10/24/2017

Lately.

Hello, hello! I have quite a few blog posts I’ve been meaning to write and share, but I don’t want to do so until I have great photography to go along with my writing. Ahh friends, this is simply the season of life we are in right now. I definitely start at the most important duties of the day, and then work my way down from there. Unfortunately, blogging is much lower on the list than it used to be, as expected with two babies. Some days I wonder when the fog will lift and the sleepless nights will fade, but other days I never want them to because I will look back and miss these days. The struggle of motherhood is real – being pulled in all directions at once. But it is also so sweet during the moments when Jack reaches for my hand to come play with him, or when Savannah cuddles up on my chest for a cozy sleep. What a beautiful, memorable, exhausting time of life. Thank you all for bearing with me and continuing to read my little corner of the internet!

I thought today I would simply share a few happenings from lately. Things I’ve been loving, things I’ve been doing, and things that have simply been on my mind. Enjoy!

Mom Wardrobe

Fashion - Mom Wardrobe

After declaring September the month of the robe, I really wanted to up my mom wardrobe game a bit! You guys. Old Navy has been killing it this season! I bought a ton of items for myself, and quite a few for Savannah too for around $250. (I think I got four pairs of shoes and about 20 items for that price. Pretty darn good!!) Some of my favorite items I purchased include this blazer, these booties, and this dress. I also loved this dress and these shoes for Savannah!

Six Year Anniversary

Six Year Anniversary

On October 8, Tim and I celebrated six years of marriage! We had about a two hour window between Savannah’s feeds to celebrate our anniversary. We went out to dinner, drank wine, ate delicious food, and talked about how far we’ve come as a couple, and where we would like to go in the future. As parents, especially to littles, it’s hard to remember to put your marriage first and we are certainly no exception. We have to continue to work at our marriage every day, because we want it to be a strong, positive example of what love is for our kids. And, when we are empty nesters someday, we want to still know and love each other fully.

Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies

Every fall I back a huge batch of delicious pumpkin cookies. I’ve been meaning to since the first of October, but I finally got around
to doing so over the weekend. These. Are. So. Good. Seriously, they are my favorite pumpkin recipe ever. I use THIS RECIPE and it’s amazing! The trick is to not over bake them and to be sure to have a place to send a lot of the cookies. I think the batter makes around four dozen and you do not want to be home with four dozen of these alone! Well, maybe you do, but I think the sugar rush you would experience won’t be so pleasant. 🙂 I was sure to freeze some for Thanksgiving, and to send a couple dozen to my mom’s office and a couple dozen to my husband’s office. This way you can get a few bonus points for the ones you love, and still have a few to enjoy later and for yourself. #winning

Beautycounter

Beautycounter

This past weekend was absolutely amazing for me professionally. Beautycounter ran a BOGO offer and the sales were so crazy that the website crashed multiple times throughout the promo! There’s a possible promotion on the horizon (… one that I’m not even yet comfortable saying out loud!) and I’m looking forward to finishing the month strong. October has already become my best month with Beautycounter. Ever. I just wanted to say thank you for allowing me to post and share about Beautycounter here on my blog, and even if it isn’t your thing, thank you for all the support of my business! Beautycounter and its income allows me to continue posting and writing and blogging, and I feel so grateful for all of you who continue along this journey with me.

To say THANK YOU, I have a ton of promotions going on right now! First, anyone who makes a purchase this month is entered into my October Mystery Hostess Social (We have five free and five 50% off products off for grabs – and I’ve started a second social since we hit the maximum earned rewards! This way two people will walk away with winnings!) Second, any purchase of $100 or more during the months of October and November will be entered to win one of the new Holiday Collection sets.

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Finally, from now until the end of October, anyone who signs up for a Band of Beauty membership AND spends $50 at time of sign up will receive a free $68 Brightening Face Oil (Corporate’s current BOB incentive) PLUS a free Lip Gloss from our Holiday Collection from me! Band of Beauty is Beautycounter’s membership program that provides free shipping for orders over $100 and 15% back in product credit with every purchase. Have questions on Band of Beauty or any of the other promotions? Comment below or email me at jana.antil@gmail.com . I would be happy to help you find the skincare routine that fits your needs.

Savannah’s Bows

Savannah's Bows

I had quite a few bows for Savannah before she was born, but then I realized that none fit a newborn! I immediately set out to pick up some classic, well fitting bows for her little head. I purchased a set of three simple bows from Lottie Lemon Shop and absolutely love them! The quality is wonderful, and the fit is perfect. The band does not dig into her head at all, yet it doesn’t fall off. I figure as she gets older and has more hair, I will simply remove the bow from the band and add a clip instead. On Instagram, I actually just won a $20 shop credit to Simply Sweet Bows that I am excited to use, and my friend Christina’s shop, Addie & Jax, has precious bows as well. She is based out of Columbus for all of you Ohioans who would like to support a local!

