Honest Beauty

I decided to give Honest Beauty a try! They offer a free trial of products where all you pay is shipping cost! It’s a fun way to try out some new things and the trial sizes are all pretty generous I think! Being the reasonable person that I am, I ordered a trial and then went ahead and dove in head first and signed up for a monthly subscription of some full size products! I haven’t had a chance to try them out yet, but I am excited! I have used several products from the regular Honest Company line and really love them. Also, Caroline Hirons, who is THE AUTHORITY on skincare, gave them a good review so that piqued my interest even more!

Here is a picture of the trial kit:

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Inside it contains six samples:

Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner

4 shades of their Kissable Lip Crayon

3 shades of their Creme Blush

Honest Everything Primer

Honest Younger Face Deep Hydration Cream

Honest Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser

 

Here is what I got in my first month’s full size “bundle”:

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Again, I haven’t tested them out yet, but I’m super pumped to give them a go! Especially the shampoo and conditioner! They smell a.maz.ing. Kind of tropical, coconutty, but it’s not overwhelming. Love.

I’ll definitely report back and let you know if I like them!

Have you tried any products from Honest Beauty? Any favorites?

 

Kristen

 

 

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Weekly Meal Plan

Recently I moved my grocery shopping day from Friday to Wednesday. Reason being that I am going to try and do a little playdate for Hannah on Friday mornings. 🙂 Here’s what we’re going to be eating this week!

Wednesday – Crock pot chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots

Thursday – Steak, salads, homemade bread

Friday – Chicken noodle soup

Saturday – Chicken burrito bowls

Sunday – Alton Brown’s Christmas Soup (Soooo amazing! Try this one for sure!)

Monday – Homemade Pizza

Tuesday – ??? (I usually only plan meals for 5 or 6 days because we will usually eat out once and then there is always a day where we kind of forage on leftovers. )

I’m going to be taking advantage of Wal Mart’s grocery pickup service tomorrow to make my haul! If you have not tried it, you MUST! Although I actually enjoy grocery shopping, it is so nice to have this option on weeks where the weather is nasty or the kidsare sick, or I just a have a million things going and need all the help I can get!

I’d love to know what you are feeding your family this week!

Kristen

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The one about Food Allergies

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Whew. We just got back from our holiday visits and I don’t know about you, but I could use a rest. Actually, I must admit that I am feeling especially drained this year. I don’t know if I have mentioned it here before, but both of my children have food allergies. Henry, 4, is allergic to egg, peanut, and multiple tree nuts. Hannah, 2, is allergic to cows milk. Any parent of a food allergic child will tell you that holidays can be a little extra hard. Most of the time, I feel like I am pretty positive about the whole situation. I try to stay upbeat and not get down about it. After all, I am incredibly fortunate that my children are, otherwise, incredibly healthy.

And so tomorrow?  Tomorrow I’ll rally and be brave and positive and keep fighting. But tonight? Tonight, I just wanna cry a little. I need to take just a minute and acknowledge that in an incredibly food centered society that this is really hard. Having nobody really get how serious it is, is hard. And sometimes it hurts a little. Sometimes I am so incredibly tired of thinking about it all the time. I am tired of never being ever to relax at any get together, because I am constantly watching to make sure my children don’t reach for or are not given food that could harm them.

Tonight I am mad and frustrated. Tonight I don’t understand why this happened to us. I wonder (again) what I did wrong that caused my children to have to deal with this. I know. People will say that it isn’t my fault. That I didn’t do anything wrong. And they may be right. But in a weird way, I almost wish it were my fault. Because at least then I would know the reason and perhaps I could deal with it and move on. But the not knowing eats me up inside. And the not being able to fix it is almost more than I can bear. I won’t stop trying. Nope. Not gonna stop trying to find the answer no matter what anyone says. I’m going to keep going and keep learning and keep fighting for my kids. I will keep fighting for my kids.

I know there are other mother’s out there who are fighting much worse than this. I refuse to act like a victim and I know that my children will absorb my own attitude about it and I do not want them to ever feel sorry for themselves over this. That’s not who I am. That’s not who I want my children to grow up to be.

Tomorrow. Tomorrow we’ll rally. Tonight? I just wanna cry.

Kristen

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New Year, New You!

So 2015 is officially in the books and with it went my New Year’s Resolutions. Sad to say…. I failed miserably. But I’m not discouraged because there is no time like the present!

I heard on the radio today that 4-5 out of every 10 people make resolutions each year. A lot of people don’t see the point or have given up on resolutions because, well, let’s be honest, many resolutions go unrealized. I, however, love the excitement and hope that new resolutions bring with them!

So for your viewing pleasure, my 2016 resolutions!

  • Get Healthy! This was one of my last year’s resolutions and I just didn’t succeed. I am tired of talking about it though and something has to be done. I have had some health issues for the last few years that have required me to be on medication, and I just don’t want to do it for the rest of my life. So I have started a new eating plan that many have had success with. Fingers crossed!
  • Live more in the now. I have a tendency to get so caught up in what needs to be done that I can let the worry take away from the moment I should be living in and enjoying. I can’t get today back so I want to get everything out of it I can!
  • Be kinder than necessary. This is something I try to make a point of doing already, but there is always room for improvement. It costs nothing to smile at someone or lend a kind word or deed, but to the person on the receiving end, it can mean the world.
  • Complete the 52 week money challenge! I have never done it before but the idea of an extra thousand or so at the end of the year is VERY appealing- wish me luck!

