Friday, October 20, 2017

the day we got engaged + engagement photos

October 20th, 2012.

October 20th, 2012 will be a day I will never forget. It was the day my sweet, lovely husband proposed to me and initiated the start of our family.

I'll be honest, I had a feeling it was coming. 🙈 We had been talking about it in the months coming up to the day he proposed. The day it happened, Kyle had called me to say he was on his way to pick me up for a "special day" and I remembering smiling thinking, "This is it".

Kyle picked me up and drove me to a park that I loved. The leaves were just starting to change and we were the only ones in the park. We walked around and Kyle made random remarks more than once that entailed the words, "Once we're married..."

As it started to get darker outside, he drove me back to his parent's house, where he still lived at the time. (We were both in college and didn't live together prior to marriage.)

He told me we were going to carve pumpkins but that they had to be for each other as a surprise. I remember laughing at him (in a nice way, I promise) and said "okay".
I honestly don't remember what I carved mine into, I think it was a cat. I had my cat, Arlo, at the time and he was my first baby. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if that's what I chose to carve.

My pumpkin didn't really matter because Kyle carved this and totally beat anything I could have ever carved:

I'm being so serious when I say this: Despite my earlier confidence, I thought Kyle was joking at first. Haha! In my defense, Kyle had joked about it a number of times beforehand so I thought this might be one of those times. I sat there and said, "really?" like the true classy woman I am. It wasn't until Kyle pulled out the ring that I was like:


We got our engagement photos done the following spring in the same park that Kyle took me to the day he proposed. :)

Here's a look at some of my favorites:

Happy Engagement-versary, babe. It was the best question I've ever answered. ♡

Friday, October 13, 2017

five on friday

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Happy Friday (the 13th 👻), friends! Friday's during the fall season always seem twice as great to me. Do you feel that way, too?

o n e ||

I bake constantly, it's one of my favorite things to do, especially during the holiday seasons! Lilli is just getting to the stage where she not only wants to help but she can help without completely destroying the kitchen.

This week she helped me make my famous cinnamon banana bread (remind me to share the recipe someday) and it melted my heart to have my little girl baking with me! We also made those pumpkin sugar cookies which were a little bit easier for her little hands, haha.

t w o ||

I've pretty much decided that kids are flowers. You put them to bed one night and in that time between when you close and open your eyes, they've grown like a foot. You also have to water them, like, constantly.

See what I mean?

t h r e e ||

As part of the Influenster program (join for free HERE), I received THIS hair towel to try out and you guys, it's the best towel EVER! My blow drying time is cut in half, my hair isn't as frizzy, and it brushes out so much easier. I definitely, definitely recommend it!

f o u r ||

We went to Menards to get wood for our shop and they had their famous Christmas display up and I was in the Christmas spirit in about .01 seconds.

I'm also proud to announce that Lilli inherited my love for Christmas. Her conversation went as follows:
Ooooo pretty lights. Look, tree! Ahh, lights. 

I die.

f i v e ||

Last but not least, I posted an update on my Instagram about my most recent chronic illness story. Read it HERE.

Have a lovely weekend, friends!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

DIY halloween BOO sign

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Happy Thursday, friends!
Now that the fall season is officially in full swing, we've been marking one thing right after another off of our bucket list! Each year, I spend a lot of time decorating our front porch for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I try to do something different each year and this year I decided to make a DIY Halloween "BOO" sign to greet our guests!

In total, it took me about an hour, including drying time. It's easy, affordable, and perfect for the Halloween season! 👻

Here's how I did it:

What you'll need:

→ a wood board in the size of your choice
→ letter stencils
→ sponge brush
→ black paint
→ white paint
a sealant, optional

What do to:

→ Start by painting your entire board with black paint. I used black spray paint because 1) it's all we had on hand, and 2) I like the way the way the wood grain still stands out underneath the thin paint layer.