House Update

Home Building: Exterior

We are still trucking along over at our new home! The cement board is up on the exterior and will be painted Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray within the next couple weeks. Stone will run along the bottom of the house (where the white wall sheathing is), and there will be a Gable Bracket (an entrance arch) at the top of the front porch stained in SW Black Walnut, and the front door will be painted SW Black Fox. I’m so excited to see it looking more and more like a home! Also, I’ve been trying to use/understand all the home building terms I’ve heard throughout construction. I’ve certainly learned a lot in the process. So much goes on behind the scenes with building a home!! I will be adding to our Home Building Series soon here on the blog with a lighting / electric post, and a tour of construction!

Mom Life

Motherhood

These two sweeties are a dream. They make me want to be better – a better wife and mother, a better woman and friend, and a better role model for my babies. This season of life is so incredibly hard, I won’t deny the difficulty, but it’s also very rewarding and precious. I have a few weeks left of maternity leave until I go back to work part-time. Today I’m feeling so grateful for my kiddos and all the ways they have changed my heart for the better.

10/17/2017

Dressing for Postpartum and Beyond

Let’s face it, getting dressed during those first weeks following delivery isn’t so fun. Besides the fact that you don’t feel well and only want to dress comfortably, you will also most likely still look pregnant for a few weeks or even months. There is still so much swelling and extra fluids in your body, so it may take awhile to start to feel like yourself and be comfortable in your own clothes again.

PinkBlush Black Tunic

I know that with my second especially, it has seemed to take longer for the abdomen swelling to dissipate than it did with my first. Instead of waiting to wear cute clothes until I feel like my body looks more like my own, I’m trying to embrace this stage and treat myself to clothes that are comfy, flattering, and that fit!! Because let’s face it, as a new mom, being able to dress nicely and feel a little bit like a normal person in the midst of all the fun emotional and physical things that come along with being postpartum feels like a special treat more than an everyday occurrence. Whatever makes you feel good – do it!

PinkBlush Black Tunic

As a PinkBlush ambassador, I learned that the boutique not only offers clothes for maternity, but also for non-maternity women, including those postpartum. I had no idea! I thought the shop was only for those expecting, but I was wrong. I picked out a couple items in August while still very pregnant that I felt would transition well for me into fall and postpartum wear. I absolutely love the two dresses I picked, including this black sweatshirt dress that could also be worn as a tunic with leggings.

I wore this dress when we went apple picking a few weeks back, and I loved how warm, easy and comfortable it was. I broke up the black a bit with chestnut booties from Old Navy (similar) and a cognac crossover bag (similar) that I purchased from Nordstrom a couple years back in the same warm color family. It is a great basic that can be easily dressed up or down. It’s loose in the mid-section and it has pockets, which I love! During the postpartum phase as well it’s important to highlight the body part that you feel most confident in, and for me that’s my legs. Some people may prefer tanks to show off strong shoulders, or a low back for just a little bit of skin without showing too much.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bp-foldover-crossbody-bag/4323223?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BROWN%20COGNAC

I also loved this paired with my favorite Solly Baby wrap, which I constantly carry Savannah in. The black dress acts as the perfect neutral backdrop for accessorizing with a patterned wrap (and a beautiful baby)!

PinkBlush Black Tunic

As I get back into shopping and dressing for my postpartum body, I will share more along the way. I just ordered a few great pairs of shoes and key pieces for fall – all on a budget – that I can’t wait to dress up in and share more about here on the blog.

PinkBlush Black Tunic

10/10/2017

Beautiful and Thoughtful Holiday Gifting

Today is the day! Beautycounter has officially launched its 2017 Holiday Collection, and it’s good my friends. So, so good!

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

If this is your first time hearing about Beautycounter, it is a makeup, skincare and body care company whose mission is to get safe, effective products into the hands of consumers. Beautycounter bans more than 1,500 questionable or harmful ingredients from its products, while ensuring all products are top-notch, luxe and high-performing.

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Beautycounter’s Holiday Collection arrives with 47 new shades, 17 new sets and six brand new products. The price points vary from $28 to $88, so you can gift everyone on your list this holiday season. Or, treat yourself with the products you’ve been wanting and the new ones that have caught your eye!

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

I will be going through the collection on my Facebook page today, and will also share my tips for stretching your dollar while gifting those you love! Make sure to like my page to see the launch and view videos on how to use and apply the products.

