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The Perfect Summer Lip

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Hello loves! 

I am so excited to share this look with you guys today it is by far one of my favorite looks.

A couple of weeks ago when the weather was still gloomy and cold, I wanted to use my Morphe 350 Palette and lighten up my mood.  

Some days when J goes down for a nap I take some time for myself and do my makeup, I am trying to build the courage to eventually do videos and maybe vlogs but until then these little blog post will have to do the trick. It is a lot of work doing videos so I want to make sure I am doing my best. 

I had picked up this palette knowing that with summer right around the corner I would want to do some brighter pretty colors.

I am still struggling in the false lash department the application just stresses me out and I end up regretting even using them.  

I am still going to keep practicing maybe even more when I don’t do my makeup and see how it works out. If you have any tips for me I would love to hear them.  

This makeup look was inspired by Summer and the orange remind me of that color you see right as the sun is setting. 

Lip: Revlon Siren
Eye Shadow Palette: Morphe 350
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hill Brow Definer
Earrings: Forever 21
Eyelashes: Eyelure
Foundation: Fenty Beauty 360 Neutral Olive
 

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The Cool Mom

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🤣 Writing that makes me a loser!

 

But I hope I get to be the cool mom but also the mom who is well respected too! 🤦🏽‍♀️

I know it's Saturday morning and not my regularly scheduled post but I just wanted to make sure I was able to get two post up this week for y'all! 

This week had it's ups and downs, whew and I am glad it's almost to an end.

I went and updated my hair and got these really gorgeous pink locks now with my boo Orlando at The Orlando Salon and I am in love 😍. 

But, on my way home from my hair appointment I got rear ended and now I have to be without my car and in a rental.  I am not sure about you guys but I am one of those people that like to have things a certain way.

I love to put things back in their place and I want things to be organized the way I like it.  So when I have to be without the things I use on a daily basis, it kind of throws a wrench in my life.  I know it is just a car but it is my space where I like all of the features and all of the space, and the luxuries. 

My bestie also came to town and instead of getting a blog post up and running I decided I wanted to spend time with her. It sucks not having her close by all the time. 

We have some down time since the kids are currently taking naps and I am wondering why I am not finding myself in a bath?  Hmm, let's relocate. 

Okay I don't have a bath tub shelf thingy yet but it is definitely on my get for the house list, I am out now and use that great bath bomb I received from The Hurried Hostess while in Kerrville, you can find the info here. 

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The Perfect Traveling Flats

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Last week I had the pleasure of meeting up with a couple of girl boss friends, we went to Galveston and ate dinner and walked around a bit afterward.

When we walked around my friend Stacy helped me out with some photos, and I desperately need to find a good photographer because y'all I have been trying to get some photos done at the house and it is not happening.

I found these cute flats at Target when I was doing some shoe shopping and I just had to have them because they would go perfectly with a simple dress, jeans or even shorts. I don't have a ton of black shoes because I got rid of a bunch of things recently and I was in need of something to use on the days that tan/brown wasn't going to work. 

Shoes: Target
Shirt: Target
Distressed Jeans: American Eagle
Lipstick: Milani Matte Naked

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Mama Moments

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A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon a blog while I was looking for #mommybloggers like myself and found the Honest Mama Blog, written by Hannah and it was one of those findings that was the right time, right place type of thing.

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After reading most of the things she wrote, I  thought well maybe I should start a series here on my blog doing something similar.  Now I am no where near as great of a writer as Hannah and I entirely encourage you to read a lot of what she wrote because not only is it good writing but a lot of what she has to say isn't out there in the world. And us not-so-perfect Mama's need to hear it. 

The world has sugar-coated everything out there regarding Motherhood and made a lot of us feel like shitty mom's because our experience isn't what everyone says it would be/should be. 

Mothering at it's finest is hard. If you find a mom on social or in real life that is acting like her shit is together, she is doing just that acting. 

