Friday, July 29, 2016

Random Friday

It really is just a random Friday. The school year is about to start and here I am thinking about how I can restart  my routines, get my life together again.

If getting my life together means pulling an all nighter so I can get my sleep schedule back on track and binge watching Hart of Dixie, then yep, that is what I am doing.

No, I haven't posted in a long time but I told you all that I was not promising posts and definitely was not committing to a posting schedule.

I do want to start posting things again, and I will. I have done a lot of projects and I have had a lot to say. Hopefully, I can find time to share all of it with you all.

Right now, I just had some feelings and thoughts that I wanted to put into writing.

I am currently sitting in my craft room and when I turn to my right, I see a portrait of my dad, mom and I when I was only a few months old. It makes my heart hurt. I think about my mom all of the time but in a rare moment this happens. My heart just wants to self pity itself sometimes.

My thought tonight is that it isn't fair. It isn't fair that I didn't get more time with her. Let's say that the average lifetime is 100 years. That means I only got to spend 1/5 of my life with her. Most people get to at least spend 3/5 of their lives with their parents. Why did I get the short end of the stick? I do still have my dad and I appreciate every moment I get to spend with him. Sometimes a girl just needs her mom though.

It seems like a totally different life to me sometimes. 8 years have made it feel like eternity since I have got to see her. I pray for her every night. I pray that her and both of my grandpas are okay where ever they are and that they know how much I love them and miss them so.

Life has no meaning if you don't believe in something and I truly believe that I will get to hug them all again. One day, I will get to see them again.

Boy does it hurt to look at her smiling face, but it also makes me content. I am thankful for every moment I got to spend with her. I am thankful for everything she sacrificed to give me everything I needed/wanted. I am so grateful for the love she gave me and the traits she instilled in me. Oh my gosh I miss her.

I'll never say I miss her or love her more than anything enough. My heart will never be healed from her absence, but I will go on. I have to, I know this. I just miss her.

Well that is enough sadness for this random Friday. I have baby shower prep, dance company auditions, and garage sale preparations to accomplish today. If I wasn't busy, I wouldn't be me.

I will see you all soon.

love.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

All About That Face

Today I am going to take you through the steps of my face routine.

For about two months, I researched online about mostly natural and organic products that I could start using. No, I'm not turning into a hippie. I just believe that a more natural substance could have better benefits in the long run.

After researching and researching, I kept coming back to Lush. They did use a few chemicals but overall, they are mostly organic. I browsed their website from top to bottom multiple times and decided that when I had the money, I was going to go the Lush in our mall and let them suggest what I needed for my particular skin type.

When my tax return arrived, I did just that.

I was probably in the store for about 30-45 minutes but it was worth every second. The sales person that helped me, I can not remember her name right now, was extremely helpful. She didn't just try to sell me the most expensive things, she actually paid attention to what I wanted and needed. I wish I could remember her name so I could give her a shoutout.

You tell them your skin type and what you are looking for, and they grab products to test on your hand. It is a pretty legit set up.

So here are the products I ended up with.

Cleanser


 This stuff is amazing. You take a small dime sized amount, mix it with water, then apply.

Here is the description from the website:

For heavenly soft and perfectly balanced skin, take a bit of Angels on Bare Skin, mix with a little water and massage all over your face and body. The kaolin clay base deep-cleanses while finely ground almonds and lavender flowers gently exfoliate away dry skin. We add lavender oil to soothe and balance, and rose absolute to calm redness. If it’s smooth, radiant skin you’re after, this is the cleanser for you!

$13.95-$33.95

Click here to go to the product page.




Toner



As I am getting older, I realized that I needed to invest in a toner. This one is refreshing and smells delightful. The sales associate demonstrated how a toner allows the application of a moisturizer to be easier. This is a must-have.

Here is the website description:


Dry, sensitive or mature needs a gentle touch. In a world of “technology” loaded cosmetics, using a toner with only two active ingredients may seem unusual. But at LUSH, we believe in using effective ingredients instead of filler. Our most moisturizing toner, Eau Roma relies on the King and Queen of the essential oils world, rose and lavender. Both oils have been used for thousands of years to treat dryness, redness or irritation. Rose is particularly nourishing and cooling, while lavender helps your skin produce the right amount sebum (oil) to keep it suppler. Simplicity at its best.

$10.95- $22.95

Click here to visit the product page.



Moisturizer



I am not real sure how I ended up with this one, it says it is for boys. I love it though. It smells delicious and leaves my skin feeling super soft.

The website description:

Gentlemen, listen up. Gone are the days of considering yourself ‘too manly’ to dab on a little moisturizer after shaving. That’s just all kinds of silly! Do your skin a favor and treat your mug to Cosmetic Lad. We whipped up our soothing aloe vera and lavender extract cream to combat post-shaving soreness. Chamomile extract, marigold and chickweed ease irritations, while rich cocoa butter moisturizes dry or red areas. Plus, our inventors formulated Cosmetic Lad to smell like tangerine ice cream to lure women to the men who use it. Now have we got your attention?

$24.95

Click here to visit the product page.




