He’s Here!

On November 20th, Wild Man and I welcomed our perfect baby boy into the world. Our sweet little man came in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces and is 20 inches long. We are on the highest high and are feeling so blessed, humbled and completely overjoyed to be the parents of this special boy. His birth story is in the process of being worked on and I will hopefully publish it soonish, but its a special story and I want to make sure I do it justice. So stay tuned for that! …and if I’m a little quiet on the blog for a while longer, now you’ll understand why!
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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

“You are the best thing thats ever been mine.” -Taylor Swift

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Winter Skincare

Ah, the havoc that cold weather can wreak upon our poor, unsuspecting skin, am I right? We finally get our skin looking all nice, moisturized and pretty, then BAM! the cold weather comes along and messes everything up. Oh, the joys…

I am still working on finding the perfect remedy to combat what cold weather does to our precious skin, but in the last little while, I have had a few people ask for any tips and tricks, because they, too, are suffering the woes of cold weather.

I’ve acquired some tips and tricks along the way. Though they are few, they’ve worked for me. Without further ado, here are CeeCee’s tricks, tips and advice.

  • Use a richer, extra hydrating facial moisturizer. I feel like this is the most obvious answer, but it works. Ultra hydrating  moisturizers are going to obviously help your skin absorb extra hydration – exactly what it needs with all this cold weather.
  • Exfoliate your face (3-5 times a week). This will help slough off dry, shedding skin and help new skin surface.
  • Use hydrating serums and masks. I’m not going to recommend a specific brand or type because everyone has different budgets, likes, etc. But they really do work! Every night and morning I use a hylauronic acid serum (provides lots of hydration) and at night I use a hydrating mask and my skin has really been reaping the benefits of this habit.
  • Exfoliate your lips and coat them in a good, moisturizing lip balm or vaseline. Just like on your face, it sloughs off dead skin and allows your new, fresh, pretty skin to surface. Then with lip balm or vaseline you lock in moisture that your lips so badly need.
  • Add facial oils into your moisturizer. Its just a little extra hydration for your skin to soak up. Lovely.
  • Olive Oil. I dump a small amount of Extra Virgin Olive Oil onto a cotton ball every night and rub it onto my face and neck. Again, another extra step to add in moisture to your skin.
  • Don’t neglect the rest of your body! Use a hydrating lotion/moisturizer on your entire body because its not just your face thats going to be feeling the negative effects of cold, dry weather. I also like using Coconut Oil. The oily feeling helps me feel extra hydrated and my skin feels soft and smooth a little extra longer. (just my opinion)
  • Use honey. Honey leaves your skin soft, smooth and happy. It always leaves me a little more moisturized and dewey, as well. And it smells divine!
  • Gloves and socks. For dry hands and feet I like to put several heavy coats of moisturizer, foot or hand cream on my feet/hands then put on socks or gloves to really lock in the moisture. I love the way my hands and feet feel afterwards, too. Its incredible.
  • Get a facial! 1. Because they’re amazing and feel like heaven. 2. They’re so beneficial for your faces skin and your esthetician will cater to your specific skin needs. Tell your esthetician you’re dry and winter air is wacking your skin out – she’ll hook you up.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

“The best foundation you can wear is glowing, healthy skin.”

T-Minus One Week (until the due date, at least)…

12227698_10153795139768383_5568428920531989907_nI had my 39 week doctors appointment early yesterday morning. Its so weird, I’ve known since March we were having a baby, but I feel like yesterday while I sat in the room waiting to be checked it really hit me that we are having a baby. I kind of got emotional as I sat there thinking that at any time in the next little bit our little man could join us and our worlds will be forever changed. Literally any time, Wild Man and I could become parents. We are having a baby and we are having one, soon. Holy. Crap.

Since I’ve been hit with this realization I feel like everything else is just sort of hazy. All I can think about is this huge change thats about to happen. I’m going to be lugging a carseat around and a diaper bag that probably contains 50% of our house inside of it, I’m going to have to learn how to fold and unfold our stroller without freaking/stressing out, I’m not going to sleep much, I’m going to have to learn how to multi-task a heck of a lot better than I do now, I’m going to have to make so many changes in my life. But I cannot wait! I hear parenthood is hard, but that phrase is always followed with, “but it is so worth it.”  

