May 16, 2018
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My Everyday Makeup Routine!

I love seeing what other products my friends can’t live without in their beauty boxes and I get a lot of questions about the makeup I wear on a regular basis so I thought an updated makeup routine post would be just the thing to pass along my favorites to any of you gals who want to try something new! I’ll break it down into categories and I have a few options in each that I toggle through based on mood/outfit so some categories have a few favorites to choose from. As as an added note, I try to use only products that are natural and non-toxic whenever I can but I have a few things on the list that are more conventional items that still have relatively low toxicity scores on EWG (still looking for a good replacement for those items). Just assume it’s natural and non-toxic unless I say otherwise…

Foundation: This is my favorite concealer for under the eyes and redness that can appear on my chin. It covers really well but doesn’t make my skin dry which can happen easily (I used 14 Sand). Once I apply that, I use a large brush and this loose foundation (in Natural) which gives me a nice airbrushed look. I used to use a pretty toxic loose powder and then I found this one that’s even recommended by the EWG so it’s super natural. Then I use one of 3 bronzers and this brush: either this loose powder one for more of a precise contoured look (in Caribbean, I tap it into an old empty NARS compact so I can get it onto my brush), this pressed one for a good matte everyday bronzed look (in Honalulu), or this pressed option that has a little more dimension and some shimmer added as well (in Moonglow). I also use this highlighter bronzer stick on my cheekbones, chin, and down the bridge of my nose if I want a bit more of that dewy feel.

Mascara: So my ultimate favorite mascara is this one! I don’t have a ton of lashes but this definitely helps me get them as longer and thicker than any other natural mascara I’ve tried. This one is a close second but I love that it smells amazing (like vanilla and coffee) so there’s kind of an added joy from the scent on that one!

Eyeliner: This is the category where I haven’t found an awesome all-natural alternative yet, but I’ve been using this liner and this liquid liner forever and I just don’t want to switch unless something beats how good these are.

Brow Tools: I found this pencil about 6 months ago and I love it to draw in my brows (I use the lighter shade). I still like the highlighter side of this duo pencil best for everyday use under the eyebrow on the brow bone since there’s no shimmer or shine in it, but if I want something a little fancier this is a more shimmery highlight pencil and it has a good white side to accent the inside corners and lower lid of your eyes to look more awake. When I want a really defined brow, I also use a discontinued Ulta brow shadow duo and an angled brush to really get the shape precise and then I brush it out so it softens the brows and they don’t look too severe. Guess I need to get a new one of those if they aren’t making it anymore! I don’t think that one is all that natural though, so it’s probably for the best!

Eyeshadow: I don’t always wear eyeshadow everyday, but when I do it’s either this multi kit with the light taupe across the lid and the darker brown in the crease or this shimmery rich color (in Dawn) that has a little more shine. I tend to keep the shadow more simple and do a pop on my lip if I want to add some color.

Lips: Ok, this one is definitely the most asked question so I’ll list the ones I was probably wearing if you liked my lip color in a photo. This is my fave light pink shade and I like this (in Pink Kashmir) for a brighter pop of color. I probably use this most for an everyday color (in Tulip Tide) although sometimes I layer colors to get a new color as well!

Annnnnd there you have a finished face above! I don’t like to take a ton of time if I can help it so I like processes that are quick and easy! Hope you found something new to add to your everyday routine!

xo. Laura

April 16, 2018
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Whatever Lola Wants…

Saw a little bear face unicorn toast on Pinterest and I couldn’t resist! I used blackberries and tumeric to make the different colors of Tofutti cream cheese before decorating it with the face (blueberries, banana slices and a raisin). Lola has grown out of almost all the tops and shoes she has in the past few weeks, so I’ve had to shop a bit to restock and here’s some goodies that I found along the way:

This may be the best thing I’ve seen this year. She’s definitely not quite old enough to appreciate it yet, but I. LOVE. IT!!!

Yeaaahhh, this was ordered in like .02 seconds!

With summer just around the corner, not sure if we should get her a cute swimsuit and put a swim diaper under it or just do something like this instead.

GAH! Ordered these little pink jeans and I really hope they fit!

Such a cute print

Should probably get her one of these eventually since she’s seen me with the real thing all the time (and usually pointed at her).

I’ve been waiting until she could stand/walk to do some jumpsuits like this, so maybe now I can finally get a pair!

