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Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Desserts, Girly Things, Sprinkles | 5 comments

Friday Favorites

Hola and happy Friday! I have loved reading all your comments this week. I think every comment on the blog this week has made me smile or laugh out loud. So, thanks so much for that. 🙂 I’m already excited for next week because I’m hoping to have a super hard workout posted for you plus a travel-related post (for all my dreamers) that I’m having way too much fun putting together.

But for today I’m sharing some things I’m loving lately – mostly my recent beauty buys that I’m loving. Nothing in this post is sponsored – I purchased all these items myself and wanted to share them with you because I’m enjoying them.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

 

Becca Highlighter

This is, without a doubt, my favorite beauty purchase I’ve made in months. I bought this maybe 2 months ago and I’m OB.SESSED! I still love this highlighter by BH Cosmetics so much (it’s my tried and true highlighter and it is back in stock), but after switching between the 2 for the last several weeks, I think this Becca highlighter is my new favorite. But they apply so differently, so part of me doesn’t even feel right comparing them. The Becca Skin Perfector adds a not-so-subtle glow without looking too glittery, if that makes sense. I apply it to my cheekbones, brow bones and the tip of my nose and I use it in the shade Champagne Pop. It is available on Amazon Prime or via Sephora. It is a little cheaper on Sephora, but shipping isn’t free with Sephora so check all that out if you buy it to ensure you get the best deal. I’ll try and post a little video showing you guys this product on my Instagram stories today (or sometime this weekend), so be on the lookout for that. It really is so pretty!

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer

 

Laura Mercier Camo Concealer

This is also a new purchase and holy coverage! After reading so many great reviews about this concealer, I purchased it and I have been using it for a few weeks and I’m a big fan. I did buy the Laura Mercier brush that was recommended with it because all the reviews said you would need a brush to apply it and I agree. Depending on the look I’m going for, I either mix the 2 shades or I just use the lighter shade and I apply it under my eyes, around my nose and over any annoying zits. It took me a while to get used to painting my concealer on with a brush, but I think I finally got the hang of it and I love how it conceals any dark circles/dark spots/redness I have on my face. I know a lot of beauty bloggers use this for contouring and I can see why – but I don’t contour my make-up (at least not in the extreme way that I usually see people do on You Tube) because I don’t have time for all that. I use shade sc-3 for reference because my face is super pale, but I sort of wish I would have gone up one to the sc-4. And if you’re thinking, “but your face doesn’t look super pale in photos” it is because I apply this bronzer. 😉 Fake Bake, baby!

Highlighter

I’m wearing the highlighter, concealer + the lipgloss mentioned in this post in this photo

Caudalíe Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

 

Vinoperfect

I bought this serum earlier in the summer and I’m about halfway through the bottle. I won’t share products on this blog that I don’t genuinely love, and with some products I have to use them for a while before I’m sold on their benefits. Well, I’m sold on this product and I already know I’ll be purchasing another bottle when this one runs out. My overall complexion is better and brighter and I think it may have helped even out my skin tone a bit. I’m on a pretty intense skincare regimen right now, so some credit would definitely need to go to other products but I feel like I can tell a difference when I leave this product out of my routine.

Pillow Plump XXL Lip Plumping Gloss 

 

Lip Plumping Gloss

I really hate buying beauty products with suggestive names (what can I say…it’s the conservative Christian school girl in me) and I sort of hate sharing another lip product with you guys for fear that you will think I’m some sort of lipstick addict who needs an intervention, but I’m going to share this product with you anyways and then I won’t talk about lipsticks/lip glosses/lip balms for a long, long time! Deal? This lip gloss is only $14 and I told Dave it is my ‘magic lipgloss’ and he laughed for 3 straight minutes. I was like, “You know you want to kiss me right now to see if you can get some of this magic rubbed off onto your lips.” He laughed even harder. I thought I was being sexy – but whatever. Anyways, It is supposed to help plump your lips up and when I apply it, I feel like my lips are getting stung by a million tiny bees, but I sort of like it because I’m like, “Oh my gosh! It’s totally working!” Regardless of whether it makes my lips bigger or not, I love the shade. I purchased it in Nude in Town and its pretty all by itself or paired overtop a lipstick/lipliner (I’m wearing it alone in the photo I posted above, if that helps). I really want to try it in the shade “coy toy.” Man, I might really have a lipstick addiction. I guess the first step is admitting it, so I’m on the road to recovery.

