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saying goodbye to 2014

So I guess this is my last post of twenty-fourteen, huh? No pressure there right?

I had alot of ideas of where I wanted this post to go... finish recapping my year, showcase my beauty favorites of 2014,  resolutions,  favorite outfits of 2014, etc, etc. But I decided that none of that would actually describe my year, and help me say good bye. 

You see, I am one of those nostalgic fools. I love the whole first selfie, first kiss, first family picture, first trip to Target... and all the things that fall into that category. And I'm also a middle of the road optimist type. I believe that there is always a reason that things happen. But I don't always accept the good with the bad. And I need to start doing that.

So my last post of 2014 is going to recap my year, in my own little way. Since I am all about pictures showcasing a moment, I am going to give you my top photos of 2014, the good and bad things that happened, and my goals for the new year. 

-My top photos of 2014-

-Taking the good with the bad (aka... pits and peaks!)-

Pits of the year:
  • I had gallbladder surgery the day before Fireworks day.
  • My brother was in a car accident (he was ok).
  • My Grandmother passed away.
  • The hubby had back surgery.
  • Robin Williams passed.

Peaks of the year:
  • I finally graduated with my Master's!
  • I went to Ohio.
  • Lil Man turned 4.
  • I celebrated one year at my job!
  • My nephew was born.
  • I was able to meet a fellow blogger!
  • I was able to seem my bestie not once, but three times.
  • I saw the legendary Garth Brooks!!!
  • I opened my Etsy shop and it currently has over 27 sales! 
  • I celebrated a year of blogging!
  • My blog has grown to over 2700 combined social media followers! 
  • I checked off a bunch of things on my 30 by 30 list... 

-My goals for 2015-

Personal Goals:
  • I would like to loose weight... my weight has steadily been "growing" for the past two years, and I am NOT happy where I am. I plan to work out, even if it's just walking around a track, and eating better. 
  • I am going to break my nail biting habit. It sucks... I've been dealing with it for sometime, but now I want to say bye bye. 
  • I am going to quit smoking in 2015. I know it's a horrible habit.
  • I want to finish my book. I have been writing an erotica for about three years, and I think it's time to finish it. 
  • I am going to learn how to be frugal with my money. I have a problem with spending, but this year, it's going to change! 
  • I am going to pay off all of my credit cards! I know I said this last year, but damn those things suck! Almost as much as student loans. 
  • Organize, organize, organize!
  • Advertise and build up my Etsy Shop! 
Blog Goals:
  • Buy and switch over to my own domain. I'm rather tired of the whole .blogspot.com thing I have going on... and it's going to change.
  • Add advertising options. I really love to promote fellow bloggers, so why not make a bit of money out of it, and that money can go back into sponsoring... win, win, I say! 
  • Finish my blog design. My my, I have been saying this since what, September? I need to get some time and finish the sidebar titles, pin-it button, and share buttons. 
  • Define myself. I'm a lifestyle blogger, but I want to define what I am all about. I am embarking on my second year of blogging, and I think it's time. 
  • Redo some of my old blog posts. If you were to read a post from this time last year, and then this one, you would be able to see the difference... The ones from from my early days of blogging really need to be revamped. 
  • Switch to Disqus for comments. 
  • To host my own monthly linkup.
So, I think that's all I have for now. I will be back tomorrow or the next day with the rest of my 2014 recap (Oct, Nov, & Dec.). Y'all have a happy new year, and be safe! See you in 2015!

*Linking up with Anne

Do you have any goals for 2015?
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Favorite Beauty dupes

Beauty duplicates are all the rage nowadays... I mean you can look on Pinterest and can find a dupe for almost any beauty product! And I've been wanting to do a post on my favorites for some time now... so today I have enlisted the help from Ms. Tif from bright on a budget, the queen of budgeting and thrifting to help me out with sharing our favorite beauty dupes! 

