Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tips for Sunless Tanners

Spring is here! Time to break out the dresses and skirts and shed your winter tights. If you are like me, you are quite embarrassed by the blinding color of your bare, untanned legs and have probably purchased a sunless tanner to get you summer ready before there is time to lay outside. Here are some tips that can help you achieve the perfect sunless tanner glow.

1.) Shave your legs before you apply a tanner. Shaving afterwards will just make your color fade faster.

2.) Exfoliate your body to slough off the dead skin. Looking for a good product to exfoliate with while in the shower? Check this out.

3.) Don't put lotion on right before you apply a tanner.

4.) To really get an even application, rub the tanner onto your body using circular motions instead of rubbing up and down.

5.) Some tanners require you to use gloves, others do not. If you don't have to use gloves when applying, wash your hands immediately afterwards.

6.) If you make a mistake while applying, nail polish remover (just dab some on a cotton ball) can be used to remove tanner from any unintended areas.

7.) Allow your tanner to dry completely before getting dressed. 15 minutes will definitely do the trick.

Do you have any other tips that you use when applying a tanner? Do you use it all over your body or just on your legs?

Monday, April 28, 2014

We Have Entered The Double Digits

10 MONTHS OLD!!! I can't even handle how fast time is flying and that my baby is getting bigger and bigger each day. She is almost a toddler now and not even a baby. Oh my goodness!

Stats: Sadly we don't have our home scale anymore and Baby K won't go back to the doctor until she turns 1, so I don't have any official stats on her height and weight.

Development: Our girl is becoming Miss Independent and wants to do a lot of things herself, the biggest thing being that she MUST feed herself. She rarely lets us feed her and if we do try, she always grabs at the spoon. And she now has two teeth on the bottom of her mouth! (Funny story, the other day I heard Tolar telling a friend that she has one tooth and I thought to myself "hmm, is it still just one tooth?" So I stuck  my finger in her mouth and sure enough, there was another tooth!) She isn't crawling yet, but she is very close. Little miss gets up on her hands and knees quite a lot and we always think she is going to move forward, but then she will lower her hips down to the floor and just stretch for whatever item it is that she needs. She has got the pivoting thing down while she plays on the floor and she can scoot around a bit, she just isn't legit crawling yet. Oh well, it will come. She can pull herself up to standing though; she especially loves to do this on our living room ottoman because she knows that the basket on top contains items that she really shouldn't have (and so it begins!). She has also started to pull herself up while in her crib, so we lowered her crib down to the lowest setting to keep our girl from tumbling out. I can imagine that it is quite hilarious to see my short self bending over and reaching in to pick her up - she's really far down!

Loves: She loves to explore and is super curious. If something is happening, she wants to be there in the action and know what is going on (she gets that from my Dad's maternal side of the family...hehe). If someone is holding her, she will twist and turn until she can see what the action is. With her curiosity, she is very interested in people's faces. She will touch mine and Tolar's faces anytime we hold her. She especially loves our mouths, I think she wants to see our teeth. Her favorite song is The Itsy Bitsy Spider. Surprisingly, ME singing the song to her totally perks her right up! If she is fussy in the car, I will just turn the radio down and start singing and she just loves it!

Dislikes: Baby K absolutely does not like for us to wipe her nose. She will move her head all around and cry until we are finished. However, she will let us use the bulb aspirator to suck out her snot (gross, sorry!) without any problems. Sure she'll let us stick something inside her nose, but try to just gently wipe something away on the outside of her nose and she loses it. She also does not like for things to be taken away from her. Uh oh, this girl better get over that! :)

Sleeping: We have successfully transitioned her out of the sleep suit at night!!! Our girl is an awesome sleeper (thank you Jesus!) and she easily went from sleeping through the night with the sleep suit to sleeping through the night without it. She only woke up once the first night and since then she has gone to sleep just fine. She has started to wake up about 6:15/6:30 now (she used to sleep until 7:30), so the mornings come a bit early. Although Tolar has started taking care of her when she wakes up, so I am very thankful for him and his help! Now that she doesn't have the sleep suit on, she explores her crib more with rolling and turning over. Much to my dismay, she now sleeps on her stomach. We will always lay her down to sleep on her back, but she will flip to her stomach sometime during the night. I don't like it because I don't want her to bury her head in the mattress, but there isn't much I can do. I will go in there before we go to bed and flip her back over (she doesn't wake up), but she will immediately roll right back to her stomach.

