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Second Trimester Purchases

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For Me:

  • I bought a belly support band for exercising (the Maternity FitSplint) which is 100% amazing at stabilizing your belly during those bouncy exercises. I can’t recommend it enough!

For Baby Bee:

  • I bought the baby its first outfit/ensemble–a hat and matching blanket. Well, actually my friend Emily did (she monograms stuff for me so she knows what we’re having–see this post for the explanation on how she knows). I gave her the Etsy listing and the money and she ordered the correct set for me. How sweet is she?! In just a couple of months or so we’ll all get to see Baby B either in pink or blue in this set, eek!

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  • A couple of unisex bee outfits (one from Burts Bees (front) and one from Kissy Kissy, similar here).
  • A box of newborn diapers and size one diapers.
  • A Rock ‘n Play that was one of my necessities for Moseby and Lawson, but that I gave away last year. Oops!

For the Nursery:

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  • “God Knew Our Hearts Needed You” sign was a custom order I placed through Pickles Painting Company. I gave her the quote and she did the rest (we’ve said over and over that God just knew we needed this baby even though we thought we were finished growing our family). I think it turned out perfect.
  • Framed song lyrics was an order I placed through Finch & Cotter. I told them one of my favorite songs and which lines I wanted in bold and they did the rest. (“May we all grow up in red, white, and blue little towns; May we all know that nothing ain’t cool ’til you wear the new off”)
  • The hexagon shelf came from Reclaimed Waco.
  • The bee pillow is 20+ years old and was in my bedroom in high school.

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  • This is part of the mobile. It came all the way from England!

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  • I’m still trying to decide on wall paint colors–I’m leaning towards a greige (and would LOVE your suggestions on a specific paint color). I can’t decide if I like this painting (from Hobby Lobby) for above the crib or not. I love the size…the rest? Not sure.

And somehow I didn’t get a picture of the bedding. Grr! I’ve got the dust ruffle and bumper, but haven’t received the sheets yet–I’ll just show you everything at once, okay?

So that’s what I’ve bought second trimester for the baby and I. This last trimester will be spent doing the nursery (and getting the boys transitioned to their new room, including putting Lawson in a big boy bed, ack!) and getting last minute things together–I gave away (or loaned) out so much baby stuff I don’t know what I have or not. I also need to get a few baby girl outfits just in case (I’ve got some newborn clothes of Moseby and Lawson’s left over, but none of Mary Margaret’s, eek!). And I’m waiting on the quilter to finish Baby Bee’s quilt so I can sew the binding on.

Monday marked 29 weeks for me so I have right at 8-9 weeks to go. Which seems like a really long time when you’re living it day to day, but not very long at all in reality! Lots to do around here!

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Three Things for Me and Two for Baby: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Time!

So….today is the first day of public access to the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and I wanted to share with you five things I purchased last night.

I don’t know about you, but I love love love the Anniversary Sale. It’s great brands and items that I normally buy…but on sale! And shipping and returns are free, like always!

For me:

I am trying so hard to not buy maternity clothes for this pregnancy mainly because this time is so fleeting, you know? Also, I’m 23.5 weeks and still buttoning my pants (but barely!) and I think I should be able to get away with the rubber band trick through the button hole or leggings ’til the end (fingers crossed).

Here are three items I bought for myself that will work before Baby B. and afterwards.

Barefoot Dreams Lite Circle Cardigan (I got mine in ‘stone’). Y’all this thing is the softest thing in the world–it’s like being wrapped in a cloud. I promise it’s worth the price…and it’s $40 off which never happens (which means you better order in the next couple of days or it will sell out!).

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings. I already have two pairs of these (and have posted about them multiple times) but they are fabulous. They don’t fade. They don’t get little fabric balls all over them. They’re not see through. They don’t get saggy. You can wear them out or to the gym. And both the black and the burgundy are on sale. Best. Leggings. Ever.

Caslon Long Sleeve Crewneck Tee (I got mine in ‘Pink Stone’). I love this brand from Nordstrom and their tees never disappoint. And it’s $19.90. Sounds like perfection to me.

Zoli New Bot Sippy Cup (I got the red and grey pair). One of Lawson’s milk donors (Hi, Katie!) told me about these when I was weaning him from a bottle. He was having the worst time learning how to use a sippy cups. I paid $12 for one back then, but during the Anniversary Sale you can get two for $15.90. I’m already stocking up for the next baby (and letting Lala use them).

