16 November 2015

Our Weekend...

Boy do I hope your Monday is going better than ours! We got started bright dark and early with a barf bonanza of the toddler variety. Two rooms affected. Not pretty. Not pretty at all! The good news is we got to try out our new carpet cleaner! So there's that...#fml (Mal isn't really sick. She is just congested and gagged resulting in a full stomach purge.)

Lets talk about something more pleasant, shall we? Our weekend, it was a good one! Nothing terribly exciting happened, no scratch that, it did! The Sephora VIB sale happened. Talk about getting things off on the right foot! An online order and a stroll through the store later, I can confidently say I'm well stocked for the next several months and even knocked out some Christmas shopping in the process. If that's not a win, then I just don't know anymore...Check out my picks here! Today is the last day to take advantage of 20% off for VIBs!!!

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Did I tell you I started Weight Watchers? No? Well, I did, about two weeks ago. It was time to buckle down and make some changes. Kyle (courageously) got me a FitBit last month and that is kind of what got the ball going.  After the first week of Weight Watchers, I hit my pre pregnancy weight! FINALLY! Next up is to find my new "feel good" weight. Game on saddle bags. Game. ON! Anyway, long story short, my meetings/weigh ins are on Saturdays, so our weekend started off with that...

The weather was seriously frigid alllll weekend, so we stacked the indoor activities somethin' fierce! First up Saturday after my meeting was an underwhelming indoor playground on base called Arctic Oasis. Well, it isn't underwhelming for Mallory, but it's not a parental favorite... convenience just wins sometimes. No photos from Arctic Oasis because I was busy walking laps with Mike (read: earning more "activity points" to cash in for food later ha!) while Kyle and Mal got their play on.  We spent the rest of the day Saturday running errands then had a nice, relaxing dinner at home.

Sunday we decided to try out the new trampoline park in south Anchorage, Get Air. SUCH a blast! Seriously, the restraint required for me and Kyle to remain with our children and not go buck wild on the trampolines was remarkable. Oh, and I guess Mal and Mike had fun too. ;)

On Fridays they offer toddler time from 10-12 and we will definitely be checking that out! There is a section of the park that is blocked off for the smaller kids which is great, but leave it to Mallory to sniff out the huge dodgeball court and even bigger obstacle courses. Maybe we could better postpone her first ER visit by limiting the size of the bodies flying through the air... 

Mike, of course loved all of the loud commotion. And balls. Can't forget the balls. 

We went straight from Get Air to a birthday party at yet another indoor playground! Mal was sufficiently wiped by the time we got back to home. Quick bath and she went straight to bed which meant Mama got to not only shower, wash my hair AND shave my legs, but also log some looonnngggg overdue beauty maintenance. I had to break out the big guns to tackle the situation I was working with. These below zero temps we've been having mean my skin is straight up PARCHED! Like Sahara Desert style. So I went in with the Glam Glow cleanser, followed it with my favorite clay mask, cleaned myself up and finished things off with some vitamin C and a refreshing face mist. Seems to have done the trick...for now! It's currently -10 outside!!

What did you do this weekend? 

Tell me what you got at Sephora?!!!!

08 November 2015

Sephora VIB Sale!!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!! And no, I'm not talking about the upcoming holidays. I'm referring to the Sephora VIB sale! Sephora NE-VER has sales so this opportunity to take 20% off your entire purchase mustn't be missed.

I have plans to take advantage of this sale in a big kind of way! I'm talking new fragrances, products to experiment with, Christmas gifts for family and friends, and just a good old fashion resupply of the essentials.

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The big ticket items for me this go around are two fragrances. After many, many samples, I think I've decided on Si by Giorgio Armani and Gucci II. They are both excellent everyday scents that just feel like "me." It seems like I haven't shopped for fragrance in years, so I've really enjoyed exploring the market again. Curiosity has me wondering, what are your favorite fragrances?

I've sang the praises of "lolita" for quite some time and was so excited when Kat Von D launched additional shades to her liquid lipstick line! Our local Sephora sold out of the new inventory in like .2 seconds and online has been out of stock too. Sucks! I'm DYING to get the shade "lovesick" and am hoping they restock in time for the sale.

