Color Pop

Mar 31, 2015

sweatshirt: j crew // jeans: zara (similar) // shoes: h&m (old, loving these)
clutch: kate spade // sunglasses: ray-ban // lipstick: tom ford in pablo

Technically speaking....it is spring in Alaska. Meaning, the snow is melting and the temps are in the upper 40's! This is fantastic news!! It means no parka, you can easily get away with a long sleeve, or light sweater if you are just running around. The kids can go play out back with a jacket and mittens on. Plus it is all just a little bit easier on the getting everyone ready front. 

And me? I am just happy to have my closet back!!! Hip-hip-hooray! I have done a major closet clean out, and am in the process of beefing up my basics, and investing in more staple pieces. It feels good to de-clutter one of the spaces I spend the most time in. This sweatshirt was one of the pieces that I really wanted to add, (which is now on sale!!). I don't have a ton of navy, and since it has the sequins at the bottom it is a great piece to dress up or down. Simple yet chic. And pops of color just make me happy... 

Back in the saddle

Mar 30, 2015

There is nothing I love more than a good hike! Former moving to Alaska Kelsey would laugh at that statement. But since living here I have truly fallen in love with hiking. Okay, maybe I should slow down a bit and say I love an easy hike....

This weekend provided the perfect opportunity to get out of the house. We take our role as tour guides very seriously and make it a point to drag my mom on all our favorite hikes while she is visiting. We really like to make her appreciate the heat in Las Vegas, because the lady gets c-o-l-d up here in Alaska. But how can you not love to get out and enjoy this view? Plus the kids can just run around with mild supervision and we can still call it parenting. I will admit that I am one of those parents that hoards their newborn inside because I am a germaphobe. Oh judge and judge hard folks! Chris even said I have become soooo much more relaxed about taking them out of the house as each kid was born (if this is relaxed, just imagine how I was with Ace). I think you have to get out if you have other kids that will burn your house down if you keep them cooped up. But I am totally fine with taking Odette out for some fresh air and let the sun shine down on her pretty little face. Taking her to a public place? Negative ghost rider, I am a werido. 
We went to one of our favorite family friendly hiking areas, Eagle River Nature Center, last time we hiked it, it was covered in ice. This time it was muddy, 40 degrees, and perfect for the boys to sit in the stroller.

Odette's Birth Story

Mar 27, 2015

I am actually pretty excited to get this typed out, seeing as how it's the first one I have done. If you have been following along during this pregnancy you know that it went by super fast for me. Well, labor and delivery were no different. Let's start at the beginning....

I started have really intense braxton hicks at around 34 weeks. Judging from my past pregnancies I knew these were really doing something. Sure enough when I went in for my 37 (just shy of 38) week appointment I asked my doctor to just do a quick check because I felt like I was already walking around dilated. Sure enough he said, "oh ya you're at a good 3 cm and about 60 % effaced". I was a little shocked because with the other kids that was usually my 38 week appointment result. But I called my mom right away, since she was our designated childcare for delivery day. She had bought her ticket from Vegas for the next Friday, which was ten days away. I told her that based on that appointment I didn't think I would even make it through the weekend. She began to panic, but despite our best efforts there were no plane tickets to get her here any sooner. 

I woke up Thursday morning with my belly lower than I could imagine. I remember thinking, she is coming soon. I could barely walk around, let alone bend. My stomach was just hanging so far down. I wanted to just take it easy and hopefully make it to the weekend when Chris would be off. Even though one does not have any control over these things, it was worth a try. Thursday night after Chris got home I said, "we should really put the car seat in the car now". Friday morning I got up and was having a couple contractions every hour. Every time I would feel one coming I would just change positions hoping to see that it was another braxton hicks and not true labor. This went on all day. I would walk around until the contraction died down, or if I was standing I would just sit right away. They all eventually tapered off, and completely stopped by the time I went to bed. But I just knew it wasn't going to be much longer. 

Guest Post: Britt from The Fisk Files

Mar 26, 2015

I really cannot put into words how happy I am to have Britt from The Fisk Files posting here today! If you aren't reading her blog and marveling at her photography, then I'm not really sure what you're doing on the internet. Britt is one of the first bloggers I connected with when I started blogging, and I just absolutely love her writing and following along with her beautiful family. I could go on and on, trust me. But I am typing with one hand while breastfeeding, and my fingers are cramping, so I will let her do her thing...

