Nude Lips Review

January 9, 2015

It finally happened. I finally bought a nude lipstick. I don't know why it took me so long to hop on the nude train, but I'm never getting off!

I actually got 3 nude lip products; 2 lipsticks and 1 lipgloss. I'm so excited to share and review them for you guys! They are all drugstore and I was pretty pleased with all of them.

First up is the Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs lipstick in 915 Blushing Beige. This lipstick has a matte finish which makes it kind of drying. I have dry lips so I have to either put chap stick under this lipstick or lip gloss on top, but it is beautiful either way. It is very nude and I think it is great. I plan on trying at least one more from this line to see if they are all drying because I really love the color.

Next up is the Milani Color Statement lipstick in 25 Naturally Chic. This is a my lips but better color (for me at least). It is a more mauve nude color. It is very wearable for every day. It is a nice finish; not too glossy, but not matte at all. It lasts well and is one of my favorites. I definitely plan on purchasing another color in this formula.

Last is the Revlon Super Lustrous lip gloss in 215 Super Natural. I LOVE this gloss. First of all, this is the second gloss I have tried from this line (I also have the red one) and they are amazing. They feel great on the lips and aren't sticky. This is a great nude lip gloss that goes great on its own or over either of the lipsticks I mentioned above. I think it would look great over any nude lip color because it is pretty vivid but provides a great glossy shine and hint of nude.

There you have it! I love lip products and am always trying new ones, so let me know if you guys want more reviews on whichever ones I decide to try. None of these are new, but I think if you find a great product, how long it has been around shouldn't matter. Thanks for reading!

Diaper Dooty

January 6, 2015

This is going to be a cloth diaper update on both of my kids. I now have two in diapers and it has been going surprisingly well. This is for anyone who uses, has used, or is interested in using cloth. It's lengthy, so if you don't care about my kids' diapers (most of you won't and that's totally cool) then you can just look at the cute pictures. Enjoy!

My changing table set-up as of late.
Let's start out with Savannah.

Here is Savannah in a one-size Flip-type cover I made.
Savannah is my 2 year old and she has been in cloth for about a year. She wears disposables occasionally, but I would say she's around 90% a fuzzy bum. She wears size 2 in disposables (she's just a string bean) and small-medium in cloth depending on the kind. 

We have hit a lot of road blocks with cloth. I almost gave up because I couldn't get them to stop smelling! Luckily I found a great detergent, Ecos, that I can get for around $9 at Walmart and I also discovered the art of stripping diapers and bleach.

Savannah in a small Clotheez prefold from Green Mountain Diapers. She needs a medium. This one barely fits!
My favorite diapers for Savannah are prefolds with covers. I feel like they just get the job done so well. She had a bout of diharrea for a whole and I used the jelly roll fold with the prefolds for her and had no leaks at all. It didn't even get on the covers! Amazing.

Savannah in a medium size pocket diaper that I made. It's almost too small. Sure wish she'd stop growing...
Now onto Desmond, my one month old.

Desmond in a newborn/small fitted diaper made by me.
He has been in cloth since we came home from the hospital. He wore cloth a lot at first, but due to the fact that he is a tank and we had three or four packs of newborn size disposables to use up, he has been in disposables a little more than half of the time. More in the last week because I really wanted to use them up while they still (barely) fit. He is over 11 lbs and really fits size 1 diapers better. Now the newborn disposables are all used up (I wanted them just in case I needed them, so I bought them on sale at Walgreens), and he is back to cloth. I'm not going to stock up on disposables so much next time around because I didn't feel like I really needed them.

Desmond in a newborn/small cover that I made. I used fold over elastic around the edge.
What I did need was more covers! All of our newborn cloth diapers (with the exception of one) are fitteds/prefolds/flats. They all need covers. I only have three newborn covers And about 30 newborn diapers. I was only able to get three covers made before he was born and with the disposables it ended up being okay. I wish I would have had at least 6 covers, if not more, but I will just have to do that next time.

Desmond in a one-size all in two diaper that I made.
Desmond can still wear all of his newborn cloth diapers. They are all newborn/small except the prefolds, which I love because they can still adjust to fit him. He can also wear one-size diapers now, thanks to his chunky thighs. With his three little covers and all the one size covers his sister has, I have enough for both of them. 

