Thursday, February 8, 2018

This is Love

Valentine's Day is coming up and all things LOVE is in the air. This morning an article from the @Today's Parents  Facebook feed shouted at me.

If you are a couple with small children go read this post called: Love in the Age of Parenting Young Children from blog, Roussel Six Pack! I can relate to it so hard and I was inspired to piggy-back off her.

Noah and I have been married for almost 10 years and in the last 7 we have created four beautiful babies. We are way past the "big, romantic, make-me-swoon love" but are celebrating another season of love that comes after having children. We will most likely be celebrating Valentine's Day differently for a little while and that is perfectly okay.

For your amusement and because I was inspired by Chrissy Rossel, I'd like to share my own list of what love really is in this season of life after four young kids!

1. Love is shutting the bedroom door on the weekends and attempting to give me 15 minutes of extra sleep while you have been up since the crack of dawn with our bossy two-year old.

2. Love is starting my car in the mornings on top of loading the millions of bags I have to carry to work/daycare.

3. Love is doing the endless loads of laundry so it 1) gets done and 2) because you know I hate doing it.

4. Love is preparing the whole family for bedtime by ensuring our rooms are at optimal lighting and temperature- Turning on the fans, making sure the night lights are turned on in all our rooms.

5. Love is ensuring all the kids eventually hear my requests after I have given up all hope that they are even listening.

6. Love is looking past the unsexy nursing bra and not-thong undies and still making me feel like you only have eyes for me.

7. Love is going along with all my sunny beach family vacation plans even though you hate the sun and sand, my Disney during the worst possible time vacations and all my crazy family fun-filled adventure plans.

8. Love is getting me ice cream, french fries, or a coke when my head is about to explode from having an off-parenting moment.

9. Love is following me around the house and throwing away the forgotten rolled-up soiled diapers and making fun of me by telling me "I'll just throw this away..." multiple times a day.

10. Love is making sure I don't have to handle this parenting thing all on my own. It's about making sure attention is paid to all the kids when they need it most.

11. Love is tucking Ava and Lily in every night and making sure all the hugs, kisses, high-fives, checking for monsters, good-nights are in before they agree to go to bed!

12. Love is running to get me another burp diaper, towel, or something to mop up the puke the baby has just yacked all over me.

13. Love is ensuring my cell phone and my keys are in my handbag before we leave the house because everyone knows I'll leave it and make you run back inside or turn around to go get. Oh yeah and the diaper bag!

14. Love is not calling or texting me when I actually get a moment out of the house sans kids even when the baby has been crying non-stop since I left

15. Love is distracting the kids in the grocery store so I can check off my list in peace

16. Love is standing by while I take a million photos of the kids documenting our every memory

17. Love is taking adhoc trips to the store because I left off a bunch of items off my list I forgot add

18. Love is understanding and loving my crazy before kids and after!

19. Love is singing all the silly songs we have learned and doing so with no shame at all!

20. Love is laughing together when the kids say or do something cute/funny!

21. Love is sharing in all the good, bad, and ugly with raising four kids. For sharing in the worry and celebrating all the beautiful things that make up our crazy and hectic parenting journey!

You probably think I don't notice ALL the things but I DO. I love you and this life we share!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Ulta Beauty Haul

I ran out of foundation the other day and finally got a chance this week to head to Ulta. I could spend hours in that store! I love trying new beauty products so I thought I would share my recent haul with you.  If you have used any of these products or can provide suggestions for items you love using please let me know! I'll definitely keep them in mind when I make my next trip!

1. The reason for my Ulta trip was to pick-up a new foundation. I have been using the touch mineral liquid foundation from Younique. I actually really liked it. It was light but still provided full coverage. I did't have to use a powder either. But I like to mix things up so I decided I'd reach out on my Instagram stories for some recommendations! I had so many people tell me they love the CC cream from It Cosmetics. I like that it provides full coverage and also had the added bonus of anti-aging skin care and will protect me against the sun with SPF 50 sunscreen.

2. My next item is something I'm very excited to try. I have issues with imperfections and blemishes on my face and I saw this powder as I was browsing the It Cosmetics section. I also have pretty oily skin and this breakout powder eliminates the shine. Have you tried this? 

3. I found these wild Biore strips and thought Noah and I would use them over the weekend to give our pores a deep clean! Plus, I get satisfaction pulling these babies off! And how fun is this zebra print?! It comes in a leopard print too but the were out of stock. 

4. I have been wanting to take a stab at contouring. Its amazing what it can do to transform your face! I really need someone to teach me but I picked up this Maybelline Master contour/highlight duo stick. If you have any tips for a newbie like me I'd love to hear them! 

5. My last item was for my kids. Ava and Lily always give me a hard time whenever I brush their hair at night and in the morning. I am all for smoother morning and night time routines so I thought I'd try this brand. I love how this detangler smells and it's also only $5.99!  

I hope you enjoyed me sharing my latest beauty haul! 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Flat-Lay Challenge Part 3

Today I'm sharing my last look from my "bring a flat-lay to life" series. I styled this Tobi ruffled tiered sleeve sweatshirt. It's such a fun and comfy top! Detailed sleeves have been popular! Are you a fan of them? I styled the sweatshirt with a pair of my favorite distressed jeans and a necklace from Kendra Scott's newest spring collection.

If you haven't checked out the spring collection yet you need to! The pieces are so fun and so different. I am wearing the Inez necklace in Abalone shell.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Flat-Lay Challenge Part 2

My second look for this challenge included this Tobi cold shoulder dress/tunic. This is a first cold shoulder top for me.  I paired it with leggings and over-the-knee boots. I added a pendant to complete the look. Are you a fan of cold shoulder tops? 

Flat-Lay Challenge Part 1

I'm trying something different for me this week. I thought it would be fun to create three flat-lays and then bring them to life! I admit I'm not the best at creating them but I liked how these came out! Sometimes you put together a look and then when you actually put the items on it's not what you imagined. You'll have to tell me how you think I did! 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Savannah Influencers Night Out 2018

A little over a year ago I went to a dinner and met up with some new found friends. That group of friends eventually formed a group called the Savannah Influencers.

We are made of 24 amazing women who aim to support each other and our community in life, business and in our philanthropic work. Last week we hosted our first inaugural Savannah Influencer's Night Out to benefit our chosen 2017-18 give-back partner, Safe Shelter- Center for Domestic Violence Services. 

It was such an awesome night. We had so many excellent raffles donated by local Savannah businesses and great vendors too! The food trucks, entertainment, and gathering of the community made me so proud!

It took a lot for everything to come together; lots of  ideas and lots of help from everyone. It was so wonderful to see it all come to fruition last week. The event was such a success. We had a great turn out and I'm so proud of everyone for coming together and making it happen! I can't wait to get the final numbers in to share how much was raised for Safe Shelter! I also can't wait for what 2018 will bring for the Savannah Influencers!

I wanted to share some of the photos from our event! The below photos are from Savannah Magazine

The photo below is from Mercede B Photography

To see more photos from the event visit our page! To learn more about Savannah Influencers click here

Sunday, January 21, 2018

2018 Goals

January has flown by. The holidays were a blur and then all of sudden it was 2018! I didn't even get a planner until a week ago! If you know me you know that's unlike me because I live by my planner!

Well all that being said, I've been meaning to set some goals for this year and I've been trying to figure out what I really want to accomplish. 

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