Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tuesday's Topics: 7 Things I Do Everyday

Happy Tuesday everyone!  We survived Monday, although I still have a little bit of Monday's hangover I think.  Why does Monday drift into other days of the week?

Anyways, on for a short fun link up with Life, Love, Lauren and Austin Family Diary.

7 Things I Do Everyday

  1. Skin Care- I can't believe I ever used to not take care of my skin! I wish I had started younger, but am thankful I found Mary Kay to help repair some of the damage I've done.  

  2. Check Facebook- I'm a busy mom, and I care about my friends and am thankful for Facebook, as ridiculous as it can be and sounds, to help keep me in touch with my friends and their families.  

  3. Weekly Goal/Plan Sheet- I have goals with Mary Kay, plans with kids, family and friends.  There is no way I could get this done without prioritizing, lists, and some sort of plan. 

  4. Love my children- I tell my children everyday I love them 'way up to the sky,' they are special, they are smart, and we are best friends forever.  They need to know everyday day, and several times.

  5. Spoil my cats- I am a crazy cat lady.  Cats are beautiful unique animals and they are also perfect for someone who is lazy and busy at the same time!  They are a huge part of my soul.

  6. Vacuum- Sometimes twice a day if I'm home.  I have pets, I have kids, and I have the house the size of a breadbox.  My house gets messy fast, and there's nothing that irritates me more than dirty floors.

  7. Day Dream-  It's my sanity and my drive.  Nothings perfect, but I'll continue to strive to make our lives happy each day.  If you can dream it, you can do it!

The Austin Family Diary

Monday, April 1, 2013

Miss Lucy is Here!

If there is one in thing life, that makes me feel alive, it's animal rescue. It's something I have so much passion for. I don't feel that I'm truly living, serving a purpose, changing a life, unless I am saving one.

 In the past 6 years of my life, I would estimate I have touched over 1000 lives fur and human combined through fostering and adoption. I have fostered well over 200 animals that have been adopted to well deserving families who's lives are then benefited and changed. I have helped dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, and even snakes and lizards find homes or rescues who have the knowledge to safely place them.

 I have seen the cruelty and astonishing effects of hoarding situations, abuse, neglect and abandonment. I've have learned more than I have ever wanted to know about what goes on in backyards and homes around you, that you think does not go on. I have also learned not to shut my eyes, turn my head, or close my mouth when it comes to these lives. If you don't stand up for them, no one will. I have amazing lives I will share some day.

 But tonight, I want to share my new little foster baby who just arrived. This is Lucy, a 5 year old schnauzer/poodle mix(some would call her a schnoodle- a fancy word for this mix breed mutt).

 Lucy was living neglected for 5 years when an elderly woman rescued her off of a flier she saw in the store. Her rescuer became ill and couldn't care for her like she needed. She was spending a lot of time in crate and not getting the practice she needed for housetraining and the care and attention she wanted.

 She called one of my favorite rescues, PETS out of Panora, Iowa and now she's here hogging my husband's lap, much to the dismay of Smudge, another foster kitty in the home.

I'm so blessed to have her.  Tonight is her first night, she's not sure about sharing the attention with the dogs and the cats yet, but she's doing beautifully.  No accidents so far, listens well, and is being just an all around great girl!

To follow the great things that PETS rescue group is up to, check our their Facebook Page!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's OK Thursday!

Cannot wait for this weekend!  The first one in a long time, and last one for about a month where I have nothing else scheduled but kid time!

Let's hop to it!

Linking up:

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It's OK....

- I haven't gotten anything ready for Easter yet, I have some ideas and work best under pressure!

- I am so busy with Mary Kay lately, my head kind of spins, in a good way!  I have built momentum for myself, and want to keep it going!  Sales Director suite, I'm coming after you!

- Kaden wanted his fingernails painted pink like Aeri's.  He's three, I tell him it's for girls, but let his creativity run!

- I signed up for a 20K with a friend even though I've never run more than 3 miles in my life.  GULP.

- I've spoiled myself lately, it's been a very long time since I've been able to.

Happy Easter everyone!  And remember, you wouldn't buy your children a reindeer for Christmas, so don't buy them a bunny for Easter!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Fabulous You- Model #1

Everyone loves to look beautiful and feel beautiful but what makes a person feel even better?  Helping someone else feel great about who they are inside and out!

I love doing this everyday, whether it be a sincere compliment, a quick note in the mail, of a little post on Facebook telling someone how I appreciate them.  Another way I get to do this with women, is through my work as a Mary Kay Independent Consultant.  My motto with Mary Kay is 'A Fabulous You!"  Both inside, outside, and within your life, Mary Kay changes lives for the better.

Right now I am having a ton of fun doing makeovers on women.  I am participating in the Mary Kay Makeover contest and working to make as many women feel and look beautiful as I can.  They have a great opportunity to win a $5000 dream vacation and 50 winners will win a $5000 donation to the charity of their choice!

So let's look at our first of these beautiful women who was happy to share her look!

This is Cindy, we've been friends since I started volunteering with the local rescue about 7 years ago.  We are bonded by heart through our love for cats.  Cindy works as manger of our law enforcement dispatch department in Carroll.  She also has several furbabies and volunteers for various rescues transporting animals and fostering.

What did we do for Cindy?

Foundation: TimeWise Luminous Foundation in Ivory 6 
I love how it evens out her skin tone and calms the natural rosiness in her cheeks. 

Highlighting Powder:  Pink Stardust
Highlighting powder can be used to create space and to highlight important features on your face such as brow bones and cheek bones.  We did a 'V' shape around the outer edge of her eye to highlight the brow and cheek bones.

