Why we are waiting to have children

Hi friends! So glad you’re here!!

I posted a few polls on my Instagram where I asked if you wanted more lifestyle/personal posts and you guys wanted me to talk about more personal everyday matters. I wanted to discuss something with you that’s personal to me, but hanging on my heart lately. Let’s get into it!

My husband and I dated for 4 years before he proposed and this year will be 7 years since we started dating. We got married on 05-21-16 when I was 19 and he was 22. Yes, we definitely tied the knot super young, but when you know you know.  However, since we decided to marry so young we have definitely went through a lot of struggles together and we really had to grow up together.

We both discussed children, college, careers and honestly just what we wanted out of life before children came along. We both love kids and absolutely want to start a family, but the timing just wasn’t right. This may be an unpopular opinion, but I actually want to live my life before being a full time parent. When I say live my life I am meaning traveling, going out on dates with my husband, having a lazy day where we do absolutely nothing, and doing things spontaneously. I’m not saying any of those things aren’t possible with children, but it’s definitely a challenge taking them along compared to just the two of you. A child is another human life that you have to care for EVERYDAY idk how I feel about that yet because honestly sometimes I forget to brush my hair. My hubby and I kid around all the time saying you know that child has to live with us every night and stay in our house and we have to feed it LOL! You know how sometimes you get so busy that you forget to eat or just straight up don’t have time? Yeah same!

This May we will be celebrating 3 years of marriage and I honestly can’t believe it’s been 3 years since we said I DO it feels like it’s been 15 years! We feel more ready now than we ever have well let me rephrase that “I feel more ready than I ever have” Jordan has been ready for a baby for A LONG TIME. He’s been really supportive of me wanting to wait and letting me finish school. If you read my Nursing School blog post last year then you know that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and I’m happy to say that I’ve finally figured out what I want to do. My goal is to finish school before any babies, but if it’s in God’s perfect timing then I’m okay with that!

Let me know if you can relate!

XO- Miranda

Stocking Stuffers FOR HIM under $25

I’m ready to share my ideas for my man’s stocking. Maybe you will get an idea or two from this post. If you do then please share and tag me. I love to see your posts 🙂 I’m going to do a pic collage below just like all of my other gift guides as well as a list of a handful of ideas to go along with it that don’t need a pic because they are so basic lol

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Beanie This is so cute to me. Perfect for chilly days.

Mini Flashlight Pocket size flashlight perfect for those desperate times when your phone dies.

Ties Love this set. Great colors that can be worn multiple ways!!

Long Nike Socks Jordan loves these. If you don’t want to spend $20 on these 6 pairs then just plain long thermal socks would even be a good choice.

Hand Warmers perfect to have in their pocket.

Scotty Book Jordan has this book. It seems like a good choice.

Car Charger We can’t find ours half the time so we need another for J.

AE Boxers Jordan’s FAV! I buy him a pair or two every holiday. Last year for either his bday or christmas I forgot to get him a pair and he turned and looked at me and said “You didn’t get me boxers??” In my defense I didn’t know he looked forward to underwear LOL. I’ll never forget again babe 🙂

Toiletry Bag this is great for travel or just to keep all of your man’s things in one spot!

Extra ideas:

  1. Beef Jerky
  2. Favorite gum/candy
  3. Koozie
  4. Bottle Opener
  5. Toothbrush
  6. Magazine
  7. Shaving Kit
  8. Car Freshener
  9. Action Movie
  10. Tape Measure

Talk to ya soon!!!!

XO- Miranda

Stocking Stuffers FOR HER under $25

Hey again! I made this gift guide thinking this is what I would want in my stocking so I hope you ladies or  (gents) get a great stocking or ideas from this. Let me know if you buy anything off this GIFT GUIDE by tagging me on Instagram or Facebook 🙂

