Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Birthday Girl!

Ruby James's birthday is today!
She is 2 and although we celebrated her birthday with a sweet little family get-together
 (just our families mean 21 people) last Friday, today she seemed significantly older. Significantly two.

 found a gluten-free brown rice flour vanilla cupcake mix and Kev made the frosting: pb, cocoa powder and coconut oil



Ate a delicious birthday meal...

 Ruby and her uncle (my little bro) Baylor




And here's where it gets hilarious. The little darlin is SO expressive. I have no idea where she gets it?





This is how she would thank the gift-giver. Go up to them and stand with them for a second with a small "sank oo" and sweet grin.




She had so much fun. 
Thank you, our amazing families. We never take for granted the roles you play in ours and our children's lives. We love you all so, so much.
Two has been one of my favorite ages so far. Still sweet and baby-ish, but growing dependence and skills and speaking and being HILARIOUS.

Happy Birthday Ruby girl!
We are your biggest fans.

Monday, February 27, 2012

I Am Loving

1. My husband. I always do, but I have an extra amazement of him while I am pregnant.
2. Having bouts of energy here and there.
3. Not feeling condemnation or guilt over having coffee in the mornings. I have to keep up with life and my busy toddler and I never even finish my cup every morning, so hush.
4. Being pregnant the second time around. You just know so much more. You're older and you have more life experience under your belt.
5. Putting forth more effort to look "together" than I did last pregnancy. I lived in corduroys and clogs with Ruby. Granted, that was towards the end...so talk to me in July.
6. Eating whole, real foods. It's just the best feeling ever to nourish your body and stuff your little baby full of all sorts of irons, proteins, minerals, fibers, vitamins, etc.
7. Exercising more and more. In those little bouts of energy I am taking the opportunity to move it. Walks,  living room lunges, weights, and I just got that yoga DVD! Cannot wait to do that.
8. A clean house. Thanks to that husband in #1 that never ceases to amaze me. All done while I laid Ruby down, and then laid Jessica down. He cleaned all around me and is ironing his clothes as I type this. *sigh*
9. Our baby's little heartbeat. We all three got to hear it today via a doppler heart rate monitor and it was the best feeling ever. Took her a while to find it (hello, nervous!) but she did. It was in the 150's. I told you this was a boy. Mark my words:)
10. The fact that my midwife gave me assignments:
-100 kegels a day
-squats and then circle in clockwise and counter clockwise while squatting to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, the ones you use to birth
-write down everything I put in my mouth for a week
-drink way more water
I haven't had homework in years and I like it!


But the very greatest of all of these things that I can't even accurately describe how happy it makes me...is that my little baby in my womb is moving and I can feel them on and off all day long. It's just...there is no better feeling on earth, I swear. Tonight Ruby had her head laying down on my belly and the baby was rolling around in there under her and I just smiled.
My children. We are so blessed.

Um...I Love This



For some reason...this made me smile from ear to ear.
Could this explain why she is the size of my arm?
I need to get off this couch and Walk It Out.

Friday, February 24, 2012

She's Two...


Today we are celebrating this little darling's 2 year old birthday.
She is so stinkin' smart, it amazes me what kids really know at this age already.
I find her solving situations that I had no idea she knew anything about.
For example, as I'm typing this, I hear her from the bathroom "Mommy, hands. Mommy, hands"...I walk in, and she's pulled the trash can in front of the sink, standing on it, and reaching to the faucet because she wants to wash her hands.
Genius.
Yesterday, as I was prepping to have a client come, I was trying to keep her busy so I kept sending her to the backyard to find things.
Find some grass, find a stick, find some flowers.
And back she came, with every single one as I asked for it.

It's the little things.
First kids are so fun because you get to learn so much right along with them.

Hope you all have an awesome weekend with your loved ones.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pregnancy and Attitudes


I found this on my sister's Pinterest and it was like it was written for me.
I am a very passionate person, Kevin and I have concluded, and with that passion means I can take something and make it so, so, sooooo much bigger than it really is.

I think women, in general, do this. 
We are by nature, brooders over things. 
Natural worriers.
God created us to care an extra amount, but for the sake of interceding and praying for situations, not worrying or overthinking.