Diapers: She is still in Pampers Swaddlers size 2 during the day, but we did switch to Pampers Baby Dry size 3 at night. Her first night without her sleep suit (and her first night sleeping on her stomach), she leaked out of her Baby Dry size 2, so we immediately switched to 3's and have had zero problems.

Eating: Like I said above, our girl loves to feed herself. She simply adores puff cereal and would eat the whole container if I let her. In the morning, we give her some puffs or yogurt bites and some pureed fruit (we bought a lot of fruit and are continuing to feed her that until its all gone). At dinner though, the pureed food is gone and she gets "real" food now. Her first real food was a banana and it took her a little while to eat it because the banana was slimy and mushy, but she has now gotten the hang of it. She hasn't refused any food that we have given her; I think she is so excited to feed herself and we are enjoying giving her new foods to try. It was fun the other night when we made mac and cheese and gave her some - that was the first time that all three of us have eaten the same thing at dinner (usually we make her food separate from ours).

Clothing: Still in size 9 months, though she is starting to wear some 9-12 month stuff too. I have packed up all of her 6 month and under clothes, which makes me so sad. I also went through all of her other clothes (this blessed girl has a TON of clothes) and realized that she does not need any 12 month clothes, she has so much!!! However, after 12 months, she will need some bigger clothes. (hint to the Grandmas!)

Miscellaneous: We have been working on clapping and waving with her. She thinks it is hilarious when we clap her hands together, its the cutest thing. She will occasionally clap her hands when prompted and often claps her hands while on the changing table. She has started waving bye bye to people, although a lot of the time it looks like she is flapping her arms. Every now and again we do see her move her fingers like she is waving. I'm so proud of her and the progress she makes each day.

Friday, April 25, 2014

High Five For Friday

Happy Weekend!!! I hope everyone had a great week and that you are as excited as I am to enjoy the gorgeous weather.

1.) We had a lovely Easter Sunday. We had a lazy morning full of family time, had brunch with my friend Erica and then went to evening church. I just love Baby K's pretty little Easter dress.

2.) Someone is so close to crawling - up on all fours!

3.) I saw this ecard and it made me laugh out loud. So true!!! I'm working on not caring what other people think.

4.) Daddy/Daughter jam sessions always make me smile.

5.) My Dad sent the absolute sweetest card to Tolar and myself. Not only was the card itself sweet, but he also wrote a very touching message. I had tears in my eyes as I read it. Thank you Dad for encouraging us and making my day. (Did you know he sent this Mom?)

I'm linking up this High Five For Friday post with Lauren Elizabeth.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Count It Out

2 cups of coffee first thing in the morning.

10 months...how can I possibly be the mother of a 10 month old (on Thursday)?

436 blog posts that I have written for Pursuit of Pink.

5 remotes, just to watch tv. Why do we need that many remotes?

10 episodes of Dallas (the new one - thanks for the recommendation Erica) that I have watched since last Wednesday.

7 unread e-mails in my inbox - does it ever hit zero?

13 episodes of House of Cards Season 2 are waiting on me. I finally finished Season 1 and Tolar has been waiting patiently so we can watch Season 2 together.

4 hours cleaning my entire house top to bottom, baseboards and all.

6 weeks since my last pedicure. I need to remedy that something fierce!!!

73 minutes that I waste by constantly scrolling through facebook and instagram.

1125 days that I have been married to the love of my life.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Treat Yo' Self

We all need a little break from everyday life, a way to unwind and reward ourselves for all the work we put into everything we do each and every day. Now that I'm a Mom, I don't have as much time or unlimited funds to pamper myself, but I do still like to take some time for myself every now and again. Its important for me to recharge my batteries and take a "time out" so that I can continue to be present in my daughter's life and to love my family wholeheartedly.

