March 4, 2014

How We Stayed Warm

Lately we have been having some intense weather. The trees were totally iced this morning! Other than blasting the heater we have been staying warm by keeping active (indoors of course). Unfortunately, my camera battery died so I had to use my phone at Kindermusik. But that is how we stayed warm. I had rolled my sleeves up by the end of class!
Zoe pulling the parrot around.
 Searching for treasure.
Zoe playing with her magnetic paper dolls from Uncle Will, Aunt Abby and Matthew!
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February 2014 Favorites

My February favorites are pretty blah because 1) we were very busy this month, 2) I was sick the majority of the month and I badly injured a finger which actually made it hard to do a lot of things and 3) it's the shortest month of the year so there are less new things to try (if that makes sense). I will also add that as a personal goal I did not shop at Target (not even online!) for the entire month of February. And let's be honest, that's where a good 95% of my favorites come from. March is shaping up to be just as busy but, thankfully, I have my health back. As usual, some of these items have only been used minimally but I can tell they will be favorites.

1. No Nonsense Ultra Low Liner- I picked these up from Kroger because they were buy one get one free and who doesn't like free stuff? I'm so glad I did because they actually stay on my feet as opposed to all other no show socks I have. They even have a little padding on the back of the heel that helps the sock stay up. Oh and they are actual sock material and not flimsy like pantyhose. They were only 2-3ish dollars for a 2 pack (plus the free pack)!
2. Loft Striped Cotton Layering Tee- I'm so glad I got this shirt because I wear it all the time. I also got the short sleeved version. It is so versatile- it can be dressed up or down and it's very easy to accessorize. It's sold out on the Loft website but there may be some left in stores. I also snagged this on sale (I try not to buy anything at Loft unless it is on sale because they have them all the time).
3. Nars Lip Lacquer in Chelsea Girls- This is more of a sheer gloss than a lacquer. I still love it but the name is misleading. Anyways, this stuff lasts pretty much all day. It is a thick formula but not sticky or tacky. It comes in a little pot so you will need a lip brush unless you are ok with sticking your dirty fingers in it.
4. Benefit Erase Paste- Once you hit a certain age it's time to get some good under eye concealer and my drugstore usuals weren't cutting it. This concealer has a salmon tint which is good for those blueish dark circles. I love the formula because it is thick without looking cakey. It claims to be creaseless but it is not. It creases a tiny, tiny bit.
5. Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Shampoo- Can you tell I took a trip to Ulta? This was by the register (damn you impulse buys) and I had to try it. Just because I got tired of Pureology shampoo and conditioner does not mean I am tired of their styling products. This is your typical dry shampoo however, there is no white residue. There is a very strong scent to this (almost as strong as a perfume) but it fades after a few hours.
6. Bliss No 'Zit' Sherlock Breakout-Busting Rubberizing Mask- Another Ulta buy but this was not an impulse buy. Even though I have been using my Clarisonic AND a sugar scrub in the morning my skin was feeling just gross. I don't know if it's this crappy weather or what. So I was in search of something to purge my skin. I feel like I have tried every mud mask but this one intrigued me. It really does feel like rubber when it dries and it doesn't hurt when you peel it off. I will say I recommend using half a packet of powder each use. I used half a packet and it was more than enough for my face so I went back and put more in problem areas. The mask didn't feel particularly tingly or anything but did make my skin feel so soft and clean. It reminded me of using a Biore strip without the pain.
7. Jané Rider Stroller- This is actually something I won (and I NEVER win anything!) at the launch party of Bayou City Mamas. Like I said, due to being sick I have only used this stroller a few times but I love it already. It is so smooth and easy to maneuver. There are even little shocks on it so baby doesn't get jostled. The handle bar is adjustable (which is a must for us taller people) and the wheels are positioned so you won't constantly be kicking them. It came with a cool diaper bag that attaches to the handle bar as well as a clear, plastic rain cover. The seat can also face towards or away from you. I have already been looking at accessories for it- mostly the little stand so Zoe can ride standing up if she doesn't want to sit down. *Side note- if you are in the Houston area you should check out this group! The launch event was so much fun (we went to Build-A-Bear where we sang songs, played games, read, ate breakfast and mingled) and I'm looking forward to more. Everyone gets a little goody bag with the newest and hottest baby products and you are automatically entered to win giveaways.
8. Steve Madden 'Ecentric' Pony Hair Flat- I have been wanting these shoes forever! I finally took the plunge and ordered them online. I'm glad I did because they are so versatile and they go with almost everything. These shoes look great with boyfriend jeans and skinny jeans. I think they will also look cute for shorts when it starts to get warmer. They are great for me because I'm always chasing after a toddler. They are comfortable AND cute!
9. Drystyle Blow Dry Bar- I have been curious about this place for so long so I finally made an appointment. It's not like a regular salon where you can get color and a cut. You can only get your hair washed and styled (they also offer extensions and makeup). This makes it a very relaxing environment because you are only there for 30-45 minutes and someone else plays with your hair. Do you know what else makes it relaxing? Mimosas! My blowout is going strong at 4 days. I could probably stretch it another day but I won't chance it because I have plans tomorrow. Drystyle is located at 9727 Spring Green Blvd., Suite 700.
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March 2, 2014

