Happy Birthday, Grayson James

Grayson James.. my second baby. When you are pregnant with your second, you wonder how you will ever be able to love another tiny human the way you love your first born. Then they hand you that sweet baby, and you instantly get it. Being a mother is amazing. I love each of my three babies so much, and have a unique relationship with each. Each baby stole a piece of my heart, and each little personality makes me melt differently from the others.

I had Kaia to myself for three and a half years. I was nervous to have another baby! Grayson’s original due date was December 24th, Christmas Eve. He was, and always will be, our favorite Christmas gift!

Kaia loved on her baby brother from the second she met him. I remember being so anxious for her to meet Grayson!

Grayson’s almost-Irish-twin, Reece, would come one year later. At times, I felt guilty about Grayson’s first year. I was absolutely exhausted about 100% of the time, and the year flew by!

I try hard to have a special relationship with each of my children, and while I am spread thin a lot of the days, I am so thankful they have each other. My grandmother told my mom, “the greatest gift you can give a child is a sibling.” She had EIGHT babies.. that is extremely generous, Gram! (Please do not take offense if you decided one baby was the perfect fit for your family, or if you are unable to have more babies. Families are perfect, big, small or full of fur babies!)

(Pictured above: Grayson and baby Reece)
I totally get what my grandmother meant now. I am so incredibly grateful for my three babies. I love that they have one another. I seriously melt when they light up just seeing one another. Life is expensive as a family of five; child care costs, groceries, seasonal clothes for each growth spurt.. it adds up. But living on a budget and purchasing off-brand items is such a minor sacrifice. We have far too much to be grateful for over here!

Gray is so important to our family! He is our loudest of the three, very sensitive (in a great way) and cautious. He is learning so much, and his little voice is the sweetest ever (when he is not screaming!)

Grayson James, your little face, squishy cheeks and absolutely gorgeous eyes are so incredibly precious to me. You are such a beautiful little person, inside and out.

I won’t wish for you stay little forever, because I know you are meant to do great things!

I will just keep chasing you around with a camera, snapping these sweet pictures, so I can always remember just how fun these days really are. Time is only going to move quicker with each passing year.. I’m just trying to soak it all in.

“yah sometimes this ol’ life will leave you wishin’.. that you had five more minutes..”

I loved reminiscing tonight, as the hours pass and my baby boy turns TWO! Thanks for looking back with me.

Jess. xo

Everyday Makeup Routine

Hi all- I’m glad you are here to check out my everyday makeup routine. I tried to keep this video as simple, and quick, as possible. This routine takes me about 10-15 minutes each morning. Below is a list of each item used in this video. Most of the products used are easily found at a local drugstore, Target or Walmart.

NOTE: I cannot find the L’Oreal True match creme anymore (not even in store). I linked the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer instead.







My Favorite Perfumes

If you are still trying to think of a thoughtful Christmas gift for a special woman in your life, you might want to consider some perfume. I love receiving perfume as a gift. It is a gift that gets a great deal of use. I can tell you perfume is such a treat when you become a mother! There are so many every day purchases that trump perfume when you are living that mom life, so receiving it as a gift is seriously exciting.

Below are my favorite perfumes and a little description on each. Feel free to click the pictures, and purchase these amazing scents today. This post contains affiliate links.

First, Bvlgari Crystalline.. my love. I have tried so many different perfumes, and I will always come back to Bvlgari Crystalline. This is the cleanest, prettiest perfume I have ever worn. I get compliments regularly when I wear it. I now have several friends who have made the purchase, because it is seriously that good. You will not be disappointed!

Next, Marc Jacobs Daisy. This is also a light, clean scent. Daisy is very feminine and pretty. Daisy is my second favorite perfume of all time. I bought this for my mother, and she too loved it.

Next, is Gucci Guilty. This scent is more powerful and rich. I love to wear this perfume when I am getting dressed up for a wedding or holiday party. It almost feels ‘fancy’ on.

Next is Givenchy Play. This perfume is literally playful. It smells sweet and fun. I wore this when I was a little younger (in my twenties).

Last is Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. This is a popular perfume. However, I was not the biggest fan. Don’t get me wrong, it is a very strong, pretty smell. I thought it was a little too heavy.. like, I almost choked on it if I wore too much. I also noticed the scent changed, and got stronger, after sitting in the bottle for a while (a while meaning a year. This didn’t happen quickly.)

Let me know if you wear any of these perfumes, and enjoy them as much as I do. Also let me know if you decide to purchase one for a lucky lady in your life!

Jess. xo