Here are some ways that I like to treat myself and clear my mind, without breaking the bank.

1.) Buy a magazine and read it cover to cover.
2.) Allow myself some time to read a good book.
3.) Get a pedicure.
4.) Take a walk.
5.) Take a bath, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand.
6.) Watch movies that make me smile, like Pitch Perfect.
7.) Walk around Target. :)
8.) Get a milkshake.
9.) Have a Lindsay maintenance night: deep condition my hair, paint my nails, exfoliate my lips, shave my legs, tweeze my eyebrows, apply sunless tanner, anything to get me beauty ready.
10.) Attempt to work on the many things I have pinned on Pinterest.

What are some ways that you treat yo' self?

Friday, April 18, 2014

High Five For Friday

It's been a busy week - I'm ready for Friday and definitely ready to celebrate Easter and the empty tomb. Thank you Jesus for saving my life!

1.) We had some nice weather which prompted my friend Kristina to suggest we take our girls on a walk. Our friend Katie and her dog Stuart joined us too!

2.) We are dog sitting for my friend Marcy while she is out of town. Tabby is a timid dog who prefers men over women. It took me about 3 days, but she finally let me pet her!!! And she jumps on me. It's official, she likes me.

3.) I love that little things fascinate my Baby K. She could stare at the fan all day long.

4.) We are also dog sitting for our friends Dane and Courtney (yep, our house is a circus - a fun circus). Baby K was getting acquainted with her new friend Riley.

5.) Tolar started singing and playing the guitar for Baby K and she decided that she wanted to help her Daddy play.

I'm linking up this High Five For Friday post with Lauren Elizabeth.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beauty Box 5 April

Beauty Box 5 has provided me with a complimentary subscription for review purposes. All opinions in this post are my own.

I got my Beauty Box 5 in the mail and again its a good one. I seriously urge you to consider buying a subscription to Beauty Box 5 if you have ever thought about it. I have loved every box they have sent me. They are always full of great products that I actually use, not full of products that I've never heard of and haven't the slightest clue what they are for. These are products that fit into my current beauty routine and actually make it better.

Beauty Box 5 is a beauty subscription service that sends a box of five different beauty samples to your mailbox each month for just $12. Plus the subscription also makes a great gift - Mother's Day is just around the corner.

So here is what came in my box for April:
1.) BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Palette - This is a such a fun little compact with three different eyeshadow colors. I love that I can pop this compact in my purse and it takes up almost zero space. And with the three different colors, I can create a ton of looks. Super versatile.

2.) Jergens Natural Glow - I haven't used this sunless tanner yet because I am still in love with my Rodan + Fields foaming sunless tan. But I know that Jergens is a good and trusted brand, so maybe I will pass this sample along to my Bestie and see if she wants to give it a whirl. I love that this tanner isn't supposed to leave streaks, making it super easy to apply.

3.) Nicka K New York Hydro Lipstick - Ok, winner winner chicken dinner! This lipstick is awesome!!!! It is very hydrating and I simply LOVE the color. Concerto is the perfect spring lip color - not too bold at all. And bonus, this lipstick lasts awhile. No need to reapply multiple times during the day.

4.) Bonne Bell Lip Definer - I'm not that much of a lip liner user, but I do love what they do. This liner keeps lipstick from feathering and makes for a perfectly natural look when paired with clear gloss. 

5.) Blum Naturals All Purpose Cleansing Wipes - Maybe this is tied with #3 as a huge winner. I simply love that these wipes are in a portable little container. I can attach this to my diaper bag and use these wipes on the go. These are the perfect wipes to remove eye makeup when I am out and about.

To get your very own subscription to Beauty Box 5, click this link.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ready for Summer


I am so ready for summer. We enjoyed a few nice and beautiful days around these parts and then yesterday boom, here comes the rain and freezing temps again. I loved that one of my friends in Chicago posted on facebook "go home winter, you're drunk."  My thoughts exactly. No one wants you around winter. We want the sun and the beach and the relaxation that comes with summer.

