February GBOMB

Oh February. I’m glad you’re about over. You took me on a ride – a rollercoaster of emotions and I just wasn’t prepared for that.

GOOD

  • I got to meet a few of my friends tiny babies this month. Is there anything better than a newborn fresh from heaven? Oh my heck.
  • I got a lot of new make up and nail polish this month and some of those items were my saving graces. I guess I’m one of those girls that spirits can be lifted by a new eye shadow palette or new facial cleanser. I’m not ashamed.
  • Yoga. I have been more disciplined in my yoga practices this month in hopes to make myself happier and less stressed and anxiety ridden. Its working. I love yoga.
  • Last Sunday we had an amazing time in church! The last three Sunday’s I have cried in church because of how hard its been (a wiggly one year old and a loud, rowdy sunbeam class will do that to an anxiety monster such as myself) so this was a huge feat! H was so good and though the still tried his darnedest to stay as far away from us as possible all three hours, he never had a meltdown! And our primary class was so reverent and made me feel like maybe they are paying attention and listening and learning! Hooray!
  • It was warm enough at one point to go feed the ducks in our neighborhood by the creek. This is one of H’s favorite things to do and its an excuse to get out of the house and have a change of scenery. #blessed
  • We had a few playdates that were so much fun for both H and myself. I’m so glad I have friends with kids that are near the same age as H. It feels good to know my son will have as good of friends as I do. IMG_4203.jpg
  • Our Valentine’s Day was nice and lazy. We ate delicious steak, courtesy of Wild Man and spent time together, just the three of us. It wasn’t anything special but it still was special to us.

BAD

  • Its just been one of those days…all month long. You know when you’re on your period and hormones are just raging and your happy, then your ticked, then your sad but you don’t know why, then you’re stressed out, then theres so much anxiety and then you’re crying and it won’t stop? Thats been me all month. Why? Good question. I have no idea. I just really hope March is a cheerier month.
  • I’m attempting to be healthier. Maybe this should be under the ‘Good’ list, but its making me grumpy so its under ‘Bad.’ I have even tried to really monitor the amount of Diet Coke I drink (ugh) and… ew. I know I need to be healthier so I’m proud of myself for sticking to it, but at the same time I want all the Diet Coke! I want all the sugar! I want all the carbs! I want all the ice cream! I want all the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!
  • H has been throwing a lot of fits lately. We just had his 15 month well check and I was informed this is very normal and actually healthy, but sheesh! He is a dramatic little guy when he wants to be! We are talking throwing his body to the floor, screaming and hitting kind of tantrums. I am trying to distract him with happy things when he does this and sometimes it works but other times it ends in me being whacked by his flailing arms. Its real fun.

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ON MY BRAIN

  • I have been wanting to do more service but I realize thats about as far as I get. I want to – but don’t actually do anything. Am I really so lazy that I can’t share some of the cookies I make with a neighbor, or go visit someone I know needs to talk? People around me are so kind and are giving me service all the time. Why am I so lame and rarely do it back?
  • I want to re organize my kitchen. But at the same time I don’t because that sounds like a lot of work (oh my gosh i’m so lazy).
  • I’m looking for a course to improve my penmanship. Or more my fancy writing. I have a chalk board I write little quotes or phrases on in my house and I love it but I wish I had more or a lettering repertoire to give the chalk board. If you have any suggestions or helpful hints I would love to hear!
  • Do I want to start collecting Disney magnets? Do I? I already collect a lot of Disney stuff, but lately Disney magnets have been calling my name. I don’t even understand why exactly but I have the itch.
  • I’m really glad I brought back The Motherhood Project. Its so fun to read about moms and their strengths, struggles, stories and their advice to other moms. It feels empowering and I really hope its a place where moms turn to get refueled and remember there is no ‘right’ way to mom and no one has all the answers or does it perfectly.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

 

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Weekly Happy

If you’ve read my blog for even a couple weeks then you know this month…has not been my month. Its just been blah and theres no real reason why. So I’m actually glad I get to focus on some things that made my week good. Its good to be reminded that good things happen even when you don’t realize it in the moment.

