Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Cocktail Confessions: Jingle Juice Punch

Over the weekend after spending our Friday at Findlay Rowe and being surrounded by all of their holiday sparkle, we couldn't wait any longer. We broke our no Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving rule.  Our homes aren't full blown Winter Wonderlands just yet, but by the end of this week they might be. 


One of our favorite things about this time of year is all of the time spent with friends and family. I'm so excited to have family in town this year for Christmas. We usually travel, but this year we are staying put and some of my family is coming to us. I couldn't be more excited about it!  


I'm SO looking forward to hosting and will certainly be putting my new Laurie Louis Designs holiday designs to good use.  


I just love the reindeer design and I'm an old fashioned girl when it comes to my holiday decor. I like traditional red and green so these pieces go great with what I have all around my home. 


Whether you are having family over, host a big holiday party, or just a little get-together with friends, one of my go-to hosting tips is to have a signature cocktail on hand. Something easy to whip up and serve, but also something that sets the tone with it's colors and flavors. 


This Jingle Juice Punch is just that!  So pretty and tasty and simple to make because it only has four ingredients!  


Jingle Juice Punch
1 bottle Whipped Vodka 
1 bottle Pink Champagne 
1 2-liter bottle Cherry 7-up 
2 cups Cranberry Juice 
Cranberries for garnish 


In a punch bowl or large pitcher fill with ice and combine all of the ingredients. Stir well and serve! 

We decided to make a kiddie version of this drink for the Mini Magnolias and they just loved doing a little taste testing.  Their favorite combo was Sprite with a splash of Cranberry Juice served in a fancy glass and garnished with cranberries.  They felt so big and loved feeling like they had a special drink just for them! 

Be sure to check out all of the Laurie Louis Designs holiday options and use code MAGNOLIA2018 to receive 10% off your order!

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Friendsgiving with Findlay Rowe


Happy Monday friends! We had a crazy busy weekend filled with all sorts of holiday happenings. It starts earlier and earlier each year. But as we chatted over the weekend, we realize just how fun it all is. The anticipation and the excitement of the season. Right now it doesn't feel like a whole lot of pressure because Christmas is still six weeks away. So, for now, we get to just enjoy the sparkle of it all! 

We kicked off the holiday season with a fun Friendsgiving event at Findlay Rowe, our favorite local boutique. They asked us a few months ago to host an event and do a little presentation for everyone. 


Friday marked the day, and we woke up so excited! We were a little nervous about what we had planned and if it would entertain everyone, but we had a few tricks up our sleeves.  

| Carrie Beth's Plaid Top | Jen's Plaid Top | Puffer Vest |

The store looked SO PRETTY! The Findlay Rowe ladies have outdone themselves this year on creating a holiday wonderland in their store. Their are seven gorgeous trees sprinkled throughout the store and everywhere you turn is a fun little holiday goodie or gift item. We couldn't help shopping ourselves! 


The first part of our presentation was to discuss holiday entertaining and how to set your table with ease. The store has so many wonderful items on hand that the hardest part was limiting ourselves to not going overboard. 


We showcased a few of our favorite serving items, and shared how easy it is to dress your table with just a few specialized pieces. The goal was to share how easy it can be to switch your decor from Thanksgiving to Christmas with just a quick adjustment or two. Less stress, and fuss leaves more time for celebrating! 


Our back up plan if that wasn't entertaining enough was to craft a little holiday cocktail for everyone to enjoy. 

Who can say no to shopping and drinking?! 

Not these Mamas. 


We loved all the little touches we pulled together, but one of our favorite was this Grat Pad Barbara shared with us...


How cute is it?! And so perfect for Thanksgiving...and every day after! Such a cute idea to share with guests. They would also make for a great Friendsgiving favor if you are hosting your own. Or something fun to give tweens/teens as a little conversation starter/reminder to see what they are grateful for each day. 

 They have several on hand in their store with a variety of designs available. Shoot them an email if interested for your own holiday (they ship!). 


And speaking of grateful...

