Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My First Ipsy Bag- December 2014

Last month I finally signed up for Ipsy, a monthly subscription beauty service. I got my first bag the other day, I love it!

After you sign up you'll take a style survey to determine what kinds of products you like and don't like. Bags are customized so if you got an Ipsy bag this month, yours is probably slightly different from mine.

Ipsy costs $10 a month, which is a steal I think. My bag was worth nearly $40, according to Amazon prices. Y'all know I like a good deal!

This month, I got:

There isn't one thing I'm not excited to try. I was a bit skeptical about the eye polish, and expected a ton of fallout (it's a loose powder), but it went on beautifully! Here I am wearing it yesterday. Mixed with a little bit of brown shadow in the crease.

Pretty! I also used the Tarte mascara, which is fine. I like how it's a traditional bristle brush and not a rubber one like a lot of them are nowadays.

What a great introduction to Ipsy! They have a lot to live up to for next month :). You can check them out here if you're interested in signing up. FYI, when you sign up you automatically get wait listed... lame. But, you can bypass the wait list by following a bunch of their stylists on YouTube and Instagram and inviting friends to join on Facebook. If you'd like a direct invite from me, leave your email address in a comment and I'll send you one (and delete your comment as soon as I invite you).

If you subscribe to Ipsy, tell me what you got in your bag this month! What did you love, and was there anything you weren't excited about?

Also, since I'm using makeup more now I thought it'd be fun to do a mini series on my blog trying new colors, techniques, etc. I haven't figured out all the details, but something like that could be a lot of fun, so keep an eye out for that!

Monday, December 8, 2014



One month in to three. He's been kind of a handful lately. I've heard that three can be worse than two, and they weren't kidding!  Random tantrums (once because I gave him a red vitamin instead of an orange one), and issues with listening (and not just at home- he almost got a timeout at school for not listening to his teacher) are our biggest hurdles right now. But, with the struggles, come a lot of awesome things about being three!
  • Math! He's caught on to the concept and can do really simple addition and subtraction. For instance, he counted 5 pieces of broccoli on his plate once. As he ate them he would say, "4 pieces left... 3 pieces left, etc," without having to recount. 
  • Why why why! He's officially in the "why" stage. And will go on asking it for 10 minutes, never just satisfied with what we've told him. 
  • Imaginary friends! He has one :). Simply named Baby. She's a girl and lives in the lamp in his bedroom. He doesn't mention her all the time, but when he does it's usually about stuff that she likes (Baby likes this car, this book, this food, etc.). Very cute!
  • Mama's Boy!  He's still really clingy with me. It's cute, but also frustrating when he refuses to let Ant help him with anything.
  • One not so great thing, nightmares! Saturday night he woke up and wouldn't go back to sleep in his own bed. I took him with me and he kept going on about dinosaurs and lions, and how they were scary. Sunday morning he told Ant about the nightmare and he brought it up again Sunday night at bedtime. It must have been a really intense dream! Poor kid.
Real nice, kid. LOL!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend

Hello! I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful! We had some snow earlier in the week and Harry had been itching to play in it so early Thursday afternoon we brought out the snow pants and headed outside.

There wasn't much snow and it was too powdery to build anything with it, but Harry had fun rolling and crawling around in it. This is the third year for those snow pants! Too big the first year, just right last year, and verging on too small now. I'd say we definitely got our money's worth out of them :).

After spending some time outside, I headed to the kitchen and spent the rest of the afternoon making a small Thanksgiving dinner for the 3 of us.

Doesn't that turkey look ahhh-mazing?!?! It took a long time to cook, but it was totally worth all the hard work. Haha, J/K! We bought the turkey pre-sliced from Honey Baked Ham. We kind of accidentally reserved one, but it turned out for the best. It was delicious! I made everything else (aside from the pie) by myself though.

Harry loved Thanksgiving dinner! Such a surprise. We gave him a bit of everything, thinking he'd only eat the turkey and cornbread. He tried the stuffing all on his own, and after a little encouragement he tried the potatoes and green beans. He only ate a bite of the potatoes, but finished his serving of green beans, he loved them! And of course he had no trouble eating a small slice of pumpkin pie for dessert. He also loved the sparkling grape juice. We gave him a small cup on New Year's Eve and he didn't seem to like it, but he kept asking for more on Thursday (we gave him less than half a cup). Harry calls it "sparkly juice."

Friday we thought about going to Target, but didn't want to deal with the crowds. Their Black Friday deals weren't as good as last year, much to our dismay. We did end up doing quite a bit of online shopping and scored some major deals. After Harry's nap we decorated our new Christmas tree.

Oh, this tree... I got it last year to replace our old one (which was way passed it's prime, we had to use a book to keep it upright!) the day after Christmas. It was cheap, but looked okay from the picture on the box. It's so freaking skinny! At 4 feet tall, the old tree took 2 strands of lights, so I bought 3 new ones last year to cover this 6 foot tall tree. We barely needed 2. And not all of our ornaments fit on it.

But, it's our tree, and will be a funny story to tell in a few years. Harry was very good at decorating this year and had a blast with it. We drank hot chocolate's while we worked. Here are the new ornaments we picked out this year.

Saturday we went over to my dad's for a second Turkey Day dinner. This go-round Harry was all about the corn and cranberry sauce. I didn't take any pictures, but we had fun. Their dogs just love Harry and Harry loves them.

Now only 24 days until Christmas!!
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