♥Quick, Simple & Easy Beauty Tips For New Moms

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Hello and welcome!

I was inspired to write this post today, because a few wonderful ladies in my life have approached me recently asking me how I find the time to look pulled together and fresh with a one-and-a-half year old daughter.

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*Insert loop track of me laughing for 8 years here*

No, I did NOT, and do not wake up looking great each morning. However, I do have a strict beauty routine I follow every night to ensure that I feel taken care of and thus, can wake up in the morning feeling fresh and confident. If you are new to this page, I should also let you know that I am a licensed Esthetician, so beauty, makeup and skin are kind of my utter obsession jam.

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I know that all of us new moms, and women in general, are on totally different wave lengths and skill sets when it comes to beauty and makeup. With that being said, for this post, I will be focusing on very simple beauty steps you can do to ensure a great complexion and confidence boost!

All of these beauty tips and tricks are ways I personally like to perk myself up on a day to day basis, I hope it inspires you to be your best self, however that looks to you!

1. Eye Cream For Late Nights

When my daughter was born I was able to get her on a sleep schedule fairly quickly. With that being said, there were still hundreds of bloody awful a few challenging nights where I would be up every two hours to nurse and sooth her back to sleep. I decided to keep a tube of eye cream next to her crib, as well as my bedside to remind me to layer on a little eye cream every time I had to get up and nurse or sooth her. I swear by this trick, because even though I felt like death  exhausted the next morning, I looked rested.

My favorite eye creams are:

(Luxury) Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex  

(Budget Friendly) Burts Bees Radiance Eye Cream 

Both eye creams are excellent for battling fine lines around the delicate eye area. Dermalogica uses incredible ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid that helps the skin retain water, apricot seed oil, cucumber, and oat to hydrate and sooth, as well as rice grain extract to brighten the eye area.

Burt’s Bees eye cream also includes awesome, high preforming ingredients such as royal jelly, which is packed full of nutrients for the skin to help it appear youthful, sunflower and olive oils to smooth and pamper the skin, lemon peel extract to brighten the eye area, and aloe to hydrate.

If you are on a strict budget, a little dab of coconut oil will also help the delicate eye area look rested and hydrated.

2. Face Masks For Short Household Tasks

I love, love, love face masks.

If you want your skin to do a 180, or have your makeup go on smoother and more evenly, a face mask is where it is at!

As a new-ish mom, I like to put on a face mask when I am doing short tasks around the house such as dishes (yay, steam!), vacuuming or folding a batch of laundry.  Since these tasks take me about 20 min to finish, it is a perfect opportunity to pull double duty. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of face mask recipes on Pinterest, in books, and DIY blogs all over the place. I am after results, so no matter what type of mask you choose, just go after what is natural, and for all skin types. (When in doubt, try to look for something organic!)

My favorite “ready to use” Masks are:

(Super Budget Friendly) Petal Fresh Aloe and Pomegranate Clay Facial Masque

(Average Price) Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

The Petal Fresh Clay masque is excellent for drawing out impurities and makes the skin so, so soft after use. The mask includes nourishing white clay, pomegranate extract to help your skin fight free radicals and environmental stresses, and Glycolic Acid to help gently exfoliate the skin.

The Dermalogica Masque is a very thick, rich mask that boosts collagen with its complex Peptide ingredients. It also includes ingredients like licorice to brighten the skin, and oat to nourish.

*If you have a few odds and ends to throw together in the kitchen, you can create some awesome masks that are very effective.*

In a small bowl, mix one tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt, with one teaspoon of honey, and a half a teaspoon of lemon juice or orange juice.

Wet face with warm water, and pat with a towel until just slightly damp. With hands or a clean masque brush, spread mixture all over the face and neck.

Leave on for 15 minuets! Then rince with warm water and follow up with a rich moisturizer like ALBA Botanica Even Night Cream .

Effects: The lactic acid in the yogurt will eat away dead skin and brighten the new skin, the honey will hydrate and eliminate bacteria, and the citrus juice will brighten and cleanse.

3. Hand Cream 

Just like the eye cream, I like to use hand cream before bed and really pile it on.

I adore the Trader Joe’s Ultra Hydrating Hand Cream. Shea butter, hemp oil, and coconut oil are heavy hitters of hydration making hands feel smooth and beautiful.

My Trader Joe’s sells it for 4.99 for 3oz.

As nice as it is to use before bed, I also like to use this under my rubber gloves when gardening, doing dishes, cleaning the bath tub, etc. Again, double duty!

