• Monday MakeUp- Love My Ipsy


    I have been so slacking on these updates. I realize that. But it is because I get so excited about them coming, that I rip them open and go play with my samples. Then before I realize it, my samples are no good to take pictures of; thus no post. I will be working much harder to contain my 2-year-old response to ripping open packages and playing. It is a perfect monthly present, and one that we will actually want. Not that other monthly present.

    Ipsy if you are not familiar is a monthly beauty subscription service. You will get between four and six samples each month (and some months you get extras). Sample sizes can be any where between a foil, at the counter type sample, to a full size item. This month I got almost all full sized items! YEA!! Each month, not only do you get all these samples, you get a reusable makeup bag. That is what set this service apart from the rest. We use those bags for everything and anything. And best part it only costs $10 a month.

    Lets get to the exciting party, my June bag was full of all kinds of goodies:

    • Lipitide 24/7 Lip Stain– This came as a full sized item; and the color pay off is great, it lasts forever, and doesn’t dry out my lips (although I still put Chapstick on top of it). But I really don’t like the actual color. I am just not into the bright, Barbie pink color. Guess I am getting old.
    • Trestique Mini Eyeshadow in Kona Coffee– Another full sized item! I am loving this crayon, it is super portable, easy to use, stays put, and the color is amazing (dark coffee color, hence the name). You could probably use this all over your eyes, but I use it as a thick eyeliner.
    • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer– I have gotten this a few times now, while most people complain about getting the same sample over and over again, I am thrilled to get it again. This is hands down the best primer on the market. Smashbox has a full range of primers, and they all rock! A must try for sure.
    • NYC Liquid Eyeliner– Another full size one! I am terrified of liquid eyeliner, especially black liquid. This one comes in a pen form, and has really great reviews about being able to glide along the lid. Now most of those reviews are from twenty-somethings without any wrinkles or extra skin on their eyelids, so we will see.
    • BioRepublic Fiber Masks– Yea for more full sized products! Gotta admit I am so excited to try these. They come as a face sheet; ie nothing to scrub off or try to peel off once the timer dings. Makes for using masks super easy. They came in a pack of three: Aloe Rescue (revitalizing), Green Tea Detox (purifying) and Cucumber Breeze (soothing). Update- I have tried these and they left my skin AMAZING!! They are a must have for EVERYONE. Do yourself a huge favor and check them out here.
    • Last but not least the bag– This is the best part for me, I love their bags. The girls and I fight over them every month; they use them for toys and purses, I use them to organize my makeup and jewelry. This month bag is right up there with some of my favorites. It is an all black bag with a pop of orange for the zipper. The feel is almost a spongy type material. Very cool!

    This month I way more product then the $10 that I spent. Very happy with it!

    Do any of you guys have an Ipsy subscription? Do you like it? If you don’t have one, is this something that you would pay $10 a month for? What do you think of the samples?

  • The Dilemma.. Tween MakeUp

    Tweens and MakeUp

    It seems that every year, the age for acceptably wearing makeup is getting younger and younger. I remember a time when it was frowned upon for anyone younger then high school to wear any makeup. And now it seems like girls in elementary school are wearing some form of makeup every day, to school. It seems that the question to be asking would be, “Is it okay for a tween to be wearing makeup and if so where/when is it appropriate to be worn?”.

    Most of our girls are not in beauty pageants (don’t get me started on those and the amount of makeup they have young girls wearing to complete), so there are many reasons to keep young girls from wearing it. In today’s world, it is our job to help keep our kids kids for as long as possible. The media, tv shows, their friends, have such a push to grow up (and wearing makeup is a step in growing up); we as parents should help our girls enjoy being little girls. There is no reason for a tween to be in a full face of makeup, making her look like she is 17. That might be getting her attention that she likes, but it will almost always be the wrong type of attention.

    On the other hand, there are a few over looked perks of letting your tween wear makeup. I consider a tween to be an 11 or 12 year old (anything less makeup should be a bare minimum and only for very very special events). At that age, your daughter still thinks that you are cool enough to know what is going on. They still trust you to let them know when they look good, verses wearing to much. They are still at an age where, while starting to branch out and becoming their own person, they still want to be like you. You can take advantage of this; by showing them how to apply it, when it is appropriate to wear it, and when they have applied to much or it is to dark for their age.

