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Not a baby any more, you’re four!

Alexandra, 

About a week ago I was asking you how is it that you've gotten so big. You're response was, "I'll always be your baby, mom." This instantly moved me to tears. Yes, you will always be my baby. But somehow, in the last year, your sweet baby frame has become that of a little girl. Gone are your toddler belly and little wrist wrinkles. 

Perhaps more telling of your age is your demeanor. Oh, little bug, you are so smart. You astound us daily with your knowledge of life and your ability to take care of yourself. All the while perfecting your sign language ABC's and rattling off facts that you remember from school or things you had overheard. 

We adore you. You are a sweet and sensitive girl. All we have to do is give you "the look" and you melt to tears. Your eagerness to please is precious. 

Four years ago I was hoping you would be born on 4/14/14. There was no end of labor in sight and you had a plan of your own as to when you would enter the world. Your birth story is one of my most favorite stories. Because you, my Danda girl, are one of my most astounding blessings. 

This year it has become wildly apparent that you were born with a love for Jesus in your heart. I have a feeling that God has big plans for you. Watching your journey is something I consider myself privileged to witness. 

Happy birthday, my sweet, joyful, Danda bug. We love you so much. 

Love, Mommy
*Here are some of my most favorite photos of you from the last year! 
4/14/18
Post nap snuggles with you are my FAVORITE!
This might be one of my most favorite photos of you, ever!

3/15/18, You asked Jesus into your heart!
We can always count on you for a good laugh.

Very thankful that you still love being close to momma!

Your first day of school!

Leave it to you ...

You loved those little "heal" flip flops



One of the first times we were able to get a bow to stay in your hair.



You're an amazing helper. You see what someone needs and do it!

You don't mind getting messy!

My sweet, little lamb-y!

Uprooted

Me: I've never had anything waxed.
Samantha: What?! We will absolutely have to do something about that.

This is a conversation I had with my cousin. I jokingly slid my way around the subject and we moved on to the next topic.

Then, a few weeks later, I turned 30. For whatever reason I was a typical 30th birthday dread-er. I'm past it, I am thankful to have celebrated this milestone and to be where I am in life ... but still, 30.
The next time I saw my cousin her up and coming Downtown Denver salon was finished and of course I had to see it! I should have known that between my desire to try new things in my 30s and the adorable atmosphere of her space that I would be persuaded to take the plunge.
Every inch of the salon is classy and welcoming.

At the right old age of 26 + four years and four months I finally gave waxing a try.

We had all of the kids with us (five of them between the two of us) so there wasn't much time to make this blog a juicy tell all about my first bazillion wax. You're welcome.

No, instead I got my eyebrows done. Let me back up, for the longest time I've had eyebrow envy. If you've got naturally gorgeous eyebrows, or if you can make them look amazing you can count on me complimenting them. I bought myself a magnified mirror at far too young of an age and my eyebrows suffered the consequences. I'm still waiting for these suckers in the middle to grow back. I've considered micro-blading but I just can't bring myself to spend the money on that (yet).

So, I hop up on the extremely comfortable table to have my eyebrows done and Sam asks how I would like them. I take a look at hers and say, "Like yours! I really want them to have nice shape and to look the way all those fancy eyebrows out there look."

Before I know it there is a soft and warm wax on my eyebrow. I am completely intrigued by how soft the wax is. When the wax was removed I was prepared for pain and I hardly felt a thing! I was pleasantly surprised. I started jabbering and asking questions about the wax Sam was using. She said she's used several different waxes but is partial to a soft wax and using a pellon (a strip) to remove all body hair. The wax is very high quality and imported from Italy. No wonder it feels so nice!

After she was done I was so surprised at how soft and hair-free my skin was! I had a little bit of redness from the extraction but absolutely no reaction to the wax itself!

I learned several things after my first waxing:
     1) I have sister eyebrows, not twins 2) I'm officially hooked on waxing.

Next time, larger surface area!



See the shape of the right eyebrow?!

*This was not a paid post. I wanted to share this business with you! I am extremely proud of my cousin. She had a vision to open her own salon in Downtown Denver and she did!

Next time you're in the Denver area give yourself the gift of a day at the salon!

