04 September 2016

Cincinnati Trip Recap

Our most recent trip to Cincinnati has come and gone. Gosh, we love that city!

Cincinnati Skyline

We love being able to see so many family and friends in one place. Kyle's Aunt was kind enough to open her home to our crazy crew for the entire week. It ended up being the perfect way to maximize family time -- Kyle's parents were also staying there plus it gave everyone else a familiar and comfortable place to sit around and visit. (Or cause maximum commotion if we are talking about my children...)

We love having access to countless amenities and activities. Taking the kids to the playgrounds I frequented growing up is highly unlikely, but it is soo cool watching them explore Kyle's old stomping grounds. Mike even got his haircut at the barber Kyle and his dad went to for years! The nostalgia plastered on his parents' faces throughout the week ... priceless!

newport aquarium

We love seeing the Reds play.  Hitting an MLB game probably tops the list of favorite "date" activities for me and Kyle which has made it extra fun introducing the kids to baseball.

great american ball park cincinnati ohio

Mom fail : I fully documented Mallory's first Reds game yet failed to even get Michael's "First Reds Game" certificate. Shh! I haven't told him yet. ;)

vintage pete rose jersey

We love the local food. Montgomery Inn, Busken Bakery, The Precinct, LaRosa's, Skyline, Tom and Chee ... just to name a few.

larosas cincinnati

larosas spagehtti night

I could go on and on, but most of all, I think we love the familiarity of Cincinnati. Cincinnati is where Kyle was born and raised; always quick to say "Cincinnati" when asked where he's from (unlike myself who always stammers and stutters searching for an appropriate answer.) Even though it's not home, Cincinnati is one of the few places we will always go back to.

This brings me to the actual reason for this particular trip to Cincinnati, to see Kyle's best friend Ryan get married!! Kyle was a groomsman and Mallory was their flower girl. We were so thankful to be part of Katie and Ryan's big day!

Katie was not only one of the most stunning brides ever, she was also quite possibly the most chill (as far as I could tell anyway lol!) Pouring rain? No big deal. Dog standing on her dress before the ceremony? Who cares?! Flower girl turns around and walks back UP the aisle just as the officiant starts talking? Funny! I kid you not, Katie was as cool as a cucumber. All she cared about was marrying Ryan and spending the evening celebrating with the people she loves.

rainy bridal party photo
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dog stands on wedding dress
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flower girl dress
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Another Mom fail : I dropped the ball big time and took approximately zero pictures during the wedding. Normally this wouldn't have been too upsetting because it clearly indicates we were busy having a blast, but this time it means I have not one single picture of Mike. He looked so handsome in his little slacks, loafers and tie...

We were so bummed on Sunday when it was time to head home. A week simply wasn't enough time...

What are your favorite spots in Cincinnati? 

where to eat in cincinnati

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.

top makeup products of all time

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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