Merry Christmas from the Imhoff's

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Merry Christmas from the Imhoff's!
I can't say enough just how blessed I feel.  I am content and so grateful for what 2014 has provided for our family.  New opportunities and growth are at the top of the list for sure!
Did Santa visit your house like he did ours?  I have to admit the kids were a little worried that Santa wouldn't find us at their Great-Grandma's house this year ... but low and behold, here is what I saw before I went to bed in the early morning hours of Christmas :)
The kids favorite gifts?  Gift Certificates to Ifly [indoor sky diving] and their own bikes!
What all did your kids ask for this year?

I saw this question on Facebook this year, that I hadn't ever thought of myself.  Does Santa wrap gifts at your house?  I was made aware this year that many of the times he doesn't wrap the presents, which I thought was interesting.
On Christmas morning we get up REALLY early, open our stockings, unwrap presents and then each French Toast ... yum!  Off to Mimi's for lunch and more fun :)
Any special traditions on Christmas Morning?

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The Christmas Story & the Inn Keeper

Sunday, December 28, 2014
Bayler's school put on the Christmas Story before everyone left for the holiday.  Let me tell you ... there really isn't anything better than a pre-k school play to melt your heart.
I was seriously sobbing watching my little guy say his lines - he did SO good!

Bayler was Inn Keeper and he rocked it :)  Don't they all look so sweet?!


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Sending Southern Cheer 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Sending you Southern Cheer from our Family to Yours!
Merry Christmas!
Thank you Minted, this was the perfect card for my family!  I love the cut of the paper, the metallic sheen and the ability to customize!  What do your Christmas Cards look like this year?
Click HERE to see our card from last year :: Christmas 2013

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Imhoff Christmas Traditions

Sunday, December 14, 2014
What started out as a simple school project for Braeden's class, tuned into a family fun day coming up with some of our favorite holiday traditions.  We thought it was cute so we decided to share! 

What are your family holiday traditions!

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The Pampered Mom's Favorite Beauty Products of 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014
It's that time of year again, where I list my FAVORITE Beauty Products of 2014!
You may remember last year we started this tradition, and the goal is to share mine, in hopes that you will share YOURS with us as well! 
You can find last years Favorite Products HERE.  I won't duplicate, but YES, I still love each and everyone of the items on my list from 2013.  Some products I have changed and others I have found through trial and error.  So, here is MY list of beauty products that I have fallen in love with and that I use on an almost daily basis!
The Pampered Mom's Favorite Beauty Products of 2014

1. Naked 2 Eye Shadow Pallet by Urban Decay  2. Sephora Beauty Brushes  3. Clarisonic Mia 2  
4.  Aveda Dry Remedy   5. Youique 3D Fiber Mascara   6. Two Faced Brow Envy Brow Kit
7. NYX BB Cream  8. Chi Magnified Volume

 Sephora Brushes have changed my day-to-day beauty routine.  I used to use another brand's brushes and I thought they worked great.  It wasn't until I need to replace a brush that I stumbled upon one of their brushes while passing their store. It was an impromptu buy and once I got the brush home, I realized how my older brushes were WAY different. Back to the store I went to replace all my brushes.  I have never looked back!!  You can find them at Sephora Online or In Store HERE.
 While I was working in the office one morning, probably complaining about my hair and needing something different to keep it healthy, one of my co-workers brought this little beauty to my attention.  At first I thought the Aveda Dry Remedy would make my hair a little greasy since I have very thin fine hair ... but it was the opposite.  I use this produce every morning after my shower on towel dried hair.  You can find this product online, in store or at your nearest Aveda Salon.  To find online, click HERE.

The NYX BB Cream is new to me - but it's my favorite for MANY reasons.  #1.  The Price!  So cheap.  But also because of the way it works on my skin.  I have used probably 50 different BB Creams before this one, and I only picked this up because I was in a bind on the road.  It quickly became  my go-to.  It's light on your skin and doesn't feel like there is anything there.  I do suggest setting this product with a mineral powder like I do to keep it in place.  With all the benefits, I strongly suggest everyone use a BB Cream in place of their normal foundation which is heavy and has no benefits! I get mine at Target!
I also love my Chi Magnified Volume.  After moving to Texas where the wind blows daily, I needed to find a product that wouldn't be sticky on my hair, would allow my hair to actually move but still keep my curls in place.  Enter Chi!  This is a great product that keeps my thin flat hair volumnized and clean at the same time.  And for me, it lasts all day!  Event Better!!  I get mine at Ulta or you can click HERE.
 Two Faced Brow Envy!  Don't leave home without using!  While I was walking around Ulta one day, I asked an associate for a suggestion on Brow Kits.  She pointed me in the wrong direction, BUT a customer inside overheard and saved the day.  She came right up to me and handed me this amazing all in one kit.  It's what she used and I am SO glad I found it - or her :)  If you need it, it comes with a how-to guide to perfect brows, a stencil guide and a pallet which includes: A Blonde and Brunette Color, Setting Wax, Highlighting Cream, a brow shaper, tweezers and an angled brush.  PERFECT!  Also find this at Ulta.
Okay, Okay, I am a little late to jump on the bandwagon.  This amazing eye-shadow kit was always on my "wish list." But the price was too much for what I wanted to spend. BUT, one day I got a little crazy and just bought it.  I did, I am such a rebel.  Seriously though, I use it all the time and the colors look great on my skin.  There are actually 3 pallets to choose from, and since I am fair with blue eyes, I picked Naked 2.  I HIGHLY suggest!  Just do it - be a rebel like me :)  Found at Ulta.