So...pregnancy.
For some reason in my little Jessica mind it was all daisies and lemondrops.
When pregnant with Ruby, I seem to remember feeling like a floating goddess with a beautiful round belly and glowing skin. I rested when I needed to, and life was grand.

This baby? 
Acne on my face coupled with some lovely pimples on my neck (?!).
The swollen veins that rear their ugly heads in the women of my family while pregnant are already here and painful.
I feel like I have nothing in me everyday.
Nothing.
I have been drinking coffee (probably half a mug) pretty much everyday just to keep up.

So last night as I cried for the first time in this pregnancy (besides watching Father of the Bride, we all know what that movie does to me) because I had just had it...a light turned on and I realized something.
I had a bad couple days.
That's it.
No need to compare this pregnancy to last to say how awful this one is.
I PROMISE if I had a blog at 18 weeks of Ruby's pregnancy I'd be saying the same things!


This was taken this Sunday morning, so a little over 17 weeks. 
I felt great, beautiful, thankful, and all the things I like about pregnancy.



By the end of the same day...I felt like this.

my poor belly button!

And that's ok! The point is, that I realize...Jess- you're pregnant. 
You're gonna have good days and bad days.
Good moments and bad moments. 
But all in all...at the end of the day, you have a healthy baby that has been given to you to brood over and care for. Something only you can do for it, and something you can do because you've been called to it.

I think of all the women over history that didn't have an app on their phones telling them about their pains and why they are going through it.
They just saddled up (quite literally I'm sure) and dealt with it the best way the knew how.
And that's what I'm doing. The best I know to do. 
Keep a good attitude, and a heart of thankfulness. 

Because really...really...pregnancy is so cool.



Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Picasso Kiehn


The other day Jammie (my mom) bought Ruby these paints and let's just say...the girl looooves them.
They are Crayola Washable Paints...came off completely with an easy swipe of a wet rag. Love that!








Sometimes you gotta just let your kids get messy and have fun.
Thanks for the art time, Mom!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Art Museum Date Night


Friday night we got to go on the coolest, most special date night we've ever been on.
It just fell in our laps, too. The best kind of nights:)
We went out with our dear friends, The Murners and The Jordans.

This is the senior minister at our church, Apostle Todd and his beautiful wife Autumn. These people are family to us. From day one, when we walked in with our tattoos, piercings, lost souls, and major identity issues, they saw us for who we really are, yet loved us dearly right where we were.
He's Kevin's boss, our apostle, the man who married us, and our dear friend. We love this couple.


These are Henry and Caroline Jordan...our other dear friends that we just love. They helped start The Rock when it was established in NWA and have been an important part of our lives as well. While they aren't in "ministry" (as it pertains to the five-fold calling..apostles/prophets/pastor/teacher/evangelist) Henry and Caroline are *quite* high up in Walmart and that company is blessed to have them. They are an amazing couple who have followed Yahweh for 27 years now and have the stories to tell it.
 

We have learned and drawn so much out of these two couples. They are leaders, but friends. We sometimes all forget THEY COULD BE OUR PARENTS!! :)

 
We live in the headquarters of Walmart, a rather successful company...maybe you've heard of it?
Anyway...there is lots of money in our little (but getting not so little) hometown.
Alice Walton (daughter of Sam Walton, who started Walmart) is a huge art lover and opened this breathtakingly gorgeous Museum of American Art.
My momma bought us kids a membership to it, and then the Walmart foundation donated like 8 billion dollars or something and now it's free to the public. Just amazing!

I don't know much about art, but I squealed when I saw this! Georgie! This painting is so famous!

I promise I'm not touching it!


 In my mind, I have always thought Davie Crockett was a great deal more handsome than this...


Rosie the Riveter!

 Dolly, my girl.


Beautiful art, beautiful architecture...



 It was just such a fun and amazing night...
 We will be going back soon!




Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Good Day

Today has been one of those days that things have just gone beautifully and smoothly and the simple things that deserve appreciation really stand out.

Like warm sun and crisp but not at all cold air in the middle of February.

Like your daughter being so sweet and quiet on your walks as she looks around town and takes everything in.

Like getting to sing and pray in the spirit out loud to Ruby the whole walk.

Like having to leave the park early because Clarence was screaming/barking/whining at all the kids. Oh wait.

Like finding my running tights that have been missing for weeks now. Not that I run these days, but they are actually very comfortable.

