Round-up: June 2016



“All June I bound the rose in sheaves.  Now, rose by rose, I strip the leaves.”  — Robert Browning

This month has been so wonderful!  The days slipped by quickly and I wanted them to, because I was looking so forward to my two-year wedding anniversary at the end of the month!  It was a really special day, and the perfect way to end June.

As is my tradition, here is the list of what I had planned for June (some of which I didn’t do):

  1. Take a family beach trip.  It was SO fun.  Our baby’s and fur babies‘ first beach trip ever!
  2. Write a guest post on someone’s blog.
  3. Teach baby to say Dada.  She is trying, but I think teeth will help her perfect the ‘d’ sound.
  4. Buy the Twilight novels.  I even bought them in limited edition white.  #nostops
  5. Edit my book. Ooops.
  6. Catch up on my baby diary.  I definitely didn’t completely catch up, but I worked on it!
  7. Get a Twitter account.
  8. Take baby swimming.  She is my little fish now!
  9. Celebrate our 2nd Wedding Anniversary. <3 two years <3
  10. Learn to make Pico de Gallo. Lots of chopping.  But lots of chips later.  🙂

The highlight of my month was definitely our wedding anniversary! <3 But we also had some really fun times throughout the month, especially on our beach trip to Topsail!  The dogs were non-stop energy, but that is what happens when you take two labrador retrievers to the beach.  A few fun hauls from this month are also coming to mind–especially “pre-beach” hauls like sun hats, kimonos, and beach tents.  You know, the essentials.  🙂  I also got my last “big” trim for my hair (a whole inch) so now my hair is even, thickened, and damage-free; and I can just get the ends dusted every 10 weeks.  So happy about that!  Last but not least, I got a few things ironed out “behind-the-scenes” for my blog, and that’s always a good thing.

Thanks for stopping by to read my monthly summary.  I hope your June was fabulous too!  Cheers to a sparkly July!!



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Wishes for Summer 2016


“A something in a summer’s noon / A depth–an Azure–a perfume” – Emily Dickinson

I love making wish lists!  I spend waaaaay too long on and other online stores just “window” shopping and compiling shopping carts that I never end up checking out of.  Just for the fun of it…just for the sake of daydreaming.  I do, of course, buy a fair share of things on the internet, but I have to say that I browse more than I actually purchase.  Here are the things that I really do want to purchase!!

  1. Embroylisse Concentrated 24-hr Miracle Cream
  2. Palmer’s Natural Bronze Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion
  3. Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Cream
  4. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask
  5. Maskcara foundation set
  6. A gel polish top coat, any brand
  7. Toopoot 7pcs professional makeup brush set in rose gold
  8. Tangle Teaser
  9. BY framesi Slush Gloss
  10. A chest for my essential oils

My spring wish list was a little ambitious, to say the least.  But I did get a few things from it: L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush, Burt’s Bees Radiance Serum, and the Victoria Secret Lip Scrub.

Thanks for reading!  What is on your wish list this summer?

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Glam Bag Unboxing: June 2016


It’s that time again! I received my June Ipsy Glam Bag a few days ago (they arrive mid-month) and can’t wait to show you what’s inside. You might remember from my closing statement during last unboxing, but I had my fingers crossed to receive the Urban Decay color-changing eyeshadow in June. Well, spoiler-alert: I GOT IT!!


The theme of this month’s bag was rebellion and punkiness.  Being a punk.  Punking out.  Punkiness.  <–definitely doesn’t seem right when it’s spelled out, but you know what I mean.  Anyway, the glam accessory pouch had a graffiti design that brought me back to my European Graffitti days.  And south Bronx.  But mostly Europe.  The contents weren’t super punky, but that’s simply because the Ipsy personality quiz I took had results that were pretty far from punky.  (My personal style is far from punky haha). Probably the closest any product came to being “rebel” in my glam bag was the Urban Decay eyeshadow, but that’s mostly because the entire Urban Decay company has rebel vibes to it, imho.  On that note, let’s kick the unboxing off with a look at some rebellious eyeshadow!


