10 perfect gifts for mother day |


Mothers Day is coming up and with that comes trying to get the women in your life the perfect gift.  I have came up with a few options that are sure to make that special lady extremely happy.  Most of these I would love to get (hint hint T!) So I know your wife/mom will to!

1. Spa day

Most every woman would enjoy to be surprised with a certificate for a spa day.  Facial, Mani/Pedi, Massage, etc.  This is something that every woman would be thrilled to get because with the title of “mom” we all need R&R.

2. Personalized Gifts

Face it, us moms love personalized items.  Whether it be our children’s birthdays, anniversary date, etc, on some type of item… we love all things personal and took some thought.  My current favorite is personalized necklaces with our sons birthdates in roman numerals.  It’s a gift that I will cherish forever because it was the two best days of my life. There are several items you can get that can be personalized.  Check out these cute items—-> 1 | 2 | 3

3. Target Gift Card

You read that correctly.  If you are clueless and not sure what to get, stop at Target and get a gift card and some flowers.  I promise she will love you forever when you hand that little red card to her and tell her to go spoil herself.  However, she most likely will end up in the kid section and spend it on baby clothes but its the thought that counts. Snag that gift card HERE!

4. Clothes

If you know your mom pretty well and can pick her out some nice clothes that’ll really top her day.  Most the time as moms, we tend to spend all our money on our children so being gifted something that they normally wouldn’t spend money on for their selves is a huge plus.  Check out a cute shirt, or maybe some comfy pajamas. Check out these stores —> 1 | 2

5. Makeup/Makeup Gift Card

If your wife/mom is into makeup stop by Ulta or Sephora and let them help you pick something out.  They know the latest trends and can find a perfect eyeshadow palette or contour palette that will make that woman happy.  If all else fails, just snag a Gift Card and she can spoil herself later! 1 | 2 | 3

6.  Watch

Snag her the up to date watch like a apple watch or even a classic style of watch to top her day.  If she uses a watch daily, then it’ll be the perfect accessory to have on her hand. 1 | 2

7. Craft from your children/grandchildren

Moms always love to get homemade items, whether it be a craft you did with your children for her or something you made yourself, a hand made item is sure to make her smile.  Search on Pinterest for the perfect mothers day craft, and get going!

8. A vacation

If your woman likes to travel and have fun, book her a surprise vacay and give her the info on mothers day along with some roses or a gift card to buy clothes for the big trip.  It’ll make her excited for the upcoming trip and really who doesn’t want a surprise trip!

9. A nice dinner at her favorite restaurant

Surprise her with a night out (kids or no kids) and take her to her favorite restaurant to eat at.  This is a perfect gift for older moms who want to visit their kids who no longer live under their roof or for younger moms who want to get out of the house and have a night out.

10. A clean house.  Nothing will make your wife or mother more happy then to come home to a clean, spotless house!  This is the most wanted gift by several women but make sure to throw in something above ^ to keep yourself outta the dog house!

Being a mom has became the best thing to ever happen to me.  Today my heart is filled with joy as I saw my oldest son care for his younger brother.  As this event happened, tears filled my eyes.  If you’ve read any of my previous, personal blogs you will know that our littlest boy, Wilder has a unilateral cleft lip and palette and it hasn’t been the easiest pregnancy on our family.  Wilder was crying because he was hungry and I was trying to hurry and finish my salad before feeding him the rest of his bottle.  All of a sudden I noticed it was peace and quiet… I stood up and walked over to where Wilder was at, and there was Archer sitting next to him trying to feed him in bottle.  The thing with having a cleft baby is you have to hold the bottle a certain way and due to his NAM, it makes it difficult to feed him.  Archer was trying so hard to calm his little bro by feeding him and wasn’t doing much good but my heart filled with joy but also sadness because if Wilder didn’t have this cleft, I know that Archer would be able to feed him and would be so happy to do so.  I have came to terms with his cleft and I love him and it just the way he is, but my heart still aches that my perfect little boy will go through surgeries, and struggles more then any other child his own age.  As his first surgery approaches quickly I become more saddened and nervous for him to get it done.  It’s a feeling that no parent should ever have to have but it’s life and it is grabbing the situation by the reigns and guiding it.  I love my boys and I love being their mom.  Mothers day is the end of this week and I cannot wait to spend it with my mom and my children.

