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Let Me Introduce Myself

Since I have quite a few new followers, I have decided to reintroduce myself.

I am Jennifer, the mother of two incredible kids and wife to an amazing husband.

My husband and I met as teenagers and have managed to stay together over 20 years now. It has definitely been a long, bumpy road, but we have grown stronger as we have grown older.

My daughter, Ciara, is 22 and has Cerebral Palsy. She cannot walk or talk, but she is the strongest person I know and teaches me each every day how to live life to the fullest and enjoy every minute of life.

I was a “teen mom“, I gave birth to Ciara at 15. I have come a long way as a mother. The beginning of motherhood was a struggle, especially with a special needs child, but I have learned so much and thrive to help and comfort other special needs moms.

My son, Leland, is your typical teenager, full of teenage attitude. He can be the sweetest little mama’s boy and he is constantly making me laugh.

I am a minimalist mom on a budget, and I LOVE the Dollar Tree.

My life is chaos, my house is not “magazine worthy“, and nothing about my life is “perfect“.

I am a down-home country girl that loves Jesus, family, friends and my dogs.

I am a proud plus size woman, and I am obsessed with makeup and clothes.

I love planning events, baking and crafting, while on a budget. I really enjoy finding new ways to repurpose or to recreate things that I typically cannot afford.

And lastly, I love writing! I enjoy sharing with the world my ideas and ADVICE and I appreciate each and every one of my followers.

I hope to inspire, give support and encourage all of my readers.

Thank you for following my Perfectly Imperfect Plus Life!

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My Perfect Imperfect Life

I started perfectly imperfect plus life blog a few years ago, as kind of a hobby. To inspire other plus size women to embrace their natural beauty and promote self love.

I have decided I want to take my blog more serious and get more content out there for all of you.

Since I am a minimalist mom on a budget, I’ve decided to share my budget friendly crafts and Diys.

My life isn’t perfect, I don’t have a perfect house, perfect kids, perfect husband and we barely scrape by every month financially. But I hope I can inspire others to love their imperfect lives.

Since being a mom is a big part of my life, I will be sharing mom life hacks and resources for other special needs mom’s out there.

My only mission is to inspire! Inspire you to love yourself, inspire you to know your worth.

I am super excited to share more content with you all and I’m super thankful for all of my followers.

Thank you for following perfectly imperfect plus life. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook for life updates.

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I Support Self Love

It has come to my attention that some may think that I don’t support weight loss or weight loss surgeries.

I support self love and I would love to see every woman, big or small, to love yourselves no matter their size.

I struggle as a plus size woman to love myself, but I also know that women that are not plus size, struggle with insecurities as well.

If you don’t love yourself as a bigger woman, you won’t love yourself as a skinnier version.

In all honesty, I would most likely have the gastric sleeve (if I could afford it). Not for vanity purposes, but to feel more comfortable in my own body.

Do I think all medical problems disappear after weightloss?? Nope, I know for a fact that some health problems follow you after weight loss.

That being said, I do think that being overweight comes with its own set of problems. Such as back and joint pain from carrying that extra weight. And extra weight does make it harder to get around.

So I absolutely support weight loss and weight loss surgeries for better health.

I personally don’t think people should depend on weight loss surgeries to help them feel better about the way they look. If you don’t love yourself, the way you are, then no amount of surgeries will help you to love yourself more.

I personally want to love myself 100% the way I am and I don’t want to think of weight loss as a way to feel prettier or more attractive.

I still struggle with my insecurities and I am learning to love myself but I know I am not quite there yet. I do know that if I lose 100 pounds, I will still face insecurities, until I truly love myself the way I am.

So in conclusion, I support weight loss and weight loss surgeries, my only hope is that women will see their true beauty before weight loss and do it for the right reasons. Remember, you will not love yourself after weightloss if you do not love yourself before.

Stay Beautiful my friends!

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Shein Review

I recently ordered from Shein for the first time. I have to say I was overall very satisfied with my purchases.

The prices were great! Of coarse, there were some pieces that I was not happy with, so here is my review to help you shop with Shein.

Here are the pieces I purchased and some tips if you are thinking of ordering from Shein.

