my spring beauty regimen

While I love my winters and the joy that comes with hiding within my home and staying warm covered in layers of clothes… I must confess that I really do love Spring just as much.

It just feels kind of like a re-birth, you know?  Like a New Year, but not?  You “get to” shed the winter weight and layers, and begin the prep work needed to head into summer.

Because really, isn’t that what Spring is all about?  Three months to prepare your body and mind for summertime???

So, when I begin to see the sun shining and hear the bird chirping, I know it’s time to get my body all prepped up….
And, of course, it all starts with my hair.

Doesn’t everything?

While I love to add some warmer lowlights during the colder months, as soon as I feel the warmth of the sun, I know the inner Bold Blonde in me needs to come out.  My hair colorist is warned, and together we plan the event.

Yes, I said event.

On top of that, it’s also my time to get on top of all necessary grooming.  I get my tinkle brushes out for a fresh face shave (you need this, trust me.).  I get my waxing appointments scheduled, and I start to shed whatever I was able to hide in the winter.

Maybe nobody noticed then, but do everyone a favor, and groom now.  The warm month fashion trends aren’t so forgiving.  Have you seen those tiny lace shorts???

And then finally, I realize that it’s not a good time to blind the people around me wearing shorter skirts, so I start trying out every bronzer and self tanner recommended on the Beauty Blogs I trust.  This year, it was all about the Jergens Natural Glow line.

As I mentioned before, using these products has totally helped create a bronzed glow without looking totally looking like an orange.

Bronzed glow=good.  Orange=not good. (although, I would just recommend using these products year round, because you never know when people will accidentally see those pasty legs of yours.  awkward!)

Once I’m blonde, groomed and glowing, it’s then all about finding some bold and bright colors for makeup and fashion so as I feel just as fabulous as the weather and blooming flowers.
{Sometimes I can’t resist a cheesy line…}

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So, there you have it.  The secrets behind my Spring Beauty Regimen.
Now tell me, what are yours???

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belated april favorites: beauty & books

The latest on my Le Musings YouTube Channel.
You’re subscribed, right?xoxo

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friday favorite links: Hair Tutorials, Health Tips & Parenting 101

It’s been awhile since I’ve joined the masses of the blog world in doing Friday Link Favorites…. But I really do love reading them, so I want to join in when I can!
So here are just a few links that I loved (and some I wrote, lol) lately.  
You gotta check them out!!!
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Stuff on the web I loved…
With all the traveling my family and I will be doing from here on out with the building of the orphanage in the DR, reading books on my phone may not cut it on long plane rides anymore.  So when I read this article on Laura’s blog Hollywood Housewife, I knew I had found my Mothers Day Gift.  How do you read?
Is taming your child’s tongue really the answer?  Or does it really have more to do with the overflow of their heart?  I love Sarah Mae’s wisdom and approach to this, and it’s already made a difference this week in how I handle certain situations with the kids.  I’ve stopped trying to tame my childrens tongue.
My friend Karin recently turned me onto this new blog, We’re THAT Family, because of their family ministry.  It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite reads every day, because I understand her heart.  I absolutely love her honesty & compassion.  This post made me realize…she gets me, and she doesn’t even know it.  For when you need the Son.
I am so guilty of getting distracted.  I have a short attention span but a BIG heart to take on a lot all at once.  So reading this post How to focus in an age of distraction on A Holy Experience, actually really got me to focus, slow down and pay attention.  Can you relate?  ….Oh look at that butterfly….
My writings on the web….
I may be one of the only people who can ONLY braid my own hair and not others, so on SheKnows I wrote an article complete with step by step instructions and pictures: 5 easy steps to create your very own fishtail braid
And speaking of hairstyles… I also wrote another SheKnows article on Easy Alternatives to the Mom Ponytail.  Because we all need them, and we can ALL do these styles in seconds!!!
Did you know NOT flossing can lead to heart problems???  I didn’t either until I started researching it.  Check out my newfound knowledge on my P&G Everyday article Flossing: The secret to healthier teeth
I love writing for P&G, because I always learn so much in my research.  And for this one, I convinced myself that stretching every morning can change the whole day before me.  Get familiar with the benefits and then get busy stretching!!! The Benefits of Stretching: Start Your Morning Off Right With Stretching
My incredibly sweet kindred spirit friend, Stacy, wrote a life changing devotion that I absolutely loved.  This girl is the real deal, the kind of christian Jesus is truly proud of.  If you’ve ever struggled with finding joy in the midst of pain, this devotion is for you!  Finding Purpose in the Pain: 21 Days to Finding Purpose in Pain (only $3.99 on Kindle!)
And then of course, there’s the Mommalogues
….which I absolutely love!
This month we have Tia from Tia & Tamara as our celeb guest AND we have a NEW Mommaloguer!!!  
So you definitely need to go check them both out!
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P.S. Next week I have EXCITING news to share!!! 
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stella cove bathing suit goodness

We interrupt this blog to bring you a word from a sponsor…Stella Cove.
(and I don’t do these often, so you know I love this website!!!  and yes, I was sent a bathing suit for Chlo Chloe to try out.  full disclosure paragraph done.)

