Sunday, April 24, 2016

April Beauty Favorites 2016

Hello friends! I can't believe April is almost over now! In two short weeks, my baby boy will be one year old! Agghhh! I CAN'T! I am so excited for this summer though...lots of poolside fun and walks in the late, hot evening. Bring on the heat, Illinois! I'm ready for fun in the sun!

But I shall put those future plans to the side for now, and focus on what I have been loving in the beauty department this month!

First up, is the Laura Geller Baked Brulee Highlighter in Dulce De Leche. This is such a great highlighter! This shade is very golden, and blends out so smoothly. Not too glittery or clumpy. When you swipe it on your cheekbone, it just feels like it melts right into it. So buttery to touch, oh yeaaah. I will definitely be using this all summer to feel glowy and very sun goddess-esque. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find this highlighter anywhere, so it makes me think that it's discontinued...I shall cherish it!

Almay Smart Shade CC Cream in 100 Light. This product also applies very smoothly on my skin. It starts out as a white-ish cream color, then as you blend it into your skin, it kind of matches to your skin tone to create your own little perfect shade. I didn't think it would have as much coverage as it does, so I definitely reach for this when I need a little more than just concealer.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 001 Transparent. This is a great pressed powder for when you're feeling like you need some blotting power, but not a lot of extra color on top of your foundation. This gives my skin a nice smooth finish, and keeps me from looking too shiny.

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water. I heard so much about the Bioderma makeup remover water stuff from every beauty YouTuber out there, I thought I would get my own version of it, but for cheaper, in my local CVS! This stuff does not irritate my eyes, when I wipe off even my thickest layers of mascara. And the best thing about it, is that you don't really have to rinse off afterwards. Yay for laziness!

Drybar Triple Sec. I love this texturizer.. Well, it's like a texturizer, dry shampoo, volumizer...thing. It's great! This is the second time I've gotten this, because I love the extra grit it gives my limp third day hair. Plus, it smells like vanilla! I can spray it in my hair in the morning and I will still smell vanilla at night! Talk about refreshing!

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara. My lashes have been super blah as of late( a lot have fallen out for some reason ) So I've really been needing a plumping mascara, and this one has really been there for me. We're best friends, guys, it's happened. It's a super black mascara and I really love pairing it with Benefit Roller Lash or Covergirl Lash Blast to give my lashes a little bit more separation. If you really want to amp up the look of your lashes, or they're just a little thin like mine, I'd grab this one.

And finally, it's the lipstick I obsessed over in my last beauty post! L'Oreal Collection Exclusive The Perfect Nudes by Colour Riche, " Julianne's Nude. " If you want to read about my love for this perfect pink lipstick, head on over to that post. I get pretty poetic with it. I just love this shade. It makes me think of bright pink peonies in a garden. Perfect for springtime!

Those are my favorites for the month of April! Thanks for reading!

~Grace Abigail

Sunday, April 3, 2016

My Favorite Spring Pink Lip or A Lipstick Love Story

Hello lovely friends! It's finally spring! My favorite time of year. And with spring, comes a whole new revival of sweet and delicate spring inspired makeup looks. Spring has always been the season that I feel most excited about new makeup looks, whether they be pastel, nude, floral inspired, whatever may be! But today, I am coming at you with a love story. A lipstick love story, if you will...

I first saw this lipstick in Walgreens. I thought to myself, " Oooh, I've been searching for the perfect pink nude to wear. I wonder...if this is it. " I opened the cap hopefully, and I gasped. I mean, it's beautiful. I then second guessed myself, and I told my hopeful little heart, if you can't stop thinking about that lipstick, the next time you see it, you'll get it. I then, for the next couple weeks, every time I went into a CVS, Walgreens, Meijer, Walmart, wherever there was drugstore makeup basically, I would go and stare at this lipstick. I would contemplate our future together. Would it be as good as I was making it in my head? I finally took the plunge and chanced my fate. My pinky nude dreams were hanging in the balance as I swiped it across my lips for the first time. I nearly cried with knowing that I had finally, finally my friends, discovered my lipstick soulmate. We are very happy together, thank you for asking.

