Quick Everyday Makeup Routine

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Quick Everyday Makeup Routine

Everyone has their standard “go-to” make-up routine. But if you’re like me, I’m always looking for some fresh additions. So I thought I’d share some of my favorite products that I use everyday.  The whole routine takes just about five minutes, lasts all day, and can easily transition from day to night.

This is my routine:

1. Dr.Jart+ BB Cream – Smooth over entire face. Great especially for dryer skin.

2. Bare Minerals Matte – Dust lightly over your face to create a more matte look.

3. Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow 30E – My favorite eyeshadow! It comes in crayon form. Cover over your entire lid.

4. MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraved – Line your lower lid and upper lid (as desired for more of an evening look).

5. Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara – Coat both upper and lower lashes. On upper lashes make sure you have a coating and then lightly sweep 1-2 more coats and curl upward to get a curl.

6. Maybelline Concealer – This is great for highlighting and getting rid of under eye circles.

7. Benefit Watt’s Up! - Love this. It is a great highlighter and brightens your face – slightly expensive but totally worth it and lasts a while. I put a slight coating on my brow bone and then on my brow bone.

8. NARS Translucent Powder – Great for minimizing pores and adding a finishing touch on your face. A little goes a long way so you won’t need much. Dust entire face lightly.

9. Physicians Formula Bronzer –  Highlight cheekbones, nose and brow.

10. Nars Blush in Orgasm – I love this color. Dust lightly on cheeks.

Hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful weather! See you Friday with some of my favorites this week.


What are some of your favorite make-up items? I could always use some new ideas!

Weekend in Pictures

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Capturing this weekend in pictures according to my iPhone…

6 weeks old!

After 2 hours of resisting a nap he finally collapsed while watching the Grinch on top of dad! Sadly, the nap was short-lived as we had to head to his first…

…haircut at the store! A little bit timid. Luckily Frozen was on and good ole Olaf and the snow monster were on.

After our haircut it was time for some frozen yogurt!

Playing with a new train from Papa and Ani (grandparents)

On Sunday for my Dad’s birthday we all went to see the Festival of Nations.

Noah enjoying a Pakistani dessert

Mark and I enjoying the festival

We had a great weekend – very eventful and we got a lot of the summer bucket list covered! It helped that the weather started to warm up – finally. We kicked the weekend off with a nature scavenger hunt – it was so fun, a great way to get outside and have the boys experience nature and they loved it!

On Saturday, we had soccer again in the morning and then both boys refused to take any naps so we had a movie afternoon with popcorn. Afterward we went to get Gabe’s haircut – it was badly needed and stopped for some frozen yogurt. Once we got home early in the evening Noah insisted to go on another scavenger hunt so Dad took them.

Yesterday after our traditional church and brunch we headed over to the Festival of Nations in St. Paul to celebrate my dad’s birthday. It was fantastic – I’d highly recommend it. Think of the section of the state fair with all the great international food, shops, etc all packed into the River Centre. I had plenty of chicken curry from the Nepalese station topped off with a French crepe. We will definitely go back next year!

We’re making great progress on the summer bucket list! This week we checked off: nature scavenger hunt, go to get ice cream, and play sports.

Hope you all had a nice weekend and enjoyed the warm weather finally!

Friday Favorites – May 2

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Here’s what I’m loving lately -

“PB&J” – Strawberry Peanut Butter Toast

This is my version of PB&J – I love it and it still is quite healthy! A great snack.

Inferno by Dan Brown

Last week Ben was going through a growth spurt which equated to Ben and I cuddling in a chair for hours on end. Which was amazing of course. But when I”m stuck in a chair for literally the entire day one can only browse the internet so much. I started this book and flew through, it was so good! I love the combination of suspense and history it weaves in.

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

I recently read this blog post on A Cup of Jo with some great Mother’s Day gift ideas. Mother’s Day is coming up and they had some great ideas such as a personalized Mother’s Day gift box (below) sold by Pinhole Press. Some other ideas she had were personalized notepads and a brag book (below). Don’t forget to get the wonderful mothers in your life something – Mothers Day is on Sunday, May 11!

New York Times Dialect Quiz

A quick quiz you can take to see what dialect in the US you are closest to. Can you guess what dialect I have…? I’ll give you a hint, look for dark red. Also, they have drive through liquor stores?? Where are these places? LOL

Dior Iconic Overcurl Mascara

Oh man, I love this mascara! It is the best mascara I’ve ever had. It is nice and thick and truly curls your lashes without having to use a curler. I would definitely recommend.


It’s May! Summer Bucket Lists Galore

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Happy May Day! May has finally arrived and we’re all excited around here. It has been a LONG winter and a fairly cold spring. The past week has been so rainy but “April showers bring May flowers” so I’m hoping that’s true. There’s 1 or 2 days of 60’s and sunny in the ten day forecast so forgive me for my optimism.

Apparently it’s bucket list week on the blog. We are so excited to kick off the new month though, so the boys and I started thinking about everything we want to do this summer – and there’s a lot. This is what we’ve got planned for our summer bucket list:

  • Have a picnic
  • Run through sprinklers
  • Go camping
  • Feed the ducks
  • Go on a daytrip
  • Go to the state fair
  • Grow a plant
  • Go to the arboretum
  • Go pick apples
  • Watch fireworks
  • Watch the sunset
  • Have a BBQ
  • Go to the zoo
  • Do a nature scavenger hunt
  • Visit a park
  • Look at the stars
  • Go to a waterpark
  • Play sports
  • Tie Dye T-Shirts
  • Fondue Night
  • Go to the beach
  • Go to a city’s “days” – like Apple Days in Excelsior or River Days in Chaska
  • Swim in a lake
  • Make smores
  • Do a science project
  • Go to an amusement park
  • Make paper airplanes
  • Go to the library
  • Go to the 4th of July parade
  • Go to a baseball game
  • Go to the farmers market
  • Have a homemade pizza party
  • Go on a hike
  • Go to the Aquatennial
  • Get an ice cream cone
  • Read a book
  • Go to Como Park
  • Make Oreo “dirt”
  • Go to an art fair
  • Go to a county fair
  • Go to a summer matinee
  • Make ice cream
  • Do a 5K
  • Have a campfire
  • Fly a kite
  • Visit a farm

These are the buckets we use to capture all of our ideas – see the Winter bucket list post for how it works. Hope you all enjoy the summer as much as we are going to!


