Lipstick Of The Week//Raspberry

Raspberry by beauticontrol

Who is excited for the three day weekend?!

Me.

Memorial Day weekend is cookouts, swimming, family time, and sales. Andrew needs to watch me very closely this weekend. Very closely…

Anyway! What better way to kick off the weekend then with a LOTW post! It’s been a little while so I’m really pumped to bring it back today. Today’s feature has become a FAST favorite.

Raspberry by BeautiControl

This shade is called Raspberry by beauticontrol. It goes on super smooth. The application is a cinch. For example, yesterday I was able to put it on while Andrew was driving without a problem. I certainly cannot say that about very many lipsticks. Also, it isn’t chalky or dry. Thats just the worst. You can feel the moisture the second you put it on. It’s packed with vitamins and antioxidants which is great when living in the dry dessert. I also love the creamy color. It’s a cool summery pink. Perfect for this weekend!

Lipstick of the week

You can find this color and tons of other shades here! Now I have to decide which one to try next! Because I’m obsessed like that.

Raspberry by beauticontrol

Last night we were at a dinner and someone remarked about not being able to tell the wine glasses apart. I said “no need to worry, mine has the pink lips” *winky emoji*.

summer nights

I highly recommend this color for anyone looking to add a little color to your summer attire!

~BM

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*lipstick c/o of Jennie Tighe w/ beauticontrol and Elemental Style

Florida//Part 3

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It’s a cloudy morning here in Tucson, AZ. Reminds me of those cloudy afternoons in Florida as the storms rolled in…. Putting together this last post has me wishing I was back in Naples. Tomorrow I’m headed to the craft store to pick up a scrapbook for the boys. It will be their “Florida Book”. Peter and James love to look at pictures and scrapbooks keep them occupied for at least 30 minutes. That is a LONG time for toddlers.

So before I lose myself to my mediocre scrapbooking skills, I give you Part 3 of our Florida trip….

After we said our goodbyes to the gorgeous Ave Maria campus, we set off for Naples. After checking into the hotel we went to celebrate the graduate at this lovely Italian restaurant called Campiello. The food was just amazing and the patio was gorgeous.

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We got a few looks from people as they walked onto the patio and saw such a large group with a handful of kids. I swear sometimes people act like they’ve never seen kids before. Someone even asked my cousin if there was a kid’s birthday party going on. We got a good laugh from that one. Several people actually asked to not be seated outside once they saw us. At first I was upset but then I saw how the owner kept smiling at us every time she walked out and I realized those people were just dumb (very mature I know).

After dinner we went back to the hotel to “try” and get a good night’s sleep before the beach! I say “try” because the boy’s schedule was so completely off. It was usually midnight before they crashed. I mean it made sense since. By Tucson time that was actually when they go to bed (9).

The next day was Sunday (and Mother’s Day). Everyone got dressed up for Mass and brunch. I finally got the chance to sport my one Lily for Target score!

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After Mass we went to the Mother’s day brunch at our hotel. Our entire table decided it would be best to just camp out for the entire day. I mean look at these adorable desserts!

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Though we were completely stuffed (bad time to put a bathing suit on) we rallied for the beach. At first Peter and James were super trepidation, which is developmentally appropriate of course. They spent a lot of time on the sand those first couple hours.

Beach babies

Uncle Thomas was very helpful.

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Eventually the boys were coaxed out into the water with daddy’s help.

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Aria and I had a good time hanging out in the shade and getting our feet wet thanks to Aunt Marisa.

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After spending the rest of the day on the beach and at the pool, everyone was exhausted. The boys passed out at 6:00 and were out for the night.

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While they were passed out I went with my siblings to watch the sunset.

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The next day we were back at the beach as fast as we could.

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Like the previous day, after we spent several hours on the beach, we made our way over to the pool.

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Around 3:00 a wonderful storm rolled in. The boys were napping and my Dad went out for coffee. Then as a family we watched the rain come down outside the hotel room.

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Once the rain slowed down we ventured out for dinner.

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This pretty much sums up the family.

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The next morning we enjoyed breakfast on the deck and said goodbye to the beach…

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And that’s that. We boarded the plane home and walked out of that perfectly lovely Florida dream. I am so incredibly thankful to my parents for helping us to make these wonderful memories. We enjoyed the beach and the food but more importantly we enjoyed the time together as a family.

I hope your summer is filled amazing adventures and safe travels!

~BM

Five Favorites

Oh Joy band-aids

Taking a break from the Florida posts to put together some of my favorite things. Baby Aria is teething and she is NOT a happy camper. So hopefully I’ll have the last vacation post ready by tomorrow but until then… Here are some things I’m currently loving.

