BACK TO THE GRIND || LIFE UPDATE

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It is almost impossible to encapsulate the past months in a short blog post. With the birth of my second daughter at the end of June came the joy and adjustment of growing our family (For more details on her birth make sure to read my birth story). I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I described Persephone as the easiest baby ever. We thought Andromeda was easy-going, but nothing phases this kid. She decided at one month that she would sleep through the night, a blissful 8 hours that we are hoping stays around for as long as possible.

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This lil’ stinker

My 10 year high school reunion made me feel old. As if the mortgage and two kids were not enough of a reminder…

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12 WEEKS || PERSEPHONE RAY

We have successfully made it to the end of the so-called “fourth trimester”! To celebrate this milestone I thought I’d share Persephone’s birth story in video form. I debated whether or not to share, but birth is just such a major life moment that I decided that it was something I would be open about. Don’t worry, there isn’t any graphic content, only love 🙂

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MERCURY IN RETROGRADE

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No, the camera wasn’t crappy. This is actually what my screen looked like. RIP.

You know that the small planet is making its backward trek across the sky as soon as your sturdy and trusty MacBook Pro sings its last hurrah. It somehow survived a toddler this long. Stickers, screws loose, power cord frayed, encounters with water, and many hours of Thomas the Train, but this is the day it decides to never boot again once and for all (although the water may have contributed to your demise, let’s be honest).

Now to get through the witching hour and the slow approach of the work week as I wonder whether or not to continue my love/hate relationship with Apple computers. Is my distaste for Windows 10 enough to justify the cost? Maybe…

Time to change another blown out diaper and nurse continuously until bedtime. I think I have Mercury to thank.

Or may I just need something to blame it all on besides my poor husband.

xoxo

Kevlyn

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TOP 7 || MY FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS AS A WORKING MOM

As a working mom, I almost never have much (if any) time to get ready in the morning. Between breakfast, packing lunch, getting a toddler dressed I’m happy if I can get a brush through my hair. However, I’ve found some beauty products that I just can’t live without:

7 || Beauty Blender

Not really a product per say, more like the best beauty tool ever. Trust me you need this in your life. I’m not the most talented with makeup so I always just used my fingers to apply foundation (which is horrible, I know), but after I started using a beauty blender my make-up life seriously changed. If I could only have one tool in the whole world to apply my make-up it would be this. Sure, you could probably save money by using a different sponge or off brand, but trust me, it will more than pay for itself.

The Original BeautyBlender – $20

6 || Concealer

This is a necessity for covering those under eye-circles after 3 A.M. wake-ups. You can make your look go from living dead to only slightly haggard. I’ve really enjoyed this Ultra HD concealer from Make Up For Ever, it blends well and doesn’t feel heavy while giving great coverage. Use your beauty blender to apply flawlessly, but just make sure to get color matched so you don’t look like a raccoon.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer – $27

5 || Tinted Moisturizer

This is another staple for any mom who only has 30 second increments to apply make-up. NARS comes in a shade light enough for my pale self which is sometimes hard to find. I love tinted moisturizer because it is not as heavy as full coverage foundation but smoothes out the redness and offers sun protection. Finger application approved.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer – $44

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AN ODE TO THOMAS THE TRAIN

It all started with an early birthday present. My dad had discovered our old brio train set and brought it over so that it could continue its life as a toy and 2nd birthday present for Andromeda. Eternally grateful for not having the expense of amassing such a collection myself, we happily showed her the ropes of building winding routes with the wooden train tracks. Little did we know that her attentions would be so heavily focused on just one train.

 

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A TOTORO THEMED 2ND BIRTHDAY || DETAILS

Today I thought I’d share the details from Andy’s 2nd birthday party (I can’t believe she is two already!!) as at the time I was too busy and exhausted from being 37 weeks pregnant. You can find a video compilation of the day at the end of this post!

Decoration in the entry way, bamboo curtesy of Papa and art done by Dad.

My mother-in-law graciously offered to host which was FANTASTIC, one because I was SO pregnant that I couldn’t handle hosting 20 people at my house, and two because their house is great for hosting.

The set up.

If anyone has never seen “My Neighbor Totoro” I highly suggest it! It is a fantastic introduction to Japanese animation and a great kids movie. Since we are such Totoro fans, or as Andy calls him “TOTO!”, it was easy to piece together most of the decor from plushies that we already owned from various comic conventions, etc. For everything else, we went for a general woodland theme with burlap and moss from the local forest trail.

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MY HIGH SCHOOL REUNION || 10 YEARS

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This week I attended my high school reunion. It also happened to be the hottest day of the year in Portland at a sweltering 101 degrees. I’m not sure if my brain started to get fuzzy from the wine, marathon social interaction, dehydration or a combination of all of the above. But when beads of sweat are dripping from your entire body as you try and navigate relationships from your past, you just got to go with the flow.

