Tall Mom tiny baby: August 2014

Sick Tall Mom

Thursday, August 28, 2014

After running errands, and fitting in some play time, Itty Bitty truly had a full day yesterday. I tried to make sure he was eating and drinking enough, but I seemed to have forgotten about myself. At 3:20pm, a massive migraine struck, and I had no choice but to lay down.

What I Did This Weekend - The Ms. Tri-State Pageant

Monday, August 25, 2014

I am writing this blog post at 2:30am on a Monday morning. Itty Bitty is sound asleep, and the usual culprit of my late nights-- new parent induced insomnia -- isn't to blame. 

I'm up because of a wonderful natural high. That, and incessant charlie horses and cramps that keep bending my toes and feet into contortionist like positions. Ouch.

That's what I get for wearing 5 inch heels for almost 10 hours straight, right?

Summertime Sillytime Party with A Taste of Nature Tasting #RealTastesGood

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Summertime is meant for family, friends, and easy going parties!  One of the highlights of our summer was catching up with college friends at a silly party our friends have deemed "Hickfest!" We gather in our finest country/Americana/Duck Dynasty attire, head on over to the county fair, and then have a fun silly summer party together. All of us friends bring about snacks and drinks, and spend the day laughing with our kids and recalling tales from our college days. I brought along some Taste of Nature bars to add to the snack table. 

Simple Work Day Beauty Tips #AllDayLook @Target #shop

Friday, August 22, 2014

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertisers. All opinions are mine alone.

My day job is about to get pretty busy, crazy, and amazingly fun. I work in a local movie production company, and our next film stars Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart. As if things couldn't get cooler, one of our Executive Producers is Martin Scorcese.  Since I never know who will be in the office on a particular day, I need to make sure that I am always wearing makeup so that I am presentable. I thought I'd share with you some of my simple work day beauty tips

I don't go full out glam for the office, and try to keep my look simple, and efficient. Mornings generally have me making breakfast for Itty Bitty, throwing on my makeup, brush my hair (which is SUPER smooth and amazing thanks to my keratin concept treatment!) toss on a dress, and run out the door to bring him to the nanny. I even sacrifice a hair style for a little bit of makeup. Ponytails are still in, right?

Here's my go-to get ready makeup routine - and all I use are just 5 items!
Tall Dad always does the first diaper change and dresses Itty Bitty in the morning. While this is going on, I put on my makeup.  Right now I am loving the Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Liquid Makeup - it's light and wears like a BB Cream, and also has SPF 20!  On busy mornings, I don't have time or patience to use makeup brushes, so I prefer to dab the makeup with my fingers. 
This makeup evens out my skin tone and still lets my freckles shine through! 
To help set the foundation, I always make sure to use setting powder - like this Shine Control. I like that it doesn't make me look like a corpse, like other powders do. This one is invisible, sets my foundation so that it doesn't run or crease into my wrinkles (damn aging!) and keeps me shine free throughout the day. I like to keep an extra case in my purse, just in case I need a touch up here or there.
Next, I like to bring out my eyes with the eyeliner. I line my top and lower eyelids with Neutrogena’s Nourishing Eyeliner. It goes on smooth and best of all - doesn’t melt off!  These eyeliners are infused with olive oil and shea butter - which is super nourishing for the delicate skin around your eyes. 
If I didn't have my awesome eyelash extensions, I would coat both my top and lower lashes with mascara. Now, I sometimes just sweep a little bit on my lower lashes towards the outer corners to give my eyes a little pop.
Last, but certainly not least, I need to take care of my lips.  For some reason, my allergies have already begun (can someone please tell my body that fall is NOT here yet?!?) and I seem to always be partched. These MoisutreSmooth Color sticks have shea butter and fruit extracts - so they mositurize while giving color.  My color of choice is soft raspberry. It just sounds yummy, right?
I carry around the shine powder and color stick throughout the day for the occasional touchup, and they are also in my bag in case Tall Dad calls me up for an impromptu date night!

