Hey guys! Hope everyone has had a productive week so far, i’m off to a bad start!  However, I am sitting here 6:32am getting this done before little man wakes up so ill consider this as my fresh start. Currently with a hot cup of coffee, silent room and an empty page to write so my morning is looking pretty darn good! Today I thought I would throw in a little fashion, and by fashion I mean what I think is cool so I can’t guarantee it’s trendy. I just don’t have time or energy to keep up with what the heck people are wearing these days! To be honest, they lost me at the peplum shirts… those just looked horrible on me so I kinda said FU to being trendy and decided to just go with my own style and what looks, and feels good on me! (Hi mom, yes I steal clothes out of your closet, take it as a compliment) If you haven’t noticed, i’ve been trying to mix things up lately and I appreciate that you’re along the ride with me!

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I’m all about versatility, if I can wear it to bed, the gym, with jeans or a skirt… count me in. (well obviously not in the same day but you get the point) Graphic Tees are my thing, I usually just wear them around the house but more recently have I been wearing them out. I generally choose to pair the tee with some ripped jeans and sneakers for the more relaxed look but it would also look adorable with a denim skirt or patterned workout leggings. Big statement, minimal effort — that’s what we usually hope to achieve when we get dressed in the morning, right?! There is something super rad about rocking an old band tee as long as you’re cool enough to know a couple of their hits. I am not a chick that knows a bunch of oldies so ill stick with Star Wars for now. Check out these graphic tees below, and have a great week!

hugs,

Stephanie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey guys! Happy Hump Day.. I usually type all my blog posts during wyatt’s nap but he’s been on a “Nap Strike” lately so he’s up and headed for the potted plant so i’m hoping this post doesn’t end in a disaster! I have been thinking of bringing some new things to the Blog, spice it up a bit so today i thought I would do “Eight Things”. Think of it like trail mix, a little bit of everything, the nuts, the sweet stuff, and all combined leads to a handful of happiness. ** Numbers below coordinate with the number on the photo!**

  1. Say hi to my mama, dad and their three grandchildren! I have been feeling so grateful for them lately for all the help and love they give to all of us! They are constantly giving of their time and love! Their names are DD and Papa… I love fun names for grandparents which makes me wonder.. any of you have any good grandpa/grandma nicknames?
  2. This is not Wyatt.. Its Gavin! I always talk about how Wyatt is Gavin’s twin so I thought I would share a photo today of Gavin at 1 year! It’s amazing how genetics work isn’t it?!
  3. I am still dreaming of the mini horses, we were able to see them and go into the field and play with them! Normally you are not able to go into the pen but the sweet worker was having a good day and brought us in, ill thank him forever for that! Why is everything so much cuter in smaller sizes? haha
  4. People have been asking me lately about what camera I use so I thought I would share… it’s a Sony Alpha 6300. My favorite feature is that I can take a photo on my camera and send it directly to my phone! Convenience at its finest! Thanks to my brother-in-law Chris for the awesome recommendation.
  5. Wyatt sat in that suitcase all morning  I would like to think it’s because he was thinking someone might be leaving, but I’m pretty sure he just thought of it as a glorified cardboard box.
  6. Shoes. I have been gathering up my shoes for fall and let me tell you.. these are my current favorite! They are Jeffery Campbell and you can find similar ones here!
  7. Lately I have had an obsession of running with Wyatt outside, this photo was a few days ago on a run/walk. Never underestimate what working out and being outside can do for you! Even a walk for 30 minutes can change your whole day, it did mine!
  8. I have been totally skeptical about doing a photo of after-baby but I decided to buck up and do it because I am going to add more fitness to the blog! I am not where I want to be, but I have learned to embrace the journey! I’m going to be doing some really cool things coming up regarding my fitness and “mama recovery” so stay tuned!

 

Hope you all have an amazing rest of the week!

xox,

Stephanie

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 🙂 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 “pop” 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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