Little Unicorn Three-Pack Cotton Muslin Blankets (I got the Farmers Market set). I’ve been eyeing these for awhile on another site and when I saw them on sale for $8/each I just had to bite the bullet. I love the unique prints!

So, tell me, what are Y’ALL getting from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?! I’m all ears!

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Pregnancy Reveal Photos & First Trimester Purchases

I’m going to be honest here: my favorite thing about pregnancy (other than the kicks–I LOOOOOOOVE the kicks) is buying stuff.

I know you’re sitting there shocked right now.

Yeah right…

So I thought I’d share with you purchases I’ve made during each trimester–for me and the baby. But I didn’t buy too much this first trimester…mainly because I didn’t even figure out I was pregnant until 8.5/9 weeks and then I sat there in utter disbelief for two weeks!

For Me:

Due to my abdominalplasty and muscle repair last June I have a very tight stomach–there is no loose skin which is a beautiful thing unless you’re pregnant. I’m not worried about stretch marks (been there, done that thanks to MM & my genetics), but I do want my skin to be as moisturized as possible for the stretching it has to do as the baby grows. I bought l’occitane almond supple skin oil at ten weeks along and religiously apply it twice a day all over my tummy and on my belly button and tummy tuck scars.  My skin definitely doesn’t feel dry and the smell (almond) is nice too.

For Baby:

When I found out I was pregnant I was shocked. And not a good kind of shocked. More like the I’m-the-smallest-and-fittest-I’ve-ever-been-and-I-have-a-flat-tummy-and-now-I’m-pregnant shock. I found myself scared (the preeclampsia and my muscle repair holding during this pregnancy are my two biggest worries) and pretty bummed about it all. But I realized the more time I spent on Etsy looking at baby items, the more okay (dare say excited) with this pregnancy I became. (It’s amazing how many new items there are on the market, like those precious blankets for monthly photos or baby turbins or the dock-a-tots, etc.) So once we decided on names at ten weeks and I realized that both started with a ‘B’ and that got me to thinking about doing a gender neutral bee nursery since I love bees. I started looking on Etsy and found SofiaBedding who would make custom crib bedding for me (I ordered all the fabrics and had them sent to her directly).

And I love it. Stay tuned for sneak peeks in the upcoming weeks (it’s currently sitting in the upstairs hallway waiting for the boys to switch rooms).

For Someone Else:

First, let me tell you how we told our kids.

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When I was almost 12 weeks or so we decided it was time to tell the family (we really were that in shock those first few weeks!) so I planned a special dinner for the kids. We went with a yellow and black bee theme for Baby B. Thankfully my “good china” is yellow and black so I didn’t have to buy anything special. 😉

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It’s hard to read but the menu says:

Appetizer: Baby carrots with ranch dressing

Entree: Baby back ribs, new potatoes with baby spinach, and warm buns in the oven

Dessert: Baby Ruth candy bars (and these bee cookies pictured above)

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And, y’all, my super smart, inquisitive eight year old had NO idea the entire meal. So after dessert we told them to lift up their placemats where we had put an ultrasound photo. Their faces were priceless.

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Moseby kept saying, ‘O.G.M.! O.G.M.!’ (instead of O.M.G., ha!!)

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The next day we met my parents & grandmother and C.’s parents at P.F. Chang’s for lunch before MM’s art show (coincidentally this is where we announced we were due with Lawson on her sixth birthday–she always picks P.F. Chang’s for her special occasion meals, haha).

I had brought grandparent gifts to announce the pregnancy–these puzzles–but they had to put them together first.

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My mom actually put the word ‘Baby’ together first and then ‘2017’ and figured it out. We gave each set of grandparents this gift (ornaments found here).

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And what’s a celebration without cookie cake?! 😉

To announce to the world (at 21-ish weeks) on July 4th that we were having a fourth we did a whole ‘Happy 4th’ theme–the kids shirts were done by my friend Tracey, C.’s shirt came from here, and my shirt came from here. I bought a “Cooper, Party of Six” sign too.

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For Baby AND Me:

I was in Sams one afternoon and saw these comfy-looking fabric-covered loungers for the pool. I swear the baby spoke up and said, ‘Get us one of those NOW!’ So I did. We are having a great time floating around my parents’ pool in it, let me tell you. The baby has good taste in pool floats.

