products, at first I was a little iffy on the CC cream because of all the other failed attempts of an everyday wear base that brought happiness and satisfaction so I just purchased the BYE BYE Under-eye ! And let me tell you what the name does the product more than justice !! BYE BYE Under-eye not only gets rid of my dark circles better than any other concealer I have ever used, but it also brightens my under eye and tightens my skin with its ingredient of collagen. I scream you scream we all scream BYE BYE UNDER EYE HELLO 5 YEAR YOUNGER LOOKING BLYTHE!!!! I fell so in love with the under eye concealer I decided this company is true to what their products promise so I went and got the CC Cream ! I am naturally oily so I got the oil-free matte CC Cream. The texture of the cream feels so nice on my skin and it goes on so smooth and even.The coverage is honestly a medium coverage so if you have any break outs you will want to dap a little concealer over them. The CC Cream is filled with vitamins and antioxidants so not only is it perfect for your everyday wear because it’s light weight, easy to apply, smooth, and it feels great on your skin, but it’s also great for your skin !!! It’s a WIN WIN ! AND The finishing results of the cream is absolutely beautiful!! BUT THATS NOT ALL What I love the most about IT Cosmetics is that a little goes a long way making the product you bought last a long time !! And the company is very reasonable on their pricing !

Blythe’s 2 Cents!

Well this entire post has pretty much been my 2 cents and my experience but there are a few things I want to add !! One, skin care is so important. You should have a skin care routine morning and night that is designed specifically for your skins need. Without the proper skin care routine your skin will not look it’s best resulting in makeup that will not look it’s best as well. Two, everyone is different and what works for me may not work for you. So if you are interested, I HIGHLY suggest you look into IT Cosmetics look at their products that are targeted for your skin needs, age, makeup needs, and preference they have a lot of great options. Three, make sure you are applying your makeup correctly and evenly. If not your results are going to be crappy. It doesn’t matter how great the product is if it’s not applied the way it should be it’s not going to be effective leaving you disappointed! I like companies who not only talk the talk, but walk the walk and gives you the results you expect from the writing in the description and IT Cosmetics has shown me that they DELIVER great results!

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When is Less Best ?

Everyone knows the saying “less is best”, however that little over used saying is not ALWAYS true. So, when is less best and when is it better to layer the makeup, add some bold colors, and take the extra time on the eye shadow look ???

When is it Best to be Less? 

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Less is always best during the day. Day dates, going to work, mom day outings, church,shopping, sporting events, hiking, if the sun is out let the face breath and let your makeup be less. During the day you want to look natural, clean, even toned, classy, and simple but well put together. When you wear heavy makeup during the day, the sun light can over exaggerate certain shades and tones leaving your make up looking uneven and appearing heavier than what it really is.

Why is it Best to be Less?

Your day time makeup look is almost always worn longer than your night time look, which is another good reason why less is best. Makeup over long periods of time can start to not look as beautiful as it did when it was first applied. When adding multiple layers and various shades over time the makeup can appear as layered cake on your skin and though we all want to look like “a snack” these days, I do not think this is the idea behind the phrase. After long periods of time heavy makeup can also become flaky on dry skin or your skin can produce excess oils with those who have oily skin. Flaky and oily skin causes things to eventually look dual, crackly, and can cause makeup to run together. You are probably thinking, DUH Blythe they have products for that AND Of course that is why the beauty industry has come up with makeup primers and setting sprays that are wonderful and should be used no matter what look you are going for, however, wearing a less dramatic face for long periods of time ultimately has better results.

How to get a Less is Best Look but Still  Feel Made up and Beautiful???

I like to call it “the made up natural look” because lets face it your still made up for these looks the process is just a tad different. Fake it until you make it has a lot of different meanings and this is one!

