I’m still in shock!!

I’m still in shock!!

Y’all so today I found out that I was featured in an e-mail!! Y’all and not just any e-mail but the Beachwaver e-mail (Tuesday Tips) !!

If you are a subscriber to their e-mail then you may have seen it!! Y’all I am over the moon about this!! I’m so very thankful that they used my clip!! I can’t even believe it!! I didn’t even know about it until someone told me!!

Y’all know I LOVE LOVE LOVE my curling irons and I talk all the time about how amazing it is. When I became an ambassador with them I started to get some of their hair care products. They have so much!! Dry shampoo, beach spray, heat protection hair spray, 3 different types of shampoos and conditioners. Y’all I love it all. I’m not just saying it I truly mean it!! It all smells amazing and it’s all vegan!! The dry shampoo doesn’t leave white flacks in my hair like some dry shampoos do!! They even have brushes and so many different other things!

Their beach spray is amazing too!! Gives you that just from the beach feel even though we are stuck at home!! Y’all and it smells amazing!!!

I’ve been working so very hard to grow my instagram and my blog. This just shows that it’s paying off. I LOVE what I do. I get to connect with other mamas and bloggers from all over!! I’ve made friends that support me and I support them!! We even have a few of us that can’t wait to meet up in person!! I love sharing products that I love. I love sharing my family and our life with you!! Thank you all for the support.

Again THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Beachwaver for featuring me and showing support!! I’m Beyond grateful and blessed to work with an amazing company!!

Self Tanner

Self Tanner

I get asked if all the time if I self-tan! Well yes I do but it also depends on the time of the year and how much pool time I get!!

The secret is to have clean smooth skin before applying your self tanner. I always exfoliate my legs before shaving with my Billie razor. I brought just an exfoliating mitt and helps keep my shave lasting longer!! I’m not shaving nearly as much as I used too! I also love my Loving Tan mouse and tanning mitt! I use shade Dark. It leaves the best natural looking tan!!

Do you self tan? I’ve only just started this past spring and now I’m hooked!! No more white legs for me this fall and winter!!

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Building our Camp Week 2

Building our Camp Week 2

Raymond is finally home after being on the boat for 2 weeks! In that time we had a “Tropical Storm” I put quotes because that was just a little rain storm for us lol. I know that others did actual have bad weather from it but for us here it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as they thought it was going to be. We made sure that to camp was tied up just in case and it stayed that way until Raymond got home!

It may not seem like we got much done this time but the work that was done was tedious.

Day 1

or starters after that storm someone at the dock went to move the forklift and didn’t see the giant rope tied to the front of the camp to the forklift and yanked the whole camp out of square! (insert the red mad face emoji here lol.) So Friday morning Raymond had to go back and resquare the whole camp all over again. Once that was all done he laid all the plywood down for the subfloors. He got to all laid out and remember that he needed to cut 2inches off of each board. So he had to pull it all back up. After he got them cut he re-screwed them all back down again on just the corners. We used 3/4 treated plywood for the subfloors. He staggered them so that the seems where not all down the middle of the camp floor.

Day 2

Saturday morning he chalked out where all the cross beams ran under the subfloor. This helped so that he knew where to put a screw at. He then spent the morning screwing down the entire subfloor with screws every few inches apart along the beams.

Day 3

Sunday he cut and installed the front and back porch boards. Using 4 x 4 post he made timber-heads for securing the camp and towing. They are lag bolted to the main beams. He used 2 x 12 x 10 on the front and back as end caps. These will also go around the whole camp in the future.

Day 4

Monday morning he was ready to move the camp into the water!!! He used pipe with chains ran through them as lifting points. They used the forklift and a cherry picker to lift and move the camp into the water. The time lap video makes it look so easy. Using the M/V Jax to push the camp into the Teche and behind our house for the next two weeks! We used the Tug this time because the current in the Atachafaya River is very strong right now and we had to push the camp against it to get into the locks.

Day 5

Tuesday we went and used our Xpress boat and see how we will hook up to move it ourself. We didn’t go far just a quick little trip up the bayou then back!

We are all very excited to get this done!! Connor already knows its the camp! We are thinking of calling it “Connor’s Cabin” This really is a place we will be able to spend countless family time together!! It may take us a little longer then we had planned but spending family time together while Raymond is home is a must!!!

Shop the Mint 4th of July

Shop the Mint 4th of July

What else do you do when you are stuck in the house due to a Tropical Storm? Well you fix your hair, throw on some makeup, and make the best of the crappy lighting to do a Shop the Mint Tryon!

Ya’ll I am loving this collection!!! It’s all the Red, White & Blue you can handle!! These pieces are a must have for summer and for all of our USA holidays!! I love that I’ll be able to wear them for years to come too!!

You can shop all of these looks and the whole collection through my Liketoknow.it page. Don’t have the Liketoknow.it app, that’s okay just click HERE to go right to Shop the Mint’s 4th of July collection!

