Link Love

1.|| The most beautiful garden party, all to celebrate a beautiful 4 year old. Kristin can do no wrong!!!

2.|| The best smelling diffuser. My husband makes me buy these by the dozen for his office.

3.|| I have naturally wavy hair, but when I want that genuinely beachy wave, I grab this. It smells of coconuts, and instantly makes me feel like I live in Hawaii and surf all day.

4.||  Erin Mayshed’s beautiful home tour has me dreaming of all white walls, and pops of color. Check out the before and after pics.

5.|| Check out this awesome candle jar DIY. I know I have a bunch of the Bath & Body candle jars in a cabinet just waiting for a makeover.

6.|| These shoes are great for travel. Comfortable, easy to fold and pack into a carry-on, and so chic. Did I mention they’re on sale?

7.|| I invested in a few new foundations for the summer months, and have been really enjoying this liquid foundation, and this powder foundation. Have you tried either? Full reviews coming soon!

8.|| If you’re a mom, or a blogger, you’re probably stuck behind your camera 8 out of 12 hours a day….amiright? I love this DIY camera strap tutorial, and will definitely be giving it a whirl.

9.|| I want to eat this in a taco, on a chip, under dressing, and every other possible way…just get in my belly!!

10.|| I’m visiting my hometown for a few days, and will probably be found most often here eating bagel after bagel after bagel. Oh sweet baby jesus, I L-O-V-E their bagels. I have literally been dreaming about them this entire pregnancy. If I come home 10 lbs heavier, don’t judge me. ;-) As always, you can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and here. I have some posts scheduled for you, and will also pop in from my phone with some random “Hi, I’m still alive…and eating bagels!” updates.

TGIF Links

Let me be the first to say – Thank you baby jesus, it’s FRIDAY!

You may have noticed that I disappeared the last 2 days, and for once, it wasn’t because I’m a shit blogger. This time it was because I caught the flu. Yes, the dreaded, kneeling to the porcelain throne, F-L-U. And yes, it was as awful as you are imagining. So horrible that I spent Tuesday night in the hospital getting IV nausea meds, potassium, and fluids. That, my friends, is how pregnant ladies party!

I am finally feeling better, and have some fun links to share with you.

1.|| I have fallen in love with Britt Bass’s artwork. They are so happy, and colorful, and unique. This original 12×12 titled “Popsicle” is one of my favorites. Her print titled “He & I” is another favorite.

2.|| This beautiful bronze floor lamp is a must-have for Harper’s nursery.

3.|| This eyeliner is amazing for oily eyelids, and the brush tip allows for such precise lines. If you struggle with winged liner, you need this.

4.|| This beautiful quote. Be yourself, do what makes you happiest, and run from anyone who tries to take that away.

5.|| I can’t wait to put these on Camryn, and these on Harper. Let’s not mention to my husband that it will be another year and a half before Harps can walk in hers, ‘kay? ;-)

6.|| I stumbled across this knock-off acrylic wine rack at Target yesterday. For just $16 it obviously found it’s way home with me.

7.|| If you want golden, glowing skin like J.Lo, you need this bronzing body “makeup”. It makes your skin look sunkissed without the risk of permanently orange palms.

8.|| Being pregnant in the summer (in texas) means living in maxi dresses, and this dress for $12 is my new best friend. It’s lightweight, stretchy, and uber comfortable. The fact that it only cost me two starbucks coffee’s doesn’t hurt either!

9.|| If I were a drinking lady (and by drinking lady I mean not preggo), I’d be sipping on one of these every day this summer. Go check out Spoonful Of Foodies – a group of super talented ladies are putting together a Date Night Menu that is drool worthy.

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10.|| Last but not least, I finally managed to knock-out that DIY art I mentioned a few days ago. Pictures and instructions are coming your way Monday.

Have a great weekend!

XO – Samantha

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Weekly Round-Up

I’m sorry to say that my beach beauty favorites will have to wait until Monday. My mom and I spent all day cleaning and organizing my garage, and I am exhausted!! Pregnant lady, in the Texas heat, cleaning a garage…none of those things go together.

Until then, here are my favorites from the past week. (as usual, I’ll be linking up with one of my favorite ladies, Amanda, so come say hi! Oh, and if you want to read more about that crazy girl, check her out here…spoiler alert – she’s kinda awesome!)

zoeva brushes1.|| Zoeva’s new Rose Gold Luxury Brush Set has me swooning!

