Welcome back! On this week’s episode Brittney visit with her bff as so many are “hanging out” with theirs and really how they are doing everything these days from work to social gatherings via Zoom. Kristen and Brittney have been friends for over 8 years. they discuss how they met working in corporate and how they were both then laid off. Disscussing how both of their journey through the process. Kristen opens up about her then deciding to move from Utah to Texas for a job. Don’t miss them discussing their favorite Girlfriend chats from having friends at 30 years and older, dating in quarantine, Outlander, Tiger King and more!
Discussions & Questions of the Grit & Grace Podcast interview with Kristen
(4:22) Brittney Introduces guest Kristen
(7:28 ) Back story how Brittney and Kristen through working in corporate and then were laid off
(8:47) Brittney and Kristen Discuss getting laid off from their jobs, Kristne explains how she took the a job and decided to move to Texas. Where her company she moves out of state for then closes after just a few short months. How she adjusted to her move, finding a new job and starting fresh.
(12:17) Brittney asks, “What do you think your mindset was to move to dallas?” “Did you just decide, whatever, what else could go wrong?!” “How did you make that big decision?”
(15:20) Brittney asks, “Now that you’ve lived it and made that big move, what would you tell someone contemplating the same thing or something you wish someone would have told you or you wish you knew?”
(19:16) Kristen talks about working with incredible leaders and what she believes helps make them so incredible + creating great morale, atmosphere.
(21:37) Brittney shares how they are implementing chore charts and how they discussed doing things even if it’s not on their designated “responsibilities” of a chore chart.
(23:40) Brittney asks, “Speaking of being a good human. What has been your quarantine conundrum?”
(26:34) Kristen talks about being single, dating in 2020 and during a quarantine. She explains to Brittney dating on apps and how it works these days.
(28:57) Brittney shares how she has shifted her outlook on the quarantine working and doing her kids school from home. Kristen and Brittney discuss how they are shifting their mindset about it all to stay sane, find the silver linings and take advantage of the time they have been given to slow down.
(32:34) Brittney asks, “Are you working on a new project right now to stay busy at home during the quarantine?” Discuss: Puppies and gardens.
(35:18) Brittney confronts Kristen about not telling her about the Starz tv show Outlander and they discuss all things Outlander. No spoilers!
(38:11) The interview gets disrupted in true mom in quarantine fashion by Britt’s kids! We kept it in, because all you moms out there. YOU. ARE. NOT. ALONE.
(40:26) Kristen reminds Brittney about how we all thought that her last baby was a girl. . . she got a boy! Best. thing. Ever.
(41:05) They swing back to discussing Outlander
(44:01) The girls discuss having friends when you are over 30 what that means and wine favorites.
(48:24) Brittney introduces Kristen to Tiger King on netflix. Giving her the breakdown of the show, homework to watch it and then to let her know which sanctuary she chooses to live at. Hypothetically of course, Claire!
Have dry lips? You are not alone, and you can use a few simple ingredients found in your kitchen to help make your dry lips smooth again with our DIY Sugar Lip Scrubs. Make them at home for yourself or for the perfect homemade beauty Christmas Gift!
One thing winter time is sure to bring. . . Dry skin! Eh, such a pain (literally!) For me personally I end up with dry, peeling lips and of course this time of year is when I am wanting to apply my favorite dark lipstick but Dry, peeling lips + Lipstick = Not a pretty combo. A homemade lip scrub is definitely needed.
Good news, you can exfoliate off that peeling skin and bring it back to life. Not to mention you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to do so. Some of the best ingredients for a great scrub are found right in your kitchen. It only takes a few ingredients and you have a few different scrub options. Plus, these make for gorgeous thoughtful Christmas gifts. Let me show you just how easy, useful and gorgeous these scrubs are.
What are the benefits of a lip scrub?
Lip Scrubs are used to exfoliate removing impurities, dead flaky skin and plump your lips.
Why use sugar as an exfoliate?
One of the obvious reasons to use sugar as an exfoliate is it’s inexpensive and most likely already in your home. To break it down in three reasons with a little science. First, sugars small granules are usually more gentle on skin than a salt scrub. Sugar’s natural humectants properties draws moisture from the environment and hydrate the skin.
Another natural source sugar has a benefit as an exfoliate, is that it has glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that penetrates the skin. This breaks down what bonds skin cells, helping to encourage cell turnover. Which generates fresher, younger-looking skin. You have probably heard of Glycolic acid before, as it typically used to treat sun-damaged and aging skin.
DIFFERENT FLAVOR SCRUB OPTIONS:
Peppermint Scrub:Sugar, Honey, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and peppermint (more granulated) **Can add food coloring for color if desired. While this one just screams “Hey it’s Christmas/Winter time!” with the smell, Peppermint also has been known to help with cold sores when applied topically, while you wouldn’t want to scrub them this a great way to lather up those lips to do what you can to prevent them this season.
