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Looks to Love: a Fun & Flirty, Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial #MNYLooksToLove

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WOOHOO! I am so excited to be sharing part TWO of my “Looks to Love” Valentine’s Day makeup tutorial with Maybelline today. I shared my review and tutorial last week using the new foundation and contouring palette, and I promised I would be sharing a full tutorial of my Valentine’s Day date night makeup look this week.

As you guys know, I love makeup and I also love sharing tutorials that feature a particular line of makeup. Especially when it’s a line as accessible, affordable, awesome, well known and high quality as Maybelline! I really hope y’all love this look!

There’s only about two weeks left until John and I welcome baby Stillman 2.0 and we also will celebrate Valentine’s Day and our wedding anniversary in that time. So, I know we will be doing all we can to get dressed up and go on a date or two while we can. Plus, I love getting the chance to just spend some time and do my makeup because it makes me feel beautiful. Seems silly, I know… but it really does relax me! :)

Anyway!

Once again, I hit up Walmart to snag all the other fabulous makeup accoutrements for this Maybelline tutorial.

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The Top 5 Wrong Ways to Save Money | Molly's Money

If this is your first time here, Molly’s Money is a regular series I write on this blog that includes ALL things personal finance – debt management, budgeting, home buying, savings,investment, etc. I am NOT a financial advisor, but I am married to one! These are just things that I have learned over the years as I struggled with my own personal finances and ultimately, became debt free in 2012. Got a question about money that you want answered? Leave it in the comments below or email me!

Today’s post is one I’ve been thinking about for awhile because, well, it’s sort of related to a common question that I get ALL THE TIME from readers! So many readers will email me and ask something to the effect of, “What is the best way to save money?” Or “How should I use my savings?” Or “I want to save money, but don’t know the best way to go about it.”

And, as strange as this might sound, there really are WRONG ways to save money. So, today, I wanted to share with y’all FIVE ways that are the WRONG ways to save money. And these are in no particular order.

The Top 5 Wrong Ways to Save Money
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Shoes! A Necklace! A Bag! Possibly My Favorite Stitch Fix Review Yet

YOU GUYS. This month’s Stitch Fix fix was the bomb! Yes, I just said “the bomb” and it’s not 1998.

If you have been reading my Stitch Fix reviews for awhile (or if you read my blog… haha!), you know I’m very pregnant at this point and I’ve been getting mostly Stitch Fix maternity fixes since about August. Well, I was trying to think creatively here in the last few weeks because I didn’t want to pause my fixes (I admit, I love them too much), BUT, I didn’t really want to get a lot of clothes, especially anything maternity, this late in pregnancy.

SO, I sent my stylist, Kimberly J. a message and requested that this month’s fix be focused on accessories, fair trade, ethically made products, and made in the USA brands. Granted, I request those things every month (the “as much fair trade / made in the USA stuff as possible), but I really wanted Kimberly to think outside the box for me this month. I also said that I was open to anything that is comfortable or practical this late in pregnancy.

And, as usual, Kimberly NAILED IT. This fix was just SO much fun and probably one of my favorite to date. I got SHOES in this fix! And a BAG! And a gorgeous necklace! And… I just loved it. I also LOVE the personalization that Kimberly J. puts in her notes to me. Granted, she’s been my stylist now for a year and a half… but she really, clearly takes my notes to heart and listens to my feedback and puts a lot of thought into my fixes. I love it.

Stitch Fix Review

Okay, with that being said… I am going to quit rambling and I’m going to get to the review… As usual, sharing what I got, what I kept, what I returned, what I thought, etc. etc. etc.

February Stitch Fix Review

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DIY Romantic HIS & HERS Cologne & Perfume with Essential Oils (2)

We are in FEBRUARY, you guys! FEBRUARY! I am so excited for this month. Valentine’s Day! My wedding anniversary! And, oh you know… BIRTHING A BABY.

In any event, this is arguably the most romantic month of the year. And, so I wanted to share a few “romantic” DIY recipes with you this month!

Something I have come to LOVE is making my own DIY cologne and perfume with my beloved essential oils. And, since it’s the romance month, I thought it would be fitting to share my favorite romantic and sexy HIS and HERS cologne and perfume “recipes.”

These are definitely SUPER romantic smelling and they don’t have any harsh ingredients or harmful chemicals in them. Win. Win. Win!

DIY Romantic HIS & HERS Cologne & Perfume with Essential Oils (3)

DIY Romantic HIS & HERS Cologne & Perfume

tulip image via Shay Cochrane

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Stitch Fix Ingrid & Isabelle Maternity Dress, Splendid booties, Flourish Market / Mata Traders necklace, Nickel and Suede signature gold earrings - Maternity Style - Charleston, South Carolina Anniversary and Maternity Photography with Annamarie Akins Photography (51)

Dress: Stitch Fix – Ingrid & Isabel “Britton Maternity Dress” (exact one here) | Booties: Splendid via Shopbop c/oNecklace: The Flourish Market / Mata Traders (use code “STILLBEINGMOLLY” for free shipping)Earrings: Nickel and SuedeWatch: Michael Kors

Photography by the amazing Annamarie Akins Photography

First, let me say… don’t be confused – I am not 37 weeks pregnant in these photos (except for the last one at the bottom where it is actually labeled 37 weeks… haha!). 

Okay, now that’s out of the way. Back in November when John and I went down to Charleston for Creative at Heart, we had the pleasure of having an anniversary session photographed by the amazing Annamarie Akins. I will share some of my favorites from our session with her, but I also wanted to share the images and what I wore! I didn’t want to do a full on “maternity” session – I really wanted the photo session to be about our marriage and our love for each other, but I also am super grateful to Annamarie for taking a few “maternity” shots of me.

I know that we will treasure these images and this time for years and years to come!

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Valentine's Day and Anniversary Gift Guide for Him and Her with Uncommon Goods

Thank you to Uncommon Goods for partnering with me on this post! I am a huge fan of UG and shop from them all the time. Thank you for supporting the companies that help to support me and my family!

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My “Fashion for Good Friday” is a little different this week – but I thought it was the perfect fit as we head into the most romantic month of the year – FEBRUARY! It’s especially romantic for me because not only is it Valentine’s Day, but also my wedding anniversary!

I’m always looking for unique gift ideas for Valentine’s Day or my Anniversary… and I’m ALWAYS looking for ways to purchase gifts that make an impact, are ethically made, or fair trade. I have LOVED Uncommon Goods for years (I’ve written about them before here, here and here) and I have only learned to love them more!

One of the things that makes them so awesome is the fact that Uncommon Goods is a Certified B corporation! In short, a Certified B corp is a for-profit company that meets RIGOROUS standards of social and environmental performance, in addition to standards of transparency and accountability as far as how their goods are produced and distributed.

In any event, I love them and the gifts and products they sell are so unique! You pretty much can’t go wrong.

We are just a little over two weeks away from Valentine’s Day and I’m three weeks away from my wedding anniversary… so… I guess it’s time to start thinking about gifts! AHH!

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