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Saturday, June 29, 2013

What's in my (Summer) Purse?

I had blogged about a Winter/Spring "What's in my Purse", but my purse tastes change in the Summer! I like to carry with me, only the essentials in the Summer so a smaller purse is definitely necessary! Let's get on with it!

My purse is a Worthington from JC Penney's. I love the pink color and the raised dots! I also love the gold chain detail on the strap!

My Wallet is from LTD catalog. I'm a huge fan of their stuff! I like a wallet with a wristlet in the summer, just in case I only want to take it along with me.

  • Hairspray and hair tie
  • Tide to-go pen
  • Foldable mirror and brush
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Gum
  • Keys
  • Cell Phone
    Not pictured: cell phone and lipstick of the day!

     
  • Lipstick

 Do you change purses in the Summer? What are your summer essentials for your purse? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

Missed my last What's in my Purse post? You can find it here!

Friday, June 28, 2013

High Five for Friday!

Friday rolls around again! I'm linking up with Lauren, as usual! Here is what I am loving this week!

1. I have received an opportunity to review something for you all! Can't spill too much now but is starts with a T and ends with an O!

2. Mason Plumlee got drafted last night! He is now a Brooklyn Net! Another Dukie got drafted too, Ryan Kelly went to the Lakers.

3. Glasses and Eye drops for me this week, thanks to 2 corneal abrasions on my left eye!

4. How adorable is this case from LTD? I use it to hold my blog business cards!

5. Landon Austin is going to be performing with Alex Goot in Pittsburgh! I'm pretty pumped!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Let's Talk About: Corneal Abrasions

This is going to be one of those posts that go like this, do as I say, not as I do. On Tuesday when I
put my contacts in, I thought something was in my eye. It quickly disappeared and when I took them out Tuesday night there was some discomfort in my left eye. When I woke up Wednesday morning, my eye was red, sore, and tearing up. I immediately thought: pink eye. It continued, so I went to the Urgent Care center.

The doctor put numbing drops in my eye, and looked all through it. That included turning my eyelid inside out. Ew. He also put an orange dye in it and looked at it with a black light. He found that there were, get ready for it....not 1 but 2 small abrasions in my eye. He said that mine were at the 12:00 and 3:00 positions of my eye.

He said that mine were probably caused by dirt underneath my contact lens that scratched my cornea. So I can't wear my contacts for 1 week, nor can I wear eye makeup for a week. (It's a good thing I like lipstick!) I also have to put in two drops of antibiotic in my eye 4 times a day.

Here are my tips for you, and now things that I will be taking extra precautions for:

Clean your contact lenses thoroughly. Use new solution every time you clean your lenses.
If something feels wrong with your contacts, take them out and clean them again.
If something is wrong with your eye, go to the doctor. This is your vision we are talking about!

Take all of your eye makeup off. This is something that I get lazy about. Well, I'm not going to be lazy any more!

In this incident, I'm glad that I have a blog that I can share this information with you. Hopefully you can learn from my experience, and prevent it for yourself.

Have you ever had a corneal abrasion? Leave me a comment and let me know! I'd love to hear from you!


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Pin-spiration

I didn't want to get on the Pinterest train, but I did. I love it. I have several boards, but my food and blog boards are probably my most popular. This summer I am challenging myself to make something from my Pinterest food boards at least 2 times a month. Here is what I want to try so far!

 Don't these look delicious? You can find this recipe here!


 Chicken is a main staple in our house, and we have a box of bowties on hand. Looking for this recipe? It is right here!


 I love anything to do with Caprese, so this will be a must for me! I can see this being made with my homemade french bread...okay, my mouth is drooling! Here's the recipe!


Lastly, I know you love these cookies as much as I do.  I will be trying this recipe for sure! If you want to make them too, here you go!









What "pins" are you planning to try this summer? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Food for Thought

I love quotes and sayings. I have some just randomly hanging on my bulletin board in my bedroom. I found some really awesome and thought provoking sayings on the Salada teabags. I enjoyed them, so I figured you would too! *There are no authors on these*

A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor man made perfect without trials.