The Steps, The Tricks, The Whatever Works for your Best Less Look

  • Always Prime your face, when choosing a primer choose one for your skincare and makeup needs
  • For your base use a BB Cream or CC Cream or Tinted lotion
  • Apply counselor to the needed areas AFTER your base
  • I usually skip the liquid or cream contour during my less is best look its just adding layers. If I do contour I will use a little light contouring under the eye and on the bridge of the nose during my concealing process.
  • Use a setting powder ALWAYS no matter what look you go for always set your base and concealer
  • Prime your eyelids so there is no creases in your eye shadow and use your primer as your base color
  • Use a very natural lower lid and crease color that is easily blended and goes with everything. (Lets face it we do NOT have time in the mornings to match our eyes with our outfit or lip color! AT LEAST I DON’T!)
  • Skip the eyeliner unless you are one that feels naked without it!
  • Primer for your lashes is always a must! It conditions those bad boys and helps them to grow
  • Mascara those bad boys keeping it natural but still thick and long
  • Use a nice bronze in your darker contour areas
  • Pop a natural color blush on the checks and hit the tip of your checks bones nose bridge and chin with a nice natural highlight
  • Pick a nice natural lip color and apply to your beautiful irresistible pucker uppers
  • Apply a setting spray

I WANT MORE GIVE ME MORE!!

Now that we have covered when LESS is BEST when can we have MORE! I love a full face, full coverage, heavy contoured, I look like a Kardashian look. I think its BEAUTIFUL but its not appropriate all of the time even the beauty queen Kardashians themself know this. So when is it the most appropriate time to FULL GLAM yourself up!?!?!?

When is More Best?

If you are like me, you are thinking more is always best what do you mean? But lets put aside our preference and be honest, that is not always true eventhough there are A LOT of times being EXTRA is BEST! The best times to make sure your makeup game is on point and your full glam are during times like these: Photo shoots, girls night out, date nights, concerts, holiday parties, weddings, family and high school reunions, always night looks if you have the time, and ALWAYS special events you should always make the time.

What is Full Glam? What is the Process?

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  • Begin with a full skin care routine cleanse, mask, tone, moisturize, serum, prime
  • Apply a Full Coverage liquid foundation
  • Apply liquid or cream full face contour
  • Apply concealer in places that need extra coverage
  • BAKE IT, use your setting powder to set your base and contour leaving the powder on for a few minutes before brushing or blending the excess product in
  • Apply a full face powder contour look
  • Blend all contour
  • Add a bronzing product in needed areas
  • Add a blush of your choosing keeping in mind the season, your outfit, and your lip and eye color choice.
  • Add Highlighter to the check bones, nose bridge, cupids bow, chin, and over the eyebrows
  • Prime your eyelids to set you up for a successful shadowed look
  • Start with a natural base color over the entire lid
  • Start with a shade or two up from the natural color and apply to crease. Continue building your crease with darker shades gradually until you reach the crease density you prefer
  • Add your darker colors to your outer eyes, and under eyes
  • Go in with the pop of color of your choosing for your lower lid, under eye, and tear duck
  • Apply eyeliner of your color choice and shape choice
  • Apply mascara primer!!!
  • Apply a think layer of mascara to allow for blending
  • Apply a false set of lashes of your choosing and add another thin layer of mascara for blending
  • Apply a lip liner of your choosing
  • Apply a lip color
  • Apply a lip gloss or shine
  • Set your BEAUTIFUL face with a setting spray!

Blythe’s 2 Cents!

Remember ladies YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. I highly advise a well reputable makeup primer and setting spray. I highly recommend a BB Cream, Tinted Lotion, CC Cream, and Full Coverage foundation that has amazing reviews, is good for your skin, and targets your skin type. If you are new to contouring, I advise you start with a contour kit it helps break down the shades, the different areas, you can find tutorials online with those kits, and you do not have to stress about finding multiple different products. I also advise the first few times you contour do it for practice only and not for a special event or occasion. I also highly recommend a good coverage, 2 shades lighter than your base, well reputable concealer for your face. Ladies for your Lesser Best looks they are worn more often it is your everyday makeup look invest in good products for your everyday look. Good quality products go a long way, last longer, look and feel better, and are good for your skin. REMEMBER ladies, beauty blenders and blending brushes are your BEST FRIENDS for your full glam looks!

 

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Motivation Monday “Make the Cuts”

Its Monday and you have either just gotten home from work, or you are about to go into work depending on which shift your job title requires. You are thinking to yourself another Monday, another week, the same thing just a different day. You are tired of the same old same old, there has to be more to life than working 40 hours a week just to pay bills. You only have two days off a week if you are lucky and next week, guess what? You get to do it all over again. You do not get to spend the time you would like with your spouse, your kids, your friends, or enjoying your hobbies. You do not hate life but you do not love it either. There HAS to be something more right?!

