The Importance of Being Reese

Homemade Snow Paint


It's not often we get snow in the South. So when we do, we like to take advantage of it. This morning I woke up to the soft crunch of footsteps walking in the snow. I'd fallen asleep on the couch anxiously awaiting the first snowfall of the season, but by 11 PM, a thick sheen of ice covered the grown with no snow in sight. I fell asleep feverishly praying for snow. It's hard enough being trapped inside all weekend, but toss in a 5 year old who's upset because there's no snow, and it's pretty much unbearable.

So you can imagine my excitement when I woke up to snow. Not much. But certainly enough to keep a 5 year old happy, and a mom sane.

Luckily, I had hit up the store in anticipation of our snow day. After grabbing the typical snow day essentials: soup, hot cocoa, and wine (hey, priorities), I headed to Michael's to come up with some fun snow day activities. Unfortunately every store in within a 100 mile radius had already sold out of sleds, so I figured I'd better come up with something to keep Little J distracted.

Forward





I realized it's been a while since I've given you all a life update. Part of this is heavily influenced by my decision to cut back on sharing my personal life on my blog. I made the decision last year to transition into a less personal space. But from time to time, I like to check in and give you all an update. The beginning of another year seemed like the perfect time.

2016 was the year that everything and nothing happened all at once. It's hard to relieve all those seemingly insignificant, but incredibly special moments that happened this year. So if I had to use one word to sum up our year, I would say forward.

As I was putting up Christmas decorations in our new place, it occurred to me that we're back in the same space, but not the same place, if that makes any sense. Last year we made the decision to return to Charlotte. After spending two years in Raleigh, we realized it wasn't home. So we packed our bags, loaded up the truck and returned home. Moving on, moving forward.

Teaching My Daughter to Love Her Hair

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This post is sponsored by Dove™  however, all thoughts, opinions, photos and life stories are 100% mine. I hope you'll take the time to read this post and teach your daughters to #LoveYourHair.

 Growing up, my hair was  always a big issue. As a kid, I had incredibly long and frizzy hair, and kids are mean. So my hair painted a target on my back and gave them some serious ammunition. I was teased relentlessly, and unfortunately I grew to hate my "frizzy hair." So, after much begging and pleading, I finally convinced my mother to relax my hair.

Big mistake.

After years of harmful relaxers, my hair lost it's strength and begin to break off. Almost overnight my hair went from healthy and gorgeous, to incredibly unhealthy. And in a way I was right back where I started before, hating my hair, which ultimately affected my self-confidence.

What a vicious cycle.

White Chocolate Christmas Oreo's



Now that I'm finally on the mend, I'm back in the kitchen and prepping for Christmas parties. I've had this festive holiday dessert idea swirling around in my head for a while, and yesterday I finally had the opportunity to put it to the test.

Of all the recipe ideas I've had in the last year or so (and believe me, they have been plentiful) this was one of my favorites. Not only do they look beautiful, but they taste amazing. After all, what's not to like, white chocolate and Oreo's? Yes please.

Frugal and Fabulous: Family Dollar Fabulous Recap

Family Dollar Fabulous Charlotte

A/N: The #FDFabulous event was sponsored and hosted by Family Dollar, Cantu and Body Fantasies. However all thoughts and opinions about the products and brands are completely mine. Enjoy!

Question of the Day: What do you get when you let loose 5 GORGEOUS natralistas in the city of Charlotte? 

Answer: A fabulously good time.

If you keep up with me via Twitter or Instagram, by now you probably know that last week me and 4 other local bloggers took a whirlwind tour around The Queen City to learn more about the art of keeping yourself looking and feeling good for less. The event was hosted by Family Dollar, and it was truly a fabulous event. But more importantly, it was incredibly informative and empowering.


2016 Tech Savvy Holiday Gift Guide

This gift guide was created with the tech savvy family in mind. Check out these tech gift ideas for everyone in the family.



  A/N: I received several items to review for this gift guide, however, most of the items listed were thoroughly researched in order to provide an accurate overview of the products listed below. All thoughts and opinion concerning the specs and ratings are my own. 

Let's face it, we live in a tech savvy society. Trying to avoid technology would be like trying to avoid political commercials during an elections-- futile and ineffective. Technology has drastically improved our way of life, allowing families who are separated for the holidays to bridge the divide. It allows teachers to interact with children and their parents with a few simple clicks of the buttons. It brings together communities and families. Ultimately, it allows our society to flourish.

In honor of the Age of Tech, this year I'm dedicating my Holiday Gift Guide to the Tech Savvy family. Below, you'll find some of my favorite Tech solutions for every member of the family.

Merry Christmas and Happy Shopping my friends!


FOR THE FAMILY
FOR HIM
FOR HER
FOR THE KIDDOS
FOR THE TEENS