One: I actually love the winter, but I see why winter/snow is hard for parents now. All H wants to do is go play outside and its usually way too cold! We’re itching for warmer weather. So we were really happy a few days ago when the weather was just warm enough for a half hour in a nearby park with my sister!

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Two: My husband doesn’t get enough credit. He makes me incredibly happy. I don’t think he even knows he does it, but he lifts my spirits almost instantaneously and I couldn’t be more grateful for that trait. He is a light in my life – a giant light of goofiness, sarcasm and laughter.

Three: Moana came out and I am in heaven. I’ve been anxiously looking forward to the day we could sit on our couch and watch this movie. (its on right now as i type this) Disney did an incredible job with this one. I love it all.

Four: I was thinking about my spa clients the other day and realized how lucky I am to have them. They genuinely make me happy. I’m very fortunate in that most of my clients are either previous or new friends. I’m a chatty person and I love getting to know people and when they’re getting their lashes done we have no choice but to chat for a good chunk of time and cheesy as it sounds, its an honor. I love catching up with old friends and getting to know new friends. For whatever reason people really open up in a spa setting and tell me a lot of things going on in their lives or things on their mind and I feel so lucky that they trust me enough to talk to me like this – and in turn I feel like I can talk to them this way too! I’m so lucky to be able to make money doing something I love so much with incredible people.

Five: Home videos are a huge reason to be happy. On Sunday Wild Man broke out some of the videos he made from previous Disney trips we have been on and it made me so happy. Grant it, it also made me depressed that I wasn’t in Disneyland, but it was so nice to watch our memories, and soak in all the magical goodness.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

The Motherhood Project: Felicia

“It’s amazing how much we can love a little person from the first instant we see them.”

Name: Felicia Houston

Child/Children’s Names/ages: Hank – 20 months

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Did you enjoy your pregnancy?: I loved being pregnant with Hank. I had mild morning sickness that lasted until I was 19 weeks and REALLY swollen ankles the last month. Those are the only things that stand out in my mind, so i really cant say a bad word about being pregnant. It was a magical 9 months -full of worry, of course, pregnancy can be scary- but
oh so magical!

How was your delivery experience?: My delivery was wonderful. I was so worried about it my whole pregnancy. My biggest fear was going to the hospital and being sent home. But in the end, it was kind of a breeze. I had a doctors appointment Monday morning. He stripped my membranes and told me i’d have some bad cramps but don’t go to the hospital. Two hours later the “bad cramps” started. They started to get closer together and more intense. I had no idea they were contraction. I think I said to Kyle probably 30 times, “if these are just the bad cramps i’m not gonna make it. I can’t have a baby.” I called my mom to ask her about it and she said they sounded like contractions and if i wanted to have a baby today i needed to go for a walk to keep them coming closer together. So we
did. At about 5:45 that night they were about 2-3 minutes apart and i started throwing up, so my mom told me to go to the hospital. I walked in so scared they would turn me away – but they didn’t!! I was far enough they let me stay. They gave me an epidural, broke my water, and i progressed really quickly until i got to about a 8 1/2. Then we sat there and waited for a couple hours. At 3:28 am and after an hour of pushing – Hank was finally born. It wasn’t the delivery i had imagined in my head. They didn’t let Kyle cut the cord and i only got to touch him for probably 10 seconds before they rushed him down the hall to the NICU team. But everything turned out fine. After a week in the NICU our sweet little baby got to come home to us. It was a week full of lots of emotions (and hormones), but i wouldn’t change anything about it.

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: I think one of my biggest struggles is trying to balance being a fun mom while still doing real life stuff like laundry,
cleaning the house, and grocery shopping. Sometimes I think Hank gets board of me cause i’m the parent that folds the laundry and then dad comes home and they build a fort together and get out every toy in the entire house. So during the day I have to make sure I spend enough time just being with Hank and not worrying if my to-do list gets done.

