Thursday, February 4, 2016

{Taking Our Time At The Donut Shop}

Henry and I stick to a pretty mundane schedule on days that I work. We wake up, watch some cartoons, get ready, grab Starbucks and head to Gigi's. So when I decided to pick up donuts on the way to work last week, Henry was more than excited. Kid loves him some donuts. When we got there I took him out of his car seat and let him walk in on his own. He pushed the door open like a big boy, waved and said hi to the elderly lady helping us and pointed to the donut that he wanted. Tell me, WHY do they grow up so fast?! 
Not only is he growing up way too fast, right before my very eyes, he's also always trying to teach me a lesson. You see, I wanted to grab the donuts and hurry off to work. Henry didn't like that idea. I said, "cmon bubba let's go bye bye," and he saw the stools at the donut bar and said, "no, sit!" I told him we didn't have time for that, that we had to get to work. Once again, he looked at me and said, "sit, mom," as he patted the little stool.
Honestly, how could I refuse his offer? We sat, and he smiled at me so wide, my heart could've burst. He immediately started chomping on his sprinkled donut and said, "MMMMM," so loud that the ladies down the bar started giggling. 
I sat there, staring at him, watching him eat, taking it all in. I pondered on how many other moments I've rushed through.
I wish I remembered where I read this incredible article when I was pregnant. I hardly remember the article, let alone where I read it, but parts of it have always stuck with me. It's always reminded me not to be impatient with my child. As adults we can feel like a child is slowing us down, or not keeping up. We can get frustrated or impatient and just want to rush, rush, rush. The article was about a mom who was always in a hurry and always rushing her little girl and hollering for her to keep up. I literally have flashes of that article once a week or so, and I'm so thankful that I do. It keeps me grounded and reminds me that Henry is learning and evolving and every word that I say to him sticks with him in some way.
So even though the big red clock on the wall of the donut shop was ticking closer and closer to work time, I sat there and stared at my tiny human as we chit-chatted (small talk with a two year old can be fascinating). And it was the best part of my day.
I'm so thankful that he's here on this earth with me to remind me to slow down and enjoy the little things. These moments together, with our loved ones are the only ones that really matter.
Slow down today. Do something out of the norm, and take your time. Do it with someone you love.
Thank you, Henry Harper, for teaching me your way. I love you.
xx,
Mama

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

{Punxsutawney Phil}

Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow and we all rejoiced around here. I'm sure it's absolutely ridiculous, but I trust the little fella. I have faith in him that we will have an early spring, and even if we don't, at least we got a taste of spring in Kansas City yesterday! We had gorgeous weather yesterday and we couldn't pass up the opportunity to get outside for a bit. We love feeding the elk, it's one of our favorite things to do. Henry has always been absolutely fearless when it comes to feeding them. We always run out of carrots before he's ready to be done, so we just enjoyed the weather and chatted with the elk and buffalo. :)
Here's way too many photos of our adventure...
He's getting way too big and I don't think I'm ready to except it. Every day there's something new. A new word, a new laugh, a new facial expression, he's growing every day and I absolutely adore him.
xx,
Melissa Loren













Monday, February 1, 2016

{Things You Should Be Buying At Target}

{Mug // String Lights // Pink Peony Candle // Gold Heart Marquee // Crochet Dress // Maxi //  Lip Stain}

How about a little Valentines edition?? It is February, right?
Lets start with a couple of gifts to give...my mug obsession continues and I think this one is just gorgeous. I also can't stop with marquee lights. I'm sure their popularity will pass, but for now I love them and this gold heart one is perfect for February.
A good candle is always good to have around and this one doubles as pretty decor with it's beautiful packaging, plus it sets the V-Day mood lol! And if you're looking to keep the mood going, I'm loving these string lights. They show them weaved between a headboard and they looks absolutely perfect. I would love to have them wrapped around mine!
If you're planning on going out, you can't pass up a cute dress! Who knew Target had so many great dresses? I could've done an entire post on Valentines dresses. Also, who knew Target had some super expensive dresses?? I almost pulled a couple, but they were nearly $200. Say what?! I went with these two, two completely different dresses, depending on how fancy your plans are. I completely adore each dress and each one would be great finished with a bold lip color. Perennial Plum is the perfect finishing touch.
What are your Valentines must-haves??
xx,
Melissa Loren

