Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Six Beauty Must-Haves

I’ve shared my favorite beauty products before, but as with most things, my favorites seem to evolve as I evolve.  Once I became a mom my beauty regimen changed drastically.  Today I want to share my 6 favorite new mama beauty products; however, while I use these as timesavers now I still fully endorse them as great products for women at every life stage.
ALL of these products are under $10!
ALL of these products save time! 
Who doesn’t want more time & money?!

Here are my 6 go-to beauty products:Six Beauty Must-Haves
1. Dry Shampoo- Oh my stars this is a lifesaver!  I’ve tried dry shampoo before & never really been satisfied.  Previous dry shampoos have had such a strong odor that I develop a headache throughout the day or it leaves gray streaks in my hair (seriously the last thing I need is gray hair!).  So when Chelsea at The Perfect Catch recommended this dry shampoo I was honestly skeptical, but still desperate enough to try it hahahaha.  I’m not sure Chelsea knows how much she has saved our mornings with this little tip; thank you!  This light-weight dry shampoo smells amazing, but not too strong.  The dry shampoo quickly absorbs oil while still leaving my hair soft, and keeps my hair looking fresh even on days when I don’t get to wash my hair (which as a mama with a young baby this happens often). Another tip for using dry shampoo (thank you Meg.O!), is to style your hair on day one, then on the evening of day one before going to bed apply the dry shampoo and put your hair in a top knot for bed.  The next day your hair will be gorg!

2. Shower Cap- I don’t know if you would consider this a beauty product or not, but I’m including it.  So I was using the dry shampoo for a while and I kept getting these little humidity curls around the side of my face.  When I was washing my face in the shower some of the water would wet my hair and it would totally mess up my second-day hair-do.  It took me a while to realize that I just needed to wear a shower cap in the shower on days where my hair wasn’t going to be washed (duh!).  I wash my hair every other day, and on days where I’m not washing my hair I protect it and keep it dry by wearing a shower cap in the shower.

3. E.L.F. Makeup Mist- I know that I’ve pushed this product before, but I’m still obsessed! :-) This beauty repeat offender is a great way to set your makeup.  This mist is kind of like hairspray for your face.  I can apply my makeup in the morning and no matter how much playing or cleaning I do during the day, it is still going strong at the end of the day.  You apply all of your makeup and then lightly mist your face (2-3 pumps).  The mist helps to keep your makeup in place all day long so that you don’t have to reapply for touch-ups.  Since I started using this mist my makeup is as fresh in the evening as it was when I applied it in the morning, eveeeeeeeeeeen if it was a 14 hour day or it was 90 degree Houston weather.  I’m a believer in this stuff!

4. Tea Tree Essential Oil- (also know as Melaleuca alternifolia) I’ve posted about my Miracle Skin Care System before & mentioned Tea Tree Essential Oil.  This stuff is awesome!  If you haven't jumped on the essential oil train, you should start with this one.  I’m over 30 but I still have these annoying hormonal acne flare-ups here and there (typical regions for hormonal flare-ups are on the lower cheek/jaw line and chin). To quickly, and painlessly, clear-up a break-out, I dab a little Tea Tree EO on the area of interest 2x a day.  The Tea Tree EO will clear up a break-out within 24-48 hours.

5. Big Sexy Powder Play- This product is perfect for getting volume.  It is a weightless & odorless powder that you sprinkle into your hair and then shake it in with your fingers.  A little bit goes a long long long long way; you don’t need much to get your desired effect; I don’t think you’ll ever get to the bottom of the bottle.  I sprinkle this in at the crown of my head to give me a little poof.   If you’re a hair teaser this will definitely help you get some volume.

6. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish- I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to go get a manicure and I certainly don’t have the time to wait for my nails to dry if I do them myself.  In fact, I hate to waste time even painting my nails if I know that it is going to chip off so quickly because I’m constantly washing dishes.  This polish goes on fast, dries fast, and stays on.  My favorite shades are grays and neutrals these days.
So those are my favorites these days. 
Tell me more though!
What tricks and tools do you have?
Obligatory Blogger Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post; I just really like these products.

