Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Weekend Update - Check, Check, Done

It's been a mixture of cold and hot here.  Two days ago it was 89 degrees and today it's 59.  So we're breaking out the cold weather clothing.


We took Lolly shopping this past weekend.  She's had the same winter clothes for three years (she's just a tiny little peanut).  But she has grown in inches and in age so off to the mall we went.  And we came home with several grown up outfits that make me tear up when I see her in them.  She said "When winter comes, everyone is going to see a whole new me."  Excuse the mess.  The fashion show took place in H.G.'s room.

And on one of those hot days, we introduced H.G. to her first pair of flip flops.  It took a few minutes but she got the hang of them.

Play dates with great friends.....

....and trips to the park to play are always great fun.

 Steve and H.G. have a very special relationship.  One minute they're fighting over a toy (or Steve thinks he's playing tug-o-war) and the next minute they are snuggling like two peas in a pod.  Do you see any resemblance between the two?

We've been having issues getting chores done in the morning and evenings.  Lolly is a very task-oriented kid.  She loves lists.  So I made her this list and purchased her a clip board to decorate.  She carries this with her each morning and evening and it's amazing how quickly and efficiently she is now getting things done.  And no complaints or whining!  In a few weeks, hopefully she'll do this without the check list as it becomes habit.

Mommy SCORE!!

And big news!  Ashleigh had sweet baby #2, a little girl with a first name starting with an H too!  Welcome to the H-pack sweet girl!  I can't wait to meet and snuggle you!

Happy Wednesday Y'all!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Favorite Facial Products

Hear me out....it's a process.  :-)

It's been a long while since I've posted anything about facial products and makeup.  My cosmetic tray and bath countertop has been a revolving door for facial products for about 6 months now.  

For long before and during my pregnancy with H.G., I was a wonderfully loyal Bare Minerals fan for two, maybe three years.  I mean, I had the stuff on auto-ship every two months.  I loved their mineral powder and still do love a couple of their products.  But after H.G. was born and of course, the resulting extreme change in hormones, my process from cleansing to making up was just not working anymore. I found that the Bare Minerals in combination with my cleansing regime was not holding up to my standards and my skin just wasn't looking as bright, clear and clean as it used to.  I was looking like.....well, I just had a baby and having a hard time recovering.  

After some trial and error, I recently found that "sweet spot" of cleansing steps which changed the chemistry of my face even further (before makeup).  I loved how my skin was looking and feeling and that South Florida, always sweating and making my face shiny and break out feel.....was gone.  So quite obviously, I wasn't willing to change that step.   

Now my new cleansing and moisturizing regimen is not cheap (at least for any normal non-celebrity person).  I thought Husband would flip when I told him how much I wanted to spend.  But he surprisingly responded that I need to take care of my skin for the long term as we do live in South Florida and he "doesn't want to have me aging prematurely and looking old at the age of 50."  Hey, he was telling me his honest to goodness thoughts.  Most women, would happen to agree.  So, if it weren't for the fact that this stuff is like magic for my face and if  I had a single doubt, I would not be purchasing it.  

So, since I'm spending a fortune on the cleaning regime, I wasn't willing to spend a fortune on makeup.  I cancelled my Bare Minerals order, have run through a few over-the-counter products and have found my sweet spot of makeup.  Keep in mind that I wear very little makeup.  Primer, foundation, mascara and blush.  

So, anyways here's a run down of what I'm currently using (and loving!)

I LOVE my Clarisonic.  I want to say I've been using this product for about 4 years now.  Regardless of the products, I can tell a very NOTICEABLE difference when I'm using it.  If I go for a few weeks without and then jump back in, the difference really is amazing.  



Now here's the crazy expensive cleansing and moisturizing regime.  Rodan and Fields Reverse.

I LOVE THIS STUFF.  Within just a few days, I noticed a difference.  My face is smoother, cleaner, brighter and I can really tell a difference in the sun and age spots.  It's good stuff.  Like I said, if I wasn't just in love with this product and had a single doubt, I would not be using it.  I use the face scrub with my Clarisonic, smooth on the toner (letting it dry completely) and then I use the Dual Active Brightening Complex.  During the day I follow with the broad spectrum sunscreen.

Ashleigh LOVES Smashbox products.  So I took a stab.  I purchased the Photo Finish Foundation Primer.  It truly helps keep my makeup in place.  I forgot it one day and I could tell a difference.  And it's so light I can barely tell I'm wearing it.

Here's the one Bare Minerals product I'm still using.  Well Rested.  I love how it completely wipes away the dark circles under my eyes and truly makes my skin looks well rested without giving a sheen or shine.  It certainly lives up to its name.