Desk-A wastepaper basket with drawers. (Isn't this SO true??)

Swinging nightclubs offer evening golf. (I though this one was funny!)

A perfect example of minority rule is a baby in the house. (Any parents reading this? Is this true?)

Kindness is the oil that takes the friction out of life. (Being kind really helps everyone!)

Lastly, my favorite of the bunch:

Money lent to a friend may have to be recovered from an enemy. (Has this ever happened to anyone? It can be definitely true!)

I just really enjoyed these sayings, and a lot of them are really true if you take time to think about it. It gives you a different spin on things. Share these along with your friends!

What is one of your favorite quotes or sayings? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Keeping Kids Fresh Over Summer Break

Whew, that was a title and a half huh?

After your child has endured 180 days of school, the last thing you want them to do is to lose it all during the summer. As a teacher, I have a few tips that will help keep your kids fresh, and still be learning while they are having fun! 

*If your kiddos get an allowance, let them count the money! Teach them to save it, and budget whatever they are going to do with it. It not only helps them now with monetary value, but also helps them later in life with creating a budget and having good money practices.

*If you have a swimming pool, play a game of “Flashcard Splash!” Get a pair of flashcards (math, sight words etc.) and shuffle them. Show a flashcard to the youngster, and if they get it right, they get to jump in the pool! If you don’t have a pool, you can still do the same concept, but have them do jumping jacks, or hula hoop after a correct answer!

*Partner with your local library! Most libraries (and some schools) have summer reading programs that are free and will have activities for kids that include story time or fun projects.

*Do fun science projects! Like this one!

You can also have them make tie dye milk! Let's have common sense here, DO NOT DRINK THIS MILK!

·         Gather a pie plate and pour 1 cup of milk on it

·         Next, place food coloring evenly apart on top of the pie plate (Make sure to use different colors!)

·         Be careful to not jiggle the pie plate

·         Dip a toothpick in liquid dish soap (not the creamy kind) and stick it soap side down in the pie plate

·         Watch what happens! <---------- I filmed a video for you!

*It's not the best video I've uploaded, but I will get better, I promise!*
 
A lot of times, kids will be learning while they are actively engaged. Keep the electronics to a minimum, and let them go outside and play!

 

How do you keep your kids fresh during the summer? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Favorite Lipsticks for Summer

Can you believe that there was a time when I HATED to wear lipstick? Oh my goodness, what was wrong with me?! I am so glad my opinions have changed! I firmly believe that lipstick completes any outfit. My mother has been telling me this for years, and I definitely believe it. I put together my list of favorite lipsticks from pinks, nudes, and reds. I threw in some miscellaneous shades as well. *Just a side note, I think these shades are just as acceptable to wear in the fall and winter as well.*

The Nudes
I am not a nude lipstick fan but it is good to have at least some nude or my lips but better colors in your arsenal. Here are my favorites!

*L'Oreal Fairest Nude is probably about as nude as I will go. I pair this with a smokey eye, and some gloss over top.

*Rimmel 104 is a my lips but better shade that I am loving! It has a satin finish, and looks great with whatever I wear.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey is another MLBB shade that I wear when I want my lipstick to stay put. I'm a huge fan of these!

The Pinks/Berries
I love a pink lip. My face looks brighter when I wear a pink lip. If you are an adventurous lipstick person and haven't tried a pink lip, do it!

*Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick is a great pink lip that stays put! It fades beautifully.

*Revlon Color Burst lipstick in Fuchsia is a blue toned pink that just screams summer! With a tan, this color looks amazing!

*Wet N Wild Cherry Picking is a gorgeous berry shade. It's matte so it has incredible staying power. You can see a full review here!

The Reds
Red lipstick is so classy. It can make your teeth look whiter, and just make an outfit go from drab to fab!

*Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic is a tomato red that is great for those who are new to the red lip trend. It also fades beautifully, and lasts.


*Revlon Color Burst in Crimson is a cross between a crimson red and a brick red. Application is a breeze.

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss lipstick in Flirty Kiss is just a great true red color. You can check out my full review here!



Other colors
Everyone needs to experiment every once in a while! Here are some other colors I love!

If you want to wear the coral lip, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm stain in Rendezvous is a great one! It has just enough pink in it to make it coral and not orange.

Model Co lip gloss in Berry Pink is a great light pink gloss. I'm a huge fan of the formula. It is not sticky at all and feels great on the lips.

Friday, June 21, 2013

High Five for Friday

Yay for Friday! As usual, I'm linking up with Lauren. Here is what I loved this week!

1. My poor dog is going through a phantom pregnancy. She is very hormonal, and pitiful.
Ryan Kelly, from Celtic Thunder!
2. One of the lads from Celtic Thunder, Ryan, is having a live chat tonight! Can't wait to tune in!
3. I stayed up too late watching the NBA Finals last night. I was rooting for the Spurs!



4. I hope to have some really interesting and different blog posts for you this coming week!

5. The weather has been amazing! I love summer!

Not a very picture heavy post today! Stick around for tomorrow's post!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Making a Difference

In today's day and age, a lot of times it is all about me, myself, and I. If it is not about you, it is about the latest celebrity. We need to focus more on helping others. When my Grandma was recovering from surgery last summer, members of our church were kind enough to bring our family dinner. We have returned the favor by making meals for several of our friends and church members who are going through treatments, and surgery. It is no bother, we cook for ourselves anyway, so why not make extra for someone who is in need?

You don't have to spend hours upon hours every week volunteering. Stop in at Wal-Mart and get a bag of dog food and take it to the local Humane Society. Make some cookies and deliver them to homebound people. Take some flowers to residents of a nursing facility. The little things add up.

By doing these little things, not only will you brighten someone's day, you will feel better about yourself as well!

I'm going to be doing my part as well! Later this summer my family and I will be cooking a meal for a local shelter.

What good deeds have you done for others? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Rimmel Stay Glossy Review

Let's take a step back into my high school years. All I ever wore on my lips was lip gloss. Pinks, reds, clear. You name it, I had it. In through college, I wore lipstick and would swipe on some gloss every now and again. Ever since I have been out of college, it has been straight lipstick. I've been trying to break back into the gloss scene, so I decided to give the Rimmel Stay Glossy glosses a try!

These claim to last 6 hours, but I am here to tell you that it doesn't. That is not a huge issue for me though. I like that it is not overly sticky. You can wear this on a windy day and you wouldn't get the "hair goop" from your hair getting stuck in your lip gloss! :) I bought the shade All Night Long, and it is a mauve-y/berry color. It has iridescent glitter in it, but you absolutely cannot tell it on your lips. I chose this shade because it would look good on my lips without lipstick, but also would look nice over lipstick. Application is a breeze with the flat doe foot applicator.

I love to pair this gloss with my Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick in number 104. This is my perfect "my lips but better" (mlbb) shade, and with the Rimmel gloss over top, it is absolutely beautiful!

There are tons of different shades for you to choose from! I am definitely starting to be on the Rimmel lip product bandwagon! Oh and can I just say, that when I spy the Rimmel Showoff Lip Lacquers, they will be mine!

Have you tried the Rimmel Stay Glossy glosses? What was your opinion of them? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Get Ready in a Pinch!

Have you ever had one of those days/mornings/afternoons where you had seemingly minutes to get ready? That was me the other day. Normally, I take about an hour, sometimes an hour and 15 minutes to get ready. That includes, shower/makeup/hair/outfit. The other day though, I had oh 15-20 minutes. WOAH! So here is how I got ready, and still looked presentable in a short amount of time!