Monday, April 6, 2015

DIY Bug Spray

Good morning and happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend; we certainly did!  The Mr. took Thursday and Friday off, so we had a 4-day weekend with daddy home.  I love weekends like that :-)

Okay today I want to share my bug spray with you.  I try my best to make sure that everything around Dutch is promoting his health as much as possible.  With the mosquitos already in full force this spring in Houston, I wanted to make sure I had a healthy bug spray option for him.  This homemade bug spray is safe and effective for adults as well as young children.  There are two ways to make this: you can either have a spray or a cream.  I made the cream last year (and I still have it because apparently I made enough for everyone in the entire state of Texas), and this year I made the spray.DIY Bug Spray
Glass spray bottle OR glass mason jar
Peppermint essential oil (I use Young Living)
Purification essential oil (I use Young Living)
Distilled water (optional)
Coconut oil (optional)

Spray Directions:
1. In a spray bottle (4oz or smaller), put 5 drops of peppermint and 5 drops of purification.  Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.
2. Spray!
3. Bye bye skeeters!

Cream Directions:
1. Melt 4 oz of coconut oil, and then mix in 5 drops of peppermint and 5 drops of purification.  Pour into the mason jar, and stick in the fridge to harden.
2. Apply!
3. Bye bye skeeters! DSC_0085

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What I’m Lovin’ Wednesday: New Mugs

I don’t know about you, but I’m a firm believer in how a new mug can totally change the flavor of your morning coffee.  Right? 
I’ve always been a big fan of the mugs at Anthropologie and this past weekend I purchased two new mugs and I’m loving them.  I’m convinced they’re the reason my coffee is extra yummy this week ;-)Anthropologie Mugs 1

I’ve still got my eyes on these two heheAnthropologie Mugs 2
Do you have any mugs that I need to check out?
Happy Wednesday (and April Fool’s Day!)
Obligatory Blogger Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post; I just really like these products.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter is Coming!

Uh…. did you know that Easter is pretty much here? Wasn’t it just Christmas? Wow!
If it weren’t for my planner I would still be decorated in red and green with jingle bells!

Okay so today I’m dipping into the LWTH archives for some yummies to help you prep for Easter this weekend.  Check out these delicious recipes:

Have a sweet Monday!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Little Peep Bumpdate {40 Weeks Out!}

This was a really big milestone for me.  Like really big.  I still, still, can’t believe that my Little Peep is here.  I continue to have the mindset of a woman struggling with infertility; it is so surreal to me that he was conceived, grown in my womb, and now is here.  But not just here, like talking and crawling and smiling……OMG. HE. IS. HERE!

Mind is blown!

Anyways, Dutch has officially been on the outside of my womb for as long as he was inside.  To me that is just crazy!  He will probably be 40 years old before it finally clicks in my brain that he is here.  Until then I will happily live in this bliss-filled bubble of baby snuggles, babbling, and smiles.  I have been keeping track of his monthly post and picture I just haven’t hit publish on those drafts.  For some reason I think if I actually publish them then they will be real (as if they aren’t real just sitting in my draft box?!?!?!  Please forgive this sappy mama clearly living in denial!).  With his rapidly approaching first birthday (cue a symphony of sniffles), maybe I will actual hit publish. Maybe?

Okay the last time I had a bumpdate was when my little precious one was born.  It’s so funny to go back and look at what I was thinking or feeling at different times throughout my pregnancy and first weeks.  It’s only been a year and a half since I found out I was expecting, but wow what a period of growth physically, emotionally, and mentally it has been!
Now it's time to add to this bumpy (hehehe) timeline!40 weeks ppd collage
5 weeks - 31 weeks - 41 weeks - 40 weeks postpartum
*and since everyone keeps asking me, I'm happy to share, I gained 30 lbs during pregnancy and I'm now down 40 lbs since he was born*40 weeks ppd collage-2
I guess the next big milestone is my little peep's first birthday.
I am not ready. 
Not ready at all!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Organic Homemade Teething Biscuits

Over the weekend I posted on Instagram that I was making some teething biscuits for Dutch and I received a lot of requests for the recipe.  It’s important to me to make sure that I start teaching my little boy from an early age that what you consume impacts your body.  I am very particular about the foods that I feed him; I want to make sure that I’m giving him the best future that I can.  When I make my own teething crackers/biscuits for him I know exactly what he is eating so I’ve been making these for him for a while.  I will do a post soon on the homemade baby food that I make for him.From the Kitchen of Darby Hawley
This is a super simple recipe that takes no time at all, and I like that Dutch can easily hold these in his hand.  Not going to lie, I’ve eaten a few of these with my coffee in the morning……kind of like biscotti lol
  Organic Homemade Teething Biscuits
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup steel cut oats ground in a blender
2 tbs maple syrup
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 tsp each of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla extract
1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Pick one:
         1 cup apple sauce (I use homemade but you could also use organic)
         1 cup mashed bananas
         1 cup pumpkin puree
Teething Biscuit Ingredients
Directions for all flavors:
1. Mix all ingredients together. Mold them into little biscuits & place on a greased cookie sheet. 
2. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and then flip them. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
3. Store uncovered for about 24 hours so that they continue to harden.
4. Enjoy them at room temperature OR serve frozen when gums are sensitive.

