3 hair products worth bringing into the woods

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Hello, hello!
This week we were at a cabin in the woods with Beckett’s family and I tried to pack light. You know I didn’t actually succeed according to some people’s standards, but I did well for me. What I mean is that I couldn’t bring every modern amenity to the woods with me that I have at home so I had to decide, what do I really need to maintain my regular beauty routine? Thus, the following is what I brought for my hair (other than a pin & bristle hairbrush that smooths and detangles and my bfb extensions).
Dry shampoo is definitely a must for me because I put it on at the beginning of the day even with fresh hair to create some root volume and to texturize my hair. It also prevents hair from looking oily throughout the day. If your hair is as fine as mine and your skin as oily, you def. need to try this OGX Refresh & Restore Coconut Oil Dry Shampoo before styling! I went through 2 bottles of this in the past 3 months and love it, but if you would like a less expensive alternative, the other drugstore dry shampoo brand that I recommend is the Volume and Fullness by Dove. it works well and is less expensive than the OGX brand (but not as good smelling. Sorry Dove, I still love you!!!).
The curling iron is a bigger barrel curling iron– Conair Pro 1.5″ (mine is from Sally Beauty). I like using this one because it gives my hair lots of volume whether I’m wearing my extensions or not. Otherwise, for more defined curls on my regular length of hair, I use a 1″ wand like this one by Conair too.
Before curling my hair, and again once I’m done, I use Pantene flex hold (2) hairspray on the ends to keep my hair in place, but still maintain movement.
Have you tried any of these products?! If so, let me know how you think they compare to other brands or products you’ve tried!

Real Recipes for the Real Girl (with free printable plan and shopping list)

Real recipes for the real girl on a budgetHappy Monday and welcome to my new blogging schedule! All my life I’ve loved to help people so when Beckett and I were talking about how best to serve you this summer, we landed on the idea of helping you gals with inexpensive meal ideas that are healthful and yummy, but also budget-friendly and pretty. But there’s a catch — I am not that super-mom type of a cook. I’m your average, everyday girl who can follow a recipe and have it turn out… but let’s be honest, I’d rather have takeout.
The images of the meal plan and the grocery list are printable, so save them to your phone or computer to print off and so you can make your meals or get your groceries easier (if you still actually go to the grocery store in 2018 — hello Walmart pickup).

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Printable grocery list: click to save

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Recipes & Descriptions:


  • Lunch: Use a panini press or make the sandwiches and then heat them over the stove on a skillet. Put meat, cheese, and sautéed onion and garlic in the bread. Butter the outside of the bread before “grilling” it.
  • Fruit salad: Wash & chop 3 apples, all grapes, & most of the melon. Eat a portion of this and save the rest.
  • Supper: Follow this recipe from Gimmie Delicious (with rice, chicken and broccoli) OR do what I did and loosely follow this recipe by Chelsea’s Messy Apron & throw broccoli, frozen chicken breast, potatoes, onions into a pan lined with tin foil. Top with a mixture of oil, garlic, and lemon juice. Then wrap it up together and bake in the oven at 375 degrees F until the chicken is fully cooked. Check the chicken with a meat thermometer to ensure that it’s done.


  • Lunch: Grilled cheese… you know what to do! Cut chunks off of the block of cheese and put it inside the bread, along with some garlic or onions to taste. Then fry in the frying pan or press with a panini press. Heat soup and serve.
  • Supper: Follow directions to heat burgers, top with avocado, sliced tomato, and onions. Use your favorite condiments to spice things up.
  • Make homemade potato fries by following this recipe from Veganosity. I’m skipping the spices, but feel free to add that back in if you want!


  • Lunch: Make this easy corn and bean salad from KitchMe. Eat them with cucumber and butter sandwiches and perhaps a little fruit salad if you are so inclined.
  • While prepping for lunch, start a crockpot with a few chicken breasts in it so it will be done by suppertime. You will use this chicken for the stuffed peppers tonight, the taco salad tomorrow night, and the chicken salad on Friday.
  • Supper: Make stuffed bell peppers with this tasty recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen, but sub out the sausage for chicken. Prepare the chicken first in a crockpot, then chop it up and add it in. Pair it with a salad.


  • Lunch: Try this egg bake recipe from Kitchn. I’m going to skip the carrots, but if you have some on hand and want to try it, let me know how it tasted!
  • Supper: taco salad with chips, salsa, taco spiced chicken, sour cream, and diced onions.


  • Lunch: Use the remaining chicken you made in the crockpot Wednesday for a salad, complete with walnuts, mandarin oranges, and cheese. top with your favorite dressing.
  • Supper: Homemade pizza topped with sauce, cheese, eggs, spinach, and onions. Try this recipe from AllRecipes.com for the crust, or do what I like to do and buy a ready-made crust in a tube at the grocery store!


  • Lunch: pb&j picnic with apple slices for a quick meal while on the go.
  • Supper: Home made “Chicken Littles” like the ones you used to get from KFC! Make the chicken strips according to the directions on the package, then make a sandwich with burger buns, the chicken strips, pickles, mayonnaise, and I like to add an optional slice of tomato, and lettuce for flavor.


