Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me link up

Welcome again to another “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up. As I type this up and begin to feature last weeks favorite five and post the link up button I just want to say thank you for your prayers and support on my post from yesterday (here). I am so grateful to meet so many of you. I am still battling with my emotions and am actually blogging away from home today and sitting in a coffee shop as I realize I need to take more time for “me” and if that means blogging away from home or doing errands away from my kids and family then heck I will take that opportunity to do so. It has been helpful and refreshing in a way.

Before I post todays link up I want to let you know that I recently gained one thousand plus followers on my Instagram account so I am doing a celebration giveaway here if you care to enter to win a set of jewelry from my friends business The Sparkle Exchange. Now on to todays featured five and link up.
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Shauna of @lipglossandlace.net linked up a fun dressed up casual weekend wear outfit and #bloggerproblems comment on her camera issues. See the post here to read more.

Jenny of @apocketfullofpolkadots.com linked up a simple outfit that layered with just the right accessories can turn a casual look to one of glam. (Despite what you might think Jenny, I love the outfit) you can read her post here.
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Nicole of @highlatitudestyle.com linked up a “how to style” post on layering correctly. I learned to layer for hiding spots on our body that we might want to hide versus flaunt when we don’t want it and based on body shape. You can read the post here.
Jill of @dousedinpink.blogspot.com linked up a post on how to style and wear camoflauge pants, from work wear to dressed up casual. Looking good Jill, I would have never thought to dress camo so well. Read her post here for more.

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Keri of @livinginthisseason.com posted a post from a series titled Practical Tips for Moms and in this particular post she shares tips from Mila encouraging everyone to take and do 1 thing only, this could mean 1 task then a little bit of “you” time versus a million tasks a day and getting burned out. You can read the post here.

Now it is your turn, just follow the link up rules below:
1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all.
Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 5 bloggers and their posts for my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link-up or series.

5). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

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Have you entered the $300 H&M giveaway that I am participating in yet?
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Prize: $300 H&M Gift Card

Co-hosts: Jenn’s Blah Blah BlogMommy on the MoneyDallas Single MomStushiGal StyleSimone – Your Style ArchitectThe Surznick Common Room StonegirlLife is Poppin’

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 3/6 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

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DIY Lipstick

While I was away from blogging for a month I intentionally did a few more activities with my kids and this DIY lipstick project was just one of those that my husband and I did with Nevaeh (who is 6 now) while the babies were asleep for the night. My husband and some facebook friends introduced me to this video here on just how to do it. Below is a list of the ingredients:
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A box of Crayola (or any brand) of crayons and as many as you need or want from a pack of 12 to 100+
Coconut oil
Plastic condiment serving cups with lids
Measuring Spoons, especially a 1/2 tsp.
Saucepan/skillet
Measuring cup of about 1 in a half cups of water.
Serving toothpicks or craft sticks
Q-tips or lip brush for applying lipstick at the end

First of all pick out the crayons colors that will be used to make lipstick with and peel off the paper from the crayons (this was the most tedius part).

 

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In the video in the link provided above the presenter suggests writing down the colors used (especially when using many different shades of crayons) I didn’t do this step though.

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Fill a saucepan or skillet with about 1 in a half cups of water and then put the skillet on a burner and turn the burner dial to LOW.
Put the same number of plastic serving cups in the water as designated for each color used.
Next take 1/2 a tsp of coconut oil and put it in each individual little plastic cup and let the coconut oil melt
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Next break up the crayons and add a 3/4 of a crayon color to each little container and let these melt into the melted coconut oil, stir with serving sticks or toothpicks. ***We made the mistake of adding the whole crayon to each which changed the results big time in the end, but more on that in a moment. ***

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As the crayon completely melts stir and remove the plastic containers from the water and let these cool. Then take a q-tip or lip brush and have fun applying.

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Nevaeh tried a pink crayon color

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I choose a red color that I wore with this outfit post here.

Our results or findings from this project:

-This project takes under an hour to do

-You might spend anywhere from $5-$10 for supplies depending on cost and where you buy items or based on what you already have on hand.

-we placed the whole crayon into the coconut oil when really all was needed was 3/4 of a crayon.
-The lipstick made my lips itch after wearing it for an extended period of time so perhaps lip balm or moisturizer applied before hand would have helped.
– The use of too much crayon cause the lipstick pigment to harden to the point of being harder to get out with the q-tip (theory: possibly because of the adding of the whole crayon rather than 3/4 of it).

