Jul 16, 2018

Nordstrom Picks For Me


May 25, 2018

Free people sandals on sale!



Picture from Pinterest.

These Free People sandals are NEVER on sale...but I found them here for 25% off! Use the code "MEMORIAL" at checkout. SO many colors to pick from! Snag them while you can!

Memorial Weekend Nordstrom Sale Under 100

Mar 12, 2018

5 Tips For Kids Who Share A Room


One of our FAQ's is- "How do your kids like sharing a room?" and / or, "How do you get both kids to sleep in a shared room?"

I think this FAQ could be because some recent shifts are happening within our generation. People are turning to tiny house living (or opting for smaller houses) because more and more people are wanting to spend less on their mortgages and more an life experiences. I've also noticed people are mentioning that they are trying to live with more intention, and less "stuff." I love it! We are totally on that bandwagon.

Having our kids share a room was an easy transition. Originally, we had them sleeping in separate rooms, but we noticed that during the day they wanted to play together. They'd pull toys for each of their rooms and meet in the main living space. 

That's when I thought we could do some rearranging, and get them into the biggest room in the house. That way they could have all their toys in one place and play together without having to haul bins of toys in and out of their rooms.

Once we got their toys and furniture situated, we went for it. Now, we have it down to a science. 

Here are our 5 tips for kids who share a room-

1. Have separate bedtimes. Typically we put our youngest (Aida) down for the night before we bring our son into his bed. This ensures that they don't keep each other up, and that they both get a solid nights sleep. They get their baths, their teeth brushed, and a story. Then, Aida goes down, and soon after DC follows.

2. Make the space a fun place they want to be in. Add lots of color and any particular themed items that they might be loving. Have it be an inviting space.

3. Give them a space of their own within the room. Maybe it's a reading nook for your tiny bookworm, or a doll house set up for your princess. Whatever it is, give each child a spot within the room that is all theirs.

4. Use a nightlight, sound machine, their favorite blanket, or stuffed animal or other comfort. Each child is different, and in our house our son needs a nightlight, and our daughter needs her special blanket. They each have their item that offers comfort, and that allows their room to feel like "theirs" as they're dozing off.

5. Communicate. We talked to both our kids about sharing a room before we make the change. We asked them both how they felt about sharing a room. "Yes!" They both answered a green for go, and we got to it. They're best friends (though they do have their moments) and love being together. It wasn't a big to-do for us, but for some it might be. If that's the case, be open and honest about why you want them to share a room. I find that with both my kids, open, loving, and honest communication can make any situation a lot easier.

That's it, my super simple (maybe totally obvious) tips for kids who share a room.

Hope this helps any new parents, soon-to-be parents, or parents making some new changes! Let us know in the comments below why you're thinking about having your kids share a room, and if your kiddos do share a room, leave your tips too! 

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Mar 10, 2018

Sometimes


Sometimes, I like to imagine the weather is warm enough to feel the sun bronzing my skin. Heaven knows that this pale girl could use some serious Vitamin D.

Sometimes, I wish I read more. Crazy Rich Asians was the last fictional book I read, and I sped through that one like no one's business...three years ago. Ask me to finish an insightful or educational book, however, and watch that book collect dust. Weird....or is it?

Sometimes, when I'm in the car alone, it feels like a vacation. I usually have some tasty treat in hand, and I'm listening to a podcast about something inspiring. Then, I get to the grocery store parking lot, and am instantly reminded this is not a vacation at all.

Sometimes, my kid needs to fart. He runs to the bathroom, toots, and says, "you're welcome momma!" Yes, son! Thank you!

Sometimes, my heart is so full to the brim with love for my kids, and sometimes I am just too damn tired.

You feel me, girlfriend?




Mar 2, 2018

5 Tips For Brunettes Going Blonde


As a natural brunette, I always dreamed of the day I would be blonde. This is not an exaggeration. 

You always hear that blondes have more fun, but that's not why I wanted to be blonde. See, my mother is a natural brunette (her hair is the darkest shade, closest to black), but she was always the perfect shade of golden blonde. 

I remember as a kid I thought she was a Latina Barbie. She was my hero and my role model. She listened to techno, hit the gym religiously, managed an entire clothing factory in QC, wore the highest heels, and never needed a stitch of makeup. 

Naturally, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, and I have always wanted to look just like my mom.

I tried (I can't even count, how many times) to go blonde, but it never worked out. My hair was always too fried in the process, or too brassy. Until now!

Now, I am the perfect shade for my skin / brow color. It's my hair dreams come true. Ha-ha. 

Here's how I keep my brunette hair blonde and healthy-

1. I use this sulfate free, cruelty free, vegan, paraben free shampoo + conditioner. Then, once a week I use this purple shampoo.

2. Every time I need a hair wash, I apply this coconut oil to my ends the night before.

3. I sleep with my hair wrapped up in a head wrap to keep the coconut oil from straining my sheets, and when I wakeup the next morning I wash it out.

4. I apply this oil post hair wash.

5. I try and use as little heat as possible. So, I probably style my hair once a week, and keep it in a topknot or ponytail otherwise. 

It's that simple. Hope ya'll enjoyed my simple tips for any brunette going blonde. Good luck!

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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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