And a random purchase I wasn’t planning on yet: I always debate on whether or not to even get a diaper bag (I always end up ditching them after a few months), but decided to get Frye Melissa Shoulder bag (in Cognac) like my cross body (that’s now on sale!) since it was on sale for $199 (almost 1/2 off and Frye never goes on sale!). It can be a diaper bag, sure, but it can also be just a bigger purse down the road.


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Friday Five

‘Cause it’s been a while I thought I would show you some of my favorite things.

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  • I also have the printer that uses the same film. It takes photos from your smartphone and prints them out (wirelessly). It’s great because you can edit them before you print them AND since it’s wireless you can just stick it in your purse and go (here’s the case I have).  Both the camera and/or printer would be an awesome gift.

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  • I’ve asked my hair stylist to give me shorter bangs the past six months and when I workout I have to pin them back or they drive me BANANAS. But what drives me bananas even more is loose bobby pins everywhere. I found this bobby pin holder and it is awesome. If you have little girls (or bangs) in your life, you need this, trust me.  It comes in green and pink.

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  • Moseby has really gotten into Legos lately. He and C. spend at least an hour every weekend sitting at the dining room table making stuff together (it’s pretty dang precious to watch, not gonna lie). I recently stumbled on these generic “building bricks” and ordered some on whim hoping they would work with his other Legos. And they do! You honestly can’t tell a difference in the legos and these! And y’all, 1,000 is A LOT of Legos (to play with…or to step on) for $24!

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  • And last, but not least, y’all know I’m a Zumba fan. Well, after a couple of months of pain on the side of my knee (Dr. Google told me it was an inflamed IT band) I realized the pain was worse on days after Zumba. It seemed just wearing my running shoes during Zumba wasn’t a good idea–that they provided too much traction in the ball of my foot when I did turns and twists and it was hurting my knee. After some looking I found that they create special Zumba shoes (any dance shoe would work, I’m sure) and it has made SUCH a difference–I can easily twist and turn now. No more outside knee pain, holla! Best fifty bucks ever. These are the ones I have, but here’s some more to check out here, here, here, and here (love the soles on these).

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Can you believe we’re less than two weeks from Father’s Day?! It seems like Mother’s Day was just yesterday!

C. doesn’t really expect much on Father’s Day, but I thought it might be fun to show you some of the things he has and loves to help you out for the pappy in your life…if you promise to give me some ideas for C., ‘k?

  1. Away suitcase. C. LOVES it (& he travels every week so he knows suitcases). It has multiple compartments, holds a ton, and you can even charge your cell phone from it. If you click on that link you’ll get $20 off too (it gets applied right at the end before you pay, by the way). He has “The Bigger Carry-On”, by the way.
  2. Jack Black ‘Beard Lube’ Conditioning Shave. He’s been using this for two years and was skeptic when I first got it for him, but he says he’ll never go back to regular old shaving cream now.
  3. Smiphee Charging Case (for iPhone 6/6s). Click here for the iPhone 7 charging case. It keeps your phone charged ALL DAY LONG. C. gave me one (he bought one for himself too) for Valentine’s Day and I love it. Usually about 3pm my phone warns me I’m on low battery. I simply press a button on the bottom and the case charges my phone. I haven’t ran out of battery (or had to plug my phone in during the day) since December.
  4. Croakies thin sunglasses strap (pack of 2). Since I met C. in 2003 he’s worn Croakies (#fratboy). In the past year or so he’s started using a thinner strap. Awwww, look, he’s growing up, HA!
  5. Patagonia Baggies. He has a half of dozen pairs of these and lives in these shorts on the weekend and just got a new pair in red.
  6. Hari Mari flip flops. He also lives in these on the weekend. If he’s on the boat you can bet that he’s wearing his Patagonia shorts and his Hari Mari flip flops.
  7. Accessories for his Yeti. He has three Yetis, but his favorite is the Hopper (which I found for $199 which is a pretty good deal!). He has a couple of the Yeti ice packs for when he’s in a hurry (or going on a just a short boat ride) that he throws in the cooler instead of ice. He also has the sidekick for the Hopper which is like a little pouch that attaches to his Yeti (it’s awesome for storing keys and cellphones).  This bottle opener attaches to the Hopper so you’ll never be without one close by again.

Okay, now I’ve shown you mine so it’s your turn to show me yours–tell me your favorite gifts to give for Father’s Day and help a girl out!

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My Experience with Laser Hair Removal

I’ve mentioned before that for my birthday every year I try something new–either with fashion or hair style or skin care, etc.–whatever is tickling my fancy at the moment.

For my 36th birthday I decided to try laser hair removal.

