Thrifty Finds : 1

One of my favorite activities is shopping, always has, always will be.  I especially love shopping for my little ones because they look adorable in anything and I don’t have to worry about fit… Yet.  I love shopping for them at thrift stores because I can get way more for my money.  And let’s just say my family runs on a pretty tight budget.

We are on baby watch for the little guy to arrive (less than 5 weeks) and I have photo shoots in mind already. I start by picking my outfit, because I am probably the hardest.  Then I pick something for Jon and the kids.  I did some shopping this last week with all of this in mind and found some adorable outfits for Eleanor.  These are my Thrifty Finds.

I got the white Old Nay top and Levi jean shorts at the Community Thrift Store in Azusa.  The top was simple and exactly what I was looking for so I was willing to spend a little more ( Usually don’t spend $5 on an item unless its worth it).  The shorts were a steal!  Little Levi jean shorts with original tags for $10 but they were having a half of sale so they were only $5.  This was my favorite buy of the day.


I also got her this adorable Cherokee romper at Children’s Boutique for $2.  I just found this store last month and love it already.  They take donations and all the sales go towards helping families in need.  I like helping out and getting some things for my family as well.

I already had Anderson’s outfits selected from gifts and yard sale purchases so I wasn’t hunting for anything specific.  Just cute clothes in good condition.  I had a really good haul on boys clothes.  Usually I have a hard time in the boy section so I was pretty excited.

I got all of these at the Community Thrift Store.  The first two were apart of bundles, always a good deal.  The blue tags were half of again so the first onsie was only $.50 and the second onsie was a $1.  The last three were just adorable and I had to have them!

These are my two favorite stores lately, so you have any we should try?


July Ipsy

This past week I was getting ready to go on a mini vacation camping trip when my Ipsy glam bag came.  This month’s theme is Summer Lovin’ which is perfect for all the samples and bag. I really enjoyed all my items this month and a few are things I would not normally use so I was excited to receive them.  I even like the bag and I normally hate pink!

In my bag I received:

City Color Cosmetics HD Powder.  I like loose HD powder because it is a great way to set your makeup and perfect for an event with photography.  I actually already have an HD powder I use regularly that I love, but this will be nice to have when I use up all of my other powder.  I also liked that they shipped the powder in a small plastic bag so if it broke during transport it wouldn’t ruin the bag.

Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo.  I have never used dry shampoo before and the last sample I received broke so I couldn’t use it.  I had a little trouble getting it to work for my at first, but after figuring out how to do it properly it works pretty nice.  I still don’t like having hair that isn’t washed, but this would work good in a pinch or after exercising.

Jor’el Parker Classico. I like perfume samples that are roll on because they are easy to use and do not make a mess.  It has a floral scent that is okay but not for me.

Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser. I am usually hesitant to try new face cleanser because the one I use works so well for me, but I like it, the scent, and how it does not foam.

Teeez Cosmetics Read My Lips Lipstick in Killing Me Softly.  I love the packaging on this lipstick.  it is a matte coral color, which I usually wouldn’t wear but surprisingly I really liked.  It is long lasting with a creamy texture that helps to keep the moisture in my lips so I didn’t need chapstick.  This is my favorite sample I received this month.

Nicole Received: 

Jor’el Parker Classico. Perfect for traveling or keeping in your purse

Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser.

Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Lip Balm.

tarte deluxe Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer.

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics 2-in-1 Shadow/Liner. I’ve been liking applying eyeshadow this way lately instead of with a brush and powder.


10 Things We Love About Summer

It’s the middle of a wonderful summer with great weather and we are loving every minute of it!  Summer is a great time for the beach, travel, and to visit with friends and family – plus you can get a great tan!  My all-time favorite reason for summer had always been the break from school, but now that I have graduated I have come to realize there are a few other things I enjoy…

1. Going to the beach


Nicole and I started off our summer with a fun over night trip to visit our friends while they were camping at Carlsbad State Beach.

2. Sleeping in

Sleeping is both of our favorite activities, so naturally we love it 😉

3. Vacation

Travel to new or familiar places.  Summer is more fun with new experiences with friends and family and enjoying a little time off.

4. Longer days and late sunsets

I love to watch the sunset and love how the sun stays up into the evening.  Plus it is a great reason to get outside and enjoy the weather!

5. Driving at night with the windows down

Again, with the great weather!  This is something both of us love to do.

