Win It Wednesday’s Rodan + Fields

You know you love your skin care when you realize you are out of something and you freak out… I love Rodan and Fields. I started using it about a year and a half ago, and it is amazing!!!

I love the doctors, who are world famous now. Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields still have active practices, even though they are like, multi billionaires now. They truly love what they do and they love helping women and men look their absolute best.

Their products have won awards, been in magazines like InStyle {click here} and Allure {click here}, been on countless TV shows and news programs. Yes, news programs, and like, the real news, not that fake ass crap. Check out the Forbes, yes, Forbes article here.

I personally use the Redefine regimen, the multi function eye cream, Intensive Renewing Serum, the Lip Serum, and Lash Boost. I can speak from experience that my skin lets me know when I have skipped a few days, or worse, a week! Gasp. My skin starts to feel and look duller and isn’t dewy like it is when I use my products. And yes, disclaimer, you do have to actually use the products for them to work.

I have been pinching my pennies cause I’m looking for a job y’all. Anyone want to hire me? I’m super fun to work with, promise. But I’ve been hearing so much on social media about the Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex that I finally broke down tonight and ordered it. Actually I ordered the package that comes with the Bright Eye Complex and the Lash Boost. It comes in the cutest package with an eyelash curler. The results for Lash Boost are amazing… and I cannot wait to try the Bright Eye Complex. These products work for real y’all!

Want to see some results? Here is Lash Boost followed by the Active Hydration.

Pretty amazing, don’t you think?

In my ‘Win it Wednesday’s’ I’m only giving away things I absolutely L.O.V.E. And this week you can get your hands on an Eye cream, the make up remover wipes, which are, like, totally amazing, and Acute Care, the only product where you can see results overnight. Yes, overnight. That is a package that would cost you about $300, and yes, you can get it here, for FREE. Free is like, one of my favorite words, you don’t want to miss this!

Comment here AND share this to your Facebook page to be entered to win.

Last weeks Kendra Scott went to Allison, and she’s pretty happy she won. You will be too if you get this sweet deal! If you would like to look at products or order now, you can click here to get your skincare on point.

xoxo

Win it Wednesday’s are Back!

Yes, every Wednesday until Christmas {which is only 8 weeks away, eek!} the Blue Sparrow blog will be giving away something amazing each week. This week, I am giving away a piece from Kendra Scott! Yes, that’s right, Kendra Scott! Jewel tones are huge this season, and who doesn’t love a little KS bling, am I right? So let’s get this season started off right with an amazing giveaway worth $110. That’s right. $110 smackers, for FREE. Just follow the rules below.

To Win you must…

  1. Leave a comment below telling me why you love Kendra Scott.
  2. Share this blog post on your Facebook page.
  3. Tag a friend who loves Kendra as much as you do.

Good Luck! Winner will be drawn next Wednesday, November 1st. You must have done all three things in order to be entered to win.

And here they are… The must have Darci stackable ring set in a size 7.

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To shop Kendra Scott, click here.

And if you live in Fort Worth check out the new Clearfork location. The store is gorgeous and the staff, lead by Emily Bailey, is amazing! They {or the University location} can take care of all your Christmas shopping needs. One stop shopping? Yes please!

Now, share to win!!!

And be sure to check back weekly to find out what the giveaway will be. I’ve got some amazing stuff to give out. Everything from an REI gift card to one of my favorite items from The Woodhouse Day Spa. Target and American Express gift cards and gift bundles from Young Living and Rodan + Fields. Prizes range from $25 to $400. And I can ship them anywhere in the world you may be, so keep checking in. I look forward to sharing great stories and great gifts.

 

xo,

The Blue Sparrow Blog

My {almost} year as a Stay at Home Mom

Until last September, I had always been a working mom. And I had a really flexible job, which was great, but I still worked summers, during Christmas and spring breaks… I never had weeks at a time off with my kids.

While this year has been incredibly tough, it has been a year of incredible growth. It has also been immensely rewarding. I have been reminded many times that tough times do not define our character they reveal it, and I have been reminded of my true strength and stamina.

I want to say this to stay at home moms… I’m jealous. I know there are a lot of us v. them when it comes to working moms v. stay at home moms. Some moms love staying at home. Some moms work because they have to and wish like hell they could be at home. Some moms love working and should feel no guilt for having a career. And some stay at home moms wish they worked. All of the above are completely normal.

When I was a new mom, until present day, when I compare myself to other moms I always give myself an ‘F’. I sometimes, and most unfortunately, by into the post on Facebook and Instagram. I can’t compare.