    My daughter Tink, is one of those tweens that is allowed to wear makeup most days. For me, I decided that it would be okay for a few reasons: fist she wanted to wear it. And had for quite awhile. Second, I wanted her to still be close enough to me to trust that I knew what I was talking about. Trust how I was showing her to apply it, would make her look her best and trust that I would never let her leave the house looking like a clown. I wanted to be the show her how, not some random teenage friend who is trying to figure it out themselves.

    So then, what is she allowed to wear and when. Well, my daughter wears makeup just about every day. But before you get on me for letting my 11 year wear makeup all the time, we do online school (I think that if she went to school, in her age appropriate grade level, I would not let her wear it to school) and she is actually in the 8th grade, so when we see friends they are mostly 13 year olds. If it is a typical day (errands, grabbing lunch and seeing a friend), she likes to wear mascara (since her eyelashes are blonde, they are nearly impossible to see), primer (we like Benefits Porefessional, it helps control the redness on her face that she gets from me), and a little lipgloss or a lip crayon. Very natural, very low makeup look, and just focusing on enhancing natural beauty. It’s not a whole lot, but enough to make her feel put together and a little more polished. If we are going out for dinner or charity event, she is allowed to either wear; full eye makeup (shadows, liners, mascara) in any color she likes and a clear lip gloss OR a simple eye (just mascara) and a bold lip (she is a huge fan of red lips). But never both (but many adults can’t seem to pull off both either).

    What about you guys, do you let your tween daughters wear makeup? Do you think it is silly for a tween to be wearing makeup on a daily basis? If you only have sons, what are you thoughts when we see a tween girl out and about wearing it?

  • Never Argue with the Dead


    Confession time… I LOVE getting my fortune read, I love ghost stories, I love visiting haunted places. Basically anything that has to do with the “Other Side”, I love. So when I got the chance to read “Never Argue with the Dead” I jump right on board!

    Thomas John is a world renown medium. As a medium he is able to connect with others that have passed on. Or in a less PC version, he can speak to ghosts. Whether you believe in ghosts, mediums or that some people can communicate with them, this has some amazing stories.

    From Amazon

    “Manhattan Medium Thomas John has been hailed as “the Hollywood psychic with the highest batting average” by The Hollywood Reporter, and a psychic medium with “an impressive connection that impresses even the most skeptical minds” by The Examiner. Now he shares what he’s seen and heard on the Other Side.

    What happens when we die? Renowned psychic medium, Thomas John is one individual who is able to answer that question with a fair degree of certainty because of his special ability to communicate with the Other Side. Through his communications with the dead, he has learned a number of life lessons that he shares in this book.

    John shares with us 15 fascinating stories of what happens when clients ask him to contact their dead friends and relatives. In each story, we learn about life on the other side and the lessons the deceased have for the living. Each chapter is a felicitous combination of good story telling and healing wisdom. Among the lessons are:

    1. The dead understand what our ultimate purpose is on earth―and they are eager to share their knowledge.
    2. Our dead family and friends are with us and watch over us.
    3. When we die, we begin again. We continue to grow and evolve on the Other Side.
    4. We are accountable for the way in which we live our lives. Karma is real.
    5. The dead are capable of tremendous and profound forgiveness.”

    I find it amazing, how right he is about so many things. It seems like he knows everything there is about everyone. The details that he is able to find with very little information, just blows my mind.

    So what are your thoughts? Do you think stories like this are real? Are they just gullible people wanting to believe that their loved ones still watch them?

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  • Flying Mutant Zombie Rats



    This was a really well written book. The characters were awesome, and believable, the storyline moved fast without any weird plot holes or jumping around. It was easy to understand and follow. And while the ending was not what I was hoping for, it wrapped everything up very nicely. Perfect for a fourth to fifth grader boy, in my opinion. And a fantastic summer read.

    Now the other side, my girls did not enjoy it. After the first chapter my two little ones opted not to read any more. While my oldest did finish the book, it won’t be one that she will be re-reading. **SPOILER** Tink did love the talking cat, though. She thought that he was quite funny, and loved his very nonchalant attitude. She was not a fan of the amount of the book that takes place in the sewer. She kept asking me, “Why would boys go down there? Eeww.”

