Wednesday, September 14, 2016

5 Beauty Products I Can't Live Without


I was inspired by this post from Cup of Jo about one of her editor's 5 products she couldn't live without. I love hearing about other peoples favorite things and recommendations so I thought I would show you mine. I want to do more lists in the future, like 5 kids products I can't live without, 5 nail colors, 5 cooking products etc.

Here are my 5 beauty products I can't live without:

Kiehls ultra facial moisturizing cream-My skin is super sensitive and when I try new things, it freaks out but this Kiehls lotion is tried and true and my ultimate love. I ran out of it for over a month and for the life of me I could not get to a Nordstrom to get a new one #RIPPROVONORDSTROM I was using my old clean and clear lotion and when I finally reunited with this dream cream I cannot tell you the difference it has made! My face is bouncier (it's a thing) and fresher and clearer and happier. The only con is it doesn't have any anti aging properties which I feel like I need to start.


The Wet Brush-K so blondes have more fun, but also blondes have a lot harder time combing through wet hair because damage and bleach and stuff...lovely. I don't know what I did before the wet brush. I lost it one time and instead of trying to brush my hair without it, I just didn't leave the house for like four days. Also it is so cheap. LIFE CHANGING PEOPLE!! RUN TO TARGET AND GET ONE!

K I'm cheating and putting my 4 favorite make up products as one item! So I love make up but am definitely not an expert. Have you guys seen some of those make up videos on youtube of like contouring and stuff? That is like voodoo magic and makes me feel like I have no idea what I'm doing. I still love to try new products though, I could spend hours in Sephora, so here are my fav make up products. Benefit Boi-ng Concealer-the tag line for this is literally 'industrial strength concealer'  and with the amount of sleep I DON'T get my bags have bags under my eyes, I feel like this stuff brightens me up so much. Benefit Gimme Brow-I have tried SO MANY eyebrow pencils, dipbrows etc. because my eyebrows are invisible without being filled in and this is my favorite by far. It gives texture, thickness and such a good color for blondes. I feel like it looks more natural than a pencil and doesn't take me nearly as long. Laura Mercier Bronzer-I have been on the hunt for a bronzer that wasn't glittery and sparkly forever but still had a natural color and I finally found it as a sample in one of those gift bag things and have been hooked. This one is matte, the formula goes on so smoothly and lasts forever. I use the color Dune.  And finally Clinique Chubby Sticks-These are my favorite products to wear on my lips. They don't dry my lips out like nearly every other lipstick I own, are so easy to apply and I love all the colors (my favorites are Woppin' Watermelon and Heaping Hazelnut) I always have one on me.

Moroccan Oil and Moroccan Oil Hairspray. I LOVE the smell of this stuff, like I use it as room freshener as well. The light oil is my favorite because I have fine hair and I just rub it in the ends and it smooths and hydrates and I get nice whiffs of it all day and I also love the hairspray because the formula is great but mostly for the smell.

Marcelle Eye Makeup Remover. I have been using this for ten years and I think you either love it or hate it. It is my favorite, but my sister hates the gel formula. It take everything off and is cooling on my eyes and leaves absolutely no residue, which I feel like most other makeup removers do.

My honorable mentions are
Nars Blush in Orgasm (such a pretty color on every skin tone).
MAC brushes, have had mine for 10 years and still look and feel brand new.
Pureology Shampoo and Conditioner (the purple ones) They smell sooo good and the conditioner is tingly and makes me feel fancy.
Philosophy body washes. They have the most amazing smells and are sudsy leave my skin so moisturized. I love giving these as gifts.
Revlon Colorstay Foundation-Been using this since high school, my very favorite drugstore make up product.

Ok there it is. I know a lot of that is pricier but most of these products last me FOREVER and I feel like since I only have to buy them like once a year sometimes you need to TREAT YO SELF!

