Round-Up: September 2017

September 2017 round-up!

“Bronze bells’ breeze of September showers, / Freezing fluttering fragile flowers, / Tearing the time’s tide tactile sense / May leave long love’s lighting lance in tense.” – Marieta Maglas

I love posting round-ups of the month because I get to revisit the past 30ish days and contemplate what we did!  This month, pretty much everything we did was NOT on my to-do list.  Which I was totally okay with!  It was a wonderful month.  I always love September and this was a particularly good one.  But sometimes good = fun which can also mean too much fun, or in my case, just not getting a lot of my “projected” items done.  Here’s my attempts on the to-do list I made at the beginning of the month:

  1. Celebrate my toddler’s birthday!  It was a really, really fun day.  We did a 2-day celebration for turning 2!
  2. Finish my bunny mobile and decorate the nursery.  Finished both!
  3. Get back into writing my novel.  
  4. Invest some time in photography tips.
  5. Enroll in an online class.
  6. Journal more.
  7. Write a guest post.
  8. Do a daily art project with my toddler.  
  9. Finish watching the Gilmore Girls.
  10. Put together my photo album. 

Hmmm… 3/10.  Not my best record.  In fact, I think it’s my worst!  But like I said, we did a lot that wasn’t on the list, and they were (almost) all important things.  We created a (paper) list of things that we hadn’t gotten done around the house that were long overdue, and we did every single one of them!  I can’t tell you how relieving that felt. haha  Plus I need to take a moment to mention that the Starbucks in our area began carrying the PSL and Salted Carmel Mochas, among other things.  It’s too important of a September thing to not make note of.  Besides the aforementioned coffee, this month was full of swimming, walks, and playdates (toddler mom life), and those are the unplanned things that filled up the month with a lot of fun and special memories.

Anyways, enough about me.  What did you do this month?  I hope that you will come back soon to see my hopes and dreams for October.  And thanks so much for stopping by!

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Glam Bag Unboxing: September 2017

September 2017 glam bag -- ipsy unboxing!

The theme for the September 2017 ipsy glam bag is a pretty common theme on social media this month (and a few before it): Beauty Boss. The free zipper pouch is an all-business faux leather clutch, and the products are about empowerment and confidence. I’m pretty sure that’s not a new focus for the beauty world, but it hasn’t been done in an ipsy glam bag yet! I didn’t see a huge embodiment of the theme in my products, but then again, I think that’s because most beauty products fit in the category of “empowerment” and “confidence.” The products themselves were great, so I can’t complain!

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer

I’ve never heard of a product like this. It’s a combo of a highlight and a primer. Maybe developed from the “glow within” look? It supposedly can double beneath makeup as a hydrating primer, and then be used again for a final finishing highlight. Based on it’s pearlized, rose gold color, I can definitely see the highlight part happening. I’m not sure about it as a primer…I feel like it will give the skin a slightly orange look.

re:p real elemental practice Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herb

This product was a result of ipsy’s collaboration with Soko Glam. It’s a very natural, hyper-sensitive, multi-tasking facial mask. Some stand-out ingredients include Kaolin, calendula, and chamomile. And some of it’s promises include redness reduction, facial calming, and dirt removal. I didn’t try this product out yet since I’m pregnant and have to be careful about what kind of natural remedies I turn to. But I’m EXTREMELY intrigued by this mask, and look forward to trying it! My current go-to mask is this one, and I generally like it.

Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo – Peach Honey

If you can believe it, I’ve never tried a Pixi product! So I was happy to get this full-sized blush duo. This powder is made with mica, which gives it a shimmery finish that translates well as a highlighter. So maybe they should call this a quad, since its two shades that can be use two different ways. A product bonus and a space-saver!

Pretty Woman Nail PolishGirl Boss Because what other color could they send me this month? It’s perfect for the theme. I am a huge fan of pastel nail polishes, but never seem to have enough! This one will be beautiful for the winter. Now if only they would send me a blush pink polish, I’d be all set for the next few months!

Luxie Beauty Luxie Rose Gold Medium Angled Shading Eye Brush 207

This is not my first Luxie Beauty brush. In fact, it’s my fourth! I got two large brushes (think blush brushes) in my April and February bags of 2017, as well as my first Luxie brush ever in my July 2016 glam bag (a teeny angle brush I use every.single.day). I love the quality of the Luxie beauty brush bristles, as well as the smooth and comfortable handle. They come in stylish, pastel colors and never disappoint me in their longevity and practical use. They look cute sitting in my brush jar, but they also work wonderfully on my face!

