July Favorites

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Birkenstock Arizona in Basalt - I ordered these babies back in June and I finally got them just a few days ago. I was a Birks girl in junior high and all through high school until they finally fell apart and my mom refused to buy me another pair. She still hates them (sorry mom!). I love them. They are just as comfortable as I remember.
Naturebox Sea Salt Pop Pops - If you haven't tired Naturebox, you should. It a subscription box of snack that have no high fructose corn syrup, no hydrogenated oils, no artificial sweeteners or flavors. I love the Pop Pops. They are so good.
Good Vibes Only T Mulberry Press Co. - I've had my eye on this t (and the others in the shop) for a while now. I finally caved and got it. I've worn it.....a lot.
NARS - Radiant Cream Concealer in Vanilla - I've said it before, but I love this stuff. Covers all the bags, all the purple tones, all the redness. It's good. 
Kat Von D - Tattoo Liner in Trooper - This eyeliner is not a felt tip, but more like a brush tip. It's super skinny at the tip so it's easy to get into the lash line. Also, this stuff doesn't move. Once it's on, it's on. I can go all day without having to reapply or fix a smudge. 
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Barely Branded & Leather Collection in Creamy Beige - These little pots are the perfect cream eyeshadow. They stay on all day and are super easy to apply. I use my finger to put a small amount on my lids. I don't usually like any eyeshadow, so the addition of these guys into my makeup collection are making me want to try more. 
Giant Dwarf Starlette Pin - I've been wearing my hair wavy (take a lot of work for this straight-haired gal) and I like to pin back just a little bit with a pretty pin. This one is my go-to. It's just so pretty. Sadly, they aren't in production any longer.
Statement Necklace - Target - This necklace is my go-to to get fancy.
Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish in African Tea Rose - If you like roses, you'll like this! It smells so good and the color is just too pretty.
Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in LA Exclusive - I've heard about this stuff so much on the YouTube channels I watch and now I know why. It is the best lip product I own at the moment. It's slightly glossy but not too much. The color is super pretty and flattering. I'm excited to try the other colors.
Bath and Body Works Candles - This one is called Summer Boardwalk, and I got it last year. Its sooooo good. The newest scents are on their website now and it is taking everything I've got not to get one of each. Fall cannot come soon enough!
Fifty Shades of Grey - Yup. I read it. Then re-read it. Judge.

Star Wars T - This shirt has been in rotation for well over 2 years. He's a fan.
Obie-Cutie Spices - I got these for him for Father's Day and they have been well used. We use them on burgers, chicken, pretty much any meat.
Pebble Smart Watch - This watch is pretty cool. He gets his text messages on it. It's like the Bat-Watch every 10 year old boy always wanted.
Crown Royal - Because sometimes, you need a drink.

Superhero Blanket by RockerByeBaby - Jack has been of fan of these blankets since he was a tiny baby. He got this one for his birthday a couple of years ago and it is in his bed every.single.night. It's super soft and the perfect size for him. One of these days I will have to order the adult size for him.
Paw Patrol Rescue Run! for iPad - This game is his favorite at the moment. He is in a serious love with the Paw Patrol.
Lentil Snaps Tomato Basil - This is a mom-trick. He thinks the red of these bad boys is cheese. It's tomato. I'm not saying these are healthy, but they are a much healthier option than what he's used to. And he loves them.
Honest Bubble Bath - We received this bubble bath in our bundle for the month and it's been used almost every night.
Disney Infinity - We got this game last year for Jeremy's birthday. Jack wasn't quite ready for him to play with his dad then, but now... he plays by himself. It's mostly just running around and checking things out, but he loves it. He loves to change the characters and seeing and controlling characters he's used to. We are all pretty excited about the Marvel addition soon.
Eat More Plants tshirt - This was a gift from my mom. He loves it although he still stays about 50 feet away from anything resembling a vegetable.
Fisher Price Ice Cream Scoops of Fun game - This game was a strange find. Our neighbor friends brought over a game they had gotten at a garage sale and Jack fell in love. After searching and searching for it, we found that it was discontinued a few years ago...like 8 years ago. I found it on eBay for an godly amount, but got lucky not long after and found it for a reasonable price. We play it pretty often.
Lego Superhero Minifigures - Jack loves his legos, but he mostly loves the little dudes. He is a big fan of superheroes and I couldn't imagine getting every set of buildings to get the minifigures. A friend told me about eBay having sets of minifigures and I dived in. He loves them. They are pretty cheap so I'm not mad if he loses pieces.

