Beauty Tuesday- Countouring Redux

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When I found this Maskcara tutorial for 4 Minute Mom Make-up a couple of years ago, it totally revamped my Make-up routine.  However when I discovered PCA and learned that I am a Bright Winter, I had to give up brown- I was so bummed about giving up my contouring.

I talked about it in this post, and a few commenters suggested Nyx Taupe blush for contouring. It was surprisingly hard to find Nyx Taupe blush (had to get it as an Amazon add-on), so I’m just now trying it.

I was initially disappointed when I opened the package, I don’t know why I was expecting something magically brown but not brown? I don’t know. But I didn’t have high hopes.

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Well contour me pleasantly surprised.

(ba dum bum)

It’s not aging, it doesn’t look muddy, in fact it looks pretty good.

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You can see next to the bronzer I was previously using it’s quite a bit cooler. Certainly not harmonious with my fan, but when applied with a light hand it’s not at odds with my coloring either.

Beauty Wednesday- Pool Party Make-Up

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We had a pool party for one of Henry’s friends this weekend. when I think pool party make-up I think simple, waterproof, and most importantly I think SPF!

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Except for the blush (which you won’t need if you are heading out into the sun) the make-up for this low key look can all be found at the drugstore.

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L’oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur-  It goes on smoth and light almost like a primer, it really does blur out fine lines and large pores (doesn’t do anything for the not-so-fine lines of course), and best of all it’s a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen.

Maybelline Full and Soft Waterproof Mascara- I don’t wear waterproof mascara very often, but when I do I like this formulation. It’s soft and understated.

Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm- I bought up a bunch of this becasue I think they discontinued it. I’m going to cry when I run out, it’s so easy, it’s long lasting, and it doesn’t rub off on anything.

 

P.S. I’m guest posting today over on Simply Stavish about self portraits and our 365 project!

 

Thank You!

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We’ll do our regularly scheduled beauty post tomorrow, but today, friends,  I want to offer up my sincerest gratitude for your generosity.

I went to bed last night heart and inbox full of love- love and messages! Applications for carriers, as well as monetary donations and offers of carriers for the project.

I look forward to bringing you updates and fundraising efforts for the project in the future, thank you for sharing our journey, and thank you for growing with us.

Full of Love-

Drea

P.S. I would be remiss if I didn’t ask you to visit our website, like and share our page on Facebook, and think about making a small donation.

3.21 Carry

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Friends- I have been waiting for this day for some time, working hard behind the scenes and anxiously counting down to today.

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Josh and I are avid babywearers, this is not news to anyone who has read this site for any length of time.  Neither of us can imagine life without a carrier.  Josh is utilitarian, wearing enriches and makes his life easier. It helps him care for our children and get things done. For me wearing goes far beyond convenience, it’s passion.

Babywearing is a passion I chose, and Down syndrome is a passion that was chosen for me. Having a child with special needs is transformative. My new passion didn’t usurp my old one,  instead I was inspired to combine the two.

One night we were out to dinner, when Copley, whose physical disability would not allow him to sit in a highchair, refused to sit in his carseat.  I wrapped him up and we enjoyed a peaceful dinner and started talking about all the ways babywearing made our lives easier, especially as Cop’s physical disability outpaced his physical development.

The simple idea for 3.21 Carry was born- get a carrier into the hands of every parent of a special needs child who needs one.

Our purpose is to serve both parents who need special carriers to meet special needs, and parents of older children with special needs who need carriers for younger typical children.

Please visit our website, like our page on Facebook, think about making a small donation.

 

365 Fridays- Week 25

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On Fridays I’m linking up for a 365 hosted by Sarah @ Nurse Loves Farmer, Mindi @ Simply Stavish, and Stephanie @ Behind the Camera & Dreaming.

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I’m finishing up a 4 week composition class and I’m just plain tired of taking pictures. My kids are tired of having their pictures taken. Josh is tired of helping out. We are all ready to wrap it up. I’ve learned a lot, and I’m so glad I took the plunge but I’m ready for a break from homework.

DSC_1248I took this picture of Pepe outside because the light was a little better, but I really prefer my “studio” pics of my chickens.

