Rodan + Fields

My profession is in sales, but I’m really not here to sell you anything you don’t want. I have become a consultant for Rodan + Fields so I can help the woman (and men!) who struggle like I did with my skin.

When I entered High School I started getting a little bit of acne, but nothing serious. I used proactive daily and everything was fine. Then when I went to college and started using foundation, my skin completely broke out. I got horrible deep pimples due to foundation and the makeup I was using along with the unhealthy diet and lifestyle I was living. I was so self conscious, I felt too old to have acne.

Once I started using better makeup my face cleared, but the scars remained. My self consciousness continued as well. I have been to so many dermatologists and have tried everything from microdermabrasion to at home natural remedies. None of these things really did what I wanted.

Then while I was scrolling through Facebook I saw my friend was selling a premium skin product line and was posting REAL RESULTS of people I actually know. Of course I was skeptical, but after scanning her posts for a couple month I figured I should at least look into it.

Rodan + Fields is made by the same dermatologists who created proactive, now they have created a new line for all types of adult skin. Rodan + Fields is the #1 premium skin care line in the nation! The specific line I use is for redefining, so it not only has helped my acne scars but help with my fine lines! I have seen such an overall difference on my ENTIRE FACE!

It was more than I really wanted to spend, but way less expensive than continuing expensive dermatologist procedures or buying a million products that don’t work.

Now, after using it for almost a year it has been well worth it. The results I have seen have changed my life and brought back my confidence. And now as a consultant I hope to do the same for other women.

 

If you are interested check it out—> traciephelps.myr+f.com/

ANDDDD stay tuned for some before and after pictures!

 

Cat Lady Box!

My favorite day of the month is the day my cat lady box arrives!

I signed up to receive The Cat Lady Box about two years ago. Monthly subscription boxes have become pretty popular and this one fit me and my lifestyle purrfectly. The subscription is either $29.99 or $39.99, depending if you’re just a cat lady or a CRAZY CAT LADY. Each month I get a box delivered containing  3-5 items for myself and two cat toys, valued around $100.

My top 5 favorite cat lady items:

  1. Beach towel
  2. Wine glasses
  3. Shirts- SO MANY CUTE SHIRTS!
  4. Kitty Scarf
  5. Cat Butt Pillow Cases

When my box arrives, my cats go crazy. They love it just as much as I do!

If you love quirky cat lady items + you love your cat, you should sign up. The Cat Lady Box organization donates a portion of proceeds to cat rescue organizations. They also use items from small businesses and independent artists. This company has my heart. And they even use me on their site as a model. That’s how you know you’ve made it.

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If it wasn’t for Texas..

 

I was born in Houston, graduated from Texas State, and got married in San Antonio. Texas is my home and I am so glad it is.

 

Top reasons I am proud to be a Texan:

  1. Texas Pride is real. There is no other state pride that can compare
  2. Texas landscape: from the hill country, desert, plains, and the gulf.. we have it all
  3. H-E-B, only in Texas could a man with the last name Butt name a grocery chain after himself and have it be so successful
  4. San Marcos River
  5. Amazing Universities- UT, Baylor, A&M, Texas Tech, Texas State, TCU, Rice, UofH… The list goes on.
  6. South Padre Island.
  7. Blue Bell Ice cream
  8. Fort Worth Stockyards
  9. Houston
  10. Austin- Live Music Capital of the World
  11. Dallas
  12. San Antonio
  13. Shiner, the town + the beer
  14. The River Walk
  15. BUC-EES
  16. TEX MEX
  17. The State Fair + BIG TEX
  18. Barbecue- stubbs, salt lick, ____ take your pick they are all amazing
  19. SPORTS: Dallas Cowboys, Texans, Rangers and Astros- but the best of ’em all GO SPURS GO
  20. The Climate
  21. Football
  22. Texas Country Music
  23. Bluebonnets
  24. Whataburger
  25. It’s bigger, and it’s better.

Honestly, the list could go on forever… #TexasForever

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Now that I’ve have established why I love being from the Lone Star State, lets recognize some fellow rootin’ tootin’ Texans.

George Strait, Willy Nelson, Beyonce, Matthew McConaughey, Eva Longoria, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Garner, Maren Morris, Jared Padalecki,  Jamie Foxx, Demi Lavato, Chip and Joanna Gaines, Woodie Harrelson, Hillary Duff, Selena Gomez, Jessica Simpson, Nolan Ryan, Alexis Bledel, Chuck Norris, Kelly Clarkson, SANDY from Sponge Bob, and there are so many more.

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Alright, Alright, Alright!

 

 

2016

2016 started off rocky. A few bad, life changing events led to the best year of my life.

January– 2016 started with landing my first “big girl” job, a sales specialist with Grimmway Farms. Training was in California at the farms in Bakersfield, then to LA.

March- A Girls Weekend in New Orleans.

April- My 24th birthday my mother took me to see Carrie Underwood.

