Kail Lowry Blog: Practical Christmas Gifts

Christmas shopping is one of my favorite parts of the holidays. As Christmas season is now upon us, I find myself being asked by friends and family what they can get my children for Christmas. I can’t ignore the little voice inside my head that screams “Please, no more toys!” As a mom, I’ve realized over the last few years that my kids love and remember experiences and meaningful gifts more than toys.

By the time holidays roll around, my kids have already gotten enough toys throughout the year that they don’t even remember to play with, so they really don’t need to add to the masses. Especially because birthdays fall a month before and a month after Christmas for Lincoln and Isaac.

This year, I’ve been giving practical gift suggestions for kids and I’ve decided to share it with you all. On this list are also some great gifts for moms, in case you need to drop some hints!

1. Personalized Name Blankets

Who doesn’t love a soft and cozy blanket to snuggle up with during the colder months? My kids LOVE to take naps with theirs, and I grabbed personalized ones for all of the cousins this Christmas.

I reached out and got you guys a discount code! Save 15% off your order with code KAIL15

2. Tinytags Personalized Necklaces

Shop Online: https://tinytags.com/

Shop Online: https://tinytags.com/

Personalized jewelry is one of the best Christmas gifts. You see me wear my tinytags ALL of the time, I literally never take them off. These pieces make a great gift that will be around for years. With so many personalization options, you can’t go wrong when shopping for your mom, sister, bestie, or even yourself.

3. Fujifilm Instax Camera

Okay, I’m obsessed with taking instant photos with my Fujifilm camera and so are the boys! I grabbed two cameras for them this year so they can take their own pics, and I plan on helping them to create memory books with their shots in the new year.

Grab one for yourself and snap away! Memories are one of the best Christmas gifts you can give your family, and that's why I love these cameras so much. 

4. Books

Shop Online: Barnes and Noble

Shop Online: Barnes and Noble

Among the best Christmas presents for kids are books you can enjoy as a family. A current favorite in my house, the Dragons Love Tacos series is a hit! Reading is so important for kids, so finding good books that hold their interest is key. 

Both Isaac and Lincoln love these, and we also grabbed some for the other kids in our family for presents this year. What's your favorite book to read with your kiddos? I'd love some ideas!

5. Canvas Prints

Shop Online: http://www.prints.com/


Shop Online: http://www.prints.com/

I’m loving decorating my house with canvas prints of our favorite photos. It brings a new look to a basic picture, and the kids love getting to see photos of themselves throughout the years on the walls. Get a family favorite picture or another photo your child loves put on a canvas and wrap it up for them this year, it’ll be a great surprise under the tree!

6. Personalized Drinkware

Shop Online: www.day1creations.com

Shop Online: www.day1creations.com

Fun drinkware makes an amazing gift for everyone on your list. A lot of you may not know that I co-own a small shop, Day 1 Creations. We create custom mugs, cups, and kids tumblers and can put pretty much anything on a cup. My kids love theirs and carry them everywhere with them. Definitely a cute gift or stocking stuffer for little ones -- or for yourself!

I hope these ideas helped you guys think of practical gift ideas for your little loved ones! If you have other ideas, I’d love to hear them. Leave a comment below or tweet me: (@kaillowry) with your favorite practical gifts for kids!

Happy holiday shopping!

Kail Lowry Blog: My Go-To Easy Family Recipes to Make Cooking for a Family a Breeze

As a single mom with three young kids, having a few easy dinner recipes that everyone loves is essential to making dinnertime easy as possible! Cooking together with your kids is great bonding time, and it also saves money over ordering out all the time. I love hanging out with my boys while we get dinner ready. The best recipes for families combine what they need with what they'll want to eat! My five favorite family friendly recipes are below. 

Side note: all credit belongs to Pinterest for making TONS of recipes ideas available at my fingertips. Be sure to follow me to check out my pins and get ideas for yourself :) 

Photo via Repeat Crafter Me 

Photo via Repeat Crafter Me 

Crock Pot Ranch Chicken Tacos

My kids and I LOVE tacos! (I mean, who doesn’t?!). These chicken tacos are so delicious and easy to make. I’m a huge fan of easy slow cooker meals, so add this to the list of recipes you can pop in the crockpot and forget about until dinner time. Did I mention these are also healthy?? Can’t get any better! Just adjust the recipe to the amount of people you’re serving and you’re good to go :)

INGREDIENTS

3-4 97% fat free chicken breasts
1 packet low sodium taco seasoning
1 packet ranch seasoning mix
2 cups low sodium + fat free chicken broth
Shredded lettuce
Pico de gallo or salsa
Light or fat free sour cream
Taco shells 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Put chicken, taco seasoning, ranch seasoning, and chicken broth in your slow cooker

2. Cook on low for 4-6 hours

3. Shred chicken with fork and let it soak up the broth 

4.Serve in taco shells topped with lettuce, tomato/salsa, and sour cream

 

Photo via Created by Diane

Baked Ziti

Easy Italian comfort food is a must around here and baked ziti also makes great leftovers! This recipe is so hearty and cheesy, it’ll leave everyone in a food coma. Pair it with a salad for yourself or whatever veggie you can get the kids to eat and you’ve got yourself a tasty dinner! If you want to sneak some veggies in stealthily, you can always add a little steamed cauliflower, chopped fine, to the recipe below. They'll never notice ;) 

INGREDIENTS

1 pound ziti noodles (or penne)
24 oz marinara sauce
1½ pounds ground beef
2 cups grated Mozzarella Cheese
1½ teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cook pasta until it's "al dente" (do not over cook the pasta) -- When baking pasta under cooking the pasta for a minute is so much better than overcooking it for a second.

2. While the pasta is cooking, brown the ground beef in a pan until it's thoroughly cooked.

3. In large bowl place pasta, marinara sauce. Add to it the ground beef, salt, and pepper to taste along with oregano, mix well.

4. In a 13x9 pan, create two layers of the pasta mixture topping each with a cup of grated Mozzarella Cheese.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes, until cheese is melted and when you stick a knife into the center of the dish, the food is hot.

 

Photo via Yummy Healthy Easy

Baked Italian Chicken, Potatoes + Green Beans

Easy chicken dinner for the kids? This is a staple meal in my house. The kids love it and the best part? It’s a one pot meal! Less cleanup for me means more time to spend doing fun things with the boys. This is among the best healthy dinners for picky eaters, so all moms please try out this recipe! 

INGREDIENTS

1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 cups green beans (canned)
1½ pounds white potatoes, chopped into 1” pieces
1 cup Kraft Lite zesty Italian dressing (about 1/2 bottle of dressing)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Season chicken lightly with a little salt and pepper.

