Influenster JollVoxBox Unboxing!

Hey guys! It has been a crazy holiday month and I’m sorry I haven’t been around as much, but with the season ending you best believe I will be back!
Here is my latest Unboxing video of the Unboxing of the JollyVoxBox that I received from Influenster!
Stay tuned for a full run down and review of these products.
Lots of love,
Kate

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Bichbox Ruffian Manicure Giveaway | 4 Winners! (Open)

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It’s giveaway time! Check out the video below for more info!

What you win: one exclusive Birchbox Ruffian Manicure set which includes three amazing nail polishes.
How to enter:
1.You must be subscribed to either my youtube or my blog
2.Thumbs up this blog
3.Comment with your favorite nail trend!

You can comment as many times as you want, each comment equals one entry.
Good luck!
Kate

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*Must be 18+ or have permission from parent

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Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese | Mom Seal of Approval

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In a world filled with sugar and lollipops and with the childhood obesity epidemic it is more important than every to feed our kids good wholesome foods, which brings me to my son. My son David is four and very picky! We have always tried our best to feed him well, we stick to fresh ingredients and meals filled with whole grains and veggies and try to restrict eating out to only a few times a year! The older my son gets the harder it is to keep finding creative ways to introduce healthy foods to him because…well..he is just too wise to our tricky ways! So when influesnter sent me the Annie’s organic mac and cheese to try out the first person I thought of was David.
While I do cook for my family just about every night, there are some nights that are just too hectic and I have to throw something together for him while trying to keep in mind the health factor. I was sent the Annie’s microwaveable mac and cheese in the while cheddar flavor and when one of those busy nights rolled around I knew just what to feed him. While I’m easier to please I knew that the best judge would be him. I was a little nervous about this however because these microwaveable cups are comparable to the Kraft easy macs but my mind was put at ease when I read the ingredients. Organic made pasta and real cheese! Perfect!
So I served David his Annie’s Mac and cheese and instantly got his seal of approval. He literally ate the whole thing up in the matter of minutes (also letting my husband and I take a bite!) and I was impressed. It didn’t taste like how I imagined microwaveable mac and cheese would, it was creamy and didn’t taste like overly processed cheese, so it gets the moms seal of approval too.
While I will continue to make homemade wholesome meals it is nice to have another option for those lazy nights, an option that I feel less guilty about and that my pickiest of eaters loves too!

Happy Eating!
Kate

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**I was sent this product for review from Influenster.com but I was not paid for my opinion, they are my true thoughts!

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September Beauty Favorites and More!

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Hello my dears!
Now that September has come to an end I’m going to give you my run down of all the products and things that I’ve been in love with this September, a couple of fails as well!
What gave you been loving this Septemver? Let me know below!!

Lots of love!
Kate
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Halloween Makeup Tutorial : Sugar Skull

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October is almost here and that means it almost time for us parents to run around town with our kids trying to hold onto our sanity. While I’m long past my costume wearing prime, I refuse to follow the rules. My son loves that I dress up with him and it’s just a lot of fun.
This is a quick tutorial video on how I do one of my favorite Halloween looks, plus it’s really easy and quick and best of all you can be 100% creative with it. The colors, styles and designs are all up to you and mistakes are encouraged!
So check out of I pull off my Day of the Dead Sugar Skull look. If you try this out take a picture and tag me on Instagram @mkateholmes I would love to check it out!

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Lots of Love…and trick or treat?
Kate
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My Super Awesome Birthday Haul!

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A couple weeks ago I celebrated a birthday, but not just any birthday..my 30th. Yikes. Luckily the blow of a new decade was softened by the sweet, sweet cushion of birthday perks! I’ve never been the person who asked for gifts and ever expected to receive them so I can honestly say I’m always surprised. Now a little fact about me is that I love perks, and birthday time is the absolute best time to cash in on them. I’m on way too many beauty mailing lists to count but I always look forward to the flood of birthday offers in my inbox every year. So let me start off with the awesome free birthday extras I received this year!

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My first little gem was a totally whimsical and adorable, my family and I after a long day of shopping we stopped by Trader Joe’s where my son proudly announced to anyone who would listen that it was birthday so a very lovely employee had him pick out a glorious bouquet of flowers for me which did get me a little choked up!
Next were my birthday extras from Ulta Beauty. Ulta has a great rewards program that gives you points for purchases and also slips you goodies on your birthday. This year I received a huge handful of samples. First I received an amazing gift trio from Laura Geller that included a baked powder foundation, some berry lip gloss and their signature “spackle” makeup primer. My favorite of the trio is most definitely the foundation, while it doesn’t give me enough coverage I find it perfect for setting my concealer. The other perks I got were a very rich pomegranate hand cream and a small sample of Smashbox primer (I already have a few of these samples, but I love the product so bring it on.). Ulta did not disappoint this year!
Lastly we have Sephora. Sephora also has an amazing beauty rewards program and what I got this year literally made me squeal. I am a Benefit girl through and through, I think their products are amazing and I have yet to find a dud in their incredible line so color me over the moon when I saw that their birthday perk was a little benefit kit including a travel size of “they’re real’ mascara (check out my previous review on this mascara) and a travel size tube of “watts up” highlighter which are two of my favorite Benefit products. While I was there I figured I’d go ahead and cash in my beauty points because right now they are offering Lancôme eye serum as a beauty reward and I couldn’t pass it up!
I also did take advantage of Benefit brow bar birthday service where you get a free eyebrow service for your birthday and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Saying that my friends and family are amazing is a great understatement. I honestly owe everything to them, so to receive gifts from them after all they have given me already is surprising. That being said, these are the incredible things I got.

