Summer Essentials For The Busy Girl

Short on time, but still wanna look good while you try to beat the heat?

I may be a farm girl who isn’t afraid to get down and dirty buuuuuut, I want to look good while doing it. (Well, at least a step up from the just-rolled-out-of-bed look). Being a dairy farmer that gets up at the a$$ crack of dawn doesn’t give you with much time to primp and polish in the morning; you gotta work fast.

I know what you are thinking, “Whaaaat? You don’t just wake up that beautiful?!”. Believe it or not, I have to paint my pretty on.

Over the years, I have found a few products and tricks that keep me looking presentable while I sling manure, deliver baby calves and shovel feed. You know, just the basic activities every girl wants to look cute at while doing.

Here are a few of my favorite things that keep me lookin’ fresh all summer long.

1. Aveeno Tinted Moisturizer

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I have reached that point in my life when I actually have to start worrying about sunscreen and wrinkles.

“You moisturize and spend less time tanning”, as Miranda Lambert sings.

That is one of the many reasons I LOVE this moisturizer. This tinted moisturizer with SPF 30 protects and helps hide skin imperfections.  It is super easy to apply in the morning and gives my skin a great, natural glow.  You can find it at just about any drugstore for  $13.99.

This moisturizer, some good mascara and a little blush (if you have the time), will have you lookin’ good and out of the house in minutes.

2. Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

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If you are looking for a quick hair fix, give this stuff a try.  It works really well on my naturally wavy hair and helps hold curl and texture, even in the humidity.  Put it on damp or dry hair.

Bonus: it smells delightful.

It can be found at various drugstores for $5.99.

3. A cute bandana

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Whether you are running errands, heading to a neighborhood BBQ, or farmin’, you need a cute bandana.  It’s too hot for hats and ponytails can get boring. Tying a bandana in your hair is quick, effortless and super cute.  I have been rockin’ mine all summer long and love how it comfortably keeps my hair out of my face.

There are various ways to wear bandanas, see more here.

4. Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm

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I like to keep my lips moisturized, but I also like to have a little color.  A little lip color makes me feel more put together and polished, but I don’t have time to whip out some colored lip gloss or lipstick every ten minutes.

Baby Lips Lip Balm has been a lifesaver.

It looks just like any ordinary chapstick, but it adds color.  I love it because when I use it I look like some cool, low-maintenance chick just moisturizing her lips. In reality, I’m painting on my lips.

Now you know my secret.

There are a few different colors that can be purchased at any drugstore for $2.84.  My favorite shade is “Cherry Me”.

5. A fun pair of stud earrings.

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I don’t really have time to put on jewelry in the morning, nor do I want things dangling off of me while I’m trying to get stuff done.  But a fun pair of studs adds a bit of flair and are comfortable enough to sleep in and wear throughout the day.

You can never go wrong with turquoise. Just sayin’.

6. Good Beer

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Okay busy girl, it has been a long day.  You have been running around like a chicken with its head cut off; it is time to relax.

It wouldn’t be summertime without an ice-cold beer!

I have two summertime favorites that help me keep cool, New Glarus Spotted Cow and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy.  You will have to visit Wisconsin to get your hands on some Spotted Cow (which would be totally worth the trip, by the way), but Summer Shandy can be found just about everywhere.

Cheers to you, busy girl!

What tips or tricks do you have that keep yourself looking fab when you are in a hurry?

 

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A Few Things Every Farm Chick Needs

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Farm chicks are busy gals that commonly get down and dirty.  That doesn’t mean we don’t do our best to look our best!  After all, you gotta catch and  keep the eye of the farm dude. 🙂 Today, I am sharing a few of my favorite items that keep this farm chick and her home on point!

1. Bath & Body Works 3-wick Candle

These candles are the best!  Their scent quickly fills the room and they burn cleanly.  When your home commonly takes in stinky socks, boots and barn clothes, you burn a lot of candles. Normally, these candles are priced around $20, but if you purchase during a 2 for $22 sale it is a steal! (I always stock up)  I am in love with this scent, Mahogany Teakwood.

2. Corral Boots

I am obsessed with boots in general, but Corral boots are my favorite.  I own three pairs already and this fringe pair is next on my list.  These are definitely NOT work boots, they are going-out boots.  Expensive, but well worth it.  Detailed, durable, and sassy.  There is quite the variety to choose from! Perfect for when your farm dude takes you out on the town!  I have purchased all of my Corral Boots from the Boot Barn, however they are sold in many other stores too.

3. Covergirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara

The cows don’t really care what I look like or if I put on makeup, but I do try to at least look alive and that requires mascara.  I have dabbled with a few different brands of mascara from various price ranges, but I always come back to Covergirl LashBlast.  It lengthens and volumizes without looking chunky.  The best part…it has a great price tag!

4. EOS Lip Balm

Midwest winds will dry a farm chick’s lips right out!  No one wants crusty lips; you gotta moisturize those babies.  On and off the farm, my favorite lip balm is EOS, mint flavor specifically.  I don’t know if it is the fun shape or the quality, but I just love this stuff.

5. OPI Nail Polish

My hands and nails really take a beating and don’t always appear very feminine.  But, nothing hides dirt and rough nails like a good polish!  OPI polishes seem to work best for me.  It dries quickly and lasts a long time.  I still end up painting my nails 2-3 times per week, because polish never really lasts long for a farm chick.  I could probably paint them less if I wasn’t so OCD when it came to a slight chip of polish.  Using a nail cleanser and buffing the nail prior to polishing eliminates oils that make your polish easy to peel.   It really helps lengthen the life span of a polish job.   Girls, get your self a good nail cleanser.

6. Vaseline

I have said it before, and I will say it again, a farm chick’s hands go through a lot in a day: water, muck, wind, cold temps, rough materials etc.  In order to keep my lady-like hands and to avoid callouses and dry skin, I slather Vaseline on my hands whenever I get a chance.  It is a super duty moisturizer and I love the cocoa butter scent!