Be True to You and LuLaRoe

Who doesn’t like a lil comfort with their style?!  I know I do and that is why I LuLaRoe!  This new clothing brand has everyone talking and gawking over the bright colors and cozy style it’s no wonder why.  The LuLaRoe style is so versatile,  you can dress it up for the office or dress it down for every day snugness!  It is like wearing a big hug all day long!  No matter your size, you are guaranteed to feel beautiful.

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Comfort, affordability  and style is exactly what   DeAnne Stidham was striving for when she created her clothing line, LuLaRoe and she is on spot changing the fashion world as we know it.  Fashionista’s of all ages are going to love the entire collection!

This brand is only accessible from private fashion consultants, like my friend Cathy Prestipino!

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Cathy Prestipino is a fashion consultant for LuLaRoe who makes shopping fun and easy with pop up boutique’s and private sales on her group page.  I was more then thrilled when she reached out to me and offered me the opportunity to review staple pieces from the LuLaRoe Collection.  Not only did she send me pieces to show off, but she sent the cutest tops and leggings for my lil humans to enjoy as well!

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My daughter pictured above wearing Gracie T and Kids Leggings.

The unisex LuLaRoe Gracie top, with its high-low hemline, makes it the perfect Kid’s top to pair with anything, but it’s especially great with leggings! Furthermore, it’s loose fitting short sleeves will keep even the most active kid comfortable and cool. Easy to layer and versatile enough to dress up or down, the Gracie is sure to become a staple in your kids’ closets.

These leggings are  extremely soft to touch and come in many different patterns and colors it will be so hard to choice just one. Thankfully you don’t have to!  Get them all! Cause after your lil cutie wears these she will be craving a pair for every day of the week. Seasons change and  so do the patterns and colors of these amazing leggings.

What my daughter liked about this outfit:  “I like how laid back yet feminine it is with soft colors and a fun girly pattern.  This is the perfect outfit to wear anywhere!  Makes me love being a tween!”

 

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My sweet boy is pictured above sportin the Sloan.

Creative, playful, unique, whimsical, fun…
These attributes could easily describe our favorite little humans, but are a perfect fit for LuLaRoe’s first children’s shirt: the Sloan T. This versatile shirt is designed for boys and girls alike. It’s a soft and durable knit baseball tee that comes in a wide variety of colors and prints. Its contrasting raglan sleeves are occasionally mismatched for an added element of fun and surprise!

I just love how stylish this T is.  It easily matches up with just about any hat my lil rock star puts on.

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Pictured above, I am wearing the Nicole.

The Nicole dress boasts a fitted bodice, flattering scoop neck, mid-length sleeves, and a full circle skirt. It is simultaneously casual and dressy and, in a word, feminine! It is the sort of dress that brings out all that is girl in you – and we know you will not be able to resist giving it a twirl. Fun and fashionable? Yes, please.

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Pictured above, I am wearing black buttery soft leggings with a matching Irma Tunic.

LuLaRoe’s Irma top is a loose, knit “high-low” tunic with fitted mid-length sleeves. The extra length in the back makes it a great compliment to the leggings – especially if your like me and in need of extra coverage for your derriere. Wear this top and you might never take it off.

The leggings are ultra stretchy and super soft. They’re as close to your own skin as you can get.  You can sport them just about anywhere; style them with a cute sweater and your favorite booties…or a cute lil tee.  Your LuLaRoe leggings will be a great statement piece wherever you are!

These leggings rock!  Seriously the most comfortable leggings I have ever slipped on.  The softness is incredibly addicting.  And I just love how free flowing the Nicole and the Irma are.  Clothing that flatters my figure and lets my body breathe!

I absolutely love LuLaRoe and so will you!  Now here’s your chance to win a few staple pieces of your own from Cathy Prestipino.  Simply head on over to my Instagram @forkandspoonley to find out how to enter to win two pairs of leggings and an Irma top!

Giveaway is live and ends 8/31/2016!  Follow this link to enter.

Make sure to follow Cathy Prestipino on Instagram to keep up with the latest styles.