Overall it was a fun activity and Nevaeh still applies it daily, to wear to her friends, church etc. I loved getting to spend this time with her.

If you do this activity let me know how it turns out.
Have you ever made DIY lipstick or make-up?

Linking up with: Carrie, Keri, J, Molly, Whitney
Women with Intention Dawn.

Tory Burch Purse Giveaway & Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me

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Are you in love with Tory Burch’s purses as much as I am? then you can win the one pictured above along with the statement necklace and macarons shown on my Instagram here. Several other bloggers and myself wanted to treat a special lady with these lovelies. This loop giveaway ends tomorrow at 12pm so don’t wait too long to enter. Good Luck! Also don’t forget the $300 H&M giveaway going on*details below, and participate in a blogger busy bag swap as well (read here for more busy bag swap details).

I want to thank all of those that linked up last week to “Bloggers Who have Inspired Me” and I welcome my new linkers as I hope you will be inspired every Tuesday for this little inspiration board. Now on to todays link up and featured five bloggers from last week:

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Maria of @classifiedchic.com posted her stripes and Olive military jacket outfit. I have been in awe of the olive trend making its way up on fashion blogs again so I enjoyed getting some extra inspiration from this post. You can view Marias post here.

Cynthia of @myrosecoloredshades.com styles a sports tee with jogging shorts, heels and blazer for a nice on the town hang out outfit while also promoting this tees line from Cinder + Salt. I just love how she transitions her wardrobe from sporty to on the town chic. You can read her post here.

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Our friend from Mahogany Closet blog adds a twist to a 2XL leopard print tee and turns it into a cool and fun dress perfect for a day or night out look. You can read the post here.

Grace of @colorandgrace.com added a post on how she styled her faux fur vest for spring. (hint: faux fur vest style collaboration coming with this chica, stay tuned in the next few weeks). See her post here.

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Carrie of @curlycraftymom.com shares a fun make up organization :slash: DIY yourself project that turns out with cute results, see what she does here.

Now it is your turn, just follow the link up rules below:
1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all.
Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 5 bloggers and their posts for my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link-up or series.

5). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

Garay Treasures
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Have you entered the $300 H&M giveaway that I am participating in yet?
HM Giveaway

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Prize: $300 H&M Gift Card

Co-hosts: Jenn’s Blah Blah BlogMommy on the MoneyDallas Single MomStushiGal StyleSimone – Your Style ArchitectThe Surznick Common Room StonegirlLife is Poppin’

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 3/6 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

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Linking up with:
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Motivational Monday

Borrowing from my sister

DSC02109I may have mentioned in the past that I love to borrow my sister Annalises’ clothes (well I actually mean accessories). Here is one of those times. The scarf, cardigan and boots are hers, but she allowed me to borrow them for a day of shopping with her. DSC02108
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Outfit details: Scarf: Charlotte Russe (borrowed)//Cardigan: unknown//White tee: JC Penny//Leggings: Old Navy//Ankle Boots: Simply Vera Vera Wang//Bracletts: Charlotte Russe//Nail Polish: ULTA.

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Oh and before I go for the day I want to show off my best that could be done with curly hair fishtail braid that Annalise happened to do. My first one and so lovely, even with the flyaways.

What or who do you borrow items from?
Thanks for reading ladies,
Rachel xo
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GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Prize: $300 H&M Gift Card

Co-hosts: Jenn’s Blah Blah BlogMommy on the MoneyDallas Single MomStushiGal StyleSimone – Your Style ArchitectThe Surznick Common Room StonegirlLife is Poppin’

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 3/6 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

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Linking up with Whitney, Lisa, Liz, Molly and Carylee. Carrie Jacqueline, J, Dawn.

Roses are red….

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I hope you all enjoyed your weekend or Valentines day, I know I did. To be honest the Valentines day started off rough with stresses but towards the afternoon and throughout the evening it got much better (except our wallet, the cold, cold weather and my feet hurting in these boots as we did a lot of walking) but it was worth it.
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My hubby and I ended up walking around a Salvage yard or building looking for inspiration for décor, taking pictures of items we liked and took these outfit photos near by. It was bitterly cold out but my hubby and I champed the wind.
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DSC02341I am blessed to have this man in my life. We talked about the good times in our marriage. Fact: Before we had kids we used to read self-improvement books many of them being on marriage and relationship, and anything by Dave Ramsey. We used to cook great meals, eat out at restaurants several days a week, and just enjoy peace in the mornings at Starbucks. Bpsh not any more. But God is still good and we have new memories that we are making and that in itself is a joy.
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Outfit details: Vest: Xhiliration (Target)//Shirt: Merona (Target)//Pants: St. John’s Bay//Boots: Simply Vera Vera Wang//Necklace and earrings: The Sparkle Exchange (exact here on sale for $9.99)//Purse:Michael Michael Kors//Lipstick: Revlon.

