Diaries of a Notebook Addict

I have this problem.. When I see notebooks I have this strong urge to make them mine. I love holding a new notebook and flipping through the pages, deciding what I could fill the pages with. I used to give into these urges all the time. It got bad. I would have piles of notebooks, journals, planners and notepads just sitting there – waiting to be used. The only problem was I didn’t have a use for them. Over the years I’ve got better about not always giving into my notebook addiction, but you can bet you’ll still find me in those aisles at Target, longingly holding fresh notebooks, trying to decide if I could possibly have a use for the empty pages of these cute notebooks.

Because of this problem I have found …made up… many reasons to ‘need’ several notebooks in my life. Maybe you are like me and want lots of pretty notebooks and pages to fill in your life too! If thats the case, this post is for you. Here are all the different notebooks I currently have and what I use them for. But heres the deal — If I’m telling you about all my notebooks, I want to hear about all of yours! Maybe you’ve found a reason for a notebook that I haven’t yet and will most likely now ‘need’ too, you know? Thanks in advance.

My Planner. I would be lost without my planner so this one is actually a necessity. Mine is from In The Leafy Treetops and I highly recommend it. I’ve been repurchasing the same planner every year for three or four years now and I don’t see how I could ever possibly stray from this one. I love, love, love it.

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My Journal. I have kept a journal and write in it at least once a week (but usually more) since I was 8, I think. I feel better when I write so this has for so long been an outlet for me. Its been my own form of therapy and its been a way for me to unwind, vent, relax and let my mind go. Pro tip: Buy smaller journals so you fill them up quicker and have an excuse to buy a new journal sooner.

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My Gratitude Journal. I decided I wanted to keep a gratitude journal because I found a really cute notebook a long time ago and couldn’t come up with a need for it until I remembered someone telling me they kept a gratitude journal. So I decided I too would keep one. I’m actually really glad I do this. Its helped me focus on gratitude with more ease and has become something I look forward to doing daily.

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Our Family Calendar/Planner. Every Monday we sit down as a family and discuss our upcoming week. Any family plans or bigger individual plans go in the family calendar/planner. Its an easy way to check in with each others plans and to stay up to date on stuff coming up. Yeah, I totally could keep all this information in my own planner (oh wait, i do), but its fun to have another place to write stuff down.

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My Boys Journals. I had the idea about a year ago to keep journals for my boys as if they were writing them. I try to write in them once a week, but it happens a little less than that usually. I just talk about their current likes and dislikes, their stats, their funny little mannerisms and whats going on in their life. I’m hoping someday it’ll be something they look back on and read and are grateful I did it.

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My Scripture Study/Church Notebook. I like to take notes and jot things down when I’m reading the scriptures or a Conference talk. I do the same during Sacrament Meeting talks and Sunday School and Relief Society lessons.

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My Healthy Living Notebook. This is where I put my fitness and healthy lifestyle goals. I write down my goals or challenges and write down positive affirmations and words of motivation. This thing totally holds me accountable. I’m very motivated by being able to check off a box (not on a phone – like with a pen on a piece of paper), so I like to be able to check off that I did a workout or drank all my water that day.

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So what did I miss? What other notebook/journal items do I need??

The Captains Top Disney Reads

It will likely come as no shock to you that we have a lot of Disney books in our home (but of course we never have enough and our collection is always growing). H and I read several books throughout our day and at night H loves when his dad sits and reads to him before bed. Today as I was trying to brainstorm what I could blog about, H approached me with our newest favorite Disney book to read and thats when the idea hit me. Today I’l show you H’s favorite Disney books (for the time being).

