Stuff I like

I feel like if I actually tried to write anything of substance right now, all I’d be able to get out was the opening line of the Spongebob song. So due to the fact that my brain is currently taking a vacation somewhere between Gabba Land and Bikini Bottom, I’ve compiled a list of things that have made me smile lately. Cop-out post alert!

I don’t care if it makes me a geek, I want dem.

  • Sons of Anarchy. Justin and I started watching on Netflix a few weeks ago and immediately became addicted.

What? Doesn’t a show about a biker gang seem like something I’d be into? By the way, Justin wants a motorcycle all of a sudden. Don’t even get me started.

(via …love Maegan)

  • Essie nail polish. Okay, you guys. After this post I took your advice and went out and bought Nice is Nice. My life has been changed foreva. This polish is the best!

  • Having a little extra time for craftiness.

  • Last, but not least, my sweet babies.

Maddie with her cousins on Easter. Such a big girl.

Always sleepy Jack with always sleepy mama.

(I omitted my vampire books and shows for the sake of not looking like a complete crazy person. But yeah, those too.)

What are you loving lately?

Baby #2 – Thirty Three Weeks & a Baseball Baby Shower

Okay, for one week I will take a normal belly photo in good light and without looking ridiculously depressed. But don’t get used to this special stuff because we’re back to our regularly scheduled work bathroom photos next week. :)

Last Saturday, an incredibly sweet group of girls threw me a baby shower. I feel so blessed to have friends who would coordinate such an event during the holidays, while working AND while living in different cities. Thank you Steph, Alyssa, Sarah, Jimaie & Shea! I love and appreciate you all so much!

It’s no secret Justin and I are huge baseball fans (GO GIANTS!), so that’s what the girls chose as the theme!

The invitations were designed to look like game tickets! So AWESOME. Thank you for designing these, Sarah and Johnny!

Cracker Jacks were given as party favors (I took home like, 5 boxes… not gonna lie). Guests were invited to leave a note for me on little slips of paper, and when I got home and read them I was cracking up. All my friends who have sons gave some seriously wise advice: “Make sure to point it down.”

Steph made some adorable centerpieces with old baseballs and Alyssa made the tissue poms and had them hanging up around the place. So cute! We’ll just pretend that blue hat is orange and black. :)

My favorite part had to be what was served to eat… NACHOS and cupcakes! These girls know me.

Jack has clothes now, thank goodness.

Jimaie recently announced that she’s expecting too! Baby #3 is coming this July, eee!

And Kristy, another dear friend of mine since high school, is due in just a few weeks. This girl and I meet for regular Chipotle lunch dates. Hey, our sons make the rules… we just follow them.

Maddie Jo came too, of course. I still don’t know if she fully grasps the concept of there ACTUALLY being a baby in my belly, but she does know that Baby Jack is around here somewhere. Everyone keeps talking to her about him and she’s probably wondering where he is so they can play already.

You can check out more photos from the shower here! Thank you again to all my girls who threw the shower and the ones who came as guests! Maddie and Jack are lucky to have such sweet aunties. :)

Confessions of a Makeup Addict – Part 2

You can catch more creepy details of my makeup obsession by reading Part 1.

Right. So my makeup routine didn’t seem all that complicated to me until I actually dumped out everything I use on a regular basis and tried to make some sort of sense out of it in order to take a photo and explain to you all what I actually go through each morning. After basically sitting and staring at the pile of stuff for a full ten minutes, my conclusion was this: I put a crap-ton of crap on my face.

Well, okay, let me take that back. I do use several products, but I try my best not to overdo it to the point where  I resemble A) a clown, B) myself from my secretive Spice Girl bedroom makeup sessions of yesteryear or C) any cast member of Jerseylicious. (No, I did not just make that word up and yes, you absolutely should watch the show. It’s a mess and I love it.)

She knows the true meaning of subtle.

I don’t know who is truly interested in hearing about The Crap I Put on My Face, but since I happen to love reading about what everyone’s favorite brands and products are, I took a picture for you…

I will now dissect said photo into extreme and quite annoying detail… for your convenience, of course. Keep in mind I don’t use every single one of these all at once, but tend to alternate them according to how skanked-up I prefer to look that day.

Just kidding. Enjoy. (Prices are approximate)

  1. Smashbox Photo Finish Light Primer – $16: When I first heard of skin primers, I thought it was the biggest waste of time and money EVER. Why add an extra step to your makeup routine in the morning when you’re already so busy? Then I was given a sample of this Smashbox primer at Sephora and was completely converted. It’s really quick and easy to apply and you don’t have to be precise with a brush or anything like that, but it makes your foundation stay-freaking-put. It’s probably my favorite thing in the photo.
  2. Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse – $8: I always try out different foundations, but just keep coming back to this one. It goes on smooth and covers really well. Two chubby pregnant thumbs up.
  3. Sonia Kashuk Bronzer – $10: This brand is actually pretty inexpensive and you can find it at Target. I don’t wear bronzer very often and am honestly trying my best to embrace my God-given whiteness. However, when I do feel too pale in the face and just can’t take it any more, this helps a ton.
  4. Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Concealer – $18: Ashley from Our Little Apartment turned me on to this stuff a few weeks ago. THANK YOU, ASHLEYYYY! I have major dark circle issues under my eyes and this stuff works like magic and feels like buttah.
  5. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector – $7: The name is a mouthful, but it’s basically just a 2 in 1 concealer for blemishes and a highlight. On my particularly haggard days (meaning, every day since June), a little bit of the highlight strategically placed makes my skin look so much brighter. Not sparkly, just brighter.
  6. NARS Blush in Super Orgasm – $26: Their plain old “Orgasm” is a great shade too. Obviously.
  7. Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Peach – $22: Cream blushes are really natural and look more dewy than powder does. I don’t use this every single day (more so in the summer), but the color is great.
  8. Sephora Matifying Foundation – $20: Again, I don’t use this every day or with all the other skin products I’ve mentioned so far, but when I’m in a hurry, this stuff is perfect. It has great coverage and comes with a sponge, so it applies like a compact powder.
  9. Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara – $5: My eyes water like no one’s business, so waterproof it is. This mascara doesn’t clump up on me at all. I like.
  10. (Three of my favorite lip products right now) Maybelline Color Sensational Pearl Lipstick in Pearly Pink – $5, MAC Lipgelee in Bubble Lounge – $14.50, & MAC Lipglass in Nymphette – $14.50. Sometimes I wear them alone and other times I layer two of them at once. Love love love.
  11. MAC Eyeshadows in Mystery, Woodwinked, Club, Gleam, Shale & Sable – $14.50 each. It was hard to choose my favorites because all MAC eyeshadows are amazing. They stay in place all day and are really pigmented. Just talking about them makes me want to go back to the mall and get another one or five. I have issues.
  12. MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack – $15: I know this sounds stupidly dramatic, but gel eyeliner has changed my life. I used to use a pencil, but it would melt off in a few hours and I’d end up reapplying over and over again throughout the day. Not a fan of the maintenance. With gels, you apply it with a small angled brush (I use this one from Sephora) and it seriously is not as much work as it sounds. Okay, maybe at first while you get the hang of using the brush, but it is totally worth it because IT STAYS. 

Okay, DONE. Now have you tried any of these and loved them as well? Hated any? What are your go-to products? If you happen to do a post on your own blog about your makeup routine, please feel free to link to it in the comments. I’d love to know that I’m not the only one with a ridiculous makeup obsession.

Confessions of a Makeup Addict – Part 1

I have an addiction. A problem. An obsession. I can’t seem to walk past the MAC counter without snatching up a new eyeshadow.

It doesn’t matter if I have a grumpy toddler in tow or if I’m so hungry I could gnaw off my own arm; that is one stop I just can’t pass up. Don’t get me wrong, the lipsticks are fantastic and the glosses make me swoon pretty hard as well. I don’t discriminate, yo. It’s just all those eyeshadows… they really do a number on me.

One of the great things about MAC is that you can bring in 6 empty containers and trade them in for a lipstick/gloss/shadow. No joke, I just traded in 12 old eyeshadow pots and 6 lipgloss tubes for some new FREE stuff. It’s truly an amazing thing.

After I cleared out the empty containers, I saw that I didn't have nearly as much stuff as I thought. Must fix this immediately.

One of the first memories where I can recall being a little crazy about makeup was in 7th grade, when I actually wasn’t even allowed to wear any yet. I had this box of Avon stuff that my great-grandma had given me and I kept it hidden under my bed. When I was done with my homework I’d sneak into my room, close my bedroom door, turn on The Spice Girls and paint the living crap out of my face. (Do you love how creepily secretive I was about it? You’d think I was popping pills or something. ISSUES.) Glitter may have been involved. And since we’re being honest, there was usually about 3lbs of icy blue eyeshadow on each eye. Hot mess.

One time I even managed to sneak out of the house and make it to youth group with purple sparkles all over my eyes and cheeks, clumpy mascara on my lashes and frosty pink lipgloss. My mom noticed when I got home and proceeded to ground me from my box of sparkly makeup happiness. I never saw it again.

Thanks a lot, Mom. No, I’m serious.

Recently, I’ve become quite addicted to watching hair and makeup tutorials on Youtube, with Pixiwoo being one of my absolute favorites. You have to check these sisters out. They have the most adorable accents in the world and do such amazing makeup tutorials. I’ll seriously sit and watch them for hours with my giant bag of hot cheetos while soaking up all the info because I’m THAT big of a weirdo.

…ANYWAY. Breaking up the awkward silence. That’s just a glimpse into my weirdness. In Part 2, I’ll show you guys the products I use nearly every day. I use a good mix of drugstore brands and some higher end stuff and omg I’ll stop talking now before you all run away in fear.

“Don’t come in here. We’re talking about Christmas…”

(Refresh your memory about that phrase by reading this post. Or don’t, because it’ll probably make you curl into a ball and cry a little.)

With Christmas smack dab around the corner (seriously? how is it December already?!), I’ve been busy trying to come up with some different gift ideas than what I usually do. This would be my normal, quite sane process:

…and then I die. It happens every year.

My goals this year are to:

1) Make by hand as many of the gifts as possible

2) Use thrifted and recycled materials

3) Keep the cost to a minimum

4) Not die. (A very wise goal, I do believe.)

I figured most people in my close knit group of friends and family won’t mind that I’m taking this route, being that they get something absolutely unique to them. I could be totally wrong though. They could all be waiting in anticipation for an expensive, store bought present from my SOON TO BE STAY-AT-HOME SELF, knowing that I’M ON A STRICT BUDGET but that would mean THEY’RE NOT IN TOUCH WITH THE TRUE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON and would be quite SCROOGE-LIKE if you ask me. I just don’t expect that of these people. THEY LOVE HANDMADE GIFTS FROM THE HEART and VALUE THE THOUGHT AND EFFORT THAT GOES INTO THEM.

(I call that a subliminal guilt trip. It’s subtle, but it works.)

Anyway, here are a few goodies I’ve made so far.

Dessert/cupcake stands, made from pretty vintage plates and candlesticks. (Do you like my lone, strategically placed ribbon in the background there? I was feeling artistic at that moment. Don’t mind me.)

One of several yarn wreaths I’ve made so far. Wrapping that yarn takes some time, but man do they turn out cute. I may or may not be keeping this one in my entry forever and ever amen. (Did I say I was going to give these as gifts? Oh, right.)

What’s kind of lame is that I can’t share everything I’ve been making because most of the recipients read my blog, but I’ll eventually show you the rest. There are a lot of hair clips and pins and other things of that girlish nature.

So what about you? Having a handmade Christmas this year?