Mondays require a little extra mascara! Ha! I need something to make my eyes look like they’re ready to head back to work. No, really I love my job, I’m just kidding! It’s the getting up at 6:00 a.m. that I don’t like. I do enjoy sleeping in on the weekends, and it seems that Monday always comes around too quick.
I was able to stop by Ulta this weekend, and I picked up a few new makeup items and hair products that I am currently trying. Now, I must be honest, I’m not loyal to any one brand. I really enjoy trying new products! I tried selling Mary Kay and BeautiControl, but I just didn’t like being married to a brand. I like to see what’s new and try it! How will I ever know if I like it or not if I don’t give new products a try?
When it comes to mascara, there a two things that I am looking for… it must not irritate my eyes and it must be water resistant or water proof, because my eyes water all the time! I am constantly worried wheather or not I have mascara all down my face! I have been buying Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced, for several months, but I am always willing to try something new. I have been seeing some of the Vloggers that I follow talk about the new Badgal Bang mascara from Benefit Cosmetics. So I wanted to try it.
So this is fun. I’m one month into my blog and I have writer’s block! Yikes again! How in the world do novelist overcome this?
This week has been a week of playing catch up for me. Being in Vegas last week has caused a week of feeling like I can’t get anything accomplished. Next week will be different, right?
I hope you all have had a great week, and that my little blurbs or thoughts for today have been an encouragement to you. I really try to find words that encourage me. Today, I posted a quote that says, “Creativity Takes Courage”. That is so true. This blog has taken real courage from me. I have really tried hard to put myself out there, to get out of my comfort zone, and put myself out on a limb.
I’m currently working on a blog about planning Disney trips. We seem to go there every year now. I don’t want to rush that post so this rambling will have to do for today. Ha!
Until next week!
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4.
I have had this trip in mind for a long time, but have never had the opportunity to actually go. I’m very excited to get to spend some quality time with my friends, and to experience the sights and sounds of Vegas.
Since I’ve never been here before, I did a little research on things to do, places to stay, and etc… but once you arrive, it becomes a little overwhelming, especially for a small town girl like me. So, for you first timers out there I’m going to make some suggestions in this blog that may help with travel to and from Vegas.
Location, Location, Location
I cannot stress enough, you must select a hotel by the location. Now, we didn’t rent a car of our own, so we relied on Uber and walking, so this was a big deal for us. We stayed at the MGM Grand and it was great! However, it’s location on the strip was far away from the center of the strip. It is located very close to the airport, which was a plus.
Attractions, Attractions, Attractions
Gosh there is just so much to see in Vegas. I will tell you there is no way to see everything in one trip. My advice would be to pick the top 5 attractions that you really want to do, and focus on those. You really need to research these, because this trip would be personalized for your group. We chose to take an excursion to the Hoover Dam. It was awesome! So much history!
Budget, Budget, Budget
Now this is one that no one wants to take about. But I have to be real with you, Vegas is expensive! Bottled water in our hotel was over 6.00 a bottle. Come on…that’s more expensive than Disney World! Most everything we looked at cost more in Vegas, so be sure to calculate that into your trip planning.
All in all it was a great trip, we had the best time! Here’s some more of our pictures:
I’ve recently come to the realization that my children, my nieces and nephews, and my precious Kennedy, and my friends that I’ve met in the past 20 years don’t really know me, or what happened in my past that formed me into the person I am today. They know me in my role as Mother, Aunt, Grandmother, friend, pastor’s wife, but they don’t know the person I am behind the title life has given me. I lived a whole life that they know nothing about. We never really sit down and discuss anything about my experiences, we always discuss what is going on in their life. So, with that being said, I’ve decided to put the Top 5 things down on paper, well the internet for all to see.
