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This winter has been…well, brutal. But in reality, it doesn’t matter what year it is – winter in Minnesota gets old after a while. For most of the state, that means planning a getaway to somewhere warm right around this time of year. But when your business (or your husband’s business, in my case) is dictated by snow, it means winter travel becomes quite a bit more…difficult. So what do you do? You find the most fantastic vacations to plan for, dream about them and finally get to take…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on March 10, 2014 at 7:57am — No Comments
I say this all the time, but time literally flies when you have a toddler in the house. It’s crazy how fast the weeks go by after your baby is born, and suddenly you have a walking, talking being in front of you. And it’s amazing. So now that my little man is seventeen months old, I have to share some of my absolute FAVORITE things about being the mommy of a toddler.
Added by Cortney Galster on March 8, 2014 at 11:46am — No Comments
It’s no secret around here that I’ve been blogging for a damn long time. Since 2007, if you’re keeping track. And yes, that would be about seven years of my life putting my innermost thoughts out into the world for ya’ll to read. Which I thank you for, by the way! Anyway, outside of my blogging life I’m also a total SEO/social media geek. So because I’ve been have all of this weird internet stuff going on in my brain, I get a lot of questions from other bloggers. At least fifty…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on March 7, 2014 at 9:11am — No Comments
I have pregnant brain right now. Which actually means two things: I’m both heavily focused on my pregnancy and increasingly forgetful about the things that make my day to day life go round, like which parking lot my car is in and where my wallet went. Obviously, we’re going to focus on the first today, because it’s just…easier to explain. Mostly I’m going to tell you about pregnancy hunger – when it strikes, what it consists of and what foods you absolutely must keep on hand no matter where…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on March 5, 2014 at 9:19pm — No Comments
Have you ever heard of the Yes to… line of skincare products? I had always seen them, but never really tried them. And then on my quest for the best anti-aging skin care, my friend Melissa told me about how much she loved their eye cream. So I started checking it out and liked what I saw. They’re natural, pretty much free of parabens, petroleum, phthalates and SLS – things that are not so bueno for your skin.
So I started trying the blueberry line, because the anti-oxidants in berries…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on March 4, 2014 at 9:20pm — No Comments
Well, we’re already 15 weeks along with la bean, and it feels like it went by in an instant. Ok, maybe not an instant…but it’s gone fast – despite the fact that the morning sickness was so bad for about a six week stretch. I had forgotten how quickly the second trimester takes over and how true the things you read are – you really dostart to feel better (for the most part), have more energy, more brain capacity, and all that jazz.
There are a lot of things about this pregnancy…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on March 3, 2014 at 7:05pm — No Comments
So it’s no secret that this has been a brutal winter no matter where you live. I mean, it’s all relative, right? But I do have to say that since this is the coldest winter on record in the good ol’ state of Minnesota since before I was even born, we’re all starting to get a little bit of cabin fever around these parts. And keeping my little guy entertained for three whole days on the weekend can present a bit of a challenge. And if you’re in the same boat that we’re in – where it’s so…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on March 2, 2014 at 9:29am — No Comments
Lately, I’ve become majorly obsessed with the nude look. Except…I’m really pale. Because it’s winter in Minnesota. So the whole “nude” thing doesn’t work quite as glamorously as it sounds. Basically, I still need a little color on the ol’ face every day. And part of the way I do that – lately – is with this awesome lip balm.
Honestly, I’m not sure why I love it so much. It might be the perfectly balanced color. It might be the hint of shine (from a balm!). It might be the…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on February 26, 2014 at 10:03pm — No Comments
I’ve been meaning to post a LOT this week. Seriously, I have. But then, as usual, the winter weather got in the way. Because winter weather = cold season. And apparently, every time more poor little babe gets a cold, he also gets an ear infection. It’s brutal. If your child has never had one, here’s what you have to look forward to…or at least, what happens in our house:
Added by Cortney Galster on February 22, 2014 at 1:23pm — No Comments
I never thought that having a toddler could make pregnancy so exponentially more tiring. Seriously. It’s not easy, as any mom (pregnant or not) of more than one will tell you. Now, you might be a lot like me – thinking that you’re superwoman! A toddler while pregnant isn’t going to break you! You were fine last time you were with child!
