• Fair,  Fall,  Late Night Thoughts,  Marriage,  Mom Life,  Personal

    Roller Coaster Inspiration

    The day faded into night, and Paul and I were like the only two people in the world. I get it now – how people warn you not to “lose yourself” when you become a mom. I was always so much fun. People knew me back then (ok, they probably still do) as loud and a little obnoxious. I never fell asleep first, always down for anything. I loved to have fun and make people laugh, and those were pretty much my only two missions on a daily basis. Now, with two littles and trying to figure out this whole motherhood thing on a daily basis, that Corianne has changed… evolved……

  • Fair,  Fall,  Goodbye Summer,  Mom Life,  September

    Fair Daze

    What do I love about the fair? I think the easier question is: what DON’T I love about the fair (people. The answer is people. People in massive, ignorant crowds wearing stuff they shouldn’t be wearing, smoking cigarette where they shouldn’t be smoking them, and being otherwise oblivious to the world around them). But THE FAIR in general is everything. It’s the mark of the end of summer, and the pending transition to fall – my favorite transition of all. It’s temperatures dipping into “sweater weather”, and rain boots being dusted off. It’s the smell of hay and sawdust and bright, colorful lights. It’s people selling Vitamixes, massage chairs, lotion…

  • Journal,  Mom Life,  My Life

    Q&A a Day

    I bought this for Christmas (for myself, haha) and I’m so excited to keep this up. In the land of technological takeover, it’s weird and somewhat exciting to buy a handwritten keepsake. I’m excited to give this to my boys someday. I know that I loved reading my mom’s words… she had a journal like this that she was filling out for me and my sister. It talked about her childhood, growing up, her feelings. I used to sneak into her bedroom and pull it off the shelf to see if she’d updated it at all. She didn’t write in it too often, but I always held out hope that…

  • Dinner,  Mom Life,  Recipes,  Weeknight

    Quick Weeknight Dinner (Trust Me, You Want This Recipe On Hand)

    Make this next time it’s 5pm and you realized you forgot to plan anything for dinner. (Like, daily for me) Korean Beef & Rice I just made it for lunch because I had everything on hand, and omg… it was so good. Some healthy substitutions I did: Use coconut aminos or organic tamari instead of soy Use less brown sugar. I did barely 1/4 cup; some versions of this recipe call for up to 1/2 cup… just don’t, it’s too sweet (in my opinion). Use ground turkey instead of beef

  • Mac,  Mac Haul,  Makeup,  Mom Life,  My Favorite Things,  Pro Longwear,  Ruby Woo,  Shopp

    M•A•C Attack!

    Today we spent some time wandering around the lamest mall in my state (seriously), and I took advantage of being the only girl in our little family of three and escaped to the Mac store while my boys looked at hats (snooooooooooze). I meant to just go in to buy Ruby Woo, really, I did. But I was the only one in the store, and I caught a glimpse of myself in one of the brightly lit and terribly unflattering mirrors (you guys know that they do this on purpose, right? Those mirrors are formulated to make anything other than a Mac-encrusted face look absolutely awful). My dark circles were…

  • Date Nights,  Life Lessons,  Married Life,  Mom Life,  My Favorite Things

    Date Night With Myself

    Last night, I took myself out. It’s been a rough week in the Burton home. Paul is sick with the flu, Porter was sick and is now on the road to recovery, and I desperately needed a moment to breathe. So, I sent Porter with Grammy and Opa to clean the clinic, made sure Paul was comfortable on the couch, and I left. I drove out to Ulta and spent a good hour pouring over all the makeup and hair products and curling irons I could handle. I bought another new sea salt spray, a new BB cream, about forty new concealers (#momprobs), and then I took myself to the only…

  • Life Lessons,  Mom Life

    Life Lessons: Make Hair Day Happen

    I love me some hair day. Mamas… make the time. Even if it’s a stretch; save some money on coffee for a couple weeks and go get your hair done. Or, get a facial. Or maybe a massage. Maybe even all three. Do something for you. You deserve it. It’s so important to invest in ourselves; to make ourselves feel better. This came after a full day being covered in baby vomit, guys… I needed a night off badly. We spend so much time trying to figure out what’s going on inside those little heads that we kiss day in and day out that a few hours with nothing to…

  • Confession,  Mom Life,  Work At Home Mom

    The Chocolate Cake Confession

    Confession: it’s been a bad day with Porter. He’s discovered that he can scream at the top of his lungs; like, the kind of scream that will make you lose your voice. So, today, he’s been sobbing and screaming and snotty and basically I am convinced he hates me. It sounds like he’s being tortured or something. And for no reason… picking him up doesn’t help. Blowing raspberries on his little feet doesn’t help. Offering him a snack doesn’t help. Nothing. Helps. So, I finally got him to sleep this afternoon, and ate a piece of chocolate cake for lunch. Yep. Chocolate cake for lunch. With thick, fudgey frosting and…

  • Church,  Mom Life,  My Day,  Quotes,  Random

    Our Beautiful Mess: For All The Moms

    Yesterday, we had our first MOPS meeting of the year! I can’t believe, for one, that I have a child and can now attend meetings like this. It’s so surreal. We were so lucky to hear from Nicole Moore… she was our first speaker of the year! Nichole is an amazing wife, mother and teacher. She is on staff at my church, and every time she speaks, I always find myself completely wrapped up in every word she’s saying. She’s so poised and well-spoken; one of those women that truly feels like they have it all together. Well, it was such a breath of fresh air to hear her speak…