Like getting my closet cleaned out and my mind wrapped around some good maternity clothing ideas.

Like hearing Ruby sing "keen uh keen uh eh buddy eh weh" as she tidies up her toys.
Translation: clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere.
 
Like getting to cook dinner with Kevin together here in about an hour. I love being with him in the kitchen.

And tomorrow? Tomorrow I work for a couple hours doing the hair of a dear friend from North Carolina that I don't get to see often enough...followed by a late Valentine's Day dinner with the man of my dreams. SO FUN!

 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Skate Party!

Hello! I am 4 months along...hooray!
I am highly anticipating feeling this baby move. I've felt some flutters here and there but let's be honest, probably gas. I can't wait to feel my darlin squirm and stretch in there!



Our church has an annual Skate Party in February. 2 years ago, during the Skate Party I was giving birth to the Rubinator. Last year during the Skate Party was her 1st birthday party.

This year...we were there and ready!
Well...

We were indifferent, scared, happy, and tired. 
aka...no nap today.

Things got better when she found her aunts and uncles at the skate rink.


Oh how I WISH this picture wasn't blurry.
 How did I not catch that?! Possibly the loud music and disco ball lights threw me off.
My mother-in-law, my father-in-law, and the love of my life...their son.
I am eternally grateful for these amazing people and love them a lot more than I can describe on a blog.
Thank you guys for Kevin!


My super cute (and equally pregnant...we are due 5 days apart from each other!) sister-in-law Angela.
Everyone was freaking out that she was roller blading while pregnant. Sister was just tryin' to get some exercise in! She sat out the rest of the time just to be safe:)


EVERYTHING is better when Aunt Katie helps you.
(that doesn't just go for Ruby. Katie is the best helper in the world.)



 Kiehn girls!
Lori, Ruby, Julie, and Katie.
(Your name must end in an "ee" sound to be in this photo...)


It was a good time had by all. I love events that wear Ruby out and she crashes on the way home, stays asleep when we get her in the house and change her diaper, and then lay her down with ease. Glory!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

My Favorite Products

Some of my favorite posts to read are people's favorite products posts. I am pretty much a minimalist, meaning if I don't use it regularly, I try to not have it, but there are some things that no matter what...I think are worth the money and I really, really use and like them.


First up: Lansinoh Nipple Cream. Never use it on my nipples, but it is THE WORLD'S BEST LIP BALM!!!! It's all natural and created for dry, cracked skin...a.k.a. lips in the winter! I seriously have a tiny panic and get so, so sad if I realize I left them at home. That's right. I have 3.
One by my bed.
In Ruby's bag.
And I think I've lost the other one.
I LOVE THIS LIP BALM. I have some on now.
And for some reason when I'm pregnant my lips get crazy dry and chapped so this is my best friend these days.


If you've ever been to our house, you have seen several of these Cetaphil Lotion bottles strategically placed. My bedside table, Ruby's diaper changing station, our bathroom cabinet, etc. I LOVE this lotion. We all know I am very picky about what I put on my skin a.k.a. into my bloodstream, and I just like that this is unscented (I HATE SCENTED THINGS!!!) and the furthest thing from oily, not caky, but extremely moisturizing.
Too many lotions make you feel nice and soft for about 15 minutes and soon your skin is dry and needing more. 
Not my precious Cetaphil! This stuff is awesome. I love it.

I have tried other mascaras, but I always come back to my favorite and most faithful: Maybelline Full N' Soft in Very Black. Us blondes look like albinos with no mascara on so this is a product I always need and feel better wearing.


When I stopped working as much to stay at home, I looked for every possibility to save money wherever I could. So I bought cheap Walmart foundation. I think it was the wrong color or something? So I bought a different cheap Walmart kind...my face broke out. And I realized I could keep buying crap that adds up to the same price as the good stuff, or just buy the good stuff and make it last as long as possible.
This is the good stuff.
Bare Minerals Foundation.
I love what it's made of.
I never get oily or breakout from it.
I love that if I don't wash it off one night, no problem.
I add a little water to the lid and make it more like a cream/liquid foundation and it is so smooth and beautiful. 
LOVE this product, just wish it would last longer. 

