Jonathan (the hubby) and I have an amazing relationship. I always credit this to the fact that we started out as friends before we became boyfriend/girlfriend and husband/wife.
I think it is so important to be best friends with your spouse. I had been in two previous relationships and I was so nervous that I would do something embarrassing that would make the guy run the other way. But Jonathan has always been different.
Also in the comments were people saying "don't make her famous so she keeps spoiling her husband!" Joke's on them! I always spoil him. But this got me to thinking about the idea of spoiling someone.
I don't ALWAYS do the laundry and dishes, just like he doesn't ALWAYS take the trash out. We decided together that a marriage is a partnership, not a "you do this, I do this, and everyone is happy," arrangement.
This post isn't terribly long, but I encourage anyone out there to find a partner who you can love deeply, laugh with uncontrollably, cry around freely, and live with happily! Establish a friendship that is forged in fire. Your life will be so enjoyable.
If you are from Tik Tok, or you found me through social media that way, thank you so much for your love and support. I'm so happy to show our love to the world, especially during a time of such hate and division. Love you all, so much! Have a great week!
College season is upon us. For many of you, this might be the first time you've lived away from home. No matter if you're an experienced traveler or if you've never stayed away from home a day in your life, I've got some tips to make college move-in and room decor easier for you!
1: DON'T NEGLECT DECOR
2: LEARN DECOR POLICIES FOR YOUR RESIDENCE HALL
3: CONSIDER RENTING ITEMS
4: SOME MOVING TIPS TO FOLLOW
5: COORDINATE WITH YOUR ROOMMATE AND START DIYING
If you want a coordinated look, most colleges provide you with information to contact your roommate so you can coordinate!
Start now on your DIY decor. You can have a decor party as a going-away party! Or, you can spend some time with your family and make stuff together. Either way, you'll love having a few pieces that will remind you of home while you're away at college.
CHECK OUT MY "THINGS I WISH I'D KNOWN BEFORE STARTING COLLEGE" BLOG POST FOR MORE TIPS!
Regardless, I'm sure we will still run into some hiccups. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram today to see how the move is going. Since it is the summer and many families move around this time of year before the new school year starts, I wanted to share a few moving tips. Keep reading for more:
1: PUT YOUR ESSENTIALS IN ONE BAG
If you're moving offices, this might be the box or bag containing your pens and planner. If you're moving homes, this might contain a bag with your cellphone chargers, a change of clothes, and your toiletries.
Knowing where these items are when you've first arrived to your new office or home is essential. It will make moving much less stressful and you will be able to easily find your essentials bag since you put it in a differentiated bag or box!
2: YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY BOXES
Boxes can be rather expensive, especially purchasing enough to transport a house full of stuff!
In fact, it will cost you between $60 and $85 to purchase enough cardboard boxes to pack up a one-bedroom apartment. You can use a number of things for packing, including clothes hampers, bags, and suitcases that you already own. You can also ask local stores like Aldi's, Walmart, or Target if they have any cardboard boxes that they are throwing out. Be sure to get clearance for this first!
Our place of business was able to offer us milk crates and storage tubs to move our things in!
3: TRASH BAG YOUR HANGING CLOTHES
I didn't believe that this hack would really save time until I used it when moving into my first apartment! I wish I would have known about this hack before moving in to college.
Basically, you simply gather several hanging items, maybe 20 hanging items per bag. Put the ends into the bags and fasten the bag shut at the top of the hanger, leaving the hook of the hanger exposed.
4: LABEL BY AREA AND PRIORITY
Label your boxes by area, but also by priority. What's the use in getting your toiletries before you have your shower curtain? What good would it do to have access to cookbooks when you can't find any of your pans or utensils.
This is why labeling by more than just area is a good idea. If need be, you could always label your boxes with a list of everything in them!
Please note: I didn't get a special discount, but the entire store was (and still is as of today) having a 25 percent off sale. Visit www.JoahBeauty.com to shop!
Keep reading to see how they worked out:
JOAH BEAUTY TRULY YOURS LIQUID FOUNDATION
When I go to try out a new foundation, I tend to stay away from liquid ones. I don't have oily skin, but I do have really red skin. Usually, liquid foundations seem harder to build for me, so I try to get a creme foundation that mattes down!