Another hand cream that works wonderfully, with ingredients like avocado and macadamia oils, is Lollia Hand Cream.

This product is pricier than the good ‘ol Trader Joe’s, but it is wonderful.

If your hands are in particularly rough shape, lather on hand cream and put on a pair of cotton gloves and leave on while you sleep. You will wake up amazed!

4. Quick Dry Nail Polish

If you have .0 time to sit down and go and get/give yourself a true manicure, but still want your fingers to look beautiful, I recommend Sally Hanssen Quick Dry Nail Polish.

I love the color selection they offer, and during the unpredictable amount time I have when the baby is down for a nap, I know I will have at least 2 minuets.

I also recommend using a good preforming Top Coat to give your polish extra glossy-ness and chip protection. OPI Top Coat is one of my favorites!

5. Fill in Your Eyebrows 

If full face makeup is simply not happening today, take a minute to groom and lightly fill in your eyebrows. Eyebrows help frame your face and add definition!

I really like Wet & Wild Brow Pencil in Taupe Of The Morning. They have a good number of shades, I prefer a Taupe shade since I am very blonde.

6. BB Cream 

Just like filling in your brows, if you have just a little time you can also even out your skin tone and pop on a little BB Cream. I love this Super BB by Physicians Formula.

A BB Cream includes medium coverage foundation and a light moisturizer with an SPF. This BB cream is also hypoallergenic, so it will not irritate your skin.

If you have 5 minuets, (which, you should make time for yourself to at least have 5 minuets), Start by prepping the skin with a moisturizer with SPF, I like Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Cream.

Follow with the BB Cream, use fingers to blend or favorite brush or beauty blender.

Follow with a loose or pressed powder to set foundation, I like Rimmel Stay Matte 

Pop on a little blush for your pretty cheeks Milani Dolce Pink Baked Blush

Fill in brows

Crimp Lashes

Swipe on mascara Covergirl Lash Blast Very Black

…and end with a swipe of oh-so-flattering peachy pink  e.l.f lip gloss!

Simple, very quick and beautiful!

7. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD Remember To Drink Water 

I know, I know, I know.

This is not unknown news and It’s like a broken record.

Honestly, I have to remind myself of this daily.

It is too often that 5:00pm rolls around and I realize I have had only coffee all day. 

I remind myself to drink water by putting alarms on my phone because I am an adult. Yep. It’s that bad.

Jazz up your boring as hell water by adding a sprig of mint and a lemon slice, or a slice of orange. It helps cut the monotony, trust me.

I hope I have given you a new nugget of beauty wisdom!

Remember, you are awesome, you are beautiful, and you’re doing the best you can as a new mom.

Take time for you, there is no shame in taking care of yourself so you can take better care of others!

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♥Shelby

Fabulous 5 Under $5♥

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Are you ready for spring?!

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It is my absolute favorite season. Around this time of year I get an itch to try bunch of new things and reinvent myself. Maybe it’s because I can feel the renewing of the earth, a bunch of flowers blooming, blades of green grass peeking through sheets of ice and dew, and every creature slowly coming out of their cozy homes to say hello once more.

I also get the urge to shop.

…and I mean shop.

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Alas, I do not have Blair Waldorf cash disposable income, so a few cheap thrills are perfect for me!

1.Wet and Wild Blush in Pearlescent Pink $2.99

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Love, Love, Love this color!

I was able to swipe the very last one at my local drug store! Score!

This blush is very similar to NARS “Orgasm” but for 90% less.

It is very nicely milled, very smooth application, very bendable, highly pigmented, and I have had no issues with it fading or patching throughout day. It is a pinky-coral with subtle shimmer, and it gives a very nice glow to the cheeks.

Here is a swatch:

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This was just a quick swipe with my finger over the blush, and as you can see, the color is very pigmented!

For only $2.99?! It’s a keeper!

2.e.l.f Zit Zapper $2.00

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This product is the definition of “bang for your buck,” (two bucks to be exact!)

I think this may actually be one of my best holy grail products of all time.

I have used it without fail when one of those evil “time of the month” flair up’s erupt onto my face. The blend of  salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and witch hazel kicks out the unwanted blemishes overnight. The roller ball gives super easy, no fuss application and is perfect for travel.

A total steal for only $2!

3.NYX Lip Pencil in Rose $3.49

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This was a recent purchase for me while I was on the market for a fun, springy, pink lip pencil.

It is a really complimentary shade for me, and I can definitely see this shade working for an array of skin colors, (which may make for a great universal gift option!)

I am quite fair skinned, and this is how I have been rocking this color recently:

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Loving it!

