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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Skincare Routine

A frequently asked question on Instagram is about my skincare routine. What do I use? What are my favorite products? Have I tried anything new? So I thought I'd take some time to answer some of those questions :)

I have always loved a good skincare routine, but it has definitely evolved over the years! I love trying new products, but I also have some tried-and-true ones that I've been using for 10+ years!

Here are the products I use daily:

Morning Routine:

Acure Facewash

Thayers Facial Toner

Bliss Glow + Hydrate Serum

Bliss Eye Do All Things Hydrating Eye Gel

CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizer (I use this in the daytime as well as night!)

Nightime Routine:

Ponds Cleansing Balm (to remove my make up. Jamie B. Golden recommended this and it's amazing!)

Bliss Jelly Glow Peel Exfoliator (I don't use this every night, but at least 3x a week.)

Thayers Facial Toner

Bliss renew + smooth serum

CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizer 

Cetaphil hydrating eye gel cream

Vaseline Lip Therapy

There ya have it :) All my skincare routine linked in one place! I've been on the hunt for a good sunscreen (one that doesn't feel slimy, or have a scent) that I want to add into the mix--so if you have any recommendations please send them my way!

*These are affiliate links which I means I receive a tiny commission if you buy through my link (thank you, thank you!) at no additional cost to you!

Monday, November 25, 2019

2019 Gift Guide: Toddler/Pre-School Aged

My Girls (ages 1.5, 3, 4) either have and love these toys or it is something we're getting them for Christmas this year! I only want to share things that I use and love or would buy myself.

1. Pop-up Play Tent - We've had this for over three years and my girls play with it often! It folds up very small. I even shared a tutorial on Instagram of how to easily fold it up--reach out to me if you need that tutorial again ;)
2. Pop Beads Jewelry Making Kit - This is a Christmas gift for Hazel and Eleanor this year and I think they're going to LOVE it!
3. Wikki Stix - We use these a lot on road trips. They're so much fun!
4. Remote Control Car - Another gift for the girls this year. It says they can even go on the ceiling! I'm excited for the girls to try these out (and I have a feeling Matt and I will be racing them ourselves, ha!)
5. Scooter - My two oldest daughters have their own scooters and when Sybil turns two we'll get her one too :) They ride them all the time and we see other kiddos all over NYC with them!
6. Baby Doll High Chair - My girls play with this daily and my favorite part is it collapses flat! Even if you don't live in a small apartment, it's nice when you can fold and put away toys.
7. Magnetic Tiles - Endless fun. These things are awesome. Definitely a top-played-with toy in our home!
8. Sneaky Snacky Squirrel - a friend bought this for Hazel as a birthday gift a few years back and it's still a family favorite!
9. Doodle Board - we have the smaller version of this and I think my girls would love this large size!
10. Baby Doll Stroller - we have this x3 :) My girls favorite thing after their baby dolls, of course!

The above links are affiliate links meaning I receive a small commission if you buy through my link--it doesn't change the price or do anything different on your end! Thank you so much!

2019 Gift Guide: Practical Gifts for Her

I own and use all of the products above! If you're searching for a gift for someone you don't know well, a friend, or just want to add a little some extra to a loved ones stocking I hope this gift guide helps!

1. Stojo cup This cup collapses so small you can just throw it in your bag after you're finished!
2. CocoKind Mymatcha All Over Moisture Stick - My go-to lip balm. Also, I use it on my hands, cuticles, under my's really great!
3. Burt's Bees Rejuvenating Eye Mask - This would be so easy to pop into a stocking or even in a card! I use this eye mask pretty regularly. It smells good and makes my eyes look so much more rested!
4. Defuzzer - My sister-in-law bought this for me as a birthday gift last month and I've used it so much already! If your sweaters have that annoying fuzz on them just use this on it and it will make your sweater look good as new! I have the one you can charge, but there is a cheaper-option that uses batteries!
5. Steamer - Another gift I've received. I've had this for a year and I love this little thing. I've talked about it a good bit in my instagram stories! Highly recommend!
6. Blanket Scarf - A good ol' blanket scarf. There are so many options to choose from! It's a fun, practical, and stylish gift.
7. Weighted Blanket - Matt bought this for me for Mother's Day and it is my favorite blanket. I have a hard time falling asleep and this thing really has helped me fall asleep easier! It's so cozy!
8. Milk Frother - If you want to make lattes at home this is for you! I looked long and hard at latte makers and then realized I just wanted frothy milk in my coffee. I use this daily! I recommend oat-milk lattes ;)
9. Muji Pens - My favorite pens. I love when Matt puts these in my stockings. (Hint, hint dear!)
10. Sugar Lips Gift Set - This set has so many pretty colors in it! I received this as a gift one year and it was one of my favorite gifts! I love that these give your lips some color, but feels so smooth and moisturizing.

These are just some of the ideas I thought of and again, I have or have used all of these products and love them!

