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The Spring Beauty Sale at Sephora is open to all beauty insiders today! Last weekend it was only open for Rouge members, but today is the day that everyone else can shop! If you are a Rouge or VIB member, you can get 15% off. Otherwise, sign up to be a Beauty Insider today and get 10% off!

I did my best to round up my LONG time loves, as well as some newer additions to my makeup bag!

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The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (I wear shade 5) has been the foundation I’ve been loving for the past few months. Depending on how you apply it it can look very natural and let some of your own skin show...

My sweet friends threw me a little baby shower last weekend. It was so nice to just sit around and chat with my girls. We collected diapers and wipes to donate to a local pregnancy home for young mothers which made my heart happy. I’m working with Pampers on their newest diaper and wipe launch so it was nice to be able to collect items for moms in need.

Justin and I spent a little time this past week nailing down our top names for the baby. We now have 3 boy names and 3 girl names on our list. Before that we only had 1 each so I feel a little better having a few options to bounce around after he or she is born.

Speaking of he or she, David is utterly convinced it’s a girl and I think he will truly be sad and possibly pout if I reveal another brother to him in the hospital. I’m spending the next few weeks trying to explain to him that if the new baby IS a boy, it’s going to be great. So...

I first started shopping for a diaper bag about 5 years ago when I was pregnant with my first son, David. I remember seeing tons of options with bright, colorful patterns but it was harder to find one that looked a little bit more understated and subtle. Ultimately I liked the functionality, pockets, and wipe ability of the popular bags so we used that kind!

But now it seems like there are so many more bags that look like a simple backpack or tote, but have all the pockets and functionality on the inside! I haven’t carried a diaper bag for months, and only keep a stash of clean clothes in my van in case of an accident, but with the new baby I’m planning on getting back into the routine of carrying a diaper bag with me.

I currently carry the Madewell Medium Transport Tote as my everyday bag and have received a few questions from readers asking if I was going to use that as my diaper bag, but I think it’s too small based on the amount of things I like to have with me with a newborn.

So I’m browsing around for a chic, simple bag that will store all of the baby stuff and not feel like it screams out diaper bag. I may downsize my everyday bag as well, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there!

Today is Justin’s birthday! He turned 36 and I must say that he looks good as a 36 year old. I mean, he always looks good, but he’s getting more grey in his beard and throughout his hair and I really like the salt and pepper look. He’s like 98% pepper still, but the more salt the better!

It always feels a little funny to gush about my husband in a blog post or on social media because I just tell him these kinds of things to his face, but I do have some gushing to do today so get ready.

We are celebrating 9 years of marriage next month. We met 3 years before we were married so I’ve known him for about 12 years now. If you read our love story (I KNOW I’m slow in adding to it, I’m sorry!), you would know that he and I swiftly fell in love and became nearly inseparable after our first meeting.

We’ve been together through my college, starting my private hair studio, starting the blog, starting the jewelry business, leaving the jewelry business, leaving the salon, pressing fully into the blogging career, his undergrad degree, graduate school, a long distance stint for an internship, another long distance stint for a work program, mountain climbs and adventures, a job that required a lot of travel, one baby, another baby, a third pregnancy, cats,...

I shared a pizza making essentials post a few weeks ago and received many requests for my pizza dough recipe. I’m still testing out a few different things, like different types of flour and how long to let the dough rise for, but in general I’ve been working off of one recipe while making these adaptations.

Justin and I like thin crust pizza and we’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with making it at home! It’s really quite easy, and as long as you have the tools I mentioned in this post you’ll be able to make a pretty dang good homemade pizza!

Thin Crust Pizza Dough // makes four 10 inch pizzas

12 oz warm water*

1/4 tsp sugar

2.5 tbsp active dry yeast

3 1/2 cups “00” flour

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp table salt

  1. Stir sugar into water, then add yeast. Stir to combine, then set aside to proof for 5 minutes. Proofing the yeast simply means that it should become foamy, meaning it’s “proving” to you that it’s working.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, olive oil and salt, stiring together until combined.
  3. Pour yeast into flour, stir to combine. It’s okay if there is some loose flour around the dough, that will come together...

This post is sponsored by Sephora.

