Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ipsy Review - April

Ipsy time!

I love getting this bag in the mail! For a price that doesn’t break the budget ($10 including shipping), it is a great deal and you get a little beauty treat each month.  Sometimes they are a complete hit, sometimes a few products are a miss, but it’s always worth at least what I paid regardless!
The theme of this month’s bag is “Dreamers” and comes in an almost tie dyed, water color like bag.  Probably won’t be using that too much. The card states “Create looks that celebrate every side of your unique beauty-from natural and understated to high fashion and ultra-glam.”  I guess that about covers it?
Next up…the April Ipsy bag!
1) Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask – .5 oz.
I do like face masks…..actually I love them.  That being said, I would never pay this price for one!  I am just fine with my $7 freshly made masks from LUSH.
Full Size: $54.00 for 1.7 oz. My Value: $15.88

2) Jor’el Parker Fango Mud Therapy – 1 oz.
Alright….two face masks this month?  I guess Ipsy knows I like them!  At least this one is a bit more in my price range, but it’s nothing spectacular. Also, it smells like my grandma.  Seriously. This scent strongly reminds me of her!
Full Size: $27.00 for 7 oz. My Value: $3.85

3) City Color Hightlight Trio – .083 oz. each
I really like this!  I have started using highlighters more these days, so I know I will get use out of this. I like that it has three subtly different colors.  One is more gold, another closer to a cream color and the third has a hint of pink in it.  All of them are very pretty!
Full Size: $2.99 My Value: $2.99

4)  Luxie Beauty Highlighter Brush #522 – (FULL SIZE)
Well if you receive highlighter in your beauty bag, the next thing you need is a brush and Ipsy has you covered! I don’t have a brush at home that is dedicated specifically to using highlighter, so this is a very welcome addition for me.  For the price though, I would never buy it again.
Full Size: $32.00 My Value: $32.00

5)  Tarte LipSurgence Lip Creme in “Wonder” – .056 oz.
I really wanted to like this….but I just can’t.  It looks like it could be slightly neutral rosey in the packaging, but when I get it on it is just way too bright for my taste.  Bummer.  It is also very drying to me. 
Full Size: $24.00 for .1 oz. My Value: $13.44

Final Cost: $10.00
Final Value: $68.16

I am really happy with this month’s Ipsy bag!  I love the highlighter and highlighter brush and I can definitely see myself using both of the face masks. Hopefully I can find a friend who likes the color of the Tarte Lip Cream. The value this month is absolutely fantastic; even if you take out the highest priced item (the brush at $32) it’s still a pretty good value!

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Thursday, May 12, 2016


Well it is official, as of yesterday, my little man is a year old. One. I can't believe how fast time flies! I don't think I can write a sentimental post about being a mother and how much I love this little tyke, I will just cry too much. But believe me, he is the best thing in my life and I am so happy God chose me to be his mommy.

About a week and a half before his birthday, we did a little photo shoot to commemorate.  Of course, I had to get some smash cake pictures. Man, Noah did not disappoint with those! I will share pictures of his actual birthday soon! ( We didn't do a party, just a few friends gathered around and some more cake)


Monday, May 9, 2016


So yeah, I haven’t done one of these since August.  Oops.  I have  just been so busy with life and working full time and being a mama that I just haven’t had time to really blog.

That being said, I thought I would try and sit down and write out some updates!


During the Carrie Underwood concert...he bought me tix for Christmas.  He looks excited yes?
We made it through the offseason and the Arena Football League started up again this March.  Unfortunately, C’s wrist injury from a few years ago is coming back to haunt him.  It’s been causing some pain and he has also had a pinched nerve in his neck from it. Confusing I know, the human body is so interconnected.  Because of this, the team put him on IR (injured reserve).  This means he can’t play and even if he gets better, he must sit out at least 5 weeks.  It’s been really difficult for him to watch his team play without him.  Hopefully, he should be back soon.  His 5 weeks is up this week and he is feeling better. Now we need a doctor to clear him!

In his free time he has been driving for Lyft and Uber, which he really enjoys.  Something about meeting new people constantly and instantly seeing the money he made for the day give him great joy.  It’s nice because he can do it whenever!  If I feel like going to bed early (which is like, always) he can go out and drive for a few hours and make money.


