Pink blush / cold shoulder

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Girls this sweater could not be more perfect for cozy fall days. It’s roomy, it’s thermal, it has shoulder cut outs, and it’s PINK! Like my favorite shade of pink!!! It comes in two other colors, so head over to Pink Blush to shop this and more. Sign up to receive their emails and get 15% off your first order.

 

xo

Mandy

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Pink overload

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Head wrap (similar), Leo- Vintage, Distressed Jean shorts- gap, Tights- Gymboree, Boots- Hunter, Bracelets- braided mermaid, neckalce- madeover by mandy

 

With Valentine’s day or as we call it in our home, heart day, right around the corner we’ve been in quite the red and pink mood. We normally don’t wear a lot of pink, but this time of year I can’t get enough. I’m also enjoying more pink in house decor and meal planning. Below I posted some ideas from Pinterest that we have tried and are sure to be a hit in your home as well!

Sweet Heart Smoothie

Strawberry chocolate chip cookies

DIY table cloth

Cupcake cones

Winter Wreath

xoxo

Mandy

 

 

 

A Girly Shower

They pulled into my driveway late Saturday night with a trunk full of pink goodies. My smile couldn’t of been any bigger. One because my best girl friends were in town, and two because we were getting ready to celebrate my baby GIRL!! Yes I get to say it, GIRL!!  Now I love my boys, and I’m so glad that I get to be a mommy to not only one but two of them, but the blue thing is getting a bit old hat. When my best friend Erin said she wanted to throw me a shower I had no idea how exciting it would be for me. Up until that day I couldn’t really visualize it. Yes I was pregnant with a baby, but it wasn’t until all the pink starting overflowing from their car into my dining room that I really felt the joy of what is coming. Needless to say I was overwhelmed by the love and generosity of all my friends who gathered to make it such a special day for me, and I hope I get to repay the favor in some way to many of you in the near future!! Here is a glimpse at our day.

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Cake- Classic Cakes in Carmel, Cupcakes- Pink Elephant, Baby clothes- Egg by Susan Lazar, A Mother’s Love Print- Kelli Murray

 

 

Feel the Love {Valentine’s 2014}

Our friday morning started out like any other friday. Cohen was excited that the weekend was coming, and even more excited that he had his Valentine’s day party at school that day. We quietly got him ready for school to the sound of daddy coughing and wheezing in the other room.  Darn it! I knew he should of went to the doctor yesterday. I sent Cohen in the bathroom to brush his teeth and I went to fetch the thermometer. Almost 102 fever. It’s the urgent clinic for you today bud. I run downstairs pack Cohen a special lunch, snap a few pictures of him, and get him on the bus.

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Valentine’s Day 2014 here we go…

Valentine’s day is my absolute favorite holiday! It’s so lovey dovey, and girly, and most of all PINK!! I love all the decorations, the cards, the flowers. I love seeing what everyone posts on facebook about their loved ones. Obviously the love we have for our significant others and children is no different this day than any other, but I love to really celebrate it big on Valentine’s day. I love to stretch it out. We normally celebrate it with our kids one night and then alone the next. I love to get a new pink and red outfit, or a fun heart shaped piece of jewelry. I love painting my nails shades of pinks and reds and picking out the perfect girly lipstick. But this year would be different.

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Getting back from vacation was a whirlwind. I loved our time away, but it’s always so hard to get back into the swing of things. Unpacking, picking the house back up, opening all the mail, emptying all the trash, getting the kids back into a schedule. Not to mention we got back Feb 1 and Feb 2 was the Super Bowl and Kempton’s actually 2nd birthday. Whew I got through that weekend. The next weekend would be Kempton’s  basketball birthday party (I have a hard time doing small parties… it’s a problem :/ ).  All my energy that week went into crafting for his big day. The next weekend would be Valentine’s day and my best friend Erin’s surprise 30th birthday (again I have a problem with doing things small). So I put all my energy into crafting for Erin’s party. This left me whipping something together late Thursday night for Valentine’s day. My kids would think something was seriously wrong with me if they woke up that next morning and the little white table wasn’t decked out in pink and red surprises. I’ve done this to myself I know, but I do love it. I thrive on this project stuff, but this month has been party overload (um I still have Brooks’ birthday next weekend ahhhhhhh).

