Monday, December 11, 2017

My Favorite Beauty Products...

I have tried some new things lately and am loving them so I thought I would share them with you.  Ya know, because I like you. :)

I was watching a Vlog the other day and the lady had on these eye patches, and I instantly needed to know more about them.

She shared what they were and where she got them and said they really work great.  I knew I had to try them and the most exciting part is that you can get them (and most of the products I am sharing) from Amazon!  They are really affordable and they feel wonderful on my eyes. They have a cooling/tingling sensation and I have definitely seen a difference in my under eye area and the puffiness that I can sometimes get in the morning after waking up.  This is what they look like:

I know, I'm such a goof ball.  haha!
 I wear them for about 30 minutes until they dry out and then take them off and throw them away.  They are super affordable, and if you use one every day, they will last you two months.
You can check them out here: Black Pearl and Gold Hydrogel Eye Patch

The next thing I am loving is this blackhead remover.  I am prone to large pores and blackheads in my T zone.  Gross, I know.. 
I came across this: LANBENA Blackhead Remover and thought I would try it.  

The reviews were pretty good and when I got it in the mail, I tried it right away. It is a little more painful than I thought to pull the paper off but I did clean my pores well.  I was amazed!  It is a cream that you are supposed to put in warm water and let the jar warm up (I put it in the microwave for 10 seconds because I couldn't wait to try it LOL) and it worked just fine.  You spread the cream over the area and then cover it with a little piece of tissue paper that is included. (There are lots of tissue paper included, not just one.)  You let it dry for 5-10 minutes and then pull it off slowly.  I was too grossed out to share a picture of what came out of my pores, but it was a lot of stuff. 

The last "facial" thing that I am loving right now, is Aztec Secret - Indian Healing Clay.  I have heard great things about this clay for a while now and have really been wanting to try it.

This stuff is amazing!!  It made my face SO soft.  You mix it equal parts with water or apple cider vinegar and paint it on your face with a brush. (I just used a paint brush that I had here.)  You leave it on to dry for 5-20 minutes (depending on if your skin is sensitive or not) and then rinse it off with warm water.  It made my face tight and tingly, but it is supposed to be deep cleansing for your skin and it is safe to use about once a week.  I really enjoyed this mask and can't wait to use it again next week.  It is a great addition to use after the blackhead strips.  I would have taken a picture of myself in the mask, but it wasn't pretty. HaHa!  It was green and my face was so tight that I couldn't smile.  Make sure to use a good creamy moisturizer after you use this mask because it was drying.  I have also heard of people putting this clay in their bath water, but I haven't tried that yet.

Now on to the hair products.  Those who know me personally, know that I just chopped my hair pretty short.  

When your hair is short, you need lots of product to help it do what it needs to do. Aside from my all time favorite hair spray (Kenra 25), I use this great root lifter/volumizer: Aquage Uplifting Foam.  It is professional grade, so you can also ask your stylist about it.

Now, this stuff isn't cheap but you only use a little on your roots around your crown and it should last a while.  It is AMAZING!!  It also smells good too!  I recommend this product for anyone.  Not just for short hair.  This is the volume it gives me:

(If you want to know what I curled my hair with, it is the 3/4 inch Con-air Infinity Pro curling Iron from Walmart)

The final product I am loving is Dirty Sexy Hair Texture Spray.  

This also isn't cheap, but a little goes a long way.  I love the smell of this product and I love the texture it gives my short hair.  I highly recommend this to someone who has a pixi cut or a reverse bob cut.  If you have long hair, I only recommend this if you curl your hair and need some texture to separate you curls, or if you are doing an up-do.  For long/straight hair, this could weigh it down and make it oily.  You only need a small amount because if you use too much you can weigh down your hair and make it flat.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you can try some of these products that I am really enjoying right now.  If you do try any, let me know in the comments what you think!

I hope to share my favorites with you monthly!  Hope you have a great week!

Friday, December 1, 2017

You never know until you try...

First off, I am not being paid to tell you these things.  LOL I am just a stay at home Mom that has decided to try a few new things for me. I am all about self care and actually posted on Facebook this morning about how important self care is and how you should wake up every morning and do something to take care of yourself.  For me, that is changing out of my pj's and into a cute outfit, and doing my hair and makeup.  I do these things even if I am not going anywhere.  It makes a big change in your outlook of your day.

You all know how it is these days... You go on Facebook to check up with your friends and family and before you know it you are sucked into the adds. They are everywhere and they are all telling you to buy their product because theirs is the best. And I believed them..
So I decided to try Fuction of Beauty.  You know the one. I know you've seen it. The pretty colored bottles of shampoo and conditioner that are made just for YOU!  

