Monday, February 2, 2015

What I Know You Need

So... This week's favorites are:
(Sorry I missed last week!)

1. I have seen lots of people fill in their eyebrows over my long, almost THIRTY year, lifetime (Yikes, thirty?!) Some are good. Some are baaaaad. But it had never even occurred to me to do it on myself. After all, I have theeee thickest eyebrows on the planet. I could pluck 'em every single day and they'd still need to be plucked. In fact, my husband is always saying how the Knudsons have the most distinctive look, and I'm always like, "What's the look???" And he finally pinpointed the obvious... "Huge eyebrows!" Thanks dude. Anyway... Let this be a lesson to you. Even us thick eye-browed people can still benefit from filling them in. It helps shape them and fill in the more sparse areas. I'm obsessed with this gimme BROW, by benefit. It blends in perfectly with my natural color, isn't over bearing, easy to work with and wipe off the mistakes, AND has a little gel to it to keep my long (yes I said long) brows in place. Sometimes they like to curl onto the skin underneath them. It's not sexy. It's way dumb. I get the medium/deep color. It's $22 and you can buy at Sephora, here.

2. K, I know I'm not the first person to fall in love with lululemon leggings, but this is for all the skeptics out there, because I was probably the biggest one of them all. "A hundred dollars for leggings?", I thought... Now that's just stuuuuupid. And I still feel like it is insane even typing it out. But let me tell you what, these Wonder Under Pants (roll downs) (in black), have got to be one of the highlights of my life! I'd be willing to drop $200, maybe $300 (okay that's pushing it... maybe) for these bad boys. After I had Everest, I just felt blah. My stomach was all stretched out and I felt so loose, well... everywhere! But these roll down (high-waisted) leggings seriously sucked all that in and made me feel skinny. And the price of feeling skinny when you're hormonal and tired and have a million dudes at your back for everything all the time? Priceless. I love that they don't have an elastic at the top of the waist band either which makes them suck in your tummy, without cutting it off, if that makes sense. They're so slimming yet so comfortable too. The perfect combo! I've worn and washed them a hundred times already and they look and fit exactly like they did the day I bought them. Also. the materiel doesn't get all bally looking (my biggest pet peeve!). They work whether you're at the gym, running errands, or for a night out on the town with a cute top. So versatile! Invest in a pair. It'll probably be the last pair of leggings you'll ever have to buy. FYI, they say to go up a size from what you normally are, but I went down a size. Nothing bugs me more than a baggy legging. You can buy them here, for $102, on lululemon's site. P.S. I have another pair of their leggings and have tried on almost all of their roll down ones, and I don't like any of them nearly as much as the exact legging I linked to, up there.

3. This Coconut + Lemon, Everyone Lotion, is the best allover body lotion for when I get out of the tub. Why? It smells AMAZING, like a full on beach experience, is the perfect consistency (not to heavy or light), has no weird chemicals or parabens in it, and is huge! Did I mention it smells amazing? I bought mine at Whole Foods for $9.99 or you can buy it online, here, from Target, for $9.99.

4. I've always been a lover of Mac eye shadow, but I particularly love this Pro Longwear Paint Pod eye shadow. It goes on creamy, is easy to blend, and dries in the prettiest shade. It stays on all day and I love the shimmer to it. I want it in every color. But you know... I ain't rich. I have it in the shade, Frozen Violet. You can buy here, for $21.00, on Sephora's website.

Hope you find these posts helpful or just fun. You can see the other two posts I've done, like this one, here and here, if you missed them!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Snowy Hike!

We took the boys for a hike in the snow last week. We were going to snow shoe, but the trail was so packed down, we didn't need to. It was also surpsingly warm, like 50 degrees!? What the... Hence the reason Rad insisted on not wearing a jacket. Mother of the year right here, I know. I can't believe the endurance that kid has. He was out-hiking me! By the end, I was so out of breath, and he was just cruising along like, YOLO! As we were heading down, he started to book it. I looked at Wren and said, "He's going to biff it real soon." Five seconds later, he fell, skidded, and rolled. It was all extremely dramatic, as are most things with him, and he was pretty ticked until we told him he did a front flip, something he's always wanted to learn. After that, he was happy and started walking down like a tough guy.

