April 4, 2014

friday five

Here's my random favorites for this week...

1. Maybelline's Vivid lipstick in Hot Plum! Gorgeous.

2. The Burn book series by Annie Oldham
Read more info HERE but stumbled across this one on the old Kindle. An easy, good, sci-fi read. If you like Hunger Games, Divergent...you'll like this one. I'm on book 2 right now and enjoying it. 

3. This house....
9012 Dune Lake Rd SE, Moses Lake, WA 98837
House-hunting right now and this one is #1 at the moment. I hadn't looked for a month or more and got on to browse one day and noticed my top 4 houses had sold! YIKES! Can't wait to go out and see some in person.

4. Spring nails
Glitter and Nails : China Glaze Four Leaf Clover + Color Club Gingerbread
I am loving glitter accent nail design right now. And that green color is to did for! Yay for spring nails!

5. Warm, warm, tropical weather

Yep, that's me snorkeling in the Cayman Islands. We got back from our cruise a week ago and I'm missing the life of having no responsibility....and hot sunshine. 

Hope everyone had a fun week! We got a big date for Davis's work tonight....get to get all dressed up, you know how I like that! :)

April 3, 2014

precious sleep

I am a big vlog junkie...fyi.

So today I was flipping through my feed and watched one of my favorite channels...WhatUpMoms (this a GREAT channel for moms....cute cute cute stuff). Anyways, I watched her vlog for a "day in the life" and (no judgement zone here...just was surprised) that lady didn't put her kids down til 11pm and didn't go to sleep until 2:30am!!!!!!

Am I nuts to think that was insane!? 

The questions is....when do you go to bed? Seriously, people. I am one of those people that HAS TO get at least 8 hours of sleep to even function at the level I need to. I'm in bed by 9, lights out by 10/10:30pm and if its any later--- then good-bye because I'm grouchy, tired and a mess. Can I get a woot-woot for early bed-timers?

I was also surprised at how late her kids went to bed. I got to thinking that maybe I'm the weird one...my kids are in bed by 7:30 year round....I need my time at night to unwind and they are early risers. What time do your kids go down?

I'm seriously like whatever floats your boat lady but I couldn't believe (or maybe jealous) that she was rockin' and rollin' in the morning while I would a nut-case....

Happy bedtime. Sweet dreams. 

April 1, 2014

a little update

I know I don't go into too much detail about my personal life on this blog but I've been thinking and after the big move (details coming....now....in this post....) I thought it would be fun to add in a little more of my life as a mom, person, beautician, etc.

Sound good? Okay....great.

What's up.

So my husband is a medical resident specializing in OB/GYN we live in Missouri now but moving to Washington State in the end of June. We are super excited to be done with the 8-year journey and more than ready for "real life". I have been over-my-head-busy we house-selling stuff, the kids, visiting family, vacation (we went on that cruise....). As I'm sure most of you know I don't really use my blog for an outlet because I've always treated it like a JOB but I'm hoping to branch out a bit and start posting more about life as well as my business too. I was going to drop it all together but I've been doing this blog for 6 years and I honestly, don't think I could let it go completely.

So that's exciting. I know you just can't wait. Be honest.

Moving on....found the skin care line that I'm going to use for my business. When I got my esthetics license back in 2008, the plan was ALWAYS to open up my own personal business. I've been searching for THE SKIN CARE LINE for years, and I honestly mean YEARS! The skin care line I use is what will bring in clients and help me keep clients, plus it says a lot about me as a person. I tossed and turned over it but finally found a line that is EXACTLY what I was looking for.

Arbonne. Heard of it? No? Yes? Well, check it out...because its amazing!

Lastly, I have a headache and am achey and grumpy tonight. It got worse as the day wore on and I'm like..."Spring, be kind and don't get me sick." The plan for the evening (riding solo over hurrrrr) is to watch a little Hart of Dixie via the Netflix and call it an early night.

Peace out. Have a good Wednesday...the highlight of tomorrow is getting my haircut....and fixed by NOT me. :)

March 7, 2014

the friday five

I've seen some other blogs do this and I thought it was fun. Basically I just share with you every Friday 5 things that I'm loving right now. So here we go!

1. {{Sarah M. Evan's books}}
Pretty much and literally obsessed with Sarah's books right now. Clean, cute, witty, romantic little regency novels that I cannot put down and am on my 4th one in 10 days. 

I have this daily for second breakfast...so many times that my 4 year has asked me to stop making it but its soooo dang good.....

The new SJP collection for women.
Why? Why not. I like her and I like her style. Fun to look.

4. {{This haircut and color}}
I've been going ga-ga over this for months and begging my hair to grow faster. I'm tempting to do it dark....????

5. {{Method All Purpose Cleaner}}
Method Pink Grapefruit All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner 28 oz
Hey Laura, why the h did you list a cleaner as a favorite? Because I'm a picky-pants that's why. This is plant based cleaner that doesn't smell like compost, doesn't streak, cleans everything and I love it....there ya go!

Well, have a great weekend everyone!!!

