All you need is a little makeup + a lot of kindness!

Hi everyone!! CS here! I wanted to share a few fresh makeup tips because I’ve recently REALLY started to be kind to myself (because we all owe ourselves that) and these tips are both practical and make me feel beautiful. Yes I’m a mom of 5, I have 2 jobs, I’m a wife, a daughter, a friend, but I want to be the BEST version of all those things, and I want to feel happy doing it all. Feeling beautiful from the inside out helps me to accomplish this. We all have many roles and above all, we deserve to be good to ourselves. So take what you will! But whatever you do… LOVE yourself! Put on some makeup… and BE KIND!

Here we GLOW!Screen Shot 2017-12-18 at 8.12.43 PMSo my skin has been SUPER dry this fall/winter. I welcomed the advice to Skip the Powder if it meant having a glow vs. looking like an alligator. Obviously powder mattifies our faces which, for oily skin, is great! But the older I get the less oily my face has become.  Powder has started to dry me out,  hence my search for new tips and tricks.

Instead of powder, I opted to try out this spray that I got at Nordstrom to add an extra layer of moisturizer BEFORE applying any makeup. I love this spray it’s the bee’s knees and I find myself spritzing it a few times a day to feel fresh + boost my new found youthfulness. Apparently this spray is also available at Ulta and Urban Outfitters (thanks JU for this tip!) and a bunch of other places. I will be adding it to my Amazon cart for the day before I run out.

Screen Shot 2017-12-18 at 8.34.30 PMI hate to be wasteful, obviously. So I was extra excited to stumble upon this trick! I want youthful skin but I also want thicker lashes and an iPad pro. 2/3 aint bad. Anyway. Coat your lashes before you apply mascara with your loose powder or loosen up pressed powder with a clean mascara want. Dust the powder onto your lashes and when you’re routine calls for mascara, apply two coats. This is a def must do for me from now on!

P.S. I know that there are amazing products out there to thicken your lashes but I recently experienced very very red and puffy eyes so I’m steering clear for a hot sec!

Screen Shot 2017-12-18 at 8.45.43 PMI mentioned before that I want my skin to look moisturized and glow, even. So to achieve the look I am after I gave this tip a try and there is def no going back. Simply take a little bit of your favorite moisturizer (right now I’m doing the Rodan and Fields Redefine Regimen which… is kind of life changing… and moisturizing is last anyway!) and mix it with your foundation. I am obsessed with my foundation because it is light anyway. I find that it gives me that “I wonder if she’s wearing makeup look?!” look. Who doesn’t want that?! Also, my friend Ashley sells R+F so if you want to try a regimen, get in touch with her (just click on her name). My skin has really never felt better!

Screen Shot 2017-12-18 at 8.55.58 PMFor just a pop of color on cheeks in the winter, this is the perfect oldie but a goodie tip. I seem to have a lot of lipsticks that I will never actually wear on my lips because I live in a very boring lipstick box. Do what you do here. I do love not looking like I’m pale and tired so this is one of my new favorite rediscoveries!

Screen Shot 2017-12-18 at 9.17.23 PM.pngOne of my favorite things to do these days is make my brows look vroom. I feel naked if I don’t do them! And thanks to Laura and Nordies and Anastasia products, I finally have them down! Pictured above after I have taken the Anastasia highlighter thingy and outlined my brows and my lips. The lips are just a little bonus outline, cuz I read you should do that to make your lips look more voluminous. From there I use my brow whiz AND OR my brow definer and do what Laura taught me to do. There is a method here but I’m not cool enough with the lingo and unqualified to go into specifics. But once I’m done with my brows I brush to blend and make sure the highlighter is blended, too! If you’re in Indy then do yourself a favor and make an appointment with Laura at Nordies. You really won’t regret it! Just call and ask for the makeup department and say “YO! I need to get in with that Laura chick who makes miracles happen with eyebrows” and they will make all your dreams come true. Also. Laura is SO cool and nice and I love her a lot. And if you’re not in Indy, call your Nordies because MOST of them have the brow bar!

