• Beauty,  Boots No7 Youthful Eye Serum,  DryBar,  Kylie Jenner,  Mac,  MAC Fix+,  Pacifica,  Velvet Teddy

    Merry Christmas To Me: My Recent Beauty Haul

    I got a chance to go out Christmas shopping, like, the day before Christmas Eve. While I was out, I picked up a few things for myself (sorry Paul), and I am so happy with my purchases, so I thought I would share them. I mean, I didn’t SET OUT to buy these things, but they just… fell into my cart. I don’t know. It was weird. Stop looking at me like that. M·A·C ‘Prep + Prime’ Fix+ Finishing Mist • M·A·C • $22 I bought this because Jaclyn Hill loves it, I’m just gonna put that out there. I also love Urban Decay’s Chill All Night setting spray, but…

  • Adulting,  Growing Up,  Lists,  Taylor Swift,  Taylor Swift GIFs

    Grown Up Things (Featuring Taylor Swift)

    So, I didn’t originally plan to include the Taylor Swift GIFS with this blog, but once I found one I wanted to use, I couldn’t resist illustrating each point with my girl. I seriously couldn’t stop. So, Taylor and I now present to you: some ways I know I’m officially growing up. 1. I make macaroni and cheese how I wanna.I remember following the directions on the box STEP BY STEP as a kid – each time, reading it carefully like it was the first time. Measuring milk and butter precisely, having to check the box with each ingredient to make sure I was reading it right. “Ok, a quarter…

  • 2015 Photo Ornament,  Christmas,  Ornament

    Holiday Tradition | Annual Photo Ornaments

    Paul and I started a fun tradition when we first got married. It’s not something that’s going to blow you out of the water. It’s not uber creative, it’s not super original… in fact, it’s not original at all. I’m pretty sure a lot of people do this. We love getting an annual picture frame ornament each year. It’s so much fun to watch these evolve as we grow up and add to our family. Our first two are just us as a young married couple. Then the third year was an ultrasound photo, because Porter was due any day. The following year was his one year old self seated…

  • My Weekend

    Weekend Rewind – Porter’s Birthday, New Make-Up, and Star Wars!

    We had such a fun weekend – it was busy, as usual, but we also had some great family time as Scrooge The Musical came to a close at our church. Here are some highlights: Porter celebrated his 3rd birthday yesterday (Sunday, December 20th). I cannot believe we have a 3 year old. We had a fun party for him last Wednesday – a Paw Patrol pizza party at his favorite restaurant by the train tracks – and he was seriously ELATED with the fact that his entire family and all his friends were in one room together. We sang happy birthday to him, and right at the end, a…

  • Boy Gifts,  Christmas,  Gift Guide,  Toddler Boy

    Last Minute Boy Gifts

    Last year, I did all my Christmas shopping online, and it was amazing. This year, I’m slacking… but I’ve been spending a good portion of my Saturday looking online for some great deals, and found these purchases for Porter and Simon that I’m excited about. Step2® Little Helper’s Grocery CartTM • Step2 • $42.99 Porter is obsessed with “shopping”. We went to the North Pole for Santa pictures last weekend, and they had a store set up where you could shop for food, complete with carts and all. He wanted to take the cart everywhere! Our new house will be all hardwoods, so he can push this thing around all…

  • Devotional,  Giveaway,  Jesus Calling

    Holiday Giveaway: Jesus Calling

    I wish I could properly convey to you what this book has done for me. Jesus Calling has been such a blessing, and in turn, I’m starting to really try to use it to bless others. I talked to a friend recently who was really going through a rough time in her pregnancy + being a mama of a busy toddler. I totally get it. I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old, and there are times where I feel like I can barely keep my head above water. I have a lot of grace and love for moms that are just trying to be the best they…

  • Gift Guide,  Nordstrom

    Holiday Gift Guide: Great Gifts At Nordstrom For Under $200

    Hey, guys! Yeah, you. You’re here because you’re trying to find a gift for that lady in your life, and you’ve resorted to clicking on blog posts someone tagged you in on social media. It’s cool. Your secret is safe with me. If you’re looking for a few more things to put under the tree for the woman in your life, you can just start here and thank me later. Click the links directly below the pics, or at the bottom of this post, for more information and to order directly from the store, or just to get more information so you can run down to your local Nordstrom and…

  • Holidays,  Work At Home Mom

    This is a tough season, but I’m a tough mother.

    Selfish shopping basket – roses, cookies, and food for ME! Being a mom of two little ones, while trying to work efficiently from home, is harder than I thought it would be. I mean, I knew it would have challenges, but I think I’m right in the heart of the stress – complete with a 3 year old with lots of energy and demands, and a 1 year old that is a mama’s boy, though and through. I cannot be in the same room without holding him, he just thinks that is a total disgrace. Add these demands together with a job that needs my full, analytical attention? Yeah. The other day,…

  • Christmas,  Holiday,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Photo Fail,  Pinterest Fail

    Fail To Plan? Plan To Fail.

    Here’s something super inspiring, today from my Instagram: ​ All I wanted was a matching Christmas pajama pic. Inspired by this photo, from a blogger I love: www.instagram.com/lvdmrthncrrts ​First of all: nailed it. Clearly. I mean, I did buy the same pajamas. Second, the underlying lesson in all of this is to not force something that just isn’t meant to be. At least not right now. Here’s my reality: Right now, my life is hectic. I don’t have perfect lighting because we’re living in a basement waiting for our house to be finished (yes. Still waiting). My youngest is just now learning about his freedom, and has no interest in…

  • A Very Merry Mix-Up,  Countdown To Christmas,  Crown For Christmas,  Hallmark Christmas,  Let It Snow,  Nine Lives Of Christmas

    Hallmark Movies Madness: My Top Picks

    I am proud of a lot of things. Birthing two children. Paying my tithe at church. “Dating” while married. The fact that as I grow up, I’ve gotten better at actually finishing beverages rather than just collecting half-empty cups in whatever room I pass through. You know, true growth and empowerment. However, when I introduced my friends to Hallmark Christmas movies, I pretty much felt like my life was complete. Then, I got a text that just said: “Lori Laughlin just touched a snowflake on her wall and was transported down a North Pole slide.”And I felt fulfillment that I just can’t explain. I couldn’t tell if she was impressed,…