Plus Size Pajama Set

This pajama set is so pretty! Unfortunately, the top was extremely small and was more like a tight crop top. The bottoms actually fit perfect, which is odd because most of the time I have trouble with bottoms fitting rather than the tops.

Paint Splatter Tee

So reading product description is very important when ordering from Shein. I did not read the item description. This tee is not a cotton shirt, it’s more of a spandex material. It is a little snug as well and I did size up. Another thing I did not realize is that their 5xl is actually a 3x, and that is the biggest size.

Cheetah Panel Leggings

I love these leggings! They were true to size and fit perfectly. They are also so comfortable! 5 stars!

Sport Bra and Leggings Set

I am in love with this workout set! The price is amazing and the product was amazing. The bra and leggings fit perfectly and very comfortable. I will be purchasing more of these!

Tie Dye Ripped Tee

This shirt is a bit small, it clings to my fat roll. I love the colors and I still wear it with an under shirt to hide my fat.

Tie Dye Pajama Set

Ok so the price is great for a pajama set. The shirt is a little shorter than I like but it’s just for sleeping, so I don’t mind. The bottoms are perfect!

Tie Dye Maxi Dress

This dress is the most comfortable thing ever! Absolutely love it! I think I’ll be buying another one in another color.

All of this was a little over $100.00! For plus size clothing, I think that is an awesome deal and overall I am impressed with their products.

Just remember to read reviews and item descriptions.

If you are thinking of trying Shein here is a code for you to get 15% off no minimal order or 20% off $50.

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Good luck and happy shopping!

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10 Truths About Me

Here lately it has occurred to me that most people in my life do not know the real me.

I am not fake or two faced, but I do hide parts of me that I feel people would not like.

After the current year we all faced and the uncertainty of how long we all will be on this Earth, I have decided I want people to know ME.

I have decided that being the real me and having people that accept the real me is more important than trying to be someone I am not so that people like me.

I have decided to lay it all out there and share 10 truths about me.

I smoke cigarettes

Yes, I have a disgusting habit that I cannot seem to kick. I hide it from most people because I don’t want people knowing that I am so weak to have an addiction to nicotine. I don’t plan on smoking for the rest of my life and I actually hate that I am a smoker, but that doesn’t make me a bad person.

I Cuss

Yes, I am guilty of using “bad” words to express myself. I don’t like to make a habit of cussing but I can’t say that they never escape my mouth.

I Envy Others

Nobody ever wants to admit that they are envious of other people, but I am guilty of feeling envy towards other people. I want what others have all the time.

I am the obnoxious drunk

I may not drink often, but when I do I become loud and annoying. People tend to avoid me after a few drinks. I also have been known for trying to start fights after a few beers, that is why I avoid beer and stick with wine.

I have depression and anxiety

This one is not really a secret, I talk about my anxiety and depression frequently. People may not know that some days I find it hard to get out of bed and find myself crying for no apparent reason.

I feel like a failure most of the time

This probably goes with the anxiety and depression but I struggle with feeling like a failure in my life. I feel I let my family down and that at my age I should be more successful.

I want to be a successful writer

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved writing. I use to write short stories in my free time. My dream is to be a successful writer and at least have one published book.

I have a big heart

I may not show my feelings very well, but I care so much for people. My heart breaks when I see people suffering or sad.

I am very emotional

I try not to let people know this, but I am a very sensitive person. I get my feelings hurt very easy. I have a hard time with expressing my feelings to others, so most of the time I don’t defend myself (unless I am drinking).

I am not a fancy person

So I love dressing up and pretending to be fancy, but deep down I am just a down home country girl. I grew up in the country with not a lot of money and now I raise my family in the country with still not a lot of money. Fancy places make me uncomfortable and I am more at home at a whole in the wall country cafe. I am married to the biggest redneck in Lorena and wouldn’t have it any other way.

I hope you enjoyed learning the 10 truths about me.

Always remember to be yourself and don’t try to be what you think others want you to be.

I have tried for years to be someone I am not and hide what I didn’t want others to know, but you will find life if so more enjoyable when you accept who you really are and embrace it.

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My Favorite Holiday Looks

I know there may not be a lot going on this Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rock your holiday outfits.

Whether it’s holiday looks for your family Christmas photos or just an outfit to slay Christmas at home. I have some hot looks for you this holiday season.