The Captain’s Top 7 Favorite Disney Reads

Disney in Details: This is basically a bunch of hidden gems around Disney World. Our family already knew about the majority of these, but its still a fun book to have around the house and H loves the pictures!
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My First Words: Its a whole bunch of images and some are Disney characters! Whats not to love?
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Small Disney Board Books: A few Christmases ago my aunt H this pack of small Disney board books. There are tons of them and I don’t know that H necessarily has a favorite, but he loves them. There are so many different characters and short little stories and books that talk about characters, shapes, etc. These are a big hit.
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Who’s Who: This one is probably our very favorite right now. Or mine at least. This book is the perfect tool for teaching your little one all the Disney characters – even some of the more obscure, less thought of characters. Its so much fun, there are little bios on each character and colored pictures. This book wasn’t released very long ago and H and I have already spent hours in these pages. I highly, highly recommend this book to all of you.IMG_7660

My First Colors: Ok, this one is probably H’s favorite. Its his newest Disney Baby book and its a fun one. The pages fold out which is definitely his favorite feature. Its been really nice right now too as we are working on identifying colors.IMG_7661

Hello, World!: All the It’s a Small World books are very loved in our home but this is the one we read the most. If you want to challenge yourself as a parent and try and figure out how to say ‘hello’ in a whole bunch of different languages – this ones for you!! Its a short read, but H is never disappointed by it – even though his mom surely slaughters the different languages featured inside.IMG_7662

Disney/Pixar Look and Find – Toy Story: He got book in a set of four. I don’t know if this one is his very favorite of the four but its the one we’ve looked at about 100 times already today. Look and Find is a little too advanced for him right now but he’s picking up on it more and more each time we read it and even if he isn’t in the mood to find the certain characters/things, he enjoys looking at the pages nonetheless. IMG_7663

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

July Beauty Talk

How long has it been since I’ve done one of these? I sort of forgot all about them, I guess. But in an attempt to keep up with my semi-frequent posting, I wanted to start my monthly Beauty Talk back up. I haven’t really discovered that much new and exciting lately unfortunately. I have definitely found a couple things that I’m hooked on – but nothing life changing. So if you have something in mind that I need to try please tell me about it. I’ve been in a bit of a beauty rut. I guess I’ve reached the point in my pregnancy where I’m just starting to feel like even when I’m dressed, have a face of make up and my hair done I still am just a little blah. I need to get my lash extensions back on. I swear those make all the difference in times like these. Anyway, lets get started.

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Tarte Shape Tape: Me and everyone else love this, right? I have heard like two bad reviews and a million good ones about this product. So naturally I had to get it. This pregnancy I am getting a lot of pigmentation under my eyes (chloasma – pregnancy mask) and this is the only concealer I can really count on to hide the color. Its thick, self-sets and is easy to work with. IMG_6910

Voluminous Lash Paradise by LOreal: Not only is the packaging really pretty, it makes your lashes look really pretty! I was so impressed with this stuff even by my first use! A lot of times I like mascara when its a little older, but I’ve loved this every time I’ve used it. Its lengthening, thickening and only takes a couple coats to get a pretty dramatic look! Its long lasting (i’ve even warn it in the pool a few times with no disastrous results) and the brush is fat and easy to use. And I think it was just $10? Totally recommend. IMG_6911
Blush Serum by Beautaniq Beauty: I hated this the first time I used it but my sister convinced me to give it a few more tries. This is basically a cream blush. A little goes a long way so its a fine line between a nice, soft pink and going full blown Barbie pink, but when applied just right, I really love it and it sticks to your face forever! IMG_6915

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Weenie: I tend to be more minimal with my makeup in Summer. So right now if I wear eyeshadow its something simple and usually use one color. My go-to lately has been Weenie. Its a shimmery copper/pink/brown and it really compliments my green eyes, stays well and I can apply it in a matter of seconds. (have any of you tried ColourPops new concealers? I’m looking forward to getting my hands on those to try out!) IMG_6917

Sonia Kashuk Brushes: I was wandering the aisles of Target and found this set of 10 brushes for way cheap so naturally I had to buy them. I actually assumed it’d be a purchase I later regretted because I haven’t always heard the best things about this brands brushes, but I guess I am in the minority because I have really loved them thus far! And how cute are they?? IMG_6914

Coconut Milk Cream to Foam Face Wash by Pacifica: This was another random purchase because I’m a sucker for pretty packaging. I haven’t used this cleanser long enough to tell you that it will solve all your skin problems, but I can tell you that it smells like heaven and leaves your face feeling squeaky clean and super soft. IMG_6912

Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt with Milk and Honey: Pregnancy staple right here. I’m a bath-addict and baths get 100 times better with this stuff. I really do believe that it helps relax your aching body all while leaving your skin softer and more moisturized. This is a huge bag and its only $5! IMG_6909

Mickey Mouse Necklace: For Mothers Day my boys got me this necklace and I’m in love. You know I’m all about representing the Disney brand everywhere I go and this is another fun way to do so. IMG_6916

Disneyland T-Shirt: Gotta love a picture of an ever growing belly in a tight t-shirt, huh? On our last trip to Disneyland, Wild Man and I spotted this shirt and both LOVED it. We both got one and later my family got H one in red. Its the best and I love the vintage look to it. I’m really bummed that its not going to fit me much longer so I’m wearing it lots while I still can! (then i’ll just start wearing Wild Man’s…)  IMG_6913

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: Top 10 Disney Quotes

Like as soon as I started this post I immediately started feeling anxiety because HOW am I supposed to pick just 10 of my favorite Disney quotes? Its impossible. So you’ll notice that I didn’t include the word ‘favorite’ in the post title. Instead these are ten Disney quotes that I love a whole lot.

1. “Adventure is Out There” (from Up)

  • Ok. I know for a fact that this is my #1 favorite Disney quote of all time. This quote was something Wild Man and I said to each other a lot while we were dating, this was the theme of our engagement and its our family motto. I love this quote.

2. “Around here we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” (Walt Disney)

  • This is my favorite quote by Walt. Its so inspiring and motivates me to keep on moving in a forward direction. Its one of those you read and immediately feel good. I have this quote hanging in H’s room – I want him to commit this to memory because its that good.

3. “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” (Hercules)

  • I have never been a big, tough, brave, strong person. But I have always wanted to be some kind of hero but (especially when i was little) I always felt defeated that I wasn’t the strong, outspoken ‘hero’ type. This quote helped me realize I can be a hero through kindness, my acts and through my heart.

4. “No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing the dream that you wish will come true.” (Cinderella)

  • This is just inspiring. Keep on believing and have faith your dream will come true. Thanks, Cinderella.

5. “If your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme.” (Pinnochio)

  • Much like the quote above, this is one of those that just makes me feel good in always dreaming and believing. Nothing is too crazy to reach for.

6. “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere.” (Beauty and the Beast)

  • I had to include a quote from Belle in this post because she’s my favorite princess and one of my favorite characters in the whole Disney universe. I love this one. Its been something I’ve said to myself a lot too, when I’m just wanting more – to be a little more adventurous and spontaneous. Also, everything Belle says is gold.

7. “I keep wishing it could be that way because my world would be a wonderland.” (Alice in Wonderland)

  • Alice is my favorite character and I love this movie so much. I love her imagination because I was always the girl (still am) who gets lost in my own thoughts and have created a little world of my own just like Alice.

8. “Ladies don’t start fights but they can finish them.” (The Aristocats)

  • Marie (the kitten who says this) was one of my childhood favorite characters and I still have a real soft spot for her. I love this quote. Its fiesty and tough. Don’t underestimate a girl.

9. “How do you spell love?” “You don’t spell it, you feel it.” (Winnie the Pooh)

  • Because love is so much more than a word and I am always and forever a hopeless romantic.

10. “To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” (Walt Disney – Disneyland dedication speech)

  • I get goosebumps when I read or hear this. This is the speech Walt Disney gave when he dedicated Disneyland. These are special words here, people!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: 50 Years of Pirates of the Caribbean

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On March 18th Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland turned 50 years old! Pirates is easily one of my favorite attractions in any Disney park (i even like the Disneyland one more than Disney Worlds – do you agree?) I am kind of devastated we weren’t in the park for this momentous occasion but I had a few friends there and I lived vicariously through their instagram posts, tweets and snapchat stories that day. The weekend of the fiftieth anniversary was a big deal in Disneyland with special events, food, etc. So fun. Disney knows how to celebrate, am I right?