So, I have short hair now and figured that it would last me a long time. I signed up to have it delivered to me every six months for $38. You can take the quiz and have your formula made for you by your hair type and hair goals. You can even choose the color of your shampoo and conditioner and even the smell. I haven't received my products yet but I wanted to know if any of you have tried it?  I can't wait to see how it works on my hair and if I like it or not. They are in a busy season now and since my order is taking longer to get to me than usual, they have credited my account $10 to go toward my next order. 
If you sign up, they give you a link that you can share with your friends and you can get up to 5 $5 referrals to help pay for your products in your next shipment. There are free shipping, free returns, and you can edit your formulation for your next order if you didn't like your last one.  If this is something you are interested in, you can check them out here...Functon Of Beauty.

I will definitely follow up with you all when it comes and tell you how I like it and if I feel like it is worth the money or not.

Another thing I have been sucked into and decided to try?  

FitFabFun.  I used my friends code and got $10 off my first box. It is a really nice quarterly subscription where you get over $200 in products for only $49. The picture below is what is coming in my Winter box that is actually on its way now. I am going to wrap it up and put it under the tree so I can save it for Christmas. You're welcome, husband. ;)

 It is a really fun surprise to get this box 4 times a year and I have seen other bloggers/vloggers get the box and it always has such great things in it. I prefer to do this over Birchbox, Ipsy, or Sephora Play box because those subscriptions only send trial sized products and most of the time you don't get really great things that you can use. So, If this is also something you are interested in tying, you can use my referral code HERE.

What kinds of things do you do for self care?  Have you tried anything from Facebook ads?

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Family Thanksgiving Trim Healthy Mama Style...

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and I thought I would share some easy THM recipes so you can stay on plan this year.  

I started THM almost two years ago and love the plan so much. It is easy for me and I love all of the food. I don't have to miss out on anything because on THM there are so many tasty treats. Most of the time I eat dessert for breakfast. It feels so wrong, but I have lost weight eating this way and have never felt better.  On to the recipes!  

Oh wait! Before I share the recipes, I do not worry about Crossing over on Thanksgiving. It is going to happen.  If you eat most combinations of these foods, you will crossover but it's okay.  You are still on plan and it is better for you than the off plan stuff.  Thankfully for me, a big handful of my family does THM so we make many THM dishes and then some regular ones that are off plan too for the ones who want the traditional dishes.  Now, on to the recipes....

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without all of the unhealthy casseroles, right?!?!
You can still have them!

Here are my favorites from Briana Thomas:

And if you want potatoes, you can try her Cheesy Party Potatoes

She has many other great ideas for sides on her website under the "sides" tab.  Any of them are sure to make your Thanksgiving taste so good!

Now it wont be thanksgiving without stuffing, and this one is SO good!  My wonderful cousin, Amanda, made this stuffing last year and I ate two servings. It was amazing!  She didn't put in the whole amount of carrots so it wouldn't be a crossover.

You need rolls? Okay, Raising Arrows has a great sprouted grain roll recipe that you will love.

Now for the best part.  Dessert!

This year, I am making this:

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars from All Day I Dream About Food.  I can not wait to eat one of these!

You like Pumpkin Pie?  Briana has you covered with that too!  Her Pumpkin Pie looks so good!

If you need more THM Thanksgiving recipes, you can always search Pinterest for what you are looking for. There are so many good recipes on there that will help you stay healthy but also help you enjoy your Thanksgiving without the guilt.  No stretchy pants needed.  ;)

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, December 4, 2015

What's up with the Kendrick's...

Hey! Anyone there?
Yeah, I know.. I haven't been here in a while.  A long while.
I guess life gets in the way and I got busy and took a break. That's okay.  We all need breaks.  Breaks are good.

Ryan is doing pretty good. He has had some respiratory changes in the last six or seven months and is now on a different machine to help him breathe. He is not on it all the time, but more than just at night like he was before.  His secretions are hard to deal with at times, so we have been referred to ENT by his Lung Dr. to discuss a Trach.  I know it sounds scary but we are hoping that this move will be good for Ryan and help us to manage his secretions a lot better than we are now.  I will try to update after that appointment.  He has two amazing nurses helping us care for him and we are working on getting him a new medical bed that is bigger for him.  I. Can. Not. Wait.

Lately, I have taken up some new and fun adventures...
First, I have worked very hard and learned so much about Photography. I am at the place where I am starting to do Sessions and I LOVE it!  Here is a collage from the pictures I have taken recently...

