This is seriously such an amazing tee! It’s so flattering on. It will look amazing on for those of you beauties with a small waist. But if you are more like me and carry most of your weight on your middle section, this is seriously the perfect tee! The way it’s cut is everything for those who have more my body type. And the best part is that it’s on sale right now for $14.94 !!!! You can dress it up or down depending if you have a nice belt on with it or wear it with wedges or flats. It’s so versatile ! It’s seriously my go to everyday as a mom and/or perfect to take the kids to birthday parties etc.

Go to Express to get yours while the sale lasts! Or you can click Here to get your own. I am wearing a size small. I feel like Express sizes run bigger, bc this girl is not often a small in many clothes LOL.

P.s they have other colors too 😉

My first born turns 5 today! I cannot believe that I have been someone’s mother for that long, ha! I can’t believe my little girl, my first born is not a toddler anymore. She is a little girl!!!!!! It’s awesome to see her grow but sad all at the same time. You really remember so much from your first born because it’s all such a new experience. I usually go all out on her birthdays because ever since I became a mother and learned that kind of love (which is so indescribable). I feel like each year should be a grand celebration of another year with that little angel! It is such a blessing to have a healthy child, but you almost don’t truly realize that until you become a mommy. I am so blessed with both of my little gifts from heaven. If I have ever doubted myself in anything or never had enough pride in any talent or dreams I may not have chased… one thing is for sure. I know and am so certain with confidence that I am a great mother. It seriously was my calling! There are really not very many things I’m good at, at all. (Not joking) But I know I am a great mommy and so that is why the song “What I never knew I always wanted”(by Carrie Underwood) is SO relatable to me! Especially because I remember my first pregnancy (that I unfortunately miscarried) not being as excited as I should have been. Of course I was happy and yes I actually was excited, at least I thought I was. But there was a part of me that wasn’t sure because it was my husband who wanted to start a family first. And so I was more on the “wanted to wait as long as I could” train. I thought I would be just fine waiting till I was closer to 35. So when I was pregnant that first time at 27 years old,  I was also worried about my whole life changing and I wasn’t ready for that. I didn’t want to be responsible for someone else.

Long story short – I realized I wanted it more than I knew I did once it was taken away from me when I miscarried. So I obsessed about getting pregnant again and again until eventually I was pregnant with my Milania. Therefore she, and motherhood all around is legitimately “what I never knew I always wanted” 🙂

Im sharing some birthday pics from all the years past. I am always so excited and proud of her birthdays to celebrate big! This year since 5 is a milestone I did not do a together birthday with my son, so she had a smaller intimate special birthday with only 5 close friends of ours and hers! I don’t have those professional pics just yet, I will post when I do 😉

1st Birthday Princess Party

 

 

Milania’s Clubhouse Party

  

 

Disney Princess Party

    

Mickey And the Roadster Racers Party

   

So when it comes to make up I’m kind of basic ! I don’t own or use any foundation on my face. It’s pretty much eye make up and blush if I need an extra pick me up or to go out in the evenings.

In other words I don’t and won’t be giving any makeup tips or advice (LOL)

But I’m sharing a few things I love to take with me when I travel. Number 4 is specifically to Las Vegas (where we go once a year)

  1. My usual everyday makeup LV bag and some different lip colors I like to play with as well as eyeshadows.

2. My super cute jewelry travel box

This is such a cute and feminine travel case for jewelry! I actually don’t wear as much jewelry as I used to before kids. So this is really the perfect size for me.

If you do wear lots of jewelry, there are bigger ones than this version.

Also depending on how long your vacay is – When I travel for more than a weekend, of course I bring more, but this particular trip will be a Friday – Monday.

So for this trip, I have jewelry on the side pockets. Hair clips and hair pins in the little pocket under the mirror, along with my duo glue adhesive for my lashes 😉

My rings and contact case are also kept here. I also bring an extra pair on contacts just in case while traveling.

This whole little box goes in my carry on since these are things that are very valuable to me.

