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Beautycounter Favorites

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


I've recently gotten a few questions about what Beautycounter products I use and enjoy. I don't sell Beautycounter but have really enjoyed adding some of their products to my routine over the past few years. If you aren't familiar, Beautycounter makes clean makeup and beauty products. Like most brands, I've loved a bunch of stuff, but there are also several things that haven't been my favorite. I share that just to say that I haven't gone through the website and just listed every single thing, haha! A few years ago during a sale I bought my first few things, and since then I've added a bunch to my collection.


Skincare:

Overnight Resurfacing Peel: This is by far my favorite Beautycounter item, so I'll start with it. :) I use this about every other night and it just makes my skin look fresher, brighter, firmer.. everything that's good about skin. I'll repurchase this as soon as I run out!

Brightening Facial Oil:  I will mix in a drop or two of this with my moisturizer honestly in the morning or the evening. And when an area of my skin is particularly irritated I'll apply it directly to those areas. It's not heavy and makes my skin glowy. If I'm wearing foundation it helps the foundation go on really well! If you haven't used a facial oil before it can seem weird I think, but it's been a game changer for me!

Cleansing Balm: This item is pricey and I wish I could have resisted, haha! But now I have it, it's a must have for me. It's wonderful for taking your makeup off but also goes on overnight as a mask and my skin never looks better than when I use it overnight. You can google all the uses and it's amazing!

Charcoal Cleansing Bar: I was originally really turned off by the idea of using a soap bar, but I honestly really like it. Maybe even more than using a gel cleanser. This makes my skin feel really deep cleaned.

Balancing Facial Mask: I love me a good face mask and this one is great. You can literally see the impurities being pulled out of your pores. Gross, but satisfying! Haha!

If you're interested in trying several of those products but without the sticker shock of all at once, several of them are included in this "best of Beautycounter" set. I'd highly recommend trying it out!

And this is the eye cream that I'm currently using. I don't know that I'm just like having my world rocked by it but I like it! It's for sure helped the skin around my eyes look bright and firm.

I'm about to order this to try out. My skin has been completely wackadoodle throughout pregnancy/postpartum/still nursing and I've heard that it's awesome!


Makeup:

Tint Skin Foundation: I really like this. It's buildable, smells really good, and is hydrating. Especially this time of year I need the hydration!!

Sheer Lipstick: I have this lipstick in petal and rose and LOVE it. It's beautiful, goes on really smooth, and isn't too wild and crazy.

There ya go! Hope this helps! If you have any favorites from Beautycounter that you think I should try, let me know! :)

Photos by my sweet friend Michaela, who sells BC! :) I texted her and was like my post needs some pics, help! Didn't she deliver well? :) 

Friday No. 83

Friday, February 8, 2019

No. 1 
Hope you all had a sweet week and a fun Valentine's Day! We had a fun day.. in the morning Ben took Sophie on a date and I took Beau on one. We both went and ordered pancakes with our babes and it was so good for my heart to get that one on one time with Beau. Then Ben headed to the office for most of the day and we had a Valentines Dinner with my niece and nephew (and the rest of the family!) and had SO much fun. Really sweet new tradition and any excuse to make a normal day special I'm always up for! :) 

No. 2
I stumbled upon this video on Facebook and it made my day. It was so funny and quick and just made me happy.

No. 3 
My friend Amber posted this blog post months ago and it's so, so good.. so I didn't want time passing to keep me from sharing it. Amber is one of the very, very first people that I connected with through blogging. Must have been 7 or so years ago.. it was in college for sure! Totally wild. And so fun that we now both have brand new baby girls with precious big brothers!

No. 4
A while ago I came across some really cute scalloped tortoise earrings at Tuckernuck but because a statement earring isn't something I constantly wear I didn't pull the trigger.. but then Holy City Chic posted a very similar style in white on her instagram stories.. so I jumped over to see if they were also available in tortoise and BINGO! $8 and on their way to my house. I'm sure the quality isn't the best thing in the world but I don't need it to be. :) 

No. 5
My friend Mycah recently posted her daughter's first birthday and it made me excited to work on Soph's.. even though it's such a bittersweet milestone. My favorite details from Lively's first birthday are her darling outfit (I actually ordered the same one for Sophie for fall when it came out because it was TOO cute and I thought it would be precious on an 18 month old!), and that CAKE! It's beautiful with the flowers on it! :) Can't wait to share with y'all what I'm working on for my girl.. but for now, here's a look back at my baby boy's first birthday party, farmers market theme!