→ Let it dry. Since I used spray paint, my paint dried very quickly, around 15 minutes. After it's dry to the touch, lay your stencils out where you would like them. I like to use painters tape to hold them in place so they don't move but you can just hold them in place as you paint.

→ Using your sponge brush, lightly dab the white paint around the edges of your stencil. I have yet to perfect the use of a brush + a stencil, so I always have a smudge here or there. If this happens, you can use the black paint to fix mistakes later.

→ Fill in the rest of your letter gently. Continue until the letter is filled to your liking. I like a slightly distressed look, so I only did one soft coat. Let it dry.

→ If you want to ensure the longevity of your board, you can seal it with a clear water resistant sealant. Mine is propped in the indoor section of our porch, so I didn't add it to this one.

pin for later!

That's it! I told you it was easy! If you try your hand at this project, be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see!

Friday, October 6, 2017

five on friday

Happy Friday, friends! This week has been one heck of a whirlwind, hasn't it?

The shooting in Las Vegas has been on my mind all week, as I'm sure it has many people. It's absolutely heartbreaking and I always wish I could do more other than just to pray. I wrote a post on my Instagram yesterday talking about the fear that comes along with horrific events like this and I'm choosing to trust in my Savior during times like this because really, what more can I do?

But anyway, let's talk about some happier things, shall we?

o n e ||

Kyle and I, for once in our lives, have been keeping up with new fall shows on TV! For the longest time, we relied on Hulu because we would always forget that a show is on until the next day when I saw a post about it and said dangit. But we've been doing a surprisingly good job at least for two weeks. Check back in with me in a month and we'll see where we're at. 😉

So far, we're watching The Good Doctor (so good), This is Us (so good, too), Grey's Anatomy (forever watching no matter how many seasons they have), Scandal (lost interest for a while but hoping to get back into it), and How to Get Away with Murder (kinda makes me happy I didn't go to law school, haha).

What are you watching this fall??

t w o ||

Since our journey of trading our "toxin-y" (I know that's not a word but I'm officially making it one) products around the house for "clean" products began (see more HERE), I've been having a heck of a time finding a deodorant that I like to use, not just tolerate.

I was recently introduced to Humble Brands and you guys, their deodorant rocks. Best part? Five ingredients or less. 🙌

They currently have three deodorants to choose from (my favorite is the Lavender) but a little birdy told me they are coming out with some awesome new products soon! You can see what they have to offer right now HERE.

t h r e e ||

We've been doing #allthefallthings lately, including visiting pumpkin, a lot. Last week, we went to two in one week, and we are planning another this week! I just can't help myself. It makes it even better than Lilli is really into it this year with her love of "punkins". How can I say no to that??

f o u r ||

Speaking of fall things...I recently won a giveaway from Belle Bucket for one of her fabulous fall bucket list prints and you awesome is this thing?!

You know that I love my bucket lists, especially during the fall and winter seasons, but this makes it even better!

See Belle Bucket's Instagram HERE.

f i v e ||

Friends and Family - Save 30%

I've talked about ISeeMe books before, where you can personalize each book with your child's name/character, and right now is a super great time to try them out because they are hosting a Friends and Family sale until October 16, 2017!

Head on over to HERE and use code FRIEND30 at checkout for your discount!

Have a lovely weekend, friends!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

an honest LipSense review from someone with bad lipstick experience

Hey, friends! Happy Thursday!

Is it just me or does this time of the year go by faster than any other part?? I feel like we have so much we want to do in so little time, then add in home renovations, school, and my see my dilemma.

Anyway! Let's talk about the lipstick everyone has been talking about lately: LipSense.

I'm sure you've probably heard of it but if not, this is a basic rundown of LipSense straight from the source: LipSense is a long lasting liquid lip color that is guaranteed to last 4-18 hours. It is waterproof, smudge proof, kiss proof, and non-drying. It is lead-free, wax free, gluten free, vegan, kosher, not tested on animals, and made in the USA.

