Thursday, June 30, 2011

Learning makeup tricks…for over 30 skin!!

I have a confession. I totally Googled “how to do makeup for 30 year old skin” – “make up tricks for over 30 skin” and much MORE!!! LOL!  And you all know how random my new ideas are…every week I’m working on new missions! LOL! Lately though…I want to know how to play up my features…how to do 30+ year old makeup and style.

There’s not a TON of information out there….but I found some good stuff that helped a TON!!! Wow a few little changes make a BIG difference!!

The biggest one for me: not putting TONS of powder all over my face. I've LAYRED on the POWDER since I started wearing makeup as a teenager. Lately my skin looks like….just yuck.

Soooo I watched this video for doing foundation…..


BIG DIFFERENCE!!!!!!!


Then I watched this for some eye ideas….


Loooooove how it turned out!!
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And I used everything I already had….I did NOT buy new makeup. I don’t have dinero for extra splurges like that!! I love how it turned out…it was like having NEW makeup!!

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And look at my foundation!!! Yahooooooooooo!

Look at it BEFORE my new tricks!!!
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See all that powdery-cakey-not prettiness!!! Blaaah!!!
I’m SOOOOO glad I decided to do a little research!!!

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Before I was a Mamma…and a single Mamma at that…buying an entire new set of makeup to feel “pretty” was easy and I never thought twice about it. Now…I have to use what I have….and thank GOD for Youtube.

It was like I had a major makeover…right in my own home!! I highly suggest trying to learn something new…any little new trick make such a difference…and we all deserve to feel PRETTY!!!
I’m totally in LOVE with Kandee’s Youtube series…I hope to watch them all over the holiday weekend!!!

Check out this one too!!



I don’t know about you…but the MEDIA GARBAGE about being YOUNG and PERFECT takes it’s toll on me.

I am who I am. And I am finally just embracing that I can work on being the best I can be…and trying new things to look and feel pretty…but I am worthy just the way I am.

I will never be 25 again…but 32 is pretty RAD. I’m not super model beautiful or perfect…but I’m Jaxon’s Mamma…and I’m a pretty rockin’ Mamma…with every single one of my imperfections!!!

Have a SUPER day!!!
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Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer swimming days…football ice cream

My oh my….summer is so fun. The Texas heat…not so much. Our average temperature is at 105 daily. Good gravy…that’s hot. We are so blessed that Granny and PawPaw have a swimming pool so we can do this….
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We had a special swimming day with our Aunt Meg and cousins!! Sooooo much fun!!!
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We even made FOOTBALL ice cream!! Heard of it??
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It is simply marvelous. Delish!!!! Just like the churned…homemade kind…you remember from growing up! It’s SOOO GOOOOD!!!
Here I am…shaking away…and looking pretty happy about it! Ha ha ha ha!!
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And the boys…shaking away….
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And the girls shaking…
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After our swimming excursions last week this Mamma was a roasted lobster so we laid low this weekend. I de-crapified my house times a thousand. It needed a good cleaning…and I can’t believe how much I got done. It makes my soul so happy. Simplicity truly is so much easier. I even did a few projects that have long been on my to-do list.
Here’s a sneak peek of what I did!!!
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Happy MONDAY!!
XoXo
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Let’s Hear it for the Boys!!

I’ve always looked at the weekly “I Heart Faces” photo contests…but never participated! I couldn’t resists this week’s challenge Let’s Hear it for the Boys!

Too cute!! And I only have oh…let’s see…like a GAZILLION pictures of Jaxon! It was kind of hard to narrow it down to one. I finally picked this one from his 2-year old photo shoot!

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Image credit: Taken by me via Trunque of Junque Photography

Love it!!


Want to enter your own tooter’s picture???


Click the BUTTON to visit!!!
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Have a SUPER Monday!!!
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Toddler 4th of July craft project & Starbucks….

Firs of all THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU to everyone who commented me and emailed me about the coupons!! I have an arsenal of information now and am SO EXCITED!!! If I haven’t emailed you back I will soon!! You guys are AH-MAZING!!!!
Secondly, we made a few 4th of July decorations around here, nothing big, but a little red, white and blue!

Jaxon painted a piece of paper with red and blue paint….I traced stars over the painting…and then we cut them out and hung them in our front window!

