5 Minute Makeup Routine

5 minute makeup routine

Gone are the days that I'm okay with leaving the house barefaced. I'm pretty sure it has to do with lack of sleep and/or lack of sun. Probably a combination of the two. How many more days until spring??? Anyway, I've mastered the art of condensing a full-faced makeup routine into a 5 minute thing. It might even be less depending on our morning status, because as you know, that isn't always pretty. Here are the steps I follow for my 5 Minute Makeup Routine: Minute 1 - Conceal and Even 1. Prep I.t. Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye - I put a small amount on my finger and dot below the eyes. Gently blend from the inside out. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (I used shade FAWN for reference) - Rub a dime size in your palm and evenly distribute over face and blend into the neck to avoid a makeup line. Minute 2 - Color 2. Bronze Bobbi Brown Bronzer (I use shade MEDIUM 2) - I give my entire face a generous dusting of this, blending into the neck as well. 3. Blush Smashbox … [Read More...]

Keep it Simple {Wardrobe Update Series}

simple outfits

This next post in our wardrobe update series is all about keeping it simple. Meaning, we are going to show you simple ways that you can use clothes you already have and get more wear out of them. You are getting not one, but two looks in this post! Abby and Kaytlynn will show you how you can take a basic outfit and kick it up a notch by adding accessories and/or wearing it in a more thoughtful way. Confused? Let me explain: Let's start with Kaytylnn. Let's pretend Kaytlynn wore this cute black dress to work and then had plans to meet up with girlfriends for drinks after work. I am … [Read More...]

Top 10 Worst Types of Cries


When you become a parent, listening to a lot of crying is something that is assumed. It's part of the job; part of the journey. But like everything in life, not all cries are created equal. Some cries are just more palatable than others. But not these.... Here are the Top 10 Worst Types of Cries: 10. The Sitting in Traffic Cry - This is the kind of cry that can't even be cured by  a lollipop a favorite song or a parent trying to get a laugh by acting like a complete a-hole with flailing arms and goober faces. The car next to you seems to think you are funny, but your baby, not so much. … [Read More...]

Sweet and Savory Pork Tenderloin Recipe (and Weekly Meal Plan)

pork tenderloin recipe

This week's featured recipe is one I completely forgot about until last week. It's a sweet and savory pork tenderloin recipe that is unbelievably easy to make. It's also full of flavor and won the "make this dinner again, mom" seal of approval from my kids -- so take that for what it is worth ;) Don't be fooled by the unconventional list of ingredients. It has the perfect balance of flavors and if you like pork, this is an easy dinner to add into the rotation. Print Sweet and Savory Pork Tenderloin Recipe (and Weekly Meal Plan) Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  1 hour … [Read More...]

Wardrobe Update Series: Did Someone Say Chambray?

how to style chambray

Confession. When chambray tops made a resurgence a few years ago, I never thought they would stick around as long as they have. And so, I never bought one. They seemed 80's-ish and reminded me too much of Tiffany Amber Thiessen. When I told Kaytlynn and Abby that I don't own a chambray top... well, cue the drastic neck swing/jaw drop combo......iknowiknowiknow. It's a wardrobe essential and after perusing on Pinterest, it's clear that a chambray top just might be the most versatile piece of clothing in your closet. It's not in my closet yet, but I'm getting one. Maybe today. Here is the … [Read More...]

Broad Street Run 10 Mile Training Plan

training plan for 10 mile run

If you were lucky enough to get accepted into the lottery for the Broad Street Run and you are anything like me, you were probably like "Yay!!!!" And then seconds later, "Oh, crap." Yeah. So it's been a while since my treads have hit the streets. I blame the cold. And my kids. But now it's time to gear up and get my buns running again. I have a three part plan to rock this race, and when I say rock, I mean to finish. I'm not trying to break any records (I got that over with in high school - shameless plug to the glory days *sigh*). I just want to run, enjoy the city (that loverly … [Read More...]

Babyroues Letour Duet GIVEAWAY!


Every once in a while I get the opportunity to partner up with some wonderful bloggers to do a major giveaway. Why? To say 'thank you' for being such loyal readers and to introduce you to some of the hottest products on the market. This giveaway is one of the biggest we've done yet and it's truly a remarkable piece of equipment. Thanks to We're Parents!? for hosting this giveaway! Enter away or share it with a friend who needs to have one of these. Welcome to the babyroues Letour Duet Giveaway We've teamed up with We're Parents!? and other bloggers for this is the FIRST ever giveaway of the … [Read More...]

Wardrobe Update Part 2 – Date Night Outfits

date night outfit

Before we start, thank you for all of the feedback on the first Wardobe Update post courtesy of the uber talented, Abby and Kaytlynn. They are back this week with an edgier date night look in the event that anyone has big plans this weekend *cough*valentinesday*cough*. (That hint was intended for the 3 men that read this blog. One of them being my husband). Ok, I'll let the stylists take it from here. Don't you wish they were for hire? ~ Date Night Outfits This date night outfit is super fun and so easy to recreate. All you need is: Leather Pants. Say it with me … [Read More...]

Bus Stop Guilt.


So they say to wake up before your children in the morning. You know. For a little quiet time. Time to prepare for the day ahead. Yeah. That's what they say. But unless I want to wake up at 5:14am, it's just not going to happen. I'd rather get the extra sleep than have 10 minutes of alone time that will inevitably be interrupted by my children who are possessed with "she's-awake-radar". If I wake up, they will know it. And they will want things. And I'm just not up for that at 5:14 in the morning. So  I will sleep as long as I can. And when they wake up, I will know it. My … [Read More...]

Nana’s Easy Weeknight Casserole: Concoction

easy weeknight casserole

You guys. I'm psyched to introduce to you my sister, Liz. Otherwise known as Little Miss Bossy. She has 4 kids so I guess when you have that many offspring, you have no choice but to be a little, shall we say, "pushy". Regardless, she does have moments of tenderness (love ya, Liz) and is an insanely good cook. Homemade beet pasta is a normal Tuesday night dinner for her family - I will never understand how she does it?? Liz has agreed to share some of her self-taught culinary expertise on the blog and she is starting with an easy family favorite - we will save the homemade pasta for another … [Read More...]

Wardrobe Makeover {Part 1-How to Update Your Look with Layers}

outfit makeover

Ok so I have this problem. I have a LOT of clothes. And no, that is not my problem. My problem is that I don't know how to wear them. I buy a top. I wear the top. Does it look cute? Yes. But styled or finished..... no. Not unless I copy something that my stylish younger sister was wearing to the tee (literally). I decided it was time for a lesson so I called upon my fashion idols, little sis Abby and contributing writer and second cousin in law (???) Kaytlynn, and begged them for a little style sesh. Actually, there wasn't much begging required... Abby had the prosecco chilling the moment she … [Read More...]