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Like I said, Pirates is one of my very favorites. Its in my top three and occasionally is my #1 over all. It inspired the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series which are the greatest (yes even the sequels!) and I don’t care how cheesy it sounds, those movies changed my life and were a massive obsession of mine for years – ok, they still are. In turn, the movies then inspired some changes in the ride. I love that Jack Sparrow can now be spotted throughout the ride. Its a really magical touch.

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Fun Fact: Did you know originally Pirates of the Caribbean was going to be a walk-through attraction? I’m so glad they changed their minds and now you board your boat and float through the incredible ride.

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I love that Pirates is on the longer side as far as rides go. Its one of me and my families go to rides when we need to get off of our feet for a minute. Also, if you’re a nursing mom, this ride is an awesome place to nurse! I love the song. I love the music. I love the animatronics. I love the donkey, the pigs and the cat. I love the realistic sound of the fire. I love the hidden Mickey’s. I love the beginning when you’re floating through the bayou and its quiet, you can see Blue Bayou and it feels like you’ve really been transported somewhere else. I love the drops. I love the skeleton driving the crashed ship while lighting strikes and thunder booms. I love the skeleton pirate on top of the piles of gold and treasure. I love the treasure chest (replicated from POTC the movie). I love Jack Sparrow singing Yo-Ho at the end of the ride. I love the parrot you see as you wait in line and that you pass as you’re finishing your voyage. I love the atmosphere and that its kind of muggy and humid. I love the smell. I love the art. I love the Cast Members costumes. I love the scene with the three jailed men whistling for the dog with the key. I love everything about this ride.

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Happy 50th Anniversary (a couple days ago) Pirates!

“Psst! Avast there! It be too late to alter course, mateys – and there be plunderin’ pirates lurkin’ in every cove, waitin’ to board. Sit closer together and keep your ruddy hands inboard – that be the best way to repel boarders. And mark well me words mateys: Dead men tell no tales! 

Ye come seekin’ adventure and salty old paired, eh? Sure you come to the proper place. But keep a weather eye open, mates, and hold on tight – with both hands, if you please. There be squalls ahead! And Davy Jones waiting for them what don’t obey.”

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

 

 

 

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

Magical Monday: 7 Days of Disney

At least half of my wardrobe is Disney apparel. And you may think I am joking, but I am not. There isn’t anything better than wearing something Disney. The other day when I was putting away laundry I was laughing at how many Disney shirts I have, then I started thinking of all the other Disney apparel I own and came up with this brilliant idea. 7 Days of Disney. For seven days I will be documenting the Disney I wear every day. I actually try to incorporate Disney into my wardrobe every day. Sometimes its statement pieces that are blatantly Disney and sometimes its more subtle. Sadly some days just don’t get any Disney but believe me when I say I’d be happiest if I always was donning something Disney. So for this whole week I will be sharing pictures of how I incorporate Disney into my every day dressing. I also recruited some other family members to do this with me! Hope you enjoy!

MONDAY 

Alice in Wonderland is one of my all time favorite movies so any time I see a shirt with an Alice quote I’ve got to have it! This shirt says “Do you suppose she’s a wildflower?” and its everything to me. I also have small white Mickey Mouse earrings today.

H went with a very relaxed Disney look today. A Monsters Inc shirt (from Disney Store) and a Mickey Mouse zip-up hoodie from Disneyland (not pictured) and his beloved Mickey Mouse slippers that he has on 98% of his life.

My cute little sister decided to take part as well. Today she wore a shirt that sums her up perfectly. It says “I just want to bake stuff and watch Disney movies.” Isn’t it the best??
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TUESDAY

Today was a sick day so it was comfy clothes, no make up and messy hair. Poor H has had a terrible cough and a fever and I think I’m starting to get it now too. But that didn’t stop the Disney magic!

I wore a Little Mermaid shirt from Target and some Disneyland sweatpants with Mickey Mouse on the hip. Fun fact, these pants are a childrens XL so they are short, but for some reason I just can’t get rid of them!

H wore pants that matched mine, but they’re much cuter on him! He also wore a winter R2D2 shirt from Target and some Mickey Mouse socks (from Disneyland I think?)

