Help For The Brows & Boobies : {EES Essential Eyebrow Solution®}

I hate to admit it, but I used to shave my eyebrows in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.  BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME, remember that thin eyebrows were in!…in I tell you!  (90’s Pamela Anderson gets it).

Anyway, because of this “brilliant” idea, I have always had a love/hate relationship with my eyebrows.  I spent years growing them back, only to find that they never came back as thick as they used to be.  I am sure you have often heard from people that they used to overpluck and now their eyebrows don’t grow back….well I am one of those people.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my eyebrows now, but I have had to work really hard at them, and I still long for them to be fuller.

Fast-Forward from the 90’s to today and it’s all about the full, natural eyebrows!  Eyebrow powders, gels, and pencils are everywhere…we all want those perfect, bold, Kardashian “brows on fleek.”  You may remember that a while back I had a post called “Birthday & Brows”  where I discussed my longing for perfect brows, and how in my pursuit of said perfect brows…my eyebrows were botched and I spent months trying to bring them back to life!

Well I am excited to share with you all a new product that I just discovered and am about to start trying to help my brows! EES Essential Eyebrow Solution®  helps to nourish and revitalize eyebrow hair and has been shown to support eyebrow fullness and suppleness. It is also the first clinically tested eyebrow solution in the beauty consumer market!  It was actually originally formulated for chemotherapy patients, to help prevent the loss of eyebrow hair during treatment.  Thats so cool right?!

So, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, EES® is proud to offer 20% off your first purchase of EES®.  Use Promo Code EES20SOCIAL.  Plus, they’ll donate 10% of all proceeds in October to @Lookgoodfeelbetter So grab yourself a bottle  (Here) and try it with me!  We can help our brows and at the same time, help the boobies by thinking pink and helping fund breast cancer research!  

Now for my Before Photos (I can’t wait to show you my After Photos in a few months):

You can see here that the end of my left eyebrow is thin and just almost cuts short.  I have tried to grow out the hairs but I have to fill it in a lot with pencil & powder.  My right eyebrow does continue more than the left, but it is patchier/thinner and the arch at the top is not as defined.  I end up penciling these areas in to match my other brow.   Each bottle comes with instructions and some cotton swabs for easy application.   Check back in with me in a few months for my “after” photos!

 

Texas State Fair

Everyone has told us since moving to Texas that we have to go to the Texas State Fair and see “Big Tex!”  We visited and had a great time!  We are used to the OC Fair that happens in Orange County every summer, so this felt familiar and fun in comparison.  My favorite thing from the OC Fair is the bucket of hot, mini, cinnamon and sugar donuts …….they are HEAVEN!  But I could not find them here at the Texas state fair.  But where they were lacking in donuts, they made up for in cotton candy…they honestly had the best cotton candy I have ever tasted!  The kids loved the fair (I quietly mourned our Disneyland Days), and we made some great memories.  I am excited about this new fall tradition!

 

My Family’s Favorite Salad : {Kids Eat It Too}

Getting my kids to eat vegetables is almost impossible…but I honestly don’t sweat it that much because I know it will eventually grow on them, they take vitamins, and they seem healthy enough.  But one vegetable they do eat regularly is this Dole Sunflower Crunch Chopped Salad.  No joke…this isn’t an ad, we seriously just love this salad.  We eat it on average at three meals a week at lease I would say!  Because the dressing is a little sweet, and the lettuce, kale and cabbage is chopped so little….the girls gobble it up!  So I thought I would pass it along in case any of you mom’s are looking at a salad to get your kids to try, or an easy salad to take to a BBQ or party.

If I get invited to a party;  I bring this salad.  If I am bringing a meal to a new mom;  I bring this salad.  If I am cooking BBQ;  I make this salad.  I used to get the Sweet Kale salad from Costco that has the craisins and pumpkin seeds in it…but I like this one even better!  The only problem is it’s hard to find at times.  I have only found it at Ralphs & Kroger.  It comes in small bags (like in my picture), and big bags.  Good luck! 
The Salad comes with Bacon, Sunflower seeds, and the sweet onion dressing.  The dressing is kind of a creamy.  Just pour in and toss!

It’s Starting To Feel Like Fall! : {Fall Home Decor}

I bought this chalkboard stand (it’s Target Threshold) at Goodwill for $2.99!

I love the idea of using washi tape to help decorate.  I bought this one at Target on sale (It’s Scotch Brand)!

This mantel was in serious need of a makeover when we bought this house.  You can check out the transformation here.

Easy Lemon Salmon

I finally got both my daughters to eat salmon!  Mom victory!!  My oldest (4 year old) has been eating it for a year, and my 2 year old just started eating it a couple of weeks ago and I am so pumped because 1. I hate making them other food when I want salmon, and 2. it’s so good for them!