Aden and Anais Swaddlers - This blanket was a gift from my awesome cousins when he was tiny. We had it put away for a while since it was still so cold at the time, but now that the summer months are way too hot, we use this often. He usually sleeps with it.
Honest Diapers - We are LOVING the new prints. These will always be my favorite diapers. They are made with the best ingredients and materials. I do wish there were overnight diapers by Honest. That would make me super happy.
Gerber Puffs - Sweet Potato - Since he just started crawling, we are slowly diving into some good snacks and puffs are up there. He loves trying to pick them up. He isn't so good at finding his mouth, but that's ok. The dog gets extra snacks.
Griffandor Leg Warmers - GigglePoo - These were a gift and well, they are just awesome. Mr. Crawler rubbed his little knees almost raw a couple weeks ago. We invested in quite a few of these leg warmers for these crawling days. There are my favorites. Yup. #hogwartsasF
Snapbibs - I am a huge fan of these bibs. I've never seen anything like them and I'm so glad I found these. They wipe clean.. CLEAN. Like no stains. Yes.
Teethers - All of them. Give him all of the teethers. We keep them in the freezer.
Honest Co - Lotion and wash - These wonderful products smell so good, orange and vanilla. They are super gentle.
The Wiggles - Yes. This is a Wiggles household. We like the music. Yes, they are (were) four grown men singing and dancing to children's music. Whatever. They make my boys happy. Now there are new Wiggles and the girl, Emma, is our favorite. She's pretty cute.

Summer Makeup Bag

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I don't usually wear a whole lot of makeup, but in the summer I wear even less. Just simple everything.

For the base, I use:
Benefit - POREfessional - everyday.
CoverGirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation Powder - I use a fluffy brush instead of the sponge it came with. I just lightly dust it when needed. 
NARS - Radiant Cream Concealer in Vanilla - Hands down, best concealer ever. It covers those I-haven't-slept-more-than-2-hours-at-a-time-since-December bags. 
Brush is from Target

Some days I use bronzer and blush, some days one and not the other. Depends...on what? No clue.
Clinque Cheek Pop in Peach Pop - This is really a great blush. Not too peach or pink.
The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in Light Matte - This bronzer is perfect for me. It's light and matte.
Brushes are from Target

Other stuff:  I don't always use everything here, but everyday I do use the mascara and eyeliner.
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - I usually use the last shadow on the left for highlighter. 
Tarte - Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara - I really do love this mascara. 
Kat Von D - Tattoo Liner in Trooper - Best
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istambul - This is a perfect nude/pink color.
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Barely Branded - Just a bit of shine for the summer.

Salty Dog

Monday, July 28, 2014

My all-time favorite cocktail is a Salty Dog. You may recognize it from maybe your grandmother. Yah. It is a rather "vintage" cocktail. There isn't much to it, but that's what makes it delicious.

You need: 
- Grapefruit juice
- Gin or Vodka (I prefer gin)
- Salt
- 1 lemon
- glass
- ice 
- small plate
- shaker

The first thing I do is cut the lemon in half and line the glass with the juice then dip into the salt. The lemon juice (or you could use honey) is best to keep the salt on the rim. Salt is a big figure in this cocktail. 

I do not own a bar shaker. Yup. I don't really see the need as I have 800 mason jars with perfectly good lids. I do need a bar strainer though. Anyway. In mason jar/shaker, add ice, grapefruit juice, and about a shot of gin or however much you'd like. Then shake. 
Then pour the drink into the rimmed with salt glass. I then garnished it with a little slice of lemon. 


Recent Purchases

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Revlon - ColorBurst Matte Balm in Striking -  I wanted a good red. I've noticed that I'm not a fan of gloss. This is super matte and has a good staying time. I usually put on a balm before I put this on. It's not drying, but I can see that it could be if I didn't prepare my lips before applying it.

NARS - Radiant Cream Concealer in Vanilla - Possibly the best concealer I've ever owned. Big fan. I use it for my under my eyes and the occasional blemish.

Tarte - Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara - If you like big lashes, you'll love this stuff. I don't know what it is, probably the brush, but it makes my lashes long, full, and slightly curled.

