Hopes & Plans [Weekly Link Up]

Welcome to the "Hopes & Plans" link up! Any hopeful or goal-oriented post is welcome! It can be your life's dreams, aspirations, monthly goals or simply your chore list. Share with us! I hope for this to be a place where we can come to be inspired and motivated by the things other people have in the works. The possibilities are endless! Most things in life begin by first having a hope and then some kind of plan.

Here is how I did with last week's hopes & plans...

|| Unpack and get back into our regular routine. If by regular routine I meant go to turf time every single day, then yes, yes we did. 

|| Order these shoesYEP! Eeek! I love getting new shoes. 

|| Try out a new dinner recipeYes! We tried this one and absolutely loved it. 



This Week's Hopes & Plans :

one || Finalize Mallory's swim lessons for February. || I'm so excited to get Mally in the pool! I think she will really enjoy it. What I'm not thrilled about is squeezing this body into a swimsuit...

two || Schedule my cancer scans. || I'm due for my regular scans in February. Since I'm pregnant, I'm pretty limited in scans that be safely preformed. What we did before I got pregnant with Mallory, was have a baseline ultra sound of my neck (the area affected by cancer) so that in the event of a pregnancy conflicting with my scan schedule, we would still be able to get some updated images. I need to get this on the books!

three || Take Mallory to story time at the library. || Turf time is definitely getting old at this point. We've been to the library just a handful of times, but only actually made it through the door for story time once...

four || Sign up for a post pregnancy race. || There are a few good ones here in Anchorage over the summer. I'm the kind of person who likes a goal. Having a race on the books after baby Woody is born will give me the extra motivation I need to get my butt in gear....hopefully. ;)


Your turn!



Loving Lately || Beauty Edition ||



Recently I've gotten into quite the groove with my beauty/skin care routine. I've never been big on consistent routines, mainly because I love experimenting with new products. Don't get me wrong, I still looooove trying out different things, but lately it seems everything I've purchased in the beauty world has been a home run. Can't complain about that, now can I?



Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream  || This stuff. Give it to me everywhere. Ok not everywhere, skip my t-zone. I rub this stuff on my cheeks and neck every night before bed, sometimes even under my makeup during the day if I'm feeling particularly parched. Kyle may or may not have used this stuff on occasion, it's that good. 

Caudalie Beauty Elixir || Thanks to jolly ol' St. Nick, I finally got to give this beauty elixir a try. What is a beauty elixir you ask, I haven't a clue. You spray it on your face whenever you want and you instantly teleport into a peaceful spa. I was drawn to this stuff because I read that it acts like a toner (I LOVE toner) and due to my current state (pregnant) I can't use many of my favorites. I use this under both my day and night time moisturizers and really any other time I need an escape ;)

It Cosmetics Tightline Primer || This is a super recent purchase. I grabbed it from Ulta during my trip to North Carolina. Of course, I grabbed the waterproof formula of this eyelash primer. Not only does it prime your lashes for mascara, but it can even double as your eyeliner if used correctly. It's so intense that it can do the job of your mascara even on its on. Any mascara applied on top of this primer will be worth a million bucks, promise. 

L'Oreal Paris Brow Stylist || Admittedly, I purchased this brow gel because I was too cheap to splurge on this one. But, I've really enjoyed it! It is a great, quick alternative to fully filling in your eyebrows and it last all. day. long! The only drawback for me is I wish their color range was a bit more broad. 

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer || I've almost emptied out this container of concealer and will 100% repurchase it. I use it not only to conceal, but got it in a light enough shade to double as my highlighter. Its gooooood.

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel || Every single night. This is one I'm sure I've mentioned before, but I'm obsessed. I've seriously had this jar forever and still have a ways to go before its empty. I like to keep mine in the refrigerator for a little extra something when I apply it under my eyes before bed. It is so refreshing and hydrating! I really notice a difference in my under eye the following morning. I highly recommend!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush || This is my first ever Tarte blush! I got mine in the shade 'glisten' which is a shimmery peachy pink. I find myself constantly reaching for this stuff. The shimmer is subtle but enough to really wake your face up. I look forward to trying out new shades. 

Sugar Lip Polish by Fresh || Alaskan winters make you do crazy things for a little hydration. I've been using this lip scrub nearly every day because my lips are so cracked and scaly. It enables my lip balm to get the most bang for it's buck by really scrapping away all the flaky skin. Love!

*This isn't photographed, but it must be mentioned... this under eye setting powder by elf. For the longest time I had no idea you were supposed to use a different powder to set your under eye makeup. Skeptical, I grabbed the cheapest stuff I could find and my world is forever changed! No creasing, lasts for ever and is as soft as a baby's bottom...everything you could want in your under eye makeup. #amiright?

Have you tried any of these products? What are some of your favorite things that I need to add to my shopping list?



Toddler Tales || Flying

After having flown to the lower 48 with Mallory at least five times over the past year and a half, I thought I had it down to a science. The number of spare outfits, diapers, wipes, snacks, entertainment, all of it; I knew what I needed and what I didn't. Little did I know how much Mallory's ability to walk paired with my growing belly would make for a torturous "infant in arms" flight. I know you're thinking, "duh Amanda! That sounds like a nightmare anyway." I wasn't thinking it was going to be a pleasurable flight, but not too terribly different from those that preceded this one. 



In Mallory's defense, she did great on the flights to North Carolina! We had two layovers which allowed for plenty of time to grab a meal and find the airport play area. She was calm on the plane and either watched Frozen, ate snacks, or took little catnaps. No complaints here!





It wasn't until the flights home where she really let me have it. Our itinerary included a 2.5 hour flight, 45 minute layover followed by a 6 hour flight. Sounds like fun, right? 

On the first leg, we arrive to our seat only to find a massive man spilling over into half of our seat. He was very friendly and ever so patient with Mallory's shenanigans, but having all the space we could get in our own seat was crucial. After a take off tantrum, I discovered that Mallory had no intention of napping on this flight. Thats ok, lets play! NOPE! Mallory wasn't down for playing. So, I do what any good mother would do and started rummaging through my bag in search of my iPhone to play some Baby Einstein. Only my phone was missing. Yep. 15 minutes into the flight, I had lost my secret weapon. I had everyone around me searching for my damn phone all while Mallory was making it abundantly clear that she was not pleased. No phone. Ok, next idea? I decided to stand in the isle and woo her with an oldie but goodie, the rock, sway, bounce combo. (PS. Flight attendants apparently don't love it when you stand in the aisle during the drink service. #sorryimnotsorry) No dice. Finally an angel from the heavens appeared and offered to switch seats with us. She even had an open seat next to hers. Done and done! Upon parking it in our new, spacious accommodations, Mallory discovered the toddler girl and her mother sitting across the isle from us. Mom was well prepared with sugary snacks and iPads for all.  So Mallory abandoned crusty ol' mom and joined a new family....for the next thirty minutes. Curled up on this stranger's lap, Mallory enjoyed iPad games and incoherent conversations with the little girl. I took a water break. End flight. [Oh, my phone. It was in my seat back pocket....]

During our layover I quickly learned just how important that meal/playtime break was. Mallory wanted to get down and play and we didn't have time for that before embarking on what was sure to be a joyous 6 hour flight. This flight featured, zero open seats and rude flight attendants. Mallory went right to sleep during take off! Pretty decent start after the first flight. The nap was short lived as she was woken up by a flight attendant not only bumping into her but yelling at me to make sure her feet weren't hanging over into the isle. Perfect. 5.5 hours to go. The rest of the flight was spent either walking up and down the aisle, throwing a tantrum or touching our neighbors. Except for the part where Mallory and the unborn baby Woody decide to conspire against me. We had only an hour to go in the flight when Mallory surrendered and started to doze off. Just as I ever so smoothly sat down, baby Woody decided to use my bladder as a trampoline. Up we go to the bathroom, nap time was over. The highlight of this particular flight was upon landing discovering that Mallory had shit all over both of us. Who knows how long that had been there, I can't smell anything thanks to the pregnancy congestion. 

So, do I have any tips for flying with a one year old? Helllll to the no! Buy yourself a beer and hope for the best. ;)

Has your toddler ever really let you have it while traveling?