Screen Shot 2017-12-18 at 9.31.36 PMSomeone told me back in highschool that when you conceal zits and red spots to blend/blot with your ring finger because it has the least amount of oil? So. I do that. And then i’m into learning more about contouring but I don’t exactly have the right things to contour with, so I do the best with what I have! I also use the lighter color on the left on my lids, line with Teddy by MAC and apply my new FAVE mascara that Laura told me to buy. It’s by Dior, from Nordies. And, well. Wa la! I am ready to take on the day and feel a little bit pretty while I’m at it!

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xoxo CS

PS. What goes good with a fresh face of makeup? Kindness! So grab a hoodie. We have new colors and they are AHHHHMAZING! Click pic below to shop!



Gifts for Moms

Mom life is the best & hardest life! So get them something AMAZING!

Moms Have More Fun T-Shirt: Mama Said Tees

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It’s A Mama Bear Thing Travel Pouch: Loved By Hannah & Eli

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What A Difference A Day Makes Print – Coco Stine Designs

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Custom Initial Necklace: Brin & Bell


Soy Wood Wick Candles: Candles By Tiffany

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I Come With Baggage Tote: Avenue G

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Gifts for Teachers

We trust them with our most precious possessions so we need to spoil them for putting up with them! 😉

Teachers Have More Fun T-Shirt: Mama Said Tees

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Giant Button Bookmark/Paperclip: My Kookie Jar

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Teaching Tiny Humans is Exhausting Wine Glass: WeeStructed

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Monthly Planner: Day Designer

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Teacher Bracelet: Dancing Soul Design

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 Let’s Play The Quiet Game Tote: Brave Little Ones

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Teacher Thank you Card: Little Things Workshop

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Gifts for Coffee Lovers

Gifting around the holidays isn’t always that simple so we’re helping you out! Have a coffee lover in your life? Well, here is the gift guide for you!

Addicted to Caffeine & Kindness T-shirt: Mama Said Tees


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Coffee Sugar Body Scrub: Whole Love Organics

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Good Morning Print: CocoStineDesigns

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First I Do The Coffee Bangle: Metal Marvels


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Mommy’s Coffee Date T-shirt: Wake Me Up Goods

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A Day Without Coffee Card: Ottopaperie

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But First, Coffee Sign: Sanity Crafts Boutique


Coffee Cozy: Catherine Mason Designs


But First, Coffee Mug: Cricket Lane Studio


Coffee Lip Butter: Whole Love Organics

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Mug Life Socks: Woven Pear


Coffee Lovers Bath Bomb: Carol & Grace 

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Making our holidays memorable!

There’s just something about the holidays that fills my heart with so much happiness and  floods my mind with memories from my childhood. I used to think being a kid was the MOST fun during the holidays, but I have now learned that being a parent is even better. Watching your little one’s eyes light up, makes your heart grow 3 sizes bigger, even if somedays you feel like the Grinch! They are getting to an age to REALLY enjoy the magic of the holidays and our traditions are becoming so important & memorable! Here are a few we have started!

1. Elf on the Shelf – So I know there are mixed feelings about this so called “helper” and though I love how creative some elves are, our elf doesn’t really like to move at all. He’s pretty lazy. So last year we created a solution. Your elf arrives with a letter to your kiddos and each day leaves an act of kindness out for your little one to perform that day! I truly love this because it is more than your child not being bad, it is about them actually doing good! My elf finds a spot and sits there and with some hope he remembers to change out the act of kindness each day! Some people don’t have an Elf, however they bought the printable and just filled a jar with the acts of kindness and are having their family pull one each day to complete! We love this ideas as well! The more kindness, the better! You can snag your printables HERE!

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2. Christmas Jammies – I absolutely LOVE my kids having special Christmas jammies to wear on Christmas morning (well, and actually all year long because why not?!)! I love buying them from Hannah Anderson, but truly will grab anything that catches my eye! I like to give them to the kids on St. Nick (more on that below)! Check out the cuteness from Hanna Andersson HERE!

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3. St. Nick – For those of you who don’t celebrate St. Nick, it falls on the night of December 5th with your little ones waking up to it December 6th! St. Nick comes and fills stockings with little goodies! To be completely honest, I always LOVED St. Nick growing up because it was my sister’s birthday so I was sure to get presents that day as well! 😉 In our house St. Nick likes to fill our stockings with our special jammies, a movie, an ornament and candy! I think this year he will also bring a family puzzle or game! I’ll make sure to send him a letter with some recommendations!