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My sister nailed her look this day. Her shirt is the best and I need one. It is from Disney World and its retro and amazing! She also had some Belle socks on.

My mom didn’t want a picture taken but she had an awesome Disney shirt on so I’m sticking that on here too. How great is it??

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WEDNESDAY

Another sick day. How come any time I try to be cute and fashionable for a week someone in my family ends up getting sick so I pretty much wear comfy clothes the whole week? Is the universe trying to tell me something?

Since we were home all day I decided to wear a comfy t-shirt and in attempt to feel a little more human since I started feeling really sick too, I wore jeans – the comfiest pair I own. I love this t-shirt so much. I found it on Instagram and HAD to have it! It says Magic Kingdom Mountain-Ears Co. and names Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. So clever. So perfect. Also please notice my cute Mickey face socks. I also wore small black Mickey earrings. (at the end of this post I’ll show all the earrings I wore throughout the week)

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My sweet, sick baby just wore a comfy Mickey Mouse onesie from H&M. He looked comfy, cozy and oh so cute.

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My sister went simple today with a Mickey ring from Pandora – one of the greatest rings I’ve ever seen.

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THURSDAY

I planned on todays ‘outfit’ being Disney pajamas – and that is what happened. Except I didn’t really get good outfit pictures. We are still sick sick sick and before I got a good picture of H he had a blowout (thanks stomach aches) and my pajama shirt got a whole bunch of snot on it from H (thanks awful cold) so we were a mess and didn’t really et a picture, so this is what I have to work with.

My pajamas are a set from Disney Store a few years ago and they’re my favorite pajamas I own. I think they’re mens but they’re great because they are so big and comfy. I was able to wear these most of my pregnancy too so I feel like that speaks very strongly for how cozy they are. H also is wearing Disney Store jammies that make him look like Woody from Toy Story. Nothing better.

My sister wore one of my all time favorite Disney shirts. We (i have one too) got it on a recent trip to Disneyland at Tower of Terror before it closed. Its an Annual Pass exclusive shirt and its magical. I love it and she looks great in it!

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FRIDAY 

I didn’t go as blatantly Disney today. I actually wore no Disney clothes, but I did wear my Disney castle earrings and a few Disney bracelets. I wore a Pandora bracelet with only Disney charms, a couple Alex and Ani Disney bracelets and a Cinderella bracelet that looks like an Alex and Ani. Its a simple, less obvious way to add Disney into your daily outfits.

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I decided to have H’s outfit not so blatantly Disney, as well. His shirt says “Never Grow Up” and is from Gap, from a Peter Pan line they had. And of course, he had Mickey Mouse socks on and wore his Mickey slippers most the day. He also decided to wear a cute Mickey Mouse baseball hat around the house for a good portion of the day.

My sister wore a shirt I wore earlier in the week! Great minds think alike:) Its the ‘Do You Suppose She’s a Wildflower’ raglan. And she’s adorable.

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SATURDAY

I felt so miserable all day Saturday. So please don’t be too harsh about my appearance. Yikes. I wore a Haunted Mansion t-shirt and I literally laid on the couch ALL day. Thank goodness for a sweet husband who was awesome about taking over all the house and parenting duties. Also, H somehow didn’t get a picture. He just had some Disney socks on though so I guess you aren’t missing too much.

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My sister looked so good. Lets just think about her outfit and not mine, k? She wore a Tiki Room shirt and she wore Epcot Nike’s! I am so jealous of them. She looks awesome.

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SUNDAY

My sister wore a favorite Disneyland shirt form D23. Wild Man also has this shirt and its one that every time they wear it I am so glad people in my family own it. Its a really cool shirt!

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I got Wild Man in on the Disney action today! He actually is really awesome about always wearing Disney on Sunday. Today he wore a Disneyland Raglan, H wore some awesome Mickey Mouse hammer pants (heck yes!) and I had my classic Mickey Mouse Disneyland sweatshirt that I wear like six days out of the week because I love it so much. Also, H wasn’t really feeling pictures and we both felt gross (still) and my hair is weird. But hey, its a picture of our Disney! (except that Wild Man’s is totally hiding)..