Urban Decay Eyeshadow – Lounge

IMG_20160623_233543I was holding my breath as I opened my glam bag, hoping there would be an Urban Decay color-changing eyeshadow inside.  Sure enough, there was!  I would best describe Lounge as a mix between grey, blue, and green.  A peacock is the first thing that comes to my mind when I see it–but I’m not thinking of deep blue feathers–I feel like the color comes pretty close to the green eyelet circles on the bird’s tail.  The concept of a color-changing eyeshadow isn’t completely new.  Duochrome, or eyeshadows that give off more than one color depending on the lighting, have been around for a while.  The reason this one is particularly mesmerizing though is because even in the pan, you can’t quite decide if its grey or green or blue (though in my pic it looks decidedly grey).  And when it’s actually being worn, it continuously gives off an array of colors–not just a shiny color in the sun and a more muted version indoors.


Cake Beauty Everything Balm – Delectable

This is a sample size balm product that I hadn’t heard of before.  Apparently it can do everything.  I haven’t used it for everything myself obviously, but so far I’ve liked using it to treat eyebrows (since I prefer natural brows). It’s sweetly scented, cruelty-free, and vegan!  The wonderful and creamy consistency of this product is in between a vaseline and a lotion.  The line this comes from is inspired by confections and sweet-treats, and is supposed to nourish your skin the way food nourishes your body.  The product line was even started in a kitchen, rumor has it!  I was pleasantly surprised by it, though I must admit I didn’t know what to expect.


Dirty Little Secret Baked Highlighter – Bellissima

Dare I use the word “go-to” when describing a new product?  I think I have to.  You might remember that my highlighting history has been less than fabulous.  Enter DLS baked highlighter.  Just as a disclaimer, I didn’t love this to highlight my t-zone, cheekbones, or the bridge of my nose.  But as a blush?  GAME CHANGER.  It has such a feminine rosiness to it, with a chic and glam dewiness because of its highlighting roots.  I have to admit, I have never even considered myself a blush fan.  I rarely wear it.  I’m all about bronzers.  But now…this is going to be a regular occurrence in my makeup life.  PS. And it comes in cute retro polka-dot packaging!


Kajal Vasanti Waterline Eyeliner – Intense Black

Here we have another full-sized product that also just so happens to be my favorite kind of makeup product ever: EYELINER.  Maybe eyeliner is my favorite because it was my first “real” makeup item.  Or maybe I like it because it is the fastest and quickest way to look like I’m wearing makeup.   Anyway, this eyeliner is supposedly designed for the waterline, but I used it both for my waterline and my lower lash line.  It is a good crayon liner–soft, pigmented, smudge-able, and relatively easy to apply.  I wouldn’t say this is my favorite liner for the waterline, but that’s simply because I already have a favorite for that.  It carries good pigmentation when applied to the lower lash line, but I felt like the blackness became a little grey when applied to my waterline.  Overall, this is a successful waterline eyeliner as it is gentle is doesn’t sting or run.  I will definitely use the entire product up, but I wouldn’t repurchase it over my favorite crayon liner.


Royal and Langnickel Brush – Crease/Smudge

One of my favorite things about the Ipsy Glam Bag is that it offers tools in addition to makeup.  I was super excited to get an eyeshadow brush for the second time in a row.  I have to say after using it, I definitely prefer the fluffy end over the dense end.  The short-ended bristles are a little to stiff and short for my taste.  It would be a good brush for packing pigments onto my lid (maybe like glitter) but I didn’t love it for applying everyday colors.  The fluffy end was almost too sparse for me, but I like it for delicately working a contour shade into my crease.  I can’t rely on this brush for any bold crease work, but for light contouring with a gentle hand, it works just great.  Based on its structure, I think I could also use the fluffy end as a finishing-touch brush, to dust off excess products.  Overall I think I can get some good use out of it!

That’s a wrap!  Even though I’ve never considered myself to be a rebel-child, I felt like all the items that came in my bag will fit in nicely with my current collection.  As a side note, I was excited to received full-size versions of almost every product. *sweet sigh of value*  I never expect to get full-sizes for every single product, but I love it when it happens.  I still can’t believe the Ipsy glam bag only costs $10 a month.  I hope you enjoyed peeking into Ipsy’s June release, and I look forward to sharing my July glam bag with you!

If you want to join Ipsy yourself, follow this link. Doing so will not provide me with any money, though it will give me bonus points to earn beauty products.  I would not recommend this glam bag to you if I didn’t stand behind it myself.  But I love it, and I think you will too!