I say: 
I love using high end products, but sometimes my wallet doesn't allow me to finance my favorite products from Sephora and Ulta. And that used to be a problem! After getting some recommendations from friends, and the wonderful world of bloggers, I have compiled a list of my tried and loved, favorite beauty dupes (products that are almost the same). 

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I'm a primer gal, and I fell for Smashbox's primer with the first sample I used, but I was not a fan of the price... so when I picked up a bottle of  E.L.F's primer, I was pleasantly surprised with the almost duplicate, at a sixth of the price. E.L.F. matches Smashbox in almost every way: texture, consistency, and types (regular, tone adjusting, brightening, and radiant glow). Total savings: $30

vs.
Garnier Moisture Rescue (dry skin) // $6.97
Occasionally my face dries out. And it sucks. The only thing I had found to combat my dryness was Clinique's Moisture Surge, a gel moisturizer. Unfortunately, my wallet didn't like the price and I knew I had to find something different. So I took to Pinterest. It told me to try the Garnier Moisture Rescue for Dry Skin, because it was a duplicate. I did. AND loved it! It's super moisturizing, and makes my skin feel pretty! Total savings: Approx $31.53-52.03

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I have always had sensitive skin and in the winter, my face tends to stay red. So a couple years ago, I decided to grab the Clinique powder (at the time it was a loose powder). It worked like a charm, but I hated that I still had to use foundation and the powder itself was over $30. I was reading a magazine (don't ask- I don't remember which one), and they recommended the E.L.F. for facial redness. I used it, and LOVED it. It is very comparable to the Clinique, and good for spot usage. Total savings: $31.50

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To be honest- ain't no one wants to spend more than twenty bucks on a facial cleanser- but since I have a love of Benefit products, I decided to grab a bottle (and it was 20% off with my Ulta coupon). I loved it. When I used it in the shower, I realized that it took off ALL my makeup and didn't leave me with raccoon eyes. Unfortunately all good thing must come to an end, and I ran out of my beloved face wash. I didn't want to spend that type of money, so upon the recommendation of a friend, I grabbed the Neutrogena wash. To my amazement- it was nearly the same and was cost friendly. Total savings: $17.01

Tif says:
You all know I'm always about a good deal:)  Confession: I went through a 3-year period where I was a total make-up snob.  If it wasn't a beauty counter product, it wasn't touching my face!  Thankfully, Pinterest and blog-reading wised me up.  I starting taking chances on some drugstore products and you know what? I liked some of them (not all) as much, if not more, than the beauty counter brands!!!

The L'Oreal mascara is around $7 (compared to Tarte at $23), and you can usually combing a BOGO promotion with coupons to get this mascara even cheaper!  I think that it makes just as much of an impact as the Tarte mascara, especially if you're seeking thicker lashes.  Approximate savings: $16.

Again, the price difference is similar to the mascara. The Tarte crayon is $24, and the L'Oreal one is only around $7.  I found the' L'Oreal version to have great pigment and to be hydrating to my lips. Approximate savings: $17.

The Naked2 Basics palette will run you $29 (unless you snag it with a special member coupon or points at Ulta), while the Maybelline version will run you no more than $10 (but often less--currently BOGO 50% off, plus can use the $3.50 off $10 Ulta coupon).  Now, these aren't exact dupes, although I'm seen the Maybelline palette compared to the regular Naked2 palette.  The Naked2 Basics is a matte palette, while the Maybelline version is not.  I think, however, that you can achieve very similar looks with both palettes.  I will caution you to use a good eye primer/base with the Maybelline palette, but it works great so long as you do!  Approximate savings: at least $19, but can be as much as $22.50 or more!

Eyeliner: ANY fancy gel eyeliner pencil vs. Ulta Gel Eyeliner Pencil
This eyeliner is where it is at.  I was paying $20 for a gel eyeliner pencil before I found this.  My old pencil was discontinued, and I hate the gel eyeliner in a pot, so I was on the search for something similar but new. I found this, and it's been true love ever since.  You can get this as cheap as $1 (watch Ulta's sales papers)!  Right now, it's priced at $8 and BOGO Free!  And you can always use the Ulta coupon mentioned above to score it even cheaper.  This eyeliner gives a bold, defined look that stays around all day!  Approximate savings: at least $12, but as much as $19 or more!!!