How was your Valentines day? What did you do?

Rachel
Garay Treasures
Have you entered the $300 H&M giveaway yet?
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Prize: $300 H&M Gift Card

Co-hosts: Jenn’s Blah Blah BlogMommy on the MoneyDallas Single MomStushiGal StyleSimone – Your Style ArchitectThe Surznick Common Room StonegirlLife is Poppin’

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 3/6 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

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Linking up with Kym,Carrie, Carylee, Lauren, Molly, Lisa, Whitney, Claire, Charnele, Ada, J. Mahogany Closet. Laura., Liz. Jacquline. Erin.

Valentines Day outfit Inspiration and $300 H&M Giveaway

Happy Friday! Can you believe Valentines day will be upon us tomorrow?!? Neither can I. In lieu of the big day of love tomorrow I thought it would be neat to come up with a style board of what I would have loved to have on hand to wear for a casual date with my hubby. For this post I choose to style some of my favorites from H&M as well as fill you in on a lovely $300 H&M giveaway  (that’s right whoop whoop) going on now and for 3 weeks (details below). I can’t wait to see what the weekend holds as far as Valentines but I do know it will be fun and relaxing (as we will have my sister babysit for a few hours) and so I can’t wait to fill you in on the details early next week. Until then what plans do you have for your Valentine weekend? What would you buy or love to buy from H&M if you won?

H&M Valentines Day Casual

 


H&M skinny fit jeans
$38 – hm.com

H&m shoes
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H M sparkle jewelry
$12 – hm.com

H M nude nail color
$7.60 – hm.com

HM Giveaway
GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Prize: $300 H&M Gift Card

Co-hosts: Jenn’s Blah Blah BlogMommy on the MoneyDallas Single MomStushiGal StyleSimone – Your Style ArchitectThe Surznick Common Room StonegirlLife is Poppin’

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 3/6 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

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Linking up with Dawn, Kym,Carrie, Linda

Kimono in winter + new favorite boots

Today is a special day as it is our Nevaeh’s birthday today. She is 6! Wow how the time has flown by. To celebrate we will have a small party for her at McDonalds with friends and family on Sunday, so look forward to some pictures next week here on the blog or  Instagram. Love you Nevaeh!

Thank you so much to everyone who left me encouraging comments or thoughts in the last post and link up (you can read more on why and or link up your recent blog post here), as these were much appreciated. I really have missed you all.
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Let’s talk about these ankle boots, goodness how I love them and would you believe they are Dansko’s? When I think of Dansko’s shoes I think back to the days of teaching where every teacher in the school I taught at had a pair, or you think of doctors and nurses wearing them and generally I have never been much of a fan of the look of them but knew of their comfort. I didn’t even know Dansko made boots, but a few weeks ago my mother in law generously gave them to me. It was love at first site, and they fit my feet like the slipper must have fit Cinderella-perfect! These shoes are so comfortable too.
This past weekend was so nice as the weather was warming up into the 60’s and then Monday and Tuesday the cold front hit back in and wham out came the boots, leggings (jeans or whatever) and long sleeves again.
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But it gave me the excuse to style this Kimono for the winter weather and I actually liked it. I had not worn this Kimono since early fall or late summer (see how I styled it then here).
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The added touch was this H&M cross necklace I bought a few months back.
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Speaking of H&M tomorrow (Friday) I will be one of many other bloggers doing an H&M gift card giveaway that you won’t want to miss. I hope you can come by and join in.
Until then how do you style Kimono’s for the winter weather?

Outfit Details: Kimono: The Mint Julep Boutique (sold out)// Necklace: H&M//Boots: Dansko’s (gift)//Long Sleeve tee: Merona (via Target)//Leggings: Old Navy.

Linking up with:  Carrie,fLauren, Claire, J of blessherhearyall, & Gina, Whitney, Dawn, Linda, Molly, Charnelle, Carrie & Kym, Cherie and Lisa, Rhea, Laura, Amber, Keri. Amber, Keri, Leanne. and Lindsay, Lisa A La Mode</a and Liz.