Girls' Night In

11:13 PM

Summer is setting in, and for a lot of us that means more darting around to various activities, and more time outdoors. It’s a lovely time of year, and who doesn’t like being outside? Even so, summer can also be exhausting in its own way, and every now and then it’s nice to just calm down and spend a night in.

You can cool off, relax, ,enjoy your friends and some in-home activities, and get back to your busy summer schedule the next morning. Here are a few suggestions of how to have a fun night at home with your girlfriends when the weather heats up.

Do Makeovers

We may as well start off girly, right? A summer night in with makeup kits out and mirrors all around is a nice nostalgia kick to the teenage days when you and your friends were just discovering how to apply your own makeup. Sure it’s silly, but you can have a lot of fun with it if you have the right friends around. Plus, you can add a new component to a home makeover party these days thanks to technology (of course). There are a whole bunch of different makeup and styling apps that are amazingly and surprisingly useful, and can make this kind of evening in even more fun for everyone.

Play Games

To go less “girly,” let’s talk about the idea of having your friends over and playing video games together! A few years ago surveys started to show that more women play video games than men, so maybe this is still on the girly spectrum. Whatever the case, there aren’t many better ways to simply let go of your day-to-day worries and relax than to spend a few hours in front of the PlayStation. Pick your poison: an old Mario game, a competitive multiplayer, a vast open world… there’s no end to the escapism!

Have A Casino Night

Sticking with gaming, but turning off the Xbox, you could also have a fun little casino night with some friends. It’s a good excuse to socialize, and maybe have a drink or two. A deck of cards and some poker chips can go a long way, but these days it’s also pretty easy to tap into some other options. You can find a free slot machine to play on an iPad, and you can even find a bunch of roulette games online where they’re largely popular because they’re accessible to players of any skill level. You can set up different types of games around a living room, and then you just need to decide what to bet with. I’d recommend Hershey’s kisses or M&Ms.

Go Nuts With Treats

A lot of girls’ night in recommendations tend to focus on baked goods, sweet treats, and cocktails. So why not go nuts with all these ideas at once? Put together a list of ingredients and divide them up so everyone brings a few things, then lay it all out and have fun putting things together. You probably won’t want to get into particularly involved baking or cooking, but it’ll be fun to see what everyone comes up with, and you and your friends may end up with new favorite desserts and cocktails in the process! Even better, pick one or two people as judges and turn it into your own version of the Great British Bake Off.

Watch Movies

Is this ever a bad idea? No. The answer is no. The only problem is figuring out what you want to watch, but you can sort of make a game of this. These days there are sites that work like random movie pickers, where you can narrow down your interests and genre preferences, then leave the decision up to chance. If you have some time, it’s a lot fun to do this for a handful of movies and go through three in one night.

You get the idea. This list could go on and on with different ideas of how to spend some fun time with your best friends. Just think about what you and your friends like best, and you'll quickly realize that you don't have to go out or spend a lot of money to have a fun night together. Get creative and you can make sure that your summer will be cool no matter how hot it gets.

VLOG: One and Done?

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Review: LulaRoe with Jess & Joe

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Okay, let me start this review off by pointing out TWO key factors:
 
KEY FACTOR # 1: I WAS anti-LulaRoe. Granted, I loved the cute donut and pizza prints, I never understood why women all over the world went crazy over it.
 
KEY FACTOR # 2: I HATE leggings. The thought of leggings makes my skin crawl. I ahve been that way since I was little.
 
 
Well, My cousin and his fiance challenged me to the LuluRoe test. I accepted. Hesitant, yet curious!
 
Jessica gave me three pieces.
 
Here are my two looks and my thoughts. Y'all ready for this?
 
The first look is :
 
Blouse:Irma
Skirt: Cassie
 



 


Okay you guys. I felt so beautiful in this skirt. And this is coming from a woman who doesn't wear bright colors in public. Or print bottoms for that matter. The blouse was comfortable and the skirt was beyond comfortable. I didn't feel constrained and or restricted in it. Breathable and not to mention- How cute do I look? (Yes I am tooting my own horn!)
 
Second Look :
 
Blouse: Irma
Leggings: TC Leggings
 


 


 
Okayyyyyy- These leggings feel like butter! So smooth! I didnt even feel one ounce of "ick!" in them. The are beyond amazing and here it goes: I AM IN LOVE!! 
 
