HANK turns ONE

At this time last year,  12 noon,  I was walking into the hospital in labor. My induction was scheduled for 1 pm, but I knew he was on his way, the natural way. I was 39 weeks, but had been on best rest since 28 weeks. The journey of Hank inside of me is a long and crazy one, if you don’t know. My water broke at 30 weeks and I spent 4 + long weeks on bedrest in the hospital. By a miracle of God, through the help of prayer from family and friends, Jesus resealed my bag of waters and Hank was safe to be delivered when the time was right. Less than 10% of women reseal and go on to have term babies when their water breaks as early as mine did. I thank God all the time for this miracle. Looking back and thinking about having a 30 weeker or even a 34 weeker just seems so scary.

My labor was pretty quick. Got to the hospital at 12, and Hank was delivered after 2 pushed at 10:30 pm. I had the best nurse in THE WORLD! Laura had actually helped deliver my daughter as well. It was so special to have her helping me breath through contractions and know me. God placed Laura in our lives for a very special reason. Her shift was over at 3 pm and she stayed til Hank was born to be with me. Sloan, my husband is so amazing during labor. He knows just was to say and do. My mom was there also. Which is always a special moment for her to be there for when my babes come.

FUN FACTS OF HANK:

Rolled over at 2 months. Crawled at 5 months. Stood up at 7 months. Walked around furniture at 8 months. Walked on his own 10 months. He says: Dadda, Mama, Sis, Done, Foo (food). Loves Banana, Sweet Potato, Pancakes, Chicken and anything in a packet. Loves his sister. Goes ape for music, dancing, playing the drums, and swimming.

The first photo of him. ever.

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From our newborn session with Bloom Photography.

 

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And Hank Now. Photo from Charity Mauer Photography… who happens to be Laura (our nurses) niece! Such a small world. Because that wasn’t planned.

 

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Where’s Mar?

My goodness! I have been MIA! The month of August was CRAZY BUSY for me and my sweet family.

The fasted re-cap ever…. ( in no special order)

Doss and Kim (brother and sister in laws) welcomed their TWIN baby girls into the world. Healthy and happy, both of the sweeties are at home with mom and dad. Sleepless nights here you guys come!

Bridal Season is basically here is AZ. I had 6 trails for hair and makeup with brides in August.. and I am so excited to work with all these lovely women. (Danielle, Kiley, Meaghan, Monique, Kia, and Shelley).

Had some fun Boudoir shoots with elan photographie…who then left me for the brownstones of Brooklyn. Karen, has been my bestie and partner in crime for the last 8 years. New York definitely won a gem with that move. Did I mention she had 5 going away parties.. one of which was featured on Junk in the Trunk blog.

Had a photo shoot with KT Jean designs. If you don’t know her work… KNOW IT! It was an honor to work on Katie on her fall collection shoot with Kym Ventola, of Ventola Photography. 

Worked with EMMA MAGAZINE on their September Issue. Makeup and Hair on Page 10, with the DIY hair clip. Makeup and Hair starting on page 34 for the FASHION high & low spread.  Styled by, Shelly Sazdanoff. Photographed by Charity Mauer Photography. 

Had family photos done by Charity! They turned out so fabulous. I was blessed by the lovely Arielle Roundeu of Chanel Cosmetics. I never get my makeup done, since I do makeup… It was so nice to have her pamper me!

Sophie, my 3.5 year old started back at pre-school and we started our homeschool co-op. She is now going 3 days to her preschool and we homeschool on mondays with the co-op. I am the overly involved mom at school, and chair every event. I LOVE It! The community and group of moms is so fun to be around.

Hank, my almost 1 year old, started WALKING! Where did my baby go?! Guess its time to start trying for our 3rd.  (wait, seriously?! yes.)

Was interviewed by Charity Mauer Photography… here.

My husband and I made a music video…. here. The banker, wrote the song after a blog we started following 40 days of dating. I suggest starting at day one and reading through to day 40. Good stuff.  Camera work and editing, the amazing Ryan Diggs.

My husband’s band Gospel Claws shot a music video for the Sons of Anarchy. It is on the FX website, and facebook page… here.

 

OKAY! Thats enough of the big stuff… Like I said, August was INSANE. I apologize for not staying up to date. I will most likely be sharing more on each topic in depth.. but here is the fast way to bring you up to speed.

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Walter (40 of 84)

 

Tom Ford Beauty Sneak Peak

Tom Ford Beauty Sneak Peak

I am so excited to share that Tom Ford Beauty is coming to Scottsdale! Neiman Marcus, Scottsdale, will be launching the FULL beauty line in store. NM Scottsdale will be the only store in AZ that you can find the full line at. Tom Ford is a legend in fashion. He has his degree in architecture. It makes sense that he broke into beauty. He understands symmetry and clean lines. This is a sneak peak ad from the Fall 2013 beauty line. I am loving the deep lip color and full smokey eye. Bringing the color all the way to the brow. Very smooth and flawless skin.
Neiman Marcus will be throwing a launch party for the line, be sure to check back, so you don’t miss it.

Neiman Marcus Fall Preview

One of the perks of being a beauty contributer of EMMA Magazine is that I get invited to fun events. Shelly, one of the editors, and myself went to the Neiman Marcus Scottsdale fall preview media event last week. Their PR team shared with us the new looks of fall for women, men, and beauty. Its was a fabulous catered breakfast with a sweet little swag bag. More to come on what was in the bag!

*iphone quality photos. duh.

Neiman Marcus broke down their trend spotting list for us. They had 10 looks but I want to focus on my favorites.

The first trend that I think everyone will need for fall is a great Moto Jacket. Men and women… shoot, even children should have one! I know I will be breaking out my Andrew Marc moto coat this up coming season. Vince has a fabulous leather collection.  Since not all of us can afford a $800 plus coat I suggest looking at this moto vest by French connection, available online from Neiman Marcus.

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Lace is going to be huge. Lace isn’t the soft, sweet, innocent eye catcher anymore. Diane Von Furstenberg stole the fall fashion show with her Black lace on cream jumper. It is so flattering. The girly jumper style with a plunging V neck is a show stopper. I am loving this cropped lace pant by DVF. I can’t pull off a jumper, because I tend to be too long for them. But this pant knocks it out of the park. It captured the sexy tailored look, perfectly.

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Purple, and Burgundy are going to be staple colors for fall. Using it as a pop color, or for color blocking. The Vince Nina flat wooed my heart. I am personally loving that its a flat, and that we are not having to wear huge heals this fall. This shoe has it all. Pointed toe is coming back, and its burgundy. NMX1SUN_mx

Seems like every designer is going mini with their hang bags. Chloe did a mini, that I just love. Fendi took their tradition look mini. I think my favorite is the Balenciaga Classic Mini City Bag. I tend to be a HUGE bag kind of lady, but this cross body feels so right on me. Hint Hint, banker 🙂

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More to come on men’s, and beauty later this week,

What will be your favorite women’s fall trend?

_the blonde

Red Apple Lipstick Review: Kate

Thank you to everyone that entered the Red Apple Lipstick giveaway. Kate, was the lucky duck that won! She recently came over for a make over. Turns out this product line was perfect for her. Kate is totally Gluten Free in her diet and products. She was a perfect person to try the makeup on. My skin never has a reaction to anything. So to try it on a sensitive skin, helps for the review of the Red Apple Lipstick Products. Red Apple sent me an eyeshadow, and 2 lip colors.

Red Apple lipsticks are FABULOUS! 10 out 10! It is so rare to find a hydrating Lip Color that is pigmented and allergen free. Usually all the parabens are what are keeping the color together. SO to have none o

f those pesky parabens and have it look fabulous is a total WIN!

I have tried other lines that are GF, it’s really hard to find a good eyeshadow. 8 out 10. The problem with eyeshadows that are GF is that they are made usually from rice powder, which is not the most user friendly for blending. The Red Apple with out an eye shadow primer was a little tricky to play with. The undertone of the pigment didn’t stick. BUT, when I tried it a second time with an eyeshadow primer, I LOVE IT! It was much smoother and the pigment blended very well. I wet the shadow and used it as an eyeliner and it slid right on with the brush. Looked great, and stayed well. Didn’t bleed over time.

Here is a before and after Kate in the products. Everything else I used on her face was GF as well.

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eyeshadow: Red Apple Midnight Lagoon lip color: RED!

no editing, or filters. iphone 4s photo.

Thanks to Red Apple and Kate for letting me play.

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You know you’re a mom when…

My family spent the day hanging out by the pool of a shamsy-fancy hotel, since the hubs is out of town, and its 114 outside. Yes, that is me complaining about Arizona’s heat, yet again. This CALI girl needs the water in here life, so why not hit up a fake beach at a hotel? Totally, the same, at least I can keep telling myself that.

My sister was sharing with me how she read this blog post about a “you know you’re 30 when…” and how she laughed real hard about it. After I got home from the pool, I was bathing Hanksters and he pooped in the tub. (insert emoticon of pile of poop+ bathtub + gun pointing at it).

Then I thought myself… you know you’re a mom when you pick up poop with your bare hands.

Which inspired this list:

You know you’re a mom when: you lick your hands, and hope its chocolate. *did that last week. It was chocolate.

You know you’re a mom when: you haven’t used the restroom alone in as long as you can remember. *the door is always open, and either I’m keeping an eye on the kids, or they won’t leave me alone.

You know you’re a mom when: you say 3 different names, to get the right one.

You know you’re a mom when: you sneak chocolate chips behind the fridge door, so that you don’t have to share with the kids. *I do this ALL THE TIME.

You know you’re a mom when: you are never seen in white clothing.

You know you’re a mom when: you haven’t had a hot meal in, well, as long as your kid has been on solids.

You know you’re a mom when: poop in the bath tub doesn’t make you scream.

You know you’re a mom when: you can recite all the characters from doc mc stuffins and are okay with it.

You know you’re a mom when: the clean up song becomes as cool to you as Justin B is to teen girls (and boys).

You know you’re a mom when: you get 4 hrs of uninterrupted sleep and your tell someone “I slept great last night.”

You know you’re a mom when: you drink wine out of a sippy cup, because that’s what is clean in the kitchen. * I may or may not be doing this right now.

You know you’re a mom when: you can get everyone out the door, dressed and ready to go for the day in under 5 minutes. But…You forget your wallet in the diaper bag the one day you decide to bring your purse. #fail

You know you’re a mom when you eat your kids gummy vitamins and think, “Good enough for them, good enough for me.”

 

Its hard work being a mom, but so rewarding. So, if you are not a mama, yet, don’t be scared by this list. Take it as an encouragement as to how awesome you are going to be, once you are a mom. Nothing seems to really shock me anymore. I just roll with the punches. We can basically conquer the world in a day, right Pinky?

 

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The winner of the Red Apple Lipstick is Kate H! (email has been sent! check your inbox)
BONUS: Since you are a phoenix resident, I would love do your makeup this up coming week to feature on my blog. Very excited to share this with all the followers. Have a great night! And thank you to all the participated.

Blonde and Banker is partnering with Charlie Banana Diapers next month, for a giveaway. So, stay tuned!

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