I’ve got quite a random line up going on. I tried finding a way to link all these favorites or find a theme but there just wasn’t a graceful way to do it. Mom life maybe? Anywho… Here we go!

1) Bando Tumbler

bando Tumbler

Drinking water is so so so important. Especially out here in the desert. It’s a “dry heart”. Ugh. SO it’s super easy to get dehydrated and it happens really fast. This tumbler helps me to remember to drink water. It moves with me through out the day. And when I sit down to nurse Aria I always have it right next to me. You can find this tumbler here or keep your eye on Brickyard Buffalo for a sale (that’s where I got mine!).

2) Organic Repellent

Organic mosquito spray

My mom bought this for us before going to Florida and it was a HUGE life saver. Unfortunately I allowed my ankles to get feasted on before remembering I had this in the baby’s bag. But I was able to get some on Peter and James before they were bitten. It has a strong lemony smell but it works really really well. The Honest Company also has an organic spray that it very effective too.

3) Oh Joy Band-Aids

Oh Joy Band-Aids

Since I pre-ordered the Oh Joy book, I was sent these free Band-Aids by Oh Joy. I haven’t been this excited for band-aids since I was a kid. Oh I scratched myself! Guess I need a pretty band-aid….

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4) Bacon Popcorn

Bacon Popcorn

I may or may not have eaten an entire bag of this by myself…. I love white cheddar popcorn and I love bacon. Grabbing a bag of this at Trader Joe’s was a no-brainer. The bacon flavor isn’t over powering. It’s simply delicious.

5) Emoji Card

Happy Mail

This little card came in my Happy Mail subscription. I immediately knew it was for my sister Gabi. She likes to say “Where words fail…emojis speak”. Deep stuff. Anyway, she’s also been a huge help to me the past several months and we’ve grown a lot closer. It’s pretty awesome to see how my relationship with my sisters has become a strong friendship as well.

Ok well it sounds like Peter and James are starting a mutiny so I better go.

Hope you have a great Wednesday!

~BM

Florida//Part 2

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Alright on to Part 2! I really enjoy putting these posts together because I get to relive all the fun we had. Sure, there were crazy times and moments where I was doubtful about how we would manage all three kids. But in the end, it’s easy to see that there wasn’t anything to worry about at all. I guess that’s how hindsight works huh?

After the graduation on Saturday we went to the pub, enjoyed drinks on the patio, and ate lunch. From there we crossed the street to the oratory to explore. Peter and James immediately took advantage of the fact that they had been let loose in an empty church. They quickly realized that when they yelled or made any noise it was extra loud. Needless to say, our “exploration” of the oratory was a little rushed but we got to see most of it nonetheless.

This is the front of the oratory. I know I posted this one yesterday but I just wanted to remind you what the front looked like. You’re welcome. Anyway…. The details on the front are just incredible. I do wish I had been able to capture an adequate picture of the front. Side note… To my left (not pictured) is the library where they have an adoration chapel attached. I mean, how awesome is that?! You’re just studying along and then you’re like “I need some Jesus time.” Kaboom. Chapel.

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Ok so inside the oratory…

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Pictures really don’t do it justice but you get the idea.

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Simply breathtaking. As soon as you walk in you can just “feel” the sacred. Does that make sense? Do I sound crazy?

Don’t answer that.

Look at those gorgeous statues we pray to!

If you’re Catholic then you just had a mini heart attack when you read that. If you’re not Catholic you’re like “I KNEW IT!”. This is just me taking a moment to clarify that Catholics do not “worship” or “pray to” statues. They are simply there to remind us of our call to holiness. They are there to inspire us to be the best version of ourselves. Their stories of suffering and strength give us hope that no matter where we have been, we can always come home to the Father. Feel free to comment or email me with any questions on this piece of Catholicism. Or any piece for that matter. Always happy to do some “myth busting” about my faith.

Ok time to get back on track.

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Baby in baptismal font. Adorable no?

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Hipster Catholic candle pictures ahead. You’ve been warned.

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Plant.

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The architecture of the oratory is so traditional but filled with modern details. It’s “upside down boat” formation follows the ancient idea that the church is our ship guiding us to heaven. However the modern touches help illustrate the contrast of the changing culture with the steadfast love of Christ. Though the world moves around us, He remains.

And with that I’ll leave shoe/floral picture. Because no blog post is complete without it.

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That’s it for part 2. More to come soon!

~BM