Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Primary 3, Lesson 14: The Word of Wisdom

Lesson 14: The Word of Wisdom

Healthy and Happy Coloring Page

I created this coloring page to follow the handout suggestion at the end of the lesson:

Give each child a smiling face to remind them that they are happier when they choose healthy foods to eat.

They can color the faces (one for boys, one for girls) to look like them and also write their name at the bottom.

Have a happy Sunday!

Amber :)

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara

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.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

16 Low Cost Family Dinners

14 dinners   After the first week of January was over and the kids were back in school, the normal life of 2013 began. I decided to kick if off with my number one goal this year: SAVE MONEY!!
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
14 dinners
Here’s to 2013 having more savings and better planning! One month down, 11 to go.
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Sunday, December 16, 2012

A monumental first


In all the history of this little family of five we have constructed our very first “Gingerbread” house!


Actually, it was the four of us since Daddy was away on business in D.C.


And if you count the one construction worker who felt it was necessary to taste test every type of candy we had to put on the house (I guess he was part of the Health and Safety Department), then it was the three of us.


It really was a collaborative effort and our team worked really well together. There were no structural compromising, nor any hazards. And I’m just really pleased that we were able to complete this monumental beauty without any tears. I mean just look at that craftsmanship, symmetry, and attention to detail!

It’s a shame the next day Snowy the elf got his tiny little mitts on it and demolished half of it.


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Friday, December 14, 2012

Tape Trap


Snowy is showing his mischievous side once again. Or, maybe he just doesn’t want the boys to go to school today. Just because it’s Friday does not mean school doesn’t matter (which was my motto only half the time in college).

I wonder what they will think about this!

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