Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone has had a great week.

We are celebrating Walker's FIFTH birthday this weekend! It's a bit early, but since family will be in town this weekend, we figured it was a good time to go ahead and celebrate! I can't believe my baby will be five soon. I'll be honest, five is hurting a bit. I know everyone says it, but it has honestly gone by in the blink of an eye. He will start Kindergarten in August and it's just so hard to believe. 

And because I apparently like to torture myself, here's a little now-and-then for you: 

(C) Liz Haas Photography 

(C) Caroline Jurgensen Photography 

I'm trying hard to be on the ball this year and plan gifts and holidays out in advance (if I can). And for some reason, Valentine's Day always sneaks up on me! I saw Beth's recent post and she inspired my teacher gifts this year: white tea towels and my favorite soap! I put them in a cute bag and will make a little heart-shaped tag and tie it to the bag with red and white baker's twine. Voilá! 

Speaking of Valentine's Day, I've had a hard time this year finding cute Valentine's Day jammies for the boys. And yes, I readily admit that I'm crazy and will put them in themed shirts/jammies until they tell me they no longer want me to. Ha! 

Anyway, I found these at Old Navy over the weekend and thought they were so cute! 

And since this is apparently turning into a Valentine's Day post, I wanted to share the cute books I got for the boys for their little Valentine's Day "happy." Brandon and I always get them a cute little something on holidays like Valentine's Day, Halloween, etc. just as a way to create memories for them. I found two cute little plates in Target's Dollar Aisle and will give them that and the following books: 

You Are My Heart (for Knox) and The Valentine Bears (for Walker). 

One of my sorority sisters from college, Victoria, is a BeautyCounter rep and sent me lots of goodies to try out. She sent me the Recovery Sleeping Cream, the Pure Calm Cleansing Milk, the Adaptive Moisture Lotion, the Intense Moisture Serum and the Cleansing Balm

I was a little hesitant to try it, just since I have my tried-and-true products and love what I currently use. (And y'all know I never share things here I don't actually try.) But, I really have loved the cleansing milk, cleansing balm and serum especially. But with all of the products, I was shocked at how soft my skin was after two days. I couldn't believe it! 

You apply the Cleansing Milk to a dry face, and I'll be honest that it took me a few tries to really adjust to that feeling. But I was completely shocked at how it completely removed my makeup! The Cleansing Balm is like a Vaseline mask for your face and body. I actually applied it to Walker's chapped lips, Knox's dry cheeks and shins and my elbows, too! It really made them so soft. And the serum did a wonderful job of really keeping moisture in with this cold, dry winter weather we've had this week. 

I will say, I did feel like the Adaptive Moisture Lotion and Recovery Sleeping Cream weren't really stand-outs to me and I felt like, other than the "clean" standard for Beauty Counter, they were very similar to what I currently use for my day time and nighttime moisturizer. I also did feel like the prices were pretty steep and I'm not sure if I would (or could) pay as much for it, but I did like the softness it offered my skin and did like knowing I was putting completely clean products on my face. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 

Linking up with: Amanda, Andrea, Claire and Della

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Belated Weekending

I have felt like I just couldn't catch up yesterday, so I'm sharing our weekend a bit late. 


+ We met my friend Stacy and her kiddos at Play Street Museum and the kids just had a ball playing together while Stacy and I caught up. 

+ Friday night, my college roommate Brittany and her family came over for dinner and to let the kids play. They have two boys just like us, so we had four boys (who just love each other!) playing together: 5, 4, 3 and 2. So loud and crazy, but so much fun! 


+ I spent my morning doing a podcast with Kelsey Peacock for her Essential Life Podcast and it was SO MUCH FUN! I was honored she asked me to be on and I'll be sure to share it with you once it's live. 

+ I wish I would have taken pictures not just on Instagram, but I did a little bayalage to my hair and I really love it! It's really subtle, but gives my hair a nice contrast and just a little something. I'll share pictures on Friday. ;) 

+ We had a super lazy rest of the day: cleaning, laundry and such. We are super cool! 


+ We made Joanna Gaines's homemade biscuits {from the Magnolia Table cookbook} for breakfast, and they were delicious! I have made a lot of things from the cookbook and I put say, it doesn't disappoint. The cookbook is currently on sale on Amazon for $17.99 (down from $29.99). 

+ Our boys are really into fighting and arguing with each other lately, so I pulled out the "Get Along Shirt" and made them wear it for a few minutes until they could apologize. They love each other so hard, but they also fight like cats and dogs and can just be mean sometimes! 

+ We had lunch at Central Market and then ran some errands, finishing up at our home away from home, Jabo's Ace Hardware. The boys love looking at the chicks and ducklings and the big rooster outside, too. 

+ We are going skiing next month, so we had the boys try on their ski clothes to make sure everything fit. And I couldn't quit laughing thinking of that kid in "The Christmas Story" who says, "I can't put my arms down!" 

