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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Tag Thursday: Christmas Style


It's time for Tag Thursday, the day where I let some of my creative juices flow into a puddle on the floor. I haven't done one in ages and it's Christmas time! That means I'm doing an extra special Christmas tag! The tag was created by The Enthusiast, all credit goes to her!

1. What is your favorite Christmas film?
My favorite Christmas movie has to be Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Even when it wasn't Christmas I'd ask my mom to watch Rudolph. These were the days when we only had one TV in the house and I couldn't understand why my mom wasn't as happy to watch Rudolph as I was.


2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
Many years. I lived in the midwest United States for my whole life. There have been years when I had a white Christmas.

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Usually at home, or at my husband's parents or grandparents that live in the same town. It's nowhere special or far away, unfortunately. I'm not a fan of being far away from the house anyway.

4. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Walking in a Winter Wonderland. Both the melody and the lyrics merge together nicely when it comes to Winder Wonderland. In all honesty, I don't think I could possibly pick out my favorite version of the song. I like all of them.


5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Only if it's from a family member and the family member is around, then I'll open a present, but most of the time I wait until Christmas. It's what my family used to do, and it's what I do.

6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
I can, but the only way I can remember them is to cheat. I start singing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and start listing the reindeer, "You know Dasher, and Dancer," you know that song. Yes, I can name all the reindeer, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. Oh and Rudolph. Yeah, I think I got all of them. Does he have any more that aren't famous that I forgot?

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
I really don't have any particularly that I'm looking forward to this year.

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
We have a fake tree. They're cheaper and can be bought after Christmas for pretty cheap. Plus, I'm not a fan of stepping on tons of little tiny pine needles. That's painful!

9. What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?
Peanut Butter Blossoms.


10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
I like giving more than getting. I love seeing smiles on people's faces when they open their present.

11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
My pet frog Johnny, my "Grow a Frog." I got Johnny when I was probably a little older than 9 from my uncle's girlfriend. You sent away for an African Clawed Frog and got a tadpole in the mail about 6 weeks later. The time that I got Johnny, was a bit cold and they didn't think that a tadpole would survive so they sent a juvenile frog to me instead. Johnny lived for 7 years! He was a really cool pet and an awesome Christmas present!
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12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Good question! It's not really a particular place that I want to visit, it's more of a location. I love winter photos with mountains in the background. I would love to actually see a mountain covered in snow up close, in real life.

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I'm pretty awful at it. I can't even wrap a box without asking for help, or nearly mutilating the box. I'm probably not the kind of person you'd want to wrap your presents.

14. Most memorable Holiday moment?
My most memorable has to be one of the worst holiday moments. It was the holiday that my family had carbon monoxide poisoning when I was a child. It was Christmas break and I was in 2nd grade. I remember being sick and really sleepy. I then remember my family staying over at my grandparent's place just so they could get the heater fixed. The gas company felt bad for us because we didn't have a tree yet and bought one for us.

15. When did you realize the truth about Santa?
I was in 4th grade. I had no clue that Santa didn't exist until a teacher told our whole 4th-grade class. I was eventually going to figure out that he didn't exist, but finding out that way wasn't the way I would have wanted to find out. 

16. Do you make New Year's resolutions? Do you stick to them?
I don't make any, mainly because I know I won't stick to them. I'm not going to make a resolution and not live up to it.

17. What makes the holidays special for you?
My family and the little things that happen. When I talk about little thing's its stuff like Toys 4 Tots and community agencies that help people who wouldn't be able to get something for their kids for Christmas. That is what makes the holidays special.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

10 Christmas inspired makeup ideas that I'm excited to try


I'm excited about Christmas, and I'm excited about learning new makeup inspiration. The thought of making my face more festive sounds crazy, but at the same time so exciting that I can't believe that I haven't thought of finding some Christmas inspired makeup ideas.

