Boy, Oh Boy!

We always knew we wanted to give Olivia a sibling. My sisters and I are best friends, so how could we not give our little one that opportunity? Justin has a sister, my dad has a sister and my mom has 2 other siblings. So when Justin and I talked about bringing another little one into this world to be a partner in this one-of-a-kind family of ours, it wasn’t even a question.

Enter procrastination.

We didn’t know the age difference we wanted them to be, and when people would ask us when we’re going to have another one, our response was always “eventually, but not now”.

Enter the now.

It’s almost as if God gave us the push we would never give ourselves. Like the universe told us “ok, I know you want this, and you aren’t getting any younger, and you obviously aren’t there yet, so let me help”. And BOOM! Positive pregnancy test.

And with modern medical technology, and my history of a not-so-awesome pregnancy and “advanced maternal age”, we were able to determine the sex of our little gummy bear (or as I would like to call it, the parasite that is trying to kill me in the first trimester). We are happy to announce that we are having a BOY!

Yep, a boy. Justin is beyond stoked, and I’m a little nervous of having a different gender when all I know is the life of girls. So far everything has checked out as normal and at 14 weeks (or as I like to call- magic week), I’m able to eat again (YES). Come this June, Olivia will be a big sister!

Our little one has been such a wonderful experience that beyond exceeded my thinking of how it would be to raise a child, let alone a daughter. She’s smart, curious, active, loving and sleeps through the night, man. I love her more than my heart can take, and she’s going to be such an incredible big sister.

Here’s to our new family of 5!

5 Drugstore Beauty Buys

Oh Walgreens, how I love thee. With a convenience store with a beauty section within walking distance to me, Walgreens is a curse and a blessing. I can walk in and buy overpriced milk and a new lipstick. Ahh the life.

I recently went through the ridiculous amount of makeup that I never wear and decided to part ways (that 3 year old gray eyeshadow that I swear I was going to learn how to wear without it making it look like I have a black eye had to GO). With my new lifestyle needing to be quick, easy and pretty, I’ve been doing some research and buying items that do just that. The natural look is in people, and this new mom needs anything but trending “you can learn it!” statement beauty items. #aintnobodygottimeforthat

Here are my recent drugstore beauty buys and wins for anyone looking to create that everyday look with nude shades. These can be found at your local Target, Walgreens, etc.


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Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Classic Nude $8.99

This is my all time favorite item, hands down. Goes on really smooth, gives a nice sheer tint without it looking matte and pale. Best of all it smells like watermelon. Un-fragranced/flavored lip products are a no-no for me.


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Wet ‘n Wild Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells $2.99

Can we just stop and look at the price for this product? A steal people. This particular trio is my favorite because of the neutral, flattering shades, but I’ve bought several of these. They last a good amount of time (but at $3 does it even matter?) and the color payoff is great.


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Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil in Sharp Brown $7.99

They do have this pencil in black, but I like to keep it a little more subtle with the brown. Easy to apply, doesn’t smudge and great for lining the bottom lashes. I can get a very thin line with this pencil, so it’s a keeper!


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Covergirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara $7.99

I’ve tried a lot of the drugstore mascaras and none seem to really create the volume I need even after using my trusty eyelash curler. This one seems to do a great job. If you’re looking for a waterproof mascara that keeps up with splashing, tears, humidity and the like, this one rocks, and it’s $4!

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles + Treatment $7.99

I’ve got some dark circles you guys, and need a concealer that will cover that up stat. While I love the consistency and the slight glowy-ness that this one gives, it’s best if set with powder so it doesn’t melt throughout the day.


AND as a bonus, if you do decide to walk into an Ulta or Sephora on your beauty buying binge (did you see the $3 price tag for the Wet ‘n Wild shadow trio???), this would be a good one to steal:

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Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Champagne $20

This tiny tube lasts a LONG time you guys. Although it’s marketed as an eye shadow primer, I use it on the daily as a cream eyeshadow. Since it’s a primer first and foremost, it stays on all day.

So what do you think? These 5 drugstore beauty buys totally hit the spot for me and I use them practically everyday. Try them out and see what you like!

Family Vacation: Banff, Canada (+ tips for traveling with a toddler)

Banff, Canada. The most picturesque place I have ever visited. Hands down. I don’t even have a top three that compares. This place has views that make you wonder if I just stood in front of a picture and made someone hold my camera for a shot.

Seeing Lake Louise in front of us while my family and I did tea time at the Fairmont was the highlight of the trip. The views that just surrounded us on the daily made it tough to leave- there is just no place that compares. Lake Minnewanka, Grassi Lakes Trail, Johnston Canyon, and even a gondola ride up to the tree tops had us in awe.

You guys, you need to go- you just do. My sister said it best, this is her #happyplace. I can totally see why.

Banff is for real people, let me count the ways:







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Although traveling with a toddler was challenging, it helps to have family members that you trust that are willing to help so you can have a breather. I don’t know if I would recommend this particular trip for a 1-2 year old just because (1) they probably won’t remember it and (2) they aren’t at the age where you can do a trail or hike and have him/her walk with you.

Here are some basic tips to make it a bit easier:

  • Rent equipment so you don’t have to lug it from home. We rented a stroller from One Tiny Suitcase (which also came with a booster seat for restaurants and at the hotel) which totally helped. We thought about bringing an umbrella stroller and I’m pretty sure we would’ve thrown it out the first day.
  • If you can swing it, stay at a resort where there is a dining area and activities during the day. Unfortunately the place we looked at was booked for months so we stayed at a beautiful hotel that had its own kitchen. While it totally helped, room service, a dining room and activities inside the hotel would’ve made it easier.
  • Pack toys and comfort items for your little one. We brought her favorite stuffed animals, books, bath toys and extra blankets (the hotel has a pack ‘n play and the padding on it is a joke.
  • Bring more clothes than you need. Two outfits a day is what we did and we totally used them. Our little one was drinking so much water that she would leak through her diapers almost everyday. Wardrobe change!

She did get her passport stamped and is a world traveler now, so there’s something.

I am grateful for my parents that have built this family that is undeniably wonderful and thank them for such an incredible experience. Banff, Canada- I’ll see you soon.