Gift Guide for the Modern + Simple Family

Some of you may know that I own a shop —-> The East Side Shop ❤ This shop was inspired by MY STYLE. I love simple, modern, and clean looking street wear type clothes. I wear lots of black, white, gray, leggings, tennis shoes and sweatshirts. Adidas and Nike are my spirit animals. Not gonna lie, since we moved to the south, I’ve had a hard time finding stores and people who “get” me…I think all of my people live in NYC or somewhere up North where all black everyday is socially acceptable lol.  So I created a line of clothes (which now includes hats + coffee mugs) for MY PEOPLE! If you have no idea what that means then you are not my people so don’t worry about it lol. I wanted to put together some items from the shop for you to check out for your simple + modern friends and family (or even maybe yourself). Head over to www.theeastsideshop.com or keep scrolling!

EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT CODE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST!

For the ladies…here are some really popular products that we can barely keep in stock!

 

 

All of our designs come in various items + colors. We carry hoodies, sweatshirts, long sleeve t-shirts, unisex size t-shirts, ladies fitted t-shirts, hats and coffee mugs!

For the guys…our most popular design has been the corner love my crew hoodies and there are a few more on the site that are popular for the guys as well!

For the babies…I’ve got these adorable onesies that say “Wonderfully Made.” They are inspired by the the Bible verse: I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14. I’m working on getting these in a kids t-shirt also!

 

I want to offer anyone reading this an exclusive discount code for 15% off your entire order! Use code: EASTSIDE15 at checkout!

Head on over to www.theeastsideshop.com to check out ALL of our products! We are on ETSY too! The coupon code will work on both sites! Happy shopping!

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How to Clean Your Make Up Brushes

I’m so excited to have a guest blog today by my girl Korian Bradley! She is a salon owner in Chattanooga, Tennessee and knows her stuff! She’s going to tell us everything we need to know about how and why we should be cleaning our make-up brushes!

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Find her on Instagram at: @korian18 and follow her salon @steelmagnoliasalon

This article may contain affiliate links, all opinions are my own. See my full disclosure policy here.

By: Korian Bradley

Who doesn’t love a flawless face?? And we all have that one brush or maybe it’s 3 or 4 that never lets us down!  But are you getting the most out of your brushes?? Do you feel like sometimes they get the job done but others they apply heavier in areas? Or maybe they worked better when they were new??

When you use your brushes, bits of makeup, oil, dirt, and even bacteria can get trapped in the bristles.

Cleaning your brushes may seem basic but skipping this step can lead to clogged pores and pesky breakouts.

Cleaning your brushes is a lot simpler than you think. The best part is you have all the things you need right in our home!

The best thing to use is oil (olive oil or warmed coconut) mixed with dish soap. Yes I said dish soap!

1/3 oil to 2/3 dish soap

The dish soap cuts the oils that are stuck in the brush and the oil replenishes the good oils the dish soap took out.

If you do not have oil and dish soap you can also use a baby shampoo.

What you will need •

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-dirty brushes

oil & dishsoap or baby shampoo

-towel

-rough surface or you can use your hand

-bowl for mixing

•how to do it

-Rinse your makeup brush with lukewarm water  (I do it one by one but you can do them all at once if you like)

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-Swirl your mixture of oil & dishsoap with your makeup brush

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-Rub the brush against rough surface or you can use your hand, working the makeup through the brush hairs. Continue to swirl it until the makeup starts coming out.

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*Make sure that all of the oil is out. If you feel like they are a little oily you can put a dab of dish soap on the brush and rinse.

-Rinse the brush in running sink water. If the brush you are cleansing is a foundation brush or a brush you use liquids on you make want to repeat the cleansing step.

-Once you have your brush all clean squeeze the water out with your fingers. Form the brush back to is natural shape and lay it out on a towel.

-Repeat until all your brushes are clean. When all brushes are clean you can lay them on a towel over an air vent or outside in the sun. Just make sure they aren’t in a windy area or laying on anything that could change the shape of your brushes.

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*Cleaning your brushes is such an important part of your makeup routine and it is recommended to do it at least twice a month! I generally do mine when I know I’m not going to need them for a little bit. I also do mine at night and they are ready to go by the AM.

