The Best Summer Moisturizers

Ok ladies, today I’m giving you a full review of Mac Mineralize Charged Water Moisturizers! If you are like me, whether you wear sunscreen or not, sometimes your face can get extra dry from Summer sun and heat. I stumbled upon these charged water moisturizers a couple of years ago and they have yet to fail me!

I’ll start with the eye cream. This cream is not only for extra moisture, but helps with firming, de-puffing, and reduces fine lines. I like to put this on just under my eyes before bed and then again after I wash my face in the mornings. Unfortunately, fine lines are a nemesis of mine, so I lather this stuff on! The cost is $35 and I have had this particular jar for over a year. I give this product 5 stars!

Secondly, the larger jar is the moisturizer I use for my overall face. I apply this once a day right before my foundation. This is for hydration and will also soothe and soften the skin. My issue in the past is that if I use moisterizer, my skin is way too oily, but if I use nothing it would get flakey and dry. I hated the way moisturizer would make my skin feel greasy! None of these are a result from the Charged Water Moisture Gel. It goes on very light and absorbs instantly! This product has been dermatologist tested and features a 77- mineral complex. I am telling you, it will change your life. The cost of this jar is $40 and totally worth it 🙂

I hope this serves as a starting guide for all you gals out there! The best part about Mac is that they are gracious to accept returns and exchanges if you aren’t 100% satisfied with their products. They get two thumbs up from me!

Thanks for stopping by!

Kara

Wilderness at the Smokies

I am NOT kidding you when I tell you that Wilderness at the Smokies is seriously one of my most favorite places on Earth! My family and I used to go for New Years Weekend, but the past two Summers we have taken advantage of the warm weather and stay for a long weekend with my Grandmother. She’s not crazy about the beach these days, so this is a perfect spot for her to find shade and stay entertained by the kiddos. Continue reading “Wilderness at the Smokies”

Hot Pink Pleated Top

Coffee, coffee, and more coffee! We had a packed but successful Memorial Day weekend. We started by going on a little family fishing trip Friday night to Boone lake. Joshua is in a big brother program, so we got to take his “little brother” and guide him through catching a fish, which literally made his night. It was awesome. Continue reading “Hot Pink Pleated Top”

Kiwi Coconut Chia Popsicles

What better way to celebrate a long weekend than waking up to a refreshing yummy treat?! I made these popsicles yesterday with the hopes that they would turn out like the Pinterest picture. They look difficult to create, but let me tell you, they were so simple!!

If you aren’t familiar with chia seeds listed in the recipe, you can now get the at Wal-Mart, but definitely at any natural food store. They are loaded with health benefits, two of the best being fiber and protein. They are one of my favorite super foods.

I found popsicles molds at Wal-Mart and just opted to take out the plastic sticks that came with them. If I continue my popsicle making, I’ll definitely be ordering the mold linked in the recipe from Amazon.

The recipe is listed below. I will add that if you want a little extra sweetness add 1 extra Tbsp of the agave syrup. The original recipe wasn’t quiet sweet enough for me! You can also find agave syrup in the baking section at Wal-Mart. Enjoy!

KIWI COCONUT CHIA POPSICLES

yield: MAKES 10

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 3/4 cups canned coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup soy milk (or any milk alternative)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 Tbsp agave syrup, or more to your liking
  • 3 kiwis, peeled and sliced

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Stir together coconut milk, soy milk, chia seeds, and agave syrup. If desired, add additional sweetened to taste.

  2. Place sliced kiwis in popsicle molds. Use chopsticks or the back of a spoon to press kiwi to the sides of the mold.

  3. Gently pour liquid mixture into popsicle molds. Insert wooden popsicle sticks. Freeze for at least 4 hours until popsicles are solid.

Recipe from The Little Epicurea

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P.S. They are toddler approved and a very quick yet healthy breakfast! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Kara

 

Striped Bow Top

Soon I am going to be doing a Shein review for guys! I’m sure most of you have already seen their ads and other bloggers wearing their clothes. I spent all of my Birthday money with them and this top is one of the purchases I made! It is definitely a contender for Memorial Day!

I am linking a similar top here and here. The actual top I have on seems to be sold out at the moment (sigh). The great thing about this top and the others linked are that they can be worn with the bow on the front or back! Who knew! 

This cute little fedora was a TJ Maxx find from last year. I thought it added just the right touch to my red and white outfit. I am linking a similar one here.

How cute are these lace-up red sandals? I fell in love when I first saw them. They are easy to put on and make a statement with any outfit. I am going to link the striped version as well, just because I love them all! You can also find my white pants here. They have been on repeat for me this Spring. They are definitely a staple piece that I think every girl needs. You can find a similar pair of red floral studs here.

Stay Inspired,

Kara

 

Vacay Must Haves

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Pom Straw Bag                                                                           Tassel Earrings

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Pineapple Ball Cap                                                                        Pom Sandal

 

 

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Round Beach Towel                                                          Sassy Sun Hat

 

Hello friends! If you have an upcoming vacation and aren’t sure what accessories you want or need, I have you covered! I’m excited to share with you these adorable items I found for you, and they are all under $40 per piece!

Anything that has a pom pom or a tassel on it, says “buy me please”! You guys, they are HOT items for the season. You don’t have to break the bank to get in on the latest trends. TJ Maxx has this adorable pom bag for 20 bucks and Wal-Mart has pom sandals for $10!! That is a steal.

Aside from poms and tassels, pineapples are the latest rage. This is why my jaw dropped over this adorable ball cap. I think every girl that goes to the beach, lake, or pool needs a cute little cap to throw on with her bathing suit.

Round beach towel anyone? I can personally vouch that these are super convenient and give you much more room for activities! And how cute are the flamingos? I want this one for my self!

I hope this serves as a vacay guide! I may or may not have to get a few of these for myself! I’m a sucker for things that are affordable AND fashionable. Who isn’t?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you stay inspired!

Kara

The Momkini 

So here we are one baby, a few stretch marks, and some extra skin later. Am I going to let that stop me from my love of bathing suits, sand, and Summer fun? Absolutely not! I found this adorable one piece at Aeropostale and thought I would share it with all of you moms out there (or maybe you women that just don’t love your mid section right now)! The color alone just screams fun. I also love the ruffle top. It’s perfect and it’s under $40!

Outfit details: One piece / Sandals / Towel, Hat, & Bag