We are so so grateful to each and every one of you who came out to say hi to us! The weather was not the best and we just want you to know it means the world to us you braved the cold rain to come say hi and shop! 


We had so much fun getting to know some of you in person and making new friends! 


Our event had two parts - one in the morning and one in the evening. We left around mid-day to grab our kids from school, eat a quick lunch, change and redo our rain soaked hair, and then headed back. 


| Striped Blazer | Black Tank | Black Jeans | Leopard Heels


The cocktail to say the least was a huge hit. The husbands who accompanied their wives declared it was "the best shopping experience of their lives.". We might be paraphrasing a bit, but you get the idea. ;)


For those of you who wanted the recipe for yourself - here it is...


Cranberry Ginger Moscow Mule

Serves: 8-10
Prep Time: 2 mins

Ingredients
  • 24 oz. of Ginger Beer
  • 15-20 oz. of vodka (we use Tito's.)
  • 20 oz. of Cranberry Juice
  • 1 pkg of whole cranberries
  • 2 cups of ice
  • Optional garnish: Sliced limes or sprigs of Rosemary 

Directions
  • In a large pitcher mix ginger beer, vodka, and cranberry juice over ice. 
  • Once well mixed add garnishes. 
  • Tradition states you pour this in a copper mug! 
  • Serve and enjoy! 
Note: If making a single serving, use a 1 to 1 2oz. ratio for ginger beer, vodka, and cranberry juice.  


Thank you again for all your support for what we do. We hope to have another event soon where we can see all your beautiful faces again!

If you have any suggestions on what kind of event you would like to see let us know! 


And don't forget to stop by Findlay Rowe this holiday season and say hi to these two lovely faces! Findlay Rowe has a ton of events planned between now and the end of December! The store is over flowing with great gift ideas (stay tuned for a little peek at our favorite things!). From hostess gifts to teachers gifts to gifts for all the ladies in your lives - they've got you covered! Not to mention they can monogram most things! 

 See if you can resist grabbing yourself a little something or two to wrap under the tree! #guilty


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Friday, November 9, 2018

Fashion Fix: Ways to Wear Over-the-Knee Boots + BIG SALE ALERT

Happy Friday, Friends!!!  Today's blog topic is all about over-the-knee boots. Now, before you skip over this post and think over-the-knee boots aren't for you, just hear me out.  I used to think this was a  trend that I could never get into. I thought it was more for the millennials rather than the moms and that over-the-knee boots would be way too cutting edge a bit to daring for my usual mom uniform. However, after I looked into them a bit more I found tons of fun ways to style them.  When our friends at FitFlop asked if we wanted to try a pair I decided to give them a chance and surprisingly, I really love them!  They make your legs look like they go on for days, they are really quite comfortable and they can turn an ordinary outfit into a WOW outfit.  I'm going to share a few different ways to wear over-the-knee boots and be sure to read to the bottom of this post for a BIG SALE ALERT from FitFlop. 


Look #1 - With My Mom Uniform 
Like most moms, I love wearing leggings, a tunic, and an long cardigan.  Some days I wear it with running shoes, some days with regular boots, but to dress it up just a bit and make everything look a little more pulled together, over-the-knee boots are a perfect option.  


Plus, the great thing about these boots is that they are super comfortable and stretchy so great for being on the run all day. 


Look #2 - With Jeans 
If I'm not wearing leggings I'm almost always in denim.  I love jeans and I love any kind of plaid this time of year so I knew I wanted to style my boots with two of my favorites. 


So cute, right?!  Well this top was an amazing clearance find for $4 at T.J. Maxx and I couldn't love it more paired with these boots! 


Volunteering at the school, meeting a friend for lunch or even during a busy weekend, this outfit will be on repeat! 


Look #3 - Dressed up with Faux Fur 
I'm pretty obsessed with the faux fur trend right now and love any chance I get to wear my vest. 


I'm on the hunt for a longer one, but for now I was so pumped when I saw that these boots matched my faux fur vest perfectly.  Something about over-the-knee boots and fur that just goes together, right?! Girls night, date night or any evening time event would be perfect for this look.


