April 2018 - Like Honey

Parker's Taco TWOsday Fiesta!


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Happy Monday! Since Cinco De Mayo is in just a few days, I thought it was perfect timing to share Parker's Taco TWOsday Fiesta with you! We had such a blast chowing down tacos, queso, and all the cupcakes with our favorite little dude! I always DIY as much of my party as I can, but I actually found a lot of affordable banners and items this go around that saved me a ton of time and effort! A full detail breakdown is below:








INVITES

I always make my invites with Microsoft Word and/or PicMonkey! Feel free to copy this template and make your own! I prefer to print them on photo paper, but cardstock usually works fine, too.

CARDBOARD CACTI

These were made with some old moving boxes we had lying around in our garage. I dusted them off, broke them down, and took a paint brush to them. Easy peasy!

PICADO BANNER

I was originally going to make a basic banner out of scrapbook paper or cardstock, but Hobby Lobby had this cute little Picado banner for around $5 and it's great quality! By the time I purchased all the necessary paper, glue, ribbon, etc. I probably would have spent this much or more, so the pre-made banner won!

PARKER'S "COMO ESTAMOS CHICAS" TEE

I just had to get this tee for my little ladies man! ;) You can find it for $7 here.

LUCY'S "UNO DOS TRES" TEE

How perfect is Lucy's little matching tee?! You can snag it on clearance for less than $4 here. The skirt is from her Puppy Dog Pawty.



Now on to the food!









TACO BAR SIGN

This little chalkboard menu sign was a Target dollar spot find a few years ago that has been worth every penny. I use it for just about every party and sometimes just for decor! I've linked a similar one above. Find my favorite chalk markers here.


PLATES/NAPKINS/CUPS

I found these cute pinata donkey plates at Oriental Trading and ordered them with the matching napkins. They were pretty sturdy for paper plates, which is good, since we had lots of dips. The cups were just from the party section at Walmart.


TACO BAR

Here is a list of our entire taco bar menu:

Tortillas, whole wheat & flour
Corn Taco Shells
Ground Beef Taco Meat
Cheesy Chicken Taco Meat
Shredded Cheese (Mexican Blend)
Drained Diced Tomatoes
Shredded Lettuce
Sour Cream
Taco Bell Mild Sauce Packets
Tabasco Sauce

Chips & Dips:
Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips
Restaurant Style Salsa
Fresh Guacamole
Queso Blanco

I'm not a guac fan, but my guests were very happy with this find from Aldi! I also decided to try out a jarred queso from the store since I didn't have time to make a homemade recipe. This one from Red Cactus was a hit! I found it in stores at my Walmart, I think it might be local but I've linked it above so you can see the packaging.


PINEAPPLE PUNCH

This recipe is so easy and yummy! It's 1 can frozen orange juice, a 46oz can of pineapple juice, and a 2ltr of sprite. I added orange wedges for garnish. This did not make enough to fill my 2 gallon dispenser, I think it made about 1 gallon. It's a crowd pleaser, so make sure to double up if you have a large group!


CUPCAKES

Obviously, very intricate ;) I wanted to save some time and money this time, so I just made simple vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese frosting dyed green and arranged them in a cactus shape! The kids loved it!


Now for my favorite part, the decor!:








CENTERPIECE

Our main decor was the cactus and banners on the wall, but I always like to do a centerpiece as well. For the small cacti, I used scraps of cardboard from the large ones. The flowers were under $1 a bush at Walmart (I used 2 orange and 2 red). Then I propped a felt letter board on my cookbook stand with a sheet of gold glitter cardstock behind it.

MANTEL DECOR

My mantel decor is a birthday tradition! Every year, I hang a couple banners from the sides (stocking hooks work great btw) and line up picture frames of their previous birthdays from newborn to the current year so we can see just how much they've grown. I'm going to run out of space and have to invest in a collage frame eventually, but for now this works!

FAVORS

I was able to use up these leftover favor bags from Lucy's party since the bright colors sort of matched the fiesta theme! Each bag contained a few pieces of candy, a stick on mustache, and a pair of maracas. Then I topped it with a tiny plastic sombrero! I made the "gracias" sign through PicMonkey.



I loved celebrating this little guy with a party that was as fun and vibrant as he is! Parker is always keeping us on our toes (good and bad!) and has an endless amount of hugs and snuggles to give. I was so nervous to become a boy mom since it was so out of my territory, but every day I am reminded how God blessed with me with just the amount of crazy love I needed from a sweet and wild little boy. So thankful for my little man!




Who would you throw a fiesta party for? I'm thinking I need to recreate this one for the grown ups with a margarita bar next!





TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF OUR PREVIOUS PARTIES HERE


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Make Mother's Day Memorable with Trollbeads



*Thank you to Trollbeads for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.*



Finding the perfect gift for mom can often be a struggle--are flowers thoughtful enough? What candle scent does she prefer? My mom and mother-in-law could not be more opposite, so this time of year can get a little tricky.  If you're looking for an unforgettable, thoughtful gift that will work for all the mamas in your life, a personalized bracelet from Trollbeads is just what you need!



