A Good PLAN?

Have you ever thought you had a good plan and then catastrophe happens when you try to put your plan into action? That happens almost every Sunday for me, while I’m teaching my Sunday School Class at church. You see I teach 3-6-year-olds, and some days it’s like herding cats in there.  I don’t care how hard I work at a lesson, some days I just can’t get them to be still enough to listen to it!  Do you ever think that is maybe a little bit of how God feels about us?  God has this beautiful plan for us, but we won’t be still enough to listen.  Sometimes, all we have to do is be still and KNOW that HE is God, but we run around in a panic trying to find the solution to the problem ourselves.  SMH! (Shaking My Head, just in case I have some readers who don’t know what SMH stands for).

I did teach a Sunday School Lesson a few weeks ago, on how Jesus calmed the storm.  Matthew 8: 23-27

“23 Then he got into the boat, and his disciples followed him.24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

I’m sure the disciples thought that they were going to get on a boat for a while and rest, but that storm got ugly.  They forgot who was with them, JESUS.  He apparently wasn’t worried, He was sleeping.  This is such an example of how we should face the storms in our life or the catastrophes that come our way.  This also brings to my mind of how I tried to teach my girls when they were younger, to not panic when they go hurt, or if something upset them, I taught them to practice the “3 C’s” Stay Calm, Cool, and Collected. It took with Dani, but not with Jana, but that’s a whole other story.

Let’s break that down further.  Stay calm.  I want to think of this as an action word.  Calm, make tranquil and quiet; soothe. RELAX!!  Life is going to throw catastrophes at you, don’t panic in these moments.  That’s what the devil would like you to do.  He wants you to forget you have the Almighty One on your side.  When we have a calm mind, we can think clearly and process the situation.  Don’t panic like a herd of cats!

Stay Cool. Stay composed. Keep it together!  If we lose our ability to process the situation, we lose focus on the outcome. Proverbs 29: 18 reads, “Where there is no vision, the people perish; but happy is he who keeps to the teaching.” In every situation, great or small, remember to stay focused on “in the end, this will work out for good”. Someone else is always watching you as well, in this moment of “Coolness” we are setting an example to others on how to walk with Christ even in our catastrophic moments.

Stay Collected. Don’t be distracted.  In this catastrophic moment, we can become distracted by what is going on around us, and forget that we are children of the King!  We also forget our mission, you remember to draw others to Christ.  How can we attract others to Christ, if we are not showing the world that we have something different?  After all, we win in the end.  All things, bad or good, work together for good to them that love the Lord.  Praise God even in your darkest moments; it’s in those moments that we show others that we have something different.

I hope that I’ve said something this morning that will be a blessing to you.  My mind seems to ramble these days.  Squirrel…  LOL!

Have a Blessed Day!

Love,

Deanna

The Road to Destruction

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“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death.” Proverbs 16:25.

What seems right and what is right are often two totally different things.  I find it so hard to determine which path I should take.  I want so much to do what is right.  I too often rely on my judgment to determine which path to take, but I should call on God to help me navigate the path I should take.  The kids used to wear F. R. O. G. bracelets they got from the Christian bookstore.  (In case you can’t remember F. R. O. G. reminds us to Fully Rely On God.)  We should fully rely on God for everything.  He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, after all.  He is the author and creator of everything.  Why wouldn’t we fully rely on Him?  Is it because we think we KNOW better than Him?

Be a  F. R. O. G. today. Walk the path laid before you and fully rely on Him.  Proverbs 3: 5 & 6 says that we should “Trust in the Lord with all our hearts, and lean not on our own understanding, in all our ways we should acknowledge him, and He shall direct our paths.”   Which path will you take today?

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The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.[1]

What Amuses Me?

Well that’s the question of the day, isn’t it? Today, it’s this picture.

Mainly, because that’s how I feel most days. I never feel like I put my best foot forward. I feel like most days, I’m seriously doing my best to put my clothes on and head out the door. My mascara is most likely running down my face and I may have lipstick on my teeth or worse on top of my lips because I’ve been drinking my morning coffee.

Let’s be real for a minute, mornings are tough! I thank the Lord above because He promises to give strength to the weary. Isaiah 40:29-31 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Hello, this says even the young grow tired and weary! I am far from young; no wonder I’m tired! Today, I will find my strength in the Lord. Today very well be the day I rise up on wings like eagles! I’m ready Lord, raise me up!

