Life Lately

I still haven't sifted through all of our Minnesota photos from this summer. I edited all our family shots with the extended family, but haven't touched anything else. So. Many. Photos. Above is one of my favorites from a state park near the area where Aaron grew up. So picturesque and beautiful. July has so far been the best time of year to visit Minnesota, in my opinion. I have visited pretty much every other month, minus August and I think I've never been in December, possible, but after 18 years the trips have melded together. But July took the cake. Best weather and prettiest scenery. 

I've been slacking in this space and I have a to do list of posts to share a mile long, but time seems to be working against me. Time and computer space ha. I need more memory to complete our July/August/September monthly videos! 

I do have a few things to share though...

Shrinking pores, myth or truth?

I shared in this post about the highlighter that I am head over heels about, all natural and serious dewy face game changer. I use it daily. Now I need to share with you this little treasure that I also can't live without. I use it on the inner corners of my eyes, underneath my brows, and I even line my lips with it if I'm going to follow with a nude shade of gloss or lip stick. Nyx is a new to me brand and I'm hooked, this nude pencil might just be the best nude shade I've come across, and it goes on super smooth and you don't need a sharpener, just twist and voila. 

I read this book in three days, really good mystery slash thriller which kept me guessing until the very end. 

I was stumped for what to get my sister and brother-in-law for their anniversary this year. I usually take turns each year with who the gift is intended for, but this year I just might have nailed it. He loves to cook, she loves to eat. So we gifted them a box of meat from Five Marys Farm. We have ordered from them in the past and let me tell you it's amazing. It's definitely more expensive than what you would pay at Whole Food's but there is no beating the quality. Her instagram is one of my favorites to follow, where else can you actually see your meat and know that it has the best life, that is up until butcher day. And you can actually taste a difference. Their farm is in Northern California and if one of their animals is sick and has to go on antibiotics it's immediately removed from the meat that is intended for slaughter. Just wanted to share because gift giving can be stressful and who doesn't love amazing, natural, organic meat to cook for their families?

I've also been meaning to share how much we love these little tablets. Sawyer, Greta and myself each got one, I mean they're $49 a piece! I use them for studying mainly, and when I'm at our congregation meetings. The kids use them all the time, they can watch shows on it, play games, they use them for reading and studying as well. You cannot beat the price and the product if you ask me. And if they drop and crack them one day it won't be the end of the world because of how reasonably priced they are.

We are surviving three schools at the moment and have found our rhythm. I drive a lot more than I ever did before, but it's not so bad. I also cherish the one or two days a week that I get to walk Greta to school alone. Which means I also cherish the mornings Aaron is around to help! 

That's all there is to share at the moment, we are enjoying the last bits of summer the next few days. September and October are usually really hot months here but it looks like it might cool down a bit before October is up. Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. xo

Friday Links

It's been awhile since I did a Friday link list and I miss them. I really love when my favorite blogs link to interesting stuff that I don't know about. So maybe you like these, maybe you browse on through, either way sharing is caring :)

We have been riding our bikes more and I love love love it. Love this little family of mine even when we are arguing or hangry (fyi when I typed hangry into my keyboard auto correct offered me both 'hungry' and 'angry' as options, duh auto correct! that's exactly the words hangry means!). 

I got this little pot of amazingness this week, and holy moly I guess I figured out the whole dewy highlighted secret that I see women pull off all the time. 

Microblading, I think I might need to do a little post on it, or at least an instagram story about what it is and how inlove I am with the results. My retouch is all healed and I couldn't be happier. It's a semi-permanent makeup that allows me to wake up every day and not fill in my brows. It lasts about a year. Julia was my artist, and she is reachable here

Some overnight masks to try for a DIY home facial treat. 

Since the kids are back in school I've been catching up on some podcasts. Last week I listened to two This American Life podcasts about the refugee camps in Greece for Syrians and Afghanis and they are so well done. If you have an iPhone you have an icon that says 'podcasts', just click on it, go to search at the bottom and type in This American Life, hopefully the podcasts are still available for download for free. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xo

6/12 June Video

Wow this space has been a bit neglected! Summer ended too quickly and with it the return to early mornings, crazy school pickup and drop off schedules, homework, and somehow I end up with less time when they're IN school then when they're OUT of school. It makes no sense. I was able to put together our June video which features our wonderful trip to Mexico. This week was so wonderful for our family. No access to work emails or phone calls for Aaron meant he was able to really unplug. We slept, napped, swam, ate, and spent quality time with each other. Let's go back! Hope you enjoy it! It's a bit long, but I just couldn't remove any highlights from our film. 

Hope you have a beautiful weekend... xo