1918 Logan Street, Unit A

Denver, CO 80203


303.598.4363



Some facts about Uprooted Waxing:

  • Supporting this business means supporting an entrepreneur mama on a mission
  • Uprooted Waxing strives to minimize waste and always uses organic, gluten free & vegan products when possible
  • Carseat babies are welcome and the company is 100% supportive of breastfeeding mamas! 
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BolderLips gloss!

I have been employed at BolderBand for two and a half years. My favorite part of my job is woking for a family that is worth working for. If you ever have the pleasure of meeting JD and Amy Crouse you will know exactly what I mean. They are the kind of bosses that you want to do good work for! Couple that with a company founded on faith and I'm honored to be their employee.

When Amy told me a lip gloss line was coming to BolderBand I was excited and immediately was reminded of something she told me when we were at dinner last year. She said, "I love lip gloss, it takes me from feeling like a four to a seven, just like that."

Truth is, I haven't worn lip gloss since high school, maybe college. I'm not sure why, because shouldn't we all feel at least like a seven?!
Amy sent me the BolderLips gloss collection. Ladies, I've been missing out. I definitely feel like this gloss takes me up to feeling like a seven. I love them all, so do my girls. The best part is that I am happy to share with them because the BolderLips line is made here in the USA and are paraben free!

If I have to pick a favorite, it would be the peppermint twist! I like the rich color as well as the tingle. The best part about the entire collection is they last! I put my gloss on in the morning and my lips feel hydrated until lunch. What are you waiting for, jump over to bbolder.com and find your favorite!

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Must be 18 or older to enter
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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Family & Friends,

Merry Christmas to you and thank you for visiting our blog to catch up with us! There are links throughout this post that explain our more exciting news from 2017. 
My husband, Mr. Never Does Anything Half Way, built a snowman the girls talked about for weeks.
Tim and I got to go on a snowboarding date in February (while Papa Joe babysat). Neither of us had been in over 8 years!
Many trips to the Butterfly Pavilion were taken. We love "experience" gifts!
Karoline and I got to give ice skating a try on a couple of mother/daughter dates.
Snow days this year were fun with our big girls!
Karoline danced in her first dance show with one of her best fiends, Hannah.
The 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays
From the outside looking I'm sure it seemed like a quick decision. We said goodbye to the big city and our home, and returned to Canon City in late July.
We made the most of the end of summer in southern Colorado!
Karoline started kindergarten this year. This has been quite an adjustment for this stay at home mom!
We got to take several trips to see our cousins. Cutest babes all in one tub!
And if sending Karoline to school wasn't hard enough, then Alexandra asked me if she could start school!
We have had several outings with the family we missed while we were away.
However, trips to Denver to see our friends that we love are always fun!
I turned 30 this year! While my friend was in town we celebrated the big 3-0 by going to the Royal Gorge on her birthday!
Thank the Lord our girls are healthy, growing and the greatest friends. 

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

*We post updates often, check back to stay in touch with our family!









Flipside Prints

While we are building our home we are living in my father in law's full basement. We made it a priority to update this space. New ceilings, paint and carpet. Even though this space is temporary I knew I needed it to be a bright and cheerful area that we will call home for this time frame. The best way for me to make a space ours is to decorate it!

When Flipside Prints contacted me to try out their product I was thrilled.

Y'all, installation was fool proof. I didn't have to ask my husband for any help!
*Bonus: with Flipsides creative magnetic hanging system I didn't have to put any holes in the wall. This is fantastic, as I am notorious for needing about three or four attempts with a nail before getting it right.
This is one of my favorite corners in our living space! It feel so complete and cheerful with our new prints!

Now, while I'm a self proclaimed summer girl, I do recognize that it is indeed Fall. Having the option to "flip" our prints to a more Fall feel has me loving the versatility of this product!
The girls LOVE the prints and have been trying to duplicate the tulips since I put them up!








Having the option to move these around the house really makes my heart happy. I am a big fan using what we have in our home and moving things around the space to make it new!
Tulips are my favorite flower so selecting our prints was super easy. I am anxiously awaiting a holiday addition to switch out our prints to add some cheer.

I'm hooked and want to share this innovative, cute and super easy product with you. Use the code "HANGWITHUS" for $5 off your first purchase with Flipside Prints!



**While Flipside Prints gifted me the prints for purpose of a review, all opinions are my own!**