Younique 3D Fiber Mascara Review

I was recently sent Younique's 3D Fiber Lash mascara to try. I've seen several people rave about this product, so I was interested to give it a try. … [Continue Reading]

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Erin Condren Holiday Collection 2014 {and a giveaway}

For the past several years, I've looked to Erin Condren for my holiday cards. Ordering holiday cards and sending them out to our friends and family is … [Continue Reading]

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My Whole 30 Story

Caroline, from Olive You Whole is posting my Whole 30 story today on her blog. Head over to check it out. Her blog is full of other success stories … [Continue Reading]

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expectations and realizations

When I decided to stay home, I had this picture in my mind. A picture of what our lives would like with me spending those 40+ hours at home, rather … [Continue Reading]

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monday catch-up

Let's talk about the crazy events that unfolded since Judson was born. Obviously, I had a c-section to recover from, and that went well. I was finally … [Continue Reading]

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Younique 3D Fiber Mascara Review

I was recently sent Younique’s 3D Fiber Lash mascara to try. I’ve seen several people rave about this product, so I was interested to give it a try. You should know that my lashes are terrible. BK has better lashes than me, times ten. I wish I was joking about that, but I’m definitely not. I was a little skeptical because my eyes tend to be very sensitive, but I was pleasantly surprised when this product didn’t cause any sensitivity at all.

Younique 3D Fiber mascara has several steps to long and full lashes, but if done correctly, it makes a huge difference. You have to apply your normal mascara, then transplanting gel, then fibers, then transplanting gel to secure the fibers in place.

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Here’s a closer look at the product. It takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it and see what works best with your lashes, then it’s simple!

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Here’s a look at my eyelashes, the top with just my normal mascara and the bottom with one coat of fibers.

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Overall, I was super pleased with the way they made my lashes look. They were very noticeably longer and fuller and I love the look it gave me. I’ve definitely never been able to achieve this length and fullness with any other mascara I’ve used. There’s a $29 price tag on the kit, but I think it’s a great investment, because mascara usually lasts me months! I won’t use this on a daily basis, so it’ll last even longer considering I don’t need full on makeup for MDO pick-up.

I think it’s a great tool to have in your make-up bag!

I’m hosting a little Facebook party for the next few days and you can order online, if you’re interested in trying the product for yourself. Just send me an email (jgreen0905@gmail.com) if you want to be added or need any other information. Or you can order straight from this link. They also have some other products that I’m excited to try out!

Erin Condren Holiday Collection 2014 {and a giveaway}

For the past several years, I’ve looked to Erin Condren for my holiday cards. Ordering holiday cards and sending them out to our friends and family is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season. It says a great deal about the quality of the product that I keep coming back to Erin Condren season after season. What’s not to love? Her designs always feature bright colors and fun prints, coordinating envelopes and address stickers, and the paper quality is top-notch.

I was able to take a closer look at the cards in the collection this year and I think this might make my decision even harder.

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I’m super excited to bring you a fun preview of the holiday collection from Erin Condren, and share a few of my picks for holiday gifts with you.  I’m going to share with you a few of my favorite picks from the 2014 Holiday Collection. And if you order yours by October 31, you can use the code BEJOLLY30 and take 30% off your cards. I’ll be using our recent beach pictures and ordering mine soon (it’s always nice to get a head start on the busy holiday season).

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Let’s start with the classic collection.

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How fun are the colors? It’s nice to step outside the traditional color scheme, and I also love the collage aspect. I love a card with several fun photos.

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I love the idea of the post card holiday card. The personalized note makes it incredibly meaningful, and you can save a step without the envelope.

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And I will forever love the golf foil design. It’s ultra glamorous, the paper is double-thick, this card is just a beauty. There’s also a silver paisley option that is equally as glamorous.

The Holiday Collection isn’t limited to cards, there are also tons of great gifts ideas and holiday must-haves on the site, too!

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The lucite trays are no doubt one of my favorite products, and I’m loving this holiday version. I think it would be adorable for holiday parties and for leaving milk and cookies for Santa!

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There are so many options! Great gifts like personalized notebooks, Life Planners for the New Year, iPad cases, I could go on and on about the fun gifts you could buy! And think of all the things you could buy from the Holiday collection with a $200 gift card…

I’ve got 2- $200 gift cards up for grabs that you can use for the Holiday collection!! You can enter below!

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I’ll choose a winner next week… Good Luck!! 

My Whole 30 Story

Caroline, from Olive You Whole is posting my Whole 30 story today on her blog. Head over to check it out. Her blog is full of other success stories and great food inspiration. I’m starting another round of Whole 30 tomorrow and you can follow along on my new Instagram account, @jenngdoeswhole30. Hello, eggs, sweet potatoes, and ghee. My, oh my, I’ve missed you!

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expectations and realizations

When I decided to stay home, I had this picture in my mind. A picture of what our lives would like with me spending those 40+ hours at home, rather than in the classroom. I had high expectations for myself.

My house would be clean.

My laundry would never pile up.

Dinner would wholesome and homemade, ready by 6:00 o’clock each night.

I would set aside specific learning times for Braylen, and focus on a set of objectives in reading and math.

The list could go on and on.

In my head, it was going to be perfect. Actually, I was going to be perfect. Fantastic, actually, at this new job of mine. I mean, my house already stayed pretty clean, my laundry remotely caught up, I cooked sometimes, and I did all of these things while working. So not working was surely going to make me a top-notch Martha, right?

Wrong.

Somehow, I have less time. Or at least I feel that way. And it has taken me a few months to adjust to this new normal. I had set the bar so incredibly high for myself, that each and everyday I felt like I was failing by the time Allen came home. I felt unorganized and out of my element.

And I wondered, how in the world is this happening? I am failing at the very thing that I prayed so hard to be able to do, stay home with my kids. 

That’s when it hit me.

I didn’t choose to stay home so our house would be cleaner.

Or for my to-do list to get smaller.

I didn’t choose to stay home so I could change the sheets more often.

Or fold more towels.

I chose to stay home to focus on those two little joys that call me mom. 

A few simple realizations helped me to lower my expectations, and be better at this new job.

You see, they don’t care how clean the house is, or if I switch out their closets before the new season comes.

You know what they do care about? Playing at the park, and eating popsicles on the back porch. Having a picnic in the front yard, and building a fort in the playroom.

And there will be days when the laundry is caught up and the house is clean, at the same time. There will be days when I feel like I have it all together. Days when we bake cupcakes and actually clean up the mess before bedtime.

But, there will be days when those things don’t happen. There will be bad days and messy days. And that’s okay, too.

Because in the end we’re together. A little perspective goes a long way. The other day I filled out a field trip form for Braylen and I didn’t have to take a personal day. I signed up to help with the class party. I dropped her off at school this morning. Last year, I only dreamed of doing these things.

With any change I know there’s a period of adjustment, and I’m still right in the middle of mine, but as the days go by I hope my focus continues to shift from this version of the SAHM in my head, to the more realistic one the I actually am.

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And just because I love them, here’s a peek at our recent beach photos from Sarah Lyn Photography. 

**Note: This is in no way meant to be a working mom vs. SAHM post. I’ve done both, they’re both hard, they’re both rewarding. It’s an extremely personal decision that you have to make based on what works best for you and your family. I firmly believe you can be 100% happy as a working mom or a SAHM and there is absolutely no right or wrong option that works for everyone.**

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  • Let’s talk about the crazy events that unfolded since Judson was born. Obviously, I had a c-section to recover from, and that went well. I was finally feeling back to myself when I broke my foot. My foot heals, I get strep throat. I get better from strep throat. My bottom wisdom teeth start bothering me, I see an oral surgeon and have all four of them removed the next day. I’m feeling better from the wisdom teeth extraction and then a week post-op I get a horrible pain on the top right side of my mouth. My sinuses have intense pressure and everything hurts from my eye socket to my ear. Back to the doctor I go, he says perhaps there is an infection and sends me home with antibiotics. For the next few weeks I battle a horrible sinus infection/headache, and finally decide to go back. I get scheduled for a second surgery (that Wednesday). Turns out, there some oral-sinus communication.  Basically an opening in my sinuses from my wisdom tooth extraction. Dare I say, I think I’m actually feeling better? Y’all it has been crazy. This is coming from someone who didn’t even see a doctor (with the exception of check-ups) for nearly three years. I’m hoping I’m on the mending side of this wisdom tooth junk, and I’m ready to start feeling 100% again. This has been my view for the last few days, I’m thankful for a wonderful husband and great family that helps take care of the kiddo’s so I can rest.

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  • On a lighter note, are you watching some great shows this fall? We’re hooked on a few. I’m pretty happy to see Olivia Pope back on my screen (and back in D.C.). We watched all of the past episodes of The Good Wife when Jud was first born (and we had plenty of late nights). The only problem with binge watching shows is that I end up getting spoiled to watching episode after episode. Waiting a whole week is no fun. Grey’s Anatomy has always been a favorite of mine, and dare I say, I like it just fine without Yang. I know, I know. I’m on the fence with How to Get Away With Murder we watched the first two episodes, but I’m not hooked just yet. What about you, what’s on your DVR this fall?
  • Judson had a four-month-checkup (yes, we’re a month late). He had a clean bill of health, was not happy about the shots, weighed in at nearly 16 pounds and is 27 inches tall. Long and lean, like his sister.

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  • I’ve been blogging from my new office downstairs and I can’t wait to give you the tour! I have just a few more finishing touches. My mom and I have random craft nights. Basically, I call her with a fun new craft project and she always comes over to play. We’re both loving the new crafting area, it’s quiet and we can make a huge mess, and then put everything back in its place. Friday night, we made a quick trip to Hobby Lobby to replace the Cricut with a Silhouette (the Silhouette is SO much better), and taught ourselves how to make tassle garland.

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  • BK and Jud together are seriously the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. She sings him songs, and has conversations about princesses with him, and he doesn’t understand a word she says, but he laughs and talks to her the whole time. I was seriously worried about the age gap, but I think they’re going to be best buds, and I love watching the two of them together.
  • Were you feeling the fall temperatures on Saturday? It was a fantastic 60 degrees here all day and we spent the day watching football on the back porch. Everyone is happier outside!

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