life made easier

Life! It’s crazy right now. There are not enough hours in the day while simultaneously being too many hours. Know what I mean? I can’t catch up on laundry for the life of me. I live in peoria half the time and the other half I’m squatting at my mom’s in mesa because most of my clientele is in the east valley. I’m starting to worry that my kids don’t really know where “home” is! My oldest started Kindergarten (the all day kind), so much of my life has been consumed with picking out school outfits the night before (if we don’t then it’s a big fight in the morning), packing lunches (and trying oh-so-hard to make them healthy), carpooling and entertaining a 2 year old sans older brother. I even had to call Dean’s kindergarten teacher last week! Happy 29th birthday to me, I am now officially an adult.

H and I had a long overdue “business meeting” last week (i.e. Kneaders with our 3 youngest. An older lady even came up to us and said “do you know your children are running way over there?” Apparently her children never ran away in restaurants. but I digress.) and we were chatting about life and usually that includes our daily routines and how we keep up with them. We decided that we are going to start a series called “The Beauty Mark Girls Eat” (we do, and we love it) because we both try to cook at least 4-5 times a week for our families are are always searching for new recipes. Our criteria to make it into the dinner rotation? healthy (for the most part. we aren’t opposed to using some cream if it gets the job done), delicious, hearty, easy and fast! We want to share our kid- and husband-tested dinners with all the rest of you ladies who have a million things going on and don’t have time to rifle through your 800+ recipes (no, but seriously) on Pinterest. First up? A favorite here at the Rogers house. Perfect for breakfast, a snack or putting in lunches. I got this recipe from a friend and client and I love it. It also convinced me to buy a food processor which has basically changed my life.

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Oatmeal Banana Muffins

2.5 cups old fashioned oats

1 c. greek yogurt (I like using non-fat vanilla greek)

1/2 c. agave nectar or honey

2 eggs

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. vanilla

2 Tbsp. flax seed (I have also added/substituted wheat germ and chia seeds)

2 ripe bananas

cinnamon to taste

Blend oats in food processor or blender until they are a flour consistency. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend them all together. Scoop into muffin tins (i like to spray mine with coconut oil) and add a few dark chocolate chips on top–very important step (wink). Bake at 375 degrees for 13-15 minutes. This recipe makes about 18 muffins.

I have also made the batter the night before and cooked the muffins in the morning. Works perfectly!

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disclaimer: we are not food photographers or professional cooks. we just want to share what works for our families and hope you find a recipe that works for yours too.

 

Makeup bag updates

A lot of people ask me, “What is the one piece of makeup I should buy to update my look this season?” Well, first let’s talk fall 2014 makeup trends.

Color–from lips to eyes to cheeks, choose one area to highlight and add a bright pop of color.

Skin–naked skin is in…on your face! focus on your skin’s natural radiance with light reflecting products, rich moisturizers and multitasking primers.

Lashes– the fluffier the better. layer on that mascara and add false lashes on top. the more the merrier!

Metallics– gold, bronze and silver aren’t just for the olympics. coat your lids with some shine and you’ll look like a star.

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Color Splash: Stila Waterproof Liquid Liner– comes in 15 (!!) shades and will stay all day.

Flawless Skin: MAC CC cream– comes in four colors that even out skin tone, increase luminosity and inhibit oily shine while protecting from the sun and keeping skin hydrated.

Mascara Mania: Benefit They’re Real Mascara, Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes– one of our favorite mascaras + our favorite falsies = madness (in the best way)

Metallic Love: Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes Palette & Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette– includes amazing metallics and some matte shades to balance out the look

 

And the WINNER of our Pur Minerals Palette is…Mary Vantil! Mary, email us within 48 hours to claim your prize.

WW: tshirt dress

tshirt dresses are my jam. I love wearing them plain or throwing a knotted tee over them to change it up a bit! my dress is from target (I don’t see it online but I have seen this one and other variations in stores recently!) and I wear it wayyy more than I should. I’m talking 3x a week. Blame it on the pregnancy. Also, I’m wearing my current favorite shoes and lipstick (MAC Flat Out Fabulous) too so if you see me on the street and I’m outfit/accessories repeating like a mad woman, pretend not to notice.

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//22 weeks pregnant//

 

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pictures by: Erin McMillon, I’m so lucky to work with her. She’s so delightful, talented and FAST!

find her at // ig: @erinmcmillon, twitter: @erinmcmillon, email: erin@erinmcmillon.com

to shop my outfit, click on the pictures!

Pur Minerals review/giveaway

Hillary and I were both so excited to receive the new Pur Minerals palette that is inspired by the movie Jupiter Ascending starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum! Letsbehonest we’ll take anything that’s remotely associated with our boyfriend Channing.

The palette includes 6 eyeshadows, a liquid eyeliner pen, eyeshadow brush and lipgloss and is only $29 ($124 value!)!! We also LOVE that it includes both sparkly and matte eyeshadows. Score!

 

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Here’s two eye looks I created with this amazing and super versatile palette:

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colors used: eyes: Cosmos (under brow and in tear duct), Destiny (on lid), Majesty (in crease)

cheeks: MAC Love Cloud

lips: MAC Chatterbox with Galaxy lipgloss

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colors used: eyes: Majesty (crease), Night Sky (crease), Caine (lid), Cosmos (inner corner and under brow)

lips: Galaxy lipgloss

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Here’s what H has to say about this palette:
I love a good palette. It does all the hard work for you- choosing eyeshadow colors. I thought these colors went especially well with my hazel eyes (bonus!) But my favorite product was the lipgloss. Aside from being a great pinky color, it also lights up when you open it. My little girls especially liked this and tried to confiscate it but I’m keeping this one in my safe inventory.

Oh and guess what? Because we love ya’ll we are giving away this palette to one lucky reader! Enter below for your chance to win.
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Teri - I can’t wait to try the lip gloss. So perfect.

Stefanie Hansen - The colors on this palate look fab!

Lauren - I would love to win this, I find myself getting lazy with my eyes lately and would love to have a palette where I have all the colors in one place and where I know they’ll all go together!

Jenesee - Those eyeshadow colors look amazing, definitely could use some new colors!

Rylee Zylstra - I would love to try a good smokey eye like Court did!

Samantha - I need this! My makeup is so blah lately.

Jennifer Martin - I’m on the hunt for some new great shadows! I would love to get a makeover with you girls someday!

JoEllen - I’m excited to try out the liner! …and experiment more with perfecting the smokey eye =)

Rebecca Graham - Love it all! I’ve seen their makeup and have thought about trying it. Probably most excited about trying out different shadow combos;like the two you posted).

Rachel Cunningham - Loving those colors!!

Tansey Hall - If I won I would be excited about every aspect of it! But, mostly the shadows.

Jillian - I love the night look!

Cassidy - I love the colors and what you did with them!

mona - the night look

Sara P - Would love this palette!!!!

Kristen P - I’m most excited about that lipgloss, it looks like the perfect shade of light pink I’ve been looking for!

Mary V - I would like to try the lipgloss looks great Thanks for the contest!

Alisha - I would love to try Courtney’s night look! So stunning!

sheridan labs review - I saw immediate results with this, much more so than any other C serum I’ve tried. Even got positive comments from my doctor.