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    The 7 Day No Makeup Challenge

    Last week I did something crazy.  I did something I never thought I could do unless I never left the house.  I went an entire week without wearing a stitch of makeup.  No consealer, no tinted moisturizer, nothing.  I went an entire week with only plain ole SPF face moisturizer and lip balm.  A whole week with my face in it’s birthday suit if you will.

    I started it on a whim when I ran out of time last Monday morning and had to leave the house without makeup on.  I remembered an article I had read where a woman had done a week without makeup and I thought, “That sounds like a really hard thing to do…let’s try it!”  So, the week was chosen at random and I didn’t really have anything super important going on, no real plans.  I thought this was going to be pretty easy.  Not so.  Here’s how it went down complete with photographic, no filtered, unprocessed evidence.

    Not feeling super confident but not that bad.  Just like any challenge you try, new habit you start, day one can be one of your most determined, self disciplined days.  I went to work where I teach dance so it’s not that uncommon for me not to wear that much makeup.  I forgot to put in my contacts and hiding behind my glasses made me feel better. And as you can see from my main photo, I stayed in them for most of the week.

    Still, not the most comfortable but not that bad either.  I wasn’t going to work so I could dress a bit nicer and I re-straightened my hair.  I did have a play date to go to with friends I hadn’t seen since the beginning of the year but we’re all moms so we don’t judge.

    Yeah…this day was harder.  Dance clothes, no hair or glasses to hide behind.  Plus, this was the day Mr. G ended up going to after hours care from coughing so much.  I was all stressed and I could just feel the pimples forming from it all.  But I got through it.  When I looked at myself in the mirror at work, giant wall to wall mirrors guys, it wasn’t as bad as I felt it was.  So there’s that…
    Then I realized that Mr. G had a birthday party to go to on Saturday.  People I don’t know, a new setting, a prime “put-on-your-best-face” situation.  Greeeeeeaaaat. I considered backing out at this point.  But then again, these are people I. don’t. know.  Not that they matter any less, but when will I see them again right?

    Getting better here.  Yeah I was breaking out a bit from stress but I started feeling more “eh…” about it.  I looked in the mirror and told myself that it is what it is and I’m not the only one who breaks out.  I’m not ugly because of it, it’s life.  Then, in the afternoon Hubs texted me that we were going to dinner with his parents and some of their friends on Sunday.  I think I started convulsing.  Why….why did I pick this week?!  Maybe I’ll quit now.  Saturday and Sunday I NEEED to wear makeup!! But no, I was on day 4, more than half way through, and maybe I’ll feel better on those days.  I’ll curl my hair or something.

    Ah….Friday, sweet Friday!  I don’t do anything but stay home with Gavin on Fridays.  We stayed home all day, went to Walmart that evening.  This was a very easy day.  I actually felt like this weekend was gonna be no problem, I was going to do this if it killed me.

    This is the morning I came 2 seconds from quitting.  I forgot to take a picture for day 5.  This was my out!  “Oh well I forgot, I’ll do it again another week.  I NEEED to wear makeup today and tomorrow.  I forgot, this isn’t quitting, I forgot so it doesn’t count anymore!”  After all that nonsense, I realized I was making excuses.  So I snapped the pic you saw for day 5 right after waking up because, let’s be honest, I didn’t look any different that morning than I did the day before.
    I curled my hair, did NOT put on makeup, and went to the party with Mr. G after work. And then a shocking thing happened.  I realized that no one cares what I look like!  I mean, I KNOW the party was, of course, not about me, but I realized my feeling that I need to impress people with my appearance is just plain incorrect.

    Sunday!  Day 7 and I did it!  Hair still curled from the the day before, spruced up with some dry shampoo, and my glasses.  I dressed nice and it wasn’t all that bad.  Yes, I still felt insecure at the dinner being with people who are used to seeing me with makeup but no one said anything.  I never even got the oh-so-wonderful “you look tired” comment.

    So there it is, my week without makeup.  Did I enjoy my experience, not really.  Would I do it again?  UH NO.  Did I happily slap on foundation as soon as Monday rolled around again?  You betcha!
    But did I learn a whole heck of a lot? Yes ma’am, I did!  I learned that I don’t need makeup like I think I do.  Half the time, people really don’t notice.  I have other qualities (and I’m not talking about my hair and glasses) that are more important.

