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If you’re like me you’ve got your eyes peeled for all things spring! The trees are budding (in Texas at least), the light is starting to make that pretty spring shift and I’m feeling the need to freshen up a few things…..my spring wardrobe included!

The last few years Walmart has really stepped up their clothing game and has come out with some affordable pieces that are downright pretty! Oh and don’t even get me started on my love for their accessories. Those who follow along on Snap Chat (Kendra_Huie) hear allllllll about the pretty jewelry I find there!

I usually pop into Walmart at the beginning of a new season to pick up a few layering pieces I can pair with other items in my wardrobe.

In the fall/winter I LOVE their leggings, flannels and tunics.

In the spring I snag there flowy tees, tank tops, thin cardigans and chambray shirts.

They do these things well!

Above I’ve put together a little style board with a few piece that I’m digging at the moment. While it’s packed with pretty items I really feel that it does not fully do Walmart justices. I tried to pick items that were available online so you can purchase them if you like but if you have a chance I highly recommend going in store to shop. A lot of things are sold out online but still available in store. I also feel like there’s a better selection as not all items sold in store make it to their website.  If nothing else you have to go in to check out their accessories which they do not offer on line. The prices are awesome and you can get some really pretty pieces!

Here are a few tips and things I do during my seasonal Walmart clothing run!

  • I love to go kid free on a slow day (when possible). That way I have time to look around and take everything in. Even better if you can grab a gal pal and make an outing out of it (I’ll tell you why in my next tip).
  • Each Walmart carries different items. For the most part they have the same pieces but each location varies enough to make me want to pop in a few locations when I do my seasonal clothing shop. Call a buddy grab some dinner and have fun night out shopping together as you visit a few different locations!
  • I usually make a couple swoops through to be sure that I didn’t miss anything. They have a lot of stuff and sometimes things are not placed in the most organized fashion. A couple of walk throughs will keep you from missing out on that cute top you didn’t see the first time around.
  • Their sizing is ALL over the place so keep that in mind when you’re shopping.
  • I almost always size up in tees for that baggie look I like.
  • You have to go early in the season to get the cute stuff before it’s picked over. Once its gone, its gone!
  • Don’t forget to check out their purses, accessorizes and shoes while you’re in there. If you’re new to Walmart’s accessories you’re in for a real treat!
  • I’m mainly focusing on woman’s fashion today’s post but if you have kiddos the children’s department is worth a visit as well. I get a lot of my boy’s summer play clothes from Walmart and y’all I’m super picky about what my boys wear.

If you make it out to Walmart and snag some cute Spring pieces I would love to see what you find! Tag me Instagram or come over and share in our Facebook group!

I’ll be carrying on this conversation over in our Facebook group Hanging With the Huies Friends. We would love to have you join us over there!
It’s a great place to further connect with the wonderful community of women we have around this blog of ours. 🙂

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  • Kelsey - I’m loving those off the shoulder tops you picked!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay L - I need to go find 1, 2 and 7!!!ReplyCancel

  • Merissa - I just bought this a few days ago at Walmart. They were out of it in my store but I did the order online and pickup in store option. I saw it on an instagram account I follow called whoawaitwalmart. They show all kinds of great deals they find at walmart and they started their own line of cothing call whoawaitwalmart and it is now sold there!

    The vest is super cute and lightweight so it will be perfect for spring.

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/WHOA-WAIT-Women-s-Everyday-Layers-Cargo-Vest/55115086ReplyCancel

Back in the fall we discovered our new favorite family activity.

It’s cheap.
It gets us outside.
The boys get to roam freely.
And the activity usually ends with a campfire and smores.

Music to my ears!

A few years back Kent treated me to a Mother’s Day adventure at Cedar Hill Park. It was love at first sight. The park is packed full of beautiful tall trees and more elevation than we typically see in Texas. As we were approaching the park my oldest asked if we were in Colorado. Nope not quite Colorado mountains buddy but he was onto something as the terrain in the area is different than what we’re used to seeing.

Side Note: I vlogged + blogged our 1st trip to the park if you would like to take a peek you can see it here.

We had such a great time hiking and exploring the area during our adventure that we thought it might be fun to come back and rent a campsite for the day.

Fast forward several months…….

Most weekends when the weather is nice that’s exactly where you’ll find us, sitting at campsite cuddled around a camp fire enjoying the day!