That’s a wrap for my September 2017 glam bag! Well, I did get one more item, but it wasn’t really a normal ipsy product. I used my bonus points (I earn them through reviewing the products) on an “ipsy” merchandise sweatband, and it arrived with this month’s glam bag. I don’t know if I’ll ever really wear it, but it looks super cute on my toddler! haha Do you have an ipsy glam bag subscription? Please leave a comment below describing what you got in your September 2017 glam bag!  Thanks for reading and come back soon! And if you don’t have an ipsy subscription, but would like one, you can follow this link to sign up. Doing so will not give me any monetary reimbursement, though it will score me some extra bonus points.

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September 2017

September 2017

 

“for all I can really do is /stand here /in September’s rain /savoring…/ soaking it all in/ slipping…” – Sanober Khan

It’s a few days in and I’m already loving September 2017!  Maybe because amazon is having a 20% off baby sale all month.  I just made my registry!  Maybe because I have a bunch of craft projects keeping me busy.  Or maybe because September has a bunch of romantic memories for me.  Probably a combination of all three!  Anyway, I have a list of projected “to-do’s” that I’m hoping will help me usher in fall.

  1. Celebrate my toddler’s birthday!  I love celebrating her everyday, so her birthday means a lot to us!
  2. Finish my bunny mobile and decorate the nursery.  It’s one big project…mobile goes in the nursery. lol
  3. Get back into writing my novel.  It’s been too long. 🙁
  4. Invest some time in photography tips. I’m particularly looking for some phone photo ideas/information.
  5. Enroll in an online class.  It can be about blogging, massage, or aromatherapy…etc. I just want to learn!
  6. Journal more.  Its therapeutic.  So, I need to do it more.
  7. Write a guest post.  This is making a reappearance on my to-do list.  Because I REALLY need to do it!
  8. Do a daily art project with my toddler. She’s so artistic, and I forget til I see her with a pack of stickers! haha
  9. Finish watching the Gilmore Girls.  I started the series soooooo long ago and I’m ready to end it.
  10. Put together my photo album.  Luckily, I have all the photos printed.  So now I just need to organize them!

I tried really hard not to make this a baby-nesting list.  Obviously I have 5 million things running through my head of things I want to do before my little girl arrives.  But, I think I should just make an entire post about that!  So for now, that’s what I’m hoping I can get done in September 2017.  Will it happen?  Probably not all of it.  Ha!  But a girl can dream.

What are your September 2017 goals?  Thanks for stopping by.  And come back soon!

                         

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Round-Up: September 2016

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“September rain falls on the house.  /  In the failing light.”  — Elizabeth Bishop

  1. Take a family trip. The hurricane interrupted us. Oh well!  We will have to take a trip next month.
  2. Go on family swims.  Super fun!  Our baby is a little fish.
  3. Begin taking photos for and writing my “guide.” It won’t be ready til next year though!
  4. Look into getting a mobile plug-in for theme development.  Fixed my mobile theme issue.  Check it out!
  5. Celebrate our baby’s 1st birthday!  Aww, yes…Happy Birthday my little baby!  It was so special.
  6. Complete her baby book.  Done!
  7. Finish my baby diary.   Someday…
  8. Continue editing my book. Ditto.
  9. Write down 4 more recipes.
  10. Take a few more pictures of our first home and neighborhood.  It’s a great time of year to do it too!
  11. Make a first-home ornament.  I can’t wait to hang it on our tree this year. 🙂
  12. Visit a few favorite places in our city and take pictures. There’s just one more spot to visit!
  13. Participate in the #marriageflashmob by @beating50 on Instagram.  The flashmob ended before I could join. 🙁
  14. Celebrate our engagement!  <3
  15. Do 1 really fun, unplanned thing.  There was a lot of that this month.  One of the most fun things was giving our living room a makeover.  One of the most unplanned things was deciding not to move.   More on that later?

September was good to our family.  It came pouring in with a hurricane, and left with some kind of rain that must be from a tropical storm.  But in between all the wetness were many dogs walks, shopping sprees, mugs of coffee, packages, long drives, rearranging furniture, fall cleaning, baking, reading, classical music, and family photos.  The highlight of the month was definitely celebrating our daughter’s one-year-old birthday.  I was expecting it to be special, but the day was so much more fun and joyful than I even imagined.  Red velvet cupcake hair and all.

Last monthly post, I said I wasn’t going to celebrate fall until we moved.  Despite the pinspiration and instaenvy around me, I was resolute.  Well, now that we aren’t moving, I have let fall into our life.  And I’m loving it.

Here’s to a wonderful October!  What was your highlight of the month?  Thanks for stopping by.

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Glam Bag Unboxing: September 2016

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One of my favorite aspects of Ipsy is that the company really focuses on preparing theme-cohesive bags every month.  Not that there is anything wrong with being random–quite the contrary, sometimes beauty favorites are a random mix.  But it’s really nice to receive five products that all “work” together once a month to add to my latest beauty routines.  The Ipsy theme for the September bag is all about glamour and luxury.  It’s basically glam for glam’s sake.  And I definitely don’t have a problem with that.