Today I officially hit 39 weeks pregnant! I can’t believe there is just one week left until the due date!! Remember how I used to say time was flying by? Well, it certainly isn’t anymore. November is d r a g g i n g by – but that was sort of to be expected, so I can’t say I’m surprised. The closer we get, the more I think maybe I’ll go past my due date with him (the 24th). Ugh. But as much as it pains me to say that, I’ll let him cook as long as he needs to. All I know is that very, very soon I’ll finally be able to hold my baby boy and cry my eyes out while I watch Wild Man hold him and love on him and though my life will have significantly changed in those moments he came into the world, everything will be right and perfect.

Come any time, Baby Boy!! Your mommy and daddy are so excited to finally meet you!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” -Walt Disney

Spiritual Sunday: Earthly Angels

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After posting my last Spiritual Sunday (that was actually posted on Monday…) I almost immediately knew what I wanted the following weeks message to be.

Our earthly angels.

We have earthly angels literally everywhere, all around us. But this week I was made especially aware of four that really stood out to me and made me so grateful for the blessing that these people are in my life. These four angels I’ve been particularly aware of this week are four incredible women who I really hope I can turn out like. My momma, both of my grandmas and a friend.

My momma. I genuinely feel bad for the people in the world who don’t know my mom. If I allowed myself, this post could go on for hours as I gush about what an amazing woman she is – but I’ll spare you of that time commitment and keep it short-ish. My mom has always been so giving, humble and full to the brim of service. She has three daughters and has always, always, always put us and our happiness first. She works so hard to make sure that we are happy and living a good life. This past week I’ve really been thinking about how she is one of those who won’t necessarily get up in your face and tell you her testimony or bear her soul to you about how she feels about the gospel – but she is one who rather than telling you, will show you. Her actions, deeds and big, selfless heart immediately teach you that she is a woman of God and lives a good life. I think this is one of the best qualities to have. I always remember hearing that quote that goes something like, words are nothing without action. That is my mom. She doesn’t just say she’ll do something – she does that something. I’ve also been overwhelmed with her kind and giving heart as we’ve prepared for Baby Boy. She has helped us so much. There are countless outfits in his dresser, accessories in his bedroom and other necessities for baby and me that she has bought us. It is really so helpful and lightens the weight on our shoulders significantly as we stress out (ok, the stress is mostly me) about making sure everything is perfect and ready for when the little guy comes. She is my constant earthly angel who teaches me how to be a good mother, friend and member of the church. She has also taught me so much about service and giving.

My Grandma. Both of my grandmas are being highlighted in this post. This particular one is my dads mom. You will never meet a more happy, optimistic, glass-half-full (more like overflowing) person. I always leave her presence feeling rejuvenated, happy and full of goals to be a happier person. Last Monday, Wild Man and I went to visit my grandparents who don’t live too far from us. My sweet grandpa struggles with some health issues and was already in bed, so it was just us and grandma. Wild Man asked her how grandpa was doing. She gave us the quick update (luckily he’s been having some good days, but is still tired, hurting, etc) but then before the mood could drop, she said, “but we are SO blessed!” She then proceeded to tell us of all the blessings in their lives and how she sees the Lords hand everywhere. This then led to an amazing story of how she converted to the church and her beautiful, strong testimony. It was incredible and Wild Man and I both felt so blessed and fortunate to have been there to hear her say these amazing things. I was completely uplifted by her – even more than usual. I was made very aware that she is absolutely one of my earthly angels who has given me an incredible example of steadfast faith to follow and strive for.

