Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Robert and I celebrated our 9 year wedding anniversary on Wednesday, and our 12 year anniversary of being together is this Sunday. For today's Friday Favorites, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite pictures from our wedding.

We got married in Robert's hometown at his Memaw's house. We had a quick rehearsal in the extreme June heat, but our officiant kept it quick and light-hearted.

Same thing for our ceremony- pretty sure most people will tell you it was the shortest wedding they've attended! Our wedding party walked down the aisle to the piano only version of Vanessa Carlton's "Ordinary Day," and I walked down the aisle to the classic "Canon in Gigue." Robert and I walked back up the aisle together to Three Dog Night's "Joy to the World." 

This was the last big event that my Popo was alive to attend, and I'm so glad that he was there for this big day. This is one of my absolute favorite photos- my Nana and Po were so cute!

Robert and I used to have wiener dogs, and of course we had to include them in the ceremony. They wore Isaac Mizrahi dresses from Target in our wedding colors. Not everyone was thrilled by our wedding colors- black, pink, and lime green! We got a few, "Who wears black to a wedding!?" comments, and I feel like nowadays, Pinterest would be all over this combo. 

I also loved that the kids I babysat for were able to be a part of our big day. We were supposed to get a big shipment of ranunculus for our bouquets and arrangements, and they got cancelled last minute. I was super disappointed with what we had to work with, but my mom made an awesome pomander out of kermit mums for Megan to hold. 

I hope that people enjoyed the reception- we kept it simple and had a Mexican themed dinner of fajitas. We had cupcakes and a small cake to cut into, and those cupcake stands have now been used at least a dozen times for wedding showers, baby showers, and parties! Great Target find! 

Robert has a large extended family and since we got married in his Memaw's home, I thought it would be neat to display the wedding pictures and anniversary dates of all of the family members. 

Have you noticed that I haven't mentioned anything about my dress? My dress wasn't a favorite. I paid for my dress and just couldn't afford to spend $1,000+. I decided to go the way of purchasing a bridesmaid dress in champagne. I had found one that was around $300 and was very art deco and I loved it. I couldn't convince everyone that it was the one and settled for a simple $100 bridesmaid dress from Alfred Angelo. The dress became even less of a favorite when the chocolate cupcake covered ring bearer came in for a hug and got chocolate all over the dress! 

There were parts of our wedding that were definitely a mess and not the way I envisioned them, but sometimes the big, over the top productions lead to a lifetime of unhappiness, so I'll take our little wedding and a happy marriage over the glitz and glam any time. Although, now that I have Trip and Ari, there are definitely days where I think it would be fun to get married to each other again so that our kids could be there! 

Did you have any wedding mishaps? Have you witnessed anything crazy at a wedding? Tell me your best stories in the comments below!

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I hope you have a great weekend! Ari and I are planning some fun girl time together! See you back here on Monday!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Try It Thursday: Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

Hi everyone! Thanks for joining me for another week of Try It Thursday! Make sure you link-up below to share your favorite recipe of the week.

The kids and I love The Pioneer Woman. Ari even has a stuffed basset hound named Charlie! Last fall, we watched an episode where Ree made orange mini muffins for her brother. Trip and I love citrus flavoring in baked goods, so this recipe was right up our alley! We made some changes to the recipe to fit our tastes, and they have become super easy to prepare for brunches or breakfasts. Scroll down for our version of the recipe!

* 1 stick softened butter
* ~ 1/2 cup sugar
* ~ 1/8 cup brown sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 cup flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 cup buttermilk
* zest of 1 orange
* 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

* Heat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a mini-muffin pan.
* Cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar together. I use just under a 1/2 cup of sugar and then fill up the rest of the measuring cup with brown sugar. 
* Beat in the egg.
* Add the flour and mix.
* Dissolve the baking soda into your buttermilk. Add this to your batter and continue to mix.
* Zest the orange into the mixture and add chocolate chips. Mix until all ingredients are combined.
* Spoon the mixture into the greased pan and bake for approximately 12-15 minutes. 
* Cool the muffins on a rack and store in an airtight container up to 3 days.
* Enjoy! 

***This will make approximately 2 dozen mini muffins. 

What is your favorite breakfast muffin? Tell me in the comments below, and make sure to stop by the other bloggers. I'll see you back here tomorrow for another round of Friday Favorites, and don't forget to check out all of my Try It Thursday recipes on THIS Pinterest page. See you soon! 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What I Wore Wednesday: Sephora Play! May 2017 Box

Hi! Thanks for stopping by as I link up with The Pleated Poppy and Andrea at Living On Cloud Nine for today's What I Wore Wednesday. Last month, I received my 3rd subscription box from Sephora. You can read about my first box HERE and my second box HERE. Today, I wanted to share some quick thoughts about my May box.

* If you are new to the Sephora Play! system, they send out 2 versions of the box each month. The boxes usually have 1-2 products in common. Lisa at Coast to Coast got the other version of  my May box, and you can check out her products and thoughts HERE.

Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

What Sephora says: Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil  thoroughly cleanses the skin without stripping natural moisture, leaving it balanced and nourished. This oil does not contain mineral oil, so the liquid emulsifies completely and leaves no residue. It is ideal for all skin types. Japanese Camellia Oil (Tsubaki) is richer in oleic acid than olive oil and an excellent source of vitamins A, B, D, and E and nourishing Omegas 3, 6, and 9. This featherweight botanical oil has been prized in Asia for centuries for its superb moisturizing and antioxidant activity. The formula also contains Hadasei-3 Complex, Tatcha’s proprietary trio of Japanese anti-aging superfoods—green tea, rice, and algae—which helps to restore healthy-looking, youthful radiance. It is suitable for all skin types.

My verdict: I already am prone to oily skin, so I've always thought it would be counterproductive to use oil to clean my face. However, many skin pros say this routine is the winning ticket to amazing skin. I gave this cleansing oil a try for one week. My skin felt nice and clean, but within the week, I was breaking out all over, so I quickly retired the product. 5.1 ounces sells for $48 which you know in my book is way too much! Considering this product made me break out, it will definitely not be on my must purchase list.

Belif Hungarian Water Essence 

What Sephora says: Hungarian Water Essence recharges skin's lost hydration back in an instant. This formula contains a blend of apothecary herbs, including rosemary and lavender—powerful hydrating and antioxidant agents. This ultra-light watery texture instantly glides onto skin to provide a burst of powerful moisture that penetrates skin for a long-lasting hydration, leaving the skin healthy-looking, soft, and supple. 

My verdict: I used this in conjunction with the cleansing oil for about a week. My skin is weird in that portions get really oily and then other parts are really dry. I was hoping that this moisturizer was going to keep me from being dried out without making me too shiny. I didn't really feel that it helped me much and still needed to add my own CeraVe moisturizer to keep my skin moist enough to apply makeup. This product retails for $42 for a 2.53 oz. bottle, and again, it's going to be a pass for me. 

Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask

What Sephora says: Unlike other oils that coat hair strands, ungurahua oil, rich in omega 9, consists of tiny molecules that penetrate into the core of each strand to heal and fortify, infusing thirsty hair with moisture for stronger, healthier-looking strands. Benefit from the potency of a salon intensive-treatment in the convenience of your own home. Sunflower seed oil softens and adds shine, while gluten-free quinoa protein strengthens and protects. Lavender and eucalyptus deliver a soothing and clarifying effect to the hair, which provides a light aromatic fragrance—allowing you to relax while the mask is penetrating. 

My verdict: So I'm a terrible reviewer. I never even got around to trying the Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask. This could be the miracle hair product I've been looking for but there is a big reason why I've not tested it out yet- taking 2 showers within 15 minutes of each other. I have zero desire to get in and put this on only to have to hop back in and wash it out 15 minutes later. A 7 oz. bottle retails for $58- yikes! I will give this a try one day when I'm really bored, but I'm pretty much guaranteeing you that I won't be sold on this product (or its price). 

Stella by Tocca 

What Sephora says: A warm breeze flows through Milan as Stella, Prosecco in hand, enchants and beguiles with an uncompromising magnetism. Stella is infused with the slightly sweet, never bitter, and always fresh scent of blood orange.

My verdict: If you've read my reviews before, then you know that I don't wear perfume as it gives me terrible migraines. I will say the blood orange scent has me intrigued and slightly jealous that I can't wear the scent. The bottle is quite beautiful and would look lovely in a perfume collection. A 1.7 oz. bottle goes for $72. 

TrèStiQue Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick

What Sephora says: This Highlight Stick contains fine, delicate pearl pigments that leave skin with a subtle yet sexy luminescent glow. It’s the perfect tool for allover highlighting and brightening: along cheeks, eyes, Cupid’s bow, or down the bridge of nose. It features an ultra-smooth glide and a light-as-air feel thanks to its silky soft, unique cream-gel texture, which is infused with coconut oil. The custom magnetic sealing cap makes it travel-friendly and spill-proof, while the built-in trèSwitch Refill Perfecting Sponge allows for easy, hands-free, on-the-go application.

My verdict: This was the first item found in both boxes. I was super excited to try it because I have been wanting to dabble in HACing. Unfortunately, I didn't find this stick easy to work with on my skin. It wasn't blendable and felt a little cakey to me. To not let it go to waste, I thought I would try it as an eyeshadow crayon - still no luck for me. It seems like a great idea, but I feel like the execution just wasn't there. The stick is .21 oz. and retails for $34. 

Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color 

What Sephora says: These long-lasting, touch n’go makeup sticks create bold nude lip looks with kiss-proof color. Let Magnetic Matte Lip Color take your lip look from day to night with nine-hour wear so you can go matte all day long. This non-drying, waterproof matte lipstick applies smoothly and will not budge. Its innovative formula means that it’s non-feathering, and its intense pigment load provides maximum, smooth coverage to easily take any lip look from the office to the runway. 

My verdict: Umm, I'm not a Kardashian or Jenner sister, so I'm not sure why in the heck Sephora thought the palest woman on the planet should try out this brown lip crayon. I can see that it comes in several other colors including shades of pink that would be much more complimentary on my skin. Me receiving this shade wasn't a fluke either- everyone who ordered the May box received this! I tried it on one time just for giggles, and let's just say I wouldn't even wear it for Halloween! To add insult to injury, a pencil will run you $24. No thanks! 

Just like the April box, I'm tired of receiving skincare products. I'm an eyeshadow and mascara junkie and need to start getting my fill sooner than later! Have you had any experience with the products I showcased today? Have you found any must-have makeup products recently? Tell me about them in the comments below!

And, I couldn't let today go by without saying happy anniversary to my favorite man who lets me play with makeup! Love you, babe!

Link up with me tomorrow to share your favorite recipe of the week! See you soon!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday Training: Week 25

Hi! Thanks for joining me for week 25 of Tuesday Training! Robert got me some Bluetooth headphones and an arm band for my cell phone, so I'm heading out for a walk/run with my new gear this morning and can't wait! I've been mixing up my walk/run days with alternating workouts from my Tuesday Training Pinterest board

If you're looking for a challenging workout lead by a trainer who will pull you through the whole thing, look no further! Raneir from Equinox is hardcore but hilarious, and this tabata workout, although tough, is also really fun! It's 30 minutes, but it goes by quickly due to the intervals. If you wear a fitness tracker, I want reports on how many calories you burn by the end of the workout! Try it out for yourself: Calorie-Torching 30 Minute Cardio and Sculpting Tabata Workout

Also, Raneir recommends keeping a towel close by, and this is one workout that you will definitely need to heed that advice!

Don't forget that you can check out all of the Tuesday Training videos on one page HERE!

I'm back tomorrow with a review of my May Sephora Play! subscription box. See you soon!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Life With the Lees: A Summer's Week Recap 6.19.17

Happy Monday! I got to sleep in this morning and am so refreshed! Swim team is finally over, so it'll be nice to not have to be anywhere first thing in the morning for the rest of the summer. Last week, we enjoyed some more night walks. One of the parks in our area has a little gazebo that Robert says makes him feel like we live in Stars Hollow and makes Ari demand a waltz or two.

The kids love this playground, especially the seesaw and monkey bars.

We made THIS chocolate copycat Nothing Bundt Cake, and it was okay- we liked the lemon one we made a few weeks ago better. 

This kid's hair in the morning is quite something- gives new meaning to the phrase, "I woke up like this!" 

I taught the kids how to swing independently last week, and I can't get Ari to leave the playground now!

Robert went to build fencing at our ranch, so my cowgirl decided to tag along. We just bought the kids their own suitcases, so she was super excited to take her bag on its maiden voyage!

Triple and I got some great bonding time in over the weekend! We started Thursday night with tacos and chips by the pool and then met up with friends for some late night swimming at our neighborhood pool.

A lot of ladies will tell you that The Real Housewives are their guilty pleasure, but they're just my pleasure! Trip and I share a love for my true guilty pleasure- Lone Star Law on Animal Planet. I wanted to be a customs agent when I was a kid, so I think that's part of the attraction to this show for me.

On Friday morning, I had to go into the dentist and get a temporary crown made. I had horrible teeth as a kid, and I'm paying the price well into adulthood. They had to stop halfway through the procedure and give me extra numbing shots. I couldn't feel my face for another 12 hours- my smile was so crooked!

Later, we went to go see Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul and then picked up some snacks for our swim meet at Trader Joe's.

To fuel up for the meet, I made spinach bacon pasta for our Friday night dinner by the pool. I went to add some pepper and accidentally opened the spoonful section! #Doyouwantsomepastawithyourpepper?

While Robert worked at the ranch, Ari took riding lessons with her Lea-Lea's neighbor. She had so much fun and looks like a natural. Is it any wonder she wants to be a veterinarian? 

We had the longest swim meet ever on Saturday - like 9.5 hours long! This was Trip's first year to swim butterfly, and he placed 6th in the entire division and shaved off 3 seconds from his PR! 

He and I celebrated with dumplings and lo mein at our favorite Chinese restaurant, and then he had a friend spend the night while mom caught up on the DVR.

We woke up early on Sunday to hit the science museum, and then we finished up our mom/son weekend with some Torchy's Tacos and a slice of Bayou City Mud Pie at The Chocolate Bar!

Robert and the Roo returned home, and we celebrated Robert with a flank steakroot beer floats and a night swim!

I hope you had a great Father's Day weekend! I'm going to hopefully sleep in a bit today, and then I'm off to my annual skin check. I'll be back tomorrow for week 25 of Tuesday Training. See you soon!