I am a native San Diegan and my husband Ryan and I have been married for 8 1/2 years and have 5 fascinating kids ages 16, 7, 5, 3, and 1 and a half. We also have a super chill turtle named Lisa and a very cool kitty named Cooper. I am a stay at home mom but also work part time as a seasonal employee for Proflowers, am a freelance makeup artist, volunteer as a very active member of the Mountain Empire High School Booster Club where our oldest child attends school, am a volunteer speaker with the Center for Community Solutions and I serve as a makeup artist and hair braider with the Inner Beauty Ministry team at our church The Rock Church East County. I am also a former Mrs. California-America 2004 and still enjoy compete in local and state pageants. In my down time I LOVE catching up on sleep lol, window shopping, wine tasting, coffee, good movies, cooking/baking, dates with my hubby and hanging out with good friends.

Simple Summer Fashion

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Indulging in Self Care Under Quarantine

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Embracing Grace When Everything Is Out of Control

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The Freedom In Saying “NO”

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New Year, New You: Makeup Trends and Skincare Products for 2020

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Holiday Party 2019: What to Wear!

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Holiday Party “What to Wear” Guide

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Holiday Hair and Makeup Guide

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The Unspirited Side of Spirit Week

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The No Dating Rule: Why we’ve asked our teenage son to wait

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We have three little girls with very thick, long and curly hair. When we had our first daughter seven years ago I realized I needed to learn how to braid hair--and fast. Our oldest...
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Get Your Glow On: How to Have a Beautiful Summer Glow

Summer and Winter are two of my favorite times of the year for bronzer and adding a little extra color to the face. A friend of mine recently asked me: "How do I wear bronzer?"...

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