My Daytime Skincare Routine & Easy Makeup

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I'll be the first to tell you that I'm no beauty guru, but I do occasionally find the need to put on a bit of makeup, so I can look (and feel) human when leaving the house. As a teen and in my early 20's, I used to spend up to an hour getting ready for the day - and now as a mom, I just don't have that kind of time. I've come up with a daily skincare and makeup routine that requires little effort, and still leaves me feeling and looking refreshed.

Daytime Makeup

My skin seems to be on the normal/oily side almost year-round. I hardly ever find myself suffering from dry skin on my face. That being said, I've found my current skincare & makeup routine to work well with my oily skin and keep hormonal breakouts at bay. In this post I've listed all the things I use specifically for daytime, I use a few different things at night!

simple easy makeup and daytime skincare


In the morning I find that washing my face makes it feel tight, so instead I rinse with warm water and use the Thayers Witch Hazel Rose Petal Facial Toner to quickly cleanse my face with a cotton pad. I love using this over any other astringent or toner because it's so gentle, and it's great at calming any redness on my face due to irritation or breakouts.

Next, I use the Physicians Formula Rosé All Day serum to moisturize and prime my skin for makeup application. I love this serum because not only is it hydrating, it smells amazing and it's non-greasy. It also gives my skin a nice glow, so sometimes if I go without foundation for the day, I'll put this on and be ready to go.


My Daytime Skincare Routine & Easy Makeup

I've also been testing out a sample of the iT Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Lotion face moisturizer, but haven't formed an opinion on it yet, other than it goes great under the foundation!

I just recently purchased a brand new product from iT Cosmetics, the Confidence In A Foundation. I had never used any iT Cosmetics products before, but I know the brand is known and trusted for being not only good for your skin, but providing products that let your natural beauty shine through. I definitely feel that way about this foundation! It has the capability of being full-coverage, but for someone like me who doesn't need a full "mask", 1/2 pump of foundation is enough to provide a flawless base while still letting my real skin show. I apply with the iT Cosmetics foundation buffing brush.

My Daytime Skincare Routine & Easy Makeup

I follow up my foundation with the Milani Silky Matte bronzer in the shade "Sun Light"; I love how matte and natural-looking this bronzer is, and the light shade is perfect for my skin tone. I also apply a Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in the shade "feisty", which has since been discontinued. In their current line, the shade "glisten" is very similar!

My Daytime Skincare Routine & Easy Makeup

Next, I use the Maybelline Brow Precise gel, my holy-grail brow product. It's a fibrous gel that you apply with a spoolie-type applicator to the brows. It's perfect for those of you who don't need (or want) to fill in your brows with a powder or pencil, but instead just want to add definition to your natural brow hairs and shape.

Lastly I curl my lashes and apply mascara, lately I've been enjoying the Covergirl Exhibitionist mascara. It gets the job done and makes my lashes look great!

My Daytime Skincare Routine & Easy Makeup

This is all I do for a normal day - staying home or going out - but occasionally I will do a little bit more to add definition to my eyes. I love the Tartlette In Bloom palette because the colors are pretty and neutral, and allow me to still look natural instead of going full glam (but you can do that too if you wanted to!)

My Daytime Skincare Routine & Easy Makeup

My Daytime Skincare Routine & Easy Makeup

Before makeup & skincare

My Daytime Skincare Routine & Easy Makeup


After!


Hope you enjoyed a peek into my daily routine, should I do a nighttime skincare routine post? Sound off in the comments below!

DIY Pom-Pom Storage Basket

DIY pom pom storage basket

   Hey friends! Today I wanted to share a simple DIY for a cute pom-pom embellished storage basket. This style is all the rage right now, and personally I find it SO cute, especially for kids rooms or toy storage. With the right color palette, it can even add interesting texture and color to any home decor landscape. You don't need to be a craft connoisseur to be able to complete this project; if you have access to scissors, yarn, cardboard, and thread and needle, you can do this in a matter of minutes!

DIY Pom Pom Basket Pin

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Yarn
Scissors
3in. x 5in. piece of cardboard (or a pom-pom tool)
Thread
Sewing Needle
Storage Basket


WHAT TO DO

The first step is to make the pom-poms. I have a little wooden tool that came with a weaving loom I purchased a while ago, but you can also make your own using a small piece of cardboard. All you need is a rectangle piece of cardboard to start. Cut a smaller rectangular piece out of the middle, so the tool resembles a long, rectangular "C" shape, like how my tool is shaped in the photo below:

DIY Pom Pom Basket Supplies


Once you have your tool, begin wrapping the yarn around the width of the tool. The more you wrap, the puffier the pom-pom will be.

Make DIY Pom Pom

Once you have it wrapped, cut a separate piece of yarn and tie it around the center of the bundle.

DIY Pom Pom

Remove the yarn from the tool. You'll notice you have loops on both sides. Put your scissors through the loops and cut to separate them. Your cuts don't have to be perfect!

Finished Pom Pom

Fluff up the pom-pom with your hands, and use the scissors to cut any long pieces. That's all there is to it! Once you have the desired number of pom-poms made, the next step is to attach them to the basket.