What’s on your bucket list this summer?

Fitness Bucket List 2014

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Now that Ben has arrived, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to get my strength back and some fun activities I could do to achieve that. Recently I was inspired by this post on Housewife Glamour as well as this one on Peanut Butter Fingers but decided to take a slightly different spin and think about what things I want to do in 2014! So here it is, these are the activities I want to do this year:

1. Complete a 5K – I’m thinking of trying the 5k on Mothers Day and the Firecracker run.


2. Go rollerblading! I haven’t been rollerblading since I was young but I saw this on someone else’s bucket list and thought how fun would it be to go rollerblading around the lakes this summer.

3. Try out a class at Core Power Yoga. I’ve done hot yoga before at Lifetime but wanted to try out a different gym instead and I’ve heard rave reviews about Core Power.

4. Try out a class at Cross Fit. I’ve heard a lot about this type of workout as well and have a friend (you know who you are LOL) who’s been encouraging me to go so I figure I’ll give it a shot. Hopefully I survive.

5. Complete the Twin Cities 10 mile. I’ve been a runner since high school, granted I didn’t run much throughout the pregnancy, and have run a couple half marathons but usually stick to a lower distance. I love this race because the atmosphere is amazing and ten miles is the perfect length.

6. Try out a Barre class.

7. Try out one of those trampoline fitness classes.

8. Try out a trail run – still looking for a good one, any suggestions? The one I’m thinking of is a 5K in August and is called the “Grizzle Grind”.

Club Run Grizzle Grind

So that’s it, that’s my list! I’ll keep you posted how it all goes!


What’s on your fitness bucket list?

Any other suggestions to add to mine?

Weekend in Pictures

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Capturing this weekend in pictures according to my iPhone…

Matching shirts


Everyone’s excited about Jesus! Always a good thing…

I think part of the excitement is stemming from the delicious sweet roll sitting right in front of him for brunch as well. Though when I asked Gabe at our traditional Sunday brunch what he’s most excited for this week he excitedly proclaimed “Jesus!”.


Selfie’s start a young age…


Post-nap hair


Noah all ready for his first game on a very blustery Saturday.


Noah’s first soccer game!


We had a great weekend – albeit very cold. The highlight of the weekend was going to Noah’s first soccer game on Saturday. Soccer at that age is hilarious, it’s like a pack of bees swarming the ball. It was quite a cold morning – 45 and windy – but Noah did great.

Sunday was fairly low-key, the boys and Mark went to church and I stayed home with Ben as we’re on Day 1 of trying to get him on a Babywise (a sleep training technique) schedule now that he’s old enough. I was able to squeeze in a quick workout while he was napping but struggled through it a bit as I just am feeling very low-energy today. I think the lack of sleep is catching up with me. All day I’ve felt like I have to put in extra effort just to move my body – just feeling quite lethargic. Therefore, though usually on Sunday evenings we go to my parents for dinner, I decided to stay back and take some time to recuperate a bit. I’m a little disappointed as they’re having roast turkey sandwiches for dinner tonight – perfect on this chilly day!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Friday Favorites – April 25

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Athleta Chi Tank Extra Long

I just got this for myself as I’m craving new workout wear now that I don’t have the baby bump. I decided to get a pop of color and go for the red. I’m loving it, it’s a great length as it’s nice and long and is a perfect tank to pair with leggings for just a casual day at home or at the gym.

Lindsay Brin’s Postnatal Slimdown

This is a new DVD by Lindsay Brin that I’m loving to get back into shape after the baby. Even though I worked out throughout the pregnancy, I still find that I lost some muscle tone. I love this DVD because it provides several different workouts and provides a plan to gradually build your strength up through her DVD. There are I think 20 different workouts on the DVD and they’re each only 10 min – then you can just combine them to get the workout you’re looking for. The best part is that it comes with a 14 week plan (and even an iphone app) to tell me exactly what I need to do to build my strength back. Love it.


Next Issue App

I recently discovered this app – perfect in time for maternity leave to feed my addiction to magazines. You can get unlimited access to over 100 magazines for just a small fee every month. You can even get a one month free trial to try it out. And it’s not no name magazines either – it’s magazines like People, Women’s Health, Newsweek, InStyle, Traditional Home, etc. I love it!

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

I am a little late to the party watching Jimmy Fallon but now that I’ve started I must say I’m addicted. He is hilarious! I love the skits he does, I cannot stop laughing. If you’re still wondering who Jimmy Fallon is, check out this link with some of his top skits. I guarantee you’ll laugh so hard you cry. He’s on NBC at 10:35pm on weekdays.

Recent Blog Post on How to Handle Those Crazy Periods in Life

I love this blog post for mom’s (but applicable to all of us!) on how to handle “transition” periods in one’s life. Life can through us some crazy moments – whether it’s a new job, baby, moving, etc. – and this blog gives a few tips on how to keep life from spinning too out of control. Take a moment to read it – it will only take a minute – and I’m sure you’ll glean some great insights on how to handle those times in your life. Having a new baby in our house and having survived 2 kids, a full time job, and part-time (almost full time) night school the past three years – I know it was definitely applicable to me!