What are your favorite beauty buys? Seriously I love hearing about this stuff!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Everett Says II


K Everett is the funniest little kid lately.  Here are just a few things I have written down that he's said that at least we think are funny.

playing hide and seek, he's hiding. "I'll give you a hint......I'm in the closet"

sees a crow or something in the sky and says very nonchalantly says "Oh look a pterodactyl"

"I think I need to floss myself"

So we watched the movie Pocahontas and as you may remember they call the Native Americans Savages....wweeeeelllll we were in the store and Everett saw a bow and arrow toy with pictures of some Native Americans on it and continued to say "Hey mom look at all those savages on that picture'

So I went off dairy with Patrick the first 6 months and anytime I would eat anything Everett took it upon himself to make sure I wasn't eating dairy. I was eating pasta and Everett says "Mom is that dairy? You don't want it to go into your boobs and hurt Patrick's tummy."

Walking into J Crew "Mom is this store going to be boring like Old Navy?"

Going over colors, I would point at a color and he would say what it was. I pointed to peach and he thought about it for a while and said very innocently I might add "Is it private color?"

He went through a phase where whenever we would give him anything or surprise him with something he would say so excitedly "I've always wanted one of these!" So one day we were at Trader Joes and it was really busy and Everett asked if he could have some water and I said sure and he gasped and said "Thank you mom, I've always wanted some water" Pretty sure people thought I deprived him of basic necessities.

"This is the better day of MY LIFE!"

After putting on a little performance I said good job Everett, and he was like "no mom please clap and say Bravo Bravo!"

"Mom, you're just the prettiest girl in town"

While we were in Canada, Everett and I were talking to Ben on the phone and planning the fun things we were going to do when we got back to Utah together.  We were talking about going on a camping trip and I said 'we could have smores and hotdogs' and Everett said "and maybe a nice salad to go with it"

The jets turned on in the hot tub on full blast Everett says "woah settle down guys"

Wakes up in the morning, looks out the window "Looks like a beautiful day to fly a kite"

Grabs some sunscreen for the pool "This is the perfect sunscreen for America"

I have no idea where he got this but for some reason he thinks diarrhea is called "Cafe-rhea" so sometimes when he is sick he will say "Oh no, I need to go cafe-rhea"

I told him he was funny, he said "No, I'm not funny, I'm cute"

"Mom do you want to be in a band with me? Actually you can't, you don't have a musical life plan"

I was putting some mouse in his hair one morning, and he was thinking and had a puzzled look on his face and then asked "Mom is this stuff cow?" No it's mouse "Oh ya a MOOSE, I forgot"

Here is the first post. Everett Says Part 1

Some pictures from his first day of Preschool!





WATERTON 2016


This year we made the annual trip to Waterton, you know I love this little mountain town where my best childhood memories took place. I have said all I can about it before in these posts. I basically just want these pictures to show up on my chromecast slideshow on the TV throughout the day, so they have to go here.

 ^^^Dying at Patrick's face here









 ^^^Everett and I on the left and Patrick and I on the right at Cameron Falls
^^^ 4 years in a row

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Patrick: 10 Months


Look how adorable he is ^^! This is by far my favorite age with our Patman, he has turned into such a happy child. He's curious and determined and sweet and smart.  He still doesn't sleep very well, but other than that he is pretty dreamy.  When Everett was ten months old I thought he was so old, so on his way to being a toddler, but with Patrick he is still so my baby and I just want it to stay that way. I am in no rush for him to walk, although he is so much happier now that he can speed crawl and pull himself up on anything and EVERYTHING. Now that we are back in our town home and there is a big staircase he bolts for them every chance he gets and climbs up the whole set before I even notice he is gone and then when I catch him he gives me the biggest grin like he knows he got away with something. He is getting more independent and loves to explore, the most popular phrase in out house is "Patrick what did you just put in your mouth?"


