Tuesday, May 2, 2017


It’s teacher appreciation time again!  Depending on where you live, you’re probably celebrating teacher appreciation week this week or next.  Dylan’s school makes it so easy and sent home a flyer a week or so ago assigning each day a theme to show their teachers how much we care.  Teachers do so much for the kids and the smallest gestures tend to mean the most.

teacher appreciation

all images via Pinterest: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

I’m writing this after just having gotten home from a client appreciation event from our favorite local photographer, Marriott Photography.  Marnee has been photographing our kids since I was pregnant with Lex and you’ve seen her work multiple times on the blog.  Sometimes just letting your clients, or teachers know you appreciate them goes a long way.

Here’s what we’re doing each day for teacher appreciation week at Dylan’s school this year:

Monday – Show your teacher your best writing skills.  Bring in a card and let your teacher know how special they are.

Tuesday – Shower your teacher with their favorite snack or restaurant gift card.

Wednesday – Wear your teacher’s favorite color.

Thursday – Bring in an item from your teacher’s wish list.

Friday – Sketch a flower, bring a flower or a gift that smells as sweet as flowers.

Last year for Dylan’s preschool teacher, we had one day set up where everyone brought a flower to make a bouquet for the teacher, it turned out really cute.  If you set that up, you will want to make sure someone brings her a vase.

Don’t forget to acknowledge teacher’s aides, PE teachers, music teachers, nurse etc.  They all go above and beyond for our kids every day.

I’ve also been pinning ideas on Pinterest and would love if you followed along.  I’d love to hear how you’re showing teacher appreciation in the comments.  If you are a teacher, thank you for all you do!  We all appreciate how hard you work for our kids each day!

Monday, May 1, 2017


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Happy May Day! I can hardly believe it’s May. It seems like just yesterday it was Valentine’s Day and here we are already in May!

We’re going to hit 100 degrees for the first time this week so it’s fitting that we start to think about summer and all of the fun things we have in store including summer holidays! Whether it’s Memorial Day, the Fourth of July (my favorite!) or any summer day; red, white and blue looks as fresh and summery as it does patriotic. I’ve been keeping an eye out for Americana releases at some of our favorite stores and they are starting to hit the shelves. Here are a few of my current favorites for the little lady in your life. I’m sure my list will grow and of course we need some festive pajamas too.

Red, white & blue for the little lady

romper | top | romper | dress | shorts | sandals | swim suit

I always think it’s funny when one of the kids happens to get a glimpse of a collage I am working on. Lex saw this one and would like that bathing suit in her closet as soon as possible. Since we will spend Memorial Day and the 4th (and every other day this summer) at the pool, and she loves it; it should probably happen – right?

Any of the other outfits would be so cute with a cute hat like this or this and red sandals during the day. Add a jacket, I love this one or this one, and swap the sandals for some chucks for the evening and s’more making or playing with sparklers.  Just thinking about it has me excited for summer!

Friday, April 28, 2017


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I recently received my April Play! by Sephora box and I’m really excited for everything in this month’s box. Play! by Sephora is a monthly subscription beauty box. For ten dollars, you receive five deluxe samples of beauty products sold at Sephora as well as a perfume sample and card to redeem in Sephora stores for 50 extra beauty insider points with any in-store purchase.

Play! by Sephora - April 2017

This month’s theme was “Step it Up!” – Upgrade your everyday routine. I’m pretty in love with the theme and contents of the April box.

Here’s what was in my box and what the Sephora info sheet that’s included with the box has to say about each. I haven’t tried them all out yet but will let you know what I think soon!

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream – Lightweight moisturizer with airy formula delivers a burst of hydration with three different types of hyaluronic acid. I’ve love the other Peter Thomas Roth products I’ve used and am always on the hunt for a great moisturizer, I cannot wait to try this one!

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate – Clinical strength exfoliator gently polishes skin with natural fruit enzymes to repeal a glowing complexion. I’ve used (and loved) this product in the past and am so happy to have it in my bathroom again.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – This iconic primer creates the perfect canvas for makeup application while leaving skin soft and silky-smooth. Another one I’ve used and love and am excited to have in my makeup bag again.

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencil – Beloved by makeup professions, this creamy, budge-proof eyeliner glides on easily and leaves and intense, jet-black color. This is actually the black eyeliner I’m currently using. I received a sample with an eyeshadow pallet and am excited to have a back up for when that runs out. Have you noticed a theme yet? This is why I love this subscription box. Everything I’ve received are products and brands I use and love!

Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover – A gentle, go-to waterproof makeup remover perfect for sensitive eyes and enriched with lash-strengthening vitamins and extracts. I’m out of eye makeup remover so it’s the perfect time to try something new.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume – A playful, free-spitted, floral scent featuring a sparkling bouquet of wild strawberries, violet and jasmine.

I love that everything in this box is something I’ve either used and loved and am happy to have again or from a brand whose products I’ve used and loved and am happy to try something new. So far, the Play! by Sephora subscription has not disappointed and I find it a good value for $10/month. Have you tried it?

Saturday, April 15, 2017


I’ve received a few months of Play! by Sephora beauty boxes and thought I’d share my thoughts now that I’m three months in.  It’s been awhile since I’ve received any other subscription beauty box but even just reviving three months of the Sephora box, I’ve already received more products I liked and used than I did in a year with another beauty subscription box.

Play! by Sephora - Three Month Thoughts

I’ve found the samples I receive generally fall into these categories:

  • products I use and love and am so excited to have a travel size
  • products where a deluxe sample is the perfect size so I can chang up colors frequently
  • products where the sample size is enough to decide if I need to purchase the full size or not
  • products I just am not a fan of and can pass on to someone else

I love the Sephora box because I’ve been receiving brands I’m familiar with and already love. The samples so far have mostly been from brands I’m familiar with but colors or products I haven’t yet tried.  I love the Nars lipgloss I received in February and the Glamglow Glowstarter that was in my March box.

I also really like that the perfume sample is in addition to the five samples each box, a bonus product if you will.  I could honestly do without a perfume sample so having it not count toward my five samples is huge for me. I haven’t changed perfume in years and don’t have any plans to switch it up now. It’s funny how quickly I will change so many products but my perfume is a constant staple.

Overall, I’ve been very happy with the Play! by Sephora beauty box.  If you’re on the fence about trying this box, give it a try.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Want to know what I received in my first three boxes?  You can find them here, here and here.

Friday, March 31, 2017


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I recently received my third Play! by Sephora box and I’m really excited for everything in this month’s box.  Play! by Sephora is a monthly subscription beauty box.  For ten dollars, you receive five deluxe samples of beauty products sold at Sephora as well as a perfume sample and card to redeem in Sephora stores for 50 extra beauty insider points with any in-store purchase.

Play! by Sephora - March 2017

This month’s theme was “The Gleam Team” – Glow your own way: from high-wattage shimmer to a natural gleam.  I love a pretty highlighter and getting to try a few new products from some of my favorite brands is always fun.

Here’s what was in my box and what the Sephora info sheet that’s included with the box has to say about each.  I haven’t tried them all out yet but will let you know what I think soon!

Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer – Two-in-one moisturizer and luminizer hydrates, blurs, and enhances any complexion with  a lit-from-within finish.  I’ve used other Glamglow products and really liked them.  I have high hopes for this one!

Algenist Reveal Concentrated Luminizing Drops in Pearl – Concentrated, serum-like drops impart a pearlescent sheen and antiaging benefits with a sheer, lightweight formula.  I’ve been wanting to try something similar to this for a long time but didn’t want to invest in a full size bottle without knowing if I would like it.  I am really excited to give this one a try!

Benefit Watt’s Up – Bestselling highlighter defines facial features with a luminous, soft-focus sheen and an easy-to-apply cream-to-powder formula.  I’ve had this and loved it!  I’ve been meaning to pick up a replacement and am so happy to have received this one!

Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow in I-544 – Highly saturated, iridescent pink granite eyeshadow made with unique gel-powder formula and ultrafine pigments for smooth color.  I love Make Up For Ever.  Everything I’ve tried from MUFE, I’ve loved.  I’ve already tried this one out (I just couldn’t wait!) and I love the formula but wish it was a different color.  I will definitely look for this in a bronze or champagne color for summer.

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast – Weightless spray delivers long-lasting volume and texture for thicker, fuller-looking hair that is silky soft.  I can’t wait to try this one out.  I’ve tried a couple Living Proof products and really liked them.  The reviews for this product are really good, so I have high hopes for it.

Divine Clemenine Antelier Cologone – Inspired by the California coast, this scent sparkles with ripe citrus and a suggestion of sunny delicate florals.  I’m not usually a fan of the perfume samples included in the box.  I have a perfume I’ve used for years and love.  But this month, the cute packaging and post card that came with this sample caught my eye right away and I love the scent.

So far, I’ve been really impressed with every box.  Each box keeps getting better and better.  I am so happy with everything in this box and cannot wait to see what’s in my April box.  For me, this is well worth the $10 price tag.