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11:00 am – waiting at the CVS urgent care. Yep it’s confirmed he has the flu. Five prescriptions later and we are sent home with strict orders to rest. Only problem is at 1:00 pm we had something planned that if we canceled we would lose money on. A quick stop through the drive through at Panera for chicken noodle soup, I pump Brooks full of meds, and stick him in bed. Crap it’s almost noon. Grandma Becky shows up at 12:15 just as planned only I’m not sure we will need her now. The lunch date/special activity probably won’t be happening anymore. At 12:30 Brooks comes down the stairs dressed in jeans and a zip up, trying to look like he isn’t deathly ill, and trying to savor a little bit of this special day with me. I tell him it’s ok hun don’t worry about it, go back to bed. But he really wants to tough it out so we hop in the car and head on our way. Only to see SNOW!! No stop, no more snow! I can’t deal with anymore snow!! Especially this kind that is slippery and coming down hard. I’m driving in a whiteout. White knuckling it all the way we finally arrived, got to share a special moment together, and then headed back home. I gave Brooks his drowsy meds, and tucked him for the night day. Dinner plans have changed, so I quickly make a phone call to Jet’s pizza. Order two heart shaped pizzas and run out in the snow one more time to pick them up. Grandma Becky leaves,  gets stuck in our driveway, gets pushed out by neighbors, and starts her 2.5 hr trek home to Danville. Whoa what a day!

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Now I’m left with my two boys. We enjoy pizza. Open gifts (upstairs in the bed with daddy upon their request). Take baths and head to bed. As I am tucking them both in and telling them why I love them so much everything from the day hits me. I start to become very emotional. As crazy and unplanned as the whole day ended up being it was one of the best Valentine’s days I’ve ever had. I felt so much love. I felt love from my husband as he was relying on me to take care of him, and as I watched him tough it out for me that afternoon. I felt loved by my mother-in-law as she made the drive even in the snow and gave up her valentine’s day to be with my kids. I felt love from my children as they acted like nothing about the day was crazy or different. They enjoyed every bit of what we did, planned or not, and their sweet hugs and kisses at night was just the icing on the cake for me.

I headed downstairs to finish up some last minute things for Erin’s party the next day and tears filled my eyes. Thank you Jesus for your perfect love, and for having a better plan than I could ever have.  Today was a great day. One I will always remember. Valentine’s Day 2014 was possibly the best one yet!

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Happy Love day!

xo,

Mandy

*Kids clothes from Jcrew (crew cuts), and American Apparel. Pink lipstick Chanel Rouge Coco #54 Le Baiser.

Bronze Goddess

Why is it that I think I want snow so badly until it actually falls. And by falls I mean takes a huge dump on the Midwest.  <Holla if ya hear me.> By this point of the looong winter break you might be in a total slump or you continually catch yourself dreaming of palm trees and warm places. I know I’m there!! One thing I have found that is sure to give my day a little pick me up is a summer inspired makeup look! Today it was all about the bronzes and the pinks. I thought I’d share my super easy “Bronze Goddess” look with you. And maybe just maybe you’ll have a chance to break free this weekend and try it out!!

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First I start with my Dior crayon liner in black and smudge it all over my eyelid. Yes smudge it all over my eyelid!! It creates a smokey eye shadow base that will not only make the next steps that much easier, but also hold the shadow on longer.

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Next I  press a bronzey color (bottom right) all over the lid and then slightly contour with a darker bronze color (top left).  Lastly hightlight with a light neutral (middle color).

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I then smudged some of this reddish bronze (far left)  underneath my eyes to give them depth. This is totally optional but I really think it adds something to the look. Especially this time of year when skin is paler.

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Then rim the inner parts of the eye with this Nars shaddow crayon. I love this product because it is so creamy and easy to smudge!

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Then tap some liquid liner into the lash line (tight line) for a very fine almost unnoticeable line. Tight lining makes your eyelashes look thicker hint hint.

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Then lastly I dusted on some pink blush, threw on some mascara, and grabbed my baby lips in Pink Punch for the perfect sunkissed look.

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Then if you’re up for it, one last item that completes the look is the Chanel sheer brilliance face illuminizer. I like to put this product above my cheek bones, down my nose, and on my collar bones.

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And there you have it! Simple, quick, and no way you can mess it up!! I hope you try my mind tricking method this weekend and that this summer look puts a little bounce in your step.

xo

Mandy