Two Teens And Their Mama

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wednesday Ramblings


Happy Wednesday!  Normally, I post style stuff on Wednesdays, but since I'm co-hosting with Jennie at A Pocketful of Polka Dots on Friday, I thought I'd save my outfit for then.  Be sure to head to The Blended Blog for all the pretty fashion posts, and to link up with us. This is our last week of Spring Fever Fashion, but we've got a new series on tap called "Fashion Files".  It's going to be a lot of fun - hop over for all the details!

Today I've got a bunch of randomness to share, starting with this tulip picture.  I've been working on my photography skills, and I love how this one turned out.  No idea what I did or how to recreate it though.

College boy will be home in ten days for summer break.  In some ways, I can't believe how quickly his freshman year went by, and at other times it feels like he's been gone forever. The good news is, we all survived, and I cannot wait to have him back for three months. He'll be leaving for a short study abroad to Norway in June, and he has a job as a lifeguard, so I probably won't see that much of him.  But just knowing I can hug him everyday has me so happy.


I just got back from a weekend in San Francisco with my mom and sister.  We headed to California to finally bring my sweet grandma Nelda home.  She passed away last June at the age of 96, and we'd been waiting for the chance to place her in the spot she chose for herself many years ago.  Grandma's hometown holds so many memories for me, both of her and my father, and the weekend was emotionally draining.  But everything has come full circle now, and she'll forever enjoy this beautiful view.


In all the busyness of life, I completely forgot about my blogaversary.  I can't believe it's been three years since I made the best decision to enter this crazy blogging world.  I love the friendships I've made, and I'm so appreciative of all of you for reading along.  Thanks for sticking with me!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Happy Tasty Tuesday


I just got home from a weekend trip to San Francisco with my mom and sister, and I'm all discombobulated!  Still need to unpack, check emails, and dig into the pile of work on my desk.  

In the meantime, I'm over at The Blended Blog today, sharing a recipe for the most delicious, melt in your mouth sugar cookies.  I hope you'll hop over and maybe leave a recipe in our link up!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring Fever Fashion: The Oldest Denim Jacket


Welcome back to Spring Fever Fashion with my lovely friends at The Blended Blog.  Thanks to everyone who linked up with us last week!  We keep growing and it's because of all of you.

In addition to my other obsessions, I have a thing for denim jackets. There are currently five hanging in my closet - white, pink and three washes of blue denim.  They're the perfect layering piece, and can be dressed up or down.



This jacket is my favorite.  I think it's the oldest piece of clothing I own and still wear on a regular basis.  I was going through some pictures and came across this one from...2006, maybe?  Look how young the boys are!  Wait, look how young I am!  And there's the denim jacket.  I'm not even sure it was new at that point.



Back to reality, and my .0000001 cents per wear jacket.  I'm also loving lace up tops, floral flats, and white jeans. Put them all together and it's the perfect outfit for my lifestyle.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge

Now it's time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle.  



Monday, April 17, 2017

My 5 Favorite Skin Care Products (And Why)


I've got pretty good skin, especially for my age.  So says the dermatologist, who claims it mostly comes from inheriting "elastic" skin, whatever that means.  I've also been religious about using a moisturizer with sunscreen since my early teens.

Regardless of how old you are, or the health of your skin, it's important to take care of it every day.  Having said that, I hate spending a lot of time on my beauty routine.  Luckily, these five favorite skin care products only add a few extra minutes:



1.  Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser.  Back in my retail buying days, I got lots of insider tips from beauty product reps. One of them told me not to spend a ton of money on a cleanser, since it only stays on your face for seconds. Cetaphil leaves my skin feeling fresh and never dry, and a $6.00, 8 ounce bottle lasts forever.

2.  Vitamin C Serum.  This is a relatively new addition to my skin care routine, but I love it. Vitamin C does so many wonderful things for your face, from stimulating new collagen to reducing fine lines and wrinkles.  Plus, it just feels good when you put it on, after cleansing and before moisturizing.  Courtney at Intentionalish.com recently shared a DIY Vitamin C Serum recipe, which looks interesting, especially if you have more patience than I do.

3.  L'Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Day/Night Moisturizer.  "Beauty product rep" insider tip number two:  Lancome and L'Oreal are made by the same company, and many of their products have identical ingredients.  The only difference - the price. This lightweight cream helps firm and lift my skin, and I use it in the morning and before bed. The only drawback is that this moisturizer doesn't have sunscreen.  Bonus product:  Supergoop CC Cream, with an SPF 35.  I use this as my foundation and it's perfect.



4.  Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye.  I use this cream at night after I've washed my face and applied moisturizer. This concentrate contains essential oils and botanicals to reduce puffiness and diminish fine lines and wrinkles around the sensitive eye area.  I've been using it for over a year, and definitely see a reduction in fine lines.

5.  Ren Clean Skincare 1 Minute Facial.  Every three days, I use this facial to exfoliate and refresh my skin.  I swear, it gives instant results!  

My final insider tips:  always include your neck when taking care of your face as it's one of the first areas to show aging.  And try to wash your face every night, to remove makeup and dirt from the day.  I shoot for at least five nights a week, and call it good.  Most of the time I use cleansing towelettes - they easily get the job done.



Hopefully I'll make it to age 99 with my "elastic" skin still in good shape, just like Grandpa Ed.  What is your favorite skin care product?



Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Friday Loves


Happy Good Friday, friends!  I'm linking up with my peeps at The Blended Blog to share some Easter favorites. See what I did there...peeps...anyway...


Love this bunny napkin tutorial from Party Til Dawn.  My table isn't always the most creative, but I like to do something fun with the napkins.  Adorable!  Be sure to check out the rest of Dawn's blog.  It's lovely, just like her!



This year we're celebrating my husband's birthday at Easter brunch, so there will be cake. Maybe one of these from Cooking With Carlee?



Ava's Alphabet shared the cutest bunny footprint art.  Think my boys are too big for this? Probably.  I'll just save the idea for grandkids.



It wouldn't be Easter without Deviled Eggs.  Love this colorful recipe from Tamara Camera.



What about some edible Easter grass shared by Crafting A Family?  So much better than the stringy, plastic kind!



Hope you'll join us at The Blended Blog to link up your favorite post of the week.  Wishing you and yours a wonderful Easter weekend!





Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Fever Fashion: Easter Florals


Welcome back to Spring Fever Fashion with my lovely friends at The Blended Blog.  Thanks to everyone who linked up with us last week!  We keep growing and it's because of all of you.

Even as a little girl, one of my favorite parts of Easter Sunday was wearing a new spring dress.  Every year mom got my sister and I matching outfits, and I felt so pretty getting ready for church and egg hunts.  Apparently florals were trendy in 1969 too!



I still enjoy picking out an Easter dress, but with the cool spring we've had this year, I know I'll be too cold to wear it this Sunday.  Thankfully there are pastel pants and florals to make me feel ready for the Easter bunny!



These are the Harper pants in Cheek Blush from Old Navy.  The fit is similar to the Pixie Pant, but with a straight leg. They have a wide waistband and are so comfy.  I love the floral print of this Macy's blouse, and the flutter sleeves, ruffle detail and tie neckline are feminine and fun.  I'll probably throw on a cardigan on Sunday, but a denim jacket would be cute too.

Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge

Now it's time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle. 



Monday, April 10, 2017

Mindful Monday: The Sky's The Limit


There are moments in life when the tides turn, and the teacher becomes the student. One of the greatest gifts of parenting is learning something from your kids.

I just spent Mom's Weekend at Thomas' university.  We went to a baseball game, walked around campus, saw a comedian, and ate...a lot.  After touring the vet hospital, there were some in depth heart to hearts, because this kiddo of mine is under serious pressure right now.

Thomas has wanted to be a veterinarian since he was eight. Back in 2005 we visited Washington State University and took this picture.


And yesterday.  Eleven years later. (BTW, how did he grow four bricks?  I still see the eight year old when I look at him).


In July he'll be taking some big steps towards that goal.  The journey is long and difficult, but he is focused and determined.  It's impossible to listen to him and not believe the dream.

He won't let his sky turn into a ceiling.

Thanks for the lesson, son.
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