6. Sitting on the patio after dinner and watching Eleanor play in the yard

Nicole’s daughter is growing so much and loves to play outside.  She even has a little pool to splash around in.

7. Laying out by the pool

We both like to tan; there is something very relaxing about hanging out by the pool enjoying the sun.  (With some SPF of course)

8. Not having school or work 

My favorite reason for summer still is getting a break from school.

9. Summer fruit

I LOVE summer fruit!  I wait for them all year to some into season.  The first time I ever had cherries was 4th of July one year and I have loved them ever since.

10. Summer movies 

Escaping the heat to enjoy the AC and some great blockbuster movies is always a good way to pass the time.

What are some things you love about summer or some activities you usually do?  We would love to hear about them!


June Ipsy

Summer (and the hot weather) is finally here where we live and our Ipsy bags came just in time.  This month, Ipsy’s glam bag theme is Swim Into Beauty and full of samples to make your look simple and beautiful this summer.


This month’s makeup bag is black with a bright orange zipper and a black Ipsy logo repeated on the front.  The material is similar to that of a wet suit, which is pretty interesting and perfect for the pool or beach.  I wonder if it would keep the contents dry because then it would be perfect to pack small necessities like your phone, wallet, keys, and chapstick when at the beach.

In my bag I received:


FORMULA X Power Source nail color in .  A bright coral pink polish that promises to last long.  I didn’t try it because pink (or any variation) is not my color,  but I will porbbaly end up giving it to my sister. (full size $12.50)

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer.  I have received this as a sample before from Ulta and I LOVE it! When I got the sneak peak email from Ipsy this month I couldn’t wait to get my bag.  And I had just ran out of my primer I was using so it was perfect timing.  This primer applies smoothly and evenly, lasts all day without creasing or making your skin greasy, and makes your skin look better in photos. (full size $36)

LAVANILA LABORATORIES The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla. I was really excited for this sample when I opened my bag because I have been needing a new small lotion to keep in my purse and I love vanilla.  However, to me (and my husband) it smelled like old lady perfume and my sample was only half full, making it hard to actually use the lotion.  (full size $19)


tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Kona Coffee. I love the idea of eye shadow that is easily applied and lasts for a long time, and the pencil like feature makes it easy to carry around without getting broken and making a mess.  It applies easily and provides great coverage.  However, this shade is really dark and looks terrible on me. I wish I would have gotten the more nude color because I would love to make this part of my daily look. (full size $26)

OFRA Cosmetics Turquoise Eyeliner.  I don’t use pencil eyeliner and I don’t really use colored eyeliner so I was kind of bummed about this one.  I have received some colored liners before and I still haven’t used them. (full size $13)

Overall, I was a little disappointed with my bag this month because there were some great products but I don’t see myself using them because of the shade or scent.  I decided to change my Ipsy profile so hopefully the next bag will better fit my taste.

Nicole received:


Her favorite samples was the eyeliner and eye shadow crayon. I’m really jealous that the shades she was given are more usable!

4th of July Bridesmaid

So I have this friend who is VERY patriotic.  We have always joked that she should get married on 4th of July and have an America themed wedding.  We have dreamed up a few ideas and sent pins back and forth.  Well today I went a little overboard.  I created a whole bridesmaid look that would be perfect for her wedding.  Now we just have to wait for the big event and cross our fingers that we get to be a bridesmaid.  I will be ready with look ideas!  All subject to her approval, of course.

4th of july bridesmaid I love this bridesmaid dress from Weddington Way.  It sort of reminds me of Lady Liberty with one shoulder and a drapey look.  Of course its the perfect length for a summer wedding!  And the color will look good on any skin tone.  It would be cute to alternate some ladies in red so that when they stand gathered around the bride the group makes up red, white and blue. Throw in the red white and blue accents and this is a very fun patriotic look.

4th of July Bridesmaid

Bouquet:SongsFromTheGarden / Nail Wraps: Jamberry / Statment Necklace: ModCloth / Heels: MayKool


A Bingo-Themed Room

Hello everyone, we are excited to share with you a decorating guest post. Hope you enjoy! 


Design Inspiration: A Bingo-Themed Room

Redecorating and renovating can be a harrowing task for anyone, whether it’s new parents making room for a new member of the family, or a young professional just getting started on life on her own. The most important way to ensure that you’re able to renovate your space quickly and efficiently is by first deciding on a theme. Earlier, Nicole talked about her inspirations behind a baseball-themed room for her new nursery, but if you’re looking for something that feels more retro and vintage for the rest of the house, you might want to consider a bingo theme.