I’ve been trying to find a gold sandal option for her for summer, but are styles like this comfortable for babies or do you want a front like this instead?

She’s grown out of almost all her shoes so I ordered more of these in several colors in the next size up. They are so easy to put on her and they are super grippy on the bottom so she can walk really well in them too.

Lola is getting better and better at walking and taking a few steps here and there! She can now walk between us when we hold her hands (which feels like a pretty big deal) so my heart is really feeling that “you’re growing up so fast” pain these past few weeks. Lola’s first birthday is next month too, so I guess I need to start shopping for that as well! You guys, it really does go so fast…

xo. Laura

April 10, 2018
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Making Baby’s Mealtime Easy with Raised Real!

So, you guys may already know that we do baby-led weaning with Lola and while I love so many things about that eating style, mealtimes are certainly more work in general with all the bibs, highchair and floor cleanings, and making sure that we are either making food she can eat too (modifying it as needed for her) or making her a different meal if ours won’t work for her for some reason. While we try and eat healthy and homemade plant-based meals as often as we can, there are definitely times in the week when we are either too exhausted to cook dinner or out of healthy options so we grab a processed frozen dinner or piece together some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which always leaves us with the question of, “What’s Lola going to eat?” When Raised Real contacted me about doing a sponsored post, all I could think was “YES, YES, YES!” They make organically-sourced plant-based/vegan meals for babies (free of the top 8 food allergies) that you can either steam and puree or just steam and leave whole if you are doing baby-led weaning like we are. They send you 20 frozen packaged meals with ingredients that are clearly labeled (all in separate BPA-free bags) with a rotating variety of veggies and grains so Baby eats different things and learns to experience new food as well. You can either use one of their small machines that steams and purees or you can make it in a stainless steel steamer on the stove like we usually do to steam her veggies.  You can either make this a continual membership where they deliver every 2 weeks to use as your main meals for Baby, or you can skip deliveries and have less on hand to use like I’ve been doing to help out when you’ve got a gap in your Baby mealtime planning. Either way, this is definitely something that I would love to use in the future to help make parenting easier at times…I mean, who can’t use a little (or a lot!) of help here and there, right? The first 50 people that order a Raised Real box with the code LAURA25 can get $25 off their first order! Give it a try and I hope you love your meals as much as Lola (and we) do!

xo. Laura

*This post was sponsored by Raised Real and all opinions are my own—thanks for helping to support this blog and our family!

April 8, 2018
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Donut Date!

Just wanted to share a few pics we took last week during an afternoon donut run! We only have 2-3 matching Mommy/Daughter options (and it’s about to be too warm for our leopard coats) so I thought we should wear our pink overalls out since it was a nice spring day. I found matching Beatles shirts a few weeks ago so that will be fun to wear when she grows into hers since we listen to them a lot on our neighborhood walks around town. Anyways, back to donuts! Five Daughters Bakery is an awesome spot if you are ever in Nashville (this is the East Nashville one) and I highly recommend the maple donut as well as their vegan donut options as well. Her face cracks me up in this picture. “Dad!! Did you see all the options they have here??!!!”        Mama: Overalls/ROMWE (I hemmed mine BTW!), Boots/Public Desire, Bodysuit/Popana
Baby: Overalls/H&M (similar), Shirt/Maple Clothing, Shoes/Lahuni

She’s so precious you guys, my heart literally hurts most of the time we are together. I promised her she could have a donut bite of her own in a month or two! Trying to keep the sugar as low as possible, especially during her first year, but I know that we will go out for treat dates now and then and that’s ok with me too 😉

xo. Laura

March 22, 2018
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Our Start to 2018