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Empties: Spring 2016 Edition



It’s that time again!  As it is “officially” summer now (even though spring feels long gone) I thought I’d post a round-up of all the bottles I emptied out during this past spring.  I would have to say it was a good season of empties.  Everything I used up I *generally* liked.  I don’t usually use up products I hate, although I make an effort to use them once in a while.

Here we go:


Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream

This is my current go-to moisturizer.  Even though it’s a night cream, I wear it during the day too.  I think its a fabulous moisturizer and I don’t plan on switching any time soon– though I might try the day cream!


Burt’s Bees Radiance Toner

I like this toner so much that I wrote a review about it.  I think I’m on my third bottle of it already.  It’s just that good!


Sea Breeze Sensitive Skin Astringent

I have had mixed feelings about this toner ever since I got it (on the recommendation of the beauty guru Carli Bybel).  But after using up the bottle, I can safely say I have settled on liking it quite a bit actually.  It’s more powerful than the Burt’s Bees Radiance Toner, and I prefer using this at the end of a “heavy” makeup day.


Oil of Olay Gentle Clean Facial Cloths

These have been a go-to cleansing product for years.  I love how clean the get my face, and the fact that I usually don’t have to use makeup remover if I use this (even for mascara)!  It’s also nice having a fresh, clean cloth every night, instead of reusing a washcloth like I would if I used bar soap.


Mary Kay Acne Treatment Gel

This is one product that I technically didn’t “use up” completely but which I have to throw out.  I used it a few years back as a spot treatment, but was never overly impressed with it.  About a month ago I tried using it and broke out into a fierce rash.  So into the trash bin it went.  I can’t say I felt like it was much of a loss.



Elf Expert Liquid Liner ~ Midnight Black

So apparently I wasn’t kidding when I spent all of May focusing on my skincare and not makeup.  So far all my empties have been skincare-related.  But here is my token makeup item– an eyeliner nonetheless.  You know I’ve been having a moment trying to find a good liquid eyeliner to replace my beloved and discontinued Mary Kay Liquid Liner.  This was one of the best replacements I found, though I didn’t entirely love it.  The brush was composed of hairs, whereas my Mary Kay liner was felt-tipped.  And “midnight black” was a bad color choice because that meant that the liner had a shiny and almost blueish tint to it; and I prefer matte eyeliners.  All in all, it wasn’t a total flop, considering the price point and wearability, but I’m not completely sold on it as my go-to liquid liner.  The search continues!


L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara — Carbon Black

It wouldn’t be an “Empties Post” without this one.  You might be tired of hearing about this product, so I’ll spare you the review.  This is my absolute go-to mascara, and I think that one lasts me about 3 months.  I have tried SO MANY mascaras but none of them are as good as this one.


Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

You probably remember this product from my pink nail-look a while back.  Or as part of my manicure routine.  This is a tried-and-true product, though I didn’t repurchase it.  I got a similar Sally Hansen product, but not this exact one, because I’m not super picky about my base coats.


Jergens Natural Glow — Fair to Medium

Back to skin products!  I really like this because it is a two-in-one product.  As any self-tanner knows, to keep your tan you must moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!  But this lotion is a moisturizer.  Mind blown.    It’s my current self-tanner, and I’m pretty satisfied with it.  I might be doing a tanner comparison in the future, since my opinions on the self-tanning game are strong.


Neutrogena Triple Moisture Shampoo

Since we were on the topic of moisturizers…I picked up this product during my last PX beauty haul in obedience to my hairdresser.  Apparently using grocery store shampoo on 28 inches of hair just doesn’t cut it.  I got this one because of its emphasis on moisturizing, and because I am generally pleased with Neutrogena’s products.  After weeks of use, I can say I really liked this shampoo and did notice a difference in the texture and sheen of my hair.


Neutroenga Triple Moisture Conditioner

Even though I’m not above mixing-and-matching shampoo and conditioner brands, I did consistently use the Triple Moisture line this season.  Even though both bottles counted as empties this spring, to be honest the conditioner bottle is an emptier empty than the shampoo bottle.  But who didn’t already know that. 0:)

I really love writing posts about the products that I used because I get to sneak a mini-review in, as well as reminisce over my beauty trends the past season.  Keep a look-out for my summer empties, which I’ll be posting at the beginning of fall!  (Too soon to say that word?)  Thanks for sticking around to the end of my empties post!