Zoe's Second Birthday Party!

This weekend we celebrated Zoe's second birthday with a party at My Gym! Zoe had so much fun with her family, friends, and Mymo the monkey. The party was like a My Gym class but with pizza, cake and goody bags at the end. Of course, I picked the train and bubbles as our two activities because they are Zoe's favorite. After her party we went home (for a nap that never happened). That evening we opened the rest of Zoe's presents with family.
Today we had a lazy morning while Nick did yard work. Even though it was freezing and raining the three of us had dinner at Rainforest Cafe. The host tried to seat us by the gorillas but Zoe was not having it. So he put us next to a butterfly within sight of a leopard and elephant. Zoe was much more interested in the animals than eating. When it was time to leave Nick went to get the car and I took Zoe over to an alligator. As soon as it moved she backed away so I picked her up and she said bye to all of the other animals. "Bye giraffe! Bye elephant! Bye monkey! Bye butterfly!"
Our little baby is two and she is so independent, unique, happy and inquisitive. She lights up every room she walks into and has the most joyful laugh. She loves cats, dancing, music, trains, dinosaurs, walking on her tip toes, stashing toys in secret hiding places and doing things on her own. Happy 2nd birthday Zoe!  
Zoe's kitty cookie cake.
One of her favorite things to do- dance on the trampoline!
  
Zoe and Nicole jumping on the trampoline together!
Haylee getting ready to bounce Andrew. :)
Circle time with a special guest- Mymo!
Zoe riding the big swing while waiting for the train to be set up.
Haylee enjoying the train- choo choo!
Zoe actually loves the train despite the serious look on her face.
Aunt Madison playing peek-a-boo!
Zoe zip lining- she loved it!
Andrew watching the bubbles in awe while Zoe and Dristan go after them!
Haylee is ready to get those bubbles!
This is a really cute picture of Zac and Nicole playing with the bubbles. :)
BUBBLES!
Haylee sat down next to Andrew after the bubble madness- sweet girl.
The kids were very much into dancing on the mat!
Zoe's birthday parade with Mymo!
My only attempt at getting a picture with all the kids and Mymo because some loved him and some not so much. ;) 
Mymo giving Zoe a hug.
Zoe having her birthday cake after pizza (and 2 juices).
Zoe laughing at her reflection in her old car seat mirror.
Almost impossible getting a good picture of the three of us so I'll just post them all.
 
Zoe opening her custom Hello Kitty shoes painted by Aunt Carrie!
Zoe with her Cabbage Patch Kid Doll from Aunt Meg!
Zoe opening the rest of her presents from her birthday party!
My 2 year old eating breakfast at her own table.
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