Sweet Friends

 

Besties

I love that Andi Rose is finally getting to an age where Atlas views her as a playmate sometimes. They have been playing so hard together lately and Andi Rose laughs at pretty much anything and everything Atlas does. It just makes my heart so happy to watch them interact together. Having 2 kids so close in age is an exhausting job, but I’m starting to see blessings in the midst of all the diaper changes and messes and their friendship is at the top of that list. I pray all the time that they grow up being close friends. What a gift to have a built-in best friend, right?

Brownies from a Box

 

Brownie Mix

I really like making things from scratch, but sometimes you just gotta make brownies from a box and that’s exactly what I did this week. I really didn’t have high hopes for these, but they were BOGO at Publix (I feel like I’ve purchased something similar in the past and was underwhelmed?) so I snagged 2 boxes. Boy was I wrong! These things were jammin! I added chocolate chips to the peanut butter cookie mix, but other than that I followed the recipe on the box. They are already gone (insert crying emoji here). I did share with the kids…but I did most of the damage by myself. I let Atlas lick the bowl though and to be honest, that’s something I still struggle with now that I’m a mother (Sharing). I really didn’t want to let him lick the bowl because I wanted to lick the bowl, but I felt like I had to lead by example and whatnot and be the adult. He loved it, but he’s got a lot to learn because I’m pretty sure more batter got on his elbow and his nose than in his mouth. I was like, “CHILD! YOU ARE WASTING THAT! You better figure out a way to lick that off your elbow.”

Southern Living Magazine

 

Southern Living

Now that we are back in the South, I’m getting southern-fied (←technical term) again. Let’s be real: I don’t have time to read a magazine cover to cover anymore, but I do love flipping through the pages of Southern Living in the mornings while the kids and I eat breakfast together. This magazine just makes me feel good on the inside. And in last month’s issue, the ice cream shop where I had my very first job was featured as one of the best ice cream shops in the south! I was totally geeking out over that. I ate my body weight in ice cream back then…those were the good ole’ days.

Do you have a sibling close in age and if so, are you guys besties? What’s your favorite make-up product? What’s your favorite magazine to read? What’s your plans for the weekend? Oh, this is a funny story…Dave’s childhood best friend lives in the same city as one of my very best childhood friends (ironically, it is not the city that any of us grew up in) so we set them up and they have their first date this weekend & I’m pretty sure I’m way more excited for their weekend than my own weekend! I’m seriously giddy with excitement to see how their date goes.

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Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Books, Desserts, Fashion, Girly Things, Motherhood, Sprinkles | 6 comments

Life Lately: Favorite Things

Phew! This week was a long one, ya’ll. Potty training isn’t for the faint of heart (Atlas is doing so so good, but it still requires me to drop whatever I am doing 46 times a day to go to the bathroom with him) and my kids decided they only wanted their naps to overlap 1 day this week, so after Monday I never experienced another nap time. I feel like a big ole’ stress ball today since I count on nap time to get all the things done, but I’m pretty much over it and ready to embrace all the glory of the weekend (read: I’m ready to stuff my face with pizza & wine tonight and call it a week)! Before I check out for the weekend, I wanted to share some things with you that I’ve been loving lately and I think you will love too! 🙂

Honest Beauty Lipsticks

 

Honest Beauty

Oh.Em.Gee. Ya’ll! This lipstick. It is SO good. I bought it after watching a beauty vlogger rave about it and it more than lived up to the hype. I think we can all agree that Jessica Alba can do no wrong. She is perfection, so I probably shouldn’t have been surprised at how great her new beauty line is. This may be my favorite lipstick I’ve ever owned just based on the formula and how hydrating it is. It isn’t drying at all. It isn’t sticky. It really is the perfect grab-n-go lipstick. I am wearing it in the shade honey kiss above. It is a good, soft neutral/nude that’s perfect for everyday wear. I also ordered the shade Marsala Kiss after loving honey kiss so much. Marsala Kiss is a gorgeous shade for fall. I really love the pink shades, but I thought with fall right around the corner I wanted something with a darker tone, but seriously – all my will power is going into not ordering every shade. I also got the lip gloss in creative kiss and I love it just as much and it pairs perfectly with marsala kiss. They are priced at $18, so really right in between your drugstore lipstick and your higher end brands like YSL/Nars. I’m not affiliated with Honest Beauty at all – this is an unbiased review. I just genuinely love the product that much and wanted to share it with any of my girls looking for some new beauty products to try.