This NYX pencil has given me no trouble so far. I sipped coffee while wearing it and didn’t see much transfer onto the cup. I do think this pencil formula is a smidge on the dry side (This pencil favors a matte finish), without a little chapstick underneath, so a swipe or two of some hydrating lip product will probably keep your lips less pruney more comfortable. I also like a little bit of pale pink gloss over this color for some shine. Super pretty!

4.Wet&Wild Setting Spray $4.99

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It holds up your makeup even in the rain, steam, sweat, inevitable meltdowns, zombie apocalypse , and other makeup hazard zones.

I have been wanting to try this since it came out onto the market, and it did not disappoint!

I knew it was going to be good because I drove to two drug stores and both were sold out!

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I really enjoyed using this setting spray on one of my most recent cleaning days when I was coming in and out of the rain, accidentally splashing myself with water, was working around steam, and was working up a sweat!  I did have a little dewiness in my T-zone, but other than that, I would say this setting spray works better than almost any high-end type I have ever used. For less than half the price of a department store brand, I would choose this every time. I have heard a couple complaints about some people saying this gave them a few zit flair up’s, but I have not had that experience. If you use it, one good spray on the face in a “Z” formation is all you need. I went a little crazy the first day and spritzed four times before coming to the realization that one spray was plenty.

5.St. Ives Body Wash Oatmeal and Shea Butter $3.97

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I have always really enjoyed St. Ives body wash. In fact, I have reviewed their body wash in the past. Here is another review of their Tripple Butters Creamy Coconut formula here if you are interested.  I just have not found very many other body washes that leave me feeling as moisturized as these St. Ives formulas. I LOVE to use this oat and shea scent in the bathtub, It creates pretty good bubbles as It should since I pour half the bottle into the tub and feels wonderfully silky! I also love how it is hypoallergenic, sodium lauryl sulfate-free, and has no parabens. I have been using this since November and am on my third bottle of this particular scent. I had the option to pick up one of the others scents, but I keep being drawn to this scent and formula. Hey, if it works, it works!

So there you have it! A list of 5 truly great beauty products all under $5!

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Until we meet again, stay your beautiful self!

♥ Shelby

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The Best For Less! Outstanding Beauty Products $10 and Under♥

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Hello, darling!

I hope everyone is enjoying the last of the summer months, I know I’m ready for fall and to lay low for a little while! Between buying a house, having my big birthday celebration, and being the florist for three Weddings in the past month, it has been crazy! Crazy fun, but still crazy!

I thought this would be a good time to share some of my beauty favorites of this past summer, not only are these five products downright AWESOME, but they held up in the heat and kept me looking fresh and put together.

Another bonus, they are all under $10!

YES!

The list begins!

1. Earth Therapeutics Loofah Exfoliating Scrub Oatmeal & Honey

Fred Myers $7.99

I love this product so much! I picked it up at first because it smells divine. I love anything honey scented so it went into the shopping basket without any hesitation whatsoever. Once in use, I noticed how beautifully it worked and how the smell intensifies when bathing. A rich soothing oatmeal honey goodness. YUM!  I was particularly impressed with how smooth and silky my skin felt after the scrub down. This scrub is less abrasive then my homemade sugar scrubs yet worked just as well! I was very impressed with how it made my self tanner work even better than ever. My color was even, smooth and after the first application it appeared very deep and golden brown. Normally it takes me two or three applications to get the desired color, but this product made it happen in the first layer! The pumice and loofah are excellent exfoliants while the honey, aloe, jojoba and oat extract are soothing and hydrating. Definitely my new favorite find! Pick this one up as soon as you can!

(If you don’t have a Fred Myers where you reside, you can find it here on Amazon)

2. Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Replenishing Hair Milk 

Walgreens $5.29

Rejoice all you broken haired beauties! Palmers is here!

Ladies, this hair product is a god send for broken ends. I swear to you my hair was transformed after one week of using this product. I especially recommend it to the curly hair types for extra hydration. My hair is wavy and on the dryer side, so I use about a nickle size from my ear lobes down to my split ends. If you have fine hair, concentrate this only on the last inch of your hair to nourish the ends since the product is on the heavier side. Another great option would be to use a tablespoon or so in a travel spray bottle and mix it with water. I tried this and it worked well, but I wanted more of the concentrated product.  Works wonders as a leave in conditioner!

3. Wet and Wild Eyeshadow Glitter Singles (Color: Brass)

Walgreens $0.99

It’s glitter, it’s cheap, it’s beautiful, oh, did I mention it’s GLITTER?!

