It’s a favorites kind of day

It’s a favorites kind of day

Howdy partners,

Not super sure why I started out with that intro but I will not be taking it back now. Today does not have any sort of western theme, but the greeting felt right. I hope everyone’s Wednesday is going well, and hopefully someone out there has nicer weather than I am experiencing right now. The storms are out of control, and although I am a fan of summer rain, this weather does not make for good/easy to take blog pics.

But anywayyyy you all probably don’t care too much about my sob story, and instead came here to read about some of my favorites, or maybe you just came here to see pictures of my shining face.. you don’t have to tell me! Buuuuttt today’s favorite things are real real good, let me tell ya.

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Photos by Ashyln Lee

First on the list is POLKA DOTS! They are the pattern of the season and will most definitely be carrying into summer as well. They are super cute and fun to mix n’ match with other patterns and colors. 🙂 And like uber cute in this set form from Nomad Boutique. (Here are some other cute polka dot numbers also. :))

And the other two favorites are the holy grail of all hair products. Number 1 is the dry shampoos of all dry shampoos by IGK. There are three levels of this brand of dry shampoos, and this particular one is the highest level and I swear to you that it covers up 4th day oily hair like it’s nothing. I don’t even know how it does it, but it’s magic. And then next is the Ouai texturizing spray. As a girl who has flat and straight hair naturally, I need all of the help I can get and this spray does just that. It gives ya that volume you need to take on your day and be the hot, sassy mama you are. 🙂

So dear friends I hope your Wednesday is extra fantastic and you have some sunshine on this rainy day. 🙂

Xo, Ciera

 

In my heart, in my bag, almost in my hands

In my heart, in my bag, almost in my hands

Hi hi friends,

I am so sorry I suck so so much and have been MIA for like almost a week. My body told me it hated me the past couple of days and decided that a few naps were more necessary than blog posts, so to sleep I went! But the best part about it is, it’s my world, you’re just livin in it (that’s how Brittany would put it anyway), and it’s my blog, you’re just reading it. 🙂

Today though, a wonderful Tuesday just as all Tuesdays are, I am back and ready to get down to business. School is over for me for 5 days and then summer classes start, so I am going to try to bust out as much as humanly possible for z blog so we can keep it rollin! Also if anyone was wondering ya girl got a 3.7 this semester, so my first plan of action will be going to Chuckee Cheese to get my free tokens and Limited Too for my discount, because they better still honor that for 3rd year college students.. I think it is discrimination if not!

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Anywayyyyyy my favorite ginger is saying bye bye to college and hello to adulthood, so we are celebrating with a trip to Scottsdale at the end of this month. If I am being honest I hate the Arizona heat more than I hate sparkly Uggs, and that is quite a bit. Maybe it’s due to the fact that my mom made me walk heinously far distances in the stifling heat last time we were there, or the fact that the pools feel heated just from the normal sun.. but either way the moral of this is that I need some cute swimsuits, shorts, skirts, dresses, tops, bags, and shoes to get me through the trip and keep me cool. Probably would have just been easier to say wardrobe instead of typing out every item but I have made my stylistic choice and I am sticking with it.

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Photos by Ashlyn Lee

And when I say clothes to keep me cool I am not referring to perforated hiking pants or sweat-wicking tee shirts, so don’t even think about it. I am more of a fan of flowy dresses that don’t require a bra (like the one above) and some cute wedges to tone up the calves.  Now the thing is that I am broke.. no signs of money around here, so I have to be very selective when buying my vacation outfits.. it’s so dang hard to choose though. But to make this easier on us all, and hopefully help you shop for any upcoming trips you all have, I am going to show you what’s in my bag!

I’m only a littleeeeeeeeeeeeee (or a lot) dramatic when it comes to the desert sun, but the best part is that Scottsdale is home to my favorite mall of all time, so I can sneak into its air-conditioned safety and shop shop shop! Hopefully this guide helps you find everything you need for your summer vacays, and when I get back I can do a haul of my purchases. 🙂

Xo, Ciera

 

It’s ya girl, E-dawg

It’s ya girl, E-dawg

Hey hey hey,

I am going to get right to it today with a guest post from my mother dearest! And yes, she is my mother, not my sister and to all of those that like to tell her we look like sisters.. you’re the worst. Ellen has a special post to celebrate Mother’s Day by bringing you some of the best advice she now knows as a mama. And then after her novel, I will show you some Mommy’s Day gift ideas since I am sure you still haven’t gotten her anything.

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Photos by Ashlyn Lee

A word from mi madre-

All About that Mom Life:

Five things I wish I knew then that I know now:

  1. Dr. Spock (Google It! ;)) was right!

That guy…spoke to me!! Dr. Spock was unequivocally my generation’s (insert any other top parenting book title here!) and knew his SHIT, even when I didn’t know mine! He gave me tough love advice and the confidence I needed to make hard parenting decisions (e.g.., will my kids be forever scarred if I step away from their demanding little faces while I take a “time out” in the other room?!).

  1. I MISS my littles!

Watching them grow into amazing, confident, self-sufficient adults is truly amazing and overwhelmingly satisfying, BUT I MISS THEM and want to go back in time and hold them and love on them just a little while longer! We made so many memories, but I took that time for granted and I want it back!

*Note from Ciera: Obviously I am the cutest one starting us off. :)*

But these cuties help you remember your kids as babies and become the best parts of them too!

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  1. Momming was actually easier when they were little!

Those cute little buggers could be coaxed with a smile (or a strongly worded whisper) into good behavior or a smart decision, now they are on to me and see me coming a mile away! Now I am reduced to light-hearted, well placed suggestions!

  1. I could get Gemma-level (Sons of Anarchy😉), mama-bear, so on another level crazy protective over my kids – then and now!

Who knew the love could be so fierce?

  1. I will never be the same…

“Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” -Elizabeth Stone  

Being a mom has changed me forever. It is my proudest accomplishment and the hardest, most challenging moments of my life – I wouldn’t change a single minute!

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I love them to the moon and back and then some!

-Ellen Farley

And here are some gift ideas for the best lady in your life!!

Well mom, I know you didn’t type it out because you didn’t want to hurt their feelings, but I will always know that I am your favorite child and subsequently you are my favorite mom. 🙂 We love you lots and to the moon and back and a lot of other ways too! Happy Mother’s Day, Burny. <3 (don’t kill me for that one).

Xo, Ciera