Big News!!

Eeeeeeee!!!! I am so happy to be able to finally announce this! We moved!! We are in a different home!

It’s so crazy. Honestly, a few months ago if you would have asked us if we had moving on our radar, you would have for a big ol’ NOPE for us! We planned on staying in our home for several more years. We knew how we could make it work and we felt good about it. But then an opportunity came up with the new house. It was an opportunity that truly, we would have been absolutely idiotic to have turned down. We didn’t make the decision quickly, and we discussed the heck out of the pros and cons. We came to realize that both options were right. Staying in our old home would have been fine. So would moving to a new house. So ultimately we just had to just decide which was more right.

We knew we’d be silly not to do it. So we did. We chose to move. This new home has so much more room. It is a good home in a good area. We feel good about our decision. It’s exciting!

We are still in the phase of trying to get used to it all. Quite honestly, it feels like it happened really fast. So now that we are in our new home and slowly making it our own and personalizing it, it’s all starting to really set it.

We feel really fortunate. We feel blessed and excited. Our kids (and dogs) have transitioned into the new home really well and things are going great. Now if only I could figure out how to decorate my new living room!!

I’ll be sharing more about the house and some of the projects we are tackling as we go. Thanks for following along! I really do appreciate you being here.

January 2020

How did January both creep by excruciatingly slow, but also zip by in the blink of an eye? Anyone else feel me? I’ll tell you this much, I’m happy to give January a little kiss on the cheek and send it on its way. Its been a fine month but it also hasn’t been my favorite. I feel like poor January never gets a lot of loving, likely because it follows the very best months (October, November and December) so I even tried to cherish it a little bit more this year, and while it was still very good, I’m excited to move on to February.

Good

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  • I faced some fears this month. I had to mindfully will myself to get there and say some things that I honestly had planned on keeping a secret inside myself for my entire life. But this month I just felt a really strong pull to say some of these things. It wasn’t easy and I still cringe a bit thinking about how it all went down, but now that its all said and done, I’m proud of myself for being brave and doing it. Sorry this bullet point is so vague, I just wanted the reminder that sometimes I am actually capable of being braver and more courageous than I feel.
  • Our family has been doing so good on our daily Come Follow Me (our churches – the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints curriculum this year – focusing on the Book of Mormon). We got into the swing of things fast, found a method that works really, really well for us and we have been doing awesome at it. Its amazing to see just how much the boys are retaining, too! It makes it all a lot more exciting and fulfilling. Its been fun to view The Book of Mormon, a book I’ve read several times, in such a different way too.
  • I’m not extra in most things, but when it comes to planners – I am. I have two planners (a bullet journal and a Leafy Treetops Planner) and I adore them both. They’ve brought me so much joy this month. I find I get my most fulfilling me-time when I’m working in them. They somehow are helping my anxiety and the overwhelm I feel so easily. I’m also liking my layouts a lot this year (so far) so they’re just making me feel really good and happy.
  • My boys are just angel humans. Their friendship has changed a lot this month with both of them getting older, and while its exhausting and sometimes a little violent (boys *eyeroll*) its one of the best things to witness.
  • I’ve finally got some energy back. I forgot just how sleepy pregnancy makes me. I’ve really missed the alone time Craig and I get after the boys go to bed, because typically I’ve just gone to bed right after putting the boys to bed because I’ve literally felt as if I couldn’t keep my eyes open a second longer. But this month I’ve been able to stay up later and not feel like its killing me. Craig and I have been having amazing conversations, watching shows or just doing nothing together, but it was time I really missed with him and I’m happy to have back.
  • We’ve gone to our local Rec Center several times this month to let the boys swim and get some energy out. Its always kind of a marathon getting there and leaving there, but its been worth it every single time.
  • The sicknesses we had in January were all, thankfully, short-lived and I am extremely grateful for that. Germs scare the heck out of me and I’ve tried so hard to minimize them in our house and I think (knock on wood) its paying off!
  • My youngest sister is nearing the end of her Senior year of high school, which means she’s also nearing the end of her Drill Team career. She’s Head Captain this year and its been a lot on her, but she handles it all with so much grace. Its been so fun to be able to sneak away either with the boys or by myself to watch her do what she’s always been so good at.
  • We found out this baby is a baby sister!! It was totally a shock to our systems at first and it’ll be so different from what we’ve grown so used to, but we are so, so, so excited to meet little sister! I can’t wait to see how she changes the dynamic of our family and I especially can’t wait to watch her big brothers relationship with her.