Now don't get me wrong motherhood has it's perks.  The moment when Jax says "mama", I am all weak in the knees in love, or when he cuddles me in the morning.  When he grabs my hand to walk down the stairs, or when he finds me in the middle of the night so he can lay next to me or on top of my head. It is like the absolute best feeling in the world and I am so grateful to be his mama. Absolutely grateful!

All of those plus much much more is the great part about being a mommy/parent.  But then you also have other moments that no one tells you about or they forget completely.  

And they leave you feeling like you should be walking around with a shirt that says world worst mom, ever! 

Because there are those moments where you are like I am getting one thing from the store and then we will head back home so you don't pack all of the things for the baby on your way out, like a change of clothes and he ends up somehow peeing through his diaper and all over his clothing. 

 So the one thing turns into a bunch of things and you can never cleverly explain to your husband why you can never walk out of Target under $100 🤦🏽‍♀️

Moral of the story motherhood can be very hard at times and you need all the help and support you can get, my advice to you take it. If they are offering more than likely they want to watch you little one, or they know what exhaustion looks like, feels life and honestly just want to help. 

The judgement from others has been there all your life and it just intensifies when you become a mommy, my recommendation is to develop thicker skin, a don't give a shit mentality, and you keep your head held high.

Mermaid Summer Make-up

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This is so far out of my comfort zone I am still considering not posting this. 

If you follow me you know that I am not great with make-up I mean I can't even do a good smokey eye. But I enjoy the palettes that I have been purchasing and the alone time in my beauty room. 

Needless to say, when J went down for his nap today I was trying to go for a pineapple look. I had these earrings that were coming in and with summer right around the corner I knew it would be absolutely perfect.  

Well somewhere things went slightly left and right and I ended up with this gorgeousness. I threw on a kimono I had hanging in my extra closet and called it a day.  

It reminded me of a mermaid so that is what I am running with. 

I have a few make up looks coming to you loves in the next couple of weeks and I am so excited. 

I have finally been able to get my thoughts and life in order, since I started using oils and if you haven't read that post you can here.  

I would absolutely love to know your thoughts on this look! 

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I just wanted to leave.

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Many years back when we were trying to have a little one of our own I was taking mediciations, and while on the medicine I would get these very irrational hormonal spurts of emotion. 

They would make me cry and feel completely and utterly lost in my own emotions, it was just something where I felt like internally I couldn't figure out what I was doing with my life in that moment. It felt like a freight train was coming straight at me and I didn't know how to get off the track or if I even wanted to. 

I would get upset with E and I would just cry. Which if you know me personally I do get mad at E [lol] but crying isn't something that I do too often just out of the blue for no reason.

Once I was done with them my levels returned to normal and I felt great again. It was the oddest thing to me and E would seriously look at me like, what is wrong with you?  

Then recently after having J, I asked a friend about these "oils" she was always talking about. She had talked about them constantly on her social media and honestly I kind of thought of her as one of those crazy cat lady types, but she doesn't own cats.  

So in hopes of not coming off like one of those crazy cat lady kind of people I have kind of held back on talking about oils.

Sometimes, I feel like when people start talking about something on social it can seem like it's all about a sale.

And that's not it. 

It's about educating people on what you can use to help your body, mind, and maybe your soul too.

I recently tried this new oil in hope to potentially get my body ready for maybe baby #2 if that was something in our future. It took so long and so many years with J that while I am in no rush it would be great to be in a good place health wise for an "if it were to happen" kind of moment. 

For a while now my mental state hasn't been that great, it felt that their was potential for me to say that I was possibly bi-polar and maybe I should definitely try to find a therapist.

I am not a take medication type of person unless it is for extreme pain like my c-section so even when I had headache I would prefer to nap instead of pop a few Tylenol or Advil.  

I never thought for a moment that my mental state could be due to having J or a hormone imbalances I just thought life was throwing some hard stones and I would eventually bounce back.  