    Back of the Book

    Summer vacation is almost here! And Pea O’Neil is stoked to try out the new local BMX track which is finally open. He and his gang of friends can ride all summer long!

    But when Pea tries a back flip, he unwittingly opens a portal to another dimension and hordes of flying mutant zombie rats are unleashed upon the city. With the help of an otherworldly talking cat sent to help prevent the demise of humankind, Pea and his friends must hunt down the hungry mutants and send them back before the portal closes.

    But when the zombie rats attack a neighbor man, the boys have to enlist the help of a graveyard looney and the city’s stray cats. With time running out, Pea and his gang track the monsters to the city’s sewer system. But in the city sewer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it’s eat…or get eaten.

    If you have boys, I think that this would be a good read for them. However, those with girly girls (like my three), you might want to keep looking. Do your little ones read books that are gender specific or do you stick with neutral type books? Would your girls like a book like this? Let me know your thoughts.


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  • Chalk It Up- 5 Ways To Play With Chalk


    I am so excited to be guest posting over at The Real Thing With The Coake Family. If you are not following KC yet, then you need to. She posts about all kinds of DIY things, from American Girl accessories, to interior design, to crafts, to holiday decorations, basically you name it and she posts about it. Not only does she do amazing projects, she words them in ways that even the most uncrafty of us (aka me here) can follow and make great things. Click here for her blog.

    She is doing this great weekly Summer Of Fun party, featuring different bloggers. And I am getting to kick it off!!! Well, without further adieu, lets get this Summer Fun rocking and rolling. I thought that we would start the party with something that everyone loves: CHALK. Kids love it, adults have fond memories of playing with it, and lets be honest it just screams summer. Plus it is so simple (not to mention cheap), all you need is a piece of chalk.


    Here is my top 5 list of the best chalk activities, for kids of all ages (2-102):

    BUT…… to see what they are you are going to have bounce over to my lovely friends blog. Click here.

  • 99 Keys To a Creative Life

    99 Keyes To a Creative Life

    I had a hard time with this book, to be honest. But in all fairness, I didn’t have any idea what to expect; so the fact that it missed the mark with me is really here nor there. Since it would have been next to impossible to be on mark. Does that make sense?

    So the Pro’s:

    • There are tons of great ideas.
    • Building on that, not only are their awesome ideas; they are then explained.
    • The book is broken up into sections, that those ideas fit neatly in.

    The Down Falls:

    • The entire book is basically just a list.
    • While she does a great job explaining each idea, there is not much to help you put the plan in motion.

    Overall, while I am not thrilled with the book; I would recommend it to someone who was in need of getting more “in touch” with themselves. Some of it was pretty common sense stuff, but even then it is nice to have it all be reminded once in a while.

    So what are your thoughts? Would you read a book of ways to be more creative? Even if that book is just a list of bullet points? How would you like a book on this topic laid out?

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  • Father’s Day Gift Idea

    fathersFather’s Day is a holiday that always baffles me. Mix that with being a horrible gift giver and it is just primed for disaster. Even my hubby will tell you that, despite my efforts, I always miss the mark. So while I want to go all out, I typically end up with just cards. The whole process, which typically starts after Valentine’s Day, just stresses me out. What makes a good Father’s Day gift?

    Well this year I nailed it. (My wonderful husband, if you are reading my blog today, please stop now. I finally got it right, so don’t spoil it for me. I mean you, don’t spoil it for you.)



    If you are married to a wonderful outdoorsy man who likes hanging out on the boat around the lake; or even the husband that loves laying around the pool. Then this will be for you. Frisky has come out with some amazing Aqua Shoes, and the best part, they are on sale for only $6.99


    They come in a variety of sizes and colors. A word to the wise, they do run small. If your hubby is a half size, like mine, then buy the next size up. While you certainly don’t want them to be big, if they are to small then no one will wear them. There is a cord in the back to pull then tight, and lock into place.


    The bottoms have tons of tread so you don’t have to worry about your loved one slipping and falling. They provide lots of stability and support. If you are needing more information click here.

    So what do you think? Are these something that your hubby would like? Or did I miss the mark again? Let me know.

