Wednesday, April 21, 2021

March Favorites

 



I've always had dry feet and love the foot masks that peel (it's so satisfying!) but I've been using these pumice blocks a couple times a week in the shower and my feet have never been softer! I lotion them afterwards and I am in awe at what a miracle worker these little stones are. Buy a pack and prep for warmer weather now, you won't regret it!

I wish I could say I wear stretchy headbands for working out but the reality is, I need these to contain the postpartum regrowth! It's a real doozy these days and headbands (plus tons of hairspray) are necessary to keeping these pieces from sticking straight up! I like that this one isn't as tight as others but still relatively stay in place. I do wear it to workout as well and it does what it's supposed to! 

As a stay at mom I basically live in athleisure! Now that I've actually started working out I have stronger opinions about the clothes aside from them just being comfy. This is my first time trying this brand and I have to say I'm impressed! I love that this shirt is lightweight and isn't tight but isn't too flowy. I love the hem length with yoga pants because theres a little bit of coverage but it isn't too long to wear with shorts. For under $30 this feels much more luxurious and I already have two other colors in my cart!

Several years ago I bought a pair of Tracker shorts from Lululemon and have loved them ever since. Post baby #2 I felt like I needed a little more stretch in the waistband and ended up trying these Speed Up shorts and love them so much! They smooth things out without being a true high waist and I like the overall fit. The 4" feels like the perfect length and I'm 5'6" for reference. I'll be buying these in multiple colors to wear this summer but for now I'm enjoying them for inside workouts. 

Emerging out of a midwest winter is something special, let me tell you! Unless you've gone away to get some sun somewhere, it's pretty likely you could use a little glow to get you through the spring. I have heard about these tanning drops and figured March would be a good time to test these out because we're still stuck inside if things don't go well! I started slow, like a drop to a normal amount of face moisturizer, once per week and it did add a subtle glow! I could probably bump to either 2 drops or increase the frequency but for now, I'm happy with it! I have added to my body lotion once to test my arms/chest and it wasn't noticeably tanner but I will likely continue this regime as we get into warmer weather and need to put more skin on display. These are a touch pricey but I can tell this bottle will last forever and I don't find the smell to be offensive as I do other self tanners.

This dress is what warm weather dreams are made of! I love a good gingham moment and when I saw this online I knew it had to be mine. I love that the straps adjust with the back detailing, which is adorable, and also functional! I think sizing is a touch generous, so if you're in between sizes I think you could go down one. Otherwise it's just a roomy true to size that can be adjusted as I mentioned with the straps! I will be wearing this all summer long and with a denim jacket all spring!








Monday, April 12, 2021

Platters and Serveware

 


Thinking back to when we were registering for our wedding it was such a hectic time and planning for future entertaining was tricky! I have found that it's best to be over-prepared than under-prepared when it comes to serving platters. You may not need everything at this moment in your life but you will, someday, and you'll be glad you have it! I tend to gravitate towards neutral pieces that go with any type of food/cuisine and of course, nothing too trendy that won't stand the test of time. These pieces are all classic with a touch of "trendy". Something to think about is varying heights and shapes for serving. It always elevates your presentation! 













Sunday, April 11, 2021

February Favorites

I'm behind, but I'm catching up! :)

I use mason jars for food storage and love the versatility and sizes of them but one of the biggest headaches was the lids. They always rust whether I hand wash or put in the dishwasher. I was replacing them so often until I found these plastic ones. They are universal for different brands and are dishwasher safe! They come in wide mouth as well, so grab whatever size makes more sense for your jars. I am telling you these are a genius and have smiled every time I take them out of the dishwasher.

A flat edge spoon, sounds odd right? I stopped using wooden spoons for a couple years because I was preferring the silicone spoonulas but in the last year or so I've completely flip flopped! I like that they are safe on nonstick pans and the edges really get into the corners of your pans. The handle is comfortable and I love the color of this one!

I had gotten this tower for Graham when he was about a year old and it has exceeded all expectations. Although he's incredibly tall, he still likes to use it when I'm cooking. It's also currently Landon's favorite toy to climb into. It's inexpensive, narrow, pretty for when not in use, and very sturdy. If you have littles and want to get them cooking with you- grab this! 

Are you a lipstick person? I am not. I would always prefer a tinted gloss but rarely ever wear it! Especially these masked days. BUT, I have heard such a commotion over "Pillow Talk" lipstick that when I was in Sephora recently I had to see for myself. I actually didn't like the lipstick that everyone talks about. It's matte and a touch drying, in my opinion. But this one is hydrating and very sheer and gives a little something something. It sort of feels like a glossy chapstick, without the stickiness of actual gloss. I reach for this almost every day because even if I'm not wearing makeup and hanging out with the kids it feels like I have my life together a little bit!

If you have little kids you know that sound machines are life. Each boy has one in his own room and I added this to the hallway between their rooms shortly after Landon started sleeping in his crib. Having white noise in their hallway has been a game changer on all accounts. I love this sound machine because it holds a charge overnight without having to be plugged in. This winter we lost our power a few times due to cold temperatures and it was amazing having this "backup" sound machine that kept going when each of theirs turned off. This is a pretty tiny sound machine but packs quite a punch volume wise! A lot of portable sound machines don't get very loud and turn off after a short window but this one is excellent. I have a backup of this sound machine because it's that important! Also great for traveling, walk snoozes, car rides, etc. 

I have been using these striped towels for many years and love the absorbency and classic look of the stripes. I have several colors but couldn't resist this beautiful pink color for spring!

When we moved Graham to his big boy bed we had all sorts of trouble getting him to stay in his room. I researched many light systems for him and ended up with this Hatch light. It has sounds too but we just use it for the light. I love that you can program their sleep schedule and adjust it on the app manually if you need to make the light change sooner/later without having to go in or throw off your training. Graham loves saying, "see you when the light turns green" or proudly tells us hours after, that he saw it turn green. I couldn't be happier with this and definitely kick myself for not implementing this sooner when we first moved him to his bed!

I have tried many moisturizers over the years but continuously come back to this one. It is so hydrating without leaving a greasy residue, which is my biggest pet peeve with others. I also love the smell of it. While others have an off-putting floral scent this has a very subtle spa-like aroma. It's a little cooling when you put it on and a little goes a long way, which helps stretch the product out! I love the eye cream too.