Round-Up: November 2017

Round-Up: November 2017

 

I was going to say that this November 2017 was my most eventful month of the year.  But then I thought through the  rest of the year and realized a lot happened in 2017: Army OCS graduation in February, moving in April, finding out in July we are moving again, another graduation in August, my daughter turning two in September, and then of course this month.  Those were all big and fairly life-effecting events.  But November 2017 still takes the cake.  Because my baby arrived healthy and safe and perfect.  And that’s a life-changing event!  And my favorite kind of event.

But, in keeping with the tradition of these round-ups, let me review my to-do list to see how much I actually got done from it:

  1. Develop a fixed blogging schedule.  hahhahahahhaha.  This month doesn’t count for having one. Next month.
  2. Knit a Christmas stocking for my baby. I’m at least halfway there!
  3. Write a bit in my novel.  This one kinda makes me sad. I wish I had gotten some done.  Even just a bit!!
  4. Nest. I full-throttled nested!  And still am.
  5. Get back into pilates. It’s still modified as I have to heal my diastasis recti, but it’s going great.
  6. Take a ton of photos. I’m not even done.  But yes I took lots of photos.
  7. Celebrate Thanksgiving. Baby’s First Thanksgiving!
  8. Black Friday. With “black friday deals week” I didn’t actually have to shop on ACTUAL black friday.

Quite a few of those were softball assignments, but I did that on purpose.  I like having a breathable to-do list when I have something big and life-changing and emotionally impactful coming up– in my case, having a baby.  And just as a warning for next post, I’m pretty sure my December to-do list will be even MORE softball.  But I don’t mind ending my year quietly–it only makes for an even bigger January!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you’ll come back soon.  Not just for my December to-do list, but for a few posts I have in the works– specifically a gift-giving guide for your soldier, as well as my November ipsy unboxing, to name a few.  Thanks as always for your support; I really enjoy writing for you, and I really hope you enjoy reading!

Bye-bye, November 2017!!  You were good to me.  In fact, you were my favorite month this year.

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Glam Bag Unboxing: November 2017

 

ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing: November 2017

It’s been a while….

I’ve been meaning to do this unboxing for—-3 months!?

For the record, I’ll be back-posting it so that it fits in my blog’s calendar with a seasonally appropriate date.  Even if its realistically inappropriate.  Because I’m OCD like that.

The November  2017 glam bag was an excellent one!  It was just ill-timed (well, only for me) because it came less than a week after I had my baby.  I wasn’t really in a blogging spirit.  So I let it slip.  But then when December came, I was already one month behind.  So I never posted that unboxing…and so on and so forth.

But I digress.

The November 2017 glam bag theme was called “All You.”  It was basically a self-love, self-empowerment, self-worth type bag.  In my mind, that mean that the products didn’t have much of a cohesive theme (not in a bad way).  And just like all the other ipsy bags, it was tailored to my preferences.  That’s why I thought the theme was a little odd–because I feel like every ipsy bag is about “all you” and improves confidence and self-focus.  Anyway, regardless of if the theme was theme-ish enough– I thoroughly enjoyed the products I got:

 

Naked Cosmetics Eye Pigment – Mother Nature #06

I have a collection of these.  They are amazing.  They have minimum fallout (and ONLY during application, if you’re messy like me).  They stay on all. day. long.  The product itself is a velvety powder that goes on even without a primer.  I have to say one odd thing about this product: it doesn’t really require a brush.  In fact, application with this product isn’t even enhanced with one.  But unless you’re opposed to applying your makeup with your finger (*gasp!* in 2017), then I think you’d love this product as much as me!

 

MANNA KADAR COSMETICS Lip Stain All of Me

I’m not a lip makeup person.  Everybody knows that.  Or at least, I thought everyone did.  Apparently ipsy didn’t.  But that’s okay, because out of all the lip products I could receive, a stain is definitely one of the more intriguing ones.  I can’t say I will ever wear this–but the thought of a lipstick color that doesn’t smudge off is at least more appealing than most lipstick-type products.  And I like the fact that this is a primer, stain, and gloss in one.  Makes me almost wish I was bold enough to wear it.  Almost.

 

TARTE Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush – Quirky

I love TARTE Cosmetics.  And I love blush.  So this product was a pretty great combo for me.  One of the most frustrating things about any powder product for me (or any product in general) is a short span of endurance.  Anything that says 12-hours on it is an automatic plus for me.  And when you start adding in facts like the one about it’s ingredients being harvested on the banks of the Amazon river…well, I’m in blush heaven!

 

MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Primer

I also happen to love MAC products.  I think it’s really great to get primer samples in the ipsy bags, because primer brands are something that I am always willing to experiment with.  However, primer prices are not always that agreeable with me.  And experimenting with something expensive is definitely something that I avoid.  SO…short story short: I heart the fact that ipsy sent this to me.  Especially considering that it is also a HIGHLIGHTER.  Enough said.

 

SKYN ICELAND Berry Lip Fix with Wintered Red Algae

This product was one of those ones that I had to read the label of a bunch of times.  I think I finally figured it out though.  It’s an overly descriptive, confusing yet beneficial, disconcertingly algaed lip moisturizer.  That’s it.  It’s a balm.  I wish they would have said that, and left the berries, winter, and algae in the ingredient list.  It would have scared me a lot less and definitely not have confused me as much.  But there it is: a winter-worthy lip balm.  And now that I know what it is, I can safely enjoy it’s benefits, because WOW does it have some great ones!

And that Icelandic algae wraps up my unboxing.  haha Did you get the November 2017 ipsy bag?  If so, what did you get?  Thanks for stopping by, and see you for my next inappropriately timed ipsy glam bag unboxing: December 2017.  See you then!