Using beauty dupes doesn't mean you are using a less quality product, it just means that you know how to save on your products while achieving the same results! 

Have you ever tried any of our favorite beauty duplicates?

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2014 in review | July, August, September

Today is time for another 2014 recap. Like I've said before, I really love recapping the year, because it shows what I've done and what really matters to me. And I'm grateful for that! If you want to see the first six months, you can here. Oh, btw... I love how Emmy Mom gave me the idea for my recap style!

With out further adieu...


July

Personal Wise: I had gallbladder surgery on the 3rd, and then we went to two fireworks shows. We went to the county fair and I was able to meet Ms. Erin from Living in Yellow, the hubby started a round of pain shots for his back (the hope was that he wouldn't have to have surgery),  I finally wore shorts out in public, and my brother fixed up an old go cart to take me and Lil Man for a ride. 

Blog Wise: admitted that I am from the country, but love it, described my top ten blogging essentials, and confessed the things I just don't get

August



Personal Wise: We found out that back surgery was going to happen even if I really didn't want it to, took a trip to Fair Oaks Farm where we saw a live cow birth, mourned the loss of the beloved Robin Williams, thought my mother had a stroke (she didn't, thank the lord), Lil Man rode his first actual train, and had a lot of park play dates! 



September

Personal Wise: The hubby and I celebrated out five year wedding anniversary, I saw the legendary Garth Brooks with a friend, my blog turned one, Lil Man turned four, we took a trip to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch, and Lil Man celebrated his birthday by potty training himself.


I would say that was a pretty good three months, huh? I will also be posting the rest of the year later this week.
*Linking up with Ember Grey & Emmy Mom.

How has your year been?
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Christmas 2014 Recap

Whew! Is anyone happy that the Christmas festivities are over with? I mean, I love the wonderful holiday of giving and spending time with family just like any other person, but I'm glad that I don't have to be stressed any more! 

We had four Christmases this year.  Yes, I just said four: the hubby's family, my parents, ours, and my grandmother's. And let's be honest- it was great to spend time with everyone,  but it's was rough. Do you know how hard it is to tear away a child from his new toys so you can drive an hour away for Christmas Day dinner? Extremely! 


Lil Man received everything on his list, which consisted of only the Max Tow Truck- THE toy of the season; and some others that made him happy. I'm relieved that we were actually able to find the Tow Truck, because I really didn't wanna go all Jingle All The Way on someone...

Anyways, we had a nice, normal holiday. It was almost 50 degrees and snow was not an option. Yes, I love the whole White Christmas thing, but c'mon.... does anyone actually like driving in it? No. We usually get our snow in January, and I am very content on that. 

The hubby and I both received great gifts. I rachievedtwo necklaces- one from the hubby and one from Lil Man, a Sentsy like warmer, alot of Moose things, a bottle of wine, bath products, fuzzy socks... yes, my family really does know me! The hubby received a hand held Sega game, some pj pants, a speaker for the garage, gloves, candy, and some other miscellaneous things. He is rather hard to buy for. 


But I did learn a few things this Christmas... 

one | It's not all about the presents. Sure, I've known this one for awhile, but in previous years, we had gone all out on Lil Man's gifts. And he little! This year, we spent around $200ish on him. And you know what? He was happy. We didn't have to buy him a gaming console, a ton of toys, or any other BIG ticket item to make him that way either. He was just content. Sure he is only four, and not that hard to please, but honestly, I don't get the absurd idea of spending your whole paycheck (and going broke) on your kids for Christmas.

two | Christmas cards are fun to send, but next year, I probably won't send them. I love to send Christmas cards & I love the feeling of sending someone a little bit of cheer. I mean, what if my card is the only one they receive for the year? That's why I gave my readers a chance to give me their addresses and then I would send them one. But in all honesty, I was actually kinda disappointed in the number of cards I received back. Sure, I wasn't expecting ANYTHING from anyone that I sent a card to, but considering that I sent almost 100 cards, I should have at least received like 20. But then again... it's just a piece of heavy card stock, right? 