Have a blessed day!

Deanna

Velvetizer, What’s That?

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I feel very overwhelmed with all the new products that are available now. Back when I first started wearing makeup, in the dinosaur days, it was simple, foundation, blush, powder, eyeshadow, mascara, and I applied it in that order. Today, you must cleanse, tone, serum, moisturize, prime, foundation, under eye concealer, set the under-eye concealer, bake, contour, blush, prime the eyes, eyeshadow, set the face, powder the face, highlight, mascara, and apply setting spray. I don’t even know if I typed them in the correct order much less apply them in the correct order. There’s just so much to remember today!

So, last week, I talked about my search for the right foundation. I have continued to play around with the Bye-Bye Foundation from It Cosmetics, but I find that I like to mix it with their CC+ Cream, both are in the shade light. I find that this combination is lovely, not too thick, and not too cakey, but… dun dun dun, there is always a but, am I right? I have been using the Urban Decay Velvetizer Translucent Mix-in Medium to set the foundation, and this stuff has changed the game of long wear foundation for me! I guess I’ve been living under a rock because I’ve never used a setting powder so finely milled to set my foundation before. HELLO! This stuff is amazing!

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Now, let me back up here a bit, this product is marketed for mixing it in with your foundation, but the packaging says it can be used as a setting powder. I did try mixing it in, and it did do a beautiful job making my foundation look like velvet! It really does provide a gorgeous finish to all the foundations I’ve used it with and seemed to boost the coverage that the foundation offered. But… let’s be real I don’t have time to mix it in my foundation every morning! I usually wake up at the very last minute and rush to get out the door. Plus, it’s a little messy. I felt like there was wasted product everywhere, and at $34.00, I don’t want to waste any product! I want to use every bit of it. Once, I started using it as a setting powder; I LOVE it! My foundation seems to hold up better throughout the day, and not break down. It seems to bind the product together and make it stick to my face!
I’m not a professional makeup artist, I just know what works for me, and this stuff does! If you’ve not tried it, you should run out and buy it! My Ulta did not carry it, so I had to order it online, but it came in quick. If you order it from www.urbandecay.com, you can use the Shoprunner Free 2-day shipping & free returns.

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photo credit Urban Decay Cosmetics

Thank you, Urban Decay Cosmetics, for creating such a game-changing product! Uban Decay’s Velvetizer is a Holy Grail product for me from now on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts for Today!

Listen and silent are spelled with the same letters. Think about it…

 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Deanna

Tuesdays Need Foundation!

Well I’ve already told you that Monday’s need Mascara. Today, I’m going to tell you that Tuesday’s need a LOT of foundation!  I must admit that as a younger woman, I didn’t take care of my skin like I should have.  I was an avid sun worshiper, using iodine and baby oil heaven forbid we do anything to prevent that dark tan!  I have several sun spots all over my body to show it, too, and that includes my face!  Young ladies, please wear sun screen!! You won’t regret it in your old age.

I haven’t been pleased with very many of my choices in foundation lately.  They all seem to break apart by the end of the day.  I don’t know if that is because on my personal summers (hot flashes) or because I tend to touch my face through out the day.  Either way, I can see through my foundation by the end of the day.  My texture, pores, wrinkles, sun spots, and texture bother me.  I wear foundation to cover that stuff up, not let it shine for all the world to see. I’m on the hunt for a foundation that has staying power.

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Tarte Shape Tape Foundation

This week I’ve tried the new Shape Tape Foundation by Tarte Cosmetics.  I purchased the color Light Sand. The color matched my complexion pretty well, in case you didn’t know Tarte failed to create a wide variety of colors for this much anticipated foundation, which caused quite a stir in the beauty community.  That being said they have made an apology and plan to release more colors as soon as they can. I chose the matte foundation, because at my age, I want to cover my imperfections.  Tarte’s website says that this foundation “smooths over pores & imperfections with rich, airbrushed full coverage that dries to a flawless matte finish using a unique, concealer-inspired wand. The formula absorbs oil & shine while leaving skin creaseless, hydrated, free of flakiness or cakiness & helping to improve skin health with every application.”

I found it to be too thick, too full coverage, if that is such a thing, and I felt that my imperfections were noticeable with it’s coverage.  I didn’t like it at all.  Now, maybe I should have chosen the Hydrating sister foundation, and I may just order that one next. If you’re looking for a FULL Coverage foundation, then this one may be just the one for you.

