Friday Favorites: Amazon Pajamas

These. Pajamas.

A few months I was looking on Amazon for comfy clothes to wear postpartum and I happened upon these and proceeded to buy…six pair.

The patterns and the designs are adorable and they seemed super comfy and the reviews backed that suspicion up. I was so happy when they made it to my house to find that they are so comfy and even cuter than they looked online.

Will I ever wear different pajamas again? I don’t know why I’d ever need to!

Friday Favorites: Glow Screen

Have you tried Glow Screen from SuperGoop?

If you haven’t, you need to try this magic out!

First of all, its an awesome and effective moisturizer. It also has SPF 40 which is an obvious plus. My favorite part is the super pretty (and lasting) glow it gives you!!

I’m loving this for summer, for pool days, for no make up days…ok lets be real, just for ALL days. This stuff is amazing.

Friday Favorites: Geometry House

How about a little Friday Favorites? But first, I want to know what an item is in your kitchen that you’re obsessed with! Tell me about it!

Have you heard of Geometry House? They’re all they’re hyped up to be. Promise. My kitchen towel drawer is filled with their goodness (and subsequently one of my favorite little spots in my kitchen) and its my dream come true.

Their tea towels are our very favorite go-to hand towels. They’re so absorbent, dry things way faster than any other towel we’ve used and the designs on them are the CUTEST. Like seriously.

Their rags are equally as amazing. They get the job done. They’re all I use around the kitchen anymore and the designs are just as adorable.

Lastly, their reusable paper towels work, save me money on buying actual paper towel, are good for the environment and, you guessed it, are STINKIN’ cute!!

Have you tried them before?!

Fall is HERE

I finally decorated for Fall! The fact I didn’t do it on the very first day of September is just atrocious to me. But fear not, the decor is up now and all is well in the world. This is wonderful.

I can specifically recall every winter, putting my fall things away and aching for the day that I can cover my home in pumpkins again. So now that it’s back…oh the joy.

Over time I think my style is slowly changing. Our new home has really opened up a new part of me. Now that we are in (what we both hope and pray is) our forever home, I feel like I can really start figuring out what I love and what I want in the home I’ll raise my children in.

Not that anyone is coming to me with decor words of advice, but I just want to say this: When decorating your home, DO WHAT YOU LIKE. Don’t worry about if it’s “in” or not. If it’s colorful when the rest of the world seems to only decorate with muted colors, rock it. If you want everything white and people think that’s weird, ignore them. Make YOUR space YOURS!!

Powerful in a Sweatsuit

Did you watch WandaVision? The series just finished on Disney+, but you can – and absolutely should – still watch it if you haven’t already. I give it all the stars and all the thumbs up. Wanda Maximoff, AKA, The Scarlet Witch, has always been one of my very favorite MCU (marvel cinematic universe) characters, but I think this show put her at #1 on my list.

Anyway, this post will have very small “spoilers,” if you’re worried about that. But mostly, I just want to talk about how…

MOMS ARE FREAKING POWERFUL

Here is why my brain is in this place, and here is how Wanda is also a part of this thought: In the last two episodes of WandaVision, Wanda is in a pretty intense ‘battle.’ She is kicking butt, defending herself and her sons and husband, protecting her loved ones and what she cares about, being super amazing and super powerful….ALL WHILE WEARING SWEATS!

I mean, let’s hear it for the queen!

It made me think of real life. I can’t speak for all of you, but I know I do a lot of my mommin’ while wearing a cozy sweat suit. I also know that sometimes it’s real easy for me to get down on myself because of not always getting ready or accomplishing everything on my to-do list. Or maybe I’m feeling a little guilty because I’m not the “perfect mom” I follow on Instagram. You know?

But then I watched Wanda, who was being awesome and so powerful. In sweats. I mean, will I ever shoot magic red orbs from my palms, be able to alter reality and control things with my mind? Unfortunately, no. But I CAN do amazing, awesome and powerful things in my sweats too!!