Since we know they'll grow, we ordered little OshKosh bibs/jackets from Amazon and some snow boots from Target. 

Have a great Tuesday! 

Linking up with Biana

Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, y'all! 

The boys started back to preschool this week! (#allthepraisehands) While I miss them so much, it's nice to have two days (10 whole hours!) to get errands run and do things around the house. Anyway, Brandon thought it would be cute to treat them to ice cream on Tuesday night to celebrate, so off to Andy's we went. They loved it -- comfy and camo pants and all. 

The weather here is really yucky today, but yesterday morning we had the most spectacular sunrise that I had to run outside and watch it -- and capture it. No filter here, because honestly, one isn't needed. It was so beautiful!

I'm trying to be a little ahead of the game, so I ordered the boys' Valentine's Day cards for their school friends earlier this week! I got this set for Knox and this set for Walker on Etsy. They were instant download, so it made it ridiculously easy. I had them printed at the UPS Store for $5 and some change. Love when things are quick and easy! 

I got into "Victoria" on PBS a couple of years ago, but never picked it back up when the second season started. Well, I saw Wednesday that Amazon Prime Video has it (and season three starting this weekend!), so I have been watching an episode whenever I can. It's such a great show! Does anyone else watch? 

On Wednesday, I shared some beauty products I'm loving lately. {Click here to read that post if you're interested!} If you have any products you're loving lately, be sure to let me know. I love trying new products! :)

Linking up with: Amanda, Andrea, Claire and Della

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Beauty Products I'm Loving Lately

Happy Wednesday! I love makeup and finding new tried-and-true products that I love, and I wanted to share with you some of the beauty products I've been loving lately: 

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I love this Organys Lash & Brow Booster Growth Serum! It took me about six months of nightly application along my eyelash line to notice a difference, but it is worth the wait! And at less than $20, it's way cheaper than the other expensive options out there that I've seen publicized all over Instagram. 

So my favorite eyeliner in the world (this Ciaté Fierce Flicks Precision Tip Vegan Liquid Eyeliner) is, I think, discontinued. *Insert biggest sad face here!* I used to buy it from Sephora, but I couldn't find it anywhere except Amazon when I finally ran out of my previous tube. It goes on so smoothly and the tip has never frayed and it lasts forever. So if anyone has one they recommend that is similar, please let me know! :)

I have been using this Vitamin C Serum on my face since the fall and I can absolutely tell a difference! My skin used to have a very uneven tone, and I've really noticed it has helped with that, as well as helping with the crow's feet around my eyes and just giving my skin an overall brighter look. 

Also on the Vitamin C train, I'm really loving these Vitamin C Brightening Sheet Masks. I know sheet masks are a popular thing now (and have been for a while), but I'm just now jumping onboard. The boys giggle every time I put them on! It gives my skin an ever-so-slight tingle and I can notice a brightening, smoothing look on my face when I remove them. (I just pat the excess off with a cotton ball after removing.) 

This is my favorite hairspray ever! I had been using a stronger hold, but have recently found that I like the satin hold better. It holds without being too sticky, stiff or drying -- and it actually does hold your hair in place (which is a big deal to this Texas gal who loves her big hair!). 

By far my favorite mascara is the L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Primer + Mascara! It really thickens and lengthens my lashes and I am asked a lot if I have on fake eyelashes or eyelash extensions when I wear it! Just don't buy the waterproof because it does NOT come off!!! 

I have worn this brow powder duo for years, but I wanted to include it here, too, because I get a lot of questions about my eyebrows and what I use, and it's this Anastasia Brow Powder Duo (put on with an angled brush). I got my eyebrows microbladed last December, and it was one of the best decisions I made! It doesn't mean that I don't have to fill them in in spots, however -- especially 13 months later. This stuff stays all day and comes in a myriad of colors. 

I asked on Instagram a few weeks ago about your favorite concealers, and the one that kept coming up was the Tarte Double Duty Shape Tape Contour Concealer. I ordered it online and have been really impressed with how well it covers my under-eye circles and blemishes. But just be warned that it's thick and a little goes a long way. It also dries really quickly, so blend right after putting on your face. 

Do y'all use any of these products? Which are some I need to add to my list?! 

Linking up with Jenn and Jessi

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Friday Favorites: First for January

Happy Friday! 

I know everyone (including me) is really watching what they eat -- and drink -- now that January is here. But you better believe we soaked in every last calorie last week, and here was Knox on Sunday at Cinnaholic demonstrating exactly how we felt eating ALL THE THINGS before Tuesday. 

