Sunday, October 19, 2014

Simple French Braid / / Hair Tutorial

Hey ya'll!  I have had many people for years ask me how I do a french braid on myself, so I made this quick youtube video on how I do it.  I hope it is helpful and informative.  Are there any other hairstyles that ya'll would like to know how to do?  Please comment; I'd love to hear from you!
Thanks so much for stopping by and watching it! :)

Beauty Tip // DIY Honey Hair Moisturizer also a Natural Hair Lightener

 I had known about this forever, but just finally got around to doing it and am very glad I tried it (the before picture was taken right after taking my hair out of a braid; that's why its not as straight).  I was so amazed as to how healthy it made my hair feel!
 All you do is combine equal amounts of honey (I used the honey
from our beehives) and your favorite conditioner

 and mix together thoroughly.

 While your hair is damp, completely run the mixture all through it.  You can leave it in, cover your hair with a plastic bag, and sleep in it over night (supposedly it is more effective that way), but I just did it in the shower and then shampooed and conditioned hair as usual.  The is a very healthy way to strengthen and moisturize your hair and also will bring the life back into your hair.  It may also subtly lighten your hair as well, as it did mine, making the natural blonde highlights more obvious.

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Outfit Post / / Black/White Fancy Casual (Nursing Friendly)

 Hey Ya'll!  Since I'm nursing my little one, I'm always on the lookout for nursing friendly clothes that are also modest and am always trying to create styles that work for nursing.  I found this black nursing top at a local thrift store.   It is hard to find nursing or maternity shirts that have a high enough neckline and this one does, but it is sleeveless, and personally I prefer not to wear them without something over the shoulders, so I added this pretty sweater.  This outfit is very versatile since the white, elegant sweater gives it a fancy aspect paired with the black shirt, yet the blue jeans keeps it casual.
 The fancy necklace came out of a pallet of returns (one of the pro's to my husband and I running our online returns' business, Wright Resale) and matched just right.
 This style nursing shirt works nicely and it is actually a maternity shirt as well which makes it an even more useful addition to any modest young mother's wardrobe.

 // outfit details //
Nursing/Maternity Shirt: Thrift Store
Sweater: Sears
Jeans: Walmart
Shoes: Walmart
Hair Barrette: Walmart
Necklace: Returns' Pallet

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Half-up Half-down Twisted Fishtail Braid // Hair Tutorial

 This is a very simple, yet intricate looking
hairstyle that is beautiful and elegant, but also
has a relaxed feel to it.

 Start by taking a piece of hair from 
behind your ear and twist it.

 Do the same on the other side
and hold them together.

 Next start you fishtail braid by
taking  small piece from the left side
twist and adding it to the right twist.
Then take a small piece from the right
and add it to the left.  Continue this
all the way down
 and fasten of with an elastic band.
That's it!
Beautiful! :-)

Country Style Outfit / / Blue Plaid Farm Shirt

   Well the other day some friends of ours called needing our help stripping sorghum cane, which you can read more about on or farm blog  Anyway it was a dirty job with all the wet plants and this practical farm outfit is what I wore.  It's finally fall, yipeeeee! (my favorite time of year)  I was so excited that it was finally chilly enough to get out this shirt.  It is a very comfortable, Carhartt farm shirt and I LOVE it!
   I paired it with some of my of dirty work jeans, a light blue t-shirt that blended with the blue of the plaid shirt, and did my hair in a french fishtail braid (sometimes called a french herringbone braid).
 And last, but not least, the absolute best part of this outfit is without a doubt my waterproof, John Deere, work boots.  I don't know what I ever did without 'em!  They are the most comfortable, functional, work shoes that I've ever owned and they've lasted so long.  Good comfortable work boots are a definite must for any country farm girl's wardrobe ;).  They also add a small touch of camo to any outfit which is always nice.
Another great thing about work shirts is that you can use them to tie around your waist and make tight jeans more modest.  I hope this was a helpful down to earth post to help make work clothes modest, but also practical and comfortable for getting dirty jobs done around the farm.  What do y'all wear for dirty outdoor work?

// outfit details //
Farm Shirt: Hardware Store
T-shirt: Souvenir
Jeans: Walmart
Work Boots: Local Work & Western Boot/Shoe Store 

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Vintage Rope-Braided Low Bun Updo // Hair Tutorial

 In this hair tutorial I will try to show you how to recreate this
vintage style, rope-braided, low bun, updo that I did on my sister-in-law.

 First step, leave two pieces of hair on
either side of your face, but take the large center
and twist it up into a bun positioned slightly low
on your head.

 Secure it in place with bobby pins.

 Next take one of the sections hair you left out
and do a simple two-strand rope braid by twisting
one strand towards the right then cross it to the left side.
Repeat with the piece that is now on the right and continue
on down the entire length of hair.

 Wrap the rope over, around, and under the bun securing
with more pins.  Do the exact same thing to the other side,
At this point you can decorate the hairstyle with flowers,
pearls, or anything you like, but it is just as lovely plain too!

I hope that this was helpful and explanatory.  Happy braiding! :)

Outfit Post / / Striped Shirt w/pockets and Jeans

   Hey ya'll!  I know there is a great conflict on whether or not to wear pants, well I'm not going to go into great detail (maybe I might later on ;)), but personally I wear pants a lot; mostly because they are comfortable and practical in many cases.  I do however think that they can and should (like everything else) be worn modestly.  Everybody has there own personal "rules, guidelines, and restrictions" as to what they think is modest for themselves, but, as I've said before, modesty is really a heart issue.  I want to show here from a day to day practical lifestyle, the ways that I (with my husband's full input) try to dress modestly for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

   I found this awesome shirt at the thrift store the other day that is super comfortable.  It has a high, yoked style neckline that stays in place nicely when bending down to pick up something off the floor (always something to keep in mind), short capped sleeves, and best of all it has pockets!  I wouldn't have normally chosen a striped shirt like this, but made an exception this time and am soooooo glad that I did.  Also, I love that it is long enough to wear with tighter jeans and keep 'em decent ;).

 // outfit details //
Shirt: Thrift Store, $2
Pants: Walmart, $9
Shoes: Walmart, $3

I did a waterfall braid for my hairstyle.

I hope this kinda gave ya'll a good idea of how to wear jeans modestly.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Do you wear pants much and how have you found to keep 'em modest?
I'd love to hear from ya'll! :)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

"Southern Mountain Scents" All Natural Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm

Southern Mountain Scents Natural Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm 3 pack

Hey Y'all!  I'm so excited to announce our newest product from Southern Mountain Scents.  Check it out by clicking on the text above and it will take you directly to our Etsy shop.  

When I was fourteen, I started Southern Mountain Scents as an all natural health and beauty business where I handmade a line of many different products such as old-fashioned lye soap, lotions, shampoos, scrubs, conditioners, perfumes, lip balm, and also candles.  Now my husband, Jesse, and I are starting to put these products online and we are so excited to finally make one of our most popular products available in our Etsy shop.  On our farm, we keep honeybees and all of the products using beeswax come directly from our own hives.

These all natural beeswax lip balms have a calming, fresh, and sweet scent of honey that is naturally in the beeswax.  The other ingredients also include almond oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E; adding even more healing qualities to help chapped skin during the dry winter months or all year round.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to click on the link above and see the other items in our store.  We'll be adding tons more in the future so check back often! :)
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