I have the privilege of coloring my hair whenever I darn well please. This is seriously so awesome and I don't take it for granted. I feel so bad that my clients have to budget to PAY to get their hair done every 6-8 weeks! If I wasnt' a hairstylist I would have some *interesting* hair because there is no way we could justify $90 every month and a half or so to make it look good.

Anyway...all that being said...anyone that colors their hair SHOULD INVEST IN A GOOD CONDITIONER. 
Pureology Nanoworks is the Lexus of conditioners, and since I drive a Nissan Murano, I just settle for Matrix Sleek Look. It works great, I love it dearly, but I couldn't get a picture pulled up of it. 
Moral of the story is a good conditioner is a must if you color your hair.

I have several goals in life, and one of them is to find the perfect, all natural, unscented deodorant that works. I have tried so, so many things. They work for a week, and then stop. But I don't give up! I cannot, will not, wear scented, caky, aluminum deodorant. Yuck.

If I were Santa, I would deliver one of these to every boy and girl. 
Everybody needs a teasing comb. Flat hair means you look sad and sick.
A little volume perks you up and keeps you alive and happy looking!
It's true...
And Sensodyne toothpaste is the last thing I could think of that I just straight up need and love. 
I have had 7 root canals, and like a billion fillings. If I THINK of sugar my teeth hurt. (and yet...sometimes I battle through the adversity and just suffer for the sake of the deliciousness. Dumb. I'm learning.)
Anyways, my dentist told me about this and it has been my pal ever since. Has made it totally doable to do hots and colds when before it would hurt like the dickens. It strengthens your enamel and coats it or something along those lines.
I remember riding my bike one time and the wind hitting my teeth if I would laugh or smile would sting. I know! Awful! Don't worry, we've already prayed over all our kid's that they will get their fathers "I've only had one cavity my whole life" set of chompas.
Anyway, love this stuff, and I will never go back to the other stuff. Again...worth the money.
Although I would NEVER buy the whitening kind because whitening toothpastes are AWFUL for your teeth. They strip the top layer of enamel off, revealing, yes...white, but totally weakening your teeth and making them so susceptible to sugar, decay, more stains, etc.

                                        

So that's it! Those are my must-haves.
Are any of mine the same as yours?!






Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Birthday Girl!

Ruby James's birthday is today!
She is 2 and although we celebrated her birthday with a sweet little family get-together
 (just our families mean 21 people) last Friday, today she seemed significantly older. Significantly two.

 found a gluten-free brown rice flour vanilla cupcake mix and Kev made the frosting: pb, cocoa powder and coconut oil



Ate a delicious birthday meal...

 Ruby and her uncle (my little bro) Baylor




And here's where it gets hilarious. The little darlin is SO expressive. I have no idea where she gets it?





This is how she would thank the gift-giver. Go up to them and stand with them for a second with a small "sank oo" and sweet grin.




She had so much fun. 
Thank you, our amazing families. We never take for granted the roles you play in ours and our children's lives. We love you all so, so much.
Two has been one of my favorite ages so far. Still sweet and baby-ish, but growing dependence and skills and speaking and being HILARIOUS.

Happy Birthday Ruby girl!
We are your biggest fans.

Monday, February 27, 2012

I Am Loving

1. My husband. I always do, but I have an extra amazement of him while I am pregnant.
2. Having bouts of energy here and there.
3. Not feeling condemnation or guilt over having coffee in the mornings. I have to keep up with life and my busy toddler and I never even finish my cup every morning, so hush.
4. Being pregnant the second time around. You just know so much more. You're older and you have more life experience under your belt.
5. Putting forth more effort to look "together" than I did last pregnancy. I lived in corduroys and clogs with Ruby. Granted, that was towards the end...so talk to me in July.
6. Eating whole, real foods. It's just the best feeling ever to nourish your body and stuff your little baby full of all sorts of irons, proteins, minerals, fibers, vitamins, etc.
7. Exercising more and more. In those little bouts of energy I am taking the opportunity to move it. Walks,  living room lunges, weights, and I just got that yoga DVD! Cannot wait to do that.
8. A clean house. Thanks to that husband in #1 that never ceases to amaze me. All done while I laid Ruby down, and then laid Jessica down. He cleaned all around me and is ironing his clothes as I type this. *sigh*
9. Our baby's little heartbeat. We all three got to hear it today via a doppler heart rate monitor and it was the best feeling ever. Took her a while to find it (hello, nervous!) but she did. It was in the 150's. I told you this was a boy. Mark my words:)
10. The fact that my midwife gave me assignments:
-100 kegels a day
-squats and then circle in clockwise and counter clockwise while squatting to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, the ones you use to birth
-write down everything I put in my mouth for a week
-drink way more water
I haven't had homework in years and I like it!