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    1. Ardell Eyelashes I have used these and still do .MY FAV!!
    2. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion A few months ago I purchased a Mario Badescu Starter Kit from Ulta and I loved it. My fav product in the set was this drying lotion. If you’re not sure about giving it a go then read the reviews!
    3. Kristin Ess Rose Gold Temp Spray I bought this over the summer and never used it, but I swear I will get the courage soon. Temporary color has been a big thing this year and I’m here for it 🙂
    4. Holiday Socks Who doesn’t need a pair of holiday socks??
    5. Target Mug If you’re anything like me then this is basically your life.
    6. NYM Dry Shampoo I always have a bottle in my purse and a bottle in my bathroom. I’m just keeping it real. This might be TMI for some of you, but I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week. It’s the best!
    7. Real Techniques Beauty Blender The HOLY GRAIL of beauty blender’s and it’s super affordable.
    8. Tangle Free Hair Ties I’m dying to jump on this train because I think I will love it. These are super popular right now.
    9. Starbucks Giftcard- Stabs for life. You can purchase a GF at any Starbucks, Walmart, Target, CVS, or Walgreens.
    10. Hanging Plant for Car I want this!! So cute for car decor
    11. Car Mount I just bought a similar one and it’s awesome for when you’re on the GO!!
    12. Makeup Brush Set Looking to invest in a inexpensive Makeup Brush set?? read these reviews.
    13. Mascara MY FAV of all time Mascara. IT’S THE BEST!!
    14. Rose Gold Headphones I need a good pair and these looked great. I’m pretty sure everyone could benefit from a pair.
    15. Pop Socket A plain black pop socket to match all of your phone cases.

Be on the lookout for my Stocking Stuffer GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM under $25 in the next few days!

XO- Miranda

Holiday Gift Guide FOR HIM

The hardest person to shop for is always a man. HOPEFULLY this makes it a little easier for you. I decided to mix this Gift Guide FOR HIM up. It has a little bit of everything..outdoors items, clothing, tech and grilling. Jordan (my hubby) has a lot of these items and he likes them so I think your man will as well 🙂

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1. Beard Growth Vitamins

Jordan just started taking these about a month ago and likes the results. He can grow a full beard in about 2 weeks or so, but not evenly so the vitamins help make all his hair grow at the same speed.

2. Leather Belt

This is a best seller on Amazon and it has great reviews…only $14.85!!

3. 4 Piece Wood Grill Set

$15.95! I bought my dad this for Christmas one year and the quality seems good for the price point.

4. Wrist Wraps

These would be great for the gym.

5. Tim McGraw Cologne

My dad has this and it smells SO SO good! Trust me you need this for your man ladies. I’m probably getting this for Jordan.

6. Call of Duty PS4

Jordan has this and plays all the time. I asked him out of all his games which one is his favorite and this was the winner. If you want to keep ya man busy and out of your hair then definitely buy this LOL.

7. Stanley Spotlight

Every man needs a good flashlight. If your man is country then you know he wants this to “shine” deer.

8. Car Vac

Who am I kidding?? I need this! My hubby likes to clean his truck, but not the inside so I should probably buy him this. Maybe he will take the hint!

9. Columbia Jacket

I swear this is one of the best brands for men’s clothing. Great quality!  I would say 50% of my brother and husbands closets are Columbia!

10. Pullover Sweater

This looks so soft and I love the big button detail. This is a great example of something I would get any men in my family for a Christmas gift.

11. Pocket Knife

Necessity! This is a best seller on Amazon!

12. Car Care Kit

Everyone in my family buys this for Jordan. We seriously get 3 a year.. it’s perfect for Jordan to use to wash my car when he makes me mad and wants me to forgive him 🙂

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  1. Beard Catcher If your man has hair then I don’t need to even explain why this would make sense to buy 😉  Hair everywhere…. Side note: It never fails every time I clean the bathroom J decides it’s time to shave his entire face…WHY BOY WHY!!
  2. XBOX 360 Rockband Bundle  This is on Jordan’s wishlist this year. I feel like it’s a popular item!
  3. WeatherTech Floor Mats I’ve heard so many good things about these floor mats. I don’t own any, but from friends and reviews online they seem like we all need them for our vehicles. I think any male would love these. Great gift option!
  4. Hex Dumbbell At home weights for ya man to get fit. I bought a set of weights at Walmart, but they are like 5 pounds so those won’t do anything for Jordan 😉
  5. Motorized Heavy Duty Grill Brush My guy received this last year from family and he uses it all the time. He loves cleaning our grill before he cooks on the weekends.
  6. YETI Portable Cooler This would be a smaller version of a YETI cooler. We don’t have one, but I would be lying if I said that Jordan doesn’t want one. This would be perfect for a quick trip or just to keep waters in for your car.
  7. JBL Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker J has this and swears by it. He takes it to work, beach trips, and uses it at home when we just want to jam while we are getting ready to go somewhere.
  8. YETI Roadie Cooler This would be a bigger version of a YETI cooler. Again, we don’t own one but if I bought one for Jordan, it would be this one!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Stocking Stuffer Gift Guides coming next week 🙂