After I got out of the shower, I combed out my hair and applied my Argan Magic argan oil. I let my hair air dry while I applied my makeup. As far as makeup went, I filled in my brows using my Rimmel brow pencil. Then I used my MAKE eyeshadow in burnt umber on my lower lash line. I swept on some Maybelline color tattoo in Barely Branded, and curled my lashes and applied 2 coats of Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes mascara. (Believe me, there was no time to use a crease and highlight color!!) I used my Tarte lipsurgence in Joy for my lips to give me a nice pop of color. Again, no time for face makeup!

Since my hair was about 75% dry, I blew it dry the rest of the way to make it completely dry. I teased my crown, and pulled it into a quick side bun using my spin pins. (Those spin pins are a lifesaver!) I added a quick spritz of hairspray, did a double check in the mirror and got dressed. Total time was probably 20 minutes. It was pretty stressful!

Here are a few tips to help you get ready in a pinch!

  • Focus your attention on one thing. For me, it was my eyes so I made sure to swipe some color on there, along with mascara and eyeliner.

  • Make sure to fill in your brows. It takes seconds, and frames your face.

  • Use a pop of color on your lips to brighten your face when you don't have time for a full face of makeup.

  • USE MASCARA!

  • A side bun always is the way to go in a hurry. It looks chic and looks like you took a lot of time on it.
How do you get ready in a pinch? What are your tips and tricks? Please leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Maybelline Lots of Lashes Review

I'm not going to lie, today I had a Monday brain block. I had originally had another post in mind, but I didn't have the materials to show you. Anyways, back to your regularly scheduled post!

I think Great Lash is girls first mascara. I know it was mine! Who doesn't love pink and green colors together anyway? I cannot say enough good things about this mascara! The Maybelline Lots of Lashes brush is what makes this so unique. It is tapered so there is a smaller end than what is further up the brush. This makes it perfect to get your inner corner lashes, and the fatter end plumps my outer lashes. This is a rubber brush. This mascara holds a curl very well! It also does not clump or flake. The only con that would be for some people, is if you don't put your mascara on with the opposite hand. If you didn't, it would be hard to get your inner corners because it would be flipped.

Example: I put my mascara on my right eye, with my right hand. I put my mascara on my left eye, with my left hand. I switch hands. If you don't do this with this mascara, it could be a problem with this mascara.

I found this mascara at Wal-Mart for get ready...$4.44! This is an incredible steal! I would give this one a try, even if you aren't a fan of original Great Lash.

Have you tried Maybelline Lots of Lashes? What did you think? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Have you ever had the Monday brain block too? Let me know!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

June Birchbox

Ah, that little pink box arrived in my mailbox this week. Hence, a Christmas like celebration. In today's digital age, getting actual mail is fun, especially when you know it is mail with makeup in it!

Birchbox has got a new look! Instead of the "box" emblem, they have gone with a diamond, and instead of pink on the box cover, they have chosen a white color. Also, the inside of the box there is a gorgeous chevron pattern! Here is my June Birchbox, and I really like it!

Birchbox + Color Club| Wanderlust Collection- I got this beautiful almost neon green color, and I just can't wait to put it on my nails. I received the shade London Calling. It is just the perfect shade for summer!

LAQUA & CO|Lil Lip Duo- You know I go gaga over a lip color! This is a beautiful shade of pink that screams summer! It goes on smoothly, and leaves a nice wash of color on your lips when it is gone.

ORIGINS| Clear Improvement Active charcoal mask to clear pores- I have never used a charcoal mask before, but I am all for clearing out my pores. This will be great to use on my T-zone.

Oscar de la Renta |Something Blue- This perfume smells really nice. It is not heavy, but noticeable. It is a very feminine scent.

ORIGINS| GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer- This says it has energy-boosting ginseng and coffee in it to revitalize skin. I am excited to try this and see how my skin feels after using this.

Overall, I was very pleased with this Birchbox. Getting a nail color and lipstick were definitely the highlight of this box! Keep it up!

What did you get it your Birchbox this month? Were you pleased?