But the very greatest of all of these things that I can't even accurately describe how happy it makes me...is that my little baby in my womb is moving and I can feel them on and off all day long. It's just...there is no better feeling on earth, I swear. Tonight Ruby had her head laying down on my belly and the baby was rolling around in there under her and I just smiled.
My children. We are so blessed.

Um...I Love This



For some reason...this made me smile from ear to ear.
Could this explain why she is the size of my arm?
I need to get off this couch and Walk It Out.

Friday, February 24, 2012

She's Two...


Today we are celebrating this little darling's 2 year old birthday.
She is so stinkin' smart, it amazes me what kids really know at this age already.
I find her solving situations that I had no idea she knew anything about.
For example, as I'm typing this, I hear her from the bathroom "Mommy, hands. Mommy, hands"...I walk in, and she's pulled the trash can in front of the sink, standing on it, and reaching to the faucet because she wants to wash her hands.
Genius.
Yesterday, as I was prepping to have a client come, I was trying to keep her busy so I kept sending her to the backyard to find things.
Find some grass, find a stick, find some flowers.
And back she came, with every single one as I asked for it.

It's the little things.
First kids are so fun because you get to learn so much right along with them.

Hope you all have an awesome weekend with your loved ones.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pregnancy and Attitudes


I found this on my sister's Pinterest and it was like it was written for me.
I am a very passionate person, Kevin and I have concluded, and with that passion means I can take something and make it so, so, sooooo much bigger than it really is.

I think women, in general, do this. 
We are by nature, brooders over things. 
Natural worriers.
God created us to care an extra amount, but for the sake of interceding and praying for situations, not worrying or overthinking.

So...pregnancy.
For some reason in my little Jessica mind it was all daisies and lemondrops.
When pregnant with Ruby, I seem to remember feeling like a floating goddess with a beautiful round belly and glowing skin. I rested when I needed to, and life was grand.

This baby? 
Acne on my face coupled with some lovely pimples on my neck (?!).
The swollen veins that rear their ugly heads in the women of my family while pregnant are already here and painful.
I feel like I have nothing in me everyday.
Nothing.
I have been drinking coffee (probably half a mug) pretty much everyday just to keep up.

So last night as I cried for the first time in this pregnancy (besides watching Father of the Bride, we all know what that movie does to me) because I had just had it...a light turned on and I realized something.
I had a bad couple days.
That's it.
No need to compare this pregnancy to last to say how awful this one is.
I PROMISE if I had a blog at 18 weeks of Ruby's pregnancy I'd be saying the same things!


This was taken this Sunday morning, so a little over 17 weeks. 
I felt great, beautiful, thankful, and all the things I like about pregnancy.



By the end of the same day...I felt like this.

my poor belly button!

And that's ok! The point is, that I realize...Jess- you're pregnant. 
You're gonna have good days and bad days.
Good moments and bad moments. 
But all in all...at the end of the day, you have a healthy baby that has been given to you to brood over and care for. Something only you can do for it, and something you can do because you've been called to it.

I think of all the women over history that didn't have an app on their phones telling them about their pains and why they are going through it.
They just saddled up (quite literally I'm sure) and dealt with it the best way the knew how.
And that's what I'm doing. The best I know to do. 
Keep a good attitude, and a heart of thankfulness. 

Because really...really...pregnancy is so cool.



Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Picasso Kiehn


The other day Jammie (my mom) bought Ruby these paints and let's just say...the girl looooves them.
They are Crayola Washable Paints...came off completely with an easy swipe of a wet rag. Love that!








Sometimes you gotta just let your kids get messy and have fun.
Thanks for the art time, Mom!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Art Museum Date Night


Friday night we got to go on the coolest, most special date night we've ever been on.
It just fell in our laps, too. The best kind of nights:)
We went out with our dear friends, The Murners and The Jordans.

