I remember someone telling me  before I had Wyatt that they were sad and emotional that their baby was turning one… I remember thinking to myself “what a silly and odd statement.” I now understand. His birthday was so bittersweet! Sweet because I get to celebrate this little human we watched go from a tiny purple potato who slept 22 hours a day to a little boy who runs crazy and loves to smile and live life. Bitter because there are so many “firsts” that won’t ever occur again, I’m basically done breastfeeding, and this little baby all the sudden feels like little boy. I could stop now and let my eyes fill up with tears thinking about it, but I am going to choose to put my big girl pants on and finish this blog post.

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I can’t forget to thank Gina, who made all the adorable decorations for me! I am the least crafty person so I am so grateful for her.. and her cricket!

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His birthday was a happy day for all of us, especially me and Gavin. We chose not to do gifts, instead we attached a little note to the invitations (see below) that asked our guests to bring an unwrapped gift for us to donate. I try to be very conscious about making sure our children grow up in home that understands the importance of giving back so although he may hate me for it later, he didn’t receive any gifts for his birthday. If you look at the photo below you can see the gifts in the bucket of the Tractor! We have fun plans to go and donate the gifts in November before Christmas so I’m sure you’ll see a blog post about that.

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Friends and family came from all over, my best friends came, some from LA which was such a treat because although we are all at such difference places in our live, we are all able to come together and support each other which is really special. My mom friends all came and I loved seeing all our little kids interact. I feel super blessed to have so many awesome moms to learn from and laugh with, I’m so grateful for the genuine friendships I’ve made. It sounds silly but it meant so much to me to see the support and love that our people have for Wyatt, he has no idea how great he has it and I can’t wait to watch him figure that out as he grows older.

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We weren’t about spending tons of money for his birthday, and I couldn’t justify a 50 dollar cake so I decided to make it myself and you know what.. it was super special. We made it together, he ate the batter (which i later realized had raw egg, oops) and finished off the frosting. All around it was such a simple, unforgettable experience that I decided will now be a tradition (until Wyatt tells me otherwise)!

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DSC04847Wyatt loved being sung Happy Birthday, he looked around and smiled then cautiously approached the cake. He was quite confused about the frosting all over his hands, but once he tasted it, he was one happy camper. All he wanted to do was share with everyone! We invited all the little kids up to come take bites out of the cake, thus resulting in quite the cleanup!

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Wyatt’s first birthday was a day we will cherish forever, I know Wyatt will look at these photos one day and smile.. then get mad at me for creating the no gift rule haha!

Have a great week!

Stephanie

Happy Monday¬†ūüôā¬†I am a sucker for anything that picks me up and gives me energy. Usually that pick me up comes¬†in the form of a double shot of espresso¬†or a good gym workout, but sadly those kind of pick me ups wear off after a long day. I never thought something cosmetic could give me a 24 hour a day “pick me up” until I discovered eyelash extensions. I have always been a huge fan of lash extensions, I got¬†them days before I gave birth to Wyatt and at 9 months pregnant feeling like a beached whale, nothing was better than a little glam in my life in the form of lucious lashes (thanks Amber!)!

Today I have teamed up with one of my favorites, Lashes By Brandi! She is a lash queen, and ladies these lashes will not disappoint! We are doing an amazing $150 giveaway so you can get your first set of lashes FREE! Head over to my instagram to enter.

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What I love most about Brandi’s lashes is that they are comfortable and feel very natural. I am not a huge makeup girl (I wish I could be) so these give me the “umph”¬†I need to feel great and as put together as possible! With Brandi you are able to choose the style, and lash size that best fits your look. Here I chose the glam lashes, which are not the longest but have the most dramatic curl¬†and give off a very “full” look.

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I have listed below some questions I had in mind, as well as some frequently asked questions.  If you have any others please comment and we will do our best to answer!

What are Lash Extensions?                                                                                                               Lash Extensions are single strands of synthetic eyelashes that are curved to replicate a natural eyelash. They are applied to each individual natural eyelash one by one for a natural, beautiful and luscious look. Eyelash Extensions are perfect for special occasions or for day to day wear.

Will your natural lashes get harmed or damaged? 
The biggest myth is that lash extensions ruin your own lashes. They do not. If applied correctly and properly, they are safe and do not ruin the health of your natural lashes. Be sure not to rub your eyes or tug or pull on the extensions because this can cause lash loss and even damage to your natural lashes. If lashes are applied properly and to each individual lash, they won’t fall out.

How long does it take to apply lash extensions?
Applying a full set of lashes takes about two hours, and can be maintained year-round with touch-ups recommended every three to four weeks. A half set of lashes are an economical alternative to achieve a similarly dramatic effect, applied as filler to thicken natural lashes, or applied outward from the eye for a specialized look.

Do lash extensions fall out over a certain period of time? 
Since each lash extension is attached to a single eyelash, they will fall out naturally along with the natural growth cycle of each lash. We recommend a touch-up every three to four weeks.

What happens if glue gets in your eyes?
Since your eyes are shut the whole time lash extensions are being applied, no glue will ever get into your eye.

Is it okay to also wear mascara?
If you are planning to wear mascara in addition to the extensions, only use it on the tips of the extensions and with a very light hand. This will be enough to give your eyes that ‚Äúpop‚ÄĚ along with the extensions. Using mascara at the base of the extensions will get very clumpy.

 

 

Hallelujah! The Fireplace is done. Confession, I¬†honestly¬†never thought it would be complete because I ¬†have a horrible habit of starting projects and never finishing them…it drives my husband nuts. Thankfully I have him, he is a “do it the right way” kind of man so he always does such a great job (although it usually comes with telling me I need to sit the bench and just watch). We are a good team, and he is easy on the eyes so I was happy to watch him work for 3 hours. However,¬†it was a sad realization¬†we have no Chip and Jo Gaines in us as much as I wanted to believe we did, but its all good. Just another realization that our kind of real isn’t a perfect one and I’m happy¬†with that.

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We started this project at Home Depot, gathering the necessary tools and things we needed which totaled out to be about $45! We were not sure if we wanted a white wash look or plain white, and after trying the white wash we chose plain white because it looked much cleaner and more our style! We taped up any part that met the wall, dusted off the fireplace, and began panting.

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We started by painting the grout first, it is important to really get a good amount of paint in there because any sort of darkness looks really bad. Start to finish this project took about 3-4 hours,we did 3 coats. I highly recommend anyone thinking of doing this project,go for it! If someone were going to fail at it, it would have been us…so give it a try!

 

Have a great rest of the week!

xox,

Stephanie

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“Our Kind of Real” is a big cheesy smile¬†with messy morning hair. It’s downing coffee at 6:45am with good intentions of getting a list of things done and reaching 3pm still in our pajamas. It’s waiting for Dad to get home after his super long day at work and fixing up pancakes and eggs as we eat on the floor watching Wyatt pull on electrical cords.

Our kind of real is far from perfect, but its ours and we are blessed to be living this life God has given us. We live a simple happy life where our joy does not come in the things around us for the best things in life are not things. It is in the daily grind of my husband working to provide for us, millions of mom fails, enjoying the family time we get to its fullest, and sharing happiness with those around us. We enjoy our life because its ours, our story may not be the most interesting but we can promise you its real.

We want to share the realness of life, our adventures, our highlights and our day to day. So often we are persuaded and influenced by the idea that life and parenthood are somehow supposed to be perfect all the time and well, sometimes its just not. We hope you follow along this journey with us, and we hope this inspires you to live the most real and authentic life you can. 

xo

The Burkard Family