Thursday, December 29, 2016

The best foundation AND how to apply it!
I have used more foundations then I care to admit, and quite a few have ended up in the trash. After many many failed attempts I have finally discovered the mecca of foundations. A foundation that doesn't feel cakey, or too thick, one that makes my skin glow and look healthy and clean.

Literally, the best foundation I have ever used!
(It even smells fresh)

After lot's of trial and error I've got my foundation game down. Which is ubbber important, because I have two kids and during the week my beauty routine has to be fast! 

KEY TIP: Add a drop of face oil to the back of your hand and mix it into your foundation! THAT'S IT! Seriously, ya'll... 1 drop of facial oil + the amount of foundation you use (mixed together) and apply to your face with a beauty sponge.

This beauty sponge blender changed my makeup routine. It's affordable + amazing. I ended up buying the smaller sizes as well and getting some friends hooked! P.S. Totally an amazon affiliate link, my first one ever so if you decide to buy... purchasing from this link would ROCK! I promise, it's amazing and I'm obsessed.
Now, I have used a bunch of facial oils as well. I kinda love them. I have given face oils as gifts and I have quite a few stocked up in my make up drawer. Honestly, there are really a ton of great options. It truly depends on what you are looking for. My cheeks have a bit of redness to them, so I have been targeting that with a balancing face oil

P.S. The picture above is of me and my daughter at Bee City checking out the lemurs! I spent about 15 minutes on my makeup before rushing out the door, minus my foundation I might scare ya!

If you would like to try Beautycounter, email me and I would love to send you some free samples OR if you are ready to order, I will cover your shipping on your very first purchase!
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Friday, December 23, 2016

Why Beautycounter (my salesy pitch)?
This is MY salesy, not so salesy pitch on why I made the switch to Beautycounter. It's the reason I made the decision to change the products I use. Bottom line, I LOVE makeup, beauty products, watching video tutorials on how to contour your face. I research products... the best to buy, what to use... I pin on pinterest. Basically I'm a slightly obsessed, overtired Mom, with a true love for beauty and skin care products.

Legit, I've been curling my lashes since I was 14 years old!

BUT... those products don't always love me. In fact, I have crazy sensitive skin. Eyelids that will swell up like crescent rolls if I use certain eyeshadows. Pores that will clog when I use some facial creams, and as I age it's gotten worse. My eyelids were so swollen this past Summer (can't show that) I had to make an emergency visit to the dermatologist for a prescription cream.
These photos above show me rocking some makeup + a recent reaction to eyeshadow, the final straw that encouraged me to take a leap of faith. One I should have considered a year ago or more.
I guess I didn't know better, and now I do. So when you know better, you do better.

I asked myself, Jess WHY are you continuing to use products that literally hurt you? Do you even know what's in those products? I looked, there is no ingredient list. NO LIST! Go into your bathroom right now and look at the products you use, even if it's only a few. Can you find any ingredients listed? Go to the companies website, but I can almost guarantee you won't find a list of any kind.

1. Do you exercise + eat well, try to live a clean lifestyle?
2. You often choose organic, local options when grocery shopping?

 SO this is my question to you...
Did you know that The FDA DOES NOT investigate or approve ingredients in personal care products? Guess what, there is little to no regulation, none since 1938. A $62 BILLION industry left to regulate it's own products. I didn't know either, BUT I do NOW.

Almost ALL beauty care products include cancer causing, hormonal disrupting ingredients, organ toxicity... horribly icky yucky preservatives, colorants, perfumes and so on.

It's INSANE, the AWFUL list of harmful ingredients goes on and on, AND you are using these products EVERY SINGLE DAY. Your skin is your bodies LARGEST organ. It's essentially a sponge and absorbs everything you put on your body, almost instantly.


If you have actually read to this point, props and THANK YOU!
Let's connect, message me via Party Box Design, email me or even live chat via my little paper and printables shop.

XOXO, Jess
(your super excited beautycounter go to chick)
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls
This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Ball recipe will literally be the best you'll ever make.
I know this, because it's tricked countless kids into thinking it's actually cookie dough!

