friday favorites #7

Happy Friday, friends! It's always a relief to reach the end of the week, but this weekend I am especially grateful, as we are looking down the barrel of our first free Saturday in over a month (maybe of 2017)! I have elaborate plans to deep clean our home, grocery shop, use up some gift cards, and spend some quality time with the family. Cheers to the weekend!

And now, the main event...Friday Favorites!

1. Valentine's Day with Kids

I was always so cynical and dismissive when it came to Valentine's Day before I had kids. Even when I got married, my husband and I would maybe celebrate with a margarita, but we never invested our time in special plans, or our money in romantic gifts. 

Now that I have kids, I find myself wanting to make the holiday magical for them, even to the point of feeling excited for this "made-up" holiday! Disclaimer! I am the world's farthest thing from a Pinterest mom. I hate arts and crafts with every bone in my body. But it truly takes so little to make the kids feel like they're having a special day. In our house, we made heart shaped pancakes with a 99 cent cookie cutter, pink magic milk (a tradition started by my own mother), and I saw fellow mama Dana create these adorable mailboxes for her kids, and totally copied her. (Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?). Finally, my mom sent these adorable Baby Gap shirts for the kids for them to wear on Valentine's Day. All in all, I'd say the day was a success!

2. President's Day Sales

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Guys, I am in major need of a few key maternity pieces to make it until the end of this pregnancy. My pregnancies with Pippa and Teddy were during the Minnesota winter, so my summer maternity wardrobe is limited. And it's Florida, so it already feels like summer. I'm looking to stock up on a few pairs of maternity shorts, and one or two more solid color V-Neck Gap Pure Body tees. Teddy is also in need of a few pairs of shorts and t-shirts, so he'll get to take advantage of the sales, too. Pippa...doesn't need anything, but I might end up snagging her a cute Easter dress.

Gymboree - up to 80% off 

Gap - up to 40% off

Old Navy - up to 50% off

3. Glucose Test - DONE

So the glucose test itself is definitely not a Friday Favorite, because sitting in a waiting room for an hour feeling nauseous and hungry while trying to entertain two little kids is not what I would put on my list of things I'd want to do again. (Although as evidenced by the picture above, the kids were rockstars in the waiting room, and did a great job. Plus I got that comfy recliner all to myself!) BUT the fact that it's done, and everything looks normal is one less thing to think about as this baby's due date draws ever nearer. Now this means I can have all the leftover Valentine's Day candy I want, right? Or is that not how it works?

4. Berres Brother's Coffee

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this in a Friday Favorites before, but we are still living off our stockpile from when we visited Wisconsin at Christmas. I have no affiliation with Berres Brothers in any way, but I wish I did! I will sing the praises of their Highlander Grogg from the highest mountaintop, and we will always make time to stop there whenever we're in Wisconsin. Until then I will be ordering online when we run out. Seriously. Order the Highlander Grogg. Like, when Justin and I pass each other at school, we can't help but comment on how good our coffee was that morning. 

5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

I shared these on Instagram and my Facebook page already, but they're so delicious I'm going to add them to this list as well. I'll be making a batch this weekend for school lunches or snacks to grab around the house since Teddy never seems to stop eating. I was stuck on other healthy options to offer the kids, then remembered that I used to make these all the time! So simple, and so delicious. They really don't last all that long in our house!

I never follow a set recipe with protein balls, but here's a rough idea of what I throw together:

1 cup oats
1/2 cup peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
1/3 cup agave or maple syrup
1 scoop chocolate whey protein
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp flax seed
1 tsp vanilla

mini chocolate chips
melted peanut butter drizzled on top

- Honorary Friday Favorite: helping friends get started on their new health journey! There was an amazing deal going on last week, and a few people decided to jump on it. By the time they finish their 30 day reset, spring will be coming, and they're be feeling and looking great! 

That's it for this Friday! What's got you smiling this week?

