HELLO
Mom to Iris. Wife to Todd. Our little family lives at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We love it here and I love sharing little bits of our life.

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LOCAL LOVE: Handmade Valentine’s Workshop w/ Art Feeds + Shindig Paperie

Local mamas! Join Iris and me for a fun Valentine’s Day crafting session with Art Feeds and Shindig Paperie on February 5th. The spots are limited to only 15, so grab a ticket while ya can.

WHAT
Every kiddo will get to make five valentines and a confetti popper. They’ll also receive a cookie and drink, plus an Art Feeds tote with extra goodies inside. Check out more on the Facebook event.
WHEN
Sun, February 5, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

WHERE
Shindig Paperie in Downtown Fayetteville

HOW
Snag a ticket here and see ya there!

Iris’ First Build-A-Bear

So Iris has been wanting to visit a Build-A-Bear Workshop ever since she saw it featured on Family Fun Pack. Have you all been introduced to this You-Tube family? Iris is obsessed and talks about the kids as if they are her best friends. So when she was presented with a gift card from THE Build-A-Bear, she was over-the-top excited. In fact, when we got to our local shop, she immediately picked out the exact same bear as Alyssa from the show.

From there, Iris went through the sweet little Build-A-Bear process of choosing a heart, rubbing it in her hands, making a wish, and then sealing it with a kiss. Iris took this process VERY seriously.. if only I could get her to tell me what she wished for.

After picking out a scent (strawberry!) and a song (a Christmas tune in January?), she fluffed her new friend with the help of a very sweet (and patient) employee. Once she hugged her bear to test out the level of fluff, it was off “wash” and brush her new friend. After about 30 minutes in the salon, it was time to pick out a couple of outfits and then – a name. I’m happy to report that Sweet Freckle Heart has finally found her forever home with my little family. And that after the success of Iris’ first Build-A-Bear experience, I’m sure she’ll be getting more bear siblings in the future.

LOCAL LOVE: Portaits by Andrew Kilgore

So this past Christmas we treated ourselves to a session with THE Andrew Kilgore. If you are local, you are probably familiar with his name. He’s been around Fayetteville, shooting the city and its residents since at least the 70s. There’s even a documentary about him, in which President Clinton is interviewed talking about his talent. All of that aside, I’m just happy that we pulled the trigger and sat in his studio one cold night this past December. To have these images.. I mean. Just invaluable. It was terribly difficult to choose my favorites, but here are just a few. Most of these haven’t even been edited (even more of his magic comes from the prints he does himself).

Hello 2017

Well, we did it. We survived Christmas once again. It was hectic as hell leading up to the holidays, but once they were here I can honestly say I was able to sit back and enjoy them. It helped tremendously that I had 10 glorious days off work between Christmas and the New Year. And, for once, we weren’t traveling. Equal parts lazy and productive, I soaked it up (and, admittedly, still sent Iris to school on the days it was in session).

On Christmas morning, Iris received more than ever including the ultimate Barbie Dreamhouse. A few of our friends and family joined us as we ate, drank, and listened to Christmas tunes for one last time. I’m always sad to see Christmas go, but always a little ready to start fresh as I wonder what the year will bring. Here are a few photos from 2016’s Christmas.

New Skin for a New Year

Nearly everyone vows to take care of their health as part of their New Year’s resolution – exercising more, eating better, but what about taking care of your skin? Last January I started working out regularly and, one year later, I’m still going strong. So now that exercise is a normal part of my routine, 2017 is the year I pledge to take care of my skin.

Thankfully, I have a head start as I’m entering the New Year with a fresh skincare routine, which I thought would be fun to share. I will say that the best part about my routine is that it’s tailored for me. If you’ve been following along on my skincare journey, you’ll remember that I met with Krissa, my lovely esthetician, at the Northwest Arkansas Center for Plastic Surgery’s Skin Care Center a few months back (see that post here). They give free consultations and help guide you in the best direction not only for your skin, but for your time and budget.

A solid three months in and I can honestly say that my skin has never been smoother, softer, or glowy-er (that’s not a word, is it? It should be). The only downside is that when I do have an imperfection, it’s so much more noticeable because now my face is such a fresh canvas… but that’s an amazing problem to have. You can check my updates via previous posts here and here. As for my personal skincare regime, I have pretty sensitive skin so everything that NWACPS has done for me has been with that in mind, including the products that I use. Take a look!