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Friday, June 14, 2013

High Five for Friday!

The weather this week has been miserable. Where is summer? Anyway, it is Friday and I am linking up with Lauren as usual!

1. It is my Bubba's birthday today! She is coming to our house for dinner tonight!



2. Cocoa Rice Krispie treats with peanut butter chips is a wonderful thing. Try it!

3. Now that Jon Scheyer is back at Duke, I can pull out this custom shirt I had made way back in his freshman year! (can you say obsessed?)



4. I'm liking my Birchbox so far! Post on that coming soon!



5. Now that summer is here, this guy will be my best friend!


 
How has your week been? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Being Social Media Appropriate

*Sorry this post is extra late today, we had some severe weather roll through last night and knocked out our power.*

Do you ever feel like you know a little too much about your friends on Facebook? Did you really need to know that they just "checked in" at a location from FourSquare? What about the friends that post inappropriate song lyrics or vulgarity on Twitter? Being social media appropriate is not just a common courtesy, it is common sense. I am going to give you some DO's and DON'T's for social media.

Facebook DO's and DON'T's:

  • DO connect with family and friends
  • DO post pictures of family events
  • DO "like" pages of your favorite restaurants, or blogs  ;)
  • DON'T post inappropriate lyrics or pictures
Twitter DO's and DON'T's:

  • DO interact with your favorite celebrities or family
  • DON'T post vulgarity or inappropriate things on Twitter
  • DON'T repeatedly ask a celebrity to follow you. If they want to, they will 
As far as FourSquare goes, truthfully I don't care if you just went to Starbucks. That's great, good for you, but I don't care. 

*Here is a simple thing to remember about being social media appropriate, if you wouldn't tell it to your grandparents, don't put it on social media sites. In today's digital age, colleges and employers are looking at your profiles to see if you would be a good candidate for their college or workplace. What you have posted on there, could potentially change your future.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you agree or disagree with being social media appropriate.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Amish Flower Auctions

If you remember this post about the Amish, then you will like today's post! I absolutely do not buy my flowers from retailers like Wal-Mart, Lowes, or K-Mart. Half of the time they are small, almost dead, and incredibly over priced. I buy my flowers at a flower auction. *I took some sneaky cell phone  photos, so if the quality isn't great, that's why!*
(Remember the Amish are not fond of cameras.)


My flower auction is run by a group of Amish men, and some "English" people as well. Starting in April, they bring in baskets and flats of flowers to sell, around harvest time they bring in fresh fruits and vegetables, and in the fall, fresh Christmas trees, and pine garland. The quality on these flowers is 100% better than you would get at the stores mentioned above. Going to a flower auction you have to know what flowers you want and how much you want to spend. They might have geraniums for sale for $.25, but you may have to buy 45 of them which adds up in the long run. They sell some things in small quantities, so if you are only looking for a few things, they can accommodate you that way as well.

The Amish women do an incredible job of designing their flower baskets. As I said earlier, as plain as they are, the color selection they have in their baskets is just beautiful! Sometimes you will get a pair of Amish shoes, with flowers in them, or a beautiful crock that has been planted nicely.

Tips:

  • Make sure you know HOW MANY and HOW MUCH. How many flowers are in the lot, and how much per pot/flat/basket/quart they are going for. Example: Lot 305, 11 hanging baskets. (You are buying all 11 baskets.) Say the price is $5. So for all 11 baskets you paid a total of $55. Did you get that? Don't worry, it took me a while to figure it out too.

  • If you aren't good at math like me, bring a calculator. That way you can do the quick math. Also, bring a pen and tablet so you can keep track of what you bought.
If you have Amish near you, keep an eye out for a local produce auction, and flower auction. You will be amazed at how beautiful the quality is, as well as the prices!

Have you been to an Amish flower auction? Did you score any good deals? Please leave me a comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Summer Essentials Clothing and Accessories

If you liked yesterday's post, then you should like the post today. I am going to give you a few essential clothing/accessory items and tips that can help you build a summer wardrobe.


