August 4, 2017

Summer Stresses

We're 7 weeks in, and I can see the light (school) at the end of the tunnel (summer). For working parents like us, summer is just an extension of the everyday, filled with heat, humidity, complaints, and pressure to fill the days with fun. Summer camp is a necessity, not a luxury for us, as we both juggle deadlines, meetings, clients, and a 6 month old on a daily basis and rarely do any of these tasks run on the 9-5 clock I so often hear fellow working parents lament.

But its not all bad of course. The baby is a slice of heaven on a silver platter I get to enjoy daily. No, he doesn't sleep through the night, in fact he wakes to eat at least 3 times between 9pm and 7am, so I haven't slept more than a 3 hour stretch at a time since December. (Take pity on me when you see my under-eye circles and wonder if I've ever heard of concealor- I have 3 coats on already). But he is pure joy so Ill take it.

And then of course the 6 year old just gave me a week in which I swore I'd send him to reform school as soon as he turned 8, and then wondered if they take children as young as 6. The kind of week where you sit at night, and your insides feel like old wallpaper peeling in on itself when the glue has long worn away. But immediately after the low point he gave me a high point as if he felt my inner most despair. He woke up on the right side of the bed, and flipped the switch from antagonistic villain to compliant cherub (though 'compliant' may be an overshot, you get the picture). And just like that hes back to his joyful, spirited self. Helping pick up leftover food from Panera for the soup kitchen, happily cleaning the basement with a smile. Perhaps these weeks are plucked from above and delivered to remind us what challenging is, in case were have grown complacent, jaded or even worse, discontented.

July 11, 2017

Beauty Routine: Evenings with kiddos Edition

Since I became a mom a little over 6 years ago, evenings take on an entirely different meaning for me than they once did. long gone are the days of leisurely drinking wine while watching as many shows as I want (I now binge watch on my iPad while the baby sleeps on top of me, and chug wine with one hand while feeding him with the other). Nighttime beauty and sleep are the same way, they need to be fast, efficient, and not too expensive.

I NEVER sleep in my makeup. It doesn't matter if I spent 2 hours unsuccessfully trying to coax my littlest baby into his crib at night, I will not skip face washing. Right now I'm using BeautyCounter's balm ($80), and then Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Micro Cleanse ($30). I tone with a variety of toners depending on the night (Clinique, Estee Lauder, Biologique Recherche) and use eye cream (love this one).

I spend less time on my mattress now than ever. Having a new baby reminds one never to take sleep for granted. So when I actually am in my bed, I need to be comfortable. The Leesa trial is great- 100 nights- so if you chose wrong, no worries. The baby likes it too, since he basically only sleeps on top of me, in our bed. (Maybe Leesa should try crib mattresses and we can trick him into thinking hes still in our bed.)

June 30, 2017

Insta Round-Up

As we prepare to celebrate our 2nd July 4th holiday weekend in our new home, I'm reminded of how just a year ago, I didn't know a single person here. Tomorrow, we will be hosting 30 people in our yard for food, drinks and fun. Happy Summer!

June 1, 2017

New Finds

So these days I am not in full make up most of the time, but I still want to be presentable when on video chat with my office, running lunch errands, and at school pick up. So light, effortless (I hate that term but actual find myself using it now), and natural are key.

Never a big Estee Lauder fan, I hadn't picked up a new product from this brand in years. But their revamped ad campaigns and offerings caught my eye and I tried 2 new items.

The Perfectionist duo concealer ($34) is a huge hit. My horrible dark circles are helped tremendously, and the wear is hydrating unlike some others I've tried after reading rave reviews, and hated (Smashbox BB concealer, Makeup Forever HD concealer).

The Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick ($34) is my next new favorite. One step to get it on, blend and be done. I cant do separate sponges, brushes and applicators (no skill, no time) so this is a great item for me. It isn't matte finish, but its not greasy or sticky so my oily skin likes it.

Memorial Day weekend meant our club opened for the season, and afternoons will soon be spent at the pool. I am still a hat person in the sun (despite my short hair and the fact they probably don't look good on me), but I also douse myself in sunblock. Beauty Counter's face-stick ($18) is my favorite- and I like being able to use one products for all 4 family members (including baby). Select my friend Sarah Hawkins from the consultant list when purchasing!

I recall trying a similar formula and not being a huge fan, but the new Dior Addict lacquer ($35) is a huge hit for me. It stays on longer than my other favorite YSL oil in stick, but has the same gel like texture that is a must for me (I detest the matte lipstick trend and hope to see it fade sometime soon). Try it in LA Pink or Underground.

May 26, 2017

Thoughts on a Friday

I all but gave up the modified Whole30 diet these last few weeks, as birthday cake, cocktails, and then leftover birthday cake took over.

Being an adult is full of interesting choices, and unexpected feelings. Like being excited for a new roof and new driveway, to the point you actually instruct you husband not to buy you a birthday gift (and actually mean it).

As the school year winds down, despite being much more settled than we were last year at this time when we hadn't even moved yet, I find the familiar crippling anxiety creeping in at night, an unwelcome guest trying to rattle my calm mind with fear about the summer transition for Tucker, and starting another 'new thing' after such a successful year of Kindergarten.

My now 4 month old baby has spent a total of 8 hours in his crib since he was born. Ans these 8 hours were over the span of several weeks. And we are OK with that. Baby cuddles don't last very long after all.

May 15, 2017

This is 6

My first baby, who made me a mom 6 years ago today, celebrates his birthday with all the love and enthusiasm we could imagine in his heart. The best gift I received on his behalf this year was when a fellow mom to a classmate of Tucker's, who happens to have autism, emailed me to say that her son has been touched and helped immensely by Tucker this year. Hearing your young child is internalizing the lessons of love and acceptance you teach at home is pretty much the best news there is. So happy birthday sweet Tucker, when you're not making me want to rip the hairs from head, you're warming my spirit with your laugh and the way you love everyone.

May 11, 2017

Insta-Round Up

Bloody Mary's are always a good choice

Striped Cold Shoulder (Loft), Tortoise Flats (J.Crew), Summer Water (Winc Wine Club)

Me and my Mom, 1982- how much does this look like me and Wells???

Family of 4 at Tucker's 6th bday party (Peplum top-J.Crew)

Boys in Vineyard Vines

My Whole30 sweet potato. avocado and egg bowl

Cannot believe this angel is 4 months old!

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