Small Business Saturday – Gifts For My Sister From Crafted at the Port of LA!

On Thursday, I celebrated Thanksgiving with my family, but we also celebrated my older sister’s birthday! I wanted to get her something unique and special, so I headed to Crafted at the Port of LA! The last time I was there, I’d had a blast meeting all the different vendors and trying out different crafting projects! This time, I went looking for gifts!

I ended up choosing this gorgeous necklace from Les Beaux Metaux, and this adorable fabric flower magnetic broach from The Jungle Bee! I couldn’t resist buying a unique art print card from Mome Rath Garden as well.

gifts from Crafted at the Port of LA!!

Today is Small Business Saturday, so if you still have gifts to get for your holiday celebrations, be sure to support your local businesses!  If you live in the Los Angeles area, I can’t recommend Crafted at the Port of LA too highly – it’s one of the nation’s largest craft marketplaces with hundreds of vendors selling their unique crafts, gifts, and tasty treats!

Labor Day Shopping Adventure!!

Happy Labor Day everyone!!  This weekend was a big one for my husband and I, but for different reasons.  For Chris, it’s the first college football game of the season, and as a USC super fan, he was incredibly excited to watch the first game of their potentially championship season! 

I’m not much of a sports fan myself, so this weekend meant something else for me – Labor Day weekend deals!!  🙂  I went to the mall on Saturday on the hunt for a new pair of jeans, and some clothes for Troy for his next size up!  I left the house with $100 in my pocket, and went on the hunt for as much I could get!

I began by buying a lightweight and convenient umbrella stroller…

umbrella stroller

…and then bought Troy a cute outfit and some onesies…

baby boy clothes at burlington coat factory

…and finished off by buying myself a couple of shirts, a pair of jeans, and a necklace/earrings set!

women's clothes at burlington coat factory

And I got everything for less than $100!  Hooray Labor Day weekend deals!  I am definitely ready for New York this week!

What are you doing this weekend?  Are you going anywhere fun, or will you stay in and relax?

Half Price Deal for New Momma Beckers Readers for Kid’s Fashion at Kitsel!!!

Whale Newborn Gown from Kitsel

I’m so excited today, because I get to offer my readers an awesome deal from Plum District!  From now until the end of October, you can get $50 worth of fabulous clothing and accessories for babies, toddlers, kids, and tweens from Kitsel for only $25 – half the price!

I love their unique and adorable clothes – like this whimsical whale newborn gown!  The offer also includes free shipping on orders over $75!  Just click on the link below to take advantage of this terrific offer!

Kitsel: Clothes that Tickle the Soul!



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A make-up routine in 10 minutes or less!

The style book Parisian Chic, previously discussed here, states that women should wear makeup everyday, so that they can be beautiful not just for strangers, but for their families too.  I not only don’t do that, I haven’t actually worn make-up since my son was born almost five months ago!

I am very lazy when it comes to make-up.  I’ll wear it if the social situation demands it – but lately, I just haven’t felt compelled to put any on.  That is, until last Saturday, when my friend Tiffany held her graduation party!  It was the perfect event to get back in the style saddle!

If you’re like me, you want your make-up routine to take less than 10 minutes.  Especially now that I have an infant, it’s gotta be fast, or I’m not gonna bother.  I use four products – foundation, eye shadow, mascara, and lipstick.  That’s it.  It takes me between 5 and 10 minutes to apply, which works out perfectly! 

My make-up: these products have never let me down.

For foundation, I use LOreal Paris Naturale Mineral Foundation, which goes on light and doesn’t look too cake-y.

The shadow I use is Almay Intense i-Color Powder Shadow, which highlights the color of your eyes and looks simultaneously natural and pretty. 

My lipstick is Smashbox Photo-Finish, which goes on matte and stays on well. 

And I use Lancome Hypnose Volume Mascara in Excessive Black on my eyelashes, but only on the top layer, because whenever I apply mascara to my bottom lashes, it always makes me look severe.

Here’s what I look like before I apply anything:

Me being lazy and not wearing make-up

And here I am after a 5-10 minute application of four simple products (plus running a brush through my hair):

I look pretty good here, if I do say so myself!

Pretty big difference, right?  So, I am going to try to wear make-up more often.  I probably still won’t do it everyday, but at least on the weekends, I’m gonna make the effort.  It’s worth it, for sure!

P.S.: Troy was a sweetheart the whole time.  He played in his carrier with his toy horse while I got ready, and he didn’t have to be patient for very long.

Obligatory picture of my little man!

How long does your make-up routine take you?  How many products do you use?

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Mother’s Day Weekend!!

My mom, with Troy and my niece Marissa!

Today is my first Mother’s Day, and this whole weekend has been just wonderful! Chris, Troy and I spent the day yesterday with my big ol’ family: my mom, dad, older sister Melissa, brother-in-law Dan, their kids Cristian and Marissa, my little sister Kim and my other brother-in-law Eli.  We celebrated by enjoying hot links and various salads, and by playing my parents’ favorite board game, Ticket to Ride.  The object of the game is to build tracks along the United States from various destinations, while not getting blocked by other players.  It can get very competitive, especially when more than one player needs a certain track.  🙂

“Ticket To Ride” – a unique and awesome board game!!

Then today, I woke up to breakfast in bed and my present from Chris and Troy, a book on fashion called “Parisian Chic,” which was exactly what I was hoping for!  You see, ever since I began my “French Women Don’t Get Fat” eating plan, I’ve developed an interest in French culture (mostly fashion, food, and wine), and I LOVE the idea behind a lot of french fashion: namely, that less is more. I’ve never been interested in fashion before – in high school and college, my usual ensemble consisted of jeans, t-shirts and sneakers – but as I get older, I’m not as worried that I won’t live up to some silly standard that our culture puts on women, and I’m not afraid of trying to look fashionable (even the sentence sounds silly to me now). One of the pictures from the book is of a haircut that I really want to get.  My hair is currently down to my waist, which would be terrific if I had any time to style it, but since I don’t, I always put it up, and it just looks boring.

Chris’s mom and Troy  🙂

So after church, we had brunch with Chris’s mom, dad, and Aunt Linda in San Pedro at Rex’s Cafe, where I enjoyed a mimosa and green eggs cabrillo – basically, an eggs benedict with spinach and without hollandaise sauce.  It was delicious and light, and the French Woman would have definitely approved.

Affogato… mmm….

Then, Chris, Troy and I drove to Hermosa Beach, where I had an affogato – espresso and gelato – that warmed my heart and melted my face into a ridiculous smile.  We walked along the beach, and found a cute shop where Chris talked me into buying a beach hat with a black bow on the brim. 🙂  We finished our day with dinner at Umami Burger, where I ordered a delicious ahi tuna burger.

Me, Troy, and my awesome hat!

All in all, it was an amazing weekend, and I feel lucky to have such a wonderful family!

Disclosure: I am currently affiliated with Google Adsense, Amazon, and Healthy Wage, and this post contains affiliate links.  All opinions expressed are completely my own, and I am not influenced by any compensation I receive.  Honesty is my highest aim.