Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Eclipse 2017

The eclipse was incredible! And it truly was dark, like dusk, for 2 whole minutes. Ronan slept through it all but we enjoyed some backyard shenanigans, moon treats, a firecracker and plenty of insta-stories. The city pretty much shut down. School was closed and lots of people took the day off. It was a magical day and we had a blast. I wonder how we'll celebrate the next one?

Monday, July 10, 2017

We're Moving In

When we set out to find a home, we were not sure what we really wanted. We had spoken with a realtor and mortgage broker but our search hadn't started. We were all over Zillow and Redfin. All the time. One day, in January, Dan sent me a link to a house that was listed as a 2 bed 1 bath and I replied with something like : "Too small. I'm not even going to look." and he was like, "Trust me. Just look." Low and behold this little house was [literally] the cheapest house in Nashville. It was 3 miles from's Liam's school and it actually had 3 bedrooms, 2 dining rooms and a sunroom. It was a foreclosure so I asked our realtor about it. She told me we had 4 days to make a bid. Dan wouldnt get to see it because he was returning home in 5 days (of course). So, I took a look and I liked it! We made a big. A generous bid, 18% above asking price - but still the cheapest house in Nashville :) We found out the next day (Dan still hasn't seen it) that we won! It was ours. It was a long, long, long process for reasons I wont get into but on May 12, 2017 this little diamond in the rough was ours! We've spent the past 2 months tearing out walls, painting, mudding, tiling and we're still no where near being done but we've decided to move in. We have a refrigerator in our guest room and there's literally no floor in the dining room but we can make it work. We're soooo excited! Here are some of our before and during photos. 

The first photo I took of the house - the only day it snowed in 2017.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Reverse : R+F Review

When I was young and into my early twenties, I would get compliments on my skin all the time. Even random strangers would comment on how beautiful my skin was. Then one day, it stopped. I think the years of tanning, dehydration and, of course, age took their toll. Then pregnancy. Let's just say I'm not so radiant anymore. Wrinkles and spots and weird blotchiness (that I guess I can blame on Ronan?) are a big concern. 

My skin regimen was mediocre. I washed, exfoliated and moisturized about once a day. Nothing special. But, I needed more. I needed something to reverse some of the damage and get me glowing again! So, I got to try Rodan + Fields to see what all the hub-bub was about. With R+F, there are no parties, you just try their products! That's why you probably see those before and after pictures all over the place. Their products work. Okay, I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me walk you through the super-easy process.

I started with a quick CONSULTATION on Rodan + Field's Solution Tool (literally 4 questions) and was paired with the "Reverse" regimen. I liked the sound of that because I would like to age in reverse a little bit and get back to, like, the skin of my 24-year old self. The package arrived super quick! Possibly faster than Amazon. I got a Deep Exfoliating Wash. It's a gritty cleanser that makes my skin instantly smooth. Then, Intensive Brightening Toner and dual active brightening complex which is a tube with retinol and a tube with vitamin C that you put on last. Then, I put on coconut oil but only at night because my skin is COMBINATION AF. Like, if I dont moisturize my skin will flake off and if I do I am greasy. It's a bit intense with the exfoliation, salicylic acid and retinol so you have to ease into it. I only used it every other day for about two weeks and then once a day for 4 more weeks before using it more.

No Make-up. No Filters.  No Edits. 10 Weeks after starting Rodan + Fields Reverse.

I love taking a few extra minutes to spend time on myself. Those 2 minutes of skincare are about all I have most days. Ha! It only took me a week to notice the dramatic results. I'm 10 weeks in and I'm wearing less and less make-up each week. My pores are smaller and my complexion is more consistent than its been in years. I feel fresh faced and confident again. It's worth the investment. The kit was around $200 but I'll probably only need to purchase it every 4 months (3x/year). #worthit

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