Toddler Lunch Plate

 

Toddler Lunch Plate

My sister gave me this idea when we moved to Atlanta and it’s probably one that all my mom friends already know about, but just in case you’re like me and didn’t know about this genius trick I wanted to share it here. I’ve been serving Atlas’ lunch in this adorable silicone cupcake pan (Similar cute pan here too) and he thinks it is the greatest thing ever! He loves when he gets his ‘special plate’ and it makes lunch time a littler easier. Also, it makes it easier for me to tell exactly what he ate and exactly what he didn’t eat because all his food is separated. Mama friends, if you haven’t tried this trick with your toddlers, give it a try.

Levain’s Copycat Cookie Recipe

 

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I linked this recipe on the blog last week, but it is worth mentioning again. I’ve since made another batch of these cookies and I think it may be my new favorite cookie recipe. No cookie will ever truly compare to the Heavenly monster cookies from Levain’s (one of our favorite bakeries when we lived in NYC), but this copycat recipe is pretty darn close. They are SO thick and cake-like and my kids LOVE them. If you’re looking to make homemade cookies, give this recipe a try and make sure you use cake flour – I think that makes all the difference.

The Red Sea Rules Book

 

The Red Sea Rules

My mom got this book for Dave & me after Dave’s uncle passed away last month and I’ve been slowly working my way through it (my children don’t allow me a lot of time to read) and it has really encouraged my heart so much. The author uses the story of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea after being led out of Egypt to deliver 10 strategies for walking through seemingly impossible situations. The book isn’t long, but it is such a good read and a great reminder that sometimes God leads us to scary places, just as He did with the Israelites, to grow our faith and exalt His glory. I have a tendency to immediately think, “How can I get out of this?” when I’m in an uncomfortable place and this book is challenging me to instead ask the question, “How can God’s name be glorified in this?” If you or someone you know is struggling right now (divorce, break-up, financial stress, job loss, death of a loved one, life in a new city, etc), I would totally recommend this book (it is less than $10). I also think it is worth mentioning that the author even discusses those situations in life that we get into as a result of our own foolish decisions and I found that chapter to be very encouraging (because Lord knows I’ve led myself into some murky waters in the past).

Mama, if you’re reading, thanks for the great gift! 🙂

Raw Probiotics for Kids

Probiotics for Kids

A few weeks ago when our house got hit with yet another stomach virus, our sweet neighbor ran this probiotic powder for kids down and told me to try it with Atlas & Andi Rose. Andi Rose seems to always have tummy issues and I’ve been mixing this powder with her baby yogurt or apple sauce and her tummy does seem to be doing a lot better the last 2 weeks, so I’m going to keep on using this stuff. I ordered some of our own after my neighbor let us try her powder and neither of my kids have even noticed that I’m mixing it into their food once a day. It is supposed to promote digestive health and help support the immune system and after all the sicknesses we’ve had in our house the last 4 months, I’m willing to try anything. My neighbor raved about it and it got great reviews on Amazon and after 2 weeks of giving it to my kids, I’m digging it too. Andi Rose hasn’t had one tummy issue in the last 2 weeks. *knock on wood*

Also, hooray for sweet southern neighbors! I just love good people.

Black Booties

 

Fall_Boots

I realized after I published yesterday’s outfit post, that I probably should have linked some other black booties in case any of you were in the market for a pair but didn’t want to splurge on a designer pair. I think black booties are a must-have for fall, and I’m itching to bust out mine and all my other fall accessories! If you’re on the hunt for some black booties to rock with jeans/black pants/dresses then check out some of the ones I’m linking in this paragraph. I actually bought these block heel booties for my mom as a thank-you gift during the #nsale. I tried them on and fell in love with them. They are comfortable and they look beautiful on. I also want these so bad, but I’m pretty sure Dave will send me to some sort of rehab if I order 1 more pair of shoes. These Sole Society booties are less than $100 and I actually tried these on in Nordstroms and I was shocked to realize they were by Toms because they were so cute! (Not that Toms can’t be cute…but you know what I’m saying, right?) And these Splendid booties are super cute (I love the shade nut suede too).