    I didn’t tell my husband about this until Sunday.  I knew what he would say if I had told him on Monday.  He would tell me he loves me just the way I am, that I don’t need makeup, I’m beautiful without it to him. And yes, this should be enough but since when does anyone, male or female, listen to their spouse/significant other the first time around?  I needed to do this for my own crazy mind.  I look at myself a little more forgivingly now.  I did tell a couple of friends so that I would feel accountable to go through with it, kind of like a diet.  You feel more inclined to stick with something if you tell people you’re doing it.

    Most importantly I actually realized that the cliche “it’s ok not to be (or look) perfect” is true.  I embraced it rather than stress about it or blow it off.  Call me cliche then, if you must, but I am perfectly imperfect and that’s pretty awesome.

  • Mommyhood

    33 things I’ve Learned About Myself as a Mother

    The past 33 months I’ve learned a lot about myself.  Why 33 months?  That’s about how old Mr. G is.  It’s amazing how much one can change and grow in such a short period of time.  I can’t really say if I’m the kind of mom I always thought I’d be but here are 33 things I’ve learned about myself as a mother, in just 33 short months:

    1. I can handle a lot of gross things.
    2. I have a very high tolerance for poop.
    3. To find out what something is, I’m apparently not afraid to smell it.
    4. I will sniff a butt in public.
    5. I can go an inordinate amount of time without remembering to shower.
    6. I function well on less sleep.  (I realize this is unusual.)
    7. I have no problem disciplining/taking away privileges from my child when he misbehaves.
    8. I instinctively reach to catch vomit.
    9. When my child is hurt, I stop everything I am doing and RUN to make it better.
    10. I’m not as much of a mama bear as I thought I’d be when it comes to Mr. G playing with other kids.  However, if you hit/push/shove my son, prepare for the wrath.

    11. I am not immune to cuteness.  Sometimes our time outs become pointless.
    12. I will do anything for a kiss from my boy.
    13. As much as I love him, sometimes I long for the times when he’s asleep.
    14. I actually enjoy being outside.
    15. I’m not as jumpy to call the doctor as I thought I’d be.  I usually let “cold-esque” symptoms ride out a day or two before calling.
    16. However, when he is sick, need to go to the doctor sick, I get really stressed out.
    17. I really like Curious George, Bubble Guppies, and Team Umi Zoomi
    18. When Mr. G hits a milestone, I cry.
    19. When he starts something new, i.e. preschool, I cry.

    20. I’m a crying mom….just everything new and precious, I cry.
    21. I still don’t like to get messy.  This is a hard one seeing as I have a boy, but I’m getting better.
    22. From time to time, I don’t have as much patience as I thought I would.

    23. I love watching him explore.  I don’t even have to be included. I just love to watch him.
    24. I never knew that I could feel such amazing love and “OMG if you don’t stop right now I’m gonna freak out” anger at the same time.
    25. I’m actually ok spending time away from my son.  Like a weekend away, I’m totally fine yet very happy to come back to my buddy.
    26. I don’t always cry when he cries.  Whether he’s hurt or sad, my heart always breaks but I don’t cry.  Obviously this is contrary to 18-20.
    27. I’m a bit of a “mommy hoarder”.  I have a very hard time getting rid of his things/clothes.  This tends to aggravate my allergy to clutter.
    28. I take pictures of EVERYTHING.  Everything, anywhere, all the time, every time.
    29. I will bribe my child to get him to cooperate.  Hey, sometimes you just have to!

    30. I don’t mind getting in the water as much as I use to just because I know how much Mr. G loves it.  I enjoy going to the pool now!  What?!
    31. I don’t want as many children as I thought.  This does not mean that Mr. G is an awful terror child, I just know how difficult it is now.  At one point I thought I wanted 4…um no.
    32. I don’t know how to carry on regular conversations with people without mentioning Mr. G at least 100 times.  In every conversation I have now, even with people who don’t have children, somehow my son will get mentioned.  Can’t help it!

    33. I live for play dates! You never know how much you can crave adult interaction until it is no longer your norm.

    This motherhood thing is a crazy, beautiful, amazing, scary ride but I can’t imagine my life any other way or without my little man in it!

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    Currently // May 2014

    Watching: Once Upon A Time // Game of Thrones // Rupaul’s Drag Race
    I realize that these are so vastly different its not even funny but I don’t care!  I look forward to these all week.

    Reading: Nothing!  I’d love a suggestion!
    Listening To: Newest favorite iTunes purchases.  Arctic Monkeys, Paramore, Neon Trees, Sam Smith…delightful!
    Working On: Improving my photography skills and growing my shop.
    Looking Forward To: RECITAL! It’s the 18th!
    Want to share what you’re up to? All you have to do is share a fun/funny photo, fill in blanks, and link up below! 
    XO, Kelly

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    Currently // April 2014

    the pic speaks for itself right?

