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!

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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!  

Thursday, March 7, 2013

It's OK Thursday!

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It's OK it's Thursday, it's been a crazy week for me!  I'm looking forward to the weekend, but all my weekends are filled for the next 6 weeks too!

So let's get to it!

It's OK.....

^ that I have a new foster dog.  One can never have too much fur...that's a lie.  It makes black hard to wear BUT it makes life so much more enjoy able and filling.  More on him tomorrow!  Stay tuned!

^ I'm having trouble making a career choice right now.  It's my family's income and means of survival.  What to do?  What to do?

^ I fell behind in my blogs this week.  My mind has been preoccupied with major decisions and I've felt exhausted by them.

^ I went to bed at 8:15 last night.  I needed to shut the world out.

^ I decided to check out this Candy Crush Saga game and now I'm addicted!

^ I'm thinking about totally ditching ever wear normal jeans again.  I'm addicted to cute skinny pants, skirts, and dressier outfits.

^ I check the "Where's My Refund" site everyday, sometimes twice!  I am going to save the majority but plan getting the kids quality car seats and paying a couple major bills off.

^ I have a huge box of Mary Kay being delivered today!  Love it!  Can't wait to deliver it to special ladies!

^ I've gotten several online orders recently.  I love shipping Mary Kay to people (free shipping on orders over $20).  It comes in a fun box and makes them feel special.

^ I'm totally loving Yoga and now am going to get a pretty mat, case, my own cleaner, and maybe Yoga socks.  Any suggestions on cute mats and socks?

^ I'm noticing already I am more flexible during Yoga after 3 weeks.  I wonder if I'll be able to do the splits again??

Okay I'm going to check out!  What are you OK with this Thursday?

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mommy Confessions: Sometimes It's Just Easier

I know, I know, we all want to come across as wonder mom.  I did this today, cleaned this, cooked this, washed this, yadiyadiya.  But I mean really, how many of us ALWAYS have that energy to be wonder woman everyday.  I mean, I'm exhausted!!  Aren't you?

Yes I always want my kids to eat wholesome, healthy, square meals for each meal seven days a week.  But sometimes I get home with them at 430 after working nine hours and it's all I can do to even get us all out of the car.  If the heat is on and they are happy, can't we just sleep in it?  OK, maybe not.  So I get them out and inside and then it's "What's for supper?"

Do you know what was for supper the other night?  Frozen pizza.  My kids were sooo excited!  But here's the was a smaller one so we were still hungry.  So then do you know what we had for dessert?  Fruit Loops and pop tarts!  My kids were so excited!  You don't know how many giggles and "I love you mommy"'s I got!  I was their hero and the coolest person they knew!

I don't do that often, but it was one helluva a day at work, I didn't sleep well the night before, nothing was thawed out, and my brain wasn't focused enough to read the instructions on the Kraft Mac 'n' Cheese box.  Sometimes it's just easier. 

Some Saturdays, when we are feeling really lazy, we pajama it all day long.  Cuts back on the water bill, energy bill, laundry soap, and my energy spent.  The kids love the lazy Saturday's of snuggling in pajamas, watching cartoons.  I love it because sometimes it's just easier.

And let's talk about sibling bickering!  I can't believe they are two and three and I've already been dealing with it for almost a year!  I feel like a referee, like I have to pick sides, like I'm going insane.  BUT sometimes, it's just easier to let them fight about it- they eventually figure it out.  Sometimes it's just easier to take it away from both of them.  Sometimes it's just easier to put them both in time out.  Sometimes it's just easier to pretend I'm deaf, and my name isn't 'Mom,' and I'm on a tropical island with a pina colada and dark bronze foreign language speaking man attending to me every need and want.

I do want to be a wonder mom.  I want to be the shiny pretty polished patient lady whose hair is always perfect, can run around and never be overwhelmed, handle every mess and fight with grace and love.  But let's face it, I'm not.  And sometimes it's just easier to be a good mom and settle for that.

What have you found is easier as a mom?

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Friday, March 1, 2013


Auuughhhhhhh!  I'm so glad it's Friday! TGIF! TGIF!  So let's dig through this week and find 5 positive things in it.

1. I'm alive and well as are my children, family, and fur-babies.  I have a house, a job (even if it's been grueling), a functional car (despite the malfunctions, warning lights, messed up guages), food in my belly, clothes on my back.  These are the biggest things I have to high five about this week- sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and be thankful you have the basics.

2. I have added a beautiful lady to my team in Mary Kay.  She offers a lot with her great personality, drive for success, cosmetology background, and is a very relatable person.  She's going to be a great asset to our team and is going to be so successful.  I can't wait to work with her! My goal is to build a fun team of ladies and implement a studio setting in our area and offer how to's, skin care, and fun events for women and men in our surrounding areas.

3. My mom hosted a friend over to try some products quick- no class, facial, etc.  Just to try some bronzers and powders quick.  This 30 minute visit resulted in $100 dollar night in sales.  Thank you mom for that, every bit helps and I'm really trying to reach my goal this quarter!

4. I work for a chiropractic doing tech support for a software he developed.  Big bonus because my clumsy self missed the patch of ice hiding under the beautiful dusting of snow today and completely wiped out hard.  I mean hard.  Really hard.  Do you like how I talk about the snow and make it sound pretty when really I have a lot of dark mean negative things in my head?  Anyways, free adjustment today and another coming Monday.  High Five to that!

5. It's Friday, I made it to Friday.  High Five to me on that.  It's been a helluva a week and I'm doing my best to be a positive little butterfly.  I feel like Jekyll and Hyde with multiple personalities. 

I hope my blog made you smile a little.  It's been a grueling week for me so I can only take it with sarcasm and try to make it funny.  Hope your weekend is amazing!

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