Bingo has been around for a while, peaking in the 60s, when it was among the most social games being played. Today, it’s mostly gone online, with Free Bingo Hunter, a site that specializes in cataloguing online bingo portals, saying that many celebrities have begun to endorse online bingo portals and draw players away from bingo halls. Old bingo cards are easy to come by, often put on sale in garage sales and online. Here are some ways you can use those old bingo items to help redesign your living space:


This quick arrangement from the WIP Blog is meant to be a gift, but you can also do the same to wrap your miniature plants and give otherwise boring pots a pop of color. Simply take your bingo cards and wrap them around a pot, secure with string, and you’re done! You could also place the cards on a sturdier piece of paper beforehand, as this doesn’t just make it easier to keep them in place, but it also gives you plenty of options for color.


House on Harrison has a great idea for those bingo cards you’ve got: coasters! All you really need is a stack of them, some plywood and some cork. Stick them together with a strong adhesive and paint in any way you desire. House on Harrison created coasters with a black border, but for a more whimsical feel, paint them in different patterns and colors. If you have kids, they could help you paint too.

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Pottery Barn’s project is a bit more complicated, and would actually require you to have a bit of knowhow with woodwork. Not to worry, though, as the result is an amazing bingo board that can sit proudly atop your end table and be used to carry drinks and snacks to guests!


Nursery Inspiration

I am in my second trimester now and feeling great.  The nesting bug has set in and I am in full swing getting stuff done.  I love it… my husband hates it!  We started a huge backyard overhaul that has required all of his energy and attention.  While we were waiting for that to begin I had him install some new floors and I made some changes to the living room (more on that in a few weeks).

Now he is focused on the backyard but I have lots of other projects lined up for when he finishes…. I hope he doesn’t see this post!  It might give him anxiety.

The biggest projects are:

1) New flooring in the office and re-organizing for two work stations, including a desk and wall decor.  I have already moved my office out so we can get started.  I know he already feels the pressure.

2) Building a kitchen bench to go with our new table, it comes this week! (more pressure)

3) Baby’s nursery!!  I sold all the furniture that was in the room and I am having a yard sale to raise nursery decorating money this weekend.  (he might be a little more stressed!!)

All are equally important and will be prioritized by how long it takes the yard to be done and how much time is available.  See I am being flexible :)

This post however is all about #3, Nursery Inspiration!  If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am pregnant :) and if you missed it we are having a boy!  He is coming this August so I am really feeling the time crunch.  Maybe others are too, but its probably mostly me.

I have brainstormed and know I want his room to be red, white and blue, not patriotic red, white and blue, but Boston Red Sox red, white and blue.  Don’t get me wrong, we love America.  But Jon grew up in a baseball family and somehow got me to enjoy the sport.  We have been fans of Boston for most of our relationship so of course our kids will be to.  Side note:  we took Eleanor home in a Red Sox onsie and we will take Anderson home in the same one.  We wore our Red Sox gear home as well and we have a Red Sox dress for Eleanor this time.  I am pretty excited, if you haven’t noticed.

Back to the room.  I originally wanted to do a huge baseball wall like this.

Jon wants to keep things simple, what if baby doesn’t like baseball?  I think this is highly unlikely, were a baseball family, as I have explained above.  But I value his comments so I have scaled back the baseball, and it will be just decorative things.

I saw this idea and fell in love!


I have always loves wainscoting, and it will eventually be in the bathroom… another project!  I haven’t fully decided if I will use bead board and a chair rail or a flat panel more like the photo.  I also haven’t decided to paint the top half blue or leave it the current color.  Blue is very bold, but also attractive so I have more thinking to do.  I still need to find a dresser so that may play a huge factor in how the walls shape up.  I love the red dresser shown and it would be easy to add numbers or 1st, 2nd, 3rd, home.

I still want some sort of large baseball in the room so these are an option:

I think the first two baseballs are cute, and we can always make it a wall hanging or order it in vinyl so it is removable if for some reason Anderson hates baseball.  The little baseball lines in the last photo are pretty adorable!!  They might be a little more subtle than the huge wall so Jon may give in a little.

A few decor pieces I am in love with:

The mobile is probably a must… intact I may scour Etsy and add it to my registry.  And the spheres look easy to make myself or commission from a talented friend.  The display wall would look great with the wood paneling below… So many options I am getting pretty excited.