If you had to do your own makeup inspired by Christmas, what would you do? Would it all be color based, like reds and greens? Or would you try to do your makeup to look like a reindeer or The Grinch? Let me know in the comments below! Here are some of my favorite Christmas inspired makeup photos that I've found

🎄1.Holly and Ornament Eyeliner and Eye Shadow

The detail would be hard to copy, but I find this makeup inspiration beautiful. Even the nails are festive and colorful. Every time I look at this photo I find an element that I missed the first time. 
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⛄2. The Grinch Makeup 

I've seen this look done many times online and in a group that I'm in on Facebook. Every single time that I see the Grinch Makeup and face paint, I'm in aw. I'm sure none of these girls (or guys) in the face paint hate Christmas! 
She’s not The Grinch underneath that makeup! I bet she doesn’t even want to steal Christmas. | 14 Pictures That Will Make You Say "This Is Why You Take Them Swimming On The First Date"
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🎄3. Eye'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Normally I'd be against the whole eye glitter thing, but if it's used with the snowflake, it works out really nice don't ya think? This is something that I'm dying to try. 
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⛄4.  Razzle Dazzle and Red

This too was amazing. I might as well admit it. Glitter and Christmas go well with each other. Especially when you're decorating your eyes with the most festive glitter to make ornaments and snowflakes. I love how Christmas makes people's eyes sparkle!
Lucinda on Instagram: “Hi beauties! Full picture of this Christmas inspired makeup I did with @saraigen15 Details below: Brows: @jeffreestarcosmetics #jeffreestarcosmetics Unicorn Blood and Redrum Glitter: @litcosmetics #litcosmetics Fire Cracker and Gold Digger Lashes: @houseoflashes #houseoflashes Starlet Eyeshadow: Inner Corner: @evepearl #evepearl Diamond Eyes Eyeshadow Palette @suvabeauty #suvabeauty Kohl and Bloody Mary @sugarpill #sugarpill in Love + @evepearl #evepearl Salmon Concealer i
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🎄5. (Lady) Jack Frost

It had me at the metallic blue lipstick and the silver eyebrows! The whole look is captivating it looks like something inspired by children's movies! But what sets this look apart from the rest is that the eyes match the cheeks!
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⛄6. I present to you, a sparkly new year

Now your makeup can match the ornaments. What would even be cooler to me would be finding metallic gold lip stick and some deep red eyeshadow. But if you can't find metallic gold lip stick or deep red eyeliner, I suggest something like this! 
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🎄7. Cranberry lips

Having your cranberry colored lips as the main focus of your makeup, and the main focus, you're going to stun all of your friends and family at Christmas parties. 
Christmas Makeup: Sparkles, Smokey, and Berry
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⛄8. Red as Rudolph's Nose

If you don't want to go through all of the work turning your face into something else, but you want to still be festive! Sparkly red eyeshadow and matching eyeliner work just as good! 
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🎄9. With your candy cane lips 

While candy cane lips look difficult to pull off, as long as you have a steady hand, it shouldn't be incredibly tough to pull off. Is this look way too sweet or minty fresh? Only you can decide. 
Still shot of the Candy Cane lip art I did for @smashboxcosmetics ❤️ I used Always On liquid lipstick in Bawse, Ruby Light lip gloss form the Light It Up Gloss to Go collection and @wolfefaceartfx face paint for white details.  Just uploaded the extended version of this video to my YouTube. Check it out (link in bio). Also, this is available as print (seasonally) on my Etsy!  Have a wonderful week everyone!  #makeup #lips #lipart #christmas #lips #candycane #smashbox #smashboxsquad #smashboxc...
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⛄10. Oh Deer!

I actually have my Dear Makeup Pallet Set from Halloween still! Santa! I've been good can I help you, please! I don't know if I have the doe eyes to pull it off, or if Santa will allow me to pull his sleigh this year, but at least I'd be a beautiful doe. 
Cute Deer Halloween Makeup Look
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Monday, December 10, 2018

My top 8 Books about Christmas


Whether I'm 5 or 5000, there's always room in my heart for Christmas books. It's been one of my favorite things about Christmas. Curling up somewhere warm, while reading about people whose hearts are filled with warmth. Except for the Grinch, his heart was filled with cold, it was also thought that his heart was two sizes too small.

But enough of me, what are some of your favorite stories or favorite books about Christmas? Is it weird that I even have favorites and could even compile my favorites into a list? I guess that depends on who you ask!

8. Deck the Halls by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark

I was in middle school when a teacher read this book to the class. When I thought about writing this blog post, this was one of those books that I knew I had to add. It's not every day when you read a book about a kidnapping around Christmas time!
Deck the Halls (Holiday Classics) by [Clark, Mary Higgins, Clark, Carol Higgins]
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7. Baby's First Christmas by Esther Wilkin

Baby's First Christmas excited me, to see all of the things that the baby got for Christmas, made me happy. Even if I personally didn't get beads, a truck or even a toy boat for Christmas. But it wasn't the story that captivated me as much as the pictures did. The photos are so beautiful.
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6.  The Mitten by Jan Brett

