Five on Friday [makeup edition] // 2-24-17

I am by no means a makeup expert (I tend to buy whatever works on the cheaper side), but here are my favorite/essential makeup items:

ONE // Coconut oil. Ok, this isn’t makeup, but I use it as a makeup remover/facewash at the end of the day and a moisturizer after my morning shower. I just use the organic kind you can find at the grocery store.

TWO // L’Oreal Voluminous Primer Mascara. I put on a coat of this primer before applying regular mascara, and it lengthens and thickens my lashes.

THREE // Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara. I’ve tried a few different mascaras over the past couple of months, and this one is my favorite right now. It doesn’t make my lashes stick together (hence the “clump crusher” 😉 ).

FOUR // Maybelline Eyeliner Pencil. I tried liquid liner for a while, then went back to this pencil because liquid liner was too advanced for me.

FIVE // Covergirl Blush and Bronzer. Like I said earlier, I’m not a huge makeup person and always thought I had a “healthy glow” without bronzer or blush. That is, until last year when I had a lesson in applying makeup before a wedding. Even just a little makes such a difference! Maybe I’m just getting old.

What are your favorite makeup items?

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21 Week Bumpdate

How far along: 21 weeks

Size of baby: Endive, carrot, fanny pack or least weasel. 10.5 inches long (head to toe) and 14ish ounces (dr said she was 13 oz last week at our appointment).

Wearing/Maternity Clothes: Starting to actually wear the maternity shirts I bought a few weeks ago.

Sleep: Still good!

Cravings: Nothing this week.

Baby movement: Lots! Especially after eating something sweet.

Gender: Little Lady.

Challenges this week: Figuring out what baby items we really need. I’m trying to take a minimalist/budget friendly approach, but also find products that will last for several children.

Best moment this week: Seeing family this past weekend, even if it was just for a few hours.

Not much of an exciting week, but still must be documented. 😉

Weekend in the Sunny “C” Cities

Friday night wasn’t too exciting – Loren had been feeling like he was coming down with something all week, and he did come down with a fever Friday afternoon. I sent him straight to bed and then picked up dinner (chicken noodle soup). We had dinner after he napped for a while, then went to bed pretty early because 1) Loren was sick and 2) if he was feeling any better, we were heading to Columbus, OH very early the next morning.

Early Saturday morning Loren decided he was feeling ok, so we jumped in the car and headed to Columbus, OH for a wedding Loren was helping shoot. After dropping him off, I had the rest of the day to myself. My first stop was World Market where I discovered that the elephant pillow I really wanted the last time I stopped in was on sale! So the first item for baby girl’s nursery has been acquired. 🙂 After I did some other shopping and scored some amazing President’s Day deals, I thought about catching a movie, but decided the day was way too perfect and sunny to sit inside a dark theater. Instead, I camped out at Cup O’ Joe for a few hours and read. Eventually I headed to the hotel and checked in, grabbed dinner and hung out until it was time to pick up Loren.

Sunday morning, we left Columbus and headed to Cincinnati for our nephew’s dedication service. After church, we had a fun lunch with the family catching up. Always good to see them all! Loren had a meeting back at home Sunday night, so we headed back home late afternoon after a quick stop at IKEA for some organizing necessities.

And that’s it (probably way too much boring info)!
I hope you got out and enjoyed the beautiful sunny spring-like weekend!

Five on Friday // 2-17-17

ONE // I have the sweetest man. We don’t do a whole lot for Valentine’s Day (no gifts, just a little fondue dinner), but Loren surprised me with some of my favorite candy (Haribo gummi bears and Hot Tamales, in case you were wondering). We had a nice quiet evening and opted not to take any pics that night, so here’s an oldie but a favorite. He gets me and I just love him.

TWO // This prenatal ab and core workout. Staying active has been super important to me this pregnancy, and this workout was the perfect addition to the cardio and light weight lifting I’ve already been doing.

THREE // Coffee is starting to taste good again! I basically only drink the equivalent of an espresso shot (quantity, not strength), and it’s the best.

FOUR // Salmon Tacos. I was inspired by my SIL to make salmon tacos last night. I’m not a huge fish person, but I don’t mind salmon and topped with cilantro coleslaw and a side of cilantro rice, it was delicious. Next time I want to try the avocado dressing from the link/picture above.

FIVE // Chambray baseball cap. I’ve been searching for the perfect chambray baseball cap for a while that wasn’t $$$ or sold out, and finally found this one at Target the other day (it looks better in person)! #targetmademedoit

Happy weekending!

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20 Week Bumpdate

How far along: 20 weeks – halfway there!

Size of baby: Banana, small cantaloupe, whoopee cushion or axolotl. 6.5 inches long (head to rump) and 10.5 ounces.

Wearing/Maternity Clothes: Nothing new, but I’m on the hunt for the perfect dress for our maternity shoot. PinkBlush has SO many cute options!!

Sleep: I’ve woken up a few times the past couple of nights, but go right back to sleep.

Cravings: Only yesterday when I really wanted Taco Bell.