 

Love you all, Miranda

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR HER

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Hey Friends!! It’s that time… It’s the holiday sznnnn!! I’m rolling out all of the gift guides. I have more to come this week and I can’t wait to share. Be sure to let me know if this gift guide was helpful by giving me your feedback on Instagram or Facebook… I really appreciate it! TO kick this off I am starting with my guide FOR HER under $50. This list has 10 things that I have and love or that I want!  Each item is linked below in case you want to purchase for a gift or for yourself 🙂

  1.  Amazon Robe $21 and super soft
  2.  Ihome LED Vanity Speaker This would be a GREAT GIFT!!
  3.  Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette Who doesn’t want this??
  4. Rose Gold Glitter Phone Case I’m getting a new phone soon and this is the first thing I’m going to order once I decide which phone to get!
  5.  Amazon Echo I feel like this should be a necessity!??
  6.  Pom Pom Blanket We all need this. I have a similar one and love it!
  7.  Powerbank I have one very similar that’s rose gold and it’s a life saver. This is great for when you’re on the go.
  8. Free People Bralette idk what took me so long to jump on this train….I’m obsessed!!
  9. Girl Wash Your Face Book MUST READ…that’s all I’m going to say.
  10. Pullover Sherpa Jacket  for the cold days in Florida LOL

I hope that you have found this gift guide helpful for your holiday shopping!

XO- Miranda

 

Victoria Emerson

Happy Halloween BOO!! I wanted to share one of my fav brands to work with Victoria Emerson 🙂 I received 2 beautiful pieces from VE and I love them both, but the necklace is definitely my new fav. I received the two following pieces

  1. Necklace: https://www.victoriaemerson.com/collections/delicate-necklaces/products/cancer-pendant-necklace?variant=1975623057418
  2. Wrap Bracelet: https://www.victoriaemerson.com/collections/wrap-bracelets/products/champagne-emerald-cut-crystals-with-african-turquoise

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I love how you unique each piece is! So funny story: I planned on shooting these pieces at a local pumpkin patch. I arrive at the pumpkin patch dressed and ready to go and it’s closed. Of course just my luck. Thankfully one of the employees allowed me to slip in for like 5 minutes to get a few shots. I didn’t realize that he was going to walk around and watch my brother and I shoot LOL. I didn’t get the shots that I wanted, but you get the picture 🙂

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Have a Happy Halloween loves!!

XO- Miranda

Amazon Finds

Hey friends! Long time no speak. I’m glad to be back 🙂 I wanted to share my Amazon finds that I’ve found lately. If you love Amazon like I do then you will definitely be interested in my finds and I’m sorry for making you hurt your wallet. Let’s face it though it’s not the first time and definitely won’t be the last 😉

Let’s get this rolling!!!

1.  Belt Buckle Fedora Hat

I loved this hat so much that I had to order another one. I bought the brown one 3 weeks ago and just ordered the black yesterday. Can’t wait to year these the rest of the year. A hat makes the perfect fall accessory for any outfit.

2. Bluetooth Portable Waterproof Shower Radio

I’ve had this shower radio for a little over a month and it’s awesome. I love being able to jam in the shower. I think my hubs appreciates the music instead of my singing LOL. Such a great quality for a small price!

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3. Sunglasses Case

This case is literally my best investment! Idk about you, but I have around 8 pairs of sunglasses so this case is perfect to always have all on hand. It’s super convenient to have several pairs to switch out for blog photos.

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4. Genuine Leather Apple Watch Band

Just ordered this yesterday and I’m dying to wear it! I love wearing anything black or brown so this will be perfect to go with my everyday outfit style 🙂 The price was such a STEAL BTW!

