Disney Minnie Beauty By SEPHORA COLLECTION – Soooo cute!

Here’s the thing about growing up…

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Don’t do it. Seriously, fight against it. I spent a great deal of my 20’s so incredibly anxious to be older. I wanted to be 21 so I could go to the cool clubs. I wanted to be 25 so I could rent a car. I wanted to be 30 because no one took 20-year olds seriously. Mannnnn, listen. SO dumb. I plan on being youthful for every y’all. Yeah, I know the dark circles under my eyes say otherwise but to hell with thinking I NEED to be a certain age.

I’m where I need to be and I’m going to be a big kid for as long as I live, y’all. And this is why I’m going giddy over this Disney Minnie Beauty By SEPHORA COLLECTION.

Can you EVEN?

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Hilton New York Fashion District – Can I Just Move In?

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I hadn’t been to New York City in yearssssss. And I missed it. This time, however, I didn’t want to crash on a friend’s sofa. I wanted to stay in a swanky hotel in the middle of an area that was surrounded by lots of good shops and restaurants. I wanted to be close to where The Makeup Show NYC was going to be and I really wanted a hotel that had a really good room service menu.

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Don’t judge me, man. I’m fancy. I LOVE room service.

My girl Courtney and I settled on staying at the Hilton New York Fashion District for several reasons; one being that it was listed as an option on The Makeup Show NYC website. And also, Courtney said that she had never had a bad experience at a Hilton. Same here. 

And so we checked in. It really only got better from there.

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Sooo…what’s in your purse?

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Nouveau Cheap – Did you know that Amazon is doing luxury beauty boxes now? If you want to see what was in the most recent one, so that you’re prepared for the next one, click right here. (PS: there’s a new discount code for your Amazon luxury beauty purchases!)

Olive & Ivy – At a loss for how to store your makeup? I’ve got you covered. Check out this post on how to organize your makeup collection!

Phyrra – I’ve got all of Urban Decay Wende’s Favorites Vice Lipsticks to show you, comparisons to the old version, plus the list of vegan shades! Which do you like best?

Prime Beauty – had the opportunity to test out the new Tria Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser on her nasty crow’s feet. See her before and afters, read her review and get a code for 15% off!

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21 Vegetarian Recipes – Even Meat Eaters Will Rejoice

21 Vegetarian Recipes

Okay, first things first – I am NOT a vegetarian. I am not a vegan. I can absolutely go meat-free. I just don’t want to. That said, you don’t have to be a vegetarian to really get behind some delicious vegetarian dishes. 

1. Serious Eats – The Best Tabbouleh Salad 
2. Sweet As a Cookie – The Skinny-Vegan Banana Strawberry Oatmeal Bars 
3. Lil Luna – Cheesy Spinach Alfredo Lasagna (make it vegan by using vegan cheese!)
4. Averie Cooks – Roasted Sweet Potato Salad 
5. How Sweet It Is – One Pot Mushroom and Swiss Chard Pasta 
6. Yesterfood – Broccoli Rice Pilaf 
7. The Gardening Cook – Bean Burritos With Vegetables 
8. Snappy Gourmet – Pacific Rim Ginger Mango Slaw 
9. Dishin and Dishes – Roasted Buffalo Chickpeas 
10. Amanda’s Cookin – Cheesy Egg Skillet 
11. Pinch of Yum – Rainbow Vegetarian Pad Thai With Peanuts and Basil 
12. Lexi’s Clean Kitchen – Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili 
13. How Sweet It Is – Broiled Fontina Toasts With Roasted Garlic and Poached Eggs 
14. Yesterfood – Mandarin Spinach Salad With Fresh Orange Vinaigrette 
15. The Gardening Cook – Strawberry Almond Cheesecake With Glaze Topping 
16. Snappy Gourmet – Creamy Mushroom Spaghetti Squash 
17. Dishin and Dishes – Baked Herbed Ricotta Spread 
18. Amanda’s Cookin – Low Fat Homemade Flour Tortillas 
19. Pinch of Yum – Spicy Southwestern Salad With Avocado Dressing
20. Lexi’s Clean Kitchen – Berries N Cream Martini Desserts 
21. Cherished Bliss – Fresh Spring Rolls 

I avoid dairy due to allergies so many of the dishes that contain dairy, I’d opt for almond/coconut milk and vegan cheeses. Vegan cheese is far from tasty but hey, it works in a pinch. 

Parenting Two Kids – I’m Still Surviving

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They say it’s pretty challenging going from 1 child to 2 and lemme tell you…it’s straight up bonkers, y’all. Even more so if you work from home, have a husband that travels a lot and don’t have any family in town. Seriously, if you’ve got kids AND have parents, in-laws and those that don’t mind helping you with your littles in town, you have nooooo idea how good you have it.

And I’m jealous. SO jealous.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Swamped isn’t even the word to describe why I haven’t been able to get a blog post up. Yeesh! Between The Makeup Show NYC and then the epic event that was the Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration, yours truly is beyond exhausted. But my heart is full and I’m grateful. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of my beautiful mamas and I’m especially sending love and light to those who have angel babies and to those who have lost their mothers. 

Catch up on these links…

My Newest Addiction – The Viseart Theory Palettes are kind of a big deal right now and Laura is professing her love for Cashmere via her review and swatches.

Nouveau Cheap – Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th, and if you’re scrambling for a last-minute gift idea or you’re reading this after the 8th and just want to treat mom (or yourself), I have some great suggestions for every budget!

Olive & Ivy – I’m hopping on the anti-aging bandwagon with this super hydrating night cream… I only wish I had found it sooner!

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Mother’s Day Gifts for the Beauty Lovin’ Mama in Your Life

This guest post is by Tiffany! She’s a beauty loving wife and mama, who enjoys romantic strolls down the aisles of Ulta and Target. When not writing about beauty, she’s writing about food cuz this girl loves to eat! Follow her at @dairylesscious for more ramblings!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8th! Have you done all your shopping? Looking for just one more thing to get? Either way, I have some ideas for the beauty loving mama your life! Buttttt, if you just want to get yourself a lil somethin’ somethin’ that’s ok too, I won’t judge!

Since the day is drawing near, head over to your local Ulta or Sephora to grab these goodies!

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I’m Terrified To Do it So…I’ll Do It

I feel like a punk, y’all. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I used to be fearless. Here I am at 31 years old and I get all anxious and nerve rack’y over doing something SO simple. Something that I’ve done a gajillion times before. Why am I freaking out over this? 

The Makeup Show NYC is coming up and I very impulsively booked a flight to go. I used to go to this show regularly and that whole  kid life + limited personal days due to work things put a damper on all of that. But now I’m self-employed and I’ve got a husband with a super flexible schedule who took the time off so that he could take care of home while I travel. I get to hang out with friends and brands, run up and down those New York City streets, eat fancy food and sleep. I get to sleep! I haven’t slept a good 4 hours straight in monthsssss. Leaving mommy duties and the babies at home means I can get interrupted sleep. This is exciting, right? 

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