This is the L'oreal Collection Exclusive, ' The Perfect Nudes ' by Colour Riche Lipstick in #620 " Julianne's Nude. " There are a few different shades inspired by some lovely brand ambassadors. This lipstick is creamy and moisturizing, so it doesn't dry out my lips, like most lipsticks usually do for me. It is the perfect " nude " for my fair complexion, and I can't stop putting it on ma lips, y'all! The only teensy little negative there might be for this lipstick, is that it does not last very long. But that is okay by me, I never really like to wear lipstick all day anway, since I am usually smooching my son's cheeks all day, haha. If you have rosy fair skin like me, I betcha this would look great on you too! Definitely check out the other gorgeous nude shades here!

*** Angels sing! ***

I hope you all enjoyed! Have a wonderful day! I will just be over here, loving this lipstick, and whispering sweet nothings to it. Oh, you don't do that with your favorite lipstick? Hmmph, yeah sure. I know you do! When you've found the one, you never let it go!

~ Grace Abigail

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Cooking: A Love Hate Relationship

I'm not gonna pretend that I make a nice home cooked dinner every night. I am no stranger to pizza night, chinese take-out night, and anything easy and from a box night. My relationship with cooking and baking usually is not very consistent, only when I've actually felt excited about making something new and delicious. I mostly just see cooking as a chore. BUT there are times when I do get excited about making my own meals( believe it or not), and recently it has been much more often. This is mainly because Link is starting to eat more foods, and I want to give him a wide variety of foods to try so he doesn't end up being the most picky eater in the entire world( my worst nightmare.)

So, here I am to document my efforts in the kitchen. And to hopefully get some validation that hey, you see I'm trying, and hey, what I've made looks pretty dang good! Success!

Oh yeah, you know I arranged these like this just for the picture...

This morning I had a search PAR-TAY on Pinterest for something different that I could whip up for Lincoln and me for breakfast. We had literally nothing easy to make, so I told myself, " Okay Grace, you gotta put on your big girl britches and COOK! " And boy howdy, I did! I saw an idea for cottage cheese pancakes, and I decided to go for it. I used this recipe, which was very easy and required few ingredients( yay for me ) and it turned out great. Cute little palm sized pancakes of adorable deliciousness. Link loved them too! He ate three! These little guys were mostly made of eggs and cottage cheese, so when fried, they tasted like a slightly fried eggy cheese-y goodness nugget, rather than a traditional fluffy pancake. Did you like that description? Yeah, there's a reason I don't do cooking blog posts...
This recipe calls for honey as well, but I didn't have any on hand, so I just used a bit of regular sugar. I'm sure if I had put it in, the cakes would have been a bit more sweet. Mine were sort of savor-y. Nothing a little maple syrup can't fix!

I mentioned in my last Links of Awesome post that I wanted to start making more homemade bread. I used the recipe that I linked to in that post to make that beautiful crusty bread you see below...


LOOK AT THE BEAUTY!!! I want to start a tradition of making more bread on Sundays. It's a day that I always have off, and I can usually get some time to mix up a bread mixture in the afternoon. I mean, who doesn't like bread laying around to nom on?!

I'm hoping that my recent curious streak with cooking holds up for a bit longer. I'm quite enjoying it right now! What are some dishes you love to make?

~Grace Abigail

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Links of Awesome #14

Heyo! I'm back with another Links of Awesome!!! I haven't done one of these in foreeeeever, so I thought I'd dust off the old searching clicky clickers(that's code word for typing fingers just in case you didn't know) and get going on the list! Hope you enjoy my findings!

Underwater Abstract, Alcohol Ink on 11 x 14 Yupo paper
First, I gotta start off by saying something about this Etsy shop. This is my husband's cousin's shop, and she sells the most beautiful Alcohol Ink paintings I have ever seen. I mean, LOOK AT THAT COLOR! She has so many gorgeous ones, you should definitely check them out! Source.

I've been loving all of the art for The Force Awakens! There are so many cool interpretations of the characters. source

I need these cat flats right meow! See what I did there? source.

You said it, Chris. 

Also, kind of obsessed with this rosey red hair color right now! If I ever get the balls to color my hair something other than dark blonde, this would be the color! 

- Two Words. Cat Scarf!

- Ummm, can we talk about how beautiful these pressed flower phone cases are?! This shop has the mostest!

- Kind of in love with this Anthropologie duvet cover. Not gonna lie.

- This DIY Coffee Cup Holder project is pretty cool! I need to make me one of these...

- Gah! This jewel embellished bikini top is so pretty!

