06/23/2017

Sprinkle for Baby Girl

Last weekend my mom hosted a little Baby Sprinkle to celebrate my little girl! I can’t believe it has been two years since my beautiful Baby Shower for Jack, and now here I am expecting baby number two.

Baby Sprinkle

My shower for Jack was so perfect, that when my mom asked what I would like to do for the Sprinkle, I asked to keep it very similar yet minimal.

For the Shower, my mom truly outdid herself and rented beautiful chairs, tables, linens, and glassware. Since the Sprinkle is meant to be more casual, we opted to make it really laid back, no formal seating, and no real planned itinerary. Just a sweet time to catch up with family and friends and celebrate baby girl.

Baby Sprinkle

The menu was basically the same: My favorite chicken salad from Dorothy Lane Market on pretzel rolls, and salads galore including mixed greens and romaine, fruit salad, and a variety of pasta salads.

Baby Sprinkle

I also requested fruit-infused water, and my very favorite lemonade from Chick-fil-A.

Baby Sprinkle

And of course, no party is complete without a little something sweet, so a chocolate and vanilla cake was ordered, along with a dozen lemon cupcakes. The hydrangeas that adorned the cake were absolutely stunning! I literally did not want to cut the cake it was so pretty. The buttercream frosting is incredible, which is also my favorite part of the cake, and each bite was covered in it.

Baby Sprinkle

Funny story, but the cupcakes were supposed to match the cake and be topped with the iced hydrangeas. Somewhere along the line, communication was missed and the bakery did not realize the cupcakes were supposed to match the cake! So instead of hydrangea topped cupcakes in white and ballerina pink, we received cupcakes iced in fuchsia pink and white that was applied using a star-tip, and that didn’t match the cake at all!

Baby Sprinkle

My mom was watching Jack when she picked them up and hadn’t even taken a look until I got home from work. It was pretty hilarious when we compared the cake and cupcakes side-by-side, and the bakery was so wonderful and sent us a gift certificate for future purchases. Plus the cupcakes still tasted delicious so it all worked out just fine!

For the floral arrangements, she ordered Myrtle and Baby’s Breath just like last time. We also added a few hydrangeas in soft pink to add into the mix and we put together the bouquets that Friday night.

I’m not a big fan of party games, so she did the same things we did at Jack’s shower. She hid onesies under certain chairs throughout the house, and whoever was sitting in the chair won a Starbucks gift card. We also played the ‘guess the date of birth / weight / length’ game and she will mail the winner a Starbucks card after we know all those details when she’s born.

Baby Sprinkle

I then opened gifts – everything from bows to diapers – and then we had dessert before wrapping up the party. It was so wonderful to see everyone, and I literally was having deja vu as I looked around and realized how much it felt like it did when I was expecting Jack.

Baby Sprinkle

However, I had a little toddler running around and laughing and smiling and quickly reminded me that he is growing up quickly and will soon be a big brother. Don’t blink friends! The time is fleeting and so sweet. I am officially now 30 weeks along and have ten weeks or less until we meet our daughter. I’m feeling so many emotions today, and I’m looking forward to soaking in the rest of summer with my favorite boy.

Baby Sprinkle

06/20/2017

Have a Beautiful Summer!

And just like that, it’s officially summer!

And just like any season, temperature and humidity changes can have a huge impact on skin – and the decision on what products we use. In the winter, most of us aim for more hydration to combat the dry, cold weather, and in the summer we like to lighten up a bit and replace our heavy moisturizers with lighter serums and sprays.

Best Beautycounter Products for Summer 2017

Another season of change can be pregnancy and hormonal shifts. I always had normal skin that was a bit more on the oilier side, but during this pregnancy I’ve felt dry! I changed pretty much my entire regimen from charcoal products and exoliators to cleansing balms and heavy moisturizers. Less removing of oils, and more adding hydration has definitely been the name of the game, and I have to admit that I’ve been more than happy with the results. When I was pregnant with Jack, I battled painful cystic, under the skin acne, and this time I have literally had no breakouts – even when I’ve been eating more chips and ice cream than normal… 🙂 (I am actually going to write a post on my favorite products for maternity soon, which will also include my favorite beauty picks. Stay tuned!)

Best Beautycounter Products for Summer 2017

Today though I want to focus on my top picks for summer. In my mind, summer should be more about natural beauty. Even with sunscreen, most of us get sun kissed a bit on our skin and face. I always think I need less makeup in the summer since my face looks so much more alive when I have a little color! Even that warm flush from the heat can bring out the natural pinkness in our cheeks. In the winter though I am constantly adding a little blush and bronzer to keep myself from looking so pale and washed out. In the warmer months, I get to do less!

Beautycounter Lip Sheer in Coral + Lip Gloss in Coralbell

Best Beautycounter Products for Summer 2017 - Dew Skin + Retractable Foundation Brush

The Lip Sheer in Coral is a subtle pink with a very light orange undertone. It looks gorgeous with a natural summer glow or a little bronzer! I also love the Lip Gloss in Coralbell, which was a limited edition color this past winter in our Desert Sunrise Collection. If you are looking for a similar color, I would suggest the color Peony. Also, I just ordered the newly released Bare Shimmer Lip Gloss for summer and it is gorgeous! It’s the perfect nude shimmer that will play well with the Color Pinch Cream Blusher in Caramel, below!