Again I dont wear patterns on my bottom half. But look how amazing they make my butt look? And all the hard work I ahve been putting into my weight loss journey shows ina great way with these!
 
SCORE!
 
So , before you think I am promoting my cousin and his beautiful fiance...Im not. I simply wanted to be the judge of Luluroe. 
 
I hope to find a pair of donut leggings and add to my collection in the future.
 
To see more LuluRoe, Head on over to:
 
www.Facebook.com/groups/LuluRoeJessJoe
 
and their Instagram:
 
@LuluRoeJess_Joe
 
 
to see what they have in store!
P.S: No joke....they feel like butta on my legs!

 
 

Keep Your Future Bright with the Right Eye Protection

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I call my blog If Curves Could Talk for good reason, but If my curves could sing, the song you’d hear is My Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades, and believe me, they would be some fly Ray Ban shades. I love the stylish look of these classic beauties. Their iconic Aviators not only look good, they offer protection from the harmful UV or ultra violet sun rays. They even have Ray Ban styles for children that you can customize. I can’t wait to go twinning with my little one in our stylish Ray Ban Aviators. 
 
Moms, be careful about putting your infant child down in the sun. We are prone to putting our babies down on their backs. When we do, if they are outdoors they are exposed to the sun’s rays. Even if you put them on their stomachs, as soon as they learn to turn over, they are so pleased with their new skill they turn over just for fun. Make sure you protect your child’s eyes and yours by using a great UV blocker like Ray Ban sunglasses. You can snag a pair right now for a deep discount if your shop for them through the Groupon site. They are offering great deals like $115 for Women’s Bestsellers and top-rated sunglasses for as low as $70 and they have plenty of special Groupon codes and exclusives to save you even more. And you can quickly qualify for free shipping. Using Groupon is so easy, especially when you use your smart phone to shop, click and save. 
 
 Too many people underestimate the importance of protecting our eyes from the harmful UV rays from the sun. The UV index was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Weather Service to make us more aware of the risks of sunburn, skin cancer and eye damage from exposure to the suns radiation. You can’t see it, but you can suffer greatly from it if you don’t use a blocker. Ray Ban set out so solve this problem for pilots way back in the early days of aviation. Today we still benefit from their research. The closefitting, wraparound frame of the Aviator style is still one of the most iconic and popular because it offers great protection, and looks so darn cool.

REVIEW: Berkshire Hosiery

9:28 PM


Okay guys, last time I reviewed Berkshire, it was 100 degrees in Los Angeles, and it's safe to say, the weather feels cool! By cool, I mean SoCal high 60's and in the 70's (hahaha). So I can finally wear my Berkshire hosiery!

The 2017 Berkshire Queen Size Collection features a variety of categories that meets the needs of all curvy and plus size customers. Special maternity styles are also available! Whether you wear them for  work, play, dress-up, bridal, daytime, evenings, weekends, holidays or worship, there is always the perfect choice from Berkshire!





As you can see, Berkshire offers a variety to meet your needs. They are so comfortable and breathable.  They also don't constrict you like some stockings do. They have such a variety that you will have no problem finding the perfect tight! I found the fishnets, still oh so sexy but also the the bold black, to go with a few work outfits for when I meet clients. Can we talk about the open toe? Look how stylish, yet amazing that open toe legging is! I usually don't like tights. Been like that since I was a baby, however, with Berkshire, I forget I am even wearing tights! That's how great these tights are you guys!

You can purchase Berkshire HERE

Also don't forget to follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

Disclosure: Lipton Publicity provided me samples and all reviews are genuine.




REVIEW: Maple Holistics

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Okay, I know what you're thinking, "Sage Shampoo!?" I love me some Sage, so when Maple Holistics sent me a bottle of their Sage Shampoo, I was STOKED! Usually I go around my house burning sage, casting negative vibes away.

It smelled so good , but also the benefits are amazing.

I have used this product for a little over a month. It has helped not only relax me, but it reduces skin cell shedding and removes dandruff. It contains powerful anti-fungal properties which give you a healthy scalp.

My scalp feels so clean and amazing. 

