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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.♥mom, motherhood, toddler, toddlers, kids, parents

{ 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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Sephora Beauty Haul

Sephora Beauty Haul

February 20, 2015

 

Sephora Beauty Haul

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Cleansing wipes | moisturizing face oil | beauty elixir | la creme lip cream {Lollipop} | la creme lip cream {Nude Beach} | perfect lips lip liner {Perfect Nude} | ambient lighting powder {Dim Light} | foundation {N153} | Lash extension kit 


Yesterday I went to Sephora specifically for a foundation I’ve been wanting to try. Of course, that’s not the only thing I ended up buying – all willpower is gone the minute I step into Sephora (and ULTA and Nordstrom)! I tried.

Sephora Beauty Haul

The Make Up Forever foundation was what originally brought me to the store. Because I’ve been needing a medium coverage foundation, I decided to give it a shot. I’ve heard lots of good things about this brand and this foundation- I’ll let you know how it goes.

Another product I’ve been longing to try is the Hourglass Lighting Powder. It’s used for highlighting the cheekbone and other areas of the face you want to bring out. When I swatched the ‘Dim Light’ in the store, I loved the subtle lit-from-within appearance it gave me. Perfect for my olive complexion. And FYI It has not glitter or shimmer.

When I tested the Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil on my hand yesterday, I really enjoyed how nicely it absorbed into my skin, and best of all, how smooth and dewy my hand looked as well! That’s why I purchased it. I used it once last night and this morning already + it’s incredible so far.

Too Faced Lipstick Swatch

I just couldn’t pass up on these creamy lip colors by Too Faced. The color swatch above does not do these justice! The colors are so pigmented + beautiful. The formula is so creamy + hydrating. I’m going to enjoy playing with these!

Too Faced lip liner swatch

This is the Perfect Lips lip liner also by Too Faced. I’ve needed a nude-rose shade liner for a long time to pair with my nude + pink lipsticks.

 

Thanks for reading + have a great weekend!

 

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Valentine's Day Beauty

Anniversary/Valentine’s Beauty

February 11, 2015

Valentine's Day Beauty

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Eyeliner | Concealer/Highlighter | Shimmer Brick | Contour Kit | Fluid Sheer (radiance booster) | Matte Bronzer | Chanel ‘Chance’ Parfum | Elizabeth + James ‘Nirvana’ parfum | Beach Stick | Brow Pomade | Brow Pencil | Brow Highlighter | Glamour Lashes | UNZIPPED GOLD Palette | YSL Lipstick:  1, 2, 3 + 4 | UNZIPPED Cheek Palette | Self tanning face towelettes

Today I wanted to share with you some of the beauty products I will be using this week over my staycation with my husband, Tony. He and I will be celebrating our 4th Wedding Anniversary (TODAY, 2/11» Yay!) + Valentine’s Day. Since it’s a little hard to actually leave town while still nursing my baby boy, Tony + I chose to stay at a resort on Miami Beach. We truly live in paradise, and we’re glad we can take advantage of our beautiful city to celebrate this week. I can’t wait to relax, SLEEP, wine + dine, go dancing, sunbathe + just really take this time for each other, because we really deserve it!

Ok, so these are some of the products I’ll be using. Mostly all new, so I’m really excited to try them out this week. » P.S:  Keep checking my instagram for posts on my beauty looks, outfits (#ootd/#ootn) and beautiful Miami Beach!

I loved this shimmer brick when I tried it on in the store. At first, I thought it was going to be too glittery, but it gave such a pretty shimmery rose glow. Just apply it slightly above your cheek bone – great to use for a special occasion. I’ll try it when we’re going out to dinner. I’m also excited about this ever popular contour kit. I have never really contoured my face before, but I have always been curious to try it. This kit has been sold out everywhere I went! I found only one left at the last store I tried. Valentine's Day Beauty

I can’t spend this special week with my love with out some seductive scent. So I’m bringing a couple good ones! This one I’ve had for about 3 weeks now. It’s such a lovely, light and alluring fragrance. Also, for a beautiful summer glow look, I’m trying the Beach Stick in ‘Moon Beach.’ It’s an easy product to use while on vacation. And finally, I just LOVE YSL lip products! The colors are just beautiful + the formula is creamy, hydrating and long-wearing. It’s no surprise that I bought a few for this week too…I mean did you see those colors?!  My favorite red lipstick is Le Rouge Num. 001.

Valentine's Day Beauty

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day Gift Picks

February 02, 2015

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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 Heart cuff | silk-cashmere wrap | baguette earrings | YSL Lipstick | diptyque candle | Heart catchall | ‘Xoxo’ tee | Chloé ‘Love Story’ eau de parfum | SJP Pink Pumps | jo malone ‘red roses’ bath oil  | ‘Linked love’ ring | envelope clutch

Valentine’s Day is next week! For all you late shoppers like me, I thought I would share my gift picks for Valentine’s Day. These gifts would be perfect for every girl, and even for you to get ideas for yourself, (go ahead and let your guy know what ya like)!

I’m a sucker for a great pair of earrings and these are just STUNNING in rose quartz. I also love cute and comfy graphic tees and this ‘Xoxo’ one is perfect. I bought myself one over the weekend that says, ‘Kiss, Kiss.’ It was so hard to choose between both tees, but I knew I had to add it to this gift guide!  I’m addicted to candles. I can never have too many. This limited edition one is a must – these always smell unbelievable!

A few others include the perfect silk-cashmere wrap (great for any woman, any season), this ‘Heart’ catchall, and these sexy pink pumps.

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