I think I need to preface my experience with a short explanation of St. Mary’s Academy (or SMA, as we affectionally call it). As you can probably tell by the name, it was a Catholic college prep school. It was relatively small with about 150 girls in my class. Oh yeah, and it was all girls. Yes, I am the proud product of an all-girl’s catholic prep school. Do I get a badge or something?

SMA was a unique experience and I definitely wouldn’t change it for the world. There are, of course, the misconceptions of what it is like that one needs to answer every time your high school days come up. “No we didn’t have a uniform unless you count sweatpants, and no everyone wasn’t a lesbian”. If anything the school was challenging and pushed us all to become powerful female leaders. But besides all that, my favorite part was the lifetime friendships that I made and the fact that we are all still close to this day. I am happy to be apart of this tribe of women.

 

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I didn’t have exceedingly high expectations going in to the reunion, although I was more stressed out and anxious than I thought I was going to be. Partly because I have literally no clothes that fit me right now, I’m breastfeeding, and my hormones are still up and down. But it turned out all right like most everything does, with the exception of the temperature, and I ended up having a great time. Sitting on the periphery and looking around you could see that some people lost weight, some gained, (ahm…myself included), everyone now knows how to do their make-up, and there is one or two people that you swear you have never seen in your life. So all in all a pretty typical high school reunion.

Major milestones in our lives sometimes not only mark the next chapter but guide us to the small memories we have bookmarked back in the far reaches of our brain. Personally, I know when I saw that invitation and realized it had been 10 years since high school I was a little shocked. It seems like it was only yesterday that I walked in though the doors and like any teenager, probably started complaining about something.

I think what surprised me the most was that confronted with the past I was able to see my own personal growth. I am in some ways still the exact same person, painfully introverted, but now I know that is who I am. So in a way I am at peace with it and no longer have the teenage angst surrounding how I feel in a big group of people or during conversation. There is this idea when you are young that one day you will find yourself and who you really are, but now most of the way through my 20’s I know that everyone is just constantly evolving.

Sometimes in the slough through life we are just trying to get through the day (especially with kids) and we never take time to reflect on how far we have come, both professionally and with family. I’m not sure what my answer would have been at 18 if you would have asked, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”, but I think I would have been very pleased with the actual outcome.

 

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So here’s to 10 years 2006!

xoxo,

Kevlyn

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LONG TIME NO SEE

I almost don’t know how to start this blog. I feel embarrassed (even if it’s unwarranted). I keep asking myself why it is so hard to keep consistently producing content. My last post was literally 6 months ago and then only a link to my YouTube channel. The channel faired a little bit better as I was able to keep making videos until about 2 months ago (You can check out some of the more recent videos: Andromeda’s Totoro Themed Birthday party HERE or Karl’s attempt to do my make-up HERE). But even that has tapered down to nothing and it’s difficult to not be hard on myself.

And then I remember, I JUST HAD A F**KING BABY. Why do I keep comparing myself to all these people that do this for a living? They pitch their lifestyle in daily vlogs or perfectly posed pictures done with a $$$ camera or professional photographer. Why, oh why, do I keep comparing myself to them? I hate the current trend with obsession of personality which is why I deleted my Facebook. Your brand is a narcissistic reflection of you. I think I’m so annoyed by it because its so hard to avoid being drawn into it. Human nature is a bitch.

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Big Sis meets Little Sis

Let me give myself some real talk for a second…. You have a two year old whirlwind of a toddler. You have a new 8 week old baby girl. You are exclusively breastfeeding and it is HARD. You are only just starting to get into a routine and your husband just went back to work so you are all by yourself. In three short weeks you are going back to your full time job as an engineer who is the breadwinner of her family. So you can’t be the coolest blogger/youtuber/guru ever. GET OVER IT.

It’s ok to be average and not a special snowflake. In fact, more people should probably embrace it. They would be a lot happier.

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So honestly I don’t really know the point of this post or what the future of the blog is. I want to continue it I really do, but at the same time I have a life crammed completely full and I want to be present for all the ups and downs of that as well. I don’t really know if I have any goals, and I don’t know if I want to set any. I think my favorite thing about blogging or making youtube videos is the chance to look back on that fleeting moment in my life, and I have to remember that when I feel the pressure to conform or perform. But I think I like those memories so much that it’s so hard not to try and pick up the baton again.

I guess I just wanted to get my thoughts down on the page, or in the cloud, or whatever. It has been hard to find my niche when I am still trying to find myself. I hope to post my thoughts or glimpses of my life here. Maybe every other week. Maybe once a month. We’ll see.

xoxo,
Kevlyn

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