Ladies if you feel this way YOU are NOT alone! I think we all feel this way or have felt this way at some point. It is hard to balance work, your kids needs, bills, doctor visits, school and responsibilities and find time to enjoy life. SO we realize the problem, but what is the solution? You simply can not keeping going on like this. You have to figure out something and figure it out fast. Let’s look at a few ideas to help us feel like we are getting more out of life than the “same thing different day” feeling from week to week.

CUT IT:

Cut out the things that you really do not want to do but feel obligated to do just because you have done it for so long or its a tradition of some sort. If there are things in your life that take up time and they are not fulfilling, simply stop doing it. Think about the time you are spending doing something you really do not want to be doing just out of tradition, when you could be using that time for things that would bring pure happiness. Maybe it use to bring you happiness but now it does not fit into your life schedule and it is becoming more of a burden than a pleasure, it is okay to cut it. SO lets cut out all things that are not necessary and do not bring happiness that tie up your time.

Cut Them:

This is an area I struggle in myself, but at times it is necessary and must be done. If there are people in your life that are constantly taking from you and you are never receiving in return and the relationship is draining the life out of you, cut them out. All relationships are give and take, so friendships and family relationships will take from you and people will need you and rely on you and that is OK! I am referring to the relationships that take take take and in return they offer you no support. They do not give back, you are always doing favors for them and you can not remember if they have ever done a favor for you. Another example of people to cut off are people that you would never hear from if you did not pick up the phone and call them, if you did not go to see them, if you did not make the plans, the people who put in no effort. These relationships are draining and waste time, this time could be put into others that know how to have healthy relationships in return. You could be spending that time and energy on your husband, mom, kids, and your real, loyal, in it until the end girl friends.

Cut The Insecurities

Insecurities, all women have them and they are not a fun time. Insecurities also play into our emotions which can cause us to be unmotivated and lead into depression. When we allow insecurities to step into our thought process it does not help us enjoy our every day to day and week to week routines. We ladies MUST cut the insecurities. Cutting out insecurities can be hard but it is very doable. Speak positive and encouraging words to yourself. Tell yourself things like “I am strong”, “I am beautiful”. “I am fun”, “I am loved”, “I am blessed”, and other uplifting things. Write motivational quotes and Bible verses on your mirrors at home, place them on your desk at work, place them as the back ground of your phone, put them in your car, and in your kitchen. When you start cutting insecurities you become happier which ultimately leads to a more fulfilling day to day life.

Cut The Excuses 

We always make excuses of why we can not find time for our selves. Lets cut the excuses and just do it! Time for yourself plays a big role in happiness and fulfillment. If you do not take time for the things you enjoy then DUH no wonder we are not happy ladies! Think to yourself what makes ME feel good. What can I do for ME. Not what is the new fad, what does my husband want, what are the other ladies at work doing, NO! What are some things I enjoy that will make me feel good about myself and that I can add into my everyday or every week life. If you enjoy painting, paint! If you enjoy writing, write! If you enjoy reading, find yourself a good book and read! You do not have to take hours out of your day to do the things you enjoy. Just 15, 30, or 45 mins will do the trick. It will give you wonderful “ME” time that you deserve so much.

Cut The Bad Habits 

We all have bad habits whether we like to admit it or not. We are not perfect and we never will be, BUT there are habits that we are aware of that are bad that we can cut. The habits that just make us feel bad about ourselves and take up too much of our time. If you are a smoker cut it, smoking is not only bad for your health but the cost adds up and so does the time. If you are on social media way to much cut it out, its wasted time. If you are a complainer stop complaining and replace each thought with something you are grateful for. Procrastinators (this is me!) if you go ahead and knock that homework, work, phone call, or duty out of the way look at how accomplished you would feel and time you would save. Gossip is a bad, ugly, hurtful thing that lets be honest almost all women do. Instead of gossip, find that time to invest in real conversation with someone. Excessive napping… naps are great and sometimes necessary, but to nap just to nap its a waste of time.  If you were to calculate all of the breaks you take during a full 24 hour day to smoke, look at social media, complain, procrastinate, gossip, or nap you would be surprised with how much time you would have had to be doing something enjoyable. Cutting the bad habits will also open up the door for good, relaxing, and happy habits to form.