Blush: Sparkling Cider
This color has some red hint to it that compliments Cindy's hair and skin tone.  It looks very natural on her cheeks and show them off beautifully.

Mineral Eye Color: Crystalline, Sienna, Granite
Cindy has what we call a 'hooded' eye shape and smaller eyes so I didn't want to use very dark colors on her or it would make them look smaller.  I used lighter colors using crystalline all over, sienna in crease area and granite towards the outside.  Then I blended.  I also highlighted under her eyebrow which gives a more lifted appearance.

Eyeliner: Mary Kay Bronze Eyeliner
We couldn't go wrong with this color, it matched her hair color and eyebrows perfectly.  A black also would have closed her eyes more and brown just wanted have been quit right.  We did her outer edges on the top and the full bottom.

Mascara: Ultimate in Black/Brown
The Ultimate Mascara is a number one seller.  It has great staying power and creates volume.  We used the black/brown to compliment Cindy's liner and hair color.  

Eyebrows: Cinnibar Mineral Eye Color
As you can see, Cindy has very light and thinner eyebrows before.  Creating eyebrows or filling in what you have can really change your look and your eyes.  We had a few laughs while I created Cindy's, but they turned out perfect!  

Lips: Mary Kay True Dimensions in Sienne Brulee highlighted with Cream and Sugar Nourishine Lip gloss
The Sienne Brulee has a great undertone to compliment her blush and other colors, but by itself it was too much with her ivory skin tone. We softened the look by using the Cream and Sugar Nourishine lip gloss.  She has smaller lips so I used a darker color to bring them out more.  

Finish: Mary Kay Mineral Powder in Ivory 2
We finished Cindy's look off with blending some mineral powder all over.

And I am no hairstylist, but we had some fun adding some curls and back combing for some body before her after picture.

How great does she look?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mommy Confessions: I'm Scared of School

So let's just put it out there.  Kaden is almost school age and I am dreading the idea of him going to school. It's not the education I'm scared of, it's the social education one can get while in school.


For a number of reasons:

1. The biggest reason, kids are mean.  Let's face it, some parents really don't care what their kids do.  Some parents are about as mature as their kids, so their children have not so nice attitudes.  I'm scared of the mean kids, that will hurt my kids feelings.  We respect each other in my house, my children learn respect in their daycare setting, we respect all walks of life.  I don't want them to see that others don't, I'm going to cry every time their feelings are hurt.

2. That mean teacher.  I was always blessed to not be one of the kids that a teacher didn't like and picked on.  I know, I know, teachers aren't supposed to do that but they do.  But some do, I hear it everyday from my friends with school age kids.  I saw it for myself growing up.  Will my kid be one of them?

3. Creativity squashed.  Kaden and Aeri are so open and have beautiful large imaginations.  I don't want that to go away.  I want my children to learn but I also want those imaginations, big dreams, and wild ideas to continue.

4. Influence of others.  Let's face it, kids will be kids.  Kids may be influenced by others to try new things.  Kids are having sex younger, trying their first drink at younger ages, and so much more.  I am working hard to instill good habits and behaviors in my children, but as I see things start happening at younger years, I'm scared that what I do might not be enough.

5. Disappointments/failures and classifications.  I remember what it was like not to be picked for dance squad, not to get on the 'A Team' in basketball.  The classifications start at young ages.  It starts with your last name, your social and financial status, versus your talents in that sport and the coaches willingness to help that child develop.  These things squash kids dreams and self esteem.  I've watched it happen growing up and been on that side at times myself.

So there ya have it, I'm scared of school for my children.  It can be the best years of a child's life, or it can be the worst and unfortunately, I have no control of that.  I'm crazy I know!

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Weekend Recap- Super Heros!

I loved, loved, loved my weekend! 

Friday night I had drinks with friends and co-workers and ended up listening to a fun band.  I got to have drinks with Beth and introduce her to a few friends of mine. 

Saturday my Mary Kay director drove up from Kansas City.  We facialed an amazing young woman who has just moved to our area from Minnesota.  She used to live on a hobby farm that sadly burnt to the ground.  She lost all her animals in this fire except for her horses and one dog that made it out.  It was sad to meet her, but I feel lucky to meet her.  She has an amazing story and is overcoming so much! Truly an inspiration!

We also had a shower for one of my friends who is getting married!  We did makeup for several ladies.  It's so fun to make women feel better and do colors on them they normally wouldn't try but end up loving!  

Sunday was my same lazy Sunday with the kids.  Kaden has been wanting me to tie his blanket like a super hero cape.  We cut apart old t-shirts instead and made our own super hero capes!  Kaden has a cracker, violin, hawkeye's helmet, and a trampoline with a chair next to it(you know, so you can climb up on the trampoline).  Aeri drew her own!

My super heroes everyday!!

And just for fun and because I love him, here's a picture of my deaf baby boy, who still has no name!!

Linking up with Sami today!  How was your weekend?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Social

Happy St. Patty's Day everyone!  

Sunday Social

This Weeks Questions:
1. Favorite thing to do on a rainy day? Movies, snuggle, make hamburger veggie soup, stay inside!
2. Favorite thing to do on a Summer weekend? With friends I like to hang out on the boat in the middle of the link with drinks.  With my kids, I like to go to the lake and just hang out.  
3. Favorite Spring accessory?  Fun earrings
4. Favorite way to spend a Winter day? With friends and the kids making dinner and having drinks- snow storms in our small town are fun!
5. What is your favorite season and why? Summer: if I could live in a swimsuit I would.  Love the feeling of soaking up the sun. 
6. Best birthday you ever had? My 16th was memorable!   

Enjoy your Sunday everyone!