Wednesday, May 27, 2020

EASTON GRADUATES KINDERGARTEN...




Easton has had one wild, crazy, and successful Kindergarten year. He started at a brand new school this school year and created new friendships and grew close to his teachers. This past year, Easton came across multiple obstacles; attending a new school, making new friends, going to speech therapy, ect. He has worked hard to excel at everything. At first Easton wasn't confident but with a bit of push and encouragement, he has really surprised Tommy and I. We're so proud of his accomplishments.

The last two months of home schooling were heavily crammed, days were long, lessons were long, there were tears, there were more laughs, and more. Easton completed 7 months of school and two months of homeschool and is a smart cookie. He reads to his brother and sister, enjoys learning about science, and being hands on. 

When Easton found out that he was graduating he was so excited. He was asking to wear his cape and gown for weeks! Our family will be having a family celebration party in the next few weeks but since Tommy isn't able to come down to Houston, we wanted to celebrate with the family first. We know Easton is going to continue excelling and putting in a lot of hard work! 

Congratulations to our Easton!!

xx,

Sunday, May 24, 2020

THE SECRET TO KEEPING MY SKIN HEALTY AND CLEAR...

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What’s my secret to keeping my skin healthy, smooth, and clear? There are many factors that help keep my skin healthy but one of the most important factors is having a good daily skin care routine. Averr Aglow skin care products have taken my skincare routine to the next level. It helps target uneven skin tone, prevents breakouts, and provides nutrients. I used to struggle with the nose and forehead areas the most. As a 27 year old, I never thought that I’d get those stubborn pimple surprises. My nose had so much built up dirt that it would end up resulting in breakouts. There would be little breakouts near my forehead that I’d try to cover up with my hair and a lot of even skin tone due to lack of sunscreen in my younger years. 

I’ve been using AVERR Aglow 4 step Clear Skin Kit and love the results. I have a 20% off coupon for yall too (CODE: ANNIE20). I’ve shared the 4 steps with yall before and want to summarize it again. STEP 1: MIST! STEP, 2: BUFF AND CLEANSE, STEP 3: REPAIR, and STEP 4: MOISTURIZE!  All of their products are made from natural ingredients (which is a MUST for me), Gluten Free, Paraben Free, and contains Vitamin C and antioxidants.

I’ve spent the last 2 months at home and have gone for the natural no make-up look. At first it was a little hard because I could see my dirty pores and dry areas significantly. After a couple of weeks of using AVERR Aglow, my skin has a natural glow, it moisturized, and brightening all of my natural features. 

Healthy skin also involves a healthy lifestyle and diet (for me at least). I try to avoid a lot sugar and fried food, I only drink water and coffee, and I try to work out/be active at least once a day. This is the lifestyle that I grew up with and it has stick. It really does show because whenever I decide to eat a fair amount of fast food, sugars, and sweet drinks, you can see the negative effects on my skin. 

With the extra time we have at home, it’s a great time to focus on those things we say we would do when we’d have more time. Put more time into taking care of yourself. We can take care of skincare, be more active, read more books, learn something new, ect. 

Thank you so much for reading! 

Xo,
Annie  


*Photos by: Banavenue 
*Thank you Averr Aglow for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

10 WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR AT HOME WITH HAIR FOOD...


This post is sponsored by Hair Food. All opinions are my own. 


There are many places and shops that aren't available to us right now; nail salons, shopping malls, restaurants, and even hair salons! Instead of waiting for all of these places to open back up, take advantage of your time and learned ways to take care of yourself. If nail salons are typically on your schedule twice a month, learn how to paint nails at home and make the most of it. 

My hair care routine has been through a big journey since coloring it last year. Before I chose to color my hair, I researched about the aftercare of it throughly. My hair is super fine just like my moms and just like Chloe's so it's a bit more fragile. Taking care of my hair daily is important! Keeping it hydrated, nourished, clean, ect. I also have extensions in and those need more care than my actual hair. My salon stylist said that real hair extensions can last up to a year but most average at 6 months, it depends on the person. Of course, I wanted to take care of them as long as possible and am going strong at 8 months! To maintain healthy hair, I'm sharing a couple of tips that you can utilize at home. 

First off, find a shampoo and conditioner that feeds your hair. With all of the time I've had to myself, my goal was to start taking care of myself better. Our family started eating more fruit, veggies, and foods that are good for our bodies. Our body, skin, and hair all need to be treated with fresh healthy products. Hair Food Moisture Collection with Manuka Honey & Apricot has really been keeping my hair healthy and strong. Their products are made of natural ingredients and are free of sulfate, parabens, mineral oil, and dyes. They're available at Kroger for just $7.99 each - so it's an easy pick up when we go to the store. 

When you hop in the shower, massage Hair Food Shampoo for 2-4 minutes for longer hair types. After you rinse, massage in Hair Food Conditioner for 3-5 minutes. I apply the conditioner starting at where my ear is down to my ends. Running your fingers through your hair while conditioning helps take out all the tangles too! The most common mistake that I used to make to make was applying conditioner for less than a minute and then rinsing it out immediately. It's good to leave it on for a few minutes so it soaks into your hair. 