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Some of the earrings I wore throughout the week.

 

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

January Beauty Talk

What do you think about doing my Beauty Talk but in video form? I’ve dabbled with the idea of doing a YouTube video for my monthly Beauty Talk just because when it comes to skin care and make up and such I have a lot to say and its obviously easier to say live as opposed to typing out a review. Its just a thought. Will February’s Beauty Talk be a video or a blog post? Only time will tell.

I’m starting this post off with these Minnie Bow earrings that are my new favorites. I always have Disney earrings in and more often than not they are Mickey shaped, so when I saw these I knew I had to have them because they were a little different but still obviously Disney. They are dainty and adorable and make me so excited.

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I got this shadow blending brush in my most recent Ipsy bag and I’m a huge fan. This does so good at blending shadows so there aren’t any harsh lines. I’ve been using this a lot for my crease color and its so easy to use and gets the job done.

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This is Super-Hydrating Eye Cream from Air Repair. I’m an eye cream junkie and have a lot, but I have been returning back to this one over and over again. Its light but super hydrating and I swear when I put a bunch on at night I wake up and my under eyes look better than they did the night before.

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I ordered tons of sheet masks off of Amazon a few months ago. These two brands (Dermal and The Saem) have been my favorites. Their masks target a ton of different skin concerns and they really do work! They smell really great and they are cooling and comfortable — and make for awesome selfies.

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I was ordering some products off of Ulta the other day and came across this Firming Night Cream from Burt’s Bees and figured why not give it a try? Its not the best night cream I have ever used, but I really like it. I love that its not greasy or heavy but I can tell I have something on my face. And the smell is phenomenal.

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I have been using the Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream for a little over a year now. I use it after I wash my hair and work it into the length of my hair and it leaves my hair noticeably smoother, less tangly and shinier and just prettier.

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This blush is from Model Co. and is in the shade Peach Bellini. Its a nice peach color thats simple and easy to apply and blend. I will especially love using this in the summer.

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I am in a pickle when it comes to foundation. I can’t find any foundation I love right now so I’ve been trying a lot. A beauty YouTuber I follow really likes the Maybelline Fit Me foundation so I gave it a go. I don’t hate it you guys. It matches my skin really well and it goes on really, really nice. I hate the packaging though. You have to dump it into your hands. Ew. I much more prefer a pump. So the search for the perfect foundation continues.

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I love this Lipsense color in Beige Champagne. This is my most recent go-to. Its a neutral with a  hint of pinky/brown in it. I love it a lot.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: Disney Princesses

I love all things Disney, but one of my very, very favorite parts about it is its princesses. I have been obsessed since day one. The Little Mermaid caught my attention at a very young age and ever since then I am hooked, passionate and a huge fanatic. You get asked all the time who your favorite princess is but very seldom unless you’re conversing with a fellow Dis-nerd and have some time to kill, do you share your whole list of Disney princesses in order of how you like them. So that is what we’ll be doing today. For the purpose of this post I will be talking about Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida,  Anna and Moana. There are thirteen total and I will start with my least favorite and work up to my very favorite. (and for those of you who pay attention, no, anna is not officially a princess yet, but in my mind yes she is – and for the sake of this post, yes she is. also elsa is not a princess – she is a queen)

*I feel like I should include that this was SO hard for me and its totally possible that my order will change next week, or even tomorrow. My top three are solid, but after that it gets tricky. I genuinely love all the princesses and just because some are further down my list doesn’t mean that I don’t like them. In fact, I quite love my #12. Ok. I feel better now after saying that. 

 

#13 Merida – Just because Merida is sitting in last place doesn’t at all mean that I don’t like her. In fact, I quite like Merida. She’s spunky, true to herself and gets stuff done. I guess the reason I put her here for the time being is based off of her story. If I were to sit down to watch a princess movie with the way I’m currently feeling while typing this post, I think Brave is the movie I’d be least likely to select. But remember, this list is subject to change.