What I have learned though, is that as much as I don’t compare to those other moms, I am enough for my kids. Who think I am the best mom ever {because they are not on Facebook and Instagram and have no idea how I actually fail in comparison to everyone else}.

In fact, they usually say it to me daily.

“Mom, I love you, you are the best mom ever.”

And it’s usually for something like cooking turkey bacon for dinner, or some other completely insignificant event.

We are all enough.

Enjoy the little things.

Treasure each moment you can.

Be kind to each other.

Love Trumps hate.

Every single time.

And it takes a whole lot less energy to love than it does to hate.

Save that energy for something else. Like holding open a door for someone. Smiling at the person in line behind you at the grocery store, and giving an accepting nod to the mother looking mortified as her child throws a tantrum about getting on an airplane.

It takes a village.

A village of non assholes.

xoxo

PS, Drawing for the winner of a new special candle is tomorrow, don’t forget to comment on the last post to enter to win.

She’s (un)crafty Giveaway

Never in six billion years would I consider myself crafty, so no one was shocked more than myself when I decided to start making candles. 

I am candle obsessed though and had always wanted to make my own. 

The last crafty thing I attempted was making and selling sponge painted t shirt dresses at age eight with my neighbor. 

My neighbor and I’s most popular print was a watermelon. It was like Warhol, but not at all like Warhol. 

Her sister is an artist in Austin. Hi Stephanie! Stephanie Nance. Look her up. She is amazing, and probably rolled her eyes at her sister and I’s sponge dresses. 

Laura, our dresses were both fashion forward and amazing. Perhaps we should start making them again? 

Anyway… 

After trying my hand at welding last month, I thought, how hard could melting wax possibly be? 

Here went nothing. 



And now I introduce to you, the first scent by The Blue Sparrow Blog, Sage and Chamomile, otherwise known as Infinite Wisdom. 

I am giving one away here. Winner drawn on Wednesday. Simply comment below telling me your favorite scent to be entered to win! 

Xo

Blue Sparrow Updates

Whew! It’s hard to believe I posted my first post on April 1st of this year. What a crazy ride it’s already been! I was so honored to be asked by FW Weekly to write a blog for them after Eric Griffey had seen just two of my post. He probably deeply regrets that decision now! To see my latest blog post with the FW Weekly, click here. And thank you so much Eric for putting up with me!

I had a gorgeous logo designed by Marcie Finney Designs, who is also the owner of Mustard Seed Jewelry, which I am also happy to offer on my blog.

And having said that… Josh over at Made In Fort Worth is working diligently at giving The Blue Sparrow Blog a make over, and very soon it will be very easy to purchase Mustard Seed Jewelry from this site!

And finally… the last member of the team came on today. Kristen Ballard with FWemedia. I am so looking forward to working with her. Please, please PLEASE do me a solid and sign up to receive my blog via email. Simply get on your computer {it won’t work from your phone} and sign up to follow my blog via email. This not only helps me, but it will help you be pre-registered for giveaways, and who doesn’t love FREE, yes I said FREE stuff. You still have time to sign up for tomorrow’s giveaway.

#doitnow #pleaseandthankyou

 

Win it Wednesday’s: Mary & Martha

I have some of the most generous friend’s I know. Yes, all of the sudden I’m Oprah. But unlike Oprah I’m not going to pretend I’M the one giving all this stuff away. It is through the great generosity of those around me that I am able to offer these great things to you!

My amazing friend Caroline was introduced to me by Thavone. She is French and German and I love her. I love her kindness. Her willingness to do anything for anyone in need. She speaks three languages {that I know of} and her accent is truly adorable. Anyone in need of hiring a gifted translator? She’s your girl. She has about 23 businesses, so I totally relate to her on that level as well.

One of those 23 is repping a line called Mary & Martha. I had never heard of it until Caroline ask if she might drop a few things off and give me something and give the readers of my blog something.

I’m not going to lie, she had me at “you get to keep the pitcher that is a lovely vase.” I love any and all things free. A cheeseburger? HELL YES. A gorgeous pitcher and vase, DUH. OF COURSE. So… if you want to give me something or give me something to give away, the answer is yes.

Caroline also has two precious children and I am always thrilled to see them, and so are my boys. She came over with the kids, and that was truly a gift of its own. Luke thinks her son Darius hung the moon. That kid is amazing. Smart. Talented. Sweet.

Caroline came over with a ton of stuff for me to look at {cause let’s face it, it’s more fun to actually be able to put your hands on things instead of looking at a catalog, and considering I can make walking through an airport a shopping experience, this was fabulous}.