The above links are affiliate links meaning I receive a small commission if you buy through my link--it doesn't change the price or do anything different on your end! Thank you so much!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Things I'm Loving Lately

Cocokind Macabeet Tinted Moisture Stick + Mymatcha All Over Moisture Stick

I had never heard of this brand until my friend, Christina, told me about it the other day. Whole Foods carries it and they were having a sale so I checked it out!

My favorite out of these two is the Mymatcha All Over Moisture Stick. It gives so much moisture and makes your lips feel so very soft. This morning I used it it under my eyes before I put on my concealer and I can definitely tell a difference. There's not really a smell to it which I also really like.

I love the little bit of color Macabeet Tinted Moisture Stick gives, but I don't think it's quite as moisturizing as the Mymatcha which is why I would say I like the Mymatcha better, but I do like both!

I also grabbed the Glow Essence--I feel like my skin is brighter and looks (and feels) more moisturized. I'm a fan!

Muji Pens

This is not a new love for me, but one that I recently mentioned on Instagram. Matt bought them for me a few years ago as a gift and they are hands-down my favorite pens!

BathPack Silver Brush + Hair Oil

One of my favorite people to follow on Instagram, @latewithkate, posted about this being her favorite hair product for her four daughters over Labor Day. I grabbed it while they were having a sale.

All three of my girls have very different hair. From very thick + straight to very fine + curly.

One of my daughters in particular really dislikes having her hair brushed--it always turns into an ordeal and it's not fun for anyone. We have a detangling spray (that we love!) and a few detangling brushes so I didn't know why this would be any different, but I bought it hoping somehow it would be!

I'm here to report I'm in love! I still used our detangling spray on my one daughter that dislikes having her hair brushed (she didn't say anything as I brushed her hair--I looked at Matt in disbelief!)

We don't wash our girls hair every day so the oil is helping a ton with the frizzy hair that tends to happen from bedhead. Also, it smells amazing! Every time I use it on them they say, "That smells SO good!"

I've also used it on my hair really like it!


If you've seen my stories on Instagram you know I've talked about this label-maker far too much recently! :)

 I make earrings for fun and my earrings storage (or lack thereof) had become a little out of control. Matt helped me do some organizing the other night and now most things have a home.

There's still more I'd like to do to feel a bit more organized, but it was a start and I'm so thankful! All that to say, labeling the compartments that hold tiny pieces has been so helpful and has made things much more efficient! This label-maker was really easy to use and has lots of options--different fonts, frames, many things!

(I've seen the price change a lot on amazon--so I'd just watch it to see when it goes on sale!)


Making a list of five to ten things I'm grateful for daily has been truly helping me lately.

This is a practice I used to do often, but with motherhood + work + just life in general it slipped away from me. I started doing it again this past week and I find it helps me so much to combat anxiety + stress.

Pausing to be grateful reminds me to be present and to praise God for all that He has done and is still in the process of doing in my life.

What is something your loving lately? I'd love to know!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Hazel Louise :: FOUR YEARS OLD

Hazel Louise,

Last summer I bought you a pair of pink pants. I bought a size up because I was so tired of you outgrowing everything! They were huge, but you loved them and have worn them often.

Today you pulled them on and they fit (which means they'll be too small tomorrow for sure).

You didn't think anything of it as you ran out of the room to catch up with Eleanor, but I stood there for a minute longer. It's another reminder of how much you're growing up.

Life has been full of transitions for the past several years in our family. The two biggest: three kiddos in four years and three moves in five years.

You've done a lot of growing up in that time and I know you're still little, but you're long gone from the baby and toddler stage.

Pre-K starts in the fall--I'm not sure how it works outside the City, but here it's all day, every day so it somewhat feels like kindergarten and although I think you're so ready! SO ready! You're still my baby and I cannot believe you're big enough to go to school.

You are thoughtful, generous, compassionate, empathetic, stubborn, and strong.

Question asking is a hobby of yours and I'm humbled often when you ask a question that I simply do not know the answer to.

"Can we ask Siri?" was your response when I wasn't sure just how far away the moon was from Earth the other day.

You keep me laughing!

Things you say that I want to remember:

"Wanna watch me run so fast, mom?!"

"Isn't she the CUTEST?!" (Anytime your sisters do anything you think is adorable)

"How did you even do that?!"

"Awwwww! Look at her!!" (Again, anytime your sisters do anything you think is cute)

"Where is God?!" (A question you have genuinely asked before and also one you often ask at bedtime when you want to delay...we know what you're doing, little one!)

Since I can remember you have been stuffing any type of bag you can find (a backpack, tote-bag, purse, really ANY type of bag) full of books, toys, clothes (again, really ANYTHING you find laying around) to head off to a "trip". You could play this all day long.

Typically I'll find you pushing your stroller with your bag to the couch or to Eleanor's bed and making that into your "car" or "plane" and off you go.

I pray you're always ready for an adventure (but maybe pack less stuff--we always have trouble zipping up your bag because you stuff so much in there!).

You play hard and love big.

Your sisters are your best friends. Although you've typically been a pretty quiet kiddo around people (not at ALL!) lately I've noticed you start to speak up a bit more.

