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August 19, 2014

{Face.}

My Skin Care Routine

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1. Bioderma: Great for makeup mistakes or removing those mangy false eyelashes. I also use this for removing the remainder of my eye makeup that my cleansing oil misses. Great toner option also. This really is a 'jack of all trades' product.

2. FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil: I just recently got into cleansing oils. I use about a pump and a half on my dry face and massage into my skin and eye area. This helps breakdown the makeup and removes it from my face. Then, I add a bit of water and it changes the oily substance to a creamy liquid and everything begins to emulsify. This is the most gentle way I know to remove makeup. This cleansing oil is extremely hard to find but it is my favorite. :)

3. La Roche Posay Lipikar Syndet: I am no skincare expert, but I do know a good product when I see one. This is it, folks. This is originally marketed as a soap free body wash/cleanser. However, it is so gentle that I will never use another cleanser on my face again. This stuff is sooo good. And I love that it is fragrance-free. I really don't like when my facial cleansers have a scent. By the way, this is great for children with skin sensitivities to use as a body wash.

4. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads: A gentle exfoliant, toner and peel all in one. Again, great for sensitive skin. Can you tell I love sensitive skin products?

5. Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster: A serum for use before moisturizing. The main ingredient in this product is Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid has the ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water so it acts like a magnet to anything that is applied on top of it, thus the water in your moisturizer will take longer to evaporate off the surface of the skin. Indeed Labs states that:
 "Over time, this serum increases skin’s hydration level and minimizes the need for frequent topical moisturizing.  This increase in moisture levels has been shown to increase skin elasticity and reduce surface roughness."
 Do I agree? YES. Go to Walgreen's and get some of this immediately.

6. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: I have searched for years for the perfect facial moisturizer. I use this moisturizer twice daily. It is very lightweight despite the fact that it is a cream. It is non greasy and is so good for sensitive skin. I would pay double the price for this stuff. That's how good it is.

7. Glam Glow Youth Mud Mask: I read tons of reviews on this baby and decided to give it a go one night. This stuff is so darn good. I use it at night and love how my skin feels the next morning. It is expensive but if you get it on amazon, you can save SO MUCH MONEY. Such a treat for tired skin.

8.  Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avacado: If you've been reading my blog for a while, I'm sorry you have to hear me talk about this product again but it is by far the best eye moisturizer on the market. It is so thick and just does the trick. (That rhymed.) There are also only three ingredients: Avocado, Beta-Carotene and Shea Butter. I love simple products.

9. Christian Dior Creme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm: This is such a ridiculous product. (Using Dior as a Lip Balm?!?) I would never have purchased this had I not had a gift card to Sephora but now that I have I'm mad because when it is out I'm going to want to repurchase it. I probably won't though. Blistex works just as great. This stuff is just luxurious.

10. Caudalie Beauty Elixir: Again, another ridiculous product but I have a sample that I have been loving so I thought I would throw it in this post. I like to spray this after I put my makeup on because I love the dewy effect it gives. It also smells like a spa. Nothing wrong with that.

You are probably thinking: "Why in the world does she use 10 products on her face? How does she have time for that?" My thoughts on this are if you spend 10-15 minutes getting ready and putting makeup on, you should spend just as much time removing it and caring for your skin. Your skin will thank you when you are older. What products do you use? What products can you not live without? I am always interested to see what works for others so please share!

Thanks for reading!

August 8, 2014

{Confessional Friday}

The last time I did a "confessional" blog post it seemed to go over really well so here I am with another one. I also just have a lot of things to confess, apparently.

1. I confess that I do not understand the fascination or obsession when it comes to #SHARKWEEK. Do people really like sharks that much or is it just the trendy, cool thing to post about? I personally don't get it. I hate sharks. They aren't pretty animals and they eat people. Stop posting about Shark Week. It isn't "in" anymore. And do you really spend the whole week in front of the TV watching shark documentaries? Who has time for that?

2. Speaking of television, I confess that I cringe when my husband turns it on Tosh.o. I can't stand that show. It is so repulsive. Everything he talks about is dirty and makes me want to vomit.