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Not-So-Good

  • Emmett had a broken foot and sprained ankle for a good portion of the month (it all happened on Christmas Eve when he jumped off our couch and landed bad). His boot he had to wear didn’t slow him down at all, but I just felt bad for him for so long. Feeling that kind of sadness for your kid wears on you after a while. It was a joyous day when we got to remove the boot!
  • I’m sure its the pregnancy – and maybe that it a girl? – but my emotions have been off the charts. I. cry. at. everything! If you’ve seen me anytime recently, I’m sure you can attest to it. If I’m not crying, I just look like I have been – and that’s because I have. Its not that I’m sad (I mean sometimes I am) but half the time I just cry because something is really beautiful or special or cute. Or there is absolutely no reason for me to cry and it just spills out. I’m tired of it, to be honest.
  • My heartburn. My heartburn is so bad. I’m to the point where I’d rather feel extra nauseated than feel any heartburn. I’d rather throw up every ten minutes then have this heartburn. Nothing has helped much so far. June can’t come soon enough.
  • Where is the snow? I’m sorry, but it is January and I have two little boys who would really, really like to play in the snow! So where is it, Utah??!

Home

My word for 2020 is Home, and I’m loving it. I also feel like I’ve started the year exactly how I’ve wanted to with this word. A focus of mine has been to keep the house tidy (or as tidy as I can with my two tornado sons). Its a task for me because I just don’t feel good and my energy and motivation are still pretty low (where’s all that second trimester energy I keep hearing about?) but I’m doing enough thats making me feel accomplished and proud of myself. We have also been really focusing on keeping the gospel a very relevant topic in our home, as well as kindness, choosing the right, etc and its already helped the atmosphere in our home tremendously and its exciting, comforting and very peaceful.

 

 

5 Ways to Keep Joy in Your Home 

I have to start this post with telling you I almost named this 5 Ways to Make Love in Your Home. Then I remembered what that meant. Wow. You all could have read that title and thought I was really stepping outside my comfort zone with this post! But alas I am not and this post is only about 5 things I keep in my home to help joy spread inside of it. Much cleaner. Much less graphic. Much more appropriate.

Wild Man and I are happy people and we have a happy child and I like to think we’ll continue to birth and raise happy children. As I was brainstorming ways I could go about this post I thought up five things that are in my home that I decided help us be happy, joyful people and wanted to share and maybe inspire. Enjoy!

Family Pictures. These are pretty routine to see in people’s homes, but to me they display our love of family. It reminds me how lucky I am to have mine and how close we are and of the wonderful relationship we have.

A Candle. Who isn’t happy when their home smells like a million bucks? I love when I have a candle on and my house smells so good then Wild Man gets home from work and comments on the pleasant smell. Even H likes them – it’s fun to try and blow them out all day! Even if you’re standing under the table that the candle is sitting on. They create joy and entertainment for the whole family!

Cozy Blankets. Blankets promote cuddling. A lot of times they’re used while watching a movie or tv show. They make us be physically close as a family and is there any better feeling than a fuzzy blanket on freshly shaved legs?

Games. I grew up in a game playing family and I swear those evenings playing games with our family brought us closer. To this day I still eagerly look forward to playing games because they tend to lead to lots of laughs and really awesome bonding time. Wild Man laughs at this because he claims that growing up games usually lead to fights and arguments.. So I guess we’ll see which route our family takes as it grows and gets older.