But once I saw the difference in my mentality after using a couple of drops of Progessence Plus I felt like a huge weight lifted off of me.

I wish I had started using it sooner. I immediately messaged my upline aka the girl who told me to try oils, and asked her is it possible? 

Is it possible for my cycle to start, is it possible for me to not feel or look bloated, is it possible for me to immediately feel like a better person? A better mom? 

And her response was it is totally possible. 😮 

Everyday with J was a struggle E would call and immediately I would be frustrated. I envied him, his alone time working two jobs, being able to sit alone in a car with no one to worry about, being able to use the bathroom without someone standing their like "mom?".

We fought a lot because I never felt like "l" mattered anymore. I never felt like I was me, anymore

J would do normal baby things, fuss, cry, throw a tantrum and I would just want to cry and sometimes I did. Not because he was doing things every mom wishes their child wouldn't do but because I couldn't handle it.  I would feel enraged inside and I would just want to close my eyes and scream. I tried my best to fight back all of it. But sometimes I would yell and be like "what?!?" and after I would immediately feel horrible. I felt like Dr. Jykell and Mr. Hyde 

After all these years of trying I felt like maybe it was just because I want supposed to have kids, I felt like a bad mom.  

Hormonally I was out of whack and I tried to hide it as best as possible but my marriage was suffering and I could totally see my self losing interest in a lot of things. 

If you have #PCOS you may know what I am talking about, if not think of it as a crazy psychotic bout of PMS. I literally had times where I wanted to just drop everything and leave.

I'd imagine myself on a solo road trip to absolutely no where. I remember messaging my best friend and being like I just want to get in a car and drive and never come back. 

It was hard, because I love J and I love E but it was really making me doubt myself as a women. As a married women who loves her child and her husband. 

So to feel the way I feel now and not share it with others who may be feeling the same exact way would be wrong on so many levels. I know I may not reach a ton of people with my writing but I do know there are a few of you out there that do read this and it may help you somehow.

And regardless of if you go get oils, or medication just make sure you are doing something about it for you.

Because you don't deserve to feel this way, no one does. 

It's hard for strong women to admit that they aren't strong, to cry, to feel hopeless and outside of control of their emotions. I feel like I am a pretty strong women. I have made mistakes in my life, I have had bad things happen to me, and I have found myself on the other side of them all happier and healthier. 

And I feel like maybe this is just another stepping stone in my life in order to share this with the people I know, the friends and family I love.  

I am not asking you to buy into any scheme or fill my pockets with money. I am asking you to take care of yourself.  

Oils are just the way that I do that. 

With love, 

V

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How to apply

1-2 drops on forearm twice a day, neat.  

It has helped me with:

Depression

Back pain

Cramping

Focus

Collins at Home: Unique Bathroom Storage

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hello loves!

Today on the blog we are still doing a styling tip, but we are doing a home styling tip this week. 

Last year we had Tree Climber Creations build a few custom pieces for The Collins' House and when they brought the last of the items, April was kind enough to gift us a Honeycomb Nesting Shelves.  The come in three different sizes: Large, Medium, Small.

My initial thought was to put all three shelves in our half bath, but then I wasn't really diggin' the placement that I kept coming up with so I decided to just put up the Large Honeycomb Nesting Shelf in the half bath and find other great spots for the rest. And that is exactly what I did.

In the large shelf I rolled up my hand towels for this bathroom and set them inside. 

 

The smaller nesting shelf fit perfectly in the corner of my bathtub, where I needed to place all of my essential bath items: bath bombs, candles, and essential oils.  In the future I think I am going to get a really nice glass jar for my Epson Salt so that it will be easily accessible during bath times and also place it in this area.  I love that my bath bomb fits perfectly into the smaller shelf so I can remember to use them during my next bath time.  

Bath Bomb - @whippedupwonderful
Candle - @circle21candles <------ this candle smells so damn good! 

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3 Quick Ways to Use Your Leftover Chicken

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hello loves!

