Friday, August 22, 2014

Make-up routine: All day look in 7 minutes

This post is sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Neutrogena All day look

Right before I had Beck one thing I kept repeating to myself was "Don't give up on make-up just because you're tired and have a newborn/toddler/ect". I know wearing make-up isn't everything but I always wore it before and I didn't like the idea of turning into a slob because I was suddenly caring for a tiny human.
Make-up helps me feel together (even if I'm totally not) and gives a little boost of confidence so I just adjusted my routine to something I could do super quick. It takes 5-7 minutes and who doesn't have 5-7 minutes?

These days, Beck likes to sit with me and watch me put it on while he waves around the mascara tube. It's productive for both of us :)

First, after moisturizing my face, I apply foundation all over with a brush. If I'm lazy I'll use my fingers or a sponge, but the brush gives a quick, even and light coverage.
Neutrogena All day look
Then I take a big fluffy brush and apply shine control powder (which is amaaazing!). It keeps me from getting shiny and sets the foundation. It's really lightweight and doesn't make your skin look cakey—My skin is on the dry side and powders often make me look wrinkly (gross) but this one is superb! This is where you'll add some blush to the apples of your cheeks too!
Neutrogena All day look
With black liner, I line the top only... winging it out a bit to brighten up the eyes and make them appear bigger (Even the tiredest of eyes look bright and wide when you line it like this). Then apply mascara—no photo because I couldn't keep my mouth closed and I looked insanely silly but duh, you know how to apply mascara. No photo necessary :)
Neutrogena All day look
Add some color to your lips to top off the look! I like the moisture smooth color sticks for days when I don't want to commit to wearing lipstick but still need a little color. I always go for the coral/orangey colors... always!
My finished look! My extravagant eyeshadow days may be behind me (which is probably for the best) but I still love experimenting with different "minimal" looks and changing up elements of my every day routine from time to time. This is the look you'll find me with just about any day of the week!
Neutrogena All day look
Neutrogena All day look
^^Just casually sneaking Beck into this post ^^

I picked up all these items at Target and right now there's a cartwheel offer for 20% off Neutrogena. Can't beat that!

Also! Target and Neutrogena have teamed up to bring a Target Beauty Concierge event at select Target stores around the country this month! Event begins August 24th.  Limited quantities available. Check with your local Target store for Beauty Concierge day and times.

#AllDayLook #CollectiveBias

Monday, August 18, 2014

8 Months Old

(Well, actually, he's almost 9 months old now...)

8 months old
This has been such a fun age (I feel like I'm probably going to say that at every age). He's less fussy now that he's mobile and can get around on his own. He's a maniac crawler, pulling himself up on everything, and walking along all the furniture. All this mobility has come with a whole slew of bumps and falls and even a bloody lip (he was fine, I was not).

He's got sixth teeth now! His head is getting fuzzier (and blonder) every day. He loves strawberries and taking baths. "Helping" unload the dish washer. Watching me put on make-up, but only if you let him hold the mascara. He also thinks its hilarious to fake laugh, fake cough or cluck your tongue :)
And he hates being on his back if he is awake... which makes diaper changes a workout.

But look at that smile... We love you mr. beck.
8 months old
8 months old

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lavender Lemonade Popsicles

Lavender lemonade popsicles
Lavender lemonade popsicles

Lemonade is my go-to drink when its super hot outside. I seriously crave it everyday in the summer months. So I combined two of my favorite things (actually, three) and made lavender lemonade popsicles. Genius! And I'm going to be honest... I ate 10 of these babies in the span of three days. They are so refreshing, I couldn't stop. I took the easy route and used the concentrate method below but I bet the homemade way would be even better. Also since they were indeed lavender I wanted to add a little color so I just squeezed a few defrosted frozen blueberries into the molds and voila! They are totally ombré too... let's pretend I did that on purpose ;)

And since people always ask: I use these molds and love them!

The homemade way:

2-1/2 cups water

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers

2-1/2 cups cold water

1 cup lemon juice

In a large saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Remove from the heat; add lavender. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Strain, discarding lavender. Stir in cold water and lemon juice. Pour into popsicle molds. Squeeze a few defrosted frozen blueberries into the mold to add a little color.

The easy (but still delicious) way:

Make a pitcher of lemonade from frozen concentrate (I always use the one from Trader Joe's)
Juice one lemon and add it to the concentrate. Make a lavender simple syrup by heating 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar and 2 Tablespoons of lavender. Bring to a simmer then remove from heat and let sit for one hour. Strain the lavender buds out of the simple syrup and add the syrup to the pitcher. Mix everything together and pour into popsicle molds. Squeeze a few defrosted frozen blueberries into the mold to add a little color.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Oh hello August...