2.|| I’m loving this art.

3.|| How delish does this summer veggie salad look? I’m making this, pronto!

4.|| I bought this bag organizer for my LV GM, and I’m so happy with it. Well made, great pockets and it keeps my bag from sagging.

5.|| I’m having a herringbone moment, and obsessing over the idea of creating an accent wall in my house.

6.|| I rediscovered my SKII masks this week, and I’ve been putting them in my refrigerator and using them to moisturize and de-puff my swollen face. I forgot just how amazing they are. Worth. Every. Penny.

That’s all I bookmarked for this week friends. :-)

Hope you all have a great weekend! I’ll be purging my house, having a giant garage sale, and will hopefully come back feeling like a brand new woman on Monday.

XO – Samantha

Friday Links 5/22

Oh Friday, how I love you. Especially the friday before a long weekend. Does it get any better?

I have been sick, sick, sick, and slacking on this poor little blog. Still alive over here, just can’t seem to muster up enough energy at the end of the day to come put something up that doesn’t feel half-assed. I’ve managed to bookmark a few things I’ve been loving this week, so lets jump right in!

Lust List Image1.||  With the heat increasing rapidly, I’ve been having to shave more and more frequently, and despite having a new and awesome razor (more on that later) I’m really contemplating having my hair removed. I came across the Tria, and I’m quite intrigued. Anyone tried this and have reviews for me? It’s pricey, but not when you compare it to in-office treatments. Plus, I would bet the convenience of having an at-home hair removal system is worth a pretty penny.

2.|| The packaging on this fragrance makes me say “oh hell yes”, but so does the scent. This will be added to my collection in the very near future.

3.|| L&L raved about this makeup, and y’all know I can’t help but want to try it.

4.|| I picked up this conditioner on a whim last week and I’ve been really loving it. It smells amazing, doesn’t weigh down my hair, and leaves my ends feeling moisturized. I’m interested in trying out other products from this line.

5.|| I love this fun nursery design. It’s so happy!

And last…

Hanna Mac PhotographyA sneaky peek at our family photos, taken by the amazing Hanna Mac Photography. Click that link if you want to see a few more of the fun pictures she took. She captured Camryn’s crazy toddler personality perfectly, spit bubbles, derp faces, and busy busy busy energy included. She has been photographing Camryn since birth, and will be taking the first pictures of our next baby in December. If you’re in the Austin – San Antonio area, she’s your girl. She also opened up her schedule for WEDDINGS!! She’s also on facebook, and posts the most beautiful photos of her sessions and her drop-dead-gorgeous daughters.

I’ll be linking up over at Meet @ The Barre, so come say hi and give Amanda some love.

Have a great long weekend friends!

XO – Samantha

Friday Lust List

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I’ll be linking up with Amanda of Meet @ The Barre for her Friday Favorites. Come say hi, and check out what all the other ladies are loving lately.

Meet At The Barre

1.|| I found this darling little swimsuit on Albion and couldn’t resist myself; Camryn needs this suit. It’s called Who, Moi?

2.|| I have been loving salty foods this pregnancy, and spaghetti has been calling my name…only problem is that my husband really isn’t a fan of spaghetti unless it’s packed full of meat and cheese. I found this simple, one skillet spaghetti that looks right up his alley.

3.|| This viral video was made for me.

4.|| Cara Loren spilled the secrets behind her amazing locks, and this product was one of her must haves, as well as this (for day 2 hair).

5.|| I visited my sister yesterday at her work, and spied this adorable little bag (so much better in person), and was shocked when she told me it was from Aldo. It’s the perfect summer clutch or cross body bag, and the colors would go great with any outfit.

6.|| Many of you have probably seen #redballoonsforryan hashtagged on Instagram, and heard about the tragic loss of a 3.5 year old little boy last Friday. If you’d like to read the story, or show your support, I would recommend this as a very worthy cause. My heart breaks for his parents, and I don’t even like to imagine the incredible grief they must be feeling.

7.|| Lauren Conrad is known for her beautiful Instagram feed, and recently she shared her tips for creating swoon worthy pics.

8.|| Spoilers from the May Popsugar Must Have box are out, and they look pretty darn good! Do any of you subscribe also?

