Blonde Beauty

I have a hair appointment tomorrow morning and I cannot wait to be blonde again. This short stint being a brunette was fun for a hot minute, but like most things shiny and new…it faded quick. Literally. The color right now is a coppery hot mess of grossness. I hate it.

I have been getting BirchBox for quite a while now. Every time I think it is starting to suck and consider canceling, they hit me with a good box. Tricky little minx.

The Amika Nourishing Hair Mask is really really good. I haven’t tried a lot of fancy hair masks, but this one is definitely the best of any I’ve received in my BirchBox or tried over the counter (aka drugstore brands). It smells amaze and my hair felt great and truly healthier after using. Win.

I, personally, really liked this tinted “all-in-one” moisturizer by Mereadesso. Supposedly it acts as a moisturizer, primer, serum, and eye cream. Plus it is tinted so that is an added bonus to even skin tone. I just really liked the consistency and how it felt on my skin. I can’t say it offered a ton of coverage, but enough for errands and to avoid looking homeless.

A friend of mine is selling Beauty Counter products and she sent me a bunch of samples. Two of the products are so so good. First, the Lustro Face Oil 2. I legit want all of the oils. I’ve had some cheap face & hair oils and they definitely do not have the same consistency nor absorption as good ones. This one smells good and absorbs perfectly.

Second, the Nourishing Cleansing Balm is one of the best products ever, particularly if you have dry skin. It seems strange at first, but it literally melts into your skin while removing dirt and makeup, and then your skin feels so supple and hydrated.

If you are feeling mature and wanting to invest in your skin, these are great products and a great line in general. My wrinkly old face needs all the love it can get.

I’m sure I’ll share my blonde roots tomorrow on insta (oxymoron…?)

Hope none of you were injured trying to procure some #LillyforTarget!

Weekend

I’ve never known the weekends to fly by as fast as they are doing so as of late. Sunday nights I lie in bed and open the ‘work folder’ in my brain. Ugh. Le sigh. Blegh. And Monday mornings I blog to put off said work.

We had a quintessential spring weekend at home. Yard work, cooking, cleaning, sudafed, and other miscellaneous chores.

Our laundry room was one of those rooms we didn’t touch during the big reno. It has been like a mosquito in my brain, so I decided to start the project this weekend. The prior owner of this matchbox must have really loved green. It was like 50 shades of seasick in this place. The outside is a pale puke green. The exterior doors are a tired hunter green. The laundry room is literally three shades of green; a shade on the walls, another shade for the trim, and yet another for the floor. It is ridic. I have started with the trim and even getting one coat of white has made such a big difference. No longer does it make me want to reach for my dramamine. Now if Sloan would just let me work for more than 15 minutes at a time I might be able to finish it this year.

Speaking of Sloan. She is 7 months old now! So insane. She is rolling over like a circus act. Sitting up really good. Loves to squeal, especially at the end of the day when she is getting crazy from no sleep. Yes, she still hates napping. She is still sleeping great at night so I’ll take the good with the bad. She has liked most foods she’s tried and insists on trying to feed herself which gets interesting.

IMG_7199It’s a mutual kind of love with these two…

Coming soon to the blog, I’m finally going to share some before and afters of Project Matchbox aka our house.

Sloan’s Nursery

I am finally getting around to sharing Sloan’s nursery! It is by far my favorite room in the house. It has so much natural light, it is bright and cheerful, and who doesn’t love a big bold floral print? I certainly do.

We had already painted when we found out we were going to have a baby, so I just kept it. I liked the idea of the room being really white to really make the windows stand out. The paint on the walls is SW Westhighland White. It is what I call a warm white.

full roomcrib curtain detail flower frames gtf to sleep lamp and shoes pillows shelves sloan kelly embroidered changing table sideSources: Crib // Jenny Lind; Changing Table // Amazon; Crib Sheet & Skirt // Serena & Lily; Cornice Fabric // Waverly; Tassel Panels // Serena & Lily; Glider // Enchanted Cherish; Lamp // Nicole Miller via HomeGoods; Pillows // Furbish; Flower Prints // Snoogs & Wilde; Garden Stool // Sams Club; Diaper Pail // Ubbi

My thoughts…If you are looking a glider on a budget you cannot beat the Enchanted Glider which I ordered from Walmart. It is super cheap and so comfortable. I didn’t want an obnoxious color and this was perfect.

The super cheap changing table I ordered from Amazon is kind of a piece of junk, but I knew I wouldn’t be using it forever.

The Ubbi diaper pail is worth every penny.

I Heart Florals

I go through phases with Asos where I will not browse the site for months, and then, like now, I’m checking the new arrivals daily. There are some pretty gorgeous floral print dresses available right now and I only wish I had numerous reasons to wear them. Or to wear a dress in general. Or heels. Or makeup. #smalltownmomlife

IRREGARDLESS, I have picked my faves below.

floral dresses asosSo many gorgeous prints and silhouettes. Liz is wearing the bottom left dress on her blog today and it is super cute, le duh. I actually ordered the navy one because it seemed versatile and casual enough to get some real wear out of it, and I love this style dress in general. Makes me think of Strawberry Wine.