I am so happy to be sharing on Kelsey's little place in the www today!  Kelsey's one of those blog friends who I feel like I know and have known...and who I'd love to hang out with someday.  I think we can all agree, it would be great to grab a cup of coffee with her, go on a bit of a shopping spree or even join her in some of those amazing Alaskan vintage stores she's posted about before.  Until then, I'll just happily sit behind a computer screen and pretend :)  

Honestly,  when Kelsey announced that she was expecting number four, I was elated!  To say I love babies is an understatement.  I have four and would love more, so we'll see what God has in store.  
On that note, though, not everyone is on the same page about family size...and that might have been the hardest transition when we went from three to four.

See, we live out on a ranch, and life is fairly simple.  Fairly is the key word.  I don't have a ton of clothing stores or coffee shops nearby, nor can I find many babysitters to help out if I need to run errands during the day.  BUT, I'd be lying if I said I don't get a pedicure every now and then, enjoy online shopping a bit more than I should, and get caught up in the less-than-simple ways of life more often than not.

It's just that we live outside of town and our life isn't glamorous in the typical sense of the word. We drive two hours one way to get to our main doctors, and that's where Target is, too :)  So, while driving that far to get anywhere can be a pain, it's also nice.  Instead of Target, we see this...

My favorite maternity outfits

Mar 24, 2015

top row: outfit 1 // outfit 2 // outfit 3
middle row: outfit 1 // outfit 2 // outfit 3
bottom: outfit 1 // outfit 2 // outfit 3

Absolutely no secret that this pregnancy went by too fast for my liking. I have to admit I am still a little sad about it. I happen to be one of the crazy ones that really does enjoy being pregnant. Obviously the reward in the end outweighs anything, but I quite like that round belly (except trying to get out of bed to pee six times in the middle of the night)! As with most things in life I look at them as a challenge. Dressing a pregnant belly in the Alaskan cold, while trying to maintain some sort of style is rough. But I had fun with it. 

So I thought why not look back at some of my favorite outfits? I loved finding inspiration from other moms to be whether it was on pinterest, instagram, blogs, or magazines. Personally, I feel no need to cover the bump up in over sized tees or sweats. Form fitting clothing happens to be your friend in those nine months. Embrace that beautiful belly because you just might find yourself missing it, you know after the initial labor and delivery sting wears off.


Guest Post: Laurie from Andiamo

Mar 23, 2015

Happy Monday friends!! So as I am adjusting to life with four littles, and also trying to soak up some high fives with Christopher while passing each other in the hallway before he heads back to work, I called upon some of my blogging friends, turned true life friends (via text message, that's real right?) to share some of their experiences in this game we all play...parenting. Starting us off is the ever so witty and beautiful Laurie. And she also welcomed a baby not too long ago, and he has the most luscious cheeks I have ever seen. Take it away mama.....

Hi there Pardon My French readers! My name is Laurie and I blog over at andiamo, where you'll find an awful lot of sarcasm and an occasional recipe or diy, but mostly just tales of our lives as a young family of five. With wine.

I'm still wrapping my head around the whole party of five business, as our youngest was born just last December. But a party of five we are. 

Kelsey asked me to guest post and I was instantly excited. I really like Kelsey. As I'm sure you all do too you lucky readers you. As she's preparing to be a party of SIX I thought I would share a little about my experiences along this journey from just a couple to a *gulp* full fledged family. 

In my experience going from zero babies to one baby was the biggest mind eff (pardon my french). It was also the time I went from working full time in a professional environment to not working full time. I was sore, tired, emotional, and actually sort of bored. Babies sleep a lot at the beginning, except at night when sleep would be welcomed. Letty has been an emotional and mental challenge from the two years prior to conception to current day. From infertility to the strong-willed four year old she is today, nothing with her has been easy. God love her.

Sale Spotlight: Target

Mar 21, 2015

Clothing four growing kids....a task that somewhat frightens me. I am lucky that at this stage Ace and Pierce wear the exact same size in everything! I am able to double the use of all their clothes, and I usually try and buy Ace one size bigger so that it will last a little longer by the time I put it on Pierce. Avalon is growing like a weed! But hip hip hooray we have Odette to pass on all her cute outfits too. Nevertheless I am always on the hunt for clothes for them. Whether it will fit now....or later down the road. Sales are obviously every moms friend. And I get asked a lot where I like to shop for the kiddos, so I thought I would start putting together the things I have on my radar for them. Especially when a great sale pops up. Target is one of my go-to places for cute kids stuff (duh!). BUT, Target online has exclusives that they do not sell in store, and most of the time they are the best finds. This weekend Target is have a 40% off online exclusives for kids. The discount is taken at the time you checkout, so don't go off the price of the item. Just click click click add to cart! Here is what I am loving, and some of the things I bought the kids. All 1, 2, 3, 4 of them. 