Cinnamon Scrub: Sugar, Brown Sugar, Coconut Oil, Cinnamon, Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Cinnamon is know to bring blood flow to the skin and nutrients, causing plumping. Here is some great info on benefits of Cinnamon.
Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub: Brown sugar, Coffee grounds, Coconut Oil and Honey. Coffee exfoliates, tightens and brightens skin. Hot Tip: This is my favorite scrub to make up quickly to exfoliate off my old spray tan and prep for my next spray tan!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Sugar Brown Sugar Peppermint Oil Honey Cinnamon Coffee Grounds Coconut Oil Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Jars or a way to store them. Mason Jars are always a perfect way to give these or I saved these tiny little containers from a previous gift of sample jelly’s (yay for recycling!)
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SUGAR LIP SCRUB:
With the ingredients listed in the flavor options you will want to make these according to your jar size. Add your sugar and your oils slowly, you will want to kind of mash your coconut oil into the sugar softly and combine. Be patient and keep mixing, you don’t want to disintegrate your sugar.
Once it is combined and still has a sugary finish but sticks together with a thick paste texture you are done! With the peppermint oil only use a drop or two, it goes a LONG way. Honey will only take a few drops as well. Remember it’s always easier to add more later if needed.
HOW TO USE YOUR DIY SUGAR LIP SCRUB:
Over a sink, scoop out desired amount, I would suggest enough to scoop out on your index finger, apply to your lips by patting on, then taking a soft (yes, you want a soft) toothbrush or wash cloth scrub around to exfoliate. You can apply more scrub as needed. Feel your lips, did you get all the dry skin off? If no, you can add more and keep scrubbing. If Yes?! Now wipe off with damp towel and apply your favorite lip balm.
Over the last couple years I’ve done some easy to more advanced looks using just my makeup and some clothes I have in my closet for the perfect DIY Halloween costume ideas for moms! Below You can get inspired from Wednesday Addams, Glam Ninja Turtle, a Cat and Melted Face to Skeleton Makeup.
You’ve got everyone else ready for Halloween and realize you don’t know what you are going to be! I got you mama!
My go to and favorite for Halloween: Wednesday Addams. She is perfect for a DIY costume for moms. Using just your makeup and little black dress you’ll be Halloween ready in less than an hour!
I’m a sucker for Halloween. While most little girls dreamed of being princesses, I wanted to be Wednesday Addams. She has to be one of my all time favorite characters! Getting into character and embodying it for a day scares the shit out of my husband, making me love it more! Muhahah.
DIY Wednesday Addams is pretty easy to throw together, she’s all about letting your inner homicidal maniac out. Don’t try and hide your RBF, then use that little black dress you know you have in your closet pull over a collard shirt or our favorite cool weather sweaters, forget your spray tan, contour those cheeks and eye lids with a cool tone brown or grey, find your deepest darkest red/black lippy to match your Wednesdays mood and embrace her.
Most of all, have fun planting that little seed in your significant others brain about how dark and terrifying you really can be. It will come in handy throughout the year I promise 😉
Pro Tip: Buy a black wig and keep it! These are fairly cheap and you can just store it with your Halloween Decorations. It will come in handy for random costumes and events! Witches, Mavis, etc.
This Little Black T-Shirt Dress on Amazon would be great for a quick Wednesday Addams costume but versatile/ comfy to just have on hand! pair with a denim jacket for fall!
Feeling super creative and ready to push your makeup skills. Try this Melted face skull makeup that you can do at home using makeup you already have!
I was inspired by Desi Perkins for this makeup. I wanted to really to push my limits this last year, do something fun, scary but not to scary to make my kids not want to be around me, ha! And a little glam all balled into one for Halloween. I am so glad I did!!!
Check out Desi’s How to Video for some inspiration and then make her your own! Needing an idea for how to do your makeup on the glam side of your face, check out our fall makeup look perfect for this.
It’s my favorite look to date, and I wish I could have gotten better pics of it because it was honestly AMAZING and tripped everyone out a little. Mission accomplished!
You can style this makeup look however you want, a glam dress that’s distressed would be wicked! But I just went fairly simple for trick or treating and paired with my fav Over-the-knee boots, leggings and leather jacket.
Pro Tip: Don’t have the skin glue Desi uses, I used Lash Glue!
As you are getting ready for Halloween don’t forget to make your own Healthy Pumpkin Spiced Latte! It’s the perfect drink to get ready for the party or just cuddle up and read with.
I’m a boy mom as you’ve seen above with my little tribe. Therefore Ninja Turtles are a big deal. One year my oldest was Mikey from TMNT and I did a Donatello Mask for my Easy DIY Halloween costume.
I went with the purple mask because I have green eyes it made them POP (but my old phone pics don’t pick this up) plus, I had a ton of purple eye shadow I could use on hand. This could work with a number of different masked super heros, but this was quick and simple. Just what I needed.
I pulled my hair back to give the illusion of the mask being tied back, curled it like this and threw on my TMNT tee shirt! My little boy was super excited that mama joined in on his costume.
