Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Halloween 2014

Our Halloween was super! We went with a super hero theme this year. Christopher really wanted to be Batman, so we built on that idea and Andrew and Evie played along.
We planned on trick or treating much later in the evening, but it was a cold night and the kids were anxious to begin.
I love our neighborhood! We began to pick up more and more friends along our route trick or treating.

The boys played in their costumes for weeks after Halloween, so I guess I got my money's worth. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Storybook Land 2014

Our annual trip to Storybook Land was perfect this year. I took off from work completely for the day which made a huge difference in relieving stress and allowing me to enjoy time with my kids.
We went in October right before Halloween. There's several Halloween themed activities included in the admission price for the month of October which is why we go at that time of year.

The weather was great and it was not as crowded as year's past. We went with my sister this year and her family.

We went on a hayride around the park and decorated pumpkins once we finished. The pumpkins are free with admission!

I'm in love with Evie's Minnetonka Moccasins she got for her birthday (recommended by Grace).
Jack and Jill's hill is always a hit with the kids...

We stayed at the park nearly all day and planned for dinner at Chick-fil-a afterward to save money on eating in the park. 

I love that the amusement park is based on classic nursery rhyme themes. The kids love seeing and interacting with stories they have read about at home or school.

See you next year Storybook Land!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Wishlist 2014

I wanted to share the items I'm asking for this Christmas! I love reading/watching holiday gift guides online because they help me select gifts and introduce me to new products.

1. Naked Palette by Urban Decay. I know I'm years late on this "cult" makeup item. I wish I purchased this ages ago when it was cheaper and included the incredible double sided 24/7 eye pencil

2. Tree Hut Sugar Scrub recommended by the Makeup Geek. I've never tried any body scrubs before!  They are paraben DMDM free and certified organic shea butter.

3. Tree Hut Body Butter because whenever you exfoliate you should mostrize afterward. I selected the Brazilian nut scent as Brazilian nuts are recommended for people with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I know it's probably of little benefit, but it influences my decisions. 

4. Sigma Essential Brush Kit I keep going back and forth between this kit and the Premium Kit

5. Mary Kay Warm Amber Perfume. My two favorite scents are sandalwood and vanilla, so I knew I would love this since it has both scents. I'm out of perfume and I'm supporting a small business by purchasing from a friend. 

6. GoPro Jaws Flex Clamp. I have the Grenade Grip and GoPole Evo which have had lots of use this year. I keep finding myself in situations where I could use a clamp.          

7. NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean. You all know from my photos that I frequently wear dark eye makeup. This a perfect base before putting down black shadow. It's a good stocking stuffer!

8. Tweezerman Mini is a practical stocking stuffer, as my no-name brand tweezers quit.

This video was a great gift guide for multiple price points and this video was perfect for gifting specific people!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Younique 3D Fiber Mascara

You've seen it all over Instagram, try it this holiday season! I'm hosting an online "Lash Bash." Younique 3D Fiber Mascara is a two step mascara product. Apply the mascara gel and then a coat of fibers to get the look of false lashes with a naturally based product. It's gluten and paraben free. The fibers are made of tiny tea leaves. Want to see the results? Check out my video below and shop here.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Yankee Candle vs. Bath & Body Works Candle

I had a free gift from Bath & Body Works recently as well as several coupons and free shipping, so I placed my first order. Yes, I've never purchased from them before!

I went with four hand washes which were on sale 4 for $4.50. I figured it would make a good holiday gift for Christopher's bus drivers/teachers under $5! 

I also ordered three fall scented candles: Leaves, Sweater Weather and Pumpkin Cupcake. They were $11 each. Two candles equal the standard Yankee Candle $28 size. 

B&BW's candles have three wicks per candle which makes a huge difference in burning evenly! They are lead free wicks too. Yankee only has one wick which causes uneven burning. 

B&BW's candles give out so much more throw that Yankee. My whole house fills lightly with the scent. Yankee Candles only scent filled one-two rooms in my house. 

The half sized B&BW candles gets much less black soot build up compared to the standard Yankee Candle and allows me to get two different scents for less than the price of one Yankee Candle. 

I only burn candles September-December and I think I've converted from Yankee Candle to Bath & Body Works.

