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Sunday, February 7, 2016

I love ColourPop

colourpop ultra matte

A few months ago at a meeting my friend Robyn came in with this CUTE lip color on. Everyone was complimenting her on it. She began to tell us about how it was only $6, cruelty free, came from California and stayed on all day. Next thing you know almost all the women in the group were on their mobile devices looking through ColourPop.com at their Ultra Matte Lips collection. I was thoroughly impressed by their range of shades and the fact that they swatch the colors on arms with a range of complexions. I don't know how many times I look at swatches for a product and they are only swatched on light complexions. 

A few weeks later I finally made my ColourPop purchase and I am so happy that I did. The Ultra Matte Lips lasts what feels like forever. Without eating anything greasy, you can get away with wearing it all day with minimal reapplication. I find every other lipstick I have inferior when it comes to their long wear. These Ultra Matte Lips don't come off -on my coffee cup, on my baby, on my husband, they stay put and I love it. I only have three colors currently but it's only a matter of time before I make another order. I have my eye on Rooch, Avenue and Limbo. Having these has definitely increased how often I wear lipstick. 

colourpop ultra matte tulle

Tulle is the mildest of the three colors I have. I use this for ever day wear. 

colourpop ultra matte zipper

If I'm wearing Zipper I'm feeling really fancy lol. The purple is really bold. I love it. 

colourpop ultra matte lax

I wear LAX both for everyday wear and for special occasions. It's the color I wear the most. 

What are you wearing on your lips?







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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

When "Treat Yo' Self" Goes Wrong


I've been thinking a lot about my detrimental reward system lately. I find my problem to be two-fold: the rewards I give myself are almost always food or alcohol, which both cost money and don't do anything for this waistline that I'd like to retract, and if I'm honest with myself, I'm rewarding myself for really basic stuff. I shouldn't get a cookie (literally or figuratively) for changing a really dirty diaper, steam cleaning the floor, or actually completing laundry from start to finish in one day. Those are things I should just do, because I'm an adult. 

I read a post earlier this week - 23 Ways to Treat Yo' Self Without Buying or Eating Anything - and it really hit home for me. It acknowledges the need to treat yourself from time to time, but offers great alternatives to confections and wine.

I've also downloaded a counter app on my phone. I'd like to keep a count of my good decisions - going to the gym, choosing the healthier food option, saying no to the offer of sweets, not spending time on social media when I have other work to do - and allow myself one treat after a long series of good decisions.

At some point I started using anything as an excuse to eat badly or buy something I didn't need. I'd like to change my thinking from needing to give myself rewards to celebrating legitimate accomplishments. Completing a grant application warrants a cupcake, making it home in the rain? not so much. 

How do you reward yourself without going overboard? Do you have a set system in place?
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Quick & Easy Black Bean Quesadillas

black bean quesadillas

I'm not a person who NEEDS meat in their dishes. I eat meat, but I can feel like a meal is complete even if it's meatless. This recipe came from a lazy Saturday afternoon in which I didn't feel like really cooking. There is something about the task of grocery shopping that makes me not want to actually cook the food after I've made it through the store, through check-out, and back home lol. Usually this is a time when we would grab fast food for lunch, but instead I decided to whip up this quick recipe.

Ingredients
Whole wheat tortillas
Can of black beans
Mexican blend shredded cheese
Taco sauce

These are probably things you usually have in your pantry/fridge, so this is also a great recipe to make when you haven't planned for lunch and need to make something with the resources on hand. 

Place the whole wheat tortilla in your already heated skillet. I spray my skillet with some nonstick spray. On one side of the tortilla place a few tablespoons of black beans and a few tablespoons of enchilada sauce, to taste. On the other side place your desired amount of cheese. 

black bean quesadillas


Heat/brown for approximately three minutes, until the cheese is melted. I cook it open faced so that both sides of the tortilla brown at the same rate and everything has a better chance to heat through. You'll know it's done when all your cheese is melted. Once it's fully done, fold the cheese side onto the bean side, serve with a dollop of sour cream, and enjoy!

black bean quesadilla

black bean quesadilla

This is really a good base for any kind of quesadilla. For my husband I often use the same mechanics, but make it a pizza quesadilla with pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. 

What kind of quick recipes have you come up with?
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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Vintage Honey Shop Review


The lovely duo at The Vintage Honey Shop sent me a teething necklace to review. I've been a fan of their brand for about a year now. I even listed them as part of my Mommy Travel Wardrobe post. I now have a second lovely necklace as part of BabyCake's and I's collection! 

Babies love playing with jewelry. Really babies love playing with anything that isn't a toy lol. Vintage Honey Shop provides handmade babywearing/teething/nursing necklaces in a variety of styles and designs that provide a strategic and safe accessory for baby to put their attention to. When her front teeth were coming in BabyCake's loved to gnaw on these. Now the necklaces come on handy specifically if I am wearing her, so she has something to play with that isn't my face or hair. 


All of The Vintage Honey Shop's items are handmade right in the USA (Nashville, TN to be exact) with premium materials: food-grade silicone, cotton fabric, organic wood and just a dab of non-toxic glue. Safe for baby to chew on, and cute for mommy to wear. I guess that's why their motto is "Mama rocks it, baby chomps it!"I've been asked more than once if my necklaces are specifically for use with babies. They stand up as a cute accessory all on their own. 