Now, this is the point you need to stop reading if you’re my dad. Or if you don’t want to hear about the in’s and out’s of it. Or if you’re a creepster.

Oh, and I’m going to talk in code because using technical terms for anatomy on here makes me blush so I’m sorry if it’s gets confusing or I sound like a fourth grade boy.

You’ve been warned. 😉

So right before my 36th birthday I purchased a laser hair removal package. I found a place with good reviews near my home on GroupOn. I actually just looked and she’s still on GroupOn right now (click here to view the three specials). I chose to do laser hair removal on my hooha and therefore it’s considered a “large area” and six sessions cost $269.

I went for the first time in November and just finished my sixth session this past week. Kimberly, the laser tech, suggests getting a treatment every 4-6 weeks and I did that. She says the best hair/skin tone for getting good laser hair removal results is dark hair on light skin. (Check.)

These are my before and after results of a very small area (sorry y’all, you ain’t seeing the full monty, HA!!) after one week of not shaving.  Pretty big difference, huh?!

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Here’s the 4-1-1

I know the first thing you want to know about is the pain level. On a scale 1-10, with 10 being your fingernails being pulled off with pliers, I would rate it anywhere from a 5 to a 9. The, ahem, top and outer areas are a 5 if you are properly prepared. When I say “properly prepared” I mean you need to ice that area for a minimum of ten minutes before they start on you. Ice packs stuck in your underwear while you drive works great…or so I’ve heard, HA! Now the, uhm, “inner areas”? Well, I’m going to be honest–it’s a 9. Someone described it to me as rubber bands zapping you over and over again. Nah, that’s not what it’s like to me. To me it’s kinda like getting your hair pulled through one of those caps they used to use to give you highlights (remember those from the 80s and 90s??)–like a tiny knitting needle (on fire of course) pulling/zapping/burning tiny pieces of my (very delicate) skin over and over.

Buuuuuuut the maximum length is ten minutes a session, usually more like five minutes. And then it’s completely gone–there’s no residual pain or anything.

And that fact is the only reason I came back for my next five appointments after the first one.

I’m sure the next question is: just how effective is it? Well, it definitely decreases the hair. FOR SURE. But is my yoohoo hairless after six treatments? Definitely not. Kimberly says I’ll need six more sessions (she says everyone needs at least twelve) and a touchup every 1.5-2 years (I didn’t know that going in). With that being said, I definitely have to shave a lot less.

But I do still have to shave. Boo.

Would I recommend it? Yes, I think so. But you need to go in knowing you’ll need to have a treatment every month for a year. And that it hurts. But I am happy with the results so far and am anxious to see just how much hair six more months of treatment will remove.

(If you have any questions feel free to ask and I’ll answer them in the comments, by the way.)

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Friday Five

Oh y’all, what a fun few days we have coming up. Eek! Today…probably right at this very second in fact {I write these posts in advance and schedule them to be published right at 8am, in case you couldn’t tell}…my cousin Jess is having her baby! I probably won’t be able to sleep, I’m so excited! I’m going to go ahead and put my prediction out there on Baby B: 21.5″, 9 pounds, 8 ounces (even though he’s only 39 weeks!), and another redhead.

I’m honored that she asked me to take pictures of Emery and B. meeting for the first time this morning. If she gives me permission I’ll share one on Monday.

Eek! Eek! Eek! Another baby to love on!

So excuse me if this post is all jumbled, but I’ve got Baby Brain!

Let’s get to it, shall we?

  1. First up, one of my sorority sisters {click here for her site} sent me a sample of No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask from Beautycounter when she heard I love trying new masks. It’s a charcoal-based mask. This is a little before and after. In real life I could tell a difference in pore size and skin tone/color/pigment (which is a big deal when you have problem with skin tone to begin with). It didn’t dry my skin out either like so many masks!

2. I don’t really ever think my oldest and youngest look alike. MM looks so much like me (with straight hair) and Lawson looks so much like C. (with curly hair)…or so I thought.

Uhm, twinsies. Yes, his upper eyelids are a little more…uhm…absent, haha…like C.’s, but y’all, they look so much alike {minus eye color}!  I love genetics.

3. Maybe it’s because I’m a teacher myself, but I love giving teacher gifts. If it’s a holiday, we do gifts. It’s just our thang. I should’ve taken a picture our St. Patrick’s Day little gift that included chocolate coins, leprechaun socks, and lucky 7’s scratch-off lottery tickets–it was a cute, cheap, fun idea. Anyway, this was our Easter baskets we delivered last week.

