Happy Halloween! (kind of a Magical Monday too…sorta)

The day is finally here! I hope while you’re reading this you’re stuffing your face full of candy. We had our big Halloween Celebration earlier this month in Disneyland and attended Mickey’s Halloween Party, but of course we still are making today a happy (but not scary – i don’t do scary halloween) Halloween! Our costumes were part of a group costume with the rest of my family. There were seven of us total so naturally we had to be the 7 Dwarfs from Snow White. My mom goes all out on making costumes every year and she did an incredible job this year as usual. Although these costumes were a little simpler than her usual craftsmanship because she’d had a big surgery not too long before our trip, they still turned out perfect and we got tons of compliments in the park, lots of people took our pictures and we felt like the coolest people in Disneyland. You can bet we’ll feel that way tonight too when we trick-or-treat to a few houses – even if we will only be three of the seven dwarfs. (fyi: wild man is grumpy, h is dopey, i am happy — my dad was doc, my mom was bashful, one sister was sleepy and the other was sneezy)

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I hope your Halloween is great and I hope we all have a wonderful November! Its going to be a busy, exciting month for us!

xoxo

grumpy, dopey and happy

Pumpkin Painting

One of my favorite parts of October is the tradition my family has, which is painting pumpkins. Carving pumpkins is gross – just admit it. Painting them is much less gross, a bit less messy and they usually look pretty close to how you wanted them to. I will be a pumpkin painting advocate until the day I die.

This is H’s first October and I have been looking forward to him painting a pumpkin. He’s 11 months old and he liked this activity for maybe five minutes total, but it was just enough to make me feel happy about the ordeal. And he did a very nice job. However he definitely got more paint on the cardboard underneath him and on his own hands and belly.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: The Magic is Real

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Late last night we got home from another Disneyland trip and today as I’ve been doing laundry and putting our new souvenirs away I can’t quit thinking about what a perfect week it was in the Happiest Place on Earth. I have gone to Disneyland often my whole entire life and it has always been a happy getaway that leaves me refreshed, rejuvenated and full of good energy. I had no idea the magic could get even better and even more real once I took my own child there. H has been to Disneyland a few times now and it just keeps getting better. This trip was my favorite. He is eleven months old now (can you believe it?) and he was so observant, attentive and just super into the whole thing. I lost track of the amount of times I’d cry/tear up over sweet moments my son had in the park. The magic that Walt Disney created years and years ago is real, alive and thriving and I am so grateful that me and my family are able to partake in the magic. I am already chomping at the bit to get back to Disneyland and watch the magic through H’s eyes again. There is nothing like it. It really is the happiest place on earth.

And expect several new Disney posts coming soon because this trip was that good.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

September Beauty Talk

Its kind of like monthly favorites. Its kind of like hits and misses. Its kind of product review. Some will be new products. Some will be products I’ve had forever. Its my Beauty Talk and starting now, I’ll be doing one every month. I’m back tracking a little and starting with September. Ready, go.

SEPTEMBER BEAUTY TALK

SOAP & GLORY – BODY WASH AND BODY LOTION (CRUSH SCENT): This stuff! I’m obsessed. The body wash is so refreshing, gentle and makes your entire bath/shower smell like limes and the scent lasts! Use the body lotion afterwards and you will be in heaven. This lotion is really creamy and very moisturizing. I’m an incredibly dry person but I really haven’t had the issue since using this lotion. And I cannot stress enough just how phenomenal the scent is. Soap and Glory has several different scents, but Crush is by far my favorite.

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RCMA NO-COLOR POWDER: I have been using this powder for quite a while now and I have no plans of ever using a different powder to set my make up. It also works awesome for baking your face (on the rare occasion that I do that..) Its a loose powder that goes on without any color and it really holds your liquid products (foundation, concealer, etc) in place. My one huge complaint however is the packaging. Loose powder in a big container like this gets so messy. Every single time I use it I have powder all over my shirt, hands and counter. Its easy to clean up, but its still a pain you know?