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Drying can take several hours so make sure your u will not need them for bit. I like to clean them at night before bed!

 

Rose Gold Mother's Day Gift Guide

Rose Gold is everything right now so I’m here to help you find the PERFECT Mother’s Day gift for the ladies in your life! All of these items are available on Amazon and most products are Prime…which means if you wait until the last minute, you could still get them in just a few short days. Double check the item to make sure it’s Prime! I try to stay on top of things and not wait until the last minute…but it happens….you know…life…kids. So for all my last minute shoppers out there, AMAZON to the rescue!

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This article may contain affiliate links, all opinions are my own. See my full disclosure policy here.

Fellas! Don’t forget your mom, wife, sister, grandma and even the ladies that are expecting. They are expecting a baby AND a gift from you on their first official Mother’s Day. Trust me on this one. If you’re a lady reading this and find something you love, just forward or tag the guy in your life!

I put a little something for everyone in here. Whether you want to spend a little or a lot, I’ve got you covered on trendy, rose gold items ❤

Alright…Happy Shopping! 

Rose Gold Metal Slim Wallet with a RFID Blocker  **Under $10

Rose Gold Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle ** Under $15

Rose Gold Diamond Crystal Ballpoint Pen (set of 12) ** Under $20

Rose Gold Initial Necklace ** Under $20

   Rose Gold Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones **Under 230.00

Rose Gold Flat Sandal **Price varies per size. Under $50

Rose Gold Kenneth Cole Satchel **Under $100

Rose Gold Aviator Sunglasses ** Under $10

Rose Gold Cosmetic Storage Containers (Set of 3) **Under $50

Rose Gold Oval Make-up Brushes (Set of 10) **Under $20

Rose Gold Teapot and Infuser **Under $35

Rose Gold Stainless Steel Dual Head Stethoscope (Limited Edition)   **$80

Rose Gold Fitbit (Special Edition) **Under $180.00

  Rose Gold Stainless Steel Watch **Under $15

Rose Gold Mini Wireless Ear Bud (Bluetooth) **Under $15

        Rose Gold Steve Madden Heel    **Price Varies per Size

Rose Gold Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush  **Under 185.00

 

  Rose Gold Keyboard Cover Skin (check details for compatibility) **Under $10


 

What are y’all getting your mamas for Mother’s Day???

Rose Gold Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Rose Gold is everything right now so I’m here to help you find the PERFECT Mother’s Day gift for the ladies in your life! All of these items are available on Amazon and most products are Prime…which means if you wait until the last minute, you could still get them in just a few short days. Double check the item to make sure it’s Prime! I try to stay on top of things and not wait until the last minute…but it happens….you know…life…kids. So for all my last minute shoppers out there, AMAZON to the rescue!

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This article may contain affiliate links, all opinions are my own. See my full disclosure policy here.

Fellas! Don’t forget your mom, wife, sister, grandma and even the ladies that are expecting. They are expecting a baby AND a gift from you on their first official Mother’s Day. Trust me on this one. If you’re a lady reading this and find something you love, just forward or tag the guy in your life!

I put a little something for everyone in here. Whether you want to spend a little or a lot, I’ve got you covered on trendy, rose gold items ❤

Alright…Happy Shopping! 

Rose Gold Metal Slim Wallet with a RFID Blocker  **Under $10

Rose Gold Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle ** Under $15

Rose Gold Diamond Crystal Ballpoint Pen (set of 12) ** Under $20

Rose Gold Initial Necklace ** Under $20

   Rose Gold Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones **Under 230.00

Rose Gold Flat Sandal **Price varies per size. Under $50

Rose Gold Kenneth Cole Satchel **Under $100

Rose Gold Aviator Sunglasses ** Under $10

Rose Gold Cosmetic Storage Containers (Set of 3) **Under $50

Rose Gold Oval Make-up Brushes (Set of 10) **Under $20

Rose Gold Teapot and Infuser **Under $35

Rose Gold Stainless Steel Dual Head Stethoscope (Limited Edition)   **$80

Rose Gold Fitbit (Special Edition) **Under $180.00

  Rose Gold Stainless Steel Watch **Under $15

Rose Gold Mini Wireless Ear Bud (Bluetooth) **Under $15

        Rose Gold Steve Madden Heel    **Price Varies per Size

Rose Gold Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush  **Under 185.00

 

  Rose Gold Keyboard Cover Skin (check details for compatibility) **Under $10


 

What are y’all getting your mamas for Mother’s Day???

