Friday, March 24, 2017

Oh Hey, Friday!

Hi Loves! Cheers to Fri-YAY! I can tell you that I am honestly so glad to get this week behind us. It's been a real doozy, y'all so lets start this weekend off with some Oh Hey, Friday fun!

Oh Hey, Friday!


Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week- Peaches and Willow is on fire right now. I have collabs and sponsors galore. I can honestly say i'm so busy with my blog and loving every second of it. It's so refreshing and inspiring!


Bad Week- taxes. adulting. high school all equals a bad week. That's all I'm saying.



Favorite Insta Post




Blog Posts & Coffee

Coffee Talk
Currently Crushing On Blush
Welcome Home Wednesday Link Up #84
10 Ways To Rock Your Confidence


Favorite Friday Finds










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Thursday, March 23, 2017

10 Ways To Rock Your Confidence

*This is not an affiliate link. I received free products in exchange for this post. All thoughts are my own.*



It's no secret that we ladies love leggings so when Chelsie from Hey There Chelsie told me about Simple Addiction leggings I just had to try them out. I started out by ordering one pair, then one turned into two and the addiction has just kept growing. They are so buttery soft and the prints are so vibrant and fun. They're practically all I live in. I'm all about dressing for comfort and style and with Simple Addiction you get both.




I have been blogging for three years now but I've never done a styled post. I always felt too shy in front of the camera and too self conscious. My body isn't perfect and for that, I could make a million excuses but I won't. All I know is that my body is something I shouldn't hide or be ashamed of, so I decided to take a huge leap out of my comfort zone and start doing styled posts. After Simple Addiction sent me an outfit I knew there was no turning back. I was committed so I enlisted my hubby as my photographer and we headed out to our property to shoot some pictures at our barn.



I'll admit, I was nervous and self conscious but I knew this was important; for me and all women. I regularly participate in a monthly styled Instagram challenge and so many of my sweet friends have said things like "you are so pretty" and "will you just take my money and go shopping for me?" Those are things I never thought i'd hear about my style but they sure do make a girl feel pretty amazing so I owe my boost of confidence and being able to step out of my comfort zone to all of you who support me and show me love. I want every lady of every age to know you are beautiful just the way you are and if someone ever tells you different then you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.




I challenge you to run to your closet and come up with a styled outfit then grab a camera and find a pretty location to take some pictures. You don't have to show them to anyone but keep them as a reminder that you are beautiful. Here's to celebrating our flaws and believing in our beauty.


Here are 10 Ways To Rock Your Confidence

1. Take time to put on your make up and fix your hair every day even if you are just getting into yoga pants or leggings for a day of blogging and house chores.

2. Take all the selfies your heart desires then go back through them and keep at least two.

3. For every negative thing you think about yourself think of one positive thing you like about yourself.

4. Think of a personal mantra and post it everywhere so you can see it often.

5. Keep a journal filled with all the things that bring you happiness and inspiration. It's okay to write stories that make you feel like the awesome babe you are.

One time when I was checking out at Ulta, I was having a rough day and thought it probably showed but the lady checking me out just kept saying how bubbly I was and how she loved my smile. I smiled all day after that and still smile when I think about it because it just made me feel good.

6. Go to Target (or the beauty supply section of any store) and buy a lip stick color that you wouldn't normally then go out and rock it!
It's un-comfortable at first but you'll be surprised how many compliments you actually get on it.

7. Keep a Happy List. It can be anything from received a gift from a loved one to got a new car to fresh mani! Whatever makes you happy makes you confident.

I used to post my Happy List on Facebook at the end of every day and it truly made me a happier more confident person. I think i'm about to get back on board with that!

8. Take 10 minutes out of your day and turn up your music and dance like no one is watching, even if your blinds are open and all the neighbors can see.

9. Make it a habit to (mentally) point out what you love about yourself daily. In the pictures above I can say that I truly love my eyes and something as simple as that can boost your confidence.

10. Take care of your skin. Find a skin care routine and products that you fall so in love with that you want to use them daily and nightly. Not only will you feel more confident, your skin will be all glowy, too.

So cheers to all my friends. You are beautiful inside and out. I believe that and you should, too!

P.S. You can shop for some of my outfits at Simple Addiction and get 15% off by using the code leslie15







Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party #84


Welcome to Welcome Home Wednesdays number 80!!! I absolutely adore looking through your projects every single week and this week is no exception! We've been hanging out with y'all and sharing and loving all the goodies shared here!! Thank you ALL for coming back week after week!! We APPRECIATE y'all!!

Let's get started! Each week our little party gets even bigger... and we're so glad you're here to party with us! So bring your friends and link up something awesome... we love to see your amazing work around here! Don't forget to leave us a comment to let us know you stopped by and we'll do the same when we visit your link! The party will start each Wednesday at 7am CST... and we'll be here bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to party! Stop by and share your fabulous posts... we would love to read them and share them with our friends!



 

Meet your Fabulous Hosts!

