6 Easy Ways To Hide Your Inner Garbage Person

6 Ways To Look Put Together

Ditch the ponytail/messy bun for a side bun. Spray your side part with dry shampoo, then pull all your hair loosely to one side, secure the non-bun side with a single bobby pin to keep from having fly-aways, and do the usual messy bun on the other side, just below your ear. Add dangly earrings. Quick. Chic. Wear it on a date. Wear it to work. Wear it to church. Go crazy.


Same amount of time and effort. Perfect for those of us in denial about our root situations.



Put self-tanner on your face, neck and chest. It’s fast, makes your skin look healthier, your teeth look whiter, and you can get dressed right away. My favorite.


Line your lips. This is a must for me, but I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends don’t bother with it. TRUST me. Lipliner is the new eyeliner. I buy the cheap ones in nude tones so I can keep one in my makeup drawer and one in my purse and they will work with any color lipstick or gloss (think Rimmel, Wet’n’Wild, etc.) Resist the temptation to buy the ones that don’t need sharpening. They’re convenient, but they don’t last nearly as long as the ones you have to sharpen.



That’s a scab in my nose from having to blow it so much due to allergies. But I love you so I’m keeping it real and posting what appears to be a picture of me with an enormous booger. Could I go back and crop it out? Yes. Do I have the time or energy for that? Nope.



Don’t rely on your workout clothes as a go-to if you’re not actually working out. It’s so tempting to put on yoga pants and a zip up when we’re feeling blah, but that’s actually when you should toss on your favorite jeans, a button down, and some booties. I own exactly two button downs. One is from Old Navy and one is from Forever 21,  both are older than my 2nd daughter.



Add a scarf. It makes you look instantly put together. Stella and Dot scarves are THEE best scarves ever. You can wear them tons of ways, including as a dress or pool cover up. True story, once I was wearing a beautiful silk white shirt with a scarf and I spilled red wine all over my white shirt so I just took it off in the bathroom and wrapped my scarf around me like a top. (This also allowed me to rinse the shirt before the stain set. Bonus.) Shop my favorites HERE and HERE. Wear them all year round. (Don’t forget you can always shop with me through http://www.StellaDot.com/emilykuhlman – DM me if you’d like my two cents!)


Rethink baseball caps. I have tons of them. You will most likely find me in my KC Royals cap. When I got it my bestie had blinged out the logo with crystals, but they fell off over the years so now it’s just my plain, perfectly-broken-in, goes-with-anything, covers-my-greasy-roots, makes-me-look-like-I-care-about-the-sports cap. *I prefer hair-down to ponytails. Efficient on windy days, and doesn’t require ANY hairstyling.


I urge you to resist the workout clothes and messy top-knots and tell me if it improves your day! There’s no need to feel frumpy just because you haven’t washed your hair in five days or gone shopping in five years. It might even boost your mood or score a compliment. Just know that no matter what you wear, you’ll always be the same beautiful garbage person in my eyes.

(You can find me on IG @MrsKansasMommy)

Erin-Go-Bar (Baby’s first Bar Method class)


When your friend stops by and you guys accidentally look like a lesbian couple at their bohemian wedding.


Back story:

I went to my friend Erin’s birthday party and one of her other friends brought a handmade lavender bath bomb from @Spire_Sweet, and Erin was like, “Emily you have to try this sometime,” so I grabbed it and was like, “oh I totally will, thanks!” and then Erin’s friend had to awkwardly be like, oh, actually that was my birthday gift to Erin. And what I should have done was be like, “how embarrassing of me to assume it was for me to try, of course I can’t keep this” but what I actually did was throw it in my purse and yell BYE-YEE! Continue reading

Product Review: Not Your Mother’s (Not for me.)

Last time I was at Ulta, they were having a buy one get one half off sale on Not Your Mother’s hair care products. The packaging was cute and since I was out of my trusty Suave Dry shampoo I decided to try their line called Clean Freak. I’ve only had it for a few weeks and I’m only slightly sad to say it has already run out.

FullSizeRender_11.The “refreshing” smell they are going for is, in my opinion, not unlike the scent of SPF 50.

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#MKMreal Hashtag Game Winner!


