Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall Fun on the Farm

It has become a tradition for my parents and I to take the kids to Blooms & Berries for their "Fall Fun on the Farm."  It's one of my favorite farms in our area, mainly for the variety!  This was the first year that the kids wanted to do everything (even the BIG slide!) and we had a blast.  It was cool, cloudy and perfect pumpkin-picking weather.  Aiden loved the cow train ride, Audrey would've slid down the slide all day long and my favorite was the "Spookley" walk - I LOVE that book!

I'm trying to not think about the fact that October is almost over (farms really need to continue the fun into November) and I'm REALLY not ready for Christmas.  So in my state of denial...here are a few pictures from our day...

Blooms & Berries...we love you!  See you next fall! :)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Favorites

Audrey was so excited that today is Friday, she was up bright dark and early, which means you get a Friday Favorites post! ;)  I haven't done one in awhile - life has been crazy - but we've had some fun moments the past few weeks!

Audrey is cracking me up lately.  She is changing so much, it seems like daily, and recently seems so OLD.  Ugh.  But with the growing, comes the fun!  She loves to say her name (Audgie Tay), and whenever I sing a song, she says, "No, Mommy!  Audgie song!"  Or Aiden's...depending on the song.  She's claimed ABCs and The Ants Go Marching :).

Last weekend we celebrated my dad's birthday with our family in Louisville!  The kids loved playing with their cousins and watching soccer. 

As the weather cools down, it gets harder and harder to eat fresh and healthy.  But this meal hit the spot!  

And then whoops...my next picture is of my new favorite muffin - Protein Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chip.  They're healthy, I swear ;). I've tweaked the recipe so many times, I'll have to post it soon!

I am the first to admit that I am jealous of my daughter's hair.  I mean, she woke up like this.  I so hope the curls stay put!

Aiden's teacher posts a ton of pictures in our Facebook group and I love seeing our boy learning and having fun!  He's so focused here :).

By some miracle, the kids have been playing so well together recently (I just jinxed it).  Aiden comes up with these crazy scenarios and Audrey goes along for the ride.  Here they moved all of our dining room chairs into our bedroom, along with a pile of toys.  When I asked what they were doing, he said, "Setting up to watch the golf cart show!"  Well alright, then!

These leggings, a glass of wine and not worrying about the mess - all favorites. 

I just opened the door to let our dog out and BRRRRR!  Needless to say, favorites today will include chili in the crockpot and warm clothes.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Confidence is More Than Skin Deep

For as long as I can remember, I've had bad skin.  As a teenager, I tried EVERYthing!  I ripped ads from Seventeen and bought every product from the drugstore.  I tried over-the-counter and prescription products and was eventually put on Accutane.  If you know anything about that drug, you know it is BAD stuff.  My skin was clear, but I swear it changed my personality.  

Fast forward through the rest of high school, college and beyond and my skin has never been great.  I've mastered the art of concealer, and was still trying a variety of products to see what may finally do the trick.  Over the past year and a half, my confidence has grown in so many ways, thanks to focusing on my physical and emotional health.  Well, this past summer I realized the last piece of the puzzle was my skin.  Overall health should definitely include skin, so I began to use sunscreen on a regular basis and was sure to wash and moisturize twice daily.  But I still. got. zits. 

Surely, you've heard of Rodan + Fields.  In fact, you probably have at least one friend who sells it, and more friends who use it.  But maybe not!  I have been inundated with info on these products the past year, and I've always been intrigued.  I had seen what Proactive could do, so I was curious what the doctors who created that could offer with Rodan + Fields products.  About two months ago, I was lucky enough to get to start the "Unblemish" regimen, and I began using it strictly, as directed.

I went in with low expectations and am coming out of these two months VERY impressed with the results.  I always criticize before/after pictures, so I tried to take these at the exact same time of day, in the same spot and as you can tell, right out of the shower...

I think I was most excited about the change in the texture of my skin.  The acne has seriously stopped and my scarring is MUCH better!  My skin is brighter, smoother and more even.  I didn't wear much makeup before - well, now I hardly wear it at all! 

Everyone (myself included) always talks about the pros of products, but rarely addresses the concerns.  Here are my thoughts on what I've heard (and even thought myself at times):

It's expensive.  Well yes, it's an investment.  But you use VERY little product each time and it lasts a few months.  I also did the math, and I'm spending less on this regimen than I was on my trial and error purchases at Target.

It's Direct Sales.  Well yes, again it is.  But so what?  I would much rather support a friend to get a product I love, versus buying from a box store.

Their posts are just too much for me.  Okay, I know you've thought this...and so have I.  HOWEVER...I love the products because they work.  Those selling Rodan + Fields are excited about the success they've seen and they want to share it.  I'd much rather have that positivity infiltrate my Facebook feed than other junk.  And if it still bothers you...these people are human and they get it.  Just tell them :).

I've been so happy with my Rodan + Fields experience and am happy to be able to share the love! If you head on over to my Instagram page (anlimke), you'll find a great giveaway and more info on how to order!  If you have ANY questions, please reach out and I can point you in the right direction.  

Happy Thursday, have a wonderful weekend!! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Well Hello There!

So do you ever wonder what life would be like with limited social media and zero time for keeping up with it?  Well, I think I found out this past week!  Life went from zero to sixty last week, and while I can't wait to share all about it, I don't want to jinx anything.  (I'm NOT pregnant, btw, that's impossible ;))  

But I did want to stop in and say hello and share a project I finally completed in Audrey's room...two years after her birth!  Gallery walls are TOUGH and require more skill and commitment than I am used to needing for decorating.  But, I knew I wanted a collection of art above Audrey's dresser, so I started collecting things soon after she was born. 

It just so happens that most of these items are from Hobby Lobby, though I hadn't planned it that way.  They all have special meaning, they all tie in to her room in some way and most importantly, she LOVES it!

That's all I have for today!  I will likely be MIA for just a little bit, but no worries...I'll be back to over sharing very soon ;).