Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Make me pretty.

I am the definition of a stay-at-home mom.  Makeup is a special occasion, sweatpants are the uniform and somedays my contacts don't even reach my eyeballs.

But when I DO smear some gunk on it's typically only mascara, concealer and lipgloss.

So when my very best friend courtesy of the United States Army, Abigail, offered to send me some makeup goodies to try out from Younique, I was all like "suuuuuuure! But don't expect it to be all professional, because clearly I don't know all that much".

She sent anyway though, because again... best friend status.  So here is what showed up...

Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+

It took me two tries before I figured out what I was doing with this fancy stuff.  But the end results definitely give that va-va-voom effect you didn't know your eyelashes were in need of.  It was like I put on some false eyelashes... only I didn't, because clearly that would be a tapeable moment.  You put on one coat of transplanting gel, one coat of fibers and another coat of gel.  So all the hype stands up once you know what you are doing.

Royalty Detoxifying Mask

I'M IN LOVE.  Let me shout it from the rooftops.  All it takes is 5 minutes, several times a week... and your skin will feel divine.  Definitely going to keep this in my regular routine.  I've always struggled with large pores, so it's nice when something does some cleaning up and makes things smooth again.

Two of my best girl friends from my time in the military are Younique ladies.  For so long I've watched them do their thing and rock it.  Plus they can do some pretty amazing things with makeup and I am constantly in awe.  And now... I am clearly on the same level.  ;)

At the end of it I'm still Amanda, the stay-at-home mom.  I use mascara, concealer and lipgloss... but now I'm going to use Younique mascara when I want to feel like Amanda, the WOMAN.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Thoughts on motherhood.

Mother's Day weekend is always the weekend that gets me pondering about life as a mama.  I've been a mother now for 3 years and while it hasn't always been easy... it is definitely the most rewarding "job" I've ever held the title of.

There are days, like today, where my kids are finally sleeping (WAY too late at night... GRACE.) and I am so glad.  It was a rough one.  Lots of "no" moments, tantrums and an especially hard day for the littlest lady.  And you can't forget the fur-child who just loves to build on stressful days in every way possible.  On days like today I am digging for those moments from the day that make motherhood such a joy.

It's not always perfectly captured Instagram moments.  It's not always making it to bedtime without feeling a strong need for a stiff one.  It is just plain not always easy.

Motherhood is my greatest challenge but it is also my greatest accomplishment.

I am raising two very strong willed girls.  I know that because my blood runs through their veins we are destined for some fun teenage years.  But because these little people are who they are I find some solace in the fact that they will never be walked all over.  They will never take no for an answer (literally).  And it is my hope that they will always know mommy loves them.  There is no mountain too high and no roadblock to big.

I learned these things from my mom after all.  I know how capable one is to love another because I saw it firsthand.  I know what it means to be a mom because my mother has been the greatest example.

This year I was excited to spend Mother's Day with my mom.  Being just 30 minutes away from my family makes spending holidays together possible after years of us being just too far away. And I could not be more thankful.

My husband treated us all to tickets for the Mother's Day Royals game.  We tailgated before the game with some hot dogs, beers and sunshine.  Then made it into the game in time for the first pitch.  Our seats were in the shade (thankfully!) and we won the game!  Unfortunately Brooke missed her morning and afternoon nap, so she wasn't a happy camper by the time the game wrapped up.  So we headed back home with the girls for a pizza night in.

It may not have been the brunch, day off, full of presents day some people expect.  But it was great in that I got to spend it with my mom and my children.  My mom and the ones that made me a mom.

That is something I plan to never take for granted.

Happy Mother's Day (a few days late) friends!

***[Huge thank you to all of the bloggers that linked up with Jen and I on Friday!  We had a blast and truly hope you did as well.  I can't wait to hopefully get back into reading blogs so I can learn more about so many of you!]***

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