Friday Favorites: A Few of my Favorite Makeup Products

I’ve never been someone who wears drastic makeup (I just feel so not myself with dark/heavy makeup), but I  do enjoy wearing makeup and feeling put together! Plus, let’s be honest… as a mom, the most glamorous part of my day often consists of a trip to Hobby Lobby, a grocery store run, or taking Lively to the park; that being said, my daily makeup routine is simple and typically consists of concealer, loose powder, highlighter, a tiny bit of eyeliner, mascara, and sometimes bronzer. I’m by no means a makeup expert, but I thought I’d compile a list of a few of my go-to makeup products:

  1. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Powder Illuminator (the Rose shade): I use this as a highlighter and feel like it adds a natural glow that isn’t too over-the-top. I’m a newbie to highlighting, but I feel like I’ve been missing out, because I love the extra coloring it adds.lumi2. COVERGIRL Cheekers Bronzer: I don’t use bronzer every day, but I love the “sun-kissed” look and structure this adds. I don’t use too much of it, and this one it subtle enough that when I do use it, it fits into my daily routine well.

bronzer3. COVERGIRL Professional Loose Powder: I use this powder every day and feel like it gives a nice, clean, finished look. It’s lightweight and keeps my face from looking oily. I’ve used it for years and am a big fan!

loose powder4. COVERGIRL Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner: I usually just apply eyeliner on the outside corners of my eyelids, because I don’t like thick eyeliner on myself. Most of the time I either use the color Charcoal or Espresso. This eyeliner goes on super smoothly and is never rough (like some of the pencils I’ve tried).

eyeliner5. Clinique High Impact Mascara: This mascara is kind of expensive, but totally worth it! Mascara is my favorite part of my makeup routine, and I wear it every day. This mascara adds good color, doesn’t clump and adds lots of volume; I would for sure recommend it!

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Like I said, I don’t claim to be a makeup expert, but I wanted to share my daily go-to’s for my simple makeup routine. I’d love to hear some of your favorite makeup products!

 

Head on over to a couple of my friends’ pages to read some of their Friday Favorites: Arin and Stephanie.

 

Always and forever,

Alex

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Friday Favorites: Favorite Places to Shop for Baby Clothing

One of the (many) fun things about being a mom is dressing my daughter! I know, I know…. she’ll outgrow letting me pick out her outfits… so for now, I’m just soaking it in and loving dressing up my little baby doll.

While it’s fun picking out baby clothing, it’s super hard to justify spending much money on them, because they outgrow everything so fast! So I’ve compiled a list of my 3 favorite clothing stores to shop for little ones that are both cute and affordable:

  1. Old Navy: This is where most of Lively’s clothes are from. Their clothes are always so adorable and stylish. Their clothes definitely fit Lively the best (the most true-to-size). And the best part about their clothing… there’s always a sale going on. Old Navy is definitely at the top of my list!
  2. Gymboree: This is another one of my go-to stores when looking for clothes for Lively. Their clothes are classic and well-made, and there’s oftentimes good sales, too. Like Old Navy, their clothes seem to be most true-to-size.
  3. TJ Maxx: This one is kind of hit-or-miss, but I’ve found a few really cute things here (i.e. I found Lively’s first pair of hot pink Nike tempos here, some trendy little sweatshirt and legging combos, etc.). They have some of the best prices for name brand clothing. A lot of the brands they carry seem to run a little small, so Lively does tend to outgrow them faster.

One of the biggest ways for me to not overspend on baby clothes has been to buy pieces that are easily mix-and-matched. Dressing little babes is so fun, and by no means has to “break the bank.” What are some of your favorite shops to purchase clothing for your little one?

These are some of my favorite outfits of Lively’s to-date from the stores I mentioned (and just a fun excuse to go down memory lane :))

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(this one is actually from Target, but I love it, too!)

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Take a look at some of my friends’ Friday Favorites this week: Arin, Lauren, Alex, Jenifer, and Jackie!

 

Always and forever,

Alex

 

 

Homemade Fruit Yogurt Pops

Lively has been a teething machine for the past few months; at 9 months old, she already had 8 teeth! To give her some relief, as well as a fun (and healthy) treat, I made her these fruit yogurt pops with my new Beaba Babycook blender.

For this treat, I used the Babycook to blend up the fruits and yogurt. What makes this blender so unique is that it can also steam fruits, veggies, and raw meat! It’s seriously the coolest thing and makes preparing your own baby food so practical. If you make your own baby food or plan on it, you’d absolutely love a Babycook!

So back to the fruit yogurt pops… they’re super simple, but here’s the recipe and directions:

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Ingredients:

3 5.3 oz. containers of vanilla greek yogurt

Strawberries (I used 8)

1 Banana

1 Peach

 

Supplies:

Container for freezing your yogurt pops

Blender (here’s the link to the Babycook I have)

Cutting board and knife to cut your fruit into smaller chunks

 

Directions:

  1. Cut the stems off the strawberries and blend them with one of the 5.3 ounces of greek yogurt.
  2. Pour the mixture into your freezing container; make sure to leave enough room for the two other layers and try to evenly disperse it. *I didn’t like the strawberry layer as much as the other two layers, because it wasn’t as smooth due to the seeds. When making these again, I would make the strawberry layer smaller than the other two.*
  3. Peel the skin off the peach and slice it into smaller chunks. Then blend it with one of the containers of greek yogurt.
  4. Pour that mixture on top of the strawberry layer (leave enough room for the last layer).
  5. Slice the banana into smaller pieces, and blend it with the last container of greek yogurt.
  6. Pour the banana and greek yogurt mixture on top of the other two layers.
  7. Put the popsicle sticks in place.
  8. Freeze for at least 4 hours.
  9. To get the yogurt pops out more easily, run under warm water.
  10. Enjoy! I hope you and your little one(s) enjoy these fruit yogurt pops as much as we did!

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Always and forever,

Alex