29 August 2014

Friday Fun!

It's finally the weekend! Thanks to the Army, we get Kyle for four days in a row! We are planning to hit the Alaska State Fair (later on today if the weather cooperates) & work on our never-ending list of projects on the house. I mayyy even sneak out of the house at some point solo, but lets not get ahead of ourselves here. ;)
On to the randomness that is on the agenda for this Friday...
I may enjoy turf time more than my daughter does. A wide open indoor soccer field (frequently all to ourselves) with all the balls (sport type balls, come on now) we could ever dream of... Kind of makes me want to dust off the ol' cleats and sign up for one of the adult leagues for washed up soccer players.  

I may or may not have peed in my car. Sheesh, if this isn't a confession, I don't know what is! Let me explain. So, I found myself about 40 minutes from home with a napping baby and very very full bladder. Unfortunately, it wasn't someplace where I could really be Alaskan and just pee in the woods, or that would have been the answer. Do I wet my pants? Nope! I put that old Venti Starbucks cup to good use. Waking the sleeping beast baby to run in the gas station to relieve myself was simply not an option! (Please tell me I'm not the only person that's done this...)

Taking selfies with a full on tripod and camera is AWKWARD! I was itching to get out and practice with my new tripod, so I figured I would also mess around with the self timer. Holy smokes! How do fashion bloggers do this? Do you have a drink first!? I was literally giggling with embarrassment the whole time! So bizarre! 
Awkward or not, here are some of the stragglers I was waiting on from that recent purchases post

jacket || jeans || shoes 


Mama ::  top || jeans || shoes 
Mally :: jeggings || top || headband 

I've been borderline obsessing trying to find the perfect pair of tan riding boots for fall. 

I love how simple and classic these are!
But I would just die to have these in my closet! Can somebody get with Ralph and have him knock about $1k off of these babies for me? Thanks! 

Changes are a brewin' on this here blog and I can't wait to show you! I'll give you a hint and tell you that these changes have to do with Elizabeth... 
Can't wait to hear about your long weekend! Enjoy :)


Linking up with : Leslie & Karli 

27 August 2014

Family Photos

Last week, Kyle, Mallory and I had the opportunity to have professional family photos taken. A local photographer named Marie of Chic Charlie's Photography donated an entire day to photograph soldiers and their families. It was an opportunity too good to pass up! 

The photos were taken at a park on JBER which made it convenient for Kyle to change out of his uniform and swing by for our 20 minute mini session. Well, when Kyle got out of his car I knew we were in for a treat. He went completely rogue and decided he felt passionately about the shirt he was going to be photographed in... oh boy. Choose your battles, right? Then it was Mallory's turn to stick it to the man rebel against family photos. She was NOT in the mood. Grumpy baby and a husband who is testing the waters as a fashionista, not good. Not good at all. I left the shoot telling myself that if we got just one decent photo; I would be ecstatic. 

I think it is safe to say that Marie blew my expectations out of the water! 

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What I'm wearing:
cardigan (old color) || top (old from a boutique - love this one)|| pants || shoes ||
lipstick (in "red velvet") || watch

What Mallory is wearing:

What Kyle is wearing:
??? 
Jk. He looks ok ;)

If you live in the Anchorage/Mat-Su Valley area I highly recommend Chic Charlie's Photography! She offers very reasonable pricing and the option to purchase your digital images. I was shocked when she had all of our photos edited and ready to view fewer than five days after our shoot!

I'm bummed that I didn't find her sooner! Totally would have hired her to shoot a maternity/newborn session.

26 August 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge

No, you won't be seeing me douse myself in ice cold water. Your news feeds have all been bombarded with people doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Sure it's fun, but what's important is that its raised a shit pile of cash for ALS research.  What I'm not sure the Ice Bucket Challenge has done is raise awareness/education about this devastating disease and how it affects so many people's lives. ALS currently has no cure. HAS. NO. CURE.
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
I would love for you to stop by my friend Kelsey's blog { Pardon My French } and read about amazing mother in law's battle with ALS.  
You can donate to The ALS Association HERE.
Has your life been affected by ALS?

25 August 2014

Hopes & Plans {Link Up}

Welcome to the "Hopes & Plans" link up! Any hopeful or goal-oriented post is welcome! It can be your life's dreams and aspirations 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.