Randoms

It can’t get warm fast enough around here. Except for the fact that my legs may see the light of day…not pleasant. We have a couple weddings coming up and I just ordered this dress from Asos. Hopefully it won’t be a disaster. It is a little bit weird. We finally got a couch. We sold our blue sofa & chair months ago and have been sitting on…basically we haven’t been sitting. Due to crazy animals and a baby, I decided to go the cheap route and got the Ikea Ektorp with the chaise. I am pretty much in love with it and it cleans like a dream, Rolo hairs vacuum right up (even though he is technically not allowed on it). Now for some fun pillows, a garden stool, new end table, new lamp, new drapes. New house? It never ends.

IMG_6846When I get the motivation to take the pictures I’m going to finally share Sloan’s nursery! Speaking of Sloan…she is 6 months old already. I was playing with my dusty old real camera the other day and took some pics of her (but not the nursery…smart). Love her baby blues.

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Baby favorites

Sloan is a few days shy of being a 5 month old! I figured before she was doing crazy stuff like sitting up and eating real food, I would reflect on her teeny baby phase and share the items I found most useful. I’m totes an expert now.

Baby FavoritesHonest Diapers | I must say these have the best absorption and least leaks. I have twice now found coupon codes for bundles (250+ diapers) making the price just as good as Pampers/Huggies, plus they are shipping right to my door.

Gerber Newborn Knit Burp Cloths | These are super cheap and extremely soft and absorbent. I wish they made them as blankets and sleepers and sleep sacks…etc. I always reach for these first.

Boba baby wrap | I have the Boba but really any wrap will do. Baby wearing is a great way to quiet a fussy baby and allows you to get something done, like pour a glass of wine. I am contemplating the Ergo baby carrier…anyone have thoughts on this they would like to share? Better than the Baby Bjorn?

Sound machine | Sloan is an excellent night time sleeper and I think part of that is because we have instilled a pretty strict bedtime routine since day one. It is the only real routine we have established so far, but it seems to be working. I only play the sound machine at night and I think she associates it with bedtime. Plus since we have a teeny tiny house it helps drown out some of the noise we make until we go to bed. We start bath time around 7, then jammies, then food, then bed. Snoozefest. She usually wakes up somewhere around 630-7am.

Dr. Brown’s Bottles & Bottle Warmer | Sloan had some mild reflux and after trying a couple other bottles, I really found these to result in less gas. Since I had to exclusively pump, the bottle warmer was a life saver.

Fisher Price Rock N Play | When every single other one of these lists features a Rock N Play…just buy it.

Stroller | Strollers vary widely and I ended up with the Baby Jogger City Mini GT for several reasons. I call it an all-terrain stroller as it can be used on most any surface. It is not a true jogging stroller in my opinion, but guess what? I ain’t jogging. It is insanely portable. With one pull it collapses and I can transport it between home and the grandmothers’ houses with ease. Most any car seat pops in with an adapter. It is relatively small which is a huge factor for us since we keep it in the house (and often stroll her around inside when she is fussy). It was a reasonable price…not the cheapest but definitely not the most expensive. Plus it came highly recommended by mom friends and friends of mom friends. My best advice is to think about what you really need it for and go from there, and also to try it out in the store.ย  The Wise Baby blog is great for when you are trying to figure out what to register for/buy. There are tons of real moms with a lot of these type lists plus product reviews.

A pretty basic list but Sloan is a good and easy baby. One thing I will add is an iPad…and from there a Netflix, Amazon Prime, and/or HBOGo subscription. Feeding/pumping can get pretty boring especially in the beginning because you are doing it so often and having something to watch helps pass the time. Something else I will add is have some professional pictures taken. I know it is another expense, but this time when they are tiny just FLIES by and while our phones capture a lot of everyday life, it is nice to have real photos. This is one thing I didn’t do for newborn Sloany but luckily my amazing friend Meredith, who did my maternity photos, came to visit when Sloan was about 4 months old and took some pics. Hooray! Ok, lastly I recommend subscribing to Lucie’s List and have some friends/family you can ask for advice. It has definitely helped me figure things out along the way, and sometimes it is just good to be able to discuss the hardships of baby rearing!

What other go-to things have saved your sanity? Do tell.

My grown up wish list.

A couple things first…

So I dyed my hair brown and I am loving it. Hooray! I can check one thing off my life to-do list. You can check it out on insta if you are so inclined.

My awesome internet friend, Jessica, has started her very own blog…go follow now @ Winchester Wife.

So now for my current grown up wish list.

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Searching for the perfect desk for our awesome little office | Loving these custom drapes for our living room via Etsy | Saw this image of Cottages & Bungalows mag via Studioten25‘s instagram…must paint something like this for our house asap. I’m thinking cow and/or horse | Keeping my fashion simple and basic just like my dear friend Reese | In order to do this, I pretty much need the uber popular Rockstud flats.

What is on your grown up wish list? Do tell.