- After watching the Netflix documentary series, Cooked, I have been on the hunt for a really good crusty bread recipe. They talked about making bread in one episode and it really inspired me to start making my own. Here's a really nice recipe that I cannot wait to try out myself.

- Just wanted to let everyone know, I ordered these ankle boots recently, and I love them! I normally have a lot of problems finding comfortable shoes for the colder months, but these are great!

- If you are expecting a little baby girl soon, and love all things floral and pink and ADORABLE, then I would check out this home office turned nursery makeover!

- Um, I'm pretty sure I need this thermal mug in my life.

That's it for now, loves! I hope you enjoyed my little list of all things cute and awesome, and I also hope everyone has a great rest of their week. Mwah!

~Grace Abigail

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Antique Finds

Last Saturday, I drove myself on down to Washington, IL to visit one of my oldest girl friends. It was a glorious weekend! Firstly, because it was my second weekend away from Link ever, which was a treat. Yay for waking up myself and getting a good night sleep! And secondly, I had not seen my friend in a very long time, so it was nice to get away and spend some nice quality girl time. The Sunday I was there we went to El Paso, IL, to this small antique mall off the side of the highway, and searched our little hearts out for hours. I made sure to snap a few pictures to show you all!

This is the china set of my dreams and I don't know why I passed it up. I'm truly regretting not getting it...

I got so excited when I saw this little bird puzzle! It was in our church nursery growing up, and I remember playing with this so often. I squealed when I saw it!

And then some things were just scary...

And confusing...

I definitely should have bought this record too, shouldn't I? Yeah.

We had these little toys at home too! I actually saw many toys that I had growing up in this place...I was surprised how much people were asking for things that we had just lying around the house. Made me kind of sad and a little frustrated that we just gave them away.

These are my purchases! A sweet stitched sign and a little oil painting. I just loved the colors of these two. The frame of the stitched sign is a little knicked in places, so I don't know if I will paint the frame of just find another one for it...

If any of you are near El Paso IL, you should definitely try and search around in this little gold mine while you're there. The prices were really good, and there is a good mixture of collectibles, furniture, cute knick knacks, vintage dish sets...basically all the cool stuff you'd want to search through. I mean, my friend even got a beautiful full china set for 70 dollars, and we looked it up on Etsy later and just two cups were being sold for $30 a piece. Great deal! I can't wait to go back some day. Cross your fingers that cute vintage china set is still there when I go!

Have a good day!

~Grace Abigail

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Peeks Into My Home

Curtains from TJ Maxx, USA art from Hobby Lobby, banner made by me!

Picture Frame from Target, Record Player from Urban Outfitters, little "H" from Hobby Lobby.

Guster sitting by my dining room windows.

Little man and Dad sitting at the dinner table. I just love Link's curious expression...

This tiny little home is perfect for right now. It's not too small where we feel like we are climbing on top of each other, and it's not too big, where I feel so overwhelmed by the amount of cleaning I have to do that I ALSO feel overwhelmed lol. As Goldilocks once said, " It's just right! " Sure sometimes the floor creeks too much while I'm trying to tip toe away from Link while he sleeps. And I guess the ceiling is really really low. And sure, our bathroom barely fits one person in it comfortably. But it's home. With all the flaws come a certain sense that hey, life is quirky sometimes. Sometimes you live in a silly little house first before you find the most perfect house for you and your family. Sometimes you have to go through the weird parts of life, that are a little messy, to really come into your own at the end. I'm so happy with where my family is right now. Kyle and I are paying off loans, making our long term plans reality finally, and really getting the hang of this whole parenting thing. And I guess it sort of makes sense that we live in this imperfect house right now...because we are a little flustered and falling apart sometimes, but at the end of the day, we have a home. We have a family. And we have love. And that's what life is all about, right? 

Btw, I am soooo into decorating right now it's not even funny. I am all over the Home Decor Pinterest boards....Maybe I'll share some of my inspirations on here later!

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a wonderful week, and I hope that you have a comfy cozy place to curl up and call home as well. :)

~Grace Abigail

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Adulting Is Hard

I was feeling rather glamorous this particular night. Not Pictured: My very dirty sweatpants I was wearing that I just keep forgetting to wash.

