Hot Date Essentials

20 Aug 2014 Permalink

hot date essentials

I swear, men have it soooo easy when it comes to date night prep.  What do they have to really do anyway?  Shower?  Maybe iron a shirt?  Whatever is it, it doesn’t compare to what women go though to get ready for a night out.

hot date essentials

I usually start prepping for date night the day before.  I like washing my hair in advance so that it’s a little dirty…my curls (or whatever I decide to do with my hair!) hold better.  I also like to shave a day ahead of time too.  This Not Your Ordinary Daily Shampoo and Conditioner is perfect for doing both!  Obviously, it’s great for my hair.  But I love using the conditioner as a shaving cream, too.  It makes my legs so smooth and soft!  Plus, both products have a light coconut scent…smells so good.

hot date essentials

For my body, I love a great exfoliating scrub.  The Lemon Sugar Body Scrub is my favorite!  It cleans up all those little rough patches and leaves my skin feeling soft.  Sometimes I just rub in on my hands and feet, but for date nights I use it on my elbows, knees, upper thighs, and tush.  Gotta make sure everything is soft and smooth!

hot date essentials

hot date essentials

Now for the actual night of date night, there’s a whole ‘nother list of things to do!  After I finish my makeup, before I apply any lip stick, I coat my lips heavily with Rose Salve.  This stuff hydrates my lips and allows for a smooth and easy application of my lipstick.  Once I do apply my lip color, I follow up with Mentha Lip Shine.  It’s adds just the right amount of shine to my lips…plus it has a great minty taste.

hot date essentials

And of course, I have to moisturize my body as well!  I’m a sucker for anything lemon or citrus scent.  This lemon body lotion totally fits the bill…it really smells like lemons!

hot date essentials

hot date essentials

By looking at these pictures, you cannot tell that I just pampered myself with all sorts of bottles of beauty goodness.  I know my husband had no idea!  But it was all worth the effort when he felt how smooth my skin was and noticed how great I smelled (he especially loved the scent of my hair!)

Right now you can get 15% off of all C.O. Bigelow products (plus your choice of two free samples at checkout!)  I’ve been a fan of them for a while…I got hooked on Rose Salve back in college!

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Back to Work Outfit | Printed Tank & Pencil Skirt

18 Aug 2014 Permalink

work outfit | printed tank and a pencil skirt

If you haven’t already heard me complaining, school is back in session.  This is my tenth year as an educator and as much as I love teaching, it never gets easier.

work outfit | printed tank and a pencil skirt

work outfit | printed tank and a pencil skirt

work outfit | printed tank and a pencil skirt

I think the key to anything (especially the key to not blowing your mind and going crazy!) is to be organized.  Last week I posted this picture on Instagram and Facebook showing how I prepare my outfits for the week.

a week's worth of work outfits

Some people were a little shocked that I actually take the time to plan my outfits for the week, but let me tell you, it’s time worth spent!  It’s so nice to wake up in the morning and already have an outfit ready.  I find if I don’t prepare like this, then I end up wearing something that doesn’t make me happy and I just feel blah all day.  Some people need coffee to keep them going…I just need a cute outfit.

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Summer in Squares | #instasummer

11 Aug 2014 Permalink

Knocked Up Fabulous on Instagram | http://instagram.com/april_kuf

PicMonkey Collage

Knocked Up Fabulous on Instagram | http://instagram.com/april_kuf

Time seriously flies by too quickly!  I can’t believe that I’m back in school TODAY for meetings and will be with my students tomorrow.

This summer I tried documenting the best parts of my everyday on Instagram.  I know some people aren’t fans of social media, but I love using it to help me remember the fun/interesting/cute things that have happened.  I think of it as my online photo album.  And whenever I need a quick pick-me-up, I take a few minutes to browse through the pictures.

Anyway, since the start of the school year marks a new beginning of sorts, here’s a few of my favorite Instagram entries from this summer that I’ll be looking at to boost my spirits…

Knocked Up Fabulous on Instagram | http://instagram.com/april_kuf

Orange and gold is such a pretty combo!  These colors are going to look great in the fall too.

Knocked Up Fabulous on Instagram | http://instagram.com/april_kuf

One benefit of having a daughter?  I’ll always have someone to try out lipsticks with!

Knocked Up Fabulous on Instagram | http://instagram.com/april_kuf

…and paint nails with.  Julia totally gets the credit here for picking out our rainbow colors.

Knocked Up Fabulous on Instagram | http://instagram.com/april_kuf

Adult time is always a plus…especially when its with my other blogger babes.  Jessica and Sarah are always a blast to hang out with!

Knocked Up Fabulous on Instagram | http://instagram.com/april_kuf

These guys are fun to hang out with too.  Mostly I just like watching them for a little comic relief!

Knocked Up Fabulous on Instagram | http://instagram.com/april_kuf

Shh…don’t tell.  This tropical floral top is actually a nighty!  I love how it looks tied up as a shirt.  This outfit reminds me to play around with my clothes and experiment wearing pieces in different ways.

Knocked Up Fabulous on Instagram | http://instagram.com/april_kuf

And seriously, how cute are these two?!  Fresh hair cuts for both and a first pair of glasses for Jules…they’re just growing so quickly!

Now that school is in session, I’m sure my Instagram feed is going to include plenty of art work and outfit of the day posts.  Consider yourself warned.

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