Let's check out last week's hopes & plans...

|| Get some fresh veggies. We met a friend and her daughter at Pyrahs Pioneer Peak Farm last week. It was a beautiful day and the girls had a blast playing in the dirt! I came home with some zucchini, broccoli, spinach, kale and potatoes for $3.39!! We will most definitely be back. 

|| Finish master bedroom projects. Finished? Absolutely not. But in our defense, we did have a traumatic even happen on Monday or Tuesday that deterred us from the garage. Shelves fell on Mallory while she was playing in her walker out there and I'm the one who knocked them over. :( So scary! She is completely fine, but Kyle and I were not... so at this point we only have 2/doors hung and everything is primed but not yet painted. 

|| Have our family photos takenYes yes yes! I was skeptical as to house these would turn out, but after seeing a preview over the weekend; I'm in LOVE! Can't wait to share them with you!


This Week's Hopes & Plans :

one || Schedule the flooring installation. We had planned to install hardwood style flooring but Lowes is running a special on carpeting that is just too good to pass up. Since this isn't our "forever home" (thanks Army) we would rather keep the $$$ in our wallet than under our feet. 

two || Tape off the baseboards in the remaining two bedrooms. I will be so much more likely to paint these babies during the day if they are already taped off. Obviously, a little bit at a time is the only option with Mallory. She runs a tight ship. ;)

three || Organize my Pinterest boards. Am I the only one who needs to do this every couple of months? I always feel the need to add new categories or purge. #ohthestruggle.

four || Plan. The past few weeks, as summer is winding down in Alaska, we haven't really had anything scheduled. Sometimes that is ok, but for us that usually amounts to a whole lot of TV time. Not a fan! Also, in the past I schedule the entire month of blog posts ahead of time and lately I haven't been. I need to get back on the horse. 

What are your hopes & plans for the week?

22 August 2014

Recent Purchases

Happy Friday! 

Some of my favorite blog posts are "shopping hauls." Color me nosy but I just love knowing what other people purchase! (Just ask Kelsey! I'm forever hounding that woman "where did you get ___?" or "what's your favorite xyz?") There is most definitely a fall/camo/pattern theme going on for me right now. In my defense, it's not going to be summer much longer up in these parts. Our days our numbered. 

Anyway. I went shopping earlier this week in search of something for me and Mally to wear for our family photos. (Although, what we wore ended up being completely irrelevant since Kyle went rouge. He showed up wearing whatever HE wanted...Oh boy!) I didn't end up finding what I was looking for but did grab a few other things that weren't on the list. 

Why I walked through Aeropostale is beyond me. I probably haven't stepped foot in that store since middle school. Sooo glad I did because I scored this oversized camp cardigan for more than 50% off!


I grabbed Mal some skinny jeans from Crazy 8. They were included in the  buy one, get one for $0.08 promo so I think I paid a total of $16. Then, when we got home a package from H&M was waiting for us as well. Mallory made out like a bandit!



one || sweatshirt  two || (similar) two pack leggings three || jeggings four || skinny jeans


Another package that was waiting for us housed a necklace I snagged from GroopDealz a couple of weeks ago for like $5! When Mallory allows, I love a good statement piece. 

The Fox's Tail
I'm still waiting on a couple of online orders to arrive, one from Old Navy and and another from H&M. (I'll be sure to share the real thing on Instagram when they arrive!) Here's what's on the way...


From H&M we are expecting a knit hat for Mallory and a patterned cotton top for mama! I grabbed these with a 40% coupon code. Score! (As I was going through the tops online to find this link there were sooooo many other ones that I need...)


Finally, coming our way from Old Navy is a pair of camo jeggings for Mally and a green canvas utility jacket for me! These were purchased during the 40%/35% promotion they had going on last week. 

I think that'll do it! :)

I hope you have fun things planned for this weekend! We will be spending most of ours catching up on all of the house projects that did not get done this week. Oops!

What have you purchased lately?

21 August 2014

Mallory's 10 Month Update

Ten Months?! Ten. Months. Old?? That's dangerously close to 11 months which is damn near ONE YEAR OLD. No way!