If you have any other gift suggestions, leave them in the comments.. I would love to hear!

Top 9 beauty routine |


I wasn’t too much into skin care until the last few years.  I never really thought about my skin or what I was putting on it, etc.  I stepped up my game and found some amazing products that help my skin be acne free, and helps it glow.  I have super dry skin, sometimes it get’s to the point of peeling from my face.  My skin is also super sensitive so I like to use products that aren’t harsh on it that could cause irritation and redness.

This is what I use every single day.  Some products I use at night, some in the morning and some at both times!

I start each morning with washing my face.  I dampen it with warm water and then rub some of my polishing exfoliator on it and then use my clarisonic to scrub everything all around.  The polishing exfoliator helps to remove dry, rough, dead skin because it contains volcanic ash.  I have two clarisonics, but i choose to use my mia fit all the time because i like the size of it.  I have on the brush for cleaning pores which is one of my main concerns besides my dry skin.  After my skin is good and cleaned, I use my favorite product- Climate Control.  This still is like a miracle in a bottle.  I spritz a few pumps onto my face and rub it in.  I apply the origins, drink up intensive overnight face mask (I apply this both night + day) and let that sit for about 30 mins. prior to doing my makeup.  I like to use the Origins 2x a day because of how dry my skin is and the price is pretty cheap so I feel that I can use it 2x a day.  It does wonders for dry skin!  Once 30 mins goes by I apply Anti-Wrinkle treatment and Silk onto my face before doing my normal makeup routine.

When it comes to night routine, I start off my using some form of makeup remover to remove my eye makeup.  I am currently using Garnier, Skin Active Miscellar Cleansing Water to remove my waterproof makeup.  Next I use the Farmacy “clear bloom” makeup glidaway cleansing oil and cleanse my whole face.  This stuff is a weird combo but I really like it for removing and cleansing my face.  I wipe it all down and rinse and then apply another top favorite- Nanagai Oil in the areas that are specifically dry on me.  This would be my eyelids, chin, nose and I apply it on my lips as well.  Last step, is I apply the origins face mask (as mentioned above) all over and then I climb into bed.

This skin routine has really helped my skin become softer, and not near as dry.  I suffer from dry skin super bad and even adding or removing one of these products can make my skin go patchy and rough.

*If you are interested in any SeneGence products, please contact me through Facebook or email to order some.*

What is your favorite products that you like to use for your skin?




What’s in my diaper bag?

13aprileditedA couple months back I heard a rave about the Fawn Design Diaper backpack and I knew I just had to have it.  So with that being said I purchased the gray Fawn and I love it.  I had a petunia pickle bottom one and I liked it but I felt that it wasn’t holding enough of what I needed and it got dirty way fast so this new Fawn wipes clean, holds a lot more and Ty isn’t embarrassed to be carrying it around because it isn’t so “diaper bag looking.”  The fawn really does hold everything I need and I even have room for more.  We take it everywhere – vacations, weekend trips, the mountains, everywhere.  We are loving this diaper bag and I will most likely be ordering another one.  I recommend the Fawn Design to every mom!  It really is all that and a bag of chips 😉

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Beauty Favs + Must Haves


I have been so into makeup and beauty products lately that I always get asked what my top favs are.  Today I have decided to share with you my top 10 favorite beauty products!

