Friday Favorites!

Aug 24, 2012

Linking up with Lindsey at The Bargain Blonde to do a Friday Favorite post, makeup style. I've used Bare Minerals since college, but lately I've just found that my lack of motivation to spend time putting makeup on combined with my habit of sleeping until the very last minute has left me heading to work and spending my day not feeling or looking my best. I know for sure that I look more tired, and probably scare some of my kids, when I don't take some time to freshen up. I found that the Bare Minerals makeup, as well as it covered when you took the time to apply it correctly, just wasn't practical for that on-the-go application. 

I set out in search of some easier wear that would give me some color and be easy enough to do on the run. The following are my favorite new products, in order of what I put on first. 

This product is great for keeping oil at bay throughout the day. A dot goes a long way to cover my tzone and around my nose.

I love this product because it has just enough color to provide cover and has SPF 15. I was leery of using a moisturizer with having somewhat oily skin, but even when I don't use the primer I found that this product doesn't add to the oiliness at all.
I really love all the colors this blush comes in. It goes on well and usually has a bit of a shimmer to it.
Creme de la Creme
Vanilla Sugar

I use the Vanilla Sugar as an overall base color and use the Creme de la Creme to accent creases, etc. My eyeshadow color is ever-changing, but I leave most of the other colors I've collected over the years in a makeup case at home.

Black or Brown

I love the pop this gives my eyes without having to go too thick or overboard on the eyeliner. 
Unless I need some color, I stick with this simple, clear balm. It leaves my lips feeling SO soft and as long as my lips are moisturized, they have a great natural color anyway! 

Obviously, my "beauty" routine isn't too complicated. I've been trying to put more effort into taking care of how I look and not always leaving the house feeling like I rushed out the door.  Because my job is so casual, I usually don't do a whole lot. But honestly, I do feel much better, more energized, and a lot more confident when I take that extra time to devote to this routine. I don't look as tired or groggy when my face has some color and definition.  I do like to use BareMinerals foundation when I can because it does provide longer-lasting, better coverage; but overall, I love this simple collection of products. Now if only I could wake up with my hair perfectly curled...

In the Kitchen | Easy Apple Cobbler

Aug 22, 2012

After a conversation with my grandmother about a cobbler she was making, I was inspired to find a good recipe and give it a shot myself. I found this one on that looked fairly simple and tried it out when we had a guest for dinner this past weekend. It turned out great! I made it again tonight for an after-dinner treat and it was delicious paired with some Breyers Vanilla Bean ice cream. Enjoy! 

Apple Mixture:
5 c. peeled, sliced apples (Granny Smith apples really add a good tart apple flavor, otherwise it is all sweet with no fruit taste)
1/2 c. sugar

2 tbsp. all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 c. water
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. butter, softened

Combine ingredients; mix gently. Spoon into a lightly greased 9-inch square baking pan; . Set aside.

1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. sugar

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

2 tbsp. butter, softened
1 egg, slightly beaten

Combine batter ingredients; mix well. Spoon over apple mixture in 9 equal portions (batter will spread during baking). Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 35 to 40 minutes.
Yield: 6 servings (or 4 if you're like us and like bigger dessert portions! A 9-inch pan really isn't a big size for more than four people. I'd suggest doubling the recipe for larger numbers)

 This is what it will look like before you stick it in the oven- the dough spreads really nicely throughout the dish while baking.
You can tell I was so excited to eat it that I didn't even snap a right-out-of-the-oven shot. So delicious. 

The Afters: Progress

Aug 18, 2012

The past three weekends have been spent with family from out of town doing things around the house. My parents helped us move, M's brother came down the next weekend and helped paint some, and M's parents came down last weekend to help knock out the kitchen and living room. Needless to say, this past week was spent recuperating and resting! 

We are so thankful for all the help and LOVE the outcomes so far. It is sometimes hard to tell what the paint will look like in the entire room but I'm so pleased with how the grey and yellow turned out. Be warned, this post comes with some lists. Because this girl is type A and then some. Without further ado...


I absolutely love how much brighter the kitchen looks! My one and only prime lens doesn't allow for some good wide shots, but you get the picture. It feels so much cleaner and has a fresh feeling.

