Hello bangs! I wish I could say that I decided to cut my bangs to be all with the trends, but that’s not the case! Even though I’m more than glad that this cut came at a perfect time because bangs are back! I know it’s been so long since I’ve updated my postpartum hair growth (I’ve been sitting on a video for a few months and now I need to update it again, lol). My baby hair grew in so fast and thick that I had this weird double layered fringe thing going on for the longest time. It was so awkward. I was struggling with my fringe one day and decided right then that I’d had enough. I grabbed my shears and snipped it. Now, I absolutely wouldn’t recommend doing that unless you’re comfortable cutting your own hair; I even had my sis-in-law even them out for me. I’m that awkward stage is finally over and now I can just happily grow my hair without all those baby hairs sticking out everywhere. I still have to get used to them. I haven’t found my happy place yet but it’s definitely better than it was before. Happy Monday, friends! Xoxo!
Hi guys! I know it’s been a good minute since my last post, sometimes I need some time off to recharge my batteries a little bit. I’m holding on to as much of the summer as I can, this skirt from La La Lovely is so perfect and comfortable for a way casual outing with the fam. I’ve been wearing sneakers almost daily lately, guess it’s the season for it :( On the bright side, it’s quickly approaching pumpkins and warm soup season. Whenever Oliver sees a “puhkin” at the grocery store he wants to take it home and sulks when we don’t. I don’t blame him, “puhkin” season is the best! I’ve already started pulling out the sweatpants then I regret it because it’s still so hot outside, lol. I’ve already started stocking up on sweaters and transition jackets. My fave right now are bomber jackets, can’t wait to start my collection ;) Until then I’ll stick to sneakers and skirts/dresses. :) Xoxo, friends!
Romper: Nordstrom Rack
Tee: Nordstrom Rack
Now that the baby is almost 1 (!) it’s so much easier to focus on Grow It Girl. I’m hoping to have a second product launched by the end of this year… but we’ll see how it goes! Rustin has been encouraging me to get that second product launched, but I like to take my sweet time with everything. :) I definitely don’t want to set some unattainable goal and release a half-hearted product. I’d rather get the product right and let everything else fall into place around it. I’m a firm believer in setting up a focal point and being ok with letting things around it slide. I don’t like to spend my days stressed out, so keeping things super simple is key! But I have to say, I’m so excited about this second product and I can’t wait into it’s born into the world! You guys will flip over it, I’m serious.
Ok but now, I have to give a shout out to Kailey Rae Photography. Kailey is responsible for these photos. She was so easy to work with, so friendly and sweet, but mostly look at the quality of her work! I can’t wait to work with her again and if you’re looking for a wedding photographer this is your girl. She and her husband work together (he does videography), and I can tell you they are some of the nicest people around. So check them out and just hire them, I promise you won’t regret it!
I don’t know if I’ve made this obvious, but early this summer I moved all of my Mimi stuff out of the house because it was beginning to invade our day to day. I now share an office with Rustin. He has one side and I have the other. It’s nice to have a separate place to go and focus, although the kids don’t get to spread out the tissue paper and boxes like they used to so I’m sure they miss it. :) I am grateful to have a husband that will allow me to invade his space now, lol! It’s so, so weird that I have enough stuff to work on and that it rolls over to the next day. I have met so many amazing people and women, and I’m sooo blessed to have the opportunity to sit and meet with these wonderful people. I know there’s more to come and I just can’t wait to see what’s around the bend for all of us.
As far as where we’re headed, well I have a few things coming up in the next couple months that I’m on pins and needles about. So I hope I’ll get to share some exciting news soon. :) Thank you all for following my blog!
I know I’ve been quiet on social media lately. Sometimes I just need to take a break and re-focus. I’ve realized lately that my focus in basically all aspects of my life has been so off. Like WAY off. I’ve made several U-turns this past week and, not gonna lie, some of these realizations have left me with a pit in my stomach which has spiked my anxiety to an all time high. I know it’s only temporary, as scary and panicky as it may seem in that moment. It’s so easy to let your brain take off and run away with what if’s, and how’s, and why’s, and HOLY CRAP!
Let me tell you, I know. As someone who suffers from debilitating anxiety, I can tell you this feeling won’t last forever (and maybe I’m also saying this to myself). Stop. Close your eyes. Use your 5 senses to ground yourself. AND BREATHE. We are not our thoughts, as stormy as they may seem. It takes effort to steady yourself but stay in it, and let the calm overtake you. When you open your eyes, realize that you have just taken your power back. You can do anything. And you are ok.
I meant to post about Grow It Girl but this just kinda came out, haha! It’s definitely not my usual kind of post. Maybe I’ll save my Grow It Girl post for another day until then. Happy Friday friends! I love you all so much!
It’s very rare for me and Rus to celebrate anything these days, even though we have plenty to celebrate. Like so many tired parents out there the opportunity just doesn’t present itself, or it’s “not worth” the hassle of wrangling everyone. That seriously sucks! When we received good news a few days ago, I realized that I (I!) could take my family out for dinner. This, you guys, is a big why(!) I’ve been working so hard. Of why it was important for me to have a nanny and spend time away from my kids, which never made the family goals list I’ll tell you! But when I realized that, I felt so proud and like I had really made it. I could finally treat my family! So we did. We took the boys out to a teppanyaki style restaurant (which Oliver loved!), and of course, I had to get just a little dressed up.