I don't know about you, but I love giving sentimental gifts, especially to loved ones who mean the world to me. Jewelry has been a go-to gift idea for centuries, but with Trollbeads, you can customize your gift to your unique recipient, making it not only timeless but completely personalized just for her!


I've been wearing my personalized bangle for a couple of weeks now and truly love it! It is so versatile and great quality--my babies love touching the beads and talking about how pretty they are! Did you know each bead has a story and a meaning behind it? It's so fun to have these custom pieces tailored just for me on my arm every day! Here's a breakdown of the beads that make up my own Trollbeads bangle and what they mean for me:





This bangle is the perfect foundation for your collection! It includes a sterling silver bangle, 2 spacers, and a sparkling Feldspar Moonstone bead in Peach Sorbet. The bead is much less "peach" in person; more of a dusty blush color, so keep that in mind when selecting your accompanying beads. Feldspar Moonstone is supposed to promote balance and calm, which any mom knows is a must! The simplicity of this bangle will really show off the colors and patterns in your personal collection and looks chic with any combination of beads. The metal is slightly flexible, too, so it's easy to adjust for your wrist size--be sure to use Trollbeads' size chart to get your perfect fit!


New for 2018, the Mamma Mia! bead is a limited edition bead released just for Mother's Day! I love the vibrant floral pattern and the meaning behind it: "Vibrancy. Dance. Play. And sunshine--from the inside out." I love this because something I strive for as a mom is being positive and fun with my kids! I hope to live a life that shows them the beauty and brightness in the world and this is such a sweet daily reminder of my goals.


What could be more timeless than a cultured, freshwater pearl? It goes with any outfit and is the perfect addition to any color combination. Everyone knows that classy girls wear pearls!



My Trollbeads bracelet is such a sweet daily reminder that being a mother is so much more than just taking care of these babies every day. Motherhood is creating positive daily memories and raising little people to be the good in our world. I just know that if I love mine this much, it's sure to be the sweetest gift for any mom. Shop the exclusive Mother's Day collection HERE!


P.S. Got a fur mama on your list? Check out Trollbeads' collection of animal related beads and charms--they have everything from birds to bears and every pet in between!

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Update Your Makeup Routine for Spring | All Drugstore Products!




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I love updating my beauty routine with the seasons and this spring has me dreaming of dewy finishes, shimmery shades, and for some reason--cool toned neutrals! I'm totally a warm, browns and reds kind of neutrals girl so this is a welcome change for me! I recently stopped by my local drugstore to update a few areas of my routine without breaking the bank and ended up with a whole new regimen for just under $35 (not including a few items I already owned. A full price breakdown is below)!

Here's a quick look at what I got:



Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation in 110 Porcelain | I recently received this in an Influenster VoxBox and really love it! I'm using the lightest shade in the collection, porcelain, and find it to be perfect for my pale winter skin. I know there are many people paler than me, though, so this shade range may not be fair skinned friendly. If you can find your shade in this line, I highly recommend the formula! It's a medium coverage, smooth to dewy finish that is lightweight and blends beautifully. I prefer to use a beauty blender but have used a brush when in a hurry without issue. I find that I have to double up around my cheeks since I have a little redness there, but in general I don't need more than one layer to get coverage. For just over $5, this foundation is a great option to upgrade for spring on a dime!

Maybelline Master Prime Hydrate + Smooth | This primer came with the dewy + smooth foundation in that VoxBox and I've actually been pretty impressed! It definitely holds the foundation all day, but I also love that it allows it to blend even more smoothly than it already does. I haven't used it with any other foundations yet, but I'm pleased to find a hydrating primer that isn't another one of those "pore erasing" gel-to-powder blurring products. I've tried so many of those and am rarely impressed with the results. This Hydrate + Smooth primer is much more my style and great for dewy, lightweight foundations this spring.

Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer in Fair/Light | I picked this up at Target a while back on a 50% off Cartwheel deal and ended up going back to pick up more! It's totally worth the full price (only $5-6!) I think it may have been discontinued, but found it in a couple of places online--here and here--so it's worth stocking up! I love the brush applicator and the lightweight feel. It's a highlighting formula without being shiny or dewy which means it won't accentuate fine lines or creases. I love the brightening effect, especially with fresh faced spring looks this season!


Milani Everyday Eyes Palette in Must Have Neutrals | This is the first cool toned palette I've tried as well as my first Milani palette and I am very surprised at the quality! The shadows swatch smoothly and are highly pigmented with one swipe. The shimmery shades don't flake much and aren't chunky and the matte shades blend well. I was thrilled to see this was only around $10 because cool tones are new to me and I don't want to splurge on something I may not get lots of use out of...but after trying this formula, I may just have a new favorite! Anyone else feeling cool toned neutrals this season?