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5. Fake Nose Ring

So I’ve been thinking about getting my nose pierced, but my hubs doesn’t like the idea. Of course I ordered these fake nose rings to give a go to see if I would like it before doing anything drastic. I’ll let ya know what I think!

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6. Girl Wash Your Face

YA’LL!!!!! This book is EVERYTHING. If you’ve been thinking about buying it to read you need to do it. It’s so full of truth for women by providing real raw life situations. YOU MUST READ!!

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Well that’s it for this haul friends! I hope you loved my finds. Let me know if these are the type of posts that you want to see.

love you friends!!  -Miranda

Microblading Experience

This post has been on my mind for a few weeks now! I’m so excited to finally share my microblading experience with you friends! For my experience I am collaborated with Nikki from The Total Hair Experience Salon in Jacksonville. However, now Nikki is at LashJax! If you’e in the area you will have to go see her 🙂

When I was discussing options with Nikki I felt compelled to try something that I wouldn’t typically do such as a facial. I wanted to give you my 100% true take on something that a lot of people are interesting in learning more about especially recently. Plus I’ve always hated my eyebrows so it’s a win win 🙂  Have you ever heard the saying your eyebrows should be twins? Well mine are distant cousins. NO JOKE!!! I decided to go with microblading after talking it over with Nikki. I was super nervous going into our consultation because I am such a baby. I’ve always had a crazy fear of needles, but after the consult Nikki’s honesty and sweet personality made me realize I can really trust her judgement.

When scheduling microblading Nikki requires you to have a consult first before the day of your microblading so that you know how to prep and what to do afterwards to take the appropriate care. As well as discussing any contraindications and the necessary dietary changes that need to take place the week and few days before. I found it highly interesting that you can’t drink alcohol 24 hours before, no coffee the day of, avoid listed spices, and other skincare/ treatments listed on your paper that Nikki will provide at your consult.

Here are my personal results from Microbladding….

top photos are before & bottom photos are directly after (Day 1)

*Day 7: with no additional shading (no makeup on eyebrows)

*Day 16: additional shading on eyebrows

This is such a drastic change compared to my eyebrows before.

The microblading process takes a total of 3 hours to complete the pre draw, numbing and the actual microblading. When I arrived I couldn’t believe how beautiful the salon was set up and how nice all of the staff was. Nikki greeted us and then gave my friend and I a look around the salon which ended into her services room. Nikki’s set up is like a modern relaxed spa.

I loved how personable Nikki was with not only myself, but with my friend. She answered every single question that we had for her regarding her services and we talked the entire time about blogging, her career, family, you name it 🙂  Nikki checked on me numerous times during the process which was super nice in my opinion! The entire experience from start to finish was nothing short of amazing! I am so happy with Nikki’s professional service. She made me feel so comfortable and relaxed. Throughout the process Nikki will numb your eyebrow area to be sure that you have no pain, but if you happen to feel anything she will stop and give you a break and then numb you again to make you comfortable before starting again. Seriously I cant wait to go back!

When Nikki was finished she handed me a mirror and I couldn’t believe my eyes! I had no pain and she had done beautiful work to my brows! I finally have nice eyebrows that won’t take me 15 minutes to fill in every single day! I feel like when your eyebrows are done your makeup looks and feels 100% better…I felt and still feel like a million bucks! Before we left Nikki and I talked about the after care that needs to be done to keep the longevity of my new eyebrows. Nikki told me to wash my eyebrows lightly with Dial soap and use aquaphor during the day and silver solution at night.

The first 4 days after your brows are going to get really dark. They may even get reddish as well. Then they will get really light for about 10 days. This is totally normal. At about day 12-14 your brows will finally look normal again! We then discussed my touch up appointment 6-8 weeks later to see the progress. If you need to go a little bit darker then that is also an option.

Nikki has been a licensed esthetician for 24 years and offers so many services. She offers full treatment facials, enzyme peels, chemical peels, lash lifts and tints, extensions, brow shaping, tint, henna brows, microblading, and she is also a commercial professional makeup artist. If you want to spoil yourself contact my girl Nikki! Her IG is  here or you can email her at Skincare@xmissons.com.

