Mother's Day already came & left, but I really enjoyed my time with my family. This was my first year celebrating with my baby, Hezekiah so it made it even more special! The day before we celebrated Zachariah's 3rd Birthday, so we were all pretty tired. The two little ones slept in while Ezekiel & Hubs ran some errands. The boys & their daddy let me go at my pace, so I spent time doing my face & hair, got dressed up & no one complained or 'interrupted' me while I was getting ready. It was heavenly!
They had plans but were surprising me... We ventured out of town & went for a little ride. Once we were close to our destination they had me close my eyes until we got to our 1st stop. We were at a BRAND NEW ULTA! It was the Grand Opening Weekend, so everything was still in stock & the store was so nice, but packed... Before we got out of the car they gifted me with a nice gift card & sent me in to shop. I went in wanting a couple palettes, but walked out with something completely different...
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I have a dilemma! I've been on the hunt for a new bag. As you all know, if you read my previous post "Because Life Happens...", I'm working so I wanted something specifically as a "work bag" but being that I'm a mommy I also want something with a lot of space that I could take with me when I went somewhere with the boys, too.
I'm currently rotating between my Henri Bendel Jetsetter Black Convertible Canvas Backpack & my Michael Kors Rhea Medium Backpack. I love the space & functionality, but I want something a little 'dressier' for work. Nothing that screams, "I'm carrying around 500 diapers, and chasing after babies." I LOVE these bags, don't get me wrong, but these were purchased specifically to make toting around little ones easier, I want something classy & sophisticated, that's timeless, preferably black or neutral.
For the past few months, I've basically been absent from social media as most of you could probably tell... My priorities got mixed up & this (meaning my blog, Facebook, Instagram, everything) all got put on hold temporarily. In February we all were S-I-C-K! I know I touched on it in my 40+ Beauty Questions post, and I thought we were getting better but that didn't happen. The two little ones ending up getting pretty sick, my oldest had to miss some school & there went all my time. Between doctor's visits, cleaning runny noses or throw up, and trying to make everyone comfortable, by the time I had free time, I was exhausted. It's no fun taking care of sickies, but it's even worse when they're infants/toddlers and can't tell you exactly what's wrong. It's an emotionally draining situation, any mom knows that...
Then... An opportunity presented itself the end of February that I took interest in. A part time job, only a couple blocks away from home was going to be opening. I always said I wouldn't go back into the workforce until my boys were in school, but I had a lot of time to really think & pray about the situation, and it was just right.
I interviewed the beginning of March & was offered the job only hours after I interviewed! It was pretty exciting & life changing, that meant my WHOLE routine was about to switch up - and the kids I'd been with pretty much 24/7 since the day they were born were about to go through a change too. My main focus was to make sure it was a smooth transition for all of us. I'm only away from home for a few hours, my boys have the BEST childcare, their Grammie & it's less than a minute away so it's been working out great. I love my boys more than anything and I loved being home all day with them, but it's been great to get back into the 'real world', to wake up everyday & get ready and to do a little work & then come home after a few hours. It opened my eyes and made me really, really appreciate the time I have with them.
I never intended to take such a long break, but I'm back now. I thought May 1st would be a great 're-starting' date, it's a fresh new month & a Monday. I still have the same Goals & Resolutions that I posted about in January, but some things might need a little tweaking. I also have figured out my NEW blogging schedule. You can expect posts from me every Tuesday & Thursday, sometimes Monday or Friday, too... but you'll get at least 2 NEW posts weekly.
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I decided to mix it up a little and do a short beauty questionnaire I saw online, instead of posting a review or swatches... I don't do these often, but it's a fun change every once in awhile. My whole house has been battling colds for the past couple of weeks, once 2 or 3 of us gets better, we start the cycle all over again! Typical, right? So I haven't touched my makeup... I'm not trying to contaminate it with germs. ;) I hope to be back on track next week on my regular posting schedule! Have a GREAT weekend! Can you believe it's February already?!
S K I N C A R E
How many times do you wash your face daily? Usually twice, sometimes more...
What skin type do you have? Dry
What is your current facial wash? Clinique or Jack Black
Do you exfoliate? Yep!
What brand do you use? Clinique
What moisturizer do you use? Josie Maran! and Clinique
Do you have freckles? A couple...
Do you use eye cream? Yes, Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24
Do you or did you have acne prone skin? Never & I hope it stays that way!
Did you ever have to use Pro-activ? No, I never had to thankfully...
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"THE ULTIMATE MEASURE OF A MAN IS NOT WHERE HE STANDS IN MOMENTS OF COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE, BUT WHERE HE STANDS AT TIMES OF CHALLENGE AND CONTROVERSY."
- MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
You wouldn't normally see me writing specifically about a holiday or event, but I felt compelled to wish you all a Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! MLK Day has always been one of those holidays I looked forward to learning about in school every year growing up & now that I'm a parent, I look forward to sharing it with my kids... MLK was a smart, strong, loving man who has helped this country in life & death. I think a lot of people think of this special day as a "Black Holiday" but I don't see it like that at all!
Martin Luther King, Jr. signifies hope, love & equality to me... all things that this world needs right now, things that all people need! It doesn't matter what color your skin is, where you live, or what kind of background you have. I feel like we take 2 steps forwards & one step back constantly as a nation and the world around us has changed so much in the past couple of years in a such a negative way. It just so happens that it took a Black man to open so many hearts, start a movement & leave a legacy behind...
2017 could use a Martin Luther King, Jr... So many people have lost hope & carry around fear or hate in their hearts. Ugly things continue to happen to us, we all need to stick together & spread love, not hate! We all need to remember the horrible things that've occurred in the past and work hard to prevent those types of events from happening anymore. We need to remember to practice peace for our loved ones. Nowadays, all families are mixed with so many different things, that we need to be mindful. Although you may feel a certain issue doesn't pertain to YOU, it affects your grandchildren, your nieces & nephews, your children's cousins, your son's best friend... Keep an open mind & an open heart.
I hope your homes and hearts are filled with love, peace & happiness. 2017 is the year we all need to do better & be better! Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
I got these during the Sephora VIB Sale a couple months ago & when they arrived, I tucked them away and forgot all about them... The other day I was talking about my 2017 Goals & Resolutions & I mentioned taking better care of my skin, so when I was going through my skincare products I got excited about trying out these masks all over again...
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We're a week into 2017 & I finally have my goals & resolutions figured out... When it comes to a new year & setting some goals or having resolutions, I've been on both sides... There have been years where I'm dead-set on change & other years where I'm like, "I'm me, whether you like it or not!" This year I'm ready for some change... I am so focused & determined on doing and being my best this year when it comes to my blog. I've put so much thought & effort into it already, yet I know there's room for growth & improvement. I've set some big goals that'll remain personal, but I'm excited to share my journey. At the end of the year, I'm hoping for a checked-off list... In order for that to happen though, I need to de-clutter my mind and the space around me, be the best mother and wife I can be, make plans and stick with them & take better care of my body, mind & soul. A lot of times I think mommies and wives spend so much time taking care of everyone else & trying to make them happy that they neglect themselves, their hobbies & interests in the process. My family will always come first, but I need to make positive changes that'll benefit my happiness, too! This year, trinityallyn.com, will be a top priority!
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