Let me know in the comments below what you love!!  Not hate because I might be a little sad if I end up using it.  Also if you have any wonderful ideas let me know!

All photos from pinterest 

CSUF Class of 2015

You may have noticed we haven’t had to much activity on the blog for a while; I have been crazy busy trying to finish school and I am proud to say I DID IT!  This past weekend I walked across the stage at California State University, Fullerton with 10,000 other students to accept my degree.  (Well certificate until the real thing comes in the mail)  I am really excited to finish my undergrad career, look forward to graduate school,and become the proud owner of a bachelor’s degree that I worked so hard for.

I started college at a local community college to get my general education classes out of the way for a cheaper price.  After 2 1/2 years I transferred to CSUF as a kinesiology student.  I quickly found university life was different than the community college I was used to and I struggled to be able to register for classes because there was so many other students. Not being able to get the classes I needed or wanted left me feeling discouraged and I was not motivated to further my education so I only attended school part time.  I worked 2 jobs to pay my bills and afford gas money to commute to school, leaving me very busy and less time to study. Because I was only taking classes part time, it took me longer than I had plan to finish; 4 very long years!

It would to be nice to think I did this all on my own but the truth is I wouldn’t even come close to graduating if it wasn’t for my husband.  He convinced me to quit my jobs a year ago and focus on school full time so I could finally finish. As a result, I made my last year at CSUF my best, attending school full time and giving it all my attention and free time.  Because of his working extra hours, I was able to study more.  His support and confidence kept me going with the motivation I could make our lives better some day.  So I would like to say a big thank you to him for his love and support!  (And my parents too!)

Also, I would like to say a big huge thank you to my talented sister for talking my graduation photos!

Pitch Perfect 2

Last Friday Pitch Perfect 2 came out and Jackie and I couldn’t be more excited!  Over the weekend we had a few Pitch Perfect Events.  On Friday I had a bunch of girlfriends over for a Pitch Perfect viewing.  We ate burritos so we could feel like we were in the flying Mexican food scene.


We also had a few sweets, because whats a girl get-together without sweets.  Saturday we all went to the theaters together to watch Pitch Perfect 2!  It was pretty fun being in a larger group.  We went to an early showing so the theater wasn’t crowded, that is always the best.

I wont spoil too much but the movie was pretty fun! Lots of new songs to sing along to and of course some old favorites.  There were a few new characters and all our old favorite ones.  Even a cameo by the Penatonix (love them!).  If you haven’t seen it yet get out there and go watch it!  Take a girlfriend and don’t be afraid to sing along.


Date Night Ideas for Under $40: 1

Hi everyone, it’s been almost a month since we started our Date Night series and I am here to do an update.  To give you some recap, our dating series is about Date Night Ideas for under $40 to spend some quality time with your spouse or significant other to keep your relationship strong.

This past month my husband Trey and I went on 3 dates.  I felt like it was a little harder to plan an activity together because I wanted to do something I could write about for this series and something worth summarizing. Through this dating series, I have learned something in each date which I am excited to share with you below


Our first date of the month was more of an outing than an actual date; we went on a nice hike on a Saturday afternoon with another couple.  We both had a great time and enjoyed getting out in the sun while getting some exercise in.  I spent most of my time walking and catching up with my friend Jalessa while Trey did the same with Josh, but we enjoyed time together as well.  On double dates, it’s nice to see your spouse in a social setting and not just at home.  For me, it makes me remember why I liked him so much in the first place; he is great with people he is comfortable with! Plus we both get to spend time with friends and with each other.  Also, getting out to see something new and doing a physical activity together was fun and a nice to change to our normal routine.