I am back today with a simple way to utilize left over chicken, whether it be rotisserie chicken, grilled chicken breast, or baked chicken.  For us a family of three we sometimes will tend to have left overs just depending on how hungry E is that night.  I usually like to get the most out of our dinners, especially since eating out can get real pricey fast.

Besides utilizing them the next day for left overs of exactly what we cooked the night before sometimes I can stretch them for another dinner completely, that way we use all of our food, without having to throw out too much or do too much work every single night. 

 

3 Way to Use Your Leftover Chicken

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1. Chicken Salad

Once you take your chicken out of the container start to shred it so that you get smaller pieces of chicken instead of legs, thighs, breast, etc.  Whatever cut you have make it smaller, by shredding it with your hands it gives you more chicken, plus it will give the chicken the ability to mix better with the mayo and other ingredients.  

Note: You can use a food processor instead of using your hands that is totally up to you just know that you will have finer pieces of chicken.

Directions:
I typically will dice a tomato and red onion, but on occasion Eric will add in celery [not my thing] he will add it into his portion.  Then once everything is in the bowl, I add the mayo and mix it all together.  I sometimes get a little cajun seasoning and season it after the mayo has coating everything well, just for a little extra taste.  

If you make your own baked chicken and season it really well, then you can probably avoid this step.  Sometimes when I am in a rush I get the store bought chicken and they aren't really seasoned all the way through.

2. Chicken Pizza

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Ugh I love me some pizza, like it is one of my favorite food but the regular pizza places just aren't doing it for me anymore and I am liking the gourmet pizza places more and more.  Especially the ones that use a brick oven, YUM!

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I recently had some left over baked chicken and I decided make a homemade pizza.

Directions:
To start shred the chicken by hand, throw on your favorite pizza ingredients or mine: white sauce, red onions, mushrooms, mozzarella, and parmesan.  I added all of that on top of a gourmet store bought pizza dough, sauce first then cheese, and finally the chicken.  

3. Chicken Tacos

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If you have already shredded your chicken by hand for the chicken salad and the pizza you can always save some of it to make, tacos!  

All you will need is:

  • Tortillas or Crunchy Taco Shells
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Beans [we eat black beans, yum]
  • Guacamole
  • Pico  

And there you have it 3 simple ways to utilize your left over chicken.  

I know our house can get busy around here, E will get off later than expect, J will not be in the mood to go down for his nap and we have to use what we got to get what we want, dinner!  I know there are a lot of busy moms out there so I hope this helped you loves!

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If you love this post, please let me know so I can come up with some more great ideas for you guys.  

Current Skin Care Routine

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Hi there loves! 

Times are changing for your girl, I wasn't too impressed with my skin care routine and was in need of some desperate moisture.  I found myself at Ulta grabbing all of the things. 

Keep reading if you want to hear more about my current skin care routine and what I did to take my skin from drab to fab! 

I am going to go over all of the amazing things I have been doing to keep my skin healthy this year.  But first if you haven't read what I eat to keep my skin looking great read this post from last week! 

My normal skin care routine was using Dove Body was on my face to remove my make up and then using regular lotion on my face too.  I know, I know!  I didn't think anything of it until I started wearing make up and my face would feel so dry and blah underneath it all.

While I love makeup and creating looks for the blog, I want to make sure that I am starting with great skin before I apply anything on my face.  I also would love to prevent wrinkles and all that jazz. 

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When I walked into Ulta the girl was restocking this brand and told me it was pretty great, I know how sometimes they are there to promote a specific product during a certain time. 

But when I noticed the pricing, she told me that Mario Badescu didn't use fancy packaging so that he could keep cost down so great skin care products could get in the hands of women & men everywhere. Without outrageously breaking the bank, so of course naturally I bought it all.  

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The glycolic foaming cleanser is used just 2-3 times a week to help with a subtle clean. 

The cleansing milk is by far my favorite because it feels like you are applying lotion then washing it away but still keeping all of the moisture.  