I'm not exactly sure if I will be getting to a beach anytime this summer, but a girl can still dream and plan her beach outfit can't she? I've been eyeing the swimsuits that have hit the stores and also kind of dreading getting into one, but I am so in love with some of the prints. I'm all about a tankini now that I'm a mama. Don't nobody want to see my stomach. Amen. 

In addition to the swimsuits, I am loving several options of flip flops from Tory Burch. She has such great designs. And throw in some fun towels, a good chick book and a nice frozen lemonade and ah - I'm ready for my nap in the sun.

Are you summer ready? Have you started looking for a swimsuit?

Black tankini top: Alloy (sold out, similar).
Pink bikini bottoms: Charlotte Russe.
Black and White Ikat tankini: Calypso St. Barth.
Grey and Yellow tankini top: Buckle.

Leopard Print: Neiman Marcus.
Black: Bloomingdale's.

Pineapple print: Victoria's Secret.
Sun Sea You Me: Life Is Good.

I'm linking up this post with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday and Because Shanna Said So for Random Wednesday.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Some encouragement for you

We could all use a little encouragement, huh? Let's just be honest: life can be tough, it can be messy and rough and doesn't always end up as we want it to. But it goes on. And its how we react during the messy moments that really show our true character and even, who we could become.

One of my favorite ways to navigate a rough time is to read encouraging verses in scripture. Yes, going on walks in the gorgeous sunshine to catch up with my girlfriends is an excellent way to cheer up, but nothing fuels my soul like hearing straight from the Lord. So I thought I would share some of my favorite verses with you.

I hope if you are having a down day, that these verses will encourage you the way they do me.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4: 6-7

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him." James 1:12

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

And for some super awesome encouragement, you have GOT to watch our Pastor's Palm Sunday message from yesterday about "Capturing Hope." It was such a timely message for me to hear and it made me come alive!

Friday, April 11, 2014

High Five For Friday

Happy Friday people!

Let's jump right into the good moments from the week.

1.) This. This right here. Baby K NEVER cuddles. Like ever, which really breaks this Mama's heart. But this week, she just laid her sweet little head right on my chest and stayed there. And I melted.

2.) I had a somewhat stressful day on Wednesday and put a simple prayer request out on facebook just asking my friends to lift me up in prayer (I love facebook for that!). Well not only did so many people pray for me, but my amazing friend Julie stopped by to bring me cupcakes, tulips and one of the sweetest cards ever written. I also scored some hugs from her cute little boys. It is friends like Julie who can seriously turn a stressful and hard day into a day with rainbows and butterflies.

3.) We did it! We started laying Baby K down for bed at night without her sleep suit. Yes, I know I should have had her out of the suit awhile ago, but winter decided to stick around longer than I would have liked, so I kept my baby in her sleep suit (and yes, I admit it - she slept so good in it, why wreck a good thing, amiright?). So far we are at four solid nights of no sleep suit and zero waking up. Oh sweet Baby K, thank you for continuing your good sleeping habits.

4.) Tolar and I completely fail at trying to be sporadic. We are planners through and through. That's one of the reasons we are so well matched. But this week, we tried to throw our schedule out the window and take Baby K out on a walk in the beautiful 72 degree weather we've been having. On our way to the park, I realized what time it was and that I was missing a pumping session (sorry - hope that's not TMI) and Tolar realized he had to help a friend move like 50 minutes later. Way to think we didn't have a schedule. So beautiful outside afternoon was gone and we only had a few minutes to grab some milkshakes. Not a total loss and the milkshakes were super yummy.

5.) God is amazing. He had my friend Katy send this info to me from Christine Caine at the EXACT moment I needed it. I loved it so much, I just had to share!

I hope you had a great week and that you have tons of fun plans in store for the weekend. Oh and if you missed yesterday's post about the awesome sunless tanner from Rodan + Fields, don't worry. There is still time to snag one for yourself!