Farmer’s Market

Our second date was to our local farmer’s market which happens every Thursday evening in the spring and summer.  Personally I enjoy farmers markets and love to walk around and look at all the booths.  Trey likes the food but isn’t too interested in our local farmers market because it is always small and kind of a dud, but he still goes with me anyway to make me happy.  Relationships are about compromise after all! On this date we decided to get dessert when we saw a dairy free ice cream stand – it was the BEST ice cream either of us has ever had!  I wish I could remember the name of the company because I loved it so much, I’ll have to go back and find them again. The ice cream really made the trip to the farmer’s market worth it and kind of saved the date for Trey who wasn’t too impressed. We only stayed for an hour or less, but it was wonderful to be able to get some one-on-one time in with my husband and chat about or week.   We both get so busy during the week so just having some time set aside for one another was perfect and showed me that a date doesn’t have to be long to be enjoyable. (And if you eat something yummy it’s much better)


Our third date was Upland’s annual Lemon Festival which is a like a small fair with food, booths, bands, and rides that happens once a year in our town.  It is only 3 days long, and we had planned on  going the first day but our schedules made it impossible.  We ended up going up going Sunday afternoon for lunch and it was wonderful.  I had a spiral potato which is the most impressive fair food I have ever enjoyed, and Trey had a great meal as well.  The Lemon Festival was much livelier than the usual farmer’s market and Trey and I had a good time walking around, but to him it wasn’t anything special.  I think I have found out this isn’t the type of date he really enjoys.

That’s it for this month.  Our plan for next month is to try indoor rock climbing which Trey has been wanting to do.  I’m a little nervous but excited to try something he came up with!  I’ll let you know how it goes.  If you have any other date ideas or have tried anything on our list, let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear from you!

Toddler Life : 2

It’s time for some Toddler Life.  Eleanor is growing so quickly and adding new quirks to her personality every day.

What’s up- Eleanor has said “what’s that” for ever!! It was her first words after Daddad and Mommom.  But now she has started saying “what’s up”, and it sounds a bit slurry but oh so cute. I don’t think she gets the meaning yet because she uses it a lot like “what’s that”, it is adorable all the same.


Last Sunday at church she was being her usual shy self towards other people.  Friends love to come up to her and say hi, but she gets a little overwhelmed.  We tried showing her how to blow kisses or kiss her hand and wave but she reacted slowly.  She must have been practicing because the next day she started saying “Muah” and blowing kisses at everything.  She has been very generous with kisses and hugs the past few weeks but the added “Muah” is heart melting.  Mom, dad, grandparents, pets, book characters and stuffed animals are all enjoying the love.


Jon and I went to a last-minute diner for dinner the other night en-route to another event.  Jon had been very busy the last few days working on a house project so we hadn’t had much face time.  We were chatting and didn’t notice someone grabbed the salt and tried to eat it… who was that?…  If you guessed Eleanor you are right!  She ended up with a pile of salt in her mouth and was not a happy baby! Haha. She had a very sour face, and almost looked helpless.  She wouldn’t drink her water but we gave her a swig of soda (that we had refused to share moments before) and washed it down. My straw tasted like the ocean after so you know her mouth was miserable.  Poor baby, maybe she will leave the salt alone next time.

Is your toddler doing anything new lately?  We would love to hear about it :)

Shopping Tips for the Perfect Jeans

My favorite thing in my wardrobe is my jeans; I would live in them every day if I could.   Even though summer is coming up and the weather is warming, I still love jeans over anything else.  That being said, I have the hardest time finding jeans that fit me perfectly and I often have to try on hundreds of pairs before I find “the one”.  (And when I do I wear that pair until they fall apart!)

Over the years I have found what types of jeans work for me and what types don’t and I tend to flock to stores that carry my favorite cuts. To be honest, I still buy juniors jeans, but I am looking to update my wardrobe to more “adult” clothing that will last longer, so my shopping quest has begun again.  Here are a few tips of advice I have found work best when shopping for new jeans:

#1 – Don’t shop when you are overly full or bloated

You will hate everything you try on or even the act of having to change your pants!  And if you are bloated nothing will fit as comfortably as you would like it to.

#2 – Don’t shop alone

Bring a shopping buddy whose opinion you trust for you to model your potential new jeans in front of.  If you are anything like me, picking outfits is hard and a second opinion is always helpful to convince you if you look good or bad in a pair of jeans.

#3 – Check out the back

This may just be a personal rule, but if jeans don’t make my butt look good, I don’t wear them.  Jeans come in all different cuts, pockets or no pockets, or designs on the pockets, all to bring attention to your butt – so it better make it look good!

#4 – Know your size, or get measured, and your style

Again, jeans come in all different cuts and styles and not all styles look good on every person.  Women all have different proportions and it helps to know your correct size and measurements when shopping so you get something that is flattering for your body type.   If you don’t know your body size, get measured.

#5 – Learn to sew or find a good tailor

Being on the shorter side, I always have the problem of finding pants that fit me perfectly, but the legs are too long. A simple hem can go a long way, so if you don’t know how to sew, find (or pay) someone who does.  Your jeans will look better and last longer.