And speaking of food, we ate so well last week! I made my homemade lasagna and Joanna Gaines's salad from the Magnolia Table cookbook for Christmas Eve dinner:  

My dad's grilled beef tenderloin, my Nana's brown rice casserole, green beans and sweet potatoes (for Christmas Day dinner): 

And on Sunday morning, Brandon made Joanna's buttermilk pancakes, also from the Magnolia Table cookbook

And speaking of the cookbook, I'm loving it! We have made a few recipes out of it and I'm going to attempt her homemade biscuits this weekend. It's currently on sale on Amazon for $17.99 (down from $29.99). It's worth every penny in my opinion. 

My mom got me Lysa Terkeurt's book, "It's Not Supposed to Be This Way" for Christmas and I LOVE IT. I have really high expectations of people and holidays and how I think things should go (and how people should be) -- and get insanely upset and disappointed when they don't go or don't act how I think they should -- and this book has reminded me how unrealistic that actually is. This is worth the read! 

I saw Christina talk about Museum Putty on her Instagram Stories last week and I immediately Prime'd it for $5.21. It's a soft Play-Dough-like putty that you put on the bottoms of drawer organizers (among other things) to get them to stay put in drawers. I have had the hardest time with my silverware organizer, makeup organizer and junk drawer organizers staying in the same spot and not flailing all across the drawers. This stuff WORKS! I am so glad I did it! 

I asked y'all on my Instagram Stories last week about any concealer recommendations. By far the most popular response was Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer. I got it in earlier this week and am really liking it thus far! 

I hope y'all have wonderful weekends! 

Linking up with: Amanda, Andrea, Claire and Katie

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Christmas Rewind

Hi, friends, and Happy 2019! Wow, I sit here and just can't believe that it's 2019. So much happens in this year; the biggest being Walker starting Kindergarten in August. I just can't believe it. But before I start crying, here's a little Christmas rewind so I can remember this sweet time with our boys. And remember that Santa found a gift hidden in the back of his closet on Sunday that will now be a birthday gift for Knox. #facepalm 

Anyway, here's a bit of a Christmas recap from our time in my hometown and then at home Christmas morning: 

+ Before we left, we made reindeer food for Santa's reindeer. It's not a special recipe; just whatever we have in our pantry. This year it was cereal, crushed pretzels, raisins, a few more ingredients I can't even remember now -- and sprinkles for magic. ;) 

+ We left town on Friday afternoon after Brandon's half-day at work. We enjoyed some time at my mom's store; Brandon, Walker and my Dad, grandfather and brother hunted; and we had some down time at my grandparents' and parents' houses. 

+ We had Christmas with my parents and one set of grandparents (my dad's parents) at my mom and dad's house. The boys adored their pool pets (we got the turtle and the alligator), Ant Man and Iron Man costumes and NERF Guns, especially. 

+ We went to church and I just loved this picture of one of my brothers, Parker, and his longtime girlfriend, Emma. 

+ We stayed with my dad's parents, my Nana and Pah, while we were there and we just love spending time with them. The boys especially loved their multi-colored kids' tree! Growing up, each year my grandparents would buy each of their grandchildren an ornament and would have us out to their house to decorate their kids' tree with all of our ornaments -- the new one and past years' ornaments. It was one of my favorite traditions! My Nana has since given me all of my ornaments and it's fun to reminisce when I put them on my tree each year. 

+ My parents took the boys to see my hometown's outdoor light show, put on by the city in a big park. It's one of my favorite things! It's a drive-through show, so we rode in my parents' car (since they have a sun roof in their car) and my dad drove about two miles an hour through the thing so the boys could stand up and see it while my mom held them. It was so much fun and so sweet! 

+ That same night, we went over to my other grandparents' (Grammy and Grumpy)'s house for their family Christmas. Before we open gifts, my grandfather reads the Christmas story from the Book of Luke and then we pray.

When he asked us to bow our heads to pray, Knox did, too, and my aunt captured this gem: 

+ After dinner and gifts there, we roasted s'mores outside and had a Texas-style snowball fight. You know, with cotton "snowballs." ;) It was a highlight for sure! 

+ Each year on Christmas Eve, we have lunch with my great-grandfather. He's 100 1/2! He will be 101 in May and he's as sharp as a tack. My boys love their Paw Paw! 

+ We came home on Christmas Eve and had our traditional lasagna supper, made Break & Bake cookies for Santa, put out reindeer food, had showers and read "The Night Before Christmas." And then Santa got to work! 

+ My dad used to leave Santa's footprints for us and it's one of my favorite traditions looking back. Walker always asks if Santa is going to step in the ashes and when he seems them on Christmas morning, asks if we have to vacuum them up. So precious! (It's just my duck boots dipped into flour.) 

By far the favorite gifts this year were the marble run and the NERF Tactical Vests.

Christmas morning is always my most favorite mess of the year: toys and wrapping paper/bags/bows/boxes everywhere, millions of cups of coffee, overtired and excited kids, Christmas music playing and just pure happiness. I love it. 

My mom found them these precious waffle-knit union suits and I adore them and seeing their little booties in them! Ha! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed time spent with family and friends. 

Linking up with Jessi and Jenn