Happily Ever After, Etc. @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Five Kids, a Dog & a Blog @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Suburban Simplicity @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
J for Joiner @ Pinterest | Instagram
What Treasures Await @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Just the Woods @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
That Sweet Tea Life @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Peaches & Willow @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram

 

The Spotlight! That's right... Features!

These people were extra cool last week... so we're featuring them this week! That means they get a little time in the spotlight...and a cameo on our social media accounts (if you've ever wanted to hangout on my facebook page this is your chance!) Sounds awesome huh?! For your chance to be featured make sure to follow all of your hosts on social media... and leave us a little note so we know you're following!! Just pop over and leave a comment on Facebook (or Twitter, or Instagram... whichever one is your jam!) We look at every single link so we don't miss a beat!










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The Rules are there ain't no Rules!

We ain't your Mama... so we don't have a strict rules list. View this more as party etiquette!

1. Be kind! Read and comment on your fellow party goers links!
2. We like to think we're super fancy... we want our guests to feel fancy too so no link-party or affiliate links please!
3. If you want to be featured please follow your hosts on social media... then link back to the party with a text link... or our fabulous button!
4. Link to a specific post... not your home page! We want to see what you've been up to this week!
5. Our mama's taught us to share... that includes the limelight! No more than 3 links per person please!
6. That's it! Have fun and link up your best stuff! We can't wait to see it!
7. Please note that by sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays, you are giving permission for your projects to be shared on social media and in round up posts on any of the cohosts sites

 




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Thanks so much for Stopping by!

Like any good hosts we're sitting right by the present table waiting until our guests leave so we can go through the loot... the loot being your links! We can't wait to check out what you've left for us. Trust me there will be a lot of pinning, tweeting and facebook sharing going on in the near future... we can't wait to show off what you've left!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Currently Crushing On Blush

Hi sweet friends. Spring is in the air or at least we're all dreaming of it, right? I love all the pretty pastels and neutrals this time of year and all the pretty flowers that are popping up everywhere. I'm not a fan of the pollen but we have to take the bad with the good, right?

Here in Georgia we're stuck somewhere between winter and spring but i'm ready for the cold weather to pack up and take a hike. My azaleas were blooming in my back yard two weeks ago then a cold snap happened and they're dead. Good news is that not all of them bloomed so there's still hope. Anyway, all this has me so excited and ready for spring so I thought I would share with you what color i'm currently crushing on for spring. All the blush things, please!




I've even created my own outfit for spring with all the blush. I hope you find inspiration in this post. I'd love to see an outfit you create using blush. Just tag me on Instagram so I can see your pretty inspired #ootd and follow along with the #simplystyledmarch Instagram challenge.









Monday, March 20, 2017

Coffee Talk




Hi Sweet Friends. Happy Monday. I know Mondays have a reputation of being awful and I understand. I mean we're having to leave our cozy blankets and sweats at home and be real members of society today, at least most of us do. I totally miss having my hubby home, snoozing away in his chair and my son talking to his friends and playing video games. I miss the togetherness after the weekend is gone but I am learning to love Mondays. I love the quietness of the mornings and getting to catch up on the chores I let slip by while I was enjoying my family. I love replying to all the e-mails waiting for me in my inbox and all the comments on my Instagram and blog. I feel so refreshed on Mondays but I know not everyone shares that sentiment.


You know what would make Mondays even better? If we could have a coffee date with our girlfriends. Imagine being cozy in a small cafe, sipping a mug of coffee before the hustle of the week begins. Would you join me for a coffee date this morning.


If you and I were on a coffee date we'd be cozy in my favorite cafe/farmer's market. I love this little cafe, it's half cafe half farmer's market. It's cozy and inviting. I would be drinking an Italian Cream espresso and eating a blueberry muffin. What would you have? I would tell you about my weekend and ask about yours. I would ask how your family is and happily look at any pictures you have of your kids and pets and all the fun things in your life lately.

I would tell you that I finally feel like i'm getting my house and life back on track after being sick for a week. It really threw me off track and I honestly didn't mind. Usually i'm border line OCD about my house being clean and having blog posts drafted ahead of time, not that I actually ever get them posted before 10 a.m. but I like to have something started in advance. Being sick made me slow down and realize that the house work isn't going anywhere, neither is the blog. I'm actually enjoying moving at a slower pace. It gives me more time to enjoy life and what truly matters most.

I would also tell you that my focus has shifted from the blog to other forms of social media lately, mostly Instagram. I don't know why but I feel like Insta has my heart and attention lately. It's not that I'm not focused on Peaches and Willow because I love creating content to share but I'm really focused on growing Insta. The #simplystyledmarch challenge that I'm doing really has inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and find my self confidence. Sometimes it's hard being a woman with curves in today's society but this challenge really makes me feel confident and beautiful in my imperfect skin.