The Mitten isn't about Christmas as much as it is about sharing and caring. We should care about others all the time. But it always makes me think about how we should care about other's when Christmas is near.
The Mitten by [Brett, Jan]
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5. Jingle Bells by Kathleen N Nye

Even if Jingle Bells wasn't originally written to be a Christmas song, this book made me believe that it was. It also made me want to ride a one-horse open sleigh with a raccoon, an ostrich, a bear and oh and of course Santa! That would be loads of fun!
Jingle Bells (Little Golden Book) by [Daly, Kathleen N.]
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4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Shines Again by Darrell Baker

I didn't mean to have a flood of Golden Books when it came to Christmas books! It's just how I was raised, I did, and still do love Golden Books, and the Christmas Golden Books were read many times when I was a child, even when it wasn't Christmas. When I got too old to read them on my own, I read them to my sister or brother. Now the tradition still continues!
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3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess

Yeah, some might say that my heart is two sizes too small when it comes to Christmas and Christmas movies. But what they don't know is that I really love Christmas, and love the holidays, it's not too small. It's just right. The only difference is that I really don't verbalize my love for Christmas like other people do.
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2. Santa Mouse by Michael Brown

I know I mentioned this book just the other day, but it is one of my favorite Christmas books. This mouse isn't stirring though, it's celebrating Christmas, and helping Santa! Santa Mouse is adorable. Is Santa Mouse even real? He's so small, nobody would even notice him crawling up their Christmas trees!
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1. A Christma Carol by Charles Dickens

I don't think the books or TV show's versions of a Christmas Carol are as good as the book. The original is a classic and even if I was forced to read it in school, I love reading the story over and over again on my own accord!
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Friday, December 7, 2018

52 Week Photo Challenge; Week 2: Clouds. How things didn't go according to plan



When I thought of a 52-week challenge, I didn't expect to have a really tough challenge ahead of me. Are challenges supposed to be almost impossible? To get a picture of clouds was easier said than done! Thank you, Michigan Winter!

About the photo: I had a bit of a conflict. When I started to take this photo. Did I want to actually take a photo from the past and use it instead of one that I have now? After a long hard fight with myself, the photo of the clouds that I had recently, wasn't exactly what I wanted, so minus a ton of clouds I picked the other photo that I felt did a better job at showcasing the clouds and the beauty of where I live.

In all honesty, there are only like one or two clouds in the photo, and they're the light wispy clouds, but they're clouds nonetheless beautiful, clouds!

How I fixed the photo: When it came to this photo I didn't do too much editing. I liked it how it was beautiful and natural. I did, however, change the clarity a little bit with the photo. I sharpened the colors to make them look a little more vivid. But anything else I tried to fix the photo, felt like overkill to me.


What I learned: There were tons of things that I learned from this experience. The biggest has to be that things don't go exactly as planned all the time. You need to find a backup plan. It was very much that way with this photo. Waited so long to get a photo of clouds and nothing worked the way that I wanted it to. That's fine. I used one of my old favorites.

The second lesson was that you don't have to do a lot to a photo to make it beautiful and presentable. I hardly did anything to the photo above and it came out very nice. Too much editing can really ruin a photo.

The bottom line: Sometimes things, don't go as planned. I'm excited to get ready for next weeks photo. It shouldn't be as tough to take a photo of something that's red. There are tons of ideas for next weeks photo.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Count Down to Christmas: My favorite book: Santa Mouse




In only 22 days, Santa Mouse will be putting a present in your tree! Don't tell me that Santa Mouse isn't real. He's real and I'm sure of it! Everybody needs a cute little helper, someone who will share cheese with them! That's why Santa made Santa Mouse an honorary teeny tiny, Santa Claus!


About Santa Mouse

Santa Mouse was written in 1966 by Michael Brown, and illustrated by Elfrieda De Witt! It's a timeless classic about a mouse who gives Santa a Christmas present, and in return Santa gives the little mouse with no name, a small Santa Claus uniform, and he becomes Santa Mouse.  Santa Mouse helps Santa with all of his journies by putting a small present in the tree. 

Santa Mouse is both available three separate books, Santa Mouse, Santa Mouse Where Are You?, and Santa Mouse Meets Marmaduke or you get the whole compilation in one book. The book I had while growing up (and still have) is the compilation. 
1989? Seriously?! I was only 2 1/2 when the book came
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Why It's My Favorite Christmas Book


Santa Mouse is one of my favorite books about Christmas time. It reminds me that little acts of kindness go a long way. It's taught me no matter how little you are, you can still amount to a lot. This is coming from someone who's short and small.

