Beach Babe Essentials

Remember a few weeks ago when I said I would share my beauty essentials for your pool/beach bag? Oh, you do? I didn’t…and only remembered after going through pictures on my camera. OOPS! This baby brain is for realz y’all.


1.|| Victoria Secret Bronze Glow Body Tint – Repackaged & renamed, but still the same awesome bronzing lotion. This creamy lotion will provide all-over color and shine and instantly give you that VS model glow. It’s not a self-tanner, so you never have to worry about looking streaky or having orange hands the next day. I love applying this to my legs when I’m wearing a short dress, or my collar bone for strappy tanks.

2.|| Wet Wipes – Never leave the beach with sweaty, smelly armpits. Pack some scented wipes, and get yourself smelling beachy, not stinky. Any brand will work, but I’m a big fan of these You Smell lemon scented wipes. They’re alcohol free and won’t dry out your skin.

3.|| Body Spray – I really love that beachy, coconut, sunscreen smell, and St. Tropez’s Smell Bent spray is exactly that. I like to spritz a very small amount on after trips to the pool or beach and enjoy the sweet smell of summer.

4.|| BB Cream or concealer – If I’m planning on going from the beach to lunch or dinner with friends, I like having a BB cream that’s hydrating, or a concealer and rich face cream to conceal those little imperfections and hydrate my skin. I keep my Dr. Jart+ Premium BB cream in my bag because it’s a moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum all-in-one.

DSC_2066 5.|| Chapstick & Lip Stains are a must for beach days, and my favorites are the Blistex Deep Renewal and the Loreal stains (photo shows Coral Tattoo).

6.|| A nail polish isn’t a beach bag necessity, but if you get bored sitting poolside like I do it’s a great time to polish those fingers. My current favorite polish is “Fearless” by Revlon. (I’m wearing it in this instagram pic)

7.|| My everyday mascara is also my must-have beach mascara…because it’s amazing!! It holds a curl, never smudges, makes my lashes look long a fluffy, and is the best black. If you’ve never tried Maybelline’s The Falsies, you need to. Tip: Stick to the original formula in Black Drama, and get waterproof if you live in hot, humid climates like I do. If your lashes never hold a curl, you should also look into waterproof.

What do you pack in your beach bag to transform into a bronzed babe after hanging poolside?

XO – Samantha

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.

DIY Watercolor Art

I like a good DIY. I especially enjoy a super easy, zero construction, toddler involved DIY that I cannot screw-up. Those ones are really my jam, and today I have exactly that for you!

I have a little corner in Harper’s nursery that was in need of some basic art. I didn’t want anything too “loud” that would compete with the other art in the room, so in my mind I envisioned a trio of plainly colored paper…I know, sounds uber boring…but stay with me people. A few days later I saw a picture on Instagram posted by Caitlin Wilson of exactly what I had been envisioning, and she made it look so cool (unlike how I described it in the previous sentence).


I scored these 3 frames in varying sizes at Michaels in the clearance section. 2 are black, and one is brown, but a little gold paint cures all.


I had this hanging around from another project, and let’s be honest, free is always better.


Paint your frames. Or don’t, it’s your call. In my house, gold rules.


Entertain your toddler while you paint. $1 watercolors for the win!


Paint 3 canvas boards (or paper) with the colors of your choice. Harpers room is a mix of navy, mint, orchid/neon berry, and coral. Because the art will be positioned over a coral chair, I chose to use the other 3 accent colors.

DIYart Camera died. Sorry for the crappy iphone picture (that looks more like a flip phone pic. Fail.)

Frame & hang. Easy peasy, right? I can’t wait for my new chair and lamp to arrive, and my curtains to be made so I can share a better picture of this little space with all of you. Until then, Camryn has turned this into her “art station”. :-)

XO – Samantha

P.S…Because I always get asked, the kids chairs are the Tabouret Stacking chairs from Overstock.

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.