Look #4 - Dressed Up for a Night on the Town 
With the holidays right around the corner I know everyone has tons of parties, events and get togethers on their calendars.  I love any excuse to wear leather and sparkles and these over-the-knee boots are great for outfits like this, too.  I just love that they are so versatile and I know I'm going to be able to wear them for so many different occasions.


Now to the exciting part...a BIG sale!  Our friends at FitFlop are having a really BIG sale happening right now and over 100 styles are up to 60% off.  We are big FitFlop fans because we like to look cute and be comfortable and that is exactly what these shoes do. 

When I'm not wearing my over-the-knee boots I'm most likely wearing these that some of you may remember from our giveaway not too long ago! 


I can't tell you how many people have commented and asked me about these shoes



They are SO comfortable, so cute and I wear them a ton! They are also part of the sale and are 40% off so it is a great time to grab them!  We've been searching their website and found a lot of fall favorites...especially loving the metallic, blush, and knit athletic shoes! 


If we love their boots and fall shoes then we REALLY love their sandals.  

I'm super picky on the type of sandals I can wear because my feet hurt so bad if I wear ones with no support. The FitFlop sandals quickly became my favorite this summer.  


These Feather Tia sandals are 50% off right now! 


  I wore mine all summer long! 


And my other favorites are these Tia Sandals


They also come in a ton of different colors including this snake skin option that is on major sale. 
I feel like snake skin is like leopard....a neutral that you can wear with just about anything!


I know the weather is cold and no one is thinking about summer shoes right now, but if you like to plan ahead like me, then now is the time to buy!  Especially if you have a cruise, tropical vacation, or are heading anywhere warm over the holidays! 

Be sure to stay tuned because we have some other fun styles from FitFlop that we will be sharing in the next few weeks...including some for the guys in your life, too!  

We hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

How to Transition Your Beauty Routine for Fall & Winter

How to transition your beauty routine for fall and winter

Fall is in full swing and Winter is just around the corner. Just like our wardrobes have changed, our beauty routines have changed too! It seems the minute the temps drop, and the heat gets turned out, our skin starts to crave a crazy amount of moisture. We tend to ramp up our skincare routines this time of year to counteract the harsh elements of cold and drying heat.

Otherwise we begin to look like a patchy alligator, and as we all know, that's a big no no on multiple levels.

This is Bulldog country.

We'll own at least our big smooth, moisturized wrinkles.

Today we thought it would be fun to dish like good girlfriends do, and share our beauty tips and tricks on how we transition our beauty routines in the Fall and Winter. We'll share ours and along the way we hope you share yours too! We are lacking in a few areas, and would love a few product suggestions if you have ones!

Amazing list of beauty and skincare products for fall and winter

How to Transition Your Beauty Routine for Fall & Winter


Skincare

Cooler weather means drier skin so we are constantly trying to moisturize like crazy.  From our faces, bodies and even our lips!

We've shared this lip conditioner before, but it is the perfect alternative to a sticky chapstick and we love the sheer feel to it. Plus, the tiniest hint of peppermint scent is amazing and perfect for winter!


Another thing that we aren't always as good about in the cooler months is still remembering to apply sunscreen to ourselves and our kids!  Especially our sports loving kids that spend hours in the sun. Our favorite, hands down, is this Beautycounter stick sunscreen.  The kids love it because it goes on sheer and doesn't leave their faces all white. Plus, the stick makes it easy for a quick application on them and us! 

For everyday use though, we tend to lean towards the Protect All Over Sunscreen. Just a thin little layer before applying our make up and we've done what we can to protect our skin against the harsh rays of the sun. And let's be honest...we're doing everything we can these days to try to combat those pesky signs of aging.

Which brings us to our heavy hitting skincare line up...


This little combo is our current defense against aging. It's inevitable. We know it's going to happen, but until it does we are doing what we can to keep our skin rocking that youthful glow. Especially when stress, lack of sleep, and our love of cocktails are things that aren't going to go away anytime soon. #momlife

Without boring you with a ton of details, let's just say you need these in your life. We've gone through a ton of products, but these seem to be the best combo, especially at keeping moisture and a healthy glow through the Winter months.

  • SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum - Has tons of great reviews and can back them up. It does an excellent job of brightening and firming, and after a short period of use noticed right away finer lines looked minimized or non-existent. Pricy but worth it. 
  • Derma E Radiant Glow Face Oil - Gives an amazing instant youthful glow. We were given the chance to try it last year, and fell in love. Use it during the day after serum and before moisturizing. (Bonus: super inexpensive and smells amazing!) 
  • Rejuvenating Radiance Serum - Love, love, love! Give it a few weeks, but your skin is firmer and feels better after extended use. 
  • Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion - We were given a tube of this to try a few months ago and instantly fell in love. It adapts to your skins needs and it makes your skin feel like it just took in a huge drink of water. Use this as your last line of anti-aging defense before make-up and to seal in oils. 


The last winter skincare must have on our list is hand lotion! All that constant hand washing and drying with cold air makes our hands so chapped. This hand lotion by Derma E is the absolute best! You can use it on any part of your body for a good hit of moisture. But it isn't thick or sticky, smells great, and feels like instant relief.

Another great lotion that smells amazing is the body butter from EVER. We chatted a little bit about it here, but Lavish is still one of our favorite all time moisturizing products. 


Make-up

We are all about some sparkle and shine when it comes to make up this time of year...especially when we have holiday parties, events and get togethers to attend.  

This Velvet Eyeshadow Palette in Classic has tons of great shades for fall and we love how it goes on so effortlessly. We've been using a mix of Ivory, Copper and Sahara as everyday colors, and then for nighttime or when we want to ramp it up a little bit more we use the Cinnamon and the Penny. The Penny is ah-mazing!! It looks so good on! We have completely different skin tones and this palette looks fabulous on both of us. 


Because of dryer air and trying our best to keep our skin well moisturized, we tend to use creams vs. powders for a lot of our make-up products.


This cream blush in Pale Pink has been a long time favorite, and as long as Bobby Brown still makes it we will still be buying it. It will be a sad sad day if they ever discontinue it.

This cream highlighter is on our short list to buy. We love that it is a stick and have heard phenomenal things about it. If any of you have tried it we would love to hear your opinions about it!!

Bold red lip color done right!

For lips we tend to go both bold and neutral in the cooler months. Our skin isn't rocking that summer tan anymore and we feel like a little pop of color goes a long way in brightening our faces.


Our favorite neutral colors are...

Our favorite bold colors are...


Hair

Summer in the south means tons of humidity, but as the temperatures drop in fall and winter so does the humidity...thank goodness!  Our hair LOVES the drier air and it makes styling it SO much easier. One product we both use and love is this Moroccan Oil Root Boost. It is AMAZING for helping give you a little extra umpf and volume. 



In the warmer months out of the year we tend to let our hair dry, or because we are at the pool/beach/lake a ton we rarely do much with it. In the Winter months we can't stand wet damp hair when it's freezing cold. So we are using more heat products. More heat products means more damage. In comes one of our magic hair secrets is...


Coconut Oil! This coconut oil has a crazy ton of uses in our homes (best eye makeup remover ever!), but it works as a great hair mask as well. Just a little dab on your damp ends over night and voilá - shinier, moisturized hair. 

Nails

As we move into the cooler months we like to change things up with our nails and go a little darker. Deep reds, dark blues, grays, purples, golds and even black! 

Some of our favorites are this iridescent shade called For the Twill of It. It's either gray, purple or sort of green depending on how the light hits it.


Also, this deep burgundy called Wicked is super shiny and so pretty!

And these are in constant rotation throughout the Fall and Winter too! 


From left to right...

That wraps up our beauty favorites for Fall and Winter. Hopefully you found some of them helpful. And feel free to email us and ask any questions you might have about any of them!


Now share with us - what are some of your favorite Fall and Winter beauty tips and tricks? What is the number one product you use in Winter? Share with us!



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