Cut Into That Vacation Time

Take a vacation. Do not be afraid to use those vacation hours, or take unpaid days off. Life is about balance and in order to feel fulfilled you need to maintain a happy balance in life. Take time off of work go to the beach, go to the lake, spend time at home with friends and family going to the movies, shopping, and out to eat. Ladies you work hard, do not be ashamed to give yourself a break, not only do you deserve it you need it. Cut into that vacation time, have a few vacation periods planned out a year so you can have something to look forward to throughout the year.

Blythe’s 2 Cents

Is this blog post going to fix all of our problems, ABSOLUTELY NOT! BUT it is a start. It is important to remember that WE matter too and our happiness matters. We can not keep running ourselves ragged attempting to make it to every function. We can not continue to keep giving without getting. We can not keep letting our insecurities run wild. We can not keep making excuses for why we never do anything we enjoy. We can not keep holding on to bad habits that waste precious time, and we can not keep denying ourselves of well deserved time off! If we continue like this then there is no joy in life. We must make time for the things that make us happy, for the people who are important to us, and time to escape from our everyday routine every now and then. Spend time meditating and praying about the things in your life that need to be cut and the things that need to stay. Ask for the peace and strength to let go of the things, people, and maybe even the job that needs to be cut out. You only live one life and you deserve happiness. We were not created to live in misery. SO!!!! Pick the things out that make you happy, that make you feel fulfilled and do it with no regret and no excuses. Decide who is important to you and spend all of your time with them! Pick out those vacation days and put it on the calendar! Most important, decide everyday that you are going to wake up and be the best you. You can be making the most out of everyday seeking happiness in all you do so that way my friend you can live a full life WITHOUT all of the unnecessary events, people, habits, and wasted time. It is time to make the CUTS!

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Look the Right Way During Vaca!

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If you know me you know it is NO secret that I LOVE to vacation. My husband and I will vacation any time of the year, at any place, and at every opportunity. We never miss a chance to escape our small town and live like kings and queens for a week. If you say lets go on vacation, just know our bags are probably already packed and to count us in!

During vacation I like to look my BEST! Why??? Well duh!  There will be a lot of pictures, a lot of fancy dinners, a lot of day dates, and a date night pretty much every night. SO of course I want to look good for not only my hot hubs but for the camera too. After all, the pictures will be plastered all over social media for everyone and their mother to see. BUT here is the catch, how do you look your best when WAY over half of your closet is at home. You are limited on your time because no one wants to spend 2 to 3 hours a day during vacation getting ready, and all activities include sight seeing, playing in the water, and soaking up the rays!?!?!?! How do you get that perfect Pinterest, camera ready, I woke up like this look that doesn’t take forever! I am about to give you a few tricks that I have learned over my many travel experiences that help you feel and look your best!

 

PREPARATION :

You want to spend time before your vacation preparing, this will help you cut the “getting pretty” time in half!

  • Take a trip to the salon two-three weeks before your vacation and have your hair trimmed and any color you need to be added, this is not the time to try anything new. You want to make your appointment a few weeks out just in case the cut is a little shorter than you like or if you are like me, it takes my face sometime to adjust to a new cut and added color!
  • Treat yourself to a beautiful spray tan the day before you leave. If you are leaving for vacation Friday morning get sprayed Thursday evening! This will allow the tan the time it needs to develop while you sleep Thursday night and will be fresh for the entire week to come.
  • Whiten your teeth the week before. Nothing makes a picture perfect picture quit like a pretty smile.
  • Treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure a few days prior to taking off. Make sure to pick a neutral color that can blend with all out fit choices such as, white, nude, black, grey, or a light pink.
  • Eye Brows, Eye Brows, Eye Brows….. get your eye brows waxed, and tinted. This will show off your beautiful brows by giving them a fresh, cleaned up shape right before your trip. The tint will allow your brows to look fuller while adding a pop of color. This step will not only enhance your eyes but it will give you a made up look during times that you are not so made up!
  • Get eyelash extensions, this will keep you from spending time on mascara, and save you the trouble of your mascara running if you get wet, or too hot. This will also enhance your eyes and will give you a made up look during times that you are not so made up!
  • PLAN!!!! plan your outfits! look up the weather forecast a few days before and plan for the temperature. Keep in mind the activities you have planned, and the activities you have discussed. Do NOT pack quickly take your time and plan so you will feel like you not only have everything you need but you will feel satisfied and beautiful in your outfit choices.

