Thursday, August 7, 2014

Marbles Beauty and Blowout Bash

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all having a great week.

I was so excited when my beautician cousin invited me to a new blowout bar in Plano (a suburb south of McKinney) that offers all types of services from make up, to blowout, to product sales.

Considering the growth of the northern suburbs of Dallas, it was no surprise Marbles Makeup and Blowouts opened up, I mean us suburbanites need to look fabulous too!

The event was from 4-7pm, which was nice because events like this don't usually start till later in the evening and are a 30-45 minute drive for me. Plus the fact that I am pregnant, I did not want to stay out too late :)

We arrived around 5 and were greeted by the nice owners and were immediately offered drinks and desserts, obvi I opted out of the drinks, but I kindly obliged to the delicious desserts.

We toured the salon which was decorated in old hollywood chic style and were very impressed by the attention to detail and all the amazing products they displayed throughout the center of the salon.

These were some of the Marbles Beauty products they offered...

There were also lip balms, moisturizers, and all kids of neat products for your everyday beauty needs

As soon as I saw my cousin Betty, she offered to refresh my makeup and got right to it filling in my brows. She also applied lip liner (which I never use) and some lip gloss, and I swear it looked like I had gotten my lips done they were so full! She did a great job, and has great attention to detail and color for your complexion.

This was my after pic :)

I brought my friend Megan along and she also got her makeup refreshed. Betty did her eyes and she looked gorgeous, except I didn't take a picture of her after (snap!)

We all know that any beauty event is not complete without a fabulous swag bag and Marbles did not disappoint! We received travel size samples of their shampoo and conditioner, an eye liner/lip pencil sharpener, a Kind bar (staying healthy, love that!) and a coupon for half off a Blowout and Makeup service, SCORE!

I had a great time attending this event, it had been a while that I actually got dressed up and got out of the house.

Thank you to Marbles Beauty for the invitation, and to my cousin Betty for introducing me to this amazing place! 

If you live in the area, be sure to call for an appointment and ask for Betty the Beauty expert!

Or, you can follow them on twitter, facebook, and instagram 

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Mrs. S

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Exciting News!

Hello All!

This is it, the post I have been wanting to share with the blogging world for quite a while now.

The post with perhaps the most exciting news I have ever shared with anyone,
in my whole 30 years of life :)

I am so excited to share that we are not just expecting 1 baby, but 2!

The Simmonds family will grow by two little humans by probably January 2015!

Our due date is officially February 2, 2015 (40 weeks), 
but with twins, the norm is to have a 36 week pregnancy which can make our two little bundles arrival as early as New Years!

I wanted to share some photos of our announcement post that I shared on Facebook and Instagram a few weeks ago.

We took these in Cabo on vacation, and I made a photo collage to post on FB.

I haven't shared these sonogram pictures anywhere, but I find it fascinating how much has happened in a matter of 6 weeks, all in my belly

This is at 6 weeks, 

9 weeks, 

and 12 weeks, 

Can you believe the difference!

We have a guess from the doc's on the genders, but we are going to wait till we have official confirmation so we can do a fun gender reveal. Nothing crazy, just family and some close friends.

I haven't had any wild symptoms (thank God), just some tiredness and lots of trips to the bathroom. Oh and the lack of sleep, but are so excited I don't even care that my sleep cycle is completely jacked. Luckily, I am getting a second trimester blast of energy these past few days so I am taking care of some necessary duties before school starts back up. It will be interesting how fast/slow this semester goes, but I am looking forward to all the exciting events to come.

I hope you all are having a great week, and thanks for stopping by!

~Mrs. S

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New England Getaway

Hello Bloggers and readers!

I hope your summer is going amazing so far. 

I have less than a month before school things start to happen, but I am excited to say that this summer has been fantastic so far. 

Last week, I had an assignment from one of my students parents. 

After my student got a full scholarship to Attend Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire, I was asked to fly with her to Boston and deliver her to the camp itself near Keene, New Hampshire. I gladly accepted this request since I myself attended this music camp 15 years ago, yes 15!

Since I know the the driving atmosphere of the Boston area, and I am not much of an explorer when it comes to the unknown, I decided to ask my husband to come along and drive us to the camp. He loves the New England area, and decided to spend the weekend there after we completed our assignment.

So as usual, I will let my photos describe the trip for you!

