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

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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