#6 – In most cases, you get what you pay for

I am the first to admit I am cheap with everything!  I can’t resist jeans that are under $10, but they often do not last long.  When you are making a purchase it is important to look at the quality of the work and the company that makes it as well as the price.  $10 jeans can be a great buy, but if they don’t last longer than a few months it’s a waste.  So don’t worry about spending more on good jeans that will last.

#7 – Feel free to try on the whole store – even if it’s online!

Plan on trying on many pairs before you find one to purchase. Unless you are very lucky, not every pair you try on will be the perfect fit, and that is okay!  Think of it as an investment in yourself and don’t settle for something you are not totally happy with.

If you’re shopping online, order a few different styles and understand going into the order that some of them may have to be returned. Many online retailers make returns super easy, and in some cases, free! offers free shipping and free returns every day on everything, and includes a pre-paid return label with your order to take the hassle out of having to print one up. That makes finding the perfect jeans about as easy as possible!

With these tips I have found that I prefer dark wash, low rise, skinny jeans.   I typically buy 3 pairs at the same time and I wear them year round until they fall apart.  Of course, I do buy jeans in different cuts and washes so I can mix and match them with different outfits and for different occasions.   Slimming jeans are amazing and can make you look good no matter how you feel.  For a great example of some wonderful jeans, check out the original slimming fit brand NYDJ and their slimming jeans.

As well as some great jeans, NYDJ also has some modern and comfy jean leggings, or jeggings – a fresh take on an old classic!  They also have a great selection of trouser jeans, which are great for work, slightly dressy occasions, casual business events, or just to break up your traditional look.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2015

smlogoIts time again for the Great Cloth Diaper Change.  Eleanor and I participated for the second time this year!  Last year we went to Long Beach with Aunt Jackie.  This year we diaper changed at Kissui In Redlands, CA and daddy came along.  Kissui is a cute little shop with a lot to offer.  They carry a variety of brands such as, BumGenius, Tula, Skip Hop, Ollie Jones and more.


Last year the diaper change broke a Guinness World Record with 8,459 babies changed into re-usable cloth diapers across 18 countries on 26 April 2014.  This year the change was not affiliated with Guinness due to new regulations that required video (most were uncomfortable with this due to the nature of the event).  So we tried to break last years record for fun.  Our location had 65 babies changed into 100% Re-usable cloth diapers.  We will get the total numbers soon once they are posted.

The change started at 11am so all the mommies & daddies and babies lined up in designated areas on the floor.  We peeped with changing mats or blankets.  We all held up the fresh diapers we planned on using and snapped a photo.  Then we all held up our babies and in their dirty diapers and snapped another photo.  Once it was 11am exactly they rang a bell and we all started changing. Once everyone was done we held up our babies in their fresh diapers and we were done!

In the group photo above you can see Jon, Eleanor and I walking in, we arrived pretty close to start so Eleanor wouldn’t get too overwhelmed with all the people.  Of course she still did but we distracted her with snacks and things to do.  As you can see in the before shot she looks a little grumpy.  I changed her into the same diaper we used last year, I am a little nostalgic!

It was a great event and it was very organized.  I was pretty impressed.  Eleanor will most likely be potty trained by next years change but Little Anderson will be participating with me again :)  Can’t wait!




tarte Cosmetics Review

When I shop for makeup I look for a few things; price, quality, easy to use, availability (online shopping or a store where I can try it on first) and how the makeup is made or if it tested on animals.  I try to only buy cruelty free makeup and the only real exceptions I have is samples I receive in my Ipsy subscription where I cannot control what goes inside.  Being vegan, cruelty free is an important quality to me and I always appreciate companies that take the extra step to not test on animals.

I don’t purchase makeup very often; I typically enjoy my Ipsy samples until they run out.   I love it because I get to try products and companies I probably wouldn’t have been exposed to.  (I’m not very makeup savvy) But when I do buy things, I tend to fall in love with one product and buy it over and over.

My all-time favorite makeup product and necessity every day is mascara.  Even if I am have a lazy day and don’t feel like putting on makeup, I will put on mascara before leaving the house.  I don’t know why, but I feel like with my lashed defined I look semi put together.  A few months ago I received Lights, Camera, Lashes  mascara from tarte cosmetics in my Ipsy bag as a sample and I LOVE it!