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Jaxon also had is very first ever Starbucks experience yesterday….

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No that isn’t coffee…it’s chocolate milk. And yes…we had our Hot Wheels and goldfish snacks!!! LOL!!

I also did my hair caraazy too yesterday for our special outing….I followed one of the tutorials I found on my Pinterest. Mine did not turn out at all like the pictures. And it didn’t stay pinned up too well either. I just ended up looking like a crazy Mamma with crazy hair….which really I guess is my USUAL LOOK! LOL!! But it was fun to try it out! Photographing the back of your head is so not easy!☺

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And finally, the little stinker ---- A.K.A. TAZ -----A.K.A. JAXON did a REAL doozie on his Mamma this morning. I have been waiting for 2 months for my replacement PayPal debit card to come in. Yes…2 months well over 2 months really. It FINALLY came in yesterday….and POOF disappeared from my desk this morning.

I was in tears. Having one of those “I need to be more ORGANIZED moments.” And then I remembered that about 6 months ago when I got my new BANK debit card came in…Jax also found it and HID IT under my SATELLITE DISH receiver.  You have no idea how long it took to find that one. Sooooo…in tears I started looking around at spots he might have put it….finally I saw this…..

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That little stinker!!!

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He kept saying LOOK MAMMA…LOOK MAMMA! Oh I’m looking…lol!
This is where that table sits….to the left over there!! See it!!!

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Totally opposite side of my desk where the card was.

Thank you LORD for MAMMA PATIENCE this morning and for helping me FIND our DEBIT CARD!!!
Goodness!!

Have a great Thursday!!
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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Do you use coupons???

I am seriously trying to figure out the whole Extreme Couponing thing. I’m completely intrigued. I don’t know if it’s realistic for me as a single Mom…but really…it cannot hurt to know how to cut my grocery bills that drastically. I may not be an EXTREME couponer…but a smidgen would help!!
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I’ve heard negative comments that they are just hoarders…but you know what…I would LOVE to HOARD toilet paper…diapers…dish soap…and other necessities. I already TRY to HOARD paper goods like paper towels and toilet paper because for some reason in my head as a SINGLE MOM if we have those things…we are doing GREAT! If we don’t…I freak out and go to the Dollar store to stock up.
Have you seen TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” show? I would kill for a stash like those women. LOL!!!
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I am researching how to get started with couponing and trying to read up on how to do it. If I could save on items like diapers, paper towels, tooth paste and food in general…I would have to be very dense not learn how to do a MODERATE couponing!!
Isn’t it about being more conscious about what I am spending in the store? I just looked over my favorite store’s sales ad. Really…why don’t I do that every week before I get there. I make a weekly meal plan and I thought I was being a rock star frugal Mom. Not even close!! Instead of just being surprised if something is on sale when I get there…how about knowing ahead of time!! Oh wow I’m a slooooow learner.
Here are a few websites I’ve been reading and looking over in case you are interested.
Southern Savers
Coupon Mom
The Krazy Coupon Lady (which has a step-by-step guide how to be an Extreme Couponer)
Please comment on your favorite places and tips if you are an awesome COUPON MOM!! I am open to learning all that I need to be a ROCKSTAR COUPON MAMMA!!!!
My one main question is….why on earth do they have to BUY soooo much stuff of ONE item?? I don’t get that part?? I even Googled “Why do Extreme Couponers by so many items” – no luck on an answer!!!