Left To Do:
- Artwork/Wall Decor?
- Kitchen Rug
-New light fixture? (this is still being debated. The current one is a bit too bulky for such a small kitchen, but might look better if it was raised a couple feet)
-Window Treatment (valence?)


 We ended up going with Sherwin Williams Lattice (SW7654) and Crisp Linen (SW6378). I love love love how they turned out together. They brightened up the room so much and in my opinion, compliment each other very well. I like that the Crisp Linen isn't quite yellow, but is a bit more yellow than cream. 

Left to do: 
- Something different with the table, we're thinking bleaching it at this point to get that lighter, rustic look
- L-shaped "breakfast nook bench" against wall and left side..similar to this
- Replace right-side chairs with either these or something like this.
- Switch out current light fixture for something similar to this awesome West Elm piece
- Artwork/Wall Decor
- Curtains

 I originally thought the Lattice would be too dark, but it turned out to beexactly the shade of grey that I was hoping for. We have gotten rid of (aka moved to the garage to await selling) all of the things in our living room (aside from the trunk- to be determined later!) and had my piano moved from our rental. I'm so happy it's finally here and out of the hot house! We also saved up cash and treated ourselves to a new tv. We're in the midst of alllmmmooost paying off our last student loan (Dave Ramsey would be proud) and are trying to be careful with how much we let ourselves spend at this point. As a side note, and a little pat on the back, we will be debt-free except for our mortgage by this coming February!

Left to do:
- Couch. We ordered this sectional from World Market and are awaiting its delivery to the store 
- Rug
- Hide all those ugly wires
- Replace trunk with thinner, wider table
- Textiles- pillows/curtains
-Artwork/Wall Decor/Frames

Master Bedroom Progress...
I like how the bedroom color turned out. We chose Sherwin William's Silvermist (SW7621), a color in their blue section. It's really something how different it looks in different light. It goes from a grey to a green to a blue depending on where you're standing in the room and where the sunlight is shining. The four-poster bed was one handed down to us from my parents and that we used in our old guest room. Little did we know, until AFTER I painted it and we set it up, that it is the squeakiest, loudest frame I've ever slept on. It looks amazing black, but we're going to have to switch it out. It's an older frame and there is no way to fix the noise. The dresser is one we got from Ikea and I love it. 

Left to do:
- Replace bed frame with the one that M made for our old bedroom. A new coat of paint and it will look great. 
- Recover headboard I made with new fabric and attach to bedframe
-New sheets/duvet cover
-Hang curtains
- Rug
-Artwork/Wall Decor
-New small tv

Master Bath Before...

Master Bath Progress...
For the bathroom, we used Sherwin William's Sea Salt (SW6204). It is such a clean, fresh color and really opens up the room a lot. The color compliments the bedroom walls well, too.We're loving the double sinks!

Left to do:
-Bath Rugs
- Artwork/Frames
-New Toilet (yes, seriously. Ours is SO small)
-Get my husband to pick up his underwear. Oh wait...did I type that out loud?

Mind you, the list doesn't end there. In the rest of the house we need to...
- Paint and set up Noah's Room
-Paint the Hallway
-Find/Make bedframe for guest bed
-Guest Bed linens/decor
-Clean out garage & organize

This stuff can look pretty overwhelming, but our house is obviously a work-in-progress. Some of those things won't come until later into next year or when we have saved up enough to pay cash for each item. However, it's been so nice to be able to actually plan out a house the way I've always wanted to and not be forced to stick to a rental agreement. 

Ah, the sweet taste of freedom and creativity!

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House :: The Befores

Aug 7, 2012

I debated on posting pictures at such an early stage of the "new house" process, but literally every room will be changing and I wanted to be able to show what an intense difference I have planned. I'm so excited about all the changes we'll be making inside, mostly with a different coat of paint. The couple that used to live here really loved their blues and greens. It looked great with their things in the home, but it's just not my style. As you've seen in previous posts, I'm going with a lot of neutrals and am planning on using art and textiles for the pops of color. 

This week M's parents are coming to help us with a good part of the painting. We've got the master bed and bath painting done and will tackle the living room, hallways, and kitchen next. Noah's room will be last and done after our living room is actually liveable!

To the tour....
Yea. So what? We're using camping chairs to watch television.  I've been forbidden to get a couch until the painting is done. Thankfully our only guests are family. ;)

Aren't those some bright colors? The entire kitchen is green and the living room and hallway are that color blue. Eventually the blue will be light grey and the green will be a very very light creamy yellow. I have major plans for a breakfast nook but that's another day!

Yeah, I was watching KKWTK. Don't judge. It was the home birth episode so it could be considered educational. Right?

We love our kitchen. The cabinets are solid wood and the counters actually will look great with the grey walls that can be seen with the open concept. I love the stainless steel and having a dishwasher that actually cleans the dishes is fantastic!

More blue, with our Master Bedroom at the end of the hall.

Hallway/Guest Bathroom....more blue. This will probably be painted last after I find a great shower curtain to work with. Currently loving the clean lines at West Elm!

Our bedroom before M painted it. It was a muted green, but you can see a glimpse of the new color with some of the trim work M was working on.

Noah's room. More blue. This is were the minty green color will go and eventually our sweet little baby. Right now the room is holding our home decor items, baby items, and our painting supplies.
Honestly, I'm getting so tired of having boxes around and rooms left undone, but I'm really trying to compromise and not rush things. If I wasn't pregnant, I'd have half of the painting done and all those heavy boxes moved. But...I just have to remind myself to take it easy and rest when I need to. I'm so thankful for the help of family that we've already received and for the help we will receive. 

So there you have it. This is our interior "before". I'm so excited to make some progress and update with some fun posts along the way!


Aug 2, 2012

Whew, we have been busy the past week! After closing on our house, we spent the week moving our bedroom items over to the new place and sleeping there a couple nights later. I already had bedroom paint picked out so M painted the entire bedroom and tray ceiling before we got our bed set-up. I worked at getting the kitchen unpacked and really enjoyed making sure it was organized and really put together well. 

 This past weekend my parents came all the way from Virginia to help us move and along with some help from family and friends, we got the rest of our house moved with three pickup trucks and a long trailer-bed. The only thing left is my piano and we're paying professionals to move it so it doesn't get messed up. Well-worth it, too - that thing is heavy!

With our last move, I unpacked our house in a day. Literally...a day. So this time, with a belly and way less energy, I was determined to take my time unpacking and not freak out if everything wasn't done in two days. The move wasn't stressful at all thanks to the help we received -we really are so grateful. 

Since then, I've been slowly unpacking boxes and trying to put things where they should go. There's a long list of things that still need to be done, including #1 - getting our living room, kitchen, and hallway painted. In the few weeks before we closed I put a ton of our items on Buy, Sell, & Trade groups on Facebook and have actually made enough money to buy a brand new couch! However, in that process we sold our old loveseat and one other chair so our current living room consists of an old tv in a honkin' big armoir and a chair and ottoman. Not too comfortable. M's parents are coming down next week to help paint and I CAN'T WAIT to get it done and actually have a living room to relax in! 

Speaking of living room, I've been trying to decide which shade of grey to go with. I've found the kitchen color (Crisp Linen by Sherwin Williams), but there are SO many greys to choose from. There are ones with blue tones, beige tones, purple tones - it's hard to find just a simple, pure grey! I've got it narrowed down to two- both by Sherwin Williams- "Aloof Gray" or "Lattice".  

This picture does not portray the colors accurately- they look more khaki or beige - but I'm leaning towards Lattice as it is a tad bit lighter and a little bit more grey. The top is Aloof Gray and the bottom Lattice.

 M says they look the exact same, and if you don't look closely you might agree! They really are very close.  I can't find a purer grey from Sherwin Williams so these two might just be it. 

Anyone have any favorite shades of true gray that they've used in the past? 

On another note, my 6 month mark came and went! Officially 25 weeks tomorrow. Hoping to get a good belly shot this weekend with a good follow-up post! We've got some fun things coming up this weekend- M's brother is coming to visit for a few days and we've got a pool party on Saturday night. Should be a fun weekend!