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How to Curl your Eyelashes

So not all of us have naturally long and curled lashes.  Some of us have to work for what we got.  I have found the perfect eyelash curler and it is so easy to use!  cccurler

Live Wire Beauty’s Premium Eye Lash Curler is available on Amazon and is the best choice for luscious lashes…

– Create lashes that appear full, thick, and give you a beautiful “wide-eyed” look
– Never requires refill pads! The eyelash curler that will last your entire life.
– Easy to use, ergonomic design engineered to give you the perfect curl every time.

But how do you use this contraption?  It is so very easy!!! All you need to do is place your eyelashes in the curler correctly, hold, and repeat! Ok well there are a few extra steps that I will walk you through below:

Step 1)  Apply your eyeliner and eyeshadow first. Allow to dry before curling your lashes.  Put down that mascara!  You will save that for last 🙂

Step 2) Make sure your lashes are dry. Trying to curl wet lashes could result in the “bent lashes” look.

Step 3) Open the curler and place your lashes inside the mouth of the curler.  Close your eye slightly, then open it; all of the lashes should move into the curler’s mouth. Always hold the eyelash curler so that the mouth is parallel to your lashes.

Step 4) Move the curler closer to the eye until the tool comes to the base of the lashes, but not over the skin of the eyelid.

Step 5) Keep the eye open and slowly close the curler. Your eyelashes should fan out evenly across the upper bar. If at any time you feel pinching, readjust the curler.

Step 6) Hold the closed curler for a slow count of five, keeping your hand and face steady. Repeat for additional volume.

Step 7) Repeat steps 1-6 on the other eye

Step 8) You may put on your mascara if you so choose or you are done and now have beautiful curled lashes.

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Benefits of using Vitamin C Serum

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVitamin C has become a very popular additive to most beauty products today. It is one of the safest and most effective natural ingredient used in skin care.  The antioxidant has the power to protect the skin from sun damage and is also anti aging.  It also has the power to reduce skin discoloration and blemish marks.  Keeping your skin nourished and healthy.  It has become my favorite go to skincare line and I have been using Vitamin C skin care products for years now.  One of my favorite Vitamin C Serum’s has just launched and is available through Elleda on Amazoneleda2

This serum contains 72% organic and 98% natural ingredients, with antioxidant vitamin-rich botanicals.

  • Vitamin C ~ antioxidant protection from damaging free radicals, lightens hyper-pigmentation, firmer skin by encouraging collagen production.  Stimulates collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Vitamin E ~ The antioxidants of all antioxidants ~ prevents free radical formation, protects the upper skin layer from initial harmful UV radiation and prevents the deterioration of fats in your cell membranes.  Nourishes your skin, leaving it feeling soft and silky
  • Hyaluronic AcidHydrates skin cells to freshen your complexion.  It attracts and retains more than thousand times their weight in water
  • Arginine ~ an essential amino acid, an antioxidant that aids in building collagen
  • Ferulic Acid~ made from rice brain oil, this is a very potent antioxidant and helps aid other antioxidant ingredients, stabilizes Vitamin C from oxidation
  • Organic Jojoba Oil ~ a natural emollient that has a similar structure to your own sebum allows this oil to absorb easily into your skin.  Mimics your body’s natural oils and absorbs deeply and quickly to moisturize all skin types
  • Witch Hazel ~ an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial (soothes and heals the skin), astringent (due to the large quantity of tannins), and locks in moisture to your skin.  Helps aid a variety of skin conditions, including acne and eczema. 
  • Aloe ~ an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, promotes restoration of skin (collagen), reducing the aging of fine lines and wrinkles.  Protects and revives your skin with natural healing properties

There is no alcohol or parabens in Elleda Vitamin C serum.  This serum is made in the USA and is not tested on animals.

Ingredients: organic herbal infusion, organic aloe barbadensis leaf (aloe) extract, sodium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C), methysulfonymethane (MSM), cassia angustifolia seed polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), hamamelis vigriniana (witch hazel), d-alpha tocopherl acetate (vitamin E), carbomer, (2s)-2-amino-5-guanidinopentanoic acid (Arginine), ferulic acid,  kosher vegetable glycerin, organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), phenoxyethanol, ethy hexyl glycerin  cosDNA.com analysis  

Elleda Organic Vitamin C 20% Serum retails at amazon.com for $21.57 for a 1 oz bottle. 