And that’s a wrap for this week, friends! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Leave a comment below telling me what you’re loving this week – and make it good because I love reading your comments! 😉

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Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Desserts, Family Fun | 3 comments

Weekend Recap – Enjoying What Matters Most

Last weekend was the first time in what feels like a long time that I stopped to just enjoy life. Between crazy work schedules, holiday travel and sick babies it seems like we have been burning the candle at both ends and living in survival mode. This weekend Dave & I celebrated our ‘dateiversary.’ As in, it has been 5 years since we went on our first date, so things felt a little extra festive around here.

Our weekend kicked off on a high note when I woke up Saturday morning to realize I had slept through the night! I heard Andi babbling in her crib and when I looked at my phone and saw it was 6:30am I jumped out of bed like a kid on Christmas morning. I was all, “DAVE! Wake up! We slept through the night! Can you believe it?! Wake up!”

Weekend_Recap

I nursed Andi and she fell back asleep so I headed to the gym for a 5 mile run. When I came home she was STILL asleep and Atlas was laying in bed with Dave looking for Waldo in his new Where’s Waldo book (I’m telling you – we are obsessed with Waldo). Lazy mornings are the BEST!

Once everyone was awake and ready we headed to brunch downtown and then followed that up with an obligatory anniversary ice cream stop.

Ice Cream Stop

Ice Cream Date

Then we strolled the streets while Atlas rode his scooter.

Strolling

Strolling

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We walked slow with no where in particular to go and it was wonderful. We were home by nap time for a quick rest before heading back out to dinner and then back home to watch the Bachelor (I’m currently team Becca all the way). It was such a refreshing Saturday with my people.

Sunday was spent grocery shopping, relaxing around the house, packing for a quick trip we have on the calendar this week and eating this dip, this black bean salad, these cookies and this pulled pork served on little slider rolls while watching the Super Bowl. Well, Dave watched the Super Bowl. I did some online shopping and watched the Super Bowl halftime show. I wish I could dance half as good as Bruno Mars.

And as far as the stuff we made goes, you can’t properly celebrate the Super Bowl without buffalo chicken dip. I think we all know that, right? I got 9 cookies made from the batch of cookie dough I made. NINE! As in, I ate all the rest of the dough. Well, I did freeze some of it. But I ate most of it. I still kind of hate myself today for the damage I did to that dough. And the black bean salad was a highlight for me and I will definitely be making it again, although neither of my boys really loved it.

Hope you’re having a great week and you enjoyed what matters most to you over the weekend. I spent longer than usual staring at Andi’s face, soaked up Atlas’ giggles during our tickle fights and thoroughly enjoyed dreaming about the future with Dave.

Sleeping Angel

It was plain good for my soul to slow down and just enjoy my family this weekend.

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Desserts, Family Fun | 8 comments

Halloween Fun

Call me crazy, but I’m a little excited about Halloween being over because now I feel as though I can embrace all things Christmas. I love October and the start of all things fall, but the Andrews’ household will be lucky if we make it 2 more weeks without our Christmas stuff coming out. I love Halloween and I adore Thanksgiving, but Christmas is my favorite and I like to soak up the holiday season for as long as possible. I would like to say to all you people out there who hate seeing Christmas stuff on display in September, “I’m sorry.” I  am the problem. I bought egg nog today.

But before I start trying to spread Christmas cheer and singing loud for all to hear (Seriously. Sorry. I can’t help myself.), let me back up and at least show you that we did celebrate Halloween.

10731162_10204227121491881_6944447816465625790_nAtlas was the most adorable elephant I’ve ever seen.

DSC_3137He marched in a Halloween parade, passed out candy to trick-or-treaters and had a blast running up and down our street.

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DSC_3175Funny story from Halloween: We ordered Atlas’ costume over a month ago because we are awesome parents. However, we never tried it on him until 1 hour before we were getting ready to leave to go to the Halloween parade because we are stupid. It almost didn’t fit him. It was like he was rocking under armour. Valuable piece of advice –> Make your kid try their costume on before the actual holiday.

DSC_3143It all worked out though and the kid had a blast.

Atlas actually slept until 9:30 on Saturday morning and we were convinced he was dead because our child never sleeps past 7. I must have asked Dave 5 times, “Do you think he was kidnapped? Do you think he stopped breathing? Do you think he had an allergic reaction to the Snickers he ate last night?” We finally went in to check on him and installed his drop cam as soon as he woke up (his room is pretty much finished being decorated. Yay!). I think I may take him trick or treating every night for the rest of his baby life if it makes him sleep until 9:30. I wonder if I could get our neighbors down with that?