It’s long lasting and stands up all day, easy to apply with very few clumps, and doesn’t take many coats to make my lashes look long and beautiful.  I already have long lashes, but they are blonde and hard to see, so I love good mascara that makes them stand out without weighing them down or giving me a crazy clumpy look.  They also have a waterproof version that I plan on getting for summer so I can go swimming and still feel pretty in makeup.

Having never heard of this brand before receiving the mascara, I now have had many friends and family members tell me they use the same mascara and love it also.  I am super excited to check out some of their other products so here are my top 3 I plan to get:

tartelette amazonian clay matte palette


I’m a sucker for eyeshadow pallettes, and I love natural colors.  I also like the ability to wear a darker color if I want my eyes to pop more depending on my outfit and the occasion.

lights, camera, splashes waterproof mascara


Again waterproof is a necessity for summer.  Or just occasions where you might get a little teary-eyed.

maracuja C-brighter eye treatment


It’s never too early to start using an eye cream and with the hard sun and dry weather a hydrating cream is just what I need.  I’m really excited for this one.


Date Night Ideas for Under $40

I’ve only been married for a year and a half now, so I am by no means an expert on marriage or relationships.  However, mine is pretty great so I must be doing something right! (hopefully my husband agrees, ha ha) Along with communication, honesty, and all that important stuff I think having fun together is an important part of a strong, happy relationship. I know lots of people who are married, some divorced, and some people who are dating and I consistently see that busy schedules, kids, and everyday life often get in the way of the couple connecting and enjoying each other’s company.  Because of that I am a strong believer that you should never stop dating your spouse.


Dating your spouse reminds you why you fell in love with this person in the first place.  It is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life that we often over look and take for granted the people who matter the most.  At least once a month, or more if you can,  go on a date with your significant other (spouse, fiancee, boyfriend/girlfriend, whatever) and get away from your normal routine.  Try new restaurants, or go to one kept just for you two, and don’t have your normal conversations about bills, schedules, etc.

I am fortunate enough to have a wonderful circle of friends and a church that strongly believes and invests in the marriages of those who attend.  Our church hosts date nights where they offer free child care, a short message, and give couples questions to discuss over dinner to get to know each other better.  On our last date night, they gave us a list of fun date ideas and it inspired me for our new blog series, dating!  Below I will provide the list of 35 date ideas under $40 and once a month I’ll give you updates on how my husband and I liked the dates and what we’ve learned along the way.  Hopefully it will inspire you to go out and try something new with your significant other and bring you closer together.

35 Dates for Under $40

  1. Go on a hike in the mountains and bring a picnic lunch.
  2. Attend a concert or movie in the park. (great for summer)
  3. Go to the beach. Walk along the beach or rent/bring your own bike for the board walk.  Enjoy dinner on the pier.
  4. Attend a minor league baseball or other sport game.
  5. Go to the movies.
  6. Wake up early in the morning and watch the sunrise together. (More fun in you eat breakfast in bed after)
  7. Go on a walk together.
  8. Fish in a local lake.
  9. Have dinner in your back yard.
  10. Go out for ice cream or frozen yogurt.
  11. Attend a local street fair or farmers market.
  12. Go bowling. (Make it more competitive with a bet that winner gets to pick the next date or does all the dishes for a week)
  13. Hang out by a fire pit or fire place.
  14. Go on a bike ride.
  15. Play in the snow – you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this!
  16. Go to a local museum or make a list of 5 museums to go to.
  17. Make cookies together- and then eat them.
  18. Ride go-carts or bumper carts.
  19. Go to an observatory or planetarium.
  20. Play a board game.
  21. Give each other massages.
  22. Garden or do yard work together.
  23. Wine or beer tasting.
  24. Go apple, orange, strawberry, etc picking.
  25. Motorcycle or dirt bike riding.
  26. Go for a swim or soak in a spa.
  27. Visit a botanical garden.
  28. Cook together.
  29. Attend or host a murder mystery dinner with other couples.
  30. Find a hotel with Priceline or Travelocity for a one night getaway together.
  31. Attend a comedy show.
  32. Go to a drive in movie.
  33. Attend or host a game night with friends.
  34. Stargaze.
  35. Have an at home movie marathon. (Libraries are great places to rent DVDs)