However, I was pleasantly surprised when I bounced this foundation onto my skin. Yes, the foundation was very liquidy for lack of a better word. However, it effectively covers my redness and is super easy to build.
I've also never tried a foundation with a dropper. I really like being able to fill up the dropper and control how much foundation is going on to my face. This keeps me from wasting the product. To make this even better, the foundation was only about $7 for me, because I bought it on sale. Usually, the foundation is about $9.50, which is still a really great deal!
JOAH BEAUTY GLOW ACTIVATION RADIANCE PRIMER
I've never been a stickler for the "beauty rules," so I'm sure it comes to no surpirse to you readers that I'm not a die-hard primer user. However, my experience with this brand has kind of changed my mind.
I tried to get the sparkles in the shot but, in case you can't see them, I'll talk about those for a bit. This primer contains little flecks of what looks to be gold or glitter. I usually use one to two pumps. The little flecks of gold/glitter give your face an extra glow that goes on under your foundation.
To me, it feels a bit better than the ELF primer that I've used before. I unfortunately don't have a lot to go on when it comes to primers, as I've only really used drug store products.
This primer cost me about $7.88, but is usually $10.50.
JOAH BEAUTY JELLY BAE MATTE GEL LIPSTICK
I love to wear red colors on my lips, but I realized when doing my shopping for this post that I didn't actually have a darker red. I settled on this shade, which is named "Boothang."
I have been pleasantly surprised by the wearability of this product. It does what it says and mattes down pretty quickly. It is the perfect shade for what I was looking for. The only downside is that the component that holds the lipstick can start to look pretty gross after a while. It holds on to finger prints.
This cost me $4.88, but usually costs about $6.50. There are so many other shades in the red, pink, and nude family to choose from!
WHAT I FOUND
Surprise, surprise! I found that beauty brands DON'T have to cost a fortune to do what they promise.
In the picture to the right, I am wearing the lipstick, primer, and foundation. I used a little Tarte Shape Tape to help out my under-eye baggage!
I want to give a shout out to Katrina from KSLoves on YouTube! She raved about Joah's products in her content, which made me want to try them out for myself.
I want to say that I truly appreciate brands that are dupes for other, more expensive brands. I know that some people in the beauty world are upset by this, but those people usually don't have a tight budget to work with.
BIOCLARITY ESSENTIALS SKINCARE | $29.95
First on my favorites list is the BioClarity Essentials Skincare Line. This line is vegan and cruelty-free. I was super stoked after receiving this because I do have red skin and several problem areas.
I love how gentle, yet hydrating each of the products in this line are! They have a pretty neutral smell and the products actually absorb into your skin, rather than sit on top of it as some products do. If you'd like to check out this brand, or purchase from them, visit the link attached to the picture or in the headline!
JOAH BEAUTY JELLY BAE LIPSTICK | $6.50
I really thought that I had a lipstick this color, but I only had some bright reds in my lipstick arsenal. So, when I decided to try Joah Beauty, I snatched up a burgundy lip color called "Boothang."
For a lipstick that is only $6.50, it mattes down extremely well. I am super happy with the color and I'm really glad I took a chance on this product!
If you want to check out the other shades of this lipstick, click the photo or the headline to go to the site!
JOAH BEAUTY PRIMER AND FOUNDATION | $10.50/$9.50
I ran out of foundation just in time to start using the Joah Truly Yours foundation and primer when they arrived.
The primer really sets a great base for the foundation. It has little flakes of gold in it to give you a vibrant, glowly look. The foundation is buildable and actually stays on throughout the day. I was surprised by this company. I tried them because of Katrina from KSLoves on YouTube. Again, links are connected to the photo and in the headline!
RED AVIATOR SUNGLASSES | $5
Since I finally restocked on contacts, I can wear sunglasses once again! I bought this particular pair of sunglasses for a themed baseball game, but I've been loving the accessory as of late.
I got these from Walmart for about $5, but I think it was actually less!