All of my Friday posts can be found here.





A Few Spring Children's Favorites

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

It's no secret to those who know me that we have a favorite children's clothing line, Beaufort Bonnet! Even my friend from Georgia texted me one day to try and encourage me to sell BeautyCounter and she was like "more money to buy Tbbc!!" Haha! These pieces are investments for sure, but the quality is amazing and they hold their value. I love snapping photos of my babes in their TBBC pieces, but because their third Spring launch dropped tonight, I thought I would share my favorite things from their Spring collection! :)



I can't possibly order this for Soph fast enough. You had me at white and eyelet!!

If I had a big girl she'd be getting this darling dress for everyday!

Whether you have a daughter or not, treat yourself to these jammies! They're my absolute favorites. I wear a pajama set every night and since I started I haven't looked back. If you DO have a daughter though.. snag some matchies. Sophie and I will match all summer long!

These are my absolute favorite shorts for Beau. I wish I had ten pairs, not even kidding. He looks so sweet in them, the quality is great, and they're easy to wear! Pair them with a super soft pima tee. If you haven't cuddled your baby in a pima tee, just trust me on this. :)

My sweet friend got this for our girl as a gift.. I can't wait for warm weather for her to wear it! Size up! Everything I'm getting for Sophie for summer is 12-18 and the 18-24 fits great with room to grow!

This hat is the kind of thing girl mama dreams are made of! And this doesn't match.. but a sunsuit that ties in a bow.. MUST!!

I have to savor my last summer with Beau in a jon-jon!!

Spoiler alert: this dress is what Sophie's going to wear for her birthday party!

These swimsuits (girl + boy) are going in Easter baskets at the Strader house.. Daddy needs to get the memo that mama needs the coverup match!

If you buy one thing as a girl mama this spring.. it should be this. We had it in 0-3 last summer and wore it like twice a week. It's so soft. Sophie already wore this week. My favorite for while she's still little! Honorable mention to this similar one!

I ordered this so quick for Soph for Easter! Every Southern baby needs a bonnet for Easter. Not everyone I know agrees with this... haha. Funny story.. whenever Sophie wears a bonnet ALWAYS elderly people stop me to gush about it. She wore a red velvet one to Christmas Eve service and seriously an older gentlemen came across the hall to me just to comment on how precious it was!

This is what Sophie has on in the photo above! One of my absolute favorite pieces ever!! We sized down to a 6-12 and it will fit her perfectly all summer!








10 Things I Loved in January

Monday, February 4, 2019


1. My top spot for January has to be these face masks. I have had hormonal acne issues on and off since first getting pregnant with Beau.. but it started to get REALLY bad in November/December/January.. I used one of these masks on someone's recommendation (can't remember!!) and it zapped almost all of my acne in one night. It's a great, enjoyable mask but more than that it allowed me to realize that the reason my skin had gotten so bad was because of how dry it had gotten with the winter weather. I should have noticed sooner but I didn't and so this helped me make the mental leap, haha! I've finally almost got it under control and just need the remaining pink spots to fade. I just ordered this (just came back in stock finally please never sell out again if you work!!!) because I've read that it does wonders for those lingering spots.

2. If you're from Charleston/Bluffton, I need your help! I'm headed there on a girls trip in June with my friend and her daughter and my Soph.. we're SO excited. We'll be staying in Charleston but are going to Bluffton for the day for something fun so we might need a good place to eat or something! :)

3. I bought Chrissy Teigen's second cookbook on a random walkthrough of Target and really enjoyed looking through it.. and the banana bread recipe is AMAZING! Highly, highly recommend. I made one for home group last Sunday night and was surprised by how much of it was gone when we left.

4. We had a training at church on family discipleship for home groups (SO excited to share more about this!) and one of the other leaders said that they were having a hard time getting all the kids in their group (7 under 4) to stay engaged to a whole story out of Jesus Storybook Bible (SUCH an amazing resource!) and the children's pastor recommended a different bible for younger ages. He said JSB is an awesome resource for sleepy bedtimes and older kids and honestly even for adults.. but recommended this for toddlers and this for 3,4+. I ordered the toddler one right away and it's awesome because the story is just a few sentences and there's always a main idea and a question.

