the 52 project : 33-36

September 10th, 2014

36-52

36/52 : playtime at the park

35-52

35/52 : hunting for shells in asbury park

34-52

34/52 : reading her current favorite the very hungry caterpillar

33-52

33/52 : helping mama prep for a photo session

simplify : decluttering my makeup + tips to declutter your makeup bag

August 20th, 2014

simplify : decluttering my makeup

For the past month or two I’ve been on a decluttering mission. Purging things left and right. Earlier this week, I decided to tackle my makeup collection or what is left of it since the last time I went through it. Above is what I started out with. 20 or so lip products, 20+ nail polishes, 5 blushes etc.

simplify : decluttering my makeup

This is what I pared it down to. The only thing not pictured are two eyeliners. It’s not as minimalist as I’d like it to be. As much as I am striving for simplicity I will always be a girl who loves her makeup. All of this fits nice and neat into a travel bag that is now hanging on the back of my bathroom door. No more sorting through multiple makeup bags to find what I’m looking for and my sink is no longer cluttered with products.

simplify : decluttering my makeup

These are my everyday products. I may use more or less depending on the day but overall these are my go-tos. I won’t link to everything here but I will say that the Urban Decay Naked Palette is the best purchase I’ve made when it comes to makeup. I can’t live without Benefit High Beam Highlighter(a must for this tired mama), Smashbox Brow Tech (thanks for the thin brows thyroid) and Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose is always in my handbag.

simplify : decluttering my makeup

These four come in handy if I’m feeling fancy or going on the rare date night. From left to right: Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick Fire & Ice, MAC Lady Danger, Flower Cosmetics Gloss in Iris I Could Fly and Stila Lip Glaze in Pout.

simplify : decluttering my makeup

Going from 20+ polishes to 6 was major for me. These are the ones I wear the most and so they get to stay. From left to right: Essie Good To Go! – Fast Dry Top CoatEssie Mint Candy AppleEssie Vanity Fairest, OPI Big Apple Red, Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me

Tips to Declutter Your Makeup Bag:

1. Check the expiration dates of products:

  • Mascara: 2-3 months
  • Liquid foundation and concealer: 6-12 months
  • Lipstick and lip gloss: 2 years for lipstick, 1 year for gloss
  • Nail polish: 1-2 years
  • Powder, eye shadow and blush: 2 years
  • Pencil products: up to 3 years with regular sharpening
  • Cream eye shadow and blush: around 1 year

2. Give or throw away any products you don’t use/wear

If you haven’t used it in ages or the color doesn’t suit you it’s time to say goodbye!

3. Use up what you have

Everyone has those almost finished products. Use them up before buying a replacement. This will keep your stash free of duplicates.

4. Clean your products

Once you’ve narrowed down your makeup collection to your favorite and most used products, wipe them down! It will keep your products looking nice and new and your makeup case clean. It is also so important to clean your brushes!

ice cream date

August 19th, 2014

ice cream date

ice cream date

ice cream date

ice cream date

ice cream date

ice cream date

ice cream date

On our way home from a long day out, screams for ice cream started coming from the back seat. Our little love is seriously addicted lately! When we ask her what she wants to eat 9 times out of 10 the answer will be ice cream. Weaver’s was right there so we had to stop. We love it there and anything that will make a toddler screaming end, you can count me in. Especially if it involves a cold treat.

Weaver’s Ice Cream is a local favorite. It is the cutest shop filled with vintage signage/decor. It’s located right across the river from our little town and their ice cream and pizza are a regular treat for our family. Shayne and I have been going since we were little and it’s a ton of fun to take Isley now. She’s been in a green phase so she went with her mama’s favorite flavor…pistachio. Of course no trip to Weaver’s is complete without a ride on the mini carousel!

an evening at knoebels

August 15th, 2014

an evening at knoebels

an evening at knoebels

an evening at knoebels

an evening at knoebels

an evening at knoebels

an evening at knoebels

an evening at knoebels

an evening at knoebels

an evening at knoebels

an evening at knoebels

an evening at knoebels

Knoebels Grove has always been one of our favorite places to go. We’ve spent so many summer days and evenings there over our seventeen years together. We’ve gone as a family of three since 2012 but this was the first year that Isley could get on a few rides all by herself. Shayne and I were ridiculously happy and totally geeking out watching our little gal go round and round on every car ride she could find.

Aside from the car rides, we rode the kiddie carousel (only a horse that stays still will do for now), watched a concert and took our photobooth pictures. The photobooth at Knoebels has been a tradition for us since I was sixteen and we have quite the collection at this point. I’m planning on scanning all of the photo strips soon and will have to share here.

We’d like to visit at least one more time before Summer comes to an end and during the fun Halloween festivities. I think Grammy will tag along next time so that Shayne and I can ride a few of our favorite rides like old times. See you soon Knoebels!

32/52

August 11th, 2014

32-52“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

Splashing in the sun.

The Truth About Two

August 6th, 2014

the truth about two

the truth about two

When you have a baby everyone warns you about the terrible twos. Granted we are only one month into having a two year old but from where I stand two isn’t so bad. Yes there are terrible days. The food throwing, the stomping mad tantrums, the hitting and the screaming….oh the screaming. Along with all of those “terrible” things there are some pretty sweet and amazing moments. I’m choosing to look on the bright side and focus on all of the positives. Here are a few things about two that I never want to forget.

The way she grabs both of my cheeks and gives me the sweetest kisses.

Her spirit is wild and free yet somehow timid and shy all at the same time. She’ll do a daredevil style trick that would make any mama’s heart stop but she still crawls up the steps at the park ever so carefully.

She loves an adventure and to her it doesn’t matter where we go. To the park or to run a boring errand, she is equally happy.

Her favorite game is one she made up and is my favorite too. She stands on the other end of the room, yells “Deet Deet GO”, runs over to me wrapping her arms around my neck and says “Mama”!!!  Best.Game.Ever.

If I’m in another room she’ll run in and say “Hi, Mama” then turn around “Bye bye, Mama” and leave. She also says this when she’s pushing her dolls in their stroller.

All things bunnies! We go outside and chase them, read stories about them, make shadow bunnies, hop around the house like bunnies, we eat like bunnies and if she had her way all of her clothes would have a bunny on them.

Always one more book before bedtime and after I’ve read that last story Isley has to “read” mama the story too. I know this is a stalling tactic but I love it.

How she shrugs her little shoulders and says “I don’t know” and “who knows”.

Her sweetness. The hugs, kisses and how she cares if someone else is hurt or feeling sad.

Obsessed with shoes, Thomas the train and coloring.

The excitement on her face when her dad walks in the door for lunch and when he is home for the day.

The fact that she loves strawberries and french fries equally.

All of the new words and phrases she is learning. “Shoes on”, “crawl a bit”, “potty time”, “socks today”, “elmo meal”, “pillow case” and “James Brown”.

Her epic dance moves which she will gladly show off anywhere.

The way she runs so incredibly fast with her arms and legs going wild and crazy and the enormous smile she has on her face the whole time.

Playing “monsters”. She’ll point to one of us and say “night night” then we close our eyes and she “scares” us with her monster growl.

Every night whether we are inside or out she is looking for the moon and telling us “it’s night night out”.

Playing dress up and hosting tea parties for mama and her animals.

That laugh of hers. The one that makes her entire face crinkle up.

So for me having a two year old isn’t terrible…it’s pretty fantastic and tons of fun!

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