It is one of my FAVORITE times of year right now because the Sephora Spring Bonus event is happening! If you’re not a Sephora Beauty Insider member, I highly recommend signing up to be one. It doesn’t cost anything and gets you tons of perks including access to the event on April 20th! Plus, if you’re a Rouge member, you get access starting on April 13th!

This is a great time of year to stock up on your favorites and to try new items. I’ve been known to shop during the event more than once because the promotions are too good to pass up!

I filmed a tutorial showing how to go from a daytime makeup look to something a bit more glam and dramatic for evening WITHOUT washing your face and starting over. I used all products from Sephora, which includes a great mix of products that I’ve used for years, as well as some new ones that I love.

You can watch the tutorial here, or scroll down a bit in the post to read a few of my tips for executing this flawlessly.

Whether you’re adding to your makeup later or not, prepping the skin...

Remember the old days of blogging where bloggers would share more about their lives behind the computer? I miss those days! As I’m scrolling through Bloglovin’ in the morning, I see so many blog posts like “3 ways to ______” or “6 things to change in order to _______” . For a while now, blog posts have leaned way more into the educational side versus the carefree diary entries that they used to be.

And I’m definitely not knocking it, I certainly do that as well. Those types of posts typically resonate with a lot of readers and they are also a bit safer to write because they don’t open you up to as much criticism or critique as the more personal posts do. But sometimes I just want to read about what my favorite blogger did on the weekend, because it’s fun, easy to read, and may even inspire an idea for something that I would do on a weekend in the future!

So as a way to try to include a bit more of that type of post around here, I thought I’d write a post recapping some recent events in our lives, from a new van to a final trip before baby #3 arrives!

Justin and I had been thinking about upgrading to a newer van for a few months. I was driving a used 2013...

It’s not often that a drugstore product will stop me dead in my tracks, but I was walking past the ELF cosmetics section in Target and saw a palette that looked very similar to the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. It was a bit bigger, but the color selection looked perfect.

Perfect, I tell you.

And the thing about eyeshadow palettes is that it can be hard to find the right tone or range of colors to make the entire palette worth the cost.

Most recently, I’ve been loving the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette (it’s honestly absolutely beautiful with great shade options), but if you are looking for something on a budget, don’t pass up on this ELF cosmetics one.

I bought the Smoky palette and Nude Mood. I used my all-time favorite eyeshadow primer, MAC’s paintpot in Soft Ochre, but I plan to try it with Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion soon too. The shadows aren’t as buttery and soft as the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette shadows, but they...

When I cut my hair into an a-line bob in high school, not only was it the start of my “signature” haircut that lived on for many, many years but it was also the beginning of ENORMOUS hair. Massive volume was high on my list, so my hair was often sprayed to death with hairspray.

In hindsight, I totally overdid it. But hey, what can you do except look back, laugh, and agree with the few brave souls that gently suggested that I should slowly step away from the can of hairspray.

Since then, my hair has changed through the years, and I’ve chilled out on the hairspray a bit. I still use hairspray daily, but I’ve decided to let my hair look like hair (instead of like a wig) and it’s much more flattering and realistic.

But I’ll never quit loving volumized, full hair and wanted to round up my favorite products for maximum volume!

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The products in this round up that I’ve used the longest are Aquage Uplifting Foam and Kenra Volume 25 hairspray. I’ve been using both since high school and their performance cannot be beat....

I love being pregnant. I feel like I’ve said this so many times, but it’s true. The first trimester is hard, especially this third time around, but in general I love the whole experience of pregnancy.

I love watching my bump grow, feeling the baby move, knowing that I have the incredible joy of carrying a child, and waiting in eager anticipation to meet him or her on delivery day.

And I mean it when I say that I don’t take it for granted that this pregnancy, and my other two, have been easy and healthy. What a gift. I know too many women who struggle to get pregnant, stay pregnant, or have experienced tragedy after the baby is born. It’s unimaginable.

I’m so grateful for this season, and to get to experience this 3 times. I think 3 is “the number” for Justin and I, so I also had the mindset of savoring this pregnancy even more because I knew it was likely my last. In the spirit of full...

I wanted to round up some of the makeup products I’ve been using for the past several weeks and share a few notes about each of them! I like creating these resources if you’re looking for something new to add to your beauty routine!

First, I always start with these 3 products!