A classic pair of black wedges will go with any outfit. It will give you some nice lift. I love wedges because it is a shoe that I can wear with some confidence that I won't break an ankle in!

A simple nude dress can go with many different scarves and accessories. Pair it with a leopard scarf and a black purse for classic elegance, or pair it with some fun, bold jewelry to make it fun.

A classic black handbag (mine also goes cross body!) is a great Summer staple. It goes with everything, and is just big enough to hold your essentials, but not be a huge purse.

I love a cute maxi dress. You could also get a maxi skirt and wear that as well. I love how effortless it is, and how they look great with a simple jean jacket.

Lastly, get a few great scarves. You might not need them during the day but sometimes those summer nights can get chilly. You know I love my leopard scarf. It is classic, and can be worn casually with khakis and a black top. I also love a colorful scarf. It can make an outfit go from "drab to fab!"

Nude dress and Maxi dress: New York and Company
Black Wedges: Miss Bisou (JC Penney)
Leopard scarf: Amazon.com
Colorful scarf: Old Navy

What are your classic pieces that you use for Summer? Leave me a comment and let me know!



Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Makeup Essentials

Ah, sweet Summertime! Oh how I've missed you! I am ready for all that Summer brings. Picnics, 4th of July, and swimming! With Summer, brings heat and the possibility of your makeup breaking down. I have picked out a few of my favorite products that have helped my makeup stay put.

Face Primer: You know I love the Prime Time primer from Bare Minerals. It absorbs oil and keeps your face looking matte.

Foundation: In the summer, you want to get a new foundation to match your bronzed skin. I just got a new Mary Kay mineral foundation in Beige 2. (I was a Beige 1 in the Winter)

Blush: Blush is typically the first thing to leave the face on a sweaty day, so I love the Stainiac from The Balm. It gives a nice stain and looks very natural.

Eye Primer: I have really oily lids, and I found that The Balm's Put a Lid on it really stays in place and makes my shadows last longer.

Also in the summer you should invest in some good quality eye shadows. As you know, I love the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, and Wet n Wild eyeshadows. Not only do they go on like a dream, with a primer, they stay put!

The Sumita and Urban Decay 24/7 liners go on and last very well!

The Rocket Volume mascara  by Maybelline, also doesn't flake and definitely lasts, and I don't even own the waterproof version!

There are many different kinds of setting sprays for your face, but I have always loved the ELF Makeup Mist and Set. This keeps my makeup in place and makes me look natural and not powdery.

The last thing you want is sunburned lips. I love the EOS lip balm in the lemon scent because it has SPF 15.

Lastly, you want a fun pop of color for your lips, and you know I love the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. My color is rendezvous.


How do you keep your makeup looking fresh? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Palmolive Soft Touch Review

*I received this from Influenster*

On my mom's side of the family, we are the only ones without a dishwasher. Actually, no. We have a dishwasher...our hands! If you combine 3 meals a day plus dishes to make the food, we are sticking our hands in water often. Dish soap can either make or break how you do dishes, and how your hands look afterwards.

I received two full sized bottles of Palmolive Soft Touch from Influenster.  My favorite is the soap infused with Vitamin E. (I gave the Aloe version to my aunt!) After doing dishes, and working in hot water, my hands are smooth! It is like a treatment for your hands.

This dish soap bubbles up like no other! I make an "S" in my sink with the soap and let the water run over it and the bubbles are just insane. The soap does a nice job of cleaning my dishes without leaving a residue on them. The scent is not overpowering at all, it is just crisp and clean smelling. I have price checked this, and the price is around $2.39 for a 25 fluid ounce bottle, this can be found at Wal-Mart.

These come in 3 varieties: Aloe, Vitamin E, and Coconut Butter.

Palmolive is Tough on Grease, Soft on Hands! Don't just take my word for it, check out the reviews for yourself!