Speaking of lip colors, have you tried out the YSL Glossy Stain yet?! I randomly tried it on at Nordstrom the other day and was blown away! It felt like I had nothing on my lips yet the color was so vibrant and stayed on for hours! I'm digging shades "5" and "9".

While I'm in the lip product section, might as well grab another Dior Lip Maximizer.  ;) It's the best!

I'm in the process of kind of overhauling my hair care routine. My hair is just needing some extra attention thanks to the uber dry air up here plus I've been itching to style it in something other than a "can't remember the last time I washed it messy bun." YouTubers of the naturally curly variety told me I simply had to give the Ouidad Botanical Boost Curl Energizing and Refreshing Spray a shot and well, I do what I'm told. ;)

The rest of the items waiting patiently in my online shopping cart are repeat purchases. I've been out of my Bobbi Brown Corrector for far too long and failed to find a sufficient dupe. My Brow Wiz is on it's last leg and my favorite shower oil has mere drops remaining. Does it ever hurt to have an extra Beauty Blender, cleanser or brush head on standby? I think not! Plus paying full price blows the big one.

All in the name of saving money people. All in the name of saving money. 20% off means it's basically free, right?

Oh! Have you heard of this Flash thing Sephora offers now? (Not for those of us in Alaska of course, because we basically live on a different planet according to online retailers...) Anyway, it's a subscription service that gets you 2 day shipping for the entire year for just $10! Click here to sign up for FLASH!

I think that's all I've got!

Again, I'm dying to know what fragrances are your favorite aaannndddd what you plan to purchase during the VIB sale!

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04 November 2015

Michael Robert - 6 Months Old

Once again, I'm embarassingly late writing Michael's 6 month update. Ugh, second children man...it's tough! At least I take his monthly photos on time, right? That's gotta count for something...

happy baby

Let's just get to it before I miss next month's update. #momfail

six month old developmental milestones

Numbers || 18.7 pounds (70th percentile) 26.7 inches (65th percentile) It was so funny taking both kids to the doctor this month. Mallory is very much in the scream bloody murder from the moment the doctor walks in until the moment he leaves phase while Mike was just giggling and having a grand ol' time. (I'm sure you can imagine the shit show that appointment was...)

six month old developmental milestones

Diet || 100% breast milk. His doctor gave us the green light to start introducing solids (which we did with Mallory around 5.5 months) but Mike is sooooo not interested. He wants to put anything and everything in his mouth but that is a teething thing, not a food thing in his case. He doesn't really watch intently as we eat, then again, we eat in shifts so he may not actually have the opportunity HA! So, we are just going to wait a little longer to start experimenting with solids. I'm in no hurry! I'm completely happy breastfeeding for as long as Michael wants. 

six month old developmental milestones

Loves || Being naked, being tickled, his paci (Mam and only Mam), being worn (forward facing mostly), babbling with Mommy, his feet, putting everything in his mouth, bath time, toys, Mallory,

six month old development

Loathes || The carseat woes continue and he has decided he isn't huge on independent play (both him AND his sister. At the same time. Coooooooool phase guys...)

six month old development

Clothes || Holding strong in 9-12 month size clothing and size 4 diapers. 

six month old boy development

Sleep || Not too much has changed on this front with Mike. He takes a decent 1.5-2 hour nap late in the morning and is good for another hour long nap around 4pm. The only time he really struggles with sleep is if he needs to poop. (You're very welcome for sharing that with the world, Michael.)

six month old boy

Social/Milestones || Literally the day before he hit the 6 month mark he rolled from back to tummy! He is also propping himself up on his hands to sit. :) Let the good times roll...

six month old boy

Health || Nothing exciting to report here. Phew!

Before you go, I wanted to share a post I recently wrote for Desitin. The post is all about how we navigated those nighttime diaper changes with Michael and ultimately bought ourselves a few more precious hours of sleep! Click here to read more.

six month old boy

Check out Mallory's six month update here!