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Reflecting on life with 2 toddler boys

July 25, 2016

Now that my littlest will be turning 2 in just a few short weeks, has got me thinking a lot about being a mommy to these two loves of my life.♥ IMG_7351

{ L→R: Mason, Liam }

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{ Baby Mason turning 2 on August 21st! }

I’ve been thinking a lot about my job as a mom lately… These sort of thoughts/questions have crossed my mind, like:
How am I doing thus far with these two?
What could I do to be a better parent?
Gosh, how time is just flying by!
What am I cooking for dinner?
Liam starting pre-k in a few weeks….whaaaat!?
How am I going to handle the first day, or even first week of pre-k?!
What new memories should we, as a family be making?
How will I schedule my days with one child in school now?
How could I make my time with Mason special while his brother is in school?
Am I ready for baby #3? Yes, I said THREE!!
I’m so tired.
I need a manicure. ha-ha!
How can I manage my time better?


Ok… so that list should give you an idea of the GAZILLION thoughts running through my head everyday.

First off, I feel like I’ve been thinking this way mostly because I’m coming into a new chapter in my life: Mason turning 2 & Liam starting school. Both are BIG to me!
I know most moms have these similar thoughts too. As a stay-at-home-mom { #SAHM }, I think I can be pretty critical of myself. Am I doing enough? Am I doing too much? Should I just leave all that mess in the kitchen and worry about it later? Should I take a shower now or later? Did I read, play or laugh enough with the kids today?
Was I too impatient? Did I lose my cool too much? How come Liam keeps hitting his brother? Am I doing time-outs correctly?

Obviously there’s no perfect guide to parenting book, otherwise I’d be all over it (all parents would). Everyday is different. Everyday is a struggle. Someday’s are great + someday’s are…well, just crappy! Even with help during the week.
I know all I can do is my best, bust sometimes let’s face it, my best feels like, WTF AM I DOING?!IMG_7443

And then you factor in that I’m trying to keep up with my fitness, look half way decent for my husband, cook dinner and everything else that goes in to keeping a marriage happy & a house a home. And of course that precious little thing called ALONE TIME. You remember, the time you can have to do whatever the hell you want! Every mother I’m sure can relate.

As a parent you get certain things down. And the rest of the time you’re just flying by the seat of your pants – haha!IMG_7261

{ Mother’s Day 2016. My hubby Anthony, me & the boys♥ }

So long as my kids are healthy + happy, I will keep trying my best, (even when my best isn’t good enough). Parenting is the greatest challenge EVER, but with the best kind of reward. These beautiful, perfect little humans you created will one day function in society as kind, polite, generous, smart, capable people. I learn so much about myself as the days, weeks, and years pass as a mom than ever before. What else can I really do? Just take it day-by-day. Remember to take little snap shots in my head and store those memories away. Take the challenges as they come. And pray I (we) don’t mess up too badly along the way! IMG_8043IMG_7744IMG_7848

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: For Her

February 10, 2016

Vday Gift Guide 2016

Row 1:  Candy Hearts Accessory Bag | Red Roses Bath Oil | Watch Lace + Mesh Chemise Row 2:   YSL Crossbody | Pajamas Ear Crawlers Row 3. Embossed  Heart Card CaseSleep Mask | Confetti Print Wallet 

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I put together this little gift guide so that I may help give you ideas for a special friend, your sister, a co-worker… or whomever in your life. These V-day gifts are sure to please any kind of gal! I found all of these items at Nordstrom. Prices range from $25—$1500, and everywhere in between.

As for me, my husband and I will be spending our 5th wedding anniversary + Valentine’s Day in Aspen, Colorado. My hubby and this celebration trip are all the gift I need! ♥

Happy Valentines’s Day to all of you!

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Winter Weekend Getaway Wish List

Mini Wish List For A Girls Trip To NY | Nordstrom, Club Monaco, Express, Urban Outfitters + LOFT

November 19, 2015

Winter Weekend Getaway Wish List

Faux Fur Pom Beanie | Wedge Bootie | Toggle Coat | Off-The-Shoulder Sweatshirt | Mohair Blend (Lavender) Infiniti Scarf Fringed Hem Infiniti Scarf | Lavender Beanie | Lace Hem Sweater | Mittens Side Split (Pink) Sweater

{ Clink on the links above to take you directly to the product page }

So in early December, my sister and I are planning a Sister’s Getaway to New York. I’ve put together a little wish list for our Winter trip.

New York is so beautiful during the Holidays, isn’t it? I love it when my sis and I get to go away together. We are both so busy & It’s been too long! I’m really looking forward to spending some quality time with my best friend! And since we live in Florida, it’s also a good excuse to purchase some sweaters + outerwear pieces for the trip. It will be freeeeezing – brrrrrrr! But for those of you who live in the colder parts of the country, maybe this post will give you some ideas for your winter wardrobe.

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e.l.f.cosmetics haul

e.l.f. cosmetics haul

November 17, 2015

 

e.l.f.cosmetics haul

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{ L-R:  Moisturizing Lipstick » shade RED CARPET | Lip Stain » shade BERRY BLUSH | Jumbo Lipgloss Stick » shade SUMMER NIGHTS | Lip Balm Tint » shade NUDE }

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{ L-R:  Lip Balm, Jumbo Gloss Stick, Lip Stain, Lipstick }

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{ Top-Bottom:  Expert Liquid Liner » shade CHARCOAL | Waterproof Eyeliner Pens » in the shades BLACK + COFFEE }

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{ L-R:  CHARCOAL, BLACK, COFFEE }

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{ Blush in the shade » CANDID CORAL }

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Up until recently, I’ve only tried e.l.f. makeup brushes (which I love BTW!). When I was shopping at target, I decided to get my hands on some of their beauty products and give ’em a shot!

The reason why I picked up three eyeliners is because I want to test a variety to do a winged-liner. I’m actually not that great when it comes to doing the whole winged-liner look (with liquid liner or pens, specifically). I wanted to find a good formula, a long-lasting formula and an easy to use product. I want to master the winged-liner! And after swatching these liners, I’m excited to try them.

As you can probably tell from the pictures above, the Lip Stain bleeds a little. So if you have particularly dry lips, or lines around your mouth, then this product may not be for you. I’m not sure it’s for me either. It fees like a wet marker going on my lips. I’ll give it a fair shot though to see how I truly feel about the lip stain. I think I’ll really love the others I purchased. I like the shades + the formulas seem to be very hydrating too. The Red Carpet Moisturizing  lipstick is more sheer, rather than fully opaque, but it is buildable and you can achieve an opaque look. I love this shade red. A pretty option for the Holidays. The Lip Balm Tint is the perfect balm. Hydrating and with just a hint of color. I built it up for the photos, but the NUDE shade is really sheer. The perfect lip product if you want something hydrating and natural for everyday. I will keep this in my gym bag or on my bedside table.

The blush is so pretty. Again, a good option for everyday, and it will go with almost any makeup look. The photos don’t do this shade justice (I tried my best). It is the perfect peachy-coral with a beautiful sheen finish. Really a soft and pigmented formula.

Have you tried any of the e.l.f. cosmetics products? Let me know what you like!

prices: bronzer brush $2  | total face brush $2 | expert liquid liner $2 | lip balm $2 | lipstick $3 |  lip stain $2 | jumbo gloss stick $2 | blush $3 | eyeliner pens $2 each 

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