Toward the end of the final episode, Wanda turns into The Scarlet Witch, for real. It’s soooo cool – definitely still fan-girling about this. Then she dons her new superhero suit, which, might I add, is the best MCU costume I’ve yet to see. It’s an incredible scene, I won’t lie. But you know what? The new outfit isn’t what made her so cool. It was her and her actions. Sweatsuit Wanda is just as powerful as New Outfit Scarlet Witch.

The outfit, the situation, the location… that’s not what makes us powerful. We as moms, are doing powerful things every single day. And let’s be honest, we are probably in sweats. Our powers and things we balance, accomplish and work at are tremendous. We all have a little New-Outfit-Scarlet-Witch inside of us, we’re just doing it in our Wanda Sweats – and we are awesome! I hope you know that. I hope you believe that.

The Best Cookies

Last Saturday I posted this picture on my Instagram stories…

And for the next 24 hours I had so many people DM me and ask for the recipe. I couldn’t keep this delicious recipe from you guys. I like you too much. So here is the most delicious cookie recipe you’ll ever have. Also, I’ve got to thank Craig for this recipe. This one is his baby. He has taken *inspiration from several recipes on the internet after I told him how much I loved the Oreo Chocolate Chip cookie from Sodalicious and has really perfected these. Just another reason I adore this man.

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies

ingredients

1 C Butter

3/4 C Brown Sugar

1 C Sugar

2 Eggs

1 TBS Vanilla

3 C Flour

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 C Chocolate Chips

1/2 C White Chocolate Chips

15-20ish crushed Oreos

directions

  • Set oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix butter, sugar, brown sugar, 2 eggs and vanilla until smooth
  • In a bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda
  • Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients while it is mixing together (the dough should end up being very thick)
  • Stir in chopped Oreos, chocolate chips and white chocolate chips
  • Roll dough into balls and place on lined baking sheet
  • Cook 9-12 minutes
  • Enjoy and thank me later!

Truly, these are my new favorite cookies. If you try them, let me know! I hope you love them as much as I do. They get 10 stars and two giant thumbs up from me!

*Belle of the Kitchen

Recent Loves

My skin always gets a little more sensitive when I’m pregnant, but this time its got extra sensitive. Face products I used to swear by burn the heck out of my face. Certain lotions make things worse. I’m having reactions to stuff I swore would never hurt me. Its been a journey. But I’ve also made it a point to really take care of my skin while I’m pregnant – and I’ve been good at that goal. My skin has actually looked really great the majority of this pregnancy (besides when I randomly react to stuff) and I’m so grateful for it. Its also caused me to wear less makeup because 1) I’m more comfortable and confident in my skin when its cooperating and kind and 2) My motivation is lacking the bigger I get, so spending less time on makeup always seems like a plus to me.

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These two cleansers have saved my skin. My usual Image product I love and cherish were tormenting my skin and I had to take a break from them. I’d heard a lot about HelloBody and decided to try their Coco Fresh Cleansing Foam and was instantly impressed. Its gentle and it works. Sadly, in the last month I’ve started becoming more sensitive to it (thanks, skin), so I don’t use it daily anymore, but I still love it and highly recommend it. I’ve also still been loving my tried and true GlamGlow Gentlebubble Cleanser. This one is so nice to my skin. Its never given me a reaction, it makes my skin feel nice and clean. No complaints here.

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IF I wear foundation…well lets start that over. I haven’t warn foundation in a while. If I choose to wear something that covers my whole face, I’ve been opting for some kind of BB Cream or tinted moisturizer. The one I keep gravitating towards lately, should I choose to cover my whole face, is the NYX Bare With Me tinted skin veil. It stays on well and it applies well. Its very light coverage, but thats what I’m going for.

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I got this blush and bronzer combo in a Boxy Charm box a while ago (I’m pretty sure) and on days I choose to wear one/both of those, this is what I grab 95% of the time. Its from Wander and is called Trip For Two. They’re both really good and buildable shades for me.

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I haven’t warn a lot of highlight lately, but when I do its this. Its OFRA and Madison Miller Highlighter in Sea Shimmer. It can be subtle or flashy and I am pleased with it either way.