Do you think you are going to try the Palmolive Soft Touch? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Friday, June 7, 2013

High Five for Friday!

It's Friday, and I'm doing the usual! Of course that means linking up with Lauren! Here is what I am loving this week!

 
 
1. This is by far the best Cinderella movie out there! It was made in 1964, and I don't even care that the trees are one dimensional, it is the best!
 
2. Hey, I went to the store and bought a new lipstick! That's something I never do at all!           L I E! I am liking it so far!
 
3. If you have never had Banana popsicles, you should try them! I did a little happy dance when I saw them in the store!
 
4. My blog has to start somewhere, so I bought some make at home business cards!
 
5. I'm in a Bachelorette Pool with my family! The purse is $75 and I'm happy with my Zack K!
 
How has your week been? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Update your iPod with: Landon Austin

Image found here
I have another new artist for you to enjoy today! Right around the time I discovered Alex Goot, I discovered Landon Austin. (*By discovered, I mean found them on YouTube.*) I have definitely caught up on his videos this past week or two.

I'm just going to gush right now and say that Landon is just too adorable for words. Okay? You want more adorable-ness? Check out his vlog channel. Adorable! (Now I am banning myself to use "adorable" anymore in this post!)

Landon is a pretty accomplished young artist. He competed in the Doritos Crash the Superbowl in 2007, and was a top 3 finalist in 2008. He recorded a professional music video for his song "Waitin." Landon and the other finalists were flown to Phoenix to perform during all the Superbowl festivities. Part of his performance from the Saturday Block Party, was shown during the pregame for the Superbowl. (The SUPERBOWL! Hello!) See what I mean? Accomplished.  

Here are a few favorites of his that I am LOVING!

Hallelujah: I listened to Landon's version and I got goosebumps. It is spellbinding! It is not overdone, just Landon and the song. It is beautiful!

Superhero: Landon wrote and performed this song with Luke Conard. I prefer the acoustic version, but those of you that know me, (uh, which wouldn't be many of you...*crickets*) know that I tend to prefer acoustic over most anything. The message is just great.

As Long As You Love Me: Somehow, Landon and Alex make listening to Bieber tolerable. (Because they aren't Bieber...) Their harmonies are INCREDIBLE! As long as I have this version, there is no need for me to listen to the original.

Once in a Lifetime: If Landon ever wanted to "woo" me, this song would do it. (Got it Landon? Just kidding!)  Can you imagine this song for a wedding? Oh my goodness! Just listen to the song. Do it!

You can check out Landon's music on iTunes!
You should also check out his talented sister Dani, who has her own YouTube beauty channel! She's great!

So, are you going to check out Landon's music? (You should!) If you have, what did you think? Leave me a comment and let me know!

P.S. adorable.     <-----------------I'm just messing with you all!

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Suave Keratin Dry Shampoo Review

Since trying my first dry shampoo, I have been trying other brands and seeing what kinds I like best. I tried the Suave original and liked it, but the scent was very strong. So I decided to try the Keratin Infusion and see the difference.

This has a forceful spray just like the original dry shampoo. One thing that I noticed, is that there is not a white cast to your hair after using this. When you spray it on, it does a good job of absorbing the oil that is on your hair. The only downfall to this one is the scent. It smells like plastic. It doesn't have the grapefruit scent of the original. It doesn't bother me too much tho, so this may work for you! Another thing I noticed is that it does not weigh my hair down.

How I use it:

I section off my hair and spray this dry shampoo onto each section. I give it a minute to absorb the oils, and then massage my head to remove any excess powder. I style as usual and head on out the door!

Dry shampoos are a matter of preference, and you may have a favorite that you always reach for. I like Suave products, and I like that it was $2.84 at Wal-Mart!

Given the choice, I think I will go back to the Suave Original dry shampoo, but I would have no problem getting this one if it was sold out.