In fact, when I snapped pics this morning I didn't intend to include Crew, he grabbed a protein ball mid photo! I will tell you there are a few key ingredients you CAN'T swap out. First, the most amazing organic coconut oil butter, it tastes like butter and is so yummy. I use it constantly and the company that produces it, is top notch. The second must have is coconut sugar, the texture and sweetness are perfection for this recipe. Last but not least, don't swap out the nut butter... you must use cashew butter to get that cookie dough flavor!

1/3 CUP OF CHOPPED NUTS(walnuts)

Simply add all the ingredients into a big bowl (minus the chocolate chips + nuts). Mix until everything is smooth and the texture of cookie dough, then add the chocolate chips and nuts. Grab a big pan, cover it with wax paper and roll the dough into balls. This recipe will make 24 protein balls. Pop the tray into your freezer, then after about 20 minutes they'll be ready to eat. You must store these in your freezer or fridge... otherwise they won't hold their form.

CHIA SEEDS- rich in omega-3 fatty acids + antioxidants and fiber.
COCONUT OIL- can improve cholesterol levels and boost brain function.
WALNUTS- Cancer-Fighting Properties + contain several unique and powerful antioxidants.

Be sure to follow us for more recipes + party fun. Oh and Nutiva, y'all should really add me to your affiliate program!

P.S. You can find all these ingredients at Whole Foods!
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Party Ideas on a Budget
If you want to host a Christmas Party, but you're on a budget AND you need some last minute ideas... Holiday Printables are your solution! These printables are $4.99 and Santa's favorite! Literally, download + print and place in a frame, or add some string to the tags and WOW... instant awesome hostess status! Grab paper straws from the dollar section at Target and add our drink flags, for a pop of festive fun.

Christina Christian hosted one amazing event with our hot chocolate printables, the pictures are just gorgeous. You can use her ideas above as a starting point, a little holiday inspiration. Create a hot chocolate drink station and simple dessert bar with these fantastic + affordable ideas.
Head on over to Party Box Design to download our budget friendly
Christmas Party Printables, $4.99 y'all... Happy Holidays + EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY!
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Creative Teachers Gift Idea on a Budget
Teachers are special and as a parent, the perfect time to let them know is over the Holiday Season. Yes, I love to give gift cards, who doesn't love a gift card? BUT I also like to add in a little personalization, something different and creative. Something affordable, fun, personalized and special. These Teacher holiday wine labels are that gift.

Not only are they $9.99, but I promise that bottle of wine will put the biggest smile on your kids teachers face and they will always remember this gift!

Happy Holiday's Y'all + Connect with us on social media...
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

THANK YOU! FREE Holiday Printables
The Holiday Season is always about giving back, which is why I love to offer FREE Holiday Printables! This little shop is a dream that became a reality thanks to all my amazing customers.

(your support, following along and shopping)

Please feel free to share these printables with your friends and family or pop on over to Party Box Design to see what else we have to offer!

P.S. Our holiday photo card sale is still live, amazing deal... cards are only $1.40 each!
XOXO, Jess

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Modern Black and White Baby Shower on a budget
Y'all I am SO excited about this black and white baby shower! These patterns + modern vibe, yet still warm and playful. Plus, if you are on a budget our printable invites are only $16.99!

Our coordinating black and white baby shower printables are also on point... and $9.99! Hosting a baby shower can be so expensive, but it really doesn't have to be. These printables and invites don't compromise style one bit.

If fact, they are totally stylish and your guests won't have a clue that you only spent $9.99! My goal this coming year is to create more and more printable designs at this price point. I love entertaining, but it adds up, until NOW!

Happy party planning!!!!
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

SLEEP? What's sleep...

I haven't slept a solid night since Saturday. SINCE SATURDAY.
My chubby cheeked, beautiful boy is refusing to nap or sleep.
I AM TIRED. T.I.R.E.D! The kind of tired that massive cups of coffee can't help, the kind of tired where even the best under eye cream can't help.

I've gotten advice from friends + family(unsuccessful) and now I am reaching out to the blogosphere.
Send help y'all, and wine... and coffee and a sleep mask! LOL

Dear sleep gods, please visit my son... he needs rest. Doesn't he know Santa is watching?!?!

Happy ALMOST weekend everyone!
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