I love buying makeup and am working on getting my vanity all created and setup so I can have a better place to do my tutorials and store all my makeup collection.  It isn’t quite finished yet but when it does I will make sure to share it with all you guys!  I don’t like to spend a ton of money on makeup + beauty products but that seems to be all I find that I fall in love with!  I hardly ever use product in my hair, which I should start but until I find the right products that I love then I don’t want to waste the money.  Some of my favorite brands of makeup + beauty things are all random.  I am really digging younique makeup lately as well as Jamberry.  I love supporting other moms with small business and MLM careers.  You can never go wrong with anything for Victorias Secret.  If you’d like to see a tutorial on this side dutch braid make sure to leave a comment below!

Here are my top ten beauty favs//

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September Favorites ||

It is almost October, I cannot even believe that.  Archer just turned 7 months old and I cannot even believe that.  September flew by and I have a bunch of monthly favorites that I want to share.

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September Featured shops ||

Archer turned six months old and it was such a bitter sweet day.  I am so happy that he has grown into such a happy little boy and is growing up healthy and smart.  I will be doing a more detailed post about Archer turning six months after he goes for his 6 month shots on September 8.

But make sure to view the vendors below and check out their shops.  I love supporting small businesses and there items are my favorite things in Archers closet.  These are all my favorite vendors and who has been chosen for September features.  If you are interested in being a featured vendor please contact me. ||

24SEVEN DESIGNS || Sara makes the cutest custom blankets, leggings, etc.  She has always had a passion for fashion and went to fashion school at 18.  Once her second son was born, she started making him a few things and her desire to create clothes was relit and she started up 24 seven designs.  I love her shop because it is based in my home state of Utah.  I love supporting any business that is from Utah.  Her business has grown since she started it seven months ago and she want it to keep growing.  She has offered my readers FREE SHIPPING with the code: FRIEND247 
Haus of Rome  Haus of rome is a children’s shop that makes custom infant+kids tees.  They are located in Calabash, NC and is a mommy and baby duo that brings the latest trends for your little ones. There shop is inspired by love for humor, music, travel and god’s grace.  Christine is so kind to offer all my readers 30% off their total order by using the code: ROME30 … head over and order your littles a cute graphic tee, my favorite is “OMG becky.”  Which actually hangs in Archers closet! 

Hoot Boutique  Sandra is such a awesome person and her business is one of my favorites.  She started Hoot right after her son, Noah was born.  She had a hard time finding cute clothes for boys and everything she found was international and US small shops online.  That is when she decided to start Hoot.  She wanted to create a one-stop shot for cute clothes from all my favorite small shops around the world.  She has only been open for 5 months, so go show her some love.  I love everything she has in stock and I totally agree with the hard part of finding boy clothes in an actual store.  She has offered my readers a 20% off your total order using the code: archeris6months 
Young Buck Beanies Taylor started young buck beanies shortly after her son was born.  She was on the hunt for a lightweight beanie, but she couldn’t find much, thus that is when Young Buck Beanies was born in October 2013.  Before her sister shipped out to Basic Trainiing for the airfare, she helped start the business.  They launched their website in November 2013, gaining a couple hundred of followers on instagram and mostly sales from family+friends.  They are so thankful for the support from their community, they wold of 100 beanies at their local Christmas Bazaar in December of 2013.  That really boosted their confidence!  Her sister shipped our shortly after and that is when she decided she wanted to take off with the business.  She ate, dreamed, and slept Young Buck Beanies and pretty much still does, while taking care of her son Max and working full time as a WIC dietician for her local health department.  By 2015 they complete wholesale orders and have a supportive following on Instagram.  She gets so excited every time someone tags her in photos of her beanies i use.  She wakes up feeling thankful for the support and the Instagram community everyday.  Family is a huge key to the operation, her husband pre-cuts all the material and her mom helps hand sew finishing touches on the YB beanie Tags.  She wants to thank everyone for their support!    She has offered a discount code thankyou15 for 15% off your total purchase!   
Jessica with Sew Much Love started sewing a year ago when she was just a buyer on Instagram.  She started seeing all those IG shops and their beautiful work and it inspired her.  She started out with a shop of just bows using ribbon and they slowly started making baby/toddler clothing and ever since she got into the clothing making industry, she hasn’t regretted it.  Seeing all her tiny customers in her items makes her love her job even more.  She has made forever friends and awesome returning customers.  She never thought she would be where she is today, but with all the support from her awesome IG followers, she has sprouted into a semi big business that is continuing to grow.  
Lana is the owner of 2 sweet cheeks off Instagram.  She makes some of the cutest items I have ever seen.  She makes boy+girl handmade items and she is currently taking all orders.  She has a turnaround time of 1.5 weeks.  I love everything she has on her page!  Her sister had always made little clothes for their kids so when she started having kids she had such motivation to sew!  She loved seeing all the items she had made on her children, and she got lots of compliments and requests if she would sew clothes for their children.  She decided it’d be a good idea to start a shop so everyone could see what she was doing and what she had available.  She started to get a lot of followers and likes from Instagram.  She has two children which is why she chose the name “2sweetcheeks.” 20% discount for the month of September using code: save20archer