I am so happy that I had the opportunity to work with Nikki and experience her professionalism as well as become more knowledgeable about microblading. If you’re ever in the area stop by Lashjax and see my girl Nikki. Use code “mirandadavis10” for 10% off your service! As always reach out to me if you have any questions or if you just want to chat 🙂

Love ya friends. Miranda 🙂

 

Caseapp Review

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Are you obsessed with switching up your phone cases like I am? Lucky you, I’ve found one that you will LOVE to actually keep on your phone! This week, I am collaborating with Caseapp. How fun are these cases!!  I was so excited when Caseapp reached out because 1- I’ve been wanting a laptop skin and 2- Caseapp is super affordable and comes in so many prints!

With Caseapp you can create custom skins, cases and more. You name it they probably have it or you can choose to create your own, either way there are tons of options to choose from. I decided to use 2 of the prints that they already have. I choose the black marbled laptop skin and the palm print phone skin. In case you were wondering, I’m obsessed with them both especially the marbled laptop skin. I love how I can show a piece of my personality with this particular skin 🙂

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Caseapp has made their website very user friendly which is nice in case you are technology challenged like myself lol.

Take a look at Caseapp and check out some of these beautiful designs or if you get spontaneous and want to create your own. Use my discount code MIRANDADAVIS20 for 20% off your order!!

Tag me so I can see! I love to see your creations. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

Be on the lookout for a giveaway to come with Caseapp SOON!!

Love ya friends, Miranda

My Nordstrom picks under $50

Public Access started today at 3am!! YAY 🙂 I know the majority of you are shopping via public access due to not have a Nordstrom credit card. Trust me I totally get it! It can be a really addictive little card!

I went through the NSale about 100 times and found my favs that I think you will love! Let’s jump right in 🙂

Favs under $50 

#1 Originals Trefoil Tank. On sale for $23.90 and it’s originally $32. This tank only comes in white! I would totally wear this to workout in or to run to the grocery store lol.

#2 BP Stitch Curve Hem Cardigan. On sale for $31.90 and it’s originally $49. This is a perfect layering piece for fall/winter time. Definitely a staple piece that we all NEED! Comes in 6 colors!

#3 BP Raw Edge Scoop Neck Tee. On sale for $18.90 and it’s originally $29. This is my top staple item that I purchased. I only bought in one color, but I’ll be placing another order purchasing more colors. This tee comes in 6 colors. I bought it in the color Grey Bark so far.

#4 BP Tonya Open Toe Mule. On sale for $49.90 and they are originally $79.95. These mules come in 4 colors. I’ve seen several ladies style these and they are so CUTE on. Such a good pair of shoes to scoop up!

#1 Trace Studded Mules. On sale for $49.90 and they are originally $79.95. Mules are totally in this year and these studded ones are so trendy for every outfit. These come in 5 colors that are all equally adorable.

#2 TopShop Jamie Step Hem Skinny Jeans for $49.90 and they are originally $75. I follow a cute blogger that styled these with the BP Raw Edge Scoop Neck Tee and a pair of OTK boots and it was to die for! I’m dying to order these!!

#3 BP Textured Stitch V-Neck Pullover for $25.90 and it’s originally $39. This pullover comes in 5 colors and is such a basic staple. I would definitely get it in black if you don’t already own a black sweater. I’ve had my eye on the color in the pic 🙂

#4 BP Lace Trim Satin Camisole for $22.90 and it’s originally $35. Again this is a great piece to dress up or down. You can wear it in the summer with a pair of shorts or in the fall with a cardigan thrown over it. It comes in 2 colors!

#1 BP Raw Edge V- Neck tee for $11.90 and it’s originally $17. This tee is just like the long sleeve one as listed above. I snagged this in the mustard color, but it also comes in 3 other colors. Super light weight!

#2 Socialite Thermal Henley Top for $24.90 and it’s originally $38. This top comes in 4 colors I believe. I was dying to get my hands on the camo one, but it sold out so fast! I’m checking back for this one periodically!

#3 Dreamers by Debut for $35.90 and it’s originally $55. This looks like it would feel like a cloud lol. It coms in 2 colors and I’m after it!

The next items are ALL over $50, but I had to share 🙂

 

XO, MD