Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nails Of The Week

OPI - Cajun Shrimp

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Health Tip Of The Week - Experience Your Meals

We live in such a busy and rushed world, that many times we miss out on enjoying our experiences.  Between the demands on our time, technology, and social media, we miss out.  We tend to rush through the pleasures of life, instead of taking the time to be in that moment and appreciate it.  One of those pleasure is sitting down to a meal.  It seems simple enough, but it actually happens less now than ever before.  Instead of sitting down to breakfast, we eat it on our drive to work.  For lunch, we eat at our desks in the middle of multi-tasking.  For dinner, we run our families to the drive through, and eat our dinner while on our way from here to there.  We no longer taste and experience our meals.  We rush through them, eating as fast as we can between chores, which often leads to overeating.  We are consuming all that is in front of us, without thinking about if we are full or not.  We see it as a chore so when the food is all gone, we are done.

Stop, sit down at the table, present your food in an attractive manner (not in food wraps with plastic silverware), and experience your meals.  Take the time to enjoy the presentation, smell, taste, and texture.  It's an experience for our senses.  Eat slow, taking the time to really taste what you are eating, and to stop when you are comfortably full, not stuffed!  Taking the time to enjoy your meals means you will consume less, enjoy your food, and have a little break in your day.  It is also a time to connect and communicate with your family, which in many homes happens less than it should.

I am a stay at home mom.  During the school year, I eat breakfast and lunch at home alone, but I still sit down at my kitchen table for every meal.  I look forward to the break in my day to enjoy my meal.  For dinner, we all typically sit down together.  I am ALWAYS the last to finish, which most of the time leaves me eating half of my meal alone, but I refuse to be rushed.  I will take my time, not over eat, and enjoy my meal.  It keeps me from feeling deprived and is a relaxing activity that I look forward to.  So, ignore your phone, computer, and tv, and enjoy the moments of your day!!

Quote Of The Week

Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.  -Babe Ruth

Friday, July 25, 2014

Health Tip Of The Week - Making Time For Yourself

We are all busy.  We have jobs, significant others, kids, family, time commitments, responsibilities, etc.  It is easy to get caught up in our "to do lists," and simply let stress and our obligations consume our lives.  Then, one day you wake up and wonder how you got here.  How did you become this controlling, stressed out, overly obligated, cranky person?  It's pretty forgot about yourself.

You forgot to put yourself on your own "to do list."  Sometimes to the point that you no longer know what you would want to do if there was an extra hour in the day.  You may not even know what your interests are now, because your interests have been neglected for so long.  At some point you decided that your needs weren't as important as everyone else's needs.  If you hadn't decided that, then you would not be able to relate to this post.  I'm here to tell you, that it is time to put yourself back on the list!

Communicate your needs and feelings.  Tell those closest to you what you need.  If you need a Saturday afternoon to yourself, while your mom or husband takes the kids, express that.  Most people aren't mind readers, and the people who love you want to give you what you need.

Schedule your "me time" like you would an appointment.  Block off the time, and mark it on your calendar.  Look at it as if it is as important as a doctor's visit, because it is that important!

Plan your time.  What would you enjoy doing with your extra time?  Get a massage?  Take a ceramics class?  Meet an old friend for lunch?  Go for a hike in a beautiful setting?  Having an hour to drink a cup of tea, and read a book?  Planning your time is just as important as scheduling it!

You are the person you need to spend time with!  I'm not saying to never take your scheduled time to do an activity with a friend, but I don't think every "me" appointment should be spent with someone else.  I have noticed that so many people are uncomfortable to be alone with themsevles.  They wouldn't go to lunch alone, the movies, take a class or a long walk alone.  I think that's a problem.  We need to be alone with our thoughts.  We need to reflect on our lives....where we are in the moment, and what path we want our life to take.  Many of us need to reflect on our relationships as well, and not just our relationships with our significant other.  All of our relationships.  Kids, boss, family, and friends.  How can we better meet their needs?  Are we neglecting some of them?  Are some of them toxic?  Should some of those relationships end?  Not every appointment needs to end in an epiphany about your life, but asking yourself questions, and really pondering where you are, would do a lot of us a lot of good.

Don't feel guilty about needing and making time for yourself.  Women seem to do two things that I don't see men doing.....feeling guilty about making time for themselves, and feeling the need to be busy all the time, because they think they are supposed to be.  We have a lot to do, that's true, but stop  over committing yourself, and learn to say "NO"!  Stop glorifying being busy.  Stop wearing it as a badge of honor.  It isn't a competition to see who can lose their mind, by being everything to everyone all the time!  It isn't a race to see who can neglect and lose themselves the most!  Taking time for yourself will renew and refresh you.  It will give you a new perspective.  It will awaken you to new experiences.  It will make you a better wife, mother, daughter, and friend.  It will enrich your life, and those around you.  So stop neglecting yourself, and make your weekly "me time" appointment today!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Saturday Night Date Look!

My son was away with his grandparents for the weekend, so my husband and I got to have a date night, which I have to say isn't often enough.  My husband typically sees me in little to no makeup and a bun, at least through the week anyways.  I did a more dramatic, yet neutral eye, and a pop of color on the lips.  It was a very simple look to achieve.  Here are all the products I used....


-  Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation

-  Maybelline Dark Spot Eraser - Neutralizer (highlighted under eyes, bridge of nose, center of forehead, around the nose, and chin

-  Revlon Nearly Naked Powder

-  Flower Cream Blush - Peach Blossom (apples of cheeks) available at Wal-Mart

-  Sonia Kashuk Powder Blush - Sunset (backs of cheeks) available at Target

-  Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (jaw line, under cheekbones, and temples)

-  Starlooks Lip Liner - Tipsy (coral)

-  Wet N Wild Lipstick - Purty Persimmon (black tube)

-  NYX Butter Gloss - Apple Strudel

*Make sure you use all of your cream products before your powder products.  All Starlooks products can be bought at


-  Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer

-  Wet N Wild Nude Awakening Palette - this palette has been discontinued, but I have seen it on amazon and ebay.  Any matte neutral palette will work.