In the end, the main reason I won't be sending them, is the money. And the having to go through the years pictures and find the best one. The having to order them, to make sure they will be here in time to be addressed and mailed. And the having to go through my many addresses and then hope the person still lives at the address on file. It's annoying to say the least. And expensive in the end. 

three | Being with family is the best thing. My bestie- who lives 14 hours away by car- can in for the week, and I couldn't have been happier. I only see her about 2-3 times a year, and really miss her. Lil Man was also able to play with her boys- and he had a blast! Seeing her, and talking to her in person had to be the best gift of all!


This week, I won't be featuring any blogger love posts, because no one posts during the holidays, right? :) But tomorrow, I should be posting another 3 months of my year in review! 

How was your holiday?

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my top five favorite christmas movies

I'm going to be honest here... with all the Christmas spirit going on and everything, it's kinda hard to keep coming back day after day... There are presents to make, gifts to wrap, cookies to be made, and so many other things. But in the true spirit of Christmas, I wanted to stop by and share my top five favorite Christmas movies. I mean, I am super grateful for Christmas movies, because through the hustle and bustle of this wonderful season, a movie has a way of making you slow down and spend some time with the people that truly matter: your family.


one | Polar Express
Man, I could watch this movie over and over. I love the meaning behind the story, and it's so cute. We actually bought this one for Lil Man last year.

two | The Santa Claus Trilogy
Yes, I am talking about all three movies. I love the third one the most, but the whole idea behind the movies is great.

three | How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I have been reading Dr. Seuss books since I was a child, and when they finally made the "live" action movie, I was ecstatic!

four | National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Seriously, who doesn't love this movie? And who hadn't dreamt of spending Christmas with the Griswold's?

five | Elf
 Oh my... yes, yes, and triple yes... I LOVE this movie. However I really don't like how USA plays this in constant repeat Christmas Day.

Other Christmas movies I love
A Christmas Story
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
Fred Claus
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Jingle All the Way
I love how a good Christmas movie gets you in the Christmas spirit and such. A Christmas movie can excite you, make you grateful for family, remind you of the better things in life, make you laugh and so much more. And since Christmas movies are so great, last year we started the tradition of buying a new one, once a year, and watching it on Christmas Eve. This year, we are expected to go with The Grinch, but you never know with my Lil Man.

Linking up with Ash & Tay; & Ember Grey
What's your favorite Christmas movie?
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InstaNatural Review | Eye Serum & Gel


Disclaimer: compensation for this review was in the form of the Youth Express Eye Serum & Eye Gel via Brandbacker & InstaNatural, but opinions are all mine.


Honestly, I have been putting this review off for more than a week. It's not that I didn't have everything ready, but that I actually wanted to give the product time to work.

When I saw the opportunity to work with InstaNatural, I had to jump on it. Granted they offered me free product in exchange for my review, but I love that the company produces products that are free of harmful alcohols, parabens or sulfates. Especially when I am putting their product on my face. Currently, "InstaNatural is a leading online distributor of a collection of nature-inspired beauty and cosmetic products. All of InstaNatural's products are produced in small batches and packaged in FDA-certified facilities in the USA to ensure freshness and safety for customers. With results-driven products backed by a lifetime satisfaction guarantee, InstaNatural is focused on providing the best collection of beauty products to address a wide variety of skincare needs." (http://instanatural.com/pages/our-story)

I love the idea behind their products and felt that it was a company that I would feel good about endorsing. I mean, who wouldn't? With all the things that we a women put on our face, wouldn't we want something that is as close to natural as we can get? 