Tips For Your Trip:

Lets talk day makeup first! During the day you do not want to have on a full face of makeup, it is just simply to heavy, The Jersey Shore days have come and gone and lets keep them there. Stick with a more natural look. Use things like:

  • BB creams
  • Tinted moisturizers
  • Water Proof Under Eye Concealer
  • Tinted Chap stick
  • Nude or light pink lip stains
  • If you are one to like a little more of the made up look, pop on a color lip stain and blush!

At night I stick to my normal makeup routine, I am comfortable with it and it makes me feel beautiful. This is not the time to try a new makeup look or a new color, stick to what you know and what makes you feel confident. Remember where you are! DO NOT wear a deep burgundy fall lip in the middle of summer at the Bahamas it just does not fit! Make your makeup work your pictures, and match your vaca get away!

Moving on to Sexy Vaca Hair! Yes we want sexy hair during our vacation but we need to remember healthy hair is sexy hair! SO lets protect our gorgeous locks at the same time we make them look irresistible!

During the day go with a natural look, let your hair hang in its natural curl, wave, or straight pattern. If it is just simply to hot to let it blow in the wind!!! Try a high pony tail, or braid it back. Protect your hair by adding coconut oil, almond oil or leave in conditioner. Spray it with a heat protection spray.

At night do whatever you like! There is no limits, just be cautious of your time! The more time spent in front of the mirror less time you have outside of your hotel room to enjoy adventure, food, and fine wine! I always carry dry shampoo with me, it gets me through every vacation! It always saves a lot of time and adds a lot of volume! Just remember the same way you want your makeup to compliment your amazing vaca get away you want your hair to do the same! The goal is to look great while you feel great!

I Scream you Scream we all Scream for the Perfect Outfit! Well really ice cream but we want our outfits to look fitting while eating that cone of ice cream. Have you ever been on vacation enjoying a cone of ice cream and look over and there sits a woman in the perfect ice cream eating attire and you think to yourself who dressed you, Pinterest themselves!? The secret to this adorable look no matter what your doing during your vacation is to stop and think. Take the extra 5 minutes to throw on fresh clothes, prepare for the day, the night, or the activity.

  • Dress your AGE! all ages have a fine line between sexy and you look like your wearing your little sisters clothes. No matter if your 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, or 70 dress your age but dress on the sexier side of your age. Never stop pursuing feeling wonderful.
  • Classy is better than flashy. Wear whatever it is you like but if you want too look classy, stick in the neutral color family, solids instead of patterns, and keep the jewelry look up to date.
  • Dress for the weather. No one looks sillier than being dressed completely opposite of the weather outside. If its 90 degrees dress like its 90 degrees if its 60 dress like its 60 degrees.
  • As I have referred to many of times in this post Pinterest is the best place to find outfit ideas

Blythe’s 2 Cents!

No matter what your budget, what stage of life you are in, and what is going on at home, you deserve a vacation of some sort. You can have a super nice, expensive week long vacation in another country, you can take a weekend or day trip to the beach, or simply take a few days off of work relaxing at the community pool and eating dinner with friends. We are hard working women and life is about balance. You deserve to treat yourself to a vacation of your choosing and you deserve to feel beautiful while relaxing!

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Its the Skin You Will Always Live in

In today’s society with all of the medical, cosmetic, and aesthetic knowledge and help we have the ability to change almost anything we do not like about ourselves. If you do not like your lips, “get them filled!” If you wish your two girl friends on your chest were larger or smaller, “get a reduction or an addition!” You do not like how your smile looks, braces and bleach ! There is an answer for almost all of our little imperfections that drive us crazy now days except one thing! YOU CAN NOT BUY NEW SKIN!

Yes you can get Botox injections but once you start its hard to stop and the cost adds up quickly. Am I knocking on injections ABSOLUTELY NOT! I have friends and family members who get their fine lines and wrinkles taken care of by injections and they look wonderful! BUT if you are like me and want to hold off for as long as possible on those injections or you are simply against it GOOD SKIN CARE is DING DING DING your answer! So, lets look at some things we can do for our skin to help it feel and look as young as possible for as long as we can!