Linking up with Carolina Charm and Hello Happiness for Five on Friday, and Andrea from Momfessionals for Friday Favorites!

my favorite everyday makeup

Getting ready for the day is very important to me, especially now that I'm a mom. I feel like I'm a happier, more confident person when I have taken the time to look presentable. Part of that routine includes putting on makeup every morning. However, as most moms of young children know, time to yourself is quite limited. 

I have found it works best for me to shower at night. I also wake up before my kids for a morning devotion and some blog work. My three-year-old usually wakes up between 6 and 6:30, so I set her up with breakfast, then a television show while I do my makeup and hair for the day. It is near impossible to do my makeup when my one-year-old is awake, as he will seek and destroy everything he shouldn't be touching in the bathroom. Throwing things in the toilet, grabbing for the curling iron, pulling things out of drawers, licking the bathtub - you name it! This makes the process of putting on makeup last twice as long, and not nearly as enjoyable. 

My makeup routine is quick and simple for this very reason. I have included some of my favorite everyday makeup products in this post. I own other makeup, but some of it I only use for special occasions or a night out. Most of what I buy is drugstore makeup, but I love a good Mac product every now and then, too! I find MAC cosmetics tend to last me a lot longer, and wear better throughout the day, making them worth the investment. 

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MAC Eyebrow Pen - ladies with light eyebrows, you feel me on this one! We need to fill in those bad boys to add some structure and definition to our face!

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless - I love the coverage of this very affordable liquid foundation. I dot it on my face with my fingers, and use a beauty blender to blend it in. 

NYX baked blush - I'm not set on this blush. In fact, I tend to buy a different brand and shade each time I run out. I do really like this baked blush, though, especially in summer for a bit of a glow.

NYX dark circle concealer - I dab this on to cover up under eye circles. My kids actually sleep great, but I am #blessed with the genetics for dark circles. That's life, my friends.  NYX is my go-to everyday concealer. I have a Tarte brand concealer that I love, but only use on special occasions. 


MAC Eyeshadow Quad - For Christmas one year I received an eyeshadow quad palette, and I filled it with the eyeshadow pro palette refill pans of my choice from MAC. They are actually very affordable at $6 per pan, and they last FOR-E-VER. I love that they stay on much longer than drugstore brands, and the pigment is much richer. 

MAC Gel Eyeliner - I find painting my eyeliner on with the gel eyeliner and a thin brush to be much more forgiving than liquid eyeliner, and much richer in color than an eyeliner pen. The pot has lasted me for over a year, and in fact probably needs replacing before I even get a chance to run out of it. 

Almay Eyeliner Pen - having stated the above about the gel eyeliner, there are still days I'm too lazy or in a rush to deal with the gel eyeliner. On these days I turn to the Almay Blackest Black eyeliner pen. 

Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara - I have no commitment to a specific mascara, but my latest purchase was the blue Rocket Volume, and I really like it, probably enough to buy it again. I actually have pretty long eyelashes naturally, but they are pretty light in color, so 2 layers of any mascara does the trick for me!

What are your favorite everyday makeup products you can't live without?

weekend links

Hey y'all! It's the third weekend in a row we're stuck at home with the sickness that won't quit. I've got all my Thieves diffusing, the Vitamin C is flowing, and every surface is wiped down hourly with lemon-scented antibacterial wipes. To no avail, friends. To no avail. 

Anyway! Since I'm stuck inside on this gorgeous Florida Saturday, I'm going to share some good reads and links from around the web. Enjoy!


My sister sent me this article and I can't. Stop. Laughing. Because it's about me. 

Fun ideas for Valentine's Day "dates" if you opt to stay in.

Adorable Easter outfits for Pippa and Teddy - and free shipping on all orders! (<-- affiliate link)

Motherhood has made you softer - so beautiful!

Why you should be meal planning

It's funny cuz it's true. 

Really eyeing up these swaddle sacks for the new baby!

Ridiculous savings on the nutrition system I use this Sunday only! Click here for more info

Have a great weekend!

Linking up with Tineke at Working Mommy Abroad!

friday favorites #6

Happy Friday once again! The weeks seem to be flying by lately, but I don't mind. Our family is busy with lots of activities at our church and school, but I'm loving that we've gotten into a good rhythm. Things are running pretty smoothly as far as bedtime, packing lunches, and getting out the door on time go, and we're really in a sweet season of life. I know things are going to be turned upside down in just a few short months with the arrival of this new baby, so I'm treasuring these days with my first 2!