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Today I wanted to share the offerings with all of you! One thing that many are not aware of is how our Corporate office takes to heart the feedback it receives from its Clients and Consultants. One of the suggestions last year was for more gifts that could fit within every budget. Beautycounter took this request seriously and is offering not only a wide variety of products, from makeup to skincare, but at a price point that is more varied.

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

There are also a lot of ways you can mix-and-match the Collection to create the perfect gifts that fit within your budget.There are sets that come with multiple products that you can break up into separate gift. For example, you could  combine the Holiday Hand Cream Trio and the Holiday Soap Trio and gift one soap and one lotion to three separate individuals. Or, you could break up just the Soap Trio and gift one soap to three different people. This creates a $20 or $10 gift that is perfect and thoughtful for any friend, teacher, coworker, hair stylist, babysitter, gift exchange, or more. We also offer a set of five Lip Sheers that could  become five gifts at roughly $18 per gift. Lots of options!

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Without further ado, the available sets within the Collection include:

Best of Brushes Set – $58 ($124 value) – Includes a Powder Brush, Angled Blush Brush, All-Over Eye Brush and Crease Brush in a Holiday tin. *Hint – Pair with the Winter Jewels Palette Holiday Palette

Better Baby Care Set – $58 – Includes Baby Gentle All-Over Wash, Baby Daily Protective Balm, Baby Soothing Oil and Remy the Raccoon!

Clean Slate Charcoal Duo – $48 – Includes a Charcoal Cleansing Bar and No. 3 Balancing Face Mask *Hint – Pair with the Go and Glow Mini Oils or a Full-size Facial Oil

Color Intense Lip Set – $88 ($150 value) – Five Festive Lip Sheers with a Holiday tin. *Hint – Pair with the Illuminating Trio or the Ultimate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Glow and Go Mini Oils – $28 ($51 value) – The mini set of all three Facial Oils – Brightening, Soothing and Balancing. *Hint – Pair with the Multi-Masker Set

Holiday Hand Cream Trio – $30 ($36 value) – Three Hand Creams in limited-edition scents: Lavender & Vanilla, Ylang &
Mandarin, and Citrus & Chamomile. *Hint – Pair with Holiday Soap Trio

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Holiday Soap Trio – $30 ($45 value) – Three Soaps in limited-edition scents: Lavender & Vanilla, Ylang &
Mandarin, and Citrus & Chamomile. *Hint – Pair with Holiday Hand Cream Trio

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Illuminating Trio – $55 ($111 value) Three highlighters in Bronze Glow, Rose Glow and Pearl Glow. Sheer, blendable and buildable! *Hint – Pair with Smoky Eye Trio

Multi-Masker Set – $68 ($105 value) One ounce of each the No. 1 Brightening Mask, No. 2 Soothing Mask and No. 3 Balancing Mask along with a Mask  brush. *Hint – Pair with Glow and Go Mini Oils

Nude Eye Trio or Smoky Eye Trio – $38 each set ($71 value each set) Includes the Volumizing Mascara, new Liquid Eyeliner and a Silk Cream Eyeshadow in either Nude or Smoky. *Hint – Pair with the Instant Eye Makeup Remove and the Color Intense Lip Set

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Perfect Pout Trio in Nudes or Pinks – $48 each set ($87 value each set) – Choose from a set of three nude or three pink lip glosses, all with a natural peppermint flavor.  *Hint – Pair with Winter Jewels Holiday Palette

Poppy Lip Duo – $38 ($59 value) – Includes a Lip Gloss in Lip Sheer, each in Texas Poppy – a shimmering, pink-red! *Hint – Pair with the Smoky Eye Trio

Splashtime Kids Set – $58 – Extra Large Limited Edition Kids Body Wash and Shampoo with a Hooded Bath Towel!

Ultimate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette – $88 ($116 value) – This eyeshadow palette includes 18 all new nude and neutral shades, a double-ended brush, and a removable mirror.  *Hint – Pair with the Color Intense Lip Set

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Winter Jewels Palette – $58 -A jewel-toned color collection for the entire face, this limited edition palette includes 11 all-new shades—8 eyeshadows, 1 eyeliner, 2 highlighters—and a removable mirror.  *Hint – Pair with the Perfect Pout Trio in Nudes.

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

If you have any question on any of the Holiday Collection sets, or need help selecting any Beautycounter items this season, don’t hesitate to reach out! I would love to help find the right products or skincare regimen for you and your loved ones.

I am also looking for Social hostesses for the holidays. If you would like to host a get-together – either in person or online – let’s get you on the books! You can earn free and 50% off products. (Also, just an FYI that any purchase during the month of October enters you into our October Mystery Hostess Social Giveaway to win all the earned rewards. So far we are already up to four products for free and four at 50% off – and you could win it all!) Ready to browse? View my site here. Happy Holiday shopping!