I am also obsessed with Ashley Beaudin. She's an amazing girl boss and creative entrepreneur and the master mind behind The Imperfect Boss. If you don't know Ashley yet then run to her blog, Facebook page or Instagram and become best friends forever because she's the kind of girl everyone needs in their tribe. I've also recently found Sarah from Stylish Sassy and Classy and am kind of obsessed with her girl boss attitude, too. These ladies are both such an inspiration to me and The Imperfect Boss Facebook group is my comfy, safe place full of fellow girl bosses just trying their best and cheering each other along.

I would tell you that a few weeks ago I had a potential collaborator back out when she found out I was also collaborating with a lady who ran a company that sold similar items. I went through a roller coaster of emotions on this one and I didn't talk to anyone but my husband about it. I've quietly thought about it and apologized to her and I am truly sorry that I hurt her, it definitely wasn't my intention. I won't share too many details out of respect for both ladies I was in collaboration with. I will say this though, I am sorry I hurt someone's feelings. I have the softest heart you may ever know. I also believe that there's enough room for everyone to succeed and I will continue to support small businesses that I believe in because, to me, that's what being a girl boss is. It's about wanting everyone to succeed and being willing to help peers out. Friday in one of my groups we were sharing what our victories were last week; I said mine was scoring nine collabs for the blog. Another lady apologetically asked me what that meant and explained she was new to this. I told her never to feel sorry for asking a question. I love to share with others the things I've learned, even if it means we're working towards the same goal. I just wish everyone saw it that way.

Speaking of, I saw a post on Ashley Beaudin's Instagram the other day. I won't share the image because it belongs to her, not me, but it said "Let's be women who aren't just here for a flashy moment, but who are committed to the long haul." This quote is everything. Be a woman who shows up, not just for the glittery moments but who keeps going through the dark, dull moments and in every moment, cheer each other on. Empowered women empower women. Be that.

I have signed on about nine sponsors for the blog and am working on collaborating with them for some fun posts soon. When I started blogging several years ago, I did it as a way to keep up with mine and my son's lives. I had no idea the blessings and friendships it would bring me. I truly wish everyone understood the blogging world because it's a pretty awesome place.

I would tell you that cutting sugar out of my diet has been easier than I thought it would be. I'm not going to lie, I haven't completely quit because I figured out there's sugar in everything, especially my beloved granola bars but I am keeping a daily food diary and cutting way back on sugar. I was a 2-3 glasses of sweet tea a day kinda girl, now I cut it back to one small glass a day. The other day I even put the Reese's peanut butter cup back when I was standing in the check out line at the grocery store. Small victory but it's still a victory. Keeping a food journal has made me realize just how much sugar I was consuming before. It also keeps me accountable.

I would share with you my new favorite make up and beauty products. The ELF total face palette is a must have for every ladies make up bag. It has two blushes, a highlighter and a bronzer in it and the packaging is beautiful silvery mirrored. It's seriously gorgeous on its own. My other new favorite in the essence dark circle concealer. It really helps my dark circles and this time of year I really need all the help I can get because my circles get so dark because of allergies. I've also been attached to my Perk! stick by Perfectly Posh lately. It's a lifesaver, y'all. It's made with essential oils, which I am obsessed with anyway but since my allergies are acting up this is my go to.

Can we talk about our most dreaded chore real quick? Mine is ironing. I despise it with every fiber of my being. Okay, maybe that's a bit dramatic but I truly don't like it but my hubby works with doctors and other higher ups in a big medical company and it requires him to dress nice, which means I have to iron a lot. I'm really trying to find ways to make this chore a little more pleasant so i'm thinking a Gilmore Girls or Fixer Upper marathon while I iron will help. Any tips or ideas for me? Help a June Cleaver wanna be out.

I would also tell you that I want to do a Q&A post on the blog soon so if you have a question you'd like me to answer please let me know!


Than you for joining me for a coffee date this morning.
What would you like to share with me?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Oh Hey, Friday!

Hey Friends. Happy Fri-YAY!! I feel like it's been so long since i've posted an Oh Hey, Friday post but i'm happy to be back in the groove. So let's get this Oh Hey, Friday! post started. I'm going to do a twist on my usual Friday post. This week i'm going to share a few things i've found and loved on the internet this week and a mix of my own blog posts, favorite Insta post and Good Week/Bad Week.

Oh Hey, Friday!


Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week- While I was sick on the couch all week, last week, I was able to reach out to tons of potential collaborators and sponsors for Peaches & Willow. I'm happy to say that I have quiet a few coming soon so I hope you stay tuned for that!

Bad Week- It's not even that bad but since I was out of it last week, my house and blog took a hit. I'm slowly getting things cleaned up and back to normal. I have to keep reminding myself that it wasn't messed up in just a day so it's ridiculous to think it can all be cleaned up in one day. Sigh. The life of a Super Woman wanna be.


Favorite Insta Post




Blog Posts & Coffee

This week was a slow one for the blog but I hope you do enjoy the two other posts from this week. Feel free to link up with me and my lovely co-hosts next week for Welcome Home Wednesday. We love seeing your projects and recipes.

Coffee Talk
Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party #83


Favorite Internet Finds










Image Map