Thank you so much to our sponsor Anna Needham for this fun idea! Make sure you check out annaneedham.myrandf.com to get your glow on. Rodan + Fields is the ISH and Anna is a knowledgeable, trustworthy, sweet Momma from Texas! Fun fact, I know Anna through her husband Ben who I grew up with in Stillwater. One time sophomore year we had a snow day, so like any reasonable people a few of our friends tied a sled to the back of a jeep and took turns riding on the snowy back roads, where I witnessed Ben hit a dead cat at such speed that the sled actually caught air. Because Oklahoma. That story had nothing to do with this contest, but when you see your friend hit a dead cat on a child’s sled you never skip the opportunity to retell it.

Soooo…on to the winner!

Congratulations to @CiminoFamily on winning your $75 credit to Rodan + Fields. You cracked us up with your multiple entries but this one definitely takes the cake. Also OUCH!


Other awesome entries:



I seriously love you people.

3 Beauty Routine Time-Savers

I love a shortcut so I’m sharing a few with you in hopes that they may make your day a little bit less stressful.

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Tired Mommy Skincare

Let’s start with the pros and cons of washing your face…

Pro: Skin feels and looks great, fewer wrinkles, no smudges on pillowcases and you don’t wake up looking like an 80s country star on her first day of rehab.

Con: Washing. It’s wet and uncomfortable. AND you have to bend over the sink and try not to imagine that while your eyes were shut a serial killer snuck into your bathroom and is standing behind you waiting for you to see him in the mirror as you dry off your face. (Full disclosure, right as I typed that my dog George jumped up from the floor and I nearly fell out of my chair. A vivid imagination is my gift and my curse.)

Also, if you’re already in bed you have to get out of bed and that’s usually just not happening. So what to do? I’ve started keeping make up remover wipes and night cream on my actual nightstand. That way if I’m feeling particularly lazy tired I can still do a little skincare routine without having to get out of bed.

Tired Mommy Skincare

No-White-Strip Teeth Whitening

I discovered this toothpaste at Walmart and it’s great as a regular toothpaste, but sometimes when I need an extra boost, I rub the paste on my teeth (with my finger) and then leave it on while I shower. It gets all sudsy and then I brush my teeth as normal.

Beauty Hack Teeth Whitening

Busy Mommy Makeup

The best trick I’ve learned to get out the door fast is to keep your products to a minimum. It’s amazing how much time you waste hunting for different things in your makeup drawer.

I start with three basic products:

Beauty Hack Before

Step 1: BB Cream

Step 2: Mascara

Step 3: Blush on the apples of my cheeks

I could stop here, but it’s the fourth step that makes me feel pulled together, especially when my hair is pulled back.

Step 4: Bronzer.

Beauty Hack Contour

This is what I used for everything you see here:

Contour Product

I’ve found it doesn’t really matter what “color” or product you use, as long as you choose a neutral matte brown powder and apply it in the right areas with the right size brushes. For example, I use a heavy hand on the eyelids and a light touch on the sides of my nose. I do a little heavier under my cheekbones with a thick brush and then use a skinny brush to blend it softly around my lips to make them appear larger.

If you guys are interested in this, I will post more of the different products I’ve used because I have a drawer full of all different formulas and price points.

Busy Mommy Makeup

Hope these are some tips that can work for you too. And yes, that is my child’s hand clutching at me while I was trying to take a selfie for this post. Hence, in the words of Plato, necessity is the mother of invention… and I am the mother of a grabby 4-year-old. (Most people don’t realize he said that last part.)

Friday Shop ‘n’ Save!

Happy Friday

I have a couple of fun things to tell you about today!

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1. A girlfriend sent me a line of beauty products called Seacret to try. Full disclosure, one of the biggest perks about this blog is that people send me high-end stuff I would normally not buy. (They don’t sell any high-end stuff at my CVS.) The COOLEST thing she sent me was a Magnetic Mineral Mud Mask. You put it on, then remove it by running a magnet wrapped in tissue over your face. At first I felt kind of dumb because I didn’t think it would work, but I could definitely see an improvement in my skin tone (less noticeable lines and pores, fresher looking) after the very first time. It immediately looked and felt like I had a professional facial. And it was actually really fun like a little science experiment. If you are a drugstore girl like me, you may have a little sticker shock, but if you skip the facialist a few times in favor of this, you could easily justify the price. Because my friend is a Momtrepreneur, she has graciously offered to send you a free gift if you order any of her Seacret products in the next 2 weeks, just tell her I sent you! Check out her website, specifically the before/after photos here.