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CREST 3D WHITE TOOTHPASTE: This isn’t technically a beauty product, but a clean, white smile helps make you beautiful! I’ve been obsessed over the idea of whitening my smile lately so I grabbed this toothpaste on a whim a while ago and I’m never going back. It works! And its minty fresh ::thumbs up emoji::

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COLOR POP – SCULPTING STIX AND HIGHLIGHT: Mixed reviews here. I got the highlight in shade, Monster and I love it. It isn’t the easiest to blend and sometimes I feel like it takes the makeup thats underneath it off, so thats a bummer – but when it goes on nicely it is an incredible highlight and you will be beaming! Its definitely not subtle and sometimes thats just how I like it. The Sculpting Stix I had high hopes for. I got a couple really light shades for highlight and a darker shade for contour. The colors are nice, but they are soooooo hard to blend. I have to work them for a while with my beauty blender before they finally start looking decent. I’m bound and determined to make these things work for me – its just going to take a bit of effort.

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BROW PENCIL – ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS BROW WIZ: I don’t think I’ll ever use another product on my brows. I’ve used this pencil for several months now and I’m committed. Its incredible and you need it in your life.

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MASCARA – MILK MAKEUP: This is a newer product for me. I was weirded out by it at first because it comes in a squishy tube and the applicator is insane, but I gave it a try and now its the only mascara I use. Its a deep, dark black that doesn’t transfer and it fans my lashes out nicely and elongates them. Love this stuff.

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MAYBELLINE – FIT ME CONCEALER: I love when you find a drugstore product that works just as nicely as higher end makeup. I use these concealers for my under eye, setting my eyelids, highlight and contour and I love them. They blend effortlessly, they don’t crease or cake up and they have a nice, flawless finish. And they’re cheap so I’m all about these.

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REAL TECHNIQUES – SETTING BRUSH: I use this brush for my powder highlights and its the best. I have used so many brushes and tried to get them to apply my highlight the exact way I wanted and this is the only one that does so. It fans the product out so I don’t have to blend too much and its soft and easy to use.

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BE A BOMBSHELL COSMETICS NAIL POLISH IN HOLY FUCHSIA: I love this color and this brand. It stays on nicely (with a bottom/top coat) and the color is so fun because its still a bright, happy color but its deep enough that it works as a perfect Fall nail color. I’m all about this.

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KAT VON D – TATTOO LINER: People have raved about this forever and I never felt the need to purchase it. I have been in an eyeliner rut recently so I finally caved and got it. I get it now. This is a staple makeup product everyone needs in their makeup bag. You can get blunt, thick lines or precise, thin lines. Its perfect for any look.

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LIPSENSE: I was hesitant to mention Lipsense because I know there are very strong opinions about this. But then I remembered this is my blog and my opinion and I am free to share that here. I love Lipsense. I searched forever for a lipstick I could wear and still kiss my husband and baby without leaving lip marks on them and this is it. It really doesn’t transfer, the color payoff is awesome and there are so many colors to choose from! You guys…I even sell this stuff. (don’t worry, i have vowed not to be a pushy salesman. i won’t force you to join any groups or make you endure endless posts on social media about the product – my pages are there but you have to join them by your own free will to see the content)

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

 

Get Ready Challenge

Maybe this is just me, but my day almost always goes better and feels better on the days I get ready. You would think this would make me get ready, right? Wrong. I still wear yoga pants and a sweatshirt or a t-shirt of Wild Man’s 90% of the time. For no real reason I decided t0 issue a challenge to myself to get all the way ready for a full week. This entails getting dressed in actual clothes/wearing a bra, doing my hair, wearing make up AND getting sweet baby H ready too (putting him in clothes instead of comfy clothes to match my own). To really take this up a notch I am going to try new make up techniques/product every day and I am going to do my hair different every day. I am writing this paragraph on Day One and will be updating this post every day but actually posting it on the seventh day.

DAY ONE

What I Wore: I could be wrong but the shirt I wore is called something along the lines of ‘the boyfriend….shirt?’ I can’t remember. But I do know its comfy and I do know its from Old Navy. I wore an old reliable pair of super skinny jeans form American Eagle and when I went out I wore a pair of black pointed toe flats.