So there you have it. My hopes and dreams for the new year! If you are doing resolutions this year, feel free to share them here. Good luck to you!

Until next time, may you live a Life Full.

Katie

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On Aging…

Sigh. I look in the mirror and what do I see,
But some strange woman looking back at me.
Her eyes have bags and circles, her tummy’s getting round,
and when she walks her fluffy thighs make a swishing sound.

But instead of getting discouraged that my youthful beauty has changed.
I smile as I remember all the good things that come with change.

You see, I have these two children that the Lord has blessed me with.
And looking at them I know that each lump and bump is really a little gift.

I’m thankful for my eye bags and what they represent.
The sleepless nights comforting my children is always time well spent.
My thighs will never be the same, they are larger than before.
But these thighs remind me of the precious babies that I bore.

Yes, though I’m softer and carry more fluff than say, 10 years ago.
but I’ll take it every single day in exchange for these kids I love so!

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I won’t lie. I get discouraged almost daily by the way my body has changed since having kids. I have tried many different things to change it to no avail. My hormones are out of whack and crazy, and I have issues not normal for a thirty-something woman. I am still trying new things to get my system back in line, (& if I find something, I’ll let you know! ;))but when I get my most discouraged, it helps me to think- what if?

What if I had never had these babies? Sure, I could still have that figure and probably wouldn’t have these other issues I deal with. But if life without them is the alternative, I’ll deal with my issues every single day with a thankful heart.

Do yourself a favor, ladies. The next time you are feeling blue about the changes you have gone through. Look at yourself through your husband or your children’s eyes. They don’t see the extra lumps. They see the you who is loving, warm and caring. They see the REAL YOU, and they will remind you how very beautiful you are- just the way you are!

 

 

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Everday Blessings

Blessings

It happened so fast. One day I was a young mother with two small babies. The next I was a thirty something woman with two KIDS!!

I have been told many times since my children were born to cherish each moment, and I have truly tried, but somewhere between the blow out diapers, dirty dishes, potty trainings, piles of laundry and school days, the time got away from me.

I looked up from cooking dinner one night to find two kids, no longer babies, who get themselves dressed for school, can fix their own milk cup and now can read me a bedtime story.

It is easy for me to get blue over such things but then I remember that, in everything there is something to be thankful for. So over the course of this week, I will give my lists of blessings I have discovered as the time continues to spin.

Until next time, I wish you a Life Full,

Katie

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Getting Away From The Crazy

Do you ever feel like your life resembles that of the tazmanian devil? You are constantly running at full speed to try to please everyone and get everything done in a crazy short amount of time? If you are anything like me, your world feels like a constant tornado, a giant whirlwind of crazy.

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Last week, between Parent/Teacher conferences, school activities and our big guy’s birthday, we were home a total of one- yes, one- night. That is not nearly enough for this self-proclaimed homebody. Our kids typically have a bedtime of 8:00 but with everything going on that was out the window all week. The result: an overtired, cranky momma who snapped at her kids way too easily and exhausted, whiny kids who, by Friday, are just OVER IT!!

Since going back to work last year I have suffered ALOT from ‘Mommy Guilt’. My heart will always be in my home, but it is necessary right now for me to be in the workforce. But this last week was really hard.  More than once I had to explain to some big, puppy dog eyes why mommy had to go to work instead of being at home like before. My entire family loved having me as a homemaker and we have all missed the quality time it enabled us to have in the evenings. I found myself crying, praying and having lots of pity parties all week long for both me and my family.

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Picture perfect story: I would be in the home full time which would have eliminated half of the nights we were away from home this week including the three times I had to rely on others to take care of my babies both before and after school so that I could be where I was needed. But sadly, right now that is not an option. 😦 Please don’t think me ungrateful, I am so thankful for the time that God enabled me to be a homemaker full time, and I am thankful that during this season of life I have been given the gift of an occupation that enables me to be close to my children. I have a great work family- most of whom are parents themselves and understand the emotions I am going through during my adjustment.

I must, however, find a way to keep my family on some resemblance of a schedule that puts them at home, resting, playing, releasing the stress of their day and preparing for the next day’s events. It can’t be exactly the way it was before, but I have to do something to enable my family to have some of the sanity we used to have back.

So for now, my solution is one of necessity. For now, if it is not a required event, our little clan will not be attending events Monday through Thursday. We will also limit ourselves to no more than two events on the weekend. For some of you, this may seem extreme. But for now, for our sanity, this has to be our new normal.

I am not completely naive. I realize that there will be some weeks that this is not possible. But hopefully, being more aware and making each commitment to be away from our home during the week with complete awareness will help us to have a life that somewhat resembles the slower pace we enjoyed when I was home full time.

Life can get really full and really crazy in a hurry. I encourage you all to get away from the crazy and slow your lives down if you can. We will only have these moments with our family this way for a short while. Embrace them and enjoy them!

What about you? Working and Stay-at-home mommas alike, do you have any tips on slowing life down? I would love to hear them!

Until next time, I wish you a life full,

Katie

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