Pinks and Nudes



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The other day I was working on something with my friend and she said, “go grab a nude lipstick from your stash. . .”

I went scrounging around thinking that surely I owned at least one nude lipstick, but in fact I do not. All my “nude” lipsticks are actually pinks.

So, I’m determined to find a wearable nude for the fall. Now, there is definitely still going to be pink involved in the shade because I’m simply too pale to really pull off a true nude, so the nude police can just write me up for misconduct or whatever they see fit.

There’s a sentence you won’t ever come across again.

Here is some other brand new information: Fall is coming! I know, did you know? Have you heard? No one has been talking about it so I figured everyone was over it.

Ahem, yes, I too am excitedly anticipating fall just like the rest of the country (or is it only us in the South who are sick of the heat?), and I’m mostly excited for rich neutrals to make a comeback in my eye makeup life. I’ve been keeping it pretty light, but I’m on the hunt for some pretty, deep browns and shimmery champagnes.

It doesn’t take long for me to find something I’d like to try in the beauty realm, so above are a few of the products that I’d like to give a test drive to. That Stila palette up there? It looks like the possibilities are endless!

The Charolotte Tilbury lipstick pictured is called “nude kate”. I think it’s meant to be.

The last foundation I tried was Flawless Finish by Laura Mercier, but I’ve always wanted to try Nars Sheer Glow. I’ve heard beauty Vloggers rave about it, so it’s next on my list. The “glow” aspect of it should be perfect as fall/winter come in and zap all the life right out of my face!

Is there anything you are itching to try in the beauty realm? Let me know below! I’m sure I’ll add it to my list!

Ginger Lovie Cookies


I never seem to have the family recipe I need when I want to cook or bake something. I was itching to bake ginger snaps the other day but didn’t have the recipe from my mom. I tried using a random recipe I found online only to discover why ginger snaps are called ginger snaps. Typically, they are a hard cookie. . . hence the name “snap”. I grew up eating soft ginger snaps, so that was what I wanted.

My mom texted the recipe to me, and I whipped up a batch shortly thereafter.

Justin and I are in a small group through our church and they have quickly become our core group of friends. I set out some ginger snaps on a plate at the beginning of our time together, and it didn’t take long for the plate to become virtually empty.

Our friend Bobby, out of nowhere, suggested a new name for the cookie.

“Ginger Lovies is what they should be called. Either that or ‘Disney Christmas Ginger Miracle Lovies’.”

He then enlisted the taste-testing services of our resident cupcake baker by suggesting she eat a cookie and decide whether or not the name was fitting.

We all sat and watched her chew, and once she had enough time to process the cookie, she agreed that, “Yes, it is a good cookie! I don’t know what ‘disney christmas ginger miracle’ means (nobody did!), but that’s a good name for it.”

In the end, we decided on ginger lovies just to keep it simple and leave Disney out of it. And Christmas. Because you can make these year round regardless of whether or not you live in Disney World.

Now that that riveting story is over, I’ll share the recipe.

First things first, if you know how your oven bakes things, that will help. Mine is gas so it runs hot, so I set it to 350 degrees instead of 375 degrees. Adjust that as you need.

Ingredients for Ginger Lovies

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup butter

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp ground cloves


1. Lightly grease cookie sheet (I used Pam).

2. In a mixing bowl, combine first 4 ingredients. Blend well.

3. Stir in remaining ingredients. Blend well.

4. Refrigerate dough for easier handling (about an hour).

5. Heat oven to 350-375 degrees, and pour some sugar in a shallow dish.

6. Shape dough into 1 inch balls, roll in sugar, and place on baking sheet.

7. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool for 1 minute on baking sheet prior to removing. Let cool on a cooling rack.



Nap? What nap?


Yesterday it was just me, David, and Murphy. Who is Murphy, you ask? That guy who made that law.

Never has a theory held true as much as Murphy’s Law. That and “what goes up must come down”, but I’m still on the fence about that one because my weight sure didn’t come down after I had David this year. Do you hear me Mr. Newton? 

David had his 9 month check up at the pediatrician at 3:00p. He usually naps from about 1:45p-3:30p. He’s pretty darn consistent with his nap schedule other than days where he’s not feeling well or cutting a tooth.

The day was going smoothly, and since he had a great first nap, I thought I’d put him down about 10 minutes early for his second/afternoon nap. I needed to wake him up about an hour before his nap usually ends, so any little minute would help.

He was acting tired around 1:30p so I thought to myself, “perfect. yes. go to sleep little angel child who is cooperating perfectly with my plan. . .”

Somehow I managed to miss the RSVP card to the party he was throwing in his crib instead. I would have RSVP’d “no” anyway, so maybe he just wanted to save the hassle of a stamp.

Well, he threw a party all right. . . right up until 10 minutes before I had to wake him. 


 non-stop drool. teeth are droppin’ like flies around here. 


The doctor appointment went well, and he was amazingly not as cranky as I thought he would be for the rest of the day. I think he got a “second wind” around 4:30p and he was pretty wild.

All things considered, the day wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I managed to whip up a batch of rice krispy treats too, so I’d even categorize it in the “good” category for that reason alone.


A Bump Nest Giveaway

I started using “The Nest”, as I affectionately call it, much earlier on in this pregnancy than with my last one. Because why not? I also started wearing maternity clothes as soon as the double pink lines showed up on the positive test but that’s a story for another time.

I remember it taking about 2 days of use last year before I fell deeply in love with this pillow, and I could barely sleep without it.

Frankly, pregnant or not, I think anyone could develop a serious attachment to such a comfortable pillow.


For one thing, it’s huge in a really great way. I tried one other pillow before this one last year and it was so small it just slid away from me all night. When it comes to a body pillow, that last thing you want is for it to be giving you a hassle through out the night. It needs to rise to the occasion and stick by you. It needs to be there for you to lean on. I’ve decided to stop the jokes here but you need to know I deleted two additional jokes as a favor to you. 

The BumpNest allows you to wrap your legs about it, giving your knees a rest, and makings sure it keeps you on your side all night.


I mean, if an elephant can get comfortable in it, that’s sayin’ something. And by the end of my pregnancy I feel/look like an elephant, so at least I know I can sleep soundly.

So, do you want to win one? BumpNest is generously giving one away right here! Just enter using the tool below!

You can also use promo code “SMALLTEN2″ to get 10% off your order (valid until 10/31/14)

USA and Canada only

elephant is from Giggle 

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the pull thru braid


I’ve seen this “braid” concept floating around pinterest and instagram for a couple weeks so  I thought I’d give it a shot.

It’s easiest to do this style on long hair, but a mid-length below the collarbone could work as well, depending on how your hair is layered.

I’m wearing 20 inch Bellami hair extensions for this tutorial. I haven’t worn them enough to really form a strong opinion of them yet, but so far I like them.

The Pull Thru Braid is a great way to secure your hair for a long day! Since there are so many clear elastics used in the style, you don’t have to worry about stray ends peeking out!