What got them into it was lemons.  They love “decorating” the uncooked salmon with the lemons I cut because they look like flowers, and then at the dinner table I have more lemons they get to squeeze on it themselves.  Plus, lets not underestimate how cool it is for them when we go to Costco and they can look at the dead packaged fish and then we talk about eating it at home.

Recipe:

I make this salmon once a week at home, and it’s super easy and simple.  I buy the big salmon filets at Costco, and then cut them up into smaller fillets, put them in ziplock baggies, and freeze them for later use.  Then when I know I am going to make salmon, I just defrost them in the fridge the night before.  First thing I do is throw a little olive oil on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Then I place my pre-cut fillets on top and kinda smear the fillets around to make sure they have a small amount of olive oil on them so they don’t stick.  (You can also use olive oil spray).  Then all I do is salt and pepper both sides of the fillets.  (Not too much pepper if you are feeding it to the kids).Next I cut the skin off a lemon, then slice it into the “lemon flower” shape my kids love.Then just place 2 “lemon flowers” on each fillet.   Now bake for about 20 minutes on 350 and thats it! *
*Just don’t eat the cooked lemon that is on the fillets.  Remove them from the fish and just toss them….cooking them makes them taste more bitter and won’t be good.  If you love lemon and want more, just squeeze some fresh juice on top when serving.  Also…it’s very important to use ripe lemons or they will get too bitter and ruin the taste.

Mantel Makeover

I am a HUGE fireplace fan!  I grew up with one, and my husband and I haven’t had one in years and I was so excited when we bought our house that it had a fireplace and mantel!  Our home was built in 1996 and has A LOT of honey wood and just feels a bit dated.  I have always been a fan of white wood and furnishings in my home and I couldn’t wait to turn our mantel white.  Here is the before and after!

Minute Corn : {Trick to Fast Steamed Corn}

Cooking dinner with the kids running around and my husband still at work can get a little crazy.  Why is it they always want to play in the kitchen when I am in there??  Anyway, my kids love steamed corn on the cob and my mother in law taught me this quick and easy way to steam corn…I call it minute corn…really its a minute and a half but whos counting?

Here is how to make it:
Wet a single paper towel (Don’t wring it out) Wrap the wet paper towel over each ear of corn
Place in the microwave on high for a minute thirty and cook one ear of corn at a timeAnd voila, steamed corn!

Tiki Tiki Tiki : {My New Fave}

I have become obsessed lately with Tiki Bars!  My friends Matt & Molly began taking me to some about a year and a half ago and I have been so into the vibe ever since.  Tiki bars are back people!

My two favorite Tiki Bars:

Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas, Nevada…it’s like walking into a Mad Men episode.

Don The Beachcombers in Sunset Beach, California….go to the bar area and they have great food!

As a going away/house warming gift, my friends bought us some Tiki drink glasses and they are adorable so i just wanted to pass them along.  You can get them here.

Every time I went to Frankie’s, I would take the green drink stirrers for my bar cart decor.  They are great and I reuse them all the time and then just throw them in the dishwasher.  

Eyelash Game : {My Fails, Tips & Tricks}

I like many a ladies out there have always desired for long gorgeous eyelashes.  If i was on a deserted island and could only bring one item of makeup, it would be mascara no question!  I have always wanted to be the girl who could just wake up, wash her face, and run out the door looking flawless and having her gorgeous lashes leading the way.

Last year, I decided to try eyelash extensions (Thanks Groupon) in order to make my fantasies and dreams come true.  They looked great and I was hooked right away….but eventually they had their downsides:

1.  I hated the fact that I couldn’t rub my eyes like a normal person without fear of ripping a falsey…or worse my own lashes out with it.  2.  They tell you not to apply mascara…but if you want to do dramatic makeup occasionally for special events….they just don’t look dark enough without the mascara, and mascara makes them fall out quicker.  3.  It can look like something is floating just above your eyes all the time!  4.  They can turn weird directions after a while and sometimes poke you in the eye.  Something about the growing out process I think.  5.  The upkeep is pricey ($45-$100 a fill usually).  6.  When they start to fall out, it can look patchy between fills.

