Friday, February 27, 2015

Currently... February 2015

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Watching: I just finished watching Californication and I'm currently on Parenthood. Both are amazing and on Netflix. Basically, Californication has amazing music throughout and is totally raunchy and Parenthood makes me cry almost every episode.

Eating: Turkey sandwiches on whole grain bread. Every. Single. Day.

Doing: Starting to excercise. It sucks and I hate it, but I know it's for the best.

Thinking: How much time I have left at home with CJ. Everyday I'm one day closer to having to go back to work and leave a 10 month old with a babysitter. It's killing me.

Planning: Holly's 6th birthday, which is tomorrow. Turns out she has the flu so all of our plans are being postponed. Lame.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Maybelline's The Falsies Volum' Express Mascara Review

Recently, I tried two new mascaras- I hated one and loved the other. This is the second of two reviews (read the first review here).

As mentioned in my first review, I strongly disliked CoverGirl's Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara. I didn't like the double wand, I found it incredibly difficult to get off, and I found that it didn't do much for my lashes overall.

This Mascara is totally different.

I'm fairly impressed with Maybelline's The Falsies Volum' Express mascara. Here's why:

The selling point for this product is that your lashes will look like you're wearing false lashes, which is why I purchased it. I've been obsessed with Benefit's They're Real mascara for years now specifically because I think it makes my lashes look comparable to falsies. This mascara doesn't quite do what They're Real does, but for the price, it's definitely worth considering.

The brush is simple, yet effective. It's curved and the bristles are long- exactly what I look for in a mascara wand. I found that this brush grabs every lash and allows for a lot of control.

The formula for the mascara is a bit thinner than I'm used to, but this allows for multiple coats with no clumping. I've also noticed that this thinner formula has prevented the mascara from drying out over time like so many mascaras do.

In regards to the effect this mascara has on my lashes, I'm very impressed. I got a ton of volume and curl and can actually say that the effect was similar to that of a much more expensive mascara. My favourite part is the buildable length- the more coats the better!

Unlike the other mascara I recently reviewed, this mascara is easy to take off which is definitely something I look for.

The only thing that I disliked about this mascara was the wet feeling. It took a fair amount of time to dry and if I wasn't careful and blinked too hard, it ended up on my face. This is something I can live with.

In summary, I absolutely recommend this mascara for the high end look it gives. The results are comparable to false lashes and the price is on point!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Weekly Links Vol. 17

1. Congratulations to Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere on the birth on her little girl!

2. Doing our monthly budget results in me googling ways to save. Here's a great article on how to cut hydro costs.

3. My new favourite blog and Instagram page. Her kids are adorable!

4. I'm really hoping to try this brightener soon. I miss Julep.

5. I'm currently blazing through Parenthood on Netflix and crying every other episode.

Friday, February 6, 2015

On Getting Back In To The Baby Thing

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When CJ was born, it had been almost 6 years since I had Holly. Having a baby again terrified me.

The girls were 5 and 6 when I got pregnant. This was and still is the age that I love. Both girls are learning independence, exploring their likes and dislikes, and growing into little humans that I can have real conversations with. Although we planned for me to get pregnant with CJ, I was terrified to upset the balance of our household and even more terrified of how I would handle another difficult baby.

Fast forward to now. CJ is about to turn 3 months old and I've drawn some conclusions:

- A large age gap between children has both pros and cons. I can't determine if it's better to have kids close together or allow a 5 year age gap.
- Preparing for a baby almost 6 years after the last one is literally like starting over. It's difficult to go back to all of the stages you worked so hard to get through. But, it's also like riding a bike. You never forget how to change a diaper.
- It's much harder to go from having one kid full time to having two. It's incredibly difficult to split my attention between everything that needs it.
- I hate infant carseats. I actually forgot how brutal carrying that thing around is.
- Just because you have one difficult baby doesn't mean you'll have another difficult baby. CJ is easy peasy compared to Holly.
- Having support from your spouse is a complete game changer. This time around I didn't get post-partdom or feel the least bit sad or angry. That is 100% thanks to Chris.
- I'm happy I had my children young. I can't imagine being 10 or 20 years older and doing this- I'm exhausted as it is (Shout out to all of the older ladies doing this! You're amazing!).
- You will love your second just as much as your first. I was scared I wouldn't love or connect with CJ the way I connect with the girls, but boy was I wrong.
- This is my last baby. For sure. Definitely. Our family is complete.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Weekly Links Vol. 16

1. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck looks like it's going to be amazing.

2. We'll be redoing our upstairs bath this month, and this post is great inspiration for our gray theme.

3. So Katy Perry's Super Bowl sharks have officially made it.

4. I've always hated tomatoes, but now I'm entertaining the idea of them. This recipe looks amazing.

5. For years now, I've been air drying my hair to prevent damage. Extra tips never hurt.
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