Mask



I have only used this once but it is great. I need to make more time for myself and use it more often. The mint leaves you feeling refreshed and tingly.

Website Description:

Mask of Magnaminty isn’t technically a daily ‘facial wash’; it’s actually a deep cleansing face and back mask. China clay and fresh peppermint reach deep down to pull the debris from your pores, giving you that delightful tingly-clean sensation. We add loads of aduki beans to exfoliate flaky or dry skin, vanilla absolute to calm redness and honey to soothe. Our inventors created Mask of Magnaminty to be the ‘ultimate face mask’, intense but not harsh or abrasive on the skin. We recommend using Mask of Magnaminty weekly to keep the skin in good condition.

$13.95-$25.95

Click here to visit the product page.




Body Soap



I started using organic soap bars around September, when I went to the Renaissance festival. I recently ran out of my bar though so I bought one from Lush. This one is pretty good. I have only used it a few times but I do like it so far.

Website Description:

Splish, splash it’s time to take a bath with our best-selling soap inspired by the sea. Sea Vegetable is made with skin softening seaweed, one of our favorite ingredients, with a crust of stimulating sea salt to give your body a good scrub down. In addition to cleansing your skin, salt also helps to soften and hydrate. Float away with the reviving scents of lime, lavender and seaweed. Instantly relaxing, your senses will be transported to groves of citrus trees and vibrant flowers. The best part? Your skin will be revived, brightened, and clean.

$7.95 and up.

Click here to visit the product page.





So that is all that I own from Lush at the moment. I am looking for a good dark spot skin corrector if anyone knows of one, please send the info my way.

I have also jumped on the E.L.F. Lip Exfoliator bandwagon, and of course I love it. You can get it this almost anywhere. I think I paid $3 for it at Walmart.


Well that is all for today. See y'all next time!

love.




*This post is not sponsored by Lush or E.L.F. I am not in affiliation with these companies.








Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It's Tuesday.

It is not only Tuesday, it is the third last Tuesday of the school year, which means in a little over two weeks, we will be out for summer.

With my new job, I get summers off because I am now an instructional aide. Woo hoo.

This summer I will be watching my 11 year old little sister again. I did it last year, and it was one of the most relaxing jobs I have ever had. My dad has a pool so our days consisted of days out by the pool, trips to Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Galveston, and other places like the Houston Zoo. I am so excited to get some time off but also to spend some time with my little sister before she heads to junior high next year. I can not believe she is going to be in junior high, but that is a whole other blog post.

Lately, I have been doing a lot to better myself. Turning 28 really made me realize that hey, you are almost thirty and you need to start taking care of you and your body. So, here I am, going to the gym everyday, eating healthier, and I actually have a skin routine that I try to do every night. So far, so good. I feel better in my day to day life but I also know that it will be worth it in the long run.

The whole gym thing and eating right is just now starting to show results so I will not go into that until I am comfortable with the results that I am getting. I can tell you that my face stuff is making my skin amazing. Not only can I see a difference, but I can feel a difference. I love it.

This is just an update blog on what has been going down. I will be back TOMORROW to go into detail about what I have been using on my face. Stay tuned.

love.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

I am going to run a half marathon!

I have officially committed to participating in the Disney Half Marathon in January!

I have started a GoFundMe page to help me with donations. This money will not go towards my accommodations or flight. It will simply go to the cause of my choice which in turn will pay my registration fee out of my donation.


Thank you in advance!

Monday, May 2, 2016

I need it!

I would just like to let everyone know that I am having severe Disney withdrawals. This time last year, my trip was only a month and a half away. Now ,I am sitting here dreaming about when will be the next time. I do have a little special something something planned for later this year.

Stay tuned...

love.



Thursday, April 14, 2016

Last Day of the Carolinas

Today I am going to finish my Carolinas trip. I am not going to go into much detail. I will just share some pictures from my walking tour that I highly recommend.



 This is the corner of Grace and Front. That building on the corner is what was Tree Hill Café.

Karen's Café that turned into Clothes Over Bros but then back to Karen's Café.

The seafood restaurant that Brooke worked at as a crab.

The gambling boat that Nathan and Chris Keller go to.

Quinn's Studio.

This was the record store.

The stairs where Brooke takes Peyton when they go to the college party and Peyton gets drugged.

This building is used for a lot go things. The Burning Boat takes place right in front of this.

This fountain is used for the Dare Night episode and when Quinn takes James on a scavenger hunt.

The school that is used for Tree Hill High.



Building used for the police station.

The bar where Nathan gets thrown through the window.

The road that Peyton, Lucas, and Sawyer drive away on.

This place is used for a lot of things. It is the bar Brooke and Lucas got to but it is also Shabooms in Eastbound and Down and it is used as a restaurant in Tammy.

The production studio.


The road out front of the studio has been named after One Tree Hill.

I will leave you with the view from my hotel room.


I stayed at the Riverview Inn and I loved it. It was located in the historical district and it was right on the river. I highly suggest it.

Now that I have this vacation done, I can move onto other posts. See you soon!

love.






Monday, March 7, 2016

Back at it again.

Happy Monday everyone.