**This picture was when I had extensions on.  You can see once they start falling out, they don’t look very full.

After removing the extensions, my eyelashes looked so tiny!  I am not sure if some fell out, or if I was just used to how long they were before…but it was not good!  In the past I had tried Latisse and it was ok, but my friend Angel was selling Rodan + Fields and told me about Lashboost and I tried it.  After about 2 months of using it, there was a huge difference!  They are longer, stronger, and thicker!  I am obsessed with this stuff and will never go back to falseys.  It’s what I wanted, but with a more natural look.  The cons are that it is pricey ($150 a bottle), and you HAVE to use it every night to get there and maintain.  But the bottle lasts a really long time so it is way cheaper than extensions and I like the look better.  (Plus I put it on my eyebrows too haha)….we will see how that improves in a later post.

The mascara I love to pair with my new eyelashes is L’oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara.  I used to only use Mac Zoom Lash Mascara, but found this one and I love how the primer and mascara work together to really separate and lengthen the lashes and not clump up too much.  Prior to using LashBoost, I used to curl my lashes, apply 3 coats of mascara, let it dry, and curl again.  After Lashboost, I just apply this L’oreal mascara once, and there is no need to curl my lashes because they are so long now.

You would think I had found the solution and that I was satisfied with my lashes…..but I was still chasing the “Roll out of bed without putting on makeup look.”  I loved the length and thickness of my lashes, but now I wanted them to stay curled permanently.  The solution?  I tried a “Lash Lift.”  Basically….they perm your natural lashes up so that it looks like you have mascara on all the time.  It is supposed to last 8 weeks.  Here were the results:

I have now had them “lifted” for 3 solid weeks and there are pros and cons to this too.  Pro:  I never wear mascara and my lashes basically are always curled up.  I just roll out of bed, and my natural lashes lead the way! Cons:  1.  One of my eye’s lashes was “Lifted” more than the other and it was almost too straight-up…it ran into my eyelid.  If someone looks closely at me in person…it looks a little abnormal.  2.  I can’t wear mascara when I want a more dramatic look…it doesn’t brush through smoothly because the lashes are so bent in one direction.  Here is what they look like now, 3 weeks later, no mascara (ignore the pj’s in bed haha):

You can see here when I close my eyes how they stay lifted (in most spots).                                                   What I have learned:  

Once this wears off, I am not going to do it again.  Although it saves me a lot of time because I don’t put mascara on, I just don’t like the feeling of the lift, the upkeep, that I can’t wear mascara, and that one of the eyes looks abnormally straight up.  I’ll stick to my Rodan + Fields lash boost, and just good old fashioned mascara in the morning….even if it takes me a few minutes to apply it.

Schools In Session : {Preschool At Home}

Recently my husband accepted a new job in a Dallas suburb of Texas called Plano…yes you heard me…nothin fancy, just Plano Texas.  Because of this move, my daughters left the preschool they were attending, and I left my job.  In preparation for the move I decided that it would be best to not go back to work right away, so that I could really focus on getting the kids plugged in and acclimated to our new life.  Without my income, I wasn’t sure about paying for the girls to go to preschool when we moved and had the brilliant (and stollen) idea to homeschool the girls from home for at least the next 6 months.  This would give us much needed bonding time, and I could ensure we would get to explore Texas and our new home….I was so afraid to throw them into a ton of new things all at once.

In trying to prepare for my new genius idea (insert eye roll), I headed to my nearest Lakeshore Learning Store and Target for all the supplies I would need.  I took a copy of the preschool academic calendar from my daughter’s previous school, bought some workbooks on Amazon, and decided to dive in!

What I discovered:  Decorating a room to be a classroom is much easier than actually homeschooling your child!  Who knew right?  Don’t get me wrong, lots of people do it and do a great job…but I’m new to all this “staying home all day with your kids” stuff.  I’m that mom that loves my kids, but I also thrive on getting adult time and work.  In a totally normal circumstance, I think this would have gone better….however moving to a new place, having no friends, and my kids having no friends….and add homeschooling on top of that, and you get feeling extra alone.  After about 3 weeks here, I realized that they have been dying for friends, and that going to school (actual school) will give them some normalcy and there will be familiarity because that is what they did before we moved….I should have thought of that lol.

So whats the conclusion/solution:  I’m putting them in a preschool 2 days a week for the socialization and for the expertise of the teachers….let them do the heavy lifting of introducing how to read, write, etc.  I’ll come along side them for sure…but I’ll let the pros handle it.  And then I will be “homeschooling” them the remaining days of the week.  And by “homeschooling,” I mean playing, reading, having playdates, and lots of art projects with all the fun supplies in our home “classroom.”

Check out our classroom below and the fun supplies we got:
Table, chairs, easel: (Ikea), Desk Classroom Caddy: Lakeshore Learning
Wall Organizer: Home Goods, Cork Board Frame: Goodwill
Simple dot-paints, glue and sticks…kids don’t need much!
I know I know…the school bell is a bit overboard…but they love ringing it!