Yellow containers. Bunny kitchen towel. Easter pasta. Rustic rabbit. Sisal chick with bunny ears. Bunny canvas. Flower in tin can.

4. In a recent post I mentioned items I was out of and reordering. That got me to think about my current haircare routine and a couple of new items I’ve added recently.

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I’ve been using Pureology Hydrate Shampoo + Conditioner for a couple of years now (here it is in a regular size bottle–that lasts me 4-6 months), and I’ve been using Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight and Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother for at least three years now. The two latest things are Pureology Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier–it’s like a vitamin spray–and Matrix Turbo Dryer since I have so!much!hair! and it really does cut down on drying time! Very pleasantly surprised.

5. We are getting so excited about taking MM on her surprise trip to Dallas on Monday. She has NO idea. ..and I’m totally not telling her until we pull into the airport parking lot. I’m going to pack her suitcase and put it in the car the night before so she won’t even know we’re spending the night anywhere…much less several states away! …much less with JUST her mommy & daddy! I can’t wait to see her face! Eek!

Hope you all have a great weekend. We’ve got babies and trips and gorgeous weather here. And I can’t wait.

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Friday Five: Daffodils, Birthday Sweets, Clothes, a Recipe, & Cheese Faces, Oh My!

1. Daffodil Pictures.

Every year I take pictures of my kid(s) in a daffodil field of an old family friend that lives near my family’s farm. Looking through the pictures {click here to go down memory lane yourself} is very bittersweet–watching your babies grow is such a gift, but what I wouldn’t give to hold each one–tiny and squishy again–for just a few minutes more.

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2. C.’s 37th.

We celebrated C.’s birthday last weekend. Aqua Terra and creme brûlée. Bowling and Mexican and chocolate cheesecake. Hals and triple chocolate cake. A giant banana-chocolate chip bread {recipe found here}.

Poor guy, I don’t think he was shown enough love for his birthday…or got enough sweets, HA!!! 😉

3. Swirly Cinnamon Roll Cake.

Speaking of sweet things, y’all, you have GOT to try this new recipe. I made it this past week for a work treat {always a risk trying a new recipe for other people!} and it was GOOD.

Click on this link for a printable Swirly Cinnamon Roll Cake recipe (4×6″ size)!

4. This top…for less than $15!

The other day I was in JC Penney of all places with MM {she was Pinkalicious for book character day and we were looking for a pink dress} and I found this top (I’m wearing a medium). I wore it to C.’s birthday dinner the other night and I am in love with it. It’s currently $19.99 {with an extra 25% off with code: 8FORYOU (30% off if you have a JCPenney card)}. C. couldn’t believe it was such a cheap top–it REALLY is well made and cute in person!

Jeans (which look funny around the ankles here, but I promise they are a normal bootcut) here. Similar leopard print heels here.

5. ‘Cheese!’ face.

One of my favorite stages of childhood is when they start mimicking you or doing what you ask. This is Lala’s ‘Say Cheese!’ face. He’s so sweet I could eat him up with a spoon I tell you!


Hope you all have a great weekend! We’ve got my father-in-law’s birthday and that’s about it. I’ve been battling sinus crud the past week so I’m happy for a weekend at home hopefully filled with lots of sleep (and no pollen!).

 

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Recent Empties in Cosmetics, Skincare, & Haircare

Am I the only one who seems to run out of everything at the same time?!

I swear every six months or so I wake up and every container/tube/bottle/spray is empty.

And it always happens on Monday. #ofcourse

The silver lining is that there are some randomly good deals right now so I thought I’d share what products I’m repurchasing and which ones I’m trying something new with.

Skincare:

    • Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic. I’ve been using this since 2008 {twice a day after I wash my face} and I love how refreshing it is.
    • Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement. Another product I’ve been using since 2008 {I use in the morning after the tonic}. For five years or so I just kind of put it on my cheeks and nose-area, but began putting it all over my face as I’ve aged.