Welp, 2018 has been quite a year so far!! We started off with a few nice snow days where we got to enjoy the falling snow and take Lola out in it for her first snow experience. I wasn’t sure we would have an opportunity to use a baby snowsuit type of deal, but I was certainly glad we had it that day!
She loves to be outside even when it’s freezing I guess (similar bear bodysuit here)!Lola has had some extra wakeups at night and a bit of an earlier wake-up time the last month which I think is probably due to teething. As you can see, she’s usually the most awake person in the house each morning… And just in case you never thought my house was messy, it usually looks like this most of the weekdays since I work from home. Lots of craft supplies, Amazon packaging, and general clutter but it also drives me crazy so Friday is usually our clean-up day to put it all away so I can breathe again. I’m definitely one of those people where visual clutter affects my mood (even when it’s all my own mess) so I have to clean it all up at least once a week. I started to feel kind of sick mid-January so I went to the doctor with a cough/throat kind of a deal but by the end of the day it was pretty clear that I actually had the flu instead. I haven’t had the flu in forever and I guess this was a terrible year to get it. It was so awful and I thought I couldn’t be more miserable when we realized Lola had a fever a few days later even though Todd had tried to keep her away from me (I would try and pump milk throughout the day for him to give to her). It was her first fever and it got pretty high at one point so it was super scary as I was worried it may spike and cause a febrile seizure. If you’ve had the flu this year, you know it’s awful, but having it while taking care of an 8-month-old with it too was such a nightmare and one of the toughest weeks I can recall to be honest. For example, a sick baby just wants to be held and rocked but I was so weak and dizzy that I was afraid I was going to pass out from all the movement/standing before she would fall asleep! Or, I would juuuust get her to sleep and then my uncontrollable cough would kick in and wake her up again—come on!! Todd got it right after Lola so since it’s the worst the first few days, I had to care for Lola and him since I was the “most well” of the three of us being 4 days in. Anyways, it was such a awful time and I think I’ll still be recovering for a bit since I slipped some ribs from coughing so hard (I can feel the rib cartilage poking out—yikes!) and that seems to be healing pretty slow. Ugh, I hope you are lucky and miss out on that this winter!Speaking of health and trying to remain healthy, one thing that we’ve done pretty regularly since Lola was a few months old is give her daily probiotics to help support her immune system and add to her good bacteria in her gut. For this sponsored post I’ve partnered with Amazon and Culturelle to help spread the word about the benefits of probiotics for babies and kids. You can check out their infant probiotic drops on Amazon and as an added bonus they are a Prime item too—every Mom’s favorite tool! Our pediatrician recommends a probiotics regimen before vaccines to help boost Baby’s immune system and I’ve read so many positives about using probiotics (and I take probiotics myself as well) that I’m sure we’ll be using them with Lola for a long time to come.  Good morning!! What’s for lunch Mom?? Lola’s been doing so well with her eating progress and I’m planning on sharing a post soon with all that info! I really like the way we’ve done it so far and she’s such a good eater so it seems to be working!Also, on an extra personal note, it’s been a really difficult season for me lately so if you are going through that right now, I totally feel your pain. I think as a new Mom sometimes it hard to know what’s “real” and what’s hormonal so I feel like I’m always trying to figure that out, but it’s just been one of those times when you think you can’t take one more thing but the new challenges just keep piling on. I don’t think it’s a postpartum thing for a few reasons (although I know that could be part of it since it can vary in strength for people), it feels more more situational and seasonal, but I just keep praying for endurance and for God to point out joys wherever I can find them. I know life is full of mountains and valleys and this has just been one loooong valley for me… …however, this little face is our best source of joy in any season. Sugar and spice and everything nice and is always ready to play piano with Daddy. Remember when I mentioned teething? She’s just pushed through 6 teeth (5 teeth at once) so everything is in danger of being bitten. Unfortunately that also includes me a lot during nursing—ouch!! (Love those little pink moccasins on her).

We also had my parents in town twice this month (on their way to and from seeing my sister and her new baby boy!) so that was quite a treat for us. My mom also showed us how to play a game that kind of like a cross between ping pong and tennis called Pickleball (she had bought us a small net that fits in our driveway) and we played several times each day—it’s SO fun! Of course the visits always feel too short and Lola started acting really cranky after they left so I really think she missed them once she realized they were gone… …she didn’t have to be sad for too long since my brother Joel and sister-in-law Sarah came pretty much the next day to spend the weekend with us! They are super fun so it was just what we needed to put some smiles right back on our faces. I love seeing my family get to spend time with Lola and I know those visits will only get more fun as she gets older!

As you can see, it’s definitely been a bit of a rollercoaster so far as we’ve gotten into 2018 but I know we are still so blessed overall and we have so many exciting milestones to look forward to this year. Can’t wait for spring to pop up in the next few months and take that nature-loving baby outside for some sunny playtimes!

xo. Laura

*This post was sponsored by Amazon and Culturelle and all opinions are my own—thanks for helping to support this blog and our family!