I got my basket from the Target dollar spot, but you can find this type of cotton woven basket pretty much anywhere. This could also work with a jute material as well, just use a color of thread that will blend in with the color of the basket!

Thread the needle and tie a knot at the end of the string. Hold the pom-pom onto the basket where you wish to sew it on. Insert the needle through the front of the pom-pom, and pull it through the basket. Continue by threading the needle into the basket, and out through the pom-pom, etc. You only need a few stitches to secure the pom-pom onto the basket. The last time you thread the needle through to the inside of the basket, cut the string and tie the loose ends to secure the thread. Repeat this process with each pom-pom you wish to attach.

Sew Pom Poms On To Basket

DIY Pom Pom Basket Babys Room

DIY Pom Pom Basket Babys Room

Now you have your very own pom-pom embellished basket! I think I'm going to use this one for Ezra's easter basket. What will you use yours for?

7 Simple & Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas


kids meal breakfast

   Recently a few of you have been asking me to share the meals I give Ezra, as well as other "ideas" for toddler meals! The truth is, not TOO much thought goes into his meals because for a while now, he's been eating exactly what we're eating, although for breakfast and lunch, I will usually make him something separate from what I'm eating. If you've been following along for a while, you know Ezra tested positive for a whole-egg allergy at 9 months old, so we did need to modify some meals for him for a while. 9 months later, he's gotten over that allergy on his own, and can now fully eat whatever we're having at any given time.

With that being said, I want to share some of what we do for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and hopefully provide some helpful insight and ideas for you & your own toddler! I can do a separate post on feeding, snacks and how we got Ezra to be open to all kinds of food, but for now I just wanted to share a few meal ideas that can even be modified for picky eaters, as well as a few bonus tips on how to sneakily add fruits & veggies onto a picky eater's plate.

simple toddler meal ideas pinBREAKFAST:

Waffle with avocado & banana
Probably one of Ezra's most frequent breakfasts. You can do homemade waffles or store bought. Although avocado is technically a fruit, I try to include a fruit, and something green on his plate for every meal.

Scrambled egg with cheese and raspberries
A bit of chopped spinach mixed in with the eggs is an easy way to get veggies in. If your toddler gets wary at the sight of green, you could "rice" cauliflower and broccoli in a food processor and mix a little bit of that in as well, and it might be harder for them to notice.

LUNCH:

Mac & cheese, peas, and a yogurt
What toddler doesn't love mac & cheese? Ezra eats this for lunch once a week (sometimes twice) and I always add peas for added protein. There are lots of kids yogurts out there that don't include added sugar and/or are naturally flavored - he loves the Happy Baby brand!

Turkey burger with avocado and quinoa
Trader Joe's sells frozen turkey burgers that don't include any artificial additives or added sugar - I LOVE giving these to Ezra, and they only take a few minutes to cook on the stove. Quinoa gets messy but it's good for him, so I approach it with grace haha.

Leftovers
This is probably what Ezra eats most days of the week - dinner leftovers. Anything from soup to chicken and roasted vegetables. To make them last a little longer, I'll add rice or quinoa and give him something else on the side like fruit or a cheese stick.

toddler eating breakfast

DINNER:
As I said earlier, Ezra usually eats whatever we eat. Here are two of the more basic meals that we eat that I think would be toddler-friendly even if it wasn't something we were ALL having.

Roasted Sausage & Veggies
Delicious and colorful!

Chili
Ezra hasn't quite mastered soup-eating but chili is chunky enough & packed full of vegetables and beans that I usually just strain it and give it to him that way.

Bonus Tips:

I'm not a nutritionist or feeding expert, BUT here are some tips based on what I've seen with our 18 month old!

#1 - If your toddler seems to be dissatisfied with something on their plate, pay attention to HOW they are reacting to that thing.

Is it the taste? Is it the texture? Sometimes Ezra will pick up a big piece of kale and quickly put it down again because I'm assuming he's overwhelmed by either the size, or the wet, flimsy texture of it. In that case, I will try cutting it up and he will usually go back to eating it like normal. Whether it's the taste or texture they don't like, try offering it a few different times and watch their reaction to see if it truly is a taste thing, or solely dependent on the preparation of the food itself.

#2 - Put some vegetables into a food processor & add to baked goods like muffins, pancakes, etc.

 I love doing this with the pulp from my juicer! I've added beets, carrots, orange and cucumber to Ezra's pancakes & muffins just from using pulp from my juicer. You can also make your own puree with a food processor or blender and add them that way.

#3 - Start introducing a variety of foods while they are still young. 

I think part of the reason Ezra eats *almost* anything (there ARE some things he just doesn't like!) is that we don't feed him "kid food" by default. He LOVES chicken nuggets, mac & cheese and hot dogs, but those things aren't the norm in our house, so they're not the norm for him. Of course everything can be enjoyed in moderation! But by introducing a variety early on, you can teach your kids what the "norm" is in your household when it comes to food.

Were these tips helpful to you? Let me know in the comments below!

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