Feb 23, 2018

Faves February 2018

Foundation- I've been on the hunt for a solid full-coverage foundation since my skin started breaking out a few months ago. I don't usually have blemishes, and, typically, my skin type is combination. I'm oily in my t-zone (and oddly on my eye lids...) but then dry on my chin and nose. 

I still have combination skin, but now I also have some huge blemishes. In my efforts to cover up my adult acne, I went to Ulta + Sephora, and tried on all their full-coverage foundation options. It took a few trips, even more samples, and a lot more foundation induced breakouts to find this one

Swiping it on with my fingertips for the first time, I was instantly obsessed. It went on like a dream. It didn't settle into my fine lines, it covered my dry patches, and masked my acne. I've been using it ever since.  

Deodorant- finding an aluminum free deodorant that works + smells yummy ain't easy. I typically use my husband's deodorant because I need something pretty strong, but this new-to-me deodorant checks all the boxes. Green. Strong. Long-lasting. Decently priced. It is my good smelling pit heaven.

Overnight Serum- I remember the older ladies at Nordstroms telling me when I was shopping with my mom, how important preventative ant-aging skincare would be for me someday. I rolled my eyes then, thinking that they were just trying to up sell my mom, but dang were they right. Anti-aging preventative care is such an important step, and one that I wish I would have paid more attention to before hitting my late 20's.

Watching fine lines develop has me using more facial products then ever before. I use this night serum to help replenish, heal, hydrate, and prevent wrinkles. My mom and I started using it together when I was in college, and all these years later, I'm still reaching for it. 

Jeans- wore these jeans in my picture on Instagram yesterday. Ya'll wanted the link, so here it is! Love these jeans. Summer numero dos with these pants, and I'm loving them just as much as I did last year! 

Boots- Ya'll also wanted the link to these boots I've been wearing a lot lately, so there it is!

Thanks so much for reading and following along with me ladies. It means the world to me to have such amazingly strong women reading and supporting me on this journey that is wife life and motherhood. 

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Feb 14, 2018

Valentines Treats

Happy Valentines Day! On the day of love, the Measoms make treats, handwrite cards, and cuddle extra close! Maybe, if I'm lucky I'll get some flowers. Hint, hint.

This year I'll be munching on some treats, and baking my man some cookies with the kids. Living that glorious moment of baking with my kids... until someone drops an egg. Total hand to face moment.

Here's our little treat round up-

1. barkThins Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt - I love these, and keep them on hand (...for when Aunt Flo comes to visit). They've been my favorite since discovering them while pregnant with DC. Reminds me of the good old days back in Utah.

2. Frontier Co-op Assorted Fair Trade Certified Spices- the kiddos and I are making Dad his favorite chocolate chip cookies. Our top secret family recipes calls for a dash of cinnamon, and this is the best kind. I'm all about organic, so this Frontier spice is right up my alley.

3. Guittard Chocolate Company Semisweet Chocolate Wafers- you can't have chocolate chip cookies without chocolate chips, silly! These are delicious. They're so good that I keep them in the freezer and eat them with the kids by the handful.

All of these yummy items are Fair Trade! They're a nonprofit that helps sustain farmers + workers. You can visit www.FairTradeCertified.org for more info about Fair Trade, and can find these items and so many others at your local grocer. 

Thank you Fair Trade for partnering with us on this post! As always, the thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

Jan 16, 2018

My Four Year-Old

Today,  Aida grabbed one of my son's lego toys that he and my husband had built.

My son, who wasn't playing with it, and was all the way on the other side of the room, glanced up at the exact moment Aida grabbed it, and he lost his cool within seconds. I swooped in to mediate the situation. I reminded him know that he needed to "share" with his sister. I told him that he wasn't playing with it, and that we could play together just him and I. That way, she could "have her turn" with the lego plane.

"No, no, no," he demanded. The tantrum / volume of the "no's" landed him in timeout (writing this story is an instant reminder that not only am I a mom, but I'm one of those moms...)

As I was walking towards Aida, after putting Dc in time out, suddenly the plane hit the floor and all the pieces (that I had no idea how they came together in the first place) shattered.

"Oh..." I thought, "so this is why he didn't want her to play with it!" I laughed at myself. A total palm to face moment. I tried to put the pieces together before it was time for him to come back from his timeout. When he found the plane, I kid you not, he said, "She broke it! See mom, this is why I didn't want her to play with it..." I couldn't help but laugh at myself.

