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Brotherly Love: A Photo Shoot

Monday, February 13, 2017

How cute are these guys??!!  I'm so grateful for these two.  Being a mom is really one of the best parts of my life and I just thank God every day that He chose me to be their mommy.  Dad is just so proud and Dax has been an awesome big brother.  He is the sweetest and I'm so relieved.  Not that I thought he'd be mean to his little brother but I was more worried about him being ambivalent towards him.  Not so.  Dax has to touch him and love on him all the time. 

We've established a routine with Briggs (while staying flexible) which helps when dealing with lack of sleep.  At least I know what to anticipate.  I'm definitely looking forward to longer stretches of night sleep and giving up the 2:30 am feeding.  Hopefully, that will be around the corner especially since I go back to work in three weeks (boo, hiss).  

Dax had a fun time letting me snap these pictures.  Briggs tolerated us!  Just check out that face in the last pic - too funny!  Hope you enjoy a peek at my boys.  You can find this sweet Big brother, Little brother set here.

Saw It On Pinterest: Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

Friday, February 10, 2017

The time has come for another round of "Saw It On Pinterest!  Today I'm sharing Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti.  I used the recipe from this Pin.  With only 8 ingredients, I'd say this was a win.  I know there are only 7 different items pictured below but I forget to put the parsley out for the picture.  What is with me forgetting the parsley?  Anyway, I added it later.  The toughest thing about this recipe was cooking the chicken and that was not tough at all.   

Obviously, you cook the pasta.

You mix all the ingredients and incorporate well. 

See, I remembered the parsley!  I just added it on top after I put the pasta into my casserole dish.

Bake it and enjoy.  This was very easy and really tasty.  I was skeptical about the salsa but it works.  I would absolutely make this again, as is.  No changes necessary as far as I'm concerned.  Did anybody try the Bang Bang Shrimp I featured here?  What Pinterest recipes have you tried lately and how did they turn out?

Valentine's Day Makeup: Create a Feminine Look With Only 8 Products

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
With Valentine's Day on the very near horizon, I thought I'd share a quick and easy beauty look you can recreate.   I literally only used 8 beauty items (the eye shadow palette counts as one).   I love makeup but I don't wear it every day.  It is important for any look I create to be easy.  I love how contouring looks but who has the time or the money to spend on all the products you need?  Not this girl.

First of all, I have to sing the praises of Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer.  I did an easy contour with just two colors:  Fair Golden and Medium Beige.  Love the coverage and ease of this stuff.  Blender sponges are my go to for applying concealer and foundation.   I will sometimes use a buffing brush as well.  Here is a good one from Morphe (I own it).  Their brushes are so affordable. 

Anywho, all I did was apply the lighter color under my eyes and on the raised parts of my face and nose.  Then I applied the darker color near my hairline, under my cheekbones and on my jawline.  I blended with the damp sponge and, voila.

Fleeking out your eyebrows is a must these days so I always make sure to use my Dipbrow when I do my makeup.  For my shadow, I used three colors.  Hard to tell specifics as the palette does not list the colors by name but I used a light mocha metallic all over, a bronze metallic in my crease and a matte taupe under my brows.  You wouldn't think that these colors "go together" but the mauvey nude cheek pencil and the terracotta lip, somehow work to create a feminine look I really liked.

There you have it.  I want to say it took my about 10 minutes to do my makeup from start to finish.  And most of the products are affordable.  That can be a relative term since makeup tends to be more expensive these days but there is nothing wrong with a good drugstore dupe either!  Try Maybelline's Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser if you love Smashbox Primer but not the price.  See below for links to the specific products I used.  Also, let me know if you would like to see me feature more beauty posts.  What in particular would you like to see more of?

Casual Errand Outfit featuring Stitch Fix

Thursday, January 19, 2017

I have a bit more time to run errands during the week while I'm on maternity leave and I've been making use of it.  After I drop my big little off at school in the mornings, me and the little little get to gallivant around town.  I try to get things taken care of in the morning so I can (in theory) go home and rest.  Ha!  Tired as I am, I've tried to make an effort to look decent on my trips outside of the home.  Thanks to this anorak I received in my December Stitch Fix box, I feel like my efforts are successful.  At least on this day.  In case you need more info, you can read about how Stitch Fix works here.  I couldn't find a link to the jacket but I found some similar options here and here.

Running around with a newborn requires a diaper bag.  This striped diaper bag was a shower gift and I love it and am so grateful for it.  It is the Skip Hop Grand Central and has some awesome features.  There are so many pockets including a clear one perfect for extra passies aka pacifiers and it comes with stroller loops and its own changing mat.  Most of all, I love it because it looks good and makes me feel chic carrying it around in addition to a purse.  No bag lady syndrome here.

For other moms out there having to a schlep a baby and all the baby gear around, I recommend comfy shoes like my Toms.  I didn't think much about the brand until I saw them up close and personal on Joy of Basically Joy fame.  I thought the style was cute and she said they were comfortable so I bought some.  I needed some black casual shoes other than the ballet flats I wear everywhere.  The Toms are so comfortable and while the charitable aspect of them is controversial (some people feel free shoes does nothing to solve the actual problem), I feel good about my purchase.

Sorry this pic is such a hot mess.  It's blurry and my MAB tote was turned the wrong way.  This was my best full length shot, however.

More on Stitch Fix: my last box came in about 2 weeks after I gave birth and only two of the items fit me, one being the jacket from above and the other being the cuff pictured below.  I loved the jacket immediately and I decided to keep it, although a bit pricier than I would normally spend.  I actually don't have many jackets in my wardrobe so this piece was needed.  I returned everything else (a tee, a blouse and jeans) including the cuff, as it just wasn't a necessity.  I didn't take pictures of what I tried on and I didn't even set foot in the jeans that were sent.  They were so cute and were basically jeggings, but still, two weeks postpartum was not the time to try on jeans and I wasn't going to keep them to try on later.  

My next Stitch Fix box is scheduled to arrive right before my Anniversary in February so I'm looking forward to giving you guys a thorough review then.  Hoping it includes some dressier pieces.  Also hoping I can fit in the clothes like a normal person again!

Has anyone tried Stitch Fix yet?  If not, click here to schedule your first Fix and give it a shot.  It's fun and it's perfect for helping build your wardrobe, especially for casual errand outfits!

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