With it being spring and nearly summer (oh my word, get me a tan!), it’s about that time to begin thinking about swimsuit season.

And if you’re not quite ready to think about in terms of yourself (me either), at the very least you can begin with your kids!!!  Cause if they don’t look good, we don’t look good.  (something like that?)

That’s where Stella Cove comes in, and here is why I totally love their suits and products, especially for my kids:

  • Stella Cove meets and exceeds expectations to produce the finest quality beachwear for boys and girls from 12 months to 16 years, and a small range of women’s bikinis. 
  • All swimwear is UV50+ in fun, sophisticated prints, and includes dresses and accessories. 
  • Many of the prints are exclusive and cover a wide range of themes such as guitars, grapefruits, beautiful soft and bold florals, as well as geometric prints. 
  • They have maillots, bikinis, fitted and board shorts, surf guards, dresses and cover ups, and have also recently expanded into sunglasses and a line of French Terry robes and towels!
Not only has Chloe spent quite a bit of time posing and swimming at the pool in hers…
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…but I’ve also spent quite a bit of time shopping around their site for Taylor and myself as well.
Here’s just a sampling of what I am currently loving and “needing”…
stella cove bikini
stella cove rash gaurd
{rash guard for Taylor, because one day he won’t complain about surfing…}
I absolutely love their unique styles and especially love that every piece is UV50+!   
As Rachel Zoe would say, it’s so “maj.”
I highly suggest clicking on over and delighting yourself in their goodness!!!

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her & i…. makeup how to, childbirth, aging and more!

We’ve been collecting your questions over all our videos and we’re taking some time to answer them!

Here’s our part 1!

Part 2:

music by the one and only Helen Austin with her permission of course!

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what i want to wear for spring

It seems like it’s been a very long winter.  And even though we are officially in the midst of Spring, my wardrobe these days would prove otherwise.

And so, I dream.

I go into my closet and pull out the dresses and skirts that hold such fond memories of warmer days and sun kissed skin.

This dress and these pictures were taken last Spring, and my goal is that with the help of the sun and my Jergens Natural Glow experiment (which is definitely helping A LOT, it’s just the before/after isn’t showing up well in pictures), that I will be able to wear it again with confidence and include CURRENT pictures with the same dress in next months post.

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What about you guys?

What are you most excited to bust out wearing during Spring?

When you wear that perfect outfit, you look and feel radiant. With that in mind, Jergens Skincare has partnered with celebrated stylist Kate Young to create Pinterest boards of image inspiration.
 
Describe your style below for a chance to win $250 from Jergens to update your wardrobe!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jergens Skincare®. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.

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favorite spring things

It’s been a busy few months but Sarah and I are plugging away at our YouTube Channel, Her&I, and loving every minute of it.This last time, we seriously could not stop laughing, as you’ll see in this video:  Favorite Spring Things.

What are you guys loving for Spring this year?

Do tell!

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shopping with summer & a fun purse tag!

I have attempted many blog posts this week…all in my head.

Actually, I did begin to write one and then halfway through remembered I was working on a few deadlines, and had to save the rest for later.

It’s hard being responsible sometimes….

So, while I finish up my work, and then spend the weekend preparing our hearts and suitcases for the Dominican Republic, I thought I’d leave you with a couple links of where I HAVE been in the last week.

First, check out the latest Shopping with Summer on SheKnows for tips and ideas on what to wear this Easter Sunday!

Also on Her&I YouTube this week we posted the What’s in our Purse Tag video, showing off some of our fun goodies we keep super secret down in the depths of our bags!

And while you’re there make sure to subscribe to our channel because we have another awesome giveaway coming up later in the day.
And it’s one we’ve been drooling over for quite some time!!!
Can’t wait!!!!!

I hope you have an incredible weekend celebrating Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This, by FAR, is my most favorite holiday, it’s just filled with so much hope and excitement.

And I hope and pray you experience some of that as well!
xoxo

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the unexpected story behind her & i

Since so many of you have asked if we’re sisters and how exactly we know each other….we decided that since it’s such a special story, we’d give this answer it’s very own video!
 
Have other questions for us? 
Leave them in the comments and we’ll answer them in a video!!!

What we’re wearing…

Summer
Top: Thrifted/Vintage
Necklace: Charming Charlie
Headband: H&M

Sarah:
Top: H&M
Necklace: Target

Summers Twitter: https://twitter.com/lemusingsofmoi
Sarahs Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahNavares

Summers Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/lemusingsofmoi/
Sarahs Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/sarahnavares/

Music: Helen Austin (with her permission of course!)

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3 staple items you can wear all week

These ideas will get you out the door quicker — while looking more chic than ever.


Sometimes keeping our outfits new and fresh every day can feel like a part time job. Who has the time for matching patterns, colors and accessories like the good old days? We have jobs, children and family commitments now.
That, however, is why every woman needs these three staple items she can absolutely wear all week — and nobody will ever notice!

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…continue reading Top 3 Staple Items You Can Wear All Week (and no one will ever know) over on P&G Everyday, up now!  
And let me know what you guys think, and what you’re 3 staple items tend to be!  
xoxo

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