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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Favorite Youtubers

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 0 Comments
I have recently become a YouTube watcher (in all of my "free" time.) I never really used YouTube to do anything but watch music videos or pull up kiddie songs for my classes, but I have recently started doing a lot of research and learning more about make-up and beauty techniques. During my searches I became an adamant follower of quite a few beauty vloggers. And I have learned a ton!!

So without further ado, here are my favorite Youtubers! Let me know who your favorites are. I would love to check um out!

Just click the names to head on over to their channels!

1. Molly Burke
  I had to put Molly first on this list! She is such an inspiration and her personality is just the best! Molly is blind and an inspirational speaker. I first ran across her channel when she did a video with another of my favorite Youtubers, Kandee Johnson. They did a blind girl makeup challenge and I had to check her out.

  Even though she is blind, Molly loves fashion and makeup and is WAY better at it all than me! Her channel is worthy of some serious binge watching for sure!

2. Kelly Strack
   Kelly is hands down my favorite when it comes to makeup tutorials. She and I have similar skin types and her advice and techniques have really helped me. I have also bought quite a few products that she has recommended. She has new videos up each week, so be sure to check her out!

3. What Would Lizzy Do
  I love this channel! Lizzy's personality just cracks me up and she is super positive but super honest in her videos. She has a really good mix of makeup and lifestyle videos. You'll love her!

4. Kandee Johnson
  Kandee is pretty well known in the beauty world, so you may have already heard of her. Most of her makeup tutorials are a little out of my league, but I still love to watch them. She also has a good mix of video types and she is hilarious! Plus, she does some really cool makeovers.  She just radiates positivity and fun.

I hope you get a chance to check these amazing ladies out! Comment below with your favs!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

5 Easy Recipes for When You Don't Feel Like Cooking

Saturday, February 24, 2018 0 Comments

My husband will be the first to tell you that I am not much of a cook. And that is a huge problem here lately, because his schedule has changed and now guess who is stuck holding the cooking bag. That's right... this untalented cook right here.

And lets face it, most days this Momma is super duper wiped after work and handling the kiddos. I'm sure you can relate. But never fear! I have 5 supremely awesome recipes for those days when you just can't. You can't adult. You can't cook. And you just wanna phone it in.

I, of course, found most of these on Pinterest. So just click on the pin to head on over to the recipes!

1. Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti from Gimme Some Oven
  This one is my all time favorite and does include some prep. But with my trusty George Foreman, it takes no time at all. And it is extremely delicious and gives us plenty of leftovers for the next day. A plus is that the kids actually like it!

2. Hickory Brown Sugar  BBQ Chicken from The Frugal Girls 
  Crockpots. Are. Magic. Unless, of course, you are Jack Pearson. But I digress. This is one of those easy peasy crockpot recipes that really are a hit and is also great for parties. This one also provides for leftovers. I love to serve these up for get togethers and parties. Prep is no time at all!

*Note: Instead of the Hickory Brown Sugar BBQ we usually use just regular BBQ sauce. The hickory brown sugar is just a bit too sweet for us with the added brown sugar.

3. Mini make your own pizzas
   I don't have a link for this one because this is something that Ethan just started doing. (My hubs is the best!) This one is a go-to even when the hubs is home. I absolutely love the taste of these little mini pizzas.

Just grab yourself some flatbreads (we use Naan bread), marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. Preheat the oven to 400. We spread the marinara on one side of each piece of Naan, then cover with mozzarella and top with pepperoni. Cook for 12-15 minutes. Easy as that!

4. Green Bean, Potato, and Chicken Bake
  Another super easy recipe with little prep time, just make sure you give yourself the time it needs to cook. This has to bake for an entire hour. There's never any leftovers of this yumminess in our house!

5. Alice Springs Chicken Quesadillas
  I love how quick this recipe is. And I'm going to be real with ya'll, I don't even cook bacon for this. I use bacon bits! Why do the extra work?? I'm sure you will love this one as well!
Well I hope that I was able to give you some new and easy recipes to try out! Let me know in the comments if you tried any of these recipes and let me know what you think!