My four year old knew 2 things I didn't, but should have. 1- that his two year old sister would demolish legos, and 2- how to put the dang thing back together. Dc- 2. Mom-0.

Jan 9, 2018

Round Here

I remember walking into an Anthropologie for the first time and thinking, "Holy crap, this place is amazing", and... I still do. I'm in love every friggin' time I walk in that place. It never gets old.

I constantly have too many tabs open in my brain at any given time. You know how your computer can be on the fritz when there are a lot of tabs open? Like when it's freezing or it's running super slow? That's what happens to me!

I have random moments where I'm just standing in place,  and I'm racking my brain trying to remember exactly what it was I was about to do. A total palm to face moment!

"C'mon! Think brain! Think!"

I have all these thoughts, and no real place for them to go and get sorted. If I made lists of my thoughts, I would find post it notes that say things like-

onion powder

True story.

Every time I think I'm on top of things, and am all set for the second half of the day, some tantrum erupts, or something a two-year-old finds catastrophic happens. You know, one of those- "How dare Mommy try and feed me chicken! I want Cheez-Its!" The horror...

It's in those moments I remember the 78 year-old woman at the post office. She stopped me when I was pregnant with Aida, and carrying baby Dc in my arms. She looked at me and said, "Darling, you've got your hands full now, but one day those babies will be grown and gone." Damn lady, way to lay it on me.

I was pretty hormonal for it then, and I'm too hormonal for it now. Anyone got a tissue? This momma ain't ready for her babies to be grown. Give them all the Cheez-Its they want!

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Jan 8, 2018

Workout Gear

Jan 2, 2018

This is my reminder to all the mommas

I'm just a mom sitting in front of a laptop asking it to let me communicate the thoughts that are floating around in my brain. Then, my brain reminds me that for the last five years it has programmed itself to think about what my kids need. 

How can you ask a mom to think about herself or her feelings without them turning into a..."are they hungry," or a "do they know I love them so dang much"? With a preschooler, I'm constantly thinking about preparing him as best I can to soar and excel in school, and that's a whole other can of worms.

Sometimes I get a minute. I start to think about what it is that I need, only to have a baby throw themselves on me for a cuddle, and we meet again. I mean, who can resist a sweet baby cuddle after all? They don't last forever, and I want to collect as many of those as I can! 

There is this constant "momma's needs" vs. the needs of her children.

It's such a beautiful thing to become so lost in motherhood that we also become the most selfless version of ourselves, but losing ourselves in the lives of others can also be a dangerous line. 

This is my reminder to all the mommas reading this to take a moment for yourself. To reflect on what it is that you personally love and need, and to give yourself permission to take care of yourself

Happy mom, happy dad, and happy kids. 

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Dec 28, 2017

Dusting Off The Ol' Keyboard

It's been a while, or at least it feels that way.

Truthfully friends, I haven't been sure what to do with this space. There has been so much growth happening behind the scenes. There's also been all this content being created in so many other places, that I felt burnt out and like things were starting to become half-baked.

I've asked myself what I wanted to share here, and tried to think about what I love about this blog. I like what it was when it started. I like how I use to write (even when the only person reading was my mom) like I could see each reader as a good friend. As if you, the reader, were sitting right here with me at our local Starbucks, and we were talking about whatever topic was being posted about here together.

I started to feel like actually reading a blog is a dying thing. I felt like people were just scrolling... always with the aimless scrolling (that's what I seem to be doing more of now). Scrolling without thinking, reading, or connecting. Scroll, tap, scroll, like, scroll... I'm bored. Where's my Pinterest app....

It feels like nowadays we have podcasts, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube - all these new and growing social media apps that give us bits of information quickly. We can get all the information we want without really having to read, think, talk, interact, or dive any deeper than what lays on the surface.

Call me old-fashioned, but I want the details! I want the the juicy read, feel, and connect details that can only come from writing, typing, reading, and envisioning them.

One of my favorite movies is The Help. A while back, I shared how I was thinking about reading the book. So many of you immediately chimed in that the movie is great, but the book was way better. You were right. I picked up the book and couldn't put it down, and that's when I realized that I love reading more then scrolling. So here is to dusting the keyboard off, and talking about wife life, mom life, and sometimes even fashion...if I can get some sunshine to peek through. We do live in Michigan after all.

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