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Sweatproof + Long-lasting Makeup for Summer

We are officially in a summertime groove! The weather was gorgeous this week in Raleigh and we enjoyed lots of time outdoors.

We ate dinner on the back porch last night and I made this Cheesy Bacon Jalapeño Corn dip. I left out the Jalapeño though because I thought it would be too spicy for the kids, and it definitely impacted the dip. It kind of needs the Jalapeño!

I’ve ordered a handful of denim shorts for summertime and will be sharing a full round-up on Instagram. Follow me at K8_smallthings!

I’ve been wearing the shade “Charged Up Cherry” by OPI on my nails, which is the perfect summery pink/orange. I think I like it better than Cajun Shrimp!

The kids and I, along with Amanda and her daughter, are volunteering at the Food Bank today. We’ve done this one other time before and really enjoyed the experience! I’m grateful to have a way to include the kids in something that gives back to our local community.

And here are a few things I mentioned on Instagram Stories recently that you may have missed:

@NaptimeKitchen Home Reset

Long beach shirt

Boden swimsuit

Bone conduction headphones

Avocado ranch dressing recipe

Damn Delicious spinach and parm orzo recipe

Holly Springs Salamanders Baseball

A dress Emily loves

Clare V. Grande Fannysee my round-up of my favorite Clare V bags !

Water drench moisturizer

$30 belted shirt dress from H&M

Long black kelly maxi

Bright color slim belt

Gorgeous Free People dress

Wet stick lipstick in baby rose

$7 lip liner in beige babe

Relaxed jean shorts from Madewell

Perfect vintage shorts with finished hem

Microstitch tool

Pre-shampoo oil

$14 Eyeshadow palette

Hoop earrings from Miranda Frye

Maya Brenner necklace

28 Summers by Elin Hildebrand

Some of my favorites to follow on Instagram:







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Danielle says · 06.10.23

Thank you for sharing, I adore these posts!

Danielle |