Spring Forward

What I’m Looking Forward to This Spring

 

Spring is here! Hallelujah – one step closer to summer! There is a lot to love about spring. In addition to getting more time outside in the evenings, which is crucial for all parents, we get to clean out our closets, houses, and lives.  Out with the old, in with the new!  Here are some things that I am excited to make room for in my life this spring:

 

1. Victoria Beckham for Target

 

 

I have been a huge fan of Target collaborations since the one with Missoni in 2011. (I am still wearing clothes and using items from that collection.)  Way to go, Target, for making these fashion houses accessible to the everyday woman!

On April 9th, the newest collaboration with Victoria Beckham is hitting Target stores and Target.com.  The Victoria Beckham collection price point is crazy affordable, generally pieces are under $40. There are items for Women, Girls, Toddlers and Babies.  The sizes range from Newborn to 3X.  There is literally something for all the girls in the family.  For those of you who have not had the pleasure of the Target collabs, these items sell out FAST.  So, if you have your heart set on some of these pieces, be at your local Target when the doors open or online when it is released. This collection is so well put together that I could go on and on, but here are my favorites:

 

Work to Dinner:
Women’s Fuchsia Twill Tank Top / Women’s Fuchsia Twill Flared Trouser

I see that there is some stretch to this fabric, but my advice would be to order a size up if you are between sizes and get it tailored! Unless you are a perfect sample size, getting your clothes tailored will change your life.  It is relatively inexpensive and will make you look like a hundred bucks! *steps off soap box*

 

Easter/Baby Shower/Lunch with Girlfriends Dress:
Women’s Blue Stripe Poplin Gathered Waist Dress

This dress is so easy but won’t make you look boxy.  It might feel a little out of your comfort zone, but I guarantee that it will step up your wardrobe! This would also make a gorg tunic.  (I’m hearing a collective sigh from half of my friends who I push to get out of their jeans, t-shirts, and leggings. Athleisure for life, but real clothes are good sometimes too.)

 

Mommy and Me Dress:
Women’s Black Collared Dress / Girls’ Black Collared Dress

I will be wearing this black dress like a uniform.  The rabbit detail at the collar inserts a little whimsy into a serious power dress. The girl’s version of this dress would be just too cute with red Mary Janes.

 

Mix and Match Outfit:
Women’s Blue and White Gingham Twill Peplum Blouse / Women’s Blue and White Gingham Twill Pants

This looks black in the picture but is actually a very dark navy.  These items are perfect for mixing and matching, as well as a fresh outfit for spring.  This top with a pair of capri length jeans with a deconstructed hem, would look adorable.  The pants would look cute with a bright top. I’m seeing it with a sleeveless crepe top with a long hem.

 

Girl’s Raincoat:
Girls’ Clear Flower Appliqué Raincoat

Super cute and still shows your adorable outfit underneath.

 

Girl’s Gingham Dress:
Girls’ Light Blue Gingham Twill Drop Waist Dress

This is so gorgeous! A pink or green cardi over this would make this a cute Easter outfit.

 

Toddler Ruffle Top and Shorts:
Toddler Girls’ Blush Ruffle Trim Tank Top and Short Set

This is 100% cotton which I can appreciate having a toddler.

 

Toddler Lilac Dress:
Toddler Girls’ Lilac Cap Sleeve Peasant Dress

This cute dress has a subtle dot print that makes it special.

 

Toddler and Baby Navy Top and Pants:
Toddler Baby

KILL me.  This is so cute.  This outfit is perfect for play dates, shopping or dinner at the Grandparents.  It is so easy and comfy but makes your little one look so pulled together.

 

Baby Rompers:
Baby Sage Green Swiss Dot Romper / Baby Lilac Pleated Romper / Baby Bee Print Pleated Romper

I’m a sucker for a romper. If nothing else, I want my baby to be comfy.  I love all of the colors here.

