Cracker Barrel Collaboration

Cracker Barrel mail does not disappoint!

What if you were able to select the perfect gifts, package them and send them to someone you care about without ever leaving the Cracker Barrel website? I’m teaming up with Cracker Barrel to share the cutest care package! Perfectly curated gifts for special occasions are definitely where it’s at. Cracker Barrel has put together the best spa day/relaxing gift for me & I promise you…All of the items will make a relaxing day that much better! Know of someone you’d like to surprise? Head on over to Cracker Barrel & purchase a gift basket. You will not be disappointed!

Sperry Collaboration

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to share this collab! I’m teaming up with Sperry to bring you a review of the John Legend Holiday Edit collection for Sperry. Think fashion forward, bright colors, affordable prices and comfy shoes in a collection! I will be sharing again on Instagram later in the month, but until then I’m going to share a few pictures here!

Under $100 Gift Suggestions for her.

I know no one wants to read a huge paragraph before selecting gifts, so I have put together some posts where you can buy various gifts by using my links. As always, we appreciate when you use our links or DM us for discount codes when we have them. The commission isn’t huge, but it helps us maintain our blogs. So, think of us when you make your purchases. We spend a large amount of time getting together content for you, so your support is always appreciated. We pretty much have links to all of the stores you purchase from on an every day basis. We love helping you find great deals!

So, without further delay… Here’s a great gift guide for fun, trendy outfits! my looks here

My Magazine is LIVE!

Classyandchic Gems Magazine is here!

Whew! My labor of love is complete and while there’s a few mechanical things I want to change next month…I’m so pleased to be doing exactly what God told me to do. I mean, I have a WHOLE magazine! Next, your girl will have a PODCAST!

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that God would choose me to do this. I’m a Counselor, not a Graphic Designer.

The best thing about all of this is, my family and friends knew exactly what this magazine meant to me and they prayed for me throughout the entire process. I am blessed to be sharing my testimony, creators are sharing their gifts and God is being glorified. I can’t say I didn’t question why I never minored in Graphic Design in college, haha! But, overall this has been such a blessing to me.

Instead of releasing a magazine with only my articles, God showed me to share the talents of others in the first couple of issues. Isn’t it amazing to be walking in the will of God? I love the way God shows us to be obedient to His will and He will take care of the rest.

Your sweet messages throughout this process have made this heart of mine so full. Encouraging souls need to be encouraged at time, as well. So, thank you! Be sure to head on over to my magazine Instagram @classyandchicgemsmagazine and share it with your friends! God is so good!

Lyda Beauty-Cleopatra Cat Eye Stamp Eyeliner Collaboration

Vegan, Cruelty Free and Gluten Free… Clean cosmetics are definitely a must have for me. My skin is sensitive, so it’s so nice to try a brand knowing that their ingredients are not harmful. If you’re like me, winged eyeliner is a look I love to create, but I don’t always have the time when I’m in a hurry to get out of the house. I am teaming up with Lyda Beauty because they have the perfect solution for an every day beauty hack. They’ve put together an eyeliner and a stamp to give you the perfect Winged Eyeliner look. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, this eyeliner is for you! Be sure to check out Lyda beauty when you’re looking for an innovative eye product that will not break the bank.

Lyda Beauty Eyeliner

World Mental Health

Mental Health Professional, Boutique Owner, Speaker, Writer and Fashion Blogger-Anita Ford

Happy Sunday, friends! Yesterday was World Mental Health Day.As many of you know I’m a therapist. I have a Masters Degree in Counseling and Psychology. I love sharing about my field, but most of all I am blessed and humbled to be able to serve in a field where I have an opportunity to give people the tools to make their lives better. I figured there’s no better time than now to release the second chat in my Mental Health Matters series.

Tonight I am talking about social media and the effects comparison and competition have on the human psyche. I believe social media is be a blessing and a curse. Social media is a blessing because it’s nice to be able to connect with people all over the world. But, unhealthy thinking starts when a person begins to compare their lives to people they see on social media. You see perfectly curated feeds, gorgeous houses, beautiful relationships, pretty clothes and flawless skin, but you don’t know what a person had to walk through in order to get where they are. The problem with social media is you only see a person’s highlight reel. You never see the raw, messy moments that have transformed someone into the person you see today. After viewing other people’s lives on a daily basis, it’s easy for comparison to set in. Once comparison sets in, it’s easy for a person to experience a downward spiral of emotions that often alter self esteem and self worth. But, the truth is, your mind was never meant to be in constant comparison with the next person. Comparison often creates anxiety, low self esteem, anger, jealousy and even hate towards people you know nothing about.

So, how does a person overcome feeling as if they don’t measure up? You have to allow joy and peace to inhabit your space. Live in a space where you treat people well. Live in a space where you are secure within yourself. If you love yourself, you treat people the way you would like to be treated. Often times, if you don’t love yourself, you treat people poorly. You have to realize that you are valuable just the way you are. You are brave. You are smart. You are talented, and you are not a mistake.

Comparison is the thief of joy. My prayer is that you look in the mirror every morning and know that you matter to God. Here are 6 amazing “I Am” statements I wrote as a reminder for you to remember that you are treasured.

I am enough.

I am brave. Everything I’ve been through has made me into a beautiful person.

I am unique.I refuse to let the world change me.

I am strong.

I am capable.

I am loved.

Living someone else’s life won’t make me happy.. I choose to live out the life that was planned for me!

Stay tuned for another Mental Health Matters chat tomorrow…

MaeLove Skincare Collaboration

Hey Friends!

