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April Essential Rewards Unboxing

It’s that time again (is it me, or are the months just FLYING by? For real!)! It’s time for my monthly unboxing of my Young Living Essential Rewards order!

I am interrupting my “Uses for ____” series to bring y’all this month’s ER order… and I know you’re totally not losing sleep over the fact that I’m skipping a week… but don’t fret… I’ll be back next week. :) Haha! :)

This month’s order wasn’t a TON of stuff… just some refills and gifts for friends! I always LOVE seeing what people get in their orders and I love sharing with y’all what I get in mine.

If you’re not already a wholesale member with Young Living and you’re looking to find out more about essential oils, you can click here to read my past posts! 

What about you? Have you gotten any fun goodies lately? If you do, share them in the comments below! I’d love to know!

Interested in signing up as a wholesale member and ordering your premium starter kit with Young Living? You can do so here!

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Three Ways to Wear Coated Denim

I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE doing these “Ways to Wear” posts. They’re so fun for me and such a great way to see one piece styled many different ways. That’s what our closets are really all about, right? REMIXING. The ability to remix MAKES a closet.

Anyway, with that being said, I’m back for another post in my “Ways to Wear” series… and this week I’m showing y’all three ways to wear COATED DENIM!

Now, I was totally hesitant to try coated denim. I was insanely intimated by it and thought there is NO WAY that I can pull off a pair of coated denim jeans / pants. I’m not a super skinny girl and I thought coated denim only looked good on super skinny girls.

Not the case, y’all! Coated denim, when worn well (and with a good fit), can look good on almost anyone! I really wanted to try this trend and got these Level 99 Charley Zipper Detail Coated Skinny Jeans in a Stitch Fix fix a few months back and I’ve loved them ever since.

So, without further ado, here are three ways to wear coated denim pants: Continue Reading →

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white jeans, THML “Stella Split Neck Blouse”, TOMS wedges- North Carolina Fashion Blogger

Blouse: Stitch FixWhite Denim: Old NavyWedges: TOMSBag: C. Wonder | Earrings: Nickel and SuedeCuff: Your Words Cuffs c/o (Use code MOLLY for 10% off)Watch: Vierra Watches c/o (Use code BEINGMOLLY for 10% off)Ring: Rocksbox c/o (Use code stillbeingmollyxoxo for one month free!)

Photography by Em Grey

I don’t know why I was so hesitant to hop on the white denim train. Once I finally did, I fell in love. It’s such a great neutral pant that goes with almost anything… you can easily dress up or dress down white denim… it’s insanely versatile. I love that!

How many of y’all love white denim as much as I do?

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"Should I live off my student loans?" A Reader Question | 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!

I’ve got ANOTHER awesome reader question this week. As y’all know… that’s one of my favorite parts of writing this blog… interacting with YOU… especially in my personal finance money series.

Anyway, this week’s question comes from A.B. and A’s got a few that I think a lot of you may have similar questions about! Without further ado…

[…] I am currently a junior [in college]. For me, my schooling has been paid for through student loans and grants from the government. My heart is to not be hindered by these loans; as I desire to go into full-time ministry being available to go where God wants me to go and to do what God wants me to do.

[…] Currently, I live off of my student loans. I’ve never thought to work many jobs because I don’t want to miss out on the “college experience…” Although, it would give me money and make me not dependent on debt. What are your thoughts on living off of student loans in college (specifically for one who has a desire to be debt free).

-A.B.

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30 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Ah, lemon. One sniff of lemon essential oil seriously can totally turn my day around. It’s such a light, happy, scent… it’s also one of my MOST USED essential oils… by FAR. I go through lemon like crazy. And that’s because it’s such a great oil to use for SO many things on a daily basis. Lemon is DEFINITELY an oil I never leave home without. So, today, I’m gonna share some of MY favorite ways to use lemon essential oil.

History**

Lemon oil has been used for centuries to lower acidity in the body. In the 1790s it was given to sailors in the Royal Navy to eliminate vitamin deficiency and scurvy.

Cool facts

  • Lemon oil is cold pressed from the rind of the fruit, not the pulpy, acidic juice. As y’all know, the antioxidants and vitamins are in the rind of the fruit, so lemon oil is chock FULL of them.
  • It takes 3,000(!!!) lemons to make one kilo of lemon essential oil. Crazy, right?

Application*

Topical: Dilute 1 drop of lemon oil with about 1 drop of carrier oil (or 50/50) on the desired location.

Aromatic: Inhale directly from the bottle or diffuse. I love to diffuse lemon with peppermint!

Dietary***: Put 2 drops in a capsule up to 3 times daily or add 1-2 drops to a glass of water or cup of tea. I also love to add to a teaspoon of honey.

Safety / Precautions:

  • As with all oils, NEVER get an oil in your ears or in your eyes. If you do, do NOT use water to get it out… simply apply a carrier oil to dilute the oil.
  • ALL citrus oils are photosensitive. So, please avoid sunlight for at least 12 hours after applying lemon oil TOPICALLY. You can always apply lemon oil to a part of the body that doesn’t get any sun (ex. bottoms of feet).
  • Only use citrus oils in stainless steel or glass containers as the oil will eat away at the petrochemicals in plastic and styrofoam.