And then because we didn’t eat enough sugar on Friday, I made these.

hersheys-premium-cupcake-mix-smoresNot too bad for a box mix. And then we got doughnuts this morning to eat while we cheered on the NYC marathon runners. I’m actually craving a salad if that is any indicator of just how much sugar I consumed this weekend. But I ran 6 miles today, so that has to = roughly 6 pumpkin reese’s, right?

Don’t answer that last question.

I hope you had a Happy Halloween and your week is off to a great start!

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Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Desserts | 5 comments

Cream Cheese Brownie Cookies

Facebook is killing it with their advertisements. It is like they have a person who lives inside my mind and knows exactly what I want. Lately when I check out the social media site I am inundated with Tory Burch, Neiman Marcus and Kate Spade ads in addition to a million food advertisements. I think the Facebook people can see what I look at on my computer and then they plan their ads on my homepage accordingly. Sneaky little tech nerds trying to kill my budget one advertisement at a time.

Recently, this recipe popped up on my Facebook newsfeed. When I saw the ingredients list, I immediately snapped a screen shot of the recipe because I somehow ended up with a random block of cream cheese in my fridge and this recipe called for cream cheese.

I made a batch of the cookies on a whim last night because I’m leaving for Florida next week and Heaven forbid I leave a block of cream cheese unused in the fridge.

DSC_1642You would think I would be more concerned about getting in a bathing suit post baby, but that’s not the case. I’m more worried about letting delicious cream cheese go to waste. Go figure.

These were – without a doubt – the best chocolate cookies I have ever made. Ever. In my life. They tasted like a brownie, but with the texture of a soft chewy cookie. If there was a way I could send you all a batch of these, I would.

I omitted the frosting because I didn’t have any on hand and I didn’t have any patience to make a batch from scratch. I didn’t feel like they were missing anything though. They were perfect in their frosting-less state. If I was going to frost them though, I wouldn’t use a can of frosting. I would make my own and I would make it with peanut butter. But that’s just me. You can do whatever floats your boat.

DSC_1641These babies were lip smackin’ good. Marley really wanted to be my taste tester, but dogs can’t have chocolate. Better luck next time, Marley.

To my mom and sisters: Eat your vegetables and run your hearts out now because a few batches of these will be made while I’m in Florida next week! 😉

And on that note, Atlas and I are off to the gym. I’m thinking as delicious as these cookies were, they may not have been the best fuel for my hill sprints today.

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Desserts | 0 comments

Fudge Filled Peanut Butter Rice Krispies (A.K.A. ‘Crack Krispies’)

Want to know what is better than chocolate and peanut butter?

Chocolate + peanut butter + butterscotch.

The butterscotch takes this dessert to the next level.

I tried to fight the craving I had for these. But then I felt like I owed it to you guys to make them and blog about it. And the doorman downstairs who always gives Ob and Marley a treat…I’ve been meaning to thank him with baked goods (only these aren’t baked, but you know what I mean). You guys all deserved these treats.

I have to give the people what they want.

Only…I ate most of them straight from the pan before I could snap some decent photos. So you only get 2 photos in this post (a testament to how fantastic these truly are). And the doorman probably wouldn’t have liked them. He looks like more of a brownie guy anyways.

 

I can’t decide if I need 1 more batch of these or an intervention.

Fudge Filled Peanut Butter Rice Krispies (A.K.A. ‘Crack Krispies’)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 bag butterscotch morsels
  • 8 cups rice krispies cereal
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate morsels (12 oz. bag)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons water

Directions:

  • Melt 1 cup peanut butter and 1 bag butterscotch morsels together for 2 1/2 minutes in the microwave.
  • Mix melted peanut butter mixture with 8 cups rice krispies.
  • Spread 1/2 of mixture into a 13×9 pan and place pan in the refrigerator.
  • Melt bag of chocolate morsels, powdered sugar, butter and water together for 2 1/2 minutes in microwave. Stir.
  • Spread evenly over chilled cereal mixture.
  • Top with remaining cereal and chill for at least 1 hour (I usually let them chill for 2-3 hours, depending on my level of self control).
  • Cut and serve (you can eat these cold or at room temperature).

P.S. These have cereal in them, so feel free to make them for breakfast.

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