Favorite Dessert: Ice cream… Any flavor that contains chocolate! Drew, my husband, brings me Blizzards home from DQ when I’ve had a bad day!
Favorite Restaurant: Olive Garden. The breadsticks are addicting!
Celebrity Man Crush: I have a thing for basketball celebrities LeBron James, haha!
Last Book You Read? Peek-a-Boo Kisses to my son, Jax. I also have recently read Wonder. I forget the author. I was doing it as a book study with my students.
I Daydream About: My son Jax… Is that weird? I just can’t wait to see him at the end of the day because he is the one thing that can make me forget all my worries and be completely happy.
Beauty Idol: Jennifer Aniston, because she is very natural and looks great at her age!
ON SKINCARE: I have to wash my face both morning and night, otherwise I breakout. It gets really bad around my mouth and I’ve been told it’s due to hormones. :/ Acne is my biggest skincare concern right now and especially acne that can lead to scarring. I’m very diligent about my cleansing both morning and night and that has helped a ton.
ON MAKEUP: My favorite makeup brand is Lancôme just because I love the colors and how it lasts throughout the day. I have started to not care so much about my hair. I have cut it shorter and plan on going even shorter in a couple of weeks. I can wash it at night, dry and straighten it so in the morning I just brush it and I’m good to go. But I refuse to cut back on my makeup – It’s the one thing that I won’t let go! I apply foundation and powder, eyeshadow primer, eye shadow (three colors), eyeliner, mascara and blush. I’m super organized and that is how I find the time. A thing that helps is that I make sure I leave my school-work at school so that when I get home I can focus on Jax. When he goes to bed I focus on being a wife and I try to do one thing for myself each night that makes me happy for myself. I’ve found I have to!
ON BALANCING TIME: I’ve definitely had to change my normal routine since I’ve become a mom (worth it!), but there are certain things I can’t let go or I’ll just feel gross and ugly…. Washing my face, working out, makeup, and shaving my legs My trick is just being super organized so I can continue my routine, also fitting in healthy meals for my family and me time as well. I also try to get in a 30 minute run in three times a week, typically when my husband Drew gets home from work. I’ll have my meals planned out so I can make something healthy, and we eat as a family at the table to encourage good table skills with Jax. Jax gets ready for bed at 7 pm. I rock him to sleep and that can sometimes take 15 minutes, but he’s my baby so I do it. I try to head to bed at 8:30 pm because I need my sleep and I never know what will happen in the middle of the night. Jax is almost one now, but sometimes will still get up. Drew and I usually take turns getting up and feeding him and I am so grateful for that!
Melissa tries to keep school-work at school, but sometimes it comes home.Jax is already a little gentleman!
WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST BEAUTIFUL? I feel the most beautiful when I have full makeup on and new clothes. However, I feel the most comfortable when I’m the complete opposite. I find that with having a kid now I’d rather be comfortable then done up, especially with clothes. I still love to shop though!
WHAT IS THE BEST BEAUTY ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED? The best beauty advice I’ve ever received was from my mom – just embrace what you have and work with it. I’ve found that my best feature is my eyes, so I try to enhance that when I apply my makeup. She also told me that less is more and I agree. I find that the most beautiful people I know are the ones that are very simple with their makeup. I think that might come in time though and being confident with yourself.