My Grandma. This grandma is my momma’s mom. My moms a wonderful person and there is no doubt in my mind she got many of her traits from her own mother. My grandma lives in Idaho and we don’t see her nearly as much as we’d like to, but it makes me extra thankful for the times I do get to see her and my grandpa. As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach I always find myself looking forward to seeing them when they come out to Utah to see us. My grandma has always been an example to me of being the person that always has it together. Her house is always perfectly clean, she makes delicious meals, she sews and her projects always turn out perfectly, she is always on top of things and though I’m sure she’d say she isn’t really… She at least is more so than most everyone else. I’m also inspired by her health. She cares for her body physically and mentally and I really hope I can be that same way. As I sit here and think about her and the fun conversations we always have and the sweet little gifts she always provides her family, I can’t help but feel so grateful that she is my grandma and that she loves me. She is on of my earthly angels because she inspires me to always do my best and care for everything I do.

My Friend. I have a lot of friends who could fit into this category of being my earthly angel. This friend in particular is the girl who does my lashes. I’ve known her for several years now and I genuinely enjoy the time I get to spend with her. She is an Esthetician and a Cosmetologist. Two of the most gossip and drama-filled professions out there, I’d say. Being an Esthetician myself, I know how easy it can be to be sucked into talking about negative, non-uplifting subjects with clients. But this woman in particular just never does. Every time I’ve seen her we’ve had a discussion about the gospel, we happily talk about our families, we help each other set goals to be better people and we are able to uplift each other and make each other feel better at the end of the appointment than we did at the beginning. I give complete credit to her and her willingness and eagerness to bring the spirit into the room and to share her thoughts and insight about the gospel. She is an earthly angel to me because she inspires me to bring the same uplifting spirit into my spa, and to always stay on the positive side while in conversations and discussions.

Obviously I have soooooooooo many more earthly angels. But these are the ones who really stood out to me this week and left me feeling inspired and eager to make changes in myself for the better. I’m so thankful for these people. I’m thankful Heavenly Father has sent us angels here on earth to help us, guide us, inspire us and be examples to us.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

“We were not placed on this earth to walk alone.” -Thomas S. Monson

What Side Are You On?

I feel like once November hits, people immediately begin to divide.

There are those who immediately jump into listening to Christmas music, decorating for Christmas and the whole shebang.. Then there are those who avoid all things Christmas until Thanksgiving has come and gone and they’re easily angered by the sight of Christmas decorations and the sounds of Christmas music.

I, for one, am happily and proudly one of those Christmas people.

Once Halloween is over I am ready for the music, the sparkly lights, the Christmas trees, paper snowflakes, Christmas scented candles (yum), snow on the ground, Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts and so on. I don’t know if this happens every year and I’ve just now discovered it, but on November 1st I got into the car and on 105.1 they were playing Christmas music!! Most magical thing, ever.

But all these Christmas thoughts zooming around my mind has made me wonder how everyone else feels. I took to Twitter and Facebook a few days ago to get some votes going.

The question was, is it ok to listen to Christmas music/decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving? I had a massive feedback (lol) and here are the numbers:

Out of the 22 people who voted:

17 said YES – bring on the Christmas

4 said NO – wait until after Thanksgiving

1 said – Do what makes you happy…

But I’m still curious, what side of this holiday debate are YOU on??
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I thought I’d leave you with this picture of my doggie in his new Santa hat, who by the looks of it, really isn’t feeling the Christmas spirit just yet. So add another vote to the nay-sayers..

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

“Its the most wonderful time of the year…”

Bump

One of my very best friends, Amy, who I have known for years and years and years, now, is a photographer – and a mighty talented one at that. I strongly suggest you take a look at her work here – you will thank me). Together we decided it would be fun to go walk around her neighborhood with her darling baby and energetic dog and find some places to take a few maternity pictures. We ended up stopping by a nearby park and then using cute scenery from around and inside her new home. It was such a fun day and these pictures turned out so, so good! Thank you, Amy!!

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ceeceesparkles

Thank You for Your Service

“Land of the free because of the brave.” 

I am so grateful for the service men and women who have defended my freedoms and my rights so selflessly. These brave men and women both past, present and future are incredible and don’t get near the recognition, thanks and respect they deserve. I am so glad these people exist and continue to fight for our country.

I’m especially thankful for my grandpa who was in the Navy in the Korean War. Knowing someone so close to me was once out fighting for the United States of America makes their sacrifices, selflessness and service even more meaningful and real to me.
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xoxo

ceeceesparkles