Valentines Day Outfits for Little Girls

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I love a good holiday outfit for my kids and Valentines Day is no exception! My sweet mama got these for the girls (yay for moms!). You will not believe where she got these! AMAZON! I meannnnn, you can literally buy ANYTHING on Amazon. I’m convinced.

Click on the links to get outfit details!

Macy’s Shirt This adorable shirt can be worn all year long! If you’re like us, we wear shorts with long sleeve shirts on cooler Summer nights. It says toddler but they go up to a size 8! The ruffles on the sleeves are my favorite part of the shirt!

Macy’s Pants are from Target I love the sparkle leggings! You can pair them with anything and everything. They are a fun edition to most any outfit for girls!

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Brooklyn’s Outfit This is a 3 piece outfit that comes with the shirt/dress, leggings and scarf. I literally had to physically remove the scarf from her body before bed the other night because she loves it so much. She said it makes her feel “like a big girl!” I love that I can separate all 3 pieces to make different outfits. Getting the most out of my money (well, my mom’s money haha)!

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Gia’s Outfit This is a 3 piece outfit also! It comes with the shirt/dress, leggings and hair bow! I’m OBSESSED with the ruffled leggings! You will see those around Memorial Day, 4th of July (and any other USA-ish excuse I can find) paired with Navy! Even if they are short and have to be capris lol! She looks adorable in this outfit if I do say so myself! ad She is our last baby so why not splurge on a “My first Valentines Day” outfit??

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What are your favorite Holidays to dress your kids for? Where do you shop?

Clear Make-up Organizer

This article may contain affiliate links, all opinions are my own. See my full disclosure policy here.

Heyyyyyyyy! I got some awesome Christmas presents that I can’t wait to show you guys. I posted a clear acrylic make-up organizer earlier that everybody (including me) is dying over. I wanted to give you a review and give you the link!

First of all, it’s awesome. Duh. Second, I love that it’s clear. Some people want to hide all of their stuff, but I love that I can see everything! I love that it can hold all of my brushes and a lot of my make-up in it. If I have any complaint it’s that I should have asked for 2 lol. This thing is already full and I have more stuff to store, so I”ll def be grabbing another one! It comes in 2 parts. The top part where the brushes are detaches, so you can store it somewhere else if you want. I’m thinking I may buy another one and remove the top of the second one for storage in a cabinet and stack my drawers on each other so it’s extra tall! It comes in different sizes. The one I have is the medium one. I would have gotten the bigger ones but they didn’t come in clear and that was the whole point for me! Also, they cost more soooooo yeah.

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I also love that it’s portable. If I need to ever store it for some reason, it’s super light and not permanent. It’s acrylic so it’s pretty sturdy, but not heavy.

My FAVORITE thing of all is the price! It’s only $15.99! Such a good deal for the look and the functionality.

Here’s the link for anyone wanting more info or to order (just click on the picture):

My Grown up Christmas List (each item is under $100!)

This article may contain affiliate links, all opinions are my own. See my full disclosure policy here.

*GIVEAWAY ALERT* To win an item for you AND a friend from my Christmas list, go to my Instagram page @lifewithlittlemamis , follow me, like my post and tag at least 3 friends (feel free to tag as many as you’d like) who might want to win!

My mom has been hounding me for weeks to get our Christmas lists together, and I finally have. If you’re not sure what to put on your Christmas list, I’ve complied some ideas for you! Also, who really has trouble making a list of things you want?? I just don’t get that! It took me about 15 minutes to get my list together lol. I have a running list in my head (or phone) of things I want and need. Like, ask me anytime and I could name 30 things. It’s not greed it’s just called shopping and being a girl. So let’s get started…Also, stay tuned next week I’m sending out what the girls have on their Christmas lists in case you need ideas for the little girls in your life! They also have millions of things on their list…they get it from their “mami.” *We will be doing a giveaway from one of their items also, so check back!*

*Click on the pictures or title to get more info on the product(s)

  1. DEEP Copper Chef Pan square set

This is at the TOP of my list (cough cough mom). First of all, copper is LIFE. I walked through Williams-Sonoma last week and had to hold myself back from buying everything. The thing is I have tons of stuff, but it’s not copper and copper is just gorgeous and so popular right now. I love this particular pan set because well…it’s copper (I may say it 5 more times so get over it) and it’s deep. It’s no secret I love to cook and I make a lot of dishes where I throw meat and veggies in a big pan and steam them up. I like to make mass amounts of food so we always have leftovers for lunch and I usually can’t fit all of the food into my other pan. This one is extra deep and I NEED it. Need. Also, this is WAY cheaper than the other one I saw at Williams-Sonoma. Way.