Maybe it's age. Maybe it's you feeling more confident in who you are.

Maybe a combination of the two.

A few weeks ago a little girl--older than you--took Eleanor's balloon. You didn't miss a beat.

"That's my sisters balloon and she wasn't finished playing with it! You can ask her for a turn, but you can't just take it away from her."

I stood there a little taken-back from how quickly and confidently you spoke. The little girl apologized and Eleanor did in fact give her a turn with the balloon.

Don't get me wrong--you and your sisters have your struggles with sharing! I think I broke up two fights already today, but you girls are the best of friends and I learn a lot from watching the three of you together.

I could write on and on about how amazing I think you are. How you make us laugh, cause me to think about deep things, and cling to the Lord!

Being your mom and watching you grow is the sweetest gift, Hazel.

I love you so much.

So, so much.

No matter how big you get you'll always be my baby girl.



Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Sybil Jane :: One Year!

You're ONE!

What a beautifully crazy year this has been, sweet girl.

I'm writing this the night before your birthday and your dad is currently out finding you a balloon at 9pm because we had a miscommunication about when the said balloon was supposed to be bought.

After we tucked y'all into bed (it was an extra challenging night with you girls at bedtime!) we sat down to talk and I told your dad I was sad you wouldn't have a balloon until the afternoon.

We went back and forth about how it really is fine. You're just turning wont even remember!

But your dad could tell I really wanted you to have something in the morning even though we're going to celebrate together as a family later in the day.

He asked me what it was about having something--even something as small as a balloon--in the morning and I said, "I want each of them to feel so special on their birthday. So celebrated as soon as they wake up in the morning."

"I want that too," He said and now he's out finding you a balloon that you wont remember, but I'll take a picture so that when you read this one day you can see that balloon. ;)

Life is definitely a little nuts these days. Tomorrow you'll be one, Eleanor is two, and Hazel is three.

Crazy! It's so fun and so exhausting and I wouldn't change it for anything.

Your personality brings a great deal of calmness to our family and I'm so grateful for that.

Your smile, laugh, and cuddles bring a joy that I cannot fully express.

To say you have been an easy baby is an understatement. You sleep, eat like a champ, and go-with-the-flow daily.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

You are so incredibly loved! Your sisters gush over you all the time--they greet you when you wake up, tickle you, hold you, give you their snacks, and think everything you do is, "so cute!"

I feel like I could go on and on about how much we love you and what a gift you are to our family.

You are loved and we cannot wait to celebrate you tomorrow sweet one.

Tonight as I think back to this time last year my heart is overwhelmed with praise to God.

His plan, his timing, his creating.

You are a gift from the Lord, Sybie girl. You are so special.

Your dad just walked in the door with a big pink balloon in the shape of the number 1.

It has Minnie Mouse on it with polka dots. (He also bought each of your sisters a pink balloon.) You have a really sweet dad who loves you girls so very much.

What a gift this life is.

Happy first birthday Sybil Jane! You're one!

I love you so incredibly much.



Thursday, April 4, 2019

Sybil Jane :: Eleven Months

Sybie Girl!

You turn O N E in less than a month! Holy Moly!

I've just spent the last ten minutes looking back at old posts about you and reminiscing on this past year. What a ride it's been, little one!

You're sleeping great, eating great, and moving around a ton!

This past month we left you and your sisters with Grandma + Pawpaw and then with Gigi while your dad and I flew across the world to India! That feels crazy typing it. (It felt crazy doing it too.)

 Aunt Mary came up to help Gigi out too which y'all loved :)

I think it was way harder on me and your dad than it was on y'all + it's safe to say coming home to you girls was the favorite thing about our trip! (We did like the extra sleep and alone time as well ;)

Some things I want to remember from this month:

-How cuddly you are. You love all the snuggles and will crawl over, plop yourself in my lap and wrap your arms around my neck. It makes me melt. After nap you'll snuggle into my neck and rest for just a bit longer. I absolutely love your sweet cuddles, baby girl.

-Your laugh! This isn't only from this month--but man, your laugh is so contagious. We all love it!

-You are in a pulling-all-the-books-off-the-shelf stage. You think it's hilarious and necessary to do daily.

-You love when your sisters chase you (while crawling) down the hallway. Lots of giggles ensue!

-"Goodnight to Sybie" is now a part of your sisters bedtime routine--lots of kisses and hugs before bed. You are still our best sleeper currently. Typically when we place you in the crib you are asleep before we walk out of the room after saying goodnight to your sisters.

-Swinging at the playground! You LOVE it! We go to the playground often, but I always keep you in the carrier--mostly because keeping up with your sisters is enough for me! But I realized when we were there the other day that you're really not a tiny baby anymore and put you in the swing (I totally could've done this months ago--sorry about that!) and you laughed so much! We all loved pushing you in the swing and laughing along with you!

-Everyday life with you, yours sisters, our family is my favorite thing.

I love you, little one! We cannot wait to celebrate your first birthday in just a few weeks!

You are so special. We love you so much!