Thursday, March 15, 2018

Easy St. Patrick's Day Happy for Teachers

I don't know about you, but I love being able to show my boys teachers how much we appreciate them any chance I can get. Gift giving is my love language and so I jump at the opportunity to throw something together to make someone smile.

Since St. Patrick's Day is this week I decided to put this little goodie bag together. It was so simple and doesn't cost much. In the bag there is a scratch off lottery ticket (they range in price from $1 to $10 depending on which one you pick) some 100 grand fun size bars and a few chocolate gold coins. Tie it all together with a cute tag and boom, a simple but cute way to say " I appreciate you!" And maybe if they win big they will share some of the money with me, (ha!)

*linking up with Owen

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

My 10 Minute Makeup Routine

Hey friends! Can you believe that it's the middle of March? What's even crazier is that we had SNOW on what? I swear NC weather is so bipolar come this time of year.

 I'm coming to you today with my easy make up routine. I hate to admit it but since turning 30 things went down hill with my skin. I used to be able to leave the house without make up and honestly only wore a little bit most days unless I was "going out" with friends or something on the weekend. But into my 30's and 2 kids later that is not the case anymore! My dark circles are out of control and my skin just doesn't look as young as it once did.. ha! So I've been putting on a "full face" most days. But my focus is fast..I don't want to spend a lot of time doing it. So I have compiled my favorite makeup products that I use most every day. I've got a good mix of brands and often like to change things up after several months.

1. Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer (CCTM) - I am loving this Sengence product. It really evens out my skin tone and adds just enough coverage for me for day to day use. I don't really love to use foundation on the reg so this is a great alternative.

2. Shape Tape- This concealer has a cult following and I understand why. Its the best!

3. Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder- I had never used a setting powder until recently and I love it now. This one was recommended by several other bloggers!

4. Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette- This is great for beginning contour. I love the bronzer and the highlighter best!

5.  BlushSense- I love this product, my blush stays put all day. Terra-cotta is my favorite color!

6. Tartelette in Bloom- The best eye shadow palette! So versatile and its mostly neutrals which are my go to.

7. Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara- A great go to mascara

8. Gimmie Brow- This is my favorite brow filler by Benefit but I heard they recently took it off the market, hoping they bring it back soon!

9. LipSense- I love lipSense, I have several colors and different glosses. My go to gloss is sand and praline rose is my favorite neutral color!

So there are my favorites and it literally takes me less than 10 minutes to throw this on. Now I'm going to show you a before and after...the before is quite scary but you will see just how great these products are!

And if you are in the market for any of the lipsense or SenGence products that I linked be sure to look up April (@smoochbyapril) or Emily (xoxobyemily) on IG. These girls will hook you up and are so sweet! 

*Linking up with Lindsay and Jenn

Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday Favorites

Hi Friends, happy Friday! I am sorry for my lack of posts lately. I'll be honest, blogging has been the last thing on my mind lately. I feel like my boys are in a stage where its so fun, but so so hard. Melt downs/temper tantrums happen on the reg. Jack has stopped napping so by the time I have silence in my house its 8:30 pm and the last thing I want to do is sit down and write a blog post. I also feel like because I am so drained I am struggling with authentic posts, and for me I'd rather not post than pull some crappy post out of my hat just to post! So bear with me right now and I promise I'll get back into my groove!

But for today I've got some favorites!

O N E | I am meeting sweet Owen for lunch today and I cannot wait! Owen is such a wonderful friend and I can't wait to squeeze her neck and that precious Vivi!

T W O | I thought that last summer would be my last year to have a sweet babe wearing bubbles, but I was wrong! Graham is such a petite peanut that I ordered one of my favorite styles to try on and lo and behold its perfect! He looks so sweet so despite what my husband and I'm sure mom will say, bring on all the bubbles!!

T H R E E | Nail Color... I love dark polish in the winter but come spring I'm all about some light neutral! I have always been a mod about you pastel girl but I got OPI's new color "Lisbon wants moor OPI" and I love it! It's the perfect light pink and it will be on repeat through the spring/summer! I love the Gel version but it also comes in regular polish too!

F O U R | Podcasts..I am like lightyears behind most normal people but I have finally discovered podcasts and I love them! I've been listening to them when driving by myself, or doing random things around the house. So, send me all your favorite podcasts!

F I V E | Spring Clothes.. Even though we are back to having winter temps here in NC I've got my eye on all things spring. I recently ordered a few pieces from Old Navy and I can't wait to see how they work. I think they will be total staples in my closet! I'll report back once I get them and try on!

S I X | I just wanted to say thank you for all your kind words on my post last week! I got the biopsy results back from the mole I had removed and it was all good! They had told me they weren't worried about it but of course I was worried and nervous until the Dr. called me with the results!

We have no plans this weekend! Hoping maybe a date night Saturday night! It's supposed to warm up Saturday so hopefully we will be outside most of the day. I hope you have a great weekend!

*linking up with Andrea, April and Katie

Monday, March 5, 2018

TBB Asks- March

It's time for another link up with The Blended Blog! This months questions are all about beauty!

