19 August 2016

Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah

TGIF! I'm praying to the toddler conspiracy gods that my kids will cooperate for another long travel day. (Not that they cooperated the first time, but...) We are flying to Cincinnati on Sunday to visit family and attend Kyle's best friend's wedding! Mallory is the flower girl, so that should be...well, who knows what that will be actually.

This week Mallory woke up each day hell bent on breaking the world record for number of questions asked in a 12 hour period... Good stuff. And there are apparently no rules against repeating questions.

"I give zero f*k^s" is Mal's general attitude as of late. Good times...

Meanwhile Mikey got in a slight altercation with the metal arm of a patio chair.

Mike's eye lost.

So, I may have started down a slippery slope with essential oils. I have only ever used lavender, dating back to high school, for sleep, but lately I've been trying out a few others and I'm HOOKED! I'm already two diffuses deep at this point. I have actually made a friend here (right?!) who not only has a son Michael's age but also went to the U of A so we have a couple of mutual friends which is crazy AND she just started using essential oils! She took the plunge and purchased one tof those starter kits and was kind enough to give me a few samples. But we've been having fun with it. Are you into essential oils? Which are your favorites????

I started Weight Watchers again. You may remember me doing Weight Watchers several months back and while I was happy with how I felt and the results I was seeing, Kyle going out of town forced me to stop going to meetings. (Why I didn't just continue using the app is beyond me.) So now I'm back at it!

Speaking of being back at it, I'm also back on the subscription box wagon. Have you looked into the POPSUGAR Must Have Box? If you haven't, you should. Use promo code 'SHOP5' for $5 off your first box.

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Have a great weekend!
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16 August 2016

The Ride or Die Makeup Tag

This post is brought to you in part by too much caffeine and a late night YouTube binger. 

One of my guilty pleasures is watching countless hours of beauty videos (ok, really videos of any kind) on YouTube after everyone is asleep. Jaclyn Hill, one of the most talented makeup artists in the beauty YouTube-ing game, created this "Ride or Die" makeup tag.

The rules here are simple :: "List your ride or die cosmetic products from each category (foundation, blush, mascara, lip products, etc.). If you could only take ONE from each category to a desert island, which would you choose?"

When I started her video I figured I would play along, because I'm uber lame, and name my favorites as she went through each category. By the time she got to concealer I was sweat-ing! Three products deep and I had already declared one tie and another three way tie! UGH. Nevermind "tag"-- this is a straight up challenge!

Painstakingly, I was able to decide on one SINGLE, ride or die product for a majority of the categories Jaclyn Hill used. I added eyeliner to the pack and got rid of bronzer and highlighter because I haven't entered a committed relationship with one of either just yet.

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Primer || Lancome Miracle CC Cushion Primer (02 yellow)
Foundation || Estee Lauder Double Wear (Cool Bone)
Concealer || MAC Pro Longwear (NW20)
Face Powder || Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder
Undereye Setting Powder || Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Blush || MAC Mocha
Lash primer || IT Cosmetics tightline waterproof
Mascara || Loreal Voluminous waterproof
Eyeliner || MAC Fluidline in Dipdown
Eye shadow palette ||  Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals
Lipliner || MAC Lip Pencil in Edge to Edge
Lipstick || MAC Pink Plaid
Liquid Lipstick || Kat Von D Lovesick
Lip Gloss || Buxom Samantha
Setting Spray || Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist
Perfume || Giorgio Armani Si

BOOM! Crushed it!

I tag YOU! If you wind up doing a post like this, make sure to send me the link so I can check it out. :)

Good luck!!

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15 August 2016

A Day At The Beach || Wilmington, NC

We put our toes in the water and ass in the sand at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina last month for the lowest key beach adventure in HISTORY!

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This was Mallory and Michael's first real visit to the beach! Well, a beach with actual sand castle and water play possibilities since Alaska's beaches didn't really offer such amenities to the sane and warmblooded. 

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Before making our way to the beach, I forced the gang to head downtown Wilmington. Your girl was on the prowl for some good, fresh seafood! We landed at The Shuckin Shack for a few seafood samplers. Hit. The. Spot. And the refrenced One Trill Hill sooooooo... If you're ever in the area, definitely check out The Shuckin Shack!

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Once everyone's my dinner needs had been met, it was about 5:30pm and time to actually hit the beach!

I predicted Mallory would be very cautious about going in the water but love playing in the sand and Mike would bring is overconfidence A game and head straight for the ocean. Well, they must have heard my thoughts because they did the exact opposite! (Kids and pets never miss an opportunity to make Mom look foolish.) Mallory went balls to the wall giving her swimming skills a little more credit than they deserved while Michael took a thorough risk assessment before even allowing the waves to touch his toes.

Mike through us another wildcard by running a fever shortly after we got to the beach. He had been a little under the weather most of the day, but the fever didn't start until the fun did. Of course his seizure was/is still fresh in my mind, so I ran up to the shop at the pier and spent roughly $92375 on some Tylenol (and sand toys.) Mike remained attached to either me, my sister or my mom for the rest of the evening so we could keep a close eye on his fever. I think he still managed to enjoy himself...

*too many photos in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

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Mallory on the other hand made it her mission to stay moving and FREE for as long as the daylight would allow. Her excitement about the beach was simply infectious! All the running, skipping and screaming with joy and the most beautiful smile plastered on her face is an image I hope to have in my head forever.

*again with the excessive photo count...
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Read more about our trip to Wilmington, NC here!

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