Double diaper laundry has been an adjustment, but not too horrendous. I do diaper laundry every other day. I can sometimes get away with every third day, but that is pushing it, mostly because my pail gets full. I don't really mind the extra laundry because I do laundry every day anyway.

My cute kiddos. Savannah never wears pants. Sorry.
Overall, I'm happy we are using cloth for the two kids. Thanks for reading!

PS: If you're wondering about those weird brown lines on the wall, it is water from a leak we had in the roof last winter. Not blood. :) I should clean that.

Birth Story: Baby #2

December 18, 2014

In case you missed it, I had my adorable baby boy on November 27th. I had Chalise, my amazing best friend, be my birth photographer. She is amazing. I sent her my birth story and she paired it up with the photos from the birth on her website, so go check it out if you haven't already! It's amazing. You can find it here.

Here is a picture of my precious babe receiving kisses from the big sis, taken by my dad (also an amazing photographer). We named him Desmond Tucker and he's a big happy boy!

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37 Week Update

November 6, 2014

Hey all! I have reached 37 weeks! Only 3 weeks to my due date. I'm excited to be almost done, but it's getting very real and I'm a little nervous to bring a new baby home. I know it will be just wonderful though.

So I'm 37 weeks and 1 day today.

I have good blood pressure.

Less swelling is going on in my feet and hands, but it's still there.

Baby sounds great.

He could come any day!

I was able to get some help from my step mom this week. She helped me make some freezer meals, and then took Savannah to the zoo for a few hours (and gave her a bath beforehand!) so I could get some rest. It was wonderful.

I'm feeling pretty good. My hips and groin hurt, and I am not sleeping very well, but other than that, I'm doing great.

Here are some pictures to show you all where I am growth-wise!

This was me before my appointment this morning. I was not excited to get out of my jammies.

But let's be honest, my clothes are just as comfortable as jammies. 

Have a great day!

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35 Week Pregnancy Update

October 24, 2014

Hey guys! So, it's been a long time. i think my last update was at 8 or 9 weeks. Let's just say, I took a break. Also, Chalise is no longer with us. No, she's not dead! Ha, she is just busy snapping pictures of everyone in Utah County. Her photography business is doing very well. It is called Petersen Pix and you can check her out here!

As for me, I am going to try taking this blog on again. I know, why would I do this right before I'm going to have a new baby? Mostly because I want to continue sharing my journey with those who may benefit from it. Let's get into it!

Progress: 35 weeks 2 days

Symptoms: swollen feet (bad, but don't worry, my blood pressure is good), pelvic pain (a LOT), muscle pain in my abdomen, headaches, and Braxton Hicks contractions all the time

Fun Facts: baby is about 18 inches and 4-5 pounds, he's a kicker (but not as active as Savannah was), I have an anterior plaenta (my placenta is in the front instead of up top, but it's not a problem), I go to see the midwife every week now (my favorite thing ever.....not really)

I took a couple of terrible photos this week to commemorate.

See you soon!

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Danielle's 8 Week Update

April 21, 2014

Hey guys, Danielle here! I am so sorry this is so late! I was having technological difficulties and then it was Easter weekend and I was really busy with my family. You guys understand though, right?

Let's get on with my 8 week update!

I am doing well and still having symptoms, so that is a good sign that baby is doing well too. Here is my 8 week picture:

Slowly, but surely, things are growing and moving around. If you guys are interested in hearing how my pregnancy is going, watch our video! Thanks so much, and happy Monday.

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Danielle's 6 & 7 Week Update

April 12, 2014

Hello faithful readers and welcome back to a pregnancy update! Danielle here and I'm 7 weeks 3 days pregnant today! I put our video down below that explains what's been going on, but if you don't feel like watching the video, just keep reading!

First of all, pictures!

No bump yet, just lots of bloat (mighty uncomfortable...).

Baby #2 is the size of a blue berry and is doing all sorts of developing this week.

Mama is feeling nauseous, tired, and bloated.

I haven't gained any weight yet..

Not a whole lot to update on this week, but I go into everything in a lot more detail in the video, so watch that if you're curious!

I am just going through life and waiting for this pregnancy to feel real. It is still very strange that I'm pregnant again and feels like it's a dream. I'm still so happy and excited. November 26th couldn't come fast enough (just kidding, I'm grateful for all the time I have to prepare). You can access our youtube channel here or just watch the video down below. Thanks so much!

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