5. While everyone has been Whole 30-ing, I've been enjoying a new chocolate treat in the evenings. :) My bestie recommended the caramel m&ms and they're SO good. I have a new package in the pantry but am going to try and not open it for a bit. They are just TOO yummy!

6. Speaking of the evenings, Ben and I just got current on Poldark (Amazon Prime Video + 4th season on the PBS app) and we LOVED it. We got SOO frustrated with the main characters at points but it's always so much fun when we can really enjoy a show together. Each evening we would look forward to our next episode so much. We just started Victoria so hopefully we'll get into it as much.

7. Shopping for a baby girl for Spring has been SO fun. It's a cute, cute world of clothes out there, haha!! Sophie is stocked until her first trip to the pumpkin patch! One boutique that I highly recommend is The Frilly Frog. Amazing customer service. :)

8. This month one of my fave, fave people to follow released photo editing presets. I literally bought them that very second, haha! Her editing style is amazing. I've really loved getting more into photography over the past year and these presets have been wonderful. I also really like that the tweaking I need to do is helping me learn more and more about editing in general.

9. I'm getting to where I like specific sizes of bows for Sophie and don't really feel like I can do any bow subscriptions anymore.. they are usually all different sizes and patterns so I end up not putting her in them near as much as I do ones I've specifically chosen. I just ordered a few bows from this etsy shop and was really impressed with the quality.

10. This is usually something I wouldn't say but I am glad to put January behind us! So #10 is the end of the month... haha!! Beau has been SUCH a trooper with his big cast as of late but this mama is desperate to give her baby a nice warm bath as opposed to washing his hair in the sink and body with a rag to avoid getting the cast wet..

What are some of your faves from last month?! :) Ps. My comments are for some reason not coming in as emails as they used to.. so I'll be replying in the comments section so make sure to check "notify me" so you can see my reply! :)

February Goals

Friday, February 1, 2019

Goals posts used to be the one thing you could depend on seeing on my blog.. almost no matter what I'd have goals up. They're kind of a hybrid to do list/adknowledgement of upcoming events/things I want to be mindful of. Let's just jump into it. I'm writing this with Beau sitting beside me on the couch watching his favorite youtube video and I want to try and get it done quick, haha! Sophie's snoozing through her morning nap! :)



February Goals:
  • Hopefully this time next week we will have a cast free little boy! I want to feel freedom to jump back into life now that he's not going to be in a bubble of healing
  • celebrate turning 28 (!!)
  • complete my spice drawer organization project 
  • Make a master to do list for Sophie's birthday party at the end of April so that I can be spreading out tasks and not getting overwhelmed!
  • plan out what I want to do with the walls of Beau's room to make it more of a big boy room 
Nothing too crazy, but this is what's on my mind for this month! :) What do y'all have planned? 


What's Up Wednesday: January 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Hi! Is anyone out there?? It's been so long since I've blogged that this feels super rusty and unnatural. But I continually miss this space, so I'm jumping back in. Forgive any awkwardness that might come from such a long hiatus, haha!


1: WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:
I made this salmon recipe last night with asparagus and roasted tomatoes. Monday night Polly brought by brisket quesadillas. Tomorrow night we have a date night, and I think tonight we have stuff for fajitas! 

2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:
We had the SWEETEST Holiday! It feels like a lifetime ago though.. all these January 74th memes are so accurate. 





Also, my friend is having her third baby next Wednesday and doesn't know the gender.. so we were talking about if I carried differently with my two. I would have said no, but look at these two photos. They're TERRIBLE but really show when I was super big. 

Beau on the left, Sophie on the right. She was SO much higher. And, I looked a lot thinner with her. I honestly didn't pay much attention to my weight gain with Soph.. I just knew I had stopped gaining at around 30 weeks like I did with Beau. (Don't worry, I gain plenty leading up to that point, haha!) It's just funny how you forget things! 