March 5, 2014

february favorites

Here we go for some favorites for this month...
1. Real Techniques Blush Brush. I love these brushes because they are affordable, work great, super soft and don't shed. 
2. NARS shadow duo in Charade. I probably don't like the NARS formula as much as MAC or Urban Decay but I was impressed with this and have been using it daily. It lasts ALL day! All day, seriously. I love that it comes in just two colors so it makes the application not as overwhelming as some palettes...too many choices stress me out sometimes! The mauve/purple combo really make my eyes pop. So happy I made this purchase and will certainly be making more.
3. Herbal Essence's Hello Hydration. I don't think I've used Herbal Essence since middle school, but I bought a travel size of this for the gym a while back and was really happy with it so went with the big size this time. Always nice to find a good drugstore shampoo/conditioner!
4. Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch in Radiant. I've been applying this to the top of my cheek bones under my foundation on days I feel I need an extra glow and am really liking it a lot. It gives off a perfect, pink/fleshy toned glow with no shimmer.
5. Urban Decay's Eye Primer. I never used an eye primer but this is such a simple and quick step in your makeup routine to help your shadow last all day long and not crease. This stuff is pretty much the bomb-diggity. My shadow stays put for a good 16+ hours. 

Hope you all had a great February and I'm looking forward to some Spring weather come March! Wahoo!

February 26, 2014

mid-week facial {homemade honey mask recipe}

Hi ladies! Its time for a little self-pampering with a mid-week facial! We deserve it so enjoy!

1. Remove your makeup and cleanse your skin with your favorite cleanser.
2. Exfoliate with 1 TB baking soda and 2-3 drops of water. Gently rub into your skin for 1 minute, rinse with water.
3. Tone with your favorite toner and witch hazel.
4. Apply your homemade honey mask (recipe below).
5. Follow up with your favorite night cream and eye cream!

Homemade Honey Mask
**honey is super moisturizing and helps balance and release toxins from your skin**
Add to a small bowl:
1 TB honey
1 TB olive oil 
1 TB water

Don't forget to take some time for yourself tonight. Take a bath, watch your favorite show, read a book and hit the hay EARLY...

Have a good rest of the week!

February 21, 2014

5 simple ways to slim down for Spring!

Now that spring (seems) to be just around the corner and we all crawling out of our caves and seeing the sunshine more, I thought I'd share my top 5 ways that I (seriously, I do this and did....) to slim down a bit for the Spring. Whether it is to drop a few pounds or just feel better...its up to you!

1. Get some good sleep. I know that getting kids into bed at a decent time is hard and when you do you really want that extra time at night for yourself, but trust me! Good sleep does help you body rejuvenate for the next day and will give you the energy to keep up the next day. And well you are well-rested and energetic, you have an increased desire to eat right! Tried and tested, people! By me. 

2. Only eat carbs at breakfast. What? Huh? How? Easy! Think protein and veggies. That's it. You might feel hungry the first couple days but your metabolism will adjust and you will feel light, healthy and see the pounds shed. Why breakfast only? Well, hopefully you are working out and need those carbs to burn for your workout! 

3. Don't snack after dinner. If you are a night-time snacker like me this takes some SERIOUS determination! Don't do it! Find something else to do like knit, read, paint your nails, sip tea. Whatever you find that works. If you're STARVING then grab something light like an apple, carrots, nuts.

4. Remind yourself that food is fuel not a stimulant. Unfortunately we are trained to eat something because it tastes good and because it "feels good" too. Nope. That's not why we eat actually, yes that can be a plus with certain foods...hello, I love ice cream but its good to switch the flip off and remember that you are eating to fuel your body and to give it nutrients to stay healthy, strong and balanced. Does that mean we eat bland, plain, gross dirt-food? No. Nature itself has made food pretty beautiful and delicious. You'd be surprised that once you train your taste-buds to eating clean, whole foods...how wonderful it takes compared to your salt-induced high-fake sugar crap. When you make this mental adjustment, sweet=fruit, savory= a sweet potato; the cravings for artificial disappear. This has been the HUGEST difference I have seen in myself. I could honestly write a whole post about this...or teach a class but I'll save you and keep it basic. 

5. Count your (healthy) calories. Look up and see what a person at your age should be eating depending on how active you are. You'd be surprised that most women should be eating around 1400-1600 calories a day. If you eat 4 small meals a day (that's what I do) that balances out to 400 calories a meal. But Laura, that doesn't seem like a lot...well, you're right. Guess what? A lot of us overeat....trust me, you'll be just fine! You might feel deprived the first few days but things will adjust and you'll notice that you can eat that much and feel completely satisfied.
  **I don't like to bring up calorie counting a lot because people do this wrong and actually abuse the system. Eating under your normal/average calorie range is actually hurting your body more than you might think. I don't agree with starving yourself to lose weight and don't take what I'm saying to mean that you should. If you are hungry, eat just make it the right thing. I'm trying to make a point that most people overeat and don't even know it! I was for months and had no idea until I started counting my calories and once I reached my desired weight, I stopped. By then I'd "trained" myself well enough anyway.**

And last but not least. Tell yourself 3 things you like about your body everyday! Postive attitude can also make the biggest difference!

February 20, 2014

a few of my favorite {spring} things

I know it still the middle of February but with this warmer weather (praise Jesus!) I couldn't help myself but post 'a few of my favorite things: spring edition' ;)

1. Loreal's Infallable eyeshadow in Burst in Bloom. Purple-y, orchid colors are going to be HUGE for lips and eyes this Spring.
2. Cropped Skinny jeans. This has been a must for me for about 10 years and I'm so happy they have started selling them cropped so I don't have to roll them up or hem them! (oldnavy.com)
3. Maybelline's Elixer lipglosses in pretty much ANY color. These are rich, creamy, color transfers well and they last for a long time! I'm loving these!
4. Striped swimsuits. I actually bought this one for the CRUISE. Classic and simple but really pretty too. (downeastbasics.com)
5. Linen pants. Cute, trendy and comfy? Yes please! (oldnavy.com)
6. Bold floral prints. I know it might take ya back to 1987 but I'm loving these pretty, feminine floral prints that are everywhere now. (forever21.com)