I also love the packaging of their items (above). It feels really special to get something handwrapped. You can tell they take time to give each delivery a special touch.It feels like you're getting a gift from a friend. 



If you're wondering about washing - I simply hand wash them with dish soap and then let them air dry every few wears. 

Interested in picking up a piece from The Vintage Honey Shop? I have a special code for a 15% discount. Use VHSHARE at checkout to get your 15% off. Also, these aren't only for moms, there is a whole section for dads as well.

What are some of your favorite baby related accessories?
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Saturday, January 16, 2016

30 Lessons in 30 Years


I have the privilege to be 30 years (and 2 days) old today. With the arrangement of my wonderful husband I was able to spend my birthday on a solo adventure to NYC, where I got to catch up with some friends from highschool and see Hamilton the Musical! I've been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack for months, and I can't think of anything better I could have done to celebrate the big 3-0. Here's a little video from my time in NY:



I'm older now, and I suppose that means I'm also wiser. Here are 30 lessons I've learned in 30 years. 

1. You don't always know what's best for you. 

2. When you're comfortable it's time to raise the stakes or move on. 


4. No one will look out for you like you look out for yourself, so look out for yourself. 

5. You can teach yourself a lot with Google. 


7. You can't please everyone. 

8. It is completely acceptable, and fun, to go places by yourself. 

9. The hard times don't last forever. 

10. Have life plans, but be flexible. 


12. Trust your instincts. 

13. There is no rule book to life. 

14. A good relationship takes work. 

15. You'll never be happy if you constantly compare yourself to others. 

16. You'll never be happy if your criticize yourself constantly. 

17. You have to embrace adulthood, because there is no way you're going back to being a child. 

18. Breaking from routine gives some of the greatest moments in life. 

19. Take risks. 

20. Test boundaries. 

21. Don't live in the confines of someone else's success. 

22. Laughter really is the best medicine. 

23. If you need to cry, cry. 

24. A closed mouth don't get fed.  

25. You have to get uncomfortable to succeed. 

26. There is only so much you should do for "exposure" - get paid for your work. 

27. Do something for YOU every day. 

28. Don't let the expectations of holidays and special days drive you crazy. 

29. Enjoy the little things in life, they are more bountiful than the big things. 

30. Be you, unapologetically. 

What life lessons have you learned?
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

How Using a Planner Has Helped My Life


When I was in elementary and grade school I absolutely loved taking the trip to get school supplies in the fall and picking out my planner for the year. I loved having a pretty planner to put all my school assignments in. It kept me organized and on track. I kept up with my planner obsession in college, but after graduation I didn't get a planner again...until now!

Truthfully, prior to this year I hadn't felt the need to have a planner anymore. But right now with juggling familiar obligations, work, my blog, the summer theater festival I co-produce, the organization I am on the board of, my social life, and other extracurricular activities, a planner is highly necessary. 

For Christmas Hubs bought me a Living Well Planner. Even having only been using it for a short time I'm already seeing the positive impact of being back in the planner life. Here's how using a planner again has helped my life:

Remember that it is not necessarily the paperwork and data that is causing so much stress; rather, it is our inability to process it all. Simplify the process, and you just might find you've solved the problem. 

Seeing my life at a glance. While I love my Google Calendar, it doesn't allow me to see EVERYTHING all at once - work events, gym classes, blog post schedule, meal plan, etc. My planner is allowing me to really see how all my responsibilities relate, from when I have a deadline to what I'm cooking for dinner. This is helping me make better planning decisions. 

Blog planning. Having the calendar in front of me I now schedule out posts to have at least one new blog post a week. Prior to this I didn't really think about my publishing schedule with the month in mind. I'd write as ideas came to me and post right away. So I could have a week with five posts, and then nothing else for weeks. With the planner I am now spacing out posts, functioning with a real editorial calendar. 

Anxiety Relief. Now that I am using my planner when something comes to mind that needs to be done I can look at my schedule as a whole, at a glance, and write down when I plan to tackle the task. I've had much less anxiety and stress being able to plan to work on things, rather than just having all my to-dos floating around in my head and feeling like I had to do everything right away.

If you're in the market for a planner Amazon has some great ones HERE* at all price ranges. 

Do you use a planner? How does it help your life?

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Strange Children's Toys

I feel like I see a lot more commercials for children's toys now that I'm a parent. I believe that is a combination of watching children's programming more often, and actually paying attention to toy commercials now that I have a child. There are some toys that seem downright strange to me. 

Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise

"Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise! Feed her food before your eyes! Put her on the potty. Look inside. What will you get? Guess your prize! Button, Flower, Hear, Star. Potty Surprise!"
I understand that kids like surprises. But is the best way to distribute those surprises in a toilet? Keeping with the theme of bodily functions: 

Gooey Louie



Kids like boogers I suppose. As an adult, this looks disgusting. On a similar note:

Pop The Pig


I can understand the excitement of not knowing when the surprise event is going to occur, but these things are just strange lol. Why must body parts explode?!

Num Noms


This is a set of scented toys that kids are instructed to stack together in different ways to create different aromas. Doesn't sound fun to me, but perhaps it will spark many future perfume creators?

What strange children's toys have you seen lately?
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