I’ve always wanted to be a journalist. My dream job has always been to be a news anchor. I know that may be hard to believe since today, I rarely like my picture to be taken, but I studied Television Broadcasting in my brief college career. I looked up to the likes of Barbara Walters, and Jane Pauley. I wanted to be a part of the evening news, to tell both sides of the story, and to maintain neutral in my own opinions. I don’t see that trait much today, though. Today journalism seems to be very opinionated, and even if the person asking the questions claims to be neutral, they seem to always seem to insert their own personal viewpoint in the interview. I think that is not needed, people deserve the facts and only the facts. The job of an interviewer, journalist, or anchor is to report the facts, and let the watcher develop their own point of view. Most journalist today think their opinion on whatever topic they are covering is too important not to be brought up.
I studied tap, ballet, and gymnastics for 9 years. Yes, you read that correct, for 9 years. I can still do a split and a cartwheel, though they don’t look as good as they used to. I grew up performing on the stage, I never had stage fright, and it was a magical experience for me every time. I played Cinderella in my first acting experience, and nailed the awed expression of seeing my fairy godmother for the first time, and then promptly waived at my family as I went off stage. It was a second-grade play after all.
I grew up watching the effects of alcoholism on my grandfathers. One became very mean when he drank. The other I can honestly say, I never saw “drunk”, but I saw the effects of alcohol on his mind, and his body. See, instead of drinking a lot of alcohol at one time, he would take a sip of vodka every couple of hours throughout the day. He would hide the bottle of vodka under the front porch of his house so my grandmother wouldn’t see it, but as a child I remember seeing him do this every day, until he couldn’t anymore, because he couldn’t get out of bed. At the time, way back in the early 80’s, the doctors put it to us like this, the vodka ate his brain. My grandfather basically became bedridden. I was just 12 years old when he passed away, but I remember well what alcohol did to him. I don’t want anyone else that I love go through what I went through, just watching the effects of this so called harmless legal substance. My other grandfather was violent when he drank. He would cuss and hit and throw huge fits. I remember him coming home from work in the evenings with a 6 or a 12 pack of Schlitz Malt Liquor under his arm. I told him that he needed to quit drinking when I was about 6 years old, and I think all the other adults in the room practically sucked the air out of the room in shock and surprise! To their surprise, he only said “is that right?”. I remember my grandmother always having bruises on her body, and she would tell me that she bumped into something or she bruised easy. After she got the courage to leave him, my mom finally explained why she always had bruises, and it wasn’t from a bump. I used to think that he was the greatest man alive, mainly because I watched him chase a rabbit and catch the dang thing with his bare hands, but after I found out that my view of him changed. We grew apart and in my adult life, I only saw him twice. He never got to know my children, and they never got to know him. It’s sad really, but alcohol robbed them of knowing how fun and awesome he really was, when he wasn’t drunk.I’ve never spoken out against drinking alcohol to anyone, because we all make our own choices in life, and that is one of them, but as I get older when I see other people drinking it makes me sick. I just can’t explain it any other way. I get physically sick, I literally want to run across to them and pour their drink out on the ground and tell them that it will kill them, but I don’t. I keep my mouth shut and don’t say anything letting this anger and rage against alcohol burn deep within my heart. I don’t want to watch another family go through what mine went through.
I was recruited after high school to work for Barbizon School of Modeling. Now this I can say is a top secret. I don’t talk about this much, because it was a really big opportunity for me. I had to make a decision at the age of 17 that shaped my whole life. Now granted, I wasn’t recruited to “be” a model, but to teach modeling. I went to an open call, just for the heck of it, and decided not to go through their program. They called me the very next week and offered me the job. I was thrilled, and would have loved to do it, but I was engaged and very much excited about my upcoming wedding day and marriage. I talked it over with my parents and my fiancé and I ultimately made the decision to pass on the opportunity. Looking back, I believe I made the right decision, but there is always that “what if” in the back of my head. With that being said, I’ve always told my girls to never give up on their dreams, to live their life with no regrets, to find a way to make a living doing something that you LOVE, and to always put God first in their life. By doing these things, you’ll never look back at your past with regrets.
