Monday, September 15, 2014
I am a mascara addict! As a natural blonde my eyelashes are practically invisible (as you can see below) without mascara, and I almost never go a day without wearing any. Through the years I’ve been loyal to a particular brand because I like the results of their mascaras. However, I am always open to try something new to get that ultimate lash look.
I’ve been curious about the 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique and was excited to see what kind of results I could get. It is a duo set that comes in its own fancy case. It consists of a “transplanting gel” wand and a “natural fibers” wand. You wear it coated (or layered) on top of your favorite regular mascara to increase thickness and volume.
Here is how it looks on me:
I can notice additional length and volume, especially towards the outer edges of my lashes. (I only have it on my top lashes because that’s how I normally wear my mascara, but I’m sure it would be doubly dramatic if I wore it on my bottom lashes.) Now this isn’t a quick application. It involves putting at least four coats of product on your lashes from start to finish. For occasions that I want an extra dramatic lash it is perfect and worth an extra minute or so in my makeup routine. The fibers are 100% natural green tea fibers. I have sensitive eyes and I was worried the little fibers would irritate me but that wasn’t the case; it’s really light feeling. It doesn’t flake off or smudge, and it washes off easily with my makeup remover.
It always feels good when someone asks, “Are those your real lashes?!”
If you’d like to try it for yourself, I am hosting a virtual party here (until September 25th) to order the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes and lots of other fun beauty products.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Today was Brayden’s fourth birthday.
Last night, since Sean is away for Navy training, I let Brayden sleep in the bed with me. I wanted us to wake up together on his birthday. This morning, even before the sun came up and while the rest of the world slept including my now four year old son, I laid awake watching him.
We were curled towards each other in bed. I just watched his precious face and enjoyed seeing him suck his thumb because although FOUR feels so big to me, with him sleeping and sucking his thumb he still has that baby part of him I can hold on to. It’s a sad day when the thumb no longer finds its way to the mouth as a signal for sleepy time.
Once the sun started to rise, Brayden started to stir and I could tell he was slowly waking up. He found his “green monkies” blanket curled around him and put it over his head like he always does. I don’t know if it’s to keep the light out, or just a comforting cocoon thing.
Too soon the sun rose and the room filled with light. My moment of solitude and reflection was over as Brayden stirred awake. I snuggled up next to him and wished him Happy Birthday.
His sleepy voice asked, “Am I four now?”
Yes my sweet b-bop you are four and suddenly so big. Three to four feels so much more then one year. Maybe because his fourth year is my last year of him home with me. I need to cherish four because five breaks my heart.
So, my blondie, before I see them fade away in this fourth year of growing up, I want to remember the little toddler things you do that made you my baby and my Sweet Bop B-Bop Brayden.
Show-in—Because you loved to watch DVDs and wanted me to put a show in the DVD player. Now any time you watch TV it’s called Show-in.
It’s Cloudy Day day. It’s a Sunny Day day. It’s a Foggy Day day—when you observe the weather day is always added twice.
What are we doing today?—you ask every day when we wake up
The solid green side of your Monkies Blankie always has to be up and Cars Blankie always has to be underneath it. And usually one of them is always asked to come with us wherever we go.
When I tuck you in at night you ask if you can have chocolate milk in the morning. You like to look forward to things.
Sucking your thumb and wrapping the edge of your blankie around your pointer finger of the same hand and holding your other hand up by your face. I call this your chipmunk. It’s your signature relaxing or sleepy time move.
Baths—you would take two a day if you could and often you do. You love lounge and float and sing songs, sometimes line up your toy selection of the day and make imagine play.
What do you like?—you always ask me when you need to make a selection, whether it’s a movie on Netflix, a game to play, a DVD to watch, a toy to pick out. Usually you end up not liking my choice and go with your own anyway.
Comfy—how you describe your hair.
Your favorite song is The Foolish Man and the Wise Man.
We watch Sofia the First together.
“What’s that smell?” is usually asked daily. I call you my Super Sensor because you are sensitive to smells and noise.
You’d have donuts for breakfast every day if I’d let you.
You love to give me kisses. I hope you always will.
I know you want to be big like “brothers”, but I want you to be our “little” for as long as you can. I cherish you in my life and being your mommy.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I really should not get these emails sent to me. It is counterproductive to my New Year’s resolution to be budget conscious in my spending and only buy what is really needed.
However, I’ve decided I need boat shoes. I do!
Am I a boater? No. I think I could be. Aside from my sever motion sickness and aversion to getting wet.
Well, it’s still fun to dress as if I could be.
I also need white pants.
I will be going on a boat in December though. It’s actually a Disney Cruise!! It doesn’t hurt to be prepared 10 months early right?
What is on your warm weather wish list?
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Why blogging consistently can be trying at times. (As in always!)
Someone seems to find his way onto my lap and beg my attention.
Luckily kisses can heal almost anything.
Have a good weekend!
Friday, February 1, 2013
I assessed my 2012 spending budget and realized that most my spending was in two places (Costco is exempt): 1. The grocery store and 2. Target.
Immediately I vowed to not step inside a Target for the whole month of January. It’s February 1st and I succeeded (granted there were Target withdrawals and I have a running list of all the things I need to buy in Target when I decide my Target hiatus is over. I also refrained from shopping in any stores that did not solely involve food.)
I also determined that I need to make my grocery trips minimal yet effective. This goal provides me with the opportunity to tackle another needs for improvement area which is meal planning. In the past, I’ve tried to sit down every weekend to plan the upcoming week’s dinner menu with the intent of taking my prepared list on my Monday grocery shopping day. It doesn’t happen. The weeks and weekends fly by and I’m left unprepared. So….
On the first Sunday of January, I googled “cheap family dinners” and found many helpful recipes. Typically I cook four dinners a week. (In case you are curious as to why: I work Tuesday evenings and the boys eat dinner at my mom’s house and the hubs fends for himself, Saturdays we eat out, and Sundays is usually at the In-laws.) In January I needed 16 dinners. To eat on the healthier side we are trying to do a salad night, a pasta night, a soup or non-meat night, and a breads night i.e. Pizza or Burgers or Sandwiches.
This is what I planned:
You can find all these recipes on my Pinterest board: Let’s Eat
10. Amazing Ziti
13. Taco Salad
Here’s to 2013 having more savings and better planning! One month down, 11 to go.
-Margaret D. Nadauld