Not only do they offer Sage Shampoo (Which can be bought HERE) but a variety of other natural ingredient products like Conditioners and hair treatments. Also they just don't sell sage products. There's Argon oil, natural tea and more!

Definitely worth spending money on.

Check them out HERE
(https://www.mapleholistics.com)

 

Keep On Keeping On Mom!

10:06 AM

 

  When I first found out I was pregnant I was told, “Have a birthing plan and stay firm on it.” Life though, had other plans for me and the birth of my son. I was 40 weeks pregnant when I got induced. Knowing I could be in labor for days, I made my birthing pan more flexible and idealistic to my situation. I was given pitocin and at 3 am, my water broke. I called the nurse and she came 30 minutes later to clean me up but gave me no medicine. My contractions came stronger and stronger. At 6 am received an epidural, not once but twice because the anesthesiologist couldn’t find the exact spot the first time. I was fine with everything up to this point. This was life’s plan for the birth of my son and I was anxious just to hold him. At 10 am I was in and out of sleep, running a fever and the nurse couldn’t see my contractions. I was dilating slowly and the doctor made the call to stop the epidural and let it wear off.

 After three big pushes and the most beautiful pain I have ever experienced, at 4:41 pm on March 25th, 2016 my son Noah was born. Tears overflowed in the room, and there was cheering. They laid him on my chest but he didn’t cry. At first I thought, “Such a quiet baby.” Before I could kiss him, the immediately removed him from my chest and took him to the other side of the room. As the doctor and my nurses took care of me, I looked over and saw a team of nurses working on my son. I kept yelling out for answers and finally they told me Noah isn’t breathing correctly. I have never cried so hard in my life. I begged his father to not leave him and pleaded with the team to help my baby. 

Once I was settled in the postpartum section of the Labor and Delivery, the doctor and nurses informed me that Noah had four pneamothoraxes and sepsis. They were going to transfer for him to a hospital with a NICU. I cried all night, calling his father every hour throughout the night for updates. A nurse came in and told me I needed to start pumping for my son. That’s what I did. I pumped for the first time and got 2 ounces of breast milk, or as I like to call it, “liquid gold.” The nurses were amazed and encouraged me to keep pumping.

 The next day I was released and I headed over to the hospital where he was at. Since we were far from home we were fortunate enough to be able to stay across the street at The Ronald McDonald House. I set up feeding times with the nurses, in which I would walk across the street to breastfeed Noah. I made it clear that I wanted to breastfeed once I handed my milk over to them. They agreed and that was the plan. In between feedings I would pump and hand it over to them. The plan horribly failed. A nurse decided to give him two bottles before I had arrived for his first feeding. He stared at my breast and would turn his head. They all chucked it up to, “He will come around.” After 4 lactation nurses and 7 days in the NICU, he was cleared to go home and I was assured all my attempts to breastfeed will be easier once I get home. 

It wasn’t. I cried each time I had to whip my breast out and he pushed his head away screaming. I was Pumping in between , so thankfully he had a bottle of breast milk . One day, after a couple of months, I woke up from a whole night of trying to breastfeed him (which again, always ended up with me having to give him a bottle of my breast milk) and decided I wasn’t going to force him to breastfeed anymore. Pump to bottle it was. Relentlessly, I pumped and fed him through a bottle. Best decision for us…EVER!! 

Then came the comments, “Keep trying! Breast is best!” I would smile but I would still feel bad that I couldn’t breastfeed. It was a guilt I lived with for a few months. Up until recently I realized, “My kid has never starved.” Now he is almost 10 months, and has been formula fed for going in 6 months. I no longer feel guilty. I feel beyond happy that my son is fed, that he is happy and healthy as can be.”

 If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have been so hard on myself. 

So many companies praise moms for not only breastfeeding, but also formula feeding. The Honest Company gives not only your baby a healthy alternative to breast milk, but also gives mothers a peace of mind knowing her baby is still getting all of his or her nutrients.

Check out The Honest Company and it's Organic Baby Formula HERE


 So I say this to you: Do what’s best for you and your child. In the end, as long as they are happy and healthy, you have done an excellent job as a mother. When Plan “A” fails, it’s okay! There’s the whole alphabet to go through and figure out what’s working for you. Keep on keeping on mom!