My favorite products

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I'm pretty boring (lazy) when it comes to beauty regimen. I also don't like a lot of oily product on my face and body. Since I started nursing baby number one I have been more cautious and smart about the products I use.



1.Starting with deodorant, something I never needed until the hormones went wack while nursing. I found this fragrant, aluminum free deodorant that worked on me. When my mom went through chemo and radiation she had to find an organic paraban free, aluminum free pit stick and this was the brand she used. She used it before it was cool to find those things... Total hipster mom! My dad has always been a proponent of no deodorant because of the aluminum it contains. Really! Why is it in there? Jason purifying tea tree oil 

2. Face wash is hard for me. I tend to have oily skin which has been a problem since I was a teenager. It didn't improve with nursing, but I have found the less product the better. I use this Avalon Organics face wash with vitamin c. It's really revitalizing and smells like you stuck your head in some orange juice. I follow up with some coconut oil with frankincense essential oil and voila.

3. For an extra pick me up I have used this Glam Glow mud mask. It has volcanic rock in it. I'm sure it's not the cleanest facial product but the effects are nothing but WOW! Rebirth. Every review is right! Cost a pretty penny though. This was gifted and I'm almost out of it.

4. Honest company makes my favorite laundry degree gent. I have a sensitive wolf sniffer. Morning walks on Sundays makes me have sneeze attacks with all the dryer sheet smells from people doing their weekly laundry. Honest company does not bother my sinuses and does not aggravate  my son's ezcema. We are also fans of their diapers, wipes and hand sanitizer spray.

5. The tarte primer, 30SPF and tint goes on so smooth and clean. It's like magic because it doesn't even feel like it's on. You barely need a pea size either. It completely makes me feel together as a mom and woman each day. I apply some of their tarte mascara and ready to go. The reason I like this product is it's Eco-friendly and cruelty free.

6. After the shower, I try really hard to moisturize but I almost always forget. I keep this oil in the shower (probably dangerous) but it reminds me to give my legs, thighs arms a little TLC. Plus my husband says it smells good. He rarely can smell, so I like when he says I smell nice.  Shea Moisture has been a family favorite since Everett's baby shower. We use their products and purchase it at target. They seem to be a part of the made to matter program too.

7. Lastly, thanks to made to matter and target, i have tried this eye product from yes to cucumbers. This one is clear like a gel which I thought I wouldn't like, but have only used it for two days and noticed a difference. Plus I don't feel it on  my face before bed or with my morning routine. I hope it helps sway my dark circle genes in a different direction.

What are your favorite products?

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Saturday, August 9, 2014



 Doll: Candy Kirby Designs Jumper: Gap Headband: fromZion

tucked shirt into undies thanks to his dad.... it's how we survive this OK heat.

peacocks play in michigan

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Friday, August 8, 2014

 Eleanor sporting her favorite Happy Socks from her Auntie Donnie & Calli. (I forgot how the weather was going to be cooler than OK). It's hard to believe this picture was taken after our long Oklahoma trip. However, since she slept most of her trip, she probably was the least exhausted. Meeting new people and seeing her smile at them only reiterates her personality is totally chill. When Everett met Uncle Mark he made the pouty face and cried because his voice was so deep. Eleanor loved him as you can see above.
 The baptism was beautiful and we were so happy to share the day with so many of our family and friends. We are so lucky that people make the effort to see us when we are back home because it's hard for us to get to see everyone. When we move back, I hope to be able to attend every big event in our family and friends' lives. How pretty does my bestie Mary look all pregnant? 23 weeks too! Also the dress she is wearing, she wore at her wedding shower. skinny stinker....

 I am not promoting taking selfies and driving, but I could not resist this awesome sleeping picture. There were so many times we were crawling into the backseat of the car to tend to our little munchkins. This was towards the end of our trip...

 Ladies and Gents, my model E sporting the DIY tie I made specifically for him. Shirt is from the GAP. Soon these ties will be in my Etsy Shop.
Taking everett to his first tiger's game was the best day. It was first a little overwhelming with all the sounds and people, but as the game progressed and he rode the carousel, he warmed up to the game. He had his own seat right behind home plate. Probably the best seats you can get for your first baseball game. He had his own bag of popcorn, licked his first taste of blue cotton candy, kicked his leg to some Pit Bull music, and watched the Dunkin Donuts race on the big screen. He was equally impressed by the giant Tigers. The game of pickle was pretty difficult to explain, but it was damn funny hearing him retell us a million times that the Detroit Tigers got him out. We look forward to years of taking him to baseball games... rain or shine!