#12 Mulan – Any girl who disguises herself as a man to ensure her fathers safety and actually trains and goes to war takes the cake in my book. Like…can you even imagine the bravery? She is awesome and I would definitely say is the toughest Disney princess.

#11 Snow White – I have multiple soft spots for Snow White. She is the first Disney princess. She’s the original. Plus her movie was released on December 21st, which happens to also be my birthday. Snow White is a classic and you just can’t forget her awesomely high voice and the way she just invites herself into a house and decides to clean it just because. And for some reason whenever I watch the movie I wish I was friends with the Seven Dwarfs, too.

#10 Cinderella – Cinderella taught me that the dream that I wish will come true and I’m not even being sarcastic here, thats a lesson I will never forget or undervalue. Cinderella’s story is a classic fairytale that just melts me. She is beautiful, she is so kind and is treated so poorly but never retaliates and in the end karma plays out and she ends up with Prince Charming. Also I’m really jealous of her ability to wear glass slippers and still dance the night away with what seems to be no pain.

#9 Jasmine – When I was little I would always pretend I was Jasmine and I’d pretend my grandparents dog was Rajah and I swear in my mind it was just perfect. I always loved Jasmine’s pretty long hair and the fact that she’s sassy and feisty and stands up for what she believes in. I admire that in a lot of the Disney princesses, probably because I myself wish I could do that more.

#8 Pocahontas – This movie actually makes me bawl (the whole If I Never Knew You part and then the end when they say goodbye….UGH) so I have to be in the right mood to watch it. But lets talk about Pocahontas. She is amazing. I remember when I was younger I had her fake tattoo from a Halloween costume and I’d attach it to my arm and then try my best to do her crouch/run – and of course I always had to make sure my hair was down so it would hopefully move as amazing as hers did. Pocahontas is brave and what makes her even more incredible is that hers is a real story! What she did took serious guts and I am really impressed by that. I also love how stoic and mature she is. There is something so calming and captivating about her.

#7 Anna – Anna has the best attitude and for some reason the scene in Frozen when they show her waking up with drool dripping from her mouth and crazy bedhead warms my heart and makes me happy to know that not all Disney princesses wake up looking like a million bucks. I love how friendly Anna is and how she believes the best in everyone and is true to her quirky self. Plus she’s adorable.

#6 Tiana – If there were ever a Disney princess who was a shining example of hard work, dedication, perseverance and starting from the bottom and working her way to the top, Tiana is that princess. No joke whenever I watch Princess and the Frog I feel so motivated and girl power and pumped up.

#5 Moana – Ok, I know we haven’t known Moana long, and technically she hasn’t been introduced as a Disney princess yet, but I’m absolutely putting her on this list because I love and adore Moana. I love that she is built more realistically. I love that she listens to her heart. I love that she has the voice of an island angel. I love that she is best friends with a small pig. I love that she rocks a top-knot like no one else can. I love that her movie makes me happy. I love all things about her.

#4 Aurora – Just so we’re clear, I like her blue dress more than her pink dress. Which team are you on? Once Upon a Dream is one of my very favorite Disney songs – thanks for that, Aurora. She is so graceful and beautiful and has hair straight from heaven. The dress she wears when she lives in the woods with the fairies is a dress I’d happily wear every single day and call me old fashioned but I love the whole damsel in distress, prince braving dragons and evil henchmen to save her, story. Its another perfect classic.

#3 Rapunzel – How can you not love Rapunzel? I remember the first time I saw Tangled my jaw fell to the floor in awe. SUCH a good movie. The music is the best, the voices they used for their characters are perfect picks and the story is phenomenal. I laughed, I cried, I was and still am 100% obsessed. I love how Rapunzel is a go-getter, she’s brave, she’s honest, she is kind and she isn’t afraid to voice how she’s feeling. Its also pretty impressive that she can pull off 70 feet of blonde hair and also a short brown bob – not everyone can do that, you know.