  • Cruises from one object to another
  • Can stand alone but as soon as he realizes it, he drops right down
  • His bath is his absolute happy place, he goes crazy
  • His favorite thing is to empty any type of bag, bucket etc. The only way I can get ready is to let him throw every piece of makeup out of my bag over and over again
  • He loves having Ben around again and lights up every time he seems him
  • Everett and him are generally very adorable and sweet together but now that Patrick can steal what he's playing with or wreck his game he gets upset at him sometimes
  • Still prefers table food to baby food. Likes oatmeal and raisin toast and mandarin oranges and recently is obsessed with water.
  • He can now wave and clap and it is the cutest thing I have ever seen. Anytime anyone says good job or yay or even just smiles at him he claps his little hands and then proceeds to do his other 'tricks' by waving and then doing the indian call hand to mouth noise.
  • Says mama and dada when we ask him but doesn't really call us those yet.
  • Not a cuddler 
  • Still loves nursing (all night long) should be interesting as I plan to wean him at one year.
  • Still thinks his carseat was sent to this earth to destroy him.
  • Hates getting his diaper changed and getting dressed. 
We just love him, Ben commented today on his 'resting pout face' when he is just observing or not doing anything, his little cheeks hang and his mouth is in a little pout and he looks so delicious I could die. He makes me so happy.






Monday, August 22, 2016

Taking Stock II


Guys, I never blog anymore.

My only excuse is I'm tired. You know, this season of my life right now is a season where I am tired basically all the time. I don't like it, but that is just where I am at. I know I am a broken record about this, but man does Patrick hate sleeping. He woke up seven times last night and had two fifteen minute naps during the day. I have gained weight from the lack of energy, increased my caffeine addiction and my patience is sadly lacking. I know it won't last forever and some days are better than others and I know there are so much worse problems to have. But I'm whining about this because I never blog anymore because I never want to stay up later than I have to and nap times are used for hot showers or one on one time with E.

I know the violins are BLARING right now but I just wanted to say I'm still here, wanted to pop in and say hi hi hi. This 'Taking Stock 'post that floats around blogger land and I wrote almost two years ago is all I can muster right now.

Cooking : nothing....EEK we have been living at my parents for most of the summer and have been so lucky and spoiled as my mom is an amazing cook. Getting back into that is going to be very rocky I think. 
Drinking : Diet Coke. I know its not good for me but the 'pop' of the can gives me butterflies so....
Reading: The last book I read was 'Me Before You' and I'm too sad to read the second one. I haven't seen the movie yet because no husband=no movie dates. Also lets be real, I read my news via the snapchat button subscription thingy's.
Wanting: the summer to be over. I know that is blasphemy to most people and I have LOVED our time here in Canada but I am so ready to be back with Ben, our 'home' and a somewhat routine.
Looking: for these Free People booties that I would give my left kidney for liiiikkke 85% off. So expensive, but so beautiful.
Playing: A lot of pretend. Ninja School, Batman vs The Hulk, etc. I am not good at this kind of play-Patrick can you grow up faster and be the hulk for me already? 
Sewing: ya right.
Wishing: for a pedicure and a massage and a facial and a tan and thats all!
Enjoying: our last few days in Canada! 
Waiting: for our weekly girls night to watch Bachelor in Paradise, I know it is so trashy but is there anything more great and entertaining!! Oh MY Seriously. Pure. Entertainment! I love Nick on there. I didn't like him on Andi or Kaitlyn's seasons but I love him now on BIP! 
Liking: the choker trend. Just ordered this one and this one.
Wondering: How I'm going to fly alone with my two kids on Friday! Pray for me.
Loving: naptime. 
Hoping: my kids know how much I love them.
Marvelling: at the olympic athletes!! Canada killed it this summer olympics, especially the girls. Who run the world?!
Needing: sleep. and to sleep train. and possibly a baby free vacation <-- That answer is from when I did this 2 years ago, still applies. 
Smelling: like chlorine and sunscreen. Always. Not complaining.
Wearing: the same clothes over and over. When we first came to Canada, we thought we were only staying for a month so I only packed for a few weeks and then we ended up staying for 3 months and I'm so sick of these clothes. 
Following: everyone. omg can we talk about instagram stories. I feel like I'm cheating on snapchat, which I just got the hang of and I like watching them except it takes me two years to watch everyday because I follow so many bloggers and their dogs and crap. I don't know, why can't we just keep it separate? There is too much social media! Also does anyone else's insta stories have a loading problem? So annoying. 
Noticing: TV is just not what it used to be. I miss my fav shows, bring back Parenthood. This one with Mandy Moore and Jess from Gilmore Girls looks promising-premiering in September.
Knowing: I miss Ben sooooooo much.
Thinking: about how much I miss mexican food. Canada doesn't really do mexican food, it's been a long 3 months without Cafe Rio!!
Feeling: tired but happy and hopeful.
Bookmarking: house decor. Since we are moving back into our house I have a major itch to redecorate and rearrange and stuff!
Learning: So much from my mom while I've been here all summer. #goals.
Giggling: still the worst word.