Ice cube Iced Coffee

Mar 20, 2015

Slowly but surely I am reintroducing caffeine back into my daily life. It's more like survival at this point. With Ace I made the switch the next day and I was jittery and bouncing off walls. So after nine months of little to no caffeine, I am back on the wagon. One of my favorite ways to take my coffee is iced, and the weather gods in Alaska have granted sunshine and minimal warmth, so iced coffee just feels appropriate. 

All moms can attest to the fact that hot coffee will eventually be gulped down cold at some point. So I am cutting out the middle man and going straight for the chill. Iced coffee cubes!! Super fast and easy. Just get some ice trays, make your favorite coffee, fill the trays and freeze them. Then when you need an afternoon pick me up, pop some cubes out...add some milk (you can warm it a little if you need that coffee to melt pronto!), and a little creamer if you are feeling frisky and BAM! Caffeine intake replenished! 

I hope everyone's week was fantastic! I know we had a great one being home as a family of 6!!! 

Have a great weekend :)

Forget the baby...Think about mom

Mar 18, 2015

So, many would have you to believe that this joyous time of welcoming a new baby is just that, all about the baby! And that is great and wonderful and all but how can you forget the vessel that brought that baby into the world? I mean a baby gets a baby shower, birth announcements, a whole wardrobe dedicated to newborn! I don't see any moms handing out announcements saying "congrats I just pushed a lemon through a garden hose!". So the next time you have a friend that is about to give birth, plan on bringing her something she might really enjoy. Let's break this down....

Coffee! You can never go wrong with a Starbucks gift card. Any mom would thank her lucky stars for the opportunity to hit up the drive thru in her spit up filled sweats for a sweet beverage. Shall we talk boobs? Whether you decide to breastfeed or not, that milk is coming in, and it hurts. Overnight your boobs take on a whole new watermelon life, and with that comes all the nipple soreness in the world. Help a sister out and get her some gel pads, and some nipple cream! And if you are feeling super nice, which I hope you are, pick her up a new nursing tank. I am sure she hasn't changed the one she has on for a day or two.

You can never go wrong with food! If you live close enough to your friend, bring her a meal or two. Especially if she has more kiddos at home (cough cough like me) to feed. At this point she is probably throwing chicken nuggets to them from her perch on the couch. Wine! Nine months without it makes for a cranky mama. Now it is safe for her to indulge in her elected five ounces of alcohol, so find out her favorite and bring her a bottle. The Caramel Jar. Enough said really. These are the best caramels I have ever been blessed to try. Send her some. Make sure she hides them from all other humans, and pulls them out at 2 am when it is just her and baby and the sound of milk being gulped.

Finally, her house probably smells like a combination of dirty diapers, desitin, laundry soap, and take out. A nice candle or diffuser is the perfect way to help freshen that up. Honestly, she will love it. And while you are in such a giving mood, homegirl needs some help in the beauty department. She can't remember the last time she showered....let alone washed her hair so get her a can of dry shampoo. To go along with it maybe a nice lip gloss that she can lather on and feel less like a troll under a bridge and more like sleeping beauty!

This is all just coming from a stay at home that has done this maybe once or twice. What are some things you wish showed up on your sleep deprived doorstep?

She's Here!!

Mar 16, 2015


Odette Helena 
Born March 14, 2015
7:26 pm
6 lbs 15 oz and 20 inches

If you follow me on instagram than you already know all of this. But I figure it doesn't make it official until she gets her own blog post, right? 

Well, we are home and everyone is doing so well. The kids are incredibly in love and obsessed with her. The boys are protective and Avalon just calls her "doll". I am in a constant state of euphoria, and Chris forgot just how many diapers newborns go through. 

As for the blogging realm, I am hoping to not go radio silent. I have some fun posts planned out, so stay tuned! And if nothing else you know I will be overgramming it up! 

Happy Monday!

