Since we moved, Jackson and I have created a little tradition for ourselves of having a standing date day at least once a week. It all started with the crazy winter weather and my attempt to get out of the house no matter what Mother Nature had in store for us. The plan was to put all work/blog/house things on hold and just focus on Jackson and making a fun day for us. We typically get up, have breakfast at home and then head out for some sort of activity – usually story time at Barnes & Noble, a playdate with friends or a trip to the children’s museum or pool to run around and burn off lots and lots of energy.
We then always go out to lunch before heading home for a nap and McDonald’s is often a frequent date day stop for us. I remember growing up that trips to McDonald’s were a treat or a reward for doing something good and I try to make it the same for Jackson. It works out well for both of us that we can grab lunch and get a little more playtime in before heading home for a nap. Jackson hasn’t quite gotten to like burgers yet but he’s a huge fan of chicken nuggets, apples (we always need two) and fries and I go for a Premium Southwest Salad or a smoothie (Pomegranate Blueberry is my favorite) and some fries, which I usually have to share. The location closest to our house has a great playplace for Jackson to run in and, fortunately, I haven’t had to go in after him yet, but I’m waiting for that day to come!
Date days are so special and fun for us and I really enjoy planning something for us to do every week. I’m also looking forward to seeing how date days change for us as Jackson gets a little bit older. Do you all do any date days with your kids, nieces, nephews, etc.? I’d love to get more ideas for fun activities!
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I meant to do one of these in June, but to be honest, the month went by so quickly that I completely forgot!
I’ve been keeping my beauty routine pretty simple this summer. My daily makeup has been a light foundation or tinted moisturizer, cream blush, concealer and mascara. When you see photos of me, you’ll notice that I’m pretty pale and that’s because my main priority right now is daily sun protection. I’ve been trying to be consistent with the Jergens Natural Glow lotion that I mentioned in my last beauty update to try and maintain a light color, but I’m thinking of stepping that up and trying a true self tanner. Here’s what’s new in my beauty routine:
I love these Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes for taking off waterproof mascara and makeup at night. I use them before washing my face and using my Clarisonic. On Sunday nights I add one extra step to my routine and that is a mask and I’ve really liked this onefrom Cle de Peau. When I use it, I can immediately see my skin being brighter and feeling more moisturized and soft. It’s really great and you can get one for $25 if you want to try it and then a set of 6 for $150. And if you have any extra lotion or essence left, it’s great to put on your hands for a little mini mani.
I go to an Aveda salon and my stylist introduced me to Aveda’s latest product, Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight, a little bit before the 4th of July. I would describe my hair as naturally unruly, wavy and super thick, and I will try just about anything that says “straightening” on it. So far, I’ve really liked using this one. It claims to fight humidity and naturally relax your waves and curls so that after 5 applications, your hair will stay straight for 3 weeks. I haven’t quite done 5 consecutive applications, so I don’t know if that last part is true but I will say that my blow dries have been pretty easy and I’d say it works well to fight humidity and keep your hair smooth. Makeup: BareSkin Foundation from bareMinerals is pretty new, and you’ve probably seen it out on a lot of blogs recently. I got to try it as part of a collaboration and I really like it. The thing I like best is probably the ease of application. The brush that comes with the product is nice and you just buff the foundation onto your skin until you get the coverage you like. I’d consider this one my “everyday” foundation and I will probably stick with my Laura Mercier for when I want my makeup to be a little more polished and done up. Other than that, I’ve really been loving the YSLCreme de Blush this summer. It is so smooth and stays on really well. What I Need:
I’m looking for a good eye cream that is moisturizing and has great anti-aging benefits. I’m also still on the hunt for some good, pretty smudge-proof eyeliner. Waterproof or not, I want something that won’t run or fade and is quick and easy to apply. Any ideas?
It’s been a little bit of a crazy week here so far, and I’m happy to be back to posting again after a couple of days sans-blog. How do you all like the changes around here?
This week’s wish list is a little bit of summer and a little bit of fall. I’m looking at a couple of splurges (I love the jeweled heel on these loafers!) and also a few easy basics. This military dresswould be perfect now and for layering later. I’ve also been wanting to try some products from the Bliss Fat Girl Slim line. The product names are fun and anything that supports my workout efforts with firming and toning is worth a shot!
As I’ve mentioned before, my sun protection obsession has only grown in recent years, which is why I was so excited to discover Mott 50 on Instagram a couple of weeks ago. All of the Mott 50 garments are certified UPF 50, so from rashguards to maxi dresses and open cardigans, you’re adding an extra layer of sun protection when you wear them. I’ve seen plenty of UPF swimwear and coverups but had never seen anything like the stylish, “off the beach” clothing like you’ll find at Mott 50.
This Mott 50 maxi dress(which comes in a couple of other colors too) is the perfect, lightweight summer maxi. I wore it for fireworks at the lake with a denim jacket and then again next day as a cover up going from boat to dock to town. It’s really a great dress and I know I will get a lot of use out of it this summer. My next Mott 50 addition will probably be one of the swim shirts for pool days with Jackson or a shorter dresswhich will transition nicely into early fall here in Michigan.
I’m happy for yet another slow weekend. Last night we went to a dinner event with a big group of friends and the rest of the weekend will be very Jackson-focused. Along with some pool time, we’re going to attempt to take him to his first movie in the theater (the new Planes movie). Wish us luck, this is going to be interesting. It’s just starting to feel like summer break lately and it’s really nice!
Wear: Turquoise jewelry is one of my go-tos and I’m always looking for more. I’m particularly liking the combination of turquoise and gold lately.
I have the travel bug lately. I don’t want to go anywhere in the next few weeks, but I do want to start planning some great vacations. Travel and Leisure had an article showing the Best New Hotels, with a mix of properties close to home and far, far away. I can’t decide which one would be the top on my list – they’re all incredible!