4. Special Ornaments – Every year growing up my parents got us 2 ornaments. 1 was a Precious Moment that was in our “series” and the 2nd was whatever we wanted! This was SO special to me, and my parents continue this with my kids today with special ornaments of their own. However, now that I think about it I can’t believe my poor parents filled our trees with breakable ceramic for sake of our memories. I bet they cursed that idea the year my sister fell backwards along with her chair right into the tree. Anyways, every year as I decorate my tree I replay a story in my mind with each ornament I hang. We get special ones for vacations, accomplishments, and fun memories from the year. You will never find a tree decorated for sake of “prettiness and perfection” in my house. My tree will always tell a thousand stories of our family and I couldn’t love it more! (Some years you even find a kid under there too)

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5. Baking Christmas Cookies – This is another tradition that I grew up with! Baking with my nanna, mom and sister was the best; eating them was even better. My mom has about a zillion recipes she makes EVERY SINGLE YEAR! She also makes enough to basically feed a country. Okay, well enough to gift to our family & friends every year! People have come to rely on this special delivery, especially me. Well, my kids love to help me bake. #chocolatechipbananabreadeveryweek (I think they purposely let the bananas go brown)! So this year I saw this ADORABLE kid’s baking set in the Tupperware catalog! I bought them and was SO thrilled with the items inside! A small That’s A Bowl, 1 cup pitcher, a full set of measuring spoons, a rolling pin, spatula and cookie cutter (all for $24)! Like, WHAT?! I got mini aprons and the boys were in baking heaven! The miniature pieces made them SO proud of “THEIR” baking and though currently they are only trusted with some of the basic recipes, someday they will advance onto the top secret Nanna recipes! You can get your Kid’s Baking Set HERE! (And make sure to do some extra browsing for your kitchen. I personally believe…no, I KNOW that Tupperware is making a comeback for our generation, but we’ll save my strong opinions on that for another blog)! 

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6. Epic pictures with Santa – I know my kids won’t always have these reactions to Santa, but I will SWOON over all the crying, freaking out, duck face pics until then! They always have to rock their Mama Said Tees holiday tees and let the magic happen!

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7. Christmas Breakfast – Bring on the bacon, eggs, pancakes, etc…To step up my game last year I found this idea on Pinterest and it was a fun surprise for my kids. Growing up my nanna used to make mini pancakes and make them in shapes for us! We thought it was the coolest thing ever. Well, someday we’ll do some shapes but for now we decorated them! My kids loved them, which would make you question why they didn’t actually eat them…but nonetheless, their smiles made it worth it!


8. RELAXING CHRISTMAS DAY – Growing up Christmas Day consisted of total relaxation. We ate, watched movies, played with our presents, did puzzles and ate some more. As a mother, I know FULLY appreciate that my mom made this a priority for us. Just time to be together and relax! And let me tell you, we have NO problem vegging out!

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9. Acts of Kindness – This is my personal favorite. We believe kindness should be spread throughout the world ALL year long, not just during the holidays, however the holidays are a really good reminder to get out there and do some good! We try to think of new fun activities like volunteering as a Salvation Army bell ringer (click HERE to sign up). I truly think the kids got us more money in donations, but that’s just me! 😉 As the kids get older, it seems like the ideas are endless and we are excited to #getourkindon. Whatever you choose to do, our #everydaykind cards are a perfect thing to keep in your car or purse. They serve as a reminder to you and give you something to pay it forward with! Download your #everydaykind cards HERE!

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So those are just a few of our Christmas traditions for now! We are super lucky to get to celebrate Hanuakkah in our house as well and have lots of fun Hanukkah traditions that we add into the fun! We would love to hear what traditions you have so please comment below and tell us! We may need to adopt some of them!

Happiest Holidays!