We hope to camp out over night in the future but for now we really love the ease of picking up a few sandwiches on our way, throwing some fold up chairs in the car and hitting the road. We keep it easy and low key!

The boys play (they love getting some bubble time in and running their cars through the dirt), we relax, listen to music and make it home in time for baths and bedtime.

It’s kind of the perfect activity for the season of life we’re in.

The next time you find yourself with an open day and beautiful weather you may want to scout out a state park close by and enjoy a day under the trees! The pressure of not needing to pack enough stuff to stay overnight really takes the stress out of it all and you just might be surprised at how much you enjoy yourself!

Here are some photos I took of the boys during one of our recent campsite visits.

I vlogged this trip as well! If you enjoy our vlogs or want to see more of what we do when we’re at the campsite take a gender. It’s a cute one!

 

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  • Corinna @ The Mommy Clause - This is a great idea! Camping is a lot of work – for the parents. I always loved it as a child, but didn’t realize the amount of work my parents were doing. Your idea is great – the fun of the campfire without all of the work. You’ll be easing into tent camping for your family in the future! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Exactly! Something about staying overnight starts to pack on all the stuff. You think it’s only a night or two away, no big deal then BOM your car is filled to the top. This way we’re able to enjoy a day full of fun but be back in our comfy beds by night time.ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - Ok I’ve NEVER thought to pre-melt the chocolate bar…genius! But yeah we put our sticks on the fire too to melt everything off. I like to slow roast the marshmallow so it gets all gooey in the middle. And then a medium char on the outside is perfection! Looks like you guys had a perfect day! Those pictures couldn’t be better!ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - It’s always a blast! You would think we would be over it as often and we go but…..nope! With the area that y’all are in your should have TONS of beautiful park options!ReplyCancel

 

I love to test out new makeup products and am always looking for “the next best thing” in the beauty world but no matter what I try drugstore or higher end stuff I always find myself coming back to these products. My tried-and-trues! The makeup products I grab for on the daily.

1. Hard Candy Living Doll: Such a pretty pink with just the right amount of shimmer. I wear this on my minimal makeup days for a pretty pink cheek with natural looking glow.

2. Rimel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob: I know, I know I talk about it alllllll the time but it’s just so awesome. It’s been a favorite of mine for a solid 5 years (at least). It’s such a pretty neural pink and the color I grab for most days. I line my lips then color them in slap on some Moon Valley Organic lip balm over the top and call it a day. I think it would be a shade that would look great on most skin tones so don’t be afraid to give it a go!

3. Loreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara: One of the most common questions I receive “What mascara do you wear?” It’s been the same one for many years because I have yet to find one that does a better job with my lashes than Loreal Telescopic Carbon Black mascara. Side Note: If you give this a try be sure you get the Carbon Black version.

4. Revlon Colorstay: I’m always trying new foundations hoping to find one that works with my problem skin (big pores and acne scars) and I did find one this year that I kind of like but y’all Revlon’s Colorstay just takes the cake! It wears well, blends easily especially with the Beauty Blender, holds up to humidity and Texas heat, and the main one it handles my problem skin well. I can’t say enough good stuff about this foundation.

5. NYX Blush in the colors (Dessert Rose + Bordeaux): I recently paid a pretty penny for a higher end blush. One that the gal at Ulta raved about. It was a pretty color and all but a couple hours after I put it on you couldn’t even tell I was wearing it. Bummer! This is why I keep coming back to this product. It’s blends beautifully and last longer than other blushes I’ve tried.

6. Pixi Eye Shadow Palette in Copper Peach: Love this palette! Perhaps I love it a little too much because even though I have tons of eye shadow palettes even some really nice higher end ones this is the palette I mainly grab for. It’s just so gosh darn pretty. The colors are well pigmented and blend beautifully. You can create so many different looks with this little palette from day to night! It’s also the gift I give most of my makeup loving friends who then end up becoming just as obsessed with it as and I am.

7. Beauty Blender: It’s not cheap y’all but it’s worth it. It changed the way my foundation looks. On the days that I’m lazy and don’t care too much about my makeup I skip the beauty blender but when I want my makeup to look nice the Beauty Blender is a must. I’ve tried the knock off foundation blenders and y’all they don’t even come close to the magic of the Beauty Blender.

8. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind: I’ve been using this for the longest but as I try new foundations I’m noticing that it works differently with each foundation I’ve tried. When I’m wearing the Revlon Colorstay foundation this is the concealer I grab. It blends beautifully and wears well throughout the day but I will say it doesn’t wear as well with other foundations I’ve tried with it.