Anyways, Brandbacker and InstaNatural gave me the chance to try out InstaNatural's Eye Serum and Eye Gel. Sure I could have tried just one, but what the hey?

I chose both for their combined benefits. Both contain a highly concentrated blend of invigorating ingredients and are meant to decrease the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness. The ingredients in the serum include an advanced Peptide Complex - along with Plant Stem Cells, Matrixyl 3000, Astaxanthin, Kojic Acid, Caffeine, Passionflower, and Vitamins C and E - which help to deliver exceptional results to the under eye area. The gel contains with Plant Stem Cells, Hyaluronic Acid, Matrixyl 3000, Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil to help with dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness and sagging skin. This blend of powerful ingredients increases elasticity and enhances the tone of your skin to provide a firm, plump appearance.


The serum is orange and had a potent citrus smell (could be from the Vitamin C). It went on smooth, took about 15-30 seconds to dry, and didn't irritate my sensitive skin or eyes. 

The gel is a clear gel. It went on smooth, but did tend to make my face a bit sticky (the label says you can use it on the whole face as well). It didn't have a smell. 



Before I said that I had wanted to give the product time to work- meaning that I have dark circles and dehydrated skin underneath my eyes. It comes with being a mom and running on little to no sleep. 

And after giving the serum time to work- meaning that I was using it every morning and every other night- I really liked & continue to like my results. I don't have to use concealer anymore (it's really not needed) and my eyes don't look like I'm a zombie. 

I also really liked the price point on the serum- $23.97 for a 1 fl oz. It's a rather large bottle, and it seems like you get alot of product for your money. When I run out, I will definitely be buying it.

On the other hand- I really wasn't a fan of the Eye Gel. It just seemed sticky and I didn't see a difference when I used it.
If you want to buy either, you can from the InstaNatural website or Amazon.
Have you ever tried InstaNatural?

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2014 in review | January through June

Some people compare blogging to keeping a diary, and I have to say I really do agree with them. I have been wanting to do a yearly recap post- split up into 4 posts of course (because who really wants to sit through twelve months of rehashing things?), and Emily from Emmy Mom is giving me the chance to link up your weekly reviews AND win some great prizes!

This week is supposed to be April, May, & June, but I since I kinda missed Jan, Feb, & March, I'm going to add those in as well. Why? Because nothing really of note actually happened during the first fourth of the year :)


January

Personal Life:
Nothing really happened... except there was a lot of snow. And we started seeing the "second opinion" back surgeon for the hubby.

Blog wise:

February


Personal Life:
In February, my hubby turned 35, and we celebrated with a night out and then cake with out Lil Man!

Blog wise:

March

Personal Life:
March was the month of new phones... the hubby and I upgraded to out Samsung Galaxy S4's, and I was welcomed with both arms into the world of apps and the best camera ever. I also signed up for Birchbox and haven't looked back since!

Blog Wise:

April


Personal Life:
I opened my Etsy Shop: tiny wishes creations, my brother was in a car accident, the hubby broke out in a red rash all over his body (allergic reaction due to an antibiotic), and my bestie came to see me! We also celebrated Easter and had alot of fun with bubbles!

Blog Wise:
I posted my first ever beauty product review, talked about how to survive a bad haircut, raved about my favorite things about being a blogger, and made fun of myself when I detailed my top 10 Instagram fails.

May




Personal Life:
We visited the zoo & circus, Lil Man rode his first horse, my parents opened their pool, & I finally graduated with my Master's degree. I attended Graduation, we went to Ohio on a beer run, and spent the day watching a tractor pull in an Amish town.

Blog Wise:

June




Personal Wise: 
My momma turned 50, I fell inlove with the peonies in my yard that my Great-Grandmother planted like 7 years ago, and we took a family trip to the beach.

Blog Wise:
It's rather amazing on how many things happened during the first half of the year. But it was really nice to take a look back. 