-  Star Looks Eye Liner - Obsidian (black)

-  L'Oreal Butterfly Mascara - Black

-  L'Oreal Million Lashes Mascara - Black

After applying your eye primer, use a light to medium brown shadow on the lid.  Apply a shadow a shade or so darker in the crease, and a dark brown or black shadow in the outer corner of the crease.  Use a light highlighter shade under the eyebrow and inner corner.  The trick to great eye looks is quality brushes (I love real techniques), and blending out where the colors meet.  This will help it to look like a smooth and seamless transition from one color to the next.  Line the top lash line and two-thirds of the lower lash line (starting from the outer corner).  Keep the inner corner lighter to make the eyes look more open.  Then, go over the black liner with black shadow and a smudge brush.  This will sharpen the harsh line of the liner.  Apply the highlight shade on the bottom lash line where there is no liner, blending it where it meets the black.  Apply two coats of each mascara on the top lashes, and two coats of one on the bottom, and you are DONE!!

If you are looking for nail colors to go with this look, try Nicole by OPI - Hello World or L'Oreal's Le  Orange, which is a little lighter.

I hope everyone is having a great week!  If you have any questions, please comment below.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Quote Of The Day

For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Drugstore Beauty Deals - 7/20/14 - 7/26/14


RB = Reward Bucks

-  Cover Girl Cosmetics - Spend $15, get $5 RB

-  Crest Pro Health, 3D White Luxe, and Clinical Toothpaste - Spend $10, get $5 RB

-  Schick Hydro 5 Disposable Razors - BOGO 50% Off

-  Dove Antipersperant/Deodorant - BOGO 50% Off

-  Secret Clinical Antipersperant/Deodorant -BOGO 50% Off

-  Revlon Cosmetics - BOGO 50% Off


UR = Up Rewards

-  Maybelline Cosmetics - Spend $10, get $5 UR

-  Oral B Manual Toothbrush - Buy 3, get $5 UR

-  Tresemme Shampoo & Conditioners - Buy 2, get $3 UR

-  Sally Hansen Cosmetics, Bleach, and Depilatories - Spend $15, get $5 UR

-  Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner, Stylers, and Treatments - BOGO 50% Off

-Colgate Sensitive Pro and Advanced Toothbrush - $2 UR

-  Degree Deodorant - $2 UR

-  Banana Boat Suncare - BOGO FREE

-  Nature Made Vitamins - BOGO FREE

-  Osteo Bi-Flex - BOGO FREE

-  Physicians Formula Eye and Concealers - BOGO FREE

-  Secret Outlast, Scent Expressions, Natural Minerals, and Fresh Effects Deodorant - $1 UR

-  Gillette Venus Razor Kits - $2 UR

-  L'Oreal Suncare - 20% Off

-  Olay Age Defying, Complete, and Fresh Effects - BOGO 50% Off

-  Gillette Venus Razors and Cartridges - Spend $25, get $5 UR

-  L'Oreal Preference Mouse Absolue Hair Color - Buy 2, get $4 UR

-  Cover Girl Foundation, Powder, Blush, and Bronzer - BOGO 50% Off

-  John Frieda Precison Foam Color - $3 UR

-  Revlon Lip, Nail, and Face Cosmetics - BOGO 50% Off

-  L'Oreal Skin Care - 20% Off

-  Gillette Body Wash and Body Soap - Buy $25, get $5 UR


RR = Register Rewards 

-  Nature Made Vitamins - BOGO FREE

-  Sundown Vitamins - BOGO FREE

-  Osteo Bi-Flex - BOGO FREE

-  Marc Anthony Hair Care - BOGO FREE

-  Dial Soap and Body Wash - BOGO FREE

-  Crest Mouthwash and Toothpaste - Buy 2, get 4000 pts added to your card

-  L'Oreal Advanced Hair Care - Buy 3, get $3 RR

-  Scope Mouthwash - Buy 3, get $4 RR

-  Crest Toothpaste - Buy 3, get $4 RR

-  Oral B Toothbrush - Buy 3, get $4 RR

-  Bic Disposable Razors - BOGO 50% Off

-  Dove Advanced Hair Care - 25% Off

-  Lady Speed Stick Deodorant - Buy 4, get 5,000 pts added to your card

-  Nexxus Hair Care - Buy One, get 5,000 pts

-  Revlon Cosmetics - BOGO 50% Off

-  Centrum Vitamins - BOGO 50% Off

-  Maybelline Face, Nail, and Lip Cosmetics - BOGO 50% Off

-  Clairol Nice and Easy Hair Color - Buy 1, get $2 RR

-  Almay Mascara and Eye Makeup Remover - Buy 1, get $2 RR

-  Colgate Toothbrush - Buy 2, get $3 RR

-  L'Oreal Cosmetics - BOGO 50% Off

-  Old Spice Deodorant - BOGO 50% Off

-  Citracal - BOGO 50% Off

-  Caltrate - BOGO 50% Off

-  Tresemme Hair Care - 25% Off

-  Gillette Shave Gel - BOGO 50% Off

-  Olay Fresh Effects and Age Defying Skin Care - Buy 1, get 1,000 pts added to your card

-  Cover Girl Cosmetics - Buy $15, get $3 RR

-  Roc Skin Care - BOGO 50% Off

-  Almay Face, Eye, and Lip Cosmetics - BOGO 50% Off

-  L'Oreal Skin Care - BOGO 50% Off