I'm linking up this post with Lauren Elizabeth.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Get Those Winter White Legs Ready For Summer

Who is like me and is kind of terrified to bring out their pasty white legs now that warmer temps are upon us? It is time to get those winter white legs ready - shorts and dress season is fast approaching and I definitely want to have a little color on my legs.

If you aren't ready to bear the white, I have just the thing for you! You've never had such a gorgeous glow without any UV rays until you've tried the Rodan + Fields foaming sunless tanner.

Allure Magazine had this to say about it!
"Rodan + Fields Foaming Sunless Tan: This foam...prolong[s] color by decreasing cell turnover...the color lasted a full five days."

Due to the overwhelming response for the R+F sunless tanner, as seen in Allure, I want to place a huge order because people are snatching these up! Seriously, I placed a big order at the end of March and opened it up to my personal friends on facebook and my followers on instagram and they sold like hot cakes! This is such a great product.

I'm now opening up the offer to you, my fabulous followers of Pursuit of Pink. If you would like one for only $24 plus shipping (I'm picking up the tax for you!!!) comment below with a way for me to contact you. You can either leave your e-mail address or twitter handle and I will get in touch with you immediately. Or if you don't want to leave your info, reach out to me via e-mail (lindsay@pursuitofpink.com). 

The sunless tanner works great and doesn't streak or turn orange. It is safe for the face and bronze in color. This dries in seconds and there is no transfer on clothes.

Here is a bit more info:

  • How many applications to get a good color? I like 2, but it still shows up after 1. For 2, apply, then wait 1 minute until dry and reapply.
  • Do I need to wear gloves? Nope. Just remember to wash your hands immediately after applying.
  • How long does it last: 5-6 days before it starts to fade; a week or a little longer before I need to reapply.
  • How long do I need to wait before showering/getting into the water? Wait at least one hour.
  • How long before it starts to show? You'll start seeing a little bit within an hour, but it is usually a few hours before I really start to see it.
Best practices: Exfoliate prior to applying the tanner and shave your legs before applying. Do not shave after using (i.e. the same night), it will fade quicker. If you want to apply sunscreen after, wait one hour.

Again, if you want to snatch one of these awesome tanners up, just leave a way for me to contact you and I will make sure to add your order to the list. This would be the perfect gift to add to an Easter basket...I'm just saying!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I Heart Scarves

It is no secret that I just adore scarves. They are one of my favorite accessories and really dress up any look. I even love to throw a scarf over a t-shirt to give it a little flair.

Have you heard of Subtle Luxury and their amazing Spun Scarves? They have some of the most amazing and beautiful scarves I have ever seen. And let's talk about soft, oh my goodness - so soft and cuddly. I practically want to sleep in my Spun Scarves because they are the softest scarves I have ever owned. And their scarves are very lightweight so I don't have to worry about overheating when I still want to wear a scarf in the sping.
Subtle Luxury is a California brand that designs fashion items with a washed, lived in look to create a vintage feel. I love that!

This Swirling Lagoon Red Print Scarf is so fun and pretty. I love that I can wear it with lots of different items and still add some color to my wardrobe. That's one of my goals for Spring, to add some more color to my outfits. And these amazing Spun Scarves are loved by celebrities too - how cool is that? Charlize Theron, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jessica Alba, Hilary Duff and Selena Gomez all wear the Spun Scarves.

Jeans: Old Navy.
Black Tank, Shoes and Sunnies: Target.
Cardigan: LOFT.
Scarf: c/o Subtle Luxury.

I also love this Metallic Mint Scarf that I have from Subtle Luxury. It is the perfect color for spring and can go with dresses, jeans, pants, anything. So versatile.

Jeans and shirt: Old Navy.
Vest: New York & Company.
Scarf: c/o Subtle Luxury.
Shoes: Target.

I'm linking up this post with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday, Because Shanna Said So for Random Wednesday, Style Elixir for Style Sessions and Plane Pretty for Sunday Style.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Taking A Marriage Challenge

In an attempt to carve out some quality time with my husband instead of just falling onto the couch at the end of the night, Tolar and I participated in a 10 day marriage challenge.