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Tarte Clay Stick Foundation

I have used Tarte Clay Stick Foundation and enjoyed it very much.  I like that it’s a stick and I can apply it directly to my face.  It blends easily, and the coverage is nice.  The color seemed to match my skin tone very nice, and it was comfortable through out the day.   I would buy this foundation again, and I would recommend it whole-heartedly.

 

 

 

 

 

I have also worn their Amazonian Clay 12 hour Foundation . I also enjoyed this foundation, however it did not have the long wear that I was looking for.  It was comfortable on the skin as well, and it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I would purchase this foundation again as well.

Alas, my search for the perfect foundation continues.  I will find it one day, until then the search continues.

I’m just curious, what foundation do you like, and why?  Please leave a comment, I would love to hear your experiences with make up and what products I should try next.

Until Next Time!

Deanna

 

Portable Power with Style

Portable Power

About three years ago I started looking for a pair of totally wireless earbuds that I could wear at work.  I was so tired of wires!  Every time I would get up from my desk, I would forget that I had earbuds in and inevitably I would pull my iPod off my desk and onto the floor.  At that time, I couldn’t find a pair that was priced within my budget. (Let’s be real, I was just too cheap to buy them!). I just couldn’t see spending $200 for a pair of earbuds.  All the ones I have previously owned would develop a short in the “wire” and they would break.  I also had two teenagers in my home at the time, and it seemed like we were buying earbuds every week!

While I was preparing for my trip to Vegas,  which I blogged about a few weeks ago in my blog Las Vegas Anyone? I was searching the internet and Pinterest trying to prepare myself to travel to a place I had never been, I came across an ad for the Halo Powerbuds, and the price was under $100!  I bit the bullet and ordered them immediately, from QVC hoping they would arrive before we left on our trip.  Lucky for me they did!

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When I opened the package I thought they were just beautiful, if you can ever say that earbuds are beautiful?  They are small, and compact, and then I realized that I could also charge my phone with the case they are stored in!  Hello portable power! I’m not sure if you can tell, I didn’t do my research before I ordered these.  I have purchased several Halo products, and I have always been very pleased with them.  I am a proud owner of the [amazon_textlink asin=’B01B6N52E8′ text=’Halo Bolt,’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’whatamusesde-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7ef375ba-1dc4-11e8-b50d-81bdd590e32a’] that I believe every woman should own.  I was just intrigued with the earbuds themselves, but after looking at them, and reading the manual, I discovered that the case will charge the earbuds, and you can use the usb to charge a cellphone, iPod, or camera.  This is the perfect item to travel with.

I charged them up and put them in my bag and was so excited to give them a try.  I did pack my backup pair of earbuds just incase I had problems with these, because you can never tell just how new things work for you until you’ve actually put them to use.  I should have also read the instructions on how to pair the dang things to my phone before we left, but I’m a smart cookie you’d think I could handle it, right? Wrong!!!! I had to google the instructions when we arrived at the airport, but I finally got them to work. LOL!  I did find this process a little difficult, because each earbud has to link to your phone, or iPad, and link together so that you can hear out of both ears.  It took me several attempts and I FINALLY got them to work.  I have seen several reviews since then that others were having them same problem.

On the plane may not have been the best place to try them for the first time.  They are definitely not noise cancelling! I did find them comfortable in my ears.  I can almost see that you would forget they are in there.  I have a few suggestions for Halo. It would be helpful to have “L” and “R” marked on the earbud themselves.  They verbally tell you which ear they belong in, and if you’re not fast at putting them in your ears, you’ll miss it.  I did every time! LOL! Although this is not a deal breaker for me.  I plan to continue to use them.

 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I hope I have entertained and informed you a little while you were here. Let me leave you with this little bit of encouragement for today.

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”  – Aristotle

I post new ramblings on Monday, Thursday, and Saturdays.  Please subscribe to my email list to stay up to date on all my posts.

Deanna

 

 

 

 

Just Another Mascara Monday

 

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.

 

Writer’s Block

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!

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Until next week!

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4.

Deanna

Las Vegas Anyone?

 

vegas tripI 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!

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Hoover Dam 2018

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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:

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Be blessed!

Deanna

Five Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope my you’re having a great day.

Be Blessed!

Deanna