Sunday, October 19, 2014

Helen's "New" Chair

Helen's New Chair
Painted Chair
Helen's new chair

I've been wanting a little chair for Helen ever since she sat in Auntie Judy's rocking chair. Little did I know there was one right in our house! Reuben found a well-used children's chair hiding in our storage room. Immediately I thought of painting it. So I did some research about non-toxic paint and purchased a sample jar online

When my sister Audra and her kids got wind of my plans they wanted in on the process. Much to my delight they offered to sand the chair for me. Then on a windy and sunny afternoon I painted it. It took three coats.

I'm quite pleased with the results. Now I just need to buy/build a little table for Helen. Then I think her happiness would be complete. 

The sample size can was only around $4 or $5 when I purchased it. 

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Snow in October + New Boots!

Snow in October
Snow in October
Snow in October

Can you believe that we've had our first snow already? Last Friday was pretty gloomy and rainy. Imagine our surprise when the rain turned to snow. 

It was beautiful but short lived. The next morning it was completely gone. It's nice to have a taste of winter without the commitment. :)

New Boots
New Boots

Aren't Helen's new boots just adorable? They're Janie and Jack. I found them on thredUP (of course). It's so nice to be able to get more expensive brands for an affordable price.

Here's her outfit details:

Sweater: Old Navy (thrifted) Similar
Pants: Circo (thrifted) Similar
Boots: Janie and Jack (thredUP) Similar

What's the weather like where you live?

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall is Here

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Fall is here.
Fall is here.
Fall is here.
Fall is Here
#fall #autumn #evening #minnesota | Erica Lea | VSCO Grid

I am so happy that the cooler weather is here. Sadly it's still not quite cold enough to need to wear all of my awesome jackets. First world problems.

Warm drinks are one of my favorite parts of fall. Mocha, hot cocoa, breves, pumpkin's all good. What's your favorite hot drink?

The first and second to last photo were taken with my iPhone 5S. They're kind of my favorite of the bunch...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall 2014 Knitting Wish List

Fall Knitting Wish List

These are things I would knit if I was a super skilled knitter and had lots of money to spend on yarn and needles. 

I would also like to knit a new hat for Helen. This one looks rather fetching. 

Do you have any dream projects?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Face Makeup vs. Eye Makeup

First of all, let me talk about my philosophy about makeup:

I like, for the most part, for my makeup to enhance my natural features instead of distracting from them. It's fun to play with more intense makeup sometimes, but I think subtle is the way to go for every day. 

Makeup, to me, is kind of like doing your hair. Most days I'm content to just comb it and put it in a braid, ponytail, or quick updo. But sometimes it's fun to put in a bit more effort and curl it. It's not necessary, but it's fun and makes you look extra put together.

Also, if you're getting your picture taken, it sometimes helps to go a bit heavier with your makeup since in doesn't show up as well on camera. In the example photos below I put on more makeup than I typically wear just so y'all could see it. :)


I was curious about which type of makeup makes a bigger difference: eye makeup (liner, eyeshadow, and mascara) or face makeup (foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, etc.). So I decided to take some photos and share them with you and get your opinion!

These photos have only been edited for exposure and white balance.

No Makeup VS Just Eye Makeup
Here I am with no makeup vs. just eye makeup. I filled in my brows, added a bit of light brown eyeshadow for contouring, some eyeliner and mascara. I think it really helps to draw attention to my eyes. But those dark circles...

No Makeup VS Face Makeup
Here is am with no makeup vs. just face makeup. I like how my skin tone is evened out, I have a bit of color on my cheeks, and my dark circles are softened. 

Eye VS Face Makeup
And here's a comparison of just the eye makeup and just the face makeup. It's a tough call for me. I really like the way my eyes are enhanced with the eye makeup, but my skin looks much more even with face makeup. What do you guys think?

PicMonkey Collage
As a side note, I think that hair is almost (if not more) important to your overall look than makeup. Here I am with no makeup and my hair scraped back into a ponytail vs no makeup and my hair softly pulled back. I think it makes quite a difference.

Hair and All Makeup

And here I am with both eye and face makeup. This is more makeup than I like to wear on a day-to-day basis. If I could only do THREE things with makeup, I would fill in my brows, add a touch of eyeliner, and conceal my dark circles. Everything else is just icing on the cake.

How about you? 

How do you like to do your makeup? If you could only do 3 things with makeup, what would they be? Which do you prefer: eye or face makeup?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stocking Up for Fall

thredUP Haul
Helen has been growing so much lately. Pants that used to drag on the floor fit just right; shirts that used to fit don't cover her tummy. I realized that she won't have enough warm clothes this fall. I had some credit on thredUP, so of course I couldn't resist stocking up on some adorable pieces.

Stocking Up for Fall
Here's what I got: Printed leggings. These are oh-so-cute - love them! A chunky red sweater. I love knits on kids. And a frilly little plaid skirt.

Ready for Fall
Here she is wear the sweater and skirt. The leggings don't fit her quite yet. The shoes were also a purchase from thredUP. I can't believe she fits them already!

Ready for Fall

I'm pretty sure I'll need to buy more warm clothes eventually - this is just a mini haul. I can't wait! I love shopping for Helen.

By the way, if you use any of my links in this post to sign up for thredUP, you'll receive a $20 credit to spend as you please, and I'll get a $10 credit. But hurry: this offer is only good until September 15. After then, you'll only get a $10 credit (which is still an awesome deal).

Have you started shopping for fall yet?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

18 Months

First Haircut!
Our little girlie is 18 months old today! 

Here are a few facts about her:

Favorite Foods: Homemade pumpkin cake (she calls it "appa"), peas, bacon, blueberries, grapes, yogurt with maple syrup...she loves food!
Favorite Books: Nice for MiceWiggle!My Big Animal Book
Words: It seems like she's learning new words all the time. She can easily say 2-word sentences, and she's said 3 word sentences a few times. She'll say "love you" and "back Daddy" (come back Daddy). She also says complete words instead of just the beginning consonant sound and the vowels. Sometimes she'll repeat the last consonant sound a few times. 
Social: She LOVES being with other kids. She'll rattle off Justin and Audra's kids' names. But she doesn't necessarily know how to share yet...
Potty Training: Helen has gone on her little potty several times. I'm pretty sure she could master toilet training if I was willing to take the time to teach her, but there's been so much going on lately. I'm thinking of trying this fall. She loves "undies," so that's a good sign. 
Sleep: Helen usually goes to bed between 6:00 and 7:00 and sleeps until 7:00 or 8:00 in the morning. She takes one nap at around 11:00 or 12:00 and sleeps for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours. 
Other Things of Interest: She had her first haircut (see last photo)! I just had to trim the mullet she had going on. I think it's a big improvement; Reuben isn't so sure.
She's still nursing, but it's down quite a bit. I'm thinking about starting the weaning process...not sure how she would handle it! I've tried to limit her feedings, but she gets pretty agitated if I refuse. Any tips from veteran moms?
I think she's getting some molars! Which might explain her wanting to nurse constantly and her cranky moods. 
Much to Reuben's chagrin, I've been singing "Let It Go" to Helen. She says "Go, go!" It's pretty cute.

Here's a video of Helen talking:

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You can view all of Helen's updates HERE

And that's all for now!

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