My Hair: I got bangs two days ago. They’re cuter than they look in the picture below – I’m still figuring out how to pose with them I guess. Also I’m getting them thickened here soon. Anyway my hair frustrated me today. I used a large barreled curling iron on it and approximately ten seconds later the curl was gone, leaving my hair looking messy and like I just rolled out of bed. Whatever. It’ll look better tomorrow. Maybe.

My Make Up: My favorite part of any day I get ready is the make up. I did a full face but I kept it fairly simple. I used some warm oranges and golds from my favorite shadow palette (Morphe 35O) and paired it with a fairly bold lip (Bella from Lipsense – yes I wear/love it). I didn’t really challenge myself today with the look but I’m hoping to have time tomorrow to get more creative.

What H Wore: This cute boy wore this new long sleeved t shirt from Target and some jeans from Baby Gap and darling Mickey Mouse socks from H&M. No matter what he wears he looks like a million bucks and I can’t take my eyes off him.

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DAY TWO

What I Wore: My parents recently returned back from Disney World (right before the hurricane hits, thank goodness) and they brought us back some fun shirts that I knew I wanted to wear this week. Today was the day. I wore this WDW top thats sort of the feel of a light hoodie with no hood. What are those called? Seriously I know nada when it comes to fashion terms. I also wore some dark wash jeans from Target and wore some silver sparkly Sperry’s.

My Hair: I pulled the top of my hair back and twisted it around. Of course you can’t tell because I failed to take a picture. But hey at least I did my hair.

My Make Up: I didn’t have a lot of time for make up today but I still wanted to do something a little different than yesterdays look so I decided to go with a pretty thick winged eyeliner. It wasn’t very long or dramatic but it was a fun way to bring the focus to my eyes. I wore a soft mauve blush and opted for no lip color today. I also tried out a new highlighter from ColourPop today and I really like it – this one may knock out my current highlight fav for the time being.

What H Wore: How cute is he, seriously? Sweet Baby H wore a Mickey Mouse hoodie from Disney World and when he saw himself in it with the hood on the first time he was so excited! Underneath he just has a little black t-shirt from Target and wore some simple grey comfy pants from Carters and some more of those Mickey Mouse H&M socks.

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DAY THREE

What I Wore: I knew the day would come during this challenge where I had no desire to get ready. BUT I still did (with a kind of crappy attitude). Today I wore an old shirt from Gap that I always feel grown up in. For an unknown reason I feel ‘ready’ in this shirt. Its also a little bit thicker material so it was nice and warm for this chillier day. I have a relaxed style of jeans on from Gap and paired this outfit with some mustard flats.

My Hair: Yeah, I didn’t do my hair. Well I did it, it just is in some weird messy bun type thing. I showered this morning and my hair was still wet while H was taking his nap and I was getting ready and I wasn’t about to turn the hair dryer on and ruin his nap. So the wet hair was stacked on top of my head. At least I did my bangs, thats got to count for something.

My Make Up: I used all different face products today. A new primer, foundation, concealer, setting powder and a new under eye concealer. I also used browns and dark purples on my eyelids and tight lined my eyes. I have a nude, barely-there lip and kept everything pretty easy. Also, I didn’t capture it very well in the picture (dang) but my eyeshadow looked killer today.

What H Wore: We kept H comfy and cozy today in a red long sleeve onesie (Walmart – so cheap!!) and cute comfy pants from Target. He had a pair just like them but in red last Fall/Winter and they were my favorite! Then some Disney Story Mickey Mouse socks (i promise he has socks other than Disney…)

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DAY FOUR

What I Wore:Β So this day just really didn’t go how we planned it to. Its a Saturday and Wild Man went mountain biking with his brother earlier this morning. At around 11:45 I got a call from him and he told me he crashed – bad. (there will be a story on this later with more detail) We spent the whole day in the ER and I literally left the house the second after I got ready so no pictures were taken. Luckily I somehow snuck into a picture my mother in law took, so thats my outfit picture for the day. Anyway. We are BYU fans in this family and today was game day so I wore blue. This is a loose 3/4 sleeve shirt from Gap and I wore a pair of jeans, also from Gap and some grey fake converse from Target.