If your on a budget, but looking for something to really change your skin, you have to bite the bullet like I did and purchase the Clarisonic Mia 2.  Mine came with the refreshing Gel Cleanser and I love it as well.  This pulsating brush helps to keep my skin bright and illuminated.  I only use mine once a week, but each time I use it, I feel SO good.  My skin just begs for it now.  If your like me and abuse your face by wearing makeup everyday, do your skin a favor and purchase this product.  Your skin will thank you!  You can thank me later :)  I bought mine at Ulta.
I was hesitant to add the Younique 3D Fiber Mascara to the list but when I thought about it, it really does deserve to be added.  I do not sell these lashes, but I feel like I should because they will change your life, like it did mine, if you're used to wearing fake lashes at all.  For me, I have really long lashes as is, I know, don't hate.  So I don't really wear these during the day, but if I go out at night - THIS is what I am wearing.  Seriously, I don't think I will ever wear fake lashes again, there are THAT good!  annnnd you will look AMZING with them.  A stiff price tag for mascara, but I feel like it was worth it for me.!  To purchase, find a local Youique Stylist!
There you have it - my TOP Favorite Beauty Products of 2014.  Again, don't forget to check out what our favorite products where last year by clicking HERE.  Share yours - I need suggestions for 2015!!

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Thanksgiving 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from The Imhoff's!
I hope everyone had a wonderful day like we did today.  To walk off our meal, we headed out to the trails to enjoy the outdoors - snapped a few of these while we were there. 
Feeling very blessed and Thankful this Thanksgiving!

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Thankful for Plumbing

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Happy early Thanksgiving ya'll - we are THANKFUL for plumbing!  Being from the Mid West, we were not familiar with the building process here in Texas, especially with no basement.  So far so good though.  We are actually the last house in this phase, which means there is going to be a push to get our house finished in Late March, early April. So once the foundation is laid, it's going to go extremely quickly from this point on!

We are not going to travel for the holiday this year, we will be preparing our meal in our apartment.  Not quite the ideal Thanksgiving Feast, but this weekend we are planning a trip to some great holiday festivities this weekend and REALLY looking forward to that!
What's your holiday plans?

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The Grounds been Broken

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
It's the moment we've been waiting for since we moved to Texas.  It was also something we thought was at least a few weeks out.  BUT, much to our surprise, we have broke ground!
It's not much. And for those of you who have gone through this process before, you know this is barely anything.  In fact, some would say we haven't officially started yet, however, to us ... this was HUGE.  A sign that our dream in the process and it's official now.  Really official.

As you can see, they have only done the perimeter thus far.  You can see from our angles where the front door will be, the spiral staircase, kitchen, etc.  I have to say that I am extremely excited to watch this house go up.  Next up ... pluming then concrete!

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Murphy's Golden Hour

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Late yesterday afternoon, I took the Boys and Murphy out for a quick little photo shoot during the "Golden Hour."  While I did capture some beautiful moments with the boys [waiting to share those a little closer to the Holidays.]  I did snap these beauties of our new family member.
The perfect day, the perfect light ... the perfect dog

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Meet Murphy

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Meet Murphy! Our loveable, energetic and sweet new puppy!
He is such a great addition to our family.  To be honest, it is probably the best thing to happen to our family since our hearts will still healing from our other fur babies, which you can read here.

We knew our next puppy would be a golden retriever, but really, I didn't expect it to be this soon.  I was really thinking we would add to our family in the Spring when we moved into our new home.  I knew that would be "best," but Murphy was pulling on our heart strings.

When we were getting ready to leave, we realized that Murphy was born on the day that Tank passed away.  We believe it's fate that Murphy became ours.
He is the perfect addition and ALL puppy!  Don't you just love how puppies are so fluffy, trip over themselves when their running, completely depend on you and the unconditional love they bring?
Our hearts are full!

At only 8 weeks old in these photos, Murphy still has a lot of growing to do!  The boys are going to love growing up with their very own dog.

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