My go-to outfit

It’s been a wonderful weather around here!
Cloudy mornings, daily high ranging from 75-80 degrees, so so nice, especially for June in Southern California. This is really my favorite weather, particularly because I get to wear my favorite things:
jeans, cardigan, and flip flops.

Comfy mom-style to the max, am I right?!

But my absolute favorite about this style: My purse and shoes.

I’ve had these Rainbows for at least 5yrs (probably longer) and I love them. They are the most comfortable sandal I’ve ever had, I’ve yet to find a sandal that comes even close to their simplicity and comfort.

My The Sak crossbody purse is an all day, everyday, can hold everything, but doesn’t weigh a ton kind of purse. What’s not to love?

I tried in vain to find the exact style of my purse, I believe it’s a discontinued style. They do have lots of size and style options on The Sak site that I found. I personally like their leather bags best.


My shoes are another story. I’m a pretty traditional gal, so the rainbow sandals I have are the classic Single Layer Premier Leather with Arch Support and a Narrow Strap. It even says on their site: “If any sandal says Rainbow, this is it!”

Mommy Make-up: quick and affordable!

10ish minutes is about all the time I have to do any kind of make-up. On a good day (i.e. when my husband is home) I have about 15-20 minutes. With little kids, I don’t really have a lot of time to dedicate to putting on make-up.
However, I do like to take a little time to “put my face on” as my Nana says. Putting my make-up on, however minimal it is, helps me feel like I’m put together, and ready for the day.

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Morning light in our teeny tiny bathroom is a little intense!

I am not a morning person, but my kids are morning people (my daughter regularly gets up at 6am)! So, my make-up routine doesn’t happen until about 8 or 8:30.

Here is what I am currently using on a daily basis:

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Sometimes I splurge on different brands, but I pretty much stick with “drug store” make-up. (Affiliate links below)

1. Maybelline Makeup Dream Fresh BB cream – I used the light/medium color
2. L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics True Match Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer Makeup – I love the blender tip. It’s so easy to apply anywhere on my face, even under my eyelids for those sleepy circles under my eyes! I used the fair N-1 color.
3. theBalm Balm Springs Blush Highlighter – This is my splurge item right now. I have the travel size right now, and will use it until it runs out! Usually, I will use L’Oreal True Match Blush but I don’t have a color I’m settled on for the L’Oreal blush.
4. I like to use an angle brush to apply my blush. I’m not 100% sure what brand this one I’m using is (pregnant brain!).
Here are a couple options for an angle brush I like and have used before:
i on Beauty Geo-Friendly Angle Blush Brush
e.l.f. Angled Blush Brush

See my little “helper” 😉 She loves anytime Mommy does anything in the bathroom.

Hope some of you feel inspired to maybe do a little bit to “freshen up” (another Nana phrase). It’s not hard, or expensive. Just takes a few minutes, and some patience with the little ones. I’m clearly not a make-up professional, but I know what my hubby likes. 😉
Little motivation there, heehee!

 

Soli Deo Gloria

Cold relief while pregnant

I think just knowing that you can’t use the usual over the counter medicine to help ease cold symptoms makes having a cold while pregnant 1000x worse!

I’m just getting over a cold, though I still have some left over congestion and sinus pressure. At 32 weeks pregnant, there were so many things I could not do to get relief! (I cried at one point just thinking about it…)

So! What did I do to get relief?

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1. Tea

Lots and lots of tea. I drank tea to sooth my sore throat, and sniffed the steam from a fresh, hot cup to help with my sinuses.

I drank:
Throat coat tea – I prefer this one by Traditional Medicinals, but there are other brands that have throat coat tea out there too!
This tea was my go-to as a singer in high school! Amazingly soothing for a sore throat.

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Peppermint tea – Again, lots of peppermint teas out there, I just LOVE Twinnings 🙂
There is something so reassuring in a cup of peppermint tea, for me. As a kid, it was the only tea I would try, so maybe it’s a nostalgia thing for me.

 

2. Soup

I had no appetite, but I’m a skinny gal, with low blood pressure, and a baby growing in my belly. Getting food in me is a must!

My sweet hubby stocked up on some Lipton noodle soup packets, and we had a package of egg noodles in the cabinet. Together they made a pretty filling meal. I also added ground ginger, and ground cumin to my soup, again to help with my sinuses, and crazy congestion.
(With cough syrup being off limits, anything helps, right?!)

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3. Steam

So simple, and yet, so much relief! I took a wash cloth, ran some super hot water, and held the wash cloth over my face so all the steam was going right into my nose and mouth. This trick opened up my airways tremendously!

 

 

I hope these tips help some struggling fellow mamas out there! Get some extra sleep if you can, and lots of water (as usual)!

 

Soli Deo Gloria!

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A Saturday outing

Today is a family day. Next week and weekend we have a busy schedule, so we wanted to just have a play date with just the four of us. Our mall has some nice family friendly areas and we took full advantage of them today for our outing 🙂

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Eve hung out in the double stroller since she can’t crawl or walk yet, clearly she was upset about that.

Warren had a lot of fun running around outside. He even chased the train!

 

And lunch! I got a tea too, have I mentioned that I like Teavana? Because I do! 🙂
I went over to the kebab place, and I ate it all up before I could snap a pic! Oh, well.

It was a lovely outing together ❤
Now, if only they would nap!

 

God is still good, even when children don’t nap.

 

Soli Deo Gloria!

Pink for Mommy

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First, a strawberry lemonade from one of my favorite local cafés.
I’m a non-coffee drinker, so this was a nice, refreshing alternative! I love coffee, but my body can’t handle it or the dairy I require to make it delicious.

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Second, pedicure!

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Also second, manicure! All provided by the lovely ladies at Candy Nails 😊

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Third, a new phone case! 💜

Happy Mommy 😍

I’m blessed!

Soli Deo Gloria!