I use a quick hair dry towel and comb throughly while it's damp. Heat to hair can be damaging so minimizing hot tools and blow dryers can keep your hair healthier and smoother. 

When the children are down at night, I always look forward to the time where I get to take a peaceful shower, watch a few episodes of my favorite show, and relax. Now more than ever, I have time to take care of myself so I'm definitely taking advantage of it. 

10 WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR AT HOME...
1) Go at least 2 days in-between washes. This prevents dryness and keeps natural oils. 
2) Dry your hair throughly after your shower and comb. Try to avoid heat tools and hair dryers as much as you can. 
3) Use products that target your hair needs; moisture, repair, nourishment, etc. 
4) Use a hair mask once a week. Hair Food also has hair mask!
5) Try out heatless hair styles! I've really been loving braids overnight. 
6) Feed your body with healthy foods! 
7) Sleep on silk pillows. Silk pillows are known for keeping your hair smooth overnight and prevents damage. 
8) After using dry shampoo, brush out the excess products. 
9) Add hair oil and vitamin oil when ends start to dry out or at least once a week.
10) Avoid a lot of sun. Use protective heat sprays when you're out in the sun or using heat tools. 

I want to give one of my readers some Hair Food goodies too! Let me know what some of your craziest hair thoughts were during these times at home!

xo,
Annie 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

WE LOVE YOU BA NGOAI (GRANDMA)...




Life with these three are full of adventures, happiness, obstacles, and growth. Two months ago when Liam and Easton's school closed, there was a lot of adjustments. Having all 3 of them stay at home with me 24/7, keeping them busy, happy, and trying to get on a schedule was hard. My 3 children are very active and are eager to get out and see the world. 

My parents, especially my mom has been so so helpful. My mom has worked every single day of her life so when she wasn't able to open her business due to COVID-19, it gave her the opportunity to be with the family. She moved into her new house less than a month ago and have been inseparable from her grandchildren. We're there mostly on the weekends because I prefer to do the boys homeschooling at our house. When we go up to Houston, she comes up with us to help watch Chloe, cook, and be a helping hand. 

We're all so thankful for all that she does and am taking advantage of this time that she has off to be with her. I wanted to ask the boys all the things that they love and are thankful for about their Bà ngoại (grandma in Vietnamese)

Liam: "I love Bà ngoại because I love her ping pong table, her backyard, and she lets us learn on our iPad. At nighttime, Bà ngoại lets me play games and massages my back. Bà ngoại takes me to chick fil a, her work, and gives me candy to eat. I like to sleep with Bà ngoại and play with her. 

Easton: "I love Bà ngoại  because she lets me study on my iPad so I can learn about earth and how caves are made. She lets me go to the park with her and buys toys. She helps me call my dad on my iPad. She gives me money for my birthday. I love Bà ngoại house too because I get to play in the backyard, play with Nike (our dog), and play ball with everyone.

Chloe: Chloe obviously can't express those feelings yet but I know she's thankful for her Bà ngoại because she always carries her, gives her milk bottles, naps with her, and gives her baths. 

We hope that she has an amazing Mother's Day and will continue to show our love and gratitude towards her. We love you Bà ngoại. 

Before I end this post, I wanted to share Liam, Easton, and Chloe's outfits. Y'all know I love matching mommy and me outfits and when I can have the children coordinate, my heart is in awe. I ordered these pieces in from Lilly Pulitzer and can't get over how adorable they look in them.  Chloe was so excited to see the colorful printed dress and would not take it off. She's not even two years old and prefers to choose her own outfits. The boys polos are subtle but such a pretty color! These pictures are some of my favorites. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 

xo,
Annie 


Monday, May 4, 2020

COZY STAY AT HOME MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE...

TOP: Thread & Supply // BOTTOM: Thread & Supply 

I didn't realize that Mother's Day was coming up until I saw everyone sharing gift guides about it. These past two months have kind of been a big ole blob when it comes to figuring out what day of the week it was. The only time I was thinking about was when this quarantine life was going to be over, lol. This month officially marks the last month of the school year so that means these wonderful, beautiful, wild children of mine will be home with me 24/7 for the next 4 months............YAY ME!! 

With that being said, it's always fun to look forward to the weekends, summertime, and holidays. Mother's Day is such a special day and this year, us moms really deserve a trophy or an entire day to relax. Whether you're a stay at home mom, working mom, grandma, or any type of motherly parent, you deserve to feel special on Mother's Day. A dinner night out isn't really an option but a whole day to have an at home spa night, Netflix binge session, being surprised with gifts is 100% doable. I'm the type of person that usually buys what I need right away so Tommy always complains about how it's so hard to buy gifts for me, lol. I thought hard about creating this wish list and wanted to round up items that have been on my mind for awhile that I wanted. 

xo,
Annie

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