Getting To Know Me

My name is Emma. I am a momma, wife, dog mom, Deadhead, beach bum, mermaid lover and a hot mess! Welcome to my mad ramblings about life, parenting, product reviews and everything in between!





Bluebird Linens Sale

This weekend only! Bluebird Linens is having a sale on their pattern sheet sets. They start at $27.00. Use my coupon code EMMA at checkout for an extra 30% off any regular priced items. That’s an incredible savings on regular priced items.

Look at some of their beautiful sheet sets.

There is definitely a style for everyone! This is the set I just ordered!

These sheets fit the bed perfectly. There’s none of that corner slipping off and popping up. My husband and I are rough sleepers and that happens with our other sheets. I got my 1st set from a giveaway on Bluebird Linen’s Instagram. You should totally give them a follow for your chance to win a set.

Once you try these sheets you won’t want to use any others. The sheets are incredibly soft and cozy. I already own a 6 piece set. That means all 4 of my pillows match the sheets. I mean, I feel so grown up when that happens.

Shop the sale this weekend at and use code EMMA for any regular priced items.

Best Skincare for Summer 2019

Vitamin C has been all the rage this summer. Every single company is hitting on that. Vitamin C has amazing benefits for your skin too so it is no wonder everyone is pushing it. This is the Summer of Glow!


The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health. Dietary and topical ascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photo-damage. – Oregon State University

Now that sounds like the perfect skincare ingredient. We also have Glycolic Acid. It is one of the holy grail skincare ingredients. It sets you up to glow.

Glycolic acid is an exfoliator, which means that it safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells. In this way, it helps accelerate your skin’s renewal process, bringing fresh, new skin to the surface on a regular basis when used routinely. This can help your skin look younger and dewier, with a glow that arises from increased circulation and faster cell turnover.

It’s much more than an anti-aging product, though; glycolic acid also helps lighten discolorations such as sun and age spots. It can even help skin that’s prone to blackheads, whiteheads, and acne by keeping pores clear of old skin that tends to clog them and cause problems.


Pixi Beauty Vitamin C Skintreats


Pixi Beauty Glow Skintreats


Have you tried anything from Pixi Beauty yet? I know I am a huge fan. Another great glycolic acid skincare product I recently discovered is from Alder New York. It is their Everyday Face Cleanser. It is a low foaming glycolic acid and sea kelp blend. It really helps bring out the glow!


Alder New York Clarifying Face Mask & Everyday Face Cleanser


Some trends I can get on board with and others like rainbow brows just seem a bit over the top for me. The Summer Glow Trend of 2019 can surely stick around in my opinion. I am loving the bronzey glowing skin that looks like it has slightly been kissed by the sun. I’m going to continue with this trend throughout the fall and winter months. Glow ALL YEAR!!!








Emma Shetler is a mom, skincare enthusiast, mermaid wannabe. Follow her on Instagram @audiesmama
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E is for Emma; E is for Elephant


Ever since I was a little girl elephants have been my favorite animal. It was because as the title suggests I was taught in preschool the E is for Emma and E is for Elephant. It was ingrained into my memory. This fueled a love for the biggest animal on earth. I remember in 3rd grade I did a report on elephants and learned so much about them. Here are a few fun elephant facts for you!


Elephant facts

1) There are three different species of elephant – the African Savannah Elephant, the African Forest Elephant, and the Asian elephant. Elephants are known for their large earstusks made of ivory and their trunks – which are actually a fusion of their nose and upper lip.


2) Elephants are the world’s largest land animal! Male African elephants can reach 3m tall and weigh between 4,000 -7,500kg. Asian elephants are slightly smaller, reaching 2.7m tall and weighing 3,000– 6,000kg. They are known for their large ears, tusks made of ivory and their trunks – which are actually a fusion of their nose and upper lip.


3) There’s an easy way to tell the African elephants apart from their Asian cousins – their ears! African elephants have large ears shaped like the continent of Africa! Asian elephants’ ears are smaller and shaped like India. Cool, huh?

4) You can tell a lot about an elephant by looking at their tusks! Elephant tusks never stop growing, so enormous tusks can be a sign of an old elephant. Both male and female African elephants grow tusks, but only male Asian elephants grow them. A tusk-less adult elephant is likely to be a female Asian elephant.


Being a jewelry lover I love anything with my name or initials on it. This piece from Sincerely Silver Co. is absolutely beautiful. It is perfect for everyday wear or that special occasion. Handcrafted, you can order in gold, rose gold, or silver.  I ordered mine in rose gold as it is my new favorite metal to wear. Sincerely Silver Co. has so many gorgeous pieces that all can be customized to meet your needs. It is the perfect gift idea for that special person in your life or as a treat to yourself.


The Rose Gold Initial Necklace

I have gifted my mom and my daughter with the lovely handcrafted pieces from Sincerely Silver Co. Both have cherished their necklaces.


