24 June 2015

A Birthday Wish List

I have a birthday coming up. My 26th birthday to be exact. We honestly have been dreading this birthday of mine. Without getting all political, I certainly benefited from being able to stay on my parents health insurance up to this birthday. Cancer care isn't cheap! It should be an interesting journey for me into the land of TRICARE Standard (neither myself nor our children are seen by Army doctors, but that's a story for another day.)

What was I talking about? Oh yeah, birthday. In true Amanda fashion, I need lottery winnings in order to afford the entirety of my birthday wish list. Hey, thats why it's called a "wish" list, right? 

Let's dive right in!

women's gift guide

one || Yellow Nikes || Who doesn't need a pair of yellow sneaks? Yeah, I don't know either. Put me down for one pair, size 8 please!

two || Diptyque candle || How ridiculous is the price tag on this candle??! I mean come. on. This candle line is raved about by TiffanyD on YouTube. So, when our Nordstrom started carrying the line, I went in to check them out... Holy awesome! Each and every candle smelled EXACTLY like what it claimed to. My favorite scent was this one, followed in a close second by this one.

three || Tiger Gemstone Earrings || These earrings are by the same ETSY shop that made my art deco eternity band from my new ring stack. These earrings are so beautiful and fancy looking yet affordable. Think this stay at home mom could pull them off for daily wear? I do!

*Tiger Gemstones is offering 10% off any order for Marry Mint readers! Just use promo code "MARRYMINT" at checkout! Click here to shop! *

four || Wildfox Graphic Sweater || I've been dreaming (gosh I'm funny) about having this sweater in my closet but don't because it is never goes on sale.... but it is on sale right NOW!!!!  Like nearly half off on sale!! What perfect timing, dontcha think? I may have to "happy birthday Amanda" this one to myself... ;) I just love this soft pink color and of course Wildfox sweaters are the most comfortable things on this planet.

five || Michael Kors wedges || Somewhere between my feet growing half a size during pregnancy and toddler chasing, my heel supply has dwindled to essentially nothing. But we WILL rebuild from this tragedy. Ha! Wedges are hands down my favorite type of heel to wear. Whether on a strap-y summer shoe or on a fall boot, wedges are just great. Lets start my new and improved heel collection with these (also happen to be on sale!!), yes?

six || Rodan & Fields "Reverse"  || Recently an old friend, who is a sales rep for Rodan & Fields reached out to me to introduce me to her product line. Ever the skincare junkie, I was intrigued! I poked around online, saw the price and kind of started hunting for cheaper alternatives. Then another friend told me she has started using Rodan & Fields skincare and was absolutely singing their praises! I mean their client testimonials and before/after images really can't be beat. My primary skin care issues are, dark under eye circles, hyper pigmentation, enlarged pores and obviously sun protection. Basically the entire Reverse regimen needs to be in my bathroom STAT!

seven || LV Neverfull GM || Of few things I'm certain of in life, but I am certain that I will not be getting this bag for my birthday, because...bills. BUT, I'm nothing if not persistent. So, this bag will stay on my wish list until it's on my shoulder. Sit back and enjoy seeing it hereon repeat. ;)

eight || MAC "Brick-O-La" || In the notes section on my phone, I literally keep a running list of lipstick shades I want. This one is on deck!

Well, now looking over this list, it seems what I really need is a Nordstrom gift card. Ha! What can I say, it's really the only department store we are working with up in these parts.

But for real, how excited are you about this collaboration happening at Nordstrom and ShopBop?!

22 June 2015

Michael Robert - 2 Months Old

Two months have come and gone since we welcomed our son into the world. In some ways it seems like just yesterday I was waddling around pregnant, but at the same time it seems like Mike has always been here. We've managed to cram so much into these past couple of months and his easy going nature has made that possible. We are so excited to continue to get to know him as we see just a little more of his personality each day. And hey, fun fact, I remembered to not only schedule but attend his two month well baby check! *high five* 

Here's the skinny (ahem, not so skinny) on Michael this month!

Weight || 12 pounds 5 ounces putting him in the 75th percentile!

Diet || Breast milk. 

Health || Other than a little yeast infection in the diaper area, our boy is completely healthy! Thank goodness!

Loves || Ceiling fans, lights, being in his Ergo, noise, movement, being bounced, his paci, being held, and grabbing clothing.

