Pout It Out – My Favorite Lipstick this Summer

Full disclosure: I am not much of a lipstick girl. I generally only use lip balm or gloss. HOWEVER, that’s before I found the perfect lipstick.  While browsing the MAC counter at the mall, the fabulous makeup artist suggested that I try a natural colored matte lipstick, in addition to the foundation, blush and brow filler (spoiler alert: it’s actually eye shadow!) I had already picked up.  I took the plunge and got the lipstick (in Honeylove – Matte) along with this gloss (in Spite, when I want to take it up a notch). It has been a few weeks and I can say that I LOVE it!!

 

 

 

Not only does it moisturize my lips throughout the day, it also makes me feel a little more “put together”.  Matte lipstick is a good way to ease into daily lipstick wearing or stay current with the latest in lip trends.

 

 

I’m wearing the matte lipstick only in this pic.  No filter here (*gasp*), so you can see the true color.

Whether you are a lipstick newbie, veteran, or a mom that just wants to feel a little more put together, you’ll have the perfect pout with this product! Try it out, see what you think and let us know!

XOXO,

Lauren

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The Magnificent Maxi Dress That Every Woman Should Own

It’s summer and beach vibes are all around us.  If you’re anything like me, style is very important but comfort is too.  My go-to ‘mom uniform’, in the summer, is any dress that’s cute but also keeps me cool; versatility is a must as well.  I feel like it’s my job in life to let you all know that I’ve officially found the PERFECT maxi dress.  It’s stylish, comfy, SUPER flattering and made out of material that doesn’t wrinkle or cling (hallelujah!)   And the best part is, this dress is less than $35.  I wore this dress for a date night at the beach, but I also plan to throw on a kelly green cardigan and wear it to the office as well.  Another positive feature is that this dress has adjustable straps for short people like me!  (Yay!)  I paired my dress with cute brown leather slides, but you could totally rock wedges with it as well.  If you’re on the market for a fun maxi dress, give this one a try.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  Dress fits true to size.

 

Sleeveless V-Neck Maxi Dress

Sidenote:  This pattern literally went unavailable today (hopefully they’ll restock), but there are still three other colors available that are all adorable.  The mustard yellow pattern is one of my favorites; I’ve tried it on in person and almost purchased it.

If you decide to purchase, make sure to share your photos with us!  We’d love to see you.

 

Happy shopping and much love,

Jill

 

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A Few of Saxby’s Favorite Things – Dog Products You’ll Love

Saxby is our first, our fur child.  She is my (un)registered emotional companion. She has gotten me through a bar exam, two pregnancies, numerous cooking disasters, and plenty of other highs and lows. If you are like me, one of the best parts of the day is coming home to a very very happy little animal who, seemingly, has been waiting by the door for you all day. Saxby is high energy and very athletic, so I have made it my mission to find toys and products that will stand up to this schnoodle, while not killing myself trying to entertain her.

In honor of her upcoming birthday in August (#5, I can’t believe it!) I’ve compiled a list of her favorite things and added in a few of my own.

 

The Kong

This has been one of our best investments.  Saxby has used this since she was a puppy. We put a teaspoon of peanut butter inside the Kong and stuck it in her crate when we were training her.  She always seemed happy to “go home” when it was time for us to go out or for her to go to sleep.  Now, she will chase and bite the Kong mercilessly. No cracks or wear to speak of!

 

Dingo Twist Sticks

These Dingo Twist Sticks have been a great treat for Saxby.  She loves them and they take a little while to eat, so it keeps her busy.  These especially come in handy when we have company and don’t want Saxby to jump or lick.  The Dingo Sticks will distract her enough to stop barking when the many Amazon boxes are delivered to our front door.

 

Racquetballs

This was an accidental find.  John and I like to play tennis and one winter, decided to try our hand at racquetball. After I crashed into the side of the court repeatedly and John got beaned in the back several times, we gave it up.  Our two attempts ended in a literal ROFL situation.  We got dirty looks by the veterans at the club in northern Virginia, and needless to say, we quit. Saxby reaped the benefit of this #epicfail. These balls are super durable and don’t get coated in the same amount of grime that a tennis ball does. We’ve only been through two cans of these balls in the last five years.  (The first three balls went missing over the fence…oops.)

 

Lean Treats

We got these from our vet’s office.  Saxby loves them and they are great for training.  We used these to get her to wipe her paws before she comes in the house, dance, sit, stay, lie down, and speak.  She used to be able to differentiate between her toys when she was a puppy.  These treats were crucial in having her bring us “Pinky”, “green rope”, and “bone”. (These toys have all gone by the wayside or are chewed up.)

 

Bubbles

This was also a coincidental find. My son loves bubbles. One evening, I was blowing bubbles for him and Saxby started chasing them too. Two-for-one! Entertainment for the kids and the dog – major win.

 

Harness

This is the first and only harness we’ve owned.  It is awesome. Not only does it prevent that horrible choking sound your pup makes when she pulls, but also evenly distributes her weight.  The Worthy Dog brand is top notch. I’ve made a few repairs, but it has been a good buy.

 

Doggy Bags

I got this set up at Marshalls, but have linked another option above.  This makes clean up after your pup easy.  No one likes another dog’s poo in their yard.  Don’t be that person; take a doggy bag.

 

Chew Toy

My sister-in-law and brother-in-law dog-sat during one of our vacations and Saxby confiscated their dog’s Nylabone. This particular one is great for very active chewers. There are little grooves on the sides of the white part which also help to keep teeth clean.