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  • Summer Means New Sandals


    It’s summer time, time to show off your piggies!! What better way then with a new pair of sandals. Both Belle and Baby were able to get  some new shoes, and they were so excited.


    Belle loves how comfortable they are. She said that she could walk to the moon in them. (Hard to think that we painted those toes only two days ago)


    Baby loves the cute 3-D decals. Plus with everything being velcro she can put them on herself. Being a three year old, you know how important that is.

    A few perks about the Gold Pigeon Shoes

    • Snap Locks- Super easy magnetic locks. Makes it very easy to put on and take off
    • 2 Ways to Wear- they can have a strap around the back of the heel or they can be slip on style
    • Adjustable Straps
    • Water Resistant
    • Lots of Flexibility and Shock Absorbing

    A quick note- they run really big. I bought a size up on my girls, cause otherwise they would out grow them by the end of summer, and it was about 2 sizes to big. As you can see in the photos, they are big. With all the ways to adjust all the straps, they are still snug on their feet and wearable. But a word to the wise, buy the shoe size your kids are in.

    Would you pay the $37.99 for a pair of sandals for your kids? What do you look for in a sandal? What shoes are your favorite for your kids?

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  • Merry Monday Link Party #58

    Welcome to the Merry Monday Link Party #58

    Welcome to another great party!!! So sad that this is my last week Co-Hosting. I have LOVED being part of this great party. The bloggers that link up are amazing, you all seriously have some skills and I have loved reading all of your posts. My Co-Hosts are lovely, they not only put together a great party, but they are some pretty rocking bloggers too. Thank you for letting me be a part of this.

    As a side note…… I have some VERY exciting news. Are you ready for it? Can you handle it? My book is being released on Aug 1!! Confessions Of The Perfect Mom: Baby and Toddler Years, is a quick, fun, witty read about motherhood. Everything from being less then polite with other moms on the playground, to temper tantrums, to potty training. And I am looking for bloggers to help me spread the word. Click here for more information.


    • We need more Father’s Day craft tutorials! Link-up to The Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop 4 and be seen on 12 blogs! This hop will run from May 26th – June 20th. We’re challenging you to create a craft project that reflects a general spring or summer theme, Father’s Day, or Fourth of July.
    • Please join us in welcoming Kat of Confessions of the Perfect Mom as our Guest Host for the next two weeks!

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  • Choices by J.L. McFadden

    I LOVED this book. Even without out reading the first one (The Guardian), you get into the story. The author does a great job of getting you right in, and not feeling like you are one step behind.
    From the Back Of Book:

    This book is written in such away that it can be read as a stand alone or after the first book of the series- The Guardian. After so much more loss Adela finds herself in the middle of a love triangle and the fight for the head of Covens.

    Adela and John both have their fair share of choices to make. Adela must think of her coven, but at the same time she feels a burning desire for her great, great niece’s Guardian John. She is torn because though fate has blessed her great, great niece with a Guardian that is connected to her by Mother Earth to protect her from anything, she keeps rejecting him. John is torn between the woman he is fated to and Adela. He fears that it is Adela’s powers of seduction that is tempting him. He feels a desire to protect Gala, but also feels a yearning for Adela. At the same time Adela must search for the secret journal known as the Guardian journal and protect those she loves from the dangers that lurk in the shadows.

    About The Author:
    J.L McFadden is the Author of the Guardian Series: Guardian, released,Adela,release in September, Chooses, release in May 2014, Adela’s Lost Guardian, March, more to be named at a later date. McFadden spins tragedy and romance into all of his stories with picturesque descriptions that vividly paints and melts the scenes into your pleasure cortex that is a valid and important part of every readers mind. Jamie Lee was born in a mixed Celtic and Slavic family in the river valleys of Pennsylvania, in his earlier years he played in bands in New York and ended up working his way into H.Q of the largest musical retailer in the world Guitar Center; while working at the store level he managed multiple departments at once and handled all the stores merchandising logistics. He has explored the world and became the first American to be excepted into the Interregional Federation of Aikido Aikikai of Crimea & Sevastopol, where he enjoys learning from great masters from around the world, where he has developed his himself. He explains that the people rich and colorfully different people he has met, spawned a lot of his characters.



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