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tarte cosmetics tartiest lash paint mascara

I’ve noticed a new emphasis on the beauty world in “dyeing” eyelashes to make their color standout.  Rimmel London released their new “colorist” mascara that gradually darkens lash pigment until even natural lashes look like they are dipped in mascara.  I think this tarte cosmetics lash paint is intended to do something similar, but more instantaneous.  In my opinion, it seems a little elementary.  I thought half the point of wearing mascara is darkening the lashes.  The majority of mascara colors are “black” or “blackest black.”  So I don’t understand the new emphasis on darkening them, as if it was a step further than before.   Regardless of that, I’m excited to try this lash paint.  It certainly has the reputation for being an amazing and luxe product.  Even the package looks like glam for the sake of glam.

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BellaPierre Cosmetics mineral blush – Autumn glow

When it comes to powders, I love anything and everything mineral.  I have yet to find a mineral powder that is chalky, cloudy, or cheap feeling.  Mineral powders just seem to have a transparency and silkiness that is unparalleled!  This BellaPierre blush is no different.  While I did love the degree of pigmentation it gives, I preferred the color as a contour shade, not a blush.  The glow factor is definitely there with this product too.  The glow has almost a sparkle-factor to it, but not so much that it prevents it from being a contour shade.  I am so glad I got this in my September bag!

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Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Nail Polish – Va Voom

Somehow Ipsy must have known that I love changing my pedi polish colors with the seasons.  They also must have known I recently went through my polish collection and threw out any dry polishes (read: made room for new ones).  The paint itself is surprisingly thick, almost so thick that I wondered if it was drying a little already.  It’s not.  This polish is said to be a one-swipe wonder.  I can’t imagine only doing one coat of polish (and so I didn’t) but if any polish could get away with that, it would DEFINITELY be this one.  The only thing I don’t love about the polish is the color, which I guess is a pretty big part of nail polish.  It’s definitely more fall-appropriate than the Strawberry Margarita I have been wearing this summer, but it’s a little darker than I’m accustomed to.  This will get me by!

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Waxing Kara Sweet Lips Honey Lip Balm – Clear

I know clear lip balm might not seem like a glamour item, but there is something very glamorous about smooth lips!  This adds the perfect amount of hydrating and conditioning–either on its own or under a second lip product.  Unlike many lip balms that have a dry or plastic feel, this product is moist and soft.  And as a small yet important side note, I’m not very into minty lip products, so the honey flavor here is a welcome experience!  I love that there are only eight ingredients and that they are all pronounceable.  Seven out of eight of them are also organic…which also makes me happy.  This is a great win!

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Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

Again, not a glamorous looking product (neither package nor description) but the promise of glamour is IN this product.  Nothing speaks glitz the way soft, shiny hair does.  This deep conditioning mask is the key to obtaining just that.  I’m a total hair product junkie, and deep conditioning masks are my speciality (that and serums).   This product is a welcome addition to my collection.  It’s claim to fame is in the hair breakage department–a variety of conditioning masks that I am currently running low on.  It is considered to be a 6-free product, meaning it is free from the six big bad hair product ingredients: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, DEA, and dyes.  That’s what I like to see, both in the bottle and on my hair strands!  I’m looking forward to trying this out.

There it is!  I am pretty satisfied with the September bag.  It’s always fun to see what Ipsy has been cooking up over the past month.  So far, I have enjoyed every single bag I’ve gotten from them, and the September bag has been no exception.  If you liked what you saw here, or liked some of my previous glam bag unboxings, you may want to sign up too!  You can do so here.  Thanks for stopping by and reading.  I hope you have a wonderful day!

*Joining Ipsy using my link does not in any way compensate me, however it does provide my membership with bonus points I can use towards new products!*

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Never Forget

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 “One day of one September / I never can forget. ” –Hilaire Belloc

On the 15th anniversary of the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks, I thought I’d share something from the day that remains close to my heart.  When I thought of publishing this, my intention was to tell “my story”.  Most of us remember September 11, 2001.  Most of them have their “moment” when they first found out about the attack.  Everyone remembers what they were doing that day.  You can ask any co-worker, neighbor, friend, or family member and they will remember the exact moment they found out that America was under attack.  My story of the day can be summed up in one sentence, but I don’t want to do that because even if the day can be recapped in a handful of words, the feelings cannot.  And after some thought, I don’t want to spend this post telling “my story.”

This day doesn’t serve as a reminder of what I went through, during or after the day.  Or of what I remember from it.  It serves as a reminder for what others went through.  Of what happened to people I don’t know, or never will know.  And so I’d rather spend this post telling someone else’s story.

