Oh, Make me over!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Beauty Counter giveaway (previous post). I got so many great entries and comments on what your favorite beauty products are. I wanted to share some them here so others could see. Now I know what I’m buying the next time I go to Sephora. Thanks to our sponsor Natasha at Beauty Counter for hosting a great giveaway and congratulations to Mahdi for being the lucky winner!


Batist Divine Dark Dry shampoo
Beauty Counter Charcoal Mask
Beauty Counter Rejuvenating Night Cream
Beauty Counter Balancing Face Oil
Becca First Light Priming Filter
Benefit Erase Paste
Better than Sex Mascara
Black Tie Market Lip Balm
Butter London Sheer Wisdom Lush Lip Oil
Clarisonic Mia
Dr. Bronners Soap
Makeup Forever Lipsticks
EOS Lip Balm
Eyebrow Powder
Eyelash Curler
MAC Lipsticks
Marc Jacobs Color Correcting Stick
NARS Bronzing Powder
Pixi Glowtonic
Rosewater Mist
St. Tropez Sunless Tanner
Stila Liquid Foundation
Tarte Shape Tape
Urban Decay Naked Eye Shadow Palette

Also, while we are on the topic of beauty, I went to visit one of my clients, Cake Skincare, in Seattle recently for their second salon grand opening. They are a skin care company that knows so much about choosing the right products for your skin. If you live in the Seattle area, stop in for a consultation or visit their online shop where you’ll find amazing products that have pure ingredients, are sustainably sourced, and provide effective results.

Here are some photos from my recent visit!

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Cake Skincare

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cake skincare Seattle - phoenix blogger
cake skincare Seattle - phoenix blogger

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Beauty Products I Love + a Giveaway (CLOSED)!

Women supporting women who support women. At my core, I love supporting women in business which is why I was super excited when one of my sorority sisters reached out to collaborate on a beauty blog post! Natasha sells Beauty Counter products and offered to give one of you guys the chance at winning a Beauty Counter “Jet Pack” inclusive of $119 in products!

I tried out some of their products and I’m hooked! It’s high quality stuff that leaves your skin feeling super soft and hydrated. The best part? They are 100% safe of any ingredient proven to cause hormone disruption and other issues. That’s what really sets them apart from other beauty companies. Which got me thinking … what beauty products do you use every day that you love? I have a few items that I can’t live without (hello, eyebrow filler!) so I thought I’d introduce you to my favs. You’ll find the giveaway details at the end of the post.


In no particular order, I love Stowaway’s Lip & Cheek Rouge (Peony color). It’s a tint that goes onto your cheeks to add a nice color. I only use a tad (a little goes a long way) and it makes a huge impact. It’s only $16 and I can’t function without it.

One of my clients, Cake Skincare, introduced me to Hannes Dottir’s Mineral of Mist spray. I shake the bottle to mix up the minerals and then spray a little onto my face. I swear my face is better because of it.

Nighttime is the best time for your face to repair and relax. I live in a really dry climate so lotion of some kind is imperative. Natasha gave me Beauty Counter Restorative Night Cream and it’s become my go-to cream before bedtime.

I have to admit, I’m a lipstick loser. I average about three days of owning a lipstick before I lose it. When it finally shows up again, I have already replaced it with another. Hence why I have a ton of lipsticks lying around my house. My favorite is Maybelline’s matte colors – you can find bright pink, purples and great natural shades. My lip color de jour is Lust for Blush by Maybelline.


I also started using NeuLash and I can actually see a difference! My lashes are looking fuller after three weeks of use. They say it takes 30 days to notice anything, so I’ll loop back around once my 30 days are up. It’s a super easy application that you put on (kind of like liquid eyeliner) at night and voila! Fuller lashes in just a few weeks. I bought mine for $95 at Nordstrom but when I was looking up reviews on the stuff, I found it much cheaper on Amazon.


Beauty Counter has a Charcoal Mask that looks a little off putting (it’s like real charcoal) but works wonders! They have a charcoal cleansing bar too that I was thinking of getting. Your face will thank you for this one.

Okay, this is hands down my favorite must-have. Anastasia has changed the way I see my brows. I get my eyebrows waxed at the Anastasia brow bar, located inside Nordstrom Fashion Square in Scottsdale. My brow girl (hi, Erin!) is phenomenal and introduced me to their Brow Definer. My face just doesn’t feel complete without using this product. Get it!



That’s it for me. What are you favorite products? I need a good mascara. Any brands you like best? Do tell! In fact, if you leave a comment sharing your favorite beauty must-have, you’ll be entered to win a Beauty Counter “Jet Pack” inclusive of Natasha’s favorite things. PLUS, if you follow Natasha on Instagram (here) you’ll get another entry!

– Body Wash in Citrus Mimosa
– Hydrating Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa
– Daily Shampoo and Conditioner
– Charcoal Cleansing Bar
– Travel Bag
– Plus, the all-new Dessert Sunrise Palette!BEAUTYCOUNTERGIVEAWAY

Good luck! Winner will be notified by email by Saturday, February 18th. Thanks for playing along.

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Crazy Cross Kids + Giveaway Winner Announced

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These two kids of mine are so crazy lately. One minute they are loving on each other and the other minute they are fighting over something so minuscule. Take this afternoon for example; they started out just sitting there hanging out on the bench. And then she went to kiss him – which prompted him to kiss her – which made her want to smash his face. Which then made him want to tackle her with more kisses.

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many hats of a mom blog

many hats of a mom blog

many hats of a mom blogger

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I hope you had a fun-filled weekend too! The winner of my Artifact Uprising giveaway is announced here and also called out below. I want to thank everyone who played along. I just loved reading each one of your favorite holiday traditions. If you didn’t read through all of the comments, I suggest you do – you may get some new ideas too.

The winner of this Artifact Uprising giveaway, as chosen randomly by Rafflecopter.com, is Madison L.! Congratulations! I will send you an email along with your prize. Enjoy your $150 online credit!

A Happy Family Giveaway

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My kids loved Happy Family snacks when they were babies and they still love it now, so you can imagine my excitement when the brand and I decided to partner up on a little giveaway. Happy Family gifted us their Snack Happy pack for our Labor Day family vacation. We went to our family cabin and took this snack pack along for the ride.

I swear having these snacks within arms reach saved us from so many would-be tantrums. We were actually riding in the car when Colton started screaming (it’s his new thing to do). I grabbed the yogurt bites for him, some organic chocolate cookies for her and within a few seconds everything was nice and silent once more. I might have snuck in a cookie for myself too. What? They’re good!

{The kids drinking their shakes and doing a ‘cheers!’}

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{The kids digging into the Chocolate Pumpkin cookies.}

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Now for the best part … Happy Family is giving you the exact same thing they gave me. A Snack Happy pack valued at $50 and FILLED with yogurt bites, breakfast and dessert squeezies, cookies, nutritional shakes, vegetable and dried fruit snacks, a family tote and more!

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I snapped this photo of the Snack Happy pack that you’ll receive. Notice the ripped green yogurt bites in the background? My kids dug into this snack pack faster than I could take a picture of it. But, you get the picture.

How to Enter

Simply follow the instructions below and you’ll be entered to win these organic snacks. Enter with your email address or Facebook log in (this only required so I can contact you if you win). Get bonus entry points for liking Happy Family brands on Facebook or commenting on this blog post.

This giveaway closes at 12am EST on September 18, 2014. One winner will be notified by email and their snack pack will be mailed within 72 hours. Only one submission per valid email address. Good luck!

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The Giveaway Hat: THE WINNER!

I am so thankful for websites like Random.org – if I had to choose the winner of the Womily Touch Necklace Giveaway, based on the comments alone – I could not have done it justice. The comments left for this giveaway were inspiring and touched my heart. It was great to hear about all of the amazing women (and grandkids!) that have inspired you. Now, I feel more strongly than ever about this Jewish Proverb:

 “God could not be everywhere and therefore He made mothers.”

Thank you all for participating in this online giveaway, for sharing your stories with me and for inspiring me to be an influential woman myself. If you didn’t win this time around, don’t worry – there will be more great product giveaways in the future.
And the winner of the giveaway is … Becky!


Becky, thank you for participating, I know you will love your Touch Sterling Silver Necklace! I will reach out to you for shipping information. Congratulations!

How the winner was selected:
All comments were entered into Excel. Duplicate entries were excluded, along with the wonderful comment from the designer and sponsor of this giveaway. Random.org selected a number at random and the person’s comment who fell under that number was our winner. If you would like to sponsor a mom giveaway, please contact me by email for consideration.

The Giveaway Hat: Touch Fingerprint Necklace – CLOSED

Giveaway ends:  Wednesday, November 17th at 7pm PST Closed

The winner was announced here >>.


Allow me to introduce you to a product that has touched my heart. As an avid shopper, and a loving mother – this is a product that I would love to have: and so, I am giving one to you. It is called the Touch Fingerprint Necklace by Womily. It’s a necklace that features your little one’s fingerprint in silver or gold. This concept was created by a Tiffany & Co. veteran (and mother of two) as a way for women to proudly wear the imprint of someone who has touched their lives. I’ll be giving away this Sterling Silver Touch necklace, $140 value.


  1. Leave a comment on this post with the relationship of a woman who has touched your life in a positive way (i.e., your second grade teacher, your mother, your pet beagle named Cindy Loo).
  2. Check back on November 18 to see if you’re the winner!


  • Giveaway closes at 7pm PST on Wednesday, November 17
  • One comment will be chosen by Random.org
  • The winner will announced on this blog on Thursday, November 18
  • Valid for US residence only
  • Duplicate entries will not be counted
  • Any other questions? Just contact me before the giveaway closes.

Visit Womily online to learn more about their signature custom jewelry!

The Giveaway Hat: Upcoming Giveaway


Next Monday, November 15, I will be hosting a giveaway on my blog where one lucky reader will receive a one-of-a- kind _________. Without telling you what the product is, here are some hints:

  • It’s sophisticated
  • It’s shiny
  • It’s only available online or by appointment at Neiman Marcus

The sponsor of this giveaway has created a product that has touched my heart and I can’t wait to share the product with you! Check back next Monday for rules on how to enter-to-win this fabulous mommy giveaway.