What’s your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: I think my biggest strength is communicating with Hank. –But that is probably Hanks doing and not mine.– I can explain to him why we can’t do something and he nods his head ok and moves on. He rarely gets upset when I explain to him why we cant do something and life just moves on. He’s an awesome little guy.

What is your parenting style?: I’m kind of just a go with the flow kind of mom. I was raised to just go with the flow, so as a mom I am the same way. Hank does have a pretty good schedule, but we’re very flexible. Which means sometimes Hanks nap is in the car. But thats ok with me. I cant handle being in the house all day to keep a strict schedule. So we just go with the flow because every day is different.

What is your favorite part of the day with your child/children?: My favorite part of the day with Hank is when he wakes up from his nap. He usually takes a good 10 minutes
after he wakes up to really wake up. So for 10 minutes all he wants to do is snuggle with me on the couch. It’s my favorite part of the day. It melts me, and it always gives me a little pick me up to keep trying to be the best mom I can be for him because I feel so lucky he is mine.

Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?: I look up to so many people with their amazing examples. But of course my main inspiration is my mother. She is
literally the most amazing mom. She was always my best friend growing up and she still is. I call her probably way more than i should. But i don’t care… and i don’t think she does either! 🙂 I hope i can be that kind of mom for my kids.

Advice for fellow mothers who need a little boost?: Just remember we are all making it up as we go. Just try your best to make your baby happy and that’s all that really matters!

Where is your favorite place to shop for yourself? Favorite place to shop for your child/children?: My favorite place to shop for Hank is Target. They have cute stuff that you don’t have to spend a fortune on. I don’t really have a favorite store for myself. Boring – i know. But it really just depends on the day for me.

What’s one product for yourself you can’t live without? Favorite product for your child/children?: All I need is a Diet Coke a day. haha just kidding. But seriously. It keeps me going. For Hank I love, Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief Body Creme. I have tried a lot of different things on his dry eczema little legs but every since i started using this his skin has been so soft!! I would recommend it over anything else.

How has being a mom changed your life?: Being a mom has been the funnest, most fulfilling, and most challenging thing all in one. It’s amazing how much we can love a little person from the first instant we see them. I would do anything for Hank, even though he tests my patience everyday. Having a baby of my own has given me a whole new perspective. It makes me love things more, appreciate things more, admire my own parents more, and have better goals for myself. Being a mom is an amazing blessing.

*If you have anyone you’d like to nominate to be featured on the blog (yourself included) send me their email or phone number and I will contact them/you! ceeceesparkles@gmail.com

February Beauty Talk

I don’t like the name Beauty Talk anymore. I should have just been boring and named it Favorites or something. Because its not all beauty related I have realized. But oh well. Here are my February Favorites/Beauty Talk. Thank goodness I found a lot of great things this month because this has not been my month so I’m happy I was at least able to discover some new goodies and rediscover some old gems.

Evian Natural Mineral Water. This stuff is awesome. Its not a setting spray, its just… water with minerals. I am a very, very dry person so I love using this to give my skin a little moisture. Its light and dries quickly. I usually use it after I wash and exfoliate my face, before I put my moisturizer on. And I go crazy with it at night before I go to bed. I’ve totally noticed my skin is less dry too and I give this so much of the credit.

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Aveeno Absolutely Ageless cleanser. I am not opposed to spending a pretty penny on skin care. I take my skin care seriously and I usually steer away from drug store brands. However I kept reading amazing reviews about this stuff so I decided to give it a shot and I am shocked to say I’m obsessed. This is so gentle and smells incredible. It gets sudsy and just makes your face feel clean and fresh. I never thought I’d recommend something like this, but I do now!

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Morphe Concealer. Ok. I’m torn on this. The first time I used this I used it under my eye and that got a big NOPE from me. It creased so bad, even when I set my under eyes. It was just bad, looked cakey and horrible, but I was determined to love it somehow. So I started using it over blemishes and as a sort of a highlight and like it much better. I definitely think its a thick, thick product so it needs to be applied very light handed and blended out really well. I don’t love it but I don’t hate it anymore. But would I recommend you buy this? No, probably not.

