Make Up for Minimalists

The beauty of Maskcara is that it fits with my values and ideals, to simplify and minimize. Waste less time, focus on what's most important. And get rid of the CLUTTER. Well, I'm also the girl who loves make up, and putting it on gives me a boost, makes me feel beautiful and just is FUN! It's a creative outlet, it's art for your face...

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Birth Story Videography - Baby Brooxe

So, when Cachet saw the videos I did for Kylee... and asked me to do hers, I was nervous, but so so excited! I could do birth videos again and again. Seeing the way the parents face changes in moments of waiting and anxiety, to the moment they finally meet their child. Seeing baby Brooxe's mouth open wide as he cried the sweet newborn cry. Slimy, squishy babies, so sweet. This mother is so beautiful. Both parents are so patient and they now have six beautiful children. 

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Three Types of Toys Every Child Needs

Why blocks? I love blocks. Blocks aren't just about building. Children are strategizing, they are building homes for bugs, they are building zoos, homes, towers. Add some airplane toys and all of sudden they are traveling the world. Add some animals, pretty soon they are taking care of an entire forest. Blocks are the most versatile toy there is. It can literally be anything the child wants it to be. And building with blocks allows for science (balance, gravity, weight, cause/effect), technology (technology doesn't have to be electronic, adding magnets is technology, installing pulley and lever system, using a ramp or a wheel, all of that is technology), engineering (planning a structure, adjusting the structure to work), math (weights, sizes, measurements, counting, symmetry). ETC ETC ETC. It's also creativity, it's art. Blocks are AMAZING.

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Specific Toy Ideas That Support Development

Think about your child's interest and abilities. These toys might work for multiple ages and stages. In one stage of sensory toys for example there could be measuring cups and rice. In another you're adding magnets, in another you're adding people and making it a whole imaginary play scene. Think outside the box and how toys work together to support developmental areas. The toys don't do the teaching, what children create with the toys does the teaching! 

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How to Cat-Eye...ish + Eye Shadow

I’m not pro at Eyeshadow, but when I see a beautiful color palette… I definitely want to get it on my eye. My go to is this little arrangement.

Lightest color all over. Mid color upper crease/brow bone and half of the lip.

Darkest color on my eyeliner line and into the inner crease.

Eventually I’ll branch out, but for now that’s what I can handle. So this is the extent of my eyeshadow school. 

Luckily Maskcara eyeshadows come with diagrams for different styles so it makes it fool proof for you and me.

Their shadows are super pigmented, if you want to fill in your brow with powder than grab one of the matte shadows to double serve.

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Powder Love for even the Non-Powder lovers

The setting powder and powder brush are must haves. They are huge in setting the cream, touching up after hot or humid days. 

What I love about the setting powder and brush combo, is that the powder doesn’t get every where. It is very concentrated and intentional. Which means using less product, and getting much better results. 

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Beauty Blenders vs. Brush Blending

I’m not pro at Eyeshadow, but when I see a beautiful color palette… I definitely want to get it on my eye. My go to is this little arrangement.

Lightest color all over. Mid color upper crease/brow bone and half of the lip.

Darkest color on my eyeliner line and into the inner crease.

Eventually I’ll branch out, but for now that’s what I can handle. So this is the extent of my eyeshadow school. 

Luckily Maskcara eyeshadows come with diagrams for different styles so it makes it fool proof for you and me.

Their shadows are super pigmented, if you want to fill in your brow with powder than grab one of the matte shadows to double serve.

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Meditation with added Brain Dump Method

This is the biggest HACK if you will for my to truly get in the present moment. I have to get EVERYTHING out of my head and onto paper. The first day, it was like am I being a good mom? Am I prioritizing Charlie's needs? I need to play more. I need to do this logo. I need to write this paper. I need to blog and this and this and this and this. All of it, out of my brain and onto the paper. The first day I did this I realized my theme was I felt inadequate as a mom. So at the bottom I wrote two AFFIRMATIONS. "I am present and these for Charlie when he needs me" "I am doing my best as a mother for Charlie." Obviously these things weren't ringing true for me, but I needed to believe that I could get there. So I repeated the affirmations to myself throughout meditation, and anytime a thought would slip in, I would release it and go back to the flame and the affirmations. 

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