Kat Von D - Tattoo Liner in Trooper - This liner is amazing. I thought I was in love with the Benefit new liner, but nope. This one. This stuff is amazing.  It stays all day. It has the best brush tip that is super skinny. You can draw a thin line or build up to a thicker one. I am not any good at the cat-eye, but this has made it somewhat easier to do.

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo in Neutral - This little duo is perfect for your bag. It's small and great neutral colors.

GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment Sample Pack - I wanted to try this so bad. And now I want the bigger one. It smells like the beach, but not sunscreen-ish. I used a couple of them over night and that is the way I prefer. In the morning, my skin is so soft and buttery.

Dressing the Boys

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

When I was a kid (before kids) I always said I wanted a girl at some point. First, a boy so that she could have a big brother like I did. Then a girl. Always a girl. I never got that dressing boys could be fun...like, really fun. So that changed once Jack was born. I wanted boys. Brothers. 

 Shirt : Gap, Shorts : Gap, Shoes : Native, Hat : From the ballpark

Onesie : Hello Apparel, Shorts with suspenders : H&M, Hat : Gap, Shoes : Sperry

Local - Melt

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This weekend, my husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. We tend to not do gifts because going out on a GOOD date is way better. This year we had a babysitter...overnight (yaaaaaaah!). One thing we really wanted was sleep. When you have a 7 month old who hates sleep, any chance to get some uninterrupted sleep is just way amazing.

So, we had a babysitter! Our plan was to get dinner and go to a movie, then come home and do the sleep thing. But first, I had heard via IG of this new ice cream shop in Fort Worth, Melt. I heard about it a while back, and just could never make it out there. The thing that drew my in that day was their special... lemon macaron with lemon blueberry ice cream. A macaron ice cream sandwich. Blueberry lemon. Dude.

Unfortunately, we didn't make it in time to get the macaron. Total bummer, but we did get some amazing ice cream. One of the coolest things about this place is the bright yellow wall that they encourage picture taking with. The whole shop is great. The people, the vibe, and best of all, the ice cream.

Husband had the blueberry lemon ice cream and I had Salt Lick which was a salted caramel in really yummy waffle cones. You can also buy pints of ice cream. It was a perfect before dinner (oops) treat. If you live in and around DFW, check it out. It's worth it.

Iced Coffee

Friday, July 18, 2014

I love me some Starbucks. But let's be real....I can't go out every day and buy a nice big cup of iced or hot or blended or whatever coffee. So, I make mine at home. Also, messy (not cute) top knots, sweatpants, and tshirts covered in...who knows are not usually acceptable attire to leave the house in.

Here's what I do:

Gather this stuff.

Put it in your glass of choice and stir. 


Caterpillar Habitat

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jack found these little guys all over our dill plant one day. I mean, ALL OVER. He would go out and check every since day to see how they were eating and if they were bigger. It was a fairly large planet. These "little" dudes ate the entire thing. When the plant was juuuuuust about donzo, Jack started to feel bad. He wanted to keep one and save it. I explained, of course, that they were supposed to eat, get big, then get into the cocoon, and turn into a butterfly. Well, that made it worse. He wanted to see ALL OF THAT! (duh, mom). So, I went off to see if it was possible. Thanks to Mr. Google, I found out how to make a caterpillar habitat.

You will need a fairly large container. We got our's at Walmart for $4. Yes, Walmart. (It's closeby, and in a rich neighborhood so there are hardly any crazies). You'll also need dirt, rocks, a small jar that fits inside nicely (I used a babyfood jar), a small thing of cheesecloth, and some sticks. Oh and you'll need something for the catterpillar to eat. We just took what was left of the dill plant.

We started with rocks at the bottom to help with dainage. You don't want the habitat too wet, or it won't work. Then we added the dirt and arranged some sticks. We put the dill plant inside the baby food jar with a soaked paper towel to "water" it. You just don't want the plant to die while little dude is still eating from it. Then put the baby food jar into the big jar. This is also how we got the caterpillar in the jar. We took the part of the dill plant that it was still eating from. Then cover the top with the cheesecloth and we used a bit of yarn to keep it on.

Then, you wait. Watch and wait.

After about 4 days, we noticed the cocoon. Actually, Jack did when he checked it for the 39th time that day. That's the great thing about this little project. It kept Jack involved. He checked it all day long.