LIVE with my LOVE (Dress: Target (OLD), Shoes: Old Navy  (on sale sizes 9 & 10)
we went to a wedding of our good friends who have been together for a long time. we had a blast. it was a strolling wedding with detroit themed food. Michigan Salads, Gyros, Short Ribs, YUM! Thanks D & M.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014



raising a boy

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Monday, July 21, 2014

it cracks me up how much he is talking. the last couple weeks he has been using the words, "this, that, these and those". He is trying to understand the use for them, but sometimes gets them mixed up. he is repeating almost everything we say too. Aaron told him "thanks wild man." Everett repeated it instantly. 
i took this picture after i ran with the kids to the park. I brought my camera along to take some new pictures of E. He has been used to wearing t-shirts and hated this oxford ralph lauren shirt from TJ's. Salt Waters I found on Brickyard Buffalo. However, I am not convinced these are boy shoes. Aaron calls him his Jesus shoes... they look girly to me. 

we are getting ready this week for our trip back to michigan. Along the way we are stopping in St. Louis, and Chicago. Hopefully we survive the 18 hour drive. Any tips on a toddler in the car? We might leave in the middle of the night. 
Favorite things this week:
Frozen, which you call Ice
Sandbox (obviously)
Going on the regular toilet instead of the Thomas kid potty.
Staying up late
Pretending to plant a seed
The craziest Youtube video of toys in playdough

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Monday, July 14, 2014

everett and eleanor
his outfit: gap shirt (similar on sale), blanket: barefootdreams
her outfit: gap (on sale)

we had a tragic week with this blanket. we lost it in target and spent the afternoon searching every aisle we had walked down and stalked every shopper with the BIG carts. It was heartbreaking explaining to everett that it was gone. a 2 year old should not have to face such a big loss. i was preparing how we were going to get him to go to sleep, when aaron called and said he would check on his way home. I swear they were more helpful to him because he was in his uniform, but they took him to the manager and watched surveillance. without luck, there was no evidence of the blanket. THEN something miraculous happened! One of the marvelous target employees had found it near the women's dressing room. I know I was definitely not there because hwo has time to try on clothes with a 6 week old and a 2 year old?? But it was there. The target guest services employee, Ashley called me to tell me they found the blanket. Aaron was searching the store and they didn't want to call his name over the speakers. HA! "Hello, Mr. Peacock, could you please come to guest services and retrieve your BLANKET!" BAHAHA

We waited for Aaron outside int he driveway to bring the blanket. Not only is Everett's daddy a war hero, but he is the hero that found his security blanket. 

Then the babysitter took the car seat and blanket, and I forgot it in her car. Luckily, that was an easy retrieval, but needlesstosay the blanket will be staying in our car from now on.

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 ever since he has seen Up he loves to "look at the clouds." it's definitely one of his favorite movies, but we haven't watched it in awhile. I was shocked when in the middle of our fun alphabet game he decided to lay down. "mom sit. mom come. look at the clouds!" these are some of my favorite moments that I hope I never forget. Fourth of July week and weekend was fun with Aaron having a four day weekend. He still had to go into work some of the time, but Everett was happy to have him take us to the OKC Zoo and to the splash park.
Favorite Movies include: Finding Nemo, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Up, The Croods,
Movies starting to enjoy: Beethoven, but there are several scary parts... including the opening scene at the pet store when the biker lady gets peed on by puppy Beethoven.
 
Everett's clothes: Jean Shorts Old Navy (similar on sale), Tank or Mank: Slyfox Threads.

*by the way old navy and gap are having a major sale right now until July 16. if you like to buy ahead for next summer, you might want to take advantage of their discount. I mean Shoes are so expensive for kids and we save a bunch by buying them on sale.

eleanor is such a happy baby girl. she loves to hear her brother's voice and she will even turn in his direction. she did great in the car to oklahoma city, but we did have to stop for some major diaper scenes. my one on one time with her usually is after everett goes to bed. she thoroughly enjoys getting a bath and i love watching her eyes get big when i sing to her. She is equally as impressed with my rendition of Moon River as Everett is. This rug she is laying on is so soothing to her. (It's from etsy). I put it in the living room near the play area and everyone, including the dogs, likes to sit on it. Everett will bring his trucks, bugs or some other boy collection onto the rug too.  Figuring out how to balance the time between both is tricky. I can tell where moms overcompensate with the first baby because they are feeling guilty they are with their second. it's like a constant circle of guilt. Most days I try not to dwell on that and enjoy both of them in different ways at different times. Luckily everett loves his sister, but lately he is testing the waters...and her bottles...
 

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