This is the senior minister at our church, Apostle Todd and his beautiful wife Autumn. These people are family to us. From day one, when we walked in with our tattoos, piercings, lost souls, and major identity issues, they saw us for who we really are, yet loved us dearly right where we were.
He's Kevin's boss, our apostle, the man who married us, and our dear friend. We love this couple.


These are Henry and Caroline Jordan...our other dear friends that we just love. They helped start The Rock when it was established in NWA and have been an important part of our lives as well. While they aren't in "ministry" (as it pertains to the five-fold calling..apostles/prophets/pastor/teacher/evangelist) Henry and Caroline are *quite* high up in Walmart and that company is blessed to have them. They are an amazing couple who have followed Yahweh for 27 years now and have the stories to tell it.
 

We have learned and drawn so much out of these two couples. They are leaders, but friends. We sometimes all forget THEY COULD BE OUR PARENTS!! :)

 
We live in the headquarters of Walmart, a rather successful company...maybe you've heard of it?
Anyway...there is lots of money in our little (but getting not so little) hometown.
Alice Walton (daughter of Sam Walton, who started Walmart) is a huge art lover and opened this breathtakingly gorgeous Museum of American Art.
My momma bought us kids a membership to it, and then the Walmart foundation donated like 8 billion dollars or something and now it's free to the public. Just amazing!

I don't know much about art, but I squealed when I saw this! Georgie! This painting is so famous!

I promise I'm not touching it!


 In my mind, I have always thought Davie Crockett was a great deal more handsome than this...


Rosie the Riveter!

 Dolly, my girl.


Beautiful art, beautiful architecture...



 It was just such a fun and amazing night...
 We will be going back soon!




Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Good Day

Today has been one of those days that things have just gone beautifully and smoothly and the simple things that deserve appreciation really stand out.

Like warm sun and crisp but not at all cold air in the middle of February.

Like your daughter being so sweet and quiet on your walks as she looks around town and takes everything in.

Like getting to sing and pray in the spirit out loud to Ruby the whole walk.

Like having to leave the park early because Clarence was screaming/barking/whining at all the kids. Oh wait.

Like finding my running tights that have been missing for weeks now. Not that I run these days, but they are actually very comfortable.

Like getting my closet cleaned out and my mind wrapped around some good maternity clothing ideas.

Like hearing Ruby sing "keen uh keen uh eh buddy eh weh" as she tidies up her toys.
Translation: clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere.
 
Like getting to cook dinner with Kevin together here in about an hour. I love being with him in the kitchen.

And tomorrow? Tomorrow I work for a couple hours doing the hair of a dear friend from North Carolina that I don't get to see often enough...followed by a late Valentine's Day dinner with the man of my dreams. SO FUN!

 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Skate Party!

Hello! I am 4 months along...hooray!
I am highly anticipating feeling this baby move. I've felt some flutters here and there but let's be honest, probably gas. I can't wait to feel my darlin squirm and stretch in there!



Our church has an annual Skate Party in February. 2 years ago, during the Skate Party I was giving birth to the Rubinator. Last year during the Skate Party was her 1st birthday party.

This year...we were there and ready!
Well...

We were indifferent, scared, happy, and tired. 
aka...no nap today.

Things got better when she found her aunts and uncles at the skate rink.


Oh how I WISH this picture wasn't blurry.
 How did I not catch that?! Possibly the loud music and disco ball lights threw me off.
My mother-in-law, my father-in-law, and the love of my life...their son.
I am eternally grateful for these amazing people and love them a lot more than I can describe on a blog.
Thank you guys for Kevin!


My super cute (and equally pregnant...we are due 5 days apart from each other!) sister-in-law Angela.
Everyone was freaking out that she was roller blading while pregnant. Sister was just tryin' to get some exercise in! She sat out the rest of the time just to be safe:)


EVERYTHING is better when Aunt Katie helps you.
(that doesn't just go for Ruby. Katie is the best helper in the world.)



 Kiehn girls!
Lori, Ruby, Julie, and Katie.
(Your name must end in an "ee" sound to be in this photo...)


It was a good time had by all. I love events that wear Ruby out and she crashes on the way home, stays asleep when we get her in the house and change her diaper, and then lay her down with ease. Glory!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

My Favorite Products

Some of my favorite posts to read are people's favorite products posts. I am pretty much a minimalist, meaning if I don't use it regularly, I try to not have it, but there are some things that no matter what...I think are worth the money and I really, really use and like them.