Wet and Wild is one sneaky brand! I never know what they will come out with next!

This is a gel eyeshadow. It has a beautiful pigment and staying power. I personally use it on top of my black liquid eyeliner to give it an extra pop. Apply it with an eyeliner or angle brush to give your eyes a subtle sparkle. There were many other colors such as silver, pink and purple! Since gold is my favorite color, I jumped on it!

Here is a close up and sample of the look I often use with it over the eyeliner:

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4. Revlon Lip Butter (Color: Strawberry Shortcake) 

$5.99 Target

The word “butter” is perfect for this product because it is so beyond smooth and creamy on the lips. I was very happily surprised when I tried this for the first time. It was very pleasant on the lips, not fussy, sticky, or tight. Some lipsticks have that “tight,” feeling that I hate, do you know what I mean? The feeling that when you smile it feels like you cant smile all the way because your lips feel stiff?

Anyone? (Crickets heard in the distance)…

Okay, well, I hate that feeling and this product did nothing of the sort.  Actually, it felt like a very pigmented, luxury chapstick, and I mean that as a high compliment! The color is a beautiful, natural pink tone with just enough pigment. It is perfect for any occasion, it will be a purse staple forever!

Now finally, the creme de la creme.

Drum roll please:

5. Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation (Color: Light Ivory) 

$5.49 Target

How does one describe the most wonderful beauty product to ever be created?

For me, the second I used this product I was in awe. It was the equivalent of a 13 year old girl getting to meet One Direction.

I couldn’t stop hyperventilating and crying tears of joy.

Also, I wanted to kiss it a little.  

THIS PRODUCT.

IS.

EVERYTHING.

It is like an airbrush finish from Jesus. It makes your skin more luminous than the pearly gates.

Since I am a licensed esthetician, I have tried millions a lot of products, and this surpassed all expectations.

My skin was smooth, radiant, fresh and it could breathe. This is a weightless, medium coverage foundation that is absolutely stunning on the skin.

(I am wearing it in the same picture as the eyeliner sample above).

There are 6 tones to choose from, mixing them to get the best skin tone for you would be very easy, and at $5.49, why not buy two?!

I hope you pick up one hundred of these on your next shopping trip!  You will not regret it!

See you next time doll face.

♥Shelby

6 Ways To Make Your Home Warm, Inviting and Comfortable ♥

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Hello, everyone!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday! I am sorry I have not been posting very often, but I have an exuse some AWESOME news! I AM IN THE PROCESS OF BUYING MY FIRST HOUSE!!!

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Yes! My husband and I finally had one of our offers accepted! We have filled out a mountain of paperwork and we are just waiting on the inspection. We are thrilled! I am praying everything goes well! In the process of all of this, our lease is up where we currently live and we are crashing with my parents for the next month or so.  It’s hard to create fun decor when all my craft supplies are away in boxes ready to be hauled away to storage.

While I was packing, I was feeling a little depressed. Even though I am very excited about this new chapter, living around the storage boxes is not very homey. You know? Packing away the personal home accents is hard!

However, I got to thinking about the things in a house that make it feel  like a home, they are a very important part of building a comfortable space to reside.

Here is a list of items (and some chores), that create a warm and inviting atmosphere in a home:

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1. Accent Pillows

Of all the decor pillows are my favorite! Pillows are so essential in decorating! It is like jewelry for your house. There are so many styles, it would be hard to search for an accent pillow and not find at least one you were not a fan of.  From kooky to elegant there is a pillow for everyone! The plush softness is relaxing and will make your space look a hundred times more relaxing. Plus, each pillow adds character which makes your house look more like you.

Pillows are everywhere, so you don’t have to look far. I make most of my own, but a few of my favorite places to buy them are World Market, JCP, Target, Pottery Barn, and TJMaxx. I am a pillow addict!

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A candle is romantic, relaxing and the soft light creates a beautiful atmosphere.  I have candles going in my house 24/7. A double whammy, candles also show your personality through the scent you choose. I am partial to florals and citrus scents.  I love to buy candles at Bath& Body Works, Yankee Candle Co. and Harry & David Candles, (when I can find them…tricky business! Sometimes TJMaxx will have them). I have nothing against Scentsy or the wax melters, (I have one!) I just don’t think its the same as a romantic candle flickering in dim lighting. If you have small kids, Scentsy is a great option for home fragrance, but maybe have a candle in the bedroom?  It’s a wonderful tiny luxury!