9. Airspun Powder: This is the powder I use for baking under my eyes and to set the makeup around my nose. I’ll even use it a neutral eye shadow on days that I’m going for the no makeup looks. It’s soft and light and does a the trick!

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  • Mona - I will definitely be trying some of these out! I also have problems with my department store blush staying on all day. I am on the hunt for a new foundation and planned to try the IT CC cream – but maybe I will try the Revlon first! Antoher high end “want to try” is Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. Have you tried it? I always go back to Sumptiuos Extreme (estee lauder) because I can never find a drugstore brand I like. But my sister swears by BTS, so I thought I would try it. Can’t wait to try some of these out!!ReplyCancel

This is my “blanket podcast list” meaning there’s a little something on this list to cover everyone!

I’ll share my favorite “Mama Podcast” and “Family/Marriage Podcast” on a later day but I thought this would be a good starting point

Sorta Awesome: Hosted by Megan Tietz. She has 3 co-host that rotate throughout the season along with special expert guest. I love how random and happy this podcast is. They cover tons of topics such as books they’ve enjoyed, organizing life and home and favorite recipes to name a few. It’s usually a light hearted fun listen and I always get excited when I see they have a new episode!

 

What Should I Read Next: If you love books this Podcast is for you! Anne Bogel chats all about books with a fun twist. She has a new guest each week and plays book match maker. She asks a few book related questions to get to know her guest and their reading life then recommends three books that she thinks they should read next. Side Note: I had oral surgery last week and this was the podcast I picked to listen to during the whole ordeal (because yes I was awake). I think that says a lot about my love for Anne and her fun podcast!

 

The Simple Show: A podcast all about living the simple life. From living slow to simplified travel they cover pretty much all things simple and throw in a few books chats from time to time. Tsh (the host) recently changed the format of the show and added cost host and themed topics that are discussed more frequently throughout the month. It’s great but be sure to go back and listen to the previous seasons; I really enjoyed them!

 

Modern Love: One of those podcast that’s hard to turn off once you start. This is one that you want to play while you’re facing mountains of laundry or a sink full of dishes. There is a short essay that tells the story of love, all different kinds of love that’s read beautifully by a guest (who is usually an actor/actress). They then check in with writer of the easy to see where their love story is now. It’s beautiful pod cast that pulls at your heart and makes you think.

 

Happier With Gretchen Rubin: Where my podcast obsession began! I love all things Gretchen Rubin and stumbled upon her podcast while visiting her blog. BOM my podcast love was born! Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth chat about different ways to add little more happy to your life. Gretchen uses a lot of  research to back her topics which I appreciate and find interesting and the banter between her and her sister is fun. She has over a 100 episodes. If this is a new one to you be sure to back and listen to them all!

 

The Lively Show: Jess Lively host her podcast which is all about adding more intention into your day. She’s open, honest, and shares her journey to connect with her inner true self. She recently sold her home and is traveling the world. She shares about her traveling experiences and what she’s learning along the way. Before her traveling began she brought on a weekly cohost that chatted about that the different ways they are living with intention. She’s slowly getting back into that format but be sure to go back and listen to older episodes. They are my favorite!

 

Dear Sugar: Humm not really sure how to describe this one but I’ll try. Think modern day dear Abby. Listeners submit questions and host Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond dive deep and try to find answers. The topics are interesting but just an FYI they sometimes discuss dark subject matter so keep that in mind if that’s not something you like listening to.

 

Ted Radio Hour: A podcast that pulls at your heart and opens your mind to ways you can improve your daily life. This is another one you want to put on when you have a long drive or when you’re facing a messy house you’re not looking forward to cleaning. If you dig this kind of stuff it would grab you and pull you in and before you know it your long drive has come to an end or your house is magically clean!

 

This American Life: Ira Glass (anything he touches is pretty much gold) is the host and talks about politics and things happening around the nation. They tell a story beautifully and usually have several people contributing to the topic they cover.

 

Pop Cast:  The host are fun and they chat about all things random in regards to pop culture. The topics are lighthearted and silly and the host have a wonderful banter that’s fun to listen to.

 

Comedy Bang Bang: Host Scott interviews celebrities while eccentric people pop in randomly though out the podcast…….funny ensues! I honestly don’t know what else to say about this show but it’s makes me giggle and slap my knee from time to time!

