Live Intentionally

That’s my motto for 2018.

I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. Intention. To be intentional. Especially with my time. About a month ago I read Loving my Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall. She takes 9 months and focuses each month on one aspect of her life in order to love the everyday. It was such a great reminder that the little changes can make large impacts.

There are only so many hours in a day and there’s so much that I want to do but what I find is an exorbitant amount of time lost on things like Facebook or Netflix. Now, I am not giving those things up. I am not crazy! But, my goal (or resolution, since that’s the word of the month) is to be more intentional in how I use those tools. Am I going on FB because I am bored or am I looking for something specific? Am I using Netflix as a distraction from chores that will serve my family or do I really need an episode or 2 of the latest binge as a way to relax and take some me time? I’ve found that the days fly by and at the end of the day I think of things that I could have been doing instead of what I actually did…or did not do.

Being intentional with my time can be all encompassing. Some other areas where I want to be specific:

My faith-to pull my bible back out and to attend church consistently again

My relationships-to be more proactive in maintaining and building friendships. Not using Audrey as an excuse. Hey, it’s hard to have a convo with a toddler or 2 vying for your undivided attention. I met a friend for coffee a few weeks ago and we got our drinks and took Audrey to the park nearby. It was a great way for her to play and for us to catch up.

Audrey-I’m a firm believer that play is work at her age (19 months) but I want to be more intentional in giving her opportunities for educational play outside of our home.

My marriage-to spend time together, not just next to each other.

My health-I have been talking about eating less meat (maybe even no meat!) for months. I got a few new cookbooks (Thug Kitchen, check them out! There’s a lot of swearing, but the recipes are fantastic) and I have already only had meat 2 times in the last week! I also need to get back into a workout routine. Nursing was amazing for my waistline, weaning was not.

My business-I am not interested in making this more than very part time but I can be more intentional in my interactions with customers and hosts, as well as with the logistics of managing a home-based business (Usborne Books & More if you didn’t know ;))

I know myself well enough to know that I shut down if I try to plan out my day hour by hour. I also know that the busier I am, the more productive I am. So there will be that ever elusive balance to find. I am not completely sure how I will incorporate these into my daily life but I will start now with finishing up this post and going to clean up the spare room which I have been talking about forever, instead of browsing mindlessly on FB or Instagram as Audrey naps.

Happy New Year!


Jaclyn Hill x Morphe PaletteΒ 

I didn’t get one but my Sis in Law did and she blogged about it over at Purple Giraffe.  

As I’m just jumping back into the blogging biz, I dropped the ball on ordering. I found a studio by me the sells Morphe but they marked it up almost 100% 😑. They were sold out when I went but that mark up is insane so I’ve added myself to the Morphe list to be notified when they restock. 

I did check out their display. My first thought was:  glitter!  The shades are gorgeous and the palette can cover everything from your everyday makeup to a glam look. 

Check out Stacey’s review and swatches here:

As promised via Instagram I’m working on Audrey’s birthday post which is turning into a much longer post than I anticipated.  See ya soon!

Sephora Haul-June 2017

Wow, has it been awhile!  And as fate would have it, this week marks the 3rd anniversary of my first post!  Life has been busy, crazy, full of baby giggles, lots of coffee, and sleepless nights-I wouldn’t have it any other way!  I went to Sephora the other day and thought it’d be a good way to jump back into the blogosphere. 

I haven’t been buying a lot of makeup lately. I already have a lot, my everyday makeup has become pretty simple, and I subscribe to Play! by Sephora (which I LOVE) to feed my need for new items.  This trip was to replace some other items that I had purchased a couple weeks ago but of course I grabbed a few extra goodies.   

1. Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil:  I went about 2 weeks ago to replace my Precisely, My Brow Pencil from Benefit but they were out of my shade (3) so I decided to try their Goof Proof Brow Pencil instead.  I’m not a fan of the shape of the pencil so I went back to exchange it hoping they had my go-to in stock. They didn’t.  So, my first thought was to go across the way and get the pencil I used to use from MAC but I asked a sales associate and she recommended the Sephora line. I have to say it went on super smooth and the color is actually a better match (midnight brown)!  Plus, who doesn’t love a deal?  It’s only $12 compared to Benefits $24.  I do prefer a spooly brush on one end; this has a tiny angled comb.   

2. Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer:  I have the foundation for the days when I want more coverage than my every day Cc cream and I love it. I posted about it here.  At first I got this in the Light shade but I needed to go a tad darker so I updated to Light Medium.  It blends really well while still providing great coverage on blemishes.  Thanks hormones!

3.  Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask:  I don’t play with my skin care too much but I’ve become a big fan of masks lately. I’m looking forward to trying this one out the next time my skin decides to act like it’s 16 again. 

4. Sephora Algae Face Mask:  like the Origins mask, I’m looking forward to trying this. It’s designed to purify and detox the skin. This one is a sheet mask which sometimes I find don’t stay on very well.  Also, I question the longevity of the results but it’s still fun to try out!  I guess I’ll start researching. 

5. Sephora Pomegranate Eye Mask:  I’ve used this before and liked it.  It made my eyes brighter and I feel like I looked a bit more awake. We have some travel coming up and little one doesn’t sleep well on the road so I’ll probably use this during one of our trips. 

6.  Sephora Rose Lip Balm:  this provides the perfect amount of shine and moisture. It’s not sticky at all and has the tiniest hint of pink. I’m not a lipstick wearer so this is a great way to bring everything together when I do my makeup. 

I really enjoy Sephora’s VIB points program and this trip I got 2 items:  Versace Bright Crystal Eau De Toilette and Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.  The perfume has a floral scent with a very mild musk which makes it great for a night out.  It’s also a roller ball applicator which I like. The mascara is similar to another Marc Jacobs one I’ve been using and provides a lot of volume which I always love. 

***money saving tip*** whenever you can, get a deluxe sample or mini of mascara. Mascaras should be tossed roughly every 3 months due to bacteria build up. I’ve found that most of the samples I get through Play! Or my points, or any other freebie program, last at least that long.