Happy Birthday, Walt

On this day, in 1901, Walter Elias Disney was born to Flora and Elias Disney. I wonder, as he grew up, if they ever imagined him accomplishing what he did. I wonder if they saw the pure magic that lived inside of him.

You know when you’re asked if you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My answer is nearly always Walt Disney. Man, I would have loved to have had the opportunity to listen to him tell stories. Imagine how incredible it would be to listen to him while he brain dumps about park ideas or movie story-lines. Just to have the honor of shaking his hand and telling him how much I admire him… Is it weird if I say I truly hope to meet him in heaven? I owe such a large portion of my happiness to him. A world without the world he created is one I never, ever want to imagine. Heck, I’m forced to live without Disneyland right now (ugh) and thats hard enough!

I am so glad Walt was born. I’m glad he had a dream. A vision he saw as we sat on a park bench watching his daughters and he didn’t rest until he made his dream a reality. I’m glad he said and believed, “if you can dream it, you can do it.” I’m glad he didn’t take no for an answer and worked tirelessly to create magic for kids of all ages. He did a great service for humankind.

Happy Birthday, Walt. I hope your celebration is magical.

Final Goodbyes

Last week we said goodbye to our first home we owned. We lived there for four and a half years and I honestly loved all of our time spent there. It was a beautiful little home (built in 1943) with lots of character. The neighborhood was safe and happy with people who genuinely loved and cared for one another. I made lifelong friends in that neighborhood and I’m so grateful for that.

This was the home where we brought Emmett and Flora home from the hospital. This was the home where Harrison and Emmett learned to walk, talk, crawl, eat, run, etc. We grew as a family here and made countless memories. I’m forever grateful for our time spent here. I will remember this home with fondness for the rest of my life.

It was definitely time for us to move. It was too perfect of an opportunity to pass up. We felt good about it and still do, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t still a little heart wrenching to walk through it the final time, knowing I’d never be inside its adorable walls again. Bittersweet is the perfect term for it.

It was a great place and will always hold great memories. Now onto the next adventure.

Current Favorites

I’m pretty sure I haven’t done one of these in a while, and it’s probably because not many of my favorites have changed. I haven’t really dropped anything and I haven’t added many new things either. But I’ve dabbled a little in things I already owned and haven’t used in a while and unearthed some amazing stuff. And it’s possible I’ve already talked about some of these items, but that’s only because I love them that much.

These Hairitage hair products are some of my new products I’ve tried and I am hooked. Maybe you know, maybe you don’t, but I have a very sensitive scalp that hurts nearly constantly. I’ve talked to a dermatologist who told me it’s likely an outward manifestation of anxiety (awesome) and to use gentle products on it. I saw these were supposed to be gentle and also give special attention to your scalp so I snagged a few, and I’ve already felt changes!

A tried and true brand for me is HelloBody. Their skin care is phenomenal. It works, it’s clean, it’s gentle, it’s amazing. I recommend it all the time. I’m recently loving their Aloe line, though if you ask me, there isn’t a product they have that isn’t amazing.

Enough influencers were talking about the Bathpack hair oil that I gave in and ordered some and I see what the hype is about. I use this on the ends of my hair after I bathe and it does the trick. It also smells like heaven.

This ampoule from Earth Harbor is my newest, and most favorite, favorite on this list. It feels great and I swear my skin has looked brighter since using it. I’m obsessed with it.

These are two new lip products I’ve been trying out that are quickly becoming staples in my life. There is the Jouer essential lip enhancer and the INT lip oil. The Jouer one is a thick, creamy consistency that I put on every night. It is so hydrating and moisturizing and feels like it’s repairing what the cold months in Utah do to my lips. The INT is a slightly thickened oil that is sooo satisfying to put on. Instant moisture. I use it every morning. This duo is giving my lips so much TLC.

I know I’ve talked about these before, but I just can’t quit them! These are the LashSense and UnderSense from SeneGence. This mascara primer and primer are game changers for me. They both work and my lashes have totally grown and thickened since using them. I’m a forever fan.

I’ve had this FARAH blush brush for ages and haven’t used it. I’ve only kept it because it was pretty. Then a few months ago I decided to try it and instantly regretted waiting so long to pick it up. This is the PERFECT blush brush. I’m not kidding when I say this is the only blush brush I’ve used since trying it out a while ago.

And that’s it for this round of CeeCee’s Favorites! Have you tried any of these? What did you think? Why recommendations I should try!?

Happy December!!

Its here!! The most magical and wonderful time of the year is here!!! Raise your hand if you’re excited! *my hand shoots energetically into the air like Hermione Granger waiting to answer a question in class*

I cannot wait for all the great things this month will bring. I’m sure we can all agree that 2020 needed December. It needed this glorious, happy month. I don’t know about you, but I am wishing for snow, for lots of baked goods, candles burning constantly, wool socks galore and snuggling up near the fire place (because we have one in our new house!)

I have a few activities up my sleeve and plans for my kids. This is Flora’s first Christmas, and I know she’ll only be 6 months, but I still plan on making it great for her. I can’t wait for the boys to get fully immersed in it all. They both get it this year and they feed off of each others excited energy and it makes me emotional its so sweet. Don’t you remember when you were little and Christmas was so stinkin’ exciting?!

We are also going to focus daily on the real reason we celebrate the season – the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We are going to have a a lot fun and do a lot of exciting things, but we are always going to go to bed reminded of the true meaning. We are going to celebrate that Christ was born and we are saved and truly happy through Him. I want my kids to know how special and magnificent that is.

Stay tuned as we go along this great month! I have some fun things in store.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

FIVE

I don’t know how it happened, but my first baby, the perfect little boy who made me a mother is FIVE! Thats just so big!!

Harrison is pure good. He tries so hard to choose the right. He puts others needs before his own and he’s very in tune with how people are feeling. He is kind and gentle and so full of life, energy and curiosity. He is incredibly smart and so very handsome. He is just the greatest and being his mom is a true blessing.

Five years of the greatest joy, and its only getting better. I love you, my big five year old! I love you to infinity and beyond.

THREE

Yesterday this dreamboat boy turned THREE and we had such a great day celebrating him!!

I wish everyone had an Emmett in their lives. Emmett is joy, light, optimism, happiness and smiles all bottled up in one adorable body with big blue eyes and his signature mohawk. He is an exquisite human being and the fact that I get to be his mom baffles me every day. I AM SO BLESSED.

Its been three absolutely magical years. I am happy every day that Emmett is my little boy! Happy third Birthday cutie boy!

A Woman in Office

Wow, is Chelsea getting political on a post?!

No. I am not.

Just hear me out.

I am writing this on November 7th, and today, Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States. Which also means that today, Kamala Harris became Vice President. Today, a woman got into the office after a long, long, long line of men before her.

I’m going to be honest. The whole feminism thing has never been something I’m super, super passionate about. I mean, I wholeheartedly believe that women should be treated equal and can do anything a male can do. I don’t believe for a second that women are a lesser power or the weaker species. I’ve just never got all worked up about it before or gone out of my way to be any kind of vocal about women’s rights and things like that. I always supported it, but I didn’t put much into it after that.

Then I had a daughter.

When I look at my sweet baby girl, I daydream about her future. I look into her big hazel eyes and wonder who she’ll be. I wonder what she’ll stand for. I wonder what she’ll pursue. I wonder in what way she will change her part of the world. I wonder how she’ll impact those around her. There is so much I don’t know about her future, but one thing I know for certain is that I don’t want her to have to face any obstacle that her brothers wouldn’t have to face just because she is female. I want her to be able to be whatever the heck she wants to be and I want her to be able to do whatever the heck she wants to do.

Kamala Harris being in office is a step in the right direction. Its proof to these little girls (and big girls) that women can do whatever they put their minds to. Truly, I love what Vice President Harris said in her victory speech when she said, “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last — because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”

I hope Flora is one of those little girls. I’ll make sure she’s one of those little girls. I want her to know that yes, she is a woman, and she can do anything she puts her mind to. I’m happy that, though she won’t remember the time of Biden and Harris, she’ll be able to look at history and see that a woman was in office. Who knows how many more will have been in as my daughter continues to grow older. I hope it doesn’t stop. I really don’t. Because little girls, whether they’re paying attention to politics or not, still pay attention to what other girls are doing.

I’m very close-lipped about politics. This post is in no way indicative of who I did or didn’t vote for and I have no intention of getting into that. I’m just looking at this, this moment, as a win for girls. The symbolism and significance of a woman, no matter what she stands for or claims she’ll do, is pretty amazing, empowering and exciting. I don’t speak out about much stuff like this, but people being treated equally is something I’ll always be in favor of.

And my daughter can do and be anything she puts her mind to.

