Through My Partner's Eyes

Hey All,

I have decided to write a post for/to my wife. This is pretty new to me, though KatiAnne has been doing this now for a while. In this blog Kati, goes through and recaps her life, shows off her talents with makeup and hair styling (though she is equally as beautiful without them) and recently has been showing off our beautiful son (he gets it from her). 

What I have also noticed is she has been very hard on herself on the topic of being ‘Super Mom’, and falling short of her expectations. Well, she has been very honest and real with all of you ‘in her 
opinions’, but now its time that she and the rest of her followers hear the truth through My Eyes.

When I see Kati, I do not see a super mom, I see a super woman. Word of advice to you mothers and  wives, your husbands are not looking for a super mom, they are looking for you to be the women they married and the one they fell in love with. You do this by loving your child and loving them. 


That is something Kati has never fallen short of. She loves, and that is what a husband is looking for. 
Trying to accomplish a thousand different things will only drive you crazy and cause you to accomplish less than if you were to focus on just a couple things. This is why Kati is so hard on herself. She has set so many goals and does not realize what she has achieved because she only sees a never ending list. 

Recognizing the Rut

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So before we get into the real meat of what I want to talk about, let's quickly recap the weekend. 


My Dad hit the big 5-0 on Friday and he and my littlest brother spend the day up here watching the little guy. Then we all drove down to Southern Indiana for the weekend. Friday night was much too late as we stayed up to watch our Hoosiers. Unfortunately it didn't work out, but that happens.


Leighton doesn't change his schedule because Mom and Dad stayed up watching a basketball game, so we were up nice and early. We didn't do much all day, but it was nice to relax with family. Plus we ended the day with a campfire, hot dogs and an Amish County sunset.


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Church came quickly Sunday morning and Leighton was not his normal sleepy self through it. Plus we had a really close call with an almost blow-out. He looked darn cute though. We had a delicious meal as normal at my Nanna's and Leighton got a whole bunch of love throughout the day. Eventually we packed up and made the drive home. Again, Leighton was not his normal sleepy self and the right was not quite pleasant. When we got home we just settled back into our lives and tried to get our schedule back on track...


Four the Love of Friday | March 4


So there are tons of different versions of Friday Favorites posts out there. I wanted to try something new here though and you just tell me what you think. Instead of five things, I am playing with words still with Four the Love of Friday. You get 4 things in 4 categories now. So many good things to make you smile on your Friday.

1) Four Thirsty Skin

Winter is killing me. All the up and down of temperatures associated with Mid West living are just not fun. Anyway, here are four products I am loving to try and combat it all.


Heavy moisture without the greasy feeling that follows. I love this night creme for nights when my skin just really needs a boost.


Normally I am drenching my face in this primer to keep oil at bay, but now I am bathing my face with the Smashbox Primer Water instead. It puts moisture back into my skin and helps prep my face for foundation. Not sure what the magic is behind it, but it works for me. No one wants cracked foundation face due to dry skin.


Hello, March

I can't remember exactly where we were in Ireland when I took this, but I want to go back.
We have moved on one more month into this new year (enter cheesy I can't believe it comment here). Really though, I can't believe it. My baby will be three months old soon. That in itself seems crazy. Anyway, here is a look into our life currently.


I could go back to Ireland. Actually, I think this has been a wish every March since I have gone. Not because I went in March (I went in January), but because March means St. Patrick's Day which means Ireland.


In Search of Hydrated Skin

I don't know about you but winter kills my skin. Normally my skin is oily/combination so for my skin to just be completely dry all over is saying something. Because winter is doing a great job at drying me out, I had been on a huge hunt for hydrating products as of late.Enter my guardian angel - Valentia

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I have mentioned Valentia products before, and currently am using their Vitamin C serum at night for an extra boost (trying to fade some discoloration - vitamin c wins). Anyway, it was like they heard my cries for help because they sent me their True Glow Eye Cream and Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask to try out. (Enter heavenly angel voices here).