Color Pinch Cream Blusher in Caramel

Best Beautycounter Products for Summer 2017 - Color Pinch Cream Blusher in Caramel

I always rave about our Color Pinch Cream Blushers being one of my favorite makeup products we offer. Hibiscus is the pretty pink shade that works beautifully as a blush and lip color, and Caramel is a warmer, bronzed tone that is also beautiful as a two-in-one product. I like to apply a bit to my cheekbones and lips for a beautiful bronze, lightly shimmered finish. I can’t rave about this product enough! It blends easily and it looks so natural on. It is gorgeous on its own or paired with the Hibiscus blusher. Tip, if you apply a Cream Blusher after applying Tint Skin or Dew Skin foundation, it goes on that much smoother and more even.

Beautycounter Dew Skin + Retractable Foundation Brush

Best Beautycounter Products for Summer 2017 - Dew Skin + Retractable Foundation Brush

Tint Skin is my favorite foundation for the cooler months, but Dew Skin is my go-to in the summer. Dew Skin is Beautycounter’s version of a BB Cream: a moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation all in one. The product is really light, so if you are looking for a heavier coverage, this may not be your best choice. However, you can always add a second layer if you want a bit more fuller coverage. It leaves skin with a ‘dewy’ glow, and is a great base for applying the Cream Blusher. I put a half-a-dime size amount into my palm, and then swirl my Retractable Foundation Brush into the product, being sure to evenly coat all the bristles. I then apply evenly all over my face, being sure to continue down my neck a bit at my jaw line. Since there is SPF within the formula, it can be a little drying so I still recommend adding an oil, serum or moisturizer before applying Dew Skin.

Nourishing Rosewater Mist

Nourishing Rosewater Mist

The Nourishing Rosewater Mist is a great hydrator for summer as it feels light and refreshing. My favorite way to use it is to spray my face in the morning right after I wake up, and before adding any moisturizers or makeup. It really helps to awaken my skin and is an instant energy boost! I know a lot of people to who spritz it lightly after applying makeup to set the products, and also as a mid-day pick-me-up if your skin starts to look a little dull as the day goes on. Want even better results? Store the Mist in the refrigerator for an extra bonus. It feels so nice on a warm day!

Body Bar in Citrus Mimosa

Best Beautycounter Products for Summer 2017 - Body Bar in Citrus Mimosa

Our Body Bar is a really light, gentle cleanser that is perfect for everyday use in the shower. The scent is Citrus Mimosa, which is super light yet still invigorating. I love this bar for summer because it doesn’t strip oils and cause you to feel dry, and it provides just the lightest hint of a summery citrus scent. If you prefer a body wash over the bar, we also have the Body Wash in Citrus Mimosa available as well.

Protect All Over Sunscreen SPF 30

Best Beautycounter Products for Summer 2017 - Protect All Over Sunscreen

Finally, what’s a list of top summer products without a sunscreen? Our Protect All Over Sunscreen SPF 30 is the epitome of a summer must-have. We use non-nano zinc oxide as our active ingredient in sun protection. Unlike many other mineral sunscreens, Protect blends and absorbs into skin really well without leaving white streaks all over your body. It’s great for babies and kids, and adults too. I have used it on Jack since he was six months old and he hasn’t had a sunburn once while using the product. Just be sure to reapply every two hours and after getting in the water for the best protection!

This month I am hosting an open social and giving away all of the earned rewards! So far we are up to two products free, and two products at 50% off. To enter and win, simply place a Beautycounter order through my link and select the ‘Start of Summer Social’ when asked what Social you are shopping. You can also go directly to the Social’s site here. When I see the order come through, you will automatically be entered to win. The open social ends June 28, and a winner will be chosen in the days to follow. 

Also, I am hosting a live online social on my Beautycounter Facebook Page tonight at 8:30pm EST. I will be sharing even more about my favorite products for summer. I hope you will join me! If you can’t be there live, the event will be posted to the page when it’s done so that you can watch in your own time.

06/12/2017

Home Building Series: Cabinets and Countertops Inspiration

Thank you for all the well wishes on my first Home Building Series post. If you missed it, I have created a Home Building Series page at the top of the website where I will share all the posts. I thought this would be a great way to keep myself organized, and so that readers can view all the posts in one location. I even shared a picture of our lot over on Instagram, so feel free to take a look and see where we are building.

This week we will be meeting with the designer / builder of our cabinets and countertops for both the kitchen and bathrooms. I know the decisions will be pretty in depth, because not only will we be choosing the cabinets and countertops, but also confirming the layout of the kitchen design. This means we will be selecting the location of refrigerator / stove / oven / etc. so that the countertops can be custom made for the layout. Lots of decisions up ahead!

Home Building Series: Cabinets and Countertops Inspiration

I have always been drawn to a white kitchen, so I think we will go that route. I also prefer a lighter countertop and backsplash, plus since the space will be slightly smaller, I think dark materials would make it feel too tight.

I have gone back and forth on a two-tone kitchen, but can’t decide whether it is a trend and I would get bored with it, or if it would be a nice way to interchange color and materials. Any thought preference on this decision?

As far as bathrooms go, I am thinking clean and airy in those rooms as well. However, I am trying to decide whether I want the bathroom cabinets to match in color and style in both the master and the kids bathroom, or if I want them to have their own unique look. We will see!

Here are some inspiration photos for the Kitchen and Bathroom cabinets and countertops:

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