Life As Rachel: November 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Country Couture Fun

I have some new items coming in the store! I wanted to show them to you! These are some pre-orders! 

This shirt will be here the beginning of December. It is $29.50. I only have smalls and mediums left in stock now already!

This shirt will be here the beginning of next week. It is only $23.50 and fits like the Y'all Shirt. I have small, medium and larges still. 

This is a new legging I have stocked. It is in..not a pre-order. I only have 5 left already! It is only $10.50. It is a one size fits most. I am a size 13 juniors and can wear it!

Also this is a dress, not a skirt as some have asked. It is in as well and is so cute in person!! The blue really pops in person! It is $28.75! 

If any of this stuff you like and want to purchase, go to the site directly here and order it! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Holy Meep

I can  not believe it is a few days from Thanksgiving. In a few short days I will have 12 people in my house, eating a ton of food, having a good time and enjoying being a family. Sounds great right? some point an argument will happen. Someone is gonna cry and be sad because of Dax(very understandable), my mom is going to get mad at the way I cook, and I will yell at my older sister at some point or another. Lets pray now shall we? Lets pray that we all get along and this will be the Thanksgiving that we are one big HAPPY FAMILY and no one hurts each other!! 

We are also deep frying the bird for the first time. I hope it comes out looking like this.

And not this. 

We are going to have way too much food and that is okay. We are going to be together as a family and that is what matters. 

In all seriousness I hope this is a great Thanksgiving considering what my family has gone through in the past month. Tomorrow is a month since Dax died and I want our family to have a good holiday in his memory and honor. I hope everyone is thankful for something and is able to be with the ones they love!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Roto Rants/Movember

Hey guys we all know that it is No Shave November! Well here is a super dedicated fan to this month! Have you heard of Roto Rants? 

It is a website with a full staff of 14+ writers that public new articles daily about sports! Now I am not a big sports buff but I know there are a ton of sport lovers on here that will love this site! You can follow them on twitter @RotoRants or go to the site directly at 

They write about Fantasy Sports (i.e. Football, Basketball, Baseball..I don't know a lot about any others..sorry) and whatever goes with that. They are very legit and get invited to fantasy podcast.  Now..I don't know much about sports but I do know.....they are pretty awesome and dedicated to this site. It takes a lot of hard work and time to go into what they do. They are active online on their twitter account and write on their site all the time! If I ever have a fantasy draft at work I will ask them for help that is for sure! 

Now the main reason for this post is the staff at RotoRants is taking part in the marvelous Movember, No Shave November. This is a cause that helps raise money and awareness to combat prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health challenges. Now..they support as with our TaTa month..lets support them!

Now if you donate to the cause, someone will win those lovely Roto Rants Koozies from above!! I myself love some Camo! Either you have to donate...WHICH YOU SHOULD..Lets protect them LITTLE boys or help spread the word! 

To donate click the Movember! 

Enter below and make sure you check out their site! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Country Couture + Giveaway

Hey guys I have some fun new things in the store. Some are pre-orders and some are just new things waiting for you to buy them and show them off!!! If you see something you like, you can go to the store directly here or leave your email with a size and I can paypal you an invoice. I am trying that out to see how I like! 

This dress is to cute and is $28.75. I have small medium and larges. It is a pre order but will be in next week. The day it is in, it ships to you! 

Everyone needs leggings! These are $10.50. They are one size fits most. Typically they go up to size 14.

Of course my favorite top so far in my entire store is this one. I only have smalls and mediums left. It is only $23.50. 

I still have a handful of infinity fringe scarfs left but they are marked down to $15.00 so grab them up! 

Also there is a giveaway over here! Make sure you go enter. Tomorrow it ends and then I pick a winner!! 

Make sure you are following the store on Instagram @countrycoutureco as well. That is a great place to shop and I post pre orders there the most and special sales! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Songs Help Heal

Here are a few songs that are helping me out right now. Music was something Dax loved and it is helping me with my grief. 