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Positiviti is infectious!

Today’s post is written by my sweet guest, Juliet.  She is a one of the team members and a co creator of Positiviti. Positivi is a a positive community created for students by students that have experienced some sort of bullying on school campus or at home.  Continue to read more about Positiviti and how you can get involved!

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Positiviti, the site created for students struggling in situations at school and home, has officially been launched! Our site is an open space for students in upper elementary through high school grade levels, allowing them a place to go when their options in tough situations feel limited. On the site, students can access a ‘PositivFeed’ with quotes and messages of encouragement that have been left by the Positiviti Team and fellow students. Positiviti also has a site Mailbox page, where students can send in a message to Positiviti describing their situation at our Helpbox. Not only is the Helpbox a place where students can speak out about their situation, but Positiviti will respond with a personalized message of uplift for the student about what they’re going through. Our Mailbox page also includes a Dropbox, where students can submit positive messages for us to post onto the site.

As three students who have experienced the effects of bullying, we created this site because we know how it feels not knowing what to do about your situation. We are hoping to reach anyone who simply needs a space to receive encouragement, because feeling alone is the hardest part of dealing with what you face. Positiviti’s goal is to simply be a friend accessible to any student going through any issue. The hardest thing about dealing with situations at school and home is the feeling that you can’t say anything about what you’re going through. Positiviti’s goal is to be a webspace where students feel free to message us and get a chance to express themselves, while also receiving encouragement to keep going.

Positiviti is looking to spread the word of our site for students who need encouragement, but we are also looking for students who are willing to step up and become a part of our message of hope. Students can join us by accessing our site, where they can then click to our ‘Positiviti Team’ page. By joining the Positiviti Team, students volunteer to speak with people from their school about what they’re going through if they need to talk to someone face-to-face. To join our team, all students have to do is fill out a quick form on our Positiviti Team page so we can add them to our Team List. Members of our team are also asked to spread around the message of our site, as we want this to become as widespread as possible. We call our movement the Positiviti Virus, and we want to infect as many students as we can.

Please be sure to share these links and visit these pages listed below to help us spread the word of Positiviti!

You can visit our site at: www.positiviti.weebly.com
Please like us on Facebook and share our page at: www.facebook.com/positiviti
Instagram: SimpliPositiviti
Email: positivitimail@gmail.com

-Positiviti

My DV survival story

If you do not follow me on Facebook, you may have missed when I shared that I am a survivor of domestic violence.  I did not share because I want some sort of acknowledgement or seeking sympathy.  I share my experiences because I want others to be aware of the issue women face everyday in this country and I speak to victims so they know that they are not alone.  As a victim it is so easy to lose hope and give up; to accept your current situation and believe tomorrow will be different.  I was there.  I was a victim but I found strength to fight back and to get help. I would like to share my story…this is a short version and does not go into detail of all the abuse inflicted upon me.  I was emotionally mentally, physically, and sexually abused.

