L’Oreal Lumi Cushion First Impression

Lifestyle Vlogger Southern California

Oh man, you know me and my makeup obsession. I have been loving my L'Oreal Lumi foundation and saw the Cushion at CVS - but had NO idea what on earth that meant.  But the packaging was so adorable.  Then, I saw the video from Long Story Short with Megan & Wendy and understood what the Cushion meant.  So, I went shopping. The L'Oreal Lumi Cushion - oh man. I'm so torn.  I love how easy it is to apply.  I just flip open the lid and use either my beauty blender or the foundation brush from Tarte.  But, it's SO THIN. I swear the coverage is more similar to a BB cream than a foundation. … [Read more...]

Flashback Monday – Luke’s First Day of Preschool


Oh man, this post I realized is very overdue.  First, a photo of a VERY happy boy. Pretty much as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I knew preschool was in the future for Luke.  We didn't want him to start in the fall because my mom was still able to watch him.  So we decided to start him in the new year when they reopened after Christmas break for 2 days a week.  Every now and then - he or Aubrey would ask when Luke would go to school.  Explaining time is really tough on  toddlers.  (PS - when do you switch from Toddlers to Kids in reference? What age?)  We used Ryan's birth as a … [Read more...]

Come Shop With Me – Target January

Lifestyle Vlogger Southern California

I'm a wee bit behind sharing some of my lifestyle vlogs that I have featured on my YouTube channel (have you subscribed?).  You might recall I got a new camera for my birthday.  I used it for a bit but wasn't a huge fan of the slow auto-focus.  When on the go, I wanted to have something with a quick reaction since I'd be sharing products and might be doing close ups and then back to just talking.  That camera was NOT cutting it.  I did some more research and found the one that has turned out to be amazing!  The Canon PowerShot G7 X is all that and more. It's compact but does have a bit of … [Read more...]

Spring Makeup Starts With Your Skin

biore Baking Soda cleanser and pore scrub

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyBioreFizz #CollectiveBias Some days I look out our big windows and wish we had more seasons in SoCal.  I get a tinge of jealousy as my friends back east post photos of snow flurries and big snowmen.  As they say - the grass is always greener (or buried under 3 feet of snow) on the other side.  Winter is very shortlived in SoCal.  It starts later than most states and we can start wearing our flip flops again before you can say Do You Wanna Build A Snowman.  Aubrey … [Read more...]

Why I Became A Direct Sales Consultant

Becoming a Scentsy Consultant

It seems as everywhere you look, there are friends and family signing up to sell something.  I see blog posts talking about losing friends because they're selling something.  As a blogger, I know that's a fine line in my every day life as I share businesses and products that approach me (or, I approach) to receive some sort of compensation in order to promote something they sell.  I've not experienced many people upset with me using Facebook at times, or my Instagram, for pitching something I was being paid for.  Why? Because I feel my family and friends know me, and … [Read more...]

2015 Christmas Cards from Zazzle


I received a gift card in exchange for this post - and these are the cards I used to purchase with the gift card. Since our holiday cards went out last week, they've made it to the homes of our loved ones and I'm ready to share with you what we picked out!  I am constantly adding to our holiday cards and on average we send about 100.  Since this year we tied in the birth announcement for Ryan, I wanted to grab a few extra to have on hand and for his baby book.  (Yes, I actually did get him one despite being baby #3!). I had a budget of about $1 a card but I remembered on Cyber Monday that … [Read more...]

Our Breastfeeding Update – 1 month in


Ryan is 1 month old and I'm here to update everyone on our breastfeeding journey!  You recall I had stocked up on all my breastfeeding essentials here.  I forgot to bring the lanolin to the hospital but Jon grabbed it on his first trip home. I religiously applied it after each feeding.  Since I was using the disposable Medela breast pads (available on Amazon), I wasn't afraid of it leaving behind any greasy residue to reusable pads.  My milk came in about 3-4 days in and it seemed a lot quicker than last time.  Because Ryan was so small and his new stomach doesn't handle/need a ton of food in … [Read more...]

Got a new camera & Lifestyle Vlog

So I had been wanting a new camera for on-the-go vlogging or smaller compact one for taking photos at events.  A few other bloggers had recommended the Samsung line and I found a bundle from Sam's club and put it on my birthday/christmas wishlist.  I was surprised with it on my birthday and finally got a chance to use it to film!     Feel free to click and subscribe to see more videos! … [Read more...]

Jingle Bell Rock The Holidays

Rock The Holidays - T-Mobile Simple Choice

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.   All opinions are mine alone. #RockTheHolidays #CollectiveBias Not sure about your family, but around here we are big music people.  We are big holiday people.  Jon and I bring our own traditions into the mix for Aubrey and Luke (and now Ryan too!) but everything always centers around music.  Jon grew up playing instruments so family gatherings can have a spontaneous jam session and the little ones join in on the piano.  With my family, music is always playing for gatherings whether it's a holiday mix during … [Read more...]

Stocking Up with Everyday Essentials

Everyday Essentials from Sam's Club

This is a sponsored post with Acorn Influence and Sam's Club.  I only partner with brands that are a true fit for our family. Thank you for reading. Last year, Jon and I went from a family of 4, to a family of 5 with my mom joining our home.  And this year, we go to a family of 6.  While there wasn't a huge adjustment period to intertwining the lives of our families, what WAS a huge adjustment was the food shopping and stock-piling of items for everyone.  When you live in separate households, you get accustomed to certain brands and meal choices.  You have your own routine of how to shop, … [Read more...]