31 October 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers for the Family

Woo hoo!
Time for more gift ideas!!
 So today I wanted to tackle stocking stuffers!
**post does contain affiliate links** 

Ok so kids:
 So we like to do a variety of things.
And no, our kids don't get all things listed above hahaha
I just wanted to let you guys see different options!
Water bottles are always popular especially here in AZ.
I've found the Thermos ones to be best for ME and my kids 
but a water bottle in general is always a good idea.
We have a tradition that we each get an ornament every year.
Everyone picks their own and it gets added to their box of ornaments.
My parents did this for us growing up and thanks to that 
I didn't have to go buy ornaments after I got married to decorate our little tree!
We also try to give them something "educational".
I LOVE their LeapPads and the games are so affordable and diverse.
You can even purchase games through their website to download straight to the device!



I feel like I may have catered this too much to MY husband/family 
BUT I think you get the ideas hahaha
My husband LOVES cooking so that's why I included a spider (5)
because I know he'd love to have one 
but a grill brush or some other kitchen gadget would work!
Gift cards are always a great idea, and blue tooth speakers are becoming better and better.
I thought that little Superman cord protector was adorable
and super fun (hee hee get it??)



Makeup is always an easy stocking stuffer for us right ladies??
But honestly, she's gonna want something fun not necessarily practical.
Christmas is a time for frivolous gifting.
However, I DO love a good kitchen utensil that's gonna make my first world life even easier!
That baggie holder may seem lame BUT do you know how hard it is to meal prep
frozen dinners and have to hole open the baggie AND pour it in??
Y'all know I love me some Thor (I mean he's really the cutest Avenger out there) 
and the Grinch is always a solid choice for anything holiday related!
Letterboards and Lightboxes are all the rage right now!
An extra set of letters for either of those items (depending on which one she has)
will always be appreciated.

So what else did I miss that would be a great stocking stuffer?
I feel like we barely scratched the surface of holiday gift giving!

20 October 2017

Disney Trip!

Guys I just realized I never blogged about our latest
Disneyland trip!
Who even am I now?
Don't worry,
it is now fixed!!
We had so much fun but I will admit that the weather was a real downer when we went.
It was randomly super nasty humid,
we were all sweaty before we even got on the tram people!
BUT it was a lot of fun hanging out with our little family,
my family and even part of my extended Bowler family!

One super highlight of the trip was Rory deciding she wanted to do Jedi Training!
I was one super proud mama!!
When they initially said who was gonna fight whom,
she was in the line to fight The Seventh Sister (from Clone Wars)
but halfway through the lines,
Darth Vader came down so she got to fight the ultimate Sith Lord!
When she saw him walking down her eyes got so big!
But she went up to him and fought him so well!
I definitely teared up a bunch cuz yeah, I'm THAT Star Wars mom hahaha

Immediately after that, Jade begged me for a lightsaber like her sisters,
so she and I went and built her a lightsaber that lights up and makes noise!
Yeah, I only a little regret anything hahaha

We were exhausted by about 7 each night so we would go home a little early
but get to bed and get to decompress a little.

Food highlights:
CAFE ORLEANS will probably always be my favorite hahaha
can't beat that Monte Cristo sammich friends.
The Grey Stuff from Red Rose Taverne is ALLLL of the heart eye emojis!
Redd's Apple Freeze in DCA is amazing!
(honestly, I love the regular frozen apple juice too, but holy cow!)

This trip was one for the books and we loved it so much!!
I'm already planning the next trip whenever we can go again haha
Jade wants to do Jedi Training now too
and Rory's begging to do it again so that's 
a definte must for any kid that likes Star Wars!
Rory'd been begging to go back on Big Thunder Railroad
which is now her favorite ride just like her Daddy.