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As a florist, I am a little biased, but it does not make it any less true! Fresh flowers are an incredible mood booster. They make any space look fresh and inviting. You don’t have to have a fancy florist make you an arrangement, (don’t tell my boss I said that)! You don’t even need a fancy vase. Any container can be used to hold a few pretty stems. Mason jars, old wine bottles, recycled spaghetti jars etc. are all perfectly acceptable! Trader Joes, in my opinion, has the best cut flowers. The prices are excellent! Pick a long-lasting flower like Alstromeria or Carnations. If you pick up roses, make sure you pick ones that are barely opened or “bloomed.” They will last longer. Make sure to also strip the leaves and give them a fresh-cut before you place them in clean, room-temp water.

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4. A Cute Apron

Sure it’s easy to go about the house in your 10-year-old sweatshirt and sweatpants, but wouldn’t it be more fun to sport a cute apron? I think so! I am a sucker for aprons. Before I was a florist I didn’t think of them as anything super exciting, but now that I wear one at work I have to admit I love them! I have a small growing collection of aprons for work and a separate collection for home. I clean, cook and go about my business in a super cute apron that makes me feel put together, but still comfy.  I also don’t feel as embarrassed and grungy if someone comes to the door unexpectedly. I wear a simple cotton dress or yoga pants with my cute apron, but you can wear whatever you want under it obviously, it’s all good! Buy at any home store, I like finding vintage ones on Ebay!

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What would you rather sleep in: A beautifully made hotel bed or a sloppy mess of a bed with the sheets half off? The answer is obvious. Make your bed! The bedroom is your sanctuary. The bedroom should be a personal, gorgeous place of rest and relaxation.  When the bed is made it makes the whole space look more organized and tidy. It is really hard to relax when the bed is a mess.  Also make sure you clean all your bed linens AT LEAST once a week. You spend 6-9 hours in your bed each night so it needs to be clean! Making the bed is a free practice that will really pay off.

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A pretty wreath or door ornament to greet your guests is a wonderful way to make your house look inviting. If you don’t like wreaths, try a potted plant! I have a spring wreath tutorial that you can check out here if you would like to make your own! If not, I always find beautiful wreaths at Joann Fabrics.

My two cents! Im sure I could go on forever, but those six are the most important! I hope you enjoyed my advice on making a house a home. Is there a particular item you love to help make your house inviting and warm? Until next time!

♥Shelby

Photo Credits: Pottery Barn Stock Photo, B&BW Stock Photo, BHG Photo, EtsySeller Photo CreativeChicks on Etsy,  & Foodista Stock Photo.

E.L.F Mineral Infused Face Primer Review♥

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So sorry it has been  an eternity so long since I have had a new post! Did you miss me?! I have been very occupied with wonderful vacations and working at my brand new job!

However, I’m here with something new to share! *throws confetti* *dances*

ELF mineral primer

I have been using VS Airbrush FX Perfecting Primer (with SPF 20) for about a year or so and I love it! Its $18 at Victoria’s Secret and even though that is a very fair and reasonable price, this primer is only $6 and almost feels like the exact same thing! I am no stranger to the E.L.F products, they are a fantastic brand with quality products that anyone can afford even if you are a broke collage student  a homeless person on a shoe string budget! Most of their brushes are only $1 and most eye shadows will only set you back $3 or less. Great for when you want to try something new, but don’t want to sink $20 at Sephora when you don’t even know if you will like the outcome. So during one of my weekly trips to Target, I wandered into the alluring lair of the makeup isle (even though I only went there to pick up spaghetti sauce, I can’t resist)! I had been hearing about how amazing this primer was, and even though I was feeling just a little skeptical,(I mean $6? Really?) I decided I would give it a shot.  My hand to God, this stuff is better than most primers I have ever used, (Victoria’s Secret, calm down, I still love you). Seriously, all you need is a very, VERY tiny amount for complete coverage. It is a non-greasy, silky, gel-like consistency. I love how it makes my mineral foundation glide on with ease and it makes your makeup look fresh all day. I mean it when I say all day, not just until lunch, not just before cocktails, I mean 24 hours, all day. I have read some reviews saying that if you have skin that is more on the oily side, you may want to skip it. I personally have dry to normal skin, and have had zero problems. If I were you, I would try it anyway, everyone’s skin is complex and different and you never know until you try!  The only real con is that there is no SPF, so remember to wear some moisturizer with added sun protection under your makeup to protect your delicate skin! With that being said, run to Target, or click http://www.eyeslipsface.com/ and get yourself some of this stuff of legends magical primer!

Cheers!

♥Shelby