Sometimes it sounds like a big old pain in the butt to get all of us out of the house, especially when snow clothes for everyone are involved, but we are always so happy when we can get out and enjoy nature! I love my guys!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

What I Know You Need

Hey! I'm excited to share a couple more of my faves with you guys this week! If you missed my first one of these posts last week, check it out here. And again, everything I list in these posts will be things I have and have tried (obviously because I have them). Get it?

Alrighty...

1. I'm obsessed with Baublebar jewelry lately. I love their bright, vintage looking style. I have the three items shown above and wear them all the time! They are of such good quality and look cute with just about everything. Earrings are on sale for $20 right now and can be found here. Bracelet on sale for $15 and can be found here. Necklace on sale for $20 and can be found here. Check out all their stuff though! So many fun pieces to choose from!

2. Okay. Two words for ya. Dirty secret. Finding time to do just about anything with my two guys constantly on my six, is really difficult, and that includes washing my hair! I've tried different dry shampoos and this one is my fave by far. Not only does it eat away the grease, but somehow, magically, it gives your hair tons of volume! I always spray it in planning to just throw my hair in a pony, but it honestly makes my hair look so clean, I end up wearing it down. Every time. Who can wear their hair down when it's dirty!? Amazing. You can buy it here on Amazon for $15.50. Or if you're close to me I'll take you to the beauty supply store, I think it's like $10 there. Worth every dirty penny!

3. K, it's so hard finding womens' all natural deodorant. All the ones I've tried either stink, don't stop me from stinking, or give me a rash. But I'm here to tell you, I finally found one that smells amazing, is all natural, AND kicks my B.O. out the winda! Lavanila people! Regular deodorants have some seriously scary ingredients so run, run, run and pick this up for yourself. You can buy it online here for $14, or go into Sephora and try all the different scents. The vanilla grapefruit pictured above is my favorite one, but you know, different strokes for different folks... You'll love it!

4. Now last, but definitely best, is this Naked Coconut, Coconut Bliss dairy-free ice cream. I went off of dairy after Bear was born because it was bugging his little tummy, but what's a girl that eats ice cream every single night to do that can't have dairy? Coconut ice cream. Every time, all day long. You guys... it's BANANAS how good this stuff is! This, by far, is the best brand of coconut ice cream too. I get mine from Whole Foods for $6.99, but if there's not a Whole Foods by you, check out here where the closest place is to you to buy it. It's soooo dumb how good this is.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this! Now go nuts and buy all of it! You won't regret it.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Everest's Nursery!

Okay, I have been meaning to post pictures of Everest's nursery for two months now and am just barely getting around to it. Finally!

This little room has been so many different things since moving in. First, it was Rad's nursery (you can see his current room here too, if you want!), then our makeshift walk in closet, and then a cluttered storage room. It was a lot of work to get it to where it is now but I'm happy to say, it's my favorite room in the house! I love nursing my little Everest Bear in there. It's just bright and happy like him!

If you like anything, here's where I got most of it:

Nightstand and rocking chair- West Elm
Book holder, checkered pillow, changing pad cover, and wooden diaper holder- Ikea
Drapes- Target
Picture Frames- Z Gallerie
Crib and dresser- Re-purposed 
Wooden shelf- My dad made (love that shelf!)
Aspen wallpaper (my favorite part of the room... Seemed only fitting for our Bear!)- JPLondon

Hope you enjoyed!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What I Know You Need

So for awhile now, I have been wanting to do weekly posts about what I'm loving. I have found so many favorites lately and want to share them with all of you! The three dudes I am living under the same roof with just do not understand when I tell them how awesome this or that is. Men... These posts will never be sponsored and the loot will always be stuff I have purchased and used. And trust me... You want to trust me on this. Alright?