3: WHAT I’M LOVING:
I've been cooking up a storm lately and have been loving it! I got a new cookbook and it's been such a good one.  I've also been doing a few house updates. I hung some pictures in our entryway, and have done new lamps in the living room and in our bedroom. I want to share photos of everything soon! :) It's just left me feeling really fresh. I also think that I'm really getting down to what my style is, longterm. There are some things I've loved every minute since Ben and I got married and really sticking to those styles is what I want to do so that there's no temptation to just cycle through things. This is why I love a classic look so much! I have a bunch of clothes that Ben wore as a toddler that are still in style for Beau, and I think that a handful of Beau and Sophie's things will be amazing for their forever boxes. 
4: WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:
We started the year off with Beau having the first of two surgeries on his thumbs to correct their shape. I had been dreading the procedure so much until someone told me how excited they were for him, and for how he'll be able to interact with the world after getting used to his new thumb shape. It was so odd how quickly I had forgotten the whole point! We have about a week until his post op appointment where he will hopefully get his full arm cast off. It's meant that we've been home a lot more than usual for surgery recovery. I love our home and am usually not someone who gets like this too much but I've been like LET ME OUT OF THIS HOUSE!! Haha! We've had to find little adventures that I can go on because it's just been a lot of long days. We've for sure gone some places but it's just not been what's best for Beau during recovery. 

One day we went to Target as a family for a few things that we actually needed but also to try and burn off some of Beau's energy.. soccer in the aisle helped! Oops!

This girl just melts me!

Snack time after nap with our dirty window! Haha!

Crawling girl busting some toes through her jams!





Went to a croissant making class at Sur La Table.. SO much fun! I've been doing a ton of baking since we've been home so much and I need to stop or we're going to have some health troubles, haha! I will note that Chrissy Teigen's Banana Bread recipe is PERFECTION!


This cracked me up.. Ben had to write a contract after he had already gotten home from the office and he had some helpers! :) 


5: WHAT I’M DREADING:
Honestly not anything! Maybe the next surgery but I feel so much more well equipped after doing the first one, and it will feel like we're in the home stretch!

6: WHAT I’M WORKING ON:
I've started putting some things together for Sophie's first birthday party. It's still three months away but I just don't do last minute, haha! It's had me looking back at Beau's sweet party. In a lot of ways I'm dreading her turning one, I just love having a baby SO much.. but also I loved the summer after Beau turned one. Looks like I am dreading something after all, haha!

7: WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:


8: WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:
We just got finished four seasons of Poldark and LOVED it! We also watched the Netflix Fyre documentary last night and were both so intrigued. So nuts how that happened!! I read several books last month so I might do a book review soon! :) 

9: WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:
My normal podcasts (Young House Love, The Happy Hour, Risen Motherhood) and have been trying out a few new ones as well.. will report back once I decide my thoughts.

10: WHAT I’M WEARING:
Honestly nothing super exciting. This time of year I'm not super inspired wardrobe wise. Lots of leggings! :) 

11: WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:
We'll be watching the super bowl with friends, and we've been savoring our slow family Saturdays!

12: WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:
I don't know that I'm necessarily looking forward to this but next week I'll turn 28! It's funny because I remember being 18 so clearly. I wish I could go back to my 18 year old self and say "hey guess what in ten years you and Ben will have been married for 6 years and have two beautiful children, a son and a daughter".. I would have probably gone bananas! My life is so far from perfect but it's a complete dream come true. You can read our love story, here. I linked the last installment because it has links to the first 7 posts at the top!

13: WHAT ELSE IS NEW:
Not a whole lot! :) 

Bonus question this month:   WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE FAMILY VALENTINE’S DAY TRADITION?




The last two years I've taken my baby boy on a breakfast or lunch date and it's been such a sweet thing for me... and this year we have sissy! I haven't talked to Ben about it yet but it would be fun if we split up and did a date with each of them.. having both genders of kids even as our family grows he could always take our girl(s?) and I could take our boy(s?) either way it sure is sweet! It's something thats made Valentines Day really special. Usually its a holiday we don't care too much about, but this is so much fun! Actually... now that I say that we have had several really fun Valentine's Days! 4 years ago we went to New York City and had dinner at Isabella's on the Upper West Side, 3 years ago we went to Sissy's Southern Kitchen (which has sadly closed!) and then the last two years we've had our boy.. last year our sweet friends wanted to keep Beau with their three kids and send us on a date so I remember that so fondly too! Apparently I am a Valentine's gal after all! Ben if you're reading this stop now.. But I'm toying with the idea of getting him a new, nice pillow for a present. He got me one for Christmas and I've LOVED it. He actually stole it one night, too. Haha! This one is what we have. 






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