Happy Momlife ya'll!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

When Life Throws You a Curve Ball (Or Has You Balled Up Into One)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 0 Comments
We had been looking forward to this past weekend for a while ya'll. Like a long while. It's been a while since we've had a chance to get back to our Alma Mater, Liberty University, and when Ethan's old crew planned a reunion we were truly stoked. We were looking forward to hooking up with all the friends we hadn't seen in a while and getting to  meet their little ones and showing off ours. It was going to be an epic trip... Or so we had hoped.

Thursday afternoon we made our way down to my parents' to stay the night and spend the day on Friday. Ethan and I were all sentimental as we drove, listening to songs that we fell in love to. We got there and Friday was pretty great: perfect weather, family time and tire swings, and a chance to visit my high school and meet up with old friends and teachers. But it quickly took a turn Friday night that had me reliving memories I hadn't planned on... hugging the toilet of my childhood bathroom.

Ya'll. It was awful. Like real awful. I ended up not being able to go the reunion at all, and Ethan barely was able to attend before I called him back to help me out. Our plans were totally derailed and I was miserable to boot. Plus, Aria was sick at times as well.

In the middle of the mess, we all pulled together and helped one another out. I couldn't have made it through the weekend without my family. And not all was lost. We got some pretty great pics of our kids that I can't wait to hang!

My sister takes amazing photos!!

Happy Momlife Ya'll!

Friday, January 27, 2017

2017 Reading Challenge

Friday, January 27, 2017 0 Comments

Hello All! I'm super excited to be sharing this challenge with you guys. Over the winter break I read a couple of books as I normally do when I'm on break from school. The sad thing about that is, that is normally the only chance I get to really read. Between work and family and general exhaustion, I don't usually get around to reading much. Well, I vowed to change that this year. And so far, so good.

Luckily, I had a change of positions at work that doesn't really require me to work as much at home anymore. That has helped a lot. I've also noticed that since I've been getting back into reading as avidly as I did as a teen, that I'm not as interested in binge watching t.v. anymore. BONUS!! haha

So, I went on Pinterest and found a challenge that suited me. One that would challenge me as a reader. I love the one that this blogger created and I think you will too! Without further ado, here is the challenge and the books that I'm really looking forward to reading this year.

* You can find the original challenge at Check her out. She also has a 52 book challenge for you over-achievers.

  1. A book you read in school: The Scarlet Letter
  2. A book from your childhood: Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
  3. A book published over 100 years ago: Persuasion
  4. A book published in the last year: Small Great Things
  5. A non-fiction book: Day of Infamy
  6. A book written by a male author: The Fault in Our Stars
  7. A book written by a female author: The Indian in the Cupboard
  8. A book by someone who isn’t a writer (think Paul Kalathani or Richard Branson): Leah Remini-Troublemaker
  9. A book that became/is becoming a film: Wild
  10. A book published in the 20th Century: Fahrenheit 451
  11. A book set in your hometown/region: Two by Two
  12. A book with someone’s name in the title: What Alice Forgot
  13. A book with a number in the title
  14. A book with a character with your first name
  15. A book someone else recommended to you
  16. A book with over 500 pages
  17. A book you can finish in a day: Breakfast at Tiffany's
  18. A previously banned book: The Color Purple 
  19. A book with a one-word title: Coraline
  20. A book translated from another language: Anna Karenina
  21. A book that will improve a specific area of your life: Uninvited
  22. A memoir or journal: Talking as Fast as I Can
  23. A book written by someone younger than you: P.S. I Love You
  24. A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year: 
  25. An award-winning book: Looking for Alaska
  26. A self-published book: Justice for Emily
I'm still looking for recommendations to fill in the blanks. Leave me your recommendations in the comments. :) I look forward to hearing from you guys!

P.S. Click the book titles to go to Good Reads to check them out. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

'Tis the Season for Resolutions

Wednesday, January 04, 2017 0 Comments
'Tis the season for resolutions guys.

I don't know if you all are tired of hearing/reading about people's resolutions.I know they've been blowing up your IG and FB feeds. The vows of 2017 being "My Year!" and a time for change.  I, for one, have really enjoyed reading others' resolutions this year, and feel so empowered by the optimism of those around me. It gives me a greater sense of longing for the things I want to accomplish. But, I won't hold it against you if you are totally sick and tired of reading about them and skip this post altogether.

I don't know about you, but when it comes to a new year I have a tendency to want to just wake up one day, all of a sudden a chic, do-it-all mommy who crafts her heart out and become this major #momboss. Yeah right Kristin. Wake up and smell the dirty pull-ups. (Can you tell we are having a  swell time with potty training?)

In theory, I know that becoming the person I want to be takes hard work and time. It's just nice to think of myself already achieving my goals. But I have to come back down to reality and realize that I am not going to achieve everything in the year 2017. I will not all of a sudden acquire a chic sense of style or have more minutes in my day. I can, however, take steps towards being the kind of person, wife, and mom that I want to be. So that's my resolution. To take steps.

2016 was hard. I know you've heard me say it. I feel like I lost a part of me this past year, and I'll be danged I'm going to get it back. So I've adopted a phrase for the year 2017 that encompasses all of my goals... "CHOOSE JOY." This is the area I struggle with the most and the area I believe will permeate through my goals and breathe life into them.

I've started a list of 18 things before 2018 and I'm keeping it in the back of my Happy Planner. I want to have it ever present to refer to. Although I don't feel comfortable sharing all of my goals for this year, I will share a few with you. Who knows, maybe you will be inspired. (Notice I'm calling them goals and not resolutions, so maybe I'm a little less annoying... No? At least I tried.)

Since I know Joy comes from the Lord, that's where I will start. 2 of my goals are finding a home church and having a daily devotional. (Totally wanting to jump into a journaling Bible, but we shall see.)

Other goals are:

  •  visiting Andrea in NJ
  • having a weekly movie night with Ethan
  • setting apart specific play time for Aria
  • monetizing the blog
  • read at least a book a month
These are just a few things that I know will bring me joy and others around me. They are also steps to becoming the person, mom, and wife I wish to be. 

Start your own 18 before 2018? I would love to hear some of the things from your list! 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Currently Reading

Friday, December 30, 2016 0 Comments

The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst

      It should tell me something when both my Mom and my sister buy me this book. With my stress levels, anxiety, and add my need to please you've got a serious case of someone who needs to learn how to say no and choose those "Best Yes" moments. 

   I absolutely love, love, love this book and just had to share. As a working mom, and many of you can relate, more often than not I am overwhelmed by all of the obligations and things to do in this busy life. Very often, I lose sight of those opportunities that God has for me because I'm just too busy to slow down and listen. In this book, it was as if Lysa Terkeurst was inside my head...the whole time. 

If you feel overwhelmed by your schedule and life and need some insight on how to gain wisdom to discern your "best yes," then this is certainly the book for you. I'm hoping that I am finally in a season in my life where I can really take her words to heart. Where I can really seek the wisdom I need to say no to things that will take away from my best yes moments, and to say yes to those things that will bless myself and those around me. 

I highly recommend picking this book up as soon as possible guys! You won't regret it.

For more information on the book and Lysa Terkeurst, visit her website You can also read the first chapter!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Adding a Boy to the Massey Tree

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 0 Comments

The Reveal

Let me start by saying how truly amazing it was to share this experience with so many people that we love! When we had Aria, we were in Hawaii, miles and miles away from everyone. So there wasn't really an opportunity to have a baby shower or gender reveal. 

My mother-in-law and my little sister both did an amazing job pulling off this awesome reveal party. Super kudos to my sister who kept the gender a secret for more than a week. Ethan and I were both so anxious and had to exhibit some serious self control not to peek inside the envelope that help the gender of our little Massey. 

I had a feeling from the very beginning that we were having a boy. It was just a gut feeling, plus everything about this pregnancy was different than with Aria. This is the first boy great-grandson on both sides! Everyone is so excited and I can't wait to be a #boymom. 

Aria is definitely going to have to get used to having a little brother, but I can't wait to see how they interact with one another. She's going to be such a great big sister! 

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Facebook live to be a part of this awesome experience! We are beyond blessed and feel all of the love coming to us from all over the U.S.