The frames are gold and I love the reflective property of the lenses. It makes for some great photos and no one can see me when I'm rolling my eyes (lol, JK).
NETFLIX MOVIE: MURDER MYSTERY
Usually, Adam Sandler is really hit or miss for me. However, I like him in pretty much every movie that he plays opposite of Jennifer Aniston in.
This is an action-packed comedy thriller that places a working-class couple on a vacation where they find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation.
I loved the comedic relief in this movie, and also loved the action part. It was fun to try to think through who the killer might have been.
I recommend this for a girls night or for a date night in. I watched it with Jonathan and we both loved it!
I want to make it clear that I believe anyone should be able to wear whatever they want! These are just suggestions to make your photos look better and to make your other friends envious of your style. PLEASE also know that I am not an expert, but a plus-size gal with 25 years of experience in a plus-size body!
So, here are a few tips:
1: OPT FOR VERTICAL STRIPES
If youâre like me and you are plus size and short, you should opt for vertical stripes on your clothing. Horizontal stripes can make you look wider and can accentuate lumps and bumps that you might want to keep hidden.
However, vertical stripes give a lengthening effect, making you look taller and drawing the eyes to the top and bottom of your body, rather than from side to side.
2: THINK BIG WITH ACCESSORIES (FOR THE MOST PART)
When it comes to accessories, the experts agree that larger statement jewelry and other accessories look great.
Since I got some contacts, I have been loving accessories like sunglasses. I bought this pair for a special baseball game a few weeks ago. However, I've loved them since.
I myself noticed that my face seemed a lot smaller when I wore sunglasses with larger frames. This is because the attention is moved on to your glasses, giving your face the appearance that itâs shapelier.
I personally like aviator sunglasses!
I've also really loved statement jewelry. Experts say that smaller pieces can sometimes seem super tiny on us larger ladies (no offense intended from these experts). You could also try a head accessory like a bow or ear/head wrap in colder months (like the one below made by my awesome mama)!
3: PLAY WITH PRINTS
Again, if youâre wanting to look slimmer in particular, you should try to play with different patterns. Patterns can distract from lumps and bumps as well. I really love floral patterns as well as tie-dye.
The photo to the left is one of Jonathan and I's engagement photos (we're married now)! This dress has a floral print.
I also love skull prints. My college graduation dress was black with neon skulls on it. I loved it and still have it!
4: DRESS FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE
Within the plus-size community, there are different body types. The key to feeling and looking great in your outfits is dressing for your body type. There are five main body types: hourglass, pear/triangle, inverted triangle, rectangle, and oval.
Each body type can style themselves specifically to cater to the curves in a fashionable way.
I really liked this blog that explains body shape. Scroll down, click the shapes, read the description, and find which shape you believe fits you best: http://www.thechicfashionista.com/body-shapes.html
1. MAKE YOUR OWN SLUSHY
Nothing says summer like slushys or shaved ice! But slushys can either be expensive or really unhealthy. Instead of putting your slushy into the hands of a stranger, you can make them easily at home all on your own! I have two ways:
1. Take a bottle of soda of your choice, shake it while it is still sealed, and place it in your freezer for 3 hours and 15 minutes. Remove it from the freezer, loosen the cap, and turn the bottle upside down. The soda will instantly turn into a slushy!
2. Simply use your blender (I use a Magic Bullet) to grind up ice. But the ice shavings into a cup and pour your flavoring over the ice. Add a spoon and you have a simply homemade slushy!
2. BEACH HACKS FOR THE BEST SUMMER EVER
If you're going to the beach this summer, make sure to follow one of these hacks so that you have the best day ever:
1. Place your phone in a zip-lock bag so you can still use it while protecting it from the sand.
2. Swap your beach towel for a fitted sheet. Add heavier items like bags or coolers to the corners.
3. Use baby powder to help remove stuck-on sand!
3. KEEP YOUR CAMPFIRE BUG-FREE
If you're anything like me, your blood is attractive to bugs! I swear that I can't take one step outside in the summer without encountering something that wants to sting or bite me.
Word has it that you can add sage to your campfire to keep the bugs away so you can roast hotdogs and tell ghost stories without fear of being bitten or stung!