What's your favorite brand of candle? What's your favorite candle scent? 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Room Mom

There's so much to blog, I don't even know where to begin. I'll start with Kindergarten Orientation. I knew the moment I walked into the classroom, everything was going to be good. His teacher had the classroom decorated with balloons, welcome packets and treat bags for each student. She was dressed up for the occasion in a dress and heels:)
The school works as a team for each grade level sharing resources and each class has a theme for the year. Christopher's class theme is the bumble bee, so the classroom decor/organization is all based on that theme.
The first day of school he got onto the bus and didn't even look back to wave. That was bittersweet. I knew he was ready, but wasn't quite ready emotionally.
Here's some detailed info for those interested:

-Classes are half day

-Bus picks up at our house/drop off at corner

-Christopher has the pm session

-They have library, gym, spanish, music and computer lab once a week

-"Handwriting Without Tears" for penmanship

-Harcourt Math Expressions

-Harcourt Reading

-Writing portfolios

-3 field trips this school year (farm, post office and library)

-1-2 special events in the classroom per month

-1-2 special school events per month

-Homework packet is due at the end of the week

-Monthly calendar with mini assignments for each day is due at the end of the month

There was a lottery to be one of the two room moms in the classroom. I got selected in the drawing because I was the only one that signed up. It was a little overwhelming with responsibilities and I was thinking what did I get myself into when I received the congratulatory email. Then I just went right into my teacher planning mode and began pinning activities and shopping for supplies ;) 
As room mom, I attend field trips, class parties, coordinate events for the class, volunteer for school events, email parents event information and ask for classroom donations. VolunteerSpot is a great resource for collecting donations! You do not need to create an account to sign up to donate and organizers can list specific needs (food, drink, supplies) which are marked once they are filled to prevent doubles of items.

I'll have an update in another month or two after parent/teacher conferences and events. Any Room Moms reading that have words of advice? 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bohemian Look

I'm not a fashion blogger (like Cara Loren, Grace, Audrey or Sydney), but I thought it would be more organized to do a separate post with my photos and look sources from our family portrait session.

This photo was right before I fell in waist deep. I went to sit down and lost my balance. The water was so gross! I'm talking two feet of mud, dead leaves, bugs and debris. Not to mention it was freezing. Thank goodness we were headed on a weekend trip, so I happened to have a change of clothes in the car.

My photographer friend totally used me falling in as an excuse for me to get in the water for some photos. It took a great deal of convincing because I was afraid of bugs or frogs or snakes, but finally I obliged.

I went to put my hand on this tree and right as I did a huge spider climbed up. Literally still gives me chills thinking about it.

This photo is my favorite and made the whole ordeal worth it.
Sandals: Target  |  Dress: Kohl's  |  Feather Necklace: Claire's  |  Rose Headwrap: Claire's

*Photos taken by Dave Justo Productions

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Birthday Wish List 2014

Audrey was kind enough to recommend Pages for my iMac and now I can't stop making collages! My Christmas Wish List was also one of my most viewed posts, so I figured why not share some of my birthday wishes too? ;)

Option 1
I've been wanting a Cortex 4-1 curler for years. I curl my hair pretty frequently with one inexpensive, poor quality curling iron. I can only imagine the possibilities with this one!

Option 2
This is a splurge. I already have the "Wifey" necklace, but I've heard great reviews on this tee.

Option 3
I currently own two nail polishes. A nude and black shade would be great basics for my tiny collection.

Option 4
I'm seriously OBSESSED with leopard print! In the last week I've purchased a leopard scarf and flats.

Option 5
This is another splurge. I'll probably end up with something similar, but less expensive.

Option 6
Aubrey rocks this color and I'm addicted to Mac lip products, so this is a must. I'd prefer it in their lipglass rather than lipstick form.

Option 7
These leggings would be perfect for photography work with a dressy top and heels or for lounging with an oversized tee.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Family Portraits 2014

We had our annual family portraits taken in late August. I wanted to do a bohemian/enchanted styled session this year, so I went with long dresses for the first time, shorts for the boys and flower crowns.
Last year we did an elegant urban themed session. The year before that a summer garden theme and the year before that a fall theme.

These were all taken at a campground. We got lost a few times and had to ask a park ranger for help. He saw us all dressed up and asked if we were headed to a wedding.

The boys' shirts are from Gap Kids and their sandals are from Payless.

Evangeline's dress was from Etsy and I made her flower crown using this video tutorial.

The water was very deep here, so I was to the right of the tree in case one of them lost balance. It was difficult to cross the branch and I ended up hurting my ankle trying to get the boys on it.

*Photos taken by Dave Justo Productions