Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Blanket scarf

This looks so cozy! I want one stat... Great cover up when nursing too!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Daytime Mascara

You know it's going to be a good day when you manage to put mascara on! I'm loving this for daytime with baby C.T. It's not dramatic at all but it darkens my lashes and doesn't itch! 
What makes you feel put together (even if you aren't?)

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


I was laying on my side and thought a spider was crawling on me cuz I felt something light and tickling. Alas, it was my top boob leaking down my chest  when have you experienced weird and surprising milk leakage? I wonder if mommy's milk reduces wrinkles? 

Sunday, November 1, 2015


Having a newborn is easily one of the hardest things I've had to do in my life. Call me crazy all you "Oh, but they're SO tiny!" and "Enjoy the snuggles while they last." Or, (my fave) "I could hold a newborn allllll day!" Really? Ok. How about you come over between 12am and 5am? You can hold my wee one all you want. I digress.

As I was saying, newborns are HARD WORK! I love sleep. I love routine and structure. I love quality time with my funny friends. I lov alone time with Tommy. Newborns offer me none of the above. However, I am on my third, so in my sleep deprived and foggy state (Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder to the rescue), I can tell you what my babies do offer me...

Pride: We made that? I screamed and pushed through the pain and delivered that baby into this world? That's pretty awesome. I'm a rockstar.

Gratitude: There are many, MANY reason for which I am grateful. But, that moment when I hear my baby's first cry? That gratitude is like no other.

Grace: Having a baby brings out the grace within me. "I want to live there, in grace, with His protection and love." I learn to give myself some grace whtn things aren't the way I thnk they should be in life with a newborn.

Love: A newborn grows my heart. Each baby stretches my love beyond measures I think possible. My new baby shows me just how awesome the world is. The rays of my love burst onto C and Princess E in ways of reminiscent memories of their baby selves to now, where they are now each a resilient, loving, and selfless big borther and big sister, letting their baby brother take center stage for a little bit.

Comfort: I am truly needed. There is no other being that needs me more than this new baby. I take comfort in that. I also find comfot in Tommy, who, bless his soul, is my biggest cheerleader during this time of endless feeding and sleepless nights. He also bears the brunt of my outlashes with grace.

Family: C.T. has completed our family. This dreaded newborn stage does not last forever. There will be a day when I look back and say "Oh but he was SO tiny!" and "I loved his newborn snuggles."

This, I know, is true. This is why my heart is full and happy. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Change is a-happening

Hey y'all. I'm back, alive and kicking! I'm changing things up on this blog just a lil' bit. The first thing you'll notice is the title. Don't get me wrong, I'm still the wise old estherician and makeup artist you know and love, but a few things have arised that are so much a part of my life that I can't NOT write about it! I've probably mentioned being a mom to our firstborn, C," and I may have kept up on this blog after our little girl, "Princess E," too. Now, we have just added a third baby to our team! That's right, only 3-1/2 short weeks ago, baby "C.T" was born. Therefore, as you can tell, we have been busy and this cool blog has most definitely taken a hit because of it.

My main objective now is two-fold. I still love my products and beauty tips. Oh boy, do I! I will still be blogging about that, albeit, they may be more mommy friendly (meaning quick and efficient). However, I would like to also use this platform as a way to chronicle the early years of mommyhood; the good, the bad, and the ugly. You should know that I can be very candid and will have good days and bad days like any mommy. I don't sugar coat sh*t. I just can't do it. My hope in changing this blog up is that I can help other busy, overwhelmed, and happy moms feel supported on this journey. We can all use some women power. Hey, it takes a village, right?