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Thickity Thick Mascara by Bliss. I got this off of Amazon after hearing it helps your lashes lengthen and look fuller. Isn’t that the goal? The first several uses were underwhelming (but I tend to like mascara after its a little older/more used anyway) but now I really like it! Its super easy to build too. If you want a more natural look, one coat will do but if you want a more dramatic look, you put a few more coats on and BAM.

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Morphe 12NB Palette. Loooooooooooooove. I am a die hard fan of Morphe’s eye shadows. They are powdery, sort and have some fall out, but once you figure out how to manipulate them just so, they are awesome. These blend so well and they’re the prettiest colors. I am thinking this will be a great palette to take next time we travel. It has all the colors I’d need to do a different eye look every day and still feel like I’m mixing things up.

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ColourPop Super Shock shadow in Summer Lovin. Oh I love this stuff. I use this product as a pop of high intensity shimmer on my eyelids when I’m going for that dramatic, glam look. I’m never disappointed. It blends well, applies well and doesn’t move all day.

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Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation Stick. I have been actually hating foundations, lately. Every single one I try just doesn’t go on well and its really annoying. So I decided I had nothing to lose and started dabbling in drugstore stick foundations. I have some more in the mail right now but I have been working with this one lately. Its definitely not full coverage, but its nice and blends with a foundation brush really nicely (I had bad luck using a beauty blender) I am excited to try the other stick foundations though. Someday I’ll find a foundation that loves me.

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Elf Highlighters. The pinker one is called Pink Diamonds and the golden one is called Moonlight Pearls. I am so impressed with these! If you’re going to use them I suggest dusting off the top layer first because for some reason the top layer just doesn’t work the same? But these are really nice, natural highlights that can be built up if needed.

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Cool Makeup Setting Spray. This stuff is so refreshing and smells yummy. Does it actually make my make up stay on longer? I’m not sure. But it helps add moisture to my face, helps my make up look a little more natural and feels so good! I don’t love the way it sprays though..

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Light Board. I love my light board and I’m particularly proud of the way its looked for the last week. I think I’m funny sometimes.

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Spireside candle in Main Street Bakery. I’m 99% sure I’ve talked about this candle before, but thats how good it is. This company used to be called Anthology Candles and has since changed their name. This is the yummiest smelling candle I’ve ever owned. And its inspired by Disney!

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Heart Dish. I got this small heart dish from Target for like $3 and I’m obsessed. It was a Valentine’s Day decoration originally but I think its going to stay on the decorative tray I keep on my dining room table far after February is over. I love it too much to part ways with it just yet.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Everybody is a Somebody

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My word of 2017 is Kindness and I have really been enjoying making sure I am focusing on this. There is always room for a little more kindness in my corner of the world (and the rest of the world). I haven’t been perfect and I can think back to several dozen different times when I definitely could have been more kind, but its a work in progress. Something I have noticed even just two months into this goal of being kinder is that I have managed to program myself to catch myself if I’m not being kind or if my thoughts aren’t very kind. I am able to catch myself so much quicker than I used to and have been working on fixing my thoughts or actions quickly.

The other day someone I follow on Instagram posted the quote, “be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody” and I haven’t been able to really forget about that phrase. For the next little while I am going to replaying this in my mind on a daily basis in hopes that it will help me in my little journey of becoming kinder. You know those people in your life who you just really love and are really comfortable with because they are so kind? They make you feel loved, valued and special and you leave them feeling better about yourself. I can think of several people in my life who are like this and I know they always make me feel like a somebody. I want to be like that. I want to be the person that is known for making people feel good about themselves.

I guess thats really all I have to say in this random post. I just really wanted to share that quote I found in hopes maybe it can inspire a few more people to spread kindness!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

So You Want to Have a Dance Party?

Since I am a SAHM and I have a very busy husband, I have a lot of one-on-one time with my little man. I super love planting our bums on the couch and watching a movie or two, but I try to make sure that we have a lot more time playing and being active than we do being potatoes. One of our most recent favorite pastimes lately are having full-blown dance parties. We hook the music on my phone up to our AppleTV and turn our music up loud and dance dance dance! H has some killer moves consisting of small squats, thigh slaps, hand claps and gentle head banging that blow my moves out of the water, but we dance hard nonetheless. Bonus: If you actually dance (or attempt to) it also counts as cardio!