If you want to sign up for ipsy, you can follow this link.  Doing so will not pay me in any way, but it will give me bonus points to use on fun products!

 

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November 2017

November 2017

“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.” – Emily Dickinson

It’s officially November 2017 (and a day!)  And I’m just so thrilled.  I feel like November is the kickstart of winter (maybe because I live in the south, so fall isn’t super cold around here?)  I don’t know, it just feels so wintery once November hits.  The clocks change, the weather dips, I shop a ton, and of course holidays galore start happening.  <–dying of excitement.  But before I get carried away with what I want to do, let me put it in list form!

  1. Develop a fixed blogging schedule.  I like schedules and think this could be beneficial around here.
  2. Knit a Christmas stocking for my baby.  I have made one for each member of our family, and it’s her turn!
  3. Write a bit in my novel.  I know this November is going to be busy, but I don’t want to leave my book behind.
  4. Nest.  Because what other activity is there really to do with a newborn??
  5. Get back into pilates.  It’s okay that pregnancy made me take a break, but postpartum pilates will be great.
  6. Take a ton of photos.  Mostly photoshoots of our daughters, but also some family holiday pictures!
  7. Celebrate Thanksgiving.  I just love the holidays and Thanksgiving gives me warm and happy feelings.
  8. Black Friday.  ‘Nuff said.

I’m keeping this list a bit smaller, like I said in my last post.  I know that life with a baby will take our days into a nice, slow routine and I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself to get things done.  I mean, I like to have expectations for myself.  But I also like to be realistic.  ha!  I know myself and I know that the winter is all about slowing down and enjoying little things like baking and online shopping.  And every day with a newborn is slow and full of those “moments” you want to remember forever.  I’m just feeling really grateful for how lovely this fall has been, and I feel so sure that this winter is going to be even more special.  I’m a true homebody at heart and every day with my family is something I treasure forever.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I would love to know your November 2017 plans.  Leave a comment below about them, and I hope you’ll come back soon!

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Round-up: November 2016

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“November comes / And November goes, / With the last red berries / And the first white snows.”  

— Elizabeth Coatsworth

This was a long month.  Sometimes it’s nice for fall to end slowly though–sometimes better than being hit in the face with a rush of holidays that are over before you can even catch a breath!  But if I’m going to be hit in the face…the holidays are the best way to take it.  haha  I didn’t get done nearly as much as I thought I would, which is surprising since this month seemed to take forever.

  1. Visit the local library with my baby.  We just did a lot of reading from our home library!
  2. Make my house ready for holiday guests.  Feels so good to be finished with those last touches!
  3. Learn how to make pot pie.  No. But I did experiment with sweet potato gnocchi and “drunken pumpkin” sauce.
  4. Rework some of my Google Ads.  Never got around to it!
  5. Finish the first half of my knitting project. Now I’m working on the front of my baby sweater.
  6. Celebrate Thanksgiving!  And I had a lot to be thankful for!
  7. Start reading a new book.  All that home library reading was children’s books. 🙂
  8. Make an autumn wreath for our front door.  This was so much fun to do.  I’ll have to make a winter one!
  9. Begin Christmas shopping–EARLY.  Yep, it has started.
  10. Get half-way through my baby diary.  ha. ha. ha.
  11. Finish proofreading and send the last few chapters to my junior editor.  HA. HA. HA.
  12. Enroll in a class online. I enrolled in a mini-course on blogging.
  13. Finish watching One Tree Hill.  It’s over!
  14. Begin using Amazon Associates.  I did, but I have to make a new application soon.

This month taught me that when life gives you pumpkins, make pumpkin pie.  Unpacking that a bit– there were some unexpected things that I was hit with this month.  Maybe some of them were downright lemons, but most were just unique, odd, unexpected pumpkins.  While I wasn’t able to necessarily make pumpkin pie out of all of them, there was definitely a good spin that I could put on any of them.  Some things fell my way that wouldn’t have if I hadn’t been faced with those surprises.  And my phone is filled to the brim with hundreds of photos–proof that there were some pretty good times had this month, as always.  And there were definitely some pumpkin spice lattes had this month! (Again, as always!)  All in all, November remains a good month for many reasons year in and year out, and this month was no exception.

What was your November like?  Making lists is a thing around here…I’d love to read yours.  Leave a comment below and tune in soon for my December to-do list.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Thanksgiving 2016

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Happy Thanksgiving!  In the words of John Greenleaf Whittier, may “thy life be as sweet, and its last sunset sky / Golden-tinted and fair as thy own Pumpkin pie!”  Side note: mine is cooling right now.

Even though I am don’t enjoy 99% of traditional Thanksgiving fare, I’m 100% a celebrator of this holiday!  There should be a Thanksgiving every month, or even every week, because there is just SO so SO so much to be thankful for.  I would just like to name four things that right now I am incredibly thankful for:

  1. Faith- I am Catholic and having a faith to hold on to is my rock throughout this unpredictable Army life
  2. Family – my perfect husband is my best friend, and our darling baby is the apple of our eyes
  3. Health- there have only been a few times in my life where I have been generally “unwell” and I hated it!
  4. Memories- as a very sentimental person, it means so much to have years of memories that make me smile

I know Thanksgiving is not simply about being thankful.  It’s historic roots call to mind a sense of patriotism and honor among us.  The holiday also stands as a reminder to give, share, and nurture– both our own family, as well as the families in our world.  I don’t want to get preachy or cliche about it, so I will stop there.  But I would love to hear from you in the comments!  What does Thanksgiving mean to you, and how do you celebrate it?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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