I actually quit wearing lipstick a while ago because I was having such a rough time with it. It either 1) got all over the place in two seconds, including my cup, teeth, and child, or 2) make my lips so dry that it wasn't worth it.

I've been searching for something that I liked because I desperately missed wearing lipstick. I was so excited when Sonya from Red Gate Beauty asked me to try out LipSense!

Sonya was so generous and sent me a free tube of LipSense and a gloss to try out. I choose the color Apple Cider and the Glossy Gloss.

So, are you ready to hear what I, a girl who has a long line of bad lipstick experience behind her, think of LipSense?

I mostly loved it!

Let me break it down:

- I loved the color.
- The color lasted about a half-a-day for me.
- It didn't smudge.
- It didn't smear.
- It didn't get on anything the entire time I had it on, including my cup, teeth, and husband/child.
- My lips felt exfoliated.

- It made my already dry lips drier.
- I had to have the gloss with me constantly because my dry lips absorbed it quickly.

So let me start with the Cons first.
My lips are dry by nature, like really dry. It's something I've struggled with for as long as I can remember. It honestly didn't surprise me that my lips dried out, but it did surprise me how fast they dried out. This is probably just a "me" reaction, but I always want to be honest with you here on my little space of the internet. If I didn't reapply the gloss at least once every two hours-ish, my lips would dry out and start to peel very quickly. The gloss did help, but having to put the lip gloss on as often as I did make me feel like it was regular lipstick all over again. I'm not exactly sure how often you're supposed to reapply the gloss so this may be totally normal!

Now, on to the happy part. :)

I absolutely loved the color. I'm not a fan of bold lip colors and the Apple Cider color was right up my alley with enough color to say, "Hey, look at my pretty lipstick!" without being, "HEY. HI. HELLO. LIPS."
The color didn't last 18 hours for me, but I attribute that to my dry lips problem. It did last a half day at least most days, about 6-8 hours.
I didn't experience any smudging, smearing, or trace the entire day. That is the most aggravating thing about lipsticks to me, so in that department, LipSense scored a 110%.
After I removed my LipSense for the day, my lips felt great! They weren't near as dry and felt very exfoliated. I didn't use the Senegence remover; I just used my Micellar water.

So, would I recommend LipSense?

The short answer - yes! The pro's way outweighed the con's, and like I said before, the cons were probably just because I have odd lips, haha. My lips are naturally dry, hence it doesn't surprise me when they become dry with a product on top.

But is it toxin free?

I've talked in detail both on my blog and on my social media how our family is trying to eliminate as many toxins as possible from our lives. I've researched whether LipSense is considered "safe" in the toxin department, but I've come up with mixed reviews. I'm still researching and can't give my definite answer at the moment, but I'll be sure to add it in once I decide how I feel about it!

If you're interested in trying LipSense, I have a special coupon for you straight from Sonya at Red Gate Beauty!
Head to THIS LINK, find your goodies, and use this code at checkout for 15% off your order (which is a great discount!):  bloggymoms15

Have you tried the famous LipSense yet? Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

a minnie mouse two-ddles birthday bash

Happy Tuesday, friends!

My sweet little girl turned two last week and to celebrate, we planned a Minnie Mouse birthday party, her current favorite character ever!

I was actually hesitant to plan a Minnie Mouse birthday party because, at the risk of sounding like a jerk, I like to plan parties that are a bit more...stylish? than a basic kid's birthday party. I wanted something pretty while simultaneously being a Minnie Mouse party.

And this is what I came up with!

We went with a light pink and gold Minnie theme and believe it or not, I actually found and/or made the materials from craft supplies at Walmart! 

Now for the rest of the photos!!

featuring: Arlo the cat

mickey mouse cookie cutter

Lilli absolutely LOVES this kitchen; it took a while to put together but it was definitely worth it!

lilli's dress || clip

We had so much fun celebrating our TWO-year-old and I only cried once. 😉

"See ya real soon!"