You're going to laugh at this next one.  It was a total shot in the dark "this looks like it might kind of work" last second Wal-Mart purchase while I was picking up some craft supplies....total impulse buy. I absolutely LOVE it!  L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder.  It truly is a liquid powder. It feels like a powder but covers so well and you can barely tell you're wearing it.  It is not a thick foundation by any means but it covers well.  It has that Bare Minerals feel that I grew to love, but works with my current face chemistry.  I've never used L'Oreal, ever.  So I'm very pleasantly surprised.

I tried lots of blushes and finally decided a blend would likely be best.  My cheek on the left side of my face seems to have just a very slight divot under my cheekbone making it difficult to smooth on blush.  Sometimes it looks like a line that I can't get rid of no matter how much smoothing I try.  I picked up Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Blends and I really like this blush.  It blends very well and I don't find myself wiping excess off because I over applied.  The other night we had a formal gala event and I actually found myself trying to add more blush rather than take away.

For mascara, I've been using Cover Girl's Bombshell Curvaceous Mascara.  I use the #1 side for daily wear and then I use both #1 and then #2 for a night out and special events.  I have very few eyelashes, so they could use all the help I can get!  

So there you have it.  My current regimen.  So, how long do you think this run-down will last?

Happy Friday Y'all!


Friday, November 7, 2014

One Year Pictures..



 Seriously, our photographer is the absolute BEST!  Amazing.  All photos by Sharda Gorin Photography.
Love our sweet puppy!


And a sneak peak for Christmas :-)


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Weekend Randoms


I love my beach pants I got from the Lilly End of Summer sale.  LOVE them.  We were on a cruise boat for a friend's birthday party and once again, my photographer friend brought along her fancy dancy camera and took this shot.  She always get the best pictures!  I can't wait to see the girl's Christmas pictures and H.G.'s one year pictures!
Photo Credit:  Sharda Gorin Photography

I love posing in Lilly with the girls.  Who cares that it's November! 

H.G.'s one year check up.  LOOK at that belly!  :-)  She's 23 pounds and 33" long.  She's a tall girl!

A couple more pictures from Halloween.  H.G. had outfits for Halloween for every day of the week thanks to Lolly's stash of clothing.  I had purchased her this outfit well in advance and it nearly didn't fit as she's grown so much!  She looked like a chunky candy corn,

 And on Halloween day, H.G. wore this dress to match her sister (who I did NOT get a picture of!)  I had a chance to actually get back to sewing and made these dresses while the girl's grandparents were in town.  (Bow by My Little Florida Girl).

This past weekend was a fundraiser for our local Children's Museum.  I'm now the board president so all of my closest friends came out to support the venture.  Love these guys. 

And it was COLD on Saturday!  So we broke out the cute overalls.  I love cute little pant sets for babies.  

Steve....he's taken over.

Happy Wednesday Y'all!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Fun

What would Halloween be without visiting the pumpkin patch!  H.G. and Lolly had SO much fun picking out pumpkins to carve and to decorate for Lolly's annual literary character pumpkin contest at school.



In true toddler style, pumpkin tasting is a must (don't worry, she was distracted just before the stem touched anything in her mouth). :-)

Lolly won the school contest last year with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  This year she's stepping it up a notch with.....

Splat the Cat and his friend, Seymour the mouse!  While this was 100% Lolly's idea, mommy and daddy had to step in and assist with the pipe cleaners.  After all, we had to stuck nail holes and shove pipe cleaners all over the pumpkin.  Lolly helped for sure! 

The best part is the Lolly says "I don't care if I win again, I just had fun making pumpkins with you and daddy."  
Swoon.  I guess we're doing something right!!

Happy Friday Y'all!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

H.G. Turns ONE!!! We Blinked!

H.G. turned one October 8th!  Wow how time flies.  It certainly flies.  It does not feel like a year since this sweet, strong, fearless, happy, happy, happy child entered our lives.  She's absolutely amazing!

 I purchased her outfit on Etsy HERE.


Happy Wednesday Y'all!

Monday, October 27, 2014

In Other News....


Just a few randoms from these past couple of weeks.  :-)
Lolly and H.G. in Lilly on a Sunday Funday!

H.G. LOVES The Children's Museum.  This was her first time really getting to explore.


My birthday present from Husband.  He did well.  :-)

Going for a ride in Daddy's sportscar, his BMW Z3.  This is ALWAYS a treat for Lolly.  Don't worry, we went slow and only up and down our neighborhood street.
 Our evening walks as a family with Steve are always TONS of fun.  It's a great family activity, especially now that the weather is starting to cool off!

Heading out with the girls to celebrate a friend's birthday!  

Here comes trouble.  Yes, she is trouble!  :-)

Happy Monday Y'all!