1. Eye Last Curler Yes or No? No, I've never used one. I tried once and couldn't figure it out. 

2. Favorite Nail Shade? I love Taupeless Beach by OPI in the Winter and Mod About You Pastel in the Summer. 

3. Favorite Lipstick Shade? I've really been into lipsense lately so my favorite color there is praline rose and sand gloss over top! 

4. Blow dry or Air Dry hair? Lately I've been all about blow drying my hair. I find that it lasts so much longer than if I air dry it. I don't have to wash it as much. 

5. Artificial Nails: Yes or No? No, but I do get gel manicures! 

6. Foundation: Yes or No? I love tinted moisturizer. I've never loved how thick foundation is, but as I'm aging I may need to work it back into my rotation. 

7. Hair Up or Down?  I'd love to say down, but more than likely it's in a pony tail most days. 

8. Bar soap or Body wash? Body wash for sure! 

9. Bath or Shower? Shower, I have taken maybe 5 baths in my adult life. 

10. Favorite Body Lotion? I don't use lotion, I am so weird and can't stand the way it makes my hands feel. 

11. Do you Wear Perfume? No, I tried to get into it years ago but never could. 

12. Do You Shave Your Legs Daily? Heck no! Who has time for that? Although in the summer I do it way more frequently than in the winter. 

13. Favorite Lip Balm? Carmex is my favorite for chapped lips. 

14. How Old Were You When You First Started Wearing Makeup?  I think I was in sixth grade. I had much older sisters and wanted to do what they did. It was nothing much though, maybe some blush and lip gloss?  It could have been earlier but I vaguely remember something about sixth grade. Now I think girls are wearing make up in like third grade, which is crazy to me! 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! This week has surprisingly gone by so fast!

My favorites for the week:

O N E | Headphones..I ordered the boys these wireless headphone and they are great! The boys love them. Highly recommend and a great price point.

T W O | Old Navy...They have some great spring pieces right now! I have several things in my cart including this dress. I think it will be so perfect to throw on and wear!

T H R E E | Yesterday I had my biyearly skin check and got a great report! I am always so anxious about this check and was relieved to be in and out very quickly. You can read all about why I'm so passionate about this here.

 F O U R | Jack and Patrick are headed to their first NC State basketball game together on Saturday night. Jack has been talking about it all week and I know they are going to have so much fun together.

F I V E | We had one last family birthday celebration for Patrick the other night and Graham was feeling those cupcakes. These pictures were cracking me up.

Have a great weekend!!

*Linking up with Andrea, April and Katie

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Friendly Reminder

Hey friends, can you believe it's March 1st? January went at a snails pace but February flew by! March to me brings the official start of Spring, although I am sure we will have another frost at some point.

I am headed to Chapel Hill today for my bi-yearly skin check. So I thought today would be a great day to share my post from last year where I went into detail about my journey with skin cancer and remind all of you just how important sun screen and early detection is!

Click here to read my post!

While you are doing that I'll be at the doctor having multiple people mulling over each mole on my body and deciding if they can stay or go! Fingers crossed I don't have to have any removed this time, but usually that's wishful thinking!

*Linking up with Owen

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What's Up Wednesday- February

How is it the last Wednesday of the month? I haven't participated in a What's Up Wednesday in awhile so I thought I'd join in today and answer these questions!

What We're Eating.... Italian Chicken and broccoli (I didn't love it), Empanadas made by my house keeper, BBQ out tonight for a late birthday celebration with Patrick's family, Enchiladas tomorrow night and out for pizza on Friday!

What I'm Reminiscing About... This week marks six months since my sweet mother in law, Donna, passed away. I cannot believe it's been six months. Some days it feels like a lifetime ago and others it seems like yesterday. There have been lots of little things this week that have let me know she is here with us in spirit! Our hearts still ache daily at the huge void she left but we have learned to push on and live with the memory of her in our hearts!

What I'm Loving... The spring like temps and flowers blooming!

What We've Been Up To.... We've been doing a lot of playing outside! This time of year is the best to meet friends at the park and run out the kids energy post afternoon naps! We Celebrated Patrick's 39th Birthday. The boys and I went to a mommy and me tumble class. We went to Church on Sunday and Patrick and I went to a State game!

What I'm Dreading...I have to go to the dermatologist tomorrow for my bi-yearly skin check. I always dread it and get super anxious.

What I'm Working On...I am still working on organizing! Getting each room organized and decluttered one step at a time!

What I'm Excited About.. Getting to use our screened in porch. Before it gets too blazing hot and humid I love using our porch. This year I feel like it's going to get so much use with as much as the boys want to be outside, which is all day every day!

What I'm Watching/ Reading... All things bravo! I am loving Summer House right now. Of course This Is Us and TGIT on ABC.

What I'm listening To... The Greatest Showman soundtrack! On repeat!

What I'm Wearing..Time time of year is so awkward for us clothing wise. It's cold in the morning and hot in the afternoon. I've been living in my athleta leggings and my zip up Lilly Pulitzer popover jacket from last year.

What I'm Doing This Weekend... Patrick and I are going to get pizza Friday night and Saturday he and Jack are going to the last home State game!

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month... Spring! March always feels like the official first month of spring to me! Bring it on!

*linking up with Shay