My Hair: Wavy curls that died a while later – that is the story of my hair whenever I try to do anything ‘fancy’ with it. Someone teach me how to make curl last. My hair is thick and heavy and I’m starting to believe I’m destined to be curl-less.

My Make Up: It was a basic full face of make up. I warmed my eyelids up by sticking some bronzer in my crease, I wore a brighter pink/peach blush and some tinted chapstick. Nothing fancy or high maintenance. Which was good since I spent my whole day at the hospital.

What H Wore: I so wish I would have got a better picture of The Captain but I had to rush out of the house and leave H with my mom. He wore a BYU jersey top and some jeans from Target and some little BYU socks. He looked SO cute I could hardly stand it. While Wild Man was still biking and I was hanging out at home with H, I took the picture below because I thought it was funny that he figured out how to pull his arm out of his sleeve – and thats his outfit picture for the day.

What a day…

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DAY FIVE

What I Wore: I love Sundays and getting ready for them is half the fun. Today I wore a full length dress from LuLaRoe. This is my one item from them and I really don’t hate it. Its pretty, its stretchy (makes for easy nursing) and the pattern hides the leftover pooch I have from being pregnant so I really like it. I wore a pair of sandals that matched the little bit of blue in the dress.

My Hair: I got real exciting today and just straightened my hair. But I hadn’t done it yet this week and honestly the days I straighten my hair are the days I feel prettiest. Probably because my hair doesn’t ‘fall out’ of being straight like it does with curls, so I feel put together all day long.

My Make Up: I did a full coverage face and used all my go-to products today. I let the focus fall on my lips that were a nice berry color. My eyelids had some golds and browns blended together and a little bit of glitter because thats never a bad idea. I finally jumped on the band wagon and bought the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and today was the first day I used it and I’m already a big fan! I did a simple line but I’m looking forward to seeing what other kinds of looks I can create with this. I also used a new highlight that I can’t even remember the name of and I don’t care because I wasn’t a fan..

What H Wore: My baby in church clothes = CUTEST EVER EVER EVER. He is so stinkin’ handsome my heart can’t handle it. Today H wore a button up collared white onesie from Baby Gap, some Chicos (my fav church pants for him) from H&M and some cute little shoes from Target. And he melted everyones heart at church. He seriously got so many compliments and I agreed fully with all of them.

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DAY SIX

What I Wore: You know when you’re looking through your closet and find a shirt you bought forever ago and never wore? This great event happened for me the other day and I couldn’t wait to finally wear the blouse from Old NavyΒ – today was the day. I wore them with black jeggings (my jam) from Target and black flats.

My Hair: I was undecided on hair today. It started off straight like yesterday, but then it went into a high pony tail to stay the rest of the day.

My Make Up: Once Fall hits all I want to do is wear warm oranges, reds, browns and golds. Today I mainly wore orange and gold and I la-la-loved it. I wore Caramel Apple (from Lipsense) on my lips and did a soft all over face look.

What H Wore: This cute baby wore another long sleeve T from Target, some Target jeans and socks and later wore the cutest little baby tennis shoes (also from Target). If you haven’t been able to figure out already, Target is my favorite place to shop.

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DAY SEVEN

What I Wore: Finally the last day! I can’t wait to wear leggings, yoga pants and wrinkly t-shirts again tomorrow! Anyway. Today I wore a short sleeve sweater from Gap, the Always Skinny jeans from Gap and gold flats (either from Target or Old Navy, I can’t remember).

My Hair: Can you tell I sort of gave up on my hair today? Top knot for the win. It is messy and boring, but it worked and believe it or not I got two compliments on it and Wild Man told me he likes when my hair looks like this. So I’m not sorry for being lazy in the hair department.