After about 2 weeks while Jack was asleep, we noticed the butterfly. A beautiful black and orange butterfly. I ran and pulled him out of bed. Yup. For a butterfly. It was so worth it. You don't want to keep the butterfly in the jar once it's dried it's wings. We brought the jar outside and took off the cheesecloth. The butterfly flew away as soon as the cloth was off. We did not get a good picture of it. I tried but was way too excited for Jack to experience that part, I totally didn't even care about it.

He loved this. He helped with every part of it. Watched it every day. And was the happiest kid when it was time to let the butterfly go. He talks about where he thinks it is in the world sometimes. It's the best.

Summer Activity

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This summer, I'm trying to keep Jack pretty busy to avoid the "I'm so bored, mom" and "can we go somewhere" every day....all day. I made this letter game a while back, and brought it out again this summer. He's at the point where he pretty much knows his letters and their sounds, but this game is a good reminder.

What to do:

Print out each letter on one blank paper ( A gets one page, B gets one, etc. See above photo)
Google photos that have the first letter of each letter of the alphabet ( I did quite a few for each letter)
Cut out each photo. I store them by letter in separate baggies.

To play:

Lay out the large letter pages.
Pull out the photos for those letters and scatter them up.
Have the kid match each photo the the letter.

Potato Vine

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Last week, I posted about plants and some tips. Here a stupid simple way to bring some green inside.

So, I found a sweet potato the other day that I had forgotten. It had some little eyes (little bumps growing out of the sides). I knew it needed to be thrown away, but why waste it! I stuck it into a mason jar with water. I said this was simple....

 It took a couple of days, but this guy is huge. And gorgeous. Jack loves that you can see the roots. This simple little plant is a perfect project to do with kids. He watched it everyday to see how much it had grown.
You gorgeous little sweet potato vine, you.

Food, Baby Food

Monday, July 14, 2014

I make most of Mason's baby food. It's important to me to know what is actually in the food I'm giving him. I use the mostly organic ingredients and water just to thin it out a little. I used to make all of Jack's food until I started working and we moved and and and excuses. This time, I stayed committed to it.

I've had the same baby food maker since Jack was born. It's the Original BabyCook from Beaba. I love it. I never even thought about giving it away or getting a new one. It's perfect for the job. And it's lasted the entire 5 years. We didn't aways use it for baby food either. I pureed soups and sauces in it when we didn't have a good blender. It's good.

I use one once little containers for storage. They are the Vital Baby Press N Pop Mini Freezer Pots. They are pretty perfect. There is a little silicon pad on the bottom of each one that makes it super easy to pop these out while they are frozen. I keep them in a tupperware in the freezer to keep from getting lost in there.

The baby food I make usually lasts all week, frozen. I make them over the weekend and use them throughout the week. This time, I made enough for about 1 and a half weeks or possibly two.

Mason is at the point where he eats cereal in the mornings, one and a half to two of these pots for lunch and then again for dinner.

These "recipes" (they really aren't, just pairings) are super easy and so far, baby approved. These are also for babies around Mason's age now, 7 months or older.
Spinach, peas, and asparagus : fresh asparagus, frozen peas and spinach. Pretty straight forward. Steamed all three together, then blended with water.

Apricot blueberry : dired apricots and fresh blueberries. Steam the blueberries and blend. Then strain. Meanwhile, cut the apricots into small pieces then steam. You should be able to pierce them with a knife easily. Then blend the apricots. These are pretty pasty, so add a lot of water. Once it's at a good consistency, add the blueberry sauce.

Apple strawberry : fresh apple and strawberries. Steam them both together, then blend with water. I added a touch of cinnamon.

Sweet potato : fresh sweet potatoes. Steamed then blend with water.

Sweet peas : frozen sweet peas. Steamed until hot, then blended with water.

Beets, parsnips, and carrots : pre-steamed beets without skins, fresh parsnips and carrots. Start with just a few bits of carrot, add the parsnips, and beets. Steam until you can pierce the carrots and parsnips. Then blend with water.

Pears : fresh pears. Steam then blend. You won't need a lot of water on this one.

