Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Beauty Blogging?!

Well, I know my blog is random at times, or really, at all times. :) I know quite a few of you are led here by our various DIY projects featured on other sites, the girls parties, etc, then I have my family who is here who loves seeing photos of the girls and just simply what we are doing. Then, there are other just girly girls out there who like my things I'm ♥ing Friday and those sort of related posts. Confusing right? At times it leaves me wondering what should I post?! What is anyone even looking at my blog for?! Lol. Really I still can't fathom why people find my little ole life interesting enough to read about it.

Long story short, I decided to start a little beauty/shopping related blog. I always have been-- and always will be a girly girl. I love talking about shopping, makeup, sharing tips/product recommendations with my friends, etc. But I know that is not always relevant here. So, over there is going to be a fun little place where we can chat about that and share more on that topic--and the best part is, I get to do it with some really great friends! I simply do not have enough to share or talk about on my own, so I have some friends who will be helping me out!  While we are so alike we are all also different--I love this aspect of it and that it will allow everyone who comes to visit to see not just one style and opinion--but many. We've all been talking for years now and I'm really excited to be doing this little project with them.

So, I won't rant anymore--here it is! I really encourage anyone who likes beauty/fashion or really anything GIRLY to head over there and show your support by "following" us, you can find the instructions over there on how to do so!! We really wanted to just think of it as our place to "girl talk"--and we'd love for you to come and chat with us!

As for this blog, I will continue updating it as normal, I will still be random (sorry!). And honestly you shouldn't really notice any changes here, the other blog is just a fun little side project that I am really looking forward to--and I hope some of you are too!

So, if you are interested in those sorts of things I'd love for you to follow that blog as well--if not, just ignore this post! :)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Weekend Instagram!

Oh how I ♥ the weekend! It's always nice to get lots accomplished but to have time to relax with my loves too. That was the type of weekend we had and it was so nice and well needed!  We started out with a few errands to get ready for my family's arrival--SO excited!!


the girls did not approve of our attempt at changing the car seats around. They are so precious! ♥

& we topped off our weekend with some shopping! It is always a good feeling when you go to the mall and actually find what exactly what you are looking for! This doesn't happen often for me so...Steve fully encourages it when I do.
9 to 5 and penny talk

(oh and here's my Rose Gold Polish pic I promised! It's Julie G's "9 to 5" with Essie's "Penny Talk"!)

new caroline flats!
 My favorite purchase were these new Tory Burch Caroline flats! Ahhh, you can just tell how excited they make me, lol! ♥ I put them on and we all agreed that they were very "me" and they needed to come home with us. I love how classic and feminine they are yet so comfy!

Ava didn't want the weekend to end either. Her attempt at "hiding" before bedtime. :) 


Hope everyone else had a great weekend too! 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Things I'm ♥ing Friday!


Hope you all have an amazing weekend!!! ♥
Just one week until my mommy & little sissy are here, YEY! (Hopefully they read this and are just as excited!) 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

On babies that grow up...

Please excuse my overly emotional rant for the week. But. Has anyone ever had that moment where you look at your baby...and realize, hey, you're not a baby anymore?! Today...I sadly, had that moment.

I looked at Ava and her beauty truly took my breath away.  And my calm away...and I felt myself holding tears back. Where did this gorgeous little girl come from and where was my little tiny baby? For some reason I looked at her and just realized she wasn't a baby anymore, granted she hasn't been a baby for a couple years now, lol, so why did it suddenly hit me?! 

I just realized that some day my baby will probably be a mommy herself and will understand all the things I did and said to her, the same way that I now understand everything that my parents did and said to me. I realized that some day she will have her own home, her own life,  and I won't get to go grab her from her bed and cuddle up with her any moment I want to. Like I can now.

My husband and I spend every.single.date.night. we have, asking ourselves what we ever did before we had babies. Don't get me wrong, we love our time together, but...really...we ask ourselves...what did we do before?! Because now we eat, drink, breathe, live, for our children. Every waking moment of my day I spend with them, or thinking about them, dreaming about them and who they will become and what I can do to make it better for them. I want them to have it all, I want them to have endless possibilities. As I'm sure every parent does.

All I could do is rest in knowing that this will probably never change. I will always think about them and I will always love them above anything and everything else.

Even when they are old and have babies of their own, I will rest in knowing that I cherished these moments, these days, these years, of tea parties, of play kitchen, of them tugging on my legs as I make them lunch, as they throw all the laundry I just folded onto the floor, I do my best to cherish it all. I guess that's all we can do!

Never forget to cherish these moments. 
Some day you will look back and be so glad that you did.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fast. Food.

