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!

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FabFitFun Winter 2019

Hey babes! I’ve partnered with FabFitFun to share about their winter box. It is absolutely incredible too! Annnnd, I’ve got a money-saving code for you too! 💲💵💰 Use code EMMA10 to save $10 off your own Winter box or use to gift your bestie! She will know you love her guts if you get her this box.

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FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box that is curated with so much thought. FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription box that delivers a selection of 8-10 full-size premium products to your front door. Each box includes the latest in beauty, fashion, fitness, and wellness curated by Guilana Rancic and the FabFitFun team.

So, let’s talk about what’s in it!

1. Erno Laszlo Exfoliate & Detox Pore Cleansing Clay Mask: Y’all, Erno Laszlo is seriously, hands down, no BS one of my all-time favorite brands. I always see instant results when I use their skincare. Marilyn Monroe was also a huge fan. This retails at $48 on their website!

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Erno Laszlo  Exfoliate and Detox Pore Cleansing Clay Mask

2. Drybar Prep Rally Prime & Prep Detangler Retails at $23 on their website and Ulta.com. Formulated with Biotin, Vitamins B & C and UV blockers, Drybar’s Prep Rally Prime & Prep Detangler is a lightweight detangler that protects hair from heat (up to 450F) and preps hair for optimal performance of styling products.

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Drybar Prep Rally

 

3. Makeup Eraser Original Retails at $20.

Makeup Eraser is a reusable, ultra-soft makeup remover cloth that erases makeup with only warm water! It even takes off waterproof mascara and eyeliner along with all other makeup! Pretty incredible.

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Makeup Eraser Original

4. Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub Retails for $16.95 on their website.

Frank Body Original Scrub is an original blend of natural ingredients that scrubs away dry, flaky skin, leaving you feeling soft, smooth and supple.

Roasted and Ground Robusta Coffee Beans: Makes you perky in the morning and in the shower. It buffs away dry, flaky skin to smooth over your lumps and bumps. An all-natural coffee scrub that prevents and removes dry skin whilst helping to fade stretch marks, reduce cellulite and breakouts. Instantly, the skin will feel soft, smooth and hydrated. It is vegan!

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Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub

5.  Cuccio Somatology yogahh! Calm + Clean Epsom Salt Hand + Body Wash Retails for $39.95 on their website! CALM + CLEAN EPSOM SALT HAND + BODY WASH gently cleanses without dehydrating the skin.  Using the finest ingredients, Epsom Salt helps muscles feel reinvigorated and reenergized after the most intense workouts.  The combination of Pro-Vitamin B5 + Shea Butter helps keep your skin feeling moisturized post-shower.  Enjoy the soothing essential oil blend of Lavender Oil to help wash away stress and worry from the day, leaving the mind, body, and spirit completely calm, renewed + restored.

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Cuccio Somatology yogahhh Calm+Clean Hand and Body Wash

6.  Karuna Face For All Face and Eye Mask Set Retails for $42 on multiple websites. Includes: Age-Defying+ Face Mask, Anti-Oxidant+ Face Mask, Exfoliating+ Face Mask, Hydrating+ Face Mask, Clarifying+ Face Mask, Brightening+ Face Mask, and Renewal+ Eye Mask!  If you’ve been wanting to try Karuna’s revolutionary face masks, now’s your chance to try them all in the Face For All Set. Featuring one of each of the brand’s original clinically-tested face and eye masks, this collection offers a solution for all skin concerns.

  • Made from biodegradable wood pulp cloth that retains 50% more serum than synthetic materials
  • Free of parabens, mineral oil, and dye
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Karuna Face For All Face & Eye Mask Set

7. Unhide Lil’ Marsh in Beige Bear and it retails for $65 on their website. Better than the real thing! “Our mission is simple–to help. Proceeds from every purchase will be donated to The Humane Society of The United States.” The Unhide mission statement has me swooning as a dog mama of 3 puppers! This blanket is incredibly soft! My 14-year-old daughter already laid claim to it!

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Unhide Lil’ Marsh 

That’s it for this amazing winter box! I was really impressed with all the skincare since that’s my weakness. I will definitely be ordering the spring 2020 box. Holy Cow! 2020, Y’all. Use my code EMMA10 at FabFitFun to save $10 on your next box.

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This post was sponsored by FabFitFun. All opinions are my own. Affiliate codes are listed.

 

Get a Real Job; Loser

This journey to be an influencer hasn’t been an easy one. I got started because I became sick. I have 3 rare and debilitating Chronic Illnesses. I wanted to help my husband provide for our family, discover new products, make new friends, and work when I could. A regular 9 to 5 doesn’t cut it for me anymore. Actually I can’t cut it. My body decides when I can do things other than breathe and blink. Unfortunately, most businesses don’t get that. Sorry Mr. Manager, but I can’t tell you when I’ll call off sick or what days I’ll be well or how many days a week I can work or if I’ll need to leave early or have extra breaks.

 

Influencing seemed like a good choice for me. I can still type. I try to take all my photos within a couple of days each week and type up my blog or caption when I’m feeling ok enough.

 

Last night I posted in a local buy, sell, trade group on Facebook. I wanted to trade exposure and posts for 3 professional photos. I was immediately ridiculed and attacked. I was told to get a job. That I was a broke bitch. I’m disgusting. “That isn’t how the world works, hunny.” I mean, it was pretty awful. I actually had to delete my post. These were local people too. People who live in my town.  I was treated like a joke.

I guess people don’t realize the amount of time spent working on my posts. It isn’t something traditional either. It is not the normal job. People like to crush dreams of others especially when they don’t understand how it actually works.  I spend more than 50 hours a week working on my posts and photos. I spend my own money on photography equipment, products (sometimes and get refunded), mail out giveaway prizes, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I have deadlines to meet and have to sell myself every single day to get more campaigns. I am in a competitive market so I’m always trying to improve my skills and experience. Working a 9 to 5 would be so much easier, but as earlier stated my health has other ideas about that.

To the people of Sarasota, FL who attacked me in a group last night; you have made me more driven. You’ve inspired me to keep pushing and working hard to get my name out there. To the girl who said I probably only had 500 followers; between Facebook and Instagram try 40,000. That’s taken me years to get there. I’m sorry that you’re all so shallow minded that you don’t understand that there’s a market out there for what I do. I hope that one day you will be kinder to those you don’t understand or even know. I hope it felt good to bully a sick girl online. I’m ashamed that you even live in the same city as me.

To those who are in the same journey as I am; don’t give up because people are simple-minded. They are jealous that they’ve not figured out how to live on their own terms. I know I’ve been dealt a hand I never expected, but I will ALWAYS try to provide for my daughter and family the best I can.

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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 Bluebirdlinens.com 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.

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Pixi Beauty Vitamin C Skintreats

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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!

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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!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emma Shetler is a mom, skincare enthusiast, mermaid wannabe. Follow her on Instagram @audiesmama
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Twitter  @janesays420 

 

E is for Emma; E is for Elephant

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Make sure to give Sincerely Silver Co. a follow on Instagram here >>> Sincerely Silver Co. Instagram or on Facebook here >>> Sincerely Silver Co. Facebook

 

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

 

 

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

Homesick Bluegrass

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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!

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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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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.