11.15.14

Exhausted!

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Here is an update on our ever stressful life. I have been working on getting our house ready to list the last two weeks. It’s been so much work on very little sleep. I was painting, packing, cleaning, scrubbing, polishing, vacuuming, washing, lifting, and chasing a rowdy 2 year old around. Audrey added 10 times the work load. I would pack a box full of stuff and walk away to grab more……..well by the time I would come back the little munchkin had emptied them!!!!! I had to then move these very heavy boxes into the garage so the house would look pristine for showings, only to have Audrey follow behind me to lock me IN THE GARAGE. I boiled water and scrubbed the porch to clear spider webs and bird poop, I noticed Audrey being quiet and she had spilled a whole sippy cup of milk on the freshly mopped wood floors. I had no idea how much work this would be and I can’t believe I did it! Now that I worked so hard to get this house PERFECT, I have to keep it that way. I have a bedspread that I use only for showings and Audrey will take it off every chance she gets. She loves the mini throw pillow that she lovingly calls “Aude pillow”. So when I am not sweeping her crumbs in the kitchen or polishing furniture, I am constantly searching cabinets and rooms for this “Aude pillow”. I paid $340 to have window cleaners come and lately I’ve noticed that any window Audrey height has lip and finger prints. The other day I caught her licking the window!!!!! On top of all of this she has become obsessed with taking cushions off of the couches………

How did I birth the busiest baby ever!? I am convinced that she is what I get because I wasn’t an easy baby. I constantly pray that my next one is simple. I would love to have a baby that – sleeps, takes a bottle, isn’t 8lbs at birth, likes the carseat instead of screaming for HOURS (really I had no idea how a newborn baby could even have the energy to scream the whole 3 hr car ride with NO breaks), actually cried like a baby instead of shriek like a pterodactyl, says “momma” earlier than 16 months lol. I don’t think I can survive another Audrey.

BUT thank you Lord! The house IS finally listed and we are tying up other future determining issues. Our prospects look good for all our upcoming battles though. I am happy to report that my daily devotional – Trusting God Day by Day by Joyce Meyer had been a Godsend. It’s still difficult not to let emotions get entangled with the web of malignant negative thinking, but since I have been reading this devotional it’s a lot easier to remind myself that God is in control. One of the recent devotionals was all about how God lives in us and you have to ask the question “Is it comfortable for Him to live there?” Any negativity that is effecting you will make his home in you a lot less comfortable. So lately it’s been nice to focus on calming any storms that arise. It still takes effort not to slip into negative thoughts, but it’s a lot easier when I get reminded daily through my devotional. It’s good to be on God’s side because he is victorious.

11.12.14

Smokey Eye

Smokey eye looks are very popular, but I don’t think it’s a really specific look? There are so many types of “smokey eye” looks. There really isn’t a rule on how to do them correctly. I think to qualify as a smokey eye you just have to fade your colors out and blend really well. For this look I used my Too Faced Chocolate Bar…..I LOVE that thing. It’s my favorite palette.

11.10.14

Skincare

I have really been blessed with good skin. I don’t have moles, blemishes, or acne. I do however have light freckles……… I don’t like my freckles, but I know that some people really like freckles. My freckles were much darker before I started using Obagi products. Other than my light freckles I have one spot of hyperpigmentation around my mouth that I get really self conscious about. It’s in such a weird spot so it’s hard to conceal with makeup. I was lucky enough to skip over the “pimple” years. Through the hormonal high school years I only had 4-5 pimples TOTAL.

I didn’t start taking care of my skin until I was 20. I’m a really low maintenance kind of person and I just didn’t see the point in skincare since I didn’t have any issues to begin with. I went to a dermatologist and they showed me these special pictures of the sun damage my skin had gotten over the years. Although I had great skin on the outside, this machine showed me that I actually had quite a bit of sun damage. From that point on I started taking care of my skin. I became a religious sun block wearer and I made sure to wash my face day and night. PREVENTATIVE skincare is the key. You don’t want to discover the damage in your 40’s, by then it will be nearly impossible to help. A good sunblock is the best skincare product. You can only disguise aging and skin damage for so long……..why not focus on preventing it?

11.07.14

Everything Nice Palette And Tutorial

This palette is a Sephora exclusive. And I have really been enjoying it. The colors are nice and large and very pigmented. I’ll be coming up with more looks for you guys using this palette. Another hit by Too Faced!