How cute is this outfit! This would be perfect for holiday photos.

This outfit would be perfect for a casual Christmas look.

How adorable is this outfit. Burgundy is a great color for the holidays.

This buffalo plaid hoodie would be a great look for all that Christmas shopping.

This burgundy and leopard top is seriously on my wishlist this Christmas!

Another top that is on my Christmas wishlist. Look at those sparkles!

Christmas graphic tees are a must have this holiday season.

This dress is perfect for all those Christmas parties!

Don’t forget about New Years! These looks are perfect for bringing in the New Year!

I hope you enjoy these holiday looks as much as I do!

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I Was Designed This Way

I saw a post recently on social media that really got to me. “If I worked out everyday, would my body look like yours?”

It made me think, is our bodies really supposed to all look alike?

If I went to the gym everyday, cut out all the carbs and calories will I really have the body type that is accepted by society?

I have been on those extreme diets and work out plans, sure I lost weight, but in the end I was still a plus size woman with curves.

I am sure I could have a drastic surgery that forces my body to change into a different body shape. I also know that comes with a lot of suffering and who is to say to say that in the end my body won’t reject the change and slowly form back into the shape I am supposed to be.

I am comfortable saying that I do not exercise enough and that is a something I would like to work on. Not to change the way I look, but for my overall health. For my daughter, who I have to be able to lift everyday and for my family.

I am also aware that I need to eat healthier. That is not saying that I eat unhealthy all the time or eat any differently than most Americans. Convenient foods have become a commodity in many households and I am working on providing my family with more home cooked meals, with veggies.

With all that said, do I expect to ever be a size 0 with zero curves? No, I am comfortable saying that MY body type will always be bigger than the typical average woman. I am okay with that.

I truly believe God made us in ALL shapes and sizes. Would you tell a taller than average person they need to shrink?

I am the way God made me an I know HE will help me be a healthier version, not only for myself, but for my family.

Sure, I will have days where I look in the mirror and grab that fat roll and scream “go away”, but body shaming is something that most of go through. We always see whats wrong with our bodies, instead of embracing the beauty that God created.

Be proud to be different. Accept the body you were given and stop trying to be the stereotype of what society says you should be.

God doesn’t make mistakes, we are all beautiful, in every shape, size and color.

Own it!!

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My Top 6 Plus Size Swimsuits

Summer is here and it is time to get ready for all those water activities. Putting on that swimsuit can add some extra anxiety to us bigger girls. Maybe we put on some extra weight during the winter and it is riding up in places you would rather it not ride up, or in my case sometimes the dang thing just won’t go over my big butt anymore. In any case, it might be time to get a new swimsuit.

I know swimsuit shopping can be such a hassle. I never see anything in the store that covers what I want to be covered. The cute swimsuits are for the skinny girls and we get left with ugly prints or just plain ugly designs.

I have found that online shopping is the way to go for finding a suitable swimsuit. I know that can be scary, not getting to see it in person, but always read the reviews to see if they are true to size and are of good material.

I have found some awesome plus size swimsuits on Amazon, I have been happy with every swimsuit I have ordered. Here are 6 of my favorite plus size swimsuits on Amazon. They all have tummy control and hide those unwanted body parts we do not want showing while we bask in the sun. If you see one you like just hit the link!

Halter Tankini Swimdress

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Tummy Control Tankini Set

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Body Shaping One Piece

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Sexy Halter 2 Piece

Plus Size Cutout Swimdress

Plus Size Retro Tummy Control Swimdress

I hope you check out these great Plus Size Swimwear!

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Curvy Girl Do’s and Don’ts

When you are a curvy girl, clothes that work for less curvy girls, do not work for us. Over the many years of being a plus-size woman, I have learned some do’s and don’ts with clothing styles.

These are my opinions and what works for my body type.

Baby Doll Shirts

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Don’t

High wasted baby doll shirts do not work for women with bigger boobs. They cut through our boobs making it look like we have an extra section of fat above our belly.

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Low wasted baby doll shirts will draw more attention to your midsection and make you look larger.

 

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Find a baby doll shirt that is cinched under the boobs and above the belly. It will accentuate your boob area and make you look thinner.