9.|| Can we talk about Grey’s Anatomy? :-( What is life without Christina going to be like? *sobs quietly*

10.|| I was recently sent a Nature Box to review and let me just tell you, it was good! My sister busted into the dried peach slices and blueberry granola clusters first, and we decided the peaches taste yummy but healthy, but the blueberry clusters were so yummy! My husband stole the trail mix and lemon pucker pistachios and proceeded to text me all day telling me how delicious they both were. How kind. Camryn chowed on the Popsugar mix, and her only request was that they add M&M’s next time. :-) The box contained 5 bags of assorted snacks, all of which I enjoyed (with help, of course). I highly recommend this to anyone looking to eat healthy, try new foods, and wants the convenience and affordability offered by the Nature Box.

Hope you’re all having a great Friday, and I wish you the best weekend!

XO – Samantha

*Disclosure: POPSUGAR and NatureBox provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have Snacks by NatureBox box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own, and POPSUGAR and NatureBox did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

TGIF

Hello Darlings!

I’m so happy it’s Friday, and even better, tonight is girl’s night with my BFF (also known as my sister…we’re lame, and obsessed with each other.) We’re going to the Alamo for some drinks (aka a milkshake for me), yummy food, and seeing The Other Woman. You can watch the hilarious trailer here. What are y’all doing this weekend?

Meet At The Barre

I’m linking up with Amanda over at Meet @ The Barre, so be sure to come check out her Friday Links as well as some other great bloggers!

Lust List Image1.|| Mmmmm I wish I could drink these watermelon vodka frosty’s all summer. Maybe I can substitute vodka for coconut water?

2.|| I’ve been lazy with my makeup lately, and relying on my Laura Mercier mineral foundation for a quick, easy, and flawless skin base. I love the finish of this powder foundation, and find it wears all day without looking patchy. It reduces my makeup routine down to minutes.

3.|| For me, pregnancy means pizza face. That beautiful glow that most preggos get is the opposite of what I get. I’ve been loving my Purity Cleanser for fighting off oily skin and acne. It’s super effective and safe for baby. I’ll be doing an in-depth look at my pregnancy skincare routine soon, and sharing all my tips and tricks that I learned last pregnancy and what’s still working now.

4.|| I love this beautiful Color Block Picnic Throw Blanket by West Elm. On sale for $39 – It’s already in my shopping cart.

5.|| I’ve been reading this series, and I’m obsessed. I finished the first 2 books in 3 days.

6.|| Why can’t this be real life?

7.|| Road rage revenge at it’s finest. Don’t try this at home.

8.|| Who doesn’t love candid shots of  celebs without makeup? Not me, I love them!

9.|| The perfect accessory for bookshelves, tables, and as a coffee table book topper.

10.|| I Heart Giveaways. The giveaway I’m co-hosting with a bunch of babes, to be specific. If you haven’t already entered to win $150 + 3 other amazing prizes then you can go enter here.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

XO – Samantha

Friday Lust List & Link-Up

Lust List Image1.|| Rebecca over at Living Better Together made these amazing looking Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Vanilla Cream and I haven’t stopped dreaming about them ever since I saw her post.

2.|| Have you checked out the new Ikea PS2014 collection? It’s modern, pastel, heaven.

3.|| This beautiful succulent heart living planter would make such a great Mother’s Day gift.

4.|| I spied this floral maxi at Anthropologie last week with my sister, and it’s so beautiful in person. If the waist was stretchy and could accomodate my growing bump, it would have come home with me.

5.|| This just makes me laugh! But so does this….

HAHA!!  Seriously though, excuse me while I go throw up and then take a nap. ;-)
6.|| I want to live in these rose gold Valia Gabriel sandals all summer.

7.|| Camryn has asked for a “GREEN” birthday party this year (favorite color), so I’ve decided a green garden party would be fun. My sister-in-law is due with my nephew around the time of Camryn’s party and hopefully we’ll all be jetsetting to Colorado to see his sweet little face, so I’m planning something small for just her and a few of her friends instead of our usual family filled parties. I came across this moss table runner while sourcing garden party decor, and I’m smitten. More party decor and DIY’s coming your way in the next few months.

8.|| I’m currently wearing Essie’s Ladylike on my nails (after have to fix my horrible mani/pedi from last week) and I’m falling in love with this color all over again.

9.|| This mother-daughter prank is too funny!