I write these blogs in my head every day as I drive down the road. So I guess, I’m making my dream of becoming a journalist a realty.
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It’s Easier to Keep a Clean House Clean, Than It Is to Clean a Dirty House!
This is my personal motto for cleaning house, and I must be honest and tell you that my house is very much lived in. If you show up at my house, I can promise you there is always something out of place. My Mom always kept everything clean, I have failed many times over the years, but before I got married, she led by example. She had her list of chores and she did them daily. She cleaned every bathroom top to bottom, the floors, she dusted daily, and always cleaned the kitchen after she used anything. When I tell you, there was never a speck of dust in her house I mean it! My Grandmother is the same way. She cleans daily. I didn’t realize until lately how OCD she is about a dirty house. LOL! These women are shining examples of the perfect housewife. They love what they do! I however, do not love cleaning the house, EVER! I have in the past, let my house go, when my children were younger and we had school activities going on every night, and I worked every day, so there was no time to deep clean my house every day. At the time, I was doing good to wash the towels and keep them fed.
Today, however, it’s just me and my husband, and our animals, so my load of housework is a little different, but I want to give you women with young children some tips and tricks that I have learned over the years.
Keep your cleaning supplies close to what you use them, bathroom cleaning supplies in the bathroom, kitchen supplies in the kitchen. That way if you see something that needs to be cleaned, you can grab the cleaner and get it done, before you walk to another end of the house and get distracted by something or someone else.
In my house taking out the trash seems to be the chore that no one wants to do, and if it does get taken out, then a new trash bag never gets put back in the can. So, I recommend keeping a few extra bags folded up in the bottom of the trash can. That way you can replace the bag as soon as you remove the full bag. (or the next person can’t use the excuse that they couldn’t find the trash bags. Ha!)
My mother-in-law comes to mind on this tip. Instead of sweeping the whole floor when something spilled off the kitchen counter, she keeps a small hand-held brush and [amazon_textlink asin=’B00DHHLAFC’ text=’dust pan’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’whatamusesde-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a918db16-0bb3-11e8-a63b-ddfcfc66318e’] in the kitchen and sweeps only the mess that she made, also if a liquid item is spilled, she will clean it up immediately with a wash cloth and her usual floor cleaner. Clean the small messes immediately so they are not tracked all over the house.
Keep a [amazon_textlink asin=’B000QR931O’ text=’Swiffer duster’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’whatamusesde-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’65b06340-0bb3-11e8-bebe-d36016363b20′] in the car. Ok, how many times have you gotten in the car and noticed that your dash is filthy? I started using a Swiffer duster in the car a few years ago, now I just leave one in the car. It is great for dusting the dashboard, and if it’s already in the car, you can dust while you in line to pick up the kiddos after school!
My last tip is for those big garden tubs that are murder to clean. I keep a [amazon_textlink asin=’B016YWN5TU’ text=’magic erase’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’whatamusesde-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7c88ed10-0bb3-11e8-9feb-3589d881c377′]r with my soaps and razors, so that I can wipe the tub down, before I get out. Now, I will deep clean the tub with Lysol or bleach once a month, but the magic eraser keeps the soap scum from building up in a ring around the top of the tub, and also, I can go around the edges and wipe them down as well before I get out. I also keep one near the bathroom sink, and as I’m bushing my teeth, I will wipe the sink down, killing two birds with one stone!
I hope you find these tips will help you in your daily lives. Please comment back your house cleaning tips and tricks. I’m working on a tips and tricks list for laundry next, so if you have any laundry tricks, I would love to share them.
I did a lot of research before deciding to go through weight loss surgery. I wanted to know everything; the good, the bad and the ugly. After watching videos on YouTube, reading blogs, and joining every FaceBook group I could find. I decided that I wanted to go for it. I needed to take my health back. You see, I was an insulin pump wearing diabetic with high blood pressure, thyroid issues, and sleep apnea. No matter what diet I did, I just couldn’t get the weight to come off. So I decided to go for Gastric Sleeve surgery. I worked very had to get my insurance to pay for the surgery. It took 6 months of monthly doctor’s appointments, a psychiatric visit, a visit with a nutritionist, and letters from all the doctors that I see for my asthma, sleep apnea, endocrine issues.