Let me explain why I have so much love for this stuff. I woke up one morning this week and felt like my skin was about to rip. I looked in the mirror and the skin around my eyes was the most crepe like I have ever seen it. I used both of these that day and I legitimately felt a difference instantly. I haven't been using them long enough to see if the long term effects hold true, but the immediate ones were enough to help my skin out when I needed it. Here is a little more about both products:


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I can't  start this review without talking about the packaging first. Valentia really does a great job with their branding/packaging in my opinion. I love, love, love white, gold and negative space and that is exactly what their packaging it. Really, it just looks fancy to me and that always makes a girl feel good.

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The bottle and tub that the actual products come in are good as well. I like the bottle for the eye cream more and feel like it still gives off the fancy/expensive vibe. The jar that the mask comes in though just feels a little more cheap in my opinion. The label still shows that clean and simple look that I love about the brand, but I almost wish the jar was the same brown glass that the eye cream bottle is made out of. (I'm sure it would raise the price though so the plastic really isn't that bad)

Enough about the packaging, let's get on to the more important stuff.


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Normally $54.99, but you can get it on Amazon for $25.00!




Astaxanthin: A powerful antioxidant that increases moisture levels, smooths fine line and wrinkles, and restores elasticity to the skin.
Resistem: Natural Plant Stem Cells repair and protect the skin from harsh environmental pollutants and stress related aging.
Vitamin C: Leaves the skin smooth and visibly brighter for a well-rested and bright eyed look.
Organic Rosehip Oil: Provides intense hydration to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Arnica: A key anti-inflammatory agent to the restorative process that works to diminish the appearance of dark circles.

[Thoughts & Impressions]

It felt so refreshing on my eyes. The texture and consistency were just right too. The packaging is just as good to look at as my other products from Valentia. Overall I like it so far. I am going to keep using it to see if I notice a difference with my dark circles and fine lines/wrinkles. If I still see improvements in a few weeks this will most definitely be an item I go back and purchase a backup of. 

Bonus: I am all about the Vitamin C, it is life lately.


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Also, normally $54.99, but you can get it on Amazon for $25.00!




Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend:These natural miracles increase moisture content and help in the production of collagen and elastin which decreases the appearance of visible lines. 
Botanical Hyaluronic Acid:Penetrates deep into the skin to secure moisture and plump skin from within.
Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil:An anti-aging wonder berry that results in fewer fine lines, diminished sun spots, more even skin tone, and firmer more supple skin.
Japanese Green Tea:Contains catechins that provide anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-irritant effects to the skin.
Aloe Vera:This botanical moisturizers skin and fight aging by improving skin firmness.

[Thoughts & Impressions]

This smells like an orange Popsicle, like the kind I ate when I was a kid at my Nanna's house. Obviously it gets points for that. But in all fairness, it gets points just for how is made my skin feel. It had a fresh tingling feeling at first, but it didn't last the whole time. My face looked like I used a bad self tanner by the end of it, it was just because the mask itself is orange and it washed right off. I felt like my face felt more plump/hydrated after using it and I will continue to use it to see if there are longer term benefits to the fine lines/wrinkles I am starting to see in my forehead (because I make some emotional faces). My only problem with this is the texture, but that is completely my issue. It felt amazing when it was on my face, but when I dipped into the jar to pick up the product I got a little squeamish. In the future I will be applying with a brush instead (which is more sanitary anyway).


So far so good for both of these products. Valentia does a great job with their skincare and I have personally loved each of the products they have sent me to test out. If something does what it claims to do I really can't complain. If you want to try out some new skincare products to help with your winter skin, read up on Valentia (here) and see if they are a match for you. 

Thanks for spending some time with me. As always these thoughts/reviews are one hundred percent my honest opinions. These items were gifted to me for testing purposes, but I would never lie and say I liked something when I didn't. We are real here. Always.

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Best in Beauty | Hair (& more)

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L'OrĂ©al® Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It High Lift Creation Spray
I don't tease my hair without this, honestly there is no point. My hair is very fine and smooth so I have to use product when I try and backcomb or it all just falls right out. This spray is my saving grace. It adds some grit o my hair and really helps the tease to stay. After I tease a section I leave it up to dry and my hair really gets some major volume. I also use it to spray my hair before I put my extensions in to help give them something to grab on to.

Pureology Purify Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair 
My hair sucks at holding color so I need a color safe shampoo. It also gets put through a lot and I need something to really get it clean so I need a purifying conditioner. Well, this is the best of both worlds. I really do feel like it gets all the product buildup out of my hair, but gently.

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