This is one of the only times ever that I will advocate to NOT listening to that little voice in the back of your head: because she’s wrong.…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on February 17, 2014 at 8:31am — No Comments
If there’s one thing that I love (that’s carried over from my early twenties lifestyle), it’s a love for incorporating really pretty make up items into my life. I have a HUGE crush on the Urban Decay naked line, so of course I had to get the Naked 3 palate for my birthday. Because it’s gorgeous, and the colors are basically made for my skin color.
If you’re not familiar, the Naked line is all about enhancing your look with neutrals that compliment your natural beauty instead of being…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on February 11, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Yesterday morning started out pretty darn good. My baby decided to sleep in til seven – basically a miracle from a mama’s perspective. Bruno started whining in his kennel about an hour before that, but the hubs let him out so I could stay within the warmth of our bed. Amazing. Puppers got a bath, and if there’s one thing I love it’s the non-stink of a clean dog. And then, within twenty minutes of me actually getting out of bed…the whole direction of our day changed.
I sat on…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on February 9, 2014 at 11:25am — No Comments
This weekend, I hit the big three-oh. Leading up to it (aka from the hubs’ 30th birthday last summer) I didn’t really think twice about turning such a big number. Being out of my twenties. Being what always seemed to be the “true” grown up age. And then last Thursday, it hit me: I was about to turn thirty. I was about to be out of my twenties. I was about to be a true grown up. And suddenly there were all of these things that I had never thought about before that suddenly seem…so…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on February 3, 2014 at 10:58pm — No Comments
So…I took a little unanticipated break from blogging. It was actually completely unintentional. The morning sickness took hold, and I figured…I’ll take a long weekend break until I’m back on my feet. And then my child got the flu. And then my husband got the flu. And then MAMA got the flu. The respiratory flu. Which – if you haven’t had it yet this year, I highly recommend avoiding it, because it’s a doozy.
So, have you ever been sick (outside of pregnancy related things) while…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on January 29, 2014 at 8:47pm — No Comments
The one thing I’ll tell you about pregnancy the second time around – at least, based on my first impressions – is that everything happens faster. We’re talking everything from symptoms to belly popping to cravings to back pain. I knew I was pregnant pretty much immediately – with a confirmation test at 3 weeks. How did I know? Let me tell you:
Added by Cortney Galster on January 15, 2014 at 10:20pm — No Comments
So you may be wondering – or may NOT be actually wondering – where the heck I’ve been over the past few weeks. Because I surely have not been posting like my 2014 goal set out to. And part of that – admittedly – is because I always slack a little at blogging for the beginning of January. It’s like my recovery period from things being crazy for the holidays. But part of that is because…dun dun dun…Galster baby number TWO is most certainly on the way. And mama’s been feeling a little too under…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on January 12, 2014 at 7:36pm — No Comments
So one of my goals for the year is to get back on the workout train. Originally, I planned on working out four times a week. If you don’t have kids…that may seem like no big deal. I mean, how hard is it really to get in a few thirty minute workouts a week, right? Well, let me tell you something. YOU DON’T HAVE KIDS. Specifically, you don’t have a toddler. And let me tell you something: Kids are a workout in and of themselves.
Let me tell you a little about an average day in my…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on January 8, 2014 at 9:38pm — No Comments
For Christmas, I got some fun little beauty items from my parents. Products that I have never actually used – and in some cases, even heard of before. And you know what? They’re becoming part of my must have list of beauty products for 2014. I’m absolutely in LOVE with one of them in particular: Smith's Rosebud Salve.
I’m the girl who gets terribly chapped lips all winter long. They peel, I pick and then there just usually ends up being this…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on January 8, 2014 at 7:50am — No Comments
Let me tell you how cold it is right outside my patio door right now:
It’s so cold that I refuse to go outside.
It’s so cold that I helped the hubs re-organize the garage this afternoon so that he could fit his truck inside.
It’s so cold that I’m pretty sure Bruno may have partially gotten his tongue stuck to the grill when he went out to pee and decided that frozen grills are fun to lick instead of coming inside when your mom is standing inside with the patio door…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on January 5, 2014 at 8:46pm — No Comments
Well, it’s officially 2014. Like I’ve said before, I’m not the girl who makes a bunch of resolutions at the start of the new year. But with that being said, one thing that I dodo is set goals for myself. Especially when it comes to my blog. But being a total activator achiever, I can’t just set goals. I have to determine how I’m going toachieve them before I even get started. And let me tell you – having a plan set up in advance certainly makes attaining your goals – be they…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on January 1, 2014 at 8:24pm — No Comments