During this time, every video, Facebook group, and YouTube channel I visited kept talking about hair loss. I knew going into this that my hair wasn’t thick. I kept looking for things that I could do to prevent the hair loss, but to no avail. Exactly 4 months after my surgery, it started. I had toyed with the idea of just cutting my long hair off into a pixie cut and bleaching it to the whitest blonde I possibly could. When the time came, I was ready or so I thought. I chickened out the first hair appointment I had, and just took some length off.
Needless to say, I was disappointed in myself for not just going for it. I realized that my hair was a “security blanket” so to speak. I used to think it distracted from my triple chins. LOL! I no longer had a triple chin, just a double at this time, but I needed to shed the old me, I needed to embrace the new me. So I took the plunge and cut it off! YIKES! It was very liberating! I was turning into a new person, one who didn’t let fear hold me back. Well, at least fear of cutting my hair, we’ll talk about fear of heights and roller coasters later. I was still very worried about loosing more hair, so I began to talk with my hairdresser, and she recommended Sugarbearhair Vitamins.
I have to tell you, I was very worried about ordering these to begin with. I have an aversion to vitamins, the smell, the taste, and the texture. But I wanted my hair to grow back. Now, let me tell you it didn’t grow back immediately. I went for two months and didn’t see any new growth in my color, ladies you know what I’m talking about. I was very worried that my hair would be forever changed. But to my surprise… I started seeing new growth, and having little “alfalfa” sprouts sticking straight up! So, I’m really glad I cut my hair, because those little spikes just blended in with my cut.
5 months later, and I’m still taking the vitamins. I love them, and look forward to my sweet treat before bed. If you’ve ever wondered what product to take to encourage your hair to grow, I fully recommend Sugarbearhair. I purchased mine from Amazon.
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Along time ago, I heard someone say that if the barn needs painting then paint it. That has been my Moto ever since. My barn needs painting, the barn I call my face. It is very rare that I leave the house without makeup. Maybe if I’m going swimming, I will, but I must have mascara! LOL! Although, I don’t like a face full of heavy makeup, I do prefer that the spots on my face are covered. You see, I was a child of the 80’s, baby oil and iodine were mixed was my favorite suntan oil. Sunscreen was a terrible thing; the darker the tan the better! I’m paying for that now; oh boy, am I ever paying for that! Today, I have brown spots and broken capillaries on my cheeks and my nose. I prefer those are covered, and I also am seeing my pores more than ever. I struggle every day with keeping them cleaned out. I never really had acne as a teenager, I had it bad during my pregnancies, and on into my 30’s. Even today, I will have the occasional pimple. So, great makeup begins with great skin care, which is another blog all together.
As I said earlier, I prefer that all my sun spots are covered, but I don’t want my face to feel like I have make up on. (I know, I’m weird) Recently, I’ve been using It Cosmetics, CC Cream in Light. I really like this, it does a great job at covering my redness and doesn’t make my face feel too cakey. (made up word, I know LOL!)
Right now, I’m really enjoying the blush palette that Anastasia of Beverly Hills released this past Christmas. It has four colors in it, a warm pink, a bubble gum pink, a coral pink, and a terra-cotta color. I sometimes swirl my brush through all of the colors and lightly apply the color to the apple’s of my cheeks.
Now, I have to admit that I really love eyeshadow. I own a LOT of eyeshadow. I have several palettes from Urban Decay, but right now I am LIVING for Morphe eyeshadow. I am in love with the last three palettes they released. First, the Jaclyn Hill palette is to DIE for. It has everything that you could ever possibly need. I must say she did a great job of choosing the colors and the consistency is perfect. All of the colors I have used have blended like a dream. Second, have the 39A Dare to Create palette, and it is just gorgeous! The third one I have is the 24G, Grand Slam palette. It is equally as beautiful! There are some mattes and shimmers in these and they blend like a dream as well. I must say they have really stepped up their game with the release of these last three palettes. I’m very impressed and want to point out that they are also a great value. I have paid $55.00 for my Urban Decay palettes, and these run between $23 and $38 dollars.