Morning:
– I start with washing my face with warm water and SkinMedica Sensitive Skin Cleanser.
– After rinsing and patting dry, I apply a few dabs of SkinMedica Redness Relief CalmPlex. This cream smells like cinnamon and has a slight tingly feeling that my face now craves every morning like a strong cup of coffee. The main perk is that it helps pull out the redness that I get oh-so easily, especially along my T-Zone.
– From there, I apply a penny-sized portion of SkinMedica Replenish Hydrating Cream. If the cold weather has dried out my skin, I may add a little more. I’m kind of picky when it comes to facial moisturizers, but I’m in love with this one – it hydrates, soothes, and smooths all at the same time (and a little goes a long way).
– Lastly, I use SkinMedica Total Defense & Repair as the final step before makeup. With SPF 50, this goes beyond UV protection and also defends against infrared rays.
– About 2-3 times a week I also start my routine with Theraderm NuPeel. I apply about a nickle-sized portion to completely dry skin. As I scrub, it gently removes dead skin cells. Basically it’s an easy, natural facial peel that you can do at home.
– Throughout the day I apply Theraderm Anti-Aging Lip Complex (in the winter months this helps keep my lips from becoming chapped as well).


Night:
– Wash again with warm water and SkinMedica Sensitive Skin Cleanser, cleaning off any makeup I wore that day.
– About three times per week I also wash with AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. This step gently scrubs away dead skin, improving skin tone and texture.
– Next comes the GOOD stuff – TNS Recovery Complex. Orange in color, and a bit odd in smell, you can tell this really works. It rejuvenates, reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and enhances skin texture and tone. It dries very quickly, so I spread it out as fast as I can savoring every last drop. Again, a little of this goes a long way.
– Finally, I once again coat my face in my favorite SkinMedica Replenish Hydrating Cream, then off to bed I go!

Maintenance:
– At the center of every good skin routine is a good core of maintenance. I’ve been getting Dermaplane once every month and, as you can tell from my previous post, it’s one of my favorite things. Not only does it leave my skin soft with an incredible glow, but the procedure is actually very relaxing. Dermaplane removes the peach fuzz from the face, while also creating a good foundation for other things, such as peels.
– Speaking of which, I’ve also done a couple of lactic peels, some very light and some a little stronger. I love that NWACPS eases me into things so that we can see how my skin will react. Over the last couple months my skin has become less sensitive, so I’m able to try out the stronger stuff. Yeah!
– For tougher spots to treat (like my nose), I’ve had microdermabrasion treatments instead of Dermaplane. Having the option to combine both in one sitting is great (once again, THANK YOU KRISSA!).
– One word: BOTOX. I’ve gotten it once and, three months later, I’m set to get my second round this week! While I know it can be a little intimidating to try at first, I can tell you that it is worth it a million times over. At 36-years-old, I have wrinkles that have started to form where I don’t necessarily like them (my furrowed brow, crows feet, and forehead). Botox has subtly smoothed out these lines and will also help in preventing new ones. Done and done!
– Last month I also added something new to the mix – laser! At NWACPS they used a machine called the Nordlys Hybrid Experience, which is a less painful form of laser. I must admit, I was a tad nervous to try this because I had no idea what to expect. My nerves were all for nothing though, because the pain level was completely bearable (at most it felt like a rubber band snap) and there was no recovery afterwards. The round that I did was to remove brown spots under my skin’s surface and my next round will be to remove the redness (which I have a ton of). Overall, this will give a more even look to my skin, making it look even better overall!

While this may sound like a lot, I actually only spend about 5 minutes every morning and night, plus I look forward to each face wash (and of course to each appointment). Because my skin has already changed since beginning my new regimen, I’m sure that means my routine will change as well – and that’s why I’m so happy to have professionals helping me along the way. I highly recommend at least starting with a consultation and, if you’re in NW Arkansas, NWACPS can’t be beat. Dr. Stacey and everyone who works there is so warm, welcoming, and helpful. I’ve asked a gazillion questions and I love that they’ve explained the process to me every step of the way. And while I am loving the results that I’m seeing, what’s even better is knowing that it will have lasting effects that I’ll see as I grow older.

This post is in partnership with NWACPS, however the words and opinions in my blog are truly my own.