Weighted Down

UGH

The world is heavy right now. Well, maybe not the world. But America certainly is. This election stuff hurts my heart and jumbles my brain. Its frustrating and hard. Most of all, it makes me really sad about how people can treat one another purely based off of their own opinion.

The phrase, “love one another,” keeps rolling around in my mind. I wish more people repeated that phrase to themselves lately. Maybe, no matter if Biden or Trump wins, and we all vowed to love our neighbor and the random stranger who’s opinion is different than our own, then things could turn out ok. I mean yeah, no matter who wins, things will change. People will still disagree and all that.. I just wish we could be kind. I wish we didn’t have to be afraid to put who we are voting for on social media for fear of terrible backlash and ridicule (not saying everyone fears it, just fyi, but some definitely do)!

I just want to get this off of my chest.

I still love you. You still have a seat at my table. Even if Trump wins. Even if Biden wins. I will still think you’re great. I will still be kind and respectful. I’ll teach my kids to do the same.

I know I’m saying all of this as a privileged, white, straight woman. I’m fully aware this election, and daily life, for that matter, isn’t as hard for me because of those facts. But I want you to know, my respect for a person doesn’t change because of someones political views, religion, race or orientation. I strive to treat everyone with kindness. I judge off of character, not individuality.

I believe we can be ok. But I also believe that for that to really happen, we need to BE KIND.

Magical Monday: First Look at Disneyland

Fun Fact: On this day in history in the year 1954, LOOK Magazine gave its readers a first look at Disneyland. There weren’t any pictures of the park or any pictures of what was going on – but there was this incredible map that I can’t get over. I want this framed in my house. Its incredible. This is said to be the map that Walt Disney used to sell the idea of Disneyland!!

The text on the left side of the map reads:

“Walt Disney’s imagination is running wild again

At Anaheim Calif., 25 miles from Los Angeles, bulldozers are piling up miniature mountains for a new product of Walt Disney’s fertile imagination — a fabulous playground called Disneyland. At present, Disneyland mainly exists in drawings, models and the color map on these pages. But already its four major areas (see map) are backdrops for the Disneyland TV show, making its debut October 27. The areas are: Adventureland (lower left), with riverboats churning along tropical rivers; Frontierland (left center), with Indians, stagecoaches and a paddle-wheel steamer; Fantasyland (top center), home of Sleeping Beauty and site of Never Never Land; Land of Tomorrow (upper right), with spaceship rides and exhibits by major American Industries. Of the park, Disney says, “Its something of a fair, a city from the Arabian Nights, a metropolis of the future, a show place of magic and living facts.”

The text on the right side reads:

“Disneyland Park, “magic” show place, permanent fair, will cover 160 acres, cost $9,000,000; it will open in midsummer of 1955″

I love seeing history of Disneyland. This new development had to have been so exiting for the people paying attention to it! Now look at it, a super successful, super magical, super wonderful, super visited place. I know Walt Disney would be and is so, so proud of this land he created.

Eight Years!

Eight years ago this handsome fella and I tied the knot for time and all eternity. You know, on November 1st, 2012, I knew I was making a good decision by marrying Craig. But I’ve got to say, eight years later, I can honestly say I had no idea just how smart I was to be taking that big step in life. (imagine what I’ll be saying in 8 more years!) Wife-life with Craig is beyond words. I am a hopeless romantic and I also over romanticize things in life – such as marriage. But honestly, Craig’s made all of my dreams come true and then some. I’m not sure how I lucked out so much with him, but I am thankful for that blessing every. single. day.

Our marriage is a really, really good one. Definitely not perfect. Far from perfect. But we try really hard to continually work on it. We are happy together. We have made a really good life for ourselves and it continues to get better. We have been through a lot. Some days are plain ol’ awful. Some days hurt. Some days we communicate terribly and there is tension. But I’m so thrilled to say that most of the time, we are living our own little kind of fairy tale. We have three beautiful children together and we love them both so, so much. Our adventure as parents is our greatest joy. We have some similar interests and some vastly different interests, but we take the time to listen to, and support each other in all of their interests. We get better every day at understanding one another and how best to help and support one another. We laugh a lot. I feel especially lucky to be married to Craig because of the humor. He’s the funniest person I’ve ever met and he has me rolling more often than not. We have incredible conversations. We talk about anything and everything and its thought provoking, energizing, therapeutic and so bonding.

I love Craig with all my heart and I’m not kidding in the least when I say I’m honored to be married to him. Its been eight amazing years and my love for him only grows with each day.