• My Favorite Things,  Recipes,  Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving Eve

    MY FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR: Thanksgiving Eve. Actually, if I’m being honest, the EVE of Thanksgiving Eve is probably my favorite. It’s literal perfection. The anticipation, the planning, the prepping, the cleaning, the CAFFEINE. We don’t stop drinking coffee until way, way after the kids are in bed. By this point, I’m peeling potatoes like a machine and Paul has decided not to involve himself with kitchen activities, so he starts putting a puzzle together at the dining room table. We’re talking about desserts for our Thanksgiving night bakeoff, we’re texting friends and family to solidify plans, we’re listening to Christmas music and letting the kids stay up way too late.…

  • Beauty,  My Favorite Things

    The One With Coconut Oil For All The Things

    I’m a huge fan of coconut oil, and I have gotten many friends and family members hooked on it as well for various parts of their daily routines. I mean, how many products can you moisturize with, cook with, and brush your teeth with – all out of the same tub? I’ll tell you. None. Well, none aside from coconut oil. I have three case studies I’d like to quickly review for you. When you’re done, feel free to run out to Costco and buy the giant tub. You’ll never regret it. The exact one I use  #1 – The One Where Waterproof Mascara Actually WorkedI accidentally bought waterproof mascara…

  • Kids,  My Favorite Things,  Pajamas,  Shopping,  Target

    Pajama Party

    Let’s talk about more obsessions. Specifically, Target-fueled obsessions. I cannot go to Target without buying a new haul of pajamas. The LAST thing my boys need are pajamas. I have drawers (plural) dedicated to pajamas. Onesies, cute sets of long sleeved shirts and pants, shorts and tank tops for summer… Paw Patrol, aliens, Minions, football, Star Wars, sailboats, camo, cowboy… you name it, we have it. There is something so cute about a little kid in adorable pajamas. When they start wearing raggedy t-shirts and basketball shorts to sleep, I’ll cry. And, I can’t throw any away. Well, except for a pair I got at Nordstrom when Porter was a baby,…

  • My Favorite Things

    I’m So Basic.

    I have what one may call an obsessive personality; everything is my favorite. Here is a short-but-running list of some of those things that I’ve been obsessing over, lately. Most of these things are what “the internets” are calling “basic”, as in “basic white girl”, but I’m 30 freaking years old. I liked these things before the cute little beauty bloggers decided it was cool. Let’s start with s’mores. Before they bombed your Instagram feed, I was obsessed. Mainly because of toasted mashmallow. I will get, buy, smell, taste ALL THE THINGS that are toasted marshmallow flavored/scented. But the idea of s’mores just makes me happy. It’s so summer, and…

  • My Favorite Things

    An Ode To Coffee

    I am working really hard to re-train myself in the art of coffee. I am such a “seasonal mocha” kinda girl, at heart. I love the sugary, milky concoctions like s’mores frappacinos and creme brûlée lattes. However. They are so bad for you. I know this isn’t, like, “breaking news”, but they are. I try so hard to make better decisions in my eating, and that has to include drinks too, right? My husband is a black Americano drinker, and I love the simplicity of his order. I decided to try just a plain iced coffee a few months back. Ok, not bad. It’s actually kinda sweet? I can do…

  • 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…

  • Currently,  My Favorite Things,  Rant

    Currently – November 15

    – Making googley-eyes at my new iPhone 5s. I love it so much. It’s so pretty and bright and perfect. I’m doing things on my phone I would never normally do, like making voice memos about the current episode of Law & Order that is on my TV. Just because I can. Just because it’s so pretty. – Listening to Christmas music. All of you “omgeee, don’t mention Christmas until after Thanksgiving” people… just relax. And read my BFF Jess’s thoughts on this same subject (under “Refusing To”). I support her logic entirely. – being annoyed that people don’t know how to use an apostrophe. – Fighting back tears after reading…

  • My Favorite Things,  My Style,  Obsessed,  Random

    Decisions, Decisions…

    Oh, ok. Fine. I’ll take all three. Word on the street Facebook is that Nordstrom is matching Costco’s price on all Hunter Boots. That drops them down to like $75 bucks each; I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to think of a colorful lineup of rainboots for me to debate between, each and every day, from now until June. So, yeah. I’ll take all three.