When I visited Ground Zero, there were two spots that struck me most profoundly, the first of which was the Survivor Tree.  The Survivor Tree is a living piece of history–the only living tree that survived the fall of the World Trade Center.  It’s a Callery Pear that was severely damaged during the attack, not unlike so many human victims of the day.  But after some tending and healing, it was restored to it’s plot in Ground Zero, where it remains a symbol of hope, memory, and resilience.  The before and after pictures are highly moving.  This tree is a hero in its own way–it showed that being victimized isn’t always the last step.  There is surviving.  There is rebirth.  And there is hope.  It made it through the attack, and the years of aftermath from the attack.  So can we.

The other place that struck me most was the Memorial Pools.  These pools are the largest man-made waterfalls in the US.  They are bottomless so to speak, and sit on the footprint of the original Twin Towers.  They are covered in bronze panels that are inscribed with the names of every victim from the 2001 and 1993 terrorist attacks.  At night, light shines up through the names of the victims, illuminating them.  In the void of hopelessness, those victims and heroes shine.

There was one plaque in particular that struck me.  On the South Pool the was a bronze panel dedicated to a flight crew member from Flight 77.  Her name was Renee A. May, and the plaque was dedicated to her and her unborn child.

That deeply struck me.

There was a baby, a living person, inside of that flight crew member.  And the death of her meant the death of her child.  Two people.  A mother and a baby were killed on that day.

Sometimes the media reduces children to a mere “hassle.”  Sometimes babies are reduced to being a woman’s “choice.”  And sometimes babies are even deemed to be an “accident.”  I think that plaque serves to remind us all of the dignity of children.  Just as the mother deserved recognition for being a victim, so did her baby.  To those in this world who are not sure what really counts as a human life, that plaque recognizes that human pregnancy is the growth of a human life.  That plaque stands as a memorial for two lives lost for a reason.

The heroic woman who lost her life, and the tiny child who was also a victim that day, deserve the bronze panel set out for them on the South Pool.  The Survivor Tree also deserves its hallowed plot of ground.  There were so many names of heroes inscribed in that memorial, none of whom I ever knew.  But they were there.  It mades me realize that everyday there are countless heroes who we will never see or know existed.  But they are there.

So today I would like to take the time to call all heroes to mind–especially those of the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks–both known and unknown.  In memory of them, I would like to thank the heroes that I do know.  There are many. And to those I don’t know, you maybe not be known —

But you will never be forgotten.

 

 

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September 2016

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        “By all these lovely tokens / September days are here, / With summer’s best of weather / And autumn’s best of cheer.”  -Hilaire Belloc

It’s September!  And I am so happy for it.  I have a lot of plans for this month–ones that I’m really looking forward to.  It’s going to be a very special month for a number of reasons, one of which being that it is our last full month in our first home.  While of course it makes me sad to think our time here is coming to a close, I know we get to bring everything important with us–our marriage, our baby, our furbabies, the coffeepot…so the rest is really just the details!  Before I get carried away with talk about moving next month, let me make a list for what I am looking forward to and need to do in this month:

*Warning: as nostalgia comes, this list is going to get much longer than previous ones*

  1. Take a family trip.  Sometimes the best way to welcome a season is to go chase it in a new state!
  2. Go on family swims.  I want to visit the indoor and outdoor pools as summer ends.
  3. Begin taking photos for and writing my “guide.”  Details will be revealed soon….
  4. Look into getting a mobile plug-in for theme development.  Just some blog updating.
  5. Celebrate our baby’s 1st birthday!  She is just the cutest angel and we can’t wait to celebrate her!
  6. Complete her baby book.  Now I will be able to, since she’s turning 1.
  7. Finish my baby diary.  I know….this one keeps making the lists.
  8. Continue editing my book.  This one does too…but it’s because I have to remind myself about it. ugh.
  9. Write down 4 more recipes.  This has been a helpful challenge for me.  I need to keep it up!
  10. Take a few more pictures of our first home and neighborhood.  Here comes the sentiment…
  11. Make a first-home ornament.  Just something to remember our first home by.
  12. Visit a few favorite places in our city and take pictures.  We usually take pictures anyway!
  13. Participate in the #marriageflashmob by @beating50t on Instagram.  Follow me to see it!
  14. Celebrate our engagement.  It happened 4 years ago, and is such a reason to celebrate! <3
  15. Do 1 really fun, unplanned thing.  Wait…is it unplanned if I just put it on my list?

Time to stop!  The list could go on and on.  I feel like this month is going to be seasonally awkward for me.  It’s September, so that seems like fall.  But I live in the south and so nothing looks or feels like fall over here.  Also, I’ve spent the entire summer in this house, and it doesn’t feel right to start turning “fall” in my apartment right before I leave it.  I think this might just be one long golden summer, and I’ll start fall in our next home.  Just some thoughts…thanks for reading!

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