The other thing is Makeup. I LOVE makeup and I found a brand that I love.  I love that they are natural and how they are empowering other women to be confident and amazing.  My skin has dramatically improved and it is so much fun to get paid to play in makeup all day.  ;) Here is a before and after of me using the makeup...

If you want to know more about it, just send me a message at

We are doing great as a family. Joe and I are getting ready to celebrate our 13th anniversary next week and the kids are growing so fast.  Here is a picture of me and the other two boys...

It's crazy to think that Zack, my oldest, will be in middle school next year! Just crazy!  Trevor has learned to read this year and the time is just going by way to fast.

We are gearing up for Christmas and I am just so excited! I don't want anything for myself. I just love to see the boys make memories with Joe and I and I love to watch them open their gifts and share that special day with us. I know those moments will fade away fast as they grow up and I am just trying to cherish everything I can while they are young.  <3 p="">


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Appointments and Updates...

Today I took Ryan to two appointments in Roanoke.  We saw his Pulmonologist and and his Neurologist.  He has been having an increase in seizure activity for about 3 moths but the seizures weren't affecting him much.  The last week we have noticed that they are starting to get worse and he is requiring oxygen and is more lethargic after the episodes.  We decided to talk to his neurologist about them and change his meds.  After talking to him and discussing what is best, we decided to add a third medicine to the party.  We hope this med works and it will allow us to wean him from one of the other meds.  We really have to watch for side effects which are rash and lethargy.  I hope he will do well and we can control these seizures better. We accept that Ryan will never be seizure free but when they start to become a problem and cause him to have difficulties then we take action.

Another change we made for him was with his Pulmonologist.  We decided to try to use the QVAR Inhaler with a spacer instead of giving him his Pulmocort in the nebulizer.  The only reason we decided to do this is because it is just quicker for me to give him the inhaler than to run a nebulized treatment for 20 minutes.  He did have a seizure in the office after his Lung Dr administered the Inhaler, so we will have to watch for that. The inhaler with the spacer looks like this:

Both Doctors also wanted to have labs drawn today to check certain things, so we had to go to the lab after the appointments to get his blood drawn.  He did so good and didn't even cry when they poked him.  Hopefully all of his labs will be good and we don't have to make any further changes for him.  After we did all of that we went to lunch at Firehouse subs (YUM) and then we went to Sweet Frog (DOUBLE YUM).  The last stop we had to make is to the Wheelchair Van dealership to see if we can use his EZ-Lock system that is already installed in the van.  We were so happy to find out that we could use it and all they have to do is order a bracket for his chair.  The bad part is that the day he gets it all hooked up and ready, it is going to take 3 or 4 hours of work to get everything moved into place and hooked up because they have to take the van apart to do this.  (Ekkk!!)  So on that day we are hoping they will let us borrow one of the other wheelchair vans on the lot so we can go shopping and go out to eat while we wait.  I can't wait to have this installed. It will make it so much easier to get him in and out of the van once we have this and we won't have to use the manual tie downs.

Thanks for stopping by and keeping up with Ryan. I hope to update soon on some of the activities we are doing during the summer. 

If you would like to see daily pictures and updates, you can follow me HERE.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Do You Meal Plan?

I don't know about you, but I love to plan out my weekly meals.  Every Saturday I sit down and plan out what we are going to eat the next week and make a list of what I need.  Recently, I found a really nice and affordable planner to help me with my Weekly Meal Planning and the best part is that I can reference back because it is all in one place.

I wanted a planner this year but I didn't want to spend so much.  I loved the planner I had last year from Emily Ley, but it was more than I wanted to spend this year.  I found May Designs through a friend and just fell in love with how simple their planners are and I loved that I could customize it how I wanted it.  I bought a regular Weekly/Monthly planner from them and then a few weeks later, I decided to buy their weekly meal planner.  I LOVE it!

There are so many designs to pick from and you can even customize them with your name or monogram.

It is just the perfect size to carry with me to the store.  

This is my weekly planner and my meal planner....

Thanks so much for visiting!  Please share in the comments what you use for your weekly meal planning.  I would love to hear from you!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What I Really Look Like...

It is really easy to hide behind the computer screen and pretend you are thin.  You can trick people into thinking that you are a size little... if all they see is your face that has 2 or 3 filters there to make you look thin and young, and the right camera angle.  Hold the camera up a bit and smile.  It is okay. We all do it.  Even I do...

I did it here...

And here....

 And right here...

And here....

oh, and here...