Recent Beauty Buys

Mar 13, 2015

Oh the buys that are beauty, they might be my favorites. Obviously I love trying out new products. I will give anything a try. And last month was no different when it came to adding new products to the routine. I was looking for some specifics, like a lip plumper, new dry shampoo, and a concealer that matched my skin tone. All were found! 
Avalon Organics Shampoo and Conditioner- I actually used to use this when we lived in Arizona and could buy it at Whole Foods. But since moving to two different states where there was not a Whole Foods I experimented with other hair cleansing formulas. Then I saw it at the Natural Pantry (for all my Anchorage dwelling people) while doing a rare grocery store run (Chris does the food shopping in this house). And THEN I saw it at the commissary (for all my military ladies). I love the peppermint smell, and the slight tingle it gives my scalp. The lavender is also really nice. It is an all natural formula so it does not get super foamy on your head, but it leaves a nice clean feeling. Two thumbs up!

Beyond The Zone Dry Shampoo- My beloved Batiste dry shampoo disappeared at Nordstrom's last month, one kind has since reappeared, but I was on the hunt for something new. I have seen this one so many times, and each time the person is raving about the volume it provides. I decided to try it out, and a believer I became! It absolutely helps give life to your second, third, dare I say fourth day without washed hair. It smells nice, and for the low low price of $8 you cannot go wrong. 

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer- Since dying my hair dark I have had to switch up my makeup routine a little. Most of my concealers are a shade or two lighter than my skin to give a more highlight effect. This is great with light hair, but I was looking kind of vampire-esque. I wanted something that perfectly matched my skin tone, and this was it! The applicator is so smooth, and I love that it is like a little sponge. A little goes a long way with this, which is also a plus. 

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara- I mentioned this in an earlier post, but I was sent a mystery sample from Popsugar and Sephora about a new mascara that was coming out. I tried it and became obsessed. I made that little sample tube work for every brush stroke. Finally the release date came and I snatched up two. This mascara is insane! It really does roll your lashes. No curler required. It makes then so thick and long, and I just love the result every time. 

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme- I am not one to shy away from a full lip. I am not talking about duck lips here, but a full pout is what I like. I have used many lip plumpers out there with little to no result. I came across this one and thought , what the hell, let's give it a go. It does the job my friends! It does give a tingle, but nothing too crazy. I put it on before my lipstick, and really like the fullness it brings out. 

Nars Turkish Delight- This is such a staple lip gloss. It can be layered over any color and gives a nice frosted look. When layered over a pink lipstick it is simply gorgeous. 

MAC Vegas Volt- How could I not buy a lipstick with my home town in the name? Vegas all the way! This lipstick is a gorgeous orange-coral, which is a great color for spring. If you are too nervous to go full on red, this is your next best color. 

Tom Ford Pablo- Tom Ford lipsticks are definitely a splurge! But, an investment worth making if you happen to wear lipstick often. This is my second Tom Ford lipstick and I am a totally groupie. They are so creamy, and every color is so vibrant. Not to mention they last all day on your lips, coffee sip after coffee sip. Trust me. If you are looking for a nice gift for yourself, say for Mother's Day, add this to your list. 

So there it is. What has been added to my beauty hoarding arsenal. I have already purchased a couple things this month that I am trying out. They are super out there and different, but I want to use them for a good month before I report back to you guys. I also picked up a few drugstore lipsticks that I loved, you can read about them here. And my haul from January here.

Have you bought anything recently worth a try? Friends don't let friends keep beauty secrets!

braids + brights + baby talk

Mar 12, 2015

coat: marciano (old) // sweater: target (old) // leggings: gap 
shoes: j crew // lipstick: tom ford in pablo

Dutch braids, bright lips, and holy baby bump!! Baby girl is just chugging along. At my appointment this week she has started dropping and we are already dilated to 3cm....so baby watch has begun. Even though I don't really have my hopes too far up because I walked around for a bit with all the other kids at 3-4cm before I started any real contractions. BUT I did kick it into gear and washed all the baby clothes, put most of my hospital bag together, and scheduled a manicure. Ha! Priorities people!! 

Anyway, that's the latest on baby news. While I have been in nesting mode, or more like get rid of everything mode, I found this sweater tucked high on a shelf in my closet. I thought, where the hell have you been this whole pregnancy!! Stretchy, long, comfy. I mean I could have used this the last couple months. Glad I have it now with these frigged temps. And I love a put together look with sneakers. Sneakers have taken on a whole new meaning in the fashion world in the last year and I just can't help but love my collection that much more. Always on the hunt for new and different ones to add in. 