{Valentines Fun with Henry Harper}

I don't have anything too crazy today. I just really wanted to share these adorable photos of H making some easy Valentine's crafts! He had a blast so I think I'll be pulling some more ideas and working on more. Painting has been really cool because it's become something that he likes to do for a little bit every day. It's nice because it also gives me a little time to clean the kitchen and/or work on dinner. :) Enjoy a few pics, if you'd like. My faves are when he's really concentrating and gets those lips and his tongue working lol.
We hope you have a wonderful Monday!
xx,
Melissa Loren





Thursday, January 28, 2016

{Fun at Sky Zone + a Review}

Ok, so we've been to Sky Zone a few times now and I have a few thoughts on it. First off, Henry loves it, and that's all that really matters haha. I guess I'll have to say that we've only been during toddler time, so that makes a big difference. I believe toddler time is 5 and under and Wednesday and Sunday mornings. If you've never been before, be sure to sign up online ahead of time or get there early so you don't lose any of your play time. The first time we went it was so packed and you have to fill out a waiver at a kiosk before paying and getting checked in. Toddler time is exactly an hour long, so to get your money's worth I think it's best to take care of that early. One toddler is free with the purchase of an adult jump, and it's only $10 for 60 minutes of jumping during toddler time. Plus $2 for the special sky zone socks!
Negatives, if I can really even call them that...
I wish the foam pit was bigger, like 3 times bigger. It's Henry's favorite and it gets very crowded during toddler time and trying to convince 10+ toddlers to go one at a time is kind of nuts. I get it, but I'm kinda bitter every time we go that I can't jump on the same trampoline as my child. It breaks my heart that he always asks me to jump with and he doesn't understand me yet when I say it's against the rules. It's getting more and more popular, so it gets pretty tight, they don't always open up extra jumping areas, and that would be my only other complaint. When you can't jump on the same square as your child and there aren't enough squares for you, they shouldn't be so stingy with the open jump areas. ;)
Overall it's a good time, I'm just needy haha. Henry absolutely adores it and has no impatience. He doesn't mind taking turns and bouncing solo. Trooper.
This little one loves the basketball goals, and I had to post the bottom right photo-it's a rare snap of Henry Harper pouting because another little boy jacked his ball ha. He was over it seconds later and ready to get back to the foam pit.
Thanks for stopping by!
xx,
Melissa Loren


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

{Makeup Must-Haves: Updated}

I've had a lot of Henry posts lately, and I have plenty more, so I thought I'd break up the week with a little something different. 

If you've been reading for a while, then you already know how much I love makeup and that this is my 3rd makeup must haves post. That may seem like a lot, but over the course of a few years, that's nothing. To me, makeup is always evolving and I believe our look should with it. I could never get in the routine of wearing the same makeup year after year. I like to try different products and definitely branch out and try different looks. But I'm still sharing the basics, day in and day out routine makeup. I have a gazillion eyeshadows that can totally transform a look and definitely different bronzers and blushes too. These are just my faves and the products I use the most often. 

I think in all my other posts I've barely touched on foundation, which is because I've never really worn a lot of foundation, and when I did it was always just a drugstore product. I had a few gift cards from the holidays, so I decided to branch out and upgrade. This MAC foundation has been a game changer. I love the smooth, matte finish it gives my skin, yet there's still a subtle glow, and it lasts all day which is amazing.

I have tried damn near every concealer out there and I have always struggled to find one that covers my dark circles without looking absolutely awful. Thanks to my girl Ashley (heyyyy), I have found TWO that I'll probably never part with. *Please don't ever get discontinued!!!* They're both very full coverage, but without feeling cake-y or heavy. I'd say the Naked Skin concealer is only over the It Cosmetics concealer because of application, I like the wand on the Naked one. Otherwise they're neck in neck on my list.