XoXo
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Monday, June 6, 2011

Sunday drives…

Happy MONDAY!!!
How was your weekend???
Mine started yuck…but ended wonderful!
I had the best day yesterday.
My Best Friend and I started the day with a Trunque of Junque sunrise photo session of a precious newborn.
Then I spent the majority of the afternoon taking a Sunday drive around my area and then on to a town nearby.
Starting here…a famous little area of telephone poles in our county that were once decorated with boots, work caps and gloves. Quirky and almost creeeeeeepy right???
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Time and weather have taken their toll on a lot of the boots….
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The other two poles used to have more items…but they are slowly almost completely gone.
This is what is left on the caps pole…
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And the glove pole….
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I’ve never met anyone who knows the true story of how all the poles were decorated…and who did it. It’s just a weird thing that everyone knows about in our county. It’s a bazaar Texas [[maye even slightly hillbilly]]  thing I guess. LOL.
This abandoned church isn’t too far down the road from the poles and is equally as creepy. We checked out the inside a few years back…very eerie.
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Further down the road we discovered….there is a little bit of water in West Texas!!!
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But we had to crawl through this to go see it…GULP.
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Some spots of the creek were stagnant…stinky…sulfur…pools of yuckness.
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I took this picture of my shadow…just a few seconds before…I slipped and FELL in a HUGE bowl of SULFUR STINKY MUCKY MUD!!! LOVELY!!!! I am SO GRACEFUL!
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After I got up…and regained my dignity…STINKY and all…we hiked back to the car! But look at the opposite side of the creek…DRY AS A BONE. We need serious rain in West Texas right now.
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As dry as it is…there are still the STRONG weeds and little flowers that survive. Like these little pretties.
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A little further down the road…more WATER! This time MUCH more!!!
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And a LOT of SWALLOWS!! At first I couldn’t understand why there were SO MANY!!
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A few steps under the bridge and I figured it out pretty quickly. If you look closely right at the top of the picture you can see their entire little MUD NEST city!! There were nests everywhere!
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Here’s the view under the bridge to the opposite side we were standing.
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Looking at water that murky color…with teeny tiny minnows darting around in it reminded me of being little and going to work with my Dad. My brother and I would go with him to check his leases…and we would have hot dog roasts on the Pecos River. My brother and I spent hours trying to catch those sneaky super FAST minnows! LOL.
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There were even a few more pretty flowers growing in the area….
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Further down the road I spotted this bridge…
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You probably can’t really tell that it’s a bridge…but it is. A really long bridge.
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It was made of wood slats and rope and went across an entire canyon area. And it was very hidden. We had to turn around…and drive really slow until we were at the perfect angle to see it again. I want to know the story behind it!!! It was on fenced, private property or else I would have hiked closer for more detailed pictures!!
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Isn’t this mailbox a hoot???
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And I had to get a few pictures of a delicious old building that is actually an old dance hall. Texas dancehalls…are just so yummy.
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How could you not love those chippy, old RED doors!
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Let me say that this is not my hometown. It’s a neighboring town…Big Spring. Which has an amazing, old historic downtown. Most of the shops are sadly vacant…but it’s still a great spot to look for PHOTO session spots. I’m diggin’ the back of this building!!!
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And I found the doors of all doors…that when my BFF/biz partner sees this she will flip. Lorie..yes…here are our DOORS!! Do you see what I see?? It starts with a B!!! LOL!!
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I really wanted to see what was behind those doors…but couldn’t. Here’s the front doors….
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And a few more buildings….
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I don’t know who would let these awesome signs collect dust in an abandoned building. Ahem…I will take them off of your hands!!! Better yet I will take the entire building for a photo studio and art studio!!
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And to me…this is the epitome of business in a small town. This was at the local printing business. LOL.Miss A  and Sunday 715
A lot of the dusty windows were covered in scribbles. I didn’t really look closely to what they said (probably a good thing)…but they were sure dusty!! The dust has blown a lot this SPRING.
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These train cars are a coffee house and I think a restaurant…I’m going to have to return and check it out during business hours!!!
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There were amazing pretty flowers planted all along the downtown area. I might have a blossom of my own…don’t tell anyone!
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We found more water at the park…and this should be called Turtle Cove.
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See the PaPa turtle sunning at the edge of the cliff….
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That duck was awfully brave…he’s evidently never been bitten by turtle before!!!
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More scribbles and graffiti….I bet Ben and Summer aren’t even together anymore…LOL.
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Our final pit stop was at the National Park overlooking the town and area…so PRETTY! And refreshing!!! I love my TEXAS…and WIDE OPEN SPACES….where you can see fore miles…and miles…and miles…Miss A  and Sunday 740Miss A  and Sunday 741Miss A  and Sunday 742Miss A  and Sunday 746
I had the best afternoon…SUNSHINE for me is SOULSHINE.
I needed a few rays and fresh air.
I even got a free SULFUR MUD BATH. How lucky am I to be so CLUMSY! LOL!
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Hope you all have an INSPIRED MONDAY and even more FANTASTIC week!!
XoXO
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