Willamette Valley Wonder Woman

Thursday, August 21, 2014

#ThatsMyKid and This is Their Style


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Yesterday we did it. We went down and registered Anika for Jr. High. I can't believe that my baby girl is now officially in middle school. She has always been strong willed and a self starter, but I know that the thought of middle school is scary for her right now. She's not sure what to expect and it's a big change.

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Last week we got a letter from the grade school letting us know who Emma's new teacher will be. She about jumped through the roof when she found out that her first grade teacher will be the same teacher she had in Kindergarten. I knew that her teacher would be switching grades, but I thought she was moving to second grade, not first. Emma is so happy to have her for one more year and so am I - my little sweet and shy girl takes a long time to open up and get comfortable in situations, and I knew that first grade was going to be scary for her because this is the first year she will be gone for the entire school day - in Kindergarten she just did half days. Having the same teacher will hopefully put her nerves at ease a bit.

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And then there's Noah - my little man. He's excited about going back to preschool again and getting to have out with his buddies. He's such an easy going little boy, so happy and carefree. He always has a smile on his face and is obsessed with anything that is orange or has wheels. He's at that age where he still wants to snuggle his momma in the mornings and I cherish them, because I know those days are numbered.


These are my kids. Their personalities are so different and I love that about them. Their individuality is sometimes difficult for me though because there isn't one way that is better than the other when it comes to raising kids - each one truly is unique.


The one thing I can do though is let them express themselves through their wardrobe. The girls and I recently did some school clothes shopping at JCPenny and I let them pick out the outfits they loved. As long as it's age appropriate I don't mind the colors or patterns that they wear, because it's giving them control over something - it's allowing them to make their own decisions. 


Anika fell in love with this blue dress and I was surprised because she's never really been much of a girly girl, but I think it looks absolutely adorable on her. Emma is still in the phases of all things pink, sparkly and princess, and she pulls it off nicely. She picked out this shirt not even knowing that is says "Wonder"... perhaps she'll be her own little Wonder Woman someday.


I took a few pictures of the girls outside of our grade school before school begins as it's sort of a big year, one daughter leaving grade school behind as the other one enters. It makes me happy and sad at the same time. 


As different as they are, there are still times when these silly kids get a long really well and I hope that their relationship always stays like that. I hope that they can appreciate their differences and love each other no matter what. 


These guys have all their clothes ready to start school off feeling independent and happy. These are my kids - and I love them more than anything else on earth.



When It Fits, You Feel It.        

                                                                                            ~Melissa
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by JCPenney via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of JCPenney.

Create.Simplify.Inspire. #82

Hey everyone! Last week at this time I was just beginning my exhausting work week, and tonight I am just now finally finishing up with it. I'm looking forward to a much more mellow week ( I knock on wood while I say that! ) getting my house back in order and finishing up getting the kids ready for school.

What have you been up to this week? I'd love it if you shared!

This link up to to share anything and everything that inspires you. 

           ~Melissa
Create.Simplify.Inspire. #82


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Daily Makeup Routine

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Hey everyone! I've had a few people ask me about my makeup routine before, so I thought that it would be fun to share it with you today! I have always loved to wear makeup - I think it's the artist/creative person in me that like to enhance my features - after all, makeup should be used to compliment your natural beauty, not cover it up, right?

Unless there's a random day that I'm home for the entire day, I've got my makeup on - and even though I've love to take my time every morning, some day's I just can't - (I'd rather hit snooze for 15 more minutes!) So I've got my makeup routine down pretty well and unless it's a special occasion it doesn't change much from day to day.

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Here's what I do:

1. Moisturize - I apply a moisturizer to my face almost every night and then again in the morning.

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2. Foundation - foundation for me is a must because it helps even out my skin tone and hide imperfections. I've been using Neutrogena's nourishing long wear makeup for quite some time and love it because it gives my face good coverage and doesn't make it feel heavy or caked on and it's really reasonably priced!

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3. Conceal - if I have any blemishes this is when I would cover them up with a bit of concealer.

4. Eye shadow - I always use neutral colors, tans and browns are my personal favorites because they look the most natural when blended well. I always start with a light colored base and use a darker shade on the outer lid, and blend blend blend!

5. Blush and/or bronzer - when I was younger I thought that blush was only for old women, then at some point in my life I realized that a little blush can actually help shape the face and bring a youthful glow to it. Now I use blush daily. I like to use a light peachy color with my complexion.

6. Eyeliner and eyebrows - I almost always apply eyeliner to my upper lid - it just makes my eyes 'pop' and creates the illusion of thicker lashes. I've found the key to wearing eyeliner is to keep it as close to the lash line as you can and to increase the thickness of the line outward as you go. Also, if I have a few extra minutes I'll apply eyeliner underneath and smudge it a bit with the Neutrogena nourishing eye liner. Their eyeliner is amazing because it's super smooth and just glides on, plus there is a smudger on the opposite end so you can blend it well. I also use an eyebrow wax and powder to quickly fill in my eyebrows

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7. Mascara - I like using black mascara that lengthens and volumizes my lashes like Neutrogena's healthy volume.

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8. Finishing Powder - a couple quick sweeps of Neutrogena's shine control powder to set my makeup and I'm nearly ready to go....

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9. Lip Moisterizer/shine - lastly I need something for my lips. I'm not a huge lipstick kind of girl because it always smudges on me or it just doesn't stay on the way I want it to, but I still like having a bit of color and shine, so I'm loving Neutorgena's MoistureSmooth color stick in Juicy Peach right now. It's so smooth on my lips, plus is smells like fresh peaches, so I find myself reapplying just so I can smell it!