30 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

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lace shorts, aztec printed vest, brown boots, ooh baby designs foldover clutch, nickel and suede earrings - north carolina fashion blogger (1)

Kimono Aztec Vest: Altar’d State (VERY similar here) | Shirt: Altar’d State | Lace Shorts: LOFT (similar) | Boots: Target (on MAJOR sale) | Foldover Clutch: Ooh Baby Designs c/o | Earrings: Nickel and Suede c/o | Cuff: Your Words Cuffs c/o (Use code MOLLY for 10% off) | Watch: Vierra Watches c/o (Use code BEINGMOLLY for 10% off)

Photography by Em Grey

I wore this outfit the other day and my friend was like, “I LOVE THAT! I would have NEVER thought to put that together.” To me, that was a HUGE outfit success. Y’all know how much I LOVE fashion. I love what a good outfit can do to your self-esteem, your mood, your day, etc. Fashion sends a message. It tells people, without using words, what you want to convey about yourself.

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Stitch Fix Skies are Blue “Dorian Embroidery Detail Blouse”, Mavi “Freida Ankle Length Skinny Jean”, Booties - North Carolina Fashion Blogger (1)

Shirt: Stitch FixJeans: Stitch FixWatch: Vierra Watches c/o (Use code BEINGMOLLY for 10% off)Shoes: Saks Off Fifth (old) | Earrings: Nickel and SuedeBag: Stitch FixCuff: Your Words Cuffs c/o (Use code MOLLY for 10% off) 

Photography by Em Grey

Don’t worry, y’all… you’re not seeing things. Yes, my hair is long in these photos. I still have like four outfits (including this one) that I took pictures of before I cut my hair that I haven’t posted yet. I didn’t want to think y’all had been duped or anything! Haha! I legitimately thought about scrapping them, so as not to confuse you… but then I realized that is a terribly dumb idea. (Blogger problems, people. Blogger problems.)

But, that’s neither here nor there. So, don’t be confused. It’s fine. Just ignore the hair. Or don’t. It’s not that serious, really.

Stitch Fix Skies are Blue “Dorian Embroidery Detail Blouse”, Mavi “Freida Ankle Length Skinny Jean”, Booties - North Carolina Fashion Blogger (2) Continue Reading →

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still being molly at the Southern Women's Show

I have some really, crazy, exciting news to share with you guys. It’s not like I’ve really kept this secret, but I haven’t really PUBLICLY shared it with y’all and I wanted you guys to know! Especially those of you who live in or around the Raleigh, North Carolina area (aka: the Triangle region of N.C.).

Next week (April 24th-26th), I am going to be a SPECIAL GUEST at the Southern Women’s Show at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. WHAT?! Crazy. I know! I still sort of am in disbelief. I mean, my name is on the same page as RANDY FENOLI from Say Yes to the Dress and Peter Facinelli (!!) from Twilight, Nurse Jackie, and American Odyssey! I mean, sure, I’m DEFINITELY not even close to being a celeb like those guys, but I’m seriously so humbled to even be included in something with them!

Now, if you’re not from the south, you probably are wondering what the Southern Women’s Show is. If you’re from the south, you know exactly what I’m talking about. 

The Southern Women’s Show is basically a HUGE three day showcase featuring ALL KINDS of special guests, music, food, vendors, shopping, beauty, health stuff, etc. On average, 24,000-30,000 women attend it every year! It’s HUGE. And this year is the 30th anniversary of the Southern Women’s Show… so you KNOW this year is going to be insane and a show of epic proportions. Haha!

So, what am I going to be doing exactly?

Well, I am hosting and emceeing a FASHION SHOW on the main fashion stage all three days of the Southern Women’s Show. But, this is not like any other fashion show that you’ve ever been to. This fashion show is featuring REAL women (not that models aren’t real women… but I hope you hear what I’m saying…). The models range in size from 0-18 and ages 28-67.

I’m going to be showing women how to dress for YOUR age and body type for certain occasions AND talking about what pieces to look for when you are shopping that can help to flatter your figure while still being trendy and age-appropriate. It’s going to be very interactive and something that, hopefully, everyone can walk away from feeling like they learned something that they can apply in their own lives and in their own closets.

We’ve got clothing from LulaRoe and Peachy Keen Boutique being featured along with shoes from The Root Collective, accessories from Noonday Collection and Linda Mendible Designs… plus hair by Blown Away dry bar and photography by my girl Em Grey.

I have been working like crazy behind the scenes for the last three months planning this fashion show and I’m feeling a lot of the feelings right about now… nervous / excited / anxious / pumped… you name it.

So, when is it?

Also, there’s a MEETUP and exclusive pre-show preview…

Yep, we’re hosting an awesome triFABB meetup on Thursday night (during the fashion show rehearsal). It’s from 6-8pm and there’s going to be food, drinks, awesome swag bags, and so much more! Check out the details on the triFABB blog and below (just make sure to RSVP asap if you want to come to the meetup and show preview!!)