First up: Lansinoh Nipple Cream. Never use it on my nipples, but it is THE WORLD'S BEST LIP BALM!!!! It's all natural and created for dry, cracked skin...a.k.a. lips in the winter! I seriously have a tiny panic and get so, so sad if I realize I left them at home. That's right. I have 3.
One by my bed.
In Ruby's bag.
And I think I've lost the other one.
I LOVE THIS LIP BALM. I have some on now.
And for some reason when I'm pregnant my lips get crazy dry and chapped so this is my best friend these days.


If you've ever been to our house, you have seen several of these Cetaphil Lotion bottles strategically placed. My bedside table, Ruby's diaper changing station, our bathroom cabinet, etc. I LOVE this lotion. We all know I am very picky about what I put on my skin a.k.a. into my bloodstream, and I just like that this is unscented (I HATE SCENTED THINGS!!!) and the furthest thing from oily, not caky, but extremely moisturizing.
Too many lotions make you feel nice and soft for about 15 minutes and soon your skin is dry and needing more. 
Not my precious Cetaphil! This stuff is awesome. I love it.

I have tried other mascaras, but I always come back to my favorite and most faithful: Maybelline Full N' Soft in Very Black. Us blondes look like albinos with no mascara on so this is a product I always need and feel better wearing.


When I stopped working as much to stay at home, I looked for every possibility to save money wherever I could. So I bought cheap Walmart foundation. I think it was the wrong color or something? So I bought a different cheap Walmart kind...my face broke out. And I realized I could keep buying crap that adds up to the same price as the good stuff, or just buy the good stuff and make it last as long as possible.
This is the good stuff.
Bare Minerals Foundation.
I love what it's made of.
I never get oily or breakout from it.
I love that if I don't wash it off one night, no problem.
I add a little water to the lid and make it more like a cream/liquid foundation and it is so smooth and beautiful. 
LOVE this product, just wish it would last longer. 

I have the privilege of coloring my hair whenever I darn well please. This is seriously so awesome and I don't take it for granted. I feel so bad that my clients have to budget to PAY to get their hair done every 6-8 weeks! If I wasnt' a hairstylist I would have some *interesting* hair because there is no way we could justify $90 every month and a half or so to make it look good.

Anyway...all that being said...anyone that colors their hair SHOULD INVEST IN A GOOD CONDITIONER. 
Pureology Nanoworks is the Lexus of conditioners, and since I drive a Nissan Murano, I just settle for Matrix Sleek Look. It works great, I love it dearly, but I couldn't get a picture pulled up of it. 
Moral of the story is a good conditioner is a must if you color your hair.

I have several goals in life, and one of them is to find the perfect, all natural, unscented deodorant that works. I have tried so, so many things. They work for a week, and then stop. But I don't give up! I cannot, will not, wear scented, caky, aluminum deodorant. Yuck.

If I were Santa, I would deliver one of these to every boy and girl. 
Everybody needs a teasing comb. Flat hair means you look sad and sick.
A little volume perks you up and keeps you alive and happy looking!
It's true...
And Sensodyne toothpaste is the last thing I could think of that I just straight up need and love. 
I have had 7 root canals, and like a billion fillings. If I THINK of sugar my teeth hurt. (and yet...sometimes I battle through the adversity and just suffer for the sake of the deliciousness. Dumb. I'm learning.)
Anyways, my dentist told me about this and it has been my pal ever since. Has made it totally doable to do hots and colds when before it would hurt like the dickens. It strengthens your enamel and coats it or something along those lines.
I remember riding my bike one time and the wind hitting my teeth if I would laugh or smile would sting. I know! Awful! Don't worry, we've already prayed over all our kid's that they will get their fathers "I've only had one cavity my whole life" set of chompas.
Anyway, love this stuff, and I will never go back to the other stuff. Again...worth the money.
Although I would NEVER buy the whitening kind because whitening toothpastes are AWFUL for your teeth. They strip the top layer of enamel off, revealing, yes...white, but totally weakening your teeth and making them so susceptible to sugar, decay, more stains, etc.

                                        

So that's it! Those are my must-haves.
Are any of mine the same as yours?!