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But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 NIV

Happy Easter from our home to yours.

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My Favorite Things: Makeup

Admittedly, I’m not well-versed in the art of makeup.  I tend to be incredibly basic:  foundation, blush, eyeliner, mascara, and maybe a smear of Chapstick and I’m good to go.  Lately I’ve ventured into contouring, but I really save that for special occasions.  I do have five products that I don’t leave my house without and they range from incredibly cheap drugstore finds to more expensive beauty counter products.  In no particular order, here are my favorite makeup products.

1.  MAC Face & Body Foundation {purchase here, $27}

My favorite thing about this water-based foundation is that you can build the coverage that you want.  I like to have a dewy complexion so a quick swipe with an angled foundation brush each morning does the trick.

2.  e.l.f Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer {purchase here, $6}

For my skin, primer is a must.  I love this brand because it’s clear, cheap, and it does the job nicely.  On days when I forget to use primer, my water-based foundation practically slides off my face.  P.S.  e.l.f. products are at Target!

3.  e.l.f. Studio Contouring Palette in St. Lucia {purchase here, $3}

This contouring palette is literally the best $3 I’ve ever spent.  The blush gives me a wonderful dewy, rosy glow and the bronzer is excellent when I’m in the mood to contour my face.

4.  L’oreal Voluminous Power Volume 24 Hour Mascara {purchase at anymore chain store, $7.95}

My mother got me hooked on this mascara several years ago when she placed some “Blackest Black” in my stocking one Christmas.  I’ve been using it ever since.  I have really long eyelashes and a few coats of this really makes my green eyes pop.

5.  Smith’s Rosebud Salve {purchase at major drugstores, usually about $6}

Realistically speaking, if I leave the house with, this is in my purse.  I also keep some on my desk at work, in my nightstand, and in my kitchen.  It’s been around for a long time and the company has never changed the formula or the packaging {which I adore}.  It’s like my lips, but better.

Are there any products you can’t live without?  What are your makeup favorites?

XOXO,

Court

My Favorite Things: Cookbooks

I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for a great cookbook.  I keep them in stacks on my nightstand and read through them like my favorite novels.  The best recipes are like love stories, full of both richness and sweetness and hints of bitter.  Here are my top favorite cookbooks:

1.  Mastering the Art of French Cooking by:  Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, & Simone Beck

As a worshiper at the throne of the Great Julia, this was an easy investment.  The recipes are detailed and methodical and Julia is just so terribly charming.  I’ve read both volumes from cover to cover several times over.  Order here.

Favorite recipes:  Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic, Chicken with Mushrooms, Port, & Cream

2.  Foolproof by:  Ina Garten

The Barefoot Contessa is my favorite after school program {no, really}.  Ina is one of my top role models {a political analyst turned home chef!} and when my brother-in-law gifted me Foolproof for Christmas, I instantly ignored all my other presents to read through this gorgeously detailed book.  Purchase here.

Favorite recipes:  Perfect Poundcake, Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and Straw & Hay Pasta

3.  Nigella Kitchen:  Recipes from the Heart of the Home by:  Nigella Lawson

All cocaine charges notwithstanding, Nigella Lawson is an awesome home cook.  Every recipe is equal parts comforting, accessible, and sexy.  She’s delightfully entertaining to watch and she’s equally as entertaining in writing.  Many of the recipes in this book are quick and tasty.  Order here.

Favorite recipes:  Curly Pasta with Feta, Spinach, & Pine Nuts, Indian Roasted Potatoes, & Slut’s Spaghetti {no, really}

4.  It’s All Good by:  Gwyneth Paltrow

Set aside any preconceived notions about Gwyneth Paltrow & her goop lifestyle before reading this book and you’ll adore it.  The salad section alone is enough to feed us for the entire summer and the Captain goes nuts for the different dressing recipes.  This cookbook is especially helpful to anyone with Celiac disease or food allergies {like me}.

Favorite recipes:  The Best Chicken Soup Ever, Mexican Green Goddess Dressing, and Brown Rice Pasta with Tuna, Olives, Capers, & Parsley

5.  The Pioneer Woman by:  Ree Drummond

Technically I don’t own any of Ree Drummond’s cookbooks because I frequent her blog so often.  What’s more shocking than how comforting and simple her recipes are is the fact that so many people hate The Pioneer Woman.  Like, I’ve had other women harass me online because I’ve pinned her recipes before.  I think it’s because she’s not a trained chef and she sometimes takes shortcuts or maybe it’s because she’s built a profitable empire.  Either way, women tearing down other women online is not cool.  Ree is personable and her recipes are easy to follow.  You can access her recipes by clicking here.

Favorite Recipes:  Cajun Chicken Pasta, Salisbury Steak {no, really}, and Sunday Night Stew

What about you?  What are your favorite cookbooks?  Do you have shelves full of them like me or do you download ebooks on your iPad?

XOXO,

Court

…hello? Is this thing on?

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Just a quick note to the online world…we are in fact, still alive.  When I realized that last week was not January, it dawned on me that I’ve neglected this blog like a bad date.  We’ve entered the busiest season ever of our life together and things like websites just got pushed to the side.  Here are some comings and goings…

  • Josh is back in school and will be finished in December.  It’s tough…especially for me since I thrive on quality time and we maybe see each other one night a week.  So far he’s made the highest marks in his classes and he’ll be interning locally in the fall.
  • Atlas weighs 70 pounds and he’s still a puppy.  His tail is lethal and has a bad habit of knocking my La Croix off the coffee table every. single. time.  Still, he’s the most adorable thing in the world and we take him with us nearly everywhere we go.
  • I’m now the sole coach of the Varsity Football Cheer Squad at my school.  Scary, intimidating, time consuming, and loads of fun.  We recently had tryouts and I wouldn’t wish that process on my worst enemy.
  • We’re 45 days away from summer vacation.  Holy cow.  We’ve got the requisite two weeks at Lake Burton planned for mid-July and we’ll be wedding hopping {again} for most of the summer.  Traveling is different once you’ve got a dog…
  • We’re planning our summer garden and praying that the rain won’t rot away our tomatoes like last year.  Josh wants to add in peppers, zucchini, spaghetti squash, and cucumbers.  Daddy has the requisite asparagus, lettuces, carrots, broccoli, and kale.  Obviously Pop takes the cake with sweet potatoes, tomatoes, corn, Irish potatoes, blueberries, peppers, squash, zucchini, and probably a half dozen other vegetables I’m forgetting to name.
  • My brother is getting married in May.
  • Josh’s brother is getting married two weeks later.

Hopefully we’ll both have time to breath before the school year ends and holiday begins.  I hope to document our garden for the summer as well as both family weddings.

XOXO,

Court

P.S.

The Old Try is Josh’s new favorite.

The Joyful Life Library is worth checking out.

These Kate Spade earrings are on sale.

Emily at Jones Design Company has the sweetest hand drawn Easter clipart available.

Josh just received these note cards and he’s obsessed.