3. I confess that 4 months after having my baby, I am STILL wearing my maternity leggings....not because I need to, but because I want to. Holy cow, comfortable. Nothing else compares. #Secksy

4. I confess that there is breast milk splattered ALL over my iPhone. I have no idea how it gets there, honestly. It is quite the mystery. I wipe it off just to find it on there again the next day. I give up.

5. Speaking of phones, I confess that I dropped mine on my face one morning last week when I was laying in bed. I do this quite frequently and I am beginning to think I have a problem. Does anyone else do this? You are checking your Instagram and BOOM, your phone is suddenly planted all over your face. It is so painful and not attractive.

6. I confess that I am finally starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel with Millie. She is sleeping at night and is smiling and cooing. She just looks comfortable. It really is so pleasant to be around her and know that she is finally feeling well again.

7. I confess that sometimes it gets to me that we don't have a whole lot of extra money to spend on material things we want. When everything went down with Millie, I wasn't able to work for a good 3 months and did not have a paid maternity leave. Money has been very tight especially because of our unique situation. Medical bills from her NICU stay and my 2 week hospital stay have taken precedence over everything else. I am young, and consider myself to be somewhat stylish however, I haven't bought anything for myself in months. Seriously, I can't remember the last time. When I became a mommy, everything changed. I only care about getting Millie the things she needs. However, that doesn't keep me from feeling sad when I see a pair of shoes I want and I know we can't afford. This verse below has helped me get through this season and helped me to realize the material things that I think I want and need aren't really what matters.

"Therefore, if you were raised with Christ, look for the things that are above where Christ is sitting at God’s right side. Think about the things above and not things on earth." 
Colossians 3:1

On a side note, happy birthday to my sweet, baby Millie! She is 4 months old today although her adjusted age is 5 weeks old. She is smiling, cooing, grasping objects with her hands and holding her head up quite nicely.


Millie is getting baptized next weekend! Here is a preview of her little baptismal bonnet. She is wearing the same gown and bonnet I wore 28 years ago for my baptism. It will be an incredibly special day as her daddy gets to perform the sacrament in front of the congregation and all our family and friends.



As always, thanks for reading. I hope you all have a blessed weekend. I also hope I didn't offend anyone who likes sharks.


August 1, 2014

{Friday Favorites}


I have never really done a Friday Favorites post on my blog so here goes! Here are some of the things I have been loving lately:


1. Blog showcase: The Londoner
If you know me, you know I am obsessed with all things London/UK. I have never traveled there but it is #1 on my list of places to visit. Until then, I have this blog to follow. Rose Thomas is a lifestyle blogger based in London. She spends time immersing herself in the culture of the world but mainly London. She has impeccable taste in clothing, travel and FOOD! I especially love her anti-diet outlook. Everything in moderation. :) She captures the city of London so well with her neighborhood features where she tries new restaurants and showcases different areas. It is basically an online life journal of her travels, what she eats, what she wears, what she cooks and where she shops. Hop on over if you are looking for some cultural inspiration. Sometimes I just go look at all the food images she posts. The cheeseburgers, Oh the cheeseburgers! #drool

image via The Londoner
Bleecker St. Burger Truck located in Southbank
image via The Londoner
Blog feature of Portobello Road in the Notting Hill district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London



 2. Millie's Baptism Invitations
Look how cute these are! This was an iPhone pic from her professional newborn pics. My mom zoomed in on the image and added it to the invite she designed on Tiny Prints . We didn't do any sort of birth announcements because she made such a dramatic entrance into this world and duh, everyone knew she was here. It was nice to be able to put these together for her special baptism day. I am especially excited because her daddy gets to perform the sacrament. I edited out address information so the internet world doesn't show up on our doorstep for the brunch. :)



3. Two words: Glam Glow
Holy cow, this face mask is awesome and really lives up to the hype. I tried it for the first time last night and wasn't amazed right after I washed it off. However, I woke up this morning and my face was so smooth, like a baby's butt. This is a good thing. :)



4. The fact that West Elm is coming to the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City.
We purchased some of Millie's nursery furniture and rug here on sale. I love their Mid-Centrury Style line. Which reminds me, I have yet to feature Millie's nursery on this blog. I am getting to that, but am just waiting on one last thing that will complete her room. 
PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING, FOLKS!

and finally,
5. The awesome response from my last blog post.
Thank you all so much for your encouragement and kind words regarding Millie and her colic. I am happy to report that she has improved leaps and bounds in the past week. She has been seeing  Dr. Jake 'the chiropractor'  who is AWESOME with her and we have really seen a difference just in the 2 weeks we have been going. As I mentioned before, I gave up dairy completely and her tummy and digestive issues are getting better by the day. She is only waking 1 time a night and I haven't been having any problems getting her back to sleep during that feeding. Sometimes, on a rare occasion, she is even sleeping 7-7.5 hours straight. Her eyes are so big, beautiful and blue.

As always, thanks for reading. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and enjoys this beautiful weather!

xoxo,







July 29, 2014

{Top 10 Confessions for a Tuesday Morning}

1. I confess that my life has completely turned upside down since Millie came home. You think that just because I write about happy things in this blog and post cute little staged photos that it's all cupcakes and ice cream. Well, it's not. I have two weeks worth of laundry that I haven't even touched. I've resorted to wearing the hospital mesh underwear they gave me in a plastic package. 
TMI? Sorry...I'm being real here. 
Our master bathroom hadn't been cleaned for 3 weeks until my mom graciously cleaned it for me yesterday. FYI- my husband is a hairy beast and there was a furry animal starting to form on the tile floor. 
TMI? Sorry. 
We opened a jar of cheese sauce for taco night last night and there was a lot of green mold. Like, a lot. Gag me.
TMI? Sorry.
I haven't plucked my eyebrows since before my C-Section. That's almost 4 months. Just call me caterpillar face from now on.
We moved in our house 4 months ago...and we still have no furniture in our front living room, nor do we have plans to get any. 
Medical bills > Furniture

2. I confess that when I do get to take a shower, sometimes I cry through the whole thing...not because I am sad, but because I am completely overwhelmed. Millie has terrible colic and screams 80% of the day. The only time she isn't screaming is if she is eating or laying in your arms with a Wubbanub in her mouth. 

Our view 80% of the time. Love you, Mills.

I am somewhat regretting typing in a past blog that I look forward to getting up with Millie in the middle of the night. I looked forward to it for like the first two weeks...then when she got to the point where she wasn't sleeping at all, I started to question what the heck I was thinking typing that. I love her so stinkin' much...but I'm exhausted. 

3. I confess that when we do finally get her to sleep and put her in the Mamaroo (because she can't lay flat from acid reflux), we are too scared to strap her in for fear of waking her. So, 30 minutes later she ends up in this not too safe position because she has ADHD and can't even sit still while sleeping. Then, I have to sit and stare at her to make sure she doesn't move any further down which means I don't get a nap. 



4. I confess that I totally watched the Bachelorette for the first time this season last night, don't know either of the people involved, and yet got so teary eyed over their proposal and engagement. It was so sweet and I discovered I am just a huge sap for love stories in general. 

5. I confess that I have become completely obsessed with my Erin Condren Life Planner I recently purchased. I have color coded everything, jotted down everyone and their dog's birthdays, planned out 2 months worth of future blog posts (now let's see if I have the time to post them), planned my menus for each week, jotted down a cleaning schedule, laundry schedule, doctor's appointments, etc. I wholeheartedly believe this is the only way I will stay afloat these days. 



6. I confess that I purchased a dress for Millie's newborn pictures/family pictures, wore it, left the tags on and returned it the following day. I was going for a specific look and knew I would never wear it again. Sue me. I broke the law. 

7. I confess that I would give my right AND left arm for a Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pizza or a box of Kraft character shaped mac' n cheese right now. I gave up dairy for Millie and it is seriously one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Dairy is in EVERYTHING and you don't realize it until you no longer have the luxury of eating it. 

8. I confess that I get some sick satisfaction from removing the sock lint from in between Millie's toes. I am like a mama ape always picking and perfecting my baby. 

9. I confess that I went the better part of yesterday at work with my nursing bra straps not hooked under my shirt. 

10. I confess and finally admit that I literally can't survive without my husband. He is out of town this week on a mission trip and won't be back until Saturday. Life with a newborn baby is exhausting. I am seriously thanking the Lord right now for my mom's help. Love you, mama.