I own more lipstick than I want to admit. I have a real problem when it comes to lipstick. I keep looking for the perfect shade of pinky-brown. I haven’t found it yet. Sigh… I will just have to keep looking. I am the girl who likes to put my lipstick on and not touch it up every 5 minutes, or worry that it’s all over my teeth and face. So I stir clear of items like that. When I ordered the 24G palette from Morphe, I also ordered a matte liquid lipstick. It’s called Vanity. Now, when you first apply it, it is a little light, but once it dries down, it’s very nice. Still not my perfect shade, but I have reached for it a good bit in the last few weeks. It seems to stay in place, and not feel too dry like most liquid lipsticks. I’m impressed to say the least with Morphe!
Ok, I guess I should have put mascara at the top of the list since I won’t leave the house without it. LOL! Too late now! I love Too Faced, Better Than Sex, waterproof mascara. I have tried to wear many others, but they always seem to slide off my eyelashes. Working on a computer, I look down most of the time, this mascara does a great job staying in place, and it applies really nice. I don’t have to work so hard to build up my lashes. I would say maybe two coats is all it takes to make my lashes look full and long.
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I can exercise – I must admit that I’m not the best at exercising, and I still struggle with this every day. Before my surgery walking a short distance was a real struggle. I live right next door to my brother and sister-in-law and just walking to their house was a chore. Now, I can easily walk a mile to a mile and a half in 20 minutes. I know I can make that time better, but I’m not training for a marathon. LOL! I enjoy walking at a slower pace, and really clearing my mind.
I can paint my own toe nails. I admit here that I was a frequent visitor to the nail salon because I couldn’t bend down to paint my toe nails much less cut my toe nails. Now, I can easily bend down and cut my toe nails and paint my own toe nails. I have to say that I have fallen in love with Essie Nail polish. It dries really fast and that is important to me because I always mess up my polish. When I purchase polish it’s very important that the color is great and it dries fast. My current favorite polish is called.
I get overwhelmed shopping for clothes. I have to admit here that I thought it was going to be very fun shopping again after my weight loss, but it really is overwhelming. I had grown very comfortable shopping in the plus sizes. I knew the brands that I liked, and they were always contained in the small section of the department store. Now, I can’t find anything, just to shop for jeans is a chore. I am not familiar with all the clothing brands today. Good American jeans, Free the People, are just a few. All the clothes in the stores are separated out by brand, I’m so lost when I go shopping now. But I’m getting better at it. I did find that Good American jeans are very comfortable, and I really like Old Navy clothing again.
I can walk in heels again!! I LOVE shoes, no really. There is something to the saying “the shoes make the dress”. I have so much fun shopping for shoes. Now here’s what I’ve learned…I can never have too many shoes. Ha! My shoe size did change, but not to that extreme. I’ve ready some people say that their shoe size changed after surgery. Mine did, but I’m back to the shoe size I was wearing before I gained a majority of my weight. My feet before surgery would swell, and I don’t enjoy wearing shoes that were tight, so I would size up, and the style of shoes I would always go to were a slip on style. I HATED the fact that I couldn’t bend down and tie or buckle my own shoes. I can now, and I am loving the sexy candles and boots. Oh the boots…. Here’s my current favorite pair.
My personality has changed, but in a good way. I realize now that at my highest weight I just wanted to hide in the corner. I didn’t want to be noticed, I wanted to be the ultimate wallflower. I picked the chair in the corner and stayed there all night, and heaven forbid that someone ask to take a picture. Not any more, I don’t mind talking to people all night, and as for the pictures snap away. I’m also learning that selfies are ok! Ha!
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