 

Brushes (Slicker and Comb)

We use the slicker comb (blue handled one) to go over Saxby first.  This gets out all of tangles and dead hair.  We then use the comb (yellow handle) to get more stubborn tangles and matted fur.  These are super effective and keep her looking well groomed.

 

MOVOFLEX

Saxby’s vet recommended these homeopathic supplement for joint discomfort.  Saxby is regularly contorting herself when jumping to catch balls, ropes, frisbees, etc. Also, she occasionally slips on our hardwood floors while chasing or being chased (by whom I’ll never tell). Our vet recommended this product and it has been awesome.  There are different formulas for small, medium or large dogs, so check with your vet before you use these.

 

 

Saxby and I hope you and your pups love these products and want to hear all about your favorite products!

XOXO,

Lauren

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My Nightly Routine – Skin Care Edition

Skin.  We all have it and at one time or another have abused it.  It has been burnt, bruised, cracked, peeled, flaky, dry, oily, you name it. While I have been guilty of all of these at times, I am a big proponent of loving your skin and taking care of it.

I grew up with a Korean mother, so my skin care regimen was set in stone, basically from birth. I have memories of my Harmony (aka Korean Grandmother) massaging my nine-year-old face with cleansers, masks, and creams.  (I don’t know why but she seemed to take pleasure in ripping masks off my face…all in love, of course).

I will tell you what I have been told by my family, if you want to avoid looking like this prematurely, read on:

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Step 1: Remove your makeup

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(Post-run selfie)

FOR THE LOVE…do not skip this step, unless you want tiny wrinkles and lines under your eyes at the ripe old age of 30.

Feeling lazy? When I’m exhausted or generally not in the mood to mess around, I will use the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes and Wipes. This does a pretty good job of wiping the day away.

Feeling ambitious?  I try to use the Queen Helene Professional Cleansing Cream, Triple Whipped at least twice a week.  Massage this all over your face and then gently wipe off with a tissue.

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Step 2: Wash your face with a cleanser

Feeling lazy? I use Cleansing Story, Natural Facial Deep Foam Cleansing – Aloe. I got mine at Marshalls). I pretty aggressively rub this on my skin, taking it easy around my eyes and then rinse off with warm water.

Feeling ambitious? One word, Clarisonic.  This is piece of equipment is transformative. My skin has never felt more exfoliated and bright.  I apply the Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser (which smells amazing) on the brush and use as directed.  This is great because it is rechargeable, so you don’t have to worry about changing out batteries.

 

Step 3: Pat a skin softener on your face

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softner dime size

Feeling lazy? Clinique Clarifying Lotion.  I used this product for most of my high school years.  It’s a good product, if you are a skin care newbie.  If you need a little boost, see below.

Feeling ambitious? I use the Korean product, IOPE, Plant Stem Cell Softner, Skin Perfection.  This one bottle lasts me at least a year and is totally worth it.  I love it.

 

Step 4: Gently spread the skin serum on your face

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serum size

Feeling lazy? Skip this step.

Feeling ambitious? I use about a dime size amount of IOPE, Revitalizing Lifting Serum. I definitely see some lift and firmness with this product.

 

Step 5: Massage a cream on your face

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Feeling lazy? Clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel. has been my go-to for years.

Feeling ambitious? Try IOPE Revitalizing Lifting Cream. I generally dot my face with the product and then smooth it all over. Ok, even in my early 30’s I want to fend off the early signs of sagging and dullness. This does the trick!

No matter your age, there is still time to get started on a routine that will keep your skin firm and bright.  While fillers and botox are always a fall-back option, this skin care routine will be much less expensive and way easier to keep up. You got this!

Let me know your favorite skin care products! I always love learning about new ones.

XOXO,

Lauren

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Easy Peasy Strawberry Pie Recipe; Perfect For The Fourth Of July

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, my favorite holiday of the year!  To me, the Fourth of July is the height of summer; I look forward to it all year long.  It means sunshine, pool time, family gatherings, lots of laughs, friends, outside play, fireworks, watermelon and strawberry pie – a family tradition.  As I was making strawberry pie today, I decided that it was only fair that I share my easy peasy DELICIOUS recipe with my Glitter Jungle family.  My momma and I have been making this recipe together since I was a kid and it’s always a big hit.  Here’s what you’ll need:

 

Ingredients:

  1.  1 Large container of strawberries
  2. 1 Pouch/Cup of strawberry glaze
  3. 1 Graham Cracker pie crust
  4. 1/3 Cup of sugar

 

First you’ll want to chop up your strawberries.  We cut ours into thin slices, rather than big chunks.

 

Isn’t my tiny sous chef adorbs?!? (All the heart eyes, y’all!)

 

After you’ve chopped up all of your strawberries into a large bowl, then you’ll add in one package of strawberry glaze and 1/3 cup of sugar.  (I know…sounds like a lot, right?!  But we’re from the south and we like things sweet.  It’s ok to splurge every now and then!  Just do a few extra burpees tonight.)

 

Stir thoroughly until all of the sugar and glaze is mixed in.  Then you’ll pour your strawberry pie filling into your graham cracker pie crust.

 

Voila!  Your pie is complete.  Now you’ll want to cover the pie and put it in the fridge for a few hours to chill and firm (I suggest at least 2-3 hours ahead of meal time.  The longer it sets, the better.)

 

Other Serving Options:

Although I enjoy the pie just as it is, we have family members who love to add cool whip,  vanilla ice cream and even Hershey’s spread as a topping.  I honestly don’t think you can go wrong with any of these toppings!

 

Happy Snacking, y’all!   And, most importantly, Happy Fourth of July to our great nation.

XOXO

Jill

 

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