Make-Up:

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation. This past April C. & I took a trip to Cumberland Island and stayed at the Greystone Inn. To get to the island you have to take a boat. There are no grocery stores or gas stations, and for sure no Sephoras on that tiny island! About fifteen minutes before we arrived at the ferry I realized I had left my entire makeup bag at home. And for someone with rosacea, uneven skin tone, and blonde eyelashes (I’m posting this before and after below just so you’ll see how badly I need foundation), this was a nightmare. Thankfully there was an Ulta and in about five minutes a saleslady sold me on this product. And I haven’t looked back since! I like the “build-a-bility” of it in the areas I need the most coverage (cheeks!).
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector. On the eve of my 34th birthday {I “give myself” a new product every year to try on my birthday–it’s a fun tradition!} I went into Nordstrom, sat down at the Bobbi Brown counter, and said it was time for under eye makeup. I use this first to even out the dark circles.
  • Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener. I put this on top of the corrector under my eye and on the inside corners and it brightens up the whole area.
  • Mac Eye Brow Pencil. This was my birthday present to myself on my 35th birthday. Up until then I had never used an eyebrow pencil because I have such full eyebrows I didn’t think I needed to. Boy, was I wrong.

(And even though I’m not out of it yet, this {redness corrector primer} is what I bought myself on my 36th birthday in case you were wondering and I use it everyday.)

Haircare:

I mentioned the great sales going on right now and I picked up a Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer for $13.60 at Nordstrom (they always have free shipping too). I’ve heard GREAT things about it so I’m excited to try it!

Have any of you tried any new products lately? Especially an under eye cream you love {I’ve tried Bobbi Brown, Lancome, and Rodan + Fields and they’ve either given me styes or done nothing at all}. I’m all ears!

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Friday Edition

Because just some days you feel like bullets, you know? {This week and the painting and the furniture/fabric/art/mirrors/dodads acquiring has left my brain like #woah }

But first, let’s talk sales real quick:

~Cost Plus World Market is having their amazing Friends & Family – Save an extra 30% in-store and online plus free shipping on online orders totaling $100+ ! I may have gotten this outdoor rug for just $14 for the back porch yesterday. Such a steal!

~Old Navy is 15% off All Pants & Shorts merchandise + 30% off the rest of your order. Use code ENJOY at oldnavy.com. Online only. Restrictions apply. Ends 3/11. This would be the perfect time to get my new favorite sports bra for yoga I showed y’all last week. It’s awesome.

And now here’s those bullets I was talking about. 😉

  • This Outfit. Gimme a super soft turtleneck AND a skirt with elastic and I’ll love you forever. And if all three pieces shown are on major sale…sign me up.

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Tissue turtleneck {I’m wearing a large}. Here’s the skirt {I’m wearing a 6}. If you’re looking for a more spring version–I have a cream version!, click here. Frye Melissa button cross body {and on sale!}.

  • Mommy & Me outfits!  These coordinating tunics from the Joanna Gaines line for Matilda Jane are so soft and well-made and not too matchy matchy. I love that MM still wants to dress like me.  And this is such a throwback picture (MM’s birthday in January!), but since it’s getting cold again next week I thought I would share these.

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Harvest Days MJ top for me {large}.  Best leggings EVER {medium}. Ugg Vinson Boots (40% off!).

On MM: Shiplap MJ top for her {16}. My favorite leggings/jeggings for girls EVER.

  • These hair elastics are amazeballs. I’ve been using them about six months and I will never ever go back to the cheap Goody ones again. They keep my hair up ALL DAY. I can do Zumba and it stays. I can try on shirt after shirt at the mall and it stays. I can sleep in them {but I don’t} and they stay.

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Here’s a link to them in clear. Here’s a link to them in brown. (There are other colors too, I think.) I’ve been using the same pack of 12 for six months now. And I wear my hair in a ponytail at least once a day, every day.

  • Gift wrap organization! Oh y’all, the amount of gift wrap–wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper–I own is unreal. And living in an old house means we have like negative closet space, haha. I bought this affordable under-the-bed gift wrap storage after Christmas and now three months later I still love it because it holds everything and because it’s under the bed it’s easy to get to.

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  • And last, but not least, Rodan + Fields Lash Boost.

I started Lash Boost right before Christmas. I applied it every night after I washed my face, but before I put on my moisturizer. These are my 12 weeks results and I’m amazed. Random strangers (usually when I’m all sweaty post-gym, go figure) ask me if they are my real lashes. You betcha!

And I’m not going to lie, I thought it was gimmick. But the proof is in the lashes!


I hope you all have a great weekend!

Tonight we’re going out with my family for C.’s birthday {it’s next week}. Tomorrow morning I’m going to my first SoulCycle class with my bestie {pray for me!}. And Sunday I’m painting with friends…and we’re getting our new bed delivered. Pictures to come! {Follow me on Instagram for sneak peaks!}

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