By the time this posts, he will be just a few days from being a year old. I can’t believe it.  Everyone says they grow so fast, but you don’t really believe it until you are living it.

We did a photo shoot recently to celebrate one year and also did a smash cake. It was amazing!  Noah loved it.  I can’t wait to share the photos with you. He took a little taste of frosting and enjoyed it so much that he picked up the whole dang cake to take another bite!

Right now he is in size 3 diapers and busting out of his size 9 month clothes (switching to size 12 month when they arrive this week) which is awesome because he is finally starting to catch up to where he should be.

He loves crawling and standing up on things.  He cruises the halls in the house in his walker with ease while I am getting ready in the morning. He’s gotten great at backing up and turning around when he hits the end of the tile, it’s quite funny.

He isn’t talking yet, just lots of babbles and dadadada.  I know he understands us though, because he listens.  Every once in a while he will copy something we say though and its incredible.  I’ve heard him babble “peek a boo” and even caught “happy birthday” on video!  Too bad they were all one time deals though. No solid words yet. I’m trying not to get too worried about it.  Every baby does these things in their own time!

Momma is so proud of being able to breastfeed for a full year, but she is also very tired.  I am beginning to work on stopping pumping at work.  I am hopeful we will be able to still nurse in the mornings, evenings and weekends, but we will see. We are now working on transitioning Noah to more big boy foods and meals, instead of little snacks here and there.  It’s quite a confusing process for me and stresses me out honestly.  I just want to make sure Noah is getting all the nutrition he needs! He is so easy going that he doesn’t fuss much if he is hungry (we had a lot of problems early on with that) so it’s hard to tell what he needs.


As I mentioned I am working on stopping pumping milk for Noah during work hours.  It has been a rough year breastfeeding and I honestly hate pumping with a passion, so I am proud I have kept up with it through our goal of one year.  As much as I hate it, I am really having an emotional time with the transition, which is very odd to me.  I thought I would be so happy to stop this.  I guess even if you don’t like doing something, once you’ve done it for a full year it kind of grows on you.  I just hope I am making the right decision about it and I’m not thinking selfishly. Noah love’s his momma milk!

Noah is still not sleeping through the night and it is really affecting me.  I spend my days exhausted.  Once I get home from work, all I want to do is eat dinner and go to bed. I hate it.  Last night I was in bed by 8:45pm.  That’s pretty embarrassing for a woman in her early 30s!  He has started to sleep a pretty long stretch, but usually still wakes up anytime between 430 and 545.  The problem is, my alarm goes off at 615! If he wakes up at 545 to eat, I don’t really get to go back to bed and get more sleep (even though he does) before my alarm goes off. So basically, I am waking up every day very early.  I have never been a morning person, so it’s very rough!

(Ok though this updated was about me….it’s still kind of about Noah.  Imagine that. Mommy life!)


Since Noah was born I haven’t gotten to read nearly as much as I used to.  Since the last updated, these are some books that I’ve read:

I am currently reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

Unfortunately….I just didn’t love any of these books.  Pretty Girls was good and kept my highly interested and wanting more, but it was also VERY disturbing. I wish the subject matter was a little different, I would have liked it a lot more. The Paris Wife was soooo boring and took me forever to get through.  I really wanted to like it, but it was not for me.


Well….we still have a DVR full of shows that we need to catch up on!  I’m not sure we will ever get through them.  Right now my must watch shows are Scandal, Nashville and Grey’s Anatomy (C doesn’t watch this one).  I’ve also done some guilty pleasure watching of LA Clippers Dance Squad!  I was a dancer once upon a time, so I enjoy seeing the behind the scenes things that make these teams work. It’s not the best quality show, but I still like watching it!

Any new TV shows I should add to our list?  What about awesome books you suggest?  I have less time for both of these things now, but I still want to watch and read the best! 
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Noah - Month 11

Well here we are, another month closer to one!  It just goes so, so fast!

We haven't had a doctors appointment in a few months now, so I don't really know his exact height and weight.  What I do know is he is finally out of 6 months clothes and into 9 month sizes!  He also switched to size 3 diapers. If I had to guess I would say he has crossed the 18 pound mark and he is steadily moving upward. The boy is finally growing and catching up to where he should be!

This month we celebrated his first Easter.  We went to a friend's Church where we visited a petting zoo and did an Easter egg hunt.  By "hunt" I meant I sat him in a pile of little eggs and he picked up a few around him.  He loves shaking them though and putting him in his mouth!