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Fashion Haul: Post Exchange


Once upon a time, I took a pledge not to buy any makeup during the month of May in an effort to save money and focus my attention on my skin/hair.

Little known fact: when you don’t spend money on makeup, you find other ways to spend it, i.e. clothes.  And once you start buying clothes, you don’t always stop.  And then you have a clothes addiction on your hand.

And a Post Exchange clothing haul.

I went to the Post Exchange (AKA the PX) to buy t-shirts, and was more than successful.  If you’ve never heard of the Post Exchange before, then just think of it as the Army’s version of Target.  Its inventory varies from military post to military post, but its overall purpose is to provide name brands and a variety of options for families who may be living where there aren’t many stores.  (Don’t feel too bad for us…with online shopping we have the world at our fingertips like everybody else).  But I still love going to the PX…and who doesn’t love tax-free shopping?

Anyway, I snagged some shirts that have become my new favorites, as well as some tops that are “new territory” for me in the style world.  Let me know what you think!


First of all, I had to buy this beauty because it was 1) in my color and 2) had lace-of-sorts on it.


I wouldn’t exactly call this one “my color” but it was half tank-top and half teeshirt so it caught my attention.  As did it’s lacey tassel situation.  I just like it.  It is a definite step outside my usual style and so that was exciting.  But maybe I shouldn’t give myself too much credit– I haven’t worn it yet, and bravely buying clothes is not the same as wearing something outside your comfort zone.


Then I bought two shirts with ruching. These are an adjustment for me too, as I kind of hate ruching. I guess I associate ruching with a pregnancy wardrobe–although that’s kind of odd since I didn’t wear ruching at all when I was pregnant.  Anyway, even though the ruching almost convinced me not to purchase them, their fabric was so incredibly soft that I couldn’t resist.

IMG_20160529_155500The shirts obviously don’t scoop at the hem when you wear them, but the picture makes it look like that.  I really loved the colors (besides the feel) of these two, which is partly why I bought them.


This might possibly be my favorite shirt in the haul.  It is stretchy, soft, and has quality weight to the fabric.  I liked the criss-cross neck because it adds a nice detail to an otherwise plain black tee (and I have MORE than my share of those).


So I got this tee purely for kicking around the house while I blog, cook, clean, and otherwise generally “mom” around.  You can’t really tell in the photo, but the letters are covered in glitter.  Which I loved.  Until after wearing it for 15 minutes and I had successfully covered my daughter, my husband, myself, and basically the entire room in glitter.  It spread alarmingly fast and stuck with the power of wet concrete.  Needless to say, this shirt is being returned.  Glitter-covered receipt and all.


This soft and stretchy micro-ribbed tee is my other favorite of the haul.  It is ridiculously soft, comfy, and well-fitted.  I don’t mind that the hem has an unfinished look to it–it kind of suits its casual design and fabric.


Last but not least, I got a pair of shorts inspired by Anna Kendrick’s sailor pants during the Barden Bella’s Finale performance in the movie Pitch Perfect.  Well, that’s probably not what the designer was inspired by, but that’s what went through my head when I bought them.

That is finally the end of my haul! I didn’t bother including the brands because none of these were brand-name clothes, and I haven’t seen these brands sold anywhere besides the PX.  If you’re curious about a brand, leave a comment below!  Thanks so much for reading!


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Unboxing: First Ever Ipsy Glam Bag


I received my very first-ever subscription bag a few days back!  I have watched and read so many unboxings, and so to actually be doing my own was a big moment for me.  And now you know how much I have going on in my life right now.  Which is a lot.

It didn’t take me very long to decide what box I wanted to subscribe to.  I wanted a box brand that came monthly, and I wasn’t particular about whether I received full-sized or sample-sized products.  Even though I was excited to try a brand that features high-end products, I was also perfectly fine with getting drugstore ones too.  Trying out any new beauty product sounds good to me!