Way. Here we are with our ten month old Mallory Susan :) The standing thing is now in full swing! She still crawls everywhere she wants to go (quickly I might add) but she really enjoys being on her feet! She still wobbles a ton, so maybe she'll hold off on walking just a littttttttle while longer. ;)



Mallory does NOT have time to have her diaper changed during the day. She has places to go and people to see which makes diapers changes look more like a WWE wrestling match. Thankfully the car seat upgrade seems to have curbed her aversion for being in the car a bit. 1 point for Mom and Dad! We ended up getting her the Britax Boulevard G4 Plus convertible car seat.


Mallory continues to find our dogs, Schatzi and LT to be down right hysterical! She is particularly interested in watching them eat. Not good. Sometimes, she too will grab a handful of dog food and chow down. So gross! Mallory also really enjoys their water bucket. Splashing in the water bucket. Putting things into the water bucket. Dumping the water bucket and splashing on the floor. Whatever the case may be, the water bucket never fails to show Mally a good time.


She still only has 6 teeth. No new teeth this month which is fiiiiiiiiine with my nipples me. What color do you think her hair is? In natural light we usually think it looks pretty red. In public, if I'm holding her people say red, but if Kyle is holding her, they say blonde. Science tells us she will be a strawberry blonde, what do you think?


Mallory is still wearing size 4 diapers and size "yeah, this looks like it will fit" clothing. The Carter's bodysuit she's wearing in these photos is 12 months. She is holding strong at about 21 pounds. We had her in the doctor earlier this month for her first ear/respiritory infection combo. :( She had a panda bear nebulizer and amoxicillin for daysss. [Ps. I think Kyle was more traumatized by the "pink medicine" than anyone. When he got home at realized what she was going to be taking he goes- "Oh helllll no! Do you remember that shit?! F*nasty! When can she start taking the pills?".....}


Mallory really enjoys being outside, especially in the backyard where she can play with the dogs AND try to climb the fence. In addition to grass, dirt and rocks, Mallory is about 60/40 right now breastmilk/solids. She took a step backward in the solids department while she was sick, but she is back on track eating anything we eat. A new development in the food department is that she will not touch "baby food," if we aren't eating it she wants nothing to do with it!


She has been doing a ton more babbling! Mal really has a cadence and expression that make it look like she's trying to tell us something. We expect that one of these days in the not so distant future we will have her first word or two!  (She says dada and mama but not 100% of the time AT the correct person, so we aren't counting it. )

We are hoping to stay busy this month soaking up the last bit of Mallory's first Alaskan summer. We have the Alaska State Fair, camping and fishing on the books. :)
Happy Thursday!


20 August 2014

A Day In The Life 2.0

Another lifetime ago Seven months ago, I shared A Day In The Life Of Mallory and I think it's about time I update her online baby book you! As I was skimming through that older post I couldn't help but laugh. I thought we would gain more structure the older she got.. HA! That has absolutely NOT been the case for us. 

baby routine

Have a look...

7:30-9:45am || Mallory wakes up. Your guess is as good as mine. Regardless of the time, Mallory always wakes up in a good mood! :)

9:45-12ish || She explores the house like it's her first time here. I get such a kick out of this time of day. It is when she is the most independent and just does Mallory things. Such a joy to watch! Sometimes she has a snack or two but really isn't into eating when she could be wrecking shit playing. 

12ish-1ish || It's time for a nap! Mallory nurses while I down an iced coffee or four and have a Larabar. Of all the meal replacement bars, these have the most natural ingredients and stay with me the longest. Perfect since "lunch" is a luxury these days. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip is my fave!

Back to Mal. "Nap time" in Mallory's case this means we either pile in the car to run some errands or get situated in the stroller for a walk. Read : the kid will only nap in the car or in her stroller.  I just know my parents are loving this since I wasn't a napper either. That karma man...

1ish-4:30ish || We are either out and about or at home, whatever the case may be Mallory is awake and into everything. Generally, she is in a better mood during this time if we are out of the house. She loves to people watch like her parents. If luck is going my way, we will share lunch, if not, her go-to snacks during this time are Goldfish, Veggie Straws, those little yogurt melts, and pretzels.

