Are anyone else’s kids completely geeking out over the fact that Halloween is next week? We’ve had quite the countdown going on over here. Hailey decided to be a witch for the second year in a row and Kaitlyn is going to be Tiana. I made her confirm multiple times since it switched between princesses, but now I have a green sparkly dress headed our way so it’s too late to change her mind now. Halloween is clearly my girls’ favorite thing about October, and to go along with the theme, here are some things I’m loving lately too!
Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard– At a recent girls’ dinner, my friend Courtney (basically my healthy eating muse) told me she’s been putting this honey mustard dressing on everything. Since I’ve been eating more grain and veggie bowls, I’ve wanted to try some new sauces to keep things tasty and interesting. This one is zesty, without being too spicy, and definitely a keeper! It’s paleo approved and while I snagged it at Whole Foods, you can get in online and I might try this two-bottle option with the Greek vinaigrette too next time. Can anyone vouch for the Greek?
Finding My Personal Style and Embracing It– I have several items in my closet that are SO cute and on trend, yet I never (ever) wear them. The truth is I always choose comfort. That doesn’t always mean over-sized sweatshirts, but I’ve been focused more on what I think works on me and what is comfortable rather than just what may be in style. Example: I don’t think I can do flared jeans.
While I was wearing it for the above photo opp, I was asked twice where I got it, and was so excited to tell people that it was less than $30!
Also, these tassel booties are going to be a solid staple for me through fall and winter. They are so easy to walk in, tall enough to get me some height, but I can mom all day long in them too. I wore them with this top and brought along my favorite Target bag (which has become my day to day bag) on our recent evening out in Blowing Rock.
I’ve also had multiple people on instagram ask about my initial necklace with the girls’ initials engraved (above). David got it for me for Mother’s Day. This necklace is very similar to what I have and I wear it almost everyday!
Finding Kid Learning Activities on Instagram– Do y’all search hashtags on insta? I feel like some people think they are just annoying add-ons to posts, but I have found some really neat accounts aligned with my interests by clicking and perusing through hashtags. Creative and Growing Kids always offers me a dose on inspiration and I loved this clock activity!
Watching My Kids Sleep- It’s hard to sneak in and peek at Hailey because she prefers the top bunk of her bed, but Kaitlyn is easy to check in on before I go to bed. I kind of want to snap pictures every night and make an entire coffee table book out of them. Would that be creepy? She’s always in the funniest poses and last night she had taken off her pajamas and put on an Elsa dress to sleep in instead. Kids are seriously the best.
Seasonal Food Items- I don’t usually go overboard with seasonal flavors, but this Pumpkin Spice Milk caught my eye in the store and I just knew Hailey would get the biggest kick out of it, so I snagged it. It is FREAKING amazing. Of course it is because sugar, but that’s what makes it a treat. I’ve given the girls little cups of it with lunch and have poured a splash or two into my coffee as well.
New Make-Up from Jane Iredale– I’ve been telling you guys about how I’ve been working with the wonderful Terri at Carolina Facial Plastics on my skin for 9 or 10 months now and how I love my skin more than I ever have before. We are even talking about having me do a VI Peel during the winter and sharing that experience with you. I won’t lie, it freaks me out a little bit, but has anyone done one? Would you be interested in seeing the results?
Anyway, my skin has been wonderful, so when Terri suggested I look into trying Jane Iredale make-up, I listened. It’s natural, mineral-based, cruelty-free make-up and I LOVE it. I love the colors, I love the way it feels on my face, and I love the smooth way it goes on (including the eyebrow kit which has been my main focus lately)!
Whether you are local or not, you can email Terri ([email protected]) and she can guide you towards what skin care is right for you and even ship you makeup if you’re interested.
Fall Nail Colors– I usually don’t buy nail polish because it’s expensive, which is hilarious because you know what is more expensive than a $9 bottle? Paying someone to paint your nails for you. After I saw a friend wearing Aurora Berry, I went looking for it, but came up empty handed, so I snagged Mrs Always Right (pictured below) instead. I’m loving the pop of color and if I’m being honest, I kind of like that name too (wink).
Candles- Honestly, I’d love your suggestions on this one. I’m interested in finding some clean burning candles that still smell like fall and winter. Any suggestions? Does such a thing exist? Send them my way please!
Links Worth Sharing
How to Be Mind Controlled (a snarky video but with some serious nuggets of truth)
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and if you have any good reads of products you are loving, please leave them in the comments. I always love hearing your suggestions!