Onto the unboxing of my May Ipsy Glam Bag:

As with all Ipsy monthlies, my package contained the following: a glam bag (travel-size makeup pouch) and 5 beauty products.  The products were based off the profile quiz that I took when setting up my account.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure how closely they would follow my profile, or how well the glam bag contents would fit with my current makeup collection, but I was very happy with the results!



Gel Effect AuroraOld School Pink

The first product was a gel nail polish.  Let me tell you–this is THE nail polish of the year.  Maybe of my life.  Too dramatic?  Of my life.  First of all, it is a gel nail polish that doesn’t require a light bath.  It doesn’t even require a special gel top coat.  It is purely a gel polish ON IT’S OWN.  And it’s amazing.  It paints on a little thinner than typical polishes, but it hardens like a gel.  It wears like a gel.  It IS a gel.  It’s not completely immune to the possibility of chipping, but I still think its fabulous.  And I won’t stop there.  It is a neon pink.  And while I’m normally not a fan of neon, this is a gorgeous Barbie pink with a flair of neon that just sings ‘summer’ and makes your skin glow.  <–not even an exaggeration.  I didn’t think it was possible, but this color compliments skin tones.  The picture above doesn’t do it justice.  But take my word for it–this polish was worth the entire $10 glam bag.


It Cosmetics No Tug Waterproof Gel EyelinerBlack

Being an eyeliner addict, I wasn’t the least bit disappointed to get a sample size of an It Cosmetics black eyeliner.   What I love about this product is that it’s one of those soft crayon eyeliner.  You know, the twistable crayon that gently applies like a lip liner…not the evil always-needs-t0-be-sharpened-then-promptly-gouges-your-eye-out kind of pencil liners I hate.  Really.  Sometimes those pencils take the word PENCIL very literally.  But this is the “good” kind of eyeliner and I’m glad it’s waterproof, since I need one for the beach this summer!


Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Caribbean SunAruba

Maybe a close rival to eyeliners in my obsession with makeup is my affection for bronzers.  I’m not a big fan of blush, but I like to use bronzers (sometimes even as a blush).  This is a bronzer-blush duo, which is both good and bad.  On a positive note, duos usually contain colors that compliment each other and so my non-blush self might actually be okay with the look of both on.  But the bad news– the pan is pretty small and I tend to use large brushes for bronzers and blushes.  Needless to say, the brush picks up both.  And even though these colors compliment each other, I don’t want to wear them mixed into each other.  I was extremely impressed with the pigmentation, which was again a good thing and a bad thing.  It was good, because I barely had to use any product (and had to wipe some of it off my face either) since the powders are so pigmented.  But it was bad because I happened to be contouring my face with a swirly version of blush and bronzer.  Not so stylish.  Overall though, I like this duo for being a fragrance free, 95.5% natural, and cruelty-free product.


Vera Mona Eyeshadow Brush

I was pleased to receive an eyeshade brush in my glam bag.  I had been needing a new one anyway.  It was like Ipsy had read my mind!  Or maybe my beauty profile quiz results…  Anyway, this brush has medium density and low flexibility.  I find this pretty similar in quality t0 (but a step up from) my Ulta eyeshadow brush of the same shape.  My favorite eyeshadow brush is a thick and fluffy Bamboo brush, but an alternative type can always be helpful.


Eva Nye Hungry Hair Oil Treatment

And then of course Ipsy had to make my life complete by including a hair product.  Because imho there is no point in good makeup if you haven’t taken care of your hair along the way.  This is a verrrry sample-sized oil leave-in treatment for either wet or dry hair.  It is not just a smoothing serum, but also a hydrator and source of nourishment for your tresses.  In short, it’s a bundle package, which is my favorite kind of hair product.  Since hair gets easily weighted down by products, I like mine to pack a punch so I have less to put on but a multitude of results.  That might be the reason I am obsessed with It’s a 10.

And that’s all for my unboxing!  I feel like I should call it an unbagging, since it was a glam bag.  Which came in an envelope.  An unenveloping?  Unboxing.

All in all, I felt like this glam bag was a success.  And getting a subscription service was a total win!  My preconceived concerns about subscription boxes delivering overpriced samples of products you don’t even like were totally erased with this glam bag.  I’m so glad I signed up for it–or actually, since it was a birthday present subscription–thanks, mom!