 

The booties to match:
Baby Bee Print Booties

 

Baby Printed Onesie:
Baby Blush Long Sleeve Tea Party Printed Bodysuit

This has such a fun tea party print.

 

Honorable mentions:

 

Erika Girardi in Hong Kong amirite?:
Calla Lily Top / Calla Lilly Pants

 

Black and White Midi Skirt:
Women’s Black and White Stripe Scallop Midi Skirt

I could never pull off this shape, but such an interesting take on the popular midi length skirt.

Photos courtesy of Target.

 

This has been fun, but let’s move to number 2…

 

2. Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cali’flower Foods

I can’t even begin to tell you the rave reviews I’ve heard about these cauliflower crusts.  They are a low carb, gluten free pizza crust made primarily from cauliflower. This brand has three different flavors: Original Italian, Sweet Red Pepper, and Plant-Based Italian. From what I hear, they taste just like a thin crust pizza. I am excited to receive my shipment and try them.

Photo courtesy of Jenna.

 

3. Marco Polo App

Marco Polo

I was introduced to this app by a college friend who lives in Maryland.  It has been a really fun way to keep in touch with friends out-of-town or in-town for that matter.  It is marketed as a ‘video walkie talkie’. You are able to watch a video and respond at that time or later when you are free. There is also a setting for group chats.  This has been helpful for my group of friends as we plan our next girls’ weekend (Montreal here we come!). Also, there are filters, drawing and voice changing technology included. Go download it!

Photo courtesy of Marco Polo Video Walkie Talkie.

 

4. Beauty and the Beast

Disney

The remake of this movie was awesome!  The new songs were great and didn’t take away from the original story line (like anything from Celine Dion would). I really liked the cast – Disney once again hit it out of the park.  Who else was missing Matthew Crawley? This is one to see (again)!

Photo courtesy of Disney.

 

5. Return of Veep

Veep

Veep returns April 16th on HBO.  If doctors say that Scrubs is a more accurate portrayal of hospital life than ER, Veep is the political satire equivalent. I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had or overheard in Washington, that were perfectly replicated in this political comedy.  While my husband doesn’t get it; I am generally dying of laughter throughout this show. The last season of Veep got me through the last few weeks of my third trimester, so it holds a special place in my heart.

Photos courtesy of HBO.

 

Honorable mention:

Tax Reform – Come ON! Get this done. (Shout out to my old W&M colleagues!)

 

Comment and let us know what you are making room for in your life this spring!

xoxo,

Lauren

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Find Your Tribe, Love Them Fiercely

 

Welcome to the Jungle! We hope that this blog provides you with a place to escape reality. A place to laugh and cry. And, most importantly, a place to relate. A place where you can say, “these are my people.”

Several friends have asked me why I’m doing this. Why put yourself out there? Aren’t you nervous? Well, the answer is, I’m doing this because I want to be your safe haven. I want to be a beacon of love, laughter and positive energy. My sole purpose is to be an encourager and a validator. I want to be the person that says “Good Job, Momma! You’re doing awesome. That’s, right. YOU!”

Every day we face new obstacles. Some days are easier than others. Some days I feel like I’ve got all my ducks in a row and some days I feel like I have squirrels at a rave. There are times that I’m crazy enough to think *this is easy.* Then life slaps me right in the face and I realize that nothing about being a 30-something wife and mother is easy. Every day presents new challenges. But I’m here to remind you that you’re doing awesome. It’s ok if your kids ate cereal for dinner three days in a row. It’s ok that you grabbed that shirt out of the dirty laundry and febreezed it. It’s ok if you only half-listened to the ramblings of your delirious toddler at bedtime. And it’s ok if you selfishly chose a little gym time over family time today. No matter what, you’re doing ok.

Over the years, more times than I’d like to admit, I’ve found myself looking at other women and constantly measuring myself up to them. The desire to do this becomes even stronger when you become a wife and mother. Constantly wondering how ‘she’ does it all, yet you’re so tired by 8 p.m. that you literally collapse in the bed, once again, and decide that the pile of laundry can wait just one.more.day.