Loathes || His car seat, having a dirty diaper, diaper changes, and getting dressed


Clothes || Mike is wearing some 0-3 month stuff but mostly 3 month clothing! And ugh, rookie mistake... I had a piece of clothing out of order in his closet so I nearly missed a good chunk of his 0-3 month pieces. Tragic I tell you! ;)

Baby Gear || Really, not much has changed since his one month update.

Sleep || Mike sleeps pretty well at night for the most part, going for about 3-4 hour stretches. That is until this past week. Lord have mercy! He won't sleep more than an hour at a time at night without waking up for a meal and during the day he seems attached to the boob! Growth spurt anyone?!

Social/Milestones || Oh those sweet baby smiles and coos. Is there anything better? He has also rolled over a couple of times this month. Michael is studying his surroundings a bit more and is certainly more wakeful throughout the day which has been fun. :)

Hope you have a great start to your week!

Find Michael's 1 month update here!

17 June 2015

Recent ETSY Finds

If there is one shopping arena that I play very hot and cold with, it's ETSY. I can go months without even browsing through ETSY much less actually buy anything, but when I'm hot...I'm HOT. For instance, when Mallory was younger, faaarrrr too many headbands were purchased from various ETSY shops. Once Mallory's headband wearing days dwindled, I went into a cold spell with ETSY. I essentially forgot all about it until it was time to order Mallory's "big sister" t-shirt. It was then that the flood gates opened and they opened wide! In the name of spreading the ETSY shop love and hopefully encouraging you to spend more money than I have in order to get Kyle off my back, here are some of my recent ETSY purchases...

big sister t-shirt

Big Sister T-Shirt from Leftee Designs || The timeliness of delivery was excellent, even to Alaska! I got exactly what I ordered/expected without any surprises. I do suggest sizing up as Mallory's shirt was a bit snug. Overall, I had an excellent shopping experience and would definitely recommend this shop!

wedding ring stack

Twisted Wire 14K Gold Stackable Ring by Sweet Olive Jewelry || This shop is FULL of adorable, dainty rings! (I'm actually considering adding this ring to the party now that I'm looking at it...hmmmm.) So far I'm definitely pleased with the quality of my ring and haven't experienced and tarnishing or anything like that. The rings run very true to size and because of their slim nature, they slide over the knuckle with ease. Amy was a pleasure to work with! She answers emails promptly and was very willing to work with my last minute requests prior to shipping. 

Art Deco Eternity Ring by Tiger Gemstones || What a great alternative to adding an expensive diamond ring to my wedding set! Tiger Gemstones sells high quality, beautiful, conflict free-handcrafted jewelry. My ring arrived at my front within just a couple of days and I was literally shocked by this ring. It looks and feels incredible!

  ** Tiger Gemstones is offering a 10% discount to all Marry Mint readers!! Use promo code MARRYMINT at checkout! Shop here now!**

vintage animal ABC flashcards

Animal ABC Flashcards by Pretty Little Studio || Mallory is super into animals and animal sounds lately. When I came across these adorable vintage flashcards (for just $3.99!!!) I thought they would be a cute and educational addition to the kids' bedroom. This little string of cards hangs above their changing table; a spot we frequent throughout the day, so I figure we can rotate these babies every couple of weeks and BAM! Zoologist in the making. ;)

coffee printable

"But First Coffee" Print by Osanty || So I pretty much could order every print in this shop because I love them ALL, the issue would be finding a place to put them. Seriously, so many cute things! (I'm thinking this one needs a spot near my makeup counter...) This purchase was pretty straightforward, purchase and the digital file appears within your ETSY account. Download the digital file and send it off to be printed wherever you'd like. Easy!

leather tassel keychain

Leather Tassel Keychain by Michelle Ensign Shop || I'll be honest when I tell you that I was expecting this tassel to be smaller, so when it arrived I was a bit surprised. I ordered mine with the large clasp so I could clip my keys to the outside hard wear on my purse. This keychain is awesome! (Even if Kyle says it looks like something out of 50 Shades of Gray.) I think it adds a little something classy to my keys while making them easy to find while I'm holding two wiggly children and trying to get in my car. Major win in my book! 

And there you have it! The place where all of my money has gone--ETSY!

What ETSY shops do you love? I'd love to check them out!