Teething Biscuit Flavors
Enjoy and Happy Wednesday Friends!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Currently. ...

Hi, remember me? It's been a while I know.  It's been a bittersweet absense. Of course I have missed sharing here and I think of y'all daily, but I've been soaking up every single baby moment Dutch has left because he isn't going to be a baby for much longer :-(  He is 9 months old & the anticipated  (but mostly dreaded) first birthday is right around the corner! Ahhhhh  

So currently what's going on in my world? (I'm typing this as Dutch sleeps next to me in bed, & the pups are snoring pretty loudly in their beds at the foot of our bed.)

:::Watching- Um, yeah not too much. I like to watch an episode of The Big Bang Theory before bed, and I've been trying to keep up with all those looney tune housewives on Bravo. Has anyone seen the new born in the wild show? It has certainly peaked my interests.

:::Craving- Samoas! Texans, this is what Caramel Delights are called on the east coast. Every year those little cute girl scouts in front of the grocery store get me & I have zero self control & to be honest I'm not even trying to control myself :-)

:::Drinking- Water like it's my job! Seriously I'm drinking so much water these gallons of water.  I still limit myself to 1 cup of coffee a day. I'm so sad when that cup is gone :-(

:::Looking forward to- I say "looking forward to", but I can totally wait.  This is not one of those things where I'm saying "oh I can't  wait until....." because I do not let myself say that or live in that mentality anymore. I can definitely wait, but I'm looking forward to celebrating Easter with Dutch. It's my favorite holiday and the most important one for our faith so I'm looking forward to sharing that with him. Plus I ordered his Easter basket 2 weeks ago and his gifts yesterday  :-)

:::Wearing- Lately I'm pretty stuck on lace, ruffles, & neutral tones.  I got a new shirt and the Mr. asked me if it was the one I wore the day before. Since it wasn't,  I'm thinking that means all of my clothes are starting to look the same. 

:::Praying for- Single moms!  They have to be such a strong breed of woman! I was sick 2 days this week with a fever over 100 and I was out. I couldn't do anything.  I'm so glad the Mr. was home to help me, otherwise I don't know what would have happened.  I honestly don't know how single moms do it every day when they're healthy, but when they're sick?! Oh my goodness I admire them. Jesus please bless all the single mamas with extra grace, patience, love, and health!

:::Reading- Don't laugh but I finally finished the novel I started to pass the time the week before Dutch was born.  It really was a fun and easy book (Revenge Wears Prada) but I never could sit and read more than 2 pages at a time. This might be my new normal for a while.  Now I'm reading a French parenting book and noticing that my parenting style so far is very european.  It's a great book, but I'm only on chapter 3, so hopefully it doesn't take me a year to read it hahaha 

:::Listening- I've got my Pandora station set on my favorite Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington station. When it comes to music I'm a very old soul.

:::Loving- Dry is a lifesaver and makes me feel like I can conquer the world! 

Okay that's me today.  How are y'all?  Tell me what you've been up to or what your plans are for this weekend :-)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Day and Night

I was watching this Pixar video over the weekend and it really spoke volumes to me about how different yet similar we are.  
our brains are different,
our "plumbing" is different, and
our outsides are different.
Yet, there is something so similar about all of us.
How beautifully stated in a Pixar video :-)
Happy Monday!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tummy Time Artwork

Covering my fridge with art from my little Picasso is my favorite these days.  Dutch and I love to have art time together.  Back in December I posted a picture of some artwork that Dutch was working on for Christmas gifts.  Dutch has always had a fairly strong neck and never really minded “tummy time” but this was a way to have a little bit more fun with the activity.  On this particular day, Dutch had a friend over to play (aka- Mama had a good friend over for chatting, coffee, art, and babies), and I thought this project would be fun for him and his precious friend.Tummy Time Artwork
I put some paint on a sheet of paper and placed it securely in a ziplock back and taped the bag to the floor. (You always want to be as safe as you can with plastic and babies- so obviously make sure you’re paying attention).  Make sure that you use light paint so that if it globs up on the page that it doesn’t bust a hole right through the paper- this has happened a few times to us.Tummy Time Art-2
Then I let the kiddos go to town moving the paint around.  Dutch is always so fascinated with mixing the colors around. When we’re done I take the paper out and let it dry.
This is a fun and mess free art project.  Tummy Time Art-1
Happy Friday friends!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

What I’m Lovin’ Wednesday: Melton Booties

I first saw Melton Baby Booties on Zulily, and thank goodness I did because they can be pricey! 
But fellow mamas, they are worth e-v-e-r-y penny!
I can’t tell you how many comments I’ve received on social media about Dutch’s baby booties.  Most of y’all say that they are cute, and yes they are (thank you!), but that’s not the best part.  Dutch Gray MeltonsDutch Striped Meltons
These booties are so soft on the inside and have great grips on the bottom, but the best part, the absolute BEST part, is the drawstring tie.
Every other shoe I have put on Dutch falls of when he kicks, or slides off, or just isn’t the right fit for his ever-evolving feet.  But the drawstring is the perfect tie to keep shoes on his feet no matter what size he is or how active he is. 
I have flagged them on my Zulily account so that I get a notice every time they are on sale, and I spent about $12 a pair there.  You can also purchase them on Amazon. 
There are so many cute options for both girls and boys.  Dutch has three different pairs in his closet now, but I’m sure that will change hehe.
So mamas of youngsters, make sure you check out Meltons and order a pair as soon as you can!Melton Baby Booties- StarsMelton Baby Booties- NavyMelton Baby Booties- PurpleMelton Baby Booties- StripesMelton
Stars - Navy- Polka dots- Stripes- Light blue
Obligatory Blogger Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post; I just really like this product.

Monday, February 2, 2015


Every now and then a song will touch the depths of my soul.
The words from this song have been burning in my heart.
 I've got this song on repeat so I can glean it all.

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Oh, Jesus, you're my God!

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine
Happy Monday!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What I’m Lovin’ Wednesday: SweeperVac

For Christmas my mom gave me the Swiffer SweeperVac.  I already had a vacuum that worked great and most of my house has wood floors, so I didn’t initially see the need for another one.  That is until Dutch became mobile.

So attention all new mamas with pets….this product is for YOU! 
SwifferSweeperVacWhile I may sweep & vacuum on a a daily basis, try as I might, there is no way I can get up all of the dog hair.  Dutch can clean the floor way better than any cleaning product with his belly!  I can’t stand it!  I hate when I look down at my baby boy who is having so much fun crawling on the floor and he looks up me with his big grin covered in dog hair.  Totally nasty!  sweeperMain_swiffer_20110527_B0035G073G
Now with my SweeperVac we don’t have this issue anymore thank goodness.  Every night, right before bed, I quickly run this lightweight cordless vacuum through the house and it either sucks everything up into the vacuum OR the debris is like a magnet to the Swiffer pad.  The handle swivels the Swiffer pad in all of those hard to reach places so I don’t even have to move furniture.  I am a new believer in this product: it is easily charged and uses the regular Swiffer pads.  It’s so effective, keeps the tile and wood floors clean, keeps Dutch’s mouth free from dog hair, and keeps me sane. d6e3559d-f7b2-4146-82c8-ee176e2447f9 I was going crazy vacuuming and sweeping 2-3 times a day to stay on top of the dog hair.  (Not going to lie, I really contemplated either full-body waxing or laser hair removal for the dogs.  Do they do that?!  The Mr. said that I was losing it hahahahahahaha)  The SweeperVac saved my sanity lol  If you’re a new mom and your little one is getting ready to start crawling, do yourself a favor and purchase this bad boy!
Obligatory Blogger Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post; I just really like this product.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Blissfully Away

Hi friends!  It’s me, Darby. 
Do you remember me?
I’m not going to apologize, because I’m not really sorry and I know you know what I mean when I say that (not being rude, it just is what it is), but I’ve been blissfully away playing with this 7 month old little boy who has captured my heart.
Thank you Grace Hill Photography!!!  Y’all, seriously, go now and book an appointment!edits-0002edits-0009edits-0004edits-0007edits-0011edits-0012
Happy Monday!
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