May 2, 2014

Five on Friday {5.2.14}

It's been awhile since I've linked up for Five on Friday, so you know I have plenty of random things to include! ;)

1.Birthday Countdown - Well it is offically birthday month for my kiddos! Much to Manny's delight. He has been asking for MONTHS now if it's his birthday yet. So, I decided a birthday countdown might help him visualize how much longer we're looking at. I designed this in Photoshop and had it printed as a 12x16 poster at SAM's for about $3. We're only a few days in, but so far so good! We'll see how it goes the rest of the month. Yesterday he did ask if he could go ahead and mark the rest of the turtles off so it could be his birthday already. :)

2. Life Outside the Shell - I'm so proud of my awesome "little" sister Rachael who recently started a blog! It's called Life Outside the Shell, and she will be writing about faith, fitness, and family. Her first post here explains the name and why she decided to start her blog. I'm so excited for her fitness posts, too! These tabata workouts she posted here are killer.  So very proud of you Rach!!

3. Maeva's Phone Obsession -  So the iPhone bug has officially bitten Maeva. She loves to use my phone, but not really for games. She likes to type on it, and will text random people gibberish often. Her latest thing is taking pictures. I discovered a slew of selfies she took the other day (this is only a fraction of them). It's always interesting (and frightening) to see the things she photographs. :)
Oh, and she also took it upon herself to tweet for me. A few people contacted me to ask if this was my entry back into tweeting since I haven't tweeted in months. ;) It makes me laugh that she tweeted the dog. Such a mess!!

4. First Things First - Christine Caine is one of my favorite speakers, and I was so excited when I saw she is doing a little daily devotional via email now, called First Things First. It's a quick, easy read but always full of wisdom and great reminders...I love starting my day with this. You can go here to sign up for the emails if you're interested.

5. Eucerin Intensive Repair Very Dry Skin Lotion - Ashley posted about this lotion on insta the other day, and I decided to give it a try. I love how shiny it makes your legs but they don't feel greasy at all, and it really just moisturizes well. I picked mine up at Target, and am glad to have a new lotion that I like that is unscented. (I don't like scents sometimes because it clashes with my perfume.) Patrick noticed the lotion right away because he said my legs were "glowing"...haha! Mission accomplished. ;)

That's all for today! Headed to Dallas for the weekend for my nephew's 3rd birthday party. Excited for a fun time with the fam...happy weekend, friends! :)

April 30, 2014

Costume Party Invitation {Manny's 4th & Maeva's 2nd Birthday Party}

I can't believe it, but birthday party season is upon us once again! Since the kids' birthday's are only 5 days apart, I'm going to get away with a joint party for as long as I can. It saves money & is easier for the most part, so it works well for us. However, deciding on a theme this year didn't come quite as easy as last year's confetti bash. What to do when you're faced with the challenge of throwing a joint birthday party for your son & daughter who have extremely different and unique favorite things that don't go together at all? Throw a costume party, of course!  So thankful for my BFF, event planner extraordinaire, who helped me shape this "vision", if you will. :)

I like to include a picture on their invite, and as luck would have it, Candice had a Minnie Mouse costume Maeva was able to borrow. MB loves Minnie...not quite as much as Spiderman, but she does love her. :) Her newest love is Cookie Monster. I hope you can see her Cookie socks in some of the pictures. She basically demands those on a daily that's fun to deal with. Manny mostly requested a Ninja Turtle birthday party, but he also loves Superman and Dusty from those made his costume of choice, too.  
I took a ton of pictures because I never know what I'm going to get with I just keep snapping. I put this collage on the back of the invite as they were some of my favorites, too. We laughed the whole time I was taking these pictures...and a few people stopped to watch us too. I'm sure we looked crazy. :)

 A few more of my favorites...MB biting Cookie...she loves to "chomp" him.
But then she decided to pucker up and give him a kiss. 
Here she asked for another cookie...and mean mommy said no. She was not happy, despite the fact she still had one in her hand. 
Manny was full blown ninja mode, so a lot of my pictures didn't quite turn out. He was too busy fighting the bad guys. :)
 Traveling on to a different location for more pictures...MB not happy about the cookie situation still.

And finally, some kisses for her daddy. She is such a daddy's girl - she asks for a kiss every morning when he leaves for work. :) I sure do love my kids and their silly, unique personalities! Couldn't be more the truth to say...never a dull moment here. And I wouldn't have it any other way. #mostdays :)

April 10, 2014

Some Favorite Beauty Products

When we were getting ready at the retreat, my sister was like - what are all these new products you're using?! I normally post here about new things I find and love...but since I haven't blogged in awhile, I failed to mention these to her. So I thought I'd share some of my favorite new products!

Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush
I decided to order this after reading Brittany rave about it. Turns out this is what Kim Kardashian's makeup artist uses on her. And if it's good enough for Kim K., I suppose it's good enough for me. ;) I purchased mine on Amazon for around $21, so it's a little pricey. But it is worth every penny to me! I think it gives me a really smooth finish, and have even had several people mention so. I will say that since I bought this, I noticed e.l.f. has a similar brush for around $6. Not sure if it works the same, but I've had great luck with many e.l.f. products so it might be worth checking out for a more price friendly option.

e.l.f. Face Primer - I'm sure I've mentioned my love for the e.l.f. line before, but if not - it's a very inexpensive brand at Target (a few other places too I think) that I've grown to love. I purchased this face primer ($6 at Target) on a whim after realizing what a difference eyeshadow primer made for me. I absolutely love this stuff! My face feels so smooth after I put it on, and I really feel like it helps my makeup stay on longer.

e.l.f. Studio Angled Eyeliner Brush - Another great e.l.f. find! I use a gel eyeliner and this makes it really easy to get a nice thin line with the angle of the brush. I picked mine up at Target for only $3.

Rodan + Fields Reverse - I'm still using this and am starting to notice a difference! I have somewhat sensitive skin so have had to build up with it slowly because at first it dried my face out, but I'm really loving it. I need to take some progress pictures to show how it's helped.  

So there are some of my recent faves. I also finally jumped on the bandwagon and ordered some of that fiber lash mascara everyone keeps raving about. Do you have any new products you've fallen in love with? You know I'd love to hear about it if so! :)

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