It is subtle, yet a great statement piece. It is soft and works well with just about any outfit. I actually wear it every day. It is durable and won’t turn colors. I absolutely put it to the test. I wear it in the shower and swimming. I am the kind of person who never takes their jewelry off. That’s the great part about the Sincerely Silver Co. pieces I have; they are made to last.


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When ordering use code EMMA15 at checkout for a 15% discount!




This post was sponsored by Sincerely Silver Co. All opinions are my own. Fact credit National Geographic Kids.

Homesick Bluegrass


I am a Kentucky girl from the coal fields of Appalachia. It runs deep in my blood and soul. I can trace my ancestry to them hills all the way back to the early 1700s. Both sides of my family, paternal and maternal are from the same county. 

Granny witches, Native Americans, Melungeons, and canning our garden harvest is who we are. Church on Sunday and moonshine on the strip mine on Friday after work. It took a lot for me to pack up and actually leave there. There is a kinship in them hills between folks. Ain’t nobody better than anyone else. We are all family in the sense we know what life is like. Friends become family and family is everything.

From bluegrass jam nights to gazing up at the stars because there’s no light pollution, Appalachia is a sort of utopia for the nature lover. Waterfalls and bubbling creeks are everywhere. RIvers, mountain lakes, and ponds make fishing and swimming a fun summer pastime.

Sincerely Silver sent me this gorgeous Kentucky necklace. They asked if I wanted something engraved on it. I asked about the above quote from Happy Chandler but it was too big. I thought for a bit and decided to put my town name on it; Paintsville!


Whatever state you call home, Sincerely Silver Co. has got you covered! This is the perfect gift for anyone who is homesick like me, or just wants to show their state pride! The State  Necklace can be done in gold, silver, or rose gold. You can also add your initial, town name like I did, or your town’s GPS coordinates! It is by far my most favorite necklace. Use code EMMA15 for a 15% off discount when you order ANY piece of Sincerely Silver jewelry!


As far as my homesickness, I’ll be going “home” to Appalachia for Christmas this year. My husband who is a Florida boy, born and raised, has only seen snow twice! So, here’s to hoping for a white Christmas in Appalachia!


This post was sponsored by Sincerely Silver Co. All opinions are my own.

To Infinity And Beyond


This necklace is so beautiful. I love how it is an everyday wearable piece. Sincerely Silver Co. hits it out of the park again.

I picked this necklace for my sister. Nothing can describe the relationship we have. It took work to get there though. We don’t have that traditional relationship. We didn’t grow up together, unfortunately, and this took its toll on our relationship.

I didn’t meet my sister until I was 16 years old. She is 8 years older than me. It was strange because we look alike, walk alike, talk alike, and would even say things at the same time. This stranger was someone who I instantly connected with. We both moved on with life and lost touch for a few years as people in young adulthood seem to do.

Around 10 years ago though we decided we wanted to be in each other’s lives. She lives in Texas and me, well, I am a gypsy moving all over the place until recently. I have now settled in Florida for the last 7 years and have no plans of moving at all. My sister and I have had life just continue to happen and we haven’t been together since I was 16.

Regardless of the distance, we video call, chat online, make phone calls all the time. I feel like she is my other half. I love her to Infinity and Beyond! Nothing can break that bond. The Eternal Love necklace from Sincerely Silver is the perfect way to show her what she means to me.

The Eternal Love Necklace can be ordered in silver, gold, or rose gold. It has the infinity sign wrapped around an uppercase LOVE. This means to me that my love will NEVER end for my sister. I can’t wait for her to get this beautiful piece that is from the heart. Sincerely Silver Co. makes everything by hand. Each piece is made with love and care.

Use the code EMMA15 on your next order for 15% off!  Follow Sincerely Silver Co. on Instagram by clicking!


This post was sponsored by Sincerely Silver Co. but all opinions are my own!

8th Grade Graduation

As a momma, watching my kiddos grow into amazing humans is the most rewarding gift. My youngest Audie just graduated 8th grade. She is absolutely brilliant. She is soaring her way right into high school.

Recently tested for gifted placement, Audie has an IQ of 140. It is almost unbelievable. Like who is this kid and where did she come from? I am beyond proud of her. She is one of my humans!

I wanted to make sure she received a special gift for her graduation. I turned to Sincerely Silver! They have the best gifts for all occasions. I picked the Feather charm necklace in rose gold for Audie. I think it suits her. A feather to help her reach new heights. Check out the feather necklace here. The Feather Necklace necklace is the perfect keepsake for her. It is great for everyday wear or for special occasions. I know my girl loves it!


This post is sponsored by Sincerely Silver Co. 

All opinions are my own.

Sealed With a Kiss



My husband John and I just celebrated our five year wedding anniversary. We have truly had a very special relationship. It started as friends first. I wanted to be sure we truly liked each other before making the commitment of marriage again. I had been married previously and it was a terrible situation.

John and I have really been through some crazy things in the last 7 years together and 5 married. I have had brain surgery and him living with an ileostomy bag from a perforated intestine. He had his reversal surgery to remove the bag a month before my brain surgery.

