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The next time you see a special event taking place in or around DC on the TV I want you to stop a moment. I want you to look past the President, Commander, or foreign dignitary and take a few moments to look at the rows of men and women in the background. See them there? The ones standing straight at attention, with meticulously pressed uniforms, clean shaven faces, and dignified looks on their faces? Those, my friends, are the men and women of this country’s Honor Guards.

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We all love shopping and finding gems while we’re on our quest to find good deals. At Beauty Encounter’s perfume clearance sale, you’re not only getting discounted prices but 35% off on your shopping cart, too! That’s one amazing deal you shouldn’t miss.

So what stocks are in store for you? Check these out!

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Lately I’ve becoming somewhat obsessed with DIY Sugar Scrubs! In fact, I have an entire pinboard dedicated to them called Scrub-a-Dub Dub after making several of them I realized that they are super easy and inexpensive to make–if you use the “secret ingredient” many of the recipes call for. I’ll give you a hint–it’s one of the many uses of dish soap!

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A common theme these days is just how busy I am–it’s great, but makes fitting everything in that I would like to more than a little challenging. I always have these grand ideas of these super fun projects, crafts, and ideas to do with the kids–but somehow the summer has flown past and we’ve only been able to accomplish a handful of them!

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As a busy mom I need products in my life to multitask as much as I do! That’s why I’ve been on the look out for a great capri legging all summer–and when I was offered the chance to try out Marika® Magic Slimming version I jumped at the chance!

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As you might be able to tell immediately from looking at the cover, Let There Be Light is not your typical re-hash of the story of creation. Illustrated by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Tillman the illustrations bring a level of fantasy and whimsical to Genesis 1.

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One of our families favorite things to do is to enjoy the wonderful world know to the kid as “outside”. Although in Texas in the summer months getting to enjoy the “great outside” is a bit hit or miss unless some form of water is involved, as I mentioned hubby recently surprised me with a trip home and the weather in Wyoming was just absolutely perfect! Low 80s, bright and sunny, and even (gasp!) no wind!

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Can you believe that it’s mid August already?! Here in Texas summer is just really kicking off with the temperatures climbing up-up-up and they’ll continue that way until October! With the mix-mash between scramble and lazy that only the last few weeks before school and regular routine once more brings; these days I’ve been relying on my favorite makeup tips, tricks, and products for a look that’s as fun and effortless as sleeping in late after staying up till the wee hours of the morning watching Sherlock Season 3 on Netflix (which I may or may not have just done…..favorite tv show ever!!)

You know me–I can’t keep how to be beautiful to myself, I want you all to embrace and enhance your natural beauty as well!

Effortless {Late} Summer Beauty Tutorial

The best part about all these products? You can get them ALL at Walgreens–and get a designer makeup look for a whole lot less!

Even better? Right now they’re running a special Gift With Purchase offer which runs between 6/29 – 8/30 and allows consumers to get a coupon by texting a code or visiting here for a FREE travel-size make-up brush set, their gift with any $20 beauty and personal care purchase (excluding baby category).

Step 1 — Protect Your Skin 

It’s 2014 and thankfully these days it’s not only pretty to be pale–it’s also super smart! I was always confused why throughout the ages skin tone has been SO incredibly important. To me it’s as senseless to try to darken your skin as it would be for our darker complected counterparts to try to lighten theirs. Now we know that it’s not only silly–it’s also dangerous. After talking with yet another friend my age who has dealt with skin cancer I’ve become vigilant about using sunscreen each day! These days the options have become quite diverse and sophisticated–just check out all the different options that Walgreens stocks!

My favorite is the Hawaiian Tropic Line–their products combine moisturizer with sunscreen and they work perfectly for even my combination and prone to break out face! Lately I’ve been loving Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Sunscreen Lotion which leaves just a subtle shimmer after you use it.

Step 2 — Cover It Up

Now that your skin is protected it’s time to even it out! You know that I swear by a great base, and in the summer BB Creme does just the trick! Light and melt proof it glides on effortlessly. After you’ve finished applying it follow up with concealer–I’m obsessed with Rimmel Match Perfection–it really does match your skin tone and for any effortless look I use it to double as primer for my eye product!

Step 3 — Make Those Eyes Shine!

Now it’s time to highlight your eyes! First, curl your lashes. Next take the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Shadow Stick in Paranoid Purple and line your upper and lower lids.

Makeup Tip: If you apply eye liner in short strokes you’ll get a straighter, closer line

Next take a blunt brush and blend until smokey and swipe on one layer of waterproof mascara.

Step 4 — Add Some Sun Kiss to your look! 

While I’m not a fan of “fake bake” products using bronzer is a great way to really bring depth and life to your summer look! Get just a tiny bit on the end of a fluffy brush–a little goes a long way, especially for a natural beauty look. Take your brush and sweep it in a t motion across your forehead, down your nose, and on the tip of your chin. Next make a “duck face” (only time you’re allowed to do this!) and swipe it lightly down the diagonal line you see form.

Step 5 — Polish it up!

For the final step you’ll be using Mark Hill Gorgeous! Fabulous Finish Hairspray this great product lifts hair up and keeps it from frizzing or falling flat without being sticky or having a super heavy hold. Here is another awesome use for it I bet you’ve never thought of!

Nifty–right?!

Step 6 — Wrap it up!

Don’t forget to protect those arms and legs of yours which are sure to be bare during the summer as well. For my limbs I love using Banana Boat spray sunscreen. It makes it easy to cover large areas at once and also is perfect for touch ups for your face throughout the day!

Ta Da!!! Now go on and bring out that natural beauty I know you all have!

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A few weeks ago hubby surprised me for my birthday in a HUGE way! He suggested that we take a fast and furious last minute road trip up to Wyoming to visit my family–I was so shocked and of course ecstatic! August 1st marked our 12th anniversary of being together and we got to spend the day at the Fair–the place where we first hung out together and started dating! After a crazy, fun time I knew that I had to do something to tell him thank you–but since we’ve have been together for soooo long we’re a little past the gushy-mushy card part of our relationship and we love to laugh and have fun together!

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We all know how much I love a good “cheat night” meal! For those of you who aren’t regulars around here let me explain! I usually love to cook big family dinners from semi-scratch. As a busy mom to two with 4 jobs, however, doing it every night is just not realistic! Rather than hitting up the drive through, however, most of the time I resort to my favorite meals that I can throw together so quickly and easily it doesn’t even feel like cooking! Here’s a list of my 10 favorites!

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