Baby movement: Yes! Loren even got to feel her – it was her Valentine’s Day gift to him.

Gender: Little Lady.

Challenges this week: Nada.

Best moment this week: Getting to see baby girl move all around on the ultrasound at my dr’s appointment. She has such longs legs! Must be a Crisp. 😉

*P.S. I feel like these pictures make me look larger than I am. Maybe I’m just in denial.*

Felt Like Spring

This year’s Valentine’s Day post is a regular old weekend recap.

Friday night I went to a Young Living essential oils class my friend was hosting. It was very informative, and we got to make our own little samples to take home. When I got home, Loren and I had an ice cream and movie date in bed and then promptly fell asleep. #crazyweek

Saturday was gorgeous outside. After breakfast, we went to a close-by park for a walk to take advantage of the warmer temps and sun. It felt like the perfect spring day!
Later that afternoon, we headed to an annual “Cabin Fever Challenge” a couple from our church hosts. It was our first time going, and it was a fun evening of food, games and conversation.

Sunday after church, we helped out with the teen Valentine’s lunch and white elephant gift exchange and there were some pretty hilarious gifts. When we got home I was so tired I ended up taking a 2 hour nap. We eventually picked up pizza and wings for dinner and relaxed for the rest of the evening.

Things got a little out of hand Sunday evening.

And I’m going to throw in a couple pics from yesterday (Monday) morning’s ultrasound and breakfast date! It was a sweet time seeing our little girl moving all around on the screen and then having breakfast together before work.

My handsome forever date. 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Five on Friday // 2-10-17

This week I went to World Market for the first time ever. There were WAY too many cute and perfect things, but here are some favorites that I found.

ONE // Golden Hoops. I finally found some unique hoops that I love!

TWO // This basket. I’ve been on the hunt for baskets for my coffee bar, and this one fit perfectly.

THREE // Studs. I got some similar to these, and they are the perfect simple touch.

FOUR // Coffee. Apparently, World Market has amazing coffee, and I can’t wait to try it. They have a pretty large selection, and it was so hard to choose.

FIVE // This darling elephant pillow. I didn’t actually get this, but really wanted to. How perfect would this be for baby girl’s nursery!?

I definitely want to go back sometime soon with Loren and see what other fun treasures we can find. I’m sure he’s looking forward to it. 😉

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19 Week Bumpdate

How far along: 19 weeks.

Size of baby: Mango, heirloom tomato, Gameboy or four-toed hedgehog. 6 inches long and 8.5 ounces.

Wearing/Maternity Clothes: Same old – leggings, sweaters, maternity jeans.

Sleep: Still good! However, I am considering breaking out the body pillow my sister-in-law is letting me borrow.

Cravings: Nothing really this week.

Baby movement: Yes! I feel her several times throughout the day.

Gender: Girl.

Challenges this week: Nothing to report in this department.

Best moment this week: REALLY feeling baby girl move around.

January Book Review

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
I had read all of Liane Moriarty’s books and couldn’t wait for this last one to come to our library. All of her books are set in Australia, so sometimes I read the conversations in my head with an Australian accent. I’m weird. Moving on.
Something drastic has happened at a summer barbecue and created a rift between two friends. Moriarty frustratingly drags on the revelation of the traumatic incident, going back and forth between the present and “the day of the barbecue.” This wasn’t my favorite book of hers, but I kept reading to find out what had actually happened.
3.5 out of 5
Orphan Train by Christina Baker
Janssen recommended this book so I grabbed it on a library run. The story  juxtaposes between the lives of Molly, a 17-year-old foster child who has been passed around from different homes and Niamh, a little Irish girl who was put on an orphan train in the late 1920s. Their paths eventually cross and they end up impacting each others’ lives in a way neither one of them expected.
5 out of 5
Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand
I’ve read a couple of Hilderbrand’s books, and all the ones I’ve read are set in Nantucket. Makes me want to take a summer vacation there someday!
Here’s to Us is about the 3 wives (past and current) of celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe. Generally, they try to avoid each other at all costs. But Deacon’s death brings them all together under one roof and they have several decisions to make.
3 out of 5 stars
What have you been reading lately?

Weekend of Sunsets

This weekend was the most laid-back we’ve had in a while, which is probably good since the next several are pretty packed.

Friday {date} night, we had dinner at home after taking advantage of the last golden rays of sun, then went to see Dr. Strange and eat theater popcorn. Perfect start to a quiet weekend.
Saturday, we got in a workout, cleaned up the apartment, worked on organizing our storage closet and Loren met up with a friend for a bit while I ran to the library. I didn’t feel like cooking dinner, so I picked up Chipotle and we had a little picnic at the coffee table.

Sunday afternoon, I napped, we read some and went out for another quick sunset photoshoot. We weren’t going to be watching the Super Bowl (don’t have TV and don’t really care for football), but I felt like making Super Bowl-ish snacks for dinner anyway. I looked up some ideas on Pinterest and just happened to have the ingredients for a few things that sounded good. So snacks and The Crown it was! I did keep on eye on the the game’s scores. SO crazy!!


I hope you had a good Super Bowl weekend!