Invite

Southern Women’s Show Pass / Ticket Giveaway:

I’m giving away two tickets / passes to the Southern Women’s Show to two lucky people! If you would like to enter to win them, please leave a comment on this post with what you’re most excited about seeing at the Southern Women’s Show this year! Entries close this Sunday, April 19th at 11:59pm EST. Tickets will be mailed.

Good luck!

And thank you guys SO much for reading and supporting this blog… I would NOT have this opportunity if it weren’t for y’all. I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!! <3

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Fanatics | MLB Baseball Style | Cleveland Indians

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I chopped my hair last week! I cut off about 12 inches total (more like 9 inches on the front) and I donated it. This was actually my second time donating my hair – I did it once in November of 2012 and decided it was time to do it again.

A lot of y’all have asked me about the hair donation process, my thought process behind it, where I donated it, how to go about doing it, etc. So, I thought I’d share my experience. I’m also sharing my before and after pictures so y’all can see! These were all taken on my phone, so I apologize for the poor quality of them. 

Also, I realize I look creepy in these pics… haha! Totally unflattering, but whatevs…

So, this is my BEFORE. While I, admittedly, do love my long hair, I’ve felt like I’ve been in a hair rut for AWHILE. It had gotten SO long, and SO thick, that it was at the point where it was starting to get unmanageable. And, with the hot North Carolina summer approaching, I knew that I was going to need to do SOMETHING. Since I had such a great experience donating my hair the first time, I thought I’d do it again.

I wanted a change and instead of just cutting off a few inches, I felt donating it was the better way to go. I’d much rather see it made into a wig for a child or an adult who needs it much more than I do.

I went to The Cottage Salon here in Durham after a few friends recommended it to me. I made my appointment with Taylor (who ended up being AWESOME) and just decided to GO for it.

This is my before… that is A LOT of crazy, long, thick hair.

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30 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

This week we are looking at PEPPERMINT essential oil! Peppermint is, easily, one of my top five most used oils. I NEVER leave home without it. Period. There are a bajillion (exaggeration…) ways to use it. As usual, this is not an end-all be-all list, but it will hopefully show you how versatile this oil is! AND give you a new idea or two on how to use it!

History**

Romans and Greeks used peppermint to flavor food and wines. Icelandic medicinal books reference it all the way back to AD1240.

Application*

Topical: Peppermint is a “hot” oil, so dilution is suggested. I would, personally, apply 1 drop of peppermint to about 2-4 drops of carrier oil… sometimes more 50/50 depending on the use. I love to apply it to my stomach, temples, back of the neck, or Vita-flex points.

Aromatic: Inhale directly from the bottle, diffuse it in an essential oil diffuser, OR put a drop in the palm of your hands and cup them over your nose and mouth and breathe in (my favorite!).

Dietary:*** Put 2 drops in a veggie capsule or add 1 drop to your tea or water.

FUN FACT

1 drop of Young Living’s Peppermint Essential Oil is equal to 26 cups of pure peppermint tea!

Safety / Cautions

  • Peppermint contains menthol, which has been reported to cause bronchial spasms (in EXTREMELY RARE CASES) in children under the age of 18 months. So, use this oil with caution on little ones and dilute in a 1 drop to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil for children under one year and 1 drop to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil for children ages 1-3. Always use common sense and caution. Personally, I have used peppermint oil on my daughter (now 20 months) since she was about 10 months with no issues whatsoever. It’s all about dilution and caution (as with all essential oils and kiddos!)
  • Peppermint also may decrease breastmilk supply… so if you are nursing, use with caution. This is really only a concern in women who have supply issues to begin with. I always had a good milk supply and have used peppermint daily and have had no issues. I am still nursing my daughter at 20 months.
  • Peppermint is a “hot” oil so dilution is recommended.
  • As with all oils, NEVER get an oil in your ears or in your eyes. If you do, do NOT use water to get it out… simply apply a carrier oil to dilute the oil.

30 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil*

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Fanatics | MLB Baseball Style | Cleveland Indians

Cleveland Indians Shirt: Fanatics.com c/o

To say I’m a sports fan is an understatement. You guys who have been around awhile know my undying love for my Cleveland teams and my Carolina teams. And this time of year, for people like me, is awesome because… BASEBALL SEASON IS BACK! WOOP! I. Love. Baseball. But, not just any baseball… I love the Cleveland Indians.

I know, I know, I know. Being a Cleveland fan (of all sports) my entire life has set me up for much suffering and heartache, but, I just don’t know how to not love them. Believe me, I’ve tried. It’s just not possible. I grew up watching games with my dad and going to see them whenever they came to Baltimore to play the Orioles.

Albert Belle, Kenny Lofton, and Jim Thome (#throwbacks, y’all) graced the walls of my childhood room for YEARS. Fanatics | MLB Baseball Style | Cleveland Indians Continue Reading →

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