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 4.5 – I would describe this as a medium coverage foundation that could build up to full coverage. It feels fantastic on my skin, blends SEAMLESSLY, and I love that you can see through it a bit so it’s not too much for a casual makeup day. There are a wide range of shades available, so I initially ordered 3 shades online, tried them on at home, and returned the two that didn’t match.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – A seriously awesome eyeshadow primer that makes sure your eyeshadow or liner will. not. budge. It’s intense, and I find it works best if I dust a little bit of powder over top of the primer to take away some of the sticking power.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – Delivers volume and fullness while still feeling very soft. It can sometimes be a little on the clumpy side, but...

Justin and I love watching documentaries. We generally have the same movie preference, but on evenings that we can’t find anything to watch, we’ll scroll through the documentary options.

If you are looking for something new to watch, check out some of these films!

Murph: The Protector

Justin: He’s an American hero who gave up his life to save his friends. If you’ve ever heard of “the murph” work out, this is who created it.

SOMM

Justin: Even though I don’t drink wine, I found this fascinating. Statistically, the test to become a Sommelier is the hardest test in the world. This documentary follows a few guys as they attempt to become Master Sommeliers.

Fittest on Earth

Kate: This is the most recent one we’ve watched, and we’ve actually watched a few of the other years as well. We find ourselves saying, “we feel like we know these people!” during the documentary because we’ve watched them grow over a few seasons. While neither of us are into CrossFit, we both appreciate how dang hard these people work and how amazing it is that...

This post was sponsored by Ulta. 

I love trying new products but I definitely have my favorites that I’ll always run back to – the tried and true makeup products that always deliver great results. But I would never have discovered these products if I hadn’t tried them when they were newly released or tried them in order to recommend them to you!

Ulta is having their 21 Days of Beauty sale right now and this is a great time to stock up on your favorites or try something new! If you are new to Ulta, this semi-annual sale goes on for 21 days, and each day has new “beauty steals”! You can check out the calendar here, and it’s worth popping in the store to see what other items are sale during the 21 days as well.

I couldn’t pass up on the chance to grab a seriously awesome thickening mascara and an eyeshadow primer that is amazing as well.

Here are a few things you might want to pick up during 21 Days of Beauty: you can get the Urban Decay Primer Potion eyeshadow primer for...

As much as I love maternity clothes and being pregnant, I’m really getting to the point where I’m looking forward to shopping at my regular stores again! I must say that investing in a great pair of maternity denim at the beginning of my pregnancy has seriously paid off. I wear these jeans multiple times a week and am so happy with how they fit despite my pregnancy weight gain.

Other than tops and bottoms, I’m still wearing my favorite non-maternity outerwear, shoes, and bags! I found these booties at Target a few months ago and they have to be my most worn bootie for the season! They are so comfortable and go with nearly everything. I’ve paired them with dresses, denim (obviously) and I’m sure I’ll continue to love them in the fall.

The green utility jacket I’m wearing is an old one that I found at an outlet mall a while ago, and haven’t been able to find an exact dupe to refer you to yet. But similar jackets can be found at Old Navy and J.Crew Factory in a variety of colors!

I carried the deep brown

This crazy tool I’m holding against my lashes can be found at Ulta. It does a great job of removing clumps from mascara while it’s still wet (use it right after you apply mascara) and it fans all the lashes out perfectly!

Do you have a few things that you ALWAYS travel with?

I tried the new Dove Body Polish, which is a full body exfoliator, and I loved it! It’s great to slough off dry winter skin, and especially great to use before applying a tanning product!

Speaking of tanning, I shared 2 tried and true tanning products earlier this week!

Isn’t this such a pretty watch? I love the marble face and simple leather band.

Been loving these sunglasses this spring!

Andreea made a super helpful video ALL about eyebrows! Watch this!! I learned so much in person, and she breaks it all down in this video!

A casual jacket and a cute baseball tee for spring!

Love this idea of things to keep in your car, especially if you are a mom! I’m going to make one of these to stash in my trunk before the baby is born!

Have a great weekend! We are heading to South Carolina soon to spend time with family!

Occasionally I’ll be asked about where I shop for clothes, how I figure out what to invest in, or even my personal clothing budget. These questions made me realize that everyone has a different preference about what items are most important to invest in, and what items are good from a more inexpensive brand!