How does ‘she’ find time to work a full time job, exercise daily, be the PTO President, volunteer for non-profits, and be an adorable trophy wife all at the same time? In your mind, it just doesn’t seem fair. The grass always seems greener. Then you beat yourself up, repeatedly. But I’m here to share a little secret with you. ‘She’ looks at you with the same admiration. ‘She’ sees your strengths and focuses on her own weaknesses. ‘She’ isn’t perfect and neither are you. And that’s OK! Perfection is only in magazines and movies. Be real. Just keep doing you. Because that’s exactly what this world needs.

My biggest piece of advice for you (not that you ASKED for it) is to surround yourself with women who build you up and never tear you down. Real queens fix each other’s crowns. Be the energy that you want to attract. Your vibe attracts your tribe. And I have to tell you, I have the best ‘tribe’ this side of the Mississippi. I don’t know how I would survive without my girlfriends and our constant rant sessions. Every day I’m thankful for them and the role they play in my life. Find your tribe and support them fiercely. If you don’t have a tribe, we hope you will join ours here at Glitter Jungle. We hope that you hang around and enjoy this ride with us. Because, trust me, it’s a Glitter Jungle ‘round here, y’all.

XOXO
Jill

P.S. – For all of our male followers, I realize this post was literally dripping with estrogen but, stay tuned. We promise to keep you entertained, too! And, who knows, we might just teach you a thing or two about the ladies in your life.

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Face Time – Charcoal Mask Review

Let’s face it. We’re officially 30-somethings (or close to it). The days of having flawless, perfect skin, with little to no upkeep, are coming to an end and will soon be something we only see in the rear view. As much as we hate it, it’s time to start thinking about Retinol, lifting and anti-wrinkle eye creams and night serums. All of the sleepless nights with our babies and the countless laughs we’ve shared are starting to show like tiny little road maps on our faces. Each laugh line has a story and we wouldn’t trade those moments for anything in the world; but we WILL vainly start to use every available beauty product that we can find to keep our skin looking youthful! To keep up with the latest trend, we decided to give charcoal face masks a try. Let us tell you, if nothing else, we certainly had fun! Below are some of our thoughts regarding the process:

Lauren: We used the ULTA Smoothing Apricot Pre-Mask Prepping Face Scrub

Amazon – Apricot Pre-Mask Prepping Scrub  /Apricot Pre-Mask Prepping Scrub (2nd retailer option)

This Face Scrub was awesome. Not only did it smell good, (not too fragrant) but the beads really helped exfoliate my skin, took off that dead layer and got us ready to go forward with our masks. I would definitely recommend some type of pre-mask exfoliant.

Jill: I used the “Yes to Tomatoes” Clear Skin, detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask:

Yes to Tomatoes – Charcoal Face Mask / Yes to Tomatoes – Charcoal Face Mask (option 2)

The application process was very easy. The mask I used was in one piece and easily unfolded from the package. It was VERY slimy, wet and cold. It felt like seaweed. It was very slippery and slid all over my face when I first applied it. At first it was hard to get the mask to stay in place, but after a minute or two it started to dry out and formed to my face.

Lauren: I used the Boscia Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Hydrogel Mask:

Boscia Charcoal Face Mask / Boscia Charcoal Face Mask (2)


The application was not super easy. This mask requires a buddy. It continued to slide around on my face after the application, so I was constantly adjusting it. I would recommend lying down for the 20 or so minutes you have it on. Definitely try this mask when the kids are at school, nap time or when they go to bed.


Jill: My mask did NOT harden, but my face did tingle during application. It wasn’t painful, but there was definitely a tingling/numbing sensation.

Lauren: My mask did not harden either. While the mask was on, my skin felt tingly but comfortable. As you can see, the top part of the mask was a little bigger than my face and kept flopping down. You may want to trim that if you have the same issue I did.  One size does not fit all!