For the most part, I don’t wear heels when I have the boys. I could handle it with one *maybe* two, but all three? Um, no. Unless it’s a wedding then the rules change but otherwise, yea no. So it’s important for me to find a way to incorporate a skirt and cute top with the casualness that comes with being a mom. Sometimes I rely on my wedges for a bit of height, but this time I really felt like the lace ups gave this whole outfit a new approach. I felt put together without feeling like I was trying so hard, and more importantly, like I could handle anything my kids threw at me… literally. The bonus was being able to just enjoy the entire dinner with my family. I can’t wait to have more of these fun outings with them, but most importantly include them in our celebrations from now on. :) Happy Friday friends!
Well things around here are crazy. What else is new, lol? Oliver turned 2 and now Elliot is about to turn 1. I can’t believe my sweet little baby is almost 1!!! And Gavo starts school in less than a month. I just can’t believe it! There are so many things shifting right now I’m having a hard time keeping up. Honestly I’m a little scared of having just the two babies (Oliver is still a baby right?) with me all day. Gavo will play with either Elliot or Oliver while I’m taking care of bottles, or lunches, or naps, so this will definitely be different. I’m just not ready for the school year to start! Not to mention all the school assignments. Lord, help us.
In current Grow It Girl news I have officially shifted into a place where I can’t keep all the plates up by myself, so I may be looking at hiring an EMPLOYEE soon. That’s just nuts to me. For the longest time I was so happy to be just a little shop operating from my kitchen. I want to continue to be passionate about my products, create easy but time tested products for gorgeous hair and be available for all of your questions. Which by the way I love and answer almost immediately because I love you all so much. To be honest I wouldn’t have forced Grow It Girl into a part time, or even full time position, but because it is happening on its own it would be foolish of me to not ride the wave and see where it takes us. Exciting things are happening and I can’t wait to share them all with you! For now, heres another outfit post because style is just another one of my loves. Take care beautiful people! Xoxo.
I’ve been using Luminess Airbrush System as my primary makeup for most of this year and as if I couldn’t love it any more, they recently came out with their new Mystic Foundation which is a primer, corrector, concealer, and foundation in one. Oh yes. I’m usually a firm believer of, if a product says it’s good at everything, it’s probably too good to be true. But this actually makes a promise that it keeps! I’m a tough critic and I have very little time to spend fiddling with makeup in my mornings… as much as I love fiddling with makeup.
Not only have I eliminated 3-4 steps from my foundation routine, but it literally takes me less than 3 minutes to apply my foundation… with primer… with concealer and I’m including my under eye routine here! Before I switched to airbrush makeup I spent 10-15 minutes on my makeup alone. Now, it’s less than 10 minutes total. TOTAL; eyeshadow, contouring, everything. Like I said, it takes me less than 3 minutes to apply my primer, corrector, concealer and foundation, and covers up my tired mom eyes too. For me and my sanity, this is beyond amazing. Every morning, my kids seem to know when I’m about to get ready because they (the two little ones) suddenly gather in the bathroom hold on to my legs and yell until I look at them. I don’t know why it makes them so sad to watch me get ready, but it does. They really, really don’t like it. If I can apply my makeup with two little rascals yelling and clawing up my legs in less than 3 minutes, so can you! To have this tool which is fool proof every single time and produces amazing results that not only looks stunning but lasts all day long is definitely staying in my routine and it deserves a spot in your morning routine too. I constantly get compliments on how smooth my skin looks, but my secret weapon is Luminess. It doesn’t look like makeup, it just looks like my skin and it wears so light and effortless. It just looks like amazing, glowing, radiant skin. Unlike the cakey, creasey mess that used to settle in my fine lines and pores.
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Xoxo, friends! Here’s to radiance and glow!
This is so outside my comfort zone. I haven’t worn a proper bikini since Rus and I dated. I’m definitely still out of shape since I’ve had both babies and forget about working out on any steady schedule! I’m slowly trying to get back into shape, but I’m definitely taking my sweet time lol! I bought this super cute bikini in Spring (back when I was sure I’d be buff and toned by summer). I guess I’m a tad delusional.
That said, I made a promise to myself that I would get in my bikini this summer no matter what. I’m really glad I did. It’s more a mindset of “I am what I am” which is really hard to adjust to, especially when you know everyone is silently judging you… and anyone who says otherwise is a liar! Lol, jk. But seriously, if you can accept yourself as you are, than you’ve won the gold medal in life. I’m still working on it, but slipping into my bikini this summer was definitely a step in the right direction. :) Xoxo, friends!
Bikini: Lucky Brand (top and bottoms featured below)
We’ve been spending a lot of our summer at my in-laws cabin in Island Park, ID. It’s so pretty out there! We bought a couple of 4 Wheelers and spent a few days riding around in the mountains. To say Oliver LOVES going on “rides” is an understatement! That boy is all about extreme sports, lol. We couldn’t get him off and when we would come back for lunch he would eat and head back outside for another ride. I didn’t grow up around these type of toys so being able to experience this with my family is so fun. My nephews have a couple of dirt bikes and I had to ride them around, I may try to convince Rus to find me one because I was pretty hooked. I did manage to lay the bike down a couple of times but bruises heal even if they’re not pretty, lol! I love having a bunch of boys around us, they push me to try things I wouldn’t have done on my own. Like owning an airsoft gun. The last time we were up there me, Rus, and my 3 nephews had a little airsoft war and they just pummeled us. At one point I had all 3 of them just raining down on me and I still have a few welts leftover. So I went ahead and bought myself one and practiced at home before heading back up. Let’s just say, we’re all on an even playing field now.
We got home two days ago, and now we are on our way to Vegas for some R&R by the pool. I can’t wait. My boys could be in a pool all day long. It’s such a departure from my norm, I wasn’t much a pool person but now that my babies just want to play in it I’ve turned a corner. I’m also super stoked to see my family, I was about 6 months pregnant the last time I saw them. I can’t wait for them to meet Elliot.
I hope you’re summer has been super fun! Happy Tuesday friends!