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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Little Big Dreamers

I mentioned before that Camryn’s a rep for Little Big Dreamers, and gets to play with some of their uber cute accessories and apparel. Well yesterday, instead of working on the DIY art I had mentioned, we played dress-up and shot some pics for the LBD website that launches tomorrow. Here are a few of my favorite shots :-)

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LBD Black & White.jpg

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Multi Hearts Edited.jpg

Tongue Out (Outtake).jpg It’s no secret, I’m obsessed with this girl. She was so fun to snap pictures of, and is always so silly in front of the camera. If she grows up to be a comedian, I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest.

If you want to snag either of these adorable headbands, check out LBD’s etsy shop, or visit their new website tomorrow (I’ll update with URL).

XO – Samantha

Vacation Update & Lemons

Well, hello friends! A whole 10 days passed, and really all I’ve managed to do in that time is eat, sleep, and snuggle my nephew. It. Was. Heaven.

Gahhhh, he’s just the cutest little man, isn’t he? If I wasn’t already knocked up, I’d be in trouble, because he gave me baby fever like you wouldn’t believe! I’m literally obsessed with him, and it was so heartbreaking leaving Colorado and not knowing when I’ll see him again.

While I was on vacation I stopped in Baby Gap and scored the best little lemons bathing suit for miss Harper, and it was on sale for $5.99. I kid you not. Run, do not walk, to your nearest Baby Gap. Or better yet, buy one online and save an additional 30% with code EXTRA.

Speaking of cute lemon apparel, did you sneak a peek at my big (little) lady rocking her “Lemons Make Lemonade” tee from Kate And James? You can snag one of those darling (and super soft) tees for your own little, on sale for $20 now. They also sell onesies, and other awesome tees, and I’ve been spotting them all over IG on some fashionable kiddos like @sarahholstrom’s Tallulah & Phinn.

And if you’re having a “lemon moment” like I am lately, you’re going to need to get this Little Big Dreamers lemon headband too. If you weren’t lusting over lemon prints before today, are you now? :-)

Camryn & I will be giving some DIY art for Harper’s nursery a whirl today, so wish us luck! Hopefully I’ll have something successful to share with you tomorrow.

Happy Monday, and thanks for sticking around with me…I know I’ve been hit and miss lately, but I’m working on it.

XO – Samantha

Harper’s Nursery Progress

So I finished taping, and sealing, and painting my accent herringbone wall…and it turned out HORRIBLE! I kid you not, when I started pulling the tape, and the paint started peeling, I nearly cried. I’m in touch-up hell. I should have known it wouldn’t be perfect with my textured walls, but I was really hoping it miraculously would be.

herringbone wall

Cringe! Look at all those jagged lines that I have to fix. :-( (The coloring looks slightly more blue in this photo than in person.)

In other news, I think I’m slowly beginning to nail down some of the other room details (fabric, furniture, art, etc.) Here’s a glimpse at what I’m envisioning so far…Oh, and did I mention we named our little lady?! Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 10.17.08 PM

You’ll have to use a little imagination, but this is the basics. I’ll actually use this art in a thick matted frame, which should help break up some of the herringbone wall. I’m DIY’ing Camryn’s dark wood dresser and updating it with some brass pulls. The fabric for the pillows and custom drapes are from Caitlin Wilson’s Tribeca line, and she is currently running a 15% off coupon with code FREEDOM15.

The gorgeous coral midcentury armchair – SWOON – was a gift from my husband. I’m smitten. :-) We have a big (ugly, but uber comfy) rocking armchair that will be in our master bedroom for late night feedings, so my pink chair is really just for sitting and staring at my beautiful baby when she arrives, and admiring her bedroom that’s prettier than my own. Why is it that our kids always end up with more thoughtfully designed, and nicer looking bedrooms than our own?! W.T.H.

I’ve had questions about how I created the herringbone wall, so for those of you interested (and crazy enough like I was), I will post a tutorial soon.

XO – Samantha

Oh, heyyyy!

It seems I got lost for a week…or more realistically, buried in a pile of junk that needed to be cleared from my home. I’ve finally found my way out, sold a whopping $280 worth in my garage sale (not worth all that effort!!), and donated so much to Goodwill that I’m officially keeping their store running. ;-)

Seriously though, my mom & I killed it over the last 10 days. I never in a million years thought we’d finish all the projects on my to-do list, but the lady that birthed me is an animal. She doesn’t ever stop moving. She never takes breaks. She makes me look like a 90 year old. She helped paint 2 full bedrooms…in 2 days…she’s the bomb!!

