Two months into preschool: what is working, and what isn’t

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We are a little over two months into preschool for both boys and it is going SO well for both of them. Drop off is very smooth, as long as someone isn’t crying in Luke’s class–that always triggers him to cry as well, and they come home happy and tired.

Both of their teachers have perfect personalities for my boys. David’s teacher is warm, has a quiet voice, but is very clearly in charge and has structure to their day. Luke’s teacher is a bit more expressive and is equally warm and kind. I’m so glad they have these teachers this year.

For the first time, both boys are eating lunch at school this year. It extends their school day by 1 hour, and most of the other kids in their classes do the same thing.

I bought these lunch boxes online when I saw they are on sale, but unfortunately they are already getting difficult to close! I may need to invest in another kind that’ll last longer. I’m not afraid to pay up for a high quality, easy to clean lunchbox since we’ll use it for several years (at least that would be the goal!). Emily Ley recommended these on her instastories a few weeks ago, so maybe these are up next in the queue.

The boys also have to take a snack with them every day to have mid-morning. I was writing their names on ziplock bags until I realized it was a better idea to invest in a washable, reusable kind. I found these on amazon and ordered them immediately. Grove Collaborative also makes reusable bags too!

The last thing I want to mention that has made getting out the door quickly SO EASY for us is storing the kids’ socks downstairs. I actually heard this idea on YHLHAP podcast when they were sharing a few unusual things about their home in a lighthearted segment, and they shared that they keep their kids socks downstairs instead of in their bedroom. They never wear shoes inside, and neither do we, and the kids generally prefer to stay barefoot until the moment we head out the door. So keeping the socks WITH the shoes has made getting them ready to head outside so simple.

I’m curious how many of you also do this? We literally just pile a huge mound of socks that can fit both boys into a basket where the shoes are stored, so no more running upstairs to get a pair of socks.

So those were just a few things that are working, and some changes that probably will happen soon (i.e. the lunch boxes) now that we are deep into this first half of preschool. If you have preschoolers, I’d love it if you could share what is working for you regarding the kids being in school!

 

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What blush do I wear with red lipstick?

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I received a great question on instagram that I thought I’d answer here today!

“What color blush do you wear with red lipstick?!”

Since the holidays are around the corner, and red lipstick is arguably the most classic winter/holiday beauty statement, I thought I’d cover my thoughts on what blush to wear here so you are fully prepared when the moment hits!

Are you ready?

Just skip the blush altogether.

That’s right, those words just slipped through my fingers onto the keyboard. And you should know by know that I’m a blush LOVER. I love blush. I’ve always loved blush. I used to wear WAY too much of it years ago but I heard that Reese Witherspoon loved blush so I thought that made it okay.

If you know you are going to wear red lipstick, I recommend this one for long wear and beautiful color, let that be the only “color” focal point on your face. I really think you can go as dramatic or subtle as you want with eye makeup, as long as it stays in the neutral family, but skip blush and just double up on bronzer and highlight.

If you can’t even wrap your head around skipping blush, find a deep, natural looking hue. Tarte has a great range of blushes that last forever and have great color payoff. Tarte’s “exposed” is a great nude shade, and NARS “impassioned” is a very subtle warm pink that is hard to over do.

For choosing bronzer, I love Benefit’s Hoola (do you know they make a lite version?). I typically prefer matte bronzers as I tend to avoid any kind of shimmer on my face, but there is such a huge range of bronzers to choose from. I’d head over to Sephora, Nordstrom, or Ulta and get your hands on some to see how they look on your skin. Tarte’s “park avenue princess” is also matte and a little goes a LONG way.

More lipstick tips here and here!

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Fall/winter comfort food

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I’m sitting here with my window open next to my desk, and brisk 60 degree air is blowing in.

THIS IS WHAT I LIVE FOR GUYS.

Anyway, I’m finally in the mood for fall and I wanted to share my favorite comfort foods to cook in these chilly months. You may notice that I have a favorite person whose recipes I use often in the mix. . .

pioneer woman frito chili pie – this is what is pictured above. It’s hearty, flavorful, and perfect topped with freshly grated medium cheddar and diced red onions!

meat lasagna – I’m horrified at the photography from this post, so much so that I’m determined to redo this recipe this fall. This is EASY to make and very much a crowd pleaser!

pioneer woman potato soup – One of my absolute favorites for the fall.

pioneer woman chicken & dumpings  – So delicious, especially perfect for family coming to town. While it does reheat well, the dumplings are better on day 1 of the soup!

oven “fried” breaded pork chops – Justin is a huge fan of these and I like them too! It’s a nice change up from the usual chicken focused weeknight meal.

baked chicken thighs with creamy garlic spinach sauce – Chicken thighs save me from complete dinner boredom. They are usually moist and delicious, and can handle a whole slew of flavors.

and because I can’t leave out sides. . .

Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Corn Dip – Simply, I don’t make this enough. It’s so good! Great for football on Sundays or in addition to a weeknight meal.

Baked Green Bean Fries – I’ve made these a few times! They lack a little bit of flavor so I usually double the cayenne pepper!

In general, if I’m looking for something new to cook, I’ll check out Damn Delicious, Skinny Taste, Smitten Kitchen, or Pioneer Woman. If I’m looking for something to bake, my go-to is Sally’s Baking Addiction!

Do you have a favorite website to look for new dinner ideas? I finally experienced a breakthrough that made weeknight cooking easier, but I’m always looking for new recipes to add to the mix!

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