Tryon is saved in my highlights on my Instagram page!! Watch til the end and you’ll get to see some super cute bloops of Connor! ” Hey Guyssss” I swear he is just way too cute!! Which one is your favorite? I know for sure I will be rocking a few pieces on the 4th for sure!!!

What’s your plans for the 4th? Do you have annual plans that you do every year or do you make new plans every year? We tend to just go with the flow here! I don’t like to make plans because we don’t always know for sure if Raymond will be home or not. But this year I’m “planning” on attending a family party!! I’m on the hunt for some swim trunks for Connor that I will share as soon as I find some I like!!

I hope you all enjoy your time with your Family and enjoy our amazing counties birthday!!

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Building our Camp Week 1

Building our Camp Week 1

Week one on the camp is done!!!! I can’t believe how much Raymond got done in 3 days!! He has been very hard at work, while I just sit back and stay out of his way!! I promise you he is happier with me not being there asking question or getting in his way. I did go down there and check out the progress like any good boss does hahaha! We are very lucky that we are able to use our family boat dock. This is where all of the Tug Boats are docked when they are not working. We have full power and water there, plus all the heavy machines we need to move things around.

Most of the wood, screws, straps, and floats came from Home Depot. We did pick up a few things from our local lumber store! All of the details and daily progress is listed below. But first……

I’ve been asked by a few of my friends in the north “What is a camp?” So I will do my best to try and explain it!! A camp in South Louisiana is like a hunting cabin up north. Ours just so happens to float on water (like a house boat), others may be on land! Some are lucky to have electric while others have to use generators! Depending where the camp is located you can drive your car or you may have to take your boat! Ours will be a 30 minute boat ride!! Price range? Well that depends on who its for. I have seen come camps both on the water and land that are in the millions dollar range and some that are on a budge like ours!! We even have “homes” in some of the coastal areas that are called “camps” for their owners. We are very happy with the small, floating, budget friendly camp we are building to spend countless family time together!!!

Day One – Sunday

Raymond started by laying out the 6 floats where they will need to be! They are feet apart long ways and 5.5 feet apart wide. This makes a 24 x 20 base. Each float has two 4x6x12 beams attached to them with a two foot over lay front and back. After laying them out he squared everything off and maker where every hole had to be drilled out. We used 7in carriage bolts going through the beams and the pre-made holes in the floats. There is 10 bolts per float. Each float can hold 2800 pounds!!

Day Two – Monday

First thing he had to do was go get rubber to place in between the treated beams and the aluminum flat bar, the rubber keeps the treated beam from eating up the aluminum. We used 12(two for each beam) 10 foot 3in x 1/4 Aluminum flat to connect the front and back floats. This is to help from keeping the the middle joint from flexing. Each beam has 8 8in carriage bolts holding them together. The next step is to square off where the floor joist will go. They are 16ins apart. We used 38 – 2 x 6 x 12 board cut down to 10 foot. The 2 foot that was cut off was used to brace the boards together in the middle. Started on the joist hanger hurricane straps before it was quieting time!!

Day Three – Tuesday

Last full day before all the rain stopped the work for this time he is home!! 120 joist hanger hurricane straps each with 6 screws each were installed where the floor joist touched all 6 beams. Deadwood between the floor joist where the seams of the plywood will fall. Extra 4×6 braces were added too. 4×4 braces were placed in the middle to help the aluminum braces too. Last both of the 2 foot walk ways down the sides were installed.

Raymond has done an amazing job. He has done 75% of this work all by himself. He got help from some of the guys on the boat that has been at the dock and some help from a carpenter friend of ours. While Raymond will be on the boat we will have someone add another 120 joist hanger hurricane straps.

We are thinking it will take him another 3 times of him being home to be all done. Then its off to the lease so we can enjoy our second home!!!! We can’t wait!!!

Shop the Mint!!

Shop the Mint!!

I am so excited to announce that I am now working with Shop the Mint as a brand ambassador!! I can’t wait to be able to share new pieces with you and of course SALES!!!! I am working on getting you a discount code but right now if you text MINT to 90243 you will save 15%.

You can shop through my personal link here, ShoptheMint. When you shop through my link I do make a small commission, a big Thank You if you chose to help me out!! I have also linked everything to my Linktoknow.it account too!!!

Y’all everything I have brought from them I LOVE!! Their tees are the softest ever!! You know I love find adorable fashion right, and their prices are great!

Here are a few the pieces I already have and LOVE!! I’m wearing an extra small in all of the shorts, and Smalls in everything else. The sandals I sized up a 1/2 size to a 7. Swimsuit. – Top: extra small Bottom: small

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Exciting news for the Foret Family

Exciting news for the Foret Family

I am over the moon to make this announcement! And NO we are not having another baby, lol! If you have been following me on Instagram you may already know, but we are FINALLY building a family camp and we are now in our own hunting lease.

