Tuesday, February 7, 2012

mommy break

Daddy Bird and the babies went to spend the night at his parent's house tonight.

Yep.  You read that right.

BOTH baby birds went with their Daddy Bird and left me in the nest ALONE.

Cue the Hallelujah Chorus.

Oh my word, I have such a conflicted desire to get a ton of things done around here, and sit on the couch and do nothing.

I plan on being productive tomorrow, but tonight I have a date with the couch, the TV and the computer.

In other news, did you watch Smash last night?  I'm thinking it's going to be worth watching.

I'm reading The Omnivore's Delimma right now, by Michael Pollan.  I'll give y'all a review when I'm finished.  I'll say this - it's got me thinking A LOT about my food and where it comes from, and what goes into producing it.

I'm going to sleep in tomorrow.

Did anyone else just HAVE to be outside today?  I'm enjoying this warm weather immensely.

I'm going to clean my house tomorrow.

We have 2 baby calves on the ground!  I need to get some photos for y'all.  They are pretty cute.

I was just thinking about this time last year.  I was preggers:

With this one:

Oh my word she is almost 10 months old!

Did I mention I'm sleeping in tomorrow?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

product love

Hey, y'all.

Sorry about the lack of posts lately.  I'm in a bit of a bloggy funk I guess!  I've got lots to say, and lots on my mind, but not much time to blog.  I'm also short on photos, and posts are more fun with photos.

Enough excuses!

So, I'm a bit of a make-up and hair product junkie.  Between Christmas gifts, Christmas money, and a recent trip to Sephora where I let a "fancy" man put make-up all over my face, I've been loving on some new, and not so new beauty products!  Let me show you what I'm loving:

First up, High Definition Foundation from Make Up For Ever. 

Wow.  This stuff is great!  My 31 year old skin is starting to look a little not so great these days.  I'm not sure if it's just my age, or nursing, or pregnancy or a combo of the afore mentioned, but this foundation does the trick!  It has great coverage without feeling or looking heavy, and a little goes a looong way.  It's going to run you a bit more than your drug store brand, but it's well worth the extra cash.  It looks especially great when applied over:

Mattifying Pomegranate Primer from Korres.

I had never tried a primer before and I was given a sample at Sephora.  A very large sample thank goodness!  I had never tried a primer before but man oh man I do love it.  It all but makes my pores disappear, and that's been a major issue for me lately.  I'm going to be pretty sad when this sample runs out and I actually have to spring for a tube of this little baby.


My new foundation goes on even more smoothly when I use the foundation brush from this set:
Professional Airbrush Set from Sephora.

I went a little wild at Sephora.  Christmas money was burning a hole in my pocket.

I had never used a brush to apply foundation and I love it!  It really does make my skin look super smooth.

Speaking of smooth, my hair is anything but.  Y'all have seen the curly mop that is my hair.  My hair is so dry and frizzy, I HAVE to use some sort of product every time I style it.  Daddy Bird's Aunt Janie is a beautician and she introduced me to this little combo of moisture for my dry locks:

Farouk Royal Treatment Pure Hydration Shampoo by Chi and,

Chi Silk Infusion leave in treatment.

These are not new products, but they are new to me.  I think they've made my hair less dry and more shiny.  I really love the Silk Infusion, and it's great whether I'm leaving my hair curly or attempting to straighten it (why do I bother?).

Another hair product I love is:

Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer.

I love, love Aveda products, and this one has been great for taming the curls.  It's lightweight and not crunchy.  Love it.

Here's one my Mom in Law gets all the credit for,

Ultra Balm, baby.

Ok, this one is a splurge.  If I was not given this as a gift, I may not buy it for myself, but, a little does go a long way, and it is really, really great stuff.  My heels are nasty dry.  This stuff, along with a daily rasping with the trusty Ped Egg, is slowly softening the nastiness.  Sorry to be so graphic, but it's really bad.  As in, the Boy Birdie touched my heel a few months ago and said "ouch!  Mommy you cut me with your foot!"  Ahhh, from the mouths of babes.

To top off my pedicure, I love

Essie nail polish.

I love that I can pick up Essie at Target and even some Wal Marts now.  I love Essie's colors and I feel like the durability of the polish is excellent.  I'm really hard on polish, you know, with the cows and all.  I actually worked cattle in my last manicure with Essie and didn't get a single chip.  Now that's sayin' something.

Here's a little trade out I learned recently.  I'm a HUGE fan of Lancome's Hypnose Mascara.  Like, I wear it everyday.  If I was stranded on a desert island I would take my Hypnose.  Well, in December I ran out of the stuff (AAAKKK!) and I thought I was probably getting some for Christmas so I didn't want to buy any.  I decided to try this $5 beauty

Maybelline Falsies Flared Mascara

Dang if it's not a good substitute!  I'm going to keep buying this stuff.  What a steal.

There are my current favorite beauty finds.  What are yours?

OH, PS, None of these are paid endorsements, duh!  None of these companies could give a crap about how I feel about their products, I just wanted to share with y'all!