2. In a 9x13 baking dish, line one side of the pan with green beans. Then place chicken in the middle and cut potatoes lined down the other side. Drizzle dressing on top of green beans, chicken and potatoes.

3. Place foil over the top and place in preheated oven for one hour (or until potatoes are soft and chicken is no longer pink on the inside).

4. Dish up on plates and serve with a side of fruit. Enjoy!

Photo via Frugal Coupon Living

Photo via Frugal Coupon Living

Pepperoni Pizza Twists

DIY pizza for the busy mama? Yes, please. These are one of the kids favorite dinners to help make! Super affordable, easy + delicious; this dinner scores high for this Mom. Being able to spend time with my boys while making dinner is awesome, and seeing them enjoy it makes it even better.

INGREDIENTS

1 package crescents (8 count)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tablespoons melted butter
12 pepperonis
1 cup marinara sauce 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. Press two crescent triangles together to make a rectangle.

4. Brush your rectangle crescents with butter.

5. Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons of cheese in the center.

6. Place 3 pepperoni on top of the cheese.

7. Fold each side over to the middle and press the edges together.

8. Twist your breadsticks and place onto your parchment paper. Brush with butter.

9. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Serve with a side of marinara sauce for dipping and enjoy!

 

Photo via Listotic

Photo via Listotic

Easy Orange Chicken

This orange chicken is so easy to make and so flavorful! The boys ask for this all the time. I really scored when I found this recipe on Pinterest. Throw together quick sides and you’re ready to go!

INGREDIENTS

4 chicken breasts
3/4 cup sweet orange marmalade
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
3/4 cup barbecue sauce 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cut 3-4 thawed chicken breasts into bite sized chunks and cook them in your slow cooker on MEDIUM for about 1 1/2 hours (for best results stir half way through). There is no need to add anything. The chicken cooks well in its own juices.

2. While the chicken is cooking, mix together 3/4 cup BBQ sauce, 3/4 cup orange marmalade, and 2 tbsp of soy sauce until well blended.

3. After 1 1/2 hours, drain the chicken juices from your crockpot and pour your mixture in the crockpot with your chicken. Be sure that the chicken is well coated and mixed in with the sauce. Cook on MEDIUM for an additional 2 hours (you may need to add more time if the chicken is not done). The sauce may appear a bit runny at first but it thickens quite a bit as it cools.

 

kailyn lowry blog recipes

Cooking as a family is one of the best parts of our day. I also find that anything I can throw together and easily clean up after makes dinnertime less stressful and more fun. These are my top five favorite meals for my kids and myself. I hope you found one or two you’d like to try at your house!

I know once I find something all of my kids enjoy, I am thrilled to make whatever it is as many times as they’ll eat it! I found these all on Pinterest, try taking a look there next time you want to try something new :) 

Happy cooking!

Kail Lowry Blog: Introducing my New Podcast, Coffee Convos with Lindsie Chrisley and Kailyn Lowry

Kail Lowry Blog: Introducing my New Podcast, Coffee Convos with Lindsie Chrisley and Kailyn Lowry

I’m so excited to let y’all know that Lindsie Chrisley and I have started a podcast! If you haven’t listened in yet, I recommend you jump on our bandwagon and subscribe to Coffee Convos ASAP. Lindsie and I sit down every week and dish about everything from being boy moms, to our fave 90’s memories and so much more. Even though we do of course talk about being moms, this is so much more than a parenting podcast. 

Lindsie and I “met” through social media, and connected on being young mothers of boys on reality TV. In Coffee Convos, you’ll get to hear our unfiltered perspectives on topics like potty training and mom bods, as well as our differing opinions which leads to a great discussion.

The fact is, no two moms do everything the same. There are a lot of parenting trends we'll discuss and even though we don't always agree, it's fun to get a new perspective. Coffee Convos is like listening in on a moms coffee date. We want you to feel connected and involved, so tune in, comment, and tweet us with your own ideas!


We also want to hear what topics y’all are interested in us discussing, so drop your ideas in the comments below or use #coffeeconvos on twitter to tweet us your ideas. I hope you guys are loving the podcast thus far, and if you haven’t checked It out yet, you’re missing out! Click here to listen to our latest episode!

I would like to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving filled with tons of food, relaxation, and lots of love! 

Kail Lowry Blog: On Dating and Breakups as a Mom

Mom life is amazing and it's also so exhausting. Opening up to dating and relationships as a mom can be tough but we all deserve to be loved. Today I'm sharing my tips on juggling it all from mom bod stress to me-time.

Let’s face it: dating in this day and age is HARD. Dating as a young, single mom is even more difficult. As a millennial mom I feel constant pressure to be perfect in that role, and dating as a mom can be tough.

With kids' activities, homework, play dates, diaper changes and everything else that comes with being a mom, adding a relationship can be total chaos. Now, after finding that special someone you think everything would be pretty much smooth sailing right? WRONG! Try breaking up while being a young mom of three. I would go through the pain of childbirth ten times rather than the emotional pain of a breakup ever again.

Now, some may think I’m being a bit dramatic (my friends say that happens on occasion) however, if you’ve walked this path I’m sure you’re with me. Why does a breakup hit so.much.harder when you're a mom than it did pre-kids?

1. Your self confidence (or lack of it) takes a hit
I don’t know about you, but my post-baby body looks WAY different than before kids, no matter how much weight I lose. Most mommas (hell, women in general) myself included, struggle with self-confidence issues at one time or another. Going through a breakup, you can’t help but ask yourself, “What's wrong with me?” Your confidence takes a direct hit and can have you feeling pretty shitty about yourself. As a mom, I feel I take it more to heart then I did before I had children. Be kind to yourself during this time, do something to make yourself feel great about YOU again.

2. Use the time and energy you have (if any at all) wisely
There is just not enough time in the day when you have little ones running around. It can be absolutely exhausting at times! I know personally, I can’t wait until bedtime hits so that I can go to bed myself. Going through a breakup as a mom, one of the first thoughts that pops in my head is that I wasted so much time on a relationship that is now gone! Then I think of all of the things I could’ve done with that extra time and energy instead.

Let’s change our thinking! Relationships teach us things, both negative and positive. Embrace the lessons learned and don’t stress about the “wasted” time; it wasn’t wasted entirely. Dating as a single mom is important. You haven’t messed up by spending time getting to know (or in some cases rule out) a guy.

