Growing up and being a plus size girl, especially in middle school and high school was really tough for me. Being confident, loving the body I have, and finding cute, affordable clothes was always difficult for me back then. With companies like Gwynnie Bee, they have opened the doors for women who are dealing with the same feelings and issues I felt. I finally get to let my love of clothes run wild and have gained confidence knowing there is a whole world of fashion just for me.
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Sigh. The quest for the perfect smile. We endured the embarrassment of being a brace face for years. And maybe wore our retainers so the pain wouldn't be in vain (I didn't, my teeth have totally shifted). But all that can be ignored if we have a bright white grill. I've always been self-conscious about my teeth being dingy. Being a new reporter in front of the camera every day makes me want to take care of my smile even more. I've tried whitening paste and strips - but never could make myself blow 500 bucks on professional whitening.
Enter Smile Brilliant. We've partnered with them to show you how easy the at home whitening process can be. A box arrives at your door with a step-by-step guide to making your own teeth impressions for your whitening trays. It's easy, you bite down on this clay-like base and catalyst mix a few times, let it dry and ship it off in the envelope they provide. They even provide and extra set of clay just in case the first mold needs to be redone for an oopsie. In a little over a week, I got my trays back and the whitening fun began.
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Being a big sister to twins can often be a hard job with two people trying to steal your toys and copy your every move--but today, being older had a perk. Since the twins are still working on their writing skills, a date day to Painting With A Twist was the perfect choice for this budding artist. She loves to color intricate designs on paper, and even though the paint medium is a little different for her, we had a blast honing in on those skills.
Last we talked, I was chatting about my future plans and how I had absolutely no idea what was ahead. Slowly but surely, things have started to come together(bless!), but today I wanted to talk about standing on your own two feet. For anyone, the first real leap “out of the nest” can be tough. Leaving mom and dad, friends and family, to venture out onto your own is not always the easiest, but it must be done. For me, I’m moving a few states away from my mom and dad to Texas! However, I also know that it can be equally as hard taking that first jump even if it is right around the corner from wherever you call home.
I’ve always known I was shy. But I never thought I was an INTROVERT too. And no, they are not the same thing, not exactly. But some tendencies could appear similar and that's why people think that they are one in the same. According to the Mirriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of shy is being disposed to avoid a person or thing for fear of negative judgement. In my case, I almost dread social gatherings, not because I’m antisocial, or harmful to organized society (another word people throw around loosely, but that’s a post for another day), but because I’m terrified of “acting a fool” and of how others will think of me. I’m already my own worst critic, but then I shutter to think about what others think of me.
Ok, I’m over a little exaggerating here, but it’s how I really feel. The psychological definition of introvert is a person who tends to shrink from social contacts and to become preoccupied with their own thoughts. This means that you’d prefer, and actually flourish being by yourself or doing solitary activities. Left to your own devises, so to speak. As an introvert, you may feel drained when you are around a group of people an may need frequent breaks. Does this sound like you too?
Shoes! I love shoes! With the beginning of summer, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite shoes for summer. My list includes a wide variety for every lady/momma out there. Oh, it’s fun to be a girl! Below you'll find my favorite slip ons, strappy sandals, sneakers, rain boots and wedges!
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When I think of desserts for the 4th of July the first thing that comes to mind is apple pie! This apple pie is packed with delicious juicy cinnamon apples, topped with a brown sugar buttery topping and a flaky crust. Serve it warm over vanilla ice cream and your taste buds will love you forever! What I love about this pie is how easy it is to throw together. Whether you're a new or seasoned baker this pie is a must try for everyone!
To make this delicious apple pie you simply combine the apples (I always use green apples to break up the sweetness), sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Then stir everything together until well blended.
Cue the music..."Going to the chapel and my sister is getting Maui'd." Ok, maybe that isn't how the song goes, but it is certainly fitting for this occasion. My sister Lauren and her fiance Stefan have always had a love for the island of Maui. They got engaged there on our last trip and now, they will be getting married there in August. They got no argument from me on their wedding location choice that's for sure. Because it's a destination wedding and not everyone is able to make the trip, we wanted to bring Hawaii here for everyone to enjoy. I wanted the shower to have a tropical vibe without screaming tiki torch and hibiscus print button down tee sort of luau.
Have you ever met someone in life that just clicked with your soul? It was like God strategically placed them in your path to run into and bond with! Not only do you two click but you have similar goals…life goals, spiritual goals, career goals, relationship goals. It just works and it is beautiful. I have had a few of those people.
Have you ever met someone in life that just clicked with your soul and you just thanked God in that moment only to be asking God later as to why they went away? Why they left your life? Why did he take what brought you joy? I have also had a few of those people.
Oh sweet butter croissant, how you make my heart pitter patter. I wasn't sure there was something that could top a day to day croissant, but there is. Enter Kouign Amann--a beautiful, flakey, caramelized croissant and brioche combination. Originating from the region of Brittany, France, your taste buds will feel like you need to put on a beret and twist the ends of your mustache (if you have one). The best news? You don't have to purchase a ticket to fly over the Atlantic, but can get your own taste of France right here in Tampa, Florida at Petit Piquant off of Howard. As one who has been to Europe many times, these fit the bill and then some.
Piquant is under the care of celebrity chefs Rosana Rivera and Ricardo Castro and they are all things delightful. Their warm welcome is right up there with the pastries coming out of the oven. Their new addition to their patisserie family is being released today. You will find sweet flavors like guava, cinnamon sugar, raspberry, lemon and strawberry alongside more savory flavors like Lox salmon, braised short rib rib and roasted tomato with goat cheese. Well, I won't keep your taste buds waiting any longer, so I give you, the Kouign Amann...
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