 

Jill: Removal was super easy. It just peeled right off. No pain at all!  My face did immediately feel hydrated and my skin felt more firm.

Lauren: Removal entailed a simple peel off. Some of the gel was still on my face after I removed the mask, but as the directions suggested, I massaged it into my face and neck. I think that’s a key part that is often missed. Get all those firming benefits my friend!

Jill: I noticed some minor sensitivity after using the face mask. There were no breakouts or redness. But every time I worked out, for a week following the mask application, I noticed that when I sweated, my face was sensitive to the touch. Almost like a minor sunburn. Sensitivity only occurred when sweating. I’ve been blessed with good skin and rarely have breakouts. But, I did notice that following the mask application I had more blackheads than usual. I’m guessing this is because the mask just pulled all of the gross stuff out that was hiding under my skin. *gag* Overall, it was a fun experience and I would do it again.

Lauren: Even my mom noticed that my face was brighter and my complexion “looked good” (via face time). If you know anything about the Korean culture, you know that good skin = life. I would give this product an 8 out of 10. While I felt most of the intended benefits, I wish I could see more of the advertised blackhead and/or whitehead removal. While this mask didn’t produce the immediate gratification that a Biore nose strip does, it did firm and cleanse my skin, leaving it soft and revived.

We hope this was helpful! Comment below any tips/tricks or questions you have!

XOXO,

Jill & Lauren

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A Little Q&A with Your Bloggers

Relating to others is the key to life; and as humans, we’re curious by nature.  While we are sometimes a little TOO curious, here at Glitter Jungle, that is a-ok.  We’re here to share our lives with you and hopefully make a meaningful connection with all of our readers.  Some of you may know us very well and some of you may be ‘meeting’ us for the very first time.   So, because of that, we thought it would be fun to do a little Q&A.  Don’t you feel like you know a person a bit better after reading one of these posts on social media?   We hope these questions will tell you a little more about us.  Whether our responses make you think we are “totally basic” or “freaking awesome”, we hope to keep you coming back for more!  We can’t wait to read your questions and comments and we’ll do our very best to answer you back in a timely fashion.

Every Friday, starting April 7th, we will feature a Q&A Section introducing one of our fabulous friends.  Each week you’ll get to learn a little bit about our special guest and hear about their niche in life. We can’t wait to share these wonderful people with you.  They already make our lives more interesting and we hope they will do the same for you!   