Check out how to do your makeup like a cat for this quick and easy Halloween costume using just your everyday makeup!
I wanted to create a look for Halloween that is fun, fierce, easy and with things that you most likely will have on hand!
With that, I started to think: I have my trusty Maybelline gel eyeliner that works wonders, easy to apply and create with. Lately I have been obsessing over the cat eyed eyeliner. . .So why not take it to the NEXT level! I don’t know a whole lot about cats other than they give me allergies and I can’t breath well while around them. . .Yes, I have looked a few in the eyes a time or two giving them my best dirty look! But every time I have looked at a cat, I am mesmerized by their eyes! I wanted the eyes to be the main focus of this look. So low and behold. . . We have the Feline look!
How to do your makeup like a cat for a DIY last minute Halloween costume:
First apply your foundation as you normally would. Once you have completed that you can apply just a simple nude eye shadow to your eyes. I used the Naked eye shadow pallet, and used the “pink” color for my lid, and the brown/taupe color lightly for the outer “v” and crease of my lid. Now the fun begins!!
Eyes: You will want to first work with the natural shape of your lid by lining the top, once you reach the outer corner of your lid you start to do a thick wing to do the cat eye effect on the outer corner, fill or remove liner where you like it. Take your top liner down to the tear duct of your eye and naturally follow the shape your eye, going past and following your nose slightly. This will help create the cats tear duct. Then follow that back up to the bottom of your tear duct.
For my eyes it was thicker on the bottom to create a good cat tear duct. Work with what looks good to you. You can then line the rest of your bottom lash line, have the bottom liner meet the cat eyed liner on the top. Once you are please with your liner, line your lash line on both the top and bottom.
For the Nose: Just draw a straight line across the tip of your nose and fill in everything below on your nose. Then draw a medium to thick line going down to your cupids bow. Lips: Line your lips with the liner and fill in your top lip with the liner. I would suggest putting on chap stick before you do this step. For the bottom lip use your concealer or foundation to make it match your skin the best you can.
To contour your eyes use a dark shadow/or bronzer. I used the brown color out of the Wet n Wild pallet and thickly filled in my brows, don’t be afraid to be a little messy with this. You then want to follow the top socket of your eyes and lightly blend out your eye brows to the outer corner of your eye liner. Also take the brown used for your brows and contour it down the bridge of your nose (deeper at first and then fading away as you proceed down the nose.)
To create rounded cat cheeks: Contour your cheeks and follow up and around the apples of your cheeks until they look round. I also go through and contour your forehead and jawline. From here you simple add small dots on the now round part of your checks. I would suggest using a light hand, the darker dots were just a little too bold. Use your Q-tip to clean up any imperfections of for a sharper or smudged effect, along with your concealer. You can set the gel liner with any black shadow you might have or translucent powder. I had this look on for about 2-3 hours and nothing moved even my lips.
Creating your cat ears with your hair when you don’t have fake cat ears:
I didn’t have any ears to add to my Feline look. So I decided to use my hair!! Hell, it was on my head anyways, might as well use it.
This was quick and easy-I’m sure the options are endless for this. To achieve this look you will first want to create a bump (Teasing bangs, or hair in front and brushing back and pinning back) Then I separated my hair down the middle to create two ears. I pulled my hair up on each side to the position I wanted my “ears” to be located.
I only did a half pony tail, where I did not pull my hair completely through once my hair was tight. I then took any of the remainder of my hair (on the bottom side) and tucked it into or looped it into the elastic on the bottom. This will give it a little support from the bottom and have your half pony stand higher.
For clothes or costumes. . . Like this whole look. Use whatever you have on hand!! If you have something to make a tail, make a tail. I personally paired it with all black (long sleeve shirt, leggings and boots. Not pictured because I was unable to get a full body shot.)
Anyone else love a good reason to play with makeup and have a little fun? What is your go to Halloween look? Have you accumulated a little to add to a costume you do each year or try something new?
Let me guess, you think your hunter has alllll the things. I feel you! Mine, my hunting husband is pretty good at doing his research, finding the best of the best and some how it just ends up on our steps 🤷🏼♀️🙄
I’ve rounded up some of the top picks this last for your hunter. Chances are they’ve been eye balling it but don’t yet have it. I’ve also included a few unique ideas that always end up getting purchased after friends have seen them in use. These are sure to blow your hunters mind. Check out the best Christmas gifts to buy for the hunter in your life below!
Here’s the deal when it comes to working from home we have the sweet, sweet gift of being our own boss. Our own HR. Our own rulebook which often times means working in what you rolled out of bed or the gym in. However, it’s easy to get in a rut and find yourself unahppy. From my own experience, I have some easy tips for women to stay productive and happy when working from home!
Whether you are on the hunt for everyday maternity clothes or the perfect dress for your maternity pictures, I have found the place to shop. It’s not only affordable but you won’t have to give up your fashion.