4. STAY PROTECTED FROM THE SUN AND SMELL GREAT
Sunscreen is a must, but a lot of people avoid it because it seems like an inconvenience. Others choose not to wear it because sunscreen has a strong smell that might not be appealing. But, you can mix in some of your favorite essential oils (for skin) to lighten the smell. So, if you're going on a beachfront date and you don't want to smell like sunscreen, try this hack!
5. COOL YOUR DRINKS IN MINUTES
When we used to go to the beach, we often rented a beach house and had to stop by at the store to get some drinks and food. But, most of us would want to go out for some fun in the sun before the day ended.
Wet a paper towel and wrap it around your drinks. But them in the freezer for a few minutes, and it will be icy cold and ready to enjoy!
I do have an awesome father-in-law and grandfather-in-law to celebrate, and I suppose my brother and husband are both fathers to furry little friends. However, I know this is an issue that many deal with.
Today, I’ll be giving suggestions on how you can enjoy this holiday even if your father isn’t in the picture, or if you’ve lost the loved ones you would traditionally celebrate. Keep reading for more:
HONOR A FATHER FIGURE
While we may not have an actual father or contact with our actual father, there is usually some person in our lives who holds a father figure position in our lives. Sometimes, that could be a close family friend, a person from church, or another family figure who has been there for you in place of your father or grandfather.
CELEBRATE THE LIVES OF FATHERS/GRANDFATHERS YOU HAVE LOST
This year may be particularly hard for me, but I’ve been kind of putting it out of my mind. My grandfather passed only a short time ago. Usually, we would spend the day with him. I can think of no better way to participate in the loving nature of Father’s Day than to remember someone who was a father to you.
This could be as simple as a tribute to them on social media, a family dinner, or spending time with members of your family who were also close with the person you lost.
ENGAGE YOUR SPIRITUAL SIDE
I grew up without my dad in the home. However, because of my grandpa and my church ties, I didn’t feel that different. I don’t remember feeling like something was missing. Growing up and now, I have strong spirituality.
I personally believe there is a God who knows me and loves me and is watching over me always.
INTERVIEW YOUR PARTNER IF YOU ARE CHILDLESS
Obviously, you would celebrate Father’s Day pretty normally if you have children and your husband or the father of your child is around. There’s someone to celebrate right there! But, I don’t actually have kids.
Both Jonathan and I would love to have children one day. If you know that you both want children, but you’re not sure when that is going to happen, you can always talk about your future children.
GO SEE A MOVIE
Movies are great, and I can say pretty confidently that I don’t remember seeing any Father’s Day advertising in the theatre. Not saying that it won’t happen, but it is better than being stuck in front of the TV all day with a ton of Father’s Day ads running. On top of getting out of the house, you can see a ton of new movies that are out that look amazing.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SALES
DON'T USE SHOPPING AS THERAPY! But, if you have self-control, you can catch up on shopping if you don't have anywhere to be this weekend!
A lot of stores have special Father’s Day prices. Amazon, for example, has sales running for clothing, shoes, watches, jewelry, accessories, luggage, electronic gifts, famine, backyard items, tools, and auto.
MY NEW GLASSES! | $69.95/2 PAIRS
I haven't gotten new glasses and contact for years. When Jonathan and I learned what we'd get back from our tax refund, we decided we would use the money on some much-needed new glasses.
We go to America's Best because you don't have to pay a fortune if you don't have insurance. You can also get two pairs of glasses for $69.95 and up. They were also able to squeeze me in after a scheduling mishap, so that was awesome.
The left pair is black, and the other pair is purple and black!
PEEL-OFF FACE MAS HEMP SEED OIL | ~$5
So, for Mother's Day, my mom and Nana decided to surprise me with a few gifts, all of which are featured in today's favorites post.
Mom found this peel-off mask on sale and decided to get one for each of us to try. I really like peel-off face masks, but they don't always like me. I say that because liquid-to-dry face masks don't usually like to dry on parts of my skin. However, this one did dry down and peeled off easily.