XOXO  Jill & Lauren

  1. What’s your favorite movie?
    Jill: Pretty Woman
    Lauren: When Harry Met Sally I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie.
  2. A book you plan on reading?
    Jill: Steve Harvey’s book “Jump” and Joanna Gaines book “The Magnolia Story.” Both Steve and Joanna are living legends in my opinion.
    Lauren: “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance
  3. Favorite TV show that’s currently on?
    Jill: Fixer Upper & Dancing With The Stars
    Lauren: RHOBH, The Mindy Project, New Girl, and Scandal (Veep is about to return…Yeeeesssss!)
  4. On a scale of one to ten how excited are you about life right now?
    Jill: I live life on about a 12 – always an optimist!
    Lauren: 8 – I’m an optimist but cautiously optimistic 🙂
  5. Twitter or Instagram?
    Jill: Hands down, Instagram.
    Lauren: Both, but mostly Instagram
  6. What’s your favorite food?
    Jill: Steak
    Lauren: Bulgogi
  7. Least favorite food?
    Jill: Brussel Sprouts
    Lauren: Mushrooms
  8. Favorite drink?
    Jill: Chocolate Premier Protein Shakes; Favorite Cocktail: PixieStick Martini
    Lauren: Coke Zero; Favorite Cocktail: Vodka+Cranberry 
  9. Favorite dessert?
    Jill: My mamaw’s homemade chocolate cake with vanilla icing!
    Lauren:Ugh, this is too hard.  Cocoa Sheet Cake is right up there.
  10. What’s the hardest part about being a mom?
    Jill: Mom Guilt! And always worrying that you’re screwing everything up.
    Lauren: Trying to figure out what’s right for your child and staying consistent. There are a LOT of opinions out there.
  11. If you could only listen to one artist all day who would it be?
    Jill: Bruno Mars! But, really it depends on my mood. If I wanted to contemplate life, I’d pick Adele.
    Lauren: Pharrell 
  12. If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?
    Jill: Luke Bryan
    Lauren: Adele or Dolly Parton 
  13. If you had a tattoo, where would it be?
    Jill: Ribcage
    Lauren: On the side of my pinky finger
  14. Dogs or cats?
    Jill: Dogs!
    Lauren: D.O.G.S.
  15. Dream vacation destination?
    Jill: Anywhere Tropical.
    Lauren: Europe or Turks & Caicos
  16. What’s your favorite color?
    Jill: Coral
    Lauren: Green
  17. Diamonds or pearls?
    Jill: Pearls <3
    Lauren: Both
  18. Heels or flats?
    Jill: Always heels
    Lauren: Flats
  19. Favorite fitness trend?
    Jill: Heavy weights / CrossFit
    Lauren: TRX (kind of a love/hate relationship) and Barre
  20. Best way to de-stress?
    Jill: Exercise! Sweating is my favorite. Exercise cleanses the mind and body.
    Lauren: Massage
  21. If you had one superpower, what would it be?
    Jill: To travel back in time, knowing everything that I know now
    Lauren: Mind reading
  22. What is your least favorite thing about yourself?
    Jill: My super pale skin
    Lauren: My allergies
  23. What is your most favorite thing about yourself?
    Jill: My blue eyes or my hair. Or maybe my outgoing personality.
    Lauren: Adaptability – I have made friends with a lot of different kinds of people.
  24. Who do you miss most?
    Jill: That’s easy. My mamaw.
    Lauren: My Grandmother
  25. What are you listening to now?
    Jill: ‘Nobody’ by Keith Sweat (Old School baby!)
    Lauren: Everything on the Voice
  26. Favorite smell?
    Jill: Men’s cologne. *swoon*
    Lauren: The Body Shop’s Grapefruit scented hand sanitizer (who’s a germaphobe? *raises hand*)
  27. Favorite Sport?
    Jill: Volleyball to play, Football to watch
    Lauren: To play-Volleyball, To watch-Football (in person)
  28. Scary film or happy endings?
    Jill: Happy Endings. I only like movies that make me laugh or happy cry!
    Lauren: Happy
  29. Favorite season?
    Jill: Summer forever!!
    Lauren: Summer (my birthday season!)
  30. Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
    Jill: Candace Cameron Bure, Kelly Ripa and Jennifer Garner
    Lauren: Laura Bush, Mary-the mother of Jesus (What was it like raising normal kids and also God incarnate?), and Chrissy Teigen 
  31. Sweet or savory?
    Jill: I have a serious sweet tooth. I need a twelve step program!
    Lauren: Sweet…’betcha didn’t see that coming.
  32. What would be the title of your autobiography?
    Jill: She believed she could, so she did.
    Lauren: Lean Back
  33. Who is your girl crush?
    Jill: Jennifer Lopez
    Lauren: Sandra Bullock 
  34. If you could have a date with a celebrity who would it be?
    Jill: Shemar Moore
    Lauren: Ryan Reynolds
  35. Revisit any year in your life what would it be?
    Jill: 2001 – I was a freshman in college, my dance team won a National Championship and I joined my Sorority – Phi Mu. My sorority sisters are like family and they’re worth every penny that I “paid for them!” 😉
    Lauren: Any year in college!
  36. Guilty Pleasure?
    Jill: Drinking Coke Zero, eating Peanut Butter directly from the jar and watching Golden Girls reruns
    Lauren: Real Housewives of anywhere and Magnum ice cream bars
  37. Spirit Animal?
    Jill: DJ Tanner (Fuller House)
    Lauren: Mindy Kaling
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