• Beauty

    Biolage Fail

    i haven’t colored my hair in like 5 years.  all my girlfriends were getting new cuts and colors for spring and i was itching for a change.  i bought a groupon and went to a salon on beverly hills.  my friend had gone before so it was a trusted recommendation.  i showed the colorist a bunch of pictures of what i wanted (see below).  i asked for white/ashe blonde.  the lighter the better. from my first trip, the color came out different.  i don’t know if you can see it, but the left side is darker than the right.  the color wasn’t coming out while i was in the salon…

  • Family,  Kids

    Pregnancy Loss at 18 Weeks & at 6 weeks

    i’ve thought a lot about whether to share this post.  in the end, I think this time was so hard for me that perhaps if someone else was going through the same tragic loss…they could find some comfort in reading about my journey and my two pregnancy losses this past year. Loss #1 (the abridged version) i conceived in July 2017 and had a normal pregnancy.  i was super sick with nausea (typical) and everything went really smoothly until my 17.5 week appointment.  my blood work up until then had been fine, ultrasounds were good and my first trimester screen went perfectly. at 17.5 weeks (Nov 7, 2017), i went…

  • MISC

    The Best Dry Shampoo for Busy Moms

    Oh LORD, I have been through my fair share of dry shampoos and thought that this product was just not for me.  It either was super flaky and made my hair flat OR it was for dark hair and left a dark brown/black residue on everything my head touched.  GROSS. With Mike’s travel schedule, our life schedule and just going through 1.5 years of baby/no baby drama I needed to change my morning routine up.  I decided to try one more dry shampoo.  That’s when I discovered Dove Dry Shampoo + Volume (link to a 3-pack here).  It not only absorbs the oil but it gives my roots texture (volume)…

  • Holidays

    Easter Basket Ideas

    This year I bought WAYYYY too many things to put in C’s Easter Basket.  The first year I made her a basket she was under 1 year, so I only put stuffed animals, small toys, and little things she could play with.  The second Easter basket I made her, I added eggs with little treats (goldfish crackers & annie’s gummies), as well as toys like Play Doh.  The Play Doh was a HUGE hit.  Now that C is almost 3, I’ve added some sweet treats and a ton more toys that she can enjoy and play with. xo Here are some Easter basket ideas for your little ones this year!…

  • Beauty

    Rose Water Toner

    Rose water, rose oil~ it’s all the rage these days.  This past winter my skin has been extra dry, so I’ve been doing my best to moisturize and layer my skin with extra products.  I’ve been trying these two products out above and I have to say…these seem pretty darn similar.  The Trader Joe’s facial toner is $5 and is really light and watery on the skin.  It feels like the best toner to spray on your face throughout the day when you need a refresh or when you need a little bit of hydration.  The Mario Badescu spray is $14 on amazon (click here) and it’s a bit thicker…

  • Holidays,  Kids

    Easter Crafts & Baking for Kids

    I LOVE a good holiday.  Big or small, I love theme parties, gift bags, and table settings.  (although i hate decorating my home so i just like to look at pictures of table settings…) This year, Charlotte will be almost 3 when Easter rolls around and I am SOOO excited to share the real reason for Easter (Jesus’ resurrection) and also give her ten thousand Easter baskets and eggs.  LOL  a bit much?  Maybe just 4 baskets and 100 eggs then.  hieeeeee.  I’ll do another post on Easter Egg Basket Ideas (b/c I obsess over it).  ;P Last year we did a sad Easter egg hunt in our apartment complex’s courtyard. …

  • Kids

    9 Empowering Books for Girls

    In honor of International Women’s Day, here are 9 books that were written for Girls.  To empower them, support them, and send the clear message that different is good.  I hope to always champion for Charlotte, empower her with words/acts of encouragement, inspire her to be great, and give her every opportunity we can afford.  I would be proud of her no matter her journey, occupation, body image, etc.  I just want her to be confident, happy, and strong in her faith.  xoxo  I am so grateful that Charlotte and the little girls of this world will be growing up in a culture where women are taking a stand, respecting…

  • Blog News

    Hello Again

    Hello.  Remember me? I used to blog pretty regularly for 9 years until a Russian hacker decided to take over my blog.  After a lot of $$ I was able to restore the blog, but lost all the pictures.  GREAT. Then about 2 weeks ago, go daddy decided to hold it hostage and charge nearly $500 for a business hosting account I didn’t need. My blogging journey has hit a few rough patches lately (to say the least), and well, it was just easier to wipe the slate clean and start over.  It’s pretty sad to lose 9 years of memories and posts, but I’m kind of looking forward to…