I’m still a broke college student so we don’t plan on breaking the bank for date night. We put some money aside each month and save up for more expensive things like concerts, shows, or trips.  We also live in Southern California so we have many opportunities to do different things.  Depending on where you live you may need to get a little creative with ideas.   Here are some of our favorite dates we do often:

  1. Play softball in the park or go to the batting cages.  (My husband plays softball and I have been asking him to teach me how to bat.  I’m not very good, but it has been so much fun to learn and I think he enjoys teaching me)
  2. Go to the shooting range.
  3. Game night with friends.  (This is one of the most fun and it is very inexpensive!)
  4. Go to a pool hall.
  5. Teach each other your favorite hobby or skill.
  6. Snorkeling or scuba diving.  (My husband loves both of these activities and I don’t like swimming…I usually sun bathe while he swims but it is still fun)
  7. Go to a comedy club.
  8. Surprise the other with home made breakfast
  9. Go to a farmers market
  10. Upland’s Lemon Festival
  11. Orange picking.  (There is an orange grove by us that lets you pick as many as you want for $5. We go once a year and then make juice after)
  12. Pedicures (Okay, this one we haven’t actually done but I have been trying to get my husband to get a pedicure with me since we got married. Maybe one day we will!)
  13. Take a dancing class.  (We haven’t done this yet either but we always say we want to.)



Gender Prediction : Baby Berry #2

Baby Berry #2 is coming fast.  I am already half way through this pregnancy.  I have an ultrasound coming up this week and thought it would be fun to go through all the wives tales before we get the official word from the hospital.


Gender Prediction : Baby Berry #2

Old Wives Tale #1: Heart Rate
If the baby’s heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy.

The last heart rate reading was 145 bpm Prediction outcome: Girl

Old Wives Tale #2: Shape of Belly
If you are carrying high with a big, round belly, you are having a girl. If you are carrying low with a smaller belly that sticks straight out, it’s a boy.

I am carrying very low this time and since Saturday I am sticking straight out.  I was higher and more round with Eleanor.   Prediction outcome: Boy

Old Wives Tale #3: Acne

If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl. It’s thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones.

I have acne now, maybe a little more than normal, and about the same as last pregnancy.  Prediction outcome: Girl

Old Wives Tale #4: Cravings
People believe that if you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you can count on having a boy. If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl.

My cravings are all over the place; hamburgers, bread and always sugar.  Same as last pregnancy.  Prediction outcome: Inconclusive

Old Wives Tale #5: Moodiness and a Little Pecker

If you are really moody, you are having a girl since you have another extra girl hormones in you. Your pregnancy will make you smile and be more happy if you are having a boy because there’s a little penis inside you.

I feel more moody, maybe because I am tired and I have a toddler.  I feel like I was happier last pregnancy that resulted in a little girl.  Maybe due to first pregnancy bliss. Prediction outcome: Girl

Old Wives Tale #6: Chinese Gender Chart
The Chinese Gender Chart claims to have an accuracy rate of over 90%. It is based on how old the mother is at conception and the month that she conceived.

I checked the Gender Chart when we first found out we were pregnant and it said Boy.  I took it again on a different site at a Superbowl party and it said Girl… Wah, Wah.  Prediction outcome: Inconclusive

Old Wives Tale #7: Clumsy vs. Graceful

If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she’s having a girl. If she becomes clumsy, she’s having a boy.

I wouldn’t go as far to say I am graceful, but I am a little less clumsy than normal.   Prediction outcome: Girl

Old Wives Tale #8: Side You Most Rest On
If a pregnant woman prefers to lay on her left side, she’s having a boy. If she prefers resting on her right side, she’s having a girl.

This pregnancy I prefer my left.  Last time I preferred my right.  Prediction outcome: Boy

Old Wives Tale #9: Morning Sickness
If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl.

I had a little more nausea this pregnancy.  I only vomited once, maybe twice. Prediction outcome: Girl

Old Wives Tale #10: Headaches

If you are having headaches, you might be carrying a boy.

Oh yeah, I have headaches!!   Prediction outcome: Boy

Old Wives Tale #11: Urine
What color is your pee? If it is bright yellow, you will have a little boy. If your urine is a dull yellow, plan on a girl.

Well this is a little gross!  But yellow it is.  Prediction outcome: Boy


Girl =5

Boy =4

Inconclusive = 2

Looks like it may be another Girl!  We find out for sure this week, eek!   Have you ever listened to wives tales?  How did the results work for you?

Update:  Its a boy!!!

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