U by Kotex

Most women/teens do not like to talk about their menstrual cycles but around my blog, anything is up for grabs. I was sent the U by Kotex CleanWear pads to try out and let me tell you, these work great. I only get my menstrual cycle 4 times a year due to my birth control so I had to wait to test these out.

Now in blog land, some lady bloggers do not want to talk about this type of thing but let's be honest. We all get this and we all need some type of feminine product. 

Aren't they super cute for one? I know I get tired of the ugly color and these are super adorable! You shouldn't have to be ashamed of your period and the bright colors make it more fun for you!

Now here are some good details on them!
U by Kotex CleanWear Pads
  • A seriously flexible pad with MemoryFlex core that moves with your body
  • Wings help prevent bunching and scrunching
  • An ultra-flexible 4-layer absorbency system that’s got you covered
  • Available in Regular, Heavy Flow and Overnight absorbencies

Now for me, I was able to do everything I normally do. I can wear them running, doing chores around the house and whatever else I want to do. I feel like this is a great brand and product and worth every penny to purchase. You probably think that due to them being a skinnier pad though that they do not protect as well but honestly they do. I found such great protection with these. I would recommend these to any women/teen of any age. mentioned about they are so flexible. Seriously...go try these and do a handstand, cartwheel or something. You will be shocked! My favorite part is that you can not tell that you are wearing them! 

I even wore this amazing dress with them and I could not tell a thing! I am telling you, these are amazing. I have seen them in the store and ignored them but you shouldn't. Give them a try!

If you want to try a free sample for your self just go here! Make sure you like U by Kotex Facebook page as well. They post coupons and a bunch of fun stuff on there. You can access that here! There twitter is also a good one as it has the same stuff and I find that twitter is the best place to ask questions to a company. You can DM them and find out things you want to know without all of your facebook friends finding out so click here for that!

I wrote this review while participating in a content series through Clever Girls Collective on behalf of U by Kotex, and received products to facilitate my post and compensation for my time to participate.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Origami Owl

I ordered an Origami Owl necklace from Jessica recently. It is in honor of my nephew Dax. She was so kind and helped me make the entire thing and even donated the locket to me!

 If you want to make a memory necklace or just one for a team you like, you need to go through this girl! She is so sweet and helpful. I wanted something that I could have just for me that would remind me of Dax in my own special way and that I would have a part of him with me at all times. 

I have angels wings on the side with a bunch of charms inside it. I am going to go into details to which it means but they each have a special meaning to me! 

Make sure you check out her site! She is amazing and so great to work with. Click here to see her site! Anyone who spends $50.00 will get a free charm of their choice as well. You just need to contact Jessica directly at after you order through her! 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Let's be sweet!

Now I am a big ole sweetie most of the time and when it comes to my husband, I melt like butter! When I contacted to do this review I was super excited as this is right up my alley. 

Datevitation is one of the funnest ways to have dates with your loved ones! It is a way to have fun, exciting and relaxing dates. It gives your loved one the chance to have one on one time with just you! 

I was given the opportunity to make a coupon book. BUT not just any coupon book. A Datevitation coupon book. ask what they are? 

· is the web's first online platform to create a custom love coupon book. Unlike the pre-packaged love coupon books on the market, you pick the dates and can customize the text to your liking.  Once you are done customizing the text in your book, Datevitation will print it out and ship it to you.
·      Their  library contains over 500 date ideas ranging from skydiving to stargazing to steamy adult-only activities. We also have over 100 book cover options to suit any occasion.
·       In addition to being the perfect romantic gift for your sweetie, Datevitation now has "boy" and "girl" characters with over 200 new activity illustrations specifically for kids and parents.  There’s also an exciting feature that allows you to add photos of your own faces to the illustrations!

Now I caved and gave Chris his book early. I couldn't wait until Christmas but he loved it and I am sure he will use all the coupons. Here are just a few of what I put in his book and you can even put your own faces on the books!!!

Now I know Chris is gonna redeem the technology free day one ASAP as I have my phone with me AT ALL times. There was also a foot massage one stuck in there..pray for me! 

       Books normally start at just $25 so it makes for a thoughtful yet economical gift.  But as a special treat for my followers, you can use the code  ‘ROOTS10’  for $10 off your purchase plus free shipping (total value of $13.50)  That means you can get your loved one a one-of-a-kind gift for Christmas starting at just $15!  The order cut-off date for guaranteed delivery by Christmas is December 13 so make sure to get your order in before then!

As an extra reward, they are giving you one for free so go enter!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Find me...

I am over at Chelsee's blog today...hop over there and see what I am talking about! There may be a giveaway! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Because my post today was to negative and would have started stuff I decided to just go with this and deleted it! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Country Couture Fun!

I am so excited to show these shirts off!!! These shirts are new to the store. Once can be pre-ordered now! The other will be in the next week or so!!! They are both only $23.50! They are to die for! I love them so much!! 

If you want to order the Y'all one, it can be purchased now, just go to 
The Hot Southern Mess will be online very soon!!!

Make sure you check out everything else we have online as well. We have the cutest infinity fringe scarfs as well for only $16.50 and some Houndstooth scarfs! 

Monday, November 11, 2013


I am lacking material on my blog that is not sad or depressing. I figured I would go with a currently post today thanks to Kelli for the inspiration! I needed something a little more light hearted! I sometimes feel like not blogging at all and walking away from it for awhile but I am not going to do that. It is a good outlet for me and I love my blog. 

So...Currently I am..

Drinking...Pumpkin Spice Latte. I love it and will never give it up. Dead Flowers by Miranda Lambert. It is a great song and I love my Miranda.

Wishing...I could spring back time. put up my Christmas tree. The day after Thanksgiving it will be up.

Thrilled...that the store is doing well. Thank you to everyone that is buying stuff and having faith in me! I couldn't do it with everyone one of you!

Working...on getting my entire family together for Thanksgiving. I have a sister of 10 years back in my life. It is gonna be a good Thanksgiving despite the loss we have had. 

Wearing...Black slacks and a red sweater. Christmas spirit is hitting me! to deal with my emotions. 

Reading...nothing! I need some good reads so let me know of some!!

And that is all I got!! I am working on getting back to myself and figuring a lot of things out right now so thank you for being understanding working with me!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Does It Get Better?

When does the point of pain and grieving let up and smiling and happiness return? Yes every day I am smiling more and more but some days I find my self sitting in my car in the garage at work and crying. I find my self talking to Dax on the car ride home. I am not crazy, just sad. When does grieving turn into a memory and just remembering the person you lost, and the pain ease up? 

I find that every night I lay in bed thinking of what I had and what I have lost. You do not realize what you have until it is gone. I am not talking about a relationship breaking up. I am talking about death. You can not get it back. It is gone. There is nothing you can do to get it back. You can only hold onto the memories you had. 

The last thing Dax ever said to me was "Hey Ho". He called me on the phone the Friday before everything happened. He called from my moms and that was the first thing I heard. I didn't have good cell service so when I called back I didn't get to talk to him. The last message from him on Facebook is this.

A year ago he sent me this.

That is all I have left. I have nothing else. I can't go hug him. I can't hear his voice. I have to focus on what I did have. I am tired of negativity and drama. I am tired of people posting sad things on Facebook and talking about how bad their lives are. You are alive, you are breathing, you can eat and laugh. Be thankful for that. Be thankful you are alive and you have your family. Cherish it. 

I am sorry if my post are sad and down but this is how I feel. I have lost something I can never get back. It does not seem real. Every day I wake up and expected Dax to read my messages I send him and he can't. I except to see him and I know I can't. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with in my entire life. You think you have hard things in your life, you don't. You have no idea and cannot begin to comprehend until something like this happens to you.