May 15, 2017

An Unexpected Break

Well, it looks like I'll be taking a blog break for a little while. My computer has broken for good this time. I need to save up for a new one and since we're in the midst of moving, financially, I just can't afford to put away extra money towards one right now. I'm a little gutted about it as we've finally been getting back outside on some adventures that I was looking forward to sharing with you and Lux's first birthday is coming up. But I guess I can still post about them at a later date! Hopefully I'll be talking to you guys soon (if you decide to stick around until then!)

May 11, 2017

The Answer To My "Perfect" Foundation Finding Dilemma

For a long time, like, a real long time..I've been on the hunt for THE perfect foundation for my skin. I can't count how many different kinds I've tested. Sometimes I would try one and absolutely love it at first but then after a few wears I just end up hating it like most of the other foundations I buy.

For me, the perfect foundation is lightweight, matches my skin perfectly, doesn't show my dry patches and covers any blemishes.

And guess what?

I've finally found the answer.

Are you ready for this?




NO FOUNDATION!!

BAM! That's it. The only thing I'm going to use now is a little concealer for my under eyes and a little bit of blush.

No. My skin is not flawless. Yes. I have red areas and large pores but honestly, this now looks better to me than seeing foundation slathered on my face.

I don't know why it's taken me so long to realize that I don't need nor want to wear foundation. Maybe I've finally seen the light or have had some sort of life changing epiphany...I really don't know. But it just happened. I was getting ready one day- about to apply my foundation (which literally smelled exactly like latex paint) and I thought no. I'm just going to use a bit of concealer under my eyes and see how that goes.
And you know what? I really liked it.

I liked how it looked. I liked how it felt. As strange as it might sound I felt FREE.

For the first time in a long time I was totally and completely okay with how my face looked without foundation.

No longer will I have to pay to slather my face with harmful chemicals.
No longer will I look washed out because the closest shades to my natural skin tone are ghostly.
No longer will I fret about the fact that my foundation still clings to all of my dry patches even though I moisturized beforehand.

Yes. It feels good.

I'm not telling you to go through your makeup and toss out all of your foundations- that's not my place. But I do urge you to at least give the no foundation thing a try! Even for one day.

You might be surprised to find out how much you actually like your natural face. I sure was.

Q. DO YOU GO FOUNDATION-LESS? 
IF NOT, DO YOU THINK YOU'D EVER GIVE IT A SHOT?



May 7, 2017

So Many Changes!


I know I haven't been keeping up with my posts lately (even though I keep telling myself I will) but there seems to be so much going on, changes are happening and I just can't keep up. They aren't bad changes though. For once, things seem to be going okay.

let's get this one out of the way first...
A change in blog design. Been there done that a million times already but I thought it was worth noting. I quite like it this time so hopefully I'll keep it this way for a while.

my new gluten-free dairy-free diet...
To put it simply, it's amazing. I've known for a while that I'm very sensitive to dairy products. Countless times I've gone dairy free but I was never able to stick with it. While it helped with some of my stomach issues I would still feel pretty crappy even though I completely removed dairy from my diet. I wouldn't notice any "real" changes so I would always give up and start eating dairy again. Well, a little over a month ago I decided to stop with the dairy again and after a lot of research I learned that majority of my issues can be symptoms of a gluten intolerance. I don't want to go into too much detail here because I think I'll write an entire post dedicated to what made me think about going gluten free and why I actually decided to remove gluten from my diet but to make a long story short for now, I have never felt better since going gluten free. For once in the 10 years that I've been struggling with losing weight I am finally seeing results. Anyway, like I said, I'll go into more detail soon in another post.

bye bye crappy apartment...
We're finally leaving this god awful apartment. I won't bore you with all of the reasons why it's so awful in this post but you can check out the post I wrote back in January appropriately named 5 Reasons I Hate Our New Apartment. By the end of this month we'll have everything packed away and heading to my mom's place to stay for a few months. Living here royally kicked our butts financially (thanks to the lovely power bills we were getting) so it was decided that we should take some time to stay with my mom and save as much as possible to get some debts paid. I'm actually really looking forward to this. I feel like there's this huge weight lifted off of me and I can finally breathe again.

Lux has also been dealing with some fabulous changes of her own lately but I'll wait to write about those in her update next month :) Also! I'm on the verge of making a huge hair change!! I'm like 95% sure I want to do it but I'm not quite there yet haha So keep a look out for that in the near future!

WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE LATELY?


May 1, 2017

11 Months Old!


























Whattt!? Where has the time gone? I truly can't believe this time next month she'll be one whole year and I'll be writing her very last monthly update. It makes me so emotional! In every single update I write about Lux the very first picture is always the one I take on that exact day. Like the one above, I just took that ten minutes ago. I love capturing the day she turns a new month age. This picture really hit me today. Not only is it getting harder than ever to get her to sit still for a picture but she's been showing me her growing agitation when it comes to sitting still to have her picture taken haha! This picture also shows how much older she's getting. I know she's still little but for some reason I feel like her "baby" look is slowly diminishing and she's looking (and acting) like a little girl. It's amazing and terrifying all at once. Anyway, let's see what she got up to this past month shall we....

SHE LOVES SHARING HER FOOD.
Every time she's in her high chair eating a meal or even a snack if you ask her if it tastes good she'll hold it out for you to try a nibble for yourself! It's adorable.

MMMM.
Speaking of food....whenever she even sees food she starts going "mmmm" over and over until she gets some haha!



















































HER FIRST EASTER CELEBRATION.
Of course we have to make a special note about her first Easter! She had no idea what was going on but it was so fun watching her look through her Easter basket this year. You can read about her first Easter here!

THE EASTER BUNNY.
Her first encounter with the easter bunny was a success! I really thought she would cry when she saw him but surprisingly she didn't! She was a little wary at first but she was totally fine with him!



SIPPIE CUP DRINKER.
She finally understands how to tip the sippie cup back to get a drink. Took a little minute but she got it ;)


STANDS ALONE.
She can now stand completely by herself without the help of one of us or holding on to something. She even took one teeny tiny step forward but decided that was it. Hopefully this time next month she'll be walking!

STAIR CLIMBER.
She has now learned how to climb up the stairs! Thankfully, at the moment, the place we're living doesn't have stairs but we're moving next month so that's something we'll have to keep an eye on!



























ANOTHER TOOTH!
She's like super late to board the tooth train but her third has finally cut through! Still no top teeth though. All three so far are on the bottom!


Well that's it for another month! I can't believe how big my girl is getting. I hope you enjoyed and look out for her one year update next month :)