Apple Hill was sooooo beautiful, even more than I remembered. It smelled unbelievable with fresh flowers and perfectly manicured gardens!

Our journey to and from New Hampshire was a sight to see, New England is just a part of the country everyone should drive through at least once in their lifetime.

Rivers, and mountains, and lakes, oh my!

From there on our trip back to the city of Boston was full of walking around the new area of Seaport  by the Boston Harbor and eating at yummy restaurants the for our first day and a half, 

The rest of the trip we stayed in Cambridge thinking it would be cool to stay around the Harvard area, boy were we wrong, it was more quiet than the city, but Harvard Square didn't really do it for us.

This was the only cool picture I took in one of the Harvard courtyards, of course I loved the head sized hydrangeas...

The next day, we headed to Crane Beach, it was wonderful. We enjoyed driving up Massachusetts and to the coast, there were beautiful colonial homes everywhere!

The beach was beautiful of course!

The next stop was Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a beautiful costal area with the coolest town square, 
We stopped by a lobster place (kind of a shack) that had this 2 pound lobster and some amazing lobster chowder, how cute was this little stand?

The town of Portsmouth was so charming, we grabbed some ice cream and walked around

We had a nice relaxing time exploring New England, as well as eating some of the best seafood possible!

We were in 3 states in a matter of 5 hours, 


A trip that started out as a favor, ended up being a great getaway for the Mr. and I

Thanks for stopping by, 

~Mrs. S 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Vacation in Cabo

Hello All!

As of his moment, I am recovering from a fabulous vacation in Cabo San Lucas we took with my in laws last week. 

We try to go on one big trip a year, and since my parents in law offered to take us on vacation this summer, we decided to tag along for our 3rd family vacation.

We knew we wanted beach, and we had a choice between Jamaica, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo.

I have never been to Cabo, and we are huge fans of Riu hotels with their all inclusive deals, so we decided on the Riu Palace right off the beach.

As soon as we got there, we were blown away with the beauty of this place, 
bougambilia heaven and of course the famous rocky beaches.

We were able to lounge in the many beautiful patios throughout the hotel

We took a boat ride over to lovers beach, right by the rocks

Famous Cabo arch

Unfortunately, the beach waves were very strong and we were barely able to swim in the beach. I personally am terrified of waves so I didn't dare get close to them, but they were pretty cool to watch

Therefore, I stayed in the pool most of the time

Beautiful sunsets with yummy drinks

This was from our last day there, it was a blast!

If you are looking for a place to vacation, I highly recommend this place.

Hope you are all having a great summer so far, 
thanks for stopping by!

~Mrs. S

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Hello Everyone!

June is by far my favorite month of the year. 

It is the month in which I reflect on the month of May, where my birthday, mothers day, orchestra/guitar concerts, recitals, and school winding down happens. 

It is also the month when we usually get out of school, we have some sort of trip planned for summer, and our anniversary!

This will be year 6 of teaching completed, and I am more excited for this summer than I ever have been before because I feel like I know how to do summer now. 

I now know to plan lesson days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays so that I have Thursday-Monday to spend time having fun and spending time with my family/friends.

I now know not to sleep in, and actually get stuff done.
I'm talking going to the gym, eating a healthy lunch, laying out by the pool, get some cleaning done and have enough time to make dinner and wind down from the days activities.

I also know now that even though I have almost 3 months off, it goes by quickly so I can't take my time off for granted. Early on, I try not to over exaggerate that I have so much time , and I don't whine about when school is nearing in August. I read too many posts on FB by my fellow teachers with far too many countdowns leading out of and into school and I just get annoyed. 
(too much attention to the past/future, not enough on the present) 
I just take each day as an opportunity to live life to the fullest, and now that I am the big 3-0 it seems like taking care of my mental and physical health is living life to the fullest :)

In honor of summer coming, I have decided to share some of my favorite summer moments from the past...

Cancun 09'

Bachelorette Party June 10'

Marrying this stud June 10'

Honeymooning in the Bahamas June 10'

Nephews baptism August 10'

Bahamas 11'

London 12' 
Yes, that is Kensington Palace behind me!

Cancun July 13'

Vivaldi Mixer July 13'

I can't wait to see what summer has in store for me.
I'm looking forward to...
Spending time with family and friends
teaching lessons
attending a guitar conference
and blogging more!

Hope you guys are having a great week, 
~Mrs. S