Nikki with Monsters Under my bed is one of my favorite insta shops.  All he products are up to standard, and she always makes sure everything is perfect before shipping her orders out.  A lot of Archers pants came from her and I am addicted.  I place a new order every other week from her because I love them!  She Started Monsters Under my bed out of necessity.  Around the time her son turned 2 he started to become scared of Monsters and the dark.  She made him a monster doll that he could carry anywhere.  This helped to get him through his phase.  Soon she began to make them for friends and customizing them as gifts for baby showers.  She started to receive orders for them.  She soon opened a shop and added organic cotton leggings, shorts, bibs, cardigans and many other baby & toddler garmets in modern prints.  She focuses on custom orders and she believes in giving her customers choices and allowing them to dream up new and fun styles for their littles at a affordable price. It is still just her and her machine with the part time support of her wonderful husband.  She believes in supporting small businesses when possible.  She still makes monsters and other woodland creates but the bulk of her orders are the leggings sewn with USA made organic cotton.  Use code SEPTEMBER for 20% off // good until 9/9/15

What if I told you how easy it was to get whiter teeth? |

You read that right.  Getting whiter teeth was on my list of summer goals because face it, your teeth aren’t white. (well mine weren’t.)  Pregnancy did a number on my teeth and I mean that in a bad way. My body didn’t accept pregnancy well, and my teeth suffered it.  I guess that is what happens when you puke daily for 25 weeks.  At least, A was worth all that but still.  Anyways I stumbled upon a product on instagram call Smile Sciences.   I ordered one and started to use it and I saw such a huge difference in my teeth color.  I went from the shade 3.5 to a 2 within a week!  It worked SO well that I am ordering one for T and my mom.  I feel so much more confident in my teeth and having them be whiter.  They are normally $299 but you can grab yours for only $29 with my discount code: SHALYN

All you do is brush, then put a bit of gel into the trays, pop into your mouth and pull out the light and put in your mouth and I keep it in there for about 30 minutes.  Then I pop it out, brush and move on with my day!  It makes me feel so much better about my smile and not so self conscious.  You can choose from mint or bubblegum flavoring!  I have the mint but I will prob order a bubblegum just for the fun of it!  It comes in a box, with a teeth shade marker, the trays, a touch up pen, and the gel! 
With school starting you are going to want to get your teeth whiter, so head over to smile sciences (follow them on instagram as well) and pick yourself up a kit.  I promise you will not regret it and will love your new pearly whites just as much as I do! 