Getting a monthly picture is getting increasingly harder, this little man will not sit still!  He loves to turn around and grab the sticker off of the back of the chair.  Only one more picture to go though!

Visiting daddy at football practice

Easter egg hunt!

Hair salon visit with mommy

Easter basket goodies!

Flying Superhero art from daycare haha

He loves blackberries....messy messy!


Friday, April 22, 2016

Ipsy Review - March

Ipsy time!

I love getting this bag in the mail! For the price that doesn’t break the budget ($10 including shipping), it is a great deal and you get a little beauty treat each month.  Sometimes they are a complete hit, sometimes a few products are a miss, but it’s always worth at least what I paid regardless!
The theme of this month’s bag is “Hello Spring” and comes in an adorable orangey bag with a rose type pattern on it. I love it! The products are pretty dark to me to be “spring” like, but maybe they just happen to be the colors I got.
Next up…the March Ipsy bag!
1) Mellow Cosmetics Blush in “Bronze” – .16 oz. (FULL SIZE)
Blush two months in a row? Boo.  This color looks a little dark to me; it seems more like a bronzer than a blush.  I prefer rosier or more coral type shades.
Full Size: $10.00 My Value: $10.00

2) Beau Gachis Eyebrow Brush – FULL SIZE
I’m not sure how to use this as an eyebrow brush, I may use it as an eyeliner brush instead!
Full Size: $12.00 My Value: $12.00

3) Essence Make Me Brow in “browny brows” – .12 oz. (FULL SIZE)
I don’t do my brows very often since you can’t really see them because of my bangs. If I do my brows, it’s pretty much a waste of product. My first thought when I saw this was how cheap it probably is.  I remember seeing this brand in Ulta and everything was close to $1.
Full Size: $2.99 My Value: $2.99

4)  NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in “Softspoken” – .13 oz (FULL SIZE)
I ‘m not a huge fan of this. It is a little dark for my liking and it is very drying. I put it over a cream lipstick I already had on (well remnants of it) and it feels sooooo dry instantly! Bummer. This only thing I like it that it is very thin and not heavy feeling.
Full Size: $7.00 My Value: $7.00

5)  Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Aging Spray Volume Mist – 1.4 oz.
Wow, this stuff seems to do a lot. It’s a “Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist.” Say that three times fast!! I honestly can’t imagine I’d really notice a difference in my hair when using this stuff, I’d only be hoping it was doing what it was supposed to! The good thing about it is it has a lovely citrusy clean scent. I’d spray it on my hair just for that!
Full Size: $28.00 for 4.8 oz. My Value: $8.16

Final Cost: $10.00
Final Value: $40.15

This month’s bag is a total miss for me.  Not that Ipsy knows my hairstyle, but I am bummed two of the products are brow products that I won’t get use out of. I can’t fault them for that though. I use both blush and lip gloss, but I don’t like the shades of those that were included this month, so I won’t be using them.  The only thing that can save this is the magical hair mist, but I am not holding high hopes for it since I don’t use many hair products.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Noah - Month 10

I can't believe my little man is passing 10 months old!  I feel like it is just yesterday he joined our family.  I was always told "they grow so fast," but man it is really the truth! 

Noah got a couple more teeth this month on the top, giving him a total of 4.  Funny thing is they are not the middle teeth.  He looks like a little vampire!

He is 28 inches tall and 16.1 pounds, but I am going to guess he ended the month closer to 17 pounds!  He seems to be getting bigger by the day.  He is crawling like crazy and loves to pull himself to a standing position.  He is VERY observant and watches everything!  He loves to explore!

This month he went to the park for the first time and went down his first slide and got into a swing for the first time. He loved the swing, but not so much the slide!  We also got him dedicated at church on the 4 year anniversary of the day mommy and daddy met. It was perfect timing!

At the park!

First time on a slide...he didn't love it.

First taste of dirt....nom nom.

First time on a swing....he loved it!


Watching basketball with daddy

Bubble bath time!

Dedication day with grammy and grandpa

Looking sharp in his suit!


I love this pic, his shirt says "My daddy" and it is C's football number

Being mischievous and getting into a box

"I own the night" is the full truth.  He is still not doing so great at sleeping!!

10 month smiles!


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