Summer Beauty Staples


Summer in Kansas is hot. Like, really hot. Hot and humid and sticky and awesome, but definitely not a great time to be wearing a ton of makeup. Anything heavy or too dramatic, and you’ll find it sweating down your face in moments, so I tend to go for a super simple beauty routine in the summer. It’s quick, easy and tends to look good, even when it feels like a sauna outside.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
– I love this product and it’s one of the few items where I will spend a bit more money. I’m a huge fan of drugstore brands, but this is an item I don’t mind investing in. It has SPF 20, which, in my experience, protects all day. It is light enough not to get cakey, but has enough coverage to help with discoloration. It’s the kind of make-up that enhances, but doesn’t cover up your natural beauty. It also provides that awesome dewy look, which is so perfect for summer. ($43.00 at Sephora)

Tarte Cheek Stain - This has lasted me so long the packaging doesn’t even exist anymore! So, yes, more expensive than drugstore brands as well, but totally worth it as it lasts FOREVER! This stuff gives your cheeks a little summer glow and keeps that same clean, fresh look I love in the summertime. ($30.00 at Tarte)

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector – This is a great concealer for summer, especially for those of us who have any puffiness or darkness under our eyes. It brightens and covers, but isn’t too heavy. A great product for a good price! ($13.99 at CVS)

Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush – I hate spending money on makeup brushes, and honestly, don’t do it very often. One of these days I’ll invest in them, but for now I choose a few that I know help out tremendously and stick with those. This concealer brush falls into that category. My undereye circles are probably my biggest problem area, and this brush has lasted me a few years, so it’s worth the investment in my opinion. ($24.00 at Sephora)

Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara - The greatest drugstore mascara of all time! I have more expensive mascaras, but I always come back to this one because of it’s staying power. I wear contact lenses and have pretty sensitive eyes, so I need something that won’t run down my face when my eyes water. This fits the bill perfectly! ($3.99 at CVS)

Eyelash Curler
– If you don’t have one, get one. Even if you can’t do anything else, if you can throw on some tinted moisturizer and curl your eyelashes, you’ll look ready to go, especially in the summer! ($13.99 at CVS)

Dang, This Just Got Real

Oh damn, this just got real. #mommobile #minivan #toyota #sienna #motherhood #suburbia

A few days ago, I became the proud owner of one minivan. Now, I should point out, this is not a huge deal for me. There are many moms and dads I know that have BIG issues with driving a minivan. And I get it, I really do, but though I have many (MANY!) hangups in my life, driving a minivan was never one of them. I am silly excited for this grown up car. Yesterday I drove the kids to the pool and they sat far enough away from each other they literally couldn’t fight! When we got there they both hopped out of their seats and hit the buttons to open their sliding doors while we all yelled, “GO GO GADGET-DOORS!” Turns out geekdom is actually a genetic trait, lucky kids.

I think much of this comes from being a youngish mom (especially early on, not so much now!), and for a long time feeling like I didn’t quite fit in. Now, there is no denying it, I’m a mom…driving a minivan. A carpool mom. A soccer mom. All that jazz. It actually feels pretty dang good.

Now…what to name the minivan? Current ideas are the batmobile, the mom-mobile, gadget-van and the black stallion. Seriously, geekdom is definitely genetic. And awesome.

A Little Bit of Vinyl

This summer my in-laws decided to clean out a few sheds on their property that held pretty much everything under the sun. My father-in-law is a bit of a collector…and he does not like to throw things away. Add in the four children and all of their stuff that had amassed over the years, and there was quite a bit of treasure hunting going on.

When the dust settled, I was the proud owner of one mid-century modern-ish looking bedroom set, one pair of cowboy boots, a beautiful shelving unit, a giant canvas painting of a rooster (I have no idea how I ended up with that one) and one record player. And oh, how I love that beautiful, old record player. I started begging for one a few months back, and poor Trent loudly voiced his concern about me completely transforming in to a hipster with no chance for return. For proof of his endless suffering, here is a photo I took earlier this summer when I forced him to go in to a record store with me.

Trent is pretending to be a hipster.

It just looks uncomfortable, doesn’t it?

Anyway, apparently nagging works, because when three (or possibly four) record players were found in the sheds, I ended up discovering one had been placed in the trunk of my car without my knowledge. Trent arranged the whole thing and then set it up for me on our stereo at home. The only issue we’ve had is the audio output is a little wonky (probably due to it’s years in hibernation in an old shed in the country), so we can’t get the volume up as loud as I’d like. But I love it just as it is, wonky audio and all.

A few weeks ago I put the word out on the Crazybananas Facebook page that I was looking for a few fun record stores in Kansas City. I got a bunch of awesome recommendations, but guess where I ended up finding my first five records? Some amazing vintage store downtown? Um, no. I found my used vinyl beauties at a Half Priced Books next to my local Target. Hey, I’ll take what I can get.