What did your first half of the year look like?

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10 ways kids & animals are the same

Do you ever sit and home and watch your animal go crazy? Do you have a kiddo that you think the same thing? One minute they are asleep in their beds, and then all of a sudden - boom. They just go ballistic. I don't get it either, but I can tell you that an animal and a kid are pretty much the same thing. How? Well, read below! Today, Kristyn from Chits and Giggles and I are presenting to you how kids and animals are the same.

10 Ways Kids and Animals are the same

Kristyn says:

I don't have kiddos, but an animal is pretty close to a kid. How is that possible?

one | They have to be fed on their time. Our cat comes and wakes us up, especially if we are trying to sleep in, when he is hungry. I don't know if he gets it in his head that he always gets food at a certain time, but sometimes it's like 6:30am and he's waking us up.

two | They beg and beg for treats. Any time we are both in the kitchen, the cat will run up and start meowing. He could have been dead asleep 5 seconds earlier, but somehow he just knows that we are both in the kitchen at the same time and that apparently demands a treat. Or wet food. I mean, seriously. Kids also seem to beg for treats and food as well, from what I have heard.

three | Both find the weirdest places to nap. We recently bought the cat a bed, but before that, he would nap anywhere. His favorites recently have been on pillows, in a pile of clean clothes, or the laundry basket. Kids can sleep anywhere. Even in an uncomfortable position in the car. It's amazing how they can be sound asleep when it just looks so painful!

four | Cats and kids love to play - especially with shiny objects. This is especially true right now, but it's so true. Our cat loves - and I mean loves - the laser pointer. He goes crazy over it. He also is obsessed with the Christmas tree and the ornaments. Kids seem to have the same facination with things that light up. Including the tree and the ornaments.

five | They both will steal your hearts. My dad hated the cat that I had in college. There were some circumstances that made me bring that cat home and he had to live with him. It took a little while, but Bailey became my dads cat. He loved him so much and it was just so precious to see. The cat would just always jump in his lap and be so cute. He finally made my dad a cat lover.


And I say:

Being a mom to one and a pet owner to two, I am always noticing similarities between the human child and furry ones...

one | They ALWAYS need attention. There is no getting away from it... both are a long-term commitment. They need to be fed, cleaned, cuddled, petted, etc. Basically both will always need your attention- 24/7... well 24/1, because they need to sleep for at least 6 hours, right?

two | Both need to be potty trained. Sure, cats have an intuition that they need to use a litter box, but both dogs and children take time to potty train (dogs tend to catch on easier). If all fails... they do make adult diapers for both dogs and humans :)

three | There is no getting away from it... money will be spent on toys. Lots of toys. Going along with the "attention thing" toys seem to consume both children and dog/cats for a period of time, giving you a piece of your sanity back. And during that time you are usually able to get five minutes of peace to go pee :)

four | Cuddles are the best. Whether it be from a cat, a dog, or even a tiny miniature sized version of yourself, cuddles from them are the best. And they always seem to come at just the right moment.

five | Both hold a very special place in your heart. No matter what you are going through or what you are feeling, looking at a dog/cat or child makes it all worth it. You learn that you would give your all to make them happy, to save them in their time of need, and so much more. They make your life complete.

Do you ever notice any similarities between your animals and children?
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splurge vs. save | part two: makeup

In November, I started a little series called Splurge vs. Save. The first part was all about overall beauty, which included face wash, serums, etc. Today I am going to share part two: makeup.


Splurge

Foundation
I have tired several different foundations, but my favorite happens to be a tie between Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow and Tarte's Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation. A higher priced foundation seems to be better for my face, and I don't see that much breakout.

BB/CC Cream
Like foundation, I have also tried my fair share of bb and cc creams. I have also realized that sometimes the drugstore BB's just don't cut it for me... I do love Pacifica's BB and Dr. Brandt's CC.