If this seems like a subscription box you would like too, feel free to sign up here.  You might want to do it this month, because they’ve been leaking hints about the June bag and it seems like they’ll be sending out a color-changing Urban Decay eyeshadow (think duochrome).  We’ll see if I get it!  Thanks for reading and unboxing with me!

*Signing up with Ipsy using my link does not provide me with money, but it does give me bonus points that are redeemable for beauty products through Ipsy*  🙂

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The Sunshine Blogger Award Again



I’m so excited today to post about my second nomination for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  I’m always so surprised and happy when someone chooses my blog for an award nomination…and the fact that I got nominated a second time just makes me feel so honored!!  The “rules” for the Sunshine Blogger Award are very much like other blog awards: thank the person who nominated you, answer the questions they asked, choose a few other blogs to nominate, and ask a list of your own questions.   Since I was nominated twice, I wanted to post about it twice– because the questions each nominator asked are different!

The blogger who nominated me is Kelli from her blog: Kelifornia79.  My favorite thing about her blog is her subscription box reviews– she has so many to read and I just love seeing what comes with each different subscription!  She also reviews products individually, as well as collections.  Her blog is really worth checking out–I highly recommend it!

Here are my answers to Kelli’s questions:

  1. How long have you been blogging? Since December of 2014…basically 6 months.
  2. Who inspires you? My husband.  He’s my inspiration for everything–literally everything.
  3. What is your longest running, tried and true beauty item? My Maybelline Define-a-Line eyeliner in the color ebony.  Creamy, long-lasting, and beautiful.  My BFF in makeup form.  Total addiction.  I’ve been using it for about 7 years.  And now I feel old.
  4. Where is ‘your happy place’?  My apartment.  Home is home for a reason!
  5. Currently binge watching Netflix? What’s your Favorite TV show?  Define “binge watching” hehe.  Yes, I am currently watching Young & Hungry.  Favorite TV show = Friends. Duh.
  6. What [who] was your first band/show/concert?  I saw the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela perform at the Kennedy Center, conducted by none other than Gustavo Dudamel HIMSELF.  (Click here to watch their performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Mambo…You NEED that musical clip in your life.  Observe how Dudamel isn’t using a score.  That = normal for him. Crazy!!) And now I have fully revealed what an orch dork I am. No regrets.
  7. What is your most used makeup/beauty brand?  I would have to say Maybelline for beauty and Burt’s Bees for skincare.
  8. Who are your pets? My two fur babies are labrador retrievers. Samson is my five-year-old yellow lab and Benson is my two-year-old black lab.  You can read their adoption story here.
  9. What is your favorite online shopping destination? Amazon!
  10. Where is or where would you like your next vacation destination to be?  I’m going to the beach this month for our anniversary, and I’m super excited for that!

I would like to nominate the following bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  Please check out their links below!

All Things Nzuri– A fashion and beauty blog with lifestyle inspirations

Living Disrobed– A blog dedicated to celebrating beauty and fashion

Neat Habitat– A blog full of daily lifestyle inspiration

Product Junkie Rach– A blog featuring all things beauty- reviews, looks, and hauls

Hey Beauty Bae– A beauty blog offering makeup and skin care inspiration

My Crazy Ash Life– A blog sharing beauty, inspiration, and discount codes you can’t miss


The questions I have for you are:

  1. If you could recommend one product to your readers, what would it be?
  2. What was the last item you “splurge-bought” for yourself?
  3. Who inspires you?
  4. What do you like to do to be the “sunshine” in the lives of those around you?
  5. Who is your favorite Youtuber and why?
  6. Did some particular “moment” inspire you to start your blog?
  7. What is your favorite dessert?
  8. How long have you known your best friend?
  9. What is your current go-to song?
  10. What is something about yourself that makes you unique?

As always, thank you so much for reading.  And again, a big thank you to Kelli for nominating me!  I hope you visit her blog, as well as the blogs of those I nominated.  Stay tuned for my next post– my first subscription box *EVER* unboxing!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award


Today I am thrilled to post about the Sunshine Blogger Award.  Very sweet Rahma from Glamorous Etoiles nominated me for this award.  She has a sparkly and fun blog that celebrates makeup.  Among other things, you can frequently find makeup looks on her blog–and her eyeshadow inspirations are especially good.  If you want to master a bold eyeshadow creases, you need to check out her blog!