May- I took a trip back to Maryland to visit my family and friends. I got to visit my grandparents who are buried in Arlington National Ceremony, meet my new second cousin, took a trip to Ocean City and attended an Orioles game.

June- Immediately after my trip to Maryland I was sent on a work trip to Idaho and Utah. I got to drive around both states and I was amazed by the beauty of both.

July- My summer was spent working a few trade shows, floating the San Marcos River, and a trip to Padre Island with my love.

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August– Weekend trip to Dallas to see The Rangers v Astros and Bedford (the town my great great great grandfather founded).

September- My love and I went to the State Fair in Dallas where we saw Kacey Musgraves & spent the day in Ft. Worth!

October- I went on a work trip to Orlando for the Produce Marketing Association. Then my dream finally came true and I got to visit HARRY POTTER WORLD! I also got to see Taylor Swift at Formula One.

November- My love, mom and I took a trip to Dallas to see a Cowboys game. We also stopped at Magnolia Market. I went to Maryland for Thanksgiving, and I came home to my love popping the question.

December- The best month ever. I took a trip to Vegas to see George Strait with my mom for her birthday. And on December 17th I married the love of my life in San Antonio. We spent our first Christmas as a married couple.

2016 ended up being the busiest and best year yet. I am so excited to see what the rest of 2017 brings.

 

To my single mom:

In my life I have heard a lot of women refer to themselves as “single mothers.” Women who are divorced receiving child support from a man who is in their child’s life, women who have husbands who they don’t feel participate or helped enough, women who’s kids have fathers who love them.

Words are like toothpaste, you can never put them back. Hurtful words spoken about my life have stayed with me and will for my entire life. Think before you speak. And think before you falsely label yourself as a “single mom.”

Listen up, I was raise by a single mother. A woman who’s husband died and she was left with a 3 month old. A woman who put herself through nursing school with no physical, financial, or moral support. A woman who did it all by herself. Bought a house for us, made it a home, sent me to college, and always gave me everything I could have ever needed + more.

It was always just my mother and I and growing up, she did her best not to make me feel fatherless. She did such an amazing job being a parent I rarely felt I needed another. Of course Donuts with Dads or Fathers Day were never my favorite days, but I was happy with my life. I dreaded my wedding day because I would have no one to walk me down the aisle or dance the father daughter dance with, although my mother would have stepped in I don’t feel it would be the same. There was always somewhat of a hole in our family, it was inevitable. So when I hear women talking about being a “single mother” when their children have a father they know and love, it makes me sick.

I’ve read the stats about how horrible children of single mothers turn out. I’ve been looked down on in my life coming from a single mother. But, I feel it’s made me stronger. I am a better person from what she has showed me. She led by example.

My mother would work nights, 7pm-7am, but you bet your ass she would be at my swim meet as soon as she got off at 7:15am after working all night. She never missed a single meet, a single soccer game, never ever missed a single event in my life. She put herself through nursing school while raising a toddler. And because of her I can’t make excuses because she has showed me first hand that anything is possible.

My mother did it all without child support, without someone to cut the grass or take out the trash. No one changed the oil in her car or helped her fix broken things around the house. She was the mom, handy man, bread winner, and my hero. My mother did it all and I’m so grateful to have such a strong role model in my life.

The relationship between a single mother and their child is unlike any other. When I tell people how close my mother and I are, people think they understand, but they don’t. We only have each other, and we have only ever had each other. We are the real life Gilmore Girls and I am forever grateful to have a woman like her raise me with such grace and love. She is my mother, my best friend and my favorite human. If you think you understand, I doubt you do.

I will never be able to thank her enough. I hope I can be half the woman she HAD to be.

*DISCLAIMER- Almost all Moms are great. Single moms do come in different ways. I just wanted to highlight on mine*

 

“I look around at what I got & without you, it ain’t a lot, but I got everything, with you, everything..”

Home owning

I bought my first home when I was 20 years old! I came into some money and felt it was the best investment. I bought a cookie cutter house in a very suburban neighborhood. I got the biggest house I could afford. Through out college I rented out rooms to pay my mortgage and now my husband and I live here.

Since his is in the military, I know I will have to move sooner or later. But I plan on renting it out and keeping it as an investment property because central Texas is rapidly growing.

There is so much we would like to do to fix our house up, but right now I am thinking of cheap visually pleasing things to do. I just want to get it looking presentable to rent out for top dollar, nothing fancy because renters break everything.

My house is about 13 years old and it being a cookie cutter, crappy builder grade everything home, things have been breaking.

In the past four year of living here I have…

-Replaced the back door

-Had the garage door repaired

-Installed all new flooring

– Painted inside + out

-Fridge fixed, dishwasher fixed, AC fixed, garbage disposal fixed

-Installed new faucet

-Landscape

AND there’s always some project I need to get done. Stay tuned because I will be posting all my DIY projects here!

Home owning is hard work. Especially being so young and unprepared, but it was the best thing I could have invested my money in and I love having this house to call home.

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