My inspration for this makeup tutorial is thanks to the gorgeous Hayden Panettiere, the star from the show Nashville.  

Target and Neutrogena have teamed up to bring a Target Beauty Concierge event at select Target stores around the country this month! Event begins August 24th.  Limited quantities available. Check with your local Target store for Beauty Concierge day and times. There is also a super special Cartwheel offer for you from 8/16-8/30 http://cartwheel.target.com/offer/15133

#AllDayLook #CollectiveBias #cbias

What is your quick go-to beauty routine?

Making Healthy Choices and Getting Fit in Providence Rhode Island - #BalanceRewards #shop

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Being a new mom often makes you push your own personal wellness priorities to the back seat. But for how long can one use the excuse "I'm a new mom," or "I'm too busy to take care of myself like I used to?" I'm no longer allowing myself to make any excuses in regards to my health. In my opinion, 2013 was all about Itty Bitty, and 2014 needs to be about Tall Mom.

Wordless Wednesday Playing Dress #Up

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ParentCast - Episode 23: 3 Ways To Reignite Your Intimacy w/ special guests Tony & Alisa DiLorenzo of ONE Extraordinary Marriage

Friday, August 15, 2014

When you have a kid, intimacy changes.  Some good, some bad, some of it is indescribable. But, we can all agree that it changes.  Tall Dad and I have a pretty good intimate life - but I am always looking for ways to make sure that both and I can keep that same attraction to one another.  On a walk one day, I discovered Tony & Alisa DiLorenzo of the absolutely phenomenal podcast, ONE Extraordinary Marriage. Literally thousands upon thousands of people listen to them on a weekly basis. They are EXPERTS in the field of intimacy and were such a big help to the Tall Parents that I knew I needed to introduce them to our listeners on ParentCast. So, hit the jump to find out how Tony & Alisa can save your sex life...

I Said Goodbye To Frizzy Hair Thanks To The Keratin Concept

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It's a rainy day here in Rhode Island, so I thought I'd share with you a fun little story.
I vividly remember the day I first found out I was going grey. I was at the Ryan Center at the University of Rhode Island, vocally warming up with my a cappella group, Afterhours.  We were preparing to sing the national anthem before a basketball game, and our hearts were all beaming with excitement.

As we were huddled in a circle on the floor, a fellow member reached over, pointed to my head, and proclaimed that I had a grey hair.

ParentCast - Episode 22: How The Heck Do I Get My Baby To Sleep?!?! w/special guest Alexis Dubief of TroublesomeTots.com

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sleep.  Oh my god sleep.  I don't think I have slept a normal night (no exaggeration here) in nearly three years.  Why?  Because of my beautiful, adorable, frat boy of a son.  He never sleeps.  Ever.  I went nuts trying to find ANY solution to this sleep conundrum.  That's when I stumbled on Alexis Dubief of TroublesomeTots.com.  She literally helped save my sanity.  And, I want to do the same for you.  So we invited Alexis to speak with us on ParentCast all about the ever-elusive sleep.  Hit the jump to find out her extremely useful tips and tricks...

Lenore Stutz Art Geek . Chic . Whimsical . Sweet {guest post} #Giveaway

Friday, August 1, 2014

Today's post is written by the lovely Lenore Stutz, who I fell in love with over on Etsy after drooling over ALL of her prints - especially the baby Harry Potter characters. If you're a geek like myself, or if you just love art, you're going to love this post.
- take it away Lenore!

Hello! I am the artist and founder of Lenore Stutz Art! I am so excited to be posting on “Tall Mom, Tiny Baby”.

I’ve been an artist my whole life.

I was the lucky daughter of a sweet homemaker mother, with an encyclopedia for a vocabulary, and a freelance commercial and fine artist for a father. Our family adventures consisted of rope swings by the river, mud wrestling in the backyard, and the Richmond Art Museum.

Now we are all artists in one way or another. They are portrait artists, photographers, song writers, and graphic novelists.

In fact, my brother, Gibbs, and his wife actually own another etsy shop, Crowsmack, where he designs cute shirts and super awesome posters.