Oh, adulting. To me, that word means learning how to pay bills/getting shiz done on time/meeting obligations/cooking a dinner other than Mac n Cheese...a very full and heavy word. I'm 27 now, which I feel is just old enough where I feel responsible and put together most days, but still young enough where I want to curl up in a blanket and literally watch Disney movies all day. My friend and I often joke about adulting. " Shouldn't our parents have warned us?! What if I didn't WANT to become an adult? Don't I have a choice? " But inevitably, with each passing year, we grow older and hopefully wiser to the ways of the world. And it just keeps on going...

Sometimes I do wish I could go back. Back to the days of climbing trees, riding your bike super fast down a hill and not giving a crap about possibly breaking a hip, eating tons of candy and NOT worrying about how many pounds I might gain from this. The simpler times. And I guess the days where I didn't worry so much about everything...

Right now, I guess " adulting " is me just trying to do all the adult things while keeping my young self intact. I think it is important to be young at heart and enjoy the simpler things. It's just harder sometimes than I thought it would be. Of course when you're younger you think being an adult is this magical feeling where you are the ruler of your own world and nothing can bring you down. Then debt happens, and family members get sick, and car problems stress you out so much you want to slowly disappear....but you have to stay positive. Maybe adulting is staying positive and keeping a good face when things do fall apart? IDK.

If someone older and wiser than me can just go ahead and tell me what being an adult really means so I can plan for it, I'd really like that. But for now...I'm going to drink my coffee, finish folding some laundry, and read about Harry Potter fandoms. BYE.

~Grace Abigail

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Bring It On, 2016!

Thank God it's a new year.

Without going into too much detail, this past year was probably one of the most challenging of my entire life. There's been stress( sooo much ), heartbreak, exhaustion, and many lessons in forgiveness and patience. I've been pushed to my emotional and physical limit in 2015, and I've come out from it...not completely unscathed, but with wounds that are still healing. Scrapes and scars that are still visible...Confusions about my own identity that are still a mystery to me. But I am looking forward to change and healing from the past year's wrongs, and making them right again. I know it won't happen overnight, that's not a realistic way to look at life...but yes, I am ready to put it all behind me.

I think it's important to note that even though 2015 was incredibly hard, it also had many blessings. The one I'm most grateful for, of course, is the birth of my son. I'll always remember this year as belonging to him. Learning about him, anticipating his wants, taking care of him, and not really having much more room in my heart for anything but him. 2015 will always be special because of Link. He was the shining prize of this year.

But now it's time for the next one, and boy am I glad for it! Here's a little list of some of my wishes for 2016. Some a little light hearted and a few that I'm really hoping happen...

- Become full time again at my job. It will really help with bills.

- Visit Florida again. We weren't able to get to a beach last year and I just need that ocean air in my veins!

- Finally color my hair pink. Or just not a natural color. I've been wanting to do this FOREVER! Heck, I'd be happy with a nice dye job in a salon!

- Learn calligraphy.

- Sell more paintings and art pieces and hopefully, finally finish the second Emmie and the Secret World book!
- Become more financially stable. Please God...

- Maybe move out of Illinois? We've been thinking about Colorado for awhile now...we just need to get out of these flat lands! Give me adventure and something different to look at, please!!!

- Start to think about eating better and not eating McDonalds all the dang time. I'm pretty sure this was a goal for last year...but it didn't work out too well. We'll see how this goes. That McChicken though...

What are some of your plans for this year? I hope it's filled with happiness and excitement for all of you!

~Grace Abigail

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Lincoln's First Christmas!

My sweet little guy! He was having some teething pain all day, so he was uh...less than cooperative when we tried to get a smiling picture of him by the tree.

Hello, my dears! Did everyone have a great Christmas? I must say, it was a pretty damn good one over here! All day I was so excited to watch Link's reactions to things. He seemed pretty confused for most of the festivities, but just watching his little eyes widen and his little forehead furrow when he was interested in something...oh, it was so cool!

It is true what they say, the only thing better than experiencing Christmas when you're a kid, is watching your own kid experience Christmas. He's only about 8 months old now, so he can't truly comprehend all the magic of the season yet, but just knowing that we get to show him how wonderful and loving Christmas time can be in the's crazy awesome.
Aside from being excited for Link, it was actually a pretty busy week before the big day. I only had a few days off before Christmas, and we had so many things to get done( chores to do, grocery shopping, etc...)that I ended up doing ALL of my gift shopping on Christmas Eve. I wouldn't recommend it, folks. It was a tad stressful. But I truly believe I have a knack for succeeding under pressure, I just wish I wasn't such a huge procrastinator would have saved me a lot of nail biting moments, haha.

