here's to the men.

In December, Jeffrey and I will be celebrating four years of marriage.  I am happily married.
Correction.  I am head-over-heals-love-him-more-each-day-blessed-beyond-measure-happily married!
Ok, enough with the mushy stuff and on to the reason this post is titled, "here's to the men".

As I think over my journey of meeting my husband and everything leading up to that, there are a number of factors that I know contributed to finding this wonderful man.  Everything from having a similar upbringing to great communication, are obviously apart of it.  But I wanted to focus on one of (I believe) the key factors.  


That's right, men.  We (as women) have all had our fair share of experiences, both good and bad, with men.  Whether we realize it or not, they have helped shaped our view of who we are as women and what we deserve in a boyfriend/spouse.  This starts at childhood and goes into our teenage and young adult years.  The statement, "you always end up with someone like you father" is more than often times true (obviously, not always), but I believe extends to other influential males in a females life.  

My experience: 
 I grew up with a wonderful example of how a man should treat a women.  From a young age, my father instilled in me confidence in who I am as a women - always telling me I was beautiful (when, seriously, I had some super awkward years), intelligent, and deserving of the most wonderful man someday.  I was taught to work hard and stand up for myself when needed.  He treated my mother with love and respect.  My brother (even though he was younger) has grown to be a healthy amount of protective, giving lots of hugs, telling me he loves me (so important to hear), and having a steady, gentle, and playful spirit.  These two, along with a handful of male friends throughout middle and high school have shown me respect and friendship that I deeply value to this day.  I sincerely believe that having male friends who treated me so well, is what set my standards high and helped me avoid a lot of heartache before meeting my wonderful husband, Jeffrey.

So here's to you, my dear friends, who have been apart of my journey.  I am o-so-thankful for each and every one of you!


Good Timing. God's Timing.

My, goodness.  How time flies!

I have been working at European Wax Center for almost four months now!  I can honestly say that I still LOVE it!  It is such a fun, challenging, and exciting environment that I have yet to get bored with.

When I think back on the last year and where I was, I am constantly amazed at God's timing.  

One year ago, I was saying goodbye to my job as a nanny and beginning my esthetics schooling.  I was pretty sure I would end up at a spa or hotel in the area when I finished, so those were the places I applied after I graduated in November.  I had heard about EWC from a friend while I was in school but hadn't really given it much thought.  In March, I decided to apply and was invited to a group interview where I was able to meet the owner and manager and learn more about the company.  I was hooked.  After another interview shortly after, I was offered the job and wax a part of their launch in Lake Oswego!  I feel SO INCREDIBLY BLESSED to be working at a job I love with an incredible group of coworkers.

Much like the years previous, this job came at the exact right time, financially speaking.  Taking that much time from work to go to school/job hunt was pretty risky on our part.  But with a little guidance, prayer, and a lot of faith, we made the leap!

And let me tell you:  God. Is. Good.


Dave and Katelyn ~ Maternity

Jeffrey and I spent a wonderful morning with these two shooting their maternity pictures!  Little Olivia is due in September and I absolutely cannot wait to meet her!  Enjoy all the love and beauty this couple exudes and check out the rest of my work: https://www.facebook.com/DutchHousePhotography


© Dutch House Photography



See this face?  Yes, that was about what I looked like the other day when I received the phone call that I GOT A JOB!!!  And no, it's not just any job, but an AWESOME one!  After an extensive hiring process, I have been hired on to start a new branch of the European Wax Center as an esthetician in the Lake Oswego (OR) area.  This is an quickly-growing company nation wide that is doing great things in the waxing world.  

I honestly wasn't sure about working for a corporate company initially, but after meeting my potential bosses and seeing their passion for the products and service as well as their organization and intentions during the hiring process, I was sold.  Not only is this a job in my field of practice, but it is a goal oriented, face-paced, team driven job.  I can't wait!  I start training next week and will be able to stay at my current job with the YMCA as well until I build up more hours with EWC.  

I'm not going to lie, God seemed to cut this one pretty close (financially speaking), but we have had to remember that his timing and plan for us is perfect.  We are in a constant state of trusting him to take care of us and I wouldn't have it any other way =)




    Twice this last week I have been trying out a new practice in my mornings.  Meditation, sitting in silence, doing nothing. . .call it what you want, but I have been doing it.  Just for 2 minutes (yes, I set a timer) but that two minutes seems longer that I would have thought.  

    Since my whole job search/new business ventures (more on that another day), I've noticed in myself lately that I am constantly busy with something.  Even when I am eating breakfast or lunch I am constantly reading a magazine, checking/sending emails, perusing craigslist, working on my resume, etc.  When I'm cleaning the house and getting ready in the morning, I usually have music or TV on.  And then there is driving.  I LOVE listening to music while I drive to and from work!  This is so unlike how I used to be.  I am sure I am not alone in this craziness.  But all this has got to have a limit.  

    So, I have made a few minor changes that have surprisingly made a big difference.  First off, like I already mentioned, I have allotted 2 minutes at some point in my morning to just sit in silence.  It has been hard to not let my brain wonder off to what I will be doing today, but I'm trying.  I focus on where I am at in the present.  How I feel - physically, emotionally, and mentally.  Secondly, I have been driving to work with no music.  There is so much chaos once I get to work that I really have treasured this time to center myself and relax.

    While these two changes are simple, they are good, so good for overall health.  Jeffrey even informed me that 10 minutes of silence a day helps increase the gray matter in your brain.  Sure, that is great to!

    Following my meditation this morning, I read Psalm 4.  I instantly felt compelled to share it.  Maybe it is for just one person who reads it, or maybe a few, but I had to share God's goodness!  Many blessings and happy Sunday!  God is so good!


