Friday, September 22, 2017

friday favorites

There are a few things that I have been absolutely obsessed with lately so I thought I would share them here!

{1} This serum. I never had really bad blackheads but I do get terrible hormonal acne once a month. The reviews on this product raved about how it minimized period-related breakouts so I decided to give it a shot. I just finished one whole cycle while using it (I apply at night after my shower) and it made a HUGE difference! I had a few small blemishes but they were short-lived and much smaller than at the same time last month. If you struggle with hormonal acne I 300% recommend it.

{2} Swap! I know I've talked about this a million times but I am obsessed. I always daydreamed about overhauling my wardrobe now that I've got this mom-of-three bod, but there are obvious financial restrictions on that. Since Swap is always running sales, I was able to get several tops that should flatter my body more than what I have now without breaking the bank. I've never been so happy to discover a website!

{3} Pip. This little guy has fit right into our family without missing a beat. Marsala is even coming around (kind of) and getting used to his presence. He is such a cuddler and loves the kids. I forgot what it was like to have a kitten so it's been a lot of fun having him.

{4} I said I wasn't ready for fall because of the immanency of winter. I was finally starting to make peace when I packed away most of the kids' shorts and tanks a week or two ago when the highs were barely hitting the 60s, and in retrospect I should have done that in August because suddenly the highs are all nearly 90. I'm so glad we had to break them back out again but I am also salty that we didn't have this weather the last two weeks our neighborhood pool was open!

{5} These heels. I love the dress I got for Sally's wedding because it is actually floor length on me (and then some) - a rarity for my 5' 7.5" frame. Since it is so long, I knew I wanted to wear heels but I didn't really have anything that would fit me anymore since I rarely wear them and my feet grew during my pregnancies. When I saw these heels I fell in love and Jon pointed out that they aren't too fancy so I could totally wear them with jeans for date night. The best part is they aren't too tall (since I am already taller than average) and they are as comfortable as heels can be!

Linking up with KatieDeanneAprilAndreaNarci and Erika!

Thursday, September 21, 2017


I've been in a weird place of hating my body (again, does anyone else feel like they're reading an old post of mine?) and trying to be more conscious of what I'm eating. I even restarted Weight Watchers which was going really well until I got really lazy.

Then I considered joining a gym. There is an Anytime Fitness really close that is open 24/7 and the membership is cheap / you can join without signing a contract. I came thisclose to pulling the trigger yesterday but when I saw that the annual fee would be charged that day and then again in November I noped out of it.

Today at work we had doughnuts. Then we had a free lunch. I love food. I have no self control over food. If you give me a buffet I will eat more than Joey Chestnut (come at me, bro) without breaking a sweat.

Then it occurred to me: Target has late hours. Target is free. Target is air conditioned or heated and well lit so I don't have to worry so much about being jumped or dying of a heat stroke or hypothermia. Target has workout equipment (hello, tiny hand weights) I could use while lapping the store. I COULD SHOP WHILE I EXERCISE. Even better, the money I am saving on a monthly gym membership could be used to buy stuff from Target! Targetcise! It is both health- and economic-conscious. IT IS A WIN/WIN.

I need to get some cat food once the kids go to bed. Bet you'll never guess where I'm going.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

new dining set

After we assembled all six chairs of our Overstock dining set, we got to the table to realize it was pretty damaged. Overstock was out of stock (irony) so they couldn't replace it and we decided just to return the whole thing.

The timing was impeccable, though, because Target was having a 15% off furniture sale. We ended up buying this table and these chairs and the total cost was less than the Overstock set. As an added bonus, the table is solid wood so we could refinish it down the line when it is inevitably scratched up. When the furniture arrived, it was also infinitely easier to assemble than the Overstock set had been. All together it took us about 30 minutes to set up the table and chairs.

We went from this:
...a stained chairs / scratched, clouded and beat up table... to this:
The table is bigger and now we actually have enough chairs to accommodate our entire family. We are really happy with the purchase and the style fits the overall vibe of the kitchen and living room really well.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


This weekend was amazing! Friday night was low key. Jon put together our new bunk bed that we managed to snag when it was on sale for $89. Elden and Edith had a sleepover in it Friday night and were totally in love with it.

