Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Six

Yup - I had all intentions to put this post up yesterday, for my "Friday Five", but I'm a day late :)
It's been a better week, I'm slowly but surely getting back to normal.  I still have stents in my nose from surgery, that I will have removed on Monday.  So ready for that to happen.
Another big thanks to y'all for your precious words of encouragement, thoughts, and prayers!

Now, on to my Saturday Six!  ;)

1. Happy Birthday Mimi!

It's my beautiful Mama's birthday!  She is the epitome of unconditional love, and serves others like no one I've ever met.  Seeing her becoming Andrew's "Mimi" has been the greatest joy!  Can't wait to celebrate in Florida next week!

2.  Alex and Ani Bracelets

I never thought I was a huge "charm" bracelet fan, but I was recently given an Alex and Ani Initial Bracelet, that I've been wearing with everything!  I noticed that Princeton just opened an Alex and Ani store, so I popped in this week, and they have some cuuuuuuuuute stuff!!  I just love stacks of bracelets, and these are the ultimate stacking bracelet!

Initial Charm Bracelet

Sparkler Beaded Bangle

Bangle Set

Bamboo Beaded Bracelet

Rock and Raw Wrap

3. Tate's Chocolate Chip Cookies

A sweet friend brought over these delicious cookies while I was recovering from surgery, and  Have y'all had these?  I don't think I've seen them in the south...but they are similar to Nam's Bits!
Big, crispy (yet chewy), chocolatey, buttery, and just so darn good!  

I found this recipe - and I think I may give them a try!

4. Gigi's in Town

After my parents left last week, we got a new visitor!  John's sweet mother came for the week, and we had such a great time!  She took care of Andrew so much, and helped me out a ton!

They went swimming, took walks, and bonded so much!

She wore him out!  ;)

*Thank you so much "Gigi" for everything!*

5.  Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

You have most likely noticed the Nordstrom sale currently going on - and I've put just a few things in my shopping bag....these are some of my picks!

'Live In' Reversible Leggings
Zella Leggings - $33
(Such a great deal for these "Lululemon-like" leggings!  I have them in the space dye fabric and I absolutely looooove them.)

'Live In' Reversible Capris
Reversible Capris - $28
(These are on their way to me!)

'Jagger' Coated Skinny Jeans (Eggplant) (Juniors)
Vigoss Coated Jeans - $52
(I can just picture these in the Fall with a flowy cream blouse, or a gray cable-knit sweater!)

'Danielle' Oval Statement Earrings
Kendra Scott Earrings - $39
(Snatch these up, while you can - they hardly ever go on sale!  Love this color for Fall!)

'Free 5.0 TR Fit 4' Training Shoe (Women)
Nike Frees - $66
(I've had my eye on these for awhile, and I think I may just treat myself to them in this fun color!  I've been working out a lot recently, and I could use a new pair of tennies!)

6. Pizza

I mean - what's a blog post from me without a picture of a pizza.
This was from last night - dining al fresco at our favorite pizza place!

We are off for a summer picnic today at the lake with John's office!  And then I'm packing for our trip to Florida - we leave on Tuesday!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy 6 Months!

We officially celebrated Andrew's 1/2 birthday a couple of weeks ago...(see here)

...but I of course had to do my monthly photo shoot of the little man!  

Dear darling boy, 
You are just melting our hearts over and over, each and every day.  You personality is soaring and you LOVE to snuggle and reach up for Mommy and Daddy.  And with these eyes and eyelashes, you pretty much have us completely wrapped around your tiny fingers.  

You are giggling more and more, and you are finally eating solids!  You even have your own high chair!  How did you get so big? We've started with oatmeal cereal, squash, peas, and pears.....
You're favorite is definitely the pears!  

You are curious, inquisitive, patient, alert, and very active!  You enjoy playing in your exersaucer, kicking and splashing during bath time, going on long walks in your stroller, and spending time with your grandparents (who all came to visit this month!)

You're a tiny 6 month old, weighing just 14.5 lbs!  You are 26 inches long.  We started a modified version of "Crying it Out" this month (after 6 weeks of sleep regression), and you have handled it like a champ!  Much better than Mommy handled it!  ;)  
You now sleep a full 11 hours straight at night, and take 3 naps a day.  All while still being swaddled!  

Mommy and Daddy love you so much sweet boy.  We thank God every day for blessing us so greatly by being your parents.  We can't wait for next month, as we head back to Florida, spend time with family, take a trip into NYC with friends, and just gobble you up every second we can.  You're simply the greatest joy we could ever imagine.   Happy 6 months! 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beauty 101: Lips

If you dumped out the contents of my purse right now, I would bet you that half of the items in there would be lip products.  I'm kinda a lip junkie.  Between glosses, balms, lipsticks, and stains...
I wouldn't be surprised if there at least 10 lippies in my purse at all times.

well, pretty close....


With that being said, I thought it might be fun to do a little beauty series on the ole bloggity blog, all about different makeup items...basically my favorites of each category, with maybe a flop or two...
my "Beauty 101".  The products that you just may be missing out on ;)
First up in the series...Lips!

Favorite Balm
Creamy, moisturizing, and adds the perfect hint of pale pink.

Favorite Red:
I'm not a big "red-wearer", but around the holidays, this one is simply the best.

Favorite Pink:

I have repurchased this so many times.  Perfect shade of cool, creamy pink.

Favorite Nude:

The best nude, not too pale, not too pink.  Just perfection.  

Best Luxury:

These are just gorgeous.  From the packaging to the product, simply luxurious.
My favorite is #1.

Best Drugstore:

These colors are phenomenal, and the pigment is even better!  Such great quality!

So creamy and buttery, not sticky at all.  And cheaaaaap.

Favorite MAC lipstick:

Well, my absolute fave is "Hue" (mentioned above), but this is a close second.  Pretty pink with a hint of lavender!  Great pop without being too dramatic.  

Most Disappointing:

I've tried these several times, and just can't get on board.  Too sticky, pigment doesn't last very long, and the clicky applicator brush is kinda annoying for on-the-go.

Liner...yes or no?
If you're going for a bright/bold lip..YES!  Helps the color stay put.
I like these NYX pencils the best. 
For nudes or just gloss, I skip them.

Best Gloss:
I love the way this gloss makes my lips feel - so plump and refreshed, and minty too!  This color looks great over everything.  Just the perfect creamy pink nude.

Favorite Scrub:

I've recently raved about this product.  It gives your lips a great, smooth canvas for lipstick or gloss, and it's all natural, so you can just lick it right off ;)

Bonus Product:
Just ordered my first one, and I'm a huge fan!  Not only does the tube have a mirror on the side (so handy!), but the applicator brush has a light on the end!  Perfect for your clutch or a night out!

On my Wish List:

I've heard great things about these natural, creamy, and highly pigmented lip pencils.  Can't wait to try them!  

What are your favorite lip products - do share!

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