Psalm 4
Answer me when I call to you,
O my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
be merciful to me and hear
my prayer.
How long, O men, will you turn 
my glory into shame?
How long will you love
delusions and seek false
Know that the Lord has set
apart the godly for
the Lord will hear when I 
call to him.
In your anger do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be
Offer right sacrifices
and trust in the Lord.
Many are asking, "Who can
show us any good?"
Let the light of your face
shine upon us, O Lord.
You have filled my heart with
greater joy
than when their grain and new
wine abound.
I will lie down and sleep in 
for you alone, O Lord,
make me dwell in safety.


Top 12

When people find out that I am an esthetician, they always seem to think I know everything about all makeup and skin care lines.  Not true.  I know a lot about what is IN products that make them work best, but I can't give a detailed review on every product out there.  It also completely depends on each individuals skin.  I often get asked which products I personally use; that being said, I went through my drawers and cupboards and found my top 12 favorites to share with you!  You may notice that I don't just use expensive brands.  I am a firm believer in finding products that are affordable and actually work to produce results.

Bare Minerals Matte Foundation:  I am the fairest fair that they have and it matches my skin perfectly.  I have never before found a buildable foundation light enough for my skin that looks as natural as this does!

Bare Minerals Warmth:  I use this stuff for contouring the face and neck.  It super natural looking and adds just a hint of 'warmth' to the complexion.

Smashbox High Definition Concealer:  This stuff covers anything flawlessly!  It has soft focus pearls to deflect light and brighten the area you are trying to mask (especially dark circles!)

Physicians Formula Gentle Cover Concealer Stick in Yellow:  I have horrible dark (or purple on me) circles thanks to my super fair skin.  The yellow in this concealer covers them wonderfully because it offsets the purple tones.

Loreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Endless Pearl:  This stuff is awesome!  It last all day without any creasing or smudging.  I use is as a base everyday on my eyelids to even out my skintone before applying other shadows.  I also have it in Bronzed Taupe, Sultry Smoke, Perpetual Purple, and Midnight Blue and love them all!

BareVitamins Prime Time Foundation Primer:  I love this product because it's packed with good stuff for my skin!  It provides a smooth base before applying makeup (or going without!!) and helps it last all day without needing touch ups!

Spectrum Expeller Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (unrefined):  If you haven't jump on the coconut oil train yet, get on board.  This oil is good for everything (not to mention it smells AMAZING!)  I use it primarily on my lips and eye area before bed.  

Yes to Carrots Repairing Night Cream:  I adore this cream.  It is super moisturizing without feeling overly greasy on my skin.  In the morning my skin looks super refreshed and feels super soft!  It also uses 98% natural products and is paraben-free!

Burt's Bees natural Acne Solutions Maximum Strength Spot Treatment Cream:  This works wonders for went a pimple pops up.  I put it on the spot before bed, and in the morning it is either gone or significantly reduced!  The salicylic acid works wonders.

Egg:  Ok, so I know it's not exactly a specific product but I have fallen in love with egg whites. . .for my skin that is.  Mix this with a little honey and lemon juice and you have the most wonderful pick-me-up mask.  The egg white tightens your pores, the lemon juice works as an astringent to clean and refresh, and the honey is an antibacterial to prevent breakouts.  I do this every other day or so right after a shower or in the morning and cleansing.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub:  This gentle exfoliant is great for getting rid of acne scars or uneven skin texture.  It makes your skin insanely soft and smooth.  I use it every 2 to 3 days in the shower on clean skin.

St. Ives Skin Renewing Body Lotion:  I have tried numerous lotions over the years and this is the one that I have consistently gone back to.  I despise 'feeling' my lotion on after a couple of hours.  I want it to soak in and moisturize without feeling dewey all day long.  The St. Ives line is just that.  It is natural and gentle on sensitive skin and smells wonderful without being overpowering.  I love the Coconut Milk and Orchid Extract one for summer!

FYI:  I have sensitive combination dry skin

Have any questions regarding skin care?  Shoot um' over my way.  Happy Thursday!



Happy Hump Day!  So I think I had a bit of the flu bug this Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (seeing as everyone at work has had something similar).  Oddly enough, I feel pretty much back to normal this morning.  Whew!  That was short lived!  I honestly just think my immune system is super strong right now due to a few things:

1.  Working with kids: lots of germs = lots of built up immunity to a lot of things

2.  More intense workouts: instead of my daily cardio and weight sessions, I've been swapping in some high intensity interval and circuit workouts (think Jillian Michaels style mixed with Insanity).  Not only have my muscles been loving it but I have even more energy than ever!

3.  Regular sleep: I have made an effort to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night, often times closer to 9. This may be a bit more than the average person needs (7-8), but for me, it's just right =)

4.  LOTS of vitamins:  I saw a few documentaries a while back that disarmed the thought that you can overdose on vitamins (minerals, however, you can).  I think this has made a huge impact on my health and energy levels.  Specifically large doses of vitamin C.

5.  Obviously eating healthy, but this is a given for us in the Schloemer household.  But I am always trying new ways to incorporate MORE fruits and veggies into our meals.

Since we are on the energy topic, I wanted to share an absolutely delicious, kick-you-in-the-butt with energy smoothie I've been drinking the last few days.  It is loaded with tons of good vitamins as well as fiber and protein.  It will get you moving for sure!

Energy Smoothie

- LARGE handful of spinach
- 5 to 10 small frozen strawberries
- 1/2 banana
- big squirt of lemon juice (or 1/2 fresh lemon)
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (or not....either way is tasty)
- Tangerine Emergen-C (I'm sure other citrus flavors would be good too)

*Blend 1-2 minutes or until super smooth.  Enjoy with a straw - the only way to drink a smoothie!