My friend (and Rodan  + Fields business partner) Ashley, who blogs over at The Vanilla Tulip, posted about the marriage challenge on her blog and I jumped at the chance to have us participate. So often after Baby K goes to bed, I collapse on the couch and will either watch tv for the rest of the night or fall asleep all while Tolar works on music or plays video games. While our evening activities are relaxing for us after we have been so busy all day long, I didn't like that we were losing our conversation and important time with each other.

So we committed to participating in the challenge and really talking to each other and have loved the process. For anyone wanting to participate yourselves, here are the simple rules:

Spend time together each day (it's helpful to carve out a set time - perhaps after the children are in bed) and discuss your lists of Top 10. Its important to actually talk through your list, giving explanations for everything instead of just reading off your list. This way you and your spouse really get a chance to talk and learn more about each other. You can either write down your answers right before your set meeting time or write down your answers all throughout the day, just make sure everything is complete before you talk each night.

Day 1: What are your top 10 favorite characteristics about one another? Why? (Wife writes 10 for her husband and husband will write 10 for his wife.)

Day 2: What are your top 10 favorite characteristics about yourself? Why? (Wife writes about herself, husband writes about himself.)

Day 3: What are 10 places you have never been to, but would love to go? Why? (Again these are individual lists.)

Day 4: What are 10 of your biggest pet peeves? Why? (In general, not necessarily with one another.)

Day 5: What are 10 things you hope your children learn from you? Why?

Day 6: If you won $100K tomorrow, what 10 things would you buy for yourself? Why? (You cannot save it or spend it on anyone else, you must spend it all on yourself.)

Day 7: What are 10 things that you would like to improve on personally? Why?

Day 8: If you could invite 10 people to dinner, alive or dead, who would they be? Why?

Day 9: What are 10 things that your spouse can do for you, or already does for you, that you really value/appreciate?

Day 10: [Do this one together, perhaps over a date night!] What 10 things do you want to accomplish in the next year as a couple? (Once you have completed your list, put it in an envelope and store it. Then make a point to open it in a year.)

Throughout this challenge, I learned a lot! Of course I learned that I knew quite a lot about Tolar. There were many times as we were sharing our lists that we would make the other guess some answers because we knew each other would know (i.e. I knew that Tolar would want Garth Brooks at his dinner party and he knew that I really value/appreciate his back rubs). All along, I thought I knew just about everything there was to know about Tolar. But he sure surprised me with some of his answers and I LOVE that. In my opinion, marriage wouldn't be that fun if you weren't learning something new about the other all the time. This challenge definitely helped that. And of course, Tolar brought me to tears with his list of qualities he loves about me. So often I find it hard to really love myself and to have someone point out qualities about you that you never even considered - well, it was pretty amazing. Especially because there were some qualities that Tolar loves about me that I really don't like about myself. I did find it easier to list the 10 things I want to work on personally vs. the list of 10 qualities I love about myself. I definitely learned through this challenge that I am too hard on myself. If this man can love me despite everything I hate about myself, even loving things I don't like, well I need to relax and appreciate what I have.

It was also interesting to see just how different we are from each other. This was especially clear on the day that we got to list what we would buy for ourselves - such a fun list! My list consisted of new clothes, shoes, a spa day and interior design service. Tolar's list included lots of musical equipment and firearms. Of course we both knew what the other would write, it was just fun to see it written down and see where our interests lie. And Tolar sure impressed me with his list of people that he would invite to his dinner party. So many of his list I had never heard of. All I was thinking as he was going over his list was "goodness, this man sure is smart." I so appreciated how he thought out his list and that he had great answers to why he would invite everyone.

I am certainly going to miss our top 10 lists now that we have completed the challenge, but I really enjoyed learning new things about ourselves and each other. This challenge has definitely helped us about becoming intentional with our alone time instead of just retreating to our individual spaces.
Have you ever done a marriage challenge? If so, tell me about it in the comment section below.