I’ve had to stop working due to chronic illnesses and John is a huge support to me. He understands and takes it in stride.

I wanted to get us something special to commemorate our marriage and what a special bond we have. Since we recently moved we have a ton of free wall space. That is when I spotted this gorgeous canvas print from Canvas Vows! It was a no brainer! I was getting this for our anniversary.   They have so many beautiful pieces to choose from to celebrate and honor your own special day. Check them out here. The Last Name Sign is what I picked out, but you can choose any to remember your special day. Go show them some love and tell them Emma sent you!



Post sponsored by Canvas Vows. All opinions are my own.

My Top Gifts for Mother’s Day



Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Being a mom I certainly loved getting the homemade gifts my little ones would bring home from school. Now my little ones are bigger; 14, 17, and 19. I also wanted to write this guide for the clueless hubbies out there who have no clue where to start. I know my husband like a book. He will grab me a bouquet of flowers from the local grocery store and call it done. He is a simple man who doesn’t put much thought into my gifts except for Christmas. However, I will say this, I do LOVE fresh cut flowers. There is something so classic and timeless about getting a bouquet. So, I will be including this one on my list. Many women don’t like fresh flowers because they aren’t permanent. I have a solution for that conundrum. I also have some indie brands that I want to share with you today. Small businesses that craft each order with love. 


When you shop with small businesses you are helping a mom who makes jewelry get her kid those braces she needs, or ordering that wreath from your neighbor and helping her get her kid to soccer camp. There is also the benefit of knowing that your order will be made with love and with perfection.


Sincerely Silver offers personalized handcrafted jewelry. They will personalize each piece to fit your needs. Check out this gorgeous Mama Bear ring I got this year! It even has 3 little cubs for my 3 kiddos.  Sincerely Silver Mama Bear Wrap Ring is only $24.00, Y’all! It is absolutely beautiful.  It has a simple elegance to it. It can be worn casually or on that special night out. It is surely a gift Mama won’t forget! Use code EMMA15 for 15% off your order too!



Keep mama warm and cozy with a new duvet or linen set from Bluebird Linens! I won a 6-piece set from them around Christmas this last year and was blown away by how soft their sheets are. Now they have a new down alternative duvet too! They offer so many cute patterns and colors on their sheets it will match any decor or taste! You will not disappoint with these as a gift. It is something that will last for a long time and provide the ultimate comfort for mom! Check them out here! Bluebird Linens Use code EMMA for a 30% off discount! You all, this kind of discount is almost unheard of! 30% off is incredible.



Another great gift idea is a personalized Tshirt or bag. Texas Red Homemade. Destiny makes every single item to order and with so much care. I have a Toto Africa shirt that is amazing! Check out her store page on Facebook here Texas Red Homemade Facebook

Or her Etsy shop Texas Red Homemade Etsy Shop

Does Mama love makeup? I know I do. Grab her a subscription to Boxy Charm. It is a makeup subscription box that gives over $150 of makeup each month for only $21.

Sign up here!  Boxy Charm Sign Up

Full disclosure if use this link to sign up my step-daughter will receive the referral points.


Skincare is always a hit with me. I love my skincare products. Some of my favorite are from Gold Mountain Beauty. All of their items are vegan and cruelty-free. I am using the Rosehip & Gold Dust Elixer. It smells amazing and makes my skin look great. I am also using the Rose Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid. It is a lightweight moisturizer that makes my skin supple and soft while not being oily. Check out their site here.

Gold Mountain Beauty

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I love getting fresh flowers. I spoke earlier that many people don’t because they don’t last long enough. Well, that’s been solved. Check out Blooms By Heinau. Their beautiful bouquets last a year or more! It is unbelievable. Check out these beautiful photos of their flowers.


I really hope that whoever you are buying for this Mother’s Day you wow them with the gift you get them! The gifts listed here are sure to do this! Regardless of the gift be sure to show Mom, granny, aunt, sister, wife the love and remind her how much you appreciate her. Have a Happy Mother’s Day!




*This post was sponsored by Sincerely Silver. I received the ring in exchange for my views.

The Name Game

I was named after my grandmother. It was a different name as a child. Nobody my age had the same name as me. The only other person I knew with my name was my sweet granny. Now, my name is #1 on the Social Security website for a girl’s name.

I can’t go to the park or the Target without hearing someone call out my name. As a child, I would go to souvenir shops hoping to find that Tennesee keychain with EMMA spelled on it, or to the store to find my bicycle license plate with EMMA boldly spelled across the front. BUT, that NEVER happened.  Now, I can find these things abundantly.

When browsing the Sincerely Silver website, I saw they do personalized necklaces. This took me back to my youth and all those times I couldn’t find an EMMA anything. It was a no-brainer! I had to have one of these. Ordering was easy and very simple. I was able to choose my metal; gold, silver, or rose gold.  See how gorgeous it turned out!!!


I absolutely love their jewelry. I feel like each piece is crafted with love and care. Use my code EMMA15 at checkout and you could save 15% on your order.





This post is sponsored by Sincerely Silver Jewelry.