What is your favorite dry shampoo brand? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sumita Eyeliner Review

One of the best things about being a Birchbox member is getting samples of products I normally would not have tried. One of those is the Sumita eyeliner. I've mentioned this before, but I am pretty much an oil slick. Getting my makeup to last has taken some work with the right products. With that being said, getting eyeliner to last on me does not happen. So enter the Sumita eyeliner! When I got this in my May Birchbox, I did like all beauty fiends do, swatch it. Well, I went to remove it and IT.DID.NOT.COME.OFF! I thought, ok this might be the real deal!

Prior to learning about the beauty community on the internet, I had absolutely no clue as to lining your waterline meant. Thanks to all of my favorite gurus, I now know what that means! I have tried lining my waterline with other products, and had absolutely no luck, so I figured "what the heck, I'll give it a shot." Sumita did not budge on my eyes! I was SO impressed, that I immediately put it in my Favorites on birchbox.com! (It's currently sold out right now) It does come off with some eye makeup remover, but it does take some time and patience. I also got the black shade, and it is a rich, deep, black that makes your eyes pop!

If you have trouble with eyeliner, I would certainly give this a try! I am definitely going to purchase this once it gets restocked!

Do you have any favorite eyeliners that you can't live without? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Spending Saturday with the Amish?

I live near an Amish community that is pretty sizeable. It's not unusual for me to see the Amish in the grocery store, which is something most people don't see everyday. Contrary to most people's thoughts, the Amish are usually pretty friendly. They are leery of us "Englishers," but I think we are all apprehensive towards new people.

Every year, on the first Saturday in June, they hold a Benefit Auction. The monies raised go towards paying hospital bills for one of the Amish community members. Since the Amish have no insurance, they need the money to pay off hospital bills for those who are sick. During the auction they sell flowers, food, buggy paint, old fashioned lawn mowers and irons, (you have to heat them on the stove to iron your shirts!) furniture they have built, and quilts. Buggy paint, and quilts are typically the hot commodity. It's not unusual to see a quilt go for $300. As plain as the Amish people are, the detail and colors they use in the quilts are breathtaking. They are true works of art!

My family and I usually (always) go for the food. The Amish doughnuts are divine! If you've never had one, I highly suggest you do. It has become a yearly tradition to go and get doughnuts!

My mom was able to sneak some photos of the day, so I hope you enjoy! I also encourage you to check out your local Amish if you have them nearby.  Most have flower shops, tack shops, or woodworking shops that they run. I would definitely support them!

Do you have Amish near you? Have you ever tasted one of their doughnuts? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Lawn Logic Series Part 3

 
Finally! Part 3 of the Lawn Logic Series. Missed part 1 and part 2? Read up on them before reading this post. This is probably the most important post of this series. The actual cutting of the grass can make or break how well your lawn looks. You know you've drove past lawns that look dry and brown. Not attractive. You want a lush green lawn. This is where The Lawn King works his magic. During peak season, you'd swear that our lawn was a golf course! Read on to find out the lawn cutting basics! There is also no doubt that you've cut your grass already. Keep reading! You may just pick up a new tip to help your lawn become lush, and the envy of your neighbors!

Mowing:

  • At any time do I need to water my lawn? The only time you need to water your lawn is in severe drought situations. You can do more damage by over watering than under watering.

  • How often should I cut my grass? Unless it is in severe drought conditions, your grass should only need cut once a week. Sometimes twice a week in peak growing season.

  • How short should I cut my grass? You grass should never be cut lower than 3 inches. THIS IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE! Cutting it too short promotes week growth and root damage.

  • Do I need to bag the remaining grass? Bagging is unnecessary. Get a good mulching lawn mower, keep your blades set for no lower than 3 in cutting height and the clippings make good fertilizer.
Tools:

  • Can I use a riding mower to complete my whole lawn? Absolutely. Depending on your lawn type, you could complete your lawn with a riding mower.
By using these tips that The Lawn King has given you, your lawn will be the envy of your neighborhood!

Did this answer some of your questions? Do you still have more? Leave me a comment and tell me!


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