Uplifting Quotes. I have a Light Box, a chalk board and several (church and Disney) quotes up around the house. The light box and chalk board have ever changing phrases obviously. I love being able to read them and smile or get a quick reminder of what’s important or to feel inspired or motivated by what I read. I hope my kids grow up reading these quotes and find that they stick with them throughout their lives and motivate them to be kind, helpful, loving, go-getters with a good head on their shoulders.

What do you keep in your home that brings you joy??

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

Holiday Smells

Once November 1st hits (if not sooner) I bust out the holiday scented candles, plug-ins, air fresheners and I feel no shame for this. I have a candle lit in my house every day and I am all about a yummy scent in your home – it just makes it feel cozier and makes me feel more put together and mature. I have been so into my holiday scented candles this season (some are not marketed as holiday, but to me they just scream holiday baking, holiday goodness, etc) that I figured since I’m such a candle junkie it just made sense for me to do a post about my favorites.

Starting with my very favorite candle ever, from Anthology Candles, this is Main Street Bakery. These are Disney-themed candles (so obvs I’m all over them and have like 90% of their candles) and this one smells like the bakery and there is nothing better. It smells like a bakery, has a hint of coffee and I can’t tell you how many times I have wished it was an edible candle because its that good.

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My mom bought this for me on Black Friday and I’ve only used it once but holy cow! This is the signature Christmas candle you need in your home. Maybe I’ll light this one Christmas morning – its bound to up the Christmas cheer by 100%. It is called, Celebrate and its from Bath and Body Works.

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Look, more Anthology! This is called A Spoonful of Sugar and its lovely. It has a really delicate vanilla scent. This one isn’t overpowering and its not the kind of candle that hits you in the face with its scent so its nice when you just need a little hint of something.

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Walter & Rosie Candle Co. is another Disney inspired candle company and I have a few of their candles, as well. While Anthology is still my favorite brand, I’m falling fast for these guys. My current favorite from them is The Grand Gingerbread House candle that smells like gingerbread (obviously) and it is heaven in a candle.

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This is one of my newer candles from Anthology Candles called, The Matterhorn. When I first smelled it I was pretty sure I’d hate it. Its a more masculine smelling candle and reminded me of my husbands deodorant, but I still gave it a shot and I’m actually really into it.

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These two Bath and Body Works candles are from last year but are still going strong this year. The brown one is called Pumpkin Pecan Waffles and the pink one is called Cranberry Woods. They’re both really strong and are stereotypical holiday scents and they are bomb.

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Churros from Anthology Candles. Your house will smell like a Disneyland churro,  do I need to say anything else?

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And lastly, just in case you aren’t a candle lover (what?! how?!) then here is another festive, yummy option. Glade’s air fresheners are awesome. I feel like they work better in smaller rooms, but they last a while and put off a great scent. My current favorite holiday scent from them is Happy Glow which smells like apple cinnamon.

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I hope your holidays smell phenomenal.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Two days ago we put up our Christmas decorations and I really couldn’t be happier. Wild Man texted me in the morning and said we should put our stuff up and that throughout the week we should stop at our storage unit to grab loads of our Christmas decor (yes we have loads of it). I got so excited that I went a little overboard and brought everything home and decorated the entire house. Wild Man’s only request was that I leave the star for him to put on top of the tree. I think we both expected our star pictures to be a lot cuter, but H really didn’t want to let go of the star while helping his dad — so they turned out kind of funny. Cute, nonetheless.

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Decorating with H was just about the cutest thing ever. I’ve been really emotional lately for some reason and his wild enthusiasm for Christmas decorations did not help the tear flow! Oh, it was so cute. Now that everything is up he can’t look away from the Christmas tree. He blows on it all day long – thats what he does to things he thinks are cool and points in awe at all the festive stuff we have around the house.

This is really the most wonderful time of the year.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles