30 June 2014
27 June 2014
Alright, I know I talk about light hearted things on this blog, such as cancer, but it's time to get serious. I have a birthday next week which means my birthday wish list is long over due.
Here is what you can get me ::
25 June 2014
A couple of weekends ago, Kyle, Mallory and I found ourselves with a free little Sunday on our hands. There is a gold mine (literally) in Hatcher Pass called Independence Mine, which is just a short drive from our house!
We have been meaning to check this spot out, but frequently get distracted by other hikes along the way. (OR somebody wears the wrong shoes. Hey! The walk from the parking lot the mine is deceivingly long.) This particular Sunday however, we were determined! The weather wasn't particularly impressive, but one thing we have to credit Alaskans for is that they are not fair weather outdoorsmen. Rain or shine, they get after it! So we do too...
The kid was such a trooper in the backpack! She just looked around, yelled and smacked the back of Kyle's head. Baby paradise.
Walking through Independence Mine, we were able to read and see what it was like to work/live in a 1930's ish gold mine! The old machinery, buildings and living conditions were amazing! I felt like I could imagine everything working and running... so cool! Kyle kept asking if I thought there might still be some gold there... the hell if I know!
|This building just screams engagement photos to me LOL!|
About thirty minutes after we got to Independence Mine it started to rain. Mallory was cool with it initially, but we knew we had a good thirty minute walk back to the car so we decided to cut the exploring a little short.
|Can you spot my husband and child?|
24 June 2014
Lipstick. How in the world is one ever supposed legitimately shop for lipstick? I mean really? Aren't there like 90 bajillion options?! A couple of weeks ago my online shopping guide and friend Kelsey @ Pardon My French posted this lipstick tag and I thought it would be fun to join in.
Here goes nothin'!
1. Favorite Lip Balm || Nivea Lip Butter || This stuff is so hydrating and so affordable! I keep some stashed everywhere! I did recently purchase Dior's Creme de Rose lip balm and really enjoy it so far, so that is my honorable mention in this category ;)
2. Best Eye Catching Red || Lip Tar in the color "Psycho" || RED. Like red red. Lip Tars have amazing color pay off!
3. Best Luxury Lipstick || YSL Rough Volupte in Nude Beige || As you know, I only recently hopped on the YSL bandwagon and it was so easy to fall in love with this stuff. It feels amazing on the lips and its staying power really caught me by surprise. In my opinion, YSL lipsticks are definitely worth the price tag.
4. Best Lipgloss || Mac Cremesheen Glass || If I'm going for a glossy look, I reach for this stuff every single time! It's not heavy or sticky but stays put with excellent color payoff.
5. Favorite Drugstore Lipstick || Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick from the Kate Moss Collection || This stuff was a pleasant surprise! I was initially drawn to the color selection of this line and for the price figured I'd give it a try. This lipstick smells great, has a nice matte finish and lasts!
6. Most Disappointing Lipstick || Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain || I really want to love lip stains. They seem like such a "no-fuss" product but I literally have to sit for 5 minutes applying the stuff to get any sort of color on my lips. That's a no go for me. :(
7. All Time Favorite || Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick || This stuff is it! Wonderful color options. Affordable price point. Lasts all day long! SOLD.
I tag any girl who wears lip products!
Send me to Sephora to try out some of your favorites! (I may have gotten an early birthday gift card that's burning a hole in my wallet...)
23 June 2014
20 June 2014
It's FRIDAY! Time to confess :)
I started watching a show about cancer. *gasp* This is something I haven't done since I was diagnosed with cancer myself. For whatever reason, I feel semi "ready." Each week I will be sharing my thoughts over at I Had Cancer on the show Chasing Life. Have you watched the first two episodes?
I lied. Remember last week I told you that I wasn't impressed with the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush foundation? Well, that's not true... kind of. While I didn't like the powder, Hanna encouraged me to try the liquid version and I LOVE it!! I've been using it every day this week and plan to purchase the full size once my sample runs out. Great coverage and staying power, plus it has SPF!
I actually tried to justify purchasing a new bag by saying "Mallory needs me to have it." Yep. No joke! I had a lengthy conversation with myself about how Mallory needs me to buy this Michael Kors bag because it will hold all of her stuff on our upcoming trip. Then I left empty handed after realizing I truly am insane... (Unless any of your agree with my logic, then I will hop back on the crazy town express.)
Hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Linking up with Leslie from A Blonde Ambition.
19 June 2014
17 June 2014
16 June 2014
|| Try a new dessert recipe. Does buying a few bags of candy count?
Wake up before Mallory every day this week. Now, if only I had used that time before Mallory woke up to actually be productive...
Summer 2014 Bucket List
Make our own popsicles. No, freezing regular juice doesn't count Amanda. Complete curtesy of Mallory's first fever. [ July 30th. ]
two || Camp at the Russian River Campground. This is our favorite place to fish for salmon. It's an atmosphere unlike any other and we want to get the full experience by camping there!
three || Catch a salmon. I mean come on...
four || Visit Mt. Mckinley. Or Denail as it is called up in these parts...
five || Take Mallory to the Alaska State Fair. Kyle and I went last year and really enjoyed ourselves! We think the abundance of people, loud noises and random animals and things to look at are right up Mal's alley.
six || Spend a weekend in Homer, AK. This is our "shoot for the stars" item. Weekend getaways aren't free folks...
seven || Get a massage.
eight || Lose 5 more lbs. Thanks Mallory...
nine || Take three yoga classes. I really enjoy practicing yoga and just haven't kept up with it since moving to Alaska.
Go to an MLB game. We live in a state without a major league team!! Can you even imagine?! We went to TWO Cincinnati Reds games while we were in Cincinnati in July.
eleven || Go on a couple of dates with Kyle... without the baby! Apparently we used to routinely share meals at restaurants without someone pooping their pants or breastfeeding...
twelve || Buy fresh flowers once a month.
thirteen || Experiment more in the kitchen. Kyle, you better get your pizza delivery guy on standby, because its goin' down!
Explore our town. Totally guilty of making extravagant plans to explore Alaska when I haven't really gotten to know the small town we live in. I've tried several new restaurants and we have even visited local parks! This is still in progress of course. ;)
fifteen || Surprise someone. This doesn't have to be anything major, just something happy and unexpected.
13 June 2014
Sheesh! Mallory and I have not been seeing eye to eye these past few days. She has a particular schedule in mind that looks nothing like the one I plan out in my head. She has won this week's battle, but she will not win the war!
Anyway. I LOVE the fourth of July! I mean hello, I am an American and damn proud to be one. Kyle and I aren't hosting a 4th of July party or anything (can you hear me laughing as I type that? Host. A party? With, like people? HAHA!) but I do like to spice up our home decor for the holiday. Thanks to Pinterest I've found a good handful of things that I'd love to add to our home and of course created a couple of 8x10 prints for good measure.
This 4th of July subway art was created on pallet wood. We already have an American flag in our living room, also made from pallet wood, so I think this would be a great addition! It's rustic and patriotic, perfect for the space and for the 4th!
Our house is straight up littered with mason jars. We hung on to the ones we used in our wedding and now use them as our drinking glasses, bathroom storage, wall decor, etc. I just love the patriotic twist of these three mason jars. They'll fit right in!
I mean come on. How cute is this red, white and blue star garland?! I'm really thinking I also need a chalkboard to go with it. Hmmm.
I've only recently hopped on the wreath bandwagon, and now I'm thinking I need one for each holiday. I'm loving this DIY American flag wreath. There is something about having a wreath on your front door that really makes it feel like home.
Now this is a project I think I can handle! A drop cloth or burlap, some tape and markers/paint. Too easy! This red, white and blue table runner is right up my alley.
Finally, below are the two 8x10 prints I created for the 4th of July. I like these in my kitchen, but really, they could work well in any living space. They are yours if you want them!