We have been talking about finding a hunting lease for years. If you are from Louisiana or even just a hunting you know how expense hunting leases and hunting is! You have to either have a lease or know someone to go on their lease. State land is free but you can’t build a stand you have to take it with you every time you go. It can be crazy at time. We have talked about building our own camp for years as well. But still you have to have a lease to be able to put it. You can’t just go tie up your camp anywheres. Yes there is cheaper leases just for camps but no hunting rights.

So this year we had the opportunity to join a very good lease that has hunting right and a place we can put a camp. This is a big decision for our family. But its the right one for us!

We are a water family for sure. I grow up going to my family camp. There is so many pictures and video of us there and just on the water! Same goes for Raymond. He can remember leaving for school on Friday mornings with the boat already hooked up to his truck. Even now, when Raymond is home we are in the boat just about everyday!

Connor loves to go for boat rides. We have taken him fishing so much this year that he knows how to run jug line and he is only 2 1/2 years old!! He knows where ” pa’s camp” is already!! So we know he will love it just as much as we will. We can not wait to share life long memories there as a family.

I will do my best to update the process of building out camp. We are building a 20×24 float with a 16×16 living area on it! We will have two porches, a small one off the back and a larger one on the front, with a 2 foot walk way on both sides! We are going to use a floor plan simpler to the one below with a few little changes. One will be a stand shower with a closet instead of a tub.

Today I order 6 PermaFloats (36in. x 96in. x 24in.) that we will use to build the deck and camp on. You can find the link here to my Liketoknow.it I will do my best to link everything we bye while building!

I can’t wait to get started and be able to enjoy our time in God’s Country!

Swimsuit TryOn

Swimsuit TryOn

I totally stepped out of my comfort zone today and did a swimsuit TryOn! I was super nervous the whole time! But I am proud that I did it. I have never been one to “show off” my body. Yes I know I am a small person, but I am just like every other woman out there! I have things about my body that I just don’t like. I could list them out but I won’t. Just know that I wasn’t 100 % sure if I was going to post a TryOn with swimsuits. I went back and forth about it.

The last few years I have been trying to find a one piece swimsuit that wasn’t for a child or for an old lady. You know how hard it was for me to find a some that I liked? What’s been even harder than finding a one piece, has been trying to find a two piece that I like as well. It’s been years scene I brought a new swim suit! And I wasn’t so sure about some of these new styles. I’ve said it before about how I am a hands on shopper. When it comes to clothes I would so much rather try them on. But right now that’s just not an option! So I made do. I read review after review on the two boutiques that I finally chose to order from. I will say I am very happy with the look of the two one pieces and the one two piece I did find.

You can shop all three looks at my Liketoknow.it page.

I have to say that the Black one piece is my Favorite one I got. I feel so good in it! The cut outs give it just the right amount of sexy. It also comes in red.

I knew when I started doing TryOns and sharing them to my Instagram I would most like have to do a swimsuit TryOn. It was something I was very scared about. But after talking about it on stories and seeing the support I had from my followers it really helped me to want to share it! I hope that someone reads this and see how nerve I was and how I over came my fear. I hope that helps them over come something they have been scared to do!!

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Shop the Mint – quick link to the shop I got the two piece from!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Another holiday that will be totally different this year! I’m still not used to all this online shopping for gifts and having to spend so much time apart from my family. My mom and I have always had a close relationship and we are usually together when we have the free time. This may be the first Mother’s Day I not with my mom and that makes me sad. So to help I’ve been doing a little retail therapy! Who hasn’t been right haha!!

So I put together some of my favorites and a some of the things I would love. I also tired to put a little of everything. From shoes and jammies, makeup and skin care, jeweler and styling tools, and even things to keep her drinks cold or hot. And you can’t forget about a great smelling candle. You can shop all these items easy through my Liketoknow.it page (Just click here https://www.liketoknow.it/southernmamaofone17)

Also don’t forever you can save 10% on any Beachwaver products when you use code KendarWave at check out!!

I hope you all have a great and Happy Mother’s Day!! I’m sure I’ll be hanging with Connor and hopeful my mom as well!!

Sephora Sale Must Haves

Sephora Sale Must Haves

Is anyone else shopping online way too much? I know I am. I also know that this Sephora Sale I’m sure I’ll be spending even more! The Sephora sale started yesterday so I wanted to round up some of my favorite products I get there! This sale is for Sephora Members only!! Not a member it’s okay you can still join oh and its FREE to join. You can save 10% as an INSIDER!

See something you like that’s in the pictures below and want to shop my favorites? Head on over to my LiketoKnow.it page and shop there! https://www.liketoknow.it/southernmamaofone17

These are all the different skin care and tools I have brought from Sephora over the years!

Yall know I love my makeup right!! Here are just some of my favorites that I use daily!!!

Happy Shopping and Happy Savings!!! I hope this will help you find something new that I’m sure you’ll love!!!