Since some pieces are old I found new options that I am totally loving! Sweaters with faux leather, and fur coats, and bright kicks!

Healthy Eats: Dinner Time

Mar 11, 2015

Ready for some more healthy weeknight meals? These are three of my favorites from the last week or two. I am always trying to come up with new ways to cook things, because honestly when you eat with limitations things can get repetitive real quick. So I try to incorporate what would be a normal recipe and make it more health conscious. 
Baked Halibut with Homemade Mayo // Sauteed Mushrooms and Spinach

Ingredients:
2 halibut fillets
1/4 cup homemade mayo (you can use regular mayo if you want)
1/2 a lemon juiced
1/2 tablespoon dried or fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper

For the Veggies:
1 pound mushrooms cut into halves
1 bag fresh spinach
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

-Heat your oven to 425. Grease a baking dish, I use light extra virgin olive oil. Place halibut skin side down. Season fish with salt and pepper.
-In a small bowl mix mayo, lemon juice, parsley, and garlic powder. Spoon over fillets. 
-Bake fillets for about 12-15 minutes depending on their thickness. They should just fall apart when you touch then with a fork. If not put them back in for another minute or two. 

-While your fish bakes heat a saute pan over medium heat. Throw in a little olive oil and your mushrooms. Cook mushrooms for 3-4 minutes then add in the spinach in handfuls until it cooks down. Once it is all in season with salt and pepper and add in vinegar. Saute for a couple minutes to let those flavors combine.

The Doodle Post

Mar 10, 2015

Where are all my winter people at?? It seems like we changed those clocks an hour and all of a sudden I was seeing people posting pictures of sandals, bare ankles, and pale arms! Not up here my friends! Over the weekend we had some pretty great temps, wind and rain, but warmer temps. Then this week we have highs in the teens and lows in the negatives. Safe to say there are no spring time vibes radiating from this house. So we are still in hibernation mode. Which is why I was so happy when a cute little box showed up on our doorstep with the words "The Doodle Post" on the outside. What is the doodle post you ask? Well sip that coffee and I'll tell ya. 
The Doodle Post is a monthly subscription art box. There really are so many different subscription boxes you can sign up for out there, but this one I felt was really geared towards a child's independence. Ace is a hands on, mom hands off kind of kid. He is obsessed with art, loves his art classes, and keeps notebooks of all his creative ideas. So I knew he would love this one. I saved the box for a day where he wouldn't be interrupted by his younger, slightly less cooperative relatives. 

So the other day while Avalon was napping and Pierce was laying down watching a movie with a slight fever, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to spend some one on one time with Ace. The box comes with all the art supplies you need in order to create the craft. Ace opened it up and organized his things. He asked me to read him the directions, and then promptly told me "I could go clean or something". Thank you son. 
But he really did need no assistance, which I thought was awesome! Many of the craft boxes advertised for a certain age group, still require adult supervision. Not that I didn't want to help, but it was so fun to watch from the sidelines...you know...cleaning. 
He would call me over every once in a while to see if I liked his color choices, or if I could get him some clean water. No dirty water dipping for this kid!
He was easily moving from step to step. It made me think about all the things he does at school, or art class that I normally miss because I am with the other kids. I loved seeing this creative side of him, choosing which colors to paint with, which flowers he choose to match. Excuse my sappy mom rant, but it really got to me. Pregnancy hormones?
The finished product was so cute! And he was so proud!! He wanted to hang it up right away, only to tell me that he would like to give it to his teacher. I mean, I can't argue with the gift of giving. Even though he is on spring break he is doing a few themed craft days at school. I know his teacher will absolutely love it!

Well, now you know how much I love The Doodle Post, why not get a box or three for your kids!! The Doodle Post is offering Pardon My French readers 15% off a box subscription! I promise you, you will love this just as much as your kids. Think of all the laundry you can put away while they are crafting! Independently!! Not to mention a percentage of the profits made on each box goes to support kids art programs. A great company with a great take away. 