4:30ish- 6:30ish || Mallory starts to get a little fussy during this time but can hold it together with some interactive play and boob. We like to read books, cook dinner together, play outside with the dogs, chew on paper, etc.

6:30ish-10ish || Kyle usually gets home sometime in this neighborhood. We all eat dinner together then Kyle takes over the parenting gig for a little while. I bathe/run/blog. Sometimes Mal doesn't let this happen, but we try. Mallory frequently falls asleep on Kyle's chest like napping is her favorite activity. Come on kid! Bath time and nursing also happens at some point.


10ish-11ish || We go to bed. Sometimes just Kyle and Mallory go to bed and I stay up to get things done around the house....sometimes.

The gist of this "schedule" is that I kind of roll with whatever Mallory needs/has going on. I know that not all parents have this kind of flexibility in their day, but for now, we do and are both happy and healthy.

I would like to get Mallory comfortable going to sleep on her own around 8:30-9pm when she starts to get sleepy. It would be nice to have a couple of hours to myself each day, but we aren't in any hurry. A friend of mine shared an article called The Wait it Out Method of Sleep Training the other day and it really resonated with me...

What do you think about that article? Does your schedule look like ours?

Catch ya tomorrow with Mallory's 10 month update!

Disclosure : I was not compensated for this post. Larabar did send some samples for me to review. As always, all opinions on this blog are my own. 

19 August 2014

An Unexpected Beauty Blender Review

After years of wearing liquid makeup, I only recently caved and tried the cult favorite Beauty Blender. I never really found a brush that I love so I figured, what the heck and tossed it into my little black basket. 

makeup sponge review

The next morning I was excited to apply my makeup and give this little pink sponge a test drive. It was love from the very first dab! You are supposed to wet your Beauty Blender before applying foundation to avoid wasting too much product. Because the Beauty Blender was damp, it felt cool and refreshing on my face. Ahhh. :) The result was the most even and flawless coverage I'd ever achieved. I was hooked! Morning after morning I marveled at the natural look of my foundation. I'd finally found my makeup brush sponge!

Until I went to clean it for the first time...


ripped beauty blender

Noooooo! It just ripped. And ripped. And ripped! I cleaned it using baby shampoo and warm water, just like I do with all of my other beauty "tools." I wasn't being particularly rough with or anything, not even a real deep clean since I'd only been using it for a few days. It just fell apart. :(

ripped beauty blender
Call me crazy, but I'm not down with spending nearly $20 for just one week's worth of amazing makeup application. Ain't gunna do it! 
What do you think? Should I exchange this for a new one and give the ol' Beauty Blender one more shot? OR should I throw in the towel with this one? Am I the only one who's Beauty Blender couldn't hang?

18 August 2014

Hopes & Plans {Link Up} PLUS A Giveaway!

Welcome to the "Hopes & Plans" link up! Any hopeful or goal-oriented post is welcome! It can be your life's dreams and aspirations 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.

Hope you had a great weekend! To kick your Monday off I have a special giveaway for you guys towards the end of today's post! ;)

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

|| Book a camping trip.  No. I've kind of lost my camping mojo thanks to the chilly/rainy weather we've been having lately...

|| Purchase a tripod.  Yep! I got this one and I'm looking forward to messing around with it a bit.

|| Be there. So far, I think I've been doing well. This will be an ongoing goal of mine.  

|| Visit Lowes. Not once, but twice. We scheduled an estimate for our bedroom flooring & purchased everything we need to paint the baseboards. Phew!

This Week's Hopes & Plans :

one || Get some fresh veggies. We want to visit Pyrahs Pioneer Peak Farm, which is located just a couple of miles from our house! Maybe Mal and I can sneak over one day while Kyle is at work and grab a few things.

two || Finish master bedroom projects. The goal for this week is to have all of the baseboards painted and doors replaced in the master... 

three || Have our family photos taken. A local photographer has offered the soldiers of Kyle's unit and their families a killer deal on a 20 minute family session! I was all over that like white on rice! This should be going down this Thursday. 

What are your hopes & plans for the week?

I have an awesome give away for you! We have $100 cash PLUS 12 additional prizes for you to win. There will be 12 separate winners, so you have 12 chances to win one of these great prizes! Be sure to check out some of the fantastic promo codes towards the bottom as well! 

GOOD LUCK!

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