If you’re like me, you’re always searching for products that are cost effective and truly make a difference in your every day routine. I’m someone who tries different skincare routines to provide you, my friends with options that are available in every price range. So, I’ve got a skincare line that I must tell you about.

I’m someone with problematic skin. Over the years, I’ve had cystic acne, chickenpox pigmentation, and scarring that I have tried several different avenues at home, spas and dermatologists offices to fix. Before the pandemic started, I was getting Glycolic Acid peels for my skin and I had seen great improvement in the scarring. Well, here we are and the pandemic is still going on, so I have made the choice not to return to the spa at this point. So, I needed a skincare routine that would give me at spa results at home. Little did I know, Maelove was going to reach out to me and send me some of their products soon.

Friends, when I tell you these products work… I have truly seen a difference in my skin! I use Maelove products day and night. I am not someone who tests a product one day and reports back about it. I enjoy being authentic with my audience, so I am continuing to use Maelove products until the bottles run out and I will replenish my skincare routine with more MaeLove products after that. I will report back again in two weeks to tell you about the products and my results. But, for now, here’s a look at some of the products I’ve been using.

Reviewing MaeLove Skincare Products

Fall Vacation Spots

Hey Friends!

If you’re like me, you love making memories. Even though times are uncertain in our world, a great socially distanced road trip is still good for the soul. So, on this first day of fall, I am sharing with you a guest article that suggests many beautiful places to visit during this time of the year. I hope you enjoy it! Please let me know if you visit any of these places or plan to visit them soon.

Crisp cool air, colorful foliage, and fewer travelers clogging up the highways makes fall the perfect time to take a vacation. Whether you are driving an RV across the country, exploring a national park, playing cowboy at a dude ranch, or leaf peeping by bicycle, we have rounded up six of the best autumn vacations for every type of traveler.

  1. Fall Under the Big Sky: Fall in Big Sky, Montana, brings golden aspen and cottonwood trees, fly fishing for feisty trout and bugling elk. Hike a local trail, wade a world-class river or go on a wildlife safari in nearby Yellowstone National Park, then enjoy the hospitality and comfort of suite accommodations at The Wilson Hotel in Big Sky’s Town Center.
  2. Leaf Peeping by Bike: Take a two-wheeled tour beneath canopies of gold, orange and red leaves in the Green Mountains with Adventure Cycling Association. Plan your own trip on the Green Mountains Loop, riding from Burlington, Vermont, into New Hampshire and along the Connecticut River, then back across to New York and the shores of Lake Champlain. An organized tour is also available in 2021.
  3. RV Fall Foliage Road Trip: Blacksford is a new recreational vehicle rental business offering fully stocked Mercedes-Benz Sprinter overland adventure vehicles from Winnebago with an all-inclusive pricing model that includes unlimited miles, no generator fees, bedding, bath and kitchen supplies, free Wi-Fi, a free annual pass to national parks and 24-hour roadside assistance.
  4. Glamp Near a National Park: Just minutes from Jackson Hole, Fireside Resort offers 25 pint-sized, luxuriously outfitted tiny house rental units designed by Wheelhaus. The resort is located a stone’s throw from Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson Hole ski slopes. It is a great place to post up for a fall getaway.
  5. Play Cowboy at a Dude Ranch: Red Reflet Ranch is a 28,000-acre luxury resort and working ranch on the west slope of the Bighorn Mountains, just three hours from Yellowstone National Park. Guests stay in private chalets and enjoy family-friendly activities like horseback riding, ATVing, ziplining, swimming, hiking, fishing, shooting and feasting on farm-to-table cuisine.
  6. National Park Bicycle Tour:  Escape Adventures has been leading cycling vacations through some of the most awe-inspiring natural destinations in the world since 1992. From road cyclists and mountain bikers to electric bikers, Escape Adventures offers an array of bicycle tours in iconic destinations like Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park, the Oregon Coast, and the Grand Canyon.

Mental Health Matters

As many of you know I’m a therapist. I have a Masters Degree in Counseling and Psychology. I love sharing about my field, but most of all I am blessed and humbled to be able to serve in a field where I have an opportunity to give people the tools to make their lives better. I figured there’s no better time than now to kick off a Thursday series about mental health called, Mental Health Matters. Today I’m going to be sharing with you 5 tips on how to improve your self esteem. Instagram is great, but you only see perfectly curated feeds and you never see the raw, messy versions of people. Adversity is truly what makes or breaks a person. And, this leads me to my first tip… 1) Comparison is the thief of joy. Stop comparing your life to other people’s lives. You never know what someone has to walk through on a daily basis to become who they are. 2) Know your worth. Now this is tricky sometimes because we live in a world that defines people by their marital status, careers, wealth, fame and looks. So, even though the world may say one thing… It’s important you always remember there is value found inside of you. You were created by a God who makes no mistakes. 3) Let go of the past. Yes, you read that correctly. You can never move forward in life if you continuously playback all of the mistakes you’ve made or revisit all of the bad breaks you’ve had. Your brain can only hold on to so much information. It’s time you realize that your future is in front of you, not behind you. 4) Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you. Let go of anyone that doesn’t bring peace in your life. If your friends don’t support you and pray for you, it’s time to get new friends. Don’t spend your time convincing people to believe in you. I’m a firm believer that your squad will eventually find you. 5) Be a supportive person. Love is a verb, friends. And, the more you willingly serve and support others, you will begin to realize that the only competion you have is the person you see in the mirror. Jealousy and hate have no place in the life of a person who has a healthy self worth. Beautiful people cultivate an attitude of gratitude and choose to see the good even when their worlds are crashing down. -Anita Ford