Suburban Mom Glam - My Signature Make Up Look

Whether you’re headed to the office or chaperoning the field trip in your yoga pants, my signature “suburban mom glam” makeup look has you covered. Despite currently driving a 12 passenger van, at one time in my life, I conducted Super Bowl red carpet interviews. Now that I’m enjoying a second tour of duty in the media spotlight, I’m relying on some of my classic favorites and a few new products to achieve my everyday look.


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Preserve Your Pretty: Non-Surgical Skin Rejuvenation Treatment #5, Skin Tightening

As we age, the collagen that keeps our skin firm breaks down resulting in aging skin that contains fine lines and wrinkles. Couple that with fair Irish skin and my neck looks years older than my face. Although I always followed my mother’s advice by moisturizing my neck after my face, her recommendation could not reduce the effects of Mother Nature.

 

For the fifth and final part of our series, Preserve Your Pretty, with prominent Nashville plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Biesman, I’m sharing my experience with Thermage. Thermage is non-surgical skin treatment that uses radiofrequency technology to heat the deeper, collagen-rich layers of the skin.

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Preserve Your Pretty: Non-Surgical Skin Rejuvenation #4, Laser

I have a sleeping disorder. It’s called children. I had always thought the bags under my eyes were as a result of one to three toddlers climbing into my bed at night. I haven’t slept through the night in roughly five years and became accustomed to hiding those effects with a great concealer and solid dose of sugar cookies before noon. I also thought the massive, throbbing veins under my eyes were only apparently during workouts however over the years, those veins became more prominent and noticeable while be less and less coverable.

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Preserve Your Pretty: Non-Surgical Skin Rejuvenation Treatment #3, Fillers

“Momma, you are really starting to look like Grandma. Like right here in your face.”

 

For the past year, several of my children continued to state how much I look like my mother. My mom is a beautiful and educated woman that I am honored to be compared to. With that being said, she is nearing 70 and I knew exactly what my daughter meant when she pointed to my jowl and said, “Right here.” I noticed it too.

 

For the past year, several of my children continued to state how much I look like my mother. My mom is a beautiful and educated woman that I am honored to be compared to. With that being said, she is nearing 70 and I knew exactly what my daughter meant when she pointed to my jowl and said, “Right here.” I noticed it too.

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Preserve Your Pretty: Non-Surgical Skin Rejuvenation, #2 : Obagi Blender and Tretinoin

It is often said that one should “Love the skin you’re in.” However, what if that skin has been damaged by years of irresponsible sun tanning in your younger years? Perhaps it also doesn’t necessarily include the effects of hyper pigmentation or the “mask of pregnancy” women may earn with childbirth. Fortunately, I love the skin I’m in enough to have tested a few products that have repaired or improved the overall health and texture of my face.

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Preserve Your Pretty: Non-Surgical Skin Rejuvenation Treatment #1, Botox

It is never too early to age elegantly. While I praise my grandmothers’ generation for aging graciously, I also delight in the joys of modern medicine and the development of injectables and skin rejuvenation treatments. Famed oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Biesman, who treats some of Nashville’s most famous faces, and I have collaborated on a beauty project that I am excited to present. After several consultations and meetings, we have compiled a list of the five most non-invasive beauty and skin treatments that can help reverse the signs of aging. Not only do these beauty secrets correct some issues you may currently have, more importantly, they help preserve the face you have today.

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Are There Any Words Capable of Comforting Your Child’s Birth Mother?

Last night, I received a sweet message from a friend considering the adoption process. She wanted to know, “What makes a birth mother happy post placement?” I thought that this was such a thoughtful question that isn’t addressed enough. While every birth mother is different, I felt it may be helpful to share our story and what I personally felt obligated to promise my son’s birth mother.

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My Laundry Room Makeover: Washing Clothes Under the Twinkle of Chandeliers

As the married mother of seven children, most of my days are spent in the kitchen or in the laundry room. In an effort to make this room more inviting and pleasing to be in, I decided to give this room a makeover. Why should any other room in our home be more beautiful than the room that I spend hours in each day? In redesigning my special space, I decided to infuse a bit of country with a bit of glamour to make matching the socks of seven children just a bit more tolerable.

 

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Adopting Outside of Our Race : What People Want to Know and What Some Are Afraid to Ask

“Momma, do you think the baby will know he’s adopted? He has curly hair like me and tiny toes like Charlotte so I don’t think he will even know.”

 

These innocent words were spoken by my five-year-old, blonde, curly haired daughter in reference to her newly adopted, African American baby brother. This sweet statement is such a profound reminder that we are more alike than we are different and that humans were born to love and be loved.

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Getting Gorgeous Photos with Grumpy Children: Surviving Family Photo Shoots

It is said that, “You don’t take a good photograph, you make it” and with our family, we’re just trying to “make it” through the shoot with the photographer not hating us. If you're looking for how to style and survive photo shoots with children, here are my 5 tips on how to get gorgeous photos with grumpy children!

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Decorative Storage Ideas from a Property Brothers Dream Home

 

“Practical storage pieces are great if you have a basement or garage space but when you actually live with them day in and day out, they should be beautiful to look at.” – Thom Filicia

 

As the mother of seven children, I couldn’t agree with this statement more! Our garage is filled with bikes, Power Wheels, a golf cart and holiday decor…and we don’t have a basement. Finding decorative and functional pieces to creatively hide the mess that is my family is always a challenge but my efforts were recently praised during the Property Brothers shoot at our home.

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Surviving Air Travel with your Children

I have often said that I prefer childbirth to airline travel with my children. When you are flying with children, most people avoid you, some people hate you, sometimes you hate your kids and you rarely get to eat if you are trying to manage little mouths on the run. When you’re in labor, people want you to relax, they bring you food and everyone is willing to help a crying baby.

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Interior Design Victory : Decorating Tips from Our Family Home Featured on Property Brothers

The Property Brothers, Drew and Johnathan Scott, have posted on Instagram FROM MY COUCH! Drew played high five with my baby and Jonathan took selfies with my neighbors. Having an episode of Property Bothers filmed in our home has not only confirmed my love for all things Home Goods but it also warrants every seasonal throw pillow purchase from here to eternity. My husband can no longer question any home décor receipt because our home has now been featured as the “inspiration home” on one of America’s most popular interior design TV shows.

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