Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mary Kay Project Runway" Berry Lips & Cheeks

I love playing with makeup, especially when I have videos and very clear cut examples of exactly how to make a look work! I love when the look has a ready made video how to, because lets face as a mom sometimes leaves my too busy to figure these things out on my own. I recently received a great new look from Mary Kay that is definitely my new favorite. Since Florida is often too hot to received that wind kissed rosy cheek look, I can now create it with Mary Kay and the Tips for "Project Runway" Berry Lips and Cheeks! By using just a few products I 
I can achieve this beautiful look! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Molly Bears

October 15th was Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day, this is a day that is very near to my heart.  Early in my marriage we lost 2 babies to miscarriage.  I was young and the loss was really hard to go through. I have always felt that miscarriage is such a silent loss for so many women. It was hard to pretend that nothing happened like everyone around me had so easily done.  I wanted my babies remembered.  Because to me they were every bit my babies, not just a positive pregnancy test or a cluster of cells and tissue.  I had several ultrasounds with our first baby and had heard the heart beat.  We had started making plans for that baby and I had just went shopping for maternity clothes when we suddenly had to say goodbye.  It was an overwhelming loss.  I was really moved by an organization that I learned about from a friend. Molly Bears is a wonderful organization that provides weighted teddy bears to parents who have lost a child due to miscarriage, still birth, SIDS, etc.  These bears are an amazing way to help parents and siblings who are grieving a loss.  Having something to hold onto can be such a huge thing for a parent to have.  These bears can also be personalized and have little touches added to help bring personality to them.  Little colored ribbons and hearts are added to give each and every bear a unique quality.

Win a Pair of Beautiful Audrey Hepburn Style Sunglasses from Sidecloud!

Even in winter in Florida, I need sunglasses! My eyes are very sensitive to the sun, so I wear sunglasses all the time! SideCloud recently contacted me to review a pair of their polarized glasses and of course, I was thrilled. I guess I have never owned a pair of polarized glasses because I was a little perplexed as to why my cell phone screen looked funny, and a friend explained it was that the glasses were polarized. In my research I learned that polarized glasses are great if you spend a lot of time on the water, and this was taken from WebMD, "Polarized lenses reduce glare by filtering out the reflected sunlight that bounces off surfaces like water or pavement. They’re a good option for boaters or water skiers, and they can cut down on glare from flat, smooth surfaces like road pavement or the hoods of cars.The downside: It can be difficult to read your cell phone, GPS device, or a liquid-crystal display on a dashboard or ATM machine with polarized lenses."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bra Fitting Secrets

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Flawed Perfection Layered Sparkle Pendant is Perfect For Christmas!

It's no secret I love jewelry, and I also love surprises! When I was contacted to review Flawed Perfection Layered Sparkle Pendant I decided to let Megan design a custom pendant for me! I told her our birthstones but since we have three August and one January we didn't think that would work. Instead she based my pendant design off of our blog colors. Ironically, she also used both of my sons birthstones and a large blue color as well, which to me symbolizes BOYS, so it works well for me! Either way, the Layered Sparkle Pendant is beautiful and completely customizable!!

If you think about it, this Sparkle Pendant works well for a mother's gift, for a wedding (each birthstone of the couple plus the wedding color), as bridesmaids gifts, sororities...or any occasion that you want a little BLING! Flawed Perfection also offers bracelets and earrings and Megan can work with you to create a lovely piece that is sure to please!

Twin XL bedding

My oldest daughter has been using some of the same sheets for awhile and really wanted a new set. It was great timing when Twin XL contacted me to try out their bedding. Mya of course was super excited as well.

Twin XL is really made to fit the common dorm room size beds. I never really understood why dorm beds are longer. The difference between the two Twin sizes is the length, the Twin XL bed has dimensions of 39 x 80 inches. When buying bedding for a XL Twin bed make sure you get the right dimensions. The length of XL fitted sheets are 80 inches, and the length of XL comforters are 92 inches. Probably something that I will never learn the answer to.

In true Mya fashion, she picked out the zebra pattern. The sheet set came with the fitted sheet, flat sheet and a pillow case. I was worried that it would be a little too much zebra, but really looks good in person.

Since Mya doesn’t have a dorm size bed in her room all we did was tuck the end of the fitted sheet under her mattress and we were good to go. I asked her if it felt like it was bunched up or anything and she said no, it felt normal.

The quality of the material are great and I can tell it will hold up for a long time, which is a great thing for college age kids when they sometimes aren’t the most gentle.

Twin XL has a large variety of patterns to choose from along with comforters and other bedding accessories. If you spend over $79, you get free shipping. I recommend checking them out.  

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Monday, October 20, 2014

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L'eggs Sheer Energy Sheer Tights

I remember when I first started wearing “pantyhose” and how uncomfortable they were. I just remember thinking, can’t they make this better. Time went by and I did notice a difference, but I didn’t really wear any unless I had to. When L’eggs asked me to try out some of theirs I was intrigued especially when I saw the words “Control Top”. What women doesn’t like some support.