As far as highlight and contour goes, I'm obsessed with the Anastasia brand. I have the powder one which I think works better for my skin type. I love the different shades and that it has a setter and a highlight. The highlight isn't my absolute favorite though, so I use MACs soft and gentle on my nose and the tops of my cheekbones. It has quite a shimmer to it, but I've found that I really like the look that it gives me. :) If you're looking for a highlighter I suggest that one, but my cousin who is also a makeup lover LOVES Becca cosmetic's highlighter in Champagne Pop! My favorite brush to use for contouring is Tarte's contour brush. It's great for application and blending. I'm also digging Tarte's holiday blush palette. That's the only downfall, it was a limited edition. MACs blush in Gentle is my go to, but it's been a lot of fun to mix it up with this palette.

As far as eyes go, I tried Better Than Sex mascara. I really liked it, but I STILL swear by my drugstore mascara. I don't know what it is, it just works for me. Maybelline's  Colossal Volum' will always be my go to. It's not pictured because I need a refill, and because I would still recommend Better Than Sex. My other longtime go to is Sephora's liquid eyeliner, it's another product that I don't see myself parting with. It makes application so easy and the pigment is so incredible. I don't use pencil liner often, but if you do, I highly suggest the Marc Jacobs liner. I also have to mention MACs paint pot. I use it in Soft Ochre and it really makes my shadow pop and last all day. Shadow primers really are worth the money to me. Lastly, and also not pictured, the brow sculpting pencil by hourglass. Handclap emojis for that one. It matches my eyebrow shade the best and also makes filling in your eyebrows foolproof. I like that it keeps it from *looking* like you shaded in your brows. Au naturale eyebrows for the win. ;)
There you have it. That was a lot, wasn't it? Wordy, sorry about that. If you have questions, feel free to ask and all products are listed below!

Blush Palette: Tarte Bling It On
Contour Palette:Anastasia Beverly Hills
Contour brush:Tarte Bamboo
Eyeshadow primer: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
Ok, so I have to talk about this makeup case. I'm not usually a Vera Bradley fan, like at all, but I was gifted a vera bradley bag for Christmas and I exchanged for this makeup case. The original bag was a bit small for my taste and the print wasn't my favorite, so when I realized they had makeup bags I was pretty stoked. I love that this one has a built in brush holder and I cannot get enough of the print! It's a true vacationing bag and I can't wait to take it on trips with me!

Makeup Case: Vera Bradley

Happy day, friends!
xx,
Melissa Loren

Monday, January 25, 2016

{I Have a Boy}

Sometimes I catch myself questioning if I'm raising a good boy. Which I realize sounds absolutely ridiculous as I type that out, but it's the truth. And honestly, I think it's easy to do. I think every mom questions herself from time time.

We live in a violent world, and as a mom, all I want is to protect my son and raise him to have a heart of gold. So when nerf darts are flying at me, and everything around us becomes a weapon of some sort, I can't help but worry where he's already learning this...

...I forgot, I have a boy.

If it's not the guns and swords, it's the wrestling and play-fighting. As a mom, and a girl, I can't help but think, "should you be wanting to wrestle already?!"

...I forgot, I HAVE A BOY.
Boys are boys. They're just wired differently than us. Even though my son is yelling "boom, boom, boom," and gently punching me, he means me no harm. It's just play to him, it's his fun. And I'm learning with him. We're learning what's ok and what's not ok and when the time is appropriate and when it's not. We find a balance between rough and tough boy stuff, and snuggles and soft touches.

Baths end with me playing matador and Henry crashing into my towel like a bull, but I wrap him up in that towel and love on him before he has a chance to say, "a-din (again)?!"

Henry is full of spirit, but he's so genuinely caring. I can always talk a kiss out of him. He doesn't sleep without his big, bug-eyed, ty friends. He doesn't go to bed without snuggling first. He doesn't leave Gigi's without a hug and kiss, from Granddad too! He never forgets please and thank you.
There will be mud, and poop, trucks, and guns, play-fighting and licking (gag me), but at the end of the day, my little momma's boy has a heart made of the purest gold. 

I have a boy. <3
 xx,
Melissa Loren




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