I picked up a few used albums from classic artists like Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Simon and Garfunkel and Ella Fitzgerald. I also bought one new record by Joni Mitchell, just to splurge. The used albums cost anywhere from $2 to $7. Cheap, and beautiful.

I love the stories behind these records. Their old owners treated them well, and I find myself wondering about where they came from. Who was this Ralph person, and did he realize how unfortunate his last name was?


I plan on obtaining quite a few records as I go, and hopefully someday I’ll have a collection that I can pass down to my kids. My wish is this will be yet another memory they can hold on to from their childhoods. Every morning I try and turn on a record while I drink coffee and they have breakfast. Tate dances and Lucy sings, and I sit there in my happy spot on the couch, thinking, “Not exactly a hipster’s life, but I think this one is pretty damn fantastic.”

The Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Did you all remember that Mother’s Day is this weekend? As in, the day to celebrate mothers and bring them breakfast in bed? Also known as the day I’d better get to sleep in so help me GOD! Yeah, that one. It’s Sunday! Ahhh! Just in case you’re a bit last minute like I am, I put together this handy gift guide for those nerdy moms in your life. OK, let’s be real, this is just a bunch of stuff I want that can be overnight shipped or purchased at your local Target. So, Mother’s Day…hey, I’m a mom! Yay! Let’s celebrate!


1. Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera – This is a no-brainer, right? Right. Find it at Amazon for $62.50 (overnight shipping available).
2. Soda Stream Jet Fountain – Hi, I’m obsessed with fizzy water. This is cheaper than the gazillions of dollars I spend on La Croix. For reals. Find it at Target for $79.99.
3. Madewell Canvas Zip Tote – To make schelpping around town with the kids a little chicer. Find it at Madewell for $128.00.
4. Doctor Who Season 7: Parts 1 & 2 – Dear God I still haven’t seen this and if you spoil the ending I will kill you! Find it at Amazon for $40.00 (both editions, overnight shipping available).

Remember if you’re looking for last minute gifts for your own mom or grandmother, you can donate to Happy Bottoms in their name and they will be added to the Mom Honor Roll! Shhhh…no one tell the moms in my life, because that’s what they are getting. Click here to learn more!

Giveaway!!! : Kansas City Home & Garden Show

Home Show & Flower Lawn Garden Logo REVISED

Hey, Crazybananas readers, I have a great giveaway for you this rainy Saturday! Today I’m giving away two tickets to the Kansas City Home Show and Flower, Lawn & Garden Show on March 22nd thru March 24th! Founded by the Home Builders Association of Kansas City, the Home Show has been a tradition for sixty five years. Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City will be teeming with hundreds of exhibitors to showcase new opportunities and choices for homeowners to get a jump on spring home and garden projects.

The headliner on the Spaces Stage will be Lonni Paul, HGTV Design Star Finalist and designer to celebrities. She is a contributor to the Style Network’s Giuliana & Bill show (!) and designed their Brentwood home. Lonni is known for championing purity, clean lines and a refined modern vision with understated elegance. She also created an infant and children’s furniture collection called PetitNest, that she co-created with actress Tiffani Amber Thiessen (yes, from Saved by the Bell and the original 90210).

Along with tons of amazing presenters and vendors, there will be lots to do for the whole family! The Kids’ Corner will be hosted by KC Bricklab, which is the LEGO® user’s group for the Kansas City region. They will have custom LEGO® creations (called MOC’s in LEGO®, which stands for My Own Creations) on display including a replica of the Seville Tower on the Country Club Plaza. Children of all ages who attend the Home Show are invited to come to the Kids’ Corner booth and design their own LEGO® creations with the help of KC Bricklab “Buddy Builders!” You can also enter to win a large LEGO® building set.

To enter to win two tickets (which will work for all three days) to this awesome show, please leave a comment under this post saying what you’d love to renovate within your living space if you had all the money and resources in the world. I’ll start…I’d renovate our backyard, which is currently such a WASTE of a huge space. I’d add a playset and a huge garden, along with a BBQ pit and outdoor chimney. I’d also renovate our weird back porch area in to an outdoor play area for the kids/greenhouse. So, you know…nothing too big. I’m sure it’s totally do-able!

The giveaway will be closed at midnight on Thursday, March 14th, and the winner will be announced on Friday, March 15th. Good luck, and I hope you win!!!!

The prize for this giveaway is provided by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City and the presenting sponsor MattressFIRM. All opinions are my own. For information and tickets, go to, or pick up tickets at Hen House, Sun Fresh or Bank of Blue Valley. Children 16 and under are free. On Sunday make a donation to Harvesters of 5 non-perishable items or $5 for a 2-for-1 admission. Show hours are Friday, March 22, 10 AM to 8 PM, Saturday, March 23, 10 AM to 8 PM and Sunday, March 24 from 10 AM to 6 PM.

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