Head over to The Doodle Post and use code: 15off4fun 

Happy Crafting!!

the dark side

Mar 8, 2015

jacket: zara // top: nordstrom maternity // jeans: gap maternity (sold out, similar)
shoes: zara (similar) sunglasses: ray-ban

Spring forward people!!!! Speaking of spring (even though we have a couple more months of winter nonsense up here) spring always brings about that need for change. Whether it is spring cleaning, packing up your winter wardrobes and stuffing them in a deep dark closet, only to revive your colorful treasures. Spring for some people also means changing their hair color, adding highlights, lightening that ombre, maybe going blonde a la Kim Kardashian, even though I think Jared Leto pulls off that bleach look much better. For me it means going dark. I wanted a real change before baby gets here. I started dying my naturally blondish hair dark brown/ soft black when I was pretty young. Maybe 14. See I come from a family full of dark haired Italians, and I came out with blonde hair and blue eyes (dads genes). So to fit in with the crew I always went dark. The upkeep was crazy after I had so many kids so I decided to lighten it. But I never really felt like....yesss...I love it. So a week or so ago I told Chris I am going back to the dark side. He laughed of course. It was a little bit of an adjustment at first because I have also never been so pale in my life. This whole no sun thing in Alaska is a real killer for a fresh glow. I do happen to feel more like me, dark side and all. 

Shall we move on to a more fun topic? Yes? Military jackets! Ha, you thought it was going to be something actually fun. Spring trends really get me goin! Military inspired anything is not going away for spring. Military band jackets happen to be on the rise, and I knew I had to have one. This one from Zara is perfection to me. Understated, while still classic and on trend. I linked to some of the other ones I had my eye on as well. What do you think? 

Packing my hospital bag

Mar 5, 2015

I guess it is time to get serious....I take very little serious in life so it is always hard for me to buckle down and get stuff done. But many would say having a baby is serious business. For me, it happens so often around these parts, the hospital stay is like a mini vacation with room service and everything. Shall we treat it as such? Why not. 37 weeks is probably a good point to get this thing packed. I have everything on my list I just need to put it in a bag. I think when it comes to hospital stays I am a pretty minimal packer, I just want one bag to worry about as I am trying to kiss my kiddos and get out the door before the next contraction stops me dead in my tracks. So here is what I am bringing:

casual state of mind

blazer: forever 21 // tank: target maternity // leggings: nordstrom  
hat: urban outfitters (old similar here) // shoes: target // bag: michael kors  
lipstick: mac snob // lipgloss: nars turkish delight

I am just going to come right out and say it, I am done with this winter. It would be one thing if we had snow. Snow is pretty to look at. Now we have dirty remnants of snow and mud everywhere. The temps this week have been in the upper 30's which is melting weather. Now, I don't mind the temps rising except that my 10 day forecast says we should be expecting temps in the teens pretty soon. That just means ice....everywhere! Ice is no good for toddlers who don't listen to their mother yelling "please do not run you are going to fall" then they slip and fall and start crying at an octave only dogs can hear. Also not good for unequal body proportioned people like myself. I swore at some point on this blog that I wasn't going to wish away winter....well just color me a liar. Go away winter!!!! 

In honor of it all I just want to dress casual. I am pretty sure my stomach is at maximum capacity, or at least that is the message my lower back is trying to send to my stomach. When I went to my appointment this week my doctor said "so three weeks left, feel like the longest year of your life yet?" that man..he thinks he's funny. I actually can't wait to have him in the delivery room, I choose my doctors based on dry humor so now let's just hope he can catch a baby.

Also worth mentioning, if you follow me on instagram you saw that I opened up another account where I will be adding all the items from my major closet clean out! I add items almost daily. I am in crazy lady simplify mode, and my closet overwhelms me. So if you are curious you can follow over here!

One more day till Friday! Let me hear you say hip hop hoooraaaaay!!!!


Q&A with the kids

Mar 3, 2015

I am in "capture every moment right here right now" mode. I just want to soak it all in with these three. It seems like each one is at such a fun age. Yes, crazy. But they are quite a fun gang of groupies to have around. I decided to randomly ask them some questions, just to get their automatic responses. Each at a different age, each with such a unique personality. Ace 5, Pierce 3, and Avalon 22 months. Also, if there was any doubt ( not that there is) that these are my children, these pictures put all that to rest. They cannot for the life of them be serious...and they get it from their mama!
What is your favorite color?
Ace- Brown and black
Pierce- Blue with red
Avalon- No

What is your favorite animal?
Ace- Zebras
Pierce- Lion
Avalon- ran out of the room

What is your favorite food?
Ace- Meat
Pierce- Swimming in the trees
Avalon- didn't come back
What do you like to do?
Ace- Go to the park and go to school.
Pierce- Ride horses. (he has only ridden a horse one time)
Avalon- no response

What does dad do for work?
Ace- Oh he does lots of work stuff. And jumps out of planes. And yells at people. 
Pierce- Plays with his airborne guys.
Avalon- Dada home???