 

 

Shark Hem Tops

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Don’t

When I wear shorter shark hem shirts, all it does is make my hips look bigger. They tend to hug the hips, so if you have big hips like me, stay away from short shark hem tops.

 

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If you like the look of an uneven hemline, look for longer shark hem tops. They won’t hug your hips and flow more to add a more thinning effect.

Stripes

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Avoid thin horizontal stripes, they add more width to your body, hence making you look bigger.

 

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Try wearing vertical stripes to give the illusion of being taller, if you are a shorty like me, and they make you seem thinner.

Short Sleeves

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If you have larger arms, like me, avoid shirts that cut your arm off right on the flab. Shorter sleeves just make my big ole arms look even bigger and flabbier.

 

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Find shirts with long sleeves, that fall below the biggest part of your arm.

 

Dresses

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Dresses that have weird waistlines always make me look like a pumpkin. I just look frumpy. Avoid dresses that are straight-lined and cinched in awkward places.

 

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I love a flowing maxi dress. It hides all my unwanted curves and gives me freedom.

Ruffles

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Don’t

Ruffles can add unwanted volume to your body. I always avoid tops that have ruffles in places that I don’t want more volume, such as boobs and tummy.

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If you like ruffles, find tops where the ruffles are in the right places. I love ruffled sleeves or an off the shoulder ruffle shirt is great.

 

 

Patterns

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Too many patterns on your body can add so much weight. I like to avoid prints that have a lot going on or different patterns, such as stripes and flowers.

 

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Find patterns that accentuate your body. Stay away from bold prints and add more subtle prints. I love me some Leopard print, but too much can be a bad thing.

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Kimonos

I love Kimonos! They hide my hips and add extra to my outfits.

 

 

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Cami

Camis are great for us bigger girls. Sometimes shirts are just not long enough to cover the ole tummy, and camis come in handy to cover what I don’t want to be seen.

 

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Graphic Tee Shirts

Graphic T-shirts are great to have. You can mix and match, wear a jacket, vest or kimono. You can dress it in a skirt, wedges and jacket, or wear pants and tennis shoes. I love having a bunch of graphic t-shirts on hand.

That is all the Do’s and Don’t I have, for now, make sure to follow me for more Curvy girl style tips and tricks!

I hope you all enjoyed my Curvy Girl Do’s and Don’ts and can use some of my tips. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Love your Body

It has occurred to me that I have lost sight of why I started this blog, to try to open the eyes of the world that big women are beautiful! Also, for big women to see their true beauty while I also learn to love my body the way it is.

I still love blogging about being a mom and family life, but I want to focus back on my mission, for people to accept plus size people.

I have a lot to say on this topic so I may be a bit scattered brained, but bare with me.

I can honestly say that I love being a plus size woman. Am I happy with my body 100% of the time…no. I would love to lose about 50 pounds and get in better shape so that I can take better care of my my disabled daughter. Will I ever be skinny?? No. Nor do I care about being skinny. Not that there is anything wrong with being skinny, I was just not meant to be a smaller woman.

I have always been on the chunky side, since I was a child. I was a very active kid , I played sports and took dance. I ate what every other kid was eating, but I gained weight more than the other kids.

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When I was in 5th grade, kids at school really started making fun of my weight. I was then aware that I was different, and of coarse different always has to be bad, right?? So, I started countless diets, battled depression, and even hated going to school.

As a child, I should not have had to deal with body image issues, no child should!

God made us all different, we are not meant to all be the same size and weight.

People are having weight loss surgeries and going on extreme diets, so that they can fit in with society. Now, I know some people have to lose weight because of health problems, do skinny people not have the same health problems??

My mom had gastric bypass years ago because her Doctor said losing the weight would make all her health problems disappear, my words, but same meaning. She lost the weight, but still has heart problems and high blood pressure.

I am done trying to fit in with society, yes I want to be healthy and I CAN be healthy and plus size. I am meant to have curves and junk in my trunk and I am gonna own it!

This message is not just for plus size women. Society puts an unrealistic standard on what a woman should look like. Some of you may have body image issues and not be overweight.

This is for all of you woman reading this. Love your bodies the way they are meant to be, own and flaunt it! Show the World we come in all shapes and sizes and ALL sizes are beautiful!