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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fort Worth Moms Blog

I'm so excited that I've started contributing to the Fort Worth Moms Blog!

My first post was, fittingly, about the library.

In a way, this is "one more thing" to take on in an already busy season of life, but this is also one of the few things I'm doing that feels like it's just for me. I love writing, and being able to work with this community of ladies to provide resources for other moms in this area is just a win all-around.

{And they are such a fun group! We had mini-facials at our business meeting last week. YES.}

So, give us a follow here, here, and/or here--and say hello if you're a fellow Fort Worth mom!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Talking Lipstick

Confession: I had not bought new lipstick since we came to seminary almost seven years ago. From Clinique bonuses to drugstore sales, I had just stockpiled a whole bunch and finally ran out.

Seems kinda gross, but it all still worked just fine! I also generally rely on cherry ChapStick throughout the day instead of reapplying, so that stretched it further.

Anyway, the time came to buy new.

Aveda products are my favorite, but I know when to save and when to splurge. And, in my opinion, splurging on lipstick is just not worth it. For half the cost, I got Neutrogena that I am just as happy with. Jason encouraged me to go wild and get two!

Watermelon...unexpectedly flavored...a little frostier than I would prefer, but I like the shade of pink...

And healthy blush...perfect as I like a pretty neutral lip color...

Next time I'll probably keep the latter but try to find an alternative with a bit more color. And I'd like to do more research on products not tested on animals {a definite Aveda bonus} but needed a quick fix this time, and Neutrogena has always been my go-to.

Spill! What's your favorite lipstick? Are you a splurger or a saver on this staple? Bold or understated lip?

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Day at the Dallas Arboretum

I set off with C and Nina on Saturday morning to meet our pals Shelley and Georgia at the Dallas Arboretum.

The weather was perfect--slightly chilly in the morning, but it warmed up quickly. We left just after lunch when it was getting quite warm. The little gals all did a great job!

The flowers and trees were incredible, and we loved the new children's area! The views of White Rock Lake were so pretty, too.

I didn't think to pack sunscreen, so Nina and I got a bit rosy-cheeked.

Between admission and lunch at the cafe, it was a pricey little excursion, but I'd still put it on the must-see list in the DFW area. And C had so much fun that we're going to have to go to the {free} Fort Worth Botanic Gardens again soon!

A few other favorites...

Out like a lamb indeed.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Looking on the Bright Side of the Winter That Won't End

This cold just won't go away, right?

Even though I'm ready for lovely, warm, blossoming SPRING, I'm trying to look on the bright side of the lingering cold...

So here are my three brights for the day along with outfit details...

Bright #1: Even though it's March, and I've had to pair my black dress {Liz Claiborne} with a sweater {Ralph Lauren}, the sweater is PINK! Guaranteed to bring out a smile on the gloomiest of days.

Bright #2: Tights not necessary: Boots {Enzo Angiolini} with knee socks work just fine. Plus, knee socks are fun.

Bright #3: I have still not transitioned my closet from winter to spring, and my flats are actually buried beneath a layer of laundry. This cold is actually helping me out until I can get my act together!

Give it a try--what brights can you find in our lingering winter weather? {Because it's cold just about everywhere, right?}

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nine Months Old and No Months More

Happy inside-out day, Tiny Nina!

Not so tiny anymore, she is around 19 pounds and has completely outgrown her nine-month clothes. {And the 12-month stuff she is wearing in this picture is snug.}

Nina Norris: smiley, sweet, sleepless...

She is a wiggle worm--crawling, standing, pulling, reaching, always on the go. She wants you to pick her up to get her out of wherever she is trapped {bed, high chair, etc.}, and she wants you to put her down IMMEDIATELY.

I am in love with her Shirley Temple dimple!

She babbles and babbles and seems to semi-discriminately say "Daddy" and "Mama." She signs for milk. She also, very excitedly, said Mum-Mum {one of her favorite foods} when we pulled it out the other day before we said anything.

She has my gray-blue eyes and a quirky little laugh, and she claps her feet together when she is excited.

She is only nursing at supper and overnight now and takes bottles otherwise. {That's a blog post of its own.}

Compared with her sister at the same age...C first, then Nina...

I think they might be sisters...

 {C on the left, Nina on the right}

Another comparison. Around this age, C took a tumble in the bathtub. I was right there, and she was under water for approximately half a second, but it scared us both to death. Took her about half an hour to calm down, and she was leery of the bath for awhile. Same thing happened to Nina the other night. Still terrified me. She, on the other hand, shook the water off her face, threw her head back and laughed the biggest laugh I've heard yet. Then tried to dive from my arms back into the tub. Think she'll be our adventurer?

Let's go ahead and start praying about the teenage years.

Happy nine months, Nina!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Lent, Repent, and Repeat

I have started and stopped this post so many times. It's just been hard to put into words how God is working in my life and, more so, in my heart during this season.

I jot down a little note each day of what has stood out to me from one of my readings.

Noise then quiet, repentance then grace, anxiety then peace, drawing near to God and Him drawing near to me...

It's all been very good, and I'm afraid if I say too much about it, I will fail to do it justice.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring Break {Dream} Staycation

Ah, to have a week off for Spring Break.

Alas, because the library is quiet, and the gals are out of their school, it is the perfect week for catching up and doing projects and such at work. But a girl can dream. So, inspired by my pal Emily's post, here is my dream staycation day...

6 a.m.--Up and at 'em because I'm a naturally early riser. Quick workout, shower, kissing my babies, and I'm off!

I'd grab breakfast at Starbucks, then start the morning by getting my hair in shape at Lemongrass. {"Get a little smellum in my hair...feel 100 percent better about myself and about life in general."}

{My hair is in about as bad a state now as it was in this picture.}

With a dream budget, I could spend the day shopping at University Park Village, but let's imagine instead...

I am forever spotting areas where I'd like to do photo shoots. Little spots off of Berry, downtown, the Botanic Garden, and, of course, all up and down Magnolia. So next I would take my camera {while happily listening to my Spring playlist playing on the iPod} and take lots and lots of pictures while exploring Cowtown.

Then, since I'm on Magnolia anyway, I'd have lunch, along with a good book {and dessert!}, at my favorite Spiral Diner.

After a quick power nap, it would be on to a matinee! Seeing as how I haven't been to the theater {or the theatre, for that matter} since C was born, I have no idea what is out there. But an afternoon at the Movie Tavern or Casa Manana sounds like so much fun!

That would be about the time my gals are waking up from naps, so it's time to head home for snuggles and supper.

Eating out is less like a treat and more like a wrestling match these days, so I'd pick up some takeout {maybe Happy Bowls, Fuzzy's, or Mama's Pizza depending on my mood}. And we'd watch copious amounts of Curious George and read lots of books before crashing for the evening. Oh wait...we do that already. ;)

So basically my dream day is lots of introvert time and lots of local food! Fun, but quite different from our Spring Break staycation just a few short years ago!

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