Seeing as these dance parties happen at least once a day and H and I are kinda feeling like pros at this, we consulted and decided to share with you our favorite dance party playlist! Spoiler Alert: Its all Disney music. Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be..

OUR DANCE PARTY PLAYLIST

  • Try Everything (from Zootopia): A classic dance song. I don’t think anyone can listen to this song without at least tapping their toes to the beat.
  • I Just Can’t Wait to be King (from Lion King): Why is this such a little boy song to me? It makes me so proud that H loves this one so much.
  • Be Our Guest (from Beauty and the Beast): I really didn’t think this would be such a dance song but H lights up when he hears it so I can’t ever skip past this one when it comes on (not that i’d want to – its a great song!)
  • Sugar Rush (from Wreck It Ralph): Oh we have fun with this one and according to H, this is a great one to thigh-slap to.
  • The Bare Necessities (from Jungle Book): Wild Man sings this song all. the. time. so it seemed like a necessity (see what i did there?) to add this to our playlist.
  • You’re Welcome (from Moana): We are big fans of this song here. And we are sooooo excited for this movie to come out super soon!
  • Winnie the Pooh (from Winnie the Pooh, duh): I can’t hear this song now without picturing H doing this cute little squat while clapping his hands and smiling. He is a big fan of Pooh Bear.

And by that point I am exhausted and H is ready for a snack.

Think there are any songs we’re missing on our go-to Disney Dance Party Playlist?

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Weekly Happy

I have been meaning to start this forever and finally have. Every Saturday I am going to post about something/s that made me happy during the week. Its going to help me focus on positivity and be a way for me to reflect on my week and smile.

One: I got a whole bunch of new make up products and I LOVE all but one of them. Do you know how rare that is? I am beyond thrilled with this and now I have all these new ideas for new make up looks, I’m excited to try new techniques I’ve heard about and just super looking forward to playing with my new, pretty make up!

Two: H and I played with a couple different friends this past week. One play date was at our house and the other was at our friends. It felt so good to be social with an adult, to talk about our kids and to laugh as we watch our babies interact with each other. There is something so calming and therapeutic to me when I am with friends and we can just talk and laugh and whine. Its the best.

Three: Valentine’s Day was really fun. I set up a scavenger hunt for Wild Man and H to find H’s gifts (Wild Man and I opted out of gifts this year to save for some exciting things) and I loved watching them run around the house finding clues. H mostly was just interested in holding the clues after dad read them. His main Valentine’s Day gift was a Pua (from Moana) and it was love at first sight. He kept staring at Pua and smiling and giving him loves. It was the highlight of our day.

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Four: H is kinda, sorta weening himself off of his second nap (thats definitely not my weekly happy) but there are still some days he’ll either fall asleep or just needs to have quiet time. Our most successful quiet time is usually when I turn all the lights off, turn on a movie for him, give him his binky, a blanket and his Mickey Mouse tsum-tsum pillow. But the other day Wild Man was home during quiet time and the two of them watched Toy Story. I laughed at how GLUED they both were to the movie. I love their friendship and how much they both adore each other.

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Five: I’m going to be posting about this later in the week, but I have found this new motivation and confidence in me that I have apparently lost. I have realized I change myself to try and be like the people who’s blogs I read or who’s twitter accounts I follow and get embarrassed if I do things these certain people call annoying, dumb, etc. The other day I was thinking about this and slapped myself back into reality. I like who I am! I’m going to do me 100% again. As long as I am happy with myself and my actions and I’m doing what I feel is best for me and my family, no one else’s opinions should make me decide I need to change myself!

Thanks for reading along guys. I know I don’t have legions of followers like some bloggers, but I appreciate each and every one of you who do read, who like my Instagram pictures and who follow me along on Twitter. Its fun to make new friendships and be connected in that way.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles