Monday, October 20, 2014

How my parenting style has changed.

A lot has changed in the last three years.
I used to think that I really had my crap together and I had a good grasp on this parenting thing but I was very, very sadly mistaken.
 I would say my morals and values are still the same, but in certain ways, things have changed.
For starters, I use to stock up on very cute pj's for the kids to sleep in and now I'm like, you have a pull up on, let's call this a success. I've learned to pick my battles, if Ethan really wants to wear his Halloween costume to bed, by all means, if that gets you to dream land faster, have at it.

Before, when the twins would fall, I would freak out, kissing head to toe, trying to make it all better. Now? Unless someone is bleeding or has broken a bone, I kind of like to pretend that I didn't see it.
Usually the only time a kid cries when getting into a tumble is when the parent notices it.
I kid you not, we were at the park on Friday and this girl who looked about middle school aged fell pretty softly but she screamed like someone was pulling finger nails.
I remember looking at Danny and telling him that I would never want Emily to grow up like that.
Not that loving your child and making then feel better when they are hurt is bad, but this girl acted like she needed 911 over what Emily would have laughed at if she was the one who fell.
Of course, if they get hurt, I will tend to them, but 9 times out of 10, they get up like nothing happened.

Whenever I would have food and the twins wanted some, I always shared with the kids.
I thought well if they are asking for my food, they must still be hungry.
No, now I eat my candy bar in peace, in the closet.
You can tell, they don't look starved. 

I use to think I had to constantly clean house.
Now I'm just happy if the clothes are put away and there are no sharp objects in reach of the little ones.

No stickers on the wall?
How about let's just make a designated sticker wall.

 When the twins would drop food on the ground at home, I would throw it away, even if my floors were spotless.
Now I'm like, good, teaching them not to waste food. 

Needless to say, I'm pretty sure parenting styles change like the seasons for everyone.
I'm sure a year from now, my thoughts on certain things will change again.
So I guess when you're at the park, and you see someone parenting differently, maybe they just aren't there yet, or maybe you aren't!
Unless your child is bawling over a paper cut, I will never be there.
You're on your own.
 

Have a great day!
and try not to take everything so seriously.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Super mom!

I'm either super mom or I'm slightly mentally ill.
I took both kids to the park today......by myself.
I think it's kind of different if you have two kids of different ages, the older one usually helps and listens and bit.
But no, I took two kids, same age, both who don't listen to me to the park.
And we actually had fun.
So I will take this win for mom!

We left when I said it was time to go, there was no kicking and screaming involved and we came home, made lunch and so far it's been a quiet afternoon.


Now lets hope for a silent night!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I like to make list.

Things that make me uncontrollably happy.

Clearance racks at Target.
Finding a needle and thread at the same time.
  When the cat doesn't flick litter out of her litter box.
Soda in a glass bottle.
Things that look like pumpkins.
The fact that this weekend is suppose to be the last hot weekend in Florida.
(and by that I mean it will no longer be in the 90's, but just the 80's)
and these two.
 
The twins are having a sleepover at their meemaw's and pawpaw's house tonight and I am.. well... I'm sitting on my sofa doing nothing but blogging to you at an odd hour of the night.
Why? Because I plan on sleeping in tomorrow.
I plan on cleaning tomorrow!
AND I'm going to eat an entire meal without sharing it, I'm going to use the bathroom with the door closed and I'm doing to watch an entire episode of Gilmore Girls with zero interruptions.
 But the house is so quiet right now, I really miss them.
It's crazy, they drive me completely insane and I'm always begging for just a 10 minute break and now that I have the entire night to myself, I just want to drive over and get them.
What is wrong with me?! 
 
 I don't know.
But I'm going to be an old lady now and get some sleep.
Goooooodddnighttt!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October Favorites!

 It's official, I have the cutest twins that ever did live! 


And yea, Emily is freaking tall!
I know it makes Ethan look short, but he is right on track with his height, it just happens that Emily is really tall, but again so am I.
She is currently in 4T because of how long her legs are and torso, I tried her in 3T but the pants are highwaters and Ethan is in 3T.
I'm sad because they are growing apart in similarities and people stopped asking if they are twins and started asking how far apart in age are they. You should see the look on their face when I tell them they are only 54 seconds apart.

We finally had a very nice "chilly" weekend in Florida, so I guess you can say it's fall now? Even tho it's back into the 80's this week.
So to celebrate fall, I thought  would do something that I have not done in a while.
My monthly favorites!

Halloween is right around the corner and I couldn't be more excited but we gotta talk safety.
The dangerous of the world do not stop just because we are having fun.
I let the kids pick out their own shoes this time, they are non-stop go, go, go, so we went with something very practical but they are also great to wear on Halloween! Not only are they good for doing a lot of walking, but they light up. A lot of people don't like to cover their costumes with reflectors and a lot of people like to go trick or treating when it actually gets dark! So you need to think about the little things you can do to make your child more visible.
A lot of people are saying to dress your child in bright colors but lets get real, it's Halloween, time to get scary! So anything you can add to your child's costume to make them more visible, the better!
Another option is glow sticks! WHAT KID DOES NOT LIKE GLOW STICKS! ( I know I still do!)
I've seem some pretty cute ones as well, such as shaped like a sword or a princess wand just for a dollar at walmart or you can make bracelets and necklaces out of connectable glow sticks.

My mother-in-law picked up these cute outfits for the twins from our local walmart, they are so adorable and affordable! You don't need to go crazy on halloween and break the bank for your kids to have a good time.
 I really hope that all of you have a happy and safe Halloween.
And for those of you in Florida, let's hope that it doesn't rain!!!

And now for my favorite, makeup!

First thing first, the real deal.
Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus.
Holy cow!
As most of you know, I'm a very bright blonde and you know the good Lord did not give this to me naturally. It is very much chemically bleached, a lot, to get this color. My hair stylist recommended this hair masque to me and it's like hair cpr in tub. 
I've never had a better hair repair product and a little does go a long way!
So for $17, you get something that will last you a few months and well worth it.
Even for those of you who don't dye your hair, you still get damage from heat products, the sun and weather and this would be great to repair your hair. 
I suggest that you pick this up from a salon, don't order it from weird warehouses online or in retail stores just because it can be expired or tampered with and won't work as well. All high end hair products should be purchased at a salon for that reason. 

Next is Concrete Minerals!
NO cheap fillers, NO scary preservatives, 100% vegan and cruelty free!
You really couldn't ask for a better make up line.
I actually have four different colors from this company, I love them so much, very highly pigmented for such an affordable price.
If you look on their page, you will see a ton of fun colors and they would be perfect for Halloween!
http://www.concreteminerals.com/
You can order from the link above.

Katy Perry's color pop eyelashes have got to be my favorite eyelashes ever.
I've been using eyelashes for a long time, I've taken dance classes for several years and with each show, you had to put on eyelashes so I've become a pro at eyelashes. If you are new to eyelashes, these are the ones for you. They aren't as flimsy as others and go right into the place you put them. They are so beautiful and come in some very fun colors, again, perfect for Halloween.
I've been using and CLEANING the same pair for about 5 months.
 If you keep your eyelashes clean, they will last you a long time.
I found these eyelashes at Kohls, I haven't seen them elsewhere, but you can find plenty of websites that sell them online!

Last but not least, the Sephora Collection Moonshadow Baked Palette -In the Dark.
When I first saw this palette, I fell in love. Every color caught my eye but when I got home I realized that some colors aren't as pigmented as others, such as the blue and lighter colors in the pallet. Good news is you can wet your brush and apply these colors, I still haven't mastered that, I feel like they don't blend well when wet but it has been a while since I have tried to I shall give that another go.
But I still love this pallet because I do wet my eyeliner brush and use the darker colors as eyeliner from time to time and I've even wet down the darker brown and used it for my eyebrows.
So when wet, this could be great for bold and dramatic Halloween makeup!
Buy this pallet here.

I have yet to decided what to dress up as for Halloween, I believe you are never too old to dress up and have fun, but I usually just get a cute dress and do some fun and dramatic makeup around that!
I can say that I've found a dress at the thrift store, I just need to decided what I'm doing to be.
I hope you all dress up and have fun and have a safe Halloween!

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Warning, I post a lot.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Seasons change and so do I...

I realized something today on this very glorious and lazy Saturday.
This entire blog, since day one has been solely about the twins and don't get me wrong, I could brag and nag about these two all day long if you let me.
But I never gave myself room to do something that I like to do on this blog.
Besides being a mother.. I guess I do that a lot.
So, I thought I would try something out, see if it works out and I hope you like it.

One of my number one hobbies is makeup.
But really, what girl doesn't.
I always like trying out new things and sometimes you can't find good reviews for them before you buy it!
So this brings me here.
I've decided to start doing some beauty things on this blog.
But don't worry, the kids are always going to be a big focus on this blog, seeing how Emily is obsessed with lipstick, she will be doing her own beauty blog in no time.

My very first post is about something very important to my everyday makeup routine.
The love/hate relationship with liquid eyeliner.
You need to be calm, cool and collected about liquid eyeliner because it can smell your fear.
One wrong move and your entire eye makeup is history.

I've been trying drug store brands and really haven't found a brand of liquid eyeliner that I liked because they just weren't dark enough, some seemed a little translucent BUT I did find a liquid eyeliner that I like and for a very good price.


I have tried both the long lasting eyeliner in black and the colorful waterproof eyeliner in black also from the Sephora collecton and they both have pros and cons but I do prefer the long lasting eyeliner.

Long lasting eyeliner with high precision brush
 Pros
  1. This is a very dark and bold eyeliner that dries in a nice matte finish. 
  2. The precision brush makes for a very strong and lovely cat eye.
  3. It really gets down into your lash line so you don't have that weird line between your water line and your lash line. If you put eyeliner on your upper eyelid and your waterline, you know what I'm talking about!
    Cons 
    1.  This is a very unforgiving eyeliner. If you mess up, you have to start over. If you get this wet, it is going to turn your entire face black. So if you have watery eyes or you plan on sweating, DO NOT USE THIS! 
    2.  You need to buy a good makeup remover to get this crap off with no "leave behind".
     
    The pros outweigh the cons, I've been using this for about a year and I love the finish on it, I just don't like how it messed up if you sweat of get involved in anything that has to do with liquid. If you have oily skin and you eyelids happen to get a little oily, this will also cause it to run!
    I thought that if I got the waterproof eyeliner from the Sephora collection that I would get the same results but that it would be waterproof and I would be invincible but I was sadly mistaken. I think I purchased the waterproof for Christmas last year and I wore it just once.
    The finish was very shiny, plastic looking.
    It dries very quickly so you need to work fast because if you go over again with the eyeliner where it has already dries, it like peels up and just makes a mess.
    You just can't get the best of both worlds.

    My bad Sephora, my bad.
    Overall, I would recommend this eyeliner, but not to someone who is just starting out because it does take some practice to get this right. 
    A pro about them both is that they are only $12!
    And the waterproof does come in a lot of bright and beautiful colors and who knows, you might have better luck than I do with them!

    I will post the link to both of these products online and I hope if you try these out, may the odds be ever in your favor. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It's Fall Y'all !!!

Drop what you're doing and look at your calenders!
DO YOU KNOW WHAT TOMORROW IS!?

.....
IT'S OCTOBER Y'ALL.
This is important because number one, I already put up all my halloween decorations and now my friends and family can stop giving me crap for it.
Number two, bring on the pumpkin candles and coffee.
Number three.... give me candy.

All year, I wait for these last few months.
It starts in August with the twins birthday.
Then Halloween, my birthday in November, Thanksgiving and CHRISTMAS!
Danny doesn't get a cut because his birthday is in March.
But so is our wedding anniversary so I guess I have to let it join my favorite months.
...... I GUESSS......

Anyways, back to what I was saying.
Here in Florida, we don't really get "seasonal" changes, we get " holy crap it's hot" and "it's hot but bearable. " temperatures. We either have green leaves or no leaves, the only time when they change color is when they fall on the ground and turn brown.
The only thing that really changes is inside my house.
New fake flowers ( let's not kid ourselves, you think I could keep a real plant alive? I still have to keep the kids alive), hoard all fall scented candles, and let's not forget pumpkin spiced coffee that gives me really bad heartburn but I drink it anyways because I just really love fall.
Extreme dedication.

Also new this fall, I got an instagram!
I always said I would never get one but a friend of mine quit facebook and only uses instagram so I had to move over and I actually really love it. I love it more than tumblr, facebook or twitter!
Anywhoooo, here is a link just incase you want to follow me, or just stalk me and my family, I'll leave that up to you!


Instagram
But just a warning, I've only had it for like three days and I've been posting pictures left and right.

I've been working on my camera collection!
Two of them were actually given to me by a wonderful friend, which she just gave me my new but old canon. I haven't had the chance to actually try it out, I'm thinking about taking all my cameras in for a good cleaning.

I've been pretty busy with my photography business, it's going great!
I've have some good times and some not so good times but over all I really enjoy it.
So, if you live in Florida and need a photographer, I'm your girl!
www.Facebook.com/MelissaJulietPhotography

Thank you and Goodnight!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Another thing...

I've been working on a kind of small business.
My photography!
My grandmother always pushed me to pursue this further and I kinda brushed is off but now I'm really getting into taking picture of people...... that aren't my kids.
So if you like me, or like my pictures and have a facebook, maybe you could like my photography page?

https://www.facebook.com/MelissaJulietPhotography

Also if you live in Central Florida and would like some pictures done, send me a message and lets set something up!