I’m going to take you back, I was about 19, I just started a new job at a car dealership here in town.  I was the receptionist and one of very few women that worked for this company.  I met a car salesman that won me over.  We began dating and after a few weeks I made a decision that changed the course of my life.  I went home one day and decided I wanted to move in with him.  I remember feeling a sense of freedom.  I was living with my parents at the time and I guess I felt like there were too many rules and it was time to be free.  Be my own person.  He was three years older than me and had his own home.  Even though my parents tried to talk me out of moving, I did so anyway.  I still remember my mom peeking through the window as I pulled out of the driveway, she was so sad and worried for me and I didn’t care.  All I wanted was freedom.  Lil did I know I was about to be held captive and lose everything that made me who I was.  Within a week of moving in with my new boyfriend, my body broke out in hives.  I was stressed.  I hadn’t talked to my family and I was feeling home sick.  I called my mom and apologized to her and the first thing she said to me was, “is he going to marry you?”  My mom and I went back and forth for a few minutes, and she ended with, “you need to make things right and get married.  You will never be blessed if you don’t.”  So we started to talk about it and things were great.  We decided to move into a new place and started shopping around for rings.  I got my mom and my sister involved and we started planning venues and djs.  I found a dress and put deposits down on everything.  Then one day we were arguing about something in the back bedroom and he got in my face.  The next thing I knew my cheek was tingling.  I stared at him not knowing what to do; I was like a deer in headlights.  He looked back at me and apologized.  He said he didn’t know what came over him and was sorry for slapping me.  This was the beginning….
The next day was awkward.  We didn’t speak to one another.  For days he would come home from work and lock himself in the bedroom depressed.  I had to sleep on the couch and use the guest bathroom.  I was not permitted to go in our bedroom.  About a month later his behavior had changed.  He told me I couldn’t go to work anymore.  I had to call out sick for days and finally my employer told me not to come back.  I was stuck at home.  I was told I couldn’t have my family over and I wasn’t allowed to go visit them if he wasn’t with me.  I would sneak my mom and sister over for lunch when he was at work and made sure to remove any evidence that they were there.  I was limited on family contact.   I was instructed to stay home, keep the home in order, have dinner on the table when he walked through the door, and always look pretty. I never knew what he was going to be like when he come thru the door.  If he was happy I knew that wouldn’t last long and if he was angry I had to walk on egg shells to avoid a beating.  I remember lying to my family about bruises, making excuses why I couldn’t come over for a family dinner, and pretending to be happy.  When he was drunk he would say the meanest things to me and when he was sober he told me what he said when he was drunk was nothing but the truth.  I was abused every night.  When we went to bed he would hold me, crying and he would apologize. He would tell me he would never hurt me again.  I believed him every night and prayed tomorrow would be different.  I remember Halloween 2009 I was in the kitchen baking some pumpkin bread and he asked me to make a sandwich for lunch.  I waited til I was done mixing my dough.  10 minutes later he came out to the kitchen and asked what was taking so long. I apologized and the next thing I knew my dishes that were sitting on the counter were angrily knocked off the counter and shattered into a thousand pieces on my carpet.  He came at me and tried to strangle me I turned away and for the first time I knew I had to fight back.  I grabbed the first thing I saw, a hot frying pan that was sitting on the stove and I hit him with it.  I tried to get away and he grabbed me by the hair and shoved my face into the carpet with such force that I couldn’t breathe.  My teeth were cutting into my tongue and I could taste blood.  I literally saw my life flash before  my eyes.  It was dark and I could see images of my family.  I grabbed a hold of his privacy and twisted and twisted more til he let go.  That night we got dressed to go out and acted like nothing ever happened.  I was afraid.  I knew that the end was near.  He tried to kill me. The next day we had another fight because I didn’t hang the towels right and my neighbor called the cops because we were so loud.  When the cops arrived he told them I was just being crazy and he wanted me to leave.  He was turning everything on me.  After a few months my family helped me escape his clutches.  I was terrified of  him.  By the following year we were divorced.  Within 6 months he started to come around and would follow me to work.  He promised me he had changed.  So we tried to work things out.  Once again I lost my job because he would not let me go to work in the morning.  I eventually ended up pregnant and he tried to push me out of the window of my third story apartment.  Once again my family got involved and contacted the cops.  I was pushed to file a police report and my parents home became my safe haven once again.  The state attorneys office became involved.  It was finally over.  But not because I wanted it to be over.  I was in love and didnt see that I was in a bad situation.  I was so broken, confused, and humiliated.  But I knew I had to pickup the pieces and put them together and rebuild for I was to  be a mother.  I was carrying a sweet lil life that I was blessed with and I made a promise at that moment that I would always protect my baby.  I have protected her for 11 years.  We are both survivors of DV.  After a year of counseling, a wonderful supportive family, and God’s love I have overcome and now I can use my experiences and my education to help others like me.
I am proud to be a survivor and a single mother to my amazing blessings.  I am thankful for all the help and support I received as I pieced my life back together.  God blessed me and never left me alone.  And if you are a victim of domestic violence I want you to know that you are never alone.  You are beautiful and created by God.  God LOVES You.
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Please reach out and ask for help.  There is a better life waiting for you.
Please call…
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I am currently working towards my bachelors in Criminal Justice and plan to use my education and my experiences to help others that fall victim to domestic abuse.  I am on path to become an advocate for victims.