Friday Favorites

August 28, 2015

This week marked the start of a new adventure for us--my big girl started the first grade, and I realized that over the next twelve years she will spend a huge chunk of her waking hours away from me. I knew I would be emotional about this milestone, and I expected that my daughter would have some reservations about a new teacher and classroom, but I didn't fully grasp just how affected my two-year old would be without having her sissy around. She's been clinging to me, and her tearful pleas for me to hold her have rendered me incapable of getting anything else done. It hit me that we all have to learn how to navigate this uncharted chapter of our lives. And while I'm excited for my little first grader to spread her wings and embrace her independence, and the opportunity for the baby and me to share some valuable time together, I am, naturally, saddened that time is passing so quickly. I feel more grateful than ever for the weekend because, honestly, I miss my girl so much when she's not with mama. I'm sure she'll tire of me kissing her all weekend. Enjoy yours, and God bless!

My sweet girl's personalized chalkboard, which we'll use every year.

An elevated version of a classic lemon loaf cake.

DIY watermelon piñatas that would be perfect for a Labor Day celebration.

Cute storage ideas for all the craft supplies that I've got floating around.

Pura Vida bracelets that remind me of our vacation in Costa Rica.

How to Refresh Your Makeup Look for Fall

August 26, 2015

I don't know a single woman who hasn't held on to an eyeshadow palette past its 2-year expiration, and despite warnings that mascara should be replaced every 3 to 6 months, most of us aren't religious about replacing our favorite tube when it's time. After taking inventory of the contents of my own makeup bag recently, I realized I'm in need of a major overhaul, and since the season is about to change, I figured there's no better time to refresh my beauty look for fall. Here's the game plan:  

1. Replace what you wear on a daily or regular basis first.
After you've thrown out all the expired, yucky stuff of course. Since products like foundation or primer or a favorite lipstick shade get used more often than others, they'll need to be replaced right away. 

2. Have your makeup done at a beauty counter.
A great way to discover new products, learn cool application tricks, or try colors you might otherwise pass up is to have your makeup done by someone who's in the business of beauty. This will give you an opportunity to experiment with some of fall's bolder makeup trends and see if they're a fit for you.

3. Slowly start adding new products to your inventory.
There's no need to go out and buy every last color from Essie's Fall 2015 line, or try all the reds from a new favorite lipstick label. Pick two or three new items to add, then build from there when you start to discover what works for you.

4. Stock up on samples.
The best way to try new beauty products and save money is with samples. After you've had your makeup done at a counter, ask for samples of the products the technician used. Go to Sephora and Ulta and ask for samples of everything you like. Stock up on your favorites and you may not have to spend a dime this season!

5. Get inspiration straight from the runways and social media.
Head to websites like to see beauty trends from the Fall 2015 runways shows, then check out Pinterest and Instagram to see what other real women are doing. 

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Friday Favorites

August 21, 2015

I won't bore you with the details of what has been a truly less than stellar week, but I will say this--thank God it's Friday! I am absolutely beside myself with joy that this week is finally over and I can have a couple of days to recharge before school starts next week. And speaking of going back to school, I promised my big girl that we would do something extra special this weekend as it's the last one of summer vacation; I'm hoping she wants to do something involving ice cream (to make up for my hellish week). Have a wonderful and safe weekend, and God bless!

Chocolate marshmallow Rice Krispie treat ice cream.

The prettiest powder room

This DIY unicorn piñata that I just know my girls would love.

The sweetest idea for washi tape.

Crazy eye shadow
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