 

Mystery: Starlee Kine host a podcast where she dives deep and solves mysteries that you never thought you would know the answer to or should I say that you never knew you wanted to know the answer to.

Hopefully you found a few new podcast that you can dive into!

If you enjoyed this post be sure to let me know so I know there’s interest in seeing more podcast list. I have tons more that I have yet to share (mama podcast, family/marriage podcast and even podcast for children). 

On to the happies!

1. My Happy planner! Has that been a past Happy? Maybe so but y’all it really makes me happy! Things have been busy in the Huie house and that thing saves me! I hope to have a blog post all about it and how I use my Happy Planner very soon.

2. The Valentine’s Box Swap! My goodness it brings me so much joy. It’s not even about the box that I receive. Don’t get me wrong that’s fun too but that’s not what the swap is about. I love putting together a box for my buddy and seeing all the love participants put into their boxes. It warms my heart right up. Someone recently posted something in our Facebook group “Hanging With the Huies Friends” (yes it’s different than our Facebook page and yes you should jon because it’s free and totally awesome!) that pretty much sums up what this swap is all about. She gave me the okay to share her words the blog.

Meg Says:
I have had the worst morning, absolute worst… and my doorbell rings. It’s my UPS guy delivering my #Valentinesboxswap I was in tears opening it. It touched my heart. My buddy put so much love and thought into the box. I’m overly emotional today already but I seriously can’t believe how sweet she was. She sent a little something for everyone in my house including our Golden Retriever. Kendra I know you have so much going on in your life right now and this is a big project to coordinate. But the last two years I have enjoyed it so much. I love everything about the experience and the opportunity to meet new friends is so much fun. I hope my buddy enjoys her box just as much. I had so much fun shopping for her. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the ladies who made this happen!

3. An afternoon bath with my last Lush bath bomb. I keep saying I’ll take a hot bath after the boys go to bed but when that time comes I’m just too tired. Yes even too tired to take a bath as silly as that sounds. Well one afternoon I was home had no where to be and the boys were with my Mother-in-law so I went for it. Oh man it was wonderful. I wasn’t too tired to enjoy it and there were no cute little boys throwing toys into the tub or messing with the water facet while I soaked (totally how most of my baths go down). It was just me LUSH and quietness. It was lovely!

4. Patio meals with the family. We’ve had one wonky winter. It’s been more like spring with a few cold days mixed in. It’s been mainly sunny and beautiful all week so we so we’ve been taking advantage of it and eating outdoors as much as possible. The boys love Whole Foods so that’s been a stop a couple times this week.

5. The feeling that we may be getting over the hump. January has been a hard month for many many reasons and while we’re still facing some things I just have this feeling that we made it up the hardest part of the stretch. There are still some unknowns and some things I need to take care of but overall I have this feeling of We-Did-It-ness (yep making that a thing go with it)! I’m feeling a little more peace and hope trickle back in which is really really nice.

Last week’s Friday Favorite: Volume 5 – Current Products I’m Digging

Share your favorite podcast below!
I haven’t picked out a topic for next week’s favorites. Ideas?

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  • Lisa - Hey Kendra! I love your Friday Favorite posts! I’ve enjoyed watching The Valentine Box Swap unfold. I missed the deadline due to life happenings, but next year for sure! Like you said, the act of doing something kind for someone just has a way of making you feel good. A little kindness can go a long way in this crazy and chaotic world of ours. Thanks again for sharing a few of your Friday Happies with us!ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - It’s so much fun! I’m hosting a fall swap in the fall (late September) so if fall is your thing keep an eye out for that one. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Lemon - Friday Faves! I’m starting to keep a notepad by my computer so I can jot down items you love and that I need to try!

    I was thinking of some ideas for your future favs…Similar to your fav movies, you could do a throwback Friday to your favorites from college, high school or even when you were little?!

    Favorite items to thrift, favorite subscription boxes (if you still complete) and maybe even your fav phone apps?

    If you have already done these sorry!!!ReplyCancel

 

1. Soap and Glory Righteous Butter: This has been a favorite for a couple of years. In fact I’m pretty sure I’ve chatted with you about it before. I LOVE this stuff! It smells amazing, makes my skin feel so soft even the day after I’ve used it and it won’t break the bank. You can find it several places (Target, Walgreens) but check Ulta first as they usually have Soap and Glory goodies on sale. Right now they’re running a buy two get one free sale!

2. Soap and Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash: I recently picked this up as my free item during Ulta’s buy two get one free sale and am really liking it! It smells lovely and doesn’t dry out my skin. The bottle is pretty big and a little goes a long way so it will last you a while.

3. Soap and Glory Clean On Me Creamy Shower Gel: Another long time favorite. It has the same lovely smell as the Righteous Butter (clean fresh scent). The creamy part is why I love it so! It still works like a shower gel but the lotion they add to it moisturizes and leaves your legs feeling good. I use it as my soap and also my shaving gel.

4. Moon Valley Organics Herbal Lip Balm: I talk about this stuff on Snap Chat (Kendra_Huie) ALL THE TIME so I figured it was high time to add it to a favorites list. I’m nuts about this lip balm. I picked up a bunch of Moon Valley Organics goodies during a trip we took over the summer and fell in love with their products. So much so I found their website and have since placed several more orders with them. I have tubes scattered all over my house and my car so I always have one on had when I want it. When I’m good about applying it throughout the day I notice such an improvement in texture of my dry lips. Not only does it makes my lips look and feel better I love the way it looks on. It has more of a shine to it than other chap sticks. On days when I’m doing low key make up I usually wear this along as my lip product or put on some liner and top it with their lip balm and I’m good to go! I own all the different varieties but the mint vanilla is probably my most favorite. The zingy cinnamon packs a punch and has that lip plum product feel to it after you apply. Just a little FYI in case that’s not your cup of tea. To get 20% off your order purchase through THIS link. They will also generate a discount link for you to share with your friends and family.

5. Yes To Coconuts Hydrate and Restore Over Night Cream: A while back Carson (our almost 2 year old) got into my expensive Origins faces creams and covered himself in them. I’m cheap and Origins is not so it was total gut punch seeing my new bottles all empty. I went without for a while because I just couldn’t bring myself to fork over the cash to replace what Carson got into. I was on the Ulta website looking at their sales and  they has a sale on the  Yes To line (still on sale by the way, buy one get one 50% off). I like the Yes To products so I figured it was worth a shot. Y’all I LOVE this stuff! It’s tons cheaper than the Origins line I was using and honestly I’ve see more change in my skin from this product than I saw from my 3 plus years using Origins. It’s super hydrating. I not only go to bed with soft skin it’s still soft when I wake up in the morning. It’s perfect for winter months when our skin tends to be more dry. It has a light coconut smell so keep that in mind if that’s not your thing. I’m loving it so much I picked up some of their masks and plan to order their day cream as well!

6. Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Overnight Eye Balm: I picked this when I purchased the night cream and love it just as much! It feels great on my skin and keeps the skin under my eyes soft. Maybe I should thank Carson for getting into all my Origins stuff. Because of him I found these two new products that I’m tickled with.

1. I’m currently recovering from dental surgery and my family has been bringing on the joy this week! My mom took me to surgery, brought me back home, picked up my pain pills and made sure I had some mash potatoes. You’re never too old to need your mom! I’ll have a vlog up early next week that will fill ya in on all that’s been going on. It’s been a crazy month. I cry in it though so I’ve been on the fence about sharing it. If I can get over the embarrassment I’ll post it soon. Every thing is fine. We’re healthy and good it’s just been a month!

2. My mother-in-law has been watching the boys for me while I recover. She calls me every day to check on me which is pretty sweet. She has made dinner for the boys and Kent the last few nights and sent Kent home with some homemade broth since I can only eat soft foods at the moment. She’s a gem I tell ya!

3. While I was still drugged up post surgery my mom and I stopped into a thrift store. I scored 2 vintage Pryex dishes for $2.49 each and some awesome vinyls Nat King Cole and Ray Charles to name a few. Total scores!

4. Podcast have been my jam lately. I go for months without listening to them. Then for some reason I get into podcast kick and listen to them non stop! I think we need a “My Favorite Post Cast Post”.

5. Last night I was cuddling Carsie-Bear aka Carson. He had his head on my shoulder and I was rocking him when he said “I miss you” out of nowhere. They’ve been spending a lot of time with my Mother-in-Law while I’m recovering and of course I miss them like crazy during the day. It was beyond sweet to hear those words come out unprompted form my sweet little bear.

 

Hoping to get back into the swing of doing this on Fridays. Next Friday I’ll share my favorite podcast.
Previous Friday Favorite Post:
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3 
Volume 4

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