2. Hammered Copper Mugs-set of 4

We’ve already covered that copper is life, but that’s only next to coffee. SO naturally I need these hammered, copper mugs as well. MUST have. And these are way cheaper as well.

3. Chef Buddy Grill and Panini Press, Non-stick

You guys might be cool and already have one of these but I don’t! Jeff is the grill guy at our house but sometimes I want grilled food when he’s not around. What am I supposed to do, strap Gia on my back and head out to the grill? No. You might be super woman, but I’m not. We try not to eat tons of bread in our house, but once in a blue moon we do grilled cheese with soup and I feel I could…I mean WILL (because mom or Jeff needs to get this for me) make some awesome, healthy sandwiches with this bad boy.

4. White Salad Bowls

My other kitchen obsession is white everything (ya know other than copper). I don’t have really great salad bowls, I use mixing bowls right now lol. We do taco salad at least once a week in our house, so I GOTSTA get me some of these. Plus, I love the shape of these! Mom or Jeff, if you’re taking notes I need the 6 pack of 26 ounce size 😉

5. Stainless Steel Potato Cutter

I still have little kids in my house so we do oven baked fries a lot. Like, A LOT. Think of all the things I could do with my extra time by having one of these?!

6. Bamboo Butcher Block and Serving Tray

Trust me. I need one of these and so do you. So cute to arrange your food for a party and it’s functional as a cutting board.

7. White Marble Cutting Board

See reason for #6. NEED.

8. Hotel Luxury White Sheets

I told you this was my GROWN UP Christmas list. You KNOW you’re grown when you ask for sheets for Christmas lol. We’ve been married almost 9 years and we’ve gotten new sheets but some of our stuff is just wearing out! Plus, there’s NO feeling like climbing into a clean comfy bed! and I love the look of white sheets at a hotel. Makes me feel fancy.

9. Activated Charcoal Mask

If you haven’t googled this stuff, DO IT. I can’t wait to try it! I’m getting older, but I’m going down kicking and screaming lol. Peace wrinkles.

10. Eye Gel

See reason #9. W-R-I-N-K-L-E-S.

11. IlluMask Wrinkle Light Therapy Mask

Not exactly sure if they work (I’m sure there will be a blog about it one day haha) but I want to see what all the fuss is about. I’ve read so many reviews and some people say they did nothing, others said they changed their life, so I’ll have to be the judge of that. Either way, NEED. Please leave me a comment below if you have tried and let me know your thoughts!

12. Laptop Hard Case and Keyboard Cover

I don’t need this but I LOVEEEEE it and want it! That’s all.

13. Susenstone Make-Up Brush set (Gold)

I love these make-up brushes for so many reasons! They are pretty and they are cheap! I know some of y’all like to buy expensive brushes and clean them and blah blah blah, but I have 3 little GIRLS in my house. Expensive make-up brushes may never be a luxury of mine because they would def get ruined. So these brushes are perfect for what I need. NEED.

14. Nike Shoes

I’m not exactly sure this image won’t cooperate with me but you GOTTA click on the link to look at these shoes. Sweatshirts and tennis shoes are my LIFE and these are black and white which is also my life. I’ll take a 9 please.

15. Rose Gold Aviators

Anyone who knows me, knows that I LIVE in my sunglasses. Like I have 10 pair laying around so I never run out. Aviators are my favorite. NEED. WANT.

To win an item for you AND a friend from my Christmas list, go to my Instagram page  @lifewithlittlemamis follow me, like my post and tag 3 friends (you can tag as many as you’d like) who might want to win something!

What else do you have on your Christmas list that I should add to mine?!?