My Make Up: Ok, I was kind of lazy with my make up too. I look so tired in the picture – it makes me glad not too many people saw me today. H has been fighting his naps so hard lately and in result is easily cranky so I didn’t have a whole lot of time to dedicate to my face. Plus I did a face mask today so I had even less time. I wore BB Cream, translucent face powder, blush, highlight, brows and mascara.

What H Wore: Today this cute boy wore a Storm Trooper T from Target and these adorable washed Joggers from H&M. They are so long and require a few rolls, but they’re still so dang cute and he gets compliments on these all the time.

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FINALL THOUGHTS

  • I buy a lot of stuff from Target (this isn’t shocking news or anything – just a statement)
  • Its awkward to take pictures of your face/make up and I feel like those pictures made my head look massive. Thats a bummer.
  • I need someone to tell me how to make my hair cute. I have so little motivation to do much with it and it never looks how I wished it did. If I put lots of time and effort into it I can make it look good, but I don’t always have the time sooooooooo I just need help.
  • I love make up and I love trying new products. I wish I would have been more out of the box this week though.
  • Getting ready every day is fun and makes me feel fancier than I am, but I also missed the days where I could just throw my hair up, go sans make up and wear super comfy clothes. I’m definitely not going to give those days up, but I will also try to get for real ready more than I normally do.
  • Jeans are cute and nice to wear sometimes but they’re also overrated. Leggings count as perfectly fine pants and I’ll stand by that forever. (oh my heck i am so lazy you guys)
  • H is always cute no matter what he wears. I especially love him in jeans. He’s just the best and the cutest, guys. Love that little dude.
  • I think I’ll do this again in a month or two.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: Mickeys Halloween Party

*Walt Disney World has a Halloween party as well called, Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party, but we tend to focus on Disneyland on Magical Mondays (we’ll change that soon) so thats what we’ll be chatting about here

Every time you go to Disneyland is magical, but the most magical time to go is during the Fall. Specifically, Halloween time. Oh my gosh. The decorations are incredible, the air is a little cooler and to make it all that much more magical, there is a special event (an event you have to purchase a separate ticket for) that I look forward to every year. (side note: didn’t go last year because I was giant pregnant – probably the one time going to DL is a bad idea) It is called Mickey’s Halloween Party and its simply the best.

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It begins in the evening, you are free to dress up (bonus points for Disney costumes, obvs), you trick-or-treat around the park, there is a special firework show and special parade, characters dress up too and you can get your picture with them, but you are still able to go on the rides! Halloween time in Disneyland = the best holiday experience you could possibly have.

We are going this year so I’m going to have a much better, more detailed post about the party later. For now, just know that you should consider a trip during September/October (the Halloween party goes during both months) to Disneyland sometime in your life. Go ahead and put this on your bucket list, peeps.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Venting Session

Sometimes I wish becoming a mother came with a handbook but as we all know very obviously, it does not. The Captain does not eat. He nurses and he is all about that life. Its the only kind of food intake he wants. Actually I take that back, he likes corn too. But thats kind of it besides the random day where he’ll unhappily eat spoonfuls of baby food or pieces of whatever I’m eating. We all know I’m a worrier so it should come as no surprise to anyone that now — I am worried. I don’t believe he is starving or unhealthy, but I have noticed he gets cranky so much easier and is sad way more than usual and I always assume its because the poor guy is hungry. I love nursing, I really do. The times I nurse H are honestly some of my favorite parts of the day, but he is 10.5 months old and I know he needs a lot more than just my milk now. So I stress out that he’s not getting enough and that he doesn’t feel good or that he is always hungry. But you also can’t force a baby to eat anything so I feel like we stuck between a rock and a hard place. There is no real way to win right now. I just have to be patient and I’m bad at that. I want everything to be perfect for my little buddy and it breaks my heart to even think of him being hungry. Also maybe he isn’t hungry. Maybe he’s totally fine and I’m making this all up – this is a very plausible theory. This is more a post to vent because sometimes venting makes me feel better and can sometimes calm me down and be able to breathe a little better. Heres to hoping thats the case right now.

Thanks for listening.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

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