After painting the baby’s nursery a less yellow/beige, I had the crazy idea to add a herringbone wall. Sometimes I wonder if I’m trying to kill myself with DIY projects.

nursery herringbone wall

I’ve started taping off the wall, and at some point this week I’m going to hold my breath, hope I’m not making a huge mistake, and paint the wall a minty color. Wish me luck!!

camryns mani:pedi

Other than housework, I’ve managed to fit in a mani/pedi with Mom and Camryn…

ballerina Ballet, and many, many coffee dates…


Looked at this cute face and wondered how I’ll ever manage to love another one as much as her…

Chopped 4+ inches off my hair!!! Still can’t believe I actually did it, but it feels so nice to have a little less to deal with.

doesmybuttlookfat And I also tortured myself with maternity shopping because I just couldn’t keep squeezing into my old pants anymore. This is the obligatory “Does my butt look big in these jeans” text that I sent my husband, who so kindly replied with “Buy those!!!” That man always knows the right thing to say. :-) 17 weeks (18 tomorrow) and feeling twice as big as I did at this time during my first pregnancy. Nausea slowed down for about a week, but has been popping back up the last 3 days. All I can say is, this kid better be really cute!!

XO – Samantha

Weekending with Mom

Is it really Monday already? That was the quickest weekend in a long time. I managed to fit in a garage sale, a pool date, dinner at a fun new restaurant, a few cheeseburgers (this baby loves cheeseburgers lately!!), and even an afternoon relaxing with the hubs and Camryn and watching the USA game.

Mom and I tackled my garage last Thursday and then uncluttered my guest closets and the baby’s future nursery. How I had managed to store so much stuff in my home that I didn’t need and didn’t use was truly amazing. I filled my garage back up and was able to sell quite a bit at the garage sale. Since I still have about half a garage full of chairs, a crib, area rugs, etc. I’ll be hosting yet another garage sale this coming Saturday. P.S…garage sales aren’t my jam. :-/ They require far more work and effort than you ever imagine, and the reward always feels so small. Oh, and those people that haggle over something that’s $1 blow my mind!! It’s a DOLLAR people…if you came out shopping with less than a dollar in your pocket then you need to go home!!

Later that night we went up north to try a restaurant that my husband and I had seen on Food Network the night before. (click the link to watch clips of the show we saw, and be prepared to drool)




The black pepper and gruyere cheese popovers were 100% of the reason I went. I couldn’t stop thinking about them after watching the show, and let me tell you, they were delicious! So insanely good that I took an order of 2 home with me to eat for breakfast Sunday morning. :-) If you live in the Austin area, go eat at F&D, you won’t be disappointed. Oh, did I mention they have a thing called “Dollar Oyster Tuesdays”? Say whaaaattt?!!

Sunday was spent relaxing, eating cheeseburgers from P. Terry’s (this post should have been titled: What I ate all weekend!) and watching soccer. Camryn was mimicking Taylor the entire USA game, and was yelling “c’mon!” at the t.v. for 2 hours straight. While I lounged, I also did some online baby shopping, and I can’t wait to share a few new bits and pieces that I found for my tiniest lady. My husband is convinced that shopping for clothes 5 months before she arrives is ludacris…I’m convinced his job in life is to make me miserable. ;-) I mean, this pregnancy hasn’t been a cakewalk. The least I deserve is a little fun preparing for baby’s arrival, am I right? Men. I swear.

Here’s a sneaky peek at some adorable stuff I also found for Camryn:

Mara Hoffman for tiny ladies…I die.

Mom and I are spending the day painting the remainder of Camryn’s room, and hopefully starting on the baby’s room. I’m using my favorite, Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee. I’ll snap some progress pics for y’all, and try to give you a before peek at the nursery before I start decorating it.

Pretty much sums up my Monday sentiment. Doesn’t mean I won’t shave my head and beat people with an umbrella…

I’m linking up with Biana today, so come say hi!

XO – Samantha

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 brushes 1.|| 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


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