So for this week, here's the awesomeness, the creams of the crop, the cherries on top:

1. Have you guys been to Lush? I have walked passed it a hundred times but had never gone in. Well I finally did, and the one little item I walked out with has been life changing. This Fair Trade Foot Lotion is made with cocoa butter, peppermint, spearmint, and arnica. I love putting it on my feet at night after the tub, and then putting big thick socks on. It tingles and has been helping my dry feet tremendously! It smells amazing and is so concentrated it should last me a year. Plus the packaging is super cute and I love the pink color. It's $23.95 right now and is buy one get one free (give the extra as a gift! The giftee with love!) Run, don't walk, people!

2. Zara kids' clothing has been my favorite place to buy Rad's stuff lately. Their clothes are so unique, the material is super high quality (important now that mister Bear will be using them too!), they fit true to size, and if you hit their sales their prices are really comparable to Gap sales and Old Navy. I'm obsessed with both their little boy and little girl lines and their baby stuff is super cute too. The items I posted above are some of the things I just bought Rad and I die at how cute he looks in them. You can find those specific items here, here, here, here, here, and here and they range from $9.99 to $19.99, or you can see all Zara kids' clothes here.

3. I have been wearing these high waisted jean leggings from Express on repeat for a month now. Since they are high waisted, they suck my post-baby tummy in (although I'm proud of that extra skin that helped bring my Bear Boy into the world!) They are super stretchy so really comfortable and unlike both my Grandma's, I love the distressed look. Sorry Grandmas. They are $88 right now, and worth every pretty penny!  

4. Okay, even as a licensed cosmetologist, I still never really found the professional stuff to be that much better than the grocery store brands. But that's coming from a total lover of Garnier Fructis conditioner. So... But recently I took my cousin to the beauty supply store to pick up some hair products and the girl there was telling us how amazing the Mythic Oil Loreal products are. Skeptically, I bought them and I'm so happy I did! You really can't believe the amazing-ness until you try these products. I bought the deep conditioner (pictured on the right), and then their smoothing serum duo (pictured on the left). They have made my hair so smooth, it's absolutely unreal. It's like crack for the hair. If any of you people want these, I will personally take you to the beauty supply store to pick them up. It will change your hair's life and save you a pretty penny from buying in a salon. The deep conditioner was about $30 I think, and the smoothing serum duo was $19.99. 

I hope you liked this post and there's many more where this comes from! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Breakfast At Our House

If there's one thing I'm not screwing up every day, it's breakfast... 

I have a love/hate relationship with breakfast time. I love it because it's the start of a new day surrounded by two, of the three dudes, I like most. Rad's right by my side, the entire time, helping me pour the corn into the pan, stirring the oatmeal, pressing the buttons on the blender, or just giving the kitchen table a good old fashioned scrub down as he sprays cleaner (all natural) over and over again, wiping it with his soaked paper towel. He repeats, "Daddy made a BIG mess of this table last night, huh!?" Yes, Rad. Yes he did ;) And if he's not down for a snooze, I'm usually wearing Evy Boy in the LuLu Wrap, trying my best not to splash water in his face while I do the dishes.

For the same reason I love breakfast, I also hate it. It's multitasking at it's finest. Some days my brain feels like it might just explode! And finishing anything? Just getting the bacon from the fridge to the oven can take twenty minutes with helper Rad needing me to help him with this, or move that for him, or Everest's passy boy falling to the ground, and the freakin' smoke alarm going off for the 20th time because it's positioned directly over the oven (that "beep" will kill me one of these days...) But you know what? It's all worth it for that hot breakfast.

We make the same thing every single morning... "Corn, tatoes, bacon, and soothie", as Radcliff says, and now we've added oatmeal after a friend told me it that it helps with milk supply (it reeeeally does!). We get the corn, bacon, gluten-free oatmeal and hash browns from Trader Joes. I love shopping there because they have nitrate free bacon and turkey bacon (we rotate these), their fozen corn tastes so fresh (don't bother with frozen corn aywhere else, it always gets stuck in your teeth), and their hash browns are to die for. I also love their gluten-free oatmeal. Even if you don't eat a gluten-free diet, it's so much better than regular oatmeal. Our smoothies consist of frozen fruit (we switch it up), avocado, spinach, coconut milk, in the carton and can (again, Trader Joes thick, creamy coconut milk in the can is truly what heaven's got to be made of!), chia seeds, flaxseed (another food that's supposed to help your milk supply), and then kifir. 