Step 1:

Cleansing your face is so important. When you neglect to cleanse your face you are allowing dirt, oil, and bacteria to set into your pores leaving your skin; dirty, oily, flaky, scaly, dry, and lets just be down right honest kinda gross. Everyone’s skin is so different so the type of face cleanser you choose should be based on your skin type. The skin types are Oily, Dry, and Combination unless you are one of the lucky few people in the world who have normal skin and if you are that person I am JEALOUS! And so is every other lady lacking that flawless skin type!

Cleansers for Oily Skin: Neutrogena Oil-Free Face Wash (they also have acne options), Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Deep Cleansing Cream, PanOxyl Acne Wash, Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam, Pro-Active Cleanser, and GlamGlow Supercleanse Cream to Foam Cleanser.

An ingredient that has everyone going WILD but is highly effective is ACTIVATED CHARCOAL! It works wonders remember to try and find oil free face cleansers for oily skin, or cleansers that help balance PH.

I had to do some research for this next skin type because I fall in the lucky category of oily skin, so for you dry skin gals I had to fish for you ladies some answers!

Cleansers for Dry Skin: Garnier Clean and Smoothing Cream for Oily Skin, Vichy Normaderm Daily Deep Cleansing Gel, CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser, and Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild.

There are many other great products but the key to to give your face the moisture it is lacking are natural ingredients like; coconut oil, almond oil, and aloe vera so look for those ingredients when picking a face cleanser.

Cleansers for Combination Skin: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, Avalon Organics, Origins Checks and Balance, Clinic Facial Soap with Dish Mild, and Murad Age Reform.

Remember when having combination skin you also want to look at the ingredients to make sure you are picking out which is best for you. Are you combination oily and dry, normal and dry, or oily and normal, depending on your combination skin will help determine the best cleanser for you!

Step 2:

Toners! Toners are super important for your skin they help to bring back moisture from your cleanser, they provide a lot of nutrition, they take away any left over dirt and oil, and they help your skin feel tighter, cleaner, and smoother. They come in various forms such as oil, spray, and liquid.

Wonderful toners: Burts Bee’s Rose Mary Water, Mario Badescu Skin Care,  The Body Shop Tea Tree, Clean and Clear Essential Deep Cleaning Toner, and Neutrogena Clear Pore.

Step 3 :

Moisturize those faces ladies! No matter what type of skin you have moisturizing your face is so important. Wrinkles are caused by lack of  moisture and we do NOT want wrinkles!!!!! Moisturizers also have medication and natural ingredients in them to help prevent wrinkles, breakouts, infections, and bacteria. Moisturizers help control oil while still providing nutrition to the skin. When choosing a moisturizer try to choose one that already has an SPF of at least 15 in it. SPF is very important we do not want sun damage on our faces. If you have oily skin pick an oil free moisturizer, and if you have sensitive skin pick something more natural or hypoallergenic. I try not to tell people exactly which moisturizers they should use because every woman is going to have different needs based on age, skin type, complexion, allergies, and results that are desired. Listed below will be my suggestion of brands !

Brands for Moisture: Origins, Clinique, Beauty Counter, Cetaphil, Neutrogena, Olay, Estee lauder, Philosophy, and Murad.

The DO’S, DON’TS, and Recommendations: 

  • Do not sleep in your second face! Always remove your makeup before going to bed to avoid clogs!
  • Use all 3 steps cleanser, toner, and moisturizer for the best result for your skin care routine
  • Skin care routines should be done two times a day, best in the morning and at night
  • Give the toner time to dry before applying the moisturizer to your skin
  • Always wear sun screen
  • If you notice any weird spots, moles, or skin discoloration see a doctor
  • Invest in a Clear Sonic, if you do not have access to a clear sonic there are other brands at makeup counters, and stores such as; Walmart, Target, and Walgreens
  • Seek professional facials when your time and budget allows this helps with complexion, circulation in the face, and PH balance.
  • Do a at home facial at least once a week

Blythe’s 2 Cents! 

There are a lot of opinions about all natural products, all vegan products, all gluten free products, and chemical products. I am a big supporter of whatever works for your skin it just WORKS! Of course it is our skin and we need to be as careful as we can and watch what we put on it, just always check reviews and ingredients! I love to give you ladies options because that is what we deserve! We are all at different stages of our lives and are into different things! You will find different brands, prices, and ingredients throughout every blog post you find. This helps to give you options so you are not limited by budget, access to the products, preference, allergies, and beliefs!

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