Cookie Butter Waffles

Friday, July 11, 2014

Yup. You read that correctly. Cookie. Butter. Waffles. You're welcome.
You need:

1 cup - All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon - baking powder
1/4 teaspoon - salt
1/4 cup - brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup - milk (plus a little more)
1/2 cup - Cookie Butter

You do:

While your waffle iron is heating up, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt). In a seperate bowl, mix the wet ingredients together (brown sugar, egg, milk, and Cookie Butter). Then pour the wet ingredients over the dry and mix just until combined. You may need to add more milk to thin it out. Cookie Butter is thick, ya'll. Be sure to spray some non-stick cooking spray onto your iron to avoid...sticking. Cook until done. Some like it crispy, some don't. Then melt down a couple tablespoons of Cookie Butter to drizzle on top. Done.

Perfect for Saturday mornings...just sayin'.

Need Some Green?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

No, I'm not giving away money. I'm talking about the other green! Plants!! I can't lie and say that I have the best green thumb there is. I've murdered plenty of perfectly good plants. I tried for years to get the damn things to stay alive but hardly any luck. A couple years ago, I decided that I wouldn't kill anymore. Easy enough.
Of course, it's not easy. But it can be done.

My first tip is to just start. Start with seeds or starter plants. Start with succulents. Just start. And when you do start, start small. Don't go out and buy hundreds of dollars worth of plants or 50 packets of seeds.

We started with just a small patch in our backyard and a few succulents inside.
The first year we did this, we had no plan. We just threw some seeds in the dirt and wished for the best.
 We got lucky...
Very lucky.  The carrots were small, but HEY! THEY ARE CARROTS! And BEETS! Go us!
We were happy with the garden that year. We were outside all the time. Then pregnancy and summer hit and you couldn't have dragged me outside. Things died. Lots of things. But Texas has brutal summer heat. Even if we had tried our hardest to keep every single plant alive, we would have failed.
This year, we tried a few new seeds. Those little guys under the "Smith" sign were supposed to be okra....
Not okra. These beautiful sunflowers were planted the year before, but never took. I thought it was a failed seed pack. That happens. No big deal. This year, I bought a pack of okra seeds. Plants them and almost automatically (3 or so days later), we had little plants. I was so pumped! OKRA! Then little buds formed. Then these ladies bloomed. Much better than okra, if ya ask me.

My second tip is, remember the seasons. You don't have to do a bunch of research, although it does help. Just pay attention to your seasons in whatever part of the world you are in. Beets and carrots grow well here in the Fall and Spring but in the Summer, the ground is just too dang hot. We had a giant cabbage plant that lasted through the entire Winter. Snow and complete freezes and still kicking. We've learned a lot. And each year/season, we pretty much start over. Not totally from scratch, but close to it.

Third tip, bring some life indoors. These babies are my favorite things ever. I have a few.... ok, more like a metric ton of these little guys in our house. Simple, plain terra cotta pots, dirt, rocks, plant. Easy. You water them maybe twice in 2 weeks, but usually just once. I use a spray bottle to make sure I don't over water them.
I have them throughout the house. This is on top of the dinning table. By putting the pots on a small pretty cutting board, I can move it around if needed and the tabletop doesn't get any water damage.
The mantel plant is actually a cutting from my mom's backyard. I have a few of them. This one is just the perfect height for the mantel.
We also have a few plant stands in the house. This is my favorite. EVER. It has a small fern on top and succulents. All in terra cotta pots.

Final tip...get everyone involved. Everyone in the house (except for the baby, his time is coming...) is responsible for the plants. If you notice one isn't feeling so well, you fix it or let someone know. Everyone waters the plants. Everyone trims the plants. Why? These plants are enjoyed by the whole family and let's be honest...it's a lot of work. Jack likes to water the plants outside with the hose. He usually is allowed to get soaking wet in the process, which is awesome for him. He also likes to water the plants inside with a spray bottle. We have a couple plants that need a certain amount of light and water and you can tell when they aren't feeling well. It's his job to check them daily.

I hope this is helpful to some. If not, then at least you got to see some pretty pictures!!

Today is for

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

- unpacking
- cleaning
- celebrating the end of a semester of school (finals are DONE!)
- gearing up for the next set of classes
- beating the heat with homemade popsicles
- making baby food
- watching Rio 2 with the boys

Our Trip In iPhone Photos

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

 Lost luggage.
 Stocking up.
 Fourth of July fun at my brothers.
 Baby pool!
 Sparklers with the big kids.
Peach and blackberry individual cobblers.
 Missing this little lady and her sister and cousins and parents and grandparents.