It definitely feels like a Monday. I just don't feel like doing anything. Spring time has arrived, which is usually really busy for me, and it is sucking the energy right out. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo began last week. I attended Jason Derulo on Friday. He was so freakin great. He danced, sang well, and even took his shirt off. My friends and I didn't sit down once. Yesterday, I went with my family to see Shawn Mendes. I wasn't too excited about the concert since I know exactly two songs by him, but he came out and was amazing. He played to 70,000 people in NRG Stadium with only a guitar. He had no band, just simply played acoustically. That may sound boring, but it wasn't. He had a Ed Sheeran vibe going on. Tonight we are suppose to go to Miranda Lambert, she is not my fave but my friends are going so I suppose I will go too.

Today I want to go through the some more of my North Carolina trip.



The whole basis of this trip was to go to my friend's wedding. Unfortunately, I took a lot more pictures of One Tree Hill things than wedding things. I am not too bummed about this though because I had a really great time at the wedding. Being on my phone the whole time would have just taken some of the magic away.

Now, let me tell you why I fell in love with this wedding and destination weddings in general.

I moved away from Iowa in 4th grade. I went back to visit almost every year but for the most part, I went to visit the people I knew and rarely met anyone new. When I decided to go to this wedding, I realized I would know approximately 10 people there. It scared me a little but I was ready for the new experience.

When I showed up Thursday evening, everyone was chilling at a beach house right down from the road from my hotel room. Of the 20 people at this house, only two of them were on my "I know you" list. I was introduced to everyone when I arrived, of course their names went in one ear and out the other. Eventually, I would learn to know most of them.

I don't know if it is because I have a social personality or that we all had social personalities, but as soon as I sat down with everyone, I felt like I fit in. I'm not going to lie, at first it was hard to see my friend with her new best friends. It made me wish that I would have been able to be around to make as many memories as they had, but then I passed that phase. I decided to treasure our memories that we did have and to focus one making new ones over the next four days.

We stayed up late, drinking on the deck, doing line dances to the music playing from our cell phones and making periodic trips down to the ocean. It really couldn't have gotten any better.





The next day was a relaxation day. All of us girls went to get our nails done together, then I ran some errands with my friend and her mom and sister, the people who had been in my life since I was five. It was so nice being in their company.




Later that night, we all attended the rehearsal dinner. I was sat next to people that I didn't really know but ended up having a great time. The food was great, and the company was even better. I got to hangout with groom's family and get to know them, and I also got to know the bridesmaids better. After dinner, we all went back to the same beach house and hung out until the wee hours of the morning.






When Saturday rolled around, I didn't have to do anything until I needed to get ready to actually go to the wedding. I took this opportunity to be a tourist. I had never been in the area before so I took the small 45 minute drive down to Myrtle Beach. It wasn't the sunniest of days but it was an okay enough of day to do some sightseeing.

I don't if you have ever heard of it, but I use to watch the show Myrtle Manor on TLC. It was a reality show about some people that lived in a trailer park in Myrtle Beach. Well, of course I had to go visit. The show had been cancelled but the trailer park was still set up like it was on the show. They even had a merchandise booth, so I just had to stop and buy something. The owner of the park, which is on the show often, was working it and signed my koozie. He would pose to take pictures but I was just too nervous to ask. I was actually too nervous to do a lot of things, ironically. As I drove through the trailer park, there were a lot of places I would have liked to stop and take a picture of, there were even a few other people from the show out and about. I just didn't have the nerve to stop. Looking back now, I wish I would have. Oh well.





After that adventure, I drove down to the boardwalk right on the beach. It reminded me a little of Corpus Christi, except a little more commercialized. It wasn't anything that was just absolutely amazing. It had the same ole Wax Museum, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and the generic souvenir shops. I only stopped briefly to take a picture on the beach and touch the sand.






When my tourist part of the day was done, I went back tot he hotel and got ready. It was now time for the main event.

The wedding was just beautiful. The ceremony was on the beach and the reception was under a white tent with hard wood flooring. Everything was airy and beachy, just how I like it.



Of course, after we closed the wedding down, it was time to go back to the beach house and party all night long, which we did after multiple failed attempts to light some of those floating lanterns to send off over the ocean.


Now, like I said earlier, let me tell you why I fell in love with destination weddings.

At a local wedding, you have a big party and more people are able to come but when you get to the reception, everyone sits with their own little party and rarely mingles and meets new people. Unless of course, you're trying to find slutty wedding sex, yes people it's a thing.

At a destination wedding, you hang out with people you have never known before for days before the wedding. You get to hangout with these people in a causal setting and actually get to know them. Sure, you may not like the people, but you may get lucky like I did. As Friday night came to a close, I was so excited for Saturday. I couldn't wait to party and dance with all of my new friends. Because that's what they were, they were my new friends, not just some random people that would be sitting at the table across from me.

I don't know that I could have a destination wedding because my family is so huge and people's feelings would get hurt but if I could, I would. I would invite everyone that I love to a getaway where we could all just hangout and have a good time. At some point they would watch me marry the love of my life, but we would do it all together.

I am so thankful that I got to experience this all. I wouldn't have had it any other way.

I still have two more days of my trip, I will share that with you next time!

love.