  • Lunch: Make blueberry muffins from the mix and reheat the egg bake leftovers from Thursday.
  • Supper: Homemade mac’n cheese with broccoli. Use my special recipe below:
    • cook a box of noodles (you can have leftovers for a lunch next week if it’s too much for your fam).
    • while still on the heat, add a cup of shredded mozzarella, a 1/4th cup of parmesan, 2 cups frozen broccoli, a table spoon of garlic, a 1/2 to 1 cup of milk, and 1/2 stick of butter. Stir over heat until the broccoli is sufficiently heated and cheese is melted. I also sometimes only do a half cup of mozzarella and also add a 1/2 cup of velveeta.



I hope you find this helpful!!! I know it will make my week a lot easier now that I have everything planned out in detail! If you are using this meal plan, please comment below so I know whether or not to continue this format. Also, if you are reading this post on your email and something isn’t saving or viewing correctly, you may want to open the post in your browser so you can view it real-time.
I hope you have a happy Monday!

How to organize kids toys

You’ve likely clicked on this post because you are in need of desperate help to organize your kids’ toys. I should preface this by telling you I’m no expert, but I’ve picked up a few tips from friends, family, and other blogs that I’ve found helpful. Then, I looked for ways to make the storage solutions not just practical for our lifestyle, but also to look good in the process.

  1. Sort: The first thing I did to get organized was to sort through the toys to categorize it. Creating piles of things my son would play with together. For example, he has a wooden castle set and a wooden knight set. It makes sense to put those things together.
  2. Designate a Space: Come up with a shelving solution to put things on. We have these huge open shelves in our living room that were totally useless and we wanted to be able to put Wolfie’s toys on them without it looking like we were a daycare. If you don’t have open shelves, it’s easy to find a budget-friendly storage solution on an app like LetGo (just be safe about it). Or you could get one of these storage shelves from Walmart, Target, or Wayfair seem pretty handy and they look nice too. I’m personally not a huge fan of the baskets that typically come with the Target shelves and I would go to HomeGoods and snag a few pretty baskets for roughly the same price if I were you.
  3. Check for Fit: Once you have your shelving figured out, make sure the toys will fit into the size of shelf and baskets you got. Measure bigger toy sets so you don’t have to make multiple trips to the store.
  4. Add Accents: Add other sentimental or decorative items to the shelves if there’s room. Consider using a color theme for the accents and pepper the items of similar colors throughout the shelves. My accent color was gold for my shelves, but I also wanted to bring in some earth tones and organic textures so I added a plant and a healthy dose of brown.
  5. Arrange Decorations for Visual Balance: Rearrange the items as needed so you come up with the perfect look that’s also functional. Also, consider safety too. Make sure the shelves are secured to the wall and that breakables or potential hazards are out of a child’s reach.

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I’ve been keeping a secret for a few months… also, you won’t believe how soft this $8.50 tee is!

Top: old navy | pants: TJ Maxx $20, not exact, but look similar | watch: timex – I’ve had mine for a year and wear it often!| bracelets: I’m linking a SUPER pretty alternative! Check it out below too! | hair extensions: barefoot blonde hair in Brownstone | bag: vintage Louis Vuitton | necklace: gold with layers
I’m currently laying in bed, writing this post, and watching the latest Bachelorette. So if there are typos or I actually write the word, “Becca” or “Minnesota,” don’t mind me. 🙂 So far I can’t tell why girls keep complaining about this season because it seems good, but we shall see if it holds my attention in the next few weeks.
This morning I told Beckett that I accidentally looked cuter than I thought I would and therefore needed him to take these pictures- haha! I may have seen him roll his eyes. But for real, the braids got quite a few compliments today because they were so fun!
When planning this post, I mainly wanted to show you this comfy shirt, but I also thought I should reveal my good-hair-day secret and tell you about my Barefoot Blonde Hair extensions. I feel like I can speak to them now that I’ve been wearing them nonstop for a few months.
This isn’t a paid post so you can be sure that I have no special interest in giving these extensions a good review. But I can’t not give them a good review! They are silky, remy hair (all shafts going in the same direction), that is a fine consistency and a great length. However, I think the main attraction to the Barefoot Blonde extensions is that the clips are super great quality and they have an at home try on service (seriously a genius idea b/c I wouldn’t have guessed that ‘Brownstone’ was my color by a website!!). Oh, and the other great thing about this line is that they now come in ‘seamless’ wefts, which are said to feel lighter and look even more flawless.
Seamless is a little more expensive than the traditional kind I got, but now the kind I have is sold out. But I would definitely get the seamless if I were ordering again today.
Have I mentioned how soft the shirt pictured is?! It’s seriously heavenly! And I’m not kidding, I want to find that same material at Joann’s and make a baby blanket out of it! 🙂 Maybe I could line a baby blanket with it!
Ps-here’s a pic of the bracelet I linked and it’s just $18!