One of the things she brought over to show me was the Ampersand Tray, $138. It’s a hostess favorite and she went on to tell me more things about it, but I quickly said, “I’ll take it!” And threw it on my coffee table.


Caroline, I’ll write you a check when you pick up the rest of your amazing things, although I think I want to purchase it all, so just come over to visit and pick up a check 🙂

This beautiful piece can be used on your coffee table, as a tray, it even has hooks so you can hang it on your wall. It’s sturdy and durable {a must with two boys and now a puppy… more on that later…} and it’s versatile and beautiful.

Mary and Martha is all about entertaining with beautiful things and the company is christian and faith-based. Here is a basket {that I must also have} of goodies they offer.

I mean seriously… How fun is that?! I LOVE these nesting baskets! Here is the description from the catalogue…

“Available in Small, Medium, and Large, our Nested Baskets adapt to any need. Line the small one with our tea towels to serve muffins or dinners rolls, or use it to corral remotes and coasters on your coffee table. Use the medium one for keeping magazines handy, or try it for countertop organization – we like it for displaying a pile of pretty cloth napkins or sorting mail. The large one keeps newspapers in an orderly stack, makes a great catch-all for your throw blankets, or stacks rolled towels neatly in your bathroom. The possibilities are endless!”

Indeed they are. I feel like I need more than one of each size… The Small is $36, and is approximately 11″ square and 3.5 hight. The Medium is $46, Approximately 14″ square and 5″ high, and the Large is 15.5″ square and 5.5″ high.

Other items in this basket are the “Gather Together with GRATEFUL hearts” cake topper, $18. Oh my goodness is this adorable… I should have taken a better picture… You’ll have to trust me, or maybe I’ll find a link. I found it!!! Okay, simply click here to shop all products. http://www.mymaryandmartha.com/repurpose

The cute green diamond food containers… Oh my goodness they have tons of adorable food containers for all of your baked goods. Such a perfect touch for sending out baked treats this holiday season. You can mix and match from lots of adorable sizes, prints and patterns. Choose two sets for $20, three for $22, or four for $24. There is a space for you to write your own personal message on top. Adorbs.

And that gorgeous Queen Anne’s Lace Pitcher, $36. That… can be yours. Caroline has generously offered to give one away to one lucky follower! This is a gorgeous pitcher that serves as a vase as well. Here is mine with a simple Central Market bouquet.


I thought given what my last post was about… This would be the perfect giveaway this week. So… what do you have to do to win this Queen Anne’s Lace Pitcher? 

You simply have to comment down below and tell me what brings you grace, or what are you grateful for? I am grateful for my family, and I am glad that God shows me grace everyday. 

Thank you for reading.

xoxoxo

Win It Wednesday’s – R+F Eyecream

Are you aging? Do people tell you look “tired” every time you run into them at the grocery store and you don’t have make-up on? Are you a human? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should be interested in this giveaway.

This week’s giveaway is Rodan + Fields multifunction eye cream. You can read more about the eyecream by clicking here. Or any of the products that the doctors that created ProActive have made for anti-aging here. The skin care is #1 in the world. That is above Estee Lauder, Clinic, Chanel, or any brand out there. Folks, this product is only available in the United States, Canada, and is just now available in Australia. And it’s number 1 in the entire world.

So, to get your hands on this amazing eyecream that retails for $62, and is better than any $300 cream out there. All you have to do to win this product is sign up to follow my blog via email, and in the comments below tell me why you need some cream! 

The winner will be drawn on Wednesday at 8 pm {cst}

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Win It Wednesday’s Winner

Katy is the new proud owner of the gorgeous Mustard Seed necklace! I’m putting that in the mail for her today! Next week’s giveaway is Rodan + Fields amazing eye cream. Everyone I know {including myself} that uses this product just raves about it.

More information will be coming soon about how to win next week’s giveaway. Until then… happy Thursday everyone!

Win it Wednesdays!

Did you know there are only 16 Wednesday’s before Christmas? I didn’t either. I just counted.

In the spirit of giving, for the next 16 weeks I will be giving away some of my favorite things on Wednesdays. You aren’t going to want to miss this, so be sure to follow my blog! And this week… all you have to do is comment on the picture below and tell me why you would love this necklace. Winner will be drawn tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. {central}!

This gorgeous gem is from Marcie Finney Ditto of Mustard Seed Jewelry.  This necklace retails for $85.

*Katy is the winner!!! I will get this beautiful piece to you ASAP! I hope you enjoy your gorgeous necklace. xoxoxo