10.|| My husband is finally home after a very long couple of weeks, and isn’t leaving anytime soon. I’m a very happy wife! Also, it’s Friday, and that’s just fantastic.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicI’m linking up with Amanda from Meet @ The Barre, so go check out her post and all the other babes linking up with their friday favorites.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter weekend!

XO – Samantha

Friday Favorites

Well friends, I wasn’t the awesome blogger like I had intended on being this week. :-( I got carried away with wallpapering Camryn’s room, and putting together my hallway “nook” that I talked about earlier this week.

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Finally got around to hanging Camryn’s wallpaper, which turned out to be MUCH easier than I was expecting. Anyone with patience can hang this stuff, and it only took my about 4 hours to cover an entire wall (2 rolls of paper) all by myself.

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Here’s a little progress picture…Pillows, nightstands, lamps, ceiling fixture, window cushion, drapes, and art are all still on my to-do list. I’m so over this room.

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Another little progress pic. Here’s how my console and benches look together. What do you think of my leftover wallpaper art? I’m on the hunt for a brass knob for the drawer, and I’m doing a little curtain DIY today. I’ll share that next week. :-)

moviedateAnd here’s why I didn’t blog yesterday. I took these cuties to a 7:40pm movie. Camryn was due for a special treat (for doing her chores, successful pottying, etc) so we made it a date night and went to see Frozen…which by the way we already own and have seen a million and one times. She sang “Do you wanna build a snowman…” at the top of her lungs for everyone in the theatre and my husband and I nearly peed from laughing so hard.

So there you have it, all my excuses for being a slacker. In more eventful news, here’s what I’ve been loving all week!

Lust List Image1.|| Annie’s sent me a free coupon to try their new frozen meals, which can be found in the freezer section of Target. I buy Annie’s products all the time for Camryn, and love that they’re organic and use high quality ingredients. I chose the lasagna, but there are a few great options – like butternut squash macaroni, or chicken & shells with white cheese. Dinner at my house is always a bit chaotic, and having a quick and easy meal was a lifesaver for me last week. Camryn loved it! My husband and I really liked it too, and the price and convenience makes it a total no-brainer. Here’s a link to a $2 off coupon if you want to give it a try too.

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2.|| I shared a few of my favorite YouTubers a few months ago, but have recently started watching Hannah Maggs channel and I’m obsessed. She recently had a baby, and he’s the cutest thing ever. I love her honesty about being a mom, and just watching her learn all the things I remember learning when Camryn was born. She’s also beautiful, and does makeup tutorials.

3.|| Jana Bek, one of my favorite designers, has started selling her hand painted lamps. How amazing is this lamp?! You can get your hands on one by e-mailing her.

4.|| I’m loving this maxi dress from Nordstrom. BONUS, it’s on sale!

5.|| Ryan Gosling anyone?! Just press the link…do it…you know you want to. Who am I kidding, nobodies even reading this anymore. You skipped out when you saw the words RYAN GOSLING! No apology necessary, I totally understand. ;-)

6.|| A magician tricks dogs, and it’s hilarious!

7.|| My new white console arrived this week and I was a little worried that it wouldn’t be good quality because of the crazy low price, but to my surprise it’s great! $107 console for the win! I love that it doesn’t have a drawer pull because I can customize it and make it look so much more expensive than it actually is. I’m loving these pulls in brass…the hard part is picking just one!

8.|| 53 thoughts everygirl, including myself, has while shopping at Target….aka The Holy Land.

9.|| Kirsten from 6th Street Design School recently took a quick trip to Paris with her husband and blogged all about it. Her pictures literally make my heart sad, I miss Paris that much. If you’ve never been be sure to check out her post on seeing Paris in 1 day.

10.|| There’s nothing better than women empowering and supporting other women, and this is a great read all about that.

I hope you all have a great weekend, and stay tuned for a big giveaway coming your way very soon!

XO – Samantha

Friday Lust List

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Photo Via Ramblings of a Suburban Mom

1.|| Popsugar Must Have March Spoilers are out! (Special thank you to Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for this image) What do you think of the contents? Total estimated box value is ~$185. I’m pretty stoked. If you want to sign up for a Popsugar Must Have Box, use code BOX10 to save $10.

2.|| H&M released their Spring Line, and it’s pretty great! I’m especially loving a few of the girls items: fringed sandals, shoulder bag, spring scarf, cheetah print sunnies, ballet flats, striped sweater.