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And there you have it - my daily makeup routine in a nutshell. I've got it down to about 10-15 minutes of time. So, now the question is, do you where makeup every day, and what is your daily must have's and #AllDayLook ? I realize for me it's the whole package, but I know some of my friends will only do lip gloss and mascara, or some just blush and eyeliner....everyone's different!

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Right now until 8/30 you can load this cartwheel deal from Target and get 20% off of Neutrogena Cosmetics! Target and Neutrogena have also teamed up to bring a Target Beauty Concierge event at select Target stores around the country this month! The event begins August 24th. Limited quantities are available. Check out your local Target store for the Beauty Concierge day and times! :) 

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    Fore more beauty tips check out these makeup routines by Hayden on and off of the set of Nashville:
 


~Melissa


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Some Summer Craft Memories

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If you know me you know how excited I get when I receive fun things in the mail. Ever since I was a kid I've been thrilled to get mail. When I was young I  would write pen pals from all around the world, just to get letters filled with stickers and clippings from magazines. I think it's just like a little surprise or present. It's something little that makes my day a little happier. 

Now that I've been blogging for a couple of years, I'll often get sweet gifts and products in the mail. They make me smile every time I open one. 

Especially this one.

#crafterscrate summer craft ideas

It's a box from Crafters Crate. Crafters Crate is a monthly craft subscription box for your kids - it's kind of like getting a magazine every month, but instead you get an adorable package with four different crafts you can make with your kids - one from each category every month: 


1. A craft focused on food, cooking or nutrition 
2. A wearable craft. (Bracelets, necklace and rings)
3. STEM focused activity. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
4. Skills craft.  (Learn new crafting skills)


#crafterscrate summer craft ideas
#crafterscrate summer craft ideas

Last week Emma and I sat down on the deck and finally opened up our box and decided to make our crafts together. She loved making a lei necklace all by herself, and I helped her bling out her favorite pair of flip flops. 

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Anika then came over and helped Emma out, making the summer weaving craft. She loved all of the bright colors. 

#crafterscrate summer craft ideas
#crafterscrate summer craft ideas
#crafterscrate summer craft ideas
#crafterscrate summer craft ideas

The girls and I had a lot of fun sitting down for an hour and creating these special projects together. It's great to have everything together in one spot with easy directions for you to work on. I think it would be worth every penny given the fact on how many memories you can create. 

Crafters Crate is also generously offering a discount to all of you! If you enter the code WONDER you will receive $10 off your subscription! 

#crafterscrate summer craft ideas

Adorable crafts, memories to make, and a fun surprise in the mail? The girls are already asking me when the next box will come. :)

~Melissa
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School + Free Printable Lunch Notes

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Hey everyone! I feel like I've been out of the loop for a few days since I've been working so much. Generally I just work at my nursing job one day a week – sometimes two, but I've been helping fill in and am working 5 out of 6 days in a row. They asked me to do a 6 day stretch, but this Wonder Woman does have her limits! I’m definitely not complaining of the work, I feel blessed that I will always be able to find work if need be – but I also feel blessed that I don’t have to work outside of the house full time. I've felt like I haven’t even seen my family in two days! 

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After I’m done working this stretch I’m surprising the family and we are going to head over to the beach for one night with our friends. School is starting in exactly two weeks and I’m excited for the kids because they all are filled with anticipation, but I’m also kind of sad. This summer has flown by so fast that I feel like I haven’t even done half of the things I had hoped to do. Even though I crave the routine that happens during the school year, I still long for the freedom that summer allow. I’m excited for fall, but sad that summer is nearly gone. I think it’s because I feel that the kids are at perfect ages. They are all old enough that I don’t have to watch their every move, and still young enough to want to do family things together.

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 Free Printable Lunch Notes for Back to School #DelMonteBTS #ad #Pmedia

 Anika will be starting Jr. High this year, and we go down on Wednesday to register her. Emma will be starting 1st grade, so it will be her first year going all day long and Noah has his last year of pre-school, so I will cherish every moment with him. I know that I can’t be there for my kids 24/7 – and that’s a hard thing for me to deal with – but I want my kids to know that I am thinking about them 24/7. I want them to always know how proud I am of them and how much I love them.  I sometimes like to leave little notes and pictures for them – like a little hello that they will find in the morning or a note in their lunch at school. I used to just place a little letter in their lunch box, but when I was doing some back to school shopping last week I had an idea. Instead of a random piece of paper in their lunches, I decided to make a list of printed notes that I could stick onto a treat in their meal. My kids love fruit – and they love fun snacks. I found these new Fruit Burst Squeezers from Del Monte that not only taste good, but are healthy too. I bought a few boxes at Walmart and they printed my little notes onto labels and then stuck them onto the individual squeezers. These will be a treat for the kids – it’s not something that I will put in their lunch every day, but perhaps on days when I know they need a little extra support and love – like on test days or when I feel that they need a little pick-me-up.

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 Free Printable Lunch Notes for Back to School #DelMonteBTS #ad #Pmedia
 Free Printable Lunch Notes for Back to School #DelMonteBTS #ad #Pmedia

 Walmart is also offering a Back to school free print promotion going in select Super Stores! If your Super Store is participating all you have to do is bring in a photo between August 1st and September 13th (while supplies last) and you can get a free Back to School print as well as receive a coupon for $1 off Del Monte products (it will be in the envelope that holds your print.)

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 Free Printable Lunch Notes for Back to School #DelMonteBTS #ad #Pmedia

 If you'd like to print your own encouragement notes, you can steal mine HERE, or get creative and make your own!

Two more weeks of summer – I’m going to cherish every minute that I can.  :)

~Melissa