Anyway, I have a few fun things to share from this week, so sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy!

1. valentine's day treat // 2. mornings at home //3. the book of acts // 4. clementines //5. dairy free chocolate shakes

1. Valentine Munch

Danielle at A Sprinkle of Joy posted this delicious and simple treat, and I knew I had to make it with Pippa. We assembled the ingredients this past Sunday right before the Super Bowl, and have been snacking on it all week. It's the perfect mix of salty and sweet!

2. Mornings at home

Now that we're all on the road to recovery from this nasty cold going around, my mornings at home with the kids have been so fun! Pippa and Teddy have been playing together so nicely, and we've been enjoying the beautiful weather here in Florida on our morning walks. A highlight this week was library story time where the theme was Valentine's Day, and kids got to make "Love Bug" hats. I like my crafts best when someone else is in charge of them and I don't have to clean up.  

3. The book of Acts

The First 5 app has a study on the book of Acts, and it just so happens to be one of my all time favorite books of the Bible to study! Something about the conviction of the disciples right after Jesus ascends into heaven is so inspiring. 

4. Halo brand clementines

I've been picking up the 3 lb bag of clementines at Target for an on-the-go snack, and they have been so sweet! Also, I'll take a clementine over an orange any day of the week, since I can't peel an orange without creating a massacre of peel and pulp. The bag isn't even lasting a week in these parts! Good timing...we could really use the Vitamin C boost over here. 

5. Dairy-Free chocolate shakes

I mentioned in this post on my Facebook page that I start each morning with a nutrient-dense protein shake, but lately I've been adding another one in right before bed. This pregnancy has me getting very hungry around 9 p.m., and I was falling prey to the late night bowl of cereal or foraging for sweets in the pantry. After reading up a bit on the concept of protein pacing, I decided to swap out the late-night junk for some high quality protein. The creamy chocolate is really hitting the spot!

That's it for this Friday! Share below something that brightened your week!

Linking up with Carolina Charm and Hello Happiness for Five on Friday, and Andrea from Momfessionals for Friday Favorites!

pipisms: things my three-year-old says

1. Me: *throwing up in the bathroom during the first trimester*

Pippa: (as she walks past) maybe try some crackers.

2. *Pippa climbs in our bed early in the morning*

P: Do you have to throw up, Mommy?

Me: Yeah, actually I do.

P. Make sure you do it in the toilet.

3. *Teddy walks for the first time*

P: We're so proud of you, boy!

4. Me: Pippa, did you spill your cereal?

P: Mommy, it's not a disaster.

5. *After we say bedtime prayers*

Me: Is there anything else you want to ask Jesus? Or anything you want to say thank you for?

P: Oh yeah! Dear Jesus, please bring me my Boogie Board and stylus from my backpack. Amen.

6. Me: Have fun at the beach, Pippa! Bring me back a seashell!

P: I promise, your majesty (as she curtseys)

7. Me: Pippa, that's enough M&Ms. You've had too much sugar today.

P: (Flippantly) Hm. I thought you were my best mommy. 

8. *playing volleyball together, and I'm correcting her form*

Me: long arms! bend your knees!

P: (Gets ready to pass the ball) Is this what you were looking for?

9. P: "Mommy, is the baby standing up?"
Me: "No, he's scrunched up in a ball."
P: "Why is he in a ball?"
Me: "Because Mommy's belly isn't big enough for him to stand up."
P: "Oh." Thinks for a second, rubbing my belly tenderly. "Well I guess you have to eat more food and get more belly!" 

10. Pippa narrating to herself as she plays with her toys: "She saw her brother had messed up her train tracks, so she said, 'Teddy Bear! That's not nice!' Then she moved her tracks across the room."

11. P: Mommy, did you know syrup has adhesives?

E: Really? Why do you say that?

P: Because it's sticky! Just like stickers and tape!