The facial spray is great for setting makeup and using during those hot days when you need a little less sweat on your face and a little more Rose water.  

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The glycolic eye cream & skin complex has been so so good for my skin. It feels so refreshed and soft after just a couple of days. Jaxon would even rub my face at times because it was so soft. 

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The Neutrogena Triple age repair, I picked up to try while I was shopping at Wal-Mart & overall it is a great product, I love that it has SPF 25 in it so I'm also getting sun protection as well. 

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The hyaluronic eye cream is absolutely amazing at night, I typical don't ever feel

The Rodan & Fields - bright eye complex has been assisting with moisture and those naturally inherited dark circles, now this isn't an overnight success product but I have been loving the changes I have noticed.  

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This is my go-to mask when I just want a skin refresher, I don't do it everyday even though this is a product you totally can use daily. I use it maybe once or twice every two weeks. 

And that sums it up for my current skin care routine.

Be sure you are avoiding things that make you break out as much as humanly possible, and making sure you are getting more nutrients that benefit your skin. 

If there are any products you are loving I'd love to know more, catch up with me on social or email me I'd love to hear from you! 

 

 

 

Eating better for healthier skin

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Most of my life I have received the compliment of  "your skin is gorgeous" when I post non-makeup photos and I never really thought anything of it until I started to do some research. 

I have really dark circles and while I know they kind of come with the culture I really wanted badly for them to go away but lack of sleep kind of keeps them around, so while this isn't my research on how to lighten up dark circles [besides get more sleep] this is what is best to eat for healthier skin.

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1. Water
As much as I hate to say this, my skin always looks better when I have a higher water in take than my normal none.  Sometimes that isn't always as easy, I don't just drink a lot of fluids a day so it ends up being something I have to make myself do it but keeping a tumbler of water close makes it easier to do. 
I picked up this tumbler a while back on amazon and love it, especially because it comes with metal straws and it keeps my water cold for hours! I also noticed that having a straw makes me drink more water, I typically will fill it up before bed time too.  

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2. Avocados
Do I really need to convince you to eat avocados? I love these things and most of the dinners I post on social have a huge helping of avocados on the plate.  I love them. But according to the research that I have done avocados are high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids which means goodness for top layer of your skin.   They both help to keep your skin maintain moisture, health, fight inflammation and skin sensitivity.

3. Green Tea
Y'all I was a tea drinker way before I was a coffee drinker, but since both are pretty good for skin care  I am often a coffee drink, who is a lover of green tea and sweet tea of course. Green Tea is also a fighter of inflammation and it also helps in gearing the skin up to protect against harmful UV rays. 

4. Nuts & Almonds
In trying to eat better we snack more often than usual.  I found these great Sargento packs with cheese, nuts and dried fruit that are good on the go but when I can I try to buy walnuts, almonds and cashews. 

Walnuts are also a great helper for skin sensitivity and inflammation which since summer is coming up and we spend a lot of time outside. Eating more walnuts will be a great additive to your salad, snacking, etc. 

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5. Spinach 
Spinach is one of those foods that clean you from the inside out and it helps all of the toxins that you have inside of your body, leave your body. It is also a great source of Vitamin A, C & E.

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6. Sardines
Growing up from in a Trinidadian family, Sardines were a huge part of "snacking" growing up. We typically get them in Olive Oil which is another great aspect of food that is healthy for your skin, inner and outer. 

But, they help dry skin.  The oils found in Sardines can help moisturize due to the natural oils found in them.

Growing up from in a Trinidadian family, Sardines were a huge part of "snacking" growing up. We typically get them in Olive Oil which is another great aspect of food that is healthy for your skin, inner and outer. 

But, they help dry skin.  The oils found in Sardines can help moisturize due to the natural oils found in them.

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8. Bell Peppers & Veggies in general

Red bell pepper are beneficial for more than just your skin because they contain cancer fighting carotenoids: lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin. They also contain twice as much Vitamin C which helps form collagen and that is require to help your skin remain healthy. 