Okay that took me four days. Actually.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Patrick: 9 Months


Patrick at 9 months is a busy busy bee baby. He is a speedy crawler, obsessed with climbing any elevated surface he can get a grip on and loves to just roam and explore putting as many dangerous choking hazardous things in his mouth as he can! He is sweet and happy and has the funniest fake laugh.


  • He loves to hear his own voice and is a loud LOUD screamer (happy screams) especially during church.
  • He is obsessed with food all of a sudden, not baby food really but real human food. 
  • Mommas boy but not a ton of stranger danger like Everett had
  • Despite constantly sleep training he still isn't sleeping super well. He usually wakes up 3-4 times a night and if he naps an hour in the day I am pumped! The thing is, he's not even really that grumpy on such little sleep, he just really doesn't like it that much. Joy!
  • 2 naps a day and goes to bed for the night at 6:30
  • Has 4 teeth now, 2 bottom and his 2 top front teeth.
  • Loves swimming and his bath and to splash me in the face
  • Working on waving and the 'more' and 'all done' signs
  • Champion breastfeeder but gets distracted very easily
He really has turned into quite the sweetie pie, he will smile at anyone who looks at him and is generally pretty easy going. I am finally understanding why people say 2 kids is easier than 1as him and Everett play more and entertain each other (for small amounts of time) but before this month I disagreed whole heartedly and two kids has pretty much rocked my world. 


 Everett wanted to join in on the photoshoot

 Just for fun, here is a comparison of Everett and him at the same age?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

"Oh Canada, Our Home and (temporary) Native Land'


Well the boys and I  have been up in The Great White North, The Frozen Tundra, The True North Strong and Free, Canuck-astan or whatever you fancy calling Canada for about a month now and it has been pretty pretty great!

I love being home, I have so much family here, a great group of girlfriends, there is so much for Everett to do and my parents and siblings are so helpful but of course we miss Ben sooo much. Poor Everett comes to the realization about once a day that he misses his dad and starts to cry and it breaks my heart so I basically just give him whatever he wants for those few minutes, which is usually an ice cream sandwich to cheer him up. I imagine one day when he is in college or something and bites into an ice cream sandwich he is going to get a strong nostalgic feeling of missing his dad and call home immediately.

We basically swim all day with cousins. We all bring treats and swim and chase babies and chat and and it is the best. It doesn't get dark till at least 10 pm and Everett goes to bed every night with warm skin smelling like sunscreen and I hope he remembers these Canadian summers.

We also celebrated Canada Day on July 1st. I haven't been home for Canada Day in so many years and I am always so homesick. This year though, I got to take the boys to the famous Raymond Parade where the tractors are plenty and the candy is hard, but I still teared up when those Mounties marched by with the tiny marching band playing Oh Canada behind them.  I am reminded every time I come home how much I love this country.

So anyways, thats about all I have to report from up here other than ketchup chips are still amazing and I still have no tan.









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