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First I got some incredible handmade jewelry from my bestie, She is an amazing girl with a awesome art background and I swear everything she touches turns beautiful. My favorite part about these pieces she made me were the personal touches, the evil eyes. Some of our best memories together is the summers we spent at the Greek festival.
And then there’s my dad, to say he goes over board does not cover it. He gave me an iPad. He is one if those men who has worked his ass off for 40 years just to do things like this, and I love him.

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Lastly we come to my dreamy husband and kids. If you were to ask him he would tell you that he is simply “feeding my addiction” because it is no surprise that I am a beauty product hound. How did he know what to get me? He listens! Every time I gush about a new product I want to try he takes mental notes. This year was quite the shocker, the Urban Decay Naked pallet is something that I’ve wanted in my makeup collection forever now and that fact that I actually get to touch it, and use it is incredible to me, and I have to say I was not let down ( I will be giving you my full opinion plus some looks from the pallet in the future so stay tuned for that!) Next he got me three of the  OPI for Sephora collection nail polishes which I’m obsessed with, and last he got me The Balm Stainiac which is such an incredible cheek and lip stain which I always wanted to try, and I’ve had so much fun playing with it.

So that is all for my birthday bonanza run down. Full disclosure I am absolutely not bragging, I am genuinely surprised, touched and amazed by all of the birthday love I received so I only found it fitting to pass the love onto you.
Here’s to the next year!
Kate

My weight loss story.

Today I have something a little different for you. While I often struggle with which shade of lipstick I’m going to wear I have faced a bigger struggle in my life, and that’s my weight.
Being over weight wasn’t anything new to me, I grew up with a chef for a father and as a child food represented comfort and love and not nutrition. I spent all my time that I wasn’t in school at my father’s restaurant and I basically would eat all day. It only got worse when I moved out of my parents house at 18 because I was constantly looking for that comfort in food and ironically I never learned how to cook for myself. On top of that I was newly married at 21 and moving far away from my family so the stress led me right into food oblivion.
I never realized how bad it had gotten until I got pregnant with my first child when I was 25. I was at high risk for diabetes but for some reason that wasn’t enough to scare me. I didn’t truly see the consequences of my poor choices until mothers day 2010. My mother snapped a shot of me and I was absolutely mortified (to this day I still use that picture as my before shot as you will see below.). I had it.
I started taking regular fitness classes and after a month I didn’t feel any different then it clicked, change how I eat! Changing my eating habits was the hardest part for me because I had to completely change the way I see food, and that’s where myfitnesspal came in.
Myfitnesspal.com was a life saver, literally. It kept track of all my calories and weight loss as well as give me tips and a ton of support, best of all it was free. I went from eating cheese omelets with bacon and toast everyday to eating egg whites and turkey sausage. Once I had the tools I felt unstoppable. Then comes the weight loss. In a little under a year I loss close to 70lbs (I don’t know the exact number because I was afraid to step on the scale for the first couple months.)
As great as I felt sadly it didn’t last.
I became pregnant with my daughter Nathalie in 2011 and this time I was determined to stay healthy and really maintain my weight but that wasn’t in the cards for me. A few months into the pregnancy I was told that my child wasn’t getting any nutrients and could be in danger so I threw caution to the wind and ate, and ate and ate and I DON’T REGRET IT AT ALL. As much as it sucked to have to take giant steps back, my kids come first.
So here I am a year later. I gained about 30lbs back, so I’m not where I was but I’m nowhere near where I started, so that keeps me hopeful. Weight loss really is a life long struggle and I do not believe in fad diets or quick fixes, you have to change your view on food completely and really start making better choices. Inspiration? My David and Nathalie. It is so important to me that my choices inspire their good choices.
I hope you enjoyed my story, and it really is never ending. Leave me some love below if you’ve had similar struggles or are looking to get healthy because I am a true believer in support. So go forth and make smart choices (don’t get my wrong I do from time to time get down with a big burger but I usually pair it with a nice long bike session!)

Happy Blending!

Kate