Lip Stick/gloss
I'm not a big lipstick gal, but I am definitely addicted to gloss. Currently I love me some Mally liquid lipstick and Stila lip glaze.
Save
Eye shadow
I used to use a Neutrogena pallet, but now I'm hooked on the Urban Decay Naked Basics Pallet. Sure is sounds weird, but if I didn't have my naked basics, I would be just as happy with the Maybelline Nudes collection.

Primer
Smashbox used to be the golden child in the family of primers, but ever since E.L.F came out with their $6 version, I've been hooked. It gives you all the benefits of a high priced, retail value primer, but leave some cash in your pocket.

Eye Liner
My favorite is Rimmel. I use the nude and taupe. Not saying I won't use high end- I've gotten a bunch in my monthly Birchbox subscription, but I am not about to be paying more than $10 for a pencil.

Face Powder
I love my CoverGirl Tru Blend minerals powder, and I am in love with the diy version of the Bare Minerals powder.


Lip Balm
Eos, Burt's Bee's, Chapstick... you name it, I have it. AND I am happy paying under $5 for a tube. I use it so much, I would rather save myself the money.

Middle of the road
Mascara
For the better part of a year, I had been addicted to Benefit's BADgal lash. But then I tried Revlon's Bold Lacquer mascara and was hooked.

Bronzer
I'm not a big bronzer fan, so I am very middle of the road on whether to splurge or save on it. I currently use Benefit's Hoola bronzer when I'm in the mood, mainly because I received it as a gift. But I really doubt I would spend more than $15 on a bronzer.

Highlighter
Another thing I'm not a big user of, so I can't really give an honest opinion on whether I spurge or save on it. I do own a deluxe sample tube of Benefit's Watt's up, but would I actually spend like thirty bucks on something I really don't use? Not really.

Concealer
I have tried CoverGirl and Benefit, and love each in a different way. I also would love to try NYX.


Have you ever tried any of the products? What did you think?
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a little christmas cheer {friday recap}

First I want to begin by expressing my gratitude to everyone that commented on Wednesday's post and tell you that I appreciate the encouragement and love. 

No one ever wants to feel like they did something wrong in the blogging world and honestly, when I received possibly the nicest "hey you didn't give me credit" I was feeling horrible. I guess it may have just been my state of mind- I was already feeling like I couldn't do anything right that day- but all in all, I was very happy that the other blogger came to me instead of leaving it alone or broadcasting it on their page (Not that they would ever do that).

But it's over now and I learned my lesson, so on to better things, huh?

This week has been FULL of Christmas cheer!!!

one | I have hit a total of seventy-five Christmas Cards that are being sent out... Yes, I just said seven-dash-five! Wow! But, if you still want one... because I'm sendinn them to bloggers too- fill out the Google doc, and bam, your's will be in the mail by the weekend! 


two | I finally came to the realization that the only way that I am going to meet a moose (I sorta have a moose obsession) is to meet the taxidermy ones at Bass Pro Shop and Cabelas. It's ok with me... I got to pet it. 


three | Lil Man was able to see Santa this week! He and the man in red were definitely best friends- which surprised the hell out of me and the hubby! 

four | we finally brought Christmas to out house and it seriously looks like Christmas threw up all over! Ha! I don't have pictures of all the decorations just yet, but I do have this: 


five | And last but not least, I wanted to share some of my favorite blog posts this week with you! 

Oh man... why yes it is! 

December's Golden Vlog Series Link Up | life w/ mrs g & the artist and more
Yes, Yes, & Yes! I keep promising myself that I am going to do this, and I love hearing and "meeting" all the linking up peoples! 

My Christmas Wish List | The Grits Blog
I love Ash's "simple list and I was laughing my head off the whole way through.

Christmas Trees, Wishes, and .... | Love the Here and Now
Wow! Just Wow! Anne has link seven BEAUTIFUL trees in her home and they are amazing! 


How has your week been?
ps... don't forget to fill out the Christmas Card doc to get a card from me! 

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