Tan for the summer ||

I recently stumbled across Loving Tan and decided to give their product a try because lets face it this summer I haven’t been on my tan game.  With a 5 month old my life has been kind of wild and I don’t have time to go to a tanning bad, sit out by our pool, or even get a spray tan.  Not to mention I am so not ready to show off this body in front of anyone so a spray tan was out of the running fast.  But I love to be tan, I love to have that summer glow that makes everyone think that I do have time to go out and go tanning HA!  Anyways, I decided to order this one and I got it in the mail and I had to try it!  I showered, exfoliated, shaved and jumped out and got started!  I have a applicator mitt found here that I use and it works SO good. I also purchased this to help exfoliate and I love it.  It makes my skin feel fresh and brand new.  I highly recommend purchasing an applicator mitt because that way your hands won’t go crazy colors.  This doesn’t make you orange, it doesn’t take long and it works really really well.  I love how my tan turned out and I got so many compliments and people telling me i looked way tan.

You start by showering, shaving and exfoliating.  Then you dry off (don’t use any products on your body), and start your tan!  Before I start I always put lotion on my ankles and wrists.  You can do your knees and elbows but I never have any trouble so I don’t.  Then you just pump it onto the mitt and start rubbing away.  Most the time I just do my legs and arms but if T is around I will have him do my back and such!  I also do my face every other time just to blend a bit.  Anyways, so after you apply it all on you just wait.  This is where I will read, watch tv, clean, etc. for two hours until it is set in.  Then after two hours you jump in and shower!  It reveals an awesome tan that’ll last for days and it really does look so natural.  It doesn’t turn you orange or anything! I promise that you will love how this turns out & will use this from now on!  To apply, it takes me about 10 minutes to slap it on!  It is so quick, and the bottle looks like it’ll last for a while.  This is my second time trying it and I still love it.

after applying —– regular white legs

30 day braid challenge || Week O N E

I have been quite in love obsessed with braids this summer to say the least.  I do a braid almost every day and I am constantly trying new styles to see what I like on my hair.  I have filmed a couple short videos that I braid during but I cannot get the guts to actually include my voice, maybe one day but for right now its just a video with some super fun music.  I have been really into making videos of everything lately.  Archer, vacation, hair, etc.  I do it all the time and it is so fun to look back on our memories and actually see what we were doing rather then just looking at pictures.  So with that being said I decided to do a 30 day braid challenge on instagram.  Make sure to go follow me to get the insights of everything @tynshayyardley

day 1; I did a side dutch braid.  We were heading to the water park and I wanted my hair out of my face but to still look cute.  A dutch braid is super easy to do and turns out so cute in the end.

day 2; a classic dutch braid pulled back and pinned.  This is my favorite go to hairstyle that I do a lot.,  It really is so simple and it keeps my hair out of my face and takes about 3 minutes to whip out.  You can do it with curly hair, straight, wavey, etc.  It really is the best go to hair style for everyone

day 3; a simple dutch with a fishtail stacked.  This was super fun to do and experiment with!  I did a basic dutch braid and then did a fishtail and stacked it on top.  It creates dimension and adds a little flare to your plain ole dutch braid.

day 4; this one was a different twist on a fishtail dutch braid.  I did a dutch fishtail for about 2 inches then stopped and then re-started a fishtail.  It created more of an allusion on the braid and added a different design then just your regular fishtail braid

day5; knotted braid pulled back.  This braid took me literally like 1 minute to do.  It was SO simple and turned out so cute.  You have to have super soft hair for this one (freshly washed if your like me.) you are actually tying knots in your hair which turns out so cute

day 6; Today I went to the lake and had the cutest french braid but totally forgot to snap a picture before I got thrown of the tube and soaked myself so I decided to use one from another day!  This style i did on my best friend Kenadee when she came down to visit.  It turned out so cute and I have wanted to try it out forever.  I started with a dutch braid down the center and then fishtailed the sides back into a fishtail braid.  She got SO many compliment on this braid during the day and everyone loved it.

day 7; This style I did on my friend, Kenadee. But it starts out with a regular dutch braid down the back and then fishtail both sides back and tie off.  She got so many compliments on her hair and it turned out so cute!!

hair tutorial-