As big of a pain in the butt as it can be to make such a production out of breakfast, I figure, even if we don't have the best lunch or dinner, at breakfast time alone, we've gotten most of our fruits, veggies, proteins, and good fats in for the day that we need. And (it's a big AND!), I've never really understood how people eat cereal, or toast and feel good throughout their day. It's not a judgement, it's honestly something I don't get. If I eat a breakfast like that, I feel lethargic, I don't have energy, my stomach hurts, and I'm hungry like an hour later. So... I challenge all of you to make an effort to eat a big, warm, healthy breakfast every morning and see how you feel. Plus, as you can see, it really brings the family together too. 

I thought it needed to be documented so I can always remember these happy-crazy breakfast memories when I'm older. As stressful as this first part of the day can be, I know I'll miss having Thing 1 and Thing 2 by my side, in 30 years, when I'm still making the same damned thing.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Oh Just Me Talkin'


I feel like a terrible mom sometimes because I was able to write down so much when Radcliff was a baby and I just simply have not had the time with these two cave men running the joint, to write very much about my Evy Bear. And he's just the sweetest little Evy Bear Boy around. He deserves lots of things to be remembered about him!

He loves laying on the floor and watching TV. Yes, I let my two month old watch the tube in the morning while I take a quick shower. I'll come down and he'll be squealing and kicking away to the fine woman on Good Things Utah. He thinks Michelle Money is hot, I can tell. He doesn't love nursing like Rad did. He's a wam, bam, get em' done kinda guy. I feel so used. Hold me. He's been sleeping pretty good at night and kind of cat naps throughout the day unless he's in his carseat or being held... Then he's out for the long haul. He loves his mamaroo and gets scared of the balls that hang from it at least twenty times per sitting. He'll be looking, looking around the room, and BAM. He sees the balls again and jumps, scared as can be and then smiles at them and repeats the whole thing over again. I could watch it all day. He loves being swaddled at night and will fall asleep anytime if I put a blanky over his face (I only do this when I'm holding him, obviously). Rad was so Mr. Alert and Bear's just fly by the seat of his pants, kinda guy. He's easy going. He still falls dead asleep in the car and will sleep for a really long time if I let him stay in his carseat when we get home. It's like the second he's in that thing, he's out for the next two hours. He is so easy peasy we can't even believe it. And of course, he gets kissed five million times a day. Oh and he just loves Radcliff so much. The second he hears his voice he gets so excited and gets his fat little legs going. XOXO!

Life with two kids is getting easier and easier. I've been able to stagger their schedules which has been awesome in getting lots of one on one time with each of them. Everest wakes up a couple hours before Rad so I get to feed and hang out with him for a couple hours. Then he goes down about the time Rad is waking up. Rad is like a teenager, waking up anywhere for 9:30 to 11:00. OMG. Then I get an hour or so with Rad and the rest of the day kind of follows that order. At night we but Ev down a couple hours before Rad so the three of us can hang out and do "adult" activities. Ha ha, but really. Rad's two going on sixteen. 

It's amazing how I can literally not stop once the entire day with both of them needing me. By the time Wren gets home I can barely even wait for him to get the mail from the mailbox as he's coming in. I'm like, get in here NOW! Life's just so much more fun when he's around. It's crazy how much love I can have for my Tom, Dick, and Harry's (Not applicable? Humor me!)

Well, both the boys are down and I want to eat ALL the food in the whole entire world and talk Wren's ear off. 

 And now I'll leave you with these lovely ladies...
...They'll even loan to animals and dead people. 
And their style? Bangin'!