Monday, July 30, 2012


This week has been sort of slow motion.
With Sweet Pea off on "vacation" at her aunts house it was a very low-key 'we don't have to go anywhere' type of week.
My hubby was also off for three days in a row and that was great. 
It was nice to have him home during the day and to be able to grab a cat nap in the afternoon knowing he was there if the baby woke up.
We also had a lovely dinner out on our actual anniversary.
Photo: Anniversary celebration dinner @ddorsey5 #iloveteppan #wabisabi
anniversary dinner teppan table style
I was kind of bummed when he went back to work.
We went down to my dad's house on Wednesday just to hang out and he surprised us with an anniversary gift (his love language) and beautiful cards (my love language).
We finally have another digital camera!
No more dodgy cell phone pictures!! Hooray!
I'm still kind of thinking about getting a fancy DSLR type camera but I do love to be able to put my camera in my purse when we go out so we'll see.

I kept the older daughter of one of our good friends for a few hours while her mom was at work.
She's thirteen so it was super easy. She even packed herself a lunch and brought some math review work.
I like that. 
After giving the baby a bath I noticed a small spider above his crib.
I quickly sprinted down the hall to grab a shoe (with baby in arms) put him down in the far corner of the crib and climbed up on the rocking footstool that goes with the glider to gently squish said spider lest it decide to drop down into the crib and be lost forever.
Yeah, that didn't work.
It moved. So did I.
And then I fell. Hard. 
I hit my ribcage, wrist, knee and leg on the footstool and have been left with some pretty awesome bruises.
Photo: What happens when you try to kill a spider in your baby's room while perched on top of a rocking footstool? You fall #bruised&battered #thatswhatmomsdo
that darkish blur on my leg? yeah that's NOT supposed to be there

Babe heard the ruckus and asked if I was okay. I weakly said yes and informed him of the spider issue.
He squished it with no problem.

Having your best friend as your hair dresser is beneficial in more ways than one.
I text her on Thursday to see if she could squeeze me in on Saturday and she said yes.
My hair was gross y'all.
Hence all the pony tail / bun / hat wearing of the last few weeks.
I left the baby at home and had a few hours to talk to her while she made me pretty.
Photo: Center part #tryingsomethingnew #newhair #hair

We both decided we need to do something different with our hair.
Thinking about adding some ombre style highlights but until then I let her part my hair down the middle.
I've never done that and am still getting used to having my hair off my face.
I am so happy we had that time as I love being able to catch up like that. 
Talk, be silly and serious.
Discuss important topics (hair, makeup, eyebrow maintenance) that our significant others don't really want to spend hours talking about.
I can't believe we've known each for the last 7 years.
She's so rad.
We still need to plan a ladies night.
It's been so long since we've been out together.


Yesterday we picked up Sweet Pea today and spent some time with my sister/brother in-laws. 
And of course yummy food was involved.
Photo: Raspberry peach tart a la my paco #yum  #dessert
peach raspberry lemon tart courtesy of my baking soul mate

I've missed our Sunday dinners and love that we are all able to come together, contribute what we can be it time, conversation or something tangible like a dessert or side dish and just enjoy each other's company.
I did some crafting as I have been making banners and the like for an upcoming first birthday party for my hubby's god-daughter.
It's been kind of fun to flex my crafting muscles again but a little hectic to work out the timing with an active 5month old.
Speaking of the baby bear - he is getting all kinds of busy these days.
Eating a variety of foods and loving every one.
Sitting up and playing by himself while mommy makes her coffee (thank the Lord for that!)

and just generally being happy and chatting up a storm.
It's all going by so fast I can't believe it!

he sits!

I've been doing a lot of writing over here
And checking out other sites for inspiration for makeup ideas, future looks I want to create and how they do tutorials and tips.
I've been doing a lot of experimenting with style/fashion and my makeup as of late so I'm scouring the internet for ideas and deals on products.
I also created a Facebook page for this site (Sweet Peaz Corner) but it's still in progress so as soon as that's updated I'll let you know and I hope you'll become a fan!

This week has been a lot of reflection (on my part) and looking back at my writing style, focusing on my dreams and planning (or attempting to) for the future.
I am kind of excited about it.
After a recommendation from a friend I just purchased this book on Amazon
and I can't wait for it to arrive!
The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms
I need something to help kick start my creativity and my business initiative again.
It can be tough staying motivated when you work from home, have two kiddos and the weathers nice and begging you to come to the pool!

Plus who doesn't love getting packages from Amazon?
I have a few other books on my wish list....ok who am I kidding my 'wish list'  IS mostly books and I am slowly making my way through them and adding them to my lovely collection.
I think we may need more bookcases.

What did you all do this weekend?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

If you knew me.....

Once again I was cruising the blog-o-sphere and came across Casey Wiegand's blog (which I've seen a few times and am always impressed by how cool she seems) and her Thursday post : If you really knew me.
Made me think about how a lot of times I think things but do not say them for fear of people's reactions if they 'really knew me'.
But I was inspired by a couple of the other blogs so here goes:
just a soul....
If you really knew me you'd know that I am sarcastic more often than I'm not and that's mostly a defense mechanism.
You'd know that I really don't like being told what to do or how to do it
If you really knew me you'd know that I am incredibly sensitive and tend to wear my heart on my sleeve.
You'd know that I love to write and am petrified to put myself out there for fear of rejection.
If you knew me you'd know that I can eat a whole bag of 'homemade' chocolate chip cookies all by myself. For breakfast.
You'd know that french fries are my absolute favorite food in the world. chips & salsa accompanied by rice & beans is a close second.
If you really knew me you'd know that my heart desires to be present in my friends lives. To be wanted and sought after as a friend and to be available to them.
You'd know that I desperately wish to be successful without sacrificing time with my family. It may be contradictory but that's exactly who I am.
If you really knew me you'd know that I am blissfully enjoying my time at home with my kids but sometimes miss the hustle and bustle of going in to work.
You'd know that I love getting comments on my blog and feel sad when what I think is a great/open/honest/ heartfelt post gets no love.
If you really knew  me you'd know that I stress just as much as the next person but make it a point to focus on the positive and  rely on my faith that  'this too shall pass'.
You'd know that I am terrible  with money and spend it  almost as soon as I get it.
If you really knew me you'd know that this year has been more difficult than I imagined but  all that  I've experienced has been  life changing.
If you really knew me you'd  know how passionate I am about doing makeup and that it makes me happier than  fresh baked cookies.
You'd know  I love cheesy pop music and Saturday night dance parties with my daughter.
If you really knew me you'd know that I used to write poetry and even fancied myself talented at one point.
You'd know that I crave time alone with my husband as much as I do a girls night out and sleeping in  on Saturdays.
If you really knew me you'd know that  I am 100% committed to making Sweet Emotions Makeup Artistry become successful. In  my own time and in my own definition of success.

If I really knew you what would I know?

saving graces

Do what you can.

My friend JJ wrote a great post about life savers that was inspired by this post and it got me to thinking about what is saving me right now.
I was inspired  by her list so I decided to hop on her idea bandwagon and make a list of my own.
I tend to live in my head a bit and it was nice to kind of focus on the good instead of all the 'variables' that stress me out on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.

- lunch with my hubby, father and baby boy
- good friends who make me laugh
- quality time with the hubby to reconnect and relax
- yummy dinners out 
- long summer days and nights
- text chats with my brother
- long talks with my father
- having family that wants to spend time with my kids
- being able to help out friends in a pinch
- the faces my little one makes after nursing in the middle of the night. I just want to squeeze and squish his cheeks!
- celebrating milestones with friends
- sending out thank you notes
- waking up to my baby bear singing into the monitor
- day dreaming about owning a home of our own &decorating it the way I see it in my head
- blogging
- writing just because to exorcise my inner demons and get my thoughts out of my head
- the baby gifts that keep on giving (the magic baby bullet food system, breast pump, and endless amounts of donated clothes)
- a husband who supports, listens and truly cares about my inner thoughts and dreams

what's saving you right now?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WIWW - date night edition

Last week I basically gave up in the fashion department.
I have a pile of laundry that is calling my name and all my 'favorite' items are in various states of dirty.
Spit up seems to be the overwhelming accessory these days so it's been a bit harder than usual to rally.
But then I thought of Tim Gunn
Tim Gunn!
So I did.
And once I did I was quite pleased with the results and I felt better about myself.
Who knew?
Thursday I remembered I had a romper in the closet and threw it on after spending hours in pj's and then a bathing suit.
I do love a romper.
It's beyond simple, going to the bathroom is kind of a pain but it looks cute and always put-together and these days....I crave that.

Romper: Unknown
Shoes: Havianas
Necklace: H&M

Friday I met the Hubs at a park where his work group was having a 'field day' of sorts.
This was easy and simple.
I think the last time I wore it was last summer when I was pregnant with Carson.

 Dress: H&M (old)
Chambray Shirt: Nordstrom Rack
Shoes: Havianas

 Saturday I went on a date with my husband for our anniversary.
I got excited about the prospect and rocked some fierce eyelashes, a slicked back ponytail and a sequin skirt.
I wanted sexy, classy, and a little bit sassy.
I was quite pleased with the results.


 Top: H&M
Skirt: H&M
Jewelry: H&M
Shoes: Sole Society Brescia (no longer available)

And just for fun.....
here's what HE wore!!
at the park - experiencing grass for the first time

my lil hip-hop baby!

Linking up with Lindsey 

pleated poppy

What have you worn lately?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Year 2

Romantic Quote - To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're right, shut up. Ogden Nash
Two years ago today I woke up super early with a green-eyed blonde in my bed, butterflies in my stomach and million things on my to-do list.
By 2pm that afternoon I was all smiles.
By 3:30 I was READY. TO. PARTY.
In front of our closest friends and family we vowed to spend the rest of our lives together in humor and sadness, through Laker championships and losses and to stay loving and laughing as long as we both shall live.
It was a great day.
Although it has only been two years since we said I do and we are still in the infancy stage of our married life it seems like we have grown so much.
This time last year we were headed to Vegas to celebrate with a little known secret
(Baby Ninja was on board!)
The year before that we spent a week in Cabo San Lucas soaking up the sun and enjoying our newlywed status.
This year we spent the day together just the two of us.
Something we don't often get to do these days.
It was heavenly.
We started out with a couples massage and ended with a delicious dinner at The Cellar.
Looking back, it seems impossible that it's only been two years.
I asked Babe the other night if he thought it felt longer and he quickly replied "yes."
My thoughts too dear.
We've been "together" for so long it seems as though we've been married since we met!
I feel like the luckiest lady ever.
I know we all say that and that we married our best friends but I know, that I truly did.
Spending years apart and then coming back together....well that means something.
He is still one of the funniest people I know and makes me smile and laugh each and every day.
Whether I want to or not.
He's given me two of the greatest gifts in the world.
All of our best qualities are reflected in these two crazy kids who look like mini versions of us.
He works so hard for us and is an all around stand up guy.
I am honestly the happiest I've ever been.

Two years, two kids, two crazy parents, one life.
I am blessed beyond measure.

Happy Anniversary my love, 
Cheers to many more.

Friday, July 20, 2012

5 months

Hard to believe that it was only 5 short months ago that I woke up swollen and round for the last time.
When we welcomed Carson into the world I did not anticipate time passing as quickly as it has.
It seems impossible that he is already been here for five months.
Granted the first few weeks were quite rocky but this little guy has changed my life in so many ways.
Being a mother is life altering.
Being a mother of two after a 9 year gap is mind blowing.
Just when I think we've gotten into a routine, he goes and changes things up.
Fortunately I tend to adapt to change quite easily.
Adapting to sleep deprivation....not so much.
But this too shall pass.
That much I know.
I am really taking it all in with him.
Enjoying each moment, each coo, squeal and shriek.
Even the stinky poop.
And oh yes, the poop is off the charts these days.
We have introduced solids and it is a variety of colors.
(sorry...a little TMI I know)
I love that he has such a healthy appetite.
Avocados, Zucchini, Peas and Squash are enjoyed at all hours of the day.
Photo: Eating squash is messy business #babyninja  #babyfood #homemade
This weekend he will try Sweet Potatoes.
He'll love it I know.
His bond with his big sister is growing every day.
She loves to give him baby massages after his bath, and has become so helpful with entertaining, feeding and even picking him up!
(Now if I could just get her to clean her room regularly!)
It's a delight to see how he lights up when she enters the room.
He is still quite the happy baby.
Photo: "no hablo"...lies. This kid has been chatting me up all day #babyninja #babytalk #talkingbaby #kids
And yet so very serious. Well contemplative is a better word.
He's very curious about the world and people around him and can often times be found giving the 'death stare' to a number of people/objects.
Photo: Park attire #babyninja #fashion #showemhowtostunt
Increasingly chatty he has so much to say to all types of objects each and every day.
It's quite comical to see him waving his hands at the ceiling fan, or telling his life story to his octopus.
But my favorite is when he sings.
I listened to him sing himself to sleep this morning and was filled with a greater love than I've ever known to just hear his little voice.
Photo: My baby love @ddorsey5 #babyninja  #sweetbaby #lovethislilguy

Yes our little family is now complete and we couldn't be more thrilled.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lost in the Struggle

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. Dieter Uchtdorf
Lately I have been struggling a bit with direction.
Finding it. Sticking with it.
Being inspired.
You know the drill.
I am generally inspired by the Internet, blogs I read and Pinterest accounts and while that hasn't really changed.
There's something in me that maybe has?
I don't know.
I have been thinking more and more about writing seriously or attempting to apply for any type of online writing position as a potential free lance writer for a number of sites.
I get very excited about these things and then....somehow, someway, I drop the ball.
Perhaps I am sabotaging myself?
Perhaps I think I am not good enough?
That no one will hire me?
Or worse that no one will want to read what I have to say?  
Who am I to think that I should be getting paid to write in some way?
And then a little voice says....
"You do. You are just as good as all those other bloggers and "real writers" out there. You have just as many ideas and a unique perspective to lend."
But the other voice chimes in to say
"No.You must first establish a good following on your own blog."
So I get lost in the voices. (yes I have voices inside. don't you?)
I want to write.
I am compelled to write.
More importantly, I want to write from home.
At my own leisure.
 About topics I feel are interesting and important to women.
I want to write in my own voice- irreverent, a little bit sarcastic, sassy, full of humor and silliness.
But I am scared.
There, I said it.
I am petrified of putting myself out there and getting rejected.
I know that's the only way I will get any opportunities is if I actually do put myself out there but the thought both frightens and excites me.
I want to.....but I am paralyzed by my own self doubt.
Terrible isn't it.
To have a dream and be afraid to pursue it?
It was the same with makeup artistry.
For years I really wanted to pursue it full time but I either felt like I was not good enough, lacked experience or just didn't have the confidence to put myself out there so I kept pushing it to the side.
These days, my confidence is there. I know that I have the skill.
I just need to continue to build the clientele.
So I'm working on that.
It's a labor of love.
Every time I make someone up my joy for it grows deeper still.
Ideally, I'd like to combine my love of makeup in with my love of writing but we'll see.
Clever Sayings Prints Uncovet
Right now, I just want to write about everyday life.
And not just here, but on a larger platform.
I want to write about all the things women think and do not say.
Tell the stories we're not supposed to tell and say all the things I shouldn't.
That's really who I am and what my voice is all about.
Tell the truth about being a wife, mother and entrepreneur.
Be honest and show my heart and feelings for all the world to see.
But will I have the courage to finally just apply and put it out there?????
That's where I'm stuck.
Between indecision and action.
For nothing is impossible with God."
My heart says choose action and throw caution to the head says be may get hurt.
I think I'm going to have to follow my heart on this one.
Really step out on faith and push the fears aside.
Throw caution to the wind and just pray.......
I love this

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

WIWW - Weekend Edition

I'd been doing pretty good about taking photos of what I've been wearing and then around Thursday of last week.....I just gave up.
It could've been because it was disgustingly humid or just that I was tired of thinking.
Or it could be that I need to do laundry.
Not sure.
I did manage to pull it together for two days but I spent most of yesterday in a bathing suit, cover up and fedora.
That's summer for ya!
With this one I was inspired by a Polyvore board from Pinterest and thought - I have all those pieces, I can totally re-create that.
And I did.
Minus the jacket & the scarf
Because I'm not totally nuts to wear a denim jacket in 90 degree weather.

Maxi Skirt <3- pretty sure I have all these items....

 Tank: Mossimo for Target
Skirt: Old Navy
Belt: Forever 21
Necklace: H&M (old)
Shoes: Mossimo for Target
Earrings: H&M (old)

This is my - it's hot and it's the last day of swim lessons get-up......
I would've rather have just worn my bathing suit.

Dress: Forever 21 (old)
Necklace: H&M
Earrings: H&M
Flip Flops: Havianas

And that's that!

Linking up with Lindsey!


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