I still always try to take a shower right after I use these because I always tend to miss one or two patches and I look like I'm peeling from a sunburn when I do.
NEW RUE 21 OUTFITS | $UNKNOWN
One of the outfits my mom picked out for me was this orange dress with blue and white flowers. You can wear this off the shoulder, but I pulled mine up on my shoulders. It has fake buttons down the middle and is actually higher in the front and lower in the back and the bottom.
I have always like high-low dresses. The fabric of this dress is made of really breathable fabric, making it comfortable and great for hotter months.
The second outfit that my mom picked out was this white shirt and, I swear, the most comfortable pants in the world.
The blue and white pants have a vertical pattern, which makes you look taller if you're vertically challenged like I am. The pants are so comfortable that it will feel like you're wearing pajamas.
The shirt is also very cute. It has a kind of overlay that drapes over the bus and arms. I really like the whole outfit.
It is really comfortable and stylist. I got a lot of compliments on both of these outfits. The best thing about these is that they can be found at Rue 21, which is a relatively affordable shop. You just have to find one that has a plus-size section.
It was less than $8 at Walmart and you can use it in damp or dry hair to help reduce frizz. It also smells great, which is a plus!
I really like braiding my hair, but it can start to look boring after a while. I decided that I would brain a ponytail one day and I freaking LOVE the look!
The only thing that could make the look better is if my hair didn't get too frizzy after wearing it this way all day. However, the next product is pretty good at helping reduce frizz.
"KILL THIS LOVE" BY BLACKPINK
Today, I'm going to share some photos from my wedding and my mother-in-law's 50th birthday party. Keep reading for a few tips to decorate your party venue beautifully!
1: PHOTO BACKDROPS ARE A MUST!
You can't go wrong with a photo backdrop to give a place for people to take pictures at your party. For this photo backdrop, we bought two pegboards from a hardware store. The board is covered with paper flowers. This was a painstakingly difficult job, but it looked so good in the end and we got a ton of compliments.
Other photo backdrops include a backdrop made of PVC pipe, a painted mural, and more. Figure out what makes most since for your party and do that!
2: THROW OUT THE TRADITIONAL GUEST BOOK!
When Jonathan and I got married, we knew we wanted to do something different for our guest book. After all, do you really flip through the guest book from your wedding or party that often?
Instead, we made a heart out of our thumbprints and added it to a mounted poster board. People signed the board and this now hangs over our couch in the living room!
If you're having a summer party, you can paint over a used surfboard and have guests sign it, or you can have people add their hand prints to a board. Do something unique to make your party stand out!
3: BUY CHEAP, SPRAYPAINT'S YOUR BEST FRIEND!
There are so many cute finds at the dollar store. And, if you're decorating on your own, chances are that you're on a budget. We found candle holders and small bird cages at discount or dollar stores, but they were not in the right color of gold.
We decided on a certain spray paint color and sprayed everything that didn't match closely enough to that color. This gives a look of uniformity and the idea that the decor was designed for the party. I love this hack because it can work for pretty much any project!
4: DON'T BE AFRAID TO DIY
5: USE ODDS AND ENDS TO MAKE CENTERPIECES
A lot of people are convinced that they need to have real flowers at their wedding or party for it to look remotely nice. However, we got a lot of compliments on our reception centerpieces.
We found blue-tinted milk jars at a craft store for less than $1 each. Inside, we added dollar store finds like the blue pinwheel, two or three fake flowers, and a yellow butterfly clip.
As you can see, the table also included tea-light candles and a strip of lace down the center! Using smaller pieces still results in a great look without spending a ton of money!
6: MAKE A TABLE POP WITH FABRIC
7: ADD GREENERY FOR A FRESH LOOK
This is an awesome idea because the plants can also work as party favors. I certainly didn't need 12+ succulents and three bigger plants to drive back home three hours with!
DIY TO SAVE MONEY FOR THESE THINGS:
3. TABLECLOTHS AND NICE PLATES: The one thing I always splurge on is tablecloths. That's because the dollar store seldom has a good selection of colors. Instead, I usually go to a party store like Party City for my tablecloths. I usually get the plates from there, too!
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