Below is mine and you can see all my things inside that I mentioned. You can get your Wolf ‘Chloé zip jewelry case Here

3. Moisturizer

Im not the best at washing my face at night. In fact I really almost don’t! I go to sleep with make up and I don’t have many breakouts which I think the reason for that is probably bc I don’t wear foundation etc.

But what I do love to do for my face is moisturize it !!!! I have super dry skin, which I hate. In the winter it can get really bad, so I help it by using my most favorite moisturizer. It really has made a huge difference. And it feels so ahhhhmazing when I apply it on!

It is the Night-A-Mins mineral enriched renewal cream by Origin. Besides feeling amazing on, its smells amazing and it also gives you a nice little glow to your skin!

Yes it is meant for a “night time” cream but I love it so much I use it in the mornings most of the time. Sometimes both if I’m not too lazy to clean my face and have face wipes available (hehe). I’m putting the link to this amazing face moisturizer cream Here .

4. Lilly Lashes

I never travel to Vegas without my Lilly lashes 😉

A Disney world trip or cruise – I never bring them. But Vegas is a whole other thing!!!

These are the best lashes ever! You will see me with these on in pics this very weekend ! They are amazing quality and look so great on everyone comments on them. And I proudly wear them bc who doesn’t love long beautiful lashes ?!

You can search through them Here

Of course hair spray, dry shampoo (especially for Disney trips) and my self spray tanner (for my face) are also a few must to say the least. But this is it for now.

Thank you for reading and following along 🙂

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I signed up for this retreat because growing up I heard friends attending retreats and I was always curious about what it was exactly. I was excited to finally be able to experience this, and with a wonderful group of women.

When all good things happen, the enemy tries to attack! The day before I was supposed to leave there was tension in my house. My husband with his anxiety about me leaving all weekend while there are issues he has to resolve in the restaurant etc. I was feeling so annoyed and fed up that I said to myself “I’m just not gonna go” right after that thought it dawned on me very clearly that it was the enemy causing this. He knew there was a good thing about to happen in my life and he was trying to take control. At that moment I made sure I stayed in prayer and felt better by reminding myself I was not going to allow him to ruin this opportunity for me.

Friday morning came and I was getting ready to leave. I felt anxiety about leaving my kids. I thought about how much easier it would be if I just stayed home….easier for my children, my husband, our family in general. But what about for me ? I was really looking forward for this experience. It’s so hard to balance that as a mother and wife. When we have such a huge responsibility of having that role of making sure the family has it all together to make it through our days. Just like my husband is the owner & “operator” of the business, I am the operator of our family. He runs the restaurant and I as a mom and wife run our family and household.

If there are any single moms out there, I applaud you because you are the operator, manager and the accountant of your family by having that full time job on top of it! What a huge position and role to have.

I kept saying maybe I shouldn’t go. It’s just much easier etc. But then I came to sense that I am doing this  for myself and that it’s something that I NEED to do. I plan on going on this retreat to learn and get an experience of Lords presence in hopes He would talk to me or show me what it is I am meant to get out of this retreat. I am also doing this for Him. To seek Him. After all, God is supposed to come before your kids and husband. So how happy would this make him- that I am attending this retreat because I want to be closer to Him.

And so off I went!

We arrived and out of the 2 buildings where we could stay. I was staying in the one named Shepherd’s Inn. Since my son’s name is Shepherd I loved the idea of staying in Shepherd’s Inn! The retreat is at The Cove at the Billy Graham training Center in Black Mountain. I heard amazing things in particular about this retreat. So I knew since the opportunity was at my fingertips, I couldn’t miss it!

I walked in my room. It was so nice and home-y feeling. It had a patio and I was facing the trees and trails. There was such a peaceful feeling about it. In my head I thought it’s almost too peaceful! I’m not used to being around so much quietness. (especially when you are around toddlers all day) Even at night after they are in bed, I turn to the tv because its my mommy time to unwind!