I can’t really address this subject without pointing out that I love finding great pieces to add to your wardrobe and sharing them on Instagram or here on the blog! While I’m certainly no fashion blogger, I probably shop more than the average person. On a similar note, everyone’s clothing budget is different, so my focus here is explaining my thought process to help you think through what YOU want to invest in so you can develop a wardrobe that you really love!

It’s kind of ironic to be writing this in my 3rd trimester of my 3rd baby but the idea came to me and I wanted to type it out!

I have memories of being in middle school and being so uncomfortable in my clothes. I remember noticing older women, you know. . . . women in their TWENTIES, and thinking that they looked like they had it altogether. I resolved that I’d probably find my personal style later in life, and that’s ended up being true!

In middle school, it was all baggy pants. In high...

I’m elated that March is over! Not only am I one day closer to meeting my THIRD BABY (I know I’m talking about this a lot but it is literally on my mind constantly in the best of ways) but March held pretty much nothing other than cold and dreary days. I left the Midwest for a reason, and there has not been a more Midwest type of weather/climate month in the history of my entire time in the South than the month of March.

So, onward and upward. And warmer-ward.

I have a bunch of great products to tell you about, and I’m also sharing 2 products that totally let me down. Check out the video below, and find links to everything right here in the post!

FYI, I mentioned my blog post about tanning products in the video, and you can simply click here to go read it! I also referred to this post about my 3 daily skincare products!

Products mentioned:

Sephora bronzer, shade 1 (but bad news…this was discontinued!)

Bite Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Peche

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Fresh Black Tea Age Delay body cream

Bobbi Brown Face Base

Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate

Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray

Kenra Dry Volume Burst

And the products that didn’t deliver…

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Pre Shower

I haven’t always been into self tanners, but in the past few years I’ve been wanting to take the edge off the white winter glow before summer begins!

I discovered this tanning product last year and absolutely loved it. I also tried an “in-shower” tanning product that ended horribly, so this easy-to-use product that leaves zero streaks or blotches is a win!

I’ve probably purchased at least 3 more of the Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Body Lotion since I first started using it, but I really only use it in the warm months. I love that product so much that I wanted to try another from the brand, so I bought the Self Tan Express a few weeks ago.

I wanted to be sure to try it while it was still cold enough to wear pants and long sleeves in case it went horribly wrong, but I’m happy to report that it worked perfectly! With this product, you apply it to your skin and let it sit for 1-3 hours, depending on how dark you want the tan. After the time is up, you rinse off the product in the shower, and the tan will develop over a short time.

I used the mitt to apply it and after about 5 minutes of letting it dry, I put on a lightweight...

I believe it was around New Years day in 2016 or 2017 that I told Justin I really wanted to set a goal to master homemade pizza.

I love to cook, we both love pizza, and I wanted to be able to make a crispy crust at home with delicious toppings and ingredients.

So when we went to New York City earlier this year, the idea crossed my mind to see if there were any pizza making classes that we could check out.

I found a few, but Pizza School was most memorable thanks to over 100 positive reviews on Yelp! It wasn’t cheap, but everything looked fun and promising, so I signed up both up for a Friday night class, and kept it a surprise until our Uber driver dropped us off at the door.

The night was so much fun, so educational, and I told Justin the next day that that was one of my favorite things that we’ve ever done together. (if you want to see some video footage from the evening, you can watch it in my highlight reel on Instagram!)

We returned home and I could not WAIT to put my skills to the test in my home oven.

There is so much that I took away from the class that I can’t get into here, but I thought I’d share...

There are so many different ways to follow or catch up with bloggers through social media and the internet. I’ve been doing this for over 7 years now, and it has changed SO.VERY.MUCH. from the beginning.  As with any change, some is really great and some is not so great, but that’s the nature of a developing and growing thing.

I have to say that I’ve enjoyed the way that social media, and really instastories, give you a “behind the scenes” look at the people you follow on Instagram.

I was listening to the Young House Love podcast recently and John mentioned that he took social media off his phone and was left to just follow along with bloggers through their blogs. Believe it or not, this used to be the MAIN way to follow bloggers. He noted, and it made a lot of sense to me immediately, that he felt like he was missing out on things not following certain bloggers on social media.

The emphasis on social, especially instagram, has increased dramatically over the past few years. I’m definitely enjoying this and I think it provides nice variety for readers/followers to check in on who they enjoy following or reading. As with any “trend” I’m sure something new will pop up (like snapchat did for a minute...