The craziest thing about this books how much I loved the book. I don't see how I couldn't  It was my favorite book as a kid, even when it wasn't Christmas time, I would love cuddling with my Santa Mouse Plush and hearing the story of Santa Mouse! Mice are so adorable, and it's even more adorable when they're wearing Santa suits.

Where to find the Book

The only places I've actually seen the book sold are Amazon, eBay, and Barnes and Noble online. I actually read somewhere that you can't find it in the stores anymore. I can't guarantee that they'd have the full book or the stories separately, but at least there are places you can still get the book if you're at all interested. 

The Bottom Line

Santa Mouse is a tradition and a classic character. I don't know where I'd be without him. Even if he may not be real. I do think the notion of Santa having a mouse as a helper is a great idea. Everyone should have the heart of little Santa Mouse around Christmas. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Nutrition Now Multivites Hair, Skin & Nails Review


Ever have family members recommend a product, and you're thinking that they're crazy? Especially when the person recommending is your sister and your mother? Yeah, my sister and mom have been telling me to take hair, nail and skin supplements for the longest time and I wasn't sure what the big deal was.

My experience

I just recently had the chance, Nutrition Now™ MultiVites Hair, Skin & Nails, a dye-free and gluten free gummy vitamin, just for my hair, nails, and my skin (why does it feel like I'm going to be attacked by zombies?)For the, most part it was great. The vitamins tasted great, my nails look a lot better than they did. These were great quality, easy to chew and very easy to swallow. I really should have updated about the nails, but I forgot about it, I'll probably get to that in a week from now so people can see differences

Since then these are my first nail, hair and skin vitamins, so I don't have anything to compare them to, but as for gummy vitamins, they're going to be one of my favorites. Why? The taste! I really like the taste, wild berries are so yummy, and there's no chalky taste like some chewable vitamins have! 

My Recommendations

While my results may be different from others results I have really seen a difference in my nails. Before starting a vitamin regimen I believe it helps to talk to a doctor if anyone has any questions. I do feel that I would recommend it to others.

I just recently had the chance to try Nutrition Now's Multivites, Hair, Skin & Nails for the very first time!


My nails as of right now

My final thought


While my results will not be the same as everyone else's, my nails have looked better, and my hair hasn't been breaking as much! So I would in no doubt keep these vitamins in my medicine cabinet and maybe next time I should listen to my sister and mom a bit more!






Updates

It's currently Tuesday, December 4, 2018: I never usually update about these things, but in this case I will. I really liked the gummies to begin with I thought they'd really help my nails, but they didn't. There's really no change in my nails and they've actually started to break and tear more than I would have wanted my nails to do. Instead of changing my review, I'd like to state that these may or may not work for you. There's only one way to find out, but I do suggest to approach with caution. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

7 Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make With Your Kids


I usually suck at coming up with ideas when it comes to holiday crafts. All my choices when it comes to crafts are the same ones that my mom and grandma taught me how to make. Homemade flour ornaments and candy cane reindeer! If you're a lot like I am, these 7 DIY crafts might help you come up with new ideas of Christmas. 

1. Pipecleaner Candy Canes
These are probably easy as crafts come. All you need is pipe cleaners and pony beads. And you don't even have to use the colors they mentioned on the site if you didn't want to when it comes to pony beads. Not all candy canes are red and white!

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2. Popsicle Stick Ornaments
When it comes to popsicle stick ornaments, you can give your kid an option, when it comes to making their ornaments, giving them a sense of independence.
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3. Peppermint Ornaments
Want a craft that's easy and tastes good? Peppermint ornaments are really easy to make, they taste great, and they're pretty inexpensive to make! 
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4. Melted Snowman 
Frosty melted away when the sun was hot, didn't he?  One of my favorite Christmas songs are Frosty the Snowman, but if your child is new to the song, or loves it as much as I do, this craft will be fun! 
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5. Reindeer Frames
I was kind of wishing that there were instructions on how to make this craft. If you're crafty enough and want to attempt this one with your children, let me know! I'd love to hear how it's done.
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6. Melted Crayon Ornaments
One of my favorite things about Christmas, when I was a kid, happened to be getting a new box of crayons and markers and coloring. Instead of tossing out your old crayons, these Crayon ornaments are a great idea! 
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7.  Button Christmas Tree
Do you have a box of leftover buttons at your house? I remember having one for the longest time growing up. If only I knew this craft existed. I would have been really excited to try something like this.
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