Onto the rules of this award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions you’ve been asked.
  • Nominate other bloggers, making sure to let each one know that they are nominated.
  • Ask the nominees 11 questions

These are my answers to Glamorous Etoile‘s questions:

  1. Would you rather have cereal or toast for breakfast?  Cereal.
  2. One thing that always makes you smile?   When my baby says “mama!”
  3. The first character you completely fell in love with?  Milo and Otis is the 1986 film story of two little animals–a pug and a tabby kitten–and it’s a story of their friendship.  You can’t watch that movie without shedding a tear.  It’s the absolute cutest thing ever.  LOVE IT.
  4. What makes you feel better on a bad day?  Watching Milo and Otis.  jk  Going on a Starbucks date with my husband.
  5. What song do you classify as your ‘happy song’?  It fluctuates every few months.  Right now it is the 1931 song “Dream a Little Dream of Me” recorded by Amy Vachal.
  6. Instagram or Snap chat?  I don’t have either, but I like Instagram better.
  7. Most inspirational people?  My husband and my baby girl!
  8. Favorite thing to eat while blogging?  I like to drink coffee while I blog…coffee = food, imho!
  9. What is one way that you like to spread happiness?  I like to randomly send nice texts.
  10. What is one movie you are excited for this year? *geeks out* Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!
  11. What is one thing you love about yourself? That I put love and the people I love before everything else!

And now I am so happy to nominate the following bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

Mahala Fashion – A blog sharing beauty, fashion, and even psychology

Unboxing My Thoughts–  A blog discussing beauty and book reviews

Miniature Milk– A blog with both beauty and life inspiration

Fainty Ame– A blog featuring fashion, design, and overcoming health obstacles

Start With Style–  A blog spotlighting fashion, beauty, and girly things

Eat Live Travel Drink– A blog offering travel, food, and life inspiration


I hope you visit these lovely blogs–I would highly recommend paying them a visit!  Here are the questions I have for these bloggers:

  1. What is your favorite summer trend?
  2. Who is your inspiration?
  3. What is your go-to song right now?
  4. Who are your pets (if you have any)?
  5. What do you do to spread “sunshine” into the lives of those around you?
  6. Who is your favorite celebrity?
  7. What is your dream for the future?
  8. Who is your favorite Youtuber and why?
  9. What is the story behind why you started your blog?
  10. Who taught you to cook?
  11. What is your favorite blog post you’ve written? (Feel free to add the URL)

I can’t wait to hear back from you all.  And I am so grateful to my readers for stopping by, as always.  I would like to thank Rahma once again for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award–please check out her blog Glamorous Etoiles!  Stay tuned for next post–another award post!

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June 2016


It’s beautiful the Summer month of June /  When all of God’s own wildflowers are in bloom.

— Francis Duggan, “June”

This is one of my favorite months!  I am so happy that it is June!  I am also a little in shock (read: STUNNED) that we are half-way through 2016.  Time.  Where did you go?

I have a list (as usual) of things that I am looking forward to or want to accomplish in June:

  1. Take a family beach trip.  This will involve our Labs.  I just can’t wait to watch the twins swim!
  2. Write a guest post on someone’s blog.  I’d love to do that, and never have.
  3. Teach baby to say Dada.  Right now she can say Mama.  And it makes my life complete.
  4. Buy the Twilight novels.  Too mature to read teenage romance fantasies?  I think not.
  5. Edit my book.  Speaking of books…you knew that was coming.  But this month, I’ll do it.
  6. Catch up on my baby diary.  I keep a diary of my baby’s first year and I’ve fallen behind a bit!
  7. Get a Twitter account.  I’m not the biggest social media fan, but I think I can do this.  #hopes
  8. Take baby swimming.  Her 1st dip in the pool was not her fav, but I want to help her love it!
  9. Celebrate our 2nd Wedding Anniversary.  <3 I’m most excited for this. <3
  10. Learn to make Pico de Gallo.  Last month my friend taught me to make guacamole and salsa…as in HOMEMADE salsa, boiled tomatoes and all.  It was such a big moment; it made it onto my wish list for May.  And Pico de Gallo will be similarly influential to my June. 🙂

I can’t wait to experience all blessings that this month will bring!  What are your plans for June?

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