So who's up for sponsoring another trip for me?? ;)

18 October 2017

Holiday Guide 2017: Makeup Faves

I've gotten a bunch of questions on Instagram about 
my favorite makeup products/toys for kids/books/etc.
So I thought I'd do a gift guide
and try to do it sections.
So I'll do makeup first cuz these would be amazing stocking stuffers
or even for someone that's just starting out in the makeup world
(aka like me hahaha)
First, is my FAVORITE lip product!
This is the best long lasting lipcolor I've found.
LipSense didn't work for me, sadly, but I love this stuff!
I can put it on and when I feel chapped, I can just put chapstick over it
and it stays through basically everything.
Maybelline SuperStay MatteInk
It's around $8 a tube so it's totally affordable and will last forever.
I currently own: Pioneer, Lover (pictured), Dreamer, Romantic,
Heroine, Loyalist, and Creator.
I am a cheapskate guys.
This lip stuff is one of the only things I spend more than $5 on 
and it was only after I tried one and saw how great it was!
(Thank you Influenster - they sent me Pioneer and Lover to try, fell in love!)
The only other thing I've spent more than the $5 is on my Maskcara HAC Pack.
I don't use it every day, but I like having it for pictures,
fancy nights, or just when I feel like doing my full face hahaha
Each tin is $12 BUT if you order 4 tins you get a compacct for free 
and they are AWESOME!
(No I am not an Artist, I just really love the product)
I also bought the 30 Second HAC brush cuz it is the best brush I've ever used!
It's so soft, doesn't fall apart after a few uses,
the glue is not easily watered down by washing them!
I will also give you full transparency:
I hosted a party with my BFF Alyx and got my products at a discount
thanks to the group order and hostess rewards.

Here is a comparison of what each size compact looks like!
The smallest one is the one that comes with the order of 4 tins.
I purchased the mini double decker and after a series of emails
and mistaken shipments I also ended up with the full size double decker compact too.
These are amazing and magnetic so I use the small one for the makeup 
and bobby pins and hairties!
Ok so the next one is the mascara EVERYONE is obsessed with
currently that's under $10.
Now I told you I don't spend more than $5 on things.
I got extremely lucky that this was on Amazon cheaper than any store
AND had a coupon!
I got this for $5!!
I know, incredibly lucky, BUT I will say this:
I personally did not see any difference in length of my lashes
BUT I did notice that I had more coverage on my lashes.
And then finally, here are all of my cheap favorites!
Some I did receive as samples to review,
but I honestly would buy them for this cheap!
There are some affiliate links but also know that Walmart or Target 
may have these on clearance every now and then.
Like the NYC eyeshadow pencils I got cheap at Walmart,
the Wet N Wild highlight from Target clearance for like $3 haha
Also the best place for those glitter singles I've found was at my local Kroger store!
Whoda thunk?!
Stay tuned for the next guide!
Which do you want next?
Kids or adults?

06 October 2017

Social Media and Righteous Women

More often than not we hear about the
evils of social media, or that there's just more bad than good.

Well I'm here to attest to the absolute goodness
that exists BECAUSE of social media, blogging, and networking.
And no, not for profits 
(though for some that is a huge blessing as well).


I am here to show you some of my dearest friends.
All of them I've met through blogging or social media.
And THEY are the good in the world.


I attended an event recently that talked about the positive force 
of righteous women.
And how powerful we can be.
As women I know we can sometimes be more harsh with ourselves 
and others than needs to be.
A lot of us are self conscious about something or other.
BUT we are also the caretakers,
the peacemakers, 
the fighters,
the drive behind some amazing things.


I have become such a better person 
after getting to know these amazing women (and more) in MY life.
I sat with a few of them at this event recently as we
also talked about the upcoming Light The World campaign for Christmas.
The Savior taught us how to be compassionate,
serving, loving, and above all
to think of others before ourselves.
All of these women have taught me something
that helped these values become a part of me.


These friends of mine have shown me how to become a better
and human being.
There IS some good in social media.
If I hadn't started blogging in 2009 
I never would have met these amazing ladies and learned so much about myself.
I've learned to stand up for things even if they aren't popular.
I've learned to be myself no matter what.
I've learned empathy and compassion
for those who experience different trials than my own.
"The world needs righteous women"
I couldn't agree more and these are some of the most
exemplary ones I know.
"Surround yourself with people who:
Push you.
Challenge you.
Make you laugh.
Make you better.
Make you happy."