And even had my photographer do it here (who is so awesome and talented)!!

The truth is... I am obese.  Yes, I am 5' tall and I weigh 60 more pounds than I should for my height.  It's okay. I am working on it very hard and have several goals set up to help me achieve my weight loss.  I am not proud of it nor am I blaming anyone but me, but I want it to end.. The hiding behind things so no one knows.  Hiding in pictures or not even being in the pictures at all because I don't want to face the reality that I am not where I need to be in my health.  I want to be healthy.  I don't want to be thin or skinny!!  I want to be HEALTHY.  Healthy for me. Healthy for my kids and my husband (who loves me no matter what, but still).  So, you want to see what I really look like?

This is the real me...


It's amazing what a phone camera angle can do for you!!  I have only showed you what I wanted you to see.. up until now.  People tell me that I am beautiful, and some days I feel beautiful but I am not healthy. I have a long ways to go but I am going to work hard on ME.  I am not going to compare myself to anyone.  I am not going to stand on the scale.  I AM going to work hard and find a change that I can live with forever.  No fads, no diets, no magic pill... just a lifelong change so I never go back to not loving myself.  (To clarify, I do love my inside and my heart, but not my outside.)  I love the pictures that Sandy took of our family and I will always cherish them, but I will be honest with you... I was actually terrified to look at them.  Why? Because I was in them.  I had to look at myself and see how I have let myself go.  I had to face reality.  Time to change that!

Wanna know my plan?

I plan on doing the C25k program.  I have a treadmill and have been successful with this in the past but got discouraged and stopped running.  I wish I never did, but I can't have regrets.  I also plan to lift weights and do different exercises in-between my running to build lean muscle and tone.  I love Blogilates and Burst workouts.  I just joined a fun group called Project Run, and if you would like to join too just click HERE.  My friend Sarah created the group and she is so sweet!

I also plan on changing how much I eat... KEY WORDS "how much", not "what".  We already eat very healthy foods, so why am I not loosing weight, you ask?  Because I OVEREAT.  I over eat all the time.  I am going to start watching my portions and start eating a healthy snack between each meal.  I plan on having at least one smoothee a day.  I have tons of smoothee recipes and I have found a protein mix that works great for me.  I can have goodies too, but in moderation.  If you tell me I can't eat sweets, then I will want to go eat sweets.  I am not saying that I will indulge in sweets every day, but maybe once a week I will have a small treat.

Lastly, I plan on taking my vitamins that keep me healthy and give me energy, as well as drinking more water.  I also take energy chews and drink energy tea to keep me going.  (if you want to know more about the vitamins and protein mix, just ask and I will be happy to tell you more about what works for me.)  I don't drink soda and plan to only drink energy tea, a morning cup of coffee, and water.  Water, water, and more water.  I have a very hard time with this... do you?  I am going to find an app on my phone that will help me drink more water... or at least remind me to. LOL

I would love to know if you are on a weightloss journey of your own.  What things do you use to motivate you?  What workouts do you like?  What healthy recipes do you love?  Please share in the comments or email me at  :)

Thanks for stopping by and if you want to follow my daily journey, you can follow me HERE.



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year to all of my awesome readers!!

I hope your New Year was fun and you have some wonderful Goals for 2015.  I plan on focusing on my home based business, being a better Wife and Mom, and giving more in the community and working on growing my faith even stronger.

I wanted to write this post and reflect on last year and look at some of my most popular posts of 2014.

Being a Boy Mom was one of those posts where I poured my heart out and really shared my feelings about being a Mom to Three boys.  I have resolutions to be a better Mom and I found some articles that I would like to share with you that are really powerful to me and I feel like can really help me stick to my resolution.  The first one is from Hands Free Mama and the article is called, The Important thing about Yelling. It is a really good read.  Another one is, To Build (or break) a Child's Spirit (also from Hands Free Mama).

Another popular post that I published last year was, Strong Inside and Out.  This is also a great post to re-read because it is cold and flu season and I share ways that I keep my family healthy.

A very fun post that I did last year was, The Crazy Cat Lady.  If you want to laugh and know why I am the crazy cat lady, just read it.  LOL

Now it is time for a favorite that was food!! My most popular food post was Taco Soup.  I actually haven't made this one in a while so I will have to add this to my menu next week because it looks so good!

Lastly, for something sweet but healthy... My Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe!  This one is so good and my kids love these! You have to try them!

Thank you so much for supporting me this last year and I hope to continue to post recipes, weekly shopping trips and menus, DIY projects, and every day life posts and pictures.  I hope you have an awesome year!!!


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