Bath Time

 Raegan and Hudson take a bath daily. They are messy toddlers, but we really do bath every day because Mama loves the 30 minute break it gives.
Hallelujah for bath time. They play happily after dinner and before bed and it gives me a chance to clean up the house before Kyle gets home. Lord knows they are both little tornadoes all day long.

 The stacking bath boats from Nuby are some of our favorites!
 Once baby is old enough to hold them, they'll love them. They can easily be used for rinsing the babies off and Rae and Hudson both love filling them up and dumping them on each other. They stack easily for storage too.
Thank goodness for toys that are simple and easy to store to make bath time fun!
This post is in collaboration with Nuby, but opinions are 100% mine.

Eyelash Extensions Exposed





As a mom I don't have a lot of time to get ready in the morning. Most mornings I throw my hair up in a top knot, quickly slap on some concealer, powder, mascara, blush, and lip gloss. Most of the time with a toddler hanging on my leg.

Any way I can cut down my get ready time, I'm in! Perfect, beautiful, long eyelashes with no work? Sign me up! Whether you are wanting to fill in what little eyelashes you have or enhance what you already have, this is for you!

What is exactly are eyelash extensions? Eyelash extensions are essentially fake eyelashes glued to each of your own eyelashes. Enhancing what you already have. You want to make sure you choose someone who is trained and have experience. You don't want an ameteur working around your eyes. This is why I went with Amanda from Harper Blvd. Spa. and I couldn't be happier with my decision!

My get ready time has been cut in half. I no longer have to put on eye liner and mascara. I wake up and could totally just walk on the door with no make up if I needed to and feel great. It was totally a confidence booster after getting my eyelash extensions. I felt so glamorous!

So what do you need to know before getting eyelash extensions?
  • find someone reputable (licensed)
  • go by results, not price
  • do your research, ask around
  • know what you want and make sure you voice it at your appointment
  • you can get as many or little extensions as you want (natural vs. glamorous)
Before vs. After
(no eyeliner or mascara)

One eye done

After
(mascara on bottom lashes)

Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take?
A full set of lashes takes about 2 hours. A fill takes 30-45 minutes depending on how long it's been.

Does it hurt?
Not one bit.

How often should I get them filled?
They recommend between 2-3 weeks. After your initial full set you'll just have to see what works best for you! I'm right at 1 week post appointment and mine are still looking great. I plan to go in next week for a fill and then I'll decide if I need every 2 or 3 weeks.

Can I get them on the bottom lashes too?
You sure can, but most client don't.

How much does it cost?
With Amanda her cost is $225, which I've found it the norm around DFW. The fills range from $30-70 depending on how long it's been since your last fill.

Can you do this while pregnant or nursing?
Yep! All work is done externally and nothing enters your blood stream. You just may need to take a break every now and then if you are pregnant. Being on your back that long can be uncomfortable.

How long do they last?
Since you get them filled every 2-3 weeks they last as long as you want! Don't want them anymore? Just don't get them filled. They'll fall out slowly. Do not pull them out as you risk the chance of pulling out your natural eyelash.

What is the upkeep?
For 48 hours after getting a full set or fill, you need to keep them dry. No water. After 48 hours you are free to wash your face like before, just be gentle around your eyes. Also use an eyelash or eyebrow brush to brush them and keep them "untangled".

How do I make an appointment?
Head over to Amanda's website Harper Blvd. Spa to schedule your appointment.

Want to win a FREE full set of eyelashes? If you are local or willing to travel to Dallas, head over to my IG page where I'm giving away a full set of eyelashes with Amanda.


This post was in collaboration with Harper Blvd. Spa, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Trying To Conceive

When Kyle and I got married we had a plan. Be married for a couple years, enjoy one another, travel, do whatever the heck we wanted, and then after a couple years, we'd have kids.

Looking back at my very naive self, I wish I could just put my hand on my back, and say "oh honey, if only it were that easy."

For some, it is. It is easy. They get pregnant on their first try or they weren't even trying at all. To those who have, I'm happy for you. No I really am. Because what we went through over the past 4 years is nothing I would wish on anyone.

It's hard. It's full of appointments, shots, invasive procedures, disappointment, loss.

When we started trying we knew we were ready to start a family. Like right then. We didn't want to wait. There was no messing around. I was going to try everything I could to help our chances. I took vitamins, I cut out caffeine, I ate healthy, used ovulation tests, and I even was taking geritol because a teacher at my school recommended it. See, I told you, I tried everything. 
Had I known about the Stork OTC, you betcha I would have been trying it too. No doctor appointments, no scans, no prescriptions, no procedures, more cost efficient than fertility treatments. Sign me up!
The Stork OTC is a uniquely designed device that you use at home to increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
It's available at Target in the family planning aisle. Target is even having a promo right now where when you purchase a Stork OTC, you get a $15 Target giftcard. Valid 6/4-6/17.
What an amazing product to try as you begin planning to begin or expand your family.

Want to win your own? Enter here!

“This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.”

Motherhood Is

Motherhood.

When I hear the word "motherhood" so many things come to mind.

Motherhood is wonderful, rewarding, trading in high heels for comfortable clothes (i.e. Pinkblush Maternity), full of hugs and kisses, a blessing, a privilege, beautiful, joy, and love.
But on the flip side, motherhood is also exhausting, emotional, challenging, denying yourself, learning to let go, wanting to pull out your hair, wondering if you're making the right decision, and so much more.

But then you see that sweet little face look up at you, grab your knees, and give you the biggest hug in the whole world, right after they through the biggest fit known to man, and you are quickly whisked back to the feelings of "this is worth it."
Even in the middle of all the crazy I have to remind myself that this is good. This crazy life is good.

Learning to trust God in His plan has been rough over the years. First with our first loss in 2013 to our second in 2016. To now being pregnant with our 3rd surprise baby after 2 IVF babies.

Am I nervous about having 3 under 3?

You betcha. Terrified some days. Especially on the hard days when I want to pull my hair out and not being able to imagine adding a newborn to the mix.
But like the saying goes, if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. 

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

You better believe I'll be hanging onto that sweet little bible verse come August when Landon arrives.
These sweet children are the biggest blessing and biggest life accomplishment I've ever done. I am thankful for them and also clinging to the saying "the days are long and the years are short."

Because in the end motherhood is everything and I want to treasure every moment, even the hard ones.

photography by Lane B Photography
Ashley's dress (similar) *my favorite place to buy maternity clothes*
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