L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara | You've already heard me rave about this mascara and it's quickly become a cult favorite for good reason! It's the only mascara I've ever used that has both held a curl to my stick straight lashes as well as worked so well on it's own that I didn't have to double team my mascaras to get the effect I wanted. I use two to three layers depending on the length I'm going for and always end up with clump-free lashes that hold all day!



Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore | Everyone talks about this blush in Luminoso, but as I was swatching the different shades this one just really stood out! I love that it's more of a neutral pink rather than an orangey coral so I can wear it with a lot more variety of makeup looks! It does have a shimmery finish, almost like a fine glitter, which is initially what drew me in. I love the idea of a blush that is brightening like a highlighter as well as giving a sheer wash of color. It's perfect for the dewy, fresh spring look I've been going for.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Lip Gloss in 120 Rich Pink | This $5 lip gloss is non-sticky, smooth, and just opaque enough to give your lips a sheer wash of color on its own. I can't say enough good things about the formula or the price tag and I also love how it pairs with mauve and nude lipsticks. Sheer and shiny is a must for spring lip products so I'm super glad to find another staple gloss to keep with me on the go. This one seems to only be available at Walmart, but it's very comparable to Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Supernatural which is also a great choice if you're shopping elsewhere!

OPI Nail Polish in Mimosas for Mr. and Mrs. | Okay, I'm a sucker for anything wifey related and mimosas are my favorite drink, so this polish was just destined to be in my collection! I love blush and nude polishes year round and saw this one on Pinterest and fell in love. I actually found it at TJ Maxx the other day for only $3.99! I'd totally pay the full price, though, since the shade is just gorgeous. Spring brides, this one is perfect for you!



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PRICE BREAKDOWN

Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation, $6-8
Maybelline Master Prime Hydrate + Smooth Primer, $8-10
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer, $6
Milani Baked Blush, $7-8
Milani Everyday Eyes Eyeshadow Palette, $9-11
L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara, $8-10
L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipgloss, $6
OPI Nail Polish, $4-10
(seriously, go check your TJ Maxx/Marshall's for Essie and OPI products. They almost always have them and they're always under $5!)

Total Cost: anywhere from $54 to $69 for an entire beauty routine upgrade! That's less than many high end eyeshadow palettes (just ONE palette!) and doesn't include coupons, Cartwheel, rewards member savings and more! I love finding affordable makeup to shake up my routine and try new products and styles! I think I'm most excited about trying out some cool toned eyeshadow looks in the near future (oh, and that nail polish--I just LOVE being married! 😄👰💏)



What's on your trend list this spring? Have you tried any new drugstore products lately? Share them in the comments! I'm always looking to add to my wishlist!



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3 Makeup Shopping Hacks You NEED to Know Before Your Next Beauty Haul





Spring is the perfect time of year to start refreshing your beauty routine! Dewy finishes, light shades, and sheer hues are all a hit this season, but buckling down for a complete overhaul can be a (literal) mess without a game plan! That's why I've teamed up with Kleenex Wet Wipes to share these Three Tips You Need Before You Upgrade Your Beauty Routine!







GO BARE

Whether you're on the hunt for a new foundation or just browsing for the best pink polish, make sure you go in with a blank slate so your swatches are as accurate as possible! Testing can get messy, but it's worth it to get the right shade for YOU! Swatch liquid foundation along your jawline to match both your face and neck, powders like shadows and blushes across your inner forearm, and lipstick shades on the tips of your fingers (it most closely resembles your actual lips)!






BRING BACK-UP

Speaking of swatches, there's nothing worse than planning out a shopping spree and having to spend the rest of the trip with an arm full of smudges. I finally found the perfect solution: Kleenex Wet Wipes at Walgreens! They make the perfect pocket-sized clean up for every on-the-go mess and I never go shopping without them. Kleenex Wet Wipes Gentle Clean make it easy to wipe away swatches without the harsh chemicals that other brands contain and Kleenex Wet Wipes Germ Removal are the ultimate choice for these flu season shopping sprees. Each wipe is safe and soft enough to use on your hands and face, while sturdy enough to tackle any little mess.

Even if you're not into swatching makeup on the go, Kleenex Wet Wipes are the perfect tag-along for mopping up those accidental coffee spills, wiping off germ-y fingers, or just clearing up the evidence of that mid-afternoon snack ;) The travel size packages of Kleenex Wet Wipes are a must for me on the go--the options are endless! Stock up for your car and your purse with Ibotta's $1 rebate when you purchase 2 Kleenex Wet Wipes products!






KEEP A LIST

Got a tried and true product you know and love? Keep a checklist on your phone or in your purse with the brand, collection, and shade number of each of your favorites so you never come home with the wrong item! This also helps me compare between brands when looking for a new foundation, or when I need to adjust shades.



My beauty routine is in for a total face lift this spring thanks to these helpful hacks and Kleenex Wet Wipes available at Walgreens! I can't wait to freshen up my whole regimen for spring! Are you planning a beauty overhaul? What other ways would you use hand and face wipes on your day to day?


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