Friday Five

I haven’t done a Friday Five post since back in May!  Boy has time flown.  Anyhow, I wanted to get back on the wagon and share with you five of my favorite things right now.



I pretty much love all things Rodan + Fields because I don’t want to look old, but my new love is Acute Care.  Last night was my 4th use of the strip between my eyebrows on my “elevens” and I can already see a noticeable difference.  While I sleep the liquid peptides in the strips are able to fill my wrinkles.  It’s so cool!  Plus, it doesn’t hurt like Botox and it costs far less!  Try it; your face will thank me later.



My hair girls and friends Jesilyn and Morgan both started selling Lipsense over the summer.  I am obsessed.  I’ve never been a huge lipstick girl because it requires liner and never lasts long, but Lipsense stays on for hours!  It doesn’t kiss off, wipe off or get on your drink glass.  They have both been great about helping me find colors and branch out of my comfort zone a little bit too.  I now have some darker purples/reds for fall and I’m excited to wear them!



One of my current “life goals” is to take more pictures.  Not only do I just want some nice pictures (better quality than my iPhone) to have, but I’m hoping that the more I take, maybe I’ll have some great pictures to frame for the new house.  I bought this telephoto zoom lens a few weeks ago and have loved using it to take scenic pictures as the leaves have changed and fallen.



I’ve been going to a weight gym class the last couple months 3 days a week and am loving it!  From March to July I was doing another program that involved a lot of cardio/HIIT workouts/weights.  It was an awesome jump start for me because it helped me get into a workout routine, I learned about counting macros and I got confidence in my abilities.  This new class now though is better for me because it’s small (like 3-4 people) so it’s very individualized and my trainer really watches to make sure I’m lifting correctly to get the most out of what I’m doing.  I can see I’m getting some definition, but my diet has been awful, so I know why I’m not losing weight.  That said though, I’ve done a ton of research on cardio vs. weight training for fat loss and I’m on team weight training!  I think this article gives a good explanation.



If you want shiny hair, you totally need to try this product out!  It’s even hairdresser approved!

Well, that’s it for this week.  Maybe next week won’t be so full of beauty products, but seriously, they are what I love!  I hope you all have a great weekend!



Dear Moms, Get in the picture.


Last week BG was making a poster about himself for school.  I suggested that he include a family photo then I proceeded to look for one that he could use.  We took a family picture when we did Eleni’s newborns and then we have (a not so great) one from the NFR last December (see above!!).  That’s it!  There have been TWO pictures of our family in nearly 20 months.  That made me so sad.  I have a ton of pictures of DG with either or both kids as well as selfies of me and the kids, but just the two of all four of us.  I think that as women we’re so worried about our body issues, clothing choices, hair and makeup that we’re often hesitant to be in a picture to begin with, then as moms we’re so concerned about our kids smiling, if they are having fun, capturing the perfect moment, etc. that sometimes we forget that the moment is perfect simply because we’re there and we do’t get in the picture.  I need to be better about asking DG to take pictures of the kids and I, but I also need to ask friends and family to take a picture of us when we’re all together too.  I don’t want to be Negative Nancy here, but honestly, if something happened to any of us, I don’t want to be regretting a lack of pictures together and then when it’s time for school projects I also don’t want my kids to be limited in their choices either.  If you think about it, how many pictures do you have with your whole family?


We Moved!

So my little family’s house is finally finished* and we have moved in!  I say finished with an asterisk to explain that we are waiting on some final details and have something to address/finish like mirrors in two of the bathrooms, frameless shower doors to be installed, kitchen backsplash, still need the top installed on the exterior of the chimney, chandelier in the family room (it’s on backorder, still), phone needs to be hooked up, my dishwasher doesn’t work (or may I just don’t know how to use it?) and our refrigerator is missing a shelf.  Those are all pretty minor fixes that shouldn’t take too long once they are being done.  My sister in law helped me decorate a few days ago and I will say that things are coming together nicely.  I’m so excited to have room!  Not only room to live in, but storage space too.  I plan on doing a home tour in later posts when I take some pictures with my real camera, but for now here’s a glimpse at my favorite decorated spot.


Building a home was such a major stress in my life.  Now that it’s finished I feel like I have so much extra time each day!  I also feel more organized just because everything has a place and things aren’t cluttered.  Hopefully the organization will pass on to my kids too.  On that note, I ordered a Daily System from Pottery Barn.  I considered making my own command center, but the more I looked at them on pinterest, the more overwhelmed I became.  The requirements I had were a calendar, place to put notes from school, lunch menus and invitations as well as a “cubby” for each family member’s papers, chore lists or homework.  My hope is that this will keep our back bench and kitchen counter clutter-free. If there ever was a theme for this period of my life, I think that’s it.

What helps you stay free from clutter in your house?  Any major things I’m missing?


Summer is Over

I guess it’s time to blog again after taking the summer off.  BG started 3rd grade and is loving it.



He’s really excited about the year!  Our school district is one of very few left in the state that allows an overnight field trip.  Each year the third graders visit a campground and the Forest Service provides two days of lessons on the outdoors, animals, etc.  They have been doing this since DG was in third grade, so BG is pretty excited to be doing the same thing!

Homework time is already a struggle.  BG just hates to do it.  He has 10 minutes of math, 20 minutes of reading and spelling word practice.  In all reality it shouldn’t take longer than an hour, but it has been so difficult to get him to buckle down and get it done so he can go on with his day.  I’ve tried a chore chart, rewards, punishments….I’m not sure what to do to help it go more smoothly.  What are your tried and true tricks to get the homework done every day?


Friday Five

It’s been awhile since I’ve linked up on Friday, but there’s no time like the present to jump back into things!


I love iMovie.  My Macbook is completely full, and I need to setup my iMac and get things backed up, but nonetheless, I created the most amazing movie with pictures and video from 2015 for my mom and MIL for Mother’s Day.  My mom hasn’t been able to see it yet since my Macbook keeps crashing due to its space and the fact that I haven’t tried burning the DVD yet, but it is seriously awesome.  This will definitely become an annual thing.  It’s such a special way to save the random videos and pictures that I have taken.  I can’t believe how much EJ has grown too.

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I’m obsessed with my S’well water bottle.  I got the 17 oz. so it can fit in the cup holders in my truck.  I’ve drank way more water than normal since getting this because it keeps it cold, but doesn’t leak or “sweat” water all over my things.  Naturally, I got hot pink.

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There’s only one more week of school!  Need I say anything more?



We’ve had a ton of rain lately and it’s making for good green grass and lots of pretty pictures.  It’s so nice to have a wet spring rather than deal with hauling water to cattle, dust and wind.  DG is a much happier husband when the weather cooperates!



Awhile back I posted about lusting after the Jujube BFF diaper bag.  I finally splurged (using gift cards!) and bought it.  The verdict is that I absolutely LOVE it!  I wish I would have gotten this diaper bag from day one and skipped out on my pricey Kate Spade bag.  The BFF is so organized and even though it looks smaller, it fits everything that was in my other bag–but now everything has it’s place and I’m not digging to the bottom looking for “lost” items.  The other major bonus is that it’s a backpack, and I’ve already found that to be super helpful when I’m carrying EJ and the bag.  I feel really stylish using it since it’s a classy print too!

Jujube BFF Diaper Bag

That’s it for today!  Have a great weekend.  I hope we’re basking in the sun!!