What does mommy do for work?
Ace- You don't work. 
Pierce- You work with airborne guys.

What are you going to do when the baby comes?
Ace- I gunna give her kisses. 
Pierce- I don't like babies. 

How old are you?
Ace- Five
Pierce- Like bigger and bigger

How old is mommy?
Ace- 16
Pierce- You are big
What makes you happy?
Ace- Mama (he is like a trained monkey I tell ya)
Pierce- Like funny

What makes you sad?
Ace- Pierce touching my toys
Pierce- Like make me cry, remember?

Who is your best friend?
Ace- Stephen at school
Pierce- Zombie kids

What is your favorite song?
Ace- Ba ba bax 
Pierce- Oh the piano

Where do you live?
Ace- Alaska with you duh.
Pierce- In the forest in the moon. 

Where do you like to go?
Ace- The store to go shopping (see trained monkey)
Pierce- A burrito truck a big burrito truck (he has never eaten off a burrito truck)

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Ace- A grown up doctor.
Pierce- Like be sick all the time. 

Avalon, do you have anything to say?
Avalon- No

There you have it, straight from the horses mouth! Their little minds and how they think about things fascinates me, especially Pierce! Ha!

Happy Wednesday friends!

Walk it out

Truth be told you will probably never find me in a gym! The last time I stepped foot in a gym was many moons ago when I did competitive cheer leading. I am just not a gym person. Chris goes everyday, and he always says. "one day you will go with me". Ten years down and no couples gyming to be seen. All this to say that I don't enjoy conventional working out. But I do still live a very active lifestyle. I have always been a get outside kind of girl. Growing up with horses I was outside everyday training, mucking stalls, feeding. I love to go hiking, and who knew I loved to walk and walk and walk until I had a stroller to push. However, moving to Alaska taught me that no matter what the weather is you have to get outside. Or cabin fever will grab a hold of you and take you down a dark and crazy filled path.
When For Two Fitness contacted me about trying out their maternity fitness apparel I was thanking the pregnancy gods. Buying maternity workout apparel never crossed my mind. I mean I own a good amount of work out clothing for someone who does not go to the gym. I like to think my day to day life resembles a work out. Chasing after three toddlers is some kind of calorie burner. And the strength in my left arm is super human from carrying around kids the last 5 years (tell me other moms know what I mean). 
Needless to say I am obsessed with this top and pants. The top is the softest thing to caress this belly of mine. It hugs you in all the right places, and has a magical amount of stretch without being loose. The pants are some kind of wonderful. The waistband allows for you to wear them as a full panel, and pull them up over your bump. Or fold them down. They are so comfy and soft that I know I will be living in them long after baby is born. 
It's not always easy to find the motivation to get up and walk it out when the weather is constantly handing you cold, freezing, ice, and snow. But I always feel so much better after moving around a little bit. Not to mention my lower back and hips thank me for not curling up on the couch. 

Oh and if you are wondering what is on my feet....those are the latest and greatest fashion accessory! Ha! Kidding those are spikes for your shoes so you can manage to walk around the trails of Alaska. 
I highly highly recommend checking out For Two Fitness for maternity work out clothes. They have some really cute graphic tees, and for all my yoga going mamas they have so many cute options! Or if you are like me and just like to get outside, or possibly sport your workout gear to preschool pick up, you will love all the cute clothes they have. 

What I'm wearing:
jacket: marmot
top: for two fitness c/o
pants: for two fitness c/o
shoes: nike

A huge thank you to For Two Fitness for sponsoring this post. As always I would never tell you guys about a product I truly didn't enjoy. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

lipstick trends seen at the oscars

Mar 1, 2015

I am sure like many people, I watched the Oscars for the red carpet arrivals. I love seeing those dresses float down the carpet, and of course I am looking at the hair and makeup. This year I was particularly looking at what lipsticks ladies were sporting. Surprisingly, many of the celebrities were wearing drugstore brands! Most likely because they are some way or another affiliated with the brand, but still, I am all about a great lipstick at an affordable price. So I decided to round up some of my favorites and hunt them down to try. I did add in a nude and a red as seen on the red carpet, and did my best to find a match. I just couldn't leave out two of my favorite colors to wear. So if you happened to see a lipstick you liked, read on a find out what it was....or you could cut your losses, I'll never know! 
 

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