    Watching: Rewatching Game of Thrones with the Hubs before the new season begins on Sunday!

    Reading: 1-2-3 Magic  
    Listening To: A new alternative station here in the Atlanta area.  I’ve been jamming out to some indie stuff and some serious 90’s classics! (Collective Soul, Cake, etc)
    Working On: Art Journaling…It’s kinda of cathartic and I’m starting to get the hang of it.  If there really is anything to “get”.  I think you’re just suppose to do it…
    Looking Forward To: SPRING BREAK!!!
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    Currently // March 2014

    Taken during our maternity shoot.  It’s was FREEZING!

    Watching: True Blood – I’ve read {almost} all of the books and it’s interesting how its translated to TV.

    Reading: Mainly home decor catalogs (if you can all that reading) 
    Listening To: A new song for a new piece of choreography (Vienna by Linda Eder)
    Working On: Getting the last bits of our stuff situated in our house…its slow goins when you have a toddler! 
    Looking Forward To: My students getting their costumes for recital
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    Currently // February 2014

    He’s, obviously, very proud of himself…
    Watching: Kim of Queens (it’s my latest reality show obsession)
    Reading: The Giver – This has always been one of my favorites and I haven’t read it in forever.  Time for a reread!
    Listening To: PBS Kids and Team Umizoomi (over and over and over…)
    Working On: Knock Knock Shoppe’s Spring Line and a possible new logo
    Looking Forward To: Closing on our house and MOVING IN!
    Want to share what you’re up to? All you have to do is share a fun/funny photo, fill in blanks, and link up below! 

    And don’t forget about the Target gift card giveaway!  Ends this Friday!

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    Scatter Brained

    So I know that today is when I usually post a Pinterest project but my brain is literally going a mile a minute.  I’ve definitely pinned plenty of things, but none of them have been done!
    Why?  Party prepping!  I have a million and one projects that I have been working on and a toddler that doesn’t want me to do them.
    So today is a day for a little brain spilling.  I’m so excited about so many things and I want to share them all. (I can’t actually do that…but I want to!) So here’s what I can share at the moment.

    Tomorrow is Mr. G’s party and I have been up to my elbows in all things trains.  Expect many DIYs involving trains in the days to come!  Tomorrow is also my birthday, and I don’t care how old I get, I will always be excited for my birthday.

    We are swiftly approaching our closing date on our first house.  HOUSE!  It’s crazy to think that I’ve had this dream of own a home and it’s really coming true.  So expect larger scale DIYs later this year.
    In that same vein, there are boxes EVERYWHERE.  All around me are boxes and boxes and more boxes.  I may go insane.  Mr. G, however, thinks they are the best things ever.

    And last but not least…be on the lookout for a fun change.  Want to know sooner?  Follow me on Instagram.  I plan on documenting it!

    *happy sigh* That was good.
    XO, Kelly

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    Currently // January 2014

    I’m really excited about this new feature I’m going to do.  It is a monthly feature and will happen on the first Tuesday of the month and I’d love for you to join me.  All you have to do is fill in blanks and share a fun/funny photo!  There’s a link up at the bottom and I can’t wait to see what you’re up to!

    Seven people packed into one car to see the Magical Nights of Lights.  

    Watching: Dance Moms! New episodes started last week!
    Reading: The Pilot’s Wife
    Listening To: Recital Music (on repeat!)
    Working On: Choreography and new products for my shops
    Looking Forward To: Mr. G’s Birthday Party

    XO, Kelly

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    Ten {little} Things #2

    1. Watching the sunrise after taking Hubs to work.
    2.  Looking at houses for the first time ever!
    3.  Putting in a bid on our first house!!
    4.  Watching Mr. G play in the play area of a Chick-fil-A.
    5.  Paying for the two cars behind me at Starbucks.
    6.  Snuggles in bed with Mr. G.
    7.  Exchanging presents with wonderful friends.
    8.  My students copying me by dancing barefoot.
    9.  Starbucks date with just me and Mr. G.
    10.  Getting the best Christmas card EVER! 
    (see the above pic)
    Happy Monday and Merry Christmas Eve Eve!
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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I am so grateful for the many blessings from the Lord.  My family, friends, work, our church, and so much more.  We have the ability to provided for ourselves, we have food in our stomach everyday, a roof over our heads. My life is so full of love.  
    I am blessed with so many opportunities to be creative which brings me so much joy. 
     I am thankful for YOU, for taking time out of your day to visit my little corner of the blogosphere.  
    I am thankful today and everyday!