But here there are no TV’s! Which was actually nice – Except it was so hard for me to sit in such quietness. I was trying hard on several attempts to talk with the holy spirit in such peaceful moments in my room but it’s hard shut down! My mind just starts wondering about my life, kids, what they are doing, what they may have eaten… or not while under the care of my husband (lol).  Thoughts of anxiously waiting on what God may reveal to me or what it is I’m supposed to get from this whole weekend.

It really was almost like it’s too peaceful (lol) which doesn’t make sense! But in the end it was nice 🙂

The first thing that was powerful and stood out to me right away on that first session Friday evening was the sound of all the women’s voices  worshipping and singing to God our Father. It’s not often you hear only women singing. Whether its in church or in a choir, a crowd of singing voices, or even in plays… it’s both men and women. Needless to say, it was quite the impact!

That evening I had a hard time sleeping. We were up for breakfast and our 2nd session the next morning! Can I just say how wonderful the food is!! I was super impressed! All the selections were great! I am posting a pic of one of the dinner menus so you can see the yummy options! Breakfast and lunches were also great! Sunday’s breakfast had bagels, cream cheese and lox!!! I couldn’t believe it. Of course also the typical eggs, bacon, sausage and some delicious sugar waffles!!! The clean eating was not applied this weekend! Also, there was ice cream available all day and night. It was like a cruise ship, where I never felt hunger (lol).

Saturday we had about 6 hours in the day of free time. I took a hike to their cute, precious chapel. On the way to the chapel and through the trails, there was no phone service. I have to say it was super nice to not have my phone available to distract me. Also on the way to the chapel and all through those trails there were bible scriptures on the way and praying pillars at each litte small waterfall. It was truly so beautiful, I definitely felt that presence of the holy spirit all around those trails.

I have to say that besides me feeling convicted on a few things, which I won’t get into detail about unless you personally would like to ask me (hehe). My walk on the trails by myself feeling such peace was one of the best things. The other was meeting so many wonderful women from all of the other campuses of my church (Forest Hill). It was really such a sweet feeling knowing that all these women, like myself are here seeking the Lord and want more of God in their lives. I almost can’t explain it. But to me it was neat to have a “girl’s trip” where the focus was on Him and ourselves. It’s very different from any other “girl’s trip” I’ve taken in the past, if you know what I mean – and so that is what was neat about it to me!

On that note, I would like to conclude that Sunday night while telling my husband about it I realized how much more I love my church. Through a special friend of mine, I was even able to see and meet all the people on the planning team and how they prepared for this. I feel blessed to get  that opportunity.

The reason I loved Forest Hill – Waxhaw was because of its smaller size and the smaller community within that campus. I wanted a smaller church where the members may recognize my kids or know them by name.  This is the kind of church I prayed to find for my family. I already knew I had found it. But after this experience it’s confirmation that this is where I am meant to be.

And so, until the next women’s retreat! Let me know who would like to go. You don’t have to be a member of Forest Hill to come with me 😉

 

Thank you so much for reading this and your support <3

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This was given to all of us as a representation of God’s shield and protection. It is made of the rejected fabrics used in India. It is crafted and made by women in hopes to “give them tools to become financially self-sufficient while healing their brokenness with supporting resources and love”. This is done through an organization called Empower for Hope here in Charlotte, NC.

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Below is the menu for one of the evenings! So yummy…

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Me in my Shield or God wrapping his arms around me with protection.  It is through His blessings this was made

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I wanted to share one of my favorite pair of workout leggings from Onzie. They are on sale now for only $33.99 from this link!! They are so cute and have a light sexy appeal to them! Best part is that they are gray colored which I love because I get tired of wearing black! The gray color with the dark mesh makes it so you can wear any top color you want, whether its a light or dark colored top! The size is pretty legit 😉 I wear a S/M size  with any Onzie pants. They fit nice and snug at the waist so it sucks it all in! (LOL)  {but not too uncomfortably tight} They are also great during workouts or running because they stay in place and do not slide down! That’s all for now 😉