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I decided to branch out and try a new brow product this month and have been very pleased with my on-a-whim purchase. This is the Maybelline Tattoo Studio brown pencil. Its easy to use and quick to apply – all things I’m looking for right now.

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Lastly, if I decide to wear lipstick (usually only happens for church) this is the color I’m currently obsessed with. I’ve had it a while but have recently rediscovered it. This shade is just barely darker than my actual lip color. Its kind of one of those my lips, but better colors for me, you know? Its a Maybelline one (I can’t find the name of it) that lasts all day and is kiss/food proof in the shade Seductress.

What We’re Lovin’

Ok, so since its been like…forever since I have done any kind of ‘monthly favorite’ type post, I just decided to round up a few of our favorite things we’ve been into lately (it was so hard to narrow stuff down!) and put them on here! They’re all over the place, so get ready fora wide array of things, and as always, I’d loooove to know what some of you and your families current favorite things are!!

Lets start with this.

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Have you heard of Grove Collaborative, yet? You guys!! I love it. Its basically a household cleaning (plus a little more) delivery service and the products are all safe in the home. I didn’t realize how important this was to me until I had kids and a dog. I want products in my home that if my kids got a hold of, they aren’t terribly dangerous. You know? Though I’m certainly not advising that you let your children play with cleaning supplies, no matter how safe it is. But anyway! You start by creating an account and picking products you want to have shipped to your house! I’m obsessed. I’ve also figured out I’m definitely a Method and Mrs. Meyer’s person. It is also motivating me to clean – so win, win! You should try this if you haven’t already, and if you have questions, send them my way! If you’d like a referral link, let me know and I’ll send it your way! (message me here or email me at ceeceesparkles@gmail.com – just give me your email!)

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On the topic of cleaning, I ordered these Microfiber Cleaning Cloths to go with all my fun Grove products and I didn’t know how much I’d love them! There are 24 and thats enough to let you always use one to clean, but still allow you some freedom to get a little behind on laundry, you know what I mean? Twenty-four may seem like a  lot, but its just right. I really love using these to clean.

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Now onto make up. I’ve found a new, cheap foundation that I’m a big fan of. Five stars. Two thumbs, way up. This is the Rimmel London Stay Matte foundation. A tiny bit goes a long way and its good coverage and stays on all day! I have several different shades depending on what shade of spray tan I am (or lack thereof). They’re cheap enough, too, that I don’t fell guilty at all about having so many. Need a new foundation? Try this one.

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This is a Morphe blush palette that I’ve been obsessed with. Pinky/orangey/coraly blush’s are my current jam and this palette is full of them.

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This is a terrible picture, but this is the Loreal Brow Stylist Definer in Dark Brunette. I am pretty addicted to the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencils, but I love this one too now and its so much more affordable! It works really well and truly stays all day (and all night – just in case you forget to take it off at night ha!)

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In January I decided to try out a Bullet Journal. I am awful at cute penmanship and I have no artsy ability whatsoever, but I’ve loved the creativity and openness this journal has given me. Its fun. Maybe someday if I’m feeling brave, I’ll post about my bullet journal and show you all the sorry attempts at being cute and creative. It’ll give you all a laugh.

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Ok. This is called Gorilla Snot Gel and that is the WORST possible name that could ever exist for any product, but! it works. Like really well. My boys have weird hair, especially H. Its thick, coarse, curly and near impossible to manage and this is the only thing I’ve found that can hold his hair in place. You know, until he decides to walk around on his head and back legs.

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These suitcases for my boys give me life. We have a fun trip coming up (any guesses where?) and I can’t wait to see my boys in the airport with these!! Also, why is waiting for an exciting upcoming trip so painfully slow?

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These sheets from The Trendy Treehouse are the best. They’re unique, soft and so stinkin’ adorable. My boys, who normally could care less about what their sheets look like, are even super into these.