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2. We all know I’m obsessed with Stella and Dot. A lot of you guys shop with me all the time and for that, I thank you! With Mother’s Day coming right up, I want to invite you to shop through an online link where 20% of the commission is going to St. Baldrick’s Foundation for children’s cancer research. From one mom/daughter to another, I’d love it if you’d go through the link and check out the pretty baubles (and the new Summer collection!) for a good cause.

Click here to browse and shop the online charity trunk show.

*Definitely take note of the April Trunk Show Exclusives because you can get the Sardinia Pendant for 50% off! It wear it more than any other statement necklace.



Look how chic it is on my sorority sister Courtney!


Beauty Queen: SkinCare and Haircare and Weightloss, OH MY


You’re so vain…oh wait no, that’s me.



So after reading my 30 by 30 post on the regular MKM blog, a girlfriend messaged me to find out what anti-aging skin products are my favorite and I thought, YELLO! Blog post! So here’s the stuff I’m currently using. Note: these are the most expensive products that I own. I know for some people department store or “designer” products are normal, but I’m a CVS kind of girl. If you’re a regular reader you know I use Suave dry shampoo and Wet n Wild nail polish. No shame in my game!

Skincare. Loreal Youth Code: Takes off the LOADS of black eyeliner and mascara I wear with minimal effort from me.

Arbonne Cellular Renewal Masque : You KNOW it’s good because it’s a Masque…not a mask. This stuff is the real deal. I have three favorite Arbonne products and none of them are makeup. This is my top favorite product. I wear it when Avery and I do our mommy-daughter spa days and let me tell you, it BURNS. I feel it’s the burn of old skin being dissolved allowing more youthful skin to glow through, but if you’re not into extreme skincare, this product is not for you. It makes you look like you have a sunburn for half an hour after you use it.

TrueScience Anti-Aging Cream: I use this multiple times of day and I also use it on my kids. I probably never would have tried it but my step-aunt Marisa (see related posts on Marisa: Kentucky Derby Shower, My Best Friend’s Wedding Festivities and Marisa’s Wedding ) is a rep for the line so she gave me some to try and now I adore it. It smells like vacation and it’s the perfect consistency for face lotion. It’s formulated to fight the free radicals that cause aging so it’s a very high end product. If you are at all curious to find out about the science behind it, ask Marisa. She’s a nurse. And she loves to talk. (Also, just for the sake of saying it, she in NO WAY has anything to do with this post. I am just sharing the products I really use on a daily basis. She gave it to me to try well before I started a blog. #2Legit.)


Haircare. Where do I even begin. My hair is my thing. I brought a set of hot-rollers to college just to ensure I would be perfectly coiffed for class.

My mom got me into Redken. The All Soft line is my favorite. It smells like heaven and it works for every hair type.

Guts: I have a sign in my bathroom that says “Higher the hair, closer to God” and HOLY volume, this Redken Guts stuff is great. (This is teetering on sacrilegious but I’m gonna just go with it.) (Also I googled the spelling of the word “sacrilegious” and I feel would make more sense spelled “sacreligious” but I digress…)

The Umberto Blow Dry Lotion was actually a Target Clearance purchase that I now can’t live without. It is a magic potion that makes your hair smoother and lessens the time it takes to dry. It also smells and feels oh so luxurious.

Kenra is my secret weapon from my pageant days. I think all of the products are wonderful, but this is a good all-purpose one. If you’re going to buy only one Kenra product, buy the Hot Spray.

So onto that ever-mythical magic weightloss pill. I posted in December about trying to drag my kids to the gym because I had been on kind of an eating spree (See: There was No Cat). A while back I bought an Arbonne product called Metabolism Boost and I kind of forgot about it until recently. About a month ago I started taking it in the mornings and I can really tell it’s made a difference. Since I’ve been taking it and drinking more water I’ve lost 8 lbs. I think it’s one of those things like, okay is it the water and the fact that I’m paying attention? Or is it the ingredients in the pill because I generally eat healthy and work out a few times a week and that has not changed at all. In fact I’ve incorporated pasta back into my diet which I used to avoid completely and I’m still not gaining weight back.

Anyway, I guess you never really know with these things, but I am definitely going to keep taking my them because I had tortellini for lunch (or as my old DDD housemom spelled it “Trotline.”) and I’m not stressing over it.

I hope everyone has a gorgeous weekend! Live it up, because you’ll never be younger than you are right now! 🙂