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Happy baby.

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Happy big kid.

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Henry looks so much like Josh- such a good looking kid.

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And sometimes Josh makes a face that looks so much like Cop it kills me!

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Garden Goodies- Radishes

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The first crop ready for harvest is always Radishes. Radishes are a great instant gratification crop to grow with kids, because they germinate in just a few days and are ready to harvest in as little as 22 days.

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Radishes are great in salads and tacos, but you can really only burn through so many as a garnish, and my very favorite radish recipe- Radish, butter, and salt open faced sandwiches- is off the table this year as Cop and I are still eating dairy free.

I turned to Pinterest to find some inspiring recipes and here’s what I came up with-

This simple Spring Radish Salad 

A crisp Cucumber and Radish Salad

Three ingredient Roasted Radishes

Sautéed Radishes with Bacon and Rosemary

Radish and Egg Salad Sandwiches

Sweet Riesling Pickled Radishes

I’ll be pinning dairy free recipes to highlight veggies from our garden all summer- follow my Garden Goodies board on Pinterest, and comment below if you’ve got a great recipe to share!

 

Beauty Tuesday- Living In Your Season

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I’ve been needing a wardrobe overhaul for a few months. I lost baby weight, and discovered I’ve basically been wearing “fat pants” and maternity clothes for 4 years. Yikes. With my draping looming I’d been a bit reluctant to buy new clothes, but now that I’m confirmed Bright Winter it’s go time!

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Shopping with my fan was a totally different shopping experience. I kind of hate shopping, but having my fan definitely streamlined the process. I fan matched everything before I went back to the dressing room which really cut down on options and meant I only tried on pieces that flattered my coloring (except for an orange tank I couldn’t resist, but should have because it looked  AWFUL). I also grabbed a couple things I otherwise wouldn’t have reached for, a dark green t shirt that wouldn’t have been on my radar, except that it was the color of the “proof” drape for BW. It was one o the best things I tried on all day.

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A little comparison of what I should be wearing and what was in my closet. It’s just such a huge difference, the bright clear winter colors compared to what I assume is the soft autumn palette that dominated my wardrobe in the past. I wonder if I was hiding from something?

Next rabbit hole? Kibbe! (But that’s a post for another day)

Slow Down

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Josh and I have both been burning the candle at both ends lately.  Part of it is seasonal- Spring is a time to work here in Eisenbergia, we have a garden to plan, house projects to tackle, landscaping to tend to.

I’m also working on a few projects that are on the cusp of completion! I’m dying to let the cat out of the bag AND get back to some kind of normal life where we aren’t working all day and all night.

These boys have the right idea. One of the beautiful things about having small children, they don’t prioritize, they live in the here and now. There is no later.

365 Fridays- Week 24

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On Fridays I’m linking up for a 365 hosted by Sarah @ Nurse Loves Farmer, Mindi @ Simply Stavish, and Stephanie @ Behind the Camera & Dreaming.

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Lots and lots and lots of pictures didn’t make the cut this week. I don’t know what I’m going to do with so many lovely pictures.

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There aren’t as many loving peaceful moments in our house with our wild boys as I dreamed. But the sweet brother moments are so precious.

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I just can’t get over this kid, sitting, so pleased and proud of himself. Not nearly as pleased and proud as we are.

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Hot summer nights.

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Crisp white sheets.

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Monkey bars. “I’m just swinging”

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“I’m just running”

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“I’m just wearing”

 

Maiden Goods- #3

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This is a very special wrap for a very special friend.

I finished this warp a little while ago, but I was waiting to share pictures of it until I could give it to my good friend Bree who is expecting her second Baby.

I wanted to design one warp that we could split, it was really fun planning it out and picking colors that would work for both of us by simply changing the weft color.

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I picked some of my favorite colors on her, deep eggplant and red, and paired them with great colors for me, bright pink and fuschia. Eggplant weft to deepen it for her, lots of crazy weft changes to mix it up for me (the bright pink is my favorite).

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She can wear it with the eggplact rail closest to her face and I wear iot with the pink rail closest to my face, and voila! We both look like we are in wraps designed for us, which, we are.