Kindness is #trending

Colleen & I started Mama Said Tees with high hopes paired with intentions of making this world just a little bit better for our children. As most of you know, just 5 days after we opened our company Colleen’s sister was murdered. She was killed in front of her parents and her two sons, in her parent’s home. In the blink of an eye our world flipped upside down; an entire family destroyed in one unthinkable act of violence. It’s truly too hard to even comprehend, which is why her family stays extra busy and focuses on the good to help them grieve the horrific bad. This moment ignited a fire in my heart & soul. Those things you see on the news actually happen, every day, all around us. Well, as things would have it, this moment in time gave Mama Said Tees a very big voice and we were not going to let our voice just rest with messages on t-shirts. We were going to do more than we thought we ever could because if we could brighten a day, prevent heartache or change the world for just ONE person, then we were going to work our butts off to make sure we did it.

Well, owning a small business while trying to change the world (oh, and raising 9 kids (yes, husbands are included in that count)) is quite the job. We have experienced so many ups and downs throughout our 3yr journey so far and have learned SO much. There are moments that make us want to throw in the towel followed by moments that truly take our breath away. The emails we receive bearing your souls, the trust you instill in us to share your stories, the random encounters at the store asking if “you are one of the Colleens from Mama Said Tees” that lead to friendships; to say we are honored is an understatement. We not only feel like we need to keep our small business booming for our own personal reasons, but for all of you. For all your stories of bravery, for all the moments when you finally feel like you’re not alone, for the pure joy you felt while giving/receiving kindness, for the smile on your face when you see one of our shirts on someone else. For the MST family we have created and will continue to grow.

I say, “kindness is #trending” because we see so many messages of kindness in the world today. We see some that make us do a painful double take and lead us to a glass of wine while repeating a mantra of, “imitation is flattery, imitation is flattery, HOW COULD THEY DO THAT, okay calm down, imitation is flattery.” We see others that are pure genius and have us peanut butter and jealous that we didn’t come up with that. We are surrounded by these positive messages, but what is behind those messages is where we stand oh so proud! You’ve heard the expression, “You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?” Well, we think we’re pretty darn good at walking the walk and are so thankful for those that walk with us.

We don’t want you to buy a shirt, mug, or accessory to just wear it or use it. We want you to be inspired by it. We want you to engage in a conversation with someone at the store when they comment on your shirt. We want you to look down and smile and follow it up with an act of kindness. We want you to talk with your children about what their shirt means. It doesn’t end with the message, it starts with the message. And contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a “goodie goodie” to be a good person. I sometimes have to check in with my RBF (resting b**** face) all while remembering that some people don’t appreciate my “decorative” language. I often have to try to see the good because I don’t come to optimism as naturally as CS. Kindness isn’t about living in a fairytale world. Kindness is about seeing the need for it, knowing you can make a difference every day and then actually making it.

While we were at a holiday mart this past week we were meeting LOTS of new friends and realized just how easy it is to make people feel our passion in person. We were having heart to hearts with people while crying and laughing. We were spewing kindness like word vomit. In fact, we were driving in the car having a conversation and I stopped and started laughing. We were talking SO passionately to each other about kindness, it was as if we were trying to convince each other that kindness is needed in the world. Santa, just get us both a soap box for Christmas and we will stand on them proudly and ramble on until our voices stop working. The week left us beyond inspired, but it got us wondering if all our MST family truly knows how passionate we are about our company. We sure hope so, but in case you don’t, our merchandise is just the tip of the iceberg. You may not know about the campaigns we create, the blogs with tips to talking to your children, the speaking events we do, the free printables & #everydaykind cards we hand out. Take a moment to peek around our website to find all the other beneficial stuff you can find, because that is where so much of our passion lies. And know that this is just the beginning. We have BIG plans in our future and can’t wait to go on this journey with you.

Thank you! Thank you for shopping small and supporting our company. Thank you for knowing that you are not just shopping the cutest & comfiest apparel, but you are helping make a difference for someone else with the kindness dominos your purchase starts. This is so much more than a small business to us, it is our legacy. It is the footprint we hope to leave behind along with all of your footprints of kindness next to ours. We truly hope you walk the walk of kindness and use us as your support along the way.

We are so thrilled for what is ahead of us, so proud for what is behind us, and so honored for who is beside us; our MST family!

xo, C&C

(Chest bumps for Mama Said Tees & kindness!)

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