Yellow, Green, and Orange bell peppers are also highly beneficial for your entire health overall.  

Denim High-Waisted Skirt + Basic Tees

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Most weekends we don't have the pleasure of spending much down time alone together, we are normally catching up with family, or doing all of the things adults have to do. 

On Sunday, we went to eat lunch at Lee's Fried Chicken and Donuts, if you visit definitely try their Bacon, Onion, Jalapeno Marmelade, the Sweet Sriracha Syrup, and the Poblano Sauce.  We will have to visit again ourselves minus J, he was well-behaved it is just entirely too hard to stay clean while eating fried chicken and trying to feed a little one at the same time. 

Then we came home and relaxed.  We let J run wild upstairs (and it literally looks like a tornado hit our upstairs living room and his bedroom) until he literally crawled on both of us and fell asleep.

E took a much needed nap and I tried to nap but as soon as I finally fell asleep his alarm went off making sure we didn't waste our entire day sleeping, but it wouldn't have hurt to sleep a little longer.

Here are a couple of snaps from our day, plus outfit details below. 

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My Outfit Details
Tee:  Target Universal Threads
Skirt: ASOS High-Waisted Denim Skirt
Shoes: Van
Necklace: Old Forever21
Earrings: Zales

J's Outfit Details
Tee: First Impressions
Pants: First Impressions similar
Shoes: StrideRite 

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Toast2Texas: Kerrville, TX

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I am finally diving into our trip to Kerrville, TX that I gave you guys a sneak peek on my insta-stories, if you don't follow me on Instagram then this is all new to you and you should definitely keep reading. 

A couple of months ago we had the most wonderful trip to Kerrville, Texas and it is exactly what this mom needed. We drank wine, ate well, and had so much fun with the locals!  

We stayed at The Garrett House which is hosted by Kim Richards, she fully remodeled this cozy two bedroom house and made it into this beautiful, comfortable, chic home away from home. You can find her on instagram here, and her AirBnb here

This trip was hosted and set up with Lauren from Toast from the Host, Stacy Anderson of The Hurried Hostess and in collaboration with Amanda Hewitt from A Positively Beautiful Life, and myself!

You can find all of their Instagrams below, and they are a definite must follow, tell them I sent you over.  

 @toastfromthehost

@thehurriedhostess

@positivelybeautifullife

Above photos credit: Stacy Anderson Photography

The first day we had the cutest set up from Lauren of Toast from the Host, in collaboration with Master of Mixes and y'all there Peach Margarita Mix is soo damn good! I could've had the entire thing in one day.  The food was all prepped and set up by Lauren who is absolutely amazing at hosting and also the sweetest person ever.  If you are hosting, or need help with party ideas, tips and tricks, get in touch with Lauren.  

Our first morning Lauren had the most delicious-ness of a breakfast set up for us and before diving in we actually took some photos, because as they say if you didn't photograph it, it didn't happen. 🤔 .

It was waffles, sweet rice, fresh strawberries and mimosas, yes please!  

Before we left, we had the pleasure of stopping at Pax Coffee and Goods and it has been one of my favorite places to visit. Besides having some great coffee, the employees are kind, and the decor is just beautiful.  It is definitely a place to stop while in Kerrville, daily!Sponsors:

House: @thegarretthouse

Flowers: @viridiandesignstudio

Invites/labels/menu - @kandsdotco

Confetti Poppers - @dopeassconfetti

Margaritas - @masterofmixes

Home - @thegarretthouse

Bath bomb - @whippedupwonderful

Candles - @circle21candles

Necklace - @beadedbayjewelry

Mask - @thecomfyden

Grape Juice - portion of lunch

Rails, a Cafe at the Depot - dinner

Bikes - Hill Country Bicycle Works

Cookies - @sprinklepopdotshop , @trulymadplastics @tudorhousecookies