Just wanted to share some "fast food" alternative ideas today! We were out and about and ran a little later than usual! We did our normal Whole Foods run and grabbed dinner there instead of at a restaurant or typical fast food chain. Whole Foods has some great on the go options!!

I personally love their Spinach Chicken Caesar wrap!
Spinach Caesar Chicken Wrap

and me and hubby shared some Caprese Pasta Salad, I loveeeee caprese style...anything, lol!
Caprese Salad

I hope you all had a great weekend! ♥

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Love never fails. ♥ arm candy!


My hubby and I first began dating 10 years ago today! Just wanted to be super corny for a minute and share my little anniversary arm candy! He got me this bracelet oh so long ago and it is so tarnished and dinged up--but everytime I look at it I can't help but smile because it makes it that much more special knowing how far it has come! ♥ Hope you all are having a great week!!! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

♥ these little ladies!

Dance night tonight! They are oh. so. precious! ♥ 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Weekend Instagram!

A special breakfast "tea party" for my special girls! ♥

Hubby surprised me with a Chanel book as part of our anniversary gift. It is GORGEOUS. I am having so much fun reading/just staring at it, perfect addition to my little collection. ♥

Lots of pool time!

and a little shopping with my loves! Picked up the new Essie Rose Gold Polish (which is amazing!) and some pretty other colors too. I'll try to take a pic later if I remember!!

I hope you all had a great weekend too! ♥

Friday, July 13, 2012

Things I'm ♥ing Friday!


1. The famous Soap & Glory Righteous Body Butter...in lotion form! Perfection. Smells amazing! 2. New Leighelena Jigsaw from my love! Thin version in "smoke", a shimmery black/gray. 3. Big Brother! . 4. Calm Down Jar, a time out alternative. 5. Dorothy Perkin's Striped High Neck Dress.

Up and at em nice and early this morning! Off to run errands with my girlies--I hope you all have a great weekend!! ♥

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mommy Vox Box!

I'm not sure that I am going to do seperate reviews on each of these items but I mainly just wanted to tell you all about the Vox Box Program in general! I know lots of you also blog and this is a great subscription service--however, this one stands out because it's free! All you have to do is sign up and qualify by your blog stats, earning badges on their program, etc! If anyone is interested you can get more info from Influenster here! This month had a great selection of goodies to try, cookies, tea, health care, dental care, nail goodies, etc!

Mommy Vox Box

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

End of 30 day Connecting With Your Children Challenge Chat!

Just wanted to congratulate you all who completed the challenge yet again! I had a lot of fun with this and really appreciated everyone who took part--from simply sharing stories, to all the great companies who were kind and generous enough to donate prizes! On the talk of prizes--I chose our Grand Prize winner who wins the adorable BlaBla knit frog is.........Ericka Friend! Ericka stayed active throughout the entire challenge with all her great stories and in the final week of challenges--she was 2/3 check ins--so, congratulations Ericka! I hope your little ones love their BlaBla as much as mine do! ♥


In closing, I just want to share a quick quote--one of my favorites from our challenges! & If there is one thing you take from this...just never forget to give your family the time they deserve! ♥

"Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing."

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Lily & Laura Mae Movement Bracelets Update/Spotlight! ♥

I promised once I received the Lily & Laura Bracelets I purchased through Mae Movement that I would update with photos, etc! As some of you might know, Mae Movement does have a wait on their orders though...so between that, vacation, and the challenge the post kept getting pushed back. But anyway, through out this all I purchased even MORE than my original order (I was a little over anxious) and so the following bracelets were purchased from Mae Movement but also other various Lily & Laura bracelet retailers! If you do a search on Lily & Laura you should be able to find some options of where to purchase! They are truly GORGEOUS bracelets and I have nothing but good things to say about them! They are really original, well made, light weight, comfortable to wear, and gorgeous to stack bracelets!!! Then to top it off they benefit a great cause! You can read more about these bracelets made in Nepal on Lily & Laura or Mae Movement.

Onto the photos! These are all from my instagram, if you want to add me here's my username :) I update more frequently on there!

Lily & Laura Bracelets Mae Movement
a little neon! ♥ seeeee how they sparkle in different lights?!

Lily & Laura Bracelets Mae Movement Leighelena Louis Vuitton

Lily & Laura Bracelet

Lily & Laura Bracelets Mae Movement Leighelena Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Henri Bendel

Lily & Laura Mae Movement Bracelets
I saved my favorites for last ♥ The gold & rose gold were purchased through Mae Movement and well worth the wait, they are my favorites of them all and they look gorgeous mixed with any of the colors!!!

Big thanks to Lily & Laura and the girls at Mae Movement for getting the word out about these great bracelets! I'm so happy with all my purchases! ♥

In case you'd like to order from Mae Movement: Click Here to Order from Mae Movement.Com!