Saturday morning was Edith's first dance class of the season.
This was also her first dance class without me participating. It was okay--she really struggled with me in the room and when I left the room she freaked out. I brought her out to have a discussion (she could either participate with me right outside or we could stop taking dance classes) so she asked to go back in where she participated probably 75% of the time (the other 25% was spent lying on the floor covering her face). 

Saturday afternoon my friend, Alli, came over to meet Pip and hang out. We ended up going to Ulta to return a few items I had ordered online that I wasn't crazy about. We brought Elden and Edith at their request and...
...they got into the sample products. Please note Edith's foundation hobo goatee. 

I ended up buying this lipstick and this eye shadow palette. I gotta say--I am crazy impressed with the lipstick. It is pricey but I put it on before church yesterday and after breakfast, coffee, lunch and a nap it still looked like I had just applied it. 

Sunday morning we went to church. After church we had to return some items to Gap so we brought our lunches and ate after the service then headed to the local mall to make the return / let the kids play in the play area. The rest of the day was spent visiting with my mom and Jon's parents. 

We also noticed that Pip and Etta are very similar--whenever the fridge or dishwasher are open, both of them will make a beeline for them. It's so funny to see them both trying to climb in at the same time!

Monday, September 18, 2017

DIY clothespin picture frame for wedding guest book

Since I am on the DIY train, I figured I'd share the other project I did for my friend's wedding. They are doing a photobooth / guestbook combination using these little instant cameras and she really wanted a large frame for guests to hang their photos on. I set to work (with the help of many!) to cut down some old fence posts I had.

Unfortunately, I didn't take steps of the process. My fence boards were too wide for my liking so they needed to be cut down to 4" using a table saw. (Humongous thanks to my friend Alli's boyfriend, Chad, for serving as my saw operator on this and for both of them allowing me to storm their home last minute late at night to utilize their power tools! I love you!). We then cut 45-degree angles where the four boards would come together.

To join the boards together, I used two of these corner braces on the back on each corner.

To attach the twine, I just measured every 4" on the inside of the frame and made a mark where I hammered a nail in. I tied the twine around the nail and glued it with wood glue to make sure it wouldn't fall off easily. I used these clothespins and they really had the rustic vibe I was going for--plus they were the perfect size! Between Alli, Chad, and Jon, I had a lot of help for this one but I was so happy to see it come to life. I can't wait to see everyone's photos on it at the wedding!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

DIY spray painted dollar store fairy wings

Elden and Edith are going to be "flower fairies" in one of my best friend's wedding next month. She is getting them floral crowns and was asking what color fairy wings I thought she should get them. Since I've only ever seen neon-colored fairy wings at the dollar store, I suggested attempting to spray paint them to make them more wedding-friendly.

I did a little research and discovered that this brand of spray paint is the best to use for fabrics. I didn't want to spend $12 on spray paint so when I discovered Michael's had some (and, at the time, a 50% off coupon) I stopped on my way home from work. With a few easy coats I went from this:
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To this:

This project was SO easy! For such a cheap / easy project (it cost about $7 total for both pairs of wings and paint and took maybe half an hour total for all coats) I really think the paint made a world of a difference!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

spaghetti baby

If I've learned anything about Etta's personality over the past ten months, it is that she knows exactly what she wants and she gets very unhappy with you if you do not figure it out at lightning speed.

She had been struggling with meal times lately and rejecting basically everything we would offer her. Jon speculated it was because she was sick of people feeding her and she wanted to do it herself.

Well, he ain't wrong.

 Spaghetti night was a yuuuuge hit. The biggest. Better than any other dinner ever.
Etta ate more food than Edith. She was so content to feed herself and as an added bonus I was able to feed myself before mine was cold. Her highchair needed to be hosed off (literally) and it is now permanently stained orange, but Etta ate and was the happiest little peanut ever. Now taking suggestions for dairy-free finger foods.