Thursday, June 19, 2014

See ya later.

I knew this time had to come, but that doesn't take away this weird, empty feeling.


I have decided to no longer post at Peacoats & Plaid. I'm sure this isn't that much of a shock to some of you that have been along with me on my journey as I tried to figure out how to balance a booming dance studio business with motherhood and this blog. It's all become too much. I always vowed that if the negatives started to outweigh the positives it was time to throw in the towel.

But, not all is lost. I'm starting over brand new with a personal blog at bre pea. Since I was a kid I have kept a diary or journal. This blog has been my virtual journal and a way to document our life activities and Bean's growing up, I knew I wanted to continue with this minus the stressful monetization/blog hullabaloo. I've always loved blogging as a hobby but the problem is I turned that hobby into a side business. My go-getter drive turned my blogging venture into a chore.

If you want to keep up with my life, come on over and subscribe to my new Bloglovin' or RSS feed. If not, all of the content found here will stay until who knows when.

I'll see ya later.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Emergency ONE ingredient sunburn relief with photo evidence.

Oooh boy, did I get the worst sunburn that I have had in years. Shame on me. I assure you, Bean was not prompted to pose in this photo. She was as appalled by my sunburn as I was. Luckily, I stumbled upon a home sunburn remedy that required just one common ingredient. I was in enough pain that I was ready to try just about anything.

I can't believe what this simple, one ingredient home remedy for painful sunburn is!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Collective Social Blog Hop #61

Welcome to THE monthly blog hop party! Every 1st Monday of the month, link up all of your social media and blogging accounts with us. If you're looking for your blogging tribe, this is it!

The Collective Monthly Social Blog Hop with Peacoats & Plaid

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Cat Eye Makeup Made Simple® [VLOG & GIVEAWAY]

I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

After receiving positive feedback with the release of my first beauty vlog, I went to my Instagram to ask what other beauty tutorials you would like to see. I decided to help answer how to do eyeliner with a winged or "cat eye" look since it's my current favorite everyday look. 

cat eye, makeup, tutorial

First things first, make sure you start out with a perfectly clean face. I will admit, I am TERRIBLE about washing my face before bed. I never used to be until I started working until 10:00 at night. I find myself time and time again falling asleep with a full face of makeup. That's why I'm loving these Simple® Skincare products, they work so quickly and effectively.

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Now that you have a squeaky clean canvas to work with, check out my video tutorial on how I mastered the cat eye:


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