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We’re ending on this. Toothpaste. Haha. H has started toothpaste that he can spit finally and this is the one we like the best. This is the Burt’s Bees for Kids Fluoride-Free toothpaste. It smells yummy, works well and I love that it doesn’t have fluoride, because we’re still mastering the art of not swallowing toothpaste.

 

I Found Your Perfect Shirts – You’re Welcome

What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t tell you about the two magical shirts that you NEED in your life? You know that in no way, shape or form I consider myself any kind of ‘fashion blogger’ or a person that knows anything about fashion, but guys. These shirts are fabulous, comfy, cute and can be dressed up or down. Its perfection. Did I get these two shirts, try them on and then almost immediately go order several more of both of them in more colors? …yes. I did.

The other day I realized that I don’t really have any ‘casual’ long sleeved shirts. So I went to Old Navy (duh) and found a few to try. Funny story, when I ordered these two, I was actually fairly certain I’d end up returning them because I didn’t love the look of them. But I WILL NOT BE RETURNING THEM. They are magic, people. They are soft and comfy cozy. They hold their shape. They come in pretty colors. They are loose and flattering. They are simple enough that they can be dressed down and dressed up (i already said that, but thats how important that fact is to me) and they are what dreams are made of.

Please enjoy these slightly grainy pictures I took of myself by videoing myself (awkward) and taking screenshots from the video of these shirts. Then go buy some, but act fast because they’re going pretty quickly it looks like.

This shirt is balloon sleeved, so I feel like this is going to be my fancy-comfy shirt. I like that the sleeves gather at the wrist. Is that how all balloon sleeved shirts are? I don’t know. But its a feature I like. And OH THE COMFORT. You can find this shirt here.

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This next shirt is really just a standard long sleeve t-shirt. Its the greatest. The sleeves are slightly more fitted and they hold their shape even when you’re pushing them up and down your arm all day. You can find this shirt here.

My Simple, Inexpensive Make Up Routine

Makeup is usually quite an ordeal for me. If I’m going to wear it, I’m going to put quite a bit on, spend lots of time on it and get really picky with how things look. Thats why the current me is so foreign. Lately I’m very, very low maintenance with my makeup and I honestly can’t think of the last time I’ve really felt this way. Whats funniest to me is that when I wear this simple face, I tend to get a lot of compliments on my makeup or questions about what I use. So, for any of you who may have wondered, or who are just curious about what makeup I’m currently using (bonus: most of it is drugstore right now!), then this post is for you.

I start after washing my face and putting on a moisturizer with SPF in it. Then I begin.

I start with a primer almost always. I typically go between my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer or my NYX Photo-Loving Primer.

Then I put on some BB Cream. Not even foundation. This one from Rimmel has been my go-to BB Cream for years now. This is the Rimmel London 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup BB Cream in Matte.

Then I’ll conceal. I always put concealer under my eyes. Sometimes I put a little around my nose, on the high points of my cheeks and wherever I have blemishes. I love the Tarte Shape Tape (who doesn’t) and my drugstore favorite is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser.

If I decide to set my face (i always set under my eyes), right now I’m reaching for the Maybelline Fit Me! Loose Finishing Powder. This stuff works amazingly well and doesn’t get cakey as easily as some other powders do.

Then I bronze and apply blush. I’m always using the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light Bronzer, and I’m obsessed with the Physicians Formula Butter Blush in Plum Rose. I have been wearing these two exclusively for weeks now.

For brows I usually almost always use Anastasia products, but I’ve been semi-recently introduced to this brow pencil and I don’t hate it. This is the Loreal Brow Stylist Shape & Fill pencil. Its tip isn’t as precise as I usually like, but its easy to work with and goes on really well and stays all day.

Then I do eyeliner and mascara. I love the Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner + Serum. Does the serum part work? No idea. But the liner works and it stays all day and is totally smudge proof. Its easy to use and you can do a lot of looks with it with ease. For mascara, I’m hooked on Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise. Its incredible, simple as that.

Then I finish it all off with some setting spray. I use the Make It Last spray from Milani right now and I have no complaints.

There you have it! Simple, sweet and inexpensive.