August - Around the house
August - Around the house
August - Around the house
August - Around the house
August - Around the house
August - Around the house
August - Around the house

It's been a little quieter than normal on here because of packing/unpacking/moving madness. Yes, we moved again. I'm starting to think we must enjoy moving since we've been doing it once a year (or twice) the past few years. (Are we done yet?) We have much more space now and we're in a super fun area where we can walk to anything and everything... so it was worth the madness of trying to pack and unpack with an increasingly mobile baby. Glad the worst of it is over.

Looking forward to getting back into my regular blogging schedule—I have some DIY's, recipes, a fun new series and lots of baby posts lined up for August.

Now I just need someone to come help me decorate...

Come to the 4moms Sweet Treat Tour in Portland!

Hey PNW friends!

Origami Stroller

I'm hosting the Portland stop on the Sweet Treat Tour with 4moms this week and I'd loooove for all of you to stop by. 

Come hang out at the Ruby Jewel on 12th Ave. in Downtown Portland on Friday, August 8th any time from 2pm - 4pm. 

The first 100 people will get a free ice cream cone - and everyone who stops by during that time will be entered to win a 4moms origami stroller (an $849 value!)

I'll have one of the strollers there for you to push around and play with. Spoiler: it's awesome and I know you'll fall in love with it. 

Everyone is welcome (mom or not!). Free ice cream.... enough said. 

You can RSVP on the facebook page if you'd like. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Secrets of Stylish Moms feature

Say Yes feature
Say yes - Stylish mom

The lovely Liz Stanley from Say Yes blog invited me to be a part of her Secrets of Stylish Moms series, a fun series of posts that proves you don't have to go the way of yoga pants when you become a mom.

You can see my post where I talk about my love for jumpsuits and a few of my favorite things here. You'll want to check out the rest of the posts in the series too, these ladies know how to do it right!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rasberry Kefir Popsicles

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
#KefirCreations  #CollectiveBias
Raspberry Kefir Popsicles
Raspberry Kefir Popsicles
Raspberry Kefir Popsicles
Raspberry Kefir Popsicles
Raspberry Kefir Popsicles

It's summertime and it's still hot and I keep making popsicles (raspberry kefir this time) like my life depends on it!

I was super excited when Lifeway asked me to make a recipe with their kefir since I have been eyeing it at the store for ages and this was the perfect excuse to dig in. I wish I hadn't waited so long, everything I've made with it has been delicious—it's actually amazing just straight up too—and it's chock-full of probiotics. I'm a big fan of things that are good for you and tasty!

You can mix it into pancakes (think sourdough flavor), make a healthy tangy ranch dip or mix it into smoothies or your morning granola.

If you're looking for a healthy snack to cool you off, definitely give these a shot. They are super delicious, refreshing, healthy and soooo easy. You could mix and match any berry or fruit combo. I want to try a peach strawberry version next!

Raspberry Kefir Popsicles
(makes 10)

1 1/2 cups kefir —I used Lifeway. You can sign up on their website to get a pretty awesome coupon
1 1/2 cups raspberries, frozen or fresh
1/4 cup honey or sweetener of choice

Mix all ingredients in a blender until the berries are completely blended and pour into popsicle molds (I use these ones from amazon) and freeze!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DIY blended coffee and other almond milk recipes

“This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.” #silkalmondblends #collectivebias
DIY Blended Coffee - Recipes with almond milk

I've been drinking smoothies with almond milk for years, I'm pretty sure that is lesson #1 in How to be a vegetarian. It's easier on your stomach, has fewer calories, a little boost of protein and gives your smoothies a subtle nutty flavor. Lately, my morning smoothie has been switched out with a morning blended coffee. Two birds, one stone!

Portland is having a major heat wave right now and all I want to do is lay on the couch with something cold to drink and not move all day (have I mentioned that almost no houses here have A/C?). The hot weather is not my favorite but I'll take any excuse to drink frozen coffee all day. Or these peach-mango-almond milk popsicles too!

The "icy"-ness of these type of drinks usually melt pretty fast so you have to sip quick—or maybe thats just me and my crazy hot house right now.

DIY Blended Coffee - Recipes with almond milk

Blended Coffee

1 cup cooled double strength coffee—I used a french press to brew mine)
1/2 cup silk almond milk—I used the silk almond milk protein + fiber  which I found at Safeway
2-3 tablespoons of honey or desired sweetener
1 cup ice

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until everything is mixed and the ice is super fine. I used a vitamix so it only took about 10 seconds. Any blender of food processor will do the trick though!

DIY Blended Coffee - Recipes with almond milk
DIY Blended Coffee - Recipes with almond milk
^^lovingly picking out my silk almond milk + staying cool in the refrigerator section!

DIY Blended coffee - recipes with almond milk

Hope you're staying cool with frozen treats too! If you try out this recipe, let me know (and tag me if you post it on instagram!)