3.|| I’m heading to Napa Valley in a few weeks to vacation with my husband, mother-in-law, and Camryn. My mom has never been, so I’m planning (in my head) all the places I want to take her. Bouchon Bakery, Hess Vineyards and Museum, shopping in Old Downtown Napa…the list is long. My sister and I visited last summer and had too much fun!

4.|| I’m dying to get my hands on these new blushes. Have any of you tried them?

5.|| Greys Anatomy, Scandal, Suits, and all my favorite shows are back, so if I go MIA you can find me at home, on the couch, binging on TV. Yep, I’m living that crazy mom life! ;-)

6.|| I came across this pin on Pinterest, and am on the hunt for this gold pen. Clear polish to seal in your nail art and you’re done!

That’s all I have for you today. Did you check out my pancake recipe already? If not, keep scrolling down.

Hope you all have a great weekend! I’m continuing to paint Camryn’s room.

XO – Samantha

Friday Lust List: Handmade Kids Clothing & Accessories

Hello Loves!

So many of you ask me where I buy Camryn’s clothes, shoes, and accessories, and many times the answer is Target/Old Navy/H&M, etc…but some of my favorite items from her wardrobe are the ones I find from little shops on etsy, or discover through Instagram, or word of mouth. They’re handmade, many times using organic materials, and made with love. They are the pieces that last longer than any of the clothes from the “big box retailers”, they’re very high quality, and they’re the items that I plan to pass down to my future child(ren).  I wanted to share a few of my recent favorite shops with all of you. Even if you don’t have a mini me, I’m sure you have friends and family with them, so check out these awesome shops – support small businesses – and shop my favorite items!

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1.|| You saw Camryn rocking her Mason & The Tambourine dress a few days ago, as well as the grey teepee leggings. This shop is one of my newest loves, and I am definitely going to might want to buy one of everything. (My husband reads my blog, so I can’t give away too much… Hi honey! No shopping happening here.)

2.|| zuzii.com  was recently introduced to me, and I can’t stop swooning over these black & white striped sandals. Why can’t these be in my size too? Oh, and I can’t forget this bow belt, it’s too cute for words. Must. Own.

3.|| Hello Apparel is always on my radar, but I’m especially eyeing those darling heart baseball tees for Valentines.

4.|| Loola popped up on my radar recently, and I fell in love with these floral harem pants (no longer available in size 2T…wahhhhh!). The prices can’t be beat ($15 for those adorable pants)! These pants would have looked so chic with those striped sandals from Zuzii.

I’m also loving these quilted tuxedo stripe pants from Loola. :-)

5.|| House of Mia has become dangerous for me to even look at these days. These heart leggings, the little black umbrella leggings, and the tiny models in them…I want it all. 100% organic, and 100% CUTE!

6.|| Monroe & Harlow is a company I started stalking on Instagram, and now check in on daily to see what cute new designs they’ve dreamed up. My current favorite is this beautiful black & white striped band with a mint bow. Lucky you, they also carry a women’s line – check out these gorgeous turbans – I would rock one of these all the time!!

7.|| I recently made a few purchases with Grey Thread, an etsy company with quirky sayings on shirts and sweatshirts that are sure to catch attention. My favorites are “Embrace Messy Hair”, “Wild & Free”, and the funny “Jesus Saves, Bro” shirt.

8.|| Vonbon is releasing their new leggings line in early February, and I sneaked a peek and am smitten! These will quickly sell out, so mark your calendars. If you want to read more about my love affair with Vonbon, check out my full post here.

9.|| Sugarplum Lane is another shop I’ve been frequenting, and I’m currently lusting over these beauties. I’m a sucker for all things gold, but it’s the thickness and quality of sugarplum’s leggings that I love most.

10.|| No list about toddler fashion could ever be complete without mentioning Freshly Picked Moccs. You all know I love them, and my kid practically lives in them, but did you know they’ve released a radiant orchid pair in honor of the Pantone Color of the Year?! Oh yes Mamas, feast your eyes on those beauties!!! If you’re a lover of Freshly Picked like I am, check out Shark Tank tonight, and see if Susan cuts a deal with any of the sharks!

Let’s be honest, it’s hard not to love everything in teeny tiny size! Let the shopping commence. (I can say that now because there’s no way my husband’s still reading…he got lost somewhere between shoes and headbands.) :-)

XO – Samantha

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