3. “Mom Guilt” is a VERY real thing
I put all of my time and energy into raising my boys, that’s what mom’s do right? So, when you finally begin to date someone and your attention is diverted to making yourself happy IN ADDITION TO raising your kids, you probably feel guilty. I know I struggle with the mom guilt a lot! I feel guilty getting a babysitter so I can grocery shop, let alone go on a date.

When you have been investing your time into a relationship and suddenly it comes to an end, mom guilt can strike hard. You worry that you should’ve been spending more time with your children and making memories with them instead of on this now-failed relationship. Remember that while you are a mom first and foremost, YOU ARE ENTITLED TO BE HAPPY. You can’t be the best mom you can be if you aren’t happy yourself. So go get your nails done or take a nap, your kids will still be there loving you at the end of the day.

5. Trust your gut
Moms worry a lot, so our guards are always up. We want to protect ourselves and our kiddos as much as we can. So when a new person comes into the picture, we question their intentions. Slowly, that guard comes down and we allow them more and more into our daily lives. We TRUST them (most of the time).

When a breakup happens, that trust is rocked to its core and we find ourselves questioning the intentions of almost everyone around us. It’s one of the most unnerving feelings to not know someone’s true intentions. My advice? Trust your gut! If something doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not.

At the end of the day, breakups absolutely suck regardless of what stage of life you’re in. I’m a mom of three, and this is where I am in my life now. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and find love whenever you feel you are ready. Even though mom life is crazy-busy, we deserve companionship, too.

I talk love, relationships and so much more on my podcast Coffee Convos with Lindsie Chrisley and Kailyn Lowry -- check us out here.

Baby Lo's Birthday!

You guys! I debated writing this post because there are obviously graphic details, lol but also because I don't know if I could ever convey what the night actually looked like. Let me start off by saying, both Isaac and Lincoln had pretty long labors. Isaac's at 13 hours and Lincoln's at 16 hours. The doctors (among others) always said after the first child, labors are generally shorter and get easier. But with my history being second was longer and harder, in my head I was predicted labor with Baby Lo would be at l ast 10 hours... so long but shorter than the other two. 
Anyway, I had heard Chelsea's story of her incredibly short labor and I thought to myself, that's great... but has to be rare... well apparently not. I had some friends over the night I went into labor... made dinner, played cards then sat on the couch to watch the Crossfit games. Around 1 am I literally FELT AND HEARD a noise... *graphic, TMI to follow*

It was my mucus plug... literally heard it and felt it, WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK. So, again, going off history of labor with the other two, at this point it could be days before. 
Lost it the night before with Isaac and a couple days before with Lincoln. Anyway, I call Chris to let him know what's happening and that if my water breaks or anything else I'll keep him posted. And sure enough, MINUTES later... my water breaks. Get to the top of my stairs, thinking ok I should shower and try to take a nap (at 1:30 am, LOL) in case I'm gona go into labor. Water starts breaking at the top of my stairs and contractions are instantly 3 mins apart... consistently. I get out of the shower and the rest of my water smacks on the floor........ coooool. LMAO. I call Chris tell him my water broke and meet me at the hospital. At this point, my friend Bone is sitting on my bed, like here for moral support or whatever, and I happened to look over, the scream looking emoji was the best way I can describe the look on her face. Meanwhile, her sister Quay is panicking, strips down to nothing and freaking out because she can't find this dress I asked for for labor... So I'm like screw the dress and I'll wear something else.. Again the contractions from the beginning are 3 mins apart. We've called the doctor and haven't heard back yet. Call again and he finally calls back saying go to the hospital now... I literally say NOW?!?!?!?  Here I am thinking I have a good 10 hours. Once the doctor said to go to the hospital right now Quay is calling Chris to come to the house to get me instead of meeting me at the hospital. Finally, we are in the car & my friend Rachel is essentially my doula in the backseat all while looking both ways while we run 3 red lights. So it's 2:24 AM and I'm like omg I have to push. So if we get pulled over right now, I'm giving birth in the car. I get to the hospital at 2:45 AM. I can barely sign my name on the papers... they're struggling to get the IV in, I'm 6 cm... I'm begging for pain meds but the paperwork isn't done... minutes later the IV is in and I'm ok now can I please have pain meds. Nurse comes in to check me and I'm 8 CM but dilate 9, 10 cm AS SHE'S CHECKING ME... Last thing I hear is "I NEED HELP" from the nurse who literally I just dilated in her hand lmao... I said "I CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT MEDS" and all the sudden I feel my body almost like curl up into a ball and then I turned into Super Saiyan, as Chris said, and sprawl out, arching my back, the nurses are yelling now, "chin to chest" and baby was out 2 pushes later. 3 am on the dot. I look at Chris and it's like he was STILL while everything else was moving in fast motion around him. They put baby on my chest and ask "do you want to know what you had?" I'm in tears, and say yes! "IT'S A BOY!" i'm crying, I cannot believe how much hair he has. Literally everything, from start to finish was 2 hours. Meanwhile, I realize, my doctor never made it to the hospital in time. So gets there in time to deliver my placenta.  

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I asked my friends to type up what they remember from the night and here's what they had to say:

Photo by: Meaganready.com & wendydarlingphotography.com *UPDATE! BONE'S VERSION OF EVENTS:   When Kail asked me to write my version of the birth story, I didn't really answer her because I can sum it up in one sentence: I was disgusted. But people are now asking for mine. I get it. I'm the funniest and I'm a fucking meme so it's not surprise to me that people want my version. So by popular demand here it goes.     I get bored pretty easily and when I get bored I like to make others suffer either mentally or physically. If you've ever spent the day at Kail's house then you know it's pretty fucking boring. We sit on the couch and watch tv and Kail makes pizza rolls or orders Chinese if we're lucky. So it was late one night and I haven't tormented Kail since I convinced her she was autistic so I think she's past due. Also, despite my lack of human emotions, I love babies and I just want to meet Baby Lo. I know working out can induce labor. So Michaella and I thought it would be funny to make her workout because Kail is not only 9 months pregnant but she also has about as much grace as.....well the Hulk. So Michaella and I are dying laughing as she squats and takes laps around the kitchen counter. If I knew what was to unfold for the rest of the night I would have saved my torment for someone else.    After like 30 minutes Kail goes to the bathroom because when she stands up from the couch she hears something "snap". We are all like ok Kail whatever just go to the bathroom. *insert eye roll*. We all know Kail's dramatic so we don't really think anything of it until we hear, "Rachel"! Rachel gets up and goes to the bathroom and Michaella's middle name is FOMO so she trails closely behind Rachel. I'm not going to be the only one to not be involved so I get up as well. I peak my head into the bathroom to see what all the fuss is about and all I see it Rachel all up in Kail's business. Rachel is like Phoebe from Friends. Loves nature and not afraid to go arm deep in someone else's vjeana cause it's natural and not something you should be ashamed of. Then apparently Kail's mucus plug is on the toilet paper. It's like the vjeana boogers you get, ya know? I have a wide set vjeana and I heavy flow so I've seen worse on toilet paper. I'm not phased.     Somehow we are now on the top of the steps and Kail stops, legs open, and she's not wearing any underwear or pants just so you all can get the full picture. All of a sudden water shoots out her pizza and onto the floor. Now I've reached my limit. I've only got 20 years on this earth and I intended to go my next 80 without every seeing someone's vjeana turn into a water gun. So for the rest of this story I'm mentally checked the fuck out. Thank the Devil for Rachel because she handled everything from here on out. Kail said I was sitting on the bed for "moral support". Absolutely fucking not. I was sitting on the farthest edge of the bed because that's the farthest I could get from this situation without being left out. Cause FOMO.     Michaella gets frustrated very easily and if there's anything in this world Michaella loves more than going through people's belongings, it is being naked. She apparently can't find a black dress and when she gets frustrated, she cries, and when she's overwhelmed she gets naked. So now she's pacing in the closet crying and naked. I'm embarrassed about her display of so many emotions. I don't know how we're sisters...never mind I'm adopted so doesn't count. One thing I cannot handle is crying. So I turn my attention back to Kail who is shaking like Michael J. Fox on the bed. She's in pain but at least she's not crying so I can handle this better. Rachel then starts talking about counter pressure or some shit. I've gone 3 years of our friendshipwithout touching Kail and I certainly wasn't going to start just cause she was having a baby. So Michaella and Rachel handled that.    I've never been excited to see Chris but I was in this moment. Finally someone to take Kail and this situation as far from me as possible. Oh by the way...I wanted baby Lo to be a fucking girl. Like I said I love children and watch Kail's kids whenever I can. I love Isaac and Lincoln but I wanted a change and I wanted to help take care of a little baby girl. Also I knew Kail secretly wanted a girl and if she didn't have one she'd be on a mission to have another baby. Aka 4 baby daddies aka I'm not having that shit. So I'm texting Rachel, she went to the hospital, to see what the baby is. After a few minutes I fall asleep, again my attention span is not long. But I'm awoken not too long after to Rachel smiling at me. I knew she knew the gender and I felt like I just woke up to Christmas Day and I was getting a present. Rachel exclaims, "it's a boy"! I can only compare my feelings to the moment you open a present on Christmas and it's socks. You pretend to be happy but inside you're like fuck off I didn't want fucking socks. So instead ofdisplaying my real feelings I just simply stated "I'm going to bed". I love baby Lo (fucking name this kid or I'm calling CPS) but hey it's 2017 maybe he'll change his mind on his gender and I can get want I want.  Rachel's Story It all started around 1:00 in the morning. Kail, Bone, Quay, & I were at Kail’s house hanging out. Kail went pee and came back into the living room. After she sat down she asked me “Can you hear your mucous plug come out? I think I just heard it and felt it.” I said,  “I don’t know about hearing it, but yes some women feel it.” Kail went back into the bathroom and next thing I know she yells “Rachel” so I went in there to find her sitting on the toilet. She showed me the mucous but there wasn’t a substantial amount so I had her stand up.  I then knelt down and looked up into the eye of the hurricane and saw the rest of the plug. We then went upstairs and just as Kail reached the top of the stairs her water started to break. I’ll never forget the look on Bone’s face as the water hit the floor. Quay got a towel and we put it under Kail. I told her to stay there and just let it happen.. easier to wipe up the wood floors than deal with soaked carpet. Once we cleaned her up she went and sat on her bed and we called the doctor. We had the nurse page him and Kail tried to get comfortable. At 1:34 she had her first contraction. We laid on the bed for a bit before she decided she wanted to shower. I kept writing down the contractions. They were immediately and consistently 3 minutes apart. While Kail showered Quay was getting last minute things together and she started stress-stripping because she couldn’t find a black dress.  Every time she’d pace back and fourth between the bathroom and walk-in closet she had one less piece of clothing on. It was seriously hilarious. Bone was on the bed taking in all the chaos. At one point Quay was even crying! She was so emotional and so funny! Once we calmed Quay, Kail got out of the shower. It was quickly approaching 2:00 am so we called the doctor back and the nurse paged him again! Kail lost more water and a little bit of blood on her bathroom floor. Again- Bone’s face… priceless! At that point we called Chris and he made his way to the house. Shortly thereafter Chris arrived and as he loaded the car the doctor back called and told us to go to the hospital. Chris drove, Kail sat in the passenger seat, and I sat in the back. It was clear Kail’s contractions were getting stronger.. she kept writhing in pain and squeezing Chris’ arm. We were almost to the hospital when Kail said she felt like she needed to push.. we hit a red light and Kail told Chris to run it. Another red light, and another! At 2:24 we ran our 3rd red light and made our way to the hospital. I parked the car and Chris escorted her inside. By the time I made it up to the floor Kail was in her room, so I sat with Chris in the waiting room.  A few minutes later a nurse came for Chris. I sat there by myself texting Bone. An alarm went off and all these nurses went running into her room. They came from the left, the right, and spilling off the elevators. Shortly after that I heard a scream and text Bone “By the sounds of it, she’s crowning!” Sure enough a little bit later the doctor came out and told me the baby had been born! Once they cleaned her up they took me back. When I walked in Chris was holding the baby and Kail gushed “It’s a BOY!” I immediately looked at Chris and said “Seriously?” There HE was!!! Little Baby Lo! So from start to finish her labor and delivery was 2 hours long. I like to say he rocketed out. It began at 1:00 and he was born at 3:00 am on the dot. She did amazing and the baby is so perfect!! So many emotions, so little time!  Quay’s Point of View It was August 4th, and at this point I was fed up that there was no baby popping out yet. My sister, Bone, and I decided we needed to get this show on the road. We were all sitting on the couch together, and we took out our phones to google ways to induce labor. We chose exercise as our way to get the baby out because we knew there was a good chance it would work and honestly it was gonna be funny as hell to watch. Me and Bone were dying laughing watching Kail do squats and waddle around the house. When Kail finished her workout she was sweating and dying and me and bone were laughing. We were sitting on the couch, and not even an hour later the show was on the road. Kail stood up and screamed that something “popped” and me and bone just stare at each other and are like what the fuck does that mean. Kail runs to the bathroom and we follow her because we’re nosey as hell. There was shit coming out of here and we were like okay this is really happening. We all go upstairs to get clothes and everything ready to go to the hospital and all of sudden Kails water breaks on her bathroom floor. Bone’s face was the funniest thing I have ever seen because she was both shocked and disgusted at the same time. We had never been through anything like this, so we really didn’t know how to react towards any of it. Kail starts having contractions and she is clearly in tremendous amounts of pain, and if anyone knows me and bone they know we don’t have much emotion towards anything. So here Kail is screaming in pain and me and Bone are just staring at each other with blank faces. We could have tried to comfort her but that’s too much and kails fine she will survive. So then all a sudden Kail tells me she wants this black dress to wear to the hospital because its stretchy or whatever. So I’m like okay this is the time I can make myself useful and at least do something to help Kail since my sympathy isn’t a thing. So I’m trying to look in her messy ass closet for this dress, and I couldn’t fucking find it. So now I’m in full panic mode because I literally had one job and I couldn’t even do it. So now I’m distressed and I start panicking and crying and who knows what else. I’m pacing back and forth in her closet and room and all a sudden I just start stripping because I was hot and overwhelmed and clearly didn’t know what else to fucking do. Fast forward and I found her something else to wear. She has already called the doctor and she has his word to come on in to the hospital. All of this started at about 1:00am, and Kail gets to the hospital around 2:40. Next thing we know, we get a text at 3:00am on August 5th, that our beautiful baby no name was born. 

Photo by: Meaganready.com & wendydarlingphotography.com

*UPDATE! BONE'S VERSION OF EVENTS:
 

When Kail asked me to write my version of the birth story, I didn't really answer her because I can sum it up in one sentence: I was disgusted. But people are now asking for mine. I get it. I'm the funniest and I'm a fucking meme so it's not surprise to me that people want my version. So by popular demand here it goes. 

   I get bored pretty easily and when I get bored I like to make others suffer either mentally or physically. If you've ever spent the day at Kail's house then you know it's pretty fucking boring. We sit on the couch and watch tv and Kail makes pizza rolls or orders Chinese if we're lucky. So it was late one night and I haven't tormented Kail since I convinced her she was autistic so I think she's past due. Also, despite my lack of human emotions, I love babies and I just want to meet Baby Lo. I know working out can induce labor. So Michaella and I thought it would be funny to make her workout because Kail is not only 9 months pregnant but she also has about as much grace as.....well the Hulk. So Michaella and I are dying laughing as she squats and takes laps around the kitchen counter. If I knew what was to unfold for the rest of the night I would have saved my torment for someone else.

   After like 30 minutes Kail goes to the bathroom because when she stands up from the couch she hears something "snap". We are all like ok Kail whatever just go to the bathroom. *insert eye roll*. We all know Kail's dramatic so we don't really think anything of it until we hear, "Rachel"! Rachel gets up and goes to the bathroom and Michaella's middle name is FOMO so she trails closely behind Rachel. I'm not going to be the only one to not be involved so I get up as well. I peak my head into the bathroom to see what all the fuss is about and all I see it Rachel all up in Kail's business. Rachel is like Phoebe from Friends. Loves nature and not afraid to go arm deep in someone else's vjeana cause it's natural and not something you should be ashamed of. Then apparently Kail's mucus plug is on the toilet paper. It's like the vjeana boogers you get, ya know? I have a wide set vjeana and I heavy flow so I've seen worse on toilet paper. I'm not phased. 

   Somehow we are now on the top of the steps and Kail stops, legs open, and she's not wearing any underwear or pants just so you all can get the full picture. All of a sudden water shoots out her pizza and onto the floor. Now I've reached my limit. I've only got 20 years on this earth and I intended to go my next 80 without every seeing someone's vjeana turn into a water gun. So for the rest of this story I'm mentally checked the fuck out. Thank the Devil for Rachel because she handled everything from here on out. Kail said I was sitting on the bed for "moral support". Absolutely fucking not. I was sitting on the farthest edge of the bed because that's the farthest I could get from this situation without being left out. Cause FOMO. 

   Michaella gets frustrated very easily and if there's anything in this world Michaella loves more than going through people's belongings, it is being naked. She apparently can't find a black dress and when she gets frustrated, she cries, and when she's overwhelmed she gets naked. So now she's pacing in the closet crying and naked. I'm embarrassed about her display of so many emotions. I don't know how we're sisters...never mind I'm adopted so doesn't count. One thing I cannot handle is crying. So I turn my attention back to Kail who is shaking like Michael J. Fox on the bed. She's in pain but at least she's not crying so I can handle this better. Rachel then starts talking about counter pressure or some shit. I've gone 3 years of our friendshipwithout touching Kail and I certainly wasn't going to start just cause she was having a baby. So Michaella and Rachel handled that.

   I've never been excited to see Chris but I was in this moment. Finally someone to take Kail and this situation as far from me as possible. Oh by the way...I wanted baby Lo to be a fucking girl. Like I said I love children and watch Kail's kids whenever I can. I love Isaac and Lincoln but I wanted a change and I wanted to help take care of a little baby girl. Also I knew Kail secretly wanted a girl and if she didn't have one she'd be on a mission to have another baby. Aka 4 baby daddies aka I'm not having that shit. So I'm texting Rachel, she went to the hospital, to see what the baby is. After a few minutes I fall asleep, again my attention span is not long. But I'm awoken not too long after to Rachel smiling at me. I knew she knew the gender and I felt like I just woke up to Christmas Day and I was getting a present. Rachel exclaims, "it's a boy"! I can only compare my feelings to the moment you open a present on Christmas and it's socks. You pretend to be happy but inside you're like fuck off I didn't want fucking socks. So instead ofdisplaying my real feelings I just simply stated "I'm going to bed". I love baby Lo (fucking name this kid or I'm calling CPS) but hey it's 2017 maybe he'll change his mind on his gender and I can get want I want. 

Rachel's Story

It all started around 1:00 in the morning. Kail, Bone, Quay, & I were at Kail’s house hanging out. Kail went pee and came back into the living room. After she sat down she asked me “Can you hear your mucous plug come out? I think I just heard it and felt it.” I said,  “I don’t know about hearing it, but yes some women feel it.” Kail went back into the bathroom and next thing I know she yells “Rachel” so I went in there to find her sitting on the toilet. She showed me the mucous but there wasn’t a substantial amount so I had her stand up.  I then knelt down and looked up into the eye of the hurricane and saw the rest of the plug.

We then went upstairs and just as Kail reached the top of the stairs her water started to break. I’ll never forget the look on Bone’s face as the water hit the floor. Quay got a towel and we put it under Kail. I told her to stay there and just let it happen.. easier to wipe up the wood floors than deal with soaked carpet.

Once we cleaned her up she went and sat on her bed and we called the doctor. We had the nurse page him and Kail tried to get comfortable. At 1:34 she had her first contraction. We laid on the bed for a bit before she decided she wanted to shower. I kept writing down the contractions. They were immediately and consistently 3 minutes apart.

While Kail showered Quay was getting last minute things together and she started stress-stripping because she couldn’t find a black dress.  Every time she’d pace back and fourth between the bathroom and walk-in closet she had one less piece of clothing on. It was seriously hilarious. Bone was on the bed taking in all the chaos. At one point Quay was even crying! She was so emotional and so funny! Once we calmed Quay, Kail got out of the shower. It was quickly approaching 2:00 am so we called the doctor back and the nurse paged him again!

Kail lost more water and a little bit of blood on her bathroom floor. Again- Bone’s face… priceless! At that point we called Chris and he made his way to the house. Shortly thereafter Chris arrived and as he loaded the car the doctor back called and told us to go to the hospital. Chris drove, Kail sat in the passenger seat, and I sat in the back. It was clear Kail’s contractions were getting stronger.. she kept writhing in pain and squeezing Chris’ arm. We were almost to the hospital when Kail said she felt like she needed to push.. we hit a red light and Kail told Chris to run it. Another red light, and another! At 2:24 we ran our 3rd red light and made our way to the hospital. I parked the car and Chris escorted her inside.

By the time I made it up to the floor Kail was in her room, so I sat with Chris in the waiting room.  A few minutes later a nurse came for Chris. I sat there by myself texting Bone. An alarm went off and all these nurses went running into her room. They came from the left, the right, and spilling off the elevators. Shortly after that I heard a scream and text Bone “By the sounds of it, she’s crowning!” Sure enough a little bit later the doctor came out and told me the baby had been born! Once they cleaned her up they took me back. When I walked in Chris was holding the baby and Kail gushed “It’s a BOY!” I immediately looked at Chris and said “Seriously?” There HE was!!! Little Baby Lo!

So from start to finish her labor and delivery was 2 hours long. I like to say he rocketed out. It began at 1:00 and he was born at 3:00 am on the dot. She did amazing and the baby is so perfect!! So many emotions, so little time! 

Quay’s Point of View

It was August 4th, and at this point I was fed up that there was no baby popping out yet. My sister, Bone, and I decided we needed to get this show on the road. We were all sitting on the couch together, and we took out our phones to google ways to induce labor. We chose exercise as our way to get the baby out because we knew there was a good chance it would work and honestly it was gonna be funny as hell to watch. Me and Bone were dying laughing watching Kail do squats and waddle around the house. When Kail finished her workout she was sweating and dying and me and bone were laughing. We were sitting on the couch, and not even an hour later the show was on the road. Kail stood up and screamed that something “popped” and me and bone just stare at each other and are like what the fuck does that mean. Kail runs to the bathroom and we follow her because we’re nosey as hell. There was shit coming out of here and we were like okay this is really happening. We all go upstairs to get clothes and everything ready to go to the hospital and all of sudden Kails water breaks on her bathroom floor. Bone’s face was the funniest thing I have ever seen because she was both shocked and disgusted at the same time. We had never been through anything like this, so we really didn’t know how to react towards any of it. Kail starts having contractions and she is clearly in tremendous amounts of pain, and if anyone knows me and bone they know we don’t have much emotion towards anything. So here Kail is screaming in pain and me and Bone are just staring at each other with blank faces. We could have tried to comfort her but that’s too much and kails fine she will survive. So then all a sudden Kail tells me she wants this black dress to wear to the hospital because its stretchy or whatever. So I’m like okay this is the time I can make myself useful and at least do something to help Kail since my sympathy isn’t a thing. So I’m trying to look in her messy ass closet for this dress, and I couldn’t fucking find it. So now I’m in full panic mode because I literally had one job and I couldn’t even do it. So now I’m distressed and I start panicking and crying and who knows what else. I’m pacing back and forth in her closet and room and all a sudden I just start stripping because I was hot and overwhelmed and clearly didn’t know what else to fucking do. Fast forward and I found her something else to wear. She has already called the doctor and she has his word to come on in to the hospital. All of this started at about 1:00am, and Kail gets to the hospital around 2:40. Next thing we know, we get a text at 3:00am on August 5th, that our beautiful baby no name was born. 

St. Thomas

Wow, how time flies. I know this post is super late but things have gotten... a little crazy... to say the least. But I'm finally getting to it! 

Over the summer I was nervous about not getting a chance to spend some quality time with the boys before the new baby came. Last year, we went to Puerto Rico and I wanted to see something new, so we decided on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. MTV came along for the trip and here is my take on the island!

Cons: Island time x10... meaning everything seems to move extremely slow. 
We booked semi "last minute" so EVERY place was booked... not sure if it was just our hotel or every hotel but it was pretty far from all the beaches and good dining.

Pros: BEAUTIFUL beaches. Aside from Hawaii, I think these are some of the prettiest beaches I've seen. 
The people are soooooo nice and accommodating.
There is so much history on the island, that is interesting for both adults and children... like the Pirate's Museum. The pirate here, looks just like Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean... Was so cool to see how well he plays his part, lol! 

Two MUST GO to beaches:
Coki Beach - On site food, drinks, snorkel renting, super cool "rock wall" where there are a ton of wild iguanas... look but don't touch lol, pictured below. 
Lindquist Beach (There was a fee to get into this one but it was well worth it.) Very quiet & clean. Clean bathrooms and shower for afterwards.

Overall, it was a great trip to spend time with Isaac and Linc and I'm glad we were able to experience a new place this year!

 

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Our view from the room at Blackbeard's Castle.

Our view from the room at Blackbeard's Castle.

Taken with my GoPro Hero5

Taken with my GoPro Hero5

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You asked and @hayter25 answered, welcome to the first #haytertakeover !

Hello everyone, for those of you that do not know me I am Becky (with the good hair), and I am making my first guest appearance on Kail’s blog. We decided to switch some things up and have people ask me some questions and well... here are my answers…. Enjoy :)!

 

What is Kail best and worst habits? - @kailsteam
Best: I would say Kail’s best habbits are always striving for more for her and her boys
Worst: By far putting way to much trust in people … and cursing… a lot

How did you and Kail become friends? - @kailynlfans , @Morales_Dee
Well, one of my ex’s.

what is your favorite part about being friends with @KailLowry? - @smartashh_29
My favorite part about being friends with Kail has to be the connection that we have. We are such different people but we listen and communicate well with each other.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? - @Lipstiick_lezz
Happily married, starting a family, and just enjoying life to the fullest.

What is one of the things you girls love to do when you get together? – @MHynes33
It is interesting because Kail is not a fan of going out, meeting new people, drinking, and well that’s kind of what I live for. We also don’t get to see each other often so when we do we love to just sit down and talk or do something with the boys. Basically every time it’s me giving Kail advice and her not taking any of it J

What is your fave show to watch together? And fave thing kail cooks? - @lizy_horan_13
We don’t watch TV when we are together, and now that I think about it she has never cooked for me.

What is your favorite thing about kail? - @ksuther29
Honestly, (when she is in a good mood) we just have so much fun together. We laugh and joke around and make fun of each other (mostly me making fun of her) I hit on her and she welcomes it with open arms.

How do you find genuine friends that aren't looking for publicity? - @srmcgivney90
I think that this was directed to Kail, but I will answer this for her. She does a bad job at it.

Funniest blond moment @KailLowry has had in your presence? - @smartashh_29
Her existence.

How does she handle all the negative comments from ppl? - @DawnFroehle
How does it effect you to hear the shite kail gets as her friend do you sometimes want to scream at theese people. - @JessicaFarnham1

Everyday is different. What happened that day, how she is feeling, what’s the topic of the negative comments. I have said it before, she is tough but isn’t bulletproof. Myself over the past couple years have completely blocked off any emotional reaction to people for the most part. It really comes down to their own personal issues they are dealing with.

Were you and javi friends and if so have you been able to maintain that friendship? - @nalosi2
Javi and I were friends. Through the divorce the dynamic really changed throughout the entire friends group and we no longer have a friendship at all.

Would you date a cop? Asking for a friend. - @Defendthed9n
If this is to me – I don’t discriminate, but I am happily taken.
If this was to Kail, I would go with no she wouldn’t.

If you could roommate with anyone, friend, family, celeb, who would it be? - @updatesonkail
Leah

When is she gonna have her own cooking channel - @brosario08
I know my snaps make me look like I am a master chef but all the credit belongs to Plated

How often do you filrm? Pros and Cons?
Thinking this is to Kail but I will answer anyways. I do not film often but then again I also do not see Kail frequently, which needs to change. Time to move to NJ Kailyn. Pro’s – I like making people uncomfortable on camera Con’s Kail complaining and them catching you picking your nose

Will your delivery be filmed? Is Becky going to come see you when you have Baby Lo. - @updatesonkail , @Jaytexbmoney , @KriistyHahn
No it won’t be filmed, and I hope to make it there for the delivery

Will the baby have your last name? - @TeenMomTalk_FB
Yes, the baby will be a Hayter .. just kidding.

 

What you all have been waiting for….

 

Are you two together? - @SydneyHysell
She wishes.

Have you & Kail ever hooked up - @Chelsdeboerfans
No, she wishes.

How has it been with everything going and everybody saying that y’all are dating? - @DArealmeko
Honestly, any girl I hang out with people always assume I’m dating or hooking up with them, even my parents, I am used to it.

Why do you two pretend to date when Becky has a girlfriend? Doesn't Leah get offended? - @nellzhater
But are we pretending? …. Leah is saint.

What’s your advice to all the ladies out here with mad crushes on you? 😍🙃❤ Are you flattered? Annoyed? Thankful? Xo. - @bbgirl_dee
Someone really made a twitter account just to say this. Keep the crushes coming ladies :) 

 

What did you think? Should there be a round 2? Comment below!

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Cocaine and CaviART

You meet a lot of interesting people through social media, and through my scrolling I came across Millie's page, obviously double tapping every art piece she posts... you'll understand when you go follow her. Well! She offered to do a piece for me a while back so this past weekend my girlfriends and I took a mini road trip to Newark, NJ to meet her and pick it up! 

Final product! 

 

You can follow Millie on Instagram - @cocaineandcaviar and visit her website cocaineandcaviART.com  

You can follow Millie on Instagram - @cocaineandcaviar and visit her website cocaineandcaviART.com

 

So so thankful for Millie doing this for me and I can't wait to order one of the baby when he/she arrives! Now just to find a place for my new fave painting! 

 

Will update once I decide on its permanent location! :)

New Baby Must-Haves & Favorites

I am so excited about all the new baby things that I've gotten because it's been some time since I've bought cute baby things! I thought it would be fun as I've been sharing some of the cute gifts that I've gotten in the mail to round up some of my favorite things so far that I just love.  

You might have seen this wooden ruler on my SnapChat. I know so many of you loved it! White Loft has quite a few different wood options and even a canvas option too. I can't wait to get one for the nursery and for the new baby. 

Skip Hop's new bouncer is really something I am so excited about! I have never had a bouncer like this with the boys and it's so cool that you can have it at different heights. Skip Hop is definitely one of my favorites for the baby gear. They have so many great things! I can't wait to use them all. 

When I announced my pregnancy I shared these new baby books from Polka Dot Print Shop which I'm excited to document this baby with and remember everything about this pregnancy too. I might even get one for the boys because they have toddler and school aged books too. I love to remember those special memories. Isn't this black and white print great? 

How cute are these onesies from Twelve & Faye? I can't wait to try them on Baby Lo! I never have had milestone blankets with the boys so I can't wait to take photos with these milestone blankets from batz kids. They are just so adorable and of course, I love anything black and white!

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Tell me below in the comments what are some of your favorite products or gear you bought when you had a baby? I want to know! 

Mother's Day Giveaway

With Mother's Day around the corner I wanted to do a little something special for those who might not be able to pamper themselves.  

  A few months ago I got some really cute necklaces in the mail from Tiny Tags and one of them, I never take off. It has my inrials KL engraved on it and it layers perfect with my other necklace I never take off. 

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In honor of Mother's Day I've teamed up with Tiny Tags to give one winner and deserving Mom a gorgeous necklace (up to a value of $800) just so you can have something special this holiday.  

Most moms never get anything special for themselves or treat yo self so I wanted to help! 

To enter to win make sure you're following Tiny Tags on Instagram here and me too of course! Once you take a look at the Tiny Tags website, leave a comment below of which necklace you'd love to win! 

I'm wearing the 14K Gold Monogram necklace and never take it off! 

Good luck!! Winner will be announced on Friday! 

Graduation is here!

If you follow any amount of the show, you know I've been struggling to get through school and earn my bachelor's over the last 6 years... Yes, 6 years. Between teen motherhood, financial hurdles in the beginning, then moving to a new state, marriage, babies and divorce... and then of course just wanting to give up, I (barely) held on and I'm FINALLY graduating May 13! This has been an extremely long and emotional road for me and for my family. Yesterday my good friend, Jenn was sooooo sweet and did my graduation pictures with the boys and of course my baby bump! 

Here is the preview of our photoshoot! 
Email Jenn Glasser if you're looking for a photographer: g7studiobyjenn@gmail.com

 

There are a select few people around me that have helped make this possible for me, they know who they are and I'm so thankful for them. I love you!

Week of Workouts!

These workouts were approved by my doctor, so check with your doctor for approval while pregnant!

So recently I started having some pain in my lat area when I was laying down - whether it's pregnancy related or not, I'm not sure - but I decided to try some of these work outs my coach put together for me to see if they helped and so far things have been much better. I need to spend more time on specific muscles each day... although lunges are not my favorite the day after. ;) The idea with these work outs (for me) is to tone through the rest of my pregnancy and not elevate my heart rate too much since I haven't been truly consistent since the beginning of the pregnancy. Whether you're pregnant or not I hope these help or give you some ideas when you're not sure! 

Day 1 - 

Warmup & stretch
Seated dumbbell press - 10
Lat pulldown - 10
1 min rest
X3

Tricep Pushdown - 10
Bicep curls - 10
1 min rest
X3

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Day 2 -

Warmup & Stretch
10 dumbbell RDL (Romanian deadlifts)
20 Weighted (dumbbells) lunges
:30 second plank
Rest 1 min
X4

15 Side lateral plate raises - 5 lb plate in each hand
15 plate front raises - 15 lb plate
Rest 1 min
X4

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Day 3 -

Warmup & stretch
12 single arm dumbbell rows
12 incline bench press
Rest 1 min
12 Dips off box
12 Ring rows
X5

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Day 4 - 

Warmup & stretch
21-18-15-12-9 Dumbbell cheat press
30 sec light bike after each set
30 second rest

10 step ups right leg
10 step ups left leg
:30 battle ropes
Rest 1 minute
X5

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Day 5 -

Warmup & Stretch
12 landmine rows
24 (12 each leg)  weighted lunges
1 min light row
X5

21-18-15-12 Push press & RDL's

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Day 6 - 

Warmup & Stretch
15's - EZ curls
8-10 inclined hammer curls w/ AMRAP drop set
10 1 arm incline curls
X4

Partner curl ladder for 5 minutes

10 tricep kickbacks
20 box dips
20 tricep push downs

Interview in the Latest issue of cupcakeMAG

My friend Casi is the founder of cupcakeMAG and it was so much fun to be featured as a #momboss in the latest issue that just came out today! Head over to cupcakeMAG.com right here to read my entire interview as we chatted about mom life, school and the new baby! You might notice Beverley Mitchell and Christine Lakin on the cover -- who didn't watch 7th Heaven?

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the shoot: 

Read my interview here!

Photos by Kim Flores 

Make-Up: Kristen Correia

Hair: Theresa Davis of True Expressions Glam Mom

Mug: Day 1 Creations

Raising My Tribe Tee: Little Adi & Co

The Stuggle is Real Tee: Love Struck Two 

How To Get My Look

I've gotten a lot of questions about my hair so I thought I'd get all the details from Nickole who helped me with my look during the live after show! You can follow her on Instagram, @jonesn2 and on Facebook she is Nickole Jones! I know so many of you asked on my snap how to get my look so here is just how she did it. 

1.  Wash and air dry hair add a mousse scrunching hair while drying. 

2. I suggest using Bumble and Bumble mousse. 

3. Once hair is completely dry wrap the hair around a 1-inch wand. 

4. I used T3 whirlwind trio 1inch attachment. 

5. Wrap the hair from the root to about 1 inch from the end.

6. Hold the end out from the iron so it doesn't curl. 

7. Follow that step on the entire head alternating directions( very important for fullness)

8. On the sides wrap the hair in a backward direction 

9. Give it a light spray with hairspray. I used Sebastian shaper in the white can. 

** alternating directions with your curls helps the hair to be fuller because all the curls don't become 1 curl

6 Favorite Quick Meals

You might not believe it but I love to cook! As a single Mom, I have to always think ahead of recipes that are quick, easy and kid-friendly. 

Right now I'm not really craving anything but I'm eating a lot of chicken and potatoes. I'm not a big breakfast person so when it comes to dinners, I love anything I can add cream cheese too and could never give up pasta. If you follow me on Pinterest here you will see I pin a lot of chicken recipes and easy go-to crock pot recipes too. I thought I'd kick off this week with sharing some of my favorites! Make sure you pin them for later too. They are all fast, easy and seriously the best with kids. 

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What's your favorite dinner recipe? I want to try it! Tell me in the comments below! 

My Must-Haves Scents from Scentsy

It's no secret that I am obsessed with Scentsy and if you know me, candles and Scentsy are my favorite things in my home. Over the last few weeks I've gotten a lot of questions about my favorite scents and how many I have so I wanted to share! 

I leave mine on almost 24/7. I change them out every two days but let me just say this is not normal. I just have an obsession! Most people don't change them out that often! I have them everywhere too. I have 3 downstairs and one in every room and bathroom upstairs!

As for my favorite scents, it's hard to choose! But I seriously love the ones pictured below in my home. Cashmere, Sugar Cookie, Cherry Vanilla and Cedar Cider are just some of my favorites. You can grab them all on my Scentsy page here!

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Do you have any favorite Scentsy scents? Tell me in the comments! They have some of the cutest warmers out now too. Head over to my page and check them out! Make sure you check out the cute warmers too. Read it now, pin it for later! 

What You Don't Know About Me

While you think you might know me from the few minutes you see of me on MTV each week, I thought I would share with you some things you might not know about me!  From pet peeves to all about cream cheese! Here we go....

1.) I read texts messages and I forget to reply.

2.) I hate talking on the phone. Please, just text me.

3.)  I add cream cheese to any recipe I can.

4.) First thing in the morning when my feet touch the floor I pee and brush my teeth.

5.) My favorite Spring drink at Starbucks is the pink drink - strawberry acai with coconut milk

6.) My biggest pet peeves! When people leave shit in the middle of the floor. When people don't keep their word on things they say they're going to do

7.) I don't wear a regular bra. I wear or a sports bra or a cami with a built in bra. I hate bras!

8.) I have too many sneakers to count. Too many sneakers!

9.) My first car was a 2001 Nissan Sentra.

10.) I'm a ranch girl, I hate honey mustard.

11.) If money and a job were no object, I would live in Hawaii with my kids.

12.) If I could only shop in one store for the rest of my life it would be Target.

What else do you want to know? Tell me in the comments!