Sparkly Christmas Eve tree...and creepy Caprica.

I just have to talk about one of the coolest presents we got! My Father's girlfriend made us this amazing 8 bit Link quilt! She cut all those little squares of fabric all by herself. Kyle was so excited, and I was so floored on how thoughtful and truly " us " the present was. Very blessed to have her in our lives...

All I really wanted to do this Holiday season was spend lots of time with my husband and family. There was plenty of hot chocolate drinking, watching holiday movies like Home Alone, Elf, and The Charlie Brown Christmas, cozy cuddle sessions on our couch. Lots of delicious food, and lots of fun family time full of laughter and happiness. Everything that I asked for and more. I feel very lucky to have such a loving family and such a perfect little giggling baby man!

Okay, sorry for the mushiness. Ahem. It's just hard not to gush cuteness this time of year when everything makes me so sentimental and silly. 

There is a good chance this will be my last post of 2015, and if that's the case, I wish everyone an amazing New Year in 2016! Let's make it a good one! Love you all :)

~Grace Abigail

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Why Hello Old Friend

My goodness, hello there! I can't believe I haven't written on here for...what has it been? Five months now? Life has gotten full and busy. Packed to the brim. Sometimes I'm not really sure what day it is. Sometimes I can't believe that everything is moving so quickly... I mean, didn't I just give birth? Wasn't it JUST summer?! I find myself, everyday, baffled by how quickly time has passed. I know that is the most cliche thing a new Mom can ever say, but DAMN.

LINCOLN IS 7 MONTHS OLD! Like, what? Wasn't he just tiny enough to sleep on my chest? Now he's big, and rolly polly, with his chunky legs and his old man cankles. He can crawl and grab and screech and laugh. He babbles on sometimes like he's trying to tell me something really important. I can tell by his very very serious look( it involves an adorably furrowed brow). He is healthy and perfect and I don't know how I got so lucky with my sweet little man.

As for me, I feel like I'm in a constant state of catch up. There is always laundry to do, always dishes to wash, always floors and surfaces to be cleaned and dusted...and sometimes I can't. You know what I mean? I just can't do it, because there are more important things going on. Like, singing the ABC's to Link. Duh. I would def rather do that than clean.
But alas, it must be done, and between working, trying to take care of my relationship with the hubs, with friends, and taking care of myself so I actually feel somewhat put together some days, it's all just a lot.

So, I guess that's my round about way of saying sorry for not updating on here as often. I love this blog. It's my little passion/hobby. Unfortunately, I don't really have a lot of time for those nowadays. BUT...there is a new year coming up( 2016? Seriously? ) and I need to start doing stuff for me. Not just swiping on some makeup to make myself look presentable before work...Like actually setting apart some time in my days for just me. Where I don't have to be in charge of anything but my own sanity. Everyone needs those times, right? I'm not being selfish, am I? Ugh, Mom guilt. I'm sure it never leaves.

Taken on a day where I felt pretty damn good. Heyo!

Link at 5 months! THOSE EYES.

Too precious for words...

The Handschin fam on Thanksgiving!

I think since I last updated, we hadn't moved to our house yet. Well, I can happily say that we are loving our little home. I mean, the floors are kind of uneven, and the ceilings are kind of awkwardly low, but anything was better than that closet of an apartment our last place was turning into. We have so much more room where we are now. All our unsightly things can be stowed away in closets, instead of tucked in the corner of the living room, because there was no other place for it before. I am slowly trying to figure out our living room color palette, and trying to get matching picture frames for all the photos in the dining room, but it's kind of awesome to be able to decorate seperate spaces. Before it was just one big room with our couch, dining table, and kitchen smushed together....

It just makes me realize every time I think about it, how blessed we are. Our lives have changed so much in the past couple months, and we are better and stronger than we were before! I just continue to pray for more patience, strength, courage, and more patience, haha. Once I maybe get things settled and nice looking in the living room I will share pictures...but don't expect them next week or anything, lol. 

Now, I am going to make the most of Link's nap time and bake chocolate chip cookies. I'm just gonna ignore that pile of laundry in our bedroom for now. After all, cookies are pretty important to your sanity. At least, my sanity.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

~Grace Abigail