Friday, April 4, 2014

High Five For Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I am both happy and sad that the weekend is here. It has been a great week staying with my parents and escaping reality and I am sad that the weekend is here because that means I have to return to real life. However, I'm happy the weekend is here because that means I'm so close to seeing Tolar again!

Here are my top moments from the past week:

1.) My book club met up for brunch to catch up because we haven't been able to get together in months! It was so awesome to see everyone and trade stories about what is happening in our lives. In fact, my friend Marcy suggested that we all take turns giving an update on what the latest is for everyone. I loved this because we all have so much going on and were able to really connect with each other and all concentrate on one person at a time. It was a very special brunch for me. I had an absolute blast!

2.) So Baby K found a new activity that keeps her entertained for quite a long time. Pulling out all of her toys from her toy basket. She had so much fun playing with her toys (especially the ones in the bottom that haven't been played with in awhile) and it gave me and Tolar a chance to get a few things accomplished. 

3.) I absolutely adore seeing my parents interact with Baby K. It makes my heart feel so full.

4.) These two cousins, they are too cute. And they certainly love each other even if this picture doesn't suggest that.

5.) My Mom is doing so well with her recovery, she is moving quite fast and doing so much. She has lots of exercises that I help her perform multiple times each day and Baby K decided to get in on the action and offer some encouragement for her Grammaroo.

I hope you had a great week. Enjoy your weekend!
I'm linking up this High Five For Friday post with Lauren Elizabeth.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

List of Lasts

Hey lovelies, Happy Thursday to you!!! You've almost made it to the weekend, so just hang on tight.

As I said earlier this week, Baby K and I are spending the week at my parents' house to help my Mom as she recovers from her knee replacement surgery. It's been great to get the extra family time, but we all miss Tolar. It's just not the same without him.

And now for your blog reading pleasure, a list of the last things I did...because you were all wondering that, right?

The last...

Show I watched: Survivor. Love that show! I've been watching it since the almost beginning and still love it some 20 plus seasons later.

Thing I drank: Sunkist 10. Have you tried this stuff? Umm, amazing. It tastes just like the regular thing (if not better) and only has 10 calories. Go check it out now, your tastebuds and waistline will thank you.

Book I read: Tolar and I are currently reading through The Love Dare Day by Day: A Year of Devotions for Couples and while we are apart, I'm reading it over the phone to him. I love that we are making a connection with God and each other such a priority in our lives right now. We both look forward to our evening devotional time every day.

Blog I read: Living in Yellow. Erin is absolutely one of my favorite bloggers, her blog is a daily read. The girl keeps it real, funny and awesome all the time. And hop on over to her blog today because someone very familiar to you is giving away an awesome skin care product. :) And then just stay over there because Erin is, simply put, a blogging genius.

Picture of Baby K I took:

Time I took a nap: If you asked me on Tuesday I would have said, its been so long I can't even remember. But my sweet little Baby K took a really long nap yesterday, giving me and Mom a chance to grab some naps ourselves. Woohoo!!!! Naps are few and far between in my life nowadays so I am VERY thankful for yesterday's afternoon nap.

Beauty product I used: I am love with my Redefine skin care regimen from Rodan + Fields. It seriously has changed my skin; its never been this smooth, EVER. I look forward to using it each morning and night because I know my skin will get smoother with every use.

Thing I ate: A super yummy chicken casserole that my Aunt Billye made. I love how helpful and loving people can be, especially as my Mom recovers from her surgery. I came to stay with her to help her cook, clean and do her exercises and I really am not having to cook at all. So many loving people have come over to visit my Mom and to bring food for the family to allow her to rest.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I'm a Fool For Stunning Eyes

Hey everyone,
I'm currently at my parents' house helping my Mom recuperate after she had knee replacement surgery last week. So I don't have a ton of time.

BUT - I did want you to know about a giveaway that I'm doing with my friend Jenn over at the Wannabe Housewife, we are giving away products to make you have amazingly, stunning eyes. Click this link to hop over to Jenn's site now and see full details.

Or if you just want to go ahead and enter, you can do so by using the Rafflecopter widget below.

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