my evening routine: skincare + at-home teeth whitening

my evening routine: skincare + at-home teeth whitening

Hello my loves! I’ve had a lot of requests for routine-type posts, but truthfully I feel like it took me until the last few months to get a truly good routine going. I remember when I graduated college I thought it would be so easy to have a routine when it was the same schedule every day, no homework to come home to, or whatever the case might have been, but I found that finding my “adult” routine took a lot of trial and error. Also, with all my skincare changes between treating acne, Accutane, and now coming off Accutane, I haven’t been sticking with one particular routine for long, so I waned to make sure I found the skincare + beauty products that I knew I wanted to stick with before sharing. And I’m so excited because I have the opportunity to host another giveaway here on The Southern Sooner – so be sure to keep reading for details!

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reflection on 2018 + goals for 2019

reflection on 2018 + goals for 2019

I’m having such a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that another year has come and gone. I can’t tell if the time is passing faster because I’m actually having that much fun or if it’s simply because I’m getting older. But I really do love this time of year because I love to reflect on what the Lord has done in the past year – I love reminiscing in the good times, and I appreciate the lessons I learned in the hard times. Similarly, I love getting to look ahead knowing that everything that happened this year has paved the way for what’s going to happen in 2019 and that it’s molded me into who I want – and was designed – to be.

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december raves + rejects

december raves + rejects

All I have to say is that the Christmas hangover is r e a l this year, you guys! This Christmas was a little different than most because my grandparents got to spend their holiday with my cousin on the west coast. I can definitely speak for the rest of my family when I say their presence was missed, but we had a really good time celebrating just the five of us. It’s certainly left me feeling so so so blessed.

But now it’s time for another month of raves + rejects! The raves were certainly easy to do, but the rejects were hard to decide on since I’ve been in Texas – away from Oklahoma where all the items I consider a “reject” are – so I couldn’t simply sort through my things and go, “oh yeah, I don’t like this” lol. But somehow, I managed. this post includes affiliate links, meaning, at no cost to you, I will earn commission if you click through and make a purchase.

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christmas movie list + homebody gift guide

christmas movie list + homebody gift guide

4 days until Christmas! I’m home in Dallas enjoying 24/7 Hallmark movies with my mom + sisters, so it finally feels like Christmas to me! there’s just something about the constant background noise of Christmas movies that puts you in the Christmas spirit just a little bit easier. And today, if you’re looking for a Christmas movie marathon, I’m giving you the list of my favorite Christmas movies!

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perfect stocking stuffers!

perfect stocking stuffers!

stocking stuffers can be so fun and easy, but sometimes I feel like I need help finding things that are cute/good quality but still are stocking stuffer material – both in price and size!

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stocking stuffer gift guide 2018
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bar necklace  //  tassel earrings  //  hand cream  //  xl initial necklace  //  cute mug  //  super moisturizing lip balm  //  minimrgency kit  //  embraced devotional  //  prep + finishing spray  //  dry texture spray (not pictured)  //  glass water bottle  // 100 days to brave devotional (one of my faves!)

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fitness gift guide

fitness gift guide

this is always a fun gift guide to do because I love getting all the fun workout stuff. I feel like I could go for days with gifts between outfits, shoes, accessories, useful things to have on hand, but I try to not overload you all (and my graphic designer)   t o o   much!

but if you have a fitness guru in your life or know someone who’s ready to hit the ground running with their new years goals for 2019, here’s the gift guide to get them started, plus some honorable mentions!
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gift guide for him

gift guide for him

okay, raise your hand if you have as hard of a time as I do trying to shop for your dad or boyfriend. I need to know I’m not alone in this struggle lol. I tried to include some not-so-obvious or off-the-top-of-my-head kind of gifts like video games and what not – I think we all know that usually ends up being on the top of your man’s christmas list. I tried to bring you guys something a little bit different, if for no other reason than to prompt you to think of something outside the box. uncommongood.com is a great place to find some unique gifts! this post includes affiliate links, meaning, at no cost to you, I will earn commission if you click through and make a purchase.

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