#2 Ariel – The Little Mermaid is the first princess I ever became obsessed with. My parents will tell many stories about me being die-hard for ‘Mernaid.’ She is a free spirit and yeah, she’s a little disobedient and gets herself into trouble and many dangerous situations but she’s a natural adventurer and I respect her for that. She is young and carefree and learns a lot of lessons along the way and I’m not even kidding I feel like I learned those lessons along side her and thats partly why I grew up to be such a goody-goody. Part of Your World is a song that I will never tire of, too.

#1 Belle – Belle will forever and always be my number one. When I was little I think she was my favorite because of how incredibly pretty she is, and because we both had brown hair. But now that I really know her, its so much more than just her looks. She is so kind, she’s determined and hard working, she is loyal, she knows there is more to a person than how they look or the rumors you’ve heard about them, she is brave, she is intelligent, she stands up for what she knows is right and so much more. I want her to be my daughters (heck, my sons too) role model because she is everything a person should strive to be. Oh Belle, I love you.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Our Messy (Disney) Christmas Tree

I’ve never been one to want the fancy Christmas tree with the perfectly placed ribbons, the fancy ornaments, the odds and ends somehow placed seamlessly throughout the tree and everything coordinating. Thats not how I grew up so its never how I intended my Christmas trees to be once I got married. Lucky for me, Wild Man quickly embraced my crazy love of Disney and agreed when I told him I wanted our Christmas tree to be just Disney. I have dozens of Disney ornaments from my whole life and every year on Christmas Eve a Christmas Elf brings us a few more Disney ornaments, so even over our four years of marriage we have acquired a few dozen more Disney ornaments. Plus sometimes you just see a cute Disney ornament while in Disneyland or Disney World or the Disney Store and you can’t turn it down, you know? Basically what I’m saying is we have a lot of these ornaments and thats our trees theme.

Our tree always looks a little ‘messy’ but I feel like since having one year old this Christmas and having to hang most of the ornaments higher and leaving the non-fragile ones lower so H can pull them off (and apparently shove them under the couch because thats where I find lots of them) and play with them it looks a little more messy. Also not all of our ornaments are hung this year because it looks like we need a bigger tree – not enough room!

As we speak, this is what our Christmas Tree currently looks like. (ps i’ve only wrapped 50% of my gifts but considering I’ve been known to do all of my wrapping on Christmas Eve before, I’m calling this great progress). I know its not anything special and maybe to some is a little underwhelming, but I LOVE it. Its a tree chock full of Disney and I’d say that sums up our family pretty darn well. Oh, and yes we do have Disney snowflakes hanging from our ceiling.

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Sooooo this post was supposed to be showcasing some of my favorite ornaments… Lets get on to that now, shall we?

This is our tree topper from the Disney Store. They always have cute little Mickey and Minnie ones during the holidays. We got this one the year we got married and I really love it. It lights up, too – H’s favorite.

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I can’t remember if this is a Disney Store or Disney Parks ornament, but its one of my favorite on my whole tree. It plays the Steamboat Willie song and Mickey rocks back and forth, pulling the string connected to the horn (the horn makes no noise). I’ve always loved this one and H is particularly fond of it. He’ll sit and stare at it for quite some time, smiling and pointing.

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Alice in Wonderland is one of my very favorite Disney movies. I’ve always had a soft spot for her so I actually have several Alice ornaments. This is a Disney Store one, too.

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Many of our ornaments are princesses. Ariel and Belle are my two favorite so they’re who I have the most of. I have got princess ornaments from the park, from the Disney Store, from Etsy… Its hard for me to pass up a princess ornament.

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The rest of these ornaments were bought from either Disneyland or Disney World and are some of my very favorites on the tree.

I have always loved this one from Cars Land in Disneyland – I mean, how cute is it?

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My mom got me this one (from Disney World, I think?) and she gave Wild Man a Mickey one. I don’t know why I love this so much but I just do. Its so festive and adorable.

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If you’re into Disney then you know how right now there are these Starbucks mugs, etc that have Disney designs on them that are very in right now. I love them! This was another gift from my mom and I think its so cute and so unique.

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We’ll end this post with an ornament that both makes me happy and sad. The ornament we got on our latest trip to Disneyland from Tower of Terror. It closes down in January and I’m going to super miss it. So glad we have this ornament to remember it!

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles