Sunday, December 7, 2014

Pregnancy Update: Week 20

This was actually from week 16, I'm just too lazy to put on a bra right now to take a picture lol

Hello, everyone! I've come to the conclusion that I haven't documented this pregnancy as well as I think I should be. When I got pregnant, I thought I would be one of those future Moms who does all she possibly can to get ready for the upcoming pregnancy by reading books, staying to a strict diet, researching all of the best gadgets and, well let's just say I've been a little lax on all that hehe.

I mean, of course I have been careful. I have been making a steady list of things I need, things I already have. It's been going good. Great, actually. I've heard stories from other ladies about their pregancies, and how they went less than smoothly. This pregnancy has been going very smoothly. So smoothly, in fact, sometimes I wonder if something is just waiting to go terribly wrong...

But I'm just going to toss those worries aside and just be grateful that this little bud inside me is growing fine and nicely. There's nothing that a new Mom would want more than to have an easy pregnancy, so I'm just going to keep trucking along and counting my blessings. Here is a few extra pregnancy facts I'd like to update you guys on.

Where is baby in Development?: I'm going to be in my 20th week soon. My little one is about the size of a tomato right now, about 6 inches long. Some movements here and there, but just little flutters and pokes sometimes. Next week we will find out the gender and I feel like that's when all the preparation can really take off. I'm thinking it's going to be a boy, but we'll seeeee!

Pregnancy Symptoms?: Some back pain. Probably from sitting too long at work. I need to get up and take little strolls more often. Also, I'm waking in the middle of the night to pee almost consistently.

Maternity Clothes? Stretch Marks?: My mom generously bought me my first pair of maternity leggings last weekend, and I am praising her name for it! I looove them. I'm telling everyone I know that I should have just been buying these before. They're just so freakin' comfy. No stretch marks yet! I'd like to think that it's because of my consistent coconut butter applications, but it's probably still to come...

Food Cravings?: Oh my gosh, I feel like I'm eating every freakin' hour, but the things that I'm really craving are...Mexican Pizzas from Taco Bell and anything with avocados. This little one has been all about the Mexican food, but nothing too spicy! 

That's it for now! I'm going to try to do more of these little updates. Hopefully, this can be a place where I can get all my thoughts and excitements down and really savor the whole experience. I mean, you are only pregnant for the first time once. Everything is new and fascinating right now and I want to make sure I keep track of my true feelings and emotions. I wish to have something to look back on and know how I felt and how excited I was when I have a little minion attached to me hehe. 

Have a good day!

~Grace Abigail

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend 2014

Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday! There is such childlike joy and anticipation built up during the day for me. I feel like an impatient kid again, waiting for the awesome food, and thinking of the promise of more family Holiday fun to come during the next month. Thanksgiving is just the kickoff point! On Thursday, I had lunch with my Dad at the family house, and then dinner with Kyle's family later that night. Such amazing food and company throughout the day, I was just so...thankful. I mean, duh.

My Mom and sister were also coming down for the weekend, and we all planned to have our Thanksgiving dinner together on Saturday night at my place. Now, I was pretty nervous...Mainly because my apartment kitchen is verrrry small, and I've never really cooked a meal for all of them. Not to mention, my Mom has a gluten allergy, and my sister is a vegetarian. I wouldn't really call myself a very experienced cook,( what can I say, I like boxed dinners. * GASP * ) so I was really hoping everything would turn out well. To my relief, everything was delicious, and we all enjoyed a wonderful evening together. It had been so long since we all hung out as a family, it made my heart warm to see all of us laughing, swapping stories, and making fun of characters in movies together. It was such a lovely night.

Claire, Peter, Mom. All cozied up on my couch.( please don't mind our makeshift duct-tape window covering...he he. )

On Sunday afternoon, my sister and I helped my Dad set up the family Christmas tree. Or, we did it all ourselves, and he just brought the boxes down from the garage....hehe. This is such a fun tradition for us. First off, that tree is probably from 1985 or something, and I am always baffled by how many of those little fake pine needles fall off every year, and there are still some left! And of course the unwrapping of all the ornaments we've collected over the years is a step back in time that always makes me proud. Craft paper Santa ornaments, hand painted sparkly bulbs, ornaments we've purchased from craft fairs, and classic ornaments I don't even know where they came from...The collection is very impressive and we always oooh and aaah over them like they are brand new. Frank Sinatra cooes on the radio as we set up the living room for Christmas. When we are done, I can't help but think that the room looks truly complete with all the Holiday decorations. Like they are supposed to be there year round. It just looks too perfect.

My Dad's cat, Hazel. She loved it under the tree. In fact, this was the closest I got to her without the risk of getting swatted at with her sharp claws. She's such a grouch.

And this wouldn't be a complete blog post without me cheezin' at the camera. This was my face for Thanksgiving Day. Black eyeliner on the eyes, and dirty hair underneath the hat. I think I was just feeling super giddy because it was an amazing 60 degrees outside! A Thanksgiving miracle!

What made this Holiday extra special, was that this was the first Thanksgiving weekend I didn't work retail. I think that was what I was most thankful for this year. To be able to truly relax and not worry about schedules or leaving dinners early to go to work. Out of respect, I decided not to shop on Black Friday. Simply just wouldn't feel right. To know how miserable I was so many years in a row working at the Mall, I just didn't want to add to the throw of bodies that would inevitably suffocate and depress most retail workers. No deals are worth my beloved family time.

How excited is everyone for Christmas!? I can't wait to decorate my tree and start buying presents for friends and family! I actually have some pretty good ideas this year, which is a miracle, cuz I am usually a horrible gift giver, haha. Now all I have to do is get over this cold/cough.....

Thank you for reading, everyone! I hope you're enjoying your Holiday season!

~Grace Abigail

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Week of Faces: Nov. 17th - 23rd

Hello friends, here are some random faces and moods from this last week. This is mostly for me, since I wanted to sort of chronicle my weekly state of mind and state of face haha for introspective purposes...I've been thinking of putting a little more oomph and effort into my makeup looks lately. Maybe it's the Holidays coming up, but I just am feeling a little more fancy than usual. I usually save the eyeliner and bright lips for weekends...but maybe that should change!

So here I am guys, it's not a lot of glamour or fancy accessories, but that's just how I roll, dudes...

November 17th: Leftover hair from the day before. Curled with a Remington 1 inch curling wand, set with Herbal Essences hairspray. Feeling happy because I was spending a night with the hubby. Zip up hoodie from Forever 21.

November 19th: Grumpy, tired, and probably ready for bed. I think this day I was in constant annoyance with my hair. It had major static cling all day. The annoyingly dry air of my office made it impossible to tame. I also have on a University sweatshirt that I bought when I was 12...

November 22nd: Excited, because I was getting ready to go to a Friendsgiving feast later on in the day. Kyle and I made cheesy mashed potatoes and sweet potato casserole to bring. Curled hair with a very old( should be thrown away ) curling iron, L'oreal True Match foundation in Natural Ivory C2, and wearing a Target reindeer thermal. Happy it still fits because of my ever growing stomach and boobs haha.

November 23rd: Very very dirty hair this day, so a bun was needed. Shiny forehead and pearl earrings. Feeling comfy and cozy inside my apartment, since it was a cloudy day. I was giving my skin a break from foundation today, since it was feeling dehydrated. 

~Grace Abigail

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Lazy Sunday Un-Routine

Sundays are my free days. I have no car for most of the day( since Kyle is a delivery driver and he works all day ) so I can't go anywhere to get myself into too much trouble. It's usually my day to catch up on laundry and eat Creamy Chicken Ramen noodles and draw vigorously while watching Netflix.
Since I usually spend most of the day by myself, with basically no one to tell me what to do but me, I thought I would take charge and snap some pics to show you guys a glimpse of my lazy day routine, which is never the same and never really a true routine....

In the morning, I thought I would be productive, and clean my makeup brushes. My favorite way to do it, is take a little dollop of Dawn dish washing soap and swirl my brush around in the palm of my hand with some warm running water. I keep swirling until there are no more suds. They always turn out soft and nice. Easy peasy!

I don't really take a lot of pictures of myself anymore. That's kind of hilarious and sad to say, like it was a hobby before or something...I think it was mostly due to me not liking my hair cut or the serious lack of sleep or the first trimester nausea...whatever it was, I finally am starting to feel like myself again. It still is kinda weird...honestly. Maybe this is a sign of growing up. I mean...I don't really have to take pictures of myself all the time to know what I look like. I know who I am....

Aaand with that deep thought, I watched The Fault In Our Stars for the first time and proceeded to sob throughout the whole thing, using up 4 kleenex while squeezing my cats too hard. My God, John really know how to get people right in the deepest of feels...

Then snow happened. Little light flurries floated through the cold air and stuck to the ground like it was saying, " Finally, I am HERE, Champaign! Get used to it! " It looks like Winter has come just as early as last year...Welcome, old friend.

Thanks for coming along with me today, and good luck with the upcoming weeks :) I am so excited for Thanksgiving! It turns out that this year, there will be at least four dinners Kyle and I will be going to during the next two weekends, so that means I need to scour Pinterest for festive meal ideas! I know I'm making green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, and cheesy mashed potatoes so far, but I still have a lot more planning to do! Eeep!

~Grace Abigail

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Links of Awesome #11

It's the weekend! Yay! I am currently bouncing between paying attention to Gilmore Girls, making notes on some illustrations, and writing this post up. Then, Kyle and I will be going to Goodwill to look for inspiration for our Halloween costumes this next weekend. We will be going to my friend's house for a party and I'm super excited to see her!
I must admit, I've never been one to plan very far ahead for this holiday. I'm always a little disappointed in myself whenever this spooky time of year comes around, considering how much I love candy and dressing up. I blame never getting to trick or treat when I was little, haha. But I am excited to try something fun with makeup again. I did this creepy doll makeup last year, and I'm pretty sure I know what I want to do for the Halloween. Hint: it might involve sticks. Plus, it is too bad that I'm not more pregnant right now, because if I was already popping out a little more then I would totally make it look like an alien was coming out of my stomach...* sigh *

Well, I hope you enjoy what the internet has to offer today! Have a great weekend!

So, I was searching for makeup looks for Halloween that may or may not have involved circus people, when I stumbled across this pic. And I totally thought it was a photograph! Unbelievable. source

Since our little one will be coming in late spring/early summer, I'm sure he/she will be wearing a lot of onesies! This one is just too funny.

Guuuh, Alexander McQueen is awesome. I wanna wear thaaaat...

I really like this tutorial for the Naked 3 palette. Very feminine and glam. source

Cute bags for a great cause! This website uses some of the proceeds from their sales to help girls in Guatemala with nutrition, education, and personal loans for their businesses. So amazing!

Mini Pumpkin Pies! Yummy and adorable.

This flowy top with a sparkly pocket looks so comfy for Fall. And it might just work for a maternity shirt...hmm...

Oh my God, this fairy tale art print is beautiful.

Aaahh, these boots look so perfect to wear with some of my dresses for work, AND you can't beat that price!

Disney's Frozen concept art. Need I say more?

Owning this Doctor Who chess set might actually make me learn how to play chess...

Now, if you will excuse me, I have some early 2000's TV to watch and some food to consume. Love you guys! Enjoy that chill in the air and bundle up with some hot cider and a nice comfy scarf!

~Grace Abigail

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Well Hello Again...


Oh's been a really long time hasn't it? I'm sorry for the totally crazy long break. I do have a good reason, though. Promise!

In early September, I started to feel super tired all the time. I would come home from work in the afternoon( about 3:45pm ) and immediately want to lay down and do nothing. It was like my energy just got completely stolen from me.
That lasted about 2 to 3 weeks, and then suddenly, out of nowhere, I was getting ready for work one morning...and I threw up. Agh! Don't you hate it when you unexpectedly throw up and you're like, DUDE? Whyyyyy?

So with a little bit of worry and curiosity, I did what every scared girl would do, panic and immediately tell my husband that we needed to go to CVS and get a pregnancy test! I mean, I'm not an expert or anything, but when you throw up in the morning for no reason and then feel fine the rest of the day, what else would you assume it would be?.....

Turns out that yes, I am preggos! At first, I was so scared to believe it, and super scared to tell people. I felt so worried that this completely precious but scary gift was not going to work out in some way, and that I wasn't deserving of this, and was this really happening aaaaaahhhhhh. I had wanted to be a Mom for so long, but I honestly didn't know what to feel about it at first. It didn't feel like I was preggo( although the nausea really should have made me an instant believer ) and I wasn't sure if I was ready at all, to be frank.

It's been 4 weeks since that bit of crazy/scariness and now I feel way more confident about it. Well, way more confident than I did 4 weeks ago. It's still maddening to think that I will have made a little human inside of my body and that he/she will be here in 6 months! WEIRDNESS. But right now it's all fun and eating a lot of food and feeling really tired all of a sudden, and dreaming and imagining what our life will be like in half a year. Kyle and I are so excited to be parents, and we usually go through our day wondering or making jokes about what kind of parents we will be.

Some other things that are going on...Well, I just finished my training for my new position at my job. FINALLY. It took forever for my job to schedule me into training, but next week I can start for reals! I'm pretty excited about that, mainly because I get to wake up at least 2 hours later than my last position needed me to. Heaven! Also, I have started the process of making the new illustrations for the second Emmie and the Secret World book. It's going to be called Emmie and the Missing Crown, and we are thinking that it will come out next April. Which, is coincidentally the same month my little one is supposed to arrive. Craziness all around.

For now, I am just enjoying the changing in the weather, the nesting portion of my pregnancy, and the increasing business of my little life.

I'm so happy to be on this little space again, welcome back Me!

~Grace Abigail

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cute Professional Work Clothes

Now that I have a new job title, I'm finding myself a little panicked, because I've realized I have less to none in the professional outfit department. I maybe have a few tops...and two pairs of black pants and that's it! No blazers, no comfortable heels( are there any..? ), and not even a fancy enough skirt to be considered " professional wear. " For someone who is the most comfortable in a tee and jeans, this is very troubling and I'm not sure where to start!

I start training next week, so I needed some inspiration. I've taken to the old faithful Pinterest and I have compiled a little collection of fancy clothes I would be happy to wear to work.

I'm really liking the colored pencil skirt look! I might need to get me some...And those leopard heels UGH YES.

I really like this neutral outfit with that bright pop of red. It looks sophisticated, yet artistic and sexy? Mmm, I might need to get me a tan blazer like that...source

And it's not all about the pencil skirts at the office, right? I love the fullness of this skirt. So feminine, but the striped button up doesn't make it to glam. I love it! source

- Even though this article is about a year old, it's still a good reference that shows what types of professional clothes are best for your body shape.

- This fashion blog I just discovered is so perfect for outfit inspiration! The pictures this gal takes are so detailed and she has a Work Wear tab up at the top, so you can peruse through all of them and get as obsessed as I have!

- These shoes are adorable and I think I need them...for work of course...Definitely not just to hoard...

- Also, this super cute top by Lauren Conrad from her line at Kohl's is adorable and it's on sale! How cute would it be with a blazer over top? Ooooh, dreams...

Gah, now I just want to go shopping! I'm so excited to start looking super fancy fine! I can see me now, sipping my morning coffee at my desk, typing away at my computer, looking so PROFESSSHHH....Now, I just need to find a cute pair of heels that are easy to wear for 8 hours a day....Hmph, I'm doubtful.

~ Grace Abigail

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Random Goings On...

Can you guys believe it's almost Fall time? I haven't even gone on my official summer vacation yet, and it feels like there is already a slight chill in the air. I'm not readyyyy! Where is the sun and the surf and the BBQ's and the hot sweaty games outside? I remember when I was little, summer seemed to last forever. Riding bikes all day in my neighborhood until 6 pm, watching the fireflies float around in my backyard, swimming and pretending to be a mermaid in my local public pool...Those were the days! But, now that I am working 40 hrs a week, I have to really stop myself and drink in those summer moments that bring back the lovely joy I had as a child...even it's as simple as taking a walk around our block in the cool evening. Enjoy the little moments, guys!

Oh, hi by the way.

I thought I would just ramble on a little for you guys and update you on my random thoughts and feelings. It feels like the very basic beginnings of my blogging/journal years. When I sat and wrote about whatever the heck popped into my brain...

This top is a treasure that my dear friend found for me while we were stalking around TJ MAXX. I love that place....I also love flowy tops and elephants, which lucky for me, this shirt has BOTH of those things! My shorts are from Target as well, in case you were wondering. They are high waisted and are my very favorite shorts to wear this summer. They cover just enough of my bum that I feel secure and comfy the whole time I'm wearing them!

I was experimenting with different colored eye liner in this pic, if you can tell...Probably not. I am wearing the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Mildew( I feel like they could have picked a more appealing name for this, blegh.) The color is a deeper sort of forest green, with a bit of shimmer. Very creamy and very easy to apply. The color is really bright and pigmented. I haven't heard a lot about these eye pencils, but I am now intrigued! I wonder if they have a bright purple color...Anyone know?

My darling Caprica scared us a little last night. We took her in to the emergency Vet because we saw that she was bleeding...Turns out she most likely has a kitty UTI, which is extremely uncomfortable...I felt so bad for my baby! They took a sample to send off and see if it was anything more serious than that, but I hope to God not. It was a real growing experience I guess as pet owners for my husband and I. Feeling so scared for her and just wanting for her to be better, I think it gave us both a glimpse at what parenthood really entails....But I must brag about her a little bit! She was so good and cooperative with the Vet! She never meowed or hissed, and even when the Vet was petting her she seemed to be genuinely enjoying it?! I mean, I've taken pets to the Doctor before and they were NOT that calm at all. Way to go, my little booby!

I also recently got a promotion at my job! Woohoo! I've been trying to act nonchalant and modest about it, but I am super excited! The best parts are 1) I get to wake up later than I usually do, which means MORE SLEEP! PRAISE GOD! And 2) I no longer am required to wear the very gray and very boring uniforms I had to before. Yay for style again! And 3) More money = less problems. The very heavy load of finances will be that less stressful for me. I am so grateful and excited to start training for it!

I want to thank you guys again for tuning in to this little space of mine, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Love ya!

~Grace Abigail 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Favorites 2014

Not going to lie, this summer has been pretty great. The heat hasn't been too overwhelming here in the Midwest, long walks in my neighborhood with my husband, fun hangouts and BBQ's, and there has been plenty of relaxation in between...Yay for Summer!

Seeing how we're entering the last full month of this glorious time of year, and before it completely disappears( like it always seems to )...I thought I would share with you guys some of my favorite beauty products I've been obsessing over so far. There are not that many, but I have been religiously using them all!

Photo edited with the ABeautifulMess app.

- First off, we have the Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray. Since I have not yet gotten an opportunity to go to the beach yet, I have been living my beach dreams through this spray. I love this stuff! Now that I have shorter hair, a few spritz after my shower along with a few scrunches makes my hair look like I did something to it, even though I hardly did anything at all. It gives just enough hold and grit to my hair without being sticky that it's easily styled into braids or a messy little pony. Plus, it smells like coconuts and happiness and it's not that expensive. Win.

- Next we have two self tanning lotions. As you all probably guessed, I am naturally pale like a ghost, and the Jergen's Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer( around $11 ) and the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs( around $15 ) really have been helping me look a little less white this summer. I am not one to jump into a tanning bed( so bad for you and I feel like I'm in a coffin...) and I don't really want to spend a lot of money on spray tans( cuz honestly I don't care that much about being bronzed ) so these two lotions have been really easy solutions. The Jergen's brand I have been using for a few years now, and it really does give me a gradual tan after just a few days. Just a tad bit more color on my arms and legs makes me feel not so ghostly. Now, if you want more of a instant gratification tan, I'd go for the Sally Hansen brand. This one is definitely more orange-y, but I've found that mixing this lotion with another plain moisturizer tones down the intense orange color nicely. If you know you're going to be outside in little amount of clothing, I would go for the Sally Hansen, but if you just want to build your tan throughout the rest of the summer, I would definitely apply the Jergen's brand. Don't forget to wash your hands after applying though!

- Now, I've found that applying some self tanning lotion to my face makes it look a little too Oompa Loompa, so I usually just go for some bronzer on my forehead and cheeks. I've really been liking the Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sunlight. Not too orange on my pale face and very blendable. It gives my face a very natural glow, just like it says in the name! Hella cheap too!

- Okay, so next is the NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee. Oh, man. Guys. This stuff is sooo creamy and it smells delicious! This color is a very neutral pink with a lot of color payoff. It's high shine and oh so beautiful with a smokey eye. I've been plastering it on my lips non-stop pretty much since I got it and I am very tempted to buy the rest of the colors!

Also, I thought I would throw in a couple non-beauty favorites just for funzies:
- Hummus and pita chips have been my summer snack obsession as of late. Along with these fruit smoothies I've been buying. The brand is Bolthouse Farms and my husband and I can't get enough of them! 
- I've been watching The Vampire Diaries in my spare time, and AGH this show is addicting! It's stupid and bad sometimes, but you know...* shrug * I really don't have an excuse lol. Vampires and werewolves? I can't resist...What hasn't helped is that I've even gotten my hubs to get in on the obsession too! Muhaha...he doesn't like to admit it though.
- I know this is way off in our future, but I have been looking all over the internet at anything home related. Home decorations, houses for sale on Zillow, House Hunters on HGTV...anything that can feed my fantasy of someday owning a house and making it exactly the way I want it...* sigh *. Grown up dreams...

I hope you guys enjoyed my Summer Favorites! Now get out there and make the most of the day!

~Grace Abigail

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Sunset Makeup Look

Well, hi guys! Nice to see you again! I'm here today to show you another fun makeup look. I haven't done one in awhile, and I was feeling rather sassy this evening( one does when doing laundry, no? ) and I wanted to do something inspired by the sweet sunsets of the summer. The peaches, pinks, and corals of a sunset are probably some of the most beautiful colors to me, so I was very inspired by the late evening sky for this look.

Let's jump right in! Weeeee!

This look is rather simple, in the fact I only used about 3 shadow colors total. Nice and easy to create a high impact look! I always like the easy route better anyway...
First off, I covered my whole lid up to the brow bone with a shimmery peach color. I then layered up hot pink shadow and the peachy color from before onto the middle of my lid, creating various layers of pinks and corals, much like a sunset blends into the clouds...To create a little bit more depth, I dabbed a little bit more of the deeper hot pink color into my crease and then bleeeended the dickens out of it! To add a little bit more interest and femininity to the look, I smudged my trusty NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk onto the inner corners of my eye, and layered a soft white shimmery shadow on top of it. I also lined my lower waterline with the pencil as well. Placing the lighter color in my inner corners creates a cool effect that makes my eyes look farther apart, in turn making my eyes look very awake and bright and MAGICAL! and UNICORN LIKE....or at least I think so :)

Extreme close up! Look at all those freckles...

For the lips, I wanted a more defined pout for my lower lip. So, I applied some NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee ( a light pink color ) all over the top and bottom lips, and then I applied NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in Chaos ( a deep hot pink ) just on the center of my lower lip. Having the deeper color just on the lower center makes the lip look like it's drawing outwards, making it look larger. Cool little trick, right?

To finish off the look, I just coated my lashes with a layer of my favorite mascara. No thick cat eye for me! Keeping it simple. Other then a quick swipe of bronzer, lining my eyebrows, and some blush on the apples of my cheeks, I'm done! I think I would wear this look to a summer wedding with an all black outfit, or on a sweet evening date with my babe, walking on the beach in an all white outfit...That sounds like a pretty good summer evening...maybe add a Pina Colada in there and I'm sold.

Well, that's it for me today! I hope you guys enjoyed this look, and thank you so much for reading :)

~Grace Abigail